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The eighth Intra-Urban Youth Dance Festival will kick off in Constitution Square this Saturday, with 18 groups from across the region bringing their skills to the floor. 

Organised by the City of Luxembourg's Youth and Social Intervention Service and the Luxembourg City Tourist Office, the troupes include The Girls In Planet J (B), Aim (L), Aim To Inspire , Lil Soldiers (L), In Motion (L), Sexto Sentido (L), Key To Arts (L), Discovery Crew F), Kidzoo (F), No Blaze (F), Black Illusion (L), 4 Step (D), TBF (D) and Be-Mixed (L). The show takes place between 15:00 and 18:00. 

This year, the festival will be closed by one of the troops from the Breakin 'Convention, Just Dance from South Korea.

 

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The Caritas Luxembourg stand selling rosaries and objects of worship at the Oktavmäertchen last May raised €8,600 for children in need in Luxembourg.

In Luxembourg, one in four children is likely to become poor and remain poor. In response, Caritas Luxembourg has been working on a number of fronts for many years, including combatting school drop-outs to prevent young people from social exclusion, supporting families in their educational role, and helping to build strong family ties.

Yesterday afternoon, Caritas Luxembourg President Marie-Josée Jacobs thanked the volunteers who took turns at the stand for their faithful commitment and support for children in need.

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The Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth has just launched "eduBoard", a new application for all students in vocational training.

Accessible at www.eduboard.lu, the dashboard allows each student to follow their training course and individual progress online, whether registered in a DT (technician's degree), DAP (Vocational qualification) or CCP (certificate of professional competence). 

EduBoard allows students to see how many modules they must follow during training, how many modules are already completed and which remain to be completed in order to successfully finalise the different stages of their progression. The information in "eduBoard" is updated semi-annually at the end of the class councils.

Access to the eduBoard is strictly personal and secured by means of the Identity and Access Management (IAM) identity and access management system set up by the Education Management Information Center (CGIE) of the Ministry of National Education, Children and Youth.

The "eduBoard" platform is in addition to the 154 explanatory sheets on vocational training offered in the lycées in Luxembourg, published at the beginning of 2016-2017. It thus complements the information system that is indispensable for the guidance and progression of pupils in vocational training.

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Luxembourg’s secretary of state for economy, Francine Closener, yesterday presented a project from RegiÔtels, a marketing and online booking system for the hotels in the Mullerthal-Petite Suisse Luxembourgeoise region. 

The service aims to optimise, maintain and update client websites and enhance their digital interaction with external online booking portals. 

Hotels can register voluntarily, and RegiOtels receives a commission on the back of bookings made through the service. The hotel is responsible for all fees charged by hotels for all reservations made through external online booking portals by RegiOtels.

Secretary Closener welcomed the initiative, saying"By launching the project, RegiÔtels recognises the development potential of the hotel sector in the region. The project will be a win-win situation for all stakeholders: it benefits both the participating hotels and the Mullerthal - Petite Suisse Luxembourgeoise region, which sees its hotel offer better promoted, it also benefits the customer whose approach to finding and booking a room is made easier and, finally, the project promotes Luxembourg as a tourist destination”.

The project was developed by hospitality professional Gregory Tugendhat, who has worked extensively in the industry.

"The vision for digitalising the hospitality industry in Luxembourg is the driving force behind this Innovative start-up project, a partnership between public and private initiatives. RegiOtels will establish a level playing field in hospitality for regional independent hotels to combine their forces and get the economies of scale to obtain sales and marketing support that larger organisations are capable of generating. By having a similar digital presence and on-line penetration, the focus will be more on enabling the hoteliers to concentrate on what they do best: looking after the guest”, he said. 

So far, eight hotels have confirmed their participation in the project which is financially supported by the Ministry of Economy, namely Romantik Hotel Bel-Air, Sport & Wellness, Hotel Au Vieux Moulin, Hotel Le Postillon, Hotel Eden au Lac (Echternach), Trail-Inn, Natur & Sporthotel (Berdorf), Hotel Brimer (Grundhof), Hotel Le Cigalon (Mullerthal), Hotel Bon Repos (Scheidgen). 

