DutchNews podcast – The Mosquitos Should Be Dead By Halloween Edition – Week 45

DutchNews podcast photomontage from November 9 2018 with Emile Ratelband in a cooling tower, Epke Zonderland holding a broken bicycle, Rembrandt wearing a nurse's hat and a pile of books

The regular podcast team returns to discuss whether nuclear power will kill us faster than global warming, why there's been a rash of births among sports stars and whether filming at accident scenes should be banned. We also bring you up to date on the Pakistani lawyer fleeing religious persecution, Ajax's revival in Europe and a forthcoming feast of Rembrandt. In the discussion we ask why several hospitals were allowed to go bankrupt last month and how the government can prevent a repeat of the chaotic scenes that followed. Ophef of the week: Emile Ratelband wants judges to fix his Tinder profile TOP STORY Asia Bibi may be heading for Netherlands after acquittal for blasphemy NEWS Red Cross launches campaign to stop filming at accidents VVD backs plan to bring back nuclear power De Bilt sets record for November 6 at 17 degrees Rijksmuseum to put all its Rembrandts on display to mark artist's death SPORT Ajax on verge of first Champions League knockout qualification in 13 years New dad Epke Zonderland wins world high bar title for the third time DISCUSSION: BANKRUPT HOSPITALS Up to 10 bidders in running to take over Amsterdam and Flevoland hospital operators Health minister Bruno Bruins says don't blame me after hospitals go bust Two more hospitals in serious trouble, says Trouw IJsselmeer hospitals ran up huge bills for imported cancer medicine (RTL, Dutch) MPs criticise Bruins for standing by and watching hospitals expire (Trouw, Dutch)    More >

Ireen Wust wins fourth 1,500 metres title

Ireen Wust claimed her fourth 1,500 metres world speed skating title at the world championships in Inzell, Germany this weekend, having first won the event in 2007. Wust won one of eight gold medals take by the Dutch team at the event, and described her win afterwards as 'the best in my career'. 'I so wanted to win for Paulien,' she said after the race. Her great friend and fellow skater Paulien van Deutekom died of cancer a month ago. Both Sven Kramer and Kjeld Nuis failed to win an individual gold, but Thomas Krol took the men's 1,500 metres - his first world title. Kai Verbij won gold in the 1,000 metres - also his first world title. In total, the Dutch squad returned home with eight gold, six silver and two bronze medals.  More >

PSV go six points clear of misfiring Ajax

PSV Eindhoven missed the chance to go eight points clear at the top of the Eredivisie on Sunday as they were held to a 2-2 draw in Utrecht. The league leaders were 2-0 behind against Dick Advocaat's side at half-time, but Luuk de Jong rescued a draw with his 19th and 20th goals of the season. Ajax are now six points behind following a calamitous 1-0 defeat to out-of-form Heracles Almelo. A hapless defensive display was epitomised by Heracles's goal, which came when Andre Onana kicked a clear-out straight to Mohammed Osman, who fired into the vacant net. Captain Matthijs de Ligt branded the team's display 'scandalous', while a spluttering Erik ten Hag said his team had been unable to handle Heracles's high-tempo approach. 'We were terrible in possession, which I'm not used to seeing from this team,' he told NOS. Ten Hag also has a fitness concern ahead of Ajax's Champions League match against Real Madrid on Wednesday after Frenkie de Jong was taken off 10 minutes from the end with a groin injury. The only team in the top three to win were Feyenoord, who dispatched De Graafschap 4-0 in Rotterdam with goals from Tonny Vilhena, Calvin Verdonk, Jeremiah St. Juste and Jens Toornstra. Congested basement AZ Alkmaar strengthened their hold on fourth place and continued their fine New Year form with a 3-0 win at NAC Breda, who remain rooted to the bottom of the table. AZ have won all five of their matches in 2019 without conceding a goal. Emmen and Groningen both moved away from the relegation zone with home wins over ADO and Vitesse Arnhem respectively. Emmen needed another of their trademark late shows as captain Arco Janssen scored the winner in the 88th minute, after ADO had come back from 2-0 down. Groningen left it even later to snatch the points against Vitesse, with Mohamed El Hankouri's winner coming a minute into injury time. The Arnhem side have dropped points after the 90th minute for the last three games in a row. Heading in the opposite direction are Heerenveen, who drew 1-1 at home to PEC Zwolle to stretch their winless run to six matches, and Willem II, who lost 2-1 in Venlo. Just three points separate WIllem II, in 10th place, from 16th-placed Excelsior, who dropped into the bottom three after going down 4-1 at Fortuna Sittard. Zwolle, Groningen, ADO Den Haag, Emmen and Heerenveen are also hovering just above the drop zone. Results Friday NAC Breda 0-3 AZ Alkmaar Saturday Feyenoord 4-0 De Graafschap Heerenveen 1-1 PEC Zwolle Heracles 1-0 Ajax VVV Venlo 2-1 Willem II Tilburg Sunday Emmen 3-2 ADO Den Haag Fortuna Sittard 4-1 Excelsior Groningen 2-1 Vitesse Arnhem Utrecht 2-2 PSV Eindhoven  More >

