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 August 27, 2004

2,500 Evacuated in Anthrax Alert
Byline: By Paul James And Ross Smith A massive anti-terror operation was launched after staff at a North-East Government office received a mystery package feared to contain anthrax. The woman who opened the A4 envelope containing white powder,...
AA Urges 30mph Repeater Signs Instead of Street Lights Link
The aa is calling for an end to the link between the 30mph speed limit and street lighting ( and for the law to change to allow 30mph repeater signs. At present on 30mph roads, drivers are expected to presume the correct limit from the presence...
Abramovich Faces Uefa Investigation
Byline: By Martyn Ziegler Uefa are to investigate possible links between Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and Russian side CSKA Moscow after both clubs were drawn in the same group of the Champions League. The probe will look into CSKA's pounds...
Aiming to Keep All the Clients Happy
Byline: By Phil Young Chairman Of Constructing Excellence In The North-east. Satisfying clients is key to the continued success of the construction industry. With the industry so busy at the moment is it really feasible to create a step change...
Alan Sets a Seemingly `Unbeatable' Match Record
Byline: By David Hall The first major Open match on the river Tyne for years proved to be a great success with no less than 18 double figure nets from just under 100 participants taking part from Wylam to Hexham on Sunday. Promoted by the Tyne...
Big Boys' Toys
Byline: David Williamson, these are tremendous fun. While the best gadgets you will ever have may be the ones your mum gave you to play with in the bath, writes David Williamson, these are tremendous fun. ANALOGUE CLOCK CUFFLINKS If you like...
Bison Bede Is Lifting the Skills of Its Workforce
Byline: By Guy Anderson We continue our series profiling the winners of the North-East Business Awards 2003 with a look at Bison Bede ( winner of the Learning, Skills and Training award. Guy Anderson discovers it is still investing in its people....
Black Cats Miss out on Strike Ace Chopra
Byline: By Luke Edwards Sunderland's aim to bring Newcastle United's Michael Chopra to Wearside appears to have ended after the England Under-21 international joined League One side Barnsley on loan yesterday. It is the latest in a long line...
Brother in Law, or Is It in Arms?
Byline: By Jane Hall It's the Ambridge wedding of the year on The Archers today. The cake is ready, the flowers are ordered, the dress is perfect (although as far as the latter is concerned, dedicated listeners will simply have to take the radio...
Bus Drivers Vote for Two Strikes
Byline: By Ross Smith Travel chaos is being threatened on Tyneside next month after bus drivers voted to strike over a pay deal. Members of the Transport and General Workers' Union at Stagecoach have warned bosses they will walk out on September...
Cars to Pay for Public Transport
Byline: By Ross Smith Government ministers will insist on steps to discourage car use before they pay for a multi-million pound North-East transport system, it was warned yesterday. The pounds 700m upgrade of bus and Metro services will not be...
College Placed in Britain's Top Three
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield A North college has been named as one of the best in the country after receiving an "outstanding" report from education watchdog Ofsted. Newcastle College will today be praised for having outstanding teaching in six...
Dad Turns His Back on World's Wonders
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin From Kabul to Cairo, Don Irving has lived in some of the world's most fascinating and beautiful cities. But after years of travelling, Liverpool-born Don, 46, has found his ideal home. Tired of the hustle and bustle...
Dave's Olympic 1-2-3
Byline: By Graeme King Boatbuilder Dave Ovington was on the crest of a wave last night after picking up three Olympic medals ( has without leaving his Tyneside yard. Dave's company, with a staff of only 20, built more than half the fleet taking...
Dejection as British 49er Pair Have to Settle for the Bronze Medal
Byline: By Alex Lowe Simon Hiscocks and Chris Draper cut dejected figures as they emerged from the Saronic Gulf yesterday having failed to improve on the bronze they were guaranteed in the 49er sailing class. After almost four years of intense...
Doctor in Charity Run
A university researcher who treats cancer patients at a Newcastle hospital is taking part in the Great North Run to raise funds for the charity Cancer Research UK. Dr Graham Dark, who is a senior lecturer with the School of Clinical Sciences and...
Double Hopes Rest with the Weather
Byline: By Doug Moscrop One trainer who will be hoping that Newcastle get the go-head for tonight's meeting is Brian Ellison who has good double prospects with Sentiero Rosso and Artistic Style. Officials at the Tyneside track have called for...
Drugs Row May Drag on and On
Byline: By Simon Stone Athletics chiefs have admitted the missed drugs test wrangle of Greek sprint duo Kostas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou could rumble on until December. The case has dominated Olympic headlines virtually every day since the...
