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E’VE all noticed them, from time to time, particularly close to major towns – the strawberry stalls, often in dangerous locations and usually manned by young teenagers. Then we see vehicles pulling in abruptly, double parking, people throwing open cars doors with mobile phones stuck to their necks. The traders concerned are allowed to operate at particular times of the year, without having need for a permit or the requirement to pay a licence fee to anyone. This issue was raised by Independent Councillor Mary Kelly at this month’s meeting of Ballina Town Council when she claimed the roadside stalls are unfair and potentially dangerous. She sought clarification from council management as to why this practice is allowed, while anyone trading at the Farmers’ Market pays a fee to the local authority, or those trading in the Market Square pay a fee for a trading permit. Speaking to North West Express Councillor Kelly said: “These are national roads, not market places. Not long ago Mayo Co. Council banned the advertising of cars for sale because of the obvious danger to people trying to read the contact details”.

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gigantic Shell Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) which left Dublin docks on Sunday en route to Mayo was stranded in Glenamoy on Tuesday night, to the extent that Mayo Co. Council was considering the construction of a temporary road for motorists. One lady told North West Express she had to travel to Crossmolina in order to get to her place of employment in Belmullet Shell had brought the TBM on a 320km journey to Rossport to bore a

4.2m tunnel through Sruwaddacon estuary. The convoy, under heavy Garda escort, travelled through Sligo, enduring protests in Sligo town, Ballina and Bellacorick, where there were some reported incidents between Gardai and Shell to Sea protesters. Traffic chaos was reported in Ballina at 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Shell to Sea spokesperson Maura Harrington said: "This tunnel boring machine means the rape of the environment and the rape of our natural resources. That Shell is using armed

protection from the state means we live in a banana republic. Where you have occupation you have resistance." News of the TBM's arrival in Dublin Port leaked resulting in a 90-minute delay as protesters descended on the port in an effort to stop the 160 ton unit on its passage to Mayo. The significant Garda security operation then swung into operation, to question the protesters. Traffic chaos ensued at Ballisodare and the main Dublin-Sligo dual carriageway was closed for a time to facilitate the move.

Strawberry stalls “unfair and dangerous” Continued from front page In 2004 Mary Harney deemed these vendors exempt from the Casual Trading Act, 1999, whereby they would need a licence. The period of exemption is from May 1st to September 30th and is restricted to growers, their agents or servants. Councillor Kelly said that subsequent to the meeting she learned about the exemption. However, there are items that don’t fall under the exemption, such as jams and juices which most of them are selling regardless. “Also, they are not allowed to erect signage and all of them have signs placed heralding their stalls and beside their stalls”. “I am aware of several business people who have had signs removed from the roadside. The most important issue is safety. Cars sometimes pull in suddenly onto the hard shoulder, giving little or no warning, when they see

the stall, and exit later when cars are travelling at speeds of 100 km per hour. To me it is just an accident waiting to happen”. A Sligo businessman also told this paper that there seems to no consistency when it comes to rules on signage on the roadsides. A lot of business people had to remove signage similar to that used by the strawberry sellers. Many have been fined for placing such signs on the roads. “I pay over €14,000 per year in rates and have been prosecuted for advertising my business while these guys seem to be getting away with it”, he said. Councillor Kelly was disappointed that nobody from the RSA had contacted her or commented after she raised the matter at the Town Council meeting. In a statement to North West Express, Brian Farrell of the RSA said: “The most recent edition of the Rules of the Road (Revision No. 2 – March 2010) at page 116 visits the sub-

ject of ‘No Parking’. It lists the circumstances in which you must not park. For example, it stipulates ‘You must not park in any way which interferes with the normal flow of traffic, or which obstructs or endangers other road users’. “In any circumstance where someone is concerned for the safety of any road user, they should contact their local Gardai whose duty it is to investigate such matters and enforce the law as it applies to the prevailing situation.” The fruits and vegetables covered by the exemption are: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, gooseberries, blackberries, tayberries, currants and potatoes having loose skins and which have been harvested prior to maturity. With the continuing increase in traffic levels close to major towns and the emphasis placed on road safety at all levels, this is a matter which is expected to gain further attention.

