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2010-03-05 10:26:46

The population of the UK is ageing. Sixteen percent of the UK population is 65 or older, and for the first time, there are more people over the age of 65 than there are under the age of 18. This raises a lot of questions on issues such as pension provision, health care and wellbeing. Ensuring that elderly people have access to medical and social support; the use of new technologies to make it easier for them to live independent lives; and helping the elderly to stay active within society....

2008-10-06 09:00:09

By BRENDAN McDAID CANCER campaigners from Donegal are preparing to head to Dublin this weekend for a major protest over health services. Co-operating for Cancer Care North West, will send a delegation to take part in the Public Health Services Campaign rally organised by Trade Unions and Patients Together to take place on Saturday. Participants are expected to assemble at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, for 2pm. Campaign spokesman Des Derwin said: "Our campaign began in...

2008-06-26 00:02:30

Five Greenpeace campaigners, including one from West Yorkshire, yesterday admitted to climbing on top of an aircraft at Heathrow Airport as part of a climate change protest. The five volunteers for the environmental group pleaded guilty before Uxbridge magistrates to being in a restricted zone, boarding an aircraft and demonstrating in an airport. Sarah Shoraka, Paul Della-Rocca, Frank Hewetson and Jens Loewe were given an 18-month conditional discharge, and they and a fifth protester,...

2005-12-06 08:23:47

By Sophie Walker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Angry people brandish placards while men in suits scurry into a heavily guarded building -- it's a classic image from world trade and finance meetings but it's not the whole story and it's a little out of date. Today, some of the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) whose activists once protested outside such gatherings are spreading their message inside, having been brought into the talks process because of their rising influence as...

2005-07-02 19:03:43

LONDON (Reuters) - British finance minister Gordon Brownwill pledge later on Saturday to continue fighting for debtrelief and aid for the world's poorest countries and for atimetable to end trade-distorting export subsidies. Brown will congratulate the Make Poverty History coalitionof charities, churches and other groups in a speech inEdinburgh for its work in raising awareness of the plight ofAfrica. "We are today seeing Britain at its best, united as one fora great cause," he will say at...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.