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 23, 2010

Ancelotti: I Never Considered Quitting
CARLO Ancelotti has firmly denied that he ever considered quitting as Chelsea coach over the weekend. The Italian was rumoured to have spoken to the League Managers Association on Sunday night and consulted them about his position within the Stamford...
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Appeal Is Lodged after Town Plan Is Rejected
AN appeal has been lodged against a decision to reject plans for a scheme which traders claim would revive a town centre. The joint service centre plans for a derelict site in Whitley Bay next to the Fire Station pub include a library, tourist information...
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Apprenticeship Scheme Secures Major Success
THE North East Apprenticeship Company (NEAC), tasked with increasing the uptake of apprenticeships across the North East, is flying high after the number of apprentices it has placed soared. Managing director Paul Champion says there has been a...
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Arsenal Is in Wenger's Blood
ARSENE Wenger has vowed to continue to give "every drop of my blood" to make Arsenal into winners. The Gunners headed to Braga for tonight's Champions League Group H clash still smarting from blowing the chance to go top of the Barclays Premier...
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Award Flags Up School Success
NORTH Tyneside pupils have been presented with a top award after taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint. Pupils at St Bernadette's Primary School in Wallsend earned the right to fly Keep Britain Tidy's prestigious eco schools' Green Flag,...
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Bicentenary Celebration of the Life of Lord Armstrong
THE countdown has begun to Lord Armstrong's bicentenary and the chance to celebrate the life of one of the North East's great men. At Cragside, Rothbury, where Armstrong's domestic lighting innovations wowed the world, visitors have been enjoying...
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Cameron Seeking a Balanced Recovery; Comparisons to Thatcher's Days Rejected
Byline: William Green DAVID Cameron yesterday insisted he would not return the economy of the North East to the condition it was in during the dark days of the 1980s as a result of spending cuts. The Prime Minister said the coalition Government...
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Carlisle Seeking to Atone for Upset; Walsall Defeat Can Be Forgotten
Byline: Mark Douglas GRAHAM Kavanagh has urged promotion-chasing Carlisle to return to the values that have thrust them into the thick of the League One play-off mix. A pair of Matt Richards free-kicks sent the Cumbrians tumbling to a surprising...
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City Tops Table of Greenest
CELEBRATIONS have been held after Newcastle was named the greenest city in the UK for the second year running. It topped a league table of Britain's 20 largest cities, which were ranked by what efforts have been made to cut environmental impact,...
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Classic Cup Clash as Celts Meet Rangers; Footie Club's Biggest Match in a Decade
Byline: Robert Weatherall FOOTBALL bosses in a Northumberland town are gearing up to host their biggest match in almost a decade. Club officials at Berwick Rangers - the only English team to play in the Scottish league - are hoping for a bumper...
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Climate Change on the Agenda
Byline: SARAH GREEN AFEW years ago, climate change was a niche topic. Now it is central to our members, and the long-term health of the UK economy and businesses remain committed to the climate change agenda. Despite this increasing awareness...
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Cut Those Fuel Bills
NORTH East homeowners can cut fuel bills, save energy and earn extra cash with help from a firm of energy experts. Boldon-based Community Energy Solutions (CES) - which specialises in providing affordable energy solutions across the region - has...
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Danny Double Can't Secure Three Points
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS Sunderland.......................................... 2 Everton................................................ 2 NIALL Quinn has praised Steve Bruce for managing to drag Sunderland out of the depths of despair that followed...
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Danny Is the Boy - but Only a Point
Byline: Luke Edwards THEY stood and faced each other toe to toe and traded some hefty blows in the process, but neither side could find the knockout punch as Sunderland once again found Everton too tricky to put down. The Wearsiders have not...
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Daunting Task for Cautious Murray; TENNIS
AT the end of the most up-and-down season in Andy Murray's career it is perhaps not surprising he is playing down his chances of beating a player he has not lost a set to since January. The fact his opponent in his second round-robin match at the...
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David Wells
As the Sun now warms adventure and travel in your chart what are you going to do to make the most of if it and your pushy ruler Mars helping out too? What are you holding back on, who needs to hear your grand plan? Just do it. It's an expensive...
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Deaths
BOAG (Newcastle). Jenny (Jane Carr). Born Shieldfield, 9th September 1914, passed away peacefully amongst her family, 13th November 2010. Enquiries to echofour@talktalk.net COXFORD (Amble). Peacefully on Wednesday 17th November 2010, aged 88 years,...
