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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. In a contest between a Brazilian free-tailed bat and a common swift, which comes out ahead?

A. Previous studies suggested the birds fly faster than bats, with the common swift being the fastest bird on record for level flight at 111 kilometers per hour (km/h), says Gary McCracken of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, as reported in “New Scientist” magazine. Now the Brazilian free-tailed bat has been clocked at more than 140 km/h in flight, “the fastest powered flight speeds documented yet in any vertebrate - that is, in bats or birds.”

Why this exceptionally fast flight? Credit the bats with exceptional aerial lifestyle adaptation: “Long, narrow wings with pointed tips help them fly fast and horizontally, and long toe hairs may help judge speed and turbulence (Royal Society Open Science).”

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

On Monday the 23rd of January, The Dome Bar welcomed special guests for a Mental Health Talk. The talk took place as part of WIT Students' Union's (WITSU) Positive Mental Health Week. Guest speakers included WITSU Welfare Officer, Michael Murphy, Beat 102-103 radio presenter, Dave Cronin, and Blindboy Boatclub from The Rubberbandits.

Dave Cronin is one of the South East's biggest known radio personalities. He kicked off the event by sharing his own struggle with depression. He discussed panic attacks and other mental health difficulties he had found himself experiencing after some major changes in his personal life. An important point he made to students in attendance was to talk about their problems and to seek help from their GP like he did.

Next to speak was the hugely

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 8th February Tuesday 15th February

Aries 21st March-21st April

Your ruling planet Mars is in your sign all month long, putting you in a powerful position on all fronts. You’ll be at the top of your game whether it’s in work, in a hobby or on the field of play. Although you’re well able to go-it-alone, you’re a real team player and are happy to let others share the load and the spotlight, but you’ll still be the driving force behind them!

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

“Like a boss” will be your motto this week Taurus. You’ll be driven, focused and in a “take no B.S.” mood when it comes to a project you’re passionate about. Plan meticulously to get the results you know you want and then work methodically towards them. You won’t be in the mood to let

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

The announcement that sixty new jobs are to be created in Waterford by mobile softwear company Red Hat based on the Cork Road brought a much needed morale boost to the area.

The €12.7m. project announcement was made jointly by Minister of State John Halligan and Minister for Jobs, Mary Mitchell O’Connor at the official opening of the company’s new offices located at Communication House. The jobs will be rolled out over a four year period and was described as a “great news story” and an excellent endorsement of the region as a prime location for other technology companies to invest in. Minister of State John Halligan emphasised the importance of Research and Development jobs and said Red Hat’s announcement was a really positive development for the South-East region. “We were badly affected by the crash here and lost many jobs,

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

The Health Equality for the South East (HESE) group which has been campaigning for 24/7 Cardio services in the South East and in Waterford in particular have come up with a novel way to promote the campaign.

The four senior hurling panels, Waterford, Kilkenny, Wexford and Tipperary have come out in support of the campaign as have their county managers.

On Sunday next at the Waterford versus Kilkenny National Hurling League game supporters at the match are asked to place their hand on their hearts when the National Anthem is being played.

The match which will be covered live will indicate how strongly all people in the south east feel about the lack of cardio services in the region.

This is just one of the many public displays, as well as public meetings, You can view their facebook and twitter page on and

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

A Programme for Life

A series of talks, commencing Sunday 12th February @ 7.30 p.m in St.Paul's Parish Centre, continuing each Sunday and Wednesday @ 7.30p.m.

The presenters of these talks are members of Neocatechumenate otherwise known as The Way.The Way offers a programme for Christian initation for new beginnings in the faith.It has been recognised by thechurch many times as a gift from the Holy Spirit,it has been encouraged and confirmed by Pope Francis.It has opened the door of faith for many people through the announcement of The Good News.

In the words of Jesus to his first disciples "Come and See"

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

With Breda Gardner Homeopath, lcph, mcos, rgn

Health Therapies Clinic

13 Gladstone Street, Waterford.

Tel: 087 2025753.

Insight Natural Health Clinic

15 Upper Patrick St, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7724429

Constitutional & Genetic Weakness

Constitutional & Genetic Weakness is the twelfth and final article in a series about more unusual causes of imbalance in the body. I hope you’ve enjoyed them all.

Have you ever wondered why some people can smoke for years and never get lung cancer, whilst other people can get it from secondary smoking? Or why is it that certain conditions like asthma or eczema seem to run in families? Or that some work colleagues seem to pick up every flu bug going, whereas other lucky ones never seem to get the sniffles! And why, on our honeymoon in India, did I suffer from several tummy bugs, whilst my husband sailed through without a problem?!

The answer to

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Wednesday, 8th February 2017

Systematic Kinesiology is a fully integrated natural health care system which combines the knowledge of chinese acupuncture theory of chi (energy that unites body and mind), modern chiropractic, nutrition and psychology.

Kinesiology is the study of how muscles act and coordinate in the body. It's based on the science of energy balancing and combines a range of gentle but powerful techniques. Systematic Kinesiology looks at the health of the body as a whole, addressing not only what's going on with the physical body, but also the environment and the psychological state of each individual. Each muscle group is related to other body, parts essentially connected on the circuits of certain organs. The technique of muscle monitoring/testing, or biofeedback is used to investigate what may be causing imbalances in the body.

The technique is used to treat a variety of disorders from pain

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Upcoming Parents Plus Parenting Programme

St Brigid’s Family & Community Centre is organising a Parents Plus Parenting Programme for parents/guardians of primary school age children.

This programme is for parents/guardians who would like to help their children reach their full potential and solve childhood issues in a positive way. The course does not propose to find all the answers but hopes to help parents gain support of other parents and find down-to-earth solutions for difficult situations. The focus of the course is positive and aims to build on your strengths as a parent and what you are already doing right.

The course will take place on Wednesdays from 10.00am – 12.30pm from 8th February to 5th April 2017 in St Brigid’s Family & Community Centre, 37 Lower Yellow Road, Waterford. There is no charge for this course. Places are limited, for more information

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Wednesday, 1st February 2017

Taxi complaints


I’m unhappy with a recent experience I had when hiring a taxi. Where can I make a complaint?


The National Transport Authority has overall responsibility for regulating taxis, hackneys and limousine drivers. It deals with complaints relating to the:

- Condition, roadworthiness and cleanliness of the vehicle

- Conduct, behaviour and identification of the driver

- Fares charged by the driver

- Hiring and booking of the vehicle

- Identification and the general appearance of the vehicle

The Authority’s website,, provides information on the hiring of taxis, hackneys and limousines and about making a complaint. If you wish to make a complaint, you can make it online, download a complaint form or obtain a complaint form from the Authority’s information line at 0761 064000. You need to submit a copy of any receipt obtained for the journey with the completed complaint form.

Once the complaint has

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Letters to the Editor


    Travel chaos as strike likely to go aheadWith the Bus Eireann strike for February 20th looking as if it will go ahead it seems that the workers in that particular section of the C.I.E. company will get the overwhelming support from their co-workers in Bus Eireann and Irish Rail. This will mean that public transport in the country will effectively come to a standstill next week. Considering that some bus stations share the same facilities between Bus Eireann and Dublin Bus it is understandable that some p …

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