Criticism of sponsorship of the air show by bidders under the new contract for fighters

Criticism of sponsorship of the air show by bidders under the new contract for fighters

Two of the majority government parties criticized the decision of the Ministry of defense to allow the air show next week to be sponsored by three aircraft manufacturers, who at the same time claim a contract for the construction of new fighters for the government. The Belgian Air Force Days event takes place on 8 and 9 September, and posters clearly show the sponsors to be the French company Dassault, parent company of the Rafale, the US company Lockheed Martin, and the Eurofighter conglomerate. The event takes place at the…

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Toyota is investing $ 500 million in Uber to a program of unmanned vehicles

Toyota is investing $ 500 million in Uber to a program of unmanned vehicles

Japanese carmaker Toyota will invest $ 500 million (£388 million) in the company Uber, which will develop partnerships for the development of unmanned vehicles. It deepens an existing relationship in a bid to catch up with rivals in the race to design and produce autonomous vehicles for the mass market. The aim of the partnership is to use technology from both companies in purpose-built Toyota cars to be deployed across Uber’s ride-sharing network from 2021. Toyota’s investment values Uber at $72bn, despite mounting losses that totalled $4.5bn in 2017. Shigeki…

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How not to help Ukraine: Ihor Raynin, Y. Svitlychna and D. Shuval and their inflatable Kharkiv Regional Representation Office

How not to help Ukraine: Ihor Raynin, Y. Svitlychna and D. Shuval and their inflatable Kharkiv Regional Representation Office

As Ukraine was thrown into the Western zone of influence it has quickly realized the need to develop the usual toolset to influence the politics to the state’s favor. In Unites Stated the legal way to build up the presence is called lobby. Lobbyists need to be properly registered. Their success is based on how well suited to the political landscape they are. Lobby companies are working for decades and there is little room for the new ones. As reports on the new lobby office of the Kharkiv region has…

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Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs

Europe to ban halogen lightbulbs

After nearly 60 years of brightening our homes and streets, halogen lightbulbs will finally be banned across Europe on 1 September. The lights will dim gradually for halogen. Remaining stocks may still be sold, and capsules, linear and low voltage incandescents used in oven lights will be exempted. But a continent-wide switchover to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is underway that will slash emissions and energy bills, according to industry, campaigners and experts. LEDs consume one-fifth of the energy of halogen bulbs and their phase-out will prevent more than 15m tonnes of…

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UniCredit reduces the connection with Facebook after a scandal with data violations

UniCredit reduces the connection with Facebook after a scandal with data violations

The boss of Italy’s biggest bank has ordered his staff to cut all the bank’s ties with Facebook in direct response to the social network’s behaviour revealed in the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal. “Facebook is not acting in an ethical way,” Jean Pierre Mustier, chief executive of UniCredit, said on Tuesday. “We will not use it until it has proper ethical behaviour.” Mustier said that he had ordered the bank – which has more than 26 million customers – to terminate all advertising and partnerships with Facebook at the…

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North sea wind turbines produce electricity for a million Belgian homes

North sea wind turbines produce electricity for a million Belgian homes

As the fifth wind turbine in the North sea begins its production, wind turbines along the Belgian coast are now producing electricity for a million homes, said Friday the Belgian Offshore Platform, a structure that brings together major partners investing in Belgian North sea wind turbines. This fifth park, called Rentel, is two-thirds operational. “The total offshore wind capacity in Belgian seas is as high as 1,119 megawatts (MW), which corresponds to a yearly electricity production of 4,030 gigawatt hours (GWh). The number of households being supplied with electricity coming…

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Burger King is hiring 80 people for restaurant Ixelles

Burger King is hiring 80 people for restaurant Ixelles

Network of fast food restaurants Burger King is looking for 80 employees for their future business Ixelles, according to Burger King in a press release. The Ixelles restaurant must open in a few weeks, to become the 16th establishment of this brand in Belgium. In order to finalize this recruitment, Burger King signed a selection agreement with Actiris, Brussels’s agency for employment. Candidates interested in one of these posts have therefore two possibilities: they can send their resume and motivation letter to [email protected], or present themselves to an Actiris office….

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The Belgian economy is growing slower than the Eurozone average

The Belgian economy is growing slower than the Eurozone average

The Belgian economy grew 0.3 percent in the second quarter of the year compared to the previous quarter. For the fifth consecutive quarter, the Belgian ar is below the Eurozone average. The eurozone enjoyed a growth of 0.4 percent in the past quarter, just like the European Union. Those two blocks had a 2.2 percent improvement over a whole year, compared to just 1.3 percent for Belgium. Only France and Italy (each with 0.2 percent in the last quarter) had a lower score than Belgium. Germany, one of the frontrunners…

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Have Belgian fries had their chips?

Have Belgian fries had their chips?

An article by the British daily the Guardian expresses concern that the drought over the past few weeks may pose a threat to one of the most famous and perhaps most beloved symbols of Belgium-chips. In the article the journalist writes that The Europe-wide heatwave has reduced Belgium’s potato yield by around a third and that without a lot of rainfall soon yields in September and October could be small still. The heat doesn’t only impact yields, but also the size of the potatoes produced. The heat also serves to…

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Electronic payments are a thing of the past

Electronic payments are a thing of the past

Today, businesses can no longer charge for electronic payments, whether by credit card, wire transfer or direct payment. The ban is also valid for small amounts and purchases on the internet. Until now, businesses could impute fees when a client paid with a bank card. The law stipulated, however, that these fees were not to exceed those that fell to the company due to the use of a payment instrument. In any event, this system belongs to the past. As a matter of fact, from now on, no fee for…

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