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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 5:43 | Author: Ian Brodie

Ultra-high speed plan confirmed

PREMIUM - MONACO NEWS, MONACO BUSINESS: Following our report yesterday that Monaco Telecom is about to introduce ultra high-speed internet connections in the Principality, a spokesman for the monopoly provider responded by confirming the news and clarifying a number of inaccuracies in our story...

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 5:32 | Author: Ian Brodie

Bosses 'add insult to injury'

MONACO NEWS, MONACO BUSINESS: The workforce at pharmaceutical company Théramex have taken to the streets again, despite the fact that final negotiations on a severance package have been completed with a slightly improved offer. The reason for the workers’ anger is the fact that top executives from the firm’s Israeli mother company, Teva, turned up in Fontvieille this week to garner information about production…

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 5:21 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Rodriguez sale questioned

MONACO SPORT, ASM: The soccer website is one of several sports media that have wondered what it all means after ASM made the decision to sell World Cup superstar James Rodgriguez; “Based in an attractive destination, the favourable financial laws enjoyed in the well-known tax haven allow ASM to pay whatever they like to their players – foreign and domestic – as they seek to build a European footballing superpower...

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 8:32 | Author: Ian Brodie

Very high speed internet this year

PREMIUM - MONACO NEWS: According to reliable sources, Monaco Telecom will introduce much faster mobile and internet connections by the end of this summer, in addition to those recently-announced. The new speed of 1.2 gigs will be the fastest in Europe and will make 4G technology obsolete. The bandwidth of a normal WiFi is currently in the order of 300 megabits, and there is much more to come…

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 8:03

Farage: UK will leave EU

MONACO NEWS: Nigel Farage, leader of Britian’s UKIP party, has told Monaco Today that Britain will leave the European Union at some point in the not too distant future. Speaking before a Monaco Life Business Leaders’ Lunch yesterday at the Pacific Restaurant in Monte-Carlo, Mr Farage said that Britain needs to protect jobs and guard against policies dictated from Brussels…

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 7:52 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Major changes in MC Rally

MONACO SPORT, MONACO CARS: With six months to go before the start of the 2015 season, the ACM (Automobile Club de Monaco) has revealed the basic outline of next year’s Rallye Monte-Carlo which will be 75 percent new compared with the 2014 event. After shakedown near Châteauvieux, six kilometres south of Gap, as this year, on Thursday morning, competitors will travel to Monaco for the official start ceremony in front of the Casino…

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 7:44 | Author: Jeff Daniels

IAAF holds Monaco seminar

MONACO NEWS: Doha is confident of winning the bid to host the IAAF World Championships in 2019, the head of the country’s athletics body has said. Qatar Athletics Federation president Dahlan al-Hamad, who also heads the Asian Athletics Association, last week led a delegation to Monaco to attend a seminar at the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) headquarters where representatives of bidding cities were briefed about the requirements for the prestigious event, reports…

Monday, 21 July 2014 8:37 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Spanish move for Columbian star

MONACO SPORT, ASM: AS Monaco won their second pre-season friendly against the Columbian club Atletico Junior Barranquilla by 1-0, thanks to a superb volley just before half-time from Berbatov, the highly-praised Bulgarian striker. ASM’s previous friendly, on July 12 against the St Veit amateur club of Austria, was a 12-0 debacle. Meanwhile, Monaco’s Columbian star James Rodriguez has been described by several sports media as being ‘too big for Monaco...’

Monday, 21 July 2014 8:19 | Author: Simon Wynne

Rail fatality stops trains

MONACO TRAVEL: A suspected suicide close to the station of Beaulieu-sur-mer stopped trains in both directions for two and a half hours on Saturday afternoon. A 25 year-old woman was hit by a Monaco-bound train at about 15:30, with traffic restarting just before 18:00.

Monday, 21 July 2014 8:13 | Author: Jeff Daniels

French do well in Monaco meet

MONACO SPORT: According to local French daily Nice Matin, this weekend’s Herculis Diamond League athletics meeting in Monaco has produced a new wave of young French champions. Pierre-Ambroise Bosse and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde said that the support of the crowd at Stade Louis II has been an important factor in their performances...

