Sun05282017

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During a large-scale inspection by customs and police last weekend, a cigarette smuggler was picked up with almost 500 cartons of fake and untaxed cigarettes. In addition, the smuggler’s vehicle was neither registered nor insured and his driving license was thought to be fake.

On the order of the Luxembourg Prosecutor's Office, the vehicle and cigarettes were confiscated. The man is now awaiting indictment for violation of the road traffic regulations and customs regulations. The imminent fine for cigarette smuggling and the associated tax evasion amounts to almost €100,000.

 

 

 

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Sascha Ley and Hervé Sogne have been selected to participate in a creative laboratory in the Ottawa-Gatineau region in Canada this September. 

Five proposals were submitted following a call for applications from the Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the Theatre Federation. 

The jury, consisting of Frank Feitler, Françoise Pirovalli and Andreas Wagner, met on 23 May 2017 and unanimously awarded the residence to Sascha Ley and Hervé Sogne.

According to a statement from the jury, ”the members of the jury chose the two artists-creators according to the selection criteria defined by the promoter. Special consideration has been given to the experienced profile of the candidates, but also to their merit in the development of the theatre in Luxembourg and the quality they have to represent its specificities”.

The fellows will have the opportunity to participate in a two-week artistic creation laboratory, from 5 to 17 September, for a project organised within the framework of the international meetings of the 7th edition of the Theatre Zones by the International Commission of Francophone Theatre (CITF) and the National Arts Centre of Canada.

Eighteen French-speaking artists chosen by the various members of the CITF will participate in this laboratory of creation, exchange, encounter and transmission around the theme "Noise of capitals".  

The main objective is to provoke encounters between Francophone artists from different backgrounds and to generate, in the long term, collaborations.

 

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Valerio De Stefano of the International Labour Organisation is delivering a speech focusing on the so-called "gig-economy", the spread of new forms of employment, and its impact on labour rights. 

The event will take place on Friday, 2 June at the Weicker Building (4, rue Alphonse Weicker, L-2721 Luxembourg) starting at 12:00. 

St george art

On Tuesday 23rd May, St George’s opened its Annual Art exhibition with a private viewing for special guests, staff and parents, an occasion to appreciate the variety of technique, originality and interpretation that went into each piece of work.

“In viewing the exhibition, I am very much struck by the variety of work and material on display and the many different and imaginative ways in which students have interpreted aspects of their lives”, said Dr Christian Barkei, St George’s Principal in his opening address.

The artwork on display this year varied from traditional pictorial representations, a shadow display, 3D models made from different materials to independent research projects that conveyed and explored different expressions, processes and materials. 

A collaborative piece by primary and secondary students in the form of an artistic heart made out of remembrance poppies particularly stood out this year. The clay poppies were modelled and glazed by primary students and while secondary art students positioned over 50 of the glossy ceramic poppies into a masterpiece form of its own. This poignant work of art is now a permanent feature of the school, positioned outside the Zinnen building. A name is yet to be decided by all those involved. 

St George’s Annual Art exhibition is an opportunity for students to display their abundance of originality and the hard work they have put into their work throughout the academic year. This event provides an ideal occasion for students, teachers, parents and friends to admire and discuss the creative arts in a supportive and positive environment. 

 

SES Gold

Global satellite communications company, SES, today announced the successful integration of NASA’s Global-Scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) hosted payload with SES-14. 

GOLD will employ an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph to measure densities and temperatures in the Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere in response to Sun-Earth interaction. It is aimed at revolutionising scientists’ understanding of this part of the space environment and its impacts on low Earth orbit satellite drag — a force acting opposite to the direction of motion, slowing the satellite — and ionospheric disruptions of communication and navigation transmissions. GOLD will take unprecedented images of the temperature and composition changes over a hemisphere. 

The technology is a result of collaboration among several world-leading entities. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Centre in Greenbelt, Maryland, is providing overall NASA program management, while the University of Central Florida’s Florida Space Institute is the Principal Investigator for the project. The GOLD instrument was built and will be operated by the University of Colorado Boulder Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. Satellite operator SES and its fully-owned subsidiary SES Government Solutions are providing the host satellite, mission operations, and science data transport. The project was developed in close partnership with Airbus Defence and Space, the company which is building the SES-14 spacecraft for SES.

