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June 24, 2016

Lotto Soudal Cyclist Andre Greipel Has Eyes Set On 2016 Tour De France Stage Win

Lotto Soudal cyclist Andre Greipel has eyes set on 2016 Tour De France stage win

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Belgian professional cycling team Lotto–Soudal confirmed on Thursday that its veteran stage winning cyclist André Greipel will be representing the team in the 2016 Tour de France which starts early next month.

Greipel has won over 20 Grand Tour stages at the Tour De France, Vuelta a España and the Giro d’Italia is set to be a sprint favorite coming into this years edition of the French tour. After successfully winning four stages in last years Tour de France, team Lotto–Soudal believe that we can expect a stage win from Griepel.

With approximately eight flat stages that directly suit the German cyclist, audiences can expect to see the extent of Greipels form within the first week of the tour. The 33-year-old will be joined by eight teammates including Lars Bak,Thomas De Gendt,Jens Debusschere, Tony Gallopin, Adam Hansen, Greg Henderson, Jürgen Roelandts and Marcel Sieberg. According to Lotto–Soudal, these riders will prove to be vital in providing a ‘lead-out train’ to assist Griepel against notable sprint finishers including Mark Cavendish from team  Dimension Data and Marcel Kittel representing  Etixx-Quick Step.



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June 16, 2016

UEFA Euro 2016, day 4 and 5 match review

UEFA Euro 2016, day 4 and 5 match review

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On Monday, day four of UEFA Euro 2016, Spain defeated Czech Republic 1–0; Republic of Ireland drew to Sweden 1–1 and Belgium faced a 2–0 defeat against Italy. On Tuesday, Hungary stunned Austria in a 2–0 win and Portugal and Iceland shared the spoils with 1–1.

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Group D — Spain 1–0 Czech Republic[]

Sergio Ramos lead the defending champions as David de Gea was guarding the net. Only one player was booked in the entire match — David Limberský recieved a yellow card in the 61th minute. Though Spain had a string ball possession and 91% passing accuracy, they were unable to score till the 87th minute when defender Gerard Piqué scored from Iniesta‘s cross, and thus winning it for Spain. David Silva played his 100th match for the La Roja.

Group E — Republic of Ireland 1–1 Sweden[]

Irish midfielder Wes Hoolahan scored minutes after the second half begun, upsetting Zlatan Ibrahimović lead the Swedish team, but later, in the 71st minute, Sweden equalised when Ciaran Clark scored an own goal, resulting in a 1–1 draw.

Group E — Belgium 0–2 Italy[]

Italians had never lost to Belgium in 34 years, and in this match Emanuele Giaccherini‘s goal in the first half, and Graziano Pellè‘s goal moments before final whistle allowed this custom to follow even though the Belgian side had greater ball possession and passing accuracy.

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Group D — Austria 0–2 Hungary[]

The Hungarians defeated tenmen Austria as Austrian defender Aleksandar Dragović picked up two yellow cards in the 33rd and the 66th minute when he was sent off. Ádám Szalai‘s goal in the 62nd minute and Zoltán Stieber‘s goal in the 87th minute earned them three points as they sit on the top of the table.

Group D — Portugal 1–1 Iceland[]

As Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal, he equalled record of Luís Figo ‘s 127 international caps for the nation. Nani‘s goal in the 31st minute gave Portuguese a 1–0 lead. But later, in the 50th minute, Birkir Bjarnason scored from a volley, and the match ended in a draw. Portugal had 925 passing accuracy and led the ball possession.


