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Single Mothers Earn 53% Less Than The Average Man

New data reveals that the earnings of single mothers will significantly impact their ability to save enough into their pension pot for retirement Research by NOW: Pensions and the Pensions Policy Institute (PPI) reveals that *single mothers earn 53% less than the ‘average’ man and 37% less than the ‘average’ woman Today, women retire on […]

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Bulk Up Meals On A Budget

Cash strapped shoppers in Northern Ireland are being given advice on how to bulk up meals without breaking the bank. The frugal team at online food retailer MuscleFood.com have put together their tips for making meals stretch further without buying additional costly ingredients. They say adding lentils and oats to mince based dishes are a good way

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Belfast Revealed In Top Ten Cities And Towns Least Interested In Social Media Fame

As the influencer market continues to prosper and more express interest in joining the industry, new data reveals the cities and towns where residents are less interested in becoming social media stars. The research, pulled together by online casino comparison website Kajino, analysed nationwide Google searches for keywords related to becoming an influencer, to identify which cities

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Resilience Project Commences Aimed At Conserving Lough Neagh’s Rich Heritage

The journey to preserve the captivating landscape and the rich heritage of Lough Neagh and its surrounding area has commenced with the Lough Neagh Heritage Resilience Project led by the Lough Neagh Partnership with £244,000 funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Lough Neagh Partnership is vowing to safeguard the heritage of Lough Neagh and

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1 In 3 Worried About Keeping Up With Mortgage Payments In 2024

Recent findings from The Clifton Private Finance Mortgage Pulse Report 2024 shed light on the UK population’s perceived ability to keep up with their mortgage repayments in 2024, as many come off low fixed rates onto new, significantly higher rate deals. The data, collected from more than 350 form submissions on the Clifton Private Finance

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Here’s How Often You Should Replace These Household Items

From towels to bed sheets, households are being told how often they need to replace household items to prevent germs and bacteria from spreading throughout their home. Interior experts from Online-Bedrooms.co.uk have revealed how often items such as shower curtains, sponges and toothbrushes need to be changed to avoid a germ infestation. When the durability of household

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The Power Of A Positive Mentality: Matthew Bell On His Second Chance

Pro hockey player Matthew Bell was at the top of his game. In 2016 he was gearing up for the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro. When he didn’t make the cut for the sporting world’s biggest stage, he thought he was having the worst day of his life. He had no idea what was ahead

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Irish Traveller Family Unlawfully Discriminated Against At Belfast Restaurant

A court has ruled that an Irish Traveller family asked to leave a Belfast restaurant was unlawfully discriminated against on grounds of race. The case was brought by the Joyce family and was supported by the Equality Commission. On October 1, 2022, Patrick Joyce, his wife and two adult children went to the Cuisine Buffet

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Coping With Darker Days: Your Guide To Mental Wellness

Are you noticing the dropping temperatures and darker days? When these changes arrive, many people experience a dip in their mental health and overall mood. It’s important to nurture your mental health throughout the darker seasons, particularly when dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). To understand SAD a bit better, the NHS defines it as

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New Memoir ‘Second Chances’ Recounts Pro Hockey Player’s Battle With Brain Cancer

Craigavon born pro hockey player Matthew Bell thought not being selected for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro was the worst day of his life. Little did he know the hardest times were ahead of him. Once an international hockey player, Matthew’s life was upended when he was diagnosed with a life-threatening brain tumour

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Translink Invite Public To Capture Life’s Connections Through A Lens!

