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 June 9, 2010

An Innovative Approach
THE Newcastle School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape is one of the largest and most dynamic schools of its kind in Europe. The mission of the school is to develop an innovative, multi-disciplinary approach to researching and teaching all...
Attwood Cited for Stamping; England Lock Faces Hearing over Alleged Incidents
ENGLAND lock Dave Attwood has been cited over two alleged stamping incidents in yesterday's 28-28 draw with the Australian Barbarians. The 23-year-old Gloucester forward has been summoned to appear before an independent disciplinary hearing in Perth...
Bakers Set to Grow Operation
Byline: Christopher Knox GREGGS plans to say goodbye to its original Gosforth factory as part of plans to grow its operation in the North East. The Newcastle-based retail baker is looking to build a larger base beside its site at the Balliol...
Bank Plans 650 Job Cuts; Mood of Staff 'Terrible' after Announcement
Byline: Adrian Pearson ;John Hill NORTHERN Rock has revealed plans to axe 650 staff as it is prepared to be sold off to the private sector. The state-owned bank plans to shed 14% of its 4,500 workforce at all levels by the end of the year at...
Beach Life Balance
INSPIRE Northumberland is delivering the first European Local Energy Day in the North East for Northumberland County Council. The event is also part of the North East Festival of Architecture 2010 connecting to this year''s festival theme of Designing...
Benitez to Be the New Boss at Inter; Spaniard Gets an Italian Job
INTER Milan president Massimo Moratti has confirmed former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has agreed a deal to become the club's new coach. Moratti revealed negotiations with Benitez had not taken place in person and said the Spaniard was due to...
Bruce May Struggle to Offload Players
STEVE Bruce's bid to cut the dead wood from his Sunderland squad has hit a stumbling block - with interested clubs struggling to match the wage demands of his unwanted players, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Bruce (left) knows that he needs to get players...
Caravan Giant Claims It's on the Road to Recovery
CARAVAN and motorhome giant Explorer says it believes it can return to profit this year despite plunging pounds 3m into the red on the back of a pounds 22m two-year drop in revenues last year. The Consett company which has shed over 100 jobs in...
Caught on Camera; Raider's Bid to Burgle Was Filmed on an iPhone
Byline: Garry Willey ARAIDER was caught on camera when quick-thinking victims taped his bid to burgle their home on their mobile phones, a court has heard. Brian Moulding, from Newcastle's Kingston Park, made a "determined effort" to get inside...
Chance Meeting Led to Charity's Patron; Footballer Lost His Cousin to Cerebral Palsy
Byline: Neil McKay AMOTHER'S chance meeting with fundraisers outside a Tyneside supermarket led to her footballing son becoming patron of a pioneering charity. Now Gateshead-born Danny Graham has told of his delight at being involved with the Heel...
Could We Find a Common Purpose?
Byline: RON BEADLE THE worst part of last month wasn't losing a constituency we thought we would win, it wasn't seeing good councillors lose through no fault of their own, it was returning to work to hear my colleagues refer to me as 'Tory Boy'....
Council Fears Cuts of Up to Pounds 10m
FURTHER council budget cuts of up to pounds 10m could be required in Northumberland this year under plans by the coalition Government to get public expenditure down, it was revealed last night. Senior officers at County Hall in Morpeth have come...
Creative Approach to Vacant Properties
SINCE an amendment to the legislation on April 1, 2008, Empty Property Rates (EPRs) continue to be a financial headache for non-domestic property owners. Even though the UK economy is beginning to grow, we are still seeing the knock-on effects of...
Cumbria Prepares for Final Farewells; First Shooting Victim Buried Tomorrow
Byline: Rod Minchin THE first funerals of killer Derrick Bird's victims will take place tomorrow as the stricken communities across Cumbria prepare to say their final farewells to his victims. Former rugby league player Garry Purdham, 31, will...
David Wells
Byline: David Wells Common sense is worth any amount of knowledge when you're faced with a situation that seems to have no right or wrong answer. You may be challenged whatever you do or say, accept that and just go with common sense. You have...
Deaths
BLYTH (Hexham). Peacefully in hospital on 7th June, aged 87 years, May, beloved wife of the late Sandy, much loved mother of Ian, Isobel and Susan, a loved and devoted gran and great gran. Service and interment to take place at St. John Lee Church,...
Diversity Win for Children's Book from Young Teacher
THE winner of the Diverse Voices writing award was announced at a special ceremony in Newcastle last night. At Seven Stories in the Ouseburn, Birmingham teacher Tom Avery was presented with the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children's Book Award...
Don't Make an Evil Villain out of Mr Fox; Environment Editor TONY HENDERSON on Why We Shouldn't Go to Town on Urban Foxes
Byline: TONY HENDERSON AN ATTACK on two London babies by an urban fox has brought a new spectre to haunt parents' nightmares. Lola and Isabella Koupparis, aged nine months, were found crying and covered in blood after the fox went into their upstairs...
