• De Nul wins Iraq contract

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    Aalst-based dredging company Jan De Nul has been awarded the contract “after months-long negotiations” to dredge the port of Umm Qasr at the southernmost tip of Iraq close to the border with Kuwait. The port is Iraq’s gateway to the Persian Gulf and the world and plays an important role in the traffic of imports and exports.Full story
  • Antwerp signs cooperation agreements

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    The Antwerp port authority will make greater efforts to reverse the decline in general cargo going through the port, it was announced last week. General cargo, also known as break bulk cargo, is anything not carried in freight containers and not loaded in bulk. Once the only way of transporting goods, it has been eclipsed somewhat by the arrival of the container. General cargo accounts for 10% of the tonnage going through Antwerp in a year – 15 million tonnes in 2009 – but because it is labour-intensive to handle, it accounts for 40% of the jobs in the port, providing jobs for about 2,400 dockers.Full story
  • News in brief

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    The municipalities in Flanders need to spend at least half a billion euros to bring their sewers up to standard, according to sanitation consultant Vlario. Flanders has 40,000 kilometres of sewers, but much of it is in poor repair, with leaks and subsidence a daily problem. In addition, problems with sewers are affecting the condition of roads, according to the road-building research centre at a symposium held last week. Badly maintained sewers under roads are “a ticking time-bomb”, delegates heard. One solution could be a rainwater tax: any property owner who allows rainwater to flow into the sewers could pay a levy towards investment in the sewers.Full story
  • Barbie Kim stirs up a storm

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    Toy company Mattel last week launched a new Barbie doll, immediately serving a double fault over the question of women’s body image.Full story
  • Poor Flanders?

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    Over the past couple of weeks, the public broadcasting channel Canvas has been airing Arm Wallonië (Poor Wallonia), a documentary series based on the book by journalist Pascal Verbeken, which tells the story of Flemish immigrants in the southern part of Belgium.Full story
  • Flemish Catholics reticent about beliefs

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    Three-quarters of observant Flemish Catholics are hesitant about describe themselves as such, according to a poll of the readers of the magazines Tertio and Kerk & Leven. Young people in particular are reluctant to let others know about their faith: 86% said they would keep quiet about it among peers.Full story
  • knuffelbeer

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    You may not have noticed, but the sap is rising. Spring may not be in the air quite yet, but nature is preparing, as are those in love by sending Valentine messages to each other and to the press.Full story
  • Brussels Airport in profit against all odds

    10 Feb 2010 by a a
    Brussels Airport in Zaventem is now one of Europe’s most expensive for passengers, next to Schiphol, Charles de Gaulle, Zurich and Athens. Last year, the charges levied per passenger, which airlines pass on in ticket prices, went up by 5.1%. This partly explains why, despite a reduction in the number of passengers and freight, Brussels Airport Company (BAC), which administers Zaventem, saw its profit margin go up last year to 55%.Full story
  • News in brief

    3 Feb 2010 by a a
    The Flemish bar is investigating a complaint against Antwerp lawyer Paul Quirynen relating to comments he made about alleged serial killer Ronald Janssen. Quirynen was reported to have been approached to assist in Janssen’s defence, a request he declined to accept, he said, because he would have been required “to throw my principles overboard”. Quirynen denied he had claimed that Janssen showed no remorse when interviewed.Full story
  • The ultimate pilgrimage

    3 Feb 2010 by a a
    Our four-part winterwandeling (winter walking) series has taken us all around Flanders. We’ve traversed flooded wetlands and snowy forests. We’ve walked among redwoods and wintering birds. Now we will go where every good Fleming goes after a long trek: to the cafe.Full story

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