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 April 25, 2003

A Challenge a Day in an Exciting City
Byline: By Rajeshree Sisodia Not many people can claim to love their job, but that's exactly how field sales manager Joanne Salkeld feels about her work. The 30-year-old, from Stanley, County Durham, left the travel industry two years ago to...
A City of Celebrities
Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor The son of a Newcastle doctor who rose to become Lord Chief Justice may be commemorated in his home city with a special plaque. Peter Taylor, or Lord Taylor of Gosforth as he became, is one of the...
Airman Flies in to Family Reunion
An raf airman said yesterday he was "very, very relieved" to be reunited with his 10-month-old son after spending two months in the Gulf. Flight Lieutenant Jez Batt, 31, was among 50 air force personnel who touched down at RAF Kinloss, Moray, after...
All at Sea with Cruise Conferences
Businesses in the North-East have the chance to make a real splash with their corporate entertainment, thanks to a new range of hospitality packages from DFDS Seaways. The North Shields-based cruise ferry operator has expanded the number of themed...
Ambrose Looks Cream of the Crop for Robson
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Darren Ambrose played himself into Sir Bobby Robson's derby plans last night with a dazzling first-half strike on his Newcastle debut. The former Ipswich midfielder managed 45 vibrant minutes in front of his new manager,...
Are United's Fans Going to Miss Playing Sunderland?
Byline: By Simon Rushworth How will fans on both Tyneside and Wearside cope without their annual fixes of derby action next season? Chief Sports Writer Simon Rushworth bemoans the demise of North-East football's season-defining fixtures. Just...
A Taste of Texas - or Is It Italy?
Byline: By Nick Woods Tucked away in Newcastle's St Mary's Place, in the city centre but a little away from the main drag of high street shops, you would be forgiven for overlooking Paris Texas, but it would be a shame. I'm not sure where the...
Banana Skin Alley
Byline: By Nick Woods Political Correspondent Teesside has been the scene of some seismic shocks for the Government in recent local elections - and no-one would bet against it happening again this year. Three years ago, Labour lost control of...
Bring on the Aussies
Byline: By Will Mapplebeck Will Mapplebeck talks to legendary cricket umpire Dickie Bird about the North-East's first Test match. Never mind Zimbabwe, bring the all-conquering Australians to Durham. That is the view of straight-talking cricket...
Carl's Way Leaves Black in the Shade
Byline: By Robert Brooks Whether they want an oriental bamboo coffin, a burial at sea or a jazz band to lead the funeral cortege, Carl Marlow is determined his customers will have the final say. The 35-year-old, who works from Park Road, Wallsend,...
Car Market Gets Set for a Speedy Recovery
The war in the Gulf may have dominated the headlines in recent weeks, but for motor dealerships it has had a less dramatic effect on sales than last year's double whammy of the Jubilee and the World Cup. While the last two years have been a great...
China Trip Going Ahead despite Killer Virus Fear
Byline: By Graeme King A trade mission from the North-East to China is going ahead despite concerns about the Sars virus. North-East companies are still being invited to sign up for the trip, with the promise that if the Foreign Office eventually...
Clarke Accused of Passing Buck
Byline: By Neal Amith Education Secretary Charles Clarke was yesterday accused of trying to shifting the blame for the schools funding crisis from the Government and on to local councils. In a speech at the annual conference of the second largest...
Clueless Townies in Field Study
Byline: Anna Lognonne Rural Affairs Correspondent City dwellers' woeful lack of knowledge about country matters is to be tackled by a new course at a North college. Northumberland College is reaching out to those who struggle to identify a Limousin...
Co-Op Chief - We'll Keep on Buying Up Food Stores
Byline: By Ben Griffiths The Co-operative Society yesterday pledged to continue its acquisitive strategy following the purchase of convenience chain Alldays. The pounds 133m acquisition in October saw the Co-op become the UK's biggest convenience...
County Review
Sussex claimed an overall lead of 317 after skittling out Middlesex for just 116 in their Frizzell County Championship Division One clash at Lord's. The home side resumed on 79 for four but never looked like getting close to Sussex's first innings...
Drago Keeps Pace with Ebdon
Tony Drago was true to his word as he began his bid to end the reign of Embassy world champion Peter Ebdon in Sheffield last night. The popular Maltese professional spoke of his desire not to fall behind after the opening session following his first-round...
Draw Dents Black Cats' Title Hopes
Byline: By Paul Gilder Sunderland's hopes of claiming the Barclaycard Premier Reserve League were dented in Durham last night as the Black Cats were held to a goalless draw by Liverpool. Jocky Scott's side, who had Jurgen Macho to thank for an...