Saturday, 19 July 2014 10:09 | Author: Ian Brodie

Win-win for Testimonio project

PREMIUM - MONACO LIFESTYLE: The Government yesterday unveiled plans for a major new development on the eastern border of the Principality, between blvd. d’Italie and ave. Princesse Grace. Unlike other recent announcements of construction projects, Testimonio causes little offence to anyone largely because it doesn’t involve the demolition of alluring villas…

Saturday, 19 July 2014 9:43 | Author: Rhys Hughes

Diana Krall at Red Cross Gala

MONACO EVENTS: Diana Krall, the Canadian singer, will be the start of the summer Gala of the Monegasque Red Cross on August 1 at the Salle des Etoiles. Appearing alongside the jazz contrallto will be the South African group Freshlyground. The evening is one of the most fashionable of the year and is a fund-raising event for the work carried out by the local Red Cross across the world. Tickets are 1,000 euros each.

PHOTO: Diana Krall

Friday, 18 July 2014 6:20 | Author: Molly Brown

Pastors poised to knock down last villas

PREMIUM - MONACO LIFESTYLE: Holidaymakers on the beach and residents are saddened to learn of the imminent destruction of the only building in the area with some style… the belle époque Palais de la Plage, next to the Police and post office building in Larvotto and the first building to grace the small beach of Monaco, long before the existence of Avenue Princesse Grace or Larvotto...

Friday, 18 July 2014 6:07 | Author: Ian Brodie

Accused killer had huge debts

MONACO NEWS, PASTOR: Wojciech Janowski, accused of organising the murder of multi-billionaire Helene Pastor, had run up huge debts prior to the lethal attack on Mrs Pastor and her majordomo two months ago, according to reports in Le Parisien. In addition to a total of nine million euros owed to banks, the former Polish consul to Monaco was due to make a 30-million euros settlement in an oil deal, the daily said…

Friday, 18 July 2014 5:45 | Author: Victoria Thompson

Spotlight on French business

MONACO BUSINESS: Multinational members of the Monaco Jeune Chambre Economique  sharpened their networking skills on Thursday evening with the spotlight on the French business community in Monaco. Special guest at the monthly BUSINESS HAPPY HOUR held on the Stardeck at Stars’n’bars was France's Ambassador to Monaco Mr. Hugues Moret as participants marked the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of France with traditional Gallic snacks, vintage 40s fashion and the music of La Vie En Rose

Thursday, 17 July 2014 7:25 | Author: Ian Brodie

Nigel Farage in Monaco on Monday

MONACO EVENTS: Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, will be a special guest on Riviera Radio next Monday. The plan is for Mr Farage to go live on air on the Full English Breakfast show with Rob and Will just after 9:00. Listeners to the station, which is based in Monaco and broadcasts along the Riviera, have been invited to submit questions…

Thursday, 17 July 2014 6:07

Garo at Ribolzi Gallery

MONACO ARTS: Winner of the Grand Prize of the Contemporary Art Gemlucart 2013 international competition under the Honorary Presidency of HRH the Princess of Hanover, awarded by GEMLUC, Bernard Garo will be the artist with a solo exhibition in the famous gallery of Adriano Ribolzi Monaco later this year. The Swiss artist will present a series of recent paintings, "Visible the Invisible" and a preview of a selection of works from his latest series of Istanbul...

Thursday, 17 July 2014 5:26

Fireworks start this weekend

MONACO EVENTS: It's a grand finale for this, the 46th edition of the International Fireworks Competition of Monaco. The winners of the previous four years will compete in the sky over Monaco during the summer of 2014...

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 23:15 | Author: Ian Brodie

Armenian billionaire arrested in Moscow

PREMIUM - MONACO NEWS: A wealthy Armenian businessman based in Russia has been detained over alleged links with a notorious Russian criminal gang, according to media reports. The Rosbalt news agency said Levon Hayrapetyan was detained at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport on July 15 as he was returning from Monaco…

Wednesday, 16 July 2014 8:19 | Author: Jeff Daniels

Faster speeds from Monaco Telecom

PREMIUM - MONACO LIFESTYLE, MONACO BUSINESS: From yesterday, Monaco Telecom has increased speeds of internet connections for most of its clients, although some subscribers will have to visit a Monaco Telecom office to initiate the enhanced service. In a press statement issued yesterday...

Monaco Paws...

Monaco's residents love their dogs. Very big ones, very little ones and everything in-between can always be found sauntering along Monaco's streets. We've taken a few moments to chat with some proud dog owners about their best friends to find out what makes them so special.

