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 29, 2010

Advice on Intellectual Property
THE investment needed to develop new products and processes in the biotech, pharmaceuticals, chemical sectors mean that effective patent protection is widely-acknowledged as being vital to profitable exploitation. Hargreaves Elsworth Patent Attorneys...
Alec's Return to a Place of Magic; COMPOSER Alec Roth Talks to DAVID WHETSTONE Ahead of a World Premiere in Northumberland This Weekend
IF this month's 17th Brinkburn Music Festival is also to be the last, it can at least bow out with a world premiere to its name. A new piece of music called Other Earths and Skies will get its first public performance on Sunday by tenor Mark Padmore...
A Seaside Rendezvous for Multahab
Byline: Saraband MULTAHAB can defy his advancing years as he takes in a little seaside air at Brighton today. Michael Wigham's hardy 11-yearold is always worth an interest at this track as a six-times course-anddistance scorer. He looked as...
Blackwell Leads the Durham Fightback; All-Rounder Is County Saviour
Byline: Luke Edwards HAVING struggled to catch their breath in a faltering Twenty20 campaign, Durham were at least able to breathe a little easier in the County Championship last night after a brave rearguard action saved them from disaster against...
Blueprint for the North; Coalition to Reveal Plans to Boost Region's Economy
Byline: William Green COMMUNITIES Secretary Eric Pickles will today unveil the coalition Government's blueprint to boost the North East economy. Speaking exclusively to The Journal ahead of the first meeting outside London of the coalition cabinet...
Blue Samurai Can Put Paraguay to the Sword
Byline: Mike Perez JAPAN coach Takeshi Okada believes his side have the ability to reach their first ever World Cup quarter-final at the expense of an impressive Paraguay side. The Japanese have only once before reached the knockout stages of...
Cameron Returns to Deadline on War; Five-Year Limit on Troops in Afghanistan
Byline: Trevor Mason L ARGE-SCALE international forces cannot remain in Afghanistan indefinitely, David Cameron said yesterday. "We need to get the job done and bring our troops home," David Cameron told the House of Commons. "I am determined...
Cash Class Adds Up to Fun for Pupils; Youngsters Have a Day of City Trading
Byline: Kim Carmichael SCHOOLCHILDREN turned city traders for a class about cash. Money management was the message of the day at the Stockbroker Challenge in Northumberland yesterday. Pupils from five of the county's schools got together to learn...
Chamber Cuts Costs as Apprenticeships Suffer
Byline: Christopher Knox THE region's largest business membership organisation has made nine of its 150 staff redundant in an effort to reduce its cost base. The North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), which will hold its annual meeting in Houghton-le-Spring,...
Changing Face of Pharmaceuticals
DESPITE the recession, recent reports show that globally almost $60bn (pounds 39bn) has been raised during 2009 to fund start-up companies that aim to bring novel biopharmaceuticals to market. The push towards these new technologies has also been...
Chile Are Undone by Brazil Panache; Dunga's Men Register Easy Win
Brazil 3 Chile 0 BRAZIL'S relentless march to the latter stages of this World Cup continued with an effortless victory over Chile. A team combining a potent mix of physique, power and mouthwatering ability were hugely assured in a one-side dismissal...
Claim Coalition Will Stay Strong despite VAT Split
THE Government decision to increase VAT has sparked concerns within the Liberal Democrats, a senior party chief has admitted. But John Shipley, leader of Newcastle City Council, insisted the coalition would stick together because the VAT rise from...
Cooper Is the New Quakers Manager
DARLINGTON are set to unveil former Peterborough boss Mark Cooper as their fifth manager in 16 months this afternoon after Ryan Kidd's shock resignation, writes MARK DOUGLAS. On another day of high drama and farce at the Arena, Kidd handed in his notice...
David Wells
A family matter seems to stand still today, to give you the opportunity to step out of it perhaps? Another perspective is being offered and be it blood relations or biscuit sharing mates a fresh look is better than a stale stare. Sometimes we need...
Deaths
COOK (Eyemouth). Suddenly after a short illness at Western General Hospital, on Friday 25th June, Tommy, much loved husband of June and dear dad of Richard and Steven. Service will take place in The E U Church, Eyemouth on Friday 2nd July at 12.30pm,...
Defence Staff Accept Cutbacks for Pay Rise
STAFF at defence research and technology firm Qinetiq have swallowed cuts to terms and conditions in return for pay rises. Qinetiq, which has around 6,700 workers in the UK, is bracing itself for a major spending clampdown by one of its biggest...
