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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Resident Achievement Award recognises nursing home residents

Calling upon the people of Waterford! The closing date for nominations for the Nursing Homes Ireland (NHI) Care Awards 2013, in association with Homecare Medical Supplies, is Friday July 19th. NHI is now calling upon you to recognise and honour excellent care being provided in your local nursing homes!

The Awards, now running in their fourth year, will once again honour nursing home staff, residents and home themselves. Those interested in putting forward nominees are asked to visit . This year’s awards ceremony will take place 7th November at Citywest Hotel, Co Dublin.

There are 9 private & voluntary nursing homes in Waterford providing essential care for 481 residents, employing 480+ persons.

Nurses, carers, caterers and ancillary workers working in NHI member homes are honoured at the prestigious awards ceremony. Nursing homes are also

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Macra’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend takes place this Week

"As we see continuing post office and Garda station closures, we need the added security and support of our communities more than ever", these were the words of Macra National President, Kieran O’Dowd, in advance of this week’s Know Your Neighbour Weekend. He continued, "Since the end of the economic boom, rural communities have been suffering from decreasing facilities and services. The impact of this can be clearly seen as our neighbours worry about their safety in their own homes. This is the time to pull together and work as a close knit community to support each other."

Know Your Neighbour Weekend, organised by Macra na Feirme, with the support of Irish Country Living and the Irish Farmers Journal, is a chance to build relationships which benefit communities in time of need. Groups

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Robbie Forristal Appeal Benefit Quiz

A Benefit Quiz will be held in aid of the Robbie Forristal Appeal at Oskar's Bar, Dunmore Road on Thursday July 4th at 8pm. Teams of 4 are €20. All proceeds will go towards this worthy cause.

Robbie has recently been diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1) which can effect the brain, spinal cord, nerves, skin and many other body parts. It is a disorder where the nerve tissues grow tumours that can be benign. At 8 months Robbie was diagnosed with a malignant tumour in his bladder. There are only 6 children diagnosed with this in Ireland annually. He is responding well to treatment so far and our thoughts are with Robbie who is currently in Paris where he is being treated for this terrible disease. He and his parents would like to

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

parental leave

Question: I used all of my parental leave when my son was a baby. Can I get the benefit of the extra parental leave available since earlier this year?

Answer: On 8 March 2013 the amount of parental leave available to each parent per eligible child increased from 14 weeks to 18 weeks.

If your child is still under 8 years of age, then you can take the extra 4 weeks. Taking parental leave does not affect your other employment rights. Apart from the loss of pay and pension contributions, your position remains as if no parental leave had been taken. This means, for example that time spent on parental leave can be used to accumulate your annual leave entitlement. A public holiday that falls while you are on parental leave and on a day when you would normally be working

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. Are you savvy enough to know what's so sweet about hitting a baseball on the bat's "sweet spot"?

A. That's the point which sends the least vibration down the bat while delivering the most energy to the ball, triggering a "crack" that snaps fans to attention, says Nathan Seppa in "Science News" magazine. Well-hit balls sound differently than weak pop-ups, a high-frequency sound rather than a dull thud. As physicist Alan Nathan explains, the high energy of the bat-ball collision must go somewhere, and the batter fervently hopes it goes to the ball.

Nathan has also shown that "corking" a wood bat by hollowing out its center isn't all it's cracked up to be. The corked bat is lighter and moves faster but doesn't deliver more force, and the wood fails to deliver the "trampoline

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Wednesday, 3rd July 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.

Reader’s letter:

"I have an eleven year old Corgi cross called Benjy. I have noticed over the past few months that he has developed a number of small lumps, one on his neck, another above his eye and one between his toes. They are not bothering him much, except he licks at the one on his paw a bit. I’ve heard that older dogs can get cancer like humans; should I be worried about Benjy?"

Dear Reader,

Lumps and bumps can be quite common in older dogs. You

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

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Aries: March 21 – April 20

Look at how you respond to situations before things become a little untidy, and logic, as always, needs to focus you, prior to any decisions being made. Something you did a couple of weeks ago, could well have

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Calls to the local branch of The Samaritans are on the rise again this year, with concerns about money, debt and families a recurring theme and conversations lasting longer and becoming increasingly serious in nature.

Launching the Waterford and South East Branch’s Annual Report for 2012, director Ann Barron noted a 12% increase in calls to the branch from 2011. Financial worries, she said, were a feature in a majority of these calls.

"Relationship and family worries continue to be a common problem and the current recession is having a marked impact on these difficulties because people perceive themselves as being trapped", Ms Barron added.

"We have also noted an increase in concerns about physical health and callers experiencing difficulty trying to access the medical and other services they need and this is leading to further distress."

The number of men contacting the local

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Come Unto Me

Although Jesus was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth, Capernaum became His home during the three years of His public ministry of preaching and healing. As a result, Capernaum and the surrounding cities saw more of His miracles than any other towns (Matthew 11:21-24).

Yet the Lord Jesus rebuked these cities because although they had seen so much evidence of the promised kingdom of God breaking in among men, they did not repent of their sins and turn to God. As a result, He warned them that it would be more tolerable in the day of judgement for Sodom (the wicked city God destroyed with fire and brimstone, Genesis 19:24) because if they had seen His miracles they would have repented of their sin.

Yet in the midst of His denunciation of these unrepentant Galilean cities, Jesus offers an

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

HUNDREDS of nominations have been cast by people across Ireland for Goodall’s Best Scone and a local café has been named within the top ten!

Kazbar, situated on John’s Street in Waterford has been nominated by customers as the place where you can enjoy Ireland’s Best Scone. Its famous home-baked, delicious scones have secured Kazbar a place in the final of Best Scone, run by Goodall’s - the Irish brand that’s renowned for its high quality range of flavourings, colourings, herbs, spices and seasonings

Owned by siblings, Michael, Seamus and Jane Dunphy and managed by Sinead McDonagh, Kazbar has been owned by the Dunphy family since 2004 and has built up a steady and loyal customer base.

Manager of Kazbar, Sinead McDonagh adds: "Our scones are great because they bring people

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Letters to the Editor


    Perfidious AlbionThe recent statement by the UK’s Brexit Minister responsible for their leaving the European Union David Davis really threw a spanner in the political works last week. His remark that the joint text agreed between the UK and the EU concerning a soft Brexit for Ireland was more a statement of intent rather than the legal enforceable international agreement between both parties caused consternation in Europe and Ireland.Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney was quick to …

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