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Jan De Nul Group continues to develop its investment programme for self-supporting dredges with trailing towels with a new contract this March for three self-supporting dredges with a well capacity of 3.500 m³.

In addition, a self-supporting dredger with a capacity of 6,000 m³, including the option for its sister ship, has recently been ordered. All of its dredges will be equipped with exhaust gas treatment systems, which the company says is revolutionary in the dredging sector.

"With this investment, we exceed the most stringent European emission standards. So we're setting a trend in the dredging industry,” said Robby De Backer, head of the shipbuilding department.

The newly ordered dredger will weigh 9,880 tonnes, and extend for 111.7 m in length and 24.6 in width. 




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SD Worx, a global provider of payroll and human resources services, is partnering with World First, a fund transfer and payment service provider, to simplify the payroll exchange rate system to help active payroll and HR customers across the world. The group announced the partnership today saying the goal is to provide a single-currency transfer solution to SD Worx's international HR and payroll customers.

Within large organisations operating in several countries, payment procedures may require cumbersome and costly formalities, particularly in managing foreign exchange processes in order to make payments in a wide range of currencies. This partnership provides SD Worx with an efficient and fully compliant payment service with the ability to execute international payments at competitive exchange rates. SD Worx says this will allow customers to easily charge payments, authorise transactions in multiple foreign currencies, and process all related reconciliation and reporting transactions. These services will be available on a single platform for better control over the payment process, while customers can save time and save costs compared to traditional banking methods.

World First's ability to transfer payments to more than 150 countries in 127 currencies also promotes the global reach of SD Worx, while also offering customers visibility and user-friendliness in managing their international payroll.

Thierry Vanbever, Global Services and Solutions Director, SD Worx, said "Our partnership with World First will help business leaders and buyers of global payroll services reduce the complexity of international payment processes with perfect control and Visibility. We now provide our customers with a coherent and coordinated solution that enables fast-growing companies to expand internationally while ensuring that their global payroll and HR needs are in good hands”. 

Seth Harvey, Global Head of Partnership at World First, said "We are proud of this partnership with such an innovative company as SD Worx, which will enable us to support the growth and transformation of companies worldwide. In an increasingly connected and globalized world, it is important for large employers to be able to manage their payroll and to transfer capital quickly and efficiently in any currency”.

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Some 700 pupils from the Grand Duchy will take their first steps in the world of work tomorrow to discover, for one day, what some may consider an atypical job for their gender. 

Despite the progress made in recent years, young people still often continue to be guided differently by gender. Technical occupations are still for boys, while girls are offered "administrative" or “social" avenues.

The “Girls' Day - Boys’ Day" came into being with a view to combating these stereotypes, and the initiative represents an opportunity for pupils to be sensitised thanks to an expanded offer of internships by companies into professions considered atypical for their genre. This initiative is also an opportunity to bring them closer to the world of work.

This immersion, whether in a private company or in a state or communal administration, also offers participants the opportunity to confront the realities and demands of the labor market, while at the same time encouraging potential vocations.

The 2017 edition was able to count again on the faithful support of companies and administrations: there were almost a hundred to offer several placements on the website The fact that the 2017 edition is aimed only at pupils in the 6th / 8th and 5th / 9th grades of secondary and technical secondary education in no way dampened their enthusiasm for the initiative.


Since 2017, the Orientation House has been coordinating this event, which aims to contribute to a more effective orientation of young people. It collaborates with the ADEM professional guidance service, the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth and the Ministry of Equal Opportunities.

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The Council of Ministers of Education and Youth of the European Union (EU) met in Brussels yesterday.

Despite the 2008 Recommendation on the European Qualifications Framework, the Ministers adopted new Council Recommendations on the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning. The purpose of these new recommendations is to address the problems and limitations of the former.

Subsequently, a report on the state of play of the revision of the European framework for the transparency of qualifications, Europass, introduced in 2004, was presented to the ministers before they actively participated in an orientation debate on the expression of learners As part of an improvement and modernisation of the systems to ensure quality education for all.

Minister Claude Meisch stressed that in order to achieve this goal, a series of measures must be put in place, to give schools greater autonomy or to develop modern didactic materials to respond to the digital revolution. According to the minister, young people must be actively involved in this process and they must be helped to become active and responsible citizens.

In conclusion, Member States expressed the need for international efforts to collect and analyse data on citizenship and inclusion. The Minister affirmed that Luxembourg has always been in favour of participation in international studies such as the PISA study. He suggested, however, that more robust and relevant frameworks for such assessments be established, taking into account country specificities. According to Claude Meisch, one must stop the "rankings" of countries that simply compare what is incomparable.

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Luxaviation Helicopters and Azur Helicopter have launched a new partnership offering integrated private helicopter and jet services for customers visiting the south of France. 

Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation group, will work with Azur Helicopters, one of the first helicopter companies based at Nice Côte d'Azur International and Cannes-Mandelieu airports, to provide customers with helicopter transfers to their final destination in the region. 

Azur Helicopter customers will conversely have access to the Luxaviation Group's fleet of more than 260 aircraft.

Elodie Mekhmoukh, commercial director of Azur Helicopter, will manage the charter office of Luxaviation on the Côte d'Azur and will coordinate charter requests. 

