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The New World Theatre Club (NWTC) has announced that tickets are now on sale for its May production of "And go to Innisfree" which will also go forward to the FEATS 2017 competition which is being held in Frankfurt in early June.

The production is 50 minutes duration and evening performances are followed by an Indian buffet, a format that was used successfully in 2015 for its production of "A Strange Horseman".

Written by by Jean Lenox Toddie, "And go to Innisfree" is directed by Christine Probst and produced by Valerie Scott.

Synopsis: It is autumn. An older woman appears on a deserted New England beach. She has come to make a decision, but will she make it alone? The middle-aged matron she was argues her case for the comfort of a retirement home. The younger girl she was urges her to sit again and eat blueberries and study ants. What will she do?

CAST

Old Anna – Niamh Huggard

Middle-Aged Anna – Lisa Burke

Young Anna – Rachel Lloyd

Performances in Luxembourg will take place at the Annex of the Chateau de Bourglinster and take place as follows:

- Thurs 25, Fri 26 & Sat 27 May (19:30): Evening performances include Indian buffet (non-members €19/ NWTC members €17/ students €12)

- Sat 27 May & Sun 28 May (14:30): Matinee performances (without food) (non-members €10/ NWTC members €8/ students €6)

Reservations by email: tickets@nwtc.lu or tel: 356339

For further details, see www.nwtc.lu/pages/shows/current-show.php

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This year's Rugby Club Luxembourg (RCL) 2017 Summer Ball is being held on Saturday 10 June 2017 from 19:00 at the Centre Culturel Schéiss in Luxembourg-Belair, with Special Guest Neil Back, former England rugby international, who will address the event.

The event comprises a 3-course dinner, drinks and dancing.

Dress code: Black Tie/Dress to Impress

Tickets cost €80/person

For further details and reservations, see www.rcl.lu/ball or email: ball@rcl.lu

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The Luxembourg Chronicle, as Media Partner, in association with Utopia S.A., is offering 5 pairs of FREE tickets to the Ciné Breakfast that is taking place on Sunday 30 April 2017 at Ciné Utopia in Luxembourg-Limpertsberg. Please see below on how to enter.

The Ciné Breakfast offer comprises five films that are being screened simultaneously at 11:00, with the cinema open from 10:30 for breakfast. Tickets cost €10.80 (reduced price €9.30; U12s €6.30). The five films include:

- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (sci-fi adventure, 137 mins, in English), directed by James Gunn and starring Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, Chris Pratt. Set to the backdrop of 'Awesome Mixtape #2,' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill's true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes' aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

- DJANGO (biography, 117 mins, in English), directed by Etienne Comar and starring Reda Kateb, Cécile De France, Ulrich Brandhoff. Django Reinhardt was one of the most brilliant pioneers of European jazz and the father of Gypsy Swing. "Django" grippingly portrays one chapter in the musician's eventful life and is a poignant tale of survival. Constant danger, flight and the atrocities committed against his family could not make him stop playing.

- FELICITE (drama, 123 mins, in French, diretced by Alain Gomis and starring Véro Tshanda Beya Mputu, Gaetan Claudia, Papi Mpaka. Félicité sings in a bar in Kinshasa. When her 14-year-old son has a motorcycle accident, she goes on a frantic search through the streets of Kinshasa, a world of music and dreams. And her path crosses that of Tabu.

- TBC

- DENIAL (drama, 109 mins, 12+, in English), directed by Mick Jackson and starring Rachel Weisz, Timothy Spall, Tom Wilkinson, Alex Jennings. Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

To apply for your FREE tickets to the Ciné Breakfast on Sunday 30 April 2017, please send an email to info@chronicle.lu with “Ciné Breakfast 30 April” (without the quotation marks) in the subject line. Please state your full name and mobile phone number and ensure that you specify your film of preference.

The draw will be made at 12:00 on Thursday 25 April. Winners will be contacted directly. Winning tickets will be available at the venue on the day. 

Tuesday, 18 April 2017 18:16

Irish Summer School 2017 Announced

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The Luxembourg branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, a club dedicated to the promotion of Irish music and dance, has announced that it is holding its 5th annual Summer School for children (primary school up) and teenagers, from 31 July - 4 August 2017 at the JEC in Belair (23 Ave Gaston Diderich, L-1420 Luxembourg-Belair).

The classes will be held daily between 08:30 and 12:30 and will cover step dancing, singing (traditional songs), tin whistle and drama (to cover Irish mythology and legends).

The cost to attend is €100.   Comhaltas Luxembourg is also providing Music & Dance Evening Classes (step dancing and tin whistle) for adults during the same period, daily from 19:30 to 20:30. Cost €50 (€40 for members).

The fee (for both) is payable to Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann a/c BIC BILLLULL, IBAN LU27 0029 1531 3050 0000, quoting "Summer School" and the participant's name.

