The run-up to Christmas often goes hand-in-hand with a little bit of chaos. Running around getting those last-minute gifts, battling traffic and trying to make travel arrangements while bus and train companies are working on holiday timetables. Here are some of the things to consider to help keep this weekend hassle-free. While it is impossible to say for sure, it is very unlikely this Christmas will be a white one for Northern Ireland.
Organ donation is back in the news again as people in Northern Ireland have been asked to share their views on the subject. The Department of Health has launched a consultation on a draft policy in a bid to get families discussing donations. In Northern Ireland, 42% of people are on the NHS Organ Donor Register. The consultation has come about as a result of a failed bill at Stormont, which proposed that everyone should be on the register unless they opted out.
A town in Northern Ireland with a population of just 21,000 has the fastest runners in the UK, according to data collected by a fitness app. Strava's annual report showed the average speed of athletes using the GPS mapping app in Omagh, County Tyrone, was 5.03 min/km. Omagh's athletes ran away with the title, beating those in London by two seconds. Next, came NI once again with runners in Banbridge, County Down third. Strava analysed 24.7m runs and 31m bike rides logged across the UK in 2017.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".