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 14, 2005

Abroad Range of Questions
Byline: By Richard Freeman-Wallace Fresh back from holidays during which the lure of buying an overseas property at a reasonable price is well advertised, more of us than ever before are deciding to make a dream home abroad a reality. However,...
Ashes to Bashes
Byline: By David Stringer England's Ashes heroes celebrated with tens of thousands of fans yesterday in jubilant scenes across the capital ( after a long night spent toasting their extraordinary triumph. Cheering crowds packed streets throughout...
At Least 14 Years for `Black Widow'
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths A wife who plotted the death of her husband with her besotted nephew for a pounds 450,000 insurance pay-out must serve at least fourteen years behind bars before she is considered for parole. Christina Button ( also...
Benitez Forced to Rest His Talisman Gerrard
Rafael Benitez revealed that he left out his skipper Steven Gerrard from Liverpool's opening Champions League Group G match because he felt the midfielder was tired. The Anfield boss surprised almost everyone in the stadium by consigning Gerrard...
Bethell Can Work Magic at Long Last
Byline: By Doug Moscrop While True Magic has had 10 attempts this season to add to her two wins last year, she hasn't managed to get her head in front. But she can put that right at Beverley today. The nearest James Bethell's filly has come to...
Business Dairy
This is a free service. Send brief details to Howard Walker, The Journal, Groat Market, Newcastle NE1 1ED. Telephone (0191) 201-6258; fax (0191) 201-6044, or email howard.walker@ncjmedia. co.uk Entries by the Friday before publication. SEPTEMBER...
Chelsea Manager Silences Critics
Byline: By Mark Bradley Jose Mourinho dismissed concerns over Frank Lampard's form after watching the England midfielder give Chelsea a winning start to their Champions League campaign. Lampard came under heavy fire for his below-par performances...
Chip and Bin
Bin Brother is watching ( and from next month, people living in parts of North Northumberland will be monitored to see how much rubbish they recycle or simply throw away. Alnwick District Council is the latest local authority to join a new scheme,...
Chris Jobe Column
Byline: By Chris Jobe When umpires Billy Bowden and Rudy Koertzen symbolically removed the bails at The Oval on Monday to signify that England had regained The Ashes, the nation exploded with pride. Commentators eulogised about "the best cricket...
Conference Call
Byline: By Ross Smith This year's Trades Union Congress does not take place with the Labour Party under Tony Blair at the height of its popularity among delegates. But some cabinet ministers are still keen to curry favour with the unions. ...
Court Awards Compensation to Go-It-Alone Pensioner
Byline: By Guy Basnett A pensioner who was seriously injured when a coach carrying Women's Institute members plunged off a mountain road was yesterday awarded pounds 70,000 in compensation. Joyce Welsh, 71, of Bedlington, Northumberland, was...
Dramatic Answers to Youthful Dilemmas
Imagine asking 12-year-olds to come up with a contemporary moral dilemma and then fashion a play around it. It's an intriguing proposition. What could put a modern 12-year-old on the horns of a dilemma? Answers will be forthcoming on Saturday...
Driven to Complain
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths A national appeals tribunal which rules on parking disputes between motorists and councils should be disbanded, a North-East campaigner says. Political crusader Neil Herron believes the body which assesses parking fine...
Emre Eyeing City Return
Byline: By Paul Gilder Emre has stepped up his efforts to solve Newcastle's midfield crisis and is expected to make his return to action in a black-and-white shirt against Manchester City on September 24. But, although Graeme Souness will be...
Energy Drink Firm Has US Market in the Can
Byline: By Iain Laing A new brand of energy drinks based in the North-East is set to power its way into the American market after its creators finalised a distribution contract worth nearly pounds 70m-a-year. The exclusive three-year agreement...
Events Company Helped to Evolve
Byline: By Howard Walker An events management company in Northumberland is gearing up to double its workforce and treble turnover to pounds 6m, following a pounds 250,000 investment from North-East fund management firm NEL. Premier Events and...
