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by Bernard Harbor

Unions and employers are expected to be consulted over NPHET's fresh and "strong" advice that people should be urged to work at home, as the sad news emerged that a 14-year-old has died from Covid


News that inflation hit a 14-year high of over 5% in October prompted the EU economy commissioner to predict significant price hikes into 2022. But no overheating.


COP26 will rumble into the weekend as concerns grow about the chasm between climate targets and the emission cuts required to meet them. TASC's Shana Cohen, who spoke at our enhanced consultative council earlier this week, is in the Irish Times linking climate action and living standards.


Meanwhile, the EU is talking tough on the Northern Ireland protocol, as talks with the Brits are set to resume today. Coveney's people are talking to Biden's people, and Cliff Taylor has this explainer on what invocation of 'article 16' means for the economy. 


FInally, today's Zen highlights Renaissance artist Lavinia Fontana, one of the most successful female painters in western art. Her The Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Soloman has just be restored. It's pictured above, and is available to enjoy in all its glory in room 27 of the National Gallery of Ireland.


Enjoy the weekend.



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