Air Belgium suspends flights to Hong Kong

Air Belgium suspends flights to Hong Kong

Air Belgium has announced that it will suspend flights to Hong Kong during the winter season. The airline operates a long-term connection with Hong Kong from Charleroi airport in Hainan province. Speaking at a press conference on Friday afternoon, Nike’s CEO Terzakis told reporters that the route was not being scrapped. Flights from Charleroi to Hong Kong will resume next March. Despite the suspension of the Hong Kong route that started up in June of this year, Air Belgium still intends to start up new routes to China before the…

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Airbnb promises more transparency on prices, conditions

Airbnb promises more transparency on prices, conditions

Airbnb’s online platform plans to improve the way It presents the prices of the rooms and houses it advertises, as well as the conditions of their use in accordance with European consumer law, the European Commission said. The Commission, which had already rapped the U.S. business on its fingers in July, said Airbnb had until the end of the year to implement the changes. The Commission had mainly faulted the way the platform presented the prices of its rooms and homes. It also felt users needed to be better protected…

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The strike in the public service prevented

The strike in the public service prevented

The Flemish Minister in charge of administration, Lisbeth Gomans (nationalist, photo above), and trade unions representing Flemish public sector workers have reached an agreement that will prevent a strike scheduled for this Friday. Speaking on Tuesday evening, Ms Homans’ told VRT News that she had agreed with the unions to the formation of a working party that will meet each week. During these meetings the unions will be able to put forward their proposals for the reform of the status of civil servants employed in Flemish public services. “The first…

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Jaguar Land Rover says around 2,000 employees will head out for a three-day week

Jaguar Land Rover says around 2,000 employees will head out for a three-day week

Jaguar Land Rover has announced that about 2,000 staff will move to a three-day week at its Castle Bromwich plant in the West Midlands, only hours after the carmaker was accused of “scaremongering” about the impact of Brexit by a Conservative MP. JLR, owned by the Indian conglomerate Tata, said it had made the decision to reduce production as it wrestles with difficult conditions in the automotive industry, caused by Brexit and slumping sales of diesel-powered cars. Staff are expected to work reduced hours until at least Christmas. A spokesperson…

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SNCF aims to introduce autonomous trains by 2023

SNCF aims to introduce autonomous trains by 2023

The French railway company SNCF said on Wednesday that it intends to introduce fully Autonomous trains into its network by 2023 through partnerships with various stakeholders, including railway builders Alstom and Bombardier. “With the autonomous trains, all trains will drive harmoniously and at the same speed, and railway operations will be more fluid,” SNCF CEO Guillaume Pepy said in a press release. “And increased fluidity means better regularity and greater punctuality of the trains.” The idea is to have more trains running on the busiest lines and also to reduce…

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More than 30 Flemish families are threatened with eviction every day

More than 30 Flemish families are threatened with eviction every day

Every year in Flanders, thousands of households lose their homes. This applies to tenants who are no longer able to pay the rent. They are looking for accommodation elsewhere or on the street. The Association of Flemish Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) has published the annual figures for evictions. The conclusions from the data collected from all local social services (OCMW) are striking. Nathalie De Bast of VVSG is worried: “220 families a week are told that they will lose their homes and the figure has actually remained stable for years….

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Bread prices will continue to rise after the decline in the wheat crop

Bread prices will continue to rise after the decline in the wheat crop

The cost of bread will rise after the effects of a dry summer pushed up the price of wheat by 25% to 30%. Store prices have already risen in recent months and are likely to continue to rise as Associated British Foods (ABF), Kingsmill owner, said the impact of its rising costs will be “reflected in our ongoing discussions” with retailers. The UK wheat harvest was about 13m tonnes in 2018 compared withup to 16m expected in a good year, sending prices up to £190 a tonne compared with £120…

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Autonomous vehicle STIB will be tested in Brussels in the summer of 2019

Autonomous vehicle STIB will be tested in Brussels in the summer of 2019

Brussels intercommunal transport company (STIB) is due to test Autonomous public transport in the capital in the summer of 2019, Le Soir reported on Thursday. “We have been working on this project since last February,” confirmed Philippe Vandewauwer, studies and strategy projects manager within the regional company’s strategy and innovation department. “We have a partnership with the RATP (Parisian equivalent of the STIB, Ed), which has already performed four tests of increasing difficulty.” In actual fact, the STIB has issued a call for tender for the rental of two autonomous…

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A fresh wave of stocks and currency sales hit emerging markets

A fresh wave of stocks and currency sales hit emerging markets

Emerging markets were hit by a new wave of stock and currency sales, and Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, and China were among the countries hit by tensions in the trade war and the strengthening of the dollar. European shares also fell on Wednesday as investors registered concerns over the impact on the global economy if more emerging markets were to follow Argentina and Turkey into financial crisis. Markets weighed the threat of a new development in the US-China trade war – fresh US tariffs on another $200bn (£155bn) of Chinese goods…

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The EU time switch is good for some, not all.

The EU time switch is good for some, not all.

The European Commission has proposed to the Council of Ministers a measure to abandon switch from summer to winter time. For Belgium, that would mean a standard time of GMT + 2 – the current time. The measure was supported by a large majority of an informal poll conducted by the commission itself. Opinions vary across the continent; In Scotland, children go to school in the dark in the summer, and farmers begin work before sunup. In the south, regardless of time zones, the situation is more or less reversed….

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