Ardo is Business of the Year in Flanders

Ardo is Business of the Year in Flanders

The global producer of vegetables, spices and frozen fruits, Ardo, was designated Flemish Business of the Year on Tuesday by the EY consultancy, De Tijd daily and the BNP Paribas Fortis bank. The Ardo group comprises 21 companies in nine countries and a worldwide sales network. Strong growth achieved in recent years by the firm, located in Ardooie, resulted in 2017 in a gross turnover of one billion euros. On Monday, the Easyfairs company from Brussels, specialized in organizing salons, was designated Business of the Year in Francophone Belgium, replacing…

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Belgium now relying on just one reactor

Belgium now relying on just one reactor

Currently, Belgium has only one operational nuclear reactor: Doel 3. As announced, Engie Electrabel has stopped Tihange 1, for maintenance, its website says on Saturday. Engie Electrabel had announced that it had advanced the maintenance of Tihange 1 to October 13th, instead of the 20th, as initially programed. This to limit the period in which Doel 3 (with a capacity of 1,066 megawatts) will be the country’s sole operating nuclear power plant. Tihange 1, with capacity of 962 megawatts, is expected to provide current again as of November 17. The…

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15 arrests in massive anti-drug operation in Anderlecht

15 arrests in massive anti-drug operation in Anderlecht

Fifteen people have been detained following a massive police operation in the Peterbos district of Anderlecht in Brussels. During the two-day operation police raided twenty-four premises as part of an investigation into drugs trafficking. Fifteen people were arrested and 55,000 euros in cash seized. A kilo of drugs was also impounded. An examining magistrate decided that seven of those detained will remain in custody. One suspect has been charged, but later released. Two other suspects await questioning. Five suspects were released following questioning.

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Learn Dutch with Vincent Kompany

Learn Dutch with Vincent Kompany

Unemployed people in Brussels that are unable to speak Dutch can learn the language with the help of Vincent Kompany. Like his siblings the Manchester City and Belgian international footballer was brought up bilingually and went to Dutch-medium schools in Brussels. This is the second time that Vincent Kompany has given his support to a campaign by the Brussels Employment service Actiris to promote the learning of Dutch as a means of improving a job-seeker’s prospects of finding work. As part of the new campaign Actiris has launched a competition….

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Occupation of crane ended after the builders promised to pay

Occupation of crane ended after the builders promised to pay

The builders who occupied the crane at the hotel (province of Antwerp) on Friday morning, went down after a solution was found for the payment of wages for several months. The workers started their occupation of the crane at around 7:30 on Friday morning. The men that had come to work here from Morocco and Egypt were angry about the late payment of their salaries. In some cases the salary arrears was as much as several months’ worth of wages. Negotiators from the Federal Police Service went to the scene…

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Chemical leak in Tessenderlo

Chemical leak in Tessenderlo

A major chemical leak after the explosion at the “You’re back” plant in Tessenderlo no longer poses a threat to the population, local authorities said, despite the evacuation of the plant and the launch of the disaster plan. Following the explosion at around 0645, residents were advised to keep doors and windows closed. The advice was later retired following measurements of the pollution in the area. Vynova produces ethylene dichloride and monovinyl chloride, two essential elements in the production of PVC. The cloud was formed of hydrochloric acid, or hydrogen…

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Tens of thousands demonstrate against government’s pension plans

Tens of thousands demonstrate against government’s pension plans

Tens of thousands of trade unionists took part in demonstrations in cities across the country against pension reform of the government. In Brussels, police counted 4,000 protesters, while a VRTNews reporter at the demonstration estimated that about 5,000 protesters took part. Depending on who you believe this is either twice or three times the number that had been expected to take part in Antwerp. In Ghent the police counted 5,000 demonstrators, while the unions says that there were only 4,000. The opposite was true in Hasselt (Limburg) there were 5,000…

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Plopsa opens theme park in Poland

Plopsa opens theme park in Poland

The operator of the Flemish theme Park Plopsa has opened a new theme Park in Poland. The new Park is located in Torzym and is called Majal and Kownaty. A total of 20 million euros have been invested in the new Park. “Majaland Kownaty” is the Plopsa Group’s first park in Poland. The park was opening on Saturday evening with an opening’s show. Plopsa Group’s CEO Steve Van den Kerkhof told VRT News that “We have been looking forward tot his moment for a long time. The result is great…

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Air Belgium will cease its connection Charleroi-Hong Kong

Air Belgium will cease its connection Charleroi-Hong Kong

Air Belgium we will announce the end of its flight between Charleroi and Hong Kong, according to the newspaper L’avenir. The paper noted that an official company announcement will be made today. The route, which had just started on 6 June, was the first long-distance connection from the Charleroi airport. The connection is expected to be stopped in early October. On the reasons for the discontinuation, a source cites a “change of business model”, without wanting to comment further. Air Belgium had hoped to transport 500,000 passengers in one year…

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Is the money laundering scandal at Danske Bank the largest in history?

Is the money laundering scandal at Danske Bank the largest in history?

The Russian-speaking caller refused to give a name, but the threat was clear “do you really feel like you can safely go home at night?” It was 2013 and officers at the Estonian branch of Danske Bank were beginning to realise they had taken on some very unpleasant customers. After a tipoff, a member of staff had travelled to Moscow and started asking questions. The team was trying to trace the identity of people hiding behind anonymous corporate vehicles, which had opened accounts and were now using them to transfer…

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