The World's Largest Container Ship

    14 Apr 2009 by
    The MSC Beatrice, the world’s largest container ship, floated into Antwerp harbour last week. Built by Daewoo Shipping in Korea earlier this year, the Beatrice is 366 metres long and can carry 14,000 containers. The arrival of the Beatrice was an occasion for cheering crowds lining the approaches to the port, as Antwerp wants to attract this sort of super-carrier to compete with Rotterdam.Full story
  • Bosses took home 16% less last year

    14 Apr 2009 by
    As the remuneration packages of some top executives, such as the former board of Fortis, continue to raise concern and anger in equal measure, the average boss of a Bel-20 quoted company last year took home 16% less than in 2007, according to a survey by the Flemish financial daily De Tijd.  Full story
  • Construction industry saved by VAT cut

    14 Apr 2009 by
    A cut in the VAT paid on the construction of new residential buildings from 21% to 6% has resulted in a revival for the construction sector, according to the Vlaamse Confederatie Bouw, or Flemish Construction Confederation. The organisation has been confronted over the last few months with “a torrent” of requests from people looking to build new homes. Full story
  • BNP Paribas

    French stake in BNP Paribas “pure scandal”, says economist

    14 Apr 2009 by
    The acquisition of a major 17% stake in Paris-based bank BNP Paribas by the French state is a “pure scandal”, according to leading Flemish economist Paul De Grauwe. Full story
  • A presidential campaign

    14 Apr 2009 by
    The campaign for the regional elections has yet to start in full, but already some of the story lines are becoming apparent. Full story
  • News in Brief

    14 Apr 2009 by
    Federal mobility minister Etienne Schouppe has called for a report by the road safety institute (BIVV) into the safety or otherwise of MP3 players on the roads. The report will look at the dangers to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians of listening to personal music players in traffic. Although personal stereos have existed for 30 years, the danger is increasing as more people use the devices, the government said. Full story
  • Sacking lands TV chef in hot water

    14 Apr 2009 by
    As the economy enters the doldrums, bankruptcies increase, factories stand on the brink of collapse and unemployment seems set to soar, this week’s industrial relations headlines were filled with one thing: how rude is a chef allowed to be when sacking a waiter? Full story
  • INIBAP banana biodiversity lab in Leuven

    Antwerp and Leuven are smartest cities

    14 Apr 2009 by
    Antwerp and Leuven are among the 50 cleverest cities in Europe, according to a new book published last week. Antwerp is praised for its fashion, diamonds and port industry, and Leuven for beer and biotechnology. Both cities, like the other 48, “have a very creative population, outstanding entrepreneurs and an attractive reputation,” the book says. Full story
  • Outdoor Exhibition on Flemish Coast

    Art in your swimsuit

    14 Apr 2009 by
    There's stimulation for the mind as well as the body on Flemish beaches this summer, thanks to Beaufort03 contemporary art exhibition. Thirty works are installed from De Panne in the lower west to Knokke-Heist in the upper east, some in sight of the sea, others tucked away in more unusual places. And for those (odd) days when the sun doesn't shine, there's Beaufort Indoors at the Kunstmuseum aan Zee in Ostend. Full story
  • Tour of Flanders

    Tour of Flanders

    7 Apr 2009 by
    This year's Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) was again won by Stijn Devolder, the fourth win for the Belgian Quick Step cycling team in five years and Devolder's second victory in a row.Full story