Friday 23 February 2018

Major label deal for gay male choir

A gay men's choir which performs hits by the likes of Neil Young and Radiohead has landed a lucrative record deal with the label behind Lady GaGa.

The 30-strong Brighton & Hove Gay Men's Chorus will release its debut album later this year after signing a deal said to be worth over e1m. The deal with Universal Records is thought to be the first major label contract for a gay men's choir.

Dream day out for young offenders

A UK council has ordered a review after five young offenders enjoyed an all-expenses-paid trip to Alton Towers.

The theme park outing was part of an intensive supervision and surveillance programme, and according to reports the party included a knife robber and burglars. Now Wakefield Council, which was involved in the trip, has launched an investigation.

Cuba to Florida swim called off

Marathon swimmer Diane Nyad has ended her attempt to become the first person to swim the shark-filled Florida Straits without the aid of a safety cage.

A Twitter feed for the 61-year-old said she halted her bid to swim from Cuba to Florida after 29 hours. "It's over," the feed said, adding that "the combination of factors was too much to safely continue". Heavy winds were part of the reason Ms Nyad abandoned the 165km journey.

Payout for victims of Unabomber

A US federal judge has approved the payment of $232,000 (e162,500) to the victims and survivors of Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski.

US District Judge Garland Burrell last week ordered the funds dispersed among two widows of men killed by Kaczynski, the wife of a man severely injured and an injured computer store worker. Kaczynski pleaded guilty in 1994 to killing three people and injuring 23.

Apple stock rises to make firm No 1

Apple has surpassed Exxon Mobil as the most valuable company in the US, according to new figures.

The electronics giant's stock gained 3.2pc, rising to just over $364 (e255) yesterday afternoon, bringing the iPhone and iPad maker's market capitalisation to about $338bn (e237bn). Exxon Mobil shares, meanwhile, were trading at $69.45, (e79.74), down nearly 1pc. That gives the oil company a market value of $337.7bn (e236.5bn).

Irish Independent

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