SES Government Solutions is exclusively focused on meeting the satellite communications needs of the U.S. Government and its agencies. Leveraging more than four decades of experience in the government SATCOM market, SES Government Solutions offers robust and secure end-to-end satellite communications solutions. 

“Using a host satellite makes access to space quicker and more cost efficient, while meeting the increasingly more sophisticated needs governments have nowadays. SES has extensive experience in hosted payload projects and is well-suited to meet these needs,” said Pete Hoene, president and CEO of SES Government Solutions. “We are very excited about hosting GOLD, and looking forward to it starting its important mission in space.”

Testing and preparation of SES-14 and GOLD are on-going in Toulouse, France, in anticipation of a late 2017 launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 from Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The SES-14 satellite will provide coverage of the Americas, Atlantic Ocean, Western Europe, and Northwest Africa with High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services and Ku-band & C-band wide beam services. The wide beams will serve growing video neighbourhoods in the Americas and also support existing VSAT services. The HTS Ku-band multi-spot beams will serve traffic-intensive data applications such as mobile backhaul, maritime and aeronautical services.

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A delegation from Luxembourg trades union LCGB met François Bausch, Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, for discussions on cross-border mobility between the Grand Duchy and Belgium with a view to improving the current situation. 

In relation to the shutdown of rail traffic between Arlon and Luxembourg for two weeks at Easter and from mid-July to mid-September 2018 so that the CFL can equip the line on the Grand-Ducal side, Minister Bausch confirmed that it would not be possible to find an alternative to a total break as suggested by the LCGB (eg single tracking during construction). 

It is expected that a bus service will be set up from the Arlon train station.

Regarding Viville's P & R, the LCGB pointed out that the setbacks continue to accumulate with additional infrastructure costs, long-term work on this section, lack of rolling stock, etc. Minister Bausch confirmed that this was a priority and that there was a real political will to concretise this very important project for Belgian cross-border workers. 

However, it was said that the P & R will not open before 2020 and will begin, in a first phase, with the provision of 150 seats and then to 750 seats.

On 12 May 2017, the Belgian Minister for Mobility, François Bellot, announced free parking along the Namur-Arlon railway line for cross-border commuters with a subscription. For the LCGB, this measure, which will come into effect as of December 2017, will be positive for current subscribers but will not necessarily attract new train users as spaces are already over-subscribed. Thus the LCGB insisted on the realisation of new attractive projects and offering new possibilities to potential users.

Minister François Bellot also announced the December 2017 reduction of the monthly cross-border subscriptions of €13.50 (€93.50 to €80.00 for Arlon - Luxembourg and €77.50 to €64.00 For Aubange - Luxembourg). The LCGB welcomed this approach, but called for the long-awaited tariff reduction to be extended beyond the border stations and that efforts are also being made on the annual subscription "Flex-pass".

To reduce the traffic jams between the two countries, a project to reserve a route to carpooling on the Arlon motorway in Luxembourg is under consideration. In July 2016, federal Minister of Mobility François Bellot reviewed the Highway Traffic Act for the use of the emergency stop-band, enabling carpooling on the same at peak hours by a modification of road markings and the placement of a specific signage. On the Luxembourg side, the Bridges and Roads departments are also studying the issue via a feasibility study. 

The LCGB supports the idea of ​​creating a "hub" for cross-border teleworkers. The aim would be to give frontier workers the opportunity to avoid "tele-working" closures from a place close to the border (but on the Luxembourg side in order to avoid tax and social difficulties which always Teleworking of frontier workers). The "hub" could also be more attractive if it were decorated with many parking spaces, some of which were reserved for car-pooling. The LCGB believes that this concept is part of the logic of more efficient and sustainable mobility between Belgium and the Grand Duchy.

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TIGO, a subsidiary of Millicom International Cellular S.A., was ranked among the top 25 multinational companies to work for in Latin America, across all industries, obtaining the 20th place in the 2017 Great Place to Work (GPTW) survey, which was announced yesterday in the city of Chicago, United States. This is the first time the company appeared in the top-25 rankings. 

Mauricio Ramos, CEO of Millicom, said: “We are convinced that a good work environment is the best way to obtain excellent business results and an essential element in having motivated employees. At the same time, the work that we do in the communities where we operate provides volunteering opportunities for our employees, making them part of a larger family and of a bigger mission that goes beyond their daily tasks. We are proud of this distinction because we work day after day to achieve that goal and to improve every year”.

