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 November 8, 2003

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200 Charolais Head for Carlisle
MORE than 200 Charolais entries are lined up for the breed society's annual two day fixture in Carlisle this month which has been delayed by 24 hours from its original schedule by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's new 'gathering'...
Aiming High on the Ards Peninsula
TOMMY McKeating farms at Cloughey, on the Ards Penninsula, where he runs the 100-plus dairy herd of Hill Holsteins, writes JAMES BLACK, Ruminant Specialist, John Thompson & Sons Ltd. Tommy runs a traditional system of twice daily milking with...
Animal Welfare on Agenda in US
ANIMAL welfare is becoming a growing concern among consumers in the USA. Kay Johnson, vice-president of the Animal Agricultural Alliance, told the AMI educational session on animal welfare and humane slaughter that surveys of consumer concerns did...
Around the Events
Danescroft Once again Danescroft was the place to be last Sunday. There was nonstop action all day to keep all the spectators entertained. With indoor season in full swing, all classes were well filled. The day started with the starter stake...
Athletics: King Looks Strong
Byline: Dave McKibbin ABBEY, Lagan Valley, North Belfast and St Malachy's are expected to be top local teams in the Northern Ireland and Ulster Even Age Group cross county championships at Killybegs, Donegal today. The event has attracted 1,100...
Aussies Launch Co-Operative Dairy Indstury Research Centre
Byline: RICHARD HALLERON THE development of more nutritious foods, which could also help fight disease, is the aim of a new pounds 40 million Australian dairy industry Cooperative Research Centre (CRC). Funding for the centre was recently announced...
Beaten Brothers Feared for Lives; Thugs Attack Elderly Pair and Steal Their Car
Byline: KIM HEWITT TWO elderly brothers said they feared for their lives when thieves punched them to the ground to steal their car. Samuel Johnson, 73, and his brother David, 69, had just returned to their Glentoye Park home in Jordanstown around...
Big Not Best, Warns Hampshire Chief
MIKE Adams, president of the Hampshire Down Sheepbreeders' Association, gave a stern warning to breeders at their annual dinner and prizegiving. "Increasing size of sheep for size sake means they need more food, their lambs are slower to reach marketable...
Bio-Security Measures to Be Stepped Up
Byline: DAVID McCOY ROYAL Ulster Agricultural Society agriculture director, Lyle Rea, has confirmed to Farming Life that additional bio-security measures will be put in place for this year's Winter Fair, taking place on Thursday, December 11. ...
Book a Journey with Bristow
IF YOU'RE a Jenny Bristow fan then the chance to acquire a compendium of her recipes is provided by a new publication from Lagan Press - 'Jenny Bristow's Cooking Collection'. This omnibus edition brings together three of her books 'Country Cooking'...
Book Reviews: Behind Mask of Hostage-Taking; Hostages by John C. Griffiths. Published (Hardback) by Carlton Publishing Group, London. Pounds 17.99
Byline: RAYMOND HUGHES IN a week which saw former INLA kidnapper Dessie O'Hare take his first steps to freedom in 16 years, the savage practice of hostage-taking is back in the spotlight. But hostage-taking as a means of leverage has been with...
Book Reviews: Orange Calls to Arms Come under Attack; an Army with Banners. the Real Face of Orangeism by William Brown. Published by beyond the Pale Publications. Pounds 12.55
Byline: BRIAN COURTNEY ORANGEMEN are proud of their close association with the British military, and Orange historians maintain this has been an honourable connection, back to the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland. Lodge members flocked to the newly...
Boosting Colostrum, Calf and Cow Performance and Longevity with Lifeline
IS THE dry period your cows are now entering important? Well if how you managed your dry cows influenced calving problems, colostrum quality, calf health and performance, milk yield and fertility would you consider it important? Consistently research...
Bowls: Ireland Face an Uphill Battle
Byline: ALEX MILLS IRELAND will have a major piece of business to attend to if they are to achieve major silverware at the British Isles international short mat championships at the Coleraine Leisure Centre over the weekend. Following the opening...
