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Strauss-Kahn Cambridge speech protests: Three charged

Posted in Legal issues on March 10th, 2012 by steve

“Three people have been charged after protests over a speech in Cambridge by the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The trouble flared as Dominique Strauss-Kahn arrived at the Cambridge Union Society debate on Friday …” (more)

[BBC News, 10 March]

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2,500 protest over pupil-teacher ratios

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2012 by steve

“Up to 2,500 people protested in Letterkenny this afternoon against changes to pupil-teacher ratios which they say will have a devastating impact on small schools …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 10 March]

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University of Limerick students have called for a boycott of The Sun newspaper

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2012 by steve

Thomond Student Times, a student-run newspaper on campus, has organised an online petition urging O’Mahony’s Bookshop to stop stocking the tabloid. It follows on from last week’s report in the newspaper which linked charity events in UL to anti-social behaviour …” (more)

[Studenty_Limerick, 10 March]

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Statues of Dublin: George Salmon, Trinity College Dublin

Posted in Life on March 10th, 2012 by steve

“The statues on each side of the Trinity College Dublin Campanile are well known to many, not only to students of the college but also to the many Dubliners who use the college as a shortcut from Dame Street to Nassau Street …” (more)

[Come here to me!, 9 March]

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College removes atheism statements

Posted in Teaching on March 10th, 2012 by steve

“Hibernia College, the online teacher-training institution, has removed slides from its religion module for primary teachers at the request of Atheist Ireland …” (more)

[Patsy McGarry, Irish Times, 10 March]

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University urges drink retailers to call time on booze deals for students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2012 by steve

“The University of Ulster has called on retail drink outlets not to target cheap drinks promotions at students over the St Patrick’s Day period …” (more)

[Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, 10 March]

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College to hold service in memory of body donors

Posted in Life on March 10th, 2012 by steve

“The ‘first patients’ of medical, dental and science students will be remembered in a thanksgiving service for people who donate their bodies to University College Cork …” (more)

[Jennifer Hough, Irish Examiner, 10 March]

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Cambridge student to Dominque Strauss-Kahn: explain the injuries found on maid

Posted in Life on March 10th, 2012 by steve

“Dominique Strauss-Kahn was challenged by a student about allegations of rape as the former International Monetary Fund chief gave a lecture at Cambridge University …” (more)

[Matthew Holehouse and James Orr, Daily Telegraph, 10 March]

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Public sector sick leave ‘costing €550m per year’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2012 by steve

“New figures which are expected to come before the Oireachtas Committee on Public Accounts next week show that sick leave within the public sector is costing the State over €550m per year …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 10 March]

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The ‘most important questions’ in science policy shortlisted

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2012 by steve

“A series of bitter disagreements between scientists and policy-makers has prompted a group of researchers to create a list of 40 ‘key unanswered questions’ in an attempt to ease tensions by setting an agenda for future work …” (more)

[Daniel Cressey, Nature News, 9 March]

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Ignorance Is Strength

Posted in Governance and administration on March 10th, 2012 by steve

“… But now one of our two major political parties has taken a hard right turn against education, or at least against education that working Americans can afford. Remarkably, this new hostility to education is shared by the social conservative and economic conservative wings of the Republican coalition, now embodied in the persons of Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney …” (more)

[Paul Krugman, New York Times, 8 March]

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Will the internet kill copyright? Here’s hoping …

Posted in Legal issues on March 10th, 2012 by steve

“Philip Soos considers the faults that plague existing copyright laws and suggests that, in an increasingly online world, we need to find more realistic options …” (more)

[Politico, 8 March]

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