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Belgian animation wins AniFest Grand Prix

Animated film Oh Willy…, by Belgians Emmy De Swaef and Marc James Roelse, has won the Grand Prix at AniFest in the Czech Republic, reports Animation World Network . A total of 1,400 films were submitted to the competition, and there were 149 films in the finals striving for the Grand Prix. The main...

Belgium clobber Portugal 19-0 at hockey

Belgium, ranked ninth in the world, annihilated Portugal 19-0 yesterday in the second round of the hockey World League in St-Germain-en-Laye on the outskirts of Paris, reports Asianet India . The Red Lions started the rout in the third minute when Tom Boon, with 107 internationals under his belt,...

Hungary for culinary success

Five amateur expat chefs took to the kitchen last month for a cook-off that showed Belgian cuisine is about much more than frites, chocolate and waffles. Hungarian Pal Milkovics, 33, was crowned the winner of this culinary joust, wowing the jury with his Belgo-Hungarian dish of beef goulash and...

Belgian Nobel Prize winner dies

Belgian Nobel Prize winner Christian de Duve died on Saturday at the age of 95, reports Le Soir, after choosing to end his life by euthanasia. De Duve was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1974 for his discoveries about lysosomes and peroxisomes. He chose euthanasia a month ago,...

Kidnap attempt on 8-year-old on Grand Place

A man tried to kidnap an eight-year-old girl on Saturday afternoon on Brussels’ Grand Place, the prosecutor’s office announced yesterday. A 38- year-old man already known to the judiciary for theft was made available to the prosecution. He has been referred to a judge for attempted abduction of a...

US ambassador rounds off Tour of Belgium – or does he?

The US ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, finished his tour of Belgium’s 589 cities and towns on Sunday in Voeren, Limburg province. On his arrival in Belgium in 2009 he vowed to undertake the tour as part of the partnership forged between the two countries during the two world wars, which had...

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...

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