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2008-07-17 03:00:26

By Shari Low IT'S a whole new me here. I know I've a history of being a jaded old cynic but I've decide to turn over a new leaf and re-establish faith in the motives and feelings of that ever-expanding sector of humans, Latin name, Celebritorus Geeus Dosh. For example, I'm attempting to sum up surprise and sadness over goss MP Lembit Opik will touch his Cheeky Girl's bum no more as they have apparently got off the love train at Splitsville Central. Sob. I believe the fact this has...

2008-07-16 06:00:44

By Neil Macfarlane THE former health secretary has thrown his weight behind The Northern Echo?s campaign for a change in the law to stop children from using UV sunbeds. MP Alan Milburn is to table a question in Parliament asking the Government to ban under-16s from using tanning salons. Mr Milburn, who served as the Secretary of State for Health from 1999 to 2003, made the call after reading the story of 15-year-old Katie Turner, who was hospitalised with severe burns after a 21- minute...

2008-07-14 18:00:35

By BOB ROBERTS GORDON Brown is to give the go-ahead for eight new nuclear power stations to be built across the UK, it was revealed last night. The Prime Minister has set the figure as the minimum number of plants needed to provide Britain with electricity for the next 50 years - but more could be built. They will be highly controversial because of the fear of deadly accidents such as Chernobyl, which left hundreds dead. And they will also bring an increased risk of nuclear terrorism...

2008-07-14 09:01:02

By Andrew Grice Political Editor Gordon Brown is to fast-track the building of at least eight nuclear power stations to cut Britain's dependence on oil following the dramatic rise in its price. The Prime Minister will set "no upper limit" on the number of nuclear plants that will be built by private companies. That would mean nuclear, which provides about 20 per cent of Britain's electricity, could meet a bigger share after the new generation of nuclear stations come on stream over the...

2008-07-09 21:00:21

By DAMIEN HENDERSON CANDIDATES in the Glasgow East by-election will be given two chances to go head to head on live television, the BBC confirmed last night. The corporation said it would invite the four main candidates on to this Sunday's Politics Show and a special edition of Newsnight to be shown on July 17. The announcement follows a spate of sabre- rattling between the two frontrunners, Labour 's Margaret Curran and John Mason for the SNP, over whether to hold a live TV debate....

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...

2008-07-03 09:01:08

Samir Brikho, CEO of the engineering and project management company AMEC, said that the UK energy sector has an opportunity to position itself as a major force on the world energy scene and for UK energy companies to grow their domestic and international revenues from $180 billion in 2008, to $400 billion by 2030. AMEC's CEO said that employee numbers in the sector could reportedly grow from 600,000 to one million by building on proven strengths such as project management and engineering...

2008-07-01 18:00:00

By JANE HAASE ONE predicted effect of the current credit crunch is that we are likely to tighten our belts when it comes to foreign travel and holiday much closer to home. And having just spent a week in Cornwall, that's not such a bad thing. It's a chance form any, who for too long have been seduced by the promise of good weather abroad (which is no guarantee at all, just look at Coleen and Wayne's big day), to rediscover the delights of a British seaside holiday. In the past when...

2008-06-25 18:03:06

Forcing hospitals to compete for patients by publishing data such as cancer survival rates could save 100,000 lives a year, David Cameron said yesterday. The Conservative leader said scrapping NHS targets based on processes not results could eventually form a key part of Tory health reforms. And he said a Conservative government would aim to give patients across Britain among the best chances in the whole of Europe of surviving the most common conditions among patients. Proposals for...

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...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.