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 18, 2010

A Good Market for Local Ethical Traders
Byline: John Hill PROMINENT Gateshead online trader Ethical Superstore is launching a marketplace where ethical businesses and charities can sell their produ cts to the general public. Ethical Superstore has become the leading source of ethical...
Autumn House Sales Weak as Buyers Waited
HOUSEBUILDER Barratt Developments has reported a weaker-than-expected autumn selling season after customers took longer to commit to house purchases. The Newcastle company said reservations per active site fell to 0.45 a week in the period since...
Backlash Brought Rooney to a U-Turn; Fergie Reveals Star's Mistake
MANCHESTER United boss Sir Alex Ferguson believes Wayne Rooney realised he had made a major mistake when he felt the backlash against his plans to leave Old Trafford. Rooney stated last month that he would not sign a new contract with United, after...
Banahan's Set to Make Haye; Heavyweight Inspires England Ace for Samoa
MATT Banahan is built like a heavyweight boxer and ready to deliver his best impression of world champion David Haye when he returns to the England team for Saturday's showdown with Samoa. Banahan, who stands 6ft 7in tall and weighs nearly 18stone,...
Banish All-Black Nightmare, Says Andy
HEAD coach Andy Robinson has demanded his Scotland side make amends for the dismal defeat to New Zealand in this Saturday's Autumn Test against South Africa at Murrayfield. Scotland slumped to a 49-3 loss to the All-Blacks last weekend, ending a...
Barratt Shares Rise after Sales Price Boost
Byline: Max Ormiston THE FTSE 100 Index ended the day higher, up 10.7 points at 5692.6. Positive earnings reports were delivered by Experian and ICAP with the Index shrugging off worse than expected US housing data to end the day in positive...
Bennett Digs Deep into Doyens' Dirty Laundry
Byline: David Whetstone The Habit of Art at Newcastle Theatre Royal until Saturday ALAN Bennett is a playwright who tends to get called a national treasure but, on this evidence, you wonder how it happened. Can you be the nation's darling and...
Bishop Warns of Distraction
CENTRE Andrew Bishop believes Wales cannot afford to be distracted by the party atmosphere against Fiji at the Millennium Stadium. Aside from the rugby, it is also the BBC's annual Children in Need charity spectacular, with One Show presenter Alex...
Black Cats Are Ready to Roar, Says Gyan
ASAMOAH Gyan is confident Sunderland are set to become one of the major powers in English football following his blistering start to his Black Cats career, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Gyan has had to be patient since his pounds 13m move from Rennes because...
Britain 'Stands Ready to Help' Ireland as Talks Continue over a Possible Bailout
THE Treasury is considering all options for financial aid to Ireland, Chancellor George Osborne said. But he refused to speculate on whether the UK was on the brink of announcing bilateral loans, or making a contribution to an EU bail-out. He was...
Budget for Christmas; CHRISTMAS Is One of the Most Expensive Times of Year. Money Expert ANDREW HAGGER Reveals His Top Tips for a Cheap and Cheerful Christmas
Byline: ANDREW HAGGER PRESENTS, food, decoration, entertaining - it all adds up. And while most of us love the festivities, the extra cost can cause headaches. Money expert Andrew Hagger of moneynet.co.uk advises setting a budget and sticking...
Businesses Persuaded to Have Online Presence
Byline: John Hill THE UK is one of the world's leaders for e-commerce. However, about 1.5 million small businesses have still not set up their own website. This is a situation that companies like Google, BT, e-skills UK and Enterprise UK are...
Business Support Group Set to Expand
Byline: Peter McCusker THE company which provides the Business Link service for the North East has unveiled ambitious nationwide expansion plans as prepares to hear that funding for its core business will be axed by the Government. Confirmation...
Careers in Perfect Harmony with Running Our Families
Abi Cotton, 46, and Anna Scantlebury, 42, live in Whitley Bay and Cullercoats respectively with their partners and children. Abi's partner is Dom Haudiquet, who is groundsman at Whitley Bay High School, and her children are Alfie, 11, and Hatti,...
