Belgian news in brief, 25 August 2006

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Three young men killed in car crash

Three young men killed in car crash

Three young Dutch men were killed in a car crash in Lommel (Belgium), close to the Dutch border on Friday morning. A fourth occupant of the car was seriously wounded. The vehicle came from Luyksgestel in the Netherlands. The driver lost control of the car and it slammed into a tree. The three deceased victims were killed instantly. All victims are young Dutch men aged about 20 years old. The driver is believed to have lost control of the vehicle at a sharp bend in the road.

Prison guards go back to work

Dendermonde jail guards will return to work at 6am on Saturday. A majority of staff approved on Friday a proposal put forward by prison management and the federal government on Thursday. The proposal states that seven and half full-time workers will be employed and four vacancies will be immediately filled. The number of detainees will be reduced by 25 percent. The locks on the cell doors will be quickly replaced and new cell doors will eventually be installed. The guards went out on strike on Monday after last weekend's mass jail break.

Salmonella eggs came from France

The eggs that supermarket chains Carrefour, GB and Champion Mestdagh removed from shelves due to a Salmonella threat came from France, the Farmer's Union said. It said the supermarkets failed to clearly indicate the eggs came from France, thus making Belgian eggs also look suspicious.

Quarter of households don't have landline

Some 24 percent of Belgian households no longer have a landline telephone and only use a mobile phone, a European Commission study has found. Belgium was 6 percent above the EU average. In Finland and Lithuania, almost half the households don't have a landline.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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