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 12, 2010

_Space Group Chosen to Bid for Big Contracts
Byline: Christopher Knox ARCHITECTURAL firm _space group hopes to grow its sales and workforce after being chosen to bid for a host of multi-million pound public sector contracts across the North. The Newcastle-based firm is just one of six companies...
A Cracker of an Awards Night!
IT was a night to remember for Sage (UK) and Eaga at the 2010 North East Contact Centre Awards, organised by Tyne and Wear Development Company in association with NRG. The Tyne and Wear-based companies picked up the top prizes at the annual industry...
Animal Invasion to Help Charity Appeal; Fluffy Giraffes Will Be Sold to Raise Cash
Byline: Alastair Craig THE hunt is on for a lost herd of giraffes which have taken over a Northumberland town. Morpeth has been invaded by a family of long-necks in recent days. But it's not a case of zoo escapees, rather a bizarre fundraising...
A Tempting Taste of Traditional Favourites; TABLE FOR 3 ARANDA RAHBARKOUHI A Taste of Persia, Marlborough Cres, Newcastle
IT'S hard to describe Persian food to anyone who hasn't tried it, but imagine your grandmother serving up all her secret family recipes in one go - that's what a visit to A Taste of Persia is like. The menu is a true labour of love not just because...
'Axeing Grant Will Hit North Hardest'
Byline: Amy Hunt THOUSANDS of North East children from poorer backgrounds will be forced out of school when a support grant is scrapped, it is claimed. Figures obtained by a senior Labour politician reveal the region has a disproportionately...
Barton Apologises for Morten Punch; Three-Match Ban for United Star Joey: United's Barton Says Sorry for Punch
REPENTANT Joey Barton has issued an apology and spoken of his "deep regret" for the punch on Blackburn midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen that has ruled him out of the rest of Newcastle United's November fixtures. Barton accepted an FA charge of violent...
Benefits Shake-Up to Tackle National 'Crisis' Warning to Jobless Who Refuse Work
Byline: James Tapsfield THE UK's culture of welfare dependency is a "national crisis", Iain Duncan Smith warned yesterday as he unveiled the most radical shake-up of benefits for a generation. The Work and Pensions Secretary insisted it was a...
Beyond the Hill
Byline: BOB CUFFE IHAVE, as I recently confessed, turned 50. A number of people - obviously all old people - have told me that being 50 is a good thing. Some of these people had forgotten to put their trousers on, which somewhat damaged their...
Blaydon Can Build on Season Platform; REGIONAL PREVIEW
Byline: MARK SMITH BLAYDON boss Tom Rock hopes to use last weekend's narrow win at Wharfedale as a springboard for the remainder of their season, as they prepare to host Launceston tomorrow, writes MARK SMITH. The director of rugby saw his side...
Call to End Milk Price Secrecy
Byline: Karen Dent ACLIMATE of fear and secrecy is operating throughout the dairy industry, according to a major investigation. The NFU's "Milk Robbery" probe said that milk buyers are being forced to sign confidentiality agreements to prevent details...
Cancer Drug Blow; Life-Extending Treatment Too Costly for NHS
Byline: Jane Kirby BOWEL cancer patients will not be able to get access to a potentially life-extending drug on the NHS, the health watchdog confirmed today. Bevacizumab (Avastin) can help patients with advanced bowel cancer which has spread...
Cats Are Ready for Chelsea This Time - Zenden; Cats Are Ready for Chelsea This Time - Bolo
SUNDERLAND will return to Stamford Bridge far better equipped to avoid the monumental hammering they took there last season, but Boudewijn Zenden believes they cannot think simply about survival, writes STUART RAYNER. The Black Cats lost 7-2 at...
Clocking on - but in Your Own Time
Byline: DAVID BANKS MY FAVOURITE aunt kept every clock in the house 20 minutes fast. That way, she argued, when the Westminster chimes warned the one o'clock bus was due at the road end, she still had 20 minutes to spare. And when the hour sounded...