Have you ever been curious about where the person sitting next to you on the bus or train are going and for what purpose? Today, Translink is launching an innovative new photography competition called Translink Connections to help answer that question and is challenging student and amateur photographers across Northern Ireland to capture striking and

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Giants And Dundonald International Ice Bowl Skate Into New Season

The Stena Line Belfast Giants are proud to continue working in partnership with Dundonald International Ice Bowl for the 2023/24 season. The only Olympic sized public skating rink on the island of Ireland, Dundonald International Ice Bowl first opened its doors in 1986 and offers a range of on and off-ice family-friendly activities, including ice

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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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Bereaved Parents Reminded To Check Eligibility For Financial Support

Bereaved parents whose partner died between 9 April 2001 and 8 February 2023 are being encouraged to check their eligibility for backdated financial support by the Department for Communities. Eligibility for Bereavement Support Payment and Widowed Parent’s Allowance was extended to cohabiting parents with dependent children on 9 February 2023. Previously only available to eligible

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NI Households £4 Per Week Worse Off Than This Time Last Year

Asda’s latest Income Tracker has revealed that the cost-of-living crisis continues to impact most significantly on local families, as Northern Ireland is once again highlighted as the worst performing region in the UK. At £95 per week, the discretionary income of the average NI family – the amount left after all taxes and essential bills

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Co. Antrim’s Dad Of The Year Takes On Lidl’s Daddy Dash

County Antrim’s Dad of the Year has been the lucky recipient of an entirely free grocery shop courtesy of leading supermarket retailer Lidl Northern Ireland, after taking part in a thrilling ‘supermarket sweep’ style competition in their local Lidl Northern Ireland store. In honour of Father’s Day 2023, Lidl Northern Ireland launched a special Father’s

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10 Tips To Cut Your Shopping Bills In Half

A food guru has shared 10 tips that could cut your shopping bills in half – including always looking at the lowest placed items on a shelf, avoiding the bigger trolleys and investing more in the frozen food aisle. Personal finance expert Lynn Beattie – also known as Mrs Mummypenny – is recognised for her

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More Children Turn To Childline During Summer As They Struggle With Eating Disorders And Body Image Issues

Childline, the counselling service run by the NSPCC, reveals new data showing that 40% of all the counselling sessions they delivered last year on eating disorders and body image took place in the summer months (June to September). Across the whole year – April 2022 to March 2023 – Childline delivered 4,179 counselling sessions across

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Northern Ireland: Police Must End ‘Appalling’ Practice Of Stop Strip Searching Children

In response to the Policing Board’s human rights review of the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s (PSNI) practice of strip searching children, published today (Tuesday), Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International’s Northern Ireland Director, said: “It’s shocking that children as young as 14 are being strip searched by the PSNI. This appalling practice is a serious violation of

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Over 650 Young People Across NI Participate In Generation Innovation Work Experience Programme

More than 650 young people across Northern Ireland have taken part in Catalyst’s innovative work experience programme, Generation Innovation, gaining exposure to some of the region’s most innovative employers. Generation Innovation is a unique, future-focused work experience programme for 17-18-year-olds designed to empower, enable, and upskill them for the workplace of tomorrow and set them

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Graduation Celebrations For Dale Farm’s ‘Home Grown Talent’

Dale Farm has recently celebrated the graduation of two of its home-grown team members. Graduating with honour degrees in Food and Drink Manufacture from the College of Agriculture Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Abbie Thompson, Planning and Production Support in Pennybridge and Maria Mullan, Assistant Powder Production Manager in Dunman are not only celebrating their

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New Service For Economically Inactive Across NI Launches To Combat Unemployment

Enterprise NI and Prince’s Trust team up to deliver Northern Ireland Explore Enterprise Support Service to 1200 people A new service aimed at engaging Northern Ireland’s most economically inactive people was launched by Enterprise NI and Prince’s Trust this week. The new service Northern Ireland Explore Enterprise Support Service (NIEESS), is set to run until

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Deadline Is Approaching To Apply For This Year’s Boardroom Apprentice

There are only a few days left to apply for this year’s Boardroom Apprentice programme online via the official Boardroom Apprentice website. All applications are to be submitted by 3pm on Monday June 19. Now in its seventh year, the Boardroom Apprentice is a UK first 12-month unique board learning, development and placement programme which

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Boardroom Apprentice Success: 100% Of Participating Individuals Feel Equipped To Step Into A Future Board Role

