The News in 5 Minutes: Dungavel detention centre to close, Donald Tusk challenges Theresa May over Brexit, and the biblical swarm threatening Scotland


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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (8 September) of the the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes the scheduled closure of Dungavel detention centre, Donald Tusk’s challenge to Theresa May and the biblical plague threatening Scotland.

News: Dungavel detention centre set to close by end of 2017

Home Office bills controversial refugee detention centre for closure

The Home Office has announced plans to close Dungavel detention centre in Scotland. The centre, which opened in 2001 and is designed to hold up to 249 persons at a time has been a site of contention, with repeated protests both outside and within the centre over living standards and the practice of detaining people fleeing hardship

Politics: EU President Donald Tusk challenges Theresa May on Brexit process

EU President tells prime minister “ball is in your court”

The President of the EU Donald Tusk has challenged Prime Minister Theresa May to proceed with the process of extricating Britain from the EU, telling her “the ball is now in your court” after Brexit discussions. The UK Government contains various shades of opinion on how complete the break with the EU should be, and a threat of succession from Scotland if the UK exits the single market.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reveals talks with future EU council president

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has revealed she has had talks with the prime minister of Malta and future president of the EU council Joseph Muscat, as part of her drive to protect Scotland’s status in the EU.

Sport: Andy Murray exits US Open

Tennis Star leaves competition with his head held high

Andy Murray has exited the US Open tennis championship with his head held high. Speaking to the BBC he said: “I tried my best. I fought as hard as I could with what I had today.” The defeat at the hands of Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori is only Murray second defeat in 28 Matches which have seen him win his second Wimbledon title and an Olympic Gold medal.

Culture: The Rise and inevitable fall of Lucas Petit

Up and coming theatre company set for launch of new show

A new play focusing on the life of an unremarkable man thrown into chaotic circumstances is set to launch in Edinburgh this month. The play is a production by up and coming theatre company Sleeping Warrior, and will show at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh on 19 and 20 September.

Weather: Hold on through the rain, a dryer day is coming

Rain sweeping the country

At time torrential rain has been sweeping Scotland from west to east all day, but we can expect a dryer day for most of the country tomorrow.

And another thing: An apocalyptic swarm of daddy longlegs approaches

Scientists have warned of possible lawn damage as 200bn of the world’s least frightening insects are set to swarm forth. Should the biblical swarm strike Scotland, birds and other animals may dig up the larvae of the bugs, also known as Crane Fly, from Scotland’s immaculate lawns. Behold your future, and tremble.

Picture courtesy of schizoformBob the Lomond, a.dombrowskia.dombrowski, Darren Johnson 

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