[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.
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The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the German Ocean Foundation and the International Boat Show – Boot Düsseldorf – have come together to launch the “Ocean Tribute Awards.” The prize will reward selected projects in three areas: Business, Industry, and Science. Boot Düsseldorf will be held from January 20 to 28, 2018.
HSH Prince Albert II, who participated last year at the Ocean Symposium, as part of Boot Düsseldorf, said: "The marine environment is now deeply threatened. There is, at the foundation of this Prize, the importance of mobilising as much as possible around this cause, and to draw the attention of our contemporaries to this requirement which must all bring us together. (...) I wanted my Foundation to join this beautiful project.”
The members of the Ocean Tribute Award jury, which met in Düsseldorf on November 22, are Monika Breuch-Moritz, meteorologist, President of the German Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) and member of the Advisory Committee of the German Ocean Foundation; Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, Managing Director of Messe Düsseldorf; HE Bernard Fautrier, Vice-President of the Prince Albert II Foundation; Dr Hartmut Graßl, President of the Federation of German Scientists and President of the German Ocean Foundation; Dr Michael Orbach, Anthropologist, consultant at Duke University, founding member of Surfrider Foundation and member of the advisory board of the German Ocean Foundation; and Robert Marx, President of the German Water Sports Association and Boot Düsseldorf.
Seabob, the luxury sea toy maker, will award a prize of €1,500 to each winner. The "Blue Motion Night" awards ceremony will take place on January 22, 2018, in Düsseldorf.
[caption id="attachment_26434" align="alignnone" width="719"] Claude Cottalorda, Ambassador of Monaco in France, and Miss Mouna Lekhnati. Photo: DR[/caption]
His Excellency Claude Cottalorda, Ambassador of Monaco to France, attended the 58th Award Ceremony of the Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation for Vocation on Monday, December 11, where he presented one of the prizes.
This Foundation, chaired by Elisabeth Badinter, offers financial awards young men and women who are particularly deserving in different fields of activity, from literature to sport, science, research and the environment.
During the Ceremony held at the Edouard VII Theatre in Paris, the Ambassador of Monaco presented the HSH Prince Albert II Prize to Miss Mouna Lekhnati, a young 22-year-old planner, who plans to build a Smart City, thanks to her studies in technology and sustainable development.
The vocational prize will allow this young woman to finance part of her tuition fees and help her in the beginning of her future career.
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M2PA, the Association for the Sustainable Financing of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas, has granted its first funding to protected areas in the Maghreb.
At the second Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Forum in the Mediterranean, held in Tangier from November 28 until December 1, its president, Xavier Sticker, has announced the granting of its first funding in favour of marine protected areas in Morocco and Tunisia. This funding, amounting to €60,000, will help to cover priority needs for day-to-day management.
In Morocco the Al Hoceima National Park, and in Tunisia the Kuriat Islands will benefit from the funding.
Initiated by France, Monaco, Tunisia and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and joined by Morocco, Albania and four regional organisations, M2PA has been developing a trust fund that has already secured financial contributions from the Government of the Principality of Monaco and, more recently, new donors such as the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the Basel Zoo and the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.
During the Tangier Forum, M2PA will hold its third General Assembly. In particular, it will adopt a programme of action for 2017, which will intensify support to Mediterranean marine areas by developing a compendium of contributions from public, private and multilateral donors.
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[caption id="attachment_15433" align="alignnone" width="848"] Emmanuel Macron. Photo: Gouvernement français[/caption]
According to the latest poll by Kantar Sofres OnePoint for LCI, RTL and Le Figaro, the candidate of the centre-right, François Fillon is in third place at 18.5 percent, behind Emmanuel Macron (24 percent) and Marine Le Pen (23 percent), five days before the first round of the French presidential election.
The respected right-of-centre daily said that the poll result testifies to the uncertainties still plaguing the elections.
The survey showed that François Fillon has picked up 1.5 percent over the last two weeks, regaining the third position he lost to left-wing firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon, now on 18 percent, suggesting that support for the former Socialist minister has reached a plateau.
The result that markets and investors have feared most, a run-off between Le Pen and Melanchon, appears to be receding, according to the poll. France votes in the first round on Sunday, April 23, with the second-round run-off between the top two candidates two weeks later, on May 7.
One out of four French voters remain undecided.