French and Riviera News Monday 16th September 2019

Local

Road accident – It’s been another deadly weekend on the regions roads with 3 people killed and 9 injured. On Saturday two cars collided on the RDN7 near Le Muy, in the Var killing a 30-year-old man. Another collision on the A8 motorway at Le Luc resulted in the death of the driver and on Sunday a 40 year old motorcyclist died in a head on collision with a vehicle in Montauroux.

Jet ski accident - A 38-year-old man has been taken to hospital after crashing his jet ski in the bay of Cavalaire sur mer in the Var during a two-day competition. The incident occurred on Sunday evening at around 5.30pm the competitor was air lifted to hospital in Saint Tropez.

Submarine tragedy - A tribute has been held in Toulon in the Var in memory of the 52 people who lost their lives after a submarine disappeared 51 years ago on January 27th, 1968. The wrecked of the military submarine was discovered on July 22nd this year. Two ceremonies in memory of the sailors of the Minerve took place in Toulon at the weekend. For years, the families of the disappeared sought to understand what had happened on board the submarine. Despite the rescue operations carried out in 1968, the wreckage had never been located, leaving mysteries and rumors about the tragedy.

Marine Le Penn in Frejus - Marine Le Penn, the president of the National Rally right wing party in France has given a speech to followers in Fréjus in the Var. Six months ahead of the municipal elections Le Penn chose the first commune in France to be run by the Lépéniste party on Sunday to deliver her speech. Le Penn, in the presence of the mayor of Fréjus David Rachline spoke of “making security a priority along with the refusal of any additional immigration, lower taxes and local democracy”.

National

Yellow Vest - French police have clashed with protesters in Nantes during Act 44 of the yellow vest movement that first appeared in November 2018. Roughly 1,800 people protested in Nantes on Saturday and clashes resulted in several people being injured with at least 35 arrests being made. Elsewhere in France 700 people demonstrated in Nancy demanding that French President Emmanuel Macron leave his post. Five hundred protesters marched in Paris, and around 400 gathered in Lyon, according to the regional prefecture.

Study - A study testing the temperature of French postmen’s testicles has won the Ig Nobel International prize for anatomy. The awards are given for discoveries that “make you laugh then make you think”. Researchers at the University of Toulouse attached thermometers to the testicles of male French postal workers to see if they remained the same temperature throughout the day. The study found the left testicle is slightly warmer than the right but only when the subject is wearing clothes. The report showed that testicle temperature can have an impact on a man’s fertility because high or low temperatures can damage sperm.

Other awards included the medicine prize for an investigation into whether pizza can protect against heart attacks if the pizza is made and eaten in Italy and the peace prize awarded to a study which tried to measure the pleasure ability of scratching an itch. The awards have been hosted annually since 1991.

Business

Oil prices have surged this morning after two attacks on Saudi Arabian facilities on Saturday knocked out 5 percent of global supply.

Brent crude has jumped by 19 percent to 71 dollars 95-it’s highest level in more than 4 months while West Texas Intermediate was up 15 percent to 63 dollars 34.

Prices have eased back slightly after President Trump authorised the release of US reserves.

Experts say that it could take some weeks before the Saudi facilities are back on line.

Saturday’s drone attacks  in the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry included a hit on the world’s largest petroleum-processing plant.

The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Iran of being behind the attacks but gave no speIrcific evidence to back up his claims.

President Trump has said that the United States is “locked and loaded” but was waiting to hear from the Saudis about how they wished to proceed.

Iran has denied any responsibility.

 

The maker of the controversial opioid OxyContin has filed for bankruptcy protection in New York on the back of more than 2,000 lawsuits  which allege that the firm helped to fuel the deadly opioid epidemic that’s been sweeping the United States.

Purdue Pharma made the filing on Sunday night as part of plans to restructure the firm under the terms of a proposal to settle the litigation.

Purdue reached a tentative deal with Federal authorities last week but more than 20 US states remain opposed or undecided about the proposed settlement.

Thousands of US cities and counties are suing the firm and in some cases, the Sackler family who control it.

Lawsuits are seeking billions of dollars in damages following claims that the firm and the Sacklers aggressively marketed OxyContin while misleading doctors and patients about addiction and overdose risks.

Both Purdue and the Sacklers have denied the allegations.

