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 4, 2010

02contract a Springboard for Growth
Byline: Christopher Knox COMMUNICATIONS specialist Executel expects to double its sales over the next three years after securing a contract with mobile phone giant O2 and securing private equity investment. The Gateshead-based firm has signed...
Acknowledgements
BOYD (Blyth). The family of the late Mary wish to express their sincere thanks to all relatives and friends for the kindness and sympathy shown to them during their recent bereavement, also for the cards, letters of condolence and floral tributes received....
Adoption Brings Rewards to All Involved; CASE STUDY 1: THE FAMILYCASE STUDY 2: THE SINGLE DAD: ADOPTION Is on the Agenda This Week as Events and Information Evenings Take Place and Stories Are Told in Line with National Adoption Week. SAM WONFOR Talks to Two Families Who Have Been through the Adoption Process and Offers Some Pointers for Anyone Interested in Finding out More
SOON after Lauren and Ian Robson had their son Daniel in 2001, they found out it was going to be difficult for them to conceive again. After a failed course of IVF treatment, the couple, who live in Northumberland, decided to explore the idea of...
Alternative School Plan in the Offing; No Decision over Academy Forces Hand
Byline: Neil McKay EDUCATION bosses who want to build a new pounds 26m academy have been forced to draw up contingency plans in the event of Government funding not being forthcoming. Durham County Council had planned to build the academy on land...
Bale Keeping His Feet on the Ground
GARETH Bale was yesterday determined not to get carried away with his new superstar status after waking to find himself one of the most talked about players on the planet. The Tottenham winger's performance in Tuesday night's historic Champions...
Bath Run Acts as Motivation; Gopperth Cites Precedent as Falcons Look to Rebuild
THE order of the Bath is the mantra being used by Falcons fly-half Jimmy Gopperth as the Kingston Park side look to pick up the wreckage left behind at Northampton last week, writes MATT LESLIE. The Falcons' front-row was pulverised by their Saints...
Bell Feels the Time Is Right for Him; Batsman Hopes to Maintain His Prime Form
IAN Bell senses the 2010/11 Ashes are coming at the perfect time for him to prove himself beyond doubt and once and for all at the highest level. Bell can trace an impressive run of form back to his 140 in England's Christmas Test victory over South...
Boss Refuses to Give Up on His Dreams; Centre Would Have Created over 100 Jobs
Byline: Paul Tully AN entrepreneur refused permission to create a flagship holiday complex in rural Northumberland is to fight the case at an appeal. Sherod Walker's ambitious plans for a holiday and equestrian centre at Ridsdale, north of Hexham,...
Bruce Feeling the Fans' Hurt; Boss Understands Why Some Called for His Head
Byline: Mark Douglas They are probably as humiliated as I am and make no mistake, there's nobody more hurt than I am. "My family suffered as well. They didn't enjoy any minute of it, which is normal." The only way Sunderland can begin to repair...
Carlisle Snap Up Top Gun Cruise; Boss Abbott Targets Top Flight to Loan Young Talent
Byline: Mark Douglas GREG Abbott insists borrowing the Premier League's best young talent will not prove a risky business for his League One promotion chasers - after Carlisle signed 19-year-old Arsenal defender Tom Cruise on loan. Top Gunner...
City's a Happy Family, Insists Milner
JAMES Milner has denied reports of disharmony in the Manchester City ranks, insisting the players are fully behind each other and manager Roberto Mancini. It has been a trying few days for City, with successive Barclays Premier League defeats at...
Closure of School Is 'Not a Done Deal' Parents Voice Their Concerns over Proposal
Byline: Dave Black APLAN to close the school in a Northumberland village already suffering from dwindling services and facilities is far from a "done deal", local community leaders claimed yesterday. Councillors representing Hadston said governors...
Councillors Keep Pay out of Print; Publication Confined to the Internet
Byline: Dave Black FRESH accusations of secrecy have been levelled against county council chiefs in Northumberland after they failed to honour a pledge to publish details of councillors' pay in their own magazine. They have been accused of being...
David Wells
You need friends to help you see what's going on and to push you in the right direction and as usual you're likely to shout at them for the privilege but happily they know how to ignore you and say their piece anyway. You're being sought out faster...
Dead-Heat Thriller
ALL-WEATHER aficionados left disappointed that title contender Richard Hughes was unable to make Kempton after travel problems but they were still treated to a ding-dong battle in the big race of the night. The feature Listed digibet Floodlit Stakes...
Deaths
DAWSON (Warkworth). Suddenly but peacefully on Friday 29th October 2010, aged 86 years, Bill, beloved husband of Olive, loving father of Jeff, Shirley, Paul and Sandra and a loving grandfather and great grandfather. Bill will be greatly missed by all...
