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Morning News Tuesday 2nd May 2017

Local

Protests - Demonstrators gathered in Nice and Marseille on Monday as part of the traditional labour day protests. Several unions were present at Place Massena and in front of the train station in Nice voicing their anger at the forthcoming candidates for this weekend’s Presidential Election. However according to local reports there were fewer people than the previous gathering in 2002 when National Front candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen made it through to the second round. 

Road Accident - A 27-year-old man has died in a road accident. The accident happened on Monday afternoon on the avenue Paul Ricard in Mandelieu. Emergency services reported that an accident involving a car and a motorbike had occurred shortly after 5pm. Traffic was diverted and the road closed while firemen attended to the victim.

Tiger Mosquito - With summer fast approaching Health authorities in France have launched a campaign against the tiger mosquito. This particular mosquito is native to Asia but has spread rapidly in France, particularly in the south, since 2004. The tiger mosquito is capable of transmitting viruses such as chikungunya, dengue and zika.

Olive Oil Competition - The Champsoleil olive grove in La Trinité, Nice has won a gold medal for its L'Efemera olive oil.  More than 900 producers from all over the world took part in the New York International Olive Oil Competition on Friday. The competition saw the Italians win the most medals taking home 124.

National

May Day Marches - Six riot police have been injured after demonstrators clashed with police during May Day marches in Paris. Violent clashes between police and masked youths broke out as protestors rallied ahead of the final round of voting in the presidential elections using the occasion to protest against the far right candidate Marine Le Pen. Police reported that 142,000 people attended May Day marches across France. Meanwhile French presidential frontrunner Emmanuel Macron held a May Day rally in northeastern Paris on Monday, presenting himself as a candidate of unity and progress against far-right rival Le Pen.

Business

President Trump has said that he’s considering breaking up big Wall Street banks by splitting their consumer businesses from their investment operations. In an interview with Bloomberg,Mr Trump said that “there are some people who want to go back to the old system,so we’re going to look at that”. Banking shares fell initially on the President’s comments before recovering. US banks were permitted to own both high street operations and investment banking operations in 1999 following the repeal of the Glass-Steagall act. There have been suggestions that the repeal laid the groundwork for the financial crisis of 2007-2008. During his election campaign,Mr Trump expressed support for a “21st century Glass-Steagall act”. Later on Monday,the White House spokesman Sean Spicer said that there were no further details at the moment and that no announcement was planned.

Avocado prices have risen to a record high on the back of surging global demand and reduced harvests from major producers including Mexico,Peru and California. According to data from Bloomberg,a 10 kilo box of Haas avocados from Mexico’s major wholesale producer is selling for around 27 US dollars 89 cents-more than double last year’s price. Avocado harvests were badly hit last year following a growers strike in Mexico and drought in California. Mexico supplies 82 percent of avocado shipments to the US  while production in California is expected to be down by 44 percent this year. Consumption of avocados has risen dramatically in recent years after the fruit’s health properties turned it into a major food trend.

And-Oil prices have fallen slightly in Asian trade this morning as a recovery in Libyan output and rising US supplies raised concerns that  Opec-led production cuts may not significantly tighten the bloated market. Brent crude for July delivery fell by 0.1 percent earlier today to 51 dollars 46 while NYMEX crude for June delivery was down by 0.2 percent to 48 dollars 75. Opec and non-participating Opec countries will meet on May the 25th to discuss whether to extend the coordinated cuts in production into the second half of the year.

Sport

Football-Liverpool have cemented third place in the English Premier League following a 1-0 win at Watford on Monday night. Emre Can scored the only goal of the game with a superb overhead bicycle kick on the stroke of half-time. Liverpool are three points clear of Manchester City and 4 clear of Manchester United although they’ve played a game more. The first European Champions League semi-final first leg tie is being played tonight.It’s the all Spanish clash between the city rivals Real and Athletico Madrid. Monaco play Juventus tomorrow night.

Cricket-England have named a strong squad for the two one-day-internationals against Ireland this coming weekend. The former Ireland all-rounder Andrew White,who’s now on the Ireland coaching staff says that England will be wary ahead of the games at Bristol and at Lords on Friday and Sunday. It’s the first time that England will play Ireland in a full international on home soil. Ireland have been making great strides in the game in recent years and are on the verge of being granted full-Test status.

Rugby Union-The All Blacks skipper Kieran Read has suffered a broken thumb and could be out of action for 6 weeks. Read picked up the injury while playing for Canterbury Crusaders against South Africa’s Cheetahs in Super Rugby last weekend. He’s had surgery but it could be touch and go as to whether he’ll make the first Test against the Lions in Auckland on June the 24th.

Racing-A one eyed horse called Patch is to compete in America’s biggest race the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Patch had his left eye removed because of inflammation last year but he finished second in the Louisiana Derby in April and has now been entered for the big race. He’s currently 40-1 for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby which is worth 2 million dollars to the winner and is the first leg of America’s Triple Crown.

Weather

Partially cloudy in coastal area-some rain inland reaching the coast by late afternoon.

Moderate westerly winds and a high of 18 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 11 degrees on the coast and 8 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Partially cloudy with some showers inland.Highs of 17-19 degrees.

Finally 

The man believed to be the oldest in the world has died in Indonesia. Sodimejo had ID showing he was born in 1870, but was not the ‘official’ world’s oldest person as records did not begin in the country until 1900.

Even so, he gained fame for his great age, and local people said he was telling the truth about his birth. Known as Mbah Ghoto (grandpa Ghoto), was taken to hospital on April 12 over his health deteriorating, but insisted on going home six days later.

 

 

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