Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A daily newspaper covering the news, politics, crime, sports, and business of the Newcastle and North East regions of England. Also features profiles of local newsmakers and celebrity news.

Articles from March 24, 2008

Appeal to Bring Jobs; as Rock Prepares to Axe 2,000 Staff Plea Goes to Whitehall
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor COUNCIL chiefs are urging the Government to bring jobs to Tyneside to help out the region following the crisis at Northern Rock. The newly nationalised Newcastle-based bank is planning to axe 2,000 jobs...
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Athletics: Super Nick Is Blown Home
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK FORMER World CrossCountry representative Nick Swinburn defied the wintry conditions to win yesterday's North Tyneside Council 10k Road Race. The 19-year-old led home the 1,700-strong field to win by just two seconds from...
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Basketball: Beaten Eagles Are Feeling Heat; but Title Is Still in Our Hands - Fab
Byline: By PAUL NILSEN "IT'S still in our hands," was the bullish reaction of Fab Flournoy after his Newcastle Eagles side crashed 86-79 at defending BBL champions Guildford Heat. The New Yorker was desperately trying to put a positive spin on...
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Blowing Hot and Cold over Weather; Last Year Our Easter Eggs Were Melting in Temperatures Hotter Than the Costa del Sol but This Year the Bank Holiday Weekend Has Seen a Winter White-Out. Is It Any Wonder We Brits Are Always Talking about the Weather? LIZ WALKER Reports
Byline: LIZ WALKER EASTER conjures up images of daffodils and spring sunshine - but there was no sign of either this weekend as the region shivered in its first white Easter for years. One of the reasons why this holiday has seemed more like...
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Blunder Exposes Workers' Pay-Offs; Wrong Letters Are Sent to 100 Colleagues
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY BUNGLING council officials sent laid-off staff redundancy letters meant for their colleagues. A blunder at North Tyneside Council saw personal details, including redundancy settlement figures, sent to the wrong people....
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Burke: Our Fans Will Roar Us on; FA VASE
Byline: By LEE RYDER WHITLEY BAY keeper Terry Burke says that the Hillheads home crowd can still roar the club to Wembley in the FA Vase. Despite some sterling displays this season, Whitley were beaten 4-0 in the first leg of their last-four...
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COLOUR CONFIDENT; Woman Uses Grief as Inspiration to Develop Stress-Beating Therapy
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter AN inspirational woman is using her personal tragedy to help others cope with trauma. Less than a year ago, Maureen Colohan's son Nikolos died just weeks before he was due to have a fourth kidney transplant,...
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Cricket: STRAUSS BACK IN HUNDRED CLUB
ANDREW STRAUSS admitted he was relieved after ending his long wait for a Test century as England progressed into a commanding lead in the series decider against New Zealand. The Middlesex lefthander was under considerable pressure, having scored...
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Diabetes Specialist's Work Is Very Fulfilling; in Association with the NHS
NAME: Greer Hancock AGE: 32 JOB TITLE: Diabetes nurse practitioner WHERE DO YOU WORK? I work at the Diabetes Centre at Bensham Hospital in Gateshead. WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE? Along with three other specialist nurses, I aim to provide...
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Don't Force Us from Our Homes; over 300 Sign Protest Petition Backing Pensioners' Plea
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor HUNDREDS of people have joined protests over plans to use elderly people's flats to house the homeless. The row is in a residential neighbourhood of Newcastle where people are calling on Newcastle City...
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Don't Make Work a Pain in the Neck; SPINAL COLUMN in Association with the NHS
In this month's Spinal Column physiotherapist Dave Burliston, pictured, examines an ailment all too common among office workers - neck pain. NECK pain affects nearly 400,000 of us each year and costs the UK millions of pounds in employee absenteeism....
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DR SCOTT'S SURGERY; in Association with the NHS
EVERY week at the surgery I see a considerable number of patients with spots and rashes. Most of these are fairly harmless yet many cause a considerable amount of distress, not because of how they feel but how they look. Pete is a 25-year-old who...
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Easter with a Difference; Families Braved the Freezing Weather to Enjoy Various Holiday Activities. We Take a Look at What the Region Got Up To
IT WAS hardly fun in the sun, but the Easter weather didn't stop people getting out and about. Eager hot cross bun throwers gathered at Belsay Hall, Northumberland, on Saturday for a range of activities including an Easter egg hunt and hot cross bun...
