Whorlton Hall ‘abuse warnings’ ignored

An undercover BBC Panorama investigation into the specialist hospital in County Durham – a 17-bed unit for adults with learning difficulties and autism – appeared to show patients being mocked, intimidated and restrained. Cygnet, the firm that runs the 17-bed hospital unit for adults with learning difficulties and autism, said it was “shocked and deeply saddened” by the allegations. The company only took over the running of the centre at the turn of the year and said it was “co-operating fully” with the police investigation. ‘Poor culture’ The site had at least 100 visits by official agencies in the year before the alleged abuse was discovered. Mr Stanley-Wilkinson says he noticed a “very poor culture” was evident when he led …

Woman shares side-by-side butt photos to prove ‘perfect’ bodies do not exist.

via Shutterstock In today’s culture, we are inundated with pictures of perfect-looking bodies, whether on TV, magazines or Instagram. Some of those bodies might be Photoshopped, while others might belong to seriously fit people. But the important thing to remember is that no body, no matter to whom it belongs, actually always looks “perfect.” Fitness person Louise (@mybetter_self on Instagram) recently posted two pictures of her butt, side by side. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Louise 🍒 (@mybetter_self) on Feb 8, 2019 at 10:46am PST View this post on Instagram A post shared by Louise 🍒 (@mybetter_self) on May 10, 2018 at 12:12pm PDT As you can see, in one picture her butt looks basically perfect, …

Banksy Gets Kicked Out The Venice Art Biennale After Creating Unlicensed Street Stall With Social Commentary

The famous street artist, Banksy, who hides his face and creates his own identity through thought-provoking graffitis reminds the world of himself wherever he goes. By leaving poignant and on-point art on buildings around the world, the artist brings attention to many controversial topics. Last year, he traveled to New York and raised awareness about the unjust imprisonment of Zehra Doğan. The court in Turkey has sentenced her to two years and nine months in prison for painting an image of the destroyed Kurdish-majority city of Nusaybin, obliterated by the Turkish. Despite being rather controversial, Banksy is considered to be a world-renowned street artist. Many of his paintings made waves in the art world and was sold for record-breaking prices. …

Rocketmen, raves and rhapsodies: how the music biopic became a Hollywood hit

Elton John is the latest rock star to get the movie treatment in Rocketman. When did singers become as bankable as superheroes at the box office? The doors swing open and through the smoke swaggers a figure in bejewelled orange horns, gold popped collar and fiery plumage. The Avengers have fought their last battle, and this summers superhero has arrived: his name is Elton John (or Taron Egerton) and his superpower is Hollywood hopes getting bums on seats in a projected $25m opening weekend. In the opening scene of the biopic A Star Is Born and Wild Rose followed a Glaswegian mother-of-two fresh from prison and hoping to make it as a country star; Beats, set in 1994, eschews a …

Ireland votes by large margin to liberalize divorce laws

LONDON – Irish voters have overwhelmingly endorsed a plan to liberalize the country’s constitution to make it easier for couples to divorce. Election officials said Sunday a proposal to remove a constitutional requirement that couples be separated for four years before being allowed to divorce will be removed. It will fall to Ireland’s Parliament to come up with new legislation to govern divorce.

Spice Girls review nostalgia, branding and bad British values

The Poshless group give the fans what they want, but union jacks and product placement cant cover a lack of material Of all the things that might have derailed the Victoria Beckhams non-participation. The bombshell came this spring when Mel B revealed that she and Geri Horner on Mothers Day, of all days, lesbian revelations perhaps being best saved for a monetisable Pride team-up. Amid a rumoured rift, it takes a while for the pair to go near each other, though eventually they join Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm in holding hands and exchanging knowing glances. The matter almost sneaks out: Mel C uses her powerful strength to pick up Mel B, who screams. Bunton declares: She loves a good …

Kristen Waggoner: Babies arent cancer

That’s outrageous. I have two dear friends and colleagues afflicted with cancer who are fighting for their lives right now. Another friend died two weeks ago. Cancer destroys a person’s body and ends a person’s dreams. It turns a person’s body against itself. Cancer rips through a life and makes wives into widows, children into orphans, and friends into numb, grieving shells. On the other hand, I’ve also had the privilege of bringing three new people into the world. I’ve seen my sister and sisters-in-law have the same privilege. Pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting bring joy and beauty to the world. Babies come into our lives and make us mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers. KEVIN MCCARTHY SIGNALS REPUBLICAN MEMBERS CAN TAKE THEIR …

