Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from August 27, 2007

A Big Push to Find Rowing Stars
BRITISH rowing officials started a search for potential Olympic heroes from the North East. GB Rowing, along with UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport, trialled more than 2,000 16 to 25-year-olds who responded to a national call for tall...
Ancient Site Saved from Ruin
FIREFIGHTERS backed by aircraft prevented the birthplace of the ancient Olympics from being consumed by flames as Greece's worst wildfires in memory blazed across the country and the death toll climbed to 60. New fires broke out faster than others...
Are There Aliens Here among Us? Academic Thinks Life Began on Mars
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter DO YOU believe in aliens? Perhaps you are convinced you have had an alien encounter or think little green men are no more than science fiction. But if you are among the believers, you have science on...
Beating the Bugs; in Association with the NHS
CHILDREN starting school in September aren't just going to make new friends - they're also going to encounter new germs and a variety of ailments. Parents need to get ready to repel a barrage of attackers, from worms to head lice, as well as...
Church's New Community Role; Pounds 3m Scheme to Create Centre for Locals
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter A CHURCH with stunning views is set for a pounds 3m revamp. St Michael's Church, on Headlam Street in Byker, Newcastle, will be brought into use as a community facility, under new plans. The listed...
Club Should Explain to Fans
I AM writing in response to recent letters from your readers regarding Newcastle Falcons RFC parking issues. I felt it might be useful to provide a reply to help provide a balance. The residents-only parking scheme was introduced following many...
Cricket: Mustard Stays on Hot Form
PHIL MUSTARD produced another breathtaking one-day knock to give Friends Provident Trophy winners Durham a six-wicket 40-over win over Leicestershire Foxes yesterday, (writes JEFF BOWRON) The 24-year-old stumper hit a brilliant 78 and beat his own...
Dad Dies after Street Attack; Neighbours Tell of Shock at Assault
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A COMMUNITY today told of their shock after a popular father died following a street attack. Thomas Fellows - also known as Billy - suffered fatal head injuries in the assault in the early hours of Saturday. Mr Fellows,...
Disaster Children Offered a Lifeline; in Association with the NHS the Health of Children Affected by Chernobyl Disaster in Ukraine Is Being Improved, Thanks to North East People. REBECCA MOLYNEUX Has the Details
Byline: REBECCA MOLYNEUX IT IS more than 20 years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, but children who were not even born at the time of the explosions are still suffering the effects of radioactive contamination. Now, North East families are...
DR SCOTT'S SURGERY; in Association with the NHS
Byline: DR SCOTT IT SEEMS as if every shop window declares the same message at the moment. "Back to School" is a thought that fills most parents with joy, but kids may not always share these feelings. Most children find going to school an...
Durham Drop Points but Still Set the Early Pace; ARNGROVE NORTHERN LEAGUE
DURHAM City are the early pace-setters in the ANL First Division - despite conceding their first points of the season at Newcastle Benfield Bay Plastics. Benfield had the incentive of an eighth-minute goal from Paul Buzzeo and it was not until the...
FIGHTING FIT; Greens Healthy Living in Association with the NHS
Byline: STEVEN SWANSON OVER the next four weeks I will discuss fitness and how to actually achieve what you set out to. When many people join a gym they set out to achieve something. Maybe it's to lose a little weight or reduce their body...
Football: A Frustrating Day by the Riverside; United Twice Let Lead Slip as Front Men Left Isolated
Byline: Alan Oliver's MATCH ANALYSIS Middlesbrough 2 Newcastle United 2 WELL Big Sam knows he now has to rid Newcastle United of another nasty little habit. That of failing to win a game when they have been twice in front. And when it...
Football: Blue Star Hail a Shining Start; UNIBOND NORTH
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT DESPITE drawing their third consecutive game, Newcastle Blue Star are "over the moon" at the start they have made to life in the UniBond League First Division North, (writes MALCOLM PRATT). Although they only have three...
Football: Milner's Gutted at Draw
Byline: LEE RYDER JAMES MILNER today confessed he was "gutted" after Newcastle United's failure to take three points off Middlesbrough - but feels the reaction in the dressing room shows the Magpies are once again flying in the right direction,...
Football: Now for the Big Game of Season
Byline: John Gibson NEWCASTLE will be confronted by their biggest game of a newly blossoming season before a far-from-full St James' Park on Wednesday night. What, I can hear you cry, at home against Barnsley of the Championship after opening...
Football: Sam Fury over Gift-Wrapped Goals
Byline: ALAN OLIVER SAM ALLARDYCE today warned Newcastle United to stamp out gift-wrapped goals following his side's derby display at the Riverside, (writes ALAN OLIVER). The Toon boss was happy enough to take four points from a possible six...
Football: Viduka Opener Just Not Enough
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MARK VIDUKA could not have been happier with his first Newcastle United goal and played down the fact that he did go overboard with his celebrations in the 2-2 draw with his former team, Middlesbrough,...
