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 October 29, 2010

Academic Rejects Claims of Race Case Student; I Don't Recall Use of Slur, Says Director
Byline: Kim Carmichael AN academic at the centre of a pounds 200,000 race row with a former PhD student has denied any wrongdoing. Dr Hadil Bakir claims she suffered years of harassment, including physical attacks and racial slurs, at the hands...
Act Now to Make the Most of Your Pension Pot
Byline: John Bruce THE age at which basic State pension will be paid is rising and at the same time most company pension schemes are decreasing. On average a person will spend one third of their adult life in retirement, living off their pension....
A Delicious Dilemma; Two North East Chefs Make Final of Top BBC Show
Byline: Sarah Scott TWO North East chefs blew the Masterchef judges away with their exquisite dishes and now the pair will battle it out in the final of the competition. David Coulson of Wingate, County Durham, and John Calton of South Shields,...
Anger over Veil of 'Secrecy' at Council; Lack of Debate Criticised as Undemocratic
Byline: Brian Daniel SECRECY fears have been raised and a council has been accused of maladministration by its own committee after failing to hold a public debate. Northumberland County Council's west area committee has put in a complaint to...
Another Option for Those Looking for a Regular Income
Byline: Alok Dhanda IF YOU'RE a regular saver looking for a combination of capital growth and regular income, it is worth considering Equity Income Funds. These are designed to provide investors with a portfolio of shares (or equities) that will...
Appeal for Help after Girl Tells of Street Attack
POLICE patrols have been stepped up after a street attack on a girl of 11. She was walking home when a man apparently tried to grab her. It is feared he could strike again. Police are treating the attack as a serious incident and are appealing...
A Rocky Start for Kaymer; GOLF
MARTIN Kaymer's made a rocky start in his bid to claim the world number one ranking at the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in Sotogrande yesterday. The German needs to win or share second place with no more than one other player if he, rather than...
Bad Debts Blow to Hit Santander Profits
HIGH street banking giant Santander reported UK profits up by a fifth in the third quarter, but its Spanish parent warned over full-year results after a bad debt blow. The group - an increasing force in UK banking after snapping up a raft of players...
Bad Luck, Not Bad Bulk, Is the Reason for Injuries to Ankles, Insists Tait; Falcons Coach Rejects Popular Theory
Byline: Matt Leslie THE growing list of ankle injuries inflicted on Newcastle Falcons has been dismissed as just bad luck by head coach Alan Tait. Tait is currently preparing his side - those who are fit that is - for tomorrow's tough trip to...
Band Call for Fans to Put Rivalry to One Side; Single in Aid of Cancer Fund
Byline: Ruth Lawson OLD rivalries were laid to rest yesterday as a Northumberland band launched their new charity single in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. The Longsands have recorded their own version of Geordie anthem the Blaydon Races...
Battle for Data on Animal Tests; Freedom of Information Chief Backs University's Stance
Byline: Alastair Craig ACOURT ruling is expected this week to resolve a row over access to animal testing data at a North East university. The British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) launched legal action after a failed Freedom of...
Benefits Plan Risks 'Social Cleansing' Mayor Clashes with Ministers over Housing
Byline: Daniel Bentley THE row over the Government's housing benefit cuts escalated yesterday as Mayor of London Boris Johnson said he would not accept "Kosovo-style social cleansing" in the capital. In remarks criticised by ministers including...
Cable Critical after Region Splits on LEPs; THE ECONOMIC BATTLEGROUND: Only Teesside Permitted to Go-Ahead
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE North East has been told it must get its act together if it wants a slice of the Government's pounds 1.4bn growth fund. Rivalries and political battles have seen the region left without a new economic partnership covering...
Caldwell Keen to Prove a Point in Premier League
WHEN Steve Caldwell became a casualty of the Roy Keane revolution at Sunderland he had no idea it would lead to another promotion to the Premier League as Burnley skipper. But, when Burnley went back down last season, Caldwell felt the time was...
Carroll Succeeds in Hotel Appeal to Court; Magistrates Ease Bail Ruling
Byline: Paul Tully NEWCASTLE United striker Andy Carroll was last night given legal permission to stay in a hotel with his team-mates as they prepare for Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby. The 21-year-old Geordie has also been told he can move either...
Cats Boss Sure Titus Will Excel in Derby; Ready for Boo-Boys
STEVE Bruce is convinced Titus Bramble has the inner steel to cope with the St James' Park boo-boys, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The Black Cats centre-back is assured of a hot reception on his return to Tyneside, where he will be public enemy number one...
