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 March 29, 2011

6,500 to 2,000; as Northern Rock Prepares to Cut Another 680 Posts, Full Scale of Job Losses since Nationalisation Emerges
Byline: Iain Laing NORTHERN Rock is to axe up to 680 jobs this year as the nationalised bank looks to cut costs ahead of a sale back into the private sector. The Newcastle-based company said the reduction of its 2,600-strong workforce would mean...
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Abbott Has an Eye on Wembley Affair
Byline: Stuart Rayner GREG Abbott is likely to pick his side to face Yeovil tonight with at least one eye on Wembley. Carlisle United take on the Glovers in League One, four days before the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final. Their manager has...
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Alison Clark-Jenkins
Regional director, Arts Council England, North East THE Journal Culture Awards have gone from strength to strength, and this year's awards are another visible indicator that the North East punches well above its weight in arts and culture. The nominations...
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All Up a Gum Tree, Whatever We Do
Byline: KEITH HANN DEAR auntie, I was driving past my favourite chip shop the other evening when I spotted the two brothers who run it having the most tremendous fight. Naturally, I did what anyone would have done in the circumstances. I pulled...
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Ashley Will Cough Up, Insists Pardew
Byline: Stuart Rayner ALAN Pardew is convinced Mike Ashley will make good his promise to reinvest the pounds 35m Newcastle United earned by selling Andy Carroll, and says he has the air miles to prove it. Spending the money wisely will be less...
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Back-to-Back Aim for Plato; Reigning Champion Confident of Retaining Crown
REIGNING British Touring Car champion Jason Plato has his sights set firmly on backto-back titles and is confident he can fight off the challenge of archrival Matt Neal when the 2011 season roars into action this weekend, writes SIMON ARMSTRONG. ...
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Bank Pledge to Cut Its Customer Complaints
Byline: Iain Laing LLOYDS Banking Group has pledged to cut customer complaints by a fifth as part of a drive to improve service laid out by its new boss. The part-nationalised bank was the most complained-about financial institution in the second...
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Bellamy Now a Slightly Diminished Figure
Byline: PAUL DIXON Paul Dixon has been following Newcastle United for more than 40 years, 17 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...
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Best Event Durham
IN 2010 Durham was once again bathed in the sound of brass during this popular summer festival. Elite performers from more than 20 countries gathered in venues in Durham City and the wider county, as well as locations in Sunderland and Darlington....
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Best Event Northumberland
THE lighting of Hadrian's Wall attracted more than 50,000 people to various points across its 84-mile expanse and exposed its glowing charms to an estimated global audience of 855 million. If you missed it, the one-time event involved the lighting...
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Best Event Sunderland
THIS impressive exhibition brought together an eclectic and fascinating selection of art, artists and artefacts. Highlights included scientific glass maker Alan Bennett''s Klein bottles; an exploration of the Mobius strip in three dimensions; Beryl...
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Best Event Teesside
THE long-awaited launch of Temenos, a giant artwork designed by world-renowned duo artist Anish Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond did nothing to disappoint. The pounds 2.7m artwork, which was built by Balfour Beatty, and drapes the skyline...
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Best Event Tyneside
AMERICAN artist Jenny Holzer has been text messaging since the days when phones came on the end of flexes and postmen still delivered letters penned in ink. Some of the pithy statements for which she has become celebrated were projected on to Tyneside...
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Blow for Eagles as Moore Is Out
Byline: Mark Douglas NEWCASTLE Eagles have been dealt a huge blow after star point guard Trey Moore was ruled out for the rest of the regular season with a broken metatarsal. Moore was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's win over Guildford...
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Brave Eve on a Long Road to Recovery; Walks to Bedside Raising Charity Cash
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth DOCTORS gave schoolgirl Eve Anderson just a 50/50 chance of survival when she was rushed into hospital with a mystery illness on Valentine's Day. The eight-year-old was suffering from a bleed on the brain and her family...
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Breast May Be Best for Baby's Brains; Research into Suckling and Development
Byline: Helen Rae MOTHERS who breastfeed for longer could be helping their babies develop bigger brains, new research suggests. The study by Durham University scientists of 128 mammal species, including humans, shows that brain growth in babies...
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Builder Clears Its Debt to Funder and Branches Out
ANORTH East builder is looking to add up to pounds 6m to its turnover and create jobs after clearing its debts and investing in a new repairs and maintenance division. Gateshead-based Koru Property Services was launched in 2002 by Tony Henderson,...
