May 10: Today’s top stories in 60 seconds
Your speedy summary of today's must-read stories.
Disappointment again for Ireland at Eurovision as Wild Youth fail to qualify for final
Ireland’s Wild Youth have failed to qualify for the Eurovision grand final, bringing an early end to their 2023 bid. The Dublin band were among the five acts eliminated during the 15-strong first live semi-final of the week at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool.
Supermarket chains meeting Government today over food prices
Representatives of large supermarket chains, smaller shops and the grocery industry are to meet the Government at the Department of Enterprise today over food price inflation. Opposition parties have been pressuring the Government to bring transparency to food prices and profits made by the industry.
UCC staff told it would be almost impossible to detect students cheating with ChatGPT
Lecturers were told that if the AI created a draft that students then edited, it was “likely to be very difficult to detect”. They were also told that relying on existing tools for detecting plagiarism would not work as such tools are not “keeping apace with ChatGPT’s ability to evade detection”. The emergence of ChatGPT has prompted concern within education about its potential use as a tool for cheating, with universities in many countries encouraging staff to re-think how they structure exams to ensure students cannot rely on such technologies to answer the questions for them. UCC staff were told it was not practical to try and block student access to such tools but advised to link assessment to in-class discussion, as well as video, audio, or visual presentations that AI tools couldn’t access.
The Irish Examiner
Windfall tax receipts will not be enough to cover cost of ageing population
Billions of euro in windfall tax receipts will not be enough to cover the cost of an ageing population, with PRSI increases needed to help bridge the gap, Ministers were told on Tuesday. The Government expects some €65 billion in budget surpluses – much of it consisting of once-off “windfall” corporate tax receipts – between now and 2026, with Minister for Finance Michael McGrath to publish a paper on how to spend the surpluses on Wednesday. Mr McGrath is planning to bring forward legislation in the coming weeks to establish a long-term savings vehicle, similar to sovereign wealth funds that have operated in Norway, Australia and Japan. However, Ministers were told that drawdowns from such a fund would be insufficient to meet the entire cost of demographic change, which is estimated to cost an extra €7 billion to €8 billion a year by the end of this decade and to continue to climb afterwards.
The Irish Times
Warning to public to be alert for tick bites over summer months
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) has urged people to be proactive when it comes to protecting themselves against tick bites over the coming months. To mark Tick Awareness Day, the HPSC has issued some practical advice on how to be tick aware, as bites can cause Lyme disease. Specialist in public health medicine Dr Paul McKeown said ticks are more numerous and more active in the summer months.
Jury finds Trump liable for sexual abuse, awards accuser $5 million
A jury found Donald Trump liable Tuesday for sexually abusing advice columnist E. Jean Carroll in 1996, awarding her $5 million in a judgment that could haunt the former president as he campaigns to regain the White House. The verdict was split: Jurors rejected Carroll’s allegation that she was raped, finding Trump responsible for a lesser degree of sexual assault. But the judgment adds to Trump’s legal woes and offers vindication to Carroll, whose allegations had been mocked and dismissed by Trump for years.
The Los Angeles Times
Baby born from three people’s DNA in UK first
A baby has been born using three people’s DNA for the first time in the UK, the fertility regulator has confirmed. Most of their DNA comes from their two parents and around 0.1% from a third, donor woman. The pioneering technique is an attempt to prevent children being born with devastating mitochondrial diseases. Up to five such babies have been born, but no further details have been released.
Prince Harry v Mirror Group Newspapers: Everything you need to know about the Duke of Sussex’s latest court case
The Duke of Sussex is set to commence his latest court case, against Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN), the publisher of the Daily Mirror, over accusations of historical phone-hacking, just days after his father was crowned King. The joint lawsuit also involves former Girls Aloud bandmate Cheryl, footballer and TV presenter Ian Wright and the estate of the late singer George Michael.
Mostly cloudy this morning with widespread outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Brightening up this afternoon but there will be frequent showers, some heavy and possibly thundery, particularly in the northeast. Highest temperatures of 11 to 15 degrees in moderate to fresh westerly winds. Tonight will be quite cloudy with showers or longer spells of rain, most frequent in the northwest at first but extending southeastwards across the country overnight. Some showers will be heavy. Lowest temperatures of 6 to 10 degrees with light to moderate westerly winds, fresher near Atlantic coasts.