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 30, 2006

Academy in Sharp Exit from League
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Gateshead Thunder chairman Bill Midgley has pulled the club's new Academy side out of the Rugby League Academy league on the eve of the new season. The Thunder Academy was relaunched this year and had joined the RFL-run...
A Minority of One on Needs of Our Elderly
The Government's guarded reaction to today's ground-breaking report into the future of social care for older people is deeply worrying. Sir Derek Wanless's report was welcomed by every organisation that works with the elderly and therefore knows...
A Part of the Community
Byline: By Paul Woolston Led by senior partner, Paul Woolston, Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP is the largest professional services firm in Newcastle. It has a long history in the city and now the office in Sandyford Road employs over 300 partners...
A Room with a View
Byline: By Clare Jobson Whatever your view, make the most of your windows, says Clare Jobson. The view you have from your window may or may not be fantastic. Perhaps you have the good fortune to look out over rolling fields of green or a wonderful...
As Bombs Rain Down, Come Life and Hope
War brings schoolmaster's wife Evelyn deep sadness, but her children shine a light in her dark world In part two of Evelyn Macro's Second World War diary, we follow the schoolmaster's wife as she struggles to run a house of Newcastle Royal Grammar...
BAA Expects Passenger Numbers to Keep on Soaring
Baa has put investors on standby for record passenger numbers as it plots continued growth through to 2008. The company ( an pounds 8.75bn bid target for Spanish firm Ferrovial ( said 133.2 million passengers passed through its seven UK airports...
Barratt Builds Its Affordable Niche
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Housebuilder Barratt produced a "good set of results in a tough market" yesterday as it posted a 4% rise in profits. The Newcastle company, which has 17 developments under way in the North-East, said in its results for...
Beautiful Bespoke
Byline: By Karen Wilson An unusual piece of furniture, hand-crafted to your own design and tailored to your individual needs is the ultimate luxury item. Karen Wilson goes on the hunt for bespoke furniture. It is often said that you should buy...
Be Careful, You Need to Find a Quality Professional
Legally, anyone can call him or herself an accountant without any formal training, qualifications or experience. When hiring an expert for any job, clients want to know they are buying expertise based on quality, honesty and efficiency. It is...
Blue-Eyed Northerner
The average North-East youngster has blue eyes, blonde hair and pale skin, according to the results of an experiment to compile a genetic profile of the region. More than 2,600 children took part in the North-East Gene Pool ( a mass participation...
Charvis: Time to Reward the Fans
Byline: By Paul Gilder Star back for quarter-final Colin Charvis will return to action tomorrow determined to lead Newcastle into the semi-finals of the European Challenge Cup after admitting the Falcons owe their fans a positive performance...
Chip Shots
Cathy takes a tumble Cathy Bowerbank, a former chairman of the English Ladies' Golf Association from the Dinsdale Spa club in Darlington, is out of next month's English Seniors Championship at Sunningdale. She has a plaster cast on her arm covering...
Colleague Criticises Union Secretary
Byline: By Julia Kennard A trade union chief facing claims that he bullied an employee out of her job came under fire from a senior colleague at a tribunal yesterday. Jane Brown, 41, of Stuart Court, Consett, County Durham, a former political...
Continuing Training Reassures Public
Byline: By Keith Proudfoot Chartered accountants are committed to maintaining the highest professional standards and this is underpinned by the ICAEW's continuing professional development (CPD) policy. Based on the strong ethical training chartered...
`Corporate Market Is Easy Prey'
Research, conducted by business advisory firm Deloitte, into the debt market has revealed that many listed companies are under-leveraged and have not seized the opportunity created by cheap debt to increase gearing, fund transaction activity or plug...
Councillor under Fire over Assembly Issue
I write in response to the master of double-speak, Chris Foote Wood, who appeared before the parliamentary committee overseeing the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and called for the North-East Assembly to be given greater powers over North-East...
Descent into Sheer Despair
Byline: By Hannah Davies Revolutionary drama Cathy Come Home was first screened 40 years ago. Hannah Davies takes a look at its impact on TV drama ( and at how homelessness is viewed in Britain today. A vivid scene of a hysterical woman screaming...
DIY Factory Fights Back from Edge of Disaster
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby A manufacturer has clawed its way back from the brink of collapse and is poised to break even this year after overseas competition threatened the jobs of its 110 staff. Just two years ago, Northumberland company H-A Interiors...
