Belgian news in brief, 30 August 2006

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Only Dutch allowed at school, It is now compulsory for students at public schools in Merchtem (Flemish Brabant) to only speak Dutch in the playground. Dutch will also be the only language used at parent-teacher nights. The new rules are included in school regulations that have been approved by the city council. Sanctions are also authorised by the school rules, but the city mayor said there was no intention to suspend students from school. The new measures at the two primary schools were imposed after mana

Only Dutch allowed at school

It is now compulsory for students at public schools in Merchtem (Flemish Brabant) to only speak Dutch in the playground. Dutch will also be the only language used at parent-teacher nights. The new rules are included in school regulations that have been approved by the city council. Sanctions are also authorised by the school rules, but the city mayor said there was no intention to suspend students from school. The new measures at the two primary schools were imposed after management was increasingly confronted by parents who could only speak French.

No shortage of flu vaccines

The number of available flu vaccines in Belgium will be boosted by 200,000 doses, Heath Minister Rudy Demotte has said. Recent reports indicated a shortfall in flu vaccines might develop in the winter months, but there will now be the same number available as there were last year. In total, there will be 2.6 million vaccines available.

Sharp rise in amount of spam

The amount of spam email has increased alarmingly since March this year, a spokesman with anti-virus firm Syamntec said. Spokesman Johan Celis said spam now accounts for 70 percent of the world's email traffic. Belgacom has also noted the increased amount of spam, newspaper 'Het Laatste Nieuws' reported. Spam costs companies EUR 500 to 800 per worker each year.

Belgians eat 20pc more sweets

Belgians spend EUR 1.7 billion per year on sweets, the Snacks and Sweets Study Centre has said. That represents a 20 percent increase compared with three years ago, newspaper 'Het Belang van Limburg' reported. People aged 40 or older eat the most amount of sweets. Chocolate is preferred over biscuits or chips. The average Belgian will eat 6kg of chocolate per year. But Dutch, German and British nationals eat more.

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