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 16, 2004

ATHLETICS BY DAVID MCKIBBIN: Top Class Fields for Lisburn's Marathon
Byline: DAVID MCKIBBIN MORE than 5,000 pairs of feet will be pounding the streets around Lisburn tonight when Lisburn City Council, assisted by Coca Cola, promote the annual half marathon, 10K and fun run from Lagan Valley Leisureplex. The event...
Big Benefits Likely from Euro Services
Byline: ADRIENNE MCGILL NORTHERN Ireland could reap substantial economic benefits as result of the new direct air services to France and Spain which began yesterday. Enterprise Minister Barry Gardiner made the comment as he welcomed the first...
Care Worker Cleared of More Sex Charges
Byline: STAFF ER A FORMER care worker at a Dr Barnardo's children's home was yesterday cleared of a further seven offences allegedly committed against two youngsters. At Belfast Crown Court, trial judge Mr Justice Weir directed the nine man and...
Cricket - History against Ireland as They Chase Victory
IT may be no big deal for Ireland to host a Test team during their tour of England but it is still worth making a fuss about the West Indies coming to Northern Ireland. Since R K Nunes first led a Windies team to these shores in 1928, they have...
Cricket - Kyle Relishing Lara Rematch
IF Kyle McCallan did not bowl another ball in anger, the Ireland international would still be one of the very few amateur players who can say ''I bowled Brian Lara''. On that occasion, the West Indies captain was not playing for his country, rather...
Cricket - Lara Will Lead the Way
Byline: IAN CALLENDER BRIAN Lara will lead the West Indians in today's Bank of Ireland international at Stormont (10.45am) as the calypso kings from the Caribbean make their first visit to Nothern Ireland in 13 years. They may have lost the recent...
Cricket - Molins Expects Battling Display
Byline: IAN CALLENDER JASON Molins still describes Ireland's last game against the West Indies as "one of the best cricketing days I've ever had". Today or tomorrow the Ireland captain is set to better it. It is July 15, 1995 and the memories...
DUP Eyes Up the Westminster Seats It Aims to Secure
THE DUP believes the European election result has shown that it can and will take more seats off the UUP in the next Westminster election. The UUP has traditionally dominated the Ulster benches in the House of Commons but now has just five MPs in:...
E 138,000 Prize Fund Up for Grabs at Tullamore Show
THE Tullamore Show and AIB National Livestock Show will be held this year on Sunday the 8th of August 2004, on a 150 acre site on Charleville Estate, Tullamore. There will be a record prize fund of EUR138,000.This was announced at the launch of...
EQUESTRIAN WORLD: Armagh Show
HORSE RESULTS MINIATURE HORSES International or British miniature horse (not exceeding 85cm) - foals and yearlings - 1 - Freda Cobane, 2 - Freda Cobane. International or British miniature horse (not exceeding 85cm) - two-threeyearold (excl. stallions)...
EQUESTRIAN WORLD: Around the Events
Silverwood The ponies were out in force at Silverwood on Saturday for the final of the latest series of registered and unregistered shows. There were bumper entries in all classes which meant jumping continued until eight o'clock in the evening....
EQUESTRIAN WORLD: Equestrian Briefs
Byline: RON MCKNIGHT JESSICA Kurten has finished fourth in the Cannes Grand Prix with Castle Forbes Maike, the ten year old mare which was purchased for her six months ago. With 32 starters in the 1m50 class, Jessica had a fence down in the jump...
EQUESTRIAN WORLD: Riders Back Macken as Selectors Stand Firm
Byline: RUTH LONEY LAST Tuesday night Irish International showjumping selectors met to discuss the future of their Athens team trainer Eddie Macken and dropped the bombshell that he was to be sacked. On Wednesday in Calgary Alberta, Eddie who...
EQUESTRIAN WORLD: Sasha Gets an Olympic Call Up
Byline: RUTH LONEY SASHA Harrison, from Richhill, received the telephone call she had been waiting on from selectors on Monday evening while on holiday in Italy. The 29-year-old beautician and professional three day event rider has been named...
EQUESTRIAN WORLD: Top Trainers Head for Ulster Derby
Byline: RON MCKNIGHT FIVE Dynasties trained at Ballydoyle by Aiden O'Brien heads the entries announced on Monday for this year's Specsavers Ulster Derby at Down Royal Racecourse on Saturday. The Ballydoyle colt finished third on his sole start...
Family Waits for Victim to Be Identified
Byline: CLARE WEIR A LIMAVADY family were facing an anxious wait last night to find out if their loved one was the victim of a gruesome murder. Sources in the town said yesterday that the family had been consulted by police following the discovery...
