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The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…
Feb 22nd 2012, 4:43 PM 3,968 5

EACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you should know before you head out the door for the day…

1. #STATE ASSETS: The government has announced plans to sell-off State assets in the hope of raising some €3 billion in proceeds, a third of which will go towards creating jobs. The Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today that it was unlikely any State body would be sold off this year as the opposition criticised the proposals.

2. #CARLOW: The bodies of two men have been discovered at neighbouring farms in Carlow. Firefighters responded to reports of a fire at Ballycormack at around 4am where they found the body of a man in his 70s. A few hours later the body of a man in his 6os was found on a second farm nearby.

3. #SYRIA: The doyen of foreign correspondents Marie Colvin has died in Syria. The Sunday Times journalist died in heavy shelling in the Baba Amr district of Homs, a city under siege by pro-Bashar Assad forces. A French photographer Remi Ochlik also died in the attack as did dozens of other residents of the city.

4. #MEDIA: Senator David Norris has said that a tabloid editor told him that stories published about him were “payback time” during a debate on media standards in Ireland in the Seanad today. The former presidential candidate made the allegation in a blistering speech that included criticism of the Press Council and the government for a lack of regulation of media in Ireland.

5. #TERMINATOR VISION: Google is planning to launch a pair of electronic glasses that would project information directly in front of your eyes. The goggles would work in much the same away as a smart phone but would include motion and location sensors. The price? Well reportedly as low as $250.

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