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Evening Update 15 Mar

Tram - A Nice tram driver was in court today, on a charge of manslaughter, after his tram accidentally ran over a pedestrian. Lawyers for the CTG union. say prosecuting the driver was the easy way out, and that the manufacturer should have charged for faulty breaking systems. The court will announce its verdict on the case next month.

Jobs - Tourism technology giant, Amadeus, have announced they are to recruit 500 workers, for their research and marketing centre at Sophia-Antipolis. Amadeus are one of the world's leading providers of technology solutions for travel and tourism, handling over one billion reservations each year.

Strike - On top of the national strike next Thursday, ten unions have called another strike, this time against Air France for the Easter break at the end of the month. Pilots, cabin crew and ground staff are expected to strike on Good Friday March 30th.

Cannes - Cannes is getting ready to go green for St Patricks Day on Saturday. The Hotel de Ville, La Croisette, the Palais des Festivals and others, will be dressed in green lighting for the Irish saint who is rumoured to have lived as a hermit in the Lérins archipelago, in the bay of Cannes, at the beginning of the fifth century.

BUSINESS

HSBC has reported a 29% gender pay gap, for its UK banking operations, with a 61% gap on bonus payments. HSBC said the pay gap was down to the fact it has fewer women in senior roles, but is aiming to have 30% of those senior roles held by women by 2020.

Prices of cryptocurrencies saw a sharp downward slide today, amid closer regulatory scrutiny. The value of all the world's digital coins, stood at $310 billion this morning, down from $373 billion yesterday. Bitcoin, the world's largest crypto-currency, traded as low as $7,676.

Consumer goods giant Unilever has chosen Rotterdam over London as its new headquarters. The Anglo-Dutch firm said it would become one legal entity in the Netherlands, replacing the dual-headed structure, from its early days when Dutch margarine firm Unie, merged with British soap maker Lever Brothers.

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Football - England manager Gareth Southgate has named four uncapped players in his 27-man squad to face the Netherlands and Italy later this month. Burnley's James Tarkowski & Nick Pope, plus Swansea defender Alfie Mawson and Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook have all been included.

Tennis - Roger Federer had a straight-set 7-5 6-4 win over France's Jeremy Chardy, to reach the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals at Indian Wells. The Swiss is unbeaten so far this year, winning 15 matches and claiming the Australian and Rotterdam Open titles.

Rugby - England has made sweeping changes ahead of their Six Nations finale against Grand Slam chasing Ireland on Saturday. Fly-half George Ford has been dropped with Owen Farrell starting at fly-half, along with Ben Teo at inside-centre, while hooker Dylan Hartley returns to captain the side.

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