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Wednesday, 30th October 2013

Waterford Health Park, the multi-disciplinary healthcare campus on Slievekeale Rd in the city, has received an international generative space award heralding it as a 'place to flourish’.

Judges from the CARITAS Project – a US-based non-profit organisation that works to pioneer the next generation of improvements in health and healthcare delivery through innovative design – singled out how Waterford Health Park "shows evidence of a community beginning to flourish". They added that the "historic design integration with contemporary use is exceptional", noting that the facility "produces systemic and sustainable improvements over time".

Previous US recipients of the award include Arlington Free Clinic, Virginia; Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, Pennsylvania.

Accepting the award at a healthcare conference at

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Wednesday, 30th October 2013

Waterford City Labour Party Cllr Seamus Ryan has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Primary Care, Alex White, of a package of measures to address alcohol misuse, which have received approval from Government.

"Urgent action is needed to deal with the epidemic of alcohol abuse in our communities. Over 2,000 hospital beds are taken up with people suffering from alcohol abuse, and three people in this country die each day from alcohol-related causes. The landmark plan announced this week by Minister White aims to tackle these problems.

"Among the measures is the introduction of minimum pricing for alcohol. This is aimed at tackling the extremely low cost of some alcohol products in the off-trade sector, such as supermarkets.

"Restrictions will be placed on advertising of alcohol, in television, radio and cinemas, with further limits on outdoor advertising. In addition, alcohol products will be

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Wednesday, 30th October 2013

The Asthma Society of Ireland have today launched some simple life saving tips to make sure that asthma and allergy sufferers can have a safe and Happy Halloween as the scary season starts to get underway.

Halloween festivities, although harmless on the outside, can worsen asthma and allergy symptoms if simple precautions are not taken, such as:

1. Make sure your inhaler, or your child's inhaler (blue), is available at all times and that they are aware of what to do if they develop symptoms

2. Make sure that Halloween costumes do not contain latex

3. If costumes have been stored since last year, be aware they could contain dust and mould and should be washed before use

4. Halloween masks can interfere with breathing, so children with asthma should opt for a half mask or no mask at all

5. If your child has skin sensitivities, be mindful of

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Wednesday, 30th October 2013

SPARKLING delicate jewels and chic clutch cases; eyewear goes glamorous this winter with Aurora.

Specsavers Waterford is one of the first opticians in Ireland to launch interchangeable clip-on jewellery that will help women transform the look and feel of their frames.

The subtle and sophisticated crystal jewels, in glittering circle and flower designs, are the ideal gift for women who view glasses as the ultimate fashion accessory and want to personalise their frames to suit their mood and their wardrobes.

The traditional glasses carry case has also been given a stylish makeover in the shape of a sleek clutch, which will not only protect specs but also act as an evening essential.

The accessories are the latest addition to the Aurora collection, 13 elegant styles created for women over 50 and available at Specsavers Waterford.

The jewel accessories and case will be sold with every

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Wednesday, 30th October 2013

The Clonmel Retail Forum

The Clonmel Retail Forum has been running a make over competition worthy of Miss Ireland via their facebook page and http://www.clonmel.ie website for the past month and it all came to fruition this week in Clonmel. The winner, Claire Egan, was pampered all day culminating in a dramatic transformation.

The day begun with a shopping trip like no other, Claire was taken through the style shops of Clonmel with none other than Margaret Doyle, style consultant to Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh. If you came across the pair that day, you might have over heard some wonderful style tips similar to Gok Wan. Margaret and Claire selected styles to compliment her height, shape and autumn/summer colouring from The Wardrobe, Ryan Design, Pavoni, Clintons, Moroney’s shoes

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Wednesday, 30th October 2013

As new research shows four in five students gain weight while in third level education, slimming groups in Waterford are offering a slimmed-down price for students aged 16 to 21 in the area who want to get support to manage their weight this autumn.

The study of 1,055 current and former students by Slimming World* found that 82% of students put on weight during their time at university/College etc. Now between September 30th and November 2nd Slimming World is running its 'Student Special’ offer, giving all students aged 16 to 21 the chance to join one of its groups for free. They’ll save E18 on their first visit** and get support each week to develop healthy habits that will see them through their studies and the rest of their life.

Here, local healthy eating expert Andrea, who runs The Bridge Slimming World

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Wednesday, 30th October 2013

Biblical perspectives for living the suffering god

Some people think of God as distant, aloof and uninvolved in their lives. We may imagine that he is disinterested or cold, unmoved either by his own internal emotions or by external realities, such as the suffering of human beings. This idea seems to have led to a certain approach to spirituality which can be harsh, austere, and lacking in real humanity. It is recognised that he is our maker and that he controls the big events: but is he interested in the details of our lives? Does he care that you can't find work at the moment, or that you are stressed because of financial concerns, or hospital test results? Must suffering be borne merely with stoic fortitude, with a stiff upper lip, or does God really empathise and comfort in such times?

In

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Wednesday, 30th October 2013

Excitement is building in the Department of Languages Tourism and Hospitality at WIT as the start of the new Artisan Food Development with Business course draws closer. Designed for people who have a passion for food and an idea that could lead to a sustainable job, this new artisan food course will bring like minded participants together to develop their Food Product Idea into a sustainable product for the artisan food market.

The course will be a mix of practical workshops, theory classes and site visits along with talks from well known Artisan Food Producers from all around Ireland. Run over one year, students will attend college two days per week.

Areas covered over the year long program include the development of the Artisan Food product, enterprise practice, health and safety, food packaging, labelling and regulations all culminating in the showcasing of

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Wednesday, 30th October 2013

Sunday is a day for rest, relaxation and indulgence, so where better to spend it than on the picturesque Island Haven in our native Waterford. Waterford Castle Hotel and Golf Resort, renowned for its exceptional cuisine and superior customer service, are now serving a sumptuous three course Sunday lunch menu. According to Derek Coyne, General Manager of the Castle, "We are delighted to launch a Sunday lunch menu here at Waterford Castle, offering the very best of traditional and contemporary Irish cuisine; it is also a great opportunity for the local community to enjoy all that Waterford Castle and its surroundings has to offer".

After enjoying lunch in the award winning Munster Dining Room, guests can relax in the comfortable surroundings of the Fitzgerald Room Bar

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Wednesday, 30th October 2013

Highlights Irish attitudes towards food, grocery shopping and cooking

New research from Bord Bia highlights Irish consumers’ changing behaviours and attitudes towards grocery shopping and meal preparation. Since 2001, Bord Bia’s biennial PERIscope study has been exploring consumer attitudes towards topics such as eating at home, cooking, local food, the environment, and health and wellbeing, in ten markets - Ireland and Great Britain, six Continental European markets, along with the US and New Zealand – encompassing 10,000 respondents.

According to PERIscope 2013, 81% of cash-savvy consumers look for the best value for money, which is up from 71% in 2005. We are also health conscious, with three-quarters of us ensuring we consume at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day. There is an emergence away from focusing on convenience to moving towards family and food experiences where home cooking is

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