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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