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 August 9, 2001

Agenda 2001: Closures 'Will Not Affect Security'
Byline: GEMMA MURRAY SUGGESTIONS that security will be downgraded by the closure of up to 26 police stations were swept aside yesterday by RUC Chief Constable Sir Ronnie Flanagan. After a two-hour meeting with the Northern Ireland Police Authority,...
Agenda 2001: Shoppers 'Losing Faith in Supermarkets'
Byline: JO WILLEY CONSUMERS are losing faith in supermarkets, with only one in six trusting them to sell safe food, research suggested yesterday. And three in four people (76 per cent) are more concerned than ever before about the safety of the...
Agenda 2001: Tom Hill: I've Had Enough; End of Road for Man Who Made Dream Come True
THE man whose controversial sacking has led to a split in the Northern Ireland Hospice movement has decided to 'cut all ties' and end his interest in Hospice activities. "It was my life for more than 10 years but now it is history. I am moving on,"...
Arms Body 'Could Unlock Deadlock'
Byline: STEPHEN DEMPSTER A STATEMENT from the decommissioning body saying when disarmament would begin could unlock the peace process deadlock, the SDLP said last night. With the UUP demanding actual decommissioning to save the institutions but...
Arts: Music Touched by Welsh Magic
Byline: Ian Hill THE National Youth Orchestra of Wales say they'll be bringing a touch of mysticism and magic when visiting Belfast's Waterfront this evening with a concert inspired by folk tales and music of Eastern Europe and the Middle East....
ATHLETICS : 'Miracle Woman' to Defy Odds
Byline: NEIL SILVER KELLY Holmes was dubbed Britain's ''miracle woman'' last year when she defied the odds in an injury-plagued season to claim an 800 metres bronze medal in the Sydney Olympics. But the former army training instructor knows she...
Brave but Unlucky Irish Experience; 100th Anniversary of the Boer War Part Three: In the Third Part of This Mini-Series BRIAN COURTNEY Looks at the Role of the Royal Irish Rifles in the Boer Conflict
Byline: BRIAN COURTNEY THE Royal Irish Rifles, pride of the city of Belfast and counties Antrim and Down, had the dubious distinction of being one of the first famous British regiments to experience the humiliation of defeat at the hands of the...
Burnside Predicts New Crime Wave
Byline: GAVIN JENNINGS THE proposed closure of 26 police stations will leave communities at the mercy of a crime wave, it was claimed yesterday. Ulster Unionist David Burnside said he feared criminals and terrorists were set to prosper, as the...
Conspiracy Theories and Bad Acting Abound; Ireland's Feistiest Columnist Tells It like It Is
Byline: Suzanne Breen It's Northern Ireland's very own late summer's comedy. The decommissioning 'crisis' is impossible to take seriously and involves a lot of bad acting by the protagonists. Take Gerry Adams and David Trimble. They're not as...
Destination Miami: Dash. Latest Destinations
The sort of people who buy their Christmas presents in the January sales have now moved into the holiday market, according to Falcon's Christine Donnelly. People used to book their summer holidays in January, but last year that month only accounted...
Destination Miami: The Long Dark Night of the Iguana Woman . . .; Cruising Down the Boulevard in a Porsche 911 Past a Woman with an Iguana on Her Shoulder. Ah Yes, That'll Be PAUL DOUGLASS in Miami, Then
Byline: PAUL DOUGLASS Palm trees stirred softly in the warm wind while the energy of Miami Beach buzzed around our Porsche 911 Turbo on a sultry February evening. We watched as an artist filled in his canvas with extravagant brush strokes at...
Employment: British Workers Most Stressed out in Europe
'Professional employees in the UK work on average at least 10 hours a week over the hours they are paid for with many taking additional work home with them in the evenings and at weekends' BRITISH workers are more stressed out and work harder than...
Employment: EVERY WAKING MOMENT - Growing Interest in the Field of Sports Medicine
OVER in Canada this week, many of the world's top athletes are competing in the World Championships. Following years of training they have qualified to compete in one of the most prestigious athletics meetings in the world. Of course they haven't...
Football: Celtic Stun Ajax; Ajax 1 Celtic 3
CELTIC last night rose from the shadows of Jock Stein's Lisbon Lions to take a giant stride towards the Champions League group stages in Amsterdam yesterday. Celtic's attacking flair and superbly-taken goals from Bobby Petta, Didier Agathe and Chris...
Football: Glens Go on the Offensive
Byline: Brian Millar GLENTORAN manager Roy Coyle intends going for the jugular to bring home the bacon from Denmark tonight. Coyle feels his side are capable of coming away with a result against Midtjylland in their UEFA Cup qualifying tie. He...
