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Antwerp’s floating swimming pool sinks to bottom of Scheldt

The Badboot, an open-air swimming pool floating in the river Scheldt in Antwerp, sank on Friday, despite attempts by the fire brigade to save it. The Badboot, which opened in the summer of 2012, consisted of a floating swimming pool and separate children’s pool for 120 swimmers. The Badboot was...

No double tunnel under Brussels' Place Meiser

The Brussels government has scrapped its plans to dig a tunnel for road traffic under Place Meiser, writes De Standaard . The plans date from March 2013, when the Brussels government proposed to dig two tunnels beneath the square, one for cars and one for public transport. The tunnels were...

Belgium celebrates annual car-free Sunday

Cars were banned from many places across Belgium yesterday during the country's tenth annual car-free Sunday event. This year, 33 cities and towns took part in the celebrations, which formed the grande finale for the annual European Mobility Week. In the centre of Brussels, all roads were closed...

Belgian filmmakers take home Canadian film prize with Black

Black was selected as the winner of the $5,000 Dropbox Discovery Award yesterday at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The new film by Belgian directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah is scheduled for release in Belgium on 11 November. It was inspired by the books Black and Back...

Mobility minister plans to test drones in traffic incidents

Flanders’ minister for mobility, Ben Weyts, is to test of the use of drones in road traffic incidents, such as taking aerial photographs to help authorities clear the road quickly in the case of accidents. The plan was revealed in the answer to a written question from a member of the Flemish...

Culture beat: 18 September

The annual Heritage Days this weekend explores Brussels-Capital Region’s industrial past. Following the theme Workshops, factories and offices, it provides an opportunity to have a sneak and free peek into a variety of buildings on foot, by bike or by bus. Open and accessible to all. Sunday is a...

Full Circle launches new season

Brussels professional club Full Circle launches its new season on Monday, 21 September, with a taster of the programme to come. The gathering at the Potemkine Bar on Monday evening presents five surprise speakers. Accompanied by drinks and canapés, it is open to everyone. Serving up short talks are...

Belgians earn an average of €3,300 gross a month

In 2013, full-time employees in Belgium earned on average €3,300 gross per month, according to the latest figures from the FPS Economy. The results show that exactly half of Belgium's full-time employees take home a gross monthly salary that falls between €2,000 and €3,000. The majority of these...

WTC building booked, hundreds more places found for refugees

The accommodation in an office block in Brussels for refugees waiting to be processed by the government agency Fedasil is fully occupied, the Red Cross has reported. The recent bad weather saw many asylum-seekers move indoors, although the tent camp in the nearby Maximilian Park is still occupied...

Erectile dysfunction drug sales continue to rise in Belgium

In 2014 in Belgium, 9.7 million pills for erectile dysfunction (ED) were sold in Belgium, 30% more than the previous year, reports La Dernière Heure , based on figures from pharma.be, the umbrella organisation of the Belgian pharmaceutical industry. The success of the pills can be explained by the...

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