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See detailLike a Phoenix from the Ashes of Insolvency: An Appraisal of the Rescue Culture of the Kenyan Insolvency Act of 2015
Lichuma, Caroline Omari UL; Shako, Florence

in East African Community, Law Journal (2020), 1(1), 33-50

Caroline Lichuma and Florence Shako posit that the goal of any modern insolvency regime is to salvage financially viable companies or to provide individuals in financial distress with breathing room ... [more ▼]

Caroline Lichuma and Florence Shako posit that the goal of any modern insolvency regime is to salvage financially viable companies or to provide individuals in financial distress with breathing room without or before subjecting them to the liquidation or bankruptcy processes. The application of the Insolvency Act 2015 and the accompanying Insolvency Regulations of 2016, they note, is bound to have a more than positive change in the Kenyan insolvency regime. In that context, the rescue procedures should be adequately utilized in order to ensure a lasting change in the administration of the insolvency regime in Kenya. It is hoped that there will be no need to be ‘rescued from rescue’ procedures as a result of misuse or abuse of these mechanisms. They convey optimistsm that under the aegis of this fortified rescue culture, many deserving debtors in Kenya, especially companies worth saving, will live on to trade and enrich the country. [less ▲]

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See detailFlexibility in Problem Solving: Analogical Transfer of Tool Use in Toddlers Is Immune to Delay
Bobrowicz, Katarzyna UL; Lindström, Felicia; Lindblom Lovén, Marcus et al

in Frontiers in Psychology (2020)

Solving problems that are perceptually dissimilar but require similar solutions is a key skill in everyday life. In adults, this ability, termed analogical transfer, draws on memories of relevant past ... [more ▼]

Solving problems that are perceptually dissimilar but require similar solutions is a key skill in everyday life. In adults, this ability, termed analogical transfer, draws on memories of relevant past experiences that partially overlap with the present task at hand. Thanks to this support from long-term memory, analogical transfer allows remarkable behavioral flexibility beyond immediate situations. However, little is known about the interaction between long-term memory and analogical transfer in development as, to date, they have been studied separately. Here, for the first time, effects of age and memory on analogical transfer were investigated in 2-to-4.5-olds in a simple tool-use setup. Children attempted to solve a puzzle box after training the correct solution on a different looking box, either right before the test or 24 hours earlier. We found that children (N = 105) could transfer the solution regardless of the delay and a perceptual conflict introduced in the tool set. For children who failed to transfer (N = 54) and repeated the test without a perceptual conflict, the odds of success did not improve. Our findings suggest that training promoted the detection of functional similarities between boxes and, thereby, flexible transfer both in the short and the long term. [less ▲]

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See detailRequiem for a dream: perceived economic conditions and subjective well-being in times of prosperity and economic crisis
Fernandez Urbano, Roger UL; Kulic, Nevena

in Social Indicators Research (2020), 151

Using the Panel of Social Inequalities in Catalonia, Spain (PaD 2001–2012), this article investigates the relationship between perceptions of economic conditions and subjective well-being in times of ... [more ▼]

Using the Panel of Social Inequalities in Catalonia, Spain (PaD 2001–2012), this article investigates the relationship between perceptions of economic conditions and subjective well-being in times of prosperity and economic crisis. It also analyses how this relation- ship plays out across different social backgrounds. Periods of economic crisis and prosper- ity serve as a proxy for objective macroeconomic conditions. The Spanish region of Cata- lonia is a relevant setting because it faced one of the highest increases in inequality and unemployment in Europe as a result of the 2008 Economic Crisis. Our results show that perceived economic conditions matter beyond objective micro and macroeconomic realm and become a strong determinant of subjective well-being during a crisis, particularly for the middle class. However, contrary to our initial expectations, our results also show the existence of a close correlation between perceptions of economic conditions and subjective well-being for low social background individuals in times of economic prosperity, and an even stronger relationship in times of economic crisis. The article stipulates several poten- tial explanations for these results. [less ▲]

