Belgian news in brief, 22 February 2006

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Youth taking drugs at younger age

Youth taking drugs at younger age

Youths are taking drugs at a younger age, the Flemish drugs centre has claimed. It said 38 percent of drug addicts undergoing treatment in Flanders started taking drugs before their 15th birthday. A spokesman for the De Kiem centre said youths mainly come into contact with drugs via friends. He said youths start with cannabis or ecstasy because those drugs do not appear so dangerous, but it is a creeping addiction that gradually goes further and further. Research also shows the number of drug users under treatment is rising every year.

Internet ban for child porn

A 29-year-old man convicted of child pornography possession has been banned from having an internet connection for five years. Kortrijk Court also banned the man from having contact with unaccompanied children for five years. He was also sentenced to a suspended one-year jail term and ordered to undergo therapy. The man was a leader of a youth group.

Gloomiest February ever

February is expected to enter the record books as the gloomiest ever. Up until 20 February, meteorology bureau RMI had recorded just 12 hours and 48 minutes of sun. A normal February yields 73 hours of sunshine. The gloomiest February dates back to 1923 and 1966, when 35 hours of sun were recorded on each occasion. Weather forecasts for the coming days are not positive, boosting chances of a new record month.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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