It has been reported that there is a problem in the supply of 200 items of medicine in Belgium, from antibiotics to cold medicines, from corticosteroids to some syrups that relieve pain and fever for children.
In the news in the Belgian press, it was stated that some drugs could not be found in many pharmacies across the country.
It was stated that the source of the problem in the supply of drugs is the increasing demand, the problems in production in China, the production problems caused by the inflation and the increase in energy costs.
It was noted that some of the items that were not found included some antibiotics, cold medicines, corticosteroids, some sprays, some pain relievers and antipyretic syrups for children.
It has been reported that Belgian pharmacists sometimes recommend generic drugs to patients instead of drugs that cannot be found, or prepare the drugs themselves.
It was stated that the drug shortage in Belgium, which has been going on for a few months, emerged due to the increase in demand, especially with the increase in the flu epidemic.
3rd mass strike against pension reform begins in France
With the start of the third of the mass strikes against the controversial pension reform in France, services in many sectors have been disrupted in the country.
While the government continues to discuss the draft law on the reform, which envisages raising the retirement age from 62 to 64, in the National Assembly, the third major strike against this reform started with the participation of many unions, especially the General Business Union (CGT).
According to the news in the French press, employees of basic service sectors, including energy, transportation, refinery and shipyard workers, joined the strike in many cities, especially in Paris.
Key Sectors Stoped
As part of the strikes, where protests are expected across the country, the electricity production of EDF, France’s main energy provider, was reduced by 2,500 megawatts. While most of the train, metro and bus services were canceled, many kilometers of queues formed on the roads due to the traffic of more vehicles.
The French General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGAC) has called on airline companies to cancel one of 5 flights at Paris Airport due to the controllers’ strike. On the other hand, teachers and students across the country joined the strike in support.
Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced that 11 thousand police and gendarmerie were deployed across the country, 4,000 of them in Paris, due to today’s strikes and demonstrations.
Controversial Pension Reform
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne announced the content of the pension reform, which is among the election promises of President Emmanuel Macron on January 10.
Stating that in the country where the retirement age is 62, the legal retirement age will be gradually increased by 3 months every year and will be increased to 64 in 2030, starting from September 1, and noted that in 2027, it will be a requirement to pay premiums for 43 years in order to receive the full pension.
Millions of people staged strikes and protests across the country on January 19 and 31 against the controversial reform.
Teacher fired in Belgium for allegedly selling drugs to students
A teacher reportedly selling drugs to students in Aalst, Belgium, has been fired. The prosecutor’s office launched an investigation against the teacher.
According to the news in the newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, an English teacher at the Visual Arts Academy in Aalst was fired for selling drugs to underage students.
According to the news, the school administration determined last week that a 50-year-old English teacher who was teaching at the school temporarily sold drugs to underage students. However, it is not yet known how many students and how many drugs the teacher sold.
According to the newspaper, while the school administration started an investigation within itself, the incident was also transferred to the police and the prosecutor’s office, and an investigation was launched against the teacher.
Aalst Mayor Christoph D’Haese (N-VA) made a statement to the press on the subject and stated that the investigation is continuing, so it is not possible to give more details about the incident.
The Belgian couple, who refused to buy tickets for their babies, left the child at check-in
A couple who came to Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport to fly to Belgium tried to board the plane, leaving their baby near the check-in counter.
When a mother and father, who were preparing to fly to Belgium from Tel Aviv, Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport, refused to buy tickets for their baby, they attempted an unbelievable task. The couple, who tried to board the plane by leaving their babies at the check-in counter, were detained by the police teams.
The couple, who wanted to fly to Belgium’s Charleroi airport with Ryanair, refused to buy tickets for their son, who was in the stroller. According to Israeli media, officials asked the family either to buy a child seat for 25 euros or to buy a separate seat. However, the couple denied this.
After arguing with the staff at the check-in counter, the couple left their babies here and went to the checkpoint. Surprised by this situation, the officers immediately informed the police. The police detained the parents in the passport control section.
“I have never encountered such an event in my life”
In a statement to the Israeli press, the airline company official said that he had never encountered such an event in his life and said that he could not believe what he saw.
