Central banks are right when they say no one understands them

Central banks are right when they say no one understands them

Central banks have been talking a lot about the need for clear communication with the public lately, and they may have a point about how that could improve their standing. A working paper published by the Swiss National Bank this week analysed survey data from its UK counterpart and found that the average Briton’s knowledge of what the Bank of England does is pretty sparse. While that isn’t a radical revelation – policy makers from across the world came to Frankfurt just last week to discuss how tough it is…

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Belgium tops Europe in sales of electric cars

Belgium tops Europe in sales of electric cars

Sales of electric cars in Belgium increased by 147% in 2016 compared to the previous year. This is more than in any country in Europe according to a report by i-Cleantech Vlaanderen. Approximately 10,000 electric cars joined the car fleet in Belgium in 2016. The share of electric cars in Belgium still represents only 1.6% of the total car fleet. This places the country in the sixth place in Europe, behind Norway (24%), the Netherlands (5%), Iceland (4.2%), Sweden (3.2%) and Switzerland (1.8%). Over the same period sales of electric…

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Two police officers attacked every day

Two police officers attacked every day

Some 8,400 cases of attacks against police officers were recorded last year, amongst which 800 were assaults. This was reported on Monday in Het Laatste Nieuws and De Morgen. Starting from this week a circular from the Minister of Justice, Koen Geens (CD&V), instigating a zero-tolerence policy will be sent to all of Belgium’s prosecutors. The minister had in fact announced this circular back in June, following the riots which hit the city of Antwerp. An investigation will now be launched in each case of an attack, whilst verbal attack…

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France agrees to temporary transfer of Abdeslam for trial in Brussels

France agrees to temporary transfer of Abdeslam for trial in Brussels

A French court has agreed to transfer Salah Abdeslam to Belgium. He is the only survivor of the terrorist attacks in Paris, and will be tried in December in Brussels in another case, AFP reported yesterday. The Paris court of appeal has “endorsed the principle of the temporary transfer” of Abdeslam, currently incarcerated under harsh conditions in the prison of Fleury-Merogis, a suburb of Paris. This decision allows the execution of the European Arrest Warrant issued on 19 October by a Brussels court, which requested the extradition of Salah Abdeslam…

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Businessman Max Polyakov of Zaporozhye: millions of cash out of sex robots

Businessman Max Polyakov of Zaporozhye: millions of cash out of sex robots

In the latest article, we found out how the “dating empire”, on which thousands of Ukrainian women and men earn, is arranged on the Internet. As it turned out, everything rests on legal “dating sites” that belong to one of the richest Ukrainian entrepreneurs, the former citizen of Zaporozhye Max Polyakov. But how to make a fortune with only a database of guys who are willing to get acquainted with a pretty girl? How to earn 204.9 million US dollars on dating only? Namely, that was the estimated value of…

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Millions of cash out of porn: Dating oligarch from Zaporozhye Max Polyakov and his inconspicuous empire

Millions of cash out of porn: Dating oligarch from Zaporozhye Max Polyakov and his inconspicuous empire

Right now, while you are reading this text, hundreds of Ukrainian young women are undressing in front of webcams, writing sweet words to foreigners or appointing meetings that they will never come to. This is a serious global business. Who runs a huge system of pumping money out of online porn industry? Another reason for pride of Zaporozhye: our fellow countryman, wealthy IT entrepreneur of Ukrainian origin, who earned millions of dollars on dates, sex and flirting on the Internet, is the one who is at the helm. Ukraine has…

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Vardy gives Mauricio Pochettino a reminder of failed title bid

Vardy gives Mauricio Pochettino a reminder of failed title bid

Vardy scores his seventh of the season to put Spurs on the back foot. Tottenham Hotspur’s fading title hopes were surely extinguished here, as Leicester City fans crowed “It’s happened again”. This was a damaging defeat by the team who beat them to the 2015-2016 title and Spurs could be 16 points behind the leaders Manchester City by close of play tonight. This was no way to mark their 4,000th league game, and they rallied only when Erik Lamela arrived late on for his first appearance in 13 months. Lamela…

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Bitcoin 2018: what we are waiting for?

Bitcoin 2018: what we are waiting for?

The digital currency Bitcoin is going through the roof. One bitcoin is now worth $10,000 (£7,530) – a staggering rise, given that it started the year at $1,000. So what exactly is Bitcoin, and what’s behind the buying frenzy? What is Bitcoin? There are two key traits of Bitcoin: it is digital and it is seen as an alternative currency. Unlike the notes or coins in your pocket, it largely exists online. Although there are some specialist ATMs which issue bitcoins, it may be best to think of them as…

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Bali volcano: Relief for tourists as airport set to reopen

Bali volcano: Relief for tourists as airport set to reopen

Bali’s international airport will re-open on Wednesday afternoon after a nearly three-day shutdown, airport authorities said. Officials had extended the closure of Bali’s international airport for another 24 hours due to concerns the thick volcanic ash could harm aircraft. But they decided to reopen it as ash from a rumbling volcano that looms over the island paradise shifted away from the transport hub. “The airspace will be re-opened,” at 3:00 pm local time (0700 GMT), Bali Ngurah Rai airport spokesman Arie Ahsanurrohim told AFP. But “we are going to constantly…

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Apple flaw allows MacOS High Sierra logins without passwords

Apple flaw allows MacOS High Sierra logins without passwords

The latest version of Apple’s software has a glaring hole in it: You can log in with just the username “root.” The username is the “root” of all problems for Apple’s latest operating system. It turns out you don’t need a password to log in to a locked Apple device using MacOS High Sierra — just the username “root.” By heading to your device’s System Preferences, under Users & Groups, you can click on the lock and get hit with a prompt asking for a username and password to change…

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