Durham Batsmen Again a Letdown
Byline: By Luke Edwards Durham's top order batsmen failed for the second time in as many days, to leave their opening Frizzell County Championship game of the season against Somerset delicately balanced last night. Durham's dangerous- looking...
Earlier Tests Can Reduce Fatalities
Byline: By Amanda Crook Women in their 40s should be receiving routine screening for breast cancer within the next 10 years, a leading North expert said last night. Dr Richard Young was speaking after a new study revealed that screening younger...
Fear Is Greatest Enemy in Global Sars Epidemic
Byline: By Nicholas Craig Severe acute respiratory syndrome, or Sars, is hammering Hong Kong's economy and highlighting huge difficulties in China's public health network. My own close links with the Far East - particularly China - make this...
Ferrie on Heels of the Leaders
Byline: By Alan Hedley Kenneth Ferrie re-discovered his birdie touch in the first round of the Spanish Open in Tenerife. The 24-year-old Ashington golfer had six birdies in his 67 to be just four shots off leaders Marten Olander of Sweden and...
Focus on Families and Young Females
One is aimed at young professional women, and the other has been created with special appeal to families with young children. Market research reveals the features that the 25 to 35-year-old female target audience most want in a Ford Focus, and the...
Football Starting to Organise Its Finances
The Football League is to be revolutionised after its 72 member clubs agreed to a raft of proposals which could transform the game outside the Premiership. At a meeting held at Leicester's Walkers Stadium yesterday, the clubs agreed to a deduction...
Fun and Games Time
Byline: By Robert Brooks Highwaymen and exploding bridges will herald the 36th Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering when it bursts into life today. The annual three-day celebration of Northumberland's music and culture is this year focusing on the...
Give Kids a Chance
Byline: By Liz Hands Communities fighting to stop their local football teams being sidelined are applying for more than pounds 1m of funding to keep them in the game. Teams across the Tyne Valley have been struggling for years to stay afloat...
Government Must Be Brave
Less than 48 hours after Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust named its preferred bidder to undertake pounds 200m worth of publicly funded development work at two of the region's flagship hospitals, comes a new warning that all may not turn out well. The...
Hospitals Warning
Byline: By Amanda Crook Health Correspondent Health bosses in the North have been warned about embarking on a pounds 200m hospital revamp by the author of a damning new report on privately funded projects. Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money...
Hotels Group Rocked by Iraq War and Sars
Byline: By Graeme Evans Hotels group InterContinental yesterday faced up to the double blow of the Iraq war and the Sars virus after profits slumped at the start of 2003. InterContinental, which is the former hotels arm of SixContinents, said...
How about Here for a Conference?
Northumbrian Water's flagship conferencing venue at Kielder Water in Northumberland is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year. The venue is fast becoming the first choice for a variety of businesses and organisations. Many satisfied customers...
`If You Work with Talented People, It Pushes You'
The prospect of spending hours stuck in endless meetings and knowing exactly how each working day will pan out drove Simon Jones into the creative - and unpredictable - world of marketing and communications. Simon, 39, is joint managing director...
I'm Just Following a Gran Old Tradition
Byline: By Sam Wonfor Pride is something which comes naturally to grandmothers. But when the curtain goes up at the Theatre Royal next week, 89-year-old Mary Shiell will be positively glowing, knowing that she inspired one of the lead actresses...
Iraq's `Face on the World' Held by US
Byline: By Gavin Cordon Former Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz is in the custody of US forces, it was revealed last night. Aziz was the highest profile member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle and number 43 in the list of most wanted officials...
It's No Joke, Josie's Walking the Wall
Byline: By Jane Hall Josie Lawrence has just embarked on the biggest challenge of her life. She has already excelled in some of the most intimidating comedy gigs - seven years improvising on Whose Line Is It Anyway? and stand-up shows with The Comedy...
Jaguar XJ Saloon's Pounds 1bn Makeover
The company has invested an incredible pounds 1 billion in the development of its new executive saloon model, which looks remarkably similar to the current one. Only when the pair are lined up together do the differences become apparent, with the...
Joy as Plans for Homes Rejected
Byline: By Neil Mckay Jubilant locals hailed a victory for people power yesterday after planners rejected controversial plans for housing on fields on the outskirts of a popular village. People from Lanchester, County Durham, who crowded into...
Laguna Proves a Safe Bet
Well Renault may not be making any public announcements, but the fact is that its Laguna can currently be bought for precisely pounds 3,650 below list price. That's the quiet deal on offer on the 120mph Laguna 1.8 Dynamique, for example, which has...
