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Hundreds protest in Brussels against invasion of Syria

Opponents of a military intervention in Syria gathered in front of the old Stock Exchange building in Brussels yesterday. There were 250 protesters present, a ccording to the organisation Intal, while police report about a hundred. "All together for peace in Syria," shouted the protesters. Many of...

Brussels and Antwerp have most traffic

Drivers spend more time stuck in traffic in and around Antwerp and Brussels than anywhere else in the world, according to July figures from traffic software company Inrix, reports De Tijd . Brussels is the absolute champion when it comes to traffic. A driver there spends an average of 85.4 hours...

Brussels schools overcrowded

Schools in Brussels, from nursery and primary to secondary education, are increasingly prone to overcrowding. By 2020, some 42,000 additional places will need to be created in order to accommodate the growing population. This is according to a study published today by the Brussels Studies Institute...

Brussels speed cameras disguised as garbage bags

Drivers in Brussels may be surprised lately when they are flashed by speed cameras disguised as garbage bags. According to the Brussels-Capital Region/Ixelles police department, the guise has helped them catch nearly a third more speed demons, writes Het Nieuwsblad . The idea came to the police by...

Wage watchers: how much does a technical copywriter earn?

Technical copywriter Hilde Van Goethem, from Edegem, Antwerp province talks about what she earns and how she spends it What do you do for a living? I work for Vision, a creative and dynamic team active in the fields of communication, e-learning and technical documentation. I am currently seconded,...

Electric bicycle gaining in popularity

The sale of electric bicycles is increasing more quickly in Belgium than in most neighbouring countries. This year some 50,000 electric models are expected to be sold, or one bicycle in eight. And the market for electric bicycles will continue to grow until 2016, according to a recent press release...

Less five-star hotels in Belgium

While Belgium counted 25 five-star hotels in 2011, last year there were only 15, a decrease of about 40 percent, the FPS Economy reports today. Its figures show that the number of overnight stays in Belgium in 2012 remained more or less stable at 17.8 million, but show a different image depending...

Ten more young Belgians off to Syria

Just before the end of the summer holiday, another ten Muslim youth from Vilvoorde have left for Syria. The group includes five minors, Mayor of Vilvoorde Hans Bonte (SP.A) told Het Laatste Nieuws . Fifteen other young people are also suspected to be en route to Syria, or about to leave, as they...

50,000 Belgians use the e-cigarette

This year, an estimated 50,000 Belgians regularly use electronic cigarettes, or 2 percent of smokers. Last year, e-cigarette users accounted for just 0.2 percent of smokers, a ccording to figures from the Cancer Foundation. In Belgium, users of products containing nicotine must respect the law on...

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