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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

How to keep your kids busy

Camps can be fantastic for children but how do you know if they are ready?

The days are getting longer, the weather is getting warmer (at long last!), and many parents' thoughts begin to stir...ah...summer camp.

Few words can conjure up such vivid memories and images of childhood.

Camp can be a magical experience for children

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Wednesday, 23rd May 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

Who is responsible for your health?

The fall out from the cervical smear test scandal continues. I, for one, still find it utterly unconscionable that so many health professionals failed to put women's health and women's lives first. It is almost unbearable to think that these so called professionals consciously decided that their careers and their organisations were more important than women's lives. They made desperately flawed decisions that directly led to people dying. But perhaps we should not be surprised. As we have seen with the lack of 24 x 7 cardiac care in our own region, the bungled management of the health service is directly costing lives. I also wonder what other skeletons the

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

The average wait for cataract surgery across the country is 28 months

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

Waterford Today weekly Horoscopes

Aries- This week is a 7

Communications seem energized this month under the Gemini Sun. Balance intellectual with physical work. Exercise keeps your mind sharp. Get the word out.

Taurus- This week is an 8

This month could get especially lucrative. Have fun with friends and family over the next two days.

Gemini- This week is an 8

The Sun in your sign gives you an advantage. With power comes responsibility. Let the results speak.

Cancer- This week is a 6

Complete projects to clear space this month. Check jobs off your lists until mid-June. Take breaks to avoid burnout. Reflect, and consider past and future.

Leo- This week is a 9

Collaborate with your team this month. Provide leadership by playing your part to the best of your ability.

Virgo- This week is an 8

Expand your professional influence this month. Focus on career opportunities. Don't take

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Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

In politics, giving voice to half-formed thoughts is generally inadvisable. But sometimes, our first impressions can provide insight, so let's give it a go.

Three weeks ago, I became Fianna Fail's health spokesperson. I've been reading reports, meeting clinicians, debating with Government and listening to patients. I'd like to share three initial reactions to what I've found.

The first is just how desperate the situation has become. There are more people on trolleys than ever before. There are more people waiting on hospital procedures than ever before. Seven in every 10 GP practices aren't taking new patients.

For children with a disability, early assessment is vital. In 2016, there were 3,200 waiting for an assessment. Today, it's 4,300. In 2015, there were 20,000 people waiting to see an occupational therapist. Today, it's 30,000. These figures go on and on - surgeries, mental health,

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Poleberry Residents’ Association

invites you to a coffee morning at the Edmund Rice Youth Community Complex, Manor Street, Waterford on Saturday 12th May from 11 am – 1 pm where there will be music and craic. All Welcome.

Could you give a puppy a loving home for a year before it becomes a Guide or Assistance Dog?

Puppy Raising is a crucial part of Irish Guide Dogs work. Although done on a voluntary basis, it will take time, commitment and love from both you and your family. The end result, however, is a very special dog.

Irish Guide Dogs is urgently looking for volunteer Puppy Raisers in Waterford, particularly in areas near towns as this is important for the pups’ socialisation.

The purpose of Irish Guide Dogs’ Puppy Raising Programme is to develop and care for a puppy from the age of 8 weeks to

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Carer’s Support Grant

Question

I’m a full-time carer and getting Carer’s Allowance. Last year I got a Carer’s Support Grant – will I get it again this year?

Answer

The Carer's Support Grant is an annual payment made to full-time carers. The payment for 2018 is €1,700. It is paid on the first Thursday of June each year.

If you are still getting a carer’s payment on the first Thursday in June, the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) will pay the grant to you automatically, and you don’t need to apply.

People getting Carer's Allowance, Carer's Benefit or Domiciliary Care Allowance are paid the grant automatically. Full-time carers who are not getting one of these payments need to apply to the DEASP (unless they got the grant last year, in which case the Department will contact them about this year’s payment).

To qualify, you

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. There may be more to "nose-witness identification" than meets the eye. How so?

A. Researchers from Portugal and Sweden had male university students watch a video of a man assaulting a woman while sniffing a scent they were told was that of the suspect, reports "Discover" magazine. Later, when given a "lineup" of five odor samples and asked to identify the person they had smelled, the "witnesses" pinpointed the would-be suspect an impressive 75% of the time.

As Swedish neuroscientist Johan Lundstrom explains: Every person has a unique scent, like a fingerprint, with a large genetic component. "Even trained sniffer dogs have a hard time distinguishing between identical twins, unless the twins are on different diets."

How human body odor can act like a scented fingerprint is still unclear, but PET scans indicate that human scent

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

FORGET about labradoodles or rare rabbit breeds – ferrets are the latest pet craze and they’re so full of mischief and fun, one of the country’s top ferret fanciers says.

"Ferrets are loads of fun. If I had to live the rest of my life with just one species of pets under the roof, ferret would be it. They also can be a lot of work," according to Irish Ferrets’ Agnes Puskorius.

The Lithuania native, who has lived in Ireland for the last 15 years, brings her two ferrets, Avadon (5) and Migaloo (2) to Waterford Country Fair at 2,500 acre Curraghmore Estate in Portlaw, county Waterford on Sunday, June 10. Throughout the day, Agnes will be introducing children to the slinky, fun-loving creatures who’ve taken over her life. Funds raised at the family-focused annual Fair go to Make-A-Wish Ireland.

"I’m looking forward

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Tuesday, 8th May 2018

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 9th May - Tuesday 15th May

Aries 21st March-21st April

After a fractious couple of weeks Aries, things begin to settle down. You can now plant your feet on terra firma - and we suggest you do, preferably outside and barefoot for some serious grounding). Extra and inexpected sources of income could present themselves now, and while it’s not enough to quit the day job immediately, it could be an avenue away from your usual day to day, eventually.

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

Something big is coming your way Taurus, as Uranis the planet of major changes is due to arrive in your sign and stay for a whopping eight years! Your whole lifestyle could be in for some major restructuring, we could literally be about to see a whole new you. Change can be scary for many folk, but

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  • Waiting can be bad for your He...

    When the latest statistic that waiting times for patients had risen to their highest level yet, there can't have been too many people that were surprised.There are now over 700.000 people on waiting lists with over 50.000 of them children. That so many people are waiting for treatment in one of the most developed economies in the world is truly frightening. Of course you can take into account the underfunding of the health sector during the economic downturn but it still wouldn't fully explain why so ma …

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