Archive for December, 2006

A new show in aid of Fight Aids Monaco

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

A new show, inspired by the musical « Le Roi Soleil » will be performed in the Principality on Thursday 22nd February in aid of Fight Aids Monaco. This initiative was sparked off by Princess Stephanie, President of the Association, who fell in love with the musical, which has been running in the Palais des Sports in Paris for over a year. The show is based on the story of the Sun King, recounted by Robert Hossein.More... But the performance will remain a musical. The seven actors from the “Roi Soleil” troupe will be performing 15 songs (from the twenty or so songs featuring in the original show) on the stage of the Salle des Princes in the Grimaldi Forum. Certain songs will also be performed by some of the big names in French show business invited for to take part in the event: M Pokora, Laâm, Leslie, Natasha St Pier, Anguun… are already topping the bill. All the performers will be taking part in the show benevolently and will be accompanied by the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to the Fight Aids Monaco Association and will help to fund a “maison de vie” in Provence for accommodating AIDS sufferers and their families. Funds were also raised for the same project last August, with the release of a CD single entitled « l’Or de nos vies » by Princess Stephanie and 16 international singing stars. But be warned, only two performances are scheduled for this new musical show. The evening performance at 9 p.m. will be followed by a gala evening for 600 people in the Espace Ravel of the Grimaldi Forum on the theme of the Sun King.

National football team flourishes under former assistant coach

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

AS Monaco, the Principality’s national football team is creeping back up the French Ligue 1 (Premier League) championship under new coach Laurent Banide, having reached rock bottom position at 20 earlier on this season. AS Monaco thrashed Sochaux 3-0 at the weekend in the Stade Louis II and are now positioned at 14, eight points behind Olympique Marseille, three points ahead of arch rivals Nice and one in front of Paris SG. Sochaux is in 5th, a full 11 points ahead of Monaco, so victory was sweet for the red and white brigade. More...It is a near miraculous recovery for the club, since the departure of Rumanian coach Laszlo Bölöni at the end of October 2006. Bölöni had been taken on at the start of the season following the less-than-successful tenure of Italian Francesco Guidolin who joined over a year ago following the resignation of Didier Deschamps in September 2005.
Laurent Banide, 38, is French and has a diploma in professional coaching (DEPF - diplôme d’entraîneur professionnel). He was one of the two assistant coaches before being propelled into this role, his first crack at managing a professional team. His main goal is to keep the team in the premier league and avoid relegation.

Celebrity Lunch en français deemed a success

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

More than 100 business men and women from across the French and Anglophone communities gathered in the Café de Paris in Monaco for the third Celebrity Lunch en français last Friday. Organized by Azur Productions and the Chambre de Développement Économique de Monaco (CDE), and sponsored by SAMG, this event looks set to become a regular feature on the calendar. Guest speaker Bruno Masure, a well known French political journalist, proved to be an eloquent and interesting personality. Among those present was Franck Biancheri, new President of the CDE and former advisor to the government in Monaco on the economy and finance. Azur Productions launched the Celebrity Lunch concept over three years ago for the Anglophone community in Monaco.

Moving sands for Monaco Beach Soccer indoor!

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Thunder clap in the Principality. The Beach Soccer Tournament programmed on December 22 in Grimaldi Forum having to bring together the largest stars of the round balloon like Cannavaro, Buffon, Zidane for the good cause is simply cancelled.

Masters Series Monte-Carlo presented by Rolex from 14th to 22nd April 2007

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

The next Masters Series Monte Carlo presented by ROLEX will take place from 14th to 22nd April 2007. The renowned Tennis Open will be held, as in previous years, in the prestigious setting of the Monte Carlo Country Club. (more…)

