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  • Paul McCartney ‘hit bottle, nearly quit music’ after Beatles split

    Paul McCartney has said he started drinking heavily and came close to quitting music after The Beatles broke up. The musician said he ended up forming Wings when he stopped enjoying the party lifestyle. Reflecting on his life and career at a recording of Mastertapes for BBC Radio 4, McCartney said: “I was breaking from my lifelong friends, not knowing whether I was going to continue in music. I took to the bevvies. I took to a wee dram. It was great at first, then suddenly I wasn’t having a good time. It wasn’t working. I wanted to get back to square one, so I ended up forming Wings.” McCartney also acknowledged that some of the criticism levelled at Wings was fair but he doesn’t regret collaborating

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  • Iris (6) been compared to Monet, sold art to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and has a therapy cat called Thula

    Six-year-old Iris Grace Carter Johnson struggles with social interactions, but loves looking at her Facebook page, where she has almost 200,000 fans. In real life, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt can be counted among her fans, having recently purchased one of her watercolour paintings. Iris, who lives in Leicestershire, was diagnosed with autism when she was a toddler and since then her mother, Arabella Carter Johnson, has given up her job as a wedding photographer to care for and homeschool her. “I think it does wonders for autism acceptance and for people to not be embarrassed about saying their child is on the spectrum, or people who are adults on the spectrum, being able to be proud and say they are.

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  • Far, far away is the faintest galaxy astronomy has ever seen

    Our telescopes are getting more and more powerful with each passing decade, and now, a team of astronomers has detected the faintest early-universe galaxy ever seen, revealing what our universe looked like 13bn years ago. The international team of astronomers were able to catch a glimpse of the galaxy from the W M Keck Observatory on the summit on Mauna Kea in Hawaii using an effect known as gravitational lensing, which is comparable to an image behind a glass lens appearing distorted because of how the lens bends light. Gravitational lensing was first predicted by Albert Einstein almost a century ago as part of his General Theory of Relativity and is somewhat related to the major discovery of

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  • A huge mural of Boris Johnson and Donald Trump kissing has appeared in Bristol

    A mural of Donald Trump smooching Boris Johnson has appeared in Bristol, apparently painted by protest group We Are Europe. It is painted in Stokes Croft, on the side of Westmoreland House. A message alongside the mural reads: “NOT #INFORTHIS? Register to vote in the EU referendum now!” Not #InFor this? Then make sure you register to We Are Europe explain on their website: “The referendum on the 23rd June is one of the biggest political decisions of our lifetime and we couldn’t stand by and watch it be dominated by political infighting, negative arguments and middle-aged trolls. “This is our future – so we decided to take it back. And this starts by taking back the internet, through a positive

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  • Portugal went fully green for four straight days

    Portugal recently ran on 100pc renewable energy for four days: with wind, solar and hydropower servicing the country’s energy needs. On Saturday (7 May), a 107-hour stretch that saw Portugal’s entire energy requirements being satisfied by renewables began. Solar, wind and hydroelectricity completely replaced the need for coal, oil or gas use, resulting in “huge reductions of emissions of greenhouse gases”, according to a statement on Zero. It also means “Portugal can be more ambitious” in its bid to cut down on fossil fuel use, with renewables representing 48pc of the country’s energy use last year. It’s been quite a month for renewable energy news, with Germany showing 95pc of its needs were

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  • Breaking News Ireland - Irish News - World News

    Germany coach Joachim Low says he is unconcerned about the fitness levels of the squad he picked in the build-up to Euro 2016, despite having only 16 players in training on Wednesday. Rafael Benitez is believed to be close to agreeing a deal to remain as Newcastle manager, Press Association Sport understands. Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.

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  • Ryanair to cut fares as profits rise 43% to €1.24bn

    Ryanair executives raised the prospect of an air fares price war in Europe yesterday after the carrier reported that 2016 profits were up 43 per cent to more than €1.24 billion. The airline carried more than 106 million passengers in the 12 months ended March 31st, its financial year, generating €6.54 billion in revenues, 16 per cent more than in 2015. In a statement chief executive Michael O’Leary, signalled that Ryanair is likely to cut fares to fill its planes as both it and its rivals add more capacity in coming months. Mr O’Leary pointed out that the airline has always been load active/yield passive, that is, it aims to fill its planes irrespective of the price at which it sells seats.

