Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 31, 2008

A NEW DISEASE; in Association with the NHS DR SCOTT'S SURGERY
Byline: DR SCOTT JUST what the doctor ordered - a new condition for me to look out for and, once again, caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices. On March 17 a newspaper published an article by Amol Rajan and Alice-Azania Jarvis which describes...
Angry Bates Bemoans Inconsistent Referee
STEVE BATES reckons Martin Fox cost Newcastle Falcons victory at Harlequins. Acting Falcons rugby director Bates was incensed by what he felt was inconsistent and poor refereeing at The Stoop on Saturday, leading to Quins' tight 15-9 win. The...
A Rich Seam of Mining Culture and Heritage; in the Latest Installment of Our Hidden Tyneside Series, LAURA CAROE Looks at an Elegant Gothic Building, the Core of the Region's Industrial Heritage
Byline: LAURA CAROE WITH a rich heritage of books, maps and artifacts, Neville Hall in Newcastle stands tall. Borne out of hundreds of mining accidents and lives lost in the North East, the Victorian building houses the most significant mining library...
A U-Turn on Banner Ads; City Council Will Have No Control over Saucy Advertising
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor COUNCILLORS are worried saucy pictures of scantily-clad women could be plastered over old buildings in Newcastle's historic heart. It follows new planning guidelines on what advertising is acceptable on...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS; Evening Chronicle Competition
UNSIGNED bands and artists from the North East are being given the chance to win a week of studio recording time with the Chronicle's Battle of the Bands 2008! The event is open to bands and artists from across the region and the winner will receive...
Beye: That Was Our Best Performance Yet
Byline: By LEE RYDER HABIB BEYE hailed the 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur as "the most important result of the season" following their resounding victory over the Londoners. Beye was outstanding at White Hart Lane and continued his push for Toon...
Bosses Fined over Stowaways
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter IRANIAN stowaways have landed a coach driver and his bosses with hefty fines. The Chronicle told how driver David Rowland was shocked when two illegal immigrants were discovered hiding in the engine compartment...
Bouncing Back to Keep Abreast of Vital Fashion; in Association with the NHS Later This Year Thousands of Women and Their Families Are Set to Take to the Streets of Newcastle in Support of Those Who Are Battling Cancer. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Has the Details
Byline: JANE PICKEN WHEN mum-of-three Lesley Shaw was diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago, the experience ultimately changed her life. Despite undergoing a gruelling treatment schedule, which included a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy,...
Care Centre Brings Health Help Direct to Your Doorsteps; in Association with the NHS Services in Tyneside Are Set to Get Another Boost Thanks to a New Primary Care Centre. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Has the Details
Byline: JANE PICKEN THIS May, building work will begin on the Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre in South Shields, which will provide a one-stopshop for health and social care, as well as community services. The pounds 17m centre, along with other...
Deadline Day for Hopefuls; Time's Running out to Enter Our Battle of the Bands Contest. GARY BECKWITH Has the Details Ace Copy Disc
Byline: GARY BECKWITH TODAY is the final day to enter the Chronicle's online Battle of the Bands competition and the proceedings will really hot up as readers can start to vote for their favourite! Last month saw us team up with Tyneside's Blast...
Diamonds Prove a Cut above the Rest
Byline: By BARRY WALLACE THE Diamonds roared to the top of their Premier Trophy group by thrashing former leaders Sheffield Tigers, 63-27 in Byker last night. The comprehensive defeat of a side well fancied for major honours this season was a...
Egan Plans for the Future
COACH Denise Egan is already building for next season after watching Team Northumbria's dream of playoff glory die in Sheffield. The North East's netball Super League franchise emerged as this year's surprise package after bagging runners-up spot...
Ex-Toon Star in Drink-Drive Shame; Road Ban for 21-Year-Old
Byline: By TOM MULLEN EX-TOON midfielder Matty Pattison has been banned from driving after arriving drunk at a 21-year football training ground. The South African, who signed for Norwich City in January, drove to the club's training ground four...
Farewell Our Hero; Family, Friends and Comrades Gather for Ex-Para's Service
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON HE SERVED for Queen and country and former Para Liam Carmichael was given the send-off he deserved. Despite leaving the Army to join a security firm in Iraq, he was given a military funeral by the veterans back home....
Flattened Tait Left under the Weather; Nick Purewal's MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: Nick Purewal Harlequins 15 Falcons 9 THE clocks might have gone forward yesterday, but for Mathew Tait time is probably still spinning the same sort of 360-degree flip that ended his weekend's rugby. No-one will begrudge Tait if...
