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 7, 2002

Adams Tells Dublin to Put Pressure On
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams yesterday said the Irish government had a duty to keep the British government true to its word on the Good Friday Agreement. Speaking in Dublin before a meeting with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, he spoke of the British...
Belfast Bike Show onto a Winner with New Victory
I HAD a fascinating potter around the bike show in Belfast last weekend, although no thanks to the organisers, who didn't even bother sending me an invitation. Still, never mind: using the initiative which got me from Delhi to Belfast, I hopped...
Charity's Not Just for Christmas!
CANINE Christmas cast-offs will be needing a helping hand in the New Year once the initial joy of receiving a dog as a present wears off, according to the National Canine Defence League. The charity is urging the Northern Ireland public to help...
Christmas Debts to Last Well into the New Year
SHOPPERS are set to enjoy a bumper shopping spree this Christmas splashing out a total of pounds 31 billion on presents, according to new research. A survey by Egg, the digital banking and financial services provider, reveals that shoppers will...
Christmas in Spotlight
WE still need Christmas once a year This is what has been on the minds of Young Farmers all over the country, not because they havent started their Christmas shopping yet or are dreading the annual family "get-together" but because this was the...
Church Tells of Press 'Hell'
TEENAGE singer Charlotte Church hit out last night at media criticism of her US tour and denied that she was a tempestuous diva who threw tantrums. In an exclusive interview with ITV Evening News, the 16-year-old soprano said she was not having...
Club Gets on the Fast Track
THE third meeting of the year for Derrygonnelly and Church Hill Young Farmers' Club was a night out to Ballynahatty Fast Track in Omagh where members got to show off their driving skills in a Go-Kart. After a few delays members finally arrived...
Curragh New NSA Chairman
THE Northern Ireland Region of the National Sheep Association held its annual general meeting at Greenmount Agricultural. In his report, outgoing chairman, Ian Gibson, gave a review of the NSA activities in the past year. He made special reference...
Diana Fountain 'To Reflect the Joy and Turmoil of Her Life' Football Pitch-Sized Tribute to 'People's Princess' Planned
A DRAMATIC football pitch-sized oval fountain said to emphasise the qualities of ''inclusiveness and accessibility'' will form the permanent memorial for Diana, Princess of Wales, detailed design plans revealed yesterday. One side of the pounds...
Don't Let Ill Health Turn Your Festive Cheer into Dispair; Fun in the Sun Was Clouded for One Northern Ireland Family as Their Christmas Holiday Became a Nightmare. ADRIENNE McGILL Reports
If you are looking forward to jetting off this Christmas in search of winter sun, the last thing you want to comtemplate is waiting for hours in airports, becoming ill or sustaining a serious injury. But all these things can and do happen on holiday,...
Dry Period Is the Time for Blitz on Mastitis
THE dry period is the key time for dairy farmers to blitz existing mastitis pathogens using antibiotic therapies, says veterinary surgeon Liam McCullough of Mosside, Co Antrim. By drying cows off with Leo Red Dry Cow, not only are sub-clinical...
Farm Incomes in South Fall by 13%
FARM incomes in the Republic of Ireland fell by 13 per cent in real terms in 2002. The Irish Farmers' Association said it had been the worst year in the past decade. The 8.5 per cent drop in national farm income in 2002 announced by the CSO,...
Farming in Times Past: The Talented Mr Rarey
By PAUL CALLAGHAN THERE are few people who would relish the opportunity of stepping into the loosebox of a vicious horse. Imagine looking over a half door at an enormous black stallion. Its eyes have a wild look and the ears are laid well back....
Feed-Back Promising
McHALE has now sold a number of its newly-developed integrated baler wrapper, the Fusion. Thus far, the firm reports that customer feed- back has been extremely promising. What's interesting is that this machine is markedly different to existing...
