Drafts of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' indicated that Freddie Mercury initially planned to call it 'Mongolian Rhapsody' / © RTL with AFP
The Today Radio News team brings you the latest news headlines for Friday, June 2
HOUSE PRICES - According to figures released by the atHome Group yesterday, the downward trend in Luxembourg's housing market is continuing, affecting every region of the country. The price of flats in western Luxembourg has decreased by over 14%, while houses in the country's centre have seen a drop of just under 14%. The reasons behind this trend include the rise in interest rates, which seems to be impacting the typically high demand in Luxembourg's housing market.
PETROL PRICES - Petrol prices have dropped from today. The new rate for SP98 unleaded petrol stands at 1.78€ per liter, whereas diesel prices will see a small drop to 1.40€ per liter. SP95 remains unchanged.
MOTORWAY CLOSED - There will be major roadworks on the A3 motorway, closing the road between the Gluck roundabout and the Hesperange interchange this weekend. The roadworks will start around 9pm tonight.
LIFE SATISFACTION - And Luxembourg's overall satisfaction with life is expected to decrease to 7.2 out of 10, according to a report by STATEC. The study reveals that Luxembourgers felt less satisfied with their leisure time, experienced reduced trust in others, and felt lonelier more frequently. In particular, there has been a significant increase in feelings of loneliness among young people under the age of 30.
US DEBT CEILING - The Senate has passed a bill to suspend the debt limit and avoid a default, just four days ahead of the deadline set by the Treasury. Economists had warned the country could run out of money to pay its bills by Monday. President Biden said the agreement was a big win for the economy, he will sign the bill as soon as possible and address the nation today. The President took a face-first tumble on Thursday after tripping over an obstacle on stage at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, but he appeared unhurt -- and joked about it later.
SWITZERLAND ARMS - Switzerland's lower house of parliament has voted against a proposal to export Swiss-made arms to Ukraine. The vote in parliament came as Swiss President Berset met Ukrainian President Zelensky at the EPC summit in Moldova, where the pair discussed the subject of exports of war material. The issue of Switzerland's tradition of neutrality has been hotly debated since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine last year.
CANADA FIRES - Eastern Canada sweltered under a record-breaking heat wave on Thursday that risked inflaming wildfires ravaging the Atlantic coast and other parts of the country with "unprecedented" ferocity and scale. More than 210 fires were burning across Canada, including 82 out of control. And more than 2.7 million hectares have been scorched already this year, eight times more than the last three decades' average.
MERCURY LYRICS - A treasure trove of Freddie Mercury's previously unseen handwritten draft lyrics for some of Queen's biggest hit have gone on show in New York, ahead of their sale in London later this year. The manuscripts include a working draft for "Bohemian Rhapsody" -- which Mercury initially planned to call "Mongolian Rhapsody". More than 1,500 items from Mercury's private collection will feature in the eventual auctions in London and online. Left largely untouched at his former west London home since his death, they will be sold at live events from September 6-8 and online from August 4-September 11.
GSSE GAMES - The 4th day at the Small States Games yesterday was the most successful so far for the Luxembourg team. There were 6 gold medals – for the womens’ basketball team, for Bob Bertemes in the shot put, François Graillet in the 100m hurdles, Pit Brandenburger in the 200m free style swimming and for the for the men's 4 x 100m relay. And the men’s doubles in table tennis also won gold. In terms of medals, Luxembourg is still in 3rd place, behind Cyprus and Malta.
FORMULA 1- It’s the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona this weekend. The first two free trials are this afternoon and as usual you can follow them live in the stream on rtl.lu and on RTL Play.
BASKETBALL - The Denver Nuggets launched the first NBA Finals campaign in franchise history with a dominant 104-93 victory over Miami Heat yesterday, propelled by yet another Nikola Jokic triple double. Jokic scored 27 points with 10 rebounds and 14 assists to lead the Nuggets, who will try to double their advantage in the best-of-seven series when they host game two on Sunday.
Today starts off with some clouds in the morning, but fear not! The clouds will mostly disappear towards the afternoon, leaving us with clear skies and abundant sunshine.The morning will start off at a mild 12-14°C, rising up to 22-24°C in the afternoon.