Football: Black Cats' Thriller Makes Great Reid! MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: James Hunter's Sunderland 2 West Ham 1 ROY KEANE believes Andy Reid's late, late winner against West Ham could be hugely significant in Sunderland's fight for survival. Reid struck his first goal for the club deep in injury-time...
Football: Five Star Show for New Boss; DIVISION ONE NORTH
MANAGER Paul Baker was 'ecstatic' with Newcastle Blue Star's performance and result against Mossley in the UniBond League Division One North game at Kingston Park on Saturday. It was Baker's first game in charge since being appointed on a permanent...
Football: Hughton Delighted with Toon Showing on Return to White Hart Lane
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer NEWCASTLE United assistant manager Chris Hughton could hardly conceal his delight at the way his former side Spurs were demolished at White Hart Lane yesterday. And this after he took his position in...
Football: Keane Always Knew Goal Hero Would Come in Andy
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER ROY KEANE paid tribute to Andy Reid after the midfielder's last-gasp winner against West Ham. Reid's goal - his first for the club - in injury time gave Sunderland a 2-1 win after Kenwyne Jones had cancelled out Freddie...
Football: MAGPIES ARE FOUR-SOME! Rampant United Tears Spurs Apart in a Stunning Second-Half Show in London MATCH ANALYSIS
Byline: Alan Oliver's Tottenham Hotspur 1 Newcastle United 4 IT hasn't been an easy season for the travelling Toon Army. But how they enjoyed White Hart Lane yesterday. At the end, Terry McDermott hugged Chris Hughton, while Kevin Keegan...
Football: Nothing to Spur Us on, Claims Tottenham Boss
SPURS boss Juande Ramos attempted to belittle Newcastle United's 4-1 win over his Carling Cup winners by claiming he had deliberately fielded an experimental side and formation. While his words will remain unconvincing to the travelling Toon fans,...
Football: PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the 2-1 Victory over West Ham
GORDON MABON THE sheer joy which erupted in the stadium when Andy Reid smashed home the winner was missed by my daughter Alice and I as we had to leave on 90 minutes. That did not stop us dancing and hugging each other for joy as we heard the...
Football: SHADES OF ANTWERP; Win over Spurs Was like Euro Glory Night: Keegan
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN found that the clock was turned back 14 years for Newcastle United after their stunning 4-1 victory over Spurs yesterday. For the United boss insists it reminded him of one of the best away...
Football: Thommo Praise for Gallant Gateshead; UNIBOND LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Byline: By JEFF BOWRON GATESHEAD player-coach Paul Thompson praised his troops after a 2-0 victory over mid-table Matlock Town at the International Stadium on Saturday. It was a third consecutive win, and clean sheet, for the third-placed Tynesiders...
Football: Webster Brace Is a Little Bit Special; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
A FIRST-HALF brace from Adie Webster saw Blyth Spartans produce the shock result of the day in the Blue Square North with victory over league leaders Kettering Town. Former Darlington and Workington midfielder Webster struck twice inside 15 minutes...
Football: Where We Finish Is in Our Owen Hands: Michael
Byline: By LEE RYDER MICHAEL OWEN insists Newcastle United can still end their torrid season on a high after skippering the Magpies to a super 4-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in the capital. The United captain shattered his foot at White Hart...
Football: Win and a Double Tonic for Gordon! Craig Delight at Cats Glory
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER CRAIG GORDON says Sunderland are enjoying rewriting history after their weekend win over West Ham. The Black Cats won their first away game of the season 10 days ago at Aston Villa and followed that with a win over the...
Former Rock Boss to Pocket Pounds 760,000; MPs and Union Outraged by Pay-Off
Byline: By TOM MULLEN and GARETH DEIGHAN FORMER Northern Rock boss Adam Applegarth was given a pounds 760,000 golden handshake when he left the crisis-hit Geordie bank, it was announced today. Mr Applegarth was in charge of Northern Rock in September...
Former Rock Boss to Pocket Pounds 760k; MPs and Union Outraged by Golden Goodbye
Byline: By TOM MULLEN and GARETH DEIGHAN FORMER Northern Rock boss Adam Applegarth was given a pounds 760,000 golden handshake when he left the crisis-hit Geordie bank. Mr Applegarth was boss of Northern Rock in September last year when it was...
Former Rock Boss to Pocket Pounds 760k; MPs and Union Outraged by Golden Goodbye
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter FORMER Northern Rock boss Adam Applegarth was given a pounds 760,000 golden handshake, it was announced today. Mr Applegarth was in charge of Northern Rock in September when it was forced to go to...
