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 February 11, 2009

44 Jobs Saved as Timber Supply Firms Dovetail
Byline: Peter McCusker A TIMBER merchant has bought a rival from administration, saving the jobs of 44 people and creating a company with a joint annual turnover approaching pounds 16m. Robert Duncan Timber, which supplied wood to build The Alnwick...
A Fight? Hardly Even a Handbagging; THE RECESSION
THEY were sorry. Profoundly sorry, unreservedly sorry, extremely sorry. But many who took their ringside seats in the Thatcher Room to witness the grilling of the country's least popular bankers were not after gentle apologies - they wanted blood...
Agenda: History of the Blues; Call It Vapours or Depression - It's Nothing New
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor IT has been known by many names and been the subject of a variety of treatments. Today, we call it depression and it is considered by many to be a particular product of the fast-moving, fast-changing modern...
An Apology, but Don't We Need More? THE VOICE OF NE BUSINESS
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN THEY say that sorry is the hardest word, but yesterday as the quartet of downfallen banking giants were hauled before a pack of angry MPs, it seemed the most difficult thing for them to do was to admit any guilt for what has...
Angel of the South - but It Hasn't Got Any Wings; Will Giant Horse Have Same Impact as North Landmark?
Byline: Paul James Chief Reporter AGIANT pounds 2m white horse was yesterday unveiled as Kent's "Angel of the South" - but the jury is out on whether it can have the same impact as Gateshead's landmark. The winning design, by former Turner...
Bank of North East 'Could Free Up Credit' THE RECESSION
A BANK of the North East should be set up using cash from council reserves and investments thought to be worth at least pounds 500m, experts have claimed. Councils across the region have stockpiled huge financial reserves, normally used to underpin...
Big Shed Sector Continues to Grow; Industrial Activity in the North East Has Declined in Response to the Economic Downturn Although Perhaps to a Lesser Extent Than Other Regions, Says Karen Shorten
Byline: Karen Shorten WE have had our fair share of bad news, from Northern Rock to Nissan and, in terms of property, the North East has witnessed a decrease in inquiries and transactions. However, despite being unable to turn on the TV, read...
Bluetongue: Call for Ban on Imports
Byline: Karen Dent DAIRY farmers are demanding that the Government introduces an immediate ban on international live animal imports from every bluetongue restricted zone before the 'vector-free' period ends next month. The period, when temperatures...
BNP Membership Banned by Church; Synod Follows Police Lead
Byline: Martha Linden THE Church of England has voted in favour of banning clergy and some lay staff from joining the far-right British National Party. Members of the General Synod voted to back a motion brought by Metropolitan Police civilian...
Boat May Have Shrunk but the Job's Just as Big; QEII Captain at Helm of Tyne Clean-Up Vessel
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor IT was a king-sized piece of downsizing for Ian McNaught, the last captain of the QEII. He was on the bridge last October when the 70,327-ton former Cunard flagship sailed out of the Tyne on her way to a...
Businesses Shouldn't Be Bled Dry by Tax 'Leeches' Commercial Property
Byline: Kevan Carrick THE threat of the biggest rise in business rates since the modern system began in 1993 filled my heart with dread when I heard about it this week. The rateable value on which the tax is levied is set by Government every...
Campaigners Protest against Eco Towns in Countryside; PROPERTY BRIEFING
Byline: RICHARD FREEMAN-WALLACE ECO towns, the first new towns in England in 40 years, are arousing fierce public protests because of their proposed locations and concerns about the manner of Government consultation. The towns will have low-energy,...
Catching Conmen Depends on Victims; Police Insist Every Small Piece of Evidence Is Useful
Byline: Sophie Doughty GANGS of bogus callers and sneak thieves are operating on Tyneside. Posing as water board officials, postmen, workmen or salespeople they con their way into the homes of some of the region's most vulnerable people, to steal...
Chain Thrives in Hard Times
Byline: Peter McCusker BUDGET retail chain Bright-House has unveiled ambitious plans to more than double its North East store portfolio in a recession-busting, pounds 10m expansion drive. New sites in towns and cities across the region have been...
Club Refutes Supporters Club's Claim That It Has Refused to Open Dialogue; Steve Brown
CONTRITION may be the order of the week as Derek Llambias seeks to reopen the lines of communication with fans of Newcastle United, but the club's managing director has denied snubbing the Magpies' latest embryonic supporters' movement. Newcastle...
