Warning of scammers using second-hand sales site

Warning of scammers using second-hand sales site

The Belgian internet marketplace site 2dehands.be has warned users of a case of internet fraud targeting sellers who use the site. The scam works as follows, De Morgen reports: the seller of an object is contacted by email by someone offering to buy the object for sale, sometimes offering an extra 10 euros to secure the sale. The buyer offers to transfer the money via the German packages company DPD, which will also come and pick up the object. The seller then receives an email link to what purports to…

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European parliament slams Commission for not enforcing regulation on live animal transports

European parliament slams Commission for not enforcing regulation on live animal transports

The European Parliament adopted last week a report on the implementation of a council regulation on the protection of animals during transport within and outside the EU. The Parliament stresses that transports should be forbidden to third countries that have not aligned their animal transport standards to those of EU. “No animal should suffer during transport over long distances and under inadequate conditions, only to face brutal treatment on arrival to countries that don’t meet EU standards,” said Olga Kikou, Head of Compassion in World Farming EU. The British NGO,…

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Dozens of activists boo leaders outside of conference on global warming

Dozens of activists boo leaders outside of conference on global warming

An international conference on global warming and the preservation of the oceans faced protests by dozens of activists today in Brussels. Members of the citizen collective ‘Extinction Rebellion’ booed international leaders upon their arrival at the Palais d’Egmont palace. “They are preparing to sign a declaration which in and of itself does not go far enough. We reject their lack of ambition for the sphere,” said one activist. The conference – organised by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development, Marie Christine Marghem, and the Belgian Minister for the…

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Honda confirms the closure of its Swindon plant in 2021

Honda confirms the closure of its Swindon plant in 2021

Japanese automaker Honda confirmed on Tuesday that it intends to close its Swindon plant in 2021, threatening around 3,500 jobs and striking a blow to the UK amid difficult Brexit negotiations. “Given the unprecedented changes affecting our industry, it is essential that we accelerate our vehicle electrification strategy and restructure our global operations,” said Katsushi Inoue, Honda boss in Europe. This decision was not taken lightly, and we deeply regret the trouble caused, he added. The Swindon site produces more than 150,000 vehicles each year, and exports to more than…

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Bob Campaign: 19 drivers flunk alcohol test

Bob Campaign: 19 drivers flunk alcohol test

Police ran alcohol tests on 346 drivers, 19 of whom tested positive, between Saturday night and early Sunday morning as part of the Winter Bob Campaign in Brussels West. The tests were administered in Ganshoren, Koekelberg, Molenbeek-Saint-Jean and Berchem Sainte-Agathe, the Brussels-West police said. Four checkpoints were placed in each of these communes. Of the 19 drivers who had blood alcohol levels over the legal limit, seven received an immediate three-hour ban from driving, five had their driver’s licenses suspended for 15 days, while two received on-the-spot fines, according to…

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“From now on we’ll be driving on beer, at least a little!”

“From now on we’ll be driving on beer, at least a little!”

Zero alcohol beer is becoming more and more popular, but the alcohol removed during the production process can be put to good use in Leuven. Brewers AB InBev now intend to use this alcohol to propel cars. Alcohol is removed from beer using yeasts and bacteria. Each and every week three tankers with 75,000 litres of alcohol removed from Leffe Blond 0.0% and Jupiler 0.0% are driven out of the plant. Until now the alcohol has simply been thrown away. Together with his team David De Schutter is developing a…

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AB InBev will turn residual alcohol from its 0% beers into biofuel

AB InBev will turn residual alcohol from its 0% beers into biofuel

AB InBev will convert part of the residual alcohol from its non-alcoholic beers into biofuel, the brewery announced on Sunday. It wants to continue efforts to make itself more viable. “Up until now, the alcohol that is extracted from the 0% beers after fermentation was considered residual waste”, AB InBev said in a press release. As three tanker-trucks containing a total of 75,000 of residual alcohol leave the brewery’s Louvain site every week, AB InBev wants to find “a more ecological and ambitious use for it”. AB InBev has signed…

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Charles Michel and Theresa May take “the same position” on IS fighters

Charles Michel and Theresa May take “the same position” on IS fighters

Prime Minister Charles Michel and his British counterpart Theresa May will take “the same position” on returning IS fighters, they decided during a telephone conversation on Sunday. On Saturday, American President Donald Trump called on European countries to take back around 800 IS fighters and put them on trial in their home countries. Justice minister Koen Geens called for a European solution on Sunday. He asked Charles Michel to take the initiative. British Prime Minister Theresa May called Charles Michel on Sunday morning. Belgian and British advisors were due to…

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A good evening for our Europa League clubs

A good evening for our Europa League clubs

It was an evening of relative success for the two Belgian teams still competing in the Europa League. In the first-leg of their respective ties, KRC Genk drew 0-0 away at Slavia Prague, while later in the evening Club Brugge beat Red Bull Salzburg 2-1 in Bruges’ Jan Bredyel Stadium. Club Brugge’s victory came despite them having gone behind to a first half goal from Salzburg’s Junuzovic on 17 minutes. The half finished 0-1 to Red Bull Salzburg. However, the tide was set to turn and Denswil put the Belgian…

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One out of eight Belgians fakes sick leave

One out of eight Belgians fakes sick leave

One Belgian worker out of eight has already reported sick for another reason than for health, emerges from a HR Securex service provider survey, released Thursday. The main reasons for these absences are a sick relative, recuperation, or work-life balance. The main reason remains an illness in the family (31%). If family leave is possible in case of illness, accident or hospitalization of a loved one, it is unpaid and limited in time, which may be a reason why workers take sick leave, without actually being sick. Furthermore, 17% of…

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