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Morning News Monday 22nd May 2017

Local

Retirement Home - A 24 year old man has stabbed his father to death at a retirement home in Grasse. The incident happened on Sunday afternoon at Le Petit Paris retirement home. Police have opened an investigation.

Prison Officer - A prison officer at Nice prison has appeared in court accused of supplying mobile phones to prisoners. The verdict at the Nice criminal court  will be announced on June 21st. 

World Record – 27 year old Friedi Kuhne has broken the world record of tightrope walking. Kuhne completed the challenge of walking along the longest tightrope in Saint-Jeannet on Sunday.

Cars 3 - Formula One racing champion Lewis Hamilton is to attend a photo call at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes on Tuesday to mark the release of Disney Pixar’s new film Cars 3. The turbo charged Cars 3 sees Owen Wilson return as the voice of the legendary ‘Lightening McQueen’.

Charity Race - 6,000 euros has been raised in aid of breast cancer research. 1,600 runners took part in the 6km race in the Var at the week-end organized by Isis 83 which is an organization working towards raising awareness to breast cancer and cancer in the region.

National

Champs-Elysées - A man believed to be an accomplice of the gunman who killed a police officer on the Champs-Élysées in April has been remanded in custody and placed under formal investigation. The suspect's DNA was found on the weapon used by the shooter, identified as Karim Cheurfi, who opened fire on a police vehicle on the famous Paris avenue, killing one officer and injuring two others before being shot dead. The arrested man, who was not named, was not known to anti-terrorist services.

Investigation - According to reports French justice officials have opened an investigation into whether “bribes” might have helped the country to win a huge submarine order from Brazil in 2008. The contract was signed in 2008 during a visit by the then French President Nicolas Sarkozy

La Baule - The French seaside town of La Baule is in uproar following a decision by officials to privatise the three mile stretch of golden sands which are part of the Côte d’Amour resort. A 12 year contract to manage the beach has been given to the multinational water company Veolia but locals fear the resorts reputation is at stake. Technically there are no private beaches in France as the coastlines are protected and overseen by the environment ministry in Paris. However in reality, local councils have been allowed to sell licences to beach restaurants, bars and sun-bed rental firms.

Business

Boeing has signed several defence and commercial deals with Saudi Arabia including for the sale of both military and passenger aircraft. The announcement came on Sunday during US President Donald Trump’s visit to the Kingdom and includes deals for Chinook Helicopters,associated support services and guided weapons systems. Saudi Arabia is seeking closer defence and commercial ties with the United States under the Trump Presidency as it seeks to develop its economy beyond oil and leads a coalition that’s fighting a war in Yemen. The total value of the Boeing deals has not been disclosed but is the latest in a series of business agreements worth 10’s of billions of dollars signed between US and Saudi firms since Mr Trump arrived in Riyadh on Saturday.

Oil prices have risen in Asian trade this morning supported by reports that an Opec led supply cut may not only be extended into next year but may also be deepened to tighten the market and prop up revenue. Sources say that the option to deepen production cuts is being discussed in the run-up to a meeting of Opec and its allies in Vienna on Thursday. Opec and Russia as well as other producing nations have already pledged to cut supplies by 1.8 million barrels a day until March 2018. Both crude benchmarks have already risen by 10 percent from their lows seen earlier this month. Brent crude has risen by 32 cents or 0.6 percent this morning to 53 dollars and 93 cents a barrel.

And-Hong Kong’s flagship carrier Cathay Pacific says that it’s to cut 600 jobs in its biggest restructuring for 20 years. The cuts will include 190 positions in management and more than 400 in non-management staff working at its head office in Hong Kong. In March,Cathay Pacific said that it would save 30 percent in employee costs at its head office after posting its first annual loss in 8 years. The cuts are part of a three year plan to turn around the losses. Cathay has been facing tough competition from Chinese and Middle Eastern airlines that have expanded rapidly into its Asian Pacific market. 

Sport

Football-Chelsea have been crowned as champions of England following a 5-1 victory over Sunderland at Stamford Bridge on the last day of the season on Sunday. Spurs finish as runners-up as they thrashed Hull City 7-1 away while Manchester City and Liverpool grabbed the other two European Champions League spots for next season. Arsenal finished in 5th place-outside the European Champions League places for the first time in 20 years while Manchester United finished in 6th place and must hope that they win the Europa League on Wednesday if they’re to make the big European competition next season. In Scotland on Sunday Celtic became the first club to go unbeaten all season in the 38 game format as they beat Hearts 2-0.They now just need to beat Aberdeen in next weekend’s Scottish Cup Final to pull off the domestic treble.

Motorsport-Fernando Alonso has qualified 5th for next Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 and will start in the middle of the second row of the grid. Alonso set an average time of 231.300mph on his 4-lap qualifying run while New Zealander Scott Dixon took pole. Alonso is missing next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix to compete at Indianapolis.

Rugby Union-Billy Vunipola has pulled out of the Lions tour to New Zealand with a shoulder injury. The England number 8 had been managing the injury but now requires further treatment.He’s been replaced  by James Haskell who’ll join up with the rest of the squad after the Premiership final on May the 27th.

Cricket-Ireland have been thrashed by New Zealand by 190 runs in their final game in the Tri-Nations tournament in Dublin. New Zealand made 344-6 from their 50 overs in Malahide before the home side were bowled out for 154 in just 39.3 overs.

Tennis-Novak Djokovic has announced that Andre Agassi will be his new coach after he lost in the final of the Rome Open to Alexander Zverev. Djokovic parted company with his entire coaching staff earlier this month and says that at the moment.Agassi has been employed only to coach him at the French Open that starts on Sunday.

Cycling-Bob Jungels of Luxembourg has won stage 15 of the Giro d’Italia after powering through the leading group on the final climb to the finish at Bergamo on Sunday. Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands still leads the overall classification although he lost time to second placed Nairo Quintana during the stage and is now 2 minutes 41 seconds ahead.

Weather

Mainly fine with light south westerly winds. Top temperature 24 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 16 degrees on the coast and 13 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Fine and sunny with highs of 24-27 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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