Carroll Stakes His Claim with Fabio; Andy's off to a Good Start
England 1 France 2 IT took him just one half of his international debut against France last night for Andy Carroll to launch an argument to suggest he will be part of England's plans for years to come, writes LUKE EDWARDS. In fact, it would be no...
Change of Tactics Has Worked out for Wylie
GRAHAM Wylie was beaming from ear to ear after Belon Gale provided him with his first National in the Northumberland version at Hexham. The prominent owner has not had much luck in the biggest one of them all at Aintree, with Bewleys Berry going...
Changing Face of the World's Top Brass; THE Best in the World's Brass Contingent Will Be Converging in Gateshead Later This Month. RACHEL FLINT Talks to a Founding Competitor Ahead of the Colourful Proceedings
Byline: RACHEL FLINT TROMBONISTS wearing tutus, horns made out of hoses, and bass players buzzing around in bee outfits - not what you would expect from your average brass band concert. But this weekend's 34th Brass in Concert Championship at...
Chemist Opened Window to World; Photo Firsts Are Put on Show
Byline: Tony Henderson BEFORE the grainy photograph below right below was taken, few in the North East would ever have laid eyes on the natural wonder of Niagara Falls. All that changed 170 years ago when a Tyneside chemist took what would become...
Closest Relationship Can Be Strained; PARENTLINE Plus Offers a Lifeline for Parents ... as Well as a 24/7 Ear. SAM WONFOR Offers an Overview of the Charity Which Has the Best Interests of Our Families Firmly at Its Heart
GIVEN that there's no such thing as the perfect parent, and equally no such thing as the perfect child, then I think we can all agree there's no chance of trying to pull off being a perfect family. Yet parents often place huge pressures on themselves...
Cold Snap Is Keeping Bigger Fish on the Go
WITH the cold weather the double-figure fish at Chatton Lakes have been a lot more active with 78-year-old Duncan Stewart from Lowick bringing his first ever doubler - a 13lb 4oz rainbow - to the net from Chatton Lake. David Pyle from Belford safely...
Consider PR If You Want Real Return on Your Investment
PUBLIC relations - PR - is a great marketing tool but one that is much misunderstood and misrepresented. It's not just It is about building relationships, greater brand awareness, reputation management and, ultimately, organisational success. ...
Cornish Villages Are Swamped in Storm; Chaos on First Anniversary of Cumbria Flood
Byline: John Fahey and Rod Minchin PRIME Minister David Cameron last night promised flood-battered Cornwall as much help as it needs getting back on its feet. Residents in parts of the county awoke to find their homes and businesses several feet...
David Wells
Byline: David Wells By Jupiter! He is moving forward from today, forward in the part of your chart that's had you looking backwards, looking for answers through your experience and inner wisdom. So now he expects you act on what you've found. ...
Deaths
ANGUS (Wallsend). On 15th November, aged 67 years, Peter, beloved husband of Gerry, dear father of Susan and Lynn, father-in-law of Lee and a much loved granda of Lewis, Charlie and Katie. Service to be held at Tynemouth Crematorium on Thursday 25th...
Demand for Power to Block Wind Farms
CALLS were made yesterday for councils to be given more power to block wind farm developments near people's homes. A Conservative MP put forward a ten minute bill on the issue, the same day that Newcastle International Airport unveiled its new policy...
Design and Marketing Is a Waste of Time and Money
DESIGN is great. Its striking logos, beautiful colourways, superbly managed type and cleverly structured websites. Marketing is wonderful too. It's meaningful direct mail, precisely crafted social media, concisely structured adverts and PR flares....
Despite Recession, Team Valley Is Still Building Up a Storm
IN SPITE of challenging market conditions there is continued evidence that there is still demand for well-located, highquality industrial/distribution buildings in the North East region, especially on Team Valley, one of the UK''s largest business...
Eclectic Night at Coastal Town's 'Cultural Oasis'
musicians during the inaugural Whitley Bay Film Festival, which was co-directed by his partner Ema Lea. A musical vein ran throughout the recent festival, with Simon involved in performing what he calls a "psychedelic" version of the Get Carter...
