Evening Update Friday 4 November 2022

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has asked the General Management of the CHU Hospital in Nice to urgently take the necessary measures to remedy computer problems which affected the hospital last night. The hospital triggered its crisis unit after staff were unable to receive emergency calls and the reception of patients was disrupted by computer problems. The mayor said that he will soon meet with the director of the hospital "to establish an action plan to anticipate these problems and put an end to them". The CHU said early this afternoon that everything has returned to normal.

A new study on air pollution has suggested that the removal of the tolls at Nice St Isadore on the A8 motorway would lead to a decrease in pollution levels for thousands of local residents. The research by AtmoSud says that removal of the tolls would lead to an improvement in air quality for 80,000 inhabitants in the city centre, mostly on major routes, but a degradation for 16,000 inhabitants near the motorway and its access roads.  Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi thanked AtmoSud for what he called "this very detailed and alarming document" which he said "confirms my fears for many years". He added that by removing the tolls, "we have the possibility of acting immediately and effectively, without waiting for the possibility of using automated means of control...and without taking any restrictive measures on purchasing power and daily life". He said that he had written to Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne on the issue.

Nice Ville railway station was evacuated this lunchtime and all arrivals and departures were halted because of suspicious baggage in the station. The all clear was given shortly afterwards and services have now returned to normal.

Var firefighters were called to a rest area on the A8 motorway late last night to attend to a truck carrying 15 tonnes of aluminium waste. The contents of the truck had started to emit smoke whilst it was parked at the Aire de Canaver near Puget-sur-Argens. Specialist hazardous material firefighters covered the truck in 250kg of powder and the incident was over by early this morning.

Deputies in the French National Assembly have voted to exclude one of their members for fifteen days. When another deputy, Carlos Martens Bilongo, who has a Congolese background, was speaking, deputy Gregoire de Fournas was heard to say "Let him return to Africa". The sanction by the members of the National Assembly is the most severe possible under the rules of the assembly.

The village of Tourette-sur-Loup is making free wood available to residents. About a hundred dangerous trees were felled by the municipality recently and one cubic metre of wood is being made available on demand to local households.


Data from the US Labor Department released today has shown that employers added 261,000 jobs in October, while the unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.7%. The jobs added last month were better than economists had expected. Wage gains were also strong, despite not keeping pace with inflation, with average hourly pay up 4.7% over the past year.

The Unite union has announced that 700 workers at Heathrow airport will go on strike for three days from 18 November. It said the strike action would cause disruption and delays at Heathrow terminals 2, 3 and 4. The employees, who are demanding higher pay, work in the ground handling, airside transport and cargo side of the airport.



Cricket.. New Zealand have become the first team to reach the Men's T20 World Cup semi-finals with a 35-run win over Ireland. Meanwhile, Australia beat Afghanistan by four runs but failed to achieve the net run-rate swing required to further boost their chances of getting into the semi-finals. It means that if England beat Sri Lanka by any margin on Saturday, they will go through to the last four. If Sri Lanka win, Australia will join New Zealand in progressing from Group 1.

Rugby Union... Alex Coles is set to make his debut for England in the match against Argentina on Sunday. Maro Itoje moves to flanker to cover the injured Courtney Lawes. Owen Farrell captains the team.



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