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City man convicted for failing to produce salmon licence to Fisheries Officer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city man has been convicted for failing to produce a valid salmon licence to a Fisheries Officer.
Conor Harlowe with an address at 12 Shantalla Place, Rahoon Road was convicted at Tuam District Court for refusing to give his name and address contrary to Section 301 of the Fisheries Act 1959 and failing to produce a licence on demand contrary to Section 303 of the same Act.
The court heard that Conor Harlowe was approached by Fisheries Officer Paul Reynolds on the evening of 24th July, 2017 as he was leaving the Clare River at Cahernahoon.
Mr. Reynolds outlined to the court that Mr Harlowe failed to produce a valid salmon licence when requested, and subsequently refused to provide his name and address.
Mr Harlowe then left the area in his vehicle, and was subsequently stopped by Gardaí near Galway city.
Judge Faughnan convicted Mr Harlowe on both counts, and imposed a fine of €1,000 for refusing to give his name and address, along with a fine of €750 for failing to produce a salmon licence on demand.
He further noted that Mr Harlowe had used a vehicle in the commission of an offence and subsequently disqualified him from driving for a period of one year under Section 27 of the Road Traffic Act 1961.
Mr Harlowe did not appear in court and was convicted in his absence.

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Power restored to thousands of homes and businesses in Galway city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Power has been restored to thousands of homes and businesses in the city following a major fault.

However, several hundred properties are still experiencing outages, due to a fault at a substation in the Ballybane Industrial Estate.

The ESB says it expects service to be fully restored to all affected properties within the hour.

Meanwhile, power outages are also affecting around three hundred properties in the Headford Road and Doughiska areas.

The ESB expects service to be restored to these areas by 2 this afternoon.

Further information on the current outages can be found on the ESB website.

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Thousands of homes and businesses without power in city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Thousands of homes and businesses in the city are without power following a major fault.

The outage is due to a fault at a substation in the Ballybane Industrial Estate.

The ESB says it expects service to be restored by 11.15.

Meanwhile, power outages are also affecting around two hundred properties in the Doughiska area, with power there to be restored by 2 this afternoon.

Further information on the current outages can be found on the ESB website.

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NUIG study explores link between “like-seeking”, loneliness and unhappiness on Instagram

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Research carried out by NUI Galway into Instagram has revealed the social media platform can make you less lonely – but more unhappy.

The study was carried out in collaboration with the University of Zaragoza in Spain.

It follows a recent pilot initiative by Instagram to hide the number of likes a post receives from other users, to support wellbeing through reduced competition.

In an experiment carried out in the US, researchers investigated the effect of likes on negative affect and loneliness.

Negative affect is a subjective form of emotional distress – such as being upset, ashamed, or nervous.

Participants were given scenarios where they received a lot more, or a lot less, likes than they expected.

Researchers found that people seek likes to feel less lonely, but the active seeking of likes can increase negative affect, especially among those who compete for high numbers and position.

Meanwhile, those who received lower likes than expected felt more lonely, but did not suffer negative affect, even if those likes were visible to others.

Researchers suggest these people feel they have already lost in the relative competition for likes, so it doesn’t matter to them whether their likes are visible or not.

They say like-seeking can become a vicious cycle and there is little evidence to suggest that well-being is improved by showing likes to Instagram followers.

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