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Belgium considers cinema tax shelter reform

Belgium’s parliamentary finance and budget committee is examining the idea of whether to reform the mechanism providing tax relief to Belgian companies that invest in the cinema and audiovisual industry, writes Tax News’s Ulrika Lomas . The scheme, implemented after a 2003 Royal Decree, attracted...

‘Widespread’ use of private detectives on staff

Employers are increasingly using private investigators to spy on staff according to a report by the Commons’ home affairs committee on private detectives, reports De Tijd. The CSC union even talks of the existence of a network of about 50 detectives who help companies find incriminating material...

Kinepolis sued for breach of contract and unfair competition

After Mini-Europe and Océade, the Kinepolis cinema complex could be the next to disappear from the Heysel site in Brussels, reports Flanders News . Kinepolis is said to have violated a policy agreement with the Brussels authorities by organising too many seminars, trade congresses and product...

The Joy of Appreciative Living

Anita Sheehan, Life Coach and Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator, will enable us to  discover that there is always another side to each of our stories. By pulling the curtain to see the other parts of our lives we see that they are positive and full of opportunities.  The workshop is open to members and non-members.  Pre-registration and pre-payment compulsory before 29 March 2013 via www.pwi.be

The Contessa Factor

PWI (Professional Women International) invites Luisa Rasiej, the founder and CEO of Inner Contessa LLC, author and mentor, who has guided women for more than 15 years to powerful breakthroughs to claim their feminine power. She will speak about confidence and feminine success strategies for busy professional women. The networking drink is open to members and non-members. Pre-registration and pre-payment compulsory by 8 April 2013 via www.pwi.be

Raising the baton: Bozar broadcasts its music programme for next season

Bozar has unveiled its 2013/14 season – known as Music Lifts You Up – under the command of new music director Ulrich Hauschild. With extensive international experience under his belt, the German takes over the baton from Christian Renard, who reigned over the department for 21 years. Hauschild’s...

Babel: a biblical story reclaimed

Where better than Brussels to put on an exhibition about the Tower of Babel? All those languages! All that confusion! And at Botanique as well, in the shadow of the Finance Tower. Perfect! But I’m getting carried away with the old version of the Babel story as it appears in the Book of Genesis...

Save, save, save: it's not how much you earn that counts

As with many important life skills such as developing and maintaining successful relationships or having and raising children, money management is not taught at school. For many of us what follows is a consequence of personality, cultural background and habits formed early in life. A sensible...

Wage watchers: how much does a librarian earn?

Librarian Katia De Pooter, 35, from Bornem talks about what she earns and how she spends it. What do you do for a living? I work at the local public library, where I’m in charge of children’s books and everything youth-related. So I organise visits from school groups, I’m also responsible for our...

Sharp increase in asylum requests on homophobia grounds

A growing number of asylum seekers in Belgium cite their homosexuality as the reason for applying, saying they fled their country because of homophobia and the violence that accompanies it, reports Het Laatste Nieuws. In 2011, 823 such applications were made, compared to 116 in 2006. Of the 522...

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