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Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

Piltown Community Enterprise's "Start Your own Business" competition came to fruition last Thursday night, when the Grand Final was held in Piltown GAA Centre and compered by Bobby Kerr of Dragon's Den fame.

Launched last November by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, the competition attracted great interest in these difficult economic times. A total prize fund valued at €25,000 has been a wonderful incentive to budding entrepreneurs to take a serious look at their business ideas and form a comprehensive business plan as part of their competition entry.

The panel of expert judges were led by chairman Jimmy Brett (Brett Bros), and included Barry Hickey (Kilkenny GAA), Eilish Gough (Mileeven Fine Foods), Roy Power (Arvum Group) and Maura Joyce (Kilkenny LEADER Partnership).

Selecting the three finalists proved a difficult task for them considering the high quality and diversity

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Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

Sinn Fein Senator David Cullinane was elected to the party's 12 person ruling Ard Comhairle at the Ard Fheis this weekend. He was elected by the delegates who select 6 men and 6 women to represent the leadership of the party. Speaking today Senator Cullinane said:

"I am very pleased with my election to the Ard Comhairle of Sinn Fein. Crucial decisions need to be taken by the party in the years ahead. We need to continue to be at the vanguard of change and opposition to failed austerity policies. I am also pleased that Waterford will have a voice at the table. I will continue in my work to represent those who are being left behind and who are suffering due to harsh austerity and failed government policies."

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Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

Entries invited for inaugural 2013 Awards

Calling all retailers, food producers, wholesalers and food service operators! Now is your opportunity to make your mark by winning one of the first ever Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards. A unique collaboration between Food and Hospitality Ireland (formerly SHOP) and The UK Quality Food and Drink Awards, these new accolades set out to recognize excellence in food product development by companies across Ireland.

In the current climate of consumer unease, winning a Quality Food Award is an unparalleled opportunity to convey the calibre of your product in a crowded market place. Not only is winning an award a powerful marketing tool, but feedback from the team of expert judges is invaluable in helping entrants further enhance their products and develop even more successful ones in the future.

The Awards are divided into three elements: Supreme

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Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

Ballybeg Community Development project awarded funding for 3 years in a bid to help tackle Food Poverty

safefood has announced that a local Waterford Community Food Initiative is one of nine all island recipients to receive funding for the Community Food Initiatives Programme 2013-15, which aims to positively influence the eating habits of families in low income communities. The Ballybeg Family Growing Project aims to engage vulnerable families living in the Ballybeg estate to raise their awareness and knowledge of healthy eating by providing a practical skills-based education programme of growing and cooking.

Each Community Food Initiative will receive funding annually over a period of three years to set up, manage and sustain their project, with safefood investing up to €45,000 per project.

Speaking at the launch, Dr Cliodhna

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Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

Buy My Dress Waterford was officially launched on Wednesday 10th April by Waterford Heroine Niamh Briggs, Captain of Ireland's Womens Senior Rugby Team and Winner of the 2013 Grand Slam. The launch took place in the exquisite Atheneum House Hotel which will host this year's Big Sale on Sunday May 26th at 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Niamh who is very familiar with the event had this to say "I'm thrilled to be here and part of a charity that means so much to me. I would urge everybody to root out those dresses and to start donating your nearest drop off point which can be located on the website http://www.downsyndromecentre."

Buy My Dress is Ireland's largest 1 day Charity Dress Sale where thousands of dresses donated

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Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

Roy Keane is asking the people of Waterford to join his favourite team during May: not Sunderland or Manchester United but the team who will make this the 11th Annual Shades fundraiser for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind a big success. Roy's favourite Charity desperately need funds in order to meet increased demand for their Guide Dogs for vision impaired persons and their Assistance Dogs for families of children with autism. The organisation has waiting lists of up to three years and is seeking to raise over 4 million this year to provide services which really do change lives.

Launching the campaign at the Irish Guide Dogs HQ surrounded by dogs and clients, Roy praised the commitment of the volunteers whom he said inspired him more than many of the famous faces he has played for or with. He added

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Tuesday, 23rd April 2013

Roz Purcell was on hand to mark thelaunch of the first ever Irish Greyhound Board Ladies Night at the Dogs, which will be happening at Kilcohan Greyhound Stadium on Friday April 26th.

Special ladies admission on these nights is just €5 and includes a complementary welcome drink upon arrival along with a free race programme and a fast paced night of entertaining racing. Ladies will also get the chance to enter a competition to win one of 30 weekend hotel breaks courtesy of Great National Hotels. Entry forms are located in race programmes.

Irish Greyhound Board Head of Marketing Orla Strumble said, "Our female followers are extremely important to us, and for that reason we felt that a weekend of racing should be dedicated to them. 69% of our restaurant bookers across Ireland are female and we value them as the lifeline

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

ARE YOU A PARENT OF A DISABLED CHILD?

Would you like to meet with a group in a similar situation and learn to be a more effective voice for your child? Waterford Childcare Committees will host two Empowering Parents training course in partnership with DESSA. The courses will run in Waterford City & Dungarvan on one morning per week over a 7 week period. The DESSA Empowering Parents Programme seeks to support parents to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate on behalf of their child.

Why an Empowering Parents Programme?

Parenting is a big responsibility. It is often full of joy, but it can also be very hard work. It can often be even harder work if your child has a disability. All the usual things parents worry about can seem to get much bigger. Things like:

- How can I get

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

Duration of Jobseeker's Benefit

Question: I have recently lost my job and I am applying for Jobseeker's Benefit. How long can I get the benefit for?

Answer: Jobseeker's Benefit is a weekly payment from the Department of Social Protection (DSP). It is paid to people who are out of work and are covered by social insurance (PRSI). If you qualify for Jobseeker's Benefit, how long you will get it for depends on how many paid PRSI contributions you have.

Before April 2013, if you had at least 260 paid contributions you could be paid Jobseeker's Benefit for up to 12 months. If you had less than 260 paid contributions you could be paid Jobseeker's Benefit for up to 9 months. If you were aged under 18, you would only get Jobseeker's Benefit for a maximum of 6 months.

The length of payment for Jobseeker's

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Tuesday, 16th April 2013

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. What was so special about Albert Einstein's brain that enabled him to become a towering scientific genius?

A. Perhaps just such a curiosity drove examining pathologist Thomas Harvey to photograph Einstein's brain after his death in 1955 and then cut it into 240 blocks, reports "Science" magazine. Only recently did these newly discovered photos prompt a re-examination of the original brain, as researchers led by Florida State Universit anthropologist Dean Falk analyzed 14 photos never previously made public (the journal "Brain").

When compared with records of 85 other brains in the scientific literature, the team found that Einstein's brain was indeed special: Though its size was just average, several regions displayed "unusual twists and folds," especially on the left side connected to the face and tongue. These folds were "much larger than normal," as was

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  • A Wonderful Harvest

    Even though the weather Gods didn’t exactly play ball over the weekend it doesn’t take away from the fact that this years Waterford Harvest Festival was yet again another wonderful success. It was great to see the streets of the centre of the city so beautifully and thoughtfully decked out. The various food stalls offering tastes from all over were great to wander around. The information and background that each of the stall holders were able to give on the provenance of their food was really interesting an …

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