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Wednesday, 10th January 2018

Oxfam thanks Waterford for their generosity towards Rohingya people

Dear Editor

As we begin another new year, we hope for health and prosperity and that those dear to us will enjoy a happy and safe 2018. Sadly, for millions of people around the globe, their basic survival rather than happiness or continent are immediate priorities for the next 12 months.

One group of people for whom 2018 starts with great uncertainty and insecurity are the Rohingya refugees. Currently, close to one million Rohingya people have fled violence in Myanmar to seek refuge across the border in Bangladesh, with over 620,000 arriving since August alone.

Many have arrived with just the clothes on their backs. They are in desperate need of food, clean water and shelter. Those who survive the treacherous journey are living in makeshift tents in hugely overcrowded settlements.

Conditions in the camps are

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Wednesday, 10th January 2018

Now that the holiday season is over its time to book your next summer adventure!

Don’t forget to check your passport and make sure it is in date. The new online passport renewal service introduced by the Department of Foreign Affairs allows adults (over 18’s) to start their passport renewal process by capturing their image at a Photo-Me compliant photo booth in over 200 locations nationwide. This new and exciting development brings considerable benefits for Irish citizens in terms of turnaround times, convenience and security.

To start your passport renewal process online for your passport book or card simply find your nearest Photo- Me compliant booth at http://www.passportphoto.ie. Take your image (?8 option) which has your unique Passport ID Code and complete your application online at http://www.dfa.ie/passportonline. Your passport will delivered to your home within two weeks. There

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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

A Happy New Year

Hopefully all of the readers of Waterford Today had a great New Year's celebration and are now looking forward to having an even better 2018.

It is quite understandable that at this time of year after so much excess over the Christmas period that a lot of people are trying to cut back and have if not a somber January than at least one that is a little drier and a little less filled with rich food. You only have to look at the ads on TV to know that at this time of the year, there is a lot that people want to change about their lives and lifestyles. In fact every second ad that you see on telly is all about trying to shape up and cut the bad choices out of your life.

For some people

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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

Despite the fact that there were a lot of people out braving the cold for the sales the streets of Waterford were relatively quiet over the holiday period. Everyone wishes for a peaceful holiday period at this time of the year and for the majority of people it seems that those wishes came true. While the festive holidays can be a frenetic time of the year this year it seems as if there wasn't much happening at all and for once that can only be a good thing. Not having a lot on at the Christmas and New Years period can do you a serious amount of good and rest and relaxation never a bad thing.

There were a lot of amusements on the streets as well as food stalls and pop up shops alongside the regular ones so there was

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Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

Amendment as the homeless number rockets yet again

Focus Ireland said that the new record total of 8,857 (Nov 2017) people homeless in Ireland show the Government strategy is failing to tackle the deepening crisis. These latest figures mean that the total number of people homeless has now shot up by more than astaggering 350 people in a single month since October.

It is the highest number of homeless adults , the highest number of homeless families and the highest number of homeless children in the history of the State.

Focus Ireland Director Of Advocacy Mike Allen said: "These latest dreadful figures clearly show that the Government Rebuilding Ireland strategy is failing to get to grips with the escalating crisis. We are in the middle of the worst crisis in living memory as nearly 9,000 people are homeless nationwide – more than one

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Stephen Ewashkiw Adventure Yoga returns to Waterford

I"m Stephen Ewashkiw. I travel the world teaching yoga, which is something that, if I stop and think about it, is crazy and amazing. I"m living my life as an adventure and I want to give you the tools to do that, too — whatever kind of adventure you want to live.

The Adventure Yoga Immersion is your chance to dive deeper and explore the depths of your yoga practice and yourself.

We"ll look closely at the forms of yoga poses, learn the relevant anatomy, explore the history and mythology of yoga, and learn about various yoga philosophies. Most importantly, you"ll learn what all of this has to do with your modern life.

The yoga immersion is a chance to explore your practice, your desires, and your goals — and to uncover the strength to make them

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

While Christmas can be an insular time of year where people only think of their own family and friends it has to be said that for many others it is a lonely and cold time of the year. And that is why is always important to remember others at this time of year. It is somewhat easy to help those who are in obvious distress but you really have to put your mind to remembering that not all of those who are in need and need our help at this time of the year are rough sleepers or are those who are begging on the streets. There are many people who will be desperately lonely at this time of the year and it is only compounded by the bonhomie that goes with the festive season. So we all really need

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Road Safety is everyone"s responsibility

Dear Editor

Road Safety continues to be a high priority for An Garda Síochána in the South Eastern Region. In the remaining weeks of 2017 I am urging all road users, including pedestrians, to be especially vigilant in order to avoid further fatalities on our roads.

We must remember that road safety is a matter for each and every road user. All of us must take responsibility for our conduct on the road in order to ensure the safety of other road users.

Sadly, this year to date there has been 26 fatalities on the Region"s roads. This compares with a total of 32 fatalities for the same period in 2016.

As we reach the end of the year driving conditions become increasingly hazardous. The roads, particularly minor routes, become more dangerous with frost, fog, ice and spot flooding. These

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Perfidious Albion

The recent statement by the UK’s Brexit Minister responsible for their leaving the European Union David Davis really threw a spanner in the political works last week. His remark that the joint text agreed between the UK and the EU concerning a soft Brexit for Ireland was more a statement of intent rather than the legal enforceable international agreement between both parties caused consternation in Europe and Ireland.

Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney was quick to respond in measured terms to state that as far as he was concerned speaking on behalf of the Irish Government and as a fully paid up member of the 27 countries of the European Union saying that it was a cast iron agreement entered into freely by the UK Government and the Irish government and the European Union that Article 46 of

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Show, name and shame those illegally dumping!

Dear Editor

Waterford City Councillors, Jason Murphy and Eddie Mulligan, both of Fianna Fail, have been working together to tackle an escalation in illegal dumping, which is now blighting the whole City.

Following their continued representations, to Council, on this matter, a number of overt and covert cameras have now been installed, to monitor known illegal dumping sites/areas. The two Councillors would also like to compliment the full cross-party support, on this horrible, mindless action, which affects the presentation of the urban environment.

At the most recent Metropolitan Council meeting and speaking on behalf of the both of the Fianna Fail Councillors. Eddie Mulligan complimented the Council’s Environmental department on their recent installation of the mobile cameras in response to a number of submissions.

Cllr Murphy stated "...that according to the most recent Managers Report only 51% of

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