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Defeat Still Hurts but Pool Move On
Byline: Matt Hufford HARTLEPOOL manager Mick Wadsworth has challenged his side to bury their "despicable" and highly-controversial weekend reverse against Colchester United by beating in-form Tranmere Rovers tonight. Rovers, like Pool, are currently...
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Depleted Spartans Facing a Tough Tie; NORTHUMBERLAND SENIOR CUP
WEATHER and walking-wounded permitting, Mick Tait has challenged his Blyth Spartans side to follow up Saturday's FA Trophy win with another knockout victory in the Sage Northumberland Senior Cup, writes STEVE BROWN. The Croft Park club - riding...
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Did They Think the Season Was Over?
Byline: PAUL DIXON Paul Dixon has been following Newcastle United for more than 35 years, 16 of which have been as a season ticket holder in the Gallowgate End at St James' Park. Each week in his column, he takes a wry look at all things football...
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Document That Gave a Voice to the People; AN Iconic Document Is to Have Pride of Place in an Exhibition about the Struggle for Democracy, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports
MORE OF MANFORD DAYS after he quit The One Show over an internet sex scandal, comedian Jason Manford has announced an arena tour that will bring him back to Newcastle next year. Manford, who is married and whose wife Catherine is expecting their third...
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Dreaming of a Green Christmas Is Priority
CHRISTMAS is coming and this year we're dreaming it will be a green one. As well as being a time for giving, the festive season is traditionally a time for throwing things away too. But in Gateshead it doesn't have to be that way, as the council...
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Education Firm Unworried over School Cutbacks
Byline: Iain Laing INTERACTIVE whiteboard maker RM Group has shrugged off fears that Government budget cuts will hamper its growth, as it announced a third successive year of record sales and profits. RM suffered a blow in the summer when the Government...
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Encouraging Signs in Hotel Sector
GIVEN the success of the North East Employer Coalition''s (NEEC''s) 'Speedy Chef'' initiative, which has already created jobs and is gaining in popularity across the North East Hotel industry, it is encouraging that the sector has fared reasonably...
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Energy Firm Adds Funds to Scheme
AGREEN scheme to improve hundreds of homes in South Tyneside has been brought forward after a multi-million-pound funding deal. Energy company Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has pledged pounds 5m to a pounds 40m investment programme to renovate...
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Equality Winners Honoured at Ceremony
ORGANISATIONS from across the North East have been honoured for their efforts on equality in the workplace at an annual awards ceremony. Hundreds of people gathered for the North East Equality Awards at the Gosforth Park Marriott last month. Guests...
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Firm's Focus Based on All Things Ferret
Byline: Christopher Knox AN animal lover has started her own business designing a range of bedding and accessories named after her pet ferret. Karen Webb, who runs North Pennine Ferret Welfare from her home in Crook, named the range Crusher's...
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Flower Sets Stage for Pietersen
ENGLAND will stand together against Australia throughout this winter's Ashes - and that includes Kevin Pietersen. Coach Andy Flower yesterday found himself responding to claims from Shane Warne that Pietersen is an "outcast" in an otherwise closely-knit...
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Force Is Looking to Make 450 Job Cuts; Staff Asked to Volunteer for Redundancy
NORTHUMBRIA Police is to make up to 450 staff redundant as it looks to make pounds 34m worth of Government-ordered cuts. The move does not include Police Officers or Community Support Officers at present, but further cuts could be introduced over...
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Green Heating Advice
ATYNEDALE firm is aiming to provide green energy solutions for people's homes. The Centre for Green Energy in Hexham, created by Ali and Jo Marsh, opened in April 2010, to meet the growing demand for renewable energy solutions. Jo and Ali personally...
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Green Message Getting Through
STAFF at the Energy Saving Trust advice centre are hailing this year's Energy Saving Week as the most successful ever. They spread their energy-efficiency message to a record number of organisations in the area. The annual event - which took place...
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Green Policy Has Wings
AN airport has revealed how it is planning to go green. Newcastle International Airport has published its energy policy which outlines a series of measures it will take to become more environmentally-friendly. Part of its plan outlines how it will...
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Green Power Technology Firm Wins Pounds 2.5m Deal
Byline: John Hill RENEWABLE energy technology firm Applied Superconductor has won a contract with CE Electric that could be worth up around pounds 2.5m. The deal is the first commercial contract for the Blyth company, which has developed a superconducting...
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Harness the Sun and Save Money
AHOUSING firm is giving the green light on solar energy. People and property business Gentoo has launched a new green energy service to help homeowners in the North East improve the energy efficiency of their home, reduce energy bills and earn money...
