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In his first official visit to Colombia, Prince Albert spoke during a high-level Reference User Group meeting at Santa Marta, on Monday, March 19, thanking the Colombian authorities for their work on protecting the oceans.
“Year after year, your work enables us to draw the world’s attention to the very serious phenomenon of ocean acidification,” the Prince said. “I should also like to underline the opportunity presented in 2018 by International Year of the Reef. Because of their vulnerability to acidification, because of their importance in our global ecosystems … corals should today, more than ever, be at the heart of our strategies.”
High profile figures who attended the meeting included Juan Manuel Santos, President of the Republic of Colombia; Luis Gilberto Murillo, Colombian Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development and President of INVEMAR; Francisco Arias-Isaza, General Director of INVEMAR; Julia Miranda, Director of National Parks; and Juan Mayr, Colombia’s former Minister of the Environment.
Parents of the newly opened school in Cap d’Ail are not particularly pleased with the mayor’s proposed plan to rename it after slain teacher Samuel Paty.
Ferrari teammates Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc nearly collided at the Bahrain Grand Prix and Vettel was clearly none too pleased with the Monegasque’s moves.
Remote working for cross-border employees was the hot topic of discussion between the Monaco government and Italy’s new Ambassador in Monaco Giulio Alaimo this week.
The National Council has passed a long-awaited bill allowing the SBM to chase bad debts incurred at its casinos – a move which could already put millions back into its coffers.
Faced with a shortage of drivers, French train operator SNCF will cut the number of regional trains by seven percent on weekdays and four percent on weekends until November 6.
In a letter on August 30 addressed to Guillaume Pepy, SNCF president, Christian Estrosi said he believes that “the region is once again presented with a fait accompli”.
The President of the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region added that “these cuts are unacceptable to users and that the train operator must offer, without delay, to pay compensation for the damage suffered”. Estrosi has also asked for a formal commitment that the service be restored to normal as soon as possible and no later than November 6 as advertised.
Relations between local governments on the Riviera and the SNCF have been seriously strained for several years, and the regional train service has the second-worst performance in France as measured by cancellations, delays and local strikes.