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 October 12, 2004

Ace George Keeps an Eye on the Sports Pages
Byline: BY SIMON HUNTER NORTHERN Ireland's most famous son was back in the Province yesterday to spend some time with his family. Football legend George Best was back on native soil to see his father and sister in his home town, Belfast. Despite...
Airline Liberates Northern Ireland's Route to America
Byline: ADRIENNE MCGILL Northern Ireland air passengers will now be able to take a bite out of the Big Apple like never before! Continental Airlines new non-stop transatlantic service between Belfast International Airport and New York's Newark...
AUCTIONS: One-Woman Show Gets off to Brisk Start
THE one-woman show of new works by Coleraine artist Jenny Scharf which opened on Saturday at The Hughes Gallery on Belfast's Lisburn Road started briskly. Over a third of the oils on canvas had sold by the end of the opening day and many more are...
BY DERMOT JAMES: Motorcycling - Cash Windfall for Bike Events
Byline: BY DERMOT JAMES TEN diverse motorcycle events have been subsidised by the Northern Ireland Events Company to the tune of at least pounds 350,000 during a 12-month period ending in April. This investment has been spread across all disciplines...
Campaign to Beat the Bully
Byline: BY SIMON HUNTER ONE in three teenagers in Northern Ireland has at least one friend who is suffering some form of harm, according to the NSPCC. The children's charity has revealed that bullying, parents fighting and self-inflicted harm...
Clean Slate for QUB's Arts Strategy
Byline: BY LIZ KENNEDY QUEEN'S University is to write off a deficit of almost pounds 500,000 to facilitate the university's new arts strategy. The revelation was made yesterday at the official unveiling of the Drama and Film Centre facilities,...
CRICKET: Cricket - Rivals Vote Botha as the Top Player
Byline: BY IAN CALLENDER ANDRE Botha may not have performed at his best for the Ireland team in 2004, but the domiciled South African has been named as the Players' Player of the Year in Leinster. Botha failed to score one half century for the...
Damaging Prospect of Taxing by Stealth
THOUSANDS of Northern Ireland's husband-and-wife businesses could face huge backdated tax bills after the Inland Revenue won a landmark tax case. According to business advisors, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the Revenue is poised to launch an attack...
Deal Means Expansion Is All Stitched Up
SHIRT designers at the Savile Row factory in Castledawson, Co Londonderry will play a pivotal role in the company's planned expansion into India and the Middle East, it emerged yesterday. The company, which has its main administration and sales...
'Development Would Ruin Our Community'
Byline: DAVID YOUNG RESIDENTS of a tiny Co Down hamlet say they will "fight all the way" to block a planned development that would nearly double the number of houses in the area. The small rural community of Kilmood - 29 households and a church...
Etc Etc - Both Political Cultures Must Be Given Centre Stage
Byline: BY ROBIN GREER THE Irish political observer Eoghan Harris recently made a very astute observation as to why unionists have made such a poor job of explaining themselves to the rest of the world. Unionists, says Harris, see the Irish question...
Eye on IT - Maximising Digital Media Opportunites
Byline: DR IAN GRAHAM IT is widely agreed that major opportunities for wealth creation occur at the boundaries where industries and/or technologies meet. Nowhere is this better illustrated than in the growing overlap between the information and...
FOOTBALL: Burns Slams Vogts' Critics
Byline: BY JON WEST SCOTLAND assistant manager Tommy Burns has told the former internationals who are calling for Berti Vogts to be sacked they should keep their controversial comments to themselves. The German has been swamped by calls to step...
FOOTBALL: Defence World's Best Says Ashley
Byline: BY MARK BRADLEY FULL-BACK Ashley Cole believes England have the best defence in international football - even though he admitted having always dreamed of being a striker. Cole used to set his sights on emulating Brazilian striker Romario...
FOOTBALL: Hughes Best Man for Job - Speed
Byline: BY PAUL WALKER WALES skipper Gary Speed has made a passionate defence of Mark Hughes' five years as national manager and launched a stinging attack on critics who are already trying to tarnish the legacy that will be left behind after his...
FOOTBALL: Kerr's Rallying Cry to Fans
Byline: BY IAN PARKES REPUBLIC of Ireland manager Brian Kerr (pictured right) is demanding the ''madness'' which descended on the Stade de France on Saturday help turn Lansdowne Road into an equally intimidating venue. A record travelling support...
FOOTBALL: Lawrie Is Banking on Home Comfort
Byline: BRIAN MILLAR NORTHERN Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez is determined to end a dreadful home record tomorrow night when Austria are the visitors in a World Cup qualifier. While the province have gone seven matches on the road unbeaten, they...
FOOTBALL: Leicester in No Rush to Replace Adams
Byline: SOCCER BY PHIL BARNETT DEPARTING Leicester manager Micky Adams revealed his three years in charge of the club 'felt like a lifetime' after experiencing promotion, relegation, administration and an alleged sex scandal in Spain. Adams said...
FOOTBALL: Woodgate Not Due Back before Christmas
REAL Madrid's Jonathan Woodgate (right) is unlikely to be fit before Christmas according to the club doctor Alfonso del Correl. Woodgate's troublesome thigh injury has now been examined at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the United States, and...