June 13, 2016
15:00 (UTC+2)
Spain 1–0 Czech Republic Stadium Municipal, Tolouse
Referee: Flag of Poland.svg Szymon Marciniak, Poland
Gerard Piqué Scored after 87 minutes 87′ 0–0 (HT) David Limberský Booked after 61 minutes 61′

June 13, 2016
18:00 (UTC+2)
Republic of Ireland 1–1 Sweden Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Referee: Flag of Serbia.svg Milorad Mažić, Serbia
Wes Hoolahan Scored after 48 minutes 48′
James McCarthy Booked after 43 minutes 43′
Glenn Whelan Booked after 77 minutes 77′
0–0 (HT) Ciaran Clark Scored after 71 minutes 71′ (o.g.)
Victor Lindelöf Booked after 61 minutes 61′

June 13, 2016
21:00 (UTC+2)
Belgium 0–2 Italy Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Referee: Flag of England.svg Mark Clattenburg, England
Jan Vertonghen Booked after 90+1 minutes 90+1′ 0–1 (HT) Emanuele Giaccherini Scored after 32 minutes 32′
Graziano PellèScored after 90+2 minutes 90+2′
Giorgio Chiellini Booked after 65 minutes 65′
Éder Booked after 75 minutes 75′
Leonardo Bonucci Booked after 78 minutes 78′
Thiago Motta Booked after 84 minutes 84′

June 14, 2016
21:00 (UTC+2)
Portugal 1–1 Iceland Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne
Referee: Flag of Turkey.svg Cüneyt Çakır, Turkey
Nani Booked after 31 minutes 31′ 1–0 (HT) Birkir Bjarnason Scored after 50 minutes 50′ Booked after 55 minutes 55′
Alfreð Finnbogason Booked after 90+4 minutes 90+4′

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May 26, 2016

Belgium announces the arrests of 4 new terror suspects

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Belgium officials announce arrests of four new terror suspects

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Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Belgium officials have released a statement today announcing they have put a stop to a possible terrorist attack, arresting four individuals in Antwerp who were suspected of attempting to recruit individuals for ISIS.

A statement released by officials claims that while the arrested individuals were suspected of being involved in future possible attacks, they were not involved in Belgium’s previous terrorist attacks, specifically the two suicide bombings in March at Brussels airport and a metro station which killed 32 people.

An investigating judged ordered the arrests of two of the suspects but one was later released with an electronic bracelet, while the remaining two were permitted to be released under strict conditions.

These new reports indicate Belgium continues to deal with high terror threats, with the country recently changing their terror threat level in March from four to a three. This change was made just two days after the two suicide bombings; with government officials claiming attacks were now less imminent.

However, previous reports which surfaced in April with Belgium officials stating citizens needed to remain vigilant, with attacks still being possible despite arrests continuing to be made.



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March 22, 2016

Explosions at Brussels airport and subway systems

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At least 26 people, according to Belgian officials, have been killed and many more have been injured today following attacks on transport infrastructure in Brussels, the capital of Belgium. Authorities have stated one of the explosions, at approximately 08:00 (Central European Time, UTC+1) in the check-in area at Brussels Airport, was likely conducted by a suicide bomber. There was a subsequent attack at the Maelbeek/Maalbeek metro station, very close to the offices of the European Commission and the Council of the European Union.

Locations of the attacks in Brussels.
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Passengers at the metro station were forced to walk along tracks to escape the blast. The Brussels metro system has been shut down.

Jef Versele, a business traveller intending to fly to Rome, witnessed the events at the airport. In remarks to NBC News, he said, “There was dust everywhere, glass everywhere there was chaos. There were people on the floor everywhere. The roofing came down. It was quite a mess. […] A lot of people were in panic. I saw a lot of blood, a lot of people were injured. People were crying, on the floor, covered by parts of the roofing. I saw a lot of leg injuries, a lot of people couldn’t move anymore. There were quite a lot of people injured. In the departure hall — you saw people storming out, it was like run for your life.”

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All flights to Brussels Airport have been diverted and the airport has been shut down. Eurostar has stopped the international train service from London and the train company Thalys have shut down their entire network.

Jan Jambon, the Belgian interior minister, said the country’s alert level had been at maximum following the capture in Brussels of Salah Abdeslam, who is alleged to have been involved in the attacks in Paris on November 13, 2015.

