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 28, 2010

24-Hour Superstore Gets the Go-Ahead; Councillors Overrule Officer's Recommendation
Byline: Neil McKay A GIANT 24-hour superstore on a former steelworks site was given the go-ahead by councillors yesterday. Durham county councillors overruled the recommendation of their planning officer Fiona Clarke and voted by 12 to one to...
Alleged Paedophile Denies All Charges; Defendant's Children Murdered
Byline: Jon Smith AN ALLEGED paedophile whose wife is accused of murdering their two children in a Spanish hotel has denied a string of sex offences. Martin Smith, 45, pleaded not guilty to three charges of rape, three of attempting to rape, four...
BP Needs to Go Green - and Mean It
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN THE Greenpeace activists who managed to shut down several London BP fuel stations yesterday hit the nail on the head with their timely reminder of the firm's pledge to move "beyond petroleum". It is nearly a decade since...
Bruce Expects Big Things of Jordan; Bruce Expects Big Things of Young Jordan
STEVE Bruce is confident Sunderland have got an outstanding talent on their hands as he predicted Jordon Henderson will have an even better second season than his first, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Henderson played 40 firstteam games last season, a remarkable...
Business Diary
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Business Support Is Carrying on as Normal
WHILE speculation continues about the future of business support in the UK, the chief executive of Business & Enterprise North East (BE-NE) has said that it's "very much business as usual". Alastair MacColl, chief executive of BE-NE - the independent...
Campbell Will Agree a One-Year Magpies Deal; Sol Will Sign a One-Year Deal
Byline: Mark Douglas SOL Campbell will be unveiled as Newcastle United's third summer signing this morning on a one-year deal. The highly-decorated former England international has been persuaded to sign for United over Arsenal by the promise...
Cats Lose but Trip Has Been Worthwhile; Boss Is Learning about His Squad
Byline: Luke Edwards Benfica 2 Sunderland 0 The Black Cats brought an end to their stay in Portugal with a 2-0 defeat to Benfica last night, but what has Steve Bruce really learnt out in the sunshine on the Algarve? Well, he learnt Sunderland are...
Changes in Store for Renowned Record Shop
Byline: Karen Dent ANEWCASTLE music shop is keeping it all in the family with its first change of management and a new location after 20 years on the same spot. Rob Byron has handed over the reins at one of the region's best known secondhand...
Chavez Opens Doors for Stone; THE Gulf between North and South America Is Food for Oliver Stone as SHEREEN LOW Discovers
Byline: SHEREEN LOW EVER since tackling subjects such as the Vietnam war and the assassination of President Kennedy, filmmaker Oliver Stone has courted controversy. And his latest documentary film South Of The Border is once more causing contention...
Collingwood: We Can Take Pakistan
Byline: David Clough PAUL Collingwood is convinced he and his fellow England batsmen can overcome any problems Pakistan's impressive attack may pose. Pakistan levelled their two-match Test series against Australia with a threewicket win at Headingley...
Corus Hopes for Result from Indian Trade Trip
WORKERS at the mothballed Teesside Cast Products (TCP) site in Redcar are hoping for positive news from the Chancellor's meeting with top officials from the plant's parent company Tata in India. George Osborne was meeting with Tata chairman Ratan...
Council Accused of 'Spin' over Tragedy; MP Lambasts Department after Report
Byline: Danielle Dwyer ACHILDREN'S services department was accused of trying to "spin its way out of it" after admitting a catalogue of "missed opportunities" to save a seven-year-old girl who starved to death. Khyra Ishaq died in May 2008 following...
Coyle Is Delighted by Alonso's Capture
BOLTON boss Owen Coyle believes he has pulled off a coup to land teenage left-back Marcos Alonso from Real Madrid. Alonso has signed a three-year deal at the Reebok Stadium after turning down the chance to join Portuguese giants Benfica. Coyle...
Dad's Tribute to Son Found Dead with Pal; Mystery around Pair's Apparent Suicide Pact
Byline: Rob Pattinson THE circumstances of why two young men died remained unexplained last night as a father paid tribute to the "loving" and "wonderful" son he lost. Christopher Harrington, 20, was found dead next to the body of a 19-year-old...
Deaths
CROZIER (Blyth). In hospital on July 23rd, aged 71 years, Joseph Brown (Joe), beloved brother of Victor and a loving dad of Gary, Stephen and families. Friends please meet for service and cremation at Cowpen Crematorium on Friday July 30th at 3.00pm....
