Belgium destroys ivory
Belgium destroys ivory, The government in Belgium on Wednesday crushed their entire stockpile of illegal ivory – about 1.7 tonnes. They follow China and the US in doing so.
Elephant ivory is seen as a symbol of wealth in many Asian countries but conservationists said elephant populations can no longer sustain the poaching. Trade in illegal ivory has trebled since 1998. Continue reading
Zissman flanagan mud wrest
Zissman flanagan mud wrest, The pair, who have been feuding over who has the best breasts, could earn a six-figure sum for the Wembley Arena showdown.
American wrestling firm TNA want to stage the fight as a curtain-raiser to a wrestling show.
TNL’s Montel Vontavious Porter said last night: “Luisa and Helen are two of the hottest babes in Britain. They’ve had their differences. Continue reading
Jennifer Lawrence look-alike spends $25,000 plastic surgery
Jennifer Lawrence look-alike spends $25,000 plastic surgery, Every so often a story circulates about a celebrity fan who spends an exorbitant amount of money on plastic surgery to look like their favorite star or starlet. What better way is there to emulate the beautiful demigods of Hollywood than by carving our noses, chins and lips to mirror theirs?
The latest “make-me-look-like-a-celebrity” story comes from Houston, Texas, where a woman identified only as Kitty spent $25,000 on plastic surgery to look more like “American Hustle” actress Jennifer Lawrence. Continue reading
Treblinka camp secrets
The first-ever archaeological excavations at the Nazi death camp Treblinka in Poland have revealed new mass graves, as well as the first physical evidence that this camp held gas chambers. The camp had been bulldozed in 1943. To cover their tracks, the Nazis went so far as to plant crops and build a farmhouse on the leveled ground.
Presented in a new documentary, “Treblinka: Hitler’s Killing Machine,” which aired Saturday on the Smithsonian Channel, the excavations revealed brick walls and foundations from the gas chambers, as well as mass graves and massive amounts of human bone, some of which was close to the ground’s surface or exposed to the elements. Continue reading
Rapper Benzino shot
Benzino was shot Saturday in Duxbury, Mass. while driving in his mother’s funeral procession.
According to WHDH Boston, the “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” star and former owner of The Source magazine, born Raymond Scott, was shot by his nephew Gai Scott after an argument between family members.
Raymond Scott, 48, was taken to South Shore Hospital with non-fatal injuries, officials said. Continue reading
Sam worthington arrested in Atlanta
Sam worthington arrested in Atlanta. Actor Sam Worthington was arrested on Sunday for allegedly assaulting a photographer in Greenwich Village in New York City.
According to reports, a scuffle broke out between photographer, Sheng Li, and the “Avatar” star after the man kicked Worthington’s Aussie model girlfriend, Lara Bingle, in the shin. Continue reading
Four princesses held captive in Saudi Arabia
Four princesses held captive in Saudi Arabia. A cast-off wife of Saudi Arabia’s billionaire king has appealed to Barack Obama for help freeing the four adult daughters she says have been held in a Saudi royal palace against their will for over a decade.
Alanoud AlFayez, 57, made her public plea to the president on Thursday, just a day before he is scheduled to visit King Abdullah for just the second time. Continue reading
design solutions for white walls
Design solutions for white walls, All white walls provide a neutral backdrop that lends itself well to introducing texture. Unlike pattern and color, which often make a bold statement, texture may not be quite as obvious, but can still make just as big of an impact. Texture can add dimension to a room, create harmony between different elements, or serve as a focal point. Consciously adding and playing with texture — especially layered and contrasting textures — can be a quick way to transform any room, especially those rentals with stark white walls. Continue reading
Vin Diesel tribute Paul Walker
Vin Diesel tribute Paul Walker. Action star Vin Diesel has written a new tribute to his late Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker.
Walker died in a fiery car crash in November and Diesel has since spoken of the bond he and his co-star shared both professionally and personally.
On Saturday the actor revealed how close Walker had become to his own family in a new message about the loss of his friend and colleague on Facebook. Continue reading
Which coach skipped NFL photo? Jim Nantz might call it a tradition unlike any other: NFL coaches gather to take a group photo at the annual league meetings, and Bill Belichick opts not to join in the fun. Continue reading
Moon landing camera sold at auction
It’s been to the moon and back — and fetched an astronomical price as a result.
The camera used by members of the 1971 Apollo 15 moon mission sold for nearly $760,000 at an auction in Vienna over the weekend, The Associated Press reported. Continue reading
Smart traffic cameras to be linked up in one database!
Belgium’s federal police have unveiled plans to link up smart traffic cameras across the land. Police spokesman Marc Hellinckx says that only by using one database will the system become really interesting. Continue reading
EU gives full effect to UN arms embargo against the Central African Republic
BRUSSELS, December 24, 2013 – The Council yesterday banned the export of arms and related material from the EU to the Central African Republic, to give full effect in the EU to UN Security Council resolution 2127 (2013) of 5 December.
The prohibitions also cover the provision of financial and technical assistance, including armed mercenary personnel. Continue reading
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