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The Gaston Diderich primary school in Belair is holding its second Sponsored Run on 14 June, organised by the School Committee in collaboration with the Education Department of the City of Luxembourg and Association of Parents of Students.

Some 400 students from cycles 1 to 4 of the Gaston Diderich School are taking part in the event, each of whom is required to find sponsors for the student’s participation in the 800 metre run through Gaston Diderich Avenue, Charles Arendt Street and Amsterdam Street.

At the end of the event the pupils will collect the amount due to them which will be given to an association organised and supported by a school teacher to build a school in the village of Bimbo in the Central African Republic.

 

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The new route of the tangential line RGTR 226 was presented today by the minister for sustainable development and infrastructure, François Bausch. 

As part of the schedule change of  19 June 2017, RGTR line 226 will operate from Bertrange via Leudelange, Helfent, Cloche d'Or, Howald, to Alzingen. At the same time, it will benefit, together with 83 other lines, from the commissioning of "real time" which will allow users to consult the actual schedules of public transport on his smartphone or the screens on buses.

The new route is perfectly in line with the government's strategy of linking the municipalities of the "DICI" (Coordinated and Integrative Community Development) Convention among themselves, with a view to improving public transport in the zones of activity south of the Countries, currently in full development.

The direct line will therefore allow the traveler from Hesperange not to pass through the central station to reach the other localities of the journey. 

"In addition, we use this line as a pilot project for the electro-mobility of public transport in the urban space," said François Bausch. "The principle of tangential lines will enable us to improve mobility in the Southern region and to connect ideally the commercial and industrial zones in full development. Similarly, Frisange's P + R will be expanded to allow a maximum number of people to change their mode of transport".

The line will operate from Mondays to Saturdays, from 05:00 to 22:40.

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The City of Luxembourg is holding an open day at the "Klouschtergaart", at the foot of the Bock rock, dedicated entirely to plants traditionally grown in Luxembourg and their conservation on 16 June. 

Over the course of the day, the 3000 square metre garden with its particular micro-climate and more than 60 species of native plants will be open to the public.  

Among the bloomers on display will be anthemis dyers, vegetable beetroot, cantaloupe, chervis, common gesse, adzuki beans, Sainte-Barbe grass, Jerusalem artichoke and more. 

The gardener of the Klouschtergaart and Park officials will guide visitors through the garden, present the different ways of harvesting seeds, share tips and tricks on growing plants and explain the importance of agro-biodiversity for traditional species for the survival of species traditionally grown in our regions.

In addition to raising public awareness, the City of Luxembourg is also committed to the reintroduction of traditional plants in private gardens. Thus, on 16 June, seed packets of useful plants and forgotten vegetables, harvested in the "Klouschtergaart" will be distributed to visitors until stocks are exhausted.

Information on the different plants and gardening tips are available as a PDF document on the website of the City of Luxembourg: www.vdl.lu, or on request from the Parks Department (4796-2867).

The day runs from 10:00 to18:00, with an official opening in the presence of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen at 14:00. Entrance is free. 

The next guided tours of the "Klouschtergaart" will take place from 11:00 to 13:00 on the following dates:

Thursday 13 July 2017

Thursday 10 August 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017

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Professional women’s networking association, The Network, is hosting an evening of cultural mindfulness to help participants examine their personal social and cultural identities and reflect on cultural awareness and social group memberships at the Hotel Le Royal on 21 June. 

Sandrine Gashonga will lead an evening of exploring the roots of cultural learning, highlighting the multiple dimensions of our identities and addressing the importance of self-identification.

Sandrine is an intercultural trainer with her own perspective on these sensitivities. She arrived in Luxembourg 20 years ago as a Rwandan refugee, obtained her Luxembourgish citizenship in 2006 and is now well-integrated into the Luxembourgish community. She has a masters in mediation and continues to study intercultural communication. Her interest in mediation was linked to her past in Rwanda and the conflict through which she lived. She believes culture is not always used positively, but as an alibi.

The evening starts at 19:00, and is scheduled to conclude at 22:00. Entrance is free to members, €12.50 to pre-registered non-members, and €15 at the door. 

See The Network’s website: http://www.thenetwork.lu for further details and registration information.

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The Grand Duchess of Luxembourg will be among the audience at the 40th Midi of Microfinance and Financial Inclusion at the Banque de Luxembourg on 5 July.  

The conference-debate entitled "Giving" to African entrepreneurs will be devoted to women entrepreneurs in the Hemisphere, their professional challenges, cultural barriers, difficulties in accessing finance, but also successes and prospects for the future.

