• Robbrecht and Daem

    No mock-ups

    24 Mar 2009 by
    “Simplicity, without minimalism, is what we aim for,” says Hilde Daem. Until 19 April, Pacing Through Architecture, an intimate and revealing exhibition at Bozar in Brussels, offers a glimpse into the work and the world of renowned Ghent architects Robbrecht & Daem. Full story
  • Roularta to publish more often as profits fall

    24 Mar 2009 by
    Publishing group Roulatra closed 2008 with profits down 13.7% to €13.8 million, with the magazine division showing especially poor results. The company’s reaction? More magazines! From June this year, the company’s flagship news magazine Knack will appear twice a week instead of once, on 18 occasions spread throughout the year. The same strategy will apply to the company’s French-speaking equivalent Le Vif-L’Express, starting in September. Full story
  • Jobs at risk in Antwerp

    Demand for diamonds in freefall

    24 Mar 2009 by Alan Hope
    Antwerp’s diamond industry is in near-collapse, with drops of up to 70% in trade, according to monthly figures from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), which represents the industry. Full story
  • Jobs at risk in Antwerp

    Demand for diamonds in freefall

    24 Mar 2009 by
    Antwerp’s diamond industry is in near-collapse, with drops of up to 70% in trade, according to monthly figures from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), which represents the industry. Full story
  • Tour of Flanders

    Tour de force

    24 Mar 2009 by
    The Tour of Flanders isn’t just one of the biggest races in the international cycling calendar, it’s also a major Belgian tradition. Almost one-fifth of the population is expected to see the race, either cheering along the course or watching it live on television.Full story
  • No more purple love

    24 Mar 2009 by
    Coalition governments are always difficult for those involved. Even though they belong to the majority, they cannot do as they please, as there is always the collation partner to take into account.  Still, some coalitions work better than others. Full story
  • News in Brief

    24 Mar 2009 by
    Road safety campaigner Luc Beaucourt has been caught speeding at 174 km/h by police at Lille near Antwerp. Beaucourt, an emergency room doctor who spent more than 20 years touring and lecturing on road safety, said he was “deeply ashamed”. -----Full story
  • Smart cameras learn to recognise pain

    24 Mar 2009 by
    This week a team of researchers from Leuven University (KUL) and the Catholic University College Kempen (KHK) in Geel will travel to Singapore to explain a new way of monitoring dementia patients which could revolutionise the way their experience of pain is treated. Full story
  • Smoking around Kids

    Ban on smoking in presence of children proposed

    24 Mar 2009 by
    Adults should be forbidden from smoking in the presence of children, even in their own homes, according to a proposal launched last week by Open-VLD senator Patrick Vankrunkelsven, who is a doctor. According to the senator, about 116,000 children in Flanders live in households where one or both parents smoke. “I know I’m bringing up a sensitive point,” he said. “But I think it’s the job of the government to protect those children. Smoking in an enclosed space in the presence of children should be outlawed, and there is one reason: because it is mortal.”Full story
  • Technopolis

    Weird science

    24 Mar 2009 by
    On a recent afternoon in Mechelen, a group of children on a school trip were soaking themselves with water, others were finding out how farting sounds are made, and even more were investigating how much snot the human nose makes in a day. It’s all in the name of learning, and it’s what keeps kids coming to Technopolis in ever-increasing numbers. Full story

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