French and Riviera News Tuesday 8th September 2020

Local

Covid-19 - Two city council staff from a nursery and primary school in Nice have been placed in quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19.

The two employees from the Fouont Cauda school in the “Liberation” district of Nice worked in the catering and cleaning departments of the school.

Monaco Covid-19 cases - Five new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Monaco on Monday. Latest figures show that 153 residents have been affected by the coronavirus in the Principality.

Two residents are currently hospitalised and 42 people are being following by the Home Monitoring Centre.

Joggers to wear masks – Meanwhile the prefect of the Alpes-Maritimes has announced that joggers will be required to wear a mask in urban areas. The announcement was made on Monday and will now mean that joggers, like pedestrians are required to wear a mask.

Dengue fever - The Regional Health Agency has announced that there's been another case of dengue fever in Nice. It also said that other suspected cases are being checked.

The disease is spread by tiger mosquitos. Residents in the area of Nice where the cases have been reported are being told to eliminate any areas of stagnant water, to protect themselves from mosquito bites and to be alert for symptoms of dengue fever.

Drowning - According to Public Health France the number of admissions to A&E in France related to drowning has fallen by 12% between the June 1st and September 1st this year.

However, the drop in the number of cases did not apply to all regions of France with the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur recording similar figures to last year.

On a national level some 961 visits were recorded over this period compared to 1,142 in 2018, and 1,040 in 2019.

Public Health France, says that the drop can be explained by the health situation which saw the closure of many local swimming pools, leisure centres and amusement parks as well as restricted access to certain beaches.

In more than 4 out of 10 cases, the emergency visits concern children under the age of six, while those over 65 represent 13%.

National

Horse mutilations in France - French police have detained a man as part of investigations into a series of mystery horse mutilations across the country in recent months.

Police say the 50-year-old was arrested at his home in Alsace. He is wanted in connection with an attack in the north-west of Dijon, last month. 

Dozens of horses have been killed or maimed this year. The latest attack occurred south of Dijon on Sunday.

Police do not know why the horses are being targeted. They also do not know whether it is the work of one person or if initial attacks have inspired copycat killings.

New study - According to a new study French people who reject mask-wearing are more likely to be older, educated women who support the gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protest movement and the virus specialist Didier Raoult, and would refuse to have a coronavirus vaccination if one were available.

The French thinktank the Jean-Jaurès Foundation has suggested that “anti-maskers” were spread across the political spectrum, with the research results showing a slight tendency towards the right.

The findings come after a demonstration in Paris by anti-maskers at the end of August.

Business

Asian shares and US stock futures have regained some ground today following a bounce on European markets as investors looked at whether tech stocks will recover from their recent rout.

While many analysts have failed to pinpoint a single reason why the Nasdaq suddenly plunged last week ,valuations have been extremely high considering the gains of 75 percent that have been registered since the all time low hit in March.

Some experts think that tech stocks have seen a healthy correction and upward movement will be more measured over the coming weeks.

On the currency markets ,Sterling has fallen after the European Union told the UK on Monday that there could be no trade deal if it attempted to alter the Brexit divorce treaty.

The warning came as the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was reported to be planning new legislation which would override parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement which was signed last January.

 

The chairman of Netflix has said that working from home has no positive effects and makes debating ideas harder.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal ,Reed Hastings said that he had not seen any positives from Netflix employees working from home  and that “not being able to get together in person is a pure negative”.

However ,Mr Hastings conceded that the firm’s 8,600 employees would not be forced to return to the office until “most of them” had received an approved coronavirus vaccine. He added that most people would continue to work from home for at least one day a week even after the pandemic was over.

Other leading tech firms have conceded that their workers may never return to office environments with Twitter saying in May that staff could work at home “forever”.

 

And-Production of Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels biscuits in the UK could be halted this month with staff at an Edinburgh factory taking strike action over pay.

The GMB union has accused Burton’s Biscuits of making a “derisory” pay offer which it says is an insult to workers.

Staff at the factory will now stage three walkouts ,the first of which is due to take place tomorrow.

A spokesman for Burton’s Biscuits said that the firm was “shocked” at the union’s 7 percent pay demand but that talks would continue.

The Edinburgh factory turns out some 7.5 million biscuits a day and employs 400 staff.

Sport

Cycling-Primo Roglic will be looking to hold on to the leader’s Yellow Jersey when the Tour de France resumes this afternoon following Monday’s rest day.

Stage 10 is 168.5 kilometers on the flat between Ile d’Oleron and Ile de Rey and will be a chance for the sprinters to stretch their legs.

Roglic holds a 21 second advantage in the general classification over Egon Bernal with Guillaume Martin of France in third place ,28 seconds off the pace.

Adam Yates of Great Britain who held the Yellow Jersey for four days is now in overall 8th more than a minute behind Roglic.

Tennis-Dominic Thiem is into the quarter finals of the US Open after beating Felix Auger-Aiassime in straight sets.

The second seed came through 7-6 6-1 6-1 and will now play Alex de Minaur in the last 8.

In the women’s event ,top seed Serena Williams battled into the last 8 thanks to a 6-3 6-7 6-3 win which took almost two hours.

She’ll now play Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria.

Football-Northern Ireland have been thrashed 5-1 at home by Norway in the Nations League while Scotland had a great 2-1 away win in the Czech Republic.

There’s more action tonight with England away in Denmark and France at home to Croatia.

Cricket-England play Australia in the third T20 international in Southampton later today. Play starts at 7pm French time. England have a 2-0 unassailable lead in the series.

Formula 1-The sport is to revive reverse grid sprint races in place of qualifying.

Mercedes had blocked plans to trial the new system this season but Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix has given fresh impetus for the idea.

It’s hoped that the new system will be trialed again later this year and then will be used more widely in 2021.

Mercedes still need to be persuaded to give the new system a go as unanimity is required for any rule change during a championship year.

Golf-World number one Dustin Johnson has won the season ending PGA Tour Championship scooping 15 million dollars into the bargain.

The 36 year old American finished on 21 under par in Monday’s final round at East Lake and ended 3 shots clear of fellow Americans Xander Schauffele and Justin Thomas.

It’s Johnson’s first FedEx Cup title after he squandered the chance of winning on the final round four years ago.

Weather

Mainly fine with light to moderate south easterly winds.

Top temperatures 26-28 degrees.

Overnight lows of 21 degrees on the coast and 18 degrees inland with clear skies.

Wednesday and Thursday-Sunshine and occasional showers with highs of 25-27 degrees.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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