‘She’s Gotta Have It’ season 2 is full of Spike Lee-isms

, the 62-year-old auteur has earned a victory lap. But if Lee has proven anything over his career, its that he never stops moving forward. Every time you count him out, he comes back with another masterpiece, and you have to count him back in. Shes Gotta Have It Lee feel more relevant than ever. Shes Gotta Have It: Season 2 RELEASE DATE: 5/24/2019 CREATOR/DIRECTOR: Spike Lee STREAMING: Netflix Season 2 of ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ finds Nola Darling once again navigating the worlds of art and love in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Da 5 BloodsWhendebuted on Netflix over a year ago, its exploration of sex positivity and gender dynamics felt wholly of the time, despite being based on a movie …

‘Wanda Sykes: Not Normal’ is a necessary gut check

Not NormalShe isnt coy about the rest of her life, either. In , Sykes discusses being married to a French woman, having two white children, and dealing with the indignities of menopause and aging. Recent shows and movies have tackled the invisibility of women in middle age, Dead to Me,While Netflix has released several original hourlong comedy specials from Black men, Sykes is the first from a Black woman. MoNique and offered even less than MoNique. She took her 2016 special to Epix, but at a event in April, Sykes she finally agreed to do a special after Netflix offered to pay her what she was worth and “moved that comma.” Now shes executive producing Tiffany Haddishs upcoming standup series …

From Billie Ellish to Hall & Oates: the best US summer festival lineups

Across America, this summer will bring with it a variety of genre-spanning live music events, featuring a range of diverse artists While US festivals have lately been earning less than rave reviews with the ongoing fallout of Fyre festival, Mays logistical collapse of North Carolinas alt-rock Epicenter festival and the heady visions of this Augusts Woodstock 50 being mired by lawsuits it remains true that summer festival season is the best time of year for music lovers across the country. The national scenes major players Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Summerfest and more are all offering reliably stacked lineups, while upstarts like Genius Loci are drawing more intimate crowds to new experiences and fresh destinations. For our wristband and …

Paris Hilton Enlists Kim Kardashian’s ASSets For ‘Best Friend’s Ass’ Music Video! WATCH! – Perez Hilton

The dynamic duo is back! As Fast forward to Friday, the hot clip is here! The video — directed by Charlotte Rutherford — takes a satirical look on today’s clubbing and social media culture, and features cameos from YouTube stars Nikita Dragun and Juanpa Zurita, RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Derrick Barry and Nebraska, singer-songwriter Chester Lockhart, UFC fighter Chuck Liddell, and professional prankster Vitaly. Earlier this month, Hilton went on Instagram to tease a “#SecretProject” with the KUWTK star! View this post on Instagram

Woke-washing: how brands are cashing in on the culture wars

From M&Ss LGBT sandwich to Kendall Jenner stopping a riot with a Pepsi can, corporate business is adept at adopting our concerns. But is it all a cynical marketing ploy? Imagine getting angry over a sandwich. When Marks & Spencer launched its LGBT sandwich basically, your classic BLT with some gay guacamole thrown in I, along with a list of other LGBTQ commentators, was asked by ITVs This Morning if I was offended by the sandwich. I wasnt, and neither were any of the others they asked, so this fixture of daytime television settled on a former associate of David Icke, who proceeded to rant about trans people. How did we arrive at a point where sandwich packaging is debated …

Kenyan court upholds law making gay sex illegal

Nairobi, Kenya (CNN)In a blow to the LGBTQI movement in Africa, Kenya’s High Court ruled Friday that a colonial-era law banning same-sex relations should remain in place. The decision was not unexpected. Before the ruling, Waruguru Gaitho, a human rights lawyer at the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC), had said: “We are prepared for it to be a protracted struggle. We are well aware that the court process is very long and we are well aware that this is a heavily contested issue. Allows multiple appeals. So we will continue to make our case for equality. “ Thirty-eight out of 55 African countries have enacted laws that make it illegal to be gay. In Somalia and South …

Women’s World Cup: ‘It’s way more than football’ — Jamaica’s remarkable journey to France 2019

(CNN)Late afternoon in Dallas and the Toyota Stadium in the city’s suburbs is all but empty. Dotted around an otherwise sweep of vacant red and blue seats are a few hundred fans. Follow @cnnsport Deadlocked at 2-2 after 120 minutes, there was only one way to resolve the high-stakes third-place playoff which would determine which team would qualify for the Women’s World Cup in France. The winner, indeed, taking it all. We’re earning our respect, we haven’t got it, we’re earning it. Hue Menzies For all his time and commitment, for all his passion, despite his role in his country’s soccer history, neither Menzies or his coaching staff have ever been paid by the Jamaican Football Federation (JFF). But, the …

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, …