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 20, 2003

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Actress Fails to Overturn Herbal Ban
ACTRESS Jenny Seagrove was left ''puzzled and bewildered'' yesterday over a High Court judge's ruling on her challenge to a countrywide ban on an ancient herbal remedy. The hotly-disputed ban was imposed following controversial reports linking kava-kava...
Airport Expansion Needed
THE North West is in danger of becoming an "economic backwater'' unless there is further expansion at City of Derry Airport, a leading business organisation has warned. The North West Chambers of Commerce Initiative said it is planning to have talks...
Airtricity in Multi-Billion Pound Wind Energy Deal
Byline: HELEN McGURK A NORTHERN Ireland green energy company has been awarded a long- term lease to help build part of a multi-billion pound wind farm on the British coastline. Airtricity, together with its joint venture partner Fluor, will construct...
Always Delivering a First-Class Service; Whistling Postman to Retire after 50 Years Working for Royal Mail
Byline: ANNE PALMER WHISTLING postman Frank McBride is celebrating his 50th Christmas delivering festive greetings. The reliable postie, who will retire in the summer, has spent his entire working life serving the Kilkeel community. Frank...
Anne Plans for Pleasure and Profit from Horses
ANNE Minnis is a living embodiment of that old saying "You get out of life what you put into it!" This busy mother of two pre-school children combines the role of wife and mum with a successful career in a caring profession as well as breeding and...
A Question of Style over Safety
BRITAIN'S young drivers put style issues above practical concerns such as safety and cost when it comes to choosing a car, a new survey reveal. The 'Driving Ambitions' study carried out by GM Card shows that over half (51 per cent) of drivers aged...
Around the Events
Lime Park A great day was had by all at the Lime Park's Horse and Pony Training Show on Sunday, December 14. Although a small turnout, everyone enjoyed the chance to jump round the fencing and well designed courses, and being able to take the time...
Book reviews:Complex Character Behind a Brave Ulster-Born Soldier; Paddy Mayne by Hamish Ross. Published by Sutton Publishing. Pounds 19.99
Byline: STEVEN MOORE AUTHOR Hamish Ross promises a new type of hero with his biography of Lt Col Blair 'Paddy' Mayne, but, thankfully, the man who emerges is still the same magnificent warrior, flaws and all. The Newtownards-born soldier has...
Book Reviews: Emotive Account of Iraq Conflict; Black Knights on the Bloody Road to Baghdad. Published by HarperCollins. Pounds 17.99
Byline: DAVID McCOY ALMOST a soon as the final shot was fired in the Iraqi war, books on the conflict began to appear. Black Knights On the Bloody Road to Baghdad is one of them, the riveting 'Band of Brothers' tale of a young British journalist...
Book Reviews: When Answering the German Call Was Offside; Letting the Side Down - British Traitors of the Second World War by Sean Murphy. Published by Sutton Publishing Ltd. Pounds 18.99
Byline: DAVID McCOY ''GERMANY calling, Germany calling'' was a phrase well-known to those who listened to the radio during the Second World War. Indeed, at the end of September, 1939, the character known as Lord Haw- Haw was the best-known voice...
Boy, 3, Killed by Meningitis; Child Was Playing Just Hours before Bug Struck
Byline: ANNE PALMER A DISTRAUGHT family last night told how their three-year-old son was struck down by a killer meningitis bug just hours after playing with his friends at a party. Brian Edgar, who died on Thursday, was described as a "lively...
Britain's Best! . . . That's Antrim Dairy Farmer David Wallace
Byline: DAVID McCOY DAVID Wallace, of Carmavey Road, Antrim, is the best livestock farmer in Britain. He won the accolade at the finals of the National Grassland Management Competition in Bristol. David beat three other top livestock farmers,...
Brussels Amends TSE Testing Plan
Byline: DAVID McCOY THE European Commission has adopted an amendment to the transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) Regulation, easing the heightened level of testing for TSEs in sheep and goats in the EU. TSEs are a family of diseases...
BULLICK'S VIEW: Maybe I Was a Bit Premature?
