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If you’re tired of banks that serve themselves instead of their customers, then a community bank might be the alternative you’re looking for. Our Money, a grassroots campaign of volunteers and members of the public who want a community bank for Northern Ireland, have organised an information meeting at Queen’s University for September 18. A spokesperson for the group said: “Over a decade on from the crash of 2008, when the big banks were bailed out using public money, we’re still living with austerity, savage public spending cuts, stagnating wages and escalating debt.  On top of this, global warming is now…

Linda Fearon and Andy Paton from disability dance group Luminous Soul will celebrate a decade of dance with a free public performance at Cornmarket, Belfast, on at 1pm on Saturday, September 7 Open Arts, one of Northern Ireland’s most dynamic arts and disability organisations, will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of its dance group Luminous Soul by hosting the inclusive dance festival MeetShareDance in Belfast from 5 – 7 September 2019. Luminous Soul is the only contemporary dance development programme for disabled people in Northern Ireland and features members who have a range of disabilities: physical, sensory, learning disabilities and…

Karma Khaial, 15, plays the cello in front of the ruins of the former Al Waha resort in northern Gaza GAZA documentary – REVIEW – Una Murphy One of the characters is the sea, said film-maker Andrew McConnell at the preview screening of the documentary film Gaza which goes on general release from today. There are boys surfing on the waves, fishermen with their nets and on the horizon an Israeli war ship. Ahmed Abu Alqoraan, 15, iwith his brothers on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Deir al-Balah in the Gaza Strip. Ahmed’s life revolves…

Jonathan Porritt speaking at last night’s event in Belfast By Una Murphy ENVIRONMENTALIST Jonathan Porritt has backed young people’s “global rebellion” against climate breakdown. He told 550 people in Belfast that he was “100 percent” behind the Extinction Rebellion campaign and said young people must be supported in their protests. A global strike is planned on September 20 and workers as well as students have been urged to take to the streets to demonstrate about the climate emergency. “We need the support and the enthusiasm of young people,” he said. “The rebellion for the future of life on earth is…

By VIEW editor Brian Pelan The rainbow colours of the LGBTQ movement took over the streets of Belfast yesterday as thousands of people soaked up the fun atmosphere of the Belfast Pride parade. Belfast Lord Mayor John Finucane led off the marchers from Customs House Square in Belfast. The size of the march and those watching from the sides has grown in size every year. Belfast’s first ever Pride parade was in 1991, when about 100 people took part. Watch our YouTube video below https://youtu.be/j1NjMfwqT9Y Belfast Lord Mayor John Finucane, left, helps to carry banner

By Jane Corscadden Members of Charged and Here NI on the march in Belfast Pride As thousands of people prepare to take part in Belfast Pride today, two tech community group of volunteers in Northern Ireland are determined to increase visibility for LGBTQ issues. Tech group Charged launched their first campaign earlier this year. The ‘Pride in Tech’ event discussed LGBTQ issues in the tech community and how to make the industry more inclusive. Andrew Cunningham from Charged said they want “companies to learn how to make their spaces more LGBTQ friendly”. Another group advocating for further visibility are Here…

VIEW editor Brian Pelan with the bike that was rode by this year’s Tour de France 2019 winner Egan Bernal McConvey Cycles on the Ormeau Road in Belfast was at the centre of attention today as hundreds of cyclists, including VIEW editor Brian Pelan, came to view the bike that Tour de France 2019 winner, Egan Bernal, rode this summer in the final stage of the race. The cycle store also today confirm an international deal with high-quality Italian bike manufacturer Pinarello who made the bike that Bernal rode. The business, owned by Eamon McConvey, is one of only two…

By Jane Corscadden and Una Murphy Pop Up Park set up following the Primark fire in Belfast city centre – Image: Mal McCann BELFAST councillors and voluntary groups have welcomed research into permanently pedestrianising more parts of the city centre. The council’s pop-up play parks set up following the Primark fire in the historic Bank Buildings last year were a big hit with the public. Now councillors want to find out if more permanent city centre space for pedestrians is feasible. Thousands of people signed a petition calling on Belfast City Council and other agencies to reconsider when the city…

Actors Simon Russell Beale, Ben Miles and Adam Godley in The Lehman Trilogy Review: The Lehman Trilogy By Jo Egan – Artistic director and a founding member of Macha Productions Adapted from Stefano Massini’s play, the National Theatre’s Lehman Trilogy is a titan undertaking that sumptuously delivers. You might remember; investment banker’s Lehman Brothers bankruptcy (the largest in US history) that triggered the 2008 financial disaster. Who Lehman Brothers were and how their cash cow went to the dogs is the thrust of the play. The Lehman Brothers: Henry, Emanuel and Meyer emigrated from Bavaria to Alabama in the mid-1840s.…

Marie-Therese Davis-Hanson, a year round sea swimmer, easily and quickly checking the water quality results and event information for her day out at the beach, on the new app.’ The €1m EU funded SWIM (System for Bathing Water Quality Monitoring) Project has launched its pilot app, for beach-lovers to use at nine designated cross-border beaches. The app aims to provide users with information on water quality and local events. SWIM combines the expertise of University College Dublin, Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute and Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful. The app will make it quick and simple for users to access bathing water…

A Northern Ireland theatre company will tackle the issue of suicide in its latest production ’31 Hours’ Artistic Director Nuala Donnelly, from PintSized Productions, said: “It is a play filled with humour and humanity, it takes us on a journey through masculinity, mental health and male suicide. “31 Hours is the story of four men who clean up after rail suicides.  It is a story of four men at work. Four men at home. Four men dealing with their own lives. Their own problems. Dealing with them in their own way. On their own. Silently. It is a story of…

Ummi Hoque, an 18-year-old student who received National Lottery funding to help drive climate action in her local community, and who recently joined the hundreds of thousands of young people around the world striking together for climate action The National Lottery Community Fund today launched a new £100 million Climate Action Fund that will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency. The new fund, from the largest funder of community activity in the UK, will build a network of people and communities, well-placed to drive change within, between and beyond their community. The funder…

Some of those present at the print launch in Dublin The front cover of the VIEW issue which looked at the housing crisis in the Republic of Ireland VIEWdigital launched its print edition of VIEW magazine, which looked at the housing crisis in the Republic of Ireland, at an event in Dublin yesterday. VIEW editor Brian Pelan, VIEWdigital co-founder Una Murphy and VIEW deputy editor Kathryn Johnson welcomed a range of people and organisations who came to the launch, which was held at the Royal Society of Antiquaries building in Merrion Square. Among those who attended were homelessness campaigner Fr…

Tom Gilligan Tom Gilligan, Director of Services at Mayo County Council, explains how the Vacant Homes initiative is helping to address the housing shortage and breathing new life back into communities VacantHomes.ie, the innovative website initiated by Mayo County Council on behalf of the local government sector, is going from strength to strength. Bringing empty units back into use benefits property owners, people with a housing need, the local economy, climate change and also helps protect local services. It’s a no brainer and a win-win for everyone. By utilising existing housing stock, the supply of accommodation increases and this helps…

Frank McDonald Frank McDonald, author, journalist and former Environment Editor of the Irish Times, talks to VIEW editor Brian Pelan about the influence of Margaret Thatcher on Irish social housing policy and how we can learn from other cities in Europe I met former Irish Times journalist Frank McDonald at his home which is situated in the heart of Dublin’s Temple Bar quarter. The author of several books on Dublin’s built environment was in sparkling form as he outlined his critique of the present Government’s housing policy and how other European cities have been much more imaginative when it came…

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