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On December 4th, a day of festivities was organized by the Firemen of Monaco to honour Sainte-Barbe, their Patron Saint.
A religious ceremony at the Parish of St. Nicholas, presided by Father Penzo, Chaplain of the Force Publique, was celebrated, in the presence of the Authorities, by Monsignor Barsi, Archbishop of Monaco, Monsignor Paris, Vicar General, Fabrice Gallo, Chancellor and Canon Di Leo, parish priest.
The church service was accompanied by the organist Franck Barbut and the voices of Manuela Zulberti (soprano) and Massimo Laguardia (tenor). The new Sainte-Barbe, carved in wood, received the blessing of Monsignor Barsi.
In the presence of HSH the Sovereign Prince and, in particular, the Minister of State and the Ambassador of France in Monaco, a bronze statue made in tribute to the Firemen of the Principality fallen to the Field of Honour during the First World War was unveiled at Place Campanin, close to the Fontvieille barracks.
On the initiative of Colonel Tony Varo, former Chief of Corps and current Commander Superior of the Force Publique, with the support of the Société for the Copyright Law (SOGEDA) and the Direction of Urban Planning, this statue was commissioned from the Monegasque sculptor Blaise Devissi, who offered it to his country.
The statue, made on a human scale, represents a Fireman starting at the front. Taking one last look at the barracks, he rejoins France holding his rifle in his left hand and puts down his jacket and fire helmet with his right hand. On the ground, have remained his ax and a fire hose.
The plaque bearing the name of the fourteen firefighters who died for France during the First World War, formerly placed in the courtyard of the Condamine barracks, was placed next to this statue.
After the speech of the Chief of Corps, Lieutenant-Colonel Norbert Fassiaux, a “Little Soldier of Fire LEON” was offered to HSH the Sovereign Prince as a memento.
At the end of the afternoon, Colonel Fringant, who ceased to serve as Commander-in-Chief of the Force Publique in September 2018 and who has been confirmed as HSH Prince’s First Aide de Camp, presented his memory book, “The Ultimate Salvation of Colonel Luc Fringant”, to the NCOs of the Corps.
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Monaco-based animal welfare organisation TAF held its third meeting at the Maison des Association in Condamine this week…
Berit Legrand is no stranger to water; the Dane competes for the Monaco water ski team, although she is also a certified Stott Pilates instructor and has her blackbelt in jiu-jitsu. Berit founded the non-profit The Animal Fund (TAF) in March 2015 with a mission to protect, save and actively assist dolphins and whales that are victims of maltreatment, slaughter, pollution and overfishing.
A team of individuals with different cultures, backgrounds and work experiences, TAF is united in educating others of the danger and consequences of cruelty and extinction but to also report on progress made.
“It’s not just the whaling or dolphin industry that those beautiful mammals have to protect themselves against,” says Berit. “It’s indeed also pollution, climate change, loss of food sources, toxic substances and digesting of tons of plastic. What is there to be seen in nature if we ruin it all? And what will be left in a few years for our children?”
TAF’s meeting on Tuesday was attended by 37 people, and subjects of discussion included “shocking details” of how whales are spotted, tracked and massacred in the Faroe Islands, and the opening of a TAF branch in Luxemburg.
The next meeting is scheduled for September, with potential reports from the Plastic Group and the topic of over-fishing on the agenda. For more on membership, volunteer or donations, see www.theanimalfund.net