The Rundown – 6.11.17

Nov 6 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

  • No 10 has insisted Andrea Leadsom did not call for Sir Michael Fallon to be sacked from the cabinet amid reports she complained about his conduct. Sir Michael, who quit office on Wednesday saying his general conduct fell short of expected standards, has “categorically denied” the allegations. Mrs Leadsom has led ministers’ response to the Westminster misconduct claims.
  • Suspended Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins has said he “absolutely and categorically” denies claims of sexual harassment. Labour activist Ava Etemadzadeh earlier told the BBC she had been left feeling “powerless” after the MP was promoted the year after her complaint. She said he had sent her inappropriate text messages and made inappropriate physical contact while hugging her.

  • Harriet Harman has been urged to apologise for repeating an offensive joke about the Holocaust on BBC TV. The Labour MP read out the joke as an example of one she had complained about some years ago. The Jewish Leadership Council said it was a “staggering error of judgement” to repeat it “irrespective of the point she was trying to make”.

  • The Conservatives have published a new code of conduct for their MPs and other elected representatives in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. The party is immediately adopting a new complaints procedure with a hotline for reporting potential breaches and a more detailed investigatory process. For the first time, there will be an independent figure on the body looking into grievances, the party said.

 

World

  • The parents of a teenage girl in India have caught their daughter’s alleged rapists after police refused to register their complaint. The parents, who are police officials, said that one officer accused their daughter of “making up a filmy story”. A gang rape case was registered only after the parents personally caught two suspects and brought them to a police station in the city of Bhopal. Two other men have been arrested, and a fast-track trial ordered.

  • Kevin Spacey is being investigated by UK police over an alleged sexual assault. The Sun newspaper said a man, aged 23 at the time, made a complaint on Tuesday about the alleged incident in the London borough of Lambeth. The Metropolitan Police confirmed that they are investigating an alleged assault on a man from 2008.

  • A second woman has come forward with an allegation of harassment against Dustin Hoffman. The actor was forced to apologise for his past behaviour.
  • In its annual review, the UN says the gap between carbon cutting plans and the reductions required to keep temperature rises below 2 degrees Celsius is “alarmingly high”. Pledges made so far cover only one-third of the cuts needed by 2030 to keep below that goal, the review warns.

  • So-called Islamic State (IS) has lost control of two of its last remaining strongholds in Syria and Iraq. Early on Friday Syria’s army announced it had taken Deir al-Zour. Later in the day the Iraqi prime minister said al-Qaim, across the border, had been recaptured by government forces. The town was taken “in record time”, PM Haider al-Abadi said. Iraqi forces say they have also seized the last border post between Iraq and Syria that was held by IS.

  • President Donald Trump has said the US is hitting so-called Islamic State “10 times harder” in retaliation for the New York truck attack on Halloween. “Every time they hit us, we know it’s Isis, we hit them like you folks won’t believe,” Mr Trump told reporters at the White House. US military figures appear to show no major change in strikes against the militants’ strongholds.

  • A 14-year-old has been arrested over an acid attack which left a delivery driver “fighting for his life”. The 32-year-old could lose his sight after a substance was repeatedly thrown in his face in Walthamstow on Thursday evening, police said. In a separate attack in Tottenham about 30 minutes later, another delivery driver, also 32, had a corrosive substance thrown at him. Police “strongly suspect” the attacks are linked.

  • At least 27 people have died after a gunman opened fire at a church in Texas during Sunday services. The attack happened at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs in Wilson County.

 

Technology

  • US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account briefly vanished on Thursday but has since been restored, the social media company said. A customer service employee deactivated the @realdonaldtrump account, it said, clarifying that it had been their last day in the job. The account was down for 11 minutes and Twitter is now investigating. The president brushed off the outage in a new tweet on Friday, suggesting it showed the impact he was having.

  • Twitter has published a new version of its rules, which it says will clarify its policies and how it enforces them. It is part of a series of changes as the social network tries to address complaints of abuse and harassment on its website. It said the changes reflected the “latest trends in online behaviour”.

  • Apple shares have risen to a record high as the tech giant’s iPhone X hit shelves around the world. The launch coincided with strong results for Apple, with sales increasing by 12% to $52.6bn (£40bn) for the three months to September.

 

Music

  • After three-and-a-half-years Sam Smith’s sophomore album ‘The Thrill of It All’ dropped last week.
  • Emeli Sande has released her brand new EP ‘Kingdom Coming‘. The EP has features from Giggs, Dave East and Wretch 32.
  • Dizzee Rascal has stepped in as a last-minute replacement for Liam Gallagher on the BBC’s new live music show Sounds Like Friday Night. The former Oasis frontman, 44, pulled out of the live show after being told to rest his voice by doctors.

  • Santan Dave has released his new 7 track EP titled ‘Game Over‘.

 

Sports

  • World number one Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters with a knee injury. The Spaniard was due to face Serb Filip Krajinovic in the quarter-finals on Friday, but pulled out with a right knee problem before the match.

  • Sunderland’s poor Championship form is a “crisis that must be solved”, says the club’s chairman Ellis Short. The Wearsiders sacked boss Simon Grayson, who replaced David Moyes in the summer, just 17 minutes after their 3-3 draw with Bolton on Tuesday. The club, relegated from the Premier League last term, are 22nd in the table with just one win from 15 games.

  • Marseille have suspended Patrice Evra after he kicked a fan in the head before his side’s Europa League defeat at Vitoria Guimaraes on Thursday. Footage showed the 36-year-old former Manchester United defender aiming an acrobatic kick at a supporter at the side of the pitch during the warm-up.

  • Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla says doctors told him he should be “satisfied” just to walk again after he contracted gangrene following an operation. The 32-year-old Spain international last played in October 2016 and had ankle surgery two months later.

  • Four-time Olympic champion Mo Farah has split from coach Alberto Salazar and will return to Britain. Farah, who won 5,000m and 10,000m gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, said his decision was based on a desire to move back to London. Salazar is being investigated by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) after BBC’s Panorama made allegations about drugs use at his US training base.

 

Miscellaneous

  • Netflix has announced it is cancelling its flagship television series, House of Cards,  after allegations that its star, Kevin Spacey, sexually harassed a 14-year-old boy.
  • A surrogate mother from California, who gave birth to two babies, found out one of the children was biologically hers. Jessica Allen became pregnant with her own biological child while she was carrying another baby as a surrogate for a Chinese couple. Mrs Allen said doctors first thought the second was an identical twin. As a result, both babies were given to the other woman after delivery and the Allens had to fight to get back their biological son.

  • A girls’ school named after a 17th Century slave trader will not change its name. Colston’s Girls’ School (CGS), in Bristol, said in a letter to parents it was “not appropriate” to remove merchant Edward Colston’s name. It comes after music venue, Colston Hall, said it would drop the “toxic” name in 2020 and Colston’s Primary said it would consult pupils and parents.

  • Another actress has come forward with an allegation that US producer Harvey Weinstein raped her. Boardwalk Empire star Paz de la Huerta told Vanity Fair that Weinstein raped her twice in New York in 2010. The magazine says the alleged assaults could see charges brought against the film mogul because they fall within New York’s statute of limitations for rape in the first degree. Weinstein has denied all allegations of non-consensual sex made against him.