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Google's Super-Efficient Belgium Data Center Operates at 95 Degrees F

Google's Super-Efficient Belgium Data Center Operates at 95 Degrees F | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it
Google's St. Ghislain, Belgium data center has made news before for running without the use of any chillers, the biggest energy-hogs in a data center. The data center uses fresh air cooling for its server areas and, up until recently, was allowing them to run at temperatures up to 80 degrees F, sending traffic to other facilities to be processed when it got too hot, but now the tech giant is pushing the boundaries of how efficient a chiller-free data center can be by running the servers at temperatures up to 95 degrees.

Most data centers are kept at temperatures between 68 and 72 degrees because it's believed that the equipment won't operate as well in higher temperatures, but it turns out that's a bit of a myth, and an energy-intensive one at that. Keeping server rooms cool with the equipment constantly cranking out heat requires a lot of electricity and it's been calculated that data center operators can save 4 percent in energy costs for every upward degree. Here's a video from Google explaining the benefits when they were running at 80 degrees.

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A short animated film about the Belgian political structure. The text was written by Marcel Sel, a Belgian writer, author of Walen Buiten, a best-seller on t...
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Resto National 21/07/2014

Resto National 21/07/2014 | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it
Fancy a giant portion of mussels and chips? Then make your way to the popular heart of Brussels on 21 July, Belgium's National Holiday. Bring your good mood with you… and we will take care of the rest, for the second edition! On the occasion of the Belgian National Holiday, what could be more pleasant than to gather together around a world- famous national dish - a delicious plate of mussels and chips all washed down with a glass of beer? On the place du Jeu de Balle, in the Marolles district, generous portions of mussels accompanied by crispy chips will be served in a good-natured musical atmosphere created by the team responsible for the Bal National. Citizens of Brussels and tourists will be meeting up to enjoy a pleasant meal together. Zany Brussels humour and culinary enjoyment will be the order of the day!

 

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Work in Belgium: Finding a job < Jobs Belgium

Work in Belgium: Finding a job < Jobs Belgium | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it

Find work in Belgium with this guide on where to find jobs in Belgium, plus information on Belgium's current job market, available jobs in Belgium, and Belgian work permits.

There are many expats who find work in Belgium, and chances of finding jobs in Belgium's main cities, particularly jobs in Brussels, are increased by the extensive international business scene.

With many EU institutions, NATO and lots of other major international organisations and multi-national companies based in Brussels, there are a great many job opportunities for foreigners in Belgium. In a country with three official languages and many more used in its cosmopolitan capital of Brussels, you’ll give yourself the best chance of finding a job in Belgium if you have good language skills. 

Work in Belgium

The job market in Belgium
As at 2014, Belgium has an unemployment rate of just over 8 percent which is lower than the average EU of 10.5. However, youth unemployment (those under 25) stands at around 22 percent with the largest increase, perhaps surprisingly, being among those with higher education level qualifications.

Most Belgians work in the service sector – legal, banking, media and tourism – with around a quarter working in industry including textiles, glass, engineering, car assembly and chemicals. There are lots of big companies including Banque Nationale de Belgique, Belgacome(telecoms), Ageas (insurance), Anheuser-Busch InBev (brewing), Colruyt(food retail), Delhaize (food retail), KBC (banking/insurance), Solvay(chemicals) and Umicore (materials technology) – as well as many international companies with their base in Brussels. 

Available jobs in Belgium
Most available jobs in Brussels are for highly skilled workers within the services sectors, such as finance, international institutions and businesses, estate agencies and education, and public health and social services. Shortage jobs include:

engineers,technicians,architects,accountants,nurses and midwives;IT staff like computer system designers and analysts;technical and commercial sales representatives, teachers; admin staff,mechanics, andbuilding trades. 


The EU and NATO also employ a large number of foreign workers.

Belgian management culture

The duality between the French- and Dutch-speaking regions is reflected in the Belgian workplace, which has traditionally followed the French strictly hierarchical style where top managers make all the decisions. This, however, has been increasingly moving towards the more egalitarian Dutch approach of flatter and more open organisations, with more information flow and delegation. So while companies may still be fairly hierarchical, management authority rests more on competence and the aim is usually to reach a consensus or compromise – which can often be a protracted process. Belgians appreciate logic and reasoning and expect arguments to be backed up by clear facts and figures. They also value personal contact so not all business takes place by email or over the phone.

You may be offered a temporary contract at first as a trial period. You’ll most likely be working a 38 hour week with eight hour days, around 20 days a year holidays plus 10 days public holidays. Employers divide yearly salaries into 13.92 months in order to provide extra income at different times of the year, giving an extra 92 percent in Spring as ‘holiday pay’ and an extra month at the end of the year. 

Belgian work visas 
EU/EEA and Swiss nationals can work freely in Belgium without the need for a work permit, although if you’re planning to stay longer than three months you’ll need a registration certificate. Croatian citizens will need a work permit probably up until June 30, 2020.

Citizens from elsewhere will generally need a work permit, and certain nationalities will also need a visa to enter the country, although exemptions apply. 

Read Expatica's guide to Work in Belgium: Guide to Belgian work permits.
To find out if you need an entry visa or any other permit, read Moving to Belgium: Guide to visas and permits. 

