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 29, 2006

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409 County Infants Are in Illegal Classes
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield More than 400 infant school children in Northumberland are being taught in classes of more than 30, despite regulations banning the practice for nearly 10 years. Classes of more than 30 were banned for children younger...
Advantages of Delaying Claiming State Pension
Don Henderson's letter (Voice of the North, September 25) raised some interesting questions about the consequences of putting off claiming your pension. Certainly the advantages of delaying claiming a state pension are not always properly understood....
Agriculture and Estates
Dickinson Dees has established expertise in advising a range of substantial agricultural estates and landowners across the region, as well as advising The National Trust. The 'highly competent' Simon Kirkup heads a practice that regularly deals with...
Ainsley Got That Feel-Good Factor
Ainsley Harriott ( one of the nation's favourite chefs ( is in no doubt about the things that make us feel good. "Often it's the simple things like learning to ride a bike, making your first butterfly cupcakes, or scoring your first goal, or even...
All the World, in a Glass
Byline: By Alastair Gilmour A five-bar wooden gate is an unremarkable fixture in the Lake District's newest brewing concern. First glance reveals it's as functional as any gate needs to be ( open, it allows grain to be forklifted into a loft;...
Animal Health Open Event
Farmers in Cumbria are invited to come to an open day to find out how they can improve animal health on their farms. Organised by Cumbria Farmer Network (CFN), the open day is the first in a busy schedule of events aimed at helping the region's...
An Important Decision Needs Expert Advice
The lifetime mortgage market offers opportunities for those ready and prepared to provide expert legal and financial advice, says Newcastle Building Society commercial director Wendy Lee Lifetime mortgages, which are a type of equity release scheme,...
Art Lovers in for a Treat at Newmarket
Dutch Art is strongly fancied to retain his unbeaten record when he faces five high-quality rivals in the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. Peter Chapple-Hyam's progressive juvenile ran out a most impressive winner of the Norfolk Stakes...
A Simple 'No' Was Way to Go Sam
Byline: By Paul gilder His ire was understandable but in the manner in which he dealt with what was a perfectly valid line of enquiry this week Sam Allardyce did himself, the media and the football world in general a great disservice. The interviewer...
A Year of Expansion in Fight for Claimants
Browell Smith & Co Solicitors is a leading North -East law firm specialising in personal injury, industrial and occupational diseases and asbestos -related illnesses on behalf of claimants. The firm also deals with cases relating to clinical...
Backing for Chancellor
He's best known for saying "You're fired" but Sir Alan Sugar yesterday departed from the norm ( by insisting Chancellor Gordon Brown should be hired instead. The businessman and Amstrad chairman threw his weight behind Gordon Brown's prime ministerial...
Banking and Finance
Deborah Kiirtley heads the group at Dickinson Dees, which fields several talented partners, including the PFI-focused Russell Jarvis. The practice is split between corporate banking and property finance, acting for a range of lenders, borrowers and...
Big Hitter Still Growing but True to North Roots
Byline: By Neil Braithwaite The Legal 500 has again confirmed Dickinson Dees' position as the leader in the North-East legal services market. This year we have seen more deals by the firm across the UK which match any in the country in value...
Blame the Players for Poor Start
Byline: By Jack Pickering Emanuel Pogatetz insists rookie Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate is not to blame for his side's poor start to the season. The 23-year-old Austrian international admitted his disappointment at the opening weeks...
Business Insights
Byline: By John Kilner The supply chain is becoming more complex and this leads to more risks to manage. The recent reduction in UK manufacturing has far reaching implications for manufacturing companies up and down the supply chain. Large scale,...
Catcher of the Rye
Byline: By Hannah Davies Andrew Whitley, founder of the Village Bakery in Cumbria, is THE expert on organic baking. Hannah Davies finds out about his new book and why modern processes are killing today's bread. Bread is becoming the pariah of...
Celebrating a Success Story
In a year of record growth, the completion of a merger and the increase of its team to 170 staff, North-East regional law firm Blackett Hart & Pratt can certainly be seen as one of the region's success stories. Ranked 10th in the latest Legal...
