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 March 30, 2011

A Brave Mann Is Used for Big Job; Six-Year-Old Joshua Delighted to Open New Centre for Cancer Sufferers
Byline: Helen Rae ABRAVE youngster who had to have his leg amputated because of bone cancer was all smiles when he officially opened a new support centre for those affected by the illness. Joshua Mann had to learn to walk again after surgeons...
Adult Care Centre Gets a Cash Boost
ADAY centre for adults with learning disabilities has been given a grant of pounds 4,000 from The Gateshead Housing Company and its partners. Funds from the housing company's community fund will allow members of the day centre''s singing group,...
A Fitter and Leaner Proposition; Newcastle's Financial Results Have Exposed the Full Cost of Relegation, but Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Is More Interested in What Is Going to Happen Now They Are Back in the Premier League
YOU only need to take a quick glimpse at Newcastle United's accounts to realise how heavily the club has relied on the financial backing of its owner Mike Ashley. Yet, financial results can only show us what has already happened and everyone knew...
A Glimmer of Hope but Recovery Is Still Faltering
THERE was a glimmer of light for the UK recovery after revised figures showed the economy contracted by less than previously thought at the end of 2010. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said gross domestic product (GDP) fell 0.5% in the...
All aboard in Memory of the Great Sir Bobby; Shearer Helps Lady Robson Unveil Honour
Byline: James Moore ATRAIN has been named after the late Newcastle and England football manager Sir Bobby Robson. Sir Bobby's widow Lady Elsie Robson and former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer officially named the Class 91 high-speed locomotive,...
Big Names Sign Up for Offices in Baltic Place
Byline: Peter McCusker THE developer of one of Tyneside's most impressive recent office schemes has landed a couple of major new tenants, with more signings expected over the coming weeks and months. The 130,000sqft Baltic Place was completed...
Big Plans for Park as Trust Launched; Kielder Set for Improvements
Byline: Tony Henderson ANEW trust has been set up to manage one of the North East's prime rural areas, it was announced yesterday. The Kielder Partnership has officially become a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, known as Kielder...
Business Diary
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Care Home Specialists Plan to Help Investors
Byline: Christopher Knox ACONSORTIUM of specialists has been set up to help investors tap into the pounds 10bn private care home sector and are already in talks over a number of developments. Newcastle-based Associated Care Facilities - ACF -...
Carlisle Crash to Another Away Loss
Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 0 CARLISLE United's poor run of away form continued at Huish Park as Yeovil Town claimed the three points that takes them one step closer to League One safety as they consigned a disappointed visiting outfit to their fourth...
Chancellor Serves Up a Mixed Bag Budget
THE Chancellor's announcement about the creation of 21 Enterprise Zones (EZs) to include areas in Tees Valley and Tyneside are to be welcomed. However some of the Chancellor's other revelations will have left developers reacting with caution - such...
Community at Heart of Firm
Byline: TONY RICHARDS THE SCA Hygiene Products Paper Mill in Prudhoe is part of a long-established and highly successful global company which is Europe's largest producer of consumer tissue products. We are also the company behind the well-known...
David Wells
Normally Mercury's reversal affects you perhaps less than some other signs but from today and until April 23rd he's in your sign doing the back-flip. Short distance travel, that mobile phone and important dates need tender care. You're head might...
Deaths
BOYD (Ponteland). On 23rd March 2011, at Allan Court Nursing Home, Benwell, suddenly after a long illness bravely borne, Tony, dearest husband of Jilly, much loved father of Nick, Michael and John and brother of Anne, grandpa to Jamie, Imogen, Jack,...
Discount Grocers Outshine 'Big Four'
DISCOUNT grocery chains continue to outshine their "big four" supermarket rivals as consumers tighten their belts, according to new figures. German chain Lidl grew its share from 2.3% to a record 2.5% in the 12 weeks to March 20, according to market...
Don't Fall for the Hype, Warns Singh
INDIA captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has ordered his players to ignore the hype surrounding today's World Cup clash with Pakistan and focus on securing a place in the final. The last-four encounter between the two sub-continent rivals has attracted...
Elected Mayors Could Make a Difference
Byline: DAVID BYRNE THE way local government is organised is generally regarded as a subject of interest only to councillors, senior local authority officers and seriously sad political anoraks. At the risk of being (quite correctly) identified...
Empty Site Set to See a Whole New Project
Byline: Peter McCusker THE region's largest property company has revealed further details of its plans to develop a key site after the previous building was demolished to avoid empty property rates. UK Land Estates says it is close to finalising...
