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Students vote to take strike action alongside trade unions

STUDENTS at Queen’s University are to strike this month alongside public sector workers in opposition to recently announced austerity measures.   In a referendum, 86 per cent of the 600 students who voted backed a ‘Yes’ vote that called for the strike action as part of a “sustained campaign against cuts to university funding and […]

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Result of teachers’ union vote on strike action to be known this week

Parents, pupils and school staff will find out this week whether teachers will take strike action in response to the revised NI Executive budget.   The result of a vote by members of INTO – Ireland’s largest teachers’ union – will be made known on Thursday. INTO’s annual conference last week was addressed by Education Minister John […]

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Fox News star in hot water over 1984 Divis Flats claim

A long-gone blot on the Belfast landscape has been hurled into the centre of a growing international row that could threaten the future of one of the United States’ top broadcasters.   Irish-American cable news presenter Bill O’Reilly – the biggest name in the Fox News galaxy of stars – has come under fierce pressure […]

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Campaigner warn cuts to services in South Belfast will “wreak havoc” on communities

Naomi Connor is an organiser with NIPSA and head of a campaign in the South of the city organised by the Belfast Trades Union Council that aims to raise public awareness of the threat to funding for services including hospitals, schools, transport, community projects, as well as proposed cuts to benefits.   The campaign is […]

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First stage of plan to open up Lagan Canal to traffic set to get the go-ahead

BELFAST CITY Council is expected to green-light the first phase of its ambitious restoration of the Lagan Canal at tonight’s monthly meeting. The £8.62m Lagan Gateway initiative will see public access walkways restored, the installation of a new bridge and hopefully the eventual return of boats and barges to the water for the first time […]

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Alarming Belfast self-harm figures revealed in new report

Alarming Belfast self-harm figures revealed in new report

More people are treated in Belfast hospitals for self-harm than anywhere else on the island of Ireland. The shocking new figures are contained in a new report from the Registry of Self-Harm analysing the prevalence of self-harm presentations to the 12 emergency departments in Northern Ireland. In a comparison with other large cities in Ireland […]

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First Minister pays ‘historic’ visit to West Belfast

First Minister pays ‘historic’ visit to West Belfast

FIRST Minister Peter Robinson paid what’s been described as a “historic” visit to West Belfast when he was the keynote speaker at the annual Building Business Together breakfast in the Kennedy Centre this morning. Stressing how community leaders can build and grow business together in the city, Mr Robinson said: “We are moving forward as […]

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West Belfast’s first-ever UKIP candidate vows to knock on all doors

WEST Belfast’s first-ever UKIP Westminster candidate has vowed to canvass all areas of the constituency in the run-up to May’s election. Brian Higginson is set to run for the UK Independence Party in the forthcoming poll. The Lisburn man has been a member of party for the past three years and hopes to become their […]

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Jog Blog, Positive Mental Attitude!

PMA does this really work? I’m an expert at PMT I know how to work that. It’s hard to motivate […]

Jog Blog

Why do we eat so much when we train? Correction, why do I eat so much when I train? My […]

Life got in the way

This week I hit a few snags, it’s very true what they say sometimes ‘life just gets in the way’ […]

The prince, the UDR and ‘failure of the few’

The Duke of York is in the news again with accusations of impropriety coming from USA. A spokesman for Buckingham […]

Jog Blog: Week Three

Well, things are getting better. I’m training more, eating cleaner and sleeping like a log. I’m still no Sonia O’Sullivan, […]

Jog Blog: Week Two

Every morning for the past week I’ve set my alarm for 6am to get up and go for a run. […]