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See detailChapitres sur le droit européen et comparé de la consommation
Poillot, Elise UL

in Fenouillet, Dominique (Ed.) Dalloz Action - Droit de la consommation (2020)

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See detailMemory suppression and its deficiency in psychological disorders: A focused meta-analysis
Stramaccia, Davide F.; Meyer, Ann-Kristin; Rischer, Katharina Miriam UL et al

in Journal of Experimental Psychology. General (2020)

It is still debated whether suppressing the retrieval of unwanted memories causes forgetting and whether this constitutes a beneficial mechanism. To shed light on these 2 questions, we scrutinize the ... [more ▼]

It is still debated whether suppressing the retrieval of unwanted memories causes forgetting and whether this constitutes a beneficial mechanism. To shed light on these 2 questions, we scrutinize the evidence for such suppression-induced forgetting (SIF) and examine whether it is deficient in psychological disorders characterized by intrusive thoughts. Specifically, we performed a focused meta-analysis of studies that have used the think/no-think procedure to test SIF in individuals either affected by psychological disorders or exhibiting high scores on related traits. Overall, across 96 effects from 25 studies, we found that avoiding retrieval leads to significant forgetting in healthy individuals, with a small to moderate effect size (0.28, 95% CI [0.14, 0.43]). Importantly, this effect was indeed larger than for more anxious (−0.21, 95% CI [−0.41, −0.02]) or depressed individuals (0.05, 95% CI [−0.19, 0.29])—though estimates for the healthy may be inflated by publication bias. In contrast, individuals with a stronger repressive coping style showed greater SIF (0.42, 95% CI [0.32, 0.52]). Furthermore, moderator analyses revealed that SIF varied with the exact suppression mechanism that participants were instructed to engage. For healthy individuals, the effect sizes were considerably larger when instructions induced specific mechanisms of direct retrieval suppression or thought substitution than when they were unspecific. These results suggest that intact suppression-induced forgetting is a hallmark of psychological well-being, and that inducing more specific suppression mechanisms fosters voluntary forgetting. [less ▲]

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See detailMuseen der Großregion
Helfer, Malte UL

in Heimatfabrik Lokalmuseum (2020)

Carte interactive des musées de la Wallonie et du Luxembourg

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See detailNumerical Assessment of two Implants for Pubic Ramus Fracture of human Pelvis applying Normal Gait loading
Ricci, Pierre-Louis; Gerich, Torsten; Kelm, Jens et al

Poster (2020, October)

Fractures of the anterior pelvic ring reduce patients` mobility and independence and increase mortality. Pelvic instability impairs the load transfer to the lower extremity. Restoring stability has ... [more ▼]

Fractures of the anterior pelvic ring reduce patients` mobility and independence and increase mortality. Pelvic instability impairs the load transfer to the lower extremity. Restoring stability has therefore been a crucial point of research. Most of the reported studies refer to loading on one leg stand without consideration of physiological muscle and contact-joint forces of the common vital daily movements. Our present study considers physiological gait loading of all acting muscles and Hip Joint Contact (HJC) forces of the pelvis. Those muscles and HJC forces were calculated by inverse dynamics for normal gait motion data and applied in Finite Element Analyses (FEA). The biomechanical stability provided to the anterior pelvic ring by two reconstructive techniques was investigated numerically: the iliopubic Subcutaneous Plate (SP) and the Supra-Acetabular External Fixator (SAFE). Numerical biomechanical assessment of two reconstructive devices for pubic ramus fracture. All muscles and HJC forces of normal gait were calculated by means of inverse dynamics software for a healthy patient considering a musculoskeletal model previously validated experimentally. The Finite Element (FE) model was developed for a pelvis with and without superior and/or inferior rami fractures. Furthermore, two FE models for SP and SAFE mounted on the rami fractured pelvis were designed considering fixation bearing at the lumbosacral joint. The calculated forces were implemented on the FE models following the anatomical orientation and attachments/insertions of each muscle. During the two moments of the gait with higher stresses: Left Heel Strike (LHS) and Right Toe-Off (RTO), strains and displacements were recorded and investigated at the fracture location in addition to the implant fixation points. Considering only right superior ramus fracture during LHS and RTO, recorded strains and displacements for both implants showed similar results. However, during RTO, the SAFE showed a slight reduction of strains at the posterior location by 6% compared to SP. When including both superior and inferior right ramus fractures, both devices did not show considerable difference in recorded strains. However, there were significant differences in the displacements between fracture extremities. The SP technique reduced these motions for both LHS and RTO by 40% compared to the gold standard SAFE technique. In cases of superior ramus fracture only, displacements for both reconstructive devices were similar due to the remaining stability provided by the intact inferior ramus. Both devices reduced stresses of the sacrum wing in LHS and RTO with slightly better results for SAFE. In case of superior and inferior pubic ramus fractures, the SP technique reduced the frontal opening of the fractured right pubic bone. The SAFE did not provide any improvements compared to the SP technique. [less ▲]

