• The average family doctor in Belgium does 2,500 consultations a year

    GP shortage hits Limburg hardest

    25 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    One in four municipalities in Flanders is suffering a shortage of family doctors, with the situation wors in Limburg province, according to figures published last week by the medical insurance agency Riziv. Across Belgium, Limburg is beaten only by Luxembourg province, where there is a shortage in 90% of all communes. In the country as a whole, 166 of the total of 589 municipalities have too few doctors - one in three.Full story
  • Face of Flanders

    18 Aug 2009 by a a
    Last week, a proposal published in De Morgen, as well as in a number of Antwerp media, encouraged Flanders to impose a boycott on mussels and oysters from Zeeland. This rather unlikely idea would be in retaliation for Dutch recalcitrance over the issue of dredging the sea channel known as the Western Scheldt. Full story
  • Philippe Bogaert

    Hostage in Qatar

    18 Aug 2009 by a a
    In less than 140 characters, the dramatic situation of a Flemish man trapped in what he has called "a mediaeval system" was conveyed. Think what you will of the message-board site Twitter: for Philippe Bogaert, it is a lifeline. Full story
  • Vitaya turns 10

    18 Aug 2009 by a a
    Last week Vitaya, one of the youngest TV stations on the Flemish media scene, celebrated its 10th birthday: in 1999 the station, owned by Media ad Infinutum, received its broadcast licence. One year later it came on the air, to mixed reactions. Full story
  • Kim Clijsters

    Comeback Kim

    18 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    Kim Clijsters, former world number one, was last week knocked out of the American Open in Cincinnati after making it to the quarter finals. In her first major tournament since giving birth and retiring from the sport in May 2007, Clijsters appeared strong and very determined, leading former world champion Lindsay Davenport, herself a previous comeback star, to forecast that Clijsters stands a good chance of becoming the first mother to win a Grand Slam since Evonne Goolagong in 1980. Full story
  • Mussel wars

    18 Aug 2009 by a a
    As a youngster, Annick De Ridder called for a party congress on immigrants' right to vote, an issue that put Open VLD under heavy pressure. The 2004 congress is legendary, as it nearly moved the then-prime minister Guy Verhofstadt to tears. De Ridder's political talent was instantly recognised, and soon after the Antwerp lawyer entered the Flemish Parliament at the age of 25. Full story
  • A series of sculptures by Berlinde De Bruyckere was described as "provocative"

    Antwerp artists show in Singapore

    18 Aug 2009 by a a
    A prestigious exhibition of works by Antwerp-born or based artists opened last week in the National Museum of Singapore. The Story of the Image features 150 works by old masters like Pieter-Paul Rubens and Anthony Van Dyck, as well as modern artists like Luc Tuymans and Berlinde De Bruyckere. Works were lent from three major Antwerp museums: the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (KMSKA), the Museum for Contemporary Art (MuHKA) and the Plantin-Moretus Museum. Full story
  • News in brief

    18 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    Police in Turnhout stepped in last week to seize hundreds of goldfish, which were being given away as prizes for children at the fairgrounds. The practice has been outlawed since 1995 but continues unchallenged, with both fairground stallholders and parents considering the fish in a bag of water as a "traditional" prize. "We're not going to make a federal case out of it," said a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office. "We received a complaint, and we had no option but to step in."Full story
  • Consumer group challenges Coca-Cola “study”

    18 Aug 2009 by a a
    Consumer protection organisation OIVO has lodged a complaint with health minister Laurette Onkelinx and consumer affairs minister Vincent Van Quickenborne alleging that Coca-Cola has misled consumers with claims that its products are a healthy part of everyday drinking.Full story
  • De Clerck

    De Clerck called to account

    18 Aug 2009 by Alan Hope
    Members of the parliamentary justice committee have returned from recess early to meet in an emergency session with justice minister Stefaan De Clerck. The committee, particularly its opposition members, are demanding explanations from De Clerck on a number of situations that have arisen since parliament broke up in mid July. Full story