Focus on Mastitis
MEMBERS of the Larne Group of the Ulster Farmers' Union were joined by representatives of Pharmacia Animal Health at their monthly meeting in the Highways Hotel. The focus of the evening was 'Mastitis in the Dairy Herd'. Jim Murray, regional...
FOOTBALL: Derby Defeat Turning Point
SIR Alex Ferguson believes his Manchester United side have healed the sores inflicted at Maine Road four weeks ago and are ready to re-ignite their title charge. It was not just losing to Manchester City that angered the Old Trafford boss, it...
FOOTBALL: Glenavon Boosted by Return of Devine
GLENAVON centre back John Devine has declared himself "almost fit" for today's crossroads confrontation against Distillery at Ballyskeagh. The 32-year-old former international missed training on Thursday night, suffering a bout of heavy cold...
FOOTBALL: Hoops Boss O'Neill Calls for Calm
CELTIC manager Martin O'Neill has urged his players to keep their cool in the white-hot atmosphere of the Old Firm derby at Ibrox. Referees have brandished 32 yellow and two red cards in the last six meetings between Celtic and Rangers. And...
FOOTBALL: Morris Keeps His Eye on the Ball
ELLIOTT Morris was magnificent when helping Glentoran win the first trophy of the season, but then the 21-year-old goalkeeper has been consistently impressive ever since he joined Roy Coyle first team squad at the start of the season. The former...
FOOTBALL: Quinn Relieved to Be Back Playing
PAUL Gaston has recovered from a broken toe in time to celebrate his 30th birthday with Coleraine in today's game against Ards at Taylor's Avenue. The homegrown centre back is included in manager Marty Quinn's squad, and could be a possible replacement...
FOOTBALL: Ranieri Braced for Toffees
CLAUDIO Ranieri rates today's return clash at Everton as Chelsea's hardest game of the season - but he has a plan to shoot down David Moyes' ''pirates''. Chelsea are on a red-hot streak, having won seven and drawn two of their last nine games...
Get Behind Organic Action Plan Urged NFU
THE National Farmers' Union yesterday urged all stakeholders to get behind the Government's Organic Action Plan. NFU vice-president, Michael Paske, said some members of the group overseeing the implementation of the Action Plan were delaying the...
Hi-Tech Solutions a Big Hit with Ulster Firms
NORTHERN Ireland businesses are more likely to exploit new technology than any other region in the UK, a major report has found. The International Benchmarking Study 2002, conducted by DTI-led UK online for business, shows 63 per cent of businesses...
Intensive Finishing Is Paying Dividends
EXPERIENCE on farms across Northern Ireland is showing that the intensive finishing of bull calves from suckling herds can pay both financial and environmental dividends. Young animals benefit from the undoubted advantages of being with their...
It's a Proton, All Right, but Not as We Know It
SECOND LOOKS, admiring glances and outright drooling. Reactions you might expect when driving a Merc or a Porsche - but certainly not a Proton! But strange things happen in the fast moving world of automotive design - look at Skoda, once the...
It's a Welsh Double-Whammy
IT was a Limousin double-whammy at the 2002 Welsh Winter Fair, Builth Wells on Monday and Tuesday with pedigree cattle taking both the overall championship and reserve championship awards. In what proved to be another strong day of showing for...
It's Standing Room Only at Omagh for Sale
A CAPACITY crowd at Omagh saw judge Alan Shaw (WD Meats) award Alistair Shortt's limousin bullock the beef championship. The champion later was sold for pounds 2000 to Mitchell Meats, Strabane. Prize winners Donegal Creameries Supreme champion:...
Launch-Pad for the Future; . . . That Was Royal Smithfield Show 2002
THE Royal Smithfield Show, the United Kingdom's leading farm business event, lived up to its reputation by responding to the needs of a farming industry determined to overcome the difficulties of the past two years. It provided a number of new...
Letter to the Editor
ROBERT Wilson, Derryhollagh Lane, Randalstown, writes... SIR, My wife and I own a small lowland suckler beef farm with sheep. Over the years we have always had the usual cyclical price movements for stock and when BSE came along we felt that as...