Charities
Dickinson Dees maintains its commitment to the charities area with the recruitment of the well-respected Ros Harwood from Rollits in York to head the practice. A successful and diverse practice encompasses the spheres of education, health, environment...
Clients Find Muckle Hard to Fault
Law firms provide a similar range of services, so the way progressive UK law firms are differentiating themselves from their competitors is increasingly service delivery. One firm that really stands out in the North-East in this area is Robert Muckle...
Clinical Negligence: Claimant
Hay & Kilner has an established reputation for handling complex and substantial cases, led by the experienced David Bradshaw, who is a member of the Law Society's Clinical Negligence Panel and also an assessor for the panel. Birth trauma cases...
Coastal Defences at Mercy of Tide
Byline: By Dave Black Coastal farmland protected from flooding for the last 50 years was left to the mercy of the sea yesterday as a King Canute operation ( in reverse ( swung into action. A small fleet of excavators and dump trucks began dismantling...
Commercial Litigation
NEWCASTLE Dickinson Dees has a broad disputes practice, advising corporate clients and many public authorities on property disputes, complex contract and warranty claims and shareholder disputes. Guy Harvey and John Marshall are both recommended,...
Commercial Property
NEWCASTLE Dickinson Dees' 10-partner team has the capability to handle every facet of commercial property work, from urban regeneration to public sector planning. Ian Ward leads a talented team, which includes the highly rated Steve Jackson and...
Constructing Excellence
Byline: By Ian Larnach This week, while speaking at a conference, I discovered there was great interest in a new form of heating technology which has proven popular in the Netherlands as a major energy efficiency tool for the fight for savings in...
Construction
The "skilled and erudite" Robert Langley heads Watson Burton LLP's premier construction practice, which was boosted by two senior solicitors in 2005. The focus is primarily contentious; the team is adept at advising an impressive array of heavyweight...
Corporate and Commercial
NEWCASTLE Dickinson Dees fields a veritable army of fee-earners in its 27-partner department. The team has unparalleled depth of expertise across a breadth of specialisms, including M&A, private equity and listings work. A major highlight was...
Council Found to Be Rubbish at Recycling
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin A nursery owner carefully laid out his glass, paper and cans to be recycled ( then watched in amazement as binmen threw them all into their rubbish wagon. Paul Caven, who runs the Abacus Nursery in Heddon-on-the-Wall,...
Cracking Down on Litterbugs
Byline: By Dave Black A crackdown on litterbugs who spoil the streets and open spaces in part of Northumberland is being stepped up with the launch of a squad of environmental troubleshooters. A rapid response team dedicated to cleaning up fly...
Crime
The firms recommended in the table are highly rated for complex white-collar crime, rather than for the full scope of criminal work. At Crutes Law Firm, Teesside-based Alison Shepherd is highly recommended for her work on high-profile cases. In...
Cube All-Rounders Focus on Individuals
Building on its sound base, Sintons solicitors has again been recognised by Legal 500 in a broad range of categories, confirming it as one of the few all-round firms in Newcastle. The firm, at The Cube in Barrack Road, has seen 27.5% growth in its...
Dillon Is Thrown to the Sharks
Byline: By Alan Hedley Newcastle Falcons have been forced to draft in Tom Dillon as emergency fly-half for tonight's EDF Energy Cup-tie at Sale Sharks. Dillon wears the number ten shirt after England Under-21 star Toby Flood was injured at England...
Dry Rieslings in a Quiet Revolution
A quiet revolution is gathering strength in Germany. I've just been there to meet some of the new generation of wine-makers, many still in their twenties and thirties, who are making some of the finest dry white wine the world has ever seen, almost...
Eagles Can Get off to a Flyer
Byline: By Paul Gilder Newcastle will be short-handed when they begin the defence of their Championship title this evening but Fabulous Flournoy is confident his depleted roster boasts sufficient strength to ensure the Eagles make a positive start...
Employment
Dickinson Dees has a 'capable' five-partner team, headed by the experienced Glenn Calvert. The firm has considerable strength on equal pay claims, senior executive terminations and tribunal advocacy. On the advisory side, the team regularly handles...
