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TODAY’S INSTALMENT (15 July) of the CommonSpace daily news roundup includes Nice attack, May meets Sturgeon and Cameron ‘Legacy’ portrait.
News: 84 dead in Nice lorry attack on Bastille Day
France in mourning after Bastille day attack in Nice leaves 84 dead
At least 84 people have died in Nice after a lorry was deliberately driven into crowds gathered to celebrate Bastille Day last night. Many more remain in hospital with serious injuries. The BBC reports that the lorry was driven up to 2km along La Promenade des Anglais, deliberately zig-zagging through the crowd. After a separate attack in November France was placed in a state of emergency which will be extended for another three months after last night’s events.
Nintendo shares get boost after Pokémon GO success
Nintendo stock has jumped 70 per cent after the release of it’s Pokémon GO app which became available in Scotland yesterday. The success of the app has resulted in the company’s biggest weekly share price gain in more than 30 years.
England needs an extra 750,000 school places as population surges
An official forecast from the Department for Education predicts that 750,000 extra school places will be needed in England to cope with a surge in population. New education secretary Justine Greening will be faced with the challenge of creating new schools and extra classrooms as the department has pledged £7bn towards extra places.
Politics: May meets with Sturgeon in Edinburgh
May makes first official visit to Scotland as PM to meet First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Theresa May is making her first official visit as prime minister today as she travels to Edinburgh to meet with Nicola Sturgeon. Sturgeon has said she is “determined to find the best ways of protecting Scotland's interests”, after Scotland voted to remain in the EU in the recent referendum.
Owen Smith postpones his Labour leadership bid after Nice attack
Owen Smith has postponed the launch of his formal campaign for Labour leadership in the wake of the attack in Nice last night. The MP for Pontypridd tweeted a message of solidarity with the people of France as he delayed the start of his campaign.
Sport: Hearts miss out in Malta
Hearts miss out in goalless draw against Birkirkara
Disallowed goals and near misses were the theme as Hearts fought their way to a nil-nil draw with Maltese team Birkirkara. The teams meet again at Tynecastle next week.
Culture: WW1 diary inspires book on brothers from Sutherland
POW diary and letters help great-grandaughter write book on brothers from Sutherland
The diary of Adam MacKintosh from his time as aWW1 prisoner of war has helped his great-grandaughter Shona MacLeod cowrite a book. The Permanence of the Young Men – Five Seaforth Highlanders tells the story of Adam’s time as a POW as well as the stories of several other men from Sutherland.
Weather: No surprises – rain and cloud here for the weekend
Rain and cloud set to continue into Saturday and Sunday
Scotland is set for another mostly wet weekend as rain and cloud forecast for Saturday and Sunday.
And another thing: Artist presents ‘Legacy’ portrait of Cameron at Downing Street
Artist Talia Golchin with ‘Hameron’
Artist Talia Golchin has presented ‘Hameron’ at Downing Street. The chalk piece depicts David Cameron as a pig and is part of the artist’s ‘Legacy’ series commenting on leaders with dubious legacies. We’re no art critics, but this piece certainly brings home the bacon!
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