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 December 11, 2010

Acknowledgements
FERRY (Bedlington). The family of the late John, would like to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for the support and kindness, cards of condolence and donations received. A special thank you to the Paramedics and neighbours who attended to...
A Fight Cameron Could Do Without
Byline: PAUL LINFORD IT is a moot point whether Thursday's protests over the government's decision to raise universities tuition fees to pounds 9,000 amounted to the worst civil disturbances since the poll tax riots of 1990. One should not forget...
Alan Is Setting His United Ambitions High
ALAN Pardew has been given the job of keeping Newcastle United in the Premier League but his own sights are set much higher, writes STUART RAYNER. This morning the Magpies are four points off the European placings and four of the relegation zone. And...
A Long Wait for a Great Picture of North
Byline: Tony Henderson A LONG shot project will be launched on the shortest day of the year to gather a variety of views from across the North East. The Centre for Life in Newcastle is giving away 100 pinhole cameras made from drinks cans and...
Athletics Club Has Hope for a Home; Decision Expected on Project
Byline: Dave Black APROUD North East athletics club hopes to find out within days if it will finally get its own running track after more than 20 years of trying. A final decision is expected any day now on funding for a near-pounds 1m project...
Audi's in Seventh Heaven
Byline: John Murdoch AUDI'S rapidly growing range will reach 35 models in January when the new A7 Sportback is launched in the UK. A stunning coupe packed with technology, the A7 Sportback is designed to compete against the Mercedes CLS and the...
Awards Celebrate the Best on Offer in Energy Sector
OIL, gas and energy industry body NOF has celebrated the stars of the industry at its annual award dinner. Hosted by BBC TV presenter Wendy Gibson, the event at the Hardwick Hall Hotel in Sedgefield, County Durham, showcased some of the energy sectors'...
BBC Award Would Seal McCoy Legend
APART from the Grand National and the Epsom Derby, perhaps, many sporting enthusiasts have little interest in what goes on in racing on a daily basis. The industry relies almost entirely on those professionally involved with the industry and, of...
Beat the Bookie Neil Harnett
Byline: NEIL HARNETT TOMORROW at White Hart Lane, an intriguing clash between Tottenham and Chelsea is in prospect. The bookies are in no doubt that the visitors are still the more likely to pick up maximum points despite just one win in their last...
Bid to Spark Leaf Sign-Up
Byline: Steve Hughes NISSAN has launched an offensive to persuade punters to be among the first to sign-up for its all-electric LEAF model, despite a price tag of almost pounds 30,000 without Government funding. The innovative newcomer is initially...
BMW Has the X Factor
Byline: Stewart Smith WITH treacherous conditions gripping the nation, BMW is urging drivers to think about investing in winter tyres. And having just tested them 8,000 feet up on snowfields in the Austrian Alps in the German company''s superb new...
Boro Are Ready to Take Their Chances; Strikers Have Support of Boss
Byline: Mark Douglas TONY Mowbray is confident that his shot-shy strikers will find the cutting edge to fire Middlesbrough out of relegation trouble. Despite signing Kris Boyd from Rangers in the summer to spearhead their Championship challenge...
Bresnan Confident of Ashes Impact If England Give Him a Chance; Cricket
TIM BRESNAN is confident he can make an impact in the third Ashes Test, if he is given a chance at Perth. Like his two fellow seamers hoping to replace the injured Stuart Broad at the WACA next week, Bresnan had a day of toil against Victoria on...
Bruce: Lee Showing Signs of Maturity; Bruce Believes Cattermole Showing Signs of Maturity
GROWING up in public is never easy - but Sunderland boss Steve Bruce reckons skipper Lee Cattermole is beginning to come of age, writes MATT LESLIE. The midfielder has had a colourful season so far with yellow and red appearing to glow prominently...
Buildings at School Are the 'Worst Ever' but Minister Warns Cash May Not Come Instantly after Visit
Byline: Brian Daniel ; Neil McKay THE Education Secretary has described an ageing Northumberland school site as having "some of the worst buildings I have seen". Michael Gove called at the Duchess's Community High School in Alnwick following years...