Fighting to Save Lives
Byline: KATE COONEY SOCIAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT PENSIONER Ruby Hood, who crashed down a flight of stairs at her east Belfast home breaking her neck and both wrists, is spearheading a national campaign to prevent accidents. The 89-year-old great-grandmother...
Firefighters Ready for Strike Action
Byline: KATE COONEY SOCIAL AFFAIRS CORRESPONDENT NORTHERN Ireland firefighters stand on the brink of strike action today, with the prospect of soldiers taking their places. Although fire crews insist walkouts are not what they want, with no satisfactory...
Fischler Upbeat on WTO Breakthrough
Byline: DAVID MCCOY EU Agriculture Commissioner, Franz Fischler, yesterday struck an upbeat note regarding the ongoing World Trade Organisation (WTO) farm trade liberalisation negotiations. Speaking at a news conference in Winnipeg, Canada, Mr...
Football 'Animals' Should Be Sent Home
PORTUGUESE police in riot gear clashed with hundreds of drunken England supporters yesterday in the first major outbreak of violence during Euro 2004. The father of a 10-year-old boy injured in the trouble outside a bar in the Algarve resort of Albufeira...
FOOTBALL: Czech Mate!
Byline: CZECH REPUBLIC 2 LATVIA 1 DAMIAN SPELLMAN CZECH Republic coach Karel Bruckner admitted he was relieved to escape with three points after a tough encounter with supposed Group D minnows Latvia at Aveiro's Estadio Municipal. The Czechs...
FOOTBALL: Defiant Becks
Byline: MARK BRADLEY DAVID Beckham rallied England by insisting that his belief in the team had not wavered despite their defeat to France - and urged them to show their reserves of character against Switzerland. Beckham (right), insisted before...
FOOTBALL: James Wants to Be Top Man!
Byline: JOHN CURTIS DAVID James has set his sights on being ''the goalkeeper of the tournament'' as England look to resuscitate their Euro 2004 dreams against Switzerland tomorrow. The Manchester City player is 33 and realises there may not be...
FOOTBALL: Ruud to the Rescue
Byline: GERMANY 1 HOLLAND 1 PAUL WALKER GERMAN coach Rudi Voller admitted that Holland deserved their late equaliser in their opening Euro 2004 Group D game last night. Germany had been moving towards a controlled victory after Torsten Frings...
FOOTBALL: Spanish on a Revenge Mission
Byline: PAUL WALKER SPAIN winger Joseba Etxeberria insists his side are doubly motivated to beat Greece today. Otto Rehhagel's side beat Spain 1-0 in a Euro 2004 qualifier in Zaragoza on their way to earning top spot in their group, forcing Spain...
FOOTBALL: Spike's Euro Misery
LINFIELD striker Glenn Ferguson is not eligible to play in Europe for the Premiership champions this summer - and has decided to take off on a family holiday in Florida, writes Denis O'Hara. The Blues, of course, will be involved in the Champions...
FOOTBALL: We're Rarin' to Go
Byline: DAMIAN SPELLMAN PORTUGAL coach Luiz Felipe Scolari yesterday put aside the defeat to Greece and said: ''It's time to show what champions are made of.'' Scolari, who led Brazil to World Cup glory two years ago, was in bullish mood as his...
FORMULA ONE: McLaren Vow to Fight Back By
Byline: IAN PARKES McLAREN boss Ron Dennis concedes to feeling numb given the criticism currently levelled at his team, but has vowed to come out fighting. The British team have come under fire this season following their worst start since 1981...
FTSE Rallies but Future Direction Remains Unclear as New Data Awaited
LONDON shares racked up solid gains yesterday as market jitters over future rises in US interest rates eased. Analysts said inflation data across the Atlantic pointed to a series of gradual increases in the cost of borrowing rather than any knee-jerk...
Golf - Shandon Star into Last Four of Close
Byline: BRIAN KEOGH SHANDON Park's Alastair McKinley produced some sensational golf to cruise into the semi-finals of the Golf-sure-sponsored Irish Amateur Close championship at Donegal Golf Club. The 22 year old former Irish Youths international...
High-Speed Trains Boost Rail Service
Byline: KAREN QUINN NORTHERN Ireland's new premier rail service was on track yesterday as Translink launched the first of 23 new high speed trains. Translink chief executive Keith Moffatt said the new C3k trains are the most modern and safest...
Hospital Clean Up Drive under Way
Byline: SANDRA MURPHY HEALTH CORRESPONDENT THE Government yesterday launched a campaign to clean up hospitals after a damning new audit showed five health trusts in Northern Ireland used dirty surgical equipment. Out of more than 1,000 scopes...
