The Rundown – 23.10.17

Oct 23 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 prime minister has discussed the current political impasse in Northern Ireland with former US president Bill Clinton. Speaking after their Downing Street talks, Mr Clinton said he and Theresa May had a good meeting. The former president met DUP and Sinn Féin politicians in Belfast on Tuesday.

  • Angela Merkel has said there are “encouraging” signs of progress in Brexit negotiations and suggested trade talks could begin in December. The German chancellor was speaking as leaders gathered in Brussels for a crunch summit where they will assess the progress made so far. Theresa May has called for “urgency” from the EU in settling the issue of citizens’ rights after Brexit.

  • A senior Conservative MP has criticised the government’s response to a Commons vote against its welfare plans. The Tories did not contest Wednesday night’s non-binding vote, which called for universal credit to be paused, handing Labour a symbolic victory. The tactics – and the lack of ministerial response after the result – have been criticised. Sir Edward Leigh said: “The road to tyranny is paved with executives ignoring Parliaments.”

  • Smacking children is to be banned in Scotland, the Scottish government has confirmed. The move would make the country the first part of the UK to outlaw the physical punishment of children. Ministers had previously said they did not support parents using physical chastisement, but had “no plans” to bring forward legislation of their own.

 

World

  • President Trump rejected a claim that he had told the wife of a soldier killed in Niger this month her husband knew what he signed up for.
  • Spain is to start suspending Catalonia’s autonomy from Saturday, as the region’s leader threatens to declare independence. The government said ministers would meet to activate Article 155 of the constitution, allowing it to take over running of the region.

  • The number of crimes recorded annually in England and Wales has passed the five million mark for the first time in 10 years, rising by 13%, figures show. The Office for National Statistics said crimes in the 12 months to June were up from 4.6 million the previous year.

  • UK financial regulators and the Serious Fraud Office are to review if banks HSBC and Standard Chartered are linked to a South Africa corruption scandal. It comes after Lord Peter Hain said the banks may “inadvertently have been conduits” for laundered money.

  • New Zealand is set for a centre-left coalition government led by Labour head Jacinda Ardern. Ms Ardern has been opposition leader for the last three months. At 37, she is set to be the country’s youngest prime minister since 1856.

 

Technology

  • One of YouTube’s most influential vloggers has chastised the service’s leaders, claiming they are failing many of their most popular video creators. Specifically, Casey Neistat criticised the way the platform had made it impossible for some videos to generate advertising revenue, without clearly explaining the rules to its community.

  • A Native American tribe is suing Amazon and Microsoft for infringing data-processing patents it is holding. The patents were assigned to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe by technology company SRC Labs, and it will receive a share of any award.

  • Google’s DeepMind says it has made another big advance in artificial intelligence by getting a machine to master the Chinese game of Go without help from human players. The AlphaGo program, devised by the tech giant’s AI division, has already beaten two of the world’s best players.

 

Music

  • Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams has revealed she was suicidal while suffering from depression when she was in the hugely successful group. Williams told CBS’s The Talk programme she had told manager, Mathew Knowles (Beyonce’s father), how she had felt. She said his response was: “You all just signed a multi-millionaire dollar deal, you’re about to go on tour, what have you got to be depressed about?”

  • A grime artist has been charged with 29 counts of rape after new complainants came forward, police have said. Andy Anokye, 31, of Bristol, known by stage name Solo 45, had earlier been charged with two counts of rape, one count of false imprisonment and one of causing actual bodily harm.

  • The Pussycat Dolls have issued a joint statement denying allegations that the pop group was a “prostitution ring”. Kaya Jones, who left the band before they became famous, claimed that she and other members were regularly subjected to sexual abuse. “We are all abused,” she said on Twitter, claiming the group were made to “sleep with whoever they say”. The band, led by Nicole Scherzinger, said they “were not aware of Kaya’s experiences” and offered her support.

  • Sir Tom Jones has said the abuse and harassment alleged to have taken place in Hollywood is also widespread in the music industry. The singer was discussing the allegations surrounding Harvey Weinstein in an interview with the BBC. “Things have always happened in the music industry as well,” he said.

  • Krept & Konan have released 2 mixtapes titled “7 days” and “7 nights”. “7 days” is more grime focused while “7 nights” features r&b greats such as Jhene Aiko and Tory Lanez.
  • Frank Ocean’s £11m ($14.5m) court battle against his estranged father Calvin Cooksey has ended in victory for the music star. Cooksey had sued his son over a Tumblr post that Frank wrote in June 2016, following the mass shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub that killed 49 people. The singer recalled a childhood memory of Cooksey calling a transgender waitress an anti-gay slur, before dragging him out of the restaurant.

 

Sports

  • Fernando Alonso will continue to drive for McLaren in 2018. The 36-year-old Spaniard has signed a new deal which is believed to be for one year with options to extend.

  • The FA has been accused of ignoring issues raised by discriminatory race remarks made by sacked England women’s boss Mark Sampson. Professional Footballers’ Association chief Gordon Taylor made the comments after his own organisation was criticised by FA chairman Greg Clarke.

  • Eniola Aluko could return to the England women’s team after interim head coach Mo Marley said she would “100%” consider picking the striker. The Chelsea forward, who has not played for England since April 2016, has been in a dispute with the Football Association over racial discrimination.

  • Newcastle United are in talks “with new and credible parties” after Mike Ashley put the Premier League club up for sale, according to his lawyer. Ashley said on Monday that he wanted to sell the club after 10 years in charge. It is reported that Amanda Staveley, a potential buyer, has signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Magpies.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Harvey Weinstein has been stripped of his British Film Institute fellowship, which he received in 2002. The BFI awards the title to individuals to recognise their contribution to film and television culture.

  • Channing Tatum has halted the development of a film about sexual abuse, which he had been making with Harvey Weinstein’s company. Mr Weinstein “unequivocally denies” allegations of sexual assault, harassment and rape.

  • Blac Chyna is suing the Kardashian family, alleging they are to blame for the axing of her reality TV show. She claims the “vindictive” family wants to destroy her.

  • Model Penny Lancaster has said she was sexually assaulted as a teenager by someone she worked for. Lancaster, who is married to rock singer Rod Stewart, told ITV’s Loose Women that she had her drink spiked.

  • Katy Perry was left dangling above fans’ heads when a floating platform malfunctioned on her world tour. The star had just performed Thinking Of You, perched several stories above the audience on a model of Saturn. But the prop refused to return to the stage, leaving the star stranded.