Monday 22 January, 8 pm (gala performance), Thursday 25, Wednesday 31 January, 8 pm and Sunday 28 January, 3 pm, Monte-Carlo Opera – Salle Garnier
The Tales of Hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach with the Monte-Carlo Opera Chorus and the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Jacques Lacombe. Directed by: Jean-Louis Grinda. Organisation: Monte-Carlo Opera
Information: +377 98 06 28 28
Monday 22 January, 8.30 pm, Cap d’Ail Stadium
Friendly football match between a team led by Prince Albert II (Les Barbagiuans) and the International Festival Performers team
Tuesday 23 January, 8 pm, Espace Fontvieille
Gala evening and presentation of awards
Tuesday 23 January, 8.30 pm, Variety Theatre
All the Art of the Cinema – screening of Stanley Kubrick’s film A Clockwork Orange, organised by the Audiovisual Archives of Monaco
Information: +377 97 98 43 26
Wednesday 24 January, 3 pm, Rainier III Auditorium
Jeune Public concert by the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maxime Tortelier with Katerina Barsukova, sand artist, on the theme of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition
Information: +377 98 06 28 28
Friday 26 and Saturday 27 January, Principality of Monaco
Celebration of the Festival of St. Devota, Patron of the Royal Family of the Principality of Monaco and the Diocese of Monaco
Information: +377 93 30 87 70
Friday 26 January, 10.30 am, Church of St. Devota
Saint Devota celebrations: Mass of the Traditions
Information: +377 93 30 87 70
Friday 26 January, 6.30 pm, Port of Monaco
Saint Devota celebrations: Homage to St. Devota – Arrival of the Symbolic Boat followed by the Procession of St. Devota from Avenue Président J.- F. Kennedy at 6.30 pm
Information: +377 93 30 87 70
Friday 26 January, 7 pm, Church of St. Devota
Saint Devota celebrations: Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament followed by the Burning of the Symbolic Boat on the Forecourt of the Church of St. Devota at 7.45 pm. Fireworks
Information: +377 93 30 87 70
Saturday 27 January, 9.45 am, Monaco Cathedral
Saint Devota celebrations: Welcoming of the Relics by Members of the Clergy and the Venerable Brotherhood of Mercy followed by the Pontifical Mass at 10 am and a procession through the streets of Monaco-Ville
Information: +377 93 30 87 70
Wednesday 31 January and Saturday 3 February, 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm, Théâtre des Muses
L’envol de la fourmi (The Flight of the Ant), a children’s production by and featuring Johanna Gallard
Information: +377 97 98 10 93
Monday 29 January, 8 pm to 10 pm, Saint-Charles Church – Parish Hall
As part of the “In the Bible...” cycle, lecture on “I believe in Jesus Christ, His Only Son”, led by Deacon Marc Duwelz, Doctor of Theology
Information: 06 80 86 21 93
Thursday 28, Friday 29, Saturday 30, Sunday 31 December and Tuesday 2, Wednesday 3, Thursday 4 January, 8 pm; and Friday 5 January, 4 pm, Grimaldi Forum Monaco – Salle des Princes
The Taming of the Shrew by Jean-Christophe Maillot, performed by the Compagnie des Ballets de Monte-Carlo with the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Foster
Information: +377 98 06 28 55
Monaco’s Criminal Court has sentenced a Romanian national to one year in jail for a series of sexual assaults, local French-language daily Monaco-Matin reports.
The offences were committed at the Monaco Monte-Carlo railway station, the court was told, where the accused touched the intimate parts of several women waiting for trains and looked under the skirts of girls. He also put his head under the ladies' toilet door to watch women urinating. Video surveillance confirmed the numerous complaints from members of the public.
The unemployed recidivist, who appeared in court in handcuffs on Friday, January 19, was found guilty of public indecency, assault and breaking an order to stay out of the Principality.
Brooks Brothers, which has a Monaco store at the Yacht Club, celebrated their 200th anniversary with the first event show at Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The evening marked a special milestone in the history of Brooks Brothers, America’s oldest retailer, and was the first of many special moments taking place over the next year.
