Latest Northern Ireland Stories

2008-09-03 09:00:21

By BRENDAN McDAID AN APPLICATION is to be sent to the European Commission to have the River Faughan designated a conservation area to protect salmon stocks. Environment Minister Sammy Wilson has approved the submission to have the river and several tributaries flowing from it as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for Atlantic Salmon. The move comes amid fears over local stocks of the prized catch among the fishing industry and angling community. Mr Wilson said: "The decline in the...

2008-08-29 18:00:39

ALMOST half of unskilled workers in Northern Ireland suffer from long-standing illness, a report warned yesterday. And in the Republic those at risk of poverty were significantly more likely to harbour a chronic condition, the crossborder dossier added. The paper from Irish state agency Combat Poverty called for action to tackle ill health among the poor. It said: "There is compelling evidence of health inequalities. "This evidence underlines the need for concerted action on the...

2008-08-29 00:00:27

By David McKittrick Film-maker and singer THE SHEER range of David Hammond's interests and activities defied easy definition. Some thought of him as a teacher, others as a documentary-maker, or a musician, broadcaster, writer or singer. He was all of these things, a multi-talented person who generated goodwill and affection as well as respect during his busy, creative life. This was best conveyed by the composer Neil Martin: "He had a wonderful natural power of communication, be it...

2008-08-28 12:01:16

By Iain Osborne IT'S not often in life that we get a glimpse of what the future might be like. When we do, it gives us a chance to prepare. Today's energy costs are higher than most of us can remember. Although crude oil prices - which broadly underpin price movements for gas, electricity and coal - have eased from record peaks in recent weeks, it will be some time before we can determine whether a clearer trend is emerging. For now, these record-high price spikes allow us to imagine what...

2008-08-22 12:00:52

By LISA SMYTH IMPROVEMENTS must be made to hygiene levels in hospitals across Northern Ireland if the fight against killer superbugs is to succeed, it has been claimed. The team tasked with examining hygiene levels made the recommendation as it published its findings from unannounced inspections which uncovered startling lapses in basic hygiene levels in some of the province's acute hospitals. Inspections by the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) - Northern Ireland's...

2008-08-22 12:00:34

By BRENDAN McDAID HUNDREDS of Ireland's finest musicians, poets, comedians, DJs and performers are set to ply their arts on the streets of Derry's city centre tomorrow as the Roaring Meg Street Performance Competition gets under way. The one-day, all-Ireland arts festival will also see dancers, ranters and circus acts bidding for a share of the Pounds 4,000 prize fund - the biggest for a busking competition anywhere on the island of Ireland. In addition to Pounds 1,000 top prize for...

2008-08-21 12:01:28

By LISA SMYTH IMPROVEMENTS must be made to hygiene levels in hospitals across Northern Ireland if the fight against killer superbugs is to succeed. That was the message from the team tasked with examining hygiene levels in our hospitals, as it published its findings from unannounced inspections which uncovered startling lapses in basic hygiene levels. The inspections were launched as part of a Pounds 9m package of measures aimed at stamping out hospital acquired infections. In...

2008-08-20 18:00:35

By Maurice Fitzmaurice "It's not wreaths we need - it is justice and truth." Michael Gallagher, who lost his son Aidan in the Omagh bomb, speaking at the families' 10th anniversary ceremony (c) 2008 Daily Mirror. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-20 12:00:25

A GLOBAL investigation into internet child abuse has spread to Northern Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal. The PSNI arrested a man in a major inquiry into an online paedophile forum in the UK as investigators said they believe they will locate thousands of subscribers to the internet site around the world. Details of the inquiry came to light following the jailing of the internet forum's 'librarian' at Teeside Crown Court in England earlier this week. Philip Anthony Thompson...

2008-08-18 18:00:23

Emergency services battling to contain flooding across Northern Ireland were braced for more downpours last night. With one of the main arterial routes swamped with 20 million gallons of water on Saturday, there were fears of major traffic disruption today amid predictions of more rain. Official financial support to homeowners is to be granted after rescuers used a lifeboat to help people to safety from water lapping at residents' waists. Rivers burst their banks, bridges were washed...

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.