News in 5 Minutes: Moving Scotland’s beached oil rig, Jeremy Corbyn prepares for snap election, and Oktoberfest without the beer


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (20 September) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes the transport of a grounded oil rig, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s preperations for an early election, and Oktoberfest without the beer in Glasgow.

News: Grounded oil rig to be transported to Argentina

Transocean Winner to be taken from Lewis by semi-submersible ship

A North Sea oil rig that was beached by strong winds in August on the Isle of Lewis is set to be taken to Argentina by a semi-submersible ship. The collosal rig weighs around 17,000 tonnes.

Politics: Jeremy Corbyn to tell MPs to vote for new elections

Leftist leader will put party on election footing if he wins internal vote

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will put the party on an election footing if he wins the internal leadership race on 24 September, according to the BBC. The leftist Labour leader will instruct his MPs to vote for another General Election, if Conservative leader Theresa May wishes to put her Brexit plans before the country in an early election in 2017.

Sport: Joey Barton in Celtic betting probe

Rangers star currently under suspension on separate incident

Rangers star Joey Barton is being investigated by the Gambling Commission after allegations surfaced that he had placed a bet on the outcome of a Celtic match. The 34 year old is already under suspension after a row with the struggling team’s manager following its 5-1 defeat at the hands of Celtic.

Culture: Paolo Nutini to headline at Edinburgh Hogmanay event

Pop singer to appear a decade after his first Hogmanay gig had to be cancelled

Paolo Nutini is billed to lead Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Celebrations in 2016, 10 years after he was originally set to perform in the Scottish capital, before the 2006 celebrations had to be called off due to high winds. Nutini is expected to perform in front of an audience of around 10,000.

Weather: Enjoy the sunshine, for today and tomorrow at least

Dry and warm weather across the country

Scotland will have a couple of days of dry and warm weather today and tomorrow, savour those dying days of summer.

And another thing: Oktoberfest without the Beer in Glasgow

Beery brawling Glaswegians blamed for sober beer festival plans

A Scottish version of the Bavarian beer and cultural festival Oktoberfest is set to go dry this year after Police complaints of alleged public disorder at the 2015 festival at Glasgow Green. Event organisers are searching for another venue for the event, held between 19-23 October, after Glasgow City Council refused to grant organisers and alcohol licence. Honestly, it’s political correctness gone mad.

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