Leisure

Garbage in paradise

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Last week, Kassandra looked at the overall disquieting situation of inefficient waste management practices in South-eastern Europe. Among the worst offenders are the two island states of Cyprus and Malta. Worse, those two member...

An American photographic journey

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American Photographer Steve Shapiro is one of the icons of 20th-century world photography. Shapiro is presenting his work in Switzerland at the Maison du Diable - Espace Culturel de la Fondation Fellini through September....

A South American kidnapping story pulls at the heartstrings in Cannes

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Peruvian film director Melina Leòn presented her touching first film Song Without a Name at the Director’s Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. A powerful black and white film set in the 1980s,...

The first Hindu temple of Ireland

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Dr Hemant Kumar is a medical doctor in Dublin and the President of the Vedic Hindu Cultural Centre of Ireland. He arrived in Dublin in the 1990s from India and soon became a central...

Greek archeologist unearths city founded by Trojan prisoners

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TENEA, Greece – When Greek archeologist Eleni Korka and her team discovered some of the remains of a housing settlement, hundreds of coins and jewelry in the early autumn last year, they knew they...

Countdown to the big race

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Arriving on the Sunday morning at Parc Cinquantenaire surrounded by thousands of runners, 40 000 to be exact, can be itself an overwhelming experience. But you have been committed. You have prepared well. Your...

Running for Hope

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While looking for inspiring stories to share with you, the 20Km of Brussels’ Quentin De Longueville, suggested that I contact Veronique Forgeur. He described Veronique as a person with ‘no limit energy to help kids...

Get Inspired: Run to the better version of yourself

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We run for our hearts and our bones, to melt away fat, to get stronger, to prevent illness, to live a happier longer life. I have been asked repeatedly, ‘do you ever get tired...

Joseph Heymans: Healthy, active, and running 20km races at age 91

Joseph Heymans may not be a household name, yet as soon as word got around the New Europe office that we were going to be interviewing the man who at the age of 91...

Hydration, hydration, hydration: The key to optimal running performance

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What comes to mind when we first think of running are the words: distance, pace, and strength. These three are usually the factors we focus on when we seek to improve our running. Nevertheless,...

Running for something bigger than you: Running for charity

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People run for different reasons. Some run for fitness, some run to lose weight, some run for fun, some run to meet new friends, some run to improve their energy levels, some run to...

Back in fashion, Portuguese textiles rise from crisis

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PORTO, Portugal – Portugal’s textile industry is closely monitoring the developments in the future of the European Union, including Brexit, as its heavily relying on the European market, Paulo Vaz, Director General of ATP,...

Running happy, running free

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Behind every successful idea there are always people with passion. Every time I meet such a person, the energy is overwhelming. Last month, during a visit to the headquarters of the 20km of Brussels,...

Major operators at Mobile World Congress explore 5G’s potential

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The Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN) held a press briefing at the recently completed 2019 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain with several key operators to discuss future use cases for 5G networks outside of...

EU-funded ‘The Favourite’ takes home Oscar

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The EU’s support for European filmmakers garnered real results after Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos  The Favourite took home the 2019 best actress Oscar during the annual Academy Awards on February 24. The Irish-UK-US coproduction was the recipient of a...

Europe’s prison escapees have been increasingly innovative in recent years

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Prison breaks have been a theme of Hollywood films for years, some of which were inspired by real events. Intelligence and creativity helped the escapees' dreams come true with some prisoners taking advantage of...

Miller: Bring the Marbles back or send the Parthenon to Britain

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ANCIENT NEMEA, GREECE – Britain should the return the Parthenon marbles to their home in Athens in order for the surviving sculptures to be reunited, Stephen Miller, the renowned American Classical Archaeologist from the...

Miller’s Macedonian connection to the Ancient Nemean Games

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ANCIENT NEMEA, GREECE – Stephen Miller, the renowned American classical Archaeologist from the University of California at Berkeley and the architect of the revival of the Nemean Games on antiquity, is already preparing for...

INTERVIEW with Oscar Winner Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

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After having presented his last film Never Look Away while it was in competition at the Venice Film Festival, Oscar winning director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck got news that his film will be Germany’s...

Suicide epidemic plagues French farmers

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For over a decade,  France has been plagued by a suicide epidemic among French farmers as, according to broadcaster France 24, that one farmer commits suicide every two days, with the majority of cases being recorded in Brittany...

