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 July 24, 2008

2 DAY IN TWO MINUTES: Home and Abroad
One for the road REDESIGNING streets to make them more user-friendly for drunks could reduce conflict and violence, scientists believe. Researchers at Cardiff University are using computer simulations to mimic the movements of people staggering...
90% of Country Homes Too Dear for Locals; RURAL HOUSING Urgent Action Demanded to Stop Villages Dying
Byline: William Green and Dave Black GORDON Brown was last night told North East rural communities could die because house prices are too high for local people. The stark warning came in a report commissioned by the Prime Minister, which revealed...
A Crack Down on Drugs in Berwick; Heroin Seized in Dawn Raids, Nine Arrested
Byline: Brian Daniel POLICE yesterday arrested nine people suspected of being involved in drug dealing in a series of dawn raids across a Northumberland town. Around 80 officers from across the Northumbria Police area raided five addresses in...
Angling: Perfect Weather for Great Sport
Byline: GEORGE MACINTYRE THE weather may not be pleasing the sun seekers but it has provided great sport for anglers at Witton Castle Lake with catch-and-release fishermen once again taking full advantage of the conditions. A Grabham and D Coxon...
Army of Nature Recorders Wanted
Byline: Tony Henderson RECRUITMENT began yesterday of an army of amateur nature recorders. It is hoped that thousands of people in the North East will contribute to a new website which will detail sightings of plants and animals. Spotters...
Behrami Signing Shows Our Intention to Compete - West Ham
WEST Ham insist the pounds 5m signing of Switzerland defender Valon Behrami underlines their commitment to challenging for a place among the Barclays Premier League's elite - despite reports suggesting manager Alan Curbishley must trim his expensive...
Boro Agree to Cattermole's Wigan Talks; Fee Arranged - Now It's Up to Player
Byline: Damien Spellman MIDDLESBROUGH midfielder Lee Cattermole has been given permission to talk to Wigan and undergo a medical after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee. But the Teessiders do not expect any deal to be completed until next week....
Cecil Looks for Better Luck - Honest; in Association with Pagebet
Byline: By Saraband HENRY Cecil has not enjoyed the best of luck in the big races this season but in Honest Quality he appears to have a filly to look forward to. Cecil has knocked on the door at the top level with Phoenix Tower, third in three...
City Should Be Proud of Fall in Crime
Byline: SEAN BULLICK I'M getting a real sense of deja vu as I read my morning paper. Yet another man has been kicked to death outside his own home and a teenager has been knifed in broad daylight whilst trying to defend a friend. It seems that...
City's Most Dedicated Follower of Fashion
A FASHIONISTA is hoping to prove that the North East is top in the style stakes as she battles it out in a TV catwalk competition. Viewers of Channel 4's Gok's Fashion Fix today will see Sam Lincoln, a 33-year-old communications officer from Mount...
Culture: From the Heart; Attention-Seeking Peacocks, Biblical Storms and Malfunctioning Satellite Navigation Systems. Sam Wonfor Peeks Behind the Figurative Curtain of an Outdoor Theatre Company on Tour
IT'S 4pm when I arrive in Jesmond Dene to meet up with the cast of Henry V to discuss the challenges of outdoor theatre. Heartbreak Productions, who have enjoyed a two-week residency in the Dene for the past five-or-so years have their contemporary...
Culture: Rebecca Excited by Festival Role
A NEW artistic director has been appointed to take the AV Festival "to the next level" when it returns in 2010. Audio Visual Arts North East, organisers of the festival which has established itself as one of the leading electronic art gatherings...
Culture: Ubertours at the Art Works Galleries
CULTURE Club members can revel in the new Matt Forster Uberpaintings, through Uber tours happening throughout July. Matt Forster, artist and proprietor of The Art Works Galleries, has already launched his new series of paintings to a private audience...
Cycling: SCHLECK'S SURRENDER SETS UP A NAIL-BITING FINISH
FRANK Schleck surrendered the yellow jersey to team-mate Carlos Sastre as the Spaniard kicked away to a convincing victory on Alpe d'Huez in the 17th stage of the Tour de France. Sastre, 33, dropped the maillot jaune group 13km from the summit of...
