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Evening Update 26 Sept

Court - The murder trial of Monagasque millionaire Hélene Pastor, has heard that the families coach of 13 years admitted to organising the murder of the 77 year-old businesswoman. However, he said he was doing so under the instruction of Madame Pastor’s son-in-law. The coach said when the son-in-law gave him a first envelope, with €20,000 in cash, he knew it was too late to go back.

Storm - Meteorologists are monitoring a formation in the Mediterranean Sea which could develop into a subtropical cyclone. This climatic phenomenon has been gathering over the past 24 hours in the central Mediterranean, between Libya and Italy and is travelling in the direction of the Black Sea. It’s not believed it will be any danger to France.

Death - The 78 year old woman, seriously injured after being run over by a bus at St-Laurent-du-Var has died. Cameras show how passengers standing on the crowded bus, prevented the driver from seeing the lady, who chose to make a crossing on a corner with no pedestrian crossing. As the bus rolled over the lady, passengers cried in terror, while the driver who realised what had just happened, collapsed.

Yacht - The Monaco Yacht Show got underway today with some of the larger yachts taking part including the Kismet, the distinctive black and white hull of the DAR, and the largest yacht ever built in Asia, the Illuision Plus. Tomorrow, as part of the show, the Red Arrows will be performing an aerial display over Monaco from 2.30pm.

Ball - Tonight, the world’s biggest stars will gather with Prince Albert in Monaco for the Monte Carlo Gala for the Global Ocean. The guest list includes Madonna, Orlando Bloom, Eva Longoria, Pierce Brosnan, Hugh Grant and more. During the evening, the guests will be bidding on auction items such as; a days horse-riding with Madonna for €100,000, golfing with Andy Garcia for 50,000, or the privilege of being Prince Alberts guest at next years Formula E Championship here in Monaco.

All the funds raised tonight, will go to the Princes foundation, which is fighting to save the worlds oceans. The auction at last years inaugural event, raised enough money to put in place 37 new marine conservation programs in different parts of the world, plus two programs to fight plastic pollution.

BUSINESS

Daimler, the German car maker that owns Mercedes-Benz, is to be run by a non-German for the first time next year. Ola Kaell.enius, a 49-year-old Swede, will take over as Chief Executive in December.

Italy could create further market volatility tomorrow, when the government presents its new budget targets for the next three years. Markets have been nervous about new spending plans in Italy, following a general election that led to a populist government.

SPORT 

Golf - Rory McIlroy says it would be silly for Europe's Ryder Cup team to focus on one player when it comes to the threat posed by America's Tiger Woods.
Woods, who has won 14 majors, claimed a first win in five years, at the Tour Championship in Atlanta last weekend.

Formula 1 - Mercedes say they take no comfort from Lewis Hamilton's 40-point lead over title rival Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton has won three of the past four races, while a string of mishaps have left Ferrari and Vettel trailing, with six races and 150 points remaining. However, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says there are plenty of points still to score, so they are assuming nothing.

Rugby - Concerned bosses are planning to shake up the international calendar in a bid to enhance the excitement, significance and value at Test level. Over half of international matches are friendlies, despite the international game driving 75% of all rugby revenues. From 2020 onwards, the June window would be moved to July, in a bid to closer align the northern and southern hemisphere schedules, with the November window remaining unchanged. Also to be discussed are new annual competitions to run in between Rugby World Cups in a bid to increase the competitiveness of the Test.

Tennis - Great Britain and Argentina have been awarded wildcards for next year's revamped Davis Cup. Great Britain beat Uzbekistan in September to ensure they would be seeded in qualifying for the new event, but they will now bypass that stage altogether with the wildcard.

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