Belgium supplies UK with a nuclear plant’s worth of energy!

Belgium supplies UK with a nuclear plant’s worth of energy!

Despite imminent Brexit and even the danger of a No Deal Brexit the first Belgian electricity supplies to the UK started last night. The supplies are being delivered via a cable along the bottom of the North Sea! Elia, the operator of the Belgian high voltage network, and Britain’s National Grid have been working on the project, the Nemo Link, for a decade. The Link is 140 km long and connects Richborough in the UK with Bruges. 130 km are in the North Sea. So far 628 million euros has…

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Agreement between seven European countries paves the way for Sea-Watch migrants to land

Agreement between seven European countries paves the way for Sea-Watch migrants to land

Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte, announced on Wednesday that a distribution agreement reached with six other European countries would allow the 47 migrants blocked for 12 days on the Sea-Watch 3 ship to go onshore in Italy “in the next few hours”.“ Luxembourg has joined the list of friendly countries that have responded to our invitation” to take in migrants,” Conte told the press in Milan. “The landing operations will begin in the next few hours.” The seven countries are France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Portugal and Rumania, according to…

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Three bodies found in shed in Hechtel-Eksel

Three bodies found in shed in Hechtel-Eksel

Three bodies were found on Tuesday morning in a shed in Hechtel-Eksel (Limbourg). The bodies were discovered at about around 4.00 a.m. by police from the Kempenland zone. The shed, located on the Kiefhoekstraat, was used for manufacturing synthetic drugs. Investigations continue into the incident, but according to first reports, the victims are men. The Limburg public prosecutor’s office is in charge of the case.

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Unemployment hasn’t been so low since 1980

Unemployment hasn’t been so low since 1980

The number of jobless people in Belgium has fallen to its lowest level since the early Eighties. At the end of last year 327,000 people were unemployed and on full benefit. The figure is 6.5% down on the year. Jobless totals tumbled in all three regions, among both men and women and across all age categories. The number of youngsters without work fell by 13%. However, among the over-60s there was a 26% increase due to changes in the system. The employment agency RVA possesses monthly figures since 2000 allowing…

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Victories for RSC Anderlecht and Club Brugge

Victories for RSC Anderlecht and Club Brugge

Club Brugge narrowed the gap between second and first in the league to 7 points thanks to a win against KV Oostende on Sunday. Sporting Anderlecht too came back from behind to beat KAS Eupen on Sunday. Meanwhile, Sporting Lokeren’s came a step closer to relegation after a 0-3 home defeat at the hands of Zulte Waregem. With just 7 matches to go Lokeren are 8 points from safety. The weekend’s results RFC Antwerp 1 – 1 Standard de Liège Sporting Charleroi 2 – 2 Waasland-Beveren Cercle Brugge 1 –…

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Consumer seems “ready to say goodbye to petrol or diesel cars”

Consumer seems “ready to say goodbye to petrol or diesel cars”

An iVox poll commissioned by the organization for environmental protection Greenpeace, unveiled Monday, seemingly presents Belgian workers as full of good intentions with regards to transportation, given that road transportation is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Greenpeace’s conclusion: Belgians appear to be “open to change”, on the condition, however, that the alternative to conventional transportation, by diesel or gasoline cars, is both affordable and accessible. The consumer seems “ready to say goodbye to petrol or diesel,” Greenpeace expert in sustainable mobility Joeri Thijs said. According to…

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Coca-Cola to close two distribution centres in Belgium

Coca-Cola to close two distribution centres in Belgium

The soft drinks company Coca-Cola has announced the closure of two of its five distribution centres in Belgium. The closures are part of a wider plan to simplify the company’s distribution procedures and to ensure competitiveness in the future. The plan will impact 132 people that work at the two distribution centres. However, it hoped that 123 of these can be transferred to Coca-Cola’s other distribution centres. The decision was announced at an extraordinary meeting of Coca-Cola Belgium’s Works’ Council on Wednesday morning. The distribution centres in Hasselt (Limburg) and…

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The EU will “take measures” if there are no elections in Venezuela “over the next few days”

The EU will “take measures” if there are no elections in Venezuela “over the next few days”

The European Union “will take additional measures” if there are no elections in Venezuela “over the next few days”. This includes “debating whether or not to recognise the country’s leadership”, the European head of diplomacy Federica Mogherini said on Saturday. “The EU will take additional measures if no new legitimate elections are organised over the next few days. This includes debating whether or not to recognise the country’s leadership”, Mrs Mogherini said in a press release on behalf of the EU.

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Etienne Vermeersch, moral philosopher and leading public intellectual, dies at 84

Etienne Vermeersch, moral philosopher and leading public intellectual, dies at 84

Etienne Vermeersch, emeritus professor of moral philosophy at the university of Ghent and one of the country’s most prominent ethicists and public intellectuals, has died at the age of 84. Vermeersch died last Friday, but his passing has just been announced. He opted for euthanasia, the legalisation of which was one of the major crusades of his long career. “The creation of the euthanasia law is one of the best things I have done in my life,” he told De Morgen in 2017. “I haven’t lived for nothing. If you…

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More than one in four Belgians fears autonomous cars to be unsafe

More than one in four Belgians fears autonomous cars to be unsafe

Confidence among Belgian consumers in autonomous vehicles is stagnating, according to consulting firm Deloitte’s study on the subject published Thursday, during the ongoing Brussels motor show. 43% of respondents do not believe that these vehicles will be safe, which is a slight decrease from 50% last year, and down sharply from 69% in 2017 who expressed concern about these cars’ safety. A series of high-profile incidents may have contributed to the loss of consumers’ confidence, Deloitte justifies, while expecting gradual acceptance to come. Moreover, only a third (33%) of consumers…

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