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SNCB/NMBS claims compensation for Fyra failure

The Belgian railway company SNCB/NMBS is filing a claim of between €17- and €26million against Italian train manufacturer AnsaldoBreda for the failure of the would-be high-speed train Fyra, write Belgian dailies De Tijd and L'Echo . SNCB/NMBS has decided to sue AnsaldoBreda in the Dutch court in...

Protest Picnic expands to Ixelles and Molenbeek

"Pic Nic the Streets", the citizen's movement calling for a less car-focused mobility policy in Brussels, is expanding to other parts of the city. The first mass street picnic took place for the first time in June last year with a huge turnout on Boulevard Anspach, in front of the Brussels Stock...

Earth's capacity exceeded for this year

As of today, mankind has consumed in 2013 more than what the earth can produce in one year's time. This year's so-called "Earth Overshoot Day" falls two days earlier than last year's, says environmental group WWF. The Global Footprint Network calculates "Earth Overshoot Day", the day when human...

Belgium's Strongest Man holds on to title

Jimmy 'the Belgian Beast' Laureys was again crowned Strongest Man in Belgium for the sixth year in a row during the annual event in his hometown of Sint-Niklaas, Antwerp province. Laureys was unstoppable throughout all proofs of the competition, including the car deadlift. For this, participants...

Highest unemployment in ten years

Over the past decade, the Belgian unemployment rate has never been higher than now , with the unemployment rate reaching 8.7 percent in June, according to De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad based on the latest s tatistics produced by the National Bank of Belgium , which was published Friday . In...

Paperwork too time-consuming for independents

On average, a self-employed person in Belgium spends 3.15 hours a day on administration alone. In a work week of five days, that amounts to 15.75 hours per week, according to a survey of 919 entrepreneurs conducted by business organisation Unizo. "More specifically, the average entrepreneur in this...

Man loses legs under train in Ostend

A 29 -year-old man from Namur was seriously injured Sunday night at the train station of Ostend when he ended up under a train and lost both his legs . The accident occurred around 1.00, shortly after t he last train from Eupen had arrived at platform 3 . The victim was drunk and seated at the edge...

More drunk drivers in Wallonia than in Flanders

In terms of p ercentage, drivers in Wallonia are more often drunk when involved in an accident than drivers in Flanders . In Flanders , however, many more accidents happen . That's according to the newspaper group Sudpresse based on data from the Belgian Institute for Road Safety ( BIVV ) . Last...

First Belgian fries vending machine in Brussels

Outside a supermarket on the Chaussée de Gand in Brussels yesterday, the first fully automatic fries vending machine served up a hot portion of the Belgians' favourite fast food. According to BreakTime Solutions, the company behind the machine , it is a first in Belgium , writes French-language...

Chez Richard

There are several bars with a history in Brussels, but not many that carry their age as gracefully as Chez Richard. One of the oldest bars in the centre of the capital, it has withstood the test of time among the art galleries, antique stores and chocolatiers at the Grand Sablon. When you enter, the wooden interior and movie posters in the small room bring to mind the sort of beloved black-and-white classics like Laurel and Hardy.

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