Buyers Enjoy Winter Wonderland
WHILE the sudden winter weather has not been welcomed by the majority of the population, it has brought an unexpected but welcome boost to visitor traffic to a development in a delightful rural location. Dere Street Homes' The Paddock development...
Calgary Set for Golden Display; Saturday, December Journallive.Co.UK Racing MOSCROP ON SATURDAY
IT was on this corresponding day a year ago that Calgary Bay turned up at Doncaster to score an emphatic victory over Alderburn. This time, the enigmatic seven-year-old contests the Vote AP Gold Cup at Cheltenham and is only a pound higher. The winning...
Cameron Hits out at 'Feral' Student Rioters; Major Inquiry Launched into Fees Protests
Byline: Writer Name DAVID Cameron has demanded that tuition fee thugs face the "full force of the law" amid calls for an independent inquiry into the mob attack on the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. But the Prime Minister defended...
Carlisle Snow Pitch Gamble; Club Hopeful Brunton Will Survive Thaw
Byline: Mark Smith CARLISLE are banking on their Brunton Park pitch being playable this afternoon, as the big freeze gives way to the big thaw. Dagenham and Redbridge make the 660-mile round trip to Cumbria for the npower League One encounter,...
City Desert a Guarantee of Survival; ENVIRONMENT Editor TONY HENDERSON on a Hot Topic amid the Ice and Snow
DURING the big freeze there has been no better place to be than a patch of desert in the middle of Newcastle. The newly restored cacti desert beds are inside a glass houses complex at Newcastle University's Moorbank Botanic Garden off Claremont...
City Link Struggles Hit Rentokil
RENTOKIL Initial said the boss of its troubled parcel delivery service City Link had stepped down amid ongoing trading woes at the division. City Link managing director Stuart Godman resigned by "mutual agreement" and Rentokil chief executive Alan...
Collapse Shows the Dangers as North East Hits a Thaw Point; Temperatures Rise - but It's Still Perilous
Byline: Sarah Scott ALISTED building has become the latest victim of the snow after yesterday's thaw caused the roof to collapse. Police and fire engines were called to the derelict building in Clavering Place, Forth Street, in Newcastle just...
Counting the Cost of the Cold Snap; THE Snow May Be Receding - for Now - but It Is Leaving Behind Some Major Problems for the North East's Farmers. KAREN DENT Reports on the Spate of Farm Building Collapses That Are Causing Chaos
Byline: KAREN DENT THE sheer weight of snow dumped from the region's skies during the big freeze is being blamed for the widespread damage that has been caused to farm buildings, ranging from structural issues to complete collapse. Some sheds...
Deaths
BADCOCK (South Gosforth). Peacefully in hospital on her 94th birthday, 3rd December 2010, Jessica Evelyn, much loved mother of Laurence, Michael and Judith and mother-in-law of Patricia and Sandra, an adored grandmother and great grandmother. Service...
Dolan Desperate to Finally Claim a Belt
Byline: Stuart Rayner DAVID Dolan is one of the nearly men of English boxing. When the former Commonwealth Games gold medalist turned professional four years ago, the high hopes were not just his own. He takes on Terry Dunstan at Rainton Meadows...
Energy Price Hike Is 'Unacceptable'
Byline: Dan Warburton AHIKE in gas and electricity prices was last night branded "atrocious" as thousands of vulnerable pensioners across the North East were left to cope with sub-zero temperatures. Household bills for more than 400,000 homeowners...
EU Rules to Curb Banks' Risk-Takers Approved
Byline: Peter McCusker ACRACKDOWN on bankers' bonuses has been approved by European regulators in a move to curb excessive risk-taking in the industry. Bankers will be allowed to receive only 20% of their bonus up front in cash, and the rest...
EVERYONE Could Reel off Their [...]
EVERYONE could reel off their top five Disney songs in the time it takes Mickey Mouse to count his fingers (six last time I looked), and they''d all probably be different, but here are mine. 1. I Just Can''t Wait To Be King (The Lion King) Simba''s...
