• Roos Van Acker

    Face of Flanders — Roos Van Acker

    17 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    Roos Van Acker is a TV presenter, a Studio Brussel DJ, Humo magazine's favourite cover girl and the 185th choice for Greatest Belgian of all time. Before breaking into every form of media you can think of, Van Acker, 32, sang for the 1990s pop group Eden. Now she's gone back to her roots on a tour of Flanders with an ad hoc band, performing songs about broken hearts. We caught up with her between tour dates, radio programmes and meetings about her future with television station VT4.Full story
  • The Aalst Carnival's parade

    Throw your onions

    17 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    Since mediaeval times, the citizens of Aalst have taken to the streets once a year, dressed in colourful disguises, to poke fun at their politicians, party like crazy and show the rest of us how to celebrate Carnival.Full story
  • Matrimonio made in heaven: De Sica at Cinematek

    The alternative Valentine

    17 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    Most people hate Valentine’s Day. It’s not because they hate love or romance, oh no. It’s just that they hate it when it’s forced.Full story
  • A Joelle Tuerlinckx illusion

    Faces of Flanders

    17 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    The prestigious Culture Awards from the Flemish Community were announced last week in Hasselt by culture minister Bert Anciaux. The 13 awards to Flemish artists cover a wide range of activities, from cartoon strips to Baroque music. Each winner, one of three nominees in each category, takes home €12,500 and a bronze statuette specially commissioned from sculptor Johan Tahon.Full story
  • The mesmerising beauty of ruins

    Frozen memory

    17 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    Ruined buildings are generally thought of as being of interest to tourists, historians and archaeologists. But there is a long tradition of ruins in art, dating back to the Renaissance, when interest in antique Roman and Greek architecture and statuary revived, and the vestiges of the past came to be regarded as relics of a better, purer age.Full story
  • Post Office shares up for sale

    17 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    The federal government said last week it was “investigating” the possible sale of a share in the Belgian postal service, De Post, to the private equity fund CVC Capital Partners, based in Luxembourg. The sale would involve shares currently owned by the Danish Post Office, which it wants to sell. The two foreign investors together paid €300 million for a holding of 50% minus one share, all of which would pass to CVC under the deal.Full story
  • An ironing atelier is one of the new businesses created since the introduction of service cheques

    Court criticises government over service cheques

    17 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    The government is overestimating the success of service cheques, the system that allows members of the public to pay for cleaning and ironing work while avoiding the black economy. Last year 600,000 people paid for services with 73 million service cheques, one-third more than in 2007. At the same time, the system provided work for 90,000 people, predominantly women with little education and few marketable job skills.Full story
  • Lucien Verkest, pictured outside his factory in Deinze

    Sentences in dioxin case

    17 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    A court in Ghent last week sentenced two businessmen – a father and son – to two years suspended for their role in the dioxin crisis that hit the Belgian food industry in 1999. Lucien Verkest and his son Jan were tried along with five other men in relation to the contamination of animal fat for the manufacture of animal feed. The fat was found to contain machine oil mixed with toxic products.Full story
  • Louis Cheung, second-in-command at Ping An, whose vote could embarrass the government

    Fortis deal hanging by a thread

    17 Feb 2009 by Ad Min
    The Belgian government’s proposed sale of bank-insurer Fortis to the French BNP Paribas hung in the balance this week as Fortis’ main private shareholder switched its vote to oppose the deal.Full story
  • The clothmaker's hall and belfry

    A devil of a town

    11 Feb 2009 by Flanders Today
    Located slap bang in the middle of the triangle formed by Bruges, Ghent and Kortrijk, it's inevitable that the town of Tielt struggled to make a mark on the West Flanders scene. Skilled craftsmen were — and still are — attracted to the three nearby cities in search of more or better work. Today's tourists frequently do something similar, bypassing the burg of about 20,000 on their way to visit its more famous neighbours.Full story