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A new event is about to make its debut in the Principality. PhotoMonaco promises to be an international fair with an emphasis on artistic photography and collectibles.
Renaud Siegmann, the event’s director, is known for his inspired take on contemporary creation over the last 30 years. He curated the Marrakech Art Fair in 2010 and 2011, and steered the Monaco Art Fair as its executive director in 2016.
Under the High Patronage of Prince Albert, PhotoMonaco will be a new platform with an aim to trigger original encounters between the public and images, and for this first edition, Mr Siegmann has chosen to promote photographic moments under the theme of “Le Temps du Regard”.
“PhotoMonaco is special because it offers an experience of the photographic moment. This is not yet another fair focusing solely on the commercial aspect,” Mr Siegmann said.
“I see our fair as a significant step towards defending images but also publishing, measured against extremely rigorous standards. For example, at every edition of PhotoMonaco, I intend to present a large collection of photographs, whether historic, modern or contemporary, to bring a qualitative tempo to the event.”
PhotoMonaco will be open to the public at Exhibition Hall, Quai Albert 1er, from Friday, April 6, until Sunday, April 8, from 1 pm to 7 pm. Admission is free.
“Over the past weeks, individuals who are part of organised crime groups, have been stealing the identities of high-ranking personalities in the principality and trying to establish personal contact with them, through email, text or video-conferencing via a WhatsApp-type application,” the government said in a statement Friday.
The elaborate scheme uses signed official documents on official letterhead, with phone calls that can display the switchboard number of these institutions.
The set up, which targets "community leaders or people with responsibility", uses the pretext of an urgent financial matter and asks for money to be transferred to foreign bank accounts, particularly in Asia.
Monaco-Matin additionally reports that a known journalist was contacted by a fake Prince Albert through WhatsApp and asked for money to help free a local journalist, supposedly kidnapped by an Islamist group.
Police have launched an investigation.
The Department of Public Security is calling for the utmost vigilance:
• be very cautious and sceptical about this kind of unusual communication;
• carry out direct and certain verification;
• contact the Judicial Police Division in case of such requests: +377 93 15 30 15 or email@example.com.
The Exotic Garden will host a free outdoor concert, Rockbox, on St Patrick's Day. The event is being organised by the Monaco Town Council in collaboration with Monaco’s Harley Davidson Club, and is part of the Toulouse group's French tour, which began last month to mark its 10th anniversary.
The band opened for Deep Purple on a tour but also performed on European stages and street concerts. Talent and originality characterise this “school blazer and cap wearing” band, whose lead Richard Rethore sings through a megaphone.
Rockbox offers full covers tunes, and at the base of their repertoire: Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Who, David Bowie and other icons of the international rock scene.
Rockbox should light up the public this March 17 at the Jardin Exotique, “an idyllic setting for an exceptional concert,” the Town Hall says.
Free admission on Saturday, March 17, at pm.
[caption id="attachment_10823" align="alignnone" width="516"] CREM President Louisette Levy-Soussan Azzoaglio, CREM Director Marilyne Pierre and Minister of State, Serge Telle.[/caption]
Thursday evening, the Club des Résidents Etrangers de Monaco (CREM) held its annual New Year cocktail for members at its impressive clubhouse, with the added honour of a visit from Minister of State, HE Serge Telle.
Although this was the seventh gathering to toast the New Year since the club’s inauguration in 2010, it was the Minister’s first time at the CREM premises, and, speaking to room of 50 guests, he was clearly impressed by the splendour of the space.
Passing on the gratitude of HSH Prince Albert, CREM’s Honorary President, to CREM President Louisette Levy-Soussan Azzoaglio, Director Marilyne Pierre and the rest of the team, Minister Telle kindly commented, “I want to thank CREM for all the work they do for the Principality,” before offering attendees his warmest wishes for 2017.
[caption id="attachment_10852" align="alignnone" width="640"] CERN's Walter Scandale draws names in the presence of Minister of State[/caption]
There was also a draw for four lucky CREM members to visit CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, located in Geneva. The names for the March 23 outing were drawn by Walter Scandale from CERN, who helped to arrange the event, and in the presence of Minister Telle.
The brief speeches and raffle were followed by servings of the traditional King’s cakes, the frangipane Galette des Rois and candied-fruit brioche.
CREM has held more than 800 wide-ranging events since it launched, including recently a private tour of the Conseil National, an invitation-only seminar on the Welfare State presented by the Centre for Future Studies for Monaco and, on Tuesday, a karting evening. For more on future events, see the CREM website.
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The number of cases in France of contamination of eggs with fipronil continues to increase, according to the Ministry of Agriculture in a statement on Tuesday, August 15.
So far, 14 processing plants, two packaging centres and forty wholesalers have been involved in the scandal over eggs tainted with the banned insecticide.
Contaminated eggs are most probably still on sale.
"In the coming days, as analytical results become available, we will make public on the ministry's website the name of all the contaminated products," said Stéphane Travert, Minister of Agriculture.
“The marks, the lot number, their packaging and the date of placing on the market" will be specified. This will concern "batches tested and identified as contaminated with fipronil at levels above the permitted limit,” he said. The ministry has tried to clam fears by saying that the health risk is very low, partly due to French food habits."
Eggs contaminated with fipronil have been reported in 17 European countries, and in Hong Kong.
Fipronil belongs to the phenylpyrazolechemical family and disrupts the insect central nervous system. Fipronil is used as the active ingredient in flea control for pets as well as agricultural pest control.