OPINION & COMMENT

Comment: Health Service Broken – Is It Beyond Repair?

This week it was reported that 350 people were on trolleys in accident and emergency departments in Northern Ireland waiting for a hospital bed. When one sees elderly patients waiting for 36 hours, when one sees staff in casualty juggling multiple patient conditions, when one sees ward staff desperately free up space it is clear […]

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Northern Ireland Must Forge Ahead with Climate Goals Despite UK Delays

By Ross Moffett, Sales Director, Everun As the world grapples with the urgency of climate change, Northern Ireland finds itself at a crossroads. With the UK government’s recent decision to push back environmental targets to 2050 and the absence of a sitting government in Northern Ireland, there’s a looming threat that our progress towards sustainable

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Moving To Composites Is A Natural Progression In The Fight To Net Zero

By Gavin Rankin, Technical Director at PAC Group In the fight against climate change, every action we take can have a meaningful impact. There are the obvious things we can do, particularly in the automotive industry such as electric vehicles, sustainable fuels, and so on. But there are also the somewhat less obvious options. Take

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Time To Really Support NI’s Economically Inactive

New NIEESS support service will begin this journey By Shirelle McIvor, Programme Manager of Explore Enterprise Support Service The term economically inactive has been bandied about by commentators and reporters every time the latest employment figures are announced. In the wake of the pandemic, it has been a topic that has been explored, but it

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“AI Is An Inevitable Tool That Businesses Should Be Integrating Into Their Marketing Strategy” Says Content Expert

The hype of AI isn’t going away and neither is the idea that it can “revolutionise” your marketing, especially if you’re the type of business that’s struggling to keep up with the demands practically and financially. Whilst it’s absolutely true that, used properly, AI can provide you with a vital resource which can reduce time

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Belfast Mind Coach Says “Parents Should Look After Their Mental Health During The Summer Holidays”

While the summer holidays are intended as a relieving respite for your young ones, it might not feel quite the same for you.  Gone are the scheduled six to seven hours of childcare each day, homework to occupy your children in the evenings, and after-school clubs to keep them stimulated.  Now you need to think

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Titanic Hotel Belfast Needs Your Vote In Global Awards

Titanic Hotel Belfast is on the verge of an unparalleled achievement, having secured the esteemed title of Northern Ireland’s Leading Hotel for an incredible five consecutive years at the esteemed World Travel Awards. As a testament to its commitment to excellence, Titanic Hotel Belfast is counting on the continued support of the general public to

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“Small Businesses Across NI Must Learn To Protect Themselves Online” Says Digital Expert

While the digital landscape offers a wealth of opportunities for small businesses, it equally presents a bounty for cybercriminals.  In the UK, a small business falls victim to a successful hack every 19 seconds. By the time you reach the end of this article, at least six more will have been compromised.  Senior developer Adam

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Data Collection And Analysis Is The Key To An Effective Climate Strategy

By Stuart Lunn Sales Manager, getizon.com We’re on the brink of a climate catastrophe. It’s not really news, so I’ll spare you the frightening details of how warm our planet’s set to become, or how quickly time is running out. But I will say this: we all need to act. It’s easier said than done,

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How The Circular Economy Can Make A Difference To The Environment And Your Business

The term Circular Economy has been widely known in academia for some time, yet it has been slow to penetrate into business practices. In its simplest terms, it is moving from a linear economy of take, make, waste practices into more sustainable methods that emphasise recycling and reuse. As a renewable energy specialist, it was

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What’s Your Favourite Animal? These Are The Top 20 Animals People Want To See In The Wild

Nearly nine in 10 (87%) of people in the UK want to see wild animals in their natural habitat – but are unaware of where some can be found. A poll of 2,000 adults found even though they would travel up to 12 hours to see wildlife on their bucket list, there are some gaps

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How Martina Bradley Got Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable During Her Time At Boardroom Apprentice

By Maisie Laughton Stepping out of our comfort zone can cover a range of both somewhat small and inexplicably large tasks, with Martina Bradley choosing to leap head-first rather than walk into a new environment, an experience she certainly does not regret grabbing by the horns. 46-year-old Martina was born in Magherafelt and remains based

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Ready For The Future: 100% Of Boardroom Apprentices Feel Equipped To Apply For Board Positions

By Eileen Mullan Founder, Boardroom Apprentice As Boardroom Apprentice gears up to take on a new cohort of apprentices, I always find now is a good time to reflect on where our previous Boardroom Apprentices have ended up and what they have gone on to do since completing the Programme.  Boardroom Apprentice is a 12-month

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Water Is Not An Infinite Business Resource

By Karl Fox, General Manager, PAC Enviro  Late last year as global leaders met in Sharam El-Sheikh to discuss climate change at COP27 the issue of water, whether it be flooding in Pakistan or drought in east Africa was never far from the news reports. But the impact of water, and wastewater, closer to home

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Investing In Electricity Grid Urgent To Meet Climate Change Goals

By Brian Alexander, Renewables Business Development Manager, PAC Group Northern Ireland stands on the cusp of major changes in how we generate our power, as global forces converge to shape a very different way of how we produce electricity for our homes and businesses.  A legacy of under-investment has created problems that put at risk

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10 Events To ‘Gorge’ On At This Year’s Imagine! Belfast Festival Of Ideas And Politics!

The Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics returns next week with a feast of events  Next week marks the return of one of Belfast’s most thought-provoking festivals, the Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics during March 20-26. The festival will explore the theme, ‘Brain Food: A feast of ideas for a better world.’

