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 10, 2010

A Boost for Our Asian Entre Epreneurs; WHILE the Asian Business Community Contributes Billions to the Nation's Economy, Many Budding Asian Entrepreneurs Can Still Find It a Struggle to Access the Support They Need. CHRISTOPHER KNOX Takes a Look at One Organisation That Is Looking to Rectify the Situation
Despite being an important part of the region's economy, there is still not complete integration between Asian entrepreneurs and the wider business community. Research from the Ethnic Minority Business Task Force shows that black, Asian and minority...
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All Eyes on Wymott's Fences Debut
Byline: Saraband JUMPS racing really is hitting top gear now and all eyes will be on Donald McCain's Wymott as he makes his debut over fences in the Maxilead Metals Beginners' Chase at Bangor today. Owned by Trevor Hemmings, the six-year-old...
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Anger as Post Office Bank Plan Scrapped; Government Insists Service Will Improve
Byline: Alan Jones THE Government yesterday unveiled plans to invest in Post Offices, cut queues and increase opening times but angered unions, business and pensioner groups by deciding against setting up a state-backed Post Office Bank. A coalition...
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Anglers Make the Most of Last Week
ANGLERS are enjoying the last few days of the fishing season at Kielder Water which will close on Friday until March 12. On one of his last casts of the season, Les Ions from Ashington, fishing Yellow PowerBait Eggs from the bank at Tower Knowe,...
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A Real Treasure in Bard Quest; OUR Quest to Find the North East's Favourite Shakespearean Character Has Thrown Up a Rare Treasure, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports
CELEBRITY Cooke in 1800, BY the nature of cinema, we know exactly what the earliest films looked like. The film-making process is geared towards permanence. It is different in the theatre. Stage productions, unless they are filmed, are ephemeral...
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Aviation Tax Increases Will Hinder Our Trade
Byline: RICHARD SWART DOING business abroad is not always straightforward as companies have to cope with cultural differences, strange regulatory regimes and complex customs procedures. And it has no doubt become more complicated for many businesses...
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Barclays Man Is Geared Up for Further Success
Byline: Peter McCusker BARCLAYS'' new regional corporate director has signed off his first major deal with a pounds 25m funding package to fast-growing North East motor dealer Vertu. The Gateshead-based plc says the multi-million pound debt and...
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Battling Gateshead Secure a Fine Point; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Fleetwood Town............................ 0 Gateshead ..................................... 0 GATESHEAD put in a tremendous defensive display to earn a goalless draw against fourthplaced Fleetwood Town at the other Highbury, writes JEFF BOWRON. The...
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Boro Are on the Road to Recovery
Scunthorpe 0 Middlesbrough 2 MIDDLESBROUGH are beginning to show the green shoots of recovery under Tony Mowbray after registering their first npower Championship away win of the season at Scunthorpe. Boro arrived at Glanford Park with the worst...
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Boss Jailed for Fraud Scam; Pounds 70,000-a-Year Manager Thought He Was Underpaid
ACROOKED boss who masterminded a near pounds 1m fraud at a North East engineering firm was today beginning a three-and-a-half year sentence behind bars. Peter Walker was the pounds 70,000 a year managing director of Liebherr Sunderland Works Limited,...
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Build Your Future on Gopperth, Says Burke; Aussie Legend Matt Backs Kiwi Jimmy
Byline: Mark Smith FALCONS legend Matt Burke has picked out fly half Jimmy Gopperth as the man to build the club's future around. The Aussie icon is now back in his homeland after a stellar four-year spell on Tyneside which saw him rack up 27 tries...
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Business Diary
This is a free business events diary service. nebusiness cannot be held responsible if events are cancelled, postponed or changed without prior warrning. Email brief details of your event to Iain Laing at iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk or phone 0191 201...
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Cameron 'To Raise' Case of Campaigner; There Will Be 'No Lecturing' Insists PM
Byline: Andrew Woodcock DAVID Cameron was last night expected to raise the case of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo directly in private talks with the Chinese leadership. Mr Cameron infuriated supporters of the dissident academic when...
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Chance to Learn Marketing Art from Its Leading Lights
LEADING figures from the world of advertising and marketing will be sharing their knowledge at a high-profile event tomorrow to help North East bosses promote their businesses. Trevor Beattie, a partner at top London ad agency Beattie, McGuinness,...
