JUSTIN BIEBER CARDIFF CONCERT – MAN WITH MACHETE ARRESTED

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keywords: justin bieber, cardiff concert, machete attack. After the drama that happened after the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester late May, that are two men who have been arrested tonight after an alleged machete incident outside the queues for tonight’s Justin Bieber concert venue in Cardiff. According to witness, machete-wielding man shouted he would “chop all Muslims up’. Share this page with:

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LUXEMBOURG – A6 MOTORWAY MULTI VEHICLES ACCIDENT

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keywords: accident, a6 motorway, belgium, luxembourg. At 2:40 pm the Automobile Club Luxembourg (ACL) informs that a multi-vehicle accident occured on the A6 motorway Arlon direction, between intersection Gasperich and intersection Cessange. This accident triggers stationary traffic and left lane blocked. At 3:40 traffic is back to normal. Share this page with:

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BETTEMBOURG – TRAIN TRAFFIC STOPPED ON SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE

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keywords: suspicious package, train, bettembourg, luxembourg. 08:45 Police intervention in Bettembourg train station following the discovery of an abandoned parcel. The station is evacuated. The train traffic is suspended. 09:10 After the presence of a suspicious package (suitcase) on a train in Bettembourg,  train traffic is interrupted. Trains from Metz have a Thionville terminus. Replacement buses are being announced from Thionville to Luxembourg. 09:20 The owner of the forgotten suitcase contacted the CFL. End of intervention. False alert. Traffic is gradually resuming. Share this page with:

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LUXEMBOURG – FIREFIGHTERS HIRING AND NEW AMBULANCES

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keywords: cgdis, ambulances, firemen, luxembourg. In the context of the reform of the rescue services leading to the creation of the Grand-Ducal Fire and Rescue Corps (CGDIS) in 2018, Interior Minister Dan Kersch and the Administration of Rescue Services confirmed yesterday 29 June 2017 that the Fire and Ambulance Service of the City of Luxembourg and the Administration of the Rescue Services decided to acquire twelve new-generation ambulances. Moreover, after the recruitment of 22 new staff members during the last months within the Administration of the Rescue Services, 50 additional…

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HEALTH LUXEMBOURG – «BAMBESCH» PLAYGROUND CLOSED

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keywords: health luxembourg, eichenprozessionsspinner, oak processionary, bambësch, luxembourg. For precaution reasons the City of Luxembourg decided to temporarily close the “Bambësch” children’s playground due to the presence of oak processionaries (“Eichenprozessionsspinner”). If the oak processionaries can damage the trees by completely gnawing the foliage, the risks to health and hygiene for humans can not be neglected. Indeed, the caterpillars have many hollow hairs with barbs which are dispersed over long distances by air flows, especially in hot and dry weather, and which can penetrate the skin of humans or animals,…

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DEFENSE – LUXEMBOURG TO BUY TANKER-AIRCRAFTS

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keywords: defense, nato, tanker-transport aircrafts, brussels, luxembourg. At the initiative of Luxembourg and the Netherlands a memorandum of understanding for a European multinational fleet of Airbus tanker-transport aircrafts was signed in July 2016, ordering two Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transport aircrafts, which should be delivered in 2020. On Thursday, June 29, 2017, Germany and Norway join the initiative, and at the same time the fleet goes from two to seven ordered aircrafts. The units will be delivered from 2020 onwards. Four will be stationed at Eindhoven airbase (the Netherlands), the…

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LUXEMBOURG – POLICE CALL TO WITNESSES AFTER POLLUTION

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keywords: call to witnesses, building materials, pollution, grand ducal police, luxembourg. The Grand Ducal Police is looking for the person who illegally dropped building materials in the “Homesbësch” forest in Itzig between the 23 June 2017 6.30pm and 24 June 2017 5:35pm. Policemen discovered wooden windows and doors, ceramic tiles and a large quantity of broken glass. Anyone with information on the person causing the observed pollution or have other relevant information is asked to contact the Luxembourg Police Station at 4997-4500. The Police also point out that the drop of cigarettes,…

