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 June 17, 2010

$20Bn Fund Set Up by Oil Giant to Pay Victims
BP has agreed to set up a $20bn (pounds 13.5bn) fund to help pay victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, US President Barack Obama revealed last night. Following a meeting with bosses of the oil giant in the White House, Mr Obama said efforts to...
Alarming Attitude to Construction
Byline: BILL MIDGLEY ACCORDING to reports, the number of new houses built this year will be at the lowest level since 1946. This shows a lack of achievement when the population is increasing - perhaps to as high as 70 million over the next 20 years....
Artist Heads Home and Draws on His Roots; STUDENTS Wishing to Study Art and Design Shouldn't Be Deterred by the Economic Climate, Reckons Artist Tim Brennan Who Tells HELEN FRANKS about His New Role
Byline: HELEN FRANKS INTERNATIONALLY known artist Tim Brennan has returned to his roots in his new role as head of art and design at Sunderland University. His first foray into art was as a pupil at the primary school which is now the university's...
Backlash to Social Media in Spotlight
A CONFERENCE in the region next week will focus on the future of social media and highlight the importance of creating the right image for your business. The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Northern Conference will bring together...
Bielsa Cautious despite Win
Honduras............................................... 0 Chile....................................................... 1 CHILE coach Marcelo Bielsa claimed his team must play better despite opening their World Cup campaign in impressive fashion yesterday....
Birthday Wishes
James D Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA and Nobel Prize winner, says: "My heartiest congratulations to the Centre for Life on being 10 years old and playing a vital role through its educational and research activities in Newcastle's rebirth...
Bite-Size Courses to Engage the Public
WHAT are small but perfectly formed and one of the success stories of the Centre for Life? They're the mini-courses, run in partnership with the region's universities, that aim to offer learning in bite-sized chunks to a non-specialist audience. ...
Bride's Great Day Is Wrecked by Stench; Strange Smell Had Guests Gagging after Service Had Ended
Byline: Brian Daniel AWEDDING day was ruined by a foul smell which caused family and friends to retch while official photographs were being taken, guests claimed yesterday. Bride and groom Karen Steele and David Hepper tied the knot at St Mary's...
Briton Ward Beats Another Big Name
JAMES Ward stole the show at the AEGON International in Eastbourne with his second win over a top-100 player in as many days to reach his first ATP World Tour quarter-final. Some gloss was taken off the 23-yearold Londoner's victory over second...
Bruce to Get Tough with His Cast Offs
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS STEVE Bruce will have to make some unpleasant decisions when Sunderland return for pre-season training as he looks to slim down his first-team squad, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Although Bruce has been told he needs to offload players...
'Bullied' Officer under Fire; Detective Hits out at Police Unit's Performance
Byline: Sara Nichol ADETECTIVE suing a police force over bullying claims has dS enied allegations of wrongdoing. Det Insp Bruce Dowson is one of six officers suing Northumbria Police, saying that alleged bullying by Det Chief Insp Bob Pallas...
Capello's Blast for Franz - and Ball
FABIO Capello has told Franz Beckenbauer to show his team some respect - and also lambasted the World Cup ball as the worst he has ever come across. Capello has been stung by Beckenbauer's accusation that England reverted to "kick and rush" tactics...
Children as Young as Five Should Get Sex Education, Insists Watchdog
CHILDREN as young as five should be given lessons in sex and relationships, according to a health watchdog. Good quality classes on sex, relationships and alcohol help youngsters to understand the risks and consequences of their actions and resist...
City Leaders Will Create 2,000 New Jobs a Year. Guaranteed
Byline: Adrian Pearson CITY leaders have said they will guarantee jobs for long-term unemployed as part of a plan to transform Tyneside. The promise to find at least 2,000 jobs a year by October 2013 came as the city development company set up by...
Communities Say Farewell to Two More of Derrick Bird's Victims
HUNDREDS of cabbies turned out yesterday to say goodbye to taxi driver Darren Rewcastle - who was shot in the face by his colleague Derrick Bird. The grounds of Distington Crematorium in west Cumbria were packed with cabs bearing the St George's...
Crating Human Life
IT'S A wonderful thing to be involved in creating a life. People so often say their children are the most important things in their lives that you can imagine the joy when a couple finally manage to get their baby." There have been around 3,000...
Crime Could Actually Pay for One Writer; Amateur Author Shortlisted in National Competition
Byline: Dave Black CRIME writing connoisseur Revell Cornell has harnessed his passion for the genre to star in a nationwide search for a new Ruth Rendell or Ian Rankin. Revell is one of only three amateur authors whose work has been shortlisted...
