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On Tuesday morning, May 8, Prince Albert and his delegation arrived in Halifax, capital of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia, where they were welcomed by Dr Richard Florizone, President of Dalhousie University and Dr Alice Aiken, Vice-President of the University.
The Monaco delegation visited the Steele Ocean Sciences Building, home of the International Oceanography Centre called the “Ocean Frontier Institute” which explores the vast potential of the ocean with the aim of devising innovatory and sustainable solutions which respect the principle of blue growth.
Prince Albert visited the ocean and marine research laboratories before speaking in the afternoon during a public debate on the theme “A sea of opportunity”. His Serene Highness congratulated the Institute on the quality of its work on ocean preservation and on the resources deployed to sustain its ambitious programmes, stressing that “if progress is to be made, the oceans need a productive alliance between research and political action” – a challenge which his great-great-grandfather, Prince Albert I, had taken up in his day and which Prince Albert II is pursuing with determination in turn today.
The Sovereign Prince also took part in a question and answer session with students on the economic, social and environmental issues of the oceans as well as on the preservation of marine biodiversity.
To conclude his visit to Nova Scotia, Prince Albert participated in a dinner at the Canadian Forces Base in Halifax. Upon his arrival, he reviewed the troops as the national anthems of Monaco and Canada were played. At the end of the farewell dinner Prince Albert and his delegation took off for Philadelphia in the US.
National Council President Stéphane Valeri has visited the Grimaldi Forum to thank the team behind the screening campaign, while also encouraging more people to take the Covid-19 antibody test.
Prince Albert has been tested at a Covid-19 screening centre in Monaco to raise awareness about the government’s campaign to have as many people of the Principality tested as possible.
Monaco’s primary students made their return to school on Monday, the final group to do so in the government’s three-phase plan to lift the lockdown.
The Principality ordered some 11.5 million masks at the height of the crisis. Now those masks are being safely stored by the government for a rainy day.
Feiza Ben Mohamed, a spokesperson for the Muslim Federation of the South of France, has expressed great surprise at a decision by an administrative tribunal to uphold a ban on the so-called burkini on beaches in Cannes, an ordinance issued July 28 by Cannes Mayor David Lisnard “on the grounds that burkinis, which are popular with Muslim women, could risk disrupting public order while France was the target of terrorist attacks"
“This suggests that women when covered are affiliated with terrorism,” Ben Mohamed said.
The federation, who posted on Facebook “We strongly condemn the illegal and abusive use of such procedures for the unique purpose of stigmatisation and exclusion”, will now take the case to the Council of State to overturn the ruling, introduced by the town’s mayor. “One can’t invoke the war against terror in banning the burkini. “Such a ruling masks the inability of our elected officials to take concrete and effective measures against terrorism,” she added.
On August 5, the mayor of Villeneuve-Loubet, Lionnel Luca also imposed a burkini ban on his beaches. Mandelieu-la-Napoule passed the by-law in … 2014.