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We can work it out: Factory Forty

While most people leave the house to go to work, a growing number of independents and freelancers work from home. As comfortable and convenient as spending the entire day in your home office may sound, it can also be isolating, limited daily interactions with other people. Or, with a lot of...

CDH wants to make ArcelorMittal pay for extraordinary damage

The CDH (Democrat-Humanist) party has introduced a bill in parliament to “ensure fair compensation for serious and extraordinary damage caused in the context of the social responsibility of companies”. It means companies would be held responsible for any damage they caused by moving to another...

Cannabis plant seizures double in five years

Last year, 380,000 cannabis plants were discovered by Belgian police, La Dernière Heure reports today. The number of plantations found almost doubled, from 666 to 1,111 between 2008 and 2012, with the majority of plantations uncovered comprising between 250 and 500 plants. Tongeren, Antwerp,...

Flanders pledges $35m to Malawi

Flemish minister-president Kris Peeters has pledged $35 million (€27.3 million) to developmental programmes in Malawi from 2013 to 2015. Speaking after meeting president Joyce Banda (pictured) in the capital, Lilongwe, on Tuesday, Peeters said the funds would boost programmes in agriculture to...

First Black Watch statue to be unveiled in Belgium

A statue of a Black Watch soldier is to be unveiled in Belgium in tribute to the thousands who died during World War One, reports The Scotsman . The bronze memorial will be revealed at Black Watch Corner near Ypres next spring and will be the only memorial solely dedicated to the 8,000 Black Watch...

FedEx launches domestic delivery service

Courier company FedEx is to launch a domestic delivery service in Belgium, reports Post & Parcel. The FedEx Priority Overnight service follows the launch of the service in Switzerland last year. FedEx said the door-to-door time-definite service would provide transit in one business day for all...

The paradox of thrift: sometimes it’s wise to borrow

In a previous article, I highlighted the importance of spending less than you earn. Peripheral eurozone countries are currently having this message rammed down their throats. Many economists, however, have pointed out an inherent flaw with global austerity: if everyone saves more, who makes up for...

Running for Retrak: Week 8

Well, I’m halfway through my training for the Brussels 20km , and though it may not be very British – stiff upper lip, emotions to yourself and all that – it seems like a good time to look back and give thanks for a few things. Thanks sun, for finally emerging this week, meaning I can shed a few...

All parking fines issued between 2003 and 2010 ‘illegal’

Belgium’s Constitutional Court has ruled that part of a federal law that transferred the authority to issue parking tickets to the municipalities goes against the Belgian constitutional system, reports Flanders News . This could mean that countless parking tickets issued by municipalities between...

40,000 fewer summer jobs for students

This summer there will be 40,000 fewer jobs available for students wanting to earn extra money, the Corelio newspapers report today. This represents a 10% decrease on last year. Supermarkets, technology companies, metal factories and the food industry are the sectors in which most summer vacancies...

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