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€6.3m loss for 2012 Belgian Grand Prix

While the Belgian GP in Spa-Francorchamps may be an annual tradition since 1925, the 2012 financial year closing with a loss of more than €6 million has organisers and sponsors questioning the future of the Formula One World Championship race. Last year, the Brit Jenson Button came out the winner,...

College students cost parents €12,450 a year

Children studying and living outside of the home cost their parents some €12,450 annually. Students who instead stay at home and commute to their classes every day cost an average of €8,128 euros per year, according to numbers from the Centre for Budget Advice and Research (Cebud). " The living...

Belgium rejects baby name Jerusalem

Brussels City Hall has refused to register the birth of a baby because of its name. The Israeli parents, Alinadav and Hagar Hyman, who have been living and working in the city for three years, wanted to name their daughter Alma Jerusalem, after their home country's capital. The name Jerusalem,...

Wage watchers: how much does a school admin assistant earn?

School administrative assistant Anne Van Goethem, 38, from Weerde, talks about what she earns and how she spends it What do you do for a living? I am an admin assistant at the Sint-Ursula-Instituut in Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-Waver. My main task is to process the results of our former students and...

Belgian World Cup tickets on sale from December

If the Red Devils qualify for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, tickets for Belgian fans will be available from Sunday, December 8, two days after the draw for the group stage, the Royal Belgian Football Association announced today. World Football Association FIFA will already start with a first phase...

SNCB/NMBS claims compensation for Fyra failure

The Belgian railway company SNCB/NMBS is filing a claim of between €17- and €26million against Italian train manufacturer AnsaldoBreda for the failure of the would-be high-speed train Fyra, write Belgian dailies De Tijd and L'Echo . SNCB/NMBS has decided to sue AnsaldoBreda in the Dutch court in...

Protest Picnic expands to Ixelles and Molenbeek

"Pic Nic the Streets", the citizen's movement calling for a less car-focused mobility policy in Brussels, is expanding to other parts of the city. The first mass street picnic took place for the first time in June last year with a huge turnout on Boulevard Anspach, in front of the Brussels Stock...

Earth's capacity exceeded for this year

As of today, mankind has consumed in 2013 more than what the earth can produce in one year's time. This year's so-called "Earth Overshoot Day" falls two days earlier than last year's, says environmental group WWF. The Global Footprint Network calculates "Earth Overshoot Day", the day when human...

Belgium's Strongest Man holds on to title

Jimmy 'the Belgian Beast' Laureys was again crowned Strongest Man in Belgium for the sixth year in a row during the annual event in his hometown of Sint-Niklaas, Antwerp province. Laureys was unstoppable throughout all proofs of the competition, including the car deadlift. For this, participants...

Highest unemployment in ten years

Over the past decade, the Belgian unemployment rate has never been higher than now , with the unemployment rate reaching 8.7 percent in June, according to De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad based on the latest s tatistics produced by the National Bank of Belgium , which was published Friday . In...

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