Foreign Ministry issues travel warning for western Caribbean, Florida

Foreign Ministry issues travel warning for western Caribbean, Florida

Belgium’s Foreign Ministry has called on people planning to travel to the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica and Florida to postpone their trips where possible, so as to avoid being caught up in Hurricane Irma, which is sweeping the region. Irma, a category 5 hurricane, has already made landfall in the Dominican Republic. Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica and the U.S. state of Florida are also in its path. “It is advisable to contact your travel agency and/or airline since flights could be postponed or cancelled if weather conditions and/or damage caused…

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Tribunal says EU judges should rule on legality of snooper’s charter

Tribunal says EU judges should rule on legality of snooper’s charter

Investigatory powers tribunal says need for European court of justice clarification is ‘obvious’ in surveillance powers case. European Union judges are to be asked to rule on the legality of Britain’s mass digital surveillance powers, the UK’s top national security court has said. In a politically charged judgment on Friday, the investigatory powers tribunal (IPT) ruled that the European court of justice (ECJ) should decide whether the UK’s bulk collection of communications data, tracking personal use of the web, email, texts and calls, was legal. The ruling said: “By the…

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Belgians anticipated to spend more than €10 billion online this year

Belgians anticipated to spend more than €10 billion online this year

Belgians are likely to spend more than €10 billion online this year. This prediction is being made on Thursday by BeCommerce, the Belgian association of online shops and distance-selling businesses, on the occasion of the publication of its half-year 2017 figures. Between January and June, online expenditure has increased by 10%, to reach 4.9 billion euros. The number of national consumers doing their shopping on the Internet has increased by 2%, going up to €7.9 million. From January to June 2017, the number of online purchases went up to 42.3…

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European Court of First Instance to re-examine fine of €1.06 billion imposed upon Intel

European Court of First Instance to re-examine fine of €1.06 billion imposed upon Intel

The appeal of the American manufacturer of computer chips, Intel, against the fine of €1.06 billion, imposed in 2009 by the European Commission for abuse of a dominant position, must now be re-examined by the Court of First Instance of the European Union (CFIEU). This was held on Wednesday by the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ). The ECJ writes in communiqué, “The case has been returned to the Court of First Instance of the European Union to allow it to examine the arguments put forward by Intel.”…

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