Brussels Notebook: Devil Is in the Detail of Cross Compliance
Byline: RICHARD WRIGHT THE phrase that the devil lies in the detail is often over-worked - but it applies with vengeance to the cross compliance parts of CAP reform. The detail of how this will apply is still to be agreed between Brussels and...
Bru, TB Testing Shake-Up
Byline: DAVID McCOY ANNUAL testing for brucellosis is getting underway throughout Northern Ireland. And the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development also announced tighter restrictions on overdue TB tests. Annual testing for brucellosis...
BVA Concern over Halt to Badger Cull
Byline: DAVID McCOY THE British Veterinary Association has expressed concern that the culling of badgers in reactive treatment areas of the Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT) is to be suspended with immediate effect. BVA president, Tim Greet,...
Call All Traction Engine Enthusiasts
THE Traction Engine Club of Ulster constantly strives to offer something new to vintage enthusiasts throughout Northern Ireland and their colleagues from the border counties. On Wednesday, November 26, the club is hosting a special evening in the...
Call to Back MEPs on Sheep Tagging
Byline: DAVID McCOY THE European Commission has been urged to take into account the views of the MEPs on proposals for individual sheep tagging. The European Parliament's Agriculture Committee this week unanimously rejected Commission proposals...
Canadian Beef Safe Is Minister's Message
AGRICULTURE and Agri-Food Minister, Lyle Vanclief, has stressed to key players in the US meat business that Canadian beef is safe, and that reviving trade in live cattle is critical for industry on both sides of the border. The Minister used an...
Canadian Judge Is Bound for Winter Fair
Byline: DAVID McCOY THE Royal Ulster Agricultural's Society dairy showpiece event, the Winter Fair, comes to Balmoral on Thursday, December 11, and as well as attracting the top exhibits, it will also have an internationally-renowned judge. Callum...
Cash
n Fly2thesun.com: - one week self-catering in Gran Canaria, departing Belfast on November 8, pounds 159 - two weeks self-catering in Costa Blanca, departing Belfast on November 8, pounds 253 - one week self-catering in Algarve, departing Belfast...
Celebrity Chef Paul Rankin Shares Recipe for Success
CELEBRITY chef and successful businessman Paul Rankin this week cooked up the first in a series of briefings to examine the ingredients of successful entrepreneurship. Mr Rankin was the first speaker at the Vision to Reality Breakfast Series organised...
Chablis - a Unique Taste of Burgundy
Byline: Jonathan Davis SIMPLE Chablis is often bland watery and lifeless. However, in a good vintage and with a good winemaker, it can show its true flavours. Chablis the most northerly wine growing area in Burgundy is closer to Champagne...
Charollais Sheep Society Annual Awards Dinner
CHAROLLAIS sheep breeders and friends enjoyed a relaxing night out when they met for their annual dinner and prize giving at the Temple Golf Club. The chairman, Drew Cowan, welcomed everyone and thanked all those who had supported him during the...
College to Monitor Progency
COMMERCIAL progeny of the Beltex will be monitored by a Midlands agricultural college following the first donation of a ram to a college by the Beltex Sheep Society. The Moreton Morrell Centre of Warwickshire College, near Stratford-upon- Avon,...
Commodity Watch: Tom Leads Way in Sprayer Scheme
THE National Sprayer Testing Scheme is a commitment made by the agriculture and horticulture industries to submit sprayers working in the UK to an annual inspection by a qualified person. The Test is carried out by a person qualified by the National...
Constituency Countdown: Orchard County Has Opportunity to Grow
Orchard County, or Bandit Country, this constituency close to the Drumcree dispute and all that that entails has its fair share of tensions. But it also has the same kind of problems as others. ROSS SMITH reports NEWRY and Armagh is a constituency...
