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Chelsea legend appointed Antwerp manager

Former Netherlands and Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been named as the new manager of Belgian second division side Royal Antwerp, reports The Independent . Hasselbaink, who was on the coaching staff at Nottingham Forest, has signed a one-year deal with the remit of taking the former...

When Brussels joined the global ‘March against Monsanto’

The concerns of those demonstrating covered a range of issues, many of which involve not only Monsanto but also other powerful biotech companies such as Syngenta, Bayer, Dow and more. Several people were dressed as bees, recalling the ongoing campaign to ban the use of harmful pesticides blamed for...

Wage watchers: how much does a scientific researcher earn?

Scientific researcher Bart Van de Vijver, 38, from Aartselaar talks about what he earns and how he spends it What do you do for a living? Together with my three colleagues we research diatoms. These are unicellular algae which are producers within the food chain.We research new types of diatoms and...

Mobile roaming within EU cheaper as of July 1

Using one’s mobile phone abroad within the EU will be cheaper from July 1, 2013, Het Belang van Limburg reports today. Mobile operators will have to comply with EU legislation and reduce their rates for using a mobile phone (for calls, text messages and mobile internet) abroad. A telephone...

10% of Belgium’s gold reserves out on loan

The Belgian Central Bank said yesterday that about 25 tons of the its gold reserves have been lent to bullion banks according to Bloomberg, writes Goldcore’s Mark O’Byrne . Nearly 10% or about 25 metric tons of the National Bank of Belgium’s remaining 227.5 tons of gold reserves are currently lent...

French-speaking liberals set out 2014 tax reform plans

Charles Michel, the president of Belgium's French-speaking conservative-liberal party (MR), has underlined the need to initiate a reform of taxation in Belgium from 2014, writes Tax News’ Ulrika Lomas . With just one year to go before the 2014 elections, MR president Michel put forward the idea of...

Belgian firefighters learn new tricks in Nashville

A dozen firefighter from Belgium are wrapping up a week-long trip to the US during which they learnt a few tricks from some of Nashville's fire crews, reports News Channel 5’s Jason Lamb . In addition to learning about local customs, they've also learned about how Nashville's fire department goes...

AmCham Belgium issues call to action

The American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium this morning released its 2013 Priorities for a Prosperous Belgium . This annual publication, which lays out the Chamber’s policy recommendations for the Belgian Government, takes on a renewed sense of urgency as Belgium enters the next electoral cycle. "...

The bagels of Brussels

Obviously, I refer first and foremost to the bagel. Although the Jewish community of Antwerp provides a refuge for some, the bagel battle in Brussels is a bitter one. Most bakers’ bagel-exposure seems to have been limited to photographs. Thankfully, a few establishments are doing their homework and saving us all from our bagel-less misery.

Running for Retrak: Week 16

So, it's all over: 20 kilometres, 37,000 people, a couple of hours and a few hundred euros for a good cause. And all of it surprisingly enjoyable. Hurts like hell now, of course, and the uphill stretch a few km from the end followed by the murderous cobbles at the entry to Cinquantenaire were quite...

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