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Evening Update 21 Nov

Fire - Twenty-five firefighters have successfully fought a blaze on the top floor of an apartment block at St-André just north of Nice. Residents were able to evacuate the building in time, and no casualties were reported.

TV - Users of the TNT, free digital television service, who are based between Monaco and the Var, may experience no reception tonight or tomorrow, due to a change in transmission frequencies. If this happens to you, your requested to simply re-scan for channels on your set-top box, in order to restore service.

Meanwhile, the town of Menton is to be featured in a TV special called ‘Mediterranean Chronicals’. Many of the towns historic sights, along with the importance of its position on the border with Italy, can be seen on France 3 this Sunday at 12.55.

Homeless - A Facebook group called Les Mailles du Cœur has been knitting woollen gloves, hats and scarves, which are to be given to the homeless in Nice. Over 250 people have joined the group to donate hand knitted items to the cause, and the proceeds of their work will be handed out to the homeless in mid-December.

Waste - Grasse city has announced it will become the first community in France to adopt Cliiink, a new waste collection system which hands out gifts, in return for selective sorting. The device allows those using the service to identify themselves using a smartphone app, with points being awarded for each container deposited. The accumulation of points can then be exchanged for gifts from local business.

BUSINESS

Appel Médical have announced they are to recruit almost 6,000 health professionals to service public and private health institutions across France. In the PACA region they are looking to recruit over 700 people in a mix of CDD and CDI contracts.

China's biggest social network company is now more valuable than Facebook. Tencent Holdings has become the first Asian firm to surpass a market value of $500bn, with its Chief Executive now worth more than the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

The US Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit to block telecoms giant AT&T from acquiring Time Warner, the owner of CNN and HBO. The department said the merger would reduce competition and lead to higher consumer prices. AT&T called it a radical departure from US competition practice and have vowed to fight the case.

SPORT

Football - Its a key game for AS Monaco in Champions League tonight, as they take on RB Leipzig. A win for the Germans could lift them into second place in Group G, leaving Monaco rooted in fourth, and eliminated from European football altogether for the season. Kick-off at Stade Louis II is at 8.45pm.

Rugby - Wales will be without Liam Williams and Alex Cuthbert for Saturday's home game against New Zealand after both were injured during in Wales' 13-6 victory over Georgia. Williams will also miss the final autumn Test against South Africa, as he must return to club side Saracens.

Tennis - The Duchess of York has made a special tribute to Jana Novotna who died yesterday, saying she was a brave, courageous, sweet lady with a wonderful sense of humour. Novotna captured the world’s heart, when she lost a Wimbledon game against Stefi Graff and ended up crying on the shoulder of the Duchess, who comforted her.

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