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 4, 2000

100 Hospital Jobs Face Axe as Crisis Worsens
CRAIGAVON Area Hospital said yesterday that 100 workers face the axe due to a cash crisis. The announcement was slammed as ''tantamount to criminal irresponsibility''. Craigavon Councillor Jonathan Bell said that health funds were being ''stolen''...
Accord to Crash in Months - Warning by Taylor
JOHN Taylor has added his weight to party chief David Trimble's call for the Government to put controversial policing reforms on hold. The Strangford MP said that the peace accord could fall in a matter of months unless there was movement on Patten...
Adams Seeks End to the 'Bogus Crisis' over Arms
ULSTER Unionists yesterday dismissed a claim by Gerry Adams that they were whipping up a ''bogus crisis'' over terrorist weaponry. Arts minister Michael McGimpsey said the Sinn Fein chief was ''in denial'' if he believed that. Mr Adams had said...
Alf McCreary's Column: Orchestra Has Its Part to Play; the Ulster Orchestra . . . Is Now Not Only an Outstanding Regional Orchestra, but Also One of the Best in Britain
While the Unionist political vultures gather afar off (and hopefully prematurely) from David Trimble, and Jeffrey Donaldson tries to move clumsily towards his political objective, one could be forgiven for thinking that the Province is yet again moving...
Arts . . .: Cathedral Show for Celtic Choir
NO sooner has the Linen Hall Library's very classy Open Door festival closed, it seems, than another door opens in the form of the equally stylish Open House Festival this week in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter. The event was started last year by Kieran...
Baby Stolen from Belly of Pregnant Woman
A PREGNANT woman was found dead yesterday, her baby torn from her belly in a crude Caesarean section. The woman suspected of stealing the child killed herself as police arrived to question her. The 8lb 6oz baby was found asleep in a crib in the...
Beef Export Plan Concern
AGRICULTURE Minister Brid Rodgers was under pressure yesterday to have an alternative to her beef export plan ready if it is held up in Brussels. DUP Agriculture Committee member Ian Paisley Junior expressed concern at the minister's admission earlier...
Colin Haunted by Railway Nightmare; There Isn't a Day Goes by That I Don't Think about What Happened. I'm Still Devastated and It Ruined My Life
Tomorrow is the first anniversary of the Paddington rail disaster in London, when 31 people were killed and 400 injured. Survivors, rescuers and the bereaved will remember the dreadful morning when their lives were changed forever. Among them will...
Couple Create Test Tube Baby to Save Daughter
A COUPLE used genetic tests to create a test tube baby that would have the exact type of cells desperately needed to save their six-year-old daughter. The US couple are the first to have screened their embryos before implanting one in the mother's...
Darts: All 'Hunky Dory' for Youth Darts Team
PERRI crisps have generously sponsored the Northern Ireland Youth darts team managed by N. I. D. O team manager Geoff Wylie, the team travelled to Morecambe at the weekend to take part in a youth international competition. The team have rising young...
eBusiness Projects Ready on Launch Pad; 100 Jobs to Be Created by 2003
A pounds 1 MILLION eBusiness incubator which will create 100 jobs over the next three years, was launched yesterday at the Springvale Business Park in west Belfast. Seventeen full-time positions are already in operation at the Synergy eBusiness...
European Cup Rugby: Welsh Stars to Grace Ravenhill
Cardiff, Ulster's opponents in Friday night's opening European Cup match at Ravenhill, boast the astonishing total of 21 full internationals in their squad for this season's tournament - more than twice as many as the White Knights. While Welsh...
Football: Dutch Date for 'Gers Ace; by Jon West
RANGERS striker Michael Mols (pictured) will see a top specialist in Holland in a bid to finally clear up the long term knee injury that has kept him out of action for almost a year. The problem was triggered by a horrific clash with Bayern Munich...
Football: England May Look to Owen and Cole
KEVIN Keegan is set to partner Michael Owen with Andy Cole in an England starting line-up for the first time in Saturday's opening World Cup qualifier with Germany at Wembley. The England coach fell just short of actually confirming the duo in his...
Football: MAC THE KNIFE; Distillery 3 Coleraine 4 (Aet)
EXTRA time was again the order of the day at Ballyskeagh last night where Coleraine finally overcame the brave fight from Lisburn Distillery. Last season the two sides met at the same ground in a cup competition which will be remembered for former...
Football: Michael Is the Toast of Ports; Portadown 1 Crusaders 0
A WELL taken goal from new signing Michael Mahoney-Johnson separated Portadown and Crusaders in a thrilling Nationwide Gold Cup tie at Shamrock Park last night. The second half effort came at a crucial time - minutes before Ports No 11 Neil Ogden...