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Judge Devins sparks controversy over “Social Welfare” remark DISTRICT Court Judge Mary Devins is receiving criticism, particularly from the social media, following her reported remarks at a court hearing on Friday last when she referred to “social welfare” as being a suitable Polish charity to which a defendant should donate €1,000. Judge Devins made her remarks at Castlebar District Court after hearing evidence in an adjourned case, where the defendant had appeared previously before Judge Gibbons on a public order charge. In the previous hearing Judge Gibbons had a problem with the “quasi-racist comments” of the defendant and

had adjourned the case to the Friday sitting, ordering him to pay €1,000 to a suitable Polish charity in lieu of a conviction and fine. But Judge Devins said she was somewhat baffled by the suggestion of a Polish charity and that time was given to decide if there was a suitable one. “There is, it’s called social welfare”, she said. The Polish Chaplaincy was suggested. But Judge Devins said she would prefer a local charity and adjourned the case to the District Court on August 1st, before Judge Gibbons.

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Family of Creggs accident victim seeks answers before being diverted to the main trauma hospital for the region, UCHG. Ms Curley was just 15 minutes away from Roscommon County Hospital when the accident occurred. However. the closure of the A&E facility there meant she had to go to Galway, having been directed from Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe because of her injuries. The issue was raised in the Seanad last week by Roscommon Senator Terry Leyden, who said that Ms Curley was the victim of Government policies. “She is the first real, declared tragedy of the decision by the Government of Deputies James Reilly and Enda Kenny, who gave commitments and promises to the people of Roscommon that the Accident and Emergency Department at Roscommon County Hospital would be retained.


HE efforts of the Roscommon Hospital Action Committee to keep their cause to the forefront has been boosted by the efforts of the family of the Creggs teenager who died on the road to Galway Hospital last November after being seriously injured in a car crash only a few miles from Roscommon Hospital. The heart-broken family of Elaine Curley are demanding answers from An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, and Health Minister James Reilly after she died on the two-hour journey from the scene of a car crash to University College Hospital Galway, a journey that should have taken approximately an hour and 20 minutes. Tragically, Elaine died in the ambulance 13 minutes before it arrived at the hospital in Galway last November. “The family want to meet with either

Enda Kenny or Dr James Reilly to get an explanation as to why this new system, which resulted in their daughter being in an ambulance for more than two hours, is preferable to having a A&E at Roscommon County Hospital open. They do not want something like this to happen to any other family and must be commended for their bravery in speaking out,” John McDermott of the Roscommon Hospital Action Committee said last week. “Creggs is only few miles from Roscommon Hospital, but because of the closure of the A&E last July, Elaine had to be brought to UCHG. The delay in getting Ms Curley to hospital occurred when the ambulance crew initially took an indirect route through a bogland road. They then brought the seriously ill patient to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe

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ligo F.G. Deputy and Junior Minister for Small Business, John Perry, has refused to comment further following a court settlement over his alleged failure to pay a €1.3 million debt owed to a Galway widow relating to the lease of a hotel. According to the national media John Perry is the second govern-

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NAMA to install security in Roscommon's Loughglynn House LAST week NAMA announced that it was recording a profit for the previous year. The National Assets Management Agency also announced that they are to install a security system as Loughglynn Convent in Roscommon. The announcement comes as concerns were voiced by local Sinn Fein councillor Michael Mulligan over the dilapidated state of the listed building which was being targeted by thieves and vandals. The historically significant limestone building was previously

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IT is one of the most difficult roundabouts in the West to negotiate. However, this will all change in August when work to remove the Galway Shopping Centre Roundabout will commence with Clare Civil Engineering the contractors lined up for a project, estimated to cost in the region of €2 million. City Council Director of Services, Ciarán Hayes, said that the project was now set to start in August – ‘after the Races’ – and scheduled for completion by November. “This is one of our busiest roundabouts in the city and its transformation into a fully signalised junction will be another very important step in the overall traffic plan for the city,” said Ciarán Hayes. Motorists can expect some traffic disruption through the construction period but most of the ‘heavy work’ will be take place during the nighttime period. Work on the Shopping Centre (Bodkin) Roundabout had been scheduled to have been completed earlier this year before the staging of the Volvo Ocean Race event, but had to be deferred when the ‘preferred bidder’ withdrew.

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Balllina Salmon Festival sets new records

PICTURED ABOVE ARE: Liz Culkin, Lady Of The Moy - Kate Leonard, Michelle Mulherin, Sgt Joe Doherty, Mayor Willie Nolan and Dara Calleary TD.


his years annual 2012 Ballina Salmon Festival has been heralded by its organisers and tourism chiefs as a major success.

