The Rundown – 16.10.17

Oct 16 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

  • The chancellor has described as “bizarre” and “absurd” accusations he is talking down the economy. Philip Hammond had been criticised for saying that the Brexit process has created uncertainty. But in an interview, Mr Hammond said he was a realist and that he wanted to “protect and prepare” the economy for the challenges ahead.

  • The UK economy grew at a muted rate in the third quarter of 2017 despite progress in the manufacturing sector, the British Chambers of Commerce says.

  • The EU is to begin preparing for its post-Brexit trade negotiations with the UK, while refusing to discuss the matter with the British government. An internal draft document suggests the 27 EU countries should discuss trade among themselves while officials in Brussels prepare the details.

  • Mobile phone coverage in the UK is “deplorable”, according to the chairman of the national infrastructure commission, Lord Adonis.

 

World

  • US President Donald Trump is expected to set out a more confrontational strategy towards Iran, accusing it of pursuing “death and destruction”. It is thought he will focus on its non-nuclear activities, particularly those of the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), accused of supporting terrorism.

  • Turkish soldiers and armoured vehicles have crossed into Syria as part of an operation Ankara says is aimed at stopping fighting in Idlib province.
  • US President Donald Trump will end subsidies to health insurance providers designed to help low income households, as he continues his attempts to dismantle Obamacare.
  • The scandal deluging Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has deepened after US actress Rose McGowan publicly accused him of raping her. In a series of tweets, McGowan also accused Amazon Studio chief Roy Price of having ignored her when she made the allegation earlier.

  • European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said he does not back Catalan independence, fearing others may follow the same path. Mr Juncker, speaking at a students forum in Luxembourg, warned it could result in a region too complicated for the European Union (EU) to govern. Spain has been in turmoil since the separatist government in Catalonia held a disputed referendum on 1 October.

 

Technology

  • The Virgin investment group has taken an undisclosed stake in Hyperloop One, one of several companies trying to create a pod-based transport system. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

  • Facebook is “fully committed” to providing detailed information about ads bought in Russia during the US election, says Sheryl Sandberg. The ads, pages they linked to and who they were targeted at have been given to investigators, said Ms Sandberg.

  • Samsung Electronics chief executive Kwon Oh-hyun has resigned citing an “unprecedented crisis”. It is the latest management upheaval at the firm after the heir of the entire Samsung Group was imprisoned for corruption in August. Mr Kwon is one of three co-chief executives of Samsung Electronics.

 

Music

  • Eminem has criticised Donald Trump in a freestyle which aired during the BET Hip Hop Awards.
  • US rapper Lil B, known for his outspoken views on social media, is facing a 30-day ban under Facebook’s hate speech policies. The musician has expressed anger over the suspension and fans have criticised the ban on Twitter. Facebook said some of his posts violated its policies on hate speech.

  • An episode of Carpool Karaoke starring Linkin Park – recorded less than a week before lead singer Chester Bennington killed himself – has been released. The 23-minute episode is being streamed for free on Facebook with the permission of Bennington’s family.

  • Liam Payne, Liam Gallagher, Jessie Ware and Foo Fighters have all been lined up for the first episodes of the BBC’s new pop show, Sounds Like Friday Night. US R&B star Jason Derulo will co-host the first edition on 27 October, as well as singing live in the studio. Jessie Ware and Charlie Puth will also perform, while Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl appears in a filmed sketch.

 

Sports

  • Sergio Aguero could feature against Stoke on Saturday, two weeks after breaking a rib in a car crash, says Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. The 29-year-old striker was expected to be out for several weeks after the crash in Amsterdam on 29 September. But the Argentina forward resumed full training on Thursday and “did quite well”, according to the City manager.

  • Maria Sharapova beat Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele to reach the Tianjin Open semi-finals. The Russian took one hour and five minutes to beat Voegele, ranked 196th in the world, 6-3 6-1 in China. Sharapova was broken in the first game of the match but hit back straight away, using her forehand to break down her opponent.

  • Scottish FA performance director Malky Mackay is to take interim charge of the Scotland team, following Gordon Strachan’s departure on Thursday. The former Watford, Cardiff and Wigan manager, 45, will combine both jobs and take the team for the 9 November friendly with Netherlands at Pittodrie.

 

Miscellaneous

  • The US government has declared “black identity extremists” a violent threat, according to a leaked report from the FBI’s counter-terrorism division. The assessment, obtained by Foreign Policy, has raised fears about federal authorities racially profiling activists and aggressively prosecuting civil rights protesters.
  • All but two Adelie penguin chicks have starved to death in their east Antarctic colony, in a breeding season described as “catastrophic” by experts. It was caused by unusually high amounts of ice late in the season, meaning adults had to travel further for food.

  • NeNe Leakes has been dropped from The Great Xscape Tour after crossing the line while addressing a heckler during one of her stand-up shows.
  • Top seeds Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer remain on course to meet in Shanghai after reaching the last four. World number one Nadal beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 to register his 15th consecutive win and will face fourth seed Marin Cilic in the semis.