Explosive Fixture Is Primed by Evra
MANCHESTER United's Patrice Evra has lit the fuse for a potentially explosive Old Trafford clash on Monday by launching a withering attack on Arsenal. Although the Gunners travel north as Premier League leaders, they do so with major question marks...
Falcons Face a Big Challenge; We Need a Victory to Maintain Cup Hope,says Prop
Byline: Mark Smith FALCONS prop Kieran Brookes insists this afternoon's tie at Exeter is vital if his side are to maintain any hopes of European progress. Newcastle lie third in Pool C of the Amlin Challenge Cup behind early French pace-setters...
Family Friendly and Flexible
FAMILY life has changed beyond recognition over the past half century or so - and it's well worth considering the fact when you invest in a new home. There has been a major growth in home working, boomerang kids (who leave for college in their teens...
Firms' Chance to Sponsor a Bird and Support Book
BUSINESSES in the North East are being asked to back a bird. Durham Bird Club launched the sponsorship scheme yesterday for its Birds of Durham book, which is out next year. Keith Bowey, of Glead Ecological and Environmental Services - the project...
Former Boss Keegan Has a Warning for Pardew; Keegan Warning for New Boss - and a Blast for Owner Ashley
Byline: Mark Douglas AS Alan Pardew prepares for his St James' Park debut emboldened by a "positive" first meeting with his squad, former boss Kevin Keegan has launched an astonishing and damaging attack on owner Mike Ashley. In an incendiary...
Gold Cup Chase on for Midnight
MIDNIGHT Chase earned the right to be considered for the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup after staging a remarkable comeback at his favourite track yesterday. The march of young trainer Neil Mulholland has had much to do with the incredibly tough...
Heads Fetch Some Amazing Figures; Takings at Auction Pass Pounds 1m Mark
Byline: Tony Henderson AFOUR-DAY auction sailed past the pounds 1m takings mark with six ships' figureheads fetching more than pounds 30,000. The event at Newcastle auctioneers Anderson & Garland, which ended yesterday, included the biggest...
Higgins Dream Is Alive after Triumph; SNOOKER
JOHN Higgins defeated Mark Allen 9-5 in Telford last night to book his place in the 12Bet.com UK Championship final and close in on a dream return to major championship competition. The Scot, playing his first tournament in England since serving...
I like Your Style; for Those Who've Been Inspired by the Interiors Featured on These Pages, KAREN WILSON Picks out Her Top Four Homes of the Last Six Months and Shows You How to Get the Look
Byline: KAREN WILSON FROM pounds 1m-plus mansions to modest semis, I've been invited into some beautiful homes during 2010. Some homeowners spared no expense in creating their ultimate dream home while others managed to create the wow factor...
In Memoriam
BESSFORD (Oxclose). Washington. Mary, died 12th December 2009. One year ago today you were taken away. Never to be forgotten and always in our thoughts. With all our love Karen, Mick and Tobie. CUMMINGS (Ashington). Treasured memories of Richard,...
It's Time for Tea. EMILY POTTS Puts the Christmas Shopping on Hold to Enjoy a Quintessentially English Treat at London's Grosvenor House Hotel
SHOPPING trips to our capital city are hectic at any time of year, but add in the crowds that Christmas brings and after just an hour or two spent shuffling down Oxford Street you can soon find yourself distinctly lacking in festive spirit. Looking...
'I Was One of Five and My Mother Said She Had Never Known a More Badly Behaved Child'
MARY Ann Rogers is one of the UK's most popular wildlife artists. She lives and works at Leam Studio, near West Woodburn, where she paints original watercolours of the birds, wildlife and farm animals found in the hills and valleys of her native Northumberland....
Jolly Hollies Were Spent in Winter Wonderland
IN THE three years and four months I've been here, the concept of holidays and the associated smiles surrounding them was something I thought I'd grasped. When it comes to Telfer Towers, the advent of jolly hollies is something to get excited about...
Kate Enthralls with Her Take on Festive Tunes; Kate Rusby, the Sage Gateshead
Byline: Matt McKenzie THIS gig featured the greatest introduction to a song in the history of modern music. Forget the on stage Christmas trees, fairy lights and carols for a minute, forget even the presence of Kate Rusby, the foremost British...
