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 November 26, 2010

Arts and Crafts Treasure Helps Developer Ride out Recession
Byline: Christopher Knox AN upmarket rural developer is hoping to increase its pounds 3m turnover next year after working on a series of apartments in Northumberland. Countylife Homes, based in Seaton Burn, Northumberland, is putting the finishing...
A Small Car with BIG Ideas
THE latest Suzuki Swift is a small car with big ideas, including several that are more normally associated with expensive limousines. Three clearly defined specification grades have been devised, comprising SZ2, SZ3 and SZ4. In addition to seven...
Auris Is a Fuel-Wise Choicecabin Changes Have Been Made
AS Toyota celebrates the remarkable milestone of 20 million new car sales in Europe the company has announced a raft of improvements to its most popular energy-efficient models. For those aiming to slash their motoring costs, Toyota is emerging...
Beat VAT Increase and Get More with Myvi
THE UK's most affordable new car has just become even better value for money with a free accessory pack loaded with extra equipment. The offer applies to anyone buying a new Perodua Myvi prior to the VAT increase. There is a free accessory pack...
Big Race Is Marred by Tell Tragedy
Byline: Tom Peacock AITEEN Thirtythree was left an easy winner of the Grade Two GPG Novices' Chase at Newbury after Tell Massini suffered a fatal injury at the fifth-last. Tom George's Tell Massini, the 8-11 favourite, supplemented a strong hurdling...
Bird's Eye View of the Festive Season; CHRISTMAS Is Coming and the Geese Are Getting Fat. So Too Are the Free-Range Bronze Turkeys on One Family Farm in Northumberland. KATHARINE CAPOCCI Finds out More
Byline: KATHARINE CAPOCCI FARMER Angus Nelless strolls through an orchard in the Coquet Valley in Northumberland, a flock of turkeys in tow. Life is good for these free-range, organic Bronze birds that have been ensconced down on the farm since...
Buck Breaks a Record
A NORTH East record was broken this week with some cracking bags being taken. The record went to Dean Buck who landed a specimen common sole of 3-10-0 from the Spiles at Seaham. The biggest bag of 40lb, best 5-12-0, went to Andrew Ninkcrans, fishing...
Call for Duke to Up His Financial Offer; Community Seeks More Cash Help
Byline: Writer Name VILLAGERS are pressing the Duke of Northumberland to improve a proposed financial contribution to a rural village where his business wing wants to create a housing development. The multi-millionaire landowner has offered to...
Care for Vulnerable People; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
IT'S important that we care for the more vulnerable members of our community. Luckily there are a range of services in our area that can help us support those who need it. The Hextol Foundation is a registered charity, providing work experience,...
Celebrate Success
THE Journal, Evening Gazette and Business & Enterprise North East are passionate about business in our region and we want you to be too. The North East Business Awards are now in their 11th year of the regional format and at their heart are...
Central Stopping-Off Point; BEER ALASTAIR GILMOUR
GATESHEAD has taken on a new perspective. The Sage, the Baltic and the Millennium Bridge have a rival in visual splendour from a yet-to-be-unveiled eyrie - the rooftop Terrace Bar at the painstakingly refurbished Central pub. The Victorian glory of...
Changes Can Lead to Benefits; VIV KINNAIRD
THIS week's second round of student protests against the increase in university tuition fees is a public reminder of the changes occurring in higher education in England and Wales. The details of the comprehensive spending review and the recently...
Children Lead Fight to Save Their School; Three-Year-Olds Take Objections to Education Bosses
Byline: Nicola Juncar THREE-YEAR-OLDS Jacob Ward and Milly Grosvenor delivered nearly 500 objection forms to the proposed closure of their village school to education bosses yesterday. The move was the latest round in a determined battle by parents,...
Competition Is Hotting Up
COMPETITION to win a scholarship on an MBA course at Newcastle University Business School is hotting up with only a few days left to enter. The Journal has teamed up with the CBI to offer one lucky reader a two-year scholarship on the MBA programme,...
Councils Face Crisis over New Budgets; Authorities Warn Government
Byline: Adrian Pearson SEVERAL North East councils have warned the Government they may not be able to set a legal budget for next year as a result of spending cuts. The fear has been sparked by the Government's refusal to allow councils to borrow...
Culture
THRILLER THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNETS' NEST (2hr 27 mins) Certificate: 15 Starring: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Anders Ahlbom Rosendahl. Director: Daniel Alfredson. Star rating: JUDGMENT day arrives for renegade computer hacker Lisbeth Salander...
David Returns to Design Roots with Galliford
GALLIFORD Try, the Ponteland-based contractor and house builder, has appointed David Atkinson as design coordinator. David, 46, lives with his wife and family in Newcastle and joins the company after working as a regeneration consultant within a large...
