[caption id="attachment_26221" align="alignnone" width="640"] Cyanobacteria aggregation. Photo: Christian Fischer[/caption]
The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (FPA2) signed a financing agreement on November 8 with the Chinese Foundation for the Protection of the Environment for a project that culminates at the end of this month.
On Friday, December 8, FPA2 stated that a document was signed by its Vice-President, HE Bernard Fautrier, and Fu Wenjuan, President of the Chinese Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.
The objective of this recent agreement is the funding of a project investigating cyanobacterial water blooms in Taihu Lake, China’s second-largest freshwater lake.
This project involves the in-depth study of the efflorescence of cyanobacteria – the bacteria that caused the Great Oxidation 2.4 of billion years ago, making possible the evolution of living creatures – forming "flowers of water". This phenomenon provides valuable information on the state of water pollution, and the subsequent creation of an information platform open to the general public, will constitute an educational tool as well as a working basis for scientists.
The project will end at the end of December 2017, with the submission of a survey report on the pollution of the lake.
[caption id="attachment_26415" align="alignnone" width="640"] 2016 launch of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation USA. Photo: Getty/Palais Princier[/caption]
According to the World Health Organisation, drowning “claims a life every 85 seconds” worldwide. Since its launch in December 2012, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation has been working to combat this affliction.
HSH Princess Charlene said: "My Foundation is dedicated to saving lives. In the ‘Learn to Swim’ and ‘Water Safety’ programmes, my Foundation teaches school-age children swimming and water safety skills and trains bystanders in safety rescue and resuscitation.”
The Princess, who hosted the Riviera Water Bike Challenge in June, added, “Sport has the power to inspire young people and transform lives. This is central to the ‘Sport and Education’ programme.”
Some of the highlights over the last five years include the first ever swim programme in Agadir, Morocco, in 2013, the 2014 inauguration of the Centre de Sauvetage Aquatique de Monaco (CSAM – or Monaco Lifesaving Centre), the launch of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation USA in 2016 and, also that year, World First Aid Day in Switzerland.
This year saw the start of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation South Africa, the wonderful Saint Devote Rugby Tournament and a visit to the municipal swimming pool Princess Charlene of Monaco in La Turbie.
The first Prix Princesse Charlène de Monaco-Charity Mile at the Hippodrome in Cagnes-sur-Mer also took place this year.
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Under the leadership of Princess Charlene, the Foundation continues its mission relentlessly. Many projects will be developed in the near future notably in Japan, Australia and Burkina Faso with the inauguration of the Aquatic Rescue Centre.
The Princess, who penned her first Op-Ed on June 16, 2017, to coincide with Day of the African Child, believes that “teaching children essential life-saving skills and the values of discipline, teamwork and respect for oneself and others will enable them to lead safe and fulfilling lives”.
Over the five years, the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation has developed a total of 149 projects in 33 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Canada, Chile, Dominican Republic, Fiji, France, Gabon, Ghana, Greece, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Senegal, Serbia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, USA, and Zimbabwe.
The Foundation has not only taught thousands of children how to swim, but also raised awareness of the problem around the world.
The Government announced that there will be further work carried out on the hot water supply at the Jardins d’Appoline complex, from Tuesday, December 12, at 10 pm until Wednesday at 5 am, and again from Wednesday night until Thursday morning, at the same times.
Cold water will be accessible as usual but hot water will not be available during these periods, and the hot water taps should not be used.
Residents have also been warned to run the hot water for a minute after the service has resumed to get rid of discolouration, although it is possible that some discolouration will last longer.
Most importantly, when the hot water is back in service it will be at a higher temperature initially, at about 55 degrees. Users are advised to open the hot water supply slowly at first, in order to avoid the danger of burns. All this necessary information and precautions should be passed on to children in the household.
The Government service responsible for the repairs has apologised for the inconvenience.
Friday 16 June, 7 pm, Grimaldi Forum Monaco
Opening ceremony for the 57th Monte-Carlo Television Festival. There will be a red carpet atmosphere for the presentation of the Golden Nymph awards and preview screening of a television programme attended by the cast as well as actors from the most popular current international series
Information: +377 93 10 40 60
Thursday 18 and Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; Saturday 20 May, 10 am to 1.30 pm, Saint-Charles Church: Fete organised by the Saint-Vincent de Paul Society in aid of the disadvantaged and needy.
Information: +33 6 40 62 86 16