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French and Riviera News Thursday 28th June 2018

Local

SNCF Strike action – Regional trains are subject to delays and cancellation as the last day of scheduled strike action from the SNCF was announced today. 4 out of 5 TGV’s are operating and 3 out of 5 regional trains running. Meanwhle France’s biggest rail union CGT-Cheminots announced on Wednesday that they will continue striking  until the month of September. This comes a day after two other rail unions, UNSA and CFDT Cheminots, broke ranks with the CGT by deciding not to extend the strike beyond the original end date of today June 28.

Light aircraft crashes - Two Italian nationals in their sixties have had a lucky escape after their light aircraft crashed at the end of the runway Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban aerodrome near Digne des Bains. The four seater aircraft dropped 150 meters at the end of the runway shortly before midday on Wednesday with the two passengers managing to escape unscathed.

Cyclist hit by parasol - A cyclist has been taken to hospital after being hit by a parasol while cycling on the coast road in Cannes. Due to strong winds the parasol hit the 40 year old causing her to lose control and fall.

There are traffic diversion as of today in Nice due to the opening of part of the new tramline. The first part of Line 2 will be in circulation as of 1pm on Saturday access to the Promenade des Anglais will be closed from the Magnan junction intermittently today and Friday  from 9pm to 2am.

Nice has the second highest of rents of all cities in France - According to a new survey, Nice has the second highest rents of all cities in France. The rankings for the first quarter of 2018 were published by the national federation of real estate agents, the Fnaim. The survey was based on the 250,000 offers published on the Fnaim website by more than 4,000 agencies.

Kite surfer complete tour of France - Kite surfer Mattieu Girolet has completed his tour of France. Celebrating on Wednesday as he arrived in the port of Saint Laurent du Var after five intense weeks at sea. 44 year old Girolet had left Dunkirk on May 22nd accompanied by a team aboard a motorboat spending nearly seven hour a day on the water.

National

‘Lifeline’ - French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that France will be one of six European Union (EU) countries to take in the 233 migrants aboard the NGO boat 'Lifeline'. The Lifeline has been stranded for days in the Mediterranean without a port to dock at after picking up the migrants in distress off the Libyan coast last week. Macron added that Europe wanted to "strengthen its cooperation with the Libyan coastguards" to "limit the movements" of migrants.

French MPs remove the word “race” - French MPs have agreed to remove the word "race" from the constitution and add a ban on gender discrimination as part of a rewrite of the 60-year-old document. Lawmakers from across the left-right divide agreed to strike the term on Wednesday from the first article of the constitution, which says all citizens are equal before the law "regardless of origin, race or religion". In the place of "race" they added "gender", with the draft new article now reading that all citizens are equal, "regardless of gender, origin or religion". The term "race" was added to France's first post-war constitution in 1946 to send a message that the state would no longer tolerate the racist ideas propagated by the Nazis and wartime Vichy regime.

Summer is finally here – Finally , there’s no doubt summer is finally here as Météo France have forecast a sharp rise in temperatures across France at the weekend with the highest expected in the South West and Central East. Saturday will see maximum temperatures between 32 and 38 degrees as France face Argentina in the last sixteen of the World Cup. Kickoff is at 4pm.  

Business

The US competition regulator has cleared Walt Disney’s plan to buy most of 21st Century Fox removing one of the final barriers to the 71.3 billion dollar deal.

The approval will require the sale of Fox’s regional sports networks in the US due to competition concerns.

Disney said that it was “pleased” with the decision but the deal still needs regulatory approval in a number of other countries.

Disney is planning to buy the entertainment assets of Fox in the hope of increasing the range of content that it can offer as it plans to compete with streaming services like Netflix.

 

Two major US auto-traders have warned the Trump administration that imposing up to 25 percent tariffs on imported vehicles will cost hundreds of thousands of jobs and see a dramatic increase in the price of vehicles.

A coalition representing major foreign manufacturers including Toyota,Volkswagen,BMW and Hyundai said that the tariffs would hurt both carmakers and consumers.

The group added that rather than creating jobs,the tariffs would result in the loss of American jobs selling cars,SUV’s,trucks and auto parts.

 

And-Apple and Samsung have settled a seven year old patent dispute bringing to an end the long running battle over the design of their rival smartphones.

The terms of the settlement have not been disclosed but it comes a week after a US jury ordered Samsung to pay Apple 539 million dollars in damages for copying features of the original iPhone.

The dispute started in 2011 when Apple sued Samsung for more than 2 billion dollars in damages.

The lawsuit resulted in a prolonged legal battle in various courts around the world.

Sport

Football-There were 4 games at the World Cup in Russia on Wednesday with the holders Germany sensationally dumped out at the group stage.
Germany lost 2-0 to South Korea in Group F and end bottom of the pile while Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 to finish top of the Group with Mexico qualifying in second place. 

In Group E Brazil beat Serbia 2-0 to end top of the group while Switzerland made it through in second place after drawing 2-2 with Costa Rica.


There are 4 more games today as groups G and H conclude.England play Belgium with both sides having already qualified.It just remains to be seen who will end top of the group.The other game is between Tunisia and Panama.
In Group H it’s all still to play for with Japan against Poland and Senegal against Colombia.Poland are out but the remaining three teams all still have a chance of qualifying for the knockout phase.

Cricket-England have beaten Australia by 28 runs in the Twenty20 international at Edgebaston.
England made 221-5 from their 20 overs with Jos Buttler making 61.
Australia could only manage 193 from 19.4 overs.

Tennis-Kyle Edmund beat Andy Murray 6-4 6-4 in the second round of the Eastbourne tournament on Wednesday.
Edmund’s power was too much for Murray who was only playing his third competitive match since returning from a serious hip injury.Afterwards he said that there is no risk to his fitness if he decides to play at Wimbledon next week.

Weather

Partially cloudy with some showers this afternoon and light variable winds.

Top temperature 26 degrees Celsius-that’s 79 degrees Farenheit.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast and 16 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Mainly fine with highs of 25-28 degrees.

 

Finally 

Scientists have claimed that passions in life are developed through hard work rather than being something that is innate.

According to Yale and Stanford psychologists who claim that, rather than being something innate, passions grow through persistence.  

Their research dispels the common theory that if you don't enjoy something the first time, you may just not have a natural interest in it.  

People with a fixed mindset believe that their passion should be clear, all consuming and provide endless motivation.

Those with a growth mindset think that developing an interest and working hard at it can turn it into a true passion. 

In three different tests, students who identified either as technology types or as arty types were asked to read articles outside of their areas of interest.

The researchers discovered that students with a growth mindset were more likely to find the articles interesting. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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