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 16, 2010

1960s Toy Inspires 3D Technique
A POPULAR toy from the 1960s is the inspiration behind cutting-edge technology that allows consumers to design and manufacture their own pieces of contemporary furniture - with no specialist skills needed. Innovators at Gateshead-based Cohda Design...
Age Slows Us Down as Time Speeds Up
Byline: KEITH HANN WITH age comes the sense that time is passing more quickly and the certainty that routine tasks take ever longer to perform. I got up to write this column at 6.30 yesterday and reached my desk two hours later, after a bath...
Bouggler Aims for a Nice Little Bonus
BOUGGLER became eligible for an enticing pounds 60,000 Cheltenham Festival bonus after starting off on a winning note over fences at Plumpton. Should Emma Lavelle's smart hurdler graduate from the Hepworth Conqueror Stout Novices' Chase to success...
Boy, 12, Died after Drinking Bleach; Tragic Mum Admits Son's Manslaughter
Byline: John-Paul AMOTHER who made her 12-year-old autistic son drink a cup of bleach because she feared social services would take him away has pleaded guilty to manslaughter. Satpal Kaur Singh, 44, killed her son Ajit just hours after she refused...
Brighton Was the Perfect Remedy; Gulls Win Sets Up Pool for Cup
Byline: Jak Penny HARTLEPOOL boss Mick Wadsworth is confident that his side can overcome Vauxhall Motors at the second time of asking in tonight's FA Cup first round replay. Wadsworth, who saw his side put a halt to League One leaders Brighton...
'Britain Still a Major Player' - Cameron; PM Delivers First Guildhall Speech
Byline: Gavin Cordon DAVID Cameron last night pledged to ensure that Britain would remain a "major player on the world stage", despite the need for swingeing defence cuts and the rise of competing economic powers such as China and India. Delivering...
Builder Is Optimistic on Sales of New Homes
Byline: John Hill HOUSEBUILDER Persimmon claims the market has missed out on its autumn upturn in sales, but that volumes have been "stable" since July. The York company, set up in 1972 by Northumberland landowner Duncan Davidson, released an interim...
Cabbage Plot Hid Deadly Cache of Bullets; Military Arsenal on Allotment
Byline: Alastair Craig ALONGSIDE his carrots and cabbages, allotment holder Stephen Rutter concealed a deadly cache of ammunition - including "highly dangerous" exploding bullets used by the military. Police discovered thousands of rounds held illegally...
Calling on Public to Preserve Our National Parks
THE Government is calling for the public to contribute ideas on ways to improve the way we care for one of England's biggest assets, our National Parks. In the North East, local people and communities are being given the opportunity to share concerns...
Carroll's England Debut in Balance; Injury May Rule United Star Out
Byline: Matt Leslie ANDY Carroll's prospective England debut hangs in the balance as the striker struggles to recover from a groin injury. The Newcastle United front man was called up by England manager Fabio Capello for tomorrow's friendly international...
Cech: Ray Shock Not to Blame for Defeat
CHELSEA goalkeeper Petr Cech insists the midweek departure of assistant coach Ray Wilkins had no bearing on their shock 3-0 home defeat to Sunderland. Goals from Nedum Onuoha, Asamoah Gyan and Danny Welbeck earned Sunderland their first away win...
Charged with Helping Killer Moat Evade Police Capture; WILLS
Byline: Alastair Craig AMAN has appeared in court to face allegations of helping killer gunman Raoul Moat evade capture by hiding a vehicle used during his seven-day summer rampage. Scott Raisbeck, 30, is accused of concealing a van driven by...
City's Brush with Masters; Cathedral Has Always Been a Draw for Artists
Byline: Tony Henderson DURHAM has been a pilgrimage centre for more than a thousand years. But another pull has been the stunning combination of great architecture and the dramatic natural setting of the city. Over the last 200 years this...
Cruel Plan Serves Only to Make People Afraid; DENISE ROBERTSON
THE measure to cut unemployment benefit after three job refusals puzzled me. What would happen to the people this deprived of benefit? Would they die in the gutter from starvation and their children roam the streets barefoot, both impossible in a civilised...
Deaths
BEGG (Seahouses). Peacefully on Monday 15th November 2010, Stella, aged 85 years, a loving wife to Ted, a dear mum to Gordon and Malcolm and grandmother to Rachel and Mathew. Funeral Service to be held at St. Paul's Church, North Sunderland on Monday...