Charlotte Pedersen, Managing Director of Luxaviation Helicopters, said, "Azur Helicopter was our first choice for a partnership on the Côte d'Azur because of its sustainable location in the region, its high level of quality, safety and support to customers. We seek to partner with companies that meet our high standards for private aviation and those with which we can build a long-term relationship for the benefit of our customers“.

Michel de Rohozinski, CEO of Azur Hélicoptère, said, "This partnership is an exciting time for our business and our customers. We look forward to working closely with Luxaviation and providing exceptional service in the South of France. We will work together to develop our customer service, operational support and future business development”.


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The Economic Committee chaired by the Secretary of State for Economy, Francine Closener, received and granted seven applications for partial unemployment for the month of June, three more than for May. 

The final decision on whether or not to grant this support to companies temporarily confronted with a difficult economic situation incumbent on the Governing Council. In the companies concerned, it is expected that out of a total workforce of 952 people, 442 employees will work on a reduced schedule. 

The expenditure incurred by the Employment Fund for the month of June 2017 shall be €672.550 in the event that all the undertakings concerned benefit fully from the partial unemployment schemes granted.

The next meeting of the Economic Committee is set for 28 June 2017.


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Nine More "Bed + Bike" Labels Awarded

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Nine guesthouses joined the “Bed + Bike” club during an official award ceremony yesterday presented by Secretary of State for Economy Francine Closener,.

Meeting the specific needs of bikers, the "Bed + Bike" label indicates that the establishments serve a hearty breakfast rich in vitamins, provide a repair kit for bicycles and welcome cyclists for a single night. These criteria guarantee that cyclists are welcome in each of the 91 establishments in Luxembourg so far accredited with the "Bed + Bike" label.

Speaking at the ceremony, Secretary Closener said "The Bed + Bike label is a guarantee of quality, which ensures that the accommodation establishments have adapted their infrastructures to the expectations The label is perfectly in line with our efforts to promote Luxembourg as a destination of choice for cycling enthusiasts."

The establishments classified "Bed + Bike" in 2017 are the following:

Hotel Bon Repos in Scheidgen

Apartment Schroeder in Hautbellain

Terrace Hotel in Bettendorf

Ecological and tourist center in Hosingen

Cocoon Hotel Belair in Bourscheid-Plage

Cocoon Hotel La Rive in Bourscheid-Plage

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

Hotel Trail-Inn in Berdorf

Camping Route du Vin in Grevenmacher

The full list of approved establishments is available at:

Image: Francine Closener with Luis Soares



Global satellite communications company, SES, has partnered up with Patrakom, a telecommunications and network services provider in Indonesia, in order to set up high-speed connectivity to passenger vessels and oil barges on domestic routes in Indonesia.

As part of a multi-year agreement, SES Networks and Patrakom will be providing connectivity for over 80 vessels via SES-9 located at 108.2 degrees East. SES-9 is SES’s largest satellite for Asia-Pacific, and has a powerful mobility beam to provide coverage for vessels sailing across the East Indian Ocean.

The newly-created highly customer focused data division SES Networks is leveraging the extensive infrastructure, networks and operations to better meet the distinct needs of SES’s customers. The SES Networks business unit allows SES to deliver increasingly differentiated satellite-enabled solutions for data-centric segments, one of them being Mobility.

“At Patrakom, we provide daily connectivity to hundreds of vessels sailing across the Indonesian waters. Today, many of these vessels are limited by the level of connectivity due to the high entry barriers to get access to satellite communications. SES-9’s high-power mobility beam delivers seamless and reliable coverage over high-traffic domestic routes, enabling a cost-effective usage of bandwidth for our maritime customers,” said Endi Fitri, Director of Business Development at Patrakom.

Steve Collar, CEO at SES Networks, said, “We recognise a growing need for easily customisable and scalable connectivity solutions for the evolving maritime market. We are continuously enhancing our mobility capabilities with this in mind, and are pleased to support Patrakom with tailored bandwidth and coverage, offering them the flexibility to cater for the diverse connectivity needs of their maritime customers. The capacity provided by SES-9, with its dedicated mobility beam for maritime communications, is also well-suited for comprehensive coverage over Indonesian waters.”

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The Minister for Higher Education and Research, Marc Hansen, yesterday received Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC) for a review of the 10-year history of the ERC program and possible evolution of the ERC in the next European Union Framework Program for Research. 

Currently, seven ERC laureates perform their research at the University of Luxembourg. The ERC fellowships of the European Union's Horizon 2020 program are aimed at high-level researchers and enable innovative high-risk research, the only criterion for selection being scientific excellence.

Image: Minister Marc Hansen with Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon


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A total of 3,444 candidates, including 1,959 young women, 57%, and 1,485 young men, will sit down to their first written examinations for secondary and technical secondary finals tomorrow. 

For the secondary school finals, 1,698 pupils — 920 young women and 778 young men — will be hoping to do their best, while 1,709 pupils will be taking the secondary technical finals, of whom 1,020 are young women, and 689 young men. 

Twelve pupils are taking the technician training review, half male, half female, while 25 evening school students, 13 female and 12 male, will also start their exams.

Written, oral or practical tests are evaluated by 1,244 members of 180 examination committees.

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