A Luxair jet is seen at Berlin’s Tegel airport, 21 August 2019. Photo credit: Alessandro Ambrosetti (CC BY 2.0)
Landfill to be outlawed, internment centre expansion and loss of an icon. Delano's breakfast briefing for Thursday.
Luxair flight diversion
A Stockholm-Luxembourg flight was diverted to Copenhagen on Wednesday as a precaution because of a technical issue, the airline reported. The De Havilland Q400 landed safely and all 29 passengers were repatriated on alternative flights.
Waste not want not
The Luxembourg government wants to end municipal landfill waste by 2030, it revealed on Wednesday when publishing its new waste strategy focused on circular economy principles. Among the specific goals will be zero littering in public and natural places, through increased fines, awareness raising and the banning of certain plastics. Delano, government statement.
74 new cases of coronavirus were detected in Luxembourg on Wednesday when 6,121 tests were performed and 23 people were in hospital (of which one in intensive care). According to Luxembourg health minister Paulette Lenert (LSAP), a third of the people infected had been on holiday. Government figures, Paperjam
Nathalie Jacoby has been named the new head of Luxembourg’s national literary centre, the CNL. She replaces intermediary director Pierre Marson, who was appointed after Claude D. Conter was nominated director of the national library. CNL
Two police officers were shot and wounded late on Wednesday in Louisville, Kentucky, during protests fuelled by a grand jury decision which civil rights activists decried as a miscarriage of justice in the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor. BBC news, Reuters.
Chinese internment camps
An Australian think tank has found nearly 400 internment camps in the Xinjiang region of China, with construction on dozens continuing over the last two years, even as Chinese authorities said their “re-education” system used to detain Uighurs and people from other Muslim minorities was winding down. FT, The Guardian.
Car manufacturers Tesla, Volvo, Ford and Mercedes-Benz have filed lawsuits against the Trump administration, aiming to end 25% tariffs imposed on certain parts imported from China. The Guardian, BBC news
Westpac bank fined
Australian bank Westpac is to pay a record A$1.3bn ($0.9bn) fine for the biggest breach of money laundering laws ever recorded in the country. Australia's financial crime watchdog said the bank failed to adequately report over 19 million international transactions. BBC news.
Uncle Ben’s rebrand
Rice brand Uncle Ben’s is to remove the image of a smiling, grey-haired black man from its packaging amid global protests over police brutality and racism in the US. Made by Mars Food, its marketing has been criticised for perpetuating racial stereotypes. BBC news.
Stranded pilot whales
Some 380 pilot whales died when close to 500 became stranded off the coast of Tasmania in the largest mass stranding ever recorded in Australia. BBC news, AP
24 September: On the parliamentary agenda on Thursday morning, MPs will examine the unemployment situation in Luxembourg, followed by the financing of large infrastructure projects and the cultural development plan. The reform of the constitution will be discussed at noon.
24 September: The Polish Chamber of Commerce hosts its monthly meetup.
Icon of the French chanson Juliette Gréco has died aged 93. Imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II, she shot to fame afte performing in cellar clubs and cafés. Gréco stopped performing aged 89. BBC news.
Today’s breakfast briefing was written byJess Bauldry