Prize racing pigeon sells for record €310,000 to Chinese businessman

Yi Minna, chief operating officer at the Pipa auction house, watches birds in a coop at Pigeon Paradise in Knesselare, Belgium. Photo: AP

Flying high above Europe's economic crisis, a lightning-fast pigeon named Bolt became the world's most expensive racing bird when his Belgian breeder sold it for €310,000 (HK$3.1 million) to a Chinese businessman.

Wednesday, 22 May, 2013, 4:20am 1 comment

CSCL unit buys 24pc stake in terminal in Belgium

China Shipping Terminal Development also has holdings in terminals in Los Angeles, Seattle and Egypt. Photo: Bloomberg

China Shipping Terminal Development will make its first terminal investment in Europe after agreeing to buy a 24 per cent stake in APM Terminals Zeebrugge in Belgium.

The move came six months after the firm, which is wholly owned by China Shipping Container Lines, expressed interest in taking a stake in the Zeebrugge facility, one of three terminals at the Belgian port.

15 Mar 2013 - 4:38am

Coach Dai Rees hails fresh talent as Hong Kong go down to Belgium

Hong Kong rugby coach Dai Rees. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Belgium was a bridge too far for Hong Kong but head of performance Dai Rees hailed the second Emirates Airline Cup of Nations as a success with a number of players announcing they were ready to step into the void left by sevens players next season.

16 Dec 2012 - 3:43am

Belgian consulate's King's Day bash at 39 Conduit Road lures elite crowd

Thomas Lam and Cally Kwong celebrate King's Day.

Belgium is a small country with a richly deserved reputation for its chocolates and beer. So when the Belgians throw a bash, everyone who is anyone makes an effort to show up.

That was certainly the case on Monday evening, when the Belgian consulate held a belated commemoration of King's Day - which since 1866 has celebrated the country's monarchy.

21 Nov 2012 - 3:13am

Mystery surrounds murder of British oil executive

ExxonMobil executive Nicholas Mockford (centre). Photo: AP

So far, it's still a mystery.

A British oil executive gunned down in front of his wife in the Belgian capital of Brussels. Helmeted assailants escaping on a motorcycle. No arrests. A driver of a white van who has not been found. A court order for police not to reveal the details.

27 Oct 2012 - 4:02am

Briefs, October 15, 2012

Bart De Wever is looking for a big win in local polls. Photo: EPA

21 shot dead outside Nigerian mosque

15 Oct 2012 - 5:04am

France furious over top tycoon Bernard Arnault's plan to seek Belgian citizenship

Illustration: Craig Stephens

When France's richest person, LVMH's billionaire head Bernard Arnault, announced his decision to seek dual Belgian citizenship just as his homeland was about to introduce tough taxes on the rich, the comments he received were scathing.

"Get lost, rich jerk," opined France's left-leaning Liberation daily in a front-page headline.

16 Sep 2012 - 4:13am

City Digest

Tsang to visit Brussels, London and Edinburgh

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Tintin's homeland

This month the Kingdom of Belgium celebrates its 180th birthday.

Belgium had a revolution in 1830. After the revolution, it was difficult to find someone to lead the country. After six months, Leopold of Saxon-Coburg-Gotha agreed to lead the nation. On July 21, 1831, he became the first King of Belgium. The present king of Belgium is King Albert II.

The people

29 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Heart on her sleeve

It's a sunny day in Paris and a woman dressed head to toe in black sits alone at a table in the middle of a small courtyard. A few yards away inside a showroom, buyers and editors are scrambling over her latest collection, but she doesn't seem to notice as she puffs on her cigarette.

26 May 2010 - 12:00am

A wealth of attractions

From the bustle that is Brussels to the medieval masterpiece of Bruges, each of Belgium's cities has a markedly different character and a wealth of attractions for visitors.

15 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Arta Dobroshi

To gauge Kosovan actor Arta Dobroshi's standing in her homeland, one need look no further than a recent skit on one of Kosovo's most popular television programmes. The piece revolves around a screenwriter's despair after failing to convince anyone to finance his film about a screenwriter trying to make a film with Dobroshi.

27 Sep 2009 - 12:00am


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Name Tim De Ruyck

Age 18

City Munte, Belgium

Munte is a small village close to Ghent. Ghent is a big city with around approximately 237,000 people. It's the place where I spent most of my time.

28 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

'Corrected' Pirls puts HK students top

Hong Kong's primary students would have come top in an international literacy study if age had been taken into account, a leading academic said this week.

18 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

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Name Gertjan Van Speybroeck

Age 17

City Leopoldsburg

Star sign Libra

The weather in Belgium is very unpredictable. In the summer we usually have good weather but you never know when it's going to rain. During the winter, there's always a little bit of snow.

26 Feb 2008 - 12:00am