Clubs Mulling over Squads Quota System; Talks on Minimum Limit for Homegrown Players
PREMIER League clubs are considering a quota for a minimum number of 'homegrown' players in their squads in a bid to stave off attempts to impose spending controls. Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry has revealed the 20 clubs discussed the move...
Coatings Firm Sets Pounds 1m Turnover Target
Byline: Iain Laing ATYNESIDE entrepreneur has fought back after losing business and cutting production by 90% last year to open a new factory with plans to grow his firm's turnover from pounds 160,000 to around pounds 1m. Wallsend-based Elite...
Colleagues Fought to Reach Dead Submariners; Wearside Seaman Killed in Blast 150m under Ice
Byline: Dan Warburton SUBMARINERS fought for more than 40 minutes to free a Wearside seaman after an explosion in their vessel, an inquest heard. Operator Mechanic Anthony Huntrod, 20, was trapped more than 150m below a thick crust of ice following...
Commercial Property on Show at Football Club; Commercial Property
THE region's biggest commercial property show is at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland next month. The Tyne and Wear Commercial Property Show, organised by inward investment agency Tyne and Wear Development Company, will take place at the football...
Complicated Battle Will Solve Dispute; EXCLUSIVE Tribunal for Former United Boss Scheduled
Byline: Luke Edwards THE dispute between Newcastle United and former manager Kevin Keegan will finally come to a head next month. An industrial tribunal hearing has been scheduled for the beginning of March, although a complicated battle is anticipated...
Consultants Aim to Build Future for Market Town
Byline: Graeme King THE architecture practice behind a blueprint for the future of Barnard Castle has been re-hired to provide specialist advice on particular development sites in the town. The xsite LLP practice, with its base in the fast-developing...
Coupling Up for Valentine's Day; Confectioner and Florist Join Forces
Byline: Rob Pattinson COUPLES will probably be putting their Valentine first on February 14. But backers of The Journal's Think North East First campaign last night urged lovers to seek out the romantic corners of the region. In line with The...
Cricket: Flintoff's Rallying Call to England
FORMER captain Andrew Flintoff has called upon his England colleagues to pull together as they seek to overturn a 1-0 deficit in the Caribbean Test series. On Monday night, England held their first official team meeting since the devastating innings...
Culture: Laureate Quest Is Poetry in Motion; Who Wants to Be Poet Laureate? Northumberland's William Radice Tells David Whetstone Why He Should Be a Contender
Byline: David Whetstone IN classical times, poetry was an Olympic sport, as stiff a test of mental prowess as running naked was of physical ability. Poets competed for laurels just like runners. Nowadays its performance profile tends to be more...
Cumbrians Left to Rue Wasted Chances
Carlisle United 1 Walsall 1 CARLISLE United were left with a sour after-taste as substitute Michael Ricketts crashed home a disputed 84th-minute penalty to claim a point for the Saddlers. A stunning goal from midfielder Paul Thirlwell set...
Degree of Success That Runs in the Family; NECC
MOTHER and daughter Jean and Rachel Featherstone last week completed the final module for the NECC foundation degree in leadership and management at the University of Teesside. NECC senior account manager Jean has been with the North East Chamber...
Demand for Space Falls to a Record Low; Commercial Property
NEW record lows were recorded in the office and retail markets during the last quarter of 2008, according to the most recent survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). More than 70% more of RICS members reported a fall, rather...
Dreamspace 'Design Flaw' Calculations Inadequate Says Expert
Byline: Hilary Clixby AN INFLATABLE artwork which broke free from its moorings killing two women had been designed without adequate safety calculations being made, an expert told a court. The giant Dreamspace V sculpture created by Maurice Agis...
Duke Faces a Battle to Win Retail Plans; 'Opportunity Is for Employment Not Retail Use'
Byline: Sonia Sharma THE Duke of Northumberland has a battle on his hands to build two new stores as part of a pounds 10m project. Northumberland Estates, which represents the business interests of the Duke, wants to open DIY store Homebase and...
England Not Yet a Factor for Younger Ferdinand
Byline: Stuart Rayner THE mantra which guides Anton Ferdinand's career - "I will believe to achieve" - is imprinted on his left forearm in black ink. But the possibility of representing England is something he clears from his mind. While the...
Five-Year Plan for Return to Top
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS THEY may be concerned about relegation to the Championship this season but Derek Llambias intends to see Newcastle United competing for a Champions League place again in five years. The Magpies will continue to look to sign...
