The Rundown – 25.09.17

Sep 25 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

  • Kim Jong-un has said remarks by “deranged” US President Donald Trump have convinced him he is right to develop weapons for North Korea. In an unprecedented personal statement, Mr Kim said Mr Trump would “pay dearly” for a UN speech where he threatened to “totally destroy” the North if the US was forced to defend itself.

  • Theresa May has set out proposals for a two-year transition period after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019. She wants existing EU market access arrangements to apply during that period and promised Britain would pay its “fair share” into the EU budget. She said the UK will be the “strongest friend and partner” of the EU after Brexit.

  • A Scottish Conservative MP has admitted she did not vote in last year’s EU referendum because the decision was “very difficult”. Kirstene Hair said she left the choice to “everyone else” and decided to go with the “will of the UK”.But she said she had thought Remain would ultimately win the referendum.

  • The UK’s counter-terrorism effort is putting an unsustainable strain on policing, the head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council has said. Chief Constable Sara Thornton said resources were being diverted from mainstream policing in England and Wales, leading to backlogs in control rooms and slower response times. She said the strain was “causing real problems” and “frankly unsustainable”.

  • The Home Office will pay £1.1m towards the costs of the controversial police investigation into allegations of sexual abuse against Sir Edward Heath. The Wiltshire Police inquiry into the former prime minister, who died 12 years ago, began in 2015. Two people were arrested and released as part of Operation Conifer. There have been no charges.

World

 

  • Africa’s largest gallery for contemporary art from the continent and its diaspora has opened in the South African city of Cape Town. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz Mocaa) is set inside old grain silos on the V&A Waterfront.

  • An 18-year-old man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder in connection with the bomb attack on a London Tube at Parsons Green. Ahmed Hassan, of Sunbury, Surrey, is also accused of causing an explosion likely to endanger life or cause serious injury on 15 September.

  • The death toll from Mexico’s powerful earthquake has risen to 273, officials say, as rescuers race against the clock to reach trapped survivors. President Enrique Peña Nieto said that rescuing and attending to those injured by Tuesday’s 7.1 magnitude quake would remain “the highest priority”.

  • Six people have been injured in Stratford, east London, in a reported acid attack. Police were called to Stratford Centre, opposite Westfield, following an “altercation” between two groups of males where a noxious substance was thrown.

  • The rapid spread of “super malaria” in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning. This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs. It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam.

  • Hurricane Maria is nearing the Turks and Caicos Islands as it continues its destructive path across the Caribbean. The storm, now a category 3, is east of the island of Grand Turk with winds of 205km/h (125mph), the US National Hurricane Center says.

  • Violence erupted at a New York hotel after protesters heckled a speech by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with chants of “terrorist”. Mr Erdogan was addressing supporters in Turkish at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square when he was interrupted by several demonstrators. “You’re a terrorist, get out of my country,” one protester shouted before he was punched and dragged away.

Technology

  • Uber will not be issued a new private hire licence, Transport for London (TfL) has said. TfL concluded the ride-hailing app firm was not fit and proper to hold a London private hire operator licence. It said it took the decision on the grounds of “public safety and security implications”.
  • There is growing concern among global net users about fake news online, according to a BBC World Service poll. It also indicates mounting opposition to governments stepping in with regulation. In the survey of 18 countries, 79% of respondents said they worried about what was fake and what was real on the internet.

  • Facebook will add more human reviewers to its advertising system after admitting it failed to prevent, or even notice, anti-Semitic targeting on the network. Sheryl Sandberg, the network’s chief operating officer, said she was “disgusted” by the findings of a ProPublica investigation published last week.

  • Fitness app Pact, which promised members financial rewards for meeting their health goals, has settled accusations that it broke its promises. The app let people set exercise and dietary goals, and charged them a penalty between $5 (£3.70) and $50 if they failed to meet their target. It pledged to share some of the “fines” with members who did reach their goals. But the US Federal Trade Commission said Pact had now started to return money wrongly taken from subscribers.

  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says his company will share 3,000 Russia-linked political adverts with US investigators. He also pledged to make political advertising more transparent on his network in future. “We will work with others to create a new standard for transparency for online political ads,” he said in a live address on his Facebook profile.

  • Losses have risen sharply at the gig economy food delivery firm, Deliveroo, according to its latest accounts. The company, incorporated under the name Roofoods, made a worldwide loss of £129m in 2016, up from £30m in 2015.

Music

  • Greg James and A.Dot have been announced as the hosts of a new, primetime music show on BBC One. Sounds Like Friday Night will be the first regular, mainstream music programme on the BBC since Top of the Pops was cancelled in 2006. Broadcast live from Television Centre, it promises to feature “the hottest bands and artists in the world”, alongside interviews and sketches.

  • Jhené Aiko has surprised fans with a brand new album.  The 22-track release features guests including Big Sean, Kurupt, Brandy, and Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd. It’s Aiko’s first solo album since her 2014 debut Souled Out.
  • Jay-Z paid tribute to the late Chester Bennington by performing an emotional rendition of Numb/Encore – his collaboration with Linkin Park.

  • Miguel’s fourth studio album will be titled War & Leisure. The title was announced in Steven Colbert’s intro to the singer’s performance on The Tonight Show Wednesday night. The LP follows Miguel’s 2015 project WILDHEART, and is preceded by singles “Sky Walker” and “Shockandawe.

Sports

  • Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris St-Germain’s Neymar comprise the Best Fifa Men’s Player shortlist. Ronaldo won the inaugural award last year, ahead of Messi with Neymar fourth behind Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann.

  • US President Donald Trump is facing growing condemnation from the sports world after his criticism of players. On Friday, Mr Trump said the National Football League (NFL) should fire players who protest during the US anthem. High-profile football players as well as basketball star LeBron James have attacked Mr Trump in response.

  • U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens is featured on a regional cover of the Sept. 18 issue of Sports Illustrated.
  • Stephen Curry stated that he did not want to accept Donald Trump’s invitation to the White House. Shortly after this Trump withdrew his invitation to basketball champions the Golden State Warriors.
  • The England women’s new coach should be female, says the national team’s record goalscorer Kelly Smith. Mark Sampson, 34, was sacked on Wednesday after evidence emerged of “inappropriate and unacceptable” behaviour in a previous role.

  • Liverpool and Manchester United fans have been told there will be a “visible police presence” in Moscow next week. The Premier League clubs both have Champions League group matches in the Russian capital.

Miscellaneous

  • Jourdan Dunn has accused Reign nightclub of racism following an event on Saturday evening. The club was hosting a party in honour of Dunn’s collaboration with Missguided. However, when the model’s brother was refused entry, she accused the nightclub of having a racist agenda.

  •  Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus – making it harder for HIV to resist its effects.
  • Nine in 10 GP surgeries in England have been rated as good and outstanding by inspectors. It means general practice is the highest performing sector in the NHS, according to the Care Quality Commission ratings, above hospitals, mental health and social care.

  • The number of NHS mental health staff who have had to take sick leave because of their own mental health issues has risen by 22% in the past five years. Those taking long-term leave of a month or more rose from 7,580 in 2012-13 to 9,285 in 2016-17, BBC freedom of information requests found.

  • Piers Morgan wrote an opinion piece for the Daily Mail blaming Kanye West and the rap industry for putting the n-word in their songs. This came after a video surfaced of a group of sorority girls singing and dancing to Kanye West’s hit song “Gold Digger”.