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Air Liquide installs first fuel cell on isolated site in Belgium

French multinational company Air Liquide recently started up the first hydrogen fuel cell system on a remote site in Belgium, reports Renewable Energy Focus . This fuel cell solution is an alternative power supply for telecom antennas in isolated locations, which are difficult to connect to the...

Belgian cuisine coming to Kansas

A Belgian couple who has operated restaurants in France is relocating to Wichita, fulfilling a long-time desire to move to the U.S. and run a restaurant there, writes the Wichita Business Journal’s John Stearns . Florence and Didier Fraikin will open a restaurant offering French and Belgian cuisine...

Controversy over Coca Cola-backed pro-sugar campaign

The Flemish Professional Association of Food Experts and Dieticians (VBVD) has courted controversy by launching a new advertising campaign in favour of the consumption of sugar that is funded by soft drinks manufacturer Coca Cola, reports Flanders News . Belgium's High Council for Health has raised...

Ghent mayor wants begging outlawed

Ghent mayor Daniel Termont wants the federal government to take measures to prohibit begging, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report today. "So long as begging is not outlawed by the federal authorities, local measures will be useless," he says. Ghent has taken punitive steps against beggars who...

Culture beat - April 11

Sensual tango seems to have replaced saucy salsa as the leading Latin dance. Here in the capital, fans of the provocative partner dance can work out non-stop at the Brussels Tango Festival until Monday. They’ll be lucky to find time for a siesta with a packed programme of shows, workshops and...

France’s wealthiest man drops Belgian citizenship bid

Bernard Arnault, France’s richest man, has withdrawn his application for Belgian citizenship after the move caused outcry in the country. Arnault, the head of luxury group LVMH, applied for the citizenship last year as France moved to impose a 75% tax on incomes above €1 million. He had always...

ID card confiscation advocated for young Syria-bound Muslims

The mayor of Vilvoorde will tonight recommend that young Belgian Muslims seeking to fight in Syria have their ID cards confiscated, preventing them from travelling, De Standaard and Het Nieuwsblad report. Hans Bonte (pictured) will put his proposal to his counterparts from Antwerp and Mechelen...

Turkish brothers finally buried after three years in Belgian morgue

The bodies of two Turkish brothers murdered in Belgium in 2010 have finally been returned to their family in Turkey after being held in a morgue for 937 days, reports Turkish Press . Vahit and Naciye Aygun had to wait for more than two-and-a-half years for their sons’ bodies to be released as...

Queen Fabiola’s foundation not yet wound down

More than three months after Queen Fabiola announced that she would abandon her controversial Fons Pereos foundation , the widow of King Baudouin has not yet taken the first steps to do so, De Tijd reports today. This was confirmed by her solicitor, Jean Van Rossum. In January, Queen Fabiola issued...

‘Neighbourhood lifestyle hotel’ chain expands into Belgium

The Pentahotels group is to open five hotels in Belgium this year as part of its expansion plans, writes Travel Daily Media's Amanda Greenwood . The group has signed contracts to take over the Mercure Brussels Centre Louise, Alliance Hotel Brussels Airport, Mercure Liège, Alliance Hotel Brussels...

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