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yew

(yo͞o)
n.
1. Any of several poisonous evergreen coniferous trees or shrubs of the genus Taxus, having scarlet cup-shaped arils and flat needles that are dark green above and yellowish below. Yews contain compounds used in medicine and are often grown as ornamentals.
2. The wood of any of these trees, especially the durable, fine-grained wood of the Eurasian and North African species Taxus baccata, used in cabinetmaking and for archery bows.
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SINGAPORE'S FORMER PRIME MINister Lee Kuan Yew, the father of the country's economic miracle of the last 50 years, was a frequent visitor to Africa in the 1960s.
INFECTION: Yew Tree Care Centre, Yew Tree Avenue, Redcar, left, where staff and residents have been struck down by illness Picture by KATIE LUNN
Chairman of the scrutiny panel and leader of the Liberal group Cllr Steve Radford said by closing the Yew Tree centre, West Derby could be saved and those who use Yew Tree could be provided for by Knotty Ash and the Deysbrook outreach centre.
A total of 32,000 young English yews were planted on an area of 1,735 square metres near the John Dobson-designed mansion, and the couple invited pupils from all 142 of the county's first schools to help.
Yew Kiat, who has worked in the regional security office for seven years, said he volunteers for these missions because the only thing more miserable than getting sick is "knowing that there is a cure but you cannot afford or gain access to treatment."
Currently, the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy has nearly 300 students from over 40 countries and 30 professors, having developed partnerships with leading schools globally.
Head gardener David Lock explained that the yew hedges would need a trim anyway even if they had no medicinal use.
Lien, a former Taiwan vice president and now chairman of the KMT, ''is on a private and unofficial visit to Singapore at the invitation of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,'' a spokesman from the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts told Kyodo News, but no further details were available.
The Duke of Northumberland is seeking permission to fell a 45ft yew tree which has stood for years in Alnwick.
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Paclitaxel was first derived from the Pacific yew tree.