Linton Release New Videos
LINTON Video Productions, the well-known Garvagh videographer, has, over the years, provided us with many hours of excellent video productions, and this year is no exception. Three new videos have been released in time for the Christmas market....
Lords Calls for a Fresh Approach; ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS AND FARMERS . .
GOOD agricultural practice must be promoted to reduce undesirable environmental impacts as well as to deliver environmental benefits but new approaches are needed, according to a House of Lords report published this week. The Earl of Selborne...
Make-a-Date Dairy
SATURDAY, December 7: Listooder & District Ploughing Society annual match, farm of Danny Lenaghan, Ardglass, 10.30am, (details, 028 4483 1033); Country Market, Coagh Street, Cookstown (9am-3pm); Omagh Machinery Sales, New Showgrounds, Gillygooley...
Make Sure You Are Not Cruising for a Disaster
WITH almost nine million of us taking to the seas each year - cruising has never been so popular. Whether it's a booze cruise across the channel, or a high value cruise around exotic islands, travel insurance is essential. As Alyson Pearce, American...
Meeting Demand for Registering Growth and Traceability
AS DEMANDS on animal performance management grow and traceability is increasingly a global priority, so the challenges for accurate performance data collection and management increase. In response, Ritchey Tagg is launching the Tru-Test 3000 Series...
Montgomery Ulster's Top Barley Grower
WINNERS of the Ulster Farmers' Union spring barley competition, sponsored by BASF and IAWS, received their awards at a prize-giving lunch in the Chimney Corner Inn, Glengormley. Alan Montgomery, of Downpatrick, won the competition, which was ...
Morning View: Paedophilia Seems Incomprehensible: But It Has to Be Understood and Confronted, Once and for All
THE admission by Cardinal Murphy O'Connor, leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, that he had been ''nave and ignorant'' in his handling of the paedophilia issue has the ring of truth about it: who, until the extraordinary rash...
Mrs Sew 'N' Sew - Much More Than a Fabric Shop
ANY special occasion - whether it be a wedding, formal event or that day-out with a difference - just wouldnt be the same without that feeling of panic that sets in as soon as you start thinking about what to wear. In fact, you might well be one...
New 240bhp Golf Is Just Too Hot to Handle
PERHAPS Volkswagen has overstepped the mark with its celebrations for the silver anniversary of the legendary Golf. Twentyfive years down the line and this is still the benchmark as far as hot hatches go. After all, this is the car that was...
New Look Almera Is a Jack of All Trades
SOMETIMES cars can surprise you. I wasn't expecting much from the freshly revamped Nissan Almera for instance, yet found myself driving something that felt more like a mini-Primera. Being realistic; this is not a motor that grabs you by the scruff...
New Research Gives Hope to Agriculture
NEW research from independent market analysts, Datamonitor (DTM.L), finds that, in spite of setbacks such as Foot-and-Mouth Disease, the future of the United Kingdom dairy industry looks bright with the market value set to grow from a value of pounds...
Newry Herd's Double
TRADE continued buoyant at Moira on Wednesday as S J & C Stevenson, from the renowned Newry Herd, stole the show securing both the championship rosette and the top price of the day. Judging was in the capable hands of Stephen Brown, of the...
On the Cutting Edge of Animal Nutrition
DEVENISH Nutrition is a company well-known in the Northern Ireland agri-food sector. Less well-known, perhaps, is the fact that the company has become a growing force outside the Province - and, indeed - the island of Ireland. Devenish Nutrition...
Outrage over 'Naive' Prelate; Fresh Calls for Cardinal to Quit
CAMPAIGNERS last night dismissed comments made by the Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor that he had been ''naive'' on the issue of sex abuse in the Church and called on him to resign. Last night the Cardinal, who heads...
Pesticide Poisoning in Animals Declines
REPORTED incidents of pesticide poisoning in animals declined in 2001, according to the annual report of the Wildlife Incident Investigation Scheme (WIIS) published by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. However, the results...
