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4,700 pedestrians involved in traffic accidents

A total of 4,718 pedestrians were victims of traffic accidents in 2012, an average of 13 per day, according to figures from the Belgian Institute for Road Safety (IBSR), published today in the Sudpresse newspapers. Last year, 104 pedestrians were killed on Belgian roads and 668 were seriously...

More and more Belgians have several jobs

More than 190,000 Belgians held multiple jobs in 2012, a 13% increase on 2008, according to statistics by the federal public service for economy and Eurostat published today in L'Echo. In total, 4.2% of Belgian workers were in this situation last year. The official figures mask undoubtedly a much...

Complaints of homophobic discrimination double in 2012

Belgian police recorded 157 complaints of homophobic discrimination in 2012, almost twice as much as the previous year (87 complaints), Le Soir reports today. "Far from being worried, I'm actually almost pleased with the figures, which show that victims of homophobia now speak out and that the...

School for butlers opens in Brussels

Belgium's first school for butlers will open its doors in Brussels In September. The School for Butlers and Hospitality will offer four-week training courses, which will for the most part take place at the prestigious Hotel Plaza. "Until now, this type of course was only offered in the United...

RAF hero honoured in Belgium

A war hero from Strourport, Worcestershire who was on board a plane shot down over Belgium during the Second World War will be remembered at a special event to mark 70 years since the incident, writes the Shuttle’s William Tomaney . Sergeant Arthur Beard was a navigator on the Halifax JD371, which...

Dead nice: the Ixelles cemetery neighbourhood

The cemetery in Ixelles dates back to 1877, which makes it one of the oldest in Brussels. Known for its many stately tombs, it serves as a final resting place for many of the commune’s influential inhabitants, such as scientist Ernest Solvay, Nobel Prize winner Jules Bordet and Frederic Neuhaus,...

Visit Britain, you’re invited!

Nothing comes more to mind in August than holidays. So before I depart, happy but exhausted, for my annual holiday, allow me to focus on Belgian tourism across the Channel. One of the great pleasures of being Ambassador is that people can’t wait to tell me in glowing terms about their stay in the...

Police accused of homophobic violence outside Brussels Summer Festival

Police in Brussels have received an official complaint for serious homophobic offences committed by police officers on Friday night outside the Brussels Summer Festival, a police spokesperson has confirmed. Two gay men said on their Facebook pages that they had been verbally abused and beaten up by...

Belgian teenager identified as Hannah Smith cyberbully

A 16-year-old boy from Tongeren, Limburg province has been identified as one of the trolls who sent taunts to Hannah Smith the day before she died, writes the Daily Mail’s Nick Fagge . Hannah’s father, David Smith, said he had seen evidence the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was...

Twice as many cases of extortion

More than 5,600 complaints for extortion were lodged with the Belgian police last year, compared to 2,858 in 2011, Het Belang van Limburg and De Gazet van Antwerpen report today. “This increase is significant," says Kaatje Natens, spokeswoman of the Federal Police, who partly blames the rise on the...

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