England as Good as Any Side in World
Byline: MATT WRIGHT PAUL Collingwood insists England now have a squad to rival any nation in world cricket as he gets set to lock horns with Pakistan this week at Trent Bridge, writes MATT WRIGHT. The 34-year-old has enjoyed a golden 12 months...
Ensure You Know Where You Stand in Terms of Easements
Byline: RICHARD FREEMAN WALLACE WHETHER you know it or not the chances are that the property that you live in or work from benefits from easements and may also be subject to easements. What are these easements? Easements are frequently called "rights...
Exhibition of Jean Cooke Ra Paintings
Byline: Tamzin Lewis THE artist Jean Cooke Ra partly attributed her career to two childhood memories. One was watching her mother mix together paints for walls. The other was hiding beneath her father's shop counter and by listening to a customer's...
Extending into Overseas Markets
Byline: John Hill HAIR X-Tensions co-founder Darren Williams has said that his firm may be on the verge of an international deal with a leading US retail brand. The real and synthetic hair retailer, which is based in County Durham, is in talks...
Finally a Golden Moment for UK - and for Farah
MO Farah last night became the first British man to win the European 10,000 metre title as he led home a brilliant one-two in Barcelona's Olympic Stadium. Farah produced a display of supreme confidence, bordering on arrogance, as he took gold in...
Firm Secures a Brighter Future
ASECURITY firm on Teesside is developing its business with the help of a number of apprentices employed through one of the region's largest apprenticeship providers. Middlesbrough-based Bayley Security currently employs three past and three present...
FSA Fines Former Rock Finance Chief Pounds 320,000
Byline: Kim Carmichael AFORMER Northern Rock finance chief has been handed a six-figure fine for his part in the manipulation of mortgage arrears figures. David Jones has become the third high-ranking employee of the Newcastle-based bank to be...
Giving and Taking in the June Budget
Byline: CRAIG SWINHOE THERE was good news for entrepreneurs in the emergency budget on June 22, with the increase from pounds 2m to pounds 5m in the lifetime limit for Entrepreneurs' Relief. However, when the detailed Finance Bill was subsequently...
Grown-Ups Need Some Lessons in 'Excuse Me'
CONTRARY to popular belief, I'm not fond of whingeing. But it has come to my attention that grown-ups do really take the (reduced salt and sugar) biscuit. I don't think a day has passed in the almost three years since I arrived when the importance...
Hard Work Pays off for Three New Directors
BUSINESS advisory firm Deloitte has appointed three new directors at its office in Newcastle. David Taylor, Tom Vallance and Jane Taylor have spent several years working at Deloitte's North East office. All three have now been promoted to director...
Hefty Price on a Border; Judge Laments Fall-Out over Wall
Byline: Laura Caroe ATOP judge has bemoaned a boundary dispute over a babbling brook which has cost two families in the North East thousands of pounds. It was definitely a case of troubled waters when Gillian Hodgson came to be in dispute with...
Hood: Pell Can Help Thunder Improve; RUGBY LEAGUE
Byline: Nick Purewal GATESHEAD Thunder have chosen Richard Pell as their new head coach, ahead of former favourite Andrew Henderson. Thunder rugby director Chris Hood yesterday completed the deal that will bring Castleford Tigers Academy boss...
How GM Could Help Region; A DECISION by the European Commission That Individual Member States Can Make Up Their Own Minds about Whether They Want to Grow Genetically Modified May Benefit the North East's Scientific Community, as KAREN DENT Reports
Byline: KAREN DENT FIELDS of GM crops may not be growing in the North East but research and development behind some of the science looking at ways to feed the increasing global population is flourishing here. Newcastle University has a reputation...
Illustrious Life of a Popular Public Figure; Prince Charles Is Saddened by News of Death
Byline: Brian Daniel ONE of the region's best-known public figures has died at the age of 76. Sir John Riddell, the 13th Baronet of Riddell, was Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland for nine years and private secretary to the Prince and Princess...
It's the Place to Be a Retailer; ALNWICK'S Recent Rise to Prominence as a Tourist Destination Is a Boost to the Town's Retailers, Says MIKE BIRKETT, of BNP Paribas Real Estate
Byline: MIKE BIRKETT JUDGING by the tail-back of traffic heading off the A1 into Alnwick via the Alnwick Gardens junction, visitor numbers must be on a steep, rising, curve Clearly delays are not a daily occurrence but sight of significant traffic...