Cue Card Aims to Come Up Trumps
Byline: Saraband CUE Card made a splash on his first trip to Cheltenham last season and he can make another big impression on his return. The four-year-old's last visit to the Cotswolds resulted in an eight-length romp in the Champion Bumper...
Cuts Will Not Kill Tourism in the North East; GOVERNMENT CUTS: THE REGION: Organisations Defiant Region Can Be Promoted
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE region's leading tourist organisations have insisted they have the means to promote the North East across the world, despite funding cuts. Staff from the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative were among many to meet Visit...
David Wells
A combination of power and communication in your chart is driving you to stand up and say something and whilst there's still caution being advised the act itself is being encouraged. Know your stuff before speaking up. Venus is still picking holes...
Deaths
COARD (Ponteland). Peacefully in hospital after a short illness on 9th November 2010, aged 83 years, Mary Sutherland MBE, dearly loved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Would family and friends please meet for service at West Road Crematorium,...
Debut Boy North Ready to Hit South Africa
TEENAGE sensation George North - who has already been dubbed the Welsh Jonah Lomu - will be unleashed on Test match rugby this weekend. The juggernaut Scarlets wing, all 6ft 4in and 16 stone 7lbs of him, is set to line up against world champions...
'Deeper-Than-Expected' Cuts Left Leader No Choice; ANGER AT WELFARE AND EDUCATION CUTS: P8&9
AROUND 600 jobs are set to go at Gateshead Council as the result of pounds 70m worth of Government cuts. Council leader Mick Henry has said he was left to with no choice but to make the redundancies after deeper then expected "frontloaded" spending...
Difficult Not to Be Excited over Call; Newcastle's Simpson on Tenterhooks over England
Byline: Luke Edwards DANNY Simpson admits he has found it difficult not to get excited about the possibility of an England call up for next week's friendly against France. Simpson has started four games this season and only returned to first...
Dolan Is Still Waiting for Skills Reward
Byline: Stuart Rayner ONE of boxing's favourite mantras is 'Skills pay bills,' but Sunderland cruiserweight David Dolan is waiting for his talent to be rewarded. The 31-year-old (pictured below) is widely regarded as one of Britain's best and in...
England Call for Andy and Jordan?
NORTH East hot prospects Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson are poised for a first call-up to the senior England squad. Newcastle front man Carroll and Sunderland midfielder Henderson have been omitted from Stuart Pearce's Under-21 squad for next...
Falcons Braced for Evans Alert - Eves
Byline: Mark Smith NEWCASTLE Falcons have been put on Evans alert, ahead of Sunday's LV= Cup trip to Harlequins. Falcons centre Luke Eves has singled out New Zealand fly-half Nick Evans as the man to watch, with the Kiwi general having helped Quins...
Familiar Surroundings Have Collingwood Doing His Job Again; Cricket
PAUL Collingwood was relieved that familiar surroundings helped him start to do his job properly again for England yesterday, writes DAVID CLOUGH. A return to the scene of his Test match double-hundred brought out the best in the middle-order man,...
Festive Treats from the Farm ITH the Festive Season Fast
WITH the festive season fast approaching, staff at farm shops across the region are gearing themselves up for a busy time. At this time of year, the team at Moorhouse Farm Shop pull out all the stops to make sure that their customers have a great Christmas....
Further Success Beckons
OVER the last two decades the contact centre industry has emerged as one of the North East's key employers. Today, there are more than 60,000 employees working in 145 centres across the region ranging from operations run by major multi-national companies...
Gascoigne Sentence Delayed by Rehab; Tom Mullen 0191 201 6106 Tom.mulle N@ncjmedia.co .Uk
FORMER Newcastle United player Paul Gascoigne missed his sentencing for drink driving after he was admitted into rehab. The one-time Magpies and England midfielder was due to find out whether or not he would be jailed for driving his MG sports car...