Byline: Richard Bullick WHEN Andy Ward scored his fourth try in four games for Ulster at the start of this season, this writer wryly wondered if he might claim some of the credit. Yours truly had incurred the ire of the White Knights' inimitable...
Capital Investment for Newtownards Firm
Byline: DAVID McCOY PRITCHITTS, a division of the Lakeland Food Service Group, has announced significant capital investment for its Newtownards facility with pounds 650,000 allocated for further development of the site in 2004. The announcement...
Celebration Time at Waterfront
TO launch the 75th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster, the Association plans to replicate the successes of its two previous visits to the prestigious Waterfront Hall in Belfast when the YFCU flagship...
Charolais End Year on a High
Byline: DAVID McCOY IRISH Charolais Cattle Society sales finished very positively at Tullamore Mart with an average price of EUR2,545 (pounds 1,789.36) each for bulls and EUR2,810 (pounds 1,975.64) for heifers plus a 75 per cent clearance of stock....
Charolais Treat for Shoppers
SHOPPERS in Sainsbury's new flagship store at Sprucefield, Lisburn, will have an opportunity to purchase beef from a pounds 4,200 Charolais champion. Sainsbury's purchased the supreme champion, a Charolais heifer, at Allam's Christmas Show and Sale...
Christmas Isn't about the Trappings and Tinsel
Byline: Alex Kane THOSE of you who have seen, and sobbed through, It's A Wonderful Life, will recall the scene where the suicidal George Bailey is rescued by Clarence, the aspirant angel, and allowed to see what the little town of Bedford Falls...
Cornerstone: Home and Children Take Pride of Place
Byline: Billy Kennedy CHURCH of Ireland Primate Archbishop Robin Eames maintains children should be uppermost in people's hearts and minds as Christmas approaches. ''Those homes and families which are blessed by the privilege and joy of children...
Countdown to Christmas
Bernice McMullan of the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland has some last-minute ideas to put you in the festive mood. Why not start the day with an omelette - guaranteed to keep you going until you serve up that bird in mid afternoon or maybe later....
Dairy Farmers Warned of Worst Case Scenario
Byline: DAVID McCOY ASSUME the worst, dairy farmers in England have been advised. With the United Kingdom now almost 200 million litres over quota, ADG - the ADAS Dairy Group - has been looking at the options for this winter. ADG director,...
'Dee Hold Balloon Debate
#AT Donaghadee Young Farmers Club on Thursday, December 4, members took part in a balloon debate led by Club President Elizabeth Rea. On the same evening, some senior members represented the County at the Annual Choir Festival held in Greenmount...
Did You Know?
o With much debate on how to cook your turkey absolutely perfectly - including dismembering it for cooking - the simple answer which all chefs employ is to cook the bird upside down. Use metal biscuit cutters to balance the bird evenly. Roast as normal...
Donaldson - the Aftermath: Is Trimble Ready to Do an Iain Duncan Smith?
Byline: ROSS SMITH DAVID Trimble faces crisis talks with party officers on Monday as the fallout from Jeffrey Donaldson's resignation puts his leadership under severe pressure. The News Letter understands that a group of senior party figures...
EU Deal Eases Long-Term Fears for Fisherman; New Quota Levels Give Fishing Fleets Hope for Survival
FISHERMEN won a reprieve yesterday in the struggle to keep the industry's long-term hopes alive. A deal after 30 hours of gruelling talks in Brussels secured another year of catch quotas they can live with - plus a new promise of long-term arrangements...
Ex-Officers Win Libel Case over Amazon Book; Court Apology for Loyalist 'Inner Circle' Claim
SEVEN retired police officers received a courtroom apology yesterday over allegations they were members of a secret loyalist group known as the ''Inner Circle'' which targeted Catholics for execution by paramilitaries. The officers include Trevor...
Farmers Fury over Sell-Out
Byline: FARMING LIFE EDITOR DAVID McCOY THE Government has been accused of a sell-out over farm medicines. British farmers could be burdened with new costs following European Union proposals to ban them from buying animal medicines and drugs over...
Farm House: Cash or Credit Cards - It's All Relative Isn't It?