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Hazardous Waste Firm Expanding
SCOTTISH waste management firm, the William Tracey Group, has expanded its hazardous waste operations into the North East. It bought Gatesheadbased Tank Cleaning Services Ltd last December and incorporated it into William Tracey Ltd this April....
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Help to Be Wiser about Water
NORTHUMBRIAN Water is constantly looking at ways to reduce the amount of energy it uses to treat and supply 800 million litres of water every day, and ensure the region's waste water is treated and returned safely to the environment. Over the next...
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Holiday Operator Looks to Double Its Business
Byline: Iain Laing HOLIDAY operator Parkdean wants to more than double the size of its business in five years after an acquisition spree. The Newcastle company, which has more than 2,000 staff, is already the UK's third biggest caravan park operator...
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Home Working Helps Drive Commute Times Down to a Ten-Year Low
THE growth of home working has helped to cut average commute times to a 10-year low of 47 minutes and 48 seconds per day, a TUC analysis of official figures revealed. Using figures from the Labour Force Survey (LFS), the TUC has calculated that pounds...
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Honour Our Saviour from the Euro
Byline: KEITH HANN LAST week brought a flurry of anniversaries, several triumphs of social mobility and a disturbing sense of deja-vu. It all began on Sunday the 14th, which would have been my parents' 74th wedding anniversary and was the Prince...
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Hotel Complex Is Destroyed by Fire; Guests and Staff Are Led to Safety
Byline: Vicky Robson AN INVESTIGATION is under way after a huge fire tore through a hotel complex in South Tyneside. Guests and staff were evacuated as flames engulfed the Quality Inn at the Boldon Business Park at around 11am yesterday. The blaze...
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How You Can Your Love for R County
NORTHUMBERLAND is known as one of the most picturesque places in the country. Long sandy beaches such as Bamburgh, the rolling Cheviot Hills, historic properties like Cragside and Warkworth Castle, and pretty market towns such as Hexham, Morpeth and...
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Hudson's Just like Hanley
Byline: Mark Smith FALCONS skipper James Hudson has been paid the ultimate compliment by head coach Alan Tait, likening him to rugby league legend Ellery Hanley. Hudson made a triumphant return after two months out injured on Sunday, leading...
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Hughton Forced to Shuffle Defence; Williamson Is Now Facing Ban: Williamson Is Now Facing a Ban
Byline: Luke Edwards A BATTERED Newcastle United defence will be given a complete overhaul against Chelsea on Sunday, if Mike Williamson decides to accept a three-match ban. The Football Association last night charged the Magpies defender with...
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Jury Hears How Police Feared Bid to Free Sayers; Trio Are Alleged to Have Tried to Nobble Jury in 2002
Byline: Nell Stone POLICE feared a plot to spring John Henry Sayers from a prison convoy during his murder trial, it was revealed. Officers received information on a possible plan to free Sayers, who was on trial in 2002 for the murder of Freddie...
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Lord Singer Can Hit the Right Note
Byline: Saraband LORD Singer can uphold the good recent tradition of Lingfield's Right Man Beginners' Chase with victory at the Surrey venue for trainer Gary Moore. The two-mile event has thrown up My Way De Solzen and Gauvain in the last few...
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Loss Doesn't Feel like a Handicap as Sullivan Plots Eagles' Downfall; BASKETBALL
DREW Sullivan has warned his former club Newcastle Eagles that their sevenpoint lead means "nothing" as he zeroes in on a mid-week Merseyside revenge mission, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The Eagles go into tomorrow's BBL Cup semi-final second leg against...
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Make Your Business Eco-Aware
SPARK'S top tips for implementing an energy-efficiency and eco-awareness programme: 1. Get started - assess everything. Look at all areas of your business and determine where, how and when energy efficiencies can be put into place. Ask yourself questions....
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Miliband Sets His Course; Labour Takes New Lead over Conservatives
Byline: Joe Churcher ED Miliband has set out plans for a major policy review and party revamp to Labour MPs and peers. And he told them that being in Opposition is "frankly crap". The party leader addressed the weekly meeting of the parliamentary...
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MoD Wins Appeal over Nuclear Test Health Claims; Radiation Claims Dismissed
Byline: Cathy Gordon THE Ministry of Defence yesterday won the bulk of its appeal against a court ruling which allowed British atomic test veterans to claim damages. In June 2009, High Court judge Mr Justice Foskett ruled that 10 test cases out...
