Riviera Radio News - Wednesday, April 26th

Local News

Heatwave Approaching? - Could the scorching heatwave from Spain could be heading our way? The temperature is expected to gradually rise this week due to hot air moving up from Spain. The south of France, including Nice, will experience temperatures 2 to 3 degrees Celsius above the seasonal norms, and even 5 to 6 degrees higher in some inland areas, until Sunday. While this early spring warmth does not necessarily indicate a scorching summer ahead, meteorologists note that temperatures in the region have been consistently above average for the past decade.

Fire In Roquebrune - A fire broke out in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin yesterday, resulting in the destruction of a cabin and the evacuation of eight people. The fire started in the afternoon near the Cabbé neighborhood and was brought under control by firefighters from Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Monaco, La Turbie, Peille, and Nice. The flames originated below the railway tracks, just above the Buse beach, causing train services to be halted in both directions. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries, but several homes sustained damage. 

What I Get For My Taxes - The French government has launched a website inviting taxpayers to give their input on how their taxes should be spent. The website, called 'En avoir pour mes imports' (What I get for my taxes) allows taxpayers to express their opinions on government spending by providing information about current spending breakdowns. A spokesman said that the government will take the responses into consideration when formulating the 2024 annual budget.

Francois Léotard Dies - The former mayor of Frejus, Francois Léotard, has died at the age of 81. His death was announced yesterday afternoon by President Macron who said that "with his passing, we lose a free spirit, a man of books and commitment". He was also a former minister of defence and culture in the French government and a deputy for the Var.

Seized Luxury Items From Riviera Drug Lord Auctioned - A total of 277 items seized in drug trafficking cases were sold at auction in Paris yesterday, including luxury goods belonging to Christophe Dicranian, a known drug lord from the French Riviera who was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Items up for auction included a Lamborghini, Rolex watches, Louis Vuitton bags, Christian Louboutin shoes, Dior dresses, and a PS5. Proceeds from the auction exceeded €700000 and will be allocated to the fight against drugs and addiction. In 2022, a record-breaking 771 million euros in criminal assets were seized, a 6.3% increase from the previous year.

Vaccination - The Monagasque Department of Social Affairs and Health is highlighting the importance of a vaccination against the human papillomavirus (HPV) during European Vaccination Week. HPV is the leading cause of cervical cancer, resulting in over half a million cases and 340,000 deaths worldwide in 2020. HPV is also a significant cause of oropharyngeal and anal cancer in men. The HPV vaccine is covered by health insurance when prescribed by a doctor.

EasyJet Diversion - An EasyJet flight from Paris Orly to Nice was diverted to Lyon due to a technical issue with one of its engines. The Airbus A320 had signals indicating an engine fire. The plane landed safely in Lyon and passengers were able to continue their journey to Nice several hours later, arriving around 1 a.m yesterday morning.

Menton Becomes Cruise Ship Destination - Menton has agreed to welcome eight cruise ships this summer, starting with nearly 600 passengers visiting from the Silver Dawn cruise ship yesterday. The environmentally-friendly cruise ships are part of Menton's effort to balance economic development with environmental concerns. The arrival of luxury cruise ships has sparked curiosity among locals and opinions are divided on the economic benefits. Menton plans to continue welcoming cruise ships in the coming years to promote the city and neighboring areas.

16 Year Old Driver Injured - A serious accident involving an underage driver occurred near the Franco-Italian border. At around 3 a.m yesterday morning, a Bellier car without a license was found crashed, leaving a 16-year-old French girl seriously injured. The victim was initially taken to Bordighera hospital and later transferred by helicopter to Savona.

Prison Sentence For Refusing Police Check - A man has been sentenced to three years in prison for refusing to comply with a police check in Cannes. The 26-year-old driver, who was driving without a license, fled from the police in March and caused multiple offenses, including hitting two vehicles, one of which was carrying a pregnant woman, and crashing into a bus shelter. Three others were also arrested and sentenced for their involvement in the incident.

Monaco Homeless Man Sentenced To Prison - A homeless man in Monaco has been sentenced to one month in prison for trespassing and illegally occupying a boat docked at port. The man also helped himself to supplies on the boat to feed himself. The boat's owner had noticed signs of intrusion and reported it to the police, leading to the homeless man's arrest. During his court appearance, the man admitted to the charges and explained that he had slept on the boat because he did not have the means to stay in a hotel.

French TV Show To Broadcast Live From Cannes Film Festival - The popular French TV show "C à vous" is heading to Cannes for the first time during the Cannes Film Festival. From May 16th to May 27th, the show will broadcast live from La Croisette, featuring daily features, special guests and interviews with top French and international cinema stars.

Fete de Roses At Villa Ephrussi - This weekend is the « Fete des Roses » at  the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. The event will showcase the traditional expertise of farmers, rose growers and producers of plant-related products. There will also be gardening workshops for children and adults, and guided tours of the nine sacred gardens. The festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm. More information can be found at www.villa-ephrussi.com.