Byline: NIKI HILL TWO teenage boys are reported to have acquired - by fair means or foul - a credit card belonging to a millionaire. After an initial period of buying meals out in expensive restaurants and a host of new gear, they embarked on a...
Farming Briefs: Improved Winter Grain Harvest Is Predicted
WITH this year's grain harvest well under way, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARE) has forecast the 2003/04 winter grain harvest to approximate 37.6 million tonnes. Following a slow start to the season, improved...
Farming Comment: Then and Now
SOME years ago I wrote a story advocating the release of cheap Intervention grain to assist Northern Ireland pig producers battling low returns and high feed prices. But I did not expect the reaction the story drew from cereal growers. The release...
Farming Life Markets
l BALLYCLARE A smaller entry of 26 Dairy Cows and Heifers met a lesser trade. Top price of the day went to D Foreman, of Newtownbreda, for a choice Friesian Calved Cow at pounds 870. Other leading prices were as follows: Wm R Hamilton, Broughshane,...
Farming Life Markets
l CLOGHER There was a surprisingly large entry of 930 cattle this week at Clogher Mart with prices holding firm in a strong demand for quality lots in all sections. In the Fatstock Ring, 200 lots sold to a firm trade with Beef cows selling to...
Farming Life Markets
l OMAGH A good entry of mostly Clean-Eared Bullocks sold to a firm trade at Omagh. Top prices as follows: John McBrien, Fintona, 350k pounds 655, (3); J Donnelly, Beragh, 355k pounds 568, 345k pounds 530; Flo Shortt, Omagh, 545 pounds 765, 505k...
Farming Life Markets
l SPERRIN A seasonal turnout of Sheep (1,209 lambs and 460 ewes) came under the hammer on Saturday. Fat lambs remained a steady trade and sold to 214p per kg halfweight, 22kg, pounds 47.20 and to pounds 50 each. Store lambs sold to pounds 44.40...
Farming Life Markets
l KILREA A smaller entry in all sections met with great demand. Suckler stock six lots on offer. Top price of pounds 870 was realised for Lim Heifer and Belgian Blue bull calf sold for Alan Carson, Ballymoney. Same vendor sold Lim Hfr and Hfr...
Farming Money: Brown's Figures Just Don't Add Up
Byline: PAT LAY A TV special of the "Grumpy Old Men" is in the Christmas schedules, featuring all sorts of aging pop stars and media folk. So far, Chancellor Gordon Brown is not included, but the way life is going for him at the moment they might...
Fears of Pounds 35 Million Levy Bill
Byline: RICHARD HALLORAN IAN Potter is predicting that the United Kingdom milk industry could exceed its production threshold by as much as 150 million litres of milk before the end of the current quota year. "And that could leave the industry...
Football: Arteta Returns to Steady 'Gers
Byline: JON WEST RANGERS manager Alex McLeish who welcomes back midfielder Mikel Arteta as his side face Hearts at Ibrox today, has called for his fellow managers to band together and campaign for the re-introduction of the winter break. McLeish...
Football: Bad Boy Lennon Banned from Europe
UEFA yesterday confirmed that Celtic midfielder Neil Lennon has been handed a two-match ban for confronting a referee during the club's Champions League clash with Lyon. The former Northern Ireland international vented his frustration at his side's...
Football: Kirk's Boys on Mission
Byline: Nicky Fullerton BALLYCLARE Comrades boss Jamesie Kirk knows his side must beat Donegal Celtic this afternoon if they are to be in the frame for promotion at the end of the season. The Comrades lie third in the league standings and Kirk...
Football: Leeman Aims to Sign off in Style
GLENTORAN defender Paul Leeman aims to sign off on a high note from this afternoon's tough examination against Omagh Town at St Julian's Road. The 25-year-old must take a one-game rest after the trip up country, and is kicking himself for picking...
Football: Phil in Fitness Test!
Byline: DENIS O'HARA LINFIELD midfielder Phil Charnock (pictured) is struggling to overcome a knee injury in time for today's tie against Larne at Windsor Park. Blues physio Terry Hayes tests the left-footed stylist this morning. Manager David...
