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 11, 2010

711 Jobs Lost at Rok after Administrators Called In
Byline: John Hill ADMINISTRATOR PricewaterhouseCoopers has revealed that 711 jobs have been lost at construction firm Rok. The Exeter-based company called in the receivers on Tuesday after announcing a pre-tax loss of pounds 3.8m for the first...
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Beckford Strikes at Perfect Moment
Everton .......................................... Bolton Wanderers......................... JERMAINE Beckford hit a brilliant late equaliser as 10-man Everton snatched a point against Bolton. The Toffees were destined for their first defeat...
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Big Sam Has the Final Say; Former Boss Celebrating
Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United 1 Blackburn Rovers 2 NEWCASTLE United came back down to earth with a bump as Jason Roberts' late strike brought their fantastic run of wins to a screeching halt. It also meant delight for former United boss...
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Big Sam Returns to Haunt Magpies
Newcastle United 1 Blackburn Rovers 2 EVEN in the euphoria of a derby demolition of Sunderland and a magnificently unexpected victory at Arsenal, we were warned there would be bad times ahead for Newcastle United this season - and we can only pray...
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Biomass Firm Hopes to Turn Up Heat on Sales
Byline: Christopher Knox ABIOMASS heating company hopes to double its sales and create jobs with the help of the soon-to-beintroduced Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The Wood Heating Company, which is based in Cramlington, Northumberland, is...
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Building Links in Region to Back Growth and Investment
GROWING a business can be daunting without the right support. Tyne and Wear Development Company is the principal point of support for growing businesses and investors in the region. For over two decades, it has been acting as the first port of call...
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Cattermole Tackle Infuriates Modric
TOTTENHAM playmaker Luka Modric has accused Lee Cattermole of putting his career in jeopardy following the Sunderland captain's latest controversial challenge, writes BEN RUMSBY. Modric claims Cattermole's studs-first tackle in Tuesday's 1-1 Premier...
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Chamakh Double Does It for Gunners
Wolverhampton Wanderers .................. 0 Arsenal.................................................. 2 TWO-GOAL Marouane Chamakh got Arsenal back on the winning trail against gallant Wolves at Molineux. Chamakh struck after only 39 seconds when...
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Chemistry Just Not Right for Park Plan; Pipeline Could Halt Hopes for Caravan Site
Byline: Paul Tully ACARAVAN park's extension plans could be set to disappear down the pipeline. An ethylene pipeline runs across the Border Forest Caravan Park site at Cottonshopeburnfoot, in north Northumberland, and the Health and Safety Executive...
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Chief to Say Farewell; Brian Hesler to Retire from Role
Byline: Brian Daniel NORTHUMBERLAND'S fire chief is to retire after six years in the post. Brian Hesler, chief fire officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, will step down at the end of the month. Mr Hesler, 52, who lives at Rothbury,...
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Confident Haye Is Keen to Cash in on Heavyweights' Grudge Fight
BOXING DAVID Haye believes Saturday's all-British WBA heavyweight title showdown with Audley Harrison could earn him more money than a blockbuster unification fight with either of the Klitschko brothers. Having so far failed to agree terms to meet...
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Co-Op Group Scheme for Dedicated Milk Supplies
Byline: Karen Dent THE Co-op supermarket is to move to a dedicated milk supply scheme next year, which will involve longterm relationships with a pool of dairy farmers. The group initially announced its aim to set up a dedicated scheme last year...
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Councils Facing Four Years of Uncertainty as the Job Losses Mount
FOUR years of financial uncertainty and further job losses face North East councils, a leading officer has warned. City leaders will be forced to spend the next four years considering options such as selling off buildings, making more management...
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Darling Dash Brings Old Pastime into Digital Age
Byline: John Hill THE age-old pastime of pitch and toss was a favourite game in schools and mining communities dating back to at least the 18th Century. The aim was to throw coins so that they landed as close to a wall as possible. But, if...
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David Wells
One minute it's all mates, then it's trouble ahead and now it's mates again, that's the same for all of us Aries. The only difference today is the depth that you have now added to that friendship, a conflict is over. Better understandings. You may...
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Deaths
BERRINGTON (Askham). Professor Hugh of Newcastle University and Askham, Penrith. On Monday 8th November 2010, beloved husband, father, father in law and grandad, loved friend and teacher. Funeral at St. Peter's Church, Askham, Penrith, Cumbria at...