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Cafe Project Aims to Help Vulnerable into Work
Byline: Karen Dent ASOCIAL enterprise which provides home care is moving into catering, and plans to roll out its new service across the North East. Sunderland Home Care Associates (SHCA) has teamed up with enterprise agency SES and Sunderland...
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Capello Defends His Decision to Send Star Five Back to Clubs
Coach on the back foot over his changes FABIO Capello has defended his decision to send five key men back to their clubs ahead of England's sell-out friendly with Ghana at Wembley tonight, writes SIMON STONE. The Football Association confirmed on...
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Centurion Jonny Was in No Mood to Celebrate Landmark
NEWCASTLE Falcons' centurion Jonny Golding was in no mood to celebrate his 100th game for the club, as they now look to bounce back against Gloucester, writes MARK SMITH. The prop-forward packed down at Vicarage Road on Sunday to bring up three...
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Cobra Is Planning to Grow Its Sales
COBRA beer has announced its first ever annual profit and said it will nearly double marketing spend this year to grow sales. The group posted pre-tax profits of pounds 4.9m on sales of pounds 48m last year, which comes after a deal in 2009 that...
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Construction Industry Set to Beat Economic Gloom; North East Construction Stars Set to Shine and Beat the Gloom
CONSTRUCTION workloads in the North East fell during the last quarter of 2010 according to the latest RICS - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors - Construction Market Survey and there is little reason to think that this might change in the first...
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Corks Pop in Celebration of Victorian Geordie Star; A North East-Born Victorian "Superstar" Will Be Commemorated in Gateshead Today, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports
IF there had been anything approaching a cult of celebrity in the late 19th Century, the man who gloried in the nickname Champagne Charlie would have been at the very heart of it. His real name was George Leybourne and he was born in Gateshead in...
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Crisis-Hit Care Home Giants Withhold Rent
Byline: Karen Dent STRUGGLING care home giant Southern Cross is starting to "play hardball" with landlords over high rents that threaten to drag the company under. It is understood the Darlington-based business - the UK's biggest care home operator...
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Dancer Defies Odds to Win; Favourite King of Leon's Challenge Ends in Calamity
ONE or two betting tickets may have been retrieved from the floor after the unlikely success of Curragh Dancer in Plumpton's attheraces.com Exclusive Hugh Taylor Tipping Novices' Handicap Chase, writes TOM PEACOCK. As the field passed the stands...
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Dancing Slip Proves Julie's Lucky Break
A MARKETING executive had plenty of time to research the launch of her company after she tripped and snapped the Achilles tendon in her leg when celebrating an award. Julie Stout, from Peterlee, had just won a national marketing prize in London...
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David Wells
A little friendly interference is coming your way today but it's still interference? Relax Aries, sometimes your mates or work colleagues can actually get it right even if you're slightly embarrassed they had to get involved! A great day to get...
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Deaths
BAIRD (Ashington). Formerly of Longhorsley. Died peacefully in Nursing Home on Friday 25th March, after a recurring illness, Grace (nee Cockburn), much loved wife of the late Jack Baird and good friend to many, close friend of Esther and Frank. Friends...
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Demons Return to Hinder Laverty's Title Hopes
Byline: Zoe Burn EUGENE Laverty's World Superbike Championship campaign took a nosedive at the weekend as his Donington Park demons returned. Just days after the Yamaha World Superbike Team rider revealed to The Journal that he hoped to end his...
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Experienced Firm Dealing in Recycling and Waste
ALEX Smiles Ltd provides recycling and waste management services to construction companies and clients across the region. Established for more than 30 years, the business is passionate about the regeneration of the North East, the customer base...
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Explosive Decision Could Hit Vital Work; Bomb Disposal Experts May Be Axed at North East Beach
Byline: Brian Daniel AIR force chiefs are considering axing a Northumberland base which performs a vital safety task, it has been claimed. The Royal Air Force is said to be looking at the closure of its facility at Goswick Sands, near Berwick,...
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Fixtures Moved to Avoid Cup Final Clash
THE FA Cup final has avoided a direct clash with the penultimate round of Premier League fixtures after they were all moved yesterday to accommodate the Wembley showpiece. The cup final, which traditionally takes place at the end of the top-flight...