Football: RED RAGE!
Byline: DENIS O'HARA CLIFTONVILLE's veteran centre back and skipper Mickey Donnelly hopes to pass a late fitness test on a damaged to be available for today's Premier League game against Glenavon at Mourneview Park. Manager Marty Tabb targets...
Football: Time to Get Heads Right Says Marty
MARTY Hunter has not started a game against Portadown in almost two seasons - but the 23-year-old Ards midfielder today welcomes the opportunity at Clandeboye Park. The former Glentoran player insists there has to be a change of outlook in the Ards...
GAA: Being Consistent Is the Key
Byline: Dan Kinney IT'S a long time since I first expounded on the minimum requirements for any team wanting to play consistently and win vital games. To win the an All-Ireland or provincial championship, at least 20 top- class players would...
Give a Life-Saving Present This Year
Byline: DAVID YOUNG AH, the periennial Christmas dilemma. In the packed High Streets and bustling shopping malls over the coming days, a common quest will unite Ulster's gathered hordes of consumers: the search for the perfect present. And let's...
Glens of Antrim to Pick Up Slack
Byline: RICHARD HALLORAN GLENS of Antrim Potatoes has confirmed to Farming Life that it has already been approached by a number of former Ballymoney Foods growers and there is now a strong likelihood of at least some being offered variety specific...
Heather Moorland Needs a Rest
Byline: BERNARD McGIRR HEATHER moorland is an internationally important habitat which provides a useful grazing resource and supports a diverse range of flora and fauna. Common heather or ling, bell heather and cross-leafed heath predominate in...
Here to Help When Festive Pressure Takes Its Toll; Samaritan Volunteers Expecting Surge in Calls during the Christmas Period
Byline: DAVID YOUNG WITH the majority of people across Ulster hoping to wind down over the festive period, one group of volunteers are preparing for what is traditionally their busiest time of year. In the coming weeks, Northern Ireland's eight...
HOCKEY: Burns in Welcome Return for Randalstown
Byline: Ruth Gorman LOUISE Burns has made a speedy recovery from what initially appeared to be a serious injury and will line out for Randalstown against Knock in today's intriguing Winemark Ulster Shield second round clash at Queens. Louise...
HOCKEY: Jackson Is Not Taking Chances
Byline: NIGEL McCULLOUGH ANNADALE captain Chris Jackson (right) last night showed guarded optimism ahead of today's important Vi-Sport Premier League match at Banbridge. The reason for that optimism is plain to see. The 'Dale have been unbeaten...
ICE HOCKEY: Gaints Return with Win
Byline: Nigel Ringland THE Belfast Giants won their biggest and most important game of the Elite league season last night beating the leaders, the Nottingham Panthers 4-3 and halting the visitors seven game winning streak in its tracks. The victory...
In the Garden: Don't Let Winter's Icy Grip Put Your Garden in the Shade
Byline: JOHN CUSHNIE FOLLOWING a better than average summer and a wonderful autumn, we seemed to slide into winter. It wasn't a dramatic change from hot to cold or dry to wet but once the period of daylight shortened winter had arrived. From...
Into the Future; Wool Board Survey Gives Direction for 21st Century
Byline: FARMING LIFE REPORTER THE British Wool Marketing Board's unprecedented survey of producers reveals their clear support for its operations and confidence for planning future strategy. To give total coverage by weight band and geographical...
Is the Big Conversation a Lot of Hot Air? Countryside Alliance
Byline: RONAN GORMAN, Chief Executive SO THE British Labour Party has launched a consultation with the public. "The Big Conversation" seeks comments on party policy and ideas on how to improve local communities and the country as a whole. But...
Jail for Man Who Boasted about Stabbing; 12 Years for Attack after Burglary Rumour
A YOUNG Portadown man who "boasted" about stabbing another youth who had allegedly burgled a friend's flat was jailed for 12 years yesterday. Jailing 20-year-old Lee Baker, Lord Justice McCollum said his "excuse - was made to look all the more a...
