Dutch sperm donor fathers at least 102 children: RTL

Dutch sperm donor fathers at least 102 children: RTL

A sperm donor in the Netherlands has been caught donating sperm to 11 different fertility clinics and has fathered at least 102 children, RTL news said on Saturday. In the Netherlands, sperm donors many not father more than 25 children and are supposed only to donate at one clinic. In a second case highlighted by RTL, a man has fathered two children at two different clinics. The Dutch gynecologists association NVOG has called on clinics to stop using the men’s sperm immediately. There indications the men had very recently offered their services to various clinics and that some women are currently being impregnated using their sperm, the organisation said. The men have also been donated sperm to would-be mothers outside the regular health service, RTL said. The NVOG found about the multiple donors after being tipped up by a group of single mothers but does not give any more details about how it tracked down their donors. The women do, however, say, that the two men may have fathered 'several dozen' children outside the regular fertility clinic circuit. Records Clinics are not currently able to see each other's records about sperm and egg donors. However, if this was possible, similar situations could be made impossible in the future, the NVOG said. This June, more than 20 children conceived with sperm from a fertility clinic run by the late doctor Jan Karbaat have won the right to have his DNA examined. The judge ruled that samples from 27 items confiscated after Karbaat died in April can be used to make a DNA profile. He is suspected to have fathered dozens of children via his own clinic.  More >

Price of milk and butter soars

Price of milk and butter soars but dairy is only 14% of average food bill The price of dairy products in the Netherlands has soared 10% over the past year - the highest increase in 10 years - the national statistics office CBS said at the weekend. Full-cream milk and butter, for example, cost 35% more than a year ago, while semi-skimmed milk is 25% more expensive. Cheese is up by an average of 7%. The price of yoghurt, by contrast, is up just 2%. Within the eurozone as a whole, the price of dairy products have shot up the most in the Netherlands, the CBS says. The CBS says some 14% of the average Dutch food bill goes on dairy products which, despite the Dutch reputation as a nation of dairy lovers, is one of the lowest percentages in Europe. Only Spain, Belgium and Portugal spend less. By contrast, dairy accounts for nearly 23% of the average Lithuanian food bill. The rise in the price of dairy products is due to higher milk prices, which have been forced up by increased demand for milk powder in Asia, higher wages and transport costs and margins, the CBS said.   More >

Dutch exports to Britain fall in H1

Dutch sperm donor fathers at least 102 children: RTL Dutch exports to Britain fell 2% in the first six months of this year compared with the year earlier period, according to new trade figures from national statistics office CBS. By contrast, Dutch exports to the rest of the European Union were up 11% on the first half of 2016. In 2015 and 2016, exports to Britain rose more than to the rest of the EU. Exports to Britain fell to €19.4bn, of which almost €10m was due the decline in the export of products manufactured in the Netherlands. However, excluding the export of an oil rig, which boosted the 2016 first half, exports to Britain were virtually stable, the CBS said. The drop in the price of sterling also had an effect. Goods priced in euros were almost 10% more expensive for British importers during the period. Some 7.5% of Dutch exports go to Britain, making it the third biggest export destination behind Germany and Belgium.   More >

Artificial turf under fire in Eredivisie

Dutch sperm donor fathers at least 102 children: RTL Some of the leading lights in Dutch football have urged the Dutch football association to ban clubs from playing on artificial turf in the Eredivisie. The initiative has been taken by four former Oranje captains: Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Ruud Gullit and Mark van Bommel. In total, 100 coaches, trainers, former players and internationals have signed the manifesto. 'Football on artificial turf is a completely different game. The speed of the ball, tackles... technically it is quite different from real grass,' Van Bommel told the AD. 'And it is significant that no leading football country is following this artificial grass trend.' The signatories say that the use of artificial turf by an increasing number of professional clubs is damaging the image, level, future and respect for Dutch football.  More >

Students want 'big brother' law referendum

Dutch sperm donor fathers at least 102 children: RTL Four science students at the University of Amsterdam have started a petition calling for a referendum on new Dutch laws giving far greater powers to the security services to intercept and monitor internet traffic. The controversial legislation, which is due to come into effect in 2018, has been slammed by privacy experts as a 'big brother's charter'. The four students have so far collected 10,000 signatures which first need to be assessed by the voting council Kiesraad. Once approved, they can then launch the campaign to collect 300,000 votes to force a referendum. 'It is remarkable how little discussion this far-reaching law has generated,' Joran van Apeldoorn told the Parool. 'But we know from England, where similar legislation is already in force, that it does not increase the likelihood of catching terrorists.' If successful, it would be the second time that activists have forced a nationwide referendum on an issue. Shockblog GeenStijl managed to do so in 2015 to force a referendum on the EU's treaty with Ukraine.  More >