In a short cell phone video that was reportedly recorded at the airport, a woman looked at the baby in the stroller and said in Hebrew, “She left him here, I swear!” seems to say.
About 10 percent of the people in Belgium suffer from financial difficulties
According to a survey conducted in Belgium, about 10 percent of the population is unable to meet their standard of living financially and socially.
According to the statement made by Statbel, the Belgian Bureau of Statistics, based on the preliminary results obtained from the EU-SILC survey, approximately 1 million people lived in “material and social deprivation” in 2022. According to the statement, approximately one out of every ten people has financial difficulties in heating their house, meeting an unexpected bill, meeting with their friends to socialize and even being unable to afford it.
The study asked more than 6,700 families about their social relationships and thirteen expenses they could or could not afford. According to the researchers, those who could not afford five of the stated expenses were considered to be “living in material and social deprivation”. According to the results obtained from this criterion, 9.5 percent of the Belgian population lives in financial difficulties, cannot pay some of their bills and cannot socialize.
The results showed that there were differences by region. For example, 5.4 percent of the people living in the Flemish region are unable to afford their expenses, while this rate is 14.4 percent in the Walloon Region and 17.5 percent in the Brussels Region.
The statistics obtained showed that the energy crisis had serious consequences for some households. 5.1 percent of the participants stated that they do not have enough financial means to heat their house. In addition, the rate of those who could not pay an unexpected expense of 1300 Euro was seen as 22.7 percent.
While 20.8 percent of the participants stated that they could not go on holiday (at least) for one week a year due to financial reasons, one out of every 8 employees stated that they could not afford a one-week vacation.
The rate of those who stated that they could not get together with their friends due to financial reasons in order to socialize with the environment was 8.6 percent, and the rate of those who could not attend any activities to be held in their spare time was 10.6 percent.
Plastic warning in Heilemann brand chocolates in Germany: Do not consume
It was stated that there were pieces of plastic in the Christmas-themed chocolates belonging to Heilemann sold in Germany. The products were taken off the shelves.
In the statement made by Confiserie Heilemann GmbH, it was stated that small plastic pieces were detected in the Christmas-themed chocolate packages and therefore the products were recalled. The company, headquartered in Allgäu, said the recall was a “precautionary measure”.
Consumers who previously purchased two different products that are subject to the recall were warned not to consume the products.
Heilemann Geschenkpackung „ Weihnachtsfiguren
Weight: 100 grams
Expiration date (MHD): 17.05.2023 and 17.08.2023
Heilemann „Weihnachtsfiguren“ (Weihnachtsmann, Glocke, Engel, Schaukelpferd und Tannenbaum)
Weight: 10 grams each
Expiration date (MHD): 05/11/2023, 05/12/2023 and 08/ 17/2023
The manufacturer states that Christmas-themed chocolates are sold at food retailers, various online platforms, and chocolate and candy stores across the country.
Consumers need to contact Heilemann customer service regarding purchased products and return conditions.
Company helpline can be reached by phone 08331 95750 between 08:00 – 16:00 Monday to Thursday and 8:00 – 13:00 on Friday.
Turkey-based earthquake devastated Syria: The number of dead and injured is increasing
In the earthquakes of 7.7 and 7.6 magnitude, the epicenter of which was Turkey, the number of deaths in various regions of Syria increased to 1782 and the number of injured to 3 thousand 749.
Search and rescue efforts continue in Syria, in the provinces of Idlib, Aleppo, Hama, Latakia and Tartus, which were affected by earthquakes.
According to the news of SANA, 812 people lost their lives and 1449 were injured in the regions under the control of the regime in the provinces of Aleppo, Latakia, Hama and Tartus.
Many buildings were destroyed or damaged in the opposition-controlled areas in northern Syria.
According to the information compiled by the AA correspondents in the field from the Syrian Human Rights Network (SNHR), Civil Defense (White Helmets), local authorities, health institutions and local sources, at least 970 people died in Syria’s Idlib, Euphrates Shield and Olive Branch operation regions. More than 300 people were injured.
Earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.7 and 7.6, the epicenter of which was Kahramanmaraş, caused great destruction in the provinces in question.
