The Rundown – 17.07.17

Jul 17 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 revealed she shed a “little tear” when she learned the result of the election exit poll suggesting she would lose her majority. The prime minister said her husband Philip told her the news – and it came as a “complete shock”.
  • Jeremy Corbyn has met the EU’s chief negotiator in Brussels to set out Labour’s vision for Brexit. Mr Corbyn told Michel Barnier he was “ready to take up the responsibility for Brexit negotiations” if there was a change in government.
  • The Scottish and Welsh governments have threatened to block the key Brexit bill which will convert all existing EU laws into UK law. The repeal bill, published earlier, is also facing opposition from Labour and other parties in the Commons.
  • Sexism and discrimination is widespread in local government and often goes “unchallenged”, a new report claims. Councils in England and Wales were said to be male dominated, with women and ethnic minorities under-represented.

 

World

 

  • French President Emmanuel Macron has welcomed Donald Trump to Paris with an official military ceremony. The US president then visited the tomb of Napoleon ahead of Friday’s Bastille Day celebrations.
  • A New Zealand woman has died on the Caribbean territory of Sint Maarten after the blast from a powerful jet engine knocked her to the ground. The incident happened at the famous Princess Juliana International Airport, which is just metres from the beach.
  • Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo, who was China’s most prominent human rights and democracy advocate, has died aged 61. The activist had been serving an 11-year prison term for “subversion” and was recently moved to a hospital for treatment for terminal liver cancer.
  • Fewer 999 ambulance calls will be classed as life-threatening and needing a super-fast response in the biggest shake-up of the service in 40 years. The move by the NHS in England – and agreed by ministers – will result in about 8% of call-outs being classed as needing the quickest response.
  • Donald Trump Jr is facing a possible “treason” investigation after emails showed he welcomed an offer of Russian state assistance to influence the outcome of the US election.
  • Two teenagers have been arrested after acid was thrown in people’s faces in five attacks on Thursday night in London. Two moped riders attacked people over 90 minutes in Islington, Stoke Newington and Hackney on Thursday, stealing mopeds in two incidents. An eyewitness said he heard a victim, who he believed was a delivery driver, “screaming in pain”. One victim suffered “life-changing injuries”.

 

Music

 

  • After being confused with new Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku by an Irish newspaper and then honoured by Oxford University he’s now had his biggest hit quoted directly in Parliament. New Labour MP for Stormzy’s own hometown Croydon Central, Sarah Jones, referenced a line from Big For Your Boots in the Commons yesterday afternoon during her maiden speech.
  • Ariana Grande has said she is “moved and honoured” after being made an honorary citizen of Manchester. The city council unanimously agreed the gesture on Wednesday as a thank you for the way she responded to the Manchester Arena attack in May.
  • Lovebox Festival 2017 occurred this past weekend in Victoria Park, Hackney. Frank Ocean was the main act on the Friday night of the festival. Artists such as Mac Miller, Jamie XX, Solange, Rag’n’Bone Man, and Sampha among others also performed.

 

Technology

 

  • A Bupa employee inappropriately copied and removed information relating to 547,000 international health insurance plan customers, the company has said. The data included names, dates of birth, nationalities, some contact and administrative information but not financial or medical data.
  • Google has revealed it has built a London data centre for the cloud computing services it rents to third parties. The facility is its second in Europe, after Brussels, and promises to provide faster access times to nearby clients.
  • Facebook is rolling out ads globally to the home page of its Messenger app. The move follows tests of the feature in Australia and Thailand. But Facebook is still describing the facility as being in “beta”, indicating it may still tweak the service.

 

Sports

 

  • Wayne Rooney mania has gripped East Africa as England’s record goal-scorer makes his first appearance for Everton since his return to the side at a historic match shortly in Tanzania. Rooney has been the centre of attention since Everton flew into Tanzania on Wednesday for a friendly.
  • Briton Johanna Konta’s hopes of a first Wimbledon final ended with a straight-set semi-final defeat by five-time champion Venus Williams. The 37-year-old American 10th seed played superbly to win 6-4 6-2 on Centre Court and set up a final against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.
  • Manchester City complete the signing of Tottenham and England right-back Kyle Walker. The 27-year-old completes the transfer with a world-record £54m.
  • Andy Murray has won widespread praise for correcting a journalist who claimed that Sam Querrey had become the first “first US player to reach a major semi-final since 2009”.
  • Roger Federer and Garbine Muguruza triumph at Wimbledon claiming victories in men’s and women’s singles respectively. This marks Federer’s 8th Wimbledon title.

 

Miscellaneous

 

  • The weakness of sterling was behind a surge in the number of tourists visiting the UK in the first three months of 2017, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The number of holidaymakers coming to the UK rose by 21.1% – although the number of business visitors declined.
  • The “ladies and gentlemen” greeting on Tube announcements is to be scrapped, Transport for London (TfL) has announced. London Underground staff have been told to say “hello everyone” in an effort to become more gender-neutral.
  • The number of people applying for UK university places has fallen by more than 25,000 (4%) on last year, data from UCAS shows. The figures show a sharp decline in those applying to study nursing courses – down 19% – and a continued fall in the number of mature students, notably in England and Northern Ireland.
  • Cladding on two of the schools so far tested following the Grenfell fire has failed combustibility tests, according to the Department for Education. The department has ordered all schools and colleges in England to carry out fire safety checks.
  • Vaccinations against chickenpox are to be offered on the High Street for the first time. Superdrug will be offering it at 58 of its specialist pharmacist stores at the cost of £130 for a two-dose course.