The Rundown – 11.09.17

Sep 11 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

  • Downing Street has approached some of the UK’s biggest companies, asking them to give public backing to the government’s approach to Brexit. Business leaders are being asked to sign a letter expressing support, a copy of which has been seen by BBC business editor Simon Jack. However, some leaders said they are reluctant to support a strategy that lacks clarity.

  • Firms that rely on EU workers have warned of the “catastrophic” impact of proposals to slash unskilled migration on the day Britain leaves the EU.

  • The government says it will consider new laws to tackle dangerous cycling. Theresa May made the commitment in Prime Ministers Questions when asked about the trial of a cyclist who knocked over and killed a woman.

  • An Obama-era scheme to protect young undocumented immigrants is being scrapped, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced. No first-time applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) programme will be acted on after Tuesday, the government confirmed. However, existing recipients will not be affected for at least six months.

  • Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg says he is “completely opposed” to abortion, including in cases of rape or incest. The backbencher told ITV’s Good Morning Britain that abortion was “morally indefensible”. He was also asked for his  for his views on same-sex marriage, which he opposes.

World

  • The fashion houses behind brands including Christian Dior and Gucci have said they will stop using underweight models for their catwalk shows. LVMH and Kering, two of the biggest fashion firms in the world, made the move amid criticism the industry encourages eating disorders. Models must be bigger than a French size 32, which typically equates to a UK size six or US size zero, LVMH said.
  • The number of Rohingya refugees crossing from Myanmar into Bangladesh has surged, the UN says, with more than 35,000 new arrivals identified in the last 24 hours. More than 123,000 Rohingya are now said to have fled violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state since 25 August. The conflict was triggered by an attack by Rohingya militants on police posts.

  • A strong earthquake of magnitude 8.1 has struck off southern Mexico, killing at least five people.

  • The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child, Kensington Palace has announced. The Queen and both families are said to be “delighted with the news”. As with her previous two pregnancies, the duchess, 35, is suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness.

  • Hurricane Irma has caused considerable damage on French island territories in the Caribbean, and casualties are expected, France’s president says. The impact of Irma on Saint Martin and St Barts would be “hard and cruel”, Emmanuel Macron added.

  • North Korea’s recent nuclear test appears to have triggered several landslides, according to what are believed to be the first satellite images of the aftermath.
  • Hundreds of viewers have complained after Good Morning Britain aired an interview with a therapist who claimed he can make some gay people straight. Dr Michael Davidson appeared on Tuesday’s show and said homosexuality is “an aberration”, “a sin” and “in some cases reversible”. Hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid challenged him over his views.

  • The EU’s top court has rejected a challenge by Hungary and Slovakia to a migrant relocation deal drawn up at the height of the crisis in 2015. The European Court of Justice overruled their objections to the compulsory fixed-quota scheme.

Technology

  • Computer-maker Lenovo has agreed to pay US states $3.5m (£2.7m) to settle allegations that it sold laptops with pre-loaded adware that compromised buyers’ security without warning.
  • A Chinese man has been given a nine-month jail sentence for helping people evade government controls on where they can go online. Deng Jiewei, from Guangdong, was charged with illegally selling programs known as virtual private networks (VPNs), according to court papers.

  • Nissan has launched a longer-range version of its best-selling Leaf electric vehicle, as it fights growing competition in the electric car market. The new Leaf can travel about 50% further on a single charge than its predecessor, according to the firm.

Music

  • Celebrities including Beyoncé, George Clooney, and Jamie Foxx will take part in a benefit concert to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Harvey next week.The one-hour telethon will be broadcast live in the US on 12 September Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief, organised by  Scooter Braun and Bun B,  will also be streamed live on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

  • Stormzy was handed the best solo artist prize at the GQ Men of the Year awards by Jeremy Corbyn. The star was part of the #Grime4Corbyn campaign before the general election this year which saw major grime artists publicly backing the Labour leader.
  • Taylor Swift has a habit of trying to trademark everything she sings. Back in 2014, she applied to trademark the phrases like “This sick beat.  According to TMZ, she’s just filed an application to trademark ‘Look what you made me do’ – the title of her recent single and ‘The old Taylor Swift can’t come to the phone right now’.
  • A previously unheard George Michael track is to receive its first play, eight months after the singer’s death. The track, to be aired on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday morning, is thought to be a remix of previously-released track Fantasy from the 1987 album Faith.

Sports

  • Sloane Stephens became just the fifth unseeded woman to win a Grand Slam after picking apart Madison Keys in her maiden US Open final.
  • Andy Murray says he will “most likely” miss the rest of the season because of his ongoing hip injury. The British world number two, 30, pulled out of the US Open two days before the tournament began and has not played since Wimbledon in July.

  • Fifa has rejected Leicester City’s application to register midfielder Adrien Silva after the club missed the deadline by 14 seconds. The Foxes agreed to sign the midfielder from Sporting Lisbon for £22m near the close of the summer transfer window on 31 August. Silva’s registration was not completed in time with football’s governing body meaning the deal was not finalised.

  • Manchester City’s owners say they are considering legal action after La Liga president Javier Tebas accused them of “financial doping”. Tebas, head of Spain’s top flight, said City and French club Paris St-Germain had spent money from outside football and action should be taken to stop it. City’s summer outlay of £215m was the most by any club in a transfer window.

  • A high-profile NFL star has accused Las Vegas police of excessive force during an incident after a major boxing event. Michael Bennett, who plays in defence for the Seattle Seahawks, said he ran away from “what sounded like gun shots” after the Mayweather v McGregor fight in Las Vegas. In a statement he alleged he was forced to the ground at gunpoint by police and suggested he was singled out by race.

Miscellaneous

  • Clara Amfo has asked for her pictures to be removed from L’Oreal’s True Match campaign in response to the company’s firing of Munroe Bergdorf.
  • Rihanna’s highly-anticipated beauty line has officially arrived on British soil and is exclusively available at Harvey Nichols. Fenty Beauty is already set to be a huge hit as it offers 40 different shades of foundation.
  • After years of delays, production has finally started on a biopic of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury. Actors including Johnny Depp, Ben Whishaw and Sacha Baron Cohen had been linked to the role, only to drop out. Producers finally cast Mr Robot star Rami Malek as the Bohemian Rhapsody singer, and the first photo of him in character was released on Tuesday.

  • The first episode of this year’s Great British Bake Off provided one of the biggest audiences in Channel 4’s 35-year history, new figures show. Full ratings, which includes those who watched the show up to seven days later, ended up at 9.5 million viewers.

  • Two UK universities occupy the top spots in a global ranking for the first time. The University of Oxford is top of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, with Cambridge University second, up from fourth place last year. A key factor in the rankings is income and both universities saw this rise in the past year, partly in the form of European Union research grants.