Exciting Finish to League's Season
Byline: By Alan Charlton The Rutherford's League could not have had a more exciting or closer finish. The last match fished at the Tyneside Business Park saw the two main contenders Colin Bell and Jim Dobie drawn in zone A. With plenty of flounders...
Friday Forum
Byline: By David Byrne Recently we have had two 60th anniversaries of risings against fascism in two of Europe's capital cities ( the successful and joyous liberation of Paris and the tragic and heroic failure of the Warsaw rising. Over the last...
Full Review of Speed Limits in Region Call
Byline: By Neil Gibson A comprehensive review of speed limits on every road in the region has been demanded by speed camera bosses and a leading UK motoring organisation. A review of all speed limits would be a massive undertaking for local authorities...
Game Campaigner Ulindi Bows out after Defeat at Bangor
Paul Webber's stalwart Ulundi has run his last race after defeat on his chasing bow at Bangor yesterday. The nine-year-old, most remembered for agonising defeat in the 2002 Arlington Million, has been plagued by more than his fair share of problems...
Gowrings Shares Looking a Lot Tastier
Shares in Burger King franchising group Gowrings soared 8pc yesterday. The rise came after it served up a near-trebling in half-year profits from its restaurants and said the second half had started well. The stock picked up 5p to 69.5p after...
Grades Which Make Everyone Feel Better
Byline: By Robert Brooks A teenager who had to undergo three major operations in the run-up to her GCSEs has come through her exams with flying colours. Corinne McPake, from Newburgh Street in Amble, Northumberland, had to fit in revision for...
Harrison Has Knowhow to Become Top Woman Rider
Byline: By Doug Moscrop With more than just a little help from her boss, Kelly Harrison is in pole position to carry off the women amateur jockeys' championship this season. The 20-year-old daughter of former Middleham trainer Alan Harrison is...
Home Truths
Byline: By Jane Hall I'm a good mother. I know I'm a good mother. I'm not perfect, I lose my temper, but I still know that my little boy loves his mummy very much and I love him more than anything that's ever walked this planet. But why do I...
Husband in Court
A Teesside man was remanded in custody yesterday charged with murdering his wife. Amir Shazad, 29, of Lothian Road, Middlesbrough, made a brief appearance at Teesside Crown Court. His 25-year-old wife, Nusrat Ali, was stabbed in the garden of the...
If You Want to Write, Then Just Log on Here
Byline: With Daniel Thomson They say everyone has a novel in them. But how many of us have actually tried to write? If you think you have a story to tell but need a little help to express yourself then the following sites might just give you...
Intertech's Net Takes in Holland
Byline: By Iain Laing Plans to roll out the North-East's biggest hi-tech event around the world have been given a big boost with a new Dutch link-up. Intertech has tied up with the fastest-growing region of the Netherlands as it strengthens its...
It's the High Life for Marky at Rush Hour
Byline: By Andy Fletcher Patrolling the skies above the North-East is a man with the motorist firmly in mind. Andy Fletcher has an airborne meeting with roving radio reporter Marky Mark. We are more than 2,000 feet above Newcastle city centre,...
List of Redundancies Just Keeps on Getting Longer
Byline: By Graeme King The number of redundancies at steel specialist Cleveland Bridge topped 500 yesterday ( though some new work has been found. Yesterday it was confirmed that another 18 staff ( this time managers and supervisors working on...
Local Parks `Valuable'
Green spaces close to home are more important to the public than spectacular national parks, a new survey reveals. More than half of those interviewed for a National Trust survey said local parks and countryside were more valuable to them than national...
Losing the Plots
Byline: By Bob Cuffe I know where air stewardesses go when they retire. When they're too old to be trusted with hot tea. They become sales assistants at new home developments. I'm frightened of air stewardesses ( the mature ones that is. The young...
Milk Shake-Up May Herald a Price War
Byline: By Graeme King Supermarket chain Sainsbury's has changed its milk supply arrangements in a move that could benefit hundreds of dairy farmers in the short term ( but may also start a price war. Robert Wiseman and Dairy Crest, who both...
M&S Store Set to Open
High street giant Marks & Spencer is opening its latest food-only store in Whitley Bay next week. The store, which has created 60 new jobs, will open on Thursday at Park View Shopping Centre. The firm recently announced it was to close its flagship...
Nicholas Craig Column
Byline: By Nicholas Craig Olympic swimming competitions are among the most exciting sports to watch. This month's spectacular events were unmissable viewing. They inspire many of us to go down to the local baths and live the dream of Olympic...
North-East Assembly Could Help on Pensioners' Transport
In The Journal on Saturday, Ursula Deller asked what benefits an assembly would bring to the pensioners of the region. For a start it would mean that the people as a whole in the region would be able to take more control over their lives in general...