Dick Advocaat says no to Feyenoord

Football coach Dick Advocaat has said he will not replace Giovanni van Bronckhorst at Feyenoord, the AD reported on Friday. Advocaat, 71, has had one exploratory meeting at the Rotterdam club but has decided not to go any further. 'It is a great honour to be asked but there is such negativity surrounding my possible appointment that I can't see myself doing it,' the paper quotes him as saying. 'Feynoord does not want such negativity and neither do it,' the current FC Utrecht coach said. In particular, television football shows had criticised the decision to ask Advocaat for the job and that had been reflected on social media, the AD said. The AD says the Feyenoord board will meet later on Friday to discuss other options. Advocaat, who previously worked as a mentor to Van Bronckhorst in Rotterdam, has turned down a three-year extension to his current Utrecht contract. Van Bronckhorst said last month he would leave Feyenoord at the end of the season. Van Bronckhorst, who took the Rotterdammers to their first league title in 18 years in 2017, has told the club he is ‘ready for a new challenge’.  More >

Bertens claims 10th title in St Petersburg

Dutch tennis player Kiki Bertens with her trophy Tennis star Kiki Bertens claimed her eighth professional tennis title at the weekend by beating Croatian Donna Vekic in the final of the St Petersburg Open. Bertens came back from a 5-2 deficit to win the opening set on a tie-break before taking the second set 6-4 - having survived a nervous moment in the final game when her opponent successfully challenged what looked to be a match-winning point. The 27-year-old said the victory made up for the disappointment of an early exit from the Australian Open at the start of the year. Bertens remains eighth in the world rankings but has closed the gap on Angelique Kerber and Jelena Svitolina. 'It was a disappointing trip to Australia,' she told NOS Langs de Lijn. 'I definitely expected more. But it's a nice feeling to follow it up by winning a title, especially so early in the season.' 'I need to keep my rhythm and just keep going. For now I'm happy that I've managed to close the gap on the rest of the top 10, even if I haven't climbed in the rankings.'  More >

VAR frenzy as PSV and Ajax extend margin

PSV and Ajax both won by handsome margins to maintain a five-point gap at the top of the Eredivisie table at the weekend, while Feyenoord are starting to look over their shoulders in the wake of a shock defeat to local rivals Excelsior. A hat-trick by Luuk de Jong helped PSV ease past Fortuna Sittard 5-0, after the Limburg side's resistance was broken by the dismissal of Clint Essers in the first half. De Jong's opening goal, a header, was his 100th in a PSV shirt. Ajax got back on track after their 6-2 defeat to Feyenoord with a 6-0 rout of VVV Venlo, though it took 35 minutes for Hakim Ziyech to break the deadlock and three of the goals came in the last five minutes. Feyenoord, meanwhile, lost for the second time since Christmas as Robin van der Meer sealed a comeback victory for Excelsior with a Van Basten-style volley. Giovanni van Bronkhorst's side are now just five points ahead of AZ Alkmaar, whose 5-0 drubbing of Emmen was their sixth league win in seven matches. Emmen dropped back into 16th place ahead of De Graafschap, who won the relegation battle against NAC Breda by a 3-0 margin. Groningen also overtook their northern rivals with a 2-1 win in Tilburg thanks to first-half goals from Django Warmerdam and Kaj Sierhuis. VAR controversy PEC Zwolle won the most eventful contest of the weekend as they overturned a 3-1 deficit to beat FC Utrecht, whose manager Dick Advocaat was left fuming by two VAR decisions. First Urby Emanuelson was sent off for a tackle that referee Björn Kuipers had missed, before Mike van Duinen equalised for Zwolle from a penalty awarded on the advice of the video panel. Van Duinen then rubbed salt in the wound by bagging the winner three minutes into injury time. However, the biggest VAR talking point came at the end of the match between Vitesse Arnhem and Heerenveen, where the visitors seemed to have sealed a 3-1 win through Martin Ødegaard's late strike. However, referee Martin van den Kerkhof called play back when the VAR team alerted him to a foul by a Heerenveen defender area 20 seconds earlier and awarded Vitesse a penalty, which Sam Lammers converted to make the final score 2-2. ADO Den Haag moved closer to safety with a 2-0 win over the plummeting Heracles, who have now lost eight of their last 10 league games. Results Friday De Graafschap 3-0 NAC Breda Saturday Ajax 6-0 VVV Venlo AZ Alkmaar 5-0 Emmen Vitesse Arnhem 2-2 Heerenveen Willem II Tilburg 1-2 Groningen Sunday ADO Den Haag 2-0 Heracles Almelo Excelsior 2-1 Feyenoord PEC Zwolle 4-3 Utrecht PSV Eindhoven 5-0 Fortuna Sittard  More >

