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 29, 2004

1,000 Jobs on Way
UP to 1,000 new jobs are to be created in Lisburn with the arrival of a new department store in the city. Up-market chain John Lewis is expected to confirm its arrival in Northern Ireland in the next few days. The department store is to become...
Athletics - Radcliffe Rules out Double Bid
PAULA Radcliffe thrilled her home fans with a UK All-Comers 10,000 metres record of 30 minutes 17.15 seconds in Sunday's Norwich Union British Grand Prix in Gateshead. Then her loyal supporters became the first to hear her sole ambition at the fast-approaching...
AUCTIONS: Works of Life at Sea Top Summer Shows
TWO works by Arthur Maderson, Path to the River Pool and Luigi Mending His Nets, are among the highlights of the summer exhibition which opened at The Taylor Gallery, Lisburn Road, Belfast, at the weekend. The mixed media studies by the much-admired...
Blunkett in Legal Bid to Crush Westwood Rebellion
GOVERNMENT lawyers last night launched a legal action to quash the mutiny at Humberside Police Authority. The move was designed to regain the upper hand for Home Secretary David Blunkett in a power struggle over the future of Chief Constable David...
Bowls - Singles Is Final Hope for Irish
Byline: ALEX MILLS IRELAND will today contest two finals in the British Isles Bowls Championships at Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells, Wales. Whitehead's Martin McHugh will represent his country in the singles with Jonathan Millar, from Ballymena,...
Cricket - New Caps Get Chance to Shine
Byline: IAN CALLENDER IRELAND'S three-day international against MCC, which is due to start at Limavady this morning (11.00), always promised to be a case of After the Lord Mayor's Show but the magnificent victory against the West Indians leaves...
Curtain Goes Up for a Princess
Byline: JOANNE LOWRY IT'S every little girl's dream to be a princess but for one Belfast teenager the dream has come true after landing the lead role in the Grand Opera House's Christmas pantomime. Charlotte McCurry, 19, from Dunmurry, braved...
DENIS O'HARA: Golf - Ireland Champions Crash out of Shield
ALL IRELAND champions Banbridge crashed out of the Barton Shield Foursomes at Tandragee, where the fourman team suffered a five-holes loss to Warrenpoint in the opening defence of the Ulster title, writes Denis O'Hara. Barrie Trainor and 15-yearold...
Euro 2004 Is No Ball for Employers
HANGOVERS are the most common reasons for staff taking time off when they are not ill. And with football fever causing a surge of sickies to hit companies across the country, employers are being advised to take a firm approach to absenteeism. ...
FOOTBALL: Gerrard's Staying!
Byline: KEN GAUNT LIVERPOOL are '' reasonably optimistic'' that Michael Owen will sign a new long-term contract after captain Steve Gerrard pledged his future to the club. Owen said it ''would be catastrophic'' if the dynamic England midfielder...
FOOTBALL: Postiga Tipped to Make Top
PORTUGAL midfielder Deco has insisted Spurs misfit Helder Postiga can become one of the top strikers in Europe after helping to knock England out of Euro 2004. Postiga was Porto's top scorer in the year before his pounds 6.25million move to Tottenham...
FOOTBALL: Simply Devine!
Byline: MARK BRADLEY HOLLAND coach Dick Advocaat hailed Ruud van Nistelrooy as a ''gift from God'' as he insisted he could see no reason why Manchester United should wish to sell their star striker. Van Nistelrooy has consistently denied he is...
FRANK MALLEY: Tennis - Tiger Tim Tames 'Scud'
AFTER the raucous passion of 'People's Sunday' Tim Henman gave us a magical, if slightly manic Monday at Wimbledon. The British number one took his place in the quarter-finals for the eighth time in nine years with a display of clinical ruthlessness...
Funding Plea for Students
THE Government was urged yesterday to introduce a "substantial student maintenance package" to help the young people of Northern Ireland make the most of the opportunities offered by a university education. The Vice-Chancellor of the University...
Gay Marriage Decision 'For Ulster People'
Byline: BILLY KENNEDY ULSTER Unionist peer Lord Kilclooney has demanded that Northern Ireland be allowed to decide for itself whether new legislation granting gay couples similar rights to married couples should be extended to the Province. The...
Golf - Rose Fails to Blossom in Troon Bid
Byline: MARK GARROD JUSTIN Rose is thinking of pulling out of this week's European Open after failing to come through the Open championship qualifying competition at Sunningdale yesterday. The 23 year old was lying joint second at the midway...
HEALTH WATCH: Alternative Path - Easing the Pain of Osteoarthritis for Sufferers
Byline: DR FINBAR MAGEE OSTEOARTHRITIS is one of the commonest conditions in our society and one of the most difficult to deal with. Assuming we know that weight and trauma are predisposing factors, what else can help ease the pain? Drugs...
