Evening Update Thursday 30 May

One person has been injured after a crane collapsed at a construction site in Monaco this morning. The collapse occurred on the former site of the greenhouses of the Jardin Exotique where a block of apartments and a car park are currently under construction. The 38 year old operator of the crane was taken to the Pasteur 2 hospital in Nice with head injuries. The Boulevard du Jardin Exotique was closed to traffic for several hours as a result of the collapse but has now fully reopened.

A man has been taken into police custody after a hold up at a petrol station in Nice yesterday.  A dummy handgun was apparently used in the robbery at the Total Access station on the route de Turin in the eastern part of the city.

The French road monitor Bison Fute has warned of heavy traffic at times in our region over the long Ascension holiday weekend.With  many people taking the day off work tomorrow ,roads are expected to be busy at times today. Sunday is also set to be bad for driving as people make their way home after the break. The advice is to avoid the roads between midday and 9pm on Sunday. A particular black spot is likely to be the A7 motorway between Orange and Lyon.

Trains are going to be disrupted this weekend between Aubagne and Nice. No trains are going to be going through Toulon station as from this morning until 11am on Sunday. A replacement coach service has been organised but compulsory reservations are required. Similiar disruption to train services is planned for next weekend as well. You can get more information at local train stations or at sncf.com

A 50 year old man has appeared in court in Draugignan in connection with the trafficking of protected bird species.  The man, who lives in a village near the Gorges du Verdon, was fined 3,000 euros and 200 birds in his possession were confiscated by the authorities.

If you’re a show jumping fan and you live in Cannes, you might be interested to know that the town hall is giving away a limited number of free tickets to the International Jumping Festival.  There’s a limit of two tickets for each person who attends the distribution of tickets at the Salon Marianne in the Hotel de Ville in Cannes next Wednesday morning, the 5th of June, from 9am to midday. Tickets are on a first come, first served basis. The distribution is reserved to the inhabitants of Cannes on presentation of a proof of residence and an identity document.

 

BUSINESS

China's Vice Foreign Minister has said that the US is engaging in what he called "naked economic terrorism" amid the ongoing trade war between the world's two largest economies. He said that “This premeditated instigation of a trade conflict is naked economic terrorism, economic chauvinism, and economic bullying." 

Chevron is reportedly selling its North Sea assets to Ithaca Energy. Chevron is the second largest US oil producer after Exxon and was among the first oil companies to drill in the North Sea in 1964.

Bank note and passport printing company De La Rue has announced a sharp fall in full year pre-tax profit to £25.5m from £113.6m. Revenues rose by 12% to £516.6m. The company also announced a three-year strategic review of its business following the loss of its contract to print British passports as well as what it referred to as  "growing competitive pressure in the banknote print market".

Inmarsat, the UK's largest satellite operator, has announced a major expansion of its network. The firm is buying three new spacecraft to augment its Global Xpress system, which provides connectivity to on-the-move and out-of-the-way users, such as those on ships, planes and oil rigs. Airbus, who will build the satellites, reportedly  aims to have them ready for launch in 2023.

 

SPORT

Cricket...The World Cup started today with the hosts England playing South Africa at The Oval, England winning by 104 runs. England are the number one ranked side in the world and are favourites to win the tournament for the first time. The ten teams in the competition will all play each other once over 50 overs across 11 venues in England and Wales..The top four teams will then advance to the semi-finals before the final at Lords on the 14th of July.

Tennis… Both Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic are through to the third round of the French Open after winning their matches today. British number one Kyle Edmund is out of the tournament after retiring in his second round match against Pablo Cuevas from Uraguay. Edmund called for a trainer and left the court because of a knee injury. 

Football… Luciano Spalletti has been sacked as Inter Milan boss. Spalletti, who had a contract until 2021, led Inter Milan into the Champions League for the first time in six years in the first of his two seasons. This year the club was knocked out of the Champions League at the group stage.

 

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