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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

New safefood funded research into the cost of childhood overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland has estimated the total lifetime cost to be €7.2billion euros (€4.6 billion in the Republic Of Ireland; £2.1 billion in Northern Ireland).

The study, led by University College Cork (UCC) and involving leading academic institutions and multidisciplinary research on the island also found that 21% of total costs in the Republic of Ireland represented direct healthcare costs i.e. hospital in-patient; out-patient; GP and drug costs. However, more than two thirds (79%) of the total lifetime costs were indirect costs due to absenteeism, premature mortality and lifetime income losses.

Introducing the research, Ray Dolan, Chief Executive, safefood said "We now have reliable and locally relevant figures for the total lifetime cost of childhood overweight and obesity on the island of Ireland. While we acknowledge that these

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

2018 is only around the corner and with it the usual New Year resolutions. One of the most common is to quit smoking, which is easier said than done, especially for those who opt to go 'cold turkey'. This may explain the huge rise of 'vaping' among smokers who are trying to cut down or quit completely.

As it happens, a Waterford company called Liquid Solutions is leading the way in the vaping industry and has just been awarded the I.S. EN ISO 9001:2015 for the manufacture of e-juice. The certification is a huge accolade for the company as it's only awarded to businesses who meet a very high standard of production.

Liquid Solutions was founded in 2011 by entrepreneur Killian McGrath. Not satisfied with the products on the market, Killian set about creating his own range of quality e-liquids, initially researching,

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

A Co Waterford Nursing Home received national recognition for its end-of-life-care at the NHI Care Awards 2017, in association with Homecare Medical Supplies.

Maypark House Nursing Home Team was honoured with the Nursing Home End of Life Care Award, sponsored by the Irish Hospice Foundation. Maypark was further represented at the awards ceremony through Franco Duggan, who was an employee in the Nursing Home Catering and Nutrition Award category.

The Nursing Home Team were presented with their award at the awards ceremony that took place at Citywest Hotel, Co Dublin, on Thursday 16th November. 400+ representatives from the nursing home, older person care and health sectors attended the awards ceremony that was hosted by RTE presenter Marty Whelan.

Maypark's core team devoted to end of life care consists of the Operations Manager, the Director of Nursing, the Senior Nurse Manager and the lead

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Tuesday, 21st November 2017

The festival launched last Friday evening, when over 5,000 people lined the streets to welcome Mayor Pat Nugent, Teresanne O'Reilly and Santa as they arrived to turn on the Christmas lights and officially launch Winterval 2017. The festival runs on selected dates up until the 23rd December and it's not to be missed.

Santa departed from his Kingdom to John Roberts Square on a vintage firetruck, accompanied by local firemen, he greeted the crowd and wonderful music from Tucan created an electric atmosphere throughout the city.

This year, Winterval announced over 20 new events, totaling over 45 events and attractions now dotted around the city. Over half of the exciting activities are free - as well as a range of ticketed events. Winterval 2017 will shine brighter than ever with fun for

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Overeaters Anonymous

Do you have a problem with food? Have you been worried about the way you eat? Have you tried numerous Diets and plans to deal with your problem with food. Overeaters Anonymous offers you the solution. OA is not a diet club there are no weigh in no dues or fees for members. OA is a twelve step fellowship of men and women who are recovering from compulsive eating, anoxeria, bulimia, food addiction and obesity. For more information about the OA meetings phone 08940781865 or go to

Presentation Convent Class of 1977

Tickets are now available for the Presentation Convent Class of 1977 reunion which will take place on Saturday 18th. November 2017 at the Tower Hotel and Leisure Centre, The Mall, Waterford. The event which costs €30.00 will begin with a wine reception at 7.30 p.m. followed

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Opening a bank account


My bank is insisting I must prove my identity to open a new account, even though I already have an account with them. What is required to open a bank account?


Under laws to prevent money laundering, there are minimum requirements you must meet to prove your identity when opening a bank account. These apply even if you already have an account with the same bank. You cannot use the same document to prove both your identity and your address.

You can prove your identity by producing one of the following:

- Valid photographic identification in the form of a passport or driving licence.

- A National Age Card (issued by An Garda Síochána).

- An identification form with a photograph signed by a member of An Garda Síochána.

- A document issued by a Government department showing your name. This must be

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. Can you make a grammatically correct eight-word English sentence using only the word "buffalo"?

A. Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. Got it? Maybe this will help: Bison from Buffalo, whom other bison from Buffalo bully, themselves bully bison from Buffalo. Three distinct meanings of "buffalo" are used here: the proper noun "Buffalo" for the city of Buffalo, New York; the noun "buffalo" for "bison"; and the verb "buffalo" meaning "to bully." The creation of sentences from just the word "buffalo" has been known since at least the 1960s. Dizzying to contemplate is the claim that a "buffalo" sentence of any length is grammatically correct, assuming appropriate capitalization.

Other words with multiple meanings, such as "police," can also give rise to such bizarre multiple-same-word sentences.

Q. When we think of domesticated animals, we generally

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Witness The Fitness!

Unique outdoor fitness class on the Plaza Witness The Fitness is a unique outdoor fitness class on the Plaza on the Quay in the Viking Triangle.

The first Witness The Fitness was held in October and the November edition takes place this

Sunday November 19th. It is a free fitness workout open to all levels and takes place from 9.30am to 10.30am.

The format for this unique outdoor class involves five different trainers doing an eight minute set each followed by a two minute break.

Combined it gives participants a complete workout where you get to witness different trainers, different styles and a uniquely different location.

This Sunday 9.30am. Full details on the Balance fitness facebook page.

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 15th November - Tuesday 21st November

Aries 21st March-21st April

The new moon in Scorpio on the 18th could set you off on a journey

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Tuesday, 14th 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

By the light of a silvery moon

Last week I wrote about the importance of light, and described some of the impacts that changing the clocks can have on our health. In that article, I mentioned that there is another factor that may have an influence our health and wellbeing, a cause that we rarely think about: the moon.

The ancients definitely believed in the connection between moon and mood. The word "lunatic" is based on the Latin word for moon ("luna") and comes from the belief of our ancestors that the different phases of the moon could make people insane. That theory has been largely debunked in modern times, but there is still evidence of the influence of the

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Tuesday, 14th November 2017

Some people can struggle to make their mark in a family business, especially one that has been established by their parents, but Bevin Mahon has prospered, as has the company. Her parents, Brian and Mary, set up the Dental Tech Group, which is based in Terenure in Dublin, in 1993 and now Bevin is co-owner and managing director.

Brian, a Senior Dental Technician with 25-years' experience in the Dublin Dental Hospital and Mary, a business graduate from Trinity College, saw a gap in the market for a denture clinician and dental laboratory and so began Dental Tech

After spending some time in New York after College and having gained experience working across several industries, Bevin's parents asked if she'd "help out" in the business for 3 months to set up a computerised accounting software so she agreed to lend a hand. That

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Letters to the Editor


    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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