Held in the famous Salone dei Cinquecento at Palazzo Vecchio, in the very centre of the city, the runway was designed in the signature colours that have always distinguished the brand: navy blue and gold.
Fifty-one models, 45 men’s and six women’s looks, walked through live performance by 53 members of the Italian Philharmonic playing an arrangement of contemporary music, notably, and a reference to Brooks Brothers’ New York origins, Empire State of Mind by Alicia Keys.
The show reintroduced the iconic camel polo coat and the navy blazer was shown in several combinations, a style more cool than collegiate; the Brooks Brothers iconic rep stripe tie was often worn like a belt in a reference to Fred Astaire, one of the brands famous customers.
Also in attendance at the fashion show in Florence was Konstantinos Tsouvelekakis, Managing Director of Brooks Brothers Monaco, who is also the official representative in Monaco, Greece, Cyprus, Turkey and the Balkans of the Permasteelisa Group, a world leader in the fields of engineering, project management, manufacturing and installation of architectural envelopes with a turnover of €1.5 billion.
No strangers to Switzerland, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo were invited for the first time to the Opéra de Lausanne from January 19 to 21. The last visit of the Company to the city was in February 1996 at the Palais de Beaulieu, with a programme of "Ballets Russes": Scheherazade, The Prodigal Son and Prince Igor.
Last week’s three performances of Cendrillon, with choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot, a play created in 1999 and danced more than 200 times across the world, received an ovation each evening from the Swiss public.
The Monaco Tourism and Convention Bureau, represented by its communication department, organised the Premiere evening, a successful operation with the Swiss press and their MICE guests.
During the performance on Saturday, January 20, Maison Chopard, a partner of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, honoured the Company during an exceptional evening organised by its co-president, Caroline Scheufele, and in close collaboration with the Director of Chopard Monaco, Xavier Fuller.
During the same week, Jean-Christophe Maillot, Choreographer Director of the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, Bernice Coppieters, Principal Ballet Master, and Bruno Roque, former dancer of the company, worked with the Ballet de Flandres in Antwerp, Belgium. Maillot's Faust, created in 2007 with the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, is currently in the Ballet de Flandres repertoire, and will be presented again until January 28, at the Stadsschouwburg Antwerpen for six performances.
Following the huge success of last year’s Australian Day bash celebrated by 150 Australians and friends of Australia, Stars'n'Bars and the Monaco Australia Association are bringing back the Aussie Party on Friday, January 26.
You can’t get more authentic than chef Didier Rubiolo’s Australian Barbie (not the doll!) with beef and chicken meat pies, sausage and "damper", grilled cheeseburger sliders, mini fish-n-chips, falafel, potato salad, coleslaw and a meringue pavlova for dessert.
Guests will be treated to a spectacular firework display on the port at 7:45 pm, with exceptional views from Stars’n’Bars’ open-air balconies, before the DJ cranks the volume on the dance floor – spinning all your favourite Aussie Classics from AC/DC, INXS, Midnight Oil, Men at Work, and, of course no dance party would be complete without the Bee Gees.
There will also be prizes for the Best Aussie Look Contest although it will be difficult to beat Jennifer Jacotine dressed as Dame Edna last year.
Cash bar, which includes a selection of Australian wines and beer, opens at 7 pm, and the barbecue buffet – €30 per person, drinks not included – starts at 7:30 pm, so best to be on time as bush tucker doesn't last long at an Aussie do.
Tickets must be purchased in advance online (Stars’n’Bars are the first customer of a new Monaco-based startup for online payment) or by sending a cheque to SNB at 6 quai Antoine 1er 98000 Monaco – be sure to include your email address. Alternatively you can pay at the door.
A vegan option is available but only by reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org, and note that there is no refund for late arrivals.
And by the way, there are no table reservations for anyone under 92 … this is a moveable Aussie feast.
The traditional greetings ceremony for representatives of the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Principality was held on Thursday, January 18, at the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris.
Gilles Tonelli, Minister of foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and HE Claude Cottalorda, Ambassador of Monaco to France, welcomed nearly 80 Ambassadors and Representatives of embassies accredited to the Principality.
