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 August 17, 2002

Boosting Heifer Growth
THERE was a time, and not that long ago, when heifer rearing was regarded as one of the least important aspects of dairy herd management. However it is now widely recognised that high merit animals must be managed correctly from birth through...
Cereal Growers Case over Cheap Imports Put to EU
NFU representatives took time out at their busiest time of year to push the case for a greater protection for British farmers from cheap grain imports and discuss Mid Term Review proposals at a meeting in Brussels. NFU Cereals Chairman Richard...
Couple Wed in Tender Tribute to King
AN Elvis-mad couple yesterday vowed to love each other tender as they got married in a bizarre ceremony in tribute to the king of rock'n'roll. Dani Leighton and Juliette Massey tied the knot at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on the 25th anniversary...
CRICKET: Brigade Face Make or Break Double Header; DERRY JOURNAL LEAGUE
IT is yet another make or break weekend for Brigade this weekend as they face fierce rivals Limavady at Beechgrove today, and it gets no easier tomorrow with an away trip to Donemana. And the champions must play the rest of the season without...
Crowds Flock to Texel Sale
THE first Premier Show and Sale of Texel sheep to be held at the suitable venue of Dungannon Farmers Mart attracted a massive crowd, with standing room only for the sale of females. There was a super attendance during the judging, with Doug Nesbitt...
Datsun Excellent Idea; as Letters Go, It's One of the Big Ones. Last in the Alphabet and Two Thirds of the World's Hairiest Guitar Band, but There's Only One Z That Really Matters to Car Enthusiasts and It's the One on the Back of the Most Famous Datsun of Them All
IT'S THIRTY-odd years now since the 240Z burst onto the scene frightening horses and small children but most of all those involved in the manufacture of rival sports cars. The Cherry and the Sunny might have been a bit of a joke when they arrived...
Don't Take a Gamble When Investing Lotto Windfalls; Winning the Lotto May Be the Start to a Champagne Lifestyle. but It'll Need Financial Planning as ADRIENNE McGILL Finds Out
NORTHERN Ireland's most recent Lotto millionaire is undoubtedly still fizzing with delight over his pounds 1.4 million windfall. Stephen Boyd, a 35-year-old soft drinks salesman from Limavady landed a real corker with his pounds 1,456,675 win....
Doors for Farm and Factory
FOR 20 years Galebreaker Products have been manufacturing a range of door and screen systems at their Mitcheldean factory in Gloucestershire providing weather protection, ventilation, dust, noise, bird and heat retention control, for application...
Elvis Lives, in the Hearts of Many
A FIERCE rainstorm failed to dampen the enthusiasm of more than 7,000 Elvis Presley fans who yesterday began a candlelight vigil at his Graceland mansion to pay homage to the king of rock'n'roll 25 years after his death. To the sound of Elvis'...
Ensiling Whole Crop Cereals
WHOLE crop winter wheat cutting and ensiling is well under way across the Province. In the majority of farms good establishment has ensured high yields of quality winter feed despite the summer weather conditions. Whole crop cereals are now quite...
Excellent Opportunities for Queen's Food Fraduates
LOOKING for secure career prospects? With food manufacturers facing a serious skills shortage, employment opportunities are in abundance for graduates with Food related degrees. The food industry encompasses some of the largest multinational ...
Family Say a Final Farewell to Student; 'We Must Be Peacemakers' Mourners Told
NORTHERN Ireland is a society where violence is often accepted as a way of life, mourners were told at the funeral of a Catholic student who died after a savage beating. Christopher Whitson, 20, from Strathmore Park, north Belfast, died in hospital...
Farming Needs a Devolved Government
SOME have described it as a war of words, but the UUP Agriculture spokesman and Assembly Agriculture committee vice-chairman George Savage and Agriculture Minister Brid Rodgers have really had a go at each other. And both are within their right....
Floodwaters Force Thousands to Flee; River Rises to Almost 30ft in German City
THOUSANDS of people were evacuated from the baroque city of Dresden in eastern Germany yesterday as floods on the Elbe River reached record levels. At the city's 19th century Sempre Opera, emergency crews gave up pumping water out of the basement...
