The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

A Unionist newspaper published daily in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Articles cover current events, politics, and sports from around Northern Ireland and the UK.

Articles from December 5, 2000

1,000 Drivers in Danger of Losing Jobs under New Law
MORE than 1,000 lorry drivers in Northern Ireland risk losing thousands of pounds in profit, and possibly their livelihoods, each week by passing through the immigrant-ridden port of Calais. Road Haulage Ass- ociation chiefs said that more than...
Assembly Welcome for Bid to Toughen Adoption Laws
TOUGHER laws to prevent the secret trade of overseas children for adoption were welcomed in the Assembly yesterday. The Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Bill is aimed at wiping out the profits to be made in Britain by abducting children from poorer...
Auction Round-Up: Christmas Exhibition by Local Artists
An oil painting by Basil Blackshaw, Racehorses on Beach, fetched pounds 55,000 at Andersons Auctions (Belfast) Irish art sale last week. Two other works by the same artist went under the hammer for pounds 25,000 and pounds 15,000 respectively. An...
Belfast Chosen to Host International Cybercrime Summit
A CONSORTIUM of 41 international information technology associations representing the global IT industry is to hold a major summit in Belfast next summer to tackle cybercrime and other information security issues threatening the growth of the Internet....
Bloody Sunday Inquiry: `Dogs in Street Knew IRA Was Avoiding March'
Byline: RUTH O'REILLY CLAIMS that the IRA was known to be staying away from the march which became Bloody Sunday were aired yesterday at the inquiry into the tragedy. One witness told the Saville Tribunal that the dogs in the street knew there...
Brigade Girls March into Row over Flags
Byline: KIM HEWITT A GOODWILL gesture to avoid offending nationalists by not flying the Union flag has threatened the future of a Girls' Brigade company in north Belfast. The company at Oldpark Presbyterian Church has ceased to function after...
BSE Panic Hits Ulster Farmers
PANIC in Europe over BSE in French and German cattle will mean that Northern Ireland's farmers will have to wait longer to export beef to the continent, it was confirmed yesterday. Agriculture Minister Brid Rodgers (SDLP, Upper Bann) repeated her...
Business on the Move : Radically Revised A4 Is Aiming for Perfection
Byline: Jonathan Crouch Over the past few years, most of the mainstream sports saloons have become obsessed with one objective - beating the BMW 3 Series. So focused have they become that many might just have taken their eye off the classiest...
Call for RUC to Stop Sectarian Violence
Byline: STEPHEN DEMPSTER A POLICY of zero tolerance is needed on the streets of Larne to tackle sectarian violence. Local DUP councillor Jack McKee last night called for the RUC to come down hard on sectarianism plaguing the area. He was speaking...
Chaos on the Cards; Fears Grow for Christmas Deliveries
Byline: STEPHEN DEMPSTER and JEANETTE OLDHAM THE threat of chaos to the Christmas post grew last night as the bitter dispute between Royal Mail and its employees intensified. Ulster's postal strike has entered its fifth day today, after talks...
Children's Hero Billy Rewarded for Work
HEART-of-gold man Billy McCrory has scooped a major award for his work to bring joy and much-needed relief to the lives of child cancer sufferers in Northern Ireland. The 46-year-old, who runs the Belfast-based Shine a Light charity, was one of...
Commercial Property: Spot Checks to Keep Clients' Money Safe
Byline: Jason Thompson EACH year, the RICS is required to carry out a number of spot checks of surveyors' compliance with the requirements of the members' accounts regulations by the underwriters of the RICS clients' money protection scheme. ...
Cricket: Support Given to Under-Fire Pair
Byline: Myles Hodgson DUNCAN Fletcher yesterday offered his support to under-pressure pair Ian Salisbury (pictured) and Graeme Hick as England consider their options for the deciding Test at the National Stadium on Thursday. Leg-spinner Salisbury...
