Good news: New Year’s Eve Festival | Stranded travelers welcome again | NOW

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Dutch artists provide free online home festival on New Year’s Eve

Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Suzan & Freek and De Jeugd Van Today, among others, provide a free online home festival on New Year’s Eve under the name Goodbye 2020. The online party, in which the organizers of festivals such as Dance Valley, Milkshake and Vunzige Deuntjes participate, starts on December 31 at 4 p.m. and lasts until January 1 at 5 a.m.

Travelers from UK and South Africa welcome again

The flight ban for passengers from South Africa and the flight and mooring ban for the United Kingdom expired on Wednesday. All stranded travelers must be able to submit a recent, negative PCR corona test to be admitted to the Netherlands. Once in the Netherlands, the urgent advice remains to go into home quarantine for ten days.

First Swiss vaccinated with vaccine

Switzerland started vaccinating citizens against COVID-19 on Wednesday. A 90-year-old woman living in a nursing home near the city of Lucerne was the first to be vaccinated. More and more European countries are using Pfizer’s corona vaccine. The British started doing this earlier this month. Serbia, which, like Switzerland, is not an EU country, wants to start vaccinating on Thursday.

Lifetime Achievement Awards for Talking Heads and Salt-N-Pepa

Talking Heads, Selena and Salt-N-Pepa will receive the Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Recording Academy in 2021, known for the annual Grammy Awards. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, opera singer Marilyn Horne and jazz musician Lionel Hampton are also honored. The awards are presented annually to artists who have had a major impact with their contributions to the music world.

Driving license theory exams remain valid for longer

Driving license theory exams expiring in the first five months of 2021 will remain valid until October 1. Prospective drivers cannot take a driving test at the CBR until January 19 due to the lockdown. The measure has been introduced to prevent the required theory exam from becoming invalid too early.


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