149 players move club in winter transfers

In total 149 football players moved clubs during this winter's transfer season, the Dutch football association KNVB said on Thursday evening. This is just two down on the record 151 transfers booked in 2017, the KNVB said. Of the 149 players moving club, 69 are staying in the Netherlands, 41 players have gone abroad and 39 have moved to the Netherlands to continue their football career in the two Dutch professional leagues. FC Dordrecht was the most active club, with seven new players. Dordrecht is currently third from the bottom of the first division.   More >

Van Persie revels in 'historic' 6-2 win

Feyenoord veteran Robin van Persie has called on his team-mates to use their 6-2 victory over Ajax at the weekend as a springboard for the rest of the season. The 35-year-old shrugged off his recent injury problems to score two goals either side of half-time that tilted the klassieker in the Rotterdammers' favour. They went on to record their biggest win over their old rivals since 1964. 'We need to be more consistent, that's the aim', said Van Persie after the game. 'It's been a long time since we had as good a game as today, let's be honest.' Feyenoord overcame a dreadful start, in which they went 1-0 behind to Lasse Schöne's eighth-minute free kick, to take the lead with goals from Jens Toornstra and Steven Berghuis, the latter in the 31st minute. Hakim Ziyech levelled the scores two minutes later, but Van Persie put Feyenoord back in front on 42 minutes and doubled the lead 10 minutes after half-time. Goals from Tonny VIlhena and Yassin Ayoub completed Ajax's humiliation in the final quarter of an hour. Manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst called the result 'historic' as he broke a personal hoodoo, having never previously seen his team beat Ajax in an Eredivisie match. 'The best thing was the way we won it,' he said. 'We fought back and didn't let go. We took maximum advantage of Ajax's weaknesses.' De Jong: 'Different' Ajax's players admitted that the team was struggling to find its shape since returning from the winter break. Having conceded just eight goals in the first 17 games, the Amsterdammers have now leaked 10 in their last two outings. Not since 1959 have Ajax conceded four goals in two successive league matches. Defensive midfielder Frenkie de Jong, whose €75 million transfer to Barcelona was confirmed last week, said: 'Before the winter break you could see our movement was good and everyone knew what they were supposed to be doing. It's very different now.' The result also meant PSV opened up a five-point lead at the top of the table after grinding out a 2-1 win against Groningen on Saturday, thanks to two early goals from Hirving Lozano. Bizarre goal AZ Alkmaar climbed to fourth with a 2-0 win away at Heerenveen, courtesy of a bizarre goal from Oussama Idrissi. The winger was preparing to take a corner when he saw Heerenveen goalkeeper Warner Hahn step out to speak to his defenders and quickly curled the ball into the unguarded net. Vitesse Arnhem remain fifth despite losing 2-1 at Fortuna, after Dick Advocaat's Utrecht lost 1-0 at home to Willem II. In the bottom half of the table, PEC Zwolle followed up last weekend's defeat of Feyenoord by beating Heracles Almelo while Emmen scored another injury-time goal to seal a 3-2 victory at VVV Venlo. Groningen's defeat leaves them in 16th place ahead of NAC, who drew 1-1 at home to ADO Den Haag, and De Graafschap, who went down 2-0 at Excelsior. Results Friday NAC Breda 1-1 ADO Den Haag Saturday Excelsior 2-0 De Graafschap Heracles 0-2 PEC Zwolle PSV 2-1 Groningen VVV Venlo 2-3 Emmen Sunday Feyenoord 6-2 Ajax Fortuna Sittard 2-1 Vitesse Arnhem Heerenveen 0-2 AZ Alkmaar Utrecht 0-1 Willem II Tilburg  More >