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 June 25, 2003

Accused 'Planned to Kidnap Peers' Star Witness Tells Court of Bid to Boost 1981 Hunger Strike
ALLEGED Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt planned to kidnap four members of the House of Lords and their sons and force them to go on hunger strike, a court heard yesterday. FBI agent David Rupert, key witness in the trial of the suspected dissident...
Anti-Deprivation Strategy Unveiled; Making Things Better the Priority in Multi-Agency Blueprint
Byline: IAN GRAHAM A MAJOR new strategy was launched yesterday to tackle the urban deprivation that blights the lives of 250,000 people in Northern Ireland. A multi-departmental approach will be used over the next decade to improve the lot of...
Call to Bring OTMS Beef into Food Chain
Byline: DAVID MCCOY A PILOT scheme for re-introducing over thirty months beef into the food chain has been urged by NFU Scotland. NFUS made its call in a submission to the Food Standards Agency (FSA), which is currently considering options for...
Corinne Comes out Tops at Carnfunnock Event
CULLYBACKEY rider Corinne Robb captured the coveted Newmills Silver Quaich for the Champion of Champions at the 17th annual Larne Show, held at Carnfunnock Country Park, by kind permission of Larne Borough Council. Also having a successful afternoon...
CRICKET: Brigade Shocker
Byline: Ian Callender BRIGADE lost their third match in four days last night as Drummond shocked the defending champions with a thrilling last over one wicket victory in their Derry Journal League game. Chasing 178 for only their second win of...
Equestrian Briefs
o Saintfield Show pony CD classes saw wins for Danielle Kelly and Rebekah Ward in the 138cms section. Danielle partnered Daniel Kelly's Big Stuff while Rebekah Ward has Bruckless Gaffalla owned by James Ward to share equal first. In the 128 CD section...
Equestrian Briefs
COMPETITORS are reminded that North Coast Riding Club's Summer Showjumping League will commence on Tuesday 1st July at Coole Farm, Curragh Road, Aghadowey by kind permission of Mr Davy Lawrence. The league will run for 6 weeks each Tuesday evening...
Fermanagh Gears Up for Euro Pony Championship
COUNTY Fermanagh is gearing up for an influx of visitors from all over Europe as the start of the 2003 FEI Pony European Championships draws near. Necarne Castle in Irvinestown will host this prestigious event and planning is already well underway...
Football: Samba Beats at Old Trafford
Byline: SIMON STONE MANCHESTER United can be optimistic of landing Ronaldinho later this week but their hopes of keeping assistant-boss Carlos Queiroz appear doomed if Real Madrid confirm him as their leading managerial target. Following Brazils...
Football: Wenger Pledge to Gunners
ARSENE Wenger has reassured Arsenal fans by promising he will be in charge at Highbury next season, despite speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid. The Gunners boss is the bookies favourite to replace Vicente del Bosque, who was sacked...
George Orwell . . . Is Still Watching You
Byline: SANDRA MURPHY WHILE the mention of Big Brother instantly evokes a mind-numbing reality TV show, true George Orwell fans will pay homage to the author who created the concept at Belfast's Linenhall Library tonight. A century after he was...
Golf: Clarke and McDowell Head Matchplay Field
Byline: Denis O'Hara ANDREW "Chubby" Chandler, the guiding hand behind the professional careers of former World Matchplay champion Darren Clarke (left) and burgeoning talent Graeme McDowell, believes the first European Challenge tour event to be...
Golf: Jones on Form
HELEN Jones carded a two-birdie two over par 77 at Murvagh to take fourth place in the opening qualifying round of the Lancome Irish Ladies Close championship. The News Letter Scratch Cup holder is perfectly poised to progress form today's closing...
Growers in Crisis as Poor Weather Hits Hard; Worst Fruit Season in 40 Years Puts Industry in Turmoil
Byline: EXCLUSIVE By KAREN QUINN THE unseasonable weather has left Ulster's fruit farmers counting the cost of one of the worst years on record. The Northern Ireland Fruitgrowers' Association warned yesterday that it is the worst crisis facing...
