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 19, 2007

A Family with a Stroke of Genius
At 29 he's not long since taken the helm of his family's 150-year-old brush-making business. Rebekah Ashby meets Ben Cottam ( the sixth generation of Cottams to run one of Sunderland's best-known manufacturers ( and discovers his phenomenal brush with...
An 800-Year Tradition of Contemplation
Newcastle's oldest meeting rooms have undergone a stylish transformation to offer a range of facilities for corporate events. Blackfriars Meeting Rooms provide a tranquil retreat for conferences in the heart of the city centre and local interior...
A New Dawn Will Create 130 Jobs
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby A legal advice organisation is doubling the size of its premises and aims to create 130 jobs in the next three years after clinching a vital Government contract. Northumberland-based Dawn (Advice), which was established...
Anger as A1 Issue Threatens Homes
Byline: By Ross Smith The Government was last night told to "decide what it wants" after its road bosses warned the A1 may not cope with new homes backed by a separate Whitehall department. The Highways Agency ( which manages trunk roads for...
Another Wasted Trip for the Vipers
Byline: By Peter Adams The Mobilx Vipers' game against the Manchester Phoenix was postponed yesterday morning because the ice pad in the partially complete Altrincham Ice Dome was not in a fit condition to play on, writes Peter Adams. Saturday...
Arngrove Northern League
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt The Whitley Bay bandwagon rolls on and they are only 12 points behind leaders Sunderland Nissan with six games in hand after edging Billingham Synthonia at Hillheads Park. Although Synners had the better first half they...
Battle to Save POs
Berwick Borough Council has joined campaigners fighting a threat to small post offices. The Government is considering streamlining the post office service with about 2,500 outlets in the areas where the population of less than 10,000 likely to close....
Beauty Tips
Laura Mercier has created what she's calling the Eyes Wide look for this spring, with a new series of products which have just arrived on the Laura Mercier counters in Fenwick and Space NK in Newcastle. The emphasis is on the eyes: soft colours...
Benitez in Warning to Reds Stars
Byline: By Rich Jones Rafael Benitez will punish any of his Liverpool players found to have breached club rules during last week's training trip to Portugal. Preparations for this Wednesday's much-anticipated Champions League last-16 clash against...
Blackburn Hawks 2 Whitley Warriors 6
The Warriors went into this game knowing they needed nothing less than a win to put pressure on English National League North title rivals Newcastle ENL Vipers and their best away performance of the season was more than good enough to do that. Karl...
Boost for Cumbria
Rugby union: Cumbria caused an upset in the National RU Under-20 Championships when they beat Northumberland 34-21 at Northern yesterday. Having lost their opening game against Cheshire 34-5, Cumbria needed a win to get back into the hunt for one of...
Boro Taking Long Road to the Final
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Judging by the way they are eking just about every possible minute from it, Middlesbrough must love the FA Cup. Gareth Southgate should be hoping so, because otherwise their laborious progress must be down to taking opponents...
Brothers Tap into Bathroom Market
Byline: By James Barton Two brothers have given up fitting bathrooms to make a clean start in the world of retail. Andy and Richard Holt have opened the Aqua Systems bathroom showroom on the South West Industrial Estate in Peterlee and sales...
Care-Cuts Mum 'On a Shower a Week'
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin And Dave Black A disabled mother says she will only be able to have one shower a week because budget cuts mean council chiefs are cutting the home care she receives. Stroke victim Lyn Salvage, 41, says she needs to be...
Cats Quids-In as Shrimpers Sunk
Byline: By Paul Gilder Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs is the largest employer in Southend but when Sunderland's footballers met another of the Essex town's institutions, the experience was not too taxing. The VAT man might be an accomplished...
Changes to Help Players
Byline: By Luke Edwards Roy Keane is determined not to let angry wives or screaming children distract his players as Sunderland continue their promotion push. The Black Cats moved into the play-off zone for the first time this season following...
