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Thursday, 14 February 2013 19:58 | Author: Celina Lafuente de Lavotha

Henri Fissore St. Valentine's Day guest speaker

H.E. Henri Fissore was the guest speaker at the monthly lunch organized by the Monaco Business Women's Association (AFCEM) that happened to fall on Saint Valentine’s Day.  As part of the implementation plan for the road map put forward by Prince Albert in July 2010, Mr Fissore was appointed as Ambassador assigned to the Minister of State to implement concrete measures to reinforce the Principality’s economic attractiveness…

One of the main objectives has been to ensure that companies and high-level individuals wishing to start a business are monitored and given full support, recognizing the need to simplify the administrative process making it more flexible and multilingual. Furthermore, his role also involves leading a think-tank made up of Monegasques and Residents alike to discuss ways to increase Monaco’s attractiveness.

Mr Fissore acknowledges that residents are an integral part of the economy of the country, representing 80 percent of the population and a little more than 90 percent of its GDP; so seeking their experienced opinion becomes not only necessary but also very useful. In his presentation today Mr Fissore stated that apart from security, fiscal attractiveness and quality of life, an important aspect of living in the Principality that needs some improvement is health and wellness.

He also emphasized the need for excellence at all levels of service, inviting local businesses to participate in finding ways to improve communication, transportation, gastronomy, hotels and retails shops, as well as beautification of all public spaces, in order to remain competitive as a place to live.
 
PHOTO: H.E. Henri Fissore and members of the Monaco Business Women's Association (AFCEM)  Celina Lafuente de Lavotha

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Monaco Paws - with Maya...



A Golden Dog

 
Most dog owners think that their dogs are wonderful and unique, and after spending some time with the Golden Retriever, Maya, we must agree that she is a pretty special canine.
 
1.  How long have you had Maya?
We got her from a breeder in the US when she was 3 months old, and she is 11 years old now.  She was the princess in our house before our sons were born, but now her place has gone down a bit.
 
2.  Does she like living in Monaco?
She loves the sea, and she loves to swim more than anything else.  She will even go in the water in the middle of winter...and then shiver for 3 hours afterwards.
 
3.  Does she get on well with everyone?
She can be a bit snobby, mostly she just ignores most other dogs.  If provoked she gets very aggressive and the other dogs generally run away quickly. 
 
4. What makes Maya most happy?
She is really driven by three things; food, petting, and swimming.  
 
5.  What does she like to eat?
She loves to eat, and eats most everything although we try to give her a mainly raw diet.  She especially loves broccoli and comes running as soon as she sees it.
 
6.  What do you like about having a dog?
She is a great companion and when you have a dog it makes people smile and stop to chit-chat.  It connects you to other people.
 
7.  Is it difficult to have a big dog?
We take her everywhere and take trips by car so we can bring her.  She is a member of the family.
 
8.  Maya is so calm and mellow, how did she get to be like that?
Good breeding mostly, we choose her very carefully.  And she has an amazing capacity to understand.  She spends most of her time off the leash and is extremely obedient.  
 
9.  What makes Maya such a special dog?
She is good at reading your moods.  The moment I think about her, she comes to me.  She rarely disobeys.  She is practically a person, or at least one of the world's best dogs.  
 
Maya is part of the Krainer family; Alex, Emily, Ethan and Jessie.

Interview by Siri Trang Khalsa and photos by Kaidi-Katariin Aksiim KAIDIPHOTOGRAPHY©. 0033640621014 kk@kaidiphotography.com, www.kaidiphotography.com, www.kaidiphotography.com/facebook
 

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Monday, 10 February 2014 0:02
Author: Louise Simpson

Monaco Foodie...

Buy local or bye local

I passed a sign at a farmer’s market in the UK recently that said: “Buy local or bye local.” As a farm-bred girl, I endorse the philosophy of buying local. Indeed, I hanker back to the halcyon days of my youth when my family lived a self-sufficient utopia with an organic vegetable garden, a chicken coop, bee hives, and fields where a local farmer grazed his sheep and paid us annual rent in half a lamb for our freezer.  My sisters and I spent our days hunting for blackberries, and canoeing and swimming in the muddy river at the bottom of our garden. At least that’s how I remember it, but the rose-tinted spectacles of nostalgia probably make it sound a lot more Swallows and Amazons than it was...

