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Save the Date for the second Monaco Art Week! April 24 – 28th 2019

Galleries and auction houses are teaming up for exhibitions and artistic rendez-vous in Monaco. Synergy and exchange are the core of these cultural events, which aim to highlight and promote Monaco’s art scene. The website, updated throughout the year, will be the platform to discover the partner current exhibitions, it will be the reference portal for every art friendly visitors in the Principality.

The MONACO ART WEEK Association was conceived from a desire to unite the Monegasque cultural actors through their joint activities spread over different districts of the Principality. Specializing in ancient, modern and contemporary art, MONACO ART WEEK’s participants will work hand in hand to welcome the public to their spaces and help their discovery of various art periods. MONACO ART WEEK’s innovation lies in the dialogue between different artistic genres and movement covering nearly five centuries of artistic production.

The MONACO ART WEEK Association is a result of the desire to federate Monaco’s cultural institutions in an effort to organise joint actions that highlight and promote the Principality’s art scene.

The idea of MAW take its roots from a simple observation: it exists within the principality various actors, dynamic and active throughout the year, who participate in the cultural landscape of Monaco. The Principality of Monaco, although small, does not offer an “area of galleries” strictly speaking, since they are spread over different areas. It is therefore not always easy to go from one to the other. Through the MAW, we wanted to promote this local art scene, by creating an event at a key moment in the calendar, in order to contribute to the cultural influence of Monaco and to facilitate access to its cultural actors.

The second edition of MONACO ART WEEK is taking place from the 24th to 28th of April, 2019. Galleries and auction houses are teaming up for exhibitions and artistic rendez-vous in Monaco. Synergy and exchange are the core of these cultural events, which aim to highlight and promote Monaco’s art scene. The website, updated throughout the year, will be the platform to discover the partner current exhibitions, it will be the reference portal for every art friendly visitors in the Principality.

An artistic offer, rich and varied

The MAW has the particularity of covering all the periods within the history of art. Indeed, auction houses and galleries of ancient, modern or contemporary art are united within the MAW. Gathered around the same criteria: that of quality, each participant prepares for the occasion a special exhibition , in order to highlight his discipline, his artists and his history.

Facilitated access to cultural offers

During the event, a free shuttle service will be available for all visitors. The shuttles will provide uninterrupted transport, throughout the three main neighborhoods where the participants are located: Larvotto – Monte Carlo – Condamine. This system will ease access to exhibitions, encouraging the exploration of the Monegasque artistic landscape, while complementing the dynamic cultural offering throughout the city this time of the year with Monte-Carlo Spring Arts Festival, museum exhibitions, Ballets de Monte-Carlo’s latest creations, artmonte-carlo and PAD art fairs, as well as many prestigious auctions.

Create a sense of community

One of the founding motivations of the MAW is to go beyond the commercial connotation of an art week and to register as a strong artistic event, focused on cultural mediation. Each edition of the MAW is accompanied by a conference on a current topic related to the world of art, bringing together internationally renowned speakers.

Participating Galleries

Artcurial // G&M Design Gallery // Galerie Grippaldi // Galeries Bartoux // Kamil Art Gallery // M.F. Toninelli Art Moderne // Monaco Modern’Art // Moretti Fine Art // NM>Contemporary // Sotheby’s // Wannenes Art Contact

For more information check the Monaco Art Week website here

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Ford’s prototype Quiet Kennel uses noise-canceling tech to keep dogs stress-free @DigitalTrends

Ford is venturing into the doghouse market for the first time. The company has plucked noise-canceling technology from its vehicle portfolio to give dogs a quieter place to sleep, especially when fireworks go off.

“We wondered how the technologies we use in our cars could help people in other situations. Making sure dogs and their owners could enjoy a stress-free New Year’s Eve seemed like the perfect application for our Active Noise Control system,” said Lyn West, Ford of Europe’s brand content manager, in a statement.

At its core, the noise-canceling technology in Ford’s Quiet Kennel relies on the same hardware and software found in many headphones and a handful of Ford models, including the Edge and the Fusion. It relies on microphones integrated into the kennel to detect the sound of fireworks. The kennel’s built-in sound system emits opposing frequencies to muffle as much of the noise as possible. A generous amount of sound-deadening material and integrated cork — a natural sound absorbant — are incorporated into the design.

Speaking of design, Ford didn’t settle for a basic, house-shaped kennel. Stylists designed an elegant, modern-looking doghouse that resembles a piece of expensive Swedish furniture, not something dog owners pick up from the local pet store. It’s big enough for one dog, though you may be able to squeeze two chihuahuas in it. Either way, your pooch enters the kennel through an automatic glass door, and benefits from a quiet ventilation system.

