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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Waterford Crystal reunion for Flattcutters at Katty Barry’s

Frankie "Frenchie" O’Reilly and Larry Phelan are organising a Rheintour/Flattcutting night out for the former flattcutters and flattcutting managers in Katty Barry’s pub off the Mall on Friday night February 16th. Trad musicians courtesy of Larry and anybody who worked in the Rheintour/ Flattcutting is more than welcome on the night to engage with all their former work colleagues on past experiences and stories of their former years working in Waterford Crystal.

Special Fenor Valentine's Bingo

A Special Fenor Valentine's Bingo will take place on Friday 16th February at Fenor National School commencing at 8pm. Bus will leave Shop at Riverstown at 7.15. Come along for a great night with plenty of surprises.

Comeragh Mountaineering Club

John Haberlan will lead a walk to the Coumshingaun area of The Comeraghs next Sunday 18th Febuary. Boots essential, food, hot

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Maternity leave


I recently started working in a new job on a part-time basis. I have just learned that I am pregnant – will I be entitled to maternity leave?


If you are pregnant while in employment, you are entitled to take maternity leave. The entitlement to a basic period of maternity leave from employment applies to all female employees (including casual workers), regardless of how long you have been working for the organisation or the number of hours you work per week. You are also entitled to additional unpaid maternity leave. The Maternity Protection Acts 1994 and 2004 provide your statutory minimum entitlements in relation to maternity at work, including maternity leave.

You are entitled to 26 weeks’ maternity leave together with 16 weeks additional unpaid maternity leave, which begins immediately after the end of maternity leave.

Your entitlement to pay and superannuation

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. "Healthy See, Healthy Do." Sounds good, but is it true?

A. Actually, it is, as seen in grocery store purchases where the location of store displays can influence shopping choices, says Rachel Nuwer in "Scientific American" magazine. The hotspot for sugary and salty snacks is the checkout area, and a few studies have suggested that swapping healthier options for junk food there could shift customer behavior.

To see for itself, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has been working with over 1,000 store owners to stock and promote nutritious foods. Testing this idea out in the city’s dense urban checkout areas, research scientist Tamar Adjoian and her colleagues enlisted three Bronx supermarkets to give one checkout lane in each store "a healthy makeover," replacing processed snacks like candy and cookies with

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 14th January - Tuesday 20th January

Aries 21st March-21st April

You have a gift in showing others how to shine Aries, and you’ll get the opportunity to use this gift and help others achieve their best around the time of the New Moon and partial solar eclipse on the 15th. It’s also a great time for finding where you fit into a new situation without having to pretend to be anything you’re not. Play to your many, many strengths and you won’t go wrong.

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

The solar eclipse on the 15th could thrust you forward into the spotlight Taurus, especially on the work front. If you’re tired standing back and watching a situation slowly dwindle into stagnation, you could find yourself taking the bull by the horns and whipping things into shape. Sometimes someone just has to

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Commercial property agent Lambert Smith Hampton has announced that over 60 jobs have been created in Waterford’s City Square Shopping Centre in the last six months as a series of new lettings have followed the completion of a multi-million euro redevelopment project.

Starbucks will become the latest new tenant when it opens a flagship store at the shopping centre in March 2018. The global coffee chain has secured a 1,800 sq. m. unit in the Food Hall.

The redevelopment project saw the creation of a large 17,000 sq. ft. retail unit over two levels as well as the modernisation of public areas and the reconfiguring of several units to improve shopper experience and facilitate modern retailer requirements.

Located in the heart of Waterford, City Square is laid out over two main retail floors and comprises a two storey Dunnes Stores food and clothing

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Following the recent retirement of Michael Maddock, South East BIC are pleased to announce the appointment of Aidan Shine to the position of Chief Executive Officer. A native of Listowel, Co. Kerry, Aidan has extensive experience working with the BIC’s startup clients and his excellent network amongst the BIC’s stakeholders in the South East and nationally, means he is uniquely positioned to support innovation and entrepreneurship in the South East. He has worked with the BIC’s high potential start-up clients, whilst also being responsible for HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network) in the region. Aidan holds an MBA from the Open University Business School and a BBS from the University of Limerick (UL).

South East BIC Chairman, Richard Hickey said, "We are delighted to appoint Aidan to this important role in the development and progression of start-ups in the South-East region. Aidan

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

One4all has announced the winners of its annual Spotlights – awards that shine a light and reward those employees who have made an outstanding contribution to their company over the past year. Mary Duggan, Care Assistant at Rockshire Care Centre in Waterford City, is one of the winners this year after her fellow employees nominated her for outstanding contributions over the past year.

The Spotlights, now in its third year, is an employee recognition programme from One4all in association with Chambers Ireland, Ireland’s largest business organisation. The Spotlights has been created for SMEs to find Ireland’s best employee – that person who always goes the extra mile – by offering colleagues the facility to reward these unsung heroes. Companies are encouraged each year to nominate their chosen employee or work colleague, asking nominators to explain why they feel their chosen colleague

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

A host of Ireland’s best known figures who have excelled in their respective careers will descend upon Kilkenny for a motivational talk evening titled ‘Creating Success’. The event will take place in Hotel Kilkenny on Monday, February 19th.

The line-up of high calibre speakers for the event, include; Solicitor Gerald Kean, Founder of Taxback Terry Clune, Entrepreneur, 2011

Presidential Candidate Sean Gallagher along with CEO of State Street Cathal Smyth and Met Eireann’s Evelyn Cusack.

‘Creating Success’ has been organised by the ever dynamic community of Kells, Co Kilkenny, speaking following the announcement, Kevin O’Neill said "We are really looking forward to bringing this event to Kilkenny. Our speakers have all excelled in their individual lines of work and this is an excellent chance for people to spend an evening in the company of Ireland’s finest leaders and achievers."

The self-empowerment talk will be

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) is launching a Sexual Health Awareness and Guidance (SHAG) campaign in collaboration with the HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme.

The campaign will be rolled out in campuses across Ireland over Valentines week, with the tagline of ‘Are You Getting It?’ If you’re getting it, then you’re getting STI information and testing, getting contraception advice and getting consent.

Speaking ahead of the launch, USI President Michael Kerrigan said, "This year, we’re asking students ‘are you getting it?’ when it comes to STI tests and consent. It’s important that every student who’s sexually active look after their own sexual health. This means getting tested regularly, using condoms to protect you from the risk of contracting an STI"

Helen Deely, Head of the HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme said, "We would actively encourage people who

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Irish charity The Lifesaving Foundation has formed a drowning research partnership with Waterford Institute of Technology’s School of Health Sciences. The long-term aim of the partnership is to establish a permanent world class drowning research centre at WIT. The immediate aim is to reduce drowning death numbers through researching the concept of self-rescue in life threatening situations. This is being undertaken in co-operation with An Garda Síochána and An Garda Síochána Retired Members Association. Initial funding will be provided through the Doherty Police Research Fund, established in memory of the late Garda Commissioner Eamonn Doherty. Commissioner Doherty is best known for his successful recommendation to transfer air sea rescue services from the Air Corp to The Irish Coast Guard.

According to Lifesaving Foundation chairperson Brendan Donohoe for over 100 years the main focus of lifesaving organisations has been on teaching the

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Letters to the Editor


    Keeping a checkIt is common knowledge that when it comes to technology, if you want to do something, just ask a young person to show you. They have grown up with all the technology that is around us at the moment and seem adept at using it in the easiest fashion possible. But just because young people are good at technology, does that mean that they should have unfettered access to all the sites and apps that are available to them today?Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has just come out and said that he and …

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