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Wednesday, 26th July 2017



I've been at home caring for my children for a number of years. I want to return to work. Can I get help to develop my skills so that I am more employable?


Springboard provides places on courses from certificate, to degree, to post-graduate level – Levels 6 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications. There are many different courses available that lead to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities. Most of the courses last for one year or less.

If you are a homemaker with a previous history of employment you don't have to be getting a social welfare payment to qualify for Springboard.

To qualify, you must have been a homemaker for a minimum of 12 months prior to your Springboard application and be ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for at least three

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Strange but - True!

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. If a month begins and ends on a Friday, what month is it?

A. From Friday the 1st to Thursday the 7th is seven days, then 14 to the next Thursday, then 21 and 28. One more day to the 5th Friday totals 29 days, so this would have to be February of a leap year (as in 2008). Not a bad month with five possible paydays and no Friday the 13th. (From "Hard-to-Solve Brainteasers" by Jaime and Lea Poniachik).

Q. It's the second most heavily traded commodity in the world after petroleum products, with a retail value of $70+ billion and 100+ million people depending on it for their livelihood. Originating in Africa, it eventually spread to the Middle East, to Europe, to South and Central America and beyond.

Derived from berry

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Written in the Stars

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 26th July - Tuesday 1st August

Aries 21st March-21st April

After what may have been a turbulent time for some, it's all about bringing back some fun to your life for Aries this week. Whether that's getting out and about in nature, getting physical with sports activities or getting groovy on the dance floor is up to you but use that old shamanic proverb: (When was the last time you danced? When was the last time you sang? When was the last time you laughed?) as your guide, and go from there.

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

It may feel as if there's a revolving door in one area of your life, maybe your home but it could be elsewhere, and people seem to just arrive and leave while you toil away to keep the place someway respectable.

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Minister of State at the Department of Education John Halligan T.D. has announced that Waterford Institute of Technology will deliver five ICT camps for second level students this summer and early autumn, as a result of additional funding provided in Budget 2017.

The camps, Minister Halligan said, will offer teenagers a great insight into higher education, stimulate their interest in ICT and help them make informed career choices:

“This funding is enabling WIT to run five ICT camps in the summer and autumn, in the areas of coding, animation, cybersecurity, computer forensics and the Internet of Things. The June summer camp was highly successful and WIT will be contacting schools in the region regarding the camps planned for autumn.”

Minister Halligan said the WIT camps are hands-on, ensuring students gain experience in a variety of activities:

“WIT will host four camps in the autumn,

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Trade union Unite on Monday described a statement by Waterford Airport to the effect that it is placing four of its staff on temporary layoff as “unacceptable” and warned that Unite members will refuse to work additional hours to replace those laid off. In addition, the union rejects the proposal that a manager be rostered to perform some of the duties of those laid off. Commenting this afternoon, Unite Regional Officer Tony Kelly said that the airport's statement came just half an hour after a meeting with Unite at which the union rejected the airport's plans. Mr Kelly also accused management of “incompetence” in failing to check that the proposed new service by Air Southeast had a tour operator's license; the absence of such a license has resulted in the service's suspension and the layoffs announced today.

“Despite the fact that

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Wednesday, 26th July 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

Sunburn & Sunstroke

Dear Breda,

We are about to go on a two week holiday in the sun. Last year my daughter and I overdid things and suffered from sunburn. Please can you suggest some advice if it happens again!

Dear Reader,

Thanks for your email. Sunburn is a very unpleasant condition, as I know from personal experience! Babies and children are particularly vulnerable as their skin is thinner and more sensitive than adult skin. Prevention is the best way to avoid sunburn and its unpleasant consequences. It is highly advisable to use sun creams with a high sun protection factor (SPF), and total block for babies and younger children. Non-allergic, good quality sun creams are available from all good chemists: I

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Samaritans staff and volunteers took to the streets around the country on 24.07.17 to mark 24/7, the annual event to highlight that Samaritans is available to talk 24 hours a day. It is part of Samaritans' Talk To Us campaign, which runs throughout the month of July and aims to raise awareness about the service.

The campaign culminated this week with a series of events across the country. Samaritans' staff and volunteers will be in Dublin, Galway, Kildare, Waterford and Wicklow to highlight Samaritans' 24/7 service.

Commenting, Samaritans Regional Director, Cindy O'Shea said: “The aim of the Talk To Us campaign is to increase awareness and understanding of Samaritans' service and the value of listening. It gives branches the opportunity to get out into their local community and to let people know what we do.”

She added: “Samaritans marks 24th July (24/7) each

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Independent Public Inquest Into Thomas Power's Untimely Death Also Sought

The South East Patient Advocacy Group has reiterated their calls for the immediate implementation of 24/7 cardiac care at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) in support of the call by the Power family that no more lives be lost needlessly. Thomas Power lost his life last month because they feel he was denied cardiac care because the cath lab at UHW is closed in the evenings and at the weekends.

The Power family are also calling for an immediate independent public inquest into the death of their beloved Thomas. Thomas Power passed away in an ambulance en-route to Cork University Hospital just over a month ago after he was denied access to emergency cardiology services at University Hospital Waterford because it was a Sunday and the cath lab was closed. The Power family

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

New store opening Friday 28th July 2017

O'Briens Wine is Ireland's largest family owned drinks retailer and recently the O'Brien family announced plans to open their first store in Waterford.

Family business owners and brothers Jim, Brendan, and Kevin say that Waterford has been on their radar for sometime and they are very excited to open their new store at Ardkeen Shopping Centre on the Dunmore road next weekend on Friday, July 28th, 2017.

Speaking ahead of the new store opening, Brendan O'Brien, Managing Director of O'Briens Wines said, “We are delighted to be opening our 34th store in Ireland's oldest city of Waterford, it is a city with a fascinating wine heritage holding the title of the wine capital of Ireland in the 13th century and we are excited to join the business community. As a family owned Irish business, we are

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Wednesday, 26th July 2017

Inject a burst of colour to your dessert this summer by whipping up a batch of these adorable and delightful summer inspired mini meringues. This simple dessert will create a firework display of colour and flavour for your next summer soiree. Ask the kids to help you with the toppings for this tasty combination of different flavoured meringues, and watch as family and friends are blown away by their unique and magical appearance at your next summer soiree.

Makes 40-60 meringues

Ingredients (For meringues)

- 4-5 egg whites (about 150g)

- 300g Siúcra Granulated Sugar

- 1/2 tsp vinegar

- Piping bag

For colours & toppings:

- 2 tbsp. lemon zest

- 50g desiccated coconut

- 3 tbsp. freeze-dried raspberries

- 3 tbsp. cocoa

- Yellow, red & pink food colouring

- Edible glitter


1. Preheat the oven to 200°c. Line a baking tray (30x40 cm) with parchment paper, pour the sugar onto it and place

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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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