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Fed's Future Looking Devine
DUNSTON Federation, still considering whether to apply for promotion to the UniBond League Division One North, kept alive their chances of a top six finish but they were pressed all the way by Bishop Auckland. Kevin Devine scored the only goal after...
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FIGHTING BACK; Appeal to Find Driver Who Mowed Down Boy in Hit-and-Run
Byline: By HELEN RAE YOUNGSTER Kai Smeaton is struggling back to health after he was left with serious leg injuries when he was mowed down by a hit and-run driver. Kai, of Cruddas Park, Newcastle, was thrown into the air when a small, dark-coloured...
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Final Farewells to the Loving Joker Who Had Everything to Live for; Tragic Stabbing Victim Was Going to Be a Dad
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON THE funeral of a young dad-to-be who was stabbed to death will take place this week. Paul Gilbert had been "buzzing" at the news he was to become a father for the first time when he was attacked. But the 22-year-old's...
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Football: Adding Injury to Insult for Rafa
LIVERPOOL will await the results of scans today on injuries sustained by top scorer Fernando Torres in the controversial 3-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Manchester United. The match was marred by the first-half red card for Javier Mascherano,...
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Football: Hodgson Pinpoints United Strikers as Difference
Byline: By LEE RYDER ROY HODGSON has pinpointed the lethal finishing of Michael Owen and Mark Viduka as Fulham's main downfall against Newcastle United. Viduka's first strike since December, and sixth of the season, set Newcastle on their way,...
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Football: Keane Double Fitness Worry
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER KENWYNE JONES and Carlos Edwards are likely to pull out of the Trinidad & Tobago squad this week after joining Sunderland's casualty list at the weekend. The pair were both included in the T&T squad for a friendly...
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Football: Roy Pays Tribute to Winner Chopra; James Hunter's MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: James Hunter's Aston Villa 0 Sunderland 1 "NEVER in a million years!" That was Roy Keane's response to being asked whether he would have allowed matchwinner Michael Chopra to leave Wearside on loan this season. Ex-Newcastle frontman...
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Football: Sturdy Performance Gets Enrique Talking; Spanish Star Speaks Up on Much-Needed Win
Byline: By LEE RYDER JOSE ENRIQUE today revealed his delight after Newcastle United finally ended their torrid run of poor form with a victory over Fulham. The Spaniard and former La Liga star played out of his skin for the black-and-whites at...
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Football: Tactical Switch Paying Off: KK
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer A DELIGHTED Kevin Keegan believes his change of tactics and his emphasis on goals has boosted Newcastle United's chances of fighting off relegation. Since Keegan switched to a 4-3-3 formation with a...
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Football: We're Still a Threat without Kenwyne
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ANDY REID says Sunderland's win over Aston Villa proved they are not a one-man team. The Black Cats were without star man Kenwyne Jones at Villa Park, with the Trinidad & Tobago hitman left back on Wearside due to...
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Football: WE'VE GOT THE MONKEY OFF OUR BACKS
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer MICHAEL OWEN insists he is thriving on being captain of Newcastle United - despite the club being involved in an unwanted relegation battle. While all the headlines have been about Kevin Keegan's first...
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George Gives Bears a Mauling
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE GEORGE Stancl continued his amazing run of form as Newcastle Diamonds beat Redcar Bears - and the snow - in last night's Premier Trophy match in Byker. The Tyneside-based Czech had picked up 12-point scores in all his...
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GUIDE TO LIFE; in Association with the NHS
Byline: JAYNE GOLDSTONE WHEREAS I normally have an extremely high level of energy, in the last month I have started to feel really tired and this just isn't like me at all. This has impacted in many ways and has started to affect the way I work....
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Help Us Find the Airgun Yob; Family Furious after Cat Was Shot
Byline: By LIZ WALKER THIS purring puss is lucky to be alive after he was shot with an airgun by cruel yobs. Toffee the ginger tom was found cowering under a bush covered in blood after the sickening attack. Now his owners are offering a reward...
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Hockey: Vipers' Triumph Boosts Morale
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE Vipers head coach Rob Wilson will go into his side's play-off clash with Belfast Giants with team morale sky-high after a 4-2 win over Coventry Blaze. Their victory over the champions summed up their regular season...
