The Journal (Newcastle, England)

The Journal is a regional newspaper from Newcastle, England. The Journal publishes the latest business, sports, and politics news.

Articles from October 14, 2008

84.5% Surge in Sales at Medical Testing Kit Firm
Byline: Andrew Mernin MEDICAL testing kit maker IDS has seen a 84.5% surge in sales in the six months to September through acquisition and on the back of the growing clinical reputation of its testing kits for Vitamin D. The South Tyneside firm...
Banks Thrown a Pounds 37bn Lifeline; ECONOMIC CRISIS
A pounds 37bn TAXPAYER lifeline was thrown to three of the UK's biggest banks yesterday in a bid to end the sector's turmoil. The government will take "significant" stakes in Royal Bank of Scotland, Lloyds TSB and Britain's biggest mortgage lender,...
Brand New Way to Grab Attention
Byline: Steve Walmsley THE success of the Cadbury Dairy Milk drumming gorilla advert, which has taken seven million internet hits around the world, launched 70 community groups on Facebook and started out on YouTube before being rolled out across...
Communities Can Box Clever and Keep Kiosks; Number Not Yet Up for Phone Booths
Byline: Brian Daniel CHERISHED red phone boxes could remain a feature of the landscape in the region, but without a vital ingredient - the telephone. British Telecom is currently seeking to remove scores of underused public payphones from across...
Culture: Anushka Is Very Skilled at Writing 'Nonsense' Anushka Ravishankar Is Bringing Witty and Whimsical Tales of India to a New Generation, as Tamzin Lewis Discovers
FOR children's writer Anushka Ravishankar, who was recently on Tyneside, maths and nonsense go hand in hand. Her training as a mathematician and career as a computer programmer have led to her success as a writer of nonsense verse inspired by Lewis...
Culture: Kirke Will Play Dunelm House
SIMON Kirke, drummer with British blues-rock band Free and later of Bad Company, will perform in the North East for the first time in 30 years. Kirke will play Dunelm House, Durham University, on November 7 with the Free tribute band, Freeway. ...
Culture: Leonard Shakes a Legg; Leonard Fenton Is a RSC Stalwart but Many Know Him as Dr Legg in EastEnders. Barbara Hodgson Meets the Octogenarian Actor
Byline: Barbara Hodgson LEONARD Fenton is a charming gent. He's also beautifully turned out in a suit and hat - and a panama at that. When I discover the ex-EastEnders actor is a keen artist, it doesn't surprise me at all. It's easy to imagine...
Death Car Had Been Driven 'In Dangerous and Reckless Manner'
A CAR which ploughed into a group of pedestrians, killing a young father and badly injuring his toddler son and a family friend, had been spotted being driven recklessly earlier the same afternoon, police revealed last night. Witnesses had reported...
Departing Boss Skates over Chance to Say Sorry; Economic Crisis
ROYAL Bank of Scotland boss Sir Fred Goodwin yesterday paid the price for the biggest banking bail-out the UK has ever seen. Sir Fred is stepping down as chief executive after being forced to rely on pounds 20bn of taxpayer funding to shore up the...
Detective's Trial Told of Sex Session
A SEX worker yesterday gave evidence in the trial of a detective accused of feeding police intelligence to a North East gangster in exchange for cash. The woman told how she and two other females went to a house in Kensington, West London, after...
Energy Firm in Biomass Project
RENEWABLES' firm Helius Energy has taken its first step towards building a multi-million pound power station portfolio by acquiring a site at the Port of Bristol. The Middlesbrough-based company has signed an option to lease an 18-acre site within...
European Millions Can Create Jobs by Hundred
Byline: Karen Dent A MULTI-MILLION-POUND injection of European money is hoped to create hundreds of North East businesses and jobs. The pounds 9m project, one of the first pots of cash allocated from the region's pounds 250m share of the European...
Expanding Firm Keeps Personal Approach
ADIGITAL media company with humble beginnings is now soaring in a competitive market. Formed in December 2003 by Paul Blakey and Peter Ashley, Newlandmedia provides digital audio-visual communication. The company has grown at a steady rate from...
Far from Quiet on the Peston Front
Byline: KEITH HANN FOR days now I have been waiting in vain for Robert Peston to appear on the BBC in full clown make-up, wearing a revolving bow tie and attempt to lighten the tone by cracking one of those "I've got some good news and some bad...