Languages
There are three official languages in Belgium: Dutch is spoken in the Flemish community in the Flanders region to the north of Belgium; French is spoken in Wallonia to the south of Brussels; and German is spoken in the south east. Between 10 – 20 per cent of the country, especially those in the Brussels-Capital region, are bilingual and speak both French and Dutch. You would most likely be expected to speak the language of the particular region in which you’d be working. In some cases, mainly in international companies, English may be sufficient.

Qualifications 
If you come from a country signed up to the Bologna Process you will have your educational qualifications recognised in Belgium. Everyone else should contact NARIC (Flanders) or the Education section of theMinistère de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Wallonia) to get foreign educational certificates of all levels recognised in Belgium. If you want to work in certain professions, you may have to have your professional qualifications, both your training and experience, officially recognised or regulated before you can work in Belgium. Check here to find out if you need to have your profession regulated and how to go about it....

 

 

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Belgium versus Argentina will be ‘the game of World Cup’

Belgium versus Argentina will be ‘the game of World Cup’ | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it

Belgium’s most-capped player, Jan Ceulemans, who played against an Argentina side inspired by Diego Maradona in 1986, said his country was at fever pitch for Saturday’s rematch

 

Last Tuesday evening, Jan Ceulemans was at the Ostend Hippodrome race track. He wasn’t having a punt on the 19.30; he was with 10,000 like-minded people watching Belgium defeat USA in faraway Salvador.

Ceulemans is Belgium’s most-capped player with 96 appearances and one of the main men when the Red Devils last reached the World Cup quarter-finals in Mexico back in 1986. His three goals led to his selection for the tournament’s All Star XI, along with Jean-Marie Pfaff, Michel Platini, Diego Maradona and Gary Lineker.

When asked for his standout memory from Mexico, Ceulemans says that most people would probably say the last-16 match against one of the tournament favourites, the USSR – a 4-3 win after extra time. But he selects the semi-final with Argentina, when the team had grown in confidence after reaching the last four.

“We were the better team in the first half but we were stopped by the keeper and by one or two questionable offsides,” he says. A look atYouTube proves Ceulemans right on at least one occasion. Belgium lost that match 2-0 and Ceulemans sums up the second half in one word: Maradona.

In the quarter-finals, Belgium had beaten Spain on penalties, Ceulemans scoring Belgium’s goal in the 1-1 draw. He says he was too tired to take a penalty after 120 minutes in Puebla. Certainly the coach Guy Thys was struggling to find five penalty takers and Club Brugge’s Leo Van der Elst – an extra-time substitute – volunteered.

Van der Elst told Le Soir that he agreed on condition that he took the last one as he was sure Pfaff would stop a couple of Spain’s kicks. As it happened, Van der Elst had to take the decisive kick with the scores at 4-4 after Pfaff had stopped only one. Back to Ceulemans on his club-mate: “Leo placed the ball on the spot, stepped back and hit the ball right down the middle with his eyes closed.”

Belgium were in the semi-final.

Back in 1986, there had been little attention paid to the Belgium squad when they flew out to Mexico. Not playing particularly well, they qualified for the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams. Interest back home did increase as the team progressed but that was as nothing compared to 2014 when around 30,000 fans watched Marc Wilmots’ team in Genk at a training session.

According to Ceulemans, the country has gone World Cup crazy. “If you decide to go for a drive when Wilmots’ men are playing in Brazil, you will have the road to yourself.” Indeed, astonishing TV viewing figures have been recorded with audiences reaching 85% of the potential audience across Flanders, Brussels and Wallonia.

Unlike today’s young turks, the 1986 team was a mixture of youth (Enzo Scifo, Patrick Vervoort, Stéphane Demol) and experience (Ceulemans, Pfaff, Eric Gerets, Franky Vercauteren). Aged 20, Anderlecht’s Scifo was just starting his career and was named young player of the tournament.

Ironically, while the majority of Wilmots’ squad play in Europe’s major leagues and over half have Champions League experience, they are totally inexperienced when it comes to major tournaments.

However, today’s players are known across the globe while 28 years ago, only two of the squad played outside Belgium’s borders: Gerets at PSV and Pfaff at Bayern Munich.

As for Saturday, “We’ll see what happens”, says Ceulemans. “This is the game of the tournament. We’ll be able to measure ourselves against the best.”

He says organisation will be important against Argentina and they will have to play in a block.

Ceulemans has a high regard for Kevin De Bruyne and, back in May, he told me that the Wolfsburg midfielder could surprise a few people. Today, he mentions the Liverpool target Divock Origi. Ceulemans admits that the youngster was almost unknown in Belgium before the World Cup but he likes what he has seen of Origi. “He’s fast with a good technique, he can work in small spaces and can make and score goals”.

Origi was born in 1995 in Ostend and that’s where Ceulemans will be again on Saturday night. “I’m looking forward to it; good food, music and a great atmosphere to watch the game.”

Whatever the result against Argentina, the Belgium team will return to a hero’s welcome. Wilmots’ men have captured the hearts of the nation. You only have to go to a training session and hear the screams to understand that.

