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 October 27, 2005

Advisers Open Window to 40% Increase in Turnover
The Agility team at Durham University has helped directors at a glass-design firm take a step back and identify ways to improve and grow. BIGStudio Glass Design makes architectural glass features and furnishings, including feature windows, glass...
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Alex Becoming the Million Dollar Man
Byline: By Giles Turnbull Alex Tew has just started a university course. Nothing extraordinary about that. But what is unusual is that he is unlikely to find himself saddled with student debt. For he is tens of thousands of pounds better off...
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A Place in the Country
Byline: By Andrew Durham Are you a confirmed suburbanite or do you just love the country life? Whatever your choice of environment, Andrew Durham will help you to inject a bit country house style into your home. Country manor can be a great theme...
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A Tide of Memories
Byline: By Peter Adams Held prisoner on board a German raider, seaman William Manningham led a precarious existence for nearly five months as it fought Allied ships in the Atlantic in the Second World War. Now he has written about his experiences....
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Auctioneers Hammer Home Some Old Advice
Byline: By Anna Lognonne Auctioneers said yesterday they had a crucial role to play in helping farmers to market their cows when older cattle are allowed into the food chain from November 7. While the opening of the cow beef market has been welcomed...
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Autumn Putting on a Colourful Show
The autumn colour extravaganza in North-East woodlands is one of the best in recent years, according to forestry experts. Forestry Commission rangers are inspecting foliage and giving it a colour rating for the organisation's autumn colours website...
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Big Boys' Toys
Byline: David Williamson, with a hat-trick of gadgets Work magic and end juvenile delinquency, writes David Williamson, with a hat-trick of gadgets Diminishing Cards Succesfully performing card tricks for a few years may give you the desire...
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Black Cats Waste Golden Opportunity
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Sunderland's decision to slash ticket prices for this week's Carling Cup tie was a gamble well worth taking but, argues Simon Rushworth, the Black Cats failed to capitalise on a captive audience Foresight in football...
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Blues Pay Penalty for Huth Errors
Byline: By Paul Walker Carling Cup holders Chelsea crashed out of the competition after a double blunder by German defender Robert Huth. Charlton won 5-4 on penalties after Huth missed his spot-kick to add to his error in the first half of normal...
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Captain Steers United's Ship Home
Byline: By Paul Gilder Given Grimsby's seafaring heritage, it was inevitable Newcastle would require the skills of their weather-beaten skipper to steer their passage in the Carling Cup. On a stormy night in Cleethorpes, a battered Alan Shearer...
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Cash Fears If Forces Merge
Byline: By Ross Smith Fears were raised last night that taxpayers will see millions of pounds of their money diverted to other areas under plans to merge North-East police forces. The concerns centre on the amount held in reserve by the region's...
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Catch Up on TV Shows without Need to Record
Byline: By Graeme King Bt moved further away from its traditional role as a telecoms provider yesterday by announcing plans to offer a set-top box that will let viewers replay their favourite TV programmes. The group's "catch-up" TV service will...
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Cats Gaining from the Pain
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Steve Caldwell last night revealed Sunderland's success-starved squad is seeking strength in adversity after admitting the feel-good factor which underpinned the club's promotion season is finally losing its effect. ...
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Compromise Chance on Jail without Trial
Byline: By Zoe Hughes The Government's controversial anti-terror laws will face their toughest test next week as Labour MPs challenge plans to detain suspects for 90 days without charge. Home Secretary Charles Clarke last night won the cautious...
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Consuming Passion
Byline: By Tamzin Lewis Meat, fruit and vegetables are the source material for artist Gayle Chong Kwan, as Tamzin Lewis discovers. Gayle Chong Kwan's work looks good enough to eat. Ham and cheese grow on trees, houses are roofed with pies, fences...
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Conviction Will Warn the `Lowest of the Low'
The conviction of Michael Wright is the first successful `date-rape' drug prosecution in the North-East, police confirmed yesterday. Victims groups said the result of the trial sends a strong message to anyone else considering using the drug to...
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Coveted Title Up for Grabs
Top bosses from across the region will rub shoulders tonight as they vie to win the coveted title of North-East Business Executive of the Year. Nine names are in the frame, their high-flying companies ranging from a national bakery chain to an online...
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Curry Looks Hot Stuff ( Just like His Proud Dad
Byline: By Alan Hedley James Curry has targeted next season's national amateur circuit in his bid to clinch a golfing scholarship at a top American college. The 17-year-old from Prudhoe aims to build on a successful 2005 in the North-East and he...
