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Luxembourg’s newest Burger King will flip its first bun on Wednesday morning following the inauguration of the global chain’s first outlet in the capital city today. 

Taking over the site of the Quick restaurant on Avenue de la Gare, the 177-seat, 486 square-metre fast food outlet adds to the existing three others in the Grand Duchy. 

As is the case in Belgium, the opening of this Burger King does not call into question the existence of Quick, also held by Burger Brands Luxembourg. On the contrary, Quick and Burger King will cohabit. "We know that Luxembourgers are very attached to the Quick brand, and are confident that they will welcome Burger King with open arms. With its flame-roasted hamburgers, the chain offers a very specific offer,” said Kevin Derycke, CEO of Burger Brands Luxembourg.

Luxembourg’s newest Burger King will flip its first bun on Wednesday morning following the inauguration of the global chain’s first outlet in the capital city today.

Taking over the site of the Quick restaurant on Avenue de la Gare, the 177-seat, 486 m2 fast-food outlet adds to the existing three others in the Grand Duchy which are located close to the German and Belgian borders.

As is the case in Belgium, the opening of this Burger King does not call into question the existence of Quick, also operated by Burger Brands Luxembourg. On the contrary, Quick and Burger King will cohabit. "We know that Luxembourgers are very attached to the Quick brand, and are confident that they will welcome Burger King with open arms. With its flame-roasted hamburgers, the chain offers a very specific offer,” said Kevin Derycke, CEO of Burger Brands Luxembourg.

The company, Burger Brands Luxembourg, has recruited an additional staff for the city-centre Burger King outlet, bringing to 290 the total staff employed in Luxembourg - this includes the eight Quick restaurants operated by the company.

With an investment stated to be €967k, this Burger King outlet is at the forefront of technology as it operates six digital order terminals.

The Quick chain of restaurants has changed hands many times since it was founded in Belgium in 1971. It arrived in Luxembourg in 1983 when the Place d'Armes in Luxembourg city was the first site in the Grand Duchy for the Belgian fast-food brand. By the end of 2001, Quick has 430+ restaurants in Belgium, Luxembourg, France and the French Overseas Departments.

The Burger King brand entered Luxembourg in 2011.

In January this year, Burger Brands Belgium SA redeemed all the shares of Happy Quick SA; on 1 April 2017, Happy Quick SA changed its name to Burger Brands Luxembourg SA.

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The 6th edition of the Special Needs Awareness Weeks, led by the City's Participatory Committee in collaboration with numerous partners, opens at the Grand Théâtre in Limpertsberg 

on 2 May, the first of a series of events aimed at fostering exchanges, awareness, sensitivity and openness. The campaign ends on 29 May. 

Over the course of three weeks, a host of information stands, dining-in-the-dark events, conferences, exhibitions, sports days, film screenings and more have been created in order to bring the public closer to understanding the lives and needs of people whose experiences may hold different perspectives. 

Details of the different events are below: 

2 May — Opening of the exhibition at the Grand Théâtre bringing together the activities of many associations in the special needs field, highlighting the importance of their work and the issues faced. The opening starts at 18:00 and the exhibition will remain in place until 22 May 2017. Entrance is free. 

6 May — Action and Sports Day in the city centre. From 11:00 to 18:00, various associations will hold information booths offering demonstrations and workshops on the Place d’Armes, including Rahna assistance dogs, multi-handsports, Boccia, cyclo-dance, handbike, Luxrollers, Trikes, Joëllette and other means of sports and leisure travel, Capoeira, music by Jean Ziata. 

Meals in the dark in the Ville-Haute, Bonnevoie, Limpertsberg and Gasperich districts. 

Monday 8 May: The Tavern (Ville-Haute)

Thursday 11 May: Casa Fabiana (Bonnevoie)

Monday 15 May: Porta Nova (Limpertsberg)

Thursday 18 May: Quadro Delizioso (Gasperich)

Monday 29 May: Casa Fabiana (Bonnevoie)

Meals are served from 19:00 to 22:00. Places are limited and reservation is mandatory.