Gold by the Millions
Byline: BY JOANNE LOWRY NORTHERN Ireland could soon have a healthy gold mining industry following a "very significant discovery" in Tyrone. The News Letter can reveal that Canadian-based company Tournigan Gold Corporation has found "irrefutable...
GRAND PRIX: Motorsport - Coulthard 'Not Ready to Quit'
Byline: BY ALASTAIR MOFFITT DAVID Coulthard is adamant he deserves to continue his Formula One career - and is prepared to wait for a race seat. The Scot is Formula One's sixth most successful driver ever in terms of points scored but is facing...
HEALTH WATCH: Alternative Path - Cis-Platinum - a Drug That Hangs Around
Byline: DR FINBAR MAGEE WHEN you get into energy or naturopathic medicine you soon encounter the hypothesis (and fact) that toxins linger and accumulate in the body. The Daily Mail did a very good article last Friday reporting on the World Wildlife...
HEALTH WATCH: Have Some Wicked Fun for a Good Cause
NORTHERN Ireland has an estimated 24,000 blind and partiallysighted people and every day another 100 people in the UK will lose their sight. We take sight for granted yet sight is what most of us fear losing, according to the Royal National Institute...
HEALTH WATCH: New Cancer Drug Gives Raymond Lease of Life
Byline: BY SANDRA CHAPMAN Three-and-a-half years ago, 39-year-old Raymond Caldwell was sent home to die of the inoperable cancer that had begun in his pancreas. But a miracle drug has turned his life around and given hope to many like him WHEN...
HEALTH WATCH: Surgery Puts Stephen's Snoring Problem to Sleep
STEPHEN McMahon's snoring was so bad at times the noise wakened him in the night. On a weekend once with some surfing companions he kept them all awake with his snoring. He was going to have a long wait for an NHS hospital appointment to treat...
Historical Gems under the Hammer for Fundraiser
Byline: BY DAVID YOUNG RARE artefacts from Ulster's past, boxes full of military memorabilia and an old Beano comic . . . they'll all go under the hammer at a charity auction in Belfast this month. The diverse collection has been pulled together...
Importance of Early Learning
INVESTING in children between the ages of 0-4 is critical if Northern Ireland is to build a successful economy. That was the key message at the Association of Northern Ireland Education and Library Board's (ANIELB) annual two-day conference held...
It's Not a Hard Day's Flight Just Jump on the Flybe. Bandwagon
Byline: BY HELEN MCGURK LOW-COST airline flybe. is to go head-to-head with rival easyjet with the launch next February of a new daily service from Belfast City to Liverpool John Lennon Airport. Flybe. is the largest airline operating out of Belfast...
'It's the Best Way to Change Attitudes Here'
Byline: JOHNNY CALDWELL ALTHOUGH too young to remember her stint as Secretary of State, schoolchildren in Armagh yesterday warmly welcomed the woman once dubbed 'the Oprah Winfrey of Ulster'. Mo Mowlam was in the Cathedral City to officially...
LEADING ARTICLE: Morning View - A Superman of Hope for the Disabled
CHRISTOPHER Reeve was Superman on screen and a genuine superhero in real life. His death at the age of 52 will be mourned by millions around the world. Even before he starred as Superman, Christopher Reeve was known as an accomplished and talented...
LETTER: 'Health Trust Has Lost the Confidence of West Tyrone'
ACCOUNTABILITY is currently the "in word" in our political circles and so it should be ! All of us, and particularly those who work with, and for, people should and must be accountable. Democracy demands accountability and we must not be dictated...
LETTER: The True Reality of Policing in Down
YOUR article in Saturday's News Letter, 'Concerns over disbanding PSNI reserve', is alarmist and inaccurate. It raises unnecessary fears and does not reflect accurately the reality of policing in Down. It does not take full account of the substantial...
Letting Business Get on with It.
Byline: BY DAVID DOBBIN WHILE the economy is currently in good shape, recent figures indicate a downturn in manufacturing, and there is real concern among local businesses that the Government is pushing up the cost of doing business in Northern...
Londonderry in Focus - Maiden City Proves It's Game on for Conference
Byline: BY IAN STARRETT THE Maiden City is to play host to Northern Ireland's first ever digital games conference. Entitled Awakenings it has been organised by the International Games Developers Association and it will take place in the North West...
Long Lost Love Is a Deep Regret
Byline: JOANNE LOWRY WITH a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face, Bill Fox entertains us with a tune on his accordion, When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. Bill - Paddy to his fellow Chelsea pensioners due to his Irish roots - is one of Carrick...
Means-Testing Crucial, Says Government
NEW Pensions Secretary Alan Johnson yesterday defended the continued use of meanstested benefits for pensioners as "a crucial part" of government policy. His Tory shadow David Willetts said the Government must decide whether to increase the basic...
Minister Calls for Financial Aid for Shorts
THE former economy Minister has called on the government to secure financial assistance for a new generation of aircraft, which could hold the key to the future of Bombardier Aerospace, in Belfast. Sir Reg Empey said Bombardier's new C Series 110-130-seater...
