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 November 17, 2010

Another 1800 Rok Jobs to Go
Byline: Christopher Knox NATIONAL builder Rok has announced that it is to make an additional 1,800 redundancies across the UK, although it remained unclear last night as to how many North East jobs would be affected. The announcement was made...
Asda Brands Trigger Rise
Byline: Peter McCusker THE chief executive of Asda said initiatives such as price-matching and the revamp of the supermarket's upmarket Extra Special range helped trigger a return to sales growth in its third quarter. Andy Clarke, a former Asda...
Attitudes towards Death Investigated; Survey Should Improve End of Life Care
Byline: Alastair Craig DYING wishes of people in the North East have been revealed in the UK's first-ever regional survey on passing away. The three-month study - carried out by NHS North East - was designed to improve end of life care and support...
Brown Leaves Hartlepool Feeling Good after Replay Success
Vauxhall Motors .................................... 0 Hartlepool United.................................. 1 HARTLEPOOL United drove a path into the second round of the FA Cup, as they stepped up a gear in the second half to see off Vauxhall Motors...
Bruce Must Take Credit for Helping Jordan's Rise, but Now Has to Keep Him; Jordan Henderson Is Rapidly Becoming One of the Most Sought after Players in the Premier League but Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Argues That He Would Be Much Better off Staying at Sunderland
are millions of pounds at stake and a huge profit to make. Money does not just talk in football, it shouts and it screams until it gets its own way. There is not a footballer in England who is being talked about as much this week as Jordan Henderson....
Budget Cuts Will Hit Our National Parks; Spending Review Will See 30% of Budget Axed with More to Follow
Byline: Tony Henderson NATIONAL parks such as Northumberland are likely to be hit with multiple budget cuts because few people in Government understand how they operate, a new study claims. The vital work of the parks is being ignored because...
Business Diary
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Capello Joins the Carroll Fan Club; Italian's Quiet Word with Star: Capello Joins the Carroll Fan Club
Byline: Luke Edwards FABIO Capello has predicted Andy Carroll will be the future of the England team as long as he manages to get to grips with the fame and attention he attracts on Tyneside. Capello admits he was concerned to hear about Carroll's...
Celebrate Innovators
INNOVATION in business is vital to the success of the North East in these demanding times. Every company, regardless of size, location or sector, needs to come up with bright ideas to differentiate itself from the competition and hold on to customers....
Chance for Best to Regain Sharpness
Newcastle Reserves........................... Manchester City Reserves ................. A HEADER from substitute Matthew Grieve was enough to give Newcastle United's reserves victory over Manchester City in a scrappy game at Darsley Park, writes...
Chinese Monetary Policy Hits Mining Stocks
Byline: Brewin Dolphin THE FTSE 100 Index fell by 2.38%, closing down 138.5 points at 5681.9. Mining companies came under pressure due to investor concerns that China, the world's largest consumer of metals, would look to tighten its monetary...
Claim More Female Judges Would Help Legal System
MORE female judges are needed to improve decision-making in legal cases, researchers from the North East say. Academics from Durham University have carried out a study which suggests legal judgements could end in different outcomes if more senior feminist...
Complete Leisure Is Aiming to Top League
Byline: Peter McCusker MULTI-MILLIONAIRE businesswoman Alison Morgan has teamed up with former Newcastle United and Sunderland footballer Paul Bracewell in a bid to become the UK's largest football centre operator.The first move by their new venture...
Craving Sleep and Thinking of Power; JOURNAL BLOGGERS
THE Journal's blog central collection of online writers continues to go from strength to strength Our new Family Journal platform is up and running and Laura Fraine has started a blog on family matters to tie in. Her first post: "Sleepless in Newcastle"...
Cunningham to Be New Kilbane
REPUBLIC of Ireland coach Giovanni Trapattoni has challenged teenager Greg Cunningham to prove he can be the long-term successor to Kevin Kilbane. The 19-year-old Manchester City fullback, currently on loan at Leicester, will win his third cap in...
David Wells
We can all get hot under the collar and sometimes that can be frustrating and at other times it can be the very thing that gets us moving. Which is it to be Aries? Motivation comes in many disguises, use it today. You're not going to be drawn into...
