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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Death of Mr. Vincent O'Toole

The death has taken place of Mr. Vincent O'Tool, Maryland House, The Mall a prominent Waterford businessman and hotelier which took place on Saurday last. He was aged 91 years of age.

Mr. O'Toole was born at 102 Griffiths Place, where he was a member of a family of 12. At the age of 25 he obtained his Masters Certificate while working with Irish Shipping. Then after 15 years at sea he returned to his native city where he purchased an old dwelling and converted it into the Maryland Hotel Inexpensive.

He was also prominently involved in property development and was a director of Landscape Ltd., a building company which build many of the houses in Knockboy and Blenheim Estates.

He is also remembered for being involved in one of the city's controversies when he erected two plaques to

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Seniors Alert Scheme

Question

I am a pensioner and live with my daughter who works full-time. I am on my own a lot of the time and I'm worried about my safety. I would like to get a personal alarm but I can't afford one.

Answer

The Seniors Alert Scheme gives support to provide and install monitored personal alarm systems to older people of limited means. The scheme aims to support older people to continue to live securely and independently in their homes. The scheme is available through local community, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations registered with Pobal, the non-profit company that administers the scheme.

The personal alarm is worn as a pendant around your neck or around your wrist like a watch and connects to a base unit in your home. When the alarm is activated, it automatically rings a helpline, which is open 24

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. What happens to garbage once it is interred in a landfill?

A. Through hands-on excavation, archeologist and garbologist Bill Rathje found that a well-maintained, airtight, dry sanitary landfill acts more like a mummifier of trash than a decomposer, reports Edward Humes in his book "Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash." Fifty-year-old newspaper was readable, steaks and hot dogs intact after decades, guacamole pasty and green after 25 years, onion peels and carrot tops recognizable after 20, and grass clippings still green after 15. The slowly decaying material is held in place by surrounding non-biodegradable plastic, and this "trash matrix" has the unintended benefit of sequestering to some extent toxic materials (paint, motor oil, insecticide and more) from the water table.

Other surprising results: There's Rathje's "First Principle of Food Waste," that is, the more

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

May 13th at Anjali Yoga Waterford

Join local yoga teacher Aoife Lacey, for an exploration of The Eight Limbs of Yoga - one of the Yogic Texts which is studied in depth is Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. In Patanjali's Sutras, the eightfold path is called ashtanga, which literally means "eight limbs" (ashta=eight, anga=limb). These eight steps basically act as guidelines on how to live a meaningful and purposeful life. They serve as a prescription for moral and ethical conduct and self-discipline; they direct attention toward one's health; and they help us to acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our nature.

The Eight Limbs are:

Yama (Ethical standards and integrity);

Ni-yama (Self Discipline and observances);

Asana (Seat for meditation, or in modern postural yoga translates to the physical practice of yoga poses);

Pranayama

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 2nd May - Tuesday 8th May

Aries 21st March-21st April

The subject of addressing issues that have been ignored comes up this week and is similar to last week's advice to release anything that had been bubbling under the surface. You're done with papering over cracks and making do with the situation as it is and are keen to sort out a certain issue for once and for all. You may be feeling the urge to splurge with either cash or compliments, that's great, but don't over do it!

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

Your energy, drive and exuberance are boosted this week with the Sun travelling through your sign. You'll find any tasks set to you are easily accomplished. You're keen to impress and people seem to fall for your particular charms quite easily. It's almost as if you can

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

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

With Breda Gardner Homeopath, lcph, mcos, rgn

The Science of the Mind

Last week I wrote about the connection between your mind and your physical health. This week I thought I would say a little more about exactly how that system works:

Neuropeptides are chemical messengers that carry information from the mind to the body and back again through the body fluids. Each cell in the body is covered with thousands of receptor cells. Each cell has a specific pattern that locks into specific neuropeptides. Once in position, the neuropeptides transmit information through the receptor cell into the cell itself, influencing the behaviour of that cell. For example, one of the neuropeptides is endorphin, which is responsible for that blissful feeling

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Sinn Féin member of the Public Accounts Committee, David Cullinane has said that the HSE has to explain why

CervicalCheck issued a circular that gave doctors discretion.

"Today I called on CervicalCheck and the HSE to appear before the PAC to discuss the issue of failures in screenings of women for cervical cancer and I am glad to say the Committee members agreed with me.

"The issue at hand is a circular issued in July 2016 that advised the consultants of the women affected on how to deal with the issue of the failings.

"The circular said that it was up to the doctors to exercise their

"judgment" on whether to tell them about the misdiagnosis.

"It then went on to say that, and I quote, 'In cases where a woman has died, simply ensure the result is recorded in the woman's notes.'

"This is chilling. The

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

University Hospital Waterford (UHW) Inaugural Step Challenge took place between 14th February and 18th March 2018 (5 weeks). This health promotion initiative aimed to encourage staff to improve their activity levels during the dreary winter months, thereby optimising their health, while having a bit of fun with their work colleagues. Interest in the step challenge was amazing with over 135 teams and entries spanned all departments of the hospital. Teams consisted of 4 members so in total over 600 staff took part. The initial challenge was to select a team name and we had wonderful entries, the winners being Ob'step'tricians (Obstetric dept), 'Breast foot forward' from the Breastcare dept and the 'Flabbybottomists' from the Phlebotomy dept. Staff utilised pedometers, fit bits, mobile phone apps to monitor their daily step count. Competition was strong with weekly prizes awarded for the best

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris TD, Minister of State for Health Promotion Catherine Byrne TD and Minister for Finance and for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, has welcomed the finding of the European Commission that the upcoming sugar-sweetened drinks tax does not constitute State aid.

This allows for the commencement of the Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Tax on 1st May 2018.

The tax on Sugar-Sweetened Drinks was announced as part of Budget 2017 with the launch of a public consultation which ran from Budget night until January 2017. Following on from that process, a series of technical consultations took place with officials from the Department of Finance and the Revenue Commissioners, together with representatives the soft drinks industry. This positive engagement with industry continued throughout the process. Budget 2018 provided for the final details of the tax including the rates and

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Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

These delectable little carrot cakes are ideal for every upcoming Easter celebration. Siúcra and Catherine Fulvio have created these adorable Mini Carrot Cakes filled with classic cream cheese frosting and studded with mini carrots!

Ingredients Makes 6 mini cakes

- 320g plain flour

- 11/4 tsp baking powder

- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

- 1 tsp ground cinnamon

- 1/4 tsp ground ginger

- 1/4 tsp nutmeg

- 200ml light olive oil

- 220g Siúcra Light Golden Brown Sugar

- 4 eggs

- 1 tsp vanilla extract

- 250g grated carrots

- 60g chopped walnuts

- 70g white chocolate drops

For the frosted pistachios

- 70g Siúcra Caster Sugar

- 60g shelled pistachios

- 100g butter, softened

- 350g Siúcra Icing Sugar

- 1 lemon, zest only

- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

To decorate

- 100g Siúcra Ready Roll Out Fondant

- Orange fool colouring paste

- 6 small sprigs

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    A Paper AnniversaryAs he has been in high profile politics for such a long time, it is hard to think that Leo Varadkar has just celebrated his first year as Taoiseach. Over the last decade, there has hardly been a time when the man hasn't been out of the headlines for one reason or another. But it is his role as Taoiseach which has cemented his position in Irish history.Of course such an anniversary didn't go past uncommented and he was given a rough ride in the Dail when the subject came up. As mu …

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