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Changes to the CRC - a New Business Tax?
THE recent Treasury Spending Review announced that the CRC energy efficiency scheme was tobe simplified to reduce the burden on businesses, with the first allowance sales for 2011-12 emissions now taking place in 2012 rather than 2011. The CRC energy...
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Cost of Study Spiralled by 300% in Last Two Decades
THE yearly cost of studying for a degree has risen 300% in the past two decades, according to new research. Figures from the University and College Union (UCU) show the spiralling cost to students of higher education, and suggest it will continue...
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Crewe Hit by Murphy Pair; Carlisle See off Railwaymen to Book Last Four Spot
Carlisle United 3 Crewe Alexandra 1 CARLISLE United made heavy weather of their progression to the area semi final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy as they were made to work hard by a typically well drilled Crewe side. Two goals from Peter Murphy...
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Daniel Hone's in on Darlo Victory; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Darlington ..................................... 1 Tamworth ...................................... 0 DARLINGTON'S cut price initiative paid dividends as their biggest crowd of the season saw Daniel Hone's winning strike fire them back into the top...
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David Wells
An awkward situation at work needn't be as difficult as it first appears. Think about what small thing you need to do to get someone on your side and do it, but do it with all the professionalism you can show. No dramas please. Even though you have...
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Deaths
CANVIN (Cramlington). Peacefully in Wansbeck Hospital, on 6th November 2010, aged 96 years, Bob, beloved husband of the late May, loving dad of George, cherished grandad of Neil and 'Old Bob' to his great grandchildren. Please meet for Funeral Service...
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Demand for Big Sheds Is Fragile
DEMAND for big sheds in the North East continues to be driven by the manufacturing sector. This is in contrast to other areas of the country where take-up has largely been from the need of retailers to rationalise or expand distribution and logistics...
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Driving Forward in Face of Recession
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN ROBERT Forrester was recently described as a "relentless optimist" after saying his customers were largely immune to the recession. His company's hunger for acquisitions at a time when the market for new cars is hardly robust...
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Eilidh Is Inspiration for Life-Saving Action; MEP Wants to Make Cycling Safer in Europe
Byline: Amy Hunt THE death of a Northumberland woman has inspired a campaign to make cycling safer all over Europe. Eilidh Cairns, 30, from Ellingham near Alnwick, was killed when she was hit by a truck as she cycled to work in London in February...
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Enrique Has Reasons to Give Thanks to Big Sam; Jose's Got Big Sam to Thank
Byline: Luke Edwards JOS[ETH] Enrique will always be grateful to Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce - as it was his decision to take a risk on the raw young Spaniard and bring him to Newcastle United. Enrique has blossomed into a fine leftback...
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Feeding the Masses Has to Be Main Priority
Byline: Karen Dent THE Government is being urged to ensure that food production remains the priority under the revised Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The message comes from the Tenant Farmers' Association (TFA), which is concerned that changes...
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Fergie Ready for Intense Derby Battle
SIR Alex Ferguson may still regard Manchester United's meetings with Liverpool as a derby of "honour," but even he accepts the intensity surrounding duels with City has exploded in recent years. The Red Devils head to Eastlands tonight eager for...
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First Class Support for Your Property Needs
REGIONAL businesses looking for commercial property advice can take advantage of a dedicated support service offered by one of the region's leading business development agencies. Tyne and Wear Development Company has over 20 years experience in...
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Flower's No Shrinking Violet with Selection; Fringe Players Not Certain of a Game
Byline: DAVID CLOUGH ANDY Flower knows England must be ruthless in selection to ensure they have the right men at the top of their game when they begin their Ashes campaign in Brisbane, writes DAVID CLOUGH. Two warm-up fixtures remain for England...
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Free Thinking to Stir the Mind
ACCORDING to Lord Blair of Boughton, the former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, the significance of violence in the UK is overblown. Rather, he said, we are living in "a violence averse society". "We don't like violence and we don't...
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Funding Boost for Meat Supply Changes
A FAMILY butcher has received funding to boost the North East supply chain with benefits from farmer through to butcher by improving provenance and reducing food miles. Freeman Catering Butchers has been awarded a grant of more than pounds 155,000...
