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Star Wars fans have been paying tribute to Erik Bauersfeld, the man behind the voices of iconic characters Admiral Ackbar and Bib Fortuna, who has passed away at the age of 93. The veteran radio dramatist died at his home in Berkeley, California. He was most recently heard on screens when he reprised his role as Rebel Alliance commander Ackbar in the 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens . Comment?
The wealthiest 62 people now own as much as half the world's population, some 3.5 billion people, as the super-rich have grown richer and the poor poorer, an international charity has said. The wealth of the richest 62 people has risen by 44% since 2010, while the wealth of the poorest 3.5 billion fell 41%, Oxfam said in a report today. Comment?
President Higgins said he was "pleased" to be able to announce an initial grant of $40,000, which would be used to support the establishment of a new Irish studies programme on campus, operated under the auspices of the University's Institute for European Studies. Announcing the grant, President Higgins said the inter-disciplinary study of Irish culture was "key" to Ireland's international relations and to Irish America. Comment?
President Michael D Higgins is leaving today for an eight-day trip to the west coast of the United States. During his visit, President Higgins will plant a tree in Berkeley, California in memory of the six Irish students who were tragically killed when a balcony on an apartment building collapsed in June. Comment?
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