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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...

2008-08-11 12:01:05

By CLAIRE McNEILLY THE AA today challenged "selfish" fuel retailers in Northern Ireland to lower prices and pass on the full cut in oil prices to beleaguered motorists. The call to slash pump prices immediately comes after the cost of a barrel of oil dropped by 20% following a peak of $147 almost one month ago. The average price of a litre of petrol is now 115.3p - down 4.8p from last month - while diesel has also fallen by 5.5p to an average price of 128.1p. But although Ulster...

2008-08-08 12:00:34

By LINDA McKEE NORTHERN Ireland is leading the nations in a ground-breaking project aimed at uncovering the bones of the earth. Striking images of the earth stripped bare of plants, soils, water and man-made structures have gone on display at the launch of OneGeology, the world's biggest ever geological mapping project. Earth and computer scientists from 70 nations joined forces to produce the UNESCO-supported global project to design the first ever digital geological map of the world....

2008-08-07 12:01:01

A UNIQUE exhibition of photographs of Northern Ireland personalities opens at Londonderry's Millennium Forum tomorrow. The photographs by John Harrison - including the one, above, of Martin McGuinness, his mother and grandchildren - were specially commissioned by Help the Aged in Northern Ireland to celebrate the importance, diversity and strength of intergenerational relationships. Participants include the former First Minister Ian Paisley, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness,...

2008-08-01 15:00:34

By GARETH EDWARDS SHE'S more used to delivering letters to homes and businesses than reciting lines to camera. But an Edinburgh postwoman is set to become an internet star, after making a promotional video about some of the best places to visit in Edinburgh. Gwen Fleming, 49, of Newhaven, was asked to take part in the project, funded by VisitBritain, which has seen posties in different areas of the UK and Northern Ireland film short guided tours to their local areas. The aim of the...

2008-07-31 12:00:15

By CHRIS THORNTON A NEW drug hailed as a potential breakthrough in the fight against Alzheimer's is still years away from being available in Northern Ireland, an MP whose husband suffers from the disease has warned. Lady Sylvia Hermon said revelations this week about trials of the drug Rember - which has slowed the disease remarkably in a clinical trial - are "truly encouraging". But she said "the major prize" of preventing the killer disease is still elusive. Lady Sylvia has spoken...

2008-07-30 12:00:48

THE 2008 Magners Big Tickle Comedy Festival will be the biggest yet, according to the organisers. Already Northern Ireland's largest comedy festival, it promises an even bigger and better line up of comedy when the 2008 festival opens its doors on September 5. The North West Telegraph is again one of the sponsors. NW Telegraph editor, William Allen, said the festival would go on to become even bigger, and that it is setting new standards for the city. He added: "The longer we have...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.