News in 5 Minutes: Rio Olympics closing ceremony, Kezia Dugdale supports Owen Smith, and silent fishing documentary to get beatbox soundtrack

Maxine Blane

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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (22 August) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes the Rio Olympics closing ceremony, Kezia Dugdale’s support for Owen Smith, and the silent fishing documentary getting a beatbox soundtrack. 

News: Rio Olympics closes with carnival handover to Tokyo for 2020

2016 Rio Olympics closing ceremony took place in Maracana after 16 days of competition

The 2016 Olympic games in Rio has closed with a carnival-style celebration that lasted nearly three hours. The closing ceremony handed the reigns of the competition over to Tokyo who will host the competition in 2020. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appeared dressed as video game character Super Mario as part of the new host city’s showcase.

Suicide bomber at Turkish wedding was ‘child aged 12-14’ says President Edrogan

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken about the suicide bombing at a wedding in the Turkish city of Gaziantep which killed 51 people. Edrogan said that Isis were behind the attack on the Kurdish wedding, and that the perpetrator was a child aged 12-14, Sixty-nine people were wounded in the attack, with 17 suffering serious injuries.

“We need help” says Louisiana governor after severe flooding

Governor John Bel Edwards has asked for aid and volunteers for his state, Lousiana, saying “We really need help,” after serious flooding. Days of intense rainfall led to severe flooding that has so far killed 13 people and caused the evacuation of around 60,000 homes. More than 100,000 people in the area have registered for federal assistance to deal with the floods.

Politics: Kezia Dugdale backs Owen Smith in Labour leadership contest

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has backed Owen Smith

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has said that “Owen Smith gets my vote” in the contest for Labour leadership. Smith is challenging current party leader Jeremy Corbyn, and both are expected to speak at a hustings debate in Glasgow’s SECC on Thursday 25 August. Dugdale said that she believed that Smith “can unite our party and move us on from the divisions that exist under the current leadership”.

£93m of Scottish fishing industry subsidies at risk post-Brexit

The Scottish fishing industry is potentially at risk of losing £93m in subsidies from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) after the Brexit vote in July. The UK vote to leave the EU could place these fishing subsidies in jeopardy. Scottish seafood exports to the EU last year accounted for more than 60 per cent of Scottish food exports last year and were worth £438m last year. 

Sport: Andy Murray ends 22-match unbeaten run in Cincinnati Masters final

Andy Murray was beaten in the final of the Cincinnati Masters by Marin Cilic

Andy Murray has ended his winning streak at the final of the Cincinnati Masters final after a 22-match unbeaten run. Murray was beaten by 27-year-old Marin Cilic 6-4 7-5 in a match that lasted an hour and 34 minutes. Murray flew directly to the Cincinnati tournament from Rio, where he successfully defended his gold medal in men’s singles tennis.

Culture: First stage of Kelvin Hall redevelopment opens today

Glasgow’s historic Kelvin Hall has been undergoing redevelopment

The first stage of the redevelopment of Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall has opened. The project is a partnership between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, the University of Glasgow and the National Library of Scotland to create a “centre of cultural excellence”. The first phase which opened today is a health and fitness centre run by the Glasgow club.

Weather: Damp start to the week with rain forecast for tomorrow

Sunny Sunday turns to clouds and possible showers for Monday and Tuesday

After a brief respite on Sunday, cloud cover and rain are the headline acts for the beginning of this week’s weather, with light rain today set to get heavier on Tuesday.

And another thing: 87-year-old silent fishing film to get beatbox soundtack

An 87-year-old silent film about herring fishermen will be shown across Scotland

A silent film about herring fisherman made by the documentary maker John Grierson in 1929 will be shown across Scotland, with a live soundtrack of beatboxing as accompaniement. Drifters will be shown in Lerwick, Helmsdale and Anstruther with vocal sound effects provided by Jason Singh.

Pictures courtesy of Joseph KingRodrigo Lobo – Visual Rio, Twitter/Kezia DugdaleBoss Tweeddun_deaghDoug McAbeeSimone Cento

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