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Story ideas for Friday 30th May 2014

May 26, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: World No-Tobacco Day
Expert: 
Chris Macey (Expert in Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Diseases) Head of Advocacy, Irish Heart Foundation.   
The Hook: 
World No-Tobacco Day is on Saturday May 31st. The day is recognised by the UN and the World Health Organisation and Chris Macey is available to share his knowledge of the risks involved around the use of tobacco.

Notable Events for Friday 30th

Father Ted Festival Kilfenora 2014. Ends Monday June 2nd.
CSO- Irish Babies’ Names 2013.
Foynes Irish Coffee Festival, Limerick- until June 1st.

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Story ideas for Thursday 29th May 2014

May 26, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: World Digestive Health Day- Microbes Matter: gut bacteria in health & diseases forum to be held in UCC 
Expert: Dr. Sally Cudmore (Expert in Health Research and Gastrointestinal Microbiota) General Manager, UCC.
The Hook: There are 100 trillion bacteria living in your gut and they significantly impact your health? Scientists at the Science Foundation Ireland-funded Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre in Cork have been at the forefront of many recent fascinating developments in this area. At the forum people will learn all about the role of gut bacteria in irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, regulating weight gain, behaviour and stress as well as the impact of exercise.

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Story ideas for Wednesday 28th May 2014

May 26, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: Analysis of ECB- Monetary developments in the euro area
Expert: Mark O’Byrne (Expert in Economics) Founder and Head or Research, GoldCore.  
The Hook: On Wednesday May 28th, the European Central Bank will release Monetary developments in the euro area for the reference period: Apr-2014 / Q1 2014. Mark O’Byrne of GoldCore is available to comment.  

Story Idea: Gorta urgently appeal for merchandise for shops as stock runs low 
Expert: Isabella Rae (Expert in Charity and Poverty) Senior Programmes Manager, Gorta.   
The Hook: Gorta has appealed to the people of Ireland to donate any unwanted items to its five shops across the county, as stock is running dangerously low. The charity’s network of ten retail outlets relies entirely on donations from the public to keep their doors open. It is becoming increasingly challenging to keep the shops fully stocked so help is urgently needed. For further details of how you can help, please contact Gorta.

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Story ideas for Tuesday 27th May 2014

May 26, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: DIT’s new city centre campus in Grangegorman is almost ready
Expert: John O’Connor (Expert in Design and Arts Education) Director and Dean, College of Arts and Tourism, DIT.
The Hook: The biggest development in Irish Higher Education has three key aspects. DIT brings the first 1200 students to its new city centre campus at Grangegorman in September. By 2017 the €240 million first phase will be complete with 10,000 students located here, the Luas Cross City line stopping at the gate and the move from Aungier Street to be complete by 2020. By then, DIT and IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght will have been merged for four years and we expect to be operating as the first Technological University in Ireland. For more please contact John O’Connor.

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Story ideas for Monday 26th May 2014

May 26, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: ECB says gold is “important” and have no plan to sell significant quantity of it 
Expert: Mark O’Byrne (Expert in Gold and Precious Metals) Founder and Head or Research, GoldCore.  
The Hook: The ECB announced a new gold agreement recently, which states that they reaffirmed the importance of gold bullion as a monetary reserve. Many Irish women have sold their gold jewellery in recent years in dodgy “cash for gold” schemes. The ECB and central banks of world still value gold as a monetary asset or as money. Women who sold their gold may regret it in the coming years. Particularly, if the price of gold surges again – which seems likely. You can read more about this here.

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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 26th-30th May 2014

May 26, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Monday 26th May 2014

Story Idea: ECB says gold is “important” and have no plan to sell significant quantity of it 
Expert: Mark O’Byrne (Expert in Gold and Precious Metals) Founder and Head or Research, GoldCore.  
The Hook: 
The ECB announced a new gold agreement recently, which states that they reaffirmed the importance of gold bullion as a monetary reserve. Many Irish women have sold their gold jewellery in recent years in dodgy “cash for gold” schemes. The ECB and central banks of world still value gold as a monetary asset or as money. Women who sold their gold may regret it in the coming years. Particularly, if the price of gold surges again – which seems likely. You can read more about this here.

Story Idea: Taxing toxic two-strokes
Expert: John Sodeau (Expert in Air Pollution and Climate Change) Professor of Physical Chemistry, UCC.   
The Hook: Harmful carcinogens and toxic particulate matter are emitted from two-stroke mopeds and scooters. This fact has been known for many years but it has only recently been shown that although two-stroke vehicles constitute a small fraction of the vehicle fleet of a city they can dominate urban air pollution by emission factors up to thousands of times higher than from diesel cars or trucks. None of the emissions (including carbon dioxide) from scooters or mopeds are monitored or regulated and they generally carry just one person. So from both climate change and air health perspectives the question must be asked: Is it fair that the road tax on two-strokes in Ireland can be as little as €49 per year?