Delivering Global Services from the North East
CONSOLIDATION and rationalisation of global pharmachem along with increased investment in both new and traditional economies is putting new pressure on conventional design and development processes. For Parsons Brinckerhoff, delivering excellence...
Doctors Threaten to Boycott NHS Records; Patients' Notes Uploaded onto Central System
Byline: Helen Rae FAMILY doctors in the region are threatening a boycott of the NHS's troubled electronic patient records database. Plans to upload all patients' personal medical records onto a centrally-stored network have been met with delays...
Durham Match Cricket Success off the Field
Byline: Peter McCusker THE off-the-field performance at Durham County Cricket Club has matched its achievements on the pitch with revenues up 30% and the club returning to the black with pre-tax profits of almost pounds 200,000. The Chester-le-Street-based...
Extra Events Staged to Meet Demand of Marathon
DEMAND to take part in the first-ever Kielder Marathon has been so high that organisers have had to stage extra events for those who missed out. A total of 1,700 runners will pound the 26-mile course on Sunday, October 17. But organisers have...
Fair to Encourage Start-Up Businesses
SOME of the North East's leading support agencies are joining forces to encourage people into taking the first steps to being their own boss. Potential entrepreneurs are being invited to attend Be Enterprising's "Be your own Boss" event next month....
Families in Distress over Fan Comment; May Offers a Meeting and Her Apologies
Byline: Emily Ashton AFORMER minister branded Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt's remarks on the Hillsborough disaster a "disgrace" in the Commons yesterday. Labour's Derek Twigg said relatives of the 96 people killed in the April 1989 incident were...
For Better, for Worse
Byline: MIEKA SMILES FOR BETTER, FOR WORSE HEN party season is here and don't I bloody well know it. I have been on two hen "dos" in the last month and have another this weekend. So far, I've been dressed up as an 80s bridesmaid, a Brownie...
Friends Who Care Launch Tailor-Made Home Service
Byline: Karen Dent TWO friends with 32 years of combined experience in the care industry have teamed up to start a business offering help to people who need social support to stay in their own homes and are already looking to recruit six staff....
Fun and Games as Circuses Hit Town
THE circus is coming to town this week - or rather the circuses are coming to town. All the way from Quebec come the giants of the arena circus business, Cirque du Soleil, which currently has 20 different shows worldwide and some 5,000 employees...
Future Begins Now for Historic School; ... but Concerns Grow for Another Project after Budget
Byline: Neil McKay AFLAGSHIP secondary school which made history by becoming the first ever to hold a government cabinet meeting was officially opened yesterday. Durham University chancellor and world-renowned travel writer Bill Bryson performed...
Getting Back to Economic Health
Byline: SARAH GREEN IN LAST week's emergency Budget the Chancellor presented a credible plan for the public finances and producing a convincing growth strategy for the longer term. There was clear recognition in the Budget of the role that business...
Group Puts Energy into Transforming Old Home
A HOME in North Tyneside will be transformed into a model of green living. Housing association Isos has been awarded cash to run a pilot into how old houses can be adapted to be more environmentally friendly. The project is part of the pounds...
Heed the Golden Rule of the Reunion
Byline: KEITH HANN THE first rule of reunions is this: never, ever accept an invitation to one unless you have pre-arranged a quorum of congenial friends to shelter you from the crashing bores who are drawn to such events like moths to a flame....
Housebuilder's Fears for Planning Delays and Cuts
Byline: Iain Laing HOUSEBUILDER Taylor Wimpey flagged up fears over planning delays and spending cuts as the group wrestles with "ongoing political and economic uncertainty". The firm said the property market had shown an "encouraging level of...
How Budget Will Pan out for All of Us
Byline: MARCELLA SHONE AFTER the hype and build-up to the Emergency Budget, the Chancellor didn't announce as many changes to tax as was expected. Unlike previous years when there have often been major changes hidden in government press releases...
I'd Have Died without Life Centre's Research; HANNAH DAVIES Discovers the Stories of Some of the People Whose Lives Have Been Transformed by Newcastle's Centre for Life
Byline: HANNAH DAVIES EVERY year hundreds of patients pass through the doors of The Centre for Life. Many are being treated for fertility problems with IVF. But there are the stories of other people, suffering from genetic diseases whose lives...
Innovative Products Give Ring of Confidence
LABTEX is a young, dynamic company with expertise in research and process development across a wide range of industries and disciplines. With its team of sales professionals, highly competent administrative staff and trained service technicians,...