David Wells
Sometimes it's not about your good luck that puts a smile on your face, sometimes it's the good fortune of those close to you that cheers up your day. Be happy, be supportive; be slightly envious but think it's your turn next! An issue in the workplace...
Deaths
BELLERBY (Bedlington). Formerly of Trotter Grove. In hospital surrounded by family on 20th November 2010, aged 86 years, Doreen, beloved wife of the late Lambert, much loved sister of Ron and dear sisterinlaw of Betty. Doreen will be greatly missed...
Decision Is Cold Comfort for Bruce; Cats Go-Ahead for Indoor Pitch
Byline: Stuart Rayner SUNDERLAND have recorded some impressive victories this season, but manager Steve Bruce thinks the most important may have come in a council planning meeting. Winter came to Wearside with a vengeance yesterday, ravaging...
Dj[euro] Vu for Cats as Winter Heralds Problems
DESPERATE times at the Stadium of Light have called for desperate measures, which is why John Mensah is set for a shock comeback at Molineux tomorrow, writes STUART RAYNER. Three weeks into a supposed six-week lay-off with a dislocated shoulder, Ghana...
Ennis Has Olympic Double Dilemma
WORLD and European champion Jessica Ennis admits she faces a tough decision over her dreams of double Olympic glory. Barring a dramatic turnaround between now and 2012, Ennis (pictured above) will start as favourite to add the Olympic heptathlon...
Europe's Still the Ultimate Dream
FABRICIO Coloccini came to Newcastle United with the hope of playing in Europe - and he hopes to one day restore the club to former glories even if he knows avoiding relegation is the main priority at the moment. United's heavy defeat at Bolton...
Family-Friendly Newcomers
THE UK's favourite car company has introduced some family-friendly newcomers that give more for less just before Christmas. Their arrival comes at a time when Ford is celebrating being the most popular motor manufacturer for private buyers whose...
Family Owners Are Cautiously Optimistic Now; BUSINESS INSIGHTS CAROL CHLEBOUN
UK family businesses are showing signs of being upbeat about the future, with 64% saying they are aiming to expand, according to the UK findings of PwC's latest Family Business Survey. Despite the most challenging economic and financial conditions...
From Tearful Nights to Cult Heroism; Fabricio Coloccini's Troubled Afternoon at Bolton Has Again Raised Doubts about His Ability to Deal with Physical Forwards, but the Argentinian Is a Lot Tougher Than You Think. Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Reports
AT its worst Fabricio Coloccini would quietly leave the training ground without sharing a word with any of his team-mates, head home, shut the door and cry as he tried to cope with what felt like a terrible mistake. Unable to speak the language,...
Fund Backing
THE North East-based deputy chair of the regional growth fund has welcomed the proposed tourism bid. Tyneside businessman Sir Ian Wrigglesworth agreed a pounds 1.4bn development pot could offer hope to the region's under-fire tourism industry. Port...
Golden Moment for Pawnbroker Firm
Byline: Iain Laing THE man who led the expansion of his family's pawnbroker firm into a massive nationwide business was last night named the North East Business Executive of the Year 2010. Stewart Smith, who has transformed Ramsden's Financial...
Grainger's Stepping Up Its Buying Programme
Byline: John Hill PROPERTY giant Grainger believes it is in a strong position to pick up new houses as the housing market stabilises. The UK's leading residential landlord forecast "challenging" conditions in the short term for the market, but...
Grateful England Saved by the Bell; CRICKET
PETER Siddle and Ian Bell had shocks in store for their Ashes opponents on day one of this winter's battle for the urn. Siddle will never forget his hat-trick on his 26th birthday as England were bowled out for 260 after choosing to bat first. ...
Having a Burgundy Christmas
Byline: HELEN SAVAGE HELEN SAVAGE ONE very good reason for choosing Burgundy wines this Christmas is that they make food taste better. If you fight shy of Burgundy because the top wines are expensive, try the Blason de Bourgogne range, which...
Hibs Boss Toes an Official Line; Ex-United Coach Gives Backing to Referees' Action
COLIN Calderwood expressed sympathy yesterday for the "solidarity" shown by striking Scottish officials. Hibernian's match with St Johnstone at Easter Road tomorrow will go ahead as planned after the Scottish Football Association announced foreign...
It's Good to Talk So Why Hide Behind Hi-Tech?
Byline: ROBERT GIBSON ACLIENT said to me the other day that they found the increasing pace of life and technology overload evermore stressful. Technology is becoming more intrusive. All in the name of efficiency and cost saving. Digital dictation,...
