The Rundown – 02.07.17

Jul 2 2017 BY Rachel Ayeh-Datey

It’s been a busy week. So much so that you probably haven’t had the time to catch up with everything going on in the world. Fortunately, (for you), we’ve got your back. Here’s what happened this week in the worlds of Politics, Technology, Sports, Music and World alongside a few other miscellaneous bits that caught our eye.

 

Politics

 

 

  • Theresa May and the Conservative Party signed a £1billion deal with the DUP. This meant that with the DUP’s support, the Conservative Party could form a minority government.
  • The minority Conservative government has survived its first major Parliamentary test after its Queen’s Speech cleared the House of Commons. MPs voted in favour of the package of legislation – which was stripped back after the Tories lost their majority – by 323 to 309.
  • Three Labour frontbenchers have been sacked for defying Jeremy Corbyn and backing a call for the UK to stay in the single market after Brexit. Ruth Cadbury, Catherine West and Andy Slaughter had supported Chuka Umunna’s amendment to the Queen’s Speech.
  • Women from Northern Ireland will be able to get abortions in England, the government has said. More than 50 MPs from the major parties had backed a Labour-led call for the women to have abortions for free in England – they currently have to pay.

 

World

 

 

  • Organisers of an LGBT-rights festival in Chicago are being accused of anti-Semitism after they expelled marchers carrying the Star of David.
  • Police in the Turkish city of Istanbul have thwarted attempts by organisers to hold a banned Gay Pride march. The organisers of the annual event had vowed to press ahead despite the ban by the authorities, who had cited threats from far-right groups.
  • The police have revealed that they may not know the exact number of the missing residents of Grenfell Tower until the end of the year. This comes after Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack announced that the number of dead and missing had risen to 80.
  • The White House has set new criteria for visa applicants from six mainly Muslim countries and all refugees, requiring them to have a “close” family or business tie to the US. The rules, affecting people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, are coming into force on Thursday.
  • A clear majority of German MPs have voted to legalise same-sex marriage, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to a vote. The reform grants couples now limited to civil unions full marital rights, and allows them to adopt children.

 

 

Music

 

 

  • Adele paid tribute to the victims of the Grenfell Tower at her Wembley Stadium concert on Wednesday evening which attracted 98,000 fans. She encouraged fans at the show to donate money to help the victims of the blaze.
  • A host of musicians, actors and industry icons were honoured at this year’s BET Awards. The annual ceremony was hosted in Los Angeles this past week. Migos picked up the award for Best Group. Whilst Remy Ma won Best Female Hip Hop Artist, after scooping the title away from her rival Nicki Minaj, who had previously won the award seven times in a row.
  • Sony Music, one of the big three global record companies, says it will start pressing its own vinyl releases again for the first time since 1989. The firm will resume in-house domestic vinyl production at a Japanese factory south-west of Tokyo by March 2018. The move comes amid renewed demand for old-fashioned black plastic records, which now occupy a key market niche.
  • The annual five-day festival Glastonbury took place during this past week. Highlights included Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn giving a rousing speech to the over 175,000 festival goers. Craig David, Stormzy and Katy Perry were some of the artists who performed at Glastonbury.
  • Jay-Z has released his anticipated new album ‘4:44’ and it features a collaboration with Frank Ocean on ‘Caught Their Eyes’. The album was exclusively released on Tidal.

 

Technology

 

 

  • The Petya malware variant that hit businesses around the world may not have been an attempt to make money, suspect security experts. The malicious program demanded a payment to unlock files it scrambled on infected machines. However, a growing number of researchers now believe the program was launched just to destroy data.

  • Ocado has shown off a prototype driverless van designed to deliver goods at short distances. The vehicle spent two weeks completing autonomous loops of a two-mile (3km) semi-pedestrianised area of Greenwich, south-east London.

  • A Minnesota woman has been charged over the fatal shooting of her boyfriend, in what authorities say was a social media stunt gone wrong. The couple’s three-year-old child and nearly 30 onlookers watched as she fired the fatal bullet into his chest.

  • Qualcomm has announced a fingerprint ID sensor designed to be fitted underneath smartphone and tablet screens. It said the component could also work with wet fingers or underwater and could be used to measure heart rates. The development paves the way for Android device-makers to be able to achieve sleeker designs.

 

Sports

 

 

  • Britain’s defending champion Andy Murray has been named top seed as the ‘big four’ in men’s tennis head the rankings for Wimbledon. Novak Djokovic is second, Roger Federer third and Rafael Nadal fourth seed

  • World champions Germany secured a first Confederations Cup title after victory against Copa America winners Chile in Sunday’s final in St Petersburg.
  • Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has re-signed for former club Bournemouth on a free transfer. The 34-year-old England international, who scored 15 league goals last season, has signed a three-year deal.

  • In an interview with NPR on Sunday, retired tennis player John McEnroe said Serena Williams was the best female tennis player in the world, but compared to top male players “she’d be like 700.” This comment acquired an extreme amount of backlash on social media.

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

  • Nearly 23 million people in England – more than 40% of the population – could be affected by proposed cuts to A&E departments, doctors are warning. The analysis of NHS plans by the British Medical Association also warned the changes were being rushed through without the evidence they will work.
  • Rising numbers of students from more disadvantaged homes are dropping out of universities in England before completing their studies, figures show. The proportion of youngsters from disadvantaged families who do not continue after their first year has reached the highest level for five years, says the Office for Fair Access.

  • Iraqi security forces have recaptured the site of the destroyed Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul after driving back militants from so-called Islamic State. Iraqi PM declares Islamic state is finished.