Energy Event's a Success
MORE than 200 business people attended the first Energy and Environment North East event, which brought together firms and experts from the green energy sector. The free one-day event was designed to enable North East SMEs working in the energy...
Falcons Face Misconduct Hearing over Unplayed European Tie; Rugby Union
NEWCASTLE Falcons have been landed with a misconduct complaint following the controversial abandonment of January's Challenge Cup match with Bourgoin. The Pool Three dead rubber was postponed twice in two days due to an unplayable pitch in the French...
Fighting Irish Fall to Classy Uruguay; Latin Maestros Turn on the Style
GIOVANNI Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland deputies gave as good as they got as they ran World Cup semifinalists Uruguay close. A much-changed Ireland looked to be heading for a heavy defeat when they went in at the break trailing 3-1 after witnessing...
Fighting Spirit Not Enough for Ryton; NON-LEAGUE ROUND-UP
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT RYTON may be relegated from the First Division of the STL Northern League, but continue to win praise for their commitment, writes MALCOLM PRATT. Once again, they were on the end of a rout at Dunston UTS last night but it...
Figures That Show Importance of Top-Flight Football; Owner Is Owed Pounds 140m by Club after a Season of Cuts
Byline: Rob Pattinson THE true cost of Newcastle United's relegation from the Premier League will be unveiled today as the club publishes its annual accounts. Records will show bosses at St James' Park were forced to focus on cutting costs as the...
Fine Sport to Be Had at Fontburn's Waters
FINE sport continues at Fontburn with the deeper waters yielding quality fish and numerous limit catches were recorded with many fish around 3lb landed. Arthur Agar, fishing the dam wall, landed eight for 21lb 8oz, including the heaviest fish of...
Food Firm Investing in Future after Tough Years
Byline: Peter McCusker Apounds 750,000 cash injection has secured the long-term future of a Tyneside food business following the sale of the company by its previous venture capital backers to its management. David Sillars, managing director,...
Football-Mad Jack Meets His England Heroes
LITTLE Jack Thompson's dreams came true last night as he strode on to the iconic pitch at Wembley alongside his England heroes. The youngster was the envy of millions across the country as they watched him walk hand-in-hand with one of his England...
From Cop Shop to Wedding Car Shop; Couple Set to Transform Police Station
Byline: Kerry Wood AFORMER police station is getting a big day makeover as a one-stop wedding shop moves in. Having dealt with wrongdoers and community concerns in its heyday, for the past year the station in Lanchester, County Durham, has stood...
Good News for Business in Budget
Byline: DAVID ELLIOTT LAST week's Budget delivered some positive measures to stimulate growth as the Chancellor committed to making Britain a more competitive place to do business. This was primarily demonstrated by an additional cut in the corporation...
Gove Hints at Funds for School Buildings; Development Is Welcomed by MP Beith
Byline: William Green YOUNGSTERS have been given fresh hope their ageing school will finally get money to deal with "inadequate" buildings. Education Secretary Michael Gove has hinted that the Duchess's Community High School in Alnwick, Northumberland,...
Government Won't Wait for Asset Cash; Threat of Fire Sale Unless Payment Made
Byline: Adrian Pearson MINISTERS have demanded North East councils hand over millions of pounds now if they want to save key regeneration projects from a fire sale. City leaders had been hoping they could take over ownership of sites - such as...
Gyan's Prowess Denies England; Sunderland Ace Snatches Draw
England 1 Ghana 1 THE friendly no-one wanted turned into the best of its kind since the new Wembley was opened in 2007 - and ended with gleeful Ghana racing to their fans in jubilation following Asamoah Gyan's last-minute leveller. It was a goal...
Hatch Boosts Hopes of Play-Offs; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Grimsby Town ............................... 0 Darlington ..................................... 1 DARLINGTON retained their slender play off hopes with a 1-0 away win at Blundell Park. Quakers haven't lost at the home of the Mariners for eight visits...
Holidays Abroad Take a Nosedive
TRAVEL operator Thomas Cook is cutting back its summer holiday programme from the UK amid a drop in demand as the economic uncertainty puts off holidaymakers. The group has reduced its capacity for the summer season by 1%, whereas it had planned...
How Budget Proposals Will Benefit Region's Firms
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK LAST week's Budget had some good news for property and construction. Some of the longer term proposals will promote economic growth and job creation, but as always the Budget was short on detail. However, the proposals for...
In the Running for a Fantastic Honour; Cancer Survivor's Hall of Fame Bid
Byline: Kim Carmichael AYOUNG cancer survivor who raised thousands of pounds for charity has been nominated for the Great North Run Hall of Fame Award. Michael Ready, of Lobley Hill, Gateshead, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma last year...
