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‘Be Safe Be Seen’ Halloween Campaign

‘Be Safe Be Seen’ Halloween Campaign On the 31st October every year we celebrate Halloween, also known as Hallowe’en, Allhallowe’en, All Hallows ‘Eve or All Saints’ Eve. Halloween is celebrated by Christians, non-Christians and pagans in many countries around the world. Halloween falls on... 

Tourists with Cars Beware

Tourists with Cars Beware On Friday 1st October, I was walking down Echlin Street, of James Street, Dublin 8 when I noticed a parked car with a window smashed. I stopped and took an interest in this car. It appeared who ever smashed the window may have taken something from the car. The broken window... 

World Mental Health Day October 10th

World Mental Health Day October 10th The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared October 10th as ‘World Mental Health Day’. This year’s theme is “Dignity in Mental Health”. WHO want to ensure that people with mental illness are treated with the courtesy, respect and dignity that... 

Winter Fuel Allowance

For those who are eligible, Fuel Allowance starts this week.  The payment is 20 Euro each week in addition to your main social welfare payment, for 6 months from October until April.  If you think you are eligible and haven’t yet received your payment, you should make an application. For those... 

Startup Gathering 2015 At Wood Quay

Ever wondered about opening you own business or have done so in the past, but for some reason failed? I think most of us have. Starting up a business involves a lot of preparation and it is always good to know the tricks of the trade. The Wood Quay Venue in Dublin 8 will be hosting the Startup Gathering... 

Herbs and Spices to Boost Your Health

Herbs and Spices to Boost Your Health It is coming to that time of year again when it is not quite cold enough to put on your winter coat but it is also not warm enough to discard your cardigan.  This is why you have to be careful not to catch a cold or get sick.  Cooking with herbs and spices are... 

NIVAL – A Haven for Art Lovers and Artists

NIVAL – A Haven for Art Lovers and Artists The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) is located on busy Thomas Street and is home to art students both national and international. Of course, when you are at college the library becomes your best friend and thankfully NCAD has one of the finest archived... 

SAD Light Therapy

Our moods are like the seasons, transient like waves, constantly changing, and for some people their moods happen to change with the seasons.  In the late autumn or winter they start to feel more lethargic and want to hibernate, and during the end of spring or early summer they begin to feel more energetic... 

Online Breast Milk

I read a controversial article on a new breastfeeding trend called MilkShare and thought I would find out more about it. MilkShare allows mothers to share their breast milk online; and it is now available on Facebook. I am all for breastfeeding and believe that babies who are breastfed are given a healthy... 

Emotional Intelligence and You

Emotional Intelligence and You Is there a way to estimate why some people are successful in the work place and others aren’t? The answer is yes. According to a recent test-study and questionnaire it was found when testing employers and employees that it is emotional intelligence (EI) that sets us... 

One Step Closer To A Cure For HIV

Finally scientists and researchers are one step closer to a cure for HIV – a study has found. The latest research shows that molecules were tested on mice and diminished the HIV virus in the HIV infected mice by 80 to 95%. The new findings were published in the journal Molecular Therapy. It incorporates... 

Leaving Cert Students Get Their Results

Leaving Cert Students Get Their Results Irish leaving cert students’ can access there leaving cert results now and the long wait is finally over. There were almost 58,000 students sitting the exams in June. The Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan said: “I would like to congratulate all of the 58,000... 

Borderline Personality Disorder

This is a complex disorder where the person often has a distorted perception of themselves; they are impulsive and self harm. About 75% of people diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder are women. The individual is emotionally unstable, especially when it comes to interpersonal relationships.... 

Changes to Long-Term Sick Leave Legislation

In most workplaces employers ask of their workers to take their annual leave within the calendar year. In 2009 the European Courts of Justice ruled that workers on long-term sick leave, does not lose their annual leave even if they were not working during that year; they were entitled to accumulate... 

Free GP Care for Everyone over 70

If you are over 70 years of age you will be entitled to Free GP Care starting on the 5th of August. Older people with no medical cards or GP visit cards can start registering for Free GP Care as from today. Minister Health Leo Varadkar and Primary Care Minister Kathleen Lynch announced the new GP service... 

August Bank Holiday Road Safety Campaign

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has launched their first Driver Fatigue TV Ad Campaign and will be showing the new ad called ‘Signs’ in the lead-up to the bank holiday. The RSA and An Garda Síochána also launched the August Bank Holiday Road Safety Campaign this week. The reason for the campaign... 

Fashion Show & Fun!

Down Syndrome Ireland will be having a fashion show on the 16th of August 2015 at the Radisson Blu St. Helen’s Hotel in Stillorgan from 3pm to 6pm. All the models are people with Down syndrome and they will take to the catwalk for a day packed with fashion and style. Kathleen Fitzsimons who works... 

Smoking May Be Linked To Psychosis

Smoking May Be Linked To Psychosis Scientists have discovered that the chemicals in tobacco might be responsible for the onset of psychosis, along with other genetic and environmental factors, which can also contribute to the disorder. Research has found that 57% of patients who were treated for a psychotic... 

Irish Women’s Drinking Culture

  Irish women are known to have the craic and enjoy themselves with copious amounts of alcohol. Our mates never seem to hear us when we say ‘that is enough, I don’t want anymore.’ They seem to go into Mrs. Doyle mode and say ‘Ah go on, sure you will have another, you will, ah go on.’... 

Challenging the Moderator

Challenging the Moderator Recently I noticed a moderator reprimand a user on FaceBook and their post was deleted.  The moderator pointed out the standards and reminded the person that anything that violates those standards would be deleted.  In addition, there was the risk that repeated offenders... 
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