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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 29, 2010

50,000 Jobs at Risk as Cuts Bite Deeply; Pounds 2bn Slashed off Economy, Experts Claim
Byline: Adrian Pearson ECONOMIC experts have predicted the North East will lose almost 50,000 jobs and see pounds 2bn wiped of its economy as a result of Government cuts. Development agency One North East has released a report setting out the...
A Chilly Draw for Teessiders; Boro Blizzard Leaves Them on Relegation Thin Ice
Middlesbrough 2 Hull City 2 M IDDLESBROUGH manager Tony Mowbray remains upbeat after his side twice came from behind in a blizzard to snatch a precious point in a chilly draw with Hull. The Teessiders remain on relegation thin ice as what was only...
Alan Has the Best Seat in the Customs House; ONE Man Who Definitely Won't Miss the Customs House Panto Is Alan Murphy. LARISA BROWN Meets the Venue's Most Dedicated Fan
THEY call him The Laughing Man - and just about everyone in South Shields should know exactly where to find him. Seat A11 at the Customs House is rarely left empty, whether the act on stage is a pantomime, an opera, or a rock 'n' roll gig. In fact,...
All Blacks Rattled - but Wales Beaten
Wales............................................ 25 New Zealand ................................ 37 BRADLEY Davies admitted another "mad five minutes" cost Wales dear as they began reflecting on the magnitude of a missed opportunity to beat mighty...
Bank Bosses Prepare to Dip into Bonus Pots Again
Byline: Peter McCusker BRITAIN'S bank bosses are planning to accept their bonuses for the first time in two years, taking home a combined payout of up to pounds 15m, it has been reported. The chief executives of Barclays, HSBC, part-nationalised...
Barry Reveals His Secrets of Success; AS Retailers Get Ready for the Busiest Time of Year, CHRISTOPHER KNOX Takes a Seasonal Trip to Meet Barry Blamire, the Managing Director of One of the North East' S Biggest Department Stores
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX CHRISTMAS 2009 saw winners and losers on the high street in equal measure as ruthless competition intensified in an increasingly tight market. But there was much rejoicing at department store chain John Lewis in January...
Berbatov Delivers a Blackburn Bombshell; PREMIER LEAGUE ROUND-UP
DIMITAR Berbatov returned to form as Manchester United steamrollered Blackburn to rise to the top of the Premier League table. The Bulgarian scored five times on Saturday, his first goals in any competition since his treble in the win over Liverpool...
Bluebirds Feel Hard Done by in Defeat; CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP
CARDIFF manager Dave Jones approached referee Kevin Friend to query a rejected Bluebirds penalty appeal in their defeat at title rivals QPR - and claims he was asked whether he was questioning the Leicestershire official's integrity. Jones was furious...
Britvic's Still Fizzing with a Good Outlook
Byline: ANDREW MILLER BRITVIC: We are retaining our out-perform recommendation on Britvic. Management maintains that the group is capable of achieving medium-term organic sales growth in the range of 5-6% per annum. The effect of this is twofold....
Calm Villagers Count on the Co-Op
WHEN winter descends and the snow starts falling on Northumberland the remote Coquet Valley community of Rothbury usually bears much of the brunt of it, and the last few days have been no exception. More than two feet of snow has fallen on the town...
Carroll and Co Not Singing the Blues
Byline: Luke Edwards JUST DESERTS Andy Carroll celebrates after scoring past Petr Cech in rather fortuitous circumstances (left). However, Chelsea drew level thanks to a Salomon Kalou strike (right) Newcastle United 1 Chelsea 1 NEWCASTLE United...
Comeback Kings Get Another Victory
Tottenham Hotspur ....................... 2 Liverpool ....................................... 1 TOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp last night declared his side can never be written off after watching them stage another amazing comeback to beat Liverpool...
David Wells
With the shift of Venus into the deep dark outer reached of your 'scope you too could be brooding on something left unsaid. Won't solve much though, will it? No. Let's hear it Aries, the who, when, why and how often. When you see someone you haven't...
Deaths
CURNOW (Annfield Plain). Formerly of Low Westwood. With his family on 14th November, aged 59 years, Malcolm, beloved son of the late Olive and Les, much loved brother, uncle and great uncle of all the family. Friends please meet for service in Christ...
Don't Let the Snow Affect Productivity
THE sudden snowfall we've experienced in the North East over the past week has been the earliest we've seen for a long time. As it's technically still autumn, is it fair to assume that businesses should already have procedures set in place for these...
