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Almost twice as many births took place in Monaco in 2017 as the number of deaths, with 958 births and 490 deaths recorded. Two hundred and fifty-eight births were to Monaco residents, and 700 to non-residents.
The Monaco City Council said that the favourite names for girls were Victoria, Alice, Léa, Sofia, Emma and Giulia, and for boys: Nolan, Ethan, Lucas, Hugo, Lorenzo and Raphael.
A total of 206 weddings were celebrated in the Principality in 2017, compared to 193 in 2016. Concerning the marriage of persons of Monegasque nationality, four marriages united two people of Monegasque nationality, 38 Monegasque men married a foreign woman, and 47 Monegasque women chose a foreign spouse.
The number of divorces fell from 89 in 2016 to 69 in 2017.
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On Wednesday, January 17, in the presence of Prince Albert, Patrick Bini, Director of the Princess Grace Hospital, presented his New Year wishes to all professionals at the hospital.
Among many others present were Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Didier Gamerdinger, the President of the Board of Directors, André Garino, and the President of the Medical Establishment Commission, Dr Pierre Lavagna,
Mr Bini said that admissions increased by 5.5 percent while the number of surgical procedures was up by 6 percent. All the hospital’s medical services were operating at close to 100 percent capacity, the hospital chief said.
The director said that new services will start in the first half of 2018, including a Palliative Care Hospital Unit, a new Dialysis Service, new premises for the Blood Transfusion Centre and a new sector of scheduled consultations in Orthopaedics.
Mr Bini also announced, not without emotion and “with a feeling of duty accomplished duty,” his decision to retire on July 1 after 40 years of Hospital Management of which the last ten were as the head of CHPG.
During his speech, the Sovereign Prince warmly praised the work of Patrick Bini and especially thanked him for “leaving a hospital establishment whose activity is constantly growing and whose budget control has resulted in surpluses for the period 2008 to 2016.”
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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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French President Emmanuel Macron has told Congress that he will work to bring France along a new path.
In a speech lasting more than an hour on Monday, the Head of State said he wanted to say farewell to cynicism and to “renew the spirit of conquest”.
He welcomed the “resolute and profound transformation” instilled by his election. “What is asked of us by the French people is to reconnect with the spirit of conquest that has made it [possible], and finally to reconcile it with itself,” he said.
Referring to B-partisan politics of Left and Right, President Macron said: "The French people have shown their impatience towards the political world too often made of quarrels or empty ambitions.” He also warned newly-elected parliamentarians not to return to bad habits.
Referring to his strongest critics, the President said: “We have to get out of this climate of false trials where public debate has locked us up too long. We have to find air, serenity, and gaiety."
He called for “an end to this incessant search for a scandal”, warning the press not to look for scandals where there aren’t any.
One of the planks in Macron’s platform is to reduce the number of parliamentarians by one-third. He claims that a smaller parliament would be more efficient.
Meanwhile, leaders of several trade unions are already threatening industrial unrest once the President attempts fundamental changes in France’s cumbersome labour laws. (Homepage image: Facebook Emmanuel Macron)