Dutch news in brief, 12 November 2004

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Woman drops Lubbers sex appeal

Woman drops Lubbers sex appeal

The American woman who accused UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers of sexual harassment has decided against appealing his acquittal, Radio 1 reported Friday. The former Dutch prime minister was accused of groping the 51-year-old woman's buttocks at the end of a meeting in Geneva last December. A UN inquiry found that Lubbers was guilty of sexually harassing the female worker, but Secretary-General Kofi Annan rejected the allegations because they could not be substantiated. The American woman had indicated she would appeal the decision, but has now decided to drop the case.

AH cuts prices on 2,000 products

Albert Heijn (AH) has announced it is dropping the prices on 2,000 items in what it claims is the biggest price reduction since it launched the supermarket price war in October 2003. In the third price cut round, products will fall in price between 5 and 40 percent. Products such as chips, beer and tomato sauce will be reduced in price. Since October last year, AH has reduced the price on 5,000 products or 25 percent of its product range, RTL News reported Friday. It claims to have won 250,000 new customers.

Marktplaats.nl sold to eBay for EUR 225m

US Internet auctioneer eBay has bought Marktplaats.nl for EUR 225 million and intends to keep its Dutch competitor operating as an independent unit. The US company will buy Marktplaats.nl from Het Goed Beheer BV, which paid EUR 600,000 in 1999 for the domain name, which at the time offered space to (among others) erotic advertisements, English-language news service NIS reported. The website is now the most popular Dutch meeting-place for buyers and sellers of all kinds of goods, Marktplaats.nl said.
Minister re-opens 88 farms after dioxin scare

Agriculture Minister Cees Veerman allowed 88 cattle farms to re-open Friday after they were shut down in a dioxin scare. Veerman shut last week almost 200 farms that had been delivered potato peel fodder with too much cancer-causing dioxin from potato chip maker McCain. The dioxins can lodge in the fat of the cattle. Investigations have since proven that 88 farms are dioxin free, while the results of tests at the 103 other farms will be known next week, NOS reported.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

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