The Rundown: A Look at All Things News from This Past Week [04.06.17]

Jun 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

 

 

  • As at now, Campaigning for Thursday’s general election is largely suspended following the London terrorist attack. UKIP are currently the only party not to suspend campaigning following the London Bridge attack.
  • Angela Rudd stepped in for Theresa May earlier this week during the first televised political debate of this election season, just days after the death of her father.
  • All major political rivals use Theresa May’s absence from the debate as points of criticism.
  • Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have set out competing visions of how Britain will operate after it has left the EU, with a week to go until polling day.
  • The Economist throws support to the Liberal Democrats. They called the upcoming election a bleak choice between a ‘backward-looking Labour Party’ and an ‘inward looking Tory Party.’
  • The FBI has allegedly dubbed Nigel Farage as a ‘person of interest’ in their case into Donald Trump and Russia. They are interested in his links to Donald Trump and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

 

World

 

 

  • Six people have been killed in a London terror attack that took place late on Saturday night. Attackers drove a van across London Bridge, targeting pedestrians, before emerging from the vehicle and stabbing passers bby in Borough Market. All three suspects – all male – were shot dead by police.
  • Trustees for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, which has raised over £6.9m, agreed on Wednesday to urgently release £1m in the first round of funding.
  • Gay Pride events are urged to stop booking acts which perpetuate racist stereotypes. More than 100 LGBT supporters have signed a letter calling it an “embarrassing stain on the community”.
  • The US has been urged to remain committed to the 2015 Paris climate agreement ahead of an announcement by President Donald Trump on the issue. Reports suggest that President Trump will withdraw from this agreement.
  • A bomb attack in the Afghan capital Kabul killed 90 people and injured 350 more. Pakistan have rejected the Afghan claim that they were responsible for this attack.
  • Police are investigating after a noose was found in an exhibit on racial segregation at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. A noose is synonymous with the extrajudicial hangings of millions of African Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

 

Music

 

 

  • Tickets for One Love Manchester sold out in under 6 minutes. All the proceeds of this benefit concert will go to the victims of the terror attack which occurred at an Ariana Grande concert. Musicians such as Coldplay, The Black Eyed Peas and Usher will be performing. Proceeds will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.
  • Radio One’s annual Big Weekender festival took place in Hull this past week. Several musicians such as Katy Perry and Kings of Leon dedicated their performances to the city of Manchester and the victims of the terror attack.
  • The music video for One Direction star, Liam Payne’s new single ‘Strip That Down’ featuring Quavo has premiered this past week.
  • Bryson Tiller released his long awaited second studio album called True to Self a month early. He was also announced as Apple Music’s first Guest Curator. Tiller will be curating a total of five playlists. He will also launch the streaming service’s new series DNA in which celebrities and other influencers will curate playlists based on their personal taste.

 

Technology

 

 

  • Skype has received a Snapchat-style makeover. Video stories and stickers have been integrated into Skype as part of a revamp of the app. The new app is gradually being rolled out worldwide.
  • In one of the worst IT meltdowns to hit British Airways in recent memory, thousands of passengers had flights disrupted or cancelled at the weekend. There were chaotic scenes at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Some travellers waited for over 5 days to receive their luggage.
  • Encrypted information was accessed during a data breach at the password management service, OneLogin. This affected all customers served by their US data centre. The perpetrators had the ability to decrypt encrypted data.
  • China has tightened their cyber security regulations. The law, due to come into effect on 1 June, bans the collection and sale of users’ personal information.

 

Sport

 

 

  • Real Madrid became the first team to retain the Champions League, defeating Italian-side Juventus 4-1 in Cardiff.
  • Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has signed a new one-year deal with the Premier League club.
  • Manchester City have agreed a deal with Benfica for the £35m signing of goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, according to the Portuguese champions.
  • World number one Andy Murray came from a set down to beat unseeded Slovakian Martin Klizan in the French Open second round.
  • Arsenal win the FA Cup for a record 13th time in a thrilling final by beating 10-man Chelsea, who are denied a league and cup double.

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

  • Rihanna has announced the name of her long-awaited beauty line, Fenty Beauty. The products will be for sale from this Autumn. The Fenty Beauty line is a partnership with LVMH’s Kendo division and was first announced in April 2016.
  • Only one-third of teenage boys in the UK say they enjoy reading, a study by the National Literacy Trust suggests. The Trust found a significant drop in boys’ reading enjoyment between the ages of eight and 16.
  • US scientists say they have poured cold water on the theory that washing hands with hot water kills more germs than unheated water. In the UK, NHS experts say people can use cold or hot water to wash their hands. They stress the importance of using soap and washing hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Britain’s Got Talent thrashed the ratings war between them and the political debate. The talent competition garnered a whooping 7.2 million viewers compared to the modest 3.5 million viewers of the high profile political debate.