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Posts Tagged ‘Belgium’

Cities throughout France, Germany and Belgium decline in rankings owing to heightened security threats

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 14 aprile 2017

BruxellesBruxelles. Cities in Belgium, Germany and France have all declined in the global rankings this year. Berlin has fallen by two positions to 22nd, Brussels has dropped by three places to 25th, and Paris is down four places to 36th. Marseille is the European city with the most significant decline in the global rankings this year, falling by eight places to 74th position.“Terrorist attacks seen in Western Europe in late 2015 and throughout 2016 have elevated the Socio-political tensions scoring for cities in Belgium, Germany and France this year. This higher scoring reflects the greater threat currently posed to assignees in these locations,” said Ashman.Other Swiss and Dutch cities continue to dominate the global top 10 rankings, with The Hague in third, Geneva in fourth and Basel in sixth; Amsterdam and Eindhoven occupy joint seventh place.(font: ECA International)

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Blood of King Albert I of Belgium identified after 80 years

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 luglio 2016

King Albert IThe death of King Albert I of Belgium in 1934 – officially a climbing accident – still fuels speculation. Forensic geneticist Maarten Larmuseau and his colleagues at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) have now compared DNA from blood found on the scene in 1934 to that of two distant relatives. Their analysis confirms that the blood really is that of Albert I. This conclusion is at odds with several conspiracy theories about the king’s death.
On 17 February 1934, King Albert I – the third King of the Belgians – died after a fall from the rocks in Marche-les-Dames, in the Ardennes region of Belgium near Namur. Albert I was popular and world famous due to his role during the First World War. The fact that there were no witnesses to his death soon fuelled speculations about the king’s ‘real’ cause of death.
Conspiracy theories are circulating to this very day, ranging from a political murder to a crime of passion: the king is said to have been murdered elsewhere, his dead body has allegedly never been in Marche-les-Dames, or his fall is believed to have been staged only later. Evidence for these theories, however, has never been found.
After the death of Albert I, Marche-les-Dames virtually became a place of pilgrimage, and relics turned up with the king’s trails of blood, said to have been collected during the night of 17 to 18 February by people living in the neighbourhood.
VTM journalist Reinout Goddyn, who works for the Flemish television programme Royalty, bought one of these relics: blood-stained tree leaves. He wanted to know if this could really be the blood of Albert I, given the conspiracy theories. In 2014, UGent Professor Dieter Deforce had already confirmed that the blood was definitely human.
Forensic geneticist Maarten Larmuseau and his colleagues from KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) continued the investigation and found two living relatives of Albert I:
“King Simeon II of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, the last tsar and former prime minister of Bulgaria who is related to Albert I on his father’s side, and Anna Maria Freifrau von Haxthausen, a German baroness who is related to Albert I on her mother’s side, were willing to cooperate. They gave up DNA samples, which we compared with the DNA of the trails of blood. We found that the blood is indeed that of Albert I.”
This confirmation has historical importance. “80 years after the fact, everyone involved has passed away, and most material is gone; we will probably never be able to dismiss all speculations concerning this ‘cold case’. This study was one of the last possibilities to gather additional data. The authenticity of the trails of blood confirms the official account of the death of Albert I. The story that the dead body of the king has never been in Marche-les-Dames or was only placed there at night has now become very improbable. Furthermore, the results show that conducting a perfect legal investigation at the time was impossible right from the start, because souvenir hunters had disturbed the scene.” This type of genetic family-tree research confronts researchers with quite a few ethical questions, adds bioethicist Pascal Borry from the KU Leuven Interfaculty Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law: “We have to take into account the consequences of this study for living relatives. After all, in addition to the actual identification, a genetic profile can reveal quite a bit of sensitive information, in the context of a kinship analysis or in terms of hereditary conditions. This particular case concerns someone who’s deceased and has obviously never given permission for a genetic profile.”
“We only focused on the identification of the trails of blood and deliberately avoided deducing unexpected results from the DNA,” Larmuseau continues. “The latter was the most difficult aspect of this study. We also want to protect the privacy of everyone involved and of living relatives, and avoid commercialization of the genetic information, following international guidelines for biomedical research. Therefore, the genetic profiles have not been published, but they were double-checked by independent experts. The DNA samples of our study have been destroyed. What is left of the relic will be entrusted to an institution for cultural heritage or to a scientific institution.” (photo: King Albert I)

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The Rocs, a different terrain on each event, but always the same pleasure

