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Wednesday, 8th August 2018

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. If you dream about something you are trying to memorize, is that likely to improve your recollection?

A. Only dreams which occur during the REM (rapid eye movement) phase of sleep are typically remembered. But a person awakened during non-REM sleep will often report they were dreaming.

Using the forced awakening technique on 22 volunteers each tasked with memorizing 100 word-picture pairs (for example, "tree" paired with a picture of a seated child), Sarah Schoch et al. found that non-REM dreaming about the memorization task correlated with improved recollection the following day, (on the bioRxiv preprint website).

REM dreams about the task, on the other hand, indicated no such correlation.

The counterintuitive conclusion? Dreaming about a memorization task does improve recollection, but only if you don't remember the dream!

Q. Dogs, gorillas, horses, hyenas, sloths, giraffes, whales, herrings

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Wednesday, 8th August 2018

A little goes a long way

The other week, I was tidying our lounge we had visitors coming and I wanted to make the place neat and tidy for them. I pulled away a pile of books, and behind them I found one of those old electronic photo frames.

To be honest, I'd forgotten we had one, so long is it since we last used it. I plugged it in to see if it still worked, and to my surprise it functioned perfectly. Up came a series of long forgotten photos, all stored on a memory card that's how old they were!

That memory card was well named, however it brought up a treasure trove of old memories, of our kids when they were young, of favourite aunts and uncles who have sadly now left us, and of precious moments with much loved

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Wednesday, 8th August 2018

If the inaugural All Together Now festival is anything to go by, this event is a real contender!

Set in the sprawling and picturesque Curraghmore Estate in Portlaw and with the weather gods in benevolent mood, the sun shone down on some very happy revellers.

Organised by John Reynolds, who also founded Electric Picnic back in 2004, both he and his team can be proud of a job very well done as reviews from festival goers flooded social media. High praise was given for the layout and the array of acts on offer for young and old alike. Indeed, the family friendliness of the event was much appreciated and there were many first time festival goers in the kiddie areas. With so much on offer for them, they were

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Wednesday, 8th August 2018

At the July Plenary Council Meeting, Cllr Eddie Mulligan was voted Chair of the Economic and Enterprise Committee Strategic Policy (SPC) Committee. He immediately promised that his voice "Would be heard as Chair of this important SPC" and wants a collaborative role for the Economic SPC, in the new shop front policy being drafted.

Contained within the Management Report, which was circulated at the same meeting, it was reported, by the Planning Department, that research is being carried out on a new policy on shop front design. This will specifically look at associated signage, security measures and street furniture. It was stated in the report that it is intended to have further details on these topics, for discussion, at SPC and plenary council level in the next few of months.

Due to the prolonged nature of the meeting and the unavailability of

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Wednesday, 8th August 2018

The Healthy Food for Life resources define the Irish Government recommendations on healthy eating and balanced diets. Research shows that excess consumption of foods with high amounts of fat, salt, and sugar, in addition to low levels of vegetables and fruit intake, can an important role in increasing our development of chronic diseases like heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.

95% of people say that it is important for their children to have a balanced healthy diet (63% very important; 32% important). This is the highest for the oldest age cohort, 55+ (72% of people say very important).

The top 3 reasons chosen for contributing to healthy eating are daily use of home-cooked meals from scratch with fresh natural ingredients (73%), involving children in healthy food cooking at home/school/etc. (71%), and constantly reminding and educating the child on the huge risks

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Condolences to Nolan family

Sincere sympathy is extended to Mr. Tommy Nolan and the family of the late Kostka Nolan, Ballybeg whose regretted death took place last. A lovely lady who originally hailed from New Ross, Kostka had bravely fought serious illness for the past ten years. Following Requiem Mass at 11 a.m. on Friday last her burial took place in the adjoining Kilbarry cemetery. There was a large and representative cortege at the removal and burial.

Diabetes Ireland at Tramore

Diabetes Ireland will be at Supervalu, Tramore, Co. Waterford on Thursday, August 9th, 2018 from 10am to 4pm (lunch 1pm-2pm).

We will offer free screening, education, risk assessment and literature to the general public. We also welcome people with an existing diagnosis for information.

The screening test is completed within a few minutes and the result is available immediately.

You are welcome to pop by

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Appealing your Leaving Cert results

Q. I am unhappy with the result in one of my Leaving Cert subjects and think that I should have got a higher grade. How can I get the grade checked?

A. If you are not satisfied with the mark you got in a Leaving Certificate subject, you can appeal this result to the State Examinations Commission (SEC). Before you decide to appeal, you can view your examination script at the school where you sat the exam. When you get your exam results, your school will get a personalised application form for you. If you want to view your exam script, you must complete this form and return it to your school by 21 August 2018.

The Organising Superintendent appointed by the SEC will assign you to one of the viewing sessions, on either 31 August

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Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Glanbia Ireland has officially launched a programme offering free heart health checks for farmers in its catchment area.

A total of 700 free heart health checks will be provided by Irish Heart Foundation nurses as part of its 'Farmers Have Hearts' initiative, supported by the HSE, at Glanbia Ireland branches across the south east of Ireland.

The health checks are being carried out as part of a four-year study of approaches to helping farmers improve their cardiovascular health.

The study is being conducted by Teagasc PhD Walsh Fellow Ms Diana Van Doorn at the National Centre for Men's Health at IT Carlow and is also supported by Glanbia Ireland, the Irish Heart Foundation, the HSE and the UCD School of Physiotherapy and Performance Science.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister of State with responsibility for Health Promotion, Catherine Byrne TD, said:

"This is a wonderful

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Sunday, 29th July 2018

Canadian Ambassador to visit Lafcadio Gardens

Our next Garden Event will celebrate the penultimate Journey of Lafcadio Hearn across Canada. A visit by Ambassador Kevin Vickers (Canadian Ambassador to Ireland) and Canadian Delegation, will see involve Friendship Ceremony at the Gardens on Friday 27th July at 5.45pm.

There is Free Entry to this event and it will include: Tree Planting, Friendship Ceremony, Speeches, Japanese Martial Art Display and Music. We hope you can attend.

Fenor Bingo

A summer special bingo will take place in Fenor National School on Friday 27th July starting at 8pm. A bus will leave The Shop at Riverstown at 7.15. Great night assured for both young and old. Bring along a friend with you.

Fenor Graveyard Mass took place on Tuesday 17th July. Mass was celebrated by Fr. Shane O'Neill, assisted by Mons O'Mahony and Deacon Brendan Gallagher. A huge crowd

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Sunday, 29th July 2018

Applying to be an apprentice

Q My daughter is leaving school and she is thinking about doing an apprenticeship. How can she qualify for an apprenticeship and how much are apprentices paid?

A An apprenticeship is the recognised way that people are trained in a craft trade or profession. It involves both training on-the-job with an employer and training off-the-job in an education centre.

To be eligible for an apprenticeship, your daughter must be at least 16 and should have at least a grade D in five subjects in the Junior Cert. However, some employers may only take on an apprentice with higher qualifications or may have other requirements. If your daughter doesn't have the required qualifications, she might still be able to do an apprenticeship – she should check with her local Education and Training Board (ETB).

Traditional craft apprenticeships include construction,

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