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LUXEMBOURG – FOX SPREAD AND PUBLIC HEALTH RISK

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keywords: hunting ban, foxes, echinococcosis, public health, luxembourg. Since the fox hunting ban in Luxembourg in 2015, many have observed the return of foxes in the cities, especially in residential areas bordering forests. In addition to the safety problems that may arise (let us not forget that the fox is a wild animal), there are also public health issues, as wild animals are carriers of diseases. The fox can indeed transmit a parasitic disease: echinococcosis. Alveolar echinococcosis is a serious disease that develops slowly, mainly in the liver, over 15…

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LUXEMBOURG – FAKE POLICEMAN IN ESCH-SUR-ALZETTE

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keywords: call to vigilance, call to witnesses, fake police officer, grand ducal police, luxembourg. The Grand Ducal Police warned the population on Wednesday afternoon of the presence of a fake Policeman in Esch-sur-Alzette who allegedly carried out a theft of money and jewellery on 08 June 2017 at an old lady home. The man spoke in French. A portrait of the fake Policeman was realized. The Police remind that any Policeman in Luxembourg speaks perfectly Luxemburgish and can identify himself. All relevant information in order to identify or locate the…

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COMMUTERS – SOME P+R BECOME PAY-PARKINGS ON CONDITIONS

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keywords: cross border workers, commuters, parking, luxembourg. The City of Luxembourg informs the road users that from Monday 3 July 2017 parking at the P+R Kockelscheuer and Luxembourg-Sud will be charged from the second day of parking. Thus, from the 25th hour of parking, the fare will be 10 € per day begun. These charges have proved their worth at P+R Bouillon and it has been decided to apply these same measures also to the P+R Kockelscheuer and Luxembourg-Sud, in order to promote the offer for commuters. Validation of the…

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RAIL LUXEMBOURG – WIFI IN ALL CFL TRAINS IN … 2023

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keywords: cross border workers, train, tram, cfl, luxembourg. With the constant increase in the number of cross-border workers and the increase in the resident population, the subject of mobility has become critical. And the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures is stepping up initiatives on all fronts to facilitate and increase transportation capacity. In particular with regard to railway mobility, the budget to be invested over the period 2013 and 2023 is EUR 3.8 billion, almost twice the budget of the years 2003 to 2013, ie EUR 1.3 billion. The…

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LUXEMBOURG – POLICE CALL TO WITNESSES FOLLOWING ACCIDENT

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keywords: call to witnesses, accident, grand ducal police, luxembourg. On the night of 22 to 23 June around 3:00-3:30 occurred a road accident on ‘route de Thionville’ close to a gazoline station. The accident took place with pedestrians on the sidewalk (one was pushing a bike) and a car coming from the ‘place de la gare’ that would have hit the pedestrians for an unknown and unclear reason. The motorist stopped after the accident but, as there were no apparent damage, left the accident scene. The Police are looking for…

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ROAD SAFETY – CHILDREN BIKE HELMET NOT MANDATORY PART 2

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keywords: road safety, children, bicycle, helmet, petition, luxembourg. Road safety in Luxembourg is one of the government priorities with ambitious targets in terms of reducing the number of road victims, which are in the process of being achieved. That is why the unwillingness of the Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures François Bausch to make the bicycle helmet for children mandatory made a big noise. Although responsibility for child safety rests primarily with their parents, such an obligation would have had the advantage of danger raising awareness. In a joint response…

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SECURITY – APPLE WORKS WITH HERTZ ON AUTONOMOUS CARS

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keywords: road safety, apple, google, avis budget, google. After the surprise announcement on Monday afternoon of the management by Avis-Budget of the autonomous cars from Google-Alphabet, it is in this early evening in Europe that Hertz announces that it will manage the autonomous cars of Apple . This concerns 6 vehicles for Apple and 600 for Google. Hertz and Avis-Budget share prices are up 10% on Wall Street. Share this page with:

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LUXEMBOURG – HIV TESTING NATIONAL WEEK

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keywords: hiv, testing, red cross, luxembourg. The HIV Red Cross Service, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, is organizing the Luxembourg national HIV testing week for the third consecutive year from 26 June to 30 June 2017. This week is an opportunity to remind people that HIV testing is the only way to know their HIV status, ie whether they were infected with HIV or not. Even though the number of deaths and contaminated by the virus is decreasing by 35%, the spread of the disease is not contained,…

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NATIONAL DAY – WHY THE AWACS IS FROM LUXEMBOURG

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keywords: national day luxembourg, military parade, awacs, nato, luxembourg. The military parade of the National Day last Friday impressed by its quality on the one hand and by the overflight by 2 times of an AWACS aircraft. And after the great success of this day, many have wondered how such a small country can have such a aircraft with the lion’s head. As soon as NATO’s first Boeing E-3A AWACS became operational in 1982, it was decided to register them in Luxembourg, since this country does not have any air…

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REFUGEES TEMPORARY RETURN TRIPS TO THEIR ORIGIN COUNTRIES?