Hamilton Ready for Final-Race Chuckle; MOTOR RACING
LEWIS Hamilton is planning to "have a good laugh" in Sunday's final grand prix of the year in Abu Dhabi in order to end the season with a smile on his face. Hamilton is not belittling his championship chances, even though he is a 100-1 outsider...
Heat Is on for Jam-Makers; A CHILLI Jam Challenge Is Set to Warm Up a Chilly November Day and Jesmond Dene House, the Venue for the Competition, Is Turning Up the Heat, as KATHARINE CAPOCCI Finds Out
Byline: KATHARINE CAPOCCI CHEFS at boutique hotel Jesmond Dene House in Newcastle have thrown down the gauntlet for a fiery challenge guaranteed to bring some chilli heat to a chilly November day. The heat is on as chilli jam-makers across the...
Items Sold for Pounds 2m; Estimated Value Is Smashed
Byline: Brendan Hughes RARE Japanese antiques owned by the late Northumberland environmentalist Edward Wrangham sold for more than pounds 2m in a London auction. One piece from Mr Wrangham's collection - a 19th-Century traditional Japanese case,...
It's Top Class Comedy; Television Duo Drop in at North School
Byline: Nicola Juncar YOUNG comedians showcased their talents in front of television's Armstrong and Miller yesterday as one of the popular duo returned to their old school. Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller - best known for their BBC sketch...
It Was More about the Politics of the South East Than the Economics of the North East; One North East Chief Hits out at the Decision to Abolish Quango
Byline: Adrian Pearson MORE than pounds 340m will be wiped off the North East economy just to please the South East, regeneration chiefs have claimed. Paul Callaghan, chairman of development agency One North East, said the decision to abolish...
I Want the Real Harrison, Says Haye
DAVID Haye hopes heavy underdog Audley Harrison is at his enigmatic best tomorrow in order to give the paying public "more than a minute's worth of entertainment". Harrison challenges huge favourite Haye for the WBA heavyweight in Manchester, with...
Keep Your Business Free from Bribery; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE CATRIONA LINGWOOD
THIS week legal experts urged construction companies to prepare for the toughest new UK bribery law for 100 years. The UK has introduced the law to cement its reputation as one of the least corrupt countries in the world. The new law is only...
Kurdi Is the Ideal Partner - Chairman
HE may have taken him by surprise when he turned an informal coffee into a formal business proposition, but Dave Thompson is convinced he has found the ideal partner in Semore Kurdi. Thompson has had his critics over the years, but his devotion...
Moody Fires Back at Insult Rumours
Byline: ALEX LOWE ENGLAND captain Lewis Moody yesterday denied provoking Keven Mealamu into launching a flying head-butt at him during last weekend's Test at Twickenham, writes ALEX LOWE. Unsubstantiated internet rumours, referenced in some sections...
More Jobs Go at Troubled Builders
Byline: Iain Laing ANOTHER 260 redundancies at building services firm Rok have been announced by administrators after a deal to save part of the business collapsed. The losses come from the plumbing, heating and electrical (PHE) division in Scotland...
Newcastle Braced for Racing Warm-Up
Byline: JAMES ARMSTRONG RACING gets under way here at Newcastle Racecourse tomorrow at 12.35pm for our final warm up before the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Raceday on Saturday, November 27. With plenty of precipitation and some reasonably warm...
New Director at Port of Tyne
PORT of Tyne has appointed Susan Wear to the newly created post of corporate affairs director to broaden the award-winning port's presence in the region and nationally. She will also help develop its role as a generator of economic growth for North...
New Head of Health and Safety at Isos
SOCIAL landlord Isos Housing Group has hired a new health and safety manager to keep its employees and tenants as safe as houses. Ean Badham has joined the Newcastle-based group as its first dedicated health and safety expert, and has set to work...
Noel Cashes in on Ruby Injury
NOEL Fehily has been the main beneficiary of the injury to Ruby Walsh and he partnered three winners at Taunton yesterday for the powerful Paul Nicholls yard. Walsh will be sidelined for some time after breaking his leg at Down Royal last Saturday,...