Football: Scots Call for Dickov
MANCHESTER City striker Paul Dickov has been drafted into the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Croatia. The withdrawal of injured duo Paul Lambert and Barry Ferguson and the concern surrounding Dominic Matteo, who...
Football: Scott's Spot on for Glens; Cliftonville 0 Glentoran 1
SCOTT Young kept cool under heated pressure four minutes from time at soggy Solitude to plant a right-footer past goalkeeper Eamonn Gallagher and keep the Nationwide Gold Cup holders on the right track to retain the trophy. The controversial penalty...
Freestyle Food . . .: Beating the Chicken. . . DRUM; Colleen Bennett of Fontana Restaurant, Holywood Cooking with Different Types of Beans Can Be Interesting and You Should Experiment. There's an Abundance of Fresh Herbs in Supermarkets at the Moment, So Choose Them Where Possible. They Are Rich in Flavour but Be Careful Not to Add Them Too Soon
Roast chicken drumsticks with cannellini beans For four people Ingredients 12 chicken drumsticks 200 gr cannellinni beans soaked over night in lots of cold water 1 tin good Italian plum tomatoes 1 large onion diced 1 red chilli...
Global Marine to Appeal Final Demand
HARLAND and Wolff yesterday revealed that American oil company Global Marine intends to appeal against an arbitration decision last month to pay over a final instalment of pounds 21million to the Belfast shipyard for an oil drill ship which it took...
Health: Health Briefs
The daffodil could become a vital link in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Research has shown that the illness, which leads to dementia, is the one most people fear. In the UK, 665,000 are believed to be sufferers of dementia, most of them the...
Health: Herbal Wonders of the World . . .; New Evidence Suggests That Herbs Will Be the 'New' Medicine of the Future, Fighting the Effects of Smoking Abuse, Cancers, Depression, Pain and Stress
Herbal treatments have been around for thousands of years but - in the West, at least - no longer occupy the place they once had in mainstream medicine. With the development of manufactured pharmaceutical products, plant remedies took a back seat...
Health: New Clinic Could Save Lives of Stroke Victims
Doctors at Belfast City Hospital have turned vigilante to detect the early warning signs of stroke. Their new one-stop clinic could eventually save thousands of lives and prevent the severe disabilities a stroke often inflicts. Each year, 4,500...
Health: The Price Athletes Pay to BE THE BEST
The Olympics are over for another four years and it's possible that many of the top-placed athletes who performed will not be in Athens in 2004. Injury is an athlete's nightmare and it frequently prohibits top class sports men and women from achieving...
Health Watch: The Alternative Path - Will We Ever Learn?
In this column last week, I told readers I planned to attend a conference in St. Thomas's Hospital, London, on the subject of chemicals and how they are seriously affecting our health. Well, despite the importance of the subject, a grand total of...
How Does Your Garden Grow . . . to Pounds 250,000?; OAP Opts for Blooms and Birds
A PENSIONER has turned down an offer of a quarter of a million pounds for her back garden. Helena Hunt did not bat an eyelid when she received the sensational offer to transform the grounds of her life-long Limavady home. For the 78-year-old...
Letter: Unfair Amount
THE recent decision by the Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust to award the Families Acting for Innocent Relatives organisation only pounds 2,000 has caused much pain to families who have suffered extensively at the hands of terrorists. To further heighten...
Making Time: Bookshops - Where You Can Make the GREAT ESCAPE
There's only one place to dash in out of the rain - a book shop. Rushing inside, away from the throng of people and the roar of traffic, is like stepping into another world. Like Mr Ben in the changing room, adventure awaits. You can meander...
Market Continues Its Upward Trend
The London market yesterday continued its generally upwards trend of the last few days, shaking off concerns about the forthcoming decision on whether to raise interest rates. At the close of trading, the FTSE-100 Index of leading bluechip shares...
Midweek Farming: Rodgers Lashed over Beef Export Moves
DUP Assembly Member, Edwin Poots, has described as ''a devastating blow to the farming community'' the admission from Agriculture Minister, Brid Rodgers, that the beef ban was unlikely to be removed until March 2001. Mr Poots said: ''I have suspected...
MLAs Demand More for Pensioners
THE Assembly has urged Chancellor Gordon Brown to increase the state pension by pounds 5. MLAs unanimously backed a motion which also called for the restoration of the link between pensions and earnings. Social Development Minister Maurice Morrow...
Morning View: An Option of Last Resort
DECOMMISSIONING it is, then. Lagan Valley MP Jeffrey Donaldson, in combative mood at yesterday's Tory conference, said nothing less would be sufficient to keep his party in government with Sinn Fein. And the form of decommissioning he has in mind...