Dylan's Medal of Honour; Meeting with PM for 'Kindest Kid' Finalist
Byline: Joanne Butcher KINDHEARTED Dylan Ward is being presented with a medal from the Prime Minister for his amazing charity fundraising. The 10-year-old, from the Ayton area of Washington, raised hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support...
Falcons Have Wings Clipped Leicester Tigers 44 Newcastle Falcons 19; Tigers Victorious as Injuries Ravage the Falcons
Byline: Mark Smith ALAN Tait tore into his Falcons pack for the second-half performance which allowed Leicester Tigers to run away with the game on Saturday afternoon. The head coach had watched his Newcastle side construct a well-deserved 12-6...
Famous Five Will Create the Din at City Pub
IF you've been hanging around the North East's live music scene this year, there's a fair chance you may have heard of local psychedelic pop outfit The Din. After meeting at college, the five have spent a good part of the last 18 months gigging...
Federer in a Flawless Win; Final Not the Expected Classic with Rafa Under-Par
ROGER Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 6-3 3-6 6-1 to equal Ivan Lendl and Pete Sampras' record haul of five Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at London's O Arena last night. The final the tournament had hoped for did not rival some of the classic encounters...
Flood Victims See Premiums Rise 73%; Families Say Insurance Costs Have Rocketed
Byline: Dave Black FAMILIES whose homes were hit by Morpeth's devastating flooding two years ago have seen their insurance premiums rocket in the wake of the catastrophe, a survey has shown. Victims of the September 2008 incident - which left...
FSA Plan Could Push Up Prices of Beef
CONSUMERS will face higher beef prices and the number of cattle in the UK will fall if plans to raise pounds 31m annually from farmers and red meat processors go ahead, it has been claimed. The National Beef Association - NBA - was reacting to the...
Funding Is Star Deal for Kielder; Delight at Boost for Observatory
Byline: Tony Henderson MORE people will experience that star struck feeling thanks to an astronomical cash boost. Kielder Observatory in Northumberland will now be able to run three times as many events throughout the year. The Northumberland...
Great Things Kicking off for Welbeck
Byline: Stuart Rayner DANNY Welbeck is a future England star, according to the current Three Lions' captain. His terrific header at Molineux capped three brilliant individual performances from Welbeck, who scored four goals in them after belatedly...
Hall Bosses Plough on Regardless to Keep the Party Spirit Going
BATTLING businessman Michael Brown refused to allow snow and ice to get in the way of his guests having a good time. The owner of Dissington Hall in Northumberland knew he couldn't allow the earliest sustained snows in 17 years stop one happy couple...
Hard to Match Luck of the Irish
Ireland .......................................... 29 Argentina....................................... 9 DECLAN Kidney admitted he had presided over an autumn of mixed fortunes after Ireland ended the year with a record 29-9 victory over Argentina....
Harry Proves Real Diamond; WEEKEND REVIEW
DENMAN emerged valiant in defeat at Newbury on Saturday as Diamond Harry showed gallons of class to win the Hennessy Gold Cup. While the performance of Nick Williams' deeply progressive chaser was warmly received on a finger-numbing afternoon, an...
Health Bosses Hit Back at Death Rates; Hospital Leaders Play Down Concerns on Patients' Higher Chance of Dying after Surgery
Byline: Helen Rae HIGH death rates have been exposed at several leading North East hospitals, a claim fiercely denied by health bosses last night. The region's leading hospital bosses have played down concerns that patients treated by them have...
House Prices Fall Again as Buyers Stay Away
HOUSE prices fell for the fifth month in a row during November as demand from potential buyers dropped at its fastest pace for nearly two years, research showed today. The average cost of a home in England and Wales fell by 0.8% during the month...
Hughton Praises 'Perfect Response' HUGHTON PRAISES 'PERFECT RESPONSE'
Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United 1 Chelsea 1 CHRIS Hughton hailed battling Newcastle United's "perfect response" as they bounced back from their Bolton debacle to earn a fine point from champions Chelsea. Kevin Nolan's ankle injury meant...
Improvement in Farm-Related Pollution Incidents, Says Agency
Byline: Karen Dent FARMING is responsible for 13% of the serious pollution incidents in England and Wales over the last 12 months, according to the Environment Agency. But the agency's Greener Business report, which looks at the impact of all...
Inventor Wins Design Awards
Byline: John Hill THE most innovative product in the electrical industry this year wasn't born in an R&D department or across a round-table of designers, but from one man's home in Lanchester, County Durham. Steve Brown works with Business...
Irish Bail-Out Is Agreed; Taioseach Now Admits Help Was Necessary
Byline: Geoff Meade system, AN EUR85 billion (pounds 72.1bn) bail-out for the Irish Government from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Europe has been agreed, head of eurozone ministers Jean-Claude Juncker said last night. The deal for...