Healthier Food Top Priority for Curry
Byline: DAVID McCOY HEALTHIER food is one major challenge ahead for the body driving forward Government and industry efforts to shape the future of farming and food production, its chairman has said. Sir Don Curry, who heads the independent Implementation...
Health Management Costs 'Lowest in UK' Ulster Leading Way on Value for Money, Says Survey
Byline: KAREN QUINN MANAGEMENT costs in Northern Ireland's health service are the lowest in the UK, it was revealed yesterday. An independent study also claimed that the proposed shake-up of the Province's health-care system is unlikely to make...
Irish Blitz Nations Cup in Germany
Byline: RUTH LONEY IN SPECTACULAR fashion, Ireland has jumped to the No. 1 spot in the Samsung Super League after decisively winning the Aachen Nations Cup in Germany on Friday. With Germany desperate to improve upon their Super League position...
Letter to the Editor
Byline: Yours, etc. GRAINNE McGettigan, Rhu-Gorse, Lough Eske, Donegal, writes ... SIR, IT is with some sadness that I send this item to the Press. As the ex- chairman of ISHDA, I feel that I cannot let the Department of Agriculture and Rural...
Lord Mayor Tells of His Vision for Unity
Byline: BILLY KENNEDY BELFAST Lord Mayor Martin Morgan has a vision for a united Belfast - a city where people are free to live, work and socialise where they want, regardless of colour, class or creed. The SDLP councillor said yesterday that...
Lyndsey Swaps Jodphurs for Posh Ballgown
EIGHTEEN year old Bessbrook horsewoman Lyndsey Brown casts off her jodhpurs and boots for a weekend of glamour and ballgowns when she steps into the limelight for three days at the Europa Hotel. Manager of Millbrook Equestrian Centre and daughter...
Make-a-Date Diary
Byline: DAVID McCOY WEDNESDAY, June 25: Greenmount Campus of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise annual distribution of awards (2.15pm); Country Market, YMCA, Drumahoe (2pm-3pm); Ards Riding Club summer showjumping league, Bairdstown...
Melody Calls the Tune!
THE father and son team of Adrian and Richard Buxton, of Uppertown, Ashover, near Chesterfield, have decided to purchase a farm in the USA. And, as a result, their Meadowell Herd of Holstein cattle, was dispersed at Beeston Castle Auction, Cheshire....
Morning View: Apple Industry Needs Help to Avert Disaster
NORTHERN Ireland's viable apple industry is facing its worst crisis in 40 years, due to the unseasonable weather conditions this year, and the Government is being asked to provide financial aid to sustain growers over the expected lean period. A...
New Bid to Clinche CAP Deal
IT'S a case of been there before! A new attempt to reach agreement in the Common Agricultural Policy reform negotiations is launched today. And National Farmers' Union president, Sir Ben Gill, last night expressed his frustration at the direction...
NHS Gets Pounds 50m Boost for Gene Science Studies
A pounds 50 million plan for the NHS to exploit future advances in genetic science was unveiled yesterday by the Government. Health Secretary John Reid presented to Parliament a new White Paper on the potential use of genetics by the NHS. He...
Parties Condemn Attack on SDLP Member's House
Byline: ROSS SMITH A COUNCILLOR hit with a hoax bomb attack on his family home has vowed to continue speaking out on con- troversial issues. Portstewart SDLP councillor Billy Leonard had bottles of paint thrown at his house at 12.30am yesterday...
Pig Prices Crash on UK Markets
Byline: RICHARD HALLERON PIG returns crashed by six pence per kilo this week, bringing the average bacon price back to between 90 and 92 pence per kilo. Local processers point to increasing levels of imports onto the United Kingdom market as...
Points of View: Banners Spell It out for Unionism
Byline: n North Down Unionist, Name and address supplied I HAVE no connection with either of the big two unionist parties and I would like to offer a few objective observations about recent events within the Ulster Unionist Party. Mr Donaldson...
Points of View: Ulster Welcome a Delight for Tennessee Travellers
Byline: n Cherel Henderson, Associate Director, East Tennessee Historical Society ON May 15-29, 44 members of East Tennessee Historical Society spent two weeks in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Although representing various...