Doctors to Face Tighter Vetting; Attention Will Be Paid to Patients' Views; CAMPAIGNER'S 'LASTING LEGACY'
Byline: Jane Kirby DOCTORS will face more rigorous tests of their competence every year under plans announced by the Government yesterday. At present, all NHS trusts must appraise doctors annually but the Government wants to tighten this up....
Driver Leads Police on Terrifying Chase; Three Children in Van Which Crashed to Halt
Byline: Neil McKay ADRIVER carrying three children under five led police on a terrifying motorway pursuit before trying to ram a patrol car. He drove the wrong way down an A1 slip road and around a roundabout before crashing to a halt. The...
Drug Giant Boss Lays out His Strategy for Change; RBS
Byline: Iain Laing THE new head of Glaxo SmithKline has said the drug giant must change to survive the growing threat of generic competition which has already pushed it to axe hundreds of North jobs. Andrew Witty became chief executive in May...
Durham So Close after Early Collapse
Byline: Stuart Rayner WILL Smith has not got much wrong recently but when he moaned "Oh no!" as the ball left the edge of his bat, he thought Durham's Pro40 League match against Somerset was effectively over with 32 overs left. Like most in the...
E3's Downfall Was the Glitz and Glamour; in Association with CODEWORKS CONNECT
Byline: LEWIS HARRISON IN the world of event planning, there are certain scenarios you rarely wish to face. Like a speaker cancelling five minutes before he's due on stage. Or a mic stand toppling over and impaling a national newspaper journalist...
Favourite of the Troops; North-East Beef Snack Proves a Hit
Byline: Jane Hall AHEALTHY snack associated with Wild West cowboys and now produced in Northumberland, is proving a hit with British troops in the modern day frontier towns of Iraq and Afghanistan. Sales of beef jerky produced by Felton-based...
Firms Are Urged to Enter Fast 50 Awards Showcase; in Association with CODEWORKS CONNECT
Byline: Andrew Mernin DIGITAL businesses from across the region have been urged to enter one of the most recognised awards competitions in the industry. Entries are now open for the 2008 Deloitte Fast 50 Technology awards, which recognise and...
Flexible Greg Is a Role Model for the Seniors; Dr. John's Golf Clinic TEEING OFF
Byline: Dr. John WHAT have Greg Norman's heroics in The Open Championship got to do with my dad, Bob Harrison, who used to play football as a Carlisle United winger when Bill Shankly was manager in the early 1950s? Well, a good pal of mine, David...
Football: Getting Newcastle People in the Newcastle Team Has to Be Our Number One Goal Says United Academy Manager Richard Money; Newcastle United's Newly-Appointed Academy Manager Richard Money Has Been Charged with Transforming the Club's Youth Set-Up. Mark Douglas Discovered His Vision for the Black and White Future
AS Kevin Keegan and his much-scrutinised recruitment team continue their urgent efforts to strengthen Newcastle United's first team, there is a less vaunted but equally pressing mission being undertaken behind the scenes at St James's Park. The...
Football: Workout Is Worth Hassle for Cats Boss; Roy Still Waiting on Red Card Row as His Side Draws
Byline: Luke Edwards Vitoria de Setubal 1 Sunderland 1 SUNDERLAND brought their trip to Portugal to an end with a 1-1 draw against Vitoria de Setubal, but at least manager Roy Keane managed to watch the entire game from the bench following...
GAMES REVIEWS; in Association with CODEWORKS CONNECT
Byline: ROSS WILKINSON IT'S a thrill to throw yourself into a fantasy world this week - Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift is an incredible adventure on Nintendo DS. Guitar Hero: On Tour does a darn good job of converting your DS into...
Guest Sets Blistering Pace - Literally; Teeing Off
Byline: TIM TAYLOR VINCE Guest was relieved he only had to negotiate 18 holes in the first round of the Automatic Retailing PGA North Region Championship at Burgham Park yesterday. After setting the pace in the three-day tournament with a six-under...
Hayley: CPS Looking at Charging Officer; Independent Investigatos Pass on File
Byline: Paul James Chief Reporter CRIMINAL charges could be laid against the police officer driving the car that killed Newcastle schoolgirl Hayley Adamson. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) yesterday revealed it had sent a...
Hero Pilot's Medals under the Hammer; Buried Alive for 36 Hours to Evade Capture
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor MEDALS won in a boy's-own story of wartime heroism are up for sale in an auction this weekend. Bomber pilot John Topham survived crash-landing in France before being rescued by the Resistance and buried...
