Thursday 14, Friday 15, Friday 29, Saturday 30 December, 8.30 pm; Sunday 31 December, 7 pm and 10 pm, Théâtre des Muses
Piano Rigoletto et Tutti Frutti (Piano Rigoletto and Tutti Frutti), a musical production by Alain Bernard, Jean-Claude Islert, and Pascal Légitimus featuring Alain Bernard
Information: +377 97 98 10 93
Saturday 16 December, 8.30 pm, Church of St. Devota
Christmas concert by the Ensemble Orchestral et Choral des Alpes de la Mer with Silvano Rodi, organ, and Massimo La Guardia, tenor, conducted by Giulio Magnanini. Part of the In Tempore Organi 3rd International Organ Cycle
Information: 06 83 58 06 38
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December, 8 pm, Grimaldi Forum Monaco Viva Momix Forever – dance production by Moses Pendleton performed by Momix, organised by the Monaco Dance Forum
Information: +377 97 70 65 20
Saturday 16 December, 8.30 pm and Sunday 17 December, 4.30 pm, Théâtre des Muses
Dans la peau de Cyrano (In the Skin of Cyrano) – theatrical productions by and featuring Nicolas Devort
Information: +377 97 98 10 93
Sunday 17 December, Grimaldi Forum Monaco – Salle Camille Blanc
Screening of Bob Fosse’s Cabaret, in collaboration with the Visual Archives of Monaco, organised by Monaco Dance Forum
Information: +377 97 70 65 20
Sunday 17 December, 4 pm, Saint-Charles Church
Christmas concert with the musicians of the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Achim Fiedler. Haendel, Bach and Honegger
Information: +377 98 06 28 28
Tuesday 19 December, 8.30 pm, Variety Theatre
All the Art of the Cinema – Screening of Nicholas Ray’s film Rebel Without a Cause, organised by the Audiovisual Archives of Monaco
Information: +377 97 98 43 26
Wednesday 20 December, 7.30 pm, Grimaldi Forum Monaco
Lecture on “Seen from the Heart” by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, organised by the Monacology Association and MC.5 Communication
Information: 06 03 49 49 39
Wednesday 20 December to Saturday 6 January, Grimaldi Forum Monaco
“Planet Ocean”: exhibition of photographs by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, organised by the Monacology Association and MC.5 Communication
Information: 06 03 49 49 39
Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy, was a guest Friday morning at a breakfast conference organised by the Junior Chamber Economic.
Held at MonacoTech’s Zone F, the theme of the December 15 event was: "Pitch Time: Discover the startups of MonacoTech.”
During his speech, Jean Castellini recalled the various stages of the creation and launch of MonacoTech, the government’s incubator and accelerator startup program, inaugurated on November 8 by Prince Albert and Xavier Niel.
The Minister emphasised, "MonacoTech is at the same time a place ideally situated in Fontvieille, an exemplary cooperation between the State and Monaco Telecom, and dynamicly managed by a young Monegasque, Fabrice Marquet.”
He added, “This structure is a wonderful means of communication to say innovation has a place in Monaco."
Fabrice Marquet, Director of MonacoTech, then spoke of the many challenges, including having real innovative industrial projects, giving projects time to develop and creating a real community of entrepreneurs.
This year, MonacoTech selected 15 startups – 10 incubators and 5 accelerators – out of 172 applications. Four of them were chosen to talk at the networking event to 80 members and friends of the Monaco Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCI) who were in attendance.
Kee System, Wealth Management Solutions, started off the presentation, and was the only accelerator in the morning’s program. Surgisafe (Instant Detection Smart Cannula), Coraliotech (Coral Products Technology), and Teale (Data Driven Building Efficiency) also answered questions from the audience.
The Urban Planning Department has installed a portion of solar roadway about fifty metres long on the Avenue des Papalins in Fontvieille. The section of special roadway has been built in cooperation with the company Colas. The electricity produced by the panels is injected into the SMEG network.
Wattway slabs are laid and glued directly onto the road. Only a few millimetres thick, they include photovoltaic cells 15 cm apart, constituting a very thin sheet of "polycrystalline" silicon. Coated in a substrate composed of resins and polymers, they are sufficiently translucent to let in sunlight and strong enough to withstand heavy truck traffic.
These slabs have a yield of 15 percent, similar to that of conventional photovoltaics. Twenty square metres of Wattway roadway is sufficient to supply an average household with sufficient electricity, excluding heating.
"This is a huge increase in the number of solar panels designed to transform the traffic lanes into renewable energy support," said Jean-Luc Puyo, Director of Urban Planning. He added: "Tomorrow, we can imagine other ways in which the Principality can support our policy in favour of renewable energies".