These establishments account for 37% of the region's hotel capacity, which corresponds to a total of 246 hotel rooms, the amount required to make the project economical from a commercial point of view. Other institutions in the region can participate in the project at any time.

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Luxembourg’s Project Management Institute — PMI Luxembourg Chapter — is hosting a seminar of Project Assurance, a method for more flexible project management, at the Chambre de Métiers on 27 June. 

“While traditional project management methodologies are sometimes showing their limits, in particular with regards to the delivery of high-change projects, organisations are more and more opting for Agile Project methodologies. However, not all projects and programs are suited to be managed in an agile way.

“For such a projects, Project Assurance is certainly an option to be considered especially in case of high risks and high capital projects. Being a project role in itself, Project Assurance aims at providing independent and objective oversight to third parties in order to increase the delivery confidence of a project or a programme”.

The speaker is Cédric Schumacker, who has worked for PwC Luxembourg for more than 10 years within both the Advisory and Assurance line of Services. During his career, he has carried out many project implementation assurance and project delivery assignments mainly in the financial sector.

Being part of the FS consulting practice, he is currently in charge of the quality management and testing as well as project implementation assurance service team. 

Cédric also worked for more than four years within the system and process assurance practice, where he got very familiar with internal controls framework and acquired audit technics and methodologies.

He is certified Prince II, Agile Project Management and CISA (Certified Information System Audit).

He holds a Master in Business Engineering from the FUCaM (Facultés Universitaires Catholiques de Mons) in Belgium and has also followed a master in Business Information Management at the Rotterdam School of Management of Erasmus University.

Event agenda:

18:30 - Registration

19:00 - Welcome

19:05 - Project Assurance

20:10 - Questions & Answers

20:30 - Conclusions & Networking cocktail

21:30 - End of event

PDUs are offered to PMI members, both Chapter members and non-Chapter members.

Participation is free of charge for PMI members and €30 for non-members. Please note that the number of seats is limited and online pre-registration is required before 15:00 on 24 June: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/project-assurance-tickets-35324903738?mc_cid=cdefeae306&mc_eid=754da6681f

Attendees are asked to print the ticket that will be sent on registrationto the event as it will be needed to validate identity.

The event will be held at: Chambre des Métiers (and not Chambre de Commerce), 2, Circuit de la Foire Internationale, L-1016 Luxembourg-Kirchberg.

 

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During this weekend’s 50th International March in Diekirch, Luxembourg’s hereditary grand duke joined the army’s marching team consisting of an officer, NCO, corporal and 13 volunteer soldiers for the 40km relays taken on each day. 

On the first day, Francine Closener, secretary of state for defence, joined the team at the intersection of the Haemerich courses to accompany the team for the final 12km to Diekirch .

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Deloitte Luxembourg has published the Deloitte Digital Banking Benchmark 2017, a multi-dimensional analysis of Luxembourg’s digital retail banking market with a view on improvements made over the last two years and a comparison with banks from neighbouring countries.

The digital revolution is disrupting the relationship between banks and their clients and new features continuously appear to enhance customer experience. However, Luxembourg banks do not seem to have implemented tremendous improvements in terms of digital channels over the past two years .In front of fully-digital banks, FinTechs, and non-traditional competitors, banks struggle to deliver innovative functionalities and are still hesitating about the key priorities to pursue.

With 230 criteria regarding public websites, web banking, and mobile applications of around ten Luxembourg banks, the study aims to provide banks with a better understanding of their performance around eight key dimensions: on-boarding, content and functionality, design and ergonomics, navigation, cybersecurity features, advice, credit and account closing.  

The report can be found online: https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/lu/Documents/financial-services/Banking/lu-digital-banking-benchmark.pdf

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The first commercially manufactured all-electric Volvo buses started operating in the city of Differdange at the beginning of this month.  