Deaths
BRADSHAW (Pegswood). Peacefully after a long illness bravely borne with great dignity and humour on 14th November, aged 66 years, Geoffrey Leonard (Geoff), beloved husband, friend and soulmate of Liz, a much loved dad of Paul and Sarah, father in law...
Dressing Up Brings Library to Life; Journal Helps the Fairytale Come True for Young and Avid Bookworms
Byline: Katie Davies THESE young bookworms dressed up as their favourite literary characters to unveil their new library facilities. Pupils from Linton First School, near Morpeth, Northumberland, were able to give their library the makeover it needed...
England Have Only Come for the Ashes, Says Gooch; Cricket
GRAHAM Gooch last night spelled out the rallying mantra England hope will help them win the Ashes in Australia for the first time in almost a quarter-of-a-century. Test series success down under is a feat which has previously eluded former England...
Expanding Stores Given the Go-Ahead; Supermarket Plans Backed by Councillors
Byline: Vicky Robson PLANS to build two new supermarkets in neighbouring Northumberland towns were given the go ahead by councillors last night. The multi-million pound investment will see bigger outlets replacing existing stores in Blyth and...
Expansion Hope to Attract Major Firm
Byline: Peter McCusker PLANNING permission has been granted for a new warehouse building on Teesside with developers hoping to secure a major logistics company as tenant. Approval has been secured for 400,000sq ft of land on Fleck Way at Teesside...
Fear at New Meat Hygiene Charges
Byline: Peter McCusker MORE than pounds 21m in charges for meat hygiene services could be passed onto livestock producers after the Food Standards Agency launched a consultation to reduce its costs. The meat controls are a legal requirement and...
Firefighters Warn Cash Cuts Will Put Lives at Risk; Up to 170 Staff Are Facing the Axe
Byline: Andy Hughes MASSIVE staffing cuts at the Tyne and Wear Fire Service will put lives at risk, it was last night warned. Up to 170 staff including around 50 firefighters will lose their jobs after the Government announced funding for the...
First Rung on Career Ladder; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
ANORTHUMBERLAND law practice is investing in its future with the appointment of an apprentice. Rachel Berridge, 17, of Cramlington, will join Major Family Law as an administration assistant after being matched with the practice by Newcastle College's...
Flournoy Happy to Strut Stuff for Charity; BASKETBALL
IT was suits for hoops last night as Newcastle Eagles boss Fab Flournoy strutted his stuff on the catwalk for charity, writes MATT LESLIE. The player-coach took time out from basketball to give something back to the community, joining a host of...
Foundation Future Is in Jeopardy; Government 'Washing Their Hands' of Issue
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE Government has been accused of washing its hands of the region's leading charity as the future of the Northern Rock Foundation comes under scrutiny. Charity chiefs are in talks with the bank to see how much money, if any,...
Future Is Bright for England's Black Cats; FUTURE BRIGHT FOR ENGLISH BLACK CATS
MICHAEL Turner believes there could be a group of Sunderland players in the England squad ahead of the European Championships in 2012 as he looks to force his way into Fabio Capello's plans, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Turner was in Capello's provisional...
Gags Galore on a Christmas Night out at Comedy Club
IF you're looking for a Christmas night out with a difference, the Grinning Idiot Comedy Club is offering a laugh-soaked alternative to tiring pub crawls and soggy festive canapes. And the club's December schedule is peppered with purveyors of comedy...
Gang's All Here for Scouts' Latest Gig
TYNEMOUTH Scouts are adding the finishing touches this week to their annual Gang Show, which promises the usual fast-flowing mix of show songs and comedy sketches. This year's production - which opens at the Playhouse Whitley Bay next Tuesday -...
Generosity Helps Hospices Fund Crucial Care Services
GENEROUS clients have raised hundreds of pounds for charity by getting their affairs in order. North East solicitors BHP Law have again backed a wills scheme which raises funds for local hospices. For the fifth year the practice agreed to draw up...
Gilded Age Could Be Golden Choice
Byline: Saraband GILDED Age plied his trade at the very highest level in juvenile hurdles last season and can make a winning debut over fences in the Highflyer Bloodstock Four Years Old Novices' Chase at Warwick. The son of Cape Cross was good...
Hanro Close to Pounds 15m Contract for Superstore
Byline: Peter McCusker NEWCASTLE property group Hanro is close to completing a pounds 15m deal to build a new 100,000sq ft superstore as it continues to perform consistently in a difficult market. The Journal understands the deal between Hanro...
