Telecommute, avoid unnecessary travel on Tuesday, Touring advises

Telecommute, avoid unnecessary travel on Tuesday, Touring advises

With heavy snowfall forecast for Tuesday, the Touring mobility organisation recommends telecommuting and postponing or even cancelling unnecessary travel. The snowfall risks disturbing rush-hour traffic in particular, it said on Monday. The Royal Meteorological Institute (IRM) forecasts two to three centimetres of snow on Tuesday throughout the country. The disturbance will reach western Belgium in the morning, before moving eastward, then out of the country by the end of the day. Touring thus advises the population to telecommute and avoid non-urgent travel. “We shall mobilise more patrollers on the roads…

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‘Health for everyone, everywhere’ at the heart of the cdH campaign

‘Health for everyone, everywhere’ at the heart of the cdH campaign

‘Health for everyone, everywhere’ will be at the heart of the Humanist Democratic Centre (cdH)’s electoral campaign in May next, cdH legislators in Wallonia’s parliament said on Wednesday as they presented their best wishes to the press in a context marked by the announcement of the resignation of party leader Benoît Lutgen. “Health is a sector that has suffered greatly in this legislature whereas the needs of the population are greater and greater,” the head of the cdH group in the Walloon parliament, Dimitri Fourny, said. As a result, the…

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Brussels Airport acquires the Sheraton Airport Hotel

Brussels Airport acquires the Sheraton Airport Hotel

Brussels Airport Company (“BAC”) has signed an agreement to acquire Airhotel Belgium SPRL, the private limited company which owns the Sheraton hotel at Brussels Airport. The airport company itself made the deal known on Wednesday in a communiqué. The hotel, which is located immediately opposite the terminal building, has 294 bedrooms, 21 conference rooms with a maximum capacity of 1,500 people, a restaurant, a fitness centre and a car park. Brussels Airport confirms that employees of the Sheraton hotel will be unaffected by the takeover, the price of which has…

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10 minutes maximum drop-off at Brussels Airport

10 minutes maximum drop-off at Brussels Airport

Starting February 6, ten minutes maximum will be applied in the drop-off zone at Brussels Airport, the Airport authorities announced Monday. Thirty minutes free parking will also be available in car parks P1, P2 and P3 for those with a Pcard+ parking pass. A free Pcard+ card can be requested online. Without the card, 30-minute parking will cost 2 euros. This measure aims at de-stressing drivers who drop off or meet passengers. The exact time at which passengers arrive in the arrivals hall may vary, depending on possible passport control,…

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Brussels terror attacks: Victims learn of medical reports theft from media

Brussels terror attacks: Victims learn of medical reports theft from media

The Federal Prosecutor’s Office regrets that victims of the Brussels attacks which took place on 22 March 2016, and their families, have learned of the theft of medical and autopsy reports through the press. Eric Van Duyse, the spokesman for the Federal Prosecutor’s Office, indicated, “We would have liked to have informed [the victims] first, but the media concerned did not ask the question.” The theft has no consequences for the investigation into the attacks. Last Thursday, a man stole a hard disk from the office of a forensic medical…

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Fusing the police departments is the “only solution” to violence in Brussels

Fusing the police departments is the “only solution” to violence in Brussels

Fusing the police departments is the “only solution” to the violence that marred New Year’s celebrations in Brussels, the new Home Affairs minister Pieter De Crem told VTM on Sunday. One Molenbeek commune in particular saw incidents of serious violence such as vehicles being set on fire, windows being smashed, law enforcement being obstructed. A pharmacy was looted. The CD&V minister has previously criticised the police’s lack of planning. “A unified Brussels police department is the only solution: a unified command would be able to better evaluate and prepare for…

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Punishments of one and two years requested for unrest during “gilet jaunes” protests

Punishments of one and two years requested for unrest during “gilet jaunes” protests

The Public Prosecutor’s Office has requested, before the Brussels Criminal Court, prison sentences of one and two years for three men. They are suspected of being involved in acts of violence, during the so-called “gilets jaunes” (“yellow vests”) demonstrations, on 30 November and 8 December in Brussels. All three are suspected of throwing stones at policemen. One of them may also have destroyed a set of traffic lights, whilst another is thought to have injured a policeman whilst being questioned. The three defendants are arguing to receive community service sentences….

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A good year for Brussels’ Comic Art Museum

A good year for Brussels’ Comic Art Museum

2018 was a very successful year indeed for the Comic Art Museum. During last year, no fewer than 232,000 visited the museum that opened 30 years ago this year. The museum is located in the Zandstraat in the heart of Brussels. Last year visitor numbers were up by 14% compared with 2017. Half as many visitors again visited the museum last year compared with 2016 when visitor numbers were adversely affected by the terrorist attacks in March of that year. The museum’s director Willem De Grave told VRT Radio 2…

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Criminal organization from Dnipro city contributed to autocephaly of Ukrainian Church

Criminal organization from Dnipro city contributed to autocephaly of Ukrainian Church

The Dnieper mafia collected money for Patriarch Bartholomew to sign the tomos on autocephaly. On April 20, 2018, along with the appeals of the Ukrainian authorities and schismatic hierarchs for the bestowal of autocephaly, the Ukrainian delegation handed over $25 million to Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. This money was collected by the Dnieper criminal gang headed by Alexander Petrovsky (Nalekreshvili, known among the criminals by the nickname of Narik, i.e. addict). Alexander Petrovsky officially was included in the records of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine as the head…

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Fewer people received unemployment benefits this year

Fewer people received unemployment benefits this year

The number of jobseekers in Belgium receiving unemployment benefits in November was 332,667, a decrease of 20,856 units or 5.9% over November 2017, according to statistics published on Friday by the National Employment Office, ONEM. Full unemployment decreased faster among women than among men in the same period. For women it went down by 9,909 units or 6.2%, while the drop for men was 10,947 units or 5.6%. Full unemployment among young people under the age of 25 went down by 12.3% (3,661 units) as against 7.2% (14,392 units) for…

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