MONACO NEWS: The multi-millionaire Monaco resident who gave his future bride a cheque for 1,000,000 euros to cash after their marriage can keep the money, Monaco's Appeal Court has ruled. In an earlier civil case the Dutch-born businessman was told he had to honour the cheque, since a cheque is not a payment subject to conditions.
Corsicans fight hard at Stade Louis
MONACO NEWS, MONACO SPORT, ASM: Monaco dominated tonight's French Ligue 1 home game against Ajaccio, but it wasn't until the 75th minute that Riviere found the back of the visitors' net. Coach Ranieri had been right to warn that the Corsicans would be far from a walkover, but Monaco must be disappointed, all the same, with such a narrow 1-0 victory.
PHOTO: Emmanuel Riviere
MONACO NEWS: Financial company AlphaMetrix, which held a lavish conference in Monaco in September, is facing criminal charges in the US relating to at least $2.8 million in missing investor funds. In October, AlphaMetrix founder and CEO Aleks Kins wrote to participants in pool investments to warn them of missing funds, but he was soon overtaken by events as the Commodity Futures Trading Commission filed the criminal complaint...
MONACO NEWS, MONACO CHARITIES: St Pauls Church in Monte-Carlo on Sunday welcomed Christian Luginsland, Petion Dumel and Samuel Schuter from Haiti. The Lemuel Mission is building a school in a remote part of the island, hit a few years ago by a devastating earthquake. The congregation of the Anglican church in Monaco has raised a substantial sum to complete the building...
MONACO NEWS, SBM: Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy received almost as much attention as his wife, both before and after her performance last night at the Salle Garnier in Monte-Carlo. Carla Bruni came to sing songs from her album Little French Songs in front of a sold-out audience of 500, and received a standing ovation, as did her husband shortly afterwards...
Christmas lights ceremony cancelled
MONACO NEWS, SBM: The annual ceremony of switching on the Christmas lights on Casino Square was cancelled tonight due to the death of Nelson Mandela. An official of SBM instead asked guests who came for the ceremony at the Hotel de Paris to share a drink in memory of Mr Mandela, who once said that all he asked for when he left active involvement in politics was to be forgotten in the dark.
PHOTO top right: Martina Brodie
Prince, Princess to attend Mandela funeral
MONACO NEWS: Prince Albert and Princess Charlene are planning to attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela in South Africa. A statement from the Palace issued today read: "The Prince and Princess of Monaco have learned with great sadness of the death of Mr Nelson Mandela… The couple is expected to attend the funeral of the freedom fighter they had the honor of meeting several times and whom they both considered an example, a symbol of reconciliation, a great man who has, through his courage, selflessness and generosity changed the course of history and make his life a struggle for justice and respect for human dignity."
Flags flew at half mast on Friday in Monaco and a Mass is to be celebrated soon in memory of Nelson Mandela.
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MONACO NEWS, MONACO BUSINESS: The Monegasque Government is investigating the circumstances surrounding the collapse of JP Construction, the Monaco-registered company that ceased work on its building sites two weeks ago leaving many clients out of pocket and in difficult circumstances. Inspectors have been instructed to visit the firm's offices to ascertain in the first place that it is no longer doing business, the Government says...
MONACO NEWS, PRINCESS CHARLENE, PRINCESS STEPHANIE: The death announced last night of Nelson Mandela will have a particular resonance in Monaco due to the close connections of both Princess Charlene and Princess Stephanie to the former President of South Africa. As Charlene Wittstock, the wife of HSH Prince Albert spent most of her youth in South Africa, after moving from Zimbabwe, and represented the rainbow nation as an Olympic swimmer. Princess Charlene has returned many times to South Africa where her charitable foundation is particularly active…
MONACO NEWS: Her Excellency Maguy Maccario Doyle is the new emissary of Monaco to Washington DC following her appointment by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II. The Ambassador conveyed Prince Albert's assurances of his highest consideration to President Barack Obama and his family, as she officially tendered her letter of credence to the President in a ceremony at the White House earlier this week...