North Family in Dairy Farm Gold Award Final
Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie Afarming family from Ingleby Greenhow, near Middlesbrough, have made the final of the dairy industry's most prestigious award ( the NMR/RABDF Gold Cup. Paul, Molly and Mark Day are among the six finalists from across...
North's Pupils Start to Make Their Mark
Children in the North-East have closed the gap on the rest of the country after some of the region's best ever GCSE results. Passes at A*-C grades rose nationally by just 1.1pc, but Newcastle and North Tyneside saw the number of pupils getting the...
Offices Which Run on Sunshine
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Developers have reached a major landmark in the construction of one of the region's most advanced office buildings. The mammoth task of fitting a huge sheet of energy-generating glass panels to the outside of Gateshead...
Olympics Shorts
Politics: United States Olympic officials have called on President George W Bush to remove the image of the five Olympic rings from a television advert being used to promote his election campaign. The trademark emblem of the Olympic movement features...
Outrage over GP Call-Out Service
Byline: By Robert Brooks There was outrage last night after it was revealed just one doctor will be on call to cover a thousand square miles of rural Northumberland. MPs and patients were dismayed after health chiefs admitted only a single GP...
Paradise Time at Paradiso
Byline: By Geoff Laws Geoff Laws tries out stylish Paradiso Paradiso is tucked away down a narrow alley at the tail end of Pilgrim Street in Newcastle, just before it teeters into the Swan House roundabout, and up some fairly steep stairs. ...
Paying for a Sun Trap
Britons are prepared to pay an average of pounds 6,000 extra to secure a house with a south-facing garden, research showed yesterday. Four out of 10 people said they would be prepared to pay more to get a home with a sunny garden, claiming they...
People on the Move
Reg Vardy plc, one of Europe's leading motor retailers, has strengthened its communications team with the appointment of LEIGHTON KITSON. Leighton joins the Sunderland-based group from the city's evening newspaper, the Sunderland Echo, where he...
Playing Mom Is a Lifelong Role Now
Byline: By Robin Walker There was no escaping motherhood during the making of new film Raising Helen, as actress Kate Hudson explains to Robin Walker. Motherhood features in the life of Hollywood star Kate Hudson both on and off the screen these...
Plunkett Thwarts Hampshire's Best Efforts
Hampshire were thwarted by Liam Plunkett and the weather in their bid to clinch promotion from Division Two of the Frizzell County Championship. After the first two days of their match against Durham at Chester-le-Street were washed out they dismissed...
Profits Up, against Odds
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby The Hilton leisure group has seen its profits soar despite the Iraq War, the Sars virus ( and the controversy surrounding the opening of the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton. The group, which also owns the Ladbrokes betting...
Rise in Oil Prices and Interest Rates Sees CBI Slash Growth Forecasts
Record oil prices and rising interest rates have led the CBI to slash its forecasts for UK economic growth in 2005. The business lobby group yesterday predicted a slowdown in consumer spending and said weaker global demand meant the Bank of England...
Romantic Comedy Fails to Ignite Any Hint of Passion
With each passing year, Kate Hudson becomes more like her equally blonde and bubbly mother, Goldie Hawn. Alas, the young actress seems to have inherited the same dubious taste in scripts, following infrequent hits (Almost Famous, How To Lose A Guy...
Sadness, Sausages and Another Venue
The end is in sight for Peter Mortimer and his band of strolling players who have been walking the Roman Wall ( performing his new play Off the Wall. A certain melancholia took hold by breakfast yesterday at The George, Chollerford. Why should...
Sage Founder's Hi-Tech Venture Expands Further
Byline: By Guy Anderson Sage founder Graham Wylie's latest hi-tech venture has continued a rapid drive for growth with the acquisition of another IT business. Gateshead-based Technology Service Group ( which has grown to become a pounds 20m a...
Shearer Backs Rooney Swoop
Byline: By Luke Edwards Alan Shearer last night told of his excitement at the prospect of seeing Wayne Rooney become a Newcastle United player ( even if it could damage his final season as a player for the club. United are currently embroiled...
Six of the Best for Simon at Sweethope
Byline: By George MacIntyre Once again the support of local, national and international companies, paved the way to a very successful Lord Devonport Sweethope Challenge for disabled anglers. After a week of downpours conditions on the day were...
Smoking Ban Fails to Take Fizz out of Drinks-Firm Profits
Food and drinks firm C&C Group yesterday said sales of draught cider were continuing to sparkle, despite a smoking ban in bars in the Irish republic. The Dublin firm said it expected underlying sales of Bulmers cider, its biggest brand, to grow...
