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Wednesday, 24th September 2014

Doom Time

'We are running out of time to save the world.' That statement by Mary Robinson just ahead of a UN climate change conference this week is a pretty dramatic not to say drastic assessment of the position of the challenges that we all face when it comes to the issue of climate change. We are all very well aware of just how important the issue of climate change is and how what we do now will have a serious impact on just how able we are to live a sustainable life going on into the future. We know the larger picture and we also know about the smaller picture, what we can directly do in order to make our own contribution. However do we have to constantly engage with every piece of scaremongering when it comes to the whole

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Wednesday, 10th September 2014

No More Cuts?

Both the Ministers for Health and Education, Leo Varadkar and Jan O' Sullivan, have come out and said this weekend quite emphatically that they will not stand for any cuts when it comes to the new budget that the Government is set to announce later this autumn.  It is good to see that both of these new ministers are so quick off the mark in stating their intentions but how they will be able to manage their preferred outcomes will be interesting to see.  Health and Education are huge Ministries with huge budgets so it is always inevitable that any Government will look and see where they can cut and streamline services so that they can save some money.  And this Government is always looking to save money and seems quite immune to all arguments to the contrary.

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Wednesday, 10th September 2014

Waterford food producers to create 30 new jobs in 12 months

Some work from their homes, some from kitchens and some from factories, but wherever its source there is a quiet food revolution developing in Waterford City and County.

From the traditional and famous Blaa to exotic seaweed based breads, the return of hand roasting coffee in the region to locally famous ice cream makers, these and more local food producers will be pitching their tents in Cathedral Square, Waterford City and creating the Enterprising Food Village in this September's Harvest Festival. Festival goers can also look forward to practical cookery demonstrations in the village over the weekend.

Over the past few years the routes to market for local food producers have expanded exponentially. Festivals such as Harvest increase sales, but

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Wednesday, 10th September 2014

Dawn Meats, the Waterford-based premium meat supplier of choice to a wide range of blue-chip food businesses in over 40 countries has been awarded 10 stars at the prestigious Great Taste Awards, organised by the Guild of Fine Food in the United Kingdom. Established in 1980 as a family farm-based business in Co Waterford, Dawn Meats has evolved to become an integrated production, sales, marketing and distribution operation with a clear focus on quality meat products. It sells into 40 countries and employs more than 2,700 people in Ireland and abroad.

Dawn's awards include an elite 3 star award for its Nature's Meadow French Dressed Lamb Rack, and the 2 star award for its Tesco Ireland Finest Lamb Loin Chops, Nature's Meadow Best of Beef Rib Roast and Black Angus Tomahawk Steak. Judging the 3 star Nature's Meadow French Dressed Lamb

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Thursday, 4th September 2014

For many people watching what is happening in Ukraine and the alleged incursion of Russian troops onto their territory it would seem that sooner rather than later an all out war between the two countries will take place.  Already at the EU conference held to discuss the matter the Lithuanian Prime Minister has stated that war has already broken out between the two states and that it is time that the European Union do something about it before things further escalate.  It is understandable why the Lithuanian Prime Minister feels this way considering the proximity of her country to Russia and also given the fact that the same circumstances, namely a large Russian population resident in the country, exists as it does in Ukraine.  They are both angry and afraid that this situation has been allowed to develop.  As

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Wednesday, 20th August 2014

Good From Bad

Perhaps it is only fitting that even though his death was both tragic and untimely that some good will come from the passing of Robin Williams. Although not all of the investigations relating to his passing have been completed it looks pretty clear that he took his own life after suffering from a severe depression. The one thing that this shows is that mental illness is no respecter of position in life and no matter how well off you are anyone is capable of being brought low by a mental illness. Robin Williams for many will always be a true one off, a genius comedian and actor who could delight children and adults alike in his own inimitable style. He probably first became known to Irish audiences through the American sitcom Mork and Mindy where he played an

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Wednesday, 20th August 2014

Dear Editor,

The death of Robin Williams continues to provoke debate, even as his fans worldwide accept the reality of his passing from this world. Everyone has their favourite movies, but I especially liked his performances in What Dreams may Come, with its depiction of what the afterlife might be like, and Jacob the Liar.

I treasure the scenes in the latter movie in which his character pretends he’s receiving good news (from a non-existent hidden radio) about advancing allied armies drawing closer by the day, giving hope, albeit by devious means, to the oppressed Jews in the Ghetto for whom hope could mean the difference between life and death.

His comic genius turned frowns into smiles, enhancing life via the "best medicine." What a tragedy that an immensely talented man who made countless people laugh should opt for a mode of departure

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Wednesday, 13th August 2014

Big Bertha and forthcoming Bills

It has often been remarked that when it comes to water falling from the sky that Ireland has more than its fair share of it and the weekend just past with the downfall from the remnants of hurricane Big Bertha just goes to prove that. But come October, just a couple of months away, all of that free, lovely water will now have to be paid for. And paid for in large amounts. Of course we are all aware that when it comes to water that enters our houses that it is all a complex process, it isn't just a case of getting buckets of the stuff, bringing it in and using it where it is needed. No, water has to be treated, it has to go through a complex series of pipes and systems before

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Wednesday, 6th August 2014

School Daze

The cost of having children is never an easy burden for parents considering the fact that when it comes to their kids it is the one area where parents will never compromise on. That is not to say that it is becoming easier for parents to tackle the financial strain that they find themselves under during these months. Not only do most parents have to shell out for summer camps over this long holiday period for their children but they are also facing the substantial costs for them when they are going back to school. Books and new clothing always stretch parents financial responsibilities during the period leading up to their children going back to school but they are the sort of costs that there is absolutely no getting away from. Of course the cost of clothing varies significantly

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Wednesday, 30th July 2014

Making Hay

While the weather in Ireland is never a predictable thing the recent spell of very good weather that we have been experiencing has to be considered to be great for everyone. Of course we are not really used to having good weather, even in the summer, but it is a matter of making the most of it when it happens. We are very lucky here in Waterford in so far as we have great natural amenities on our doorstep which ensure that we can have a really good time when we have the good weather to truly enjoy them. Our beaches are second to none and no matter what kind of mood you are in and what you feel in the mood for there is a beach that will suit you down to the ground whether you just want

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    Time for a breakJust as the height of Summer begins it seems that it is also the time when our politicians begin their yearly departure from Dail Eireann. While not many professions get as much holiday time as politicians do you have to ask the question whether they merit such long breaks?There are many who would immediately answer that they don't really deserve such long holidays, that they barely seem to spend any time in the Dail at all and after all they are well remunerated for the long hours …

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