When the 1986 team came home, they were greeted by 20,000 fans packed into Brussels’ Grand Place. With 40,000 expected at the Roi Baudouin stadium to watch Belgium play Argentina, over a quarter of a million expected at giant screens stationed across the country and roughly 5m TV sets tuned in to watch the match, the Grand Place will be far too small a venue this time.

Already, moves are afoot to organise a triumphal parade through the centre of Brussels. The question, of course, is whether Vincent Kompany will be holding aloft the World Cup trophy.

 

John Chapman is an expert on Belgian football – follow him on Twitter at@Belgofoot

 

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World Cup football on big screen.

World Cup football on big screen. | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it

World Cup football on big screen.

From June 12th till July 13th, the Capital of Europe will celebrate the exploits of the Red Devils and will be colored black-yellow-red.

The countless activities and festivities that surround the event far from Rio will not only focus on the Belgian national team. All the communities that make the Brussels Region colourful will celebrate for a month!

The map below shows some suggestions where you can watch the matches of the World Cup on big screen in the 19 Brussels communes.

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Belgium edge into quarter-finals after De Bruyne and Lukaku sink USA

Belgium edge into quarter-finals after De Bruyne and Lukaku sink USA | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it

Marc Wilmots did what everyone seemed to be asking him to do and started the teenaged Divock Origi in this game, only for the Belgian to spend 90 minutes being foiled by Tim Howard like the rest of his team-mates.

The Everton goalkeeper played one of the games of his life in taking the tie to extra time, producing a string of saves to deny Origi, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens and practically everyone else in a red shirt, yet the heroics ended as soon as the more experienced Romelu Lukaku replaced the young Lille player for the extra period.

A fresh Lukaku’s strength and pace were always likely to hurt a defence exhausted by keeping Belgium at bay for 90 minutes and it took only three minutes of extra time for the Chelsea player to make a difference. Found by Kevin Mirallas on the right, Lukaku simply shrugged off a challenge by Matt Besler and set off for the penalty area, crossing for De Bruyne to gather and finally slip a shot beyond Howard.

The deadlock broken, all Belgium then had to do to reach a quarter-final with Argentina was repulse the USA for the remaining 20-odd minutes, a task Lukaku managed to make easier with the second goal of the night, accepting De Bruyne’s invitation to run on to a diagonal pass and smashing the ball past Howard. The goalkeeper hardly deserved that, yet the USA still had enough in them to make a game of it when Julian Green pulled a goal back with a superb volley with virtually his first touch. For all Howard’s resistance, Thibaut Courtois arguably made the save of the evening in denying Clint Demspey an equaliser from point-blank range after a free-kick move six minutes from the end of extra time.

Even though De Bruyne’s and Lukaku’s goals made the crucial difference, Belgium had to defend doggedly for the last 10 minutes against a USA side who saved all their fighting spirit for extra time. The Americans gave everything, yet they will know it all might have been very different had their substitute Chris Wondolowski shown a little more composure at the end of 90 minutes. Almost unbelievably, after being under the cosh for so long, the USA had the chance to steal victory at the end of normal time, only for Wondolowski to miss from six yards when set up by Jermaine Jones.

Origi brought the first save from Howard as early as the first minute. He should perhaps have done better when released clear on goal by an astute pass from De Bruyne. Though he kept his shot on target he saw the goalkeeper save with his legs. Geoff Cameron was booked for what could only be described as a Stoke City challenge on Mertens before Jan Vertonghen rather needlessly conceded a corner and after a brief period of USA attacking Dempsey brought a save from Courtois.

Jürgen Klinsmann was forced into a change on the half-hour when Fabian Johnson pulled up with a hamstring injury and was replaced by DeAndre Yedlin. The substitute made a surging run down the right on one of his first forward forays and cut back a low cross that fell to Graham Zusi near the penalty spot, where the midfielder managed only a wild swing and an air shot. By the time Yedlin had juggled a bouncing ball on the edge of the area after a corner and sent a lob forward for Dempsey that Courtois had to leave his line quickly to punch away, it was tempting to wonder why Klinsmann had not had him on from the start.

Origi was not in the game much after a couple of early hints of promise but more worrying for Belgium was the fact that Hazard was also a peripheral figure. When the Chelsea player did receive the ball he generally looked to bring it inside and make space for a shot, a threat that the Americans seemed aware of from the number of defenders they kept putting in his way.

Howard was in action again at the start of the second half, acrobatically arching backwards to tip over Mertens’ goalbound header from De Bruyne’s cross. Fellaini shrugged off a couple of would-be tackles in muscular style before becoming over-confident and sending a shot well wide, then a great cross from the left by Vertonghen was missed in turn by De Bruyne, Besler and Origi, the last ending up in the net without the ball.

Belgium were playing a more patient passing game now and, when Origi hit the bar with a header from Mertens’ diagonal cross, it began to look unlikely that the USA would be able to hold out. Using the width of the pitch and eventually finding Hazard on the left, Origi was played into the area to cross for Mertens to poke a shot the wrong side of a post from close range.

Dempsey showed willing with a shot from the edge of the area of his own that Courtois saved before Howard came to the USA’s rescue again with a save from Origi after a typically direct Kevin Mirallas run was halted.

