Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from October 2, 2008

60s TOON STAR IN CANCER FIGHT
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON THEY were the words he didn't want to hear when Newcastle Football hero Alan Suddick was told he had cancer. He thought his world had fallen apart - until his fighting spirit kicked in. He has since been through...
Airport Texting Scheme Set for Take-Off; HI-TECH CHECK-IN FOR TRAVELLERS
Byline: By DAVID OLD HOLIDAYMAKERS could soon be checking on to flights using their mobile phones. KLM and Air France have just launched the trial of a new paper-free initiative on their routes between Amsterdam and Paris. And bosses have...
Angling: Season Finale Is Full of Promise; FRESHWATER ANGLING HOOKED
Byline: By DAVID CARRICK RIVER anglers have had some sport in the past week or so, but they have had to work hard for their fish. Water levels have been ideal most days, and the final month on the English waters should produce some fine sport....
Angling: Wilkes Weighs in with Winner; SEA ANGLING HOOKED
Byline: By SAM HARRIS THE Ian Woods Game Fishing Supplies Open Boat Competition went ahead last Sunday. Only 35 rods fished - possibly due to the unpredictable weather forecast that was given. As it happened, conditions were almost perfect. ...
Benitez Targets Four from Four
RAFAEL BENITEZ believes if Liverpool win in his home city of Madrid in their next Champions League group match on October 22 they will have one foot in the knockout stage. The Liverpool manager thinks one more point after that will see them qualify...
Best in Britain to Do Battle
PLAYERS from across the world will take to the table for the annual Newcastle Grand Prix at the city's Eldon Leisure complex. The event, on October 11 and 12, is part of the English Table Tennis Grand Prix circuit and attracts the best players from...
Brewery Site Moving Closer to New Heart
Byline: By DAVID OLD A VAST space is opening up in the heart of the city where a huge regeneration project will take shape. Work to demolish the old Tyne Brewery site, in Newcastle, is well under way in preparation for a multi-million pound development...
Building a Team to Tackle Islamophobia; Charity Makes Film for Schools
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY RACE hate chants against Middelsbrough's Islamic star Mido have sparked a new campaign. When it was alleged a small number of Newcastle United supporters chanted anti-Islamic taunts at the Egyptian striker from their...
Cashing in on Lash; Langs Could Build on Her Ascot Win at Newmarket
LANGS Lash was a shock winner at Royal Ascot, but she can show once and for all that was no fluke with a Group One victory at Newmarket tomorrow. Admittedly, Mick Quinlan's yard is not the most fashionable of establishments, but this Noverre filly...
Charity in Safe Pair of Hands with Shay; TOON GOALIE LAUNCHES CANCER CHARITY'S DROP-IN SERVICE
Byline: By VICKY ROBSON TOON hero Shay Given has launched a new service dedicated to helping cancer victims and their families. The United goalkeeper paid a special visit to the White Swan Centre in Killingworth yesterday, where he officially...
Crowning Glory; Salon's Saturday Girl Wins Contest
Byline: By DAVID OLD THIS little snipper is a cut above. Fed up with sweeping up hair and making cups of coffee, Saturday girl Tayla Willis set her heights a little higher. She had watched her mum, Leanne, win a host of hairdressing awards...
Crunch Time; Discount Supermarkets Are Seeing Sales Grow as Families Become More Cost-Conscious Because of the Credit Crunch. LIZ LAMB Visits One Store to Find out How Far Pounds 50 Will Go
Byline: LIZ LAMB EVERYONE loves a bargain - and now that the credit crunch has taken hold, saving pennies is more important than ever. One way families have been saving money is by reducing their weekly shopping bill and looking around for the...
Day in the Life
REBECCA Taylor, gallery coordinator at Northern Print - the centre for contemporary printmaking in the North East. 9.30am: My working day usually starts when I open the gallery and studio, check my e-mails and get organised for the day ahead. ...
Dr Maths
Dear Dr Maths, I was recently reading about Body Mass Index (BMI) and wondered if there are any simpler ways of calculating your optimum weight? Joan, Newcastle. There are a number of simple rules of thumb that use mathematical methods to assess...
Drogba in Injury Blow for Scolari
CHELSEA could be down to the bare bones for Sunday's Premier League clash with Aston Villa after Didier Drogba joined a lengthening injury list. Drogba suffered suspected knee ligament damage in Chelsea's 0-0 Champions League draw with CFR Cluj...
Edwards Set for Wolves Switch; Loan Move for Carlos
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER CARLOS EDWARDS is set to join Wolves on loan. The Trinidad & Tobago winger could complete a three-month loan move to Molineux today. Edwards has barely figured in Sunderland's first-team this season, making a brief...
