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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Q. When the neurobiology professor encountered a student who had plagiarized her entire paper from one of his class lectures, what punishment did he mete out? An F? Expulsion from the class?

A. A lesser teacher might have but not this one, says Oliver Sacks in "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain." When the prof called the student into his office something didn't add up: She didn't seem the type to cheat or lie so he played a hunch, asking her if she happened to have a photographic memory. "Why, yes, sort of like that," she replied. "I can remember anything if I put it to music." She then sang back to him whole sections of his lecture. And quite prettily, he added. "I was flabbergasted."

This got Sacks thinking about the countless cultural songs and rhymes to help kids learn

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Written in the Stars

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 2nd August - Tuesday 8th August

Aries 21st March-21st April

A new life phase is beginning for many Aries now, building from the two new moons in Leo recently to the full moon with partial eclipse on August 7th. Leadership roles will present themselves to you, and where you might not have felt ready or suitable before, now it will feel right and you know you have work to do for the betterment of those around you. You may also find more time for yourself and for things you’ve always wanted to try.

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

Life is about to throw up one of those recurring lessons to a lot of

Taureans this week, especially for those who have been

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

The Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan T.D. was at Birr Castle, Co. Offaly to switch on I-LOFAR telescope, the largest radio telescope in the world.

The International LOFAR (LOw Frequency ARray) Telescope is a €150 million network of radio telescopes distributed across Europe. Irish Government and agency investment in research has propelled Ireland to the forefront of radio astronomy.

The Irish telescope, I-LOFAR, is located at Birr, Co Offaly adjacent to the historic Leviathan telescope, which was built by the 3rd Earl of Rosse in 1845 and was the largest optical telescope in the world until 1917. The telescope in Birr has been supported with an award of €1.4 million from Science Foundation Ireland and the annual membership fee for LOFAR

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Wednesday 2nd August

HSE Physiotherapy - Grosvenor Room - 9.00am

WIDA - Dunphy Room - 9:00am

Yoga with Katie - Finn Room - 9.00am

Gymboree Play & Music - Power Room - 9.40am

Belong - Finn Room - 12.00pm

John Delaney AA Meeting - Power Room - 2.00pm

Kumon Education - Finn Room - 3.45pm

High Hopes Choir - Power Room - 5.00pm

Life House Church - Power Room - 7.00pm

Men's Meditation - Dunphy Room - 7.00pm

Lorraine's Yoga Flow - Finn Room - 8..15pm

Thursday 3rd August

WIDA - Dunphy Room - 9:00am

ISU English Classes- ISU Room 2 - 10.00am

The Place of Dance and Performing Arts - Ship Room - 1.45pm

C.O.P.D. Support Group - Power Room - 2:00pm

Narcotics Anonymous - Riordan Room - 7:00pm

Friday 4th August

WIDA - Dunphy Room - 9:00am

Yoga - Ship Room - 10.00am

Holy Hour - Chapel - 3:00pm

Life House Church - Finn Room - 7.00pm

Bingo - Grosvenor Room

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Wednesday, 2nd August 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

Overcoming Stammering

I recently watched the film “The King’s Speech” starring Colin Firth. It’s a great film, describing how King George VI overcame his stammer thanks to the help of an Australian speech therapist called Lionel Logue. The film had a particular resonance for me, because over the years, I have helped a number of patients – most usually children – who have suffered from stammering.

Stuttering or stammering in children is frequently a sign of stress, and is more common than you might think. In my experience, children may start to

stammer after a real fright or a deep emotional trauma. Identifying the root cause of the stammer is a vital element in helping to address, treat and overcome the

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

Waterford Minister of State John Halligan T.D. has confirmed that construction is due to commence in September on a new 100-bed Community Nursing Home on the grounds of St. Patrick’s Hospital.

