Evening News Update Tuesday 26 June

Over 50 firefighters responded to a serious fire in the eastern part of Nice this morning. The fire affected the façade of a multi-story apartment block near the route de Turin.  Two people were taken to the Pasteur Hospital.  It’s understood that the fire is now under control.

The group of travellers who were turned away from Mandelieu yesterday afternoon and subsequently blocked the motorway at Cannes have now moved further afield.  This morning they reportedly changed their plans and wished to settle on the Auvergne stadium in Antibes, but were prevented from doing so by local authorities. This afternoon the group of 200 people with 120 caravans reportedly settled in a field at Cabris.

The mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, has signed a new law prohibiting begging at certain times in various parts of the city centre. Begging is also prohibited in the area of vending machines, tram stops and car parks. The order is in force until the end of September.

A base jumper has been killed in the Gorge de Verdun after his parachute failed to open. The 35 year old man had jumped from a 300 metre cliff at about 9pm yesterday evening.

The migrant rescue ship Aquarius is making a technical stop in Marseille to change crew and refuel before heading back to Libyan waters.  The ship normally makes technical stops in Sicily but the organization SOS Mediterranee which charters the ship said that it decided against a stopover in Italy for political reasons.  A request to dock in Malta was refused by the Maltese government.



Investment in Britain's car industry has fallen sharply, according to figures published by The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders.  The organization said that Brexit uncertainty was "thwarting" decisions by major car companies to put more money into UK factories. In the first six months of 2017, investment in new models and factory improvements stood at £647.4m. This year, the figure had fallen to £347.3m for the same period. The SMMT said this was lowest figure since the financial crisis.

Heathrow airport's operator and largest shareholder has said that it’s moving its international headquarters from the UK to Amsterdam because of Brexit. Spanish-owned Ferrovial says it needs to keep within EU legislation after the UK leaves the EU. The company currently runs its US, Canadian, Polish and UK operations from its base in Oxford.

In the UK, sales at Sainsbury’s, Britain’s second biggest supermarket group, fell in the last 12 weeks. The company's market share fell to 15.6%, according to figures from Kantar Worldpanel. Meanwhile, Aldi’s sales rose 8.2% and Lidl’s were up 10% giving them market shares of 7.4% and 5.4% respectively.



WORLD CUP… France have drawn 0-0 against Denmark.  Both sides are already through but the draw makes sure that France top Group C. In the other match this afternoon Australia lost 2-0 to Peru - both teams are out of the tournament. At 8.00 this evening it’s Iceland against Croatia and Nigeria against Argentina.

RUGBY UNION…England coach Eddie Jones is meeting his bosses at Twickenham later this week to answer questions about the team’s performance. Jones reportedly retains the "full support" of the RFU but will be questioned about how he plans to turn England’s fortunes around. Saturday's victory against South Africa in Cape Town was only England's third win in nine games this year. Also in Rugby Union news, former Ireland scrum-half Peter Stringer has retired from rugby at the age of 40. The Cork native made 98 appearances for his country in an international career that spanned 11 years.

GOLF… Male, female and senior players will compete in a new mixed tournament to be held in Jordan in 2019. The Jordan Mixed Masters will be co-sanctioned by the European Challenge Tour, Ladies European Tour and Staysure Tour. The field will consist of 123 players, including 40 from each Tour, and three top amateurs who will compete against each other in a single, mixed field.

TENNIS… Wimbledon and its digital partner IBM will be using artificial intelligence systems at this year’s tournament to help automatically edit videos.  AI analysis uses crowd noise, player actions and match data to select the best video clips. Those video clips will then be provided to the All England Lawn Tennis Club, for uploading on its official website, apps, and social media channels.

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