Keeping Up with the Fat Attack; FITNESS Expert David Fairlamb Continues His Fat Attack Circuit
THIS week mainly focus on the core. This doesn't just mean abdominals - when you have good core stability the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen work in harmony. They provide support to your spine and help increase your stability,...
Khan's Set to Unify Crown; Ring Ace Amir Talks of Undisputed Champion Aim
WBA champion Amir Khan has vowed to unify the light-welterweight division next year once he has dealt with dangerous mandatory challenger Marcos Maidana tonight. The Briton defends his belt against Argentinean banger Maidana at the Mandalay Bay...
Martyn Swings Back into Town; GOLF'S Loss Was Music's Gain When Martyn Joseph First Took to the Road with His Guitar, as DAVID WHETSTONE Finds Out
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE S he on tour? Silly question. I"I'm in the middle of a tour that seems to have been going on for most of my life," says affable guitar man Martyn Joseph. "I think by the time I get to Gateshead I'll have done 142 shows...
Monkey Does a World-Class Job as Mayor; Former Mascot Ranks in Global Top 10
Byline: Sarah Scott ANORTH East town's football mascot turned mayor has beaten the competition to represent the UK in the World Mayor competition. Stuart Drummond, the current mayor of Hartlepool, shocked the country when he stood in his home town's...
Mum's the Word for Jamie; New Training Unit to Help Young Jockeys - Including Owner's Son
LACK of facilities for her teenage son to school before his first point to point season has inspired Susan Corbett to put together proposals for a training unit for young jockeys in the North East. Mrs Corbett, who owns Girsonfield Stud, is pushing...
NBS's New Mortgage Deals Some of Best on the Market
THREE new short-term fixed rate mortgage products have been developed especially for home buyers in the region by Newcastle Building Society. The society decided to launch the Mega Mortgage products to help house purchasers specific to its heartland...
Newcastle Criticised by Moyes over Chris
LONG-serving Everton manager David Moyes has rounded on Newcastle for dismissing Chris Hughton and says club bosses should follow the example set by Manchester United and Arsenal. Hughton was replaced by Alan Pardew this week despite leading his...
New Hair Studio Is a Cut above; TWO Talented Hairdressers Who Trained the Stars of Tomorrow Have Opened an Exclusive Hair Salon in Northumberland. LIZ LAMB Finds out More
IN their prestigious career Nigel Meredith and Gienette Jefferson-Cobb have trained tens of thousands of hairdressers at one of the world's top hair schools, worked on shows in London, Milan and Paris, and collaborated alongside some of the biggest...
No Further Charges in Hacking Inquiry; Witnesses Did Not Co-Operate Say Police
Byline: Wesley Johnson NO further charges will be brought over the News of the World phone hacking scandal because witnesses refused to co-operate with police. Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer QC said the Sunday newspaper's former...
No Place like Dome; Landmark Is Lit Up to Mark Its Centenary
Byline: Kim Carmichael SHINING brightly, this landmark coastal building last night relived its glory days. Whitley Bay's iconic Spanish City Dome was bathed in light and animation as part of its centenary celebrations. The breathtaking makeover...
Not Such a Great Idea? House Doctor with Peter Fall of Clear Building Survey: Peter Fall Looks at Some of the Latest Deals and Information Available to Home Owners
AS you might image, across my desk every week I get a fair number of information updates. In these days of email, this information flow is more like an information torrent, making it difficult to sort out the important bits from the spam. For example,...
Now Showing
THE TOURIST (12A) Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) is a mathematics teacher from Wisconsin haunted by tragedy. On a train from Paris's Gare de Lyon to Venice, Frank encounters the beguiling and extremely seductive British femme fatale Elise Clifton-Ward...
Pardew Alone in the Spotlight; Alan Pardew Is Eager to Stress He Is Not Pally with Owner Mike Ashley, but Newcastle United's Manager Must Quickly Make Friends on the Terraces, Writes Stuart Rayner
Byline: Stuart Rayner IT was a symbolic start to Alan Pardew's Newcastle United career. Facing the media hours after being named as the Magpies' 31st manager, the 49-year-old sat alone at the top table. Normally in these circumstances the new...
