French and Riviera News Monday 12th August 2019

Local

Weather Alert - Météo France has issued a yellow weather alert for the Alpes Maritimes and the Var region with thunderstorms forecast along with the risk of hailstorms. The warning is in place until this evening.

Road accident - A 22-year-old man has been killed in a road accident on the RD98 between Gassin and Saint Maxime in the Var. The collision involving two motorbikes happened in the early hours of Sunday morning. The second motorcyclist was taken to hospital in Toulon. Police have called for any witnesses to come forward

Homeless man shot in Menton - A homeless man mas been shot in Menton. The incident occurred shortly after 8pm. According to witnesses the victim who was at the time trying to commit suicide was hit by a bullet fired by one of the police officers who was intervening at the time. An investigation has been opened to determine the exact circumstances.

#FillTheBottle - As part of the campaign launched by a group of French teenagers #FillTheBottle which has inspired thousands to clean up cigarette butts a bar in Toulon is giving customers a free pint in return for a pint filled with cigarette butts. Other bars are planning on taking part in the campaign. Cigarette butts are one of the most common form of litter around the globe.  

National

E-scooter - A 30-year-old man has been killed after being hit by a motorbike while riding his e-scooter on a French motorway. It is the third death linked to the increasingly popular mode of transport in the Paris region in four months and has sparked further safety concerns and renewed calls for their regulation. The scooter rider was not wearing a helmet and was reportedly travelling in the fast lane when the motorbike hit him from behind. Initial police reports said it was not clear if the scooter had lights.

Business

It’s been reported that the Royal Bank of Scotland is set to name Alison Rose as its first female chief executive. Rose, who runs RBS's commercial arm, is considered the preferred candidate, but chair Howard Davies has said the bank would consider external candidates. It would make her the first woman to run any of the big four banks.

The luxury fashion brand Versace has apologised after an image on one of its T-shirts appeared to imply Hong Kong and Macau were independent territories. After fierce criticism on social media in China, Versace said it had made a mistake and had stopped selling the tops.

The number of gamblers complaining about British betting firms has risen almost 5,000% in the past five years.The rise follows a sharp increase in UK gambling over the past decade. The big betting firms have already promised £60m a year to help problem gamblers and say they are working on a plan to reduce gambling-related harm.

Sport

Football – Manchester United recorded their biggest Old Trafford win over Chelsea since 1965 to condemn Frank Lampard to a miserable start as a Premier League manager beating them 4-0.

In other Premier League matches at the weekend on Friday Liverpool beat Norwich 4-1. On Saturday Man City beat West Ham 5 -0, Bournemouth drew 1-1 against Sheffield, Burnley beat Southampton 3-0, Crystal Palace drew 0-0 against Everton, Brighton beat Watford 3-0, Tottenham beat Aston Villa 3-1.

And in the French Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain began the defence of their Ligue 1 title with a comfortable win over Nimes despite the absence of star forward Neymar.

Rugby Union - England ended Wales' 14-match winning run as Eddie Jones' relatively inexperienced side beat the world number two team in their first World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham.

Tennis - Serena Williams retired with a back injury in the final of the the Rogers Cup in Toronto, handing the title to Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu.

Weather

There is a yellow weather alert in place today for both the Var and the Alpes Maritimes with thunderstorms forecast. Highs of 28 degrees in Nice and 31 degrees in Saint Tropez with a moderate south westerly wind and possible gust of up to 55km/hr.

This evening going down to 21 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 17 in the Var with clear skies.

The outlook for Tuesday cloudy with some sunny spells, temperatures remaining the same.

Finally 

According to a recent survey in the UK 23 per cent of parents of children aged eight to 15 resort to giving them cash to switch off their screens. 

The survey comes  after the UN warned this year of the dangers of too much 'screen time', with experts suggesting children under two should not be allowed any at all.

They claimed a minute a day in front of the TV or a smartphone could expose young children to a greater risk of obesity or impact their early educational development.

The survey  also found one in five parents have used pocket money to coax their child to go to bed, while one in six used it to get them to do their homework.

Meanwhile nearly two-thirds of parents also pay their children to do chores such as tidying their bedroom, cleaning or washing up – even though more than half think these should be done regardless.

Three in ten parents would be willing to withhold payment if the tasks were not up to scratch.

Children now receive £7.71 a week in pocket money – up from £7.01 in 2018, according to the survey of more than 500 parents.

 

 

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