23rd January 2018

FATAL ACCIDENT – NO OTHER VEHICLES INVOLVED

Investigators have ruled out the involvement of any other vehicles in a crash which killed three people on Saturday.  The victims have been identified as all being Iranian citizens who were resident here.  One person who survived the accident was taken to hospital in a critical condition, and there has been no further news about them.  Investigators say they believe the driver simply lost control of the car.

EMPLOYMENT REPORT

17 283 people were without jobs in the Grand Duchy last month.  That is more than 1000 more than in November, but every year there is a surge in the number of people out of work between these two months because of the ending of a large number of fixed term contracts.  But the unemployment rate, seasonally adjusted dropped slightly to 5.8%.  And the number of people  out of work is around 800 fewer than this time a year ago.  Employment office ADEM also unveiled a new portal yesterday which allows people greater access to the unemployment data.

THIRD IN WORLD FOR QUALITATIVE GROWTH

And Luxembourg has been ranked third in the world for the quality of its economic development.  The study, which is produced for the World Economic Forum, looks not just at absolute levels of wealth and growth, but also at how a country translates it into social inclusion and equality.  It also looks at how well a nation is managing the natural environment.  Norway and Iceland were the only countries doing better than the Grand Duchy.

DAVOS TRIP FOR BETTEL AND GRAMENGA

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Finance Minister Pierre Gramenga will travel to Davos today for the world economic forum.  The Luxembourg government has traditionally used the meeting to press the case of the Grand Duchy as a prime location for multinational companies.  The key themes for the Luxembourg delegation this year are the digitisation of business,  financial developments and of course, the commercial exploitation of space.

FAKE POLICE SCAM NETS CASH

A man posing as a police officer robbed a Hesperange pensioner yesterday morning. The thief produced a fake ID when the victim answered a knock on his door, saying he was required to check the validity of any cash the man had in his home.  He fled as soon as the victim handed over a sum of money.  The thief is described as short, with dark hair and around 40 years of age.  He was accompanied by an older man who waited outside as the robbery took place.