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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Youth striving to contribute to the well-being of their communities have begun gathering in a series of international conferences on positive social action. The conferences have been called for by the Bahai World Community which holds a vision of a world united under one God and a humanity liberated to embrace the fundamental oneness of all religion.

The first of the 114 youth conferences, which are taking place all over the world, are scheduled between now and October of this year. This past weekend they have taken place in Papua New Guinea, Canada, Costa Rica, Colombia, and Indonesia. The conference for this part of the world will take place in Warwick outside London from Friday the 30th August to Sunday the 1st of September and will include youth from 15 to 30 years of age.

Among the themes to be discussed at

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Following an application to the High Court on Friday 2 August 2013, Mr Aiden Murphy of Crowe Horwath was confirmed as Official Liquidator to the trading companies of the Waterford Castle Hotel & Golf Resort, Newgold Limited and Cendant Limited.

This follows on from the appointment of the Provisional Liquidator and Statutory Receiver on 19 July 2013.

This well-known island Hotel and Golf resort remains open for "business as usual”. The Hotel and Golf resort operations will be overseen by the Statutory Receiver (Mr Eoin Ryan of McKeogh Gallagher Ryan) who was appointed by NAMA. Given the great location it is hoped that people will continue to benefit from the resort's facilities and, to the extent possible, the immediate objective is to secure operations and to honour bookings.

Waterford Castle and its staff look forward to welcoming new and existing customers, including valued

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Responding to the issuing of another tranche of letters by Revenue to PAYE workers threatening that their employer or pension provider will be imminently instructed to deduct the property tax from their income, claims Tom Hogan from the Waterford Campaign Against Home and Water Taxes said:

"The resoluteness demonstrated by the Revenue Commissioners in trying to take the Property Tax from myself and thousands of others who have boycotted the registration process contrasts to the softly softly approach shown by the establishment towards the tax dodging multinationals and the bankers who loaded us with debt.

"For example during the last week of the Dáil demands that the Executives of Google, Facebook and Starbucks in Ireland come before the Oireachtas Finance Committee and justify their tax avoidance practices which cost the exchequer here and in other countries millions was blocked by TDs from

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Waterford independent off-licences call on Government to reduce excise duty and ban below cost selling of alcohol

Members of the National Off-Licence Association (NOffLA) in Waterford has (29 July) launched its pre-Budget Submission and called on Government to reverse the 2013 excise duty increases and implement a ban on below-cost selling of alcohol.

The pre-Budget Submission recommended that (1) there are no further increases in excise duty and a reversal of the 2013 increases; and (2) measures are introduced to stop the retailers selling alcohol below cost at cut throat process. NOffLA, which represents 315 independent specialist off-licences operating under certified responsible retailing standards, has seen over 3000 jobs lost since 2008.

Speaking about the pre-Budget submission, Declan Brady, co-owner of World Wide Wines on Dunmore road, said: "Raising excise duty on alcohol is too often looked upon as a quick fix way

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Cllr. Jack Walsh, The Labour Party, is delighted with the decision to re-open the Mount Congreve Gardens to the public on Thursdays again. Cllr. Walsh has been in touch on a number of occassions with Minister Brian Hayes T.D., who has responsibility for the Office of Public Works seeking to have the Gardens re-opened as quickly as possible. He has asked the Minister to use his good offices to have the talks progressed with the parties involved.

Cllr Walsh would like to see a comprehensive agreement in place to have the gardens fully developed and made available to the public.

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Organisers of the Rose of Tralee Festival are trying to contact former Waterford and Waterford born Roses for a very special tribute event which takes place during the festival in Tralee, Co. Kerry later this month. All former rose finalists will have their names inscribed in a Glass Wall of Honour in the Tralee Rose Garden which will be unveiled on Thursday August 15th. The glass wall will be located around the Jeanne Rynhart memorial in the Town Park It's part of The Gathering of Roses tribute being hosted by Tralee Town Council to salute former rose contestants. Some 1701 roses from 70 centres throughout the world have participated in the event from 1959 to 2012 and a special commemorative booklet is also being published to mark the occasion. The

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Thursday, 8th August 2013

Waterford Chamber unveils details of submission to Department of Transport on Irish Aviation Policy

NICK DONNELLY,

CEO WATERFORD CHAMBER

Waterford Chamber late last month submitted a detailed official submission to the Department of Transport on Irish Aviation Policy.

The submission was derived from engagement with Chamber directors and members, as well as other local organisations that recognise the specific needs of Waterford and the wider southeast region that Waterford city is the designated gateway to.

The primary focus of the submission is – as would be expected – on Waterford Airport though Waterford Chamber also supports continued progress at the other Irish airports as there is a role for various sized airports providing location-appropriate services.

According to Chamber CEO Nick Donnelly "Waterford Airport is a community-owned airport and has operated passenger services to and from this region for almost 30 years. It is a vital asset

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Wednesday, 31st July 2013

Labour T.D. for Waterford, Ciara Conway, pictured, is congratulating the team at TSSG in Waterford who have been awarded another prestigious research contract, worth over €3.3 million.

Researchers at TSSG, based in Carriganore, on the Waterford Institute of Technology West Campus, have secured EU funding to research how internet technology can be used to develop smart energy systems.

The €3.3 million contract represents collaboration between Waterford’s TSSG, ESB and Intune Networks.

"This is another big win for Dr. Willie Donnelly, Barry Downes, Kevin Doolin and all the team at the TSSG, the Telecommunications and Software Systems Group at WIT, and I want to warmly congratulate them all , and wish them every success with this venture,” said Ciara Conway T.D.

"There is stellar work

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Wednesday, 31st July 2013

The countdown to Waterford 1100 has officially begun! The Mayor of Waterford, Cllr. John Cummins, and Waterford City Council Director of Services, Lar Power, unveiled the official Waterford 1100 brand at Reginald’s Tower – well where else?! Designed by the Waterford company Totem Visual Communications, the Waterford 1100 logo is a colourful and exciting statement which cleverly and neatly encapsulates the Waterford story. Waterford 1100 is now a brand that can be used by all the communities that make up 21st century Waterford –tourism, education, industry, festivals, retail, arts, media, sport, heritage, culture, community groups and so on.

Colin Byrne from Totem described working on the brand: ‘The challenge was trying to capture the essence of Ireland’s oldest city in a single mark that is identifiable and recognisable.

We chose a calligraphic typeface

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Wednesday, 31st July 2013

Mike Leahy, Artistic Director Waterford Spraoi, and John Whittle Flanagan’s Fish Merchants; feed the shark during a break from rehearsals for Spraoi’s Festival Parade which takes place on Sunday next, August 4th.

Titled Flotsam and Jetsam, the parade has a maritime theme and is expected to attract over 30,000 spectators.

Sponsored by Supermacs it will begin in Johnstown and proceed via the city centre to Dooley’s Hotel and will be followed by the Irish Ferries Fireworks Finale.

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