Greece’s Thessaloniki International Fair focuses on the American factor

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The Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) has for 83 years marked the traditional high point of the Greek economic calendar and forms the venue for each Greek prime minister to lay out the country’s economic...

EU Commission clears Apple’s acquisition of Shazam

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The European Commission approved the acquisition of music identification app Shazam by US tech giant, Apple, after Brussels reviewed a proposed takeover under the EU's Merger Regulation which concluded that the deal would not adversely...

Emirati women become a powerful force on UAE’s cultural scene

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Never one to mince words, Nayla Al Khaja, the United Arab Emirates’ first female director and producer seems to have no issue continually exercising her enviable skill of portraying exotic stories that can grip...

Lawyer who defended Milosevic murdered outside his Belgrade home

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A well-known Belgrade lawyer who gained notoriety as the lawyer of Serbia's former dictator and accused war criminal Slobodan Milosevic was shot dead in a gangland-style murder in front of his Belgrade home on July...

Requests for Belgian nationality drop from 10,000 a year to 175

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The number of requests for Belgian nationality has dropped dramatically. There were 10,000 requests a year from 1995 to 2012 but just 175 in 2017, according to figures provided by N-VA MPs Sarah Smeyers and...

Flanders to ban foie gras and fur production

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The fur farms and foie gras producers  in Flanders will have until 2023 to either cease or change their activities. The measures to end fur farming and the production of foie gras in Flanders are...

EU Commission: Volkswagen yet to convince on car emissions

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The European Commission and national consumer authorities in the EU criticized Volkswagen on Tuesday for failing to guarantee that repairs after the Dieselgate scandal would not affect cars’ performance. The EU Commission published today the conclusions on the...

15 Swedish private companies account for 8 % of Sweden’s decrease in GHG emissions since...

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15 companies in the Swedish climate business network Haga Initiative have contributed with a decrease of emissions equivalent to approximately eight percent of Sweden’s total decrease between 2010 and 2017. Nine of the member companies have...

More than 13,000 Brits got nationality in a EU country in 2017

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More than 13,000 British people requested a new nationality from an EU member country in 2017, the BBC has reported. The figure is a massive increase compared to 2016 (5,025) and 2015 (1,800). The UK...

More Britons are are asking for Belgian citizenship before Brexit

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Last year, 1381 Britons became Belgian nationals, Flemish newspapers reported on Friday, quoting data from the Belgian Statistical Office, Statbel. According to the Statbel figures, the number of Britons seeking Belgian nationality has increased tenfold...

Venice Commission asks Hungary not to adopt “Stop Soros” law 

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The Venice Commission – the Council of Europe's advisory body of independent constitutional law experts – has asked the Hungarian parliament to reject legislation designed to curtail the activities of NGOs deemed to be supporting illegal immigration,...

Belgian politicians angry over Turkish lessons in Flemish schools

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The Belgian federal secretary of state for equal opportunities, Zuhal Demir, publicly criticised the practice of teachers being paid by the Turkish government for giving extracurricular Turkish-language lessons in schools in Ghent. Demir, who hails...

Pharma and healthcare distribution executives speak about collaboration as future of healthcare

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Dublin, Ireland – Innovation, technology, digitalisation, partnership, and entrepreneurship – all contribute to building efficient and resilient healthcare systems. The need for collaboration in these areas was consensus among delegates gathered in Dublin, Ireland...

Kuciak and Halet awarded prize for ‘Journalists and Whistleblowers’

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The murdered Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and LuxLeaks whistleblower Raphaël Halet have been named the first recipients of the inaugural award for ‘Journalists, Whistleblowers and Defenders of the Right to Information’, by the European United Left/Nordic Green Left (GUE/NGL) in...

EIB approves EUR 4.3 billion of new support for business, education

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European Investment Bank (EIB) has approved EUR 4.3 billion of new support for business, education, energy, health and transport schemes. Meeting in Luxembourg, the Board of the European Investment Bank approved a total of EUR 4.3 billion...

French President Emmanuel Macron receives Charlemagne Prize

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French President Emmanuel Macron has been awarded the Charlemagne Prize in Aachen "in recognition of his vision of a new Europe.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel greeted Macron outside Aachen's cathedral just before celebrations got under way. Awarded...

Top 10 Schengen countries for short-stay visa applications in 2017

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France has once again topped the list of Schengen countries that received the highest number of applications for short-term visas in 2017 than any other country in the 26-member bloc, according to SchengenVisaInfo.com. Schengen Visa's statistics, published by...