UFC ignores Conor McGregor’s troubles as it targets Nurmagomedov payday

UFC ignores Conor McGregor’s troubles as it targets Nurmagomedov payday

On a chilly Thursday afternoon in April, Conor McGregor stormed into the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and proceeded to wreak havoc. The Irishman snuck into the building with the intention of confronting Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was scheduled to compete for the vacant UFC lightweight title that weekend. McGregor, accompanied by an entourage, entered the building’s parking lot and began vandalizing a bus full of fighters before throwing a dolly through one of the windows. Several fighters were hospitalized and removed from their scheduled bouts. The entire scene was…

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Brussels minister-president pleads for changes to language laws

Brussels minister-president pleads for changes to language laws

Rudi Vervoort, minister-president of the Brussels-Capital Region, has called for a thorough review of the language laws of the region. At present, the region is nominally equal French-Dutch, although the proportions are something closer to 90-10%. Vervoort himself is bilingual, although he represents a French-speaking party and is himself originally French-speaking. Vervoort, originally the mayor of Evere, was asked a question by two Dutch-speaking members of the city council following a report by the region’s vice-governor which pointed out a record number of employees of the region’s personnel who had…

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Tens of thousands demonstrate against government’s pension plans

Tens of thousands demonstrate against government’s pension plans

Tens of thousands of trade unionists took part in demonstrations in cities across the country against pension reform of the government. In Brussels, police counted 4,000 protesters, while a VRTNews reporter at the demonstration estimated that about 5,000 protesters took part. Depending on who you believe this is either twice or three times the number that had been expected to take part in Antwerp. In Ghent the police counted 5,000 demonstrators, while the unions says that there were only 4,000. The opposite was true in Hasselt (Limburg) there were 5,000…

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Europe agrees to reduce VAT on digital publications

Europe agrees to reduce VAT on digital publications

The 28 member countries of the European Union (EU) agreed on Tuesday to authorize member States to apply reduced, highly reduced and even zero VAT rates on digital publications. It took almost two years for the 28 to agree on the proposed directive presented on 1 December 2016 by the European Commission. The main idea of this initiative, strongly supported by France and Germany, is to align VAT rules for digital publications – online books and newspapers – with those that apply to their printed equivalents at a time when…

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