Sport Garry Monk and Chico Flores were involved in a training ground bust-up last week, the club have confirmed

A member of the public was believed to have rung the police who felt that no further action was required

A sound buy

Aston Martin has revealed that the star of last year's Genoa Motor Show, the DB7, will cost pounds 78,500 when it goes on sale during September. The only option available to lucky owners will be a CD player, which adds pounds 823 to the cost.

Departures: Cut-price cruise

COSTA Cruises (071-724 9911) has reduced the price of its 10- night cruise to Egypt and the Holy Land, which sails from Genoa on 23 May. Holidays now cost from pounds 649 per person for people sharing an inside two- berth cabin, including return flights from London to Genoa.

Football: Platt in focus as Venables pictures his captain: Joe Lovejoy reports from Genoa on the advancement of an England exile with national leadership potential

TEN minutes after meeting Terry Venables for the first time, David Platt was calling him 'Gaffer' and England's new coach had his captain. The formal announcement of the succession will be delayed until the end of the month when Venables names his first squad, but the criteria he spelled out yesterday amounted to a photofit description of the man who was sitting alongside him.

Once-proud city seeks a return to glory days: Patricia Clough finds an eagerness for change as Genoa prepares to choose a new mayor

THE ONCE-PROUD city is in a tail-spin. The people, sick of misgovernment, turn on their rulers and elect their own leader. He rules with a firm hand for the rest of his life. It is 1339 and the man they elect is Simone Boccanegra, the first Doge of Genoa and the inaugurator of a political system that serves the city well for nearly two centuries.

Travel: Departures: New Sicily link

A NEW ferry is operating between Genoa and Sicily. The Magnificat, which makes the crossing to Palermo in 19 hours, sails from Genoa on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm and on Saturdays at midday - returning on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 7pm. Further information from Grandi Navi Veloci, Via Fieschi 17, 16121 Genova, Italy.

Gatwick flights hit

A 24-HOUR strike by British Airways Gatwick cabin crew today will stop 22 European flights affecting 4,000 passengers. More than 250 will strike over plans to transfer work to a subsidiary which they say will hit pay and conditions. The routes affected are Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Faro, Frankfurt, Geneva, Genoa, Madrid, Malaga, Milan and Naples.

Two killed as floods hit Genoa

Rome (Reuter) - Italy's sixth biggest city, Genoa, awoke to scenes of devastation yesterday after torrential rains swept away hundreds of cars and killed a young boy and his grandmother. One of the rivers flowing through Genoa broke its banks after six inches of rain fell during a five-hour period on Sunday. A wall of water then rushed through the streets, sweeping away hundreds of parked cars. The boy, 5, and his grandmother, 84, were drowned when the torrent poured into their flat.

New floods hit France

Paris (Reuter, AFP) - Torrential rains caused flash floods in southern France and the Mediterranean island of Corsica, killing three people and wrecking homes and bridges, local officials said yesterday.
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