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keywords: refugees, international protection seekers, luxembourg. According to the press of our neighbors, it seems that some refugees (international protection seekers) from war zones make temporary return trips to their origin country, while claiming that their lives were threatened there. It is this fact that MP Laurent Mosar (CSV) remind before asking the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs for the following questions: 1. Can the Minister confirm and, if so, how can this figure also be calculated in Luxembourg? 2. If so can the Minister inform me of his…

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Luxembourg urges Europe to oppose the cultivation of GMOs

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keywords: gmo, food safety, european commission, luxembourg. Luxembourg reiterates its traditional position of opposition to the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the Grand Duchy. Following a unanimous vote in the Parliamant on the rejection of transgenic maize cultivation, ministers Lydia Mutsch, Carole Dieschbourg and Fernand Etgen reiterate their firm commitment against any authorization for the cultivation of transgenic maize (genetically modified) in the Grand Duchy. Ministers addressed a letter to the European Commission confirming their rejection of the application for authorization to cultivate “1507” corn from DuPont/Pioneer and…

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LUXEMBOURG – NUMBER 8 INNOVATOR IN EUROPE

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keywords: innovation, europe, luxembourg. The European Commission has just published its 2017 edition of the “European Innovation Scoreboard”. Overall, the European Union’s innovation performance improved, partially catching up with the United States and Canada. Luxembourg ranks 8th, well above the European average. Luxembourg is described as a “strong innovator”. Thus, innovation performance improved by 1.4% compared to 2010. The Commission particularly mentions the attractiveness of the Luxembourg research system, calling it a European leader. Share this page with:

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LUXEMBOURG – HIGH RISKS OF FOREST FIRES

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keywords: ministry of sustainable development, environment department, forest fire, drought, luxembourg. While drought is raging in Luxembourg after the lack of rain in winter and spring, the Environment Department of the Ministry of Sustainable Development confirms the increased risk of forest fires in Luxembourg. According to its statement: “Due to the exceptionally high temperatures and the absence of precipitation, there is now an increased risk of forest fire, because a long period of drought makes the forest extremely flammable. Short periods of rain which are insufficient to humidify the soil…

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CESSANGE – SPEED REDUCED TO 30 KM/H IN RUE VERTE

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keywords: road safety, luxembourg. After passing part of the Grund to zone 30, in order to appease motorized traffic and increase safety for all road users, especially children, the City of Luxembourg has just established a zone 30 rue Verte in Cessange, along the elementary school, which is temporarily established there because of the renovation of the school buildings at rue de Cessange, as well as the church and the cemetery. Share this page with:

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LUXEMBOURG NATIONAL DAY – AWACS AND C-130 OVERFLIGHT

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keywords: national day luxembourg, military parade, c-130, awacs. The Government is today communicating the details of the planning of the festivities on 22 and 23 June. At the time of the military parade avenue de la Liberté starting at 11:30 am and presided by HH Grand Duke Henri, the avenue will be overflown by a Lockheed Hercules C-130 piloted by a Luxembourger and an Awacs E-3A type, flying with the Luxembourg flag, closing the parade at around 1:00 pm. The Army Festival “Arméifest um Rousegäertchen” will start at 1:00 pm…

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LUXEMBOURG – POLICE CALL TO WITNESSES

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keywords: call to witnesses, grand ducal police, video surveillance, luxembourg. The investigation of the Grand Ducal Police revealed that the man in the picture from the video surveillance images on 20 and 21 March 2017, made cash withdrawals by credit card following a card theft. These withdrawals were made at various ATMs in the area of the Luxembourg railway station. The Police ask for help from the population to determine the identity of the man. All relevant information about the person is to be reported to the Luxembourg Police Station…