The week long family orientated Festival which started in 1964 once again attracted over 100,000 visitors, to the town which is situated on the banks of the

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this season, with 800 being caught during the festival week alone. The fun packed week generated an estimated 2 million Euros for the local economy. Visitors to the town enjoyed an action-packed free festival which is now billed as the biggest family friendly festival in the West of Ireland. Visitors from across the globe were attracted to the event. Tony Hennigan from the Manchester - Mayo Tourism and Business group was just one of the visitors to the celebration. He remarked "I always try and come back to Mayo for the festival and help them promote the event. It is great to see it doing so well, next year promises to be a very special event and is bound to be one of Mayo's highlights for 'The Gathering Project.'" Elizabeth Culkin, the chair of this years festival said "It has been a very successful festival enjoyed and supported by the local community and the thousands of visitors to our town. A sincere thank you must be given to our sponsors, stewards, volunteers and staff for making it happen. Go raith mile agait a chairde" For more information about the festival and how to get involved in next years festival vist

AIB customers and staff were left reeling last with the news that nine of the bank’s branches in Connacht are to close The changes were announced as part of the bank’s half year results. In addition, AIB has announced it's raising its standard variable mortgage interest rate by half of one per cent. For owner-occupiers, the rate will now be three-point-five per cent. Four branches will close in Mayo: Ballyhaunis, Belmullet, Charlestown and Kiltimagh. In Sligo the Collooney branch will close. In Roscommon the Boyle and Ballaghaderreen branches will close, while in Galway Carraroe and Portumna branches will close. In total across the country 45 sub offices will close and six branch amalgamations will take place from October. There will be a further 16 branch closures next year.

Call for conservation plan for Croagh Patrick IN the aftermath of another successful Reek Sunday, in which crowds in the region of 15,000 scaled Mayo’s holy mountain, thoughts turn to the serious concerns expressed last week by a local priest about the overuse of Croagh Patrick. The concern was revealed last week by the administrator of the Westport Parish, Father Charlie McDonnell, who has serious misgivings with the use of Croagh Patrick by all sorts of groups and “there is now a huge problem with it”. “We are custodians of Croagh Patrick for future generations and I must say there is an element of recklessness in its present use,” he said. “But this is not about ap-

portioning blame, the various partners need to sit down – and that has already started – and make a plan for its future conservation and sustainability.” Father McDonell said the group must up-the-ante and, for example, prioritise signage and safety regulations, as well as compel climbers to be responsible for their own rubbish. “I think everyone who uses the mountain needs to respect its Christian and pre-Christian heritage. If you look at old photographs from the 1950s, there is one clear path going up the mountain, from the Taobh na Cruaiche side, now it looks like a hodgepodge of many different paths,”

Father McDonnell said. He noted that more erosion has occurred in the last 50 years – ‘and some would even say in the last six or seven years’ – than over all the previous centuries. There had been speculation in recent weeks of a helicopter landing pad being constructed on Croagh Patrick, and it is understood that these discussions have involved An Taoiseach Enda Kenny. However, the plans are at an early stage as other stakeholders, who are involved in devising a sustainability plan for the mountain are not prepared to make a public comment on this. However, there are general concerns about the issue of safety on the holy mountain.


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he O’Carolan Harp and Traditional Music Festival and Summer School, Keadue Co. Roscommon has established itself over the years as one of Ireland’s leading musical events. The 2012 Festival which is held under the auspices of Comhaltas Ceoltori Eireann and in memory of the great harper and composer Turlough O’Carolan who is buried in Kilronan Cemetery will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend from August 3rd – August 6th. A Summer School in Traditional Irish Music, Song, Set Dancing and Sean Nos Dancing took place this week before the Festival from July 30th. To Aug 3rd. Now in it’s 34th Year this very popular event promises to be even more successful than the previous Festivals. Marketing of the Festival has been intensified

