Dutchman Fred Rutten is Sporting Anderlecht’s new coach

Dutchman Fred Rutten is Sporting Anderlecht’s new coach

Sporting Anderlecht have appointed a new coach. In a press statement released on Sunday the 34-times Belgian League Champions announced that the Dutchman Fred Rutten will be the successor to Hein Vanhaezebrouck who was sacked last month after a string of disappointing performances and results. fred Rutten starts work on Monday and will travel with Anderlecht’s first team to their training camp in Pinatar in the south of Spain. Fred Rutten’s appointment brings to an end several weeks of uncertainty at Anderlecht. There had been much speculation about who would…

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Fusing the police departments is the “only solution” to violence in Brussels

Fusing the police departments is the “only solution” to violence in Brussels

Fusing the police departments is the “only solution” to the violence that marred New Year’s celebrations in Brussels, the new Home Affairs minister Pieter De Crem told VTM on Sunday. One Molenbeek commune in particular saw incidents of serious violence such as vehicles being set on fire, windows being smashed, law enforcement being obstructed. A pharmacy was looted. The CD&V minister has previously criticised the police’s lack of planning. “A unified Brussels police department is the only solution: a unified command would be able to better evaluate and prepare for…

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Particle counters to fight filter fraud from 2020

Particle counters to fight filter fraud from 2020

Flemish Mobility Minister Ben Weyts and Brussels Minister for Road Safety Bianca Debaets presented on Monday the new particle counters to be used in Belgium against particle-filter fraud. All auto inspection centres will need to be equipped with the new meters by 2020 to enable them to measure particles contained in exhaust gases. The choice of meter was preceded by a vast survey by the Group of businesses licensed to conduct auto checks and to issue licenses, GOCA. From 1 July to 31 December 2018, various types of technology were…

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New means of transport gaining ground

New means of transport gaining ground

Whether scooters, single-wheelers or hoverboards, new means of transport are carving out a niche in Belgium, and certainly in Brussels, according to the 7th National Road Insecurity Survey presented on Monday by the Vias road-safety institute. The study polled a representative sample of about 6,000 Belgians, focusing particularly on their mobility habits, and whether they felt safe or not as they moved around. It found that 3% used the new means of transport at least once in 2018, and the rate doubles to 6% when only Brussels residents are taken…

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British Universities fearful of Brexit fallout

British Universities fearful of Brexit fallout

The leaders of 150 British universities have warned in an open letter to their country’s parliament of the negative effect the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the EU would have on academic institutions, the BBC reported on Friday. They said Brexit was “one of the biggest threats our universities have ever faced” and they would need decades to recover from it. With no more access to European research networks, British universities would face a rapid deterioration of their quality, with the attendant effect on the 21 billion pounds they inject into…

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