Expertise on Internet Pays off for Clients
Newcastle Building Society is using its internet skills to help solicitors manage their clients' money effectively and prudently. As one of only a few building societies to write its own software, and one of the first to offer internet-based savings...
Experts at the Top of Their Game
Eversheds' international capabilities and sector expertise continue to ensure that the firm maintains its position at the forefront of the North-East legal market. The level and value of corporate work remains extremely high, but the firm has also...
Family
Dickinson Dees' Lyn Rutherford has a formidable reputation for his skill in handling high-value and complex ancillary relief cases. He heads a strong three-partner team, which is the largest in the North-East. An enviable client base includes a variety...
Fancy Playing out over Lunch?
It's time to declare war on boring lunchtimes with an exciting programme of midday theatre. Is it going to be another week of eating sandwiches at your desk and not leaving the office all day? Why not try to do something different with your midday...
Filly Battles to Popular Win for Cecil
Byline: By Martin Kelly Novellara is destined to grace the paddocks after the filly gave Henry Cecil a popular winner on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket when battling hard to land the Listed Unicoin Homes Noel Murless Stakes. The lightly-raced daughter...
Firday Forum
Byline: By Elaine Kay A few words of introduction may be in order. I have lived and worked in the North-East for the past 32 years, the majority of that time as a primary teacher and a headteacher. The millennium coincided with my realisation...
Former Mayor Dies
Former Castle Morpeth mayor Alice Rowe has died at the age of 90. Mrs Rowe, of Kirkhill, Morpeth, was borough councillor from 1973 to 1983 and civic head in 1980. She leaves a son, Michael. GCSE job skills THIRTY pupils are joining a Northumberland...
Fury at Gordon 'Scum' Remarks
Byline: By Martyn Ziegler McClaren agent told to produce evidence PRESSURE is building on Steve McClaren's agent Colin Gordon to produce evidence of corruption in football after his claims that the English game is viewed as "the dirty man of...
Good News Comes for Homeowners
The uk stock market enjoyed a third positive session yesterday, with a wide range of sectors gaining ground, pushing the FTSE 100 Index up a further 41.2 points to 5971.3. There was good news for homeowners too as the Nationwide Building Society...
Grainger Approach Could See Pounds 1bn Bid
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Analysts yesterday said talks to buy residential landlord Grainger Trust could result in a bid approaching pounds 1bn ( which would make it the highest ever offer for a publicly quoted company in the North-East. The...
Hammers Are Foiled by In-Form Keeper
Byline: By Cindy Garcia-Bennett (Palermo win 4-0 on aggregate) West Ham's disappointing start to the season continued last night as they bowed out of the Uefa Cup at the Renzo Barbera Stadium, writes Cindy Garcia-Bennett. Palermo midfielder...
Henman Knows He Must Do Better
Byline: By Mike McGrath Tim Henman reached the quarter-finals of the Thailand Open after battling past Alex Bogdanovic then admitted he must raise his game if he is to progress further in the Bangkok tournament. Even in the last set of Henman's...
His Death 'Was an Accident'
Byline: By Guy Basnett Chief Reporter The widow of a pensioner who died following a dispute with a neighbour about a garden fence yesterday said she believed his death was "an accident". Roxby Davison, 62, died after allegedly being involved...
Historic School Set for New Use
Byline: By Tony Henderson Backing has been given for the demolition of a former mining community's only listed building. The 1911 Easington Colliery School, in County Durham, was divided into boys' and girls' blocks and also features landmark...
Hi-Tech New Neighbours Join Forces
Byline: By Howard Walker Codeworks, the North-East's centre of excellence for digital technology, is moving from Tyneside to Wearside as it looks to take advantage of Sunderland's fast-growing hi-tech sector. The move to St Peter's Gate follows...
Home Plan for Hornets
Watford have unveiled a pounds 32.5m plan to redevelop Vicarage Road which has been their home since 1922. The Hornets hope to gain planning permission for the project next March, which would allow them to begin work as soon as the season ends in May....
