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 July 26, 2001

100th Anniversary of the Boer War Part 1: The Beginning Irish Soldiers Stand Fast against Threat from Orange Free State; in a New Mini-Series BRIAN COURTNEY Recounts the Events of the Boer War and the Involvement of Ulster Troops Fighting in the Former Colony of Natal
Byline: BRIAN COURTNEY ULSTERMEN played a leading role in a war which was raging 100 years ago and which earned Irish regiments of the British Army the admiration of a grateful nation. British superiority in arms and numbers was finally forcing...
Agenda 2001: Breaking the Cycle of Despair; 'Exercise Is the Last Thing on Your Mind When You Feel Weepy, Spotty and Fat. Yet, Combined with a Healthy Diet, This Is a Great Way to Regain Control of Your Body'
Byline: LESLEY RICHARDSON REPORTS that a new nasal spray could give instant relief to women suffering from pre-menstrual syndrome will come as welcome news to the two-fifths of British women affected monthly. Twenty women who tested the spray...
Alfas Only Need Apply . . .; TIM WARE Thanks His Lucky Stars He's Not Behind the Wheel Down the Amalfi Coast Road
Byline: TIM WARE The road which twists and turns its way along the Amalfi peninsula is a nightmare for drivers, but a delight for passengers. Known as the Amalfi drive, funny enough, it takes you past Saracen towers, citrus groves and flower-festooned...
All Genoa Britons Freed without Charge
ALL FIVE British protesters held by Italian police following the G8 summit in Genoa were released without charge last night, the Foreign Office said. Jonathan Blair, 38, from Newport, Daniel MacQuillan, 35, and Richard Moth, 32, from north London,...
Arts: Cork Gallery to Draw the Attention of the Art World
Byline: Ian Hill THIS September, many of Northern Ireland's art fraternity will be heading for Cork's Crawford Municipal Art gallery for an opportunity to view a unique exhibition of Picasso drawings. Spanning the years from 1896-1934, seeing...
Arts: Secret Life of a Great Politician
Byline: Ian Hill LORD Edward Carson spent many years regretting having ruined Oscar Wilde's life, demolishing his reputation, when, as a lawyer, he led for the Marquess of Queensberry in the writer's famous libel case against the artistocrat who...
Charity Saved by Diana Fund; Disability Help Group Gets Pounds 300k Lifeline
Byline: JACKIE McKEOWN AN innovative project which gives a lifeline to youngsters with learning disabilities was itself saved from closure yesterday by The Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Fund. Action Mental Health received the biggest single...
Cricket: Final Ball of Match Decides Cup Winners; NEWS LETTER MIDWEEK CUP FINAL
Byline: IAN CALLENDER AT NEW FORGE NORTH Down made up for the disappointment of last year's final defeat to win the News Letter Midweek Cup at Newforge last night. They defeated league winners Dunmurry by two runs in a thriller which was not...
Cricket: Ireland Beaten, but It's the Result Stomorrow That Count; EUROPEAN COLTS TOURNAMENT
Byline: IAN CALLENDER IRELAND completed their preparations for the European Colts Tournment with another defeat and a familiar scoreline. The MCC Young Cricketers hit 285 for seven - exactly the same total as the UAE scored in their winning chase...
Cycling: American Inches towards Crown; TOUR DE FRANCE
LANCE Armstrong moved another step towards a third straight Tour de France victory after rival Jan Ullrich failed to make any inroads into his comfortable lead yesterday. The American and the 1997 winner both came in 25 minutes and 45 seconds behind...
Destination: Italy - at Last I Can See What Dougal Saw in Florence . . .; Ah, Tuscany, Where Art Is Love and Love Is an Art. CATE WILSON Is Entranced by Florence, the Heart of Italy's Most Romantic Region
Byline: CATE WILSON Tuscany is renowned for its artistic history and breathtaking landscapes, and no city better encapsulates this rare mix of culture and natural beauty than Florence. Florence makes an ideal location for those with an appetite...
Employment: Communication Really Is the Key to Successful Sales; EVERY WAKING MOMENT A REGULAR FEATURE ON JOBS NOT FOR THE FAINT-HEARTED
GERARD Wilson feels he has struck gold. As the Key Accounts Manager for SAM mouldings in Antrim, he has built his sales and marketing career within one of the Province's success stories. A small family business, manufacturing MDF architectural mouldings...