It's All about Location When It Comes to Doing Business
WHETHER Enterprise Zone (EZ) designation is applied or not, the fundamentals of location, location, location still remain true in commercial and residential markets. With the recent Budget and the announcement that 21 new EZs are to be created,...
I've Still to Make My Mark; Suarez Has a Long Way to Go
Byline: CARL MARKHAM LIVERPOOL striker Luis Suarez has already become a crowd favourite since his January arrival but accepts he has a long way to go to cement his place in the club's long and decorated history, writes CARL MARKHAM. The Uruguay...
Japan and Mid East Worry Means More Drift
Byline: Steven Keppie ONGOING concerns over problems at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant and Middle East and North African unrest meant it was another directionless day for the FTSE 100 Index which finished up 27.7 points at 5,932.2 On the economic...
Jobs on Hold at Online Travel Firm
POLITICAL volatility, natural disasters such as the Japanese earthquake and the economic gloom have combined to halt plans to create 100 jobs at a North East online travel agent. But John McLean, who built Darlington-based Late Escapes into a pounds...
Jobs Saved as Display Business Is Bought Out
Byline: Peter McCusker A MANUFACTURER of retail point-of-display material has been bought out of administration saving the jobs of its 62 staff. Washington Display has been bought in a pre-pack deal by its former director and majority shareholder...
Keeping the Focus on 3D; Research Aims to Stop Side-Effects Associated with New Technology
Byline: Nicola Weatherall BEING part of the action is a major attraction for game and film fans following the recent developments in 3D technology. But some cinema-goers and games console users complain that prolonged exposure to 3D images can cause...
Leadership Course Now Available at a Cut Price
WOULD-BE entrepreneurs from the North East have been given a golden opportunity to benefit from an award-winning leadership programme delivered by one of the region's leading training providers. The North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), in partnership...
Legal Firm Advised on Pounds 2.4bn of Deals Last Year
DEALMAKERS at the Newcastle headquarters of law firm Dickinson Dees advised on the recent sale of a Tyneside business to an American firm in one of a series of deals in the last year totalling pounds 2.4bn. The firm, with offices in Newcastle, Stockton,...
Looking to a Positive Future for Property; Property Expert STEVE COLE Reflects on Activity in the Investment Market over the Last Few Months
NATIONALLY the first two months of 2011 saw a modest reduction in net investment by overseas investors, in contrast to the strong positive net investment that has characterised the market in recent years. The institutions continue to increase their...
Lord Who Gave a Lotto to Help Our Heritage; Chairman of Fund Steps Down
Byline: Tony Henderson WITH around pounds 15m to give away, the last five years have provided a fund of fond memories for Lord Derek Foster. Tomorrow the former Bishop Auckland Labour MP will step down after five years as chairman of the North...
Man's Death Linked to 'Safer' Cigarettes; Widow Calls for Research into Devices
Byline: Linda Richards AWIDOW has called for more research into electronic cigarettes after they were linked to the death of her husband. Terry Miller, 57, had used "e-cigarettes" for 10 months before his death from lung disease. Now his widow...
Mouchel Takeover off as Profits Fall 73 per Cent
Byline: Iain Laing TROUBLED outsourcer Mouchel has revealed that it has rejected its latest takeover proposal and ended all talks with suitors as it posted a 73% plunge in half-year profits. The group, which provides consulting and business services...
National Choice Tough for Ruby
RUBY Walsh insists the decision to ride The Midnight Club in the John Smith's Grand National on Saturday week is not one he has taken lightly. Walsh enjoyed Aintree glory on his father Ted's Papillon in 2000, and on Hedgehunter five years later,...
National Park Scraps Plan to Sue over Cuts; Bosses Abandon Action despite Anger over Its Funding
Byline: Tony Henderson N ORTHUMBERLAND National Park will not take the Government to court over swingeing funding cuts. The park authority has decided not to pursue its action against the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)...
New Coach Needed after Corretja Split
ANDY Murray appears to have paved the way for the appointment of a new coach after announcing his split from part-time consultant Alex Corretja, writes ELEANOR CROOKS. The Spaniard began working with Murray three years ago, initially as a claycourt...
No Bids in to Take the United Helm
Byline: Luke Edwards NEWCASTLE United have not received a serious or credible takeover bid since Mike Ashley put the club up for sale following relegation in the summer of 2009. United have once again been the target for speculation about an...
