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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Corruption leading to Biden: the corrupt connection between the US presidential administration and Ukraine

Corruption leading to Biden: the corrupt connection between the US presidential administration and Ukraine

The United States may be the world’s largest donor to democracy. They sponsor a large number of anti-corruption programs. However, in recent years, the American pillar of democracy has begun to show its cracks. And strangely enough this could be a result of the relations in the US President’s administration. On June 2, 2021, Press Club Brussels Europe hosted a presentation of a documentary film by British journalists, “A LOT OF HOT AIR. Who’s telling the truth in the Burisma gas scandal?” It covers how the Ukrainian company Burisma, with…

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Rethink Nature

Rethink Nature

Be among the first ones to view art created as part of the European month of photography (EMoP) exhibition in Luxembourg. Rethinking nature and landscapes forms the basis of the eight edition of the European Month of Photography in Luxembourg. The themed exhibition questions man’s relationship with nature and explores political, ecological and artistic changes in society through the eyes of photography, while amplifying the global and environmental focus of previous editions. A select number of 50 artists worked with the chosen theme and the works of five artists were…

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Five million Belgians are vaccinated with at least one dose

Five million Belgians are vaccinated with at least one dose

Vaccines: Over five million Belgians have gotten their first dose. Over five million persons in Belgium have received at least a first dose of a vaccine against the Coronavirus (COVID-19), according to data published on Sunday on the website of the Sciensano public health institute. Half of this number, about 27.1% of the adult population, also received a second dose. Fewer than 1,000 persons infected with COVID-19 are still hospitalised in Belgium, a level lower than any other tally since early October. The exact number was 979 on Saturday, 19%…

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