Fear for North Jobs in Virgin Shake-Up; but Firm Says It's Too Early to Give Details
Byline: Sam Wood HUNDREDS of jobs in the North East could be on the line after Virgin Media admitted it was reviewing its services in the run-up to Christmas. A spokesman for the company said it was too early to say how the changes would affect...
Firms Face Court and Big Fines; Small Business
Byline: STUART WARDLAW AFTER a decade of fierce debate, the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 finally came into force in April this year, aiming to ensure better corporate accountability for commercially-related deaths. The...
Following Breeze for Wind Turbines; 20,000 New Jobs Are on the Horizon
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent WIND turbines will continue being rolled out across North East skylines despite the region already meeting Government renewable energy targets. Planning bosses have so far approved enough...
Football: Committed Stars Will Get a Chance, Burley Tells Boyd
SCOTLAND manager George Burley has reacted to Kris Boyd's decision to quit international football by insisting he only wants players who are fully committed to the cause. Boyd left a message on Burley's telephone on Saturday night informing him...
Football: Gabriel Can Join Top Table; Agbonlahor Is Tipped for Glory
Byline: ADRIAN CURTIS ENGLAND Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce has tipped Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor to follow Arsenal's Theo Walcott into Fabio Capello's senior squad on a regular basis, writes ADRIAN CURTIS. Agbonlahor's winning strike in...
Football: I'm Worthy of an England Place - Upbeat Upson
Byline: SIMON STONE MATTHEW Upson insists he is good enough to play for England - even though he must compete with the captain and vice-captain for a place in the team, writes SIMON STONE. Upson seems certain to win his 11th cap tomorrow after...
Football: 'No Reid Rift' - Trapattoni; Cats Star's Frustration Is Not an Issue
Byline: Damian Spellman REPUBLIC of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni insists he has no problem with midfielder Andy Reid. The 26-year-old Sunderland player is yet to enjoy a single minute on the pitch in a senior game since the Italian's arrival...
Football: Owen Snub Could Rebound on Us; A VIEW FROM THE GALLOWGATE
Byline: PAUL DIXON Paul Dixon has been following Newcastle United for more than 35 years, 16 of which have been as a season ticket holder in the Gallowgate End at St James's Park. Each week in his column, he takes a wry look at all things football...
Football: Players Can't Be Allowed to Pick and Choose When They Play for Their Country; News of Yet Another International Retirement at the Weekend Should Be Cause for Concern for All Football-Lovers, Says Stuart Rayner
Byline: Stuart Rayner FOR a nation which dropped two points at the weekend because of an inability to find the net, news of Kris Boyd's premature - and conditional - retirement from the Scotland team was a big disappointment. For those who hold...
Grateful Thumbs Up to Pounds 37bn Bail-Out
Byline: Karen Dent NORTH EAST business leaders have welcomed the Government's pounds 37bn cash injection into the banking system, hailing it as a "watershed day" for the financial markets and the region. The pounds 20bn for the Royal Bank of...
Health Supplement Firm Aiming for Slimline Tonic; Small Business
Byline: Karen Dent A HEALTH supplement business in Northumberland has won the right to launch a fat-fighting plant extract in the UK. Morpeth-based Healtharena is selling a plant carotenoid called fucoxanthin, which has been used successfully...
Hockey: Sunderland Break Duck
Byline: STUART RAYNER A DOMINANT first-half display brought Sunderland's first win of the season in the women's National League North Conference, writes STUART RAYNER. The Wearsiders overcame a nervy start to lead Liverpool Sefton 4-0 three minutes...
How the North East Is in the Business of Creating Business; the Tyne Decamped to the Thames Recently in a Bid to Boost Business Tourism in the Region, Peter McCusker Reports
Byline: Peter McCusker reports WHEN London-based conference organiser Barbara Brookes set up one of her first events in the region in 1985 she struggled to find a suitable venue and ended up using a basement room in Newcastle Civic Centre. Twenty...
Jarvis' Hot Streak Set to Continue; in Association with Pagebet
Byline: Saraband MICHAEL Jarvis can do little wrong at the moment as the winners flow handsomely from his Kremlin House stables in Newmarket. On the mark with a smart prospect in Kite Wood over the weekend, the trainer runs Ghaidaa in the Iveco...
