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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Brussels Airlines drops Mumbai in less than two years

Brussels Airlines drops Mumbai in less than two years

Brussels Airlines, based in Flemish Brabant (Zaventem), will stop servicing the Indian city of Mumbai from 6 January 2019. The service was launched in March 2017, but the profitability was lower than expected. The Brussel to Mumbai service was Brussels Airline first step into the Asian market. The airline saw a gap in the market after the Indian airline Jet Air had moved its services to the subcontinent from Zaventem to The Netherland’s principle airport at Schiphol, near Amsterdam. The service started in late March 2017 but will come to…

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The Galapagos are raising $ 300 million.

The Galapagos are raising $ 300 million.

The biotechnology company Galapagos has raised 300 USD in fresh money from American investors, via the issuing of new shares, it said Thursday. The Mechelen company issued 2,575,107 new shares, at the price of 116.50 dollars per share. The Bel 20 company announced Wednesday that its Filgotinib, a drug for rheumatism, has performed well in the phase III study, which facilitates a future commercialization.

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“Ryanair’s biggest strike in history” is scheduled for September 28

“Ryanair’s biggest strike in history” is scheduled for September 28

Various European unions representing Ryanair flight attendants have called for the “largest strike in history” of the Irish low-cost airline after their meeting in Brussels. They decided to do it on September 28. Organizations also threaten to shut down on a monthly basis until they are heard. The movement is expected to affect Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Other countries, such as Germany, could still join the movement. The CNE, which calls on Belgian pilots to join it, estimates that 80% of flights in Charleroi should be affected…

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