Almost 500,000 households across Northern Ireland are going to see a rise in their electricity bills. In its first price-hike for four years, Power NI is increasing residential prices by 5.6%, which will make the average annual household bill £27 more expensive from October. Some 34,000 farms and businesses will also see their prices rise by about 6%. One reason is because it costs more to generate electricity, as a result of increasing gas and coal prices.
Danske Bank in Northern Ireland has reported pre-tax profits of £56.5m for the first half of 2017. That is down 12% compared to the same period in 2016, when the bank recorded profits of £64.5m. The bank said the fall reflects lower incomes because of low interest rates and higher pension costs. Danske Bank UK CEO Kevin Kingston said: "The underlying performance of the bank remains strong, with lending up 8% year-on-year."
Economic growth will slow to 1.1% this year compared to 1.5% in 2016, a report from Ulster University has forecast. It said the slowdown in Northern Ireland reflects a "Brexit effect" from lower levels of business investment and a squeeze on consumer spending. It considered a wide range of scenarios for the UK's future outside the EU. It said a worst case scenario of "poorly managed" Brexit, combined with a squeeze in real incomes, could see employment fall by 8,200 over 10 years.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".