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 July 29, 2011

Accelerating Innovation within Business
THE INNOVATION Accelerator is dedicated to nurturing innovative businesses within the science, technology, engineering and life sciences sectors, combining industry know-how and a unique facility designed to support new and established companies in...
Accountants Looking to Grow after Buy-Out
Byline: Christopher Knox AN accountancy firm in County Durham is looking to double its turnover and create jobs following a management buy-out. Consett-based Harlands has a new board appointed following the retirement of its founder Ian Harland,...
A Four-Day Trip Via Singapore, London and Hartlepool Seemed ... Entirely Logical
Byline: DAN WILLIS ON Monday I was performing at a 600-seater venue in Melbourne, packed to the rafters with people. The beer was cold, I was the feature act and it was the final gig of my Australian tour, life wasn't too bad at all. Where would...
Anglers Celebrate Very Big Catches
SOME encouraging catches of bream and quality perch have been keeping anglers entertained on the Big Waters at Seaton Burn, while anglers seeking chub on the Tees have reported mixed results with Blackwell and Croft yielding fish to 3lb. On the...
A Superhero Is Born Again
ACTION CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2hrs 4mins) Certificate: 12A Starring: Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Richard Armitage. Director: Joe Johnston. Star rating: ??CALLING the cliffhanger TV series...
Bagful of Coal for Dobie
WHEN there are coalfish around in any numbers, as they are in the Wear at the moment with fish to 2lb, one angler will certainly take advantage of the situation in matches. That man is ex-England international Jim Dobie. In an Eastenders' sweepstake...
Battery Firm Gets Heard Worldwide
Byline: Christopher Knox HEARING aid battery maker Rayovac plans to grow its worldwide market share to 70% over the next two years as well as create jobs after investing pounds 3m in its Washington headquarters. The firm has ploughed much of...
Borthwick Magic Leaves Sri Lanka A in a Spin
Byline: Steve Brown ON a day when one Durham official exited the Emirates ICG to take in the latest Harry Potter nonsense, Scott Borthwick conjured magic with bat and then ball. Yet displaying hitherto unseen and admirable resolve, Sri Lanka...
Calm Ridden's the Dark Horse; Mighty Scalp Claimed on the Way to Quarter-Finals
PHIL Ridden sunk a 20-foot high-pressure putt on the last green at Woburn to beat Sunningdale's Walker Cup man Stiggy Hodgson by one hole and reach the last eight of the English Amateur Championship. When the English Golf Union put out a press release...
Capacity Crowd Is a Racing Certainty
AFTER plenty of rain in the build-up, Ladies Day was a huge success as a capacity 25,000 crowd thronged the course. We really could not have asked for anything more. The day's main race, the Pimms Beeswing Handicap, was won by Kevin Ryan trained...
Casino Growth Boost for Jobs
GAMING group Rank has confirmed it is to take on 1,400 additional staff over the next three years as part of a faster roll-out of its G-Casino format. The Mecca bingo and Grosvenor casino group wants to expand its number of casinos to 45 by 2015,...
Cats Ace Excited by Club's Future
Byline: Mark Douglas ASAMOAH Gyan believes Sunderland can improve on last season's top-ten finish as he looks forward to an "exciting future" on Wearside. The Ghana striker is wanted by Spurs and has been the subject of plenty of speculation...
Changes in Planning Law a 'Threat to Wildlife'
WILDLIFE-RICH areas of England will be put at greater risk of being harmed by development under proposed changes to the planning system, North East environmental campaigners have claimed. Wildlife trusts say important habitats equivalent to four...
Children
HORRID HENRY: THE MOVIE (1hr 32mins) Certificate: U Starring: Theo Stevenson, Anjelica Huston, Mathew Horne, Siobhan Hayes, Ross Marron. Director: Nick Moore. Star rating: ?ARELY has a film title been more fitting than Nick Moore's woefully misjudged...
Clarity over Construction a Welcome Start
Byline: CATRIONA LINGWOOD IT is heartening to learn the Government sees that an efficient, effective and profitable construction industry is at the heart of any growing economy. It has also pledged that a key priority for the year ahead is to boost...
Council Calls Time on Pub's Road Sign; Couple Face Legal Action over Advert
Byline: Dave Black ACOUPLE have been threatened with legal action unless they remove a roadside sign which has helped visitors find their rural pub and guesthouse for the past eight years. Sandra and Mike Dickinson say they were "mortified" to...
Crowds Expected to Flock to Annual Flower Show
CROWDS will flock to the region's biggest flower show which gets under way today. The three-day Gateshead Summer Flower Show is a flora and fauna spectacular with thousands of flowers, prize fruit and vegetables on show. And the 22nd event will...
