Evening Update Thursday 30 July 2020

A woman has died after being stabbed in Cannes La Bocca. The 28 year old was attacked at about midday today on rue Jean-Gras. Reports say that she was stabbed twice, once in the arm and once in the heart. Her 14 month old child who was with her at the time has been taken to hospital unharmed.

As the heatwave continues, Meteo France have issued a yellow warning for hot conditions in the Alpes Maritimes until at least 4.00pm tomorrow, Friday, and in the Var from 6am to 4pm tomorrow. Temperatures in the Alpes Maritimes tomorrow are expected to reach about 29-32 degrees on the coast and 36 inland. In the Var it's expected to be 32-35 on the coast and 38 inland.

The Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnard, has asked the Minister of the Interior to introduce fixed speed cameras on various roads in Cannes. The town hall said that it had asked the Prefecture of the Alpes Maritimes many times over the past few years to install fixed automated ticketing radars on the boulevard du Midi, l’avenue Francis Tonner, la pointe Croisette and several other accident-prone roads in the town. The mayor said that he is counting on the new appointment of Gerald Darmanin to respond positively and quickly to his request in order to strengthen road safety in Cannes.

A 90 year old man has died from drowning at Le Pradet in the Var. Emergency services were unable to revive the victim who was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities urge the public, especially the elderly, to take precautions while swimming.

In Monaco, the Joint Covid-19 Monitoring Committee held it 14th meeting at the Ministry of State yesterday. The government and representatives of the National Council discussed the decisions taken and to be taken in the context of the health crisis and its social and economic consequences. The Committe said that the few positive cases for Covid-19 revealed in recent days are essentially people who have been infected abroad and although the circulation of the virus remains under control in Monaco, the Principality's health authorities remain vigilant. It also reminded people that testing remains free of charge in Monaco through doctors and health professionals.

Emergency service helicopters could be seen in the skies around Grasse this afternoon, but it was only a training excercise. Several helicopters and vehicles were involved in the excercise by firefighters in the area around Grasse, Gourdon and La Colle-sur-Loup.

President Macron and his wife Brigitte have arrived in the Var for their summer holiday. They arrived at Fort Bregancon in Bormes-les-Mimosas earlier today. It's thought that they will be staying for two weeks.
 

BUSINESS

New official figures show that the German economy contracted at the fastest rate since similar records began in 1970. GDP contracted by 10.1% in the April to June period. The contraction followed a fall in German GDP of 2% in the previous quarter.

Oil company Royal Dutch Shell has announced a net loss of 18.3 billion dollars in the second quarter of this year. It compares with a net profit of 3 billion dollars in the same period last year.

Samsung Electronics has said that second quarter operating profits rose by 23% compared to last year. Sales were boosted by the move to more home working during the  pandemic.

In the UK, car dealer Pendragon has announced plans to cut 1,800 jobs out of its current workforce of about 8,000 people.

UK retailer Argos is to stop producing its iconic catalogue. The heavyweight publication has been in production since 1973 and over one billion copies have been printed. The company said that shoppers habits had changed over the years and there had been an increasing shift towards digital shopping.

 

SPORT

Rugby Union... The remaining rounds of the men's and women's Six Nations will be played on 24 and 31 October after World Rugby approved a new temporary international window.

Tennis... World number one Ashleigh Barty has pulled out of the US Open because of coronavirus concerns. The tournament is scheduled to get underway on 31 August at Flushing Meadows in New York. Barty was also due to play in the Western and Southern Open.

Football... Bournemouth have accepted an offer from Manchester City for Nathan Ake. Reports say that the deal is for £40m with an additional £1m in add-ons. The Netherlands international joined Bournemouth in 2017 for a club record fee and has made 121 appearances for the club.

American Football... New York Giants player Nate Solder has decided not to participate in the 2020 NFL season because of coronavirus concerns. Solder has previously suffered from cancer and his five-year-old son is also undergoing treatment for cancer. An agreement was reached last week between the NFL and the League's Players' Association allowing players to opt out of the season if they wished.

Cricket.... England are playing Ireland in the first one day international in Southampton today. The three match series is the longest bilateral series that the two sides have ever played and today’s match is the first one day international that England have played on home soil since they won the World Cup against New Zealand just over a year ago.

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