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Decision Delayed on Plan to Rescue Hall; Controversial Scheme Meets Stiff Opposition
Byline: Kerry Wood ADECISION on proposals for a controversial housing plan that would fund the restoration of a crumbling historic hall have been postponed. Planning bosses at Durham County Council were this week due to debate the unusual scheme...
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Delay Will Hit the North's Great Science Experiment; GOVERNMENT CUTBACKS: THE NORTH STRUGGLES: GOVERNMENT CUTBACKS: THE NORTH STRUGGLES: Policy Won't Be Brought in until 2012
Byline: William Green AFLAGSHIP coalition policy billed as breathing new life into the region by giving councils more powers to boost economic development will not happen until at least 2012, it has emerged. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hailed...
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Discount a Taxing Issue for Residents; 1,000 People Have Lodged Wrong Claims
Byline: Brian Daniel MORE than 1,200 people in Northumberland who have been wrongly claiming a discount on council tax have had it cancelled. Northumberland County Council has revealed it has cancelled the single person discount of 1,210 people...
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Eagles Agree Trophy Switch; Semi-Final Moved to Avoid a Tigers Fixture Pile-Up
Byline: Mark Douglas NEWCASTLE Eagles have moved to avert a potential Mersey Tigers fixture pileup. The Eagles can book a two-leg BBL Cup semi-final clash with arch rivals the Tigers if they beat Worcester Wolves in the knock out competition tomorrow...
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Essien Grabs Winner for Blues - but Then Sees Red
Chelsea .................................................. 1 Fulham .................................................. 0 MICHAEL Essien's first-half header was enough to give 10-man Chelsea victory over west London rivals Fulham and keep them top of...
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Falcons in No Rush to Do Sheriffe Deal; Winger Is Left Waiting after Two-Week Trial
Byline: Mark Smith NEWCASTLE Falcons will bide their time before deciding whether to mount a crosscode swoop for rugby league wing Rikki Sheriffe. The 26-year-old (pictured left) has spent the past fortnight on trial with the Kingston Park club,...
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Fans Slide in to See Rocke Rs
Goo Goo Dolls, Newcastle o2 Academy WITH the weather beating down outside, American rockers Goo Goo Dolls warmed the O2 academy and its packed audience with their smooth brand of alternative rock. Considered one of America's darling bands, the Goo...
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Finn Keen to Put in Work; Competitive Cricket So Vital, Insists Pace Ace
STEVEN Finn prizes match bowling above all as Ashes preparation - but if England's management team decide to ration his competitive workload he knows they will get it right. Finn and the rest of England's firstchoice Test attack may be spared the...
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Firm Branches out at Cambridge University
ARCHITECTURE firm Sadler Brown has completed testing on the "solar trees" it has planted outside Cambridge University library. The Newcastle firm was preparing the last of a six-phase pounds 40m extension to the library when it was challenged by...
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FTSE Lower in the Wake of Wall Street
Byline: Fiona Newborough The FTSE 100 index opened lower yesterday morning as it followed a negative close on Wall Street overnight. It was the mining sector leading the decline in the top flight index as base metal prices fell. The FTSE 100...
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Gilchrist Celebrates Catch of the Day
LEON Gilchrist from Berwick recorded a personal best trout and the heaviest fish of the week at Chatton Trout Fishery with a well-conditioned 13lb 8oz rainbow from Chatton Lake. Peter Davison from New Hartley had a great weekend, landing a 12lb...
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Gordon's Surprise Return a Real Tonic
Byline: Stuart Rayner CRAIG Gordon's his first start this season was a pleasant surprise. Now he aims to make sure it is not a short-lived one. Simon Mignolet was left out of the team which faced Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday after some admirable...
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Government Has No Idea How Many Will Suffer
THE Government has no idea how many public sector workers will lose their jobs in the North of England, a minister has admitted. Junior Business Minister Baroness Wilcox made the admission after being warned in the House of Lords that the Coalition...
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Great-Grandma Is Also a Great Charity Daredevil
Byline: Dan Warburton [umlaut] 2010 VELUX GROUP, VELUX' and VELUX logo' are registered trademarks. ADAREDEVIL great-grandmother has taken on her latest challenge by clinging to a zip-wire across the River Tyne. Margery Hutton, 81, has already...