Enjoy Town's Many Charms; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE: ALNWICK TOWN CENTRE
THE medieval market town of Alnwick still retains many of its cobbled streets, narrow alleys and fine stone buildings - making it the perfect place to combine Christmas shopping with a day out. Alnwick Markets are pulling out all the stops to make...
Ferris Urges Irish Team-Mates to Make History
STEPHEN Ferris insists Ireland are convinced they can make history against New Zealand to salvage the pride battered by a miserable year. The Aviva Stadium will host the 24th meeting between the rivals on Saturday in a fixture that has been unkind...
Finding Natural Solution to Those Sports Injuries
Byline: John Hill FORMER curator Louise Vincent is launching a new business selling naturally-formulated sports recovery products to active consumers. The Gosforth-based entrepreneur spent 20 years working as a publisher, curator and gallery...
Gaming Can Cross All the Boundaries
AS a video games developer of nearly 20 years, like most in my industry, I'd really never imagined that my target would ever be anything other than avid games players. If you make bread, you sell it to people who eat it. If you make houses, you...
Geordie Striker Did Himself No Harm on Debut at the Venue of Legends
Byline: Lee Ryder HE lasted 70 minutes at the venue of legends but didn't do himself any harm. Andy Carroll was solid if unspectacular on his international debut for England against the French. It wasn't quite the glory of Alan Shearer in...
Getting a Boost from New Interest in Clean Power
Byline: John Hill CONSTRUCTION and renewable energy company Maden Design and Built is confident that increased interest in wind and solar installations will add staff and hugely increase its turnover. The Berwick-upon-Tweed firm has recently...
Good Time to Branch out Alone
Byline: Iain Laing PRIME Minister David Cameron kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week by urging more people to "make a job rather than take a job". With ongoing redundancies in the public sector and increasing unemployment, the importance of...
Hamilton Expects a Winter of Content; Lewis Pleased Button's on Board
LEWIS Hamilton believes a full winter testing programme alongside Jenson Button could be crucial to McLaren's hopes in the 2011 Formula One season, writes JAMIE STRICKLAND. Button only joined the Woking-based team at the start of this year after...
Help Means Firm Is Now a Cut Above
TEAM Valley's Inspire Business Technology has been helping a local firm devise and implement an improved order management system. They have helped Advanced Cutting Tools streamline and track orders from acceptance through to dispatch and a reporting...
'I Am Still the Number One' Cats Goalkeeper Determined to Hold Scotland Spot
SUNDERLAND'S Craig Gordon claims he has nothing to prove in his battle to reclaim his position as Scotland number one keeper. The Sunderland goalkeeper earned his 40th cap in Tuesday night's 3-0 win against the Faroe Islands, his first outing for...
I Threatened Juror, Supergrass Admits; Court Is Told of Late-Night Phone Call
Byline: Dan Warburton CAREER criminal Errol Hay turned supergrass after threatening a juror in the murder trial of a gangland shooting, a court has heard. The cocaine addict claims he was instructed by John Henry Sayers' brother, Stephen, to...
'It's Not a Fair Reflection' Claims about Solar Panels Are Rejected
THE "green" farmer planning to install 18 solar panels in a field next to his farmhouse last night challenged officials who are recommending rejection of his plans. Christopher Porter, of Mire House at Whitley Chapel near Hexham, disputes planners'...
Joint Effort Sees Newbiggin's Christmas off to a Bright Start; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
N EWBIGGIN-BY-THE-SEA Town Council was keen to see the Christmas Season get off to a good start in Newbiggin. Having already arranged for the street motif display to be installed by specialist contractors, attention was then focused on the Quay Wall...
Kevin to Give Up Day Job for Golf; Cademy-Taylor Lands Scots Role
Byline: Tim Taylo A MONTH before his 36th birthday, Kevin Cademy-Taylor was struck down by a heart attack. He used some of the 15 weeks he was off work to take stock of his life. He is now 43 and the plan he decided upon then - "to make the sport...
