The regional council of the neighbouring region of France, currently known as Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur, or PACA for short, has decided in favour of a name change.
Meeting on Friday, December 15, the elected council members voted in favour of a name change to Region Sud Provence-Alpes-Cöte d’Azur. While the new name is even longer than the rather clumsy acronym PACA, the hope is that the simple “Region Sud”, or “South Region”, will soon enter general use.
One of the members of the council, Roland Giberti, who represents the Bouches-du-Rhone, said that the word “South” conjures up a very positive image of a high quality of life, beautiful countryside and sunshine.
[caption id="attachment_25040" align="alignnone" width="640"] Get in the Ring 2016 JCEM team. Photo: JCEM[/caption]
For the fourth consecutive year, the Junior Economic Chamber of Monaco – which focuses on the areas of Training, Entrepreneurship and Networking – organised the Get in the Ring competition.
The day’s training on Friday, December 1, started at 8:30 am, with a working breakfast with all the incubated startups of MonacoTech. Throughout the day the candidates were coached by high-level mentors in a highly-charged but studious atmosphere.
At the end of the first round of the competition for start-ups, six candidates were selected to go on stage in front of the Grand Jury later in the day: Hyve, Wafer, Coviago, O’Sol, Zappik, and Onhys.
The jury for the evening session, which started at 6 pm at the Meridian Beach Plaza, consisted of Rémi Raso, Nicholas Cournoyer, Mauro Dell Orco, Florence Richardson, and Invest Monaco's Justin Highman.
The winner, Onhys, which specialises in modelling urban regeneration plans, is now directly qualified for the global final of the Get in the Ring competition to be held in March 2018 in Carcais, Lisbon.
[caption id="attachment_26312" align="alignnone" width="737"] Otto Kern with Naomi Valeska at UNESCO Charity Gala 2012. Photo: Michael Schilling[/caption]
The entrepreneur and designer Otto Kern has died in Monaco at the age of 67 from, as reported by German media, a heart attack.
An investigation has been launched after the body of the long-time Monaco resident was found on the terrace of a building on avenue Princess Grace, having fallen, according to one source, thirteen floors.
Kern was born in Nürtingen near Stuttgart and first studied law and economics in Frankfurt before entering women's fashion in the early 1970s.
His successes earned him the title “The King of Shirts and Blouses”. Later he extended his reach into perfumes and other cosmetics.
In 2000, the brand name Otto Kern became part of the Herford-based men's fashion group Ahlers, which also includes Baldessarini and Pierre Cardin. The Otto Kern logo of a lion with a stylised "K" is today found on men's shirts, jeans and sportswear, as well on women’s blouses and knitwear.
Kern spent most of his time in Monaco, and also at homes in Kitzbühel in Austria and in the Caribbean. He was married four times and leaves three children.
In 2008, when he wed model Naomi Valeska Salz, the magazine Bunte quoted him saying at that time: "This wedding will be my last and our love will last forever."
A frequent guest at events such as the Red Cross Ball in Monaco and the Monte-Carlo Circus, Kern was at a dinner at Schloss Bellevue with the Federal President when the royal couple of Monaco visited Germany in July 2012.
On March 28 the Permanent Mission of Monaco to the United Nations in New York celebrated, in collaboration with Peace and Sport, the Fourth International Sports Day for Development and Peace. Several Olympic tennis and Taekwondo champions demonstrated a number of sports at the United Nations Headquarters. Among them: the gold medalist at the Olympic Games (London 2012 and Rio 2016) and Vice-World Champion, Jade Jones of Great Britain and Northern Ireland; Talh Lebovitz, Paralympic Table Tennis Champion, and Maria ToorpakaI, Pakistan Squash Champion in 2012 and Peace and Sport Peace Champion, and Skylar Park, Junior World Champion of Canada.
Fun workshops were held with children from New York clubs. The Permanent Mission of Monaco offered a luncheon with representatives from Slovenia, Canada, Tunisia, Morocco, the United States, Russia, China, France and representatives of various sports federations.
This event provided an opportunity to raise awareness of sport in the diplomatic world and the UN, which has a positive impact on people from different backgrounds and cultures. Emphasis was also placed on the importance of appropriate strategies for people living In post-conflict and developing countries.
This day ended with a photo of all the participants holding the #WhiteCard #IDSDP2017.
Saturday at 4 pm the Côte d'Azur’s most acclaimed landscape architect, Jean Mus, will be signing copies of his new book “Jardins méditerranéens contemporains” at FNAC Monaco.
The Grasse native has an impressive portfolio, which includes locally the Grimaldi Forum gardens, the hotels Monte Carlo Beach and Monte-Carlo Bay, as well as the Tour Odeon. He’s also designed the 2,000 sqm “Versailles-style cream- and green-hued oasis” at the refurbished Ritz Paris.
Recognised and admired for his Mediterranean style, Mr Mus presents in his book 20 spectacular gardens of his most recent creations, as illustrated by photographer Philippe Perdereau with anecdotes and practical tips written by Dane McDowell.
Mr Mus studied at the Garden and Landscape School of Versailles and is Jury President of the new Côte d’Azur Garden Festival, which runs April 1-May 1, 2017 with competitors’ garden designs on display in Cannes, Antibes, Grasse, Nice and Menton.