Father Tells of Family's Bomb Terror; Couple and Teenage Sons Evacuated after Attack on Home
Byline: JACKIE McKEOWN A CATHOLIC man yesterday spoke of his family's lucky escape after a sectarian double pipe bomb attack on their north Antrim home. Eamonn Morrison and his wife Maura were asleep in their Cloughmills home when the bombers...
Football: Carroll Can't Wait
Byline: DAVID ANDERSON ROY Carroll is relishing the prospect of working alongside Fabien Barthez at Manchester United. The Northern Ireland goalkeeper will become Barthez's new understudy and he hopes to learn much from the eccentric Frenchman....
Football: CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE: Double Strike by Flo Puts 'Gers in Driving Seat; NK Maribor 0 Rangers 3
Byline: JON WEST TWO goals from Tore Andre Flo and a debut strike from Christian Nerlinger earned Rangers an emphatic victory in Maribor. Now it remains a formality for Dick Advocaat's side to complete the tie at Ibrox next week and move on to...
Football: Holders Charlton Crash Out
Byline: JUNIOR SECTION HOLDERS Charlton Athletic crashed out of the Junior Milk Cup at the hands of Cherry Orchard last night. Noel Byrne hit the target for the Dublin side and an own goal cemented their success at Anderson Park, bringing a semi...
FOOTBALL: Hughes Strike Keeps Magpies Flying High; 1860 Munich 2 Newcastle Utd 3
Byline: BILL PIERCE NORTHERN Ireland international Aaron Hughes' late winner was enough to give Newcastle a priceless advantage to take back to St James' Park for next week's Intertoto Cup semi final second leg. Bobby Robson's men had surrendered...
Football: Japanese Star Cullen Has Ulster Roots
IT was the night the comic strip soccer story came to life! The Japanese kid who scored twice against Manchester United at the Milk Cup was called . . . Robert Cullen. No. It wasn't a programme misprint! The hero of Ichiritsu Funabashi's 2-2...
FOOTBALL: Last Gasp Vassell Gives Villa Hope; Rennes 2 Aston Villa 1
DARIUS Vassell's last minute goal gave Villa hope of overturning a single goal deficit in the second leg of their Intertoto Cup semi final at Villa Park next Wednesday. Vassell's goal came at the end of a night that started badly for Villa and got...
Football: United Chill out Palestino; PREMIER SECTION
REFEREE Stephen Weatherall was jostled by frustrated Chilean players following their dramatic exit from the Milk Cup Premier tournament at the hands of Manchester United last night. Organisers were left awaiting his report of the incident as penalty...
Football: Young Glens Star Signs Professional Contract
Byline: SOCCER By ALEX MILLS GLENTORAN manager Roy Coyle has handed exciting midfielder Marty Hunter a three-year professional contract. The 21 year old exploded on to the Premiership scene last season with a number of top drawer performances....
Fresh FMD Fear as Cull Ordered; 4,000 Sheep Are to Be Destroyed
Byline: JAMIE LYONS THE Government was last night playing down fears that Britain's sheep flocks could face fresh devastation after a cull of 4,000 sheep was announced. Welsh Rural Affairs Minister Carwyn Jones announced the slaughter programme...
Golf: Golden Bear on the Prowl at Down; BRITISH SENIOR OPEN PREVIEW
Byline: S BY DENIS O'HARA JACK Nicklaus portrayed a pinched and determined look yesterday as he prowled the Royal County Down links in a third and final serious survey of a fascinating course. The 61-year-old Golden Bear is determined to be a...
Golf: Lisburn Cementing a Place in Top Flight
Byline: PAUL KELLY at Lisburn Golf Club IT'S the end of an era at Lisburn Golf Club. After 27 years as club professional, Blake Campbell is calling it a day. He took up his post a year after the club opened in 1973 and made custom fitting an...
Golf: Polland Hopes Knowledge Will Aid His Challenge
EDDIE Polland, regarded as one of the most colourful and eccentric members of the progressive PGA European Seniors Tour, and former Irish Close champion Kenny Stevenson are the Irish players with detailed knowledge of the extremely tough links at Royal...