Kingston Factor to Swing It, Says Tim
Byline: Mark Smith TIM Swinson believes the Kingston Park factor could help propel his Falcons side to victory on Sunday, when Gloucester visit the North East. The Cherry and Whites make the 220-mile trip to Newcastle for the resumption of Aviva...
King's Youngster Builds Strength; Saraband
ALAN King's Franklino may have let down odds-on backers on his British debut at Aintree, but should be backed to make amends in the Lindley Catering Juvenile Hurdle at Hereford. On the strength of a couple of victories on the level in France, allied...
Loan Move Is Not the Best for Leon; Loan Move Would Not Be Best for Leon
Byline: Luke Edwards LEON Best has rejected the idea he needs to go out on loan in search of first-team football as he argued he would be better off fighting for his place at Newcastle United. Best has returned to full training after an ankle...
Markets Bring Magic of Christmas to All the Family; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE: CHRISTMAS MARKETS
TYNEDALE'S two largest towns are both offering great alternative shopping opportunities this year. Prudhoe is launching its first ever Christmas Market with a three-day celebratory weekend of activities at the start of December followed up by the well-established...
Measuring Up with the Competition
Byline: STEWART WATKINS WATCHING the F1 at Abu Dhabi on Sunday afternoon, I was amazed by the quality of design of the facilities that less than three years ago did not exist. The Yas Marina Hotel and circuit, Ferrari World and the detail of...
Merger to Create Giant Food Firm
Byline: Iain Laing THE company behind Fox's biscuits and Goodfella's pizza today announced plans to merge with the biggest sandwich maker in the UK. Leeds-based Northern Foods, which employs 900 people at its ready-meals factory in Carlisle,...
Moore Calling for Mauling of Tigers
Byline: Matt Leslie NEVER mind the second leg, we're ready to finish it now, states Newcastle Eagles point-guard Trey Moore ahead of tomorrow's semi-final against Mersey Tigers. The Eagles face Tony Garbelotto's men in the last four of the BBL...
New Deal Opens Up IT Firm's Horizons
GATESHEAD'S TranscendIT has bought Nectar Electronics of Durham in a bid to boost its hardware expertise. The deal allows TranscendIT to provide fully-integrated IT services to businesses, as well as expand its reach into the south of the region....
Non-League
HEBBURN Town are in the bottom half of the STL Northern League Second Division but they gave Newcastle Benfield a shock before going down by the odd goal in last night's Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup Second Round tie. The South Tynesiders had the...
Now Showing
SKYLINE (15) Jarrod (Eric Balfour) and his girlfriend Elaine (Scottie Thompson) fly to Los Angeles to celebrate the birthday of Jarrod's best friend, Terry. They stay in Terry's plush penthouse suite, which he shares with materialistic girlfriend Candice....
Online Marketing Firm Opens Outpost in the North East
NORTH East native John Borthwick has returned to his roots to set up a North East outpost for an expanding online company. The Middlesbrough-bred director of Fifteen Digital is now coming to work at Darlington's Lingfield Point, branching the company...
Owls Are Granted a Stay of Execution
SHEFFIELD Wednesday chief executive Nick Parker has called for potential buyers to step forward after the club avoided a winding-up order by being granted a 28-day adjournment by the High Court. The npower League One club were in court in relation...
Peer Launches Late Bid to Save Agency; but Cameron Holds Firm on Coalition Plan
Byline: William Green ALAST-ditch effort to save development agency One North East from the axe has been launched in Parliament. North East Labour peer Jeremy Beecham has tabled an amendment to legislation that would otherwise allow ministers to...
Pig Stew Play Is Not for the Faint-Hearted
Byline: Tammy Hughes Pig Stew at the People's Theatre, Newcastle, until Saturday AFTER watching Pig Stew I found myself feeling slightly nervy in the dark car park next to the People's Theatre. Pig Stew, Fiona Veitch Smith's winner of the People's...
