Russia 2018: Matches on giant screen in Molenbeek, Jette, but not Brussels

Russia 2018: Matches on giant screen in Molenbeek, Jette, but not Brussels

No big screens will go up in public places in Brussels-Ixelles for Football World Cup 2018, but football lovers will be able to see the Red Devils in action on giant screens in Molenbeek and Jette. Wafaa Hammich, spokesperson of Brussels Mayor Philippe Close, confirmed a Wednesday report by Bruzz Media that giant screens would not go up in Brussels. She said the decision covered the entire Brussels-Ixelles police zone and was taken in consultation with Ixelles Mayor Dominique Dufourny. Hammich explained that the decision was taken for security reasons….

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Nethys to install 18,000 m2 of photovoltaic panels at Liege Airport

Nethys to install 18,000 m2 of photovoltaic panels at Liege Airport

The Liege company Nethys carried off the public tender launched in view of the installation of photovoltaic panels on the premises of the Liege Airport. The economy on the cost of energy is estimated at 100,000 euros annually, indicated Wednesday the spokesperson for Liege Airport, confirming the information read in L’Echo. With a scoring of close to 92 points out of 100, Nethys was chosen among six candidates. Liege Airport specifies that a lawyer was consulted in order to conduct the procedure to its term without risk of conflict of…

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Brexit: JPMorgan to transfer more bankers to Paris

Brexit: JPMorgan to transfer more bankers to Paris

JPMorgan Chase envisages increasing the number of bankers and traders, which it intends to transfer from London across to Paris following the UK’s exit from the European Union (Brexit). The information was indicated to AFP (Agence France Press) by a source close to JPMorgan Chase. The press agency had previously learned in October that the American bank was going to redeploy to 60 to 80 bankers and traders to Paris. The anonymous source stated on Wednesday that this figure will now be “far more significant”. However no further details were…

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Detention conditions “ever more difficult” in Saint-Gilles prison

Detention conditions “ever more difficult” in Saint-Gilles prison

Overpopulation, the shortage of resources and the non-entry into force of the entire set of rules on prison administration are leading to “ever more difficult” detention conditions in Saint-Gilles prison. The position is stated in the annual report of the Surveillance Board released on Wednesday. It “urgently” requests additional resources to improve prisoner living conditions. The conclusions by the Surveillance Board, which exercises independent monitoring, at Saint-Gilles prison, agree with those of the Committee for the Prevention of Torture of the Council of Europe, during its last visit in 2017….

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IKEA wants to open several smaller shops in Belgium

IKEA wants to open several smaller shops in Belgium

The management of IKEA Belgium has come to this conclusion after studying consumer demand. Currently there are eight large IKEA stores in Belgium. A spokesperson for the company told Belgian newspaper La Libre, that several smaller stores could be added to this total. “We have come to the realisation that the large store concept of over 30,000 square metres with hundreds of parking lots out in the country side, no longer meets the demand of the customers. We are therefore looking for a solution for the longer term.” One of…

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Best quarter ever for Antwerp Port

Best quarter ever for Antwerp Port

Antwerp Port had an exceptional first quarter, processing 58.3 million tonnes of goods, an increase of 7.1%, the joint enterprise that manages Europe’s second port announced on Tuesday. Container traffic increased by 9.5% to 32.6 million tonnes. This growth was higher than expected and justifies the port’s expansion projects all the more, Antwerp Port’s Director, Jacques Vandermeiren, said.

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European Parliament committee requests reassessment of Selmayr appointment

European Parliament committee requests reassessment of Selmayr appointment

A European Parliament (EP) committee requested, on Monday evening, that the European Commission reassesses the procedure which has led to the controversial appointment of Martin Selmayr to the post of Secretary General. He is the right-hand man of Jean-Claude Juncker. The German, who entered the European Commission in 2004, was Principal Private Secretary for the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker up until 21st February. On that day he was appointed Deputy Secretary General, and then a few minutes after General Secretary for the European Commission, the highest post…

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Goolaerts had heart attack before falling, autopsy shows

Goolaerts had heart attack before falling, autopsy shows

Michael Goolaerts had a heart attack before falling on Sunday at the Paris-Roubaix race, according to the autopsy carried out on Wednesday on the 23-year-old cyclist, VTM Nieuws announced. The reason for the heart attack was still unknown. Toxicological tests will be conducted to ascertain its cause, but that could take months. On Wednesday, Goolaerts’ team, Veranda’s Willems-Crelan, was at the start of the annual Brabantse Pijl (Brabant Arrow) race, where a minute’s silence was observed. Everyone around the departed rider’s team wore a black band marked ‘Michael Goolaerts 24/07/1994…

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Belgium recycles over 80% of its used plastic

Belgium recycles over 80% of its used plastic

Over 80% of plastic waste in Belgium is recycled, according to a study presented on Monday by the Coberec-Go4Circle federation of recyclers and Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Marie Christine Marghem. While Belgium can boast of being a good European pupil, the study pinpoints ways to improve this score even more. In 2015, Belgium had the best recycling rate for packaging material in Europe, according to the European statistical office, Eurostat. However, the Federal Government aims to do even better and become the European leader of the circular economy….

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Adaptation and social competencies to face automation of work

Adaptation and social competencies to face automation of work

Certain kinds of jobs could disappear because of the automation of work. According to an NGO study, the number of jobs with a higher probability of automation increases less rapidly than the number of jobs with a low probability of automation. In order to avoid these highly negative consequences for the job market, the authors of the study recommend appropriate training programs, and remind of the importance of social competencies for work. In their study, the researchers compared the evolution of the number of persons who perform specific functions in…

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