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Ford to pay $1.2bn for closing European plants

Car manufacturer Ford has said in an official statement that closing its plants in Genk, Southampton and Dagenham would cost US$1.2bn (€900m). In the press release, the Ford Motor Company states that US419m (€316m) had been released in the second quarter for the implementation of social plans in...

Council worker claims 8,000 hours of unpaid overtime

A maintenance working employed by the town of Tubize, Walloon Brabant, claims the council owes him 8,000 hours of unpaid overtime accumulated over three decades. The town council had originally agreed to acknowledge and address the situation before last year’s local elections, but has since...

New ‘intelligent turnstiles’ launched in Belgium

A new ‘intelligent’ access control system was unveiled at Belgium’s Graspop Festival, combining a secure turnstile entrance with integrated scanning capabilities, writes Event Industry News’ Adam Parry . Mojo Barriers launched the ‘Gatekeeper 2.0’ at the metal festival, which used 18 Gatekeepers to...

Literary encounter with Margaret Atwood

The Canadian author Margaret Atwood (1939) is one of the world’s leading writers and thinkers. Her intriguing, often unsettling novels (including The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace, The Blind Assassin), essays and poems articulate her long-standing philosophical and political concerns regarding power, culture and identity. Her new novel MaddAddam is the final part of the MaddAddam trilogy (including Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood), and is a story about the remnants of humanity after a pandemic.

Kitchen controversial: an interview with Jay Rayner

As The Observer’s restaurant critic and the One Show’s resident food expert, Jay Rayner has made a name for himself as a no-nonsense foodie, a man with a ferocious appetite and no time for fads or style over substance. Yet behind his imposing frame and his ability to wax lyrical over simple food...

Departing US ambassador promises to return often

The departing U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, left Brussels yesterday, but with the firm intention of returning here as a businessman and cultivating friendships he forged during the four years of his mandate, the American Embassy announced. He wrote in La Libre Belgique that he intended...

Ozone alert threshold reached in Brussels

The European alert threshold for ozone was exceeded in Brussels yesterday in late afternoon, with a reading of 246 micrograms per cubic metre, while the threshold is 240 micrograms. Important physical effort should be avoided when the alert threshold is exceeded, warns the Belgian Interregional...

Bus driver attacked with syringe

A bus driver was assaulted with a syringe feared to have belonged to a drug user, in an attack that took place on Monday night, De Gazet van Antwerpen reports. The driver had stopped at the De Lijn terminus in Deurne. When he came out of the bathroom, he was assaulted by a man who took his wallet...

No political or ideological signs allowed at Tomorrowland

Local authorities have decided to ban the wearing of political or ideological signs at the Tomorrowland festival, De Morgen reports. A total of 180,000 festivalgoers from 200 countries are heading for the electronic festival, which begins in two days’ time. The preventive measure was taken “to...

Tour hero Froome beats fatigue to win in Belgium

Chris Froome shrugged off three weeks’ fatigue and a distinct lack of sleep to continue his winning ways in Belgium on Monday - just 24 hours after his Tour de France triumph, writes Metro’s Gavin Brown . He joined many of the other riders who completed in the race at the Natourcriterium van Aalst...

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