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Funeral Notice: We are sad to announce that, on Friday 3 July,  JoAnn Keable passed away peacefully at Sunnybank with her daughter, Sarah, at her side.


There will be the placing of the urn in the family tomb in the Monaco cemetery on Wednesday 15th July.   Meet at the top entrance of the Crematorium in Monaco at 11.15 to walk down together to the family tomb.


 1. Two more cases of coronavirus in Monaco
2. Still not been tested?
3. Further news from BAM member, Nick Danziger
4. Monaco-based World Athletics has big plans for the future
5. Monaco Telecom increases its sports channels offer
6. Bees in Square Lamarck – API days are here again!
7. The "new look" National Council
8. The Monte-Carlo Opera, going beyond….
9. Camille Gottlieb’s anti-drink driving association
10. The Fort Antoine Theatre celebrates its 50th Anniversary
11. A perfect time to visit Monaco-Ville
12. AS Monaco introduces new sporting director



1. Two more cases of coronavirus in Monaco
We begin our update with news that two more people tested positive for coronavirus last Sunday, 5 July, bringing the overall total number of cases to 108.   However, the new cases are not serious and the patients concerned are being supervised by the specialised home care unit.   No patients remain at the Princess Grace Hospital.

 
2. Still not been tested?
Phase 3 of the Government's free Covid screening campaign at the Espace Léo Ferré is now under way, available to everyone who has not yet taken the opportunity to be tested.
Screenings are still possible every Tuesday until 14 July, from 8am to 6pm.  The wearing of a mask is obligatory.

 
3. Further news from BAM member, Nick Danziger
Nick is still looking for 7 or 8 second hand iPhones - preferably from iPhone model 7s and upwards – for his project Picture People, a UK-registered charity which he co-runs.   The project runs visual storytelling workshops working for positive social change in countries which would be termed "frontline states," such as Myanmar, the Philippines and Ethiopia.   He writes :  we need these phones so that we can have our workshop participants, shoot, edit and upload their films.   We train them to shoot from similar devices (our participants usually show up with a variety of smartphones which aren’t compatible) so we should be grateful if any BAM members would care to donate their old iPhone (UK taxpayers can get a tax rebate if they donate).   Our long-standing funders have included the British Council and the Bertha Foundation.
Nick can be reached on 93 50 02 70 or danziger@monaco.mc
Nick says, "Furthermore, should any of you find yourselves in the Toulouse region this summer, I have a museum exhibition opening on 1 July and running through to 30 September (this exhibition has toured the UK, USA, Germany, Switzerland, Australia and this is its first showing in France)."


4. Monaco-based World Athletics has big plans for the future
With its Monaco Headquarters re-opening after almost three months of lockdown, and following three global online meetings with its 214 member federations, World Athletics has announced a strong new four-year strategic plan for worldwide development of the direction athletics will take, not only over the next four year period but also taking into account the short-term challenges and opportunities the sport will face in a world emerging from lockdown.
World Athletics President, Sebastian Coe, who chaired the meetings, said "it was important to communicate regularly with the member federations in this unprecedented situation and to give direction for the future.   It is exactly the type of roadmap our sport needs to bring together all our stakeholders with a single vision, mission and clear priorities.   Over the next few months we have an unprecedented opportunity on the back of the increased physical activity of people in lockdown.   The latest research from runrepeat.com shows that exercise has increased 88% during lockdown and running and walking has topped the tables."

 
5. Monaco Telecom increases its sports channels offer
Monaco Telecom has added SPI/FilmBox channels Gametoon HD, FightBox HD and Fast&FunBox HD to its sports package.
NB :  it is always worth checking your programme package from time to time because offers do change frequently and you might be able to get a better deal.

 
6. Bees in Square Lamarck – API days are here again!
Once again, Monaco is participating in the APIdays project, aimed at highlighting   awareness of the need for bee protection and information on developments in beekeeping.
You may not know that bees are kept in several locations throughout the Principality - which is committed to the protection of bees – for instance, a dozen hives are to be found on the roof of the Musée des Timbres et Monnaies just beside the Espace Léo Ferré.  This year's APIdays event is focussing on honey plants, which are useful for biodiversity.   The Square Lamarck has been selected a the site for a beekeeping scenario which gardeners from the Department of Urban Amenities have set up to illustrate the importance of bees and pollination. 
The challenges of pollination – In an explanatory video, the organisers of the Flowers for Bees campaign emphasise just how urgent and vital the situation has become. Across the planet, bee colonies are collapsing in large and abnormal numbers, leading to fearful consequences since almost a third of the world’s crops depend on pollination - without bees, there would be no flowers, fruit or vegetables.  
It is really easy to contribute to the efforts being made in Monaco :  you can sponsor a hive via Terre de Monaco.   Visit the company’s website to find out how you can become involved in what is described as "a concrete act allowing you to participate in the safeguarding of bees."   An investment in return for which the sponsor will receive photos of his/her hive and some 80 jars of honey "with personalised labels" – what a buzz!

