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Morning News Wednesday 12th July 2017

Local

Pollution in Marseille - The association France Nature Environment has raised the alarm in Marseille over the potential health risks of fine particles in the air released by ferries coming from the port district. According to recent figures fine particle pollution is responsible for 950 premature deaths each year in Marseille.

Risk of forest fire in the Var - Access to seven out of the nine woodland areas in the Var has been restricted by local authorities today due to the risk of fire. The areas concerned are the Monts Toulonnais, the Sainte-Baume, the Haut-Var, the Corniche des Maures, the Maures, the Center Var and the Estérel.

Nice - As Nice prepares to honour victims of last year’s July 14th attack, several key closures have been announced in the city. They include the closure of several beaches including Centennial, Beau Rivage and Opera all day Friday, the Cours Saleya market from midday on Friday, and restricted access to the Coulee VertPlace Massena and the Promenade du Paillon. Further restrictions to traffic both on the Promenade and in the Bay des Anges are also in place.

Winner - The Casino at the Cafe of Paris in Monaco has just had its biggest ever winner, with a slot machine paying out 470,000 euros. In the last three months, just over 37 million euros has been won at the Café de Paris, where SBM now has 500 state-of-the-art slot machines, 200 of which sit on an open-air terrace.

National

French government - The French government is to make an extra 4.5 billion euros of cuts to bring the public deficit down to the European Union's target of 3 percent of GDP this year. However, it is to press ahead with plans to cut wealth tax and local residency tax next year. The government insists it can reach the EU stability pact's budget deficit requirement this year without raising taxes or cutting social security or local authority spending.

Olympic Games - Paris and Los Angeles seem certain to host the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics, following the International Olympic Committee's decision to award both years' Games at the same time at its meeting in Lausanne on Tuesday. The committee agreed by consensus to award the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time, effectively guaranteeing that Paris and Los Angeles will be the hosts although it is not clear which year each city will get.

“Referendum” - Locals in a French city are being asked to vote in a "referendum" on whether England should now rejoin the historical French region of Anjou. The referendum however won't be binding. The organisers of a French street festival in the western city of Angers are planning to hold a referendum on whether England should form a union with the historical and cultural region of Anjou. England and Anjou were last united for around a century from the mid-twelfth to mid-thirteenth centuries.  The vote is set to take place on September 8th.

Business

A report by Reuters says that President Trump is unlikely to nominate Janet Yellen for a second term as Chair of the US Federal Reserve with the National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn the favourite to succeed her. Reuters says that sources in the White House have said that if Mr Cohn wants the job then it’s his. Mr Cohn,a Democrat and former Goldman Sachs president only came onto the Trump team following November’s Presidential election and didn’t work on the campaign. He’s likely to get widespread support in Congress although a few Republicans might oppose his nomination. Janet Yellen replaced Ben Bernanke as Fed Chair in February 2014 and has put the priority on growth in jobs and wages as well as a broad recovery in US household wealth.She starts two days of testimony to Congress today in the Fed’s bi-annual report on the state of the US economy.

Amazon has said that its Prime Day sale is on track to be the biggest shopping event in its history by sales. The world’s largest online retailer says that customers ordered more than three times as many Echo-family speakers than during the same event last year at which time a record was broken for the Amazon device. Third-party sellers are reported to have sold 50 percent more items on the site by noon on Tuesday than in the same period last year. Customers were required to join Amazon Prime to benefit from discounts during the 30 hour event.A timer showing when the deals would expire has also been helping sales.

And-Shares in Snap-the parent company of the instant messaging app Snapchat have fallen well below their initial sale price in New York as investors back away from the firm. Morgan Stanley,one of the company’s leading underwriters put a  target of 16 dollars in place for the stock on Tuesday,a dollar below the March IPO price with analysts warning that they had been wrong about Snap’s ability to “innovate and improve its ad product this year”. Snap shares fell by 9 percent on the news to 15 dollars 47-forty seven percent lower than the 29 dollars 44 that they hit the day after the IPO.

Sport

Neway Tour de France report.

Marcel Kittel of Germany won his 4th stage victory in this year’s Tour de France on Tuesday in a sprint finish at Bergerac as Chris Froome retained the leader’s yellow jersey. Kittel crossed the line ahead of fellow German John Degenkolb with Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands in third at the end of the 178 kilometre stage from  Perigueux to Bergerac.

Chris Froome is still 18 seconds ahead of Fabio Aru in the general classification with Romain Bardet of France hanging on to overall third.

Today’s 11th stage is 203.5 kilometres from Eymet to Pau as the Pyrenees loom for the riders tomorrow. There’s one intermediate climb along the route but it should be another day for the sprinters.

Tennis-Johanna Konta has become the first British woman to reach the semi-finals of Wimbledon since 1978 as she beat the second seed Simona Halep in Tuesday’s quarter finals. Konta lost the first set on a tie break but took the second on a tie break before coming through 6-4 in the third set. She’ll now play Venus Williams who beat Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 7-5. The other semi will be between Garbine Muguruza and Magdalena Rybarikova.

It’s men’s quarter finals day today.Andy Murray plays Sam Querry,Roger Federer takes on Milos Rainoic,Novak Djokovic is up against Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic will play Gilles Muller.

Formula 1-The future of the British Grand Prix is in doubt after the owner of the Silverstone circuit activated a break clause in cease hosting the race after 2019. The British Racing Drivers’ Club says that it’s suffered substantial losses by staging the race since it signed a contract renewal in 2009. Silverstone has hosted the British Grand Prix every year since 1987. The BDRC says that it hopes to renegotiate a contract at a “fair price” while the owner of Formula 1 Liberty Media said that it regretted the decision and wanted to “preserve the British Grand Prix”.

Weather

Clear skies with a moderate to strong westerly wind across the Var with gusts of up to 60 km/h.

Top temperatures 28 degrees on the coast and up to 35 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 22 degrees on the coast and 20 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Clear skies with highs of 28-33 degrees.

Finally

Motorists spend an average of 44 hours a year searching for a parking space. This costs £733 in time and fuel, or £23 billion to the nation, a study shows.

London was ranked the worst city for parking, as drivers waste as much as 67 hours a year, costing them £1,104. It was followed by Belfast (56 hours and £928), Leeds (47 hours and £772) and Bristol (46 hours and £768).

Birmingham, Cardiff, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Southampton completed the top ten.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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