[caption id="attachment_26270" align="alignnone" width="640"] Professeur Bertrand Mathieu, Gianni Buquicchio and Christophe Sosso. Photo: DR[/caption]
Following the appointment of Laurent Anselmi as Director of Judicial Services of the Principality, the position of representative of Monaco to the Venice Commission was entrusted to Professor Bertrand Mathieu.
Accompanied by Christophe Sosso, substitute member, also representing the Principality, Professor Mathieu participated in the 113th General Session of the Venice Commission, held on December 8 and 9.
The Venice Commission, the European Commission for Democracy through Law, is a consultative body specialising in constitutional law, set up by the Council of Europe.
Based in Venice, it includes independent experts from all of its member states, as well as observers from every continent. The next session will be held on March 16 and 17, 2018.
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The Energy Observer has completed more than 4,000 nautical miles before completing its Tour de France in Monaco, arriving on Wednesday, December 13 at Quai Antoine 1er.
This, the first self-sustaining hydrogen ship without the emission of greenhouse gases or fine particles, will welcome the general public at its village until December 21, 2017.
The choice of Monaco for a port visit echoes the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation's commitment to innovative projects such as Planet Solar, the Formula E and Solar Impulse championships.
For a week, the crew of Energy Observer will take advantage of this last stop to meet local players whose initiatives are remarkable, while preparing the continuation of the Odyssey for the Future in the Mediterranean and working on the first technological optimisations of the ship.
The exhibition village dedicated to the project is open and free until Thursday, December 21, from 10 am to 6 pm.
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The links between the Albert II Foundation of Monaco, the Principality of Monaco and Energy Observer go back to the beginnings of the project, through several meetings during which the Sovereign has always taken a great interest in the project and declared his willingness to welcome the ship for a stage of its World Tour.
This is now done, and this support is in line with the Principality's commitment to encourage major technological innovation projects, in the service of the fight against global warming.
Haunted by the memory of Nijinsky, like many choreographers before him, Marco Goecke is back with a piece named after one of the 20th century’s greatest dancers.
Since its premiere in June 2016, the powerful biopic so beautifully performed by the Gauthier Dance Company has been met with standing ovations time and time again.
The Monaco Dance Forum will be showcasing the latest offering by a choreographer it has been following for over a decade now, and who was awarded its “Nijinsky Prize” for best emerging choreographer back in 2006.
Nijinsky will be performed on December 14 and 15 at the Salle Garnier of the Monte-Carlo Opera, starting at 8 pm.
On December 16 and 17, the Ballets will be performing Viva Momix Forever, a production of particular interest to a younger audience, at the Salle Prince Pierre at the Grimaldi Forum.
This was created in 2015 to celebrate Momix’s 35th anniversary, and it’s with a spectacular collection of his most iconic and significant choreographies that Moses Pendleton, charismatic Creator and Artistic Director of the company, intends to emphasise this fundamental goal.
Momix is a company of dancer-illusionists based in Washington, Connecticut, founded in 1981 by the well-known choreographer. The new performance is a mix of brilliant beautiful choreographies, new creations and masterpieces of the company’s history: from Momix Classics, Passion, Baseball, Opus Cactus, Lunar Sea, to the recent Botanica and the latest great success of Alchemia.
[caption id="attachment_13482" align="aligncenter" width="703"] Eurocopter EC155 Helicopter. Photo: James[/caption]
Avinco Helicopters, a Monaco company that specialises in helicopter sales, acquisitions, and trading, has reported 27 helicopter transactions in 2016, plus a repossession contract involving 21 Airbus H225s and an EC155.
In its 2016 annual results, Avinco said the 27 transactions had a combined value of $54 million. The repossession contract involved Avinco recovering, storing, managing and remarketing the aircraft on behalf of a consortium of creditor banks along with Coface, France’s export credit agency.
[caption id="attachment_13478" align="alignleft" width="180"] Avinco CEO Francois Gautier. Photo: avinco.net[/caption]
Avinco CEO Francois Gautier said, “There is a healthy liquidity for single-engine helicopters in most parts of the world, and demand remains fairly strong in Emergency Medical Services. Finding a home for heavy machines, even for a short lease, is harder, and 2017 will see overcapacity in heavy machines with uncertain prospects for both AH225s and [Sikorsky] S-92s. This may impact overall market confidence.”
Avinco has bases in Monaco, Dublin, New York and Singapore and also manages a portfolio of 14 leased aircraft, according to Aviation International News.
“Fundamentally, Avinco’s approach to the market remains unchanged. In spite of the ongoing downturn in oil-and-gas, Chapter 11 issues with North American operators and economic uncertainties in Europe and the US, we continue to identify opportunities where they lie in the market. Our success is mainly due to our international presence and long-standing track record, Gautier said.
The company operates from the Gildo Pastor Centre and has offices worldwide. For a list of available helicopters see their website.
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Travelling on French motorways is about to become slightly more expensive, with tollbooth charges set to rise by an average of 0.8 percent from February 1.
Toll charges did not increase in 2016, but the French government and the motorway operating companies have argued that revenues need to be increased to pay for €800 million of new investment. The plan calls for 32 new intersections and 25 car-sharing facilities, of which 11 will be in the PACA region.
A total of 5,000 jobs will be created by the work, due to start at the end of 2017, according to the French authorities, who have said that tolls will go up by between 0.1 and 0.4 percent each year between 2019 and 2021.
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