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 25, 2010

A Superb Start to Local Hero's Hurdling Career
STEVE Gollings is refusing to get too carried away after Local Hero made a most impressive start to his hurdling career at Wetherby. The Lincolnshire handler waxed lyrical about the youngster following his victory on the Flat at Catterick earlier this...
At Least Students Are Standing Up for What They Believe In
I HAVE to admit yesterday's student protests left me feeling somewhat cynical at first. Has it really come to this? Admittedly, we all enjoy a good grumble about the coalition from time to time, but actual demonstrations? Walkouts nationwide? I even...
Bear Necessities for Building Group Team
Byline: Karen Dent BUILDING services group Northern Bear is aiming to diversify to take aKaren Dent dvantage of opportunities it expects to arise from the demise of two of its main rivals. The Chester-le-Street company, which runs 13 businesses...
Bio-Processes Company in Push for Funding
BIO-PROCESSING company Bioinnovel is to launch a search for a fresh round of funding this winter in a bid to have its first product on the market by March. The firm is developing sensors that monitor bio-processes and should allow pharmaceutical,...
Bosses Fall out over Parking Campaign; Traders Say Everyone Has to Share Pain
Byline: Dave Black ACAMPAIGN to secure a fair deal on car parking charges in towns across Northumberland has sparked conflict between two neighbouring business groups. The Wansbeck Business Forum has accused Morpeth Chamber of Trade of "alienating"...
Brothers' New Enterprise to Provide a Back-Up Plan
FORMER Canary Wharf analyst Giles Wright has returned north to set up a disaster recovery and back-up company in Newcastle. Wright worked as a systems analyst at JP Morgan from 2003 to 2008, and then spent a year and a half as a senior analyst with...
Business as Usual at Chelsea - Kalou
CHELSEA winger Salomon Kalou insists the players have not been affected by the shock departure of assistant Ray Wilkins and the rumours surrounding coach Carlo Ancelotti's future. Kalou came off the bench to inspire Chelsea to a 2-1 home win over...
Buy-to-Let Mortgage Firm Profits Rise
Byline: Iain Laing BUY-to-let mortgage firm Paragon has unveiled a 32% rise in profits as it looks to re-establish itself as a major lender to professional landlords. The group, which trades as Paragon Mortgages and Mortgage Trust, withdrew from...
Carter Is Aiming to Get Points Record
DAN Carter is set for the latest red-letter day in his glittering Test career this weekend - and it could prove another all-black experience for Wales. Carter will enter international rugby's record books as the most prolific scorer of all-time...
Chatton's Ladies to Go Festive Fishing
MEMBERS of the Ladies Fishing group are going "Christmas fishing" at Chatton Trout Fishery on Sunday, December 12, from 9am to 4.30pm. The event will include fly dressing classes from Don Coe and Paul Little. There will also be sessions on entomology...
Churchgoers Set to Celebrate US Style; Service Was Inspired by St Paul's Trip
Byline: Paul Tully ANORTHUMBERLAND church will today be offering thanks to God - in a very American way. For on the USA's Thanksgiving Day, Trinity Methodist Church in Beaumont Street, Hexham, is putting on a stars-and-stripes-style Thanksgiving...
Clashes in Capital
Byline: Michael Wood s PROTESTERS in London attacked a police van as crowds swelled during angry demonstrations against rising university tuition fees. A group of young men leapt on to the roof, smashed the windscreen, daubed it with a slogan...
Classy Tottenham Earn Their Euro Spurs Again; Tottenham Hotspur ............................... 3 Werder Bremen .................................... 0
TOTTENHAM Hotspur went marching into the Champions League knockout stage as their fairytale first season in the competition continued with a thumping win over Werder Bremen. Spurs easily sealed qualification from Group A with a game to spare, a...
Clinic Offers Speedy Solution
AN INNOVATIVE Business Clinic at the University of Sunderland's Business School will lead the country by providing a single hub which not only guarantees to source relevant experts to solve employer problems, but also arranges work experience for business...
Could Facebook Be GMail Killer?
Byline: PASCA L FINTONI WHEN Facebook announced its new Facebook Messaging service, which will integrate SMS, email, instant messaging and Facebook messages into a single platform, many commentators dismissed it out of hand. I disagree, I think...