Pounds 1,000 Wake-Up Call for Britain's Drivers; Safety Campaigners Welcome Fines for Mobile Users
ROAD safety campaigners yesterday welcomed the introduction of fines of up to pounds 1,000 for drivers who use a hand-held mobile phone at the wheel. But they criticised the Government for not banning hands-free phones, an omission which was welcomed...
Pounds 2.48m Boost for NI Food Processing
Byline: DAVID McCOY A EUROPEAN Union award package for the Northern Ireland food processing sector was announced yesterday. The awards, totalling pounds 2.48 million from EU funds and pounds 0.42 million from national funds, assist 10 projects...
Pounds 500,000 Plan to Cut Waste in Dairy Sector
Byline: DAVID McCOY THE Milk Development Council (MDC) is working on a joint initiative with the Food Chain Centre (FCC) to develop the first value chain analysis for the British dairy industry. The FCC has been granted pounds 500,000 funding...
Prime Time: Madhur Ready to Spice Up Albert Square
Byline: CATHY MAYER IF the name Madhur Jaffrey only makes you think of jars of Tikka sauce, cookery programmes and hugely successful recipes for Indian food, it's time to think again. Because Jaffrey is also an actress, and she's about to join...
Probe into Deaths of Soldiers in Iraq; Emergency Statement to MPs after Two Attacks
BRITISH commanders launched an urgent investigation last night after six Royal Military Police were killed and eight soldiers injured in two separate incidents in Iraq. Defence secretary Geoff Hoon told the Commons that the bodies of the six military...
Racing: Dalakhani Odds-On for Derby Repeat
Byline: Nick Grant DALAKHANI is as short as 4-9 favourite with Paddy Power for the Budweiser Irish Derby at the Curragh on Sunday. The French star maintained his unbeaten record in fine style in the Prix du Jockey-Club at Chantilly and surprisingly...
RUGBY UNION: Ballynahinch Lay Stall for Season Ahead
Byline: Richard Mulligan BALLYNAHINCH are setting their stall out to mount a serious title challenge in division two of the All Ireland League next season. They have signed Newcastle Falcons utility backrow forward, Rob Devonshire and Welshman...
Rugby Union: Changed Irish Set New Goals
Byline: RICHARD MULLIGAN THERE are 11 changes in the Ireland side which faces Japan this afternoon at Newbury, England (5pm), but that is not a reflection on the performance of the side in the tournament so far. The Irish may be playing for the...
Running the Roads for a Good Cause
The Traction Engine Club of Ulster embarked was rewarded with a superb day for the inaugural road run. Tractors travelled from far and wide to attend and a great display of a wide range of machines was in evidence. Club member Rory Woolf again provided...
Rural Development Gets a Pounds 1.5m Boost
Byline: FL2 REPORTER A pounds 1.5 million funding programme for the West Tyrone area has been awarded by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The programme is part of the European Union's LEADER+ rural development strategy, which...
Saintfield Show: Splendido Wins Farming Life Grand Prix
A CAVALIER sired bay gelding which was engineered by means of Embryo Transfer and created by Williamstown Stud owner John Hughes - won the Farming Life Grand Prix at Saintfield Show on Saturday. Splendido by Cavalier was found in Europe by Harry...
Saville Inquiry: Soldier Tells Inquiry He Lied about Gunshots
A SOLDIER admitted yesterday that he lied about hearing machine- gun fire in Londonderry on Bloody Sunday. Soldier 160, a rifleman in the Royal Green Jackets, told the Saville Inquiry in London he had grown to regret lying in a military police statement...
Sherelle Excels in Luhmuhlen
Sherelle Duke is on top of the world, after proving herself in Germany when she finished 15th overall in the German Championship three star horse trials at Luhmuhlen. The 25 year old former Young Rider World Champion was required to compete at the...
Shorthorns Back in the Spotlight
Byline: DAVID McCOY THE increasing demand for blended Dairy Shorthorn cattle was amply demonstrated once again at Chelford, when The Shorthorn Society held its national summer show and sale. Prospective purchasers from all over the United Kingdom...