It's Difficult to Justify, Risky and Imprudent; REVEALED - What Councillors Thought of Secret Mortgage Deal:
Byline: Andy Hughes TAXPAYERS in the North East were prevented from having any say on a major airport refinancing deal which could land the region with debts worth hundreds of millions of pounds. Two former executive directors at Newcastle International...
Lambert Praises Hat-Trick Hero Holt
Norwich ......................................... 4 Ipswich .......................................... 1 NORWICH manager Paul Lambert hailed skipper Grant Holt as "unplayable" after his hat-trick destroyed Ipswich in the 4-1 victory at Carrow Road....
Law to Crack Down on Danger Diving; Youngsters Risk Lives by Tombstoning
Byline: Dave Black launching themselves into the River Coquet from the quay walls, the roof of an ice plant and other buildings. Now the Warkworth Harbour Commissioners - who run the harbour - say the activities are potentially life-threatening...
Leaf Is a Finalist in European Awards; First Electric Car Nominated
Byline: Robert Weatherall NISSAN's Leaf, the world's first massproduced electric car, has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award. The Leaf, which is due to be produced at the company's plant in Sunderland from 2013, has been singled out...
Leeds Are Having to Fight for Survival; THE AVIVA PREMIERSHIP
HARLEQUINS shunted Leeds closer to relegation with an emphatic seven-try win to leave the Yorkshire club increasingly adrift at the foot of the Aviva Premiership. The home side earned a bonus point by scoring four tries long before the end of yesterday's...
Master at Arms Worthy of Respect; Saraband
THE cold snap continues to bite but Master At Arms can keep punters warm with victory in the Book Now For Christmas Handicap at Wolverhampton. The seven-year-old has become something of a regular raider on these shores in recent months, with his...
Memories of Tricky Cup Tie Rekindled
NEWCASTLE will travel to Stevenage in the third round of the FA Cup - 13 years after the former non-league side held the Magpies to a draw in the competition. Kenny Dalglish's United could only manage a 1-1 draw in Hertfordshire but won the replay...
Morrison Left with a Headache but Still Upbeat about Future
Scotland ............................................. 19 Samoa ................................................. 16 GRAEME Morrison believes there is "something special" brewing in the Scotland squad after victory over Samoa earned Andy Robinson's...
Murray Admits That He Met His Match
DEFEAT in front of a home crowd was not the way Andy Murray wanted to finish 2010 but, with his performance against Rafael Nadal at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, the British number one showed what a rare talent he really is. For three hours...
North Digs in for a Week of Icy Weather; Warning of Yet More Snow on the Way Today
Byline: Vicky Robson; Dave Black; Neil McKay; Robert Weatherall THE Arctic weather that has left the North East under a thick blanket of snow will continue for at least a week, forecasters warned last night. Experts have predicted fresh blasts...
Now Showing
UNSTOPPABLE (12A) In a Pennsylvania railyard, Dewey (Ethan Suplee) foolishly jumps off a slow moving freight train to race ahead and change a set of points. Unfortunately, the throttle jars forward and the carriages speed down the line without a driver......
Plane Frustrations of Our Early Winter
Byline: TOM GUTTERIDGE ON Thursday afternoon I received a cheery phone call from the Mercedes dealership in town. The winter tyres I'd ordered weeks ago, in an untypical moment of advance planning, have finally arrived. Unfortunately, I now can't...
Poulter's 'Lucky' Marker Unlucky
IAN Poulter tried his best to keep a lid on his frustration last night after a bizarre incident contributed to him earning pounds 352,000 less than he was hoping for. On the second play-off hole against Swede Robert Karlsson at the Dubai World Championship,...
'Probation Service at Breaking Point' Union Warns of Low Morale and Rising Stress Levels
Byline: Neil McKay A"TOXIC cocktail" of staff cuts and increasing workloads has pushed the North East probation service to breaking point, a union boss warned yesterday. Unison, the UK's leading public sector union, said this meant danger for the...
Quakers Ready for New Year Signings
Byline: RAY SIMPSON Darlington ..................................... 0 York City ........................................ 2 IT'S back to the drawing board for Darlington manager Mark Cooper - and he can't wait for the January transfer window to...
Referee McDonald Stepping Down
DOUGIE McDonald last night hit out at the Scottish Football Association for failing to protect referees from attacks on their integrity as he announced his immediate retirement from the professional game. McDonald (pictured) has stepped down from...
Remembering Rebecca; Teenager's Art Goes on Show at Exhibition
Byline: Lisa Hutchinson THEY laughed and cried together as school friends but when teenager Rebecca Hooper died her devastated friends were lost without her. Now the caring youngsters have organised an exhibition of Rebecca's artwork to keep...