Court Closures Raise Cost Fear; MP Highlights New Concerns over Savings
Byline: William Green THE Government has been warned that money-saving plans to close courts across the North East could end up costing more. The warning from Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith comes after the Government unveiled plans earlier this year...
Crash Witness Plea; Driver Trapped in Crashed Car after Fleeing Police Patrol Vehicle
Byline: Neil McKay POLICE accident investigators are appealing for witnesses to a car crash at high speed in County Durham after a driver sped way from police. Officers are baffled as to why the driver of a green Vauxhall Vectra sped off when...
Croft Prepared for a Physical Battle
TOM Croft was left "battered" by South Africa during the British and Irish Lions tour of 2009 - but is ready to go there again for England on Saturday. The Leicester flanker has never experienced anything more physically intense than the second...
Cryogenics Company Is Earning Its Accolades
NOW in its 26th year, Houghton-le-Spring-based Wessington Cryogenics has become recognised amongst the best in the world for quality and reliability, vessel design and manufacture. It manufactures a broad range of cryogenic storage vessels from...
Dallaglio: England Need Consistency
LAWRENCE Dallaglio has warned England will not be considered genuine contenders for next year's World Cup unless they start producing performances like the one which saw off Australia on a regular basis. A wave of optimism surrounds Martin Johnson's...
Damsel in Distress Puts on an Amazing Show; Maze, Stephenson Works, Newcastle
ON A dark, wet and uninviting evening, there is no obvious comfort to be found around the back of the Royal Mail depot on Forth Street. But cutting through the sound of the wind and the trains clicking on the railway line nearby is the unmistakable...
David Wells
A family matter may need closer inspection, something you feel rather than know, an intuitive thing that could use some follow up Aries. Trust in it, if you think Granny's been at the biscuit tin again it's time to have a word. You're ideas have...
Deaths
BLACKHALL (Morpeth). Peacefully on 21st November, aged 94 years, Norman, dearly loved husband of the late Kathleen, stepdad of Ronnie and Alex. Will be greatly missed. Would friends please meet for service and cremation at Cowpen Crematorium on Friday...
Decision Needed on Centre Scheme
Byline: Tony Henderson ADECISION is due on a massive shopping centre rebuilding scheme which has split opinions. Tomorrow Gateshead Council planners are asking councillors to back plans by SpenHill Developments, the commercial property arm of...
Duchess Digs in to Help Launch of New Hospice
THE Duchess of Northumberland formally marked building work starting on the Grace House children's hospice, which will provide a home from home for sick children from across the North East, from the Scottish Borders to Teesside. Her Grace, patron...
Export Aid Wins New Award
Byline: DAVID COPPOCK UK Trade & Investment has been proclaimed the best trade promotion agency in the developed world at the International Trade Centre's Trade Promotion Organisation Network Awards 2010 in Mexico. And its Gateway to Global...
Fancy Your Chances at Writing a Hit Play?
AT ONE time or another, we've all been guilty of doing a better job from our armchairs. Whether it's cooking on Come Dine With Me, belting out a tune or two on the X Factor or scoring at St James' Park, most of us will have uttered the phrase: "I...
Flexible Working Is Best for All
BELINDA White lives in Brunton Park with her husband Will, a software engineer, and their children Katie, seven and Daniel, three. Belinda started arttia creative in January 2008, which is a full-service design and marketing agency, available to...
Franc Quick to Agree New Bandits Deal; SPEEDWAY
JOSEF Franc will be back in the black and gold colours of Berwick Bandits next season, joining Lee Complin as a confirmed starter. Franc was desperate to rejoin Berwick and it only took minutes to tie up his deal, according to Bandits co-owner George...
Fundraiser Wins His Own Personal Battle; Wheelchair Journey Boosts Poppy Appeal
Byline: Katie Davies AWAR veteran who has a spinal injury has raised thousands of pounds after he completed an epic 125-mile journey to launch this year's Poppy appeal. Paul McClintock - who suffered serious injuries to his back during an army...
Getting Creative about How to Spread the Word
THE arrival of live in-play betting has allowed punters to take a chance on all manner of sporting occurrences. It is a development that has been particularly welcome for Newcastle creative agency Drummond Central, which has been working with betting...