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 aprile 2016

rocThe Rocs Series kicks-off on 29 April – 1 May at Houffalize in Belgium for the Roc d’Ardenne. The next stop will be at La Clusaz for the Roc des Alpes from 17-19 June. The season wraps up on the legendary tracks of the Roc d’Azur, at Fréjus from 5-9 October. These three rounds will feature all the difficulties mountain bike racing has to offer.
In the Temple of mountain biking that is Houffalize, riders will have to tame the forest tracks that slalom between the trees, moss and valleys that are strewn throughout the race. In the Alpes, long climbs and technical descents will await the competitors. For the season finale, on the Roc d’Azur, participants will have to be sure to avoid the pitfalls posed by the rocky and undulating tracks around Fréjus. With these three dates, all the mountain biking technical and physical pleasures will be on offer to the riders. “The complete season also allows the participants to take a break from their daily routine and explore terrains they are unfamiliar with. And with three dates, there is variety”, explains Event Director, Alexandre Maslin.While the format differs at each round, the DNA is mutual. “In bringing the mountain bikers face to face with the difficulties encompassing all of what makes mountain biking what it is, we want to offer them the pleasure of working on technique or their physical fitness”, adds Alexandre Maslin.
Each of the Rocs is above else a mountain bike celebration to enjoy with one’s family or among friends. With the village as the nerve centre of the event, participants and their companions can try out their future equipment over at the Roc Test Camp. But this is also a chance to spend quality time enjoying outdoor sporting and festive activities, or discover what’s new at the exhibit show. Whether it is on the tracks or the attractions in the village, the Rocs create a mountain biking festival. (photo: roc)

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Expert comment on UBS being charged with tax fraud and money laundering in Belgium

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 27 febbraio 2016

Crawford Spence, of warwick_campus_2_large Business School, is a Professor of Accounting and researches tax avoidance. He comments on UBS being charged with tax fraud and money laundering in Belgium. Professor Crawford Spence said: “These latest allegations against a Swiss bank are strongly reminiscent of the HSBC scandal that broke last year. In both cases, a large bank based in Switzerland – the HSBC case concerned the Swiss subsidiary – has been accused of tax fraud AND money laundering.”In the HSBC case, HMRC recently wound-up its investigation and concluded that no criminal charges would be brought against the bank. The city regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), similarly concluded an investigation by bringing no formal charges against the bank. “This inaction by regulatory bodies has been widely criticised, particularly because there was strong evidence supporting the allegations against HSBC. In this latest case, it is as yet unclear how strong the evidence is against UBS.”However, there is growing unrest among the public and politicians over the seeming inability of regulatory bodies such as HMRC and the FCA to clamp down on what appear to be blatant transgressions by large financial institutions.”

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Results of FRA’s antisemitism and hate crime

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 novembre 2013

Wien/Vienna, Austria 8 November 2013, 10.30am FRA, Schwarzenbergplatz 11, 1040 The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) invites you to a press briefing on the results of its online survey into the experiences and perceptions of hate crime, discrimination and antisemitism by Jewish people in the EU. The results will be presented on the eve of the anniversary of the anti-Jewish pogroms that took place 75 years ago.
The findings show that three-quarters of the nearly 6,000 respondents feel that antisemitism has worsened in the past five years, particularly in relation to antisemitic comments and hate speech online. Other issues covered include antisemitic violence and discrimination.The report covers the Member States in which around 90% of the estimated Jewish population in the EU live. These are Belgium, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Sweden, and the UK. The findings will be complemented by FRA’s annual “Antisemitism Overview”, which brings together statistical data on antisemitic incidents collected by governmental and non-governmental sources.Questions that will be answered during the briefing include:
How common is hate crime towards Jews?
In what situations do Jewish people experience antisemitism most frequently?
To what extent do Jewish people suffer discrimination in everyday life?
How safe do Jewish people feel in public?

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Immigrant Citizens Survey

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 13 Maggio 2012

La Fondation Roi Baudoin (Belgium) ha condotto una indagine sui cittadini immigrati: rilevazione dei bisogni, valutazione delle politiche, miglioramento delle capacità. Per raccogliere le percezioni dell’opinione pubblica e dei migranti e sviluppare una più completa comprensione dei processi di integrazione
Il progetto ha lo scopo di rendere la voce dei cittadini di paesi terzi legalmente residenti ampia e sufficientemente rappresentativa a livello Europeo affinché i loro bisogni, contributi, aspirazioni, e opinioni possano aiutare gli attori della politica a migliorare le capacità di integrazione. L’”Indagine Sui Cittadini Immigrati” chiede agli immigrati per prima cosa di valutare i loro bisogni e il loro contributo nella vita di tutti i giorni e poi di valutare come questi bisogni sono o potrebbero essere soddisfatti da interventi pubblici. La popolazione oggetto di questa indagine include adulti (dai 15 anni) cittadini di paesi terzi che risiedono legalmente nel paese da almeno un anno. Lo schema dell’indagine valuta bisogni e rilevanza politica, efficienza, ed efficacia in molte aree di integrazione: il mercato del lavoro e il riconoscimento delle competenze e dei titoli di studio; la vita famigliare; la sicurezza della residenza; l’accesso ai servizi generali (es. assistenza sanitaria, casa); istruzione; partecipazione civica; accesso alla cittadinanza; e l’antidiscriminazione. Tali temi sono delineati in modo da essere comparabili con i sondaggi generali già esistenti a livello europeo per permettere confronti tra i cittadini dei paesi terzi e il resto della popolazione.
L’indagine è stata condotta in 7 Paesi europei. In Italia la rilevazione si è svolta nelle città di Milano e Napoli, per un totale di 800 interviste, nel periodo ottobre-dicembre 2011

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President of CEC expresses condolences to the people of Liege

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 dicembre 2011

Deutsch: Ansichten von Lüttich, Belgien. Engli...