David Wells
Byline: David Wells Over the weekend you're being asked to re-think your plans, consider somewhere new, somewhere you don't blend in with the wallpaper. A new Moon offers you a fresh start and all you need to do is change your routine. Sometimes...
Dawn of a New Era for a Trade Going through One of Its Low Ebbs; Columnist
Byline: David Banks UNDISMAYED at the 'death by a thousand hacks' of Rupert Murdoch's favourite red-top (Rebekah Brooks, not the News of the World) my daughter has launched into journalism at the posh end. Naturally, I am enormously proud that...
Deaths
CHARLTON (Guidepost). Peacefully on 25th July 2011, aged 86 years, Gordon, beloved brother of Christina and Margaret and a dear uncle of Michael and the family. Gordon will be greatly missed by all family and friends. Would friends please meet for...
Drive for Fairer Dairy Prices Picks Up Speed
Byline: Karen Dent THE campaign to ensure fairer prices for dairy farmers is stepping up a gear. Following the reaction this week from the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) Committee of MPs into the European Commission's (EC) plans to help...
Family
ZOOKEEPER (1hr 41mins) Certificate: PG Starring: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson and voices of Nick Nolte, Sylvester Stallone, Cher, Adam Sandler. Director: Frank Coraci. Star rating: ??ODERN-DAY Dr Dolittle takes advice from the animals in his care to...
Famous Face for Festival; One of the World's Leading Chefs Is Heading to the North East for a Regional Food Festival. LIZ LAMB Finds out More
Byline: LIZ LAMB ENJOYING a lavish three-course meal created by a celebrity chef is usually only experienced by the rich and famous. But food lovers in the region are in for a treat with the news that Jean-Christophe Novelli is bringing his culinary...
Fear of 'Wind Farm Landcape' Is Heard; Inquiry Told Assessment Must Be Made
Byline: Paul Tully APROPOSED wind farm in mid-Northumberland would take the network of turbines in the area to "unacceptable" levels, a leading protester claimed yesterday. Martin Archbold of the Campaign for Responsible Energy Development in...
Feeding of the Masses Can Be a Hit-and-Miss Affair
Byline: BILL OLDFIELD I'VE been to Glastonbury for the last three years running. Not because I'm trying to stay young (that would surely be a vain effort) but because I love it. I go for the music. There are approaching 40 stages or places where...
Fewer Children Smoke or Drink; A New Report Shows That Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use among School Pupils Is Declining. but, as HELEN RAE Reports, There Is Still Much Work to Be Done
Byline: HELEN RAE AT a time when the innocence of childhood is increasingly considered lost at an ever younger age, the findings of an NHS report published yesterday may come as a surprise to many. It concluded that, contrary to the image often...
Free Car Parking Call Rejected by County Council; Long-Running Row Rumbles on after Motion Fails
Byline: Dave Black AFORMAL bid to scrap car parking charges across Northumberland has been rejected by councillors amid claims it would create traffic chaos in towns popular with tourists and visitors. A Labour Party motion to retain free parking...
From Buses to Brushes; Former Coach Depot Turned into Art Gallery
Byline: Joanne Butcher ONCE it bustled with drivers, mechanics and engine parts. But now this former bus depot has been transformed into a gallery and artists' studio. The Light House Arts Space, opening this weekend, has left behind grease and...
Fury as British Gas Owner Unveils Massive Profits
UTILITY giant Centrica came under fire from consumer groups yesterday after it unveiled pounds 1.3bn in half-year profits - including pounds 270m for its residential arm British Gas - just weeks after announcing a huge price hike. Centrica said...
Hamilton Is Keen to Join the 200 Club; MOTOR RACING
LEWIS Hamilton has every intention of emulating McLaren team-mate Jenson Button's milestone in Budapest this weekend. Button will become only the 11th driver in Formula One history to chalk up 200 grands prix when he competes in Sunday's race at...
How Twitter Is Emerging as a Force for Good; Opinion
Byline: Colin George TWITTER seems to have taken over the world in the last year. If it's not BBC and ITV flashing up hashtags so you can follow the discussion about their shows, it's spats between Z-list celebrities making the news, and people...
Jewel Finds Its Sparkle; Durham City Should Be the Jewel in the Crown of the North East - but Too Often It Has Been Beset by Political Squabbles and a Lack of Direction. despite Controversial Plans to Shut Its Tourist Information Centre Being Approved This Week, HANNAH DAVIES Says There Are Signs Things Are Changing for the Better
Byline: HANNAH DAVIES Bill Bryson famously called it a "perfect little city," in his 1995 travelogue Notes From a Small Island. "If you have never been to Durham, go there at once. Take my car. It's wonderful," he wrote. The American author was...
