Monaco City Hall has added new events to its summer fun programme in Port Hercule this August for kids and kids at heart.
Forget the lazy dog days of summer, there’s too much fun to be had this month in the port to even think of staying in.
The Monaco City Hall has set up a mini fun fair on Quai Albert 1er replete with a carousel, “crazy karting” and a bouncy castle for the kids as well as a 3×3 basketball court for adults to keep everyone busy and happy. The carousel opens at 11am and runs until 10pm, karting goes from 3pm to midnight and the basketball courts are available from 3:30pm to 8pm until 22nd August.
If the afternoon sun gets a bit too warm, there are shaded benches set up all along the quay, decorated with plants, to rest and cool down.
Additionally, in a collaboration with MC Clic, the Monaco-based company that has made a name for itself by designing and manufacturing civil drones to take aerial photos for beauty shots, building inspections and other various needs, is launching an introduction to radio-controlled cars every Wednesday until 22nd August. A circuit will be set up and anyone over the age of five is invited to test and learn to manage different radio-controlled vehicles. Sessions are for two and run for 15 minutes, depending on demand, and go from 7pm to 10pm.
For those who are looking for a bit of culture, the Grimaldi Forum and the Mairie have set up a series of panels explaining the Alberto Giacometti exhibition, currently on at the Grimaldi Forum as an enticement to go visit and see the real thing.
Finally, there are the two nights of live fireworks displays on the 31st of July and the 7th of August in the port which will replace the cancelled Monaco Art en Ciel fireworks competition usually held this time of year. The nights are sure to be spectacular so make a point of heading down.
[caption id="attachment_22833" align="alignnone" width="984"] Photo: Direction de la Communicatin / Manuel Vitali[/caption]
Minister of State Serge Telle has said that accelerated progress is being made to address the problems of faulty plumping and waste pipes at the Gardens of Apolline, the large residential complex occupied by Monegasques in the Condamine.
On Monday, October 2, the Minister of State, accompanied by Didier Gamerdinger, Minister of the Interior, Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy, Marie-Pierre Gramaglia, Olivier Lavagna, Director of Public Works, Albert Croesi, Head of Mission and Emmanuelle Nardo, Legal Officer, met the residents of the building to take stock of the measures initiated by the Government in order to face the unprecedented situation in the complex,
After a reminder that the purity of the water had been established, Serge Telle addressed the three main topics of the meeting: Firstly resettlement - Solutions have been found in consultation with each of the residents. Secondly, the repair work which will begin on February 15 , 2018, the Government having chosen to use a delegated contracting authority; and thirdly the legal proceedings initiated by The State has to reconcile the urgent repair work and the technical evaluations on the liability of claims.
The Minister of State concluded by saying: “Three months ago we were in reaction mode. I am pleased to see that we are moving forward now, and at an accelerated pace."
[caption id="attachment_27547" align="alignnone" width="640"] Prince Albert awards the 2018 Prince’s Prize for Innovative Philanthropy to Douglas Woodring of Ocean For Recovery Alliance. Photo: PAF2[/caption]
On Monaco, January 22, Prince Albert awarded Douglas Woodring, Founder and Managing Director of Ocean Recovery Alliance, the 2018 Prince’s Prize for Innovative Philanthropy.
The Award is a global initiative jointly developed by The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and The Tocqueville Foundation, “to highlight projects and initiatives that have triggered innovative activity in the field of philanthropy, seeking out individuals and organisations that inspire others and demonstrate strong impact or potential impact”.
Mr Woodring, whose non-profit association Ocean Recovery Alliance focuses on bringing together new initiatives to help improve the ocean environment, received the award for his years of dedication, focus and persistence on reducing plastic pollution, and by doing so with creative, scalable programs that can be replicated across borders.
According to the Prince Albert of Monaco Foundation, it is one of the first NGOs to work with both the UN Environment and the World Bank on their respective programs aimed at reducing plastic pollution.
During the presentation of the award, Prince Albert commented that Mr Woodring founded the Ocean Recovery Alliance with the strong conviction that improving the health of the global ocean require to bring together innovative solutions, technology, collaborations between the public and the private sector, national and multilateral policies.
Mr Woodring said, “We have taken a different, creative, yet realistic approach to solving this issue globally. Our Program bring focus to the issue of plastic in its ‘afterlife’, either through use in a company or institutional setting, or via trash hotspots which need to be cleaned and prevented, via community engagement”.