Ford notes its Quiet Kennel is merely a prototype for the time being, not a preview of a product it will sell to consumers in the near future. The company also points out the doghouse represents its first effort in a series of initiatives called Interventions that aims to leverage automotive knowledge and technology to solve everyday problems. We’re looking forward to seeing the other clever solutions the Blue Oval comes up with.

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Taking the plunge: free diving in the Caribbean @SquareMile_com

Free diving in the waters surrounding Petit St Vincent is a breathtaking experience in more ways than one. Not only does it offer an insight into the bright and beautiful sights of the sea, but we get a lesson in ocean conservation, too

By Lydia Winter

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At 15m below the water’s surface, all I can hear is the squeaking of the coral, the gentle roar of the waves, and the reliable, reassuring thud of my own heartbeat. I float, suspended in the endless blue, watching the dappled light play over the reef and multicoloured fish of all sorts of shapes and sizes darting in and out of their hidey-holes.

Down here, you develop an intense awareness of your body: the constant urge to breathe, the pressure that builds in your ears, and the knowledge that every movement is using up precious oxygen. It’s taking all my attention to override my instinct to head up to the surface. I look at my watch: I’ve been under the water for more than three minutes. I slowly make my ascent to the air, where I exhale before taking a few calm, steady breaths.

While I’m personally chuffed with my time underwater, when it comes to free diving, three minutes is nothing, and 15m is, well, not very deep. But then I’m just setting out on my journey, under the excellent tutelage of former professional South African free diver Hanli Prinsloo, who can hold her breath for six minutes and reach depths of 60m. Even that is small-fry – the standing world record for staying underwater without breathing is 24 minutes and 3 seconds.

Free diving is exactly what it sounds like: the act of diving in deep water without any breathing aids. It’s just you and your mask – and your buddy, who watches over you from the water’s surface.

Originally free divers were subsistence fishermen, and free diving was widely practised in Greece, where it was used to catch octopus; in Korea, where the haenyo dive for abalone sea snails on the island of Jeju; and similarly on the coasts of Denmark and Sweden, home to shellfish-eating fishermen in the sixth century BC. These days, as a competitive sport, free divers have been known to reach depths of 214m.

Today, I’m not diving for abalone or octopus, and I’m a long way off breaking any records. Instead, I’m diving in the brilliant blue waters off the private Caribbean island of Petit St Vincent with Hanli Prinsloo and her partner Peter Marshall, who together form I AM WATER.

The organisation has two arms: the I AM WATER Ocean Conservation foundation, and I AM WATER Ocean Travel, which offers free diving experiences at luxury resorts around the world. Petit St Vincent has partnered with them as part of its commitment to ocean conservation and fighting whale fishing in the Caribbean.

There couldn’t be a better place to learn how to free dive. For starters, the waters here are a delightful 28°C, which makes the diving a much calmer, more pleasant experience. Then, of course, there’s the island itself.

22 ‘cottages’ dot Petit St Vincent’s 115 acres, each with an uninterrupted view of the sea. Sitting on my private terrace, I can barely see any other signs of human life in the island’s vegetation, save for a red London phone box perched on a rocky outcrop, a folly of Petit St Vincent’s owner. Some of the cottages have private beaches, some are by the ocean, and some sit higher up on the hill, with views over the bay.

This is pared-back luxury: everything is deeply comfortable but nothing is over the top. If there’s anything you need, you can hoist a yellow flag outside your room and leave a note expressing your heart’s desire – breakfast, fresh towels, a snack – and it will magically appear. The real ‘luxury’ here is getting away from it all. There’s not even any internet, with only one small patch of WiFi near the restaurant, the idea being that you can switch off completely and focus on being present and in the moment – an ethos which chimes with I AM WATER and free diving.

As part of our free diving course, led by Prinsloo, we do daily meditation and yoga, including special exercises (also used by opera singers), that stretch the ribs and diaphragm in order to prepare them to expand. We also do breathing exercises that we repeat when we’re in the water that help slow your heartbeat and prepare your body to take in more air.

Sat in Petit St Vincent’s yoga pavilion by the water, we spot turtles coming up for air as they munch their way through a patch of sea grass by the water’s edge, and in the distance, dolphins play in the surf. The setting is idyllic, and perfectly tranquil.

It’s all a bit less tranquil when it comes to applying these learnings in the water. We hop into a boat and head out to an empty patch of sea, armed with some buoys, and split into two groups: Prinsloo leading the free diving, and Marshall the all-important safety training (including a hilarious but crucial demonstration of how to get your buddy back to the surface if something goes wrong, which involves taking it in turns to play dead).

