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Culture beat - September 12

Brussels is showing off this weekend when the fanciest cafés, parks, theatres and cinemas all open their doors to the public in the annual Heritage Days event. For the 25th edition the theme is Brussels m’as-tu vu?, which literally translates as ‘Have you seen me?’. Don’t miss this opportunity to...

Increase in drivers caught under the influence of drugs

In 2012, 2,552 drivers have their license withdrawn for driving under the influence of drugs after a positive saliva test. The figure represents a 10% increase on the previous year, reports De Gazet van Antwerpen. Since their introduction, saliva drug tests are often conducted in parallel with...

4,000 counterfeit Louvre tickets seized in Belgium

More than 4,000 counterfeit tickets for the Louvre have been seized in Belgium after museum staff in Paris spotted tourists using forgeries, writes the Daily Telegraph’s Henry Samuel . Suspicions among staff were first aroused on August 12 when a guide accompanying a group of Chinese tourists...

Irish telecoms firm expands in Belgium

Irish telecoms firm Digiweb has bought the retail assets of Belgian internet service provider Mondial Telecom, writes the Irish Times’ Ciara O'Brien . The move means Digiweb, based in Dundalk, acquires around 25,000 residential and small to medium sized business customers in the region, providing...

Chinese official fired for not returning from Belgian holiday

A Chinese official has been sacked after deciding not to return to her post in China and to enjoy married life in Belgium instead, reports eChinaCities.com . Wang Weihua, 45, from Guangzhou, was the deputy chief of the foreign investment and agricultural resources audit office – a position she had...

Arrival of two Chinese pandas confirmed

China and Belgium have struck a deal on the loaning of two giant pandas to the Pairi Daiza animal park in Brugelette, Hainaut province, reports Flanders News . Xinhui ('Sparkling Star', the male) and Haohao ('Sweet', the female) are only 4 years old. Pairi Daiza will build ultra-modern...

Telecoms watchdog calls for better wholesale cable offers

Belgium's media and telecoms regulatory body has called for the country’s major cable operators to improve their wholesale offers to alternative providers, reports Telecompaper . The watchdog, known as the CRC, approved the basic reference offers from Brutele, Tecteo (Voo), Coditel (Numericable)...

Ice Watch set to conquer India

Belgian watch brand Ice-Watch has announced its launch in the Indian market, spread across the cities of Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Kochi. In addition, the watches will also be available through all key retail online portals. The watches in India will now be a part of the...

Belgium to host Japanese football team in November

The Red Devils will play a friendly against Japan on November 19 at Brussels’ Stade Roi Baudouin, reports Goal.com . The Samurai Blue were the first side to qualify for the 2014 World Cup and are eager to test themselves against the calibre of country they expect to face next June in Brazil. Japan...

Jetairfly to launch direct flights between Miami and Brussels

Non-stop flights between Miami and Brussels will start in April next year — the first direct service to Brussels from anywhere in Florida, reports the Miami Herald’s Hannah Sampson . Belgian carrier Jetairfly is launching its first U.S. route with the Miami-Brussels flights; the new service starts...

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