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On Monday, December 11, 30 students from the Côte d’Azur who participated this summer in Outward Bound programmes braved the dreadful weather conditions to reunite for the prestigious Outward Bound Monaco annual awards ceremony in the Monaco Yacht Club.
Surrounded by friends, patrons and members of Outward Bound Monaco (OBM) and their parents, the proud students received their diplomas from the Patron of Outward Bound Monaco, HSH Prince Albert, who praised their courage and resourcefulness in the face of the challenges that an Outward Bound programme offers.
Prince Albert with the OBM Patrons who kindly sponsor Outward Bound Monaco (L-R): Michael Peagram (President, OBM), Sergio Buttazzi (EFG Bank), Kory Tarpenning (Nike), HSH Prince Albert II, David Burns (Zindagi Advisory), Jean-Francois Noaro (Noaro Freres), Rommy Gianni (Monte Carlo Polo team) and Judy Churchill (General Secretary, OBM). Photo: Ed Wright Photography
Michael Peagram, President of OBM commented, “Our Awards evening is always a delight. The obvious enthusiasm and shining faces of the young people who completed the OB courses in the summer confirms again the contribution of the experience to their foundation for future life. We are hugely privileged that our Patron HSH Prince Albert finds the time to meet them and present their certificates. “
The evening was full of pride and excitement for the youths, ages 12 to 17, who gave time, energy and passion this summer in Ullswater (the English Lake District) and Aberdovey (North Wales) to try something that pushed their personal barriers and rewarded them with the sense of achievement at overcoming new challenges, as well as having great fun.
Student Max Botwright, 15, reflecting on his OB experience, said "I have really enjoyed taking part in two Outward Bound courses and was fortunate to have been selected to represent the Association in the recent Princes' Cup rowing race.
“Through activities such as hiking, camping, rafting, rock climbing and rowing, Outward Bound has enabled me to push myself further and to accomplish tasks I didn’t think I could. Many of the activities have required my teamwork with other teenagers, who I had only recently met, and I’ve made many lifelong friends along the way."
For more on Outward Bound Monaco, see their website.
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Towards the end of the day on Saturday, December 9, Mayor Georges Marsan and several members of the Communal Council welcomed the Princely Couple and their Children to the Christmas Village on Port Hercule. Also in attendance were Baroness Massy, her daughter Mélanie-Antoinette, and many representatives of the high authorities of the Principality.
Following the traditional La Palladienne dance, Mayor Marsan addressed a special wish to Hereditary Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella who were celebrating their third birthday the next day.
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He praised the success achieved each year by the Christmas Village, one of the most important annual events organised by the Monaco City Council, and warmly congratulated all the municipal staff, and more particularly the various teams of the Entertainment Services and the elected officials who collaborate each year on this popular project.
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The Sovereign Prince and Princess Charlene admired the many decorations and showcases centred on the theme "The Workshops of Santa Claus". As usual, wooden chalets and natural spruces are in place on Quai Albert I, as well as the many activities and workshops for children.
By Saturday, many skaters had already found their way to the outdoor skating rink in the heart of the Village, while the more intrepid were trying the joys of free fall in the new wind tunnel installed at the Rainier III swimming pool.
The Monaco City Hall has again ensured complete safety by renewing last year’s security measures so that visitors can enjoy the Christmas Village to the full.
Monaco's Christmas Village runs until January 7, 2018, while the skating rink is open until March 11.
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Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy, was a guest Friday morning at a breakfast conference organised by the Junior Chamber Economic.
Held at MonacoTech’s Zone F, the theme of the event was: "Pitch Time: Discover the startups of MonacoTech.”
During his speech, Jean Castellini recalled the various stages of the creation and launch of MonacoTech, the government’s incubator and accelerator startup program, inaugurated on November 8 by Prince Albert and Xavier Niel.
The Minister emphasised, "MonacoTech is at the same time a place ideally situated in Fontvieille, an exemplary cooperation between the State and Monaco Telecom, and dynamicly managed by a young Monegasque, Fabrice Marquet.”
He added, “This structure is a wonderful means of communication to say innovation has a place in Monaco."
Fabrice Marquet, Director of MonacoTech, then spoke of the many challenges, including having real innovative industrial projects, giving projects time to develop and creating a real community of entrepreneurs.
This year, MonacoTech selected 15 startups – 10 incubators and 5 accelerators – out of 172 applications. Four of them were chosen to talk at the networking event to 80 members and friends of the Monaco Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCI) who were in attendance.
Kee System, Wealth Management Solutions, started off the presentation, and was the only accelerator in the morning’s program. Surgisafe (Instant Detection Smart Cannula), Coraliotech (Coral Products Technology), and Teale (Data Driven Building Efficiency) also answered questions from the audience.
Article first published December 15, 2017.