An American opera singer has revealed what it was like to perform for the Queen after he was invited to give a special performance last month. Dennis McNeil described how the Queen, 93, tapped her feet as he belted out Frank Sinatra classics and 'sung along' as he moved onto tunes from her favourite musical, Oklahoma. Speaking to People, McNeil told how the Queen was perfectly charming and relaxed throughout the engagement, and even reapplied her lipstick while watching his set. After reaching out to the palace to ask about the Queen's musical tastes, her Lady in Waiting told Dennis she 'loved show tune, particularly from Oklahoma' . The singer, who has toured with Beyonce and sang with with U2 and the Beatles, added the Queen said the music was 'delightful' as she left.
April 25, 2019 11:26 UTC
And Georgia Toffolo proved she is just as stunning away from the glitz and glamour of such occasions as she cut a sporty figure during a day out in Chelsea, London on Wednesday. The Made in Chelsea star, 24, looked radiant as she left a beauty salon after enjoying a luxurious pampering session. Stepping out: Georgia Toffolo, 24, cut a sporty figure during a day out in Chelsea, London on WednesdayThe I'm A Celebrity winner nailed off-duty chic in a plain white T-shirt, which she teamed with grey leggings and grey and white trainers. The star tied a red hoodie around her waist and placed all her essentials in a black rucksack. Georgia recently opened up on the aftercare she received after coming out of the jungle as the winner.
April 25, 2019 11:26 UTC
So three decades after marrying Gina, Kevin set up the group, run from his friend's living room and it has grown in size ever since. Now each fortnight around 15 men meet up and cuddle for two hours - before returning to their families and carrying on with everyday life. Kevin admits to being verbally abusive to his wife but they hung on, and now have three daughters - 30, 27 and 23. Prior to launching his own cuddle group, Kevin met a friend who introduced him to ManKind Project - a non-profit organisation that helped men set up groups for other men. Kevin said: "That weekend with them is where I learned what I really needed from men.
April 25, 2019 11:24 UTC
Businessman and former senator Feargal Quinn has died following a short illness. Businessman and former senator Feargal Quinn has died following a short illness. Superquinn founder Feargal Quinn in one of his stores. Family business: Feargal Quinn with his son Eamonn (left). Feargal Quinn was educated in Newbridge College, and studied Commerce at University College Dublin.
April 25, 2019 11:21 UTC
"We are in the battle for the soul of this nation," Biden said in a stark video released online, calling on voters to deny Republican U.S. President Donald Trump a second term in office. Biden, 76, is expected to make his first public appearance as a candidate on Monday at an event in Pittsburgh featuring union members, a key constituency. (Image: REUTERS)Still, he starts as the leader of the pack in opinion polls of a Democratic field that now will total 20 contenders seeking the chance to challenge President Donald Trump in November 2020. In a speech to union members in April, Biden called Trump a "tragedy in two acts." That prompted Trump to call him "Crazy Joe Biden" and claim on Twitter that Biden would "go down fast and hard, crying all the way" if they fought.
April 25, 2019 11:16 UTC
Irish pitch manufacturing business SIS Pitches has invested €2 million in a new turf production facility in the UK to support its growth plans as it targets €65 million turnover this year. Speaking to The Irish Times, chief executive George Mullan noted the move increases capacity by about four times. SIS is gearing up to install its hybrid pitch at the Aviva stadium in the summer and has just finished work on one Olympic stadium in China. The company’s pitches are licenses by Fifa and a preferred turf producer of World Rugby. Its artificial surface business in Ireland, established two years ago, has also grown strongly, according to Mr Mullan.
April 25, 2019 11:14 UTC
Sinn Féin has published a bill to reform the Long Term Illness scheme. The party’s health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly says the aim of the bill is to ensure that the health service is kept updated on the effectiveness of the provision of medicines or surgical appliances to people suffering from a disability or long term disease. The bill would make it mandatory that the scheme is reviewed within a year of the legislation, and every three years thereafter. “It’s a good scheme, but people can’t get into it, they can’t get access to it, so we want that review compulsory.”Sinn Féin believes that the bill could have cross-party support, as TDs have already indicated their difficulties with the current long term illness scheme. “Having said that, if there is a real need there, if there are conditions that are appropriate that aren’t being recognised in the long term illness scheme, I do think it appropriate they be included.