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District Is Growing into Bright Prospect
East durham is thriving, thanks to the work of organisations such as East Durham Business Service (EDBS), which is located in the heart of the business community on the South-West Industrial Estate, Peterlee. EDBS offers a wide range of support...
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Doorman Faces Jail in Drug Case
Byline: By Hilary Clixby A city centre doorman is facing jail after being convicted of spiking a young woman's drink with a stupefying date-rape drug so she would submit to sex. Michael Wright tipped the chemical into the victim's drink from...
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Energy Efficiency Is Good for Business
With the shorter days and colder weather encroaching, complaints are starting to be made about the office room temperatures. However, with increasing energy costs and the Government's push for energy efficiency, npower business is advising its customers...
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Ferrie on Brink of the Big Time
Byline: By Alan Hedley European Champion Kenneth Ferrie goes into today's Volvo Masters knowing another quality finish will open more doors. Currently 10th in the European Order of Merit with close to a pounds 1m in winnings this season, Ferrie...
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Firm Brings Added Sense of Security
A leading uk provider of operational risk management services has expanded by opening an office in Tyne and Wear. With assistance from Tyne and Wear Development Company, Security Risk Management (SRM), which specialises in providing risk assurance...
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Gardeners' Diary
Keep in touch with North-East gardening and floral events through this column every Thursday. Today Cheviot Valleys Flower Club, AGM, Breamish Hall, Powburn, 7.30pm. Morpeth and District Gardening Club, talk, Cragside and Dahlias, by Andrew...
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GP `Decided It Was Their Time to Die'
Byline: By Rod Minchin A family doctor murdered three patients with morphine overdoses because he decided it was their time to die, a court heard yesterday. Howard Martin used his power to "determine the lives" of County Durham men Frank Moss,...
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Great Start for Matthew
Eleven-year-old Matthew Holroyd of Ashington Trout Ticklers had the best possible start to his day's fishing at Witton Castle Lakes ( hooking and landing a superb trout of 10lb 8oz on his first cast. Matthew, who was fishing a damsel nymph he had...
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GSK Shares Fall 6p despite Flu Fears
The ftse 100 index was back to winning ways yesterday closing the mid week session above the 5200 level. The mining sector, and in particular Anglo American, which announced it will return over pounds 560m to shareholders, helped push the benchmark...
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Hasselbaink Strike Eases Boro Through
Byline: By Jack Pickering Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's second goal in three games handed Boro a comfortable passage into the fourth round of the Carling Cup at Goodison Park last night. The Dutch striker struck the only goal of the game seven minutes...
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Heather on Dry Run
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Shropshire trainer Heather Dalton has her jumpers in cracking form ( and the trip down to Taunton today with Hehasalife looks like paying off. The West Country venue seems to have missed the worst of the recent rain and...
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Helping You to Build Up Trust at Work
Byline: By Alan Gibson Acas has produced a new booklet called The Acas Model Workplace. It has been developed to help you improve the effectiveness of your business by focusing on the people who work for you. The Acas Model will help you successfully...
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Hoax Suspect Is Refused Bail
Byline: By Guy Basnett The man charged with being the notorious Yorkshire Ripper hoaxer known as "Wearside Jack" was yesterday refused bail by a judge. John Humble, 49, of Flodden Road, Sunderland, made his first appearance before a judge at...
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How Jane Went to Law
Byline: By Hannah Davies Jane Jelly tells Hannah Davies how she made the transition from single mum to a legal expert who recently won a pounds 1.6m settlement for former South Tyneside doctor Feyi Awotona. At the age of 23 and already the mother...
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`I Just Wanted to Do Him. . .'
Byline: By Paul Gilder A furious Alan Shearer last night admitted that he had struggled to keep his cool after an X-rated challenge by Grimsby skipper Justin Whittle left him angered, bleeding and in need of stitches. And Graeme Souness joined...
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Importing Live Birds Greatly Increases Disease Spread Risk
I was surprised to learn about Government plans for a temporary ban on importing live birds because I had understood that the import of wild birds, at least, was already banned. The transport of live birds for commercial purposes is cruel and inhumane....
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In My View
Byline: By Robert Handyside There was so much oil in Texas in the 19th Century it bubbled up out of the ground by itself. It was considered a nuisance. They couldn't think of a use for the smelly, tarry liquid. "Phew, did someone stand in some...
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IOC Shame Continues
Olympics: International Olympic Committee chiefs are considering whether to expel a French member after his conviction for fraud. Guy Drut, the 110 metres hurdles gold medallist at the 1976 Games, has been an IOC member since 1996 and was one of the...
