Evening Update Monday 9 January 2023

The French government has announced a series of measures aimed at making hunting safer. There are incidents every season in France which often result in the death or injury of passers-by or other hunters. The measures, announced by French Secretary of State for Ecology, Berangere Couillard, include the development of a smartphone app on which local residents and visitors could see the location of hunts in progress in real time. From this September hunting times will also be displayed in local town halls. Other measures include the introduction of more rigorous training, the creation of an offence of hunting under the influence of alcohol and the requirement of a doctors certificate before licencing.

A skiier from the Nice Alpine Club has died in an avalanche in the Alpes de Haute Provence today, according to Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi. In a post on social media this evening the mayor said that he was saddened by the death and his thoughts go out to the skiier's family and loved ones. The avalanche happened at 2,500 metres near the town of Val d'Oron-aye. Seven people in total were swept away by the avalanche. Two skiiers are in shock and four others are unharmed, according to local authorities. A yellow Meteo France warning for avalanches is in force for the department as well as for several other departments in south-east France.

Staff at analysis laboratories across France are beginning industrial action today. It's estimated that 90% of laboratories will be closed until this Sunday.

Ten bus lines will become electric in the spring in the Nice Cote d'Azur Metropolis. The Metropolis is aiming for no more petrochemical fuelled buses on the metropolitan network by 2025 and carbon neutrality by 2050. The ten totally electric lines will bring the clean bus fleet to 50%, or 115 vehicles out of 231. By the end of this month three electric buses will replace the previous models of line 64 which connect the SNCF station and Saint-Pierre de Féric. The new buses will be shorter and narrower while retaining the capacity of the previous buses with 61 seats.

The municipality of Antibes Juan les Pins is recruiting for summer seasonal jobs. Various positions are available including in Urban Cleanliness, Museums, the Stade Nautique, Maintenance, Municipal Police and Administration. You need to complete a form and return it, along with the attachments, before March 31 by email or by post to the addresses indicated on the form. You can find details on https://www.antibes-juanlespins.com/toute-l-actu/emplois-d-ete-2023-a-vos-cv

 

BUSINESS

Unemployment in the Eurozone in November was unchanged from October according to the EU’s statistics agency Eurostat. The euro area seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.5%, down from 7.1% in November of the previous year.

Car maker Rolls-Royce has sold a record number of cars in 2022. The company sold 6,021 cars in the year, which is an increase of 8% on the previous year. It said that demand remains “exceptionally strong”.

 

SPORT

Football... OGC Nice coach Lucien Favre has been dismissed. One of his assistants, former club captain Christophe Moulin, is taking over. The club are currently 11th in the league.

Roberto Martinez has been appointed Portugal head coach. He was formerly manager of Everton and the Belgian national side.

Tennis... Players at the Australian Open will not need to take Covid-19 tests and could play if they have the virus. Tournament director Craig Tiley said that they wanted to follow what's currently happening in the community. He said that the organization had made it clear to their players and staff that if anyone is feeling unwell they should stay at home. The Australian Open gets underway next Monday.

Former US Open winner Emma Raducanu says she hopes to be fit for the Australian Open but is trying "not to expect too much". She retired from the ASB Classic in Auckland with an ankle injury.

Rugby Union... There's a possibility that England captain Owen Farrell could miss the start of the Six Nations after being cited for a dangerous tackle on Gloucester player Jack Clement. Should the incident be seen as a mid-range offence a starting point for a ban would be six weeks, with the possibility of it being reduced with mitigation. A top-end offence carries a 10-week starting point. The Six Nations starts in about four weeks. His hearing will take place tomorrow evening.

 

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