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Morning News Tuesday 13th June 2017

Local

Swimming Incident - A seventy year old has been taken to hospital in a critical condition following a bathing accident in Antibes. The incident happened on Monday at the Richelieu Beach in Juan Les Pins. Lifeguards managed to resuscitate the victim who is believed to have suffered a heart attack while swimming. Two people have already drowned in Antibes since the beginning of the summer season.

Codeine – Codeine, an over-the-counter painkiller which is available in all pharmacies, is being increasingly used for recreational purposes. Parents are being warned of the dangers following the deaths of two teenagers. The substance, which has effects close to morphine, is not classified as narcotic and can be bought without a prescription in a chemist and even online. Its use for recreational purposes is fashionable among young people, who take high doses, mixed with alcohol.

Migrants - Large numbers of migrants are continuing their walk from Briel-sur-Roya to Nice this morning after being refused access to the train on Monday morning. The group is being led by local activist Cedric Herrou, who is organising the symbolic march, so they can register as asylum seekers in Nice. The group stayed overnight in Sospel, where the town hall provided shelter and water.

Water Safety - Students on Larvotto Beach in Monaco enjoyed a visit from Princess Charlene on Monday as part of the Water Safety Day. The course they were on, teaches the students water safety and drowning prevention, a cause the princess is known for internationally. Several initiatives like this, from the Princess Charlene Foundation, have saved hundreds of lives around the world.

Air Pollution - The Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur region has been put on an orange air pollution alert as the area is currently experiencing an episode of high air pollution due to weather conditions. Monday saw temperatures reach 31 degrees inland with temperatures forecast to be high again today. The alert is in place until Wednesday.

National

Football - French football fans are being asked to sing God Save the Queen at the opening of this evening’s England v France friendly in Paris. The gesture is to honour those killed in the recent London and Manchester terror attacks. The match will be attended by British Prime Minister Theresa May who is in Paris today on business ahead of the start of Brexit negotiations next week. She will be accompanied by French President, Emmanuel Macron.

Jewelry - Burglars have stolen precious stones worth a total value estimated at nearly 2 million euros. The stones were reportedly stolen from a Parisian diamond dealer over the week-end it’s the second jewelry robbery in less than three weeks on May 23rd jewels worth 5 million euros were stolen from a jewelry store in the same area.

Croissant - Pastry lovers in France might soon have to pay more for their croissant according to the the French federation of bakeries. With the price of butter on the rise since May 2016, favourite French treats like croissants, brioche and tarts could suffer a knock-on price hike. The federation has called for the dairy industry to prioritise the production of butter as a way of battling the rise in prices. 

Business

Economists at Deutsche Bank have said that the chances of the US falling into recession in the next 12 months are remote despite a recent flattening of the yield curve suggesting risk of a downturn. Historically,a sharp flattening of the yield curve has preceded a recession as traders move into longer-dated treasuries in anticipation of an economic contraction. On Monday,the two year to 10 year portion of the treasury yield curved to 83.8 basis points,its tightest since October. Analysts and traders have attributed the downward trend to doubts about any forthcoming fiscal stimulus from Washington and recent economic data that fell short of expectations. In a research note written on Monday,economists at Deutsche Bank said that despite the development they didn’t see US recession risk as particularly elevated and pointed to the labor market at housing which are continuing to perform well.

The German Transport Ministry is to test a Porsche SUV model following reports that it could be in breach of diesel emissions limits. Der Spiegel magazine said that it had tested the Cayenne V6 TDI and found that its emissions were higher than are allowed. Porsche has said that the magazine’s test is “implausible” and that its vehicles meet emissions requirements. Porsche’s sister company Volkswagen is to pay fines and compensation after admitting cheating on emissions tests in 2015.

And-The UK’s engineering industry organisation the EEF has said that the government should rethink its Brexit strategy following last week’s election. The EEF says that “without a more pro-business stance,the resulting political instability may force more firms to alter their plans away from the UK”. The organisation is the latest business group to call for a rethink on Brexit plans. It says that it wants access to the single market to be at the heart of the negotiations. On Monday,the director general of the Confederation of British Industry,Carolyn Fairbairn called on the government to “reset” Brexit negotiations,which are due to start next week.

Sport

Football-There are a stack of international friendly games tonight with attention focused on Paris where France host England. The match will be the first senior England fixture with a video assistant referee. The VAR can be used to review disputed goals,penalty decisions,red cards and cases of mistaken identity. The match will take place amid tight security and a tribute to the victims of recent terror attacks in Manchester and London. The Oasis song Don’t Look Back in Anger will be played before the game and fans will hold up red and white placards to form the England flag.

Cricket-Pakistan have beaten Sri Lanka by 3 wickets to set up a semi final clash against the hosts England in the ICC Champions Trophy. Sri Lanka batted first in Monday’s Group B fixture in Cardiff and were bowled out for 236 in 49.2 overs. Pakistan reached the target in a  total of 237-7 in 44.5 overs. The England v Pakistan semi final is on Wednesday with the other semi final between India and Bangladesh on Thursday.

Rugby Union-The British and Irish Lions are in action again this morning as they take on the Highlanders in Dunedin in their latest tour match in New Zealand. Kick off is at 9.35 French time and Sam Warburton will captain the Lions as he attempts to prove he’s fully fit ahead of the first Test against the All Blacks in Auckland on June the 24th.

Formula 1-The Sky TV commentator has said that McLaren are in crisis following their latest engine failure at the Canadian Grand Prix. The team’s chief executive Zak Brown has hinted in recent days that McLaren will end its engine partnership with Honda and Fernando Alonso has said that he’ll quit the team unless they prove that they’re capable of winning races by September. Brundle says that Honda are not showing the ability to get things right  and McLaren have to do something.

Weather

Clear skies with light variable winds. Top temperatures 26 degrees on the coast-up to 30 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Clear skies with highs of 26-31 degrees.

 

Finally

The older you get the more generous you become, according to a new study which examined how much money people are willing to donate to strangers. 

The findings suggest that altruism in later life may be an avenue for greater emotional gratification and a move away from purely personal interests, researchers say.

They believe that age-related changes in our brains and nervous system, perhaps accompanied by an increase in the 'love hormone' oxytocin, may account for this increased generosity.

By understanding these changes, it could provide insights into how to keep older people healthy and stave off the onset of conditions like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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