The Roca team’s Coupe de France hopes were shattered on Saturday with their 76 to 83 loss against Orleans Loiret at the Palais du Sport in Orleans.
AS Monaco Basketball had a disappointing night, losing out to Orleans and sending their opponent onto the Coupe de France quarter-finals.
The night started out poorly, with the Roca team boys losing Yohan Choupas to injury only three minutes into the game. This was quickly followed by a time-out from Coach Zvezdan Mitrovic, as the team trailed a nearly unprecedented 4 to 12.
Things didn’t get much better from there. Mathias Lessort was handed a penalty and Orleans’s Paris Lee was seemingly unstoppable, scoring a last second three-pointer adding to his astounding 26-point total on the night, to end the first quarter trailing a dismal 14 to 25.
By halftime, they had clawed their way back somewhat, scoring 14 points compared to the opponents two, bringing them within spitting distance at 36 to 40.
After the break, it was a more even match, but only at one point did ASM take the lead by a narrow one point, though they couldn’t hold onto it.
Even though they may have had a not-so-great ending, the Roca team made 28 out of 60 shots on the night, with 5 for 19 in the three point range. They took 32 rebounds, had 16 assists and made 10 steals.
Rob Gray had 18 points on the night, Damien Inglis had 14 and Marcos Knight and Dee Bost each had 10.
Despite the decent numbers, it simply wasn’t enough. The team aren’t completely out of playoff running, though. They are still contenders for the Euro Cup 7, and will be facing Nanterre on Wednesday night for their shot at redemption.
Monaco’s Department of International Cooperation has reaffirmed its support for RESAOLAB, the West African Network of Biological Analysis Laboratories, a capacity-building programme for seven West African countries, led by the Mérieux Foundation, with the aim of reducing the impact of infectious diseases on vulnerable populations.
The official inauguration of the buildings of the Health Laboratories Directorate and Continuing Training Centre took place in Niger on March 13, in the presence of the Minister of Public Health of Niger, the Director General of the Mérieux Foundation, institutional partners and a Monegasque delegation. The ceremony was held two years after the laying of the foundation stone.
The Government, represented by Mahamadou Idrissa, Consul of Monaco in Niger, and Abdoulaye Douka, the DCI's Niger Coordinator, announced its renewed commitment for the period of 2018-2020, to enable the RESAOLAB network to build on its achievements and continue its development.
The programme aims to provide Health Ministers of the seven member countries of the network with infrastructures to make it possible to develop a system of high-quality medical biology laboratories. With more reliable diagnoses, doctors can prescribe more appropriate treatments. The Prince's Government has been supporting the Mérieux Foundation through this project since 2014.
Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Niger, are priority countries for assistance by Monaco's Official Development Assistance, as well as Benin, Guinea and Togo.
[caption id="attachment_26326" align="alignnone" width="640"] Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the OSCE. Photo: DC[/caption]
Gilles Tonelli, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, spoke on a number of topics important to the Principality at the 24th Ministerial Council of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, held in Vienna on December 7 and 8.
The minister reaffirmed Monaco's commitment to the fundamental rules of international law, first and foremost the defence of human rights, the rule of law and democracy, as well as the respect for the principles of justice and peace.
Gilles Tonelli praised the OSCE's many actions in the context of the Ukrainian crisis, as well as the important efforts made to calm tensions in the region. He also reaffirmed the financial support of the Principality to the OSCE Special Observer Mission to Ukraine.
In addition, Mr Tonelli indicated that the Principality will continue its efforts to contribute, as far as it can, to the fight against “the terrorist scourge”. These efforts are reflected in the extension, for three years, of the programme that Monaco is supporting alongside UNODC, aimed at helping the Sahel countries to improve their criminal justice systems in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism, and by supporting the "Octopus-Cybercrim Program" under the auspices of the Council of Europe.
Finally, Gilles Tonelli said that the Principality of Monaco remains resolutely engaged with its Mediterranean partners, notably through the extension, in 2018-2019, of a financing agreement between the Prince's Government and the OSCE on a project to ”fight against trafficking in human beings along migration routes".
This extension was signed, in the margins of the Ministerial Council, in a bilateral meeting with Ambassador Thomas Greminger, the new Secretary General of the OSCE, in the presence of Madina Jarbussynova, Special Representative and OSCE Coordinator for the fight against trafficking in human beings.
The minister was accompanied in Vienna by Ms Isabelle Berro-Amadei, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Principality of Monaco to the OSCE, and Lorenzo Ravano, First Counsellor to the Monaco Embassy in Berlin.