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 September 9, 2010

A Fitting Finale to Poor Season
Byline: Luke Edwards IT has been another stumble backwards after a bold step forward for Durham at Essex as an infuriating season looks to be drawing to a fittingly frustrating finale. If Essex have given up on their top-flight status, Durham...
A Home for Everyone
WHATEVER you're looking for, and wherever you're looking to buy, there'll be a home for you open as part of The Journal Open House event. With homes from Alnwick and north Northumberland through Northumberland, Tyneside and County Durham, the Open...
Alert after Swamp Fever Claims Horse; Defra Imposes Restriction Zone
Byline: Paul Tully ; Dave Black THE rare and incurable animal disease Swamp Fever has hit the North East with one horse destroyed and 16 more placed in quarantine at a Northumberland livery yard. One of six horses imported from Holland was diagnosed...
An Early Perk for Businesses; SCIENCE City's First Friday Networking Group Celebrated Its First Birthday Last Week. JOHN HILL Talks to a Few of the North East's Networkers Who Don't Mind Waking Up Early to Smell the Coffee and Do a Little Business as They Drink It
Byline: JOHN HILL MANY people talk about 8am as if it is a real time, as if things such as business deals, conference calls and morning runs actually occur before that hour when most people are still having breakfast. I like to delude myself...
An Open Invitation to Buyers
ALMOST 320 homes will be open to view this weekend as part of The Journal's first Open House event. And today's Journal brings you this special supplement for you to enjoy a preview of all the properties taking part and to help you to plan your...
Anton No Problem for Cats Boss Bruce; I Hold No Grudges regarding Anton - Bruce
HAVING tried and failed to sell him in the summer, Steve Bruce has promised Anton Ferdinand their past disagreements will not count against the defender, writes STUART RAYNER. Ferdinand was one of those Bruce was hoping to move on in the transfer window...
Back in Working Order for Visitors; Heritage Open Day Patrons See Restored Engine
Byline: Dave Black APOWERHOUSE piece of equipment which played a vital role in the coal production process at a Northumberland pit has been restored to working order as a visitor attraction. The huge winding engine at the former Woodhorn Colliery...
Barratt Feel Pressure despite Profits Boost
Byline: Iain Laing HOUSEBUILDER Barratt Developments has said that the UK housing market is "still challenging", despite reducing its pre-tax losses and nearly trebling its operating profits. The Newcastle-based firm said its operating profits...
Birthday Boy Celebrates with a 91-1 Double
PAUL Hanagan celebrated his 30th birthday in style by riding a 91-1 double on the opening day of Doncaster's St Leger meeting, writes NICK ROBSON. Currently leading the jockeys' championship, Hanagan won on Barefoot Lady (3-1) for his boss Richard...
Bowl Sells for 60 Times Its Asking Price; Stunning Pounds 38,000 Paid for Antique
Byline: Nell Stone AN antique Chinese bowl which had a guide price of pounds 600 sold for more than pounds 38,000 at an auction in Newcastle. The bowl, which was believed to have been a copy of those made in the Kangxi dynasty, fetched over 60...
BP Spreads Blame for Oil Rig Disaster; Firm Blasted for Accusing Others in Report
Byline: Jamie Grierson A"COMPLEX and interlinked" series of events involving mechanical failures and human judgments led to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, a report by oil giant BP said yesterday. The internal inquiry, led by the company's head...
Bus Service Must Be No Footnote; VOICE OF THE NORTH
IT was good to read your article regarding the success of our new Kirknewton bus service to Wooler (The Journal, September 7). We campaigned long and hard for this vital service, frequently being advised by the gloom-mongers that we didn't stand...
Campbell Has Got to Wait for Chance
Byline: Luke Edwards SOL Campbell has done everything needed to make his Newcastle United debut against Blackpool this weekend, but Chris Hughton's high-profile summer signing will not walk straight into the starting line-up. Campbell missed...