Football: Great Danes Lick Lazio; CHAMPIONS LEAGUE ROUND-UP
FC Copenhagen recorded the shock result of the night by coming from behind to beat Serie A heavy-hitters Lazio 2-1. The Danish champions fell behind to a Hernan Crespo goal in the 56th minute but pulled level six minutes later when Jacob Laursen...
Football: Last Chance Saloon for Youngsters at Mallusk
THERE was a festival atmosphere at Mallusk Playing Fields yesterday as the teams had their last chance to progress to the semi final and final stages of the Belfast City Cup. On the pitch there was plenty of thrills and spills and a few upsets as...
Football: Lurgan Blues Have a Mountain to Climb; UEFA CUP SOCCER
Byline: DENIS O'HARA STUART Addis is adamant he has fully recovered from a hamstring strain and is keen as mustard to make a proper debut in European club football. Glenavon's pencil slim goalkeeper is ready to face down Caledonian class in this...
Football: O'Kane out to Torpedo the Tartan Terrors
CIARAN O'Kane is keen to make it a happy family affair with Glenavon and torpedo the Tartan terrors of Kilmarnock in this evening's UEFA Cup preliminary round showdown. O'Kane, a fiery midfielder, is the brother-in-law of team skipper Gerard McMahon,...
Football: Owen Hat-Trick Helps Liverpool to Finnish Job; FC Haka 0 Liverpool 5
Byline: PAUL WALKER MICHAEL Owen almost certainly shot Liverpool back into the competition they used to dominate with a fine hat-trick which proved too much for hapless Haka in Helsinki. There's no way back now for an outclassed Haka side, who...
Football: Rangers Face Mission Impossible in Turkey; Rangers 0 Fenerbahce 0
Byline: JON WEST RANGERS' Champions League hopes were dealt a severe, if not yet mortal blow, by a Fenerbahce side who regard themselves invincible on their own patch. Istanbul is famed for offering away teams a hostile welcome, but Dick Advocaat's...
Golf: The Fortwilliam Experience Will Not Be Disappointing; on Course with News Letter Golf Every Thursday
Byline: PAUL KELLY at Fortwilliam Golf Club FORTWILLIAM Golf Club, off the Antrim Road, has suffered from some bad press in the past. The hilly nature of the course has not always endeared it to the playing public. Consequently, it's not high...
Golf: Ulster Cruise to Interpro Triumph; LADIES' GOLF
ULSTER beat Connacht 6-4 to get their AIB Ladies' Interprovincial Championship campaign off to the perfect start at the Island yesterday. The day was marred by rain and a delay of almost an hour because of lightning flashes but with Irish champion...
Golf: Woosnam Eyes Up a Ryder Cup Boost
IAN Woosnam wants to continue as Sam Torrance's vice-captain even if he qualifies to play in the Ryder Cup. Woosnam is currently 16th in the cup standings - with only the top 10 after the BMW International Open in three weeks guaranteed to qualify....
Hospice Warning as Deficit Heads to Pounds 700k; Fundraising Woes Are Hitting Charity Hard, Says Draft Report
Byline: ROSS McKEE THE Northern Ireland Hospice says its adult and community services are heading for a deficit of pounds 700,000 this year if fundraising continues at its present level. Hospice acting chief executive Pat Killen made the comments...
Maxine's Steamy Clinch Is a Cuddle Too Far; Street Siren Gets Back to Her Man-Eating Ways
Byline: SINEAD McINTYRE THIS is the moment Coronation Street siren Maxine Peacock returns to her man-eating ways as she enjoys a doctor's visit with a difference. While devoted husband Ashley recovers in hospital from an operation to help him...
Morning View: Ex-Hospice Chief Tom Hill Can Move on with Sense of Pride
ONLY Tom Hill's closest associates fully appreciate the extent of the hurt he has suffered as a result of a bitter battle which has finally forced him to sever all links with an organisation he dedicated 10 long years of his life to. Despite the...
Motoring: Daewoo Matiz's Xtra Packs a Punch
WHAT does six thousand pounds buy these days? It would struggle to cover a family holiday to anywhere in the Kuoni brochure, wouldn't refurbish an average kitchen and you'd only be left with small change from a Chelsea season ticket. As far as new...
Motoring: Renaissance at Alfa Romeo Continues
Byline: Jonathan Crouch THE Alfa Romeo renaissance continues apace. Plunging into a market sector where few of the exciting cars are new, the 147 looks set to upset a few apfel-karts. The things that matter in this class - prestige, performance,...
Motoring: The Customer Comes First at Gormley's; Jonathan Crouch
IF YOU thought the Gormleys Vauxhall service was good at their old Dublin Road showroom, and such a view wouldn't put you in the minority, then it's probably about time that you took the short journey to the company's brand new, purpose-built premises...