With Prinsloo, we hold onto the life ring and float face down in the water, going through our breathing exercises to calm our body and our minds. One by one, we take it in turns to descend, pulling ourselves headfirst along a weighted rope – we later master the art of duck diving in a way that doesn’t expend much energy, saves oxygen, and gets you deeper faster.

Ahead of my first dive, I’m admittedly nervous. We’re being buffeted by waves, the sun’s gone in, it’s started to pour with rain, and the idea of going straight down head-first is, quite frankly, not all that appealing.

Prinsloo senses my distress and talks me through some extra breathing, helping me to relax, and eventually I go for it. Under the water, I surprise myself by remaining calm, heading down the rope slowly and carefully, equalising my ears and taking time to scan the water around me. At the bottom, I turn upright and make my way back to the top.Free diving continues to mystify scientists and divers often go beyond what scientists believe our bodies’ limits to be

At the surface, I feel stupidly euphoric and eager to go again. After a few more rounds and safety drills, we head over to a reef, where we buddy up and explore, becoming more confident and diving deeper. We’re only here for a few days, but if you’re lucky enough to do one of the full-length courses, you can reach depths of up to 30m. Prinsloo glides among us like a mermaid – a visual helped by her metallic scale-printed leggings and extra-long flippers – as we watch nurse sharks and a beautiful spotted eagle ray glide over the reef.

I’m mesmerised, but Prinsloo laments the lack of sea life here. Tomorrow, she says, after more training, we’re going to head to a protected reef further out, where the currents are stronger but the sea life is abundant. As you’d expect from people who spend so much time in the ocean, both she and Marshall are ardent ocean conservationists, and Prinsloo is involved in environmental projects all over the world.

When we reluctantly return to Petit St Vincent for lunch, I can’t wait to get back out into the water… until I take a seat in a hammock under one of the beach palapas and promptly fall asleep.

The evening is spent on free diving theory, and Marshall takes us through the sport’s history. Free diving continues to mystify scientists and divers often go beyond what scientists believe our bodies’ limits to be – take, for example, that science dictates our lungs should collapse at 50m below water. That said, there are plenty of associated risks if you don’t have proper training and don’t take the correct safety precautions.

The next day, after some more yoga and a talk about ocean conservation, we head out on PSV’s sloop, aptly named Beauty, and spend the day cruising around nearby islands. We come to a stop and get into the water at Tobago Cays, which sits within the National Park where wildlife is monitored and the reefs are under observation.

Here, the current is much stronger and it takes more effort to dive, but the results are worth it: the coral is incredible, and shoals of gem-coloured fish flutter around us. Nurse sharks make their way through the water, and Marshall swims between us taking photos, but the photos simply don’t do the scene justice – it’s like being in an episode of Blue Planet. We head closer to land, and find warm shallow waters where sea turtles gently graze on seagrass, and red starfish stud the sands below.

It’s a completely different world to the reef yesterday, despite their proximity. The two images stay in my mind’s eye for weeks afterwards: one bright and beautiful, and the other empty and forlorn.

Back on land, sat in Petit St Vincent’s plush surroundings, I realise that I AM WATER’s free diving workshops are far more than just a very nice holiday. Together, Prinsloo and Marshall are teaching to love the ocean, and how can you fail to protect what you love?

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Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters 2019 @MonteCarloSBM

Don’t miss the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, brought to you in part by Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, from 13 to 21 April 2019 at the Monte-Carlo Country Club.

  • Dates: 13 to 21 April 2019
  • Place: Monte-Carlo Country Club
  • Doors open: from 9:30

The Monte Carlo Rolex Masters is a worldwide sporting event broadcast on television in more than 60 countries. It is the No. 1 major European tournament in the prestigious ATP World Tour Masters 1000 category.

The 113th annual Monte Carlo Rolex Masters will take place from 13 to 21 April 2019 at the one-of-a-kind Monte-Carlo Country Club.

Come see the top 10 international players in a sumptuous setting. Stairs have been built on the sloping terrain, offering a sweeping breathtaking view of the Mediterranean.

Last year, in 2018, Rafael Nadal was once again the champion. Who will be the winner this year? 

For more information check the Monte-Carlo SBM website here or the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters website here

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Ten of the smartest dog breeds @cesarsway

By Josh Weiss-Roessler

Pack Leaders always want to believe that their dog is the smartest on the block, and while this may be true, a smart dog can come in many forms.

Of course, a smart dog is just potential without a human willing to put in the time and effort to train and channel the dog’s intelligence. While all dogs are trainable, it’s important to understand your dog’s inherent abilities in order to know how to motivate him and bring out his natural intelligence.

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Here is a list of the 10 smartest dog breeds. Is your dog one of them?