Before presenting his wishes for happiness, health and prosperity for the year, Minister Tonelli expressed the support of the Principality for those countries affected by terrorist atrocities. He said that Monaco will continue to work for peace in international forums and will ensure that commitments made in the environmental, humanitarian, health and education sectors are kept and consolidated.
The Minister then read a message from HSH the Sovereign Prince who expressed his wish that in 2018 political and economic leaders commit to building a more viable and just world and that they work for sustainable development that favours a “green” economy.
After discussing Monaco news, including the importance of the negotiations with the European Union and the holding of the next national elections, the Prince conveyed his New Year's greetings in Monegasque.
To date, Monaco has diplomatic relations with 135 states in the world and 114 Ambassadors are accredited to the Principality.
On Sunday, January 21, Monaco’s basketball team headed to Nanterre for the 17th day of Pro A, the last game before the championships.
French Champions in 2013 and EuroChallenge (now Euro Cup) Champions in 2013, Nanterre is one of the top French teams. The Parisians will participate with Monaco in the Leaders Cup next month, which takes place from Friday, February 16, to Sunday, February 18, at Disneyland Paris, and will likely be in the next Play-Offs.
However, fifth this year, Nanterre was on a losing streak which ended when they took on Monaco’s Roca Boys at home Sunday at 6:30 pm, winning 99-69.
Roca Team, on the other hand, having won their last ten games, will next face off against Le Mans, the only other team to defeat Monaco this season, on February 4.
[caption id="attachment_27392" align="alignnone" width="683"] Plantation 2014. Photo: Mairie de Monaco[/caption]
Every year the Monaco Town Council joins forces with La Turbie in a programme to plant one tree for each child born in Monaco over the previous year. This year’s informal planting ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 25, with many of the new arrivals and their families present.
Now in its tenth year, the project brings a personal touch to a programme of reforestation carried out in conjunction with France’s National Forest Office.
One birth – One tree is part of the global campaign “Plant for the Planet”, recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme, sponsored by HSH Prince Albert and with the aim of planting a billion trees worldwide.
The planting will take place at 9:30 am on Route de La Turbie, next to the radio-controlled cars circuit.
An impressive collection of the greatest women, men and teams in sport have been nominated for the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s sports media, the foundation said in a press release.
Tennis superstar Roger Federer’s impressive return to form after a knee injury, which saw him win his fifth Australian Open and eighth Wimbledon titles, sees him nominated in both the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year and Laureus World Comeback of the Year categories. Federer, a four-time Award winner, could become the most decorated Laureus Award winner at the 2018 ceremony in Monaco on February 27.
The football world also features heavily, with Cristiano Ronaldo up for Sportsman of the Year, Real Madrid nominated for Team of the Year, Kylian Mbappé in contention for Breakthrough of the Year, and FC Barcelona and Chapecoense nominated for the Comeback of the Year Award.
Joining Federer and Ronaldo in what is sure to be a hotly contested Sportsman of the Year category is athletics world championships 10,000m gold and 5,000m silver medal-winning athlete Mo Farah, four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, four-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and French and US Open champion Rafael Nadal.
In the Sportswoman of the Year category Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza and three-time 800m world champion Caster Semenya join an all-American quartet of Australian Open champion Serena Williams, 16-time world athletics championship medalist Allyson Felix, 19-year-old swimming sensation Katie Ledecky and Overall World Cup champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin.
Votes can be cast at myLaureus.com until February 26, with the winner being announced on stage at the Awards in Monaco.
[caption id="attachment_13511" align="alignnone" width="709"] Seth Grae, President and CEO, Lightbridge Corporation[/caption]
ML: You are from New York. How did you end up in Virginia as President and Chief Executive Officer of Lightbridge Corporation?
SG: A college class in astrophysics helped spark my interest in all things nuclear. In law school I represented Soviet nuclear scientists pro bono, helping them receive exit visas, and my experiences with them added to my interest in nuclear as a global energy source. Originally I worked in nuclear as a lawyer and later obtained an MBA and focused on management. I’ve worked only in nuclear power for over 20 years.
ML: Tell us about Lightbridge.