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ur world has become encapsulated in a season of sport- the Euros just passed, the beginning of the landmark London Olympics, the on-going gaelic championship and continuing Airtricity league have ensured Irelands sports enthusiasts are never short of entertainment. While the vast majority of the worlds population recognise the physical advantages associated with sport, the need for sport within society goes so much deeper than maintaining that size six figure or preventing breathing difficulties. Socially sport allows people to develop their interpersonal and communication skills and also form lifelong friendships. Today many parents realise the importance of involvement and there are few children who don’t experience underage soccer or community tennis throughout their childhood. Many team-mates become some of the most important friends throughout the

with inclusion of the activities on the Internet and promotion by Failte Ireland and Ireland West and the following magazines- The Folk Harp Journal, U.S.A. United Kingdom Harp Magazine, Sounding Strings-Scotland Aoife Magazine, Set Dancing News and Discover Ireland, together with the Irish Music Magazine, Irelands Eye, Irelands Own, Hot Press and the Irish Post. Throughout the Festival weekend there are Concerts, Music Sessions, Door Dancing Ceilis, Lectures and of course The International Harp Competition with a prize fund of €2500 sponsored by local company Arigna Fuels Ltd. The winners of this prestigious competition in previous years came from the U.S.A., France, Japan, Scotland, England, Germany and of course Ireland. Among the Bands and Artistes that have appeared at the Festival over the years are The Chieftains, De Danann, Dervish, Martin Hayes. Maire Ni Chathasaigh and Chris Newman, Mary Black, Altan, Dolores Keane, Birkin Tree, Frances Black, Foster and Allen, Arcady, Dordan, Seamus Shannon and P.J. Murrihy, Tommie Fleming, Matt Molloy. John Carty and Eleanor Shanley, Derek Warfield & Young Wolfe Tones, Students attending the classes at the Summer School can avail of the following workshopsHarp, Flute, Tin Whistle, Fiddle, Banjo, Button Accordion, Concertina, Bodhran, Traditional Singing, Set Dancing and Sean Nos Dancing. Details re festival: Websites: Email: Or Tel : 00353719647247

A society without sport child’s life. Elderly people also benefit immensely from sport. Physically, the advantages are endless but socially sport is equally beneficial. Escaping the confines of an empty home for a brisk walk with neighbours or a laidback golf tournament can be pivotal in the independence and happiness of the pensioner. A statement issued by a Tyrone supporter following a gaelic match last weekend also recognises the role played by sport in healing wounds within society: ‘Long after the thousands had left Fitzgerald Stadium last Saturday evening our Tyrone team was getting ready for a bitter journey home. Around 500 Kerry people remained outside the changing area – men and women, old and young. As our people started to board their coach a ripple of applause met them. That ripple grew and grew and for long minute after long minute just went on and on and on. When Mickey Harte appeared, a cheer of support went up. As the coach headed down through Killarney hundreds on the pavements took over where the others left off, warmly applauding Tyrone. There is no doubt that Ireland lost a lot and took a lot of wrong turns in the last few years. But if you wanted your faith in decency, respect, honour and dignity restored, then Killarney

at about eight o’clock last Saturday evening was the place to be’ Such an inspirational display by genuine fans of sport overcomes the all too common brawls and rows amongst supporters. While sporting personalities occasionally dominate the headlines with drunken nights out, affair allegations and drug suspicions it is the actions of the Killarney natives that reiterate the real meaning of sport. While many can complain that

Ronaldo’s hairstyle is of no real interest to the world the behaviour of last weekend’s fans portray the real meaning and importance of sport in maintaining and indeed creating a stable society.

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How is the pre-school year funded? Services participating in the scheme will be paid a capitation fee for each qualifying child enrolled. In return, the service will be required to provide an appropriate programme of activities in early childhood care and education (ECCE) which will be free to parents. While the pre-school year will normally commence in September of each year, a shorter period will apply for those attending from January 2010. How will the pre-school year be provided? Children attending a full or part-time service will normally receive pre-school year sessions for 2 hours 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week over 50 weeks. To facilitate parents whose children attend a full or part-time service for only 3 days a week, the service may provide 3 weekly sessions of 3 hours 45 minutes each day. The weekly capitation fee in these cases will be €48.50. Children availing of the free pre-school year during January to August 2010 will receive 35 rather than 50 weeks of free pre-school. Children attending a sessional playschool service, typically provided for about 3 hours each day, will normally receive pre-school year sessions for

3 hours a day, 5 days a week over 38 weeks. Sessional playschool services which are unable to open 5 days a week, can apply to provide the pre-school year in the form of 3 hours 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week over 41 weeks. Children availing of the free pre-school year during January to August 2010 will receive 23 rather than 38 weeks of free pre-school. The weekly capitation fee in these cases will be €64.50. Some sessional playschools may choose to open for 50 weeks in the year rather than 38, in which case they will provide daily sessions of 2 hours 15 minutes, and full or part-time services may choose to also provide sessional playschool services in which case the 38 week model will apply. Will parents have to pay additional charges to the service for the free Pre-School Year? No, services which participate in the scheme must provide the pre-school year free to parents. A service may charge parents for additional services as long as (a) these are provided on an optional basis and (b) appropriate programme based activities are provided to children not participating in an optional activity. For example, a service can offer an additional

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The information provided to you on this page is for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical advice and it is important that you do not make medical decisions without first consulting your doctor or other healthcare professional.

