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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. We can generally tell whether a speaker is male or female by voice alone-–on a phone call, for example. Pitch (higher in women) and resonance (deeper in men) are important indicators, stemming primarily from vocal anatomy differences. But they’re not the whole story. What are some other, more subtle cues?

A. Beyond pitch and resonance is prosody (the fluctuations of pitch) and the emphasis and cadence of speech. The pitch of a woman’s voice changes continuously, in sing-song fashion, covering a frequency range about twice that of men, says speech-language pathologist Christie Block on the New York Speech and Voice Lab website. In comparison, men’s voices are monotone and louder.

And it’s not only the sound of speech which differs between men and women but also its content. Women are typically more polite and empathetic,

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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

This year’s Waterford and Dungarvan Lions Clubs’ Greenway Leisure Cycle will take place on Sunday 20th of May. Last year’s participants are eagerly awaiting the annual trek to Kilmacthomas, where refreshments will be available at the Rainbow Community Hall.

Cyclists from the City and East Waterford will embark on their journey from the WIT car park in Carriganore between 9.30am and 11am. Dungarvan and West Waterford cyclists will commence their journey at the Greenway at Clonea Strand at the same time.

Participants raised over €20,000 for Waterford Hospice last year. Anyone who wishes to register for a sponsorship card for this year’s event can contact the Waterford Lions Club on (087)2540649 or (085)2865878 for further information, or the Dungarvan Lions Club on

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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 11th April - Tuesday 17th April

Aries 21st March-21st April

This time of year is special for Aries. It’s your "solar return" and it means you get to press the reset button on any area of your life you’re less than content with. The advice is to wait until after Mercury finishes it’s retrograde and turns direct again on the 15th of the month. Once that date has passed, feel free to turn over a new leaf. Before that date, use your time to examine where in your life this will best achieve the success you want.

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

Unlike our Aries friends, you are pre-solar return and your energies are quite different, especially as we wait for Mercury to turn direct again. This is a time for preparation rather than action. Get all the rest you can,

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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Dining at Waterford Castle provides an opportunity to taste the best of traditional and contemporary Irish cuisine, under the direction of the newly appointed Head Chef Stan Circon. Originally from Slovakia, Stan spent the last ten years in Ireland and trained at Waterford Castle under Michael Quinn and Michael Thomas respectively. Stan held the position of Sous Chef at Waterford Castle and in 2015 moved to The Michelin Restaurant Chapter One, Dublin, for further

experience. 2018 brings the return of Stan as Resort Head Chef, his artistic vision for the Resort and his dynamic team promise an exciting new chapter for Waterford Castle's cuisine.

Located minutes from Waterford City the resort offers numerous dining options, The Castle serves afternoon tea, bar food and fine dining from 6:30pm. The King’s

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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) BA (Hons) Culinary Arts year 2 student, Derek McClelland was part of the winning pair that has won the inaugural Dairy Chef 2018 competition along with his partner on the day, Pierre-Louis Delacroix from Université de Cergy-Pontoise.

A total of 10 culinary students (5 from France and 5 from Ireland) were selected to take part in the 2018 finale of Dairy Chef. This competition was organised in a partnership between the Embassy of France in Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the French Dairy Council (Cniel). Culinary students from top colleges in France and Ireland were invited to champion their institution by creating a three-course menu celebrating Irish and/or French dairy produce. Each dish had to include dairy as the main ingredient.

The cook-off event was held on Good France Day

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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

With Breda Gardner Homeopath, lcph, mcos, rgn

Health Therapies Clinic

13 Gladstone Street, Waterford.

Tel: 087 2025753.

Insight Natural Health Clinic

15 Upper Patrick St, Kilkenny

Tel: 056 7724429

It’s a miserable life(!)

Let’s face it, we all have plenty to be miserable about at the moment. It’s been a thoroughly rotten winter, and even though spring has arrived, the weather hasn’t improved much. Across the whole of Ireland, it’s just more of what we’ve had for the past six months – rain and more rain, floods, snow, cold and freezing temperatures, and virtually no sunshine.

Then there’s our national politicians. They recently received a €5,000 a year pay rise, but they still preside over a system of government that’s bust. Shamefully, we still have an ongoing crisis in our health service, with trolleys in most hospital A&E departments. We still lack proper 24x7 cardiac care in the South

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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

Whitfield recently celebrated a major milestone of completing over 1,000 surgeries for children.

In 2013 Whitfield achieved accreditation for children’s services through CHKS (Capita Healthcare Knowledge Systems), an international accreditation body which is focused on improving the safety of patient care. The hospital accreditation process aims to improve health services for patients by working with organisations to develop their capacity for patient safety and continuous quality improvement.

Achieving CHKS accreditation for children’s services was an important step for Whitfield and a further indication of its commitment to clinical excellence.

Whitfield has a dedicated team of specialist children’s nurses, which along with its consultant surgeons and anaesthetists are committed to the provision of this important service.

To learn more about Whitfield’s services and facilities, visit Whitfield Clinic at

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Wednesday, 11th April 2018

- Majority of workers in Ireland do very little exercise

- Four in ten say they need to take more care of their mental health

- Employers urged to do more in the workplace to help

New research amongst Ireland’s workforce reveals that most employees continue to take very little exercise at all, despite anecdotal evidence that exercise is on the rise. Diet is also a concern while many (44%) employees admit they need to take more care of their mental health. These are amongst the key findings of the latest employee research commissioned by Food Drink Ireland, ahead of their fourth annual National Workplace Wellbeing Day on Friday 13th April 2018. Ibec, the leading business and employer organisation, is calling on all employers in Ireland to support the day, saying that employers can do more to help.

According to the research only one

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Wednesday, 4th April 2018

Fenor Bingo Easter Special

Fenor Bingo Easter Special will take place on Friday April 6th at Fenor National School Hall at 8pm. Bus will leave Riverstown at 7.15pm. A great night is assured. Don't miss it.

Edmund Rice A.R.A

Edmund Rice Active Retirement Association will hold their next meeting on the 5th April in the Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, Barrack street time 2.30, 4.30.

Weekly Positive Living & Relaxation Classes

Come along and learn a Simple, Step by Step Approach to living your life with more ease.These classes can help you to reduce stress, create a happier life, have more self-confidence & self-expression, have better mental focus & achieve positive results & feel more relaxed in yourself. Suitable for everyone. Every Wednesday in Edmund Rice Centre, Barrick St. at 7.30pm-8.30pm €15. Facilitated by Carol Martin M.I.H.C.A.(25 years experience).To enquire or book phone Carol: 086 8378119

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Wednesday, 4th April 2018

Back to Work Family Dividend

Question

I am getting Jobseeker’s Allowance and have just been offered a job. My husband looks after our two children at home. Can I get any social welfare assistance if I stop signing on and go back to work?

Answer

There is a scheme for people with children who stop claiming a jobseeker's payment, or a one-parent family payment, because they are in – or are taking up – work or self-employment. The scheme is called the Back to Work Family Dividend (BTWFD).

The BTWFD is a weekly payment for up to two years after you start work. For the first year in employment, you are paid the equivalent of any Increase for a Qualified Child that you were getting on your jobseeker’s payment or one-parent family payment (up to a maximum of four children). You get half of that

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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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