Belgian news in brief, 3 August 2005

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Stowaway found dead at Zaventem

Stowaway found dead at Zaventem

The body of a battered stowaway was found dead in the landing gear of a plane at Zaventem Airport at about 5.40pm on Tuesday. The plane, a Royal Air Maroc Boeing 747, had arrived at Zaventem from the Moroccan capital of Casablanca. Airlines are confronted every year with stowaways hiding in a plane's landing gear. However, temperatures can plummet to minus 60 degrees Celsius at great height and the landing compartments are not heated, newspaper 'De Standaard' reported. The stowaways are usually frozen to death.

110 extra speed cameras in Flanders

By the end of this year, 44 intersections in Flanders will be fitted out with unmanned speed cameras, but the exact locations will not be decided until September. In total, 110 extra speed cameras will be put into operation, bringing the total number of cameras on Flemish roads to almost 1,200. In total, 362 intersections are fitted out with speed cameras in Flanders, Skynet  reported.

No new euro one and two cent coins

Finance Minister Didier Reynders has instructed the Royal Mint not to produce new euro one and two cent coins in 2006. The Royal Mint did not produce any one and two cent coins this year either because there is still a sufficient number of the coins in circulation. Moreover, the production of the coins is a loss-making operation. The Cabinet has not ruled out the possibility that Belgium will discontinue permanently the production of euro one and two cent coins, newspaper 'De Tijd' reported.

Leuven in mass chewing gum clean-up

A specalised firm will start on Thursday cleaning an estimated 200,000 chewing gums off the footpaths of the Bondgenotenlaan in Leuven. The street is the main thoroughfare to the city's Grote Markt (Great Market). Leuven is using a new technique developed by the firm Schilde and the job will take up to a month. Once completed, an oil-repellant will be applied to the tiles to make it easier to remove chewing gum. The entire project will cost EUR 60,000, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported. A publicity campaign will start in autumn urging people against spitting chewing gum onto the ground.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

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