The award was received by Luis Arturo Torres, VP of Global Talent Management at Millicom, during the Great Place to Work for All annual conference. The company employs approximately 18,000 people worldwide.

 

 
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 15:49

Quarter of Luxembourgers Rarely Use Cash

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Fewer than one in four Luxembourgers said that they only hardly ever use cash, a little more than the European average of 21%, according to the latest ING International Study (IIS)

Twenty-four percent of the Luxembourg residents questioned stated that they rarely use cash, and 28% went so far as to say they were prepared to live entirely cash-free!

A number of differences were noted between residents of Luxembourg nationality and those of other nationalities in terms of possessing cash.Thus, 18% of Luxembourgers stated that they generally had no cash, compared with 30% for other residents who are therefore higher in number. Similarly, 22% of Luxembourgers said that they could go without cash entirely if they had the choice, compared with 35% of non-nationals.

Moreover, 65% of those who reduced their use of cash over the past 12 months would like to continue doing so. And 14% of those that have not yet reduced their use of cash would like to. For the coming year, 79% of residents (all nationalities combined) stated they would like to reduce their use of cash in order to favour other payment means.

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At the meeting of EU Culture and Audiovisual Ministers in Brussels yesterday, Luxembourg’s secretary of state for culture, Guy Arendt, welcomed a proposed revision of a directive on the supply of audiovisual media services, in light of current market realities. 

For Luxembourg, the revision of the directive is of particular importance, in particular because of the question of the country of origin principle, which is the keystone of the current directive. Enabling the free circulation of audiovisual media services within the EU to benefit the wealth of European cultural offering, this principle has also been a key element that has allowed the growth of the audiovisual industry to flourish in Europe. 

Secretary Arendt welcomed the continuation of this principle in the new proposal and will continue to guide the discussions.

The secretary of state also deplored the proposed possibility of requesting financial contributions for the provision of services across borders. Recognising that the promotion of European works depends above all on the cross-border circulation of these works and that it is necessary to support investment in audiovisual production, Secretary Arendt called for caution regarding the scope.

"The text, In the current state, leaves considerable legal uncertainty and the extension to linear services also seems problematic, as we have no impact study in this regard. That is why we believe it is essential to continue working on the text to find a compromise that does not lead to market fragmentation and respects the country of origin principle”, he said. 

He therefore voted against it with a group of Member States.

 

Regus airport

The new Regus Express Business Centre in Luxembourg Airport offers a professional working environment designed to meet the needs of business travellers, with connected meeting rooms, private offices for rent and co-working stations opened up at Luxembourg Airport yesterday. 

Everything has been designed to meet the needs of today’s business travellers, enabling professionals to meet clients and partners in offices or meeting rooms, establish business communications using state-of-the-art equipment or to prepare a meeting while waiting for a flight. 

Telephones, televisions, LCD projectors and videoconferencing equipment are available in all rooms. A free, high-speed Wi-Fi network and computer equipment for printing and preparing presentations or other documents are available on site. Guests can enjoy drinks and snacks, including a breakfast menu, tea or coffee.

Located on the first floor of the Terminal, the Regus Express Center is accessible to passengers and visitors from Monday to Friday from 07:00 to 19:00, with five meeting rooms that can accommodate up to 50 participants. Co-working spaces as well as private offices are available. Bookings can be made by day, half-day or hourly. Some offices can even be rented on a monthly basis.

Moveable walls allow the rooms to be adapted to the needs of different meeting types, such as press conferences, large meetings or presentations.

Prices start at €60.

Country Manager of Regus, said “Following on from the success of Regus in Luxembourg, this is our seventh centre as we meet the increasing demand from local businesses to work when they want, where they want and how they want as part of the Regus business community. 

“As the Luxemburg market thrives, I am excited that modern and dynamic companies working there can join our 2.3 million customers and benefit from access to our global network and experience the opportunities of flexible working for themselves.” 

Johan Vanneste, CEO of lux-Airport, "We are excited to join today the group of airports that can offer a state of the art and fully equipped meeting and conference center in the Terminal. This is another important element in our portfolio to further develop our boutique airport." 

All reservations can be made directly on: www.myregus.com, by phone: (+352) 22 99 99 5200 or by e-mail: Contact.luxembourg@regus.com 

 

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