Thursday, 12 August 2021
Here’s a question for you all to kick this off: do you really feel like you are as up to speed on the news as you feel you should be?
No? I think that’s pretty common, maybe even more so in the current situation. However, this isn’t entirely your fault.
Everything is changing so quickly that it can sometimes be difficult to even work out where to look to know what’s news.
Which brings me to my point:
According to an update on the Flemish government website, the pass issued by the British National Health Service (NHS pass) can now be ‘read and verified’ by the Belgian authorities.
That’s less clear, and with a significant number of other official websites still saying they are not, it’s difficult to plan.
So, here we are. Still in the dark, but we’re used to that now.
What do you think? Let @johnstonjules know.
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Asylum and migration minister Sammy Mahdi (CD&V) is refusing to follow the example of Germany and the Netherlands, two neighbours who have suspended the forced return of Afghan refugees refused asylum. Read more.
Researchers from the two Brussels universities VUB and ULB have succeeded in extracting particles of gold, platinum, and other metals from the sewers of the city. Read more.
In Germany, 8,577 people have to be vaccinated against the coronavirus again, because a nurse likely gave them a saline solution instead of a vaccine, according to reports in local news. Read more.
Flanders is offering housing to Walloon flood victims, using available space in assisted living facilities in Limburg and Flemish Brabant, according to various reports in Belgian media. Read more.
A group of Brussels citizens has formed a collective to address the issue of illegally-parked Bpost couriers in the Belgian capital, and they’ve come prepared with evidence of how extensive the problem is. Read more.
Barely half of all packaged food samples tested by inspectors contained the quantity of product indicated on the ticket, according to the finance ministry. Read more.
Air Belgium has announced that it will refuse to board passengers travelling to Martinique and Guadeloupe for tourism purposes in response to the resurgence of the Covid-19 in the French West Indies. Read more.