Monaco ballet begins pre-Christmas

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

La Belle is back to launch this year’s series of festive season performances by Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco from December 21 to January 4. This popular ballet, danced to a Tchaikovsky score and based on the Charles Perrault tale, is narrative, spectacle and psychodrama, with the superb dancing of Bernice Coppieters and ‘the longest kiss in the history of dance’.More... In choreographing La Belle, the company’s Director Jean-Christophe Maillot turned the spotlight on the human dimensions of the Perrault tale: the contrast between the shadowy world of the Prince and the splendour of La Belle, between good and evil, love and hate. La Belle will be followed on New Year’s Eve by Maillot’s Altro Canto and also William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite. Altro Canto is danced to the music of Monteverdi and the voices of the Ensemble Akadémia. The effect is Harry Potteresque mystery and suspense, a chiaroscuro stage lit by floating candles that illuminate the movements of soaring arms and an embrace that reinvents the classic pas de deux. Forsythe’s Artifact Suite brings to the stage 35 dancers who alternately deconstruct and reconstruct the rules of classical ballet against a background of Bach. It’s a work that creates powerful images, willfully pushing the use of stage machinery and optical illusion to the extreme edge

Former CNN employee talks to Monegasque pupils

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

CNN news came to Monaco thanks to Mark Collins who worked for the American television station while living in London. Monegasque pupils and their English teacher Elisabeth Gondeau from the Lycée Albert I, terminale S2, and European section enjoyed a lively two-hour interactive talk with Mr. Collins, at the Princess Grace Irish Library. More...The pupils, who speak fluent English, were delighted to learn the history of CNN, the American news television station, created in 1980 by Ted Turner, the iconic media mogul and philanthropist. Mark Collins, who worked for CNN in London, explained the ethos of his former employee, saying that Mr. Turner epitomized the qualities necessary for a successful and satisfying career.  ‘He is a visionary, a preserving man who is confident and at ease with himself. These qualities can be acquired by everyone, especially young people on the verge of launching their professional career.’ He went on to give advice to the students saying ‘It doesn’t matter what career you choose, whether it be as a musician, business person or artisan, as long as you maintain your vision and self-belief, you will be successful.’ Students thanked Mark Collins for the inspiring, helpful talk and advice and he in turn concluded with the positive and reassuring comment ‘With young people this smart, the future is bright.’ Mr. Collins is an Irish Citizen born in New York and today resides in Monaco.

The best world football players in Monaco

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

In Monaco, the largest stars of the foot give each other appointment in Ravel space for a tournament of beach soccer indoor. Zidane, Ronaldhino, Cannavaro, Giuly and so many of other stars of the round balloon are announced. If they answer present, this Monaco beach soccer will be the `sporting event of this end of year.

The distribution of emergency equipment and the signing of a convention for co-operation between the Principality of Monaco and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

Within the framework of its co-operation with the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, the Principality of Monaco will be welcoming from the 16th to 20th December 2006, a Mauritanian delegation composed of Mohamed El Hadi MACINA, Secretary General of the Ministry of the Interior, Postal and Telecommunication Services, Colonel Ahmed Vall Ould GUERLAIN, Director of Civil Defence and Ali CAMARA, Honorary Consul for the Principality of Monaco in Nouakchott. (more…)

Second meeting of the Commission in charge of local matters concerning cross-border co-operation between the Principality of Monaco and the French Republic.

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006

The Commission in charge of local matters concerning cross-border co-operation between the Principality of Monaco and the French Republic met for the second time in Monaco on 15th December 2006. The last commission meeting on 13th July had resulted in the establishment of a methodological framework to implement action. The Commission was presided over by H.E. Jean-Paul Proust, Minister of State, for Monaco and co-presided over by H.E. Serge Telle, French Ambassador in Monaco and Dominique Vian, Prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes, for France.More... Christian Estrosi, Minister for National Planning and Development and President of the General Council of the Alpes-Maritimes, Jacques Peyrat, Senator, Mayor of Nice and President of the Nice-Côte d’Azur Conurbation Committee, Jean-Claude Guibal, Deputy, Mayor of Menton and President of the French Riviera Conurbation Committee, as well the Mayors of the communities bordering the Principality, also took part in the discussions. The meeting focused mainly on improving rail and road travel conditions, as well as the project to build a funicular railway between La Turbie and Monaco. Furthermore, both parties agreed to strengthen co-operation in terms of economic and cultural development. In this respect, the Monaco Government has also announced the Principality’s partnership with the candidature of the Cote d’Azur Metropolis as European capital of culture 2013. Generally speaking, matters of common interest will be dealt with by specialised task forces, the meetings of which will be held shortly.