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ELECTRIC CAR BATTERIES PRODUCTION IS POLLUTING BIG

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keywords: environment, electric car, luxembourg. Electric mobility is one of the pillars of the current government’s environmental policy. However, some negative aspects seem to be underestimated. According to a Swedish study, the production of electric car batteries for some models currently on the market would correspond to the pollution emitted by driving a thermal car for 8 years. This observation by MP Gusty Graas (DP) urged him to ask the Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures if this could have an impact on the development of electric mobility in Luxembourg,…

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FRANCE – JUSTICE MINISTER LEAVES GOVERNMENT

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After the announcement of the resignation by press release of the French Minister of Defense yesterday, it is in person on television that the Minister of Justice François Bayrou announces on Wednesday he is leaving the government. President of the MoDem, the same political party to which the former Minister of Defense belongs, François Bayrou is impacted by the investigation on the supposed employment of parliamentary attaché paid by the parliament who would have worked for the party and not for parliamentarians . Following this announcement, Marielle de Sarnez, Minister…

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HEAT WAVE LUXEMBOURG – MOTORWAYS SPEED LIMIT LOWERED

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keywords: heat wave luxembourg, pollution, ozone, speed limit, luxembourg. The Automobile Club Luxembourg (ACL) informs that due to the temperature that should exceed 30°C today according to MeteoLux and the associated risks of pollution (especially ozone pollution) the speed limit on Luxembourg motorways is reduced to 90 km/h this Tuesday. This measure will likely be repeated in the coming days as a drop in temperatures is not expected until Friday. Ozone pollution is felt by the most fragile people who experience itching eyes and/or difficult breathing. Share this page with

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HEAT WAVE LUXEMBOURG – SURVEILLANCE VISITS REGISTRATION

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keywords: ministry of health, heat wave plan, luxembourg. The Ministry of Health reminds on Tuesday that the heat wave plan proposes to 75 years old people or older, living alone (or with an invalid person), with limited autonomy, poorly surrounded and without assistance from the dependency insurance, to register or to be registered to benefit from visits of monitoring and hydration assistance in case of high temperature. Visits are provided by a home help and care service in the event of a “heat warning” being triggered by the Ministry of…

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FRANCE – DEFENSE MINISTER LEAVES GOVERNMENT

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keywords: defense minister, president macron, france. In a press release French Defense Minister Sylvie Goulard announces Tuesday morning her resignation from the government due to an ongoing justice investigation into the employment of his parliamentary attaché paid to be his assistant and who would possibly have worked for her political party, the MoDem. Share this page with:

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DEFENSE – LOCKHEED MARTIN SELLS 440 F-35 TO 11 COUNTRIES

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keywords: lockheed martin, f-35, defense, president trump. According to insistent rumors Lockheed Martin (LMT) is about to sign the firm order of 440 F-35 type aircraft destined for 11 different countries including the United States to deliver until 2020. The aircraft is already a commercial success. The F-35 is the flagship of the US defense industry and to date only 2 countries have it, the United States and Israel. This aircraft is, in the opinion of the experts, without any competitor at present, and thus gives a considerable advance to…

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LUXEMBOURG AIRPORT – RUNWAY REHABILITATION IN 2019

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keywords: luxembourg-findel airport, rehabilitation manoeuvring area, luxembourg. The National Directorate of Roads and Bridges is today communicating the planning of the rehabilitation of the Luxembourg-Findel airport manoeuvring area, the area covering the runway and the taxiways (service lanes), as well as the security implementation in adjacent surfaces and safety areas at runway ends. The call for tenders is planned for 2018 so that work can start as early as spring 2019. As part of this rehabilitation and upgrading work, during the preparatory phases the runway will be closed between midnight and…

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ROAD SAFETY – BETWEEN LANES TRAFFIC AUTHORISED ?

