Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from October 6, 2008

Ameobi Could Be the New Fashanu
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sport Writer JOE KINNEAR is backing Shola Ameobi to go and be the next John Fashanu. And the Newcastle United interim manager has been so impressed at his 26-year-old striker that he plans to work with him on a one-to-one...
Answers to the Vital Questions
WITH blame flying in all directions, spokesman STUART BRENNAN from the Environment Agency has answered concerns about the handling of the floods. Q: Has there been a debrief to look at how the Environment Agency's procedures worked in response to...
A Street Party after Cestrians Keep Whitley at Bay; SKILLTRAININGLTD NORTHERN LEAGUE
Byline: By MALCOLM PRATT SUPPORTERS at Chester Moor Park on Saturday could have been forgiven for thinking Chester-le-Street had won the Division One championship. In fact, the Cestrians recorded only their second win of the season, but they...
Battling Pavey So Close to Providing First GB Winner of GNR in Five Years; Jo Has a Go but Narrowly Fails to Follow in the Footsteps of Legend Radcliffe as She Just Loses out to African Duo
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK GUTSY Jo Pavey just failed to become the first British winner of the BUPA Great North Run since Paula Radcliffe stormed home five years ago. You could have put a blanket over Pavey and African duo Gete Wami and Magdelane...
Blade Youth Hit by Police Baton; MURDER VICTIM'S FRIEND IS FACING JAIL SENTENCE
Byline: By TOM MULLEN HIS school pal was stabbed to death but that didn't stop Adam Black arming himself with a knife. The teenager, a friend of knife victim Shane Jackson, is facing jail after threatening police with a throwing knife. Juggling...
Boys Die in Blaze
TWO young brothers, killed in a house fire, were left trapped when their mother ran for help and the front door slammed behind her, a witness said. Denise Goldsmith wept as she visited the scene to lay flowers yesterday and had to be restrained...
Cats' Grand Old Duke of Yorke Not Finished Yet
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER DWIGHT YORKE proved against Arsenal he can play a vital role for Sunderland this season. The veteran ex-Manchester United midfielder was the Black Cats' man of the match as they came within a whisker of beating the Gunners...
Children Left at Risk in Crossing Crisis; COUNCIL BOSSES AT A LOSS TO FILL VITAL VACANCIES FOR ROAD SAFETY STAFF
Byline: By KERRY WOOD YOUNG lives are being put at risk because almost 150 lollipop men and women are missing from outside our schools. When we remember our schooldays, many of us can conjure up the image of our friendly lollipop lady at home...
Coping with Chemo; in Association with the NHS Chemotherapy Is Used to Rapidly Kill Cancer Cells. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Takes a Look at the Life-Saving Treatment and How to Cope with the Side-Effects
Byline: HELEN RAE CHEMOTHERAPY is hailed as a life-saving treatment, but the thought of the sideeffects it brings - including nausea and hair loss - strikes fear into most cancer sufferers. In the past decade though, vast improvements mean many...
'Crazy' Joe Proves That He's Not Daft
Byline: John Gibson THE Great North Run is thankfully over. Not just the half-marathon down to South Shields for exhausted Geordies, but also United's long run of losing matches which had grated so much on our nerves. Two goals down after...
Cultures United in Week of Peace; CAMPAIGN AIMS TO MAKE TOON THE FRIENDLIEST PLACE IN UK
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON DIVERSITY is being celebrated this week as people of all backgrounds get behind the City for Peace campaign. Pledges are being made by community leaders of all faiths to mark Citizen's Day on Wednesday, which is being...
DC on Hitman's Payroll - Claim; SENSATIONAL TRIAL HEARS KILLER AND POLICEMAN ALLEGATION
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A GANGLAND hitman paid a crooked policeman to be his "eyes and ears" while he ran his crime empire, a jury heard today. Drug baron Allan Foster has been on the run since executing small-time dealer David "Noddy" Rice in...
Driven Mad over Buses; PROTEST AT ROUTE CHANGES
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON A NEW bus route is sending residents round the bend. More than 100 people living in Percy Park, Tynemouth, have signed a petition calling for buses number 75 and 76 to stop driving up their previously quiet street. ...
Dr Scott's SURGERY; in Association with the NHS
I STILL feel guilty about an event which happened several years ago. A patient of mine, who had survived two heart attacks, was affected in later life by congestive heart failure. Her heart had been damaged and did not pump blood as effectively...