 

Thursday, 30 January 2014 8:38

Letters to the Editor

A bemused reader in Beaulieu-sur-mer speculates about the air traffic controllers' strike and President Hollande and his runabout.

Dear Sir, More travel misery – that’s why Trierweiler was flying back home from India yesterday; the whole trip was planned round the air traffic controllers' strike programme.

The only answer for these disruptive strikers is to delocalize the whole French ATC sector to Bangalore. The Aiguilleurs du ciel never see a plane anyway, just their computer screens, so no problem putting the images offshore. As has been done with the military radar on Mont Agel – all the screens are manned in Lyon so only a few maintainers are left in BA943 above Monaco, a good nuclear target, but don’t tell the buyers flocking to settle in the tax haven just below, in the fall-out zone.

As for the Elysée, nobody has asked who the owner is of that Paris apt, home to Valerie. She says it is “in his name”; but his Declaration de Patrimoine (www.huffingtonpost.fr/.../declaration-patrimoine-francois-hollande-117-)...makes no mention of it – only the Mougins house and two small apts in Cannes.  Nor of any liquid capital to buy a large Paris apt.  So he keeps below the threshold for the ISF.  There's work for investigative journalists.

My main gripe about the President is he rides a foreign scooter – an Italian Piaggio, whereas I have just done my best to save France by buying not only a new Peugeot scooter, but also a ditto car (Peugeot 107).  Why does he not buy French, like me? Earlier civilizations were run by specially treated men, called Castrati, who were also in demand as singers. Not too late to apply this in the Elysée – though some high-profile ladies might not appreciate it.

Peter, Beaulieu-sur-mer (name and address supplied)

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Sunday, 11 August 2013 10:17
Author: Ian Brodie

Iceberg rescues Titanic*

MONACO MEDIA: The media world has been stunned this week by news that the founder of Amazon - the online shop - has bought the iconic Washington Post newspaper at what seems to be a knockdown price. The $250 million Jeff Bezos paid is just a little over one percent of his personal wealth of $23 billion, making a very small dent indeed in his bank account. Never mind that since its founding Amazon has lost money more than it has made, making Bezos a virtual billionaire in charge of a virtual empire. Perhaps he bought the Post because he yearned for something real.

To decry the sale of the Post is not just to indulge in unworldly sentimentality. Its disposal marks another milestone on the way to the cemetery for printed newspapers as we have known them for the centuries since the Times of London first appeared in 1785 as the Daily Universal Register, changing its name three years later. In the ever-evolving world of media, print is in its death throes.

If it's almost all over for ink except the burials, and the standouts are disappearing fast, should we be surprised? No. Disappointed, sorry? Yes. The great newspapers of the past, including the Post, the New York Times, the Times, the UK's Daily Telegraph, are empty imitations of their former selves thanks to cost-cutting. The greatest loss as these titles decline and disappear is the quality of the journalism that called them home..

Monaco Events & Announcements

Nall, ‘Savages,’ August 15, 2014 - September 15, 2014, 14H-18H Vendredi, Samedi, Dimanche ou sur rendezvous. The N.A.L.L. Art Association Opens its Doors to the Public for the Showing of a New Nall Exhibition, 232 Bd Marechal de Lattre, Vence, France 06140. Tel: 0493581326 ou 0613338078. Fax: 0493580900 Cell: 0619022695.

The Tasting Room would like to invite you to come and enjoy the “Last Taste of Sporting D’Hiver” before sadly it closes later this year. La Maison D’Ecosse has taken the opportunity of using this beautiful space in one of the world’s most prestigious locations, to allow you to taste and buy exquisite whisky. La Maison D'Ecosse, Galerie Sporting D'Hiver, Place du Casino. T: +33 (0)6 43 91 27 00 E: info@lamaisondecosse.com

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Tuesday to Friday from 18:00 to 20:00. Our selection from €10 to €2000 per glass
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ANDY WARHOL: The exhibition “Andy Warhol” is at the Galerie Adriano Ribolzi all the summer (Tuesday – Saturday / 10:00 - 12:00 and 15:00 until 18:00).

