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High time to invest in cyber security

Secretary of state for public service Hendrik Bogaert has warned against a wave of cyber-attacks in today’s De Standaard. “Now is the time to invest in the security of our networks and systems,” he said. “We must prepare for a wave of cyber-attacks by allocating an appropriate budget. To me, €20...

John Kerry in Belgium for Nato and Russian meetings

US secretary of state John Kerry has arrived in Brussels to participate in a meeting of Nato foreign ministers. He was greeted on arrival by US ambassador Howard Gutman and Pierre Labouverie, chief of protocol of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nato foreign ministers will also meet in the Nato-...

Antwerp marathon runners remember Boston victims

Last week’s fatal bomb attack at the Boston marathon was in the minds of runners in Antwerp yesterday, reports Flanders News . Participants in the marathon spoke of “runner solidarity” and wanting to show that nothing can stop runners, following the blasts that killed three people and left more...

To buy or to rent?

I moved to Antwerp in the 1990s and had no intention of buying property in Belgium, even though I expected to stay here at least for the duration of our children’s education. As the kids were infants, this was a 20-year-plus commitment. What put me off buying property in Belgium was the outrageous...

Wearing of seatbelts is stagnating

The use of seatbelts is stagnating in Belgium, according to the latest study by the Belgian Institute for Road Safety (IBSR). The findings, published in today’s Sudpresse newspapers, also reveal that women are less likely than in the past to wear seatbelts and that the Walloons are the worst at...

One in four workers at risk of burnout

One in four Belgian workers is at risk of burnout, a survey reveals. The higher the pressure and the emotional stress in the workplace, the more significant the risk is, according to a survey by the IDEWE Group. The survey was conducted among 2,029 workers in Flanders and 842 in Wallonia. More than...

Four dead after car careers off bridge

Four young people have died after a car careered off a bridge over the canal in Brussels yesterday evening, Flanders News reports. Three died at the scene and the fourth, a passenger, died of his injuries in a Brussels hospital. The accident happened at around 21.00 last night on the Van Praet...

STIB provided electricity without licence

Public transport company STIB has been supplying electricity to shopkeepers in metro stations for years, but does not have the licence to do so, writes L’Echo today. The company provides its own electricity by transforming high-tension power from its network cables into low-tension electricity. The...

Iggy & The Stooges coming to Lokerse Feesten

Michigan legends Iggy & The Stooges will play the Lokerse Feesten on August 3, the organisers have announced. The American rapper Snoop Lion, formerly – and better – known as Snoop ‘Doggy’ Dogg, will play the festival on August 7. The 39th edition of the festival will take place from Friday,...

Wage watchers: how much does a translator earn?

Self-employed translator Els Peleman, 34, from Herenthals talks about what she earns and how she spends it What do you do for a living? I’ve been a translator since 2001, and in 2005 I became a self-employed translator as a secondary occupation. I translate mostly from French and German into Dutch...

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