E-FIT CLUE TO MURDER; New Image of Mystery Man
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter COULD this man hold clues to the savage murders of a Chinese graduate couple in their Tyneside flat? This electronic image of a man was compiled with the help of a witness who contacted police after a...
Five See Red as Benfield Win Proves Extra Special
Byline: By MALCOLM PRATT NEWCASTLE Benfield were involved in a sensational FA Cup second qualifying round replay with Winterton Rangers at Sam Smith's Park last night. Benfield took a winning 2-1 lead in the 115th minute - and two minutes from...
Haunted by the Past; MUM SAYS HER EX-PARTNER'S HIDDEN HISTORY HAS MADE HER LIFE HELL
Byline: By SARA NICHOL HER life fell apart when she discovered the father of her child had been a teenage sex fiend. But seeing her ex-partner jailed for the sex attacks he committed 25 years ago was just the start of the nightmare for Tracy...
HELPING STROKE VICTIMS; KEEPING UP THE GOOD WORK FOR FORMER STEEL WORKERS Wish Cash for Your Community Newcastle Building Society
Byline: By KAITLIN SULLIVAN A GROUP set up to help steel workers recover from strokes is hoping to help make more wishes come true. The Consett Stroke Club has helped generations of stroke victims since it was first set up more than 25 years...
Howard Warning for His Everton Team-Mates
EVERTON goalkeeper Tim Howard has urged his team-mates to "stand up and be counted" tonight if they are to avoid a double dose of cup misery. Manager David Moyes' side, who take on Newcastle on Sunday, face the galling prospect of being knocked...
I'll Know When to Call Time on Career, Says Paula
PAULA RADCLIFFE believes passion rather than age will determine whether she is able to end her Olympic heartbreak in four years' time. The 34-year-old has confirmed her first major race since the Beijing Games will be at the ING New York City Marathon...
I've Just Got the Freedom of the Borough, Pet! COMEDY WRITER GIVEN FREEDOM OF BOROUGH FOR HIS WORKS
Byline: By VICKY ROBSON COMEDY writer Ian La Frenais has been honoured with the freedom of North Tyne side. The script writer put the region on the map with hit shows such as The Likely Lads, Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? and Auf Wieder...
JOE'S HIT LIST; Interim Boss Eyes Up January Targets
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR has revealed that he is preparing a "hit list" of players - just in case he is still manager of Newcastle United when the transfer window opens again in the new year. The interim manager...
Knifeman Robber Sprayed Woman in Face; PHOTO RELEASED AFTER MASKED MAN STRIKES NEWSAGENT'S
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter UNMASKED after nearly maiming a woman shop assistant, a knifeman fled with hundreds of pounds. He sprayed a noxious substance into her face before grabbing what he could from the till. Today this CCTV...
Lessons to Be Learned; COUNCIL LEADER CALLS FOR SPEEDIER RESPONSE TO FUTURE FLOOD THREATS AFTER CRISIS
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A COUNCIL leader is calling for urgent action to protect householders from flooding following one of the worst downpours in living memory. Around 80 homes in Newcastle were hit by flash floods when the...
Let's Go Back to Move Forwards; Campbell's Message to Vipers
Byline: By LEE RYDER DEREK Campbell has urged Newcastle Vipers to get "back to basics" in this weekend's big double header against Cardiff Devils and Manchester Phoenix. Campbell and Co will be fighting on two fronts, with both Elite League points...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Are You Spying on the Elderly?
Byline: DAVID CLARKE JW OF Birtley is ranting on about pensioners separating to claim extra benefits, mentioning some who live a bus stop or two apart but are seen together going out. Where, oh where, do people like JW get their information?...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - REUNITED
I'M trying to trace a Colin Dunn who lived at Wolsington Road, North Shields, from 1975 to 1984. I believe he went to Murton Infant School in North Shields. He then moved to Hillcrest, North Shields. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts can call...
Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Worst Pensions in Europe
Byline: JOHN MORRISON E WATTS via e-mail on 29/09/2008, regarding history repeating itself, thank you for the debate. May I start by saying that I believe the miners' strike was one man's dream of toppling a government. If it had been a truly...
Masked Gunmen Rob Couple in Their Home; ARMED RAIDERS SUBJECT HOMEOWNERS TO ATTACK ORDEAL
Byline: By KERRY WOOD A HUSBAND and wife have been left traumatised after being robbed at gunpoint in their home. With their faces covered by masks, two intruders burst into the couple's County Durham home late on Tuesday night. Armed with...
