Isle off Knokke: De Backer asks Weyts for alternatives

Isle off Knokke: De Backer asks Weyts for alternatives

The Secretary of State for the North Sea, Philippe De Backer (Open Vld) on Wednesday asked Flemish Public Works Minister Ben Weyts (New Flemish Alliance, N-VA) to come up with alternatives to the artificial island planned off Knokke. The Government of Flanders wishes to use the experimental artificial island to see if such a structure can better protect the seaside resort from strong tempests. However, Knokke Mayor Leopold Lippens came out against the project. De Backer then announced, on Tuesday, that the island could not be built for the moment…

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Ukraine on the edge of fight against hepatitis C

Ukraine on the edge of fight against hepatitis C

By Andriy Klepikov, Executive Director of Alliance for Public Health Viral hepatitis nowadays is one of the biggest global health threats, still rarely being in focus of the media. World Hepatitis Day traditionally marked on 28th of July is the major date to increase public awareness on hepatitis, as without finding of undiagnosed people millions of lives will be lost. While internationally 9 out of 10 people living with viral hepatitis do not know their status, Ukraine makes no exception. Moreover, Ukraine is the only European country appeared on the…

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Body found in brussels beauty spot

Body found in brussels beauty spot

The body was found in a nature reserve in the Brussels municipality of ever. Brussels judicial authorities have confirmed that a terrible discovery was made on Friday after the het Moereske, a colorful place popular among pedestrians adjacent to the main railway lines between Brussels and the North and East of the country. A local council worker found the body that had been there for some time. There is as yet no news as to the identity of the deceased. The Brussels Judicial Authorities believe that the cause of death…

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Parks, cemeteries will be closed on Thursday

Parks, cemeteries will be closed on Thursday

Parks and cemeteries managed by the City of Brussels will be closed to the public from noon on Thursday due to the stormy winds forecast by the Royal Meteorological Service (IRM). Parks elsewhere in Brussels-Capital Region, which are run by the Brussels Environment service, will also be closed. The possibility of reopening the parks and cemeteries will be examined on Friday morning by the competent authorities. The decision to close roads running through the Bois de la Cambre forest will be announced through the police services, according to the City’s…

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Reconstruction of Brussels courts will not be completed until 2040

Reconstruction of Brussels courts will not be completed until 2040

The renovation of the Law Courts of Brussels, covered with scaffolding for decades, will not be completed before 2040, La Libre Belgique daily on Thursday reported Justice Minister Koen Geens as saying. The total cost of the operation will reportedly be 100 million euros. The imposing building on Poelaert Square will continue to be used for judicial activities, but the 26.000 m² structure will have to wait another 20 years to become a modern, comfortable infrastructure. This situation is exasperating for Jean-Pierre Buyle, president of the French- and German-speaking Bars…

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The DOEL 3 reactor failed due to turbine malfunction

The DOEL 3 reactor failed due to turbine malfunction

The Doel 3 nuclear reactor in East Flanders has failed since Sunday due to problems with its turbine system. The reactor was launched on July 23 only a week ago, after it was out of action for 10 months. Nele Scheerlinck of Engie Electrabel that operates the Doel Nuclear Power Station told journalists that “This is a technical problem in the non-nuclear part of the reactor. It only came to light once the reaction was 100% active again”. A few days after the reactor had been started up again a…

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Aroma diffusers pollute indoor air, researchers say

Aroma diffusers pollute indoor air, researchers say

A new study conducted by the local consumer organization showed that aromatic diffusers based on oil strongly pollute the air in the room. According to a new study from Belgian consumer organisation Test-Aankoop, many aroma diffusers using ethereal oil pollute indoor air. They also expose users’ airways and skin to irritating and allergenic substances. The Test-Aankoop article was based on the results of a study performed by its French sister organisation, 60 millions de consommateurs. “The tested products often contain allergenic fragrances such as limonene, geraniol or linalol. But those…

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Police arrested four migrants in the park of Brussels

Police arrested four migrants in the park of Brussels

The police arrested four people at Maximilien Parc in Brussels. Police officers arrested four people at the Maximilien Parc, situated next to the North train station, in the capital on Monday. The arrests were reported in a message posted to the Facebook page of Mehdi Kassou, a spokesperson for the volunteer-run refugee aid group Plateforme de soutien aux réfugiés. At the height of the refugee crisis in 2015, the Maximilien Parc functioned as an unofficial migrant camp with hundreds of undocumented asylum-seekers spending the night there at one point. The…

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Brussels is investigating the use of unmanned emergency vehicles

Brussels is investigating the use of unmanned emergency vehicles

In Brussels, the “green” project was aimed at exploring the possibility of using drones in emergency situations. Brussels mayor Philippe Close and federal mobility minister François Bellot announced the project in a press statement released on Tuesday. The Take Care Emergency project, which will be carried out in close collaboration with the city’s emergency services, will investigate how drones might be used to transport defibrillators in situations when speed is of the essence, for instance, when someone is having a heart attack. The survival chances of someone who has a…

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Ukraine: summer vibes affect the number of parties to enter the parliament, Gritsenko and Rabinovich to gain the most from hesitating voters

Ukraine: summer vibes affect the number of parties to enter the parliament, Gritsenko and Rabinovich to gain the most from hesitating voters

According to summer survey taken in late June-early July, 2018, should the parliamentary elections in Ukraine be held ‘this Sunday’, the new Ukrainian parliament would consist of five political parties. The biggest support of Ukrainian voters would be given to the Batkivschyna Party headed by Yulia Tymoshenko (11.4%) followed by “Gromadyanska Pozitsiya” of Anatoliy Gritsenko (8.1%), ”Za Zhittya” Party headed by Vadim Rabinovich (7.6%), the Solidarnist Party of the incumbent Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko (7.2%), and Opposition Bloc (6.9%). Contrary to previous results obtained in spring, no MPs would represent…

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