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Hockey: Whitley Reach Second Final
Byline: By DAVID HALL WHITLEY Warriors will play in the English National League Championship final in Coventry on April 13 after beating Tyneside rivals Newcastle ENL Vipers 13-1 at Hillheads last night. Sheffield Scimitars - the only side that...
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Holiday Planning Is Such Hard Work; in Association with the NHS
WHILE we all look forward to the Easter holidays and the coming May Bank Holidays as a welcome time to relax and get away from routine - for millions a break may turn out to be a disappointment. Around 40% of people are caught in a 'stress trap'...
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Home Violence Victims Find Sanctuary
VICTIMS of domestic violence are being given a safe haven within their own home as part of a new scheme. The Sanctuary Scheme is designed to enable victims of domestic violence to stay in their own home when it is safe to do so, with the added benefit...
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It's All to Play for Says Bogie; UNIBOND LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
GATESHEAD, back up to third top after their Good Friday win over Kendal Town, travel to mid-table Ossett Town in the UniBond Premier Division today. The Tynesiders trail second-top Fleetwood Town by eight points and are only three points above sixth...
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Kev's Riding Nerves for the Win
Byline: BY ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN admitted his nerves were jangling before Newcastle United finally gave him his first three points since his return to St James's Park. It wasn't until his skipper Michael Owen wrapped things...
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Letter: YOUR SHOUT - Threat to Our Freedom Real
Byline: RB IF WE believe, and Les May (Your Shout March 17) obviously does, that Britain has not faced a threat since the Nazis came to power in 1939, then we are seriously out of touch with reality, or simply content with our heads in the sand....
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Man Falls from Roof Trying to Escape Flats Fire; Victim in Hospital
Byline: By PETER TAYLOR A MAN who escaped a major fire when he plunged from the snow-covered roof of a three-storey building was recovering in hospital today. The 34-year-old was seen to fall from the roof of flats above a video shop in Front...
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Mums Give Tips on Successful Breastfeeding; Breastfeeding Mums Are Making Their Screen and Print Debut to Help Babies on Tyneside Get the Best Start in Life. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Finds out More in Association with the NHS
Byline: JANE PICKEN MUMS in Newcastle's West End can now find out all they need to know about breastfeeding from the experts. A group of women, who have all breastfed, have put together a DVD, called Why Breastfeed?, and a quarterly newsletter,...
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Our Fans Will Roar Us on to Victory Says Spartans Boss; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON BLYTH Spartans face a bottom-five six pointer against Hinckley United at Croft Park today buoyed by an excellent point at Burscough on Saturday. With seven games remaining Blyth are six points ahead of third-bottom Hucknall...
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Over-50s Are Shown How to Stay Limber; in Association with the NHS from Salsa Dancing to Indoor Tennis, Older People in Northumberland Are Proving It Is Never Too Late to Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Visited One Event to Find out More
Byline: JANE PICKEN LAST week more than 130 people, all over the age of 50 and keen to keep fit, descended on Ponteland Leisure Centre hoping for a fun-filled day of activities all aimed at improving their health. And as the event kicked off,...
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Patsy Set for Debut on the Catwalk; Gateshead Teenager Chosen as National Face of Childhood Illness
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG PATSY Peebles is set to make her catwalk debut as a new face of childhood MS. The Gateshead schoolgirl remains one of the youngest people ever diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the UK. She was just 14 when the...
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Pet Watch
Byline: Sharon Newman ANIMALS and staff at the Newcastle Dog & Cat shelter would like to wish you all a happy Easter. Please remember to refrain from giving your pet some of your Easter eggs, no matter how much they ask! Normal chocolate is...
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PhD Girl Is Killed by Chinese Treatment; 25-Year-Old Dies after Taking a Traditional Herbal Remedy
Byline: By TOM MULLEN CHINESE herbal medicine killed a brilliant young student, an inquest heard. Ling 'Carrie' Wang, 25, a graduate from Newcastle University, used a traditional Chinese remedy to treat stomach upsets and a skin rash. But,...
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Pupil, 14, Stabbed in Back during Art Class; 13-YEAR-OLD LAD BAILED AFTER ATTACK
Byline: LAURA JONES A BOY of 14 is recovering at home today after he was slashed with a craft knife during class. His friends watched in horror as blood seeped through and soaked the teenager's white shirt. Teachers raced to help the boy after...
