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The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: Coalition at odds over Sunday pay; Brazil does away with rainforest protection laws and Carla’s staying mum on pregnancy rumours – but the pictures speak louder than words.

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Every morning, TheJournal.ie brings you nine things you really need to know with your morning caffeine fix.

1. #WAGE ROW: Could the conflict between Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton and Labour over his proposals to cut Sunday and overtime rates for 200,000 workers prove the coalition’s first real challenge? The Irish Times says that a large number of Labour Party TDs yesterday expressed strong criticism of the proposals and Enda Kenny described Richard Bruton’s proposals as “a personal agenda”.

2. #CLIMBER: A memorial is to be held today for the Irish climber who died on Mt Everest last weekend, about 50m from the summit. John Delaney, who was the chief executive of InTrade, was a father of three – but he never knew of the birth of his third child, a daughter called Hope, who was born just three days before his death. The memorial service will take place in Ballinakill in Co. Laois this afternoon.

3. #IRIS: Iris Robinson has been cleared of any wrongdoing over the awarding of a business deal to her former boyfriend, Kirk McCambley. She has left public life and has been receiving counselling. She returned to the public eye for the first time last week when she accompanied her husband, Peter, to the Queen’s banquet in Dublin.

4. #HIGH STANDARDS: Most employers now insist that job applicants have a 2.1 degree or higher, according to a survey by gradireland.

5. #WANTED COLLEGE DROPOUTS: Paypal founder Peter Thiel is not at all interested in what prospective employees got in their exams – in fact, he’s offering 24 overachievers $100,000 to drop out of college and focus on entrepreneurial pursuits.

6. #MLADIC: Doctors in Serbia are to decide today whether Europe’s most wanted man Ratko Mladic is fit to go to the Hague.

7. #GOOGLE WALLET: Google has launched its mobile payment system, Google Wallet, a method which allows you to pay for goods via your smartphone.

8. #RAINFOREST: Brazil is about to do away with laws that protected large swathes of rainforest from destruction by farmers and ranchers, in a move that has been described as “disastrous” by conservationists.

9. #CARLA: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy still hasn’t confirmed rumours she’s expecting – possibly even twins – but she was finding it impossible to disguise her baby bump at the G8 summit in Deauville yesterday.

(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, Pool)

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