Police in Antwerp targeted with fireworks during New Year’s Eve

Police in Antwerp targeted with fireworks during New Year’s Eve

Antwerp police had to intervene in several places around the city on New Year’s Eve. In total, 58 people were arrested, according to Belga News Agency. Several fires were also set off throughout the city. In the commune of Berchem, modeps, cars and bus shelters were destroyed. Due to the widespread unrest, Antwerp police said they were unable to check whether all restaurants respected the mandatory closing time of 11 pm. “We believe this rule was well respected overall, because there were a lot of people on the streets after…

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2021 one of the rainiest year in history in Belgium

2021 one of the rainiest year in history in Belgium

2021 was slightly colder than average in Belgium, according to observations by the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI) in Uccle, Brussels. Globally however, the World Meteorological Organization noted that 2021 was the 6th warmest year in history, according to Belga News Agency. Throughout the year, temperatures did not exceed 29.5°C, RMI furthermore noted. A lower value than this was recorded only back in 1988. In addition, no heat waves were recorded, which ends a six-year heat wave streak. Heavy rain and floods The past year has also been characterized by high…

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Woman in Liège bites the arm of police officer during New Year’s Eve

Woman in Liège bites the arm of police officer during New Year’s Eve

A woman was arrested on New Year’s Eve after biting the arm of a police officer, a spokesperson for the Liège Police office said on Saturday. Neighbours in an apartment building had called the police to complain about noise from one of the apartments. As police arrived on the scene, one of the women in the apartment bit the arm of one of the officers, according to Belga News Agency.

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Laboratory sues government over covid testing scheme

Laboratory sues government over covid testing scheme

Bionext laboratories is taking the Luxembourg government to court over what is claims is unfair competition in the large-scale testing programme. The laboratory already threatened legal action in June when the government turned the large-scale testing (LST) programme into an on-demand service. It now said the government didn’t comply with rules on calls for tender, granting emergency authorisation to Laboratoires Réunis for the first LST phase and then making it mandatory for competitors to use the Fast Tracks Diagnostics test kit to be eligible. Only Laboratoires Réunis used compatible technology,…

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Studying the secret lives of insects

Studying the secret lives of insects

It is not only humans who migrate to the grand duchy. Luxembourg’s Minett region is buzzing with expat insect species like the praying mantis, who thrive in this curious environment. Entomologist Raoul Gerend explains. Located in the heart of northern Europe, Luxembourg is not renowned for its good weather. And yet sub-Mediterranean insects are increasingly finding their way to the sun-soaked meadows and grassy hills of the country’s south. “A good example is the praying mantis,” says Raoul Gerend, a primary school teacher and passionate entomologist. “It was seen sporadically…

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US COVID Deaths at Lowest Level Since March 2020: Harvard, Stanford Professors Explain

US COVID Deaths at Lowest Level Since March 2020: Harvard, Stanford Professors Explain

If you judged the US’s current COVID-19 situation only by the headlines, you’d come away thinking that we’re spiraling back into pandemic disaster. Localities like Los Angeles County and St. Louis have reimposed mask mandates on their citizens, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just revised its “guidance” to say that, actually, fully vaccinated individuals should still wear masks in certain situations. Meanwhile, mainstream media coverage of the rise of the “Delta variant” is soaked in alarmism. Yet at the same time that all this alarm is mounting,…

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Call for candidates ‘Solidary refrigerators’

Call for candidates ‘Solidary refrigerators’

The Be Cool Support Team offers support to all organizations, associations, companies or persons who want to open a ‘Solidary refrigerator’ in the Brussels Capital Region. Candidates should apply before the end of September 2021. At the end of 2013, the first ‘Solidary refrigerator’ in Brussels was opened. Today, the Brussels Region already has 9 of them. The Be Cool Support Team wants to expand this network and is launching a call for candidates. What is a ‘Solidary refrigerator’? The concept of the’Solidary refrigerator’ stems from the concept of ‘Food…

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Norway to postpone end to COVID lockdown

Norway to postpone end to COVID lockdown

Norway postponed for a second time on Wednesday (28 July) a planned final step in the reopening of its economy from pandemic lockdown, due to the continued spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19, the government said, writes Terje Solsvik, Reuters. Measures that will be kept in place to halt the spread of COVID-19 include bars and restaurants being limited to table service and limits of 20 people on gatherings in private homes. The government in April launched a four-step plan to gradually remove most pandemic restrictions, and had completed…

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France launches investigation into Pegasus spying allegations

France launches investigation into Pegasus spying allegations

The French government said on Thursday (22 July) that it had launched an investigation into allegations that Morocco mounted surveillance of President Emmanuel Macron’s mobile phone using the Israeli Pegasus software. “The President of the Republic is following this Pegasus file as closely as possible,” with “an exceptional defence council,” government spokesperson Gabriel Attal told broadcaster France Inter. “A number of cell phones, politicians, journalists have been targeted, and this investigation does not say whether these phones were all actually infected, whether data was removed from them. So that’s what…

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COVID-19 travel certificate rolled out in Belgium

COVID-19 travel certificate rolled out in Belgium

A COVID-19 travel certificate expected to greatly simplify travel within the EU has been made available in Belgium from Wednesday (16 June), the country’s authorities confirmed. The “European digital COVID certificate”, referred to in Belgium as the COVID certificate, is a document obtained at no cost and recognised throughout the European Union to facilitate travel abroad, whether business trips or tourist stays. It contains data as to the person’s COVID-19 vaccination status, current negative PCR test, or confirmation that the person has recently recovered from the disease. It will be…

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