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by Euro Reporter
2009-01-24 08:40:16
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Royal hospitalized

Belgium's Queen Fabiola, the widow of king Baudouin and consort between 1960 and 1993, has been hospitalized for the second time in 10 days for bronchial pneumonia, the royal palace said Saturday. "Queen Fabiola was hospitalized yesterday evening at the Saint-Jean Clinic in Brussels for bronchial pneumonia," a brief statement said.

Fabiola, who is 80 years old, had been operated last week. The RTL-TVI television said she underwent thyroid gland surgery. The Spanish-born aristocrat was widely admired for her devout Roman Catholicism and involvement in social causes, especially those related to mental health, children's issues and the status of women.

Even royals are aging.


Talk about security

The European Union's plan has already cost more than double its budget. And the project was so far behind schedule that a crisis was looming, the ministers told the press at the informal talks in Prague. Experts at the meeting estimated that the second-generation Schengen Information System (SIS II), originally expected to cost 23 million Euros (30 million dollars), had already cost between 60 and 80 million Euros, diplomats said.

The combination of cost overruns and continuing delays in launching the system led some ministers to question whether there was any point in continuing the project. "From our point of view, the test phase (of the Schengen Information System II, SIS II) has failed ... The technical experts couldn't manage it," Austrian Interior Minister Maria Fekter said. "It's obvious that we cannot fulfill the schedule on SIS II, we couldn't start the global testing ... It's one of the most important problems, one of the biggest issues and projects in the field of security," Czech Interior Minister Ivan Langer, who hosted the meeting, said.

Securing the money?


Brussels Celtics

Brussels Celtic is one of Belgium's newest and fastest growing rugby clubs and celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2008 the club now boasts two men's rugby teams playing in the Belgian league, a mixed touch rugby team that takes part in European competitions and a rugby school for 6 to 17 year olds. Open to all levels of experience, from veterans to absolute beginners and with a fantastic mix of nationalities.

Celts and …rugby?

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