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Half of all adoptions in Belgium are by lesbians and gays < Belgian news | Expatica Belgium

Half of all adoptions in Belgium are by lesbians and gays < Belgian news | Expatica Belgium | English Magazine | Scoop.it

In 2012, nearly half of adoptions in Belgium were for lesbian or gay couples.

The 2012 figure shows a considerable rise compared to the previous year. In 2011 only a quarter of all adoptions of Belgian children were by lesbian or gay couples.

Figures from the Flemish Adoption Centre show that fourteen of the thirty Belgian children that were adopted were adopted by gays. Two years ago the figure was barely 6 out of 25. Lawmakers legislated in favour of adoptions by gays and lesbians in 2006, but it is only now that gay adoption is starting to become really noticeable in the figures.

 

Ariane Van den Berghe of the Flemish Adoption Centre: "The trend started really slowly. During the first years the number of gay adoptions was limited. Prospective lesbian and gay couples have to go through the usual procedure and end up on a waiting list. As a result it took some time for the gay adoptions to flow through into the system.

The overall number of adoptions has fallen, but this is linked to the drop in the number of adoptions involving foreign children. 122 foreign children were adopted last year. The previous year the figure was 2011.

The fall is linked to the disappearance of Kazakhstan as a country of origin for children adopted in Belgium. The Kazakh authorities are reforming their adoption legislation and as a result all foreign adoptions are on hold. Ethiopia that provided the largest number of children for adoption in Belgium is sending fewer children to Belgium nowadays.


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Federer highest-paid athlete in tennis

Federer highest-paid athlete in tennis | English Magazine | Scoop.it
With estimated earnings of 71.5 million dollars in 2013, Roger Federer tops the list of highest-paid tennis stars

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Teki system lets patients visit the doctor via Kinect | GizMag.com

Teki system lets patients visit the doctor via Kinect | GizMag.com | English Magazine | Scoop.it

Like many other parts of the world, Spain's Basque Country is currently faced with an increasing population of senior citizens placing strain upon the limited resources of the health care system. That's why the Teki project was instituted. It allows patients with chronic conditions to quickly check in with their doctors via an internet-connected Microsoft Kinect unit, thus reducing the number of time-consuming office visits, and catching problems before they require hospitalization.


Teki was developed by technology services company Accenture, along with partners including Microsoft.


Users receive a Kinect box that is hooked up to their TV and internet, along with a wireless heart rate monitor that measures the pulse via the finger, and a spirometer for measuring respiratory levels.


On a regular basis, via an interface on the TV screen, patients communicate with their doctor using video conferencing, voice communications, or text messaging. At that time, the doctor can check their vitals, inquire about their symptoms, and answer any questions.


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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie want more kids - News

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie want more kids - News | English Magazine | Scoop.it

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie want two more kids. The A-list couple are allegedly hoping to expand their large brood - which includes Maddox, 11, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, six, and four-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne - by having one more biological child together as well as adopting an orphan from Jordan. Prolific humanitarian Angelina is said to have made the decision after visiting Syrian refugees at the Zaatari camp in Jordan last week, and hopes the high-profile adoption would help raise awareness of the current civil war crisis. A source told The Sun: "Angie and Brad's attitude towards kids is the more the better - and that once you have several a few more makes no difference. She has been particularly touched by the situation in Syria and wants to adopt a child from Jordan to do her bit to help. The publicity would help draw the world's attention to what's going on there. The twins are now four and Angie and Brad have agreed it's time for more kids. They're crossing their fingers that they'll bring their next child home soon. She is friends with Queen Rania of Jordan, so that has got to help with adopting a child. But Angie and Brad also want to have one more biological child so she is eating a diet rich in potassium." Brad and Angelina are no strangers to international adoption, having adopted Maddox from an orphanage in Cambodia, Zahara from Ethiopia, and Pax from Vietnam.


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Family Battling Breast Cancer During Pregnancy Rejoices Over Healthy Baby - CBS Denver

Family Battling Breast Cancer During Pregnancy Rejoices Over Healthy Baby - CBS Denver | English Magazine | Scoop.it
A young Denver couple is delighted in their brand new baby boy, but one of the most exciting times has also been one of the most stressful -- the new mother is also fighting breast cancer.

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Norfolk minke whales killed by 'unusual' ship strikes

Norfolk minke whales killed by 'unusual' ship strikes | English Magazine | Scoop.it
Two whales stranded within days of eachother were probably killed by ships, scientists say following postmortem
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