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Now 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)...
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Officer Accused of Assaulting Girl, 13; Police Chief on Trial Accused of Assault
A NORTHUMBERLAND police sergeant hit a schoolgirl with a dog lead before grabbing her arm and pushing her, a court heard yesterday. Neil Mutch, a long serving employee of Northumbria Police, also threatened to "break" the 13-year-old's face, magistrates...
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Osborne Defends Role in Irish Bail Out
THE United Kingdom can afford a multi-billion bail-out of the Irish economy, Chancellor George Osborne insisted yesterday as he sought to ease Tory backbench concerns. Mr Osborne has signalled that the British contribution to an international bail-out...
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Payment Fears over Planned CAP Reform
Byline: Karen Dent CONCERNS are being raised that British farmers will receive lower payments and face more complex hoops to jump through under the European Commission's proposals to reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The EC last week...
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Perfect 11 Proves a Bonus for Douglas
GATESHEAD RFC boast the best record in North East rugby, after a remarkable start to the season. Saturday's 57-13 victory at Ryton continued an astonishing run which has seen them win all 11 of their league games - all with four-try bonus points. ...
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Pictures Hold More Than Meets the Eye
PHOTOGRAPHERS from all over the world have been drawn to the North East as it provides ample opportunity for eye-catching and atmospheric pictures. From old industrial sites to its beautiful bridges, the region has been richly documented. Now a...
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Pig Industry under Pressure
THE sustainability of the British pig industry is under severe threat because of rocketing feed prices and the fact that supply chain payments have not increased to keep pace, according to the sector's levy group. The British Pig Executive's (Bpex)...
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Police Chief Dismisses Government Cuts Claims
POLICE chiefs yesterday attacked the Policing Minister's suggestion that Government budget cuts could be achieved through improving procurement, freezing wages and increasing Council Tax. Chief Constable Chris Sims, the head of Britain's second...
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Ponting Trains His Sights on English Vulnerabilities
Byline: David Clough RICKY Ponting will be optimistic of a successful outcome when he unleashes Test debutant Xavier Doherty on Kevin Pietersen at the Gabba. Pietersen succumbed to left-arm spin yet again in England's 10-wicket victory over Australia...
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Pounds 150m Deal for Oil Jobs; Contract to Build New Platform
Byline: John Hill ANEWCASTLE company has secured a pounds 150m oil contract that could see more than 1,000 jobs go to workers in the North East. Offshore Group Newcastle has sealed a deal to build a new oil production platform for US-based Apache...
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Pounds 7m Station Revamp for Sunderland
NEXUS has managed to turn Sunderland into a station of light without sending energy consumption through the roof. The pounds 7m refurbishment of platforms at the city-centre gateway has just been completed. Nexus invested in the station because...
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Project Makes Perfect Sense
A PROJECT which aims to help people in part of Northumberland discover their environment has been extended. The Sense II project run by Northumberland Wildlife Trust aims to improve and promote reserves and parks in south east Northumberland. The...
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Providing the Best Advice
Byline: Sarah Gray WITH interest rates at an all-time low, it has become a difficult decision to know where to put your money in order to keep it safe and provide a guaranteed return by making it work hard for you and your loved ones. Equinox...
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Red Kites Had Been Poisoned to Death; Aware Ness Campaign Is to Be Launched
Byline: Tony Henderson RED kites found dead in the North East had been poisoned, police yesterday confirmed. Post mortem examinations on three of the birds of prey found in Northumberland earlier this year have confirmed that poisoning was the...
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Refuge Help for Struggling Fish
FISHY schemes are helping the North East's rivers thrive. The Environment Agency has been working to restock rivers - including the Tyne and Wear - with fish. And it has created a refuge to protect young fish and help them thrive in the Wear. ...
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Ruff Ride Ends in a New Leash of Life; Stolen Sausage Dog Homeward Bound Thanks to Passer-By
Byline: Richard Fletcher ATINY sausage dog stolen by burglars is back with her family after being dumped in an alleyway miles from home. The Dobson family, from Darras Hall, Ponteland, couldn't believe it when thieves stole the cage containing...
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Science Brings Power to the People in City Lecture; Armstrong's Work Exhibited at Museum
Byline: Tony Henderson INVENTOR Lord Armstrong saw the light 130 years ago when he talked of the potential of solar energy. And tonight a North East scientist will show how the industrialist's insight is coming to fruition with the rapid expansion...
