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Saturday 27 May 2017

In brief

Ryanair is resuming talks in Israel to operate flights between European airports and Tel Aviv, according to Israeli media reports. Ryanair plans to offer round-trip tickets for €140.

"We want our flag in the State of Israel and we will offer you new destinations and new opportunities," Ryanair's deputy director of route development, Kate Sherry, told the ' Yedioth Ahronoth' newspaper. The low cost airline dropped a previous plan to fly to Israel last year.

Microsoft/Coderdojo

Microsoft is to become the official European partner for the CoderDojo Foundation & Movement.

Microsoft has pledged its support to the CoderDojo Foundation, the youth computer coding movement, as part of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative.

Microsoft YouthSpark is a global, company-wide initiative, which aims to improve education, employability and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people worldwide.

UK property prices

Asking prices for UK property climbed to a record in April as a shortage of homes for sale worsened, online property portal Rightmove said.

The average price rose 1.6pc from March to £286,133, reflecting a 4pc drop in the number of new sellers this year compared with 2014, the property website operator said yesterday. Values in London rose 2.5pc.

Property-price gains are overshadowing other improvements in the cost of living, with data last week showing wage gains outstripped inflation for a fifth month

UK financial jobs

Job vacancies in London's financial-services industry increased by 19pc in March as firms sought employees to manage additional compliance and governance demands from regulators, a recruitment survey showed.

Staff vacancies in London's financial district rose to 9,135 in March from 7,695 a month ago, recruitment firm Morgan McKinley said in a statement yesterday.

SMEs and charity

Chambers Ireland yesterday launched a new guide for small businesses highlighting the benefits of engaging in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and how to chose a charity partner. Chambers Ireland chief executive Ian Talbot said the idea that CSR is for big companies is a myth.

"In fact, CSR is actually more suited to SMEs given their flexibility and tendencies towards innovation."

Irish Independent

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