The Socialist Party is a social-democratic French-speaking political party in Belgium. As of the 2014 elections, it is the second largest party in the Belgian Chamber of Representatives and the largest Francophone party; the party is led by Paul Magnette. The party supplies the Minister-president of the French Community, the Brussels-Capital Region. In the German-speaking community, the party is known as the Sozialistische Partei; the PS is commonly part of governing coalitions, dominates most local authorities because of the fragmented nature of Belgian political institutions in Francophone areas. In the years since 1999, the PS has controlled five regional executive bodies: the Government of the French Community, the Walloon Government, the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, as well as the COCOF, a local subsidiary in Brussels of the French Community Government, the Government of the German-speaking Community; the party, or its members, have from time to time been brought into connection with criminal activities and political scandals concerning bribery and financial fraud.
The Carolorégienne affair caused Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe to step down as Minister-President of the Walloon region. The PS performed well in the 2003 general election, but were overtaken as the largest Francophone party by the Reformist Movement in the 2007 general election In the 10 June 2007 general elections, the party won 20 out of 150 seats in the Chamber of Representatives and 4 out of 40 seats in the Senate; the PS was a member of the Leterme I Government, Van Rompuy I Government, Leterme II Government and the Di Rupo I Government of 6 December 2011, with former PS leader Elio Di Rupo serving as Prime Minister of Belgium. Results for the Chamber of Representatives, in percentages for the Kingdom of Belgium; the ideology and image of the PS is a mix of social-democracy, combined with a modern electoral marketing. André Cools, 1978-1981 Guy Spitaels, 1981–1992 Philippe Busquin, 1992–1999 Elio Di Rupo, 1999–2011 Thierry Giet, 2011-2013 Paul Magnette, 2013–2014 Elio Di Rupo, 2014–2019 Paul Magnette, 2019– Rudy Demotte André Flahaut Jean-Claude Marcourt Philippe Moureaux Laurette Onkelinx Jean-Claude Van Cauwenberghe Chamber of Representatives Senate French-speaking electoral college German-speaking electoral college Charter of Quaregnon Official website Official website of German-speaking section
Michael F. Pickering was an Australian rules footballer who played with North Melbourne in the Victorian Football League. Pickering was the son of Wally Pickering, a legendary forward for Stawell. Wally Pickering played in the club's inaugural Wimmera Football League premiership in 1939. From 1956 to 1959, Pickering went to Ballarat. Pickering, a ruckman from Stawell, was sought by both North Melbourne. Secured by the latter, Picking made three appearances early in the 1961 VFL season, before he was sidelined with an ankle injury and a dislocated elbow, which ended his season, it wasn't until the 16th round of the 1962 season that he returned to senior football, a game against Melbourne at Arden Street Oval, in which he kicked three goals. The following round, at Kardinia Park, he kicked another three goals, from a forward pocket, his next appearance, in round 18, would be his last for North Melbourne. He decided to return to Stawell in 1963 and remained with the club for many years, finishing his Wimmera career with 220 games and three club best and fairest awards.
In 1969 he was the joint leading vote getter in the Toohey Medal, with Nhill's Rod Coutts, but lost on countback. The league decided in 2003 to award retrospective medals to all players who finished second on countback, which included Pickering, his son, Liam Pickering, a former North Melbourne and Geelong footballer, collected the award on behalf of his father, who died in 1995. Michael Pickering's playing statistics from AFL Tables
Bike Philly was a bicycle tour of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on a closed route cleared of motorized vehicular traffic. The tour is sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, it occurs on the second Sunday of September; the inaugural event for Bike Philly was held on September 9, 2007, consisted of two 10 mile loops, a Center City route, a Fairmount Park route. The ride attracted 2,500 riders Bike Philly has been canceled for 2012 and will be replaced by a ciclovia in 2013; the starting point for the tour is at the front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with rider registration and check-in held in the Eakins Oval across from the Rocky Steps. The tour begins at the Eakins Oval and travels down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into the streets of downtown where riders snake their way past city landmarks such as Reading Terminal Market the Philadelphia Mint, Penns Landing, City Hall and South Street, while passing through the neighborhoods of Old City, Society Hill, Chinatown before returning to Fairmount Park.
Once in the park riders have a choice to return to the museum area for a festival, or continue for another 10 miles touring through the extensive roadways of Fairmount Park before returning to the end of tour festival. For experienced riders the tour organizers provide additional open road low-traffic routes of 10 and 30 miles with marked route signage, stocked rest stops, mechanical support. BikePhilly page at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia - Tour organizer One riders experience Bike New York Bike DC