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Old November 2nd, 2011, 06:42 PM   #1561
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How about the heavy industry in the suburbs of Liège? As far as I know there are still mills in Seraing and FN weapons factory in Herstal.
Something (Arcelor Mittal, whatever that is?) shut down, or announced they'd be doing so, within the last few weeks. I gather it's a major blow.

EDIT: here's a link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...7LC4MQ20111012. Plenty of coverage in the Francophone Belgian press as well. Flemish too I suppose.
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 06:50 PM   #1562
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How about the heavy industry in the suburbs of Liège? As far as I know there are still mills in Seraing and FN weapons factory in Herstal.
Except for the FN weapens factory, everything is closed since this year. The major industrial activity now is located in Hauts-sarts and those are non-heavy industries. The prediction is that also lots of jobs linked to Arcelor mittal (processors) will dissapear due to Arcelor closing its factory. The one and only steel mill in Belgium still open is situated in Ghent.

Fortunately, unlike Charleroi, Liège still has a lot of jobs in the tertiary sector.
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 07:02 PM   #1563
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Something (Arcelor Mittal, whatever that is?) shut down, or announced they'd be doing so, within the last few weeks. I gather it's a major blow.

EDIT: here's a link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...7LC4MQ20111012. Plenty of coverage in the Francophone Belgian press as well. Flemish too I suppose.
Arcelor, the world biggest steel producer went together with Mittal, a Belgian steel company that was a group of many independent steel producers, few years back. That why it's called Arcelor Mittal. They now blame Arcelor for buying the group, making billions out of it and then close it...
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 09:20 PM   #1564
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It's sad to see how easy multinational corporation relocate factories and cause the lose of thousand of jobs and the decay of cities and regions were the factories are (were) standing.
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 10:37 PM   #1565
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It's not because Arcelor Mittal closed some factories that there is no longer a major industrial company in Liège. Arcelor still employs more than 2000 people in Liège btw.
In fact there are quite a lot of industrial company's in and around Liège.
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 10:03 AM   #1566
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If that's true, then why is that the unemployment rates are higher in the former industrial centers?

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How about the heavy industry in the suburbs of Liège? As far as I know there are still mills in Seraing and FN weapons factory in Herstal.

True, FN Herstal is still a major company, one of the biggest Belgian company's on the international market and a major weapon manufacturer in the world. They supply to nations in every corner of the world and on every side of the "evil axe". However, since the Wallonian Region is a major share holder, they keep it silent.
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Old November 3rd, 2011, 10:19 AM   #1567
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Because the loss of more than 100.000 jobs in 15-20 years would be a blow for every city in the world.
Nevertheless there is still a lot of industrial activity around Liège. To absorb the high unemployment the city needs to diverse this activity though.
But that's off-topic.
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Old November 4th, 2011, 04:09 PM   #1568
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Diversification is a must in these days and I think the lack of it always has been the biggest problem in Wallonia. However, the economic fall made property quite cheap in the bigger cities so in that way it is more attractive for new small company's to start up.
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Old November 7th, 2011, 11:24 PM   #1569
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New licence plates, new possibilities.

The Flemish Tax Service (VLABEL) that has been in charge of road taxes in the Flemish state, started using Automatic Number Plate recognition (ANPR) to check whether drivers of cars and trucks that are tax obliged, have paid thair road taxes on time. If this is not the case, the vehicle must be put aside and the driver has to pay their due taxes on the spot.
7000 drivers have been checked since the beginning of october, 2,9% was driving with a vehicle of which the taxes weren't payed (on time).









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Old November 8th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #1570
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R1 Ring Antwerpen (Kennedytunnel route):


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Old November 8th, 2011, 03:45 PM   #1571
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293 km/h on E17 Antwerpen - Gent:

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Old November 8th, 2011, 09:51 PM   #1572
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This video is deleted...

A12(B) - A4(NL) Antwerpen - Bergen op Zoom:
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Old November 8th, 2011, 10:19 PM   #1573
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gREAT VIDS DAVIDOFF!!! You're tha men!
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Old November 9th, 2011, 07:33 AM   #1574
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This video is deleted...
And I know now, why - they said it in the radio here.
He got caught - cause he said in the video that he's the owner of one of three Aston Martin in Belgium... Now he can walk for 5 years...
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Old November 9th, 2011, 08:38 PM   #1575
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Yeah, he pretty much gave himself away. The biggest mistake he made is that he spoke, he said in his video that he's the owner of a very rare edition of the Aston Martin Vantage and he also said that there are only 2 like his amongst the many other Aston Martins in this country. Another thing, he also filmed the outside of his car and revealed a part of his licence plate. Another thing, he filmed his garage so yeah it didn't take a Sherlock to find out his name.
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Old November 13th, 2011, 06:36 PM   #1576
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1. The E17 from interchange Zwijnaarde nearby Gent (E40xE17) to Antwerpen (Kennedytunnel):


2. N16 national road from Puurs (A12) to Sint-Niklaas:
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Old November 13th, 2011, 07:52 PM   #1577
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Nice vids

How is it since some Belgian motorways stopped being illuminated at night ? Has it had any influence over accident & casualties' statistics ?
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Old November 13th, 2011, 11:23 PM   #1578
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I don't think so, the non illuminated stretches are low traffic volume stretches and exits en crossings are close to each other and always lighthed. Doesn't really make that much of a difference...
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Old November 14th, 2011, 12:15 PM   #1579
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A map of the roads I've taped on video in Belgium, red means full-HD quality:
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Old November 14th, 2011, 01:33 PM   #1580
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Cool. You need to take a Liége-Luxembourg-La Louvière trip to put some red in Southern areas of Belgium
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