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Police presence prevents football fan clashes

A match between Anderlecht and Paris-St-Germain in Brussels yesterday went off without the much-anticipated clashes between the two groups of fans, thanks to a reinforced police presence. Police patrolled the streets surrounding the Parc Astrid stadium on foot, while a traffic detail accompanied...

Antwerp port expansion plans in question

The government’s plans for the extension of the port of Antwerp are hanging in the balance after yesterday’s recommendation by the Auditor of the Council of State that the entire plan should be scrapped. The auditor was giving his opinion in a case brought by the activist group Doel2020. His advice...

Belgian orchestra swaps sheet music for tablets

The musicians of the Leuven Alumni Orchestra no longer need to turn the pages of their music scores during concerts thanks to an innovative tablet computer programme. When the conductor points to a spot on his digital music score, which is displayed on a large console that looks like a huge tablet...

Renamed Brussels street remembers murder victim

A newly-named street in the Brussels district of Haren will today (Wed) be named after Joe Van Holsbeek, the 17-year-old teenager stabbed to death in broad daylight in Brussels' Central Station in April 2006 when he refused to give up his MP3 player. The killers were caught on surveillance cameras...

Belgian businesses close deals in Angola

A Belgian economic delegation led by Princess Astrid ( pictured ) flew to Angola last Sunday with an aim to boost local exports to Angola and help companies develop trading links with the emerging African country. Trade between Belgium and Africa is already following an upward trend, with exports...

New Visitors Centre for Port of Ghent

Flemish transport minister Hilde Crevits officially opened the new visitors centre for the port of Ghent yesterday. The centre is located on the Rigakaai north of the city centre. The new facility is intended to form a single meeting place for the 15,000 visits to the port every year by companies,...

Belgian card producer expands to Japan

Cartamundi, one of the world’s leading producers of playing cards, has announced a joint venture with Amada Printing of Japan, home of some of the world’s most popular collectible cards. Under the terms of the 50-50 agreement, Amada will produce Cartamundi cards in Japan, at its factory near Tokyo...

Government to take action against dropped fraud cases

The federal government is to take action to prevent further incidences of major fraud trials being thrown out of court because of relatively minor procedural errors, state secretary for anti-fraud policy John Crombez ( pictured ) has promised. Yesterday, we reported the dismissal of a case of a man...

Culture beat – October 23

Don’t miss a free concert by The Voice Belgium judge BJ Scott at the Hard Rock Café on Thursday evening in aid of breast cancer charity Pink Ribbon. The Alabama-born singer songwriter follows the band Cocoa. There’s more music at Festival des libertés (Liberty Festival) which runs until Saturday...

One day in Antwerp

Antwerp has an excellent public transport network, but you could pick up a Velo (rental bike) from one of the 153 spots in the city. The first half hour of every ride is free and you’ll find them near every attraction. Hop on and off and park your Velo safely in the designated bike racks. A must-...

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