Car free Sunday – “road safety has become a priority in Brussels”

Car free Sunday – “road safety has become a priority in Brussels”

The Secretary of state for road safety, Debaets Bianca, went slowly to the village late Sunday morning. The event, held on Place Louise, was organised in conjunction with Brussels Mobility. The minister was there to talk about current road safety issues. The Village included activities where tips and tricks are shared to help people stay calm in traffic. There was also a slow bike challenge, a bike race where you have to cycle as slowly as possible. “We want to spread the message that sticking to speed limits is best…

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Jaguar Land Rover says around 2,000 employees will head out for a three-day week

Jaguar Land Rover says around 2,000 employees will head out for a three-day week

Jaguar Land Rover has announced that about 2,000 staff will move to a three-day week at its Castle Bromwich plant in the West Midlands, only hours after the carmaker was accused of “scaremongering” about the impact of Brexit by a Conservative MP. JLR, owned by the Indian conglomerate Tata, said it had made the decision to reduce production as it wrestles with difficult conditions in the automotive industry, caused by Brexit and slumping sales of diesel-powered cars. Staff are expected to work reduced hours until at least Christmas. A spokesperson…

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The Galapagos are raising $ 300 million.

The Galapagos are raising $ 300 million.

The biotechnology company Galapagos has raised 300 USD in fresh money from American investors, via the issuing of new shares, it said Thursday. The Mechelen company issued 2,575,107 new shares, at the price of 116.50 dollars per share. The Bel 20 company announced Wednesday that its Filgotinib, a drug for rheumatism, has performed well in the phase III study, which facilitates a future commercialization.

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SNCF aims to introduce autonomous trains by 2023

SNCF aims to introduce autonomous trains by 2023

The French railway company SNCF said on Wednesday that it intends to introduce fully Autonomous trains into its network by 2023 through partnerships with various stakeholders, including railway builders Alstom and Bombardier. “With the autonomous trains, all trains will drive harmoniously and at the same speed, and railway operations will be more fluid,” SNCF CEO Guillaume Pepy said in a press release. “And increased fluidity means better regularity and greater punctuality of the trains.” The idea is to have more trains running on the busiest lines and also to reduce…

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The European Commission hopes for an agreement to change the time by the end of the year

The European Commission hopes for an agreement to change the time by the end of the year

The European Commission hopes that member States and the European Parliament will be able to reach an agreement to end the two-year changes in Europe’s clock by the end of this year, transport Commissioner Violetta Bulk said on Friday. She hopes 31 March 2019 will be the last time Europe switches to Daylight Saving Time (DST). By April, every member State needs to have submitted its choice for maintaining the summer or winter hour. In theory this means Belgium and the Netherlands, for example, could have different times, but the…

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KU Leuven urges students to point to acts of racism

KU Leuven urges students to point to acts of racism

Rector of Ku Leuven Luke Sels intends to send an e-mail to all students enrolled in the new academic year. It will invite them to indicate incidents of racism to the university authorities. This is one of three policies decided by the university after the controversy relating to the extreme right organization, Schild & Vrienden. Students may denounce such incidents at the point of contact for transgressive behaviour. Luc Sels explains, “This platform not only covers incidents of a sexual nature, but also racist and hateful messages, threatening the integrity…

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“Ryanair’s biggest strike in history” is scheduled for September 28

“Ryanair’s biggest strike in history” is scheduled for September 28

Various European unions representing Ryanair flight attendants have called for the “largest strike in history” of the Irish low-cost airline after their meeting in Brussels. They decided to do it on September 28. Organizations also threaten to shut down on a monthly basis until they are heard. The movement is expected to affect Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Italy. Other countries, such as Germany, could still join the movement. The CNE, which calls on Belgian pilots to join it, estimates that 80% of flights in Charleroi should be affected…

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The European Parliament opposes ” killer robots”

The European Parliament opposes ” killer robots”

The European Parliament adopted a resolution this week in Strasbourg calling for the prohibition of weapons not held back by significant human control in the selection and attack of targets. Certain countries and industries are developing systems of autonomous lethal weapons, also known as “killer robots.” These include missiles that are able to select their targets, or learning machines with cognitive skills allowing them to decide whom to attack, when, and where. “The machines cannot make decisions like men do,” for it is still human responsibility to make life or…

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STIB releases its first standard size electric bus on October 1

STIB releases its first standard size electric bus on October 1

The head of the Brussels public transport company, STIB, Brieuc De Meeùs and the Minister of mobility of Brussels Pascal Smet on Tuesday presented the first electric bus of standard size, which will be used in the company’s network from 1 October. The bus will be used on the Line 13 route. Four more electric buses of the same model have been ordered from Blue Bus, part of the Bolloré group. They are scheduled to arrive in October. Like the standard STIB diesel-powered buses, the new electric buses will be…

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More than 30 Flemish families are threatened with eviction every day

More than 30 Flemish families are threatened with eviction every day

Every year in Flanders, thousands of households lose their homes. This applies to tenants who are no longer able to pay the rent. They are looking for accommodation elsewhere or on the street. The Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) has published the annual figures for evictions. The conclusions from the data collected from all local social services (OCMW) are striking. Nathalie De Bast of VVSG is worried: “220 families a week are told that they will lose their homes and the figure has actually remained stable for years….

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