Caring for the Environment
THE NHBC's role in setting standards, providing consumer protection via the Buildmark warranty and reducing risk means that the organisation is at the forefront of the sustainability debate for new homes. Homeowners remain at the heart of this debate,...
Christmas in Summer: My iPad Arrived
Byline: STEWART WATKINS IRECENTLY had the feeling that children get at Christmas when they've opened their brilliant new toy, but for me this was more than just a plaything. I have now got hold of one of this year's most talked-about products: an...
Civil Servant Allegedly Took Pension Cash; DWP Worker Charged with Plundering Pounds 44,000
Byline: Alastair Craig ACIVIL servant is at the centre of allegations that more than pounds 44,000 was plundered from pension accounts. Claire Willis is accused of accessing a Government pensions database and siphoning cash into her own bank...
Cultivating Contacts at a Distance
Byline: JAMES RUTHERFORD WE have a lot to offer each other within our region, but we shouldn't neglect opportunities further afield. It is a privilege to enjoy the North East's lifestyle and the vibrant tech community yet also to be able to offer...
Deaths
BISKUPEK (Morpeth). Peacefully in hospital on 29th August 2010, aged 85 years, Karol, beloved husband of the late Dorothy, dearly loved father of Lynne, Steve, Deborah and Kay, father in law of Geoff, Ann, Slaven and Mo, much loved grandad of Geoffrey,...
Directors School's Top-Flight Guidance
FOUR of the region's leading business advisers have joined forces to help entrepreneurs get to grips with the raft of legal and financial considerations involved in setting up a new business. Directors School is a joint initiative between Crutes...
Experts Dismayed as Another Pet Abandoned
ANOTHER pet dog has had to be put to sleep by vets after being abandoned and left to die by its owner in a Northumberland village. The elderly female cocker spaniel was found collapsed by a passer-by in Kirkdale Drive, Pegswood, near Morpeth, on...
Farmers' Fears over Chinese Lanterns Raised in Commons
Byline: Iain Laing DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg has been urged to take action against the growing use of Chinese lanterns which have been blamed for killing and maiming farm animals. The lanterns, which have been used during celebrations...
Farm Harvests High Praise from Prince; Charles Raises Awareness of Sustainability
Byline: Kim Carmichael A "REMARKABLE" community farm was honoured with a Royal visit yesterday. The Prince of Wales toured Ouseburn Farm in Newcastle as part of his national initiative to raise awareness of sustainable living. After arriving...
Flower Is Trusting ECB's Judgement
ENGLAND coach Andy Flower is content to defer to his employers' judgment should any fresh corruption allegations be made against Pakistan players during the forthcoming NatWest Series. It is understood the England and Wales Cricket Board were especially...
GAME Angling
THE gin clear waters of Caistron lakes are providing excellent with quality fish landed throughout the day. Geordie Wilson, fishing a Blob deep, had a fantastic four-hour session, landing an estimated bag of 60lb. His first two trout weighed in...
Henson's in Welsh Red Again - for Now; RUGBY UNION
THE spectre of Gavin Henson continues to hang over Welsh rugby after he featured in a marketing campaign for the new Wales kit. The 28-year-old was pictured on a giant banner on the side of the Millennium Stadium just hours after it had been confirmed...
Houllier Confirmed as O'Neill's Villa Successor
GERARD Houllier admits he found it impossible to turn down the chance to return to the Barclays Premier League as Aston Villa's new manager. The 63-year-old has now resigned as technical director of the French Football Federation [FFF] to take charge...
How Long Can Labour Optimism Last?
Byline: RON BEADLE MANY of my Labour friends are rubbing their hands in glee. In their view, the history of the next few years has already been written. The deepest cuts in modern history render the Government the most unpopular since The Second...
In Memoriam
HAILES (Leam Lane). Treasured memories of my darling husband Steve. No verse can say no flowers repay all that I lost one year ago today, a million tears won't bring you back, I know because I've cried and neither will a million prayers, I know because...
Jupiter Has Left the Building, [...]
