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Evening Update 24 Aug

Drunk Drive - Hugo Lloris, the France goalkeeper who hails from Nice, has been charged with drink-driving, after being stopped by a routine police patrol in London. Lloris was taken into custody overnight, and this morning released on bail, to appear in court on September 11th.

Fire - Cote d’Azur firefighters are on high-alert this weekend for forest fires. Although this year has been much quieter than last, which saw almost 50 major fires, the season is far from over. This Saturday, with high Mistral wind forecast for the Var, emergency services are on high-alert.

Safety - The Alpes-Martimes have put a large-scale road safety campaign into operation this weekend, as thousands of drivers take to the motorways, to return home after holidays. The campaign wants to cut down on road deaths, where already this year 34 people have lost their lost their lives. Figures show motorcyclist’s are the hardest hit, accounting for nearly 58% of those killed.

Ryanair - Ryanair have announced they will no longer carry small suitcases in the hold for free. Up to now, non-priority passengers, could have their suitcase put into the hold as they boarded the plane. However, from November, those passengers will have to pay around €10 for the same service.

Wine - The Ministry of Agriculture has estimated that, after a disastrous harvest last year, this year’s wine production should be up 25%. Meanwhile a major new study from Washington says a glass of red wine a day does not keep the doctor away. The study, into the effects of drinking alcohol, shows drinking just one glass of wine or beer does increase the risk of health problems. For example, out of 100,000 teetotallers who abstain, 914 encountered problems. That compared to 918 who drink every night.  

Discrimination - A Belgian shop has been ordered to pay a man more than €13,000 in damages, for turning him down for a job, because it wanted a woman. The man complained to Belgium's institute for gender equality and won his case at a labour tribunal.

BUSINESS

Donald Trump has reportedly offered to buy Italian sovereign bonds to help finance Italy's borrowing next year. Up to now, Italy has been able to keep debt repayments down, thanks to the ECB’s asset buying program. However, that is set to end in December, and political instability in Italy, added to the country's wavering commitment to the EU, have seen Italian borrowing costs spike.

China says it will continue to hit back against the United States if more tariffs are imposed. Yesterday, the US introduced a second wave of tariffs worth $16bn, with China immediately responding in kind. The escalating trade row between the two has seen each side impose 25% tariffs on each other’s goods.

Proctor & Gamble have attempted to register several common acronyms, with the intention of launching them as new products for tech savvy under 35 year olds. The acronyms include LOL and even WTF.  The applications have still ‘to be decided’ .. or TBD.

SPORT

Formula 1 - Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen pipped Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes in second practice at the Belgian Grand Prix. Raikkonen set a lap of 1m 43.355s, beating Hamilton by 0.168 secs on their qualifying simulation runs. The second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas was third, while Hamilton's title rival Sebastian Vettel had a scrappy session and was fifth.

Football - Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho gave a very odd press conference today, when he showed up 30 minutes early, just to say he had no problems with the Manchester’s CEO Ed Woodward, and then left after four minutes. Rumours continue to about that Mourinho is set to leave, or be pushed from, United.

Rugby - England wing Chris Ashton has been banned for seven weeks for a ‘tip tackle’ in Sale Sharks' pre-season friendly against Castres. The 31-year-old did not accept the charge but was found guilty by the independent panel. Ashton, who joined Sale from Toulon this summer, will miss the first six rounds of the Premiership campaign.

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