News in 5 Minutes: Man charged over Manhattan and New Jersey bombs, Scottish Labour to gain greater autonomy from UK party and Owen Smith’s crystal ball


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (21 September) of the the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes a man has been charged over Manhattan and New Jersey bombs, Scottish Labour to gain greater autonomy from UK party and Owen Smith's crystal ball.

News: Man charged over New York and New Jersey bombs

31 people were injured in a recent bombing

The US has charged a man for bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey on Saturday, which injured thirty one people. Ahmad Khan Rahami faces federal charges including bombing, use of a weapon of mass destruction, use of a destructive device and destruction of property. Extracts from Rahami’s expressed apparent support for Islamist groups and causes around the world.

Yearlong post-diagnosis dementia support uneven across Scotland

Dementia patients in some parts of Scotland are missing out on a scheme implemented by the Scottish Government three years ago to supply yearlong post-diagnosis support. A BBC investigation found that some constituencies including Orkney and Shetland had a 100 per cent implementation rate for the scheme, as opposed to 59 per cent and 52 per cent in Grampian and Lothian respectively.

Politics: Scottish Labour to become “fully autonomous” of UK party

Party to have fully independent policy

Scottish Labour are to gain full autonomy of all areas of party operation except for finance. The decision on the new arrangement was made by the UK party’s powerful National Executive Committee (NEC), and comes after criticisms of leftist leader Jeremy Corbyn by Scottish leader and party centrist Kezia Dugdale.

Sport: Scottish women’s football team continue winning streak with 2-1 victory over Iceland

Scotland on a high after qualifying for Euro 2017

The Scottish women’s football team have continues their winning streak with a 2-1 away victory over Iceland. The team remains on strong form after winning six of their qualifying matches to enter the Euro 2017 competition, ending 18 years of failure by Scottish teams to join international competitions.

Culture: Edinburgh Hogmanay Celebrations to be fully ticketed for first time

Torch bearers will require tickets for traditional procession

The torch-lit procession that marks the opening of the annual Hogmanay celebrations in Edinburgh will be fully ticketed for the first time. The announcement comes after years of growing participation in the event which has seen up to 60,000 participants including 10,000 torch bearers take part in the march from the city’s Old Town to Calton Hill in recent years.

Weather: A few more hours of Sun before rain

Band of rain to sweep much of Scotland from around late afternoon

It’s a glorious morning from the view in the CommonSpace office, but rain will push across most of Scotland from the late afternoon on.

And another thing: Owen Smith’s crystal ball



Clairvoyant Labour leadership candidate upset to find future Conservative victory

Labour leadership contestant Owen Smith was appalled today to find, upon an examination of the Taro and the bird entrails, that current leader and election rival Jeremy Corbyn won’t win the 2020 UK General Election. He was hoping to supply Jezza with a bit of good news before the outcome of the race is announced on 24 September.

Picture courtesy of First Minister of ScotlandHamish IrvineMartin FischluviScottish Labour

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