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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 06:00:47

Text of report in English by Vietnamese news agency VNA website [Unattributed article from the "Politics" page: "PM promises best efforts to boost ties with Australia"] Hanoi (VNA) -The Vietnamese Government will try its best to boost ties with Australia , especially in the fields of economy, trade, investment, education and training and labour, for the benefits of both sides, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stated. Prime Minister Dung made the statement while receiving visiting...

2008-07-03 06:00:39

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) PYONGYANG, July 3 (Xinhua) - Kim Jong Il, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, has urged local governments to improve self sufficiency, the official daily Nodong Sinmun reported. Local resources and potential should be properly tapped and utilized to settle issues related to people's livelihoods, Kim said Thursday while on an inspection tour of Hwaphyong County in Jagang province....

2008-06-25 06:03:10

Text of report in English by Vietnamese news agency VNA website [Unattributed article from the "Politics" page: "PM Dung Meets US Groups' Leaders"] Washington D.C. (VNA) -Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met with a delegation from the American Society of Employers in Washington D.C. on the morning of June 24 (local time) during his official visit to the US . Meeting with the society's President, CEOs and members, PM Dung affirmed that foreign companies are allowed to conduct their...

2008-06-24 18:00:00

By JONATHAN EVANS ASK any farmer why he farms and the answer will often be that farming is "in the blood". Farming is a long family tradition for the majority. Yet this tradition is under threat as falling farm incomes push the younger generation out of farming towards better-paid jobs. A report published by the NFU in July 2007 showed that the majority of UK farmers are now aged over 55, and the average age is rising. Only 10,000 people under 35 in the UK have a farming business...

2008-06-18 09:01:17

Text of report in English by state-run North Korean news agency KCNA Pyongyang, June 18 (KCNA) - A special attention is paid to the reproductive health of people in the DPRK. The Korean Family Planning & Maternal and Child Health Association, founded on January 25, juche [chuch'e] 79 (1990), is working to solve urgent problems arising in reproductive health. The association has project sites including family planning clinics and mobile service teams in various provinces. It...

2008-06-17 06:00:27

By Dan Buglass TIME flies and another Royal Highland Show is almost upon us. Having missed only one show since the event was first staged at Ingliston in 1960, and that was because of the foot-and-mouth outbreak in 2001, I have witnessed many changes and all of them have been for the better. The fact is that Ingliston can fairly lay claim to being just about the best show venue in the UK and trade stand holders repeatedly state that they do more real business than at any other show....

2008-06-17 06:00:27

By Dan Buglass rural THE announcement yesterday that the Dutch-owned Vion had agreed terms to acquire the Grampian Country Food Group has generally received a warm welcome from the Scottish livestock industry. Jim McLaren, the president of NFU Scotland, has already arranged a meeting with Peter Barr, the chairman of Vion's UK operations, for later this week at the Royal Highland Show. Barr, a former chairman of the Meat and Livestock Commission, is a Scot with a lifetime involvement in...

2008-05-25 15:00:09

By BETH REINHARD, ALFONSO CHARDY and CASEY WOODS, MC CLATCHY NEWSPAPERS MIAMI In a bold and politically risky move, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama called for "direct diplomacy" with communist Cuba before a prominent Cuban-American organization Friday. Obama made the pitch to a Republican-leaning constituency that is one of the keys to presidential victory in Florida. Obama outlined to the Cuban American National Foundation a new Cuban policy approach. He did so to an audience accustomed...

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2008-04-15 00:50:00

Cuba's new president, Raul Castro, has quickly dispensed with many of the small but infuriating restrictions put in place by former President Fidel Castro.   Raul Castro took over as president of Cuba in February, after Fidel formally stepped down amid failing health.  Under Fidel's government, citizens of Cuba had only limited access to modern conveniences such as cell phones, kitchen appliances, hotels and other luxuries. The restrictions were an attempt to create economic...


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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