The Rundown – 25/06/17

Jun 26 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

 

 

• European Council President Donald Tusk has quoted lyrics from John Lennon’s Imagine to suggest the door remains open to the UK staying in the EU. Ahead of a Brussels summit he said of that prospect: “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”
• EU leaders are holding summit talks in Brussels, where they will hear the UK’s plans for protecting EU citizens’ rights after Brexit. UK Prime Minister Theresa May will brief them on the 22nd of June.
• Former health minister Norman Lamb has said he will not enter the race to replace Tim Farron as Lib Dem leader. Mr Lamb, who lost out to Mr Farron in 2015, told the Guardian his decision followed a “gruelling” election period.
• There is a “very good” chance the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Conservatives will agree a parliamentary deal by next week, a DUP MP has said. Sir Jeffrey Donaldson said that it was a case of “the sooner, the better”.

 

 

World

 

 

• Tributes have been paid to Makram Ali, who has been named as the man who died in the Finsbury Park terror attack. The Metropolitan Police are appealing for witnesses to the attack, which happened shortly after midnight on Seven Sisters Road in Finsbury Park and left 11 other people injured.
• Since the devastating fire which occurred at Grenfell Tower in Kensington, seven residential high-rise buildings in four local authority areas have been found to be covered in combustible cladding following safety tests. Landlords are being told and more checks carried out, number 10 said.
• A man suspected of setting off a bomb at Brussels Central Station on Tuesday has been identified as a 36-year-old Moroccan from a city district that has spawned several jihadist attackers.
• More than 2,500 family, friends and well-wishers gathered for the funeral of Otto Warmbier, the US student who died after falling into a coma while in prison in North Korea. The service was held at the 22-year-old’s school in Ohio, before his burial at a nearby cemetery. His death has heightened tensions between the US and North Korea.
• Nearly 50 people have contracted cholera while attending a health conference in Kenya’s capital. The infected delegates were among hundreds who had gathered for the four-day forum organised by the Ministry of Health at a Nairobi hotel on Tuesday.
• New footage was obtained showing Diamond Reynolds, the girlfriend of Philando Castile, and her four-year-old daughter, who witnessed the shooting, being held in a police vehicle immediately afterwards. Reyonlds’ daughter was seen calming down her mother in the video. Despite the mounting evidence against him, officer Jeronimo Yanez was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter last week.

 

 

Music

 

 

• 2 Chainz dropped ‘Pretty Girls Like Trap Music’ late on Thursday night. This is the rapper’s fourth studio album, his last being 2016’s ‘Collegrove’. The 16-song album flaunts features from Drake, Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, and more.
• The Grenfell Tower charity single looks set to top the UK singles chart, after it scored the biggest first day sales of any single in this entire decade. Over 50 artists such as Stormzy, Louis Tomlinson and Craig David appeared on the single.
• Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore made a cameo in SZA’s music video for the song ‘Drew Barrymore’.
• The annual XXL Freshman cover was unveiled this past week. This issue marks the 10-year anniversary of XXL Freshman. Upcoming rappers such as Playboi Carti, Anime, Kamaiyah and XXX Tentancion graced the cover.

 

 

Technology

 

 

• Rail ticket machines across the UK fell out of service this past week preventing commuters from using them to pay fares. Southern Rail, Greater Anglia, Great Northern and ScotRail were among those affected to have apologised via Twitter after customer complaints.
• WhatsApp is becoming one of the prevailing ways people discover and discuss news, according to a study. But use of the messaging app appears to vary widely between countries. In Malaysia, more than 50% of those surveyed said they used WhatsApp for news at least once a week. But in the US, the figure was only 3%, and in the UK, it was 5%.
• A demonstration of driverless cars in Nuneaton will be followed later this year by trials on public roads. Autodrive – a collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Tata Motors – showed off how autonomous cars can talk to each other. It included warning drivers when an emergency vehicle was approaching and offering real-time traffic information.
• Snapchat’s latest feature lets you share your location with your Snapchat friends, and view their location on a map, updating when you open the photo messaging app. The new feature was made available this past week to all iOS and Android Snapchat users across the globe.

 

 

Sports

 

 

• Jose Mourinho has been accused of ‘tax fraud’ by Spanish prosecutors. Mourinho was charged on this past Tuesday, thus following Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar as foreign nationals who have worked in Spain and found themselves under investigation or prosecuted by the Spanish tax authorities.
• Everton are set to complete the signing of Malaga striker Sandro Ramirez after meeting his £5.2m buy-out clause. The 21-year-old scored 14 goals in La Liga last season, having joined Malaga from Barcelona in July 2016.
• Juventus have confirmed they will release right-back Dani Alves from the final year of his contract. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is known to be interested in the 34-year-old, whom he knows from their time together at Barcelona.

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

 

• Online retail giant Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a $13.7bn (£10.7bn) deal that marks its biggest push into traditional retailing yet. Amazon, which has long eyed the grocery business, will buy the upmarket supermarket for $42 a share.
• Barclays and four former executives have been charged with fraud over their actions in the 2008 financial crisis. The Serious Fraud Office case relates to the way the bank raised billions of pounds from Qatari investors enabling it to avoid a government bailout.
• For the first time, new diagnoses of HIV have fallen among men who have sex with men in England, per data from Public Health England. PHE said increased testing, fast treatment with HIV therapy and the use of preventative drug Prep have all contributed to the trend.
• Young people are turning to cosmetic procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers as a result of social media pressure, according to a report. A study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics says government must protect people from an unregulated industry. The report also condemns makeover apps and online plastic surgery games aimed at children as young as nine.
• A well-known lifestyle blogger in France has been killed by an exploding whipped cream dispenser. Rebecca Burger’s death was announced on Facebook in what her family called a “domestic accident”. A warning against the faulty dispensers was posted to her Instagram account, saying it had “exploded and struck Rebecca’s chest, causing her death”.