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Ballets de Monte-Carlo will perform two ballets as part of the Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival.
The first, Abstract/Life, a creation of Jean-Christophe Maillot, takes up the idea of a vast concerto, this time for cello and orchestra. The score of Bruno Mantovani was commissioned by Marc Monnet, Artistic Advisor of the Spring Arts Festival.
Sensitive to the way Jean-Christophe Maillot appropriates all types of music, the composer created Abstract alternating between contrasts and moments of waiting then submitted his piece to the choreographer with whom he collaborated in 2004 on the occasion of the ballet Miniatures.
The second ballet, Violin Concerto, as composed by Stravinsky, marks the return of Balanchine. The Ballets de Monte-Carlo, who have presented 19 ballets of "Mister B", are among the best companies that have performed it.
The choreographer, who refuses to speak about his works in terms of preference, himself agreed to say of this Violin Concerto that it was "well done", that is to say that he had reached a "certain" point of accomplishment.
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On Thursday, February 15, the Palace brightly displayed the colour orange, as special lights illuminated the building in a tribute International Childhood Cancer Day.
This was an initiative of the Monaco-based Fondation Flavien, which had gathered several hundred people at the Place du Palais for a symbolic march to raise awareness about paediatric cancers.
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According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), every three minutes a child dies of cancer, but children have a signifcicantly higher surivival rate than adults, which in high-income countries reach an average of 84 percent.
The Fondation Flavien aims to help and support the fight against childhood cancers, rare diseases in children and the families affected by these types of diseases. This is done through research, preventive action, care and support for families as well as the medical profession. The Foundation therefore works hand in hand with the Scientific Center of Monaco – led by Professor Rampal, Scientific Director Denis German and Research Director, Gilles Pagès.
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The most used therapeutic model in the treatment of childhood cancers combines surgery followed by chemotherapy and then conventional radiotherapy. In Nice, the technical platform will soon be equipped with a proton therapy device, only the second in France. This is a very precise radiotherapy that can irradiate the tumour by sparing the neighbouring organs to significantly reduce adverse effects.
However, the response of paediatric cancer cells to this type of therapy is still poorly understood and needs to be compared to conventional treatment in order to better appreciate the therapeutic benefits. Although the treatment permits stabilisation of the disease at first, relapses related to an ability to form blood and lymphatic vessels and high metabolic (energetic) activity of residual tumour cells can be observed. These mechanisms, already well known in adult tumours can be countered with new anti-cancer therapies, called "targeted therapies", not yet used in children for lack of studies and funding.
In 2015, IARC reported worldwide incidence of childhood cancer increased “from 165,000 new cases annually to 215,000 cases for children 14 years and younger” and 85,000 new cases for 15-19 year-olds.
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A conference on e-Estonia, a model for e-government and e-services, was held on Friday, February 16, at MonacoTech's premises in the presence of the Ministers of Finance and Economy, Interior, Social Affairs, Foreign Affairs, representatives of the Administration and member companies of the Monaco Economic Board.
At the invitation of the MEB, Indrek Vimberg, representative of the Estonian Association of Information and Communication Technologies, and Rein Lang, former Minister and consultant for Nortal, the company that designed most of the e-services and information systems in Estonia, gave those present an overview of the implementation of e-government.
Both have been involved in the groundbreaking digitisation of the Estonian administration and its applicability to other countries. Estonia, the smallest of the three Baltic States and a pioneer in administrative digitalisation, spoke about its early development, its implementation and the situation today.