Global Reputation Is the Key to Success
Byline: JOHN McCABE BOTH from a global and local perspective, building, developing and protecting our reputation is very important to Rio Tinto Alcan. Indeed, our global reputation is, in many ways, determined by the strength of the relationships...
Good News, but More Can Be Done
NEWS that Sunderland is the UK's start-up boom town shouldn't allow organisations to rest on their laurels, says the chief executive of one of the region's largest enterprise agencies. Research by Royal Mail released in October positions Wearside...
Go Solar and End Up in Profit
PEOPLE and property business Gentoo has launched a new green energy service to enable homeowners in the North East to improve the energy efficiency of their home, reduce their energy bills and earn money by generating their own electricity with its...
Graduate Flock Lay Golden Eggs with Uni's Help
SUNDERLAND University is helping to grow a new generation of software entrepreneurs who are placing the city and the wider North East at the heart of the international software industry. The university's "Software Hatchery" - operated as part of...
Grindal's Relishing Former Club's Visit
Byline: Mark Smith FORMER Falcons scrum-half James Grindal knows he is in for a busy afternoon on Saturday as Newcastle travel to face his Leicester Tigers side. The 30-year-old made 158 appearances for the Falcons during a seven-year stay, but...
Grounds to Remain Optimistic - Brady
WEST Ham United are convinced that they can afford to move to the Olympic Stadium even if they are relegated from the Premier League, vice-chairman Karren Brady said yesterday. The east London team's push to move to the venue in Stratford, east...
Gunners Can Bounce Back; Djourou Hopes for Euro Progress despite Braga Loss
JOHAN Djourou admits it would be a "disaster" if Arsenal failed to reach the last 16 of the Champions League, but remains confident the Gunners can deliver. Arsene Wenger was left fuming after his much-changed team was denied a stonewall penalty...
He Pretended to Be Nice to Women before Turning Nasty and Demanding Sexual Favours
Byline: Rob Kennedy STEPHEN Mitchell had been accused of 26 charges in relation to 16 women and was convicted of 11 offences against seven of the complainants. Mitchell would use the same tactics with each of the women, offering them favours...
Higgins Wants to Be on Top of World; Scot out to Be No 1 Again
JOHN Higgins is determined to move on from the nightmare of his six-month ban - by reclaiming the world number one spot he occupied before it started. Higgins was suspended from snooker in May following allegations in the News of the World he accepted...
Hit Brakes for All Our Kids' Sake; Mum Joins Speed Limit Campaign
Byline: Tom Mullen A GRIEVING mother is campaigning for lower speed limits after her 14-year-old son was knocked down and killed on his way home from school. Karen Hylton helped launch a new road safety campaign yesterday in memory of her late...
Hogwarts Jibe over Gove School Plans; Britain Can Be World Leader, MPs Are Told
Byline: William Green EDUCATION Secretary Michael Gove was last night accused of wanting to turn North schools into versions of Harry Potter's Hogwarts as he unveiled the coalition's White Paper on education. Durham North West Labour MP Pat Glass,...
Homecoming Military Enlist Peer Help
Byline: DAVE ANDERSON OUR armed services enjoy an increasing and special place in our national life thanks to their work in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Sierra Leone, Iraq and currently Afghanistan. I was myself deeply privileged to serve as...
How to Improve Your Cash Flow
IN spite of the continuing tough economic climate, businesses still need access to a stable form of funding, and with bank finance levels contracting, it is vital that firms do not wait for banks to further reduce or withdraw funding before casting...
Inconsistent Murray Determined to Keep His Emotions in Check; Tennis
THERE was no shouting, no angry gestures, almost no emotion of any kind from Andy Murray in his thrashing by Roger Federer at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals - and that is the way he intends it to stay. The Scot struggled to find his game from...
Ireland Calms Markets While Miners Rally
Byline: Scott Farnetti THE markets were in positive mood on Wednesday, a respite from previous sessions. Ireland unveiled a four-year plan intended to stabilise public finances. This sets the stage for the rescue plan devised by the European...
'It Was Something I Just Put Up With'
ONE victim of PC Stephen Mitchell told last night how he preyed on her before he was brought to justice. The Northumbria Police officer was convicted yesterday of two charges of rape and three indecent assaults. And later, the victim described...
