2019.05.24

News Headlines - 24 May 2019

Theresa May announces she will resign on 7 June | The Guardian
Theresa May has bowed to intense pressure from her own party and named 7 June as the day she will step aside as Conservative leader, drawing her turbulent three-year premiership to a close... May’s announcement came after a meeting with Graham Brady, the chair of the backbench Tory 1922 Committee, which was prepared to trigger a second vote of no confidence in her leadership if she refused to resign. Her fate was sealed after a 10-point “new Brexit deal”, announced in a speech on Tuesday, infuriated Tory backbenchers and many of her own cabinet - while falling flat with the Labour MPs it was meant to persuade.
Vivid 2019: Artist behind Opera House projection had never seen the sails before
The Opera House burst into life this evening in a display of Australian flora to celebrate the opening of Vivid 2019. Los Angeles artist Andrew Thomas Huang created the artwork, which combines floral imagery with motion-captured movement from a dancer.
Japan downgrades prospects for economy due to China-U.S. trade war | The Japan Times
The government on Friday downgraded its assessment of the economy, adding to signs that China’s economic slowdown amid its trade conflict with the United States has been weighing on production and exports... It maintained its view that the economy is seeing a moderate recovery on improving employment conditions and robust corporate earnings, but slightly changed its wording on exports and production from the previous report. It had said last month that “weakness is seen recently in exports and industrial production in some sectors.” The downgrading followed a lowered assessment in March, when the Cabinet Office cut the headline assessment for the first time in three years.
Japanese police arrest 15 phone scam suspects transported from Thailand
Japanese police on Friday arrested 15 suspects transported from Bangkok in connection with a large-scale phone scam, to which hundreds of people are believed to have fallen victim. The 15 Japanese men in their 20s to 50s are suspected of having called people across Japan from a rented luxury house in the Thai beach resort of Pattaya, claiming they had failed to pay subscription fees for a website and swindling more than 200 people out of over 200 million yen ($1.83 million) in total.
Taika Waititi's 'Akira' Gets Summer 2021 Release Date
A live-action “Akira” is finally coming to the big screen. “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi is set to direct the remake of the Japanese anime film that is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way Productions and released by Warner Bros. The event film will open on May 21, 2021.

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