Football: We Threw It All Away at Boro, Admits Tayls
Byline: ALAN OLIVER A FRUSTRATED Steven Taylor admits Newcastle United threw away two points in yesterday's 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, (writes ALAN OLIVER). United led twice through great goals from Charles N'Zogbia...
Football: ZOG ON THE TYNE IS ALL MINE: SAM; No Way French Ace Will Be Allowed to Leave Says Toon Boss
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer SAM ALLARDYCE has until midnight on Friday to find a couple of defenders - but he insists there is no way Charles N'Zogbia will be allowed to leave Newcastle United. Injuries to Stephen Carr and Peter...
Former Yard Boss Keeps Village in Full Bloom; Garden Lover Hopes His Flower Power Will Win National Title
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON IT'S bloomin' beautiful and is one of the prettiest villages in the country. But Earsdon, in North Tyne-side, hasn't got to where it is today by nature alone. He's a man who is modest and stays quiet about his...
Fury at Killer Driver's Appeal; Plea to Cut Sentence Angers Victim's Family
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter ANGUISHED relatives of a grandmother killed by a texting teen driver are outraged that she has launched a bid to have her detention term slashed. Rachel Begg, 19, crashed at 70mph into the Citroen being driven...
Game Not over for in Afghanistan War; It Is Now More Than a Year since Defence Secretary John Reid Sent 3,500 Troops to Afghanistan Telling Fellow MPs He Hoped They Would Leave "Without Firing a Shot". since Then, British Soldiers Have Been Caught Up in the Heaviest Fighting since Korea. NIGEL GREEN Has Just Returned from Afghanistan, Where He Met North East Men Serving with the Light Dragoons
Byline: NIGEL GREEN MANY of them are just teenagers fresh out of school. Labelled as soft and unable to take discipline, they come from the so-called PlayStation generation. But, while many of their pals may be playing on computers in the comfort...
GUIDE TO LIFE; in Association with the NHS
Byline: JAYNE GOLDSTONE OFTEN I am described as a very energetic person, and I know I am. However, there are times when my energy levels dip so much that the thought of walking upstairs at the end of a long day exhausts me! Susan, a wonderful...
I'm Putting the Fun Back into Learning; Too Much Pressure on Youngsters, Says Head
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter A HEAD made a Dame for her services to education has hit out at league tables and the pressure being put on primary school pupils. Dame Mary MacDonald, who has been the head at Riverside Primary, in...
Losing the Pounds Is a Family Affair; in Association with the NHS A Family from North Tyneside Have Lost Nearly 11 Stones in Weight. GRAHAM ROBSON Finds out How
Byline: GRAHAM ROBSON THEY were allied in a battle to lose weight, and today the Camerons from Whitley Bay have proved family values can begin in the kitchen. Helen and Ian Cameron, who have two children, Matthew, 14, and Peter, 15, put their...
Mike Is the Wheel Deal; Man's 33-Mile Cycle Commute
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter MOST people want to do their bit to help the environment. But it takes a special kind of commitment to do what Mike Rewcastle does. Mike, 54, makes a round trip of 33 miles by bike from his home in...
Misfiring Blyth Pay Heavy Price; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: JEFF BOWRON SHOT-SHY Blyth Spartans paid the price for missed chances on Saturday when they slipped to a 2-0 Blue Square North defeat at home to Hyde United, (writes JEFF BOWRON). Blyth travelled across country to Workington today...
Murder Hunt Arrests Made; Seven Men Questioned after Death outside City Strip Club
Byline: By KERRY WOOD POLICE investigating the murder of a man outside a strip-club have arrested seven men. Officers were called to the For Your Eyes Only lap-dancing club at Carliol Square, Newcastle, early on Saturday morning. They were...
Music Made All So Easy; Eight-Piece Band Easy Star All-Stars Are at the Carling Academy Newcastle Tonight as Part of Their UK Tour. GRAHAM ROBSON Speaks to Their Producer and Guitarist Michael Goldwasser
Byline: GRAHAM ROBSON THE Easy Star All-Stars are over the moon with the reception they've had to their adaptations of classic tunes. The New York-based reggae artists are famed for taking the most unlikely songs, such as those from Pink Floyd's...
New Blow for Brave Joanne; Expat Returns to UK to Be with Family after Cancer Returns
Byline: By MATT CASEY matt.casey@ncjmedia.co.uk BRAVE skin cancer victim Joanne Shiel has suffered a devastating blow in her fight against the disease. The expat hotel worker has flown back to the UK so she can be with her family as she battles...
No Disgrace as Reds Too Strong; MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: James Hunter's Sunderland.0 Liverpool.2 ROY KEANE insisted there was no disgrace in losing to Liverpool as Sunderland suffered their first home defeat of 2007. Goals from Momo Sissoko just before half-time and Andrei Voronin late in the...