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Groups Unite to Help Red Squirrels Survive; Pounds 3m Funding for New Project
Byline: Tony Henderson AUNITED front was launched yesterday in the biggest push yet to ensure red squirrels survive in the North of England. Red Squirrels North England (RSNE) will be a five-year project backed by a total of more than pounds...
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Hammers Need a Win after Frustration
West Ham United .................................. 2 West Bromwich Albion.......................... 2 West Ham were once again left frustrated and remain bottom of the Barclays Premier League as they were held to a 2-2 draw by West Brom at Upton Park....
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Homecoming Will Be a Laugh, I Can Recall; ALEXANDER Armstrong Comes Home Tonight and Laughs Are on the Bill. SAM WONFOR Recalls a Lovely Conversation, While Placing an Across-the-Board Curse on Novelty Telephones
THERE's something lovely and relaxing about doing a phone interview from the comfort of your own abode. You can drink tea out of your favourite cup, have a wander around as the mood takes you and even enjoy the snuggliness of your recently acquired...
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Honours Even in a Derby Bore Draw; Frustrating Eastlands Stalemate as City and United Fail to Shine
Manchester City 0 Manchester United 0 A MANCHESTER derby which promised so much delivered precious little as City and United ground out a goalless stalemate at Eastlands, writes SIMON STONE. At least for Roberto Mancini's men there was no injury-time...
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Hundreds of North Students Join Rally
Byline: William Green; Nicola Juncar HUNDREDS of students and lecturers from the North East joined the London demonstration against the cuts - saying it was time politicians listened to their opinions. Around 500 protesters travelled to London...
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Innovative Energy System to Be Made in Region
COMPONENTS for an intelligent energy system which can shut down devices that aren't being used will be manufactured in County Durham after a deal with a North Wales company. SenseLogix is currently trialling an energy-saving product which is retro-fitted...
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International Project to Increase Job Prospects
Byline: John Hill TEESSIDE University will begin a joint project with universities in Europe and America next year to investigate how to make digital and creative students more employable. The university has received the green light for a two-year...
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Liverpool Pegged Back by Rod Goal
Wigan Athletic 1 Liverpool 1 LIVERPOOL'S four-match winning run was halted by a lively Wigan at the DW Stadium as Roy Hodgson's side faded badly after taking an early lead. Despite being given an early advantage by Fernando Torres' third goal in...
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Mac's in a Race for Glory
GRAEME McDowell is looking to strike a decisive blow in the Race to Dubai when he returns to a happy hunting ground at the Singapore Open. McDowell trails Martin Kaymer by just under EUR600,000 in the battle for the European Tour's lucrative end-ofseason...
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Magpies Lacking in Guile; Hughton Accuses His Side
Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United 1 Blackburn Rovers 2 CHRIS Hughton accused his Newcastle side of lacking guile after they came back down to earth with a bump against a dogged Blackburn. Jason Roberts' late strike brought a run of three...
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Making Time for Work and Family
JOANNA Feeley is a 34-year-old mother-of-one from Fenham. She lives with her fiance, Simon Walsh, head chef at the Barrasford Arms, Hexham, and two-year-old son, Aidan. In 2007, Joanna set up Trend Bible, a new generation predictions agency, which...
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Medermit Fails to Overcome a Big-Race Hurdle
Byline: TOM PEACOCK MEDERMIT'S ambitions of reaching the top of the novice chasing division suffered a major setback when the grey refused on his second start over fences at Huntingdon yesterday, writes TOM PEACOCK. In a dramatic renewal of the...
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Mellor Treble Ends Pool Trophy Hopes
Sheffield Wednesday 4 Hartlepool United 1 HARTLEPOOL United will not be joining Carlisle United in Saturday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy draw after losing at Sheffield Wednesday last night. While the Cumbrians take a spot in the northern section semi-finals...
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Murray Battles Back to Seal Win; TENNIS
BRITISH number one Andy Murray reached the third round of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Paris with a battling 2-6 6-4 6-3 win over David Nalbandian. Murray was broken twice in the first set despite serving seven aces, but levelled after breaking...
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New Confusion over Castle's Art Treasures; Controversy as MP Speaks on Painting Sale
Byline: Kerry Wood CHURCH of England officials insist they have made no decision on the sale of one of the region's artistic treasures, despite comments from their representative in Parliament. Conservative MP Tony Baldry, who speaks for the...
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New Laws on Equality a Welcome Progression
EMPLOYERS who quiz job candidates on their health, or pay staff less based upon their sex, could fall foul of new legislation, warn Latimer Hinks Solicitors. Latimer Hinks Solicitors, based in Darlington's Priestgate, has recently been cited in...