Dealing with indigestion


NDIGESTION, also known as dyspepsia, is a term used to describe one or more symptoms including a feeling of fullness during a meal, uncomfortable fullness after a meal, and burning or pain in the upper abdomen. Indigestion can be caused by a condition in the digestive tract such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), peptic ulcer disease, cancer, or abnormality of the pancreas or bile ducts. If the condition improves or resolves, the symptoms of indigestion usually improve. Sometimes a person has indigestion for which a cause cannot be found. This type of indigestion, called functional dyspepsia, is thought to occur in the area where the stomach meets the small intestine. The indigestion may be related to abnormal motility—the squeezing or relaxing action—of the stomach muscle as it receives, digests, and moves food into the small intestine. Most people with indigestion experience more than one of the following symptoms: * Fullness during a meal. The person feels overly full soon after the meal starts and cannot finish the meal. * Bothersome fullness after a meal. The person feels overly full after a meal—it may feel like the food is staying in the stomach too long. * Epigastric pain. The epigastric area is between the lower end of the chest bone and the navel. The person may experience epigastric pain ranging from mild to severe. * Epigastric burning. The person feels an unpleasant sensation of heat in the epigastric area. Other, less frequent symptoms that may occur with indigestion are nausea and bloating—an unpleasant tightness in the stomach. Nausea and bloating could be due to causes other than indigestion. How is indigestion diagnosed? To diagnose indigestion, the doctor asks about the person’s current symptoms and medical history and performs a physical examination. The doctor may order x rays of the stomach and small intestine. The doctor may perform blood, breath, or stool tests if the type of bacteria that causes peptic ulcer disease is suspected as the cause of indigestion. The doctor may perform an upper endoscopy. After giving a sedative to help the person become drowsy, the doctor passes an endoscope—a long, thin tube that has a light and small camera on the end—through the mouth and gently guides it down the esophagus into the stomach. The doctor can look at the esophagus and stomach with the endoscope to check for any abnormalities. The doctor may perform biopsies—removing small pieces of tissue for examination with a microscope— to look for possible damage from GERD or an infection.

How is indigestion treated? Some people may experience relief from symptoms of indigestion by * eating several small, low-fat meals throughout the day at a slow pace * refraining from smoking * abstaining from consuming coffee, carbonated beverages, and alcohol * stopping use of medications that may irritate the stomach lining—such as aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs * getting enough rest * finding ways to decrease emotional and physical stress, such as relaxation therapy or yoga The doctor may recommend over-the-counter antacids or medications that reduce

acid production or help the stomach move food more quickly into the small intestine. Many of these medications can be purchased without a prescription. Nonprescription medications should only be used at the dose and for the length of time recommended on the label unless advised differently by a doctor. Informing the doctor when starting a new medication is important. Antacids, such as Alka-Seltzer, Maalox, Mylanta, Rolaids, and Riopan, are usually the first drugs recommended to relieve symptoms of indigestion. Many brands on the market use different combinations of three basic salts— magnesium, calcium, and aluminum—with hydroxide or bicarbonate ions to neutralize the acid in the stomach. Antacids, however, can have side effects. Magnesium salt can lead to diarrhea, and aluminum salt may cause constipation. Aluminum and magnesium salts are often combined in a single product to balance these effects. Indigestion makes you feel tired and ill. It is hard to do anything if you are suffering from indigestion. Indigestion's can make getting through the day a challenge. Indigestion is uncomfortable and inconvenient for you and everyone around you. If you have indigestion there are some natural methods you can try to relive the indigestion. Herbal tea If you like tea you can try some herbal tea for indigestion. One such herbal tea in mint tea, it is easy to make and has a pleasant smell and taste. Mint tea can relieve you of indigestion and discomfort of the stomach. If you want to make mint tea just add a tablespoon of dried mint to a cup of boiling water and let it steep for ten minutes. Then strain out the mint from

the water and you have mint tea left in the cup. You can drink mint tea several times a day for relief of indigestion.

in nursing mothers, and when taken by the mother the volatile oils will pass to the baby to soothe digestive troubles.