Don't Buy a Putter until You Have Had the Chance to Throw It (and Other Useful Tips)
Byline: By Tim Taylor Our thanks to the deputy editor of The Journal, Graham Pratt, for passing on what can best be described as the golfingballs collection. None of these will find a place in the Tiger Woods guide to positive thinking, but we...
Drought Buster
As hosepipe bans threaten other parts of the country, Hannah Stephenson reveals which plants can be hung out to dry. Millions of householders are likely to be hit with hosepipe bans this summer, due to the lower rainfall. As the Royal Horticultural...
Early Return after Injury for Bramble
Byline: By Paul Gilder Titus Bramble could make an unexpected return to Premiership action this weekend after it emerged that the Newcastle defender is scheduled to resume training this morning. And that will come as a major boost to Glenn Roeder...
Events Diary
Byline: By Bill Graham By karen wilson Journal User A comprehensive programme of professional courses and networking events is organised throughout the year for chartered accountants in the region. For further details of these and other forthcoming...
Fergie's Facing a Ruud Awakening
Byline: By Simon Stone Ruud van Nistelrooy marked his Manchester United recall in the best manner possible by netting the only goal to settle an otherwise drab encounter. It was the Dutchman's 149th Red Devils strike, his 23rd of the season,...
Fever Shock to United System
Byline: By Paul Gilder As he resigned himself to the fact Scott Parker's season is almost certainly over, Glenn Roeder revealed last night that the midfielder is believed to have been playing with glandular fever for more than a month. Newcastle's...
Figures Who Broke the Stone Ahead of Moore
Byline: By David Whetstone They scandalised people a century ago but a new exhibition by Sir Jacob Epstein and Dora Gordine is full of thrills, as David Whetstone reports. Challenged to name a famous sculptor, most people would once have said...
Flight Takes It out of Shattered Stars
Byline: By Paul Gilder Newcastle's Commonwealth Games contingent might have returned to Tyneside, but Eagles fans might have to wait to see Fabulous Flournoy, Andrew Bridge and Andrew Sullivan back in action. Sullivan will play no part in tonight's...
Focus for Darling of Lens
Byline: By Jane Hall As Twiggy Lawson stars as her 19-year-old self in a poignant new radio drama today, Jane Hall speaks to the original supermodel. "Do you know it's my 40th anniversary this year? I was discovered in February '66 ( and I'm...
Football Shorts
Liverpool's master plan Liverpool have for the first time raised the prospect of a complete takeover of the club as they continue to pursue financial backing to build a pounds 170m new stadium. Although chief executive Rick Parry insists a club...
Fury as PC Tax Relief Scrapped
Byline: By Howard Walker North businesses have reacted furiously to the Chancellor's scrapping of the Home Computing Initiative (HCI). While unmentioned in Gordon Brown's speech, the Treasury is withdrawing the scheme, which gave employees low-cost,...
Get in the Money with a Punt on Euro American
Byline: Doug Moscrop (Underhand). It's a long way to take a horse on its own from North Yorkshire to Chepstow, but Northallerton trainer Edwin Tuer has good reason for making the journey with Euro American today. Despite having to shoulder a...
Government Appears to Back Ombudsman Call
The Government last night appeared to have backed calls for a fully independent armed forces ombudsman ( in a bid to prevent a repeat of the Deepcut controversy. As Nicholas Blake warned ministers he would call for a public inquiry if they failed...
How Did a Man from Gosforth Quell a Hindu Uprising in Greece?
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths A race-relations leader from Newcastle has been honoured with a United Nations Award for helping resolve an unusual religious dispute ( in Greece. Davender Ghai, of Gosforth, jetted into Athens to act as a mediator...
I Don't Regret My Switch ( Hoyte
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Justin Hoyte insists he has no regrets about joining Sunderland on loan this season ( despite it costing him trips to the Bernabeu and the Stadio Delle Alpi. Instead the 21-year-old will be hoping for a place in the 16...
Injury Blow to Johnston Form Horse
Byline: By Doug Moscrop One of Mark Johnston's Classic hopefuls has been ruled out through injury and won't be seen until the second half of the season. Black Charmer was found to be lame and it transpired that he had fractured a cannon bone...