 

Business

British American Tobacco - British American Tobacco (BAT) has agreed to pay $635m plus interest to US authorities after admitting that one of its subsidiaries sold cigarettes to North Korea in violation of sanctions. The settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is the largest North Korean sanctions penalty in DOJ's history. BAT's head, Jack Bowles, expressed deep regret for the misconduct that took place between 2007 and 2017. BAT is one of the world's largest tobacco multinationals and owns major cigarette brands. This comes as North Korea continues to face tough sanctions for its nuclear and ballistic missile activities, despite its leader Kim Jong Un being known as a heavy smoker.

Inflation - The Bank of England's top economist, Huw Pill, has warned that people in the UK need to accept that they are poorer, or else prices will continue to rise. UK inflation was 10.1% in the year to March, higher than the Bank's target of 2%, and though it dipped slightly last month, it does not mean prices are falling, but rather rising at a slower pace.

Mr Pill attributed the rising inflation to workers demanding higher wages and businesses increasing prices, creating a cycle that perpetuates inflation. He urged people to stop trying to maintain their real spending power by bidding up prices or passing costs onto customers. This comes after the Bank's governor, Andrew Bailey, urged people last year not to ask for big pay rises to prevent prices from rising uncontrollably, a statement that received backlash from unions.

Nestle - Nestle, the maker of KitKat, has increased prices by almost 10% to offset rising costs, but still managed to see sales rise in the first quarter of 2023. This comes as UK shoppers are searching for cheaper supermarket food, with grocery prices still 17.3% higher compared to last year, according to research firm Kantar.

Rising prices have led to increased sales of own-label and value lines in UK supermarkets, as households look to manage their budgets. Nestle's global sales rose by 5.6% to £21.3bn in the first three months of 2023, showing the resilience of confectionary sales during economic hardships. Other consumer goods companies, such as PepsiCo and Coca-Cola, have also raised prices, but there are signs that the pace of these increases may be slowing down.

Barbie - Mattel has released a new Barbie doll with Down's syndrome as part of its efforts to promote diversity in its doll range. The US toy giant has faced criticism in the past for not representing real women with its traditional Barbie doll. In recent years, Mattel has introduced dolls with disabilities such as hearing aids, prosthetic limbs, and wheelchairs. The new Barbie with Down's syndrome has a shorter frame, a longer torso, and features characteristic of individuals with the genetic condition, such as almond-shaped eyes and a flat nasal bridge. The doll also wears a yellow and blue dress, colors associated with Down's syndrome awareness. This move towards more inclusive dolls has been applauded by advocates for representation and inclusion, and other toy companies, such as Lego, have also taken similar steps to create more inclusive toys.

 

Sport

Football - It’s being billed as one of the biggest games in the English top flight for a decade. Manchester City against Arsenal. The Gunners lead the table by five points, but have played two games more than Pep Guardiola's defending champions. Man City seem to have momentum on their side, whereas Arsenal come in on the back of 3 draws from winnable games. Both sides know a win at Etihad Stadium will see them take control of the title race with only a month until the finish line, although both managers are playing it down, pointing out there is still plenty to play for before the end of the season.

Last night’s results:

Aston Villa beat 1-0 Fulham to move up to fifth spot. Jamie Vardy salvages a point for Leicester in a 1-1 draw with Leeds. Wolves handed Roy Hodgson his first defeat since returning to Crystal Palace  (1-0).

There was a surprise in Spain as Real Madrid lost 4-2 to Girona. Valentin Castelleros scored all 4 goals for Girona. It’s the first time anyone has scored 4 goals against Real Madrid for 76 years (and he only touched the ball 15 times). Real are 11 points behind leaders Barcelona, having played a game more. 

Tottenham Hotspur players have offered to reimburse Spurs fans the cost of their match tickets from the 6-1 defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday. Spurs were 5-0 down after 21 minutes of the game and interim manager Cristian Stellini has since been sacked. In a statement released yesterday, the players said “We know this does not change what happened on Sunday and we will give everything to put things right against Manchester United on Thursday evening when, again, your support will mean everything to us." Ryan Mason will be in charge for the match on Thursday.

Cricket - Ireland posted their highest Test score of 492 as Paul Stirling and Curtis Campher became the third and fourth Irishmen to hit centuries to take control of the second test. Before rain stopped play on day two in Galle, Sri Lanka reached 81 without loss in reply, 411 runs behind.

Basketball - It wasn‘t a good evening for Monaco’s high-flying basketballers. Roca Team has started the best of five series in the EuroLeague quarter finals with a home defeat against Maccabi Tel Aviv. The match ended 79-67.

Tennis - Wimbledon is set to donate more than £500,000 to Ukraine relief after the "difficult decision" to lift its ban on Russian and Belarusian players. The All England Club (AELTC) and Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) will also fund accommodation for Ukrainian players. Russians and Belarusians were not allowed to play last year in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Weather

Mostly sunny with clear skies all day, and just a few passing clouds. Light winds along the coast and highs of 19° in Monaco, 21° in St Tropez up to 23° inland in the Var. Clear overnight with lows of 12°.

Thursday will be mostly sunny with some cloudy spells in the morning.

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