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Villa Girasole, headquarters of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, has reduced its power consumption dramatically over the last 12 years.
Between 2005 and 2017, the building’ power consumption ratio drop from 84 to 34.62 kWh/m2, a reduction of nearly 60 percent. This very encouraging result places this old building, constructed in 1882, in the category of buildings with high-energy efficiency.
Since 2011, Villa Girasole has benefited from a photovoltaic solar installation composed of 36 panels covering an area of 60m2 and producing nearly a quarter of its electricity needs.
The total improvement is explained by several factors: the increase in production of solar electricity, the installation of double-glazed windows that respect the architecture of the building, the insulation of the attic, repairs to the low-voltage switchboard and rational energy consumption.
The radical reduction in the old building’s energy footprint has been achieved with modest expenditures and contributes to the Principality’s transition to a low-carbon economy, essential for action against climate change and one of the main themes of the Prince Albert II Foundation.
On Friday, January 19, the Creation of a National Pact for energy transition in the Principality will be revealed. As a tool for progress consisting of a clear and legible charter and action plan, the National Pact will enable everyone – residents, workers, companies, institutions, associations – to contribute to Monaco’s energy transition.
In February 2017, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation was certified ISO 50 001 for Energy Management.
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As the campaign trail heats up for the National Council elections on Sunday, February 11, town hall has announced one polling station will be open on voting day at Espace Léo Ferré (7 Terraces of Fontvieille), from 8 am to 5 pm, and will not close for lunch.
Voters will need to bring their valid identity card or passport with them to cast their ballot.
Monegasque nationals who need to renew their identity cards can do so from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm, until February 9. However, the old model of ID card is valid to vote.
Proxy votes can be arranged when an elector (principal) designates a Monegasque voter of his choice (proxy) by completing the form available at the Town Hall or on the Monaco Town Council website www.mairie.mc or the Prince's Government www.gouv.mc.
Proxy voting is reserved for electors who reside permanently or temporarily abroad for study or training purposes, outside the Alpes-Maritimes or the neighbouring Italian province of Imperia. Additionally, in the case of a disability or illness, or professional or sports obligation, voting power may also be delegated to a representative.
In all cases, supporting documents must be provided.
Proxy requests must be sent to the Town Hall by February 2, 2018. Further information available at the mairie’s Civil Status- Nationality Service or at Espace Léo Ferré, on voting day.
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The celebrations of Monaco’s patron saint, Sainte Devote, will take place on Friday, January 26, and Saturday, January 27.
As one of the oldest traditions of the Principality, the marking of the saint’s day has permeated Monaco’s national culture in fields as diverse as religion, folklore, popular beliefs, history, literature, arts, painting, music, numismatics and philately.
The legend of Saint Devote stems from a medieval document, and is a tradition holding a very special place in the heart of Monegasques and permanently attested to over the centuries in the history of the city.
According to the legend, Devota (Devote), a young Christian native of Corsica, was martyred by the prefect Barbarus under the Emperors Diocletian and Maximian on a date that could be 303 or 304. Her body, stolen the following night by the faithful, was put in a boat, brought to Monaco and buried in a chapel of the valley called "Gaumates", near the port, on January 27 of the same year.
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Under Honoré II, in the seventeenth century, Sainte Devote became patron saint of Monaco. The tradition has been celebrated every year since 1874: as the most significant part of the reeanactment, a small boat is burned in the presence of the Sovereign and the Princely Family, accompanied by Monegasque personalities. Once the boat is burned, a fireworks display is held at Port Hercule.
On January 27, the feast day, a solemn Mass is celebrated in the Cathedral by the Archbishop of the Diocese. The Princely Family, the Prince's Government, the elected assemblies and the constituted bodies as well as many faithful attend this ceremony. A procession takes the direction of the Prince's Palace with the shrine containing the relics escorted by the Carabiniers du Prince.
The procession stops on the Place du Palais, where an Honour Guard and the orchestra of the Carabiniers du Prince pay tribute. A celebrant then blesses the Princely Family with the relics. The procession proceeds to the ramparts, where another celebrant blesses Monaco and its population. Finally, back in front of the Cathedral, a last celebrant blesses the sea and fishermen.
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Until 24 September, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Jardin Exotique de Monaco:
Exhibition by DNSEP students from the Ecole Supérieure d'Arts Plastiques (Visual Arts School) - Pavillon Bosio on the theme of "No man is an island"
Further information: +377 93 15 29 80