Again Origi could have been more clinical with a clear opportunity and the temptation to bring Lukaku on from the bench could only have grown when Mirallas failed to beat Howard in a one on one. In the end Wilmots waited until extra time and was vindicated, though only just. Of all the goals and games Salvador has seen in this tournament, this was perhaps the most exciting. Or at least the last half-hour was.

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Tomorrowland 2013 | official aftermovie Discover more Madness... http://bit.ly/IMrCUy TomorrowWorld 2014 Tickets http://tickets.tomorrowworld.com/ Subscribe ...
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The case against Belgium

The case against Belgium | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it
Brussels is a great town. So are Bruges, Ghent, Antwerp, etc. But Belgium as a nation isn't just America's soccer enemy, it's less than the sum of its parts. Why not just scrap it and default a win to Team USA?

 

The US national soccer team is playing Belgium on July 1 in Team USA's first elimination game of the World Cup. As a result, you're probably desperate to know some good reasons to dislike Belgium. Fortunately, Vox is ready to explain that Belgium really does deserve your scorn. The fact is that Belgium is full of nice places, but as a country it makes no sense and adds up to less than the sum of its parts.

1) Isn't Belgium harmless? Should I really hate it?

Yes. It is your patriotic duty as an American to hate Belgium this week. What's more, Belgium's reputation as a hard-to-hate country is undeserved. It's true that chocolate, beer, and french fries are all hard to hate. But Belgium as a country is so distasteful that the largest and most successful political party in the country favors the abolition of Belgium.

That's what the US Men's National Team is up against this week — not just a country that deserves to lose a soccer game (or "football match" as they say in Belgium), but a country that arguably shouldn't exist at all.

It's a nice place to visit with scenic towns, good food, and surrealist paintings but also a historical anachronism. It exists because of 16th Century dynastic politics, obsolete sectarian tensions, and a long-forgotten British foreign policy goal of containing French aggression into Germany. Divided bitterly between a Dutch-speaking majority and a French-speaking minority, Belgium can barely put a functioning government together. Rooting against Belgium is just common sense.

2) What is Belgium?

 

 

Belgium is the United States of America's opponent in the Round of 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil. It's also a small country in Europe sandwiched between France and the Netherlands. Conveniently, about half the population — the part that lives close to France — speaks French. The other half — the part that lives close to the Netherlands — speaks Dutch.

In recent years, Belgium has become famous for its frequent political crises as Dutch-speaking and French-speaking politicians struggle to work together. Because Belgium has a parliamentary system of government, the lack of consensus leads to spans when the country lacks a properly elected cabinet sometimes for periods that last over a year.

 3) Where does Belgium come from? 

It's complicated, but you can think of Belgium as a far-flung consequence of the Protestant Reformation. Once upon a time, the Low Countries were a cluster of 17 Provinces ruled by the Habsburg Dynasty that also controlled Spain and Austria. The Habsburgs were the leading Catholic dynasty of the 16th Century, whereas many residents of the Provinces had adopted Protestantism.

A revolt broke out in the 1560s based on sectarian and other issues.

The resulting war halted in 1609 with the Twelve Years' Truce, which established the de facto independence of what's now the Netherlands. But the southern and western portions of the provinces remained under Spanish (and then later Austrian) control for almost 200 years until it was overrun by French forces in 1794.

4) Why isn't Belgium part of France? 

The French conquest of Belgium occurred during the French Revolutionary Wars, which France eventually lost after Napoleon Bonaparte's invasion of Russia failed.

At the end of the war, the victorious powers — most of all England and Russia — wanted to ensure a postwar settlement that would contain French power. They felt that Austria had proven itself incapable of defending a geographically non-contiguous set of provinces, so they re-united the provinces into an enlarged Kingdom of the Netherlands that would presumably be large and prosperous enough to withstand French aggression.

5) So why isn't Belgium part of the Netherlands?

Over the course of the 200 years of partition, the northern and southern Netherlands had come to be sharply sorted along Protestant/Catholic lines with the southern Netherlands — including its Dutch speakers — being overwhelmingly Catholic while the inhabitants of the northern Netherlands were overwhelmingly Protestant.

What's more, in the early 19th Century the French language was very widely spoken among economic and political elites in continental Europe.

Consequently, public figures and business leaders in the southern Netherlands generally spoke French despite the large Dutch-speaking population in the area. These sectarian and linguistic tensions came to a head in the Revolution of 1830 when residents of the southern provinces shook off the authority of the central government based in the north.

In the wake of these events, the French government put forward a partition plan arguing that Francophone Catholic territories should be annexed to the Francophone and Catholic nation of France while the Dutch-speaking Catholics could have their own small country under British protection. The other great powers still mistrusted France at this time, and rejected the idea in favor of creating a bilingual Catholic country — Belgium.

6) Does Belgium at least have any 90s one-hit-wonders?

Thankfully, yes. Belgium may be stricken with political crisis and owe its existence to obsolete sectarian conflicts and long-forgotten British foreign policy objectives but the country did at least enjoy widespread global radio success in 1997 with the K's Choice song "Not an Addict":...

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Ommegang - 1/2/3 July 2014

Ommegang - 1/2/3 July 2014 | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it
Welcome on the website of the Ommegang

 

Once more, Ommegang opens its doors to give you breathtaking folklore, magic and animations.
 
