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Story ideas for Monday 21st September 2015

September 21, 2015 Posted in : Homelessness, Housing, NALA, Simon Community

Story Idea: Modular Housing is welcome but solutions are permanent housing with support
Expert: Niamh Randall (Expert in Housing Services) Head of Policy and Communications/ National Spokesperson, Simon Communities.                        
The Hook: The Simon Communities cautiously welcomed the recent proposal for the introduction of modular housing units to help address the growing homeless crisis. However, they stressed that this is still a temporary solution where families experiencing homeless will live for up to six months and there remains much detail to be worked out. Simon knows that the solution to homelessness is permanent housing with support and it is essential that we do not lose sight of this vision.

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Story ideas for every day of the week: 21st September – 25th September 2015

September 21, 2015 Posted in : Air Pollution, Alltech, DIT, Irish Green Building Council, Mortgage Brain Ireland, NALA, PLE, Simon Community, UCC

Monday 21st September 2015

Story Idea: Modular Housing is welcome but solutions are permanent housing with support
Expert: Niamh Randall (Expert in Housing Services) Head of Policy and Communications/ National Spokesperson, Simon Communities.                        
The Hook: The Simon Communities cautiously welcomed the recent proposal for the introduction of modular housing units to help address the growing homeless crisis. However, they stressed that this is still a temporary solution where families experiencing homeless will live for up to six months and there remains much detail to be worked out. Simon knows that the solution to homelessness is permanent housing with support and it is essential that we do not lose sight of this vision.

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Story ideas for Thursday 17th September 2015

September 14, 2015 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs15, NALA, Tourism, Tourism Ireland

Story Idea: Major international conference on plain language: 8-19 September – 300 delegates and 60 speakers to share expertise on using plain language to protect consumers
Expert: Inez Bailey (Expert in Literacy and Adult Education) Director, National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).                        
The Hook: Next Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September 300 delegates from around the world will attend PLAIN 2015 – an international plain language conference in Dublin Castle. Its theme is ‘Clearer language, greater efficiency and effectiveness’. At this conference, 60 top international speakers will share their expertise in communicating clearly in all aspects of business and life, including in the financial, legal, health and technology sector.

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Story ideas for every day of the week: 14th September – 18th September 2015

September 14, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Air Pollution, Alltech, Book Launch, Childcare, Children, Media Training, MSF, NALA, Start Strong, Tourism, Tourism Ireland, UCC

Monday 14th September 2015

Story Idea: Walking the fields: Heat waves and drought in Europe expose grain maize to mould and mycotoxins
Expert: Kevin Tuck (Expert in Agriculture and Sustainability) Managing Director, Alltech.                       
The Hook: As combines hit the fields this autumn for harvest, farmers may want to keep a watchful eye on their crop quality. Preliminary testing over the summer months of 2015 European crops, conducted by Alltech’s 37+® mycotoxin analysis, shows climate challenges in Europe this summer have created a situation where crops need to be analysed for mycotoxins.

Heat impacted a large portion of central and southern Europe, especially during flowering and grain filling. Heat during this time of plant development can decrease grain production. Corn pollination and fertilisation is a very important phase of crop development, thus heat and drought stress during this time can result in decreased yield potential. Yield loss during corn grain fill may be as much as 3.0 to 5.8 percent per day of stress. The European Commission MARS Bulletin Vol. 23 No. 7 projects nine percent less total grain production compared to 2014.

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Story ideas for every day of the week: 17th – 21st August 2015

August 17, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Airbnb, Construction, Dublin, English, Food, Food for Health Ireland, Food Science, Galzacs15, Homelessness, Housing, Irish Green Building Council, NALA, Simon Community, Tax, TaxAssist

Monday 17th August 2015

Story Idea: Calling All Cheese Lovers  - Food for Health Ireland researchers to undertake the largest study of the impact of cheese on Irish heart health
Expert: Dr Emma Feeney 
(Expert in Nutrition and Food Consumption) Researcher, Food for Health Ireland/ UCD.                   
The Hook: Are we getting the wrong advice about saturated fat from foods like cheese? For years, cheese has been demonized as a food high in saturated fat which could raise cholesterol levels and heart disease risks. Irish researchers in University College Dublin and Teagasc Moorepark now think that this advice needs a rethink. A number of scientific studies published in the last few years have called into question the current negative message about cheese as an unhealthy food. This emerging science from around the world is poking holes in the argument that cheese is detrimental to health. FHI scientists will shortly begin the largest study of its kind in Ireland to understand more about cheese and its impact on our health.

