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 22, 1998

50 Years a Diabetic; Scientists Are Predicting a World-Wide Increase of 100 Million New Cases of Diabetes over the Next 12 Years, Double the Present Incidence. in Northern Ireland Upwards of 40,000 People Suffer from the Condition (as Many More Go Undiagnosed) Which If Not Properly Treated Can Lead to Serious Complications. SANDRA CHAPMAN Talks to One Woman Whose Eating Habits Have Been Controlled by the Clock for the Last Half Century
Lila Young was 67 last week and in the last fifty years has never known the pleasure of sitting down to a meal when she felt like it. Nor has she been able to tuck into a bar of chocolate or have a sticky bun when the mood takes her. Few people...
Athletics: Half Marathon Attracts Big Entry
THE First National Building Society are sponsoring today's Causeway Coast half marathon which has a pounds 1,200 prize fund plus spot prizes. The course is billed as probably the most scenic in Europe. It runs from the Giant's Causeway along...
Billions Wiped off Top Shares
THE London stock market went into freefall yesterday wiping more than pounds 33 billion off the price of leading shares. Traders were gripped by fears the US attacks on Afghanistan and Sudan could escalate and rumours of a fresh round of currency...
Bob's Got Himself a Man; around the World with Bob and Christine Harper
They have traditional Polynesian dancing in the Bali Hai Hotel every Wednesday night. The last time Christine had seen this spectacle was during the early sixties on her way home from Australia, and was delighted to be in Moorea to experience it again....
Bowls: Talbot, D'Arcy on Target for Glory
JAMES Talbot and Graham D'Arcy are on course for double glory success in the Irish Bowling Association's National Championships that reach a climax at Belmont this afternoon. Both players celebrated an excellent day at the east Belfast yeaterday...
Buncrana Weeps - but Joy Will Return
A WEEK ago this morning Buncrana was a happy holiday resort praying for an Indian Summer of sunshine and laughter. In its Market Square this afternoon, the residents will gather instead to remember those who died in Omagh last Saturday and to pray...
Club Boss Pledges to Carry on Battle
THE owner of a Co Armagh nightclub, torched by masked gunmen claiming to be from the Real IRA, has vowed to continue putting together a dossier on republican intimidation of Protestants in south Armagh. The arson attack is the latest worrying development...
Creating Problems to Keep Us Guessing; Ulster Duo Find That They Have a Talent for Brain Teasers
MOST pig farmers have enough problems at the minute without making them up in their spare time. But pig farmer/publican Hugh Bradley and construction worker Christopher Higgins get a real kick out of giving mathematicians a headache with the Brain...
Cricket: Ireland Battle Back!
STEPHEN Smyth and Kyle McCallan led a spirited Ireland fight-back last night to tame the Australian Test hopefuls and take their only first class fixture into a third day. Although victory may be out of the question, run rate will not come into...
Cricket: Limavady Bid to Seal North West League
ON THE most important weekend of the season so far, Limavady can win the North West League for the fifth successive season but the more likely scenario is that the championship will not be resolved until next month. Victory for Limavady in their...
Cycling: Scanlon Can Make Mark; Credit Union Junior Tour
MARK Scanlon is the hot favourite for success in the Junior Tour of Ireland which begins in Coleraine torow. The Sligo-based cyclist who is currently racing in Europe, has been Ireland's leading Junior over the past two seasons and in the Credit...
Decision Time for Gloria
Gloria Hunniford could surprise everybody on her wedding day by turning up at the church with two outfits in tow. The popular TV presenter, who is marrying Bond Street hairdresser Stephen Way on September 6, is still unsure what she will wear when...
European Open: Langer Is Open Tip
BERNHARD LANGER moved menacingly to the top of the leaderboard at the European Open in Straffan yesterday, and is poised to recapture the title he won in 1995. The 40 year old German (pictured), fired a superb seven under par 65, and is joined by...
Football: Back to the Future for Darren; Ulster Cup Preview
DARREN ERSKINE'S career has moved full circle - and the 32 year old is quietly confident he can help Ards regain Premier League status. Meanwhile, the Donaghadee-based striker with the distinct loping gait fine tunes in the Ulster Cup. It's back...