KICK BOXING: Doctor Orders Grimason to Sit Big Fight Out
RISING Belfast kickboxing star Andrew Grimason has been forced to pull out of Monday's Ulster Hall Kickmas Box extravaganza because of injury. The 18-year-old welterweight, who has built a formidable reputation on the back of just a handful of fights,...
Kids Stuff Down at Farm
LIVESTOCK and Meat Commission Board members, Greer McCollum and Nigel McLaughlin, and Ulster Farmers' Union president, John Gilliland, joined local schoolchildren to officially launch the 'Learning on the farm' activity booklet at Ballydevitt Open...
Late Grazing at Greenmount
Byline: Dr KATE SEMPLE THE 2003 grazing season is concluding on a high note for the High Forage and Premium Milk herds at the Greenmount Campus of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise. Cows were still out grazing for several...
Local Food Sector Is Already Looking East
Byline: DAVID McCOY BELFAST'S European Union Commission representative, Eddie McVeigh, has confirmed to Farming Life that a number of local agri-food companies are actively forging trade links with the 10 acceding EU Member States. "May 1, 2004,...
Maine Engineering Invests in State-of-the-Art Slurry System
CULLYBACKEY-BASED Maine Engineering has added considerably to the range of slurry services it can offer following the recent purchase of a new Massey Ferguson MF6290 tractor and 2000-gallon Redrock slurry tanker combination. Fitted with ground drive,...
Make a Date Diary
SATURDAY, December 20: Dungannon Farmers' Mart (11 am - 3pm) Poultry fair, car boot and home produce sale; Country Market, Market House, Hillsborough (noon-4pm); Country Market, Mullan's Bar, Market Street, Limavady (10am- 3pm); Country Market, Coagh...
Merry Christmas. but Does This Mean a Debt-Laden New Year?; Amounts Owed to Creditors Could Increase Once the Festive; Spending Spree Ends. JEREMY GATES Reports
WITH two-adults-in-three admitting they have no savings at all to cope with the traditional Christmas spending spree, thousands of households will begin 2004 with a severe financial hangover. While the better-off fix credit easily, problems tend...
Moonbeam Hopes Pals Come Home at Christmas
MOONBEAM, the two year old Falabella pony currently appearing in the Lyric Theatre production of The Starcatcher and in PR photographs for the Down Royal Racecourse Boxing Day fixture is hoping her pals will be home for Christmas! The miniature...
Morning View: Time to Reflect in the Wake of UUP Walkouts
THE resignation decision by Jeffrey Donaldson cannot have been easy for a relatively young politician who, for so long, has been seen as an eventual leader of the party he has now left. The many people ranged on either side of the long-running Ulster...
New EU Fishing Deal Gets the Thumbs Up; Quotas Increased as Leaders Congratulate Negotiators
Byline: RICHARD SHERRIFF ULSTER'S fishermen were last night working out the implications of a deal that gives them more fish to catch but less time in which to catch them. As the full details of the EU deal which sees quotas increased but days...
New Year Boost for Young Breeders
WHILE the annual Semex Dairy Conference has been providing United Kingdom producers with a valuable kick-start to the year since 1990, the 2004 event (January 11-13) is set to give the sector itself a vital New Year boost. For the first time, the...
Parliament OKs Pounds 32.78bn for Farms
Byline: DAVID McCOY THE European Parliament has adopted the EU budget for 2004. The agricultural budget for the EU25 is EUR46.78 billion (pounds 32.78 billion). Poland has built up huge pork supplies. They result from the government supporting...
Pearson Praise for Potato Firm; Resumption of Export Trade Is Major Boost
THE Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Ian Pearson, yesterday congratulated local potato growers working with Glens of Antrim Potatoes Ltd through Agrico UK, whose combined efforts resulted in the recent resumption of an export trade in...
People & Places: Farmer Protests Bronze Age Tomb
Byline: AGNES CRAWFORD AN ancient landscape featuring a Bronze Age tomb and medieval strip field system is being protected by a Derbyshire farmer with help from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Countryside Stewardship Scheme...
