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Local girl does make-up on Rihanna video

A Young West Belfast woman has told the Andersonstown News of her shock when she was picked to do the make-up for the video pop sensation Rihanna shot in the city.

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Reds must be on guard for DC joust

TUESDAY’S victory over Ards was as straight-forward as it needed to be and, though it would have been nice to have got out of first gear entertainment-wise, the most important thing was booking our place in the next round of the competition.

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There’ll be no Irish Christmas at City Hall

Unionists cancelled Christmas for children from the Irish speaking schools at the full Council meeting on Monday evening – with the help of the Alliance Party.A minor setback on the road to the shared city which treats Irish speakers and the Irish language as a great treasure of the one city, but no doubt the Gaeilge groups will respond with their usual vibrancy and dynamism at this Sunday’s Rights and Revelry bash at St George’s Market.

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£80m fund

Sinn Féin MLA Jennifer Mc Cann has welcomed the launch of the consultation on the Social Investment Fund which took place at the Long Gallery last Tuesday.

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Funding downturn presents challenges

Recent research carried out by Belfast-based business development agency Ortus on behalf of Charity Bank has identified a need for third sector organisations to reposition themselves for sustainable investment in light of the sudden collapse in previously assured funding streams.

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Long-haul duty cut gets warm welcome

The decision to cut air passenger duty for long-haul flights from Belfast to the US has been welcomed by politicians and business leaders.Air passenger duty (APD) currently adds £60 to an economy fare and £120 to a business ticket. Under new proposals the direct long-haul rate of APD will fall to the lower short-haul rate of £12 per passenger in economy and £24 for business and first class passengers.

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