Evening Update Tuesday 11 July 2023

High temperatures continue to affect our region. The Alpes-Maritimes is under a Meteo France Orange alert for heat until midnight tomorrow night. The Var has a yellow warning for heat until midnight tomorrow night. Meanwhile, five departments in north-east France have been put on a rare Meteo France top level red alert for storms. They are the Doubs, Haut-Rhin, Haute-Saône, Jura and the Terr. de Belfort. Meteo France said that “dangerous phenomena of exceptional intensity” are expected. Unsettled conditions are affecting many eastern and southern parts of France, with many other departments having either yellow or orange warnings for storms. Meteo France have said that "particularly violent" thunderstorms are expected between Auvergne and Alsace. The SNCF have cancelled many TER trains in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region because of the bad weather.

The search has continued today for Emile, the two year old who disappeared in the hamlet of Vernet in the Alpes-de-Haut-Provence last Saturday. At a press conference this evening the public prosecutor of Digne-les-Bains said that Emile has still not been found. He said that all thirty of the houses in the hamlet had been visited and twenty five people had been interviewed, twelve vehicles were searched and twelve hectares of land had been searched. The prefect announced yesterday that a more "targeted and selective" search is being employed today. No volunteer searchers are involved, with the search being entrusted to gendarmes and about ten soldiers who specialise in brush clearance.

The death has been announced of one of the Prince of Monaco's Carabinieri at the age of 32. Rifleman Sylvain Panizzi died last Sunday during a sports parachuting jump session in Saint-Amadou in south-west France during his leave.

A delegation from the Monaco government has taken part in in the 29th Plenary Assembly of the EGMONT Group in Abu Dhabi. The EGMONT Group is an international organization whose mission is to fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism and its proliferation.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi has signed a partnership agreement between the Museum of Fine Arts in Nice and the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. The partnership will result in exchanges of collections, joint exhibitions and scientific research as well as aspects of the renovation of the Musée des Beaux-Arts Jules Chéret.

A new type of camera is being tested by authorities in the Alpes-Maritimes aimed at detecting fires in undergrowth and forests more quickly. The unit will be installed at the top of Mont Chauve to the north of Nice. The unit has a thermal sensor which can detect the start of a fire in a radius of 10km from the site.

 

BUSINESS

UK wages have risen sharply fuelling fears that inflation will stay high for longer. Regular pay grew by 7.3% in the March to May period from a year earlier according to the Office for National Statistics. However, despite the record increase, pay rises still lag behind inflation which stands at 8.7% in the UK. The ONS also said that there were 128,000 working days lost because of labour disputes in May.

In a new report published today, the International Monetary Fund has said that the UK "faces a challenging economic outlook" and "ambitious reforms" are needed. It said that prior to the 2008 global financial crisis, the UK had been a strong performer among the G7 countries, but this momentum was lost in the middle of the last decade.

 

SPORT

Tennis.... It's quarter finals day at Wimbledon today in both the men's and women's singles competition. Wildcard Elina Svitolina beat top seed Iga Swiatek to reach the semi-finals and will face Marketa Vondrousova, who also caused an upset by beating American fourth seed Jessica Pegula.

Cricket.... England have named an unchanged squad for the fourth Test at Old Trafford. The Test starts on Wednesday 19 July.

Football.... Tottenham have signed Manor Solomon from Shakhtar Donetsk on a on a five-year deal. The 23-year-old Israel national team player was on loan at Fulham last season.

 

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