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Wednesday, 15th August 2018

One-Parent Family Payment and going back to education

QI am parenting alone and getting a One-Parent Family Payment. I would like to go back to college. What are my options?

A Your options depend on your circumstances. You can go back to education and transfer onto the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA) or you can choose to keep your One-Parent Family payment. You will need to assess whether it is more beneficial for you to transfer to the BTEA when you go back to education or to remain on your One-Parent Family Payment and apply for a student grant.

If you go onto the BTEA, you will not be eligible for the maintenance component of the student grant. However, you can apply under the student grant scheme for a fee grant to cover the student contribution and course fees/field trip costs (where appropriate).

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Wednesday, 15th August 2018

The real test in life

One of the most stressful times in my life was when I was studying for my leaving cert some 38 years ago. My motivation was to never come back and repeat any of my subjects. I found languages especially difficult but was determined to make sure I did not have to return to school.

When I received my results, I was delighted to see that I had passed my exams. But the real test now was to see if I could do what I loved. I always wanted to be a nurse, and even as I grew up, many people told me that they thought I would make a great nurse. It wasn't to be, sadly, and my next step was to start studying hotel management that September. But they say what is for you won't pass

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Wednesday, 15th August 2018

By Bill Sones and

Rich Sones, PhD

Q. Parents eagerly looking forward to Baby's first word are often surprised by what they hear. Why?

A. Though they confidently expect it to be "mummy" or "daddy," they are as likely to get "teddy" or "drink" or n"peep-bo" or "ooh," says David Crystal in "Words, nWords, Words." They shouldn't get upset. "Babies, like adults, tend not to talk about the obvious but to comment on what is novel or dramatic. It isn't just teenagers who think that there are more interesting things in life than parents."

First words typically come around 12 months of age but can be as early as eight or nine months. Some babies may skip the single-word stage and launch directly into simple sentences. By 18 months, most children produce around 50 words, by age 2 200 words, by 3 3,000-5,000 words.


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Wednesday, 15th August 2018

The decision by Diageo to replace the traditional Large Bottle of Guinness with non-returnable bottles is deemed to be the thin end of the wedge by Guinness drinkers in the South East.

One of the things that really makes Waterford and hinterland stand out is the presence of the Large Bottle of Stout in all licensed premises in the area.

One regular visitor to Waterford says he knows when he is in Waterford when he calls into a pub on the Quay and sees two or three men sitting at a table "surrounded by a forest of Large Bottles of Guinness."

Martin Colbert, Norriss's pub said he feels they will phase out the large bottle and it would be sadly missed by his many regulars.

Michael Fitzgerald, The Munster Bar and a member of the Vintners Association said that 49% of the Large Bottles

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Wednesday, 15th August 2018

Rhythm, Balance, Attunement.

A unique one Day Yoga Retreat which brings together the essence of house of yoga sound and rhythm in unique ways takes place this Sunday 19th August.

Karla Kelly from The House of Yoga has come together with 3 other Practitioners to offer this day. Claire Murphy will be our 'Chakra Chef' for the day she has created a rainbow coloured menu of lunch, full vegetarian dinner and breaks to rebalance and nourish us. Anna and Michael will offer a Gong Bath to attune us and Karla will offer a dynamic morning practice and a restorative, meditative practice in the afternoon, all with a focus on the energy points of the body and subtle body, the chakras. This will truly be a day of resonance with our inner rainbow!

We can reset our lives, minds, bodies, and hearts on all

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Wednesday, 15th August 2018

Food & Drink the Waterford Way

BORN out of a desire to bring coffee roasting back to the south east, father and son team Stephen and Mark Bergin launched their first coffee brand Ponticelli back in 2011. They were saddened by the fact that the south east, which once had a rich tradition of coffee roasting thanks in no small part to Chapmans on the Quay, was no longer roasting its own coffee.

"We always felt that we could do something better than importing someone else's brand," Mark explained. "Waterford has a rich tradition of doing things its own way, leading the field in food and beverage quality and that was always what we wanted to do."

After lively discussions with Eamonn McEneaney of Waterford Museum of Treasures about the history of coffee

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Wednesday, 8th August 2018

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Older People, Mary Butler has said that the excessive waiting times for orthopaedic and ophthalmological services is adversely affecting older people in this country, and severely impacting on their quality of life. Deputy Butler was commenting after figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund show that there are 62,464 people on outpatient waiting lists, with 11,100 on inpatient waiting lists for orthopaedic services.

"At University Hospital Waterford, there are 2,572 people on outpatient waiting lists for an Opthamological appointment, with 2,411 on the inpatient list for treatment. For those waiting on an orthopaedic appointment, there are 6701 on the outpatint list and a further 129 waiting for an inpatient service. "Nationally, In terms of ophthalmological services, there are 42,124 on the outpatient list with a further 10,707 waiting for treatment on the inpatient list. "The figures

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Wednesday, 8th August 2018

Honey competition at Iverk Show

South Kilkenny Bee keepers are reminded that entries for the honey competition at the Iverk show on 25th August must be made online at

Please bring your exhibits to the honey show stand by 9am on the morning of the show.

We look forward to a keen competition with lots of entries in all classes.

Visitors to the stand will have a opportunity to see honey bees and bee products."

Waterford Regional Gardening Club

Visit to County Wexford Gardens (own transport|) Saturday 11th August. Cost €11.00 pp

Meeting at 11.00 am in the car park of St. James Catholic Church, Ramsgrange, Co. Wexford.

Visiting Green Road Gardens including refreshments, Tintern Abbey & Colclough Walled Garden.

Visit open to members and non-members. For further information: 086-4083419 / 087-6502067

Table Quiz

Saint Andrew's Church, Dunmore East, will hold their annual Table Quiz on 16th August

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Wednesday, 8th August 2018

Food and Drink the Waterford Way

Sometimes, when you do food the Waterford Way, you make magic happen, and that's exactly what Thomas Baldwin (pictured), did when he decided to use his farming skills to make ice cream. It all started back in 2006 when Thomas visited some farms on a scholarship trip to the Netherlands.

"We were checking out some dairy farms and I happened to see a farm making ice-cream and it really captured my imagination," Thomas said. "I was building a new milking parlour at the time so I tweaked the plans a little bit, got a Leader Grant and took the first step on the ladder."

Thomas was dealing with an Italian company for the equipment and they also provided training, to give him that initial boost.

"I worked off some basic recipes to start with just to find my

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Wednesday, 8th August 2018

Renting out a room in your home

Q. I have an extra room in my home and I would like to rent it out. Will I have to pay tax on this rental income?

A. If you rent out a room in your home, the rental income you earn is exempt from income tax, PRSI and the Universal Social Charge provided it is less than €14,000 in a tax year (1 January to 31 December).

This is called rent-a-room relief. Rental income includes the total rent and any money that the tenant pays directly to you for food, utilities, laundry or similar services. The income you get must be under the exemption limit of €14,000. If it is over this limit, you are taxed on the total amount. Your home must be in the State and you must occupy it as your sole

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Letters to the Editor

  • Waiting can be bad for your He...

    When the latest statistic that waiting times for patients had risen to their highest level yet, there can't have been too many people that were surprised.There are now over 700.000 people on waiting lists with over 50.000 of them children. That so many people are waiting for treatment in one of the most developed economies in the world is truly frightening. Of course you can take into account the underfunding of the health sector during the economic downturn but it still wouldn't fully explain why so ma …

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