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Morning News Tuesday 30th May 2017

Local

Shooting - A 50 year old man already known to the police has been shot dead in Ajaccio. In what police believe to be a settlement of accounts the victim, Marc Antoine Nicolai was shot several times by two men on Monday evening. Police have launched an investigation.

Water Reserve - Seven individuals have bathed in the drinking water reservoir in Nice making it unfit for consumption. The incident happened on Sunday afternoon when the group of individuals were caught bathing in the reservoir  which is located on the hills above Nice on the Boulevard de l’Obervatoire. The reservoir is managed by Eau Azur and authorities are unsure of the motive behind the act but have assured consumers in the Bon Voyage and Saint Roch area of Nice that the necessary precautions have been taken.

Migrants - An association has appealed for the Prefecture to provide more staff to help ease the migrant crisis. Forum Refugees in Nice which is in charge of applications for asylum seekers has announced that in the face of the recent influx of migrants over the past week they are struggling to cope with demands. The migrants are essentially Sudanese and have crossed the Mediterranean and arrived in France via Italy.

National

Macron Putin - France's President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have vowed to improve the strained relations between their countries. The pair met for talks on Monday on the 300th anniversary of a visit to Versailles by Tsar Peter the Great.

Strike Action - A strike by tanker drivers in France is threatening to leave petrol stations short of fuel and will spark fears it could lead to another fuel crisis, exactly one year after thousands of service stations ran dry during protests. The tanker strike that began last Friday has up until now has been focused on the greater Paris region of Ile-de-France but according to the CGT it will expand across the country as of this week. The strike action, has been called after union wage and working condition demands have not been met.

Solar Tree - A solar tree with giant square leaves that converts sunlight into electricity has been unveiled in the central French town of Nevers. The solar tree allows passers-by to charge their phones, surf the internet, or just enjoy the shade. Nevers, a town of 37,000 on the Loire river, is the first in Europe to experiment with the technology developed by Sol-logic, a French-Israeli start up.

TGV - The TGV, France's famous high speed train service is changing its name. French rail chiefs have announced that the name change will be introduced in July, when trains on the new high speed service between Paris and Bordeaux will be the first to be named "inOui". The new-look trains were unveiled in Paris on Monday.

Business

British Airways says that it’s now operating a full flight schedule following the IT failure that led to thousands of flights being cancelled over the weekend. The airline has warned,however that it may take time to reunite passengers with their luggage with the company liable to reimburse customers for refreshments and hotel expenses. The BA chief executive Alex Cruz has blamed the disruption on a “power surge” and the failure of a back-up system to work properly.He said that the system was restored after a “few hours” in terms of hardware changes and promised that the problem “would never happen again”. Around 75,000 BA customers were affected by the IT failure and the compensation costs could run into tens of millions of pounds. Data analysts suggest that the cost of cancelling one day of operations could be 30 million pounds.

The Greek Finance Minister has said that his country “desperately needs” the next tranche of its international bail-out and has warned that there are “no excuses” for the money not to be handed over. Euclid Tsakalotos says that the Greek government has “done its part” adding that the “ball is very much on the side of creditors and the IMF”. Last week,talks with eurozone finance ministers aimed at unlocking Greece’s next set of loans broke down without agreement. Mr Tsakalotos says that a deal at the next meeting in June is now “urgent”.

And-The German carmaker BMW has said that a shortage of steering gears supplied by Bosch has slowed production of some of its compact and mid-sized models and caused stoppages at its plants in South America and China. The company says that “Bosch is currently unable to supply a sufficient number of steering gears for BMW 1,2,3 and 4 Series. The firm said that it was taking advantage of the flexibility of its processes to minimise economic damage. Bosch has blamed the problem on a sub-supplier in Italy which it hasn’t named.

Sport 

Football-Huddersfield Town have joined Newcastle United and Brighton in being promoted to the English Premier League next season after beating Reading in Monday’s Championship playoff final. Huddersfield won 4-3 on penalties after the scores were tied at 0-0 after extra time.It’s the first time that they’ve reached the top division of English Football since 1972. Arsene Wenger has held a meeting with the Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke at which it’s thought that his future at the club has been decided. The outcome of Monday’s meeting will be relayed to Arsenal directors at a board meeting today. Wenger has been under pressure after Arsenal failed to qualify for the European Champions League for the first time in 20 years.His side did beat Chelsea to lift the FA Cup for a record 13th time on Saturday but whether that’s enough to keep him in a job remains to be seen.

Golf-Tiger Woods has said that “alcohol was not involved” in his arrest while driving in Florida in the early hours of Monday. Woods says that the incident was due to an “unexpected reaction to prescribed medication”. He’s been charged with driving under the influence and police later released mugshots showing him looking tired and unkempt. Woods says that he “understands the severity”of what he did and “takes full responsibility for his actions”.

Tennis-Novak Djokovic has won his opening match at the French Open at Roland Garros as he brushed aside Marcel Granollers of Spain in straight sets on Monday. Rafael Nadal also won-beating Benoit Paire of France 6-1 6-4 6-1 as he seeks to win a 10th French Open title. In the women’s event the defending champion Garbine Muguruza beat the 2010  winner Francesca Schiavone 6-2 6-4 and Caroline Wozniacki beat Jaimee Fourlis in 3 sets. World number one Andy Murray is in action today against the world number 85 Andrey Kuznetzov as he looks to kick-start his season after having won only 5 times on the clay this year.

Cricket-England’s preparations for the ICC Champions Trophy have hit a bump in the road after they were beaten by 7 wickets by South Africa in the third and final one day international at Lords on Monday. England were bowled out for just 153 in 31.1 overs with South Africa reaching the modest total with comparative ease in a score of 156-3 in 28.5 overs. England win the series 2-1. The ICC Champions Trophy warm-up match between Australia and Pakistan at Edgebaston was abandoned because of rain with Australia on 57-1.

Racing-The 2017 Derby at Epsom will be Britain’s richest race after two late entries were added at a cost of 85,000 pounds each. The additions of Permian,who was successful at the Dante Stakes in York and last week’s Goodwood winner Khalidi takes the prize purse to a record 1.625 million pounds. The John Gosden trained Cracksman is the favourite for the race on Saturday.He beat Permian in the Derby Trial last month.

Weather

Mainly fine with light to moderate easterly winds. Top temperature 26 degrees on the coast,30 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 18 degrees on the coast and 16 degrees inland with partially cloudy skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Sunshine and showers with some storms possible inland tomorrow.Highs of 22-25 degrees.

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