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His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France, President of the Conference of European Churches (CEC), has sent a letter to Rev. Dr Guy Liagre, the President of the Eglise Protestante Unie de Belgique expressing his shock upon learning of yesterday’s violence in Liege. He sends his profound condolences to “the families and the friends of the killed, to the wounded, to the people of Liege and of the country as a whole. We share in their pain and our thoughts and prayers are with them”.Metropolitan Emmanuel went on to say that the whole fellowship of CEC wishes “God’s blessing and strength for the churches and religious communities in Belgium as they participate in accompanying victims and relatives as well as of offering counselling and hope to the people after such a rampage.We are living in the time of Advent, waiting for Jesus Christ to become incarnate, ‘the Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9, 6). May the expectation of his coming enfold you and the people of Belgium in its strength”.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 125 Anglican, Orthodox, Protestant, and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, and of 40 associated organisations. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Geneva, Brussels and Strasbourg

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Le ricercatrici italiane campeggiano a Bruxelles

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 6 novembre 2011

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Bruxelles 8 – 9 novembre 2011 Il primo Gender Summit europeo promosso da EUROPEAN SCIENCE FOUNDATION, STOA, COST,GenSET accoglie la mostra di Elisabetta Durante (DISTI) su  Donne e Ricerca “Donne alla guida della più grande macchina mai costruita dall’Uomo” …per parlare della Fisica di oggi e della Società di domani…Alla ricerca europea e ad un mondo scientifico femminile in rapida crescita, è dedicato il Summit patrocinato da Consiglio Europeo e V.Presidenza del Parlamento Europeo, e promosso da  European Science Foundation, Stoa, Cost, GenSet. Grazie al sostegno dellaEuropean Physical Society, la ricerca femminile italiana sarà rappresentata e ‘raccontata’ in questo prestigioso contesto (Bruxelles, 8 – 9 novembre 2011) da una mostra sul più complesso progetto scientifico di tutti i tempi (LHC-CERN) e sulle sue protagoniste.Ideatrice e curatrice dell’iniziativa è Elisabetta Durante, giornalista scientifica e Portavoce di  ITWIIN (Associazione Italiana Donne Inventrici e Innovatrici): “La Qualità della Ricerca e dell’Innovazione attraverso la Parità è il tema portante del  Summit, ma è anche uno dei temi chiave della mostra, che tratta di scienza con l’intento, però, di trasmettere anche altri messaggi. La grande sfida della comunicazione scientifica consiste, a mio avviso, nel saper  combinare lo specifico di una ricerca ogni giorno più spinta e gergale, con contenuti di interesse generale (qualità  della ricerca, ricadute applicative, rapporto scienza-impresa, meritocrazia, nuovo modelli femminili ecc.), che sono oggi di importanza strategica se si vogliono davvero costruire percorsi di conoscenza e sviluppo, di dialogo efficace con la società, di  incoraggiamento e orientamento dei e delle giovani”.

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Marcinelle can not forget

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 7 agosto 2011

It was on the 8 August 1856 and one of the greatest tragedies of the history struck the town of Marcinelle, few miles from Charleroi. Totally 262 miners were killed and 136 were Italians. Only six miners survived the fire. Thanks to the post-war bilateral agreement there was a strong Italians’ emigration in Belgium and during the years 50 and 60 200000 people arrived in Belgium from Italy. Marcinelle mines mined coal and the mines of Charleroi (alternative name) was inaugurated by King William I when Belgium was still part of the Netherlands. The year before the tragedy a coal production of 170 000 tonnes per year was registered. The death of the miners was caused by a lack of elementary safety rules and the tragedy became the symbol of the sacrifice of many Italians forced to emigrate in search of a better life. The yearly recurrence was proclaimed in 2001 “National Day of the sacrifice of Italian workers in the world”, an occasion o celebrate Italians dead working abroad. – “Nous sommes une fifties. Fuyons Nous les vers les fumées quatres Paumès …” It was written with chalk on a wooden board by one of the victims while he was trying to escape. A fire at one of the shafts of the coal mine of the Bois du Cazier, caused the deaths of 262 people from twelve different nationalities, mainly Italian, 136 victims, then Belgian, 95, was a chilling tragedy, the miners were left with no way escape, suffocated by gas fumes. Salvage operations were desperate until August 23 when one of the rescuers spoke in Italian: “All dead!” Only after the terrible tragedy of Marcinellewas finally introduced in the mines of the Belgian gas mask. The tragedy of Marcinelle mine, after that of the Monongah mine in West Virginia, is the largest in the history of Italian emigration. A museum “Le Bois du cazier” is dedicated at the tragedy and the Italian foreign minister (actually Franco Frattini) reminds the accident every year with a message to the population. (from Italoeuropeo di Londra)

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