Saturday, June 30, 2007
The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. at the very busy junction in Wemmel, west of Brussels. The driver allegedly hesitated whether he would take the exit or not, and crashed into the pillar of a bridge.
As the danger of the bridge collapsing is imminent, the body of the man could not be removed from the wreckage immediately.The orbital road was re-opened for south-bound traffic at 10:45 a.m., but the inner ring road remained closed for the rest of the day. This could remain so until late on Sunday.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
After the car received just one star in European crash tests, Belgian buyers of the Brilliance BS6 will get their money back from the importer which, local newspapers reported, has now taken the car off the market.
The BS6 sedan, made by Chinese car maker Brilliance, won only one out of a possible five stars in the crash test, carried out in accordance with Euro NCAP regulations, at ADAC's crash test laboratories, the organisation said.
The test consisted of a frontal and side crash at 64 kilometres (40 miles) per hour, and the front crash showed that the safety cell of the Brilliance BS6 was too soft and not stable enough, ADAC said.
Most European-made cars win four or five stars in the crash test, so the result is not encouraging for the BS6, which was launched at the last Geneva Motor Show.
Brilliance BS6 Crash Test Pictures
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
MEPs will on Tuesday discuss banning high-powered sports cars from Europe, with one saying that selling "boys' toys" that could exceed the 130kph top speed on EU roads (with the exception of Germany's) was "nonsense". READ ON
After weeks of testing several hundred beer varieties to find flavors that taste good on a stick, Rustico finally settled on three flavors: "Raspbeer-y," made with a Belgian, fruit-style beer; "Plum," made from a Belgian Lambic brew; and the "Fudgesicle," made with a stout with bittersweet chocolate undertones. He plans to offer other flavors on a rotating basis.The beer pops sell for $4 in the six-ounce size, shaped like a traditional Popsicle, and $6 for a larger "beer cone."
Look out for the Brain Freeze though!
Dirk D.P. and Eddy N. had mutually consensual relationships with each others' wives for some time. The couples visited the amusement park Bellewaerde on 19 June 2005, the day of the incident. During a barbecue that evening Dirk D.P. lost control. "He saw that his wife and neighbour were having a very good time," (In other words, she was givin it up)
"When he tried to intervene, he was rejected by his wife and humiliated by the victim. The defendant then stabbed Eddy N. in the neck with a steak knife. "The knife hit the carotid artery. The victim died on the scene as a result despite attempts to resuscitate him.
The public prosecution department had charged the man with provoked manslaughter and advised he be sentenced to five years in prison. The crime had indeed been provoked, the court found. The judges did not think effective prison time was necessary. The court referred to the tension created by the wife swap and the fact that the victim had made fun of Dirk D.P. at the barbecue.
Dirk D.P. was also imposed a suspended fine of EUR 550. He will have to pay five relatives of the victim about EUR 50,000 in emotional damages. (and now he gets to take care of both women, he should have stabbed himself)
The festival accommodates 3,000 seating places.
Reservation of tickets can be made via fax: (322) 548.04.44 or via email: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Ommegang Pageant check http://www.ommegang.be/
Saturday, June 23, 2007
The volume of membership applications is such that some clubs have even stopped allowing new people to join, as they are unable to cope.
The increase in the number of people interested in joining gun clubs has come about as a result of tougher restrictions on the ownership of firearms that were approved in the aftermath of last May's race murders in Antwerp. Anyone applying for a gun license must be a member of a gun club and have practiced at least five times at the club's rifle range.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Carrefour said that the increasing number of supermarkets and deep discounters in Belgium and price cuts in the sector had led to limited sales and profitability growth and to persistent losses at 16 GB stores.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
His conservative Christian Democrats emerged as the strongest party from Sunday's election, with 18.5% of the national vote. Guy Verhofstadt, who led a Liberal-Socialist coalition for the past eight years, resigned.
26-year-old Philippe D. stole the Citroën C8 from the workshop area of the garage. The personnel tried to stop him by closing the garage door, upon which D. steered towards the showroom window and exited that way. He drove straight through the glass and drove off at high speed.
