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Detailed information boards for Brussels taxi users

Brussels’ 136 taxi ranks will soon be equipped with boards providing users with information on fares, and drivers’ obligations as well as telephone numbers for booking a taxi. In addition, the information provided inside taxis will be more complete, thanks to the mandatory posting of rates, basic...

TB forces Brussels authorities to open sanatorium

A sanatorium will soon open at Brussels’ Saint-Pierre hospital, based on the model of ‘convalescent homes’ and sanatoriums that existed until the 80s , De Standaard reports today . The authorities have taken a series of measures aimed at fighting against tuberculosis. TB cases are on the rise in...

‘Royal lovechild’ Delphine Boël the star draw at UK art fair

Delphine Boël, the Belgian artist who made headlines earlier this month when she demanded that Belgium’s royal family submit to DNA tests to confirm her claims that she is the illegitimate daughter of recently-abdicated King Albert II, is one of the brightest attractions at this week’s Art...

Belgian brewers challenge French beer tax increase

The Belgian Brewers' Federation has submitted an appeal to the European Commission, challenging the French government's decision to raise the tax on beer by 160% at the beginning of the year, writes Tax News’ Ulrika Lomas . The Brewers of Europe association has followed suit. The French government...

Culture Beat - July 25

The owners of Music Village like to claim that the sophisticated club, a stone's throw from the Grand' Place, caters to jazz lovers while “giving non-connoisseurs an opportunity to fall in love with jazz”. Swing is a genre which tends to unite buffs and novices, and Buster & the Swing Quintet...

Brussels traffic jams ‘cost €511m a year’

The total cost of traffic jams in Brussels is as high as €511m a year, the Brussels Chamber of Commerce (BECI) has calculated. Le Soir and De Standaard report that, in its white paper on efficient mobility, the BECI calls on politicians and public transport to act quickly. The chamber of commerce...

Scottish man found dead at rubbish dump

Belgian police have launched an inquiry after the body of a father-of-two from Scotland was found at a dump in Tienen, Flemish Brabant, reports the Evening Telegraph . Investigators are pursuing the theory that Norman Hart was crushed to death after the bin he was sleeping in was picked up by a...

Ford to pay $1.2bn for closing European plants

Car manufacturer Ford has said in an official statement that closing its plants in Genk, Southampton and Dagenham would cost US$1.2bn (€900m). In the press release, the Ford Motor Company states that US419m (€316m) had been released in the second quarter for the implementation of social plans in...

Council worker claims 8,000 hours of unpaid overtime

A maintenance working employed by the town of Tubize, Walloon Brabant, claims the council owes him 8,000 hours of unpaid overtime accumulated over three decades. The town council had originally agreed to acknowledge and address the situation before last year’s local elections, but has since...

New ‘intelligent turnstiles’ launched in Belgium

A new ‘intelligent’ access control system was unveiled at Belgium’s Graspop Festival, combining a secure turnstile entrance with integrated scanning capabilities, writes Event Industry News’ Adam Parry . Mojo Barriers launched the ‘Gatekeeper 2.0’ at the metal festival, which used 18 Gatekeepers to...

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