Mummified corpse found in Antwerp apartment

Mummified corpse found in Antwerp apartment

Authorities in Antwerp have opened an investigation after a mummified body has been found inside an apartment closet. The mummified corpse was identified as a that of a woman in her sixties named Monique V.P., whose body officials believe remained inside the closet for up to three years, according to reports on Thursday. The woman’s death was announced in 2017 by her Rita V.H.,62, who has been identified as her partner by Flemish media and shared a flat with her in Kommekensstraat, in central Antwerp. While V.H. had said ta…

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Yet another fugitive banker from Mukhtar Ablyazov’s circle bit the dust of homeland

Yet another fugitive banker from Mukhtar Ablyazov’s circle bit the dust of homeland

Mukhtar Ablyazov is the kind of honorary guest you have to keep the eye on. Or else you may loose some silver forks. One of the fugitive ex-top managers of BTA Bank, Asylmurat Ramazanov, is deported from Georgia to Kazakhstan. French authorities have met him in Georgian detention center and will continue to supervise his case in Kazakhstan. Asylmurat Ramazanov case, if properly investigated may shed some light on Mukhtar Ablyazov case in France. Mukhtar Ablyazov, the former owner of the largest bank in Kazakhstan, fled to the West. He…

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The Fall of the Golden Dawn: Victory for Democracy and the Rule of Law

The Fall of the Golden Dawn: Victory for Democracy and the Rule of Law

Since the high point of the 2014 European Parliament, the far-right Golden Dawn has collapsed. Its demise is a victory for democracy and rule of law, writes professor Aristides Hatzis. Aristides Hatzis is a professor of philosophy of law and theory of institutions at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, director of research of the Centre for Liberal Studies (KEFiM)-Athens, and a Fellow at the Institute for Research in Economic and Fiscal Issues-Paris. He is also a member of the European Liberal Forum (ELF). This was so because Golden…

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The decision on EU green financing has been taken, now it needs to be spent wisely, says Energy Commissioner

The decision on EU green financing has been taken, now it needs to be spent wisely, says Energy Commissioner

30% of the EU’s €1.8 trillion budget and recovery plan for 2021-2027 will be made available for the green transition. That amount is no longer up for negotiation and the focus must now shift to spending it well, said Kadri Simson, the EU’s energy commissioner. “Naturally I understand the wish to have an even greater pool of funds available,” said Simson, who spoke on Thursday (29 October). “However, I think now it is important to have a rapid agreement on the recovery package and that the money is used well,”…

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France faces insulation resistance as small shops pay the price

France faces insulation resistance as small shops pay the price

The French government promised on Sunday (1 November) to protect the nation’s beloved independent shops that fear losing their business to international giants, such as Amazon, as it sought to quell opposition to a new coronavirus lockdown. In common with other European nations suffering from an upsurge in the novel coronavirus, France has entered a second strict lockdown, which includes closing non-essential stores for at least 15 days. The latest French restrictions have met sporadic resistance. Mayors in about 50 cities and towns brought in local edicts allowing shops to…

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Early voting has exceeded 70 million, Trump questioned the vote count delayed

Early voting has exceeded 70 million, Trump questioned the vote count delayed

Republican President Donald Trump questioned the integrity of the US election again on Tuesday (27 October), saying it would be “inappropriate” to take extra time to count the tens of millions of ballots cast by mail in his race against Democrat Joe Biden. While Trump, who trails in national opinion polls, cast doubt on mail-in votes, Biden offered a message of unity in two rallies in the state of Georgia as part of a foray into traditional Republican territory with a week left to go before Election Day on 3…

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The focus of air quality in aircraft and viral transport risks

The focus of air quality in aircraft and viral transport risks

Air quality on flights is due to improve if the European Union agrees to back new safety standards. The fresh push for cleaner air comes as transport companies struggle to convince passengers their services are low risk in the ongoing spread of the coronavirus. New standards developed by the European Committee on Standardisation (CEN) over the course of the last five years aim to prevent plane passengers from being exposed to engine oil and hydraulic fumes during flight. A majority of aircraft compress air in their engines and then pump…

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Correcting plastic collection is considered vital to the success of chemical recycling

Correcting plastic collection is considered vital to the success of chemical recycling

Two billion people worldwide do not have access to proper waste collection services, leading to ever-growing plastic pollution in oceans and waterways, particularly in the global south. To recycle all plastics by 2040, 500,000 people would need to be connected every day to waste collection services across the world, according to estimates. Collecting used plastic is vital to create a circular economy in the industry and prevent fossil fuels from being used to produce new plastics. In Europe, only a third of post-consumer plastic waste is collected for recycling. 85%…

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Allow scientists to guide us in the fight against climate change

Allow scientists to guide us in the fight against climate change

Scientists have proved vital in the push to control COVID-19. We should also use their knowledge and expertise to tackle climate change, argues Alina Averchenkova. This year, as the coronavirus pandemic spread rapidly throughout the world, we were abruptly reminded of the importance of scientific expertise in ensuring the wellbeing of a society and developing informed policy response in the time of crisis. Citizens needed advice from the health experts – to help keep us safe from the ravages of COVID-19 and give hope for a return to normality. Politicians…

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Netherlands and Belgium implemented travelling ban as COVID-19 seems to enjoy revival

Netherlands and Belgium implemented travelling ban as COVID-19 seems to enjoy revival

Dutch people who still travel to Belgium are urgently advised to return to home quarantine for 10 days. For the time being, it is recommended to make only necessary trips to Belgium. At the end of September, the ministry already announced a colour code orange for Belgium. This opinion was only valid for the Belgian cities of Brussels and Antwerp. Entry restrictions were already in place for Dutch people travelling to Belgium. The Belgian government has classified all the Dutch provinces, with the exception of Zeeland, as red.

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