 

And-Some 50,000 General Motors staff have been called out on strike after America’s largest carmaker failed to reach a deal over pay and conditions with the United Auto Workers Union.

The Union said that it had not taken the decision lightly and that strike action had been its last resort.

The strike ,which is due to start at midnight tonight would be the first major industrial action at General Motors for more than 12 years.

That strike ,in 2007 cost the firm some 300 million dollars.

General Motors had been talking to the union about a range of issues including pay ,healthcare ,profit sharing and job security but discussions broke down on Saturday night without agreement.

GM says that it’s still willing to talk.

Sport

Cricket-England have beaten Australia by 135 runs at the Oval to draw the 5 match Ashes series although the tourists as the holders retain the urn.

England wrapped up the win on day 4 of the match after bowling Australia out for 263 in their second innings.Matthew Wade made a battling 117 but it wasn’t enough with Jack Leach taking 4-49 and Stuart Broad 4-62.

Steve Smith of Australia was handed the Man of the Series award for his amazing performance with the bat which saw him score a total of 774 runs over the 5 games.

The next Ashes series is down under in 2021-22.

 

Golf-Europe have beaten the USA to claim the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles following a hard fought three day match.

Europe won the last three singles matches on Sunday to claim a fantastic 14 and a half points to 13 and a half victory.

It’s only the 6th time that Europe have won the Solheim Cup in 16 attempts.

The scores were tied at 8 all going into the final day and it looked like the USA would hold on after winning the first two singles matches on Sunday.

 

Football-There were two games in the English Premier League on Sunday.Bournemouth beat Everton 3-1 and Watford and Arsenal drew 2-2.

 

 

There’s one game tonight.Aston Villa play West Ham.

 

In the English Championship on Sunday.Huddersfield lost 2-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds went back to the top of the table with a 2-0 win at Barnsley.

 

In the FA women’s Super League on Sunday.Everton beat Bristol City 2-0.Manchester City were 2-0 winners at Reading.Brighton and Chelsea drew 1-1.Spurs beat Liverpool 1-0 and West Ham beat Birmingham 1-0.

 

Rugby Union-The Wales squad has been training using balls coated in baby oil in a bid to prepare for what are expected to be humid conditions at the World Cup in Japan.

The technique is one of a number of innovative training methods used by coach Warren Gatland as his side prepare for their opening fixture against Georgia in Tokyo a week today.

Gatland says that he expects humidity to be a factor given how warm it is adding that the players had done everything possible to get themselves ready for the heat.

 

Cycling-Primoz Roglic of Slovenia has won his first Grand Tour with victory in the Vuelta a Espana.

Roglic ended the race 2 minutes and 16 seconds ahead of nearest rival Alejandro Valverde.He’d led the general classification since stage 10 and becomes the first Slovenian ever to win one of cycling’s three Grand Tours.

 

Boxing-Tyson Fury’s proposed rematch with Deontay Wilder may have to be postponed after the British fighter received 40 stitches to an eye wound following his bloody victory over Otto Wallin of Sweden in Las Vegas.

Fury required surgery after he boxed for more than 9 rounds with a cut around his right eye which worsened as the contest went the distance.

Fury was awarded a unanimous points victory but he could have lost on a technical knockout if the authorities had thought the cut was too serious.

His promotor Frank Warren says it depends how quickly the wound heals but the provisional date for the fight with Wilder which has been penciled in  for the 22nd of February may have to be changed.

 

Weather

Clear skies with light variable winds.

Top temperatures 26-30 degrees.

Overnight lows of 19 degrees on the coast and 16 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Partially cloudy with highs of 24-29 degrees.

 

Finally 

A couple in the UK have received a noise complaint from the council about laughing in their garden. The couple who were at the time enjoying a small gathering with friends at their home in Colchester, Essex were surprised to be sent days later a letter from the council outlining a complaint had been made about "loud laughter".

When the couple phoned the council to discuss the complaint, the couple offered to have them round to see the light and put in a formal complaint if necessary. However, they told the couple that it was procedure to follow up any complaints.

In a statement a Colchester Borough Council spokesman said: "Our environmental protection team received a complaint that a resident was being repeatedly disturbed into the early hours at weekends by noise from raised voices and loud laughter in a neighbour’s garden.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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