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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

No more staffing delays - Mental Health Reform urges local action in Waterford

Mental Health Reform has asked the people of Waterford to contact their local elected representatives, in an effort to keep pressure on the Government to honour its commitment to appoint new staff for community mental health services this year. Orla Barry, Director of Mental Health Reform, commented: "Last year, we saw unacceptable delays in appointing the promised staff to community mental health teams. Such delays cannot be allowed to happen with the 477 new staff that have been promised for 2013. "

"These multidisciplinary staff include much needed psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and social care workers - to work alongside doctors and nurses in community mental health teams", Ms. Barry continued.

Mental Health Reform has urged people to put local pressure on their TDs to

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists welcomes statutory regulation of physiotherapists

The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP) welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly, of his intention to establish the Physiotherapists Registration Board.

The Society welcomes this long awaited development in the steps towards achieving statutory protection of the public, which the Society has been advocating since its inception. In the absence of state regulation the Society, as the Designated Authority, acts on behalf of the Minister to protect the public by accrediting pre-registration university programmes in physiotherapy and validating the qualifications of physiotherapists who were educated outside this country who wish to work in the Irish Public Health Services. As the sole professional body for Physiotherapists, the Society has always worked to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional education, practice, competence and conduct.

Placing protection

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

A local company which is the driving force behind the provision of AED and CPR training in the city has teamed up with the Solas Centre, the South East's cancer support service centre, to provide training in the use of AED (Automated External Defibrillators). Throughout May NAS Training Centre will deliver a series of free training courses to the Solas Centre on AED instruction and practice along with adult and child CPR.

According to Ray Power, General Manager NAS Training Centre, the importance of AED and CPR skills can never be underestimated. "In Ireland approximately 10,000 people die each year from cardiovascular disease (CVD), coronary heart disease, stroke and other circulatory diseases. Proficiency and knowledge about what to do if this situation ever arises is paramount. We offered these informative and practical courses to the volunteers, clients and staff at the

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

An Taisce's National Spring Clean campaign is still going strong in County Waterford and this week will see the campaign hit the halfway mark. Hundreds of clean up events have already taken place in Waterford and there are still plenty more to come! The National Spring Clean campaign is Ireland's largest anti-litter initiative organised by An Taisce and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government.

Events taking place in Waterford next week include:

On the 20th of April, Ard Daire residents' association will be cleaning 78 houses in the estate and surrounding areas in Ferrybank. For more information, please contact: Paul Malone on 087 2603029

On the 20th of April, Abbeylands residents association will be cleaning up their estate for National Spring Clean with some landscaping. For more information, please contact: Kathleen Power on 087 1168379

On the 21st of

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

Biblical perspectives for living


acob and his sons arrived in Egypt as a clan of 70 some persons (Genesis 46:27), and enjoyed a favourable status because of Joseph's intervention in saving the nation from famine (47:5-6). But as the years went by, these Hebrews multiplied and were seen as a threat to national security (Exodus 1:7-10), so Pharaoh began a systematic program of oppression that culminated in his edict that all Hebrew baby boys be drowned in the Nile (1:22).

Nearly 600 years earlier, God had appeared to Abraham and promised to make him a great nation, (Genesis 12:1-3). These promises were repeated to Abraham's son, Isaac, and his grandson, Jacob, and while for more than 400 years there is no record of God communicating with them, God never forgot His promises. So when the time was right, He "remembered"

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

In Acton's Hotel, Kinsale on Sunday 21st April

It certainly won't be a case of "too many cooks may spoil the broth" in Kinsale on Sunday 21st April, as chefs from all over Ireland compete for the title of "All-Ireland Chowder Champion" at the annual All-Ireland Chowder Cook-Off at Acton's Hotel.

Following on from the phenomenal success of last year's Chowder Cook-Off; Ireland's gourmet capital is eagerly awaiting this year's event which takes place on Sunday 21st April, in association with Kinsale Chamber of Tourism & Business and Kinsale's Good Food Circle. The Cook-Off will see a mix of 32 top professional restaurant chefs, fishermen and those producing popular commercial chowders represent their county and compete for the coveted title.

Selected finalists will travel from every corner of the

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

Where once the traditional burger was seen purely as a fast food option, gourmet burgers have knocked tradition on the head. Sometimes, you just gotta have a burger.

Revolution Gastro Bar fills the bill for Burger Lovers. A traditional meal turned into an indulgent and nutritious experience. The finest beef and other fresh produce with sauces to compliment each burger. From Classic Crispy Bacon & Cheese, Blue Cheese, Taco Mayo & Salads, Pepper Sauce Burger, BBQ Burger or compile your own favourite!.

The fries are tasty too. Chunky home cooked potatoes from Annestown, cooked to golden. The service is good, the atmosphere is pleasant — a throwback in feel to the American Burger Bars of the 1960s. A great addition is to be able to have a beer with your

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

Could this be the answer to the 3 o'clock slump?

We all know what it feels like to have a super-productive morning getting the kids to school, adding final touches to a presentation, working towards inbox zero. Then the clock strikes 3 o'clock and we might as well pull down the blinds, throw on the PJ's, and sleep under the desk.

New Grrana Energy Tonic may be just what you need to give you that much needed healthy energy boost. Grrana Energy is an energy supplement delivered from a 10ml sachet that provides long lasting energy of up to five hours depending on how active your lifestyle is. It's the natural high without the crash! Grrana Energy has been developed to improve focus and alertness, enhancing stamina and mental clarity while supporting the immune system by stimulating adrenaline activity and blood flow.

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Wednesday, 10th April 2013

Assisi House 10th Anniversary Celebrations

Friends of Assisi House Day Centre for the Elderly, Airmount, Dominics Place, Waterford is one of the largest attended social centres for the elderly and socially isolated in the country. Catering for up to 50 members a day, with 60 to 65 members evailing of their services each week, Assisi House is proud to mark the important milestone of their 10th Anniversary which takes place on Wednesday 10th April 2013 from 2.30pm to 5.00pm. Speeches will be between 3-3.30pm with a lot of crack and banter throughout the day.

Waterford Cheshire Fund-raising Table Quiz

It's hard to believe that this year we will be holding our tenth annual fund-raising table quiz in our premises on John's Hill on Tuesday 16th April at 8:00pm. At only €20 for a table of four it's a real bargain and a fabulously

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Wednesday, 10th April 2013

Capital Acquisition Tax

Question Following a recent death, I am inheriting some money. Will I have to pay tax?

Answer: If you receive an inheritance following a death, it may be liable for inheritance tax. Inheritance tax is a type of Capital Acquisition Tax (CAT) which also includes gift tax. You can receive an inheritance tax-free up to a certain amount. The tax-free amount or threshold depends on the relationship between you and the person from whom you are inheriting the money.

- Group A applies where you are the child, stepchild or adopted child of the person giving the gift or inheritance. In certain circumstances it can apply to a parent getting an inheritance.

- Group B applies where you are the parent, grandparent, grand child, great-grandchild, brother, sister, nephew or niece of the giver.

- Group C applies to any relationship not included

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Letters to the Editor


    Ophelia wreaks havocThe clean-up of in the aftermath of Hurricane Ophelia is now seriously underway. The ferocity of Ophelia was clearly signposted by the national authorities and their warnings were heeded by the general populace with a few exceptions. The whole of the country was virtually in shutdown for the whole of Monday with all air and land transport practically non-existent. Ireland to all intents and purposes was isolated from the rest of the world for most of the day.In Waterford City an …

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