• Beast animation

    Total panic

    16 Jun 2009 by Flanders Today
    Is this an animation studio, I wonder, as my eye falls on a dildo when I enter an industrial building in a suburb of Brussels. Not one, not two, but, well, a lot of dildos. Full story
  • Freight operations move to Leipzig

    More DHL cuts on the way

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    Courier company DHL, which has already moved its headquarters from Zaventem to Leipzig, now plans to move its cargo airline EAT as well, with the loss of 180 of its 310 ground-crew jobs. In addition, 241 office jobs at DHL Express in Diegem could be under threat, although this is still a matter for conjecture, unions admitted. Full story
  • Magna get “pleasant surprise” from Opel Antwerp visit

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    A delegation from the Canadian car-parts company Magna was "pleasantly surprised" by a visit to Opel Antwerp last week, a representative for Opel said. Magna, together with Russia's Sberbank and GAZ, is preparing a takeover of Opel in Europe, and the Antwerp visit was part of a tour of all the company's European plants. Full story
  • The week in figures

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    52,047Kids IDs will have been issued to children under 12 by the start of the school holidays on July 1. The cards are needed for any child who is going abroad. 18,650 cards have been issued, 9,759 await collection, and 23,638 applications have still to be processed. Full story
  • Culture News

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    New radio station MNM is faring less well than Donna, the station it replaced on the dial, according to figures from the VRT, the Flemish public broadcasting authority. At its launch, listening figures for the new station were said to be up 40% compared with its predecessor but, only months later, the shine appears to have worn off.  Full story
  • Peter De Vleeschauwer

    Cop-killing case reopened

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The prosecutor's office in Dendermonde has taken the rare decision to re-open the case of the murder of police officer Peter De Vleeschauwer, who was kidnapped from the barracks in Sint-Niklaas in November of 1996 and found dead a month later, the victim of an execution-style shooting. Full story
  • News in brief

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    A judge in Ghent has placed an injunction on the construction of a GSM mast in Drongen, just west of Ghent. The judge agreed with the plaintiffs, a group of local residents, that the uncertainty surrounding the health effects of GSM transmitters meant that the construction was not in their interest. The mast would have been sited in proximity to a residential area, a primary school and a youth centre.  Full story
  • Roadworks

    Traffic chaos predicted

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    Holidaymakers setting off at the busiest time of the summer face chaos on the roads this year, according to motoring organisation Touring. Resurfacing works on the Brussels Ring at Drogenbos, Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, Beersel and Halle is expected to reduce traffic to one lane in each direction, severely affecting southbound travellers on the weekend of 3-5 July. Full story
  • Hilde Crevits -- winner

    Winners and losers

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The outcome of elections cannot be measured in votes alone: the immediate effects spread across all sectors, and the longer-term effects reach everyone in time. This week, after the counting was all over and the ballot-boxes had been put away, the parties settled down to negotiations aimed at forming governing coalitions at all levels from the Flemish region down to the lowliest municipal backwater. In the absence of results for those negotiations, Flanders Today took stock of the elections and their results, to draw up a list of winners and losers.  Full story
  • Kinepolis

    One step ahead

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    It's Thursday night, and you're off to a concert of a Flemish a cappella group. Then comes the big weekend: on Friday, you see London's National Theatre in a performance of the passionate and tragic Phèdre, then Saturday a breathtaking portrayal of Madame Butterfly by the New York Metropolitan Opera.  Full story