More than 1400 performers will help you relive a history (1549, the procession of Charles Quint) under the vigilant eye of the director Giles Daoust who will oversee sound and light for the tenth year in a row.
 
The Tenor Sebastien Romignon Ercolini and the Countertenor Dominique Corbiau and the Mezzo Soprano Isabelle Everarts de Velp will perform live at the spectacle accompanied by music composed by Ernst W. Meinrath.
 

Click here for online booking
or on: +32(0)70 660 601
Medieval village and Tournaments 
A whole medieval village will be created at Place du Grand Sablon, with free entry for everyone. Knights combating on foot and horses, falconry, are some of the activities that will combine history with pleasure over the three days event.
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Belgium: a small country... so GREAT in History - YouTube

Sometimes you'll find foreigners who, with a lot of irony -and contempt?- towards Belgium, will ask "but... was there a famous Belgian...?" The answer, of co...
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How Belgium Became Team to Fear

How Belgium Became Team to Fear | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it

Not too long ago, Belgium wasn’t exactly the type of team you’d look forward to watching during a World Cup.

They didn’t usually play exciting football, they didn’t field the world’s best players and you surely didn’t expect them to go far in a tournament. The World Cup in 1986 was merely an exception to the rule. As a fan, you were hoping for a few draws and maybe a victory in the group stage.

But much has changed since then. These days, Belgium have a team full of highly rated talent. Think of players such as Vincent Kompany, Axel Witsel, Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard. The Rode Duivels have truly developed into a team to be reckoned with.

How did this come about? What are some of the underlying reasons for Belgium's rise in eminence? 

 

The Premier League Lads

Constitutive to today’s Rode Duivels team is the contingent of players currently playing the Premier League, including Eden Hazard, JanVertonghen, Vincent Kompany and Romelu Lukaku. Together with an older guard consisting of players such as Daniel van Buyten and Nicolas Lombaerts, these players form the spine of a squad overflowing with talent. The experience of playing in a top league like the Premier League has surely helped shape these players into what they are today.

And because they all play in the Premier League, week in, week out, these players are used to similar kind of pace, and in general terms, a similar type of football. They’re also used to the pressure and the media scrutiny that comes with being a Premier League footballer.

In 2013, Eden Hazard told Tim Adams of Esquire:

“When we do get together, it is important we have all been immersed in the same football culture. In England, it is one country and pretty much one style of football, very intense, generally high-tempo, so we do share that. There are others who come in from [Spain’s] La Liga or elsewhere, really good players who bring different things, but the players in England do share something I think.”...

 

.....Yet there is something unexplainable about Belgium’s currentgeneration of wonderkids. For some reason, the suspicion is that the rise of players like Eden Hazard can not simply be explained by looking at policy and circumstance.

The Netherlands had Johan Cruyff in the 1970s. Argentina hadMaradona in the 1980s. In the 1990s, France had Zinedine Zidane. Belgium, however, has never produced a player of such exceptional talent.

Sure, it takes good coaches and good youth policy to train and educate such players. But you also need luck. The likes of Maradona andZidane are rare. They’re exceptions, almost supernatural beings. The same holds true for exceptional generations of players.

The squad the Rode Duivels will present to the world in Brazil is exceptional. The Belgians, and fans of football with them, can count themselves lucky.

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Catalanen bouwen menselijke toren op Grote Markt

Catalanen bouwen menselijke toren op Grote Markt | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it
Catalaanse actievoerders hebben op de Grote Markt steun gevraagd voor het referendum over autonomie dat de Spaanse deelstaat in november organiseert. Ze bouwden een castell of menselijke toren.
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Catalonian human tower in Brussels, Belgium

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Number of foreign doctors in Belgium on the rise

Number of foreign doctors in Belgium on the rise | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it
There are currently 5,372 foreign doctors, medical specialists and medical students registered in Belgium. Ten years ago, there were only 1,712 such registrations, according to a calculation by medical journal Artsenkrant.Last year there were 365 foreign general physicians (GP) actively practicing in Belgium, or 2.2% of all GPs in the country. Ten years earlier, Belgium had 145 foreign GPs (0.9%). Of all the specialists active in Belgium last year, 2,006 of them were foreigners (7.1%), compared to 767 (3.4%) ten years ago.The accessible education system in Belgium might provide one explanation for the increase. Last year 3,001, or nearly one-quarter, of all medical students in the country came from outside Belgium. Ten years ago, 800 foreigners came to Belgium to study medicine, or less than 10%.French and Dutch doctors make up the largest group, but there has also been a sharp increase recently in the number of doctors from Spain, Italy, Greece and Romania.
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Belgium World Cup fan won L'Oreal contract

Belgium World Cup fan won L'Oreal contract | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it

A Belgium World Cup fan won a modelling contact with L'Oreal after being spotted cheering in the crowd in Brazil.

Axelle Despiegelaere, 17, caught the world's attention after being photographed cheering on her national team in the 1-0 victory over Russia in Group H and her image spread across the internet. 

The pictures of happy Axelle quickly went viral and appeared in newspapers across the world, launching her new career.

 

After returning home to Belgium, Axelle set up a professional Facebook page which now has over 200,000 'likes'.

