Your Sunday evening round-up of what’s happened this week.
We understand the struggle to try and keep up with what’s going on in the world. The good, the bad and the ugly, it all happens so quickly. We’ve summed up five significant points from the last seven days, so that you needn’t stress trying to stay in the loop and end up feeling overwhelmed.
- Grace Millane’s murderer has been found guilty. The 27-year-old who was accused of strangling the British backpacker before hiding her body in a suitcase has been found guilty at a high court in New Zealand. Grace’s parents, who had flown to New Zealand to attend the trial, said that the verdict would be “welcomed by every member of the family and friends of Grace”.
Why don’t we know who Grace’s killer was? The identity of the murderer has been disclosed due to New Zealand’s court system giving the accused and victims the choice to have their name suppressed, making it illegal to be published in newspapers, online, or anywhere else. Justice Simon Moore has ordered that the suppression order which prevents naming the defendant will remain in place until lifted by the court.
- The first televised leaders’ debate between Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister, Boris Johnson took place on Tuesday night ahead of the general election in December. The debate drew in 3.7 million viewers, a substantial increase since the 2017 general election, 1 million of which were part of the 16-34 age bracket. Topics touched on Brexit, manifestos, the NHS and Royal Family, but there was no clear winner between the two party leaders.
- Prince Andrew has stepped back from his public duties for the ‘foreseeable future’ after pressures in response to his interview with the BBC regarding his relationship with convicted child sex offender, Jeffery Epstein. A growing number of companies and institutions have cut ties with the Prince, the latest one being standing down as Chancellor of Huddersfield University.
- Victoria’s Secret fashion show has been cancelled. Over recent years the lingerie brand has seen a decline in ratings of it’s annual catwalk show, with 2018 being it’s lowest ever since it started in 1995. What was once a huge pop-culture event and popular lingerie brand has been by changing culture and attitudes, which have affected sales and the brand’s bottom line. Victoria’s Secret has also faced a number of controversies, after a raging response to an interview in Vogue with Ed Razek, the then-chief marketing officer who implied that transsexual models shouldn’t be allowed to take part in the event.
- Coldplay have paused touring their new album over environmental concern. The UK band, who’s new album, Everyday Life, was released on Friday, will be playing two gigs in Jordan instead of touring the world. These concerts will be broadcast worldwide for free via YouTube. Chris Martin told BBC News that they’re “taking time over the next year or two, to work out how our tour can not only be sustainable [but] how can it be actively beneficial.” Coldplay will play a one off concert at the Natural History Museum in London on 25th November, and all proceeds made will be donated to an environmental charity.
Image of the week
A woman sits in a chair in St. Mark’s Square surrounded by water in the latest floods. The water levels hit 187cm in Venice this week, resulting in more than 85% of the Italian city has been flooded. It’s only 7cm below the highest level ever recorder, which was 194cm which happened during the infamous floods of 1966.