'How Hidden Hazards Can Cost Unwary Developers Thousands to Clear Up'
Developers are being warned to make environmental checks on any land they buy or they could end up paying thousands of pounds to clear away hazardous chemicals ( even if they didn't cause the contamination. Demand for offices, retail outlets and...
Ian Keeps the Edge on Europe's Best
Fpp, the European agency based in Newcastle, has promoted Ian Kemp to the new position of creative director. Ian, from South Shields joined FPP Brand Communications in Sandyford as a creative in 2000 but will now be responsible its creative output...
I Have No Pakistan Problem Says Hair
Byline: By Richard Neale Controversial umpire Darrell Hair says he would be happy to officiate a Pakistan cricket match in the future despite being banned from umpiring at the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy in India. The International Cricket...
Information Technology and Intellectual Property
Dickinson Dees' first-class IP team was boosted by the addition of commercial head Andrew Scott from Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP, whose expertise includes complex IT outsourcing agreements. Mark Pearce heads the two-partner practice, which acts...
Insolvency and Corporate Recovery
Jonathan Blair and John Pennie are the key partners in Dickinson Dees' insolvency and corporate recovery practice. The team handles a diverse mix of insolvency and disqualification work and regularly receives referrals from all the major accountancy...
I Took a Bribe Last Week ( in the Chippy
Byline: By Bob Cuffe Everyone's talking about bungs. As a devoted ( though increasingly anxious ( football fan (can we have Roy Keane please) I was shocked by the recent television programme. Imagine my relief the following day when everyone insisted...
It's All about Us Keeping the Customers Satisfied
Hay & Kilner has continued to move forward on strong foundations with outstanding increases in performance indicators.The 22-partner Newcastle law firm has seen a 40% rise in turnover over the last three years. It now has 89 fee earners and is...
It's Just the Beginning for Martins
Byline: By Paul Gilder Glenn Roeder is confident Obafemi Martins can break the 20-goal barrier in his maiden season at St James's Park after the striker broke his Gallowgate duck to ensure Newcastle's progression in the Uefa Cup. And the Magpies...
JD Sports Owner Back in the Black
The owner of JD Sports said yesterday it was back in the black after seeing "encouraging progress" at its sports stores division. John David Group added that recent trading had been marginally ahead of expectations, as it geared up for the key Christmas...
Lewsey Expects Testing Opener
Byline: By Andrew Baldock Josh Lewsey believes England's tough season opener against New Zealand will provide a big test of their World Cup aspirations. England's Bonfire Night battle with the All Blacks launches a 14-game countdown to next year's...
Licensing
Niche practice Freemans has expertise in licensing, advising companies on the full gamut of licensing applications, as well as licensees taking on tenancies for the first time. Senior partner Keith Freeman acts for Mitchells & Butlers nationally....
Lycetts on a Winning Run
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Insurance broker Lycetts is set to mark its first foray into the bloodstock industry with its largest acquisition. The Newcastle company is in the final stages of concluding a deal to buy Newmarket-based bloodstock broker...
Marts
Hexham September 25 Hexham and Northern Marts conducted their 42nd Annual Prize Show and Sale of Rams and Females on behalf of the Bluefaced Leicester Sheep Breeders Association. The Ram Lamb class was kindly sponsored by Robson Animal Health,...
Mincoffs Passes Major Milestone
Howard Gold, senior partner at Mincoffs, has described this year as the most significant in the firm's 60-year history. An additional 4,000sqft of office space has been bought by the partners to accommodate the ever-expanding Jesmond firm that has...
Move to Fluid Is Raising the Bar
Renowed North-East architect and designer Mark Earnshaw has joined Fluid Design Solutions to head-up business development. Mark has worked in the design industry for 12 years and is the latest recruit to join the expanding Newcastle firm, which...
Naomi Sets the Pace for Them All
Byline: By Rhodri Phillips A grandfather taking part in Sunday's Great North Run to raise money for his poorly granddaughter, will watch with pride tomorrow as she competes in the mini section of the race. Joe Tunnicliffe, of Borough Road, Jarrow,...
Nicholas Craig Column
Byline: By Nicholas Craig It's hard to keep up with airline news. After a bleak few weeks of cancelled flights, rigorous luggage restrictions and one airline packing up entirely from Durham Tees Valley, there appeared to be few silver linings for...