Charles Michel, Belgium’s Prime Minister, described the attacks as “blind, violent and cowardly” and a “dark moment for our country”.

Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said: “These attacks mark another low by the terrorists in the service of hatred and violence”

The French President, François Hollande, has held a cabinet meeting to discuss security. After the meeting, Hollande said “terrorists struck Brussels but it was Europe that was targeted”. The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, said: “we are at war. We have been subjected for the last few months in Europe to acts of war.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron has convened a COBRA meeting to discuss Britain’s response. He said he was “shocked and concerned by the events in Brussels” and pledged Britain would do “everything we can to help”. U.S. President Barack Obama has been briefed on the attack during his trip in Cuba. The U.S. Embassy in Brussels has advised U.S. citizens in Belgium to not use public transport and to stay where they are.



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December 14, 2015

UEFA Euro 16 draw takes place in Paris

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On Saturday evening, UEFA Euro 2016 draw took place at the Palais des Congrès in Paris; UEFA Euro 2016 is scheduled to be hosted in France. 24 nations were grouped in six groups, with the host nation getting Group A. The quadrennial football tournament of Europe is scheduled to start in June 2016, the matches to be played in ten French cities.

England had the first draw, and went to Group B. Interestingly, Wales also drew into Group B. World Cup winners Germany got Group C. Polish national captain Robert Lewandowski, who recently scored a brace against Croatian Dinamo Zagreb for Bayern Munich, would be facing his Bayern Munich teammate Thomas Müller in a Group C match.

Two-time defending Champions Spain got the D. Netherlands did not qualify for the first time since 1984 after a shocking exit in the qualifying match.

In full, groups drew as follows:

Group A, France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland.
Group B, England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia.
Group C, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland.
Group D, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia.
Group E, Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden.
Group F, Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary.

The opening match of the tournament is scheduled to be France versus Romania.



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November 24, 2015

Suspects detained in Belgium raids

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Authorities in Belgium said police on Sunday and yesterday arrested 21 people suspected of connections with terrorism following more than twenty raids on Sunday evening and further searches yesterday in Belgium’s capital Brussels and Belgian cities Charleroi and Liège. However, Salah Abdeslam, suspected of being part of the attacks in Paris on November 13, was not found.

The aftermath of the attacks in Paris on November 13.
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Police did not discover any guns or explosives in the raids, and Brussels remained in lockdown, with the maximum terror alert for the city. Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel said any possible attacks could involve “several individuals striking simultaneously in several places.”

In response to the possibility of an attack, the Brussels Metro remained closed yesterday, schools and universities were also closed and police and soldiers patrolled the streets of Belgium’s capital city. The search also continued for Salah Abdeslam in Belgium. During a television interview, Abdeslam’s brother, Mohammed Abdeslam, encouraged Salah to surrender to the police.

Authorities planned to review of security yesterday to assess the level of security required in Brussels. Prime Minister Michel said he wants Brussels to return to normal: “we are doing everything we can to return to normality as soon as possible”.



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November 23, 2015

21 detained in Belgium raids

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The aftermath of the attacks in Paris on November 13. Belgian authorities fear the same could happen in Brussels. Image: Maya-Anaïs Yataghène

Police in Belgium have on Sunday and today arrested 21 people suspected of connections with terrorism following 24 searches on Sunday evening and further searches today in Belgium’s capital Brussels as well as in the Belgium cities Charleroi and Liége. However, Salah Abdeslam, who authorities suspect of being part of the attacks in Paris on November 13, has not been found.

Although the raids failed to find any guns or explosives, Belgian authorities remain fearful of a terrorist attack in Brussels, which is still in lockdown today, and have retained the maximum terror alert for the city. Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel says any possible attacks could involve “several individuals striking simultaneously in several places.”

