Hannah McSorley
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Tyrone Tadpoles are a social media hit!

“Many people across social media have worried about the “plague-like” nature of all these frogs, and some are worried about their release disrupting the local eco-system where I live.”

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Student Mental Health in the time of COVID-19

2020 began as any other, but soon into the year, the lives of every person worldwide came to a crashing halt, changing life as we all knew it. When Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the U.K lockdown on March 23rd, nobody could’ve imagined what life in a bubble would be …

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Working From Home in the Drinks Industry

Anna McLaughlin is currently one of the thousands of people working at home for the first time due to COVID-19. As the Jameson Whiskey Brand Ambassador for Northern Ireland, lockdown restrictions have completely turned the usual day-to-day aspects of her role on to its head. Here is how she is …

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The names at risk of going ‘Bye-Bye Baby’ across the UK

What is on trend comes and goes across the country. What was once fashionable and current can become as out-dated as your favourite pair of flared jeans. The same goes for popular baby names and what ones end up topping the tables can change generationally or year-on-year. What name you …

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Maintaining a fitness routine during a global pandemic

The Coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent government directives on social distancing has forced gyms across Northern Ireland to shut down. Regular gym-goers have found their daily routine disrupted whilst those beginners who had just started to get into fitness prior to the epidemic have also found their progress stunted. I …

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PSNI figures reveal increase in male victims of domestic abuse

When one thinks of the term ‘domestic abuse’, often the first thought that comes to mind is of a man perpetrating violence against a woman. People often forget that men can be victims of such abuse as well. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) defines domestic abuse as violent, …

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Covid-19: How has the lockdown impacted people’s exercise?

Under current lockdown rules in the UK, the government has permitted people to go out for exercise once a day. As a result of this, more of us have been leaving our homes for exercise to explore the benefits it has for our health. However, there is some confusion over …

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Northern Ireland ends 2019 with near record low-levels of unemployment

Northern Ireland ended 2019 with a near record low unemployment rate of just 2.7%, despite 3,041 redundancies throughout the year. The rate of unemployment at 2.7% in Northern Ireland is the lowest during the 8-year period of 2011 to 2019, according to information from the official statistics agency, Nisra. An …

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Road Traffic Collisions in NI Fall for 3rd Consecutive Year

Road traffic collisions involving injury have once again decreased in Northern Ireland over the past year. According to the PSNI’s annual data release, there were 5676 road traffic collisions involving injury last year, down slightly from 2018’s figure of 5749. This marks a third consecutive year of decline in Northern …

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Altnagelvin has worst driving test pass rates

Learner drivers are least likely to pass their driving test at Altnagelvin, Co. Londonderry. The Derry test centre had a pass rate of 42.58% in 2019 – the lowest in all of Northern Ireland, according to a Freedom of Information request to the Driver & Vehicle Agency. This figure has …