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Belgium’s health data insufficiently used

The personal data of patients in Belgium is not being used as efficiently as it should be, according to a study by the Operation for Economic Cooperation and Development, Le Soir reports. Of the 19 countries surveyed, Belgium is among the countries with the most restricted use of personal health...

Belgian receives ‘Mathematics Nobel’

Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne yesterday received the Abel Prize, unofficially known as the Nobel Prize for Mathematics, from King Harald V of Norway at an award ceremony at the University Aula in Oslo, the organisation’s website reports. The Abel Prize, which carries a cash award of around €...

Belgian speaker meets Chinese legislator

Chinese legislator Zhang Dejiang yesterday met Belgian parliament speaker André Flahaut in Beijing, reports the Xinhua news agency . Zhang (pictured) , chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislature, reviewed the growth of China-Belgium...

B-52’s and Primal Scream added to Lokerse Feesten bill

The B-52’s, Primal Scream, Tinie Tempah, Anvil and The Fratellis are among the acts added to the line-up of this year’s Lokerse Feesten, the organisers announced yesterday. They join an already impressive line-up which features Beady Eye, Damien Rice, Arno, Deep Purple, Iggy & The Stooges,...

Football league runners-up consider 100km relocation

Football club Zulte Waregem, who on Sunday finished runners-up in the Belgian championship, are considering moving from West Flanders to Antwerp, 100km away, reports De Gazet van Antwerpen. Secret negotiations took place in recent weeks between Patrick Decuyper, managing director of Zulte Waregem,...

Bia Mara

Opened last autumn, Bia Mara is Brussels’ first fish and chip joint. Only it’s not your standard ‘cod’n’chips in yesterday’s paper’ affair. For a start it’s Irish (the name of the place meaning seafood in Gaelic, I am told). There is table service. The fish isn’t battered: it’s panko-breaded. And for chips,  read potato wedges.

Sailing to Byzantium: a trip to the shores of Istanbul

Over the centuries Istanbul has been influenced both by Christianity and Islam as its rulers changed. Originally known as Byzantium, the city switched its name to Constantinople, when it became the capital of the Roman Empire. In 1453, the city was absorbed into the Ottoman Empire; its name was...

44,000 children living abroad get Belgian family allowances

Last year, 44,176 children living abroad earned their parents €69.4 million in family allowances paid by the Belgian authorities, the Sudpresse newspapers report, marking a considerable increase on the 2006 figure of 33,858. The vast majority of these children (42,182) live in EU countries. “They...

New Brussels minister-president to create 4,000 jobs

Newly appointed Brussels minister-president Rudi Vervoort plans 30 “concrete and immediate measures” to create 4,000 jobs in the Brussels Region, Le Soir and De Standaard report today. His priority is to put young people in the capital to work, when one in three is currently unemployed. The...

Jordan and Belgium discuss police training collaboration

Belgium and Jordan are to collaborate in the training of Jordanian police, reports the Petra Agency . The acting director general of the police force, Brigadier General Yousef Hamdan Abbadi, yesterday met the Belgian defence attaché, Colonel Guy Claeys, in Amman to discuss ways of exchanging...

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