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French and Riviera News Thursday 16th August 2018

Local

Genoa Bridge disaster - Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has declared a 12-month state of emergency in the north-western region in response to the motorway bridge collapse in Genoa. Following a request from the regional government after the disaster which left 39 people dead the Prime Minister confirmed that an initial €5 million euros has been made available from central funds to the region. There has been anger and disbelief in Italy that such a vital structure could have simply given way. Rescuers have said there is little hope of finding more survivors. Most of the victims were Italians, but the French foreign ministry said four of its nationals had also died. The cause is not yet known but there has been heavy criticism of the private company responsible for operating the bridge.

Firework display in Nice - For the first time since July 2016, fireworks have returned to the city of Nice. As part of August 15th celebrations people gathered on the Promenade des Anglais on Wednesday night. The display took place in front of the Opera Beach at 10pm lasting about twenty minutes.

The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi said "It’s impossible not to think of the 86 victims, their families and loved ones and all who were wounded in the terrible attack”.

Police arrest - Police in the Alpes Maritimes have arrested a man in the village of Peïra-Cava in connection with a shooting which resulted in the death of a 30 year old man. According to the police the individual had admitted to the killing which happened during a heated argument on Tuesday evening between the two men. Police have launched an investigation to determine the exact circumstances.

Emmanuel Macron visits Carmignac Foundation - The French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte have visited the Carmignac Foundation on the island of Porquerolles in the Var. The couple who are currently on holiday at Fort Brégançon admired contemporary works of art by amongst others Andy Warhol and Jeff Koons.

National

Motorist shot dead in police roadside check - An investigation has been opened into the circumstances surrounding the death of a motorist who was shot by police in Paris on Tuesday night after fleeing a police roadside check in the center of the capital. According to preliminary evidence, the 26-year-old driver, who was driving without a license, refused to comply and fled. One of the police officers present then chased him and opened fire. Members of the victim’s family have declared an "injustice" and filed a complaint for homicide. The young man reportedly lived with his parents in Essonne in the south of Paris.

Migrant-rescue ship Aquarius - The migrant-rescue ship Aquarius has docked in Malta on following an agreement by France and four other European countries to take in its 141 passengers along with 114 others who arrived on the Mediterranean island on Monday. France has agreed to take 60 of the migrants, as its share of an agreement that will see Spain also take 60, Germany up to 50, Portugal 40, and Luxembourg 15. Most of the migrants on board the Aquarius are from Somalia or Sudan.

Business

The FTSE 100 lost more than 100 points on Wednesday amid concerns about the dollar's strength, trade tensions and Turkey's currency crisis. The benchmark index slid to its lowest close since 27th April, as metal and oil stocks plunged. Mining stocks were the biggest fallers on the FTSE 100 as the price of copper fell to a 13-month low on concerns for growth in China.

According to company results published on Wednesday Uber has narrowed its losses in the second quarter but remains a long way from turning a profit. Uber has retreated from major markets China, Southeast Asia and Russia over the last year after failing to fend off local competitors. But it said it was still committed to India and the Middle East, despite pressure from some investors to quit those markets too.

Constellation Brands which owns Corona beer is set to pour some $4bn into Canada's top cannabis producer in a deal marking the largest investment in the industry to-date. Last year, Constellation injected $200m into a deal to produce a non-alcoholic cannabis-based beverage. The alcohol firm wants to capitalise on the growing legalisation of the drug.

It’s been claimed that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) traders compared their behaviour to gangsters in "Goodfellas" and joked about ruining the US housing market in the run up to the financial crisis. A US Department of Justice report into the mis-selling of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 banking collapse details bankers and traders' apparent disregard over their contribution to the global monetary meltdown.

Sport

Football – Real Madrid began life without Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane with defeat in the first ever Uefa Super Cup derby as Atletico Madrid scored twice in extra time. Atletico won the match 4-2.

And - Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne player of the season in 2017-18 is having tests on a right knee injury. 

Tennis - Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic came from a set down to beat Adrian Mannarino and move into the third round in Cincinnati.

Rugby Union - England rugby international Danny Cipriani has been charged with common assault after an incident at a Jersey nightclub. The Gloucester fly-half was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday. Police said he had been charged with common assault, assault on police, resisting arrest and being disorderly on licensed premises. The 30-year-old has been remanded in custody until a hearing on Thursday. He had been on the island with his club during a pre-season tour.

 

Golf - It's a moment that, if you are lucky, might happen once in a lifetime. But a 51-year-old amateur golfer hit three holes-in-one as she defended her club championship title on Tuesday. Ali Gibb achieved the remarkable feat at Croham Hurst Golf Club in South Croydon, Surrey.

Weather

Clear skies across the region to begin with becoming increasing cloudy by the afternoon highs of 30 degrees in the Alpes Maritimes and 31 degrees in the Var.

This evening going down to 22 degrees in Nice and 18 degrees in Saint Tropez.

Friday and the start of the week-end predominately cloudy, temperatures remaining much the same with storms forecast inland.

Finally 

Housework can help to reduce poor mental health by up to 43 per cent. Team sports have the most dramatic impact, but even things like walking and cleaning can improve mental health.

A new report published in the Lancet Psychiatry has found that people have an average of 3.5 days of poor mental health in any given month.

Researchers from Yale University analysed data from 1,237,194 people over the age of 18 in the US, between 2011 and 2015, looking at the self-reported mental health of people who exercised and those who didn't.

They looked at the effects of exercise type, duration, frequency and intensity.

And the study found that just about any exercise helps to reduce that number by an average of 1.5 days a month.

The largest lift comes from team sports, cycling, aerobic and gym exercise - all of which are credited with reducing poor mental health days by around 20 per cent.

Housework can help to burn up to 600 calories. Last September, the Good Housekeeping Institute revealed that simple household tasks could help you shed up to 600 calories.

The top calorie-busting tasks included:

1. Dusting - 194 calories in 40 minutes

2. Window cleaning - 115 calories in 20 minutes

3. Mopping - 107 calories in 20 minutes

4. Bathroom cleaning - 100 calories in 20 minutes

5. Vacuuming - 86 calories in 20 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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