Showdown for UUP Just Hours Away; Smyth Defiant as Showdown Looms
Byline: IAN GRAHAM BATTLE lines were being drawn in the UUP last night as leader David Trimble prepared to move against the half of the party's MPs who have resigned the whip. The ''defining moment for unionism'', which both sides claim is upon...
Six Dead as British Troops Are Hit by Two Attacks in Iraq; Heaviest Losses for Paras since Campaign Began
SIX British soldiers were killed in action and eight were injured in two separate incidents in Iraq yesterday. Both incidents happened near the town of Al Amarah, some 120 miles north of Iraq's second city Basra, where UK forces are based. It...
Software Firm in Pounds 2.5m Investment; Digital Broadcasting Group to Create 100 Jobs
Byline: ADRIENNE McGILL A GROUP of entrepreneurs with expertise in digital broadcasting are investing pounds 2.5m in a new software development company in Belfast which will lead to the creation of 100 new jobs. As revealed in yesterday's News...
Stocks and Finance: Traders Nervous as Footsie Falls
FINANCIAL stocks led a nervous London market lower yesterday as the bluechip FTSE 100 Index added to the heavy losses of the previous session. Investors were clearly still in the doldrums after downbeat trading updates from Unilever and brewer Heineken...
Tennis: Dubliner Worth Watching
Byline: Richard Mulligan CLONTARF teenager, James Cluskey, caused a stir in the James Nicholson Ulster Championships at Belfast Boat Club last night. The 16-year-old, ranked No 3 at Irish under-18 level and 480 in the world, disposed of Tim Armstrong...
Tennis: Hand It to Henin-Hardenne
JUSTIN Henin-Hardenne, the slim Belgian star with the biggest promise of ending the women's power era at Wimbledon, fought through the pain of a hand injury to reach the second round against tall Ukrainian Julia Vakulenko. French champion Henin-Hardenne,...
Tennis: Results Round-Up
Men's Singles, Round 1 (+) (15) A Clement (Fra) bt R Ginepri (USA) 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-7(3-7) 10-8, (+) (6) D Nalbandian (Arg) bt V Voltchkov (Blr) 7-5 6-4 6-2, A Sa (Bra) bt M Puerta (Arg) 6-2 3-2 retired, T Suzuki (Jpn) bt D Norman (Bel) 7-6(10-8)...
Tennis: Tim Fails to Shine
Byline: FRANK MALLEY THE folks on the Wimbledon Hill shouted themselves hoarse and the inevitable cries of 'C'mon Tim' reverberated around Court One. But it is going to take a lot more than patriotic fervour if Tim Henman is going to satisfy...
Top Bid of 2,100gns at Walescot Herd Dispersal
IAN Wakley, from Kemnay, Aberdeen, moved his high-yielding Walescot Herd to Borderway Mart, Carlisle, for the dispersal of the milking portion. With a herd average of 11,600kg, high indexes and colossal yields throughout, the milking herd was recorded...
Tories Urged to Oust Rogue Councillor
Byline: LESLEY WALSH THE father of a dead soldier insulted during a tirade of abuse against the people of Northern Ireland has said he hopes the councillor who made the remarks will tonight be expelled from the Tory Party. William Cochrane said...
Unionist 'Gang of Three' Cornered by Another Political Sucker Punch
Byline: Alf McCreary THERE was a tired predictability about the decision of three Ulster Unionist MPs to resign the party whip and no surprise at all about their identity. Jeffrey Donaldson, David Burnside and Martin Smyth have been among the most...
Witness to Crash Faces Legal Action; Man Refuses to Hand over Video Evidence of Tragedy
Byline: GARY KELLY A KEY witness is facing legal action after refusing to hand over vital evidence into the death of a rising motorcycle star, a Belfast inquest heard yesterday. Dominic McCullough from Armoy, Co Antrim, who claimed he had access...
World Today
n CHINA: The World Health Organisation lifted a Beijing travel warning linked to the Sars virus yesterday and said the chain of infection in the Chinese capital had been broken. Beijing was the last place covered by a WHO advisory urging people...