Office block in voluva threatening collapse, will be demolished in a day

Office block in voluva threatening collapse, will be demolished in a day

An empty office block on the busy Avenue de Tervuren in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre in Brussels was demolished at emergency speed on Tuesday. The building had shown signs of imminent collapse. The building – the former Chien Vert office block – was in the process of being converted into apartments. Builders on the works noticed the construction was beginning to sway, and raised the alarm. A safety perimeter was established, and residents of neighbouring blocks evacuated to a nearby sports centre. Police and fire service were present, and gas and electricity were…

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New Brussels Beer Project beer raises hackles in New Zealand

New Brussels Beer Project beer raises hackles in New Zealand

A beer developed by the Brussels Beer project in 2015 has caused a controversy in New Zealand. The reason is the name of the beer – Māori Tears – which has caused anger among representatives of indigenous people, who described the name as “culturally and spiritually offensive,” the New Zealand Herald reports. The brewery said the “Māori Tears” beer aims to “encapsulate those tears to capture their sacred nature”. However a Māori advocate, Karaitiana Taiuru, told the newspaper, “The idea of drinking someone else’s tears is spiritually offensive to a…

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Religious leaders in Europe share a common vision

Religious leaders in Europe share a common vision

The European Commission hosted a meeting this week with representatives of religious organisations from across Europe. The participants debated “The Future of Europe: addressing challenges through concrete actions”. “Europe is home to people of many faiths, and every European has the right to practice his or her faith in peace and security,” said First Vice-President Frans Timmermans who was chairing the meeting (8 October). He added that, “ahead of next year’s European elections, I reassured the participants in the meeting that the European Commission will continue to stand up and…

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