Dutch news in brief, Wednesday 18 March 2009

18th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Read the roundup of today's Dutch press from Radio Netherlands.

CPB advises cabinet not to freeze wages
The economic crisis dominates the Dutch dailies again Wednesday with most papers leading with the latest report from the Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB).

The bureau's director, Coen Teulings, presented the CPB's economic forecast for 2009/2010 on Tuesday, which, amounts to advising the cabinet that a wage freeze and austerity measures would be "inadvisable", reports de Volkskrant. 

Trouw writes that the timing of the CPB's warning against freezing wages is rather piquant. The cabinet negotiations on measures to tackle the economic crisis are mired in demand and counter demand and Social Affairs Minister Piet Hein Donner sees wage control as key to creating jobs.

De Volkskrant writes that all the really difficult issues are still on the table and measures to tackle the crisis still a long way away.

NRC.next's headline says it all: "still no solution to the crisis".

Shell stops investing in sun and wind energy
De Telegraaf reports that Shell is stopping large-scale investment in sun and wind energy as it is far too costly and does not generate enough profit.

The populist paper writes that the measure is quite remarkable considering that Shell has been doing its best to portray itself as a company that invests in the future and in planet Earth.

The company's green image will not suffer because it is still investing time, energy and money in developing environmentally responsible biofuels, according to Shell.

One member of Shell's board told De Volkskrant: "if generating sustainable energy was more lucrative, then we would gladly invest in it".

De Telegraaf writes that the Anglo-Dutch oil giant has been severely criticised for shelving its alternative energy investments to which Shell's directors reacted: "We're not a charity organisation."

Baby offered for adoption on website
De Telegraaf reports that visitors to a popular internet auction site for children's clothes and other articles were shocked by an advertisement offering a child for adoption.

Anabel from Gelderland placed an ad calling for a family to "take good care of her child". The site's owners immediately removed the advert and reported it to the police.

Site owner Jody McLoughlin told de Telegraaf, "this is certainly not what our website is for. We were extremely shocked."

The paper reports that 41 people clicked on the 'free to a good home' ad and it has since appeared on a number of other websites.
Dutch are fat, lazy and smoking away 
Dutch did not give up smoking, lose weight and exercise more in 2008, said Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

According to NRC.next, the Dutch did not adopt a healthy lifestyle in 2008 although the number of heavy drinkers did fall somewhat.

De Telegraaf reports that the smoking ban enforced in bars, cafes and restaurants had no effect on the number of people who smoke; in 2008, 28 percent population were smokers, exactly the same percentage as 2007.

Janssen most popular name for fraudsters
Consumers with the surname Janssen have the worst default record in the Netherlands, concludes a survey by Lindorff, a company that facilitates payments to online shops.

AD reports that Janssen is also a popular choice for people buying things on the Internet under a false name. The Lindorff survey also reveals people named Veen often forget to pay their bills. 

According to a company spokesperson: "Janssen appears to be the first name that occurs to people when they are creating a false identity."

The spokesperson also said Jansen spelt with one s is also high on the list of defaulters.

Radio Netherlands / Jacqueline Carver / Expatica

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