Constituency Countdown: Rural Representatives Will Face Uphill Struggle
FARMERS in Newry and Armagh are looking forward to having locally- elected politicians to fight their corner. But they will have a variety of issues to get to grips with if they are to give rural communities in the constituency the help they badly...
Constituency Countdown: The Candidates:
JOHN FEE Seems like the natural heir to Seamus Mallon and should come home comfortably unless a combination of vote management and Sinn Fein advance upsets the best-laid plans PAUL BERRY With the UUP putting up no fight, running two DUP candidates...
Cook Plays Down CAP Reform Fears
FEARS that CAP reforms would result in the decimation of the Scottish suckler beef herd were unfounded, leading agricultural economist, Peter Cook, told members of the McIntosh Donald Producer Club at their annual general meeting. In the first major...
Demand for Inquiry as Shorts Pay Talks Collapse
A PUBLIC inquiry into the alleged abuse of hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money given to planemakers Bombardier in Northern Ireland has been called for by union leaders. The Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions (CSEU)...
Endurance Is Triple the Power of Copper Sulphate Says QUB
QUEEN'S University Belfast carried out a study into the antibacterial activity of Copper Sulphate, Formalin and Provita Hoofsure Endurance. The study was commissioned by Provita to assess the efficacy of their footbath solution against existing...
Entries Are Up for Welsh Winter Fair
FORECASTS that this year's Royal Welsh Agricultural Winter Fair will be another highly-successful event have been confirmed by increases in the total number of entries in all the competitive sections. In 2001 there were no cloven-hoofed animals...
Farm House: I Say Thank Goodness for Those 'Nitpickers'
Byline: NIKI HILL AMIDST all the rancour which which is emanating from the Iraqi War a small detail is now eventually emerging into the public domain. Not that it was entirely hidden, we have been told about it off and on - in an oblique way - for...
Farming Money: Further Interest Rate Pain on Way
Byline: PAT LAY THERE was relief in farming, manufacturing and other areas of finance, that the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee raised interest rates only a quarter of one per cent this week. Many had feared that the hike might have...
Fasten Up for Rover's Hot New City Car
THE future of the MG Rover group could depend upon the success of a new small car that owes its origins to a country that used to re- assemble our cast-offs. The new CityRover supermini, which has just gone on sale here, is based on the Indian-built...
Feeding High-Yielding Cows This Winter
Byline: JAMES BLACK, Ruminant Specialist, John Thompsons & Sons LTD THE effects of last winter's feeding management on many farms are bearing consequences this autumn with fewer cows calved at this stage than most producers would wish. The...
Feeds Blow for Livestock Farms; Prices Set to Hit '95/'96 Levels
Byline: DAVID McCOY LIVESTOCK producers may be about to face the highest prices they have seen since 1995/6 due to the further increases in prices of raw materials. European grain shortages, world protein shortages, sea freight shortages partially...
Fischler Bows to Pressure on Cereals
Byline: DAVID McCOY PROMPT confirmation from EU Agriculture Commissioner, Franz Fischler, of how he intends to help offset the effects of this summer's poor harvest has been welcomed by the National Farmers' Union. Commissioner Fischler says...
Football: Adams Laughs at Izzet Move
LEICESTER manager Micky Adams has laughed off speculation linking Muzzy Izzet (right) with Aston Villa, but admits the Foxes could face a struggle to hang onto their star midfielder when the transfer window reopens. Izzet, whose current Foxes contract...
Football: Alex Defends His Foreign Imports
Byline: LISA GRAY RANGERS manager Alex McLeish will continue to put his faith in his foreign players until the Scots prove they are good enough to be in the team. Stephen Hughes, Maurice Ross and Chris Burke were all given a taste of playing...
Football: Best Still to Come: Forssell
Byline: JOHN CURTIS BIRMINGHAM'S on-loan striker Mikael Forssell goes into today's derby clash at Wolves, insisting the best is still to come from himself and his team-mates. The Blues are occupying a lofty fourth place in the Premiership and...
