Dutch news in brief, 12 May 2005

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Thousands stranded by airline ban

Thousands stranded by airline ban

Thousands of holidaymakers from the Netherlands have had their plans thrown into chaos after the Dutch authorities imposed a ban on Turkish budget Onur Air from using Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. At least 10,000 Dutch tourists were due to fly back from Turkey with Onur Air in the coming days and 48 of its flights were due to depart from Schiphol up to Tuesday.  Travel agents are making alternative arrangements to fly the stranded passengers back to the Netherlands. The ban runs provisionally for a month, when the situation will be reviewed. Onur Air has been in the news recently because of several scares involving the safety of its planes.

Health official had visited filthy house

An official with the health authority GGD and a police officer had recently visited the Amsterdam home where a woman lay dead in a pile of rubbish for two years, newspaper "Het Parool" reported on Thursday. Although litter was scattered all over the house, the 89-year-old man who lived there declined the GGD's offer of help. The GGD saw no reason to intervene. Only after the man died was the body of the woman, presumed to be his girlfriend, discovered.

Salami withdrawn in Salmonella scare

Supermarket chain Lidl has withdrawn its mini salami — with a best before date up to 31 August — from its shelves because of fears the products are infected with salmonella. The supplier posted an advert in newspaper 'De Telegraaf' asking people to return any of the products they have already bought. The scare was sparked after possible traces of the salmonella bacteria were found it a supermarket outside the Netherlands. So far, no traces have been found in Lidl shops here and there have be no reports of people getting salmonella after eating the salami.

Versatel commissioner in insider-dealing case

Leo van Doorne stepped down temporarily Thursday as chairman of supervisory board of Versatel until an investigation into alleged insider trading in the Dutch telecoms company's shares during its stock-market floatation in 1999. Versatel emphasised the company itself is not under suspicion and it is cooperating with the investigation. Nesbic, a private equity group controlled by banking group Fortis, is also reported to be under investigation in relation ot the insider-trading allegation. Nesbic held a large stake in Versatel at the time of its floatation in 1999.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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