HEALTH WATCH: Eddie Can Still Keep His Weight Steady. but It Takes Hard Work
Byline: SANDRA CHAPMAN Dieters find it notoriously difficult to keep weight off. In 90 per cent of cases once they've achieved their goal they slip back into their old ways and the pounds creep back on again. And no one understands how easy it...
HEALTH WATCH: New Hope at Last for Womb Disease Sufferers like Anthea
Byline: JON VON RADOWITZ A painful womb disease affecting up to a quarter of women of reproductive age could be treated with drugs that inhibit the growth of new blood vessels, it was revealed today. The approach is already being investigated...
Heroes Return to the Beaches
Byline: SIMON HUNTER A NEW National Lottery initiative has funded the return of several of Northern Ireland's D-Day survivors to Normandy. The Heroes Return project allows Northern Ireland's Second World War veterans to visit Normandy and take...
I'll Crush Terrorists
IRAQ'S interim prime minister warned yesterday that the "forces of terror" would be crushed as his new government took the oath of office to assume power only hours after US authorities handed over sovereignty. Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi...
IT World - Keep the Computer Talk Simple
Byline: MIKE MAGOWAN WHEN a company is faced with a decision about its IT systems, the first thing on the financial director's mind is the cost! You can imagine the scenario if you are an SME. A few computers are getting dated, the network isn't...
JIM VAN WIJK: Tennis - Sprem Battles through Pain Barrier for Victory
KAROLINA Sprem revealed how she played through the pain barrier to book a place in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon. The 19 year old Croatian sensationally knocked out two-time former champion Venus Williams in the second round at the All England...
Judges 'Do Not Claim Infallibility'
NORTHERN Ireland's top judge last night defended the judicial system after angry relatives accused the courts of being too lenient on violent killers. The Lord Chief Justice, Sir Brian Kerr, insisted that maximum jail terms were set by other authorities....
LETTER: It's Time for the Government to Ditch the Parades Commission
EIGHTY-EIGHT years ago this week, thousands of Ulster's finest made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our freedom. History records the gallantry of those men as they went into battle that early July morning to preserve the liberties we now take...
Man Who Desecrated Woman's Coffin Freed
A STUDENT who was high on drugs when he desecrated a pensioner's coffin in a church walked free from court yesterday after his jail term was suspended. Belfast Crown Court heard that 19-year-old Barry Gamble broke into St Agnes's Chapel on the Andersonstown...
Markets - Upbeat Day despite Interest Rate Jitters
FEARS about higher interest rates in the United States took some of the steam out of the London market yesterday. Although the FTSE 100 Index was some 40 points higher for much of the day it closed 24.6 points above its opening mark at 4518.7. ...
Motorsport - Lynch Claims Maiden Victory
Byline: IAN LYNAS DUNGIVEN driver Kevin Lynch and co driver Gordon Noble took his maiden victory in a round of the Dunlop National Rally Championship at the Waterfordbased Raven's Rock Rally, round five of the series in a Subaru WRC. Lynch/Noble,...
Murder Gang 'May Have Struck Before'
Byline: PHILIP BRADFIELD FEARS were growing last night that a gang which murdered a grandfather in his home may have struck before. Residents are worried that the killing of 59-year-old Pat Keenan in Newry on Saturday could be linked to the murder...
Omagh Council Fails in House of Lords Move
OMAGH District Council has failed in last ditch legal moves in London to overturn court rulings backing the stance of the Northern Ireland Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety in respect of the sourcing of acute health services. ...
Opportunities in the World's Biggest Market
Byline: LORD RANA OPPORTUNITY India, an imaginative and important new business drive to help develop partnerships between Northern Ireland and India, was launched last week by Invest NI, which is also planning a major seminar for local companies...
'Overseas' Student Is Refused Funding
Byline: MARY LAFFERTY AN Ulster trainee teacher has been refused funding for a degree course - because the English university considers him to be an "overseas" student. Stephen McCay, 23, from Belldoo Park, Strabane, has been told by the Open...
Peace Hopes for Parade
Byline: JOANNE LOWRY POLICE, community workers and councillors have said they are hopeful tonight's Mini Twelfth parade in Glengormley will pass off peacefully - despite plans for a protest by nationalist residents. There have been appeals for...
Pounds 3m Investment in US Software Giant
LIBERTY Information Technology, the Belfast software development subsidiary of Liberty Mutual Group of Boston, is investing over pounds 2.9m to develop new services for its US parent, it was announced yesterday. Invest Northern Ireland is supporting...
