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January 23, 2009

Fatal stabbings kill three at Belgian day care center

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Fatal stabbings kill three at Belgian day care center

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Two children and a woman have been stabbed to death by a knife-wielding man at a crèche (day care center) in Dendermonde, Belgium. Officials have confirmed that the deaths occurred due to knife wounds inflicted by an unidentified man wearing white face paint with blackened eyes, who arrived by bicycle at the crèche in East Flanders.

Dendermonde town centre
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The Associated Press reports local prosecutor Christian Du Four telling a news conference, “We have three people dead and 10 in various hospitals.” The injured have been taken to the University Hospital in Ghent and other neighbouring hospitals.

The alleged attacker, said to be a 20-year-old, rang the doorbell of the crèche at 09:00 UTC (10:00 local), then ran upstairs when the door was opened. He fled the scene by bicycle and was arrested at 10:30 UTC. He was reported as being injured as he was detained. State broadcaster VRT described the man as being local, whilst AP reports Leene Du Bois, a Flemish government official, as saying that he had no connection with the crèche.

The crèche had 18 children in its care, with six adults in attendance.

Police arrested the suspect at a nearby shop. Reuters reports that Belgian media believe the suspect to be a psychiatric patient.



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July 9, 2007

Tour de France: Gert Steegmans wins stage 2

Tour de France: Gert Steegmans wins stage 2

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Monday, July 9, 2007

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Gert Steegmans winning stage 3 in the Quatre Jours de Dunkerque in 2006.
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Tom Boonen (blue outfit, centre) during the race.
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The riders Marcel Sieberg, Ruben Perez and Cédric Herve at the head of the second stage.
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Belgian riders, Gert Steegmans and Tom Boonen, finished one-two in stage 2 of the 2007 Tour de France that ran mostly in their home country.

Starting in Dunkirk, France, and ending in Ghent, Belgium, the 168.5 km (104.7 mile) stage is considered a flat stage. The roads were wet with rain today.

“What an explosion of emotion it was after the finish,” Steegmans said. “It was really important for the team. You could feel this enormous pressure because we’re a Belgian team.” Boonen thought that the picture of the photo finish in Ghent was “the most beautiful picture of the year.”

Steegmans and Boonen are not only countrymen, but also team-mates on the Belgian-sponsored Quick Step-Innergetic team. Boonen took the green jersey from Robbie McEwen, who came in sixth.

There was a large crash with less than 3 km to the finish. A cyclist from the team Milram hit the wheel of Tom Boonen and fell, dragging everyone behind him into his fall. Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara was involved in the crash, but maintained the overall lead. The overall consequences were limited: Tomas Vaitkus broke his thumb, Fred Rodriguez sustained several rib fractures.

After 18 km in the race, Marcel Sieberg (Milram), Ruben Perez (Euskaltel) and Cédric Herve (Agritubel) escaped and took the lead and soon rode five minutes before the peleton, but 3 km before the finish the trio was caught again.

The first ten to arrive in Ghent were:

  1. Gert Steegmans (in 3h48’22’’)
  2. Tom Boonen
  3. Filippo Pozzato
  4. Robert Hunter
  5. Romain Feillu
  6. Robbie McEwen
  7. Erik Zabel
  8. Heinrich Haussler
  9. Oscar Freire
  10. Sébastien Chavanel

The overall ranking after the second stage is:

  1. Fabian Cancellara 8h36’13’’
  2. Andreas Klöden + 13’’
  3. David Millar + 21’’
  4. George Hincapie + 23’’
  5. Bradley Wiggins + 23’’
  6. Vladimir Gusev + 25’’
  7. Tom Boonen + 26’’
  8. Vladimir Karpets + 26’’
  9. Thor Hushovd + 29’’
  10. Alexandre Vinokourov + 30’’

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May 21, 2007

Belgian bus company knows solution for car parking problems

Belgian bus company knows solution for car parking problems

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Monday, May 21, 2007

The Belgian bus company De Lijn parked a red MGB on top of one of their buses.

Do you have a hard time finding a parking space? Take the bus or tram if you go to the city. That’s the message Belgian bus company De Lijn (The Line) is sending to promote public transport as a solution for car parking problems. As a part of their media campaign, they have jokingly suggested that people use the top of the busses as parking space.

Another idea they are using in their media campaign: maybe you could park your car on the bottom of a canal? The bus company is using an invented diving company called Cardive, which has divers that offer to dump your car in the canal. The divers walk around in cities and hand out free bus tickets and maps of the bus network.

The sight turned many heads today in the city of Leuven.

To reach car drivers who are not using public transport, the media campaign has several radio commercials that present other solutions to the car parking problem. You could use “asphalt-spray” to camouflage your car, making it invisible for policemen (although you then need to remember where you’ve parked). Or you could use the “flat tire kit”, which comes with a fake flat tire and an inflatable dummy, so it looks like you’re replacing your flat tire. The final idea the bus company has is to use a View-Master to fool parking guards into believing that your car has been stationed correctly.

A survey among 4000 customers of De Lijn shows that two out of three car owners who use public transport, do so to avoid parking space troubles, and in cities this percentage rises to 90%. The survey further shows that 39% use the bus to go shopping.

The car with licence plate BBC 000 is on display until May 31.

During the month of May, the auto-bus and the divers tour several cities in Flanders (Leuven, Hasselt, Ghent, Bruges and Antwerp).

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Press Release:Vermijd parkeerproblemen met De Lijn!” — De Lijn, May 19, 2007 (Dutch)

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  • (Dutch) Cardive: shows how divers park your car at the bottom of the canal.
  • (Dutch) Carmouflage: demonstrates how you could use a covering to camouflage your car so you can park it anywhere.
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November 27, 2006

Spanish cyclist Isaac Gálvez dies after crash in Ghent, Belgium

Spanish cyclist Isaac Gálvez dies after crash in Ghent, Belgium

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Monday, November 27, 2006

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World Madison champion Isaac Gálvez Lopez died in the early hours of Sunday morning after crashing on the fifth day of the Six Days of Ghent track cycling race.

He collided with Belgium’s Dimitri DeFauw during the second Madison of the evening and hit a metal barrier. He was immediately knocked unconscious, and despite being resuscitated, he was pronounced dead at the Gent University Clinic hospital.

The race was immediately suspended, and the final day’s racing was cancelled.

At the time of the accident, Gálvez and team-mate Juan Llaneras were lying second in the overall standings, one lap behind the Belgium/German pair Iljo Keisse and Robert Bartko.

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