For further information, see www.comhaltas.lu,  e-mail: comhaltas.lu@gmail.com or tel: 621-673376.

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Glaswegian pop-rock group Little Eye will perform a concert at the Schräinerei à Differdenge which will take place on 1 June 2017.

Glasgow, a town in the western part of the Scottish lowlands, has seen the birth of a number of talented musicians: the Simple Minds, Travis, Texas, Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, Angus Young (AC / DC guitarist) and the Knopfler brothers, to name but a few; it is the emblematic industrial city from where the pop-rock band Little Eye was born.

Little Eye first performed in Luxembourg in the Purple Lounge in Mondorf-les-Bains in 2015.

Composed of Allan, the singer, Jay on drums, Euan on guitar and Marcus the bassist, they have just criss-crossed Europe in 2016. After Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and France, they return for three exceptional dates in early June 2017 to present their new tracks in preview.

- Thursday 1 June 2017 at the Schräinerei in Differdange (L) for a semi-acoustic concert

- Friday 2 June 2017 at the Monkey Show in Metz (F) for an amplified concert

- Saturday 3 June 2017 at the Festival Dolympiades in Dolhain (B) for an amplified concert

Other dates for the end of the year will be announced soon!

For ticket reservations, contact Nathalie Barbosa via email: nathalie_barbosa@hotmail.com or tel: 691-654088.

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A large majority of global banks, insurers and investment managers intend to increase their partnerships with FinTech companies over the next 3 - 5 years and expect an average return on investment of 20% on their innovation projects, according to a new PwC report Redrawing the lines: FinTech’s growing influence on Financial Services.

The report, drawing on a survey of over 1,300 respondents globally, shows clear signs the finance industry is getting to grips with innovation. One driving factor behind these partnerships is an increasing fear within the industry that revenue is at risk to standalone FinTechs, with 88% of financial services respondents seeing it as a real threat (83% in 2016). On average, up to 24% of revenue is thought to be at risk.

As a result, a mutual understanding is emerging between the two parties - FinTech startups require the access to capital and customers provided by incumbents, and big financial firms are starting to understand how FinTech could be the key to finally overcoming legacy technological and customer communication issues.

Gregory Weber, FinTech Leader at PwC Luxembourg, said: “FinTech collaboration, and innovation more widely, is not about jumping on the latest bandwagon - it’s about finding the best, most efficient way to carry out your business strategy and ultimately better serve your customers. As financial institutions work ever more closely with innovators, consumers will begin to feel the benefits. The costs and frustrations customers often encounter when interacting with their bank, insurer or fund manager will hopefully begin to subside as they feel the benefit of streamlined, efficient businesses producing more tailored, customer centric products.”

Turning threat into opportunity

The report shows that partnering with FinTechs will be a key way for firms to outsource parts of their R&D and bring their strategy to life, ultimately allowing them to offer new products to customers much more quickly.

Mobile money services are becoming a gateway for accessing populations previously unserved by banks. PwC predicts that using mobile technology to help new customers gain access to finance could open up a demographic worth $3 trillion to the payments industry.

Start-ups applying AI to financial services have been funded extensively, receiving an average funding of $1 billion annually over the last two years, according to data from PwC’s DeNovo platform. The report shows that AI, and the data and analytics tools behind it, will be used by banks, fund managers and insurers to coach their customers through daily interactions on the best financial decisions for them.

Blockchain is coming out of the lab

● Over three quarters (77%) of global financial services companies plan to adopt blockchain in live production systems by 2020

● Funding in blockchain companies increased 79% year-on-year in 2016 to $450million globally

● Almost a quarter (24%) of global financial institutions say they are now ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ familiar with blockchain technology

The report makes it clear that blockchain is moving from hype to reality and real life use cases are set to become much more common. With the potentially huge back-office cost savings and transparency gains blockchain can provide, the technology will receive increasing investment as finance firms explore its ability to ensure they are fit for future growth. Survey respondents believe the most likely use cases for blockchain will be payments, funds transfer and digital identity management.

Gregory Weber concluded by stating "The financial services industry has now fully embraced FinTech to help drive change and innovation. Activity ranges from partnering with FinTechs startups, financing in-house incubators, and deploying new solutions, to testing use cases in areas like blockchain. Sustained focus on innovation is much needed and can only be a good thing for firms and their customers. There are few overnight successes and, unsurprisingly, as much perspiration as inspiration. There is a tension between the time needed for new ideas to mature and the expectations of firms seeking to collaborate with Fintech startups. Managing expectations around returns is important, particularly for firms facing significant cost pressures. Embracing Fintech is as much about different ways of working and problem solving as it is about deploying new technology.”

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Dentons was named Europe Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 held on 7 April 2017 at Grosvenor House in London; this was the first time that Dentons has received the prestigious Europe-wide award.

