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French and Riviera News Thursday 7th September 2017

Local

16 year old cyclist killed after being hit by a lorry - A 16 year old cyclist has died after being hit by a lorry in Nice. The accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters at the scene were unable to save the victim. Police have appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

Terminal 2 at Nice airport evacuated - The arrival hall of Nice airport at terminal 2 has been evacuated. Police carried out security checks on Wednesday afternoon after a suitcase was left unattended shortly after 5.30. Air traffic was not affected during the procedure.

Speed camera - A speed camera has been put in place on the A8 motorway westbound just after the Monaco entrance at junction 56. Motorists are reminded that this part of the motorway is limited to 90 km/hr.

Dangers of alcohol while pregnant - According to a new survey carried out by the French health authority too many French people still minimize the dangers of a low or occasional consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. The effects of alcohol on the health of the child are many: stunted growth, physical abnormalities or memory problems. A survey of more than 1,000 people over the age of 15 years was made public this week to mark World Fetal Alcohol syndrome awareness day on September 9th.

Silent disco - Party goers have experienced a novel concept which dates back to the early 2000s where guests wear headphones while on the dancefloor. La Verriere in Saint-Paul-de-Vence held several evenings this summer where men and women hung out without sound or rather a "silent disco". The concept is now developing in France and on the Cote d'Azur. 

National

Hurricane Irma - Hurricane Irma has claimed six lives and  caused "major damage" on several Caribbean islands. The Category Five hurricane has "blown the roofs" off of buildings, caused flooding and cut communications between Paris and the French-run islands of Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin. The population on the French side of the island of Saint Martin is around 40,000. A total of around 9,000 people live on Saint Barthelemy.

Ban on ultra-thin models France - A host of French-owned fashion labels spanning from Christian Dior to Saint Laurent have pledged to ban ultra-thin models from their advertising and catwalk shows following criticism that the industry encourages anorexia. French holding companies LVMH and Kering, which own dozens of top brands between them, unveiled a charter "to ensure the well-being of models" which will also outlaw the hiring of girls under the age of 16 for adult shoots or events. In May, a French law requiring models to present a doctor's certificate attesting to their good health was introduced to try to tackle the problem of the industry promoting thinness and unattainable beauty ideals.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi - France's culture minister has announced that The Louvre Abu Dhabi will finally open to the public on the 11th November, a decade after the project was launched. The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first establishment outside of the original Louvre in Paris to carry the famed French name. Housing 600 works of art, including 300 loaned by 13 French museums for the first year, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is described as the "first universal museum" in the Arab world.

Business

President Trump has defied Republicans and cut a deal with Democrats to lift the US debt ceiling for three months as well as to fund the government and rush through a financial packet to aid the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Mr Trump went against the views of Republican leaders who wanted to extend the debt limit increase for longer. Democrats announce the deal shortly before the US House of Representatives passed an 8 billion dollar aid package for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Leaders from both parties met with the President at the White House on Wednesday with Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan saying afterwards that the Democratic proposals were “unworkable” and “ridiculous”. Analysts say that the development has further frayed relations between the President and the Republican controlled Congress with no guarantee that the party’s rank-and-file members will go along with the deal. One of the top bankers at the US Federal Reserve is to retire next month.

Stanley Fischer,who’s 73 has cited personal reasons for his departure and his decision to leave will create another vacancy on the council that oversees the US central bank. Three spots on the 7 member board were already vacant and the term of Chair Janet Yellen is due to expire next year with no clear sign that President Trump will reappoint her. The vacancies on the board provide the President with an opportunity to make his own mark on the Federal Reserve  and he’s already nominated the investor Randal Quarles for one of the positions.

And-The British Prime Minister Theresa May has approached some of the country’s leading companies and asked them to give public backing to the UK’s Brexit strategy. Media reports say that business leaders are being asked to sign a letter expressing support although Downing Street has declined to comment on the existence of the document. Some business leaders are reported to be unwilling to sign the letter because they feel that the government’s approach to Brexit lacks clarity. One FTSE 100 company chairman told the BBC that it’s dangerous to ask a question when you’re not sure what the answer will be.

Sport

Tennis-Juan Martin del Potro has stunned Flushing Meadows by beating Roger Federer in four sets in the quarter finals of the US Open. The former US Open champion came through 7-5 3-6 7-6 6-4 to set up a semi-final clash against Rafael Nadal who beat Andrey Rublev of Russia in straight sets. The other semi-final will be between Kevin Anderson of South Africa and Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.

The women’s semi-finals later will be an all American affair with Venus Williams against Sloane Stephens and Coco Vandeweghe against Madison Keys.

Cricket-The third and final Test between England and West Indies gets underway at Lord’s today with the minds of West Indies squad far away in the Caribbean as Hurricane Irma wreaks havoc in the island chain. Play is due to start at noon French time with the series tied at 1-1.

Football-The owners of Manchester City are considering taking legal action after the president of Spain’s La Liga accused them of “financial doping”. Javier Tebas said that City and Paris St-Germain had spent money from outside football and that action should be taken to stop it. He also said that Girona-the club in which City’s owners took a 44.3 percent stake in last month,had tried to “cook the books” after taking players on loan from the Manchester club.

Cycling-Chris Froome’s lead in the Vuelta a Espana has been cut by 42 seconds as he struggled on the gruelling final climb to Los Machucos on Wednesday’s stage 17. Stefan Denifl of Austria won the stage with Froome’s main rival Vincenzo Nibali finishing fourth.He now trails the four time Tour de France winner by 1 minute and 16 seconds heading into today’s 18th stage which is reasonably flat 169 kilometres from Suances to Santo Toribio de Liebana.

Weather

Mainly fine in coastal areas with some thundery showers possible in the mountains.

Light to moderate easterly winds and a high of 24-26 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 19 degrees on the coast and 15 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Clear skies tomorrow with highs of 24-26 degrees.Clouding over on Saturday with rain developing during the afternoon.

Finally 

Let the music play - According to a new study the next time you reach a creative block, you might want to play some Bruno Mars. Researchers found that upbeat songs can help you to come up with original and useful solutions to tasks by making you see things from a different perspective.

The findings suggest that listening to happy music could promote creative thinking in school, workplaces and other organisational settings. The study found that in Australia, listening to happy music facilitates more creative thinking, or thinking outside the box, compared to silence.

The experts believe that variables within happy music may enhance flexibility in thinking.

This means additional solutions might be considered by the participant that may not have occurred to them as readily if they were performing the task in silence. 

 

 

 

 

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