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  • Donegal kayak angler catches Donegal tope

    Kayak angler and Blogger Graham Smith is back at the shark species and has got his first of 2016 out of the way – a lovely tope from off Malin Head. Knowing that bait was scare in the area Graham was on the water on Saturday in search of mackerel. Despite getting in touch with some fine coalfish, only one Mackerel gave himself up for the cause. On Sunday came early and it was back on the water for more bait. But 2 hours fishing only turned up 2 more mackerel. With the 3 mackerel and a few emergency coalies it was off at low water to the tope grounds. Fishing at anchor over pulley rigs, his mackerel fillets enhanced by an additive, Graham was under pressure as the forecast was for the winds to

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  • Johnny Depp’s daughter is the face of Chanel's new fragrance – but who is Lily-Rose Depp?

    She may only be 16 but Lily-Rose Depp is fast becoming a fashion favourite – especially with Chanel. From landing an eyewear campaign with the label in July to repping the iconic French fashion house on every red carpet (from Cannes to the Met Gala), Lily-Rose’s sartorial star is definitely rising. And her latest venture? Being the face of the new Chanel No. 5 L’Eau fragrance. The teenager announced the news via Instagram, where she’s cuddled up to a giant version of the new fragrance. Chanel confirmed the news on Instagram too, calling Lily-Rose the “rose of all roses”. Considering her cool credentials, it’s no surprise that she’s landed such a prestigious gig. Lily-Rose, who is the daughter

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  • Sinn Féin denies water-charges motion is attempt to embarrass Fianna Fáil

    Sinn Féin has denied that tonight’s Dáil motion to abolish water charges is only focussed on embarrassing Fianna Fáil – despite repeatedly accusing the rival party of “flip-flopping” on the issue write Fiachra Ó Cionnaith and Daniel McConnell. Front bench spokesperson Eoin O Broin insisted his party is not using its first opportunity to put a motion to the new Dáil to create minority government divisions, as he hit out at Fianna Fáil specifically this morning. Speaking to reporters while holding the Fianna Fáil election manifesto, Mr O Broin repeatedly lashed out at Micheal Martin’s party for failing to back the Sinn Féin/Right2Water motion seeking the immediate abolition of charges. However,

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  • French authorities raid Google's Paris office over taxes

    100 agents of France’s tax authority have raided Google’s office complex in Paris regarding an investigation into accusations that the company is engaged in serious tax fraud. The relationship between Google and some of the larger nations within the EU has been fraught, to say the least, with Dublin’s status as the company’s international headquarters meaning much of its revenue is sent through the Irish office to avail of the country’s lower corporate tax rate. Now, according to The Guardian, Google’s French headquarters in Paris has been raided by 100 tax officials from the French government, which has said the company is now under investigation over accusations of money laundering and tax

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  • Irish Q1 employment rises by 2.4% to 1.98 million

    The jobless rate stood at 8.3% in the first quarter, the CSO said Irish employment rose by an annual 2.4 per cent, or 46,900, in the first quarter to 1,976,500 as the unemployment rate fell to 8.3 per cent from nine per cent over the quarter, new figures show. The latest data from the Central Statistics Office shows that employment was up by 0.8 per cent quarter-on-quarter. Meanwhile, unemployment fell by 15.7 per cent, or 33,300, on the year to 179,500, the fifteenth successive quarter in which it has posted an annual decline. The long-term unemployment rate fell to 4.7 per cent from six per cent over the year to the first quarter, accounting for 56 per cent of the total jobless figure, down q
  • Netflix will soon be the exclusive home to Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm

    Walt Disney Studios is home to four of Hollywood’s biggest film studios: Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, and from September 2016 Netflix will be the only streaming site where films made by those studios can be seen. That means Captain America: Civil War and Finding Dory – among many others released this year and beyond – will be Netflix exclusives. It’s a major coup. Rumours of a deal between the two first emerged in 2012 but now it’s been confirmed in a blog post by Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos. Other major films that could potentially become Netflix exclusives as part of the deal include The Jungle Book, The BFG, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Doctor Strange and Rogue

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  • Carers are paying the price for their compassion