David Wells
Dig deep over the next few days Aries, think about what you truly want from a current situation and when you have that in your mind then, and only then, can you start to construct a plan or demolish what isn't working. Plan. Ambitions are sometimes...
Deaths
COSTELLO (Whickham). Suddenly at home in his beloved garden on 11th June 2010, aged 76 years, George, much loved husband of June, dearly loved dad of Kevin, Bruce and David and a loving grandad and great grandad. Funeral Service at Saltwell Crematorium...
Drink-Driving Limit 'Should Be Slashed' Report Stops Short of Total Ban on Alcohol
Byline: Peter Woodman ADRASTIC lowering of the legal drink-drive limit, random breath tests and permanent driving bans for persistent offenders have been recommended in a Whitehall-commissioned report. The report's author, Sir Peter North, said...
Drive for Show and Putt for Dough
Byline: Jonathan Lupton TODAY brings the start of the second major of the year, the US Open. Each major tests the players in every department of their game, but because of the heavy rough, the US Open puts a large premium on hitting the fairway....
Driver's Mistake Blamed for Death; Inquest Told of Tragedy on the A1
Byline: Laura Caroe AMUCH-loved grandfather was killed after he misjudged the speed of an oncoming coach. Alan Baldwin's red Chevrelot hatchback pulled out of the Cat Inn car park, near Cheswick, Northumberland, on to the A1, colliding with a 49-seater...
Efficiency of Natural Resources Is Needed; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE: WELCOMING the Launch of the 1plan, Professor Paul Younger Explains Newcastle University's Role in Driving Forward the Sustainability Agenda for the City
SCIENCE in the City - what does that phrase conjure up in your mind? Probably nothing as glamorous as the escapades of Sarah Jessica Parker and friends in the similarly-named Hollywood blockbuster. Maybe some white-coated specialists working behind...
Evra Insists There Is Good Team Spirit
FRANCE captain Patrice Evra has dismissed claims there is disharmony within the squad and that players do not play as a team. Earlier this week France legend Zinedine Zidane criticised Les Bleus for a lack of teamwork, suggesting egos were preventing...
Figures from Myth and Ritual Collide
Byline: David Whetstone PRINCIPALLY known as a music venue, Hall Two of The Sage Gateshead is given over to contemporary dance this weekend. The highly regarded Mark Bruce Company will take advantage of the smaller hall's 'theatre-in-the-round'...
Find Your Firm's Place in the New Twitterverse; TECH NOTES
Byline: JULIE RELF LIKE most people out there it took me a while to "get" Twitter. Finally, after a few sessions of sitting at the laptop and trying to find something amazing to say, I slowly opened my eyes to the force that is Twitter. It has become...
FMD Mock-Up Will Test Responses to Outbreak
Byline: Karen Dent BRITAIN'S ability to deal with another major outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease is to be tested in two-day simulation later this year. The exercise, called Silver Birch, will check whether the current plans and policies are...
Forlan-Inspired Uruguay Defeat Hosts
South Africa ......................................... 0 Uruguay ................................................ 3 HOST nation South Africa were left facing the prospect of an early World Cup exit after slumping to defeat at the hands of a Diego Forlan-inspired...
French Star Guyon Reigns at Royal Ascot; Racing
FRENCH riding sensation Maxime Guyon ensured his home nation again struck lucky on day two of Royal Ascot as Andre Fabre's Byword led home a one-two for owner Prince Khalid Abdullah in the Prince of Wales's Stakes yesterday. France may have made...
FSA Is Abolished as Bank Handed Power; Shake-Up Will Replace System That 'Failed'
Byline: Andrew Woodcock THE Bank of England has been handed the power to prevent a repeat of the excesses which triggered the recession. Chancellor George Osborne last night announced the abolition of the Financial Services Authority in a shake-up...
Future Scientists
SCIENTISTS are at the very heart of human survival and advancement. So it is vital that bright young minds are captivated by science to ensure we continue to produce a stream well qualified and engaged scientists. The Centre for Life aims to do...
GAME Angling
THIS week the trout at Jubilee Lakes have definitely moved back towards Zonkers and Bloodworm, although Black Buzzers and Shipman''s have also taken fish at times. Gareth Tilley did well with a briskly retrieved Bloodworm and a Zonker stripped back...