Kaylee Celebrates 21-Year Gift of Life; EXCLUSIVE Heart Donor Still in Minds of Family
Byline: Chris Robinson TWENTY one years ago, she made medical history as the first baby to survive a heart transplant. Today Kaylee Davidson knows just how special she is, not only to her family, but to the thousands of other transplant youngsters...
Lawyer Suspected of Dishonesty at Work; Regulator Closes Firm
Byline: Graeme King AYOUNG solicitor who built up a firm with dozens of staff and a multi-million-pound turnover has been suspended from practising law after concerns about dishonesty. Malcolm Graham, 32, built up his SFM Legal Services business...
Learning from Your Mistakes; Small Business HOW I .
Byline: OVERCAME DISASTER THIS is a column run in conjunction with the Entrepreneurs' Forum that looks at the gems of advice shared by our top entrepreneurs on dealing with issues in their daily lives. Alistair McLean, from Stannington-based...
Letter: VOICE OF THE NORTH - the Pessimist's Shades Are So Sad
Byline: ROBERT A MURPHY IN his dyspeptic letter of September 30, in which he rails against the perceived ruination of British society by his pet hates (which are everywhere), Mr Ian Hampton would have us believe that our country is being betrayed...
Men Behaving Badly; Life What Are the Male Habits That Really Get Women Fuming? Juliana Foster Reveals All in a New Book
MEN! Love them or hate them, we can't live without them. Thoughtless, lazy and selfish one minute... kind, amusing and loving the next! They cause us no end of heartache and frustrate us to the max. No wonder women like to get together and have...
MPs in Call for Investment Inquiry; ECONOMIC CRISIS IMF Warned of Difficulties Facing Banks
Byline: William Green Political Editor DEMANDS were made last night for an inquiry into Northumberland's pounds 23m Icelandic investment despite fears over the country's banks. County MPs called for an investigation after it was revealed the...
Mystery Caller May Hold Clue; Police in New Appeal on Crimewatch
Byline: Dan Warburton AMYSTERY caller who anonymously rang investigating officers may hold vital clues to the brutal murder of two Chinese graduates, it emerged last night. Police last night appeared on BBC's Crimewatch for the second time since...
Old to Struggle at Home Alone; an Urgent Need for Aid, Minister Told
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent ELDERLY people will be left to struggle on their own unless the Government helps hard-up North councils fund early care services, a minister has been warned. Care minister Phil Hope has met...
Onyx Can Offer Protection against Threats and Leaks; INFORMATION and COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY REPORT
Byline: Neil Stephenson THE credit crunch is biting everyone. While the temptation is to cut costs and postpone investment in new services, this is the prime time to maximise your competitive advantage by improving the efficiency of your business...
Preview: Artistic Licence; Gateshead Property Developer William Kidd Has Brought a Country Estate Back to Life to Create an Eccentric Home and Eco-Friendly Holiday Destination. Kathryn Armstrong Discovers More
Byline: Kathryn Armstrong Collector, historian, gardener, craftsman, property developer and entrepreneur are some of the labels William Kidd is happy to carry. When it comes to his home, the word eclectic fits perfectly. He is a buzz of creativity...
Produce Rs 'May Give Up Beef If Costs Rise' Farming
Byline: Sam Wood ABATTOIR owners have been warned by industry experts not to make farmers pay for increased processing costs which may be introduced by the Government. According to the National Beef Association, the new deductions under discussion,...
Quarry Extension Set to Be Approved; More Than 1,300 Letters of Objection
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor COMMUNITIES and companies have clashed over plans for a 225-acre quarry extension. Tomorrow Durham county councillors will decide on a bid by Lafarge Aggregates to extend the life of its existing magnesian...
Racing: Traffic Guard to Turn the Tables
JANE Chapple-Hyam is "quietly confident" Traffic Guard can turn the tables on Derby hero New Approach in the Emirates Airline Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Saturday. The four-year-old belied his 50-1 price tag when beaten just half a length by...
Racism Victim Mido Stars in Protest DVD; Problem More Complex Than 'Black or White'
Byline: Paul James Chief Reporter MIDDLESBROUGH striker Mido has spoken out against the racist chants from Newcastle fans in last season's Tees-Tyne derby. The Egyptian was abused by travelling supporters signing he had 'a bomb', in the 2-2 draw...
