Football: Marché de la Condamine to screen the UEFA Euro 2024 matches

Local football fans will be thrilled to hear that the Marché de la Condamine will be hosting free public screenings of the upcoming matches for the duration of the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship.  

The UEFA Euro 2024 competition will get underway on Friday 14th June with a game in Munich between Germany and Scotland in Group A at 9pm. The game marks the start of a month-long competition that will conclude on Sunday 14th July.  

Each fixture, whether at 6pm or 9pm, is set to be screened at the Marché de la Condamine thanks to a collaboration with the Mairie de Monaco.  

Some of the biggest upcoming games for local fans will include the Group B fixture between Italy and Albania on Saturday 15th June at 9pm, Group C’s match between England and Serbia on Sunday 16th June at 9pm, and France’s pitting against Group D’s Austria on Monday 17th June at 9pm.

The group stages will continue on and off until Wednesday 26th June, when things will kick up another level as the successful teams enter the Round of 16 on Saturday 29th June.  

For the full UEFA Euro 2024 schedule, click here.  

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Exciting changes at Coya Monte-Carlo: terrace expansion and revitalised menu

Fiesta time at Coya Monte-Carlo just kicked up a notch thanks to a funky restaurant revamp, a lighter menu and – the pieza de resistencia – a large new terrace with dedicated cocktail bar and Peruvian finger food. 

The multi award-winning Latin American restaurant group opened its first European site outside of London on the terraces of the Summer Sporting – just a stone’s throw from Jimmy’z and the Salle des Étoiles – in 2018.

Now, the restaurant that sparked Monaco’s obsession with Latin American cuisine and culture has undergone a make-over. 

“It’s been exciting for the whole team to work on a new project,” Head Chef Victoria Vallenilla told Monaco Life’s Cassandra Tanti. “Yes, it is the same restaurant with the same identity, but we wanted to make Coya Monte-Carlo stand out within the brand, and with so many new places opening in Monaco, it is important to continue to evolve.”

The new-look Coya feels cozy and festive, and really comes alive when the sun goes down

The entire restaurant has been remodelled to feature even more eye-catching plant features and hand-crafted furniture, as well as signature Peruvian artefacts, in a vibrant and colourful setting. 

The DJ booth is now front and centre, energising the atmosphere with pulsing vibes that amplify the spicy dining adventure.

Dinner under the stars is now possible on the new terrace at Coya

Large new terrace embraces Mediterranean lifestyle

The most exciting part of the revamp is the expanded terrace, now featuring dining tables, lounge areas and its own cocktail bar. With splendid views of the Mediterranean horizon, fresh sea breezes and the allure of dining under the stars, it’s a perfect spot for the hot summer months.

The addition of this large terrace has allowed for the creation of two unique experiences. Friends can gather to unwind after work on the terrace, enjoying finger foods and inventive cocktails under the sun or stars, or they can immerse themselves in a drawn-out meal, soaking up the restaurant’s vibrant party ambience.

Seafood features heavily now on the Coya menu

A new lighter menu

The restaurant revamp was an opportunity for Head Chef Victoria Vallenilla, or the Queen of Coya as I like to caller her, to rethink the menu and respond to new dining trends.

“We completely changed our food strategy because the whole world is changing their eating habits,” revealed the Venezuelan-born chef. “Now, we are offering more seafood and raw fish options – we have a larger selection of ceviches and tiraditos. For the meats, we have more premium meats, like Wagyu cuts, as well as grilled octopus and more salads.”

Coya Head Chef Victoria Vallenilla

With a diverse selection of appetisers, salads, crudos, fish and seafood, meats and vegetables, the only issue with Coya’s menu is figuring out what to choose.

If you’re unsure what to pick, opt for the Menu Bagua, which features all of your guaranteed favourites.

“It’s not about being low calorie, it’s food that feels light on the body so people can still dance and party afterwards,” explained the chef.

Meanwhile, in line with its “dual-vibe” ambience, the new terrace menu is designed for sharing alongside cocktails or wine. It features a tempting variety of finger foods like empanadas, fresh oysters, wagyu beef skewers and Chilean sea bass croquettes. Make sure to try the mini chorizo sausages, I highly recommend them! 

Enjoy the cuisine and the culture at Coya

The adventure continues

Embracing a new, lighter philosophy, Coya invites guests on a culinary journey that transcends borders, offering a beautiful and enjoyable destination for foodies and culture enthusiasts alike.

It is, more than ever, the perfect place to spend the early part of a fashionable evening before heading to Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo, the ‘Grand Art of Clubbing’. 

See more of the Coya vibe in our Instagram reel below…


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Indian businessman Vellayan Subbiah named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year 

Vellayan Subbiah was named EY World Entrepreneur of the Year for his leadership skills and his commitment to social and environmental causes at a glittering awards ceremony held at the Salle des Étoiles in Monaco earlier this month.  

Ernst & Young (EY), the global consulting, insurance, tax and transaction service accounting giant, holds an annual World Entrepreneur of the Year event as a way of recognising visionary business leaders who are addressing modern-day challenges and transforming their industries.  

The 2024 edition saw Indian businessman Vellayan Subbiah, the Executive Vice-Chairman of Tube Investments of India and Chairman of Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company, win the coveted award for his forward-thinking approach and his ambition to “change the trajectory of his country, his companies and his people”.  