Global Innovation
I went to a meeting recently," says Professor Sir John Burn, former head of the Institute of Human Genetics and lead clinician of Strategic Health Authority North East NHS, "and one of the dons quipped, 'Until the Centre for Life happened I didn't...
James Must Rise to Another Challenge
Byline: Nick Purewal CATAPULTING four divisions up the rugby pyramid in just two years would task any 22-year-old, and James Fitzpatrick knows he faces a stern debut year at Kingston Park. The bulky Newcastle Falcon admits he was stunned to discover...
Jobs Test Appeal to the Coalition
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE coalition Government must apply a "North East jobs test" before making any further spending cuts, business leaders said last night. The North East Chamber of Commerce fears cuts to the region's large public sector could...
Jurors Given Chance to See through Accused Driver's Eyes; Bid to Establish Accused's Visibility
Byline: Robert Weatherall AJURY has been shown the wagon driven by a man who allegedly crushed his wife to death. The jury, judge and barristers involved in the trial of trucker Graeme Lamb were taken from court seven at Newcastle Crown Court...
'Just Look at Your Hypocrisy President Obama' Green Failings 'Ignored' in BP Row
Byline: Dan Warburton ANORTH East campaigner has weighed into the dispute over the BP oil spill and accused Barack Obama of "hypocrisy" over his response to the environmental disaster. The US president has vowed to "make BP pay" for the multi-billion...
Keep Kids Entertained with a Life Annual Pass
MOST parents will tell you the phrase "I'm bored" makes their heart sink, but finding fun-filled days out can be a real challenge. A science centre isn't the first place that springs to mind to prevent those dreaded two words - but that's where the...
Kite Can Fly to Victory in Gold Cup; Saraband
KITE Wood can bring back the glory days for Godolphin with victory in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot today. The boys in blue have a rich history in the race, sending out the likes of Classic Cliche, Kayf Tara and Papineau to victory before four-time...
Lane in Bid to Become Youngest Senior Winner; Teeing Off
Byline: TIM TAYLOR FORMER Ryder Cup player Barry Lane makes his European Senior Tour debut at Slaley Hall in the De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship next week bidding to become its youngest-ever winner. Lane, who turns 50 on Monday, has...
Late Cancer Diagnosis 'Is Costing 1,000 Lives'
ALMOST 1,000 deaths from advanced breast cancer could be prevented each year if England's survival rates matched those in Norway and Sweden, research showed today. A total of 957 deaths could be avoided among English women whose cancer is diagnosed...
Launch of a New Era; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
NEWCASTLE University has underlined its commitment to marine research after commissioning an pounds 800,000 state-of-the-art catamaran that will further our scientific understanding of the North Sea. The new boat will play a major role in the university's...
Magpies Needing New Blood, Insists Harper; Squad Must Be Stre Ngthened: Magpies Needing New Blood
Byline: Luke Edwards STEVE Harper has warned it is absolutely vital Newcastle United sign some new players before the start of the Premier League season. Although Harper is unclear as to whether manager Chris Hughton actually has any money to...
Making a World of Difference; A NEW Scheme Which Provides a Business Development Boot Camp for Start-Up Companies Has Just Completed Its First Cycle. JOHN HILL Meets Jon Bradford, the Former Investment Manager Who Started the Difference Engine
Byline: JOHN HILL THIS spring, nine teams of entrepreneurs sat in a room in Middlesbrough's Boho One building, often for 16 hours or more. They'd been given pounds 20,000 each to help develop their digital business as part of a fledgling scheme...
Maradona Pulls No Punches in Swipe at Legends
ARGENTINA coach Diego Maradona took a swipe at fellow legends Pele and Michel Platini and also criticised the World Cup matchball during another no-holds-barred Press conference in South Africa yesterday. Speaking ahead of today's Group B encounter...
MPs Tied Up in Red Tape; New Expenses System Leaves Them Baffled
Byline: Writer Name NORTH MPs yesterday attacked their overhauled expenses system as a "nightmare", with one saying he could not afford to pay his credit card bill because of the shake-up. The Independent Parliamentary StandS ards Authority (Ipsa)...
Mr Capello Could Be the World Cup Favourite
TALK of World Cup anthems might sound a bit redundant with the vuvuzelas providing the one and only soundtrack to the tournament in South Africa. Indeed, it's hard not to smile at the assertion of Mat Bowman, of The Pigeon Detectives, that "this...
Name Colin Bowden Age 49 Job Head Chef Joined Life May 2000
Can you describe your job? My job is very much hands on - we cater for anything from large conferences with up to 380 delegates, weddings and parties, to smaller team meetings and then there's our cafes which offer hot and cold food every day. What''s...