Delight as Winning Team Is Reunited; RACING
JOHN Oxx is looking forward to renewing his association with Johnny Murtagh after the jockey was retained to ride all of the Aga Khan's Irish-trained horses in 2011. Murtagh was stable jockey for Oxx between 1992-2003, during which time he rode...
De Villiers' Squad Is Rocked by Test Results
SOUTH Africa coach Peter de Villiers says Bjorn Basson and Chiliboy Ralepelle were "shocked and disappointed" after testing positive for a banned substance. Basson, a 23-year-old winger and Ralepelle (pictured below), a 24-year-old hooker, were...
Drive Aims to Keep Olympic Promise; OLYMPICS
A pounds 135 million Lottery-funded drive to boost mass participation in sport on the back of staging the London 2012 Games was announced yesterday. Places, People and Play, billed by Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson as the "cornerstone of grassroots...
Emma Can Continue Her Hot Streak
Byline: Saraband UNQUESTIONABLY the hottest trainer around at the moment is Emma Lavelle, whose decision to throw Zarrafakt straight into handicap company on his chasing debut at Folkestone could be revealing. Having won a handicap hurdle at...
England Bowlers Prepare for Heat of Test; Frontline Attack Heading to Brisbane to Acclimatise
ENGLAND yesterday stuck to plan A when they confirmed their likely frontline Ashes attack will miss the final warm-up match in Hobart - and instead head to Brisbane early. The move was formulated several weeks ago when England first concluded extra...
Family's Tribute to Respected Academic; Lecturer Passed Away in His Sleep
Byline: Vicky Robson TRIBUTES have been paid to a respected academic and former councillor who has died at the age of 81. Norman Dennis, a university lecturer, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Sunderland, on Sunday. The father-of-two...
Famous Relation a Surprising Revelation
AN award-winning play gets its world premiere at the People's Theatre tonight and it would be nice to think that the venue's founders will be looking down on it with a kindly eye. Pig Stew, which is being staged as the winner of this year's biennial...
Freed Couple Tell of 'Traumatic' Ordeal
FREED hostages Paul and Rachel Chandler last night described their "traumatic" kidnap ordeal at the hands of Somali pirates. The Chandlers, freed on Sunday following more than a year in captivity, revealed they were beaten by their captors after...
Fulham Draw Was a Huge Turn-Off; A VIEW FROM THE GALLOWGATE
Byline: PAUL DIXON Paul Dixon has been following Newcastle United for more than 35 years, 16 of which have been as a season ticket holder in the Gallowgate End at St James' Park. Each week in his column, he takes a wry look at all things football...
Funding to Revive North Housing Axed; Cash Would Have Created Jobs and Homes
Byline: Adrian Pearson AFUND set to revive the North East housing market has been cancelled. The Government has ended the scheme to renovate or rebuild thousands of homes in Newcastle and Gateshead. It is believed more than pounds 100m will...
Gray Backs Young Cats Star's Chances
FORMER Sunderland left-back Michael Gray has backed Jordan Henderson to succeed at the highest level, writes MATT LESLIE. Henderson was called up to the England squad by boss Fabio Capello for tomorrow's friendly against France at Wembley Stadium...
Huge Increase in Social Enterprise Organisations
Byline: Karen Dent THE number of people starting new businesses as notfor-profit social enterprises is increasing, according to the latest figures from Sustainable Enterprise Strategies (SES). The Sunderland-based organisation, which works with...
Invensys Rises Highest amid Purchase Talk
THE FTSE 100 Index reversed its initial lows to close up 23.5 points at 5820.4. The index started in the red due to ongoing concerns about the European sovereign debt crises and worries China may try to cool economic growth by increasing interest...
Is It a Holiday for Locals? Campaigner's Warning to Travel Industry
Byline: Tony Henderson FOR many people, their foreign holiday is a time for care-free self-indulgence. But it may not be such a happy experience for people living in those holiday destinations. Exploitation of local people in holiday countries...
Jobs Saved as Firm Is Rescued in Buy-Out; Manufacturing Jobs Will Stay in the North
Byline: Christopher Knox MORE than 90 manufacturing jobs have been saved after a bathroom factory was rescued from administration by a national building company. Cramlington-based EJ Badekabiner (EJB) has been acquired for an undisclosed sum...
