Belgian news in brief, 14 February 2006

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Woman jailed over son's violent death

Woman jailed over son's violent death

The 22-year-old Ethel Janssens was jailed for five years, three of which were suspended, by Dendermonde Court on Monday for child abandonment and abuse. She also lost her civil rights for the next seven years. In July 2004, the woman left her three-year-old son in her Sint Niklaas apartment with a drug-addicted friend when she moved into the home of another friend. A couple of days later, the child was beaten to death, allegedly by the drug addict. The man is expected to face court in autumn.

Post box numbers fall

Belgian Post has scrapped 2,500 post boxes in the past two years. However, it has placed 250 new boxes at different locations. There are still 17,000 post boxes spread across Belgium, but this number will be reduced by 3,000 in the next few years. However, amid public complaints, State Secretary for Public Enterprise Bruno Tuybens has asked the post office to temporarily end its rationalisation plan.

Atomium officially reopened

The renovated Atomium was officially reopened in Brussels on Tuesday. However, the public may not enter the city's icon until Saturday. The upgrade works took 20 months to compete as six of the nine balls were renovated from the outside and inside. The Brussels, Flemish and Wallonian authorities will launch an international publicity campaign after Easter to re-attract tourists.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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