Archive for April, 2007

European 5-aside Football tournament in Monaco

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Special footballers welcomed to Principality. The Principality of Monaco will host the European 5-aside Football tournament this Thursday April 26th. Organised by the Special Olympics Monaco and under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert, the competition will welcome teams from 14 countries, who will clash on the pitch. More...The Monegasque competition is the qualifier for the World Games in Shanghai in October this year, for which Monaco has already qualified. Each country will face another team of the same level (there are four levels 1-4), within its category. At the end of the competition the first two in each category will be selected for Shanghai. Each team is composed of five players (3 handicapped players and 2 partners-teachers). The opening ceremony will take place at 9.45am on Thursday April 26th. Several events will take place throughout the day. All the teams are invited by OGC Nice to watch the Nice-Auxerre match on Saturday April 28th. The tournament will end on Saturday at 12.30pm with a special ceremony to award winners with their medals. Entrance is free and open to the public.

Prevention afternoon for final year Monaco secondary students.

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th May 2007 at the Théâtre des Variétés. The Department of National Education, Youth and Sport (D.E.N.J.S.), the Monegasque Red Cross (C.R.M.) and FIGHT AIDS MONACO (F.A.M.) are uniting together once again to focus on a common project by organizing a special event for students in the final year of secondary school regarding the prevention of AIDS and sexually transmissible diseases.  

Over the last few years, it appears that young adults are being less careful, although the risks still are very high; today 40 million people are infected with the AIDS virus throughout the world. UNAIDS has estimated that the under 25s represent half of all new HIV* infections. In France, from the 13 325 new cases diagnosed between June 2003 and January 2006, 28% concerned young adults under the age of 29, the majority young women. The association Solidarité Sida, used to implementing action for a young audience, has been asked to present an « interactive event focused on sexuality and the prevention of AIDS » in the Principality. After the huge success of the «nuits du Zapping» event, Solidarité Sida introduced the « après-midi du Zapping » - a fun and focused way of teaching the young generation about prevention. The principle of the afternoon is based on an interactive game with questions that the participants may have on sexuality and AIDS; a certain amount of time is also spent meeting professionals from the health industry. D.E.N.J.S., C.R.M. and F.A.M. would like to raise young adults’ awareness of the issues at stake regarding the HIV epidemic and of the reality of everyday life for those infected.

A move to modernize the Monegasque Civil Service

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

The image of the Public Services is good” H.E. Jean-Paul Proust stated on Wednesday 11th April in front of close to a thousand state and public sector employees gathered at the Grimaldi Forum, on the occasion of the Civil Service Forum. 

The gist of the address given by the Principality’s Minister of State, after announcing the results of a new survey, carried out by the Company Arsh Opinion and completed by 500 people from the general public, on 12th and 13th March this year, was that the public services image is good, but that it could be even better. ‘Our Civil Service has a duty to be exemplary, and it should be said in the Principality that it is better than elsewhere’ was the message given by the Minister of State to the Principality’s state employees. The Head of the Monaco Government, having been in consultation with its members since September 2006, has specified planned priorities and measures to be achieved, in order to modernise the Public Services.

Terre Sauvage turns the spotlight on Prince Albert II

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

In its April special issue dedicated to the North and South Poles, published on the occasion of the 4th International Polar Year, the magazine Terre Sauvage has devoted a long interview to Prince Albert II, who had undertaken an expedition to the North Pole to show how urgent a matter the protection of the environment is. (more…)

Monaco Red Cross course in English. Spaces available for basic first aid course this weekend

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

The Monégasque Red Cross (Croix Rouge) is running a two-day basic first aid course in English this weekend at their headquarters on boulevard de Suisse in Monaco. There is no charge for the course and anyone interested should call the office to book themselves on it.

Ever Exhibition in Monaco

Monday, April 16th, 2007

The second edition of the Ever Exhibition, dedicated to ecological vehicles and renewable energies attracted over 5400 visitors to Monaco between 30th March and 1st April, according to the first estimations of one of the organizers of the event, the association MC2D, and MITI. 

According to MC2D, the event generated a turnover of 220 000 euros (excluding subsidies and sponsors) and 450 guest nights spent in the Principality. We are not yet aware of the number of contracts signed by the 40 exhibitors, companies and individuals taking part in EVER ‘07. The event gave scientists the opportunity to meet up to talk about various topics such as bio-fuels, wind energy and congestion charges. The public were able to find out about the latest technical innovations within the fields of renewable energies and clean mobility and other ecological brainwaves, such as Denis Eudeline’s solar oven and cooker, who are currently looking for opportunities to commercialize it. (http://www.four-solaire.fr/). Last but not least, an agreement was signed during the exhibition between the association MC2D, the French company Objectif D and the Monegasque State to present a Sustainable Development House to the public of Monaco. The house will be showcased in the Principality’s Salle du Canton from 23rd November to 2nd December 2007. The purpose: to make children and families aware of how to manage and save energy. The Monegasque Government has been increasing its efforts to protect the environment, particularly within the sphere of transport.

Prince Albert II of Monaco will pay a three-day visit to Japan from next Sunday.

Monday, April 16th, 2007

The visit will make him the first head of state to visit the country after Japan and Monaco formally established diplomatic ties last December, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said Monday. Prince Albert II’s Japan trip is mainly to visit an exhibit featuring Grace Kelly, the Hollywood actress who became Monaco’s princess. (more…)

Masters Series Monte-Carlo

Monday, April 16th, 2007

The annual Masters Series Monte-Carlo tennis tournament kicks off this Saturday, April 14th in the prestigious tennis club at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. The world famous competition traditionally kicks off the European tennis season. 

This year marks the 101st edition of the competition. Qualifying trials begin on Saturday at 11am. The draw for the matches will take place at midday in the VIP village. A big change this year is that the matches for the final of both singles and doubles will start on Sunday April 15th and not the usual Monday. Forty-five world class players are automatically admitted to the competition based on their world classification, which is determined six weeks before the competition. The other players and the four invited “wild cards” will bring the total number of players to 56 compared to 64 in previous years. The singles final will take place Sunday, April 22nd at 2.30pm and will be the best of three sets, instead of the traditional five sets. Prince Albert will present the prizes to the winners. Over two million Euros in prizes are sponsored by Rolex.

Affluent? Like hot weather? Move to Monaco

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

For all its royal family, Grand Prix, and sleek super-yachts, the tax-free haven of Monaco has never quite shaken off its description by Somerset Maugham as “a sunny place for shady people”. Now the Mediterranean principality is fighting back to create a cleaner, trendier image, partly by persuading affluent, young British families to move there. (more…)

Prince Albert of Monaco attends CIESM conference

Wednesday, April 11th, 2007

Prince Albert II of Monaco, chairman of the Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM), came to Turkey on last Monday. The 38th Congress of the CIESM, with more than 1,000 scientists from 40 countries discussing the impact of global warming on world seas, has been officially opened by Prince Albert II.