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NI storm shutdown: how do other cities handle big weather events?

When bad weather threatens, does Florida flounder? Does Kansas cower? Does Finland flail?

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Euston Street Primary School in Belfast, along with every other school in NI, was closed for a second day on Tuesday

Officials under fire over second day of storm-related school closures

The decision to close every school in Northern Ireland for a second day due to ex-hurricane Ophelia was unjustified and caused “immense difficulty” for many parents, Jim Allister has said.

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Calum and Val Rogerson of Edinburgh, with children Gregor and Ellie, said so many places were closed it felt like a Sunday morning

Storm Ophelia: Tourists and locals taken aback by Belfast’s dead zone

Shuttered shops and rapidly emptying streets were the sights which confronted locals and visitors in the normally-bustling centre of the Province’s capital as the storm approached yesterday.

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Wind power accounted for less than half of NI's electricity as the day wore on

Storm Ophelia: Wind turbines generated less electricity than on calmer days

Although today was among the windiest in recent memory, the energy being generated by wind turbines was lower than it might have been in calmer conditions.

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A generic image of a dog being captured by authorities in England

Single council accounted for 39% of dogs destroyed by local authorities

The numbers of dogs killed by local authorities varies to an extraordinary degree across each of the Province’s 11 council areas, a breakdown of new figures indicates.

Crime
Fishermen land 30 million-to-one catch in Lough Foyle

Fishermen land 30 million-to-one catch in Lough Foyle

One of the rarest sea creatures in the world - a natural red lobster - has turned up in Lough Foyle.

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The Dark Hedges near Armoy shot to international prominence after featuring in the hit TV series Game of Thrones

Dark Hedges traffic ban ‘must be only start to preserve attraction’

The forthcoming closure of the road through the iconic Dark Hedges is a welcome move but more must be done to preserve the attraction, a local DUP councillor has said.

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Category C Best black and white picture. 2nd prize - Western lowland gorilla by Fiona Beattie

Belfast Zoo exposes winners of 34th annual photography competition!

The winners of Belfast Zoo’s annual photographic competition have now been selected.

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Prince Charles helps release turtles back into the wild

The Prince of Wales has released a turtle made ill by plastic back into the sea after condemning the proliferation of the waste material in the world's oceans.

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Caterpillar NI fined £7,500 for Larne diesel discharge

Caterpillar (NI) has been convicted of discharging more than 40,000 litres of diesel into the Irish Sea at Larne.

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Campaigners protesting against an oil drilling operation at Woodburn Forest in Carrickfergus last year

£241k legal bill over Woodburn drill challenge

A judicial review into a controversial oil exploration project in Co Antrim has left ratepayers facing a whopping £241,000 legal bill.

Crime

VIDEO: Endangered wildlife being sold over social media warn animal rescuers

Wildlife police have highlighted the growing use of social media such as Facebook to sell endangered animals as they seized nine critically rare slow lorises from cyber-smugglers.

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Lough Beg swans are at the heart of the A6 battle

Work on Londonderry A6 delayed despite Appeal Court victory

The ornithologist attempting to prevent a Londonderry road upgrade he claims will damage “irreplaceable wetlands” could take his case to the European Court of Justice.

Crime
SF minister under fire for ‘neutral’ stance on incinerator plan

SF minister under fire for ‘neutral’ stance on incinerator plan

A former Sinn Fein infrastructure minister has been slammed after it emerged he took a “neutral” stance over plans to build a highly contentious waste incinerator.

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An impression of what the proposed waste incinerator at Mallusk would look like when completed

Incinerator approval sparks condemnation

Planning approval for a multi-million waste incinerator on the outskirts of Belfast has sparked outrage from across the political divide.

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A computer-generated image of the proposed energy from waste plant development at Hightown Quarry.

Planning permission granted for Arc21 waste treatment facility

Full planning permission has been granted for a Residual Waste Treatment Facility at Hightown Quarry in Newtownabbey.

Business

130-tonne 'fatberg' blocks sewer under London street

A "monster" fatberg weighing more than 10 double-decker buses is blocking a sewer under a street in east London.

Environment

Watch: NI Water staff tackle one of the biggest blockages they have ever faced

Staff from NI Water were in Newtownabbey recently to clear one of the biggest blockages they have ever faced.

Environment
Pilgrim’s acquires Moy Park for $1.3 billion (£1.0 billion)

Pilgrim’s acquires Moy Park for $1.3 billion (£1.0 billion)

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation (Nasdaq: PPC) (“Pilgrim’s” or the “Company”) has announced that it has acquired Moy Park, a leading poultry and prepared foods supplier with operations in the United Kingdom and Continental Europe, from JBS S.A., in a transaction valuing the equity interest of Moy Park at approximately $1.0 billion (or approximately £790 million based on a 1.31 exchange rate as of September 8, 2017), implying an enterprise value of approximately $1.3 billion (or approximately £1.0 billion).

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