Nick Piggott Column
Byline: By Nick Piggott As digital content manager at GCap Media, my team and myself are responsible for marrying innovative technology and content that increases listening to the radio, makes radio advertising more effective, and generates new...
No Case Too Big in Strong Year
Employment law is flourishing at Watson Burton. Legal 500 2006 states that the law firm "raised its game in 2005 with the hire of heavyweight Dr John McMullen, who sets the standard for other employment lawyers". Internationally recognised TUPE...
Pensioner Hit by a Train Fights for Life
Byline: By Samantha Mendez A young boy pleaded with a pensioner not to jump onto Metro tracks seconds before the man fell under the wheels of an oncoming train, eyewitnesses said yesterday. The 70-year-old was last night fighting for his life...
People on the Move
The Teesside office of White Young Green (WYG), consultants to the built, natural and social environment, has made a number of appointments. PHIL ARMITAGE, from Darlington, has been promoted to associate director after 17 years with the firm. This...
Personal Injury: Claimant
Browell Smith & Co is one of the premier firms in Newcastle for claimant work, and focuses particularly on industrial disease. The 'capable' Philip Browell heads the team, while Phil Davison is commended by clients as a 'skilled operator'. Thompsons...
Personal Injury: Defendant
Following the firm's successful merger with Jacksons Insurance Law in 2003, Berrymans Lace Mawer's Stockton-on-Tees office is exclusively dedicated to insurance work, with the advantage of drawing upon the firm's extensive network of national offices....
Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate
George Lyall heads the private capital team at Dickinson Dees and has an excellent reputation, and David Dale, who heads a separate financial planning group, is also a standout practitioner. The firm has by far the best capability in the North-East...
Planning
Dickinson Dees handles significant planning projects nationwide. Recent highlights include advising an NHS trust on the redevelopment of a number of redundant hospital sites and providing planning advice on major development sites in Tyne and Wear,...
Planning Threat to Cancer Treatment
Byline: By Liz Hands Health Correspondent Hospital bosses say they won't be able to afford cancer treatment equipment if councillors make an expected U-turn today and scupper the sale of NHS land. Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust says it may be...
Plenty of Choice for Your Wedding Day
Whether you pull out all the stops or opt for something a little more reserved, your wedding day should be the most memorable day of your life. The average wedding costs over pounds 15,000 so it's no surprise that every couple want their day to...
Prescott Swaps Jag for Bus Pass
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Political Editor John Prescott yesterday confirmed he would step down as Deputy Prime Minister when Tony Blair leaves office. Making the traditional closing speech of the Labour annual conference, Mr Prescott revealed what...
Public Sector
Crutes Law firm has an established client base of public sector bodies, with its sterling reputation in the sector recently leading to client wins of several local authorities in neighbouring Yorkshire. The recommended Stephen Crute regularly advises...
Recipe of the Week
Salmon and spinach fishcakes with beetroot and horseradish RELISH These fishcakes can be made in advance and freeze well. (Serves four) 450g (1lb) skinless, boneless salmon fillet 2tbsp olive oil 450g (1lb) floury potatoes 1x175g (6oz)...
Reid Puts Down the Leadership Marker
Byline: By Ross Smith The campaign to stop Gordon Brown becoming the next Prime Minister stepped up a gear yesterday when Home Secretary John Reid put down his marker on the Labour leadership. On the final day of the party conference in Manchester,...
Roof Gang Spark Scare
Byline: By Guy Basnett Chief Reporter Children were moved to safety yesterday (THUR) after teenagers scaled a roof between two schools and hurled stones at pupils. Police were called after the group of two to five youths climbed on to buildings...
Saudi Firm Gets Formula Right to Buy Huntsman
Byline: By Graeme King The biggest chemical company on Teesside, Huntsman, has agreed to sell its base chemicals and polymers business to a Saudi company in a deal worth around pounds 440m. US-based Huntsman is selling the business, which employs...
Savage Bar Attack
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was punched repeatedly in the face at a bar in South Tyneside. The 36-year-old was attacked in the Eivissa Bar, in Winchester Street, South Shields, at around 1am yesterday and suffered serious fractures....