Notable Events for Monday 26th

CSO- Overseas Travel February – April 2014.
Independence Day- celebrates the independence of Guyana from the United Kingdom in 1966.
CSO- Quarterly National Household Survey, Quarter 1 2014.

Tuesday 27th May 2014

Story Idea: DIT’s new city centre campus in Grangegorman is almost ready
Expert: John O’Connor (Expert in Design and Arts Education) Director and Dean, College of Arts and Tourism, DIT.
The Hook: The biggest development in Irish Higher Education has three key aspects. DIT brings the first 1200 students to its new city centre campus at Grangegorman in September. By 2017 the €240 million first phase will be complete with 10,000 students located here, the Luas Cross City line stopping at the gate and the move from Aungier Street to be complete by 2020. By then, DIT and IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght will have been merged for four years and we expect to be operating as the first Technological University in Ireland. For more please contact John O’Connor.

Story Idea: A road map for suicide research and prevention 
Expert: Ella Arensman (Expert in Public Health and Suicide) Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation/ Professor, UCC.
The Hook: It is time for policy-makers, funders, researcher and clinicians to tackle high suicide rates, say Andre Aleman and Damiaan Denys. According to the World Health Organisation, almost 1 million people kill themselves every year. That is more than the number that die in homicides and war combined. A further 10 million to 20 million attempt it. Suicide is one of the three leading causes of death in the economically most productive group – those aged 15-44 years – and rates have risen since the economic crisis triggered the banking crash in 2008. For more, please click here.

Notable Events for Tuesday 27th

Birthday (1967) – Paul Gascoigne, former English footballer.

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Mental health: A road map for suicide research and prevention

May 23, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention

Story Idea: Mental health: A road map for suicide research and prevention
Expert: Ella Arensman (Suicide Prevention) Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation
The Hook: According to the World Health Organization, almost 1 million people kill themselves every year. That is more than the number that die in homicides and war combined. A further 10 million to 20 million attempt it.

Suicide is one of the three leading causes of death in the economically most productive group – those aged 15-44 years – and rates have risen since the economic crisis triggered the banking crash in 2008. What is urgently needed is a road map for the systematic study of mechanisms of suicidal behaviour, independent of an associated disorder. Only then can evidence-based prevention programmes be framed. Governments and funding agencies should invest more in the topic. Researchers need to enhance their efforts to make a better case for suicide prevention to national governments and policy makers.

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“ECB says gold is “important” and have no plan to sell significant quantity of it

May 23, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: “ECB says gold is “important” and have no plan to sell significant quantity of it
Expert: Mark O’Byrne (Expert in Currency Exchange) Goldcore
The Hook: The ECB announced a new gold agreement recently where they reaffirmed the importance of gold bullion as a monetary reserve. In recent years, many Irish women have sold their gold jewellery in dodgy “cash for gold” schemes. The ECB and central banks of the world still value gold as a monetary asset or as money. Women who sold their gold may regret it in the coming years. Particularly if the price of gold surges again – which seems likely. Twenty one central banks including the ECB, the central banks of the euro area, (including Ireland), have announced the fourth gold agreement.

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World Digestive Health Day May 29th: “Microbes Matter: gut Bacteria in Health & Diseases forum on in UCC

May 23, 2014 Posted in : Experts, Food Science, Galzacs, Health

Story Idea: World Digestive Health Day May 29th: “Microbes Matter: gut Bacteria in Health & Diseases forum on in UCC
Expert: Dr. Sally Cudmore (Expert in Health Foods and Clinical Research) General Manager Alimentary Pharmabotic Centre, UCC
The Hook: There are 100 trillion bacteria living in your gut and they significantly impact your health? Scientists at the Science Foundation Ireland-funded Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre in Cork have been at the forefront of many recent fascinating developments in this area. At the forum people will learn all about the role of gut bacteria in irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, regulating weight gain, behaviour and stress as well as the impact of exercise.

 

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How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand

May 23, 2014 Posted in : Business, Entrepreneurship, Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide

Story Idea: How Hardship, Hustle, and Heart Built America’s #1 Wine Brand
Expert: Thomas Cooney  (Expert in Entrepreneurship) Professor of Entrepreneurship at Dublin Institute of Technology
The Hook:  Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey started their wine business in their laundry room in 1986 and created a nationwide bestselling wine label in America. With virtually no money and no wine industry experience, they employed innovative ideas to overcome obstacles and create new markets. On June 11th, they tell their story at a conference for entrepreneurs in Dublin. More information here.

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