Lady Gaga, Banksy make Time’s Most Influential list

The popstar Lady Gaga and graffiti artist Banksy have made Time magazine’s list of the World’s Most Influential People. The two are included on the Artists section out of the top 100 line-up of influential people . Other influential artists include Oprah Winfrey, Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow, star of the Twilight movies Robert Pattinson, Ashton Kutcher, Prince, entertainment mogul Simon Cowell, Sandra Bullock and director James Cameron. Lady Gaga (pictured), we are told by Cyndi Lauper, isn’t a pop act but rather a performance artist with an incredible pop sensibility. Meanwhile Shepard Fairey, the creator of the 2008 Obama Hope poster, lauds Banksy’s particular gift: “An ability to make almost anyone very…

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George Lee to Return to Public Stage in UL Lecture

Former Fine Gael TD George Lee is set to make his return to the public stage tomorrow when he speaks at a seminar in the University of Limerick. The former RTE economics editor was elected to as a TD in Dublin-South after topping the poll in a by-election last summer. However, in a move which prompted a massive media storm he quit politics nine months later, saying that he had had “virtually no influence or input into shaping Fine Gael’s economic policies at this most critical time”. According to the University of Limerick, in his speech Lee will call for a lowering of corporation tax to 10pc to attract inward…

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OECD hails Portugal’s austerity measures

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has hailed the austerity measures announced by Portugal to bring its budget deficit back in line with European Commission rules, saying they will help to support the country’s growth. The Portuguese Government released a fiscal consolidation plan earlier this week through which it aims to bring the country’s budget deficit to 2.8pc of GDP by 2013 from its current level of 9.3pc of GDP. The measures being adopted include spending cuts, such as social-welfare cuts and a reduction in public-sector job creation, and tax rises, including the introduction of a new rate of 45pc tax rate for those earning over €150,000 annually. The…

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Portugal joins Greece in austerity measures

Portugal has joined Greece in announcing a series of austerity measures aimed at cutting its level of public debt. Portugal’s finance minister Fernando Teixeira dos Santos (pictured) made the announcement today as the country attempts to head off a debt crisis similar to that currently swamping Greece. The austerity measures proposed include social-welfare cuts and a reduction in public-sector job creation. Teixeira dos Santos also intends introducing a new rate of 45pc tax rate for those earning over €150,000 annually. The measures are aimed at reducing Portugal’s budget deficit from 8.3pc of gross domestic product (GDP) to 2.8pc of GDP. Of course, while such a budget deficit is nowhere near…

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Royal Bank of Scotland cuts 200 Irish IT jobs

More than 200 IT jobs are to be cut by Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) across the Republic and Northern Ireland. RBS, which trades as Ulster Bank in Ireland, is closing its IT support offices across Ireland. Some 196 IT support staff at the bank’s IT support office at Parkgate Street in Dublin and a further 25 at its office in Belfast were told of the redundancies this morning. Some of the jobs are due to be transferred to the UK.

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Green R&D; in Ireland – An Overview

Green Energy in Ireland

Green Energy in Ireland With so much happening in the green-energy research field in our third-level institutions, Ireland is genuinely staking its claim as the home for green tech. Carmel Doyle reports With the race on to progress Ireland’s green-energy portfolio to meet our 2020 energy targets and to create a cleaner, smarter economy. An increasing array of researchers in universities and institutes of technology (ITs) around the island are focusing on the renewable energy space to harness Ireland’s wave, wind, solar and bioenergy resources. Professor Fionn Murtagh, director of information, communications and emergent technologies at Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) , says there is a lot of awareness of the potential of green-energy research…

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Smartphones to Account for 50pc of All Mobiles Sold in 2010

Despite declining mobile handsets sales in 2009, smartphones continue to represent the fastest-growing and most profitable segment of the mobile handset market. Volume sales were to grow by 33.5pc year-on-year in 2009 and by 36pc in 2010, said Informa Telecoms & Media. However, the importance of the smart-phone segment is underlined by the fact that, although they will only account for 27pc of the total number of handsets sold in 2010, they will represent more than half (55pc) of the value of the total mobile handset market. Beyond that, they will account for almost two thirds (64pc) of the market in terms of profitability. “The strong volume growth rate and high…

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Social Network for Guitar Lovers Goes Live

Update: Currently the DBTwang website is no longer online. A new online social network aimed at guitar lovers and collectors has gone live. DBTwang seeks to become the world’s largest online guitar database where collectors and guitar fans globally can interact, but also protect their guitars and share their history. By logging onto dbtwang, guitar lovers can view individual profiles of guitars with details of their history and an online guitar photo gallery where they can show off their prized possessions and check out what other collectors have. Users also can ‘follow a guitar’ and converse with its owner. The website so far registered over 1,000 guitar enthusiasts. The majority…

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Wireless Wonderland For Irish Business

The coming year will see businesses across Ireland embrace the wireless broadband revolution, but issues of security still need to be addressed. Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock or are a total technophobe, the importance of broadband to your business, from the point of view of using the internet to sell goods, provide information to customers and spot market opportunities, cannot have gone unnoticed. The problem, however, for Ireland is twofold. In the first instance, not all firms that are aware of the power of online communications have been adequately served with internet services, and those that want high-speed service often cannot get it for reasons of geography. Secondly,…

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YouTube Ad Yields Irish Nightclub 867,000 Hits

The first business in Ireland to make use of the pre-roll format of advertising on YouTube has achieved more than 867,000-page impressions – smashing the previous record held by Libertas during the Lisbon Treaty Referendum campaign. Pre-rolls are 20-second commercials that run before the viewer sees their selected video. The format has performed exceptionally well to date outside the Irish market, especially in the UK and the US. However, this is the first time it has been activated in Ireland. The new format was used first in Ireland by new Temple Bar club venue Alchemy, and it has broken records in the new media space with its launch campaign in…

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