Football: Bruce's Boys Braced for Blues Test; NATIONWIDE LEAGUE
THE practical joker which is the Football League fixture computer has offered new Sheffield United player-manager Steve Bruce an early opportunity to test himself against former boss Trevor Francis. Birmingham manager Francis takes his side, and...
Football: BUCK UP OR ELSE, WARNS VIALLI
CHELSEA boss Gianluca Vialli (pictured) has warned his star-studded team that they will win nothing this season unless they finally learn to cut out the careless defensive mistakes which bedevilled them last season. The Blues entered the season...
Football: Ferguson Salutes Durrant
RANGERS midfielder Barry Ferguson, one of Scotland's brightest young prospects, yesterday expressed his debt of gratitude to Ian Durrant. The Ibrox legend faces his old club for the first time at Rugby Park today. Ferguson spent four years in...
Football: I'll Give Them Nightmares Vows Yorke
DWIGHT Yorke (pictured right) yesterday admitted that playing against Manchester United used to be his worst nightmare. And he immediately declared that from now on he intends to make it a nightmare for the Premiership's defenders. Manchester...
Football: Isaac Hopes to Keep the Goals Flowing
ISAAC ENGLISH had the perfect start to his Irish league adventure, but the 26 year old Scot has been around too long to believe it will be roses all the way. Coleraine's new striker says: ''It won't be an easy ride. I had a great debut, scoring...
Football: Paul Martin's Soccer Phone-In
FOOTBALL has gone money mad. That was the opinion of most News Letter readers who telephoned the Bass Soccer Hotline yesterday. Many callers claimed Dwight Yorke is not worth the pounds 12.6 million Manchester United agreed to pay Aston Villa, and...
Football: Red Rivals Bid for Gallic Supremacy
GERARD Houllier has outlined the French connection that sees two of England's biggest clubs under Gallic control. Houllier admits that he had a hand in Arsene Wenger taking over at Arsenal - and that his French pal advised him before he moved into...
Football: SPIERS READY TO PROVE POINT
JEFF SPIERS is in the clear - and the 31 year old centre back hopes he'll be given a debut for Glenavon in today's first home game of the season, against Crusaders. After 11 years with Linfield it will be like old times, linking up with former Blues...
Football: TOTTENHAM AGREE FEE FOR SOLSKJAER
TOTTENHAM yesterday agreed a fee of pounds 5.5million with Manchester United for striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Chairman Alan Sugar is hoping to meet with the 25 year old Norwegian international over the weekend to sort out personal terms. Tottenham...
Football: Venglos Keeps Faith with Squad
CELTIC head coach Jozef Venglos tonight reaffirmed his faith in his under-fire squad as they bid to avoid the trauma of a third defeat in seven days against Dundee United today. As the Parkhead squad decided to end their so called 'work-to-rule'...
Football: WE MUST BOUNCE BACK, SAYS MAC
TOMMY McCALLION was bitterly disappointed when understrength Cliftonville crashed to Portadown in last week's Gibson Cup opener. Today there's the chance for the 21 year old and league champions to make amends at Solitude, in a potentially rumbustiuous...
GAA: Derry Get Chance to Redeem Themselves
THE moment of truth will arrive for 15 Derry players shortly after 3.30 pm in Croke Park tomorrow. That is when the Oak Leaf men square up to Connacht champions Galway in the All-Ireland senior football semi-final. I have the utmost respect for...
Gardening
Scabious sounds like something that should send you running to the doctor. And, sure enough, the name of this cottage garden favourite comes from the Latin "scabies" - to itch. But, the Romans believed they could soothe skin irritations and used...
Golf: Baby Bear's Brilliant Birdie Blitz.
GARY Nicklaus took route 66 and was almost apologetic for shooting a brilliant seven-birdie six under. The excellent display has the Baby Bear in contention, at four under. The 29 year old son of the legendary Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, is not...
Golf: Clarke Plans Special Pro-Am
DARREN CLARKE, deeply affected by the horror of last Saturday's bombing in Omagh, is casting his not inconsiderable weight behind fund raising for the striken people in his native County Tyrone, writes Denis O'Hara. The 29 year old is to make a...
HEALTH Briefs
People who undergo heart surgery in the Royal Hospitals are twice as likely to have successful outcomes compared to the UK national average. Figures compiled by the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of GB and Ireland show that deaths following heart...