10 May — two documentaries screened at Kinepolis Kirchberg

On Wednesday 10 May, from 19:00, two documentaries will be presented at the Kinepolis Kirchberg: "SLA - There is much to do, so work! "And" Little Gray Cloud “.

The first film, lasting 20 minutes, describes the daily life of a woman with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and interviews with experts from different professional fields. The second film, lasting 85 minutes, tells the story of a woman who lives with multiple sclerosis.

An open discussion will be held after each of the screenings.

An audio description is proposed for visually impaired and blind people, and translation into German and French is available on request. Entrance is free and reservation required.

11 May -  Conference on co-production, starting at 13:30, the APEMH is offering an interactive afternoon for social, communal and public professionals together with the partners of the European project “Enable”. The aim of the conference and workshops is to find Means to involve people with specific intellectual needs in planning and providing services (products, customer service, etc.) in order to adapt them to the needs of the people concerned. The conference is in Luxembourgish, German and English. Translation into German, French, English, sign language and German written transcription is available on request. Entrance is free and reservation required.

13 May — Guided tours. From 14:30 to 16:30, four guided tours through Ville-Haute are open to all and adapted to specific needs, for people with reduced mobility (Lu/Fr), blind and partially sighted persons (Lu/Fr), persons with specific intellectual needs (Lu/Fr), and persons who are deaf or hard of hearing (De/De sign language). Entrance is free and reservation required as  places are limited (25 places per visit). Rendez-vous at the Rue du Marché-aux-Herbes, near the entrance of the Grand-Ducal Palace. 

16 May — “Specific needs" action plan, an evening of discussion to plan and structure priority actions with regards to specific needs together with all the persons, associations and institutions, from 18:30 to 22:00 at the Bonnevoie Cultural Centre. This will be in Luxembourgish, with a translation into German, French, English, German sign language and simultaneous transcription available upon request. 

17 May — Contemporary dance spectacle, Confluences21, a creation by Sylvia Camarda at 19:30 presented by Trisomie 21 Lëtzebuerg and the Kulturfabrik cultural centre. As a "jam session" or improvised musician, Confluences21 is a series of fortuitous encounters in an imaginary space that gradually opens up to the unexpected magic of human interaction.

Duration: 2h30. Audio-description available on request. Entrance is free, though reservation is recommended. In cooperation with the Grand Théâtre of the City of Luxembourg and the participatory committee "specific needs". 

20 May — Inclusion Gala: art and culture without barriers at the Conservatoire of the City of Luxembourg at 19:00. On the programme: cabaret, pantomime, music and dance presented by artists such as the soprano Noémie Desquiotz-Sunnen accompanied on piano by Pit Heyart, the artist JOMI, Rigobert Rink, Rainer Schmidt and members of the association Zesummen Aktiv - ZAK. The gala will be followed by a wine of honour.Duration: +/- 3h30. French translation, German sign language and audio description on request. Free entry. Booking is recommended.

21 May — Museum invitations with three guided tours shared between people with special needs and the general public of the new permanent exhibition "The Luxembourg Story - more than 1000 years of urban history" at the Lëtzebuerg City Museum (formerly the Museum of History of the City of Luxembourg) will be led for people who are deaf or hard of hearing (De/De sign language), at 11:30, persons with specific intellectual needs (Lu), at 13:30, and blind and partially sighted persons (Fr), at 15:30. The tours last 1h30. Free entry. Mandatory reservation. 

A complete programme of events, plus details for registration is available on:

belle etoile parc merveilleux"Small Wonders of the Equatorial Forest” opens at La Belle Etoile from 2 until 20 May 2017 for a vivid exhibition of creatures that inhabit the rich, tropical forests, including geckos, lizards, snakes, scorpions, frogs, spiders and plenty more.  

The exhibition also provides an opportunity to learn more about the dangers that threaten their futures, with a specialist on site. 

The exhibition is open to the general public as well as guided tours, in German, for groups and schools, for one hour each day. Reservations by telephone: 31 30 40.

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Communities of the Republic of Cape Verde, Luís Filipe Tavares, will visit Luxembourg this week to meet the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs, Jean Asselborn, and the Minister of Cooperation and Humanitarian Action, Romain Schneider for discussions on bilateral relations and development cooperation.