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Reader's Poem; HAPPINESS
Byline: ROBERT WILSON HEY wor lass wis ower the moon Cos aa sed ad tek hor ower the toon She wants ti gerrup and gan oot oarly But gittin up sharp, only makes me surly So iboot half past ten we'el tek a bus 56 or twenty fower thaf...
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Rise Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Tailed; in Association with the NHS March Is National Bed Month, and Everyone Knows How Difficult It Is Getting Up in the Mornings. We Get Some Tips from the Experts
THERE is nothing worse than starting the day off feeling grumpy and lethargic. But bad sleep habits can also lower your body's immune system, hinder your ability to concentrate and make managing stress difficult. Two people who are accustomed...
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Rugby Union: Falcons Bring in Added Power
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL STEVE BATES reckons Spencer Davey can give Newcastle Falcons a midfield focal point for a new-look game plan. Interim Falcons director of rugby Bates picked up where John Fletcher left off last week, securing Doncaster...
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Soul Diva Set for a Knight at a Priory; an Historic Event Is Set to Take Place in an Historic Tyneside Setting This Summer. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Exclusive Details
Byline: GORDON BARR BRITISH soul sensation Beverley Knight is to play an outdoor gig on Tyneside this summer. The concert will be in the historic setting of the grounds of Tynemouth Priory, with tickets on sale from Thursday this week. The...
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Student Hangs Up His Golf Ambition; Entrepreneur Plans to Focus on Internet Business the If We Can Youcan Challenge
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter A TEENAGE internet entrepreneur says he has given up his dream of playing professional golf to pursue his business ambitions. Ceyhan Mihcioglu, 19, has a golf handicap of five but says he will now...
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Teens Branded Stupid for Sea Stunts; ANGRY RESCUERS CONDEMN CLIFF-JUMP DAREDEVILS
Byline: BY ROB KENNEDY THRILL seekers who hurl themselves into rough and icy seas were branded stupid by lifesavers today. A teenager got into difficulties when jumping into the water at Cullercoats, Whitley Bay. He and his friends had been...
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The Sister I Never Knew I Had Lived Seven Miles Away; AFTER 50 YEARS APART STUNNED BROTHER FINDS HIS FAMILY
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter FOR decades Danny Riley thought he was an only child. Meanwhile, his sister Maureen believed he was thousands of miles away in Australia. But all along, they were living just seven miles apart and now the...
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Toon Spring into Action! Three Points, Two Goals, a Clean Sheet, No Bookings and a Full House - a Perfect Way to Get off the Mark Alan Oliver's MATCH ANALYSIS Newcastle United 2 Fulham 0
Byline: Alan Oliver's KEVIN KEEGAN, as you would expect, has remained positive as he has waited and waited for his first victory in his second spell as manager of Newcastle United. But even the United boss was caught out when I congratulated...
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AN easy win to lift the gloom. Owen was outstanding in a deeper role. THE WIZ, Bill Quay. MARK VIDUKA'S sublime finish settled our nerves. He led the line superbly all afternoon. STEVE SPENCE, Daisy Hill. MICHAEL OWEN wore the captain's armband...
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Top Award for Cancer Nurse; in Association with the NHS HELEN RAE Reports on a Nursing Graduate Who Has Been Awarded a Special Scholarship
Byline: HELEN RAE A TOP nursing graduate is putting theory into practice and continuing to develop her expertise, thanks to a special scholarship awarded by a former university governor in honour of his late wife. Lynn Forsyth, 48, from Blyth,...
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We Must Allow Embryo Studies; North Scientist Backs Animal-Human Research
Byline: HELEN RAE A LEADING scientist from the region has voiced his support for controversial legislation of embryo research. Professor John Burn, the head of Newcastle University's Institute of Human Genetics, which is at the forefront of stem...
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Why It's Vital to Monitor Your Skin; in Association with the NHS Skin Cancer Is One of the Most Common Cancers in the UK, and the Number of Cases Will Increase Significantly Unless Quick Action Is Taken
Byline: HELEN RAE reports CASES of skin cancer in the North East are rising fast and are set to treble in the next 30 years unless drastic action is taken, experts say. Figures show there were 5,025 cases of skin cancer in England in 1997 but...
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