Injury Problems Plaguing Elliott
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Troubled striker sent for scans Stephen Elliott's injury problems are continuing to confound Sunderland's medical staff. Earlier in the season the influential striker was diagnosed to have been suffering from a stress...
It All Adds Up to Wise Choice of Career
The Nigel Wright finance team is in a good position to comment on the current employment market. The team has six chartered accountants with extensive recruitment experience, and who have spent time working for firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers...
It's Still a Battle for Our Students
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield League tables for tests taken by 14-year-olds show children in the North-East struggling to keep up with pupils elsewhere, despite an improvement in results. The Key Stage Three figures published today show small increases...
I Will Do All I Can to Save the Life of My Son
Byline: By Hilary Clixby A businessman whose son was jailed for a series of thefts to fuel his drug addiction told a court the 23-year-old had thrown away his privileged start in life. Kevin Donaldson said his son Terry was "a blight on the community"...
Members at Heart of Region's Economy
Having spent my entire business career in the North East, I am well aware of the leading role chartered accountants play in the regional economy. The Northern Society's 3,000-plus members are at the very heart of business, whether as finance directors...
More Children Are Getting MMR Jabs
Byline: By Liz Hands Uptake of the controversial MMR vaccine in the North-East is at the highest level for four years, according to figures released yesterday. Latest statistics from the Health Protection Agency show that between October and...
`My Son Did Not Commit Suicide. He Was Murdered and I Want to Know Why He Was Murdered'
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Political Editor The parents of a North-East soldier who died at the controversial Deepcut Army barracks renewed their calls for a public inquiry yesterday, insisting their 17-year-old son was murdered and did not commit suicide....
NRG Is about People ( That Is, Your People
Nrg is an innovative people business whose core activities are in recruitment and HR services. It has business centres throughout the North East, Scotland, and Yorkshire, as well as serviced offices in London and national capability through NRG...
Nursery Time
The arrival of a new baby is a major milestone. Whether you like it or not your life will never be the same again ( nor will your home. We take a look at some of the best solutions for creating a perfect nursery. While equipment and toys will spread...
Peace of Mind
Northumbrian Water Property Solutions is the North-East's leading provider of conveyancing searches supplying the region's leading law firms with a comprehensive range of services to complement the conveyancing process. The cost of Northumbrian...
Peter Jackson
Byline: By Peter Jackson We are an uncomplaining nation, which makes us easier to get on with, but also means we tend to suffer from truly appalling levels of service. However, there are signs that this may be changing and I point to myself as...
Pietersen Takes Blame for Defeat
Kevin Pietersen yesterday shouldered the blame for England's horrific collapse which swept them to defeat in the opening match of the one-day series with India. England were cruising towards their target of 204 in Delhi when Pietersen hoisted a...
Quality Street Alex over the Rainbow
Eleven-year-old Alex Johnston from Chester-le-Street, visiting Sharpley Springs/Water Complex, was amazed to reel in a fine hard fighting 9lb 8oz rainbow on a rod he bought at a Pound Shop. The top rod of the week was Joe Forster from Birtley who...
Radical Overhaul of Elderly Care Urged
Byline: By Jane Kirby Report calls for end to means testing A radical overhaul of social care for the elderly was proposed today in a report that also criticised a "failing" system. Sir Derek Wanless called for long-term investment in care...
Rail Users Fear Rush Hour Price Increase
Byline: By Guy Basnett We will not subsidise cheap travel, peak time passengers warn Commuters in the North-East last night warned the Government against plans to relax rail-fare rules ( amid fears it could bring massive hikes to rush-hour travellers....
Reserves Ease to Victory Thanks to Smith Double
Byline: By Neville Pilkington Sunderland eased to a comfortable win against Bolton at Durham City's ground last night. Although a Kevin Smith double formed the basis of a routine victory for a strong Sunderland team, it was fellow striker Daryl...
Rumours of Quinn Buy Reach Fever Pitch
Speculation linking former Sunderland striker Niall Quinn with a bid for the club continued yesterday after another report claiming a move was imminent. Sunderland chairman Bob Murray confirmed last week that he would listen to offers for his 56.8%...
Sainsbury's Recovery Plan Pays off Already
Byline: By Iain Laing The recovery of supermarket chain Sainsbury's has exceeded expectations by reporting its fifth quarter of sales growth in a row. The retailer, buoyed by the success of its Try Something New campaign, weighed in with a like-for-like...
