Evening News Update Thursday 29 November

Nice airport will be served by the tramway from the 14th of December, starting at 5.00pm on that day. The latest section of Line 2 to be opened will run from Arénas to the airport. The airport will then be accessible from the tramway stops at Magnan or the Centre Administratif.


Yellow vest demonstrations are still continuing in our area today.  This afternoon there have been reports of protestors at the motorway junctions on the A8 at Brignoles, Le Muy, Puget-sur-Argens and Antibes Est and on the A50 at La Ciotat and Bandol. Protesters in Seranon, north-west of Grasse, have announced a filtering operation on the route Napoleon on Sunday. The Minister of Transport, Elisabeth Borne has said today that she understands people’s support of the French yellow vests and believes Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will be able to successfully manage the crisis. 75% of French people support the yellow vest protesters according to a poll for BFMTV.


The water quality of beaches in the Alpes Maritimes appears to be improving.  An analysis by the Ministry of Health performed over the summer months gives an “excellent” level of results to the majority of beaches in Nice, with only one being rated as “insufficient”. In Cannes, sixteen out of eighteen beaches were rated "excellent". In Antibes, the water quality at La Gravette beach has improved since last year and had “average” or “good” ratings this summer.


The port of Toulon has announced the resumption of cruises from the port in 2019.  Fourteen departures are scheduled from Toulon between May and October next year.


According to the latest data, the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region is one of four in France which is currently experiencing an epidemic of gastroenteritis. Health authorities remind people to regularly wash their hands to avoid contamination.

 

BUSINESS


The Frankfurt headquarters of Deutsche Bank have been raided by prosecutors in a money laundering investigation. Germany's public prosecutor alleged that two staff members have helped clients launder money from criminal activities. Other Deutsche Bank offices in the city were reportedly searched in an operation involving about 170 police and officials.


UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said that the UK and US have agreed an "open skies" deal for post-Brexit flights. The arrangement means airlines would continue to fly from the UK to the US after Brexit. Flights currently operate under the US-EU open skies treaty. The deal with the US is one of nine bilateral air service arrangements secured by the UK to replace it - the others are with Albania, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, Morocco and Switzerland.


German unemployment fell to a new historic low in November. Just 5% of workers in Germany were unemployed this month, according to seasonally-adjusted figures from the Federal Labour Agency, which is fewer than at any time since German reunification in 1990.


More job losses have been announced at Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull factory. About 200 workers will go as a result of production of the Discovery model moving to Slovakia and what the company says is  "fluctuating demand globally”. In April the company said it would not be renewing the contracts of 1,000 temporary workers at two factories.


SPORT


Football.. Manchester United have triggered the one-year option on goalkeeper David de Gea's contract to avoid any uncertainty over his future heading into the January transfer window. The Spanish international joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Manchester City have asked fans if they would be willing to pay up to £580 for a safe-standing season ticket at an expanded Etihad Stadium. The question was asked in an online survey that was created to gauge supporters' opinions on the stadium's proposed expansion. Standing in English football's top two divisions was outlawed by the Football Spectators' Act in 1989 following the Hillsborough disaster.


Athletics…In China, 237 runners in a half marathon were caught cheating when traffic cameras captured them taking shortcuts. Organisers of the race in Shenzhen also discovered 18 runners wearing fake bibs and three runners they described as "imposters". All who cheated are now facing bans. The annual race in China's fourth largest city typically attracts about 16,000 runners.

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