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Running the extra miles to support fostered children in Wales


As totally novice runners the two girls took up running as a way to keep fit. After many jokes from friends and colleagues they decided that if they were going to continue running, then they were going to run BIG, and there is no bigger challenge than the 26.2 miles of the Virgin London Marathon. The race takes place on Sunday 21 April 2013. Having worked for TACT for over 11 years Emma was aware that the charity had places in the Marathon and as a team they haven’t looked back. As Emma said, “I love working for TACT and fully support and be... Read More »

Base decisions on need not legal status, the Care Inquiry urges


The Care Inquiry, which has outlined its findings and recommendations in Making Not Breaking – Building Relationships for our Most Vulnerable Children, found that the care system too often breaks not makes relationships for children in care. The Inquiry heard that when children move, which they still do too often, important relationships are needlessly being broken and lost. Moreover, support for children and the adults who look after them is currently based on legal status and not on need. As a result, the Inquiry concluded that a new ap... Read More »

Festival of Europe – European Parliament open day


To mark the Festival of Europe, the European Parliament and other EU institutions will open their doors on Saturday 4 May 2013 in Brussels and Luxembourg. The festival continues on 19 May in Strasbourg. Discover the European quarter, how Members of the European Parliament work, debate and decide together... «Because it’s about Europe, it’s about you!» In fact, 2013 has been officially named the “European Year of Citizens”. Citizens are not always aware that European citizenship gives them rights. These include the right to move and live freel... Read More »

State pensions must guarantee decent living standards for all


Safeguarding public pensions to ensure decent living standards for all in old age must remain a priority, MEPs stress in a resolution adopted on Thursday. They also call for the development of supplementary pension schemes and longer working lives to ensure the sustainability of pensions threatened by demographic ageing and strained public finances. The resolution, drawn up by Ria Oomen-Ruijten (EPP, NL) and passed by 32 votes to 4, with 6 abstentions, is the employment and social affairs committee's response to the Commission white paper on... Read More »

Average costs per capita covered by basic health care insurance 2,100 euro


The average costs per capita covered by the basic health care insurance policy were 2,100 euro in 2010. The average costs were higher for women than for men. More than half concerned costs for hospital care. If differences in the composition of the population are taken into account, the costs prove to be higher for low-income households and persons with a non-western background. The health care costs covered by the basic health insurance policy averaged 1,980 euro for men and 2,220 euro for women. The higher average costs for women are large... Read More »

Distinguished Chinese composer Tan Dun to be named UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador


UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will designate celebrated Chinese composer and conductor Tan Dun as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador on Friday, 22 March. The event, at UNESCO Headquarters, will begin with a live performance by the Netherlands Symphony Orchestra of Tan Dun’s Music for Water, conducted by the composer (8 p.m.). The concert, organised in cooperation with Melody for Dialogue among Civilizations Association, will be followed by the designation ceremony. The Director-General is designating Tan Dun as UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador “i... Read More »

Bavaria lets carnival goers talk to each other again


Lieshout, Monday 21 January 2013 - Bavaria lets carnival goers talk to each other again the old-fashioned way.  Today, the brewery from Brabant introduces the so-called Bavaria Babble Board: a wipe-clean writing board. If you use this Babble Board, ordering a drink, approaching someone at the other end of a crowded pub and telling the person next to you a story despite the loud carnival music is just that bit more fun and easier. Apart from its writing function, the Bavaria Babble Board can also serve as a tray to carry 6 beer glasses. Peer Sw... Read More »

Princess Máxima receives first of 1001 Women stamps


Tribute to high-profile women in Dutch history 2 April 2013 at 18:00 CET - The Hague / Amsterdam – Her Royal Highness Princess Máxima of the Netherlands received the first 1001 Women stamps from Jan Bos, PostNL's CFO on 2 April. The presentation was held at the Special Collections exhibit of the University of Amsterdam, which is also hosting the exhibition 1001 Women in Dutch History. The stamps and the exhibition were developed on the basis of the book with the same title edited by Els Kloek; a tribute to the many high-profile women in Dutch ... Read More »

Children still finding a safe space to learn in crisis-torn Syria


HOMS, Syrian Arab Republic – Homs has suffered some of the heaviest and most relentless fighting since the start of the Syrian crisis. Many neighbourhoods have been damaged or destroyed, leaving at least 600,000 of the city's 2.1 million residents in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent and the UN. Given the continued violence and increased displacement here, the number is expected to be much higher. UNICEF's Maria Calivis visited Homs last week and met with affected families, seeing first-hand the devas... Read More »

Downtown Dubai New Year’s Eve Gala puts global spotlight on the city attracting over 1 million visitors


The iconic New Year's Eve Gala in Downtown Dubai, the most prestigious square kilometre on earth, set an impressive global milestone as one of the world's most attended single events, attracting over 1 million people from across the globe, with a 35-minute long spectacular countdown celebration. Already ranked among the world's most-watched events, Downtown Dubai New Year's Eve Gala was telecast live over 1,000 television channels globally, and streamed live on and, reaching... Read More »

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