Design - a Job That''s Never Done
Byline: GAVIN ELLIOTT WITH all the good intentions in the world to make a perfect design you are in fact setting yourself up for a fall if you ever think that a design is going to be complete. Design is something you see on a page. It is that...
Designs on Reigniting Tradition; Work under Way on Creative Resource
Byline: Tony Henderson WORK began yesterday on a project to reignite Tyneside's long tradition for invention and innovation. Representatives from Gateshead Council and One North East joined developers Terrace Hill and contractors Tolent to signal...
Drive to Hit Terror Plotters Overseas; Government Invests to Halt UK Attacks
Byline: Wesley Johnson THE Government will invest further in stopping terrorists overseas before they can target Britain, Home Secretary Theresa May said yesterday. Mrs May said it was highly likely British extremists "trained and hardened on...
Duo Look to Get Nod to Steady Cats Ship
EXPERIENCED duo Craig Gordon and John Mensah are ready to lead the return of the steady hands against Stoke this weekend, writes MARK DOUGLAS. After a youthful Sunderland XI crashed to heavy defeat at St James' Park last weekend, boss Steve Bruce...
Eduardo Thwarts His Old Employers; Gunners Meet Striker in Form
Shakhtar Donetsk 2 Arsenal 1 EDUARDO returned to haunt his old club as Shakhtar Donetsk fought back from a goal down to beat Arsenal 2-1 in last night's Champions League Group H clash at Donbass Arena. England forward Theo Walcott had slotted in...
Entitled Has a Winning Pedigree
Byline: Saraband ENTITLED has failed to live up to her impeccable breeding on the track so far but she can end a frustrating run of results at Kempton. The Pivotal filly is certainly bred for the job as a full-sister to dual Group One-winning...
'Fair' Needs to Enshrine Social Justice
Byline: JEREMY CRIPPS CAN I be the only person who feels uneasy about the way the coalition Government uses "fairness" to justify decisions about welfare benefits in the comprehensive spending review? There are at least two contradictory models...
Firm Is Going Global
Byline: John Hill THE Test Factory software firm aims to further tap into opportunities in North America and Asia as it continues to grow at its Sunderland base. The Test Factory develops custommade online tests which have been used by international...
Games Firm Flourishes with Social Networking
Byline: Christopher Knox AGAMES developer has set up home with a market research company to launch software aimed at improving communications between teachers and their students. Ideonic has moved from its base in Middlesbrough and set up new...
Hodgson Happy at Arrival of Director
LIVERPOOL manager Roy Hodgson is keen to embrace the arrival of new director of football strategy Damien Comolli as the club's new owners make plans for a revamped "leadership group". The former Tottenham sporting director has been recruited from...
Hughes' Title Race Is Halted
RICHARD Hughes was forced to endure a highly frustrating day in his quest to catch Paul Hanagan in the race for the jockeys' championship. Starting proceedings three behind the long-time leader, Hughes travelled to Nottingham in the afternoon for...
Hughton Is Perfect Magpies Manager; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Luke Edwards STEVE Harper believes Chris Hughton is the ideal manager for Newcastle United as he admitted the club could have descended into turmoil without him at the helm. Harper did not get involved in the contract offer debate, as the...
Hunt's Fears over Football's Finances
CULTURE Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants football's authorities to impose tighter controls on prospective owners using loans to buy clubs. Hunt is alarmed at the amount of debt that has being wracked up across Premier League clubs, saying: "My hope is...
Jobs at Risk as Cash to Hit Fuel Poverty Slashed
Byline: Karen Dent ENVIRONMENTAL services company eaga has admitted jobs are at risk after the Government slashed funding for the Warm Front scheme. The Newcastle-based company said it would try to redeploy people to other parts of the business...
Knockout Display for Blues
Chelsea.................................................. 4 Spartak Moscow.................................... 1 CHELSEA qualified for the knockout stage of the Champions League with a secondhalf demolition of Spartak Moscow at Stamford Bridge last...
Linkin Embarks on Social Journey
IT might be a decade since Linkin Park burst on to the nu-metal scene and yet, according to frontman Chester Bennington, the US stadium stars are only just finding their feet as ambitious and assured songwriters. That new-found self-confidence clearly...
