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The Council of Ministers of Education and Youth of the European Union (EU) met in Brussels yesterday.

Despite the 2008 Recommendation on the European Qualifications Framework, the Ministers adopted new Council Recommendations on the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning. The purpose of these new recommendations is to address the problems and limitations of the former.

Subsequently, a report on the state of play of the revision of the European framework for the transparency of qualifications, Europass, introduced in 2004, was presented to the ministers before they actively participated in an orientation debate on the expression of learners As part of an improvement and modernisation of the systems to ensure quality education for all.

Minister Claude Meisch stressed that in order to achieve this goal, a series of measures must be put in place, to give schools greater autonomy or to develop modern didactic materials to respond to the digital revolution. According to the minister, young people must be actively involved in this process and they must be helped to become active and responsible citizens.

In conclusion, Member States expressed the need for international efforts to collect and analyse data on citizenship and inclusion. The Minister affirmed that Luxembourg has always been in favour of participation in international studies such as the PISA study. He suggested, however, that more robust and relevant frameworks for such assessments be established, taking into account country specificities. According to Claude Meisch, one must stop the "rankings" of countries that simply compare what is incomparable.

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Luxaviation Helicopters and Azur Helicopter have launched a new partnership offering integrated private helicopter and jet services for customers visiting the south of France. 

Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation group, will work with Azur Helicopters, one of the first helicopter companies based at Nice Côte d'Azur International and Cannes-Mandelieu airports, to provide customers with helicopter transfers to their final destination in the region. 

Azur Helicopter customers will conversely have access to the Luxaviation Group's fleet of more than 260 aircraft.

Elodie Mekhmoukh, commercial director of Azur Helicopter, will manage the charter office of Luxaviation on the Côte d'Azur and will coordinate charter requests. 

Charlotte Pedersen, Managing Director of Luxaviation Helicopters, said, "Azur Helicopter was our first choice for a partnership on the Côte d'Azur because of its sustainable location in the region, its high level of quality, safety and support to customers. We seek to partner with companies that meet our high standards for private aviation and those with which we can build a long-term relationship for the benefit of our customers“.

Michel de Rohozinski, CEO of Azur Hélicoptère, said, "This partnership is an exciting time for our business and our customers. We look forward to working closely with Luxaviation and providing exceptional service in the South of France. We will work together to develop our customer service, operational support and future business development”.

 

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The Economic Committee chaired by the Secretary of State for Economy, Francine Closener, received and granted seven applications for partial unemployment for the month of June, three more than for May. 

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. In the companies concerned, it is expected that out of a total workforce of 952 people, 442 employees will work on a reduced schedule. 

The expenditure incurred by the Employment Fund for the month of June 2017 shall be €672.550 in the event that all the undertakings concerned benefit fully from the partial unemployment schemes granted.

The next meeting of the Economic Committee is set for 28 June 2017.

 

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 15:50

Nine More "Bed + Bike" Labels Awarded

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Nine guesthouses joined the “Bed + Bike” club during an official award ceremony yesterday presented by Secretary of State for Economy Francine Closener,.

Meeting the specific needs of bikers, the "Bed + Bike" label indicates that the establishments serve a hearty breakfast rich in vitamins, provide a repair kit for bicycles and welcome cyclists for a single night. These criteria guarantee that cyclists are welcome in each of the 91 establishments in Luxembourg so far accredited with the "Bed + Bike" label.

Speaking at the ceremony, Secretary Closener said "The Bed + Bike label is a guarantee of quality, which ensures that the accommodation establishments have adapted their infrastructures to the expectations The label is perfectly in line with our efforts to promote Luxembourg as a destination of choice for cycling enthusiasts."

The establishments classified "Bed + Bike" in 2017 are the following:

Hotel Bon Repos in Scheidgen

Apartment Schroeder in Hautbellain

Terrace Hotel in Bettendorf

Ecological and tourist center in Hosingen

Cocoon Hotel Belair in Bourscheid-Plage

Cocoon Hotel La Rive in Bourscheid-Plage

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

Hotel Trail-Inn in Berdorf

Camping Route du Vin in Grevenmacher

The full list of approved establishments is available at: http://www.bedandbike.lu/.

Image: Francine Closener with Luis Soares

 

 

Global satellite communications company, SES, has partnered up with Patrakom, a telecommunications and network services provider in Indonesia, in order to set up high-speed connectivity to passenger vessels and oil barges on domestic routes in Indonesia.

As part of a multi-year agreement, SES Networks and Patrakom will be providing connectivity for over 80 vessels via SES-9 located at 108.2 degrees East. SES-9 is SES’s largest satellite for Asia-Pacific, and has a powerful mobility beam to provide coverage for vessels sailing across the East Indian Ocean.

The newly-created highly customer focused data division SES Networks is leveraging the extensive infrastructure, networks and operations to better meet the distinct needs of SES’s customers. The SES Networks business unit allows SES to deliver increasingly differentiated satellite-enabled solutions for data-centric segments, one of them being Mobility.