Kauto Star Ruled out of Hennessy Gold Cup
IAN Williams is looking forward to the Hennessy Gold Cup more than ever after Little Josh gave his runner Weird Al a boost by winning the Paddy Power Gold Cup. Weird Al snatched a dead-heat with Little Josh, who was receiving 6lb, over two and a...
Kitchen Firm Hit by Consumers' Thrift
Byline: Christopher Knox AFAMILY-owned kitchen firm has seen profits fall by almost 50% to pounds 2.7m as the market for "big ticket" home improvement items remains challenging. County Durham firm PWS Distributors saw its turnover slide marginally...
Klitschkos Fighting over Haye Encounter; BOXING
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has offered to split the difference with David Haye in a renewed bid to make their muchanticipated world heavyweight title unification match a reality. Klitschko has thrown down a challenge to Haye in the...
Little Time for Sore Limbs to Convalesce; Gloucester Test Next for Falcons
Byline: Mark Smith NEWCASTLE Falcons boss Alan Tait will patch up his wounded troops this week, ahead of Sunday's visit of Gloucester. The Cherry and Whites arrive at Kingston Park bang in form after winning their last four Aviva Premiership games,...
Long-Serving Deputy Is Picked as Leader of CBI
Byline: Peter McCusker THE deputy director general of the CBI was named as the business group's new leader yesterday. John Cridland will take over as director general at the end of January, when Richard Lambert steps down after five years in the...
'Make a Name for Yourself' Scots Boss Levein Issues Challenge to New Boys
SCOTLAND boss Craig Levein challenged the newcomers to his squad to launch a successful international career tonight as he refuted claims the friendly against the Faroe Islands had been demeaned by a large volume of call-offs. Levein has suffered...
Men of Iron Put Region out in Front; WHILE the North East Did Not Invent the Railway, or the Steam Locomotive, through a Combination of Both It Reshaped the World. Author Robin Jones Has Provided a Timely Reminder of the Region's Heritage and the Irrevocable Mark It Has Made on History. He Spoke to MIKE KELLY
Byline: MIKE KELLY which twinned their names in 1825, and the era of progress that followed, particularly in the North East, meant they were, in effect, the Silicon Valley of the 19th Century, according to writer Robin Jones. Without it, he says,...
Meteoric Rise but Family Keeps Jordan's Feet Firmly on Ground; A Welshman Plus Loving Family Have Helped Put Jordan Henderson on Path to England Glory
JORDAN Henderson's first taste of professional football was being photographed on the shoulders of Ryan Giggs as a three-yearold. Giggs and his then Manchester United team-mate David Beckham were the players that Henderson looked up to as a youngster....
Minister Says Cash Fears Are 'Nonsense' Communities Secretary Hits Back at Claims
Byline: William Green ASENIOR coalition minister has declared it is "nonsense" the North East will lose European regeneration cash because of the Government's regional growth plans. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles rubbished fears the region...
New Sales and Exports Needed in Beef Sector
Byline: Karen Dent INCREASED exports and alternative markets for beef can help increase production levels and raise prices, according to the National Beef Association (NBA). It believes that processors can have more of an effect on prices and...
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....
Parents Desperate to Find out How 23-Year-Old Was Electrocuted
THE death of their son is still too painful to talk about after Andrew Minto accidently touched a 25,000 volt electric cable. But his grieving family hope police can piece together the last moments of his life to find the truth about Andrew's death....
Perfect Pitch as Gosforth Blaze a Trail
SARACENS may have raised a few eyebrows by announcing their plans to play on a synthetic pitch next season, but the Premiership giants are merely following in the footsteps of North East trailblazers. Gosforth RFC have played the past three-and-a-half...
Pig Production Is Behind Europe
BRITISH pig production is still lagging behind Europe, according to the latest figures from the British Pig Executive (Bpex). Statistics from Bpex's Cost of Production in Selected Countries publication showed the average British sow produced 1643kg...
Police Warn Young Drivers of Dangers; Campaign Will Target Teenage Motorists
Byline: Katie Davies AHARD-HITTING safety campaign has been launched warning young drivers about the dangers on the road after car crashes claimed the lives of two teenage youths. Young and new drivers, between the ages of 17 and 24, are being...
