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Thursday, 30th November 2017

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

Exercise V

Anti-depressants

Back when we lived in London, my husband Jerry was captain of a hockey team. One of the team players, the goalkeeper, endured a terrible tragedy, when his pregnant wife was diagnosed with cancer. It was an awful time, and both mother and unborn child died. A few Saturdays after the funeral, the hockey season began, and Jerry was unsure as to whether to call his friend to see if he was available. In the end, he made the decision to call him and ask if he wanted to play. The goalkeeper turned up for the first match and subsequently for the rest of the season. At the end of the season, Jerry spoke to his friend

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, and Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drug Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD, have both welcomed the publication of the 2016 Annual Report on the Tobacco Free IrelandAction Plan.

Tobacco Free Irelandwas launched under the Healthy Ireland framework in 2013 and sets a target for Ireland to be tobacco free (that is, with a smoking prevalence rate of less than 5%) by the year 2025.

A high level action plan for Tobacco Free Ireland was published in March 2015 and one of these actions committed the Department of Health to publish an annual report on the implementation of the actions outlined. The 2016 Annual Report outlines a number of key achievements in 2016, including new legislation banning smoking in cars when children are present (which came into force on the 1st Jan 2016)

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Minister of State with special responsibility for Disabilities, Finian McGrath TD, has announced a €4.5m fund to support the reform of disability services.

The Minister said, "This Government’s objective is to deliver disability services that are person –centred, putting those who need supports at the centre of all our activities. The objective of this fund is to put people with disabilities at the heart of service delivery and supports, enabling them to lead self-directed lives in the community. This is in line with my philosophy since being appointed Minister – that the person with the disability is at the very centre of our focus of attention.The Service Reform Fund represents a significant commitment to that reform across disability services in Ireland.”

This funding is part of the Service Reform Fund (SRF) which was established by the Department of Health, the Atlantic Philanthropies,

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Irish couples in the dark when shopping for fashion this Christmas

Ireland has well established fashion credentials with designers such as Philip Treacy, Orla Kiely and Paul Costelloe all calling the city home. With a burgeoning blogger and street fashion scene the country’s impeccable style is clear.

However, when it comes to dressing and gifting other halves’ it seems Irish couples are in the dark on what size their partner actually wears.

A nationwide survey conducted by leading department store, Debenhams, has found that a fifth (20%) of couples do not know their partners clothing (dress or suit) size. The high street giant interviewed people who have been together an average for 20 years to see what they did or didn’t know about each other.

Almost one in ten (6%) were unable to recall the colour of their partners eyes while over half (52%)

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

Waterford Scooter Club Christmas Party

Waterford Scooter Club will hold their Christmas Party Night on November 25th at Tracy's Hotel, The Quay, Waterford. With live music from Skazoo and DJs from Waterford Ska Club, entry is €5.00 and proceeds go to Pieta House.

Ferrybank Library

New Book Titles - have you checked out our 'New Books' section recently? Drop into the library and check out 2017 book releases, titles such as The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter; A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena;

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman; The Choice by Edith Eger; On Tuesdays I'm a Buddhist by Michael Harding; The Warrior's Code by Jackie Tyrrell and many, many more books. If you can't find the book you are looking for on the shelf then don't worry, we can request a copy for you! All are welcome to

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

Better Energy Homes Scheme

Question

Our heating bills are quite high because our house is difficult to heat. Is there a grant available to improve the insulation?

Answer

The Better Energy Homes Scheme provides grants to homeowners to improve energy efficiency in their homes. It is also available to landlords and owners of more than one property. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) administers the scheme.

You can use the Home Energy Self Survey on the SEAI website to identify areas in your home that could be improved to increase energy efficiency. You can also get a Building Energy Rating (BER) done if you are uncertain about your energy-saving options or what work to get done first.

Grants are available for roof insulation, wall insulation, upgrade of heating controls, high-efficiency boiler installation and solar heating. You can also get a grant to have a BER

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. We humans have many a way of dealing with our aches and pains, ranging from going to a doctor to cursing. But there's a hipper modality that needs no prescription, has no unwanted side effects and offends no one's ears. Hospitals are aware of this computer connection, helpful for coping with stress, improving memory and sleep, even speeding recovery after surgery. So, best not to write this one off...

A. Scientists (and writers) have long known about the therapeutic benefits of writing about personal experiences, thoughts and feelings, says Jessica Wapner in "Scientific American." A modern electronic version of ancient journal writing, blogging is basically a way of complaining to potentially like-minded people, and as such is selfadministered therapy, a sort of personal placebo.

This self-expression has even been found to help cancer patients, who

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 22nd November - Tuesday 28th November

Aries 21st March-21st April

Neptune ends it's retrograde and turns direct again on the 22nd, lifting a veil on something that had been hidden from you until now. It could be that someone, who previously had pulled the wool over your eyes, now is seen clearly who for they really are, warts and all. You will see your way towards your goals more clearly now too and anything that seemed difficult to tie down or get right will become easier.

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

Neptune turning direct could see you squirelling yourself away behind closed doors, preferably with your special someone, and locking the world outside. This is a powerful time to deepen emotional bonds and to explore yours and your partner's physical connection too! It's a potent kind of energy, so be very

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

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

Colds & Influenza

There seems to have been an outbreak of the sniffles recently, and a number of people have asked if I have any advice on colds and influenza. The first thing to note is that there is a difference between the two. A cold is defined as "an infection in which the mucous membrane of the nose and throat becomes inflamed, causing a runny nose, sneezing, sore throat etc", whereas influenza is "a highly contagious virus infection causing fever, severe aching, and catarrh, often occurring in epidemics."

In my experience, catching a cold once or twice a year is actually no bad thing: it helps to clean out the system. So if you catch a cold, do not

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

The Community Foundation for Ireland, one of Ireland's leading philanthropic organisations, has published a report entitled Ireland's VitalSigns 2017, that grades the satisfaction of life in Ireland. Almost 1,000 people living in Ireland completed the citizens' survey, rating Access to Healthcare as most important out of the 115 key social indicators presented. The Community Foundation for Ireland awarded over €6 million in grants to charitable causes in Ireland last year and utilises the VitalSigns report to inform people who want to give back about the causes that are concerning people in Ireland.

Ireland's VitalSigns, a report card on the vitality of the nation is published every two years, and grades twelve key areas that affect the quality of life of those who live, work, play and learn in Ireland.

The report combines the survey results with published factual data and expert leaders'

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    Perfidious AlbionThe 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 …

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