Police in Hunt for Alleged Child Rapist; Suspect Went Missing after Court Hearing
Byline: Sophie Doughty AN on-the-run rap e suspect could be hiding out in the North East, it emerged yesterday. Police have made an urgent plea for help in tracing Peter Dunlop who has been charged with sex attacks on three girls, alleged to have...
Prepare for Winter
DRIVING in the winter months and facing snow, ice, wet and cold conditions can be pretty miserable. Before you set off anywhere, it's a good idea to keep your car in good technical repair. This will go some way towards reducing your chances of either...
Protest Turns Up the Heat; MAKING A POINT A Flag Waves as the Protest Passes through Westminster
Byline: Vicky Robson HUNDREDS of front line firefighters - including scores from the North East - staged a protest outside Parliament over proposed Government cuts to brigade budgets. Plans to slash fire service funding by 25% from April next...
Region's Culture Is Put under Threat
Byline: Joanne Butcher THE future of the region's leading museums has been put at risk after the Government announced plans to withdraw more than pounds 2.5m in funding. Officials at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have announced...
Remarkable Success of Company That Is Forging Ahead
Byline: Paul Mankin THE strength of Greggs' recent financial results is remarkable not just because of the resilience of the business to the economic downturn, but also because of the huge changes that have been made "behind the scenes" to the company''s...
Remembering a Forgotten Legacy to Our National Game; Honour for Man Who Had Idea for the FA Cup
Byline: Alastair Craig THE name Charles William Alcock may not be as famous as Pel, Moore, Charlton, Cruyff and Maradona. But his forgotten legacy to English and international football is as significant as that of any guardian of the beautiful...
Respected Doctor's Fraud; Physician Faked Prescriptions to Help His Brother
Byline: Coreena Ford ARESPECTED doctor has been struck off after medical bosses heard how he abused his position to obtain drugs for his schizophrenic younger brother. Dr Mohamed Ela , 68, moved to the North East from Egypt in the 1960s, joining...
Roman Village Found at Duke's London Home; Discovery's Huge Importance Hailed
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor 0191 201 6224 tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk THE remains of a Roman settlement found in the grounds of Duke of Northumberland's southern estate was described last night as being of "massive importance" for...
Rubbing Shoulders, Not Feeling Collars; Police to Set Up New Office Inside School
Byline: Paul Tully POLICE are to set up a special office inside a Northumberland high school in a bid to establish closer links with youngsters. The dedicated police office at Prudhoe Community High School will act as a base for pupils and staff...
Rugby League
ENGLAND lack the pace to challenge Australia and New Zealand at international level, according to new St Helens head coach Royce Simmons. The 50-year-old Simmons was assistant to Kangaroos head coach Tim Sheens up to his appointment by Saints in...
She's Worth It; LADIES Love the Presence of Presents. We Round Up the Best Christmas Gifts for the Women in Your Life
The tills will be ringing when fashionistas start collecting these stacking rings from Amore & Baci. Available in different coloured golds and Swarovski crystals to customise the look. Stacking rings, pounds 36.50 each, from Amore & Baci. For...
Shorthorn Cattle Take to Stage at Beef Club Show
Byline: Iain Laing PEDIGREE beef Shorthorn cattle took centre stage at the inaugural show and sale of pedigree beef cattle on behalf of the North of England Beef Shorthorn Club. Both organisers and hosts said they were delighted with the fixture,...
Social Media Marketing: Platform-Driven Approaches or Brand Strategy-Driven? You Choose
SOCIAL media marketing is easy or hard, depending on how you define it. Platform-driven is easy, brand strategy-driven is hard. What is a platform-driven approach to social media marketing? If your focus is raising awareness across Linkedin, Flickr,...
Sound of Bell Spreads News of Expanding Bakery Empire; BAKERY Giant Greggs Jumped Up to 11th Place in Our Top 200 League of the Biggest Companies in the North East This Year and Is Building Up to Further Growth. JOHN HILL Talks to Chief Executive Ken McMeikan about His Strategy and Paul Mankin, Cor P O Ra Te Finance Partner at Top 200 Sponsor PWC, Gives His View of the Company's Success
AN old-fashioned rope bell hangs on a wall in the corridor of the Greggs head office in Jesmond. Every now and then, an employee wanders out of their office, past the large pictures of bread and pastry products, and jingles it triumphantly. "The bell...
