22 June 2005
The Belgian press was left reeling by the loss of Justine Henin-Hardenne at Wimbledon, but train safety and credit card fraud also made headlines.
Henin-Hardenne makes shock Wimbledon exit
Justine Henin-Hardenne made a shock exit from Wimbledon on Tuesday, losing in straight sets in her first round match to the Greek Eleni Daniilidou 6-7 (8-10), 6-2, 5-7. Expectations were high given the fact Henin-Hardenne won the French Open a little over two weeks ago. "You can't win everything," Henin-Hardenne said after her defeat. And with a photo showing an obviously deflated Henin-Hardenne, 'La Dernière Heure' pointed out that Tuesday's match was the first time the 7th seed had played on grass since her semi-final loss in London in 2003. Struggling to find her rhythm, Henin-Hardenne eventually went down after two hours and 28 minutes on court. Henin-Hardenne pointed to problems with her preparation after the French Open and a hamstring injury as explanations for her defeat.
More trains running red lights
Despite the strict safety measures taken after the Pécrot rail disaster, more trains are running red lights. In the first quarter of this year, there were 21 incidents compared with 18 in the same period in 2004, which was already considered a bad year. A collision was only narrowly avoided in a couple of incidents this year, 'Het Nieuwsblad' reported. The Pécrot accident on 27 March 2001 left eight people dead and 12 others injured after a train ran a red light and collided with a passenger train.
16,000 new credit cards in fraud scam
Almost 16,000 Belgian residents will need to get a new credit card from the Bank Card Company (BCC) after a recent fraud scandal in the US. Initially, just 3,800 cards were to be replaced, but the latest figure of 15,825 is the final figure, 'Het Gazet van Antwerpen' reported. The cards are potentially at threat from fraud after the data of 40 million cards in the US was recently breached. No fraudulent transactions with the Belgian cards have been reported, but they will be replaced out of precaution.
Government falls asleep
The federal government has fallen asleep judging on the number of legislative proposals the Cabinet has lodged with the Belgian Parliament in the past year. The number of legislative proposals lodged with parliament fell by almost 50 percent compared with 2003-04, 'De Standaard' reported. That is the lowest figure in a decade. The number of legislative proposals passed by parliament fell by 40 percent, making that the lowest figure in 10 years also.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news