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During his state visit to China this week, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, was welcomed by China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang on 12 June, and by the President of the People's Republic of China and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, Xi Jinping, on 14 June. 

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg welcomed the strengthening of relations between China and Luxembourg. 

"45 years after the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries, our partnership is today very diversified, especially in the financial, logistics and cultural sectors, and has great potential for the future. I am thinking in particular of the new air freight company between Cargolux and HNCA and the presence of the six Chinese banks in Luxembourg. Other banks are finalising the procedures to settle in Luxembourg”, said the prime minister. 

Xavier Bettel also met with leaders of Chinese companies active in the field of information technology and communication and also in the field of FinTech. In this context, the Prime Minister presented the new Luxembourg House of FinTech (LHoFT) structure and its potential to host new foreign companies in Luxembourg.

Finally, Xavier Bettel was received by the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, Zhang Dejiang.

The prime minster was accompanied by the Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, François Bausch, and Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna, as well as an economic delegation composed of representatives of Cargolux Airlines International, SES Astra and Promotion of the Luxembourg for Finance financial sector.

Image: Xavier Bettel with Zhang Dejiang, president of the permanent committee of the popular national assembly of China. Photo supplied. 


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On 8 July 2017, elections will be held for the appointment of representatives of foreigners to the National Council for Foreigners (CNE).

The Luxembourg Office for Hospitality and Integration has issued a call for those with ideas, concrete proposals on integration or who want to get involved, to become a candidate for the election of the CNE. 

The CNE is an advisory body established by law, which is responsible for studying, either on its own initiative or at the request of the government, matters concerning foreigners and their integration.

Any person of a non-Luxembourg nationality, who is 18 years of age on election day and domiciled in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and is not deprived of his or her right to vote, may participate as a candidate in the elections and make a commitment.

22 representatives and 22 alternate representatives will be elected.

Candidates must declare themselves or be registered with the Luxembourg Office for Reception and Integration (OLAI) at least eight days before the date fixed for the ballot, 30 June 2017 at the latest.

Simply send a declaration with full name, nationality, date of birth, domicile and profession. This declaration, dated and signed, is a commitment to not withdrawing the application.

An application form can be obtained on request and is available on the OLAI website:

The nomination paper shall be accompanied by:

Copy of a birth certificate,
A document documenting the candidate's nationality,
Of an extract from the criminal record no. 3.

For further information please contact:

Luxembourg Office for Reception and Integration (OLAI)
Such. : 247-75762, Fax: 247-85720
7-9 avenue Victor Hugo
L-1750 Luxembourg

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Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna is on his way to San Francisco next week for a three day FinTech mission. 

Between 19 and 21 June, he will visit several companies and incubators to learn about the latest developments and trends in this area and to promote Luxembourg s a European hub and privileged ecosystem for innovative start-ups. The minister will be accompanied by Nicolas Mackel, CEO of Luxembourg for Finance, and Nasir Zubairi, CEO of Luxembourg House of Financial Technology (LHoFT).


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On Tuesday this week, the new extension to the Jardins d’Alysea residential care home in Crauthem was inaugurated in the presence of Family Minster Corinne Cahen and Roeser’s Mayor Tom Jungen. 

The extension adds 44 beds in single rooms and apartments with private bathrooms, suitable for autonomous or semi-autonomous living, of which 35 are reserved for people with diminished memory capacity. It also contains small lounges on each floor, a cafeteria, secured terrace and its own restaurant that can be repurposed as required. 



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To celebrate the start of the fourth stage of the Tour de France in Mondorf-les-Bains, CASINO 2OOO is organising a charity meal for the benefit of the NGO, SOS Villages d'Enfants Monde, on 4 July. 

The events will include music performances by Les Gavroches, Top Fanfare and DJ Maji, presented by Camille Ney. The Tour de France will be screened during the events. 

On the menu are a split pea cappuccino cream, a Riesling pâté, and veal rumpsteak, topped of with the Dessert of the Tour. 

The event will have two sittings, at 13:00 and 19:00. Tickets are €50, and can be booked online:

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Luxembourg received 199 applications for international protection in May, bringing the total received so far this year up to 1068. 

A quarter of the applications came from Eritrean nationals, accounting for almost 80% of the applications from that country this year. Meanwhile the number of applicants from Syria dropped to 25.  

Last month, the government recognised 74 applications for protection, bringing the total up to 345 for the year. Seventy-two applications were refused.

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A6/A1 Westbound Closures this Weekend

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The Bridges and Roads Administration will be carrying out maintenance work on the surface of the A6 and A1 motorway between the Crosses of Gasperich and Cessange in the direction of Belgium from 19:00 on 16 June until 06:00 on 19 June. 

Traffic moving eastward is not affected by this site. 

For westward traffic, a series of diversions will be in place. 

From 19:00 on 16 June until 06:00 on 19 June, the westward lanes between the Gasperich and Cessange crosses will be closed to all traffic. 

The following access and exit ramps to the cross of Gasperich are also barred to traffic:

The access roads of the Cross of Gasperich coming from Metz of the A3 motorway and in the direction of the A6 and A1 motorways;

The access road of the cross of Gasperich coming from the roundabout Gluck of the A3 and in direction of the A6 motorway;

The exit of the cross of Gasperich coming from the Howald tunnel of the A1 motorway and in the direction of the Gluck roundabout of the A3 motorway.

