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After 194 hours, the 2017 edition of the No Finish Line ended on National Day, Sunday, November 19, in the presence of Prince Albert, who, after a day of official festivities, joined NFL for the last lap.
Again this year, the targets were pulverised. A total of 12,967 runners and walkers took part, 1,078 more than last year. A total distance of 436,963 km were completed, against the 400,000 expected.
The sum of €436,963 will be donated to finance projects for sick or underprivileged children, taking the total to more than €3.5 million funds raised since the beginning of NFL.
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Once again, this success is due to the exponential mobilisation of the participants, the time invested by the volunteers and the faithful support of sponsors.
The Prince’s Cup was awarded to Fausto Parigi (Italy) for completing 1,026 km, making him the fifth person to have exceeded 1,000 km since the event started 17 years ago.
The first winning team was Monaco Interventions with 14,797 km, followed in second by Barclay’s Monaco with 13,452 km (up from third place, 10,321 in 2016) and, in third, JB Pastor et Fils with 11,560 km.
As International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women approaches Saturday, Monaco’s Association of Assistance to Victims of Offenses has launched a website – Avip-Monaco.org.
AVIP – L’Association d’Aide aux Victimes d’Infractions set up in 2014 – offers guidelines and assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and criminal offences (assault, theft, verbal abuse, physical injuries, children who are victims of racketeering …) in Monaco.
The website is in French, but the helpline – 116 919 – will be able to take calls in English.
There is another Monaco website that offers aid to victims of domestic violence, MonacoSaysNoToViolence.org (NonAuxViolencesAMonaco.org). The English and French site, to serve both communities, is overseen by Vibeke Thomsen, founder of She Can He Can, which organises International Day of the Girl.
“Often women in these cases find themselves isolated, living in Monaco, and without the means to leave,” Vibeke told Monaco Life. “These websites can provide some light, and in English.”
“Violence in couples: Why don’t women leave?” is the subject of a free talk on Thursday, November 23, at the Auditorium of the Lycée Technique et Hôtelier. The government-supported event will be led by Dr Marie-France Hirigoyen, a psychiatrist specialised in psychological violence and author of many books on the subject, including “Stalking the Soul: Emotional Abuse and the Erosion of Identity”.
The event starts at 6 pm and is to help promote the International Day of Stop Domestic Violence on Saturday, November 25. In addition, on Saturday three buildings in the Principality – the Palace, the Conseil National and Odeon Tower – will light up in orange, the colour selected by the United Nations UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign to symbolise a brighter future without violence.
Monaco residents are also encouraged to go orange on November 25, and share photos on social media tagging #lutteviolencemonaco and #orangetheworld.
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The US government has congratulated Monaco on the occasion of National Day, celebrated on Sunday, November 19.
Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson wrote: "On behalf of the government of the United States of America, I would like to congratulate the people of Monaco as you celebrate La Fête du Prince.
"Monaco has been a trusted partner of the United States since 1866, and our government values the warm relations and enduring friendship between our two countries. By maintaining this partnership, we can continue to advance our joint interests in maintaining peace and expanding prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic."
Ties between the two countries were significantly strengthened by the marriage of Prince Rainier to the actress Grace Kelly, who became Princess Grace of Monaco, in 1956.
Monaco’s National Day was also celebrated in Moscow. HE Mireille Pettiti, Ambassador of the Principality of Monaco to the Russian Federation, hosted a diplomatic reception on Monday, November 13, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Moscow. The evening was attended by a total of 150 people.
Numerous foreign Ambassadors accredited to the Russian Federation, as well as a number of Russian dignitaries took part in this event, including Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister, Alexandre Pankin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Mikhail Shvydkoy, Special Representative of the Russian President for International Cultural Cooperation.
In her welcoming speech, Ms Pettiti presented the unique characteristics of the Principality and an outline of the foreign policy of the Prince's Government. She also spoke of the excellent state of bilateral relations between Monaco and Russia.