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Social distancing among Antwerp shoppers focus of new study

Everyone has been told to maintain a 1.5m distance when out and about, but has the message really got through? And if it has, how long will people follow the advice? This is what researchers at Antwerp University intend to find out, by applying artificial intelligence to crowds in the city’s Meir...

Neopren face masks

Made of neopren and cotton (neopren on the outside, cotton on the inside), these masks nicely fit the face and are extremely easy to use (no fiddling with strings, no ironing needed, fast drying, can be washed in 90 degrees).You can also easily breathe in them.They come in two sizes (M&L)

Petitions demand removal of Leopold II statues in wake of US riots

Two petitions to remove statues of King Leopold II are quickly gaining signatures. While one of them covers all monuments dedicated to Belgium’s former king in Brussels-City, the other is focused on one bust in Halle. The petitions have arrived in the wake of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which...

Coronavirus in Belgium: What changes on 8 June

Meals out, gym sessions and daytrips are back on the agenda , as Belgium will begin "phase 3" in the easing of its coronavirus restrictions from Monday 8 June, prime minister Sophie Wilmès has confirmed. The rules on social contacts outside your home have been eased. The previous rule of four...

Coronavirus: Print your smile on to a facemask

Wearing a mask, no one can see you smile. So two Belgian entrepreneurs have come up with a solution. Charles de Bellefroid and Amaury de Broux are working with hospitals, businesses and individuals to supply personalised masks, printed with a photo of your smile. "We wanted to give people a smile...

SNCB fined for exposing staff to toxic substance

Belgian rail operator SNCB has been fined €210,000 for exposing staff to a toxic substance for a year and a half, during renovation works. About 60 engineers had sued the company after they discovered in February 2016 that they had been exposed to chromium trioxide while they worked on renovating...

Public transport users reluctant to hop back on board

Some 39% of public transport users in Belgium do not want to get back on the metro, according to a study carried out by VUB. The university questioned commuters about their current and future modes of transport as the coronavirus measures are being relaxed. Brussels’ metro seems to be the greatest...

Thousands sign petition to keep George Floyd train graffiti

More than 6,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Belgian rail operator SNCB not to remove a piece of graffiti honouring George Floyd, the African-American whose death in police custody last week has sparked unrest in the United States. Images of the graffiti went viral over the...

Kidnapped child returned to parents after six-week ordeal

A 13- year-old boy who was kidnapped by weaponed intruders from his home in Genk in April has been returned to his family. The boy endured six weeks of captivity before being dropped off on Sunday night one kilometre from his house. Police and the family had kept the case out of the press and the...

'Come visit us, it's important': the Atomium reopens

Prime minister Sophie Wilmès, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz and Brussels mayor Philippe Close officially reopened the Atomium on Monday, in a ceremony filled with symbolism and hope. The pre-eminent symbol of Belgium was saluted and acknowledged by leaders of all the levels of government and...

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