Abandoned baby found in grocery bag in Germany
In Germany, a baby was found in a shopping bag, left in the middle of the street. Police shared a photo of the bag and blanket to find the perpetrators.
A newborn baby boy was found abandoned in a supermarket bag on the street in Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany.
The baby, who was left in the middle of the street in front of a house on Sunday, was found by a 60-year-old woman, German police said on Friday.
A 60-year-old woman in the city of Braunschweig on her way home on Sunday noticed a prominent green shopping bag in front of a residential apartment building. The woman, who approached the bag, noticed that something was moving inside, and checked it, so she found the newborn baby.
The woman, who took the baby to her home, wrapped in blankets and sheets, and placed in the bag, then called the aid teams. It was learned that the condition of the baby, who was taken to the hospital by the teams that came home, is good.
Police said there was also a note with the baby, asking it to be put in the “baby compartment” where people can leave their babies anonymously.
In the announcement made by the police on Friday, photos of the supermarket bag containing the baby and the blanket in which the baby was wrapped were shared.
Thanks to the photos shared with the permission of the prosecutor’s office, the police are trying to reach eyewitnesses about the person who left the baby in front of the house and the green shopping bag.
In the police statement, it was stated that eyewitnesses or those who have information about the incident can contact the police by calling 0531-476 2516.
Search and rescue teams from around the world go to Turkey
After two earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.7 and 7.6, the epicenter of which was Kahramanmaraş, many countries of the world continue to send their expert teams to Turkey to participate in search and rescue efforts.
European Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic announced that 27 search and rescue and medical teams from 19 European countries have been mobilized to help Turkey after the earthquake.
European Crisis Management Commissioner Lenarcic made the following statements in his statement on his social media account:
“So far, through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, we have mobilized more than 1150 personnel and 70 search-and-rescue dogs and 27 search-and-rescue and medical teams from 19 European countries to help Turkey after the earthquake”
Lenarcic thanked Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, France, Greece, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Estonia, Spain, Malta, Slovakia, Portugal, Montenegro and Albania for their assistance.
The Italian Civil Protection Agency announced that a team of 50 firefighters and emergency personnel arrived in Adana this morning with relief supplies.
It was announced that the plane, carrying the mobile field hospital and 41 professional medical and non-medical personnel, departed from Heydar Aliyev International Airport by the instruction of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev. It was stated that tents, beds, heaters and other equipment were also found on the plane, which is expected to arrive in Adana with the organization of the Ministry of Emergencies.
Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar announced that India’s more than 50 search-and-rescue teams, along with specially trained dogs, drilling machines, support materials and medicines arrived in Adana this morning.
After the earthquakes, the epicenter of which was Kahramanmaraş, Israel also decided to send aid to Turkey.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) sent a team of 150 people to Turkey within the joint operations of the Israeli Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Golan Vach, head of the IDF’s National Rescue Division, said in a statement that one-third of the group consisted of administrative and intelligence personnel, while the remaining two-thirds were specialists in the fields of rescue, medicine and engineering. Noting that it was the 31st expedition of the rescue department, Vach stated that they received approval to establish a field hospital.
The Israeli official state Twitter account shared the message, “This team consists of Israeli men and women who are on the ground to support emergency relief efforts in Turkey. Join us to wish them good luck and a safe and successful mission.”
The Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia announced that in addition to the search and rescue teams sent during the daytime, new teams set out in the evening.
The ministry also announced that a field hospital was sent to be established in earthquake areas and said, “A field hospital that can be transported by air was sent to Turkey in order to provide assistance to earthquake victims directly in the disaster area. More than 40 specialists working at the hospital will provide qualified medical assistance.” The Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia has also released images of the teams sent to Turkey departing from the airports and the sending of aid packages by planes.
The Ministry announced that, in addition to the rescue teams, humanitarian aid supplies were sent to Syria, as well as Turkey.Moldova President Maia Sandu said that a team of 55 personnel and 12 vehicles from the Emergency Situations General Inspectorate of the Moldovan Interior Ministry was sent to Turkey to participate in search and rescue efforts. explained.