Ponting's Keeping Faith with Mitchell
AUSTRALIA captain Ricky Ponting has backed Mitchell Johnson to regain his best form in the Ashes. Johnson was yesterday named in an enlarged 17-man party for the first Test at the Gabba on November 25, the selectors opting to hedge their bets with...
Positive Vettel Has Earned His Victory
SEBASTIAN Vettel believes his positive response to mid-season criticism was vital to him becoming Formula One's youngest world champion. The German Red Bull driver found himself in the firing line after the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa when a bungled...
Protests Inevitable in the Future
Byline: NEIL WARWICK THE civil unrest demonstrated at Millbank House last week was on a level not associated with the UK since the Poll Tax riots of the 1990s. It is a democratic right to protest, however, vandalism, criminal damage and violence...
Restored Organ Is Music to His Ears; Young Star Brings Back Past
Byline: Sarah Scott To see a video of Carl Heslop playing the organ log on to www.journallive.co .uk LEFT unused in a cold barn, this organ would once have taken pride of place at your local cinema. Now with a bit of tender loving care this 1930s...
Reversing Fortunes of Region's Woods; Scheme Will Help Native Species Thrive
Byline: Tony Henderson LANDOWNER Nick Ridley is backing a bid to restore ancient woodland in Northumberland. Mr Ridley, whose family has farmed the Park End Estate near Hexham in Northumberland for over 200 years, is among the first in the North...
Rumours of Slur on Accident Victim Led to Assault; Grieving Man Lashed out at Friend
Byline: Rob Kennedy AGRIEVING pal who turned his fury on a victim of unfounded rumours has been handed a suspended jail sentence. Alexander Hobson was attacked after rumours spread he had criticised a teenager who died in a car crash. Liam...
Slick Works Sees Oil Firm Win Key Contracts across the Globe
Byline: Christopher Knox AN OIL contracting business expects to treble in size and move into new offices over the next three years after securing a raft of contracts in Africa and the Middle East. Washington-based Oil Consultants Limited works...
Solar Panel Scheme Sparks Opposition; Farmer's Plan Contravenes Green Belt Policy, Say Planners
Byline: Paul Tully AFARMER who wants to cover a North East field with solar panels is facing opposition from planners. Although no other objection has been made, Northumberland planning officers say Christopher Porter's plans contravene Green...
Staff Get to Work with Pedal Power; Workers Take Advantage of Bike Scheme: SADDLING UP from Left, Tony Richards, Factory and Site Manager at SCA, with Derek Burton and Brian Oliver
Byline: Amy Hunt SCORES of workers at a Tynedale factory are pedalling for a greener environment and healthier lifestyle. More than 60 members of staff at SCA Hygiene Products UK in Prudhoe are taking part in the Cycle to Work Scheme. The...
Starting a Business Can Be Daunting
FOR many people, starting a business can be daunting, but the idea that entrepreneurship has to be a lone activity is not always the case. During Global Entrepreneur Week, in conjunction with the Entrepreneurs' Forum North East, entrepreneurs are...
Students Have Created Their Own School of Art; Artworks Will Hang in the New Building
Byline: Ruth Lawson PUPILS set their creativity free to design artwork inspired by their school's history. Students at St Joseph's RC Comprehensive School, in Hebburn, South Tyneside, pooled their artistic and historic skills to come up with...
Top Line-Up at Climate Change Summit
Byline: SARAH GREEN WITH the global market for low-carbon goods and services expected to be worth around pounds 4 trillion by 2015, SMEs need to act now to develop products and services, as well as taking steps to improve energy efficiency. The...
Unsavoury Habits of Famous Duo; BARBARA Hodgson Talks to Alan Bennett about His Latest Play - Opening in Newcastle Tonight - Which Mixes Poetry, Music and Toilet Habits
IT imagines the meeting of two leading lights of the art world: composer Benjamin Britten and poet WH Auden. But Alan Bennett's The Habit of Art might prove a bit of an eye-opener for those expecting something rather highbrow from such a meeting of...
When You're Faced with Something [...]
When you're faced with something that appears too good to be true do you ignore it to save yourself a fall later or do you take it and so what if you end up on your face? It's a nothing ventured, nothing gained sort of a day Aries. Recently things...