SG: In 2008 we wrote the strategic plan for nuclear power for the Government of the United Arab Emirates, which is doing a fantastic job safely deploying four plants on schedule. We’ve advised several governments since, and we still provide advisory services in Abu Dhabi. Using the revenues from the consulting work, supplemented by equity investments, we launched a project to develop new fuel for both existing and new reactors to dramatically improve their safety and economics. In 2010 we announced the concept of a metallic fuel for power uprates to reactors and improved safety margins. With Fukushima and the collapse in natural gas prices, nuclear utilities are focused on safety and economics. We chose to patent the technology that we invented, which allows Lightbridge to be transparent. The most prestigious nuclear technology journal published a peer-reviewed article about our nuclear fuel technology; some nuclear technology companies have avoided independent peer review. Siemens has issued a report on the value proposition of Lightbridge fuel. Four large American nuclear utilities have submitted to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission their positive assessment of the technology and asked the NRC to prepare to receive the first license application in 2017. The Norwegian nuclear regulatory authority has praised the safety of Lightbridge’s technology in its license to begin demonstrating the nuclear fuel in the Halden Reactor this year.
ML: What is the relationship between “developing and commercialising next generation nuclear fuel technology” and a “meaningful impact on preventing climate change”?
SG: Nuclear reactors emit no climate change gasses. Lightbridge fuels allow reactors to generate even more carbon-free electricity through a power increase. Increasing nuclear power from existing plants as well as new ones with Lightbridge fuel will help the world meet its climate and energy goals.
ML: What is something that would surprise people to learn about nuclear fuel technology?
SG: Nuclear fuel has hardly been changed at all since the beginning of the industry. It’s at its limit and can’t safely be used to increase power for reactors to compete against natural gas. There must be a new type of fuel if nuclear plants are going to become safer and more economical. Lightbridge has invented and is developing that new fuel.
ML: How has your sector changed over the past decade and where do you see it going over the next 20 years?
SG: It’s become harder to make the economic case for nuclear power versus natural gas. While there is a net increase in nuclear power globally, many plants have closed and some of the largest companies are in trouble. In the next 20 years I think the industry will continue to focus on the existing types of plants, as it will take much longer than 20 years for whole new types of reactors to be designed, licensed, and deployed at any significant scale. Lightbridge’s fuel is designed for the existing types of reactors and some of the concepts for new ones.
ML: In December 2016, you were appointed to the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee (CINTAC). Tell us about the significance of CINTAC and your involvement?
SG: CINTAC advises the US Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, primarily on how we believe US government actions can help increase exports from US nuclear power companies. I represent small companies, including Lightbridge.
[caption id="attachment_10680" align="alignnone" width="670"] HSH Prince Albert presenting Seth Grae of Lightbridge Corporation with the Research Award in the presence of Mungo Park. Photo: CleanEquity® Monaco[/caption]
ML: Last year was your first time attending CleanEquity® Monaco (CEM). How did you meet Mungo Park and become involved with CEM?
SG: We met through an investor relations professional in New York who had dealt with Mungo. I first met with Mungo in London and described Lightbridge and I was very happy to be invited to participate in CleanEquity® Monaco.
ML: How was presenting at CEM different from your experiences at other types of events?
SG: CEM was the best experience I’ve had at a conference. The investors are high-end and are interested in both profits and environmental sustainability. The presenting companies have been well-screened. The conference is well-run, with the right balance between formal presentations and informal interactions.
ML: Why do we need CleanEquity® Monaco?
SG: So small companies with great technology that can be profitable and high-end investors can meet each other and start working together.
ML: Lightbridge Corporation was presented with CEM’s 2016 award for Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Research. What impact has this made over the last year in terms of exposure for Lightbridge?
SG: We’ve had a remarkable year since receiving the CleanEquity® Monaco award, moving from technology research to major accomplishments in developing the technology towards commercialisation. We’re now forming a joint venture with the world’s largest manufacturer of nuclear fuel and we’re working with large electric utilities that are taking steps to use the fuel in their reactors. I think the exposure that came with the award helped create a buzz in the nuclear power industry and in governments about Lightbridge’s technology that helped lead to these remarkable developments.