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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. What happens to garbage once it is interred in a landfill?

A. Through hands-on excavation, archeologist and garbologist Bill Rathje found that a well-maintained, airtight, dry sanitary landfill acts more like a mummifier of trash than a decomposer, reports Edward Humes in his book "Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash." Fifty-year-old newspaper was readable, steaks and hot dogs intact after decades, guacamole pasty and green after 25 years, onion peels and carrot tops recognizable after 20, and grass clippings still green after 15. The slowly decaying material is held in place by surrounding non-biodegradable plastic, and this "trash matrix" has the unintended benefit of sequestering to some extent toxic materials (paint, motor oil, insecticide and more) from the water table.

Other surprising results: There's Rathje's "First Principle of Food Waste," that is, the more

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

May 13th at Anjali Yoga Waterford

Join local yoga teacher Aoife Lacey, for an exploration of The Eight Limbs of Yoga - one of the Yogic Texts which is studied in depth is Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. In Patanjali's Sutras, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means "eight limbs" (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one's health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature.

The Eight Limbs are:

Yama (Ethical standards and integrity);

Ni-yama (Self Discipline and observances);

Asana (Seat for meditation, or in modern postural yoga translates to the physical practice of yoga poses);

Pranayama

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 2nd May - Tuesday 8th May

Aries 21st March-21st April

The subject of addressing issues that have been ignored comes up this week and is similar to last week's advice to release anything that had been bubbling under the surface. You're done with papering over cracks and making do with the situation as it is and are keen to sort out a certain issue for once and for all. You may be feeling the urge to splurge with either cash or compliments, that's great, but don't over do it!

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

Your energy, drive and exuberance are boosted this week with the Sun travelling through your sign. You'll find any tasks set to you are easily accomplished. You're keen to impress and people seem to fall for your particular charms quite easily. It's almost as if you can

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Wednesday, 2nd 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

With Breda Gardner Homeopath, lcph, mcos, rgn

The Science of the Mind

Last week I wrote about the connection between your mind and your physical health. This week I thought I would say a little more about exactly how that system works:

Neuropeptides are chemical messengers that carry information from the mind to the body and back again through the body fluids. Each cell in the body is covered with thousands of receptor cells. Each cell has a specific pattern that locks into specific neuropeptides. Once in position, the neuropeptides transmit information through the receptor cell into the cell itself, influencing the behaviour of that cell. For example, one of the neuropeptides is endorphin, which is responsible for that blissful feeling

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee, David Cullinane has said that the HSE has to explain why

CervicalCheck issued a circular that gave doctors discretion.

"Today I called on CervicalCheck and the HSE to appear before the PAC to discuss the issue of failures in screenings of women for cervical cancer and I am glad to say the Committee members agreed with me.

"The issue at hand is a circular issued in July 2016 that advised the consultants of the women affected on how to deal with the issue of the failings.

"The circular said that it was up to the doctors to exercise their

"judgment" on whether to tell them about the misdiagnosis.

"It then went on to say that, and I quote, 'In cases where a woman has died, simply ensure the result is recorded in the woman's notes.'

"This is chilling. The

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

University Hospital Waterford (UHW) Inaugural Step Challenge took place between 14th February and 18th March 2018 (5 weeks). This health promotion initiative aimed to encourage staff to improve their activity levels during the dreary winter months, thereby optimising their health, while having a bit of fun with their work colleagues. Interest in the step challenge was amazing with over 135 teams and entries spanned all departments of the hospital. Teams consisted of 4 members so in total over 600 staff took part. The initial challenge was to select a team name and we had wonderful entries, the winners being Ob'step'tricians (Obstetric dept), 'Breast foot forward' from the Breastcare dept and the 'Flabbybottomists' from the Phlebotomy dept. Staff utilised pedometers, fit bits, mobile phone apps to monitor their daily step count. Competition was strong with weekly prizes awarded for the best

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne TD and Minister for Finance and for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, has welcomed the finding of the European Commission that the upcoming sugar-sweetened drinks tax does not constitute State aid.

This allows for the commencement of the Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Tax on 1st May 2018.

The tax on Sugar-Sweetened Drinks was announced as part of Budget 2017 with the launch of a public consultation which ran from Budget night until January 2017. Following on from that process, a series of technical consultations took place with officials from the Department of Finance and the Revenue Commissioners, together with representatives the soft drinks industry. This positive engagement with industry continued throughout the process. Budget 2018 provided for the final details of the tax including the rates and

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

These delectable little carrot cakes are ideal for every upcoming Easter celebration. Siúcra and Catherine Fulvio have created these adorable Mini Carrot Cakes filled with classic cream cheese frosting and studded with mini carrots!

Ingredients Makes 6 mini cakes

- 320g plain flour

- 11/4 tsp baking powder

- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

- 1 tsp ground cinnamon

- 1/4 tsp ground ginger

- 1/4 tsp nutmeg

- 200ml light olive oil

- 220g Siúcra Light Golden Brown Sugar

- 4 eggs

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- 250g grated carrots

- 60g chopped walnuts

- 70g white chocolate drops

For the frosted pistachios

- 70g Siúcra Caster Sugar

- 60g shelled pistachios

- 100g butter, softened

- 350g Siúcra Icing Sugar

- 1 lemon, zest only

- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

To decorate

- 100g Siúcra Ready Roll Out Fondant

- Orange fool colouring paste

- 6 small sprigs

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

On Friday 4 May the Apprentice Chef Programme, which is supported by Flogas Ireland and Failte Ireland, will be featured on RTE's Nationwide ahead of the 2017/2018 final cook off at IT Tralee.

On Thursday 10 May 27 students from secondary schools across Munster and Leinster, including 4 students from 3 schools in Waterford, will don their chef whites and spend the morning in the college's professional kitchens to create their individually designed dishes.

Since October 2017 over 800 students have enjoyed a series of demonstrations and workshops as part of the programme which aims to promote the importance of healthy eating to enhance physical and mental wellbeing, encourage young people to consider a culinary career to help combat the current chef crisis in Ireland and contribute to the development of self confidence and self esteem.

The finalists have been mentored by accomplished

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Wednesday, 25th April 2018

Féileacáin Purple Ball

Féileacáin, the Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland will hold our Purple Ball is nearly upon us, have you got your tickets yet? You can buy them online: http://www.feileacain.ie/product/

feileacain-purple-ball-tickets/

Also available at Langtons reception or over the phone at 056 7765133. You can also contact Trevor Hunt on Facebook or on 086 194 6219. We are having an amazing raffle on the night with all proceeds going to Féileacáin. Over 15 Spot Prizes on the night and counting. Music by The fantastic Ambassadors, a 3 course meal and dancing 'till late. All for just €40 per person. We look forward to seeing you there!

Comeragh Mountaineering

John Foley will lead a walk to the Mahon Valley area of the Comeraghs next 29th April. Meet at the Hypermarket at 10am. Boots area essential, and a change of clothes, food

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    The Government wants us to vote "yes" in the abortion referendum in order to delete unborn children's right to life and allow abortion on demand in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Abortion campaigners claim that there is no human being yet alive by this point. That's why they think abortion on demand is permissible.They are completely wrong. By 12 weeks the baby in the womb has a beating heart, can swallow and yawn, can kick, stretch and jump, has arms, legs, fingers and toes, has fingernails and hair, h …

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