Evening Update 22 Feb

Arrest - A man, wanted for one of the most serious incidents of football violence during the Euro 2016 finals in France, has been arrested. He was taken by police as he boarded a plane from Munich to Bilbao to attend a football match there. The man, a 31-year old Russian, is accused of severely beating a 51 year-old British man in Marseilles, on June 11th 2016, during so-called “English hunts” by Russian hooligans. He will be brought to France on a charge of attempted murder, and could be facing 15 years in jail.

Census - 139 different nationalities make up the diverse population of modern Monaco. That’s according to the latest census figures out today, which show the population of the principality has increased by 5.5% in the last ten years to 37,308.

Outside of French and Italian residents, the most populous nationalities are, in order; British, Swiss, Belgian, German and Russian. The census also shows Monaco continues to be desirable internationally, with 24.7% of people moving to the Principality in the last ten years.

House - It’s been confirmed that Picasso’s old house in Grasse has been sold to the New Zealand businessman, who bought it last October for twenty million. There had been a worry, when the buyer did not pay the balance on time, but the transaction has now been completed. The seventeen hundred square metre house, Picasso’s last home, is located below the Chapel of Our Lady of Life and enjoys magnificent views of Cannes. Before Pablo Picasso the house belonged to the Guinness family and Winston Churchill stayed there regularly during his summer holidays.


Mystery surrounds the sudden departure of Ford Motors ‘Head of US Operations’, Raj Nair, who has left the company following an internal investigation. Ford did not specify why the investigation was started, nor what it uncovered, saying only that Ford is deeply committed to a safe and respectful culture. Mr Nair, who was previously Head of Global Product Development and Chief Technical Officer, also apologised without elaborating, saying "I sincerely regret I have not exhibited leadership behaviours consistent with the principles, the company and I have always espoused”.

The UK economy expanded by less than previously thought, in the last three months of 2017, with GDP growing by 0.4%, down one percentage point from the initial estimate. In 2017 as a whole, the economy grew by 1.7%, but that was also slightly lower than previously thought, and the weakest since 2012.


Winter Olympics - The United States is enjoying a shock win over Canada, in a sudden-death shootout for gold in the women's ice-hockey final.  It’s the first time in 20 years the US have beaten the worlds ice-hockey kings, who beat the States for gold in the last three Winter Olympic finals.

A Russian curler has been stripped of his bronze medal after being found guilty of doping. He was one of 168 Russians allowed to compete as neutrals at the Games, despite the country being banned for previous doping offences. He tested positive for mel.donium.

In the medals table, Norway continue to dominate with 35 overall medals, ten more than second place Germany.  France are in seventh place, and the UK seventeenth, with one gold and three bronze.

Formula 1 - Mercedes and Ferrari have unveiled their new cars for the 2018 season, with both having high expectations of fighting again for the title. Both have chosen to evolve last year's designs and will begin pre-season testing at Spain's Circuit de Barcelona from Monday.

Six Nations - Ireland will be without Iain Henderson and Tadhg Furlong for their match against Wales in Dublin. The pair have been omitted due to hamstring injuries. Meanwhile, Nathan Hughes starts at number eight as England make one change for Saturday's match against Scotland. He replaces Sam Simmonds in his first appearance after recovering from a knee injury.

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