Poll Urges Penalty Points for Raging Drivers
ROAD rage should be stamped out by giving offenders points on their licences, according to a poll of drivers. A survey conducted by insure found that the vast majority of drivers think those found guilty of road-rage should be automatically punished...
Prizes Galore at Limousin Club
THE Sheepbridge Inn, Newry, was the venue for the Northern Ireland Limousin Cattle Club annual dinner and prizegiving and there was a good turnout of members and guests. The chairman, John Adams, welcomed sponsors and members and then proceeded...
Probation for Actress Winona; Shoplifting Star Sentenced to Community Service
ACTRESS Winona Ryder was yesterday ordered to carry out 480 hours' community service for shoplifting from an exclusive department store. The 31-year-old Hollywood star must carry out the work at several charitable foundations, including a hospital...
Pull a Cracker This Christmas
ON the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me... a car with a dodgy history? It could easily happen - AA Car Data Check reports that all that glitters is not gold, even at Christmas. Up to one used car in three on the road carries...
SAC Guides the Polish towards EU Accession
HIGH-RANKING Polish agriculture officials were in Scotland this week to review the operation and organisation of agricultural advisory systems in Scotland. The visit was organised and hosted by SAC as part of EURpounds 2 million (pounds 1.3m)...
Stocks and Finance: Footsie Recovers after Poor US News
THE London market managed to close with its head above the 4000 mark yesterday, despite receiving a blow from Wall Street during afternoon trading. US exchanges slumped on their opening on the back of unexpectedly poor unemployment figures, while...
THE CRACK: 'Futuresearch' for Ulster-Scots
NELSON MCCAUSLAND, Director of the Ulster-Scots Heritage Council, was one of many Ulster-Scots who attended last weekend's Futuresearch conference organised by DCAL (The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure). Here is his impression of what...
Time for Some Undercover Shopping
TRADITIONALLY Christmas is the time of the year when some menfolk get it into their heads that their ladies would just love some underwear - and it used to be that after the festive giving, shops were inundated with those same ladies returning or...
Top Texel Females for Dungannon Sale
IN-LAMB gimmers and ewe lambs from four scrapie-monitored Ulster flocks - Blackstown, Hillhead, Springhill and Duvarren - come under the hammer at Dungannon Mart on Saturday (1pm). All females on offer have been scrapie genotyped. W J and J Wilson...
Try a Real French Classic
IF THE thought of all that Christmas fare ahead puts you off eating, why not try this classic French recipe which is a great filler especially if you serve it with lots of creamy mashed potato. It also goes nicely in a lunchbox, and of course...
UFU Watch: Don't Forget
l OTMS rates Applicable for December 2002: Exchange Rate of 1 Euro = 63.95p p/kg Livewt. p/kg Deadwt. pounds /Head at 560kg LW Cows 51.16p/kg 102.32p/kg pounds 286.50 Other cattle 57.56p/kg 97.85p/kg pounds 322.34 l New Arable...
UK Needs Euro to Attract Nissan's New Models
NISSAN boss Carlos Ghosn has given the clearest indication yet that production of future new Nissan models at the company's award-winning Sunderland plant may be under threat if Britain does not join the Euro. And Mr Ghosn said that even if Britain...
Walsh Briefs MPs on Future of CAP
IRISH Minister for Agriculture and Food, Joe Walsh, has addressed the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee enquiry on the proposed reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in London. The Minister attended on the...
When New Can Work out Cheaper Than Used
FIERCE competition in the car market means that it can now be cheaper to buy and run a new car than to opt for a used or nearly new example of the same model. New research from Carbuyer magazine shows that in many cases logic can be turned on...
Will National Park Be a Boost to Farmers?
A LOT OF discussion has been going on in South Down about the prospect of the Mourne mountain area becoming a National Park. Indeed if the reports coming in currently are to believed, it could all happen by early in 2004. It is surprising,...