Evening Update Monday 9 September

Postal workers in the Alpes Maritimes have announced an indefinite strike. They’re protesting at a reorganization of their work by postal service management. Workers have been demonstrating in front of La Poste headquarters on Avenue Thiers in Nice.

The trial has started today of the man accused of the murder of a well known trader in Nice. The body of Ali Chebil was discovered in his apartment in the Port area in October 2015. The 55 year old had been shot five times. The accused has denied any involvement. The trial continues.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a road accident in Antibes in which two people died. A collision occurred between two motorbikes on the coast road at La Siesta Casino at 8.45pm on Saturday evening. A 52 year old and a 16 year old died in the collision. Witnesses are asked to contact the Antibes police station.

Testing has been getting underway on Line 3 of the Nice tramway today. The line will serve the Plaine du Var to Saint-Isidore. Commissioning of the line is currently scheduled for the 13th of November. Meanwhile, a new temporary bus line has started in Nice today, pending the opening of Line 2 of the tramway at Nice Port. It will connect Riquier to Saint-Sylvestre through the Port of Nice. The T57 line, previously known as the Line 7, will operate from 7.00 in the morning to 7.00 in the evening with buses scheduled for every 30 minutes on average.

British Airways has cancelled all of its flights from Nice Côte d'Azur Airport today and tomorrow (Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 September) because of a pilots strike. Only BA CityFlyer flights to and from London City will be maintained. BA flights to and from Marseille-Provence airport are also cancelled.  

A fire in an apartment in the old town of Draguignan was quickly brought under control by pompiers this morning, who successfully stopped it spreading to nearby buildings. A woman was taken to Sainte-Anne Hospital in Toulon suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

The trial date has been confirmed of the man accused of a terrorist attack on soldiers in the centre of Nice in February 2015. The accused is alleged to have launched a knife attack on three soldiers from Operation Sentinel under the arcades on Place Massena. The Paris terrorist attacks had taken place in the previous month. The trial has been scheduled for the 9th to the 13th of December before a special Assize Court in Paris.

Newly released figures show that there was a large increase in the number of deaths on French roads in August, compared to the same month last year. Last month there was a rise of 17.9%, with 290 people losing their lives on the nation’s roads. The death toll for the first eight months of this year stood at 2,133, which is 35 more than the same period in 2018.

A new toll-free phone number is in operation from today aimed at fighting the rising number of suicides in the French police force. The new phone line, which was announced by Minister of the Interior Christophe Castaner, will enable police officers to be connected to one of 70 psychologists working on the service. An app is also available.

 

BUSINESS

British Airways pilots have begun a two-day strike in an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions. Tens of thousands of passengers have been told not to go to airports, with the airline cancelling some 1,700 flights due to the disruption. Both sides say they are willing to hold further talks, but at the moment no date has been set. The pilots are currently scheduled to stage another strike on 27 September.

The UK economy grew faster than expected in July, easing fears that it could fall into recession. The UK economy grew 0.3% in July, according to new figures from the ONS. Growth was flat over the three months to July.

Lloyds Banking Group has said that it’s facing an extra bill of up to £1.8bn to cover a late rush of claims for the mis-selling of Payment Protection Insurance. The bank said it saw "a significant spike" in claims in the run-up to the final deadline of 29 August. As a result, Lloyds said it would take an extra charge of £1.2bn-£1.8bn.

The number of tourists visiting Hong Kong fell almost 40% in August compared to last year as anti-government protests took place. The figures were revealed in a blog post by Hong Kong Financial Secretary Paul Chan.

 

SPORT

Cricket…. England have named an unchanged squad for the fifth and final Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval. Australia won the fourth Test at Old Trafford by 185 runs yesterday to take an unassailable 2-1 lead in the series. The Oval Test begins on Thursday.

Afghanistan have beaten Bangladesh to record their second win in their third Test match. Rashid Khan took 11 wickets and scored a first-innings half century as the visitors won by 224 runs.

Football…Manchester City have assembled the first billion euro squad, according to a report by the CIES Football Observatory. The report says that City spent 1.014 billion euros on their current players. Paris St-Germain spent 913m euros and Real Madrid 902m euros.

Sergio Ramos has won a record-equalling 167th cap as Spain beat the Faroe Islands 4-0 in their Euro 2020 qualifying match yesterday. In a 14-year international career, the Real Madrid centre-back has won the World Cup and two European Championships.

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