Mine of Art Gems; Pitman Exhibition Unveiled
Byline: By VINCE GLEDHILL A PITMAN'S paintings about his coal town days have gone on show to a new generation of art lovers. Oliver Kilbourn was a founder member of the Ashington Group, whose members first came together in the 1930s when they...
Moore Than a Match; Trey's Praise for New Backcourt Partner Jackson
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN HOTSHOT Trey Moore has claimed he can form a backcourt partnership with Reggie Jackson that can fire Newcastle Eagles to more glory. The veteran combo guard was a real livewire on his debut against Guildford Heat, pumping...
Off the Cuff
Byline: ADAM JUPP I MADE a worrying discovery this week - I am being groomed. Worse still, it is two of my pals who are doing the grooming. They always say, keepyour friends close but your enemies closer - well, that's all very well, as long...
Parent to Parent
Byline: MAUREEN PEARSON OCTOBER 31 is fast approaching and while children are getting excited, Tyneside-based national charity Parentline Plus asks how parents can help their children to have a ghoulish but happy Halloween? Halloween has become...
Premio Attraction for Wall
LEADING totesport.com Cambridgeshire fancy Premio Loco pleased trainer Chris Wall in his final gallop before Saturday's valuable handicap. The lightly-raced four-year-old will carry only a 4lb penalty for his cosy victory at Kempton in a well-contested...
Pub Has No Future, Say Developers; Care Home Bosses Say Proposals Will Benefit Their Estate
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor CARE home bosses facing protests by residents over plans to pull down their local pub and build on the site today defended their proposals. The company behind the scheme says the Royal George in Gosforth,...
RACE- HAT E VANDAL IN JAIL THREAT; Graffiti Plagued Town
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A VANDAL who outraged victims by daubing race-hate graffiti on their homes is today facing jail. Jamie Wales was arrested by police investigating scores of disturbing attacks on properties, roads and pavements in South...
Red Whine Low; Cost Diesel Ban Threatens Boating
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON TYNESIDE'S blossoming boating industry could be under-threat because of a new ban on low-cost red diesel. Leisure sailors are bracing themselves for whopping fuel price increases next month when private pleasure cruisers...
Red Whine; Low-Cost Diesel Ban Threatens Boating
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON TYNESIDE'S blossoming boating industry could be under-threat because of a new ban on low-cost red diesel. Leisure sailors are bracing themselves for whopping fuel price increases next month when private pleasure cruisers...
Ref Case Is Withdrawn; Claim against Referee Dropped
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter A COURT case against North East ref Mark Clattenburg has been withdrawn. A former business associate of Clattenburg claimed he was owed around pounds 5,000 by the top flight official and took the case to Newcastle...
REPAIRING THE HURT; Dad Helps Families Torn Apart
Byline: By KATY SIMPSON WHEN his family was torn apart by the Dafur conflict, he came to Newcastle a broken man. Yunis Hasaballa, 29, of Walker, Newcastle, became separated from his wife and three children during the bloodshed in his home country...
Rose Sets His Sights on Ryder Cup Revenge
THE Ryder Cup may only have ended two weeks ago, but Justin Rose has already turned his mind to regaining the trophy in Wales in 2010. Rose was one of Europe's top performers in Valhalla, securing three points out of four on his debut - claiming...
Samantha's Ex-Partner Accused of Knife Attack; FATHER OF MURDERED TEEN'S BABY DUE IN COURT OVER STABBING
Byline: By SARA NICHOL HE'S witnessed firsthand the heartache and despair that can be left in the wake of knife crime. But now the ex-partner of Samantha Madgin, who was brutally stabbed to death, has been charged for knifing a man through the...
SANTA CLAUSES COMING TO TOWN; WORKERS TO DON THEIR RED SUITS FOR FESTIVE FUN RUN Newcastle SANTA RUN 08 SPONSORED BY NORTHUMBRIAN WATER Sunshine Fund
Byline: BY LAURA CAROE SCORES of workers from a water company will be donning red suits and beards for this year's Santa Run. The festive fun run to raise cash for the Chronicle's Sunshine Fund and Century Radio's official charity Zoe's Place...
Skate Park Yobs under Fire; Graffiti Tag Concerns
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA VANDALS have been criticised for spraying graffiti in a skatepark built as part of a town's pounds 60m regeneration. The facility at the Panama Dip, on the Links, in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, was opened in July and...
Souped-Up Car Not Safe to Be on Road; Pounds 10,000 OF MODIFICATIONS BOOSTED POWER TO HUGE 750HP
Byline: By LIZ WALKER THE souped-up car that crashed killing two best pals was so "horrendously powerful" it was unsafe for the roads. Darren Reay had modified his Toyota Supra to more than double its horsepower from around 350hp to 750hp making...