FOOTBALL: McLeish Going with the Flo; SCOTTISH FOOTBALL
ALEX McLeish has promised to include Tore Andre Flo in the squad to face Hibernian on Sunday - if he is still a Rangers player by then. The Ibrox manager admits he has no idea whether the striker will complete a move to Sunderland over the weekend....
FOOTBALL: Seaman Back in the Frame: Wenger
ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger urged David Seaman to extend his England career as he revealed how the goalkeeper had returned to training more determined than ever after his World Cup mishap. Wenger has less than 24 hours to reach an agreement on...
FOOTBALL: Venables Gives Robinson the Nod
PAUL Robinson is set to assume the role of Leeds' number one goalkeeper today against Manchester City - but ousted veteran Nigel Martyn is going nowhere. Manager Terry Venables has opted for 22 year old Robinson as his first- choice number one...
Glenleary Romantic Attracts Top Price of 7,600gns
CHAROLAIS enthusiasts flocked to Dungannon Farmers' Mart at the weekend for the First Production Sale of Cyril Millar's famous Glenleary herd. This is one of the most successful breeding units in the British Isles, with its ability to dominate...
Gliding through Scotland on a Magic Carpet Ride; GEOFF HILL's a Man Who Knows a Softail from a Fat Boy When He Sees One. He Also Knows Which Bit of an Enfield Is Most Likely to Drop off First, but, This Week, He Begins His Regular Column with a Trip to Scotland on a Harley Super Glide
EVEN in the rain, there is something manly and glorious about strapping on your gear, starting up a big motorcycle and riding off down the road into the misty morning. It is, as my father always said, the best way to get your head showered. ...
GM Crop Firm May Face Court
A firm involved in trials of genetically modified crops could face prosecution after test crops were contaminated with unauthorised GM material. The contamination, involving seed containing controversial antibiotic genes, affected two rapeseed...
High Performance . . . Low Maintenance
MORE and more sheep farmers are running harder to achieve an acceptable return by developing a 'part time' farming operation and seeking off farm income, says Alan Derryman. However, these are the producers who would do well to take a leaf from...
Industry Supports HE Courses at Greenmount
LEADING companies and organisations from the Agri-Business sector in Northern Ireland have given their stamp of approval of the HE agricultural and horticultural courses offered at Greenmount College. Bursaries of pounds 1000 each have been generously...
Interbrew Give a XXXX for Castlemaine Lager
THE parent company of the Ulster Brewery in west Belfast yesterday revealed it has secured the distribution rights to Aussie lager Castlemaine XXXX. Belgian brewing giant Interbrew, which purchased the Glen Road site last year, will spend pounds...
Lifeline for Flooded Farms
SOME Scottish farmers affected by flooding and persistent rain for much of the year have been thrown a lifeline in the form of a derogation announced by the Scottish Executive. The derogation, which has EC clearance, allows for some farmers affected...
Make-a-Date Dairy
TODAY: Rare breeds show and sale, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood; Country Market, Market House, Hillsborough (2pm-4pm); Country Market, Mullan's Bar, Market Street, Limavady (10am-3pm); Country Market, Market House, Portaferry...
Marconi Shareholders Will Be Losers in Rescue Package
SHAREHOLDERS in stricken telecoms firm Marconi could be left owning less than one per cent of the group following a rescue financial restructuring deal, it was claimed yesterday. Investors in the firm have already suffered heavy losses after ...
Minister Announces Easing of Restrictions
RESTRICTIONS regarding the movement of cattle and sheep from Great Britain are to be eased from Monday, the Minister of Agriculture announced this week, writes Richard Mulligan. Since the outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease, there was almost a...
Money: Savers Need Reward
ALL the signs are that interest rates are set to stay at current levels or, maybe, move a fraction lower as economies on both sides of the Atlantic struggle against recession. Although this is good news for industry and home buyers, it is depressing...
Morning View: As We Bury the Dead Once More, Can We Begin to Tackle the Underlying Cause of Our Conflict?
