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Evening Update 16 Aug

Bridge - French authorities have opened a criminal investigation for iin-voluntary homicide’, after the bridge collapse at Genoa killed four French national. The four, all in their early 20s, were travelling in the same car and were identified by an earring and a bracelet.

Meanwhile Italy’s Interior Minister has lashed accused the EU for being responsible for the lack of maintenance on Italian infrastructure. He said if the EU budget deficit limit of 3% prevented Italy from spending on safe roads, then they should ignore the limit.

Italy will observe a national of day of mourning on Saturday.

Fire - A man in his 80’s has died after fire broke out at his apartment, just after nine this morning. The fire, on Rue Arson in the port district of Nice, did not damage any other apartments.

Fireworks - An estimated 100,000 people gathered along the beaches of Nice for last night’s fireworks. Mayor Christian Estrosi, while welcoming the return of the fireworks, said it was impossible not to think of the victims of July 14th two years ago.

Death - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul has died in Detroit at the age of 76. The singer, diagnosed with cancer in 2010, announced last year she was retiring from music, after making a final performance in New York for Elton Johns AIDs Foundation.

BUSINESS 

Share trading has been suspended in the company who run Italy’s motorways; Atlantia. It follows a slamming of the company by Italy’s Prime Minister who threatened to pull the motorway contract from the company.

The owners of Corona beer, Constellation Brands, are to invest $4bn into Canadian cannabis producer, Canopy Growth. The firm wants to capitalise on the growing legalisation of the drug. On news of the deal, Toronto-listed Canopy stock surged 30%, however on Wall Street, Constellation's fell 6%.

Reports say the popular website AngloInfo, which was aimed at English-speaking expats across the world, has gone into receivership. The website, which first went live on the French Riviera in September 2000, recently rebranded itself as ‘SmartExPat’.

SPORTS

Formula 1 - Carlos Sainz has signed a multi-year deal to replace Fernando Alonso at McLaren from next year. Fellow Spaniard Sainz, who is currently on loan at Renault from Red Bull and said it was a childhood dream to join McLaren.

Football - Marseille are preparing a €15m offer to Celtic for French striker Mous.sa Dem.bele, after the anticipated transfer of Mario Balotelli from Nice fell through. Dem.bele is under contract until 2020, but Marseille are hoping to take advantage of Celtic's exit from the Champions League.

New FIFA rankings out today, have put World Cup Winners France at No.1. They are ahead of Belgium, who move up to No.2 and Brazil who drop to three. Croatia, who lost the World Cup to France, jump sixteen to take 4th place.

Rugby - England international Danny Cipriani has been fined £2,000 after an assault in a Jersey nightclub. The Gloucester player pleaded guilty to common assault and resisting arrest and was ordered to pay £250 compensation to a woman police officer. Three other charges - assault on police, larceny and being disorderly on licensed premises - were dropped.

Tennis - Novak Djokovic came from a set down to beat Frenchman Adrian Mann.arino 4-6 6-2 6-1 in Cincinnati. Djokovic will next play Grigor Dimitrov.

Bridge - French authorities have opened a criminal investigation for iin-voluntary homicide’, after the bridge collapse at Genoa killed four French national. The four, all in their early 20s, were travelling in the same car and were identified by an earring and a bracelet.

Meanwhile Italy’s Interior Minister has lashed accused the EU for being responsible for the lack of maintenance on Italian infrastructure. He said if the EU budget deficit limit of 3% prevented Italy from spending on safe roads, then they should ignore the limit.

Italy will observe a national of day of mourning on Saturday.

Fire - A man in his 80’s has died after fire broke out at his apartment, just after nine this morning. The fire, on Rue Arson in the port district of Nice, did not damage any other apartments.

Fireworks - An estimated 100,000 people gathered along the beaches of Nice for last night’s fireworks. Mayor Christian Estrosi, while welcoming the return of the fireworks, said it was impossible not to think of the victims of July 14th two years ago.

Death - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul has died in Detroit at the age of 76. The singer, diagnosed with cancer in 2010, announced last year she was retiring from music, after making a final performance in New York for Elton Johns AIDs Foundation.

BUSINESS 

Share trading has been suspended in the company who run Italy’s motorways; Atlantia. It follows a slamming of the company by Italy’s Prime Minister who threatened to pull the motorway contract from the company.

The owners of Corona beer, Constellation Brands, are to invest $4bn into Canadian cannabis producer, Canopy Growth. The firm wants to capitalise on the growing legalisation of the drug. On news of the deal, Toronto-listed Canopy stock surged 30%, however on Wall Street, Constellation's fell 6%.

Reports say the popular website AngloInfo, which was aimed at English-speaking expats across the world, has gone into receivership. The website, which first went live on the French Riviera in September 2000, recently rebranded itself as ‘SmartExPat’.

SPORTS

Formula 1 - Carlos Sainz has signed a multi-year deal to replace Fernando Alonso at McLaren from next year. Fellow Spaniard Sainz, who is currently on loan at Renault from Red Bull and said it was a childhood dream to join McLaren.

Football - Marseille are preparing a €15m offer to Celtic for French striker Mous.sa Dem.bele, after the anticipated transfer of Mario Balotelli from Nice fell through. Dem.bele is under contract until 2020, but Marseille are hoping to take advantage of Celtic's exit from the Champions League.

New FIFA rankings out today, have put World Cup Winners France at No.1. They are ahead of Belgium, who move up to No.2 and Brazil who drop to three. Croatia, who lost the World Cup to France, jump sixteen to take 4th place.

Rugby - England international Danny Cipriani has been fined £2,000 after an assault in a Jersey nightclub. The Gloucester player pleaded guilty to common assault and resisting arrest and was ordered to pay £250 compensation to a woman police officer. Three other charges - assault on police, larceny and being disorderly on licensed premises - were dropped.

Tennis - Novak Djokovic came from a set down to beat Frenchman Adrian Mann.arino 4-6 6-2 6-1 in Cincinnati. Djokovic will next play Grigor Dimitrov.

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