Environment: Dying Dolphins Need Help Now
Time is running out for dolphins and whales living off the coast of Britain unless urgent action is taken, divers and conservationists are warning yesterday. Some 24 species of whales and dolphins can be found in UK waters but their conditions are...
Environment: Tyre Trouble Could Be Over
Byline: STEPHEN DEMPSTER ULSTER is facing a race against time to avert an environmental crisis and a new local company is preparing to come to the rescue. There is growing concern as to how the Province is going to deal with its swelling tyre...
Farmers' Picket on Council's Doorstep
TWO hundred farmers mounted a protest in Limavady last night over council plans to sell the town's cattle market. A convoy of tractors and a pen of sheep were parked outside the council offices, as protestors heckled councillors over a proposal...
Fines for Illegals a Threat to Hauliers; Risk of Having Trailer Invaded
Byline: GEMMA MURRAY ULSTER hauliers could be run off the road if increasing numbers get caught out by Home Secretary Jack Straw's hard-hitting immig- ration laws. Unlucky lorry boss Gary Lyons, who has been fined pounds 25,000 after 12 Iraqis...
FOOTBALL: BLUES BOOST; Bailie, Larmour Return to Action
Byline: Denis O'Hara LINFIELD's stylish sweeper Noel Bailie and sharpshooter Davy Larmour return to action tomorrow night in a reserve friendly against the Northern Ireland Under-18 schoolboy international team at Midgley Park. Both are on the...
Football: Coffey out of Shield Tie
LISBURN Distillery's Chris Coffey will miss tonight's Calor Co Antrim Shield game against Ballyclare Comrades at Ballyskeagh due to a hernia injury, writes Nicky Fullerton. Doctors will decide today whether Coffey will need an operation on the problem....
Football: End of Road for Bryan
BRYAN Hamilton has resigned as manager of First Division Norwich City. The former Northern Ireland boss took charge of the Canaries following the resignation of Bruce Rioch in March, but has been unable to turn around the fortunes of the East Anglian...
Football: `Little Mo' Joins Crues
Byline: Denis O'Hara GRAEME Arthur last night signed for Crusaders and will be handed a starting slot for tonight's Smirnoff Premiership game against Linfield at Windsor Park, writes Denis O'Hara. The 24 year old Belfast bank clerk's decision...
FOOTBALL: McBRIDE IS BACK ON SONG
Byline: Denis O'Hara GLENTORAN'S Justin McBride ended a personal scoring famine at the weekend, and the 29 year old hopes to stay on the shooting trail in this evening's rearranged opening round defence of the Calor County Antrim Shield against...
Football: Phillips Unwraps Toffees; SUNDERLAND 2 EVERTON 0
KEVIN Phillips finally scored from open play to end a 10-match goal-drought - and left the Stadium of Light wondering how he had not claimed a hatful. The England international got his reward for a lively performance with a close-range 64th-minute...
Football: Radebe Blasts Racists
Byline: Ian Parkes in Rome LEEDS skipper Lucas Radebe yesterday launched a withering attack on the racists who have brought shame to Lazio. Supporters of the Italian champions have become notorious for the abuse they have often hurled at coloured...
Football: Tel: Six Months and That's It
TERRY Venables walked into Middlesbrough last night and vowed that what could be his last job in football will last only six months. The 57 year old will take over as first-team coach at the Riverside Stadium on Friday and work alongside manager...
Football: Wenger Vows to Defend Vieira
Byline: Bill Pierce ARSENE Wenger last night vowed to vigorously defend Arsenal's controversial midfielder Patrick Vieira after he was charged with misconduct by the Football Association following Arsenal's stormy Premiership clash with Leeds nine...
Foresters Axe Tree Swastika; Embarrassing Nazi Emblem Visible from Air
FOREST rangers yesterday put their chainsaws to a cluster of trees that form a huge swastika when seen from the air, believed to be the lasting legacy of a forest warden who planted them in 1938 out of enthusiasm for Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler. ...