“I am deeply honoured and grateful to be recognised as the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year,” said Subbiah of his win. “As part of a fourth-generation family business, the spirit of entrepreneurship runs deep within me, and I continue to be equally inspired by those who came before and those who follow. I’m steadfast in my belief that by approaching challenges as opportunities and committing ourselves to a path of self-improvement, there’s no limit to what we can achieve.” 

Subbiah spent 15 years working within his family business, Cholamandalam, before adding another string to his bow by joining Tube Investments of India. 

In addition to his business prowess, he has also contributed to numerous humanitarian and environmental projects through educational scholarships and eco-friendly stewardship. 

“Vellayan possesses all of the qualities one looks for in an entrepreneur,” said Carmine Di Sibio, EY Global Chairman and CEO. “The impressive growth of the businesses he’s led has been remarkable, but his story goes far beyond numbers. His humble and personable approach to leadership and his philosophy of enabling others to ‘enter a better life’ are the embodiment of what it means to be EY World Entrepreneur of The Year.” 

The 54-year-old was selected by a panel of judges from 5,000 possible candidates hailing from 47 nations. The jurists looked at four criteria – entrepreneurial spirit, purpose, growth and impact – when making their final decision.  

Subbiah is the fourth Indian winner in the event’s 24-year history.  

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Photos: Princess Charlene joins Water Safety Day at lake in Landes

In a continuation of her commitments to water safety and the promotion of the values of sport in education, Princess Charlene joined with members of her eponymous foundation to host a Water Safety Day initiative for local children at a lakeside in southwestern France earlier this month. 

On Tuesday 11th June, the Princess and her foundation conducted the first Water Safety Day for the schoolchildren of Léon in the department of Landes. 

Neither the clouds nor the blustery weather could temper the enthusiasm of Princess Charlene and the 140 children from local CM1 and CM2 classes who attended the event, which was held at the Lac de Léon.  

Watching on from the beach, the Princess provided encouragement to all who braved the waters for a series of life-saving and rescue workshops, which included a dramatic helicopter rescue.

On the beach, the children were taught the essentials of first aid by members of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, such as Stéphanie Barneix, freediver Pierre Frolla, gymnast Kevin Crovetto and handball player Jérôme Fernandez. They were supported in their efforts by Landes’ local lifeguards as well as representatives from the Réserve Naturelle du Courant d’Huchet.  

Throughout the day, the children were involved in theory and practical training sessions that covered topics like the importance of water and waste management, the local aquatic environment and its biodiversity, and the proper use of rescue equipment.  

Princess Charlene personally congratulated the children on their efforts, handing out certificates and admiring their artworks, much to the joy of the young students.

The day marked the first such endeavour in the Landes area by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, but follows a long line of similar initiatives held in Monaco, across France and around the world.  

To see more from the day, click on the images below:

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Paediatric cancer: CSM reports encouraging results following clinical trials 

The findings of a two-year clinical trial of a new type of treatment protocol for children and young adults suffering from brain cancer, which was developed by the Centre Scientifique de Monaco, have been described by its backers as both “positive” and “encouraging”. 

Between January 2022 and December 2023, three paediatric oncology units in France were involved in the clinical trials of a new form of treatment for children and young adults. In total, six patients who had relapsed or refractory brain tumours received the oral axitinib and metronomic etoposide developed in the laboratories of the Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM).  

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The data and findings of these trials, referred to as the MEPENDAX clinical trial project, have now been published in the Pediatric & Blood Cancer journal, along with a dedicated communiqué from the CSM that confirms that this type of treatment can improve the care of children and young adults suffering from brain cancer. 

“Schematically, the administration of two anticancer molecules called axitinib and etoposide is done at lower doses, but more frequently,” explains Dr. Vincent Picco (pictured), the head of the Brain Stem Cells and Tumours team within the CSM’s Department of Medical Biology. “This new therapeutic combination and this particular mode of administration, which also has the advantage of being taken orally outside the hospital setting, is capable of more effectively controlling tumour growth while limiting side effects.” 

For the six individuals who received the treatment, described by Dr. Picco as a “response to a lack of appropriate therapeutic drug alternatives”, this MEPENDAX trials represented a “last-chance” form of therapy.  

All had reached a tragic impasse in their treatment, having already pursued at least four other lines of treatment before joining the trials.  

According to a communiqué issued by the CSM on 13th June, “The treatment results are very encouraging with, as hoped, relatively low toxicity accompanied in some cases by a favorable therapeutic response and an improvement in quality of life.” 

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Over the next three years, the CSM has ambitions to expand the trials to a further 36 patients aged four to 18. This time, eight French hospitals will be involved in the project, “with the hope of confirming the initial clinical results”. 

“For the children and their families, this clinical trial offers an immense hope,” says Denis Maccario, the president of the Monaco-based Flavien Foundation. “Although funding is now assured, the administrative constraints to start this type of trial with a new therapy delay this hope for children and families facing the tragedy of therapeutic failure.” 

Maccario, who lost his young son to cancer in 2014, has since used the foundation founded in nine-year-old Flavien’s honour, to help raise the considerable funds that allowed the trials to become a reality. Other backers included the Monaco Government, Climbers Against Cancer, the Savchuk Foundation and the Syndicat des Jeux Européens de la Société des Bains de Mer.

The Pediatric & Blood Cancer Journal report on the trials can be read in full here.  


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