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Stop Googling. Let’s Talk. One 15-year-old I interviewed at a summer camp talked about her reaction when she went out to dinner with her father and he took out his phone to add “facts” to their conversation.

Stop Googling. Let’s Talk.

“Daddy,” she said, “stop Googling. I want to talk to you.” A 15-year-old boy told me that someday he wanted to raise a family, not the way his parents are raising him (with phones out during meals and in the park and during his school sports events) but the way his parents think they are raising him — with no phones at meals and plentiful family conversation. One college junior tried to capture what is wrong about life in his generation. “Our texts are fine,” he said. Photo It’s a powerful insight.

In 2010, a team at the University of Michigan led by the psychologist Sara Konrath put together the findings of 72 studies that were conducted over a 30-year period. Across generations, technology is implicated in this assault on empathy. The trouble with talk begins young.

Assignment 1 Ireland Collection

EuroHist9. Top Irish banker faces extradition nine years after financial crash. Irish media have reported that Mr Drumm could face criminal charges on as many as 30 counts if extradited.

Top Irish banker faces extradition nine years after financial crash

The 48-year-old banker also filed for bankruptcy in the US in 2010, after racking up debts totalling $11bn. But earlier this year, a US judge threw out the bankruptcy claim after it was alleged Mr Drumm had secretly transferred money and assets to his wife so they would not be seized during the insolvency proceedings. In July, three former employees of Anglo Irish Bank became the first bankers jailed for between 18 and 36 months for their role in the banking collapse.

Ireland to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins. Ireland follows Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, The Netherlands and Sweden, who have all phased out the smaller denominations.

Ireland to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins

A 1 cent coin costs 1.65c to produce in Ireland Ronnie O’Toole, of the Irish central bank, said evidence of rounding showed that consumers and retailers would welcome the move. "As a country we are good at making changes like this," he said. "We migrated to the euro ahead of most other countries, and the indications so far are that consumers and retailers alike will embrace rounding.”

The rounding will only apply to total bills rather than individual items. A bill of €10.26 or €10.27 would be rounded to €10.25. The move had been widely anticipated after it was recommended by the country's finance minister, Michael Noonan. A Brief History of Ireland. An estimated 70 million people world-wide can claim Irish heritage.

A Brief History of Ireland

This article attempts to provide some insight into Ireland's long and complex history. The island or Ireland, some 89,000 sq. km (32,000 sq. mi.) is comprised of the Republic of Ireland (Eire) which occupies almost 85% of the total land-mass, and Northern Ireland which is part of the United Kingdom. Within the traditional four ecclesiastical provinces of Ulster (north-east), Leinster (south-eastern Ireland including the ancient kingdom of Meath), Munster (south-west), and Connaught (or Connacht, north-west) there are 32 counties, 26 of which are within the Republic. Northern Ireland to vote on same-sex marriage for fifth time. A fifth attempt to make gay marriage legal in Northern Ireland will be made in the region’s parliament.

Northern Ireland to vote on same-sex marriage for fifth time

Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that still does not recognise same-sex marriage in law. The Democratic Unionists (DUP), the largest party in the Stormont assembly, will use a parliamentary veto known as a “petition of concern” to torpedo any vote in favour of gay marriage. Under the complex rules of power-sharing, unionist and nationalist parties can claim a bill or a piece of legislation cannot pass through the devolved assembly because it fails to command cross-community/Protestant-Catholic support. In the four previous votes to attempt to bring in gay marriage reform there have been narrow majorities against change. In April, the margin was only two votes against gay marriage. Traditional Irish food. Rediscovered traditions Aside from Irish stew (which has always been a hit), our island’s food hasn't exactly been famous throughout the world.

Traditional Irish food

Now, though, the island’s smartest eateries and best chefs are rediscovering Ireland’s culinary heritage, with respected artisan producers are turning out everything from award-winning black (blood) pudding (Kanturks) to acclaimed raw milk cheese (Durrus). The result? Our produce is hitting the shelves in some of the world’s most salubrious delis and department stores (Dean & Delucca in United States), and a wave of Irish chefs are reawakening traditional recipes. Foods that have been ignored for years are being revived and served up in hip cafés and restaurants all over the island, with regional specialities. You can try a "blaa" (a soft white roll) in Waterford; tuck into an Ulster fry for breakfast in Belfast; snack on dulse (salty seaweed) in coastal areas; or discover your adventurous side with some fried Lough Neagh eel.

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