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Donation of textbooks to the Monaco - Tunisia association

As part of the operation "Monaco is committed against waste" (MEG) Thanks to the generosity of the Lycée Albert Ier, the Monaco Town Hall and the Monaco Sustainable Development Association (MC2D) recently organized the collection of textbooks for the benefit of the Monaco-Tunisia association. Indeed, contact between the different entities had already been established since last year, the school having been one of the major donors during the first fundraising on this topic organized in early July 2019. It is therefore natural that the This year, the team from the Documentation and Information Center of the Rocher secondary school offered to hand over the textbooks it no longer used. In practice, the MEG collections, organized...

Nasa Mars rover: Perseverance robot launches to detect life on Red Planet

The US space agency's Perseverance robot has left Earth on a mission to try to detect life on Mars. The one-tonne, six-wheeled rover was launched out of Florida by an Atlas rocket on a path to intercept the Red Planet in February next year. When it lands, the Nasa robot will also gather rock and soil samples to be sent home later this decade. Perseverance is the third mission despatched to Mars inside 11 days, after launches by the UAE and China. Nasa made this mission one of its absolute priorities when the coronavirus crisis struck, establishing special work practices to ensure Perseverance met its launch deadline. "I'm not going to lie, it's a challenge, it's very stressful, but look - the teams made it happen and I'll tell you...

As NBA restarts, teams take a knee before games

NBA teams bowed their heads and knelt during the playing of the U.S. national anthem while wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts on Thursday as the league returned for the first time since the coronavirus halted play in March with two thrilling games. Coaches and game officials joined players from the Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers in taking a knee to protest against racial injustice and police brutality in the first games in 140 days. Black Lives Matter was also written on the courts at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, where the NBA plans to finish its season with 22 teams inside a bio-secure bubble. "The game of basketball has always been bigger ...

Unlikely alliance against Corfu luxury resort

An unlikely alliance of wealthy landowners, environment activists and residents has emerged on the Greek island of Corfu, where a disputed resort officially launched in July after a near-decade delay. The 120-million-euro ($139-million) Kassiopi Project is situated in pine-forested Erimitis, one of the island's most pristine areas that lies a short distance from the Albanian coast. New York-based investment fund NCH Capital, which secured the property in 2016, plans to build a 90-room five-star hotel, luxury residences and a marina. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has already drawn fire over his conservative government's encouragement of projects in environmentally sensitive areas. These include hydrocarbon exploration near marine wi...

A decade on, hero Chilean miners are bitter and divided. AFP

A decade ago, 33 Chilean miners became a symbol of hope and solidarity after surviving for more than two months trapped deep underground in the Atacama desert. Today, far from the whirlwind of global media attention that greeted them upon their miracle escape, the men are at odds -- mired in trauma, illness, jealousy and bitterness. "We greatly enhanced the name of our country. Our accident opened borders, it made our country known and we've been treated terribly," says Mario Sepulveda, 49. On August 5, 2010, just after lunch, part of the San Jose copper mine in northern Chile collapsed underground, turning the 33 men -- aged from 19 to 63 at the time -- into prisoners. It took 17 days to even find them alive 600 meters (nearl...

Art in a pandemic: Tokyo show tests if fans will come

It's a blockbuster exhibition, featuring some of the biggest names in Japan's contemporary art scene. But will people flock to galleries in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic? That's the question on the mind of Mami Kataoka, director of the influential Mori Art Museum, which reopens on Friday after a five-month hiatus with one of its most high-profile Japanese art shows in years. "We live in a time when we are asked, 'What is the role of museums and what is the role of art?'" Kataoka told AFP at a press preview of the "STARS" exhibit this week. The exhibition was supposed to open in April, running through the summer to attract visitors in town for the Olympics, with works by leading Japanese art figures like...

Charles III, Prince of Monaco

Charles III (8 December 1818 – 10 September 1889) was Prince of Monaco and Duke of Valentinois from 20 June 1856 to his death. He was the founder of the famous casino in Monte Carlo, as his title in Monegasque and Italian was Carlo III. He was born in Paris, the only son of Florestan, Prince of Monaco, and Maria Caroline Gibert de Lametz....

AS Monaco Basket is getting stronger with Wesley Saunders

AS Monaco Basket receives a label (Bronze) on its first application. The Label Club is a volunteer device designed to analyse and value the structuring and professionalization of professional clubs ????...

China's Mars probe photographs Earth en route to Red Planet

China's first Mars probe has beamed back a photo of the Earth and the Moon as it heads toward its destination, the country's space agency said Tuesday. The image, which shows the two celestial bodies as small crescents in the empty darkness of space, was taken 1.2 million kilometres (746,000 miles) away from Earth three days after the Tianwen-1 mission was launched on Thursday, the China National Space Administration said. China joined the United States and United Arab Emirates this month in launching a mission to Mars, taking advantage of a period when Mars and Earth are favourably aligned. The mission, given a name that means "Questions to Heaven," aims to enter Martian orbit seven months after the launch and release a small ...

'Model' customers keep Tokyo diners at social distance

The coronavirus pandemic might have left many restaurants empty, but one establishment in Tokyo is relying on some model customers to enforce social distancing: life-like mannequins keeping diners from getting too close. Masato Takemine's Chinese restaurant looks busy even as many businesses in the city deal with a dearth of clientele, with ladies in ornate Chinese-style dresses and a girl in a kimono among those seated at his tables. But the 16 customers are actually mannequins he has placed randomly at tables to keep diners from getting too close. "At first I removed some of the tables to have more space in between, but it then looked so lonely, as if the restaurant was under renovation," Takemine told AFP. "With these ...

Rare Rembrandt goes on sale at UK auction

One of the last self-portraits by Rembrandt still in private hands goes on sale in Britain on Tuesday, with a guide price of £12-16 million ($15-21 million, 13-18 million euros). The work, "Self-portrait wearing a ruff and black hat", will go under the hammer at Sotheby's as part of a 71-lot auction -- "Rembrandt to Richter" -- featuring over half a millennium of art history. Only three of the Dutch master's painted self-portraits remain in private hands: the London auction house sold one in 2003, while another is on long-term loan to the National Gallery of Scotland. The work now available, one of 80 Rembrandt created during his career, is the earliest in date of that trio. It was painted towards the end of 1632, when ...

Monaco Grand Prix

Since 1929, the Monaco Grand Prix has been held annually in the streets of Monaco. It is widely considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world. The erection of the Circuit de Monaco takes six weeks to complete and the removal after the race takes another three weeks. The circuit is incredibly narrow and tight and its tunnel, tight corners and many elevation changes make it perhaps the most demanding Formula One track. Driver Nelson Piquet compared driving the circuit to "riding a bicycle around your living room". Despite the challenging nature of the course it has only had two fatalities, Luigi Fagioli who died from injuries received in practice for the 1952 Monaco Grand Prix (run to sports car regulati...