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Wednesday, 20th November 2013

Dawn Meats has won a prestigious Green Apple Environment Award in the United Kingdom where it has operations in England, Scotland and Wales. The awards are designed to find the greenest companies, councils and communities operating in Europe.

Dawn Meats competed against more than 500 other nominations to receive a Green Apple Environmental Award - the National Green Champion (Ireland) - at a glittering presentation ceremony in the House of Commons this week. This is the highest honour awarded and there is only one awarded per country. Key environmental deliverables by Dawn Meats in 2012/13 included: reducing water intake by 56m litres across four sites; reduced thermal energy consumption of between 50 and 80% across multiple sites; construction of a 7 acre wetland and eco park and 80-100% post consumer recycled content of packaging.

Headquartered in Grannagh, Co Waterford, Dawn Meats employs

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Wednesday, 20th November 2013

ABP Food Group has scooped a special award at the bi-annual Bord Bia Food and Drink Awards 2013 which took place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham last night. ABP was presented with the inaugural 'Business Referral Award' by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D, in recognition of their collaboration efforts in referring work to Wexford-based Irish Country Meats.

Bord Bia introduced this special award to encourage and reward business referral by one company to another, and encourage collaboration between competitors to achieve cost savings, improved return, and increased market distribution.

ABP Group were awarded with this significant prize due to their work with Irish Country Meats who they introduced to a premium European foodservice client who was looking to source top quality

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Wednesday, 20th November 2013

The people of Waterford are being asked to join some well-known faces in supporting the Simon Communities by designing a Christmas jumper and lighting up their own festive creations in the run-up to Christmas this year.

The Simon Communities will hold a special Simon House of Light show in Dublin from 12th to 14th December, and the charity is urging residents of Waterford to visit the show if they travel to Dublin in the lead-up to Christmas. For Waterford people who can't make it to the show itself, Simon is urging them to get involved in the House of Light campaign by donning a 'light-up' Christmas jumper; taking a photo of themselves; and sending it to the Simon Communities with a message of

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Wednesday, 20th November 2013

The Tia Maria Hi Style Awards presented by Hi Magazine in The Silver Springs Hotel Cork was the event of the season. The pink carpet was awash with celebrities and fashionistas, from all over Munster. Style Awards categories covered everyone from the most stylish man, most stylish hair and beauty salons, men's fashions and ladies boutiques. Even a few honorary style awards were handed out to men and women who deserved a special mention for their achievements...

Jennifer Coady Murphy from Beautilicious won honorary Style Award for "A Lady in Waterford whose business is one of the Most Stylish in the Beauty Industry"

For more information or to make an appointment contact Beautilicious Unit 28A,Waterford Business Park, Cork Road,Waterford. Telelphone 087 9086262 or visit http://www.beautiliciouswaterford.ie or http://www.facebook.com/Beautiliciousfeelamazing

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Wednesday, 20th November 2013

Have you ever wanted to try an Indoor Cycling Class but were too afraid or apprehensive? Have you tried a Spin Class and found it too difficult or that your fitness level wasn't quite ready for such high intensity exercise? If the answer is yes to either of these questions, then Goldstone Gym & Fitness is the place for you!

All this week and next, Goldstone Gym is running FREE Beginner Level Spin Fit Classes. These classes will be 30 minutes long and will include: how to set up your bike correctly, an explanation of the moves involved in the class and then a 20 minute introduction to spin work-out. This is a fantastic opportunity to try Spin, without the fear of not being capable to participate fully.

What's more, Goldstone will be running these free classes in their state of the

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Wednesday, 13th November 2013

fodder donations for bilberry goats

The Bilberry Goat Heritage Trust are looking for donations for fodder for the Herd. It costs €100 per week and the Trust are finding it very hard at the moment, as funds are very low. We would be grateful for any help. All donations to Bilberry Goat Heritage Trust, c/o 'Rockmount', Gracedieu, Waterford or online with IDonate on the Bilberry Goat Herd Facebook page. For further information contact Orla at The Bilberry Goat Heritage Trust Tel: 086 070 1147.

mass for deceased members of An Post

The annual Mass for the deceased members of An Post will take place on Saturday 16th November at 7.30pm in St. Saviour's Church, Ballybeg, Waterford.

National Board & Paper Mills

The annual Mass for the deceased employees of the Paper Mills will take palce in the Friary on Thursday 21st November at 7.30pm.

Parkinson's Assocation

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Wednesday, 13th November 2013

Penalty points

Question: I received a fixed-charge notice in the post informing me that I had committed a speeding offence. On that day, I had loaned my car to my daughter. How can I avoid a fine and penalty points when I did not commit the offence?

Answer: The Road Traffic Act 2002 provides that, unless another person is identified as the driver, it will be assumed that the registered owner was driving the vehicle at the time of the alleged offence.

You say that you were not in the car when the speeding offence occurred and that your daughter was driving the vehicle. In that case, you should complete the form attached to the notice, giving your daughter's name and address. This form should then be returned to the relevant Garda Station with the original fixed-charge notice. You do not enclose any

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Wednesday, 13th November 2013

As part of their 25th anniversary celebrations, Age & Opportunity is offering two bursaries to Ireland's older community in an effort to encourage this demographic to make exceptional changes in their own lives and that of their communities.

The Life is for Living Bursary is open to applicants aged 60 years or more and offers the successful candidate Eu5,000 to fulfil a burning ambition. Eager for the bursary to go towards an adventure that will inspire others, the organisation encourages entrants to think big, whether their wish is to take scuba diving lessons off The Great Barrier Reef, learn to cook from an Italian mama or head to the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee for music lessons!

Research has proven that happiness and learning are closely linked and

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Wednesday, 13th November 2013

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. Is it the "dawn of a new affliction" or the "spawn of a new affliction"? Only that powerful new website WebMD knows for sure.

A. Before the Internet, getting a medical diagnosis required consulting a trained professional, says "Mental Floss" magazine. But with WebMD's 1996 debut of "Symptom Checker," nervous browsers have been able to do self-diagnosis with just a few mouse clicks. Thus has the site "fomented a brand-new malady: 'cyberchondria'--Internet-induced hypochondria."

Just how needlessly alarming can all this be? Fewer than 1 in 50,000 people have a brain tumor, but according to "Psychology Today" magazine, a quick search on the word "headache" will show 25% of the results citing brain tumors as a likely cause. Little wonder that a 2008 study found 40% of self-diagnosing websters wind up suffering increased anxiety. As the

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Wednesday, 13th November 2013

John Owens graduated from the Veterinary

College U.C.D. in 1997. He, along with his wife Susan, recently opened Ani-Pets veterinary clinic in Tramore, which is dedicated to the full time care of all companion animals, including exotic pets. He has a special interest in preventative medicine and nutrition.

My Dog's Vomiting Problem

Reader's e-mail:

"Dear John,

I have a five year old male Springer Spaniel called Monty. He loves nothing more than a run on the beach and a swim in the sea. However, last week we went for our normal walk and Monty enjoyed his usual swim. When we went back home, I noticed he had got sick in the back of the car. Within about half an hour, he had vomited twice more. He seemed uncomfortable, so I made a decision not to feed him

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    When the latest statistic that waiting times for patients had risen to their highest level yet, there can't have been too many people that were surprised.There are now over 700.000 people on waiting lists with over 50.000 of them children. That so many people are waiting for treatment in one of the most developed economies in the world is truly frightening. Of course you can take into account the underfunding of the health sector during the economic downturn but it still wouldn't fully explain why so ma …

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