On Tuesday, she announced her decision to accept a contract modeling for L'Oreal and even posted a video of her trying out their hair products.

While Axelle may have come out a winner in this year's World Cup, her national team was not so lucky. 

After escaping Group H, Belgium went on to beat the U.S. before being defeated by Argentina.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/worldcup2014/article-2687685/Belgium-World-Cup-fan-won-LOreal-modelling-contract-revealed-big-game-hunter.html#ixzz375vh8VNx ;
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The 100 most congested cities in Europe and North America

The 100 most congested cities in Europe and North America | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it
The average London commuter loses 83 hours a year to congestion – and many other cities are just as clogged. Here are the worst victims

The Inrix traffic-data company has raided its archives to calculate the most congested cities in Europe and North America, as well as the total number of hours wasted in traffic.

Inrix looked at its records of real-time traffic on every road segment during peak hours (6am-10am and 3pm-7pm, Monday through Friday) to see how the actual speed every 15 minutes related to how fast traffic would have been if the road were free-flowing. Inrix added together all the congested segments in a given city and averaged it to create a score for that city. To calculate the wasted minutes in traffic, the firm looked at an estimated typical commuter trip length, and the number of trips taken each year.

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Guerre de religion au sein de la mouvance laïque - RTBF Societe

Guerre de religion au sein de la mouvance laïque  - RTBF Societe | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it

Rififi dans la mouvance laïque belge. La guerre est officiellement et médiatiquement déclarée entre le CAL, le Centre d'action laïque, et l'association "La pensée et les hommes" en charge depuis près de 60 ans des émissions concédées à la laïcité en radio et en télé. Le premier a voulu reprendre la main sur les émissions de la seconde. Un litige qui aboutit finalement au conseil d'Etat.

L'histoire d'un abus de pouvoir sournois", le titre barre la page d'accueil du site de "La pensée et les hommes", l'association en charge des émissions concédées laïques en radio et télé à la RTBF depuis 1955. Une association qui après avoir tenté la médiation, a choisi de monter publiquement au front, étalant au grand jour les fissures, les jalousies, les conflits au sein de la mouvance laïque. Tout a commencé en décembre dernier, lorsque Jacques Lemaire, président et présentateur en titre de "La pensée et les hommes", reçoit un coup de fil et une lettre l'informant que le CAL entend reprendre d'ici septembre 2014 la tutelle sur l'ensemble des émissions. Jacques Lemaire est "remercié" dans tous les sens du terme. Une reprise en main avec l'aval de la ministre de l'audiovisuel, actée par le Moniteur en avril.

Cela alors qu’a démarré du côté de la "Pensée et les hommes" une série de médiations infructueuses jusqu'ici. Où l'on rappelle au CAL qu'il doit coordonner les actions laïques, pas les contrôler, les étouffer. Drôle de rififi alors que le fondateur de la "Pensée et les hommes", Robert Hamaide, a largement contribué à lancer le CAL et que Paul Galand, qui a voulu cette reprise en main, a depuis quitté la direction du CAL, passant le flambeau à Henri Bartholomeeusen. Deux actions sont actuellement pendantes devant le tribunal arbitral du CAL et en annulation au conseil d'Etat. Sans commentaires du CAL pour le moment.

Fabien Van Eeckhaut

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Rock Werchter blasts off

Rock Werchter blasts off | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it
The giant rock music festival, Rock Werchter, opened its doors to festival-goers at 8.00 on Thursday, 3 July, in Werchter, near Leuven.On Wednesday afternoon, the festival also opened The Hive, Rock Werchter’s main campsite, to festival-goers with an XL camping ticket. The Hive can accommodate 30,000 people.This year 79 groups will be playing. Chief headliners on Thursday are Metallica, Placebo, Robert Plant and Damon Albarn. On Friday, it will be the turn of the Arctic Monkeys, Paolo Nutini, Ellie Goulding and Major Lazer; on Saturday, Pearl Jam, The Black Keys, Pixies and Agnes Obel and on Sunday, Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand and Bastille. Stromae will round off events on Sunday on the main podium.Compared to last year, the festival has increased by 2.5 hectares in size, after Rock Werchter’s organisers were allowed to cut down a nearby forest. As a result of the site’s expansion, the festival can now let in 88,000 festival-goers this year compared to 85,000 last year.
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Exhibition « Desire » – Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Exhibition « Desire » – Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it

On Tuesday 25th March, the “Desire” exhibition opens its doors in the Royal Museum for Fine Arts of Belgium. Selected paintings from 19th and 20thcentury are shedding a different light on this universal theme. A scenography rich in contrasts leads the visitor to rediscover masterworks by Dalí or Delvaux, along with previously unseen paintings.

There are many variations and interpretations of the notion of desire. The exhibition highlights the diversity of desires, from basic to noble, from trivial to ideal.

An audacious selection among the 19th and 20th century works from the collections of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts has been carried out and the visitors will be able to catch up with emblematic masterpieces like The Temptation of Saint Anthony by Dalí, The Couple by Delvaux, works by Wappers, Evenepoel and Brusselmans, but also with paintings by Stevens, Linnig or De Braekeleer which are less known but nevertheless worth discovering.

