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Each digital ad consumes energy for five homes

Brussels' environment minister has condemned the "huge waste" of energy caused by the city's digital billboard ads - which each consume the equivalent of five households. Alain Maron, from the green party Ecolo, has obtained figures from the Brussels electricity provider Sibelga, revealing how much...

Foreign savings should be taxed the same as Belgian accounts, court rules

A Belgian court has ruled that foreign savings accounts should be taxed in the same way as Belgian accounts - in a judgment that could bring good news for anyone with money abroad. Antwerp's court of appeal made the ruling in the case of a Belgian taxpayer, who held two savings accounts in the...

VUB test helps athletes avoid ‘overtraining syndrome’

To become a top athlete, there’s no arguing that limits of physical endurance have to be pushed, over and over again. But athletes also need to get enough rest – both physical and mental – or they risk developing “overtraining syndrome”, which can curtail their physical abilities permanently. To...

Thierry Cantillon "Olympus-Penn EE2"

Thierry Cantillon proposes a very personal series of photographs taken with his Olympus Penn EE2, based on very blurred photographs from old magazines or personal archives, put into abyss and transferred onto brushed aluminium plates.

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Shelter for refugee and transmigrant women to close at end of month

BXL Refugees has put out an emergency call for a building to house Sister’s House, a refugee shelter for women. The current building, donated by the municipality of Ixelles, must be vacated by the end of the month. BXL Refugees, the citizen’s group that also matches homeless asylum-seekers with...

Fireplace Talks: The Heat is On

Climate change poses serious challenges for humans around the world. Global warming is perceived as one of the biggest global health risks of the twentieth century which has a range of effects on human health. Global warming has an impact on vector-borne disease, water-related disease, heat- and cold-related deaths, allergies, air pollution, mental and urban health, malnutrition.

Record year for food banks in Belgium

Food banks in Belgium distributed a record number of meals last year, with charities warning that "the poverty rate is constantly increasing". Some 17,936 tonnes of food were handed out to 320,000 people in need in 2019 - the equivalent of 36 million meals. The amount distributed is up 17% on the...

New green food kiosk opens at De Brouckère

A new green and sustainable zero-waste food kiosk has opened on Brussels' Place de Brouckère, with a food and drinks menu based on local organic produce. The City of Brussels has chosen Fermerie to operate the kiosk in the heart of the pedestrian zone, selling food bowls, soups, homemade desserts,...

Historic Axa building to become hotel and flats

The iconic Axa building partially constructed in one of the ponds along Boulevard du Souverain in Watermael-Boitsfort, empty now for nearly three years, has been sold and will be renovated. Developers will keep the look of the striking glass facades and turn the building into flats and a hotel, as...

For sale: unusual orange office building in EU district

It's one of the EU district's most striking buildings - a bright orange facade filled with cartoon portraits, like a giant game of Guess Who. Political party cdH is leaving behind its historic headquarters on Rue des Deux Eglises in Saint-Josse - and the six-storey building is now up for sale. The...

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