Delivery robots soon to come to Brussels…

Delivery robots soon to come to Brussels…

Starship Technologies company was founded in 2014 by Janus Friis and Ahti Heinla. They are well known as people behind the Skype. Starship Tech. is focused on robotics. It is a technology company building fleets of self-driving delivery robots designed to deliver goods locally within 30 minutes. The robots drive autonomously 99% of the time to make safe and environmentally friendly curb-side deliveries from a local hub. Starship’s relatively small wheeled delivery bots have been in testing in select cities in 12 countries during the last nine months already, but…

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Former owners of Yukos are unhappy with Belgium government

Former owners of Yukos are unhappy with Belgium government

There is little doubt that every “privatization” accomplished in Russia during the 1990-2000 is more or less unlawful. But one case is very special – the Yukos case. Participation of international buyers and investors from the US is what makes it very special mix of genuine corruption, oligarchy games and Russian state power-play. The former owners of the oil giant Yukos have accused the Belgian government of caving in to “bullying” by the Kremlin after it attempted to block court moves to seize Russian state assets. In filings to a…

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France will get the very own Home Security

France will get the very own Home Security

If some office is not working properly it should be made bigger, stronger and more dependent on the common structures. It is truly European way of thinking. French lawmakers say a parliamentary investigation found multiple intelligence failures before the series of Islamic terror attacks that killed 147 people in Paris last year, and are urging the creation of a U.S.-style counterterrorism agency, considers NYDN. Conservative legislator Georges Fenech, who headed the investigation commission, said all the attackers involved in the 2015 violence had been known to authorities. Some had past…

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Belgium Fines Catholic Nursing Home For Refusing To Kill People

Belgium Fines Catholic Nursing Home For Refusing To Kill People

A court in Belgium fined a Catholic nursing home for refusing to euthanize patients, thus opening the possibility that Catholic health facilities must comply with the country’s euthanasia laws or shut down. A civil case was brought against the St. Augustine Home in Diest by the family of Mariette Buntjens. Buntjens, a terminal cancer patient, was a guest at the facility until 2011, when she obtained permission from a medical board to end her life. Her family doctor was turned away by officials at the home when he came to…

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Juno arrives at Jupiter: ‘It’s the end of the voyage, but it’s the beginning of the science’

Juno arrives at Jupiter: ‘It’s the end of the voyage, but it’s the beginning of the science’

Should all go to plan, Juno’s instruments and camera could provide insights into the history of the solar system and return stunning images of the planet. A five-year, 1.4 billion-mile voyage has ended for the Juno space probe which has arrived in orbit around Jupiter in a historic moment for astronomy. The spacecraft, named after the Roman goddess, completed a high-stakes manoeuvre which saw it fire a rocket to slow its 150,000mph (250,000kph) approach to the planet. Cheers and applause erupted in mission control at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)…

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Catholic care home in Belgium fined for refusing euthanasia

Catholic care home in Belgium fined for refusing euthanasia

St Augustine rest home was fined €6,000 after it stopped doctors from giving a lethal injection to a 74-year-old woman Judges in Belgium have fined a Catholic nursing home for refusing to allow the euthanasia of a lung cancer sufferer on its premises. The St Augustine rest home in Diest was ordered to pay a total of €6,000 after it stopped doctors from giving a lethal injection to Mariette Buntjens. Days later, the 74-year-old woman was instead taken by ambulance to her private address to die “in peaceful surroundings”. Buntjens’…

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Jeremy Corbyn faces threat from key union as he clings to power

Jeremy Corbyn faces threat from key union as he clings to power

Jeremy Corbyn today faced the threat of losing backing from a key union as he battles to cling on to office. Delegates will meet for UNISON’s Labour Link Annual Conference in Newcastle on Thursday and Friday. Emergency motions are expected to be tabled with at least one raising concerns over him continuing as leader, though others are likely to be supportive. UNISON leader Dave Prentis has so far backed Mr Corbyn staying as Labour leader as the union adopted this position on the basis that he was democratically elected. But…

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AWACS will aid anti-Islamic State operations in a very strange way

AWACS will aid anti-Islamic State operations in a very strange way

Well known fact: ISIS is lacking the aviation. Well known fact: AWACS is primarily air-control radar plane. Do you wonder what help can deliver AWACS in the war with ISIS? Me too. But one NATO commander thinks different. NATO leaders will approve the use of AWACS surveillance aircraft to assist the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State extremist group, the alliance’s secretary-general said Monday. Jens Stoltenberg said he expects the alliance summit in Warsaw also to agree on a new role for NATO in the Central Mediterranean, where the European…

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Brussels set to give ‘peace building’ funds to armed forces

Brussels set to give ‘peace building’ funds to armed forces

Amendment could allow spending on military equipment and training to Africa and the Middle East. The EU is set to hand over funds earmarked for “peace building” and development to armed forces in Africa and the Middle East, overriding concerns from its legal services that such a move breaks the bloc’s laws. Brussels is proposing to change the rules of its €2.4bn “Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace”, which normally focuses on programmes such as maternity healthcare in Syria, to allow funds to be spent on military equipment and training…

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West Perth reservist joins tribute to heroes in France and Belgium

West Perth reservist joins tribute to heroes in France and Belgium

WEST Perth army reservist Captain Nicholas Mahr (27) is among 14 part-time soldiers from WA going to France and Belgium to commemorate the centenary of Western Front World War I battles at Fromelles and Pozières. “I see this trip as an opportunity to play my part in honouring the sacrifices made by those in World War I, and to represent my country on such an occasion will be something I will remember fondly for the rest of my life,” said Captain Mahr, who instructs gunnery at Irwin Barracks in Karrakatta….

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