Border collie

The Border collie is energetic, affectionate, and — of course — smart. A Border collie dog is a true working dog excelling in sheep herding, athleticism, agility, and cuddling. Border collies are also known for their “herding eye,” an intense gaze used to stare down and herd other animals.

Poodle

The poodle is the seventh most popular dog breed and for good reason. Poodles not only are very smart, but they’re also proud, active dogs, with the added benefit of being hypoallergenic. Because of their high intelligence, poodles can be easily trained to track, hunt, retrieve, and obey. In fact, poodles are the national dog of France where they were first used as retrievers. 

German shepherd

It’s no surprise that a German shepherd is the second most popular dog breed because they’re courageous, confident, and smart. They are excellent all-purpose workers and are used in a number of specialized situations as police dogs or service dogs. German shepherds don’t always give affection lightly, but they are fiercely loyal family dogs that are great with kids.

Golden retriever

Golden retrievers are intelligent, friendly, and devoted sporting dogs. Goldens take their jobs to heart and try to be the best at what they do, whether it’s hunting, serving as a seeing-eye dog, working in search-and-rescue, or simply being a loving companion. 

Doberman pinscher

Besides strength, endurance, and speed, Doberman pinschers have the smarts necessary to retain training in order to be an in-demand police dog or war dog. There is even a bronze Doberman pinscher statue titled “Always Faithful” at the National War Dog Cemetery in Guam to honor the dogs — mostly Dobermans — that were killed in service during the Second Battle of Guam in 1944. 

Shetland sheepdog

The Shetland sheepdog is basically a miniature working collie. They are playful and intelligent herding dogs that love to learn new tricks and play with kids. Shelties are affectionate and loyal with their families. But they’re also great watchdogs because they are reserved towards strangers and have a tendency to bark at people. 

Labrador retriever

Besides being intelligent, gentle, and family-friendly, Labrador retrievers are also the most popular dog breed in the United States. Because Labs want to please their Pack Leader, they are excellent guide dogs and rescue dogs. 

Papillon

The papillon is an alert, friendly, and happy dog. Papillon means “butterfly” in French, and the papillon was given this name because of its butterfly-like ears. Papillons aren’t shy or aggressive and are especially fast and versatile little athletes that can be trained to do all kinds of tricks. 

Bloodhound

Bloodhounds are known for their long wrinkled faces and big droopy ears, but they’re also known for being independent, inquisitive, and friendly. As far as intelligence, bloodhounds have been recognized for their determination and scenting power as far back as the third century. 

Rottweiler

The Rottweiler is a loyal, loving, confident guard dog who wants to work. Because of this, Rottweilers are best suited to be service dogs, police dogs, herders, therapy dogs, devoted companions, or obedience competitors.

Whether your dog is one of the smartest breeds or not, remember that every Pack Leader can teach and train their dog with patience, consistency, and the right energy regardless of that dog’s breed or age.I

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The Best Places to Go in April @TandCmag

An authentic adventure in the Far East, a stunning port city that caters to wine lovers, and other destinations that’ll inspire your next trip.

by LINDSAY SILBERMAN MAR 6, 2019

Often, the hardest part about planning a vacation is choosing a spot that satisfies your travel wants and needs. In search of a little inspiration? We’ve got it.

Whether you’re looking to avoid the high season crowds or you want to cash in on the prime weather conditions in an exotic location, we’ve rounded up the 10 wanderlust-worthy vacation ideas to put on your radar for April, from Marrakech to Raleigh and everything in between.

Marrakech, Morocco

where to go in april 2018

“Marrakech is ideal in April when the weather is perfectly mild,” says Tamara Lohan, the founder of travel club Mr & Mrs Smith. “You might not be the only traveler to opt for an Easter break, but hole-up in El Fenn and you’ll feel as though you’ve truly escaped the busy city, despite being a stone’s throw from the lively Medina.” While you’re in town, pay a visit to Musée Yves Saint Laurent, which opened in October and showcases the late designer’s most influential and personal work. Another suggestion? Take a tour of the city from the seat of a vintage sidecar. Travel companies like Black Tomato and Insiders Experience offers customizable itineraries that give visitors a decidedly unique point of view.

Kyoto, Japan

where to go in april 2018

There is arguably no destination more beautiful in the spring than Kyoto. The city’s spectacular cherry blossom season is carefully forecasted each year, and predictions for 2019 suggest that the flowers will arrive on March 23, with the peak viewing taking place from early to mid April. Luckily, that means you still have time to plan a trip. For those who love luxury hotels but still want an authentic local experience, book a room at Hoshinoya Kyoto. The top-rated property promises travelers the experience of a traditional ryokan (Japanese-style inn) with an elegant, five-star twist.