“At Patrakom, we provide daily connectivity to hundreds of vessels sailing across the Indonesian waters. Today, many of these vessels are limited by the level of connectivity due to the high entry barriers to get access to satellite communications. SES-9’s high-power mobility beam delivers seamless and reliable coverage over high-traffic domestic routes, enabling a cost-effective usage of bandwidth for our maritime customers,” said Endi Fitri, Director of Business Development at Patrakom.

Steve Collar, CEO at SES Networks, said, “We recognise a growing need for easily customisable and scalable connectivity solutions for the evolving maritime market. We are continuously enhancing our mobility capabilities with this in mind, and are pleased to support Patrakom with tailored bandwidth and coverage, offering them the flexibility to cater for the diverse connectivity needs of their maritime customers. The capacity provided by SES-9, with its dedicated mobility beam for maritime communications, is also well-suited for comprehensive coverage over Indonesian waters.”

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The Minister for Higher Education and Research, Marc Hansen, yesterday received Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, President of the Scientific Council of the European Research Council (ERC) for a review of the 10-year history of the ERC program and possible evolution of the ERC in the next European Union Framework Program for Research. 

Currently, seven ERC laureates perform their research at the University of Luxembourg. The ERC fellowships of the European Union's Horizon 2020 program are aimed at high-level researchers and enable innovative high-risk research, the only criterion for selection being scientific excellence.

Image: Minister Marc Hansen with Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

 

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A total of 3,444 candidates, including 1,959 young women, 57%, and 1,485 young men, will sit down to their first written examinations for secondary and technical secondary finals tomorrow. 

For the secondary school finals, 1,698 pupils — 920 young women and 778 young men — will be hoping to do their best, while 1,709 pupils will be taking the secondary technical finals, of whom 1,020 are young women, and 689 young men. 

Twelve pupils are taking the technician training review, half male, half female, while 25 evening school students, 13 female and 12 male, will also start their exams.

Written, oral or practical tests are evaluated by 1,244 members of 180 examination committees.

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Luxembourg Health Minister Lydia Mutsch met with representatives of ASBL Europa Donna Luxembourg this month to hear their results for the the second Women's Journey on Breast Cancer survey in the fall of 2015.

Established in 2002, Europa Donna Luxembourg (EDL) is focused on the fight against breast cancer, and more specifically, to listening to and supporting the women concerned.

219 women participated in the survey, the objective of which was to determine whether, in Luxembourg, the care of women with breast cancer was adequate and of optimum quality, especially in terms of quality of life and care. 

Although the results of the first survey (2004) showed that psychological treatment in hospitals was very weak, considerable efforts have been made since then, as EDL President Mariette Fischbach observed. Ten years later, 68% of participants said they were generally satisfied with the management of breast cancer.

Nevertheless, for EDL, improvements remain to be made so that each breast cancer patient is treated optimally and adapted to his disease in every hospital in the country.

During the interview, Lydia Mutsch particularly congratulated the members of Europa Donna Luxembourg for their exemplary and voluntary commitment. 

"It is so important not to leave women alone with their illness. At Europa Donna, they can interact with other women concerned, who live in similar situations. They can talk about their worries and anxieties and see that they are not alone. This is an essential element in the fight against this atrocious disease!” said Minister Mutsch. 

In this regard, Lydia Mutsch has been open to support the association in its approach to healthcare professionals and the hospital sector, and recalled the close collaboration that has existed for many years with the Mammography Service of the Ministry of Health, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. 

Image: Dr Nathalie De Rekeneire, Dr Simone Steil, Mariette Fischbach, Astrid Scharpantgen, lydia-mutsch, Anne-Calteux

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Fourty-four museums across Luxembourg opened their doors for free last weekend, part of a tradition that goes back 20 years, welcoming more than 15,000 visitors. 

Among them, four museums were participating for the first time, the Nature and Forest Biodiversum Center and the Valentiny Foundation in Remerschen, the Regional Museum of Forced Entries in Dudelange and the De Schmelzaarbeschter Iron and Steel Museum in Esch-sur-Alzette.

The initiative’s popularity has grown enormously over the years charting a 500% rise in visitor numbers since the inaugural year in 1998.

Among the special events organised this year, Luxembourg city saw a special guided tour through Casino Luxembourg, the Cercle Cité, the National Museum of History and Art and the Villa Vauban - Art Museum of the City of Luxembourg, with a special focus on European Photography Month.

 

 

 

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Young football enthusiasts from the Lycée Technique de Lallange organised the first ever Teqball tournament in the Grand Duchy at the Rives de Clausen last Saturday.

The idea began last October, when Ronaldhino came to Luxembourg to present the Teqball — www.teqball.com — for the first time. 

The two-player teams tested their agility and technique during 10-minute games, joined by the Teqball ambassador to Luxembourg, Roby Langers.

The sport has already taken off in other countries such as Hungary and France and the winning team from the new Luxembourg tournament will represent Luxembourg at the first Teqball World Cup in Hungary on 22 June.

Teams in second and third place earned VIP access to the Teqball All Stars event on Saturday 30 September at the Atert Center in Bertrange and will bring together known players such as Simão Sabrosa, Nicolas Anelka and Roby Langers. 

Other players will be announced soon.

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