 
7. The "new look" National Council
Clearly not wasting time during lockdown, the National Council – Monaco's parliamentary entity - took the opportunity to update its "look" as well as setting up new information methods for the public.
The results include a new magazine, an updated website, re-formatted television broadcast facility and LinkedIn now added to their social media repertoire.
The magazine, entitled Üntra Nui, or Between Us, can now be accessed online as well as in the traditional hard copy format which will be distributed to post boxes in the Principality.   Its contents include in-depth interviews with members of the Conseil National, information on current events and thought-provoking stories and human interest pieces relating to Monaco and the Council’s rôle in Monégasque affairs. 
The website has been completely updated and provides the very latest news, lists of all bills, either voted on or under discussion, biographies of the Council's members, and a comprehensive history of the assembly and its philosophy with regard to its responsibilities towards the electorate.  
For all the latest information or to download the magazine, visit the website at,
www.conseil-national.mc 
For social media go to :
– Facebook:          https://www.facebook.com/ConseilnatMC/
– Instagram:         https://www.instagram.com/conseilnatmc/
– Twitter:    https://twitter.com/ConseilNatMC
– Linkedin:           https://www.linkedin.com/company/conseil-national-de-monaco
For Conseil National TV, go to:
                    https://www.conseil-national.mc/category/medias/conseil-national-tv/ 
And to check Üntra Nui, the direct link can be found at:
                    https://www.conseil-national.mc/3d-flip-book/untra-nui-1/

 
8. The Monte-Carlo Opera, going beyond….
Whilst COVID-19 had an equally deleterious effect on artistic programming of all kinds, it has not prevented the Director of the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, Jean-Louis Grinda, from making his presentation of the 2020-2021 season of the Monte-Carlo Opera.
Beginning with a concert of music by Jean-François Zygel in the Salle Garnier on 21 October, the new season is, as in past years, packed with exciting new discoveries as well as old favourites.   Fabled mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, directing Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco, will lead the Fête Nationale celebrations on 19 November at the Princely Palace in an evening ranging from Baroque to Bel Canto, after which there will be three performances of the ever-favourite tragedy, "Carmen" at the Grimaldi Forum on 20, 22 and 24 November.   The season's other operas will include a concert performance of Verdi’s "I Due Foscari" on 5 December, Massenet's "Thaïs;" Rossini's comic "Le Comte Ory," Verdi's "I Lombardi" and the massive "Boris Godounov" of Moussorgsky rounding off this magnificent season.
Other special performances to note are Les Musiciens du Prince with tenor Javier Camarena on 7 January and legendary Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel on 24 February.

 
9. Camille Gottlieb’s anti-drink driving association adds a new car to the safety shuttle fleet

The Conseil National has generously presented a shuttle car to "Be Safe," the drink-driving awareness association founded by Camille Gottlieb, daughter of  Princess Stephanie.
Camille Gottlieb created "Be Safe" in 2017 in an attempt to reduce drink-driving in Monaco, initially organising a fleet of free shuttle vehicles available at the exits of nightclubs to enable people who had been drinking to get home safely.
Mayor Georges Marsan, presenting the eight-seater Toyota Hiace, donated from the  City Council fleet, said  "I am sure that this vehicle will be used wisely and I sincerely hope that it will help you to enhance the shuttle system and allow young and old alike to return home safely after a night out.   Your message is primarily intended for young people to warn them and raise their awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving and I am sure you are excellent messengers by using the right words and targeting the right actions. "

 
10. The Fort Antoine Theatre celebrates its 50th Anniversary
Fort Antoine will celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer with two series of performances :  "The Guests of Fort Antoine" and "The Fort Antoine Theatre Season." 
Always perceived as a traditional al fresco summer entertainment venue, with its spectacular position on the Rock, Fort Antoine has taken on a new significance this year, following lockdown, as an ideal site for safe performances.
Seats for all performances will be free (subject to availability – information and  reservations at the Princess Grace Theatre ticket office from 29 June).
Full details are available on : www.theatrefortantoine.com.

 
11. A perfect time to visit Monaco-Ville
Traditionally one of the busiest areas of Monaco, Monaco-Ville – colloquially known as "The Rock," has suffered acutely from the effects of the Coronavirus lockdown and consequent absence of the multitudes of tourists who would normally be coursing through the narrow streets of the old town at this time of year. 
In an effort to rectify the almost non-existent tourist trade, shopkeepers and restaurateurs on the Rock have joined forces with UCAM (Union des Commercants et Artisans de Monaco) to organise a series of festive evenings to rekindle interest in this, the historic heart of the Principality and to encourage locals to help support small businesses.
Starting from Thursday 16 July, the first of les Jeudis du Rocher will feature entertainment from the Prince’s Carabinieri Orchestra trio.   Shops will stay open until 8pm and bars and restaurants will feature a Happy Hour from 6pm- 8pm.
It's worth noting that the Night Bus services N1 and N2 are now running once again, so no problem getting home afterwards.


12. AS Monaco introduces new sporting director
AS Monaco FC held a press conference at the Rainier III Auditorium on 6 July 6 to introduce the Monaco team's new Sporting Director, Englishman Paul Mitchell. 
"Our ambition is to get back to the top and stay there" said President Oleg Petrov, adding "It is with this in mind that Paul (Mitchell) was hired… It was easy for me to find the right person for this job and I think Paul can be that person." 
Paul Mitchell has come to Monaco from the Austrian firm Red Bull and has experience in restoring teams to their previous glory.   He said "I learned French when I was a child but my school notebooks have gathered dust since then.   I will make sure to get back up to speed very quickly because I want to register over the long term in this ambitious project.”   Mitchell then spoke of his ambitions concerning the revamping of the team saying that he will be looking for players with an adaptable mentality for Monegasque football and the ambition to win.


 

Our first BAM event of Summer 2020: We are delighted to announce that BAM events are back up and running ... starting with a Fish and Chip supper on Tuesday 14 July - Bastille Day.  In honour of this French national holiday we invite you to celebrate by wearing blue white or red.

Limited spaces so reserve quickly, first come basis - To book email events coordinator Julie on julielewis52@yahoo.com - No booking forms required just email your reservation and bring cash or cheque on the night. Cheques to be made payable to The British Association of Monaco.   Final numbers by Sunday 12 July.

Le Petit Bar, 35 Rue Basse
98000Monaco-Ville

Tuesday 14 July 7pm
Fish & chips petit bar style
soft chocolate tart with salted caramel
Glass of wine
Coffee and Limoncello
45€ per head