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 September 17, 2004

12 Killed as Ivan Smashes into US
Byline: By Joe Wilson Hurricane Ivan slammed into the southern coast of the United States yesterday, claiming at least 12 lives and causing widespread damage. The storm's 130mph winds tore apart houses, felled trees and knocked out power to about...
Advertisement Feature - InterTech 2004 Update
Event will provide hi-tech insights InterTech 2004, County Durham Development Company's major international technology partnering event is now only weeks away. At its heart is a schedule of one-to-one meetings for each delegate, pre-arranged...
Advertisement Feature - Why Blyth Is the First Port of Call for All Requirements
The Port of Blyth provides excellent facilities for the offshore/project sector, offering secure, deep-water berths for load- outs, supply/support work, layby and repair. This is backed up with cranage of up to 80-tonne capacity and large areas...
Big Boys' Toys
Byline: David Williamson, we will always have gadgets. Paris is polluted, life is hard and today felt as if it was designed to exhibit the futility of putting on socks. But hey, writes David Williamson, we will always have gadgets. Emergency...
Boat Comes in for Fish Men with a Mission
Byline: By Graeme King The apparent failure of the North-East public to appreciate the seafood on its doorstep has driven Geoff Dixon to start up his own business. And already The King Prawn Company seems to be tapping in to the region's latent...
Boro's Dream Start to Euro Adventure
Byline: By Luke Edwards Middlesbrough have an excellent chance of extending their European adventure thanks to goals from their high-profile strike pair, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Mark Viduka. The duo shared three clinically taken second-half...
Breeding Pigs Export Success
For the first time in five years a consignment of breeding pigs has been exported from Great Britain to Japan. The re-opening of the Japanese market, closed since an outbreak of Classical Swine Fever in 2000, is the culmination of a series of trade...
Burke Gets Call from the Falcons
Byline: By Alan Hedley Aussie Matt Burke makes his full home debut on Sunday against the side manager Rob Andrew describes as the Falcons bogey team. Burke is named in the No 15 shirt to face Harlequins at Kingston Park (3.0) after coming on...
Butt Sours the United Victory
Byline: By Paul Gilder Graeme Souness last night admitted that Nicky Butt should know better after seeing his first game in charge of Newcastle soured by the midfielder's uncharacteristic indiscipline. The Magpies overcame Hapoel Bnei Sakhnin...
Calls Go out for Tighter Security in Commons
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Political Editor They're banning the men in red jackets and now it's the turn of the men in tights. As Parliament reels from Wednesday's invasion by pro-hunting demonstrators, government ministers have called for the "antiquated"...
Campaign Targets All the Blots on Our Landscape
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby The agency responsible for training the construction industry's workforce has launched a fun competition aimed at improving the North-East's local landscapes. As part of National Construction Week ( which will be held...
Cats in Swoop for Ace Carter
Byline: By Paul Gilder Mick McCarthy last night cast further doubt over the future of Sean Thornton as he completed a deal likely to push the disgruntled midfielder even further down the Stadium of Light pecking order. On a day of mixed fortunes...
City Park Restored to Its Victorian Glory
Newcastle is celebrating the latest jewel in its ever-expanding crown with the opening of the newly-revamped Leazes Park. No sooner had the ribbon been cut to open the pounds 4.9m regeneration project yesterday than experts began looking at ways...
Clay So Happy as It Starts to Rain Money
Byline: By Alan Charlton It seems as if the weather gods which have played havoc with the boat fishing this summer actually helped one angler. After taking a monster ling of 38lb 10oz aboard Shy Torque during the last week of the Whitby Charter...
Collateral Damage
Byline: By Robin Walker There aren't many stains on Tom Cruise's on-screen persona but that could change with Collateral, as Robin Walker explains. He's an undisputed Hollywood superstar, an apparent Mr Nice Guy and an all-round onscreen hero....
Corus Makes First Profit as Steel Demand Grows
Byline: By Howard Walker Steel maker Corus yesterday unveiled profits for the first time in its history ( but devoted just a single line in its results to the future of 2,900 of its North-East workers. The Anglo-Dutch company announced a halt...
Councils to Go on Screen for publicBy Dave Black
Byline: By Dave Black Meetings to be put on the internet It's hardly likely to rival Coronation Street or EastEnders as "must" viewing ( but two Northumberland councils are offering live broadcasts of their meetings as on-screen entertainment....
Crucial Period in History of Naval Shipbuilding
Byline: By David Bowles There is no escaping the fact that defence is big business ( very big business. Here in the North-East it accounts for some 8,500 jobs. Over 1,000 companies are actively involved in supplying goods and services. These...
Cruise Ship Company Sets Sail for the North
A touch of the Mediterranean will be coming to the North-East over the next few months to launch a new tailored training course for crews of one of the world's leading cruise ship companies. Italian company Costa Cruises is sending all of its Masters...
Ex-Student and College Join Forces for Training Lessons
A former student has turned to South Tyneside College to help deliver training courses for the company he founded. Marine engineering course graduate Cliff Matthews is joining forces with the college to deliver the pressure systems inspection course...
