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Belgian filmmakers take home Canadian film prize with Black

Black was selected as the winner of the $5,000 Dropbox Discovery Award yesterday at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The new film by Belgian directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah is scheduled for release in Belgium on 11 November. It was inspired by the books Black and Back...

Mobility minister plans to test drones in traffic incidents

Flanders’ minister for mobility, Ben Weyts, is to test of the use of drones in road traffic incidents, such as taking aerial photographs to help authorities clear the road quickly in the case of accidents. The plan was revealed in the answer to a written question from a member of the Flemish...

Culture beat: 18 September

The annual Heritage Days this weekend explores Brussels-Capital Region’s industrial past. Following the theme Workshops, factories and offices, it provides an opportunity to have a sneak and free peek into a variety of buildings on foot, by bike or by bus. Open and accessible to all. Sunday is a...

Full Circle launches new season

Brussels professional club Full Circle launches its new season on Monday, 21 September, with a taster of the programme to come. The gathering at the Potemkine Bar on Monday evening presents five surprise speakers. Accompanied by drinks and canapés, it is open to everyone. Serving up short talks are...

Belgians earn an average of €3,300 gross a month

In 2013, full-time employees in Belgium earned on average €3,300 gross per month, according to the latest figures from the FPS Economy. The results show that exactly half of Belgium's full-time employees take home a gross monthly salary that falls between €2,000 and €3,000. The majority of these...

WTC building booked, hundreds more places found for refugees

The accommodation in an office block in Brussels for refugees waiting to be processed by the government agency Fedasil is fully occupied, the Red Cross has reported. The recent bad weather saw many asylum-seekers move indoors, although the tent camp in the nearby Maximilian Park is still occupied...

Erectile dysfunction drug sales continue to rise in Belgium

In 2014 in Belgium, 9.7 million pills for erectile dysfunction (ED) were sold in Belgium, 30% more than the previous year, reports La Dernière Heure , based on figures from pharma.be, the umbrella organisation of the Belgian pharmaceutical industry. The success of the pills can be explained by the...

Europe orders Belgium to change Major Law on port employment

The European Commission has given Belgium one month to adapt its law relating to employment in the ports, nearly 18 months after its first ruling that the so-called Major Law is in breach of EU regulations. According to the newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen , EU transport commissioner Violeta Bulc has...

Child benefit is not a perk, but a necessity, say Belgian families

About 78% of Belgian households with children say that the child benefit they receive from the state is an important part of the family budget. The monthly sum rarely goes towards savings or expenditures, but is most often used to help cover the family's everyday cost of living, writes Het...

AB InBev plans takeover of biggest competitor SABMiller

Leuven-based AB InBev, the world’s largest brewing company, is planning a shares takeover of SABMiller, its largest competitor worldwide. SABMiller brews more than 150 beers, including Miller Genuine Draft, Grolsch and Foster’s. According to AB InBev ( pictured ), it has informed SABMiller of its...

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