Must do better: Minister urges upgrade in computer teaching

Education Minister Joe McHugh said more must be done to equip second-level pupils for entry to computing courses, after a study showed that almost half of college tech students drop out of their course. Mr McHugh said it was a difficult subject that required a lot of mathematical analysis and “we definitely have to put our hands up and acknowledge the weaknesses and think of what can we do better”. He referred to the introduction of computer science as a Leaving Cert subject as one initiative. Meanwhile, the Irish Computer…

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Skin Deep: This makeup look only takes five minutes to do

Welcome to Skin Deep with Louise McSharry, my opportunity to put years of obsessing over beauty products and techniques to good use. I won’t tell you something is good if it’s not. I won’t recommend products I haven’t actually tried. As the magical sitar in Moulin Rouge said, I only speak the truth.  As Oprah says in the opening words of her Super Soul Sunday podcast, ‘the greatest gift we can give ourselves is time’. For most of us it’s a valuable commodity, one we simply don’t have enough of…

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Yoga poses you should do to get fit

Image Credit: Supplied There is no better way to begin 2019 than by doing something good for your body, like yoga. This can be as simple as practicing at home for 10 minutes each day combined with meditation. Here are some moves that will make you a stronger, happier and healthier person in the New Year: 1. Get your spine moving with Cat and Cow pose Cat Pose (top) and Cow Pose (bottom)Image Credit: Supplied Starting in table top position, with the knees below the hips and hands below the…

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Do Women Avoid Economics…Or Does Economics Avoid Women?

A recent New York Times piece highlighted the problems women continue to face in the economics profession. The article in question discusses the harassment experienced by female economists and touches on several related issues like the low number of women PhD economists (especially at senior ranks). This is hardly news to any of us in the dismal science. There have long been articles, both in the popular press and academia, about the underrepresentation of women and the challenges they face. Recently there was a particularly upsetting piece on the horrific language used by budding PhDs to describe their…

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Even a non-PhD economist can do well as RBI Guv: Ex-RBI Guv D Subbarao

Former Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor D Subbarao said even a non-PhD economist can do well as head of the central bank. In an interview to CNBC-TV18, Subbarao said the Centre should choose a candidate who can command respect from the market. His statement comes a day after RBI Governor Urjit Patel resigned from his post citing personal reasons. Subbarao said Patel was seemingly pushed beyond his level of comfort. Without speculating on who the next governor will be, Subbarao said, “The government will have the task of restoring…

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