Lara Has Police in Hot Pursuit
A lara Croft look-alike sparked a police probe after she was spotted brandishing fake pistols in public, it emerged yesterday. Michelle Powell, 38, dressed like the all-action heroine from the Tomb Raider games and posed with two toy guns for photographs...
Leisure Firms Top Virus League
Leisure companies in the North-East are being warned to be more wary of cyber attacks after statistics showed that the industry was attacked by more viruses than any other sector. Figures from email security company MessageLabs show leisure companies...
Lonely Son Died by Own Guillotine
Byline: By Dave Black A talented woodworker harnessed his skills to create an horrific killing machine which he used to take his own life as he slept. Bachelor Boyd Taylor, 36, spent months making the "ingenious" wooden guillotine which he rigged...
Luxe Lexus Success Story
Nowhere is this more apparent than in the executive and junior executive sector of the market, where mainstream models can cost so much less than so-called niche brands. However, whilst you may pay less for a fully-loaded, large-engined mainstream...
More Firms Rely on Outsourcing
As more companies search for ways to control costs, outsourcing is becoming increasingly attractive. We are now used to outsourcing services such as call handling, graphic design and IT. However, more and more organisations are looking to outsource...
MP Calling for More Time over On-Farm Burial Ban
Byline: By Anna Lognonne Hexham mp Peter Atkinson is calling on farmers to help him win a last minute concession for the industry on the issue of on-farm burial. The politician has organised a meeting at Hexham Auction Mart today where he will...
O'Neill Overcome as Celtic Reach Final
(Celtic win 2-1 on aggregate) Martin O'Neill was struggling to come to terms with his side's dramatic and emotional victory against Boavista which booked their place in the final of the Uefa Cup. Swedish international striker Henrik Larsson gave...
People on the Move
Senior appointments have been made at the Boldon, Tyne and Wear, scientific manufacturing specialist ImmunoDiagnostic Systems. Dr GERRY ALLEN joins the executive board as technical director. Dr Allen has more than 27 years' experience in the IVD...
Phillips a Wanted Man - McCarthy
Byline: By Paul Gilder Mick McCarthy believes Premiership clubs will be queuing up this summer to bid for the signature of Kevin Phillips as he begins a major overhaul of his under-achieving Sunderland squad. The Black Cats boss, who last night...
Rolls-Royce Wins Major Aero-Engines Contract
Byline: By Howard Walker Rolls-royce has landed a multi-million pound contract which will help secure more than 400 jobs at its factory in Sunderland for the next eight years. The aero-engines maker has won a share of a major order for V2500...
Rover Comes Up with Sales Ploy to Top Them All
Whilst you could be forgiven for thinking that all anyone wants is the lowest price, this is often not the case. It is something that was proved emphatically several decades ago when a certain petrol company charged more than anyone else for its fuel,...
Savings Galore on Nissans
The company is being rather coy about the massive reductions, because it does not want to smack of desperation, but the truth simply can not be hidden. The fact is that there is a whopping pounds 3,890 knocked off the price of a new Nissan, and...
Seat Extends Free Insurance to New Cordoba
The offer is available to customers aged between 25 and 80 buying any new Cordoba registered before July. The newcomer is an unusually huge-booted saloon, which shares much of its styling and sporty driver appeal with the What Car? Car of the Year...
Secrecy Pledge on Postal Ballots
Postal voters across the North have been assured their vote would be both safe and secret this May. The decision of 12 North-East councils to allow people to vote by post in May's local elections have sparked some fears of cheating and loss of confidentiality....
SGW Success with Tenders Keeps Rising
Byline: By Ron Taylor Sgw Construction (Redcar) Ltd's run of tender success continues unabated. Owned by the Williams family, with former Sunderland builder Brian Hutchinson as their linchpin chief estimator, the Middlesbrough business recently...
Sharper Focus Should Give Film Sector Big Attraction
Byline: By Howard Walker A touch of computer magic will aim to help spirit more film and media companies to the North-East. Integrated solutions company Perfect Image has designed a new database system to streamline and manage information held...
Sir Paul Tops Rich Parade
Byline: By Geoff Johnson Music boss Simon Fuller has seen his fortune swell by pounds 40m in the past year, according to an annual rich list. The manager turned media mogul - whose proteges S Club announced their split this week - is now worth...
Some Things You Just Can't Cope With
Byline: By Bob Cuffe At these testing times, it is precipitant upon us to reflect on the Joys Of Life. Those things that we don't appreciate until they're taken from us. The things that we would miss if we were ever to be denied them. How sad...