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keywords: road safety, interchange traffic, motorcycles, motorcyclists, luxembourg. The road safety targets in Luxembourg are very ambitious. In line with the UN’s objectives in this subject, the first is to halve the number of road victims between 2016 and 2020. The next objective, which has already been validated, is to divide by two again this number between 2020 and 2030. Long time considered as a bad pupil of Europe in terms of road safety, the Grand Duchy multiplies initiatives. And motorcycle safety is an issue that is not forgotten. Whereas…

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WEATHER LUXEMBOURG – HIGH TEMPERATURE ALL THE WEEK

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keywords: weather, temperature, drought, firefighters, luxembourg. It is a week of high temperature that will know Luxembourg from tomorrow Sunday on. MeteoLux forecasts up to 29°C tomorrow and a gradual rise until reaching 33°C on Tuesday before temperature coming down slightly for the rest of the week. While drought threatens Luxembourg after a rain deficit this winter and spring (April 2017 holds the record of lower rainfall according to MeteoLux) and that the Ministry of Sustainable Development issued in late May a call to save water, it is not the…

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LUXEMBOURG – GRAND DUCAL POLICE DAY

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keywords: police grand ducale, luxembourg. The Police Grand-Ducale communicates this Friday on the “Police Day” which will take place on Saturday 24 June 2017 (the day after the National Day) at the Walferdange Prince Henri Stadium. Free shuttles are available from the Bereldange P+R and the Henri Dunant Stadium in Beggen. Between 10:00 and 18:00 demonstrations will take place according to the following schedule: 10:00 opening of the stands 10:15 arrival of the cars in procession 10:45 Self Defense Club demonstration 11:15 dog-masters demonstration 11:45 official opening 12:15 helicopter landing…

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FRANCE->LUXEMBOURG BORDER – 11KMs TRAFFIC JAM

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Today is a public holiday in Germany (“Fronleichnam” or “Corpus Christi”), trucks heading to Germany and transit through Luxembourg are not allowed to ride/enter the Grand Duchy. The Police systematically stops the trucks in this situation causing a traffic jam at the france luxembourg border (Dudelange) of more than 11 kms at 2pm, one lane is closed. In a prevention role, the Grand Ducal Police have communicated widely on this prohibition and do so whenever necessary. Share this page with:

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ROAD SAFETY – GRAND DUCAL POLICE FOCUS ON PREVENTION

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keywords: road safety, ministry of sustainable development and infrastructure, grand ducal police, luxemburg. The accident on Saturday 10 June that saw 3 motorcyclists injured in a collision immediately triggered a reaction from Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures François Bausch who tweeted “This can not last, we need more Police controls” demanding more Police checks on the roads of the Grand Duchy. The spokesman of the Grand Ducal Police said that speed would be only one factor among others, so the Police seem to be more focused on prevention and maintain…

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LUXEMBOURG NATIONAL DAY – ARMEIFEST PUBLIC INVITATION

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keywords: national day luxembourg, arméifest um rousegäertchen, luxembourg. On Wednesday, the Army General Staff, on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Volunteering with the Army and in the framework of the 175th Anniversary of Military Music, communicates on the public invite by the Luxembourg Army to attend the “Arméifest um Rousegäertchen”. Organized at the Place des Martyrs in Luxembourg-Ville, this popular festival celebrates the anniversary of these two milestones in the history of the Luxembourg Army will take place at the end of the military parade that takes place…

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LUXEMBOURG – POLICE CALL TO WITNESSES MISSING GIRL

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keywords: call to witness, grand ducal police, luxembourg. Since the 01.06.2017 the 16 year old LONGATTE Nathalie from Esch-sur-Alzette is missing. The minor was last seen a week ago in the east of the country. She is 1,65 m tall and of thin body, has an oval face and blue eyes, wearing short, black-red hair. All pertinent information is to report to Esch/Alzette Police station dialling 4997-5500 or 113. Share this page with:

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LUXEMBOURG – NEW CHINESE AIR CARGO COMPANY TO FINDEL

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keywords: air transport, cargo companies, airport luxembourg-findel, security. During the official visit of Prime Minister Bettel to China a joint venture agreement was signed which will see the arrival of a new air cargo company at Findel. The attractiveness of the Luxembourg airport is a no brainer as some cargo companies leave the Brussels-Zaventem airport. Henan Cargo Airlines is now 75% owned by Henan Airport Group and Xinggang Investment Group Company and 25% by Cargolux (a $77 million investment by the Luxembourg company). Its first flights will arrive at Findel…