Flair for Food Is Obvious at Awards; the Journal Taste North East England Restaurants Honoured at Annual Event
Byline: Alastair Craig THE North East's flair for food was celebrated last night as a host of restaurants won coveted culinary awards. The cream of the region's eateries took the plaudits as the annual North East Restaurant Awards were presented...
Football: Beckham in Squad on Merit - Capello
FABIO Capello insists David Beckham is in the England squad on merit, not out of sympathy for the former Three Lions skipper. Beckham will earn a place in the history books if he plays some part in tonight's friendly with Spain in Seville. The...
Football: No Rift with Healy, Says Worthington
NORTHERN Ireland manager Nigel Worthington insists there is no rift with record scorer David Healy. Worthington lost his cool and spoke out after being appalled by the manner of their defeat at home by Hungary in a friendly three months ago. ...
Football: 'We Inherited a Bucket Full of Holes and We've Had to Fill Those Holes before Anything Else' in an Exclusive Interview with the Journal and Evening Chronicle, Newcastle United Managing Director Derek Llambias Gave an Insight into How the Club Is Run and the Blunders They Have Made. Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Reports
Byline: Luke Edwards MIKE Ashley and Derek Llambias did not, and still do not, plan to fail at Newcastle United, but they are suffering because of a failure to plan before they seized control of St James's Park. That Ashley and his management...
Fund Fuels Growth at Telecoms Group
Byline: Christopher Knox A FAST-GROWING Tyneside telecommunications firm is aiming to maintain its growth as well as create jobs after securing a second tranche of investment. Bluebell Telecom, of Newcastle, last year used an initial pounds 650,000...
Government Rethink on Biofuels Could Cost Jobs; Expert Says Misinformation Will Hurt North
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor THE prospect of up to 8,000 potential North East jobs could be threatened by a Government rethink over biofuels, a top energy expert warned last night. The region has seen big investment in the fields...
Grainger Is Upbeat - but Still No Green Shoots Yet
Byline: Graeme King THE UK's biggest listed residential property owner says it has seen slim signs of recovering demand in the market, but has stopped well short of identifying any "green shoots". Grainger, based in Newcastle, said early January...
Hilton in 'Deal to Open Hotel in Joplings Store; Commercial Property
Byline: Graeme King ONE of the biggest names in the hotel industry is closing in on a deal to open an outlet in the centre of Sunderland. The Hilton Hotels Corporation is believed to be drawing up a scheme to open a 120-bed hotel in the upper...
Hints for Creating New Markets in Hard Times; in Association with Business Link Nebusiness Awards 2008 the Nebusiness Awards 2008 Are an Opportunity to Celebrate the Business Success of the Region and Highlight the Companies That Are Leading the Way in North East England
In a time of recession it is perhaps understandable that people tend to focus on their own immediate environment and marketplace. In the current circumstances the Export Award is an important way to focus on the example set by companies whose products...
Horse Racing: Weather Continues to Play Havoc
THE inclement weather continues to cause headaches for track officials up and down the country and there is the prospect of another day without National Hunt racing today. Yesterday's Newcastle meeting was called off over 24 hours before race time,...
It's a Long Time to Wait for Change
Byline: GRAHAM ROBB IN post-war British politics, Labour has whistled some good tunes, but the facts of political life have tended to be Conservative. Facts like: no Labour Government has left office with unemployment lower than when it was elected;...
It's Not Just What You Do, It's the Way You Do It! Corporate Social Responsibility Is Something Big Businesses like to Boast about in Their Annual Reports. but as Job Losses Multiply and the Purse Strings Tighten, Karen Dent Finds out Whether CR Is about to Be Relegated to the Back Burner
Byline: Karen Dent TALK about corporate responsibility (CR) and many businesses automatically think money. But it's not just what you do, it's the way that you do it. The Government defines CR as "how business takes account of its economic, social...
Law Firm's Cash Injection for Hi-Tech Businesses; Dealmakers in Association with Deloitte
NORTH law firm Ward Hadaway has helped deliver funding to boost cutting-edge businesses in the region. The firm has advised on venture capital deals which have seen funds invested in hi-tech companies. Ward Hadaway's work has encompassed everything...
Lawn Tennis: Murray Eases Past Ljubicic
ANDY Murray eased into the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament with a 6-3 6-2 victory over Ivan Ljubicic in Rotterdam last night. The British number one was content with his performance and admitted he had benefited from Ljubicic's...