PR Diploma Scrolls in for Ulster Students
A DIPLOMA course geared towards the Public Relations profession will be available to students in Northern Ireland in the Autumn, theInstitute of Public Relations (IPR) has confirmed. The course, which has previously-only been available in England...
Racing News - Brad Battles against Ban
Byline: ANITA CHAMBERS FORMER leading jump jockey Graham Bradley yesterday launched a High Court challenge to a five-year Jockey Club ban which he says will ''strangle'' his fledgling bloodstock business. Bradley, 44, claims that the April 2003...
Rail Report 'Doesn't Go the Distance'
Byline: IAN STARRETT THE Railway Review Group's Report into Northern Ireland's train services was criticised yesterday by lobby group Rail 21. The group, established in November to work for better rail services in the Province, said the report...
RICHARD BULLICK: Athletics - Cloud Still Hanging over Christie
EVERY job has its perks, and talking to living legends like Linford Christie in the name of work isn't the worst way to spend a Friday afternoon. There are those who will remain unconvinced that there can be smoke without fire and will forever define...
Road to Retirement May Just Get Longer
Byline: HELEN MCGURK During his 1984 re-election campaign, President Ronald Reagan, then 73 years old, was asked about the age issue. "I am not going to exploit for political purposes my opponent's youth and inexperience," he replied. In business...
RUGBY: Future Looks Really Bright
Byline: RICHARD MULLLIGAN THE Under-21 Ireland World Cup rugby team returned home yesterday still as heroes in spite of a 47-19 defeat by New Zealand in the final in Glasgow on Sunday. Ulster's contingent flew into Belfast City airport and were...
RUGBY: Proud to Be A Parent
WHILE the main focus of what was a well organised and successful IRB World Cup tournament in Glasgow is on the players and the backroom staff, there is one family which is always to the forefront. It is the families and friends of the players themselves...
SDLP Man Considering Future after Fifth Hoax
Byline: IAN STARRETT LONDONDERRY'S former SDLP mayor Pat Ramsey was considering his future yesterday after bomb hoaxers targeted him for the fifth time. Community leaders in the loyalist Fountain area have also appealed to Sinn Fein to act to...
Settling the Score with Those Anti-English
MY piece last week in this page about the anti-English hatred evident in Londonderry city centre pubs during the 2004 European Football Championships and the resultant detrimental effect it's having on tourism and possibly future investment here has...
Tennis - Federer Takes Giant Step
ROGER Federer is bracing himself for a ti tanic quarter-final clash with fellow Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt. The Swiss star romped to glory at the All England Club last year and remains on course to repeat that success following a 6-3 7-6...
Tennis - Roddick Serves Up a Treat
ANDY Roddick yesterday blasted his way into the Wimbledon quarterfinals after a battle of the big servers with Germany's Alexander Popp. Roddick fired 11 aces and another-40 unreturned serves on court one to beat the unseeded Popp 7-5 6-4 6-4 in...
Tennis - Tim's on the Way!
Byline: ALEX MILLS TIM Henman was delighted to book his place in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the eighth time after a thrilling victory over Mark Philippoussis, last night. Henman played some superb tennis in the opening two sets and recovered...
The Word from London - M&S Chiefs Face Tough Questions over Shares
Byline: PAT LAY IT is, quite simply, a can of worms. The Financial Services Authority has made it clear that it is about to investigate various dealings in the shares of Marks & Spencer in the period before Philip Green made his approach to...
Trimble Claims of Support for Wright Inquiry Are Rejected
THE father of murdered LVF chief Billy Wright has rejected Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble's claim that he does not oppose a public inquiry into the death of the loyalist leader. Yesterday, Mr Trimble said it was simply not true that he opposed...
Ulster Firm Seals Portfolio Contract with Royal Mail
BELFAST-BASED property consultants Osborne King has picked up a special delivery from Royal Mail in the form of a contract to manage its entire property portfolio in Northern Ireland. In one of the largest outsourcing exercises ever undertaken by...
University Teams Up with Company for Tourism Trade
A BALLYCLARE company, which sells motorhomes and short-break holidays, has teamed up with the University of Ulster to help it secure a larger share of the growing UK tourism market. The Hagan Leisure Group has recruited a marketing graduate from...
YOUR MONEY: Fun in the Sun Is Never Guaranteed
Byline: ADRIENNE MCGILL THOUSANDS of families across the Province are looking forward to two weeks of holiday bliss this summer with the delights of sun, sand and sea beckoning abroad. But while holidays can have their share of surprises, sickness...
YOUR MONEY: Taking Your TESSA to the Next Level of Investment
QUESTION: I managed to invest in a TESSA through my building society just before they were stopped and this has now matured. The building society have told me I have a last chance to reinvest my original investment of pounds 9,000 in a special ISA...