Jobs Programme Creates a Brighter Future for Recruits
GENTOO has tapped into Government funding to secure more jobs for Sunderland people. Working in partnership with Sunderland City Council, Jobcentre Plus and the Tyne and Wear City Region Partnership, Gentoo has added another 13 jobs to its already...
Kieran's Warning to Rising Cats Stars; Kieran Warns Cats Not to Believe the Hype
KIERAN Richardson believes Sunderland's new generation are on the verge of something special - as long as they don't buy into their own hype. The Black Cats' run of one defeat in 12 leaves them perched in seventh place in the Premier League table...
Land Prices Up, Survey Discovers
Byline: Karen Dent LAND prices in the North East are increasing but are still below the English average, according to figures from the three months to the end of September. The English average value for arable land stood at pounds 6,024 an acre,...
Magpies Could Do without the Bans; Hughton Blast for Indiscipline
Byline: Mark Douglas CHRIS Hughton admits that Newcastle United have been their own worst enemy over the last fortnight, as he faces up to the prospect of losing his two first-choice centre-halves until Christmas. Mike Williamson was slapped...
Manufacturer Generates the Power to Boost Profile
Byline: John Hill MANUFACTURER Turbo Power Systems is hoping to boost its energy, defence and transport profile following a 51% surge in revenues in the first nine months of the year. The company, which was founded in Gateshead, has reached pounds...
Massini's Capable of Making Grade
Byline: Saraband TELL Massini can step up to the mark in the Grade Two GPG Novices' Chase, the feature event on the opening day of the Hennessy meeting at Newbury. Tom George's charge was twice a winner at this level over hurdles last term but he...
New Gallery in the City Is Keeping It Local; DAVID WHETSTONE Visits a New Gallery Devoted to North East Art and Artists
AN ambition has been realised and artists and art lovers throughout the North East have reason to be grateful. "It has been my ambition to develop an art gallery for North East people by North East artists for some time now," says John Thompson....
No Milling about for Entrepreneur
Byline: John Hill FOOD products entrepreneur Rob Mullen has secured a deal to bring Estonian flour to the UK market and launched a new marketing company. The exclusive five-year deal between Mullen's Newcastle business the Estonia Flour Supply company...
Oldest Swingers Are Back in Town; Open's Ready to Turn Back Clock
Byline: Tim Taylor ANYBODY fascinated by how much modern equipment makes it easier to play golf will want to get their name down quickly for a novel event coming to the North East next year - The Hickory Shafted Open. Instead of a five iron,...
Parents Are Granted the Freedom to Care; LIVING with an Autistic Child Can Be a Difficult but, with the Right Help, Enriching Experience. Two Families Share Their Stories with HANNAH DAVIES
Byline: HANNAH DAVIES OUR house is like a mad house ... everything revolves around Liam, so laughs Brenda Newing, mum to Liam, 15. Brenda, of Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle, says: "I have never got a tidy house when Liam's there. There's things thrown...
Peter's Night to Remember; Half a Century of Club Service to Be Marked
Byline: Tony Henderson FOR half a century, Peter Devlin has served his local social club on Tyneside as a family labour of love. And tonight, Tynemouth Club in the village's Front Street will hold a special presentation evening to mark Peter's...
Phones Will Be Able to Pinpoint Your Car on Street
THE sight of delivery drivers scratching their heads in confusion could soon disappear from our streets, thanks to the launch of a new product from a North East technology company. FS apps Ltd, based at the North East Business and Innovation Centre...
Police Face Civil Action after Scandal; Officer Preyed on Vulnerable Drug Addicts
Byline: Rob Kennedy A NORTHUMBRIA police officer was last night facing a lengthy jail term after being convicted of raping and indecently assaulting vulnerable women he met on duty. Stephen Mitchell targeted women, many of them drug addicts,...
Pounds 6m Cash Injection for Excavator Firm
Byline: Peter McCusker EARTH-MOVING kit maker Miller UK has bolstered its finances with a near-pounds 6m injection as it looks to capitalise on an improvement in some of its overseas markets. The Cramlington-based company has toughed it out during...
Praise for Scheme to Improve Mental Health Care
A NEW service which aims to prevent people in Northumberland from developing serious mental health problems has seen 2,700 clients in its first year - and earned praise from those who have used it. Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT)...
