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Students rally over job crisis

Students are highlighting the plight of graduates forced to emigrate for work with a demonstration at the Jeanie Johnston famine ship in Dublin.

Members of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are staging the rally this morning to highlight soaring levels of unemployment among college leavers.

Gary Redmond, USI president, said Ireland was losing the "future drivers of the smart economy" with thousands of valuable graduates having left Irish shores.



ET voted best ever family film

Steven Spielberg's ET The Extra-Terrestrial was voted the greatest family film of all time in a new survey.

The story of an alien trapped on Earth trying to get home topped the poll of more than 2,500 people for radiotimes.com.

The Wizard Of Oz came second in the online survey, followed by Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Toy Story.



Small firms call for price cuts

The Government has been urged to protect jobs and save struggling businesses by cutting public utility costs.

The Small Firms Association (SFA) said State-influenced costs like electricity and transport need to be slashed to help traders stay competitive.

SFA director Avine McNally also called for policy changes to make sure prices stay low when economic growth returns. She said up to 50,000 firms and 160,000 workers are at risk as a result of the credit problem.



Jurors barred in Smith trial

The first day of questioning prospective jurors in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy case ended with most of the possible panellists eliminated.

Among those removed was a Scientologist who said he believed psychiatry was a fraud and a fan of Smith's reality TV show who said the Playboy model's boyfriend-lawyer, Howard Stern, did not do enough to save her from drugs.

Stern and two of her doctors have pleaded not guilty to conspiring to get massive amounts of opiates and sedatives for Smith, who died of an overdose in 2007.


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