Scott Ready to Fight On
Boxing: Scott Harrison has vowed to put his troubles to one side when he defends his WBO featherweight title against unbeaten former European champion Nicky Cook. The pair clash at London's ExCel Centre on Saturday, December 9, two months before Harrison...
Search for the Singing Stars of Countryside
Byline: By Anna Lognonne Budding singers from the countryside are being invited to take part in an X-Factor-style competition to earn a place on the stage at the City Hall in Newcastle. Over 100 farmers, hunt supporters and country people have...
Singled out for Praise
Samuel Phillips Law Firm is again recognised by Legal 500 for its expertise in a number of areas of legal practice for which it has gained national and local prominence. The firm, established in 1920, has grown substantially since the move to the...
Small Fish Providing Big Sport
The pleasant weather continues to coax anglers out with good results continuing throughout the region. On the Wear lots of small fish are knocking about at the minute, while on the Stillwaters Dave Laidler had 10lb of roach to sweetcorn from Hury and...
Snack That Cost Soldier His Licence
Byline: By Robert Brooks A soldier recognised for his bravery in Iraq went drink driving to get a late-night pizza, a court heard yesterday. Christopher Neil Hannon was among soldiers from the Coldstream Guards involved in a daring rescue of...
Spurs through after Struggle
Byline: By Adrain Curtis. Robbie keane earned Spurs a place in the group stages of the Uefa Cup with a second-half winner at White Hart Lane, writes Adrain Curtis. Keane struck his first of the season 10 minutes from time to end Slavia Prague's...
Student's Story Underlines Need to Reopen Rail Link
The Journal's front-page story on Tuesday about the student who wanted rail access to Northumberland College in Ashington only to find that the station had closed 40 years ago was amusing, but only emphasises how important such a link would be. ...
The Legal 500
Richard Freeland, left, London editor of the Legal 500, and David Kelly, regional editor, right, introduce the 2006 edition This year sees the 19th edition of The Legal 500. The first-ever independent guide to law firms was published in 1988, and...
Trapped in Tower of Terror
World Trade Center (12A) (2hrs 9mins) Starring: Nicolas Cage, Michael Pena, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal. Directed by: Oliver Stone. Plot: Oliver Stone, a filmmaker well acquainted with controversy, swallows his usual political bile to craft...
Uefa Cup Round-Up
The Uefa Cup first round served up some early shocks with Hertha Berlin, Marseille, Schalke and Brondby all bowing out before the group stage, losing to Odense BK, Mlada Boleslav, Nancy and Eintracht Frankfurt. Lens went through to the group stages...
United Fail to Click but Claim the Win
Byline: By Luke Edwards Will Newcastle win the Uefa Cup playing like this? Computer says no. Was this the comprehensive European victory Newcastle needed to bolster expectations this season? Computer says no. But are Newcastle in the group stages...
Villagers Gather to Fight for Libraries
Byline: By Dave Black Fears over the future of two public libraries in neighbouring Northumberland coalfield villages will be aired at a public meeting next week. Branches in Lynemouth and Ellington are among 12 libraries being reviewed by the...
Watch the Reivers Revival ( Bates
Byline: By Richard Neales Border Reivers boss Steve Bates knows his side need to perform to help bring the crowds back to Netherdale, writes Richard Neales. But in a week which has seen Scottish Rugby officials express concern at the side's low...
We Don't Need Crowd to Be Boo Boys ( Maddison
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Neil Maddison has urged Darlington's fans to stick with the team in tonight's League Two game against Grimsby Town. Dave Hodgson's big spending this summer has raised expectations for the coming campaign and so far they...
Why Look Further Than the University of Sunderland?
Best student experience in England, best new university in England, top marks for teaching, top-five UK campus ( need we say more? Why look further than the University of Sunderland, which has received a raft of national accolades over the past...
Work Due to Start on Top Museum Facelift
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Work is about to begin on the first phase of transformation at one of the region's best known museums. The first improvements in a raft of proposed projects to transform visitor facilities at County Durham's Bowes Museum....