Belgian Fashion Awards: Dries van Noten and Raf Simons win awards

Belgian Fashion Awards: Dries van Noten and Raf Simons win awards

The Fashion Designer Dries Van Noten received the Prix du Jury (“Jury Prize”) with Raf Simons being named “Designer of the Year” at the first Belgian Fashion Awards. The ceremony for this took place on Thursday evening at Antwerp. The Prix du Jury rewards a designer for his entire career. The jury justified “When speaking of Belgian fashion, we immediately think of Dries Van Noten.” The jury itself was made up of Vif Weekend, Knack Weekend, Flanders DC (Flanders District of Creativity), and MAD-Brussels Fashion and Design Platform. “With his…

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EU to push for 40% quota for women on company boards

EU to push for 40% quota for women on company boards

Proposals from European commission would compel businesses to positively discriminate when hiring new executives until quota is reached. The European commission is to push for a quota for women on company boards to address the slow progress to gender equality in the senior ranks of publicly listed businesses. Under the proposals, companies whose non-executive directors are more than 60% male would be required to prioritise women when candidates of equal merit were being considered for a post. Previous attempts by the EU’s executive to set a 40% goal for women…

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Only 4% of Belgian employees work for 50 hours or more per week

Only 4% of Belgian employees work for 50 hours or more per week

Some 4% of Belgians work for 50 hours or more every week. A new report published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) says that both overworking and insecurity on the labour market are relatively low in Belgium. In its report How’s Life? 2017, the OECD compares a series of figures and data from 35 countries. A multitude of aspects are taken into account such as personal security, income and health, jobs and income, work-life balance, education, social networks, environment and other factors. The OECD says that there…

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VLM Airlines receives Belgian licence for Fokker 50

VLM Airlines receives Belgian licence for Fokker 50

Besides its air operator’s certificate (AOC) for the Airbus A320 which it landed a few days ago, the Belgian airline VLM Airlines now also has such a document for its Fokker 50 aeroplanes. This was indicated on Tuesday by its Chairman, Harm Prins. This confirmed information from VRT. We learned, on Tuesday, that FPS Mobility had granted such a licence for the two A320 aircraft that VLM had acquired from Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium. The company now confirms through its Chairman, the Dutchman Harm Prins, having also received the “invaluable…

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Competition between researchers has negative impact on research quality

Competition between researchers has negative impact on research quality

A study by the King Baudouin Foundation, published on Tuesday, says that the majority of researchers in Belgian universities consider that competition within the research community has a negative impact on research quality. This survey, conducted anongst 1,720 researchers, reveals that they are, above all, motivated by generating new knowledge. Besides being in competition, they also lament the constant quest for funding, which is considered to be problematic, as well as the lack of time to conduct their research. As alluded to above, researchers are not working for money or…

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A Digital Future That Works for Everyone

A Digital Future That Works for Everyone

Think how much the average workplace has changed in the last two decades. The fax machine has gone. A lot less gets printed. Workers use apps to navigate to and from the workplace, and to turn their heating on before they arrive home. That pace of change is only getting faster, which is why at Google we believe we need to start thinking about the future of work right now. Our grandchildren will have jobs that don’t yet exist, and we cannot imagine what their everyday lives will look like….

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Van Hool to manufacture 14 “tram buses” for De Lijn

Van Hool to manufacture 14 “tram buses” for De Lijn

The Van Hool company is to manufacture 14 “tram buses” in its Koningshooikt factory (Antwerp Province) for De Lijn. The vehicles will transport passengers in the northern periphery of Brussels as early as 2019, the Flemish public transport company announced on Wednesday. Tram buses are particularly long buses (24 meters), which are intended to combine the efficiency of a tramway and the flexibility of a bus. They are to ensure the “Ringtrambuslijn” between the Heysel and Brussels Airport. They are hybrid vehicles (electric and diesel) capable of transporting up to…

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The number of Uber users in Brussels doubles in a year

The number of Uber users in Brussels doubles in a year

More than 100,000 people in Brussels have used Uber services. That’s double the number of people that had used it last year, the car and driver rental company told the Belga agency on Friday. This upward trend can be explained by the increased number of journeys taken to and from public transport links in areas with fewer tram and bus routes. Statistics show a quarter of all Uber journeys company in Brussels started or finished near a metro station, whether they were through UberX, UberBlack or UberVan. More than a…

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Brexit: Fifty banks are preparing to move to the European continent

Brexit: Fifty banks are preparing to move to the European continent

British banks have already made contact with the European Central Bank (ECB) to discuss a potential move of their activities from London to a Eurozone country, the ECB said on Tuesday. “Some contacted us on various occasions to talk about their removal plans,” says Danièle Nouy, ​​head of banking supervision at the ECB. Some 20 institutions have already applied for a license for the Eurozone. Under European law, a bank wishing to offer its services within the European Union, such as savings or credit accounts, must have an independent subsidiary…

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Europe’s carmakers face 30% emission cuts target

Europe’s carmakers face 30% emission cuts target

New proposals to limit CO2 from passenger cars and vans by 2030 would meet climate goals, but campaigners say regulations fall short. The European commission has unveiled new proposals for limits on carbon dioxide emissions from passenger cars and vans, which would compel manufacturers to cut emissions from their vehicles by nearly a third from 2030. But the proposals will not require manufacturers to make a fixed quota of their fleet run on electricity, as some campaigners had hoped. The commission said the new standards would help the bloc meet…

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