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Riviera and French News Thursday 26th January 2017

UPDATE 18:00

House Collapse - A 23 year old man has died as a house collapsed on him in La Croix-Valmer near St Tropez. He was working as a labourer with three others when the house collapsed this morning. It’s believed he died instantly. One other man was injured and taken by helicopter to hospital.

St Devote - Monaco will begin celebrations for its patron saint day tomorrow with the traditional burning of a boat this evening at the church of St Devote beside the train station. The burning commemorates the saving of religious relics from thieves almost a thousand years ago, who were prevented from leaving the port with their loot after locals burnt their boat. The ceremony will be attended by Prince Albert and the royal family. Extra security measures and closures will be in place around the church and train station until 9pm this evening.

Council - Grants for people who choose to buy electric cars and increased parking charges and on the agenda for Nice Metropolitan council who’s first meeting of the year is tomorrow morning. In addition to the budget for 2017, the council will also discuss compenstation for business’s affected by the July 14th attack and a new tourism campaign for the coming summer.

Noise - Additional noise barriers are being installed on the A8 at Cagnes-sur-Mer starting this week.  The work will be carried out each night from ten O’Clock pm the Cannes to Nice side of the motorway between Avenue des Violettes up to the junction of
St Lawrence. This work should be finished May.

Shopping - Sunday shopping will soon be a reality in Nice la Plaine as the prefect of the region announced a new commercial zone will be assigned to the area. The new rules will allow all types of businesses in Nice La-Plaine to open on Sundays.

BUSINESS

The Royal Bank of Scotland has set aside a further US$3.8bn to cover fines in the United States over the sale of financial products linked to risky mortgages before the 2008 financial crisis. It means the bank is set to report a loss for 2016, the ninth year in a row that RBS has lost money.

US car giant Ford has made its second-best annual pre-tax profit to date of $10.4bn. The figure means its 56,000 US workers will receive an average $9,000 profit share. Meanwhile the number of cars made in the UK reached a 17-year high last year with 1.7 million cars rolling off production lines in 2016, a rise of 8.5% on the year before.

France is to introduce a new Tech Visa for people working in the technology sector. The visa will cost €270 in contrast to the UK, who are making it even harder for companies there to hire talent, including a proposed £1,000-a-year tax on businesses that want to bring in highly-skilled talent from non-EU countries.

SPORT

Tennis - Roger Federer has beaten fellow Swiss player Stan Wawrinka to reach the Australian Open final and a chance for his 18th Grand Slam title. In a thrilling match this morning that went right to the wire, Federer overcame Wawrinka 7-5 6-3 1-6 4-6 6-3. Who he face in the final will be decided tomorrow when Rafael Nadal plays Grigor Dimi-trov in the other semi-final. And we’re set for an epic battle for the womens title as sisters Venus and Serena Williams have both made it to the final to be played on Saturday. It will be their first Grand Slam final against each other since Wimbledon in 2009, when Serena won in straight sets.

Football - AS Monaco are through to the final of the Coupe de la Ligue after beating Nancy 1-0 last night at Stade Louis II. In the final to be played in Lyon in April, they’ll be up against Paris St Germain. That will make this weekends League One game between the two sides all the more interesting. In the UK, Southampton are through to the final of the League Cup after winning the second leg of their semi-final 1-0 against Liverpool. They next play the winners of the second semi-final between Hull and Manchester United which is being played tonight.

UPDATE 07:00

Nice Airport – Nice International Côte d’Azur Airport has broken its record in terms of passenger traffic. Figures published on Wednesday show 12.4 million passengers in 2016, including 7.9 million international flights- an increase of 3.4% compared to 2015.

Vendée Globe - Jean-Pierre Dick has crossed the finishing line of the Vendée Globe in 4th place. The skipper from Nice completed the race in 80 days 1 hour and 45 minutes. Crowds gathered to welcome the yachtsman who arrived shortly after 2.30pm at the Sables d’Olonne.

Sunday shopping – The Prefect of the region has announced that a new commercial zone will be created in Nice. The announcement made on Wednesday will see Nice-La Plaine allow businesses of all types to open on Sundays.

Argument - The criminal court of Draguignan has given a one year suspended prison sentence to a man who reportedly threw Camembert at his partner. Claude and Marie a couple in their thirties were having dinner when Claude threw the cheese hitting Marie in the head. A fight broke out and the police were called. The couple appeared before court in Draguignan this week.

Thank you – Riviera Radio would like to thank our listeners for their generosity and show of support to the refugee Côte d’Azur Facebook page which received many donations and money to help the cause.Donations received will be used to help refugees in Ventimiglia.

National

Socialist Candidates - Socialist candidates Benoit Hamon and Manuel Valls discussed jobs, clean energy, and religion in the final debate of France’s left-wing primary on Wednesday - four days ahead of their highly anticipated run-off poll, and three months before French voters pick their next president. Careful to strike a cordial tone, the Socialist Party rivals nevertheless highlighted their differences in a debate that, among many issues scrutinised their knowledge of English.