Pigeons Round-Up
THE Annual Monster Show for Larne & District HPS held in late November is the top highlight of the show season in East Antrim. Classes were Old Cock, Old Hen, Young Cock & Young Hen. OB & YB Eyesign classes were duplicated. The Best in...
Plea to Parents on Juvenile Crime Wave; Concern as Young People Account for 84 per Cent of City Arrests
MORE than eight out of every 10 arrests made in Belfast city centre this month have been of juveniles. A total of 31 young people, 84 per cent of the total detained, were arrested for offences ranging from theft to anti-social behaviour and the...
Points of View: 'Orgy of Poverty' Surrounds Humanity
Byline: Philip Allen IN Genesis 9, God says be fruitful and multiply and fill the Earth! Since then we have done just that, we've dominated and controlled we have multiplied our species across the continents and subjected tribal peoples and nature....
Prepare a Flawless Christmas Dinner
COOKING disasters are as traditional a part of Christmas as the Queen's speech. Award-winning chef at London's Royal Garden Hotel, Steve Munkley, tells you how to avoid them. 1. Plan as much as you can the day before (eg. lay the table) 2. Fresh...
Prepare for Dramatic Change to Industry
BRITAIN'S farming industry has never faced such a period of potentially dramatic change as that which is about to happen in the next few years. Exactly what the outcome of this change will be depends, to a large extent, on the farming industry's...
Progress in Bid to Eliminate Scrapie
EFFORTS to eliminate scrapie from the national sheep flock may at last be working, according to the results of a large-scale survey of United Kingdom sheep farmers. Research by Kumar Sivam and colleagues from the Centre for Epidemiology and Risk...
Real EU Farm Income Up 0.9%
EU real agricultural income per worker has increased by 0.9 per cent in 2003, according to firs estimates issued by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Communities. Eurozone agricultural income per worker has fallen by 0.5 per cent....
Recipe for Success!
SPECIALIST ingredients in the dairy cow ration which can give benefits in excess of pounds 100 per cow per year were a major attraction on John Thompson & Sons Ltd stand at the Winter Fair. Donald Coulter, sales director, said: "We have carried...
Republic Gives Details on Quota Restructuring
Byline: DAVID McCOY DETAILS of the 2004 milk quota restructuring scheme in the Republic of Ireland have been announced. The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Joe Walsh, said that the maximum price for the sale and purchase of quota would remain...
REVIEW: Thrills Throw So Much into Their Gig; the Thrills at the Ulster Hall
THE Ulster Hall has booked more than a few pages in the tome of music legend, and the feelgood tunes of The Thrills created a new chapter on Thursday night. Previous music landmarks in the hall have famously included Led Zeppelin's live debut performance...
Rod & Gun: Democracy Not on Christmas List of Anti-Hunt Minister
Byline: DAN KINNEY ENVIRONMENT Minister Angela Smith, sent shock waves through Northern Ireland's field sports community this week when she banned a number of traditional country sports. The Minister, who is a former employee of an extreme animal...
RUGBY UNION: Ulster's Chance to Prove Worth
Byline: RICHARD MULLIGAN ULSTER bid to become the third Irish province to bring the Celtic Cup trophy back to Ireland this afternoon when they face Edinburgh in the final (Murrayfield, 2.30pm). Although this is the inaugural Celtic Cup final,...
RWAS Has Vision for Future Says Evans
THE Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, which is on the threshold of its centenary year in 2004, is a dynamic organisation which could never be criticised for lack of vision, the chairman of the society's board of management, Dr Emrys Evans, said at...
Santa Spotted in Craigavon!
THE entire Craigavon area is abuzz with the news that Santa Claus was caught on both video and by a young boy earlier this week stocking up at the Farmrite store, obviously in search of the toys every child wants this Christmas. "To be honest I...
Sentence Is an Insult to Natasha; Family's Outrage over 'Slap on Wrist' for Death Driver
Byline: KAREN QUINN THE mother of a dead schoolgirl wept yesterday as she branded an 18-month detention sentence handed down to her daughter's self-confessed killer as an insult to her child's memory. Death driver Aaron McCracken escaped jail...
