French and Riviera News Monday 23rd September 2019

Local

National Strike - Transport in the region is expected to be heavily disrupted tomorrow Tuesday 24th September following news of a national strike across France. Trains, buses and trams will be affected and there is a risk that some schools and public services will also be closed.

Stabbing in Place Masséna Nice - A man has suffered stab wounds following an attack on Sunday afternoon on place Masséna in Nice. The incident occurred on shortly after 1pm. According to witnesses two men stabbed a third individual reported to be in his fifties. The two men were arrested by police while the victim was taken to hospital by the emergency services.

Woman air lifted to hospital in Tourettes sur Loup - A woman in her thirties has been air lifted to hospital after suffering from a fall while taking part in the second day of the “Tourettes sur Loup trail”. The accident happened on Sunday afternoon as runners participated in 18km run during this year’s 5th edition of the event.

“19 tons” - Thierry Vimal from Nice has published his book entitled "19 tons" which was the weight of the truck that killed his 12-year-old daughter during the attack of July 14th on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. During a book signing on Saturday Vimal said that it had taken him three years to write down the story of his “mourning and reconstruction” following his daughter’s death.

National 

Climate march - A peaceful climate march in Paris has been halted after other protest groups joined in breaking windows and setting fire to street barricades. Families abandoned the march as violent clashes prompted police to fire tear gas and make over 100 arrests. The climate change march and a protest against pension reform had both been authorized at the weekend while other demonstrations including one by the “yellow vest” anti-government group went ahead illegally.

Tutankhamun - A Tutankhamun show in Paris has set a new all-time French record on Sunday, with 1.42 million visitors flocking to see the exhibition. The turnout beat the previous record set by another Tutankhamun show billed as the "exhibition of the century" in 1967, when 1.24 million queued to see. The show which has been described as a "once in a generation" show -- will open in London in November. The last time a show of comparable size about the boy king opened in London in 1972 it sparked "Tutmania", with 1.6 million people visiting the British Museum.

Business

The travel firm Thomas Cook has collapsed after last minute negotiations to save the firm failed.

Overnight ,the UK Civil Aviation Authority said that the tour operator had ceased trading with immediate effect  and that moves to repatriate some 150,000 British holidaymakers currently overseas were “underway”.

The failure of Thomas Cook which was founded 178 years ago puts 22,000 jobs at risk worldwide including 9,000 in the UK.

The UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that the collapse was “very sad news for staff and holidaymakers”.

He said that the government and Civil Aviation Authority have hired dozens of charter planes to fly customers home free of charge.

In August ,Thomas Cook secured a 900 million pound rescue deal which was led by its largest shareholder Fosun.

Recently a demand from the firm’s banks to raise a further 200 million pounds in contingency funding had put the deal in doubt  and last minute talks aimed at securing the extra funding including an appeal to the government failed.

Asian shares have rallied this morning on hopes that an interim deal will be struck between the United States and China ahead of high level trade talks next month.

Preliminary talks between the two sides in Washington at the end of last week have been described as “productive” and “constructive”.

The Chinese Commerce Ministry said that the two sides had had a good discussion about “detailed arrangements” for the high-level talks in October while the US Trade Representative’s Office confirmed that more talks would go ahead next month.

Investors remain jittery however after Chinese officials unexpectedly cancelled visits to US farms this week following the talks in Washington.

And-Oil prices have risen by more than 1 percent this morning as tensions in the Middle East continue.

Brent Crude was up by 72 cents to 65 dollars a little earlier while West Texas Intermediate rose by 69 cents to 58 dollars 78.

Prices rose after the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that additional troops sent to strengthen Saudi Arabia’s air and missile defences were for “deterrence” and that Washington aimed to avoid war with Iran.

Sport

MA NOLANS RUGBY WORLD CUP REPORT.

There were three games on Sunday with Italy getting their campaign off to a winning start with a 47-22 win over Namibia in Pool B getting a bonus point in the process.

Ireland disposed of a disappointing Scotland 27 three in  Pool A also getting a bonus point and England got a bonus point without ever moving into top gear in a 35-3 win over a physical Tonga side in Pool C.

Today ,Wales start their campaign against Georgia in Pool D.Kick off is at 12.15.

Warren Gatland’s side will be hoping for a big points performance just a few days after assistant coach Rob Howley was sent home for allegedly breaking betting rules.

Meanwhile ,the Australia wing Reece Hodge has been cited for his controversial tackle on Peceli Yato in his side’s Pool D victory over Fiji on Saturday.

Hodge appeared to make contact with the flanker’s head in a no arms tackle in the 25th minute of the match.Yako failed a head assessment and didn’t return to the field.

Hodge will appear before a disciplinary panel in Tokyo and could be banned for up to a year if found guilty of the most serious level offence.

Formula 1-Sebastian Vettel won his first Grand Prix in 13 months as he took the chequered flag in Singapore on Sunday with Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc in second and Max Verstappen in third.

It’s the first time that Ferrari have scored a one-two finish since the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix and the first time that they’ve won three races in a row since 2008.

Leclerc was unhappy about the pit strategy which saw Vettel called in before him which allowed him to undercut and take control of the race.

Three safety cars spoiled the second half of the race and Leclerc had to settle for second.

Lewis Hamilton could only manage 4th place but still leads Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by 65 points heading into the next race at Sochi in Russia next Sunday.

Football-There were 4 games in the English Premier League on Sunday and Liverpool maintained their 100 percent start to the season with a 2-1 win at battling Chelsea.

West Ham beat struggling Manchester United 2-0 while Crystal Palace and Wolves drew 1-1 and Arsenal beat Aston Villa 3-2.

There was 1 game in the English Championship on Sunday.West Brom beat Huddersfield 4-2 and in the Scottish Premiership Rangers were 4-0 winners at St Johnstone.Celtic beat Kilmarnock 3-1 and the Edinburgh derby ended Hibs 1 Hearts 2.

Golf-Danny Willett of England has won the PGA at Wentworth.

Willett finished with a final round 5 under par 67 to end on 20 under par-three shots clear of Jon Rahm of Spain.

It’s Willett’s biggest win since the 2016 Masters and the 7th of his career.

Weather.

Showers dying away then mainly fine but with a moderate westerly wind developing across the region.

Top temperature 25 degrees.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 12 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Mainly fine with highs of 23-25 degrees.

Finally 

How to fill your head with happiness: The world's top happiness expert says the key to beating anxiety is your joyful memories - from smelling flowers to printing out family photos

A survey in the UK has shown that the top ten childhiood memories are: 

10 best childhood memories 

1. Family holidays

2. Hide-and-seek

3. Collecting shells on the beach

4. First day at school

5. Watching Top of the Pops

6. Sports days

7. Watching children’s TV

8. Fish and chips

9. Pic ’n’ mix sweets

10. Playground games (British bulldog, etc.)

 

 

 

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