1 Sean Quinn Total borrowings: €2.85 billion Ireland’s former richest man, Sean Quinn tops the borrowing pile, owing €2.7 billion to Anglo Irish Bank and €145 million to Bank of Ireland. PwC states the Quinn Group also owed €1.37 billion to its banks and bondholders. The accountants state it is “likely” the Quinn Group will have to be broken up, but they also note that the Fermanagh businessman had “resisted”. PwC tells the state that Anglo has been lending to Quinn to prop up its own shares “following an inability by Quinn to fund losses from margin calls on a substantial CFD (contracts for difference) exposure built up in Anglo shares.” It later emerged that Anglo also loaned Quinn hundreds of millions to buy actual shares in the bank – a form of lending which would later be found to be criminally illegal. PwC says Anglo was relying on a valuation of the Quinn Group of €4.7 billion drawn up by NCB, which … [Read more...] about The gang of 22: The PWC files: what they reveal
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TOM Jones is a legend in his own right thanks to his astounding career in music spanning over six decades. But, what do we really know about the legendary crooner who brought us hits like Sex Bomb and It's Not Unusual? How old is Tom Jones? Tom was born in Treforest, Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales, on 7 June 1940 - which makes him 78. His showbiz career spans six decades, from his emergence as a vocalist in the mid-1960s with a string of top hits and regular appearances in Las Vegas. He became a coach on The Voice back in 2012, while it was still on the BBC. He was joined by will.i.am, Jessie J and Danny O'Donoghue. He mentored Leanne Mitchell to win the first series. He returned to coach in 2013, 2014 and 2015. In August 2015 it was announced that Jones' contract with the show would not be renewed and that he would be replaced by Boy George. The pop superstar criticised BBC bosses for "sub-standard behaviour", having not consulted with him and informing him only 24 hours before the … [Read more...] about How old is Tom Jones, which songs made The Voice UK judge famous and who was his wife Melinda Trenchard?
It is a tasty treat that marks the start of Lent, those 40 days before Easter where we make a promise to give something up. But when is Pancake Day exactly, what is lent and why do we eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday every year? Soon it will be that time of year when the frying pan comes out and the batter hits the ceiling. Everyone is rubbing their hands together for that little treat between New Year and Easter that is Pancake Day. The one day of the year where Nutella and syrup sales go through the roof as everybody comes up with their own delicious sweet topping. Here is everything you need to know about Pancake Day and Lent – and some suggestions to help you get involved. When is Pancake Day? Pancake Day - otherwise known as Shrove Tuesday - will take place this year on Tuesday, March 5. It is the night before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, which is on Wednesday, March 6. What is Lent? Lent is a religious observance in the Christian calendar that begins on Ash … [Read more...] about When is Pancake Day 2019? The dates you need to know
Coventry City are 11th in League One after losing 2-0 to Blackpool at the Ricoh Arena. Nathan Delfouneso returned to haunt the Sky Blues with the opening goal before Armand Gnanduillet added a second. Mark Robins described it as 'Groundhog Day' as Coventry created a host of chances again only to come away empty-handed. The defeat leaves them nine points off the play-off positions with 16 games of the season remaining. It has left fans wondering whether mid-table should be the most they should expect this season and whether consolidation would be such a bad thing? Our Sky Blues man Andy Turner was at the Ricoh Arena. Here's his findings: Likened to Luton Once again the Sky Blues boss found himself pressing the repeat button when it came to his post match press conference. He’s clearly as frustrated as the fans and players alike that, yet again, the team’s dominance and endeavour going forward did not reap the rewards it deserved. Those of a glass half empty persuasion … [Read more...] about The question Coventry City must ask themselves
Manchester United have lost their status as the world’s richest club after Real Madrid replaced them at the top of Deloitte’s Football Money League. The Spanish giants ended United’s two-year domination of the annual list by generating revenue of €751m (£665m) last season – an all-time record for any football club. United slipped to third place after their income stalled at €666m (£590m), with Barcelona also overtaking them and completing a one-two for LaLiga. English teams fared well on the whole, however, with Tottenham’s financial growth swelling the number of Premier League representatives in the top 10 to six. The Money League ranks teams by revenue and is published today. The 20 richest football clubs in the world (Click or press on the buttons below for an in depth look at each of the top 20 teams) 1 Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 3 Manchester United 4 = Bayern Munich 5 = Manchester … [Read more...] about The world’s richest football clubs: Real Madrid replace Manchester United at top of Deloitte Football Money League 2019