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Evening Update 10 May

Petrol - With petrol prices soaring, following the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran deal, a new survey today has listed the Cote d’Azur petrol stations with the cheapest fuel.  They include the Leclerc’s at La Colle-sur-loup and Vallauis, and the Carrefour stations in Mougins and Antibes.

Parking - Motorists in Monaco have been warned to be extra vigilant about parking during the Historic Grand Prix this weekend.  The Public Security Department has said a special vehicle removal service is in operation from 7am tomorrow, to Monday evening at 9pm, and will impound any vehicles parked illegally.

Film - The Monte-Carlo Television Festival has announced Anne Sweeney as the chair of their Fiction Jury for the festival this June. Ms Sweeney is a member of the board Netflix and received the Festival's Nymph of Honor in 2012. The appointment is in contrast to the Cannes Film Festival, where Netflix pulled out of the competition in a row of entry requirements.

Jackpot - In Monaco, one winner has walked away with just under one million euro from a slot machine at the Café de Paris Casino. Societé de Bains de Mer confirmed the winner of the second largest jackpot of the past 10 years, was a regular customer.

BUSINESS

The Bank of England has said the UK economy has hit a ‘temporary soft patch’ as it kept interest rates on hold at 0.5%. The Bank cut its growth forecast for the year to 1.4%, down four percentage points from February. However, they said the cut is almost entirely due, to disruption caused by bad weather in March, and expects the economy to rebound in the coming months.

Rolls-Royce has become the latest luxury car maker to launch an SUV. Their Chief Executive said the new Cullinan, which will cost more than £200,000, was probably the most anticipated Rolls-Royce ever. Bentley and Lamborghini have already launched SUVs, while Ferrari are to follow next year.

SPORT

Tennis - British number one Kyle Edmund has today topped his win over Novak Djokovic, with a stylish victory over world number 10 David Goffin at the Madrid Open. Edmund over-powered the Belgian to win 6-3 6-3, putting him into the world's top 20 for the first time.

Football - The current season is already over for OGC Nice mid-fielder Pierre Lee Melou who’s hamstring injury from the Marseilles derby means he won’t start for the last two games of the season. Recruited from Dijon last year, Lees-Melou has made 33 appearances, with 5 goals and 6 assists, for Nice.

Wayne Rooney has agreed a deal in principle that could see him leave Everton for US Major League Soccer side DC United this summer. Rooney's representatives have been in the US to negotiate terms believed to be worth £12.5m.

Formula 1 - Williams chief designer Ed Wood has left the team in the wake of their disappointing start to the season. Williams said the departure was for personal reasons. The team embarked on a new design philosophy this season but the car has so far failed to live up to expectations.

Rugby - Wasps fly-half Danny Cipriani has been included in a 34-man England squad for the tour of South Africa in June. Owen Farrell has been named captain with hooker Dylan Hartley unavailable.

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