Evening Update Monday 10 July 2023

 

Meteo France have put Orange weather warnings in place for high temperatures in the Alpes-Maritimes right the way through until midnight tomorrow night. In the Var, there is an orange warning until midnight tonight, when it drops to a lower yellow warning until midnight tomorrow night. Temperatures today have been up to about 40 degrees inland in the Var, but lower on the coast. Temperatures are not expected to fall below 22-24 degrees near the sea tonight. Meteo France said today that temperatures are expected to drop significantly across the country on Wednesday, with the exception of the southeast where temperatures will still reach highs of 35°C locally.

An air pollution episode for ozone in the Var department is expected for tomorrow, Tuesday July 11. The prefecture said that it will trigger the level 1 alert procedure. Concentrations of fine particles are predicted to increase in several other departments in the region from tomorrow and for the days to come, with a yellow alert being put in place in the Alpes-Maritimes on Tuesday. The Monaco government has said that the information threshold for Ozone pollution is likely to be reached today as well as tomorrow. Tuesday July 11. the government has made various recommendations including advising vulnerable or sensitive people to limit intense physical and sporting activities outdoors. The full list of recommendations can be found on https://www.gouv.mc/Action-Gouvernementale/L-Environnement/Actualites/Pollution-a-l-Ozone-Procedure-d-INFORMATION-au-public

The search is continuing for a two year old who disappeared at the weekend in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. The local prefect said this evening that the child hadn't yet been located and the search would resume tomorrow. Several hundred volunteers, sixty gendarmes and two dozen firefighters have been involved in the search for Emile in the village of Vernet where he was being looked after by his grandparents when he disappeared on Saturday. The national police have said that at this stage no theory as to his disappearance has been ruled out.

A man in his fifties has died in Marseille after his electric scooter was in collision with a bus this morning. According to local reports, it's believed that he lost control of the scooter and was hit by a bus when he fell to the ground. The incident happened in the city centre, not far from the Prefecture.

Ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games, the southern harbour of Marseille is hosting preparatory sailing events until next Sunday. The "Test Event" brings together all the international teams. For the event, the systems and regulations planned for the Olympics are being fully implemented. The maritime prefect of the Mediterranean is in charge of safety and security at sea during the event and various regulations have been put in place. The prefecture said that that whereas other events of this magnitude have involved the complete closure of the area of water, significant efforts have been made in Marseille to allow many activities to continue during this period.

The Monaco government is beginning work today to improve the lighting in the tunnel under the rock. Currently, the seven tunnels that make up the Under the Rock tunnel group have over 1,300 fluorescent tube lamps and High Pressure Sodium lamps. These will be replaced by just 213 LED lamps, which will consume far less energy and have a longer lifespan. The first phase of the works, in July and August, will take place at night.

 

BUSINESS

Shareholders in Thames Water have agreed to provide a further £750m in funding. The company also said it would be looking for an extra £2.5bn between 2025 and 2030. The UK government has said it is ready to act in a worst case scenario if the company collapses. The interim joint chief executive of Thames Water, Cathryn Ross, told the BBC's Today programme that the company was "absolutely not" close to requiring government intervention.

Easyjet has cancelled 1,700 flights during July, August and September to and from Gatwick airport. It blamed constrained airspace over Europe and ongoing air traffic control difficulties, which are causing regular cancellations. The company said 95% of affected passengers had been rebooked onto alternative flights. It said its cancellations roughly represent the equivalent of one day's worth of flights. It will still operate about 90,000 journeys over the period.

 

SPORT

Tennis... Madison Keys has beaten Mirra Andreeva to reach the last eight of the women's singles at Wimbledon. Andreeva was docked a point for throwing her racquet. The 16 year old qualifier, who had already been warned for hurling her racquet after losing the second set, received a point penalty which gave Keys match point, from which Andreeva recovered but she ultimately lost the match. Daniil Medvedev and Elena Rybakina are both through to last eight after their opponents retired injured. Aryna Sabalenka is also through after beating Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Football... Callum McGregor has signed a new five-year deal at Celtic. He has scored 62 goals in 420 games and won 20 trophies with the club since making his debut in 2014.

 

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