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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Dr. James Reilly, Minister for Health and Mr. Alex White T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for Primary Care in the Department of Health, have announced the commencement of the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Act 2013. This Act provides for the introduction of a system of generic substitution and reference pricing. It also sets out statutory procedures governing the supply, reimbursement and pricing of medicines and other items to patients under the GMS and community drug schemes.

Minister Reilly said that "The commencement of this Act provides the Irish Medicines Board and the HSE with a robust statutory framework for the introduction of generic substitution and reference pricing on a phased basis. This legislation will provide much greater access to generic medicines in Ireland and will reduce medicine costs for patients and for the State. Generic Substitution will

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Waterford Woods Protected : Coillte's Harvesting Rights Will Not Be Sold - Ciara Conway

Labour T.D. for Waterford Ciara Conway says that the decision not to sell harvesting rights on Irish forests shows the public interest comes first.

"The government has decided after an extended period of consulting with interested groups not to proceed with the sale of Coillte's harvesting rights, " said Ciara Conway T.D.

"This decision is clearly in the public interest, and I warmly welcome the fact that public access to forests is secured for generations to come.

People from all over Waterford have written to me on this issue and I raised the matter continually with my colleague , Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin.

We have some beautiful forests here in Waterford, so I'm delighted that the state will continue to have responsibility for these.

It is certainly the

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

JETS – Job's - Education - Training - Support

St Brigids Family and Community Centre is starting a new free support for people who are in long and short term unemployment in Waterford called JETS. The programme is unique as it will be actively run on a pilot basis by volunteers who are currently unemployed and seeking reemployment. If you or someone you know is interested in coming to JETS you can simply drop into St. Brigid's on the Lower Yellow Road any Thursday morning in July between 10.30 and 12 noon. If would like more information please contact Liz in St. Brigid's Family and Community Centre on 051-375261.

South East Epilepsy Information Seminar

Epilepsy Ireland in Association with the Friends of the Waterford Support Group will present a South East Epilepsy Information Seminar at The Tower Hotel, Waterford on Thursday June 27th

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme

Question: I am an old age pensioner living in my own house last winter very cold and draughty and I spent a lot of money on heating. Is there any scheme or grant to help with insulation?

The Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme aims to improve the energy efficiency and warmth of homes owned by people on low incomes. There is no charge for the service.

The work funded under the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme includes:

- Attic insulation

- Draught-proofing

- Lagging jackets

- Low-energy light bulbs

- Cavity wall insulation

- Energy advice.

The services are provided in Waterford and surrounding areas by a panel of non-profit community-based organisations and a panel of private contractors. Both panels are appointed by SEAI. A surveyor calls to your home to confirm that you are eligible and assess the amount of work needed. The work

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. What is the happiest day of the week and day of the year? What about the saddest? How might such questions ever be answered?

A. By consulting the hedonometer at hedonometer.org (from the Greek "hedon" meaning "pleasure"), which uses the continuous flood of words "tweeted" over the social networking service Twitter to extract day-by-day happiness scores for the connected world, answer Peter Dodds et al. in "PLoS ONE" journal. More than ten thousand of the most common English words were assigned happiness scores from 1 for "sad" to 9 for "happy."

Going by the data, happiness peaks on Saturdays, with Fridays right behind. Tuesdays--not Mondays--are the saddest days, registering about 0.03 happiness units below Saturdays. The happiest days of the year are Christmas and Christmas Eve, typically peaking 0.25 points higher than the days before

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Tuesday, 25th June 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 query: "I recently "adopted" a Boxer cross dog from a local dog charity. His age has been estimated at around 2 years old and he is very friendly and lively. The only problem I have is that he is chewing on anything he can get such as shoes, chair legs etc. and a few people have advised me to give him bones to chew on. Other people have told me this is a bad idea and not to give him bones. As he is my

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Clairvoyant - Numerologist – Astrologer Stan Phillips

To make an appointment for a personal reading at The Athanaeum House Hotel, Christendom,

Ferrybank Tel: 085 - 7355683

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Aries: March 21 – April 20

Many things seem to fall into place as we move on into high summer – well laid plans for example, and arrangements you have made for others. But don't allow the occasional misjudgements

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Rachel Allen, Ballymaloe chef and food writer, officially launched a major fundraising drive with Rathmoylan Free Range Eggs for Waterford Hospice at Ardkeen Quality Foodstore last Friday June 14th.

The new Hospice, which has been given the green light, is extremely welcome, providing palliative care for loved ones across the region. There is just one final hurdle; the project is still in dire need of funding. That's why, for every pack sold, Rathmoylan Free Range Eggs will donate 5 cent toward the hospice fund.

Stephanie Taheny, spokesperson for Waterford Hospice warmly welcomed this initiative: "This link with Rathmoylan Free Range Eggs is very generous and a great boost for our fundraising. Hopefully people will spare a thought for the hospice when they each to buy

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Award Winning Kilmeaden Scoops Gold in the Mature Cheese Category at Bloom 2013

Kilmeaden Cheese, Ireland's No. 1 cheddar block was awarded Gold in the Mature Cheddar Category at the 2013 Irish Cheese Awards at Bloom, Ireland's largest gardening, food & family event held in Phoenix Park over the June bank holiday.

The 2013 Irish Cheese Awards, now in its fourth year, was organised in association with Sheridans Cheesemongers, Bord Bia, Euro-Toques and Cais. The event holds great significance and prestige in Ireland's cheese industry calendar and is the only competition of its kind that solely celebrates the passion fuelled labour and skill of cheese craftsmanship in Ireland.

Entrants were judged by a panel of experts including Elaine O'Connor, Avoca Group, Darina Allen, Ballymaloe House & Cookery School, Cheddar Grader Pat Fenton and TV Chef Donal Skehan. Products were graded by the judging

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Wednesday, 19th June 2013

Summer Camps directory

Summer Camps have become very popular over the years and there is a huge range to choose from here in Waterford.  The 2013 Summer Camps Directory is now available free of charge at the Waterford Youth Information Centre.  The directory contains a list of summer camps in the Waterford area to suit children of all ages whatever their interests might be.  Drop into the centre and collect your free copy. WYIC is located on Manor Street opposite Masons. The booklet can also be downloaded for free on http://www.waterfordinfo.com

Medugorje Healing mass

The above Mass will held on Wednesday 19th June 2013 in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Mount Sion, Barrack Street, Waterford. Starting with the Holy Rosary at 7.30pm followed by Holy Mass. Celebrant Fr. R. Walsh. Muic Ministry: Medugorje Choir. Light refreshments after Mass. Contact Maura on 051

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    Cultural AttitudesThe recent survey by Price Waterhouse Cooper into cultural attitude that exist in the police force made for some interesting reading. One of the main findings in the report was that respondents felt that it was best to keep your head down and if you did think that something was wrong that it was better for yourself if you kept quiet about it.Another finding was that a significant amount of Gardai felt that it was who you knew and not what you knew that determined how far you advan …

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