Results to Give Insight into Leisure Industry
Byline: Iain Laing THE travel sector will be in sharp focus this week when tour operators TUI Travel and Thomas Cook deliver full-year results, with figures also due from two players in the UK pub market. Two major travel companies will post...
Sales Increase Targeted as Company's Stock Rises
Byline: Peter McCusker STOCK-CONTROL expert Propeller is close to securing pounds 750,000 investment as it aims to treble sales to pounds 15m and double staff to 50 over the next three years. The Peterlee company, which is a market leader in...
Schoolmates to Be Honoured Together; Recognition for City's Very Own TV Stars
Byline: Nicola Juncar ANORTH East university is set to reunite two former classmates who have gone on to enjoy very different careers in the public eye. Actress Melanie Hill, who is best known for her roles in the hit television comedies Auf...
Shop Assistant Becomes Owner of the Business
Byline: Karen Dent ACARD shop assistant who enjoyed helping out at the hardware store next door took her opportunity to become the boss when the owner decided to retire. Jane Hofman worked at the greetings card shop in Guide Post, near Ashington,...
Signs of Progress Enough for Coach
England 11 South Africa 21 MARTIN Johnson is undaunted in the belief that his England side are travelling in the right direction despite a mauling by South Africa at Twickenham. For long periods England struggled to cope with the physicality of...
Singer's Cancer Plea Goes to Parliament; Sufferer Says Earlier Tests Can Save Lives
Byline: Neil McKay ACLUBLAND singer's campaign to lower the age of eligibility for regular breast screening from 50 to 30 will be highlighted in Parliament tomorrow. An Early Day Motion tabled by Pat Glass, MP for North West Durham, will be debated...
Sluggish Carlisle Relieved at Draw; Trip to Torquay after Tamworth
Carlisle United 3 Tamworth 2 BLUE Square Bet Premier strugglers Tamworth came within four minutes of pulling off one of the biggest shocks of this season's FA Cup. The non-league side scored goals either side of the break to take themselves to the...
Spensley Completes Distance Hat-Trick
SPENSLEY made the most of his final opportunity of the year at Kempton yesterday to complete a course and distance hat-trick. A winner over a mile and a half in September and October, the fouryear-old continued his upward curve with a cosy success...
Strauss and Cook Show Their Resilience; CRICKET
CENTURIONS Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook personified the quality England prize most of all on the penultimate day of the first Ashes Test - resilience. Strauss had not made a Test century for 16 months, and in his last 24 innings; then at the...
Students Plan Another Rally; Meanwhile Sit-In Reaches Its Sixth Day
Byline: Nicola Juncar STUDENTS from across the North East are planning another mass demonstration over tuition fees tomorrow. Young people from universities, colleges and even some schools are expected to attend the protest at the Monument in...
The Government Risks Missing the Bus on Train-Building Plans
Byline: KEVIN ROWAN LAST week's announcement to further delay the decision regarding the development of the Intercity Express train building programme (IEP) was a major disappointment. Businesses, trade unions, local, national and European politicians...
Tombstoning to Be Outlawed; Youngsters Are Risking Lives in Dives
Byline: Dave Black FEARS of a potential tragedy caused by young daredevils plunging into the water at a Northumberland harbour could lead to the introduction of a new bylaw aimed at outlawing the dangerous activity. Concerns have been growing...
Transfers Possible for Black Cats Boss; Defensive Pair Sorely Missed
Byline: Stuart Rayner STEVE Bruce refused to rule out a foray into the January transfer market after seeing how badly his team missed Michael Turner and Titus Bramble. For only the second time this season, Sunderland conceded more than two goals...
Venom Is Unleashed; Cobra's Victory over King Arthur
CARL Froch knows he could lose his WBC super-middleweight title the next time he steps in the ring after reclaiming the title in Finland. Froch had lost the title to Mikkel Kessler in April but bounced back to world champion status with a unanimous...
Vulnerabilities at the Back Exposed; Black Cats' Old Lapses Reappear
Byline: Stuart Rayner THERE were ominous omens for the superstitious Sunderland fans who braved the snow and ice to make it to Molineux, but once they arrived they found a whole new set of negative messages. The game fell 364 days after the Black...
WikiLeaks Expose Diplomatic Secrets; Britain and US Condemn Publication
Byline: Gavin Cordon ARAB rulers secretly lobbied America to launch air strikes to destroy Iran's nuclear programme according to leaked US diplomatic cables, it was reported last night. Details from 250,000 leaked documents obtained by the WikiLeaks...