Father Stays Cool in London Cauldron
Hunt master Andrew Gale was in Parliament square with his three-week-old baby and two-year-old daughter when what should have been a peaceful protest turned into a bloody battle with police. But, travelling back from London yesterday, Andrew ( who...
Friday Forum
One of the key planks of the campaign for a North- East Assembly has always been the potential it offers for individuals to have a greater say in decisions that affect their daily life. Tapping into a widespread discontent with the way politics...
Friday's the Big Night
More than one million Britons go out every Friday night, collectively spending pounds 3.4bn a year, researchers reported yesterday. About 16pc said they had a night out every Friday, whereas 20pc went out two or three times a month, according to...
Gateway Open to the Wider World
The Port of Blyth has firmly established itself as a major gateway for the region's international trade, providing regular connections to European and worldwide markets. Its reputation as an ideal port for short sea liner traffic has been strengthened...
Grandmaster's Gambit
Byline: By Julia Kennard Black belts move over, as chess players square up Chess expert Charlie Storey believes he has all the right moves to create an army of chess champions in the North. Charlie, 33, of Clayton Street, in Newcastle city...
Herron Backers to Challenge Poll Decision
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Supporters of anti-assembly campaigner Neil Herron are set to challenge the decision not to make him the official No campaign leader in the North-East, it has been revealed. In one of the most extraordinary twists in the...
Home Rule Costs Blunder Revealed
Byline: By Ross Smith Bill for council reorganisation increases by pounds 11m The Government has admitted getting its sums wrong over the likely cost of local government reorganisation in County Durham. Switching to a system of three unitary...
Home Truths
Byline: By Anna Morrell There's a lot to be said in favour of superheroes such as Batman and Spider-Man. They're just the sort of useful fellows one needs around when there are eight-armed maniacs with dubious ambitions stalking the malls of...
Houses to Make Way
Two empty, vandalised council houses in Beatty Road, Bedlington, Northumberland, are to be demolished by Wansbeck Council. They will be replaced by off-street car parking spaces at a cost of pounds 30,000. No thanks A SUGGESTION that part...
In Business, People Make the Difference
Recruitment consultancy NRG has been supporting the marine and offshore industry for many years, working in partnership with some of the most prominent organisations across the North-East. The Newcastle-based company's engineering and technical...
Isabelle a Winner in the Deep Waters
Byline: By George Macintrye Damsels and buzzers do damage at Jubilee Fishing has slowed a little at Fontburn with the bright, hot calm days sending the fish to the deeper areas of the reservoir. Anglers who persevered were rewarded with some...
Kate Given Special TV Moment by Eboracum
Byline: By Doug Moscrop When Raphael was struck into at Redcar last month and had to be put down, owner Kate Arton decided she wanted another filly to replace her six-times winner. It just happened that her trainer Tim Easterby, had bought Eboracum...
Keep Job in Welsh Hands ( Hughes
Departing Wales boss Mark Hughes has added his weight to the argument for appointing another Welshman to succeed him. The former Manchester United and Barcelona striker was unveiled as the new Blackburn manager yesterday, although he will lead the...
Kluivert Enters to Spark United
Byline: By Paul Gilder The last two Newcastle managers brave enough to drop Alan Shearer found themselves out of work within 48 hours of asking the talismanic Tynesider to sit on the substitutes' bench, yet Graeme Souness has no need to fear his...
Langley Is Making His Mark in Forster's Luxury Market
It's not everyone who has the pleasure of working with such prestigious cars as Bentley, Porsche and Lamborghini every day. However for Mark Langley, vehicle technician and valet at Ian Forster Specialist Cars in West Boldon, his job involves just...
Lessons in Health from Class of 1980
Byline: By Alison Dargie The North is shaking off its poor diet reputation, with fruit and vegetables replacing fatty snacks on the region's shopping lists, according to a new study. People in the region are eating twice as much fruit and vegetables...
Loach's Romance Leavens the Misery
Misery loves company and traditionally, in Ken Loach's films, it's spoilt for choice. Emotional crises, domestic violence and self-loathing are the director's stock-in-trade. So it comes as a pleasant surprise to find Loach and screenwriter Paul...
Machinist Cut out for Fine Run at Ayr
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Reading between the lines, David Nicholls probably gave me a future winner the other day when I visited his stable near Thirsk. "I'm not saying Machinist will win at Ayr but he is a nice horse," emphasised the North Yorkshire...
Making Great Strides
Byline: By Geoff Laws Geoff Laws and the loneliness of the long-distance waiter. At school I was never really interested in sport. All that charging up and down fields in the middle of winter chasing a ball, while the teacher yelled instructions...
Marine Industry's a World of Opportunity
The marine industry sector offers high- technology, challenging and diverse careers with excellent employment prospects. Use of the sea, for transport, leisure, energy, research and fishing increases every year. More than 90pc of international trade...
North Food Initiative at Superstore
Byline: By Anna Lognonne Shoppers in Carlisle can now buy locally produced food at the supermarket following the expansion of an initiative between a retail chain and a Cumbrian regional producer group. The Plumgarths-Asda Best of the Lakes range...
