Evening Update Tuesday 1 November 2022

Train services between Nice and Ventimiglia have been cut in both directions because of a landslide affecting electricity supplies and also causing a tree to fall on the line at Eze. SNCF say services are expected to be completely cut in both directions for the rest of today and are expected to resume around 5am tomorrow morning. In the meantime, additional busses are being provided between Monaco and Ventimiglia on the usual bus route. SNCF have said that substitute buses are extended until the scheduled time of the last train in each direction but say that it is best to postpone your trip if possible.

A woman has been rescued after being swept away by floodwaters in Nice this morning. Local reports say that the woman was carried about two kilometres after falling into the Paillon river near the Palais des Expositions and finally being rescued by firefighters near the beach.

The A8 motorway was closed for a time early this morning at Aix-en-Provence in the direction towards Italy because of flooding on the carriageway. The storm has also caused power outages in some parts of Nice.

The Promenade des Anglais was flooded in places and roads were flooded at Carras and La Californie in Nice.

Five people were arrested in Nice last night after street emergency call terminals were activated. Deputy mayor Anthony Borre said that action must be taken against those who act in gangs.

The Covid-19 incidence rate has decreased in Monaco. In its weekly update on Covid numbers the government said that the incidence rate per 100,000 people in the week to last Sunday was 161, down from 222 the previous week. In the week to Sunday, 63 new positive cases of Covid-19 were detected. As of Sunday evening, 11 people, including 4 residents, were hospitalized at the Princesse Grace Hospital. Two people, both of them non-residents, were being treated in intensive care. 36 people were being followed by the Home Monitoring Centre.

October was the warmest month on record in France, beating the previous record set in 2001. Meteo France said that the average temperature was 17.2 degrees, which is 3.5 degrees above normal. It said that October was the ninth consecutive month in which temperatures were above normal.

 

BUSINESS

Energy company BP has reported a large rise in global profits. BP made $8.2bn between July and September, more than double its profit for the same period last year. Surging oil and gas prices have led to large profits for many energy producers.

The decline in the UK’s manufacturing sector deepened in October according to a widely watched survey from S&P Global. The purchasing managers index hit a 29-month low. The survey also registered cuts in jobs for the first time in almost 2 years. However, inflationary pressures eased.

UK house prices fell for the first time in over a year last month, according to building society Nationwide. It said that prices fell by 0.9% month-on-month in October, the first monthly decline in 15 months. The monthly fall was the largest since June 2020, at the height of the  pandemic.

 

SPORT

Cricket... England have scored a 20-run win over New Zealand. Defeat would have almost certainly marked the end of the tournament for the side. England will qualify for the semi-finals if they beat Sri Lanka on Saturday, as long as Australia do not beat Afghanistan on Friday and also don't overturn England's net run-rate advantage.

Rugby Union.... It's been announced that Cheslin Kolbe will return at full-back for South Africa for Saturday's Test against Ireland in Dublin. Kolbe will make his first appearance for the team since breaking his jaw in the match against Wales in June.

Football... Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that Erling Haaland could be back to face Fulham on Saturday. Haaland was replaced at half-time in City's game last Tuesday because he had a fever and a foot injury.

 

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