Boardroom Apprentice has recently opened its applications for the seventh year of its widely renowned and successful programme, welcoming individuals to take part in the twelve-month scheme. Throughout the year-long programme, people from all backgrounds and abilities are seated with boards across the country, promoting diversity and inclusion in the industry.  Created to provide a

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Northern Ireland: Police Figures Reveal ‘Deeply Worrying’ Rise In Hate Crimes

New PSNI report shows increase in sectarian, disability and transphobic hate crimes On average, more than eight hate-motivated incidents reported to police every day ‘The police – and the Northern Ireland Executive when it returns – need to get a grip on the scourge of hate crime’ – Patrick Corrigan Responding to a rise in

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Boardroom Apprentice Paving The Way For Change

 95% Agree Programme Has Improved Diversity Across Boards The 2023 applications now open for this year’s Boardroom Apprentice, marking the programme’s seventh year of enabling individuals from all backgrounds, abilities and ages the opportunity to learn and gain experience. Having already helped 277 people turn their dream of sitting on a board into a reality,

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Journey Through Time And Place With Belfast Photo Festival This June

Festival returns from 01–30 June for journeys through history, place and perspective Belfast Photo Festival, Northern Ireland’s premier visual arts festival, has revealed its full programme as it prepares to exhibit works from international visual artists in galleries and public spaces throughout the city this June. This year’s compelling works are intended to lead audiences

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Employees Burn Out Quicker Than Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs have lower levels of burnout compared to employees, reveals research by Aalto University School of Business. The study, conducted by Professor Ewald Kibler, analysed the common beliefs about entrepreneurship and found that entrepreneurial work produces significantly fewer daily work stressors than employed work. It also offers higher levels of beneficial job autonomy, since entrepreneurs

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These Are The Top 10 Cities In The UK With The Most UFO Sightings – And Northern Ireland Doesn’t Even Feature!

Edinburgh, London and Leicester have been confirmed as the UK’s official UFO hotspots, according to research. The study of 2,000 adults found 18 per cent of residents in the Scottish city are convinced they’ve had a legitimate sighting. They are also most likely to believe aliens exist somewhere in the universe, even if they’ve never

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Hairdressers And Coffee Shops Are Considered To Be The Friendliest Small Businesses On The High Street

People in the UK consider hairdressers to be the friendliest small businesses on the high street, along with coffee shops, corner shops and newsagents. A survey of 2,000 UK adults also found 35 per cent consider at least one independent shop owner as a pal. The local pub, fish and chip shop, restaurant and butcher

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Women Are Embarrassed Talking About Their Bodies: 2% Whisper When Ordering Intimate Products At The Shop

Women are embarrassed when talking about their own bodies with more than a fifth (21 per cent) – even whispering or using a lowered voice – to order intimate products from behind the counter. The UK’s biggest ‘vagina study’, of 5,000 women, found they feel uncomfortable discussing anything to do with their private parts and

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Where Would You Like To Retire? Here Are The Top 10 Countries People In The UK Want To Go

New research has revealed the top 10 countries people in the UK want to spend their retirement in, with Spain placing first. Equity release specialists at Retirement Solutions analysed the average monthly Google search volume for different terms relating to retiring abroad. They wanted to determine the countries that people are most seeking to move

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Raising Daughters’ Nudges Men To Understand Women’s Struggles and Thus Support Gender Equality

Having daughters can permanently affect male CEOs’ gender-related attitudes in business, human resourcing and governance priorities, making them more inclined towards supporting women’s struggles for equality, according to new research from Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). The researchers found that fathering an additional daughter versus a son, which is naturally random, is associated

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10 Instagrammable Places In Belfast 

By Joanna Massey and Jack Graham Whether you’re looking to take a picture with stunning architecture, colourful street art or unique quirky pubs, Belfast has it all. The city offers a diverse range of Instagrammable places that are sure to delight both tourists and locals alike, so make sure you visit the vibrant and dynamic

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