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In pursuit of the mobile that gives 110 per cent

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Low battery anxiety is a product of our over-reliance on mobile phones

Sports stars must suffer from particularly acute anxiety when it comes to the mobile devices – because while the rest of us only have to try and keep the phones charged to the normal maximum, footballers in particular like to have everything at 110 per cent.

But even for those who see maximum charge as a legitimate goal, there is a growing problem – and the social commentators have even come up with a name for it.

They call it low battery anxiety.

This is the phenomenon by which mobile phone and tablet owners get seriously distressed if their devices aren’t fully charged.

Apparently, so widespread is this issue that 90 per cent of us panic when battery level goes below twenty per cent fearing that our phones will power off just when we need them.

And when the little icon in the top right hand corner turns red, we turn into a blind panic as though our oxygen levels were now seriously under threat.

So much so that a recent survey revealed that one-third of smartphone users will ‘drop everything’ – and we can only hope that’s a metaphor – to head home or at least to an electrical socket to recharge our devices.

The survey was conducted on behalf of the electronic manufacturers, LG, so clearly we need to add a substantial pinch of salt – but if you’re honest, you know there is more than a modicum of truth in there.

You probably have a charging cable beside the bed, at your desk and in your car – and a spare one just in case.

Maybe you own one of those battery cases, the wrap-around protection for your phone that also acts as a secondary charger.

The irony here is that you spend a fortune on a new phone because it’s a millimetre thinner than its predecessor and then you wrap it in a silicon cover that’s half the size of a brick.

Either way, chances are the first thing you do on holidays is – once you arrive at your room and after checking the view – you open your suitcase, get out the adapter and power your phone back up to 100 per cent.

Buses and trains now have sockets so that passengers can remain fully charged as they watch downloaded movies or scroll through their social media, to avoid having to look out the window at Ireland’s green and pleasant land.

It’s like we’re afraid of mass amnesia and the only thing that will remind us of key events in our lives is our phone pictures – even if statistics would show there’s less chance of losing your mind than your mobile phone.

We used to measure the year by the seasons – now it’s the arrival of the new smartphone with technology tricks that allow us to make our own home movies that we will never see again.

Queues form for the latest phone; websites discuss advances in iPhones like they’d found a cure for cancer – and we all go increasingly insane trying to stay on full power forever.

For more on Dave’s struggle to stay at 110% see this week’s Tribune here.

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Boil water notice issued for Barna area

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A boil water notice has been issued for the Barna area for health protection purposes

The areas affected are Barna Village, Truskey West and Truskey East, Barr Aille, Fermoyle, Ballard and along the Connemara Coast Road as far as Furbo, and on the Barna/Galway Road as far as Silverstrand.

The notice has been put in place due to issues with disinfection of the water at Tonabruckey Reservoir.

The notice affects approximately 2,300 people supplied by the Barna section of the Galway City West Public Water Supply area.

Customers in the area served by Tonabrucky Reservoir will notice increased levels of chlorine in their water supply in the coming days as we work to resolve the issue.

Vulnerable customers who have registered with Irish Water will receive direct communication on this Boil Water Notice.

Irish water, the City Council and the HSE will monitor the supply and will lift the notice when it is safe to do so.

In line with HSE Covid-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

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Violent incident in Tuam leaves seven hospitalised

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Gardaí are investigating after an incident in Tuam yesterday left seven people injured.

A violent altercation broke out between a large group at the cemetery in Tuam at about 4pm yesterday.

Around 30 Gardaí responded to the incident at the cemetery on the Athenry Road in Tuam, which broke out following two funerals in the area.

Gardaí supported by members from the wider North Western Region and the Regional Armed Support Unit had to physically intervene between parties and disperse those present.

Five males and two females were injured during the course of the incident and were taken to University Hospital Galway with non-life threatening injuries.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested at the scene, as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

He was taken to Tuam Garda Station and has since been released. A file is being prepared for the Juvenile Liaison Officer.

Gardaí are appealing for any witnesses to this incident or for anyone with any information to contact Tuam Garda Station .

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Anger over ANC ‘snip’

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Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue

ANGRY farmers hit out during last week’s Galway IFA at the Dept. of Agriculture over what they described as their ‘heavy handed tactics’ in docking BEAM penalties from ANC payments made last week.

Although Agriculture Minister, Charlie McConalogue, has apologised for the actions taken by his Department officials, delegates who attended last Thursday’s night county IFA meeting in the Claregalway Hotel, hit out at what happened.

In some cases, according to Galway IFA Chairperson, Anne Mitchell, farmers who had already paid back the BEAM penalty also had the money deducted from their ANC (Areas of Natural Constraint) payments made last week.

Many farmers received ‘a shock in the post’ when their ANC payments were hit with the deductions of penalties from the BEAM scheme – earlier they had been warned of interest penalties if any balances weren’t repaid within 30 days.

At the core of the problem was the inclusion of a 5% stock numbers reduction in the BEAM scheme (Beef Exceptional Aid Measure) aimed at helping to compensate farmers for a drop-off in beef prices between September, 2018 and May, 2019.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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