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Pakistan ‘could learn from Belgium’

Pakistan could do worse than look at Belgium in order to avoid sectarian violence, writes the Express Tribune’s Farhan Zaheer . “Belgium – a small but ethnically diverse country in the heart of Europe consisting of French-, Dutch-and German-speaking populations – took over four centuries to learn...

Wage watchers: how much does a language teacher earn?

Language teacher Kurt Beynen, 29, from Leuven talks about what he earns and how he spends it. What do you think of your salary? I earn €1,750 after tax. I’m pretty pleased with my wages really. Everything is getting more expensive but we manage. Would you change jobs if the money was better? No...

Culture beat - May 3

Kunstenfestivaldesarts , running until May 25, opens with the intriguing installation/performance Zoological Institute for Recently Extinct Species by Jozef Wouters. The Flemish artist presents his ecological work within a temporary wing of the Museum of Natural Sciences, linked via a footbridge...

On the right track: ambitious plans for public transport in Brussels

“An advanced city is not a place where the poor have cars. It is where the rich use public transport,” Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogota, once said. That's an attractive and ambitious goal considering the daily traffic jams and the air pollution that weigh heavy on our time and health. The...

Toukoul

We order Ethiopian beer (a malty lager from St George Brewery in Addis Ababa), a glass of red wine and a couple of house cocktails made with honey and fresh pineapple juice and sit back to take in the atmosphere. It’s toasty warm and cosy, made even more so by a predominantly wooden décor housing African musical instruments and with indirect lighting that bathes the whole room in a soft, orange glow. Meanwhile, a jazz singer and pianist deliver sultry background music. A toukoul, by the way, is a traditional Ethiopian hut made of clay, wood and straw.

Ghent provides electric bike subsidies

Last year the city of Ghent started subsidising electric cars, but the runaway success of the scheme meant that the budget quickly ran dry. This year, the city is focusing on electric bikes, reports mobility portal Eltis , as it encourages commuters and companies to switch to electric bikes for...

Belgian nun leaves Taiwan after 50 years

A Belgian nun who has been devoted to helping people in Taiwan for more than 50 years has said her goodbyes as she prepares to retire and leave the island that she describes as home, Focus Taiwan reports. "Belgium is my birthplace, but Taiwan is my home," said Hilda Van Hoolst, a Catholic nun of...

Soulwax bring New Beat back to life

Soulwax are resurrecting a now-defunct but highly influential dance music genre for a two-part compilation, reports Easy Branches . This Is Belgium sees the Belgian band’s offshoot, Radio Soulwax, present an audio/visual history of the country’s New Beat scene from the late 80s. The compilation...

One Direction fans go wild in Belgium

Belgian fans of British boy band One Direction took to the streets in the hope of catching a glimpse of their idols this week. Niall Horan used Twitter to tell his followers of the hectic behaviour outside his hotel, reports Entertainmentwise . The boy band were in Belgium for the European leg of...

Danger above: the balconies of Brussels

I have always liked balconies, and when I lived in New York and didn’t have one I envied all those tens of thousands of people who did. Not that they ever so much as stepped out on them to survey the city below. Most of those narrow waist-high projections lacked even a flower pot, much less a table...

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