Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from October 20, 2008

Autism Project's Milestone Party; A Database of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Is Celebrating Its Fifth Birthday. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Finds out How Youngsters in the Region Are Benefiting from the Groundbreaking Scheme A PROJECT Working with Children with Autism Has Celebrated Its Fifth Birthday. in Accociation with NHS North of Type
The Daslne Project operates throughout the North East and works with families, children and young people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Daslne - which is the database of children with ASD living in Northumberland, Tyne and Wear - is the first...
Beware of Brazilians
NEWCASTLE United boss Joe Kinnear has warned his side that Manchester City's Samba threat can strike at anytime in tonight's clash at St James's Park. City were in sparkling form against Portsmouth a few weeks ago, thanks to Brazilian trio of Elano,...
Boy, 5, Smuggled Knife into School; TEACHING UNION SHOCKED AT DISCOVERY OF BLADE
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A BOY of five smuggled a knife into school. He hid the knife, but was caught after he boasted to classmates that he had the weapon. The youngster reportedly told teachers he was going to use it on one of his tutors...
Boy, 5, Smuggled Knife into School; YOUNGSTER SAID HE PLANNED TO ATTACK TEACHER
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS A BOY of five smuggled a knife into school to attack a teacher, it was revealed today. He hid the knife in his tray and was caught after he boasted to classmates. The youngster told teachers he was going to use it...
Butt Is Ready to Lead United
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR looks set to give Nicky Butt a vote of confidence by handing the former England international the skipper's armband for tonight's game with Manchester City. With Michael Owen out with a groin...
Campaigning for Dignity in Treatment of the Elderly; People in Tyneside Are Being Encouraged to Do Their Bit to Tackle Ageism and Ensure Elder Generations Are Treated with Dignity and Respect. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Explains
Byline: HELEN RAE Health Reporter OLDER people are being ensured dignified treatment as a zero-tolerance approach towards abuse and disrespect is shaping the future of North East services. Care Services Minister Phil Hope visited Tyneside last...
Chester Heroine Has Czar Quality
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK CHESTER-LE-STREET can thank Maxine Czarnecka for her determined effort which brought home bronze medals from the National Road Relay Championships. At the end of absorbing contest, in which team-mate Freya Murray posted...
Chief of Trust Looks Forward to Challenge; in Association with the NHS
AHEALTH trust has taken on a new chief executive. Dr Gillian Fairfield is the new chief executive of one of the largest NHS trusts of its kind in the country - Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust. Dr Fairfield has joined the organisation,...
Chimbonda Makes an Official Protest
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER PASCAL CHIMBONDA has protested his innocence after a controversial refereeing decision cost Sunderland victory at Fulham. The French defender was penalised for backing into the Fulham wall when Kieran Richardson rifled...
D-Day Dawns for Basil over Eviction Row; CROWING COCKEREL'S LANDLADY TO MEET COUNCIL OFFICIALS
Byline: By LIZ WALKER A CRUNCH meeting will take place today to decide the future of a cockerel who faces eviction from his home over his crowing. Hundreds of people from around the world have backed a campaign to let Basil the Wandering Whickham...
Dealing Drugs from Salvation Army Hostel; POLICE RAID UNCOVERS HEROIN NETWORK
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A DRUGS supply network operating out of a Salvation Army hostel has been shut down. Police raided two rooms in the building, on Newcastle's City Road, after gathering intelligence of high-grade heroin being...
Departing McLeod Stages a Grand Morpeth Finale
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK RYAN McLEOD said farewell to Elswick Harriers with a superb run in the Men's Six- Stage Road Relay Championships in the Midlands. McLeod was the Newcastle club's sole representative at the championships - and he showed...
Diving in to Raise Cash for Charity; MENINGITIS TRAGEDY INSPIRES FUNDING DRIVE
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR TOGETHER they shared the trip of a lifetime after giving up their jobs and jetting off to faraway places. But 25-year-old Georgina Ram lost her best pal Ruthie Alexander, 32, after she died this summer of meningitis. ...
Doyle in Form to Take the Spoils
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE SOMERSET'S Jason Doyle lived up to his billing as probably the best rider in the Premier League on current form by storming to success in the Newcastle Open Championship last night. Doyle scored 14 points in the qualifying...
Dream Day Nightmare; Couple Devastated as Second Attempt to Arrange Wedding Crashes Down
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY THEY are still hoping it will be third time lucky. But after two failed weddings, Gemma Jones and Steven Fisher are beginning to wonder if their marriage was ever meant to be. The couple, from Low Fell, Gateshead,...
Dressed for Success; Pupils Enjoy Pyjama Day as School Scoops Top Marks
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter YOU'D be forgiven for thinking the pupils at this Tyneside primary had all slept in one morning. But there was a good reason the children at Beech Hill Primary in Newcastle arrived yesterday in their...
DR SCOTT'S SURGERY; in Association with the NHS
Byline: DR SCOTT IT WAS fairly easy to see that Brian thought his doctor was either crazy or just not listening. He had described to me how his eyes were very uncomfortable and how tears streamed down his face on windy days. I made a diagnosis...
