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Evening Update 20 Oct

Strike - A second day of strike action has led to bus services being cancelled in Nice, Cannes, and Sophia Antipolis as well as shutting down the tram service in Nice. SNCF report that the majority of trains are running today, but there is still a chance of some cancellation. They recommend you consult your app before commencing your journey.

Children - In Marseilles, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced, more funding is to be given to southern departments, to deal with the influx of unaccompanied foreign minors. It’s believed 13,000 children arrived in France last year, and 25,000 are expected this year. The extra funding is estimated at one billion euro.

Jobs - Cap 3000 has announced that it’s expansion will lead to 1,500 new jobs being created in the area. The current extension being built, will add 30,000 square metres of new retail space and recruitment for new staff will be ongoing between now and the end of 2018.

Oldest - The death has taken place in the Var of Honorine Rondello, who was France’s oldest person. Born in July 1903, she passed away last night at 114 years of age.  

BUSINESS

InterContinental Hotels Group said sales rose, as the effect of terror attacks in key markets, wore off. Revenues per available room, a key indicator for the industry, increased by 2.3% in the third quarter. Sales in Europe rose by 7.1%, while those in the US increased just 0.8% as hurricanes battered the region.

Scandal-hit Kobe Steel has found fresh evidence of mistakes with data on the quality of its products. The Japanese company said it has uncovered a new case of fake data at a subsidiary, and another of employees not reporting evidence to an internal investigation. The company now plans to set up a panel of outsiders to look into its problems. About 500 companies may have used, incorrectly certified Kobe Steel, including carmaker Daimler, aircraft manufacturer Airbus, and the maker of Japan's bullet trains.

SPORT

Football - Everton have banned the child-carrying supporter, involved in a confrontation with a Lyon player during last nights Europa League defeat at Goodison Park. The club have also contacted Merseyside Police, who are investigating. The club has been charged by UEFA of aggression by supporters against players, and will face a disciplinary hearing on November 16th.

Also in Europa League, despite an early goal from Mario Balotelli, in the first four minutes of their game against Lazio, OGC Nice eventually fell to the Romans, losing 3 – 1 last night at Allianz Riviera.

Authorities in Marseilles have banned Paris St Germain supporters from attending the football match to be played there on Sunday, saying their presence could mean a serious risk to people and property. It follows several outbreaks of violence between supporters of the two teams during matches in February last year and again this year. The match is due to be played on Sunday evening at 9pm.

Rugby - Rhys Webb says he is heartbroken but will not change his decision to join Toulon in 2018, even though it means he will not be eligible to play for Wales. A new Welsh Rugby Union rule means players taking up a new deal, with a team outside Wales, must have won 60 caps to be able to play Test rugby. Webb, who’s been capped 28 times, says it is a disgrace he wasn’t warned about the policy change before he signed for Toulon.

Snooker - Ronnie O'Sullivan let a spectator take his last shot, as he won in the third round at the English Open. The woman, who evaded security, came to the table as five-time world champion O'Sullivan was about to seal a 4-1 win. He carried on playing, to pot the pink ball, leaving him on a 129 break, then handed his cue to the spectator. She missed twice before being led away by security.

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