Morning News Monday 26th June 2017


Fatal accident at Riquier train station in Nice - A woman has been killed after being  hit by a train at Nice Riquier station. The accident happened on Sunday at around 9.45pm.Services in both directions were disrupted. The victim is believed to have been a woman of foreign nationality.

Employment - Thales Alenia Space the Franco-Italian aerospace manufactuer has announced plans to create up to 3,000 jobs in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region. Training and apprenticeships are set to begin at the start of 2018.

Travelers - The Avenue Francis-Tonner in Cannes-Mandelieu has been closed to traffic between the Cannes-Mandelieu airport and the Coubertin stadium since Sunday morning. The closure was put in place as some 200 caravans which were heading into the city centre were diverted and confined to the area by the local police.

Football - OGC Nice has announced that the Italian Mario Balotelli, who arrived in Nice a year ago, has extended his contract with the club. Reports say the Italian striker is believed to have signed for another two seasons. Balotelli will be back in training this morning ahead of the third qualifying round in the UEFA Champions League on July 25th.

Cinema Festival - The 33rd edition of the Cinema festival in France has started and lasts until Wednesday 28th June. The festival allows cinema goers to see current movies at their local cinema for 4 euros.


2024 Olympics - French President Emmanuel Macron has tried his hand at sports including boxing and wheelchair tennis to support Paris' bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Speaking to French media Macron said "Paris 2024 is a project supported by the whole of France, and it is important to send out the message that the head of state is fully on board." Meanwhile in French politics government spokesman Christophe Castaner announced on Sunday that Emmanuel Macron is considering convening a joint session of parliament in the palace of Versailles to address deputies and senators. Speaking on LCI television, Castaner said he could not confirm or deny that July 3rd was the date when the National Assembly lower house and the Senate upper house could hold a rare joint Congress at Versailles - something promised by Macron during his election campaign.

Environment - The French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot has said that France is to stop granting new licences for oil and gas exploration on the mainland and in overseas territories. Speaking on BFMTV Hulot said "There will be no new exploration licenses for oil and a law will be passed this autumn.”

Paris Gay Pride Rally - Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the French capital for the fortieth Paris Gay Pride rally. The rally focused on French President Emmanuel Macron’s declaration during his election campaign of making medically assisted procreation available for all. Macron tweeted on Saturday: "France is a rainbow, we are rich in our diversity, let us be proud of ourselves!


The Japanese car-parts maker Takata has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States and Japan. The firm is facing billions of dollars in liabilities over defective airbags which have been linked to 17 deaths worldwide. Some of the airbags contained faulty inflators which expanded with too much force,spraying metal shrapnel. More than 100 million cars with Takata airbags including around 70 million in the US have been recalled since concerns first emerged in 2007. In January,the firm agreed to pay 1 billion dollars in penalties in the US for concealing dangerous defects and pleaded guilty to a single criminal charge. The Italian government is bailing out two banks at a cost of 5.2 billion euros.

The move comes two days after the European Central Bank warned that Banca Popolare de Vincenza and Veneto Banca were failing or likely to fail. The banks ‘good’ assets are being taken over by the  Intesa Sanpaolo Bankinh Group. The Italian Prime Minister Paolo Genteloni says that the rescue was necessary to protect savers and ensure the “good health of the banking system”. Meanwhile the Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan has said that the government will also offer guarantees of up to 12 billion euros for potential losses to Intesa from bad and risky loans.

And-The UK’s biggest health food retailer is being bought by a Russian billionaire for 1.8 billion pounds. L1 Retail,a fund controlled by Mikhail Fridman is buying the Holland and Barrett chain which has 1,150 stores from the US private equity firm Carlyle. Holland and Barrett has 600 stores in the UK as well as outlets in China and the United Arab Emirates. The firm employs more than 4,000 staff and has opened more than 300 stores under its ownership by Carlyle.


Formula 1-Lewis Hamilton has branded Sebastien Vettel “a disgrace” after the Ferrari driver drove his car into his car at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku. The pair clashed before one of three restarts in a chaotic and action packed race with Vettel hitting the back of Hamilton’s Mercedes and then swerving sideways into him. Vettel said that Hamilton had slowed deliberately and “brake tested” him. The Ferrari driver was given a 10 second stop-and-go penalty for the offence after being accused of dangerous driving.He ended in 4th place with Hamilton in 5th. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo won the race with Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes in second and Lance Stroll of Williams finishing third to claim his 1st ever place on the podium. Vettel leads Hamilton by 14 points at the top of the drivers’ championship with Bottas in third place 42 points behind the championship leader. Next stop is the Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg on the 9th of July.

Cricket-England have beaten South Africa by 19 runs in the third and final Twenty20 International in Cardiff to wrap up a 2—1 series victory. England batted first and made 181-8 from their 50 overs.They then restricted South Africa to 162-7.

Rugby Union-The All Blacks coach Steve Hanson has said that Warren Gatland’s comments about his side’s treatment of the Lions scrum-half Conor Murray are “desperate”. Gatland was unhappy about what he said were the All Blacks “illegally targeting” Murray during the Lions’ Test defeat on Saturday and that it could have caused a “career threatening injury”. Hansen said that the Lions’ coach is implying that his players deliberately went out to injure someone and that’s “not the case”. The Lions play their latest tour match against the Hurricanes tomorrow with the second Test against New Zealand next Saturday.

Tennis-Roger Federer has won the Halle grass court tournament for the 9th time. The 35 year old beat Alexander Zverev in straight sets as he continues his build-up for Wimbledon. Meanwhile Feliciano Lopez has won the Queen’s Tournament in London.The unseeded Spaniard beat Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final 4-6 7-6 7-6.

And-Petra Kvitova has won the Birmingham Ladies Tournament with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 victory over Ashleigh Barty of Australia. The victory completes a remarkable comeback for Kvitova who sustained a career-threatening hand injury after being stabbed by an intruder at her home last year.

Sailing-New Zealand are just one win from the America’s Cup title after taking a 6-1 lead over the USA. The Kiwi’s easily outdistanced their opponents in Sunday’s race in Bermuda and can seal overall victory in the best of 13 series today.


Partially cloudy with perhaps some showers in places this afternoon and some thunder in the mountains.

Light to moderate south easterly winds and a high of 28 degrees on the coast and 30 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 23 degrees on the coast and 19 degrees inland with clear skies.

Tuesday and Wednesday-Clear skies in coastal areas,thundery in the mountains tomorrow.Thundery outbreaks across the region on Wednesday.


Being mayor is a ruff job but somebody has to do it.  

A small Kentucky town has, for the fourth time, elected a dog to be its mayor. Jordie Bamforth says her 3-year-old pit bull Brynneth Pawltro beat out a cat, a chicken and a donkey, among others, to become the next mayor of Rabbit Hash.

The election started in the late 1990s as a fundraiser with a dollar being charged for a vote and you can vote as often as you want.









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