Evening Update Thursday 9th of May 2024

NEWS

Water Expected Next Week in La Colle-Sur-Loup - Residents of La Colle-sur-Loup (Alpes-Maritimes) and parts of Saint-Paul-de-Vence are advised not to use tap water for drinking due to contamination from a parasite. The affected areas include Boulevard Sauvaigo, Chemin Défoussat, Chemin de la Rougière, Chemin Saint-Étienne, and Impasse Saint-Étienne. The regional health agency, ARS, reported 21 confirmed cases from biological tests, while the mayor, Jean-Bernard Mion, estimates there are several hundred. Water is distributed from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the La Colle-sur-Loup gymnasium, with normal water use expected to resume early next week.

59th Rallye in Antibes - The 59th Rallye Antibes Côte d'Azur started today and will finish on 11 May. It was created in 1966 and covers a distance of 772.24 km. It is divided into 2 stages and 6 sections. The festivities kick off this late afternoon, with a rally on the Pré des Pêcheurs in Antibes.

Monegasque Wolfpack Sports Team - Following in the footsteps of Prince Albert I, a group of friends from Monaco are climbing 15 peaks on skis in this Norwegian archipelago, the Svalbard. United under the banner of the Monegasque Wolfpack Sports Team, they have set their sights on climbing two of the seven highest peaks on each continent of the globe. In 2021, it took them just six days to climb Kilimanjaro, known as the "Roof of Africa" (5,895m).

Monaco's Department of Cultural Affairs - Monaco's Department of Cultural Affairs is offering three artists' studios on the Quai Antoine-Ier. Each studio is available for a one to six-month period, with a possible one-time renewal. The program provides artists a workspace to pursue artistic and cultural projects with an international focus or in collaboration with a Monegasque cultural institution. Applications are due by 6pm on Friday, 31 May.

Fire in Nice - On the night of Wednesday 9 May, the fire brigade responded to a fire in a commercial building in the Ray district of Nice. The residents of the building were evacuated and there were no casualties.

Club Colette - In the Alpes-Maritimes, Club Colette has been expanding over the last few months. A dating club for retired people using a free application to fight against solitude.

Chokolashow - Today, the first edition of "Chokolashow" features eight chocolate sculptures depicting F1 cars from the Historic Grand Prix. These sculptures will be on display in the Riva Tunnel, near Port Hercule and the Historic Grand Prix paddocks, from 10am to 6pm. The most successful creation, as judged by eight associations, will win a chocolate trophy. The event also includes other activities, such as tasting workshops, muffins shaped like historic GP cars, and scannable QR code recipes. It's a unique celebration of cars and chocolate, with a charitable aim.

 

BUSINESS

Boeing's largest supplier, Spirit AeroSystems, regularly shipped fuselages with serious defects, according to a former quality inspector, Santiago Paredes. In an interview with the BBC and CBS, Paredes, who worked at Spirit AeroSystems in Kansas from 2010 to 2022, revealed that he often found between 50 and 200 defects on fuselages before they were sent to Boeing. Boeing declined to comment on these allegations.

Many Nigerians have criticized a new 0.5% levy on electronic banking transactions, saying it might force them back to using cash. The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) announced that the levy, aimed at funding cybersecurity, will start in two weeks. This move comes amid Nigeria's worst economic crisis in decades, adding to the financial burden for many who are already struggling with the cost of basic goods. Earlier this year, a cash shortage caused by CBN's currency reforms to combat electoral fraud pushed more Nigerians to use mobile money. However, only about eight percent of Nigerians have used mobile payment services in 2024. This is partly due to low digital penetration, with many rural areas lacking mobile signal, and many people unable to afford smartphones.

 

SPORTS

Rugby Union - France-bound Manu Tuilagi admits he will miss playing for England but is excited about the team's future. The 32-year-old centre is leaving Sale Sharks at the end of the season and has signed a two-year deal with Top 14 side Bayonne. His 60th cap in England’s Six Nations loss to France in March ended a 13-year international career following the Samoan-born star’s naturalisation.

Tennis - Andy Murray is set to return from injury at the Geneva Open this month and plans to play at the French Open, possibly for the last time. The 36-year-old, three-time Grand Slam champion, has been given a wildcard for the Swiss tournament starting on 18 May. Murray has been out since late March after rupturing ankle ligaments at the Miami Open. He is expected to retire this season.

Cycling - France's Benjamin Thomas took a surprise victory in Lucca on stage five of the Giro d’Italia as Tadej Pogacar retained his overall lead.

 

WEATHER

Bright and clear on the Riviera with chances of rain and thunderstorm high in the Alpes Maritimes and the Alpes-de-Haut-de-Provence this early afternoon. Quite warm today with highs of 23 degrees in Nice and Marseille, 24 in Toulon and Cannes, and 25 degrees in Saint-tropez.
Tonight, clear skies with lows of 13 degrees.
Outlook for tomorrow, Bright and clear throughout the region, highs of 24 degrees.

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