Bees to be used for situational analysis of pollution in Brussels

Bees to be used for situational analysis of pollution in Brussels

The environment of the Brussels-Capital Region will from now on be monitored by bees. The announcement was made Thursday by the social responsibility company BeeOdiversity. Supported by Brussels companies, the project already has some 10 “surveillance sites”, and the aim is to have about 15 in order to be able to map over 80% of the region’s area through the Bee Index. The advantage of bees compared to traditional means of environmental surveillance is that they are not limited to an area reduced in size, making it possible to collect…

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Government gains Parliament’s confidence following a tense week

Government gains Parliament’s confidence following a tense week

The Government finally obtained the confidence of the Chamber after a week of tension within the majority. The majority had been divided on budget perspectives. The motion comes with the majority against the opposition, five days after the planned deadline. Michel’s team ended up agreeing Friday night on a 2016 budget playing with the 3% deficit mark, a debt rate above 100% of GDP, but with perspectives for 2017 which allow presenting to the European Commission an improvement in the structural balance of 1.2% of GDP in 2016 and 2017….

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Friendship can’t move mountain for Norway and Finland

Friendship can’t move mountain for Norway and Finland

The Norwegian government has resisted public pressure to offer a mountain summit to neighbouring Finland as part of its independence centenary celebrations. As a present to their Finnish neighbours, celebrating their independence since 1917, a group of Norwegians had proposed giving them the peak of the 1,361-metre high Mount Halti. The gift would have been a neat way of correcting a geographical incongruity, as the Finnish border in the area is situated most of the way up the mountainside at an altitude of 1,324 metres. A Facebook campaign to hand…

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Federal Prosecutor’s Office says IS incite young recruits to stay and perpetrate attacks in Belgium

Federal Prosecutor’s Office says IS incite young recruits to stay and perpetrate attacks in Belgium

The Islamic State terrorist group (IS) “are currently not looking to send youngsters to Syria but for them to stay where they are, to spread death and destruction.” This is the view of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office spokesman, Eric Van der Sypt, today (Wednesday) in Het Nieuwsblad. He says that this raises “both a new trend and a new IS tactic.” Mr Van der Sypt goes on in the interview, which also features in La Dernière Heure, “Increasingly ‘radicalism’ cases relate to minors (boys or girls in the 16-17 year…

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Sleaze and drama swirl at US presidential debate

Sleaze and drama swirl at US presidential debate

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump went toe to toe Sunday in their second presidential debate, clashing over crude remarks by the billionaire Republican — who vowed that if elected he would jail his opponent over her email use as a secretary of state. Trump dredges up Bill Clinton After holding his tongue in the first debate, Trump assailed Clinton’s husband Bill, reminding television viewers about a string of accusations of sexual misconduct, including one of rape, leveled against the former president decades ago. Fighting the backlash against his 2005 hot…

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Clinton draws record crowd as Trump flounders

Clinton draws record crowd as Trump flounders

An invigorated Hillary Clinton commanded a record crowd of more than 10,000 supporters Monday, leaving Donald Trump floundering as America’s top elected Republican all but conceded the White House. The former secretary of state looking to make history as America’s first woman commander-in-chief held an evening rally at Ohio State University ahead of the state’s deadline to register to vote Tuesday. The turnout marked a record for her campaign, with Trump teetering on the precipice after damaging revelations of his lewd comments about women. The Clinton camp estimated the size…

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Cartooning: “Prix de l’humeur vache” goes to the Israeli Kichka and Moroccan Gueddar

Cartooning: “Prix de l’humeur vache” goes to the Israeli Kichka and Moroccan Gueddar

The “Prix de l’humeur vache” was awarded to Belgian-Israeli Michel Kichka and Moroccan Khalid Gueddar. It was awarded at the Caricature Salon in Saint-Just-le-Martel in the centre of France. “Our idea is to celebrate two artists living on opposite sides of the Mediterranean, during these times of high tension. They are fighting the same good fight, peace”, declared Gérard Vandenbroucke. He is the President of the Salon for Caricature, drawings and press cartoons, held in Limousin. Michel Kichka, of Belgian origin, lives in Jerusalem. “In the current climate, with the…

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More jobs in the hotel and catering industry despite electronic check-outs

More jobs in the hotel and catering industry despite electronic check-outs

The number of jobs recorded in the hotel and catering industry increased by 2.2% during the first three months of the year, compared to the same period a year earlier. This is reported on Monday in Het Laatste Nieuws and De Morgen, on the basis of data from National Office for Social Security. According to figures released from the Office, 126,004 individuals were working in the hotel and catering trade in the first quarter of 2016, compared to 123,334 a year earlier. Going further back, this compares to 120,902 at…

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Tony Blair considering future role in British politics

Tony Blair considering future role in British politics

Tony Blair has said he feels “strongly” about the state of British politics and is considering whether there is a “role” for him in the future. The former Labour prime minister told Esquire magazine he was concerned Britain had become a “one-party state”. He said the public faced a choice between a government pursuing a “hard Brexit” and an “ultra-left” Labour Party whose policies were out of date. Mr Blair quit frontline UK politics after leaving power in 2007. He won three elections as prime minister after helping to transform…

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Brussels attacks – exemption from succession laws for victims’ loved ones

Brussels attacks – exemption from succession laws for victims’ loved ones

The loved ones of victims of attacks will shortly be exempt from the normal Belgian succession laws. The Flemish and Brussels governments are currently discussing draft laws in this sphere. This is being reported in L’Echo today (Wednesday). In Wallonia, has already had this form of exemption since 2013. It was adopted following the killing in Place Saint-Lambert in December 2011, which caused six deaths. The Brussels Finance Minister, Guy Vanhengel, (of the Open Vld) announced on Monday, during a parliamentary committee, that a proposed order would be tabled very…

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