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2008-11-20 13:29:28

Danish people are generally the European Union's happiest and most satisfied, while Bulgarians, the bloc's newest members, are the least, an EU survey found. Danes ranked their general life satisfaction at 8.5 out of 10, while Bulgarians ranked themselves at 5. The average for EU citizens was 7, the Quality of Life poll conducted for the the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, an EU agency often known as or Eurofound. The survey, which covers all 27 EU...

2008-11-03 15:00:14

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/626f85/ireland_food_and_d) has announced the addition of the "Ireland Food and Drink Report Q4 2008" report to their offering. The Ireland Food Drink Report provides independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on Ireland's food and drink industry. The relatively straightforward access to the large UK market to some extent mitigates the limitations of Ireland's relatively small domestic population. However, firms...

2008-10-11 09:00:18

PASSENGER numbers at Scotland's three largest airports slumped by 6.6 per cent last month in one of the largest monthly falls for at least a decade. BAA blamed the collapse of airlines and charter firms such as Zoom and XL, together with falling passenger demand, for the slowdown at Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Other airlines have also cut flights due to high fuel costs. Glasgow, Scotland's charter flight centre, was again hit the hardest, with an 11 per cent reduction in passengers to...

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...

2008-10-06 09:00:42

By Eddie Barnes Headteachers' leader says cash shortage damaging education SCOTLAND'S primary and secondary schools are facing a cash crisis of unprecedented proportions which will cause serious damage to children's education over the next three years, according to the country's top headteacher. Bill McGregor, the head of Kilmarnock Academy, has used his retirement as the general secretary of the Headteachers' Association to issue a devastating assessment of the plight of schools...

2008-10-06 09:00:33

By MARGARET CANNING AN OFF-site building company in Co Tyrone has won a Pounds 700,000 contract from the British Airports Authority for a new detention centre at Edinburgh International Airport. McAvoy Off-Site Building Solutions will manufacture the immigration detention centre to UK Home Office regulations at the airport. The two-storey, steel-framed modular building will be manufactured at the McAvoy's Dungannon factory and is due to be handed over in February 2009. The contract is...

2008-10-05 00:00:22

Iceland Lesson: We heard Iceland's President on TV advising us on how his country has no dependency on fossil fuel imports, wind farms, or worse still, nuclear power stations with grotesque radioactive waste landfill sites. I believe that the industrial heartland of Western Europe sits upon a relatively thin plate of the earth's crust. This results in a rising of warm water which has been constant for over 2,000 years. My question is why haven't we developed this? We certainly should...

2008-09-29 09:00:49

Icelandic Water Holdings has announced that it will begin production of its CarbonNeutral certified bottled spring water from its new naturally powered bottling facility in Olfus, Iceland. The company claims that the new 71,688-square-foot bottling facility has environmentally-efficient and modern bottling equipment. This plant operates on geothermal and hydroelectric power. The new facility houses two separate bottling halls, increasing production from 5,000 bottles per hour (bph) to...

2008-09-20 12:00:16

By SARAH SWAIN SCOTTISH students are top of the class at science - and it's all down to Dolly the Sheep. A new report from The Royal Society - the UK national academy of science - has revealed that Scotland has the largest proportion of students out of all the UK nations carrying on with science and maths after completing their compulsory education. Last year 12-per cent of 16 year olds in Scotland sat Higher physics, while just 4-per cent of students studied for the equivalent in...

2008-09-06 09:00:05

By FIONA MACLEOD EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT SCOTLAND'S great tradition of scientific study is continuing, with more teenagers choosing to study science subjects than anywhere else in the UK. The Royal Society's findings come amid fears that the nation is producing too few science graduates at the risk of the economy. Business leaders said the statistics were good news, but that still more pupils must choose sciences to ensure economic success. The research found more Scottish youngsters...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.