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Foreign Deals Are Coup for Energy Sector; North East Is at Forefront of Renewable Energy
Byline: Tony Henderson FOREIGN investment in the North East's renewable energy expertise has been hailed as a coup for the region. Minister for Energy and Climate Change Chris Huhne yesterday formally opened Durham Energy Institute (DEI), which...
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Funding Helps to Maintain 'Green Lungs' of Town
A VOLUNTEER group which was set up to maintain a 100-year-old park as a former Northumberland pit town's "green lungs" has been successful with its first funding application. The Friends of Hirst Park in Ashington have used the grant from the Woodland...
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Gordon's Campaign May Now Be Over
SUNDERLAND goalkeeper Craig Gordon admits his season may be over as he battles a knee injury, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The injury-plagued Gordon was an unused substitute for Scotland's friendly defeat against Brazil and having missed out at the Emirates,...
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Gove Reveals Bursary Plan to Replace Axed EMA
A pounds 180M bursary scheme to help the poorest teenagers will replace the Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) which was controversially scrapped, Michael Gove announced last night. The initiative will be made up of two parts - a guaranteed payment...
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Green Efforts Win National Acclaim; Climate Crew Help at School and at Home
Byline: Andrew Glover THE floods that hit Northumberland in 2008 left a lasting impression on the staff and students at one Morpeth school. Pupils at Newminster Middle School have embraced environmental projects ever since and recently gained...
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Health Centre Design Is Rated as 'Outstanding'
ANEW primary care development currently being constructed by Willmott Dixon at Houghton-le-Spring for Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust has raised the bar in sustainable design for healthcare buildings by achieving BREEAM "Outstanding" standard...
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'I Didn't Need Asking Twice'
"RIGHT, jump in... " came the shout. With the chance to experience the power of a Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) around Silverstone, I didn't need asking twice. Strapped into the passenger seat of the Toyota Avensis prototype (pictured below),...
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Impetus Gathers in Push for New Zone; Leaders Will Decide Where to Plump For
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE benefits of the Government's flagship growth plans will come just as the region sees its last round of business help dry up, The Journal can reveal. A new Enterprise Zone planned for the North East was announced in...
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Laird Turns Sights on Masters History; GOLF
WITH a second win in America now under his belt, Martin Laird is turning his thoughts to trying to do something achieved just once since 1935. Fuzzy Zoeller is the only player to have lifted the Masters title on his debut in all those years, but...
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Laying Strong Foundations to Win Business
CERTIFICATION is changing the way people select a construction partner and is increasingly viewed as the essential foundation for winning sustainable and profitable business. According to Richard O'Neill, operations director at Newcastle-based Ocean...
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Litter Isn't a Little Problem; Firms Sign Up to Campaign Aimed at Cleaning Up Streets
Byline: Tony Henderson BAKERS Greggs is one of the most frequent brands littering the country's streets, according to a survey out today. In a top 10 of most-littered brands, compiled by Keep Britain Tidy, the Newcastle firm came third behind McDonald's...
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'Low Turnout Will Lead to Questions' Campaigners Are Worried at Apathy to Referendum
Byline: William Green TURNOUT for May's referendum on the voting system could fall to as low as 20% in parts of the North East, it has been claimed. Campaigners fighting any change to the Westminster voting system say that could leave a "question"...
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Lucky Six Start Work Placement with Morrison
SIX students from East Durham College's new Technical Academy started on their work placement with repairs and maintenance service providers Morrison, in Peterlee, earlier this week. The students, who are all aged 17 to 19 and on the final year...
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March Reflects the Strength of Workers
THE TUC demonstration on Saturday reflects the enormous strength and latent power of the working class as around 250,000 marched through the streets of London in protest at the swingeing cuts carried out by the millionaires and their wealthy backers...
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Medical Technology Firm Wins New Supply Contract
Byline: Christopher Knox AMEDICAL diagnostics supply company that helps reduce the risk of patients rejecting donated organs, expects to increase its turnover after securing another supply contract with the National Blood Service. Gateshead-based...
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Meet the People Who Keep Our Skies Safe; underneath a Bungalow in Rural Northumberland Lies the Nerve Centre of the UK's Operation to Protect Its Air Space from Attack. MIKE KELLY Found out Some of Its Secrets
IT'S a proud boast - and not one you hear often enough - that in these days of huge Government cost cutting an organisation is just too good at its job to suffer the axe. This, thankfully, seems to be the case at RAF Boulmer. The sprawling site,...