Francois Fillon - France’s financial prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into the possible misuse of public funds by the rightwing presidential candidate Francois Fillon and his British wife. Fillon, considered to be a frontrunner in May’s presidential election, is under pressure to explain Penelope Fillon’s role in his political operation after a French newspaper claimed she was at various times paid an extremely generous salary from public funds allocated to him as an MP.

Business

Royal Bank of Scotland is set to take another financial hit after setting aside 4 billion dollars for fines. The bank is expected to announce this morning that its now put aside a total of 10 billion dollars to pay a huge fine from the US Department of Justice. The penalty relates to RBS’s role in the selling of subprime mortgages which was at the epicentre of the financial crisis. RBS is still 72 percent owned by the UK taxpayer and the huge fine will plunge the bank further into the red. Guesses on the final bill from the US Department of Justice vary but some estimates put the total cost at between 12 and 20 billion dollars. Boeing has reported lower sales and profits for 2016-largely due to lower deliveries of its military aircraft. The US aerospace giant said that sales were 2 percent lower at 94.6 billion dollars while net earnings were down 5 percent to 4.9 billion dollars. The company said that it also expects revenues to slip further this year to between 90.5 and 92.5 billion dollars. However,overall group earnings rose by 59 percent in the 4th quarter as demand for the firm’s commercial planes increased. Boeing has predicted higher commercial deliveries this year of between 760 and 765 aircraft.

And-The man tipped to be President Trump’s new ambassador to the European Union has said that the single European currency could collapse in the next 18 months. Professor Ted Malloch says that said that if there was one thing that he would do this year it would be to “short the euro” as he considers it to be not only a currency in demise but it has a real problem and could,in fact collapse within the next year and a half.He added that he is not the only economist with that point of view. Professor Malloch is a former deputy executive secretary to the United Nations in Geneva.He hasn’t officially been confirmed as the new US ambassador to the EU but is widely reported to be President Trump’s choice.

Sport

Tennis-Venus Williams has reached the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne after beating Coco Vandeweghe in an all-American semi final in three sets. The 36 year old took the match 6-7 6-2 6-3 and could now play sister Serena Williams in the final. Serena is up against the unseeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in her semi final.

Football-Southampton are through to the final of the League Cup in England after winning the second leg of their semi-final 1-0 against Liverpool at Anfield last night. Shane Long scored a late winner for Saints who take the tie 2-0 on aggregate and will now play the winners of the second semi final between Hull and Manchester United which is being played tonight.United lead the tie 2-0 from the first leg. There was 1 game in the English Championship last night.Leeds United moved back into third place in the table following a 2-0 win over struggling Nottingham Forest.

Cricket-Australia are playing Pakistan in the 5th one day international in Adelaide. Australia won the toss and are batting.They’d reached 175-0 after 28 overs with David Warner smashing another century. Sri Lanka have beaten South Africa by 5 wickets in the third T20 international in Capetown. South Africa batted first and made 169-5 from their 20 overs.In reply Sri Lanka reached their target with 1 ball to spare in a total of 170-5

Rugby Union-Eddie Jones has confirmed Dylan Hartley as England captain for the 6 Nations campaign. Hartley is serving a 9 week ban after being sent off while playing for Northampton before Christmas but he is available for selection for the first 6 Nations game against France on the 4th of February. Jones says that  he thinks Hartley is ready and has been training well.

Athletics-Usain Bolt has been forced to hand back one of his 9 Olympic gold medals after one of his  Jamaican team-mates failed a drugs test on a sample from the 2008 Beijing games retested by the International Olympic Committee. Nesta Carter was found to have taken the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine and Jamaica have been stripped of the 4x100 metre men’s gold medal.

Weather

Mainly cloudy with some bright spells mixed in with some showers and moderate to strong easterly winds. Top temperature 12 degrees Celsius.

Overnight lows of 8 degrees on the coast and 5 degrees inland with cloudy skies.

Friday and the start of the weekend-Cloudy with showers and more persistent rain on Saturday.

Finally

If you find yourself awake until all hours of the morning, don't fret.

It could be a sign of intelligence.

British researchers have found a link between people who enjoy a 'nocturnal' lifestyle and how smart they are. And it all goes back to evolution.

The study found that those who stayed up later were more likely to be smarter than those who enjoyed an early night.

It also found children who stay up later are more likely to grow into intelligent adults.

The results were based on the concept that people who are intelligent are more likely to adopt evolutionary values, such as staying up late.

As our ancestors traditionally went to bed and woke up early, changing your sleeping pattern shows you are able to adapt to modern life.

But that's not the only perk of staying up late.

Another study showed as well as having increased intelligence, night owls were more likely to be wealthier.

 

 

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