Silliness Goes on for Gretna
Byline: By Paul Gilder They have enjoyed an implausibly good season but there could still be one more remarkable twist in Gretna's fantastical campaign after it emerged that Rowan Alexander's side could be just one more win away from securing European...
Someone Has Toni's Death on Conscience
Byline: By Neil Mckay Friends saw teenager killed by train Twenty-one youngsters watched in horror as a train hit a teenage girl, an inquest was told yesterday. Sgt Nigel Ashworth, of British Transport Police, told the hearing at Chester-le-Street...
Sport Shorts
Parnaby on target again Golf: Ian Parnaby followed his footballing brother on to centre stage yesterday when he shot a three-under 69 to lie joint third alongside Teesside's Vince Guest on the first day of stage one qualifying for the PGA EuroPro...
Spurs Trail in Mido Chase
Byline: By Adrian Curtis Mido's agent has revealed Tottenham have been overtaken by other clubs in the race to sign the striker from Roma. Monaco-based Mino Raiola confirmed that top clubs had moved in front of Spurs and he expressed his surprise...
Stancl to Give Circuit Training
Byline: By Andrew Dalby Newcastle hope former Sheffield rider George Stancl will lead them to a better show around their least favourite venue tonight when they visit the Tigers in the Premier Trophy. Sheffield's very fast Owlerton track is so...
Tech Notes
Two years ago BT boss Ben Verwaayen came to the North-East to trumpet the progress being made in the national roll-out of broadband. There was no better place to do so than in the parliamentary constituency of Sedgefield, particularly when the one-man...
There's Still Time to Act before A-Day
Much has been written about the pension changes that take place on A-day, April 6. David Hicks, senior manager with Deloitte's private client practice in Newcastle says: "For many, the new regime will represent the simplification that the Government...
This Is Golden Shot ( McClaren
Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren has ordered his players not to pass up their golden opportunity to make an impact in Europe. The Teessiders arrived in Switzerland for tonight's Uefa Cup quarter-final, first leg clash with Basle knowing the path...
Tragedy While on Guard Duty
Geoff Gray was born in Sunderland on January 28, 1984. On September 17, 2001, the 17-year-old recruit was found dead with two bullet wounds to his head. As Nicholas Blake concluded in his report yesterday, Geoff's death was "perplexing". The...
Turnover Is Nice, but Profit Is Crucial
Byline: By Garry Elliott Garry Elliott discusses how basic measures used to help struggling businesses can also help good businesses make more profit. It feels great to tell people how much your business has grown in turnover terms. But turnover...
Vipers Hit with Double Trouble
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Newcastle Vipers' play-off hopes have suffered a double blow with the news that Cory Morgan will not play in the Elite League finals weekend and Jan Krajicek could also be forced to watch from the sidelines in Nottingham....
Wanted: Pounds 40m of City Centre Flats
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Aproperty management company said yesterday it plans to buy pounds 40m worth of Newcastle flats this year to turn into `virtual hotels'. VH48, a joint venture between Summertime Properties and investor Stuart Atkinson,...
Weeks to Wait for Fate of Warehouse
Byline: By Guy Basnett A multi-million-pound plan to convert an old warehouse into luxury flats may now not go ahead after the building was gutted by fire, developers admitted last night. Engineers have been assessing the damage to the Grade...
Whole Farm Approach Web System Launched
Byline: By Anna Lognonne Farmers can cut down on paperwork and red tape thanks to a new web-based farm management system launched by Defra yesterday. The Whole Farm Approach, Defra's new web-based system, has been designed to save England's farmers...
Willy Poole
Byline: By Willy Poole I don't think that I want to live to be 100, but that is what the locals threaten me with. It seems that the Vienne, where we are parked, has the highest percentage of centenarians in France. It must be something to...
Yesterday's Football
Gateshead won the crucial bottom-of-the table UniBond League Premier Division game with an only goal from Kas Okiki at Bradford Park Avenue but in Division One Bishop Auckland suffered yet another defeat losing 2-0 to Goole Town at Shildon. Bedlington...
You Can Tread in Stars' Footsteps
This Saturday brings the first month of the Slaley Hall Challenge ( a competition eagerly anticipated by club golfers in The Journal circulation area. Each month between April and September two golfers from each club ( one from the men's section...