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
Friday 15 to Sunday 17 December, Bay of Monaco Monaco 2K Team Race, organised by the Yacht Club de Monaco Information: +377 93 10 63 00
Saturday 16 December, 8 pm, Louis II Stadium – Gaston Médecin Omnisports Hall PRO A basketball championship: Monaco vs Antibes Information: +377 92 05 40 10
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 December, 8.30 pm, Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo Christmas ball. Auction and tombola in aid of the Princess Charlene Foundation, organised by Five Stars Events Information: +377 97 70 78 75
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
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December, 10 am to 6 pm, Grimaldi Forum Monaco 1st International Minerals, Fossils, Gems, Precious Stones and Meteorites Fair Information: 06 51 03 39 78
Saturday 16 December 2017 to Sunday 11 March 2018, 10 am to 6 pm, Nouveau Musée National de Monaco – Villa Sauber Michel Blazy Information: +377 98 98 91 26
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, 10.30 am, Port of Monaco U Giru de Natale (10 km circuit in Monaco), organised by the Police Sports Association of Monaco Information: 06 13 21 33 87
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
Monday 18 December. 6.30 pm, Monaco Multimedia Library – Louis Notari Library Workshop on “Photographic distractions” by Adrien Rébaudo Information: +377 93 15 29 40
Monday 18 December, 7 pm, Saint Nicolas Church – Parish Hall Cine-Club: screening of La La Land, followed by a discussion Information: 06 80 86 21 93
Tuesday 19 December, 12.15 pm, Monaco Multimedia Library – José Notari Sound Library Picnic Music with Howe Gelb on the big screen Information: +377 93 30 64 48
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
Tuesday 19 December, 7.15 pm, Church of St. Devota Concert of early music by pupils of the Rainier III Academy. Free entry Information: +377 93 15 28 91
Tuesday 19 December, 8.30 pm, Louis II Stadium – Gaston Médecin Omnisports Hall Basketball Champions League match: Monaco vs Hapoel Information: +377 92 05 40 10
20 to 21 December, Variety Theatre 10th Scenography Colloquium, organised by Monaco Art School – Pavillon Bosio, on the theme “Inventors of Invention”. Open access Information: +377 93 30 18 39
Wednesday 20 December, Louis II Stadium French Ligue 1 Football Championship: Monaco vs Rennes Information: +377 92 05 74 73
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
Thursday 21 December, 6.30 pm, Open-air ice rink Aperitif concert featuring Outremer Information: +377 93 10 12 10
Thursday 21 December, 7.30 pm, Oceanographic Museum of Monaco Screening of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s film Human, organised by the Monacology Association and MC.5 Communication Information: 06 03 49 49 39
Thursday 21 December, 8.30 pm, Théâtre Princesse Grace Histoire(s) (Story/Stories) by and featuring Franck Ferrand Information: +377 93 25 32 27
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.
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