Machine Creates Businesses Opportunities; WITH Public Sector Funding Set to Be Far Less Available in Future Years, the Onus Is on Private Business to Bring Money and Success to the Region. JOHN HILL Talks to Entrepreneurs from Newcastle Science City's Innovation Machine, a Project Designed to Give Talented Entrepreneurs That Extra Push toward Becoming Heads of High-Growth Enterprises
FORMER Nissan digital designer Jo Chan has heard a lot of talk about the opportunities that renewable energy provides for the North East. However, he believes there hasn't been enough talk about keeping the structures running after they've taken...
Magnificent Partners Save Sri Lanka
A WORLD-record ninth-wicket stand of 132 between all-rounder Angelo Mathews and paceman Lasith Malinga earned Sri Lanka a famous victory in the first one-day international against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Chasing Australia's 239-8...
Now Showing
BURKE & HARE (15) William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis) learn that one of their elderly lodgers has passed away. Dr Knox (Tom Wilkinson) will pay pounds 3 for a fresh cadaver to use in his anatomical demonstrations. Soon Burke...
Obama's Healthcare Vow; President Is Defiant despite Huge Defeat
Byline: Michael Wood PRESIDENT Barack Obama was on a political collision course with his opponents last night after Republicans made sweeping election gains and vowed to undo some of his major policies. Top of their agenda was the president's...
Onuoha Destroyed by Derby Disaster
DESPONDENT Nedum Onuoha has barely left the house since Sunday's derby day disaster - a defeat he admits has "destroyed" the trust between Sunderland's players and fans, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Onuoha is only on loan with the Black Cats but says the 5-1...
Onuoha Destroyed by Derby Disaster; ONUOHA DESTROYED BY DERBY DISASTER
DESPONDENT Nedum Onuoha has barely left the house since Sunday's derby day disaster - a defeat he admits has "destroyed" the trust between Sunderland's players and fans, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Onuoha is only on loan with the Black Cats but says the...
Our Profile Needs to Be Maintained
AS the former key senior level executive at the North of England Development Council, Northern Development Company and One North East tasked with selling the North East internationally as a base for Foreign Direct Investment, I thought I would comment...
Poll Backs Mutual Future for the Rock; Campaigners Fighting Plans for a Sell-Off
Byline: Adrian Pearson NORTHERN Rock should be turned back into a building society rather than be sold on, an exclusive opinion poll has revealed. As campaigners prepare to fight plans to sell the high street lender back to the private sector,...
'Pounds 1.7m of Duty Was Avoided on Haul' Gang Smuggled Cigarettes into UK, Court Told
Byline: Rob Kennedy AGANG of North East smugglers were caught trafficking more than 10 million black market cigarettes into the UK, a court heard. Customs smashed a ring that would have deprived the country of pounds 1.7m in excise duty, Newcastle...
Praise for Ferrie over Youth Work
Byline: Tim Taylor LISA Ferrie, the former England international who is now the county development officer for Northumberland, has been praised by Longhirst Hall and her boss for her work with junior golfers. Both Northumberland and Durham have...
Premature End to Murray's Defence; TENNIS
DEFENDING champion Andy Murray crashed out of the Valencia Open with an out-of-sorts display against Juan Monaco in the second round. The Scot (pictured above) was top seed at the Spanish event but was largely outplayed by his Argentinian opponent...
Protecting Farms Is Top Police Priority; Database of Equipment Is to Be Set Up
Byline: Paul Tully POLICE plan to give blanket security coverage to Northumberland farms as their fight against rural crime is stepped up. Officers are aiming to photograph and record all farm equipment in the county on a central database. Machinery,...
Put in Miles for a Good Catch
KIELDER Water has produced great sport this week particularly for those anglers who were prepared to move in search of the fish. Boat anglers D Watson and P Hopper mastered gusty conditions to take an impressive seven fish, each using Pink PowerBait....
Racism Message Is Passed on by Stars; Youngsters Learn about Respect for Others at Red Card Event
Byline: Sara Nichol YOUNGSTERS teamed up with Newcastle United starts past and present in a bid to give racism its marching orders. Schoolchildren from schools across the North East met their football heroes yesterday at a special series of workshops...
Recovery Left Hard Man Sheridan Hiding in Corner of Gym
ANDREW Sheridan, the strongest man in English rugby, had never before had to cower in the corner of a gym, embarrassed by the size of weights he was having to lift. But after undergoing a four-hour operation, during which the surgeon broke his drill...
Santander Boss Makes the Switch to Lloyds
Byline: Iain Laing LLOYDS Banking Group has named Santander's UK boss, Antonio Horta-Osorio, as successor to outgoing chief executive Eric Daniels. Horta-Osorio will join taxpayer-backed Lloyds early next year before taking on the top post on...
