society

01 Jun '22

Feeling at home in the Rand
door Koen Demarsin

The area is jam-packed with stories. Not only stories of yesteryear, but also stories from the present day. The region is constantly changing and evolving and always struggling to find itself. We are seeking to discover what being the Rand actually means.
01 Apr '22

Measuring language proficiency
door Bart Claes

Nearly one in four pre-primary school children attending school in the Flemish Rand do not know enough Dutch to be able to start their first year of compulsory education.
01 Apr '22

Turning tears into pearls
door Nathalie Dirix

Turning tears into pearls is what Guido Belcanto and Naima Joris manage to achieve with their soulful vocal styles. They offer us comfort and a taste of what the art of living is all about.
01 Feb '22

Cycling boom rolls on
door Jan Haeverans

An extensive network of bicycling highways is gradually taking shape. The four main routes in our region are: the F3 from Leuven, the F20 via Halle, the F209 from Denderleeuw via Opwijk and the F1 connecting Antwerp to Brussels via Mechelen.
01 Nov '21

Not made out of steel
door Nathalie Dirix

Any time a crisis erupts, Ine Van Wymersch and Alain Remue are on hand to help out. No, they are not made out of steel, they are only flesh and blood, experiencing the same feelings of determination and plagued by the same kinds of doubts as you and me.
01 Jun '21

Call for change in road user behaviour
door Wim Troch

If 247 people were to die in a plane crash, it would be breaking news for days on end. Last year, 247 people died and 22.341 were injured in road traffic accidents in Flanders. So many dead and injured seem to be acceptable as an inevitable side-effect of human mobility.
01 Apr '21

Bridging the digital divide
door Michaël Bellon

Ten percent of Belgians have no Internet connection at home, a figure rising to 29% for low-income earners.
01 Dec '20

Low-waste shopping
door Gerard Hautekeur

Ecological and packaging­free shopping is perfectly feasible. Launched two and a half years ago, Fanny Mele’s low­waste shop sells mainly packaging­free organic products from local and Belgian producers. 'I buy…
01 Dec '20

Tackling student disadvantage in the Rand
door Gerard Hautekeur

Alarming is the word observers are using to describe social inequalities in the Flemish Rand’s educational system.
01 Nov '20

Death in the margins
door Koen Demarsin

We remember our loved ones with deep respect: pictures on a cupboard, in stories, sometimes even with an urn in our homes. But it is still so very hard to come to terms with death.
01 Oct '20

Exploring the Ring
door Wim Troch

Up to 200,000 vehicles a day travel on the Ring around Brussels. Many of the places the route runs through were mainly fields before it was completed, back in 1978.
01 Oct '20

Zero-miles veg
door Gerard Hautekeur

One huge field of maize occupied a plot of land in Huttestraat, Pepingen, before the arrival of the two pioneering spirits, Tijs Boelens and Sander Van Haver, with the organic market gardening company de Groentelaar.
01 Sep '20

Streams to the city
door Koen Demarsin

In Nieuwenhove (East Flanders) an asphalt road runs through the territory, as an easy connection between two streets with fields on either side. An ideal road for walkers or cyclists…
01 Jun '20

Life is something that happens to you
door Nathalie Dirix

As this is the first time they meet each other, Christine Mussche and Guillaume Van der Stighelen are able to speak without any embarrassment. About life’s satisfactions and disappointments. And their ways of dealing with these phenomena.
01 Apr '20

Melomania
door Nathalie Dirix

Music was my first love. And it will be my last. These words more or less sum up our conversation with Eddy Frans and Jef Neve. Two men with completely different backgrounds but with the same fierce passion for music and life.
01 Mar '20

Business site teeming with life
door Herman Dierickx

After giving the matter much thought, the Machelenbased Athlon Car Lease company opted in 2013 for a complete eco-friendly site design rather than a smallscale green refurbishment. This made the company one of the pioneers in the cause of creating more greenery around company buildings.
01 Mar '20

School places emergency
door Tina Deneyer

The secondary school place shortage is set to be no less than 8.000 by 2024-2025 in the greater Flemish Rand area, according to the Capacity Data Monitor's 2018 report on the educational situation in the region.
01 Feb '20

Seeing things in a different light
door Nathalie Dirix

‘Rather than just telling your own story, it’s just as important to look at other people’s backgrounds so as to be able to gain another perspective. People need to be…
01 Nov '19

Never-ending stupidity
door Nathalie Dirix

Braeckman: ‘We come from very different worlds and yet we share the same fascination for the brain and people. I am particularly interested in the question of why individuals, despite…
01 Oct '19

Cities 'smartening up' for the future
door Wim Troch

A ‘smart city’ is what the future has in store for us. But what does that mean exactly? And why should a city have to be ‘smart’ anyway? Is this new technology an improvement or will it just be something to cater for the whims of technology freaks?
01 Sep '19

The art of growing old
door Nathalie Dirix

Now that Jan Hautekiet and Peter Vandermeersch have both reached a turning point in their lives, this is an ideal opportunity to talk to them about what letting go and getting older does to a person.
01 Jun '19

Higher risk of flooting
door Luc Vanheerentals

Larger rivers are set to reach or exceed the critical water level one-third more often by 2100 and smaller ones twice as often, with the percentage of buildings that can be flooded rising from 25% to 41%.
01 Jun '19

A family is more than flesh and blood
door Nathalie Dirix

Aletha Wallace was 15 years old when she fled the civil war in Liberia.
01 Jun '19

Dirty air a problem for five municipalities
door Tina Deneyer

The quality of the air in the streets of the Vlaamse Rand is question on a lot of people’s minds.
01 May '19

Do unto others,...
door Nathalie Dirix

Commentators Walter Zinzen and Rik Van Cauwelaert are known for presenting political views in an entertaining way but do they view life from the same clear-sighted perspective?
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