Improving Our Region's Roads Policy
Byline: MARTYN PELLEW TOMORROW the North East Economic Forum meets to discuss the impact that transport policy has upon our economy. The Secretary of State for Transport, Phillip Hammond and I will join other guest speakers to discuss the various...
Incredible Emma Wins at Double
ZARRAFAKT and Penny Max maintained the incredible form of the Emma Lavelle stable with Folkestone wins. Lavelle's record was improved to nine winners from 13 runners and the Andover trainer will have few more impressive ones than Zarrafakt, who took...
Jobs on Way as Innovative Technology Is Launched
Byline: John Hill LIFE sciences company Reinnervate plans to recruit 30 staff by June next year as it launches a breakthrough technology for cell culture work. Reinnervate moved into Sedgefield's NETPark over the summer, and will launch its new...
Law Firms Remain under Pressure, Report Finds
Byline: Peter McCusker MOST UK law firms have seen a decline in fee income in the last year driven by downward pressure on pricing coupled with a general contraction in the international legal market, according to a new report. The PricewaterhouseCoopers'...
Leadership Must Come to the Fore
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK IN LAST Friday's Journal, Paul Callaghan, chairman of One North East, accurately pointed out that the decision to abolish was "more about the politics of the South East than the economics of the North East". The Government...
Letter of the Law Is Harsh on Steele
Germany Under-21s ............................. 2 England Under-21s ............................... 0 STUART Pearce questioned the game's rulemakers after seeing Middlesbrough's Jason Steele sent off on his England Under-21 debut in last night's 2-0...
Long Wait Just Too Much for Hudson
Byline: Mark Smith NEWCASTLE Falcons skipper James Hudson is itching for match action, as he awaits the green light for Sunday's home date with Gloucester. The 28-year-old is back in full training after missing the last two months with a hamstring...
Move by Opsol Results in Growth
SINCE moving to new and larger premises, Cramlington-based electronics manufacturing company Opsol UK has seen the company grow and take on more staff to cope with increased production. Opsol moved in May to a 14,000 sq ft unit, investing over pounds...
New Radar Means More Wind Farms; Technology at Airport Allays Safety Worries
Byline: Rob Pattinson AIRPORT bosses will today unveil a new policy making way for more wind farms in the region. Newcastle International Airport is set to announce it has invested in new technology which will allow for growth in the number of...
New Relationship Suggested to Improve Planning System
Byline: KEVIN SANDERSON HOW can we improve the planning system? Well, a recent report from the National Planning Forum (NPF) has some ideas. The report outlined proposals to improve the way the planning and building control services are implemented...
New Scotland Yards Ahead; Youngsters Take Chance to Shine against Faroes
Scotland 3 Faroe Islands 0 CRAIG Levein's makeshift Scotland side cruised to an easy victory over the Faroe Islands in their friendly international at Pittodrie. Danny Wilson's debut goal after 24 minutes took the pressure off before Kris Commons...
North East Bucks Property Trend
Byline: Karen Dent THE North East has bucked the national commercial property investment trend with transaction values rising in the third quarter as volumes fell elsewhere in the UK, new research reveals. While activity slowed in Q3 across the...
North Firms Must Look to the Future
Byline: HUGH FELL THERE are many positive opportunities on the horizon for North East business, but, in order to achieve success, the region must break the habit of looking back. There's a danger the region is getting itself into a dangerous...
Now Showing
SKYLINE (15) Jarrod (Eric Balfour) and his girlfriend Elaine (Scottie Thompson) fly to Los Angeles to celebrate the birthday of Jarrod's best friend, Terry. They stay in Terry's plush penthouse suite, which he shares with materialistic girlfriend Candice....
Objections Made to Bid for Public Right of Way
A BID to have a path beside a Northumberland castle registered is facing opposition from two homeowners. Bamburgh Parish Council's proposal to have a path beneath the castle declared a public right of way is being opposed by two families who own cottages...
Outstanding Lock Wishes He Was Younger
TOM Palmer admitted he is so excited by England's future that he sat at the team dinner after Saturday's 35-18 victory over Australia wishing he was five years younger. The Stade Francais lock, 31, had just turned in the performance of his life as...