Eclair a Tasty Bet for Hamilton Success
Byline: Saraband LADY Eclair can enhance her already impressive strike-rate with victory in the valuable Lanark Silver Bell Handicap at Hamilton today. The daughter of Danehill Dancer cost 360,000 guineas as a yearling in 2007 but after missing...
Exiles Land in the Toughest Section
LONDON Irish head coach Toby Booth has branded his side's Heineken Cup pool the "Group of Death" following the draw in Cardiff yesterday. The Exiles were drawn alongside two-time champions Munster, Magners League winners Ospreys and Jonny Wilkinson's...
Experts View Rating Valuations; THE New Rating Valuations and the Empty Property Rates Are Prompting Much Debate in the Region's Commercial Property Sector, Say Our Regional Experts
THERE continues to be a number of firms of rating surveyors who are calling rate payers to secure work and are frequently saying "our agent has not made an appeal against your 2010 rating assessment". They say this in such a way as if it is a crime...
Explore the Sunny Side of Nile Street
ARTISTS and musicians will open their doors to the public in a buzzing back street of Sunderland city centre this month as part of a regional celebration of architecture and urban design. Nile Street in Sunniside is currently awash with creative...
Festival Highlights Designs to Deliver Us from CO2 Threat
THE North East Festival of Architecture (NEFA) has more than 40 events this year for local people of all ages and levels of interest. The festival programme, which runs from June 12-27, includes tours around buildings and towns, talks, exhibitions...
Former MPs Get 'Golden Goodbyes' Maximum Pounds 64,766 from Public Coffers
Byline: Tom Mullen NORTH East MPs stepping down after the general election could claim "golden goodbye" payments totaling more than half a million pounds, it has been revealed. A report released yesterday revealed that 10 outgoing MPs from the...
'Getting the News That He Had Died Was Just the Worst Feeling Imaginable. I Didn't Really Accept It until I Saw Michael's Body' Family Thank People of His Home Town
Byline: Joanne Butcher HE WAS a hero of Afghanistan who gave his life for his country: Guardsman Michael Sweeney was just 19 when he was killed by a bomb. Now his parents have told of their pride in their soldier son as they praised the work...
Health Trust Takes Up New Home at Docks
WORK has been completed on the latest stage of one of the region's major redevelopment schemes. Hudson Quay 2, a 38,500 sq ft office building at the Middlesbrough Manhattan Gate development, has been let on a 15-year lease to Middlesbrough Primary...
Height Link to Risk of Heart Disease; Small People More Likely to Become Ill
Byline: Jane Kirby SHORT people are at higher risk of heart disease than those who are taller, research out today suggests. A review of 52 studies found shorter adults were around 50% more likely to have heart disease, have a heart attack or die...
Ian: Hanging on to Crown Will Be Hard
Byline: Mark Douglas DEFENDING Blaydon Race champion Ian Hudspith is predicting one of the closest finishes in the history of the event. Hudspith lines up to defend his crown today against a strong field that includes in-form North East athlete...
Job Losses Serve as a Painful Reminder; ANDREW HEBDEN THE VOICE OF NE BUSINESS
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN THE job cuts announced by Northern Rock yesterday are a devastating and unexpected blow to the North East economy. At a time when there is increasing concern surrounding the fate of thousands of publicsector positions in the...
Jonas to Use the Magpies Method; 'My Argentina Can Follow the Newcastle Blueprint'
Byline: Stuart Rayner NEWCASTLE United can provide the blueprint for Argentina's World Cup bid, says Jon[sz]s Gutirrez. La Albiceleste are guaranteed more support than usual on Tyneside this summer because of the presence of Gutirrez, the Magpies'...
Laid Bare - the Hard Facts of Life Up North; Statistics Covering Every Aspect of Life, from House Prices to Crime and Life Expectancy in the North East Have Been Compiled. AMY HUNT Looks at the Figures
THE North East is painted as a region of contrasts in a new report which gives a picture of what it is like to live in the region and how it compares to other places. Households in the region have the lowest income in the country, while houses also...
Law Firm to Advise on Pounds 250m Schools Project
Byline: Iain Laing LAW firm Ward Hadaway has been chosen to advise on a pounds 250m schools project. The Newcastle firm has been picked by Bedford Borough Council to provide full legal services on the authority's Building Schools for the Future...
Lions Are Put to the Sword by Gladiators; Twenty20 Review
THE Gloucestershire Gladiators made light work of slaying the Surrey Lions to win a one-sided Friends Provident t20 South Group clash by 10 wickets and with 10.1 overs to spare. Hosts Surrey capitulated for 97 in front of a disappointing crowd of...
