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Morning News Tuesday 23rd May 2017

Local

Terrorist Attack - Twenty two people, including children have been killed and  59 injured in a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena. The blast happened following a pop concert by the US singer Ariana Grande. British Prime Minister Theresa May said her thoughts were with those affected by "what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack". The Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi said “my thoughts go to the wounded, to the families and to the victims”.

Police have set up an emergency telephone number in response to the attack it's a UK number  0161 856 9400.

Drugs Network - Thirty-five people who posed as tourists on Costa cruise ships have gone on trial in Marseille for their part in a vast drug smuggling network that took cannabis resin from Morocco to Brazil and cocaine from South America to Europe. The accused allegedly strapped the drugs to their bodies to bring it on or off the cruise ships in the scheme that ran for nearly two years from early 2012. The investigation focused on thirteen cruise trips which were used to transport large quantities of Moroccan cannabis to Brazil, where it was bartered for cocaine that was 97 percent pure. The group of 27 men and 8 women were mostly from the same neighbourhood in Nice.

Chef - A young chef from the Colombe d’Or restaurant in Saint-Paul-de-Vence has been given a nine month prison sentence.The man was found guilty of administering dangerous substances after what was meant to be a pratical joke turned into a drama. The suspect is said to have had a grudge against his employer and decided to take revenge by preparing a cocktail of ectasy, MDMA and antidepressants. The head chef suffered convulsions and was taken to hospital in Antibes.  

Burkini - The French Algerian businessman Rachid Nekkaz, who led a campaign against a ban on burkinis on the French Riviera beaches last summer, has called for women to descend en masse – wearing the full body swimwear on the beach on Friday as the town’s film festival draws to a close. Speaking to the press Nekkas said “The Cannes film Festival is all about liberty and tolerance and it‘s the perfect place to celebrate this ‘newfound freedom” in the city that was the first to ban the burkini.”

National

Emmanuel Macron - French President Emmanuel Macron is to meet Russia's Vladimir Putin next Monday at the Versailles château, the former seat of the French kings which is to host an exhibition on Peter the Great's visit to France 300 years ago. The French presidency announced Putin's visit which will be his first since Macron's election. Macron and Putin will open the exhibition marking the 300th anniversary of the Russian tsar's first visit to France, which, the statement said, was "the basis for the stable relations between our two countries".

SNCF - The SNCF rail network has announced plans to rent out some of its company cars at the weekend via its car rental service OuiCar.  The cars used by staff at over a dozen stations will be now be available for rent on OuiCar, a web platform for private car owners to rent out their own vehicles that SNCF invested into in 2015.The stations include popular tourist destinations such as Bordeaux, as well as Brest and Vannes in Brittany. Famous for its TGV high-speed trains, SNCF has sought to move beyond the rails and to provide a variety of "mobility" solutions to people. In addition to OuiCar, it has a car-sharing service and runs a low-cost intercity bus operation.

Business

Greece has failed to secure a fresh deal to unlock the next instalment of its multi-billion euro bailout after talks with Eurozone finance ministers broke down without agreement. The head of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem says that there is still “a gap between the two sides” but added that they were “very close” to an agreement. Informal talks with Greek officials are now expected to continue until the next meeting of the Eurogroup on the 15th of June. Greece needs 7.5 billion euros to avoid defaulting on a debt repayment due in July. In order to secure the funds,the country has had to enact a series of economic reforms,the latest of which was passed by the Greek Parliament earlier this month.

The chairman of Ford has denied that he fired the firm’s chief executive. Bill Ford says that he didn’t fire Mark Fields but that he had “chosen to retire”. On Monday,Ford announced that Mr Fields was leaving his position following a major reshuffle at the US car giant. Ford is facing weak sales,falling profits and a near 40 percent decline in its share price. Mr Fields is being replaced by Jim Hackett who joined the firm last year to run its autonomous driving division. His brief is to modernise Ford  and to transform the firm to “meet tomorrow’s challenges”.

And-The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator has said that he does not want to consider the chance that talks on the UK’s exit from the EU could collapse. Michel Barnier was speaking after his UK counterpart David Davis made it clear that the threat to walk out was genuine if the EU’s “divorce bill” was too high. On Monday,EU ministers gave Mr Barnier the go-ahead for talks to start after the UK general election in June. Mr Barnier said that “no deal” was not an option.

Sport

Motorsport-Tributes have been paid to the former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden who’s died following a bicycle accident. The 35 year old was involved in a collision with a car near Rimini in Italy last week and suffered severe head injuries. On Monday,it was reported that he’d died. Hayden won the MotoGP championship in 2006.Fellow rider James Toseland said that he was known as the “nicest Grand Prix racer there has ever been”.

Football-David Moyes has parted company with Sunderland following their relegation from the English Premier League. Moyes resigned following a short meeting with club chairman Ellis Short in London on Monday. Sunderland finished bottom of the table this season with 24 points having won just 6 times all season.

Cricket-The former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara is to retire from first class cricket at the end of the season. The 39 year old,who’s playing county cricket for Surrey is 5th on the list of all-time Test run scorers and averaged more than 57 across 134 Tests,making 11 double centuries.

Rugby Union-The Lions captain Sam Warburton has declared himself fully fit for the tour of New Zealand. The Wales flanker hasn’t played since the 7th of April because of a knee injury but he says that he’s now fully fit and ready to “crack on”.

Weather

Clear skies with light to moderate easterly winds. Top temperatures 25-26 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 17 degrees on the coast and 13 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Mainly fine with highs of 23-27 degrees.

 

 

 

 

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