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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Farm Assist means test


How is income from different sources assessed for Farm Assist? I do some contracting as well as farming and my spouse works part-time. We have two children.


The means test for Farm Assist takes into account virtually every type of income you may have but it assesses different income in different ways.

Your income from farming and other self-employment (like contracting) is assessed as the gross income that you or your spouse may be expected to receive, less any expenses you incur to earn that income. From 8 March 2017, €254 of the income each year is disregarded for each of your two children (it would be €381 for a third or subsequent child). 70% of the balance is assessed (it was 100% up to March 2017).

Payments under rural environmental schemes such as GLAS and SAC are assessed separately

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. The sister ships RMS Titanic, HMHS Britannic and RMS Olympic were bound by virtually identical designs and a

similar family fate. Not so for Violet Jessop, who was in a class of her own. Explain, please.

A. You’re no doubt familiar with the circumstances surrounding the sinking of the Titanic in the North Atlantic on her maiden voyage in 1912, leaving some 1500 of the 2200 passengers and crew dead. But only a year earlier, under the command of Captain Edward Smith (later captain of the Titanic), the Olympic crashed into a British warship and nearly capsized, reports Dan Lewis in his book “Now I Know.” Fortunately, the ship was able to return to shore with no casualties. Then, in 1916, four years after the sinking of the Titanic, the Britannic sunk in the Mediterranean

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Free one-day college taster offers potential mature students chance to try college life

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is offering adults considering third level education the chance to sample college life on Wednesday, 12 April 2017.

A limited number of spaces are available and the event is free of charge for adults over 22 interested in one of WIT’s 70 CAO courses which start at two-year level 6 Higher Certs and are available full-time and part-time.

“We have moved our traditional two-day summer school event to the week before Easter to give prospective mature students time to apply to the CAO before 1 May,” says Conor Phelan, Student Life and Learning Department at WIT. “It’s now run as a one-day event so it’s not too time consuming, while also giving people a realistic taste of college life and an insight to the commitment

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

The Minister for Health Simon Harris TD has launched Organ Donor Awareness Week and thanked the Irish Kidney Association for their incredible work over many years to raise awareness of the importance of organ donation.

Minister Harris said: “The reality of organ donation and transplantation is that a very limited number of people die in circumstances where organ donation is a possibility. I would, therefore, ask on this Organ Donor Awareness Week that everyone would not only consider becoming an organ donor but, more importantly, would share this intention with their loved ones. The Minister pointed out that “in this way the chances that your organs might be utilised after your death are increased, and people can also ensure that those left behind will have the satisfaction of knowing

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Wednesday, 5th April 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

Can’t forgive, can’t forget

Awareness is the first step in healing hurts. If a hurt or an emotion is buried deeply within is, we must become aware of it in order to heal and let go. There may be strong resistance from within, and feelings of anger may come out, but in my experience, such a reaction is a positive thing: anger brought up is better than anger stuck in the body, which can lead to illness and depression.

It is for that reason that acceptance, honesty and forgiveness are so important. If we hold on to bitterness, untruths, resentment and anger, there are often unpleasant consequences. But we also need to recognise that acceptance, honesty and forgiveness are very

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

The 2017 edition of Senior Citizen and Family Carer:

The Essential Guidebook is now available.

The Essential Guidebook is a comprehensive resource and directory of all types of allowances, entitlements, community services, care options, legal and financial information and an array of other topics that encompass the ageing experience and supports in Ireland.

“Accessing easy-to-understand and accurate information is becoming increasingly difficult in the digital age we are living in. Senior Citizen and Family Carer: The Essential Guidebook has been in production for almost ten years and has become the most trusted and comprehensive ageing resource for older people, family carers as well as healthcare professionals”, said Danette Connolly, Director of Care, Home Instead Senior Care Waterford.

The Essential Guidebook is supported by ageing-related charities and organisations including Age Action, Age & Opportunity, Nursing Homes Ireland and Minister of State for Older People, Helen

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

Dermatology is the branch of medicine concerned with skin, hair and nails and the conditions that affect them.

All Sam McCauley

Pharmacists have recently attended a training course on dermatology. The speakers included Dr. Liam Dunne, a GP in Bunclody, with many years of experience dealing with skincare queries and also Dr. Anne-Marie McGinley of The Weir Clinic, Bandon, County Cork.

There are many common dermatological conditions and our pharmacists will be delighted to offer you advice on how best to treat any dermatological conditions.

For example if you are wondering about that rash, or bump on your child's skin? Sickness, allergies, and heat or cold are often behind children’s skin changes. Most aren't a big deal and are easy to treat. However if you are unsure call to one of our Sam McCauley Pharmacies and our pharmacist can advise whether this can be

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

The Solas Cancer Support Centre is pleased to announce that Ms Marian Keane and Mr John Lawless have joined the Board of Directors of the charity. In introducing these new appointees Dr Brian Creedon, Chair of the Board welcomed both these additions to the Board:

‘On behalf of our Directors I am pleased to welcome Marian and John to the Board of the Solas Cancer Support Centre and thank them both for offering their services on a voluntary basis to the charity. Both bring a wide range of experience to this position and we are particularly pleased to have a representative from Co Waterford on the Board, having opened our West Waterford service in Dungarvan in September 2016’

The Solas Cancer Support Centre offers free cancer support to those affected by cancer, their families and carers. These services are available in their

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

More than three in four members of the Irish public are in favour of an outright ban on digital marketing of unhealthy food and drinks to children, a new poll for Irish Heart has revealed.

The Ipsos MRBI study – carried out before the launch earlier this month of Irish Heart’s Stop Targeting Kids campaign – found that 76% of respondents support a ban on the marketing of unhealthy products to children on digital media.

It also showed that 80% of respondents believe that advertising and promotion is a very big or fairly big contributor to childhood obesity, whilst 87% rated childhood obesity as a very big or a fairly big concern in Ireland.

The Stop Targeting Kids campaign is being conducted amid growing concerns over how online marketing, that is being carried out behind parents’ backs, is fuelling Ireland’s childhood obesity problem.

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Wednesday, 5th April 2017

April 14th is the last chance for transition year students for secondary school students to enter the GIY and Cully & Sully ‘Give Peas A Chance’ food entrepreneur competition.

Students are invited to take part in the ‘Give Peas A Chance’ competition, which combines food growing and entrepreneurship in order to engage and inspire students to grow their own peas and to devise a soup recipe using what they have grown to come up with a ReciPEA for Success.

Through this initiative growing kits will be delivered to 7,500 students across the country. The kits include everything the students need to grow peas including seeds, pots, soil and plenty of growing tips from GIY. Students are asked to pair up in order

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Letters to the Editor


    Waterford Institute of TechnologyWaterford Institute of Technology is once again making national headlines for all the wrong reasons. At the recent Public Accounts Committee meeting representatives of WIT were questioned and in turn left more questionsunanswered. The Chairman of the P.A.C. Sean Fleming, T.D.,Fianna Fail, called the failure to have up to date accounts for W.I.T. as “disgraceful”.Faced with a deficit of €15m. the financial problems facing the Institute are very …

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