Porto, Portugal

where to go in april 2018

“Porto has all the charms of Lisbon—wine bars, killer seafood, golden rooftops—without the crowds, and April is a great time to visit, before the summer tourism rush,” says Amir Segal, the VP of Global Supply at travel booking app HotelTonight. For a property with waterfront views, check out 1872 River House, and for design lovers, Hotel Teatropromises dramatic décor and a central location.

Savannah, Georgia

where to go in april 2018

With temperate weather but thinner crowds and lower prices, March and April are low season in this history-rich city, according HotelTonight. Among the must-do’s for visitors? Take a horse drawn carriage ride, shop the boutiques along Broughton Street, and pop into the Telfair Museum (the oldest public art museum in the Southeast). You’ll also want to indulge in Savannah’s standout food scene with stops at The Olde Pink House (for a traditional experience), Bubba Gumbo’s (for fresh shrimp and oysters), and Leopold’s (for ice cream).

Merida, Mexico

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“The charming colonial city in the Yucatan is never overrun with tourists and has a thriving art culture,”says Lohan. “April is a perfect time to visit as it’s just before the sweltering summer heat descends on Mexico. Chable Resort is in the jungle just outside of the city and has an incredible spa; Coqui Coqui Merida is the spot to stay if you want to be in the middle of all of the city action.”

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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Though much of Puerto Rico is still recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, things in San Juan are back up and running—and the country could use a tourism boost now more than ever. Spend the day relaxing at one of the area’s pristine beaches, then wander the streets of Old San Juan, where colonial architecture and candy-colored buildings reign supreme. Dinner at Marmalade on Fortaleza Street is a must, as is ordering a piña colada just about anywhere—the tropical cocktail is said to have been created in San Juan more than 50 years ago.

Botswana

where to go in april 2018

“If you want to check a safari off your bucket list, Botswana is the place to go. The country is blessed with some of the most dramatic wilderness areas in Africa,” says Tom Stein, Vice President of American Express Travel. “The best months to visit are from April-October during the dry season because it offers the best game-viewing.” Stein specifically recommends visiting The Moremi Game Reserve, where guests can canoe through the river alongside hippos, lions, elephants and rhinos. “It’s a truly life-changing experience,” he says.

Newport Beach, California

where to go in april 2018

With oceanfront mansions, high-end shopping, laid-back beach bars, and historical cottages, the sophisticated seaside city in Orange Country caters to both yachties and surfers alike. Though the area is pleasant year-round, April is a particularly buzzy time thanks to the Newport Beach Film Festival. Now in its 20th year, the annual event lures more than 50,000 cinephiles to town for eight days of film screenings, premiere parties, and nightly galas, kicking off April 25. Equally buzzy is the newly opened Lido House, a 130 room boutique property that brings a Cape Cod aesthetic to Newport Beach. The hotel is home to Newport Beach’s only rooftop bar, Topside, catering to out-of-towners and locals with champagne pairings and prime waterfront views.

Crete, Greece

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“Typically we think of Greece as a destination for the height of summer, but temperatures really start to rise at the end of April and it’s an ideal time to get to the islands before the masses descend,” suggests Lohan. “Crete has plenty of chic family-friendly hotel options if you’re traveling with children in tow, but Kapsaliana Village is a destination unto itself—quite literally a village comprised of ancient hillside lodgings, a museum, pool, restaurant and its own olive press.”

Raleigh, North Carolina

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For a low-key weekend away, head to North Carolina’s capital city. Your itinerary should include a visit to one of the area’s craft breweries (like Trophy Brewing & Tap Room), a meal at Poole’s Downtown Diner, a 1940s-era eatery from James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen, and a stay at The Umstead, a cozy 150-room hotel with an award-winning spa and art gallery.

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The 65th annual Rose Ball, imagined design concept by Karl Lagerfeld, will be held on Saturday, 30th March 2019 @montecarlosbm

The Rose Ball was created by Princess Grace of Monaco in 1954. It is organised every year in March by the Monte-Carlo SBM Group in the prestigious Salle des Etoiles of the Sporting Monte-Carlo.

The 65th annual Rose Ball, imagined design concept by Karl Lagerfeld, will be held on Saturday, 30th March 2019 in the Salle des Etoiles at the Sporting Monte-Carlo.

  • Place: Salle des Étoiles
  • Dress code: Black tie and evening dress
  • Doors open: 20:00
  • Fully booked : (on waiting list)

A social gathering

This exceptional event brings together the elite and international high society for the first important social event of the year. For just one evening, it bathes the Principality in splendour and lights, plunging it in an ambience of radiance and festivity.

