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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Approximately 250 City businesses attended the Rates Revaluation meeting in Waterford City's council building, on Tuesday 18th June at 6pm.

The meeting format was agreed prior to the 6pm start through Michael Garland of the Waterford City Centre Business Group. It was agreed that the meeting would be chaired by Nick Donnelly of Waterford Chamber, with Patrick Conroy speaking on behalf of the Revaluation Office, Nick Donnelly speaking on behalf of Waterford Chamber and Eddie Mulligan speaking on behalf of the Waterford City Centre Business Group, all followed by a question and answer session.

After the Revaluation Office and Chamber presentations, Eddie Mulligan gave a comprehensive overview on behalf of the many WCCBG members who made up the vast majority of the evening's audience.

Mr Mulligan outlined the

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Fine Gael Waterford Deputy, Paudie Coffey, has said news from Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, that jobseekers in Waterford will be able to retrain and upskill so that they are better able to re-enter the workforce is extremely positive. This will be possible through the delivery of 6,000 extra part-time high education places that will be made available nationally through the next phase of the Springboard programme. The Springboard programme is aimed at getting people trained-up in areas of the economy which have been identified for future growth.

"Almost 250 free part-time higher education places are being made available to provide re-training opportunities for jobseekers in WIT in a range of courses. In total, €23 million worth of investment is being made by the Department of Education and Skills to equip jobseekers with new skills in sectors with

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Vice Chair of the Health Committee, Ciara Conway T.D., has welcomed new reforms in the Social Welfare and Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013, which will result in closing a loophole whereby the private income generated by hospital consultants escaped PRSI deductions.

"For some time I have been calling for action on the unfair situation where a high earning hospital consultant did not have to pay PRSI on their private practice. It was an unsustainable situation that consultants who treat private patients in public beds paid zero PRSI on that part of their income.

"In fact, the failure to apply PRSI to elite groups such as hospital consultants was costing the State up to €12m a year. The figures I obtained from Parliamentary Questions detailed a shocking level of income derived from private practices which was exempt from PRSI deductions as a result

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

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

Tonsillitis

Dear Breda, I keep getting tonsillitis and am on my sixth course of antibiotics in six months. The side effects of the antibiotics are unpleasant – can you recommend anything natural for my throat? Regards. Mary.

Dear Mary,

Tonsillitis is an inflammation of the tonsils, the glands at the back of the throat. The tonsils are the body's first line of defence against all bacteria and viruses, and they frequently flare up in response to any infection. The tonsils work on the basis that it is better for them to get infected than for the infection to enter the body and potentially spread everywhere. Typical symptoms of tonsillitis include redness, soreness, swelling and inflammation, difficulty swallowing, and even developing patches

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

The first Irish national audit into severe maternal medical complications occurring during pregnancy, delivery and the post-natal period (known as maternal morbidity) shows that 1 in 263 pregnant women experienced a severe maternal morbidity. The audit found that the perinatal mortality rate among the cohort of women with severe maternal morbidity was 32.6 per 1,000 births and that the incidence of these complications was higher among ethnic minorities.

The national audit was carried out by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Centre (NPEC) in Cork for the calendar year 2011 in collaboration with the medical and midwifery staff from the individual maternity units around the country. The audit collected anonymised data on severe maternal illness during pregnancy from 19 of the 20 maternity units in Ireland between 1st January 2011 and 31st December 2011. In total, 67,806 maternities (number of births, live and

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Alzheimer Society calls on the Government to implement a national Dementia Strategy in 2013

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland has called on the Government to uphold its commitment to ensure that the National Dementia Strategy, due to be published this year, is implemented with 'clearly defined leadership and lines of accountability'.

The call was made at the launch of The Society's Pre-Budget Submission 2014 themed "The Key to Cost Effective Dementia Care: Timely Diagnosis and Early Interventions" where it was highlighted that the number of people living with Alzheimer's and dementia in Ireland is expected to increase from 41,700 today to 140,000 by 2041 due to an ageing population.

The Society is looking for 'timely diagnosis and cost-effective post diagnostic early interventions' to make up the core elements of the planned strategy. Based on current prevalence

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Government must prioritize health and not let corporate interests influence its bid to reduce alcohol-related harm in Ireland

Alcohol Action Ireland, the national charity for alcohol related issues, has called on the Government not to bow to pressure from corporate interests as it prepares its plan to tackle alcohol-related harm. "Diageo's threat to 'pull back' on its Irish operations if the Government implements a ban on alcohol sponsorship of sports is the clearest example yet of the alcohol industry's ongoing attempts to translate its financial power into political power and halt the current attempts to tackle this country's harmful relationship with alcohol," said Professor Joe Barry of Alcohol Action Ireland.

"Unfortunately, this financial power already allows the alcohol industry to effectively speak on behalf of our sporting organisations, which are dependent on its sponsorship, but our Government must resist these tactics, which

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Look for Products with Standards

As thousands of Irish people make plans for their summer the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland) are urging people to look for standards when buying popular summer items such as sunglasses, arm bands and tents. These standards ensure that products are safe and fit for the purpose.

"As people are making plans for this summer to attend parties, festivals, and events it is important to be aware of the standards of the products you are buying for yourself and your family, to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer. Be sure, for example, that the sunglasses you are wearing actually protect against UV rays. If you're buying a trampoline for the kids, be sure that it meets the appropriate safety standard. These apparently small things can make a profound difference to your health and safety and your

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Truly unwind and unplug to be happy and balanced

Summer is almost in full swing: kids are getting out of school, family holidays, beach outings, BBQs, and many other fun summer activities we all love to do. Although most of us work during the summer, it's also a time to enjoy and relax. Learning to truly unwind and unplug will help us become happier and more balanced leaving us refreshed for Autumn saying, "That was a great summer!" Psychotherapist, positive living expert, and author of the popular book, Creating Balance and Finding Happiness (http://dlcounseling.com/ books.html), Diane Lang, offer 10 ways to truly relax this summer.

1. Take some time to spend outdoors

When we spend our time in nature, it naturally calms us and gives us a feeling of inner peace.

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Hollywood actor Chris O'Dowd lends a paw in nationwide search for stolen rescue dog Erin

€1,000 reward for Lurcher's safe return

Hollywood actor Chris O'Dowd is the latest celebrity to lend his support on Twitter to a fresh nationwide appeal launched today to help find stolen lurcher rescue dog, "Erin", following the successful return of her canine counterpart Jodie, who was also taken. A reward of €1000 is now being offered for Erin's safe return.

Erin and Jodie, two Lurcher dogs, disappeared from a dog boarding kennels in Sallins, Co. Kildare at 12.30am on May 27th. Since then, famous faces including Kathryn Thomas, Sinead Desmond, Sile Seoige, Sinead Kennedy, PJ Gallagher, Kenneth Egan and athlete Derval O'Rourke have been calling on their Twitter fans to appeal for the safe return of

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    Time for a breakJust as the height of Summer begins it seems that it is also the time when our politicians begin their yearly departure from Dail Eireann. While not many professions get as much holiday time as politicians do you have to ask the question whether they merit such long breaks?There are many who would immediately answer that they don't really deserve such long holidays, that they barely seem to spend any time in the Dail at all and after all they are well remunerated for the long hours …

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