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DRIVING DOWNTOWN MONACO

Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco, is a sovereign city-state, country, and microstate on the French Riviera in Western Europe. It is bordered by France to the north, east and west, and by the Mediterranean Sea to the south. The principality is home to 38,682 residents and is widely recognised for being one of the most expensive and wealthiest places in the world. The official language is French, although Monégasque, English and Italian are spoken and understood by a sizeable group. With an area of 2.1 km2 (0.81 sq mi), it is one of the smallest sovereign states in Europe and the second-smallest in the world, after the Vatican City. Its 19,009 inhabitants per square kilometre (49,230/sq mi), make it the most densely-populated so...

Tesla is making a major push for Chinese market share

Tesla is shaking up the competition once again with the release of its new Model Y in China for a lower-than-expected price that’s reportedly causing a run of advance orders. On the first day of 2021, the company announced the official launch of the Model Y SUV at its expanded Shanghai factory and began taking orders from customers with the deliveries to start in late February. Prices start at $52,074, not counting a government subsidy for prospective buyers, representing a 30-percent discount to prices for the car listed six months earlier. According to local media, the start of production and lower-than-expected price have attracted a lot of customers already. The planned production capacity is unknown, but it is expected to be over 200,...

Greta Thunberg slams leaders' 'empty words' ahead of Paris anniversary

The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has condemned the "empty words" of world leaders in a video message released ahead of the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate accord on Saturday. Since world leaders pledged to limit global temperature rises to 2 degrees Celsius in 2015, "a lot has happened, but the action needed is still nowhere in sight," the 17-year-old said in a video posted to social media. Thunberg warned "we are still speeding in the wrong direction," and she accused global decision-makers of wasting time "creating new loopholes with empty words and creative accounting." Although the accord signed in the French capital five years ago committed governments to capping global warming ...

Rome and Milan ranked among 'worst cities in the world' by foreign residents

Italy’s two biggest cities once again get poor marks from international residents for career prospects, income, work-life balance and public transport. Rome and Milan are among the five worst cities in the world for foreigners to move to, according to the latest Expat City Ranking by InterNations, an information and networking site for people living overseas. The site asked members to rate more than 25 aspects of urban life abroad, resulting in Milan coming 63rd out of 66 cities and Rome a dismal 65th. The only city that performed worse was Salmiya in Kuwait. The other end of the ranking was dominated by Italy’s neighbours in southern Europe, with Valencia and Alicante in Spain and Lisbon in Portugal taking the top three spots. Rome came at...

Elon Musk's Starship prototype makes a big impact

US entrepreneur Elon Musk has launched the latest prototype of his Starship vehicle from Texas. Codenamed SN8, the uncrewed rocket lifted away from the Boca Chica R&D facility on what had been billed as a brief flight to 12.5km (41,000ft). The 50m-tall vehicle crashed on touchdown but Mr Musk was delighted with how much the test outing achieved. Before the flight, the tech billionaire had dampened expectations, warning his fans that some mishap was likely. Nonetheless, Musk has big hopes for the Starship when it is fully developed. He says it is the future for his SpaceX company. Starship will launch people and cargo into orbit, and the entrepreneur also envisages the vehicle travelling to the Moon and Mars. The SpaceX CEO praised...

Elon Musk now world's second wealthiest person

Elon Musk, the charismatic chief of electric automaker Tesla, has overtaken Bill Gates to become the world's second richest person, according to the Bloomberg list of billionaires. The South African-born Musk, 49, added $7.2 billion in wealth on Monday alone following Tesla's latest surge. He now has an estimated $128 billion. The outspoken Musk, who is also cofounder of SpaceX, had already overtaken numerous luminaries in recent weeks, including Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Bernard Arnault, the head of French luxury giant LVMH. Now the only person he stands behind is Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, whose wealth is estimated at $182 billion. The upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic has allowed the ultra-rich to amass...