“The start of operations with the Volvo 7900 Electric marks yet another important step for all of us who work for a cleaner, quieter urban environment and more attractive public transport. Together with Differdange and Sales-Lentz we are in the vanguard of next-generation public transport,” said Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses.

Differdange’s focus on electrically powered buses is part of the city’s sustainability drive, with public transport forming a crucial focus area. The four electric buses are used on four routes of between 8 to 9.5 kilometres. Each bus is driven approximately 25 minutes before their batteries are fast-charged in around five minutes at their end stations. The charging stations were supplied by Heliox.  

“Full electric was the next logical step after electric-hybrid, ahead in our strategy for sustainable urban mobility. Beginning September 2016, Sales-Lentz Autocars was commissioned a major project in green urban mobility: the Differdange-city buses 100% electric 12m urban buses. Start of operation: 2 May 2017. We are excited to have done this turn-around in exactly nine months with a very strong team formed of Volvo Gothenburg, Volvo Competence Centre in Luxembourg, the city of Differdange, Heliox, ElectroWatt, Sales-Lentz technical department, and several other strong partners”, said Jos Sales, director of Sales-Lentz.

In addition to the all-electric Volvo 7900 Electric, the Volvo Buses range of electrified vehicles includes hybrid buses and electric hybrid buses (plug-in hybrids). All told, the company has sold more than 3300 electrified Volvo buses globally.  

The Volvo 7900 Electric bus is a two-axle, 12 metre long city bus with a low floor and three doors that can carry 85 passengers. It has an 80% lower energy consumption than a comparable diesel bus. The engine is silent, and exhaust free, equipped with an electric motor and lithium-ion batteries. 

The OppCharge (Opportunity Charging) point is an open interface between charging station and vehicle, with a charging power of 150, 300 or 450kW.  A pantograph fitted to the overhead pylon makes it possible to use a cost-effective solution with low weight on the bus roof. Conductive charging using current collectors, with communication between bus and charging station via Wi-Fi. 

 

APATEQ Scandlines

Luxembourgish clean-tech company APATEQ has been chosen as the supplier for cleaning Scandlines ferries’ closed loop exhaust gas scrubber. 

APATEQ’s treatment system, MarinePaq, cleans the scrub water and produces an effluent according to the most stringent environmental legislation, while achieving substantial savings on operation costs and flexibility gains for the fleet said the company in a statement. 

The system has been installed in two containers stacked one on top of the other at the harbour in Gedser. The scrub water treatment system cleans the scrub water in a five-step process that is sufficiently effective that the cleaned water can be discharged into the harbour according to the most stringent environmental legislation, being substantially beneficial for the environment. 

By operating the MarinePaq on shore, Scandlines may save expensive water disposal costs for hauling the scrub water to the nearest industrial wastewater treatment facility. The shipping company is also not dependent on the availability of external water disposal providers, thereby saving time and gaining flexibility. As the scrub water does not need to be treated at centralised wastewater treatment plants anymore, the MarinePaq contributes to a relief of these often overloaded facilities. 

According to APATEQ, the onshore treatment of the MarinePaq also achieves a much higher quality of purification than any other existing scrub water treatment system, such as the ones offered for on board applications. Heavy metals, COD, nitrite, sulphites and nitrates are being reduced to much lower levels than any other solution currently implemented. As a result, Scandlines may count on an infrastructure that is capable of facing toughening and constantly evolving regulations. 

 

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The Automobile Club of Luxembourg is hosting its traditional child seat market sale at the ACL premises in Bertrange on 17 June. 

The event runs during the day, though the hours between 09:00 and 12:00 are reserved for ACL members (with membership card). 

More than 250 seats in different categories are available, as well as booster seats. ACL employees will be on hand to provide information on systems, standards and assembly. All the seats will have been checked for compliance with European safety standards. 

Cash only. 

 

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