Shifting weather patterns expected through to the weekend

Shifting weather patterns expected through to the weekend

The rainy weather will move away from the east of the country on Thursday afternoon, leaving generally dry weather behind it, the Royal Meteorological Institute, IRM, said on Thursday around midday. A few showers coming in from the North Sea could, however, drift towards areas on the Dutch border. Temperatures will range between 10° and 11° in the Ardennes and 15° to 16° in the plains. The wind, blowing in from the northwest, will be moderate to quite high, with gusts of up to 60 km/hr. along the coast. The…

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Eight Belgian soldiers repatriated after brawl in Gabon

Eight Belgian soldiers repatriated after brawl in Gabon

Eight soldiers from Belgium’s light brigade who had been participating in Operation Tropical Storm in Gabon were repatriated over the weekend following a nightclub brawl, Het Laatste Nieuws and De Morgen dailies reported on Wednesday. The soldiers were airlifted to Melsbroek on board a C-130. The incident, in which Gabonese civilians were injured, occurred on the night of Friday to Saturday in a nightclub in Libreville. The fight was reportedly between members of Belgium’s Tielen Parachutists and French military, according to La Dernière Heure daily. Judging from the amount of…

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Switching to e-cigarettes can save millions of lives

Switching to e-cigarettes can save millions of lives

A general switch by tobacco smokers to electronic cigarettes could reduce tobacco-related deaths in the United States by a quarter by the year 2100, according to a study published on Tuesday. In terms of numbers, this means 6.6 million deaths could be avoided, the study noted. The debate on the possible harmful effects of electronic cigarettes on health has not yet been settled, even if many experts stress that it is less dangerous than tobacco. The authors of the study, published in the Tobacco Control magazine, base their projections on…

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Rachid Madrane worried about radicalism in sports clubs

Rachid Madrane worried about radicalism in sports clubs

The Minister for Assistance for Youth and Sports of the Wallonia Brussels Federation, Rachid Madrane, said on Monday in La Libre Belgique that he had previously been stopped and questioned by the authorities. This was in respect of radicalisation in sports clubs. Mr Madrane indicated, “This abuse, although limited, does indeed appear to exist. This is, in particular, the case in clandestine locations, where combat training takes place. Such training is used both to recruit and radicalise youngsters.” He does, however, guard against “generalising” but asks that everyone “be attentive…

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Over 2,750 sign up to save Stock Exchange from becoming beer temple

Over 2,750 sign up to save Stock Exchange from becoming beer temple

The “Let’s Save the Stock Exchange” petition against a plan to set up a beer temple in the Stock Exchange building in Brussels has obtained more than 2,750 signatures in one week, its initiators announced on Thursday. In late August, the City of Brussels launched a public inquiry into the plan to transform the building into a beer temple in collaboration with AB InBEV, a Belgian-Brazilian industrial beer company. The inquiry ends on Friday and the consultation commission has been scheduled for the 11th of October. In the petition, the…

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Ryanair: New cancellations from November to March; some 400,000 passengers affected

Ryanair: New cancellations from November to March; some 400,000 passengers affected

Ryanair announced on Wednesday the cancellation of new flights between November 2017 and March 2018, which will affect some 400,000 persons. The airline will be operating with 25 fewer planes until March next. The low-cost Irish carrier says that the measures will enable it to avoid other cancellations linked to the working hours of its pilots and cabin crews. The slower growth during the winter season will allow it to have more planes and crews in reserve at its 86 different bases, Ryanair explained. Fewer than 1% of the 50…

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Ecologists deplore continuity between past and present governments

Ecologists deplore continuity between past and present governments

The Wallonia Region’s 2018 budget reflects a strong continuity between the choices of the current MR-cdH Government and those of its predecessor, the head of the Ecolo Party in the Walloon parliament, Stephane Hazée, said on Monday, one day after the end of budget deliberations on Sunday. “This is particularly striking on ecological issues, where an absence of real investment and commitments can be observed,” Hazée said in a commission of the Walloon parliament. “That’s also the case when one sees that the Government is tightening the screws on public…

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Affected Ryanair passengers can lodge complaints – Minister Bellot

Affected Ryanair passengers can lodge complaints – Minister Bellot

Reacting to plans by the low-cost carrier, Ryanair, to cut at least 2,000 flights by the end of October, the Minister of Mobility, François Bellot, and the Mobility Federal Public Service (FPS) recalled on Friday that affected passengers could file complaints with the Department. Contacting Ryanair is, however, the first step to take. “Since 2005, for any means of travel whatsoever, passengers’ rights are in force throughout the European Union,” the Minister and the Department recalled. “In our country, the Mobility and Transport FPS monitors the rights of passengers and…

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Almost all products contaminated with Fipronil have been withdrawn

Almost all products contaminated with Fipronil have been withdrawn

The Agency for Food Chain Safety (“the AFSCA”) has currently carried out 3,085 checks in Belgium’s distribution sector. This follows the contamination of eggs with Fipronil, discovered at the beginning of June. This update has been confirmed by the agency in a communiqué on Thursday. These checks showed that in 99% of cases, the products requiring withdrawal had been removed from the shelves. Around 20 offences have been picked up. The AFSCA says that a report was prepared for each offence and all such offences have been followed up. Moreover…

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“The unemployed over 50 will not all be spared”

“The unemployed over 50 will not all be spared”

Some unemployed, who are over 50, will be greatly affected by the federal government’s pension reforms. The FGTB (Socialist trade union) said on Monday that this will in particular be the case for three categories. These are the unemployed over 50, who have worked for more than 45 years, those taking early retirement having worked for more than 45 years, and a large proportion of those over 50 taking early retirement. It is worth noting that the federal government had put forward the idea that some pensions could be reduced,…

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