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Belgium defence ministry opts for non-EU official vehicles

The Belgium unit of South Korean car manufacturer Kia Motors has announced last night that its Sportage crossover vehicle has been chosen as the official car of Belgium's defence ministry, the Korea Times reports. Kia said it delivered the first vehicle to the defence ministry in a ceremony earlier...

Belgian and Dutch domain name registrars hacked

The Foundation for Internet Domain Registration in the Netherlands (SIDN) has been forced to shut down several of its websites and temporarily limit access to the domain name registration system due to a security breach, while hackers have also defaced DNS.be, the organization that manages the .be...

Joining forces to beat Alzheimer’s

Earlier this year, the American neurologist Dennis J Selkoe received an honorary doctorate at the University of Leuven (KULeuven). Following the ceremony, the 70-year-old Harvard professor gave an inspiring lecture called “Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease” in front of a crowded auditorium. The speech...

Mussels making us wait

A long and unusually cold spring is to blame for the mussels' delayed debut this year. Today in Yerseke, Zeeland, growers and merchants are gathered to measure quality. This annual mussel inspection is used to determine the current state of the shellfish and where the best ones will come from this...

Wildlife bridge helps animals cross Brussels ring

The two sides of the Sonian Forest are now separated by the busy ring road , but the tubular bridge , suspended from ropes, will change this. The bridge is part of the defragmentation measures of the Flemish government, which is required to reconnect animal h abitats that are separated by roads ...

Belgian Ramadan starts today

A ccording to the Muslim calendar, Ramadan begins as soon as the first crescent of the new moon is visible, meaning that t he exact start of Ramadan can differ from country to country . That explains why some Arab countries began fasting already on Tuesday. During Ramadan , Muslims do not eat ,...

Unnecessary eye operations cost government millions

This evolution is accompanied by a large increase in costs (84 percent) for the Belgian government, or up to €55million, according to De Tijd . One example is the decreasing number of prescriptions handed out for reading glasses, previously thought to be the ideal solution for hyperopia. Instead,...

EU survey confirms 'expat bubble' is real

The survey took into account the answers of more than 9,000 EU expatriates in Brussels, revealing a largely estranged community that is secluded from local residents. By its own admission, the survey sought to clarify whether “the image of the Brussels expatriate who lives on an elitist island...

Wage watchers: how much does a dancer earn?

Dancer Tommy Gryson, 26, from Kortrijk, West Flanders province talks about what he earns and how he spends it What do you do for a living? I am a full-time self-employed dancer. I teach two days a week; the rest of the time I do freelance assignments as a performing dancer or choreographer...

King Philippe’s civil list to be subject to VAT

The civil list granted to the future King Philippe will be subject to VAT and excise duties, various Belgian media report today. The amount will be identical to that of Albert II’s civil list, the prime minister and his deputies in the federal government decided last night. The restricted council...

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