Falcons Flier Wins the British Title
Byline: By Paul Gilder Matthew Bell might be too young to drive on the roads ( but he has still capped a successful summer by winning the British Karting Championship. Although only 15, and considering a career as a rugby player, Matthew has...
Firm on Move for Growth
Byline: By Howard Walker A conservatory firm is looking to create 20 jobs as part of a major expansion programme. Collins Windows, which is currently based in Houghton-le-Spring, is moving to larger premises in Washington to accommodate its shift...
Fouling Must Stop
Byline: By Dave Black Irresponsible dog owners are facing a crackdown after sparking health fears on sports pitches in a Northumberland village. Club officials, residents and a local councillor have demanded urgent action over a worrying increase...
Fuel Protesters to Hit North Oil Depot
Byline: By Daniel cohlin Fuel price protesters are this morning set to blockade a major oil refinery in the North-East. County Durham farmer and haulier Andrew Spence was due to lead a convoy of lorries to Shell's oil refinery in Jarrow early...
Great Idea Is Already Pipped to the Post
Byline: By David Whetstone There's a dickens of a lot of Dickens coming our way, as David Whetstone explains. You wait years for a Dickens theatre production and then two come at once. Strictly speaking, this isn't true because Dickens is...
Grieving Family Furious at Fine
Byline: By Hayley Beattie A grieving family hit out last night at a "slap-on-the-wrist" sentence imposed on a learner driver whose carelessness cost a soldier his life. Provisional licence-holder Paul Prosperini was alone in the car which pulled...
Groping Instructor
A driving instructor who groped his female pupils over a 30-year period was yesterday found guilty of sexual and indecent assaults. Peter Knowles, 67, from Rochdale, would claim to be helping learners with their clutch control while grabbing their...
Helping Hand Opens More Doors for Care Home Company
An expanding Gateshead-based specialist care home company is looking to grow its portfolio of properties across the north of England after securing development funding from the Newcastle branch of Allied Irish Bank (GB). Philip Parkinson Healthcare...
Hepscott Is a Cool Company
Byline: By Graeme King Water cooler supplier Hepscott Water Systems has broken the pounds 1m turnover barrier just three years after the company was founded. The Morpeth business, has doubled its sales in the past 12 months, taken on new staff,...
Hero Returns to Help Durham
Ashes hero Paul Collingwood returns to bolster Durham ahead of their final push for honours today knowing a win will set the seal on a superb summer's cricket. If Yorkshire avoid defeat against Derbyshire in tonight's Totesport League Division Two...
Home Truths
Byline: By Abbie Wightwick The thong is dead. Long live big pants. Someone, somewhere has at last realised that thongs are unhygienic, uncomfortable and impractical. They are apparently no longer the thing to be seen in. Men across the land (or...
Innovative Look at City Centre Living
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Architect RyderHKS is building on its reputation for designing innovative centre living accommodation, with the completion of two new developments in Newcastle. The award-winning Tyneside firm has finished work on Lime...
International Paint Set to Win Warships Deal
Byline: By Graeme King The Gateshead factory behind a revolutionary new paint is poised to win a multi-million pound contract to protect the entire Royal Navy fleet if a trial of its product is successful. International Paint in Felling, Gateshead,...
Investment Brings a Big Return in Just Eight Weeks
In just eight weeks, Stuart Keeble managed to design and cost a confined spaces training facility and gain appropriate building regulation approval using the skills gained from his civil engineering degree. The 21-year-old was also able to identify...
It's All Change Behind the Bar in Wave of Buy-Outs
Byline: By Howard Walker The pub and bar industry is being hit by another wave of consolidations with the North-East again likely to be in the firing line. Howard Walker looks at the situation so far and how the process will change the fortunes...
Jagielka Makes Sure Blades Stay Sharp
Phil Jagielka struck his first goal of the season to secure a 1-0 victory for Championship leaders Sheffield United at Brighton and further enhance their promotion credentials. The highly-rated Blades star, the subject of a pounds 4m bid by Wigan...
