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The Minister of National Education, Children and Youth, Claude Meisch, accompanied 193 pupils from the Lycée de garçons in Luxembourg to the Paris Trade Fair for Information Technology and Office Automation ( CeBIT) in Hanover yesterday.

CeBIT, meaning Centrum für Büroautomation, Informationtechnologie und Telekommunikation, is recognised as the world's largest information and communication technology fair, representing a sector that has proved particularly conducive to innovation and jobs for Luxembourg. 

"For the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, participation in CeBIT is of paramount importance. ICT is one of the main pillars of the strategy of economic diversification carried out by our country, which has invested enormously in its information and telecommunications infrastructures in recent years,” said Carlo Thelen, director general of the Chamber of Commerce. 

However, the range of related trades is often unknown to young people seeking guidance, which is why the ministry has chosen to actively promote these activities in cooperation with private sector players, including ICTLuxembourg, LuxConnect, FEDIL, and Digital Lëtzebuerg.

The ministry plans to increase the number of high schools participating for next year’s event.

CeBIT is the world's largest digital transition event, welcoming no fewer than 3,000 exhibitors each year to showcase the latest technology trends to some 200,000 visitors from around the world, including artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, virtual reality, humanoid robots and drones. 

20 Luxembourg companies were among the exhibitors, joined yesterday by a delegation of 60 business leaders and some 250 students and teachers.

“Luxembourg is ranked first in the world in access to ICT. Our country has excellent infrastructures, highly qualified companies and an indisputable know-how in ICT,” said Mr Thelen, adding, “CeBIT is a great opportunity to promote these skills to a wise audience and to position the Grand Duchy as a centre of excellence. The fact that our country is the first to have put in place a national strategy for the third industrial revolution simply highlights its ambition in terms of digital transition."

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With the support of the Banque de Luxembourg, the European Parliament Information Office in Luxembourg and the CNFL is hosting a conference titled "Women in economic decision-making - how to eliminate persistent inequalities?",  at the Banque de Luxembourg on Thursday 6 April.

One of the major advances in the path of gender equality is the entry of women into the labor market. While many women have acquired financial autonomy and invest in the public sphere, women are still underrepresented in the world of work and especially at high levels of the hierarchy. Not only is the world of work reflecting a society in which it is normal for men to work full-time and women part-time, but also a society in which men continue to make the decisions. These issues will be addressed during a round table and discussions with guests, including: 

Viviane Reding, MEP, former vice-president of the European Commission
Marina Andrieu, executive director and co-founder of Women Digital Empowerment
Norman FISCH, secretary-general of the National Institute for Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility
Claudine Speltz, co-founder and honorary president of the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs of Luxembourg
Tonie Van Dam, professor and vice-president in charge of gender issues at the University of Luxembourg
Moderator: Thierry Raizer, editor-in-chief, Paperjam, Maison Moderne

The conference will run from 18:30 to 20:30, at the Auditorium of Banque de Luxembourg, 14 Boulevard Royal, followed by a cocktail. Interpretation from French to English and English to French will be available.

Registration before 4 April by email: epluxembourg@ep.europa.eu

The BDL car park will be available free of charge after 18:00.

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Marc Hansen, Minister Delegate for Higher Education and Research, and Lydia Mutsch, Minister of Health, presented the decisions taken by the Governing Council this Wednesday concerning the extension of university studies in medicine in Luxembourg.

The Government has decided that the University of Luxembourg will develop a first cycle of medical studies (preclinical type) with an emphasis on modern teaching concepts and in partnership with universities abroad in order to ensure graduate can access masters level studies. 

To this end, the University of Luxembourg continues to finalise discussions with the University of Strasbourg and will continue the preliminary discussions with the University of Lorraine. Thus, the first cycle of 25 University of Luxembourg medical students could start from the academic year 2020/21.

Once the first cycle of medical studies is well established, development can start on the second cycle at masters level. 

It is also planned that the University of Luxembourg will continue to offer students who have successfully completed their first year of medical studies the opportunity to pursue the remainder of their medical training in universities where an academic partnership exists.

On the other hand, the government has chosen to develop specialised studies in medicine at the University of Luxembourg, based on specific training in general medicine and research activities in oncology and neurology already existing at the University of Luxembourg. Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH).

Research in these two sectors has been highly developed in Luxembourg over recent years, and specialised training in oncology and neurology could start at the earliest from the academic year 2018/19. 

In this context, after increasing the funding of specific training in general medicine in 2016, it was also proposed to increase the allowances for doctors in specific training in general medicine and doctors in the process of specialisation.

Friday, 24 March 2017 10:06

Do You Know this Man?

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Grand Ducal Police are asking for help in identifying this man who is thought to have used a stolen credit card to withdraw cash from a BCEE cash machine on Rue de Strasbourg, Luxembourg City on 6 June 2015. 

Anyone with information should call the emergency number: 113, or Luxembourg City Police, Telephone: 4997 4500.

Friday, 24 March 2017 09:59

Three Suspected Drugs Dealers Arrested

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In another strike against drug dealers in the Grand Duchy this week, SREC Luxembourg confiscated 4kg of marijuana, 75 cocaine balls and €5,600 in cash following a two-month investigation into a suspected drug dealer. 