Laverty Enjoys a Top Day at Misano; MOTORSPORT
Byline: Zoe Burn EUGENE Laverty is back in charge of the World Supersport Championship after taking his fifth win of the year at Misano on Sunday. The Durham-based Irishman now leads the title scrap by three points over Kenan Sofuoglu after taking...
Like It or Not We Must Get Real about the Mess
Byline: DENISE ROBERTSON IF George Osborne's Budget revives the private sector and creates jobs, we'll benefit. If not, and thousands more are thrown on to benefits, we'll be in even bigger trouble. It''s a gamble but something had to be done....
Livestock Farmers at 'Monitor Farm' Event
Byline: Karen Dent MORE than 100 livestock farmers attended the first open event at Northumberland's new "monitor farm" near Morpeth. The evening aimed to introduce the monitor farm concept to local livestock producers, who are set to benefit...
Lucky Escape as Car Strikes Metro; Driver Walks from Wreckage after Crossing Incident
Byline: Alastair Craig POLICE are investigating after a driver had a lucky escape when his car struck a train on a level crossing. Officers were called to Howdon Metro Station in North Tyneside after reports that a vehicle had collided with a...
Miliband Backs a Mutual Solution; Northern Rock 'Should Revert to Building Society'
Byline: William Green NORTHERN Rock should return to its building society roots, according to Labour leadership contender Ed Miliband. He said there was an opportunity to "think creatively" not only about the future of Northern Rock but also...
Moves to Become Academy Will Not Harm 'Precious Pupils'
A TYNESIDE school has begun consultations over plans to become an academy. The governing body at Whitburn Church of England School in South Tyneside has passed a unanimous resolution in favour of the school gaining academy status. This followed...
Mums Who Do Things Differently
ONE of the region's most successful life science companies - winning a Highly Commended for Outstanding Growth in last year's hotly contested Business for Life Awards - is owned and run by two working mothers. Cambridge Research Biochemicals (CRB),...
Murray Marching on at Wimbledon; Stylish Andy Is into Last Eight
Byline: Eleanor Crooks ANDY Murray identified winning a topsy-turvy opener as the key to his straight-sets victory over American Sam Querrey in the fourth round of Wimbledon last night. The fourth seed broke early in the match and seemed poised...
North East Is Boxing Clever, Says Maloney; Promoter Considers Move to Area to Develop Talent
FRANK Maloney is so convinced the North East can become "the home of British boxing" he is thinking of moving his company up here with it, writes STUART RAYNER. The London-born promoter, who guided Lennox Lewis to world title glory, has been so impressed...
Playing a Vital Rural Role; Incomers Live the Dream in Countryside
Byline: Tony Henderson THE vital role of incomers to the North East's rural economy of almost 25,000 businesses is highlighted in a new report. The study, released yesterday, by Dr Jane Atterton and Arthur Affleck from Newcastle University's...
Quieroz Can't Wait for Iberia Encounter
CARLOS Queiroz is looking forward to a "mouth-watering" exhibition of beautiful football and cultural rivalry when his Portugal side face Spain in today's last-16 Iberian derby. Spain are revered for their footballing philosophy based on the 'tiki-taka'...
Raising a Business Thanks to Green App; iPhone Helps Enthusiasts Grow a Tree
Byline: Amy Hunt IN THE 1990s the Tamagotchi was all the rage with children learning how to successfully bring up a virtual pet. Now a young entrepreneur has created an iPhone app to allow people to nurture a tree online. Andy Stephenson,...
Residents Could Pay for Flood Defences; Environment Agency Wants 'Increased Contributions'
Byline: Ruth Lawson MORPETH residents may have to pay toward the cost of developing flood defences in the town after the Environment Agency announced businesses, landowners and communities will have to make a bigger contribution in the future. ...
Robben Takes the Plaudits as the Dutch Go Marching On
Byline: CINDY GARCIA-BENNETT Holland .................................................. 2 Slovakia ................................................. 1 HOLLAND coach Bert van Marwijk hailed Arjen Robben after his side's 2-1 triumph over Slovakia,...
'Sacking Capello Would Be Too Easy, Letting the Players Crawl Back to Their Cosy Comfort Zone and Shifting the Blame Elsewhere' Fabio Capello Must Take His Share of the Blame, but England's Problems Will Not Be Solved by Sacking Their Highly-Decorated Manager, Says Mark Douglas
WHEN Fabio Capello took to the stage for his final World Cup press conference in Rustenburg yesterday, he looked every bit the Emperor stripped naked. His voice straining and his demeanour tense, Capello looked vulnerable for the first time since...
