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2008-09-25 12:00:43

By DAVID GORDON AN influential Assembly body will begin its next session by publishing findings on civil service sick leave. The watchdog Public Accounts Committee's plans also include investigations into soaring rate arrears levels and fraud by a prominent lawyer. PAC members agreed a programme of future work ahead of the Assembly's summer recess. It will resume on September 4 with the launch of a report on absenteeism in Northern Ireland government departments. The committee's...

2008-09-25 12:00:35

By LISA SMYTH TWO schools in Co Antrim have joined forces to introduce an innovative scheme which will see pupils studying for an engineering GCSE online. Crumlin Integrated College, in conjunction with Antrim Grammar School, is introducing the online delivery of CCEA's GCSE Double Award Engineering for their pupils in September - thought to be the first time such a scheme has become available in schools in Northern Ireland. In addition, Crumlin Integrated College has been encouraged...

2008-09-25 12:00:35

By KATHRYN TORNEY PARENTS have a fundamental role to play in how their children perceive maths, a Northern Ireland principal claimed today. Melanie Houston from Fivemiletown Primary, Co Tyrone, was speaking in the wake of a disturbing report from thinktank Reform. It cited that since the 1980s, mathematics has been dumbed down to such an extent that students are being put off taking it beyond the compulsory tick in the box at GSCE. The result is that across the UK the number of...

2008-09-25 09:00:53

The surest sign of a politician under pressure is when he, or she, starts doling out gifts. The Prime Minister, who is fighting for his political future, used his speech at the Labour Party conference to announce free prescriptions for people with cancer. It was an unashamedly populist move, aimed at improving his standing in the country. However, it will not win him any favours in Northern Ireland. For his announcement only applies to England - Wales and Scotland already offer their cancer...

2008-09-22 12:00:38

By WILLIAM ALLEN AN ambulance on an emergency dash to collect a patient to take them to Altnagelvin Hospital in Londonderry broke down about eight miles away, it emerged today. A union shop steward said today that it was the same vehicle that broke down in the city ten days ago. John McKay, of the health union Unison, reiterated a call for more investment in frontline ambulances. Mr McKay said that frontline ambulances based at Altnagelvin were working "24-7" and said lives are put at...

2008-09-20 12:00:47

By CLAIRE McNEILLY A NEW price war has broken out between some of the major fuel retailers - but motorists in Northern Ireland are unlikely to reap many of the benefits. Morrisons, Shell and Esso, none of whom operate in Ulster, have slashed up to 3p a litre off both diesel and petrol in response to the falling cost of oil. Supermarket chain Asda has also weighed in and is now charging 106.9p for petrol and 118.9p for diesel at all its UK filling stations, including all seven of its...

2008-09-18 15:00:24

The producers and director of the film "Fifty Dead Men Walking" say they don't agree with actress Rose McGowan's recent remarks about the Irish Republican Army. The Italian-born American actress made headlines last week when she said at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the film was screening, that she would have joined the IRA if she lived in Belfast during the Troubles and could understand why people behaved violently during that era in Northern Ireland. The producers of...

2008-09-18 12:00:26

By Matthew McCreary DISGRUNTLED Ulster holidaymakers with collapsed travel firm XL last night found themselves stranded in Greece following another twist in their ordeal. Around 150 people due to return home from Rhodes faced delays after an alternative flight with airline Monarch was unable to fly yesterday due to technical difficulties. One passenger said the mood among travellers was bad. "People are getting upset, there are elderly people here," Hilary Hunter told BBC Radio Ulster....

2008-09-18 09:00:49

By Claire Harrison BANGOR starlet Niamh Perry today joined calls from a leading cancer charity for under 18s to be banned from using sunbeds in Northern Ireland. The I'd Do Anything contestant warned against the dangers of turning to sunbeds to keep summer tans topped up as she threw her support behind Cancer Research UK's SunSmart campaign. This year, the charity is focusing on young people and the dangers of sunbathing and sunbed use on young skin. The charity said that while people...

2008-09-16 12:00:44

By LINDA McKEE Northern Ireland will lurch from energy crisis to energy crisis unless the Executive takes immediate action to cut our reliance on imported power. That's the stark warning from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, which is warning that not only could fuel poverty grow but our business competitiveness could be hampered unless Northern Ireland's energy inefficiency is tackled quickly. People are under severe pressure as household energy bills rise and need support...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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