Minister to Decide on NIHE Plan to Demolish 99 Houses
Byline: BY ELINOR GLYNN THE fight against a Housing Executive plan to demolish 99 Larne houses at a cost of pounds 1 million is being taken to a Government Minister. Mr Beggs said he remained concerned that NIHE appeared to be focused on its...
Mother's Plea for Donor for Joshua
Byline: BY PHILIP BRADFIELD A DESPERATE plea has gone out for a donor to save the life of a five-year-old boy - only days after a threat to his life from a proposed phone mast was lifted. Five-year-old Joshua Mulvenna from Warrenpoint has a bowel...
Motorsport - Gibson Misses out on Rally Title
Byline: BY IAN LYNAS ONCE again a local driver has just failed to take a major British motorsport championship. Eight days ago Adam Carroll had to settle for runner up in the British F3 championship and the weekend past saw Laurence Gibson fail...
Nationalists Are Sailing against Wind - Dodds
THE DUP accused Sinn Fein and the SDLP last night of "sailing against the wind" in refusing to make major changes to the Belfast Agreement, as the timeframe for a deal tightened. MP Nigel Dodds said that nationalists and republicans were responsible...
NIO's Budget Likely to Cost Jobs of 4,000
Byline: BY STEPHEN DEMPSTER SECURITY CORRESPONDENT ULSTER's draft budget statement is expected to confirm around 4,000 job cuts in the Civil Service when it is unveiled today. However, sources say that large-scale redundancies across the 11 Government...
Oil Fears Keep Market Down
Fears about oil supplies kept the London market firmly in negative territory today. The FTSE 100 Index moved in a narrow range during the day, ending the session 13.4 points down at 4685.5. Although oil cartel Opec claimed it was in a position...
Police Threat 'A Backward Step'- Chief
Byline: BY ELINOR GLYNN ALL steps are being taken by police in Ballymena to counter a threat to the security forces from dissident republicans. Making that pledge to the public yesterday, District Commander Supt Terry Shevlin described the threat,...
Pottery Is Living Proof of Vibrant Marketing
Byline: BY HELEN MCGURK BELLEEK Pottery in Fermanagh has received a top industry award for its marketing excellence. The giftware specialist was one of 10 companies and organisations to receive accolades at the Chartered Institute of Marketing...
RUGBY: Gatland Ignores O'Connor Scrum
WASPS boss Warren Gatland is refusing to become embroiled in the international tug of war for flanker Jonny O'Connor. O'Connor was born and raised in Galway but has yet to win his first cap for Ireland despite being one of the finest opensides in...
RUGBY: Provinces in Line for Euro Clash
Byline: RICHARD MULLIGAN ALL the arguments over how Ireland will seed their representatives for the Heineken European Cup were finally put to bed yesterday when European Rugby Cup Ltd announced only six teams - all from different countries - would...
Superman Reeve a Hero to the End
CHRISTOPHER Reeve, the star of the Superman movies whose near-fatal riding accident nine years ago turned him into a worldwide advocate for spinal cord research, has died of heart failure. He was 52. Reeve fell into a coma on Saturday after going...
Swell Idea Has Surfer Breaking New Ground
Byline: HELEN MCGURK IT may lack the leathery-backed lifesavers and bronzed bodies of Bondi Beach, but a sea change is sweeping across the north Antrim coast as Northern Ireland's first bodyboard and surf school hits the waves. Grey skies and...
Talks 'A Betrayal' of Hospital Pledge
Byline: BY MARY LAFFERTY THE Sperrin Lakeland Trust has been holding discussions on the removal of services from Tyrone County Hospital. Prior to a new hospital being built in Enniskillen, the health board has held talks on the possible relocation...
Treated like Royalty and We're Well Fed
Byline: JOANNE LOWRY The rough waters of the south Atlantic were a far cry away from Jim Wilson's cosy Donegall Road home. The Belfast-born sailor came from a large family with a history of military service. His father was in the army and fought...
Ulster Conflict Experts Talk to Palestinians
Byline: BY IAN STARRETT LONDONDERRY-BASED conflict resolution experts were trying yesterday to help bring Northern Ireland-style peace to the Middle East. The experts are from the University of Ulster's Magee campus in Londonderry and are in...
Ulster 'Pounds 3bn in Debt'
Byline: BY ALAN ERWIN THE average consumer in Northern Ireland is thousands of pounds in debt, a new report revealed yesterday. With a total of pounds 3 billion owed on credit, nearly half are struggling to meet repayments, the study found. ...
YOUR MONEY: Considering Income Options
Byline: BY RICHARD SCHWARTZ Although savings interest rates have recently gone up, deposit accounts are not providing the level of income from my money they were ten years ago. I was nervous about investing in the stock market when it was performing...
YOUR MONEY: Protect Your Home and Yourself .
Byline: ADRIENNE MCGILL THE recent spate of burglaries and attacks, particularly on elderly people in Northern Ireland, has put home security firmly in the spotlight. At the weekend, a Donagadee woman in her eighties was subjected to a three-hour...