It Was for My Pals, Says Hero Marine; Soldier Threw Himself on Top of a Grenade
Byline: Tom Morgan AROYAL Marine receiving the George Cross for throwing himself on a grenade said yesterday he did it out of guilt for his friends. Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher, 24, from Solihull, Birmingham, told how he was certain he was...
Jobs Cuts Expected amid Cost Pressures; in Association with RBS
Byline: Iain Laing MANUFACTURERS are expected to hack thousands more jobs as they experience their worst price pressure for nearly 30 years. The latest CBI Industrial Trends survey showed that average unit costs rose for 65% of firms in the last...
Keegan Struggles in Battle for Faces
Byline: Mark Douglas NEWCASTLE United's search for defensive recruits is unlikely to be resolved by the time they depart for the Mallorca Summer Cup next week, with the club still struggling to make swift progress on any of the inquiries they have...
Key Help for Creative People; RBS Creative People Are Renowned for Being Good at What They Do but They Aren't Always So Astute at the Business Side of Things. Karen Dent Finds out about a Scheme Designed to Equip Arts-Based Businesses with the Skills They Need to Succeed
SELLING your skills and abilities can be difficult for people in any type of business, but it is traditionally something those in the creative sectors struggle with. But photographers, graphic designers, film-makers, software and digital entrepreneurs...
Lego Has a Lesson for R&D Teams; in Association with CODEWORKS CONNECT
Byline: PASCAL FINTONI THE last 18 months have seen astonishing growth in the popularity of online social media platforms. But there is a paradox at the heart of current thinking about the internet - the ideas of Web 2.0 have become accepted,...
Letter: VOICE OF THE NORTH - More of What's Not Working No Solution
Byline: TED LIDDLE PAUL Bennison expresses disbelief that Hexham's councillors haven't managed to come up with a parking scheme that is beneficial to traders and motorists (The Journal, July 22). As a local resident and motorist, public transport...
Letter: VOICE OF THE NORTH - Musical Play Could Be Used to Help Raise Funds for Historic Hall Purchase
Byline: YLANA FIRST ISN'T it strange when two events that initially appear disparate seem to come together or coincide? Perhaps physicists would say that is yet another proof of chaos theory. In this instance, I am referring to the wonderful...
McAllister Is Glad to Be Back at Vipers
Byline: Stuart Rayner NEWCASTLE Vipers have pulled off their second big coup his summer by bringing Chris McAllister back to the Newcastle Arena. The Newcastle club have followed last month's signing of 100-capped Canada netminder Andrew Verner...
Microsoft Leaders in Thrall to Northern Expertise; in Association with CODEWORKS CONNECT Two of the Planet's Largest Technology Empires Have Turned to a North East Scientist for Help, Says Andrew Mernin
Byline: Andrew Mernin LAST month the great and the good from computer juggernaut Microsoft gathered in America and listened with anticipation to the words of a Newcastle scientist. In fact, Newcastle University's Prof Paul Watson was even privy...
More to Follow as Cats Get Their Men
Byline: Luke Edwards SUNDERLAND have completed the signing of Finnish midfielder Teemu Tainio and are expected to confirm the arrival of French full-back Pascal Chimbonda from Tottenham Hostpur this morning. The Black Cats rounded off their pre-season...
Ninety Jobs Go at Refrigeration Firm as Orders Fall off; RBS
Byline: Peter McCusker REDUNDANCY letters are today due to drop on the doormats of almost half of the 200-plus workforce at a refrigeration factory, which has seen a downturn in orders as consumers rein in spending on white goods. Ninety workers...
North Firms Vie to Connect across Pond
Byline: Andrew Mernin DIGITAL firms in the region are preparing to do battle in the hope of winning entry to the lucrative US market. The UKTI and media group Chinwag is organising two trade visits to the States to give digital businesses the...
Reds Are Ready to Welcome Robbie
LIVERPOOL forward Dirk Kuyt admits he cannot wait for Robbie Keane to arrive at the club. Anfield boss Rafael Benitez returned to his desk at the club's Melwood training complex last night after a 10-day training trip to Switzerland and Germany,...
Rugby Man Carling to Host Advice Forums; in Association with RBS
FORMER England rugby captain Will Carling is coming to the North East to share his entrepreneurial expertise with the region's small firms. Now a successful businessman, Carling will host free advice forums at the O2 Business Boot Camp event on...