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Joyride Tragedy
A 15-year-old girl who took her parents' car for a joyride and crashed it, killing a friend, had been drinking alcohol, an inquest was told yesterday. The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, hit a tree, the inquest heard. Her friend,...
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Marts
Carlisle October 24 At Borderway Mart, Harrison & Hetherington held their breeding ram sale. An average show of rams were forward with quality selling to vendors' expectations. Leading prices: Beltex, pounds 400, pounds 200, pounds 160 Nether...
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McCrory Fights the Corner for His Sport
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Glenn McCrory's meteoric rise from former boxing world champion to media mogul continues to defy convention. Now, as Simon Rushworth discovers, a fresh challenge awaits the would-be fundraiser. Larger than life and...
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Me and My Wardrobe
Charis Younger, 17, is one of the region's top young basketball players. She is currently in the sixth form at Central Newcastle High School but also plays for Team Northumbria, which is associated with Northumbria University, and is sponsored by...
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Murray Beats His Childhood Inspiration
An emotional Andy Murray was almost lost for words yesterday after beating childhood hero Tim Henman to claim the biggest win of his career in Basel at the Davidoff Swiss Indoors event. But the 18-year-old from Dunblane recovered his composure to...
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Neighbour's Shock after Five-Hour Siege at Flats
Neighbours spoke of their shock yesterday in the wake of a five-hour siege which saw armed police officers called to a block of flats in Northumberland. A police armed response unit and officers with dogs encircled the first floor flat in Plessey...
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New Row Blows Up over Fire Scheme
Byline: By Dave Black Radical reforms to 999 cover in Northumberland were engulfed in fresh controversy yesterday as council bosses announced a U-turn on the siting of a flagship new fire station which would put it just one mile from an existing...
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Noon Call, but Jonny's on Hold
Byline: By Alan Hedley Jamie Noon has retained his place in the England squad ( and his Falcons team-mate Mathew Tait has been put on stand-by. As expected, there is no place for Jonny Wilkinson in the 30-man group for the November internationals....
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One-Stop Shop Is Open When You Need It
Recent statistics show one in three of the region's companies are now finding Business Link a simple point of entry to a much wider network of support, helping them develop, grow and prosper. With the daily pressures of running and managing a business,...
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Owen's Wife Faces 100mph Charge
Newcastle United star Michael Owen's pregnant wife Louise will face court after being caught allegedly speeding at more than 100mph. The 25-year-old was said to be rushing to pick up her daughter Gemma from nursery when a traffic officer stopped...
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Park Life
Byline: By Francesca Craggs Francesca Craggs visits a colourful and contemporary family home at Newcastle Great Park. Living on a modern housing estate is a far cry from the rural retreat which Fiona Mckeith and her partner Roger Copestake once...
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Pensioner Is Robbed
An elderly woman was robbed of her pension when her bag was snatched on Tuesday. The 76-year-old was shopping in Boots on Kings Street, South Shields, at 2.30pm when a young man wearing a dark jacket grabbed her bag, which contained her pension....
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Peter Jackson Column
Byline: By Peter Jackson Last week, I wrote about the economic and fiscal problems which are gathering around Gordon Brown, threatening his legacy as Chancellor. I did point out that, ominous as much of it seems, Mr Brown has a record of dumbfounding...
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Plea over Post Office
The Post Office has advertised for someone to take on a rural office after pub owners due to host the service pulled out. It had been hoped to run the post office in Stamfordham, Northumberland, from the Bay Horse Inn, but new owners Martin and...
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Pounds 150,000 Staff Payout after Solutions Is Sold
Byline: By Graeme King Afirm of financial advisers from Newcastle has been bought out by its major shareholder in a pounds 163m deal ( earning its boss a multi-million pound fortune and office staff an average pounds 150,000 pay out. Positive...
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Save Your Money ( and Your Life Too
Byline: By Guy Basnett In the third of a series of articles during Energy Saving Week, Guy Basnett looks at how cutting CO2 emissions can boost your health ( and your bank balance. Saving energy is not just about helping the planet ( it can put...
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Second Teenager Is Killed in 48 Hours
Byline: By Neil McKay A young motorcyclist who became the second teenager to die on a County Durham road in the space of 48 hours was named last night. Justin Airey, 17, suffered serious head and internal injuries when his black Suzuki 600cc...