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Gifted Lee Still Keeps the Laughs Coming
Lee Mack, Newcastle City Hall LEE Mack needs a holiday. I know this because he told me during an interview last week. I also know this because I went to see him on the last of a three-night residency at Newcastle City Hall - which represents...
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Gordon on Form as Cats Snatch a Priceless Point; Spurs Frustrated as Sunderland Weather Storm
Byline: Stuart Rayner Tottenham Hotspur 1 Sunderland 1 SUNDERLAND continued their habit of upsetting the big boys with a hard-earned point at White Hart Lane. After being unfortunate to lose in North London almost a year earlier, Sunderland can...
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Guru Brings Humour to 'Dry' Videos
Byline: John Hill THE world of corporate videos would appear to be a little dry for the man behind shows such as Robot Wars. However, North East-based TV producer Tom Gutteridge found himself tinkering with the image of BIllingham's Pearson-Harper...
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Hard Work Pays off as Clive Owen Clinches Third Major Deal
THE corporate finance team at Darlington-based accountants and business advisers Clive Owen has brought home its third major deal in the last few months. The team advised Durham fire safety firm Fyr Fyter in its acquisition by national workplace...
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High-Risk Bets Are Costing Us Dear
Byline: HOSSEIN TURNER DERIVATIVES are financial instruments that obtain their value from another underlying asset. They are mostly high-risk bets and they are costing the world dear. In July, the Bank of International Settlements reported that...
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Hunt for Tiot Worthwhile
CHEIK Tiot's wonderful impact at Newcastle United was the result of a three-year hunt by manager Chris Hughton, who persuaded Mike Ashley to loosen the purse strings to sign him despite the tight financial restrictions in place, writes LUKE EDWARDS....
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In Memoriam
ANDERSON (Chopwell). In loving memory of Derek, our dear husband, dad and grandad. No verse can say, no flowers repay, all that we lost one year ago today. No last farewells were spoken, you never said goodbye, you were gone before we knew it and only...
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Isos Heeds Call of the Air Ambulance
INVESTING in new mobile phones for staff at a North East housing association has led to a valuable pounds 3,000 donation of old phones to the Great North Air Ambulance Service. Newcastle-based Isos Housing Group has been supporting the charity for...
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I Talk a Load of Trash - Flournoy
Byline: Mark Douglas CROCKED Fab Flournoy reckons regular "trash talking" is the best medicine as he recovers from a knee ligament injury. The Eagles' player-coach looks set to miss Friday's British Basketball League Cup quarter-final against...
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It's Not Doom and Gloom for Spartans Now; BLUE SQUARE BET NORTH
Blyth Spartans ..................................... 1 Harrogate Town ................................... 0 WHEN they made their exit from the money-spinning FA Cup a few weeks ago, doom and gloom descended over Croft Park, writes MALCOLM PRATT. ...
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Johnson Orders Troops to Sharpen Up
MARTIN Johnson admitted England will not win the World Cup next year unless they sharpen their killer instinct. England's inability to turn pressure into points was punished by New Zealand last weekend as the All-Blacks held on for a 26-16 victory...
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Link between Family Life and Young Mums
Byline: James Moore EXPERTS at Newcastle University believe women separated from their mothers for an extended time during their early years are more likely become mothers at a young age. Researchers found women who spent between six-months and...
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Local Businesses Encouraged to Get Employment Smart; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Martyn Kendrick, area director for Lloyds TSB Commercial in the North East & Cumbria IN A recent survey commissioned by Lloyds TSB Commercial, businesses in the North East said their understanding of employment rules isn't what it should be. ...
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Magpies H Av E Silenced Doubters; Newcastle United Were Braced for a Long and Difficult Battle against Relegation This Season, but Do Recent Results Hint at Something Far More Exciting Than Mere Survival? Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Reports
Byline: Luke Edwards IF there is one thing which has made Newcastle United's progress this season so pleasing it is the fact nobody predicted it. For once, the Magpies have pleasantly surprised in the Premier League rather than frustrated falling...
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Making the World a Far More Interesting Place
IMAGINE city centre flower beds given over to public vegetable plots or workmen on a building site indulging in a spot of improvised construction. Or how would you fancy urban archery (bows and arrows kept in those unused electrical boxes conveniently...
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Market Demand Is Falling
DEMAND for commercial property continues to decline in the North East, according to the latest RICS survey. Occupier demand fell for the first time in 12 months, with the net balance falling to -5 from +12. All sectors showed falls, but industrial...