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MUNICH TRAIN STATION SHOOTING – MANY INJURED INCLUDING OFFICER

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09.50 Several people were injured when an unidentified assailant opened fire at a train station in Munich, Germany, as reported by AFP. A Police Officier is among injured. 10.00 Authorities say a handgun was fired during a police operation at rail station in Unterfoehring, a northeastern suburb of Munich. 10.20 German Police states there is no political or religious motive in this shooting. Share this page with:

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LUXEMBOURG – PICKPOCKETS HAVE A NEW TECHNIQUE

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keywords: pickpockets, grand ducal police, luxembourg. The Grand Ducal Police warns the population on Monday against a new technique of pickpockets which consists of making a physical contact like hugging them so as to then steal their valuables. The targeted people are mostly drunk people. Police therefore advise not to allow physical contact with strangers. Share this page with:

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LUXEMBOURG – POLICE CALL TO WITNESSES AFTER THEFT

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keywords: call to witnesses, grand-ducal police, luxembourg. The Grand Ducal Police is asking for help from the population in order to obtain information about the woman who appears in the photos. As part of a credit card theft and cash withdrawals thereafter, the Police search for people who have relevant information about the identity or the whereabouts of that woman. All relevant information should be sent to the Luxembourg City Police Station at 4997-4500. Share this page with:

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BGL BNP PARIBAS – INTERNATIONAL HACKATHON STARTS

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keywords: bnp paribas group, international hackathon, luxembourg. The 3rd international hackathon started in a relaxed atmosphere in Luxembourg yesterday Friday at 6 pm. While in recent weeks the Luxembourg banking sector was in a state of disrepair and trade union talks stalled, it has not been the case since yesterday at the head office of BGL BNP PARIBAS in Kirchberg where the Luxembourg part of the BNP PARIBAS Group international competition in a good-natured atmosphere. This hackathon, a computer development marathon, takes place simultaneously in 10 cities (Paris, Brussels, San…

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PRIME MINISTER BETTEL IN OFFICIAL VISIT TO CHINA

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keywords: relations chine luxembourg, premier bettel, luxembourg. The Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Li Keqiang, invites Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, accompanied by the Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure François Bausch and Minister of Finance Pierre Gramegna in an official visit to the People’s Republic of China From June 11 to 14, 2017. They will travel to Beijing on June 11, 12 and June 14 and Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, on June 13, 2017.As part of his official visit, the Head of Government of Luxembourg will…

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LUXEMBOURG – CHARGY CHARGER NETWORK ACTIVATED

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keywords: electric cars, renewable energy, chargy, luxembourg. The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure is multiplying initiatives to promote mobility in the country. The development of the electric car is one of them. Besides the price of the models proposed which is today a limit to its generalization, the lack of charging points also slows its development. Since 2 June 2017, the network of public chargers for electric cars and hybrid plug-in cars in Luxembourg, called Chargy, is operational. Some twenty terminals have been installed throughout the country. It is planned that…

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LUXEMBOURG DROUGHT – IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL LOSS

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keywords: drought, agriculture, ministry of the environment, luxembourg. Minister of the Environment Carole Dieschbourg gives an update on the impact of the drought that Luxembourg has been experiencing for several months due to the low winter rainfall and late spring frosts. It appears that Luxembourg’s agriculture is particularly affected and as such confirms the strong call of vigilance that its Ministry jointly with that of Sustainable Development issued on 31 May. The Minister provides in detail: Agriculture • Permanent grasslands: losses are very high. The first cut representing 40% of the…

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Luxembourg asks EU for reopening infringement procedure against Germany

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keywords: german highway, toll, maut, germany, luxembourg. The Ministry of Sustainable Development issues a statement this Thursday morning asking the European Union to reopen its investigation procedure against the introduction of a toll on the German motorways for light vehicles which would then be compensated for the only German taxpayers. Austria and the Netherlands join Luxembourg in this statement. Share this page with:

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DEFENSE – EU LAUNCHES FUND FOR HIGH TECH EQUIPMENT

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keywords: nato, european union, europe of defense, defense budget, luxembourg. The European Commission announced on Wednesday (07 June) the launch of a fund for the defense of the countries of the Union. This fund is expected to provide 500 million euros of money from the European Union to help buy and develop high-tech military projects such as drones or robotics. This amount is expected to double from 2020 to reach the billion euros annually. This decision comes as President Trump continues to press his NATO allies to increase their military…