Chat Show Is Hit by Cheating Claim
Byline: By Josie Clarke Channel 4 has launched an investigation into the Richard and Judy Show following allegations that viewers are being cheated out of thousands of pounds in a phone-in competition. Viewers who pay pounds 1 a time to enter...
Chemical Warfare Is to Hit Afghanistan
It has been reported that General Dan McNeill, the new commander of Nato forces in Afghanistan, has authorised the aerial spraying of poppy fields. This policy will have disastrous consequences for all Afghanis who live in or near sprayed areas. ...
Con-Gang Spark Alert by Police
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths Householders in Northumberland are being warned to stay on their guard after a number of elderly people were targeted by bogus callers. At least four aging homeowners have already fallen foul of the conmen, who have...
Cup Run My Top Priority, Insists Jol
Byline: By Mike McGrath Martin Jol wants Spurs to follow in the footsteps of the club's 1991 heroes by winning the FA Cup ( even if their league form dips, writes Mike McGrath. Spurs crushed Fulham at Craven Cottage to reach the sixth round of...
Dogged Crews Rescue Terrier
Byline: By Robert Brooks A terrified terrier which spent more than 30 hours trapped in a drainpipe has been safely reunited with its owner. But Rush the Jack Russell's underground ordeal only came to an end after a massive rescue operation involving...
Doroshenko Gets a Top Job at the Venice Biennale
Baltic Director, Peter Doroshenko has been named as commissioner for the Ukrainian Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale 2007. Though American born, the director has strong family ties to Ukraine where both his parents originate from. He has also...
Eagles Bounce Back in Style
Byline: By Jeff King Newcastle Eagles endured mixed fortunes this weekend as they won one and lost one in the BBL Championship in the space of 24 hours, writes Jeff King. The loss at Guildford Heat on Saturday night dealt a blow to the Eagles'...
Edwards Issues a Stern Warning
Byline: By Paul Gilder Carlos Edwards is confident Stern John can fire Sunderland back into the Premiership after insisting there is still much more to come from the in-form forward. And as a player who scored twice to help lift the Black Cats...
Fires Hit Homes
Firefighters in County Durham attended a number of house blazes during the weekend. Yesterday, an elderly man was being treated by paramedics in Suffolk Place, Henknowle, Bishop Auckland, for the effects of smoke inhalation following a cooker fire....
Foxes Left to Rue Missed Chances
Byline: By Mike Corry If Carlisle are to challenge for a League One play-off position, they have to find a cutting edge to go with their flowing approach play, writes Mike Corry. And visits to clubs at the other end of the table have to be seen...
Good Advice
Byline: By Elaine Inglis As the Chinese celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Pig, business owners need to start preparing for their own new year ( the financial one ( courtesy of HM Revenue and Customs. APRIL 6th is the most important date...
Hatton Step in to Show Gems
Byline: By Tamzin Lewis It's the North-East's recent history of contemporary art and it's happening at the Hatton Gallery, as Matt Hearn from Locus+ tells Tamzin Lewis. In a 30-year history of producing and commissioning radical art work, it...
Have Extra Time after Draws ( Queiroz
Manchester united assistant boss Carlos Queiroz has called for extra-time to be played in all drawn FA Cup ties. On a weekend when United and Arsenal have found themselves forced to cram in an additional fixture in an already congested programme...
I'll Be Back, Says Audley
Audley Harrison refuses to admit his world heavyweight title dream has been shattered by the crushing knockout at the hands of Michael Sprott. Promoter Frank Warren has warned the 35-year-old Olympic gold medallist he faces "a long, hard road back"...
It's an Unfair Cop for Pillar of Community
Byline: By Robert Brooks Police collared a grandmother after finding what they believed were hard drugs in her purse. But officers were forced to make a red-faced retraction after the white pills discovered in 72-year-old Marilyn Gordon's possession...
