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Prince Albert and Princess Charlene have begun their 3-day visit to Ouagadougou, with a view to strengthen cooperation between both countries.
Arriving on Wednesday evening, the Princely couple was received Thursday morning at the Kosyam Presidential Palace by Burkinao Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré with his wife Sika.
The reception was followed by a meeting of the two heads of state.
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The official program Thursday included two bilateral commission meetings co-chaired by Gilles Tonelli, Monaco’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, and HE Alpha Barry, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation.
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[caption id="attachment_27350" align="alignnone" width="640"] With Prince Albert Gilles Tonelli, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Colonel Tony Varo, Head of the Monaco Fire Brigade Corps, Seydou Diakité, Honorary Consul of Monaco in Burkina Faso, Alpha Barry, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Simeon Sawadogo, Minister of Territorial Administration and Decentralisation, Colonel Ernest Kisbedo, Commander of the National Brigade Firefighters and Colonel Abel Zongo, Director of the Higher Institute of Civil Protection Studies. Photo: Manuel Vitali/DC[/caption]
On Thursday afternoon, Prince Albert visited the National Fire Brigade (BNSP) in Ouagadougou.
Friday, the Prince is scheduled to visit the rural commune of Loumbila, northeast of Ouagadougou, to inaugurate the Aquatic Rescue and Training Centre, which has been funded by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and the Monaco Red Cross, before making a final stop at a corn mill in Kossodo.
At the end of his trip to Burkina Faso, Prince Albert will sign a bilateral agreement between the two countries, the result of Thursday’s commission meetings.
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The 28-year-old man suspected of bombing the bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team to their match at home against AS Monaco last April did it for financial reasons, a court in Dormund was told.
The German-Russian man, identified as Sergei W., admitted on Monday that he had staged the bomb attack on the team bus but said he had done so only as part of a money-making scheme and not to harm or kill anyone. He has been charged with 28 counts of attempted murder for detonating the roadside bombs.
He admitted to the court that he planned to reap profit when the club’s share price dropped after the attack, in which the club’s Spanish defender, Marc Bartra, was wounded. The match was delayed by a day.
Facing life imprisonment if convicted, the accused has said he deeply regrets his actions. He had bought about €44,000 worth of options on the day of the attack, which he planned to sell at a profit when the share price dropped.
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Grifco PR, one of the UK’s foremost luxury travel PR agencies, will be handling public relations for the Monaco Government and Tourist Authority and its Visit Monaco website within the UK and Scandinavia. The company will be responsible for the consumer, trade, MICE, and social media communications.
Grifco will liaise with and support key stakeholders to increase the principality’s visibility within these markets, ensuring that it is at the forefront of the discerning traveller’s mind, feastmagazine.org reports.
The agency abounds in Ultra High Net Worth clients, including North Island, Seychelles, and Bramble Ski & Haute Montagne, the Alps’ largest luxury chalet operators.
“We are delighted to welcome Grifco onboard to oversee our UK and Scandinavian PR campaign as the principality enters this new era, and have complete confidence in the team’s ability to deliver”, said Stephan Degueurce-Roberge, Managing Director at the Monaco Government and Tourist Authority.
“Monaco is undoubtedly one of the world’s most iconic destinations, and we look forward to introducing visitors to a side of our principality they may not have known about before; the destination of choice for the indulgent traveller conscious of leaving a positive impact behind when they leave.”
This year will also see the launch of “Green is the New Glam” campaign in Monaco. Bridging the gap between luxury and sustainability has been a priority for the country for a long time. The initiative will see the destination’s luxury eco-travel credentials reach unparalleled heights, launching a variety of new experiences that are green and glamorous at the same time, according to breakingtravelnews.com.
Tuesday 9 May, 8.30 pm, Théâtre des Variétés:
Cinema Tuesdays – Beliefs and Dependencies series. Screening of “Yearning” by Mikio Naruse, organised by the Audiovisual Archives of Monaco.
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