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Rich-poor gap grew by over one-quarter in 2010

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Rich-poor gap grew by over one-quarter in 2010.

THE GAP between the richest and poorest in Ireland grew by more than 25 per cent during 2010, new figures show.

A Central Statistics Office report on income and living conditions shows the average income of the top 20 per cent of earners was 5.5 times greater than those in the lowest 20 per cent.

This inequality ratio – up from 4.3 a year earlier – is the highest figure on record since this measurement was first used in 2004.

Impact of Social Media: A Top ten list

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Impact of Social Media: A Top ten list.

Everyone has become beautiful, Everyone has become a genius, Everyone has become a celebrity, Everyone has become a nationalist, humanist, activist,

Every problem has a perfect solution….

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few fleeting moments

  • Everyone has become beautiful: Just look at any photograph on a social media site and you would realize that a beauty revolution/miracle has struck the world. No one is plain/ugly. If you don’t agree, you are not the social media. [[Impact: people meet each other only on social media; rise and rise of stocks of cosmetic companies; photo-editing skills become basic survival tool.]]
  • Everyone has become a genius: Going by the profound one-liners, pithy poems and awesome jokes, it seems all my dullard friends (and me) have suddenly been allotted brains. [[Impact: conversations are banned – people just dole out wisdom; google replaces natural memory.]]
  • Everyone has become a celebrity: 20,000 followers on Twitter! 345 likes on a comment on Facebook!! We are the new celebrities. At a time when your “I am feeling sleepy” status update shakes the world, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian can rightly…

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Non-Irish children perform better because their parents value education

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Non-Irish children perform better because their parents value education.

I have noticed a marked difference between the Irish school children in my child’s school and their non-Irish classmates. The school recently held an essay competition and awards were given in a series of categories. I’d say 60 per cent of the winners were not Irish. The school is not 60 per cent non-national.

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A year ago, Syrians took to the streets in peaceful protest demanding democratic change but the regime ruthlessly crushed the uprising. Empire discusses if the world powers can do anything to stop the escalation of force.

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