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Number of pupils entering education system in Northern Ireland continues to increase despite funding cuts

It was announced in the run up to the 2018/19 academic year that primary schools in Northern Ireland would be receiving £56 less per pupil. The cuts to funding would leave education in Northern Ireland “at crisis point” said one primary school Principal. By analysing the steady trend in increasing …

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How supermarkets are going the extra mile to ensure staff and shoppers safety during coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus has hugely affected our ability to carry out basic daily tasks. One of such tasks is a trip to the local supermarket. Since the outbreak of the virus which has seen measures introduced by the government to combat its spread, supermarkets have had to adapt. I spoke to an …

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Visit to Al Fawwar Refugee Camp, Hebron, Palestine, June 2019

Ayat Alturshan runs several different projects for women and children at different refugee camps in the West Bank, Palestine. I recently had the opportunity to go and visit the Al Fawwar refugee camp on the outskirts of Hebron, West Bank, Palestine with the cultural and educational project, Go Palestine which …

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Surf Lebanon: The Middle East’s core surf scene

Surf Lebanon is a crew who surf a range of waves just south of Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. After a quick surf, I spoke to the founder and centre of Lebanon’s surf scene, Ali Elamine, about his shop and met a few of the local surfers hanging out on the beach.

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Lyra McKee: Who was she and why are people talking about her?

Lyra McKee was a 29 years old reporter, writer and campaigner. Friends and colleagues described her as a “rising star” in the world of journalism – she was named Sky News young journalist of the year in 2006. Lyra was writing her first book which was due to be published in …

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The Loughinisland Massacre

On June 18 1994, six men were brutally murdered as they sat having a drink in their local pub.  They were watching Ireland play Italy in the soccer World Cup in the Heights Bar, Loughinisland – a small village in County Down, Northern Ireland.    Their only crime that night was …

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What Brexit means to border communities in Ireland

With the date that the UK is due to leave the European Union (EU) drawing ever closer – March 29, 2019 – no-one seems to be any the wiser about what is going to happen.  Will there be a deal at all?  Will there be a back-stop?  Will there be …

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Living Under Occupation in the West Bank

Living under occupation in the West Bank As I strolled through the streets of the Old Town market near the home of Idress Zahdeh, rocks, other missiles and rubbish were landing on the grills and tarpaulins above my head, which were put there in order to protect the shoppers, shopkeepers, …

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Syrian refugees in Lebanon eight years on

As Lebanon airs the offer of free one-way tickets out, refugees say they are not even receiving basic medicine and food, while their homes can- not stand another harsh winter storm Beqaa Valley, Lebanon – When Myriam Mohammad found out that her home in Hamas, Syria, had been completely destroyed, …

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Meet the founder and head coach of Belfast’s cross-community boxing club

Meet Terry McCorran, founder and head coach of Belfast’s cross-community boxing club. The City of Belfast Boxing Academy backs on to the East Strand Peace Wall. Open for eight years, the club caters for anyone from every part of the city, eschewing a specific sectarian identity, common with sports clubs …

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