John Lewis Plans 35,000 New Jobs
Byline: By Graeme King Retail giant John Lewis Partnership is planning to create 35,000 new jobs under an ambitious 10-year plan for the employee-owned business. The partnership board of John Lewis, which also owns supermarket chain Waitrose,...
Justice at Last for Soldiers
Byline: By Daniel Thomson A campaigner last night said he had been "deeply moved" after two soldiers executed for misconduct during the First World War became the first to be officially remembered after finally receiving their pardons. John Hipkin,...
Keeper Weaver Rewards Pearce
Byline: KEN GAUNT Nicky Weaver repaid his manager's faith following his recall yesterday with a superb show for Manchester City in their FA Cup victory at Deepdale, writes KEN GAUNT. City boss Stuart Pearce said handing the goalkeeper a start...
Kevin Rowan Column
Byline: By Kevin Rowan Last week saw yet another bout of kicking the public sector from people who ought to know better. Neil Murphy's suggestion that the public sector was "too big" backed by Sarah Green's assertion that terms and conditions...
Lands of Ice and Snow
Byline: By Tony Henderson China is looming for the travellers from Sunderland to Saigon in Vietnam. Tyne and Wear Museums educational worker Jennie Beale, 31, from Albany in Washington, is travelling with film crew Jon Pegler and Kate Harvest...
Lots on Offer for North Lovers of Golf
North-east golfers are spoiled for choice as the region is home to well over 100 golf clubs. That choice includes the two highly regarded championship courses at De Vere Slaley Hall, the only club in the entire North of England to be short-listed to...
Lungo Has Made Right Choice Again
Lenny Lungo has placed Cloudmor to great effect this season and he can bring up a four-timer in the Pick 3,4 Or 6 At vcbet.co.uk Handicap Chase at Carlisle today. The six-year-old has no fancy plans but this 5,500gns bargain buy has improved dramatically...
Mikko Is First Finn to Win on Tour
Byline: By Colin Pereira Mikko Ilonen fired a closing-round 70 in Jakarta yesterday to become the first Finn to win on the European Tour. The 27-year-old carded a nine-under-par 275 total at Damai Indah Golf and Country Club to win the Enjoy...
Misery for Falcons as Bristol Kick Late Winner
Byline: By Andrew Baldock Newcastle suffered a last-gasp heartbreak against Guinness Premiership title contenders Bristol just when it looked as though they had successfully overcome the absence of England star Jonny Wilkinson, writes Andrew Baldock....
Motorway Death Devastates Family
Byline: By Robert Brooks A teenager's family has been devastated after he was knocked down and killed while crossing a busy dual carriageway. Sixteen-year-old Scott Waters was struck by a car on the A167, near the Town Moor in Newcastle. Police...
Not Enough Interest in Flotation
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Green energy producer Ensus is considering not going ahead with a Stock Exchange floatation after struggling to attract investor interest. The company led by former ICI executive Alwyn Hughes said in November it planned...
Novice Sets Pace for Win
Heltornic defied her novice status to see off seasoned campaigners in the Red Square Vodka Gold Cup Chase at Haydock on Saturday. The mare, who is trained by Michael Scudamore, won at Wetherby two weeks ago and had impressed the handicapper so much...
Parties Battle over Future of Theatre
Byline: By Ross Smith North Tyneside Mayor John Harrison was last night accused of using emotional blackmail to push through pounds 60m plans to transform Whitley Bay's run-down seafront. Councillors will take a crucial decision tomorrow on plans...
Point to Point Round-Up
Byline: By Peter Burgon Wise man confirmed his position as the leading horse between the flags this season with a hat-trick in yesterday's College Valley and North Northumberland Ladies Open at Alnwick, writes Peter Burgon. Given another confident...
Police Set Up Mini Motos Practice Circuit
Hundreds of youngsters illegally caught up in the miniature motor cycle craze currently sweeping the country are being handed the chance to get on the right side of the law. A small temporary practice circuit is to be created by a team of specialist...
