Advertisement

Morning News Wednesday 24th May 2017

Local

Manchester attack - The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, whose city faced a series of terrorist attacks in 2015, has sent her condolences to Manchester and urged people to stand firm against terrorism. Hidalgo was one of the first to respond to news of the attack on Monday evening, which brought back painful memories of the carnage she saw first hand at Paris’s Bataclan music hall.  Meanwhile the new French Minister of Culture Francoise Nyssen arrived in Cannes on Tuesday afternoon. Speaking from the Grand Hotel, Nyssen responded to the horror of the Manchester terror attack saying “Once again our way of life, celebration, youth and culture had been struck with such horror and utmost sadness”. A minutes’ silence was held for the victims of the suicide bombing at The Cannes film festival on Tuesday and a fireworks display planned for the evening was cancelled.

Burkini - The Prefecture of the Alpes Maritimes has announced that all demonstrations during the Cannes film Festival are strictly forbidden. The announcement comes as Algerian millionaire Rachid Nekkaz had announced plans for an "All in burkini on the beaches of Cannes" event which was planned to take place on Friday afternoon.

Fire - A fire has broken out in the kitchens of the hotel "Juana" in Juan-les-Pins. Firemen from Antibes were called to the five-star hotel shortly after 6pm on Tuesday after an oil pan caught fire. Roads in the area were closed in both directions and 70 people including 30 guests were moved to safety. No injuries were reported.

Farcis Niçois - 24 competitors from around the world have participated in the “Farcis Niçois World Championship”. Three criteria were required for the niçois speciality taste, texture and appearance. This year saw Bernard Guiglion from Nice take first prize using the recipe given to him by his grandmother.  

National

Fire - Twenty-seven students have been injured, three seriously, in an overnight fire at student halls outside the western French city of Rennes. One student is fighting for his life. Most of the injured students suffered from smoke inhalation in the blaze that mobilised as many as 107 firefighters. The cause of the fire, which began in one of the rooms in the early hours of Tuesday morning, was still unknown.

Reform - French President Emmanuel Macron has got to work on his first major agenda item of overhauling the labour code. Macron held several meetings on Tuesday including a meeting with union leaders and bosses on an issue that sparked strikes and protests last year. The centrist former Socialist economy minister has signalled his intention to move quickly to free up businesses by cutting red tape in an attempt to generate much-needed jobs and growth. Giving himself a September deadline, Macron says he will use executive orders to sidestep parliament.

Business

President Trump has asked Congress to cut 3.6 trillion dollars in government spending over the next decade by slashing healthcare and food assistance programmes while at the same time boosting military spending. Although the proposals are not expected to pass in their current form,Mr Trump has at last put numbers to his plans to radically cut assistance to lower-income citizens. The biggest savings would come from cuts to the Medicaid healthcare programme for the poor which are included in the Republican healthcare bill passed by the House of Representatives. Mr Trump wants to cut at least 610 billion dollars from Medicaid and more than 192 billion from food stamps over the next decade. However,the non-partisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget has said that the plan relies on “gimmicks,unrealistic cuts and rosy assumptions” of economic growth that would reach 3 percent annually by the end of the President’s first term. The US government is suing Fiat Chrysler,accusing it of selling vehicles fitted with “defeat devices”to help them pass emissions tests. The Department of Justice says that the firm did not disclose the emissions control software to regulators and has filed the lawsuit on behalf of the US Environmental Protection Agency. Fiat has said that it will “defend itself vigorously” against the accusations. A spokesman said that Fiat Chrysler would not admit to claims that the firm engaged in any deliberate scheme to install defeat devices to cheat US emissions tests.

And-German police have searched 1 offices of the car maker Daimler as part of their investigation into possible fraudulent emissions data by employees. A total of 23 prosecutors and 230 police took part in the searches in the states of Baden-Wuerttemberg,Berlin,Lower Saxony and Saxony. Daimler,which owns Mercedes-Benz says that it is cooperating with the authorities. It added that “known and unknown employees” are being sought over suspicion of fraud and misleading advertising.

Sport 

Formula 1-Everything is just about ready for the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix with all the teams now set up in the paddock and pit-lane garages. First practice takes place at 10 am tomorrow morning.The weather is set fair and Lewis Hamilton will be looking to repeat his success here last year as he continues to slug it out with Sebastien Vettel in the battle for the drivers’ championship. It’s been an up and down season for the triple world champion so far.He lost badly in Russia but was back to his best in Spain two weeks ago. Meanwhile,Jenson Button who’s replacing Fernando Alonson for McLaren Honda here this weekend says that he’s excited to be back in Monaco. The 2009 world champion says that he’s looking forward to a “fun weekend” and can’t think of any better place to make his return. The 37 year old has spent the winter in California training for Iron Man trialthlons.He’s under contract at McLaren to replace any driver not able to take part in a Grand Prix this season.

Cricket-The first one day international between England and South Africa is being played at Headingly today with security around the ground stepped up in light of Monday’s terrorist atrocity at the Manchester Arena. South Africa management have expressed unease over the situation but no player has,as yet asked to withdraw from the squad. Play is due to start at 3pm UK time this afternoon.

Football-Sam Allardyce has resigned as Crystal Palace manager and says that he has no plans to take another job. Allardyce took over at Palace 5 months ago and saved them from relegation.

Cycling-Tom Dumoulin has seen his overall lead in the Giro d’Italia cut to 31 seconds after an unscheduled toilet break during stage 16. Vincenzo Nibali won the stage  to move up to 3rd in the overall standings but Nairo Quintana is now breathing down Dumoulin’s neck as the race reaches its final stages. The Dutchman was forced to stop 33 kilometres before the end of the stage to deal with what he described as “stomach problems”.Controversially,the rest of the riders didn’t stop and wait for him and carried on.

Weather

Clear skies with light variable winds. Top temperatures 25-26 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 17 degrees on the coast and 14 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Clear skies with highs of 25-26 degrees.