Later in the day the police found the stolen car and were able to arrest the man. He said he had stolen the car in order to buy heroin in the Netherlands.
Philippe D. is well known to the authorities because of dozens of robberies and drug offences. He has been sentenced to prison a number of times.
At 51 seconds in, Bush has a watch. At 56 seconds he still has a watch. At 57 seconds hands are grabbing at his wrist. His hands are then obscured for a few seconds, and at 1:05 he doesn't have a watch. I'll bet they were pissed it was just a cheap Timex!
Monday, June 11, 2007
Until now Belgians who moved abroad and took a foreign nationality for personal or professional reasons automatically lost their Belgian citizenship. Read More
The one certainty was the defeat of Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt, who had led Belgium since 1999. He quickly took responsibility for the defeat.
'The result of this election is clear,' he said. 'The electorate has voted for a different majority than the one that has steered the country for the last eight years. READ ON
Saturday, June 09, 2007
The map, which is backed by the Flemish Government, the city of Antwerp and Tourism Flanders, recommends visits to a “mega-brothel with 51 sex suites where 102 prostitutes alternately work around the clock” in the red light district.
On the “by night” section of the map, which is entitled “Antwerp for young people”, there are directions to the brothel under the heading: “The oldest trade in the world.”
Friday, June 08, 2007
The man did not even get a chance to interview at the company. He was invited for an interview, but was turned away at the entrance to the business premises.
The director of the iron working business confirms the incident. "When the man arrived, my dog started jumping against the fence. He does that whenever a black person walks by."
The director denies his rejection of the man was driven by racism. He also refuses to get rid of his dog. "I have had this dog for five years. I'm not going to get rid of him for a job applicant who I am not even certain has a chance of staying on."
Earlier, Italy press agency Ansa reported that the 32 year old was in a serious condition but his Acqua e Sapone team said later that he is "out of danger" and "completely conscious" READ ON
Yesterday, the Group A Euro 2008 qualifying soccer match between Finland and Belgium at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki was interrupted for more than six minutes by an owl that had flown into the stadium.
The Eurasian Eagle Owl (the largest owl species in the world) swooped around the stadium, alighting on several goal posts, to the delight of the assembled crowd. Finland won the match 2-0.
Good thing it didn't happen at an American football game, somebody would have shot it.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Companies such as Amazon, AOL and Skype have descended on Luxembourg in recent years to take advantage of the grand duchy's low VAT rate to sell services across Europe. READ ON
A mini-platoon of soldiers will be deployed to the Belgian forests to tackle a plague of hairy caterpillars that are causing allergy outbreaks in humans.
Procession caterpillars, so-called for the way they march in lines through forests, are covered in long, toxic hairs which cause dermatitis and respiratory problems and account for up to 80 percent of doctor visits in the affected area. READ ON
Saturday, June 02, 2007
And that is exactly what is happening to Erdmann and other German brewers as farmers abandon barley - the raw material for the national beverage - to plant other, subsidized crops for sale as environmentally friendly biofuels.
"Beer prices are a very emotional issue in Germany - people expect it to be as inexpensive as other basic staples like eggs, bread and milk," said Erdmann, director of the family-owned Ayinger brewery in Aying, an idyllic village nestled between Bavaria's rolling hills and dark forests with the towering Alps on the far horizon.
"With the current spike in barley prices, we won't be able to avoid a price increase of our beer any longer," Erdmann said, stopping to sample his freshly brewed, golden product right from the steel fermentation kettle.
In the last two years, the price of barley has doubled to $271 per ton as farmers plant more crops such as rapeseed and corn that can be turned into ethanol or biodiesel, a fuel made from vegetable oil.
For Germany's beer drinkers that is scary news: Their beloved beverage - often dubbed "liquid bread" because it is a basic ingredient of many Germans' daily diet - is getting more expensive. While some breweries have already raised prices, many others will follow later this year, brewers say. READ ON
Friday, June 01, 2007
“Euroferia Andaluza 2007”, The 15th annual “Feria” of Spanish, European and international traditional folklore and popular culture, will be held, this year, for the first time at the foot of the ATOMIUM.
From noon on Friday June 8 until midnight on Sunday June 10.