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LUXEMBOURG – BANKS RESULTS ARE INCREASING BIG

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keywords: banks, cssf, luxembourg. The Financial Sector Supervisory Commission (CSSF) publishes Wednesday the banks results of the Luxembourg Place in the first 3 months of 2017 compared to the same period of 2016. The result, before provisions, increased by 7.3%. Personnel costs increased by only 0.9% year-on-year. These figures are published during negotiations on the new banking collective agreement and a few days after protest pickets in the face of the ABBL’s wish not to pay the economic bonus (also known as the “June bonus”). Share this page with:

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LUXEMBOURG NATIONAL DAY – PUBLIC INVITATION OPEN

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keywords: national day, luxembourg. The government is today communicating on its invitation to the general public on the occasion of the celebration of the anniversary of the birth of S.A.R. the Grand Duke. An official ceremony will take place on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 10:00 am at the Philharmonie Luxembourg in the presence of the Grand-Ducal family, MPs, members of the government, members of the Council of State as well as the judiciary, The City of Luxembourg and the diplomatic corps accredited to the Luxembourg Head of State. The government…

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LUXEMBOURG – A NEW AVIAN FLU CASE CONFIRMED IN MERSCH

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keywords: avian influenza, food safety, luxembourg. The Ministry of Agriculture confirms Tuesday the presence of a new case of avian flu in Luxembourg. This case is to add to the previous three cases of avian flu confirmed last week in amateur farms. The Ministry indicates that the new outbreak was found in a poultry farm in Rollingen/Mersch. All poultry present were euthanized. The precautionary measures are as follows: “In order to avoid an extension of the disease to other farms, all transport of live poultry and any exposure of poultry…

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FRANCE – SHOTS FIRED AT NOTRE DAME DE PARIS CATHEDRAL

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keywords: cathedral notre dame de paris, terrorism, police, france. Gunfire was heard this afternoon near the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, in the heart of the French capital. A man allegedly attacked a Policeman in the forecourt of the Cathedral with a hammer, the Policeman opened fire on the perpetrator who did not die. Panic scenes seen on the forecourt. 4:45 The Prefecture of Police locks down the neighborhood. The police evacuate the square. 4:50 The assailant is wounded by bullets (still alive). 5:00 900 visitors are inside the Cathedral and…

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APPLE WWDC – NO NOTIFICATIONS WHILE DRIVING ON iOS11

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keywords: apple, iphone, ipad, ios 11, road safety. At the Apple developer conference today in San Francisco, the introduction of the new mobile operating system iOS 11 available this fall brings a great novelty in terms of road safety. When the owner of an iPhone or iPad is detected driving, iOS 11 proposes that notifications be cancelled so the driver is not distracted or tempted to look at the screen of the device and therefore remains focused on the road. This technical improvement is allowed by detecting the connection of the iDevice to…

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QATAR AIRWAYS CANCELS ALL FLIGHTS TO SAUDI ARABIA

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keywords: diplomatic relations, qatar, gulf monarchies, saudi arabia. After the surprise announcement today of the Gulf monarchies (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Yemen) and Egypt to cut their diplomatic relations with Qatar on supposed support of Qatar to terrorism, Qatar in retaliation canceled all flights to Saudi Arabia from the national airline Qatar Airways. At the opening, the Doha Stock Exchange (Qatar) lost more than 6% after the announcement of the Gulf countries and the isolated new situation. Share this page with:

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LONDON BRIDGE – RAM CAR AND STABBING KILLED MANY

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keywords: ram car, london bridge, terrorist attack, england. Two and an half months after the Westminster Bridge ram car attack that killed many in the center of London, the British capital is hit again by terrorism today. The same ram car process process was used by terrorists. According to a London Police statement: “Since late yesterday evening [Saturday, 3 June], the Metropolitan Police Service has been responding to incidents in the London Bridge and Borough Market areas of south London. We are treating this as a terrorist incident and a…

