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2008-10-09 06:00:35

By Anthony Harrington THE argument that nuclear should be part of any low- carbon solution to the UK's power requirements has been put forcefully by Westminster and, unsurprisingly, by the nuclear lobby. The counter argument - that it is, at best, a diversion from renewable energy - has been put equally forcefully by the likes of Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth. In its submission to government, the energy company E.ON puts the pro-nuclear case as clearly as anyone. "Given the scale...

2008-10-08 06:00:32

By Hamish Rutherford BRITISH Energy's output in the first half of the year fell by almost a fifth as the nuclear operator conducted repairs on two of its English plants. The East Kilbride-based company said total output in the six months to 28 September fell by 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) to 22.7 TWh, but the company said output remained in line with management expectations. British Energy has been beset by production problems in recent years due to breakdowns across its ageing fleet of...

2008-10-04 09:00:03

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan | Two suspected U.S. missile strikes Friday on villages close to the border with Afghanistan killed at least 19 people, most of them militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said. American forces recently ramped up cross-border operations against Taliban and al-Qaida militants in Pakistan's border zone with Afghanistan - a region considered a likely hiding place for Osama bin Laden. Two missiles believed to have been fired from U.S. unmanned drones launched...

2008-10-04 00:00:18

By Christina Patterson THE NICE thing about sex is that it doesn't involve words. For the overly analytical and verbal among us, it can be a lovely animal respite from what Woody Allen called his second favourite organ, the brain. Try to describe it and look what you get: great efflorescences of purple tumescence, great efflorescences, in fact, of purple prose. Even when good writers try it - Norman Mailer and Sebastian Faulks both won the Literary Review's Bad Sex Award - they often fail....

2008-10-02 06:00:31

Text of report by Austrian newspaper Die Presse on 1 October [Interview with UK Energy Minister Malcolm Wicks by Jakob Zirm; place and date not given: "British Minister: Nabucco Yes, But No Projects in Iran"] [Zirm] Great Britain has an ambitious programme to develop nuclear energy. The Austrians, by contrast, are very sceptical when it comes to it. In this country people mostly think right away about the accident in Chernobyl. What is your first thought on the issue of nuclear power?...

2008-09-22 15:00:28

A cleaner environment is the key to future prosperity, argues Gordon Brown (c) 2008 Independent, The; London (UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-09-20 21:00:26

A FORMER councillor has spoken of his disappointment at not being selected by his ward party to contest an upcoming by-election - but says he is not bitter. Staunch Labour party member Ian Clark lost his Town ward seat in Merthyr Tydfil in the May 1 election. All four seats were won by the Liberal Democrats. Mr Clark had topped the poll out of Labour's four contenders, with 657 votes. But the ward party has not chosen him as its candidate for the by-election to be held on October 23...

2008-09-18 00:00:00

Pioneering pupils at a North Lincolnshire primary school are stealing environmental groups' thunder by showing off their green side. Belton All Saints C of E Primary School has been awarded the Eco Schools Bronze award for working hard to promote a green environment in the school grounds and providing an example to the local community. The award was presented by Brigg and Goole MP Ian Cawsey. Sarah Groves, headteacher at Belton All Saints, said she was pleased with the pupils' efforts....

2008-09-18 00:00:00

By Matt Chorley London Editor Nick Clegg was last night facing the wrath of Westcountry pensioners after claiming the retired are forced to get by on just pounds30-a-week. Wally Cotgrave, who will be 70 tomorrow, used a TV phone-in to ask Mr Clegg if he knew the level of the basic state pension. After initially dodging the question, the party chief eventually suggested: "I think it's about thirty quid now, isn't it?" This year the basic pension is actually worth pounds90.70 - three...

2008-09-02 06:00:12

By JOHN ROSS AS THE rain lashed down on the First Minister 2,000ft up in the hills above Loch Ness yesterday, it was a good day to discuss the power that can be harnessed from water. Alex Salmond was taken into the Monadhliath mountains to view the vast wilderness where a GBP 150 million hydro-electric scheme is nearing completion. The development on the Glendoe Estate near Fort Augustus is the first of its kind in 50 years and perhaps the last on a similar scale to be built in...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'