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2008-07-15 09:00:59

Ryanair has confirmed the forced cancellation of all scheduled flights to and from City of Derry Airport on July 16, 2008 and July 17, 2008 due to strike action by airport workers. The passengers affected by these cancellations will be accommodated on Ryanair flights to/from Belfast; or they can re-schedule their flights for alternative dates free of charge or avail of a full refund, the airline said. Stephen McNamara, Ryanair's head of communications, said: "We sincerely apologize to...

2008-07-04 15:00:41

HEALTH Secretary Nicola Sturgeon said yesterday that devolution had brought about an "unquestionable divergence" in the health service across Britain. However, she added health ministers across the UK were all committed to the principals of the NHS. As the health services celebrates its 60th anniversary, Ms Sturgeon and her counterparts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland issued a joint statement reaffirming their support for its founding principals. Ms Sturgeon said: "In this, the...

2008-07-04 03:00:14

By Anonymous Northern Ireland's new environment minister Sammy Wilson looks set for a stormy relationship with green groups as a critic of an independent environment agency. The Democratic Unionist MLA for East Antrim takes over from Arlene Foster, who leaves the Department of the Environment (DoE) embroiled in controversy. Last month, Foster rejected plans for an independent agency to replace the Environment and Heritage Service (EHS), preferring to keep the function in her department...

2008-07-03 12:00:49

To: FOREIGN EDITORS Contact: Melissa Hucal, Corporate Public Affairs of Caterpillar Inc., +1-309-675-4715, Hucal_Melissa_A@cat.com PEORIA, Ill., July 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In support of strategic initiatives to use alternative or renewable sources to meet 20 percent of its energy needs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing facilities by 25 percent by 2020, Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) recently transitioned the power for its Northern Ireland facilities to "green"...

2008-07-03 09:01:19

The service, conducted by the Dean of Belfast, the Very Reverend Houston McKelvey, was attended by health and social care staff, past and present, patients and their families and representatives of the community and voluntary sector. The four main churches in Northern Ireland were also represented. The Health Minister Michael McGimpsey said: "When Aneurin Bevan's vision for a free health service for all was introduced in Northern Ireland by the then Minister of Health and Local Government...

2008-06-25 06:03:21

By Claire Harrison Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride said the average age at which children in Northern Ireland begin drinking has fallen as low as 11 and warned of the health risks of drinking too much, too young. The shock report revealed that four out of five 16-year-olds have had a drink and that the greatest increase in drinking occurs between the ages of 11 and 13. It also revealed that 2% of young people admit they drink every single day. Dr McBride also said binge...

2008-06-25 06:03:16

All around the globe, the rising cost of oil is biting hard. Europe has been hit by protests. In America, drivers are dismayed at paying the equivalent of pound(s)2 a gallon, a level we reached long ago in Northern Ireland. As our reports show today, we may not be far off from paying that much per litre by the autumn. Even as things stand today, Northern Ireland is feeling the pinch. The price of diesel has increased by two-thirds in the past five years, and the cost of petrol is up more...

2008-06-16 09:00:48

By Linda McKee The Ulster Farmers Union has been in talks with United Dairy Farmers, the main purchaser of milk in Northern Ireland, discussing rising producer costs and the need for higher milk prices. It described the meeting as a useful and open exchange of views about the prospects for the dairy sector over the next year. "Grass roots dairy farmers are concerned that farm gate milk prices are not keeping pace with rising costs and this is putting serious financial pressure on...

2006-11-17 12:00:59

By Nigel Gould A former anorexia patient from England, who intends setting up a clinic for eating disorder patients in Northern Ireland, is the subject of an investigation by an English council, the Belfast Telegraph has learned.Anna Auty, who runs the Individual Clinic for Eating Disorders in Bath, is hoping to come to Belfast soon to hold weekly sessions for patients with eating disorders.But the Telegraph has learned a serious case review is under way against Ms Auty by Bath and North...

2006-09-06 05:11:41

BELFAST (Reuters) - An electrician accused of making the bomb that killed 29 people in Northern Ireland's bloodiest single attack stands trial on Wednesday for their murders. Sean Hoey is the first person to face murder charges over the 500 lb (225 kg) car bomb that ripped through the market town of Omagh in August 1998, just months after a peace deal was agreed to end 30 years of conflict in the province. The trial is expected to last 14 weeks. Some 200 people were wounded in the...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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