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Evening Update 30 October

Grasse - An open meeting on the public transport requirements for Grasse has heard that 75% of journeys in the area are made by car, versus an average 53% in the Alpes-Maritimes. To combat this, the town is considering a number of measures including better rail connections, incentives for workers to car-pool, and an increase in the amount of electric car charging points.

Teenager - A teenager is in custody for stabbing her sister in the back with a knife. The incident happened in the family home at Seine-et-Marne, when the younger sister accused the older of accessing her mobile phone.

Prescriptions - The town of Antibes has announced plans to introduce ‘Sports Prescriptions’, allowing doctors to prescribe physical activity for patients with long-term illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The plan will allow patients to recoup expenses for sporting activities which would otherwise not be allowed by social security.

NRJ - The latest high profile act to the added to the NRJ Music Awards in Cannes this weekend, are local boys U2. Bono and Adam will perform their latest hit at the awards with dance producer Kygo. Also confirmed to appear at the Palais des Festivals on Saturday are Ed Sheeran, Rag’n’Bone Man, Charlie Puth, Sam Smith, and The Weeknd.

BUSINESS

HSBC has reported pre-tax quarterly profits of $4.6bn, for the three months to the end of September. The result marks a huge 448% increase from the same period a year ago, however at that time, earnings were hit by a one-off loss from the sale of its Brazilian unit. The latest result has met market expectations, and was helped by cost-cutting, and a focus on Asia.

The latest New World Wealth report says Monaco remains the most expensive city for prime property. At €41,000 per square metre, Monaco outperforms property in New York and London, who were second and third respectively.

EasyJet have confirmed a €40m deal with Air Berlin to buy part of the insolvent German airline's operations. EasyJet will get some of the company's assets at Berlin Tegel Airport, including landing slots, as well as leases for up to 25 aircraft.  

SPORT

Football - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are to request FIFA permission, to wear poppies during this November's international matches. Each nation was fined for displaying poppies during the games last year. However, a law was changed last month allowing the home nations to wear a poppy, if opposing teams and the competition organiser, agree to it.

Rugby - The Australia coach has left fly-half Quade Cooper out of his squad for their November internationals. The Queensland Reds playmaker, who has 70 caps, has not played for Australia since June. The Wallabies face Japan on Saturday, then Wales, England and Scotland.

Wasps have signed South Africa international Nizaam Carr, on a three-month contract, in a bid to ease their injury problems in the back row. The 26-year-old can play at flanker, and number eight, and will arrive later this week.

Formula 1 - Lewis Hamilton is celebrating his new title as the most successful British driver of all time, after winning his 4th World Championship in Mexico yesterday. Although, a tangle at the start of the race with Sebastian Vittel, meant he finished the race in ninth position, it was Vittel’s poor finish in fourth, that gave Hamilton the points he needed to win the Championship. He now joins Alain Prost and Vettel, with four world championships, only beaten by Michael Schumacher on 7 and Juan Manual Fangio with 5 ahead of him.

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