Football: Davy Wants to Keep It Clean
GENTLE giant David Wells wants more clean sheets - to ensure Portadown stay out front in the race to regain the Premier League title. The 25 year old goalkeeper searches for a blemish-free afternoon against Dungannon Swifts at Shamrock Park. "I...
Football: Dudek Blocks out Horror Show
Byline: PAUL WALKER JERZY Dudek (pictured) has tried to banish thoughts of last season's disastrous game against Manchester United at Anfield from his memory. Two howlers presented Liverpool's bitter rivals with victory and ended with the 30...
Football: Fergie Thrives on Great Expectations
Byline: KEN GAUNT SIR Alex Ferguson isn't allowed to rest on his laurels at Old Trafford - but that's the way he prefers it. The Old Trafford boss continues to be driven by the club's high level of expectation as he prepares to face arch-rivals...
Football: Halliday to Haunt Reds
Byline: DENIS O'HARA GLENTORAN Michael Halliday is a master of late, late sharp-shooting shows against Cliftonville at Solitude. The 24 year old hopes he will be used at some stage of this afternoon's crucial championship clash. Halliday is keen...
Football: Larmour Is Rarin' to Go!
Byline: S BY DENIS O'HARA LINFIELD striker Davy Larmour is fighting fit again and pushing for a recall to the first team. Larmour (right) could be in line for starting slot in today's Premier League battle against erratic Ballymena United at...
Football: Loughgall Set for Cup Test
Byline: NICKY FULLERTON LOUGHGALL manager Jim Gardiner knows his side are in for a tough test this afternoon when they take on Malachians in the first round of the Intermediate Cup. Gardiner's side have got off to a good start in the First Division...
Football: Moyes Gives Up on Davis
EVERTON manager David Moyes yesterday admitted he would still like to sign Fulham midfielder Sean Davis, but concedes he has lost out on his number one transfer target. Davis was all set for a pounds 4million-plus move to Goodison Park in the summer...
Football: Poyet Has Gunners in His Sights
Byline: JAMES VAN WIJK GUSTAVO Poyet (pictured) knows the perfect way to give Tottenham fans a much-needed lift - by beating Arsenal in today's north-London derby at Highbury. Spurs have endured a torrid time of late, the dismissal of manager...
Football: Ranieri Backs Star Lampard
Byline: ALISTAIR GRANT CLAUDIO Ranieri yesterday backed Frank Lampard, Chelsea's only outfield player to start every Premiership game this season, to continue making huge strides forward in his career. Lampard has been in such a rich seam of...
Football: Shaw's Back in Frame
JOHNNY Shaw seems set to inch his way into the good books at Seaview. The 24 year old full back has been recalled to the squad for today's home game against Omagh Town. A week back, manager Alan Dornan transfer listed fair-haired Shaw, along with...
Football: United - a Club in Crisis
LIMAVADY United remain a club in crisis. The majority of the first- team squad are refusing to play in today's Premier League game against Distillery at The Showgrounds, unless sacked manager Eddie Seydak is re-instated. Joint caretaker team managers...
Football: Viduka Feels Leeds Axe
Byline: RICHARD GIBSON LEEDS striker Mark Viduka has been axed for the second time in a week after another fall-out with boss Peter Reid. The rest of the squad flew to the south coast for today's match with Portsmouth without the Australian striker,...
GAA: Rangers Back to Their Best
Byline: Dan Kinney FORMER All-Ireland club champions Crossmaglen Rangers looked to have got a lot of their old swagger back in recent outings. They played well against Dromintee in the county final a fortnight ago and were too good for Tyrone...
Gearing Up for Busy Time in Woodlands
With the start of the 2003/04 tree planting season just weeks away, Magherafelt-based Premier Woodlands is predicting that the increasing commitment by farmers and landowners to consider the woodland option will continue to gain momentum. "A sound...
