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Twenty-five Belgians among first space tourists

During a press conference yesterday in Antwerp, British entrepreneur Richard Branson, the billionaire and founder of space travel company Virgin Galactic, announced that so far 25 Belgians have purchased a ticket to space. Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic flight, the first commercial trip to...

Burnout legally recognised in Belgium

As of September 1, employers in Belgium are obliged to acknowledge the risk of burnout among employees and take the appropriate measures to prevent it. Employers are therefore responsible for conducting risk analyses and counselling employees in order to avoid burnout, a feeling of exhaustion and...

EU extends aid to apple and veggie growers

Authorities have given the go-ahead for Belgian apple and vegetable growers to leave their crops unharvested, following the example of pear growers. The growers will also receive compensation for crops taken off the market. The details of the plan, including timing, are due to be passed on to...

Negotiators ordered to nominate European Commissioner

Kris Peeters (CD&V) and Charles Michel (MR), the two negotiators working on the formation of a new Belgian government, have been ordered to put forward a candidate for European Commissioner this week. The new president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, called on Belgium to...

Belgium experiences wettest summer in 22 years

The Belgian summer of 2014 was the wettest summer since 1992, reported meteorologist David Dehenauw on Sunday. At the national weather station in Uccle/Ukkel (south of Brussels), around 345 mm of precipitation fell in the months of June, July and August. The months of July and August were...

Magistrates and insurers disagree on use of dashcams

The magistrates who sit on police courts and rule on traffic offences are not happy with the idea of Belgium following Russia’s example in the widespread use of “dashcams” – cameras installed on a car’s dashboard to record everything in the event of an accident. Last week, insurance company DVV...

Belgian post to help combat bike theft

The Belgian post company Bpost will launch a new service on September 15 to track stolen bicycles. The service involves CycloSafe, a barely visible computer chip that adheres to the frame of a bike. About 20,000 postal workers across the country will be equipped with a special scanner to detect...

Goedele Liekens to teach sex education in UK

British television Channel 4 has asked Belgian sex expert Goedele Liekens to lead a new television programme on sexual education called Sex in Class, writes the Guardian on its website. The Belgian television celebrity, who recently worked on a similar programme on Dutch television channel RTL 4,...

Road to self-improvement in Brussels

Many people arriving in Brussels have already done pretty well for themselves. They’ve secured a good job with a European institution or one of the numerous non-governmental organisations in the city, or their foreign company has expanded and they’ve taken on the task of setting up operations in...

Culture beat – August 29

Alternative music venue Magasin 4 launches a month-long 20th anniversary celebration with a weekend of concerts and events this Saturday and Sunday. Dutch band Ex, plus L’Enfance Rouge, Gatechin, Vitas Guerulaitis and Spagguetta Orghasmmond take to the stage Saturday; Jean-Louis Costes, Tat2NoisAct...

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