Pair Jump to a New Level of Competition
GREAT BRITAIN high jump duo Martyn Bernard and Tom Parsons both produced personal-best performances today to leap into Wednesday's final at the World Championships in Osaka. City of Sheffield athlete Bernard and Birchfield Harrier Parsons both cleared...
Peace at Last for Residents; Former Nightclub Set to Be Turned into Offices
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A NIGHTCLUB which shut down last summer, to the relief of local residents, is to be turned into offices. The new venture at the former Foundation Club in Newcastle is expected to create up to 140 jobs....
Pet Watch
Byline: Sharon Newman THANK you to the many visitors who have donated items on their visit to the shelters. We are continuing to raise funds for the Claremont Road refurbishment and the building of the three kennel blocks is going well. The foundations...
Plot Is Lost by Dicken
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE NEWCASTLE Diamonds will be hoping that their former rider Lee Dicken has calmed down before tonight's Premier League match against Glasgow Tigers at Newcastle Stadium. Glasgow defeated Newcastle 55-38 yesterday, after...
Recycle That Bottle - and It Will Be Back on Your Shelf in Just a Few Weeks; Chronicle GO GREEN Ever Wondered Where Your Glass Bottles and Jars Go When You Have Finished with Them? Environment Reporter AMY HUNT Found out How They Are Crushed Up, Melted Down, Reformed and Get Back to Our Shelves
Byline: AMY HUNT WE'RE always being told to recycle. Council and Government officials seem obsessed with getting us to rinse out our bottles and jars and put them in the black box for recycling. But what happens to your waste glass once it leaves...
SHOWBIZ Gossip
LESS than four months after getting engaged, Grey's Anatomy star KATE WALSH is planning her wedding for early September. The 39-year-old actress, now starring in the Grey's spin off Private Practice, is planning to wed movie executive ALEX YOUNG over...
Strolling Docs Help to Boost Health Message; in Association with the NHS as a New Series of BBC 1 'S Street Doctor Begins Next Week to Offer Primary Care to Patients on Their Home Turf, HELEN RAE Asks the Tyneside Involved in the Programme What Health Benefits It Can Offer
Byline: HELEN RAE FOR many, going to see their GP can be an inconvenient problem as people do not always have the time to fit in a quick appointment. So just imagine being able to see a doctor at your own place of work, or in the high street...
Takeaway Illegals Arrested; Bogus Workers Seized in Raid
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A CHINESE takeaway where immigrant workers were found sleeping in the kitchen has been busted again. Environmental Health officers found bedding and mattresses in the Okay Cafe, on Byker Bank, Newcastle. ...
The Body Detective Stays on the Case; in Association with the NHS When He Had His Leg Amputated Due to Cancer, It Didn't Get Trevor Rutherford Down. Instead He Has Devoted His Life to Improving His Health and Fitness and That of Others. Here He Talks to CHRIS HOPE
Byline: CHRIS HOPE TREVOR Rutherford is convinced his unhealthy lifestyle was the cause of his cancer. At just 16, he was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right leg. He had to undergo two years of treatment - only for doctors two years down...
There for Families; in Association with the NHS
NAME Val Murray. AGE 49. JOB TITLE Health visitor team leader. WHERE DO YOU WORK? The Kenton Centre. WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE? I am part of a team which provide a health visiting service to families with preschool children registered...
There Was So Much I Wanted to Do but My Body Just Wouldn't Allow Me; Life Is Transformed for 22-Year-Old Man Given New Heart and Lungs
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY LIFE begins at 22 for double transplant patient Christopher Richardson. An operation has given him a new heart, lungs and the opportunity to live life to the full. After being born with a congenital defect that meant...
This Is One Hat-Trick I Don't Want - Yorke
DWIGHT YORKE will return to Manchester United on Saturday determined to avoid an unwelcome Premiership hat-trick, (writes JAMES HUNTER). The Sunderland midfielder played in the Black Cats' 2-0 defeat against Liverpool at the Stadium of Light on...
We Wanted to Win It for Ash
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United captain Geremi says he and his team-mates were left bitterly disappointed after failing to win in front of watching billionaire owner Mike Ashley. Toon tycoon Ashley shocked the nation when he turned up at...
Woods Upbeat despite Loss
DAVE Woods praised the never-say-die attitude of his Gateshead Thunder players after their 64-26 defeat at the hands of Celtic Crusaders, (writes NICK PUREWAL). Thunder toiled through all but the whole the second half with 12 men after Dylan Nash...
Young Stars Take Chance to Impress
A DEPLETED North East team still managed to produce many good performances in the Inter-Counties Championships at the Costello Stadium, Hull yesterday, (writes BILL McGUIRK). While senior action was thin on the ground the region's younger athletes...
Your Questions Answered ?
Byline: By MITYA UNDERWOOD WELL I'm really impressed with the responses I've had this week so thank you, the bank holiday has obviously given you time to dig out the reference books. Mrs C Frankland has finally got some answers about her son's...