Now Showing
DUE DATE (15) Expectant father Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr) is a workaholic, who keeps in touch with his pregnant wife Sarah (Michelle Monaghan) via mobile phone. With her waters expected to break in a few days, Peter prepares to fly home for the...
Olympic Hopeful Osueke Ready for GB Box-Off
IT is perhaps a good job Newcastle light-heavyweight Lawrence Osueke refuses to look too far ahead, because at the end of the path he hopes to move down today stands national superstardom, writes STUART RAYNER. The 22-year-old Newcastle College student...
Online Retailer Offers Apprenticeship Chance
ONE of the country's leading online retailers has created four job opportunities for young people, working alongside the community organisation Springboard. Based in South Tyneside, Pet Supermarket. co.uk has forged this link to offer youngsters...
Police 'Got Balance Wrong' at Protest; but Minister Says Rioters Are to Blame
Byline: Anthony Barnes FAILURES in police intelligence will be investigated in the wake of violent student fees protests which exposed a response that "clearly did not go to plan", the Policing minister said yesterday. The Metropolitan Police,...
Prayers of Religious Order Are Answered; Hotel to Keep Saint's Name in Its Title
Byline: Paul Tully A400-YEAR-OLD religious order which ran a care centre in the Tyne Valley has had its prayers answered - by a hotel developer. The Lay Camillian Family, which has its roots in 16th-Century Italy, ran St Camillus House in Oakwood,...
Printer Back on Top after Struggle with Integration
Byline: Peter McCusker PRINTING firm Simpson has returned to the black following a tough year which saw it plummet to a loss of pounds 1.5m after it struggled to integrate a competitor it had bought out of administration. Mark Simpson, chairman...
Pub Talk
Byline: ALASTAIR GILMOUR THIS week, the "ghost" of Vera Duckworth, one-time landlady of the Rovers Return, made a final appearance in Coronation Street, escorting husband Jack across to "the other side". As he breathed his last, she too disappeared....
Pupils Are Less Likely to Reach Targets; North Primary Schools Fall below Average
Byline: Nicola Juncar CHILDREN from North East are less likely to reach targets in basic skills, such as reading and writing, than their peers elsewhere in the country, new figures show. Data released by the Department of Education yesterday show...
QC Tells Court of Offer to Accused; 'Resign and This Will Go Away' Claim Made
Byline: Rob Kennedy APOLICE officer accused of rape and a string of other serious offences was offered a "get out of jail free card" and told his own force would stop investigating him if he quit, a court was told yesterday . PC Stephen Mitchell's...
Remembering Brave Warriors; North East Falls Silent for Armistice Day
Byline: Kim Carmichael;Ruth Warrander THE North East fell silent yesterday as part of Armistice Day commemorations to honour the war dead. Among the services was a gathering at Killingworth, North Tyneside, attended by the family of North Shields-born...
Reviving Ancient Tradition Is Just a Piece of Cake
Byline: Tony Henderson MARKING the first anniversary of a stately home's new life as a major visitor attraction will be a piece of cake. The old tradition of the Twelfth Day Cake will be revived as the focus of the celebrations at the National...
Sea Anglers Gain from Wintry Gales
WITH the first cold easterly gales of the winter forecast for this week, sea angling catches should have improved by the time you read this. Those who manage to fish the sheltered river marks in the Wear and Tyne when the sea is at its heaviest...
Semore Building a Bright Falcons Future; BETWEEN THE LINES EDWARDS with LUKE READING: After Investing Heavily in Newcastle Falcons, Semore Kurdi Is Already Starting to Lose Sleep as He Grapples with the Problem of Trying to Restore the Club to Former Glories
Byline: LUKE READING IF there is one thing nobody can accuse Newcastle Falcons of it is a lack of ambition. It is the difficulty in trying to realise those ambitions which are the cause for concern. When Semore Kurdi formed a new ownership team...