 

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Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
Musée Fin-de-Siècle Museum / level -6
Rue de la Régence / Regentschapsstraat 3
1000 Brussels
+32 (0)2 508 32 11

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World Cup: No entry to Grand-Place during Belgium-US match

World Cup: No entry to Grand-Place during Belgium-US match | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it
Access to Brussels’ Grand-Place will be severely restricted on Tuesday evening because of the Ommegang, the medieval pageant commemorating the entry of Emperor Charles V into Brussels in 1549.The organisers of this year’s Ommegang need to set up platforms on the Grand-Place to enable viewers to witness the historic parade, which will take place this year on Tuesday, 1 July, and Thursday, 3 July, from 21.00.As a result, only members of the public wishing to view the Ommegang will allowed onto the Grand-Place and gatherings of football supporters on the square will not be permitted.The Red Devils will play the US this evening at 22.00, Belgian time, in Brazil.Click here for alternative public viewing options (bars and public squares with big screens).The Brussels metro will be running, exceptionally, until 01.00 and more trams will be running to enable supporters to come to see the match in town and return home easily.
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Belgiumize Me

Belgiumize Me | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it

YAY! FROM NOW ON YOU’RE A TRUE BELGIAN RED DEVILS FAN.
YOUR BELGIAN NAME HERE!!! TRANSLATE YOUR NAME INTO BELGIAN!!!

 
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Belgian separatists join anti-EU Britons in parliament group < Belgian news

Belgian separatists join anti-EU Britons in parliament group < Belgian news | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it

Belgium's powerful Flemish separatists joined an anti-EU alliance on Thursday led by British Tories that may become the third biggest European Parliament group.

The Flemish N-VA, which in general elections held May 25 outstripped the country's other parties, won four seats to the next European Parliament at EU elections that took place the same day.

The MEPs had been thought to be planning to join a centre-right Liberal EU parliament group headed by a former Belgian premier, but they surprised the country by signing up with the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR).

The ECR group is mainly made up of anti-EU British Tories and Polish Conservatives but also includes Germany's fledgling anti-euro Alternative for Germany (AfD) as well as the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party (DF) and far-right Finnish party True Finns.

The eurosceptic ECR, which also includes anti-EU Czechs, has rallied support from more than 60 MEPs for the moment, meaning it may become the third biggest group in the new parliament which holds a first session in July.

Britain's increasingly popular eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage meanwhile has also successfully put together a group in the parliament after winning the support of a French far-right defector.

Farage's Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) group will gather 48 members against 31 in the previous European Parliament.

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's far-right National Front, is also expected to soon announce the formation of a rival eurosceptic group.

Farage's UK Independence Party (UKIP) needed to muster lawmakers from seven European Union countries to announce the formation of a group.

The largest contingent is made up of members from UKIP, followed by 17 from the Italian populist 5 Star Movement led by Beppe Grillo.

Other MEPs in the group are from Lithuania, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Latvia, as well as France's Joelle Bergeron, who was elected under the banner of Le Pen's National Front but who quickly fell out with the party and became an independent.

Farage had refused to set up a group with Le Pen on the grounds of her party's alleged anti-Semitism.

Le Pen so far has been unable to strike an alliance with parties from six other nations to form her own group.

But a source said she was close to rallying the support of MEPs from Poland and Bulgaria, as well as the four other parties she had gathered so far.

Forming a group not only provides more political visibility and the possibility of chairing various committees, but also between 20 to 30 million euros in funding during the parliament's five-year term.

The deadline to form a group in the European Parliament is June 23.

 

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Belgium vs Russia top clash of Group H | Boston Herald

Belgium vs Russia top clash of Group H | Boston Herald | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it

MOGI DAS CRUZES, Brazil — With the second round just one victory away, Belgium is sweating on the fitness of captain and defender Vincent Kompany ahead of its World Cup game against Russia.

After wearing down Algeria's defense before coming from behind to win, Belgium could well face a similar battle of attrition against Russia at Rio's Maracana stadium on Sunday in Group H.

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has always relied on Kompany to keep the way to goal nearly impregnable and to lose the Manchester City defender, who is nursing a groin strain, would be a serious blow.

"We are waiting," said Wilmots, unwilling to anticipate how serious the injury might be. Apart from its first-half penalty, Algeria never came close to scoring in Belgium's 2-1 victory in the opener.

At least Wilmots has a healthy cushion since Belgium leads the group with three points, ahead of Russia and South Korea with one. Algeria has zero points.

Victory on Sunday would see Belgium through and might also allow Wilmots to give Kompany a rest ahead of the knockout stage.

For Russia, coach Fabio Capello has to decide whether to stick with goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, whose blunder by letting a soft shot slip through his hands allowed South Korea to draw 1-1 in their opening game.

If Russia comes out looking for victory, it might offer the time and space for playmaker Eden Hazard to make a real impact on the World Cup with the creative moves that have made him such a key player for Chelsea in the Premier league.

Capello is too cunning a coach though to fall for any easy trap. Yet if Russia falls back, don't count on Belgium to push forward with all its might either.

"If we will play against a wall, we have to learn to be patient," Wilmots said. It is exactly what Belgium did against Algeria, tiring the Africans with possession play before making the breakthrough with fresh substitutes in the second half.

