Tory leadership contenders – who’s standing?

Possible candidates for Tory leadership Boris Johnson Backbencher @BorisJohnson The former mayor of London has long coveted the top job. He announced he would be standing, saying “Of course I’m going to go for it.” Mr Johnson, the face of the Vote Leave campaign, quit as foreign secretary last year in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit plans and has been a loud and prominent critic of her and her policies ever since. He is popular figure with Conservative members, but has fewer fans in Parliament. His main task will be to convince enough Tory MPs to vote for him to get on to the ballot of party members. He stepped back from the 2016 leadership fight after fellow Brexiteer Michael …

How art treasures were hidden from Hitler

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow art treasures were hidden from Hitler Almost 80 years ago Snowdonia prepared to keep a welcome in the hillside for some of the world’s most treasured paintings. Across Europe the advancing Nazis had already looted or destroyed millions of pounds worth of art. As Allied troops fled Dunkirk, bombs fell on London and a German invasion seemed inevitable, attention turned to how to protect the National Gallery’s collection. Since the beginning of World War Two, the paintings had been stored in various temporary Welsh locations but they were not entirely suitable for long-term use. In 1940, Winston Churchill famously said of the nation’s art treasures: “Hide them in caves and cellars, …

The best anime movies streaming on Hulu right now

Thirty years after its release, remains an audacious high point in the history of animation. This mega-budget feature has some of the most detailed animation in history, leaving it looking as fresh today as it did upon release. Meshing psychic warfare, ’80s Japanese cultural criticism, and sci-fi biker fights, does its best to condense a massive manga series into a two-hour movie. While the result is occasionally confusing, is a timeless film. As you’re watching, take note of every anime youve seen before that references Akirain some way. Youll fill a whole notepad. Hulu 2) Grave of the Fireflies (1988) Grave of the FirefliesGrave of the FirefliesGrave of the FirefliesNinja ScrollAkiraGhost in the ShellMatrix TrigunBadlands RumbleBirthed from the mind of …

Why ‘Game of Thrones’ fans aren’t happy with this final season

(CNN)“Game of Thrones” fans are fed up. This final season was supposed to be a climax of brilliant storytelling, a time when all the pieces in this sprawling, intricate Westeros puzzle finally snapped into place. “David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on,” says the petition, referring to the two “Thrones” showrunners and the source material by author George R.R. Martin. “This series deserves a final season that makes sense.” HBO has declined to comment about criticism of “Game of Thrones,” but it’s used to saying goodbye to series, such as “The Sopranos,” with divisive endings. As we head into Sunday night’s …

Stephen Colbert on Ben Carson: Not a rocket scientist, only a brain surgeon

Late-night hosts poked fun at the possibility of the presidents case being seen by Merrick Garland and Ben Carsons Oreo error Late-night hosts focused on Donald Trumps latest failure in court and the prospect of one of his cases being seen by the former supreme court nominee Merrick Garland. Stephen Colbert The Late Show with Stephen Colbert opened with a direct jab at the presidents losing battle with Congress, with the host telling his audience: If you pay attention, you know that Donald Trump and Congress are fighting. I would say theyre at each others throats but its hard to find the throat under all the old man jowl in there. Colbert then focused on the report of Trump blocking …

Mysterious 1,000-Year-Old Jars Of The Dead Unearthed In Laos

Deep in the mountainous forests of Southeast Asia lies a millennia-old mystery that is only beginning to be unraveled by modern research. More than 100 mysterious 1,000-year-old massive stone “jars of the dead” have been discovered across 15 sites in Laos. Though it’s believed that they may have once been used to bury the dead, nobody knows for certain their original purpose or anything about the people who once brought them there. “These new sites have really only been visited by the occasional tiger hunter. Now we’ve rediscovered them, we’re hoping to build a clear picture about this culture and how it disposed of its dead,” said PhD student Nicholas Skopal in a statement. “But why these sites were chosen …

Snap completes shakeup of its leadership team

New York (CNN Business)Snap, the parent company of messaging app Snapchat, has promoted two executives amid a wider shakeup of its leadership team. Spiegel has been working to cement his leadership team after a challenging 2018 for the company. Last year, Snap rolled out a poorly received redesign of the Snapchat app, and faced a declining user base and an exodus of top executives, including VP of Marketing Steve LaBella, Chief Strategy Officer Imran Khan and two CFOs. Spiegel — who cofounded the company — has reportedly clashed in the past with some of the high-profile hires who have departed, such as former Snap CFO Tim Stone. In recent months, Spiegel has been on a hiring spree. In April, Snap …

What to know about Robert F. Smith, the man paying off Morehouse grads’ student loans

(CNN)Robert F. Smith lifted a huge burden off the graduating class of Morehouse College when he announced during his commencement speech that he would pay off the student loan debt of more than 300 students. Smith is the richest black person in the United States, with a net worth of $5 billion, according to Forbes. Yes, he’s richer than Oprah. He’s the founder of the investment firm Vista Equity, which boasts capital commitments of $46 billion, according to its website. In 2019, Smith was #355 on the Forbes Billionaires List. Smith is the son of educators who started his career as a chemical engineer for Goodyear and Kraft. He attended business school at Columbia University and went on to make …

30 Times People Were Hilariously Surprised By Bathroom Mirror Designs

Bored Panda has curated a list of the most bizarre bathroom mirrors that warranted a bathroom selfie to show off just how strange the reflections were. From bizarre placements creating weird optical illusions, to mirror frames without glass, to inconvenient placements, we aren’t sure how helpful these mirrors are but they sure are entertaining. #1 When You’re Feeling Great But Your Hotel Mirror Puts You Back In Check The mirrors we have come to know and obsessively stare at today began in Germany about 200 years ago, but the very first reflective pieces got their start much earlier. According to vision scientist Dr. Jay Enoch wrote a review in the journal Optometry and Vision Science, people in Anatolia — modern-day …

Millions of acres of rainforest saved: A tiny Amazon tribe just defeated big oil in a historic lawsuit.

