Economists must think broader – or risk becoming irrelevant

Economists should have taken a more nuanced approach to the row between the US and China. Photograph: Damir Sagolj/Reuters The economics profession took a beating after most of its leading practitioners failed to predict the 2008 global financial crisis and it has been struggling to recover ever since. Not only were the years after the crash marked by unusually low, unequal growth; now we are witnessing a growing list of economic and financial phenomena that economists cannot readily explain. Like the Queen, who famously asked in November 2008 why nobody had seen…

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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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5 items you must carry for your year-end vacation

Camera Well, you guessed it right. A traveller’s bag is incomplete without a good quality camera. True, most of us have smartphones these days which can click near-perfect pictures, but nothing can replace a good old-fashioned camera. Be it a budget-friendly point and shoot camera capable of recording full HD or even 4K videos or an advanced waterproof camera which can shoot underwater or a highly adjustable mirrorless gadget, a camera is the traveller’s best friend. (Image Source: Pixabay) 2/5 Power Bank The biggest challenge a traveller faces is to…

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