Currently presided by H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince Albert II and H.R.H. Princess Caroline of Hanover, the Rose Ball is a symbol of glamour that maintains the fascinating Monte-Carlo legend that it has helped create. The aura is such that it attracts many people who wish to be part of the dream and enchantment of Monaco.

A Ball between tradition and modernity

A radiant spectacle in a fabulous decor, the Rose Ball has a different theme each year with artists and new trends. Big names help organise the creative aspects of the event, bringing their talents to life on the stage in an almost dreamlike ambience to the delight of spectators.

A fundraiser for the Princesse Grace Foundation

The Ball isn’t just a simple social event or another pretext to have a party. It is first and foremost an internationally recognised charity event with all proceeds and other exceptional prizes (sculptures, paintings etc.) going to the Princess Grace Foundation since 1964. This foundation’s vocation is to help people and children in need by developing humanitarian and philanthropic projects.

For more information visit Monte Carlo SBM website here

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Dog Sleep: Where Love And Science Meet @The_Bark

Should we allow dogs to sleep in our beds? By Karen B. London PhD, August 2018, Updated September 2018

Watching dogs sleep —limbs akimbo, eyebrows twitching, paws paddling in a dreamland chase—is one of the joys of living with them. Another is the coziness of sharing our beds with them. Whether for emotional comfort, warmth (you’ve heard the expression “three-dog night,” right?) or because the bed is their go-to spot, many of us sleep with our dogs. Yet, while it makes us happy, we occasionally wonder if it’s something we should actually be doing.

The Sleepers, 2006 by Michael De Brito
The Sleepers, 2006 by Michael De Brito

One concern relates to old-school ideas about dominance. For many years, we were told that allowing our dogs on the bed with us would interfere with our attempts to dominate them, which was supposedly essential to having a well-trained dog. While shame about sleeping with dogs is far less common than it was a decade or two ago, a lot of us still fear being judged on the nighttime canine company we keep. (I’ve always enjoyed telling clients, “My dog sleeps on my bed!” and seeing their relief.)

Whether there is anything wrong with sleeping with their dogs is just one of many questions I regularly field. Thanks to the growing scientific interest in canine sleep, it’s possible to give informed answers. Following are a few things we know about dogs and sleep.

Should You Or Shouldn’t You Allow Dogs To Sleep With You?

Derek & Chewy, 2003 by Leslie Enders Lee
Derek & Chewy, 2003 by Leslie Enders Lee

Dogs love to be near us, and sharing a bed makes most dogs and people feel safe, cozy, loved and warm (until the dog steals the covers!). The extra security of being close to their people also reduces the stress some dogs experience in response to noise, whether it’s simple car sounds or intense thunderstorms. Proximity can also alert us to other problems our dogs may have.

So, sleeping with our dogs is good for the relationship, unless it’s not. By that I mean if sleeping with your dog works for you and you like it, it’s probably a good thing to do. Having a dog as a bed buddy can be marvelous if everyone is happy with the arrangement and everyone is sleeping well, but that’s not always the case. Sadly, a dog on the bed can sometimes lead to two types of relationship problems.

One, people may have very different views on the subject; couples have been known to fight like, well, cats and dogs about it. If you and your partner don’t agree on welcoming a dog to your shared bed, the conflict could harm your relationship. That tension may also affect the relationship between the person who wants a dog-free bed and the dog who senses that he is not welcome.

Two, a dog on the bed may have an impact on the quality of your sleep. A few studies have looked at how having a dog on the bed affects human sleep, with mixed results. A recent study investigated sleep efficiency (the percentage of time spent in bed actually sleeping) with a dog on the bed and with a dog in the room but not on
the bed; the test group was made up of healthy, middle-aged women. The results? “On the bed” had a sleep-efficiency score of 80 percent, while “in the room” clocked in at 83 percent. That’s a small difference, and both figures are considered satisfactory by sleep experts.

In another study, more than 40 percent of people who sleep with their dogs reported that their dog did not disrupt their sleep; some said they even improved it. Warmth, contentment and relaxation were cited as sources of these positive co-sleeping evaluations. In the absence of a partner—either because they were single or their partner was away from home— many people said that having their dog on the bed with them gave them a wonderful sense of companionship. Only 20 percent of participants reported that their dogs disrupted their sleep.

Dogs Need Much More Sleep Than People.

Dana & Chewy, 2003 by Leslie Enders Lee
Dana & Chewy, 2003 by Leslie Enders Lee

According to most veterinarians, dogs need about 12 to 14 hours of sleep a day. Puppies sleep even more, often upwards of 15 to 18 hours a day. All of that sleep doesn’t come in one long session in dogs of any age; there’s a lot of alternating between high-energy bouts and snoozing. Puppies are especially prone to fast transitions, going from hurricanes of activity to nap time in the blink of an eye.

