Belgian news in brief, 25 November 2005

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Pakistan earthquake charity event

Pakistan earthquake charity event

A television charity event for the victims of the Pakistan earthquake will be broadcast live on Flemish television on 21 December, Flemish Overseas Development Minister Geert Bourgeois said. The event, 'Tents for Pakistan', will be held in co-operation with NGOs and the media. Some 73,000 people were killed in the earthquake and 500,000 are still homeless, VTM reported.

Belgian youth lead EU cannabis use

The use of cocaine and ecstasy in the EU is still rising and ecstasy has overtaken amphetamines as the second most popular drug. However, cannabis is the most often used drug, especially popular with youths. In Belgium, 15 and 16-year-olds are the most frequent users of cannabis in the EU. Across the EU, some 62 million people or 20 percent of the population have ever use cannabis, Skynet reported.

Folkloric processions on UNESCO list

The giant folkloric figures used in processions in parts of Flanders, Wallonia and France have been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The parades are located in Dendermonde, Mechelen, Brussels, Ath, Mons and four French cities. Flanders, Wallonia and France had sent a joint application to UNESCO.

Belgian chefs miss out in Michelin rankings

Belgian chefs have tumbled in the Michelin gourmet rankings, with several Brussels restaurants losing their star status and a Dutch rival winning the top accolade. La Truffe Noire, L'Ecailler du Palais Royal and Villa Lorraine were among the elite Brussels dining spots to be stripped of their stars in the 2006 guide for Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, Bloomberg reported. The only restaurant in the three countries to be elevated to the coveted three-star rating was Oud Sluis on the Dutch coast, putting the Netherlands and Belgium on a gastronomic par, with three top-rated restaurants apiece.

Brugge ice sculpture festival starts

The 6th Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival opened in Brugge on Friday and will continue until 8 January 2006. The exhibits are on show in an insulated tent with a powerful cooling system. On show are the works of 80 ice sculpture artists.

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