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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Barrack St. Concert Band

Following an atmospheric recital at the Holy Family Church on Sunday last in honour of The Naval Services the Barrack Street Concert Band continue with a busy programme. On the Saturday 9th they play at the Official Opening of Morris DIY and on the 10th they play at Mass in The Sacred Heart Church, The Folly.

Team Hope launches ONLINE Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Irish charity Team Hope, has again launched its online Christmas Shoebox Appeal, this year called "IT’S A SIMPLE GESTURE". You can still help to make a vulnerable child overseas smile with buying an online shoebox for vulnerable children in Kenya. For €15 / £14, Team Hope will buy a meaningful shoebox gift in your name and get it into the hands of a child in Kenya.

"As an Irish charity helping vulnerable children in many places like

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Home Renovation Incentive

Question

I am planning to extend my home. How can I claim the Home Renovation Incentive?

Answer

The Home Renovation Incentive (HRI) scheme enables homeowners or landlords to claim tax relief on repairs, renovations or improvement work that is carried out on their main home or rental property by tax-compliant contractors and that is subject to 13.5% VAT. It is also available to local authority tenants who have written consent from the local authority to carry out the works.

HRI is paid as a tax credit at 13.5% of qualifying expenditure, which can be set against your income tax over 2 years. You must be paying income tax to avail of HRI. You must also be up to date with your Local Property Tax (LPT) obligations.

Your contractor must be registered for Value Added Tax (VAT) in Ireland and be tax compliant. They

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

By Bill Sones and Rich Sones, PhD

Q. Researcher Robert Provine had already written about the difficulty of tickling oneself when, soaping his foot in the shower one day, he was startled to find that his sole tickled more than it should have. Then what happened?

A. Psychology professor Provine, author of "Laughter: A Scientific Investigation," decided to experiment: He discovered greater ticklishness when he tickled his left foot with his right hand or his right foot with his left hand ("contralateral" or opposite-side tickling) than when he tried same-side ("ipsilateral") tickling.

Later, he had a number of his college students test this out on themselves, and they too rated their contra experience as stronger (4.2 vs. only 2.9).

Tickling is basically a form of communication with a lover, partner, child, explains Province, and your nervous system generally cancels out touch stimuli that you

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

A team of optometrists from Specsavers have just returned from a successful trip volunteering for The Hope Foundation in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) bringing sight to over 1,000 people.

Having raised over €11,000 for the charity ahead of the trip, the group spent seven days in the Indian city, marking the first mission that Specsavers has embarked on with the charity. Specsavers store owners across the country donated money towards the charity in order to purchase glasses for the team to bring to Kolkata but to also purchase a portable auto-refractor machine, worth €6,500, which was gifted to the Hope Foundation.

During the seven days, store director Lisa Walsh, together with opticians Orla Murphy and Jasmine Jose and dispensing optician Edwina McKinney, carried out over 1,000 eye tests on people across slums, schools, hospitals and rural villages in the region. They dispensed over

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Waterford Today weekly horoscopes

Wednesday 6th December - Tuesday 12th December

Aries 21st March-21st April

Getting what you want could become a lot easier this week Aries, your positivity and can-do attitude will encourage others to help you achieve your goals. The pace of life picks up some serious speed now, but you love to be busy and are happiest when you’ve a few tasks to hand. Someone in your inner circle could be doing it tough right now, your support and balanced but forthright point of view will be invaluable to them.

Taurus 22nd April-21st May

There is a very good chance that you’ll have your head turned by someone new you meet. One of those 'eyes across the room’ moments where there’s definite chemistry at play. You could be called on to help a friend in need. Christmas is a time of joy

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Wednesday, 6th December 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

The great disconnect

We had a wonderful evening in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, where my family and I live. The local community came together for a magical celebration of the imminent arrival of Christmas. Locals gathered on the quay, carols were sang, lights were lit, and Santa came into the centre of town on a Fire Engine. There was a wonderful buzz throughout the whole of the town. Everyone came together. For the most part, everything was organised by local committees, all run by volunteers who gave freely of their time and sometimes of their money too.

It was a truly special evening. And now, as I write this week’s article and I reflect on the night’s events, it really brought

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Waterford Oireachtas members Minister John Halligan TD, David Cullinane TD, Mary Butler TD, Senator Grace O’Sullivan and Senator Paudie Coffey tonight held a constructive meeting with the Minister for Health Simon Harris on the future of cardiac care in the South-East.

The meeting focused on the planned National Review into Cardiac Services, current cardiac wait times at University Hospital Waterford, data from the deployment of a mobile Cath Lab and an ongoing review of cardiac services in UHW by the National Clinical Programme.

In a joint statement this evening the Waterford Oireachtas members said: "The meeting tonight was useful and constructive. We reviewed the updated wait times for cardiac procedures at University Hospital Waterford and significant progress was reported. As a consequence of outsourcing and the deployment of a mobile Cath Lab wait times have dramatically reduced with very few patients waiting

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

ACME Blinds is an Irish owned, family run business manufacturing all domestic and commercial blinds. ACME Blinds is one of the largest blind manufacturers in Ireland. Operating from their 50,000 ft. HQ premises on the Old Mallow Road, Cork, they have over 60 years’ expertise in the window blind industry.

With gorgeous new fabric ranges to choose from to suit your décor you are sure to find a style you love.

ACME Blinds also make Roller, Roman, Venetian, Conservatory, Vision, Vertical, Perfect Fit, Panel, Pleated, Motorised, and Velux Blinds.

Along with Plantation Shutters, Awnings & Canopies they have a full commercial department offering Roller Shutter Doors, Glazed Screens & Barrier’s for bars and restaurants, Printed Roller Blinds, Insect Screens, Thermal Blinds, Parasols, Roof Blinds, School & Office Blinds, Outdoor Room Solutions, Security Rails, Health Sector Products and Signwriting.

Choosing the best fabrics on the

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Following a highly successful and informative visit to UPMC Whitfield Cancer Centre and Whitfield Clinic during the summer, a second delegation of 25 nurses from China recently visited the state-of-the-art healthcare facilities in Waterford.

The delegation of specialist nurse managers was given a tour of the advanced radiation therapy centre, and Karen Fagan, UPMC clinical nurse manager, gave the group an overview of UPMC’s approach to patient care.

"We pride ourselves on the multi-disciplinary approach we offer our patients from the minute they walk through our doors," said Fagan. "Everybody’s cancer journey is very different and very personal to them, but we believe that education and communication are key to taking the fear out of what lies ahead."

"More often than not, our patients deal with the same staff, and they build a rapport with them. It’s important that during a particularly trying

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

ChildLine and mentoring service closed on December 1st due to funding problems

Waterford TD Mary Butler has said the decision to close the local Waterford ChildLine centre and phone service will leave many vulnerable children in the South East with no one to turn to in a time of need.

Staff and volunteers have been informed that the service will shut from December 1st, and services will be transferred to the Cork office.

"We have been informed that the ISPCC hopes to transfer all the calls received from the Waterford office to the Cork office.

"This simply isn’t going to work. The Cork service is, at present, only able to answer three in every four calls.

"How will they deal with an additional 30,000 calls from Waterford? I am very worried that many vulnerable children will have their cries for help unanswered.

"In addition to the

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    Perfidious AlbionThe recent statement by the UK’s Brexit Minister responsible for their leaving the European Union David Davis really threw a spanner in the political works last week. His remark that the joint text agreed between the UK and the EU concerning a soft Brexit for Ireland was more a statement of intent rather than the legal enforceable international agreement between both parties caused consternation in Europe and Ireland.Ireland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney was quick to …

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