The Rundown – 09.07.17

Jul 9 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 has rejected claims the UK is losing global influence because of Brexit, insisting it will continue to be “bold” on the world stage. Speaking at the G20 summit in Hamburg, the prime minister said in areas like free trade and counter-terrorism, the UK remained a key international player.
  • Concerns that a statue of Lady Thatcher may be vandalised should not stop it going ahead, Theresa May has said.
  • Tony Blair was not “straight with the nation” about his decisions in the run up to the Iraq War, the chairman of the inquiry into the war has told the BBC.
  • Jeremy Corbyn has called for a major investment in skills to tackle a “lost decade” in which there had been an “explosion” of low-paid, insecure jobs. But Education Secretary Justine Greening, also addressing the British Chambers of Commerce, says she wants firms to back a “skills revolution” and her plans for new technical qualifications.

 

World

  • Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have met for the first time, shaking hands as the G20 summit in Hamburg began. The US and Russian leaders say they want to repair ties damaged by crises including Russia’s alleged meddling in the US election.
  • Gambian students who were twice denied visas to travel to the US for a robotics competition are celebrating after permission was granted. The team will now go to Washington DC and show off their invention.
  • King’s College London could become the first British university to open a European campus since the referendum. King’s has been collaborating with Technische Universität Dresden on a research initiative, known as Transcampus, since 2015. But, according to Times Higher Education, an “offshore King’s College Europe” is now on the cards.
  • Students in England are going to graduate with average debts of £50,800, after interest rates are raised on student loans to 6.1%, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Those from the poorest backgrounds, with more loans available to support them, will graduate with debts of over £57,000 says the think tank.

 

Music

  • Jay-Z’s latest album, 4:44, has been certified platinum less than a week after it was released – reflecting sales of one million copies in the US.
  • After a week of Tidal exclusivity, Jay-Z has released his new album 4:44 to iTunes and Apple Music, and with it comes a bonus track, ‘Blue’s Freestyle/We Family’. It opens with a 40-second verse from Jay and Beyoncé’s daughter, Blue Ivy, who has clearly been watching her parents at work closely.
  • Coldplay have worked with ambient electro-artist Brian Eno on their new track ‘A L I E N S’ and have shared a new animated lyric video. It’s from their forthcoming Kaleidoscope EP which is out next week and is a companion piece to their 2015 album A Head Full of Dreams.
  • Tyler, The Creator has announced details of his new album, which is titled ‘Scum F**k Flower Boy’. The album is the Odd Future member’s fifth record and fourth studio album, following on from 2015’s ‘Cherry Bomb’. It will be released on July 21 through Columbia.

 

Technology

  • Schools are warning parents that a new location-sharing feature in Snapchat could put children at risk. Snap Map lets users share their exact location with people on their “friends” list in real time.
  • Stream-ripping is now the fastest-growing form of music piracy in the UK, new research has suggested. Several sites and apps allow users to turn Spotify songs, YouTube videos and other streaming content into permanent files to store on phones and computers. Record labels claim that “tens, or even hundreds of millions of tracks are illegally copied and distributed by stream-ripping services each month”.
  • Doctors and nurses are using WhatsApp and Snapchat to share information about patients “across the NHS”, health professionals have told the BBC. Use of internet-based messaging apps to send patient information is banned under current NHS guidelines.
  • Microsoft is to cut “thousands” of jobs worldwide as it attempts to beef up its presence in the cloud computing sector. The technology giant wants to strengthen its cloud computing division but is facing intense competition from rivals such as Amazon and Google.

 

Sports

  • Manchester United have agreed a fee of around £75m with Everton for striker Romelu Lukaku, senior club sources have told the BBC. The 24-year-old Belgium international scored 25 Premier League goals last season.
  • Former Manchester City left-back Gael Clichy is to join Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir. The 31-year-old was not offered a new contract at the Etihad at the end of the 2016-17 season.
  • Britain’s men’s 4x400m relay team from Beijing 2008 will finally receive their Olympic bronze medals at the Anniversary Games on 9 July. The quartet of Michael Bingham, Martyn Rooney, Andrew Steele and Robert Tobin were upgraded to third after retested urine samples found Russia’s Denis Alekseyev had used a banned substance.

 

Miscellaneous

  • The pound has fallen after disappointing manufacturing, trade and construction data suggested the UK economy is failing to gain momentum. Output in both the manufacturing and construction sectors fell in May, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
  • US employment rose by more than expected last month, but wage growth remained subdued, latest figures show.The economy added 222,000 jobs in June, the US Department of Labor said, and job creation in April and May was higher than previously estimated.
  • Residents of Nyahururu, Kenya, woke up to snow this past week. Many flocked to the streets, brandishing their cellphones to capture this odd occurrence, while others took to social media, to voice their disbelief. However, the Kenyan Meterological Department was quick to point out that it wasn’t snow, but rather, a particularly aggressive hail storm.