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Monegasque Formula One driver Charles Leclerc has been welcomed by Monaco Mayor Georges Marsan at the Town Hall and personally congratulated on a spectacular first season.
The driver for Scuderia Ferrari has just finished the 2019 season of the Formula One World Championship and was officially received at the Town Hall on Tuesday 10th December by the mayor and councillors Camille Svara, Marjorie Crovetto Harroch, Francoise Gamerdinger, Jacques Pastor and Nicolas Croesi.
Charles Leclerc, who was accompanied by his older brother Lorenzo Tolotta Leclerc, was congratulated on his first successful season which included seven pole positions, two victories in Belgium and Italy, and a fourth place in the drivers’ standings, ahead of teammate and quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel.
The mayor and councillors wished Leclerc all the best for the rest of his career, saying they hoped to see him one day win the Formula 1 World Championship title.
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The Assembly has unanimously re-elected Stéphane Valeri as President of the National Council, with Brigitte Boccone-Pagès remaining as Vice-President.
Organisers of this year’s Clean Equity forum have managed to reschedule the event for later in the year, however the team behind Top Marques have not been so lucky.
Monaco’s longest standing event on sustainable mobility and renewable energy sources, EVER Monaco, will still take place this year, albeit four months after its original date in May.
Lest the denizens of Monaco go without their favourite souffle, sushi or burger during lockdown, there’s a delivery App grouping together a great selection of Monaco restaurants to help keep bellies full and smiles on faces.
Stars'n'Bars learned this week that it has received the Energy Globe Award 2017 for its Monacology public eco-awareness project and for developing “a specific ethos around environmentally friendly food sourcing and keep promoting public health". This comes on the heel of their latest campaign to reduce the use and disposal of plastic drinking straws by providing them only on request. According to Stars’n’Bars owners Kate Powers and Didier Rubiolo, this initiative is an easy way for individuals to learn about the dangers of plastic waste and to make a choice to help save the planet. The restaurant has trained waiters to explain the environmental impact of plastic waste and has supported the campaign with a series of postings on Facebook and posters at the restaurant. “We’ve discovered, since launching the campaign, that most customers are not asking for straws and their use has diminished considerably.” Kate and Didier said. Plastics can’t biodegrade, they last indefinitely – breaking down into smaller pieces, littering our landscapes and oceans, feeding into the food chain and potentially ending up on our dinner plates. A recent study suggests that seaborne plastic trash will outweigh the fish in the sea by 2050. Although straws amount to a tiny fraction of ocean plastic, their size makes them one of the most insidious polluters because they entangle marine animals and are consumed by fish. Scientists estimate that every year at least one million seabirds, 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die when they entangle themselves in or ingest plastic pollution. Kate and Didier added, "If we can encourage our customers to make this one small choice to protect the planet, maybe they will start to make other choices." The environmental duo hope their customers will refuse plastic straws at other establishments and that other restaurants adopt the same policy of providing drinking straws on demand only.
A building company registered in Monaco has ceased trading, leaving many clients out of pocket and very angry. JP Construction, registered at 20 blvd. Princesse Charlotte, as a Societe a Responsibilite Limitee, has laid off its workforce of about 100, many of them Polish, and no-one is working at the office it shares with another business after the company's secretary left after having to face several angry clients.
One customer wrote on a local blog: "We cannot reach anybody from the company. PLEASE HELP, we are desperate. We have lost a lot of money!!!" The company was run by John Olsen, and in May last year he was joined as a director by Peer Pedersen, according to an entry in Monaco's official Journal on August 31, 2012. The fact that the company had capital of 15,000 euros means that creditors will not be able to claim for more than a fraction of the sums they are owed, which could run into several hundred thousand euros. The company had advertised extensively on a local radio staion. According to reports in the French Press and court papers, Mr Olsen was involved in the running of at least two construction companies in France that were wound up owing substantial sums to clients. The fact that down-payments for construction work is normal practice in the building trade makes clients particularly vulnerable when a building company goes bust. Today, no-one was answering the listed telephone at JP Construction (06 03 72 20 34) and emails were not being answered. A reliable source close to the affair told me that the two directors were today doing the necessary paperwork to wind up the company. It appears that many of its clients were Monaco residents with second properties in France.