School Company Puts Pupils on Enterprise Path; in Association with RBS
Byline: Karen Dent ASCHOOL has become the first in the UK to set up a company turning pupils' enterprise projects into real businesses. St Benet Biscop Business and Enterprise College in Bedlington, Northumberland, aims to create jobs for school...
Seniors 'Baptism of Fire' for Brand Jnr; TEEING OFF
Byline: TIM TAYLOR RYDER Cup stalwart Gordon Brand Junior, who never tasted defeat in the event against the Americans, will hook up with former team-mates Sam Torrance and Jose Rivero when he makes his European Seniors Tour debut at Slaley Hall...
Six Years' Jail for Darwins; Sophistica Ted Fraud Conned Even Their Sons
Byline: Tom Wilkinson and Rod Minchin ANNE and John Darwin were each jailed for more than six years yesterday for carrying out a determined, sustained and sophisticated pounds 250,000 fraud by faking his death in a canoeing accident. The couple...
Speedway: Diamonds Will Try to Shine in Sheffield
Byline: LAWRENCE HEPPEL NEWCASTLE Diamonds tackle their hardest league match of the season tonight as they travel to the high-speed Owlerton track of the Sheffield Tigers, writes LAWRENCE HEPPEL. Never a land of milk and honey for Newcastle,...
Thanks for Saving My Life; Dreamscape Girl's Mercy Flight Support
Byline: Neil McKay TREAT Dreamscape tragedy survivor Rosie Wright and her brother Jack in the air ambulance with paramedics Kevin Hodgson and Jane Peacock.; HORROR Scene of the accident when the Dreamspace sculpture blew away with people inside...
The Night of All Knights; Stars Will Help Sir Bobby Raise Charity Funds
Byline: Neil McKay TWO of the country's top sporting knights have pledged to support a glittering gala dinner to help Sir Bobby Robson raise money to beat cancer. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Ashington-born Sir Bobby Charlton...
Villagers Rally to Save Their History; Local People Back Rescue of Country Estate
Byline: Kim Carmichael THE latest move in the campaign to save Seaton Delaval Hall for the nation was last night hailed a huge success. More than 150 people crowded into the Seaton Delaval Arts Centre for Monday night's meeting of the Blyth Valley...
Website Set to Help Deaf Youngsters; Online Stories Aim to Boost Literacy Skills
Byline: Sam Wood A PIONEERING website designed to help deaf children with their literacy skills is being developed in the North East. Signed Stories will put some of the best known contemporary children's books on the web in British Sign Language,...
Welcome for Hill Farm Allowance Replacement; Farming
Byline: Sam Wood FARMING leaders have welcomed Defra's plan for the replacement of the Hill Farm Allowance Scheme announced this week. On Monday Defra said that from 2010 specific support to upland areas will be integrated into Environmental...
'We Will Support Homes Market' Council Keen to Help City in Crunch
Byline: Paul James Chief Reporter NEWCASTLE Council leader John Shipley last night vowed that the authority would do everything in its power to help the city through the credit crunch. The city's leading Liberal Democrat councillors were yesterday...
Whistleblowing Sales Manager Wins Tribunal Case
A SALES manager sacked by a designer clothing company for blowing the whistle on a colleague she claimed was stealing stock has won her case for unfair dismissal. Lesley Gray was also awarded just over pounds 3,800 compensation from Hugo Boss following...
Wildlife Fanatic's Heist of Books; Hoard Taken from Shop and Libraries
Byline: Brian Daniel ANATURE fanatic who stole hundreds of wildlife books worth thousands of pounds from libraries and a shop was yesterday given a 12-month supervision order. Alan Hunter Birchall, 43, of Storey Crescent, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea,...
World Watches as Rock Gets Big Name; 'Only Job' to Tempt Banker from Barclays
Byline: Graeme King A SENIOR director of banking group Barclays yesterday agreed to take up the challenge of leading Northern Rock back to independence in the private sector. Gary Hoffman, 47, will move to become chief executive at the Gosforth...
Would the Real Stan Laurel Please Stand Up
Byline: Barbara Hodgson STAN Laurel always played the fall guy to screen partner Oliver Hardy but, as a new show reveals, in real life the opposite was true. Tonight Bob Kingdom will be bringing the comedy star to life in his one-man show at...