Growing from a Pint-Sized Company to a Giant Business
Byline: PAUL McKILLION Pub chain JD Wetherspoon is celebrating its 21st birthday this month - and Northern Ireland is just in time for the party. Chairman and founder Tim Martin tells PAUL McKILLION of the strategy which, he believes, will make...
Guides to Belfast Should Get Tourists Going
BELFAST Visitor & Convention Bureau has chosen this week's World Travel Market in London to launch its new Belfast City promotional guides for 2001. Three full-colour guides offer comprehensive information for visitors on all aspects of the...
Hamill Probe Demand Grows
THE Government last night faced fresh pressure for an inquiry into the murder of Portadown man Robert Hamill. With Secretary of State Peter Mandelson refusing to rule out a probe into the sectarian killing, SDLP deputy leader Seamus Mallon insisted...
Hospital Services Cut from Now until April
Byline: IAN STARRETT NON-emergency surgery and gynaecological services are to be suspended for four months at the Erne Hospital in Enniskillen. Local doctors claimed that they were not consulted. The Sperrin Lakeland Trust said yesterday that...
Insuring Success
BELFAST based Liberty Information Technology (LIT) has won a major contract to develop the software platform for a unique on-line medical service for the multi million dollar insurance business. LIT, based at Clarendon House in Belfast is to produce...
IT World: Slowing High Tech Market Could Give Euro a Break
SO, the mighty American economy is slowing down - did somebody at the back there say, 'at long last'? Well it looks like it, as the euro gained ground against the dollar at the tail end of last week and computer giant Gateway announced a profit...
Keep Them Safe This Christmas
THE appearance of a light-festooned tree in the house, often proves irresistible to dogs and cats. If the pet plays with or nibbles through the cable, the risk of electrocution, or even a house fire, is very real. Living trees can also cause trouble...
Letter: Hiding Behind the Pen
Byline: Norman J Boyd, MLA, Northern Ireland Unionist Party, Assembly member for South Antrim Permit me to reply to United Unionist 2/12/00. This letter from yet another nameless mischief will provide readers with the laugh of the week. To accuse...
Letter: Too Little Too Late
Alex Kane suggests that problems for republicans are actually a vindication of David Trimble's strategy. When subjected to any scrutiny this statement can be seen to be manifestly untrue. The republican balance sheet can be seen to have delivered...
Management Modules to Aid Textile Industry
THE Northern Ireland textiles sector will be urged this morning to use its technical expertise and traditional skills to survive the increasingly competitive global market. Dr Sean Farren, the Training and Employment Minister, will launch a Senior...
Mixed Fortunes for Province's Pottery Industry; Checking out What's Up Down Under
Byline: PAUL McKILLION and IAN STARRETT TWO of Northern Ireland's pottery companies are exper- iencing contrasting fortunes today, with one announcing a significant investment and the other facing closure. Belleek Pottery is to reveal pounds...
Moneydesk
Byline: Richard Schwartz Query: We are planning an extension to the house and need an extra pounds 12,000. The bank are willing to add this to our mortgage but I have been told that we might get a better deal if we got if from another lender. Would...
Morning View: Lessons to Be Learned from March
IT IS a shame that Saturday's Apprentice Boys march in Londonderry was marred by loutish behaviour on both sides. Equally, it is refreshing to see that in its aftermath, none of the groups involved is holding the other wholly to blame. What emerges...
Politics: Hume Resigns Seat at Stormont
CITING a need to cut down on his heavy workload, SDLP leader John Hume yesterday formally bowed out of the Stormont Assembly. His place as MLA for Foyle will be taken, under the Assembly's co-option rules, by long-standing Derry councillor Mrs Annie...
Politics: MLAs Clash over Ban on Sinn Fein Ministers
Byline: MERVYN PAULEY FIRST Minister David Trimble yesterday warded off renewed Assembly attacks over his ban on Sinn Fein ministers attending north-south meetings. Although he would not be drawn on anything directly related to the Sinn Fein...