In the course of his arrest, he was found to be carrying an additional 40 cocaine balls. Further investigation led to the arrest of two more suspected dealers, from whom another eight cocaine balls and four handkerchiefs of marijuana were confiscated.

On March 22, 2017, the same department arrested three people on whom 27 cocaine balls were found.

All the men were presented to the investigator, who has ordered an investigation.

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Independent investment research providers, Morningstar Luxembourg, announced the winning funds and fund houses for its 2017 Morningstar Awards Luxembourg at a   ceremony at the Centre Culturel ‘Schéiss' yesterday evening.

With the aim of helping investors to identify the retail funds and fund houses that add the most value for investors, Morningstar selected the winners based on quantitative and qualitative approaches based on the one-, three-, and five-year performance history of eligible funds, adjusted for risk.

“All of the winners delivered strong three- and five-year returns after adjusting for risk, in addition to outperformance of their peers during the last 12 months,” said Jeffrey Schumacher, associate director of manager research for Morningstar Benelux, adding “these funds and fund houses have demonstrated that they have the ability to earn strong returns over the long term without undue risk. We believe that taking a patient, long-term view to investing will ultimately help investors reach their financial goals.” 

The winners of the 2017 Morningstar Awards Luxembourg were:

  • NN (L) Patrimonial Aggressive P Cap EUR, for best EUR allocation fund
  • BlueBay Investment Grade Euro Aggregate Bond Fund, for best EUR fixed-income fund
  • JP Morgan Funds - Europe Strategic Growth Fund A (acc) EUR, for best Europe Equity Fund
  • Robeco Capital Growth Funds - Robeco BP Global Premium Equities D EUR, for best global equity fund
  • Fidelity International, for best fund house: equity
  • T. Rowe Price, for best fund house: fixed income
  • Fidelity International, for best fund house: asset management 

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In light of Wednesday’s terror attacks in London, the Mayor of Luxembourg, Lydia Polfer, has written to the Mayor of London expressing her condolences for the victims and their families and Luxembourg's solidarity with the people of London. 

In the letter, Mayor Polfer says “Words cannot express the consternation we felt, hearing the news about the attack that took place yesterday afternoon in the heart of London, in the streets of Westminster. As mayor of the City of Luxembourg and on behalf of my colleagues and fellow citizens, my heart goes out to the families and friends who lost a loved one [today] and to the victims who got hurt in the incident. 

“Also, I want to assure you of our full support in the relentless efforts to tackle disgraceful attacks on the core values of our respective countries. Democracy, liberty, human rights and freedom are only a few of the principles that we all stand for and will continue to defend against any attempts of this kind. as both your prime minister, Theresa May, and yourself stressed repeatedly in the aftermath of this tragedy, any attempts to divide us, to work with the most abominable means to counteract who we are and what we represent, will never succeed.

“European cities, unique through the rich diversity of their populations, will not let cowardly and hateful actions destroy what they are at heart. They will, on the contrary, continue to celebrate this diversity and multiplicity, to be open to the world, to inspire and be inspired by residents, visitors and workers from all cultural origins.”

Friday, 24 March 2017 09:15

Guardian Reaching out to Baltics

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Car replacement glass manufacturer, Guardian Automotive, is extending its coverage to Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia by offering online shopping services that are in line with other digital enterprises allowing customers to access and purchase their products 24/7. 

Guardian say they offer a wide range of premium quality automotive replacement glass which is of OEM-like quality and meets all the required standards, and are available on the Guardian eShop.

The company says that customers in the Baltic region will be supported by a team of dedicated customer service representatives, headed by Levente Sandor, Market and Key Account Manager, who said “…we are here to create long-term value for our customers. We are delighted to be able to offer our customers in the region a credible alternative, with high quality products, outstanding customer service and unmatched flexibility. We are applying the latest technologies to meet our customers’ expectations and our key focus is providing outstanding customer service.” 

march crafts fair

weorganise.lu is holding a March Crafts and Small Business Fair at the Brasserie Benelux Strassen this Sunday afternoon, offering a chance to browse through and pick up locally sourced, unique products in a warm, friendly environment filled with art, home decor, fragrances, clothing, food, accessories and more. 

Also open to small businesses who want their own stall, contact the organisers by email: info@weorganise.lu. Places are limited. 

Entrance is free to the market which runs from 11:30 to 16:30.

 

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Luxembourg faces France for a 2018 World Cup Qualification match at Josy Barthel Stadium tomorrow evening at 21:00 as a result of which a number of traffic adaptations will be put in place.

From 14:00 to 24:00, Rue des Foyers, Boulevard Napoléon 1er, Rue Nicolas Petit and Rue du Stade will be closed to traffic. 

The road from Arlon (N6), between New York Square and rue des Aubépines, rue des Arquebusiers, rue Aloyse Kayser, rue d'Ostende and rue Nicolas Simmer will be closed as required between 16:00 and 24:00 .

The recycling centre will remain accessible via the boulevard Napoléon 1er (last entrance at 17:50).

In addition, the organisers will provide free shuttles to the public. They will circulate between P + R Bouillon, P + R Luxembourg-Sud and Josy Barthel Stadium, between 18:00 and 20:30.

After the match, they will run until about 23:00. Given the limited number of sites around the stadium, the City of Luxembourg encourages spectators to take advantage of the shuttles available to them.

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