Lunchtime news update Wednesday 4th March 2020

Lunchtime news update 04/03/2020

Dispute over mobile phone - A 14-year-old girl has been placed in police custody following a dispute over a mobile phone with a fellow resident in a shelter for young girls in Grasse. The incident occurred on Tuesday morning when the 14-year-old girl reportedly grabbed a kitchen knife before punching the victim in the stomach. Emergency services were at the scene and the victim was taken to hospital.

The 14-year-old, who had initially fled following the incident was quickly found and arrested by the national police officers in charge of the case.

Cannes steps up new health measures on public transport - Cannes city council has announced this morning that new health measures have been introduced on the transport network of Palm Bus and other transport networks in the city. The move comes as a precaution against the current coronavirus.

The frequency of cleaning the buses has been doubled and the disinfection of seats and bars is being carried out several times a day. Speaking on the matter the mayor, David Lisnard declared “Protecting the public is our top priority”.

Coronavirus update - The government here in Monaco has announced that tests carried out on Monday of suspected coronavirus cases have tested negative. In the press release published on Tuesday they added that two new patients were being treated on Tuesday evening by emergency services and that medical staff are awaiting the results to confirm if their symptoms are that of the coronavirus. 

To date 10 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the Alpes Maritimes and 214 nationally.

Student publishes fake news article on coronavirus - Meanwhile, an adolescent has been summoned by his headteacher after   seeing the coronavirus as an opportunity “to get out of going to school”. The young man who attends the school in the Paris region created a bogus news article making other pupils believe that two other students were in self isolation following a trip to Italy during half term.

The news circulated fast on social media and the “joke” did not make authorities laugh.

Forum for job seekers - Espace 3000 is set to take place on Friday 6th March in Hyéres in the Var. If you’re looking for seasonal to year-round jobs, more than 700 positions will be on offered to job seekers by local companies who are recruiting.

Organized by Pôle Emploi and the city of Hyères, the event will welcome 84 companies looking for a wide variety of profiles. In 2019, 698 people were hired in the six months following the forum.

The Prince's Government consolidates its strategic relationship with the United Nations Environment Programme - The award ceremony for the European Commission to the United Nations Environment Program (P.N.U.E.) campaign "aquariums of the world against plastics" has been held here in Monaco at the Oceanographic Museum.

In the presence of H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, Mr. Laurent Anselmi, Government Counselor-Minister for External Relations and Cooperation a framework of a cooperation agreement was signed with Ms. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of the P.N.U.E.

Given the importance of the environment in the Principality's foreign relations policy, the Prince's Government wishes to with this programme strengthen institutional dialogue and strategic collaboration, which is authoritative on the international scene in environmental matters.

This agreement also aims to consolidate the various financial contributions paid by the Principality to the P.N.U.E., in particular in favour of its activities to combat marine plastic pollution or even sustainable management of coral reefs.

Five young French citizens call on Greta Thunberg - Five young French citizens of the Citizens' Climate Convention have called on Greta Thunberg to "increase the pressure" on the French government.

As the next session of the Citizen Climate Convention, approaches being held on Friday March 6, five young members of the convention have signed a forum published today asking the climate activist to “make the French government face the emergency climate situation”. In the publication called "Letter to Greta Thunberg", they ask for the 16-year-old Swedish girl to attend a meeting in France in order to obtain her support and to get the French government to take the necessary measures. "

France is the European champion of gender equality in large companies - According to a study published today and carried out by Equileap, France is the European champion of gender equality in large companies.

While according to the report “there is still a lot to do” in terms of combating inequalities between men and women, French CAC 40 companies are doing better than their European counterparts. In the general classification, France, scores 52 points out of 100, and is ahead of Sweden with (49), Spain (46), Germany (44) and Italy (42).

This study was carried out by Equileap in 255 companies and ten European countries. Among the criteria examined are the number of women on the board of directors, wage differences, recruitment strategies and even the parental leave policy.

In Europe, only one in ten companies has a strategy to reduce the pay gap. In France, it is four out of ten companies.








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