Name Max Heaviside Age 51 [.]
NAME MAX HEAVISIDE AGE 51 JOB TECHNICAL SUPERVISOR JOINED LIFE MAY 2000 Can you describe your job? I'm part of the team for making sure everything works - so all the exhibits and displays that visitors see, including the motion simulator ride and the...
One North East Will Be Axed, Says Cable; Prime Minister Criticises Agency's Overseas Offices
Byline: Adrian Pearson ; William Green BUSINESS secretary Vince Cable has confirmed regional development agency One North East will be abolished. It follows a written plea from businesses and councils within the region to set up a replacement body...
Panel Company Aims to Increase Sales by 25%
Byline: Peter McCusker THE owners of Tyneside car panel company have created 15 new jobs and expect to add to that in the coming months as they implement their growth plans with sales expected to increase by over 25% this year. Andy Wingfield,...
Past Not So Perfect; THE Centre for Life Has Transformed a Neglected Part of Newcastle, but What Was There before? Karen Wilson Takes a Look at the History and Architecture of This Iconic Development
Byline: Karen Wilson Thursday, June 17, 2010 THE JOURNAL journallive.co.uk Thursday, June 17, 2010 THE JOURNAL AS a centre of excellence for science and the advancement of medicine, it's ironic that the Centre for Life was built on the site of an...
Pawnbroker Expects Growth Surge to Go On
APAWNBROKING firm has opened five new shops in the last three months and now believes its can grow its sales from pounds 27m to pounds 45m by the end of the year. Middlesbrough-based Ramsdens said it was on course to hit over pounds 1m a week in...
Pioneering Treatment of Muscle Wasting Diseases
ADDING 10 years onto a person's life is no mean feat. But one of the less-known areas of research undertaken at Life, in the Newcastle Muscle Centre, has done just that for that for sufferers of a type of muscular dystrophy. This muscle disease...
Ponteland Duo Top of the Golfing Crop
JULIE Ross, eight times the Northumberland champion, talked in Teeing Off recently about a promising crop of youngsters the county have high hopes for. At the time, she was highlighting Nicola Haynes, the 14-year-old over half her age she had just...
Project Makes a Difference to Start-Up
THE lure of The Difference Engine Project enticed developer Paul Rawlings to travel to the North East. The Wigan-born entrepreneur is now looking at Newcastle offices for digital start-up ScreenReach, which allows users to interact with digital...
PSV Friendly Will Honour the Memory of a Legend; Game to Be Played on Day of Anniversary
Byline: Rob Pattinson THE first anniversary of Sir Bobby Robson's death will be marked by a match between two of his former clubs. Newcastle United have confirmed they will play host to Dutch team PSV Eindhoven, where the popular manager enjoyed...
Quakers without a Manager - Again
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS DARLINGTON are searching for their fourth new manager in just over a year after Simon Davey quit the job after just ten weeks in charge, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Quakers chairman Raj Singh is furious with Davey, who is believed...
Quayside Roots of Maritime Insurance Firm; ONE of the World's Biggest Marine Insurance Firms Is Celebrating 150 Years on Tyneside This Year. CHRISTOPHER KNOX Takes a Look at Its Prestigious History and Its Plans for the Future
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX IT'S pleasing to know that a company so ingrained in the North East's maritime tradition is still going strong, with the North of England P&I Club recently benefiting from a 3.5% increase in membership to 400, which...
Recruitment Specialist Opens Stockholm Office
Byline: John Hill NEWCASTLE recruitment company Nigel Wright has just been handed the keys to its new office in Stockholm and says it is now in investment mode in the wake of the downturn. Although the firm had to trim around 20% of the 130-strong...
Regional Pride a Driving Force; Hannah Davies Talks to Chief Executive Linda Conlon about 10 Years of the Centre for Life - the Millennium Project Which Worked
Byline: Hannah Davies ACENTRE focusing on genetics? You can imagine the Millennium commissioners shaking their heads at that one when it came to public appeal. Yet the instigators of the Centre for Life managed to convince them it could be a...
Rising Star Rory Is Ready to Wait for a Major Success
Byline: TIM TAYLOR RISING star Rory McIlroy believes he is two years away from being ready to win a major but the world number 10 will start this week's US Open feeling he has a chance. With a maiden victory on the PGA Tour last month at the...
