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A bridge to space: QinetiQ sends satellites into orbit

The launch of the satellite Proba-V a month ago, and its successful positioning in low orbit, brings us back to Kruibeke. Here, on the left bank of the river Scheldt, lie the European headquarters of QinetiQ Space – the company that built Proba-V. For me, it’s a reunion of sorts, because I was here...

Stay of execution for Mini-Europe and Océade

Two of Brussels’ most popular attractions, the theme park Mini-Europe and water park Océade, have had the contract for their location on the Heysel plateau prolonged until 2016. The news comes as a stay of execution for the two attractions, which had been told they would need to leave Heysel this...

Man who stabbed police in metro sentenced

A man who stabbed two police officers and attempted to stab a third has been sentenced to 17 years in prison by a court in Brussels. Brahim Bahrir, 35, had travelled to Brussels from Paris after hearing of protests following a police identity check of a woman wearing a burqa in Molenbeek. The...

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...

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