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 28, 2011

An Agonising Time for Grieving Family; Couple Wait for Results of DNA Tests on Exhumed Son's Body 11 Years after His Death
Byline: Emma King IT could be just a matter of days before the parents of Christopher Rochester find out whether a kidney sent to them by the Greek authorities belongs to their dead son. Pam and George Cummings are facing an agonising wait for...
Appeal as Six Bikes Stolen in One Night; Vehicles Were Targeted in Raid on Two Farms
Byline: Dave Black PROPERTY worth thousands of pounds has been stolen in raids on two farms in Northumberland - as travelling criminals continue to target valu-able quad bikes to sell on the black market. Six quad bikes were stolen in the latest...
Awards for the People Behind the Lifesavers
Byline: Kerry Wood ARETIRED merchant navy officer who has helped save lives along the North East coast for 35 years has been honoured at a ceremony. David Hastings was among the group of regional Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) volunteers...
Baby Girl Dies Just Days after Mum's Death; Heartache for Family Hit by Double Tragedy
Byline: Andy Hughes ABABY girl who was delivered in an emergency operation after the death of her mother has lost her fight for life. Zeva Tia Downs survived for three days following the operation on her mother Carieanne, who was found dead at...
Big Spenders Are Closing in on Spanish Star De Gea; Young Goalkeeper Looks Set to Become Reds Third Signing of the Summer
Byline: Carl Markham Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is set to push his summer spending close to pounds 50million later this week when he completes the signing of goalkeeper David de Gea. It is understood the Atletico Madrid star...
Bringing Your Roots out into the Daylight; Exhibition Will Showcase the Fascinating Stories in Our Family Histories
Byline: Tony Henderson FAMILY tree researchers will be able to make a little history themselves as their findings go on show in an exhibition to celebrate the booming pastime. The best stories uncovered by family history searchers will be showcased...
Care Homes Threatened by Council Rates Freeze
CARE homes are being brought to the brink of collapse by a funding shortfall, it has been claimed. Care North East, the body which represents care homes across the region, claim the council rates don't cover the cost of providing care. And they...
Change Strip Not Exactly My Favourite Garment
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...
Chinese Market Growing for Firms
Byline: Christopher Knox AS Chinese premier Wen Jiabao continues his trade visit to the UK, new figures show that the number of Chinese businesses now operating in the region is up from 40 to around 60, with exports to the country also up year on...
Cook Ready to Show He Can Face the One-Day Challenge
ALASTAIR Cook has vowed to prove his doubters wrong when he resumes his England one-day career as captain against Sri Lanka tomorrow. While he has become a mainstay of the Test side since his international bow five years ago, there have long been...
Creative Legacy Recognised by Others; Schools Are Bidding Farewell to Creative Partnerships but What Does the Future Hold? DAVID WHETSTONE Looks at a Scheme Which Introduced Youngsters to the Arts
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE SCHOOLCHILDREN across Sunderland and Durham have been working with artists, authors, film-makers and a host of other creative professionals as part of the Creative Partnerships scheme. This week they are inviting people...
Crossbreed Proving a Great Choice for Lowland Producers
Byline: Karen Dent THE first lambs have been born in a breeding programme to improve the efficiency of Herdwick sheep on northern marginal hill and lowland farms. David Cannon, who runs Red House Farm, Knock, near Kirkby Thore in Cumbria, is...
Deaths
ASH (Gosforth). Peacefully in St. Oswald's Hospice on 25th June 2011, aged 69 years, Robert (Bobby), beloved husband of Joyce, devoted dad of Steven, much loved brother, brotherinlaw, uncle and soninlaw who will be sadly missed by all family and friends....
Dong-Won Has It All to Discover
JI Dong-Won is expected to finalise his move to Sunderland within the next 24-48 hours, and when he does, the South Korean admits he will be stepping into the unknown. The striker arrived on Wearside at the weekend to discuss personal terms after...
England Hope for Better Next Time
ENGLAND were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw by Mexico in their opening game of the Women's World Cup at Wolfsburg's Volkswagen Arena. Fara Williams headed Hope Powell's side in front midway through the first half, but a mistake by goalkeeper Karen...
Enough for All, Forever? an Ambitious Plan to Turn Newcastle and Gateshead into a 'Living Lab' for Sustainability Can Put the Region at the Centre of the Effort to Rise to One of the Biggest Challenges Facing the World, Says Professor PAUL YOUNGER
Byline: PAUL YOUNGER FOR a city that can lay claim to being the place that gave birth to the concept of using fossil fuels to power an entire economy, Newcastle more than anywhere else arguably owes an inter-generational debt to humanity. So...