Juninho Back at Riverside; Brazilian Ace to Make Guest Appearance in Friendly
Byline: Steve Brown HE must make do without the honour of lining up alongside Joe Bennett, but Juninho is still about to live the "dream". As he does, Tony Mowbray hopes - with the imminent sale of Leroy Lita - he is nearing the end of Middlesbrough's...
Lowe Fails to Make a Splash
JEMMA Lowe cut a disconsolate figure after missing out on a World Championship medal in the 200m butterfly - but is adamant she will feel the opposite this time next year. Lowe had high hopes of claiming just Britain's second medal on day five at...
Marathon Effort to Help out Hospital; Devoted Father and TV Star Team Up for an Epic Fundraising Journey
Byline: Coreena Ford AN EPIC journey involving two days of cycling and five days of marathons is finally under way for a devoted dad raising vital cash for the hospital unit which saved his son's life. Ivan Hollingsworth and his close friend,...
Medic's Dishonesty Sees Him Struck off; Timesheet Con Saw NHS Lose out on Pounds 23,000
Byline: Dan Warburton ASHAMED medic who fiddled his timesheets to dupe the NHS out of more than pounds 23,000 has been banned from his profession. John Robert Cross double-charged his work to scam Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust out of thousands...
Mizen Makes Its Mark as the New Kid on Bamburgh's Block; TABLE FOR 2 LIZ LAMB the Mizen Head, Bamburgh, Northumberland
THERE is nothing like a short break away to ease the stress of the working week. Whenever I need to get away from it all, I head up to Bamburgh for a weekend of rejuvenation, where I spend my time walking on the beach and taking in the sea air....
National Express Is Set to Expand Its Bus Business
TRANSPORT operator National Express has said the tough economic climate was encouraging passengers to seek cheaper methods of travel as it laid out ambitions to grow its UK bus business. The group said it planned to add 120 new buses to its West...
Night to Forget for Cottagers; Fulham Suffer Euro Frustration
RNKSplit 0 Fulham 0 FULHAM endured a frustrating night in Croatia as they struggled to a goalless draw with RNK Split in their Europa League third qualifying round. After victories over Faroe Islands minnows NSI Runavik and Northern Ireland part-timers...
North Care Homes Probed by Police; Company Was at Centre of BBC Expos
Byline: Paul Tully TWO Northumberland care homes run by the company at the centre of a patient mistreatment scandal have been investigated by police and care trust chiefs, it was revealed last night. Chesterholme and Oaklands Care Homes, at Hexham,...
Ohuruogu Is Still in Running for Games; ATHLETICS
CHRISTINE Ohuruogu admits there has been a lot of "heartache and hassle" since winning Olympic gold in Beijing, and confirmed defending her title on home soil played a part in deciding to soldier on. Ohuruogu (pictured above) has been plagued by...
Performances Fall in Line with Predictions for NWL
NORTHUMBRIAN Water says trading for the last quarter has been in line with expectations, but expressed disappointment at missing its leakage target in the North for the last year. The Durham-based utility has reported that its operating costs for...
Production Up but Profit Falls at Ammunition Firm
Byline: John Hill THE conflict in Afghanistan and continuing troubles in the Middle East have seen ammunition production at BAE Systems factories in the North East more than double in the last few years. The company says it is pushing out increased...
Quickbites
Email your food and drink news to Katharine.Capocci@ncjmedia.co.uk ROLL OUT THE BARREL: TOP tunes, tasty treats and real ales a-plenty are promised at Battlesteads' first beer festival. Voted Great British Pub of the Year 2010 in the pub industry...
Rail Plan Opposed by Airport Chiefs; 'Few Benefits for Region' Bosses Claim
Byline: Adrian Pearson AIRPORT chiefs have launched a fierce attack on the Government's high-speed rail plans as questions mount over the benefits it will bring to the North East. Newcastle Airport has written to the Government warning that it...
Ray of Hope for N-Test Veterans; Thousands Have Suffered through Illness
Byline: Dan Warburton NUCLEAR test veterans have been offered a "ray of hope" after winning the right to sue the Ministry of Defence over atomic blasts in the 1950s. South Shields ex-serviceman John Taylor is among more than 1,000 veterans who...
Region Remembers Massacre Victims; Condolence Book to Open in Newcastle
Byline: Joanne Butcher ABOOK of Condolence for those affected by the terror attacks in Norway will be opened in the North East today. People can use it to send their tributes to those affected by the bomb attack in Oslo and the shootings on Utoya...
Retiring Inspector Is Proud of Legacy; Service Ends as Rural Community Is One of UK's Safest
Byline: Sophie Doughty APOLICE Inspector who helped transform a rural community into one of the UK's safest is hanging-up his handcuffs after 30 years on the job. Berwick Neighbourhood Inspector Peter Duguid is retiring after a career with Northumbria...
