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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...

2008-08-17 18:00:51

By BRENDAN McDAID NORTH west cancer campaigners have been told the Republic's government is committed to ensuring a planned radiotherapy unit at Londonderry's Altnagelvin Hospital will be developed on a cross- border basis. Representatives from the Donegal Action For Cancer Care group met with Health Minister Mary Harney in Dublin to seek assurances on whether the Derry facility announced earlier this year by Northern counterpart Michael McGimpsey will cater for patients across the...

2008-08-15 12:00:40

By MAUREEN COLEMAN THE Belfast singer will make an appearance on the final episode of the series - A Very Special Visitor. The programme, airing at 6.45am on BBC2 NI, will focus on the theme of "it's good to sing and dance". Duke Special, who wrote the title song for the show along with composer John Anderson, said: "I was really delighted to be asked to write and sing the theme tune for Sesame Tree and when the producers asked me to appear on the show I jumped at the chance," he...

2008-08-13 09:00:13

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/696f93/access_to_hospital) has announced the addition of the "Access to Hospital Pharmaceutical Markets in the United Kingdom" report to their offering. Public hospitals represent a very important market segment for most biopharmaceutical companies in Europe. They are the often the only market for the increasing numbers of specialty products emerging from R&D, with many primary care products also unable to get...

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2008-08-12 12:05:00

By VICTORIA O'HARA A NORTHERN Ireland dentist said today he may have discovered a chemical that could destroy deadly superbugs. Dr Edward Lynch has now called for the powerful antiseptic to be put forward for trials in Northern Ireland by the Department of Health as it "could help save many lives". Dr Lynch said when added to water, the chemical is more effective than any other sterilising agent. The study will be presented to the Pan-European Federation of the International Association...