ONE thousand years ago, historians tell us, there were faction fights on the long flat foreshore in the area that we now know as the Short Strand and Lower Newtownards Road. These were clan clashes, 600 years before the Plantation, and 500 years...
Neighbours' Plea for More Understanding
RESIDENTS in the Clandeboye district appealed for public understanding of their situation and the nightly torment they are enduring. One mixed marriage couple, who did not want to be named, spent yesterday morning on a now regular chore - clearing...
New Range of Courses at Harper Adams
OVER THE NEXT twelve months, Harper Adams University College, Shropshire, will launch a range of new courses that focuses on careers in subjects as diverse as Retail Management, Information Technology for Business Management and Applied Biology....
No Cud Balls Seen When Alkalage Fed
"NO CUD balls and stock generally in better health" The comment last winter from local beef and milk producers feeding the new mature cereal forage, Alkalage. Hardly surprising according to Alistair Sampson, (right), regional manager at Volac...
No Escape from Our Private Hell Say 'Siege' Residents; Short Strand in Turmoil
IF THERE'S one thing that residents in Clandeboye and Cluan Place agree on, it's that the area - which has now become synonomous with violence - was relatively peaceful until security gates were erected at nearby Madrid Street. The move, which...
On Your Bike and Feel the Wind in Your Hair
As today's motoring becomes ever more expensive and frustrating the appeal of two wheels grows correspondingly bigger. In recognition of this fact, Your Wheels has had the presence of mind to secure the services of Geoff Hill Esq., travel writer,...
PAIR QUIZZED OVER GIRLS; Police Interview Teaching Assistant and School Caretaker.Pair Questioned Work at Missing Girls' School
A SCHOOL caretaker and his girlfriend were last night being questioned about the disappearance of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. Officers were also searching their house in the girls' home village of Soham in Cambridgeshire. They were searching...
PAIR QUIZZED OVER GIRLS; 'Significant Witnesses' Make Statements to Police
A YOUNG school caretaker and his girlfriend last night left police stations after being questioned in connection with the disappearance of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. Ian Huntley, 28, the site manager at Soham Village College for the past...
PIGEON RACING: Pigeon Results
THE Northern Ireland part of the Vanrobaeys Gold Ring Classic was flown on Wednesday August 14 from Tramore County Waterford. Fanciers who had purchased the special Gold Rings at the start of the year and had the birds left in the race team had...
Pounds 400,000 Food for Thought Grants at Queen's; Safety Research Boost Will Aid Cross-Border Exchanges
FIVE research grants worth over pounds 400,000 have been awarded to Queen's University School of Agriculture and Food Science. The Food Microbiology section of the school's Food Science department received the substantial awards from the Food...
Producers Urged to Check Cattle Movement Records
THE NFU yesterday urged all beef producers to ensure their British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) records are up-to-date before the end of August. NFU President Ben Gill said: "Beef producers are already acutely aware of the current delays in...
Racing News: Dogs Scene
Ballyskeagh 8.00pm: 375 - Windmill Gold, Robbies Fancy, Powerscourt Lad, Aerobic China, Mountstreet Kid, Enemy Number One. 375 - Prince Ethan, Windmill Empress, Bellemaria, Ballysillan Miss, Loyal Pursuit, Aerobic Camp. 375 - Top Dilemma,...
Rare Breeds Go under the Hammer at Cultra
The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in association with the Rare Breed's Survival Trust is once again hosting Ireland's largest Rare Breed's Show and Sale today and tomorrow. The Rare Breeds Survival Trust is the only specialist charity in Ireland...
Record Summer for All Wrong Reasons!
ALTHOUGH Daimler and Bentz are credited with creating the first motor car back in 1885, another man - from Antwerp - thought up the notion of a self propelled vehicle in 1475. So there's nothing really new about cars, and that's the problem....
Relief as Milk Prices Recover
THERE was a sigh of relief this week as milk prices continued to show some signs of recovery, but there was also a warning that milk producers should not be lulled into a false sense of security. Both the Ulster Farmers' Union and the United Dairy...