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Men Held after Father Killed in Hit and Run; 54-Year-Old Was Walking Home from the Pub
Byline: Kerry Wood TWO men are being questioned by police on suspicion of causing the death of a father-of-two in a hit-and-run incident. David Moore was walking across Wood Lane in Ferryhill, County Durham, when a black Audi A3 ploughed into...
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Minister Says Region Can Still Set the Pace Offshore
ENERGY Secretary Chris Huhne has told the region the Government can grow the offshore sector despite cuts to regeneration budgets. Mr Huhne was in Tyneside to see preparation work on the site of what will eventually be Newcastle's Science Central...
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Misery for New Irish Skipper Is at an End
STEPHEN Kelly will shake off the misery of more than four months without competitive football when he leads the Republic of Ireland out against World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay tonight. The 27-year-old Fulham defender last kicked a ball in anger...
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Mush Mir Has Four-Timer in Sight
MUSH Mir can clock up a fourtimer in the Membership of Southwell Golf Club Handicap at the Nottinghamshire venue. La Estrella is seeking a fifth win on the bounce, while Exemplary is another dual winner, but preference is for Jim Boyle's charge....
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Music Conference at the Sage
LEADING figures in music and other art forms will address a conference in April at The Sage Gateshead. It has been organised by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), the professional body for musicians in the UK. The title of the conference,...
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Nephew Who Abused Trust Sent to Prison; Thief Stole Pounds 72,000 from 81-Year-Old Aunt
Byline: Rob Kennedy AMAN who was trusted to look after the estate of his ailing aunt has been jailed after he instead plundered her life savings for himself. Graeme Hunt was given power of attorney over 81-year-old Audrey Peverley's affairs when...
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On Course to Consolidate Our Finances
Byline: SARAH GREEN NOW we've had a few days to reflect on last week's Budget, it is clear that the Chancellor has stuck to the fiscal course set out in the Emergency Budget and the Spending Review, to consolidate the public finances over the course...
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Open Day for Theft Victims to Reclaim Possessions
VICTIMS of crime in part of Northumberland were invited to view a haul of stolen property yesterday in a bid to be reunited with their lost possessions. More than 100 separate items - which were all seized during police raids on the homes of suspected...
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Outliving the Effects of Big Society
Byline: NEIL WARWICK WHAT do the following have in common: a pet-sitter, a driving instructor, a fire juggler, a poet, an organiser of paranormal tours and a bespoke coffin maker? They are all clients of Financial Inclusion Newcastle (FIN) an organisation...
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Pearce's Fringe Side Exposed Iceland Come from Behind to Serve Up a Surprise; England U21s 1 Iceland U21s 2
A DEPLETED England Under-21 side were beaten by Iceland in Preston last night as part of their build-up to June's European Championships. Stuart Pearce's side were looking for another confidence boost after thrashing Denmark 4-0 last Thursday and...
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Performance of the Year; This Award Is to Recognise a Group or Company Who Have Been Seen or Heard in 2010 and Have Produced a Performance Which Has Moved or Inspired Its Audience. Nominations from All Manner of Performance Disciplines Were Considered
FINALIST: Apples @ Northern Stage and Middlesbrough Empire BASED on the debut novel by Middlesbrough-born Richard Milward, Apples was an onstage-telling of an adolescent love story involving pills and poppers, underage sex, extreme violence, joy and...
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Quakers Need Wins to Stay in the Hunt; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
WHOLESALE changes will be resisted in the wake of Darlington's first defeat in 13 games, but Mark Cooper has warned his players that a second in 14 will terminate their already outside hopes of reaching the Blue Square Bet Premier play-offs, writes...
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Reaching Finals Is the Pinnacle
JONNY Evans believes qualifying for the European Championship finals with Northern Ireland would rank as a bigger achievement than winning the Champions League with Manchester United. Evans experiences differing expectations ahead of matches for...
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Renewable Energy Firm Taps into Talent of Unemployed
RENEWABLE energy firm Opus Green is hoping to tap into the talents of skilled workers by teaching them the ins and outs of their own industry. The Boldon company, which was set up by Chris Cassells and Gavin Richardson in October, is working with...
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Scottish League Third Division
BERWICK Rangers boss Jimmy Crease has set a minimum target of four points ahead of this week's crunch double-header against Stranraer, writes MATT LESLIE. The Borderers are three points away from the final play-off spot, which is currently occupied...
