Dutch news in brief, 11 May 2006

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UEFA Cup passes off quietly, All the drama at the UEFA Cup final in Eindhoven on Wednesday was on the pitch. Police arrest 24 people, both Dutch and English, but for relatively minor incidents such as public urination, vandalism and assault. Over 600 offices drafted in to ensure the peace at the Middlesborough-Sevilla clash spent the day enjoying the sun and giving people directions. The only trashing was suffered by the English team: it lost 4-0.

UEFA Cup passes off quietly

All the drama at the UEFA Cup final in Eindhoven on Wednesday was on the pitch. Police arrest 24 people, both Dutch and English, but for relatively minor incidents such as public urination, vandalism and assault. Over 600 offices drafted in to ensure the peace at the Middlesborough-Sevilla clash spent the day enjoying the sun and giving people directions. The only trashing was suffered by the English team: it lost 4-0.

Virtual trade mission to Sweden

Dutch business people wishing to drum up business in Sweden can shortly do so without the travel and accommodation costs a visit would entail. The Dutch Economic Affairs Ministry and Dutch Embassy in Stockholm have organised a virtual trade mission. The 32 participating business post their profiles at virtualmission.nl and a professional matchmaker will select suitable business partners in Sweden. The parties will gather in Amsterdam and Stockholm on 17 May to communicate with each other via webcams.

Retailers await World Cup bonanza

The World Cup in Germany will boost consumer spending in the Netherlands by about EUR 130 million, the Dutch retail business council said on Thursday. Supermarkets expect a EUR 50 million increase in sales - mainly beer, crisps and soft drinks. But the sale figures will depend on how well the Dutch team performs. Retailers expect an increase of  EUR 70 million to EUR 85 million in 'non-food' products such as beertenders, televisions and gaming computers as well as football fan essentials - orange wigs, make-up, horns and flags.

A2 to get 10 lanes

Transport Minister Karla Peijs wants to widen the A2 motorway between Amsterdam and Utrecht to 10 lanes. The work, between the Holendrecht junction and Oudenrijn, is scheduled to be finished by 2010. Peijs presented her idea to cabinet on Thursday and parliament will also have to vote on it. Work is currently underway to widen the A2 from six to eight lanes.

World Cup not in wide-screen format

Dutch news service NOS has decided not to broadcast the matches during next month's World Cup in wide-screen format. Jan de Jong of the NOS said most viewers in the Netherlands still had traditional television set. "You could make a few million people with wide-screen televisions happy by making wide-screen the standard for the World Cup, but that would make several more millions unhappy" De Jong said.

Dog eats dead owner

The body of a man, 50, who lay dead in his home in The Hague for three months was partially eaten by his dog, newspaper 'AD' reported on Thursday. Eventually the dog also died. The man's neighbours became concerned in recent weeks about his absence and repeatedly asked the landlord to check his apartment. He refused. The police were called in on Monday and they made the grisly discovery.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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