P&O Orders New Ship for Larne-Cairnryan
P&O Larne-Cairnryan route has received another major boost with the announcement that a second new pounds 35 million fast, conventional ferry is to join the fleet in 2002. The service, which provides the shortest and fastest Irish Sea crossings,...
Showbiz Gossip
HHH Actor MICHAEL MYERS is putting aside Austin Powers to star as the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau in the remake of The Pink Panther which IVAN REITMAN is in talks to direct. Myers is a long-time fan of PETER SELLERS, who starred in the original...
Singers for Peace on Royal Mission
FORMED in the aftermath of Ulster's worst terrorist atrocity, the Omagh Community Youth Choir will become a national attraction tonight. The 44 teenagers who make up the cross-community choir will give their most memorable performance at the star-studded...
Stocks & Shares: Takeover Gossip Spices Up Trade
ABBEY National provided the gossip for the market yesterday, as investors piled into the stock on hopes a takeover bid would emerge from bigger rival Lloyds TSB. Shares sparked 4 per cent, or 411/2p to pounds 11.45, on rumours that Lloyds was gearing...
Taking out Insurance Ensures Peace of Mind for Pet Owners; While Christmas May Be the Season of Goodwill, It Can Also Be the Season of Ill-Health for Family Pets. ADRIENNE McGILL Examines the Benefits of Having Pet Insurance This Yuletide
PET owners throughout the land will no doubt be thinking about what to buy the family mutt or moggie for Christmas. There are endless goodies for pets available in shops or over the internet - tough toys, bright hand painted bowls, cosy beds and...
Taking Stock: Strong Company Results Meet City's Expectations
Byline: Samuel J Brown REED International and Elsevier have announced an offer of new shares in both companies, the proceeds of which will be used to help fund the acquisition of Harcourt General. The offer will be carried out via a bookbuilding...
Teaching the World of Dance a Few New Steps
Byline: ADRIENNE McGILL A YOUNG Newtownards woman whose company has tapped into a niche in the entertainment industry is reeling in the success of her business venture. Twenty three-year-old Catherine McAleese, a professionally trained dancer...
Techno Bytes: The Easy Way to Get Rid of Any Excess Baggage
Byline: Francis Fox SOME practical PC usage tips this week and I know these are fairly common complaints from the number of you e-mailing me. Q: I download a lot of games off the Internet. When I beat the game, I remove the whole thing. But when...
TESSA Pays Up It's Nearing Bonanza Time as .
Byline: Adrienne McGill WHEN SAGA Holidays quizzed their over-50 year old customers about lifestyle and finance, they found a surprising degree of contentment and affluence. Nearly 90% felt better off than the last generation, around 95% said...
The Scene in Derry: Hoaxes Hold Up Christmas Trade
Byline: Ian Starrett AMID the deafening sound of silence from Mayor Cathal Crumley over something that has already cost many thousands of pounds in pre-Christmas trade the brave voice of SDLP councillor Jim Clifford stands out. Weekend after...
The Scene in Derry: It's All in the Name, Isn't It?
Byline: Ian Starrett I AM pleased to note that more organisations and individuals are taking my advice now and also using the name Londonderry in their promotional material. One such organisation is the City Centre Initiative who yesterday launched...
The Scene in Derry: Railway Chaos Creates Passenger Standstill at Stansted
Byline: Ian Starrett BUSINESS links between Londonderry and London have been thrown into chaos by the railway shambles in England. Since low fares airline Ryanair introduced the direct daily link between the two cities business people have made...
The Word from London: Cazenove Decision Shows Change in City
Byline: Patrick Lay NOTHING typifies the change in the City of London more than this week's announcement that the most blue-blooded of all corporate brokers, Cazenove, is to give up 177 years of partnership and float on the Stock Market. There's...
View from the Chair: Political Correctness Only Reflects Change in Society
SOME time ago there was a comment in a Sunday Times column that a letter I had written about the image of people with disabilities portrayed in an advertisement - it was entitled ''Political correctness gone mad''. How can the attempts to be sensitive...