Collieries' Success Gives UK Coal Hope for 2011
Byline: Iain Laing UK COAL has said it is cautiously optimistic for next year after better-than-expected performances at two of the biggest remaining collieries. The Doncaster-based group, which has several opencast sites in the North East, said...
Comedy
THE murderous exploits of two Irish immigrants who terrorised the streets of 1820s Edinburgh provide the inspiration for John Landis's ghoulish black comedy. Opening with a succinct disclaimer - "This is a true story... except for the parts that...
Comedy the Kids Are All [.]
COMEDY THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT (1hr 46 mins) Certificate: 15 Starring: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska, Josh Hutcherson, Yaya DaCosta. Director: Lisa Cholodenko. Star rating: THE Oscars may be the glitziest and most glamorous...
Council Gears Up to Charge Motorists; Free Parking Schemes Set to Be Axed
Byline: Neil McKay FREE parking will end across parts of County Durham as the cash-strapped council begins charging motorists to leave their cars. Next week Durham County Council Cabinet members will be told the local authority plans to implement...
County Accused over Failure to Hold Area Debate
SECRECY fears have been raised and a council has been accused of maladministration by its own committee after failing to hold a public debate. Northumberland County Council's west area committee has put in a complaint to the authority over its failure...
Crash Victim Is Named as Police Probe Continues
A TEENAGER killed in a late-night crash on Tyneside has been named as Jamie Douglas Watters. The 19-year-old died instantly when the car his friend was driving smashed into a planter and road sign at Seaton Burn, North Tyneside, shortly after 11pm...
Deaths
ASHURST (Hamsterley Mill). Peacefully on 22nd October, aged 95 years, Kenneth Latham (Ken). Service to take place at Mountsett Crematorium on Monday 1st November at 12.30pm. BIRKETT (Cullercoats). Peacefully on 25th October, aged 85 years, Leslie...
Diamonds Find Challenge Too Steep a Leap; SPEEDWAY
Ipswich Witches .............................. 64 Newcastle Diamonds ...................... 32 (Ipswich win 110-76 on aggregate) NEWCASTLE Diamonds' dream of shocking Elite League opponents Ipswich were dashed last night as the Suffolk side's class...
Driving a Partnership for the Future
A PARTNERSHIP between one of the North East's leading engineering businesses and Gateshead College could help to drive the future development of electric vehicles. Gateshead-based Sevcon, which designs motor controls for electric and battery powered...
Economic and Market Overview; CHARLES NICHOLSON, a Director of Iain Nicholson Investment Management Reviews the World Situation
Byline: CHARLES NICHOLSON THE imminent risk to the world economy is of deflation and possibly a double dip which is likely to lead to further quantitative easing by central banks and the potential for inflation in the medium term. The 20-year...
Economic Unit 'Is on Its Own'
A NORTH East economic partnership intended to bring in thousands of jobs to the region will have no Government support. The Government has confirmed it will welcome the region setting up a strategic body once both local enterprise partnerships are...
Finding the Top Crop of the Region's Call Centres
Byline: John Bruce THE finalists of the biggest awards in the region's growing contact centre industry have been named. And with more than 60,000 people employed in 145 centres in the region, the names of the winners of the North East Contact...
'Firemen Wouldn't Save Drowning Son' Mum's Horror as Safety Rules Stop Rescue
Byline: Ellen Branagh AMOTHER has accused a fire brigade of condemning her son to death for not going into a frozen lake to rescue him because of policy. Philip Surridge went into the icy water on December 21 to help friend Paul Litchfield as...
Firm's Loss as Downturn Hits Market Dramatically
Byline: Iain Laing ABUILDING company has seen its turnover halved to pounds 23.5m and is now in the red after a dramatic shortfall in business park contracts. County Durham-based Hall Construction's turnover plummeted from pounds 46.3m to pounds...
First Vertical Showroom Is an Instant Hit
THE UK's first vertical showroom is causing a stir among motorists after it opened last week. The glass tower is at the Gateshead Mazda site of car dealer Hodgson, near the Metrocentre, and was built by Autopod Solutions, which has the sole rights...
Fish Still Feeding despite the Frost
Byline: DAVID HALL OVERNIGHT frosts, and cold days suppressed stillwater fishing at the beginning of the week, but sport recovered well and prospects for this weekend are good. On both Lookout Lake and Bowes fish are still feeding, with pellet...