Land Needed for Road Plans
Byline: By Robin Atkin The North is set for substantial changes to its road network as part of proposals by the Highways Agency to improve our infrastructure network and to reduce congestion. The Highways Agency is currently proposing to improve...
Laura Proves a Point
Mechanical engineering and French student Laura Doyles has not only improved the performance of her host company's product ( she says she's also proved there's a place for women in engineering. The 20-year-old from Newcastle University undertook...
Law Is Proved Wrong ( Again
It is not hard to understand the anger felt by the family of soldier Mick Ansell after seeing the man who caused his death walk free from court. The cold facts of the case are that Paul Prosperini made an error while driving which caused an accident...
Le Tallec: Spirit the Key to Our Survival
Byline: By Paul Gilder Sunderland's plight at the foot of the Premiership table may be unfamiliar to most of Mick McCarthy's players but, for Anthony Le Tallec, the club's precarious position has stoked some haunting memories of top-flight failure....
Li Tie's Strike Sinks United
A wonder goal from Li Tie brought Newcastle Reserves' unbeaten start to the season to an end as they missed a chance to regain top spot. Chinese international Li Tie, on the road to recovery after breaking his leg last season, blasted in a 35-yard...
New Identity for No Place
Byline: By Neil McKay Locals in the village called No Place are complaining their name is becoming appropriate, as they suffer from 100-year-old pavements, scruffy entrance signs and poor street lighting encouraging vandalism. Now people living...
New Man at the Helm of Alternative Energy
A new man has been put in charge of efforts to boost the North-East's alternative energy industry. Andrew Mill has been appointed as the new chief executive of the New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC), which is based in Blyth, Northumberland....
One NorthEast Is on Board to Help Swan's
Byline: By Graeme King By Graeme King STRUGGLING shipyard Swan Hunter was offered the full backing of the Government yesterday in its bid to stave off 800 job losses. Wallsend MP Nick Brown said shipbuilding minister Alun Michael had instructed...
Our Hat-Trick Heroes Are `Business Idols'
Pudding Chare is not one to blow his own trumpet, but in this case he will make an exception. Because for those who missed the Alternative Business Awards on Friday, we can proudly reveal Newcastle Chronicle & Journal walked away with not one,...
Rangers Perform under Pressure
Rangers manager Alex McLeish described the Champions League win over Porto as one of the most satisfying nights of his career and hailed his players for overcoming a more gifted side. A Sotirios Kyrgiakos header five minutes from time allowed Rangers...
Shearer Joins in Gallacher Tribute
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Newcastle skipper Alan Shearer will pay tribute to the first of United's great No 9s tonight as a documentary charting the life and death of legendary Magpies' striker Hughie Gallacher debuts in the region. Shearer,...
Shop until You Drop in Former Pit Town
Byline: By Iain Laing Residents in a former mining town are looking forward to some retail therapy following the announcement of a pounds 10m shop development plan that will create up to 200 new jobs. The bold design for a shopping centre in...
Spotlight Back on Inflation
Byline: By Brian Tora Some years ago, the economist, Roger Bootle, wrote a book entitled The Death of Inflation. His contention was that the rise in the cost of living was yesterday's problem. Coming, as it did, soon after a period of double-digit...
Students Save Company Pounds 250,000 a Year
A county Durham food company has praised two STEP students whose summer placements will save the business more than pounds 250,000 a year. The transport and logistics project completed by Craig Tottey while he was on the STEP programme with Peterlee-based...
Sun Shines at Last on Neglected Cricket
The England cricket team's spectacular summer of success, culminating in winning the Ashes on Monday, has led to youngsters taking renewed interest in the sport across the region. Cricket bodies in the North-East say the new-found passion for the...
Surrey Draw to Fight for Survival
Mark Ramprakash guided Surrey to their main objective at Edgbaston by securing a draw which improves their chances of survival in a Frizzell County Championship relegation decider with Middlesex next week. The former England batsman's 126 from 236...
