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Giant’s Causeway: ‘Refreshing’ or ‘Baboonism’?

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“We’ve previously written about the creationist display at the Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre — see Government Creationism in Northern Ireland. Today we found two articles that pretty much span the full spectrum of reactions. The first is from Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of young-earth creationist wisdom …” (more)

[The Sensuous Curmudgeon, 7 July]

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IRA interviews must be handed over to Feds and British, top US court rules

Posted in Legal issues, Research on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“Interviews with former IRA members collected for a Boston College Irish history project cannot be sealed until after their death and must be made available to British authorities and US Justice Department prosecutors, a US Appeals Court has ruled …” (more)

[James O'Shea, IrishCentral, 7 July]

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DNSChanger Trojan: is your computer infected and what to do if it is

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“An estimated 45,600 computers infected with the DNSChanger Trojan could lose internet access on Monday when the FBI removes a temporary fix for computers infected with the malware …” (more)

[Amanda Holpuch, Guardian, 6 July]

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Funding science

Posted in Research on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“Sir, – There is a delicate balance between funding fundamental and applied science. The current Irish science policy of concentrating almost exclusively on the latter assumes that quick economic return comes purely from spin-offs. It forgets where the ideas so ripe for exploitation come from …”(more)

[Ronan McNulty, Irish Times, 7 July]

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University saving ‘starts at three’

Posted in Fees and access on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“Nearly half of parents have started a university fund for their child by the time he or she is three years old, a study has suggested. Six out of 10 parents questioned also said they plan to step up their saving this year …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 7 July]

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US firms have 2,500 vacancies

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“… The American Chamber of Commerce in Ireland’s annual workforce activation survey, which tracks employment trends in US firms here, shows that, of 195 US companies that responded to the survey, 75% are hiring. With vacancies in areas such as ICT, pharmaceuticals and medical technology, just 55% of firms said they could fill all their vacancies in Ireland …” (more)

[Joanne Hunt, Irish Times, 7 July]

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Let evidence of science speak for itself

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“The opening of the Giant’s Causeway visitors’ centre has been overshadowed by the controversy on creationism, which continually causes passionate debate on both sides …” (more)

[Editorial, Belfast Telegraph, 7 July]

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Pilot trainer firm says it will find new courses

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“The Irish pilot-training firm at the centre of a financial row that has left trainee pilots stranded in Florida has said it is sourcing alternative training courses for its students. Some 80 students, 34 of them Irish, paid up to €86,000 to train with the Pilot Training College (PTC), a Waterford-based flight school …” (more)

[Olivia Kelly, Irish Times, 7 July]

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Richard Dawkins: Creationism at Giant’s Causeway ‘is intellectual baboonism’

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“The National Trust should not have buckled to pressure from the ‘intellectual baboons of young Earth creationism’, one of the world’s leading evolutionists has told the Belfast Telegraph …” (more)

[Belfast Telegraph, 7 July]

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Student pilots caught up in US dispute to begin journey home

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“After two weeks with no sign of a resolution, the first of 34 stranded Irish pilots are due to make their way home from Florida today. At least two are expected to arrive by tomorrow …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Independent, 7 July]

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Former head of library and information studies at UCD

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“Prof John Dean, who has died aged 87, was foundation professor of library and information studies at University College Dublin. He made significant contributions to the school’s development, curriculum and departmental activity as well as to the professional education of Irish librarians …” (more)

[Irish Times, 7 July]

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Criticism of metric-enforced redundancies at Queen Mary continues

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“… I thought I would reblog this as there are some interesting links to comments about what is happening at Queen Mary, University of London. I think this is atrocious behaviour by the management at QMUL, but I have heard that it is also happening elsewhere …” (more)

[To the left of centre, 7 July]

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Everything you need to know about the Croke Park Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“Since its inception two years ago there has been much said and much written about the Croke Park Agreement by those closely linked to it such as politicians, trade union leaders and ordinary workers in the public service …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 7 July]

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Revisiting the Croke Park Agreement on Public Sector Pay

Posted in Governance and administration on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“This is an extended version of a column published in the Irish Examiner 7 July 2012. It’s the silly season, when the politicians are if not quite dusting down their buckets and spades at least leafing idly through brochures and considering where to spend the break …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 7 July]

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Sit down, boson: I’ve got to tell you how life really started

Posted in Life on July 7th, 2012 by steve

“Before getting to the question of why we need to stop calling the Higgs boson the God particle, let’s cut to a depressing example of how, in a great week for science, some people are still doing fine work in keeping idiocy on the agenda. In 2010 Northern Ireland’s then culture minister, Nelson McCausland, wrote a letter arguing that the planned Giant’s Causeway visitor centre should acknowledge the creationist view of its origins …” (more)

[Shane Hegarty, Irish Times, 7 July]

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