Gavin to Let Rugby Do All His Talking
WALES star Gavin Henson has vowed to let his rugby "do all the talking" after signing for Saracens. Henson (pictured above) will join international colleagues such as Andy Powell and Dwayne Peel in plying his trade as an English Premiership player....
Haris Ponders Loan to Championship
HIGHLY-RATED Slovenian schemer Haris Vuckic admits he is open to the prospect of a Championship loan after seeing his Carling Cup route to the first team cut off, writes MARK DOUGLAS. He was one of the stand-out men against Arsenal but knows that...
Horror
KNOWLEDGE is power but with a film like this, being powerless is part of the fun - stumbling around in the dark with the characters, not knowing who -or what -is lurking around the next dimly lit corridor. Consequently, reviewing the follow-up sto...
Hovis Are Hopeful of End to Dispute
PREMIER Foods said it is optimistic about resolving a dispute with Tesco that has led to the supermarket dropping 11 of its 18 lines of Hovis bread. The row erupted after the Hovis owner tried to pass on price hikes, which it blamed on the 50% increase...
Hughton Backing for Keeper Krul; Hughton Backing Krul to Stay Cool
Byline: Mark Douglas CHRIS Hughton insists Newcastle United's Tyne-Wear derby hopes are in safe hands with Tim Krul. United's Dutch goalkeeper conceded an unfortunate own goal in the midweek defeat by Arsenal - hardly the ideal preparation for...
I'm Not Overawed Claims Evensen; BOXING
ANDREAS Evensen has warned WBO super-featherweight champion Ricky Burns he won't be overawed in their world title fight next December. Evensen has stopped his last four opponents, retaining his WBO Inter-Continental belt in his most recent contest,...
In Celebration of Autumn Lamb; IN SEASON WITH MAY WILSON, HEAD CHEF AT CRAGSIDE
SPRING always seems a long way off in October. It's ages since we all marvelled at the first green shoots bursting through and being able to discard our thick coats for something lighter and sunnier. Summer has been, come and gone and now in autumn...
It's War, Cries Proud Strauss; Old Rivals Get Ready for Ashes Battle
ANDREW Strauss declared war on Australia as he prepared to lead England Down Under to defend the Ashes. Captain Strauss called for an end to "hunky-dory" relations with Ricky Ponting's side until the final ball of the series had been bowled, insisting...
Leaders Next but Blaydon Hopeful of Upset; REGIONAL ROUND-UP
A CLOSE shave but a win's a win, says Blaydon skipper Matt Hall after last week's 29-28 victory over Coventry, writes MATT LESLIE. The Crow Trees side came within a whisker of losing with the last kick of the game as Coventry fly-half Dan Richards...
Let Us Work to the Best of Our Abilities
AS I am sure was the case with most of you, I awaited the Comprehensive Spending Review with a mix of interest and dread. I don't need to outline the problems the construction industry has faced since the economy went into decline, suffice to say that...
Neptune to Ride Wetherby's Waves; Saraband
THE Charlie Hall meeting at Wetherby kicks off with a cracking card highlighted by the Bet365 Handicap Chase, in which Neptune Equester is fancied to strike for Brian Ellison. The seven-year-old looks to have been laid out for this decent prize on...
New Attitude to Old World Wines; WINE HELEN SAVAGE
MARTA Mateus has chosen, perhaps wisely, not to use her surname for her new company, which imports quality wines from her native Portugal. Marta Vine began trading last month and is a lively newcomer to the local wine scene that, despite the tough...
Newbiggin Anglers Cast Their Way to Open Win
NEWBIGGIN anglers came out on top in the Bedlington Station Open. Rob Thirlwell, fishing Marden Rocks, won the event with four cod for 11lb 14oz, followed by Anthony Eke with four cod for 9lb 5oz taken from Amble. Third-placed David Boaden's...
Newcastle Braced for Hunt Season
Byline: JAMES ARMSTRONG PREPARATIONS are gathering pace here at Newcastle as the National Hunt season draws closer. With two weeks to go until our opening jumps fixture we are looking forward to getting this exciting season under way. All...
New Team Offer Wealth Management Service
ALEADING North East law firm has grown its Newcastle operation with the establishment of a new wealth management team. The appointment of specialist solicitor Catherine Taylor-Wilson at Gordon Brown Associates is the first step in bringing services...