To this end, four African women speakers will share their experiences and share their vision on a key issue in Africa and Europe:

Ms. Félicité Kambou: Director of the Co-operative Agricultural Services Co-operative (COPSA-C) in Burkina Faso. As a multi-entrepreneur, she has launched several small businesses in Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in Africa, but also a country where women's access to finance, education and self-sufficiency remains Particularly difficult. As an entrepreneur and entrepreneur, she will interview three major players in financing for women's entrepreneurship.

Ms Josée Mukandinda: Director of Operations and Head of the Youthstart Program of the UFC (Umutanguha Finance Company) in Rwanda. Established in 2003, UFC is a savings and credit cooperative. At the end of 2016, the Rwandan MFI had 10 branches, 60 employees (40% of whom were women), 101,000 clients (54% of whom were women), a savings stock of 2.4 million euros and a credit portfolio Of € 4 million.

Mrs Marèma Bao: Cofina Deputy Managing Director. She joined COFINA (Compagnie Financière Africaine) in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer (COO) where she will oversee the Quality, Human Resources, Innovation, Marketing and Information Technology departments. COFINA is an institution that exclusively finances SMEs in Africa. Present in four African countries (Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea Conakry and Senegal), COFINA is a private structure, with only African capital.

Mrs. Maimouna Gueye: Head of the African Development Bank. She is working on the African Women's Development Fund, which provides a $ 120 million credit line to women entrepreneurs. She works in a very large financial institution, which has made women's entrepreneurship in Africa a priority. She will explain the role of these structures, which are particularly large in size (Presence to be confirmed).

The conference will open in the auditorium of the Bank of Luxembourg at 11:45, concluding at 13:10. The doors will close at 12:00. 

Programme:

11.45: Reception of the participants and placement in the room (for protocol reasons, participants are asked to take their places in the room at 11.45, before the arrival of the Grand Duchess

12:00: Welcoming remarks - Bank of Luxembourg (speaker to be confirmed)

12:05: Conference-debate - Participants exchange on women entrepreneurs in Africa:

12:35: Questions and answers with the public

13:00: Closing of the conference, followed by a lunch cocktail

Registration is mandatory for attendees, before 28 June: http://www.ada-microfinance.org/en/events/midis-microfinance.

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Luxembourg Minister for Cooperation and Humanitarian Action Romain Schneider was in Brussels this week for the 11th European Development Days organised by the European Commission whose theme this year was “investing in development”.

At the opening ceremony, a number of leading international figures took part, alongside European officials. Alpha Condé, President of the Republic of Guinea and President of the African Union, spoke about the relations between the European Union and the African continent and pointed out that the Europe-Africa Summit, scheduled for November 2017, Relations in a common interest. Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, called for promotion of the decisions of the major international conferences of the year 2015 and particularly mentioned the role of women and girls in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Several speakers also recalled the commitments made by COP21 on climate change and called for accelerating the implementation of these commitments.

The heads of state of EU partner countries, including Senegal, Rwanda, Malawi, Ghana and Bolivia, also took the floor.

The opening ceremony of the European Development Days provided an opportunity for the inter-institutional adoption of the new European Consensus on Development, which was signed by Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament, Joseph Muscat, Prime Minister of Malta, on behalf of The Council and the Member States, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Ms Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The consensus was co-signed by the President of the European Investment Bank, Werner Hoyer. 

Minister Schneider participated in a panel on youth and the opportunities to be created for youth. He explained how Luxembourg Development Cooperation is committed to improving the quality of life, health and training of young people in its partner countries. He recalled the importance of special support for girls.

On the sidelines of the event, Romain Schneider met Honduras's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Maria Dolores Agüero Lara and the Minister of the Economy, Planning and International Cooperation of the Central African Republic, Felix Moloua, to take stock of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

 

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Professor François Valentiny is leading a conference titled "Towards a pragmatic but poetic architecture" at the Valentiy Foundation on 22 June. 

The conference starts at 19:00. 

 

 

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As part of a project related to the development of the "Ban de Gasperich”, it will be necessary to adapt Raiffeisen Rue for the commissioning of part of the new Raiffeisen Boulevard, resulting in road blocks and diversions this weekend. 

From 23:00 this evening until 22: on Saturday, the following road blocks will be in place:

Traffic on Raiffeisen is blocked by traffic in both directions between the Hesperange interchange (CR231) and the N4.

The following accesses are also barred to traffic:

The exit junction of the Hesperange interchange from the Gluck roundabout on the A3 and towards the Ban de Gasperich (CR231);

The access ramp of the Hesperange interchange from the P + R Luxembourg-South and towards the Ban de Gasperich (CR231).

Traffic from Hesperange and towards the Ban de Gasperich is deflected from the Hesperange interchange via the Gasperich cross, the Gluck roundabout, Benjamin Franklin street and Gasperich street to the road d 'Esch (N4). 