Now Meet My Shakespeare Favourites; in Recent Weeks CHRISTINE CHAPMAN Has Led Us on a Journey through Shakespeare's Plays, Highlighting the Characters You Could Elect as the Region's Favourite. to Conclude, She Offers Her Personal Top 10 (Actually, 11)
Byline: CHRISTINE CHAPMAN SHAKESPEARE'S poetic voice is unmistakable. However, open a copy of The Complete Works and a host of other voices vie for our attention: "Your good voice, sir; what say you?" (Coriolanus, Act II, Scene iii). England's...
Osborne's Tax Grab Backfires
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN IT'S less than a week since George Osborne announced his headline-grabbing plan to cut fuel duty by 1p per litre, but yesterday the unintended (I presume) consequences of his actions were being felt in the North Sea. Norwegian...
Owner Wants United to Grow, Insists Llambias
Luke Edwards ? (0191) 201-6017 ? luke.edwards@ncjmedia.co.uk DEREK Llambias is adamant Newcastle United need Mike Ashley if they are going to re-establish themselves among the European elite following the release of the club's financial results this...
Pearce Confident of European Glory
ENGLAND Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce is confident he has the players to mount a successful campaign at this summer's European Championships in Denmark. England's final friendly before Pearce picks his 23-man squad for the tournament ended in a 2-1...
Permission Secured for Second Data Centre Plan
Byline: Peter McCusker BUSINESS park developer Highbridge has won planning permission for a second pounds 100m data centre at its Cobalt development in North Tyneside as it works to secure letting for its first one. North Tyneside Council has...
Pertemps Tipped to Star at Catterick
Byline: Saraband PERTEMPS Networks is taken to emerge the star turn when the new Flat season begins at Catterick today. Whatever the baffling motives behind kicking off in North Yorkshire rather than at Doncaster on Saturday, at least Mick Easterby...
Pint-Sized Player Is England's Mascot; Youngster Gets to Meet Star Football Players
Byline: Ruth Lawson LITTLE Jack Thompson's dreams came true last night as he strode on to the iconic pitch at Wembley alongside his England heroes. The youngster was the envy of millions across the country as they watched him walk hand-in-hand...
Plan to Make Green Option Best Option; Funding Bid for Sustainable Travel Scheme
Byline: Dave Black AMAJOR new drive is being launched to cut car use, reduce carbon emissions and promote more environmentally-friendly travel in Northumberland's most heavily-populated area. County council bosses are seeking Government funding...
Plea to MPs to Reject Their New Payments; Voice of the North
"IT'S time we admitted that there's more to life than money and it's time we focused not just on GDP but on GWP - general wellbeing." - David Cameron. 2006. "There is more to progress than narrow economics, and more to life than GDP." - David Cameron,...
Ponting Gives Up Australian Captaincy
RICKY Ponting yesterday brought down the curtain on his spell as Australia captain amid a chorus of acclaim. Ponting, who intends to carry on as a player under his successor, bows out having won 48 of 77 Tests in charge. He also led his country...
Premier League and FA Set to Clash
THE Football Association are on a collision course with the Premier League over their plan to introduce cost-control measures into the English game. New FA chairman David Bernstein and general secretary Alex Horne have been impressed by the Uefa...
Qualification Chances Left Hanging by a Thread
Northern Ireland ................................... 0 Slovenia ................................................. 0 NORTHERN Ireland saw their Euro 2012 qualifying hopes plummet for the second time in five days as they mustered only a goalless draw...
Region Is Showing Resilience
THE JOURNAL'S latest North East Business Barometer shows a few signs of growing confidence among businesses but the mood is largely of uncertainty and concern about the continuing economic slowdown. In our half yearly survey of some of the region's...
Research Finds Rising Confidence in Big Firms
Byline: Christopher Knox THERE are signs of rising confidence among the North East's biggest companies in the Journal's latest North East Business Barometer. But while the survey saw the proportion of firms which expect to increase turnover in...
Residents Rally to Save Leisure Centre; Volunteers Bid to Take over Threatened Site
Byline: Kerry Wood COMMUNITY volunteers are preparing for a takeover of an at-risk leisure centre. Despite having at least 70,000 visitors a year, Coxhoe Leisure Centre has been labelled surplus to requirements and underused by Durham County Council...
Scottish League Third Division
Berwick Rangers ............................... 3 Stranraer........................................... 3 BERWICK Rangers' hopes of moving into the play-off places were struck a cruel blow as Stranraer clung on to fourth spot with a last-gasp leveller...