It’s not every day that you see a story like this. A real David v. Goliath story that results in a win for all of humanity. The Ecuadorian government wanted to drill for oil through seven million acres of land in the Amazon. However, their efforts were stopped thanks to the Waorani people of Pastaza, who won a historic court ruling against the government. The lawsuit represented 16 Waorani communities who live inside the Ecudorian jungle. As Rachel Riederer for The New Yorker reports: On April 26th, a parade of hundreds of Waorani men and women, members of an indigenous nation in a remote part of the Ecuadorian Amazon, marched triumphantly through the streets of Puyo, the regional capital of …

Rave moves become contemporary dance

He has clearly never seen Billy Elliott. But perhaps if Billy Elliott had listened to some rave tapes, that story would have been different. Skip Youtube post by Gary Clarke Co Warning: Third party content may contain adverts Report Encouraged by a teacher who caught him raving solo in a school dance studio, Clarke, from Grimethorpe, South Yorkshire, channelled the energy of acid house as he pursued a career in contemporary dance. He now runs his own dance company and has been looking back to the early 1990s during the research for his new show, Wasteland, which premiered in Doncaster on Wednesday. That has involved watching hours of footage of raves on YouTube in an attempt to turn the spontaneous, …

Renowned architect I.M. Pei dead at 102

I.M. Pei in 1988. (AP Photo/Mario Suriani) His buildings added elegance to landscapes worldwide with their powerful geometric shapes and grand spaces. Among them are the striking steel and glass Bank of China skyscraper in Hong Kong and the Fragrant Hill Hotel near Beijing. His work spanned decades, starting in the late 1940s and continuing through the new millennium. Two of his last major projects, the Museum of Islamic Art, located on an artificial island just off the waterfront in Doha, Qatar, and the Macau Science Center, in China, opened in 2008 and 2009. Pei painstakingly researched each project, studying its use and relating it to the environment. But he also was interested in architecture as art — and the …

What I’ll miss about ‘The Big Bang Theory,’ a problematic network titan

ends on Thursday after 12 ridiculed seasons. But dont let its divisive nature fool you: More people than did last weeks . no longer wanted to do itcelebratedcertain parts of the internetGuardian back in August. tributesMy immense frustration with can be summed up in a single . Pennythe only female character on the show for several seasons who didnt even have a surname until she married Leonard Hofstadter in the season 9 premierefinally told off Howard after hed spent most of the series to date sexually harassing her. She was then forced to apologize to a depressed Howard for hurting his feelings. He started watching right in the middle of its run, roughly around the time that it hit syndication. …

A billionaire is wiping out the debt of an entire 2019 college class. AOC says they shouldnt need an act of charity.

In an astonishing display of generosity, billionaire Robert F. Smith announced that his family is providing grants to wipe out the student debt of the entire 2019 class at Morehouse College. Smith made the announcement while giving a commencement speech at the all-male historically black college in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, May 19. It was met by an enthusiastic cheer from the 400 graduating seniors. “My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans,” Smith said. According to the college, Smith pledges to donate $40 million to the graduates. Smith is the founder of Vista Equity Partners, a private equity firm with over $46 billion in assets. While Smith’s donation is an incredible show of generosity, …

What We Need From the Game of Thrones Finale

First, an awkward acknowledgement: This final season of Game of Thrones has been hella uneven. For every incredible high—Ayra shivved the Night King!—there have been scores of lows. (Like, seriously, does anything Tyrion proposes make rational sense?) Granted, the show has a lot of loose ends to tie up, but in doing so, it's left quite a few of us totally frayed. But there's hope. Season 8 may have been a roller coaster up until this point, but Game of Thrones has one final episode left in which it could make everything right. It is possible! It's highly unlikely, but still possible. To that end, WIRED gathered some in-house Thrones enthusiasts—writers Emily Dreyfuss, Emma Grey Ellis, and Peter Rubin, and …

This Shiba Inu Is The Cutest Flower Boi In Japan And His 19 Pics Are Making People Happy

Just like the iconic flowers the canine likes to frolic in, the Shibu Inu is a symbol of Japan. The Shiba is the smallest of the six original Japanese dogs (Akita Inu, Shikoku Inu, Kishu Inu, Hokkaido, and Kai Ken) which were all bred before the 19th century. issyrider Ishizuki has been a photographer, working with a single-lens reflex camera, since 2016 – only one year before she got Hachi. Through the photos, this sweet pup gives off an infectious warmth, but his owner said it was not always like that for this rescue dog, “He was very scared of dogs, but now he is very friendly with everyone.” issyrider Because of their lineage and personality, Shibas are the number …