    If there is one thing you wouldn’t associate with an A&E department, it’s meditation. But at a recent conference organised by the Sanctuary, the Dublin meditation centre founded by Sr Stanislaus Kennedy, we heard that full-time carer Niamh Bruce meditates during some of the hours she spends in A&E with her mother. She was a meditator before she became a carer and meditation is a source of resilience for her as well as an important aspect of her own self-care. The theme of the conference was that carers need to cultivate their own wellbeing even though it can be very difficult to find opportunities to do so. The vast majority of the people at the conference were women and I wonder to what extent

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  • EgyptAir crash: Official disputes claim of ‘explosion’

    Egypt’s head of forensics has denied reports that an initial examination of human remains belonging to victims aboard the EgyptAir jet that crashed in the Mediterranean pointed towards an explosion. “Everything published about this matter is completely false, and mere assumptions that did not come from the Forensics Authority,” Hesham Abdelhamid was quoted as saying by the Egyptian state news agency Mena. Earlier on Tuesday, an Egyptian forensics official and investigation sources had said human remains so far retrieved from the wreckage of the plane suggested there had been an explosion aboard. The official based his assessment on the small size of body parts so far recovered from the site in

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  • AIB may dispose of non-performing mortgage loans

    AIB is considering the sale of some troubled mortgages, as banks look at ways to deal with their more problematic loans. Sources said the bank, which holds its annual general meeting in Dublin on Tuesday, has not yet made any decision to dispose of a portfolio of non-performing loans. However, it is one thing the lender, led by chief executive Bernard Byrne, is assessing in order to maintain its recent momentum in resolving soured loans. “We keep all options under consideration; however, we have no active project,” a spokeswoman for the bank said. “Our primary objective is to work with borrowers under stress to return their borrowings to a satisfactory position.” Restructured At the end of last

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  • Temporary netting installed at spot where child fell into Lee

    TEMPORARY netting has been put in place along a section of the River Lee near where a toddler fell into the water last Friday. Cork City Council carried out the work yesterday, following calls from the public to make the area safer. On Friday, three-year-old Caleb Watters was walking through the city with his au pair and his 18-month-old sister. Nearing the Brian Boru bridge, Caleb climbed through the railing by the edge of the water in an effort to look into the river. Losing his balance, he fell roughly five metres down into the Lee. Within seconds, however, a passerby, mother-of-13 Maria Foley from Cobh, who had been shopping in the city with her daughter, had jumped into the river to save

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  • Drilling by Ormonde confirms mine potential in Salamanca in Spain

    Director says "excellent results" will substantially extend mine life and lead to stage two project Ormonde has confirmed the potential for mineral resources found at Salamanca, Spain to be expanded and extended at depth. The business says the current resource interpretation at Barruecopardoc onfirms the significant potential to extend tungsten mineralisation at the project. The finding demonstrate the potential to extend the nine-year mine life at Barruecopardo substantially through the development of a stage two underground mine at the Project. Ormonde’s managing director Steve Nicol commented: “The excellent drilling results achieved from the recently completed drilling programme below the q
  • McGregor camp still weighing up options on next potential fight

    The rumours surrounding Conor McGregor’s next potential fight continue to carry on, writes Ciaran O’Flynn. A rematch with Nate Diaz is one option, but a mega showdown with the undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather has also been rumoured, so much so Fox Sports yesterday reported a September fight at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas has already been discussed by both parties. However sources close to McGregor have told me no fight has been agreed and they are still weighing up their options. McGregor met with UFC president Dana White last week for clear the air talks after McGregor was pulled from UFC 200 for not fulfilling media obligations. McGregor’s next opponent was also the topic of conversation,

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  • Jailing of Irish woman over planned Isis move ‘rubbish’

    The father of a Co Tyrone woman jailed in England over plans to raise her children in Syria under the Islamic State has claimed she was wrongly convicted. The Muslim convert Lorna Moore (34), from Walsall in England, but originally from Omagh, was planning to bring her three children, including an 11-month-old baby, to Islamic State-controlled territory in Syria. She was sentenced in London on Monday to two and a half years in prison after failing to tell the authorities her husband, Sajid Aslam (34) was joining the Islamic State in Syria. On Tuesday her father, Noel Moore, from Mountjoy outside Omagh, said his daughter was unaware of her husband’s intentions. “It was a miscarriage of justice,

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