Evening Update 14 Aug

Italy - At least 22 people are dead after a portion of the A10 motorway collapsed near Genoa this morning.

It happened at the Morandi Bridge near the airport during a storm, when a direct lightning strike sent the central section of the traffic filled bridge, crashing 100 metres to the ground below. Hundreds of emergency workers are picking though crushed vehicles in a desperate search for more survivors.

President Macron has expressed condolences and said France is on stand-by, ready to send any help it can. However already, two rescue workers from St Laurent du Var with specialist dogs, have voluntarily driven to Genoa to sniff out more survivors.

Fireworks - Security is expected to be tight on the Promemade des Anglais in Nice all day tomorrow, as the city prepares for its first fireworks display since the July 2016 attack. Traffic restrictions will be in place between Boulevard Gambetta and Quai des Etats Unis and the fireworks themselves are due to start at 10pm.

Ball - In Monaco, Madonna, Hugh Grant and Pierce Brosnan are just some heavy-weight names, lending their support to this year’s Monte-Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean. The gala was inaugurated last year by Prince Albert with Leonardo di Caprio, as part of their environmental struggle to preserve the oceans. The gala will take place on the terrace of the Casino de Monte Carlo on September 26th.


Electric car manufacturer Tesla says, it has not received a formal proposal from founder Elon Musk, to take the company private. However the board said they have created a special committee to evaluate any such proposal. Mr Musk announced last week that he was considering taking Tesla private, and that financing had been discussed with Saudi Arabia.

Turkey's President has said his country will boycott US electronic goods, in response to recent US tariff increases on Turkish exports. The President said if the US has the iPhone, there's always Samsung on the other side.


Football - Chelsea's French midfielder Bakayoko has signed for Italian club AC Milan on a single season loan. The 23-year-old has made 43 appearances for the Blues last season, starting 34 of those matches. He signed for Chelsea from Monaco, twelve months ago, in a deal worth €45m.

Golf - Rory McIlroy is considering skipping the first event of the FedEx Cup ‘play-off series’ in an attempt to find his best form before the Ryder Cup. The play-offs begin with the Northern Trust event, which starts next week, while the Ryder Cup begins at the end of September.

Rugby - Edinburgh and Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson has ended his playing career, to take up a coaching position with the Scottish Rugby Academy. He won the last of his 58 Scotland caps in Japan in 2016, but hamstring, foot and shoulder injuries since, have taken their toll. The 34 year-old said his body just couldn't keep up with the demands of the professional game, so he believed now was a good time to call it a day.

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