The Journal North Index
VARIATION HIGH DATE LOW DATE STOCK................................ SECTOR PRICE DAY 5 Dy P/E Y''LD 1134 0811 73312 2501 Amec ......................Oil Equipment & Ser vices 1126 +10 +27 6.26 1.70 14178 0801 7312 1611 Barratt ...............................Household...
Thieves Use Poppy Day as Cover to Commit the Meanest of Crimes; Disgust as Charity Boxes Are Targeted in Series of Raids
Byline: Brian Daniel HEARTLESS thieves stole a Poppy Appeal collection tin and other charity boxes in the early hours of Remembrance Day. The thieves targeted three shops in north Northumberland late on Saturday and in the early hours of Sunday....
'This Wasn't What My Uncle Wanted' Relative Hits out at Plans for Harbour
Byline: Brian Daniel ARELATIVE of a man who gifted a harbour in Northumberland to local fishermen has attacked them for seeking to build houses beside it. Joanna Nichols is the niece of Sir John Craster who donated the harbour at Beadnell to...
Town Traders Association Takes on Task of Fundraising for Tree in Town's Centre; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
IT WAS Norma Thompson of Trinkets Treats & Treasures who first thought of the idea of Newbiggin traders getting together to form a working group to bring more trade into Newbiggin and to get the town on the map. With the help of Go Wansbeck,...
TOYS FOR US; LONG Queues and Unhappy Children Are Things You Don't Want This Christmas. Put a Smile on Small Faces with This Gift Guide
Puppy Lane Cottage is available for pounds 69.99. For stockists, call 0800 389 8591, or www.worldsapart.com. Packed with scratch-resistant coating, extendable frame, lockable front handlebars, freewheel facility, air tyres. Kettler Toptrike Air...
Transfixed by Tale of a Wounded Tiger
Byline: PETER MONTELLIER LIVING in Ireland for 40 years has given me an almost insatiable appetite for Hibernian affairs. But why the obsession on this side of the water with our neighbour? Yesterday, the front page of The Independent newspaper...
Tribute Concert in Memory of Special Lady
LADY Brenda Beecham will be remembered at a special concert this weekend at Newcastle Civic Centre. Newcastle Choral Society will dedicate a performance of Faur's Requiem to Lady Brenda who died in September after a long illness. Society spokeswoman...
Volunteer Plan to Help Save Our Libraries; Workers Are Urged to Form Co-Operatives
Byline: William Green VOLUNTEERS should be used to keep libraries open in the face of spending cuts, a local government leader has suggested. Lord John Shipley, former leader of Newcastle City Council, said volunteers had originally opened libraries...
Warning over the Danger of Infected USBs
IF you frequently find yourself needing to shift data from one computer to another, there's a good chance you've got a USB stick hanging from your keyring. However, Newcastle information security services company Issertiv says that not enough people...
'We Could Host the World Tomorrow' North East Stadia Praised in Report
Byline: Alastair Craig WORLD Cup chiefs have praised England's stadia, including two North East grounds. The positive comments have been made in a critical report just weeks before their final decision on who which nation will host the tournament...
Widower Accepts Hospital Trust's Offer over Tragedy; Mother Died after Operation
Byline: Joanne Butcher AHOSPITAL trust made a widower an "offer he couldn't refuse" to avoid a court battle over his wife's death. Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust settled with Michael Harrison, of Crawcrook, Gateshead, before the start of the High...
William and Kate Are on 'Cloud Nine' Couple Mull over Wedding Venue Choice
Byline: Tony Jones PRINCE William and Kate Middleton were on "cloud nine" last night after announcing their engagement and have already given royal aides a list of possible wedding dates and venues. The couple spent part of yesterday discussing...