RETAIL THERAPY; Life
This week is Chocolate Week, October 13-19 - when chocoholics can go cocoa-crazy and feast on their favourite guilty pleasure. For pure chocolate indulgence, visit chocolate-week.co.uk THORNTONS Chocolate Blocks taste truly sublime. Their new master...
Rowing: Sticking Together Is Secret to Success; If the Last Olympics Was a British Success Story the Flagship Sport, Athletics, Failed to Read the Script. Stuart Rayner Asks Rowing Bronze Medallist Matt Wells What Separated the Heroes from the Zeroes
Byline: Stuart Rayner BRITAIN'S 47 medals at the Olympic Games was the country's biggest haul since the Olympic movement was a cosy club most nations were not invited to. But for all the sports which surprised the public and, in some cases, themselves...
Rugby Union: A Saint Helps Billingham Find Heaven; Hyndman's Premiership Know-How Pays Dividend SCRUM DOWN
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS BILLINGHAM player-coach Chris Hyndman decided to call time on his promising top flight rugby career at the age of 25 - but the Premiership's loss has most definitely been his home-town club's gain. After breaking into the...
Smith Kills off Anti-Terror Law; Lords Force Ministers into a Climbdown
Byline: Jack Doyle and Joe Churcher THE Government was last night forced into a humiliating climbdown after peers rejected controversial anti-terror laws. Home Secretary Jacqui Smith withdrew plans for extending pre-charge detention for terror...
Speedway: Serious Business Begins for Bandits
BERWICK'S stars have been told they need to prove they mean business if they want their season to produce any success. Tonight the Bandits continue their expedition for 2008 success at the Isle of Wight Islanders, who stage the first leg of the...
Steve Substitutes Match for Birth of Fifth Baby; Wife Nicola Says It's Fine
Byline: Dan Warburton ADEVOTED player-manager missed the birth of his daughter so he could play for his beloved football club in a vital FA Cup tie. When 34-year-old Steve Bowey's wife, Nicola, went into labour on Sunday morning he was faced...
Supporting Business? Computer Says Yes
NORTH East businesses make substantial investments in IT solutions - and rightly so. There is no doubt that IT is as critical to a business as electricity. The technology now in place really supports business, enabling increased productivity, money...
Tennis: Murray Feeling Good after Rest
Byline: MIKE PEREZ ANDY Murray returns to ATP Tour action at the Madrid Masters this week feeling refreshed from his recent break - but the world number four knows he will be afforded little time to find his rhythm again, writes MIKE PEREZ. Murray...
Third Game in a Week for Veteran Yorke
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS DWIGHT Yorke will risk sparking another club versus country row when he starts his third game in seven days for Trinidad & Tobago tomorrow night - just a fortnight after Sunderland boss Roy Keane said his veteran midfielder...
Timely Action Should Ease Inflation
Byline: LIZ MAYES A CROSS the globe, governments are taking decisive action to avert a banking crisis and inject confidence into the economy. The CBI has applauded the UK Government, not only for the measures announced last week to strengthen...
TWO DAY IN 2 MINUTES: Home and Abroad
Parliament lock-out POLICE were last night forced to lock the doors to Parliament after protesters tried to force their way into the Palace of Westminster. Scotland Yard said none of the environmental demonstrators, campaigning against airport...
Viduka Surgery Fears Are Quashed; Striker Doesn't Need Operation
Byline: Stuart Rayner MARK Viduka will return to Tyneside on Friday with some good news for Newcastle United. The 33-year-old Australian has been back in his homeland to see a specialist about the Achilles injury which has troubled him throughout...
We Need Systems That Are Fair to All
Byline: DENISE ROBERTSON WHAT a mess the case of the Afghan's million-pound council house has become. Mother-of-seven Toorpakai Saindi, 35, receives pounds 170,000 a year in benefits - a staggering pounds 150,000 of which is paid to a private...
Win the Chance to Meet Simple Minds
The Journal is giving you the chance to meet and greet Simple Minds before their eagerly anticipated gig at the Metro Radio Arena on Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Not only this, but you will then go and see the band perform their biggest hits including...