Soda Drinking a soda can help you feel better if you are having indigestion. Cola is a known cure for indigestion but some people prefer a white soda to combat their indigestion because it is milder then cola is. Baking soda can help you feel better if you have indigestion. You can take half a teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of lemon juice in a half cup of warm water. Drink it slowly and see if it helps you feel better. If you are vomiting with your indigestion leave out the lemon juice.

Gentian This extremely bitter herb is used to improve digestion, relieve flatulence, and stimulate the gallbladder and liver. It is also a powerful antioxidant. By stimulating the action of the stomach, many symptoms associated with a weak digestion such as gas, indigestion, and poor appetite are relieved. Improving stomach secretions helps to increase the absorption of nutrients. Gentian aids the absorption of a wide range of nutrients, including iron and vitamin B12, and is therefore useful for iron-deficiency anemia.The herb also acts as a stimulant on the gallbladder and liver, encouraging them to function more efficiently. Gentian is useful in almost any condition where the digestive system needs toning. Use with extreme care if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure.

Garlic If you have an intestinal infection you can try to have garlic. Garlic is an old and much used aid for a wide variety of intestinal disorders. Garlic can stimulate digestion. If you feel garlic may be good for what is ailing you try to add a clove or two of garlic to your cooking. Garlic can help minor upset stomach. Cinnamon Cinnamon warms and stimulates the digestive system, useful in weak digestion, colic, griping, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, wind and distention. The tannins have an astringent action, stemming bleeding in nosebleeds, heavy periods and resolving diarrhea and catarrhal congestion. When taken cold, cinnamon has been used to stop sweating. This herb has antispasmodic, analgesic, diuretic properties. It is used to stimulate the appetite, ease indigestion, soothe coughing and reduce intestinal spasms. This a useful herb for to promoting secretion of breast milk


Peppermint In the digestive tract it relaxes smooth muscle and reduces inflammation, relieving the pain and spasms of colic, flatulence, heartburn, indigestion, hiccups, nausea, vomiting and motion sickness. This herb contains tannins which help protect the gut lining from irritation and infection and make it useful for treating diarrhea, constipation, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The bitters stimulate and cleanse the liver and gallbladder, helping to prevent gallstones. The volatile oils have an antiseptic action, and are antibacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal and anti-viral. Peppermint is easy to grow and is available in teas, oils and menthol lozenges.


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Good Oral Health They will usually just go away on their own. Unfortunately there is no known way of stopping them from recurring. Abscess An abscess is a collection of pus (infected fluid) surrounded by a thick wall. Abscesses can occur in almost any part of the body. ‘Boils’ are abscesses in the skin. Soft tissue abscesses occur in the tissue just beneath the skin. Abscesses can also occur in the abdomen, liver, brain, anus, rectum, kidney, lung, tonsils, ovaries, heart, pharynx, spleen, vagina and mouth. Occasionally, infection may spread from an abscess to surrounding tissues. A tooth abscess is usually a result of dental decay. As the bacteria multiply in the skin or soft tissues, the body responds by forming a wall around the area to keep the bacteria from spreading. The bacteria in this pocket (abscess) continue to multiply, the middle of the abscess turns to liquid and the area becomes more swollen and painful. Symptoms include swelling, redness, tenderness, fever and shivers. A tooth abscess usually causes severe toothache. This may be a sharp or throbbing pain that gets worse on chewing. There may also be a bitter taste in the mouth and bad breath. Abscesses in other parts of the body such as the liver or brain are less obvious because they are not visible. However, there may be pain in the affected area, accompanied by fever, sweats, chills and general aches and pains. Abscesses in the brain or spinal cord can cause drowsiness or confusion and require urgent medical attention. Mouth Ulcers For most people, mouth ulcers are a minor problem that needs minimal treatment. For some, the pain of ulcers can be very severe and difficult to control. Mouth ulcers are usually caused by damage from food, teeth or dentures, or are sometimes due to infections. Most will heal within a week or two but ill-fitting dentures may need to be adjusted or replaced. After removing the cause these ulcers are best treated with an antiseptic mouthwash such as chlorhexidine (Corsodyl). Treatment The treatment of mouth ulcers depends on their type and cause. Many over-the-counter preparations sold for treating mouth ulcers

may irritate the lining of the mouth. They may reduce the pain of the ulcer but may make it last longer. Chlorhexidine mouthwash is safe and fairly effective. It is used for one minute, twice daily. It is important to brush your teeth before using chlorhexidine, as it will stain the plaque on teeth. It is advisable to use chlorhexidine at least half an hour after using toothpaste since the foaming agents in most toothpastes stop chlorhexidine from working. It is also important not to swallow the mouthwash after rinsing. For best results, avoiding rinsing the mouth, or drinking, for 10 minutes after using chlorhexidine. Mouth ulcers may take up to two weeks to fully disappear. The most painful phase usually ends after three or four days.