Gurney Flock Comes out Tops
Byline: DAVID McCOY PHILIP Gurney, from Aghadowey, Coleraine, has won the annual flock competition organised by the Suffolk Sheep Society (Northern Ireland Branch). His Oakridge Flock was established in 1992. Runner-up in the competition was...
Help to Put Your School on the Map
SCHOOLS across Northern Ireland are being urged to enter the BT Schools Awards scheme and win pounds 2,000 to run a Citizenship project in their local community. With only a week to go before the final deadline of November 14, the number of applications...
Homeopathic Products for Hoof Care
MOVING cows in off grass on to concrete is the time when hoof problems begin to appear. Preventative efforts should be a priority. Foul-in-the-Foot is often seen in bull-beef systems, as well as in dairy herds. It is often a result of a rich diet...
Ice Hockey: Rob Targets Four Points
Byline: NIGEL RINGLAND THE frantic early pace to the Elite League season will calm down a little on Monday morning when the Belfast Giants begin twelve well deserved days off. Before that they face a double header beginning tonight at home against...
If It Ain't Broke Then Don't Fix It; with More Interest Rate Rises on the Cards Questions Arise on Which Type of Mortgage Is the Best in the Long Run
Byline: JEREMY GATES IF rates are starting a long, slow climb back to more familiar levels, is this the moment for homeowners to grab a fixed rate deal? That was the obvious question this week as the Bank of England confirmed a long-expected rate...
Integrated Education Can Teach All a Lesson
A DETERMINED mother is hoping the constituency's MLAs will come on board to help her push to establish the first integrated high school in Armagh. Jeanette Toner has been at the forefront of a campaign for the new school, which looks set to become...
In the Garden: BACK TO OUR ROOTS!
Byline: JOHN CUSHNIE THERE are vegetables and there are classy vegetables. In England, they used to refer to swedes, cabbage, leeks and parsnips as northern vegetables, meaning cheap, basic types. That has all changed but there are still vegetables...
Japan in BSE Scare
JAPAN could have discovered its ninth case of BSE - in a 21-month- old cow - according to reports from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, writes David McCoy. The case has been found in a Holstein cow in the Hiroshima prefecture....
Labour Card Victory for Shorts Trade Unionist
Byline: STEPHEN DEMPSTER TRADE unionist Andy McGivern yesterday made history as he became the first ever card carrying member of the Labour Party from Northern Ireland. The Bangor man who successfully campaigned against the party's ban on allowing...
LAMMA Show Set for Continued Growth
THE 23rd LAMMA Show, organised by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers' Association, will take place on January 14 and 15, 2004, at the Newark Showground, on the Lincolnshire/Nottinghamshire border, with early indications suggesting...
Letter from North America: Beef Is Riding High across the United States
Byline: GORDON DONALDSON, Lallemand Animal Nutrition, North America gdonaldson@lallemand.com I EXPECT many readers back home will have an idea of the American beef industry being dominated by Texan cowboys with big hats, big ranches and of course,...
Lexus Closes in on Cool Back Seat Perfection
Byline: DAVID WHINYATES THE back seat is comfortably the best place to be when you road test the latest Lexus LS430. From here, cosseted in deep cushioned, leather-trimmed opulence you can more fully appreciate the extraordinary lengths which...
Lichens May Well Provide Next Generation of Herbicides .
Byline: DAVID McCOY SCIENTISTS have been increasingly been turning to nature to identify ec-friendly ways of dealing with weed infestations and crop diseases. A case in point is the launch of strobilurin-based fungicides in the mid-1990s, a development...
Little and Large Lans Are Given a Pasting by SDLP
Byline: CIARAN McKEOWN THE poster war took a bizarre twist yesterday when the SDLP did a DUP in order to target that party as a reason for nationalists to vote for them. It is a measure of the effect of proportional representation that the SDLP...
Londonderry Fails in Police Training College Location Bid
Byline: ALAN ERWIN POLICING chiefs have narrowed a search for the location of a new pounds 80 million officer training college down to three potential sites. With a final decision due to be made within weeks, it is believed a campaign by politicians...