Though many dogs drift off with ease, some struggle to pass into dreamland. In such cases, a predictable bedtime routine may help. It can be really simple— perhaps a brief trip outside, coming back in and having their collar removed, and finishing up with a brief petting session near the dog’s sleep location.

Sleep Can Affect Dogs’ Learning And Memory.

It’s well known that going to sleep after studying helps people consolidate new information and leads to its storage in long-term memory. In another example of the many parallels between canine and human brains, the same is true for dogs: sleeping is an important part of their learning process.

In a Hungarian study, researchers taught dogs to respond to the cues “sit” and “lie down” in English, which—because they were trained in a different language—were new to them. After their training session, the dogs napped, and researchers found that during these naps, the dogs exhibited the same sleep-wave patterns associated with sleep-dependent memory consolidation in other species.

Specific bursts of brain activity, called sleep spindles, occur during non-REM sleep and are related to learning and memory. Sleepspindle density predicts overnight memory consolidation in people and in rats. According to data from this study, the same is true for dogs. Dogs who had a greater density of sleep spindles following a training session had better recall when tested on their response to the new cues later. Additionally, like female humans, female dogs had more sleep spindles as well as because better retention of the new skills when compared to their male counterparts.

In another Hungarian study, dogs were taught English cues and then engaged in one of four different activities: sleep, walk, Kong play or training in another skill using the lure-and-reward method. After an hour of the assigned activity, the dogs were retested on their English cues. The activity dogs engaged in after training had an effect on their performance. Dogs who slept or went for a walk improved in their performance, but dogs who played with a Kong or had additional training did not. In a follow-up session a week later, post-training activity still influenced performance, but not exactly in the same way as on the day of training. Dogs who slept, played or walked all performed well when given cues in English. Only the dogs who had additional unrelated training failed to improve their response.

Dogs Don’t Sleep As Well At Night If They Have A Bad Experience During The Day.

It’s easy to relate to recent research showing that dogs’ sleep suffers if they have negative experiences during the day—the same thing is true for people. This study compared the sleep of dogs who had a positive experience (being petted or playing an enjoyable game) and those who had a negative experience (being tied to a door and left alone or having a stranger come in and stare at them without saying anything). Dogs who had the negative experiences fell asleep faster, but the quality of their sleep was not as good. They spent less time in deep sleep and more time in REM sleep. If a dog has a bad day, a night of poor sleep is a real possibility, as is the dog’s tiredness and irritability the following day.

Hugo, 2018  by Natalya Zahn

Age And Feeding Frequency Influence A Dog’s Sleep Schedule.

If you have a puppy and are hoping for a magic way to get him or her to sleep longer (and thus get more sleep yourself), I have bad news for you: time is your only friend in that quest. As puppies get older, they start to sleep through the night, but until then, you just have to hope that daytime puppy joy and sweetness gets you through the rough times at night. For adult dogs, the news is better, because their natural nighttime sleep patterns are a closer match to our own.

Middle-aged and older dogs sleep more during the day than young adult dogs, and that’s because they take more naps, not because the naps are longer. They also sleep more at night compared with younger dogs. Younger dogs don’t sleep as late in the morning, and they wake up more frequently during the night.

When researchers compared dogs fed once a day with dogs who received two meals daily, they found that adult dogs of all ages are affected by their feeding schedule. Dogs who were fed twice took fewer daily naps than those fed once, but those naps were longer. Dogs who ate twice a day fell asleep earlier at night, but woke up earlier in the morning, too. The earlier wake-ups more than compensated for the earlier bedtime, meaning that dogs who ate two meals slept less at night overall than dogs who were fed just once.

Whether It’s On Your Bed Or Not, It’s Important To Make Thoughtful Choices About Where Your Dog Sleeps.

Like people, dogs need to feel safe and comfortable in order to sleep well. They generally prefer a soft, cushy surface. If it’s not your bed, they’ll appreciate a rug, dog bed or even a fleece blanket.

Most dogs prefer to be in the same room as their humans, and that is generally my recommendation to clients. In that room, they can be on the bed, on the floor or on a dog bed of their own, depending on what works for you and anyone else sharing your bed.

There are situations in which dogs must sleep in another room because of allergies or because their snoring disrupts sleep, but if there is any way to have them in the same room, that is best for the dog and for your relationship with the dog. On the practical side, sharing a room makes it easier for you to know if your dog needs attention because they’re ill, scared or simply require an additional trip outside.

It’s great that there’s been a surge of interest in canine sleep in recent years. Paying attention to our dog’s sleep can influence our relationship with them, their quality of life and their happiness. Yes, sleep is that important, and there’s so much on the subject that’s worth knowing.

