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 May 27, 2011

Abduction Accused in Court
A MAN charged over two historic child abductions has made his first court appearance. David Bryant, 64, is accused of taking the girls from near their homes and then dumping them semi-naked miles away in separate identical, incidents in 1995. ...
America's X Factor Silences Cheryl; Star Reportedly Dropped Due to Geordie Accent
Byline: Joanne Butcher CHERYL Cole's North East tones on TV's the X Factor have earned her a place in the hearts of millions of fans in the UK. But yesterday, the star was reportedly dropped from the US version of the hit show because Americans...
Anderson Thrilled by Late Surge
JAMES Anderson was pleased with the way England got back to business on day one of the first npower Test against Sri Lanka. After the highs of the Ashes and the rigours of the World Cup, England's homecoming was delayed by rain until 3.30pm. Having...
A Perfect Get-Away
WITH "staycation" fast becoming the holiday buzzword, caravans, lodges and motorhomes are proving more popular than ever. As value for money becomes a priority during the recession, more and more Brits are choosing to holiday in their own country....
A Taste of Little Italy without Leaving Region
LOVERS of fine food and wine have the chance to sample one of Italy's most mouth-watering festivals without leaving the region. Every year on the last Sunday of May vineyards across Italy welcome visitors, keen to expand their knowledge of wine....
Barton Will Be in Pardew's Squad; United Midfielder Is Staying Put for the Time Being
Byline: Stuart Rayner ALAN Pardew expects to have Joey Barton in his Newcastle United team next season - but is "resigned" to the midfielder not signing a new contract this summer. The saga of Barton's negotiations have been played out in the media...
Bramble Gets His Black Cats Reward
Byline: Luke Edwards TITUS Bramble is set to be rewarded for an impressive first season at Sunderland with a contract extension after the centre-back indicated he is willing to end his career at the Stadium of Light. Bramble signed a three-year...
Calm Murray Edges Italian; Scot in Great Mental Shape after Seeing off Bolelli
ANDY Murray declared his mental game to be in great shape after coming through a tricky test against both Simone Bolelli and the conditions in the second round of the French Open yesterday. The Italian served for both the first and third sets but Murray...
Care Provider Hopes to Create 300 Jobs after Pounds 200k Funding
Byline: Christopher Knox HOMECARE provider Care and Share Associates (CASA) is looking to more than double its number of centres and create up to 300 jobs after the North East business received a pounds 200,000 investment. The employee-owned social...
City of Dreams; Gateshead's Bid for Status Is Launched
Byline: Richard Fletcher THE formal bid to crown Gateshead the UK's next city is making its way to Government chiefs. Council bosses have spent months compiling the 22-page document which will argue the borough should win the national City Status...
Comedy
THE HANGOVER PART II (1hr 51 mins) Certificate: 15 Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Mason Lee, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Paul Giamatti. Director: Todd Phillips Star rating: ??DD Phillips's hair of the dog to the highest grossing...
Couple Tried to Cross Flooded Causeway; Driver Criticised for Trying to Reach Holy Island during High Tide
Byline: Brian Daniel ARESCUE operation was carried out yesterday after a couple attempted to drive across a Northumberland causeway while it was underwater. Seahouses RNLI and local coastguards came to the rescue of the man and woman who had...
Create Your New Car; Volvo
VOLVO supports Motability by offering eligible motorists two ways to acquire a Volvo car, in addition to the Motability hire purchase option. A wide range of Volvo cars are available on the Motability Contract Hire Programme with varying advance...
Dance Craze Saved My Husband's Life; Wife's Weight Loss Allowed Transplant
Byline: Emma King AMOTHER-OF-TWO lost almost three stone in 10 months after she took up dance fitness craze Zumba in a bid to save her husband's life. Debra Kenny was told she needed to lose weight before she could donate one of her kidneys to...
Darkness Best for the Carp Catchers
Byline: DAVID HALL COARSE angling still is producing the goods, with Aldin Grange and Eden Meadows both in fine form. Carp catchers have found that the hours of darkness have been most productive at Leazes Park, while carp to 17lb 8oz have been...
David Wells
As the bank holiday weekend gets under way would you like to know you're having a shockingly good one? Now what do I mean by that? Is it a surprise that it's good or is there a big surprise on it's way? That would be telling. As you prepare the...
Day of Diverse Talks at the Sage
BRAIN headsets, mind-boggling risk analysis, cancer prevention and prank calls? In one day? Thinking Digital's second and final day yesterday featured a range of talks that challenged how the mind works, from risk analyst Caspar Berry's talk on how...