President Sandu shared on his social media account, “Moldova is in solidarity with Turkey in these difficult days. 55 rescue personnel of Moldova are going to help the earthquake-affected areas. We must join forces to save as many lives as possible.”
Condolences to those who lost their lives in the earthquake, Sandu said, “I extend my condolences to the families affected by this disaster and wish strength, courage and hope to all those who are struggling to save the people from the grip of the disaster.”
It was reported that the South Korean government will provide 5 million dollars worth of emergency humanitarian aid to Turkey and will send 110 rescue personnel.
South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Lim Soo-suk said in a statement on the subject that the aid includes medical supplies to be delivered to the country by military transport planes.
It was learned that 50 of the rescue workers to be sent will be military personnel and 60 will be civil defense officers.
South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol appointed his staff to assist Turkey after the earthquake disaster, and it was recently revealed to the public that South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin had promised support by meeting with Turkey’s Ambassador to South Korea Murat Tamer.
The German search and rescue team set out for Turkey after the earthquakes, the epicenter of which was Kahramanmaraş.
The team, consisting of 41 people and 7 dogs, set off from Cologne, Germany, and departed for Gaziantep by private plane from Cologne-Bonn Airport. Officials of the international search and rescue team International Search and Rescue (ISAR) stated that they were in consultation with the authorities in Turkey and that they would participate in the rescue efforts as soon as possible.
The team, which works with devices such as listening devices, bioradar and special cameras, as well as rescue dogs to find people under the rubble, plans to stay in Turkey for 14 days in the first place.
An informative presentation on Turkey and Syria was made to the World Health Organization Board of Directors today.
Speaking at the meeting, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom “It’s a race against time now. With every minute, every hour that passes, the chances of finding survivors diminish. “Continuing aftershocks, severe winter conditions, and damage to roads, power supplies, communications and other infrastructure continue to impede access and other search and rescue efforts.” It was emphasized that WHO is sending medical supplies, including major surgical trauma kits, via three charter flights from its logistics center in Dubai.
Hans Kluge, WHO Regional Director for Europe, stated that 2,660 personnel from 65 countries are already going to earthquake zones. Kluge underlined that only a team of 200 people from Portugal set out.
In the statement made by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, it was reported that 10 thousand mobile homes will be sent to Turkey and Syria for the tens of thousands of people left homeless due to the destruction caused by the earthquakes.
The statement said, “The state of Qatar has allocated 10,000 mobile homes to be transferred to the earthquake-affected areas in the ongoing efforts to assist the earthquake-affected people in Syria and Turkey.”
It was also learned that the first flights were launched after the establishment of an air bridge to Turkey by the order of Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Emir of Qatar.
UK reports 3 British nationals missing in earthquake
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly announced that 3 British citizens were missing after the severe earthquake that occurred in Pazarcık district of Kahramanmaraş.
British Foreign Minister James Cleverly announced that British citizens were missing after the severe earthquake that occurred in Pazarcık district of Kahramanmaraş.
“We know that three British nationals are missing as of this morning, and the State Department’s Crisis Response Center is working to support at least 35 British nationals directly affected by these earthquakes,” Cleverly said, addressing MPs in parliament in London.
“We assess the probability of large-scale British casualties to be low,” added Cleverly.
Cleverly said yesterday that his country had sent 76 search and rescue specialists to Turkey.
AFP: Terrorists benefiting from earthquake in Syria escape from prison
Sources speaking to the French news agency AFP claimed that at least 20 prisoners escaped in a prison on the Turkey-Syria border, who took advantage of the earthquake.
The French news agency AFP announced that at least 20 prisoners had escaped from a prison on the Turkey-Syria border. Sources speaking to the agency announced that prisoners had escaped from a prison in Afrin, close to the Turkey-Syria border.
It was stated that the earthquake caused damage to the prison, and it was noted that these people were estimated to be members of ISIS.
It was stated that there are approximately 200 prisoners in the prison and 1300 of them are ISIS members, and it was reported that the earthquake caused damage to the walls and doors of the prison.
Sources told AFP: “The prisoners rioted and took control of parts of the prison. About 20 of them have fled and we believe they are IS militants,” he said.