Expertise Helps Firm Develop into Global Force
SPECIALISTS from Parsons Brinckerhoff have provided a broad range of commercial services to the North East's industry sector for more than 25 years. During this time the company has helped to provide innovative solutions to a host of major companies...
Exploring the Role of Unions in Chinese Economic Miracle
Byline: Kevin Rowan LAST year a delegation of Chinese trade unions came to the North East to see how we do things here, to learn from each other and develop a strong partnership. And recently, North East union leaders including myself made a...
Falcons Refusing to Leave Signings; Tait on Mission to Bring in Players despite Setbacks
NEWCASTLE Falcons are refusing to be thrown off the recruitment trail, despite hitting repeated obstacles in their bid to bolster the Kingston Park playing ranks, writes MARK SMITH. Australian pair Julian Salvi and Rory Sidey, plus South African...
Firm's Boost for Medical Research
MEDICAL research has been given a boost by Billingham-based Cambridge Research Biochemicals (CRB). The company, which produces synthetic peptides - essentially, fragments of proteins - leapt ahead of rivals in April by installing one of the world's...
Flexibility Is Key to Future Success
Byline: LORRAINE HEARD THE workplace of the future could look very different with some predicting that by the year 2020 some 80% of the UK workforce will not be tied in to a nine to five, fixed place daily office routine, and that far greater numbers...
Fox's Shake-Up for 'Top Heavy' Forces; Top Chiefs Are Stripped of Key Powers
Byline: Andrew Woodcock DEFENCE Secretary Liam Fox yesterday announced a clear-out of senior military officers designed to produce more streamlined management of the "top heavy" armed forces. The chiefs of the Army, Royal Navy and RAF are to...
FTSE 100 Up despite a Day of Uncertainty
Byline: Carmen Baylis THE FTSE 100 Index started the day in the red as the situation in Greece continues to rumble on. All eyes will be on the Greek parliamentary vote regarding the approval of further austerity measures. Despite a lack of...
Fujifilm Move Is Good News for the North East
FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies may be a new name in the North East, but its history goes back many years through its predecessor companies MSD and Avecia Biologics. Fujifilm Corporation acquired the MSD BioManufacturing Network on April 1, 2011,...
Gang Jailed after Police Swoop on Drug Delivery
MEMBERS of a drugs gang plotting to hit Tyneside with almost pounds 1m-worth of cocaine are beginning jail sentences of more than 20 years. The Newcastle-based team had forged contacts with a major crime firm on Merseyside. Safe houses were set...
Greek Tragedy Is That Euro Finance Whizz Is Blaming the Germans; Columnist
Byline: David Byrne WHO is the most influential Briton in the important field of global financial regulation? Chancellor George Osborne, perhaps? Bank of England Governor Mervyn King? No, I'm afraid not. Ed Balls, then? Robert Peston? That bloke...
Haye Annoys Champion
WLADIMIR Klitschko sent a chilling warning to David Haye yesterday: "People have been handicapped and people have died in boxing - it's not something you joke about". Londoner Haye, Britain's WBA heavyweight champion, stops at nothing to promote...
Historic Gastro Offerings Prove an Acquired Taste
Great North Eco-Art Feast, Old Assembly Rooms, Newcastle WASTE not, want not - that pretty much sums up this feast marking the finale of the EAT! NewcastleGateshead festival, 10 days of food discovery. Cooked by some of the city's finest chefs,...
Homework Helps Durham out; A Little Bit of Research Pays off for Cook's Side in Liverpool
Byline: Stuart Rayner AFTER 20 wickets fell in a remarkable day's cricket there will be much talk about the Aigburth pitch, but it was apparently on the bus that Durham took huge strides towards a double over nearest challengers Lancashire. The...
Ian to Host Stock Judging Contest
ONE of the championship winners at last year's Glendale Show will host this year's stock judging competition for the show organiser. The Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS) contest will be held at Fred and Ian Murray's East Wrangham Farm, just north...
'I Tried to Swerve as Much as I Could but in a Split Second He Went Straight into My Car' Driver Recalls Fatal Crash with Motorbike
Byline: Emma King ANURSE told last night how she tried in vain to save the life of a motorcyclist following a head-on collision on a busy country road. Glen Berry, 44, from Birtley in Gateshead, died after his motorbike was in collision with...
Lout Facing Jail for Jibe at Shot PC; Woman Shouted 'Bang Bang' at Court
Byline: Andrew Glover AWOMAN who shouted "bang bang" at shooting victim PC David Rathband could be sent to jail, a court heard yesterday. Kelsey Donkin, 22, from Southwick, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to a public order offence after the incident...
