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Riviera and French News Friday 27th January 2017

Local

Tap Water - A recent study published on Thursday and carried out by the consumer rights organisation the UFC-Que Choisir has suggested that tap water in some towns in the Alpes Maritimes is contaminated. Among the principal causes of possible pollution are pesticides including nitrates and lead. The organisation is pointing the finger of blame at agriculture and industry. For a detailed map of the quality of tap water in our region visit quechoisir.org

Mini Tornado - A mini “tornado” has caused damage in the Var destroying several farm greenhouses. The mini tornado localised in Almanarre in the Var hit shortly after 7am on Thursday morning.

Voting - The second round of the primary left election will be taking place on Sunday. Polling stations in the Alpes Maritimes and the Var are open from 9am and will close at 7pm.

SNCF - The SNCF has announced that on March 18th and 19th there will be no TGV’s from Nice to Paris due to work being carried out in Lyon. The train network has advised those planning on travelling this weekend to postpone trip to a later date or use an alternative form of transport.

National

Francois Fillon - In an interview on the 8 o clock news on TFI French presidential candidate Francois Fillon has said he would be pressing charges against the French newspaper which recently accused him of “embezzlement of public funds” and “misuse of social assets”. Fillon said his wife had always worked with him since 1981 and the candidate assured that his wife’s work “was real”. He also said he had paid two of his children who were lawyers at the time for work carried out. Fillon insisted he would not surrender to a media witch hunt and could provide justification if examined. He did however add that should he be charged he would give up his presidential candidacy. 

EDF - Due to a computer error, the French electricity board EDF has debited up to one million customers twice. The transactions were made on Monday 23rd January and Tuesday 24th. EDF has promised to refund customers within 48 hours.

Business

Shares in Alphabet-the parent company of Google have fallen after the firm missed profit targets. Alphabet says that profits rose by 8 percent in the 4th quarter helped by more advertising on mobile phones and youtube. Analysts had been expecting more and the company’s shares fell by 3 percent on the news. Revenue for the quarter topped 26 billion dollars-up by 22 percent on the same quarter in 2015. Google’s advertising revenue which accounts for the bulk of its business,rose by 17.4 percent to 22.4 billion dollars.

Microsoft has reported a 3.6 percent rise in fiscal second quarter profit ,helped by growth in its fast growing computer cloud business. Chief executive Satya Nadella has been driving Microsoft towards cloud services and mobile applications since taking charge of the firm in 2014 and away from its slowing software business. Sales in Microsoft’s personal computing business which includes its Windows software fell by 5 percent to 11.8 billion dollars while sales of Office 365 to businesses rose by 49 percent-down from 54 percent in the previous quarter. Microsoft shares rose by 1 percent in after-hours trading.

And-The UK broadcaster Sky has reported a 9 percent fall in operating profits after paying more for rights to Premier League football matches. Sky says that operating profits fell to 679 million pounds for the 6 months to December the 31st. However,the firm said that its financial performance had been “good”. Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox owns 39 percent of Sky and offered to buy the remaining 61 percent of the business late last year.

Sport

Tennis-Roger Federer will find out who he’ll face in the final of the Australian Open later when Rafael Nadal meets the in-form Grigor Dimitrov in the second men’s semi-final. On paper,Dimitrov should win but Nadal has been putting in some great performances so far in the tournament as he continues to recover from an injury hit 2016.Play is due to start at around 8am French time.

Football-Manchester United are through to the final of the League Cup in England despite losing last night’s semi-final second leg 2-1 at Hull. United took the tie 3-2 on aggregate and will face Southampton at Wembley in the the final. It’s FA Cup 4th round in England and some of the names to look out for include non-league Sutton United who face Leeds United at home and Lincoln City who take on the Championship leaders Brighton. There’s one tie tonight and there won’t be any love lost in the east-Midlands derby between Derby County and Leicester while tomorrow Liverpool will be hoping to end a bad run of results when they play Wolves at Liverpool. The cup holders Manchester United play Wigan on Sunday while Chelsea host Brentford tomorrow and Manchester City are away at Crystal Palace.Spurs are at home to Wycombe Wanderers and Arsenal are away at Southampton.

Cricket-England have beaten India by 7 wickets in the T20 international at Kanpur. England restricted India to 147-7 from their 20 overs and reached the target in 18.1overs in a total of 148-3.

Rugby Union-The English Rugby Football Union has confirmed that two Premiership players  tested positive for cocaine last season. The players,who haven’t been named tested positive after returning samples showing out-of-competition cocaine use. The RFU insists that it’s doing “everything possible” to detect doping in the professional game.

Golf-Tiger Woods struggled with a 4 over par 76 at his first full PGA Tour event for 18 months on Thursdaty. The former world number one is way off the pace at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. England’s Justin Rose leads after the first round on 7 under par.

Weather

Overcast with moderate to strong easterly winds. Top temperature 13 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 10 degrees on the coast and 7 degrees inland with rain spreading across the region.

The weekend-Overcast and wet for most of tomorrow with snow down to 800 metres.Partially and cloudy on Sunday with a high of 14 degrees.

Finally

Have you ever been in Bromsgrove? Apparently Bromsgrove in Worcestershire is home to the funniest people in Britain, according to a recent poll.

The poll found that the town, which has a population of 30,000 people, has the most jokers-per-head in the UK.

Singletons taking part in the poll were asked if they ‘often made other people laugh’ and if they used their charms to chat people up, with Bromsgrove coming out top.

The poll, which quizzed a total of 26,000 Brits all around the UK, found that ‘making other people laugh’ was a key ingredient in winning their affections on the dating scene

The top 10 areas of the UK with the most jokers are:

  1. Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
  2. Wilmslow, Cheshire
  3. Brentwood, Essex
  4. Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex
  5. Cheadle, Manchester
  6. Windsor, Berkshire
  7. Southsea, Portsmouth
  8. Washington, Sunderland
  9. Hitchin, Hertfordshire
  10. Woodford Green, London

 

 

 

 

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