Make a Date
SATURDAY, November 8: Cancer Research Northern Ireland Christmas craft and gift fair, Community Centre, Windmill Street, Ballynahinch (10am- 4pm); Country Market, Coleman's Garden Centre, Templepatrick (9am-2pm); Country Market, Market House, Hillsborough...
Markets: Footsie Swells with Confidence to Hit a 15-Month High
LONDON'S FTSE 100 Index recorded its highest finish for 15 months yesterday as investors continued to show their confidence in the economic recovery. The Footsie ended up 52.7 points at 4376.9, with media stocks among those doing particularly well....
Milk Quota Market Starts to Strengthen
Byline: RICHARD HALLERON WITH no sign yet of United Kingdom milk production tailing off and the expectation of a super levy scenario facing local dairy farmers next spring growing even greater, Thursday morning of this week saw the market for leased...
Morning View: United Stand in Support of All Our Troops
THIS weekend the people of Britain will once again have the opportunity to remember the dead of two World Wars and also those who paid the supreme sacrifice in other conflicts of the last century, and the war in Iraq this year. The customary Remembrance...
Motorcycling: Archibald Tops Again
ADRIAN Archibald, for the second time in four years, is the NGK Spark Plugs Irish Motorcyclist of the Year. The results of a nationwide poll conducted by the Enkalon club, were announced last night during a presentation dance in Antrim. Archibald...
NI Farmers Urged to Reduce Calving Age
INTERNATIONAL dairy management consultant, Bob Lang, has urged Northern Ireland dairy farmers to consider lowering the calving age of dairy heifers to reduce replacement costs. During his two-day visit, which was organised by Semex NI, Mr Lang (pictured)...
Nitrates Fears Voiced; Directive 'Could Lead to Restrictions on Production'
PAYING lip service to the Nitrates Directive could lead to severe restrictions on farm production in the Republic of Ireland within a few years, an environmental specialist has warned. Sean Regan, chief environmental adviser with Teagasc, said a...
One Stop Shop for Timber Industry
AS ONE of Ireland's leading supplier to the firewood processing sector and a prominent player in wood waste reduction circles, Co Louth- based P.J. Callan Ltd has developed into a leading supplier within the forestry equipment sector. To heighten...
Ormeau a Bridge Too Far for Boys; Fury as Commission Bars Remembrance Parade
APPRENTICE Boys spokesman Tommy Cheevers has hit out at the Parades Commission, claiming it has done "absolutely nothing" for the Protestant community. He was speaking following the commission's decision not to permit today's parade to go across...
Outdoors: Delight to Have a Corncrake on the Menu!
Byline: PAUL CORMACAIN WE were having a meal out when my ears nearly swelled to the ceiling. The good folk at the next table were talking about corncrakes, you remember, those birds which used to be as common as dish water and which are now as rare...
Passport Scheme in Commons
REGULATIONS setting out full details of what is required by horse owners under the 'horse passport' scheme have now been laid before Parliament, and give owners an extra six months to obtain passports for their animals, writes DAVID McCOY. The new...
Pigeons Round-Up
Byline: WILLIE REYNOLDS THE Sale Season continues at Armagh Rugby Club tonight 8.00pm - a Staf Van Reet - Hartog Spectacular for the Up North Combine Aces Brownlee, Nee Sons & Ward. Winners were reported from their last sale in Ireland. They...
Points of View: Strategic Use of Simple Language
Byline: Anthony Moriarty, Dublin THE majority of politicians and commentators seem to believe that when the IRA said that Gerry Adams' speech of October 21 accurately reflected their position, they were referring to the totality of his speech. ...
Portillo Packing Bags to Seek His Fortune on TV
NEW Tory leader Michael Howard's plans to appoint a broad-based shadow cabinet were dealt a blow yesterday as Michael Portillo rejected his offer of a job and said that he would leave Parliament at the next election. Mr Portillo's decision to quit...
