Anderlecht refuses fine for discriminatory chants

Anderlecht refuses fine for discriminatory chants

RSC Anderlecht on Wednesday refused a fine of 4,000 euros set by the prosecutor of the Belgian football union, URBSFA, for discriminatory chants by supporters at its match against Bruges (2-3) on the 4th of April, the dhnet.be website revealed. URBSFA Spokesman Pierre Cornez confirmed the prosecutor’s request to Belga news agency. The matter will now go before the Disputes Commission, where the club will be able to defend itself. The prosecutor’s request came in reaction to the match official’s report, which mentioned discriminatory chants by Anderlecht supporters at the…

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EU parliament prefers WIFI over 5G for connected cars

EU parliament prefers WIFI over 5G for connected cars

The European Parliament voted on Wednesday in favour (304 against 207) of the older ‘proven’ technology of WIFI to let the cars of the future talk to each other, instead of the new 5G telecom network. Now the Council of Europe, with the 27 member states, has the final say. The European Commission already approved a set of rules favouring ITS-G5 WIFI over cellular phone 5G technology for communication with the connected car of the future. Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, pleaded that WIFI is “easy to implement and cheap”….

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Municipality of Anderlecht will provide context for colonial references

Municipality of Anderlecht will provide context for colonial references

The Brussels municipality of Anderlecht will provide every colonial monument in public spaces and the city hall with a panel of context, it announced. The municipal administration chose not to remove the colonial references, seeing as they are a part of an undeniable history, but to put them in the right context by providing the necessary information. Two years ago, the colonial implications of the name of the Veterans Coloniaux (Colonial Veterans) square led to discussions within the municipality. In the end, the name was kept, but a workgroup was…

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Electric vehicles emit more CO2 than diesel ones, German study shows

Electric vehicles emit more CO2 than diesel ones, German study shows

Electric vehicles in Germany account for more CO2 emissions than diesel ones, according to a study by German scientists. When CO2 emissions linked to the production of batteries and the German energy mix – in which charcoal still plays an important role – are taken into consideration, electric vehicles emit 11% to 28% more than their diesel counterparts, according to the study, presented on Wednesday at the Ifo Institute in Munich. Mining and processing the lithium, cobalt and manganese used for batteries consumes up a great deal of energy. A…

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Air Nostrum strike comes to an early end

Air Nostrum strike comes to an early end

The strike by pilots at Air Nostrum has ended following agreement between the Spanish airline and SEPLA, the union representing the pilots. The end of the strike, announced by Air Nostrum, is good news for Brussels Airlines, which collaborates with the Spanish company. The strike began on Monday with pilots protesting mainly against outsourcing, and was to have continued until Wednesday, then resume between 22 and 24 April. While its resolution has been welcomed, the 47 flights cancelled on Tuesday cannot be reabsorbed quickly into the company’s flight planning. The…

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European legislators vote for smart vehicles from 2022

European legislators vote for smart vehicles from 2022

New vehicles in Europe will need to be equipped with a range of new safety features from May 2022, under a proposal passed on Tuesday at a plenary session of the European Parliament. The new features include automated emergency braking, an alcohol interlock device – a means of tackling drunk driving – sleep warnings, improved rear-view vision and electronic data recorders. They further include an overridable intelligent speed assistance system, which informs drivers when they pass speed limits, based on traffic maps and signs. Rapporteur Róza Thun said that the…

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Brussels North station to be sealed in the evenings

Brussels North station to be sealed in the evenings

The Brussels North station will be sealed off in the evenings as part of a raft of new measures taken to improve the safety of the station. Last week minister of Mobility, Ben Weyts (N-VA), and bus company De Lijn decided to create a temporary bus stop on Place du Nord, the square just outside of the station. Following this, the building itself will now be closed off in the evening by two glass walls. The measure intends to prevent people from hanging around inside the station during the night…

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Botanique metro station evacuated after youths set fire to train

Botanique metro station evacuated after youths set fire to train

The metro station Botanique on the Brussels metro lines 2 and 6 was evacuated yesterday after youths started a fire on board a metro train. No-one was injured, and metro traffic was interrupted for a time before being re-established by around 20,40, Stib spokesperson Françoise Ledune said. The youths are thought to have used petrol and a lighter to start the fire. One window gave way to the heat, and a moulding above was melted. The train was taken to a Stib depot for repairs. The station was evacuated because…

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US concert promoter Live Nation takes over Antwerp Sportpaleis

US concert promoter Live Nation takes over Antwerp Sportpaleis

Live Nation, the US concert promoter, has taken over the operating company of Antwerp’s Sportpaleis, spokesperson for Live Nation Belgium Nele Bigaré announced today. The amount of the transaction is not known. Besides Antwerp Sportpaleis, the operating company manages the Lotto Arena and the Stadsschouwburg (both in Antwerp), the Forest National (Brussels), the Capitole (Ghent), the Ethias Arena, the Ethias Theatre and the Grenslandhallen (Hasselt). Antwerp Sportpaleis SA is part of the Antwerp Sportpaleis Group. The spokesperson indicated that other group entities such as PES Belgium and Tele Ticket are…

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The six countries most affected by Brexit discuss repercussions

The six countries most affected by Brexit discuss repercussions

The European leaders invited by Prime Minister Charles Michel to a Brexit coordination meeting on Wednesday decided to cooperate more intensely in the exchange of information, one of Michel’s spokespersons said after the meeting. Belgian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Irish Prime Ministers and French President discussed potential problems such as customs, phytosanitary, border control, as well as in the agriculture and food sectors, whatever the outcome of Brexit.

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