"They are not the fastest players in the world," said Belgian defender Nicolas Lombaerts, who has been playing in Russia for Zenit St. Petersburg since 2007. "With our speedy forwards, we should be able to exploit that weakness."

Russia came into the World Cup with plenty of ambition after winning a qualifying group which also included Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal. Its poor showing in the 1-1 draw against South Korea made its entry in the tournament all the more disappointing.

So far, Russia has still been unable be to make up for the absence of Roman Shirokov — a driving force in midfield who was a last-minute omission for Brazil because of injury. It's an absence that his teammates will need to overcome on Sunday.

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One in four will alter working day to watch Red Devils play

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One in four Belgians has decided to alter their work schedule to fit around Red Devils matches in the World Cup, but only 22% plan to interrupt their working day to watch a match, according to a survey conducted by VTM Nieuws of 1,600 residents.The union of self-employed professionals in Flanders and Brussels, UNIZO, has advised businesses to allow their employees to follow Red Devils matches by, for example, broadcasting them in the office.The interviewees were also asked to name their favourite Red Devil: Kevin De Bruyne came top with 20.6% of the vote, followed by Vincent Kompany with 19.4%, and Thibaut Courtois with 15.9%. They were realistic about the chances of the Red Devils winning the World Cup: 4 out of 10 thought the team could get through to the quarter finals but only 6% thought the Red Devils would walk away with the World Cup.The Belgium vs Algeria match kicks off this evening at 18.00.
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In de Wulf takes top place in Europe’s 100 best restaurants list

In de Wulf takes top place in Europe’s 100 best restaurants list | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it
The restaurant In de Wulf headed by chef Kobe Desramaults in the village of Dranouter, West Flanders, took first place in a list of Europe’s 100 best restaurants compiled by the blogging internet site Opinionated About Dining. The list, which is drawn up from a total of 140,000 restaurants visited by 4,300 people, puts In de Wulf first, Troisgros (France), second, and Quique Dacosta (Spain), third.Several Belgian restaurants figured among the top 100 restaurants, with 24th place for ‘L’Air du Temps’, chef San Hoon Degeimbre, Liernu; 27th place for ‘Hertog Jan’, Geert Mangeleer, Bruges; 42nd place for ‘Hof van Cleve’, Peter Goossens, Kruishoutem; 53rd place for ‘Comme chez soi’, Lionel Rigolet, Brussels; 78th place for ‘Sea Grill’, Yves Matagne, Brussels and 99th place for ‘La Paix’, David Martin, Brussels.Said Desramaults of In de Wulf: “This recognition is wonderful. I’m very proud of my team and it’s thanks to them that I’m convinced that this result is due also to the international character of my team members. I work with kitchen staff from 10 different countries – it’s this strength that makes the unique character of In de Wulf what it is.”
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Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium

Breathtaking Photos of the Blue Forest in Belgium | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it
If you love discovering extraordinary travel destinations off the beaten path, do we have a place for you. Though this may look like a scene straight out of a fairy-tale, this blue forest is, in fact, real. Just 30 minutes south of Brussels, in Belgium, is a forest called Hallerbos. During the spring, the forest's floor is covered in bluebell flowers which creates a carpet-like effect. Recently, photographer Kilian Schönberger went deep into the woods to capture these incredible shots.
When asked about the colors, he said, "The colors are really that blue, especially under the moist conditions of the morning fog. England is famous for its bluebell forests, too."
He continues, "There is not too much post processing done. The fog is natural. Forecasting foggy conditions is an essential part of my photography.  Some contrast enhancement and color management in the darker parts of the image are all I've done."

Kilian Schönberger's website and Facebook page
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Brussels government coalition requires complex negotiations

Brussels government coalition requires complex negotiations | Do you know "Belgium"? ベルギーって言う国知ってますか? | Scoop.it
The two sides in the government of the Brussels-Capital Region – French-speaking and Dutch-speaking – have reached a majority ready to begin negotiations for the creation of a governing coalition. Earlier yesterday, three French-speaking parties – PS, cdH and FDF – said they were ready to form a majority. By evening the Dutch-speaking parties Open VLD, SP.A and CD&V had also come to an agreement.The Flemish parties represent the classical tripartite coalition that governed the region from 2004 to 2009 under minister-president Charles Picqué. From 2009 until last month’s election, the tripartite coalition was augmented by Groen, which provided Bruno De Lille, the secretary of state for mobility and equal opportunities.Groen has now been left out, despite its share of the vote in May having gone up from 11 to 18%, which, according to party president Wouter Van Besien, goes agains the wishes of the electorate.Open VLD and CD&V ruled out the possibility of taking part in a coalition that includes the far-right francophone party FDF, which, with its 12 seats in the Brussels parliament, is required for the other two parties to form a majority.In Wallonia, meanwhile, PS and cdH agreed to form a majority for the government of that region. The pact between the two parties, both in Brussels and in Wallonia, was said by analysts to reduce the room for manoeuvre available to NVA party president Bart De Wever in putting together a coalition at federal level.De Wever favours French-speaking liberals MR over the socialist PS, yet he also requires cdH to make the numbers work. CdH, however, is unlikely to put its relations with PS at risk in two governments to oblige De Wever in a third. De Wever yesterday declined to comment on the latest developments.
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