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Scotland Boss Has Praise for Players
SCOTLAND head coach Andy Robinson saluted his players' hunger to improve after their shock victory over South Africa propelled them to their highest world ranking. Scotland have climbed two places in the International Rugby Board rankings to sit...
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Some Rare Sightings for Twitchers at Big Waters
IT has been another great year for bird sightings at Northumberland Wildlife Trust's Big Waters reserve. Situated on the northern edge of Newcastle and under the flight path of the nearby airport, Big Waters is the name given to the lake formed...
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Sparking Success
AN energy reduction drive has saved Gateshead-based contact centre and eCommerce fulfillment specialist Spark Response more than pounds 50,000. After the launch of Project Focus, the company's environmental programme, Spark saved pounds 26,000 in...
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Stars Will Cluster on D-Day for World Cup; England Will Discover Its Football Fate
Byline: Alastair Craig STARS of football will converge to hear if the North East's World Cup dream will be realised in eight years' time. Newcastle United legends will join current players on December 2 for decision day on which nation will stage...
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Students See Their Designs in Print; Designers Team Up with Charity
Byline: Dave Black BUDDING fashion designers are teaming up with two eating disorder charities to stage a special catwalk show which aims to celebrate the body in all its shapes and sizes. Fashion students at Northumberland College are currently...
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Tapping into a Precious Supply
WE are fortunate in the North East to have excellent quality water at the turn of a tap. But the UK has less water available, per person, than most other European countries, and although we have a plentiful supply in our region it is important that...
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Teaching Good Water Habits
Captions - Little Green THOUSANDS of children from across the region are getting involved in Northumbrian Water's Bad habits cost the Earth campaign. If children learn good water habits they will hopefully adopt them for life and pass them on to...
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'The Beast' Is a Doubt for Boks
PROP Tendai Mtawarira is a doubt for South Africa's clash with England at Twickenham on Saturday after missing training yesterday with a medial knee ligament strain. The 25-year-old Sharks loosehead (pictured right) has started all three Tests on...
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The Ultimate Cup Fairytale; Berwick Dreaming of Upset to Match Heroics of 1967
Byline: Mark Douglas ECSTATIC Berwick Rangers boss Jimmy Crease is relishing the chance to complete the club's set of Old Firm upsets after landing the plum draw of Celtic in the Scottish Cup fourth round. The Borderers were given the ultimate...
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Thieves Take Charity Cash in Shop Raid; Raiders Smash through Wall to Get to Salon
Byline: Coreena Ford ABUSINESSMAN has hit out at thieves who stole charity cash and thousands of pounds of equipment during a night-time raid. Dave Harrison arrived at his Morpeth shop - Dave the Barber's - on Saturday morning to find raiders...
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Tiger's Roar Is Silenced
Byline: DENISE ROBERTSON FOUR years ago Dublin was full of happy people spending money like water. "It's great," cabbies told me after they'd had a little grumble about Poles taking all the work. They were full of the success of their "Celtic...
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Traidcraft Is Bucking Downturn
Byline: Christopher Knox THE economic downturn has done little to put shoppers off buying ethical gifts, with Gateshead-based Traidcraft expecting an improved Christmas this year. The retailer said that its annual turnover was currently at pounds...
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Treble Comes as No Surprise
IT was anything but a surprise to see the Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty partnership featuring prominently at Kempton, and their treble included a deserved Listed victory for Carole's Legacy. The trainer and jockey both topped the standings of...
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UK Must Try Harder to Cut Its Emissions; Efforts Must Triple to Meet 2050 Target
Byline: Emily Beament THE UK needs to triple its efforts towards cutting emissions and moving to a low-carbon economy by 2050, a report has warned. The Climate Policy Tracker for the European Union by wildlife charity WWF and innovation company...
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Weather Is the Biggest Obstacle to Binocular
NICKY Henderson is worried the weather might scupper the planned return of reigning Champion Hurdle hero Binocular at Newcastle on Saturday, writes KEITH HAMER. A cold snap is particularly forecast in the North East, but Henderson dearly wants to...
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We May End Up Being More Competitive
Byline: NEIL WARWICK UNLIKE Lord Young, we are not going to say the recession is over or imply that it never really happened. Nor are we going to suggest that people have "never had it so good". Recessions are strange and change people's perspectives...
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Youngsters Dig in to Help out at Nature Reserve
GREEN school pupils joined forces with nature experts to plant wildflowers at their favourite local reserve. At least 35 children from Choppington First School braved the windy and wet autumn weather to plant more than 700 wildflower plants in a meadow...
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