Make a Will to Ensure Assets Go to Loved Ones; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
MAKING a will is a fundamental step in safeguarding the future for your family. There is a range of experts to help you make sure your loved ones are looked after. ?DAVID GRAY - The BBC series You Can't Take it With You highlighted the importance...
Mandhooma Attracted by Seaside
Byline: Saraband PETER Hiatt's Mandhooma has only gone up 1lb for winning at Brighton a couple of weeks ago and looks to have solid claims back at the seaside venue. He beat Foxtrot Alpha, who has since absolutely hacked up, that day, so the...
Medical Test Firm Is Looking to Expand
Byline: John Hill MEDICAL test firm Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings is on the look-out for suitable acquisitions as it bids to boost the number of tests available on its inautomated system. IDS launched the IDS-iSYS machine to offer effective...
Memorable Victory for Fujin Dancer
STEWARD William Bethell enjoyed a day to remember as Fujin Dancer landed the Pontefract Ladies' Handicap in the hands of his daughter Harriet. The 24-year-old rider was scoring the third victory of her career aboard her father's horse and she is...
Motorist Killed in Car Crash Fireball; Inquest Verdict after Accident
Byline: Brian Daniel A NORTHUMBERLAND man died when his car left a road, hit a tree and burst into flames, an inquest heard. Michael Thompson, 31, of Tyne Green, Hexham, was killed in the incident near Matfen in December 2009, Northumberland coroner...
Nadal Goes through but Faces Scan on Foot Injury
DEFENDING Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal will have a foot injury checked out today after it almost caused him to retire during his hard-fought fourth-round victory over Juan Martin Del Potro. Nadal spent close to 10 minutes having treatment at...
New Complex Boosts Sciences
THE science complex at the University of Sunderland evidences considerable investment from European, regional and local sources. More than pounds 8m in phase one of the development has resulted in the delivery of stakeholder-designed accommodation...
Nice Place - What Are You Calling It? Challenge to Name New Landmark
Byline: Tony Henderson IT is known as The Building with No Name, but now people are being urged to change all that and come up with ideas for what will be a showpiece feature of a Northumberland town's main street. The regeneration charity Prudhoe...
No One in a Democracy Wants a PM Who Bullies Anyone Who Disagrees with Him
Byline: DENISE ROBERTSON LAST week we were told by Mark Pritchard, a Conservative MP, that he had been threatened by the Prime Minister - or at least the PM's office - because of his motion to ban wild animals from circuses. "I was offered incentive...
Oil and Gas Firm Is Praised by US
Byline: Peter McCusker OIL and gas firm Flexible Engineered Solutions International (FES) has seen its technology recognised by the US Government after it successfully helped quell last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Speedy work by engineers...
Online Retailer Scrapes a Profit despite Slow Sales
Byline: Peter McCusker ONLINE retailer Ocado has scraped its first ever half-year profit but revealed that sales growth had slowed and more orders were delivered late as it struggled to keep up with demand. The grocer, which sells Waitrose products...
Opportunities for Rural Entrepreneurs to Shine
Byline: Karen Dent SMALL rural firms with good ideas to help the communities and landscapes in the North Pennines are being offered grants to turn their visions into reality.The Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership has opened the...
Patents - Getting the Strategy Right
Byline: Dominic Elsworth ASK the average business owner what he thinks about patents and he is likely to say that they take an age to be granted, are costly and when it comes to enforcement, that's when the expenses really kick in. So why bother?...
Pharmaceutical Industry Is Manufacturing Growth
THE North East of England has much to be proud about regarding the pharmaceutical industry located in the region, few places in the world can say that they have the full range of pharmaceutical value chain based there, yet we can. The region is...
Pictures Are a Labour of Love; Twenty Years after a Pregnant Demi Moore Did What Was to Become Known as 'A Demi' on the Front Cover of Vanity Fair, More Women Are Opting to Start Their Family Albums Early. SAM WONFOR Casts Aside Her Inhibitions (among Other Things) and Joins Them
Byline: SAM WONFOR IT WON'T come as a surprise to anyone who knows me - or anyone who has seen me for that matter - that doing a photo shoot with nothing more than a roll of muslin cloth for on-camera company has never crossed my mind. But pregnancy...
Prospects for Jobs Are Picking Up
Byline: SARAH GREEN RECRUITMENT prospects are picking up across the private sector, particularly for professional and highly skilled staff, but there is little wage growth in the economy as pay restraint remains the norm. That is according to...
Scheme Brings Warm Glow to Homes
research on the impact of new technologies on such hard-to-treat properties. "Additionally, through the delivery of this project, over 80 businesses in the North East will receive assistance to expand and even diversify their business to take advantage...