Guards on Brink Warns Union
INCREASING numbers of violent attacks by armed robbers are pushing Securicor security guards to the brink, a trade union leader warned yesterday. Although a protest by over 200 Securicor staff due to take place today was averted after crisis talks...
LOOKING Down on Life; at a Fraction over 6' 7", GEOFF HILL Is Ulster's Tallest Journalist. His Lofty View of Life Appears on Alternate Week Days
Byline: GEOFF HILL MEN will never completely understand the female conundrum. So, not to say anything wrong, let's let the women speak for - and about - themselves. The hardest years in life are those between ten and seventy. Helen Hayes, at...
Macedonians Flee in Fear of Fresh Fighting; Mass Exodus after Threat of Military Action
Hundreds of frightened Macedonians fled the country's second-largest city yesterday, after the government handed ethnic Albanian rebels an ultimatum to pull back or face the threat of a new army offensive. At least 500 cars and a dozen buses packed...
Misleading Food Labelling to Be Tackled; 'Pure' Confusion Says Report
Byline: GEMMA MURRAY THE Food Standards Agency yesterday pledged action to end misleading food labelling using words like "farmhouse" and "natural". The move followed a report from the Food Advisory Committee which showed three in four consumers...
Morning View: Stakes Are Too High for Anything Less Than Sober Consideration
TODAY, tomorrow or Saturday - the leaking and the waiting are almost over, and the 'take-it-or-leave-it' inter-governmental package will be presented to Northern Ireland's political parties: the big question then is whether it will be given sober consideration,...
MOTORCYCLING : Jefferies to Miss Grand Prix
Byline: DERMOT JAMES THERE'S a body blow on the horizon for the Ulster Grand Prix which could be without road racing's golden boy, Yorkshire's David Jefferies, on August 18. In fact, the entire V&M Yamaha Team, which comprises last year's...
MOTORCYCLING : Tougher Leaps into Contention
Byline: DERMOT JAMES DAVID Tougher's chances of winning the summer Supermoto series are pretty slim, but last night the Lisburn tyre salesman left the opposition somewhat deflated after stealing the show at Nutts Corner. This was the third round...
Motoring: Lotus Lovely after All These Years
Byline: Jonathan Crouch THE take-over of Lotus by cash-rich Malaysian maker Proton means a successor to the long-lived Esprit supercar can't be too far off. OK, so the M250 project crashed and bombed, but that was only due to Lotus looking to...
Motoring: Mitsubishi's Innovative Mirage
Byline: Jonathan Crouch WITH the barriers between different car types slowly being eroded, the Mitsubishi Space Star seems to make more sense now than when it was first launched in 1998. In order to boost the model's appeal in the face of some...
Motoring: Sporty Renault Laguna Has Plenty Going for It
Byline: Jonathan Crouch WITH the success of people carrying MPVs, the thinking seems to be that ordinary estates will only sell if they've a sporty, lifestyle-orientated flavour. Like Renault's latest Laguna Sport Tourer. Prices start at pounds...
Motoring: Where Quality Really Counts
Byline: Jonathan Crouch IF YOU'RE going to buy a used car, then you could hardly do better than a used Honda. Survey after survey has established new Hondas as the most reliable, most carefully put together motor cars you can buy. As you might...
MOTOR RACING: Frentzen Pays the Price for Failure
Byline: IAN GORDON GERMANY'S Heinz-Harald Frentzen yesterday paid the price for a disappointing season as he was sacked by Eddie Jordan. The Silverstone-based outfit have terminated the 34 year old's contract just two days before he was due to...
Parades Body 'Facing Review' Agreement Rescue Deal Turns Focus on Marches
THE British and Irish governments have been considering a review of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission as part of their package of proposals to rescue the Good Friday Agreement, it was claimed last night. Several sources said the issue of Orange...
Peace Teen Hits Headlines Again; Blair Letter Girl Highlights Orphans' Plight
Byline: LESLEY WALSH A YOUNG Belfast peace ambassador has been telling a popular glossy magazine known for its celebrity interviews about her work with an international children's charity. Sixteen-year-old Margaret Gibney, who has rubbed shoulders...