Lawyers Put Motor Dealer on Right Road; Dealmakers in Association with Deloitte
LAW firm Gordon Brown Associates has helped a well known regional business to expand with the acquisition of a fourth motor dealership. The firm had acted for Richard Hardie for more than a decade when it helped the business buy its Sunderland dealership...
Legal Aid Wrangle Won't Stop Teacher's Race Case
A MISCONDUCT case against a County Durham teacher accused of expressing religious intolerance on the internet has been adjourned. Technology teacher Adam Walker, a member of the British National Party, is alleged to have demonstrated views suggestive...
Legal Eagle 'Impressive' Acquisition for Law Firm; Dealmakers in Association with Deloitte
Byline: Iain Laing HIGH profile corporate finance lawyer Duncan Reid is moving from Newcastle law firm Ward Hadaway to join its city rival Watson Burton as a partner. Mr Reid, who moves this month, will have a national remit at Watson Burton,...
Letter: VOICE OF THE NORTH: Quarry Would Harm Wall and Landscape
THANK you for your piece highlighting the Cocklaw/Brunton quarry controversy (The Journal, February 13). May I point out a few inaccuracies in the report? The applicants, Tynedale Roadstone Ltd, are seeking to activate a dormant minerals permission...
Man of Mystery - or an Open Book? as Newcastle United Threatened to Tear Itself Apart, Derek Llambias Was Condemned by His Silence. Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Gives a Personal Take on a Belated Attempt to Put the Record Straight
THE walk up to the boardroom at St James's Park only added to the sense of anticipation, as we were taken up the back stairs, through doors with security locks and secret key codes. This was unique access to Newcastle United's inner sanctum, the...
Mining Sector Leads the FTSE100 Fall; Stocks and Shares in Association with BREWIN DOLPHIN
Byline: Anthony Peart Brewin Dolphin THE mining sector led the FTSE100 index lower by 94.53 points over the trading session to close at 4213.08 points with Kazakhmys, Anglo American and BHP Billiton being marked down on the day. Shares in telecommunications...
Newcastle Staff Spared Axe on Day of Jobs Gloom; THE RECESSION
MORE than 300 people at a call centre have been spared the axe after communications firm Sitel announced it was closing two sites. The US-based company is closing operations in Derby, resulting in the loss of 220 jobs, but saved workers at its Newcastle...
Noon Left to Play Waiting Game for England; Falcon Not Sure Where Weekend Action Will Come
Byline: Nick Purewal JAMIE Noon is happy to play the waiting game again this week ahead of England's clash with Wales - but would dearly love some rugby at the end of it. Mike Tindall's return to fitness after last week's back injury means Noon...
North East Ports Can Pick Up
Byline: Nick Atkinson NORTH East ports, in particular Port of Tyne and PD Ports (Teesport) now have the capacity to take some of the strain off congested southern ports such as Felixstowe, Southampton and Tilbury. They provide very diverse services...
North Scientists Are (Big) Bang on Target; Formation of Early Galaxies Recreated
Byline: Nicola Juncar NORTH East experts have reconstructed the universe after the Big Bang. Durham University scientists have attempted to recreate the formation of galaxies 500 million years after the Universe was born. According to the experts,...
'No Turning Back on New Authority' ROWS OVER THE NEW NORTHUMBERLAND Government Reads Riot Act to Councillors
Byline: William Green Political Editor NORTHUMBERLAND'S switch to a unitary authority was yesterday plunged into crisis as the Government read the "riot act" to district councillors. Local Government Minister John Healey sparked a major row after...
Pearce's Men Slip Up as Run Is Ended; Long Unbeaten Sequence Over
Byline: MIKE McGRATH England Under-21s 2 Ecuador Under-21s 3 STUART Pearce's England Under-21s threw away a two-goal lead against an experienced Ecuador side in Malaga and lost their lengthy unbeaten record, writes MIKE McGRATH. Middlesbrough's...
PEOPLE ON THE MOVE; View from the Bridges
MARKETING firm hpmgroup has appointed JANE WELLINGTON as a marketing and PR executive. Jane, 28, who lives in Yarm, will be responsible for providing support on existing client accounts as well as working closely with the team in developing new...
Phillips Happy Wales Start Favourites
MIKE Phillips believes Wales have "raised the bar" from last season as they prepare for stage two of their latest Six Nations title and Grand Slam missions. The reigning Six Nations champions made a flying start last weekend, scoring four tries...