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the German Ocean Foundation and the International Boat Show – Boot Düsseldorf – have come together to launch the “Ocean Tribute Awards.” The prize will reward selected projects in three areas: Business, Industry, and Science. Boot Düsseldorf will be held from January 20 to 28, 2018.
HSH Prince Albert II, who participated last year at the Ocean Symposium, as part of Boot Düsseldorf, said: "The marine environment is now deeply threatened. There is, at the foundation of this Prize, the importance of mobilising as much as possible around this cause, and to draw the attention of our contemporaries to this requirement which must all bring us together. (...) I wanted my Foundation to join this beautiful project.”
The members of the Ocean Tribute Award jury, which met in Düsseldorf on November 22, are Monika Breuch-Moritz, meteorologist, President of the German Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) and member of the Advisory Committee of the German Ocean Foundation; Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf; HE Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President of the Prince Albert II Foundation; Dr Hartmut Graßl, President of the Federation of German Scientists and President of the German Ocean Foundation; Dr Michael Orbach, Anthropologist, consultant at Duke University, founding member of Surfrider Foundation and member of the advisory board of the German Ocean Foundation; and Robert Marx, President of the German Water Sports Association and Boot Düsseldorf.
Seabob, the luxury sea toy maker, will award a prize of €1,500 to each winner. The "Blue Motion Night" awards ceremony will take place on January 22, 2018, in Düsseldorf.
A study of mobile telephony coverage in the Principality has found that while improvements in quality of service have been made across the board, Monaco Telecom and Orange continue to provide the best quality of service.
The study was conducted in the first half of 2017 by the Electronic Communications Department. A total of 120 measurement points, exterior and interior, were used to test mobile phones using the IOS and Android operating system at different times, including during off-peak hours.
The study found that Monaco Telecom and Orange, whose network is actually provided by Monaco Telecom, provide excellent coverage and a high quality of service, while the performances of the other three operators Bouygues Telecom, Free and SFR – while inferior, have improved since 2016, following a request from the Minister of State. For telephone calls, made or received, the coverage rate of these operators is today greater than 98 percent when made outside buildings.
However, the quality of internet connections and the throughput offered by these three operators remains much lower than those of Monaco Telecom and Orange.
It also appears from these measurements that the experience of customers often depends on their smartphone. Notable differences are seen between different models which do not have the same sensitivity and the same performances on the same network.
Based on the audit conducted by an independent provider, the study demonstrates the high quality of the mobile services provided by the national operator.
The Government has pointed out that Monaco has not appeared on any of the three lists of problematic fiscal jurisdictions as published by the Council of Europe on Tuesday, December 5. A total of 92 jurisdictions were listed.
Monaco was recognised as "largely compliant" in terms of transparency four years ago, at the World Forum of the OCDE held in Jakarta. Furthermore, Monaco’s economic model is "onshore", the Monaco government said in its statement published on Wednesday, December 6. What makes the Principality rich is the wealth of its residents, who live and consume in Monaco, plus the VAT revenues produced in accordance with an agreement with France.
From May 17, 2016, Monaco has applied the necessary measures to combat the erosion of the tax base and transfer of profits, the statement said, adding, “The Government states with satisfaction the recognition of the work so far accomplished and will pursue future actions to maintain its conformity to international standards in these matters."
This article addresses the increasing interest by Families on how to be philanthropic, especially from the Millennial (18-35 year olds) members.
There are many reasons, ranging from wealth and tax planning, to brand building, to much more personal motivations, that people may decide to get involved in philanthropy.
Philanthropy is now in vogue, widely celebrated, and adopted as a worthy lifestyle choice amongst the wealthy. We know that philanthropy is on the rise, too. According to the Coutts Million Dollar Donors Report, $56 billion (€47 billion) donations of more than $1 million (€840,000) were made in 2015 – a significant rise from the previous year.
Giving can be a hugely rewarding experience. Getting to know the dynamic individuals and organisations working at the frontline of social change is enriching and humbling. And such engagement can cut across different aspects of your life – from involving the family and even the children in planning and choosing donations, to engaging companies and their employees.
One of the best reasons to give is that the world needs it. Philanthropy has often played a hugely important role in the development of just, democratic societies. Now more than ever – with such global and complex challenges as global under-nutrition, gender inequality, climate change and the refugee crisis – philanthropy has a very important role to play.
What are some of the challenges donors face?
While the journey of a philanthropist is a privileged and rewarding one, it’s not easy to be effective. Here are some of the key pitfalls:
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Feeling overwhelmed by need. The sheer scale of today’s social challenges can be overwhelming. It is said, for example that the global economy will lose $12 trillion (€10.06 trillion) if greenhouse gases are not tackled, and that $3.5 trillion (€2.93 trillion) is lost every year due to global under-nutrition. These are staggering figures, but we mustn’t be disheartened. Private wealth has resources to contribute to this challenge, but they need to be allocated wisely. The great news is that with strategic thinking, even a $26,000 (€21,800) donation could have a catalytic effect in a chosen field.
