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Morning News Friday 12th May 2017

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Politics – The list of candidates for  newly elected President Emmanuel Macron’s party “La Republique en Marche” has been announced. From the 19,000 applications 428 were announced on Thursday. The candidates are made up of 214 men and 214 women, ages range from 26 to 72 with the average being 46 and for the first time in French politics 52% of the candidates are new to politics. Following the announcement “La Republique en Marche” faced criticism from the Republicans firstly over what was described as a “cut and paste” error when Mourad Boudjellal president of the rugby club of Toulon was included on the list and the surprise announcement that among the list of candidates is Gaspard Gantzer, communication advisor of François Hollande at the Elysee.  Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls was not accepted by “La Republique en Marche” however they did suggest they would not put in place an opposing candidate.  There are 42 candidates for election in the PACA region. Half of them have never held public office before. The more well-known local candidates include Yannick Marziniak, the Deputy Mayor of Valbonne, and Caroline Reverso - Meinietti, a lawyer at the Nice Bar. 

Tribute - Two students from Nice have released a music video as a tribute to the Nice Attack. Almost a year after the attack on July 14th 2016 two students from Nice decided to use acting and music in a video entitled “That Moment”.

Cannes Film Festival - Netflix boss Reed Hastings has hit out at the French cinema "establishment", which he claims wants to block the streaming giant's movies from the Cannes film festival.Hastings took to his personal Facebook account late Wednesday to claim that "the establishment is closing ranks against us", after Cannes effectively slapped a ban on future Netflix-backed movies at the world's leading film festival.The organisers said they were forced to change their rules after the streaming giant refused to screen its two films in the running for this year's Palme d'Or top prize in French cinemas.

Four Day Week - Support is gathering in Nice Town Council for a return to the four day week for schools. It’s felt the extra-curricular activity day on Wednesdays is not working, too expensive and not engaging students. A vote on the measure will be taken during the summer.

Depeche Mode - It’s a big day for Depeche Mode fans as the British pop rock group prepare for tonight’s concert at the Nikaia in Nice. Doors open at 6pm and 25,000 spectators are expected. For information on access and parking go to our website rivieraradio.mc http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/provence-alpes-cote-d-azur/alpes-maritimes/nice/mieux-vaut-anticiper-aller-au-concert-depeche-mode-nice-1251983.html. Meanwhile the Euro Festival a four day bikers celebration starts in Grimaud in the Var today. Bikers from all over Europe will gather enjoying a weekend of parades and concerts.

National

Protest - The workers at GM&S auto-suppliers plant in the Creuse department of central France have sent a message to bosses and car giants Renault and Peugeot by threatening to blow up their factory. Around 280 jobs are on the line at the plant, north of Limoges that went into receivership in December. According to trade union representatives the employees have started destroying their factory equipment and say they will trash a machine each day until their demands are met.

Eiffel Tower - According to a new poll by online travel site TravelBird, the Eiffel Tower has been eclipsed as the most popular spot in the world for instagrammers by the "happiest place on earth" -- Disneyland in California. Disneyland has received 14.6 million hashtags - twice as many as the Eiffel Tower - which for the moment rests in second place, according to the poll. 

Business

The US retail giant Macy’s says that like-for-like sales fell by 4.6 percent in the first quarter compared with the same period last year. The news sent Macy’s which also owns Bloomingdales down by 17 percent on the New York Stock Exchange with investors uneasy over the sudden slowdown in consumer spending. Like-for-like sales at another major retailer,Kohl’s were down by 2.7 percent and sales at Nordstrom fell by 0.8 percent. Macy’s chief executive said that he is “well aware” of the challenges the company is facing. Jeff Gennette said that “these are unusual and challenging times for retail,especially for mall-based stores”. Some analysts’ say that the decline in department store spending points to broader weakness in consumer sentiment. The US Commerce Department will publish official first quarter retail sales data today.

The UK telecoms firm BT is to shed 4,000 jobs worldwide over the next two years and will strip its chief executive of his annual bonus. BT says that the job cuts will be made in back office and managerial sectors as part of its plan to simplify its Global Services Operations. The development comes following an accounting scandal at the Italian part of Global Services that cost the firm more than 500 million pounds. The chief executive of BT Gavin Patterson will lose his bonus over the scandal.Last year he was paid a basic salary of 969,000 pounds and was awarded bonuses of 4 million pounds.

And-A London-based virtual reality firm has raised 500 million pounds in one of the biggest investments in an early stage European technology business. Improbable will remain independent following the investment from Japan’s Softbank. Improbable was founded just 5 years ago and builds large scale virtual worlds and simulations. The technology is mainly used for games developers but can also be used in applications such as modelling transport systems.

Sport

Formula 1-The battle for the World Championship resumes in Spain this weekend with Lewis Hamilton looking to make up ground. The triple world champion could only manage 4th place in the Russian Grand Prix two weeks ago but says that he’s learned from his difficult weekend and hopes to do better in Barcelona on Sunday. 1ST practice for Sunday’s race is at 10am this morning with second practice at 2pm.Qualifying is at 2pm on Saturday with the race at 2pm on Sunday.

Football-Manchester United survived a late scare to move through to the final of the Europa League. United were held to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford by Celta Vigo with the visitors equalising in the 85th minute but they held on to win the tie 2-1 on aggregate and set up a meeting with Ajax who lost 3-1 on the night at Lyon but take the tie 5-4 on aggregate. The English Premier League title could be decided tonight if Chelsea win at West Bromwich Albion.In the other game tonight Everton host Watford. Tomorrow Manchester City play Leicester.Bournemouth host Burnley.Middlesbrough play Southampton.Sunderland play Swansea and Stoke host Arsenal. On Sunday Crystal Palace play Hull.West Ham host Liverpool and Spurs play Manchester United.

Cricket-Ireland continue their countdown to being possibly handed Test status when they play Bangladesh in Dublin today. The Ireland skipper William Porterfield says that the side has learned from the recent series defeat against England and they’re confident of a good performance today. Play in Malahide starts at 11.45 French time.

Cycling-Silvan Diller pipped Jasper Stuyven to victory in stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia on Thursday at the end of the 217 kilometre ride to Terme Luigane. Bob Junkels retains the overall lead with Geraint Thomas of Great Britain in second and fell Brit Adam Yates in overall third.

Tennis-Andy Murray says that he’s “concerned” after being knocked out in the third round of the Madrid Open. Murray was beaten by Borna Coric of Bulgaria  6-3 6-3 and said afterwards that it was the manner in which he lost was the most disappointing aspect. He’s running out of preparation time before the French Open which starts at the end of the month.

Golf-William McGirt and Mackenzie Hughes share the lead after the first round of the Players Championsip at Sawgrass Florida. Both players ended on 5 under par after firing first round 67’s. Adam Scott will be kicking himself after dropping 4 shots over the last two holes as he blew his chances of taking the overnight lead. Rory McIlroy was off colour and goes into round two on 1 over.

Weather 

Partially cloudy with the chance of a shower or two around lunchtime and light to moderate variable winds.

Top temperature 21 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 13 degrees on the coast and 10 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

The weekend-Partially cloudy,some showers inland and highs of 19-21 degrees

Finally 

Most people know it takes 25 fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown. The act of smiling has numerous positives attached to it. Not only does it make you look happy and approachable, but it also releases endorphins, making it a surefire way to boost your mood.

Sadly, it's emerged that smiling is not all it's cracked up to be. A recent experiment found that smiling in photos can add up three and half years to your face. This is because smiling apparently exaggerates the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes.

 

 

 

 

 

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