Deaths
(Ashington). Suddenly at home on 22nd May, aged 58 years, Henry Gladstone, dear husband of Angela, much loved dad of Bradley, Nicola and Kirsty and fatherinlaw of Mandy and Peter, a loving grandad of Bradley, Shannon, Savannah, Sinead, Lyall and Blake...
Disability No Bar to Mobility; Ford
SPECIAL terms have been arranged with motor manufacturers, banks and insurers so that today a variety of schemes can be offered to enable disabled people to become mobile. Motability offers three different schemes to help disabled people obtain...
Dog in Alleged Attack Is 'Lovely' Expert's Claim in Court Case
Byline: Adrian Pearson AGREAT Dane accused of biting off a courier's nose is a "lovely" pet which could be rehoused straight away, an expert on the breed told a court. Jess, a four-year-old, 15-stone black and white bitch, allegedly jumped up...
Eagles Gain a New Local Rival in Wildcats; BASKETBALL
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS THE North East will have two teams in the top flight of British basketball next season after Durham Wildcats were granted BBL status, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The Wildcats, who are heavily linked to Durham Council and the city's...
Easier Than Ever
IF YOU receive the Higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance or the War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement, getting a car is easier and more affordable than ever. Through Motability, you can turn part or all of your allowance...
Face to Face with Bosses of Hitachi
HUNDREDS of companies came face to face for the first time yesterday with the bosses of the Hitachi train factory which it is hoped will create thousands of jobs in the North East. Businesses from across the region have already won work preparing...
Farm Fresh for BBQ Season
WITH two long Bank Holiday weekends over the past couple of weeks, some great weather and of course the Royal Wedding, it's no wonder that the UK went BBQ crazy. Overall the May Day Bank Holiday is estimated to have recorded some 11m BBQ occasions....
'Find Your Own Solution' 'Bewildering' Comments Stun North Delegates
Byline: Stephen Cape ACOALITION minister was under fire last night for saying people and communities in the North East will have to find "the recipe for growth". A senior trade unionist said the statement was "utterly bewildering" at a time when...
Firm Improves Skills Training
CONTITECH Beattie, the Ashington-based number one seller of high pressure hoses to the North Sea oil and gas sector, is setting new standards in hose management and playing its part in the battle for better skills. The activity to improve skills,...
Get What You Paid For
Byline: HELEN SAVAGE AFRIEND brought four bottles of very expensive claret for me to try. He'd bought half a dozen and was bothered that the first two tasted funny. We opened the rest, one by one. They all had the unmistakable smell of damp cardboard...
Glanton Makes Amends
RUING the day he didn't go out with his son Alan, who had a tremendous catch on his own aboard his boat Bonnie Lass, Norman Glanton has sworn he will never miss another. So when his son phoned to see if he wanted a few hours' fishing on his birthday...
Golden Times at Golden Sands
GOLDEN Sands is marking 20 years as the North East's favourite holiday park with a fun-packed weekend - featuring a caravan of camels! The special guests will be giving rides for all the family to mark 20 years at the top for Golden Sands in Cresswell,...
Great Escapes to Wonderful Locations
THE ability to take off for a weekend break whenever you choose is one of the most appealing aspects of owning your own holiday home. One of the best things about owning your own holiday home is that you can find a holiday park in any corner of...
Grudges Will Not Be on the Agenda; BOXING
THERE will be no Groves-DeGalestyle grudge match when North East cruiserweights David Dolan and Jon-Lewis Dickinson meet in July's "Summer Rumble" at the Stadium of Light, writes STUART RAYNER. Thirty-one-year-old Dolan is far too sensible for trash...
Guaranteed Way to Lose All Colleagues' Respect
Byline: BOB CUFFE ATERRIBLE, terrible evening last week. Quiz night. I know I've written about my adventures around Quiz Nights before. Specifically when I took Jeff The Gateshead Monkey out for a beer and we unwittingly got embroiled in a quiz...
Hands-On Learning as New Zoo Opens; Students Will Be Working at the Facility
Byline: Paul Tully ANEW North zoo opens its doors to the public tomorrow - but it's more than just a public attraction. For Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens is also a hands-on learning curve for students at the adjacent college. Around 10 of...
Helping Drive Strategic Growth
ONE of the region's leading lawyers and business professionals is joining the board of technology solutions company ITPS as a non-executive director, to help drive a new strategic growth programme that targets turnover growth from pounds 10m to pounds...
