Local police call in the help of “smart cameras”
Some 30 Flemish police zones will start using so-called smart cameras in the near future. Smart cameras can recognise number plates and check motorists’ speed. Motorists driving around without car insurance, can be caught on the spot.
Smart cameras are already being used as SPECS speed cameras (photo) at some places in Flanders, but have many more applications. As the car’s license plate can be read, police can immediately check whether the vehicle has been listed on a black list: has it undergone the yearly technical checks (for vehicles over 4 years), was it involved in a hit-and-run, was it used for criminal purposes, was it properly insured etc. Continue reading
Paedophile Flemish-born priest on trial in Canada
Eric Dejaeger has pleaded not guilty to 76 sex-related charges and will be tried by a judge alone. The charges involve 41 complainants and 26 people from the hamlet of Igloolik on the Melville Peninsula are expected to testify.
Father Dejaeger sent back to Canada from Belgium in January 2011 for an immigration violation rather than on an extradition order. A journalist here realised that Father Dejaeger had lost his Belgian citizenship in 1977 when he became a naturalised Canadian. He was kicked out because he had been living in Belgium since 1995 without a visa. Continue reading
Brussels MP tries to make ends meet with 6 euros per day
The Brussels MP Carla Dejonghe (Flemish liberal) is to take part in an experiment. From 14 November, she will live one month with only 180 euros to spend. That’s the amount that Miss Homeless Thérèse Van Belle has left after paying for her fixed monthly expenditures.
It was Thérèse Van Belle herself who suggested the idea, Ms Dejonghe explains on her website. The Brussels MP accepted the challenge. By living for one month with few pennies to spend (6 euros or 5 British pounds on a daily basis), she is hoping to gain new insights and see things from different perspectives, in order to be able to make recommendations to Brussels policy makers. Continue reading
Save Chicago’s Belgian Hall!
Recently in Chicago, a committee was formed to “Save the Belgian Hall”. The Belgian Hall is a two-story structure located at 2625 W. Fullerton in Chicago, Illinois. The building was constructed in 1921, by the All Belgians are Equal Club, one of the predecessor organizations of the current Belgian American Club of Chicago. However, in 1979, the building was sold and has remained vacant and used for storage since then. At the end of August 2013, a for sale sign appeared. With the condition of the building and urban renewal of the neighborhood, there is a strong possibility the building may be torn down. And this would be a shame, as the building is so much more than a structure; it is a symbol of a Belgian past and should become a reminder to future generations of their Belgian ancestry. Continue reading
You may have experienced it yourself already, but now it’s shown by statistics: traffic jams across Belgium are getting longer.
The problem mostly concerns big cities such as Antwerp and Brussels. Brussels is on number 9 on a European list of cities with the worst traffic congestion problems.
The figures were collected by GPS provider TomTom in order to compile their European Congestion Index, and takes into account actual travel times. The index compares the time you spend in a car during rush hour to the time you would need outside rush hour, without traffic jams. Continue reading
Checks carried out by the Belgian Food Safety Agency, the FAVV, reveal that many bakers are flouting food safety rules.
The situation is worst in Brussels, but Antwerp fares little better.
In all 1,440 bakers received a visit from a FAVV inspector. 589 bakers got a warning, while an official report was drawn up in 124 instances. 13 bakers were closed down at least temporarily. Continue reading
Research undertaken by consultants KPMG and the Vlerick Business School suggests that in a country with only 11 million inhabitants four high-street banks are not viable.
Researchers came to this conclusion after quizzing 15 senior bankers.
Belgium currently has 4 big high-street banks offering retail services: BNP Paribas Fortis, KBC, ING and Belfius. The survey suggests that this is at least one too many for such a small country. The researchers shy away from indicating which of the big four should disappear. Continue reading
Kobe injury bet
Kobe injury bet : Kobe Bryant bet on returns. The freaky-looking injury Kevin Ware suffered during last season’s NCAA Tournament had a nation simultaneously sympathetic and a little grossed out. The First Lady Michelle Obama, Kevin Durant, Charles Barkley and other athletes stepped forward to offer their condolences, but Kobe Bryant placed a wager with the Louisville Cardinals guard.
According to Ware’s Sunday conversation with ESPN, Kobe and Ware had a little bet on who would be the first to return to the court. In an exhibition win over Pikeville, Ware was back on the court even though he’s been held out of their first regular seasons games this season. Fast forward to the 1:30 mark for the Kobe comments, but Ware said, “I’ve got to get in touch with [Bryant] again so he can make it to a game.” Continue reading
Gun made 3d printer
Gun made 3d printer : Guns Go Full Metal. We covered a story six months ago about University of Texas student Cody Wilson 3d-printing his very own fully-functional handgun. It was scary, particularly given that the thing was entirely plastic and would contain no traceable details such as a serial number and could easily be mistaken for cheap toys from Walgreens, but at least they would suffer catastrophic failure after just a few shots.
Like the creators of the Liberator, the company behind the new weapon, Solid Concepts, is also located in Texas. They’re stating that they didn’t print the gun for commercial use, but rather, to show the world the strength of 3D printed metal under strenuous use. They’ve got us convinced on that, Continue reading
Lance Armstrong : Star ready to testify on doping. Disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong has said that he will co-operate in a bid to discover the extent of doping in the sport as long as he is treated the same as fellow drug cheats.