In response to the possibility of an attack, the Brussels Metro remains closed today, schools and universities have been also been closed and police and soldiers are patrolling the streets of Belgium’s capital city. The search is also continuing for Salah Abdeslam in Brussels. Abdeslam’s brother, Mohammed Abdeslam, has told Salah to surrender to the police during a television interview.

A review of security will take place on Monday to assess the level of security in Brussels. Prime Minister Michel said: “We are doing everything we can to return to normality as soon as possible.”



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August 22, 2015

\’Terror\’ shooting wounds three on international train in Belgium

‘Terror’ shooting wounds three on international train in Belgium

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This article accurately records what was at the time widely reported by stating that two US Marines tackled the gunman. He was tackled by several passengers and train staff. These included a US Air Force Airman and a US National Guard Specialist.
 

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A gunman yesterday wounded three people on an international train in Belgium, near the French border. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel called the shooting a “terrorist attack” and French counterterrorism police are investigating.

Two United States Marines on the train heard a weapon being loaded in a bathroom. When the man exited the toilet, the unarmed Marines tackled him. One Marine was injured. French actor Jean-Hugues Anglade was injured slightly by broken glass.

A man, believed to be a 26-year-old Moroccan, was arrested at the station in Arras, France. Some passengers reportedly leapt from the train as it passed through Henin-Beaumont. The high-speed Thalys service was headed from Amsterdam to Paris.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve travelled to Arras after the incident. He has met with passengers including Anglade. He said the two Marines are “particularly courageous and showed great bravery in very difficult circumstances […] Without their composure we could have been confronted with a terrible incident.” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls also expressed gratitude to the Marines.

The suspect is reported to have been carrying knives, a kalashnikov rifle, and a handgun. Press reports suggest intelligence agencies were aware of him. Rail operator SNCF say over 550 passengers were on board. Reports indicate the shooting was towards the rear.

Local prosecutors said counterterror resources were involved “in view of the weaponry used, the way it happened and the context”. French President Francois Hollande promised “Everything is being done to shed light on this tragedy.”



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June 26, 2014

Belgian men\’s goalball team departs for Finland for World Championships

Belgian men’s goalball team departs for Finland for World Championships

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This morning European time, the Belgium men’s national goalball team departed for Espoo, Finland for the 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships. The championship is the biggest competition since the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

The team is scheduled to play their opening game on the morning of June 30 against Brazil men’s national goalball team. They are scheduled to play their second game of pool play against Turkey men’s national goalball team later that afternoon. Their remaining games in pool play are against Canada, Lithuania, Egypt, China and Japan.

The members of the team are Bruno Vanhove, Tom Vanhove, Klison Mapreni, Youssef Bihi, Wassime Amnir and Glenn Van Thournout. They are coached by Jean Claude Meulemans and Werner Van Thournout. 30-year-old teammates Bruno and Tom Vanhove are sextuplet brothers, who have been part of the national goalball program for about ten years. Three of the sextuplets, including Bruno and Tom, are visually impaired. When playing, Bruno can throw the ball at speeds of up to 60 km/hour, while Tom can throw the ball at just under 55 km/hour.

Last month, with all but one of the same roster scheduled to compete at the World Championships, the national team competed at the Belgian-hosted Parantee Paralympic Championships. They lost to Algeria 7–11, defeated Russia 11–5, lost to the United States 3–13, defeated the Netherlands 10–5, narrowly lost to Finland 5–6, and lost to Lithuania 6–13.

Goalball was created in 1946, exclusively for people with a visual disability and designed to help with the rehabilitation of veterans returning from World War II. Play in the Paralympics consists of two twelve-minute periods, with a three minute break between halves. Players are blindfolded to ensure all are equally visually handicapped on-court, and the game can be stopped to ensure goggles are properly fitted. Standing in front of a long goal, they throw the ball at the opposition team’s net who in turn try to block it by listening to the ball, which contains a bell, and using their bodies to prevent the ball from going in. The audience is asked to remain silent during play.



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