Holiday Park Offering Luxury
SET on the beach at the Northumberland fishing town of Amble, Amble Links Holiday Park offers the ultimate UK holiday experience. The five-star luxury holiday park is much more than your average static caravan site. Within beautiful and historic...
Home from Home in Peaceful and Relaxing Surroundings
WITH all the talk about recession, more people are looking closer to home for their holidays and short breaks. North Dales Leisure Parks offers a variety of holiday homes at some of the most stunning locations across the North of England. Choose...
How to Apply for Motability; Ford
THE Motability Scheme enables disabled people to exchange either their Higher Rate Mobility Component of Disability Living Allowance or their War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement to obtain a new car. If you are already a Motability customer, you...
Hugh Brings Fish Campaign North; Television Chef Travels to Region''s Shores to Bring Lunch to Pupils
Byline: Andrew Glover TELEVISION chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall helped out in a North East school kitchen yesterday to raise awareness of his discarded fish campaign. Fresh from collecting a BAFTA award for his popular series Hugh's Fish Fight,...
Investigate Blatter Too, Says Hammam
Byline: Martyn Ziegler MOHAMED Bin Hammam has demanded that Fifa president Sepp Blatter himself be included in the investigation by the world governing body's ethics committee. Bin Hammam, who along with Fifa vice-president Jack Warner has been...
It's Full Steam Ahead to Restore Station to Glory
Byline: Christopher Knox RESTORATION work has begun on one of the North East's most striking train stations, which will include the preservation of a Victorian cast iron canopy. Following preliminary preparatory work to remove asbestos roof sheets...
It's Time for Us to Wimp out; CHILDREN
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2 - RODRICK RULES (1hr 39 mins) Certificate: U Starring: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Steve Zahn, Rachael Harris Director: David Bowers Star rating: ??OOD may be thicker than water but it can be spilled just as easily and that's...
James in Slaley Link-Up with Fellow Ryder Captains; EUROPEAN SENIORS TOUR
MARK James, a player with North East connections, will join Ian Woosnam and Sam Torrance in a trio of Ryder Cup captains playing at Slaley Hall next month in the De Vere Club PGA Seniors Championship. Woosnam and Torrance are regulars at Slaley, who...
Keep Your Finger on the Pulse of Business in South Tyneside
MANUFACTURING companies in South Tyneside which want to keep a finger on the business pulse are being encouraged to join the South Tyneside Manufacturing Forum as a way of ensuring they are not missing out on new developments in the region. Set...
Leaping Ahead with Growth Plans
AS they enter their second century in business, South Tyneside's Ford Aerospace and Ford Component Manufacturing are not just taking steps but making leaps and bounds with their strategy for future growth. The board of each Ford company, which comprises...
Let's Build on Momentum of Minister's Vow; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE CATRIONA LINGWOOD Sector Should Grasp This Opportunity And
HOUSEBUILDING is re-emerging as a noteworthy contributor to the wellbeing of the construction sector. New figures show that there were about 29,000 housebuilding starts in the first quarter of 2011, an increase of 26% compared with the previous quarter,...
Lightweight Armour Sales Nets Profits for Defence Company
Byline: Iain Laing DEFENCE firm Qinetiq has swung back into profit after bumper sales of a hi-tech netting designed to protect armoured vehicles from rocket attacks. The Q-NET is a lightweight alternative to heavy armour and is fastened to combat...
Livestock Farmers Urge Government to Act Now
Byline: Karen Dent THE Government is being urged to stop delaying decisions which will impact on livestock farmers. Disease, over-regulation and low prices have made the last few years difficult for the sector. But the Tenant Farmers Association...
Log Cabins Nestling in Woodland
SET within 180 acres of beautiful woodland with views across the Simonside Hills, Percy Wood Golf and Country Retreat is an awardwinning holiday park with around 400 properties from caravans to log cabins and luxury lodges. Located just 30 minutes...
Low-Skilled Workers 'Flood into UK'
LOW-SKILLED workers from Eastern Europe are heading to the UK in their droves to look for work as net migration hit its highest level in more than five years, new figures suggest. The number of low-skilled workers, such as some of those in the retail,...
Mighty Luke Hits Top Form; A Round of 64 Earns Donald Praise from Monty
LUKE Donald was paid a huge compliment by Colin Montgomerie yesterday after a masterful 64 at wet and windy Wentworth left England's world number two feeling "a little bit invincible", writes MARK GARROD. In a sudden return to form - he is without...