“If everyone gets the death penalty, then I’ll take the death penalty,” he said in an interview with the BBC World Service.
“If everyone gets a free pass, I’m happy to take a free pass. If everyone gets six months, then I’ll take my six months.” Continue reading
Lindsay ellingson Pumpkin pie and whipped cream
Lindsay ellingson Pumpkin pie and whipped cream. It’s coming! The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is just a few short weeks away, but before the Angels return to the runway for America’s sexiest night on TV, they’re giving us a taste of their adorable workout style and yes, showing off their killer abs while they’re at it. Continue reading
Alyssa miller junk food In-N-Out
Alyssa miller junk food In-N-Out. Jake Gyllenhaal stepped out for a romantic brunch with his new girlfriend, model Alyssa Miller, on Sunday… but there was another VIP along for the Manhattan treat.
The couple held hands as they walked down the street with Alyssa’s dog Charlie and Jake’s mom, screenwriter Naomi Foner.
The trio looked cosy enough, and at least Naomi had Alyssa’s dog Charlie to make up the numbers. Continue reading
Frankie Sandford Wayne Bridge kiss baby Parker
Frankie Sandford Wayne Bridge kiss baby Parker. Frankie Sandford and her fiancé Wanye Bridge have shared the first photo of their son Parker on Instagram. All together now… Awwwwwww!
Saturdays singer Frankie gave birth to three week old Parker on 18 October, and she announced his arrival with a tweet that read: “Wayne and I are so proud to say our little boy Parker Bridge was born this morning. 7lb 13oz. All doing well and absolutely besotted.”
Frankie and Wayne’s bundle of joy sported a cute navy and white stripey outfit and a cheeky grin for the photo. Continue reading
27 genius new products you had no idea existed
27 genius new products you had no idea existed. A genius is someone who is both extraordinarily intelligent and extremely creative. Plenty of people are smart and even intelligent, but they aren’t quite geniuses because they lack the creative abilities required. Other people are creative to some extent, but they do not have the intellectual capability to harness their creativity. Some famous examples include Mozart, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein, who is often used as the classic illustration for this term. Continue reading
31 absurd pictures of men with their pets
31 absurd pictures of men with their pets. I adore a man who loves animals but just…no.
These Purrrfect Solar Blankets
Degree of Awkwardness: Managing into your ex.
Pretty positive this is illegal in forty states. Continue reading
Anti-abortion group Texas encourages kidnapping on way clinic.
Anti-abortion group Texas encourages kidnapping on way clinic. A group posted on the Abolish Human Abortion Facebook page urging them to take women to places other than abortion clinics by pretending to be involved with an anonymous community organization that provides abortion services to women.
International Business Times reports that the group known as “Praying for you” posted on the Abolish Human Abortion Facebook page urging them to kidnap women by pretending to be involved with Cicada Collective. Continue reading
Blake Lively banned from stage at graduation
Blake Lively banned from stage at graduation. Blake Lively’s busy acting career cost her the chance to take part in her high school graduation ceremony because teachers ruled she didn’t attend enough classes to join her schoolmates in their caps and gowns.
The former “Gossip Girl” star was just 17 years old when she booked her first feature film role in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants,” a movie she shot while still attending school in Burbank, Calif., and, due to the fact she was off filming, she accrued more absences than usually allowed, prompting administrators to prevent her from accepting a diploma at graduation. Continue reading
North Korea executes 80 for watching soap operas television
North Korea executes 80 for watching soap operas Report newspaper. North Korea has publicly executed 80 people, mostly for watching foreign television programmes according to reports in a South Korean newspaper.
JoongAng Ilbo reported that the executions were carried out in public arenas in seven cities across North Korea on 3rd November, with 10,000 people allegedly forced to watch executions in a sports stadium in Wonsan.
Those executed were mostly charged with the “crime” of illegally watching South Korean television dramas, with others charged with prostitution. Continue reading
David Ayer : Pitt Director Sorry For Poppy Day Nazi Filming. Thankfully the Nazis were never able to march on British soil but that hasn’t stopped the film production of ‘Fury’ starring Brad Pitt to launch a full scale invasion of Oxfordshire early on Remembrance Sunday.
As Britain stood in silence at 11am to remember the fallen, film production for ‘Fury’ was well underway despite the clear objections of the Parish council. The £50 million production directed by David Ayer features several hundred British extras portraying German and US soldiers. However, on Sunday morning according to the Mirror, the production continued despite objections and the cast and crew (both British and American) continued their fictitious battle. Continue reading
Girlfriend sues over Powerball win
Girlfriend sues over Powerball win : $338 million lotto winner for dumping her. A New Jersey man is being sued after his giant lottery payday has turned into a target for lawyers.
Pedro Quezada won $338 million in a Powerball Jackpot last spring (about $150 million lump sum after taxes).
He’s now being sued by his ex-girlfriend, and mother of their child, Ines Sanchez. The couple lived together for 10 years, though they never married. Continue reading