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Baselworld, The Premiere Show, 21-26 March 2019 @baselworldofficial

Baselworld is the world’s foremost show for watches, jewellery, precious stones and related industries. It interconnects the industry’s top brands (including Rolex, Patek Philippe, Chopard, TAG Heuer, Hublot and Breitling), the most influential media and the world’s most important buyers.

Baselworld is the exclusive platform on which the major watch and jewellery brands present the year’s innovations to an eagerly curious international audience. Everyone who wants to know what the latest trends are and how 2019 “ticks” will find the answers live and firsthand at Baselworld.

Over 100 years of watch and jewellery history live

Baselworld has been called “Baselworld, The World Watch and Jewellery Show” since 2003, but its roots go back more than 100 years. Find out how it all began…

The Basel Mustermesse (muba), which presented the services and offerings of the Swiss industry at various locations throughout Basel, was founded In 1917. The watch and jewellery industry, which was already an important pillar of the Swiss economy at that time, was part of muba: 29 exhibitors from this sector gathered for the first edition of muba, and their numbers increased with each passing year. Beginning in 1931, they were given their own pavilion at muba as the “Swiss Watch Fair”.

The fair underwent even greater growth when exhibitors from throughout Europe were invited to participate in 1973 and thereafter. For the first time, companies from France, Italy, Germany and Great Britain were also welcome to present themselves in Basel. The internationalization was accompanied by a renaming of the show as BASEL. This finally led to independence in 1984; the trade show has taken place independently of muba ever since.

From BASEL to Baselworld

Globalization continued to progress in 1986 and thereafter, when the fair opened its gates to brands from around the globe, thus making it the world’s most important international show for watches and jewellery – a status it still enjoys today. This is also reflected in the new name, which it has had since 2003: Baselworld, The Watch and Jewellery Show. Baselworld welcomed over 100,000 visitors from more than 100 countries around the world for the first time in 2007. And the show ventured into entirely new dimensions with the opening of the new Hall 1 in 2013, when circa 150,000 visitors came to Basel to admire innovations presented by 1,500 exhibitors.

Baselworld 2018 | Impressions

2019, year of transition

Baselworld will be presenting a new concept in 2019. The show will be transformed from the industry’s order platform into a year-round marketing and communications platform, for which reason Baselworld is introducing numerous new and primarily digital communication tools. The live experience will gain even greater priority: this also includes many new restaurants and bars in the halls and a Show Plaza in Hall 1.2, which will bring together top-class mode and fine jewellery in inspiring fashion shows.

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60 Minutes goes “Inside Monaco” @monacolife_

By Cassandra Tanti – March 18, 2019

CBS News Anderson Cooper reports from the country with the most multi-millionaires per square foot and no income tax

A utopia. A myth. A perfect society. That’s how Monaco has been described in a new 60 Minutes story that aired across the globe this weekend. In his report, journalist Anderson Cooper highlighted the positive perspective locals have of the Principality, while adding his own impression of Monaco as a “country club rather than a country” and Prince Albert as its “luxury landlord”.

Screenshot 60 Minutes report with Anderson Cooper

American television network CBS aired the 60 Minutes segment, titled Inside Monaco: the ultimate playground for the rich, on Sunday 17th March. In it, Anderson Cooper interviews a number of Monaco personalities: Steven Saltzman, Yann-Antony Noghès, Pieter van Naeltwijck, Flavio Briatore and, of course, Prince Albert of Monaco.

“Monaco is a utopia,” says Steven Saltzman from the back of a speeding boat, “It’s a country with no sovereign debt, where about 100 nationalities live together, protected in peace by a planet-loving prince. It’s a perfect society.”

But he was, somewhat, in awe of the legendary lifestyle of Monaco. “It feels as much like a country club as a country,” says the iconic journalist.

Monegasque national Yann-Antony Noghès with Anderson Cooper

Cooper touches on the hot topic of taxes and the perception that Monaco is a tax haven, but that is rebuffed by Saltzman, who responds: “We pay our sales tax. We pay our property tax. We pay our tax on our employees and corporate profits. They don’t need more taxes.”

Cooper concedes that: “Prince Albert has pushed to get the country in line with nearly all international banking regulations.”

Anderson Cooper spoke with Prince Albert

The 14-minute report is quite comprehensive, covering everything from housing and security, to the Monaco Grand Prix and Princess Grace.

Anderson Cooper ends his report: “In this age of instability, uncertainty and inequality, it may seem strange this odd oasis of opulence still exists. But Monaco wants you to forget about all that. Have some champagne, enjoy the party, why worry? From here, the rest of the world is far, far away.”

Read the full article from Visit Monaco here and see the full report from 60 Minutes here