EuroBasket: Belgium gets off the mark with win over Britain

EuroBasket: Belgium gets off the mark with win over Britain

The Belgian Lions got off to a perfect start at EuroBasket in Istanbul, beating Britain on Friday by 103-90. Eddy Casteel’s men had trailed 24-26 in the first quarter, but a more effective offence in the second quarter enabled them to return to the dressing rooms with a one-point advantage (54-53). After half-time, the Lions gradually dominated their British opponents, thanks mainly to an in-form Maxime De Zeeuw, best scorer on the Belgian side with 21 points and seven rebounds. The game ended on a final score of 103-90. Other…

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The biometric identity card is coming

The biometric identity card is coming

Belgians renewing their identity papers will soon have to provide their photo so it can be put in a facial recognition system. This is to prepare for the arrival of the new biometric identity card, the Mediahuis papers reported on Saturday. The identity photos will be compared to old photos using a computer. The software will measure the jawline or the distance between the eyes, for example, to identify the person. This will help prevent identity theft, says Home Affairs Minister Jan Jambon (New Flemish Alliance). Civil servants currently do…

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There are more than 50,000 radicalised Muslims in Europe, 2,000 of them are in Belgium

There are more than 50,000 radicalised Muslims in Europe, 2,000 of them are in Belgium

There are currently 500 people that want to go fight in Syria, as well as a group of 2,000 radicalised individuals, living in Belgium. There are around 50,000 radicalised individuals in the whole of Europe. “This is just an estimate, as there could be 1,000 more or 1,000 less. But they are a big problem for Security Services”, Gilles de Kerckhove, the EU Coordinator for the fight against terrorism , told De Morgen on Saturday. Mr de Kerchkove says it is difficult to know how to tell who is dangerous….

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Unannounced inspections on 537 unemployed people since September 2015

Unannounced inspections on 537 unemployed people since September 2015

There were 537 “home visits” to unemployed people between September 2015 and June this year since the measure was permitting it was introduced. This is according to figures provided by Philippe De Backer (Open Vld), the State Secretary for Fraud, which L’Echo and De Tijd quoted on Saturday. The inspectors found 161 cases of fraud. There were 292 home visits in Flanders, 231 in Wallonia, but just 14 in Brussels. Onem said 4 or 5 people refused to respond to inspectors. The measure has been controversial since it was brought…

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EU auditors see hopeful beginning for trust fund for Central African Republic despite shortcomings

EU auditors see hopeful beginning for trust fund for Central African Republic despite shortcomings

The first-ever EU trust fund set up in Africa can be counted as a positive achievement according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors published last week (31 August). The Bêkou EU trust fund for the Central African Republic (CAR) has attracted aid and most of its projects have delivered their expected outputs. A trust fund is a fund established for a specific development purpose with financial contributions from several donors, often set up in response to crises such as natural disasters or conflicts. By pooling their…

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