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Bodgea MalcolmBodega is delighted to welcome Malcolm Starmer a native of Tramore, Co Waterford and graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) as head chef.

Since joining, Malcolm has been working on new dishes, menus and seasonal specials. 

Owner Cormac Cronin said: “Malcolm has fantastic experience and has worked with many well-known chefs in his career. He was Richard Corrigan’s right-hand man at Lindsay House in London for many years, subsequently working for Gordon Ramsay, before moving to Dublin where he spent a number of years working for Dylan McGrath at Fade Street Social, and more recently Brasserie 66. Malcolm is also joined in the kitchen by two other new chefs, Darren Collins former head chef at The Olive Tree and Suzy Ryan.

The lunch menu is a great value option at €21.50 for 2 courses and €26.50 for three & is perfect for a business lunch or celebration. And you can ring in or email your order in advance if you are under time constraints.

“Malcolm uses the freshest, best quality ingredients with an emphasis on what’s in season and available locally and then combines these ingredients to create intense flavours that pack a punch.  Bodega has always focused on local fresh quality produce and with Malcolm’s creativity we are seeing some gorgeous new dishes and distinctive flavours coming out of the kitchen.”

A recent review of Bodega by John & Sally McKenna in their guide to “All the Best Places to Eat, Shop & Stay in Ireland” said: “along comes chef Malcolm Starmer, knocking out the most superb cooking and sending everyone straight to Cloud Nine.  Mr Starmer’s sterling work is helped by superb sourcing and with ace ingredients to work with, Mr Starmer doesn’t mess about and nails the flavours & textures with professional brilliance. The dishes have the energy and brightness of the room and are served by a superlative team. Put this food in this room and you have Bodega! The one and only.”

Recently winning the Restaurant Association of Ireland award for best casual dining in Waterford was another great plus for Bodega. Cormac Cronin adds: “We aim to deliver great food, friendly service and want our customers to have fun and relax with friends, family and colleagues. Whether you come for lunch, a casual supper midweek or the three course a la carte, the atmosphere in Bodega is always great.”

Bodega is also collaborating with Food the Waterford Way, an initiative uniting Waterford’s producers, restaurants, markets and food heroes to tell the story of Waterford’s great food culture. Food the Waterford Way has lined up a programme of events for the coming months. Information is available on www.foodthewaterfordway.com

The Tower Hotel would like to invite you to attend their Wedding Evening on Thursday June 21st from 6 – 8pm.

Come and meet the Wedding team and sample some tasty treats and see the Ardmore Suite and the recently opened Pier 37 Bar & Grill.

Sun Life Financial are celebrating their 20th anniversary in Ireland. In line with the Company’s stated commitment to ‘give back to the local communities in which they operate’ they will be combining their celebrations with some local fund raising events in August of this year.

The 2018 chosen charities are Pieta House, Solas Cancer Support Centre and Waterford Hospice. They are delighted to be joined by a cross section of senior leaders from the U.S., Canada and Asia for these events including Dan Fishbien, President of Sun Life US.

The celebrations will commence on Wednesday, 22nd August with a 4-Ball Charity Golf Event at Waterford Castle Resort.

On Thursday, 23rd August we are hosting a Charity Ball in the Tower Hotel for an evening of music and entertainment as we celebrate our 20 years in Waterford.

They are opening these charitable events to members of Waterford Chamber of Commerce. Please contact Kevin Fitzgerald (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to register your team or purchase tickets. See the leaflets above for more details.

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 points to whatever it is they want to “see” or read, and the MyEye device takes a photograph. Sophisticated software processes what is in front of it and then, in the case of text, reads it back to the user. What’s more, it can also recognise friends’ faces, so it can alert the user as they approach.”

The small speaker is placed in such a way that it is easy for the wearer to hear the output without it being overly intrusive.

MyEye means you can read a newspaper, find products in a shop or tell who is approaching you without the need for outside assistance. Giving people with vision impairments back a degree of independence is something of which OrCam is proud.

MyEye can recognise colours and products, read newspapers and restaurant menus, and decipher street signs. If the text is large enough to distinguish, MyEye can read it. Depending on where you buy the device, it will also recognise banknotes, an area where, Paull said, many users would otherwise run into difficulty. The version of the device sold in the United States will recognise different dollar amounts for both US and Canadian currencies; the one sold in Ireland will distinguish between the denominations of euro notes.

“The beauty of the MyEye, though, is that it learns,” explains Kjell, “Whether it is products or people, the device can add to its own internal database. You can teach the device faces, with a couple of clicks, and next time that person is in front of you, MyEye will tell you which of your friends has come into view. If it doesn’t know, the device will tell you if the person in front of you is male or female.”

