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Wearing of seatbelts is stagnating

The use of seatbelts is stagnating in Belgium, according to the latest study by the Belgian Institute for Road Safety (IBSR). The findings, published in today’s Sudpresse newspapers, also reveal that women are less likely than in the past to wear seatbelts and that the Walloons are the worst at...

One in four workers at risk of burnout

One in four Belgian workers is at risk of burnout, a survey reveals. The higher the pressure and the emotional stress in the workplace, the more significant the risk is, according to a survey by the IDEWE Group. The survey was conducted among 2,029 workers in Flanders and 842 in Wallonia. More than...

Four dead after car careers off bridge

Four young people have died after a car careered off a bridge over the canal in Brussels yesterday evening, Flanders News reports. Three died at the scene and the fourth, a passenger, died of his injuries in a Brussels hospital. The accident happened at around 21.00 last night on the Van Praet...

STIB provided electricity without licence

Public transport company STIB has been supplying electricity to shopkeepers in metro stations for years, but does not have the licence to do so, writes L’Echo today. The company provides its own electricity by transforming high-tension power from its network cables into low-tension electricity. The...

Iggy & The Stooges coming to Lokerse Feesten

Michigan legends Iggy & The Stooges will play the Lokerse Feesten on August 3, the organisers have announced. The American rapper Snoop Lion, formerly – and better – known as Snoop ‘Doggy’ Dogg, will play the festival on August 7. The 39th edition of the festival will take place from Friday,...

Wage watchers: how much does a translator earn?

Self-employed translator Els Peleman, 34, from Herenthals talks about what she earns and how she spends it What do you do for a living? I’ve been a translator since 2001, and in 2005 I became a self-employed translator as a secondary occupation. I translate mostly from French and German into Dutch...

Culture beat - April 18

Spring is the traditional period for artists of all stripes to open the doors of their homes and studios in every corner of the commune of Jette. With more than 500 artists participating in the eighth edition of the Artist Parcours Jette on Saturday and Sunday, three tours are programmed: north,...

Pre-treatment healthcare quotes proposed

Health minister Laurette Onkelinx is working on the reform of hospital budgets. One proposal is the transition to a ‘package system’ per disease, and Onkelinx is not opposed to the idea of hospitals giving patients quotes before treatment is carried out. According to a study by the health insurer...

Bad debtors to be barred from new credits

People who do not make loan repayments on time could soon be ineligible for new credits, writes De Standaard. Consumer affairs minister Johan Vande Lanotte wants to introduce changes to the law on consumer credit, he announced at the Senate committee on finance and economic affairs after a question...

Flanders condemned for language bias

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has handed down a judgement against the Flemish community for infringing EU freedom of movement by only drafting workers’ contracts in Dutch, EurActiv reports. Under Flemish law on the use of languages, workers must complete their employment contract in Dutch...

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