News / UK and world by Press Association June 3, 2019, 2:35 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The race for the Conservative leadership is gathering pace with 13 contenders now declared in the contest to succeed Theresa May in No 10. Here are the leadership runners and riders: – Boris Johnson The former foreign secretary and mayor of London, who spearheaded the Vote Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum, is widely seen as the front-runner. On Brexit, he has said he is ready to walk away without a deal if the EU is not prepared to renegotiate the terms of the UK’s withdrawal – with a cut-off date of October 31. On other issues, he has said he would spend at least £5,000 on every secondary school pupil in a drive to “level up” the education system. – Jeremy Hunt The Foreign Secretary, who campaigned for Remain but now supports Leave, is hoping to establish himself as the choice of centrist Tory MPs. He has … [Read more...] about Who’s who in Tory leadership contest?
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WHICH COMPETITION has produced the most dominant champion during the past month? Manchester City’s likely run to an English Premier League football title ranks high on the list, as does Tiger Woods’s unflappable final round of golf at the Masters. But no one has left the opposition in the dust like James Holzhauer—the current supremo on “Jeopardy!”, a long-running American-based quiz show. Mr Holzhauer has finished first among the three contestants in 22 consecutive appearances, winning (and enriching himself) by unprecedented margins. A typical “Jeopardy!” victor takes home around $20,000 for a night’s work, and before Mr Holzhauer’s debut, the single-game earnings record was $77,000. That figure, achieved by Roger Craig in 2010, barely exceeds Mr Holzhauer’s average result during his run, a mere $76,864 per evening. He now owns the top 12 single-game results in history, and has won just under $1.7m in the space of a month. … [Read more...] about The new savant of “Jeopardy!” will need luck as well as skill
Tom Slater 6 May 2019 8:00 AM 6 May 2019 8:00 AM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Kobi Marimi, the 27-year-old Tel Avivian singer, picked to represent Israel at this month’s Eurovision Song Contest, can’t stop smiling: ‘I love my country. I love Tel Aviv. To know that I’m achieving a dream of mine, to be a part of Eurovision, it’s amazing in itself’, he tells me, with an earnestness that could crack the biggest Eurovision cynic. ‘But to know that I’m doing it in my country, my own city, it’s even greater than that.’ But not everyone is quite so enthusiastic about Eurovision being held in the Holy Land. While politics can’t help but creep into the contest each year, this time around feels different as the Jewish State – loathed by its regional foes and right-on Western activists alike – sets about putting on the campest show on Earth. … [Read more...] about The shame of those boycotting Israel’s Eurovision Song Contest
In an alternate universe where Brexit happened on 29 March, we’d be in the midst of a fully-fledged contest to succeed John Bercow as he prepared to step down from the speaker’s chair this June. Instead, the six-month delay has created uncertainty about how long he will remain in post. Some reports have suggested he now won’t budge until Brexit is sorted. That hasn’t stopped the contenders who are seeking to replace him from starting to concentrate outside the ring. There’s a loose convention that the speaker’s post alternates between the main parties, and so the bulk of runners and riders are from Labour. If Bercow does stand down before the next general election, that would trigger a by-election in his constituency of Buckingham. If he tried to stay on and stood again as an MP, he could face a serious challenge from his former party. There are whispers that the Conservatives would break with another parliamentary convention and field a … [Read more...] about Who will be the next Speaker? Runners and riders to succeed John Bercow
Fancy winning £100,000? Let’s face it, who doesn’t! The £100k Drop is seeking a pair of contestants from Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Scunthorpe to appear in their 2019 and 2020 series. The Channel 4 show sees contestants face a maximum of seven questions for a chance to win £100,000. The first three have four answer choices and a 60-second time limit – which doesn’t seem too taxing! However, the next three have three answer choices and a 45-second time limit, and the last question has two answer choices and a 45-second time limit. A spokesperson from The £100k Drop said: “Pairs of players start with £100,000 in real money and must prevent it from literally dropping out of the game by avoiding the wrong answers with their bundles of cash. “So are you part of a pair who wants to take on the challenges of beating The £100k Drop?” Presented by Davina McCall, the TV show has seen four major changes since its launch in … [Read more...] about The £100k Drop seeks contestants from northern Lincolnshire