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Market for Commercial Properties Seeing a Rise
Byline: Peter McCusker THE appetite for investment in commercial property in an era of low interest rates and volatile stock markets is continuing with a raft of regional deals. The Newcastle office of property agent King Sturge has secured three...
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Modest Medic Is Honoured by Queen; Soldier Risked Her Life to Save Comrades
Byline: Sarah Scott ANORTH East army medic who risked her life to save comrades in battle has been honoured by the Queen. Cpl Sarah Bushbye, 26, was yesterday presented the Military Cross during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. ...
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M&S Boosts Its Branding
Byline: Iain Laing THE new chief executive of Marks & Spencer has unveiled an 'Only at M&S' campaign to bolster the company's own brand as part of his long-awaited vision for the business. Marc Bolland, who joined M&S from supermarket...
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Nap Award for New Hirst and District
NEW Hirst and District Social Club were the convincing winners of the Newcastle Racecourse sponsored Journal Clubman's Nap Award for the 2010 Flat season. They spread-eagled the field thanks to tipping two double priced winners, Overturn (14/1)...
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New Hope for Horse Festival after Takeover; Belief Burgham Could Become a Premier Event
Byline: Dave Black HOPES have been raised that a loss-making horse festival which was launched in Northumberland amid political controversy could yet become a major event in the UK equestrian calendar. A private sector takeover of the Burgham Horse...
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North Home for Carbon Trial Plan
Byline: John Hill A MANUFACTURING site in Hartlepool will be home to a trial of a new low-carbon technology that could save between 600 and 750 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. The DRD Power project will be road-tested at the Huntsman Pigments...
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North Youth Club Receives a Fundraising Boost
VOLUNTEERS behind a Northumberland youth club are hoping to widen its range of activities after celebrating a major fundraising boost. Wooler Young People's Association has been given pounds 90,654 by the Big Lottery Fund. The donation will secure...
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'Oven-Ready' Sites Will Meet the Future Demand; THE Market for Large Industrial Units in the North East Has Changed as a Result of the Rece Ss Ion. Regional Property Experts Take a Look at the Trends
THE big shed market in the UK grew predominantly out of the retailing sector looking for large warehousing/distribution facilities from which they could service their nationwide retail chains. Due to both property and labour costs and the general...
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Pool Boss Is Excited by Side's Prospects
Byline: Mark Douglas MICK Wadsworth reckons his Hartlepool United squad are on the verge of something special. Tipped by most as virtual certainties for relegation following a summer of uncertainty, a Pool squad assembled on what is thought to be...
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Region Is a Hotbed of Entrepreneurial Talent
THE hunt is on for successful businesses which will take the title of North East Company of the Year 2010. Entries are rolling in for the nebusiness awards, which are organised by The Journal and Evening Gazette. It is the most coveted title of the...
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Remains Recovered from Sea
Byline: Alastair Craig PATHOLOGISTS were working last night to identify human remains found close to the area where a North East teenager was lost at sea. The body was discovered by a fishing vessel off south east Scotland at about 5.15pm on...
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RICS Members Can Help Your Business Thrive
LIKE a solicitor or an accountant, a chartered surveyor is an essential advisor. RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) members offer the very best advice on a diverse range of land, property, construction and related environmental issues....
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Ryan the Hero as Sunderland RCA Roll along; NON-LEAGUE ROUND-UP
THE Sunderland RCA bandwagon rolls on even though they were taken to the wire by STL Northern League Second Division opponents Chester-le-Street in last night's Durham Challenge Cup Second Round tie at Meadow Park. The Cestrians shocked the First...
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Sale of Properties Will Help Cut National Debt
Byline: Peter McCusker ONE of the region's largest property developers is believed to be closing in on a deal to secure the bulk of the real estate assets of One North East in a move which would secure over pounds 120m of prime industrial stock...
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Services Cut to Pay for Redundancies; Fears as New Town Hall Changes Made
Byline: Adrian Pearson MONEY earmarked for vital services must be used to fund redundancy payments to thousands of council workers. Treasury officials, in a visit to the region, said authorities will not be able to borrow cash needed for redundancy...
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Site Mothball Plan Down to Recession; Majority of Staff to Lose Jobs at Firm
Byline: Brian Daniel AFAMILY business in Northumberland has announced plans to make staff redundant and mothball its base due to an industry slump. The Swarland Brick Company, based near Rothbury, has revealed it is seeking to make most of its...