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Comment: As Young people Across NI Gear Up To Vote Here’s What They Have To Say

Voting for The NI Assembly election takes place tomorrow from 07:00 to elect 90 members of the legislative assembly (MLA’s), including filling the place of First Minister.  Young people can vote from the age of 18, allowing the space for young people to have their voices heard and make changes to the things that matter

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Comment: Are The Northern Ireland Election Candidates Doing Enough To Speak To Young People?

Well, here we are again. It’s always such a pleasure to look upon society with an upturned nose, but today I must look much closer to home and discuss the 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly election, due to begin tomorrow (at the time of writing), May 5th. I thought it was still April, honestly. That said,

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City Invited To Have Its Say on Council’s Tourism Plan

A 10 year tourism plan for Belfast that puts its people and its stories at its heart is now out for consultation. Belfast City Council has launched the 12 week consultation on its draft tourism plan which is inviting people, locally and globally, to ‘make yourself at home’. The draft document sets out a blueprint

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Public Consultation Opens Into Proposed Changes To Dual Language Street Signs Policy

A public consultation has opened today into proposed changes to the Council’s Dual Language Street Signs Policy. This follows on from a Council decision, taken in January, to revise the policy. The consultation will last for 14 weeks and finish on Monday 28 February 2022 and everyone interested in this issue is encouraged to provide

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News In Brief: Independent Shops Voted Top Community Improvement

Independent shops are the community improvement people would most like to see, a survey found. More free car parking was second most popular. The top 10 is: 1. Indy shops 2. Parking 3. Greens 4. Recycling 5. Restaurants 6. Parks 7. Benches 8. Chain shops 9. Bins 10. Public transport   Hear more news and

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BBC’s Mark Davenport Leads BBC Spotlight Special – A Contested Centenary

Community tensions and violence have been recurring features of life in Northern Ireland since its creation 100 years ago. In a special one-hour Spotlight, former BBC Northern Ireland Political Editor Mark Devenport returns to our screens to explore aspects of Northern Ireland’s past and present and what its future might hold. Speaking to an extraordinary

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Meet the Blogger: Emma McGladdery

Emma is a 36 year old from Banbridge who manages the fashion store ‘Hanger 13 Boutique’. In her spare time she shares all things fashion and beauty related on her Instagram page. Why did you decide to become a blogger/influencer? For one I loved watching others create content but secondly I have always felt that

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Meet the Blogger: Kayleigh Tinney, (Mind Talk Blog)

Kayleigh is a 23 year old Marketing assistant and student from Belfast who runs her blog under the handle ‘Mind Talk Blog’ a blog which aims to promote positivity and wellness. Why did you decide to become a blogger/influencer? I have wanted to start a blog for as long as I can remember but I

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603 Adults Waiting More Than A Year For Autism Diagnosis

The Health Minister, Robin Swann, has revealed that more than 603 adults are waiting for over a year for autism diagnosis. Mr Swann was answering an Assembly Written Question from South Down SDLP MLA, Colin McGrath, who also revealed that in total 1,101 were currently waiting for assessment. The Minister also said that a planned

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REVIEW: “In Imagination We Trust And In Wonder We Must” CahootsNI’s New Online Show The University Of Wonder and Imagination

During lockdown I really wanted to up skill and learn something new, like perhaps learning a new language? Or, developing my business skills? I didn’t really have “graduated from a University of Wonder ” down on the to-do list but thanks to CahootsNI’s new online show, ‘The University of Wonder and Imagination’ I graduated with

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Guest Column: US Secretary Of State Lambasts China On Pollution Record – Irony Officially Dead

By Adam Murray US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted a message at the end of August accusing the Communist Party of China of ‘wilful disregard for air, land, and water quality’ stating that ‘the Chinese people deserve better’. (1) Pompeo railed that China is responsible for 30% of the world’s plastic pollution. China produces

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8 Types Of Friends We All Have: Which One Are You?

Most women have a best friend group, the women closest to us in our lives that we share unforgettable memories with.   “We all think we’re unique and special in our own way. But, every friendship group has a classic stereotype of characters” said artist and designer Kelsey Tyson, owner of Girl Limit, a home

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5 Top Tips To Support Small Businesses After Lockdown

Something I think is so important is to support people who are really doing something they love and I know that many small businesses will have suffered from having to close up shop during lockdown. Therefore, when I start to make my way back onto the highstreet I will certainly be rushing to small and

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Opinion: The Covid-19 impact on our parents and grandparents

With the 24-hour news cycle dominated by Covid-19 it is easy to look at the healthy presenters and not really consider the impact of such news on those deemed as vulnerable, nor their thoughts. I am one of those categorised as high-risk as a result of Type 2 Diabetes. My father is 89, and thus

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On The Town With Patience [December]: Younique Aesthetics Clinic Opening

Earlier this week I was invited to attend the opening of the new Younique Aesthetics Clinic in Belfast on Chichester Street, which was opened by Pamela Laird who is currently starring on The Apprentice on BBC.  Younique Aesthetics is a private, non-surgical cosmetic practice providing non-invasive aesthetic innovative solutions to revitalise tired skin and treat

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Dog Fostering – Why You Should Seriously Consider It

Dogs. They’ve been considered as man’s best friend for centuries. For those of us who have experience with dogs, we know how intelligent, affectionate and faithful they really can be. They entertain us, they listen to us when we’re sad and display immense loyalty. And yet all they ask for in return is nothing but

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Brunch: What Is It & Why Is It So Popular?

Brunch may appear to be a millennial phenomenon, but it actually goes back much, much further. Originally, brunch was the 19th Century hangover cure. The term, which are the words breakfast and lunch sandwiched together, was allegedly coined by an Englishman called Guy Beringer in 1895. The meal was reputedly designed for “Saturday-night carousers” who

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