[caption id="attachment_26367" align="alignnone" width="640"] Outward Bound Monaco Awards Ceremony with Prince Albert and OBM students. Photo: Ed Wright Images[/caption]
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.
[caption id="attachment_26273" align="alignnone" width="640"] Photo: Manuel Vitali/DC[/caption]
Government Services have started the first phase of a clean-up operation on the cliff faces of the Rock. The objective is to rid them of certain invasive plant species, preserve heritage species and limit the risk of falling rocks above the Port of Fontvieille.
With the aim of preserving local biodiversity, operators store invasive plants and dangerous stones in large white bags hanging on the cliff. To facilitate their work in the field, species identification sheets are available.
To define the areas with a conservation issue, an inventory of the area produced an exhaustive list of alien species and species of heritage interest. Training on good plant management practices was also organised for those taking part.
This clean-up operation will take place in three phases that will follow each other during the winter. The entire programme will be completed by the end of 2019 by cleaning the areas below the Oceanographic Museum and will conclude with a monitoring of the eradication of invasive alien plant species on these sites.
[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.