Evening Update Friday 7 February 2020

Some flights are being disrupted at Nice Cote d’Azur airport today because of strike action. Industrial action is being taken by certain members of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Further information is available on the airport website www.nice.aeroport.fr or by contacting your airline.

Line 1 of the Nice tramway was disrupted this afternoon after a car crashed into the steps of the Notre-Dame basilica. The BMW i3 crashed through the gates and mounted the steps. It’s thought that the driver may have confused the brake and accelerator pedals. Traffic on rue Notre-Dame and the tramway were briefly suspended to allow a tow truck to recover the car.

A fire broke out in a parking lot in Antibes last night. It’s thought that an electrical fault caused the fire in the parking on the avenue des Frères-Olivier. Large amounts of smoke resulted from the blaze but there were no injuries.

A scooter rider in his twenties was seriously injured in an accident in Marseille this morning. His scooter was in collision with two other vehicles on Boulevard Jean Moulin at about 5am. 26 firefighters and 8 emergency vehicles were in attendance.  According to reports, one of the drivers fled the scene. The scooter rider was taken to La Timone Hospital along with a 21 year old woman who was suffering from shock.

Apple has agreed to pay 25 million euros after an action by French regulators. The competition authority found the company had pursued "deceptive marketing practices by omission" because of its failure to notify owners of certain iPhones that software updates could slow down the operation of their phones.

 

BUSINESS

Credit Suisse chief executive Tidjane Thiam has resigned. He is stepping down after five years at the bank and is being replaced by Thomas Gottstein, who is head of the Swiss business of Credit Suisse.

The coronavirus outbreak is continuing to impact businesses. Swedish telecoms equipment maker Ericsson has announced that it’s pulling out of the world's biggest annual event for the telecoms industry. Ericsson said that it had decided to withdraw from the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to ensure the health and safety of its employees and customers in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Electronics giant Foxconn, maker of the Apple iPhone, is taking the unusual step of switching part of its production to making surgical masks. The firm's regular production lines making electronics have been closed due to the coronavirus. US gaming company Wynn Resorts has said that it's losing about $2.5m a day in Macau by remaining closed because of the coronavirus. Casinos in Macau have been asked to remain closed to help prevent the spread of the virus. Ratings agency S&P has announced that it has cut its forecast for Chinese economic growth by 0.7% to 5% in 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

 

SPORT

Cricket.. South Africa are hosting England in the second one day international in Durban today with the tourists looking to bounce back from a 7 wicket defeat in the opening match in Durban. The start of play today was delayed by almost two hours because of rain and its now 45 overs per side. Play was suspended again because of rain early this afternoon with South Africa on 38 for 1 and England yet to bat.

Rugby Union...It’s the second weekend of the 6 Nations Championship with France ,Ireland and Wales looking to build on their wins in the first series of games. Ireland host Wales in Dublin tomorrow with kick off at 3.15 while Scotland host England in the Calcutta Cup game at Murrayfield with kick off at 5.45. France play Italy in Paris on Sunday. Kick off is at 4pm.

Football… Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling will be out "for weeks" because of a hamstring injury, according to manager Pep Guardiola. Sterling suffered the injury in the match against Tottenham on Sunday.

There are few games in the English Premier League this weekend because of the winter break. Tomorrow Everton play Crystal Palace and Brighton host Watford. On Sunday Sheffield United play Bournemouth and Manchester City host West Ham.

Tennis… Former world number one Naomi Osaka has suffered a shock loss to Sara Sorribes Tormo as Spain took a 1-0 lead in their Fed Cup tie against Japan. Osaka lost 6-0  6-3 in the match at La Manga Club in Murcia.

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