It Will Be Bad or Good - Not Average
Byline: ANDREW MILLER FOR the first time since the global economy started its recovery last spring, the world is split - more or less evenly. On the one hand are those who fear that the high-water mark of the pick-up is behind us, and that things...
I Was 'Demonised' Says Ousted BP Boss; Successor in Pledge to Get Firm on Track
Byline: Russell Lynch OUTGOING BP chief executive Tony Hayward last night claimed he had been "demonised and vilified" over the Gulf of Mexico disaster. He spoke as his successor pledged to put the oil and gas giant "on the road to recovery"...
Kieswetter Proves the Key to Somerset Victory; FRIENDS PROVIDENT T20 QUARTER-FINALS
CRAIG Kieswetter produced a timely return to form as Somerset crushed Northamptonshire by seven wickets at Taunton to reach the Friends Provident t20 Finals Day. The England one-day wicketkeeper hit 33 off 28 balls, with a six and four fours to...
Lawyers' Spadework Put to Use in the Community
ATEAM of lawyers from Ward Hadaway swapped statutes for secateurs when they took up a charity challenge on Tyneside. The nine-strong group joined staff from some of the region's other well-known businesses to help transform a former landfill site...
Let's Champion Our Business Successes
ARRIVA headed the Journal Top 200 list of the biggest companies in the North East by turnover for the second year running. The list published this month is always closely watched as it gives an authorative overview of health of region's private sector....
Magpies among Ben Arfa Suitors
Byline: Mark Douglas MARSEILLE sporting director Jose Anigo reckons a move to Newcastle United may suit wantaway midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa. Despite a string of denials by United boss Chris Hughton, Anigo has confirmed that Newcastle are "one...
National Park Hit Hard by Cash Cuts; More Than Pounds 1m Slashed from Budget
Byline: Adrian Pearson CONSERVATIONISTS warned they will need to completely re-address how they look after Northumberland National Park as the Government prepares to slash 30% from their budget. More than pounds 1m will be wiped off funding for...
Network Rail Changes Brand to Keep Lettings on Right Track
Byline: Peter McCusker MAJOR property owner Network Rail has dumped its Spacia branding as it looks to re-launch its lettings portfolio. The owners of one of the largest commercial property estates in Newcastle, with more than 140 properties...
North Parks Seeing Yet More Greenery; Rise in Number of Venues Awarded the Green Flag
Byline: Tom Mullen MORE North East parks than ever before have been handed the Green Flag award, the national standard for parks and green spaces. A total of 38 parks in the region have won the awards from the Keep Britain Tidy group, four more...
North's Boost for Diamonds
Byline: LAWRENCE HEPPELL NEWCASTLE Diamonds welcome back reserve Dakota North from injury in time for tonight's all important Premier Trophy Final second leg at Perry Barr, the home of the Birmingham Brummies. The Tyneside outfit are sitting...
Porter Is Winner of Conest at Fontburn
Byline: GEORGE MACINTYRE STEVE Porter won the annual Northumberland Blind Association fishing competition at Fontburn Reservoir with eight for 20lb 2oz ahead of second-placed Brian Smith, who landed six for 17lb 14oz. Thomas Fraser, aged seven...
Property Expenses Should Be First Target for Cost-Cutting
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK THE threat of a double dip recession gets stronger every day as the country comes to terms with the swingeing public sector cuts on top of a still-struggling economy. Figures from Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors...
Provident's Shares Hit by Fears over Cuts
Byline: Iain Laing SUB-PRIME lender Provident Financial saw shares come under pressure yesterday after warning the Government's spending cuts could impact its market. The firm said the potential for soaring job losses from the UK austerity drive...
Public Ignorance over the Farming of Our Food
Byline: Karen Dent MORE evidence has emerged about the general public's lack of understanding about how food is reared. Figures from a YouGov poll carried out for Freedom Food, the RSPCA's farm assurance and food labelling scheme, showed an across-the-board...
Record Results Show Investors Still in Market
Byline: Peter McCusker THE corporate finance team at a Newcastle-based accountants has recorded its best half-year results since the department was launched 10 years ago. Since the beginning of 2010, Tait Walker has advised a number of North...
Roy: Torres Is Keen to Stay at Anfield; but Javier Wants to Leave
FOR Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson news that striker Fernando Torres is looking forward to another season with the Reds far outweighs the unsurprising announcement by midfielder Javier Mascherano that he wants to leave. Mascherano returned to training...
