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Lovato cancels hours before London show

Lovato cancels hours before London show

Entertainment
"Swollen vocal cords" forced Demi Lovato to postpone her show at the O2 in London hours before she was due to appear on stage. In a statement on social media, written through "tears of frustration and sadness", she added that her vocal cords could have been injured had she performed, potentially threatening the rest of her tour.She has seen an ENT doctor and is "very, very sick", the American singer-songwriter said.The Sunday night show has been rescheduled for 25 June. Lovato told her supporters it broke her heart to let them down, and that she was "so so sorry to disappoint any of my fans in London that have travelled hours to be here by plane or car".She would not have postponed unless she "absolutely had to".Concert producer Live Nation said: "Unfortunately due to ill...
Health warnings after toxic caterpillar outbreak in London

Health warnings after toxic caterpillar outbreak in London

Science
An outbreak of toxic caterpillars that can cause asthma attacks, vomiting and skin rashes has descended on London, officials have warned.Oak processionary moths (OPM), which are in their larval stage, have been spotted across the south-east of England and in the capital.Hairs on the caterpillars can cause fevers and eye and throat irritations, the Forestry Commission said. The organisation has issued a caution not to touch the species.The biggest infestations of OPM were recorded in Greater London, stemming from Kingston upon Thames to Brent.Some infestations were also spotted in Bracknell Forest, Slough and Guildford. OPM caterpillars were spotted emerging from egg plaques in mid-April, and trees were later treated on 23 April, the Forestry Commission added."The treatment programme is ex...
Angry Birds maker Rovio closes London studio

Angry Birds maker Rovio closes London studio

Technology
The company behind the hit mobile game Angry Birds has closed its London studio, after warning its profits were likely to fall.Rovio's head of games, Wilhelm Taht, also resigned on Friday, leaving chief executive Kati Levoranta in charge.The Finnish games company has warned that its brand licensing revenues could decline 40% this year.It has blamed tough competition and higher marketing costs for the poor outlook.Rovio's London studio was opened in 2017 and the company went public in September with a valuation of £786m.But on 22 February, the Finnish games maker issued a profit warning that caused its shares to drop by 50%.Announcing the closure of its London studio, Rovio said it wanted to concentrate on its studios in Finland and Sweden. The company had employed seven games developers i
Funds platform AJ Bell plots London float

Funds platform AJ Bell plots London float

Business
One of Britain's biggest online investment platforms is drawing up plans for a London listing that will crystallise a huge fortune for the executive who launched it nearly 25 years ago.Sky News has learnt that AJ Bell, which oversees assets worth nearly £40bn, held a beauty parade of investment bankers in the last few weeks to prepare for an initial public offering (IPO).AJ Bell, which is named after its founder and ‎chief executive, Andy Bell, is unlikely to go public until the final quarter of this year at the earliest, according to insiders.When it does so, it will turn Mr Bell into one of the stockbroking sector's wealthiest ‎entrepreneurs, as well as yielding windfalls for some of the City's leading fund managers.Mr Bell owns 28% of the company, which is expected to be worth several h
Queen makes surprise visit to London Fashion Week

Queen makes surprise visit to London Fashion Week

Entertainment
The Queen is already known for her impeccable style - but now she has attended her first ever London Fashion Week front row.Sitting next to legendary US Vogue editor Anna Wintour, the Monarch made a surprise visit to London Fashion Week where she sat on the front row - FROW as the industry calls it - of British designer Richard Quinn's show.Her attendance was kept under wraps until the very last minute.The 91-year-old presented the first ever Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Mr Quinn, who is an emerging talent celebrated for his screen printing.Image:The Queen appeared surprised at some of the outfits as she sat next to Anna WintourImage:The Queen presented the first Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design to Richard QuinnStylish as ever, she wore a duck egg blue tweed dr...