Nil-Rate Band Planning - to Transfer or Not to Transfer; JON GOULD, a Solicitor in Hay & Kilner''s Private Capital Team, Offers Advice on Protecting Assets from Inheritance Tax
Byline: JON GOULD INHERITANCE Tax (IHT) is currently charged at zero percent up to pounds 325,000. This limit is known as the Nil-Rate Band. Subject to any other exemptions anything over the Nil-Rate Band is charged at 40%. Many married couples/civil...
Nissans Are Recalled over Starter Fault; 84,000 Micras Need to Be Repaired
Byline: Iain Laing MOTOR giant Nissan is recalling more than 84,000 Micras built on Wearside following reports of an ignition problem. The batch of faulty cars is part of a fleet of more than two million vehicles being recalled across the globe....
No More Excuses - Flournoy; Newcastle's Fab Demands Perfection from Eagles
Byline: Mark Douglas UNRELENTING Fab Flournoy sends his Newcastle Eagles into the biggest game of their season insisting there is no more room for excuses. The Eagles, easy victors over the Essex Pirates last time out, are at early pacesetters...
One North East Assets Move Confirmed
THE Government has confirmed it intends to take control of a land and property empire which could have netted the North East millions. Development agency One North East is to be abolished in 2012 and its offices, business parks and share in key...
Planning to Finance Your Bundle of Joy
WITH recent survey findings showing that on average a baby can cost up to pounds 5,000 in the first year, as well as the recent debate about a rise in university fees, many parents and grandparents will be concerned about how they plan to finance the...
Plea Goes out over Key Plan for City; Former Ice Rink to Be Developed
Byline: Neil McKay TIME is running out for developers to register an interest in regenerating a key city centre landmark. One North East, which wants to build an office block on the site of the old Durham Ice Rink, has published an advertisement...
Political Leaders Not from the Same World
Byline: BOB CUFFE WE'VE elected the wrong government. Twice. Having listened to the Coalition Party (which I cannot remember being on the ballot paper), if they had been in government last time, we wouldn't have had all this deficit nonsense. ...
Port Handed Double Boost on Jobs Front; Focus on the Green Industries Paying Off
Byline: Dave Black SCORES of jobs are expected to be created after a Northumberland port received a double boost to its effort to become a major centre for green energy. Two long-term deals with firms linked to the offshore wind sector will bring...
Quickbites
SPOOK-TACULAR NIGHT The witching hour is nearly upon us, but Battlesteads pub, hotel and restaurant in Wark, Northumberland, will be tempting drinkers to stay safe inside its bar with a spine-tingling array of ghoulish beers and ales as it kicks off...
Rat Race Is Still on Track at Platform 2
Byline: BEER ALASTAIR THE train ticket may display a rather mundane "Off-Peak Day Return" but the Newcastle to Hartlepool round-trip is an pounds 8.70 adventure. It's culture, industry, geography and socio-economics rolled into one Northern Rail...
Roz and Phil Strengthen Two Castles Team
TWO Castles Housing Association has appointed Phil Cottrill and Roz Johnson as board members to strengthen its existing team. Originally from Stockport, Phil has lived in West Cumbria for the past 25 years, he has a wealth of experience in industry,...
Shell's Profits Looking Well for Third Quarter
ROYAL Dutch Shell has said its profits jumped in the third quarter after it benefited from higher oil prices and a 5% rise in production. The group posted profits of pounds 2.2bn for the three months to September 30, an increase of 18% on a year...
Sports Centre Overhaul Will Make a Big Splash
Byline: Iain Laing BUILDING work has begun on a pounds 6.7m sports facility at Durham University - one of just three world-class rowing centres in the UK. The project, which is being headed by Newcastle-based architectural firm _space group and...
Start-Ups Hope to Cash in on Innovative Ideas
Byline: John Hill THE NORTH East's roster of businesses increased by four yesterday, as Newcastle Science City's Innovation Machine launched its biggest batch of start-ups. The Innovation Machine launched last summer to help people from around...
Stuck in a Debt Deal with No Escape
Byline: PAUL BENNEWORTH IT'S not an easy life being an expat worker from Newcastle. One of the few highlights is travelling back home, when you often meet people in similar situations. That happens quite a lot on the Friday night flights through...
