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2008-07-09 06:00:38

By Hilary Waldman, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Jul. 9--St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center is to receive the largest private gift in its 111-year history upon the death of an anonymous donor who has pledged $12.5 million to the hospital in his will. Saying the gift depended on the donor's identity being kept secret, hospital officials released almost no details about who the money will come from or when it might become available. The money, announced Tuesday, is earmarked for the...

2008-07-05 00:00:23

When Labour politician Aneurin Bevan (pictured right) founded the National Health Service on July 5, 1948, it was not without a battle. The concept of a National Health Service - free at the point of use - met with widespread opposition. A total of 88 per cent of doctors questioned by the British Medical Association were opposed to the plan because they feared they would lose their independence. But the Tredegar-born MP managed to win them round. And by July 1948, 90 per cent of...

2008-06-25 18:03:07

THE NHS should be set free from the culture of targets and Whitehall micromanagement if it is to thrive, the Tories said. Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley told MPs medical staff should be focused on the outcomes of patients. Opening a Commons debate yesterday ahead of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the NHS next month, Mr Lansley said the institution was "part of the glue that holds society together". Tory leader David Cameron launched his party's policy consultation...

2008-06-25 12:03:06

By MICHAEL SETTLE UK POLITICAL EDITOR ALEX Salmond is set to raise the issue of "Scotland's oil" and high fuel prices when he travels to London on Wednesday for a meeting with ministers of the devolved administrations and the UK Government. Senior sources at the Scottish Government said the First Minister, concerned at how the high petrol prices were hitting Scottish consumers, would be able to raise the issue under the agenda heading of "financial issues" when he attends the Joint...

2008-06-21 09:00:40

By DAVID LISTER The Week in Arts I have not touched on the issue of ticket prices for a while, even though I think it remains a key factor in encouraging or discouraging access to the arts. But now two things, one national, one local, have made it a live issue again. Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, has declared himself in favour of free admission to arts events for sections of the population. He says: "I think there is a strong case for it, beginning with under-25s. There isn't a...

2008-06-18 00:00:13

A personal computer was stolen during a break-in at the district office of British Communities Secretary Hazel Blears. A spokesman said the computer contained some information about Blears' constituency and her department but no sensitive personal data, the Daily Mail reported. But the break-in was only the latest in a string of government security problems. In separate incidents a day apart last week, documents on al-Qaida and Iraq, and on government efforts to go after money...

2006-09-05 14:17:20

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Tony Blair will step down in a year, a close ally said on Tuesday after newspapers reported that once loyal legislators had called on the increasingly unpopular British Prime Minister to quit. The comments by Environment Secretary David Miliband were widely seen as having been authorized by the prime minister and may give the clearest signal yet of Blair's intentions. They coincided with reports of a leaked memo detailing plans for a "farewell...

2006-09-05 12:35:04

By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will stay in power for another year, a close ally said on Tuesday, while a leaked memo detailed plans for a "farewell tour" that would see Blair take his leave like a "star." The comments by Environment Secretary David Miliband were widely seen as having been authorised by the prime minister in an attempt to quell a growing rebellion by members of his Labour Party who are demanding he give a timetable for leaving...

2006-09-05 13:06:53

By Patricia Reaney NORWICH (Reuters) - Whether it's a power walk, raised eyebrows or who walks through a door first, politicians like George W. Bush and Tony Blair use a silent language to appear dominant and likeable. Through gestures, mannerisms and facial expressions they can convey an impression of power, authority and fitness, psychologist and author Dr Peter Collett said on Tuesday. But politicians can also unwittingly reveal if they are feeling vulnerable, uncomfortable and...

2006-08-31 18:28:20

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair urged an end to speculation about when he will leave office and asked to be allowed to get on with his job in an interview published on Friday. The Times newspaper said Blair had defied critics in his Labour Party by refusing to name a date for stepping down. Dashing expectations, he insisted he had no intention of saying more about his future either before or during the Labour Party annual conference that opens on...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • 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.
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