Buying your first home is an exciting process and choosing an older property that requires some work can be rewarding and challenging in equal measures. It can also let you consider a place that is closer to your dream home but comes with the responsibility of bringing it back to life. Karen Brownlee is an architect with extensive knowledge of renovations on older buildings. We asked her to outline the merits of choosing an older property that is in need of some love and she gives us her top tips on what to look out for before you buy. To help those who are considering getting their feet on the property ladder, Bank of Ireland and Myhome.ie are hosting a series of events for first-time buyers, in Dublin and Cork. They will take place on Friday, March 22nd at 6:30pm in The Irish Times building (ground floor), Dublin, and on Wednesday, March 27th at 6.30pm in The Imperial Hotel, Cork. To attend the Dublin event, register here. To book your place at the … [Read more...] about Interested in a renovation? Top tips to help you tell if it’s the route for you
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FACEBOOK is handing children cash to install a creepy app on their smartphone that spies on them. The scandal-hit firm has been secretly paying teens up to £15 a month to install the tool in a desperate bid to mine data on its bitter tech rivals, including Apple and Amazon. Known as the "Facebook Research" app, it works by hoovering up kids' phone and web activity. Facebook's sinister research boffins then sift through the data to track how they use gadgets, websites and apps. Since 2016, the California tech titan has offered people aged 13 to 35 up to £15 a month plus bonuses to sell their privacy, according to a TechCrunch investigation. Hiding its identity behind third party research firms, Facebook tempted in innocent children with ad campaigns on Snapchat & Instagram that promised they could earn money via "social media research". At least three US companies did the dirty work for Facebook, including uTest, Applause and Betabound, who referred to it … [Read more...] about Facebook paying CHILDREN £15 a month to install ‘spying app’ that monitors everything they do
STOCKHOLM Millennium tour in English Where: Stockholm City Museum, Ryssgården, Stockholm Date and time: February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 11.30am-1.30pm Event by: Stockholm City Museum Are you a fan of the best-seller book series Millenium? Stockholm's City Museum offers you a special tour in the footsteps of the main characters. Champagne tasting at Spritmuseum Where: Spritmuseum, Djurgårdsvägen 38, Djurgården Date and time: February 3rd, 2pm-3.30pm Event by: Spritmuseum Eva Karlsson, a former waitress and maître d'art in New York restaurants, will answer all of your questions during this champagne tasting event fully organized in English. Oatly: Building a Cult to Change the World Where: Venue 7 A Odenplan, Odengatan 65 Date and time: February 6th, 5.30pm-6.30pm Event by: Hyper Island and Oatly Is there anyone in Sweden who hasn't heard of trendy oat milk brand Oatly? The company's colourful packaging with catchy slogans has probably … [Read more...] about WHAT’S ON: Events for English speakers in Sweden in February
Nathan Adams attended his first Operation Wallacea wildlife conservation expedition to Indonesia in the summer of 2011. Just two years later, at the age of 21, he was offered a position as a fully fledged bat scientist with Operation Wallacea and then opened his own office in Malta in 2015. This summer alone Nathan’s office is organizing expeditions for 150 students and educators to biodiversity hotspots across the world to taking part in real-world scientific wildlife expeditions with Operation Wallacea. Nathan explains to The Malta Independent how such a once-in-a-lifetime experience led him to opening his office to encourage 100s of volunteers to travel the world, meeting his wife, moving to Canada and landing a job with the United Nations Association as a Senior Project Officer. 1)What is Operation Wallacea Malta? Operation Wallacea Malta organises international wildlife conservation expeditions for Maltese and Gozitan Secondary School, Sixth Form and University students … [Read more...] about ‘My passion for wildlife, volunteering and travel became my career!’
January 24, 2019 04:35 PM It's 1 p.m. on a recent Saturday afternoon when Stephan Weil receives an urgent plea for help. The governor of the German state of Lower Saxony, one of the last remaining strongholds of the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), is standing on the second floor of the Stadthalle congress center in the city of Braunschweig. The party's local chapter is hosting an event here and some 300 party members -- "comrades" in SPD parlance -- have shown up. There are meatballs and flutes of champagne on offer for the New Year's reception. Weil laughs. Party crisis? Not here. A woman in her 50s approaches Weil. "Mr. Governor, may I bother you for a second. I'm also a comrade." Weil stops short. The request is flattering, but also dangerous. A reporter is standing next to him and he needs to say something innocuous, and fast. "Oh," he says. "Well, Lower Saxony is a nice place to be too." He's trying to change the subject, but the woman is tenacious. "You have … [Read more...] about A Fateful Year: Can Germany’s SPD Stop Its Long, Slow Decline?