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Take 5: Friday

5 stories, 5 minutes, 5 o’clock.

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EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, TheJournal.ie bring you five stories you really should check out by 5pm.

1. #MARKETS: The world’s stock markets have had another tumultuous day, with European markets recording heavy losses before making up some ground in the afternoon. The European debt crisis abated a little, though, with the cost of borrowing for Spain and Italy dropping marginally. Economist Stephen Kinsella has been explaining why the markets are in such chaos – and whether it matters to you.

2. #HOME PAYMENTS: The popular domestic budgeting service Home Payments Ltd, which announced yesterday it had ceased trading, has gone into liquidation this evening – meaning the deposits of thousands of savers could be lost. Earlier the National Consumer Agency warned that ”potentially thousands upon thousands” of customers could see savings wiped out by the firm’s collapse.

3. #RYANAIR: The world’s most popular airline has denied reports that it offered a critically ill passenger a sandwich to raise his blood pressure – and then tried to charge him for it afterwards. Cabin crew gave Per-Erik Jonsson the food after he suffered cardiac arrest mid-flight – but reportedly insisted that the food be paid for, despite the 63-year-old’s ill-health.

4. #FACEBOOK: Social networkers should prepare for a fresh bout of social net-wailing in the coming months… because Facebook is apparently considering a major overhaul to its ‘News Feed’ feature. The new prototype would see feeds becoming much busier – in a move aimed at appeasing advertisers who want to show their stuff to more users.

5. #RENT: You may have come across Jimmy McMillan, a former candidate for the Governorship of New York who became a viral sensation when his mantra about rent being “too damn high” made it to YouTube last autumn. Well, you’ll never guess who’s getting evicted from their rent-controlled apartment

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