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Evening News Update Thursday 19 June

A man who was arrested in the centre of Nice on Sunday night carrying a cutter and a knife has been ordered to be detained in hospital. He was described as agitated and threatening when arrested by police after he was seen spitting on a police car and filming the Hotel de Ville on his mobile phone.


A consultation process has been started with victims of the July 14th attack in Nice regarding the construction of a permanent memorial.  The Association Promenade des Anges-July 14, 2016 has started a consultation process by sending an e-mail to the association’s members requesting their views on a memorial. The association says that the provisional memorial has now been in place for almost two years and that the time seems to have come to build a definitive memorial.  One of the questions to be decided is the location of any permanent memorial. The association’s members have until the 19th of August to submit their views.

Eric Ciotti, MP for the Alpes Maritimes in the French National Assembly has called for the removal of the motorway toll booths at Nice St Isadore. Mr Ciotti said that he had asked Elisabeth Borne, the Transport Minister, to close the toll and that such a measure would be more effective in terms of road safety than the new 80 km per hour speed limit. The government recently published it’s recommendations following a major accident at Nice St Isadore in 2015 which killed one person and injured eight others.


Rail transport in the region is returning to normal today after strike action from some SNCF employees. Figures show that the participation from rail employees has fallen to 10.8% - the lowest level since the beginning of the movement.  The next strike action takes place on Friday and Saturday. Meanwhile strike action scheduled by the Air France inter-union from the 23rd to the 26th June has been lifted pending the appointment of a new CEO scheduled for mid-July. However, the company's second pilot union the Spaf, is maintaining its notice to strike.

 

BUSINESS


President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200bn of Chinese goods in a growing trade row. Mr Trump said the 10% tariffs would come into effect if China "refuses to change its practices". 

Card company Visa has told the UK Treasury Select Committee that it's system outage on 1 June occurred because of a problem in its processing system, which saw a component within a switch in a data centre suffer what it called “a very rare partial failure”.  The incident led to 5.2 million card transactions being affected, including 2.4 million transactions in the UK.  Visa has said it will compensate customers affected by the failure.

Amazon's digital assistant Alexa will be installed in some US Marriott-owned hotels, following a partnership between the two firms. Its functions will include ordering room service, housekeeping and providing concierge advice, the firm said.

 

SPORT


FOOTBALL…In the World Cup Japan have beaten Colombia 2-1 this afternoon. Poland play Senegal at 5pm our time and then its Russia against Egypt at 8pm.

CRICKET… England are playing Australia in the third ODI at Trent Bridge.

MOTORSPORTS… It’s been announced that Red Bull will split with Renault at the end of this season and use Honda engines for the next two years. The move ends a 12-year relationship. Team principal Christian Horner said: "This multi-year agreement with Honda signals the start of an exciting new phase in Red Bull Racing's efforts to compete not just for grand prix wins but for what is always our goal - championship titles.

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