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National rail firm makes €330.7 million net loss

The national rail company SNCB/NMBS has recorded a net loss of €330.7 million in 2013, more than double the loss it made in 2012. The heavy loss has been attributed largely to the company writing off €134 million from its concern in the independent logistics subsidiary SNCB/NMBS Logistics. The...

E40 car park closes to combat human trafficking

The car park on the E40 at Westkerke between Bruges and Nieuwpoort, will close in June for six months, Flemish mobility minister Hilde Crevits said, in an effort to put an end to illegal activities taking place there. The car park has no services or sanitary facilities, making it the perfect spot,...

Personalised number plates rake in nearly €1 million for the state

Since March 31, the rules governing personalised number plates have been relaxed. The vehicle registration service, DIV, has already received 986 requests for a personalised number plate since the new rules came in. In the past, personalised number plates had to start with the number 9, but the...

Belgians give thumbs up to renewable energy

More than seven out of ten Belgians say they are in favour of renewable energy as the way forward after the closure of the last Belgian nuclear power plants in 2025, according to a survey conducted by the IPSOS market research company. Respondents to the survey say that they support renewable...

Change of attitude needed for teaching profession, say agencies

In an interview with Flemish newspaper De Tijd , the chair of the Association University of Leuven (KU Leuven) stated that the average teacher in Dutch-speaking schools is conservative and is insufficient at an intellectual level. “Education reform will never succeed if the next education minister...

When Chinese farmers manufacture Transformers

A group of Chinese farmers have developed a very particular hobby: give life to the creatures they see in the cartoon series and now feature film Transformers. By recycling old automotive body parts, the farming group produces giant robots that are almost-identical replicas of the original toys...

Belgium sends delegation to Rwandan genocide commemorations

Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo met with families of Belgian and Rwandan victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda on Sunday morning before they flew to Kigali where they will mark the 20th anniversary of the genocide today, April 7, accompanied by an official Belgian delegation. In total, 10 Belgian UN...

Brussels falcon chick hatches from nest

One of the eggs of a pair of falcons nesting in St. Michael and St Gudula cathedral, Brussels, started to hatch on Saturday, according to the website Falcons for Everyone. “Yes, one of the little falcons has well and truly started to dig its way out of its shell. We can clearly hear it chirping...

Cancellara wins Tour of Flanders for third time

Fabian Cancellara won the Tour of Flanders yesterday for the second year running. It was the third time he has won Belgium’s most gruelling cycle race. The Swiss cyclist pulled ahead with a powerful surge at the finish that edged him over the line a fraction of a second ahead of three chasing...

Birth control pill voted Best Belgian Invention

The contraceptive pill is the Best Belgian Invention, according to listeners to the Dutch-speaking radio station Radio 1. The pill won the title with 38% of the votes. Other inventions on the shortlist were the jpeg compressed photo image, the Mercator projection (which portrays the three-...

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