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One in five classes can be taught in foreign language

The government of Flanders has approved a decree that allows secondary schools to teach up to 20% of courses in a language other than Dutch. The Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) project has been launched to better prepare pupils for the “multilingual future”. Every school also has...

European heritage award goes to Port of Antwerp

The port of Antwerp has won this year’s ESPO Award by the European Sea Ports Association. The award, given for the community integration of ports, was handed over in the city hall of Brussels to port COO Christiaan De Block by EU transport commissioner Siim Kallas. This is the fifth time the ESPO...

Culture beat – November 7

Take advantage of the Monday public holiday to party at this Europalia event, Bozar Night , on Sunday evening until 3.00. The multicultural festival’s two major exhibitions, Indiamania and The Body in Indian Art are open from 20.00-22.00 with guides on hand to explain the works. Simultaneously, the...

Merger between Belgian media giants costs 205 jobs

The new media enterprise Mediahuis – a joint venture between Corelio and Concentra newspaper publishers – will cut 205 jobs, about 20% of the joint workforce, the company announced yesterday. At the same time, the entire editorial department of Het Nieuwsblad will move from the Corelio headquarters...

Great War memorial causes traffic chaos

Municipal authorities in Ypres, West Flanders, are looking into a solution to the major traffic disruption caused every evening as a result of the Last Post ceremony held under the Menin Gate in remembrance of the unidentified dead of the First World War. According to city council member Philip...

Prosecutor opens investigation into PM's hacking

The federal prosecution service has opened an investigation into two incidents of computer hacking in the services of the prime minister. One of the two incidents took place in October this year, and received a great deal of media coverage in the light of revelations about surveillance activities...

Jetairfly moves Israel link to Brussels Airport

Ostend-based Jetairfly, Belgium's second-biggest airline, has decided to change the departure airport for flights to Tel Aviv from Liege to Brussels-National from summer 2014. The flight was responsible for about 40,000 passengers passing through Liege. “We don't really understand Jetairfly's logic...

Thielemans to head exhibition park for same salary

Freddy Thielemans, the outgoing mayor of Brussels, is to take over as CEO of the non-profit Brussels Expo asbl, at the same salary as he now earns as Brussels mayor. The asbl runs the exhibition centre on the Heysel plateau, home to major trade shows like the Auto Salon and Batibouw, and heavily...

Surgeons identify unknown knee ligament

Surgeons of Leuven’s University Hospital have identified a previously unknown ligament in the knee. The ligament plays an important role in patients who suffered anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. ACL tears are common among athletes in sports like soccer, basketball, skiing and football...

Dangerous saddleback caterpillar found in Belgium

A poisonous caterpillar native to the south-eastern United States has been found on a house plant bought by a woman from Kortenaken, Flemish Brabant. The green-and-brown coloured caterpillar is the saddleback (Acharia stimulea), the larva of an innocuous brown moth. The caterpillar was found in a...

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