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NUIG students launch website to tackle child obesity

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Students at NUI Galway have launched a new website to help communities tackle child obesity.
PrimaryFit is an ‘Operation Transformation’ type online platform for primary school students.
It consists of easy to access meal and exercise plans with a special discussion forum for teachers and parents.
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200 Galway renters contact Threshold about unreturned deposits

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 200 Galway renters contacted Threshold about unreturned deposits throughout 2020.

According to the housing charity, 196 residents in the city and county made deposit retention queries last year.

This figure accounts for 14% of all deposit queries last year, while nationwide the amount of people who contacted the charity in relation to the concern increased by 40%.

Threshold estimates that private landlords across the country are holding up to €250,000 in deposits.

The charity is calling on the Government to enact a deposit protection scheme which was outlined in the 2011 programme for Government.

The scheme would allow rental deposits to be held by a third party, such as the Residential Tenancies Board, instead of by private landlords.

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HSE faces fresh calls for improved ambulance services in North Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE is facing fresh calls for improved ambulance services in North Connemara.

It comes as a Connemara husband says his wife had to wait 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive after giving birth in the back of a car in Letterfrack last month, while driving from Clifden to Mayo General Hospital.

Connemara Ambulance Crisis Group has been campaigning for seven years for adequate services and has proposed the use of a site at Maam Cross as a possible deployment base.

Peter Gannon says his wife Kelly and newborn daughter Sara faced extreme stress and anxiety while awaiting the ambulance some 44 minutes after delivery – and over an hour since the initial emergency call.

He argues people in a vast area are being left without a safety net – and what happened to his family can’t be repeated.

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Galway COVID-19 incidence rate falls to 13th highest nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s 14 day incidence rate of COVID-19 has fallen to the 13th highest nationwide and stands at 153.5.

The city and county had the second highest 14 day infection rate nationwide on February 25th with the level of cases falling in recent days.

Longford now has the highest rate at 381.7, followed by Offaly with a rate of 342.5 per 100 thousand in population.

Cork has the lowest rate of infection nationwide at 57.1.

The five-day moving average of new cases in Galway stands at 17 with 396 cases recorded in the city and county over the last fortnight.

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