Jacobsen Taking Nothing for Granted
ALLAN Jacobsen will win his 50th cap against Samoa tomorrow with Scotland on a high after the win over South Africa, but the surprise defeat which marked his first national appearance is a constant reminder of what can go wrong for the Edinburgh prop....
Johnson: It's Our Cup Final; England Coach Demands Best against Springboks
MARTIN Johnson has demanded England take a cup final mentality into tomorrow's showdown with struggling world champions South Africa. Johnson has reverted to his strongest line-up and named the same starting XV which laid the foundations for England's...
Laguna with All the Best Gadgets
TYPICAL of the sort of benefits new car buyers are being offered ahead of the VAT rise are seen in the latest models from just three of the Benfield Motor Group's many brands - Renault, Nissan and Volkswagen. Renault has released the pricing and...
Manufacturing Still So Important to Region
Byline: Iain Laing MANUFACTURING may have changed dramatically in the last two decades but it is still the engine house of the North East economy. The sector once dominated by shipbuilders and steel companies has evolved into a far more diverse,...
National Good Demands a Fiscal Attack on Oldies
Byline: BOB CUFFE MULTI-MILLIONAIRE George Osborne tells us "we're all in this together". My understanding is - and I'm very well informed - that the Osbornes are themselves feeling the pinch. I've heard that they're no strangers to Own Label....
New Guidelines on Labels for Food Country of Origin
Byline: Karen Dent NEW guidelines have been published to ensure that British meat and dairy products carry accurate country of origin labels. The Principles on Country of Origin Information document, which is backed by the Government, was put...
No Fighting Chance of Big Race Being Run; INSIDE TRACK JAMES ARMSTRONG
WE are extremely disappointed to announce the prestigious StanJames.com 'Fighting Fifth' Hurdle, due to take place tomorrow, has been abandoned due to snow. While the wintry scene paints a lovely picture, it's a real blow that nature has got the...
Officially Daft as a Brush; Special Ceremony to Launch Charity
Byline: Vicky Robson ANEW charity set up to support cancer patients in the North East was officially launched at a special ceremony last night. Entrepreneur Brian Burnie sold his prestigious country hotel near Alnwick, Northumberland, earlier...
PC Joined Force to Be Abuser; Sexual Predator Chose Career to Target Victims
Byline: Sophie Doughty APOLICE officer convicted of rape and indecent assault joined the police force specifically to prey on vulnerable women, according to the detective who brought him to justice. Northumbria PC Stephen Mitchell is facing a...
PM Defends Bid to Test Nation's Wellbeing; Critics Say Plan Is Bid to Pull Wool over Public''s Eyes
Byline: Daniel Bentley MEASURING the nation's "wellbeing" as well as its wealth will make it easier for the Government to help British people attain "the good life", David Cameron said yesterday. The Prime Minister announced that the Office for...
Rise in Fortunes for Sludge-Drying Firm
Byline: Christopher Knox ACOMPANY which uses electricity to dry out sludge and waste is in talks with a number of companies looking to try to stop a disaster like the recent toxic flood in Hungary. Newcastle-based Electrokinetic said it had received...
Simply Ask about Food; RSPCA Campaign to Help Customers
Byline: Tony Henderson MORE than half of people surveyed in the North East want eateries to provide information about the welfare credentials of the meat, fish, eggs, poultry and dairy ingredients they source. The survey, carried out on behalf...
Sky to Light Up for Tragic Liam; Family Mark Anniversary with Fireworks
Byline: Ruth Lawson THE family of teenage crash victim Liam Hawley will be setting the skies alight in memory of their son to mark the first anniversary of his death. Julie and Andrew Hawley are taking time out today to lay flowers at the crash...
Smart Move for the City Slickers
CITROEN'S C3 Picasso has just received some smart new updates including a new high-efficiency HDi 110 engine and six-speed transmission. There is also the addition of a Connecting Box with USB and Bluetooth connectivity as standard on VTR+ and Exclusive...
Song Illustrates Fans' Fondness
IT is one of the best football chants around, although Fabricio Coloccini thought his teammates were winding him up when they first told him about the terrace tune in his honour. Having initially struggled to convince United fans he was worth the...
Spirit River Can Be Pride of London
Byline: Saraband NICKY Henderson has long been of the opinion Spirit River would come into his own over the larger obstacles, and he gets his chance to prove that point in the Fuller's London Pride Novices' Chase at Newbury. The Seven Barrows handler...
Still Showing
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 1 (12A) Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 follows on from the shocking events of Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince with Harry (Daniel Radcliffe), Ron (Rupert Grint) and Hermione (Emma Watson)...
