[caption id="attachment_27363" align="alignnone" width="1000"] Photo: Facebook Mairie de Monaco[/caption]
As the campaign trail heats up for the National Council elections on Sunday, February 11, town hall has announced one polling station will be open on voting day at Espace Léo Ferré (7 Terraces of Fontvieille), from 8 am to 5 pm, and will not close for lunch.
Voters will need to bring their valid identity card or passport with them to cast their ballot.
Monegasque nationals who need to renew their identity cards can do so from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 4 pm, until February 9. However, the old model of ID card is valid to vote.
Proxy votes can be arranged when an elector (principal) designates a Monegasque voter of his choice (proxy) by completing the form available at the Town Hall or on the Monaco Town Council website www.mairie.mc or the Prince's Government www.gouv.mc.
Proxy voting is reserved for electors who reside permanently or temporarily abroad for study or training purposes, outside the Alpes-Maritimes or the neighbouring Italian province of Imperia. Additionally, in the case of a disability or illness, or professional or sports obligation, voting power may also be delegated to a representative.
In all cases, supporting documents must be provided.
Proxy requests must be sent to the Town Hall by February 2, 2018. Further information available at the mairie’s Civil Status- Nationality Service or at Espace Léo Ferré, on voting day.
[caption id="attachment_27392" align="alignnone" width="683"] Plantation 2014. Photo: Mairie de Monaco[/caption]
Every year the Monaco Town Council joins forces with La Turbie in a programme to plant one tree for each child born in Monaco over the previous year. This year’s informal planting ceremony will take place on Thursday, January 25, with many of the new arrivals and their families present.
Now in its tenth year, the project brings a personal touch to a programme of reforestation carried out in conjunction with France’s National Forest Office.
One birth – One tree is part of the global campaign “Plant for the Planet”, recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme, sponsored by HSH Prince Albert and with the aim of planting a billion trees worldwide.
The planting will take place at 9:30 am on Route de La Turbie, next to the radio-controlled cars circuit.
[caption id="attachment_27381" align="alignnone" width="984"] Photo Manuel Vitali/DC[/caption]
On Wednesday, January 17, in the presence of Prince Albert, Patrick Bini, Director of the Princess Grace Hospital, presented his New Year wishes to all professionals at the hospital.
Among many others present were Minister of Health and Social Affairs, Didier Gamerdinger, the President of the Board of Directors, André Garino, and the President of the Medical Establishment Commission, Dr Pierre Lavagna,
Mr Bini said that admissions increased by 5.5 percent while the number of surgical procedures was up by 6 percent. All the hospital’s medical services were operating at close to 100 percent capacity, the hospital chief said.
The director said that new services will start in the first half of 2018, including a Palliative Care Hospital Unit, a new Dialysis Service, new premises for the Blood Transfusion Centre and a new sector of scheduled consultations in Orthopaedics.
Mr Bini also announced, not without emotion and “with a feeling of duty accomplished duty,” his decision to retire on July 1 after 40 years of Hospital Management of which the last ten were as the head of CHPG.
During his speech, the Sovereign Prince warmly praised the work of Patrick Bini and especially thanked him for “leaving a hospital establishment whose activity is constantly growing and whose budget control has resulted in surpluses for the period 2008 to 2016.”