Sunday 19 November 2017

Peace award for McAleeses

Former President Mary McAleese and her husband, Senator Martin McAleese, will both receive the 2011 Tipperary International Peace Award.

The Tipperary Peace Convention announced the joint recipients today, World Day of Peace.

It paid tribute to the work carried out by Mr and Mrs McAleese in both Northern Ireland and the Republic, as well as their efforts to forge stronger ties with Britain.

Past recipients of the prestigious peace prize include former South African President Nelson Mandela, Live Aid organiser Bob Geldof, and former US president Bill Clinton.

62pc don't use up their hols

Nearly two-thirds of workers fail to use all their annual leave days each year, new research has revealed.

Some 62pc have days left over come the end of the year, mainly because they are too busy in work to use their full holiday allowance.

The survey, conducted by Hotels.com, showed that 52pc of workers have at least two unused days a year, while 21pc have up to five days outstanding.

The organisation's Kate Hopcroft said the figures reflect the economic climate.

"The findings of this research appear to be reflective of the current economic situation, where people are working longer hours than ever before," Ms Hopcroft said.

Sporty pupils 'better in class'

Schoolchildren may be able to boost their classroom performance by getting out on the playing field.

A review of previous research has found evidence that physical activity can improve academic achievement in children and teenagers.

Scientists in the Netherlands pooled data from 14 studies for the study.

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