Survey Reveals 18% of Farmers Anticipate Major Change
The latest results from a survey of farmers, conducted by the National Farm Research Unit (NFRU), reveals that 18% anticipated substantial change over the next few years. The National Farm Research Unit asked around 26,000 farmers from the top third...
The Key to Unlocking Our Mixed-Use Success
Byline: By Nicola Osborne Nicola Osborne looks at the increasing importance of mixed-use developments in the regeneration of the North-East's towns and cities. Mixed-use developments are now one of the main driving forces behind massive regeneration...
There Are Laws to Deal with Dangerous Driving Already
Huw Lewis's grief must have clouded his judgment (column, Monday). There are so many things wrong with his article calling for special laws to deal with speeding bikers that it is hard to know where to start. There are laws to deal with dangerous...
Thomas Issues Ryder Warning
Byline: By Mark Garrod Plans to stage the HSBC World Match Play championship at Wentworth a week before next year's Ryder Cup would be the wrong choice, Thomas Bjorn said yesterday . Bjorn is part of today's 16-man line-up which starts chasing...
Top Pub Award Brings Good Cheer to Family
Three years ago the Robin Hood pub in Jarrow was a burnt-out shell, boarded up and vandalised. But one family's imagination and determination has transformed it into a hub of the community ( celebrating the area's historical roots. Now their...
Van Not the Man as Yet
Everton manager David Moyes expects Andy Van der Meyde to be sidelined for another month. The 25-year-old Holland winger has yet to figure since he moved from Inter Milan last month as he has been troubled by a groin injury. Derby crisis DERBY...
Watch the Figures Call on Ram Buying
Byline: By Anna Lognonne With the autumn ram sales coming thick and fast in the North-East, farmers are being urged to watch their figures. According to the latest financial estimates from the English Beef and Lamb Executive (Eblex), rams with...
Wenger Hits out at Boro's Tactics
Byline: By Mark Bradley Arsene Wenger yesterday vowed to continue Arsenal's expansive style in Europe ( as he hit out at the tactics employed by Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren. Wenger warned the fear of failure being felt by too many teams...
We're Entering the Spacial Age
Byline: By Nigel Stirling A far-reaching shake-up of planning rules for local councils is set to give the public a much greater influence over how land will be used in the future. But developers and landowners are being reminded that time is...
We're Just Rubbish at Sorting out Our Rubbish
Byline: By Zoe Hughes North-east households are bottom of the pile when it comes to recycling their waste, official figures have revealed. Just one in six people recycle their rubbish, according to the latest statistics from the Government, compared...
We're on Mend, Says Ferguson
Byline: By Simon Stone Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced the potent combination of youth and the predatory powers of Ruud van Nistelrooy can turn Manchester United into a European force once more. With the spectre of Diego Forlan hanging over the...
Wheels on Fire at Yard
Three cars were set alight yesterday [Tuesday] in an apparent arson attack at a scrapyard. Fire crews were called to the scene in Prudhoe, Northumberland, at about 4.50am after reports of an explosion. They found two Volkswagon Golf cars and a Vauxhall...
Whitehaven Must Wait
Rugby league: Promotion favourites Whitehaven remain confident they will be allowed into Super League if they win the LHF National League One Grand Final on October 9. The league leaders have still to receive confirmation they meet the criteria laid...
Work Starts on M-Way
A pounds 2.3m project to ease traffic flows at a junction on the M6 has been announced by the Highways Agency. The work at junction 40, at Penrith, will see entry roads at the roundabout widened, full-time traffic lights installed and the cycleway...
Wylie Ploughs Pounds 1m into Shops Centre Revamp
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Software entrepreneur Graham Wylie is poised to plough pounds 1m into the first phase of work to transform a North-East shopping centre. The Sage co-founder, who now owns the rapidly-expanding Newcastle-based Technology...
Young Guns Heading for Greater Glory
Byline: By Richard Gibson Michael Vaughan believes his England side can be together for years and go on to "great things" after their historic Ashes success. After sealing a 2-1 victory by virtue of the fifth Test draw at the Oval, to record...