Survey Reveals Farmers' Fears over Short-Term Prospects
Byline: Karen Dent FARMERS are moderately optimistic about their medium-term prospects but have concerns about the short term, according to a survey of confidence levels in the industry. Concerns over increases in input prices and the effects of...
Survey Will Assess Ongoing Impact of Floods
A MAJOR survey is being carried out in Morpeth to analyse the extent of insurance problems which have surfaced in the wake of the town's devastating floods two years ago. More than 1,000 homes and businesses which were flooded in September 2008...
Takeover Gives 100 Staff Their Jobs Back; Celebrations as Food Firm Deal Hands Workers a Lifeline
Byline: Brian Daniel AMAJOR takeover bid has rescued a failing Northumberland food factory and saved around 100 jobs in a last-ditch buy-out. Longbenton Foods issued a statement confirming it had bought the Northumberland Foods site at Amble,...
Tears as Vickery Ends His Career
ENGLAND legend Phil Vickery struggled to keep his emotions in check as he admitted: "I have been forced to retire." The 34-year-old prop has been in left in severe pain by a neck injury he suffered while captaining Wasps against his old club Gloucester...
The New Voice of Sports Radio
TOM White, born and brought up in Alnwick, has been selected from hundreds of candidates to become a radio presenter and producer for the new Sky Sports News Radio. Tom started his career in sports journalism at 14 years old, writing the Rock village...
Time to Enjoy Sizzling Time in the Run-Up to Christmas
APOPULAR farm shop is gearing up for a fun and festive season. With British Sausage Week from November 1 to 7, and the festive season fast approaching, staff at the award-winning Blagdon Farm shop - six miles north of Newcastle just off the A1 - are...
Tough Times Need Servant Leadership
Byline: VIV KINNAIRD WHAT sort of leaders do we need to get us through this recession? Newcastle's Blackswan management consultancy believes effective leaders during tough times have to be purpose driven, have built the toughest team, be a driver...
Townspeople Fume over Plan's Revival; Supermarket and Homes Are Proposed
Byline: Paul Tully OBJECTORS are gearing up for a repeat battle against the Duke of Northumberland's controversial plans for Prudhoe town centre. The duke's Northumberland Estates is ready to re-submit exactly the same pounds 30m development...
Tragedy in Front of TV; Boy Died on Sofa Watching Football Game
Byline: Andy Hughes AGRIEVING father last night relived the moment he discovered his son dead on the sofa after watching Match of the Day together. John Hargreaves, 15, had been suffering from pneumonia and a lung infection and was curled up...
Trial Bids to Help Region's Stroke Victims; Early Treatment Could Prove Vital
Byline: Helen Rae STROKE patients in the North East are set to benefit from a pioneering medical trial which could revolutionise the way paramedics treat the condition. Newcastle University's groundbreaking PIL-FAST study will enable paramedics...
United Fans Have an Abundance of 'Villains' to Jeer; Lee Cattermole Will Be Happy to Be Back on the Boos When He Leads Sunderland out at St James' Park on Sunday. Mark Douglas Reports
Byline: Mark Douglas PANTOMIME season may still be a few weeks away, but Lee Cattermole knows his Sunderland side arrive with a boatload of ready-made villains on Sunday. Take your pick Geordies. There's Steve Bruce, the boyhood Newcastle fan who...
We Are Still a Dead End for Transport; VOICE OF THE NORTH
WHEN you look at a road network map of Britain and take out every road except motorways, you instantly realise that our region has become a blue desert where motorways are a rarity. We have been constantly ignored in every spending round for decades....
We'll Fight Closure Plan, Residents Vow; Pensioners Blame Council for Uncertainty
Byline: Neil McKay RESIDENTS who say they have been "left in limbo" for five years while civic bosses ponder the future of their sheltered housing have vowed to oppose closure plans. Durham County Council says it doesn't have the funds to upgrade...
What Next for Tower as Sale Goes through? Landmark Has Its Own Online Cheerleaders
Byline: Dave Black ADISUSED water tower which has loomed over homes in a Northumberland village for decades was sold for pounds 15,000 when it went under an auctioneer's hammer yesterday. The imposing structure, which has been a landmark in North...
Yobs Hurl Rocks in Firefighter Ambush; Attackers Will Be Prosecuted Says Manager
Byline: Alastair Craig STONE-throwing youths have targeted firefighters with a spree of missile attacks on crews in the last week. Officers on emergency call-outs to blazes in Newcastle have been pelted with stones in three separate incidents...