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Screen time may be damaging your child more than you think

By Erica Carter / March 22, 2021

Toddlers who frequently play on tablets or phones are at a higher risk of problems such as hyperactivity, poor concentration and friendship issues, a new study suggests. How to stay off your phone during lockdown The trouble with toddlers and touchscreens Researchers from the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare said that increased screen time […]

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5 Irish fierce female entrepreneurs to watch out for in 2021

By Erica Carter / March 17, 2021

It takes a special type of person to become an entrepreneur. You need to be unafraid of risk and failure, steely in your determination to succeed, and be a jack of all trades, from marketing to production to accounting. It can be exhausting, challenging, and very scary, especially during the last year. 5.2 % of […]

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Everything to expect from the long awaited 2021 Grammys today

By Erica Carter / March 14, 2021

The Grammys will join the rest of the award show season tonight as it goes virtual for the first time ever. Originally set for January 31, the awards got pushed back six weeks as COVID-19 spiked again in Los Angeles and will now take place today, on March 14, with many of the top nominees […]

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Fight or flight: the truth behind air travel

By Erica Carter / March 11, 2021

As people become more conscious of their environmental impact on the world, there’s been an increased focus on air travel — and over the past year, a corresponding increase in “flight shaming”. Perhaps surprisingly, air travel isn’t a huge contributor to carbon emissions, accounting for only 2.5% globally. So, is it really as bad as […]

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What is toxic positivity?

By Erica Carter / March 8, 2021

Toxic positivity is the belief that no matter how dire or difficult a situation is, people should maintain a positive mindset. It’s a “good vibes only” approach to life. And while there are benefits to being an optimist and engaging in positive thinking, toxic positivity instead rejects difficult emotions in favour of a cheerful, often […]

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Air pollution is more lethal than you think

By Erica Carter / March 4, 2021

Air pollution from fine airborne particles is responsible for around 725 deaths in Dublin and around 1,300 nationally every year, according to research. A study published by the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the number of expected deaths in the city from pollution from diesel vehicles alone could be up to 144 per annum. Most […]

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Why does the gender pay gap still exist?

By Erica Carter / March 3, 2021

The Gender Pay Gap (GPG) is defined as the percentage difference between the average gross hourly earnings for women and men. It compares the pay of  all working men and women; not just those in similar jobs, with similar working patterns or with similar competencies, qualifications or experience.  Gender equality in the workplace in Ireland […]

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This is what to do if you’re questioning whether you’re LGBT+

By Erica Carter / February 28, 2021

According to data from the national LGBT+ youth organisation, BeLonG To Youth Services, 58% of LGBT+ youth find “coming out” their biggest challenge. For 58% of young people who access the organisation’s frontline services in Dublin, coming out as LGBT+ was their reason for reaching out for support. The organisation has experienced an 88% spike […]

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Vaccination passports: the important facts you to know

By Erica Carter / February 21, 2021

As vaccination is well underway globally, health and technology groups are working together to create a digital vaccination passport in the expectation that governments, airlines and other businesses will require proof people have been vaccinated against Covid-19. Top 5 facts to know before getting the Covid-19 vaccine Currently, the International Air Transport Association is trialling […]

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The shocking environmental truth of commercial holidays

By Erica Carter / February 18, 2021

With Valentine’s Day just gone by and Mother’s Day coming up next week, it’s important to look at the waste these sort of commercial holidays can cause. Things like excessive food waste, fireworks, cards and wrapping paper can have a negative  effect on the environment. Environmental inequalities in Ireland Overeating over holidays like Christmas is […]

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