DRUNK MAN'S ARSON PUT LIVES AT RISK; Discarded Cigarette End Sparks Gas-Pipe Blaze
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A BOOZY arsonist risked lives when the blaze he sparked burnt through gas pipes at his partner's home. Joseph Shiel - foulmouthed and angry after a 10-pint binge - had gone to the back garden after Shirley Carr refused...
Every Last One of You a Winner; SUN COMES OUT AS MASSES FLOCK FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY TO TAKE PART IN SUPER 28TH GREAT NORTH RUN
Byline: By KERRY WOOD and JOANNE BUTCHER THOUSANDS of runners swarmed to Tyneside this weekend all with the same inspiring goal. In a sea of colour, 52,000 set off from Newcastle's Central Motorway as the sun shone down on the 28th Great North...
Families Hit by Lack of Homes; DON'T BUILD MORE FLATS, SAY COUNCILLORS
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor FAMILIES desperate for new homes suffered another blow today as council chiefs revealed a major slump in Newcastle's house building programme. Just over 400 new homes a year are becoming available against...
Firm Really Cares about Its Workers; A North East Company Has Scooped a Top Award for Staff Health. HELEN RAE Reports. in Association with the NHS
Byline: HELEN RAE A FIRM from the region has won a new prestigious award for improving the health of its staff. Cramlington manufacturer Thermo Fisher Scientific, in Northumberland, has won The Better Health At Work Award, developed by NHS workplace...
Football: Gateshead Are Motoring Away; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD continued their impressive away form with a 2-1 win at struggling Vauxhall Motors as they returned to winning ways in the Conference North. Manager Ian Bogie believed the final score flattered their Merseyside...
Football: Kinnear Instils a Fighting Spirit; Taylor Leads the Way on the Pitch as Magpies Show Their Battling Qualities to Get a Point Alan Oliver's MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: Alan Oliver's Everton 2 Newcastle United 2 THEY call him Forrest Gump. And boy, oh boy didn't he run himself into the Goodison Park turf yesterday. Not only that, but he scored one goal, made another and, just for good measure,...
Football: Not a Fab Finish, but Roy Makes His Point; MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: James Hunter's Sunderland 1 Arsenal 1 ROY KEANE refused to rise to the bait after Arsene Wenger criticised Sunderland for being too defensive. Keane saw no need to defend his approach - and the fact Wenger left the Stadium of Light...
Football: NOW WE CAN DISPEL BLUES; Stirring Fightback Gives Us Something to Build On: Joe
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR savoured his first game in charge of Newcastle United and admitted he should have been locked up if he had not agreed to take the job. And he nearly was, after United's interim boss - serving...
Football: Taylor: Point Can Be Start of Our Revival
Byline: By LEE RYDER STEVEN TAYLOR believes his bullet header on Merseyside can be a turning point for the season after paving the way for an incredible fightback. Bewildered United had lost five games on the spin before the game with Everton,...
Freshers Are Treated to Travis
TRAVIS NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY STUDENT UNION Millions may have been watching them perform The Graham Norton Show on BBC2, but for a multitude of lucky students in the midst of a chaotically enjoyable freshers' week it was the real deal as Travis paid...
Glad to Be Giving Back into the Community
AS a traditional mutual building society, Newcastle aims to be a friendly and caring organisation and supporting the local community is at the heart of our policy. We have always felt it important to donate to grassroots charities, which is where...
Grief-Stricken Mum Loses Her Battle against Cancer; DOUBLE TRAGEDY AFTER SON DIED ONLY WEEKS AGO
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON IT was a mother and son bond that could never be broken. And when Robert Colquhoun died in an unexplained death, his cancer stricken mum knew she would be with him again soon. Distraught Helen attended his funeral...
GUIDE TO LIFE; in Association with the NHS
Byline: JAYNE GOLDSTONE WOW, what a week I've had! In fact, one of my best weeks ever. As I sit at my computer typing this column, I know this change in me has a lot to do with my improved energy and attitude. I changed my focus by reminding...
Guthrie: New Boss Has Given Us Self-Belief
Byline: By LEE RYDER DANNY GUTHRIE has revealed how Joe Kinnear has helped instill some self-belief into the Newcastle United dressing room. United fought back from 2-0 down at Everton and demonstrated the battling qualities that looked to have...
