The Rundown – 4.12.17

Dec 4 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

  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said Donald Trump was “wrong” to retweet posts from a British far-right group. But she stressed the “special relationship” between Britain and the US was “in both our nations’ interests” and should continue.

  • Donald Trump has told Prime Minister Theresa May to focus on “terrorism” in the UK after she criticised his sharing of far-right videos. “Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom,” Mr Trump tweeted.

  • The Labour Party has suspended a member over anti-Semitic abuse only after a councillor accused the party on social media of failing to act.
  • Net migration is estimated to have fallen by nearly a third to 230,000 in the year to June, new figures show. It is the first time that a full year of data has been available since the UK voted to leave the EU last June.

 

World

  • An urgent evacuation plan has been devised for migrants facing abuse in Libyan detention camps. It was drawn up at an African Union-European Union summit in Ivory Coast. Libya’s UN-backed administration joined the agreement, but has only limited control over the territory, raising questions about how it will work in practice. The migrants will be sent mainly back to their home countries.

  • Disney has picked Chinese actor Liu Yifei to play Mulan in an upcoming film, following accusations against Hollywood of ‘whitewashing’. The live-action adaptation of the 1998 animated movie will tell the tale of the famed Chinese heroine Hua Mulan.

  • Fired US TV news anchor Matt Lauer has said he is “truly sorry” after being accused of sexual misconduct. He was the co-host of NBC’s flagship Today programme for two decades, but that came to an end this week. NBC sacked him on Wednesday after receiving a “detailed complaint” from a colleague. On Thursday, the network said two more women had come forward.

  • Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the US of seeking to provoke North Korea into stepping up its nuclear missile programme. He rejected a call by the American envoy to the UN Security Council to sever ties with the North after its latest ballistic missile test. Russia argues sanctions do not work and advocates negotiations instead.

  • A man has set off two hand grenades in a courtroom in eastern Ukraine, killing himself and injuring at least seven others.

 

Technology

  • The price of digital currency Bitcoin has fallen by 20% in a period of wild trading since it passed the $11,000 mark a day ago. Bitcoin is now around $9,150, down sharply from the record $11,434 (£8,500) it hit on Wednesday. At its peak, Bitcoin had increased by 1,000% from the $1,000 value at which it started the year.

  • Google is being taken to court, accused of collecting the personal data of millions of users, in the first mass legal action of its kind in the UK. It focuses on allegations that Google unlawfully harvested information from 5.4 million UK users by bypassing privacy settings on their iPhones.

  • Facebook has temporarily turned off a system that let advertisers choose which ethnic and minority groups saw their ads. It said it would investigate how the feature was being used by advertisers. News organisation ProPublica discovered that the system could be abused by posting discriminatory ads on the social network.

  • Apple has pushed out an update to fix a major security hole in its Mac operating system, admitting it “stumbled” with its latest software. The flaw made it possible to access a Mac without a password, and also have access to powerful administrator rights. The latest version of MacOS will automatically download the update.

  • Up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by robotic automation, a new report from a consultancy has found. The study of 46 countries and 800 occupations by the McKinsey Global Institute found that up to one-fifth of the global work force will be affected. It said one-third of the workforce in richer nations like Germany and the US may need to retrain for other jobs. Machine operators and food workers will be hit hardest, the report says.

 

Music

  • Stormzy was the success story of the 2017 Mobos – picking up three awards. He was named best male act, best grime act and won best album for Gang Signs & Prayer.
  • Jay-Z has admitted cheating on Beyonce for the first time in an interview about his lifeHe told The New York Times Style Magazine that he’d built up walls due to issues from his childhood, which led to him shutting down and infidelity.
  • Jay-Z leads the pack with eight nominations this year, including nods for album of the year, record of the year, song of the year and best rap album. Kendrick Lamar follows with seven nods, while Bruno Mars is the third most-nominated artist with six. SZA is 2018’s most Grammy-nominated woman with five nods; Khalid, Childish Gambino and producer No I.D. also scored five noms.
  • Miguel’s fourth studio album, War & Leisure dropped this past week. The album has features from Rick Ross, Kali Uchis and J Cole.

 

Sports

  • Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says Raheem Sterling’s new self-belief is behind his brilliant form after seeing him sink Southampton with a 96th-minute winner. Sterling’s 13th goal of the season gave City a club-record 12th successive Premier League victory which restores their eight-point lead at the top of the table.

  • Coaches from black and ethnic minority backgrounds still face “institutionally embedded barriers” in English football, according to a sports think tank. The Sports People’s Think Tank’s (SPTT) annual report says progress since 2014 has been “minimal” for BAME candidates. Just 22 of the 482 senior coaching roles in English football’s top four divisions are held by BAME coaches, according to SPTT’s research.

  • David Silva has signed a one-year contract extension to keep him at Manchester City until 2020. The 31-year-old Spaniard joined the Blues from Valencia for £24m in 2010.

  • Sam Allardyce is expected to be confirmed as Everton’s new manager after a five-week search for a successor to Ronald Koeman. The former England boss watched Wednesday’s 4-0 win over West Ham, which moved Everton up to 13th.

  • Andy Murray explained his plan to recruit and mentor top prospects, while still competing at the highest level himself – and how he will use his own experiences of the pressure and pitfalls faced by an up-and-coming athlete.

 

Miscellaneous 

  • Men will no longer require a prescription to obtain the impotence drug Viagra and will instead be able to buy it over the counter at pharmacies. The decision by the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency follows a public consultation.

  • Oil giant Shell says male staff working for the company on average earn 22% more than women in the UK. Shell says that despite this, it is confident it pays equally for equal work, and the difference in pay rates is because of a skills gap, rather than sex discrimination. The UK’s biggest company is the latest to report its gender pay gap.

  • Director Ridley Scott has spoken about his decision to replace Kevin Spacey in his new film. The actor had filmed one of  the lead roles in All the Money in the World, which finished shooting earlier this year and is due out next month. Spacey has been replaced by Christopher Plummer, however, after allegations of sexual harassment emerged against him.

  • Glee star Naya Rivera has been charged with domestic violence against her husband. The 30-year-old, who played Santana in the TV show, was arrested at a house in Kanawha County, West Virginia, America. According to the criminal complaint, police were called for a domestic situation. Officers say they talked with Ryan Dorsey who told them his wife, Naya, had hit him in the head and face.
  • John Legend and Chrissy Teigen have announced they are expecting their second child. “Very excited to not have to hide this any more,” Teigen wrote on Snapchat, while posing in a dress highlighting her bump. The pair, who’ve been married since 2013, already have a daughter – one-year-old Luna.