Maintenance Firm Gears Up for Jobs
Byline: Peter McCusker AN INDUSTRIAL maintenance firm hopes to create up to 600 jobs over the next five years as part of an ambitious growth strategy which it believes will add pounds 45m to its turnover. Darlington-based Captus ProNet is looking...
McCrory's Prodigy Akaash to Go Pro; BOXING
Byline: STUART RAYNER EXCITING prospect Akaash Hussain is set to be the latest addition to Newcastle's professional boxing ranks this summer, WRITES STUART RAYNER. The 18-year-old heavyweight had been aiming at a tilt at the London 2012 Olympics...
Murray Is Tested but Pulls through; Stern Opposition for Champion
ANDY Murray last night admitted he was given a tough examination by Spaniard Ivan Navarro as the defending champion edged into the third round of the AEGON-sponsored Championships with a 7-6 6-3 victory at Queen's. The world number four was pushed...
Nani's out of World Cup
NANI yesterday became the latest big-name player to be ruled out of the World Cup when Portugal confirmed the winger had damaged his collar bone. The Manchester United star is thought to have suffered the injury in training on Friday and will be...
NEL Team Welcomes Back David
FINANCE professional David Thomas moved back onto familiar ground after rejoining regional fund management firm NEL Fund Managers Ltd as an investment executive. Mr Thomas previously spent four years with the firm, and has now returned to join the...
Next Time I'll Read the Instructions. First Time Paraglider's Flight Horror
Byline: Tom Mullen ROOKIE flyer Roy Dixon has made a remarkable recovery after crashing the pounds 300 paraglider he bought on eBay. Roy broke his back in two places after the doomed maiden voyage, which he attempted after watching video clips on...
NINE-YEAR-OLD Leon Christian
NINE-YEAR-OLD Leon Christian from Ferryhill, fishing the north shore spillway, showed his father Andrew and cousin Jake how to do it at Grassholme, landing the heaviest fish of the season to date and a blue trout record, a well-conditioned 14lb 4oz....
North Arts Face a Dramatic Cut; Tough Times Ahead for Region''s Culture
Byline: William Green CULTURE Secretary Jeremy Hunt yesterday signalled the North East's arts scene faces even more cuts. The warning of "very, very tough times" comes as Chancellor George Osborne finalises his emergency budget on June 22, which...
North Denied by the Drizzle; Just One Wicket Required
Byline: James Hunter N ORTHUMBERLAND ended up frustrated by the weather just when they were within sight of victory in their Minor Counties Championship match against Hertfordshire yesterday at Jesmond. In reply to Herts' first innings total...
Nurse Used Stolen Drugs to Kill Son; Paramedics Saved Life of Baby's Mother
Byline: Rob Kennedy ASUICIDAL nurse killed her 11-month-old baby with medication she had stolen from her patients at work, a court heard yesterday. Mapaseka Justinah Shapung, who had come to Britain from Southern Africa, planned to kill herself...
Osborne Accused of Creating an 'Axe Factor'
GEORGE Osborne called on the public last night to help identify which services the coalition should cut in order to tackle the deficit. The Chancellor, pictured, said slashing billions of pounds off spending was a "national challenge" as he outlined...
Our Exporters Put on a World Class Performance
Byline: RICHARD SWART WITH just two days to go before the World Cup kicks off, speculation and hyperbole still have a little way to go before they reach their peak. I've already hedged my bets and invested in a shirt that is half the flag of...
People on the Move
DAVID RILEY has been appointed as the new regional head for Axis Security, the nationwide staffed guarding and electronic security business, that last month opened a regional operations centre in Union Street, Newcastle. David has previous management...
Pilot Is Scrapped for Independent Regional News
PILOTS for Independently Funded News Consortia to replace ITV's regional news in the Tyne-Tees and Borders region are to be scrapped by the new government, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt has confirmed. A consortium involving Journal publishers Trinity...
Portraying Perfection in the Animal Kingdom; AS the Art Tour Gets under Way, DAVID WHETSTONE Revisits the Studio of Mary Ann Rogers - and Her Furry and Feathered Friends
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE AN interview with Mary Ann Rogers tends to be subject to the kind of interruptions you just don't get in a public art gallery. There are the mother-and-daughter team of dachshunds, Rita and Betty, belying their 'good as...
Pounds 250,000 Grant Will Fuel Firm's Growth Plan
Byline: Peter McCusker LOW carbon vehicle company Sevcon has received a pounds 250,000 grant to support the development of a groundbreaking technology for use in a wide range of electric and hybrid vehicles. The company which is based in Gateshead...
Putting British Wool on Map of Fashion World; ONCE Britain's Biggest Export, Domestically-Produced Wool Is in the Doldrums. but Efforts to Get the Fabric Used in High-End Fashion, and Even Take It to the 2012 Olympics, Are Aiming to Revive Its Fortunes. KAREN DENT Reports
Byline: KAREN DENT PRINCE Charles has thrown his weight and international influence behind a worldwide campaign to boost the profile of wool as a fabric and bump up the paltry price currently paid to producers. The five-year Wool Campaign, which...
