Evening Update Wednesday 23 November 2022

A drugs smuggling network in the Var has been dismantled. Eleven people were arrested and are suspected of involvement in the smuggling of drugs from Spain. Over 75,000 euros in cash as well as firearms and drugs were seized in the operation.

The Law Commission of the French National Assembly has announced the creation of a commission of inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Corsican separatist Ivan Colonna. Colonna died in Arles prison in March this year after being attacked by another inmate. Unrest broke out in Corsica after his death. Colonna was serving a life sentence for fatally shooting Corsica's prefect Claude Erignac in 1998.

The city of Marseille has signed the Ecowatt charter. The Ecowatt website aims to help people reduce energy consumption, especially at times of high demand, to help reduce the possibility of power cuts over the winter. More information can be found on https://www.monecowatt.fr/

The Villeneuve-Loubet gendarmerie have launched an appeal for witnesses to a fatal road accident. It happened on Wednesday 9 November at about 6.40pm on the route de Cagnes in La Colle sur Loup. A Honda Civic and a scooter were involved. If you have information you can call 04 93 20 62 04 or dial 17.

For the 4th consecutive year, the Principality of Monaco is participating in the European Week for Waste Reduction. The Europe-wide initiative calls for the implementation of awareness-raising measures on the sustainable management of resources and waste. The theme of the 2022 edition is: "Circular and sustainable textiles", under the slogan, "Waste is old fashioned!" The campaign invites everyone to rethink their way of consuming textiles and to discover more sustainable solutions centred around the 3 Rs: Reduce / Re-use / Recycle.

The Alpes-Maritime Prefecture has issued a reminder that those using an electric scooter, Segway, hoverboard or bicycle, need to be be aware of the dangers around them. Audio headsets, earphones or Bluetooth earphones are prohibited and subject to a fine of €135.



Union members working for Royal Mail in the UK have voted to take strike action. The Communication Workers Union said that postal workers will strike today and tomorrow as well as the 30 November and 1 December. There will be further industrial action on 9,11, 14, 15, 23 and 24 December. Members have rejected a pay offer from Royal Mail which the company said was its final offer.

UK companies faced the worst drop in new orders for nearly two years in November, according to initial results of a survey by S&P Global. It said that squeezed client budgets continue to hit demand in both manufacturing and services. UK private sector firms reported another reduction in business activity during November, which stretched the current period of decline to four months. On a more positive note, business expectations for the year ahead rebounded from the 30-month low seen in October.

Protests have been staged at the world's biggest iPhone factory in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, according to videos circulated widely online. The videos appear to  show hundreds of workers marching, with some of them confronted by individuals in hazmat suits and riot police. Factory operator Foxconn said it would work with staff and local government to prevent further violence. In a statement, the firm said some workers had doubts about pay but that the firm would fulfil pay based on contracts.



Football...Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2025. The 51 year old has won 11 trophies, including four Premier League titles, during his six years at the club.

Rugby Union... Australia's Michael Hooper has been ruled out of their Autumn Nations series game against Wales on Saturday. He suffered concussion symptoms after the match against Ireland last weekend.

Motorsports... Daniel Ricciardo has rejoined Red Bull as the team's third driver for the 2023 season. He was previously with McLaren. Red Bull said that he will assist the team with testing and simulation work as well as commercial activities.



Japan have beaten Germany 2-1 this afternoon. Before the match the German team stood with their hands over their mouths in protest at being prevented from wearing "OneLove" armbands. The team simultaneously posted a message on social media saying that "human rights are non-negotiable".

In other matches today, Croatia drew 0-0 against Morocco. Croatia were runners up in the last World Cup, being beaten by France in the final. They are currently ranked 12th in the world. Only four players from the 2018 final started today's game.

Spain scored a decisive victory over Costa Rica. The final score was 7-0. Belgium play Canada at 8pm.



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