Soldier to Sue Army
Byline: By Kevin Donald A man who enlisted with the Army after taking part in the Lads Army reality TV show is now suing the MoD over an injury he suffered in the line of duty. Gordon Hamilton, 23, enlisted in the elite Parachute Regiment after...
Spending Set to Slow
Consumer spending is set to slow next year as rising interest rates eat into people's disposable income and dent their confidence, new research claims. The UK's feel good factor is also in a downward spiral as rising unemployment, a cooling housing...
Sporting Spoof with Punchlines That Fail to Hit Their Target
Peter La Fleur (Vince Vaughn) runs the ramshackle Average Joe's Gym, which is under threat of takeover by the multi-million-dollar Globo Gym. The ever-expanding Globo empire is run with an iron fist and a bulging cod-piece by fitness fiend White...
Sport Shorts
Swimming: City of Newcastle's Olympic breaststroker Chris Cook put his Athens disappointments behind him last night to focus on the next phase of his international career. Cook, 25, surged into tonight's 100m breaststroke final at the British short...
Sport Shorts
The Football Association's board yesterday decided to appoint an independent chairman to head the structural review which was ordered after the mismanagement of the Faria Alam controversy. Sports Minister Richard Caborn had informally made it clear...
Steve's So Lucky to Get a Final Fling
Byline: By Simon Stone Steve Backley last night breathed a massive sigh of relief after scraping into the Olympic javelin final. Backley twice came agonisingly close to the automatic qualifying standard for tomorrow's final in the heats in Athens....
Stunned Solano Backs Dyer
Byline: By Luke Edwards Nolberto Solano said last night he had been stunned by events at St James's Park this season. The Peruvian international, who was controversially allowed to join Aston Villa in January, is still in regular contact with...
Thatcher Had His Suitcases Packed
Byline: By Peter Smith Sir Mark Thatcher was planning to leave South Africa when he was arrested, authorities in the country said yesterday. The son of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was under house arrest today and facing the possibility...
Town Shares Sweet Memories of Alice
Byline: By Neil MaKay Three years after former pin-up model Alice Scott died ( at the grand old age of 102 ( her image is destined for immortality. Alice was the face of the world famous Dainty Dinah toffee, dressed in Edwardian costume with...
Treasures Unearthed as Hatchets Buried
Alliances are being forged between archaeologists and metal detectorists after years of skirmishing. Professional archaeologists have complained that detector enthusiasts have destroyed the context of finds and valuable information by simply digging...
Village People Are Right for Jo
Byline: By Francesca Craggs As leisure club membership secretary at the Village Hotel & Leisure Club, Newcastle, Jo Stott knows all about the benefits of regular exercise. Jo, 34, took up her role over two years ago, and still enjoys her...
Vimac Expands and Aims for a Fresh Brand Image
Byline: By Guy anderson Fast growing pub and club group Vimac Leisure has bought another nightspot as part of a push for growth across the North. And the South Tyneside-based group plans to invest around pounds 1m refurbishing the recently purchased...
Warning as Home Rule Vote Allowed
Byline: By Ross Smith The referendum on a North-East assembly should be Britain's last all-postal vote, the Government's election advisers will declare today. And the Electoral Commission would not have supported a referendum going ahead as planned...
We Should All Be Prepared
One of the unquestionable results of our Prime Minister's support for the United States "War on Terror" is that we ( as a country ( are also at increased risk of being targeted by terrorists. The risk of any individual being involved in such an...
Wilkinson in Line to Play Full Game
Byline: By Alan Hedley Newcastle have named a 27-man squad to play Pertemps Bees at Kingston Park tomorrow night but manager Rob Andrew has confirmed that Jonny Wilkinson will play his first full game since December. "The plan, if all goes well,...
Woman, 81, in Gas Blast
A woman, 81, was recovering in hospital last night after a gas blast at her home in Cullercoats Square, Hylton Castle, Sunderland. She was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital suffering superficial burns and shock and transferred to the Royal Victoria...
Work Starts on the Road Hitler Halted
Byline: By Neil Mckay Work finally began yesterday on a village bypass which was halted by Adolf Hitler. Plans were unveiled for the bypass around Chilton, south of Ferryhill, County Durham, in 1939 when the A1 trunk road passed through the village....
Young Entrepreneur Set to Call Up US Markets
Byline: By Howard Walker And Graeme King Young entrepreneur Chris Imrie has revealed plans to float his pounds 10m turnover company on the stock exchange to fund expansion into the US. The Northumbria University graduate, working alongside fellow...