Rooney Is Desperate to Prove His Worth
WAYNE Rooney has vowed to "do myself justice" during the current World Cup after admitting he was well below his best in Germany four years ago. And the Manchester United star admits it will be "more or less down to me" to score the goals if England...
Sales Growth Slumps to 1.1pc at Supermarket
Byline: Peter McCusker SAINSBURY'S became the latest casualty of sliding food inflation as sales growth stuttered in its latest quarter. Like-for-like sales excluding petrol at the UK's third biggest grocer eased to 1.1% in the 12 weeks to June...
Sales Soar at Dealer on Back of Car Scrappage
Byline: Peter McCusker MOTOR dealers Richard Hardie has posted record results with sales up 30% and profits soaring on the back of the successful scrappage scheme and the opening of new Tyneside outlet. The Sunderland-based company, which is...
Showcase Your Success at Healthcare Celebration
Byline: John Hill THE most successful healthcare companies in the region will be celebrated at the fourth Business for Life awards later this year. Regional healthcare support organisation Cels Group is looking for entries for the fourth run...
Sport Today
SPORT TODAY GOLF: California: US Open (to Jun 20). Lumbres: St Omer Open (to Jun 20). Ticino: Deutsche Bank Swiss Women's Open (to Jun 20). TENNIS: 's-Hertogenbosch: Ordina Open. Eastbourne: AEGON International. DIVING: Madrid: FINA Grand Prix....
Stem Cells Helping Patients to See Again
PREVIOUSLY it would have been the stuff of science fiction. But early last year scientists at Life revealed they were able to help patients regain sight in damaged eyes. Dr Francisco Figueiredo, Professor Majlinda Lako, Dr Sajjid Ahmad, Dr Sai Kolli...
Steve Crams a Lot of Stars on to the Course; Golf Day Cash Will Help Disadvantaged Children
Byline: Vicky Robson SOME of the best-known names in British sport came to the North East yesterday to help a charity set up in aid of some of the world's most disadvantaged children. A host of sporting stars including cricket legend Sir Ian...
Students Are Going Digital at College
Byline: John Hill GATESHEAD College has launched an academy to encourage young people to take the leap into the region's respected digital sector. The college's Digital Academy will welcome its first batch of students in September, and will offer...
Swiss Are on a Roll as Spanish Beaten; Switzerland Shock World Cup Favourites in First Group Match
Spain 0 Switzerland 1 S WITZERLAND Stunned European champions Spain in the first big upset at the World Cup with a narrow win in the teams' Group H opener in Durban. Despite the Spaniards dominating possession, the Swiss took a surprise lead in...
Tackling Debt Crisis Must Be Priority
Byline: GUY OPPERMAN IENTERED the House of Commons a little over a month ago and just last week gave my maiden speech. It's an odd feeling being the new boy when you're in your 40s. I am now one of the region's 29 MPs, with Liberals such as Sir...
The Baby Who Was 'Frozen' Back to Life; Innovative Care Helps Finley to Pull Through
Byline: Rob Pattinson ABABY suffering from complications after heart surgery was saved by doctors who 'froze' him for four days. Sixteen-week-old Finley Burton had his body temperature lowered by more than 3C to stop him shivering while he recovered...
The Tangible Benefits of Co-Operation
Byline: STEWART WATKINS ONE of the great things about working in the science and technology sector is the pace of the industr y. Seeing companies you have known since their creation grow from small acorns to mighty oaks in a relatively short space...
Tree-Mendous Job Saving Life of Fallen Chick; Surgeons Come to Rescue after Buzzard Is Discovered
Byline: Tom Mullen HAWK-EYED tree surgeons came to the rescue when this buzzard chick fell out of its nest in a North East beauty spot. The helpless bird was discovered by National Trust warden Phil Younger in woods at Ebchester, on the border...
Website Challenge for Charity
TECHNICAL experts will be challenged to build a website for a North East charity in just 24 hours in an online challenge next month. Webdurance was conceived by 1Daylater.com co-directors Paul and David King, who hope the event can become an annual...
What's Inadequate Here? New Criticism after Ofsted Reveals Results
Byline: Nicola Juncar ANORTH East education leader has criticised a report which reveals almost half the schools in the country inspected this academic year have been rated "satisfactory" or "inadequate". Last night, Dr John Dunford, a former...
Why a Centre for Life?
WHERE does the idea come from for a genetics centre? And why was it decided it would be a good thing? This is the question put to Alastair Balls, former chief executive of the Centre for Life and it's current Chair, and the person who made this idea...