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LUXEMBOURG – PRISONER ON THE RUN – CALL TO WITNESSES

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The Grand Ducal Police inform that this afternoon the prisoner Dumont Denis escaped. Sentenced for murder, he was visiting the doctor at the CHL. He then diverted the attention of his guards and fled. Dumont is very thin and wears extremely short hair shaved. He wears glasses and has distinctive tattoos on the neck, forearms and back. When he escaped, he wore a black jacket and blue pants. All information about the fugitive is urgently needed by dialing 113. Share this page with:

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NOx EMISSIONS – NEW AUDI MODELS CHEAT ON HOMOLOGATION

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keywords: diesel emissions scandal, audi, defeat device, luxembourg. Sustainable Development and Infrastructure Minister François Bausch learned at the 2017 International Transport Forum Summit held in Leipzig from 31 May to 2 June that following tests conducted by the Kraftfahrtbundesamt (KBA) it appears that other Audi models would be equipped with a defeat device, in order to reduce NOx emissions (nitrogen oxides) during the homologation tests. According to the KBA, these are the Audi A7 and A8 (EURO5) models, equipped with a V6 TDI engine and the AL551 gearbox and the Audi…

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LUXEMBOURG – AVIAN FLU DETECTED IN THREE FARMS

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keywords: avian influenza, food safety, luxembourg. The Ministry of Agriculture reports that on 2 June 2017, the avian influenza virus has been confirmed in 3 poultry farms in Keispelt, Niederfeulen and Schrassig. These are 3 amateur farms in which all the poultry present were euthanized. In order to limit an extension of the disease to other farms, all transport of live poultry and any exposure of poultry are prohibited for one week. It is recommended that poultry be kept indoors. All feeding and watering must be done inside the buildings. Any…

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LUXEMBOURG – END OF SOCIAL DUMPING IN TRANSPORT?

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keywords: social dumping, road transport, treaty of liege, benelux, luxembourg. The road freight and passenger transportation sector is highly competitive. On our roads and motorways are trucks belonging to foreign companies that do not respect national social standards and are regularly accused of unfair competition due to social dumping. It is in this context that the Treaty of Liège entered into force on 1 June 2017, which provides that the inspection services of the three Benelux countries shall jointly control the transport of goods and passengers. The objective of these checks…

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CATTENOM – AN HELICOPTER OVERFLYING NUCLEAR PLANT

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The EDF operator of the Cattenom Nuclear Power Plant reports this afternoon an helicopter overflying the Nuclear Plant as part of an exercise. This morning the detection of a smoke had triggered the intervention of firemen. The Cattenom Power Plant is located just 9 kms away from the Luxembourg border. Share this page with

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LUXEMBOURG – GRAND DUCAL POLICE CALL FOR ASSISTANCE

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keywords: call to witnesses, pickpockets, video surveillance, grand ducal police, luxembourg. The Grand Ducal Police call for assistance on Thursday to identify two pickpockets that allegedly plagued the Belle Etoile shopping center in Bertrange-Luxembourg on Saturday 25/03/2017 from 17:45 in a clothing store, and reportedly stole a wallet. Immediately after the theft at 5:52 pm, several attempts to withdraw money with the stolen bank cards happened at the Raiffeisen bank’s ATM in route d’Arlon, the same women on the CCTV photos as in the shopping center. All information on the identity of the…

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CATTENOM – FIREFIGHTERS INTERVENTION AFTER SMOKE ALERT

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keywords: cattenom, nuclear power station, firemen, france. EDF, which operates the Cattenom Nuclear Power Plant, communicates this morning on the intervention of French firefighters and the absence of any risk on the safety of the installation: “On Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 9:00 am, a fire alarm was detected in the Nuclear Auxiliary building of production unit No. 2, currently in operation. EDF teams immediately went to the site to carry out the first gestures And confirmed the release of smoke, the firefighters were called in accordance with our procedures….

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LUXEMBOURG – WATER RESERVES EXCEEDING 2006 AND 2012

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keywords: ministry sustainable development, drought, luxembourg. Yesterday’s call from the Ministry of Sustainable Development to save water makes a big noise. So much so that we can wonder whether the situation of the groundwater in Luxembourg is as worrying as the authorities seem to assert. The Water Management Administration has published the chart above which shows the historical development of one of the country’s main drinking water reserves, the Kripsweiren. At present, groundwater reserves are still above their 2006 and 2012 levels, which were at critical levels. However, the Administration states…

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