Motorcycling: Swann Heads Irish Team
ULSTER'S Michael Swann with captain the Irish team which is expected to win the annual Celtic Match Races for a record 13th time on Sunday at Mondello Park, writes Dermot James. "These races were originally allocated to Scotland but when it emerged...
New Fury over IRA Memorial
UNIONISTS hit out yesterday after failing in a new bid to have a controversial memorial to an IRA commander knocked down. SDLP and Sinn Fein members of Down council have blocked an attempt to have the memorial removed from a council-owned park in...
Omagh Inquest: Families Certain Killers Will Be Caught; I Have No Doubt They Will Bring These People to Justice - Michael Gallagher
THE men who bombed Omagh killing 29 people in Northern Ireland's worst single terrorist atrocity will be tracked down, some relatives of the dead believed last night. Even though nobody has been charged with murder, police chiefs heading the inquiry...
PEAK FORM: The Problems within Us
American television presenter Oprah Winfrey is one of those women who has had her own battles with weight. I tuned into her programme last week, not exactly to see what size her waistline was, but just to see who was talking about whom. A man...
Points of View . . .: Scared of My Own. SHADOW; One Ear to the Ground
At the weekend I woke up after a fitful night's sleep interrupted by the deafening pounding and penetrating flashes of thunder and lightning. As soon as I awoke I was overcome with an urge to take our four-year-old outdoors and into the depths of Drumkeeragh...
Portillo's Plan to Improve Services; Tories to Back More Private Health Care
SHADOW chancellor Michael Portillo promised yesterday that a future Tory government would boost health care and public services. As he made a measured bid to re-establish himself as the favourite of the Conservative conference, Mr Portillo echoed...
Publicans Set to Call Time on Smokers
ULSTER'S smokers are under fire again and this time the battle lines have been drawn in local pubs. The last bastion of the smoker is to be scrutinised by Northern Ireland's first Smoking Charter, launched yesterday. It could mean that lighting...
Quit Stormont Now, UUP Told
EMBATTLED Ulster Unionist chief David Trimble was urged last night to launch an immediate pre-emptive strike - by pulling out of power-sharing government with Sinn Fein. Potential leadership challenger Jeffrey Donaldson called on him to head off...
Rap for SDLP Man's Call on Police
AN SDLP councillor who has called on nationalists to agree to the retention of the RUC's name came under Sinn Fein fire last night - and also got a cool reception from his own party. Declan O'Loan - husband of Police Ombudsman Nuala O'Loan - warned...
Richard Mulligan's Junior Rugby Focus: Harlequins Look a Hard Nut to Crack
DROMORE and Belfast Harlequins II will play their Junior Cup second round tie this Saturday at Ormeau after the match, scheduled to take place at Cherryvale on Saturday, was declared unplayable due probably to the heavy rain which had fallen the day...
Shankill Homeless Challenge White
HUNDREDS of homeless people on the Shankill yesterday challenged UDP spokesman John White to meet them to explain why they have been forced from their houses. A group calling themselves Upper Shankill Concerned Families will hold a meeting to discuss...
Showbiz Gossip
Partygoers at a glittering Hollywood bash were stunned to see fellow guests KEANU REEVES and WOODY HARRELSON suddenly get into a fight. The two actors had been talking about their movie roles, and Reeves had mentioned that he had been trained in...
Twelve Lost as Boat Hits Rocks; Fisherman Survives Disaster
TWELVE fishermen were feared dead off the west coast of Ireland yesterday after the sinking of a Spanish trawler - the second tragedy of its kind in the area this week. Four men died and a fifth was seriously ill after being hauled from the sea...
Weight Watching : Finding the Will to Be. THIN; Glengormley Mother of Four Bernie Shields Can Hardly Believe That the Tubby Woman in the Long Skirt Is Her. Today, Four Stone Lighter and a Waistline to Die for, She Believes She Has Finally Put an End to Her Fat Days. It Took Discipline and the Will to Change. Her Story May Help Other Fat Girls Struggling to Be Thin
LOOKING back I can scarely believe that is me in that outfit. I just never realised how big I was. It's so easy to buy comfortable clothes rather than make the effort to get into the wardrobe of ones that used to fit you. It all finally came home...
Women in Politics: Voting Down the SUITS; Women in Politics Are Thin on the Ground in Northern Ireland. Many Voters Now Believe That the South Antrim Seat Would Not Have Been Lost to the DUP If the Ulster Unionists Had Fielded a Female Candidate. the Politically Astute Lady Sylvia Hermon for Example, May Have Kept the Seat in UU Hands. across the Water Tory Women Are Also Tackling the Problems They Have in Getting Nominated for Seats
Tory leaders were under fire this week at their Bournemouth conference over the party's lack of women MPs. It's long been a problem for women in Ulster too and it is time it was addressed. This weekend delegates to the Ulster Unionist party conference...