New Belgian marathon record set in London

New Belgian marathon record set in London

Bashir Abdi beat the previous Belgian marathon record set by Vincent Rousseau when he took part in this year’s London marathon on Sunday. The European 10,000m silver medallist completed the course in 2h07:03, beating the previous Belgian record of 2h07:20. Vincent Rousseau set that record in Berlin on the 24th of September 1995. The winner was Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, the world record holder, who ran the second fastest finish time in history. Bashir Abdi came 7th overall and ran fast enough to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo….

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Lime scooters launches campaign for respect for other road users

Lime scooters launches campaign for respect for other road users

Lime, one of the main providers of shared electric scooters in Brussels, has launched a code of good conduct for users, in conjunction with Vias, the institute for road safety. The arrival of shared scooters in November last year has given rise to complaints from other road users for the sometimes reckless way users ride, and from pedestrians thanks to the habit of some users to abandon their scooters on the pavement without regard to access for others. To attract signatures for its code of conduct, Lime organised an action…

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Wallonia finalises bill on dog breeding

Wallonia finalises bill on dog breeding

A bill regulating dog breeding in Wallonia has been finalised and is expected to be approved by the region’s government next week, Minister for Animal Welfare Carlo Di Antonio said on Monday. He was speaking at a commission meeting in Parliament at which a report on the issue, drawn up by legislators Isabelle Moinnet (cdH) and Philippe Dodrimont (MR), was presented. The report, initiated in February 2018, provides an overview of dog breeding in Wallonia and makes 24 recommendations, most of them incorporated into the draft decree, Minister Di Antonio…

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The EU granted more than 330,000 people asylum in 2018

The EU granted more than 330,000 people asylum in 2018

The European Union granted more than 330,400 people asylum in 2018, according to the annual figures provided by the European statistics bureau Eurostat. 30% of those asylum seekers were Syrian. The amount of asylum seekers accepted dropped by 40% compared to 2017 (533,000). The majority of those granted asylum within the EU were Syrians (96,100 people, 29% of the total number of people granted asylum by EU member states), followed by Afghans (53,500, 16%), and Iraqis (24,600, 7%). Syrians were the biggest group to be granted asylum in 16 member…

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Belgian airspace closed Thursday night: controllers sick again

Belgian airspace closed Thursday night: controllers sick again

The Belgian airspace will be closed from 1:30 to 4:30 AM Friday morning because of several air traffic controllers being on sick leave, air traffic control company Skeyes announced on Thursday morning. Meanwhile, German air traffic controllers will manage scheduled flights to Liege airport. German air traffic controllers are stationed near Frankfurt. They escort aircraft af far as the Belgian border, after which an air corridor is formed to Liège. Control tower staff at Liege airport then ensure the flight security.

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Think-tank predicts European Parliament will become fragmented in three blocs

Think-tank predicts European Parliament will become fragmented in three blocs

A new report released yesterday predicts that the European Parliament elections on 23 – 26 May will result in an increase in votes for Eurosceptic parties and a division of the parliament into three almost equal party blocs which could result in a deadlock in its decision-making. The report was published by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), a pan-European think-tank from 2007 with offices in several EU capitals. Its methodology is based on the historical relationship between the outcomes of European elections and public opinion polls. For 16…

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Federal investigators raid Belgian football club

Federal investigators raid Belgian football club

Investigators from the federal public prosecutor’s office visited the headquarters of the Belgian football union in Laeken on Wednesday, according to the federation’s spokesman. Around 30 investigators also went to the R.S.C Anderlecht’s administrative and training centre in Neerpede. The visits are part of an investigation into laundering and organised crime, targeting mainly player’s agents. The investigators took away documents related to transfers, the federation spokesman disclosed. A search was also conducted in Schaerbeek.

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Nuits Botanique: Young woman injured by fall off of stage

Nuits Botanique: Young woman injured by fall off of stage

A young woman was slightly injured on Wednesday evening after falling off the stage at the opening of the Nuits Botanique, said Walter Derieuw, the spokesman for the Brussels fire brigade. The ambulance attendants requested the assistance of SMUR (Mobile Emergency and Resuscitation Service) for a shoulder problem. No fire engines were deployed to the scene. Paul-Henri Wauters, Deputy Director of Botanique, explained that the incident happened after the artist Jok’Air called on the audience to come on stage. On the way up, a young woman fell back from the…

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Flemish government warns of traffic problems as Oosterweel works start

Flemish government warns of traffic problems as Oosterweel works start

The Flemish government has warned of problems on the roads around Antwerp from next month, as works on the Oosterweel connection on the Antwerp Ring start for real. Until now, preparatory works have been taking place, but major works will start on the E17 in may, and on the E34 later in August. Those works promise to make themselves “seen and felt,” said the region’s mobility minister Ben Weyts. The Oosterweel connection, named after an abandoned village in what is now the port area of Antwerp, is a project that…

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Car manufacturers threatened with a 500 million-euro CO2 fine

Car manufacturers threatened with a 500 million-euro CO2 fine

Car manufacturers in Belgium could get a 500 million euro fine if they don’t meet European CO2 emission targets by 2021. Car manufacturers will have to pay the European Union a colossal fine if new cars still emit more than an average of 95g of CO2 per kilometre by 2021. It has been estimated the fines could total several billion euros. In Belgium alone, manufacturers could be facing fines totalling around 500 million euros. The Belgian car manufacturer’s union, Febiac, predicts that car emissions will have dropped to around 105g…

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