Parents Give Thanks for Baby Max's Life
Byline: By Liz Hands Family raise pounds 3,000 for heart unit fund Tiny Max McDonald was just 10 days old when his parents were told they would lose him if he did not have major heart surgery. He was rushed into Newcastle's Freeman Hospital...
Passion That Rises from the Very Sole
Byline: By Daniel Thomson They say the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. But how do you find your way to a woman's heart? Through her feet of course. Confused? Women love shoes, and there are just as many websites about them as there...
Pension Crisis on the Horizon for Many
Byline: By Nicholas Craig A crisis "as serious as terrorism or global warming". That's the forecast for our pensions system, according to the Conservatives, undoubtedly in pre-election apocalyptic speech mode, but nevertheless voicing the deep...
People on the Move
Personal injury firm Thompson Solicitors has recruited two legal professionals to join a specialist litigation division. Helen Jones and Gill Connelly will work within the company's five-strong asbestos team, which recovers compensation for veterans...
Powering Up for Jobs of the Future
The New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC) has a mission to create world-class new and renewable energy provision building on North-East expertise. NaREC is a centre of excellence, fast-tracking concept evaluation, feasibility studies, prototype...
Racing the Rush-Hour Challenge
Byline: By Paul James Cross-Tyne honours go to the Metro September. The schools are back, the workers return from holiday, the students return to Newcastle, and the city's rush-hour traffic is a nightmare. With the on-going roadworks on the...
Roma Face Inquiry over Injured Referee
Roma are facing a Uefa inquiry after referee Anders Frisk was injured by an object thrown from the crowd during Wednesday night's Champions League match. The incident is the latest in a long line of unsavoury incidents involving players and fans...
Run for Your Life
Byline: By Bob Cuffe I have just gone through the deeply emotional experience of moving house. This means, temporarily, being quite wealthy. Cash rich. Through the mystery and magic of equity. One advantage of being married for a hundred years is...
Second Trauma as Woman Shot
Byline: By Neil Mckay Tragedy pensioner's relative is attacked The daughter-in-law of Jimmy Mulligan, the pensioner killed in a hit-and-run smash, is recovering today after being shot on her way home from the school where she works. Kathleen...
Stab Death at School
A 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death today in a fight between two groups of schoolchildren. The boy was killed in the clash in Hackney, east London, shortly before 4pm as classes finished. Witnesses said they saw youngsters chasing each other...
Sun Shines on Penny Plain as Others Struggle
Byline: By Guy Anderson Fashion chain Penny Plain saw sales jump 60pc in August, defying a summer slump which saw shoppers stay away from high street stores. Soaring sales compared with the same month last year have helped the Gosforth womenswear...
`This Law Will Not Stop Us Hunting'
Byline: By Liz Hands Hunt supporters in the North last night vowed to break the law to continue with their way of life. Their defiant stance came as police in the region warned a ban would be almost impossible to enforce. MPs voted on Wednesday...
Travel Is Now Truly Global for `Surfers'
Byline: By Howard Walker Using the world-wide web has helped a North travel company to go global. The Travel Bureau in Gosforth has expanded its business with major seven-figure contract wins after joining an online tendering service. Prior...
Two Rescued from Fire
Two people were rescued by firefighters after a kitchen fire in a house in North Tyneside. The fire began in the two-storey house on Station Road, Wallsend, at around 11pm on Wednesday. Firefighters arrived to find two people trapped in a first-...
Ultimate Keeps Moving on at a Leisurely Pace
Byline: By Guy Anderson Ultimate Leisure revealed record results for the fifth year running yesterday ( and unveiled plans to add a further seven venues to its late night entertainment portfolio. The AIM-listed operator pushed pre-tax profits...
USA Team
Chad Campbell. Age: 30. Birthplace: Andrews, Texas. Caps: 0. Majors: 0. World ranking: 14. Turned pro: 1996. Pro wins: 2. Just beaten to US PGA title by Shaun Micheel last year, then had long-awaited breakthrough at season-ending Tour Championship....
Use of Wind Power to Feed the National Grid Is Illogical
John Prescott has instructed planning authorities to favour wind farms. The Royal Academy of Engineering presented the cost of generating "base load" electricity using various fuels. In pence per kilowatt hour, these are ( combined-cycle gas turbine...
We Need to Be More Inventive
Byline: By Ross Smith Paltry Government spending on scientific research is strangling economic growth in the North, it is claimed today. Just pounds 1.50 per head is spent on Government research in the region, compared to more than pounds 50...
Why Higher Education Just Isn't Helping
Byline: By Simon Murray During the last few weeks business leaders in our region have been expressing grave concerns over the number of young people the present Government wants to enter into higher education in the coming years. Bill Midgley...
'Winning Was a Positive Experience'
We continue our series profiling the winners of the North-East Business Awards 2003 with a look at Filtronic, winner of the Technology Award, and a truly world-class business. Electronics manufacturer Filtronic was founded 27 years ago and has now...
Wordsmith's Legacy
Byline: By David Whetstone Former North-East journalist and writer Peter Kinsley has donated his life's work to Newcastle University. David Whetstone was there to see it happen. It was a career packed with incident, with rogues, stars and world...