Belgian news in brief, 13 September 2006

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Nuclear waste transport arrives

Nuclear waste transport arrives

The 12th transport of vitrified high-grade nuclear waste from France arrived without any problems on Wednesday, the national institute for nuclear waste ONDRAF-NIRAS said. The 28 containers of waste left La Hague in France on Wednesday morning by train bound for Mol. After Mol, it was transported by road to the depot at the nuclear processing firm Belgoprocess in Dessel. The containers will be unloaded in coming weeks. The previous transport in June encountered problems when a crane at Mol malfunctioned, delaying the transfer of the waste.

Prison guards end strike

Dendermonde prison guards will resume work on Thursday after walking out in strike on Monday in protest against staff shortages and overcrowding in the jail. After the escape of 28 prisoners in August, prison management promised to improve the situation, but guards said little progress had been made. However, the Justice Ministry gave the prison guards definite promises on Wednesday to resolve the problems.

Wallonian balloonists win glory

Wallonian balloonists Philippe De Cock and Ronny Van Havere have won the prestigious ballooning race, Coupe Gordon Bennett Aéronautique. They flew 2,400km from Waasmunster in East Flanders to Kirkeness in Norway. The duo lifted off with their hydrogen balloon in Waasmunster on Saturday together with 16 other teams from nine countries. It is the second year in a row that a Belgian team has won.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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