MyEye is not just for people with vision problems, though. There is a version of the product that can be used by people with dyslexia. That software doesn’t have the AI component that learns with the user, because it doesn’t need to carry out tasks such as facial recognition or product recognition.

To find out more about MyEye visit www.nolkeopticians.com.

LCE Workplace Safety recently showcased at the Irish Ergonomics Society Conference.

LCE were recently in attendance at the IES Annual Conference & special session on Human Factors in Health Care Systems on Thursday 31st May, at Trinity College, Dublin.

This conference had a number of key note speakers who were either experts in relation to human factors and ergonomics or who had experienced the benefit of ergonomic interventions first hand. For example, Frank Power Ergonomist with the HSA discussed the tangible benefits from ergonomic improvements in Irish workplaces. From a very practical viewpoint, David Bierney of Kerry Foods spoke about the benefits experienced by engaging ergonomists in the meat industry – giving particular mention and acknowledgement to LCE who were engaged by Kerry Foods to provide external ergonomic consultancy.

The key messages from the conference were about improving safety performance using ergonomic assessments, and applying best practice and industry guidelines to reduce accidents, improve worker health and increase productivity in the workplace. One of the main issues to come out of this one day conference was the limited availability of competent ergonomics training in Ireland.

LCE specialise in ergonomics training from Ergonomic Risk Assessment training to the LCE Certificate in Practical Ergonomics which is the first of it’s kind in Ireland and LCE were recently accredited with All-Ireland Thought Leader in Ergonomics 2018-2019.

What is THRIC and how will it benefit my business?

 The THRIC conference includes Keynote Speakers and Practitioners from Ireland and Europe, who are Key Leaders and Industry Experts in Smart Tourism, Hospitality and Research.
 Local, National and International Networking Opportunities
 Interactive Practitioner Demonstrations and Presentations
 Future Trends
 Innovative Smart Technology
 Expert Industry Advice and more

Keynote Conference Speaker is Professor Dimitros Buhalis: the Leading International Expert in eTourism and Digital Tourism Strategy.

Industry Practitioner Rate

• €50 per day for the Conference (Monday / Tuesday). This includes lunch and delegate packs.
• €80 for both Monday and Tuesday Conference (day events only). This includes lunch each day and delegate packs.
• €100 for full conference.
o Includes lunch each day and delegate packs.
o Optional Pull-up Stand at the Conference
o This special rate also includes an invite to the Food Village, Festival and Gala Dinner on the Monday evening.

Book the full conference (Monday & Tuesday) and enjoy the special THRIC festival

• Waterford Food Village and Festival
• Hot Air Balloon
• Live Entertainment
• Gala Dinner and more

Don’t miss out! Book now via https://www.thric2018.ie/registration--submission.html.

The country seems to have well and truly emerged from a long, cold winter with a welcome and steady rise in temperatures. With Ireland set to bask in the sunshine for the next few weeks Home Instead Senior Care has advised exercising caution for seniors in the sun.

Home Instead Senior Care Waterford has issued guidelines to enable people to put together a plan for how to assist an older person cope during extreme heat.

• Arrange to check on an older person twice a day if you can during extreme heat, especially if he/she lives alone. 

• Make sure the older person has a phone which will work during a power failure. If they have a safety alarm pendant, make sure this will work if the power was off.

• If an older person seems to be suffering from heat stress, they need to be cooled down immediately. Use cool baths, showers, or place cool, wet towels on their neck and underarms.

• Call a doctor or an ambulance if an older person’s condition does not improve within an hour after taking steps to cool them down, or if they have any heat related symptoms that are causing concern..

Keeping Cool

Try to encourage the older person to take simple steps to keep cool such as: rinsing a cloth in cool water and using it to wipe their arms and neck; sleeping with just a sheet over them; putting their feet in a bowl of cool water and/or putting a bowl of ice cubes in front of a fan to create a cool breeze.

Clothing and personal aids

Encourage them to wear light coloured, loose fitting clothing. A wide-brimmed hat that shades the face and covers the head is advisable if going outdoors in the heat.

Sunglasses should always be worn outside but make sure they are taken off before going inside to prevent an accident. 

Check that wheelchairs, walkers and other metal equipment that may be used by an older person do not become hot to touch, as this can cause a burn.

Eating and drinking

It is a good idea for an older person to have a water bottle with them at all times in the heat to avoid becoming dehydrated.

Encourage them to eat smaller meals more often during hot weather. Using stoves or ovens less often also keeps the temperature cooler in their home and reduces the risk of accidentally leaving them on.

Medicines

If they take prescribed medicines, they must continue to take these during periods of extreme heat. If you need more advice on particular medicines, speak to a pharmacist or a G.P.

If you are concerned about a senior family member or friend, call Home Instead Senior Care Waterford on 051 333966 or 058 75298 or visit www.homeinstead.ie.

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