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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Syrian strikes boost French president’s action man image

Syrian strikes boost French president’s action man image

As French fighter jets sped towards Syria in the early hours of Saturday morning, the French president, Emmanuel Macron, sat in a windowless command-room beneath the Élysée Palace. Surrounded by senior military and diplomatic staff tracking the military operation, the 40-year-old French leader was “calm and resolved”, an Elysée source said. Macron’s decision to order French missile strikes against Syria with the US and UK marks a new phase in his presidency. It is the first time that France’s youngest modern president, who has been in power for a year,…

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Burberry hires former Kingfisher boss Gerry Murphy as chairman

Burberry hires former Kingfisher boss Gerry Murphy as chairman

The luxury brand Burberry has appointed the former boss of B&Q owner Kingfisher as its new chairman. Gerry Murphy, who currently chairs the food group Tate & Lyle and the European arm of the private equity firm Blackstone, will succeed Sir John Peace, who has been in the role since Burberry was spun out of the catalogue company GUS in 2002. Peace said Burberry had found a “superb” candidate with extensive knowledge of the consumer sector. Murphy has had stints at the food group Greencore and the media group Carlton,…

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Theo Francken: Belgian asylum policy should learn from Australia

Theo Francken: Belgian asylum policy should learn from Australia

The Belgian secretary of state for asylum and migration Theo Francken (N-VA) wants the asylum policy to evolve towards a system with “zero asylum seekers in Brussels”. “We need to replace the current model, which is based on requests from asylum seekers after they have entered the territory illegally, by the Australian model, in which we allow only limited legal immigration,” he wrote Saturday on Facebook. Like Australia, Belgium should choose itself those who enter its territory and this “at a rate that takes into account the social, economic and…

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World’s first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden

World’s first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden

The world’s first electrified road that recharges the batteries of cars and trucks driving on it has been opened in Sweden. About 2km (1.2 miles) of electric rail has been embedded in a public road near Stockholm, but the government’s roads agency has already drafted a national map for future expansion. Sweden’s target of achieving independence from fossil fuel by 2030 requires a 70% reduction in the transport sector. The technology behind the electrification of the road linking Stockholm Arlanda airport to a logistics site outside the capital city aims…

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FA finds allegations of racial abuse by Jay Rodriguez ‘not proven’

FA finds allegations of racial abuse by Jay Rodriguez ‘not proven’

The Football Association has confirmed a charge the West Brom forward Jay Rodriguez racially abused Brighton’s Gaëtan Bong has been found “not proven” after an independent regulatory commission hearing. The striker, who has one England cap, had been accused of using “abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race” towards Bong in Albion’s Premier League victory in mid-January. Rodriguez appeared to pinch his nose after the clash between the players and his opponent then spoke to the referee. In his evidence, Bong had…

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