Byline: David Wells Jupiter has left the building, bye-bye Jupiter see you early 2011 when you're in a better mood and can finish what you started. Some plans may be on hold Aries but know they are only on hold, don't give up on anything just yet!...
Kaymer: I'm Excited for Ryder Cup
USPGA champion Martin Kaymer makes his European homecoming this week admitting his excitement is already growing ahead of the Ryder Cup. The German will return to action for the first time since his major triumph last month when he appears at the KLM...
Licences Could Shut Up Shop on Country; Protests Grow over Plan for New Permits
Byline: Brian Daniel PLANS to introduce licences for travelling shops could leave vulnerable people in rural areas without vital services, campaigners say. Northumberland County Council is proposing a new policy where any person wanting to trade...
Moving from Games to a World of Special Effects
Byline: John Hill MERE Mortals founder David Jeffries has returned to Newcastle to lead a shake-up of the business, which includes moving away from games production. Jeffries set up the company in 1999, but he emigrated to New Zealand in 2007...
Museums Fear for the Future as Crisis Looms; Exhibitions Face the Axe in Survival Battle
Byline: Adrian Pearson MUSEUMS on Tyneside may have to drop big exhibitions or reduce their opening hours as ministers prepare huge funding cuts, it has been warned. Mark Taylor, director of the national Museum Association, said Tyneside faced...
New Arrest Made after Cruel Raid; Burglar Claimed He Had Accomplice
Byline: Sophie Doughty POLICE probing a burglary linked to a delivery worker from one of the region's best known companies have questioned a second man. The Journal told on Saturday how burglar Paul Clark was jailed after admitting breaking into...
New Venture for Web Services Boss
FORMER Mere Mortals operations director Kathryn Taylor is taking the Newcastle company's web hosting roster to her new venture Taylored Hosting. Taylor set up the company to provide web hosting and email services for the clients who previously worked...
No Kidding, Jodi Doing the North Proud in States; Journallive.Co.UK Golf Thursday, 52 TEEING OFF with TIM TAYLOR Tel: (0191) 389 3120 Email: Timtaylor@the-Write-Stuff.Org
GOLF has always been a sport where highly competitive players and others who enjoy it more for fresh air, exercise and the social side, whether they belong to a club or not, exist in relatively perfect harmony The women's game is providing a perfect...
Non-League Round-Up
Byline: BILL GARDNER SHILDON moved to the top of the STL Northern League First Division with a 3-1 victory over Sunderland RCA at Dean Street last night, writes MALCOLM PRATT. Their win though was not as clearcut as the score suggests and the...
Now Showing
JONAH HEX (15) Jonah Hex is a scarred bounty hunter in the Wild West. A former Confederate soldier in the Civil War, his family was killed by Colonel Quentin Turnbull (John Malkovich) and his face branded with hot metal. He still bears the emotional...
Our Cathedrals to Sporting Heritage; in the Second Part of a Series on the Sporting History of Tyne and Wear, TONY HENDERSON Looks at How Hot Spots Have Emerged
Byline: TONY HENDERSON THE Town Moor in Newcastle is rated as one of the great open spaces of urban Britain. It also happens to be one of Tyne and Wear's sporting hotspots. The 960-acre moor features in Played in Tyne and Wear, a book which...
Owen: I Still Have England Dreams; Striker Eyes More Caps
MANCHESTER United striker Michael Owen is determined to resume his England career, writes KEN GAUNT. Owen, 30, has rarely figured on Fabio Capello's radar since he became national team manager three years ago. The former Newcastle and Liverpool...
Pace Acquisition Steps Up Advisor Firm's Expansion
Byline: Christopher Knox ANORTH East financial advisors has been bought by a firm in Leeds, which is now looking to extend its reach across the region by opening up more offices. Bishop Auckland-based Pace Financial Solutions has been taken over...
