The Rundown – 18.06.17

Jun 18 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

 

 

  • Formal Brexit negotiations will begin on Monday, the UK and EU say. The announcement by Brexit Secretary David Davis and EU negotiator Michel Barnier follows preliminary talks in Brussels between officials. The formal negotiations were already due to start on Monday but doubt was cast by the general election result.
  • MPs have demanded urgent answers over the deadly London tower block fire. The housing minister promised every family would be rehomed in the local area and that safety checks would be carried out on other tower blocks.
  • Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he is “very angry” that so many lives were lost in a deadly tower block fire. He said people living in high-rise flats would be frightened following the Grenfell Tower disaster and needed answers to give them “peace of mind”.
  • The State Opening of Parliament and Queen’s Speech will take place next Wednesday, Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has announced. It had been due to take place on Monday, but was delayed by Theresa May’s efforts to strike a deal with the DUP to back her minority government.

 

World

 

 

  • At least 58 people died in a massive fire that engulfed a west London block of flats, police said, as they warned that figure could rise further. Earlier, the fire service said rescuers did not expect to find any more survivors in the smouldering ruins of Grenfell Tower, in north Kensington. More than 30 people remain in hospital, 17 of whom are in a critical condition.
  • A combined suicide bomb and gun attack at two restaurants in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, has killed at least 20 people. The attack started on Wednesday evening as Muslims were breaking their daily fast during Ramadan.
  • Qatar has signed a $12bn deal to buy F-15 fighters jets from the US. The sale was finalised at a meeting in Washington between US defence chief Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart.
  • A jury deliberating Bill Cosby’s sex assault trial has told the judge they are deadlocked on day four of their deliberations. But the judge has instructed the panel to return to continue trying to reach a verdict.

 

 

Music

 

 

  • SZA’s latest album ‘Ctrl’ has been predicted to debut on next week’s Billboard 200 albums chart.
  • Adele has been seen attending a vigil in west London for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. The singer was seen near the tower, which was still burning nearly 24 hours after the blaze started, comforting locals.
  • Spotify now has more than 140 million active monthly users, but the music streaming firm is still deeply in the red. The Swedish firm had revenues of more than 2.9bn euros (£2.6bn) last year, up more than 50% compared with 2015.
  • Ariana Grande is to get honorary citizenship of Manchester under plans put forward by the city council. The council is proposing a new system to recognise outstanding contributions to the city.

 

 

Technology

 

 

  • Facebook has announced details of steps it is taking to remove terrorist-related content. The move comes after growing pressure from governments for technology companies to do more to take down material such as terrorist propaganda.
  • Green entrepreneur Arthur Kay wants the red buses that have become a landmark of London to run on fuel generated by coffee waste. He runs Biobean, a start-up which is gathering waste from coffee chains such as Costa and converting it into liquid fuel. The firm is due to unveil a coffee-run bus in the capital in a few weeks.
  • University College London, one of the world’s leading universities, has been hit by a major cyber-attack. The university describes it as a “ransomware” attack, such as last month’s cyber-attack which threatened NHS computer systems.

 

 

Sports

 

 

  • The best boxer in a generation against one of the biggest names in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Floyd Mayweather Jr, regarded – before his retirement – as the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer, will fight UFC star Conor McGregor in a light-middleweight boxing contest in Las Vegas on 26 August.
  • Jordan Pickford has become the most expensive British keeper in history after Everton paid £25m – rising to what would be a club record £30m – to sign him from Sunderland.
  • Tottenham forward Son Heung-min could miss the start of the new season after fracturing his arm in South Korea’s World Cup qualifier against Qatar. Son, 24, landed awkwardly during a challenge on Tuesday and will undergo surgery on his right forearm on Friday.

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

  • Norway is proposing a ban on the Muslim full face veil and other face-covering clothing because it says it hinders communication between pupils and teachers. The ban, the first in Scandinavia, targets the niqab as well as burqas, balaclavas and masks, and would apply in nurseries, schools and universities.
  • A pioneering and life-extending drug repeatedly deemed too expensive will now be offered on the NHS in England. It is the result of a confidential deal between the health service and the drug company Roche.
  • Young people are deeply pessimistic about their ability to get on in Britain’s “us and them society”, says social mobility tsar Alan Milburn. He suggests that this is why, young people turned out in record numbers to vote in the general