In the first in a series, Siri Trang Khalsa spoke with Vanessa Ilsley about her West Highland White Terriers, Domino and Nellie.
1.  What do you like about Westies?
“My husband has always had Westies, they have lots of character and are very loyal.  It's good to have two together."
2.  Did you have dogs growing up?
"My parents both worked with dogs professionally and that is how they met.  My mother still has dogs and always has several around, and now runs a German Shepherd Rescue Charity.”
3.  Where are your dogs most happy?
“They love London where they can be let off their leash and walk by the river."
4.  What is the best part about having dogs?
"The unconditional love, and they are always so pleased to see you.  Plus many of the people I know in Monaco, I met through our dogs."
5.  What are their favourite special treats?
"Some mornings they get a yummy treat: a croissant from Bouchon."
6.  Do they have very different personalities?
"Yes, Nellie likes to have a perch and keep an eye on everything.  She is also very jealous of other girl dogs.  Domino loves his tennis balls and can play with them endlessly."
7.  Are they well-behaved?
"Well, mostly, but not always, but they never go far from me." 

Vanessa Isley is President of the British Association of Monaco and a long-time resident of the Principality.

TEXT: Siri Trang Khalsa, the owner of BOMO, Monaco's English bookshop, and future dog-owner.

PHOTO: Kaidi-Katariin Aksiim, an artist photographer, now specialising also in dog portraits. More at


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Wednesday, 23 July 2014 0:01

Monaco Events & Announcements

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:

Tuesday to Saturday from 15:00 to 21:00 or by Appointment - Centre of Excellence for Rare and Collectable Whisky - Taste and Buy Exceptional Whisky - Meet the Experts and Book a Master Class - Private Whisky Tastings - Whisky Gifts. Taste the original Monaco Blend - Whisky Apero
Tuesday to Friday from 18:00 to 20:00. Our selection from €10 to €2000 per glass

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).

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 Visit for more details.

Monte Carlo Whisky Conference: Friday, November 21, 2014 and Saturday, November 22, Oceanographic Museum - St. Andrews gala dinner, Saturday November 22, Salle Belle Époque, Hermitage Hotel, The Monaco blend after party, Friday, November 21, Cafe de Paris -  Murrays fish and Chip, Street Party, Culture of Scotland, Friday, November 21, Place de Casino.

Listings in Events & Announcements are free for non-profit associations, charged for commercial events and entities. To place listing email


Monday, 7 July 2014 9:10


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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 ( 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..


TEL AVIV: WEDNESDAY JULY 23 - Israel's army has denied targeting the Gaza offices of al-Jazeera TV after the network's correspondents reported that the building had come under fire on Tuesday. Earlier in the day the Israeil Defence Forces said that they 'could no longer guarantee the safety of journalists' in Gaza, which many reportes believed to be a direct threat.

Staff in Gaza said their 11th floor bureau was hit by two Israeli bullets as a crew was preparing to broadcast live from the balcony. "Two very precise shots were fired straight into our building," said Stefanie Dekker. "We are high up in the building so we had a very strong vantage point over the area. But we have evacuated." Al-Jazeera aired footage of their staff standing outside the building.

A spokesman for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) said no warning shots had been fired but could not confirm or deny whether there had been indirect damage to the building from firing at nearby military targets, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The incident came a day after Israel's foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, called for al-Jazeera to be banned. Lieberman accused the Qatar-based channel of being a mouthpiece for Hamas, and said the foreign ministry was taking steps to prevent it from broadcasting from Gaza, according to Israel's Channel 2 TV.

Al-Jazeera "has abandoned even the perception of being a reliable news organisation and broadcasts from Gaza and to the world anti-Israel incitement, lies, and encouragement to the terrorists," he said.

"All the big networks operate in Israel, some of them are not exactly pro-Zionist, and yet as a democratic state we allow them to operate here. In the case of al-Jazeera it is not an issue of freedom of the media but of a terrorist wing that currently fights against Israel."

A statement posted on the al-Jazeera website said: "Al-Jazeera network considers statements made against it by Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman a direct incitement. (It) considers (his) comments as a very serious matter. Israel is accountable for the safety of al-Jazeera teams working in Israel and the Palestinian territories."

Hospitals in Gaza have also been warned to evacuate, and several have taken direct hits. SOURCES: The Guardian, BBC


MORE MONEGASQUES: FRIDAY JULY 18 -  As at December 31, 2013, the number of Monegasque nationals was 8,837, according to the state statistical office, IMSEE. The population increased significantly compared to 2012 (+1.9%).


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

Monte-Carlo Diary

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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