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Sfinks Mixed Festival celebrates a local – and global – anniversary

At a time when the world wasn’t considered a global village yet, Sfinks used to bring exotic sounds from all over the planet to the small village of Boechout. Although the organisers initiated the festival in 1975 with a rather folk-oriented line-up, throughout the 1980s and ’90s, the festival site...

Government of Flanders working on plan for deep earth thermal energy

The government of Flanders is to explore ways of using deep geothermal energy. Three ministers – Annemie Turtelboom for energy, Joke Schauvliege for environment and Philippe Muyters for innovation – are reported to be working together to create a regulatory framework for its use in Flanders...

Belgium’s 6 unhealthiest foods

According to a study published in February, Belgium has one of the least healthy diets in the world. In a review of surveys that represented nearly 90 percent of the world’s adult population, the Global Burden of Diseases Nutrition and Chronic Diseases Expert Group (NutriCoDE) analysed the...

Crevits wants to see students involved in building schools

Flemish education minister Hilde Crevits wants to get students in technical and professional study streams more involved in the building or renovation of schools. This way, students acquire more practical experience and schools can limit the costs of updating their infrastructure. The students can...

Train drivers’ union calls off Saturday strike plan

The train drivers’ union SACT has called off a planned summer strike action that would have seen drivers striking every Saturday until the end of August. The first instalment last weekend had little effect thanks to preparatory measures taken by the national rail authority, SNCB. “That doesn’t mean...

King Philippe warns about social media

In a televised speech yesterday, Belgium's King Philippe addressed the people of Belgium and warned of the superficiality of social media, less than two hours after he had opened his own Facebook page , report various Belgian media. King Philippe expressed his concerns in a speech to mark the...

Four in 10 Brussels hospital patients from outside region

On average, about 40% of the patients in Brussels hospitals do not live in the Brussels-Capital Region, reports brusselnieuws.be according to recent figures from the Brussels Observatory for Health and Welfare. Two-thirds of the patients staying in the region's hospitals come from a municipality in...

New Zealander is world champion of Francophone Scrabble

The new Francophone Scrabble world champion is a New Zealander who does not speak a word of French. In preparation for the championship in Belgium's Louvain-la-Neuve on Monday, Nigel Richards ( pictured ) spent nine weeks learning the French vocabulary and verb conjugations by heart. He defeated...

One in 10 independents in Belgium is foreign, says Unizo

Employers' organization Unizo announced an increase in the number of foreign independents in Belgium, with Romanians as the most strongly represented group. Unizo based its conclusion on figures from the National Institute for the Social Security of the Self-Employed (NISSE), which show that...

Take the tram, train or metro tomorrow, advise Brussels police

Several central districts will be closed to traffic on Tuesday due to the Belgian national holiday and parade, including Place Poelaert, the Sablon, Rue de la Loi and Rue Belliard, reports brusselnieuws.be. In addition, the neighbourhoods around the Royal Palace, the Cathedral, Rue de la Régence,...

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