April 25, 2019 11:03 UTC
Mr Biden enters the race with the longest CV of any contender and strong name recognition. #Joe2020 https://t.co/jzaQbyTEz3 — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) April 25, 2019“To win the White House back in 2020, we need the candidate who gives us the best chance to win back Pennsylvania. I believe that’s Joe Biden,” said Brendan Boyle, a congressman from Philadelphia. It also boasts the first openly gay contender in Mr Buttigieg, who is just under four decades younger than Mr Biden. Ms Warren has said that she believed the first accuser, a woman named Lucy Flores, and that “Joe Biden needs to give an answer”.
April 25, 2019 10:54 UTC
Making BBC iPlayer programmes available for longer is part of plans to improve the service submitted to Ofcom by the broadcaster. Making BBC iPlayer programmes available for longer is part of plans to improve the service submitted to Ofcom by the broadcaster. It also suggests making selected returning programmes available as full box sets of all series and increasing the amount of content from the BBC Archive. BBC director of content Charlotte Moore said: “Audience expectations have changed dramatically, viewers are now used to being able to watch what they want, when they want, and they expect much more from BBC iPlayer. This will bring the BBC iPlayer in line with what other services already offer and give audiences even greater value for their licence fee.
April 25, 2019 10:52 UTC
Premier League clubs made record revenues last season but rising wages cut into profits as ‘the big six’ continued to pull away from the pack in financial terms. This significantly boosted those clubs’ broadcast, commercial and matchday turnover. This enabled them to post world record post-tax profits of £113m last season, just beating Liverpool’s profit of £106m for the same period. When you add Arsenal, Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs to the mix, the contrast with the rest of the league gets starker. According to Vysyble, the big six accounted for 89% of the league’s pre-tax profits, £401m, up from 36%, £179m, in 2016/17.
April 25, 2019 10:52 UTC
In death Lyra, has united people of many different backgrounds, as further evidenced by this diverse congregation at her funeral. Like so many others I couldn’t believe it when I heard the 7am news on Good Friday morning that Lyra McKee had been shot dead the previous night. Hey @MartinJMagill, you need any help with mass tomorrow?”Let me give a brief overview of Lyra’s life. Many of us will be praying that Lyra’s death in its own way will not have been in vain and will contribute in some way to building peace here. I commend our political leaders for standing together in Creggan on Good Friday.
April 25, 2019 10:52 UTC
An EasyJet plane was forced to abort take-off at a German airport after accelerating down the runway while another plane was still on it. The incident happened on April 17 at Hamburg Airport, Germany, as the EasyJet plane prepared to head to Basel-Mulhouse airport around 9pm. The EasyJet plane halted 4,265ft away from its Turkish counterpart. German Air Traffic Control (DFS) confirmed the incident with the EasyJet aeroplane. An EasyJet spokeswoman confirmed that 'the captain of easyJet flight EZS1028 from Hamburg to Basel-Mulhouse was asked by air traffic control to abort the take-off as a precautionary measure'.
April 25, 2019 10:44 UTC
Connect by Julian Gough is this weekend’s special offer at Eason when you buy a copy of The Irish Times, with €7 off the cover price, making it just €4.99. In this interview with Catherine Conroy, Gough calls Connect “a classically Irish novel in disguise, a dysfunctional family trying to deal with their traumas. There are three great author interviews in the Magazine section of The Irish Times this Saturday. In Ticket, Lucy Caldwell discusses the themes and trends behind Being Various, the new Faber anthology of Irish short stories which she has edited, while Paul Ring explores the reasons behind the huge surge of interest in audiobooks. We publish April’s New Irish Writing winning short story and poem; plus a new poem by Rita Ann Higgins.
April 25, 2019 10:30 UTC
Elsewhere in this supplement Cork Airport argues eloquently for its growth strategy in terms of passenger performance and aviation destinations. While today’s publication and debate is necessarily focused on Cork City it is risible to expect that all solutions can be found within its boundaries. ‘View of Cork from Audley Place’ by John ButtsCork has changed dramatically within the last 20 years. Cork increasingly feels like a European municipality and can, with the appropriate developments, attract the best that Europe can bring. All its stakeholders must design and deliver what the Italians once described as a risorgimento, a revival with a unified vision.
April 25, 2019 10:30 UTC
The jury in the Tipperary “love rival” trial has resumed its deliberations. The jury in the Tipperary “love rival” trial has resumed its deliberations. The jury retired to the jury room at 11.09am this morning. The prosecution alleges Mr Quirke killed Mr Ryan so he could rekindle his affair with Mary Lowry, the widow whose farm Mr Quirke was leasing. The jury has heard Mr Ryan disappeared after leaving Ms Lowry’s house at Fawnagown, Co Tipperary at 6.30am on the morning of June 3, 2011.
April 25, 2019 10:18 UTC