Serena Hopes to Serve Up More Wins after Seeing off Sharapova Challenge
Byline: Eleanor Crooks SERENA Williams believes more big serving can carry her to consecutive Wimbledon triumphs after she saw off a spirited fourth-round challenge from Maria Sharapova. The defending champion and sister Venus survived faced...
So Many Reasons Time Is Up for Clubs; the Announcement That Tony Blair's "Local," Trimdon Labour Club, Was to Close Next Month Sparked Shock Waves among Club-Goers Nationwide. NEIL McKAY Reports on the Future of Workingmen's Clubs
Byline: NEIL McKAY TONY Blair chose Trimdon Labour Club, an unpretentious, functional building in the heart of his County Durham constituency of Sedgefield, to announce his retirement as Prime Minister on May 10, 2007. As he addressed the party...
Sport Today
SPORT TODAY TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY NYSD PREMIER DIVISION FIFTEENS: Marske v Guisborough, Marton v Stokesley. Humshaugh. SCHOOLS MATCH: Cleveland Under-11s v Durham Under-11s. RAY BELL CUP: Seaton Carew v Normanby Hall. FOOTBALL WORLD CUP ROUND...
Step Forward the Class of 2014
IT is a myth there are no good young English players waiting in the wings to take over from the Golden Generation. England are the European champions at under-17 level, and just 12 months ago a side which was composed mainly of Premier League players...
Tait's Not in Any Rush to Replace His Injured Duo
Byline: Mark Douglas NEWCASTLE Falcons head coach Alan Tait will not rush into the transfer market to replace Tongan pair Josh Afu and Tane Tu'ipulotu, who have both been ruled out of the start of the Premiership season. Back rower Afu suffered...
The Forage for Fine Fare at Great North Eco-Feast
Byline: Aranda Rahbarkouhi The Great North Eco-Feast at Jesmond Dene House Hotel THE cry of "waiter, there's a snail in my soup" wouldn't have raised any eyebrows at this final event of the EAT! NewcastleGateshead Festival because a little critter...
Toddler Airlifted in Playground Drama; Youngster Was Flown to North East Hospital
Byline: Dave Black AYOUNG child was airlifted to hospital yesterday after being injured in an accident at one of the region's leading visitor attractions. The two-year-old boy was hurt while playing in the children's adventure playground at Wallington...
Top Dog Amy Has Designs on Success; Canine Range Earns Graduate National Honour
Byline: Katie Davies ANEWCASTLE designer has won a prestigious award after her work was showcased at one of the fashion industry's biggest events. Northumbria University student Amy Quickfall, of Whickham, Gateshead, was selected to take part...
Top Tests Await in Opening Matches; A VIEW FROM THE GALLOWGATE
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...
Torres Tipped to Rediscover Scoring Touch; Villa Backs Liverpool Striker to Fire Spain to Victory
SPAIN forward David Villa has launched a staunch defence of Fernando Torres and insists he is "totally convinced" his strike partner will regain his scoring touch. Vicente Del Bosque's side meet Iberian rivals Portugal in tonight's World Cup last-16...
Value of Unlicensed Medicines Explained
PAUL Townsend works at Northumberland-based manufacturer The Specials Laboratory. After recently being crowned Young Achiever of the Year at The North East of England Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC) Awards for the category of pharmaceuticals, Paul...
Wind of Change for Former Academic
Byline: Karen Dent ACADEMIC turned entrepreneur Tony Trapp is aiming to tap into the wind energy industry with the launch of a new company to develop offshore engineering technology. The founder and chairman of the Engineering Business (EB),...
Work Goes Up in Smoke; Blaze Wipes out Years of Research
Byline: Tony Henderson YEARS of painstaking research by wildlife volunteers has been lost in a suspected arson blaze. The fire early yesterday destroyed the visitor centre and bird hide at Northumberland Wildlife Trust's 70-acre Hauxley nature...
Worries for Sufferers of Eating Disorders; Shake-Up Sees Service Move from RVI
Byline: Joanne Butcher EATING disorder sufferers and NHS chiefs spoke of their disappointment yesterday over a health service shake-up which they fear could impact on patient care. Victoria Bennett, 33, from Gosforth, Newcastle needed to be fed...