Phone Giant Shares Fall after Chinese Sale
Byline: Ken Oiwa THE FTSE 100 Index closed the day 21.9 points higher at 5429.7. Mobile communications company Vodafone announced an agreement to sell all of its 3.2% interest in China Mobile Ltd. The company estimates that the cash proceeds...
Pictures of Byker over the Decades; A FILM about Byker and One Woman's Enduring Fascination for the Place Gets Its TV Premiere This Weekend, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports
SUNDAY is Newcastle day on BBC4 with a series of programmes focusing on the city - the way it is and the way it used to be. The evening schedule includes the premiere of a film called Today I'm With You which documents Finnish photographer Sirkka-Liisa...
Pitbull's Ringmaster on New Circus Game Project
Byline: John Hill NEW Sunderland games company Pitbull Studios is developing a circus game which will help its client fine-tune a next generation motion controller. The project for a non-gaming company is the first announced since former Pitbull...
Pounds 2m Boost as Link-Up Goes Ahead
Byline: John Hill ELECTRIC vehicle and cherrypicker manufacturer Tanfield is hoping to raise pounds 2m through a share issue to tide it over until it links up its UK and US electric car divisions. The Washington-based firm is still aiming to...
Powerful Tale as Protagonists Do Battle over Language
The Girl In The Yellow Dress at Live Theatre, Newcastle, until September 18 IT'S a bit like a boxing match. This psychological drama about lies and truth by South African playwright Craig Higginson is a slow burner that really packs a punch over...
Protesters Say Plan Threatens Squirrels; Golf Club Bosses Claim They Want to Protect Reds
Byline: Paul Tully AMAJOR battle is looming in a bid to save a colony of red squirrels on the edge of a Northumberland golf course. Development plans at Ponteland Golf Club could devastate the home of a "thriving" red squirrel colony, as up to...
Red-Faced Player So Sorry for Breaking the Limit; United Star Is Spared Ban by Magistrate S
Byline: Nell Stone NEWCASTLE United striker Peter Lovenkrands has escaped a driving ban despite being clocked doing twice the legal speed limit. The Newcastle United star reached speeds of 60mph as he drove near to the club's training ground...
Report Brands East Coast Rail Link 'Poor' Network Rail Falls Behind Euro Firms
Byline: Peter Woodman NETWORK RAIL falls far behind comparable European rail infrastructure companies, the United Kingdom's rail regulators said. The "efficiency gap" between NR and the rest of Europe is 34% to 40%, the Office of Rail Regulation...
Rockliffe Will Prove a Hard Act to Follow after Champion Event
ROCKLIFFE Hall's hosting of The Journal Champion of Champions for the first time made it a memorable occasion for the golf club champions and top county golfers of Northumberland and Durham County. Each of the 99 players was given Gleneagles-style...
Roses Ready to Bloom at Doncaster
Byline: Saraband ROSES For The Lady may not quite have rediscovered the form of last year so far in 2010, but a bold bid looks assured in the DFS Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster today. The four-year-old only won once last season but she ran the...
She's off to America - with Strings Attached; Harpist Will Study at Top School in World
Byline: Lisa Hutchinson HARPIST Emily Hoile has crossed the Atlantic to study at one of the most prestigious music schools in the world. Her determination to gather pounds 15,000 towards her fees has meant she started at the famous Juilliard...
Show Loses Pounds 100,000; New Question Marks over Event's Future
Byline: Dave Black SERIOUS question marks have been raised over the future of a flagship equestrian event held in Northumberland this summer after it made a loss of around pounds 100,000. Funding to stage the inaugural Burgham Horse Festival...
Six-Month Ban and Fine for Ex-Champion; SNOOKER
JOHN Higgins welcomed the outcome of a hearing that yesterday cleared him of match-fixing but imposed a six-month ban on the former world snooker champion. Higgins (pictured right), who was also fined pounds 75,000, admitted breaching rules around...
Sneak Preview of Store's New Design; Department Store Is Set for Fashion Revamp
Byline: Liz Lamb ONE of the region's major department stores is to unveil its new look next week after a pounds 2.5m revamp John Lewis' store in Newcastle is one of only four of the company's 29 UK shops to receive a cash injection to boost fashion...