Solicitors Act in Defective Hip Implant Cases; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
YORK solicitors Pryers, has been instructed by a number of patients to bring claims for compensation in relation to the failure of De Puy ASR hip implants, which have been recalled by the manufacturer. Since the product was launched in 2003, over 10,000...
Spin-Off Looks to Join Big Time with Silicon Rival
Byline: John Hill ADURHAM University spinout is preparing to produce an exciting new material on a larger scale after winning investment from Northstar Ventures. The venture capital group has sunk pounds 100,000 into Durham Graphene Science through...
Strong Broadband Service Sales Fail to Boost BT Revenue
Byline: Iain Laing ABUMPER quarter for BT's broadband service has failed to lift its overall sales as fewer customers turned to the telecoms giant for traditional landline services. BT said 253,000 customers were added by companies using BT's...
Students' Concrete Solution; Bacteria Developed to Mend Cracks
Byline: Amy Hunt IT is the stuff of science fiction made fact, with students at Newcastle University inventing a quick-fix for cracks in concrete using bacteria. The students have developed a genetically-modified microbe which can swim down cracks...
Talks on Rearing Pond Are a Success
AFTER months of consultation an agreement for the Tyne Anglers' Alliance by Northumbrian Water to create the far west pond at Whittle Dene into a Crash/Rearing Pond has now been finalised. Thanks to NW Fisheries Manager Don Coe and Northumbrian...
Technology Transforming Education
Byline: VIV KINNAIRD HIGHER education hits the headlines, it seems, every week. Tuition fees, degree subjects and examination results are all hotly debated in the media, the workplace and our homes. Not so long ago, university education was for...
The 2010 Winners
Contact Centre Adviser of the Year Sponsored by Sunderland City Council Presented by Councillor David Allan Tel: 0191 520 5555 Web: www.sunderland.gov.uk Winner: Beverly Owens - Eaga plc Runners-Up Cherree Brodie - JML Sylvia Hume - Everything Everywhere,...
Thompson Wonders If Hayman Buy Was Right
DAVE Thompson has questioned whether the signing of New Zealand international Carl Hayman was a good decision for Newcastle Falcons as he tried to explain the club's new transfer strategy. Hayman left Newcastle in the summer after nearly three years...
Thrilling but Forgettable
SCI-FI SKYLINE (1hr 32 mins) Certificate: 15 Starring: Eric Balfour, Scottie Thompson, Donald Faison. Director: The Brothers Strause. Star rating: THE end is nigh. Alien spacecraft descend over major cities and cleanse our dying planet by hoovering...
UK Vineyards Gaining a Formidable Reputation
Byline: WINE HELEN SAVAGE ONE of the best vintages ever harvested in England was in 2009. It has been a bit more of a challenge in 2010, but the high quality of its fruit ought to convince any lingering doubters that English wine can be seriously...
Under Pressure. but Water Restored; Burst Pipe Caused Chaos for Businesses
Byline: Sarah Scott CITY centre businesses faced chaos for a second day after a burst pipe sent gallons of water spilling into their stores. Streets were turned into a river as water spewed from a manhole cover on the corner of Market Street...
Victory in Row over Access to Test Data
Byline: Alastair Craig ANIMAL rights campaigners have won a legal row with a North East university over access to animal testing data. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) launched action after a failed Freedom of Information...
Wonderbra Ad Guru Says Ideas Still King
BACK in 1994, road safety experts warned against the dangers of drivers being distracted by billboards of Eva Herzigova modelling the Wonderbra. The number of places you can put an advert may have multiplied since the famous "Hello Boys" campaign,...
Wood on Hot Form to Tie the Lead; GOLF
CHRIS Wood fired a 63 to tie for the clubhouse lead at the Singapore Masters on eight under par, but a morning weather disruption means much of the field still had to complete their first rounds at Sentosa Golf Club. Wood made a blistering start...