GUIDE TO LIFE; in Association with the NHS
Byline: JAYNE GOLDSTONE MANY things amuse me in any one week as I seek out the funny side to most situations with the daft humour I possess. In particular I've found it extremely amusing how many people have asked me if I enjoyed my few days away...
Horse Racing: Use Your Imagination
PURE Imagination stands out as a cracking proposition in the Bet Grand National - Betdaq Handicap at Folkestone tomorrow. In a race that will not take a power of winning, the Dandy Nicholls-trained seven-year-old will probably only require a repeat...
I Never Thought a Lack of Sleep Made Me Feel So Bad - Now I Can Make the Most of My Life; in Association with the NHS Health Bosses Have Given the Go-Ahead for a Pioneering Sleep-Aid Machine to Be Provided on the NHS. Reporter JANE PICKEN Speaks to Those in the North East Who Have Witnessed Its Remarkable Success
Byline: JANE PICKEN WHEN years of sleepless nights started to take their toll on mum Gail Grinter, she had little idea a simple breathing machine would transform her life. In fact, the 61-year-old even credits the CPAP machine with saving her...
It's Time for You to Pay; Police in Dawn Raids on Homes Believed to Harbour Villains Living a High-Life of Crime
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter THERE'S no hiding place for these suspected villains and their ill-gotten gains. Targets received a early-morning wake-up call today in a series of police strikes. Operation Payback 2 was launched with...
Jack Can't Wait to Get Online; Laptop Link for Youngster GIVE JACK A CHANCE
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON BRAVE transplant patient Jack Close is today looking forward to getting in touch with the outside world thanks to a laptop. Jack, eight, has been kept in the isolation ward at Newcastle General Hospital for the past...
Jet Crashes on to Homes; Five Are Killed in Fireball Horror
Byline: By ADAM JUPP Chief Reporter INVESTIGATORS will today remove the bodies of five people killed in a jet crash as they sift through wreckage to find out what caused the tragedy. The dead have not yet been formally identified but are understood...
KITE Is Helping to Raise Hopes; A New Project Is Developing Technology to Make Life Easier for People with Dementia. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Finds out More Your Health in Association with the NHS North East
Byline: JANE PICKEN MOBILE phones, armbands and notebooks are the latest tools being used in new technology designed to help those coping with the debilitating effects of dementia. Two new devices have been developed by experts at Newcastle University...
Major Contracts Badly Managed; Investigation into Handling
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA A LACK of training and poor management led to severe irregularities in a council's handling of major contracts worth millions, an investigation has found. The inquiry concluded there were "significant shortcomings" in...
Meals for Mayor Leave Bitter Taste; Councillor Complains at Vegetarian Dishes
Byline: By ANDREW DAGNELL and LINDSEY MUSSETT NEWCASTLE'S Lord Mayor is fed up with the civic 'slop' he's been forced to tuck into. Coun Peter Arnold, who has not eaten meat for 30 years, said he's cheesed off with dodgy dishes served up as an...
Mum to Appeal Bigamy Verdict; Court Battle Go-Ahead
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON BIGAMIST Angela Kelly is one step closer to clearing her name. The mother-of-three lodged an appeal after she was found guilty of bigamy. And today the Appeals Court in London confirmed a judge has looked at her...
Mum to Appeal in Bigamy Fight; Green Light Given for Court Battle
Byline: By LISA HUTCHINSON BIGAMIST Angela Kelly is one step closer in her fight to clear her name. The mother-of-three lodged an appeal after she was found guilty of bigamy. And today the Appeals Court in London confirmed a judge has looked...
Number Is Up for Hotline
Byline: By LIZ WALKER A HOTLINE number axed by the Government will answer calls for the last time today. From tomorrow, the 101 non-emergency number will be replaced by a new Neighbourhood Helpline that will be answered around the clock. More...
One Killed in Horror Flat Blaze Mystery; Probe Is on to Name Dead Man and Find Cause of the Fire
Byline: By HELEN RAE and ADAM JUPP EFFORTS were being made today to identify a man killed in a blaze which swept through a Tyneside flat. What caused yesterday afternoon's devastating fire is unknown, but as police attempt to name the victim,...
