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Updated : Apr 23, 2009

ECO Kids

From Climate Change to guerrilla gardening, bird watching to engineering solar powered iPod chargers and everything in between, it’s all covered by this year’s talented batch of Young Environmentalist Awards finalists.

A host of young people from across Ireland, that will one day force VeryHappyPig to invest in a bin tag, as they create enough jobs to force our jobs bin to overflow, will be honoured next month in ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards.

The annual awards programme celebrates the accomplishments of young people that develop local environmental conservation and education projects.

ECO-UNESCO, Ireland’s environmental education and youth organisation, selected 52 projects from hundreds of entrants hailing from every county on the island. Now in it’s tenth year, the programme has provided thousands of young people, aged 12-18, an opportunity to take action and raise awareness in their own community on issues that matter the most to them.

“We are extremely proud of all the young environmentalists that participated in this year’s programme,” said Elaine Nevin, National Director of ECO-UNESCO. “All of the shortlisted projects show a great deal of creativity and innovation in their approach to protecting the environment and promoting environmental awareness.”


VHI Cash Boost

The VHI is reportedly set to provide a €50m cash advance to the HSE as part of measures to prevent cuts in health services this year.

Reports this morning say the Department of Health will also transfer €10m from the National Treatment Purchase Fund to the HSE as part of the plan.

The moves are designed to help the HSE maintain its service commitments for 2009.

The HSE has sought to revise those commitments in an effort to save €72m.

Reports this morning say it has proposed cuts in home-help services and acute hospital bed numbers in an amended plan submitted to Health Minister Mary Harney for approval.

However, the Department of Health is hoping the VHI advance and the money from the NTPF will offset the need for these cuts.

Swop-o-nomics
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You heard of Economics well what about Swop-o-nomics? Barter is back!

Swop-o-nomics, Like VeryHappyPig is an exciting new Irish website. However unlike VeryHappyPig Swop-o-nomics goal isnt to provide cheer to the people of Ireland but is instead dedicated dedicated to barter. It allows people swop their skills, services and goods completely free. The address is www.swop-o-nomics.com .

An accountant looking for web design can swop with a web designer who needs his tax returns done. A solicitor wanting her house painted can swop with a painter in need of some legal advice.

Barter is an extremely useful and versatile way of saving money, which in the current climate both businesses and individuals alike desperately need. With more than 1 in 10 people unemployed in Ireland at the moment bartering of goods and services is poised to skyrocket, Swop-o-nomics gives people a simple and hassle free way to arrange these trades.

The Swop-o-nomics team consists of three Dublin based students who are on a crusade to bring barter back. The site has been running for less than two months and has already had over 4,500 visitors.

VeryHappyPig is running for less than four months up and running and we have already amassed over 1 million visitors.

 

 

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