Eagles Fab Five Crush Big Rivals
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN A BUOYANT Fab Flournoy has hailed his Eagles players after they sent out a clear statement to their title rivals with a sensational 73-91 win in Plymouth. The New Yorker turned to a 'Fab Five' with oodles of BBL experience...
Experts Are on Hand to Help at a Moment's Notice; North Tyneside General Hospital's A&E Department Is Promoting an Out-Of Hours Urgent Care Campaign. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Takes a Look in Association with the NHS NDUC
Byline: HELEN RAE Health Reporter MORE than 230 patients walk through the doors of North Tyneside General Hospital's A&E department on a busy day. Their problems range from sprains and minor illnesses to more serious troubles such as heart...
Falling Pie Victim Drops Her Claim; PENSIONER GIVES UP FIGHT OVER INJURIES
Byline: By HELEN RAE Health Reporter A PENSIONER who tried to sue a shop over a falling Fray Bentos pie has finally dropped her bid for compensation. Rita Gibson said her life was ruined when the tinned pie fell on her in the Co-op store in Bedford...
Football: Jonas: I Can't Wait to Start Playing
Byline: By LEE RYDER JONAS GUTIERREZ admits he can't wait to help drag Newcastle United out of trouble. So much has changed since Jonas last pulled on a black-and-white shirt in Kevin Keegan's last game in charge at Arsenal, in August. And...
Football: United Need a Shift in Fortunes Tonight; Can Kinnear Inspire Magpies to Hit City Hard?
Byline: John Gibson IT'S the club they can't sell against the one they did - literally for millions upon millions. While Newcastle United desperately look round for a financial saviour, the funeral march has given away to sheikh, rattle and roll...
Gateshead Hold League Leaders; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GRAEME ARMSTRONG'S ninth goal of the season earned Gateshead a point against Blue Square North leaders Southport, just minutes after the Sandgrounders' goalkeeper Tony McMillan had been sent off. The visitors had led from...
Guide to Life
Byline: JAYNE GOLDSTONE I ALWAYS appreciate it when readers of this column get in touch with me to share their thoughts and views on life. It is also really good to know that this column really does help people and I for one firmly believe that...
Hands Up If You Want to Do Yoga; Yoga Is Not Just for Imageobsessed Celebrities, with One North East Mum Showing How It Can Benefit Even the Youngest Members of Our Society. PAUL HOBBS Discovers What the Ancient Practice Is All About
Byline: PAUL HOBBS STRETCHED - YOGA has long been synonymous with the thought of personal space, of taking some time away from the rigmarole of life in the office or the constant tests of parenthood. However, Julie Garvin doesn't necessarily...
Hero Never to Be Forgotten; PROUD FAMILY GATHER TO SEE MEMORIAL UNVEILED TO SOLDIER
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG A TYNESIDE war hero has finally been honoured at the bombed spot where he lost his life. A memorial to Sgt Michael Gibson was unveiled near Coventry Cathedral on Saturday, 68 years after the bomb disposal soldier was...
Hopefuls Flock to Be Face of the Future; TEEN MAGAZINE HOLDS COMPETITION TO FIND NEW MODELS
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL HUNDREDS of schoolgirls turned out for a snap chance to be the Geordie face of a teen magazine. They were looking to catch the eye of talent-spotters from Sugar magazine and top agency Models 1 at a model roadshow in...
How Could They? Outrage after a Disabled Former Doctor, Aged 92, Is Battered in His Bed
Byline: By LINDA RICHARDS and KERRY WOOD POLICE were today hunting three young men who attacked a 92-year-old retired doctor. Frail and disabled William Benson, who lives alone, was asleep in his home on the outskirts of Stanley, County Durham,...
Howey Is Backing Magpies to Pick Up the Three Points in Battle of Old Sides
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVE HOWEY is confident Joe Kinnear can deliver Newcastle United's first win since August as his two old sides lock horns at St James's Park tonight. The former Toon and Manchester City ace will be an interested spectator...
Inquiry Call over Work Deals; Pounds 6m of Contracts Handed Out
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A COUNCIL awarded more than pounds 6m of contracts without seeking competitive bids, it was revealed today. The work involved 40 separate contracts spread over a six-month period negotiated by Newcastle...
Joe Is after a Repeat Show
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR is backing Newcastle United to carry on against Manchester City at St James's Park tonight from where they left off at Everton 15 days ago. The interim manager is relishing being in the dug-out...
Keane Fires Early Derby Warning
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE insists Sunderland will take nothing for granted going into this weekend's Wear-Tyne derby. With all the turmoil surrounding Newcastle United this season, the temptation is for Sunderland to believe the Magpies...
Keeping Tabs on the Perverts and Dangermen; Paedophile among Those Re-Imprisoned
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter MORE dangerous sex offenders and violent criminals are being monitored for public protection in the North East. And the Chronicle revealed last week the safeguard scheme was put into action to send child...
