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Coolio passes away aged 59
The Grammy-winning West Coast Gangsta’s Paradise rapper Coolio has died aged 59 at friend’s house in Los Angeles, manager says. The cause of death of the artist, whose real name is Artis Leon Ivey Jr, has not yet been confirmed. May he rest in peace.
One of the most powerful Category 4 storms recorded in US slams Florida with 240 kmph winds and a wall of water. Hurricane Ian turned streets into rivers, knocked out power to 1.8 million people and threatened catastrophic damage further inland after it made landfall yesterday.
Bank of Ireland fined
Bank of Ireland is to be levied with a multi-million euro fine by the Central Bank over tracker scandal, which saw the AIB Group wrongly denied almost 13,000 borrowers their right to then cheap mortgages linked to the main European Central Bank rate. The bank has set aside €120 million to deal with tracker-related issues, and were hit with a fine of close to €100m for denying people tracker mortgages earlier this year.
Gender equality commission
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is set to attend the Oireachtas Committee on Gender Equality to discuss the recommendations of the Citizens’ Assembly on Gender Equality regarding pay and workplace conditions. The Citizens’ Assembly recommended that the State should set targets in legislation to reduce the hourly gender pay gap to 9% by 2025 and to 4% by 2030.
A new study by children’s charity Barnardos has found that almost two thirds of eight to 12-year-olds would not tell their parents they are being cyberbullied, while more than half say they have been victims of cyberbullies at least once. Barnardos have said the findings reinforce the need for online safety to be taught in schools.