IN THE MAKING; Your Guide to What's Coming on the Small Screen
ITV GETS WEIGHTY As the procedures of adoption agencies are brought into question after comedienne Dawn French revealed that she had been told she was too overweight to be a mum, ITV is to devote a whole series to fat. FAT is a major new six-part...
Kart Racing: Big Entry for Irish Grand Prix
ALTHOUGH the recent political situation has caused a number of concerned mainland kart racing drivers to withdraw their entries from today's and tomorrow's Irish Kart Grand Prix at Nutts Corner Motor Sport Centre, the event so far has attracted one...
Mensa Membership Isn't Essential, but It May Help
HUGH and Christopher have written two teasers especially for News Letter readers. They are offering a small prize to the first correct solutions opened. If you can work out the teasers send your answer to H Bradley and C Higgins, The Pub, Desertmartin,...
Morning View: Fitting Memorial to Omagh's Dead
Suggestions from civic and business leaders in Omagh that the centre of the shattered Co Tyrone town should be rebuilt as soon as possible and that, where possible, traders are encouraged to resume trading immediately, should be backed by the Northern...
Motorcycling: TRY STOPPING ME, SAYS JOEY; 'King of the Roads' Poised for Dundrod Superbike Assault
JOEY Dunlop (pictured) intends focusing on the Superbike races today at the CP Hire Ulster Grand Prix where he hopes to add to his record 23 wins. ''I'm keen to do well,'' said the King of the Roads, who opened up his dazzling Dundrod account as...
Motor Sport: Famous Brothers Lead from the Front
JOEY Dunlop 23 wins, Robert Dunlop five. That's the state of play for these famous brothers going into today's CP Hire Ulster Grand Prix at Dundrod. The Dunlops are determined to add to those scorelines. Joey is looking for a Superbike success while...
Motor Sport: PLAUDITS FOR CLUB
IT COSTS somewhere in the region of pounds 150,000 to stage this annual feast of speed which is enjoying backing for the fifth consecutive year from the Coleraine-based company CP Hire. But realistically, the financial backbone is the supporters...
Omagh Bomb: Churches Open Dozens of Venues
FOLLOWING the request from the four Church leaders for local clergy to organise 'Acts of Reflection' in their own communities to show sympathy and solidarity with the people of Omagh, the following events have been organised jointly by clergy of all...
Omagh Bomb: Nicola's Joy at 'Little Miracle'
A YOUNG mother who has given birth after narrowly escaping death in the Omagh bombing said today she wanted her daughter to be a symbol of new hope for Northern Ireland. "I hope she can grow up and be safe," said Nicola Emery, 21. Cradling her...
Omagh Bomb: No Plans for Early Recall of Assembly; Trimble Tells PM to Match Eire Lead
REQUESTS for the recall of the Northern Ireland Assembly in the wake of the Omagh bombing have been turned down. The decision was taken yesterday by Presiding Officer Lord Alderdice and supported by First Minister David Trimble and his deputy, Seamus...
Omagh Bomb: Outrage Was Merciless Says Ahern
EIRE Prime Minister Bertie Ahern yesterday talked about the moment he heard of the bombing that prompted him to introduce the toughest anti- terrorist measures in the history of his state. Mr Ahern said his two teenage daughters had been in tears...
Omagh Bomb: Priest Tells of Lasting Trauma for Survivors
THE Rev Brian D'Arcy was one of the many ministers of religion who were in Omagh to absorb some of the pain inflicted by the massacre. Yesterday he broke down on BBC Radio as he recalled holding the hand of an elderly man who still had the flowers...
Omagh Bomb: Queen to Lead Omagh Service
THE Queen is to lead mourners at a formal service in memory of the victims of the Omagh bombing outrage, Downing Street announced yesterday. The Duke of Edinburgh and Prime Minister Tony Blair will also attend the service, the date and venue for...
Omagh Bomb: Scores of Viewers Furious at 'Insult'
OMAGH councillor Oliver Gibson, who lost his niece in Saturday's atrocity, has joined with scores of angry viewers to label a TV programme "an insult" to the victims of the bomb horror. The programme, Thursday Night Live, was produced by London-based...
Omagh Bomb: The RUC Officers Who Faced the Unthinkable; Routine Day Tranformed into Worst Nightmare
IT WAS just another ordinary Saturday with nothing much happening around lunch-time for a handful of detectives and constables on duty at Omagh police station. Almost incomprehensibly, somewhere nearby, a number of men were getting ready to commit...