Shopping Gets Better and Better; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
SINCE the recent entrepreneurial boom which saw Park View achieve 95% occupancy rate on its outlets, the shopping experience for customers of the prestigious high street has just got better and better. With half a mile of retailers and service providers,...
Spreading the Knowledge
THOUSANDS of companies nationally have benefited from knowledge transfer partnerships (KTPs) and their predecessor the Teaching Company Scheme, with a long track record and wealth of expertise this initiative helps businesses develop new ways of working...
Stretching Yourself Too Thin Will [...]
Byline: David Wells Stretching yourself too thin will eventually result in something snapping, but for once it's not about the physical work that you do it seems to be much more about emotional involvement? Take time out, unplug to re-charge. ...
Strikes to Go Ahead despite Fresh Talks; Ministers Say Deal on the Table Is Fair
Byline: Alison Kershaw ? ASTRIKE by hundreds of thousands of teachers, lecturers, civil servants and other public sector workers will go ahead despite talks yesterday aimed at resolving a bitter row over pensions. Up to 750,000 members of four...
Strike to Hit More Than 300 Schools; Unions Protest at Pension Changes
Byline: Nicola Weatherall ALMOST 300 schools and colleges in the North East will be hit by the mass walkout by teachers and lecturers later this week. In Newcastle, 64 schools have so far stated their intention to close or partially close on...
Study Could Bear Fruit in Cancer Fight; Berry Research Wins PhD for Young Scientist
Byline: Alastair Craig ASCIENTIST from the North East is hitting the academic heights after research suggesting strawberries and other soft fruit could help the fight against cancer. Emma Brown, from Spennymoor, County Durham, has been awarded a...
Talks of Take-Over at Water Company; Hong Kong Investors Consider Offer
Byline: John Hill NORTHUMBRIAN Water has again become subject to takeover talk, this time from a Hong Kong infrastructure company. The North East utilities company's share price jumped 30.5p to 413.5p following an announcement from Cheung Kong...
That Special Ingredient
HAVING burst onto the scene back in the late 90s, The Specials Laboratory has achieved 11 years of consecutive growth, won countless awards and is now one of the most recognised pharmaceutical companies in the North-East. So what has been the secret...
Top Class Webinars for Pharmaceutical Industry
JOIN IChemE's latest pharmaceutical webinars, which are a cost effective and accessible means to augment existing knowledge or learn the basic processes of this industry. They are expertly and concisely delivered by Keith Plumb, a fellow of IChemE...
Tough Day for North in Stormy Lincoln; MINOR COUNTIES CHAMPIONSHIP
NORTHUMBERLAND ended day two with 51-5, needing 104 runs to defeat Lincolnshire, who ended their innings 209 all out from 64 overs, writes PAUL REECE. The visitors batted first and the home side looked on course for a result when play was stopped...
Tribunal Told Cancer Victim Was Sacked; Teenager Had Won Awards for His Bravery
Byline: Kim Carmichael ATEENAGE cancer victim was sacked from his apprenticeship because he wasn't focused on his work, a tribunal heard. Michael Ready was overjoyed when he was taken on as an apprentice air conditioning and refrigeration engineer,...
United's Taylor Bid Hits the Buffers; Legal Dispute Holds Up Offer
Byline: Stuart Rayner SWANSEA City have rejected Newcastle United's bid for leftback Neil Taylor. In a decision which could kick off a legal dispute, the Swans have told Taylor he cannot join the Magpies, who seemed to regard the move as a formality....
Unkempt Murray Retains Etiquette; Unshaven Star Bows for Royals
Byline: Eleanor Crooks ANDY Murray may not have been looking his best when he met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge yesterday but he gave a performance fit for royalty to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the fourth successive year. Talented...
Wagner's First Installment of Four Is Packed with Power
Byline: David Whetstone Das Rheingold at The Sage Gateshead ACCORDING to general director Anthony Sargent, it was "a proud milestone" for the Gateshead venue, and the launch of a "unique, four-year journey". Certainly it was a packed Hall One with...
We've Struck Water! Experts Find Evidence of a Tyne Paradise
Byline: Hugh Macknight NEWCASTLE was once a tropical paradise similar to the islands in the Bahamas, it has been disclosed. Scientists drilling deep beneath the city have discovered fossil evidence of exotic shells and coral. The 300-million-year-old...
Williams Woe as the Sisters Crash Out
THE Williams sisters' five-year grip on the Wimbledon title was ended yetserday as both Venus and Serena crashed out in the fourth round. Defending champion Serena saw her bid to complete a hattrick of titles brought to a crushing halt by French...