Belgian news in brief, 31 August 2006

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Train-Tram-Bus Day 16 and 17 September

Train-Tram-Bus Day 16 and 17 September

The annual public transport promotion day, the Train-Tram-Bus Day, will be held on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September. Night-time activities will also be staged in four Belgian stations this year, Transport Minister Renaat Landuyt said. Live performances and DJ-sets will be staged at the Antwerp Central, Brugge, Brussels Central and Named stations on "the night of public transport". Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance on the website of the NMBS-SNCB. From 7.01pm on Saturday until Sunday evening, tickets for trains, trams and busses will be available as discounted prices. Pre-sales are EUR 9 and cost EUR 11 on the day.

1 in 8 pregnancies end in abortion

The number of abortions in Belgium continues to rise, the two-yearly report from the national evaluation commission revealed on Thursday. In 2005, there were 705 (4.24 percent) more abortions performed compared with the 2004. Some 17,314 women underwent an abortion in Belgium in 2005. That is the highest number ever recorded. One in eight pregnancies ends in early termination. In Brussels, that number is one in five. Specialists are becoming concerned by the continued rise in abortions. Johan Van Brussel from the Centre for Relationships and Pregnancy Problems urged for greater attention on relationships and sexuality in the education system.

No gambling on prisoners escaping

Gambling website has withdrawn its idea to allow gamblers to bet on the number of detainees who escape by the end of the year. The idea was raised after a mass jail break of 28 detainees recently. But manager Yves Braeckman said fierce reactions greeted the proposal and the firm has been advised that the betting might not be legal. "We don't want to work in the grey area," he said. The gaming commission said on Wednesday it would lodged a complaint with the public prosecution office about the betting.

Standard trainer sacked after 4 matches

Johan Boskamp was sacked as the trainer of First Division football team Standard Liège on Wednesday. After four matches last year's runners-up is 16th with just two points. The club also failed to qualify for the Champions League. Boskamp is the first trainer to be sacked this season.

[Copyright Expatica News 2006]

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