[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.
After a day of flight cancellations, some good news out of Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport.
EasyJet, the dominant carrier, which is serviced from Terminal 2, has announced four additional summer routes in 2018.
Flights to Biarritz and Catania, Sicily, will launch on June 25 and end the season on August 31, with two flights from Nice each week.
Flights to Tel Aviv will be available from June 5 until October 27, also twice a week, while Seville, with three weekly flights from March 31 until October 27.
Last month, easyJet confirmed a new and 5th aircraft will be based in Nice from the spring of 2018. This new A320 will add 9 percent to the local capacity in seat capacity with nearly 200,000 additional seats.
"The arrival of a fifth plane is part of the long-standing relationship we have with the people of Nice and our local partners, the main one being Nice Airport" said François Bacchetta, easyJet Director in France.
In 2017, easyJet transported nearly 4 million people from and to Nice, consolidating its position as the platform's leading airline with a market share of 30.2% (versus 28.4% in 2016). The low-cost carrier aims to fly an additional 10 percent passengers next year, 2018.
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As part of a reflection on the conservation of artistic heritage and the relationship to time, the New National Museum of Monaco welcomes artist Michel Blazy to Villa Sauber.
Born in Monaco, Michel Blazy has earned an international reputation thanks to his installations integrating living materials.
Three living works of the 51-year-old will be exhibited until March 18, 2018 at 17 avenue Princesse Grace.
Co-produced by the NMNM and the Government’s Cultural Affairs Department for the last edition of the Venice Biennale, Blazy’s Shoe Collection is a presentation of worn shoes, which serve to pot plants. A luminous frame encircles the sculpture and an irrigation process allows the plants to grow.
Soft Nature, which was acquired by the NMNM in 2009, consists of vegetables and fruit stuck with flake glue on a tablecloth made of the same material. The work invites the public to follow the slow transformation and disappearance of components, like agar dishes.
The third piece, the NMNM Collection’s Skin Animal, is made from cotton layered with chocolate dessert cream.
Villa Sauber is open daily 10am-6pm. Admission: €6