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Belgian cities join fight against adolescent obesity

Six Belgian municipalities – Hasselt, Comines-Warneton, Jette, Liège, Marche-en-Famenne and Mouscron – have joined a European intiative to fight obesity among young people. All plan to launch actions specifically targeting adolescents from poorer socio-economic circumstances as part of the Obesity...

“Seduction coaching” business booms in Belgium

In Belgium, more and more singles are turning to professional “seduction coaches” for help finding love, reports Le Soir. The majority of coaches follow French practices, which, according to French newspaper Le Figaro , range from advising men on getting a woman’s phone number to accompanying...

Stationary speed cameras are a violation of privacy laws

The “great majority” of stationary police radar cameras are illegal because they are in violation of privacy laws, according to Belgium’s Privacy Commission. “If a vehicle is ‘flashed,’ the police have the license plate number as well as the name and address of the car owner,” Peter Van den Eynde...

New IS terrorist threats against Belgium

The IS jihadist militant group is threatening attacks against targets in Belgium. In a message delivered to jihad specialist Montasser AlDe’emeh, a Syrian member of IS said: “It’s not just a threat or empty words. This is a declaration of war, and the plans are ready.” The source, who has been...

Almost 40% of inspections turn up illegal workers

Social fraud inspectors caught undeclared workers in almost four out of 10 inspections carried out across Belgium, the service reports. Last year just over 15,100 inspections were carried out at workplaces, and infringements found in 37% of cases, involving 10,568 people working undeclared. Five...

Call for pregnant women to be vaccinated against whooping cough

The Scientific Institute for Public Health (WIV) has issued a reminder than women need to be vaccinated against whooping cough when they become pregnant even if it is not their first pregnancy. The call comes as whooping cough proves stubbornly persistent in Belgium. Numbers have come down from the...

Delhaize seeks to limit amount of unsold fresh foods

Every day, Belgian supermarket Delhaize is forced to throw or give away tens of thousands of packages of meat, fish, bagged salad and other refrigerated items that are expired. To limit the amount of waste, the grocer has instructed personnel to leave products with longer use-by dates off the...

Wage Watchers: How much does the winner of the Tour de France earn?

You can compare the Tour de France with a tennis Grand Slam, to the World Cup in football. Whoever wins gets a prestigious place of honour in the list of winners and enjoy eternal fame. And yes, the Tour winner also gets a nice present financially. Whoever is standing on the highest winners...

Belgian firefighters lack protective gear

Tens of thousands of Belgian firefighters do not have adequate protective clothing, according to a report by the Belga news agency. While there is no shortage of equipment for cleaning duties, as many as 17,500 firefighters – including 12,500 volunteers – lack the proper gear for maximum protection...

Francken, other politicians receive death threats

Federal minister for work and consumer affairs Kris Peeters and CD&V party president Wouter Beke have revealed that they have received death threats in recent months. The announcements followed news that Theo Francken, federal minister for asylum and migration, recently received a death threat...

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