Partnership to Work with the Government; Bosses Will Advise on Cash Needs of North
Byline: Amy Hunt THE Government has promised to work with a North East business partnership set up to boost the region's economy. Regional leaders hope that setting up a North East Economic Partnership (NEEP) will strengthen the region's ability...
Personal Finances Set to Get Worse, Claim Third of People
ALMOST a third of people believe their financial situation will worsen over the next six months, according to research by insolvency trade body R3. R3's quarterly debt snapshot survey found that 30% of people felt they would face a greater degree...
Police Called as Anger Flares at Delayed Flight; 11-Hour Wait for Passengers
Byline: Andy Hughes POLICE were called to Newcastle Airport to calm passengers angered because their flight was delayed by nearly 12 hours. The Thomas Cook flight from Newcastle International to Tenerife was due to leave at 8.55 yesterday morning,...
Pounds 50m Mortgage Finance for Local Housing Market
DARLINGTON Building Society has released pounds 50m worth of mortgage finance into the local housing market as it prepares for growth in 2011. It says its decision is based on its own detailed assessment of the sub-regional economy, which has been...
Q&a
YOUR money queries are answered by PETER RUTHERFORD, senior director of Rutherford Wilkinson Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners. QI am a higher rate taxpayer and have recently received an inheritance. I intend investing in high-yielding stockmarket...
Reader Travel
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Region's Recovery Gets a Huge Boost from Exports
Byline: Christopher Knox NEW figures show that exporters are driving the North East's economic recovery after the region recorded its third best quarter of overseas sales. HM Revenue and Customs figures show the total value of North East exports...
Rental Scheme Helps First-Timers to Buy
AN incentive designed to warm up the market in the winter chill is helping first-time buyers and young families to secure a home of their own. Raising a deposit for a new home can be very difficult, but with Dunelm Home's Rent to Buy scheme would-be...
Rookie Ace Tony Leads the Charge
R OOKIE Anthony Michael continued his excellent start to the Alfred Dunhill Championship by moving two strokes clear at the halfway stage in Malelane. The little-known South African carded a three-underpar 69 today to follow up his 66 on day one...
Scots Battling to Clear Deep Snow during Lull
A MAJOR push is under way to clear snow-bound streets and pavements in Scotland during a lull in the freezing weather. Authorities, with help from the Army, are taking advantage of the thaw to unblock roads, shift previously stuck vehicles and clear...
Shopping Complex Plan Delayed Again; Pounds 24m Scheme Could Create 550 New Jobs
Byline: Neil McKay A LONG-AWAITED application to invest pounds 24m and bring 550 new jobs to a former mining community has been put back yet again. Durham county planners had been expected to meet later this month to discuss the application to...
Showbiznews
MICK JAGGER has said he thinks that autobiographies like the one written by bandmate Keith Richards are "tedious" and that marriage is not for him. Talking to the New York Times' T magazine, The Rolling Stones frontman ruled out marrying model-turned-designer...
Showhome with Star Quality!
IT was lights, camera, action at a stunning new showhome which has just opened its Hollywood-movie themed doors . The home, at Taylor Wimpey's Greenside development at Newcastle Great Park, is decorated in a striking white with shades of purple, with...
Small Rise for FTSE as Rate Increase Looms
Byline: Carmen Baylis THE FTSE 100 Index traded in and out of positive territory on Friday, lacking direction in the face of a potential interest rate risee by the People''s Bank of China. It was announced that its bank reserve requirement ratio...
Stars Lending Their Support to Baltic; Glittering List of Celebrities Make Up First Patrons
Byline: David Whetstone LEADING figures from the worlds of art, music and broadcasting have pledged their support to one of the region's biggest cultural venues. Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art yesterday unveiled its first list of glittering...
Step Inside for a Warm; Welcome
Byline: Lauren Kennedy WHEN she searched for a prime central location Karen Wharton found herself a house for all reasons - for families, shoppers, commuters and those wanting a quiet retreat. The six-bedroomed property is nestled on the corner...