Outward Bound: 10TH ANNIVERSARY SUMMER PARTY, Thursday September 18th, 2014 from 19:30 to 23:30, Monte Carlo Country Club, 155 avenue Princesse Grace, 06190 Roquebrune Cap Martin. Come and join the Committee at this social event organised for members, supporters and families to share and celebrate the work of the Monaco OB Association.  The tickets are priced at €65 inclusive of welcome aperitif, dinner, wine and music.  Tickets for under 17 years are €35. For further information please contact Vanessa Ilsley on vanessa@outwardboundmonaco.com

Property in France: The next Monaco Life Business Leaders’ Lunch will be on the topic: “The Pleasures and Pitfalls of owning property in France,” with Brian Groocock of Brian Groocock Real Estate. Wednesday, October 29, Pacific Restaurant, ave. des Spelugues, Monaco. 12:30. 95 euros, includes welcome drink and 3-course lunch. To book, please email Ian Brodie at monacotoday@gmail.com.

Global High Net Worth Conference: Thursday, November 6 and Friday, November 7, at the Salon Bellevue of the Cafe de Paris in Monte-Carlo, a two-day conference of professionals serving the HNW and UHNW sectors. Distinguished speakers from around the world will address the major issues of the moment. Organised by the publishers of monacolife.net. Visit www.globalhighnetworth.org for more details.

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TEL AVIV: SATURDAY AUGUST 7 - A Dutchman honoured by Israel for hiding a Jewish child during World War Two has handed back his medal after six of his relatives were killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza. Henk Zanoli, 91, wrote to the Israeli embassy in The Hague to say he could no longer hold the honour.

He said an Israeli F-16 had destroyed his great-niece's home in Gaza, killing all inside, in the recent offensive. The Israeli embassy has declined to comment on Mr Zanoli's action.

Mr Zanoli and his mother were awarded the "Righteous Among the Nations" honour by Israel in 2011 for helping to shelter a Jewish child from the Nazis in their family home from 1943-45. The award is accorded to non-Jews who risked their lives to protect and save Jews during the Holocaust.

However, Mr Zanoli said in a letter published by Israel's Haaretz newspaper that "to hold on to the honour granted to me by the State of Israel under these circumstances, would be an insult... to those in my family, four generations on, who lost no less than six of their relatives in Gaza."

The UN says more than 2,000 people - mostly Palestinian civilians - have died in recent fighting between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants in Gaza.

"The great-great grandchildren of my mother have lost their grandmother, three uncles, an aunt and a cousin at the hands of the Israeli military," he wrote, referring to an air strike by the Israeli military on 20 July.

His great-niece is a Dutch diplomat who is married to Palestinian economist Ismail Ziadah, who was born in a refugee camp in central Gaza.

Mr Ziadah's mother, three brothers, a sister-in-law and nine-year-old nephew were all killed after their family home was hit by Israeli aircraft.

Mr Zanoli, a retired lawyer, offered sharp criticism of Israel's Operation Protective Edge offensive, warning that such actions could lead to possible convictions of "war crimes and crimes against humanity".

Israel has defended its offensive in Gaza, saying its forces had gone to "unprecedented lengths to keep Palestinians out of harm's away" by issuing warnings via text message, telephone and leaflet dropping.

Mr Zanoli has faced his own share of family tragedy after losing his father at a Nazi concentration camp and a brother-in-law who was killed for his role in the Dutch resistance during World War Two.

"Against this background it is particularly shocking and tragic that today, four generations on, our family is faced with the murder of our kin in Gaza. Murder carried out by the State of Israel," he wrote in the letter addressed to Israeli ambassador Haim Davon.

He was reportedly too frail to hand the medal back in person, but instead sent it to the Israeli embassy in the Netherlands. SOURCE: The Guardian

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ARTLOVERS SUCCESS: THURSDAY AUGUST 14 - The Grimaldi Forum’s annual summer exhibition has attracted 15,000 visitors in just over four weeks. The Artlovers show is made up of part of the Pinault collection and continues until September 7.

COMMEMORATION: THURSDAY AUGUST 14 -
Prince Albert has been invited to join French President Francois Hollande in the Var tomorrow for the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Allied invasion of Provence in August 1944.

HOLIDAY: Friday August 15 is a national holiday in France and Monaco to mark Assumption.