Pick Carefully on the Support Services; Column
Byline: ANDREW MILLER WITH good economic news still in very short supply, the hunt is on to identify 'defensive' sectors best positioned to survive a downturn. Support services (security, staffing, distribution etc) are traditionally seen as...
Plans Are Sunk by Shortfall; Youngsters in One Area Won't Swim for Free
Byline: Paul Loraine EFFORTS to get Britain's children swimming are being ignored in Northumberland despite pounds 50m of Government investment. The cash was set aside to encourage local authorities to offer free swimming sessions to all under-16s...
Players Must Take the Blame, Says Terry
JOHN Terry has accused his Chelsea team-mates of underachieving under Luiz Felipe Scolari. Blues skipper Terry was informed by a member of the Chelsea hierarchy on Monday afternoon that Scolari had been sacked. The news brought genuine sadness for...
Prairie Hawk Can Swoop at Lingfield
Byline: Saraband PRAIRIE Hawk is bred to be a Classic winner and although he has fallen well short of that mark, he should be good enough in the Ashdown Forest Handicap at Lingfield. By multiple Group One winner Hawk Wing and out of Oaks victor...
Quakers Support Asked to Buy Early
Byline: Stuart Rayner DARLINGTON supporters have been set an ambitious target for next season - and before they complain, they suggested it. The Quakers have unveiled season ticket prices for 2009-10, including a two-year freeze for those who...
Reciting the Bard on Steps of Magistrates Court Building
CONSETT Magistrates Court has seen nothing like it. The defendant rolled up in a stretch limo accompanied by a female friend and proceeded to recite Shakespeare on the front steps. Not the usual mode of arrival for most visitors to the squat, single...
Repayments to Be Spread over Years; ROWS OVER THE NEW NORTHUMBERLAND
Byline: Dave Black NORTHUMBERLAND County Council will spread its multi-million pound redundancy payments to get its new budget through. Government ministers have given the green light to the move - which will mean the new authority can introduce...
Sally Is New Leader of Junior Chamber Group; View from the Bridges
REGIONAL young leaders' networking group the Junior Chamber International North East (JCI) has welcomed Sally Kevan as its new president. Sally, 28, from Sandyford, Newcastle, has been handed the baton from previous president Mincoff Jacksons commercial...
Side Street Options for the Niche Retailers; PROPERTY INSITE
Byline: MIKE BIRKETT THOUGH large-scale redevelopment in Newcastle's central core has obliterated many of the city's less fashionable side streets, the existence of a handful of these smaller streets could offer retailers opportunities to relocate...
Skill Won on Rock Rollercoaster
THE two women at the helm of Northern Rock's human resources department when the nationalised lender cut 2,000 jobs have taken redundancy and opened their own business. Maureen Lindberg and Monique Ewart, who between them clocked up almost 40 years...
Superstores Distributing Favours in Market; Grim News of Redundancies Affecting the Logistics and Distribution Sector Is Leavened by the Growth Plans of Certain Supermarkets, Says Mark Proudlock
Byline: Mark Proudlock RECENT economic data and announcements of redundancies in the Press leave little scope for optimism in the logistics and distribution sector. As we all knew, but which has now been confirmed statistically, we are in recession...
True, There Are Reasons to Be Cheerful; NECC
Byline: JOHN MOWBRAY THE Blockheads, minus Ian Dury of course, are appearing at The Sage Gateshead in April and whilst everyone may think they have been hit with a "rhythm stick" at the moment, perhaps we should think of "Reasons to be Cheerful-Part...
We Are Sorry Say Bankers as Regulator Is Accused over Role in Crisis; THE RECESSION Crosby 'Fired Risk Chief for HBOS Warning'
Byline: Daniel Bentley and Joe Churcher THE Government was facing demands for an inquiry last night into the role played by one of the top City regulators in the collapse of HBOS. The calls followed claims that Sir James Crosby, now the deputy...
We're Still a Buying Club - Llambias; United to Spend in the Summer
Byline: Luke Edwards NEWCASTLE managing director Derek Llambias has promised the Magpies will still punch their weight in the transfer market as he strongly denied accusations that United have become a selling club preoccupied by cost-cutting. ...
WIN A SEVEN-NIGHT BREAK IN A LUXURY RIBBLE VALLEY LODGE; the Journal: Competition Todber a Southlakeland Park
The Journal has teamed up with South Lakeland Parks to give you the chance to win a seven-night break in a super-deluxe twobedroom lodge at Todber Holiday Park in the Ribble Valley on the North Yorkshire border. The lodge sleeps up to four people,...