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2008-10-11 09:00:17

The Belfast Telegraph has a message for its readers today - an old saying adapted for a new era. It's "Vote Early, Vote Often". You'll be relieved to know this has nothing to do with elections but instead refers to tonight's editions of X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. Co Down's Christine Bleakley is an early favourite on the BBC1 dance show, while Dungiven teenager Eoghan Quigg is bidding for X Factor glory on ITV. But they won't stand a chance of success without strong support from...

2008-10-01 12:00:27

By VICTORIA O'HARA HOUSEHOLDS will from today face paying spiralling energy costs as increases to electricity and gas bills are introduced. Consumers will now have to pay almost 20% more for gas and 33% more for electricity. The huge increase, announced last month, sparked concerns about the impact among the business community as well as householders who are already suffering from jumps in food and fuel prices. Revising energy bills comes as the Belfast Telegraph Pricewatch campaign...

2008-09-29 16:05:00

By CLAIRE HARRISON PRESCRIPTION charges are to be completely scrapped for all in Northern Ireland within 18 months, it was announced today. In a major victory for a Belfast Telegraph campaign, Health Minister Michael McGimpsey this morning announced his intention to make all prescriptions free of charge by April 2010. He spoke of "a historic and happy day" for thousands of patients across Northern Ireland as he revealed details of how fees are to be phased out, subject to agreement from...

2008-09-25 09:00:43

By Kathryn Torney EVERY child in this picture is among the thousands of primary six pupils in Northern Ireland caught up in the stalemate and confusion caused by what will replace the 11-plus. Neither the children - from Brooklands Primary School in Dundonald - nor their parents know how they will transfer to post- primary schools next year and their teachers do not know what to tell them to calm them. A number of principals have told the Belfast Telegraph of their mounting frustration...

2008-09-22 12:00:27

A retailer today launched a campaign encouraging consumers to use little-known cheaper cuts of meat to ease their way through the credit crunch. Waitrose said new research showed customers were ignoring the more economical cuts of meat despite pressures on household spending. The poll of 1,000 shoppers showed a growing generational divide, with many unaware of the thrifty techniques used by their parents and grandparents. The shift away from slow, no-nonsense cooking meant adults aged...

2008-09-20 12:00:47

By CLAIRE McNEILLY A NEW price war has broken out between some of the major fuel retailers - but motorists in Northern Ireland are unlikely to reap many of the benefits. Morrisons, Shell and Esso, none of whom operate in Ulster, have slashed up to 3p a litre off both diesel and petrol in response to the falling cost of oil. Supermarket chain Asda has also weighed in and is now charging 106.9p for petrol and 118.9p for diesel at all its UK filling stations, including all seven of its...

2008-09-18 12:00:25

By Chris Thornton AN 80-year-old teetotaller from Mullaghbawn was the star attraction yesterday when a pub recreating the Quiet Man movie opened in Co Mayo. John Norton (above) was invited to the gala opening after the owner spotted on the Belfast Telegraph's website that the widower dreamed of singing in the pub where John Wayne appeared. Mr Norton read about the replica pub in Cong, where the film was made more than 50 years ago. He told his daughter, Evelyn Campbell, it was his...

2008-09-16 09:00:42

By KATHRYN TORNEY A LEADING teachers' union has branded funds for a proposed new literacy and numeracy strategy for Northern Ireland's schools "pathetic". Frank Bunting, from the Irish National Teachers' Organisation, also told the Belfast Telegraph that teachers were not involved in the development of the new strategy which aims to improve reading and writing standards among young people across the province. A total of Pounds 12m over three years is set to be spent on the latest plan...

2008-09-09 12:00:31

By KATHRYN TORNEY GRAMMAR school representatives have rejected a proposal from a number of their colleagues to scrap academic selection at 11 and replace it with selection at 14. The Governing Bodies Association, which represents the province's 52 voluntary grammar schools, met on Friday to discuss a paper written by three of its members. The Belfast Telegraph has already revealed details of the document - which backs the scrapping of a selective test in P7 and instead proposes that...

2008-09-04 15:00:31

By ROBIN MORTON BELEAGUERED Northern Ireland householders were today bracing themselves for a hike of over 30% in their electricity bills. Northern Ireland Electricity is poised to hit consumers with an increase of up to Pounds 160 a year, the Belfast Telegraph has learned. Details of the new tariffs, which will take effect on October 1, are still being finalised in negotiations between NIE Energy, the Utility Regulator and the Consumer Council. But it looks likely that the increase -...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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