Belgian news in brief, 9 November 2005
Thousands of illegal security cameras
There are thousands of security cameras operating illegally in Belgium, the privacy commission told the Senate on Tuesday. In 1995, there were just two official surveillance cameras in Belgium. That figure had risen to 71 in 2003 and 164 last year. In 2005, there are now 241 cameras officially registered with authorities. However, the Interior Ministry suspects at least 10,000 cameras are in operation.
Wallonia seeks to retain Formula One
Regional authorities in southern Belgium are to seek financial support to keep the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix after the race organiser filed for bankruptcy. The Wallonia regional government has assessed its options and wants to continue talks with F1 organisers, the operators of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit and private investors. The Belgian GP is on the 2006 schedule for 17 September 17. Regional authorities have to recoup losses from this year’s race because crowds barely topped 50,000 — half the level of a decade ago.
Clijsters suffers Masters setback
Chasing the number 1 ranking, Belgian tennis ace Kim Clijsters has suffered a setback at the Masters in Los Angeles, losing to France’s Mary Pierce 6-1 7-6. But Clijsters will get a second chance on Wednesday night when she plays her second match in the round-robin event against Amélie Mauresmo. Only two of the four players in each group advance to the semi-finals of the unofficial world tennis championships.
Robbie Williams to perform in Brussels
Robbie Williams will perform in Brussels on Tuesday 13 June 2006 in the Koning Boudewijnstadion in Brussels. The concert will be part of the British singer’s world tour. Ticket sales start on 19 November via Goformusic on 0900 26 060. Prizes range from EUR 48 to 80.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Belgian news