Evening Update Friday 10 June 2022

An initial French government report into events surrounding the Champions League final at the Stade de France on 28 May has been submitted to Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne. The report listed a series of failures in managing the event. In an apparent reference to France's hosting of the Olympics in 2024, it said that highly publicised scenes of operations to restore order have raised questions from outside observers about France's ability to deliver and succeed in "the major sporting events for which we shall soon be responsible". In its recommendations the report said that a national steering body should be established for international sporting events of public interest held in France.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has announced the construction of a new four star hotel. The mayor attended a presentation of the Halle de la Buffa project. The covered market in the Gambetta district was built in 1925 but has deteriorated over the years and only has a few traders left. The project provides for the demolition of the hall, the Casino supermarket and the building located in the courtyard of 16 bd Gambetta. Construction will then follow of a car park, a 4-star hotel with approximately 150 rooms, a senior residence and shops including the relocation of the Casino supermarket.

There's been traffic disruption in Nice this afternoon after the closure of the Gallo entrance to the Liataud tunnel which connects the Promenade des Anglais to the penetrante du Paillon. The closure was caused by the cutting of a fibre cable.

His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco has officially opened the 17th edition of Top Marques Monaco at the Grimaldi Forum. To celebrate the show's return, the organizers have launched a brand new area dedicated to classic cars from the 50s to the 90s. The show also features many current luxury and sports cars, supercars and several new car launches. The show is open until this Sunday, June 12, at 6 pm. Tickets can be purchased on site or on the website www.topmarquesmonaco.com.

France has generated electricity from offshore wind turbines for the first time. The operator of the wind farm off the coast of the Loire-Atlantique said today that the first electricity was produced this week. Several other European countries have produced electricity from offshore wind farms for several years, but this is the first such project in France. Several other offshore turbine installations are planned, including in the English Channel, off the Cotes-d'Armor and Calvados.

 

BUSINESS

Annual inflation in the United States has risen to 8.6%, which is the highest since 1981. The price of airline tickets rose by over 37%, new vehicles rose by 12.8% and used cars and trucks were 16.1% higher.

The UK Competition and Markets Authority has announced that it's consulting on the launch of a market investigation into Apple and Google’s market power in mobile browsers and Apple’s restrictions on cloud gaming through its App Store. In parallel, it is also taking enforcement action against Google in relation to its app store payment practices. The move follows a year-long study of the companies’ mobile ecosystems, the final report of which has been published today. The study found that Apple and Google have an effective duopoly on mobile ecosystems which the CMA said allows them to exercise a stranglehold over those markets, which include operating systems, app stores and web browsers on mobile devices. The CMA said that without interventions, both companies are likely to "maintain, and even strengthen, their grip over the sector, further restricting competition and limiting incentives for innovators".

 

SPORT

Tennis.. Andy Murray has beaten Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Boss Open semi-finals in Stuttgart. He beat the world number five 7-6  6-3. It’s Murray’s first victory over a top-five player since 2016.

Motorsports.... Monaco Grand Prix winner Sergio Perez recorded the fastest time in first practice for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was second with Red Bull's Max Verstappen in third. This afternoon in second practice, Charles Leclerc was fastest, followed by Sergio Perez and Max Verstappen.

Cricket... It's the first day of the second Test between England and New Zealand at Trent Bridge. England won the toss and put New Zealand in to bat. Early this evening New Zealand were 271 for 4.

Football... Legendary former Northern Ireland manager Billy Bingham has died at the age of 90. He led the team to the 1982 and 1986 World Cup finals. Bingham also managed Everton and Greece and as a player played for Northern Ireland at the 1958 World Cup finals in Sweden.

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