Significant Step in Row on APD; Imbalance between Airports Is Recognised
Byline: Rob Pattinson THE Journal's campaign against an unfair air tax on the region has been given top billing in the consultation on the levy ordered by the Chancellor. Details of the consultation on air passenger duty (APD) show the disproportionate...
Site Search Ends on a High Note
A GROWING Tyneside transport repair business has been given a lift after investing in new premises as it expands its operations. A+M Wyness, which specialises in the repair and installation of transport lifting equipment, has opened a new workshop...
Stick with Energy Sector
Byline: ANDREW MILLER MUCH has been written on oil prices as of late. A number of learned commentators have been focusing on the possible spread of sectarian strife in the Middle East. To this, one adds the potential for significant disruption...
Supplement Overfeeding Could Cause Damage
Byline: Karen Dent ALACK of care or understanding when giving supplements to stock can do more harm than good and is ultimately a waste of money. That's the finding of an assessment carried out for the English Beef and Lamb Executive (Eblex)...
Tax Rise Halts Oil Giant's North Sea Operation
Byline: Iain Laing ENERGY giant Statoil has halted work on a North Sea development following Chancellor George Osborne's decision to increase tax on the industry. The Norwegian firm said it will "pause and reflect" on the future of its Mariner and...
The Failings of Britain's Care System in Spotlight
THE failings of Britain's care system have been many over the years. Meant as a safety net for children, social care has unarguably failed in its duty to look after children and in many cases put them in worse situations than those they were taken...
Triesman Made Capello Mistake
FOOTBALL Association general secretary Alex Horne has admitted former chairman Lord Triesman "made a mistake" in failing to discuss changes to Fabio Capello's contract as England manager with the organisation's whole board. The FA controversially...
Truancy Rates Rise in Primary Schools; Absenteeism Still Too High Says Minister
Byline: Alison Kershaw; Jo Butcher TRUANCY in England's state primary schools reached record levels last year, official figures show. Primary age pupils missed 0.67% of school sessions due to "unauthorised absence" in 2009/10 - almost a 5% increase...
We Could Arm the Rebels, Says Clinton; Nations Tell Gaddafi He Must Go Now
Byline: Andrew Woodcock & Joe Churcher HILARY Clinton appeared to pave the way for the arming of the rebels in Libya last night, saying such a move would be "legitimate". More than 40 nations and international organisations yesterday vowed...
Welsh Agony as Tynesiders Slip Up
Byline: JEFF BOWRON Newport County .................................... 2 Gateshead ............................................. 1 MANAGERLESS Newport County recorded only their second win of 2011, a run of 16 games, as Gateshead followed a 100%...
Wobble Avoided as Sri Lanka Triumph
SRI Lanka overcame a late wobble to beat New Zealand by five wickets and book their place in the World Cup final. The co-hosts were coasting to victory while Tillakaratne Dilshan (73) was continuing his prolific form in a 120-run stand with Kumar Sangakkara...
Woman Is Jailed for Her Terrible Cruelty to Child; Toddler Is Left Disabled for Life by Violence
Byline: Rob Kennedy AWOMAN has been jailed for leaving a toddler disabled for life after she subjected the child to a month-long tirade of abuse. Kimberley Davison caused the child to suffer appalling injuries after she threw it around "like...
Women Make Their Mark in the World of Business; the First Years Are the Hardest for New Businesses and One Wearside Business Agency Is Helping More to Survive and Finding a Growing Number Are Being Launched by Women. KAREN DENT Talked to SES
Byline: KAREN DENT WOMEN are increasingly behind the new businesses and social enterprises which are starting up on Tyneside and Wearside. New figures from Sunderland-based business support agency Sustainable Enterprise Strategies (SES) says that...
Worries for Future of Police Forensic Experts
NEARLY half of a police force's forensic experts could be lost in cutbacks, it has emerged. Northumbria Police is proposing to cut the number of Scene of Crime Officers from 49 to 30 as the force attempts to combat a shortfall in funding. SOCOs...
Young Entrepreneur Joins the Challenge
MORE young entrepreneurs are joining a campaign to help people to set up in business or to grow their new firm. Melissa Whipp, 19, has joined the growing number of entrants to The Journal's 2011 If We Can, You Can Challenge by entering her business...
Zoning in on Success; the Main Area of Interest in Last Week's Budget for the Commercial Property Sector Was in the Creation of a Series of Enterprise Zones
THE announcement in the Budget of 21 new Enterprise Zones will be welcomed by those regions selected - seeking to stimulate new business development and vital jobs. The first zones will be set up in Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool, Greater Manchester,...