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Tired of the lockdown? Get set for a high-class meal in Brussels and Antwerp

Tired of the lockdown? Get set for a high-class meal in Brussels and Antwerp

| April 28, 2020

Are you among the many who are getting restless with the  seemingly never-ending confinement? If so, that is perfectly understandably and a feeling that will be shared by people everywhere, writes Martin Banks. But spare a thought also for those whose jobs are directly on the line during the terrible health crisis. One of the sectors […]

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‘How will I breathe in 10 years?’ – The #MMVF debate deepens in France

‘How will I breathe in 10 years?’ – The #MMVF debate deepens in France

| April 7, 2020

France is the latest nation to witness citizens expressing concern over plants being built to manufacture Manmade Vitreous Fibres (MMVF) (pictured), or mineral wool as the insulation material is more commonly known. The wave of protests in France follows concern in the United States over pollution to the environment and health risks associated with mineral […]

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Thousands of Russian tourists taken hostage by Montenegrin authorities amid #COVID-19 spread

Thousands of Russian tourists taken hostage by Montenegrin authorities amid #COVID-19 spread

| March 24, 2020

A diplomatic scandal has erupted between Russia and Montenegro as the tiny Adriatic country refused to issue permits for flights from Montenegrin airports to bring back thousands of Russian tourists to their homeland amid the current COVID-19 outbreak, writes Martin Banks. Almost 2,000 Russians, including small children, had to spend three days in the streets […]

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Sales of British lamb soar despite #Brexit uncertainty

Sales of British lamb soar despite #Brexit uncertainty

| March 14, 2020

A Brexit “bounce” has boosted business in an unexpected area: sales of lamb to mainland Europe, writes Martin Banks. New figures show that exports of British lamb have actually grown despite the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit. Exports to Belgium were up by nine per cent last year compared with the previous 12 months, according to […]

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Legal battle shuts down #YzerChat messenger in UAE

Legal battle shuts down #YzerChat messenger in UAE

| March 10, 2020

Etisalat, one of two UAE national telecoms, says it is shutting down a popular local online call and messaging app YzerChat, writes Martin Banks. Khaleej Times, a daily English language newspaper published in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, reported, with reference to the official Etisalat announcement, that all functions of YzerChat were blocked on February 29, […]

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Restaurant review – Petit Pont Brussels

Restaurant review – Petit Pont Brussels

| February 19, 2020

It is always great to report on a booming business. At a time of continued problems facing the horeca sector there are, thankfully, some success stories, writes Martin Banks. One such example comes in the shape of Jean-Luc Colin who took over what, at the time, was a struggling restaurant business and, in the space […]

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Concerns raised in Austria over #MMVF

Concerns raised in Austria over #MMVF

| February 12, 2020

Austrian state television ORF has recently published an article describing manmade vitreous fibres (MMVF), also known as mineral wool, as being “as carcinogenic as asbestos’, unrecyclable and not even suitable for incineration, but instead piling up on landfill sites, writes Martin Banks. The ORF article claims that, like asbestos, it is carcinogenic. The piece adds […]

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