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Oldest Belgian Fanny Godin has died

The oldest Belgian, Fanny Godin, has died at the age of 112. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 7 in a rest home in Zoutleeuw. Born Félicie Florentine Pardon-Godin in Liège on May 27, 1902, Godin was the oldest living person in Belgium since the death of Germaine Degueldre on May...

Increase in asylum applications from Syria

In August, Belgium received 1,580 asylum applications, 6% more than in July (1,490), reports the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons (CGRS). Most of the applications come from Syrian nationals, with 262 asylum applications in the month of August (16%), the largest number since...

Deadliest weekend on Belgian roads in three years

Ten people lost their lives on Belgian roads last weekend. Remarkably, according to the Belgian Institute for Road Safety (IBSR/BIVV), the good weather may have played a role, drawing more pedestrians and cyclists out for a walk or a ride. The last time there was such a high number of fatalities in...

Old traditions, a fresh wind

Hulencourt Golf Club strikes a balance between its best traditions and new energy We’re not trying to be a royal club with all their traditions, nor a very modern commercial club,” explains James Beckman, chief operations officer of Hulencourt Golf Club . “We are a mix, taking the best traditions...

Belgium reining team claims silver at World Equestrian Games

Belgium clinched a silver medal in the team reining discipline at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, which ended yesterday. Cira Baeck, riding Colonels Shining Gun, posted an impressive 221.0, but her teammates – Piet Mesdagh, riding Spat Man O War; Bernard Fonck, riding Sail On Top...

Student housing in Brussels is “scarce and expensive”

University students in Brussels pay an average of €446 per month for accommodation. More than one-third of students experience difficulty finding suitable housing in the city, according to a survey on student life in Brussels carried by the Urban Development Agency (ADT/ATO). The average Brussels...

Waiting list for Brussels after-school homework help

Homework classes organised for children in Brussels schools by 220 non-profit associations are overfull, the groups concerned have reported. “The desire to succeed is enormous,” one spokesperson told Brusselnieuws.be. The groups organise after-school classes in French and Dutch to allow children a...

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Gordel Festival draws twice as many participants

The annual cultural festival and bicycle ride organised in the “Green Belt” around Brussels, or the Brussels Periphery, on Sunday drew a total of 23,263 people, almost twice as many as last year, with 12,500 participants. The number comes close to the most successful edition of the festival in 2012...

How to not own a car in Brussels

It can be an ongoing debate for city dwellers: to buy a car or not to buy a car? On the one hand, you don’t really need it. It’s expensive to maintain and frustrating to park. On the other hand, it would be convenient for certain things, and sometimes you have no choice but to rent a vehicle, which...

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