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Monte-Carlo Diary

Pushed to the Max

SATURDAY, JUNE 21: There will always be tensions when a large crowd of people are crammed into small spaces, especially when they take an instant dislike to each other or harbour long-term differences. I am not talking about the long-running opening ceremony of the splendid new Monaco Yacht Club attended by le tout Monaco - a splendid affair - but the lingering impact of the lengthy and tedious French rail strike.

Tasked with taking my youngest son to Nice for a Saturday rendez-vous with a schoolmate, I squeezed with him onto the 16:43 from Monaco - delayed for 18 minutes in Menton while the frazzled French border police sifted out the usual suspects, young Somalian males who, having crossed the inhospitable Sahara, are trying in considerable numbers to make their way to the economic paradise that is France. Or possibly the UK.

Most people were eminently sensible and moved down the train to occupy every available space to allow yet more frazzled and luggage-laden bemused first-and-last-time tourists onto the only TER regional express to visit Monaco for the previous three hours.
Someone sitting down said something to me. I assumed he was offering me a space to sit. I bent down to hear better. Translated from the French, what he said was: “Can you get your arse out of my face!”

To say I was astonished hardly covers it. A number of responses flashed through my hot head: “I am surprised you are bothered about my arse, since it resembles so closely your face,” was the most polite. I wanted physically to strangle him, and since I was standing up and he was sitting down I sure as hell had a good shot at it.

My nine year-old restrained me. “He’s an idiot Dad, don’t take any notice,” he said in a French that can only be described as impeccable. At the next available jolt in the tracks he managed to more or less fall onto the idiot’s mobile phone he was holding high in the air while playing what looked like patience, and make it look like an accident.

You can mess with me, but you can’t mess with Max.

Jeff Daniels

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

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6/6 for effort

I can hardly put into words how welcome some sunny weather will be. Every school day we trudge to the train station and from Nice Riquier to the school with our nine year-old genius. When it's raining, as it has been, we have to take a change of clothes, although I have greatly benefited by the recent purchase of sailing boots for the teenager. I have to wear three pairs of socks to stop them sliding off.

Monaco, so I am told, turned down the offer of an alternative private school, so it migrated west. Perhaps the Principality was too keen on its position at the top of the exam league tables to want anything more adventurous than a standard French school with its strict and orthodox adherence to 'the system.' We are very happy with Nice. The school, that is.

George is doing very well. He knows all about the pyramids and the solar system, although I have to admit to a nagging nervousness over his numeracy. Last week he showed me his sums. 0/6. Bearing in mind the need for constant praise and encouragement, I wished him better luck next time, as if he were a gambler at the Monte-Carlo Casino. "Ah, but Dad," he said, "I did much better than Michel. He got 0/0."

"Merde!" I said. "No Dad, not merde, merrde." His French is brilliant.

Jeff Daniels

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Welcome, Mr President...

What on earth is the French President doing in Monaco? Well, there are a few things to see, such as the Oceanographic and Monaco's Scientific Centre. And a few bits of paper to sign. Lunch at the Palace should be good, and will not disappoint the Socialist President's champagne tastes. Otherwise, not much will be going on and the visit will be marked by an inconvenience to road traffic. That will be its high point, since it seems that the President won't be meeting any of the remaining 8,000 French residents - whose families have lived here for generations - to discuss the fact that they have to meet the high cost of living in Monaco while paying French taxes, an arrangement inherited from the treaty with France into which Prince Rainier was famously coerced in 1963.

If I were a Frenchman, or woman, I would wonder what my President was doing in Monaco. Perhaps he has come to open a bank account. Switzerland is certainly less attractive than it was for French savers. Or perhaps I would conclude that Mr Hollande fancied a day away from the office and a very unattractive in-tray.

Jeff Daniels


Jeff Daniels reviews

Mayhem in Monte Carlo

Long-term Monaco resident and former ad-man Mike Ferrier's second book in a trilogy, Mayhem in Monte Carlo, is at first sight a mixed bag of intelligent insight and mundane stereotyping. And as many new writers do, Mike has cut out the middleman. The book can be ordered on Amazon, to be read on a tablet or consumed in book form, a modern form of buying novels that appeals to some more than others...

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