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Thursday, 28th June 2018

Q. Avocados, dates, kale, mangoes, Meyer lemons, nectarines, peaches, pomegranates, quinoa, seedless grapes, watermelon-—what do these foods have in common? A. They were not part of the American diet until globe-trotting botanist and "food spy" David Fairchild (1869-1954) introduced them around the turn of the 20th century, says Anna Diamond in "Smithsonian" magazine, reviewing David Stone's book "The Food Explorer." Before that time, American meals were about subsistence, relying on wheat and potatoes. Fairchild's mission, "sanctioned by the president and the secretary of agriculture, was to find exotic crops and bring them back," and that he and his team did: avocadoes from Chile, dates from Iraq, kale from Croatia, peaches and citrus from China, pomegranates from Malta, quinoa from Peru and much more. Under the auspices of the new Office of Seed and Plant Introduction, Fairchild and the Department of

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Thursday, 28th June 2018

Unique pieces for all occasions for fashionable ladies!

LADIES!! You can order your hats/fascinators now for the Tramore races in August or any upcoming special occasions you may have.

Pearl Gem jewellery & millinery has recently opened its doors at 39 Michael Street. Being registered with the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland, they can custom make a unique piece of gemstone jewellery for you or a special gift for someone. They use the finest quality gemstones & freshwater pearls in their craft as well as a wide choice of sterling silver jewellery.

Bespoke fascinators / hats can now be made to order to match your particular outfit for that special occasion. They look forward to warmly welcoming you.

breda gardner Health Matters

Positive affirmations are a central part of my daily routine. For me, they are as important to my health and positivity as

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Thursday, 28th June 2018

The 13th Pfizer Health Index, an annual survey which charts the health perceptions, behaviours and attitudes of Irish adults, was launched to an audience of healthcare and stakeholder groups at Buswells Hotel.

The study of health and wellness focuses on attitudes and perception of health, disease incidence, illness experience and impact, health funding, interaction with medical services and levels of health insurance, among other areas. This year's findings demonstrated that:

Irish people's view on the greatest priorities for Government spending has remained the same as last year, with health as the top priority (62%), followed by education (12%) and job creation (11%);

The majority of people surveyed (69%) rate their health as 7 out of 10 or higher, with only 6% of those giving their health a score of 10 out of 10;

A significant change in this year's Index is the overall prioritisation

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Thursday, 28th June 2018

MyEye is a vision device reads text, recognises people and machine learns via internal database, and Nolke Opticians is the only practice in Ireland to stock this ground-breaking technology.

The device (the latest addition to Nolke's low vision range) allows someone with a visual impairment to access any printed text on any surface wherever they are, using a combination of a camera, advanced computer vision and machine learning, and a small speaker.

It was an obvious application for computer vision, explained Leon Paull, OrCam's head of business development. "It's quite unique in the assistive tech arena to have that level of investment and effort in one company behind one product," he said.

"The device works in a very simple, gesture-based way." explains Kjell Nolke, founder/owner of Nolke Opticians, "The wearer

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Thursday, 28th June 2018

Leading communications agency Springboard PR & Marketing and Waterford City & County Council have won a prestigious national PR award for the launch of the Waterford Greenway.

The campaign won Best Public Sector Campaign at the Awards for Excellence in Public Relations at a gala lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin on Friday, 22 June.

The awards were hosted by the Public Relations Consultants Association (Ireland), the Public Relations Institute of Ireland and the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Northern Ireland. Now in their 25th year, the Awards for Excellence celebrate best practice in Irish public relations, public affairs and communications.

Springboard PR & Marketing and Waterford City & County Council's winning campaign centred on the launch of the Waterford Greenway, Ireland's longest off-road walking and cycling trail. It officially opened in March of last year. Measuring 46km, the Greenway stretches from

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Local Men's Shed shortlisted in Topline competition

Waterford Estuary Men's Shed which was just established in February this year has entered the Irish Mens Shed Topline competition and we have just heard that we have been shortlisted for the final. The theme for our entry is "By Hook or by Crooke" and our creation is a 3D of the Waterford Estuary showing all the villages and landscape of the area.

Medugorje Healing Mass

The Medugorje Healing Mass will not take place for the Month of June. It will resume on Wed. the 25th of July. Contact Maura - 085-7022103.

Cemetery Masses

'The Annual Cemetery Mass will take place in St. Mary's Cemetery, Ballygunner, on Thursday 21st June 2018 at 7.30pm'.

Dunhill Graveyard Mass will take place Tuesday 10th July and. Fenor Graveyard Mass will take place on Tuesday 17th July, Both at 7.30 pm.

Samaritans seek volunteers


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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Household Benefits Package

Q I'm in my 70s and live alone. Is it there any support available to help me with my household running costs?

AThe Household Benefits Package may help with the costs of running your household. The package is available to everyone aged over 70 and to some people under 70. It is paid by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP).

The package includes an electricity or gas allowance and a Free Television Licence. The electricity or gas allowance pays €35 per month (€1.15 per day) towards the cost of either your electricity or gas supply (you cannot get an allowance for both). It is paid to your bank or post office account or as a credit on your bill. You can get the Free Television Licence from the next renewal date of your licence after you qualify

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Don't ignore your Spiritual Health

Regular readers will know that I am very much into holistic health. Unless all parts and aspects of our bodies are in balance and harmony, sickness will surely follow.

So to stay healthy, we need to look after our physical health, our mental health, our emotional health ... and our spiritual health.

Most of us are far too busy to be worried about something like spiritual matters, but it is an itch that we all need to scratch sooner or later in our lives – preferably sooner! The rewards of dedicating some time to the spiritual far outweigh the efforts of doing so. And the spiritual is all around us, if only we took the time to look.

I love the feeling you get when you hear a magnificent piece of classical church music, or are moved

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford, Mary Butler has called for an urgent action plan from the HSE to ensure that the county's children are not left without access to a consultant paediatric psychiatrist. Deputy Butler was commenting after the existing consultant, Dr. Kieran Moore said that that he and two of his colleagues from the southeast region were resigning at a meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Future of Mental Healthcare.

"This is a shocking development for children who are in desperate and urgent for psychiatric care in the South East. "Dr. Moore told the Committee that he was leaving as the building 'is in a state' and that staff are 'burnt out.' "He confirmed that mental health services in the country required continuous funding and that he felt it was not neither 'safe nor

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018

Green Party Senator for Waterford, Grace O'Sullivan, has said that, unless urgent action is taken, the mental health situation in the South East could cost lives.

Her comments were made following revelations that, following three consultant Psychiatrists in Waterford and Wexford resigning their positions, the South East region could be entirely without expert mental health care from mid-July.

Speaking in the Seanad, Senator O'Sullivan said: "This issue is of extreme importance and urgency. For many young people, this could be a life or death issue. Three consultant Psychiatrists in Waterford and Wexford resigned their positions together. With a fourth consultant for the South East out on sick-leave this would leave the region entirely without expert mental health care from mid-July. It could disable the operations of most if not all mental health care in the region, if junior staff, non-consultant hospital doctors,

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Letters to the Editor

  • Waiting can be bad for your He...

    When the latest statistic that waiting times for patients had risen to their highest level yet, there can't have been too many people that were surprised.There are now over 700.000 people on waiting lists with over 50.000 of them children. That so many people are waiting for treatment in one of the most developed economies in the world is truly frightening. Of course you can take into account the underfunding of the health sector during the economic downturn but it still wouldn't fully explain why so ma …

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