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2008-10-09 18:00:37

By Ben Glaze ALMOST 500 schoolgirls below the age of sexual consent fall pregnant in Wales every year, according to official figures released yesterday. But more than half those pregnancies are aborted by teenagers who cannot face being young mothers, says a report from the Welsh Assembly Government. Teenage pregnancies are on the rise across Wales once again, after falling and levelling out between 1998 and 2003. The rate of pregnancy among girls under 18 is higher than that in...

2008-10-04 18:00:17

By Peter Collins ANGRY residents campaigning against plans to build an access road to Cardiff International Airport mounted a protest in Barry yesterday. The Welsh Assembly Government has asked for the public's view on three options for a road to the airport. But many people in the Vale do not want to see a new road at all. A report on the three options was presented to the Vale of Glamorgan Council's cabinet yesterday members of an anti-access road action group held a demonstration...

2008-09-20 21:00:32

By Madeleine Brindley Health Editor WALES could yet become the first country in the UK to change organ donation laws and introduce a controversial opt-out system. Health Minister Edwina Hart yesterday said she would not rule out a legislative competence order for presumed consent, as she rejected recommendations by the National Assembly's influential health committee. The committee, chaired by shadow health minister Jonathan Morgan, had said that pursuing a change in the law towards a...

2008-09-15 18:00:37

By Madeleine Brindley Health Editor PATIENTS are being denied access to life-saving heart rehabilitation programmes because of a severe lack of expert staff. A report published today by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that none of Wales' cardiac rehabilitation programmes meets minimum staffing levels. And it said only a third of people who could benefit from such schemes are receiving the help they need. The report also reveals cardiac rehabilitation in Wales, which costs...

2008-09-10 18:00:33

GP SURGERIES which dispense medicines are being forced to close because of a legal loophole in Wales, it was claimed last night. The Conservatives launched a stinging attack on the Welsh Assembly Government for failing to protect such practices, which are mainly based in rural areas. The criticism comes as two South Wales surgeries were forced to stop dispensing prescription medicines direct to their patients. Under regulations from 1992, which are still in force in Wales, dispensing...

2008-09-04 18:00:26

By Katie Bodinger VIDEO conferencing facilities will allow schoolchildren to see the world from the comfort of their classroom. Pupils at Padre Pio RC School in Pontypool will also be able to use wireless internet and be taught lessons developed electronically in a virtual learning system. The new building, which opens its doors on Monday, is one of the many hi-tech establishments which are being built across Wales to fit in with the demands of today's education. As the Foundation...

2008-09-03 18:00:32

FIRST Minister Rhodri Morgan today hailed the start of the roll- out of the Foundation Phase as a "landmark day for children in Wales". Visiting Brynnau Primary School in Brynna, near Llanharan, Rhondda Cynon Taff, with Assembly Education Minister Jane Hutt, the First Minister said the Foundation Phase would transform early years education in Wales. "It will help us reduce underachievement and low esteem among primary school children and get to those who struggle to read even when they...

2008-09-01 18:00:00

By Moira Sharkey THE new Foundation Phase curriculum will be rolled out nationally this week in nursery classes amid warnings from teachers that the success of this learning revolution hangs in the balance. The early years curriculum, which was successfully piloted since 2004, hit the buffers earlier this year when head teachers threatened to boycott its introduction because of a lack of funding. An extra pounds 5m was found by the Welsh Assembly Government to bring the total...

2008-08-28 18:00:44

By Paul Rainer; Rob Griffiths SCHOOLS have long been identified as key institutions for the promotion of physical activity among the young. While the PE curriculum is commonly regarded as the major vehicle for the promotion of physical activity in young people, physical activity recommendations for children cannot be met through physical education alone. In response to this the Welsh Assembly Government has moved the health of the population of Wales to the top of the political agenda...

2008-08-27 18:00:47

By Moira Sharkey THE Welsh Assembly Government has been accused of "trying to get education on the cheap" after figures showed a drop in the number of teachers and a rise in teaching assistants. The criticism was made by the Welsh Conservatives after latest statistics showed teacher numbers in Wales' schools fell from27,065 in 2007 to 26,880 in 2008. During the same period, the number of teaching assistants rose by 865, to 9,583. While recognising the role teaching assistants play in...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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