Traffic from the Esch road (N4) to Howald and Hesperange is diverted via Rue de Gasperich, Benjamin Franklin Street, the Gluck roundabout and the Hesperange interchange to CR231. 

Changes in the movement of public transport:

The lines AVL 21, 24 and 29 will circulate according to the usual itineraries and schedules;

The line RGTR 226 will be diverted between Luxembourg-Gare and Cloche d'Or via the rue de Hollerich and the road to Esch;

The "Last Sol", "Hippodrome", "Neufchâteau", "Howald-Rangwee", "Howald-Moureschanz", "Howald-Ronnebësch" and "Gerhard Mercator" stops will not be served.

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Almost 50% of the next generation of heads of family-owned businesses expect that the market in which they operate will face disruption in the next two to three years. More than a quarter also expect to lose market share to new entrants, according to the results of Deloitte’s recent NextGen survey, published this week. 

Deloitte talked to 268 family-owned businesses mainly in Europe covering specific challenges such as succession but also growth, strategy and the accelerated speed of market changes. 

“The exponential pace of transformation in digital infrastructure is driving fundamental and rapid changes in the global economy. Long-living values and processes become outdated faster than before, which poses a challenge to some tradition-oriented family businesses,” elaborated Georges Kioes, partner and family business leader at Deloitte Luxembourg.

A majority of the next generation leaders of family-owned companies feels well prepared to anticipate disruption, said the report. The survey shows that they have a clear picture of the direction in which their industry is moving and that they understand the nature of the disruptive forces in the market and in their company. 

They indicate two big challenges: first, the structure of leadership revolves too much around the family/management. Second, there is a lack of skills among employees to optimally perform in a disruptive environment. “17% of future family business leaders believe their employees are not ready to face disruption, while 35% think they only partly have the necessary skills. These findings show that there is still some work to do in preparing all members of family businesses to be ready for disruption. Nonetheless, the feedback we received from Luxembourg survey participants is that disruption is perceived as an opportunity rather than an obstacle,” said Georges Kioes.

According to the next generation of family business leaders, the biggest disrupting factor for family-owned businesses is not market disruption (20%, but the changes in family relationships (24%). While 73% state that succession is a natural moment of disruption, it is also seen as the biggest disrupting factor by 14% of all interviewees. 

The next generation leaders say they are more aware of the meaning and effect of disruption than the previous generation. Interviewees indicate that the biggest advantage family-owned businesses have in times of disruption is that they are ‘fast’ and ‘agile’ when compared to other organisations. 

 

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At the Transport Council held in Luxembourg-Kirchberg yesterday, Luxembourg’s minister of sustainable development and infrastructure, François Bausch, deplored the “pitiful social conditions” of road transport workers subjected to frequent frauds and so-called social dumping in their employment contracts. 

The minister, together with representatives from France, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and Norway — members of an informal “road alliance” —  also considered a series of legislative proposals from the Commission, grouped together in a “mobility package”. 

In this context, Minister Bausch invited his counterparts from the countries of this alliance and his Dutch colleague, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, on Wednesday to a consultation meeting. He was able to welcome the new French minister in charge of transport, Elisabeth Borne, for whom it was the first appearance on the European public prosecutor's office since his recent appointment. François Bausch agreed on this occasion with the minister to organise a bilateral meeting in the coming weeks, to discuss cross-border traffic between Luxembourg and France.

The minister also announced his intention to support the Commission's ambitions to modernise road pricing in Europe in order to make it fairer and more efficient.

Ministers adopted conclusions on road safety in which they pledged to halve the number of seriously injured people by 2030 compared to the baseline of 2020. The protection of vulnerable road users, especially cyclists, is one of the aspects of action that has been retained thanks to the persistence of Luxembourg.

The minister took advantage of this ministerial meeting to inform his colleagues about the finalisation of the project of a European strategy for cycling. This document will be handed over to Commissioner Bulc next week at the Velo-City International Conference in the Netherlands. This is an immediate result of an initiative taken by Minister Bausch during the presidency of the Luxembourg Council in 2015. The aim is to better integrate cycling as a mode of transport in European policies.

Luxembourg had also put an item on the Council's agenda on railway safety. François Bausch called on his counterparts and the Commission to accelerate the deployment of railway safety systems on the European network. In order to ensure the safety of railways, especially cross-border sections, a harmonised system is essential. Luxembourg was a pioneer in the establishment of the European security system ETCS and regrets that the deployment in the rest of the European Union is continuously delayed. Commissioner Violeta Bulc responded by outlining the measures, among others, a specific action plan that she intends to take to remedy them.

 

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