Pedal-Powered Chance to Help; in Association with the NHS Cycling Fans Are Being Given the Chance to Get Fit and Raise Money for a Worthy Tyneside Cause. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Finds out How to Get Involved in One of This Year's Biggest Bike Rides
Byline: JANE PICKEN LAST summer 50 super-fit cyclists from the North East toured stunning castles in Berwick, Edinburgh, Ford and Newcastle, and managed to clock up pounds 17,000 in sponsorship along the way. And the cash provided a vital boost...
Pendleton Reflects on Stunning Ride
FORMER Northumbria University student Victoria Pendleton reflected on a track World Championships which brought Britain a record nine gold medals and declared "we made it look too easy". Pendleton formed a key part of the team's success in Manchester...
Pet Watch
Byline: Sharon Newman DICK, one of the three rabbits we received over Easter, has been offered a home. These black-and-white bunnies had been well looked after when they arrived, and the two remaining rabbits, Tom and Harry, are looking for homes...
Position Offers a Helping Hand for Healthcare; Your Health in Association with the NHS North East
NAME: Danny Ruta AGE: 46 JOB TITLE: Director of Public Health WHERE DO YOU WORK? Newcastle PCT, Benfield Road, and Newcastle City Council WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE? Three areas of work: working together with partner organisations...
PUNTERS PANEL; Our Panel Give Their Views on the Superb 4-1 Win at Tottenham
GRAHAM BREWIS BE IN no doubt - this was one of the great Newcastle victories in their Premier League history. It epitomises why we love the club and why we love KK so much. After the anger, frustration and disappointment, we arrive at a performance...
Second Time Op Hope for Oliver; TODDLER FACING NEW BID TO REPLACE BOWEL
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter MEDICS will attempt a rare operation for the second time to help give Tyneside toddler Oliver Fuller a better life. Little Oliver became the second baby ever at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Hospital to have...
Six of the Best as Warriors Eye Glory
Byline: By DAVID HALL WHITLEY Warriors head into the English National League Championship final at Coventry in two weeks time as the only side to have a 100% record in this season's competition. The Warriors downed Sheffield Scimitars - who won...
Sudden Death of Popular Student Remains a Mystery
THE death of a superfit student who died in front of his childhood sweetheart remains a mystery. Matthew Swordy, 21, from Oaky Balks in Alnwick, Northumberland, died suddenly on the doorstep of his childhood sweetheart's home on Wednesday. It...
Suits You, Sir; Lost Luggage Fiasco and Our Hospitality
Byline: By ALASTAIR CRAIG VICTIMS of Heathrow's lost luggage fiasco gave the airport a dressing down. But their North East welcome meant a group of top Japanese visitors were left with a warm feeling. Things looked grim when their luggage...
Toon Texts
WE are back at our best. BRIO, Benwell. WHAT can I say but awesome? God is back with the Toon. JIMMY WILKO, Benwell. AT last, we took our chances. The Entertainers will be in full flow next season JOHNNIEKOKO, Shiremoor. CAN I have...
Two Wins Away from the Title
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE VIPERS hero Shaun Johnson admitted he was on top of the world today after helping fire his side into the Elite League play-off finals weekend. Vipers - who today announced the signing of ace defenceman Mark Gouett...
Vent Your Spleen
WELL DONE JM of Washington and PM of Lemington. Why should people who have property be allowed to apply to live in bungalows before they put their property up for sale? The policies are all wrong, but that's Newcastle City Council and Your Homes...
We're All Back on the March at Last
Byline: JOHN GIBSON WHEN the season is finally at an end, the dust settles, and all is clear, we will look upon this weekend as the saviour of the North East's big two. March bows out with both Newcastle United and Sunderland appearing as though...
We Set out to Be the Best - Nine Years Later We're Proud of What We've Done; in Association with the NHS Pharmacy Services Are Changing from Their Traditional Appearance to Provide Better Medication for Patients. Health Reporter JANE PICKEN Finds out about One North East Drugs Company Which Is Going from Strength to Strength
Byline: JANE PICKEN THIS year is all about the 60th anniversary of the NHS and we are constantly being reminded of how our health services have changed over the past half century. One of the transformations has been to our local pharmacies. ...
Woods in Cool It Plea to Stars
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL DAVE WOODS has challenged Gateshead Thunder to maintain the momentum - but also find some discipline. Thunder blitzed Hunslet Hawks 48-8 at Gateshead Stadium yesterday to make it three wins in three National League Two...
Young Murray's Delighted with Mint Cross-Country Performance
Byline: By BILL MCGUIRK WHILE Kenenisa Bekele was racing to an incredible sixth World Cross-Country title, Gateshead Harrier Ross Murray was embarking on his first taste of global competition in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh. And while the 18-year-old...