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See detailLaboratory Tests of ATSC M/H Commercial Receivers Performance on SFN Networks
Matias, Jose Maria; Ortiz Gomez, Flor de Guadalupe UL; Hernandez, Mario et al

in IEEE Latin America Transactions (2020), 18(10),

The Single Frequency Networks (SFN) are widely used in Digital Television transmission networks due to the high spectral efficiency achieved by them. Digital modulation techniques with a cyclic prefix ... [more ▼]

The Single Frequency Networks (SFN) are widely used in Digital Television transmission networks due to the high spectral efficiency achieved by them. Digital modulation techniques with a cyclic prefix, like OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex) are adequate to define and use SFN networks due to their ability to deal with the artificial multipath produced in a SFN network. Nevertheless, the ATSC 1.0 and ATSC M/H standards use the VSB-8 modulation technique, which has no cyclic prefix, so it is very sensitive to multipath. The ATSC 1.0 standard has been recently implemented in Mexico, so the ATSC M/H standard can be used in the next years because it is compatible with ATSC 1.0, meanwhile ATSC 3.0, the newest standard of ATSC, it is not compatible.The performance of the reception with VSB-8 modulation depends strongly on the receiver channel equalizer. For this reason, the objective of this study is to analyze the performance of ATSC M/H commercial receivers in SFN networks. The results of this study will help in the implementation of SFN networks in Mexico and other countries that use ATSC 1.0 and ATSC M/H. [less ▲]

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See detailIndirizzi di saluto
Cauvin, Thomas UL

Scientific Conference (2020, September 27)

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See detailCompounding forms of inequality: Cape Verdean migrants' struggles in education and beyond in Luxembourg
Tavares, Bernardino UL

in European Journal of Applied Linguistics (2020), 8(2), 307-332

This paper seeks to show how language, combined with other social variables, exacerbates migrants’ and their descendants’ struggles at school and beyond in Luxembourg. To a certain extent, the official ... [more ▼]

This paper seeks to show how language, combined with other social variables, exacerbates migrants’ and their descendants’ struggles at school and beyond in Luxembourg. To a certain extent, the official trilingualism of Luxembourg – French, German and Luxembourgish – corresponds to an ‘elite multilingualism’ (Garrido 2017; Barakos and Selleck 2018) which defines who can access certain resources, e. g. education, work etc., and who can be left playing catch-up. The latter are those migrants who I here conceive as multilinguals on the margins. The elitist system is a form of domination and power over those whose language repertoire is less valued. Migrants’ disadvantage is further impacted by other indicators of their identity that can go beyond their educational qualifications and language repertoire per se, such as their country of origin, ethnicity, race, gender, citizenship etc. Language intersects with other forms of disadvantage or privileges. From an ethnographic sociolinguistic perspective, drawing on interviews and participant observations, this paper will illustrate this intersection of language, race and ethnicity, and struggles from the ground-level educational realities and aspirations of Cape Verdean migrants and their descendants in Luxembourg. This helps cast light on the social organisation in Luxembourg and understand the effects of multilingualism in creating ‘abyssal lines’ (Santos 2007) between the nationals, certain European migrants, Lusophone and African migrants in terms of social and economic mobility. [less ▲]