Tension and defiance in trenches of Karabakh

Scorched grass, some trees on the horizon and coils of barbed wire are visible from a small slit in the wall protecting a trench on the frontline of Nagorno-Karabakh. Here Armenian soldiers seeking to keep control of the disputed region of Azerbaijan take turns to watch the activities of their foe in the Azerbaijan-held territory, located just 100 metres (328 feet) away. The afternoon has been comparatively calm on this part of the Karabakh frontline. But in other places fighting had resumed between Armenia and Azerbaijan, each blaming the other for violating a new ceasefire hours after it came into force. As the servicemen are standing outside in the sun, the humming of a military drone forces them to swiftly take cover. "It finds...

SpaceX to launch first Starship rocket to Mars in this year, reveals CEO Elon Musk

Billionaire business and SpaceX owner Elon Musk has announced that his company will launch its first uncrewed mission to Mars in 2024. "I think we have a fighting chance of making that second Mars transfer window," Space.com quoted Elon Musk as saying. Musk made the statement during a discussion at the International Mars Society Convention. It is to be noted that China and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched missions to Mars in July 2020 and the next "window" to launch a mission to Red Planet will open in 2022. Musk also said that SpaceX "would maybe have a shot of sending or trying to send something to Mars in three years," if the mission timings didn't depend on the "orbital mechanics that call fo...

Donation of textbooks to two Monegasque associations as part of the operation "Monaco is committed against waste"

The health crisis will not stop generosity or the fight against waste! Despite the temporary suspension of collections organized by the Monaco City Hall and the Monaco Développement Durable (MC2D) association as part of the operation “Monaco is committed against waste” (MEG), a donation of textbooks has nevertheless could be organized this Wednesday, September 30. Indeed, several establishments spontaneously contacted the Town Hall during the summer so that hundreds of unused textbooks or unsold books from the Book Exchange could be recovered. At the beginning of the summer, the Town Hall had already communicated on the generous donation of nearly 1,400 textbooks given by the Lycée Albert Ier. It was the Monaco-Tunisia association that b...

Prince Albert II of Monaco joined the #LeadersPlegde4Nature

As the United Nations Summit on Biodiversity takes place virtually this Wednesday, September 30, 2020 under the theme ′′ Urgent action on biodiversity for sustainable development ", H.S. Prince Albert II of Monaco joined the #LeadersPlegde4Nature alongside 60 + leaders pledging to place nature and climate at the heart of post-covid economic stimulus plans. A 10-point commitment to counter biodiversity loss, fight pollution, adopt sustainable economic systems and restore the ecosystems that underpin human health and well-being. In His message the Sovereign Prince stressed the urgent threat that loss of biodiversity poses to global health, food security and livelihoods, inviting collective action to achieve a regeneration of the Nature b...

Key to butterfly climate survival may be colour coded

A butterfly's ability to absorb or reflect heat from the sun with its wings could be a matter of life and death in a warming world, according to British research published Thursday calling for gardens, parks and farms to host shady, cooling-off spots. While all butterflies are ectotherms -- they cannot generate their own body heat -- the ability to regulate temperature varies significantly, researchers said. The study found that species that struggle to moderate their body temperatures often rely on being able to escape the full heat of the sun in shaded "microclimates" to survive. These butterflies are "likely to suffer the most from climate change and habitat loss," said lead author Andrew Bladon, of the University ...

HYDROGEN, A CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE TO DIESEL

Monaco, September 22, 2020 In the presence of HSH the Sovereign Prince Albert II, President of the YCM, five speakers presented the different opportunities of hydrogen solutions to provide shipowners with an alternative to the use of diesel, in order to propel their units and / or provide the necessary energy. to life on board, without emissions and without noise. Jérémie Lagarrigue, CEO of EODev, began the conference with a few explanations on the current environmental situation, the level of greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, in order to understand the importance and the urgency of the energy transition. After recalling the operation of a fuel cell and unveiling its installation on board Energy Observer in collaboration w...