What is the treatment for an abscess? Antibiotics do not work because they cannot penetrate the abscess wall. However, they may sometimes be used if the infection has spread. An abscess is treated by a surgical procedure called Incision and Drainage. This is a minor surgical operation where the abscess is cut open and the pus allowed to drain out. For abscesses in other areas such as the liver, lung or brain, complicated surgical drainage procedures may be necessary. Prevention: Washing your skin at least once a day with water and soap. Taking care when shaving to avoid nicking your skin and Cleaning any wounds immediately

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GOOGLE will sell a small tablet computer bearing its brand in a challenge to Amazon's Kindle Fire. The Nexus 7 is designed specifically for Google Play, the online store that sells films, music, books, apps and other content - the things Amazon also sells for its tablet computer. Both tablets have screens that measure seven inches diagonally, smaller than the nearly 10 inches on Apple's popular iPad. The Nexus 7 will also be light - at about 0.75 pound, compared with the Kindle Fire's 0.9 pound. The iPad weighs 1.44 pounds. The Nexus 7 will ship in mid-July starting at 199 dollars (£128) - the same price as the Kindle Fire. By contrast, iPads start at 499 dollars (£320). Customers can start ordering it through Google today, initially in the United States, Canada and Australia. The Nexus 7 has more features than the Kindle, including a front-facing camera. It will run the next version of Google's Android operating system, called Jelly Bean. Google also announced a home entertainment device called Nexus Q. It sends content from your personal collection or YouTube to your existing TV and speaker systems. You control it through a separate Android phone or tablet. The Nexus Q, which Google is calling the world's first "social streaming device", will be available in July in the US initially and sell for 299 dollars (£192). Google made the announcements during a keynote speech to open its annual conference in San Francisco for computer programmers. Google also demonstrated its futuristic, Internet-connected glasses by having parachutists jump out of a blimp hovering about 7,000 feet above San Francisco. The audience got live video feeds from their glasses as they descended to land on the roof of the Moscone Centre, the location of the conference. Google is making prototypes of the device, known as Project Glass, available to test. They can only be purchased - for 1,500 dollars (£963) - at the conference this week, for delivery early next year. Google is also giving all 6,000 delegates a Nexus 7, Nexus Q and Google Nexus phone for free.

arents will be asked whether internet pornography should be automatically banned on computers and smartphones, ministers have said. The internet porn industry is worth an estimated £3 billion a year but campaigners have argued it is too easy for children to access explicit adult content. Children's minister Tim Loughton said the internet industry needed to raise its game to help families control what their children saw online. It comes as more than 100,000 people signed-up to a Safetynet campaign calling for the Government to introduce legislation to ensure internet service providers filtered pornography at source. "We have always been clear we would turn up the heat on industry if it did not make fast enough progress," Mr Loughton said. But bringing in an automatic filter risks "lulling parents into a false sense of security", he

warned. "There is no silver bullet to solve this. No filter can ever be 100% foolproof. There can never be any substitute for parents taking responsibility for how, when and where their children use the internet. The answer lies in finding ways to combine technical solutions with better education, information and, if necessary regulation further down the line." The 10-week consultation will ask parents and businesses for their views on the best way to shield children from internet pornography and other potentially harmful sites, such as those which promote suicide, anorexia, gambling, self-harm and violence. Views on preventing online sexual grooming and cyber-bullying will also be sought, the Department for Education (DfE) said. Nick Pickles, director of the Big Brother Watch campaign group, said: "The consultation appears

to rule out a UK-wide filter, something that we have campaigned against as Government should not have the ability to control what we can see online.

Parents do need more help installing and using online safety tools, but using them and what to prevent access to are decisions for parents."