Omagh Bomb: Ulster and Eire Stand Still for One Long Moment
SADNESS will fill the air today as Northern Ireland quietly remembers the 28 people who lost their lives in last Saturday's Omagh bomb. In a massive outpouring of emotion, tens of thousands of people will pause for a moment of reflection at 3.10pm...
Outdoors
A magazine landed on the mat the other day, and on glancing through it I came across an article on sandpipers. This got me thinking that I had not found a sandpiper's nest this year. Why not, I asked myself? The common sandpiper is a small, neat,...
Rod & Gun
It looks like being a great day out for all members of the family at Dorisland reservoir near Carrickfergus tomorrow. Entries have been pouring in for the major charity angling competition there in support of Water Aid. Neil Ross, Water Aid Organiser...
Rugby: Ulster out to Avenge Defeat
PAY-BACK time continues for Ulster in Galway this afternoon (4.00pm) with Harry Williams' boys again on their travels hoping to avenge another of last season's defeats. Twelve months ago, Connacht inflicted a rare and humiliating reversal on the...
Showbiz Life
HHH JODIE FOSTER, who gave birth to a baby boy last month, has decided not to return to work until next April. ''I've gone that long without working before and I have no problem with it,'' says the 35-year-old actress, who has not identified the...
Sovereignty Chief Escorted from Dundalk Shop
BERNADETTE Sands-McKevitt was escorted from her premises in a shopping centre at Dundalk yesterday by security guards. The move was understood to have been made to avoid a possible breach of the peace after the bombing of Omagh by the Real IRA....
Speed Ace Fights on; Top Motor Cyclist Phillip McCallen Will Know Later This Year When He Can Race Again. There Is Still the Possibility That He May Be Risking His Health by Doing So but He Remains Positive and Hopeful as He Begins the Fight to Restore His Fitness. He Talks to SANDRA CHAPMAN
Today's Ulster Grand Prix will be without one of the stars of international motor cycle racing, Phillip McCallen of Tandragee. Instead of being on the track thrilling the crowds with his usual brilliance he will be on the ground in a management...
Tartan Talk
The greatest annual pipe band show - the World's Championships - held last Saturday at Glasgow Green, was marred when news filtered through of the Omagh bomb atrocity, and the huge loss of life which resulted. The thoughts of the Northern Ireland...
The Drip, Drip of the Rain Mirrored Endless Funerals
ON THE day of the funerals of the last of the Omagh dead, the town centre was as silent and dark as the grave. Though it was the height of summer, the weather mirrored the sombre mood as dark clouds closed in, and a steady drizzle saturated the...
THE FUNKY BUNCH-Aka Our Team of Four Teenage Reviewers, Fox, Dino, Zagger and Flump, Give Their Verdicts on All the Latest Entertainment Software Releases
TEKKEN 3/ NAMCO/ PLAYSTATION Fighting game enthusiasts take note - Tekken 3 has hit the games market and it is bigger, badder and rougher than ever. With new combos, attacks, counter moves and defensives, Tekken remains the most accurate fighting...
The Path Ahead Is for Democrats Only; Northern Ireland's First Minister-Designate DAVID TRIMBLE, in This Exclusive News Letter Article, Pledges Steadfastness to Fulfil People's Hopes
I WELCOME the public declaration by the Irish Government of its intent to suppress republican terrorism. The response from our Prime Minister to my insistence on equivalent strong measures in the United Kingdom has been encouraging. I hope that...
There Is More Than One Way to Treat Depression
There are many reasons why one can become depressed. Some are obvious i.e the death of a loved one, but some are not so clear and sometimes there is no reason at all. We all react to our environment so social and chemical factors are important....
Ulster Grand Prix: Robert on Glory Trail
FOR close formation racing look no further than the 125 class where the line-up includes Robert Dunlop, Phelim Owens, Owen McNally, Gary Dynes and Ian Lougher from Wales. There's nobody more determined than Dunlop to take this particular race. ...
US on Alert after Terror Base Blasts; Clinton Administration Braced for Backlash after Missile Raids
THE US is on guard, both home and abroad, against bloody revenge attacks for the cruise missile raids on Afghanistan and Sudan. Two UN soldiers were shot and injured by unidentified gunmen in the Afghan capital yesterday - hours after the US attack...