How the Squads Compare Ahead of Today's Match
IRELAND Jason Molins (capt) Phoenix Age 29 Caps 57 Debut 1995 Highest Score 107 not out Jeremy Bray Phoenix Age 30 Caps 16 Debut 2002 HS 143 Andre Botha (right) North County Age 28 Caps 17 HS 139 Best Bowling 4-23 Niall O'Brien (wicket-keeper) Kent...
I'll Fight to Keep Killer Behind Bars
Byline: RICHARD SHERRIFF THE mother of a woman stabbed more that 70 times by her boyfriend vowed yesterday to appeal against his sentence for her murder. Outraged Helen Snoddy dismissed the term given to Conor Gerard Doyle as a disgrace. The...
Iraq Bomb Victim Was Former Para
ONE of two Britons killed by a car bomb in Baghdad was a former Paratrooper who fought in the Falklands and completed tours of duty in Northern Ireland, it was confirmed yesterday. Former Colour Sergeant Keith Butler, 46, died with his colleague,...
Last Ball Thriller at Bready
BREADY and Brigade have done it again. Almost a year after their controversial tie in the Derry Journal League, the same teams scored the same total at the same venue and, amazingly, achieved the same result after more last ball drama. Last season,...
LEADING ARTICLE: Scepticism Is Healthy for EU Democracy
THE phenomenal success of the UK Independence Party in the European elections in mainland Britain has created electoral problems for the Conservative and Labour parties, and left the Liberal Democrats trailing behind in fourth place nationwide. ...
Legal Action over Move by IMC
SINN Fein began a legal challenge yesterday against the Independent Monitoring Commission whose report led to the party being sanctioned after the finding that the IRA was involved in criminal activity. "Sinn Fein is not the IRA and is publicly...
LETTER: Results of Selection Have Been Very Good
IN response to the comments made by Education Minister Barry Gardiner to a recently published open letter, we, as a group of concerned parents, wish to raise the following points. Mr Gardiner states that he wishes to "build on the strength of our...
LIFESTYLE: Diabetics 'Must Have Life-Saving Treatment'
Byline: SANDRA MURPHY HEALTH CORRESPONDENT THOUSANDS of diabetes patients in Northern Ireland should be put on cholesterol-lowering drugs which trials suggest dramatically reduce the chance of heart attack, heart disease and strokes. The call...
LIFESTYLE: Don't Take Pot Luck with Your Eyesight, Says Pool Fan Maddy
DOWN woman Maddy Maginn loves nothing more than striking brightly coloured balls on the pool table but, to her eye, her cracking break could just as easily be made up of black balls. Before the 28-year-old became visually impaired seven years ago,...
LIFESTYLE: Meet the Mothers' Union in Their Island Paradise
Byline: LETTER FROM AMERICAN BY MARSHA CLARKE THE Rt Rev Dr Sehon Goodridge, Bishop of the Windward Islands, to where I have come for a bit of solace, is a man to be taken seriously. One look at him when I walked into his office told me, this...
LIFESTYLE: Viewing Life from the Past through a Camera Lens
Byline: SANDRA CHAPMAN MABEL Spence was brought up as part of a well-to-do family at Valley View, a charming country farmhouse at Annahilt, near Dromore. When she was 21, she left home to get married, and over the subsequent years the house moved...
LIFESTYLE: Water, Water Everywhere, but Do You Drink Enough
Byline: PEAKFORM BY MARINA BRADFORD DRINK plenty of water! We hear it over and over again. We all know that we're supposed to drink at least eight glasses of water each day. Problem is, the message gets repeated so often that many of us overlook...
MAKE-A-DATE DIARY: Wednesday 16 June - Thursday 8 July
Byline: COMPILED BY DAVID MCCOY WEDNESDAY, June 16 Country Market, YMCA, Drumahoe (2pm-3pm) International performance sale, Cavan Equestrian Centre Dispersal of Kilcote Herd of Holsteins, Moor Farm, Donaghadee Sale of pedigree bulls,...
Mayor Won't Return Compliment to SF
Byline: CLARE WEIR THE new mayor of Limavady said yesterday that he "accepts" the praise of his Sinn Fein predecessor but will not be returning the gesture. Cllr Jack Rankin, UUP, who took over from teacher Anne Brolly, with Michael Coyle, SDLP,...
NOTTINGHAM OPEN: Rusedski Survives First Round Scare
DEFENDING champion Greg Rusedski breathed a massive sigh of relief after staging a brilliant fightback to beat Karol Kucera in the Nottingham Open. Rusedski (above) saved match point in the second set on his way to a 2-6 7-6 6-3 victory, only his...
NSP Clocks Up 1,000,000 Sample
Byline: DAVID MCCOY ENGLAND'S Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Debby Reynolds, visited a farm in Shropshire last Friday to mark the one millionth sheep blood sample taken under the National Scrapie Plan (NSP). The NSP, which was launched in July...