Park Starting to Take Shape; Olympic Inspectors Start London Visit
Byline: Helen William INTERNATIONAL Olympic inspectors today begin their regular check-up of preparations for the London 2012 Games. Updates may include plans for test events which are to set begin next year, the ticket pricing scheme announced...
Part Closure Doesn't Affect Staff Numbers
Byline: Peter McCusker POPULAR North East baker's Tindale & Stanton says the closure of its Gateshead bakery should help boost its bottom line as it toughs it out in a difficult market. Figures released by the firm for the year ending May...
People on the Move
EMMA CONVILLE and RICHARD HENDERSON have joined a global network of 55 graduates recruited across the company this year and will work with DTZ's corporate real estate consultancy and agency teams on a range of projects throughout the North East and...
Prince 'Didn't Want Mum to Miss Out' Couple Tell of Delight at Engagement
Byline: Michael Black PRINCE William revealed last night that he proposed using the engagement ring of his mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, to make sure she "didn't miss out on the excitement". William and his long-term girlfriend, Kate Middleton,...
Proud of Past but Dismissing Healthy Future
TYNESIDE-BORN filmmaker Martin Durkin has been criticised before for making "misleading" documentaries, so we should hardly be surprised that his latest effort offered a somewhat distorted view of the North East. For those who missed Britain's Trillion...
Region Has Lowest Average House Prices; ... and Values Are Continuing to Decline
Byline: Kim Carmichael THE NORTH East has the UK's lowest average house price, with the figure continuing to fall, new research has shown. Nationally, house prices fell by 0.8% during September as the property market slowed down, according to...
Research Puts Paid to Guilt of Many Parents
IWAS relieved this week, as I was browsing the family sections of different news papers and press releases, to see the headline "Single children are happier than those with siblings". Now I am not definite whether Otis will have a brother or sister...
Results on Rise despite Forecast
Byline: ANDREW MILLER MOST companies have now reported their earnings for the third quarter of 2010. Once, again, it appears that analysts' forecasts were too pessimistic. Barring any catastrophic announcements from the few companies yet to release...
Review into World Cup Bid Released; Public to Hear Findings of Report Today
Byline: Alastair Craig WORLD Cup bid chiefs in the North East are today expecting to hear the verdict of a critical FIFA report into England's campaign to stage the stellar football tournament. The official technical review into proposals to...
Rio Free to Point out the Pitfalls; Skipper Believes His Progress Was Stunted by Silly Mistakes
Byline: John Curtis RIO Ferdinand hopes England newcomer Andy Carroll will learn from his mistakes after the defender admitted shortcomings off the pitch slowed his own rise to the top of the footballing tree. The Newcastle United striker has...
Royal Relief as Couple Are Able to Let Secret out at Last
Q: Where did you propose, when, how and Kate, what did you say? William: It was about three weeks ago on holiday in Kenya. William: We had a little private time away together with some friends and I just decided that it was the right time really....
Rural Business Proving Fruitful
CHOCOLATE Grape provides web development and design services to small and medium-sized businesses across the North East and is focusing on local companies in Northumberland. "We are a small rural business and understanding value for money is critical...
Seahorses Suffer a Shocking Cup Loss; NON-LEAGUE
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT WHITLEY Bay crashed out of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup when STL Northern League Second Division leaders Newton Aycliffe romped to a 4-1 win at Hillheads last night. The Seahorses, riding high in the top flight, were...
Seniors Hosts Slaley Make It Four in a Row
Byline: Tim Taylor BOOMING attendances have played a part in Slaley Hall staging the De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship for the fourth season in a row in June next year. PGA chief executive Sandy Jones said yesterday: "Slaley Hall have...
Shortlist of the Top Leaders Is Unveiled
THE unveiling of the region's most inspirational business leader is at hand and today we can unveil the shortlist for those in the running for the title of North East Business Executive of the Year 2010. Now in their 27th year, these prestigious...
Singer Reveals a Life in the Spotlight; ONE of Britain's Best-Loved Singers Will Be Recalled in a Concert on Sunday. DAVID WHETSTONE Talks to Diana Moore about Kathleen Ferrier's North East Links
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE WHEN Dr John Hutchinson died in 1969, aged 93, one North East newspaper headlined its obituary: "The man who discovered a great star...". Tyneside's "grand old man of music", as he is described in that same article, was...