Singer Is Revisiting Roots of His Music; ONE of Britain's Great Folk Voices, Bob Davenport, Has Returned to His Roots for an Evening of Song, as TAMZIN LEWIS Discovers
Byline: TAMZIN LEWIS BOB Davenport is the sort of persS on you can't really do justice to in a newspaper article: you need to hear his stories from his own lips. Born in 1932, he was just 10 months old when he survived a catastrophic gas explosion...
Solar Farms Offer a New Business Opportunity
Byline: Karen Dent FARMERS and landowners in the North East are being urged to consider the viability of signing deals with developers to use their land to generate solar power rather than considering it the sole preserve of those in the south of...
Storing Up a Tax Time Bomb? MORE Than 3,500 North East Firms Have Used Delayed Tax Payments So Far This Year but Is This an Indicator of Ongoing Tough Times or Is There Another Dynamic at Play? PETER McCUSKER Reports
NEW figures show that 3,550 agreements to the value of pounds 60m have been reached by firms in the region under the Time To Pay tax deferment scheme so far this year. This is a sharp fall since 2009, when more than 7,500 firms took advantage of...
Story of Enron's Collapse Hits Just the Right Note
Byline: David Whetstone Enron at Newcastle Theatre Royal until Saturday. THE collapse of an energy company might not sound much fun, and it can't have been for the 22,000 who lost their jobs when Enron went bankrupt in 2001. But the team behind...
Survey Shows Growth Subdued
THE UK services sector expanded at a faster pace in October than September, boosted by higher levels of new business, according to new figures. But companies also cut jobs and were more subdued as they digested the comprehensive spending review,...
Technology Available to Everyone
Byline: STEWART WATKINS WE often hear of the Government's drive for sustainable homes and changes in building regulations, and feel the pressure of the ever-growing demands on us all to live our lives in a more green and climate conscious way. ...
TechSavvy Chief to Speak at GameHorizon
TECHNOLOGY analyst Scott Steinberg is the second speaker to be unveiled for next year's GameHorizon conference in Gateshead. The head of technology at video game consulting fir m TechSavvy Global frequently appears as an on-air technology analyst...
Terriers with Bite; A Mr Rich to Plough Cash into Lowly Club
Byline: Richard Fletcher ABILLIONAIRE investor wants to turn a non-league Northumberland football club into an "international icon". Robert Rich - 488th richest man in the world and head of the Rich Corporation in America - is willing to listen...
Terrifying Raid Was Caught on Camera; Images Are Released of Armed Duo
Byline: Linda Richards POLICE are hunting armed raiders who launched a terrifying raid on a Tyneside bookmakers. Close circuit cameras caught the masked pair brandishing the two-foot long machete and a hammer at staff, before escaping with just...
The A1 Would Be Safer If It Was like This; Police Commander's Message to Government's Consultants
Byline: William Green THE campaign to dual the A1 through Northumberland has won backing from police and health chiefs. Northumberland police commander Mark Dennett said transforming the road would improve safety as well as cut congestion, while...
Things Hot Up for Waste Fuel Research
Byline: Iain Laing PLANS have been revealed to open a pounds 5m national research centre in the North East which will develop technology aimed at turning waste products into fuel. The High Temperature Innovation Centre - the first of its kind...
We Must Keep Our Heads - Simpson
NEWCASTLE United's players have already "moved on" from Sunday's derby heroics, writes MARK DOUGLAS. That is the message from Danny Simpson as he warns that United must not allow themselves to suffer the same hangover that followed the mauling of Aston...
We Won't Dwell on Negatives - Stewart; ICE HOCKEY
NEWCASTLE Vipers might be down on their luck right now but coach Danny Stewart says his squad are determined to bounce back, writes MATT LESLIE. The Hillheads side suffered a double reversal last weekend losing a tight battle to leaders Belfast...
Worries Only Rich Will Get Education; Plans to Make University Fees Pounds 9,000 a Year
Byline: Nicola Juncar PLANS to increase university fees to up to pounds 9,000 a year will lead to "higher education for the rich", school leaders in the North East said last night. Universities Minister David Willetts announced yesterday that...
'You Are Putting Youngsters at Risk' Mother Hits out at Plan to Cut Funding
Byline: Helen Rae AMOTHER whose young son is undergoing treatment for a life-threatening condition has hit out at Government plans to cut funding for specialist children's care. It has been claimed services at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary's...
Youngsters' Chance to Name Asteroid; Professor's Gift to Mark Life's Birthday
Byline: Tony Henderson THE space race is on for North East youngsters to name an asteroid. To mark the 10th birthday this year of the Newcastle Centre for Life, Venezuelan professor and astronomer Orlando Naranjo has "donated" an asteroid he...