Singer Threatened Big T with Police
THE former Downtown radio DJ who denies pushing his former lover down concrete steps claimed yesterday she only went to the police because she thought he was going on holiday with a "floozie". Trevor 'Big T' Campbell told Downpatrick Crown Court...
SOHAM MURDERS: I Looked into My Son's Eyes, I Knew He'd Done It
THE mother of child killer Ian Huntley is so appalled by her son's crimes she has called for him to be hanged, it was reported yesterday. Lynda Nixon, 49, made the frank statement as the school caretaker began a life sentence for the murder of Soham...
Stars of Future Shine at Boxing Day Meeting
THE FIRST of the new series of races for National Hunt claiming riders, sponsored by JP Mc Manus in conjunction with the Irish National Hunt Committee under the leading owners Martinstown Stud banner will be staged at Down Royal on Boxing Day. The...
Stocks and Finance: Markets: Time for Festive Cheer as FTSE 100 Hits New High for Year
INVESTORS were given some festive cheer yesterday after the FTSE 100 Index climbed to a new high for the year. The London market took advantage of some quiet trading conditions to close 15 points higher at 4412.3. There had been hopes of an even...
Storage Aid Boost for Pig Industry
Byline: DAVID McCOY A EU Commission decision to introduce an Aids to Private Storage scheme for the European pig industry, has been welcomed by Nial Jordan, chairman of the Ulster Farmers' Union Pigs Committee. The UFU joined with other EU farming...
Sunshine Shines at Myersgarth Sale
THE sale of the entire Myers Farm section of Messrs C Iveson Farms' Myersgarth Herd to Wensley, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, writes David McCoy. No less than 65 different buyers were recorded on the day which saw five animals top the 2,000 guineas...
SWIMMING: It's Julie's Day
Byline: Ray Doherty JULIE Douglas had a superb day at the Ulster Open swimming championships in the Grove Centre yesterday. Douglas, from Carrick though swimming for Bangor, surprised herself by setting a new Ulster senior record of 30.21 in...
TARTAN TALK: Millar Touches Down with New Sunday Treat
Byline: WALTER PORTER DESPITE being in the middle of the 'close season' for pipe band competitions, we can still listen to the march, strathspeys and reel sets and the medley selections, all by courtesy of BBC Radio Ulster on Sunday afternoons commencing...
TB Research Top Priority
Byline: DAVID McCOY THE Department of Agriculture and Rural Development was told yesterday to place vaccination research high in its list of priorities. "Finding a vaccine to beat TB is absolutely vital and the recent announcement by the Department...
Teagasc Updates Strategy
THE need for increased competitiveness and innovation across all sectors of the agriculture and food industry is highlighted in the up- dated Teagasc Statement of Strategy for the period 2003-2005. The strategy, which was launched by the Minister...
Texel Breeders Splash Out
THE annual select Texel in-lamb sale attracted one of the biggest ever crowds to the sale at Dungannon Farmers' Mart this year, where vendors John Foster, John Watson and Michael and James Watson brought out an excellent line-up from their leading...
The Beagle Is Landing; North Belfast Man Is Part of the Mission to Discover Life on the Surface of Mars
BEAGLE 2 was heading for an historic landing on Mars yesterday after successfully separating from its mother ship, with a little help from one Ulsterman. North Belfast man Mike McKay, 47, is one of two flight operations directors for Mars Express....
The Crack: 'A'hm Tha Ghaist O Christmas Yit Tae Cum, an Ye'll Sit an Heir Mae Tale; Conal Gillespie Goes All 'Ghostly' - Better Keep the Wee'ans Awa!
THE Ghaist o' Christmas yit tae cum Hit wus likely tha echt ur ten glesses o' stout A hed in tha yillshap ur mebbe tha feed o' mince pies an port wine A pit awa afore heidin tae mae bed bit A lay gyely wakerife an tossin aboot ablow tha claes afore...
The Twelve Days of Kitschmas
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMSON RELIGIOUS belief has prompted the creation of much of the world's most magnificent human art, and also some of the oddest. The zaniest ecclesiastical gadgets are celebrated this month by Ship- of-Fools.com, the self-styled...