Motoring: This Little Ka Is Big on Style
TINY Citycars are supposed to have tiny prices. That's the theory at least. In practice, some of the European offerings are actually rather expensive. To try and set the record straight, Ford has decided to offer buyers a basic version of its little...
Personally SPEAKING
Byline: PHILIP BLACK PHILIP BLACK of Lurgan, writes with his views on David Trimble's role in providing 'concessions' and 'broken promises' So the great Trimble strategy for forcing the IRA to de-commission has turned into a further massive...
Points of View: Assessing the Aspects of Voting Open to Abuse
IN recent times Sinn Fein has welcomed the ideas of introducing an ID card for voting. It is good news to know that democracy has been given more security with the possible introduction of such an ID card. I think it is vital that all votes in a...
Points of View: Raising the Question of Drumglass
Byline: George A MacDonald MacAllister, Woodside Avenue, Lisnamallard, Omagh. WITH regard to recent report on page 9 of your issue dated July 25, about Lord Maginnis of Drumglass, designate - what if there was another legal contender for the ''of...
Ramada Luxury Comes to Town; This Is Just the Start Says Hotel Chief
Byline: HELEN McGURK An internationally acclaimed luxury hotel chain opened the doors of its new pounds 15m complex in Belfast yesterday. The four-star Ramada Belfast, one of 60 Ramada hotels in 14 countries, is situated at Shaw's Bridge and...
Rugby: Ulster Storm Rips through Tight Sale; ULSTER 30 SALE 17
Byline: RICHARD BULLICK ULSTER withstood a very physical Sale challenge and injuries to key men David Humphreys and Robbie Brink to win their second successive pre-season friendly at Ravenhill last night. As expected, it was a much tougher test...
Small Station but a Big Comfort
Byline: BESSBROOK ONE Bessbrook businesswoman, who was mugged in her own home, was particularly grateful for her local police force, however small it is. And although its presence on the village's main street failed to deter her muggers from...
Soccer Girls Put Mayor Ahead of Game; Goal-Den Win for Ulster Squad
Byline: KIM HEWITT WHEN it comes to sporting excellence a team of teenage girls have proved they're on the ball, as they've just netted the top trophy in a 16-nation soccer tournament. The Northern Ireland under 17s girls' team have just returned...
Still Working for Peace 25 Years on; the Peace People - the Organisation Born out of Tragedy - Will Mark Its 25th Anniversary Tomorrow. KAREN QUINN Spoke to the Organisation's Co-Founder and Joint Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, about the Impact of the Movement on Ulster's Troubles and Her Hopes for the Future
Byline: KAREN QUINN Veteran peace campaigner and Nobel laureate Mairead Corrigan Maguire has watched Northern Ireland emerge from some of its darkest days of violence and latterly a crisis-hit peace process. Today she is still actively involved...
Stocks and Finance: Techs and Telecoms Take a Pounding
THE London market slid heavily yesterday after tech and telecom stocks took a pounding. The FTSE-100 Index, which at one point during the session had fallen more than 100 points, closed down a hefty 60.3 points at 5476.5. Sentiment was hurt by...
Taking the Search for Peace to the Rest of the World
CAMPAIGNER Betty Williams is still actively involved in the search for peace, albeit on a grander scale. As president of World Centres of Compassion for Children, a Florida foundation, she spends much of her time as a roving ambassador, travelling...
The Profile: Bishop Roy Williamson - Bishop Who Helped a Community in Crisis; Cleric's Support Helped City through Stadium Disaster and Tensions over Satanic Verses
Byline: IAN STARRETT Retired Bishop Roy Williamson regularly gives his religious viewpoint on BBC Radio 2's Terry Wogan show. IAN STARRETT talked to the Ulsterman about his still exceptionally busy life and ministry Roy Williamson's first love...
We Need More Police, Not Less - Say Residents; PROPOSALS Which Could Result in the Closure of 26 of the Province's 150 Stations Have Provoked Outrage and Disappointment in Towns and Villages Where the Cuts Would Strike. LESLEY WALSH Gauged Reaction in Dunmurry, South Belfast and Bessbrook in South Armagh
Byline: DUNMURRY SUB-POST Mistress Wendy Cairns echoed the alarm among residents in Dunmurry. ''For the amount of crime there is in Dunmurry it's ridiculous,'' she said. "At the moment we feel pretty safe but if the closest station was Lisburn...
When It Comes to Body Hang-Ups ... We Can Work It Out
Byline: NICOLA MATHERS LADIES, if you want someone to blame for a lack of confidence in your personal appearance, look no further than the man in your life! A survey, carried out by Top Sante Health and Beauty Magazine, has revealed that Ulster...