Stephenson Bicentenary Plans Laid
Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor Party plans have been drawn up to celebrate the 200th birthday of one of the North-East's greatest sons. October sees the bicentenary of the birth of Robert Stephenson in Willington Quay in North Tyneside....
Strength Can Take Sandown Honours
Byline: By Anita Chambers Sandown hosts a top-class mixed card and it is Strength'n Honour who takes the eye in the feature race of the day, the Group Three bonusprint.com Classic Trial. Charles Cyzer's Hernando colt showed much improved form...
Student Letting Agency Prepares to Go National
Byline: By Graeme King Anew breed of letting agency led by a North-East graduate has unveiled plans to go nationwide - less than three years after it was founded. John Parish, 29, runs the JPCC agency through his website stud-lets.co.uk as well...
Students to Quit China over Sars
Byline: By Amanda Crook and Jerome Starkey North students studying in China are being evacuated because of the deadly Sars virus. Twelve students from the University of Durham travelled to Beijing in September to study at Ren Min University as...
Teacher Shames Dealers on Net
Byline: By Mark Sage A teacher sick of the daily torment that drug dealers and addicts bring to his neighbourhood revealed yesterday that he had posted their pictures on the Internet. With drugs being openly sold in his street and a police force...
Top Banker's 29pc Rise 'Is Justified'
Byline: By John Bingham Barclays bank yesterday became the latest company to face a shareholder rebellion over executive pay. Almost three out of 10 of the larger shareholders registered dissent over rewards for top executives before yesterday's...
Tough Questions over North Funds
Byline: By Paul Linford And Nick Woods Senior ministers will face a tough grilling from MPs next week over the Government's record in tackling the North-South prosperity divide. Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt has been called to...
Toy Banned after Strangling Scare
Byline: By Alison Dargie A toy has been outlawed after children in the North-East were nearly strangled by it. A Government ruling on Yo-balls came into force yesterday, making it the first toy in more than a decade to be officially banned. ...
United Stopper Sets Derby Goal
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Andy O'Brien returns to the scene of his greatest success in a black-and-white shirt tomorrow dreaming of repeating the goal- scoring heroics which guaranteed him cult status on Tyneside. The Republic of Ireland defender...
Use Events to Your Advantage
Byline: By Nicola Railton Using events as a marketing tool is becoming an increasingly more popular method of reaching target markets directly and effectively. The corporate hospitality and events sector has increased by 19pc since 1997 and is...
Victims Are the Poor and the Powerless
The Morpeth Vigil for Peace has been adjourned as from Easter Sunday. Since the end of January, we have kept the Vigil for Peace believing we represent people of many faiths and none who insist that compassion, justice and a duty of care for all people...
Vote for Thingummy
Byline: By Bob Cuffe And so, we're on the cusp of possibly the most exciting time of the year. The air is throbbing with excitement. The region is pulsing with dynamic energy. It's local election time again. Be still my beating heart. Let the kids...
Welcome to World of Rockwell
Byline: By Eileen Condon There are plenty of us who'd like to say a big thank-you to George Clooney, not least for spicing up our fantasies. But surely the biggest thanks must come from actor Sam Rockwell. Californian-born Rockwell is Hollywood's...
Widow's Fury over the Killer Driver Law
Byline: By Hilary Clixby The grief-stricken widow of hit-and-run victim Arthur Nelson yesterday backed The Journal's campaign for a crackdown on killer drivers. Mary Nelson was at Newcastle Crown Court to see teenager Richard Smith locked up...
Wilkinson Signs New Falcons Deal
Byline: By Alan Hedley Jonny Wilkinson has signed his new contract with Newcastle. The Falcons skipper put pen to paper shortly after agreeing the new two-year deal `in principle' last Friday. The news that Wilkinson has signed will remove...
Winnie Goes on Show at London Gallery
Byline: By Sam Wonfor Arts And Entertainment There are lots of mirrors in the house of 93-year-old Winifred Lowden. But last night the proud great-grandmother could not have been more delighted at the prospect of a 600-mile round trip for the...
Win-Win Situation for Schools Project Firms
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby A pounds 42m education scheme in North Tyneside has proved a win-win situation for a new recruitment consultancy as well as a construction project management business. The PFI project, awarded by North Tyneside Council,...
Work Trainers Pass Muster
The North-East Open College Network (NEOCN) has awarded The Wise Group in Newcastle an accreditation for its work in training adults. The Wise Group, a charity with an pounds 18m turnover, seeks to provide sustainable employment opportunities for...