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Wednesday, 1st March 2017

Age Action and innocent drinks have launched the 2017 Big Knit, calling on the knitters of Waterford to help produce 100,000 little hats. We’re woolly excited.

Over the past eight years the Irish public and our supporters have knitted an astonishing 390,000 hats and have helped raise Eu140,000 for Age Action which goes directly to funding our Care & Repair service.

This service supports volunteers carrying out free DIY jobs for older people and helping them stay safe and warm in their homes during our cold Irish winters.

People aged 65 and over are seven times more likely to be hospitalised as a result of colder temperatures, compared with those aged 18 to 44.

From now until 31 July 2017, innocent and Age Action are calling out to veteran knitters and newcomers alike, to pull up a comfy chair, grab their knitting needles &

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Wednesday, 1st March 2017

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. “The room exploded in deep thumps,” recalled paleontologist Julia Clark in describing the heart-pounding experience years earlier when she visited a breeding project at New York’s Bronx Zoo. What was doing the thumping, and how does it relate to those “beloved beasts of the Mesozoic,” the dinosaurs?

A. Dinosaurs, it turns out, didn’t roar since “their anatomy just wasn’t built for it,” but they weren’t mute either, says Gemma Tarlach in “Discover” magazine. After Clark and colleagues studied the anatomy and sound repertoire of their nearest living relatives - birds and crocodilians - they concluded that dinos “probably mostly made closed-mouth vocalizations, like crocodilians today” (“Evolution”).

At the zoo, Clark visited a Chinese alligator breeding room and when a door slammed shut, every male alligator erupted in “THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP.”

Concludes Tarlach, “Now consider that

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Wednesday, 1st March 2017

Leading Irish businessman Bobby Kerr, who is now one year cancer free, is urging corporates to play a part in supporting the thousands of Irish people affected by cancer in communities across Ireland.

Daffodil Day takes place on March 24th this year and businesses in Waterford can help raise funds by hosting a workplace event and raising much needed funds for people affected by cancer. Last year 7 companies in Waterford made a difference to cancer patients by participating in Daffodil Day.

There are plenty of ways to support Daffodil Day, from company fundraisers such as cake sales and coffee mornings, to team members donating their time to sell daffodils. The Society appeals to companies to help it

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Wednesday, 1st March 2017

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 1st March - Tuesday 7th March

Aries 21st March-21st April

Issues within relationships could very easily and unexpectedly come to the forefront this week and next, as Venus goes retrograde from the 4th to the 15th. Try not to allow hurts and transgressions from previous relationships colour your view in your current situation. Before you go on the offensive, talk to an old friend who is aware of your relationship history, someone who is always in your corner but who will give it to you straight.

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

It’s a tough start to the month for relationships. Confusion abounds, crossed wireds, miscommunications and maybe even a seeming sudden lack of interest on someone’s part. You can thank both Venus and Mars for this but things will improve a little after the 10th and moreso after the 15th of

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Wednesday, 1st March 2017

Minister for Training, Skills and Innovation John Halligan TD has confirmed that the HSE is to reject a proposal by the Mental Health Commission to cut by eight the number of beds in the acute psychiatric unit of

University Hospital Waterford’s DOP, on the grounds that a bed reduction would be less safe for the service user population than maintaining the current bed base.

“The HSE is to make representations to the MHC this week requesting that the Commission does not, as a condition of registration, require a reduction in the number of beds operating in DOP Waterford”, Minister Halligan commented. “I understand the HSE will also detail how it intends to address concerns raised in the report with a revised programme of works and associated timelines.”

Stressing that controls and improvement plans must commence without delay, Minister Halligan said both patient and

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Wednesday, 1st March 2017

Sinn Féin TD for Waterford David Cullinane has expressed alarm at the threat to psychiatric services at University Hospital Waterford. He said the threat by the Mental Health Commission to close 8 of the 14 acute mental health beds is a direct result of bad policy and underinvestment.

Speaking to a motion he submitted in the Dáil on the issue Deputy Cullinane said:

“It is without alarm that I learned of the proposal from the Mental Health Commission to reduce acute psychiatric bed capacity at University Hospital Waterford. It is all the more distressing given that the reason is due to their fears of the current system and a lack of capacity.

“The Mental Health Commission quite rightly point to a lack of staff, a lack of therapies and therapists, a lack of psychiatrists and a lack of recreational and physical space at

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Wednesday, 1st March 2017

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

Spring in our step

Last week I called in on a friend. As I closed the gate behind me, I was greeted by the sight of the most beautiful white and purple crocuses peeping their heads up through the flower bed. Seeing those flowers gave me such a thrill. It was a reminder that winter is coming to an end, and that spring is just around the corner. I’d already seen some snowdrops a few weeks previously, but as a country girl, I know that however welcome they are, they mean that spring is still a few weeks away. There is a distinct hierarchy at work in the plant world: the snowdrops mean that spring is on its way,

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Wednesday, 1st March 2017

The HSE’s Department of Public Health in the South East is highlighting a recent increase in gonorrhoea cases, and giving advice on how to prevent infection.

Gonorrhoea cases notified from counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Waterford and Wexford totalled 97 in 2016, compared to a figure of 63 recorded for 2015. The increase has been in men and women. More than half the cases were under the age of 25 years.

Gonorrhoea is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae. It can be transmitted during unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex with an infected person. Symptoms may be mild or absent in up to half of infected women and 10% of infected men. Even if a person has no symptoms they can still transmit the infection to a sexual partner.

Outlining some of the symptoms to watch out for,

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Wednesday, 1st March 2017

As Ireland’s premier hearing care provider,

Hidden Hearing are proud to host Ireland’s national

Hearing Awareness week in partnership with Active Retirement Ireland. With over twenty-five years of

experience helping people with hearing loss they take real pride in a high level of customer care which is

carried out by their team of highly trained dedicated staff.

Since it’s inauguration in 2007, the annual event,

Hearing Awareness Week has gone from strength to strength and is now established as one of the country’s leading health initiatives. This March marks the 10th Anniversary of Hearing Awareness Week and it is expected to be the most successful yet! The event will run in 5 counties over 5 days from Monday 6th to Friday 10th March and will be in Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford on Thursday 9th March.

Delighted to be partnering with fantastic brands such as Active Retirement Ireland, The

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Wednesday, 1st March 2017

Gardai in Co. Waterford have opened a murder hunt following the discovery of the body 90 year old Paddy Lyons at his isolated home in Ballysaggart, five miles from Lismore, Co. Waterford on Saturday last. It appears that Mr. Lyons was the victim of a robbery on Friday evening and may have been dead for up to 24 hours before being discovered.

A very popular and well loved character in the district Mr. Lyons was last seen in Lismore, on Friday last at around 5pm. Concern for the deceased was raised when he failed to show up for the funeral of a local woman.

Garda Superintendent Mick Lacey from Dungarvan Garda station said Gardaí were keen to speak to a couple in a van who were in the area. Having come forward they have now been eliminated from enquiries.

Gardaí said following the

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Letters to the Editor


    Republican Icon diesThe death of Martin McGuinness in Derry yesterday morning brings to an end the life of one of the most remarkable Republicans ever in the history of the movement. A person who made the transition from violent militarism to a key figure in the peace process in Northern Ireland. He died aged 66 in Derry’s Altanagelvin Hospital with his family by his bedside.A former member of the IRA’S Army Council he became Sinn Fein’s Chief negotiator in the peace process. He led the Sinn Fein P …

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