The following diversions will be in place: 

Traffic coming from the Howald tunnel on the A1 motorway towards Luxembourg-Ville is diverted from the Gasperich cross to the Livange interchange (back to the Gluck roundabout). 

Traffic from the Howald tunnel on the A1 motorway and from the Gluck roundabout on the A3 motorway towards the Croix de Cessange on the A6 motorway is deflected from the Gasperich cross via the A3, Cross of Bettembourg, the A13, the junction of Esch and the A4 until the cross of Cessange. 

Traffic coming from the Howald tunnel on the A1 motorway and towards the Gluck roundabout on the A3 motorway and diverted from the Gasperich cross via the A3 and the Livange interchange and back to The cross of Gasperich;

Traffic coming from Metz from the A3 motorway and towards the cross of Cessange is deviated from the cross of Bettembourg via the A13, the junction of Esch and the A4 until the cross of Cessange.


road safety consultations

The Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures, François Bausch, will be at Diekirch primary school on Stehresplaz on 19 June for a public discussion on road safety, part of a series of such public consultations.

The session starting at 19:00 is open to anyone from the public who wishes to give or hear any ideas, suggestions, or complaints about road safety in Luxembourg, following a short presentation. The session will be simultaneously translated into French. Entrance is free. 



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Researchers from the University of Luxembourg in cooperation with the University of Strasbourg have developed a computational method that could be used to help surgeons during brain surgery when they are essentially operating “in the dark”, with a limited view of the surface of the organ on which they are working, and typically cannot see what lies hidden inside. 

To help them “see” during surgery, quality images are routinely taken prior to surgery but become obsolete once the operation begins as the position of the surgeon’s target and the areas he must avoid continuously change. This forces practitioners to rely on experience when defining the parameters for removing a tumour without damaging healthy tissue or cutting through important blood supplies. 

Stéphane Bordas, a professor in Computational Mechanics at the Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication of the University of Luxembourg, and his team have developed methods to train surgeons, to help them rehearse for such complex operations and guide them during surgery. To do this, the team develops mathematical models and numerical algorithms to predict the deformation of the organ during surgery and provide information on the current position of target and vulnerable areas. With such tools, the practitioner could virtually rehearse a particular operation to anticipate potential complications.

As the brain is a composite material, made up of grey matter, white matter and fluids, the researchers use data from medical imaging, such as MRI to decompose the brain into sub-volumes, similar to lego blocks. The colour of each lego block depends on which material it represents: white, grey or fluid. This colour-coded “digital lego brain” consists of thousands of these interacting and deforming blocks which are used to compute the deformation of the organ under the action of the surgeon. The more blocks the researchers use to model the brain, the more accurate is the simulation. However, it becomes slower, as it requires more computing power. For the user, it is therefore important to find the right balance between accuracy and speed when he decides how many blocks to use.

The crucial aspect of Professor Bordas’ work is that it allows, for the first time, to control both the accuracy and the computational time of the simulations. “We developed a method that can save time and money to the user by telling them the minimum size these lego blocks should have to guarantee a given accuracy level. For instance, we can say with certainty: if you can accept a ten per cent error range then your lego blocks should be maximum 1mm, if you are ok with twenty percent you could use 5mm elements,” he explains. “The method has two advantages: You have an estimation of the quality and you can focus the computational effort only on areas where it is needed, thus saving precious computational time.”

Over time, the researchers’ goal is to provide surgeons with a solution that can be used during operations, constantly updating the simulation model in real time with data from the patient. But, according to Professor Bordas, it will take a while before this is realised. 

“We still need to develop robust methods to estimate the mechanical behaviour of each lego block representing the brain. We also must develop a user-friendly platform that surgeons can test and tell us if our tool is helpful,” he said. 

The researchers have published their findings in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.

Image: Professor Stephane Bordas. Photo supplied. 

SES Orange CAR

Global satellite communications company, SES Networks, is partnering up with mobile and internet service providers, Orange Central African Republic, to provide connectivity services in the country where Orange will use SES Network’s IP Transit solution in order to provide faster 3G services and internet connections for business. 

SES says that using their Medium Earth Orbit fleet and extensive ground infrastructure will allow Orange Central African Republic to offer their customers unprecedented internet availability and speed, bringing seamless connectivity to hundreds of thousands of Central Africans. 

“A satellite-based solution is ideal for a country like Central African Republic, with its challenging terrain and lack of terrestrial infrastructure, resulting in low internet penetration. This new solution offers instant reach and better speed, allowing access to the very best of enterprise applications and a seamless user experience for all customers,” said Corinne Lozé, CEO at Orange Central African Republic. 

“We were the first operator to launch a 3G network and are currently covering ten cities in the country. We are also providing mobile data and payment services in four major cities through the Orange Money service. We are excited about our partnership with SES Networks, and what it will bring to further improve the telecoms sector in the Central African Republic.” 

“We are delighted to partner with Orange on this extremely important project in the Central African Republic. It will allow us to leverage our extensive capabilities in space and on the ground, together with the strong position Orange has in this market,” said Carole Kamaitha, VP Africa at SES Networks.

“Our joint efforts will provide opportunities for local businesses and help bridge the digital divide, bringing connectivity even in remote areas where terrestrial telecoms infrastructures are not sufficient.”


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