A meeting will also be held with the Director General of the Chamber of Commerce and the Cape Verdean community.

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Four companies in Luxembourg sought to benefit from partial employment measures for May this year, a drop of five on the previous month. 

The Economic Committee, chaired by Francine Closener, secretary of state for the economy, decided favourably on all four applications, with 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. 

For the companies concerned, it is expected that out of a total workforce of 606 employees, 188 will work on a reduced schedule. The expenditure payable by the Employment Fund for the month of May 2017 shall be €230,000 in the event that all the undertakings concerned benefit fully from the partial unemployment schemes granted. 

At the end of the meeting, the Secretary of State for Economy, Francine Closener, noted the effects of an emerging broad economic stabilisation. 

"The number of applications for the granting of partial unemployment that the Economic Committee is called upon to deal with is being stabilised at a very low level. We have now reached the pre-crisis level of autumn 2008 in terms of the number of applications submitted. This confirms the current economic situation in the Grand Duchy as well as the stabilisation of the economic outlook, especially for industrial enterprises," she said. 

The Economic Committee also issued positive opinions in relation to two applications for exemption from taxation of voluntary dismissal indemnities pursuant to Article 115 (10) L.I.R. Relating to the eligibility of 74 persons in the undertakings concerned.


The next meeting of the Economic Committee is scheduled for 23 May 2017.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 13:29

AmCham Event for Drone Propellor Heads

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AmCham, in association with BCE and Security, is hosting a one-day event giving drone users, fans and aficionados a chance to learn more about the whirring eyes in the sky, sharing insights and experiences with professional and private organisations and associations at the Junglinster Longwave Transmitter, CLT-Centre d’Emission in Junglinster on 27 April.  

The day brings together the experts for a series of roundtables, demos, training and discussions, as well as a cyber-security breakfast focused on security, safety and the question of whether drones are our friends or our foes.  

The full agenda is reproduced below. For more information and to register, see the website:


▪ 08:00  Open doors

▪ 08:30-10:00 Cybersecurity Breakfast#15 – Security, safety and drones, friends or foe ?

▪ 09:00 Keynote by Kenneth Sebesta, PhD, Head of Advanced Concepts at CyPhy Works Inc. : “Drone security, crossing barriers from cyber to physical”

▪ 09:20 Roundtable with the participation of Kenn Sebesta, Gary Cornelius “Security in mobile robotics”, University of Luxembourg and Pascal Kremer, Airline Safety Manager (Luxair Group)

▪ 10:00 Conclusions and networking coffee

▪ 10:00-17:00 Drone demonstrations and networking

▪ MaxxUAV.EU, Frederic Gordts – Business specialized in designing and distributing the best products for UAV

▪ Hack4Kids, Matthieu Farcot – “Drones’up”: learn how to handle drones with a dedicated programming language

▪ Service Incendie et Ambulance de la Ville du Luxembourg – First aid drone use

▪ Globe UAV – 4G LTE solution for long distance flights

▪ Agroptimize and LIST – Agroptimize business is the fruit of a collaboration between DRONE AGRICOLE, the LIST, the University of Liège, and covets to become a major European actor for decision-support tools and precision farming tool

▪ LUX-DRONES SARL, Stéphane Anxionnat – Operator, training and customized solutions for drones in Luxembourg

▪ Lugus Studios BVBA – Liftoff, a game that translates the rush of first-person view drone racing to the digital world

▪ Geocoptix and Luxsense geodata – Autonomous 3D-Mapping: fixed-wing UAV-applications for land surveying and agriculture

▪ 14:15 Opening address by Paul-Michael Schonenberg, Chairman and CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg

▪ 14:30-16:30 Drone race by “FPV Racing Luxembourg” – Click here to register

▪ 16:30-17:00 Awards ceremony for the drone race’s winners

▪ 17:00-19:05 Conference stream: A practical overview of the usage of drones by companies

▪ Henry-Michel Cauchie, LIST – “Take a fresh look at your water body: using flying wings to monitor the water quality of lakes”

▪ Pascal Kremer, Airline Safety Manager at Luxair – “Let’s fly together”, safety aspects of drone operations: an airline point of view

