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Evening Update 08 Jan

Weather
The Cote d’Azur is under an Orange Weather Alert as wind, rain and heavy seas batter the region today. Meteo France say conditions could be as bad as those of December 11th which led to the closure of air and rail services.

They’re forecasting heavy rain of at least 80mm, to fall between now and tomorrow morning, with significant snowfalls across the Mercantour leading to avalanche warnings, and on the sea, high winds are expected to stir the swell, with waves of up to 3m.

However, the weather forecasters’ main concern is thunderstorms, which are expected to bring unusually strong electrical activity. Earlier storms knocked out power supplies in Castellar, Menton and Gorbio, with a hundred homes in Sospel hoping to have their power restored later today.

The Orange Weather Alert remains in force until 6am tomorrow morning.

Deaths
A 27 year-old woman from Nice, who moved to Paris to work as a police diver, has died, when she went missing in the Seine river during a joint exercise with the fire brigade last week. Trade unions for the service are now asking why the exercises were undertaken during unfavourable conditions and what training had been given.

And a British school supervisor, who went missing after a night out at a bar in a ski resort, is believed to have frozen to death after getting lost on his way home. The body of 22 year-old Owen Lewis was found near the Alps resort of Risoul, three hours north of Nice.

Speed
The Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is expected to announce a reduction in the speed limit from 90km/h to 80km/h tomorrow, as part of an effort to reduce the number of fatal road accidents in France. It follows a two year experiment where a reduced limit on three secondary roads showed a marked decrease in fatal accidents.

 

BUSINESS

The former boss of BHS, Dominic Chappell, has been charged with failing to supply the UK Pensions Regulator with information, regarding the collapsed department stores pension scheme. The charge is a criminal one and carries an unlimited fine. Mr Chappell famously bought the struggling BHS for £1 from Sir Phillip Green and received payments of £2.5m during his year of ownership. The Pensions Regulator has already reached a deal with Sir Phillip Green, to shore up the company's pension scheme with an extra £360m, and the regulator investigating whether Mr Chappell should make a contribution as well.

Hackers have attempted to steal sensitive data from groups involved with next month's Winter Olympics. A report from cyber-security firm McAfee says malware-infected emails were sent last month to organisations linked to the Games. It did not identify those responsible, but said more attacks tied to the upcoming Olympics were likely.

 

SPORT

Football
An injury during the OGC Nice Toulouse game at the weekend, has knocked Arnaud Souquet off the Nice squad for up to two month, meaning he’ll miss the epic clash against AS Monaco in the Coupe de la Ligue quarter finals tomorrow night. The most recent meetings between the two sides have shown some great football with plenty of goals, and we expect more of the same tomorrow. Kick-off at Allianz Riviera is at 9pm.

FC Barcelona are celebrating today after officially unveiling Philippe Coutinho’s move from Liverpool. The Brazilian mid-fielder is expected to play his debut game at the end of January, when he recovers from a right thigh injury, which kept him out of Liverpool’s New Years Day game at Burnley.

Tennis
Andy Murray has undergone hip surgery in Melbourne and says he hopes to be back in action for the summers grass-court season.  The former world number one, hasn’t played a competitive match since he was knocked out of Wimbledon in July, meaning that he has slid back to number seventeen in the world rankings. However, Murray says he expects to be back on top before the end of the year.

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