Stillwater Anglers Feeling the Chill
THE cold snap which brought the first snowfall of the winter has reduced angling activity this week. On the final full week on Whittle Dene, only a handful of anglers braved the elements. However, there was exceptional coarse sport at Fontburn...
The Best of Spanish Wine for Festive Fare
WITH Christmas fast approaching, specialist wine importer the hop, the vine in Newcastle has all you need to ensure the festive season is a merry one. Owner Philip W George said: "We've selected a small collection of Riojas at the request of our...
The Warranty Warren; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE JONATHAN WILLETT
COMPLEX construction projects entail a number of parties becoming involved at different stages starting with the builder or developer and ending with an occupier moving in as either a tenant or owner. But how does a party protect itself from legal...
This Time We Are Ready for the Weather; Highways Bosses Pledge to Keep Roads Clear
Byline: Robert Weatherall TRANSPORT chiefs insist they are up to the job of keeping the region moving after the first heavy snow of the year hit the North East. Highways bosses have been quick to reassure motorists that they are well equipped...
Time to Time to Talk Turkey Talk Turkey; FOOD MATTERS
"They can choose to roam outside during the day, with the turkeys having an orchard to forage and feed in, but at night they are shut safely away from predators. "And they always have shelter in bad weather. "That's why the price of our birds...
Tory Peer Sorry for Poor Breeding Gaffe; Apology over 'Shameful'' Cuts Comments
Byline: Joe Churcher NEW Conservative peer Howard Flight apologised yesterday for attacking Government welfare cuts which he suggested would encourage the poor to have more children. Mr Flight said he wanted to withdraw the comments minutes after...
Tourism Bosses Warn One in 10 Jobs at Risk; Visits to North East Attractions Down by 38%
Byline: Adrian Pearson TOURISM bosses in the North East have warned declining visitor numbers will put one in 10 of the region's jobs at risk unless the Government offers real help. Tourist visitor numbers for the North East have started to fall...
Train Delay Puts Jobs in Jeopardy; Hitachi Factory Depends on Ministers Putting New Trains on East Coast Main Line
Byline: William Green TRAIN builder Hitachi yesterday hinted it could walk away from plans to create thousands of jobs in the North East amid Government delays to a key contract. The Japanese company wants to build a state-of-the-art factory...
Two New Recruits for Business Group
AN expanding business and training group has appointed two new staff as it approaches its 30th anniversary. Alison Gittins and Jessica Trotman have joined Durham Business Group, which provides networking, training and business services across the region....
Uni Students Stage Sit-In over over Fees; Group Are Sleeping in Art Building
Byline: Nicola Juncar STUDENTS at Newcastle University are staging a sit-in protest over Government plans for higher tuition fees. The group of around 60 undergraduates are occupying the university's fine art building, condemning cuts to higher...
Villagers Will Have to Wait; No Funds to Introduce a Vehicle Weight Restriction
Byline: Brian Daniel A NORTHUMBERLAND village will have to wait for schemes to stop HGVs passing through, highways bosses have said. People at Hebron, near Morpeth, have been told by Northumberland County Council that it does not have the funds...
Village to Go on Video? CCTV Proposed as Deterrent against Crime
Byline: Paul Tully CLOSED circuit TV cameras could be installed in one of Northumberland's picture-postcard villages to deter criminals and troublemakers. Corbridge, in the Tyne Valley, is known as largely crime-free - and parish councillors want...
Vipers Shocked as Langdon Asks to Leave; ICE HOCKEY
JUST as player-coach Danny Stewart thought he had reshaped his Newcastle Vipers squad, the Elite League strugglers have been shocked by a transfer request from Scott Langdon. The 25-year-old defenceman has been one of the club's success stories...
We're All in It Together? Bah, Humbug
Byline: DAVID BANKS SCROUNGERS, we casually label them. Yes, it's cruel, but they've been called far worse. 'Plumbum swingarum' unsympathetic old-time GPs would write in cod Latin on a 'sickie' suspect's sick note: "Swinging the lead." Now the...
Wilson's Poised to Be Eagles Debutant; Rookie Ross to Get His Chance
NEWCASTLE Eagles will unleash 17-year-old wonder kid Ross Wilson on the BBL tonight as they look to get over their Cup semi-final heartbreak, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Fab Flournoy's men were sent tumbling out by a very strong Mersey Tigers side on Wednesday...
Young Hoping to Tame the Tigers; Micky Set for Leicester Test
Byline: Mark Smith THE last time Newcastle Falcons won at Leicester Tigers, Micky Young was tucked up in his Hartlepool bed on the eve of his eighth birthday. Now, 13 years on from that milestone victory, the 21-year-old is hoping for a long-overdue...