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LEGEND OF THE GUARDIANS: THE OWLS OF GA'HOOLE (PG) Young barn owl Soren (Jim Sturgess) and his sister Eglantine (Adrienne DeFaria) are told about the legendary guardians who have protected their feathered kind for generations. Soren is captured by...
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Opera Tuned Up to Hit Right Notes; Saraband
BEGGAR'S Opera can supplement a win at Lingfield earlier this year with victory in the Bet Test Match Rugby - Betdaq at Wolverhampton. This well-bred colt remains relatively unexposed for a threeyear-old at this stage, having not been seen on the track...
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Parking Charges Cause New Outrage
Byline: James Moore PATIENTS' groups have hit out after a North East hospital increased charges for short-term parking. County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust used to charge 90p an hour at the University Hospital of North Durham -...
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Perverted Officer Is Sent to Prison; Sentence for Child Pornography
Byline: Neil McKay APERVERTED prison officer was beginning a two-year jail sentence last night for downloading more than 1,000 indecent images of children as young as three. Shamed Leslie Winnard, 52, a prison officer for more than 30 years,...
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Pounds 11,000 Reduction in Property Price; North East Homeowners Drop Expectations
Byline: Sarah Scott ATHIRD of North East homeowners have reduced the asking prices for their houses by pounds 11,000 research shows. The price cuts mean Newcastle now features in the top ten biggest average price reductions for the whole of Britain....
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'Protectionism Is the Real Danger' Cameron in Warning to Leaders
Byline: Andrew Woodcock DAVID Cameron has arrived in the South Korean capital Seoul for a meeting of leaders of the G20 group of major economies at which he has vowed to fight protectionism and back measures to keep the recovery on track. The...
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Protesters Go Green in Bid to Stop Plan; New Tactic for Opponents in Harbour Row
Byline: Brian Daniel OPPONENTS of controversial plans to build houses beside a picturesque Northumberland harbour are preparing a move they hope will thwart the scheme. The Save Beadnell Association is working on applications to have the two...
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Prudential Puts the Spotlight on Its Asian Markets
INSURER Prudential has highlighted the importance of its Asian markets after robust sales in the region drove a 17% rise in third quarter sales. The company said the fast-growing economies of South East Asia represented its primary focus for growth...
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Put Safety in Our Hands
WHY not take the stress and worry away from the red tape of business? Peninsula is the UK's largest employment law and health and safety consultancy, providing advice to more than 25,000 employers. Peninsula's service is personally tailored from...
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Reaching for the Final Frontier
Byline: STEWART WATKINS IT MAY be the most remote object in the universe and exist in the darkest reaches of time, but North East scientists have still managed to shed light on a galaxy that has baffled astronomers for years. A few years ago,...
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Revamp Means More Growth for Coating Firm
Byline: Iain Laing AN industrial coatings firm is increasing its productivity after landing a pounds 400,000 investment to help it meet growing demand from industry. North Shields-based Monitor Coatings is reorganising its factory and bringing...
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Robert's Playing Cards Right; Dinwiddie Poised to Be North's Only Tour Winner
Byline: Tim Taylor WITH three weeks left on the 2010 European Tour and with the Senior and Challenge tours wrapped up last weekend, Robert Dinwiddie looks like being the only North East and Cumbria winner of the season on the main professional circuits....
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'School Sports Must Survive These Cuts' North Leaders Mount Campaign to Save Partnerships
Byline: Alastair Craig SCHOOL sport leaders in the North East are mounting a campaign to survive funding cuts they claim will create a generation of less healthy children. Last month the Department for Education announced it would axe cash for...
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Serving Companies' Technology Needs
Byline: John Hill ANEWCASTLE company that allows businesses to markedly reduce the number of servers it uses is predicting it will reach pounds 1.5m in turnover in the current financial year. SITS Group was established in June 2008 as the North...
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Sheridan Is Taking Nothing for Granted
ANDREW Sheridan insisted his reputation for destroying Australian scrums will count for nothing in Saturday's Cook Cup showdown. The mere mention of Sheridan's name would be enough to send shivers down the spine of some Wallaby props after he demolished...
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Shining a Light on Our History
Byline: David Whetstone FINISHING touches are being put to a lighting spectacular that will illuminate one of the region's most loved historic houses. The event at Cragside, near Rothbury in Northumberland, tomorrow is being held in honour of...