Have Say on Constitution; in Association with the NHS Sixty Years after the NHS Was Formed, a New Constitution Is Being Introduced to Safeguard Its Future. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Investigates
Byline: HELEN RAE THE NATIONAL Health Service has changed radically since its introduction in 1948, but the values that underpin its activities remain the same. The draft NHS Constitution, developed after consultation and research into what matters...
Helping Children Get off to a Sure Start in Their Lives; A New Centre Has Opened in the Region to Give Parents Help and Advice. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Finds out More in Association with the NHS
Byline: HELEN RAE FAMILIES have a new children's centre on their doorstep to offer vital support. Gateshead's mayor, Coun Maureen Chaplin, officially opened the new facility on the site of Chopwell Primary School, Derwent Street. The new premises...
Historian on a Quest to Tell Heroes' Tales; STORIES FROM THE FRONT LINE TO FEATURE IN BOOK
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR THEY left home to serve their country but some never came back. But now one archeologist and amateur historian is bringing their heroic exploits back to life. Jonathan Shipley is documenting the exploits of men who...
Ice Hockey: Rising Phoenix Thrash Vipers
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers head coach Rob Wilson had sympathy for his players after they were crushed 7-2 by Manchester Phoenix in the first game of their Challenge Cup campaign at Hillheads. The Group A fixture took place at Whitley...
I Never Feel Bored in My Varied PA Role; in Association with the NHS
VITAL SUPPORT - Heather Harrison says her job as PA to the associate director of ICT and ICT technical administrator is rewarding and challenging NAME: Heather Harrison AGE: 43 JOB TITLE: PA to the associate director of ICT and ICT technical...
I Thought I Had Won the Match, Says N'Zogbia
Byline: By LEE RYDER CHARLES N'ZOGBIA reflected on his late chance at Everton today and then admitted: "I thought I had won it." The Frenchman's close range effort from Shola Ameobi's square pass had beaten Tim Howard - but a life-saving clearance...
I've Been Crying All the Time, Especially as My New Baby Daughter Looks So like Her Dad; Tragic Ladder Fall Robbed Children of Loving Father
Byline: By LAURA CAROE SMILING as she cuddles her new baby, Katie McGovern's happiness is tinged with sadness. She should have been celebrating the birth of her little girl with proud fiance Graham Clark. But window cleaner and dad Graham...
Lollipop Spy Licks Drivers
SPY cameras on crossing patrol lollipop signs could be brought in to catch drivers who flout road rules. North Tyneside Council is considering the idea. Although still in its early stages, it would help lollipop men and women clock the registration...
More a Drone a Drona; New Indian Film Drona Is Being Billed as the Biggest Magical Adventure to Ever Come out of Bollywood. SONIA SHARMA Reviews It
Byline: SONIA SHARMA A HUGE star cast, spectacular special effects, stunning sets - it seems to have it all. Sadly, what we get is one the biggest disappointments of the year. The makers had all the background work done. They had the technical...
Oil Kills Birds; SCORES AFFECTED BY MYSTERY SLICK ON NORTH EAST COAST
Byline: By PHIE DOUGHTY HUNDREDS of seabirds are feared to have perished after being caught up in a mystery oil slick. More than 70 birds have been found washed up on beaches covered in thick black oil. And it is believed many more may have died...
Pet Watch
Byline: Sharon Newman TOOTS the young white rabbit has been homed with an experienced owner, but just as one is homed another arrives. A black and white rabbit was brought to us in poor condition. He received emergency treatment, but could not be...
PLANS TO DEMOLISH PUB TO BUILD CARE HOME ARE BLOCKED; Three Cheers
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor PLANS to build a care home on the site of a pub have been thrown out by city councillors. More than 900 people objected to the proposal to build a 46-bed residential care home for the elderly in Gosforth....
Pounding the Streets to Bring in the Pounds; They May Still Be Feeling the Aches and Pains of Taking Part in the 13.1-Mile Great North Run, but Participants Have the Satisfaction of Knowing They're Raised Money for Many Worthwhile Health Charities. HANNAH DUNN and GRAEME COOK Take a Look in Association with the NHS
Byline: HANNAH DUNN and GRAEME COOK THE Great North Run brings together thousands of people every year, and yesterday was no exception. Among the fun-runners and serious athletes were those running to raise much-needed cash for serious causes....
