Brussels Times: Tracing Belgian family trees made easier by massive new archive

Brussels Times: Tracing Belgian family trees made easier by massive new archive. “On this new platform, you can search for useful sources to learn more about your ancestors, provided they lived in Belgium. In total, millions of pages of documents have been digitised: birth, baptism, marriage, death or burial certificates, as well as all the registers (called decennial tables) that list these documents. You will be able to browse more easily through no less than 28,527 parish registers and 36,780 civil registers, which have a total of 2.2 million pages. Consultation of these digitised archives is free of charge, but limited to ten downloads per day.”

Brussels Times: Influencer advertising on social media to include ‘trust label’ in Belgium

Brussels Times: Influencer advertising on social media to include ‘trust label’ in Belgium. “On Friday, the Belgian e-commerce federation BeCommerce launched a trust label for online safety certifications that are specific to online advertising undertaken by influencers. Influencers will have to comply with European directives and those of the FPS Economy to obtain it.”

Mixmag: Charlotte De Witte’s Label KNTXT Launches New Archive Dedicated To ‘90s Belgian Nightlife

Mixmag: Charlotte De Witte’s Label KNTXT Launches New Archive Dedicated To ‘90s Belgian Nightlife. “Charlotte de Witte’s label KNTXT has curated a brand new archive charting the history of Belgian nightlife through the late ‘80s and ‘90s. Époque promises to ‘bootleg, document and pay tribute to Belgian discotheque culture’ through photographs, flyers, stories, and other memoirs from Belgium’s clubbing heyday.”

France24: Clashes erupt in Brussels as tens of thousands protest Covid rules

France24: Clashes erupt in Brussels as tens of thousands protest Covid rules. “Police fired water cannon and tear gas Sunday at stone-throwing protesters after tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through Brussels against Covid-19 rules. Authorities estimated that around 50,000 people paraded through the Belgian capital — the largest in a spate of protests in the city over the past months.”

Deutsche Welle: Hippos with runny noses test positive for COVID-19 at Belgian zoo

Deutsche Welle: Hippos with runny noses test positive for COVID-19 at Belgian zoo. “Two hippos at Antwerp Zoo have tested positive for the coronavirus, Belgian media reported on Friday. While stressing that Hermien’s and Imani’s lives do not appear to be in danger, veterinarian Francis Vercammen said they were ‘expelling snot’ which prompted the animal medic to probe further.”

‘Worse than the worst-case scenario’: Belgium tightens coronavirus rules (Politico Europe)

Politico Europe: ‘Worse than the worst-case scenario’: Belgium tightens coronavirus rules. “New testing centers will be opened and from December 2, a new website will serve as a substitute for the overwhelmed contact-and-tracing service. Working from home will be compulsory four days a week until December 19 — as opposed to December 12. From December 20, teleworking will be compulsory three days a week.”

Covid-19: Once vaccinated, details go on a Belgian online database (Brussels Times)

Brussels Times: Covid-19: Once vaccinated, details go on a Belgian online database. “The storage of data of anyone who has been vaccinated is being described as a service for the public, to allow them to present a certificate of vaccination to anyone who may demand it. Examples include the authorities of other countries who require visitors to show a certificate to enter the territory and escape quarantine.”

Washington Post: Amid covid-19 surge in Belgium, doctors and nurses asked to keep working after testing positive

Washington Post: Amid covid-19 surge in Belgium, doctors and nurses asked to keep working after testing positive. “Well into Europe’s second wave of the coronavirus, so many Belgians are sick or quarantining that there aren’t enough police on the streets, teachers in classrooms or medical staff in hospitals. In some hospitals, doctors and nurses who have tested positive but don’t have symptoms are being asked to keep working, because so many others are out sick with covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. School principals are marshaling secretaries and parent volunteers to replace falling ranks of teachers.”