Dr Emma Feeney, FHI UCD explains ‘Cheese is high in saturated fat however the composition of the matrix of the fat is special. The fat is found with other nutrients like calcium and protein. It is believed that this matrix of nutrients with the fat can potentially have a positive effect on our health. Our study will look at this theory in more detail’.

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Notable Events for Monday 17th

* Eurostat – International trade in goods – June 2015
* The Rose of Tralee International 10k charity run

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Story ideas for Tuesday 18th August 2015

August 17, 2015 Posted in : English, Galzacs15, Government, Ireland, NALA

Story Idea: Plain English Awards deadline passes – what next?
Expert: Inez Bailey (Expert in Education and Access to Government Information) Director, National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).              
The Hook: 
The Plain English Awards are a public pat on the back for plain English champions. The awards are organised by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) to promote the use of plain English in all public information.

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Story Idea for Thursday 25th June 2015

June 22, 2015 Posted in : Education, Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Ireland, NALA, Stories

Story Idea: Entries for the 2015 Plain English Awards are now open!

Expert: Inez Bailey (Expert in Literacy and Unemployment) Director, National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA)  
The Hook: 
The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is on a mission to banish jargon with the launch of the first ever Plain English Awards for Ireland. (more…)

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Story Ideas For Wednesday 4th March 2015

March 2, 2015 Posted in : DIT, Galzacs15, NALA, UCC

Story Idea: Please – no more jargon, small print or gobbledygook!
Expert: Inez Bailey (Expert in Plain English and Charitable Organisations) Director, NALA.
The Hook: We want people to sign a petition asking the Taoiseach to ensure that all public information is written in plain English. Everyone benefits from plain English. Citizens are more likely to understand their rights and it can save the public sector time, money and possible frustration by having to make repeated requests for information.

Inez Bailey is also available to comment on the CSO-Live Register (February 2015), which is out on March 4th.

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Story Ideas For Every Day Of The Week 2nd-6th March 2015

March 2, 2015 Posted in : Camara, CBRE, DIT, Entrepreneur's Organisation, EuroComm, Experts, Galzacs15, GoldCore, Irish Green Building Council, MABS, NALA, NWCI, Start Strong, TinderPoint, UCC

Monday 2nd March 2015

Story Idea: CBRE release first bi-monthly report on what’s been happening in the Irish commercial property market since the beginning of 2015 
Expert: Marie Hunt (Expert in Irish Property and Real Estate) Executive Director and Head of Research, CBRE Ireland.
The Hook: This is CBRE’s first summary of trends in all sectors of the Irish and Northern Ireland commercial property market for 2015 focussing on trends and key transactions in all sectors (office, industrial, retail, investment, development land and hotels and pubs) in January and February.

Story Idea: Using Irish in Digital Marketing for Seachtain na Gaeilge 
Expert: John Ring (Expert in Social Networking and Digital Media) Managing Director, TinderPoint.
The Hook: Seachtain na Gaeilge takes place from the 1st to 17th of March, giving everyone an opportunity to make the most of their ‘cúpla focal’. John Ring, MD of TinderPoint, is available for interview to talk about how and why to use Irish in your everyday online business, from social media to web design.

Notable Events for Monday 2nd

* Will the water protests continue throughout the country?
* How would the potential sale of Aer Lingus affect the people of Ireland?
* Corofin Traditional Festival 2015, runs until 8th March.

Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Story Idea: Renowned Icelandic woman entrepreneur to launch handbook on how to increase number of women on boards
Expert: Orla O’Connor (Expert in Women’s Equality) Director, National Women’s Council of Ireland.
The Hook: Ahead of International Women’s Day, renowned woman entrepreneur from Iceland, Halla Tomasdottir, co-founder of Sisters Capital financial services, will launch NWCI handbook on how to increase the number of women on boards and senior decision making in Ireland on 3rd March, 11:30 am in the Marker Hotel, Dublin.

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