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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Antwerp lost its connection to London city

Antwerp lost its connection to London city

the Flemish airline VLM refused all flights. The company ceases to operate. VLM that operates from Antwerp Airport announced the scrapping of all but two of its services at the beginning of August. Only flights to London City and Zurich remained. These too are now also being discontinued. Above all the demise of the link to the London City is seen as a blow for the airport. Contacts are already underway with other operators eager to operate on the route. Until then capacity on flights to Southend in Essex will…

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Report meteorological Institute makes the payment in one step

Report meteorological Institute makes the payment in one step

The Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) has declared the recent heat waves in Flanders associated with extreme drought and unusually high temperatures “exceptional” that can open the door to compensation for farmers and producers from the disaster Fund. According to the RMI’s study, the heatwaves affected all 308 Flemish communes, from the seaside town of De Panne to the heathland of the Kempen along the Dutch border. But while holidaymakers and others were soaking up the sun, farmers were preparing for a barren harvest. Potatoes were drying out in the ground,…

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Uber will diversify in electric bicycles and scooters to stimulate growth

Uber will diversify in electric bicycles and scooters to stimulate growth

Uber should switch his attention from taxis to electric bicycles and scooters to develop his global business, his chief executive said. The ride-hailing app will promote different modes of transport that can work better in congested inner cities, to keep Uber users on its platform. Dara Khosrowshahi told the Financial Times (paywall) that while the move would cost Uber in the short term, in the long term it would be better for cities, users and the company. He said: “During rush-hour, it is very inefficient for a one-ton hulk of…

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Second-hand site warns of new PayPal scam

Second-hand site warns of new PayPal scam

Second-hand private sales website 2dehands.be has warned users of a new technique being used by fraudsters. The new scam involves trying to lure sellers off the site to complete the transaction. Normally, someone with something to sell advertises on the site (or one like it) and attracts an interested buyer. The transaction then takes place via the site using a payment method such as PayPal. In this version, however, the supposed buyer takes to the site’s chat function to organise an off-site sale with the seller. When it comes to…

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