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Slowdown in Manufacturing Growth Fuels Recovery Fears
GROWTH in manufacturing output in the UK slowed to 0.1% in September, fuelling fears over the pace of the sector's recovery. While activity rose for a fifth straight month, it was the weakest month-on-month rate since April, according to the Office...
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Solicitors to Don Whites for the Day as Charity Chefs
TWO Newcastle solicitors are swapping their statute books for saucepans to create a fine dining restaurant for one night only in East Boldon to raise funds for charity. Richard Palmer, 43, and Iain Gilchrist, 45, are opening Allium in the United...
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Stoke Victorious in a Thriller
Stoke City .............................................. 3 Birmingham City ................................... 2 STOKE survived another impressive comeback by Birmingham to bring their losing run to an end in a dramatic game at the Britannia Stadium....
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Stores Set to Be Approved; Supermarket Plans Will Create Jobs
Byline: Dave Black NEW supermarket plans which it is claimed will create up to 220 jobs in neighbouring Northumberland towns are set to be given the green light next week. Families in Blyth and Bedlington are in line for improved shopping facilities...
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Stuart: We Knew the Draw Was Hard One
STUART Pearce last night insisted any draw would have been tough for England after seeing them dealt a nightmare group for next year's Uefa Under-21 Championship. Pearce's youngsters landed Spain, the Czech Republic and Ukraine in Group B, a pool...
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Students May Have to Abandon Dreams; University Fee Fears Lead to a Re-Think
Byline: Brendan Hughes TWO out of three sixth-formers in the North may abandon plans to study at university because of rising costs and the fear of long-term debt, new figures suggest. The shock results of a Journal survey reveal that most 16,...
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Take No Chances When It Comes to Your Child
ALEADING health expert has said children who haven't had the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine should be banned from school. Dr Sohail Bhatti, director of public health at NHS East Lancashire, said: "It's what happens in France. There, you...
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Tattooist Beth Goes Fishing for Business
WITH a particular flair for drawing Japanese koi carp, Beth Corbett is making her mark as a talented tattooist. Aptly named The Koi Pond, the 26-year-old's tattoo studio in Ashington has been trading for over a year and is going from strength to...
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Total Turnaround for Coatings Firm
Byline: Christopher Knox ACOATINGS business has bounced back after one of its biggest contracts fell through and says it is now on course to quadruple its sales after picking up work for roller doors bound for the Middle East. Elite Powder Coatings,...
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Tourism Chiefs See a Future in Unity; Bid to Create Alliance to Cover the Region and Overcome Cuts
Byline: Katie Davies TOURISM chiefs in Northumberland gathered yesterday in attempt to reduce the impact of funding cuts that will be imposed next year. The meeting, held at the Cragside Estate near Rothbury, was described as crucial because...
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Urging Caution over Recovery
Byline: ANDREW MILLER FINANCIAL markets have done well in recent weeks, helped by expectations (now fulfilled) that the US Federal Reserve would introduce a new round of quantitative easing (QE). But it still seems worth returning to some potential...
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Weather Not a Problem for on Trend Triumph
ATROCIOUS conditions at Lingfield posed no problems to On Trend as he made a winning debut for Nick Gifford in the EBF "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle. The Surrey course had cancelled a morning inspection but incessant rain yesterday exacerbated...
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Why an RICS Qualification Could Be Closer Than You Think
RICS welcomes new members from a diverse range of backgrounds and a number of different routes to membership have been developed to enable individuals from school-leavers through to professionals working in land, property and construction to gain RICS...
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Why Yorkshire Puds? Well It Stanza Reason; Tasty Treat for the Region''s Poetry Lovers
Byline: Tony Henderson POETRY and puddings will come together at an event next week designed to bring a smile to the lips. Next Monday will see the launch at Newcastle's Hyena Comedy Cafe of an anthology of humorous verse put together by Tyneside-based...
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Young Car Retailer Will 'Mature' with Pounds 1bn Sales
Byline: Andrew Hebden BULLISH car retailer Vertu Motors expects to see sales top pounds 1bn this year as it continues to defy challenging market conditions. Chief executive Robert Forrester told The Journal the Gateshead-based company - which...
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