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CSI Lommel, Belgium | Murder investigation

Friday, January 21, 2011 · Category Opinions · comments 0

CSI Lommel, Belgium | Murder investigation

I can't believe it. Our little town, beautiful and serene place, has been shocked and rocked by a murder late last night. The employee - a Bulgarian girl only 23 years old - from one of Lommel's nightshops was shot 6 times and died on the scene. What's happening to our world?

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Breaking up 2.0: The impact of new (social) media

Saturday, January 15, 2011 · Category Opinions · comments 1

Breaking up 2.0: The impact of new (social) media

When a love relationship seems to have come to an end, a number of rituals take place. Besides throwing away that passport photograph from your wallet, the toothbrush that ends up in the garbage bin and having an emotional period, the internet has recently become part of the process. Where breaking up is never easy, social media and modern communications seem to make it even harder.

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Why windmills aren't a good energy solution

Friday, January 14, 2011 · Category Opinions · comments 0

Why windmills aren't a good energy solution

There is some controversy in the Netherlands about the biggest windmill turbine park yet to be build. Prime Minister Rutte from the centralright party VVD has always stated that windenergy is nothing more than energy running on government grants. Yet with the CDA (christian party) in the government he is forced to agree upon building the largest windmill turbine park in the Netherlands.

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BRIC(S) | South-Africa as the port to the African Continent?

Saturday, January 8, 2011 · Category Opinions · comments 0

BRIC(S) | South-Africa as the port to the African Continent?

With it's lagging economy and an official unemployment rate of 24,8% (unofficial rate close to 40%) adding South-Africa to Jim O'Neill's BRIC countries, seems a little bit odd. According to South-African media it is an important milestone, signifying South Africa is becoming a major emerging economy in the world. Being invited by China, it's largest trading partner, it seems more a political move than one based on facts and figures.

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Russian "Silicon Valley Skolkovo": Will it work?

Sunday, December 26, 2010 · Category Opinions · comments 0

Russian "Silicon Valley Skolkovo": Will it work?

Can you really rattle with a bag of gold to attrackt multi-billion dollar corporations into investing in a new Russian "Silicon Valley" initiative? Is this really the way to revitalise the poor state of Russian Science?

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Music for life 2010

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 · Category Opinions · comments 2

Music for life 2010

So one of the tasks I guess I have as a parent is following up on the teenagers ideas and interests. Music for Life is one of those interests. It has been taken place for the last 6 years and is organised between the public radio network and the Red Cross. Music for life takes place in the last week before the Christmas holiday period.

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Papa, tomorrow I am going to Antwerp!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 · Category Opinions · comments 2

Papa, tomorrow I am going to Antwerp!

Say what? Okay, we live in a small village and yes the exam period is finished and true; it is a small little town and it's quit boring. But to hear such a thing from a 14 (almost 15) year old, did bring a little shock through me. For a moment I felt liking loosing total control over that kid or is he not anymore "a child"?

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Bring the Wild Rhine Salmon back into the river

Sunday, December 19, 2010 · Category Opinions · comments 1

Bring the Wild Rhine Salmon back into the river

It all started out when I got to read an article my mother kept for me in the NRC Newspaper, which I consider to be one of the best around. The subject concerns the fact that our newly formed government under the reign of Prime Minister Rutte is about to reverse a long time agreement on opening the Haringvlietsluizen (Dam with locks) to allow migration of wild salmon back into the river Rhine.

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