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See detailWays to improve Ukraine’s carbon tax
Novytska, Nadiia UL; Khliebnikova

Report (2020)

This research paper is an overview of theoretical aspects of carbon taxing. This publication aims to review and summarize the practice of combining the environmental taxation system with the СО2 emission ... [more ▼]

This research paper is an overview of theoretical aspects of carbon taxing. This publication aims to review and summarize the practice of combining the environmental taxation system with the СО2 emission trading system commonly used in the European countries. In the course of the study practical recommendations have been developed focusing on the future of the environmental taxation of greenhouse gas emissions. The results of this study can be used by government authorities and a wide range of stakeholders involved in elaboration of solutions to create and implement the environmental taxation policy [less ▲]

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See detailParole pamphlétaire, parole plébéienne. Les cas de Paul-Louis Courier et de Claude Tillier
Saintes, Laetitia UL

in Les Lettres romanes (2020), 74(1-2),

Following the footsteps of Germaine de Staël, Benjamin Constant and especially Chateaubriand, pioneers of the modern lampoon, Paul-Louis Courier turns it into a codified and stabilized genre, with its own ... [more ▼]

Following the footsteps of Germaine de Staël, Benjamin Constant and especially Chateaubriand, pioneers of the modern lampoon, Paul-Louis Courier turns it into a codified and stabilized genre, with its own rhetoric, its own images and its own protagonists (particularly the « I » used by the pamphleteer). However, for the pamphleteer, making the author the main centre of interest implies justifying his writings and explaining the way he can speak on the people's behalf. Studying the lampoon and the metadiscourse relating to it implies therefore opening some sociological horizons : the lampoon emphasizes the social background of the pamphleteer, of his characters and of his readers. Considering these factors, our article aims at comparing the sociological component in Courier's and Tillier's writings, intending to assert exactly how popular 19 th Century-France lampoons are, from a sociological and a rhetorical standpoint. [less ▲]

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See detailChronique de droit européen de la consommation 2019 - 2020 – 1er juin 2019 au 30 juin 2020
Poillot, Elise UL

in Journal de Droit Européen (2020)

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See detailForward Link Optimization for the Design of VHTS Satellite Networks
Ortiz Gomez, Flor de Guadalupe UL; Martinez, Ramon; Salas-Natera, Miguel A. et al

in Electronics (2020), 9(3),

The concept of geostationary VHTS (Very High Throughput Satellites) is based on multibeam coverage with intensive frequency and polarization reuse, in addition to the use of larger bandwidths in the ... [more ▼]

The concept of geostationary VHTS (Very High Throughput Satellites) is based on multibeam coverage with intensive frequency and polarization reuse, in addition to the use of larger bandwidths in the feeder links, in order to provide high capacity satellite links at a reduced cost per Gbps in orbit. The dimensioning and design of satellite networks based on VHTS imposes the analysis of multiple trade-offs to achieve an optimal solution in terms of cost, capacity, and the figure of merit of the user terminal. In this paper, we propose a new method for sizing VHTS satellite networks based on an analytical expression of the forward link CINR (Carrier-to-Interference-plus-Noise Ratio) that is used to evaluate the trade-off of different combinations of system parameters. The proposed method considers both technical and commercial requirements as inputs, including the constraints to achieve the optimum solution in terms of the user G/T, the number of beams, and the system cost. The cost model includes both satellite and ground segments. Exemplary results are presented with feeder links using Q/V bands, DVB-S2X and transmission methods based on CCM and VCM (Constant and Variable Coding and Modulation, respectively) in two scenarios with different service areas. [less ▲]

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See detailWhen a Master Dies: Speculation and Asset Float
Penasse, Julien UL; Renneboog, L; Scheinkman, J

Scientific Conference (2020, August 28)

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See detailMeasuring Macroeconomic Tail Risk
Penasse, Julien UL; Marfè, R

Scientific Conference (2020, August 20)

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