Evening News Update Friday 25 January

One person has died and another has been injured in a collision on the voie rapide in Nice this afternoon. The accident involved a car and a two wheeler. About fifteen firefighters were involved in trying to resuscitate the victim, but without success.

Demonstrations are being planned by yellow vest protestors this weekend as part of “Act Eleven” of the protests. In our region, yellow vests will reportedly be walking through the streets of Antibes. In Nice, meetings are planned at the Allianz Riviera stadium, at the place Garibaldi and the place Masséna.

A petrol station has been destroyed by fire at Trans-en-Provence, near Draguignan. The fire apparently broke out in the early hours of this morning and spread to nearby gas canisters, causing several explosions. The public prosecutor said that the fire may have been started by criminal action. No injuries have been reported.

A 32 year old man from Nice has been sentenced to a 10 month suspended prison sentence for watching and sharing terrorism related material online. He also “liked” videos on Islamic Sate websites.


Private hire drivers have announced strike action in Marseille today with an operation escargot planned for this afternoon. The drivers are protesting against tensions with taxi drivers and what they say is the government’s general disregard for their profession.

 

BUSINESS


Vodafone says that it has "paused" the deployment of Huawei equipment in its core networks in Europe until Western governments resolve security concerns about the Chinese company. Huawei is under scrutiny over its ties with the Chinese government and allegations that its technology could be used for spying. The company has consistently denied those allegations.

The chief executive of Goldman Sachs has said that a "difficult" Brexit will negatively affect its investment plans in the UK. David Solomon told the BBC that while staff numbers in theUK have been frozen, the bank has been adding staff in the EU over the last two years. He said that the outcome of Brexit would affect decisions about Goldman's people and resources. The bank employs 6,000 people in the UK.

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has said that the US and China remain "miles and miles" from a resolution of their trade dispute. The comments come as both sides prepare to hold talks aimed at resolving the dispute. A high-level delegation will travel from Beijing to Washington next week.

 

SPORT

Cricket….It’s day three of the five days in the England v West Indies Test Match, with England still reeling from being bowled out for just 77 runs in their first innings. In the late afternoon our time, the Windies were leading England by 408 runs with 4 wickets remaining.

Tennis… Top seed Novak Djokovic has beaten Frenchman Lucas Pouille in a one-sided semi-final. He took just one hour and 23 minutes to win 6-0  6-2  6-2. Djokovic will play Rafael Nadal in the final on Sunday.

Football.. .The UK Air Accident Investigation Branch has launched an investigation into the missing flight that was carrying footballer Emiliano Sala. The investigation will look at "all operational aspects" including licensing and flight plans. The aircraft disappeared on Monday with Cardiff City's new signing and pilot Dave Ibbotson on board. A search near Guernsey was called off yesterday. 

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