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HIV incidences rising in Ireland

The number of people living with HIV in Ireland has increased by 62.5% in the past ten years.

According to the UNAIDS Global Report 2012, there were 7 800 people living with HIV in 2011 against 4 800 in 2001, a dramatic increase which has put Ireland near the top of the OECD European chart of HIV and AIDS incidences.

The country has one of the highest rates of HIV incidences in Europe with 7.4 cases per million population and ranks 8th worst out of the 27, just above the European median 6.2, along with Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, UK, Belgium, Latvia and Estonia according to the OECD latest statistics.

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New ways of telling stories: interview with The Observer editor

Stories like the ‘NSA files: Decoded’ are the leading edge of journalism and are currently at the top of very best practice according to the Editor of The Observer, John Mulholland.

“In terms of a story that was as big and as significant as the Snowden story from an organisation that’s as big and significant as The Guardian then those two things combined mean that something like ‘Decoded’ is currently at the apex of how you can tell those stories,” he said.

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UStart competition to provide platform for student business ideas

The Chief Commercial Officer of the Ryan Academy believes that DCU students have great business ideas and that the UStart competition will act a good springboard to put them into motion.

The Ryan Academy will select between six and ten of the strongest entrepreneurs in DCU to mentor them over the summer holidays through their UStart competition in the coming weeks.

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The Olympic games utopia

Reflecting back on the winter games, one moment in particular comes back to mind and with it an uncomfortable feeling: the opening ceremony.

How grandiose and flamboyant the spectacle may have been, it could not overshadow Putin’s presence. At any glitch or missteps, seconds seemed to become minutes as eyes and cameras turned to Putin expectant, waiting for Russia’s president to calmly rise from his seat and lift his hand, and, slowly but firmly, drop his thumb down to get rid of the guilty, looking down the arena, past exhausted performers and technicians, at a glorious and impeccable Russia.

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Child poverty consistent in Ireland

One in eleven children live in consistent poverty in Ireland, according to the annual Report Card compiled by the Children’s Rights Alliance.

‘There may be no room for complacency, but there is considerable room for shame’, said Barnardos chief executive Fergus Finlay. According to M. Finlay, one in five of the 1200 children surveyed go to school or bed hungry several times a week. Tackling poverty is a whole-of-government issue and is something that needs to be prioritised in order to see progress next year.

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Dine in Dublin delights on Dame Street

Opium’s chef, Bill, offers samples of his Chicken Massman, a Bangkok dish, to passers by as part of the Dine in Dublin Food Festival on February 25th outside The Central Bank on Dame Street.

The Festival will run until Wednesday, February 26th.

There will be demonstrations from 12 to 5pm from chefs of some of Dublin’s well known eateries such as The Liquor Rooms, Fallon & Byrne, KC Peaches Wine Cave, Mao, The Kitchen, Zaragoza , V’nV, Opium, Rigby’s, Red Torch Ginger & L’Gueuleton.

This video was entirely recorded using an iPod 5 and iRig.

Student Alumni Initiative provides students with useful contacts

DCU’s Student Alumni Initiative (SAI) plans to closely align itself with DCU Clubs and Socs and Class Reps to enable students to network and connect with the graduate community and develop contacts while they are still at university.

It intends to create linkages between Clubs and Socs and Class Reps and postgraduates from a wide range of industries and areas.

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Campaign launched to combat increase in STIs

An awareness campaign has been launched after a report revealed a 33 per cent rise in the number of people diagnosed with the sexually transmitted infection (STI) Gonorrhoea over a year-long period.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has collaborated with THINK Contraception, Crisis Pregnancy Programme, Union of Students Ireland (USI), and Dublin Aids Alliance to work with different types of young people and to reach a broader audience.

The online campaign uses images and three simple messages that are easy to follow and are accessible to all: “use condoms and get tested, it’s free.”

“Getting into a habit of proactive testing is really important,” says Youth Engagement Officer, John Buckley.

He hopes that the campaign will create a cultural change in people’s behaviour in Ireland: “if we have sexual partners from one to plus one and above that we’re being proactive about testing and not just reacting to a concern that we might have.”

Gonorrhea can be transmitted not only through penetrative sex but also through oral sex and is treatable with antibiotics. It can easily be prevented by using condoms and dental dams, for female oral sex.

“Sexual health is very much part of our overall physical health and can also be part of our mental health. Because there are a lot of stigmas that go with STIs, it can impact on our emotional wellbeing. We went with the letter G because Gonorrhoea is hard to spell,” explained Buckley, “and we then put it into different acronyms.”

Messages such as ‘orG: Gonorrhoea, it can be shared… but not on Facebook’ or ‘OMG: Gonorrhoea, it’s trending… but not on Twitter’ can be read on the campaign’s online posters.

But despite what it says on the posters, Gonorrhoea did trend for a while on Twitter last Monday with the hashtag #OMGSti.

The campaign will be complimented with offline materials such as booklets with all the information, FAQs and services available, to ensure that it also reaches people who are not online or don’t have a social media presence.

DCU Students’ Union provides condoms all year round and students can get them in the SU offices upstairs in the Hub.

This article was first published in The College View on December 18th, 2013.