The long-awaited unit, which will comprise of two households of 30 beds and two of 20 beds, in addition to a patient roof terrace, courtyard and extended gardens, will take approximately 20 months to construct, Minister Halligan said:

“After so many years waiting, significant progress has finally been made on the development of this badly needed unit, which will be fully funded under the HSE’s 2016-21 Capital Plan. Tenders for construction have been received, evaluated and a preferred bidder selected. The contract award has been approved and a contractor is to be appointed within the next few weeks. It is expected that construction will commence in September and a 20-month building

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

A report from the CSO confirms the shocking impact of cuts in state funding for dental care and the dire need for an emergency plan to address our oral health crisis, says Irish Dental Association (IDA) chief executive, Mr Fintan Hourihan.

In recent weeks the Irish Dental Association has written to the Taoiseach and other Government Ministers urging an urgent cross departmental approach to dealing with the real oral health crisis we face, evidence for which is now becoming apparent with greater regularity.

This CSO report shows that the number of dental treatments provided to medical card patients fell by 16% between 2013 and 2016 even though the number of eligible patients increased by 17% between 2009 and the start of 2016*. Worryingly, the report shows also that curative treatments (such as extractions, fillings and dentures) significantly outnumber preventative treatments.

This worrying trend

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

As part of this year’s Harvest Festival Local Enterprise Office Waterford will host its 6th business networking lunch which celebrates local food producers on Friday 8th September in Dooley’s Hotel Waterford.

The lunch serves as a platform for the celebration of food in Waterford and allows diners to enjoy the best of what Waterford has to offer. The lunch has become a very popular event during Waterford Harvest Festival and has quickly sold out in recent years.

This year the key note speaker will be Colin Jephson of Ardkeen Quality Food Store. The store has built a reputation for specialising in sourcing the best fresh produce and local foods from artisan food producers. Ardkeen Quality Food Store

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Wednesday, 2nd August 2017

for Thin Gin plus three other Medals for Anchor Spirits Ireland

Thin Gin, by Anchor Spirits Ireland, has won a ‘Gold Outstanding’ award in the Gin & Tonic category of the International Wines and Spirits Competition announced in London today. Thin Gin was also bestowed a Silver Outstanding Medal in its gin category.

This brings to four the number of prestigious awards held by Thin Gin. In 2015 Thin Gin won Best Irish Gin at the Irish Whiskey Awards followed by a Gold Medal in 2016. It now adds two international accolades to the list.

At the 2017 IWSC Awards Anchor Spirits took four Medals in total for the three products they currently have on the market. This is a huge achievement for the boutique beverage company headquartered at 33 The Mall in Waterford city. The products will be showcased at a gala

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Bunmahon Flower Show

The 10th Annual Flower Show will take place in the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon on 29th & 30th July 2017. Entries in the following categories are welcome: Decorative Floral Arrangements; Cut Flowers; Home Produce; Arts and Crafts; Children's Categories. For enquiries contact: Breda on (087) 2392625, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. document.getElementById('cloak54c3020570a4c4f17088d8d2bcb6a684').innerHTML = ''; var prefix = 'ma' + 'il' + 'to'; var path = 'hr' + 'ef' + '='; var addy54c3020570a4c4f17088d8d2bcb6a684 = 'bredacolfer' + '@'; addy54c3020570a4c4f17088d8d2bcb6a684 = addy54c3020570a4c4f17088d8d2bcb6a684 + 'eircom' + '.' + 'net'; var addy_text54c3020570a4c4f17088d8d2bcb6a684 = 'bredacolfer' + '@' + 'eircom' + '.' + 'net';document.getElementById('cloak54c3020570a4c4f17088d8d2bcb6a684').innerHTML += ''+addy_text54c3020570a4c4f17088d8d2bcb6a684+''; or The Geopark office on (051) 292828, This email address

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Letters to the Editor


    A class taoiseachEven though an approval rating of 49% by the public doesn't sound like an extraordinarily high figure for politicians today it really is and it is a really good figure for any sitting Taoiseach to have. Leo Varadkar is popular for many reasons but perhaps one of the main ones is that he really hasn't been tested in any significant way since being elected to the top position in the country. He was elected just as the house was wrapping up for their elongated summer holidays and it is only …

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