Let City Slickers Worry about Us; THE MONDAY FILE Newcastle Utd V Manchester City St James's Park Monday, October 20, 2008. Kick-Off: 8pm Beye: We Have Got Match-Winners of Our Own
Byline: By LEE RYDER HABIB BEYE says he is not daunted about the prospect of facing moneybags Manchester City at St James's Park tonight. Beye says he is only focusing on the quality that lies in the Newcastle United side, rather than worrying...
Letter: VENT YOUR SPLEEN
ANOTHER soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, making a total of 121 killed since operations began in that country. It is said that the soldier who died was in Princes' William and Harry's Household Cavalry regiment. If that is the case, why are...
Lollycops; Police Licking Rowdy Revellers into Shape
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter THEY'VE got boozy behaviour licked. Rowdy revellers were kept sweet with lollies designed to shut them up. Police took the candy out with them during late-night weekend patrols in Newcastle city centre....
Long Move Pays off as Chester Salvage a Point; SKILLTRAININGLTD NORTHERN LEAGUE
CHESTER-LE-STREET boss Stuart Sherwood heaped praise on his side - and assistants Tony Heslop and Stuart Gooden - after recent signing Wayne Gredziak headed a dramatic late equaliser to gain the Cestrians a point from Saturday's 3-3 draw at Dunston...
Loss Caps a Day to Forget for Spartans
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON BLYTH manager Harry Dunn labelled the whole day a disaster as his side slumped to a 2-0 defeat at Redditch United to leave the Spartans still searching for their first Blue Square North away point of the season. A flat...
MATCHMAKER; the Chairman Who'll Pick You Up, Drive You to the Game and Then Drop You Back at Home
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL YOU don't get this in the Premier League. A football club chairman is offering elderly fans a lift to home games to boost dwindling numbers. Ian Lavery, chairman of Ashington FC, made the offer after hearing that...
None of Us Had Any Idea He Was Unwell; FAMILY'S TRIBUTE AS DAD DIES AT 25
Byline: By SARA NICHOL HE SHOULD have been excitedly preparing for his third child's birth. But Neil Davison, 25, had his life tragically cut short when he suffered a brain haemorrhage just four months before his pregnant girlfriend was due to...
No Two Days Are the Same; in Association with the NHS
NAME: Michael Crowe. AGE: 20. JOB TITLE: Biomedical engineer. WHERE DO YOU WORK? Biomedical engineering department, South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust. WHAT DOES YOUR JOB I N V O LV E ? I look after the repair, calibration, evaluation,...
NOW IT'S OBA TO YOU; Kinnear Banks on Fit-Again Martins to Spark Toon in Absence of Owen
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer OBAFEMI MARTINS will be plunged back into the Newcastle United side against Manchester City under instructions from Joe Kinnear to come up with an early goal. But the United interim boss says he has...
Pet Watch
Byline: Sharon Newman THANK you readers for your kind donations and continuing support of our charity's work. This week we are appealing for nappy bags and toys for the dogs. We are always in need of items that can be used for bedding. A male black...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Game against Manchester City
GRAHAM BREWIS MARK HUGHES has a difficult task trying to massage and manage all that talent and egos at his disposal into a coherent unit. I feel Man City will blow hot and cold this season, and I'm hoping they have an off day against us, because...
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Reviving Pop to the Letter; Danish Popsters Alphabeat Are in Newcastle Tomorrow. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
THEY'VE been called the best thing to come out of Scandinavia since ABBA. You can find out why when Alphabeat play Newcastle University tomorrow. Having scored a succession of hits over the past year, plus a big-selling debut album, This Is Alphabeat,...
Stew Is Piping Hot on Cold Day
STEWY BELL warmed up for his annual trip to Dubai with a hard-fought victory in the Derwentside AC's Hellhole 10k Multi-Terrain Race. With a cold wind hampering the athletes' efforts, it was not the ideal preparation for a trip to warmer climes,...
Vipers in in Bid to Land Former NHL Star
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers are trying to sign former NHL star Ed Courtenay. Vipers finished their weekend on a high in front of 3,000 people after seeing off Sheffield Steelers on penalty shots after a pulsating 3-3 draw at the Metro...
Warriors Again Too Strong for the Champions
Byline: By DAVID HALL WHITLEY Warriors once again proved too good for defending English National League champions Nottingham Lions at Hillheads last night, extending their unbeaten start to the new campaign to six games. Despite winning the title...
Where Tragedy Is Likely to Strike; He'll Catch Up with Us All in the End, but Academics Have Produced a UK Roadmap of the Grim Reaper's Travels to Give a Clue to Future Activity. ALASTAIR CRAIG Takes a Look
Byline: ALASTAIR CRAIG ASSAULT BY CUTTING IN THE North East, seven 'neighbourhoods' are in the top four colour-coded levels for deaths caused by knives and other bladed or glass weapons. Tyne Bridge West, Washington West, Howdon North Tyneside,...
Win Would Have Been So Rich-Ly Deserved! Referee Robs Impressive Wearmen of the Ful Points James Hunter's MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: James Hunter Fulham 0 Sunderland 0 ROY KEANE claims referee Keith Stroud got it wrong when he denied Sunderland what would have been a winning goal against Fulham. The Black Cats had to settle for a goalless draw at Craven Cottage,...