Pool Enjoy a Mudbath
Byline: By Arthur Pickering Distance appears to be no object for the Hartlepool bandwagon as their 14th win in 16 unbeaten games took Danny Wilson's men to joint top in League Two, writes Arthur Pickering. Wilson's prediction that a visit to...
Quakers Aim for Push at Play-Offs
Byline: By Ray Simpson Darlington face two big games this week in which they can stretch their good run and prepare for an assault on the play-off places, writes Ray Simpson. The home match with Accrington tomorrow and the long trip to bottom...
Regional Rugby Round-Up
Byline: By Luke Edwards Tynedale enjoyed a record-breaking afternoon against bottom club Orrell on Saturday to notch their highest National League win. The Corbridge side ran in 16 tries as they outclassed the visitors from start to finish, passing...
RPA's Partial Subsidy Will Be 'A Start'
Farmers yet to receive their 2006 Single Payment Scheme money will soon get a partial payment after the Rural Payments Agency announced it had completed a successful live test. A total of 100 farmers received a partial payment under the test, which...
Russian Sales Set to Bolster S&N Results
Byline: By Graeme Evans Some of the biggest names in UK industry will come to the market this week during a busy few days for corporate results. * Britain's biggest brewer Scottish & Newcastle is expected to report a mixed bag when it unveils...
Share Watch
Byline: By Fergus Westwood It is often said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes, but the majority of us might also place the weekly grocery shop on that list. Increasingly, consumers have been taking their custom to large supermarkets...
Solano: I'll End Career at United
Byline: By Luke Edwards Nolberto Solano has hinted for the first time that he could be persuaded to end his playing career at Newcastle United having gained a new lease of life as a right-back. Solano only has one year left on his present contract...
Starting Out
Name of business: Global Cleaning. Location: Newcastle. Line of business: Domestic and commercial cleaning. Directors: Oleg Markov and Elvira Paulova. When were you established? September 2006. Where did you go for business advice? Entrust....
Storm Breaks out over Coast Access
Byline: By Anna Lognonne Natural England's plans for creating a statutory right of access to coastal land have been sharply criticised by the NFU as being a recipe for confrontation and controversy. The Government's recently-formed conservation...
The Monday Question: Have You Signed the Online Petition against Road Tolls on the Downing Street Website?
There was no shortage of support in the North-East yesterday for the campaign against making people pay to use roads. Many motorists in Newcastle City Centre said they would be prepared to put their name on a petition against the scheme on the Downing...
Thunder Put to the Sword in Big Loss
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Gateshead Thunder's poor start to the 2007 rugby league campaign continued when they suffered a second consecutive heavy defeat yesterday, writes Jeff Bowron. Thunder are bottom of Northern Rail Cup Group Two after they...
Tourism Agency Backed
Byline: By Ross Smith Industry leaders leapt to the defence of a tourism agency yesterday over claims it does not give hoteliers value for money. They insisted Northumberland Tourism is attracting visitors to the county, despite criticism from...
Trains May Return to Disused Station
Byline: By Ross Smith Their village was named because of the railways ( but residents in Bedlington Station have seen no trains stop there for more than 40 years. Now the Northumberland community could finally get its rail services back. North-East...
True Quality Steals the Show at Carlisle
The Border and Lakeland Club show and sale at Carlisle showed demand still overshadows supply of freshly calved cows and heifers. Overall average at the sale was pounds 1,150, with numbers down on the month but quality still high. The show was...
Wenger Lines Up Rotation Frenzy
Byline: By Bill Pierce Arsene Wenger has warned his Arsenal stars that any repeat of their lacklustre performance in a dreadful FA Cup draw with Blackburn over the course of the next ten days could be fatal to their ambitions for the rest of the...
You'll Pick a Winner Every Time
One of the region's best-loved leisure facilities, Newcastle Racecourse, is also a major North-East asset as a conference and banqueting venue. Set in 812 acres of beautiful parkland, the course is centred on the imposing grandeur of the 1762 Grade...