Stock Is Stolen in Raid on Club Shop; Thousands of Pounds of Damage Caused in Morning Incident
Byline: Kim Carmichael NEWCASTLE United's ground was targeted in an early-morning raid that saw thousands of pounds worth of damage caused. Thieves smashed their way into the club store at St James' Park yesterday morning. The raiders stole...
Striker Gyan Gets into the Groove; THE Transition from Big-Money Buy to Established Premier League Footballer Has Been a Slow One for Asmoah Gyan but, Says Stuart Rayner, Sunderland Are Starting to See the Benefit
AS A passionate music lover with a fondness for dancing and a typically African attitude to life, rhythm is hugely important to Asamoah Gyan. Despite all the obstacles, he is finally starting to find some at the Stadium of Light. Gyan's first...
Struggling Vipers Are Put Up for Sale
Byline: Stuart Rayner NEWCASTLE Vipers are up for sale. The Elite League strugglers are in discussions about selling a stake in the club. And chairman Paddy O'Connor has admitted he would be prepared to hand over 100%, even if it left him out...
Tenants Facing a Massive Rent Rise; Situation Is Described as 'Disgraceful'
Byline: Amy Hunt COUNCIL house tenants are facing a massive rise in rents next year because of soaring inflation. Rents around the North East look likely to go up by more than 7% in April, with the average increase adding at least pounds 4.20...
Thaw Is Too Late for Fixtures; NORTHERN ALLIANCE
Byline: BILL GARDNER THE longed-for thaw arrived too late to promise any meaningful return to action for clubs in the Pin Point Recruitment Northern Alliance's Premier Division. Stocksfield's home game with Walker Central was the earliest of...
The Door's Still Open for World Cup Spots; CRICKET
ENGLAND'S 17-man one-day international and Twenty20 squad to face Australia is an obvious template for their World Cup plans. But national selector Geoff Miller insists there is no closed shop for England's trip to the sub-continent in February....
Three of a Kind; Bungalows Can Suit a Range of Buyers, from Families to Those Looking to Downsize. Homemaker Looks at Three on the Market
IT'S that time of year again, when homemaker takes a festive holiday. The theory is that people have other things to do with their time than think about moving. Rather than trek round the estate agents, people are out at the shops, probably buying...
Toffee Crisp to Hit the Spot for Staff; Reshuffle Boosts North Sweet Plant
Byline: Christopher Knox CONFECTIONERY giant Nestle plans to bring 60 jobs to its Tyneside factory following its proposals to close a site in West Yorkshire as part of an efficiency drive. Nestle Confectionery UK plans to merge its 'seasonal...
University Sit-In to End after Legal Row; Agreement Is Reached amid Eviction Threat
Byline: Sarah Scott APEACEFUL student occupation of a North East university turned sour when students were issued with lawyers' letters ordering them to leave. Students staging a sit-in at the Fine Arts building of Newcastle University were ordered...
Volvo Shows It Remains King of the Big Wagons
Byline: Malcolm Robertshaw WHILE Volvo may in recent times have appeared to be taking more than a cursory peek into the world of the smaller model, the Swedish firm is still very much a serious competitor in the big car world. Considered by many...
Wadsworth's Party Guests Plan to Upset Their Hosts
HARTLEPOOL United hope to play the role of partypoopers this afternoon as they travel to the South Coast, writes MARK SMITH. Mick Wadsworth's side are the opponents for a Bournemouth side celebrating 100 years at their Dean Court home. The high-flying...
WONDERED How Long I'd Keep [...]
WONDERED how long I'd keep loving mum and dad if they started going back on their promises. I know I'm still new to all this, but as I understand it, if you make a promise, you should do your absolute bestest to keep it. Evidence gathering is not...
Yule Cool; Claire Hornby Has Some Tips to Bring Extra Cheer to the Home as the Festive Season Approaches
CHRISTMAS is the time of year when friends and family come together like at no other. Whether it's your turn to host the Christmas day lunch or you're having friends round for drinks, you want your home to ooze festive cheer and style. The centrepiece...