Suspect Due in Court over Pub Shooting Terror; HOMES RAIDED, GUNS RECOVERED AND MAN HELD IN RAIDS
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter A SUSPECT has been charged over an alleged feud-shooting in a bar. Police raided homes on Tyneside yesterday and arrested four men in connection with the close-range attack on Gary Keltie in the Turnpike...
Takeover Group in Talks to Buy United; SOUTH AFRICANS MAKE FIRST MOVE WITH VISIT TO TYNESIDE
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter THE man heading a South African consortium is on Tyne side in a bid to push through their takeover of Newcastle United. Jonathan Cleland arrived in Newcastle from his Scottish base on Tuesday night and is set...
Taylor Is Key to Steadying Ship
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer JOE KINNEAR is backing Steven Taylor to shake off his recent poor form and tighten up the Newcastle United defence. The former Spurs and Republic of Ireland right-back saw with own his own eyes just...
Teens Get a Two-Day Taster of the World of Work; Skills Fair Gives a Chance to Try Jobs
WITH today's economy getting more unsure, our region's young people are being armed with the skills they need to become tomorrow's workforce. North East Skills, the largest careers and training fair to take place in the country, arrived in our region...
THE SHREW MUST GO ON; the Royal Shakespeare Company Arrives in Newcastle Next Week. Young Reviewer MILES MORGAN Previews the Shows after a Visit to the Company's Home in Stratford upon Avon
Byline: MILES MORGAN SHAKESPEAREAN vibes of mistrust and resentment are set to dwell over Newcastle as the RSC returns to the Theatre Royal next week. Shakespeare's darkly comic The Merchant of Venice and, often regarded as his most controversial...
This Dog Is a Real Ray of Sunshine; TRAP TALK All the Latest News from the World of Greyhound Racing
NEWCASTLE THE Evening Chronicle's Sunshine Fund has every reason to celebrate this month as its very own Greyhound GIVE ME SUNSHINE recorded her fourth win to bring the total raised for the fund to date to pounds 500. If she can continue the...
Top Class: Fun by the Spoonful; Festival Has Plenty to Keep You Entertained at Half Term
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR IT ONLY seems five minutes ago that youngsters returned to school after the long summer break, but already the countdown to the autumn half term is upon us. But with the arrival of the region's first festival for children...
US Rescue Bill on the Move; SECOND CHANCE FOR 'SAVIOUR' PACKAGE
PRESIDENT George Bush told Congress' lower house today that the state of America's troubled economy "demands" that it followed the Senate's lead and passed a pounds 385 billion rescue package. Mr Bush said the Bill was "essential to the financial...
Vent Your Spleen
AS A council tenant I have come to the conclusion that Newcastle City Council is all fur coat and no knickers. Major refurbishment is being carried out all over the city, but surely double-glazed windows and energy-efficient boilers should be a priority,...
Warning over Strike Threat; Teachers May Lose Public's Sympathy
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR THE credit crunch could affect plans for another teachers' strike, as a senior education official says a walkout would not receive public support. The National Union of Teachers (NUT), which has more than 20,000 members...
We Are Right Behind Big Joe; Support for Magpies Interim Manager in His Bid to Turn Nightmare Season around Moncur: Kinnear Will Do a Top-Notch Job for My Old Club Hughton Focused on the Challenge under New Boss
Byline: By LEE RYDER BOB MONCUR has tipped Joe Kinnear to help drag Newcastle United out of the mire after claiming the 61-year-old is here to do "a professional and thorough job". The former Tottenham Hotspur star had a whirlwind introduction...
We've Had a Hall Lot of Happiness Living Here
PENSIONERS on a Newcastle estate are celebrating 25 years since their thriving community was born. A dream to transform an 18th Century building into accommodation for the elderly was completed in October 1983, when all the new homes at Benwell...
We Will Overcome Negativity around Club
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOE KINNEAR today responded angrily to the "negativity" surrounding St James's Park since his arrival, but has vowed to overcome the adversity connected with the club and save the Magpies from relegation. Kinnear was referring...
Wilko Could Be out until Christmas
JONNY WILKINSON is battling to play again before Christmas after his latest injury blow. The Newcastle fly-half looks certain to miss England's entire autumn Test programme, which features Twickenham clashes with the Pacific Islanders, Australia,...
Young Guns Go for It - Runners Ready; PREPARATIONS UNDER WAY FOR THE JUNIOR
Byline: By VICKY ROBSON THESE young guns are ready for the run of their lives. Seventeen youngsters from an Action for Children project in Gateshead took part in a special training session yesterday ahead of the three-mile Junior Great North...