Small the Way to Go for Bigger Catches
SMALL traditional flies are producing the best catches at Derwent Reservoir while maggot and worm are attracting fish for the bait rods. The fish are quite well out so a cast of 20 or 30 yards is required to locate the feeding trout. The best areas...
Specialist Shop Making Write Moves for Future
Byline: Christopher Knox SPECIALIST retailer The Pen Shop says it is set to have one of its most successful Christmases - before opening new stores in 2011 - after investing heavily in its marketing and introducing a new range of upmarket products....
Taylor Wimpey to Build on Positive Profit Expectations
TAYLOR Wimpey offered some rare cheer from the housebuilding sector by revealing it expected full-year profits at the upper end of expectations. The group said trading had been stable against a backdrop of economic uncertainty, with UK sales over...
Terry Given the Space to Recover
FABIO Capello has backed John Terry's decision to stop playing until he has recovered from a nerve problem in his right leg. Terry is fearful he could be sidelined for months by the injury, that has prevented him joining up with Capello's squad...
The Classic Touch to a Perfect Day
AUSTIN Middlemiss has a passion for classic cars that goes beyond a weekend hobby. That passion also means new careers for his son Mark and his best friend Ian when they leave the Army. Northumberland Wedding Cars is already a success, providing beautifully-restored...
Top Shows Boost ITV Ad Revenues
Byline: Peter McCusker ITV said the television advertising market continued to "recover strongly" after it reported a 16% year-on-year rise in ad revenues for the quarter to September 30. The broadcaster's performance in the period was helped...
Track Down This Pervert; Hunt for Man Who Assaulted Female Train Passenger
Byline: Kim Carmichael AWOMAN was sexually assaulted during a train journey to Durham. The 21-year-old was travelling on the Manchester to Newcastle service when she was assaulted by another passenger. The man, who boarded the train at York,...
Tragic Death of a Much-Loved Girl; Bethany Was One of First in Region to Have Medicine Pump Fitted
Byline: Joanne Butcher AMIRACLE machine which transformed a seriously ill girl's life eventually led to her death, an inquest heard yesterday. Bethany Ruff was one of the first in the North East to be fitted with a life-changing Baclofen pump to...
University Shortlisted for Prestigious National Award; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
TEESSIDE University is in the running for a prestigious national award for its entrepreneurial approach to learning, research and working with business. The university has worked hard to create an environment that encourages innovative thinking,...
Villagers Soured by Mining 'Sweetener' Opencast Firm Gives Holiday Park Pledge
Byline: Alastair Craig OPENCAST developers bidding to mine land on the Northumberland-Cumbria border have pledged to set up a holiday park and equestrian centre after completing the dig. But local villagers have dismissed the plan as "a sweetener"...
Vipers Expect New Player Will Deliver
Byline: Matt Leslie BLAME it on the postman is Newcastle Vipers coach Danny Stewart's line after the much-delayed signing of Canadian ace Mike Prpich was finally completed. The forward was actually signed a month ago but was unable to link up...
Vital Road Upgrade on Forum Schedule; Junctions Are Top Priority, Says Chamber
Byline: Adrian Pearson BUSINESS leaders are to lobby the Transport Secretary for vital road improvements when he visits the region tomorrow. Philip Hammond will be attending the North East Economic Forum's transport seminar in North Tyneside where...
Watson Burton Offers the Best of Health; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
WATSON Burton's health care team ensures clients receive targeted, effective advice across a spectrum of services. General practice doctors, care home operators, NHS Trusts, dentists and primary care trusts all benefit from Watson Burton's expertise...
Who Wins the Vote of Kings? Henry VIII versus Richard III; Wolsey versus Katharine. CHRISTINE CHAPMAN Puts This Week's Spotlight on Characters from History
Which Shakespeare character will you vote to be cast in bronze and given pride of place at the Theatre Royal? This week, in the competition run by the theatre and The Journal, we look at the claims of two monarchs, Henry VIII and Richard III, who are...
Your Chance to Join the Revolution; AS Part of Our Great North Revolution Campaign, the Journal Has Teamed Up with Newcastle University Business School and the CBI to Offer One Reader a Full Scholarship for a Two-Year Executive MBA Worth Pounds 17,500
MUCH has been written in recent months about the future of the UK economy, and there's no doubt that serious challenges lie ahead. The North East's fate has been particularly keenly debated - both locally and nationally - given its perceived dependence...