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Shaw: It's Been a Good Season for Me; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
THE goals of February may have dried up for now, but Jon Shaw insists he has been delighted by his first season at Gateshead, writes STEVE BROWN. The former Sheffield Wednesday striker joined the Tynesiders last summer, and after a slow start while...
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Sian's Murder Has Left Us Raw - Father; Angry Scenes as Suspect in Court Hearing
Byline: David Wilcock THE devastated father of Sian O'Callaghan described her as "bright, bubbly, caring and friendly", hours after angry scenes erupted as the man accused of her murder appeared in court. Fighting back tears, Mick O'Callaghan...
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Sri Lanka Back at Square One; CRICKET
SRI Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara insists his side will not be affected by complacency as they head into a home World Cup semi-final buoyed by a 10-wicket hammering of England. Openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan required no help to...
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Striker Hopes to Fire Side to Safety
Byline: Mark Douglas VILLA Park veteran Peter Lovenkrands is desperate to fire Newcastle United clear of the relegation zone - as he predicts the most frantic scramble for safety in the Premier League era. The Dane played an hour on the fateful...
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Students Get Ready for Calvert Final; with MARK SMITH
THE biggest game of the North East student rugby calendar takes place tomorrow night at Gateshead International Stadium, as Newcastle and Northumbria Universities do battle in the Stan Calvert Cup. More than 3,000 fans are expected to attend a match...
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Supermarket Giant to Pay Record Price for Milk
Byline: Karen Dent DAIRY farmers supplying Tesco through a dedicated group are to be paid a record price for their milk. The 800 members of the supermarket's Sustainable Dairy Group will receive 29.78p per litre (ppl) from April 1, the highest...
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Swamp Fever Scare Sparks Prosecution; Claim Horses Did Not Have Documentation
Byline: Dave Black AHORSE dealer at the centre of a scare over a rare and incurable disease is being prosecuted by animal health watchdogs for allegedly breaching European import laws. Businessman John Hedley Graham, 33, is accused of failing...
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Thornton Rides His 1000th Winner in Towcester Triumph
ROBERT Thornton rode his 1,000th career winner, and his 50th of the season, when steering Araldur home in the Free Bets At gg.com Novices' Hurdle at Towcester, writes KEITH HAMER. The 32-year-old joins an elite club of jockeys, including Tony McCoy,...
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Villagers Hope for a Special Delivery; National Award in Sight after Saving Shop
Byline: Paul Tully CRUSADING villagers who saved their local shop with a united front are off to the House of Lords - with their sights on national glory. Two years after facing closure, Humshaugh Village Shop in west Northumberland is a thriving...
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'We Could Make This Work for Us, and It Could Be Just the Boost We Need' Newcastle East MP Nick Brown Says Tyneside Must Get Behind the Idea of an Enterprise Zone
GEORGE Osborne's Budget continues his policy of deficit reduction and seeking to stimulate private sector growth in the economy. As part of his growth strategy, he has resurrected from the 1980s the idea of Enterprise Zones. The case against...
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We'll Stick to the Task in Libya - PM; Rebels Are Making Good Progress
Byline: Andrew Woodcock PRIME Minister David Cameron promised that Britain will "stick to our task" in Libya, as he revealed that RAF pilots have already notched up more than 120 sorties and 250 flying hours as part of international military action...
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We'll Wed at Same Time as Royalty; Couple Sharing Their Big Day with William and Kate
Byline: Laura Emmerson SHARING a wedding day with royalty is no common occurrence, but one Wearside couple will be doing just that. Sharon Johnson, 35, and Andrew Beauwell, 29, are tying the knot on April 29 - the same day as Prince William and...
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Winner: People's Theatre
The century-long history of the People's Theatre has inspired a couple of books packed with anecdotes which were undoubtedly just a few of those at the disposal of the authors, Norman Veitch in 1950 and Chris Goulding in 1991. We learn from both...
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X Factor Recreated in the Flesh
The X Factor Live at Metro Radio Arena THE now infamous voice of Peter Dickson, The X Factor''s voiceover man, boomed "It''s time to face the music" before Cher Lloyd kick-started the show with an energetic rendition of Missy Elliot''s Get Your Freak...
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Yes, It's Going to Be Tough but Let's Be Proud of Ourselves
WITH Arts Council England's announcement about future funding plans due tomorrow morning, many of those who attended the fifth annual Journal Culture Awards will have had other things on their mind over the last few days and weeks. Brian Aitken,...
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