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Belgian school teachers know their maths

Flanders ranks third in the world for the quality of its maths teaching in primary and secondary schools, according to a new study released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The region is close on the heels behind leaders Japan and Finland and ahead of neighbours...

Brussels taxi drivers protest new meter requirements

Traffic in Brussels was severely disrupted yesterday as 250 taxi drivers blocked roads in protest at the introduction of a digital taximeter imposed by the Brussels-Capital Region. The main action took place on the inner ring road, where protesters blocked both streets and tunnels. Some 150 taxis...

Belgian trade delegation closes deals in India

A Belgian trade delegation led by Princess Astrid ( pictured ) is in India this week, with scheduled visits to the capital New Delhi and the economic capital Mumbai. The main focus will be on trade links, but Flemish Minister-President Kris Peeters will also take the opportunity to talk to...

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Drive-through supermarket to be launched in Zaventem

The retail company Louis Delhaize ( pictured, store in Keerbergen ) will this week open its first drive-in supermarket in the Sterrebeekstraat in Zaventem. Customers of the new Wink supermarket will order their shopping online in advance from a range of 10,000 products – the average supermarket...

Brussels functionaries don ribbon to fight violence against women

Brussels secretary of state for equal opportunities Bruno De Lille yesterday gave away 30,000 white-ribbon badges to Brussels region civil servants to mark International Day against Violence against Women. “This is a day which by rights should no longer exist,” De Lille said. “Not a single woman...

Plans for mega-brothel in Schaerbeek scrapped

Plans to construct a giant brothel complex on the Rue d'Aerschot, the red-light district by Brussels' North Station, have been scrapped by its promoter. The plan was to build a complex of housing in the street ( pictured ) in what is at present a run-down area. The ground floor would have featured...

Secondary schools in Brussels get 700 tablets

Secondary schools in the Brussels-Capital Region will be getting 700 tablet computers this week under the fourth phase of the multimedia plan launched by the city’s information technology minister Brigitte Grouwels. The region has already provided schools with 3,100 new computers, but this is the...

Scientists capture smallest subatomic particles

In the ice beneath the South Pole, a giant particle detector called IceCube has captured 28 neutrinos that originated on the other side of the universe. Among the international team that built and operates IceCube are physicists, engineers and computer scientists from the Free University of...

Muntpunt visitor numbers three times higher than expected

Muntpunt, the new library and information centre in downtown Brussels, has attracted 100,000 visitors since it opened in early September. About 9,000 people a week have come through the doors, three times more than the organisation expected. The building on Muntplein comprises a five-storey library...

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