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Bomb alert at Braine-l'Alleud station hinders traffic

An anonymous phone call at 6.00 to the 101 emergency services warned that a bomb would go off in the train station of Braine-l'Alleud. The police took no chances and cleared the station immediately to set up a security perimeter. The building was then searched, but there was no suspicious package...

Wage watchers: how much does a postman earn?

Postman Danny Steensels, 50, from Mechelen talks about what he earns and how he spends it What do you do for a living? I have been a postman since 1984. I've never done anything else, apart from my military service. The first part of the round we do with the car, for bulky parcels and remote...

New law allows employers to ‘try before they hire’

Temp agencies will be allowed to provide candidates to employers to fill permanent jobs in Belgium from September 1, reports Staffing Industry . The client will be able to try the candidate on a temporary contract before hiring. Before the new law published earlier this month, temporary work...

Belgian mobile operators to warn customers exceeding monthly bundle

The Belgian federal government is working on introducing a compulsory system of alerts to warn mobile customers when they are approaching the end of their monthly ‘inclusive’ minutes, reports Telecompaper . It is expected to be based on the existing system of alerts when using roaming services...

Electoral success chances boosted by experience rather than spending

The budget spent by politicians during a local election campaign only affects their chances to a limited extent, whereas their record as a politician and their place on the electoral list are much more important, Metro reports. Hanne Muermans, a student in applied economics at Hasselt University,...

Tomorrowland stab victim no longer in danger

A British man was stabbed on one of the last day of the Tomorrowland festival. The attack, which took place around 23.30 on a pathway heading towards the main stage, is thought to be a direct result of a scuffle that took place earlier in the day.” The 29-year-old had stab wounds to the neck and...

Working out on empty stomach ‘one of worst pieces of advice’

A study conducted at the University of Leuven which found that cyclists who trained on an empty stomach burned a slightly higher amount of fat than those who ate beforehand has led to one of the ‘ten worst pieces of diet advice ever’, writes The Australian’s Jenny Drew . The study actually showed...

The market place: the Sainte-Catherine neighbourhood

Dutch émigré Michiel Van Deursen, 40, came to Brussels 11 years ago to launch the Belgian versions of Tweedehands ( www.2dehands. be / www.2ememain.be ), the classifieds website he set up in the Netherlands in 1997. His quest for a living/work space saw him move around central Brussels before...

Luke Haines - "Rock And Roll Animals"

Having previously released concept albums about seventies German terrorism and British wrestling, Luke Haines is clearly no stranger to off-kilter ideas. His new album, however, may take even his most ardent followers by surprise: Rock And Roll Animals is a psychedelic tale for adults and children set in Walton On Thames, narrated by Nighty Night’s Julia Davis and featuring, as main characters, rock’n’roll pioneer Gene Vincent, pub rock legend Nick Lowe and Sham 69’s Jimmy Pursey. Only here they are, respectively, a cat, a badger and a fox. But of course.

Police watchdog slams handling of anti-terrorist data

Nobody within the police forces has an overview of the data in the possession of the different services in terms of terrorism and extremism, according to the findings of a report by the P Committee, published in Het Laatste Nieuws and De Morgen. In an 11-page report, the police watchdog openly...

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