▪ Hans Schrauwen, Unifly – Bridging the gap between manned and unmanned aviation

▪ Geocoptix and Luxsense geodata – Autonomous 3D-Mapping: UAV applications for land surveying and agriculture

▪ 18:05-18:20 Small break

▪ Professor Holger Voos, Professor at the University of Luxembourg, Head of the Automatic Control Laboratory – Drone research at SnT, University of Luxembourg

▪ Gary Cywie, counsel, IP/TMT at Allen & Overy – “Legal aspects: civil and leisure use of drones”

▪ Anne-Laure Gérard and Sandro Monteiro, European Drone Film Festival – an artistic use of drones

▪ 19:05 Closing address by Paul-Michael Schonenberg, Chairman and CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg, followed by networking

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An exhibition of works by Nicolas Goetzinger will run at the Sandweiler Cultural Centre from 13 to 21 May, with proceeds from the exhibiton going to the Luxembourg Air Rescue Foundation. 

The Centre is open from 15:00 to 19:00 on Saturday and Sundays, from 16:00 to 21:00 on Thursdays, and from 17:00 to 19:00 on Fridays. Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 


Tuesday, 25 April 2017 12:32

Badanstalt Closed During the Summer

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The "Badanstalt" aquatic relaxation centre will be closed from 1 May to 31 July 2017 inclusive due to compliance work.

The Centre will re-open according to the usual operating hours on 1 August. 


SOSVDEM Nepal trek anapurna

The SOS Villages d’Enfants Monde Nepal Challenge 2017 has raised more than €60,000 to support communities in Nepal still recovering from the devastating earthquake that struck the region in April 2015. 

Twenty walkers from seven different countries took part in the eight-day walk from Pokhara to Annapurna base camp and an altitude of 4,130 metres,  raising the funds to support actions in Kavre, to the east of Kathmandu, and Jorpati, a suburb in the capital. 

Among the walkers, Sophie Glesener, director of SOS VdEM, Anne Schweizer, head of partnerships, and Guy Loesch, a member of the board of directors, also took part.  In Kavre, the organisation welcomes 145 young people and is a resource for more than 1,500 more through education and social programmes. In Jorpati, 45 children with special needs receive additional care and support. 

The trek was hard-going with a positive elevation of 5,600 m, said Anne Schweizer on her return. "We started the adventure at Kimche at 1,300 m and passed through dazzling and diverse landscapes up to the rocky and icy summit. An experience all the more wonderful when we knew that reaching the summit also means giving vulnerable children the means to build their future,” she said.


Global satellite communications company, SES, is joining up with Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI and Newtec for an immersive virtual reality (VR) demo in a live, 360-degree Ultra HD satellite broadcast from the exhibit floor of the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, this week. 

The live VR broadcast will originate from Fraunhofer HHI’s OmniCam-360 camera, which will capture the sights and sounds of the SES event booth at NAB. The 10K x 2K panoramic broadcast signal will be transmitted over an SES satellite to multiple Ultra HD TV screens and VR goggles at the SES booth and other locations throughout the Las Vegas Convention Centre.

The transmission will be optimised using Newtec’s next-generation DVB-S2X modulator and demodulator, designed to drive better bandwidth efficiency and higher performance throughout the broadcast.

“Satellites offer the best, most robust distribution platform for the new era of immersive Ultra HD and virtual reality television experiences because they can easily manage the huge volumes of video data these services require,” said Thomas Wrede, VP reception systems for SES. 

“Using the innovative DVB-S2X transmission standard allows us to optimise bandwidth-efficiency and the service availability of such new services. This is an important milestone for SES and the television industry and shows that we continue to innovate and create new business opportunities for our video customers.” 

“The future-proof and award-winning Newtec MCX7000 Multi-Carrier Satellite Gateway is ideally suited to support innovative ideas,” said Hans Massart, Maret Director, Broadcast, Newtec. “The easily upgradeable nature of this DVB-S2X platform allows us to keep optimising not only efficiency but also the effective use of space segment. Single, multi- and channel-bonded transmission of high bitrate content, such as Ultra HD TV and Virtual Reality programming, can be supported.”

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