Nerves Set in as Weekend of Music Begins; Take That and Evolution Will Delight Fans
Byline: Katie Davies TAKE That star Howard Donald has told how he is battling nerves ahead of the band's opening gig at Sunderland's Stadium of Light. The group are due to kick off a sell-out tour today, which will see them perform to more than...
Northern Bear Optimistic
Byline: Karen Dent BUILDING services group Northern Bear has sold its second firm in two months and the third in a year but it says the disposals are now over. The Chester-le-Street group, which buys construction services companies that continue...
Parents Pay Tribute to 'Loving Son' Popular Gardener Took Own Life
Byline: Neil McKay HEARTBROKEN parents last night paid tribute to their "talented, artistic and loving son" who killed himself after swallowing poisonous tree bark. Mark Boyle, 27, who had been depressed, studied the effects of ingesting the bark...
Park Has Best of Both Worlds
MORE and more people are discovering the benefits of a second home or holiday retreat. North Dales Leisure Parks are proud to offer a range of affordable holiday homes and luxury lodges at some of the most stunning locations across the north of...
Plea for Rock Shareholders to Tell Their Story; North Academics Plan to Write Book on Bank
Byline: Tony Henderson ACADEMICS in the North East are planning a book on Northern Rock - and are appealing to shareholders to tell their own stories. As part of a research project, the Newcastle University experts would like to talk in confidence...
Ponteland Retains Its Village Charm despite Success
WITH it's excellent road links to Newcastle city centre and wide range of independent shops, Ponteland and the surrounding villages make for a great shopping day out. There is also a beautiful park, golf club, public library and some fantastic restaurants...
Pupils Are First to Join Our Campaign
Byline: Nicola Weatherall TODAY, The Journal is delighted to reveal one of the first schools to sign up to our Great North Fitness Revolution - St Bede's Primary. Pupils and staff at the school in South Shields have been limbering up to take...
Put Some Sting in Your Soup
Byline: SADIE PARKER NETTLES - those horrible stinging plants to be avoided at all costs? Not according to Rob Caton, wild food expert, who believes that their nutritional content makes them a great addition to any meal. This month, Rob and I...
Quadruple Killer Brought to Justice; Murderer Is Jailed after 25-Year Wait
Byline: Anthony Stone AMAN who committed two double killings with a sawn-off shotgun has been jailed for life after evading justice for over 25 years. John Cooper, 66, blasted his victims point blank in four merciless killings done for almost...
Racial Quotas Needed to Be Put in Place; Dale Benkenstein Was Sick of the Racial Politics in South African Sport by the Time He Signed for Durham, but He Recognises It Has Been a Necessary Evil. He Explained to Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Why
IT was a boil that needed to be lanced in a new South Africa free from racial segregation, but still plagued by racism and the hatred, bitterness and resentment it had left behind. The poison needed to be drained, but it was always likely to be...
Region Needs to Change Culture
A NORTH East business leader has warned that a "culture change" is needed in the region to face up to a tough and uncertain future. The deputy chairman of the regional growth fund advisory panel, Sir Ian Wrigglesworth, was speaking to council chiefs,...
Sainsbury's Local Store Is on Track; Supermarket Opens Inside Rail Station
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth ASUPERMARKET chain is readying to set up shop in the Grade I-listed Newcastle Central station this summer. Sainsbury's has confirmed around 25 jobs will be created when it opens its new 2,500sqft Local store in the station...
Santo Padre Can End Winless Spell; Saraband
SANTO Padre can make the most of a step back to Listed company and end his lengthy wait for a win in the Piper-Heidsieck Achilles Stakes at Haydock. The seven-year-old has been holding his own at Pattern and Listed level without actually getting...
Savour the Flavours; Food-Lovers Will Be in Seventh Heaven When Our Taste of the County Food and Drink Festival Returns on Monday, Bigger and Better Than before. KATHARINE CAPOCCI Has the Details
FOOD lovers are in for a treat when The Journal's Taste of the County food and drink extravaganza rolls up at the Northumberland County Show in Corbridge on Monday. Locally produced artisan foods, tempting local brews and a host of talented top chefs...
Specialist Team Ready to Help; Peugeot
MOTABILITY is the UK's leading car scheme for disabled people, providing affordable, convenient and trouble-free motoring to over 500,000 disabled customers and their families. The specialist Motability teams headed by Tony Hay at Robins & Day...
