Dutch news in brief, 15 April 2005

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Spam costs Netherlands EUR 116m

Spam costs Netherlands EUR 116m 

Unsolicited advertisements via email costs Dutch society EUR 116 million annually, according to a study conducted for the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The high price is generated by wasting the recipient's time and by the high cost of data traffic, research agency Stratix found. It estimated that spam accounts for 75 percent of all emails in the Netherlands.

Unilever accuses AH of copying design

Anglo-Dutch food-and-soup producer Unilever has accused Dutch retailer Albert Heijn (AH) of deliberately changing the look of many of its house brand items to look like Unilever's A-brand products. A lawyer for Unilever showed an array of products to Arnhem Court on Friday in a bid to prove its case. Unilever also pointed to market research which it claimed showed that 50 percent of those questioned found it difficult to distinguish between AH and Unilever products. AH has denied that it deliberately copied the Unilever look when redesigning the packaging and labels of its house-brand items. The court is to deliver its judgement on 28 April.

Prisoner walks out of jail

A prisoner escaped in classic manner from Nieuw Vosseveld prison in Vucht — taking the place of his visitor he walked passed the guards and walked out the main door, prison authorities revealed on Friday. His visitor, who took the prisoner's place, was detained for questioning once the escape was discovered. The prison has declined to say what offence the prisoner had been serving time for. Security has now been tightened to prevent a repeat of the embarrassing incident.

Police arrest 32 in mass operation

Police conducted a large-scale operation in central Amsterdam on Thursday to detect wanted criminals, road traffic offenders and people who had unpaid fines. In all, 32 people were arrested in the sweep at Centraal Station, Leidseplein and Haarlemmerpoort. Officers also issued hundreds of new fines and seized 20 illegal guns and drugs during operation 'Stadspoort' that lasted until 4am on Friday morning.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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