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Spreading Benefits of Technology
Byline: PASCA L FINTONI THE Government's commitment to hi-tech businesses should be welcomed, but we also need to promote technology across all sectors if Britain is to maintain its competitive edge. David Cameron's unveiling of a pounds 200m...
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Staying Agile Is the Way Forward
Byline: DAVID COXON WEB designers and software developers have been embracing the idea of agile development for quite some time. The principle of agility is to break projects down into lots of smaller tasks, sharing each as you go and making...
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Student Has an Appetite for Directory Success
Byline: John Hill NORTHUMBRIA University student Alex Redpath hopes to have created an online directory of every restaurant and takeaway in the UK by the end of the year. The former call centre worker, who is in the second year of a leadership...
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Super Results for UK Fashion Firm
SUPERDRY fashion firm SuperGroup says it has upped the pace of its already rapid expansion by opening a record number of stores abroad in the last quarter. Sales at SuperGroup, which claims to be one of the fastest growing fashion retailers, grew 68.4%...
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Take Control - Don't Bury Head in Sand
Byline: DANIEL O'MAHONEY THERE are few bigger reputational issues an organisation makes than to announce redundancies. It unsettles everyone - staff, suppliers, customers. The most dangerous period is in the run-up to the reorganisation when management...
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The Day the Mob Ruled at Millbank; 32 Arrested as Protest Turns to Violence
Byline: William Green; Nicola Juncar ADEMONSTRATION against higher tuition fees by tens of thousands of students and lecturers descended into violence yesterday, leaving at least 10 people needing hospital treatment. Police officers and students...
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These Karate Kids Are Just Dan Good; Duo among Youngest to Gain Ranking
Byline: Sara Nichol THEY may be less than 4ft tall, but these karate kids have proved they shouldn't be messed with. Nine-year-olds Brooke McDonald and Esther Beales have become the youngest in the country - and among the youngest in the world...
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Tributes after Celebrated Professor Dies
Byline: Amy Hunt ACELEBRATED professor, who dedicated 40 years to teaching students at Newcastle University, has died. Prof Hugh Berrington left school at 15 with no thought of going to university. But he became one of the country's most respected...
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Tributes to Admired Artist Alison Best
MANY people have been saddened by the death of Alison Best, an artist known for her ingenuity and generosity. Her brother, Don Williams, an author and photographer, said Alison died on November 1 in the University Hospital of North Durham after being...
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Tyre Company Invests to Inflate Sales
Byline: Christopher Knox ARAPIDLY growing tyre, exhaust and car servicing company is investing pounds 2m in new warehousing as it looks to increase its sales beyond pounds 60m. Middlesbrough-based North Eastern Tyre and Exhausts (NETE) is investing...
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Villa's Late Show Sees off Gutsy Blackpool
Aston Villa ............................................ 3 Blackpool ............................................. 2 JAMES Collins grabbed an 89th-minute winner to finally see off gutsy Blackpool and end Aston Villa's five-match winless run in the...
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We Must Recognise the Talent Within
Byline: TOM ROBINSON NEWCASTLE needs to raise its game. We must have greater aspirations, not just to maintain our position as a regional capital, but to be a real player on the European stage in a way that cities like Edinburgh sees themselves....
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Whisky Waste Is Converted to Energy
A NORTHUMBERLAND-BASED renewable energy company is starting work on the second phase of a pounds 6m project to turn waste from whisky into power and is bidding on five more major UK tenders. HydroThane UK, which is headquartered in Morpeth, won...
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Wildlife That's Rife on the Doorstep; YOU Don't Have to Head to Africa to Go Wildlife Tracking. JESSICA TRAVERS Takes a Trip to Gibside and Finds the North East in All Its Guises Is Ripe for Exploration. and Offers Plenty of Action for Restless Pack Animals (Aka Children)
Byline: JESSICA TRAVERS " Now, what do you think that is?" asks wildlife expert Phil Younger. Three blank faces look first at the ground and then stare quizzically at Phil, a seasonal warden at the National Trust's Gibside estate. There is silence...
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X Factor Effect Boosts Home Dining Range at Sainsbury''s
Byline: Iain Laing THE chief executive of Sainsbury's says the supermarket has benefited from the "X Factor effect" as customers saved money by staying in to watch their favourite TV shows. Justin King said the retailer's Taste the Difference...
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