30th June 2017

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Theresa May commits to an extra £1 billion of funding for Northern Ireland in order to secure DUP deal. Following two weeks of negotiations, Theresa May has finally struck her controversial ‘confidence and supply’ deal with the DUP, which will see the government commit to additional funding for the province over the next two years. Opposition MPs have accused the government of undue special treatment, while former Prime Minister John Major had previously warned that any deal with the DUP could threaten to undermine the already fragile Northern Ireland peace process. Financial Times

Tory MPs use WhatsApp to plot scheme to circumvent a “hard Brexit”. Thirty Conservative MPs have advised that the party’s failure to secure a majority for its manifesto partly stemmed from its view that no deal is better than a bad deal. Since the election result, pockets of centrist Tory MPs have reportedly been using the mobile messaging service to plan their push to ensure Theresa May isn’t swayed towards a no deal situation. Sky News

South American bats could pose a threat to the world’s health. According to “danger maps” compiled by the EcoHealth Alliance in New York, bats have been shown to carry more potential threats than other mammals. In studying where the next potential health threats could come from, the research looked at 586 viruses known to infect mammals, including 188 that have the potential to infect both humans and other mammals. The recent Ebola outbreak is thought to have begun when a two-year-old boy in Guinea became infected while playing in a bat tree. BBC News

Massive Attack’s Robert Del Naja has been outed as Banksy. Again. Following a slip of the tongue during a podcast with fellow musician Scroobius Pip, Goldie has reignited speculation that elusive street artist Banksy is one half of the Bristol-based trip hop duo. Del Naja publicly denied the rumours last year, following the appearances of Banksy works in cities where Massive Attack were playing, but Goldie’s allusion to a “Rob” during his interview has opened the floodgates to speculation once more. BBC News

Male students reform their school’s clothing policy by wearing skirts. In the week that saw the hottest June day in 40 years, male pupils at Exeter’s Isca Academy decided it was time to rebel against their school’s dress code, which prevented them from wearing shorts. After coming to lessons wearing skirts, the pupils successfully convinced the school to review its policy. Isca Academy has since announced that shorts will officially become part of the uniform from the beginning of the next school year. The Guardian

Glastonbury begins its six-week-long clean-up. In amongst the sights of revellers nursing hangovers on their way home, the team at Worthy Farm has already kicked off the festival’s hefty litter picking operation. Bolstered by a team of 1,300 volunteers, the clean-up effort costs approximately £785,000 each year and is made even more challenging by leagues of opportunistic seagulls that flock to the farm to feast on leftovers. The Telegraph

Quote of the week

"I do my own shopping. Sometimes, when I come away from the meat counter in my local supermarket, I worry someone will snap me with their phone. But I am determined to have a relatively normal life… Even if I was king, I would do my own shopping." Prince Harry speaks about trying to maintain a relatively normal lifestyle in a recent interview with Newsweek.

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