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Social Media transformation for North West 200

Over the last number of years, social media sites have helped to raise the profile of sporting events.

A number of different sports have introduced ways that fans can keep up to date with events even when they cannot be in attendance. Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter have been hailed as the go to places in terms of information.

As the 2017 Vauxhall International North West 200 approaches, Aaron O’Neill has been looking into the ways that social media have helped transform the event.  The following video gives us a little insight into how social media has helped the event.

 

 

 

 

Vital renovations for Foyle Search and Rescue base

 

The Foyle Search and Rescue base has undergone vital renovations over the past number of months.

The group, who are based in Prehen, Derry, are as busy as ever, and have as many as 70 volunteers carrying out regular checks in the fast-flowing river Foyle.

The group continues to carry out various search and rescue missions in their battle to keep people safe from the dangerous Foyle waters.

Derry’s three bridges have been suicide blackspots for many years. The Foyle Bridge stands at 130 feet tall and is the largest suspension bridge on the island of Ireland, with many having jumped from the bridge over the years.

Head of Media Communications for Foyle Search and Rescue, Pat Carlin, has praised the generosity of the public, whose donations have made upgrades to their headquarters in the Waterside possible.

 

PSNI hope simulator will make roads a safer place

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) have created a car crash simulator in a bid to make the roads of Northern Ireland a safer place.

Aimed at students and young drivers, the simulator takes the passenger through a real story about a fatal car crash in Wales from around 10 years ago.

Starting from the beginning of the day, passengers will go through the events leading up to the crash, the fatal accident, as well as witnessing the role of the police after the accident.

Constable Crutchley, from the PSNI Road Safety Department, believes the simulator has a positive impact, “The purpose of the simulator is to try and make people think about the decisions they make when in a car.

“We get involved in education, we get involved in enforcement and we also work with other agencies to make roads safer through engineering.”

As the simulator was at Ulster University on an icy February morning, Constable Crutchley has some extra advice for motorists in difficult conditions.

“Don’t take chances,” he believes, “Be prepared and make sure that your car is defrosted properly before heading off in the morning.

“We hate to see motorists peering through a little gap in their front windscreen.”

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Belfast Photo Festival 2017 launched

 

 

Belfast Photo festival returns this month and will run from 1-30th June with exhibitions, talks, workshops, masterclasses, tours, portfolio reviews, and screenings taking place across 25 venues within the city.

Launched in 2011, this major photographic event attracts over 80 thousand visitors a year, celebrating some of the finest National and International contemporary photography across 30 museums, galleries and public venues.

Locations include Victoria Square, the Ulster Museum, Writers Square, and St. Anne’s Square.

This year’s festival will explore the theme of sexuality and gender, with highlights including the Ulster Museum exhibition, Fashion – A Matter of Attitude, a talk by Mike Trow, current Picture Editor at Vogue; Juno Calypso’s photographic mission, The Honeymoon Suite; and the return of the Royal Photographic Society’s International Print Exhibition.

We spoke to Festival Director Michael Weir:

‘Go Girl” exhibition at QSS Gallery on International Women’s Day

The ‘Go Girl’ exhibition at the QSS Gallery in Belfast was launched on the 8 March, to coincide with International Women’s Day 2017.

‘Go Girl’ is a collective of female artists, musicians and photographers from across Belfast who work together to raise awareness for works by women within the creative industries.

‘Trauma and Triumph’ exhibition

Catherine McLoughlin was the curator of the ‘Trauma and Triumph’ exhibition and a founding member of ‘Go Girl’.

23-year-old Ms McLoughlin, a Fine Arts graduate of Newcastle University, said the exhibition aimed to:

“Give a feminine perspective on how being a woman in Northern Ireland affects the way you live and grow up”.

The works displayed were all original creations and a total of £300 was raised which will go towards the hire of gallery space and promotion of events established by ‘Go Girl’.

The Go Girl exhibition conincided with Intl Women’s Day