Prepare for Worst, Hope for the Best
Byline: LAWRENCE SMYTH, Chairman, Northern Ireland Agricultural Producers' Association THE first in a series of scheduled NIAPA discussions, on the complexity of CAP reform, took place in EnniskillenAgricultural College on Tuesday. While there...
Prices Top 7,000gns at Charolais Sale
PRICES topped 7,000 guineas on two occasions at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club's show and sale in Dungannon Farmers' Mart on Saturday. A high quality offering ensured a flying trade resulting in an average of more than pounds 2,000 for the...
Prime Time & Festival Reviews: Showbiz Gossip: Salvador Secret Finally Completed
HHH Destino, a collaboration between SALVADOR DALI and WALT DISNEY, has finally been completed - 58 years after work on it began. The animated short film was originally conceived when Dali and Disney met at a dinner party given by studio head JACK...
Query from a Reader
Miss B from Coleraine asks for some ideas for pickles for her local church fayre. 'I like to make a contribution each year but am running out of ideas'. Here are two recipes which might help. If you dolly up the jars with homemade labels (computers...
RABDF Goes for Historical CAP Payments
THE new Single Farm Payment must be based on historical entitlement and applied United Kingdom-wide if dairy farmers are to be fairly compensated and offered a sustainable future beyond the latest phase of CAP reform, according to the Royal Association...
Rebecca Horror - Police to Reopen File; New Report Called for after Inquest Told of Sex Attack
Byline: IAN GRAHAM THE Director of Public Prosecutions has asked the police to compile a fresh report on a severely disabled girl who died after being sexually assaulted. Despite a police investigation, no-one has been prosecuted in connection...
Report on Biofuels Positive, Says NFU
Byline: DAVID McCOY THE National Farmers' Union said that it was greatly encouraged by the positive recognition given by an all-party group of MPs to the future role of biofuels production in the United Kingdom. But the NFU said it was concerned...
Rod & Gun: Elusive Visitor Provides Hard Challenge for Man and Dogs
Byline: DAN KINNEY I HAVEN'T seen too many woodcock on my travels this autumn but there would seem to be a very big increase in the numbers of teal visiting our inland waters. It may be that bigger numbers than usual were reared here this year but,...
Rugby All Ireland League: Derby Games Catch the Eye
Byline: Richard Mulligan TWO Ulster derby matches in division three catch the eye today, and one of them is a top-of-the-table clash (all 2.30pm). Ards make the short trip to Banbridge when second face third in the section and it promises to...
Rugby League: Two Ronnies Play Their Part
LOCAL knowledge could prove vital to Ulster this afternoon when they face Connacht in a top-of-the-table clash at The Sportsground, Galway (2.30pm). No longer are the Western province regarded as the whipping boys in Ireland, and a bit of insight...
Rugby World Cup: Crenca Promises No Trouble for Ref
Byline: Alex Lowe FRENCH hardman Jean-Jacques Crenca promised referee Jonathan Kaplan he will be a paragon of virtue during Sunday's World Cup quarter-final showdown with Ireland. The hulking loose-head prop, with a fearsome reputation and fiery...
Rugby World Cup: Hansen Backs 'World Class' Wilkinson
JONNY Wilkinson was today given a vote of confidence from an unlikely source - Wales coach, Steven Hansen. England fly-half Wilkinson has struggled to attain his own lofty standards during the World Cup, producing mixed performances in critical...
Rugby World Cup: Logan Eyes Up Aussie Upset
Byline: SIMON STONE KENNY Logan heads into what could be the final week of his international career desperately hoping he won't have to switch his mobile on. The exuberant Scotland winger knows that unless his team-mates can summon up hitherto...
Rugby World Cup: Melbourne Cup Dreams
Byline: Richard Bullick THINK Wimbledon, Royal Ascot, Slane Castle, the Trinity Ball, royal garden parties, Twelfth of July, first night of the Proms, All Ireland final, Queen's Graduation and the Chelsea Flower Show all together and then some and...