by Dauphine Vernimmen Silence. Empty streets, empty cities and closed restaurants. The noise moved to our computers. Everything is going online: work, friendships and meetings. All of us soon adapted to interacting with friends and loved ones solely through screens. Speaking to friends through WhatsApp and having daily Zoom meetings is useful to stay in touch but it is not the same as it used … Continue reading Friendships in the time of Corona
A Column by Anouk Saenen Since we are not supposed to go outside for anything other than the absolutely necessary errands, people with a mental health issue have lost their therapy sessions. A lot of psychologists are now offering online therapy via skype or a regular telephone call. So, has mine. Online therapy isn’t the same as regular therapy. It does not have the same … Continue reading Online therapy: a stumbling block
A column by Tijn de Bruin Several viral videos have been spreading throughout social media of Dutch citizens. Dutch celebrity Nicolette van Dam working at her café, throwing drinks to the tables from one-and-a-half-meter distance. A bar owner from Rotterdam doing the same thing. These videos are a cry for help: the 1,5-meter society after the corona crisis will not work for them. As being … Continue reading 1,5-meter society will not work for the hospitality business
By Marije de Boer When I heard that the Dutch Education Union was worried about the learning delay primary school students are going to have because of the corona virus, millions of questions popped into my head. The Dutch Education Union announced that they decided that if schools don’t open up again soon, they want to shorten the summer holidays, just so students get a … Continue reading Learning delays: why is the Dutch Education Union so concerned?
by Laszlo Lieffering The pandemic has turned our world upside down. The safety measures against Covid-19 not only has an impact on our civilian life, but it also affects our economy. A lot of businesses are shut down, like restaurants, barber salons and gyms. Corporate company-employees who are still operational, need to work at home as much as possible. Small business owners and entrepreneurs are … Continue reading New creative opportunities for enterprise
Isn’t it a nice time? The city is decorated with lights, a smell of baked biscuits is in the air accompanied with soft Christmas tones. “Thank God It’s Christmas”, Queen sings. Text by Ronny Taferner, photos by Ramon Mebrahtu Christmas is known as the cosiest time of the year, focusing on love, family and peace. At least that is what it used to be like. … Continue reading Cash cow Christmas
Written by Malou van Kouwenhove, Illustration by Maxim Etty Oversharing is common in our generation, but beware: it might bug your friends. Oversharing is common in our generation. Many young adults post pictures on Instagram daily and tell their stories on Facebook. Even though I barely post anything on social media, many of my friends do. I hate people knowing what I do every single … Continue reading Stop bugging me
Written by Dyonne Onyema Every year, people dedicate two minutes of silence at 8 pm on May 4 to pay their respects to civilians and soldiers who’ve died during World War II and other wars. On Remembrance Day we honour the men and women and appreciate their sacrifices and their contributions towards peace. It’s the 4thof May: the birthday of my brother-in-law and of course … Continue reading The fourth of May: still a heavy day