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Carpooling solution wins Start-up Stars programme for young entrepreneurs

Today (24 June), the Start-up Stars programme awarded its top prize to Manal Mukhtar and Ellen Le Bas for their student venture MLN (pronounced ‘melon’). Mukhtar and Le Bas won a €3,000 cash prize for the app that they are currently developing, which aims to improve commuting by encouraging carpooling between employees at medium-to-large companies…
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Government announces €45m boost for regional development

The Irish Government today (24 June) announced a further €45m in funding for regional business development. This third call under the Regional Enterprise Development Fund (REDF) invites applicants under three possible streams with varying investment levels. Funding of up to €5m per project is available for Strategic Change Projects, which are classed as major collaborative…
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UK police suspend work with Eurofins amid cyberattack

The UK police force has halted all work with the country’s largest forensics provider after a ransomware attack. Eurofins, which provides a broad range of scientific testing services to companies and governments all around the world, carries out DNA analysis, toxicology, ballistics and forensic works. It is thought to cover more than 50pc of the…
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Are longer working hours bad for your health?

A study conducted on French workers has revealed that there is a significant association between long working hours and the risk of stroke. The researchers, from Angers University and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, defined long hours as shifts exceeding 10 hours and taking place more than 50 days per year.…
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Russia suspected of Northern Ireland disinformation campaign

A Russian intelligence agency is suspected of spreading so-called ‘fake news’ about Northern Ireland, an investigation has found. The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) launched an investigation following Facebook’s removal of a handful of suspected Russian fake accounts in May 2019. An investigation of the accounts revealed a larger operation spread across 30…
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Just Released: New Regional Employment Data Now Available

Richard Deitz and Jonathan Hastings Regional employment data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are a critically important tool used to track and assess local economic conditions on a timely basis. However, the primary data used for this purpose are monthly survey-based estimates that are revised once per year, and these revisions…
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Assessing Contagion Risk in a Financial Network

Fernando Duarte, Collin Jones, and Francisco Ruela First of two posts In compiling a list of key takeaways of the 2008 financial crisis, surely the dangers of counterparty risk would be near the top. During the crisis, speculation on which financial institution would be next to default on its obligations to creditors, and which one…
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Do cyber charter schools harm public education for the most disadvantaged?

By David Baker, Bryan Mann Flat Rock School District (not its real name) in eastern Pennsylvania suffers from all the problems of exurban decay: Main streets and infrastructure need repair, many storefronts are boarded up, good jobs are scarce, and a web of social problems from alcohol and drug addiction to fragile families weighs heavy…
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Mr. Xi goes to Pyongyang

By Jung H. Pak Chinese president Xi Jinping met with Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang last week, the first time a Chinese head of state has visited North Korea since 2005. The two sides pledged to improve bilateral ties and to deepen cooperation and increase exchanges toward “cementing mutual understanding and trust.” The meeting was…
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Proposed New York bill expands scope of data privacy debate

By Jack Karsten, Raj Karan Gambhir In May, New York State Senator Kevin Thomas introduced S. 5642, the New York Privacy Act, a piece of data privacy legislation that significantly departs from recent attempts to strengthen user privacy such as the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA). The…
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