Doherty hits out at amendments to Property Tax rules

first_img Google+ Purchasers of houses will face a fine of up to five hundred euro if they fail to disclose if the previous owner undervalued it for the property tax.The coalition is also planning to charge the tax on local authority housing and has offered only a limited number of exemptions.Sinn Fein’s Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has hit out at the measures announced today.Páraic Gallagher reports:[podcast][/podcast] Pinterest Doherty hits out at amendments to Property Tax rules Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH By News Highland – February 13, 2013 Google+ News Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Facebook Twitter Pinterest Previous articleSister of Philippa Reynolds pays touching funeral tributeNext articleInishowen well prepared to benefit from Derry’s year as ‘City of Culture’ News Highland LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Twitterlast_img read more

The origami of sugar

first_imgI have been in England for about a year now and, in September, I started studying at Brooklands College in Weybridge, Surrey. I’m doing a cake decorating course at the college, where I learn sugarcraft and how to make wired sugar flowers.I have four three-hour lessons a week and the course lasts six months. Once it’s finished, I’m hoping to do another course in advanced cake decorating. On the course we make flowers and shapes out of sugar paste, which I enjoy very much.I get on well with my tutor, Jane Hatton. She is a lovely woman and I have great respect and admiration for her because she has many good techniques and is very skilful. Overseas fameBrooklands College is famous in Japan. Japanese bakers who have attended the college have returned and written books on cake decorating anad that is why I wanted to go there.When I first came to this country, I did voluntary work in a school, teaching Japanese culture in Northumberland. This inclu- ded topics such as origami. Folding paper is very different to making shapes out of icing sugar, though; using paper is a lot easier because it doesn’t fall apart!When I finished my volunteer work, I wanted to stay in England mainly because of the climate. This may sound strange to British people, but I find Japan too humid. One day, however, I hope to return to my home in Saga, near Nagasaki, and open up a shop there. It’s my dream to have just one tiny business that would sell either wedding cakes or cakes for children.During the first few months of being in England, I was taught how to make a cake; I enjoyed this very much because I had not made one before. Making cakes at home in Japan is not a popular pastime, as it takes too long, is inconvenient and it’s difficult to get the ingredients. So it’s much easier for Japanese people to just buy one.The only negative thing about doing the course is the cost. I have had to work and save very hard in Japan to come to England, so that I could support myself. The course itself is hard work, but it’s definitely worth it. I love what I’m doing and feel confident I made the right decision.I would recommend this course to anyone, mainly because of the good tutors and because it is very rewarding. You learn great skills and techniques. Making baking trendyI wish there were more famous bakers, like there are famous chefs, so that they could make baking and sugarcraft even more popular and trendy.What I enjoy the most about the course is seeing the finished product at the end. This makes me very pleased and proud.I imagine that if I gave a beautifully decorated cake to somebody, it would make them happy. I want to make people smile with this craft.last_img read more

It’s Only a Play’s Martin Short on Shower Concerts & Going Freaky Friday

first_img If Short didn’t have to worry about the reviews, which Broadway role would he like to play next? “I always wanted to play Prince Pippin [in Pippin], but I think I’ve waited too long,” he jokes. But even though the Little Me alum isn’t currently starring in a musical, he still keeps up his singing chops. “I’m a shower singer,” he admits. “I’ll sing anything, from opera to Sinatra, James Taylor to Maroon 5.” No word on whether the Tony winner would ever consider releasing an album of his shower songs, but if he ever does, we’ll be the first in line to buy a copy. See Martin Short in It’s Only a Play at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Martin Short has a standing invite to the ultimate theater party: It’s Only a Play, Terrence McNally’s comedy about the hijinks that unfold on the opening night of a Broadway show. The stage and screen favorite plays James Wicker, the pal of the playwright who hopes the show will be a hit—a role Short has played many times in real life. “I remember going to the Hairspray opening,” he tells “My friends Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman wrote it, and the party was fabulous, and someone came over with The New York Times and it was a rave. But sometimes they’re painful. Once I was at an opening, and by 10:55 no one had mentioned the reviews. That’s when you know.” Short—whose Rolodex of talented friends also incudes Andrea Martin, Eugene Levy and Steve Martin, just to name a few—wouldn’t trade careers with a single celebrity. He would, however, like to switch with President Obama, Freaky Friday-style. “I’d be curious to see what it would be like,” he says. “Also Prince Charles. And the Pope would be interesting. But I have a feeling that after a couple of days, I’d say, ‘OK, I want to go. I want to be back in Marty’s shoes.’” View Commentslast_img read more