Scientific Research That Could Stop Pigs Being Sow Sad
PIGS can feel optimistic and pessimistic according to how they are being treated, scientists in the North East will reveal today. Experts from Newcastle University's School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development found pigs were just as likely...
Scouting for Talent with My New Badge; Millionaire Puts Up Cash to Help Entrepreneurs
Byline: Paul Tully AMULTI-MILLIONAIRE businessman from the North East is to repay the debt he owes to the boy scouts - and his own mother - after creating his own badge. Richard Harpin, who is chief executive of the domestic insurance company...
Search for Stars of the North Business World
Byline: Iain Laing THE search is on to find the stars of the North East business world in our prestigious North East Business Executive of the Year Awards 2010. The winner of the Tyneside and Northumberland Business Executive of the Year 2009 title...
Shakespeare Love-In at the Bar; THE Air Might Turn Blue at the Church Green This Week as TAMZIN LEWIS Reveals
Byline: TAMZIN LEWIS NOT so long ago there were four pubs in Jesmond and you wouldn't dream of getting your legs out to spend an evening on Osborne Road. Continental drinking was most definitely a ferry trip away. Now there are a gazillian trendy...
Shake-Up at the Berwick Bandits
SPEEDWAY returns to Shielfield Park this Saturday with the A & J Scottsponsored Bandits hoping to provide supporters with a big win over the visiting Rye House Rockets. But the team will have to manage without Dave Peet, who has been the club's...
Shanakill Lords It in a Glorious Victory
LORD Shanakill made his Group One form count in the Betfair Cup at Glorious Goodwood yesterday. Last year's Prix Jean Prat winner has spent most of his career with the currently disqualified Karl Burke but after a brief stint in America, he joined...
Soldier Is Getting All of the Attention; Rebel Wins at Goodwood
Byline: MARTIN KELLY JEREMY Noseda used the Betfair Gordon Stakes as a launch pad for Sixties Icon's Ladbrokes St Leger success and again captured the Goodwood Group Three yesterday - but his latest winner Rebel Soldier looks unlikely to take in...
Stakes Are High, but Cliffs Can Hit Heights
Byline: Saraband CANFORD Cliffs can gallop one step nearer towards greatness by winning the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood today. Last year's runaway Coventry Stakes winner has fulfilled juvenile promise and more recently, recording nonchalant wins...
THE END for North Film? the UK Film Council Is Being Abolished. DAVID WHETSTONE Looks at What the Implications Might Be for Film and Other Media-Related Projects in the North East
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE THERE are films that tie up all the loose ends before the closing credits roll, sending people away happy. Then there are those that leave cinema audiences wondering. If the abolition of the UK Film Council, announced this...
The Impact of Scrapping the Strategies
Byline: TIM WHEELER THE planning community has reacted to the scrapping of regional strategies (such as the North East Plan 2008) with a mixture of dismay and rejoicing. In fact, at the present time regional strategies (RS) still exist in legislative...
The Right Advice Means Sink or Swim
Byline: GRAHAM ROBB THIS is my 20th year in business and given the declared policy of the Government that we need more new businesses, I have been reflecting on the journey I've taken. Two weeks ago official figures showed that even during this...
Tributes to Teacher Who Died Aged 28; Family Speak of Much-Loved Son and Brother
Byline: Adam Jupp TRIBUTES have flooded in for a talented teacher found dead at home. Andrew McNally, 28, grew up in Kenton, Newcastle, before moving to the North West to pursue his teaching career. His body was found by a colleague inside his...
Turbines Grow Tall; New Breed of Windmill Set for Lynemouth
Byline: Dave Black LAND close to a former coal handling complex on the Northumberland coastline is set to become the United Kingdom's first demonstration site for a super-efficient breed of wind turbines. Permission for three turbines at the...
Uni's Pounds 55m Investment
Byline: Peter McCusker DURHAM University has committed itself to a pounds 55m investment in its estate over the next three years with the first stage set to get under way in the next few weeks. These are the first pictures of the landmark pounds...
Utilise Existing Technology to Gain Productivity and Balance Sheet Benefits; IT
Byline: DAVID MCPHERSON IT'S easy to forget how we managed without a mobile phone or a laptop to do our daily job. It is widely recognised that technology has provided efficiency savings and general productivity improvements throughout the modern...
Working from Home Fund Boosts Job Creation
Byline: Peter McCusker FIVE companies are to create 260 North East jobs after being encouraged to invest in a new scheme which allows employees to work from home. Launched in November 2009, One North East's ground-breaking pounds 1.1m project,...