UK couple's round-the-world cycling quest ends in tragedy

Updated 18 February 2013
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UK couple's round-the-world cycling quest ends in tragedy

LONDON: Police say a British couple cycling around the world and chronicling their journey in a blog have been killed in a road accident in Thailand.
Peter Root and Mary Thompson died on Feb. 13 when they were hit by a pickup truck on a road east of Bangkok.
The couple, both 34 and from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, left Britain in July 2011 and have cycled through Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and China.
They had been posting photos and details of their trip on the website Two on Four Wheels.
Police Lt. Col. Supachai Luangsukcharoen said Monday the truck driver, 25-year-old Worapong Sangkhawat, was seriously injured in the crash.
He faces charges of causing death by dangerous driving, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.


Footballer Kompany’s dad first black mayor in Belgium

Updated 15 October 2018
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Footballer Kompany’s dad first black mayor in Belgium

  • Pierre Kompany, 71, arrived in Belgium in 1975 as a refugee from what was then Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Kompany was head of the centrist CDH list in Sunday’s municipal election in Ganshoren, a bilingual French and Dutch speaking town of 25,000

BRUSSELS: Pierre Kompany, the father of Manchester City captain and Belgian international defender Vincent, became Belgium’s first black elected mayor on Monday after his party topped the poll in the Brussels suburb Ganshoren.
Pierre Kompany, 71, arrived in Belgium in 1975 as a refugee from what was then Zaire, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, and has since been naturalized as a citizen and entered politics.
He was head of the centrist CDH list in Sunday’s municipal election in Ganshoren, a bilingual French and Dutch speaking town of 25,000 just outside the Belgian capital, and will take office in December.
“He’s the first black mayor in Belgium,” Vincent declared on Instagram. “It has never happened before. It’s historic. We’re all delighted. Bravo to my father.”
In 2014, a local councillor of Congolese origin, Denis Liselele, served as temporary mayor in the Belgian town of Sambreville after the elected town leader was suspended during a court case.