Report on South's Farming
NOT surprisingly, the Foot-and-Mouth crisis of last year was the dominate feature of the annual report by the Republic of Ireland's Minister for Agriculture and Food. Joe Walsh issued his report for his department this week and said it was "undoubtedly...
Ronnie Tops Wheat Growing
THE results of this year's Ulster Farmers' Union wheat competition have been announced. First place in the competition, jointly sponsored by Aventis and Clarendon Agricare, was awarded to Lagan grower Ronnie Wells with a field of Claire. Runner-up...
Showbiz Gossip: Great Role for DiCaprio
HHH LEONARDO DiCAPRIO is expected to star as Alexander the Great in a new Hollywood epic about the all-conquering ancient Greek leader. Moulin Rouge director BAZ LUHRMANN will make the pounds 100 million film which is due to start shooting in...
Spring Plants Vital in Determining Seed Rate
WINTER wheat growers again face the annual conundrum of juggling seed cost with establishment to find the optimum seed rate for next year's harvest. In recent years many growers have improved returns by successfully reducing seed rates, but questions...
Stocks and Finance: Volatile Week Ends on a High Note
THE London market struggled for direction yesterday as a volatile week drew to a close with the FTSE 100 Index at its highest level for more than a month. Blue-chip shares had looked set to build on Thursday's 156-point rise but went into a reverse...
Suntan Oil - the A4 Soft Top Goes Diesel
It's already one of the most desirable cars in the world and you can just bet that the new diesel powered version of the A4 Cabriolet won't be slow out of the showrooms either. The order book for the UK's first ragtop diesel opened this week...
Survey Highlights Scale of Abortion Losses
INITIAL results from FlockCheck 2002, Intervet's subsidised blood testing service, show that, on problem farms, up to 11 breeding ewes in every 100 are either barren or have aborted, suggesting significant financial losses are being incurred by...
Texels Hit New Record of 7000 Euro at Blessington
A new record price for a Texel sold at public auction was attained at the Texel Premier Sale held in Blessington last Saturday, when a ram lamb shown by John & Colm McHugh made 7000 euro easily beating last year's record price of 4800 euro....
THE CRACK: Ulster-Scots in the USA Today
The final in the 'Ulster-Scots in America' series from the Ulster- Scots Agency, researched by author-journalist Billy Kennedy,examines how the bonds and influences of the early Ulster-Scots settlers remain through their descendents in modern USA....
'There Is Only So Much of This You Can Take'
NINETEEN families have left Cluan Place since the area became the city's latest sectarian interface and Tony Irwin and his family plan to be the 20th after yet another night of terror. The young man, whose sister, husband and children are currently...
The Relative Feeding Value of Straights; Special Farm Management Notes for August 2002 - Dealing with Difficult Conditions
FARMERS who normally buy straights for winter rations should plan ahead now taking into consideration the quantity and quality of silage available and the expected level of animal performance. The relative feeding value of various raw materials...
UFU Watch: COPA Listens to UFU Members in Europe; Brussels Briefing
THE Ulster Farmers' Union, as a main stream European farming union is a member of COPA, the umbrella organisation for European Farming Union's. In effect every member of the UFU is a member of COPA and is represented on a daily basis in Europe by...
University Acceptances: Publication of Acceptances
THE Admissions Office of Queen's University is publishing the first list of successful applications in an attempt to provide information to candidates as quickly as possible and avoid undue anxiety at what is a very stressful time. Supplementary...
University Acceptances: UU Listing of Successful Applicants
THE University of Ulster has provided lists of applicants who have been successful in obtaining places on its full-time undergraduate courses. The lists show the UCAS application number of the successful applicant followed by the UCAS Course...
Welcome to the Future of Motoring
Vauxhall parent company General Motors have unveiled its latest stunning car for tomorrow. It is fully drivable - yet there is no engine to see over, no instrument panel, no steering wheel and no foot pedals to operate! GM Hy-wire is a car where...
Wholecrop Harvest Compliments Grass Silage
ON A break from his National Diploma in Agriculture at Greeenmount College James Morton was helping his father Norman with the harvest of 17 acres of wholecrop barley on their Armagh dairy farm this week. The Morton family run the Maghery herd...