Read an update of the most interesting news of the last week to save your time in case you missed something.
2023… it already feels light years away from the two worst Covid years. Almost every institution has the opportunity for a fresh look at the future including the Police and the whole Public Security organisation following its 120th anniversary, last year. Change has to be planned for and there is always change including more women in the workforce. Time to consider the ritual vows to protect the Public.
Pierre Dartout, in the presence of Ministers has just given a press conference at which he spoke on the outlook for 2023 where on balance there are notes of optimism.
2022 represented hopefully a turning point after the difficult era of Covid.
There’s a lot of tumult in the world what with the Ukraine war and worries about the climate but Monaco’s tourism was buoyant with the hotel and luxury trade in very positive shape…
Thirty Monegasque athletes, thereabouts, made their mark at the athletics championships in Miramas Bouche du Rhône in both the indoor pre-regional and regional PACA masters championships. It’s always a delight for the press to see records broken and the boys broke a club record with Jean Woloch, in the pole vault, leaping clear over the 5.30m bar. Cadogan Abada was the previous holder of the record which held firm for over three years at 5.11m since July 2019.
The Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Rights and the IMSEE have published a report on violence against women in Monaco, for the fourth consecutive year. This latest publication presents the main data available during the year 2022 and sums up rates of violence according to various measurable statistics.
The figures show more cases of violence against women in 2022 compared to the previous year. However, the numbers are marginally higher and, according to Céline Cottalorda, Interministerial Delegate for Women’s Rights, can be seen as, “stable”. Stable figures, nonetheless, demonstrate that the issue is still present and needs to be addressed. Violence against women is a major public health problem and a violation of human rights.
General Manager of Le Meridien, Manuel de Vasconcelos is retiring after spending over a decade at the helm of the four star hotel.
The 64-year-old director has been in the hotel business for over forty years. Hailing from Portugal and studying Hotel Management at the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland, being part of the hospitality business has been a life-long passion for Manuel de Vasconcelos. In the 1970s, he worked as a waiter in several Swiss establishments before becoming a trainee cashier at an InterContinental Hotel and landing a job as a Sub-director at a hotel in Portugal. He then Managed the Hilton International all over the world, in places like Colombia, Brazil and the US. After that, he worked as the GM for luxury hotels in Spain and Paris before joining Le Meridien.
The Ocean Race is widely regarded as one of the toughest challenges in all of sport. It is one of the sport’s Big Three events, alongside the Olympic Games and America’s Cup.
The winner is the team that finishes in the shortest time. The last edition of the race was the closest in history, with Charles Caudrelier’s Dongfeng Race Team winning by only 16 minutes after 126 days of racing spread across 11 legs.
The 2022-23 race will see sailors compete in either the IMOCA 60 class or the VO65 class boat. There are currently five teams signed up for the IMOCA 60 class of which the one Monaco is most excited about is Malizia-Seaexplorer helmed by Boris Herrmann of the Yacht Club de Monaco together with the five members of the crew.
It’s that exciting time of the racing year when the Monte-Carlo Rally takes place. The best Rally drivers in the world are here, for many of whom it is the most difficult rally in the 2023 FIA World Rally Championship.
HelloMonaco was at the pre-race press conference to cheer them on in what is the 91st Monte-Carlo Rally whose pedigree started before nearly everyone in the room were born.