Headlines – Thursday 23rd May 2013

Football Club Move Sparks Negative Reaction

Belgian Championship runners-up Zulte Waregem are considering relocating 100km away to Antwerp. A top flight team moving away from home is previously unheard of, and while the decision is yet to be confirmed, it has also been reported recently that Antwerp is yet to have a top flight team in Belgian football.

 

American Ambassador To Join Exmar

American Ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, will be joining the Board of Directors at Exmar, a shipping group that serves the international gas and oil industry. Exmar’s Board of Directors also includes former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstad.

 

Wetteren Residents Can Return Home

Residents evacuated from their homes after the Wetteren rail disaster are now all able to return home. Several hundred were evacuated from the neighborhood, some having part of the wreckage crash into their gardens. Pollution tests have yielded positive results and the neighborhood is now safe for residents to return.

 

World War Ceremony Set For Brussels

Liège, Leper and Brussels will host three major World War 1 commemorative ceremonies next year in August, October and November. Defence Minister Pieter De Crem also announced that a certificate will be created to honour towns or cities that were badly affected by the Great War.


Coastal Neighbourhoods Popular For Divorcees

It has been revealed that coastal towns have the highest percentage of divorced men and women; after a study of the number of divorcees in Belgian towns, 8 out of the top 10 are situated by the coast. Johan Surkijn of Brussels University explains that “it is mostly single mothers with children who move to the coast, where there are a lot of flats, houses and apartments that are empty during the year.”


Sierre Crash: Heart Failure Ruled Out

The parents of 22 children who died in the Swiss coach disaster in Sierre last March have been told that it is unlikely the bus driver suffered any kind of heart attack. The Swiss judicial authorities suspect a temporary loss of attention, or that he was feeling unwell. However, the parents concerned hope for more clarity and less hypotheses.


Brussels Displaying 4.5 Billion Year Old Meteorite

The Brussels Museum of Natural Sciences is currently displaying a meteorite that crashed into Antarctica last winter. It weighs 18 kilos and is the size of a basketball. The meteorite is coated in black rust and is believed to be 4.5 billion years old. The meteorite is on display for another nine days.

 

Anderlecht Congratulated By Town Hall

32 time Belgian football champions Anderlecht, the players staff and management have been received at the Anderlecht town hall. The moment was cherished, although the delegation did arrive 45 minutes late, some having stayed up the previous two nights since winning the title!

 

Health Data Not Used Efficiently Enough

According to a study by the Operation for Economic Cooperation and Development, personal data of Belgian patients is not being used efficiently enough. Belgium is one of the 6 countries with the most restricted use of personal health data over the past five years, along with Canada, Italy, Finland, Portugal and Switzerland.

 

Belgian Wins “Nobel” Mathematics Prize

Belgian mathematician Pierre Deligne received the Abel Prize from King Harald V of Norway yesterday, along with a cash award of 800,000 Euros. It is unofficially seen as the Nobel Prize equivalent for Mathematics. Mr Deligne won the prize “for seminal contributions to algebraic geometry and for their transformative impact on number theory, representation theory, and related fields.”


Lokerse Feesten Lineup Heats Up

The already impressive lineup of bands scheduled to play at this year’s Lokerse Feesten can now add The B-52’s, Primal Scream, Tinie Tempah, Anvil and The Fratellis to the list. As previously reported, the lineup also features Beady Eye, Damien Rice, Arno, Deep Purple, Iggy & The Stooges, Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion and Motörhead.The festival is 10 days long and runs from August 2 to 11.

 

American Ambassador To Join Exmar

American Ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, will be joining the Board of Directors at Exmar, a shipping group that serves the international gas and oil industry. Exmar’s Board of Directors also includes former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstad.

 

Health Data Not Used Efficiently Enough

According to a study by the Operation for Economic Cooperation and Development, personal data of Belgian patients is not being used efficiently enough. Belgium is one of the 6 countries with the most restricted use of personal health data over the past five years, along with Canada, Italy, Finland, Portugal and Switzerland.

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