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Lottery hoax warning

The National Lottery has warned of a hoax email currently in circulation which announces that the recipient has won €35,000 on the e-lottery and invites the ‘winner’ to click on a link and provide bank details. “To be perfectly clear, the National Lottery never does such a thing,” said spokesman...

Digital Belgium is on target

Belgium has met all the digital targets for 2013 set out by the European Commission, and has even achieved some of its targets for 2015, the economy ministry has announced in its Information Society Barometer for 2013. According to the report, 78% of households have an internet connection, rising...

Resort council powerless to prevent ‘gay cure’ evangelist

A Dutch evangelist who claims to be able to cure cancer and homosexuality by the power of prayer has encountered protests in the Belgian coastal town of Middelkerke. Bert Bruinekreeft is in town for a two-week prayer camp in the centre of town. However, despite protests, the municipal council says...

Nadal won’t blame injury for shock defeat to Belgian shark

Rafael Nadal refused to blame injury after crashing out of Wimbledon in the first round to Belgium’s Steve Darcis, a 1500-1 outsider, in straight sets yesterday (7-6, 7-6, 6-4), writes The Guardian’s Owen Gibson . “I tried my best out there in every moment. The opponent played well, I had my...

Belgian mobile operators’ prices cheaper but remain high

The price of mobile phone calls in Belgium is beginning to decrease, reports Le Soir. Consumer magazine Test Achats / Test Aankoop has noticed the price drop after examining and comparing 130 offers. The three largest network operators (Proximus, Mobistar and Base) now rank among the most...

Surveillance cameras ‘do not reduce street crime’

The presence of surveillance cameras in the streets does not help reduce the risk of physical violence and has little influence on other forms of crime, according to a study by the Flemish centre of expertise on safety, the findings of which are published today in Het Nieuwsblad, De Standaard and...

Belgian business confidence slips unexpectedly

Belgian business confidence, a bellwether for the euro zone, unexpectedly slipped in June, implying its economy is in stagnation at best and not keeping up with recovering neighbour Germany, reports Reuters . The business confidence index, often referred to as the leading indicator, fell to -12.8...

Belgium promoted to European Grand Prix after 7s victory

Belgium won the second round of the Men's 7's European Championship Division A at home and will play in the 2014 7's Grand Prix Series, the Ultimate Rugby Sevens website reports. Belgium brilliantly won the Cup final against Sweden (22-12) in Brussels last weekend. After its victory in the first...

Signals from the hive: urban beekeeping

One-third of the world’s food crops, we’re told, rely on pollination by insects, and honeybees are the unchallenged champions in that line of work. Although their extinction would probably not precipitate the collapse of the entire food chain, as Einstein is said to have said it would, (self-...

New US Ambassador to Belgium named

Denise Bauer has been nominated by the president Barack Obama to be the next Ambassador of the United States to Belgium, writes New Europe’s Alia Papageorgiou . The notice released by the President's residence, The White House press office on June 21 listed 15 new appointees, mostly to the...

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