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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Health Bill will put private health insurance out of reach of many families and will jeopardise the financial

Mr James Sheehan, retired orthopaedic surgeon and a co-founder of the Blackrock, Galway and Hermitage Clinics believes the Health Bill will put private insurance outside the reach of numerous Irish families while jeopardising the stability of the Irish Private Hospital sector.

He was speaking recently at the launch of his book, 'Life Close to the Bone – musings of an Orthopaedic surgeon', which summarises the trials and tribulations of establishing three hospitals and shares his thoughts on how to deliver an efficient, equitable and progressive healthcare system.

Mr Sheehan said at the launch that he agrees with former American President Calvin Coolidge who said "Raising taxes while wasting money is

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

European Commission to investigate Government for forcing NCHDs to work excessive hours

European Commission confirms to IMO that it will investigate Irish Government for forcing NCHDs to work excessive hours

Commission states that it has underlined to Irish Government the need to "substantially accelerate and deepen their efforts..to eliminate excessive working hours and inadequate provision for minimum rest…"

IMO warns that Government facing fines of millions of Euros as breaches continue.

Friday 26th July 2013. The European Commission is to carry out an investigation into complaints made by the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) against the Irish Government for abuses of the European Working Time Directive (EWTD) in respect of NCHDs (Non Consultant Hospital Doctors). The news – confirmed in a letter from the European Commission to the IMO - comes just a week after the IMO launched a major campaign to highlight the abuse

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Have you been affected by stroke or do you know somebody who has? The Irish Heart Foundation is calling on the public to celebrate the courage of stroke survivors and their carers by nominating their stroke heroes before 20th September for a special Life After Stroke Award. Winners will be honoured at the charity's fourth annual Life After Stroke Awards event later this year sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim, to pay tribute to the bravery of stroke survivors and their carers from all around the country.

Children as young as four, seven and 10 years of age were among 14 stroke heroes honoured at last year's event hosted by RTE broadcaster Marty Whelan in Dublin. The three youngsters received Children's Courage Awards because they inspired the nation with their real life tales of bravery in overcoming and surviving stroke.

An estimated 10,000 strokes

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Whatever people's reasons for taking part in the 2013 Solas Centre South East Run for Life, Waterford's Niamh Doherty is urging everyone to get running, jogging or walking to simply celebrate life.

According to Niamh, in an interview with Beat 102-103's Gail Conway, it was her experience at last year's Run for Life that encouraged her to do it again this year.

"I did the run last year as I was stuck around the 5km mark and wanted to increase my distance and set myself some goals. I chose the Solas Run for Life as I had heard so much about it in previous years and knew it was a really good cause, so I signed up with some friends."

"Thankfully none of my immediate family has had to use the services of the Solas Centre, but you don't know what's around the

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Hypnosis has been getting a lot of media attention lately, what with the Danny Boyles movie 'Trance', about an art thief with amnesia who uses hypnosis to recall where he stashed his stolen painting; and 'Now You See Me' by French director Louis Leterrier (a movie that Waterfords Keith Barry helped with); which tells the story of a team of bank-robbing illusionists and shows people being hypnotised 'instantly' and on the spot. In one scene, dramatically, the woman finds that she can't move from that spot, and that she can't speak.

So have the above phenomenon, shown in the movie, have any a solid basis in reality? The answer is yes, but please do take it with a pinch of salt as they say! The first movie 'Trance' highlights the process of 'Age Regression' which is safely used by Consulting Hypnotists,

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Are you the 2013 Arboretum

Gardener of the Year?

Calling all 'mow'tivated Waterford gardeners! Arboretum is looking for all budding gardeners to enter the 2013 Arboretum Gardener of the Year competition!

Outgrow the competition and earn some instant 'grass'ification and lots of prizes too, with Ireland's First Five Star Garden Centre!

Incoming President of the International Garden Centre and Arboretum MD Rachel Doyle will judge the national competition.  Her passion and expertise in horticulture put her at the top of her field.  Speaking at the launch, Rachel comments: 'I'm a firm believer that gardening is good for the soul and has endless psychological benefits! Getting out in the garden is not only great for fresh air but it's a great way to get family and friends together, especially in fine weather.  Gardening is about nurturing and enjoyment for all things green.'

Gardeners can enter in to

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Biblical perspectives for living

Amazing Grace


"Amazing Grace" is one of the world's best known hymns. The dramatic and inspiring story of its author is less well known. John Newton (1727-1807) was the son of a merchant navy captain and a devout Christian mother. She hoped that he would become a Christian

minister and did all in her power to educate her son and nurture his faith in God, but she died when Newton was just turning seven. He entered the

merchant navy at the tender age of eleven. As a young sailor he did his best to remain loyal to his mother's faith and avoided the profanity and excesses which were common among sailors.

In time however he began to change. He was exposed to "progressive" ideas which cast doubt on the existence of God and promoted a "liberal" view of morality which

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

The Denny Breakfast Census reveals the nation's breakfast habits

· 70% believe that the weekend fry is the ultimate crowd pleaser

· 66% enjoy a fry together at least once at the weekend

· 45% have smuggled sausages in their suitcases when going abroad

· 47% don't like beans touching the rest of their breakfast

· 34% would like Michael Fassbender to cook breakfast in bed for them beating Niall Horan (20%)

The habits of a nation of breakfast lovers have today been revealed with the launch of the first ever Denny Breakfast Census. Getting to the heart of what makes an Irish family breakfast so special; the census reveals some quirky habits and shows that the weekend fry is still a firm favourite.

In a quest to find out what makes an Irish family breakfast so special Denny, Ireland's favourite breakfast brand, have been asking some tough

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Dawn Meats' hard work in achieving an ISO 14001 certification for Environmental Management has been rewarded as the company was crowned winners of the "Best Short Term Energy and Carbon Management" category at the 2Degrees Sustainability Champions Awards 2013, at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.

Dawn Meats is certified for Environmental Management in five sites throughout the UK and Ireland by leading ISO Certification body Certification Europe. In each of the sites it employs technology that was developed by NASA. This advanced heating system reclaims energy from boilers and uses this to heat water, resulting in thermal energy reductions, helping save energy, money and the environment.

Charlie Coakley, Dawn Meats Environmental Sustainability Manager said "It is an honour to be recognised by our peers in sustainability. The award is testament

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

'Money for Jam' as Neven Maguire charity initiative looks to find Ireland's most special homemade preserve

Leading celebrity chef Neven Maguire is stirring the pot again for those in need and this time with a traditional Irish home-cooking twist as he tries to find the most special homemade jam in the biggest sale of preserves to take place here.

The proprietor of the award winning McNean Restaurant in Cavan is calling on jam makers around the country to put the harvest of blackcurrants, raspberries, strawberries, et al that is currently upon us to good use for some of the poorest people in the world.

In the process he also hopes to find the most unique homemade Irish jam, with the maker getting a special day's cooking experience at his famous restaurant

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    Rush to CriticismThere are not many people who at this stage have not heard about the Cash family and what happened to them. The mother and six of her children had to seek accommodation in the Tallaght Garda Station last week as they had absolutely nowhere to turn to. It led to an outcry as pictures of the young children sleeping on seats were posted to social media by the mother.Understandably there were a lot of people who were saddened to see that in this day and age that a family had to resor …

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