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Short-Haul Breaks out of Favour
Byline: By David Winning Tour operator First Choice indicated yesterday that consumers were losing interest in traditional winter breaks after sales of its short-haul holidays fell. First Choice, whose brands include Unijet and Sovereign, cut...
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Sliding Real Lose Again
Real Madrid suffered their second defeat in four days as they went down 3-1 at Deportivo La Coru-a. A goal from Julian De Guzman and two from Juanma put Deportivo in charge with Raul's late goal a mere consolation for Madrid. England captain David...
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Snuffed Out?
Byline: By Ross Smith While debate rages in the Cabinet over the complexities of a smoking ban, one side-effect in the North may have gone unnoticed. A civic tradition dating back to the 1800s could be snuffed out because of moves to cut tobacco....
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Taking Account of Some Good Professional Advice
A new campaign by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) is stressing the importance of choosing a properly-qualified professional. The campaign explains how chartered accountants can offer a wide range of business...
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Tavistock Boss out to Double Size of Chain
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Russell Foster, the restaurant to boat-building entrepreneur, has revealed plans to more than double the size of his pub and restaurant chain. The entrepreneur wants to open 10 new bars and restaurants in the next 12...
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The Sage Goes Global with Womex Festival
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths All eyes in the music industry were on Tyneside yesterday as the 11th annual Womex festival arrived. The acclaimed World Music Expo 2005 has rolled into town for a five-day event showcasing the very best in music from...
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The Tender Touch Pays off for Tracy and Claire
Byline: By Doug Moscrop It takes a lady to know one as Longstone Lass demonstrated at Sedgefield yesterday when providing a 25-1 shock in the John Smith's Extra Smooth Handicap Hurdle. The mare is a bit of a madam but obviously appreciates the...
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Throw Your Net Wide, Catch Fish, Have Fun
Everyone networks. If you have ever recommended a restaurant, a film or a book you have recently enjoyed, you have networked. Business networking, however, is another thing and anyone who is committed to developing their business should realise...
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Top Training Achievements Honoured
The North East National Training Awards regional ceremony took place on Tuesday October 4, 2005, at Newcastle Civic Centre. Local television presenter Wendy Gibson presented the eight winners with awards for outstanding achievement and attaining...
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Tradeswomen's Entrance
Byline: By Dave Black Five women are getting hands-on experience of life in male-dominated trades as part of efforts to tackle a serious skills shortage threatening the North's construction and engineering industries. They are spending three...
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Trust below Radar to Win Homes Deal
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Grainger Trust has made its first investment in the German residential market with an off-market purchase of a pounds 49m portfolio. The 1m sq ft purchase of 1,406 homes will be added to its pounds 1.2bn, predominantly...
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Trust Chief Attacks Strike Action Plan
Byline: By Guy Basnett A hospital boss launched a stinging attack last night on strike plans that could cripple four of the region's largest hospitals, delaying vital treatment. Len Fenwick, chief executive of the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust,...
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Tulips Delight
Byline: By Hannah Stephenson Hannah Stephenson looks at the top 10 recommended tulip varieties and planting. Your daffodil bulbs should ideally be in by now, but there's still time to plant some tulips to bring a riot of colour to spring. ...
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Waugh Given England Call
Byline: By Alan Hedley Phil Waugh has been named in the England Under-21 training squad along with English Under-18 champion Thomas Haylock and national boys captain Tom Sherreard. Waugh, (pictured) from Hexham, has enjoyed a good season and...
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Weird Tales
Byline: By Peter Leathley As The witching hour of Hallowe'en draws near, Peter Leathley prepares a pumpkin, summons Satan and puts on his zombie mask... The best way to summon the dead is through a Oujia board, but after reading this weird tale...
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When You Need Help, It Is Here
Derwentside is a location to inspire any business looking to move premises, or even those who are searching for the ideal place to start up a new venture. Derwentside District Council has a dedicated team of professionals who provide a comprehensive...
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World Rankings
(Official World Rankings): 1 Tiger Woods (USA) 17.61pts ave, 2 Vijay Singh (Fij) 11.39, 3 Phil Mickelson (USA) 9.38, 4 Retief Goosen (Rsa) 8.76, 5 Ernie Els (Rsa) 8.23, 6 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 7.69, 7 Jim Furyk (USA) 5.96, 8 Adam Scott (Aus) 5.45, 9...
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Yob Jailed for Racist Rant at Top Festival
Byline: By Robert Brooks A man who launched a racist attack on Mexican musicians at a North-East festival was jailed for 60 days yesterday. And the solicitor defending him in court told magistrates: "Not everyone likes Mexican music, but this...
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