MONACO NEWS, MONACO ARTS: Ben Vautier, usually known just as Ben, has returned to the Marlborough Gallery until January 31 with his show out of limits. The 40 or so works are mainly from the 60s and 70s. Ben, who is now 78, is nothing if not cosmopolitan, having been born to an Irish mother and a Swiss-French father in Naples four years before the outbreak of the Second World War...
Christmas Fair opens on Port Hercule
MONACO NEWS: The annual Christmas Fair opened tonight and will run through the holiday season until January 5. The theme is more sedate than the previous Autumn fair organised by the Town Hall, bringing the magic of Christmas very much to life for younger visitors, from Monaco and further afield.
PHOTO: A big wheel for families Ian Brodie
MONACO NEWS, MONACO CHARITIES: The charity children's christmas party organized by the Association Indigo, to raise funds for children with cancer and HIV, was a great success at Miami Plage Restaurant on Larvotto Beach earlier today. Paula Radcliffe, Monaco resident and the world's fastest female marathon runner, was joined by children on a fun run and Father Christmas made an early appearance to surprise the children…
CHARLOTTE CASIRAGHI, PRINCESS CAROLINE: Princess Caroline's daughter Charlotte Casiraghi will soon be giving birth to her child by boyfriend Gad Elmaleh, most likely before Christmas. A suite has been made available in the maternity unit at the Princess Grace Hospital and Charlotte is expected to arrive any day soon. In the meantime, comedian Gad (42) has told Hello that he expects Charlotte (27) to be an excellent mother…
MONACO NEWS, MONACO BUSINESS, PRINCESS CHARLENE: Monaco's own Starbucks was opened this afternoon by Princess Charlene, a long-time fan of the brand. The outlet is in the Appoline Gardens area opposite the new lycee, and could be the first of several in the Principality. The cafe has a total of 138 places, inside and out, and is the largest on the Riviera. Licence owner Tar.Ca, which already operates the Nike concession, is considering adding several smaller outlets in Monaco…
MONACO NEWS, MONACO YACHTING, MONACO SPORT: Pierre Casiraghi will play an important part in the Cape2Rio crewed race starting from Cape Town on January 4. The Maserati team will be skippered by Giovanni Soldini, whose crew set a new record on the notoriously difficult Gold Rush Route between New York and San Francisco in 2013 (47 days and 42 minutes)...
3-0 away win against Nice
MONACO NEWS, MONACO SPORT, ASM: AS Monaco beat Nice away from home tonight 3-0 in a one-sided game that never saw the hosts find their form. Rodriguez found the back of the Nice net after just six minutes, followed by Riviere in the 23rd minute. The young Ocampos showed his worth when he made the score 3-0 in the 89th minute. The was the first time the local derby had been played in three years. Striker Radamel Falcao missed the game because of a thigh problem.
Mr Goodfish at MonacoUSA mixer
MONACO NEWS: The Prince Albert II Foundation was the special guest at this evening's MonacoUSA Networking Happy Hour on the Star Deck of Stars'n'bars on Port Hercule. Lisa Brivot, who is in charge of the Foundation's marine projects, made a short presentation explaining the importance of choosing the right fish to eat to help preserve fish stocks, as part of the Mr Goodfish campaign. As usual, the mixer was well-attended.
PHOTO: Brigitte Rupp, MonacoUSA board member, Philippe Mondielli, Scientific Director, and Lisa Brivot, Marine Projects Officer Ian Brodie
MONACO NEWS, MONACO BUSINESS: The Hediard chain of luxury food shops has filed for bankruptcy, a source close to the case told AFP. Hediard, which has shops in 30 countries from Madagascar to Vietnam, including one on the ground floor of the Metropole shopping centre in Monaco, has declared itself insolvent at a commercial court in Paris, according to the source…
Princess opens Munchkins Club
MONACO NEWS, PRINCESS CHARLENE: The new Munchkins Club in the NiBox premises at Portier has opened in grand style with a visit from HSH Princess Charlene. The club caters for parents with young children and also offers a nanny service. More information: http://mcmunchkinsclub.com
PHOTO: HSH Princess Charlene with young members of the Munchkins Club Prince's Palace