Offers Still Open for History Park - Just!
THEfate of Omagh's Ulster History Park may be sealed this week, with the closing date for offers on Friday. Omagh District Council launched its marketing campaign to sell the exclusive asset in conjunction with Belfastbased McConnell Martin, commercial...
Ole, Ole, Ole!
Byline: ADRIENNE MCGILL THERE was a carnival atmosphere yesterday at Belfast International Airport as the inaugural flights of new air services to Europe took off - and there's more on the way! Passengers checking in for easyJet's direct flights...
Pounds 25m in the Budget to Aid Good Causes
Byline: KATE COONEY VOLUNTEERS from across the Province climbed into the driving seat yesterday to air their views on how lottery cash should be spent. From June 1 the New Opportunities Fund and the Community Fund merged to form the Big Lottery...
Residents Vow to Block Plans for Superstore
Byline: RICHARD SHERRIFF ENVIRONMENT CORRESPONDENT WARNING shots were fired in south Belfast last night in what is shaping up to be an epic battle between residents and a retail giant planning a store in Newtownbreda. Fresh from their victory...
RUGBY: Cockbain Confident of Better Display
WALES second-row forward Brent Cockbain has warned Argentina the tourists will add an extra edge of aggression to their play in the second Test in Buenos Aires on Saturday. The powerful Australianborn and bred player is confident he and his team-mates...
RUGBY: Pumitas Ghost Laid to Rest
Ireland 26 Argentina 22 IRELAND laid the Pumitas ghost of 2003 to rest with this, narrow, but thoroughly deserved win to keep their hopes of a World Cup semi-final place alive. Leading 20-5 at one stage, the Irish then found themselves 22-20...
RUGBY: Spirited Ireland Stick to Gameplan
IRELAND tighthead prop, Declan Fitzpatrick, showed all the hallmarks of being in a brusing front row battle after the 26-22 win over Argentina. But the Ulster and Belfast Harlequins players still had time to smile following the victory. ''It...
RUGBY: Tyrone Returns
Byline: RICHARD BULLICK TYRONE Howe is back in the Ireland team for Saturday's second Test against the Springboks in Cape Town. He comes into the side in place of the injured Gordon D'Arcy, which means a reshuffle involving the latter's Leinster...
RUGBY: Wallabies Coach Supports Scotland in Grimes Appeal
SCOTLAND have welcomed the support of Wallabies coach Eddie Jones as they wait to hear whether Stuart Grimes' appeal against a two-match suspension can be heard ahead of Saturday's second Test against Australia. Grimes was suspended by an International...
Scottish Plans for a Parades Commissioner
PLANS to appoint an expert advisor to review the routing of loyalist and republican parades are due to be announced by the end of the month by the Scottish Executive. The advisor will review the licensing system which decides whether parades can...
Talks Resume after Fever of Election - but Still No Deal
Byline: STEPHEN DEMPSTER POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT THERE was no sign last night of a package deal to save the Good Friday Agreement before the summer. But the Government said it intended to continue talks today and next week, as it searched for...
TENNIS: Time Catches Up on Agassi
Byline: PHIL CASEY ANDRE Agassi has pulled out of Wimbledon but the 34-year-old insists English tennis fans have not seen the last of him. The 1992 champion has been suffering from a hip injury and lost in the first round at Queen's Club last...
THEATRE: Sentimental Note Struck by Fiddler
Byline: THE BLIND FIDDLER @ GRAND OPERA HOUSE FOLKLOREhas it that it is bad luck not to let the Blind Fiddler into your home to play. It is a story told to Kathleen time and again at her dad's knee as she grows up in Belfast's Markets area, where...
Walsh Looks to WTO Deal
Byline: FL2 ER IRISH Minister for Agriculture and Food, Joe Walsh, has addressed a meeting of the International Dairy Federation in Cork. He said that the Mid-Term Review of Agenda 2000, concluded in 2003, represented the most fundamental reform...
Walsh Marks 50 Years of Battle on FMD
Byline: DAVID MCCOY IRISH Minister for Agriculture and Food, Joe Walsh, hosted an event in Dublin to mark the 50th anniversary of the European Foot-and-Mouth Disease Commission. This group was established in 1954 under the aegis of the Food and...
Woods' No 1 Position under Threat
TIGER Woods could have just five days left in golf's longest-ever reign as world number one. Top of the rankings since August 1999 - over 250 weeks ago - Woods can be toppled by either Ernie Els or Vijay Singh at the US Open at Shinnecock Hills...
YOUNG FARMER: Annaclone and Magherally
MEMBERS of Annaclone and Magherally Young Farmers' Club are preparing to explore other countries of the world. Jenni Woods is packing her bags in preparation for a week long study trip to Poland. Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) have had study...