Defining purpose and value-add. We live in an age of information overload and there will be competing demands for a donor’s attention. The challenge for any donor is how to focus their involvement – this takes a good filtering system and often some solid support. Defining your own purpose and value-add within your chosen field is the true challenge and opportunity of every philanthropist.
Finding great opportunities. The causes that shout the loudest are not necessarily the most effective. Unlike the corporate world, assessing organisations and causes is not straightforward as there is no single bottom line to be compared. There is no stock market for charitable causes. It often takes expertise and/or time and immersion into particular cause areas to find fantastic causes that resonate with your purpose and goals.
Regulatory and risk issues. Donors do not often realise the myriad risk, legal and tax considerations in giving. Setting up your own charitable foundation is an appealing option, but comes with its own regulation and governance requirements. The level of transparency that is needed often surprises and frustrates donors, particularly if giving overseas. It is worth taking advice on the right structure for your giving early on.
Power dynamics. Funders need to be aware that they can influence entire sectors of work (not always positively) by how and what they choose to fund. It’s easy for new donors to wade into subjects with hubris, particularly if they’ve been successful businessmen or women. Unequal power dynamics between funder and recipient do not help to create an honest relationship. Trying to solve a social problem (which is really what this is all about) can take many years, often decades – think of the abolition of slavery, for example, which was pushed forward by a strong civil society movement backed by philanthropic support. It takes patience, focus, and – critically – collaboration across sectors.
Top tips for new philanthropists
Understand the change you want to see and try to think strategically. Understand what change you want to see in the world and work backwards from there. Philanthropy can be catalytic when targeted carefully, but should be informed by a good mix of passion and evidence in order to be really effective.
There are already 160,000 charities in the UK, so be brutally honest about whether you have something new to offer by setting up a new initiative or charitable foundation. A good example is Warren Buffet, who has pledged to give 99% of his substantial wealth to philanthropic causes, the majority of which will go to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Buffet recognises the critical importance of both leverage and avoiding duplication. Sometimes it is worth funding someone else’s initiative rather than reinventing the wheel.
Acknowledge what you don’t know
Get informed. Meet people and organisations. Understand the issues in which you are interested. And don’t expect to go it alone. We know that donors give more when they seek and receive good advice – be it from other, experienced philanthropists, or professionals. Support can help you to filter information, find and assess great causes, and ensure you are meeting all legal requirements. It will enable you to focus on the fun and rewarding parts of philanthropy while ensuring you see the fruits of your contribution much more quickly.
Make a start
Have a go in one area of interest. Make smaller and simpler contributions initially until you are more comfortable with the process. If there’s one thing I’ve witnessed in my years of working in this space, it’s that donors learn best by doing – so just make a start, and have fun with it!
Article first published September 6, 2017. Mark Estcourt is CEO of Cavendish Family Office in London. For more information, see cavfo.com. This article was written in association with one of our Strategic Partners, Juliet Cockram Agnew who is Head of Philanthropy at I.G Advisors.
[caption id="attachment_26426" align="alignnone" width="960"] On May 24, 1961, President and Mrs Kennedy welcomed Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco to the The White House. Photo: Facebook: Embassy of the Principality of Monaco in Washington, D.C./Corbis-Bettman[/caption]
The Embassy of Monaco has inaugurated its new premises in the heart of the US federal capital. The Chancellery is now located nearer the White House and the main ministries.
At the official ceremony at 888 17th Street, on Thursday, December 7, Her Excellency Maguy Maccario Doyle, Ambassador of Monaco to the USA, received many notable personalities, in the presence of Isabelle Rosabrunetto, Director General of Foreign Affairs and of Cooperation, and Marie Catherine Caruso, Director of Diplomatic and Consular Relations.
In her address, the Ambassador recalled the importance and the quality of the ties that unite the Principality and the United States.
As an example, on November 29 and 30, the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission Karine Médecin-Lemon welcomed a delegation from the New Orleans Tricentennial commission to the Principality in preparation for Monaco’s participation in the Tricentennial celebrations in 2018.
The links between the Principality and New Orleans date back to Monaco’s first American Princess. According to the Embassy, Princess Alice of Monaco was born Alice Heine in New Orleans in 1857 and married Prince Albert I of Monaco in 1889.
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Headed by Mayor Mitch Landrieu-City of New Orleans, the delegation’s Monaco visit at the end of November included a welcome dinner with local officials, meetings with senior officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development, the Monaco Economic Board, and a stop by the Casino de Monte-Carlo Jazz Festival.
The delegation’s visit culminated with lunch at the Palace in the presence of Prince Albert.