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Morning News Wednesday 5th July 2017

 

Local

Man drowns in Cap d’Ail - A 42 year old man has drowned while swimming at the Marquet beach in Cap d’Ail. Reports say rescue services were unable to save the man who had been spotted in distress by lifeguards at around 1pm on Tuesday.

Road accident in the Var - An accident between a car and a scooter has left the driver of the scooter in a serious condition in hospital. The incident happened on Tuesday night at about 10pm on the D93 between Saint-Tropez and Ramatuelle in the Var. Traffic was diverted to the RD93 while rescue services attended the scene. It’s the second accident in the area as on Tuesday morning a similar accident between a car and a scooter led to one person being airlifted to hospital in Toulon.

Nice Tramline - A road in Nice has collapsed during works being carried out on the new tramline. The incident happened on the Rue de France on Tuesday afternoon - no casualties were reported. Firefighters were at the scene as the hole measuring several metres in diameter and at least a meter in depth caused traffic to be diverted in the area.

Court - A Nice policeman has been found guilty of transporting ‘migrants for money’ across the Italian border. To combat his own personal financial problems, the policeman was charging up to €250 per person for safe passage into France. The court handed down an 18 month prison sentence.

Fire - A motorcycle accident was the cause of Tuesday’s forest fire at Col de Vence. Flames from the crashed bike took hold of the dry brush, spreading to a large area, which then took eighty fire-fighters and nine Canadair aircraft twenty two hours to control. The motorcyclist is recovering in hospital in Antibes.

Drought Alert for the Alpes Maritimes - The Prefect of the Alpes Maritimes, Georges-François Leclerc, has placed the region on a drought alert. The announcement comes as records show a rainfall deficit of more than 30%. With the warm and dry weather set to continue the authorities say that there is a risk of a situation worsening during the summer months.

National

French Politics - The French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has laid out some of the changes his government hopes to bring about over the coming years in a speech in front of the French parliament on Tuesday. The main changes planned are the price of cigarettes which will steadily rise to €10, Vaccines for children will be obligatory, reimbursement of glasses, dental healthcare and hearing aids, the state of emergency will end on November 1st, the baccalaureat will be reformed by 2021, a new national Service will be introduced and the country plans to cut corporate tax to 25 percent by 2022 as well as reform the current council tax. During his speech Philippe also spoke of the government's ambition to bring the deficit within an EU limit of 3.0 percent of GDP this year.

Integration in France - A new annual survey has revealed that most French people think there are too many foreigners in France, immigrants do not make an effort to assimilate and Islam is incompatible with the French values. A poll by the Ipsos institute for Le Monde newspaper revealed that a majority of 65 percent of French people say there are too many foreigners in France, a figure that has remained elevated in recent years, with the figure as high as 70 percent in 2017 and some 61 percent of French people share the belief that "immigrants in France do not make an effort to integrate". 

Business

A report by Reuters says that the US government is seeking to intervene in Apple’s appeal against an EU order to pay back up to 13 billion dollars in Irish taxes. Apple took the EU to court in Luxembourg in December after the European Commission issued the record tax demand after ruling that the US tech giant won sweetheart tax deals with the Irish government which amounted to illegal subsidies. The decision was criticised at the time by the Obama administration which said that the EU was helping itself to cash which should have ended up in the United States. The court in Luxembourg is due to hear the case sometime next year and Reuters says that a source inside the Trump administration has confirmed that the US government has filed an application to intervene in the matter.

Shares in the payments processing firm Worldplay have soared by 28 percent after the company said that it had attracted takeover interest. Worldpay processes millions of mobile,online and in-store transactions on a daily basis.It said that it had received preliminary approaches from the US payments giant Vantiv and JP Morgan. Worldpay joined the London Stock Exchange two years ago  and is now in the FTSE 100 index of the UK’s largest listed firms. The system is particularly popular with small and medium-sized businesses.

And-in the UK,BT Sport has won exclusive rights to show European Rugby Champions Cup and Challenge Cup matches from the 2018-2019 season until the end of the 2021-2022 season. Up to 134 matches will be shown per season over nine weekends on UK and Irish TV. BT Sport also has the rights to the Aviva Premiership and Anglo-Welsh Cup. The channel also has live UK TV rights to 42 English Premier League football matches per season as well as exclusive rights to the European Champions League as well as several other football competitions.

Sport 

Neway Tour de France Report.

World champion Peter Sagan has been disqualified from the Tour de France for causing a shocking crash which resulted in Mark Cavendish sustaining a broken shoulder at the end of stage 4 of the race on Tuesday. Television pictures show Sagan sticking out his elbow as Cavendish attempted to pass him around 100 metres from the finish line in Vittel.

Sagan denies that he knocked Cavendish over deliberately and his team has appealed the decision to disqualify him. Cavendish was taken to hospital and will miss the rest of the race.

Stage 4 was won by Arnaud Demare of France but Geraint Thomas retains the leader’s yellow jersey after being given the same time as the stage winner after he was involved in a crash within 3 kilometres of the line.

Today’s 5th stage is 160.5 kilometres between Vittel and La Planche des Belles Filles.The riders will be getting to grips with the mountains for the first time and could be an opportunity for defending champion Chris Froome to set down a marker as the race gets into full swing.

Tennis-There was disappointment for the crowd on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Tuesday as both the matches involving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were cut short when their opponents retired with injuries after just 1 set. Federer moved through after Alexandr Dolgopolov retired with an ankle injury after just 43 minutes while Djokovic also progressed when Martin Klizan pulled out with a calf problem after 40 minutes. There have been calls for Wimbledon to change the rules over players who know that they’re not fully fit to make way for lucky losers instead of competing and not being able to finish matches. In the ladies event,top seed Angelique Kerber made round two but she was not at her best against world number 247 Irini Falconi while Karolina Pliskova moved into round 2 with ease as she dispatched Evgeniya Rodina of Russia 6-1 6-4.

Formula 1-Robert Kubica will test for Renault again as he explores whether he can make a return to the sport. The 32 year old Pole has restricted movement in his right arm following a serious rally crash in 2011 and has been struggling to regain fitness. Renault put him in  a 2012 car back in June and his test went well in Valencia. Details of the new test have not been revealed but insiders say that he’s been on the main Renault simulator since the first test and was a quick as Nico Hulkenburg.

Rugby Union-The All Blacks are reported to be plotting their revenge against the British and Irish Lions following last Saturday’s sensational second Test in Wellington. The Lions won the game 24-21 to inflict a first home Test defeat on New Zealand since 2009. The series is tied at 1-1 with the decider in Auckland on Saturday.

Weather

Clear skies with light to moderate south easterly winds.

Top temperatures 27 degrees on the coast and 31 degrees inland.

Overnight lows of 20 degrees on the coast and 17 degrees inland with clear skies.

Thursday and Friday-Fine and sunny with highs of 28-33 degrees.

Finally 

Experts have predicted that realistic sex robots will bring about a social and technological revolution in Britain.

While it might seem like science fiction, the machines are becoming increasingly sophisticated – and over the next ten years realistic sex androids will become more common, scientists say.

But politicians and the public need to understand and deal with the ethical issues that sex robots will pose to society and relationships.

This was the warning from Noel Sharkey, emeritus professor of artificial intelligence and robotics at the University of Sheffield, and Dr Aimee van Wynsberghe, assistant professor in ethics and technology at the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands, as they launched a report on the issue on Tuesday.

Supporters of the use of sex robots say they could be useful for lonely people or those unable to form relationships.

 

 

 

 

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