Recognise Importance of Historic Sites; WHO'S PLANNING WHAT? TIM WHEELER
WORLD Heritage Sites (WHS) have outstanding universal value for humanity from the point of view of history, art or science. The UK contains a wealth of potential sites, which in some cases are of international significance. WHS status brings enormous...
Rooney Must Rein in Temper - Banks
Byline: Paul Hirst GORDON Banks has warned Wayne Rooney he risks wrecking England's dreams of World Cup glory if he produces a repeat of the "ridiculous" behaviour which saw him booked for insulting a referee. The striker was booked by Jeff Selogilwe...
Shopping Centre's New Life
Byline: Peter McCusker TALKS are progressing between developers and leisure operators over the pounds 100m redevelopment of a prominent Newcastle city centre shopping centre with work expected to start early next year. The project will see the Newgate...
Singing Star Cheryl Is Woman of the Year
NEWCASTLE-BORN singer Cheryl Cole showed she is still on top with an award for Woman of the Year last night. The star, 26, scooped the title for the 12 months during which she finally ditched footballer husband Ashley Cole. She was presented...
Stone Me! This Rural Craft Is Alive and Kicking
Byline: Karen Dent THE age old craft of dry stone wall building will be passed on to a group of young people in a new project to help preserve some of the region's most beautiful rural landscapes. The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural...
Store Wars Set to End; Supermarket Tussle Almost at an End
Byline: Dave Black FAMILIES in a market town where a flagship shopping arcade opened seven months ago are now set to get a 200-job superstore to further boost the economy. A development company looks to have won a three-way battle with two major...
Superheroes Set for Cycle Challenge with a Twist
TRAINEE lawyers will turn into cycling superheroes for a sponsored 200-mile coastto-coast ride with a twist next week. The fantastic five from Newcastle firm Watson Burton will be cycling the full distance of the coast-to-coast cycle trail on exercise...
Tesco Boss to Stand Down as of Next Year
Byline: Iain Laing TESCO chief executive Sir Terry Leahy has announced that he will step down next March after 14 years leading Britain's biggest supermarket. He is to be succeeded in the top job by international and IT director Philip Clarke, who...
The Ball Is the Only Thing That Should Be Struck
Byline: Hannah Davies OOTBALL'S coming home? For thousands of women across the country it sadly is, in an ugly form. It seems that when England win, some men get so drunk they beat their partners, and when England lose, they get so angry they...
The North East Needs Someone on Its Side
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK IT IS heartening that we seem to have a friend in Vince Cable who has been doing his best to assuage fears about a double dip recession in the North East. He has the ability to help us fend off another downturn and it looks...
Tragic British Children Buried in Spain
TWO British children whose mother admitted suffocating them in a Spanish hotel room were buried after a small, private funeral yesterday. Rebecca Smith, five, and her 11-month-old brother Daniel were found dead at the Hotel Miramar in Lloret de...
USA Aiming to Make It Awkward for Wayne
JAY DeMerit hopes the United States frustrate Wayne Rooney to the extent the England striker loses his cool during Saturday's World Cup clash in Rustenburg. Defender DeMerit insists the USA will not try to deliberately wind up Rooney, whose temperament...
Use Market Volatility to Add Selective Equities Exposure
Byline: ANDREW MILLER MAY 2010 will not be remembered fondly by equity investors. The MSCI World index fell a hefty 7.5% in local currency terms in May - the largest monthly fall since February 2009. The old adage "sell in May and go away" is...
We're Still Not out of the Woods; TWO Years Ago Leading Behavioural Economist Roger Martin-Fagg Told a Meeting of Chief Executives in the North East to Bunker Down for an Imminent Recession. Yesterday He Returned to the Region to Warn That the Tough Times Aren't over Yet, as ANDREW HEBDEN Reports
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN ALOT has happened to the economy over the last two years and while it would be an exaggeration to say Roger Martin-Fagg saw it all coming, no-one who heard him talk at the Morritt Hotel in Barnard Castle on June 11, 2008, can...
Wish You Were Here to See This
MAKE sure you handle tomorrow's Journal with care. To mark the official launch of public art work Temenos in Middlesbrough, The Journal and Tees Valley Unlimited (TVU) are giving away a pair of pretty lovely postcards featuring the first of Anish...
Youngsters Learning to Kick out Racism; Pupils Meet Players as Part of Campaign
Byline: Alastair Craig YOUNGSTERS from the North East have teamed up with former Newcastle United and Middlesbrough stars to send racism for an early bath. Pupils from schools across the region gathered at St James' Park in Newcastle yesterday...