Sports Academic to Receive US Honour; Distinguished Achievement Is Recognised
Byline: Nicola Weatherall A NORTH East expert is to be rewarded next week for the international impact of his research into sports science and medicine. Dr Glyn Howatson, Northumbria University's associate director for sport research, will travel...
Staffing Issues Denied; Management 'Committed to Quality Care'
Byline: Andrew Glover TROUBLED care provider Southern Cross has denied there is a staffing problem at one of its North East homes. Stanley Park Care Centre in County Durham was the subject of an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission...
Stokes' Star Shines on as Durham Close in on Victory
Byline: Luke Edwards BEN Stokes' star continues to rise. Held up by rain and an untimely injury to Steve Harmison, the all-rounder picked up the slack and bowled Durham to the brink of a crushing victory over Warwickshire. A steady flow of showers...
Students Get Hands-On Experience at New Zoo
A NEW North zoo opens its doors to the public tomorrow - but it's more than just a public attraction. For Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens is also a hands-on learning curve for students at the adjacent college. Around 10 of the 30 students on...
Take a Break Right by the Riverside
Images used are for illustration purposes only, Terms and Conditions apply, please check website for details: www.parkleisure.co.uk/win GLORIOUS Weardale is at the heart of England's North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Once the hunting...
'Test Failure Is Down to Me'
DALE Benkenstein blames nobody but himself for his failure to play Test match cricket for South Africa or his inability to add to his 23 one-day international caps. A regular run-scorer in South African provincial cricket, Benkenstein has scored...
The Confessions of a Proper Planker
Byline: DAVID BANKS IHAVE discovered planking. It is, says my online dictionary, "the act of lying face down with arms to the sides of the body in unusual public spaces". Of course, I can't call myself a fully-fledged planker until my artistic...
Thompson Joins Up with Jobcentre Plus
UNEMPLOYED youngsters in the region are set to gain valuable work experience after a builders' merchant became one of the first organisations to sign up to a new scheme. Sunderland-based Thompson Building Centres has joined forces with Jobcentre...
Treat Yourself to a Relaxing Holiday You Won't Forget
FORGET-Me-Not is a family-run holiday park set in the beautiful Northumbrian countryside. Situated on the edge of the Northumberland National Park, it offers an idyllic location for those who want to get away from it all. With spectacular views...
Turning Spotlight on Finalist for Title
THOUSANDS of votes are coming in from Journal readers looking to back one of the finalists in the bid to be the North East's ambassador for entrepreneurship. But there is still time to pick your favourite new starter in the If We Can, You Can Challenge...
Vital Research into Foods That Help Prevent Cancer; Hundreds of the Region's Most Innovative Digital Businesses Have Come to Tyneside for the Massive Thinking Digital Conference Which Attracts Some of the Brightest Minds in the World. JOHN HILL Was There
Byline: JOHN HILL WE SEE it so often in the papers now that it almost becomes noise. But the idea that diet can improve cancer prevention isn't just health page blather. Vincent Li is CEO of the Angiogenesis Foundation, a non-profit organisation...
Warlord Mladic Is Behind Bars at Last; Serbian Was Blamed for Mass Killings
Byline: James Tapsfield SERBIAN warlord Ratko Mladic, who is accused of ordering the genocidal massacre of 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys, was finally in custody last night after spending 16 years on the run. David Cameron hailed the arrest,...
Wealthy Urged to Help the Reformers; Migrants and Extremism Raise Concern
Byline: James Tapsfield BRITAIN could face a wave of immigration and "poisonous extremism" if wealthy nations do not step in to help fledgling democracies following the Arab Spring, David Cameron warned yesterday. The Prime Minister called on fellow...
Wildheart Puts Icon Up for Sale; Auction Will Help Victims of Tsunami
Byline: Adrian Pearson ATYNESIDE rock star who is popular in Japan is to auction a prized guitar to raise money for the Asian country's tsunami fund. Ginger - real name David Walls - is the lead singer of cult British band The Wildhearts. ...
Win Hampers of Fantastic Local Goodies
WITH just three days to go until The Journal's Taste of the County food and drink festival at the County Show this Bank Holiday Monday, we're counting down the days. Some 60 stallholders and half a dozen demo chefs are gearing up to descend on our...
Work under Way on New Aircraft Carriers
DEFENCE Secretary Liam Fox hailed the future of the UK's defence capabilities as he cut the first steel for a new aircraft carrier. Parts of the HMS Prince of Wales - the second of the new Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers - were cut yesterday...