In presenting the award, the editor of Chambers Europe highlighted Dentons’ global reach, excellent cross-border capabilities, responsiveness to client needs and strong negotiation skills, as well as the Firm’s consolidated presence across the continent.

This award is a strong affirmation of our strategy to invest in enhanced talent and capabilities in Europe - particularly in Western Europe - and to focus on high quality service delivery across the region,” said Tomasz Dabrowski, Dentons Europe CEO, “Since late 2015, we have opened new offices in Italy, Luxembourg, Germany, the Netherlands, and Georgia is coming soon.”

Evan Lazar, Dentons Europe Chair, stated “We are particularly honoured by this award, as it is based on feedback from our clients and our peers. Not only does the award recognise the quality of our legal advice, it also reflects the high esteem in which our Firm and our lawyers are held across Europe.”

The Chambers Europe Awards are organised by Chambers and Partners and honour the work of law firms across Europe on the basis of research for the upcoming edition of Chambers Europe. Not only do they look at a firm's market position, they also reflect achievements over the last year, including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth, and most importantly, excellence in client service as measured by client feedback.

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Last week's trade mission led by Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Etienne Schneider, was to the west coast of the USA and focused on the space sector.

With the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess accompanying the trip, the high-profile delegation also included representatives of a number of companies already active in the space industry in Luxembourg. The trip took in Seattle, the largest city in the state of Washington and northwestern United States, as well as San Francisco, California. The west coast of the United States, and especially Silicon Valley, California, is considered one of the most dynamic poles in the field of technological innovation in space, including new space, the space industry private sector.

The four-day programme included events presenting Luxembourg as a location for potential investors, as well as visits to US companies and scientific institutes to learn about the latest trends and the developments and opportunities of Space sector. The mission was to find new business opportunities and to promote the SpaceResources.lu initiative, which aims to position Luxembourg as a European platform for the exploration and use of resources in space.

Monday, 10 April 2017: The economic mission began in Seattle, where the Hereditary Grand Duke and the Hereditary Grand Duchess with Minister Schneider visited the headquarters of Planetary Resources, one of the American companies that have chosen Luxembourg from where to conduct its European operations within the framework of the SpaceResources.lu initiative.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017: The delegation visited the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, in the heart of Silicon Valley. The Ames Research Center is a major institute of NASA, the US government agency responsible for the civil space programme and aeronautics research.

After a guided tour, the delegation held meetings with senior representatives of US companies specialising in the development of advanced space technologies. The companies Made In Space, Skycorp, Astro Digital, Audacy, Leolabs and Spire presented their activities.

The Ministry of Economy participated in the space seminar entitled "Developing New Markets in Space". The keynote speech to the round table on this topic was delivered by Simon Pete Worden of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, former director of the Ames Research Center and a member of the Advisory Board of the SpaceResources.lu initiative. The event was followed by a reception.

Thursday 13 April 2017: On the last day of the mission, the delegation visited the SETI research institute in Mountain View. Scientists from this private institute supported by NASA presented various experimental projects relating to space resources and space meteorology in an international context.

Photo (L-R): the Hereditary Grand Duchess, the Hereditary Grand Duke, Étienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy

Photo by Jean-Christophe Verhaegen © SIP, all rights reserved

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During last week's ecomnomic trip to the west cost of the USA led by Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister na dMinister of the Economy, Etienen Schneider, the Hereditary Grand Duke, Prince Guillaume, and Hededitary Grand Duchess were given a guided tour of the NASA Frontier Development Lab and SETI Institute in Mountain View, Califormia.

Bill Diamond, President and CEO of the SETI Institute, and Nathalie Cabrol, director of the Carl Sagan Center, gave presentations and demonstrations, which included both the royal couple trying the 360 degree Virtual Reality headsets.

Photo by Jean-Christophe Verhaegen © SIP, all rights reserved

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Goodyear has announced that its Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV, Ultra-High Performance tyre, has been chosen as original equipment on the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the first SUV from the iconic Italian manufacturer.

Matching Alfa Romeo’s tradition of ground-breaking design and state of the art technology, the Stelvio will be fitted with the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV in sizes 235/65R17 104W, 235/60R18 103W and 235/55R19 101Y.

All the tyres will be marked ‘AR’ to indicate they are approved by Alfa Romeo as original equipment on their vehicles.

To deliver a top-class driving experience to Stelvio drivers, Goodyear developed the tyres focusing on ultimate handling performance in all conditions. Active braking technology and a new grip booster compound deliver strong grip for short braking and performance handling on wet and dry roads. A new, lightweight, reinforced construction technology allows for steering precision and durability as well as handling, cornering performance, tread wear and fuel efficiency.

Equipped with the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV, the new Alfa Romeo Stelvio can rely on Goodyear’s latest UHP innovative tyres, featuring outstanding technology, and enhancing the sporty driving pleasure and the unique emotions provided by the Alfa Romeo spirit.

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