Road Network Limits City Port Potential; Access Improvements a Matter of Urgency
Byline: IAN GRAHAM THE Port of Belfast is being hampered in developing its full potential because of the "inadequacies" of the road network around it, its annual report said yesterday. Belfast Harbour Commissioners who operate the port said it...
Row Erupts over New Role for Lord Maginnis; Ex-UDR Major Is Interviewed for Human Rights Post
Byline: GAVIN JENNINGS Lord Maginnis of Drumglass has countered criticism of his possible appointment to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and accused Sinn Fein MLA, Conor Murphy of sectarianism. Yesterday a row broke over revelations...
Science: Are They Back from Extinction?; 'In Jurassic Park, Dinosaur DNA Is Extracted from Mosquitoes Which Gorged on the Creatures' Blood and Then Became Trapped in Tree Sap for Millions of Years'
Byline: JOHN VON RADOWITZ IT looks like being another blockbuster. Jurassic Park III, which has just opened in the UK, boasts even better special effects and scarier dinosaurs than the first two films. Certainly, Steven Spielberg's monsters appear...
Science: Bone Marrow Cells 'Could Repair Kidney Damage'
CELLS in bone marrow can be turned into kidney tissue, scientists revealed yesterday. The discovery could lead to new treatments for kidney damage caused by cancer and other diseases. One day it might even allow scientists to regenerate new kidneys...
Share Prices Hit Three-Year Low
LONDON shares fell to their lowest level for nearly three years yesterday, as bad news from Energis and a further fall from Invensys weighed on stocks. By the close of trading, the FTSE-100 Index was down 44.5 points at 5275.7 - its lowest close...
Sinn Fein Call for Script before Policing Changes
THE Government must provide republicans with a script of any amendments to policing legislation if the problems in the peace process are to be resolved, a senior Sinn Fein source said yesterday. Outlining 20 areas in the Police Act which needed...
Sweat and Blood Is on Everyone's Hand; Ireland's Feistiest Columnist Tells It like It Is
Byline: Suzanne Breen THE Gap in Belfast's CastleCourt complex is one of my favourite shops. I bought a skirt there a fortnight ago and three shirts, substantially reduced in the sale, for a man who loves linen. Politically, I'm definitely not...
The Answer Is 42. What's the Question?; 'I Wanted to Be John Cleese, and It Took Me Some Time to Realise That the Job Was Taken'
Byline: OLIVIA CONVEY He had the initials DNA and joked that, because he was born in Cambridge in 1952, he had pipped Watson and Crick to the post by being born a year before they discovered the building blocks of life. But writer Douglas Adams...
The Profile: Robyn Robins - Rockin' Robyn's the Music Master; out of a Fermanagh Garage, a Musical Talent Was Born and His Career Just Goes from Strength to Strength for Robyn Robins, What Began as a Pastime Soon Became a Lucrative Career. ANN PALMER Talks to the Music Man about His Ambitions and His Growing Success
ROBYN Robins started digitally mastering music albums as a hobby in the garage of his Fermanagh home five years ago, and today, his company Mid Atlantic Digital, ranks 21st among the top 50 technology based businesses in Ulster. "Its amazing considering...
Three Countries Co-Operate on McKevitt Trial
SECURITY agencies from three countries are currently working on material for the forthcoming trial of the alleged former leader of the Real IRA, Dublin's Special Criminal Court heard yesterday. Michael McKevitt, 51, is charged with membership of...
Traffic Cameras Exposed; Website Reveals Popular Locations for Speed Traps
Byline: KAREN QUINN Q uick thinking drivers are avoiding RUC speed traps thanks to a website pinpointing every traffic camera in the Province. Hundreds of drivers are logging on to the website which details their exact location and even offers...
Winton Hits a Winning Streak; 'People Say That I'm on the Television a Lot, but I Would Be on More If I Did Every Show That Was Offered to Me'
Byline: PHIL GOULD WITH Survivor and Big Brother drawing to a conclusion, everybody seems to be talking about reality television - and popular presenter Dale Winton is no exception. The 46-year-old entertainer is back with The Other Half Celebrity...