Public Sector Has a Role in Recovery
IN HIS first major speech as Prime Minister, David Cameron posed the question: "Can we re-balance economic power across our regions, across different industries, so that more people have a stake in our success?" Faced with the aftermath of one of the...
PV Can Play 'Huge Part in Power Generation'
Byline: John Hill ASOLAR technology expert based in the North East will use an upcoming conference to push for more political and financial backing for photovoltaic technology in the UK. At the Solar Flair conference at County Durham's Lumley...
Queen's Sadness as Mine Blast Kills 29; Britons among Those Workers Believed Dead
Byline: David Hughes THE Queen spoke of her sadness yesterday as it emerged 29 miners, including two Britons, were presumed dead after two explosions in a New Zealand mine. The Prince of Wales and Prince William also sent messages of condolence...
Racecourse Covers Up for Winter; Entire Turf Is Shielded from Weather
Byline: Ruth Lawson IT'S not just chilly shoppers who will be wrapping up warm this winter - Newcastle Racecourse is also covering up in a bid to beat the cold weather. The entire two-mile turf has been shielded from the elements with heavy-duty...
Racing
ROBBIE Hennessy has ruled Sublimity out of a third crack at the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle this weekend. The 10-year-old chased home Go Native at Gosforth Park 12 months ago and was a narrow second to Punjabi when the race...
Returning Rooney Spot on for United; Rangers 0 Manchester United 1
There was no apology from Wayne Rooney last night, only a match-winning penalty as the Manchester United sharpshooter fired his side into the knockout phase. On his first start since signing a lucrative new contract and annoying the Red Devils fans...
Scotland Look to Build on Success
ANDY Robinson has urged his Scotland side to build on their victory over world champions South Africa in Saturday's EMC Autumn Test against Samoa in Aberdeen and secure a fifth win from six matches. Scotland responded to the 49-3 humbling by New...
Separating Fantasy and Real Life
Byline: TECH NOTES THERE has never been more choice in what to play. In the 1980s many games involved a simple 'kill or be killed' situation, partly because this is a really simple interaction. As the technology has progressed the graphics have...
Strauss Tipped for Greatness; Captain Can Bring Home the Ashes, Insists Gatting
ANDREW Strauss will go down as one of the greatest England captains of all time if he defends the Ashes successfully this winter, according to Mike Gatting. Hostilities between England and Australia have resumed with Strauss looking to become the...
Students Turn out in Force to Protest at Cuts; Peaceful Demonstrations across the Region Show Strength of Feeling Over: The Coalition's Planned Cuts to Education, but It All Turns Nasty in London
Byline: Kim Carmichael Comment SCHOOLCHILDREN from across the North East left lessons yesterday to join the fight against cuts to higher education. Students from the region gathered in Newcastle city centre to protest against rises in university...
Taking Pride in Changes
ALEADING Sunderland business is marking its 20th anniversary. Community regeneration specialist Frank Haslam Milan (FHM) North East has grown into one of the area's most successful construction firms - and has played an important role in transforming...
They've Had One Happy Day - and Now the Planning Starts for Another; the Pounds 17,000 Wedding of Their Dreams Will All Be on Us
Byline: Robert Weatherall IT'S a day when every woman should feel like a princess - but financing a modern wedding can cost a King's ransom. However bride to be Suzanne Szomoru and fiance David Lauderdale need not worry about paying for one of the...
Title Would Cap an Amazing Year
IT is hard to believe Graeme McDowell's year could become any better, but by Sunday night it might well have. The US Open champion and the man who won the Ryder Cup will be European number one - and more than pounds 1.7million richer - if he captures...
Warning as Snow Arrives in the North; Forecasters Predict Cold Snap
Byline: Sarah Scott HEAVY snow in the North East last night signalled the arrival of winter as temperatures plunged. Snow fell across the region and the Met Office issued several severe weather warnings across the country. The region is being...
Web Design Firm Launches New Phone Site
Byline: Christopher Knox AWEB design company has launched a phone recycling price-comparison site which it believes will allow it to hit its pounds 1m turnover target as people look to trade in old mobiles in the new year. Darlington-based Edward...
Website Set to Promote Enterprising Customers
ASUNDERLAND-BASED enterprise and business start-up service has redeveloped its website to give its customers a kick-start in the right direction. Enterprising Futures, set up in 2004, has already helped a number of customers turn their dreams into...