Princess Set to Be Scrapped; GEORDIE LOVEBOAT SET FOR THE BREAKERS
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG BASKING in the Greek sunshine, the iconic Tuxedo Princess is preparing for its final voyage. The ship once moored on Tyneside is heading for the breaker's yard. Now docked in Piraeus harbour near the Greek capital...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the 2-2 Draw with Everton
GRAHAM BREWIS I'M full of cliches, like "a goal just before half-time can be a turning point", "the next goal is crucial", and how about "confidence flooding back"? That's because they all apply. At 2-0 down I confess to thinking "here we go...
Runaway Victory for Ethiopia's Kebede
THE men's race panned out completely differently to the women's when Tsegay Kebede made it an Ethiopian double with a runaway victory, producing a world-class time of 59 minutes 45 seconds. Kebede, 21, who finished third in the Olympic marathon,...
Show Your Support for Favourite Cause
WELCOME to our Wish campaign supplement. We have been encouraging deserving causes to write in and tell us why they deserve a share of pounds 25,000. We expected a healthy response and we're delighted that so many - 138 groups to be exact - decided...
Stars
Byline: CLAIRE PETULENGRO Capricorn Dec 22 - Jan 20 YOU want answers, but you're not getting them, are you? You are, however, getting rather irate and angry. Back down, before you end up looking and feeling the fool. CALL MY CAPRICORN LINE...
Struggling Spartans King-Sized Headache
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON BLYTH Spartans conceded four goals for the second consecutive Blue Square North home game as newcomers Kings Lynn recorded their first away win. The Spartans, who host neighbours Gateshead in the Setanta Shield tomorrow,...
That One Is for You, Dad - Leadbitter
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE paid tribute to Grant Leadbitter today for the way the Sunderland midfielder has coped with a traumatic summer. Leadbitter scored a magnificent goal to help the Black Cats secure a 1-1 draw against Arsenal. ...
The Spirit of '69 Is to Live on as Toon's Last Heroes Return
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON THEY were the heroes of '69, the lads who brought home the Fairs Cup. Now the last Toon team to lift silverware will be honoured 40 years on - thanks to a bunch of fans. Supporter Bill Gibbs and two dozen others...
Time to Bare Your Sole to Reflexology; in Association with the NHS Reflexology Has Been around for Thousands of Years. It Is Reported That It Can Reduce Pain and Encourage Healing in the Body. but Is the Complimentary Medicine Any Good? Health Reporter HELEN RAE Takes a Look
Byline: HELEN RAE REFLEXOLOGY dates back to ancient Egypt, Greece and China and was also used by Native Americans. The treatment involves direct pressure, small rotations and caterpillar-like movements on all parts of the foot and sometimes also...
VENT YOUR SPLEEN; Personally I Think Scientists Should Be Working Matters That Benefit People in Our Society
I WONDERED how long it would be until we heard the anti-Scottish rant from the justices of Windynook. Perhaps they would like to join the 600,000 English people who have already moved into Scotland and leave us Geordies in peace. If Scotland...
Vicky Surprised to Make Final after Her Switch to the Sprint
THE addition of sprinting action to the BUPA Great North Run Weekend proved highly successful, with two of the region's athletes doing their reputations no harm at all. On a specially-prepared four-lane 100 metres strip assembled above Gateshead's...
VICTIMS CLAIM THEY WERE NOT PREPARED FOR FLOODS; Brave Faces
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON WHAT a difference a month makes. On September 6, a month ago today, Morpeth was submerged by record high flood waters and in the throes of a dramatic rescue operation to evacuate around 1,000 people from their devastated...
What a Turn Up for the Record Books
GAZ JOHNSON WOW! What a turn up for the record books - a point against the elite Gunners and we leave the ground ruing our luck. Progress? I think so! My prediction was wrong, as no- one, including myself, would have expected a point against...
Why Splash the Cash on New Baths? Swimmer Dives into Pool Row
Byline: By DAVID OLD and MICHAEL BROWN SHE has been happy using her simple, local pool for years. But this swimmer is furious her modest local baths will be replaced by a modern centre complete with wave machines. Jean Dougall, 72, was shocked...
WIN YOUR GAS AND ELECTRICITY PAID FOR A YEAR; Evening Chronicle Competition
THE credit crunch has affected all of us, energy bills are rising, and mortgage payments and food costs are all on the up, Your Evening Chronicle, in association with Save On Your Bills.co.uk, is here to help you in your time of need. We are going...
Your Question Answered
IT SEEMS the readers of this column are a happy bunch after some light-hearted banter over the song When Johnny Fedora met Alice Blue Bonnet in the corner of a Department Store. Elsie wrote in this week: "I cannot thank you enough for answering...