PA Media: Paramilitaries in NI ‘using social media to incite violence and issue threats’

PA Media: Paramilitaries in NI ‘using social media to incite violence and issue threats’. “Paramilitaries in Northern Ireland are increasingly using social media to incite violence and issue threats, MPs have been warned. Members of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee heard how the illegal groups are using the internet to stoke community tensions and organise disorder in the region.”

Northern Ireland libraries offered a virtual lifeline during pandemic: ‘We do see ourselves as community hubs’ (Belfast Telegraph)

Belfast Telegraph: Northern Ireland libraries offered a virtual lifeline during pandemic: ‘We do see ourselves as community hubs’. “In our Environment in Focus Week it seemed only natural to pay homage to the institutions that provide a lifeline for many — and who continued to do so throughout the series of lockdowns and while physical doors were closed. Stephen King calls books a uniquely portable magic, and lockdown gave many a chance to catch up on their reading. It’s clear, reading the figures of the quantity of books borrowed, that Northern Ireland is a place of story lovers.”

The Crown Estate: 200 terabytes of free-to-access marine data gives UK offshore development the edge

The Crown Estate: 200 terabytes of free-to-access marine data gives UK offshore development the edge. “Since the emergence of the first operational offshore wind farms in the UK just over 20 years ago, The Crown Estate’s offshore wind customers have agreed to share data collated throughout the lifecycle of their projects, in a bid to support the future sustainable growth of the offshore renewables industry. This led to the creation of the online Marine Data Exchange (MDE) in 2013, which has grown to become the biggest database of offshore renewables survey data in the world, holding over 200 terabytes of survey data from offshore projects across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.”

Belfast Telegraph: Queer today, but what about yesterday?

Belfast Telegraph: Queer today, but what about yesterday?. “This LGBT+ History Month, Damian Kerlin chats with those leading LGBT+ organisations and their volunteers behind their History Project NI which maps out key pivotal moments in Northern Ireland’s queer history, the key movers and shakers who pioneered for change, the strides made and how monumental shifts in history has opened the door for further equality today.”

Covid-19: New rules in force for three UK nations (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: New rules in force for three UK nations. “New Covid restrictions have come into force in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as the nations try to halt the surge in infections. All three nations have introduced curbs on the hospitality and leisure industry, resumed social distancing rules and put limits on the size of gatherings. Boris Johnson has not announced any further restrictions in England.”

Joe McCarron: Man released from Donegal hospital by anti-vaccine campaigners to be buried today (Belfast Telegraph)

Belfast Telegraph: Joe McCarron: Man released from Donegal hospital by anti-vaccine campaigners to be buried today. “Covid-sceptic Joe McCarron, who was the presenter of Joe’s Wild Atlantic Country Show at Strabane Radio Online, allowed a group to remove him from the intensive care unit at Letterkenny University Hospital in Co Donegal under the pretence that they were ‘saving his life’. The 75-year-old refused to listen to doctors who told him he could die. This morning he’ll be buried in a cemetery not far from the home in Dungloe he shared with his grief-stricken wife Una later this morning.”

The Irish News: New online archive launched of 22,500 EU peace-funded projects

The Irish News: New online archive launched of 22,500 EU peace-funded projects. “The searchable `PEACE Programmes Learning Platform’ holds thousands of different research reports, evaluations, testimonies and case studies of over 22,500 peace and reconciliation projects in Northern Ireland and the Republic’s border counties. Designed to support academics, researchers and those involved in peacebuilding, it is also publicly available.”

Covid: More than 300,000 suspected of breaking quarantine rules (BBC)

BBC: Covid: More than 300,000 suspected of breaking quarantine rules. “Nearly a third of people arriving in England and Northern Ireland as the coronavirus Delta variant took off may have broken quarantine rules. More than 300,000 cases were passed to investigators between March and May, according to figures seen by the BBC. The government was not able to say how many of these were found to have broken the rules or could not be traced.”

Belfast Media: Digital archive on life of INLA leader Gino Gallagher launched

Belfast Media: Digital archive on life of INLA leader Gino Gallagher launched. “On 30 January 1996, the West Belfast man was gunned down in the Social Security Office on the Falls Road. The 32-year-old, who was then the [Irish National Liberation Army] Chief of Staff, was murdered amidst a feud involving the Republican Socialist Movement and a group of expelled INLA members. Announced on Mr Gallagher’s 25th anniversary, the archive will include photographs, newspaper clippings, videos and political writings.”

Belfast Telegraph: Future of Troubles archive secured with new funding

Belfast Telegraph: Future of Troubles archive secured with new funding . “The future of a long-running Troubles archive has been secured. Cain is an online collection of information and materials related to Northern Ireland’s troubled past and politics. Now a donation by Initiatives of Change will enable it to be sustainable as a live, curated archive, the Ulster University has announced.”

Belfast Telegraph: BBC hits rewind on NI faces and places from past for new website

Belfast Telegraph: BBC hits rewind on NI faces and places from past for new website. “…a new website, the first of its kind, is opening up access to a rich treasure trove of footage from BBC Northern Ireland’s archive. Weeks and months of searching through the BBC vaults in London and Belfast has unearthed more than 13,000 broadcasting gems and, as the corporation prepares to celebrate 100 years next year, the new portal is being presented as a fully searchable gift to the public.”