Rich Palette Benefits Winemakers; WINE HELEN SAVAGE
HIGH on a cliff above the mighty Douro, a small chapel is testament to the days when the transport of pipes of young port wine down river was such a hazardous task that it was only attempted by men who knew that their womenfolk were on their knees...
Rolls-Royce Orders on the Rise
ENGINE-MAKER Rolls-Royce has said its order book increased 6% to an all-time high after it clocked up nearly pounds 9bn worth of new business. The company, which has 400 staff in Newcastle and 300 at its Sunderland plant, had a total pounds 61.4bn...
Sara 'Devastated' as Hacking Revealed; Campaigner Told by Police She Was Target
Byline: Sam Marsden THE mother of the murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne was left "absolutely devastated" after being told by police that her phone may have been hacked by a private investigator used by the News of the World, a friend said last night....
Schools Are Ready to Be the Future of Education
AS another school year closes, a new one is only six weeks away. The completion of the second phase of Building Schools for the Future Newcastle welcomes new dawns to several sites across the city. St Mary's Comprehensive, Walker Technology College...
See through the Clouds to Clear Data Solutions
CLOUD has become a popular IT buzzword over recent years and with it has come much confusion as to what it actually is. To put it simply, cloud computing is where you store data on somebody else's computer server and access it by using the internet....
Singh in Tune as He Starts Impressively in Irish Open
INDIAN Jeev Milkha Singh outshone Ireland's four major stars with a dazzling eight-under-par 63 when the Irish Open began at Killarney yesterday. The 39-year-old son of a former Olympic sprinter known as 'The Flying Sikh' came out of the blocks with...
Stats Show Fewer School Expulsions
FEWER children are being expelled from North East schools according to the latest government figures. The Department for Education published new statistics yesterday which showed 230 pupils had been permanently excluded from the region's primaries...
Success for Chain Maker; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
WILLIAM Hackett Chains (WHC) was founded in England in 1892 and has been manufacturing chain products continuously ever since. William Hackett Chains' manufacturing base is in Cradley, West Midlands, where it manufactures a wide range of chain products...
Support Is at Hand for Entrepreneurs
ENTREPRENEURS searching for the right support to get their innovation off the ground can now access one of the most powerful resources in the field, thanks to a collaborative partnership by three leading players in the North East science and technology...
Thinking Ahead Can Keep Firms Connected
THE internet is running out of new "addresses" to allocate that are based on its current Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) and a fundamental technology shift is coming to every network around the world called Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6). ...
Transplant Unit Ready to Open Its Doors
A NEW pounds 30m institute of transplantation at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle has been completed with the help of one of the region's construction consultants. Newcastle-based consultancy and chartered quantity surveyors Rider Hunt acted as...
Under-Threat Sport Centres' Lifeline Hopes
Byline: Neil McKay ALEADING councillor has offered a ray of hope to three closure-threatened leisure centres. Durham County Coun Bob Young, Cabinet portfolio holder for Environment and Leisure, said there was still time for interested parties...
United's Summer of Sweat Only Just Starting; Intense Pre-Season Continues
Byline: Lee Ryder ALAN Pardew is delighted with the level of "intensity" being shown by his Newcastle United players in pre-season, with the Premier League's kick-off now just a fortnight away. Pardew hopes to add to his group soon and has predicted...
University Contract Creates 30 New Jobs
Byline: Christopher Knox GATESHEAD builder Koru Property Services has begun work on its latest university contract in Newcastle, which is expected to create up to 30 jobs in the wider contract supply chain. The firm has begun work to completely...
Walters Header Gives Stoke Hope
Stoke City ............................................ 1 Hajduk Split......................................... 0 JON Walters' early header means Stoke hold a narrow advantage against Hajduk Split after the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying...
We Built It - and They Came
Byline: Stewart Watkins IN THE film Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner's character, Ray Kinsella, hears a voice saying: "If you build it, he will come." Whose voice, we will never know, but the message is to build a baseball diamond slap bang in the...
WIN: A Family Pass to Belsay's Fashion Week
FORGET Gucci and Armani - this summer English Heritage will be taking the catwalk back through time as wardrobes of yesteryear are unleashed into modern life. Thanks to Culture Club and English Heritage, one lucky family will be able to sample the...
Worth Making a Date with Destiny
Byline: Saraband GREEN Destiny looks a blot on the handicap in the totesport Mile at Glorious Goodwood. Those who had backed him at Royal Ascot will have watched through one eye, however, as the William Haggas-trained four-yearold then hacked...
Year Looking Good for Building Society; Bottom-Line Figures Are Encouraging
Byline: Iain Laing THE Newcastle Building Society says it is on course for growth and job creation after seeing profits continue to rise as it recovers from the recession. The mutual is starting its financial year in a stronger state than in...