Headlines – Monday 20th May 2013

Brussels Airport – Longest ever strike comes to an end…

The company, Swissport, reached an agreement to settle the dispute and strike action with work ‘back to normal’ on Friday, however, whilst the strike has ended, the disruption to the outstanding amount of bags and cases still left to sort and get to their respective and rightful owners is estimated at taking 10 more days. The airport and government raised some serious threats to bring an end to the strike.

Anderlecht take the Belgian championship…

Belgium’s footballing greats took their 32nd league title at the weekend in a thrilling end of season nail biter which kept kept Zulte-Waregem to a 1-1 draw. The win secures them a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League too. Anderlecht were defending champions of the league title and have held the trophy 6 times in the last 10 years.

Belgium’s Lesbian and Gay pride parade draws big crowds…

Around 80000 people took part in the parade at the weekend in Brussels. It was the 18th time the parade had been held in Europe’s capital and attendance and participation figures were up year on year by over 10%.

An excellent performance at the Eurovision…

The Belgian entry, the youngest singer, Roberto Bellarosa with his song “Love Kills”, provided a super performance at the 2013 contest held in Sweden at the weekend, and did better than expected, just missing out on a top 10 final placement after the votes had been cast. Love it or loath it, the contest continues to go from strength to strength and will be held next year in Denmark after the favourite for this year topped the contest. The winning song “Only Teardrops” by Emmelie de Forest took the title.

39 countries took part, with 26 making the finals. The top 10 finishing positions were as follows: 1. Denmark, 2. Azerbaijan, 3. Ukraine, 4. Norway, 5. Russia, 6. Greece, 7. Italy, 8. Malta, 9. Netherlands, 10. Hungary.

Newly extended ‘Technopolis’ opened by Prince and Princess…

Just north of the capital, Mechelen’s science centre, ‘Technopolis’, has re-opened the doors after an extension to boast even more interactive exhibits which allow children of all ages to play and experiment with all things science. Belgium’s Prince Filip and Princess Mathilde were guests of honour at the ceremony.

Aspirin use increases by 25% in just 4 years…

The news that over 1 million Belgian residents are now popping aspirin on a daily basis has increased by 25% in the last 4 years is revealed by public health minister, Laurette Onkelinx. Three quarters of the use was down to Doctor prescription and is reimbursed by the health service and is often used to help against heart attacks, although, it can also lead to internal bleeding which can be fatal.

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