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NHS Spends £60,000 A Day On Translation Services, Claims Think Tank

84 Comments | Posted February 6, 2012 | 7:30 AM

The NHS spends £60,000 a day on translation and interpretation services, according to a report.

Research by think-tank 2020Health showed NHS trusts spent £23.3 million on written translation and interpreters last year, an increase of 17% since 2007.

The organisation, which obtained the figures through Freedom of Information requests, claimed...

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Stormont Hosts Corporation Tax Talks

0 Comments | Posted December 15, 2011 | 11:15 AM

Government ministers from London and Belfast have held talks on devolving corporation tax powers to Stormont.

The discussions in Belfast marked the first meeting of the Ministerial Working Group on Rebalancing the Northern Ireland Economy. Both sides described the talks as constructive but indicated that they face complex negotiations around...

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Belfast Mayor Apologises For Army Cadet Snub

1 Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 10:07 AM

A city lord mayor who provoked a public outcry over his refusal to present an army cadet with a Duke of Edinburgh award has apologised.

Sinn Fein's Niall O Donnghaile said he did not mean to offend the teenage girl and her family during a presentation ceremony at Belfast City...

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Ambulance Calls For Man Four Years After His Death

61 Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 9:39 AM

An investigation has been launched after an ambulance called at a widow's home to pick up her husband for a hospital appointment nearly four years after his death.

Denise Keeley, 65, from Newark, Nottinghamshire, said she was disgusted when the ambulance arrived at her door to collect her husband George...

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UK To Enjoy Indian Summer With Temperatures To Rise To 27 Degrees

2 Comments | Posted September 25, 2011 | 2:28 PM

Temperatures across large parts of Britain are increasing and could peak at 27C this week, forecasters have said.

High pressure currently over Europe is set to drift northwards bringing warm southerly winds and sunshine to as far north as Scotland.

Helen Rossington, senior meteorologist at MeteoGroup, said temperatures would climb...

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Scottish Government Wants 'Dot Scot' Domain Name Independence

43 Comments | Posted September 25, 2011 | 12:46 PM

The Scottish Government has asked UK communications minister Ed Vaizey to back a bid to create a distinct "dotSCOT" internet identity.

Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Capital Investment has written to Mr Vaizey asking him to back the not-for-profit company Dot Scot Registry (DSR).

Under the company`s plans,...

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Irish Presidency - Sinn Fein To Put Martin McGuinness Forward

2 Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 12:14 PM

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness is to run for the office of President of Ireland, his party has confirmed.

The former IRA leader and current Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland will be formally endorsed by his party leadership over the weekend.

The announcement is already being billed as...

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Ricky Gervais Denies Dwarf Cruelty In Life's Too Short

2 Comments | Posted July 14, 2011 | 8:11 AM

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- Ricky Gervais has denied suggestions he is cruel to dwarves after it was claimed he loved to watch them fight on the set of his new sitcom.

The Office star and his comedy partner Stephen Merchant have written and directed new show Life's Too Short, starring...

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Mayor Banned From Almost Every Pub In His Town

0 Comments | Posted July 9, 2011 | 10:39 AM

A mayor has been banned from almost every pub in his town after a long-running row with a local landlord.

Teesdale Pub Watch imposed a 12-month ban on councillor Tony Cooke, mayor of Barnard Castle in County Durham, for allegedly being rude to staff at the Beaconsfield pub while buying...

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Mayor Banned From Almost Every Pub In His Town

73 Comments | Posted July 9, 2011 | 10:39 AM

PRESS ASSOCIATION -- A mayor has been banned from almost every pub in his town after a long-running row with a local landlord.

Teesdale Pub Watch imposed a 12-month ban on councillor Tony Cooke, mayor of Barnard Castle in County Durham, for allegedly being rude to staff at the Beaconsfield...

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