Staff Train to Fill the Skills Gap; IN a Tough Economic Environment, the Pressure Is on Managers to Get the Most out of Their Workforces. but Finding Staff with the Right Skills Appears to Be as Difficult as It Has Been for Some Time, despite the Growing Number of People out of Work. CHRISTOPHER KNOX Looks at What Is Being Done to Solve the Problem
BEFORE the onset of the recession, one of the biggest bugbears of the business community was finding people with the right skills in order to replenish their ageing workforces. Companies involved in specialist manufacturing, science and construction...
Step Inside, You'll Find Something for Everyone
ASELECTION of new homes developers across the North East are inviting home-buyers out and about this weekend as part of The Journal Open House event to step inside their showhomes. There are many advantages to buying a brand new home and the region...
Tait: Eves Needs to Find His Swagger to Succeed; Coach Backing His New Boys
Byline: Nick Purewal HUMBLE Luke Eves needs to find a steely swagger and back himself to fulfil his midfield wrecking-ball potential, believes Falcons head coach Alan Tait. Frustrated by Newcastle's centre pairing troubles at Sale on Friday night,...
Take a Look at a Brand New Home; There Are Many Advantages to Buying a New Home. JANETTE McMAHON Explains Some of the Best
Byline: JANETTE McMAHON IT'S an age-old debate - do I buy new or old? But the benefits of buying a new home are numerous. All new homes are low maintenance, energy efficient and built to a fantastic design and specification. A builder's warranty...
They Are the Lions Who Truly Roared; Magnificent Effort Wins Recognition
Byline: Dave Black PROUD volunteers who were at the cutting edge of a massive relief and recovery effort in their flood-devastated town were last night given a royal accolade for their magnificent work. Members of Morpeth Lions Club received...
Top Honour for County's Air Rescuers
Byline: Alastair Craig RAF Boulmer is to receive Northumberland's highest honour. The air and surveillance base on the coast is to receive the Freedom of the County at a special ceremony later this month. Almost 100 servicemen and women will...
Turner Set for Tyneside Test; Inspired Hurdler to Lead Games Team: Top-Class Athletics, Free to the North East Public, the Great North City Games Should Be a Bit of Fun. Andy Turner Tells Stuart Rayner Why He Hopes There Will Be an Edge
URNER, you have to win. Those five words can break or inspire an athlete. Fortunately, pressure has the latter effect on Andy Turner. It is why the 27-year-old from Nottingham will be secretly hoping to hear them again at next week's Great North...
Universities Climb the World Rankings; Durham and Newcastle Hail Success
Byline: Nicola Juncar TWO of the North East's universities have been ranked in the top 200 higher education institutions in the world. The 2010 QS World University Rankings were published yesterday, with Durham University breaking into the top 100...
Warranties Offer Peace of Mind
BUYING a brand new home is an exciting time - your chance to put your mark on a property that has never been lived in. No living with other people's interior design, no discovering other people's rubbish in dark corners, no treading on other people's...
Watchdog's Verdict Gives Service Room to Improve
THE region's largest local authority provides a "fair" benefit service but could do better, a Government watchdog will report today. The benefits service provided by Durham County Council has "promising" prospects for improvement, says the Audit...
We Kids Are All Right - Danny; Welbeck: England Future Bright
DANNY Welbeck believes the Under-21s have helped show Fabio Capello the future is bright for England. The Young Lions will battle it out for a place at the 2011 European Championship over a two-leg play-off next month - which could yet be against Auld...
Zvonareva in Semi-Finals - but Made to Work for It; TENNIS
RUSSIA'S Vera Zvonareva last night reached the semi-finals of the US Open for the first time in her career with a hardfought win over Estonia's Kaia Kanepi. Zvonareva, the seventh seed, coped better with the blustery conditions at Flushing Meadows...