Google map helps in dog owner case A TAIWANESE judge has used a Google map showing an unleashed dog to hold a man responsible for his neighbour's bicycle accident. A defendant surnamed Lee denied being the dog's owner and causing injury through negligence. The victim, surnamed Peng, testified that he became scared after the dog began pursuing him while he was riding his bicycle last July. He said he fell off the bike and injured his forehead. Judge Song Kuo-chen said that a two-year-old Google Street View picture showed the dog standing in Lee's yard which meant that Lee was its owner. Police had earlier said there were no other dogs in the rural neighbourhood in Miaoli County, south of Taipei, where Lee and the victim live. The judge fined Lee 59,000 Taiwan dollars (£1,267)

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Couples compete in Wife Carrying World Championships

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Couples from across the globe went head-to-head at the annual Wife Carrying World Championships in Finland.


aking on a 250 metre assault course, 34 teams headed to the Finnish outpost of Sonkajarvi to take part in the event, attended by an estimated 8,000 spectators. Loving husbands travelled from countries including Australia, Russia and Estonia, to lend some much-needed support to their partners throughout the day. Darth Vader and a team of smurfs were just some of the fancy dress costumes on display, as contestants navigated their way through neckdeep pools of water and obstacle-filled sand pits. This year's championship was won by Finnish lawyer, Taisto Miettinen and his wife Kristiina Haapanen, who completed the course in one minute and 22 seconds. Four-time World Champion Miettinen explained the secret of his success, saying: 'In last autumn, I started running in the track, one hundred, two hundred and four hundred meters. 'I think that it helps that I am now a little bit faster than last year.' The first wife carrying competition was held in the Sonkajarvi in1992, becoming the official world championships three years later. This year's event was accompanied by a pageant to celebrate the village's 90th anniversary. The event forms part of several unorthodox summer events held in Finland, including swamp football, cell phone throwing and sauna sitting.

Two smurfs compete in the Wife Carrying World Championship

Teenage prom pals are real-life Barbies as they get dolled up for ball THE pair, from Somerset, even came packaged like the toys, arriving at the party inside two boxes. 'Suddenly everybody surrounded us and took photos, I came out of the box shaking, so many people were taking pictures,' said Emily. 'It was like being famous, although I'm not sure I'd want to do it again - maybe if people take less photographs then I would, I didn't know where to look!' Emily and Hannah, both 16, decided to dress up so that they would stand out from the their classmates at Wadham School in Crewkerne and kept the plans a secret until the night of the ball. Emily said: 'Hannah and I thought of the idea together and it suddenly became reality when mum liked it too. 'We wanted to do something different and I really loved Barbies when I was little.' Emily's mother Christine spent ÂŁ250 on materials and worked for two days creating the 6ft x 2ft boxes. She made them from wooden batons, adding hand-painted flowers and fairy lights decoration. On the night of the party they were loaded onto a trailer, with the girls taking their place inside and took a tour of the local area before making their grand entrance. Christine was not completely satisfied with her handiwork, however, saying she could have come up with something even better if she had more time. The 39-year-old said: 'It was just an idea to begin with that developed into reality, they looked fantastic. 'I've never had any experience making anything like this before, I'm just one of those mums who likes to have a go at everything. 'I still think I could have done a better job though if I'd had more time but that may just be me being pedantic!'

Fantastic in plastic: Emily Pounde and Hannah Jagger dress as real-life barbies for prom

A GERMAN mayor's controversial new parking policy has raised a few eyebrows after he designated the town's 'more challenging' parking space to male drivers. Mayor Gallus Strobel hit the headlines this week after unveiling the new car parking plan for motorists in the small German town of Triberg. Under the new system, each space in the town's main car park been painted with a male or female symbol, depending on its difficulty rating. While female drivers have been assigned wider and well-lit spaces located closer to the exit, male drivers will need to pull in at more difficult angles and avoid cement pillars. The 58-year-old mayor wants to 'challenge political correctness' with his new policy, claiming the tight spaces will be an 'attraction' for ambitious drivers. 'Men are, as a rule, a little better at such challenges,' the 58-year-old told German newspaper SĂźddeutsche Zeitung. Strobel has denied the new policy is sexist towards women, claiming he has received mostly positive feedback for his 'equal minded' new parking programme. He added: 'Of course, there are also great women drivers! They are, of course, most welcome!' The mayor also argues that the move has been good advertising for the town, while he has also been contacted by motorists interested in travelling to Triberg to take on the parking challenge.

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