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 29, 2011

Aid Package Rumour Fuels Enthusiasm
Byline: STEVEN KEPPIE POSITIVE market sentiment propelled financial markets higher at the start of the trading week. The FTSE 100 Index closed 148.1 points up at 5312.8. Speculation of a possible aid package for Italy from the International Monetary...
And Still the Big Question: Why? Family Grateful for Support, but Bafflement at Speed's Suicide
Byline: Michael Wood THE family of former Newcastle United star Gary Speed last night said had been "overwhelmed" with messages of support and condolence. Speed, 42, a father of two, was found hanged at his home on Sunday, just a day after appearing...
Bluebirds Look to Lift Welsh Spirits
CARDIFF midfielder Don Cowie hopes they can lift the spirits of a sporting nation by beating Blackburn in the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup tonight. Wales has been rocked by the death of national team manager Gary Speed, with tributes pouring...
Boro Bid to Land a Hammer Knockout; Mowbray Eyes Rare Home Win
Byline: Stuart Rayner TONY Mowbray is unlikely to ever send a team out to play like Sam Allardyce's West Ham United, but the Middlesbrough manager hopes to see them show the same ruthlessness. If Mowbray is a disciple of the beautiful game, Allardyce...
Buddist Monks Add Colour to School Day; Pupils Learn about Culture of Tibet
Byline: Richard Fletcher COLOURFUL costumes, prayers and dancing lit up the Tyne Valley as part of a school exchange. Buddhist monks from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, in Southern India, displayed aspects of their culture to students at Prudhoe Community...
But There's Good News on the River and the Railways
Byline: Adrian Pearson MORE than pounds 20m is expected to be announced for the North East today as the final two regional growth fund projects are unveiled. Newcastle Central Station is to benefit from a pounds 15m makeover, both inside and...
Champion Federer Expecting a Tough Year; Tennis
ROGER Federer dismissed suggestions he will go into 2012 with a psychological edge after finishing the season in perfect fashion by retaining his Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title in London. It completed a superb couple of months for the new...
Chancellor's Metro Money Turns out to Be a Cheap Return; Osborne Deal Faces Criticism
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE Chancellor will today be accused of failing the North East after he re-announced a two-year old Metro cash deal alongside pounds 5bn worth of public sector cuts. The Treasury yesterday said it would include money for...
Criticism Is Unfair, Says Gers' McDowall
RANGERS assistant manager Kenny McDowall has branded criticism of Sone Aluko "unfair" and insists their new recruit deserves praise for his debut at Kilmarnock on Sunday. Former Aberdeen winger Aluko was pitched into the Clydesdale Bank Premier League...
David Wells
Byline: DAVID WELLS There are still delays to your travel plans to consider, especially if they are long distance but no matter where you're held up remember to use the time wisely. But what's really holding you back, or should that be who? You're...
Deaths
ARMSTRONG (North Seaton). 29 Highfield Drive. Late of NewbigginbytheSea. Peacefully at home, on November 23rd, aged 72 years, Raymond, dearly loved husband of Thelma (nee Redpath), a much loved dad of Derek, Julie, and Michael, a much loved granda...
Decreasing by Degrees; New Figures on University Applications Revealed a Year-on-Year Decrease from the Region. ANDREW GLOVER Reports on the Choice North East Youngsters Are Making
Byline: ANDREW GLOVER COMFORTABLE adults established in a job and with no real worries on the horizon sometimes joke how they did just fine from a degree at the University of Life. In recent years however, the only path laden with gold seemed...
Diamonds Pull a Cracker in Robson
Byline: LAWRENCE HEPPELL NEWCASTLE Diamonds have again presented their Tyneside speedway faithful with another superb early Christmas present with the announcement - made last night - that all-action Sunderland-born racer Stuart Robson has signed...
Diva with Her Feet Firmly on the Ground; Glamorous and Very Approachable but Always on the Move. That's Katherine Jenkins, Who Stood Still Long Enough for DAVID WHETSTONE to Ask a Few Questions
THE day I chatted to Katherine Jenkins, she was in many of the national newspapers having decided to go public over her distress at being the victim of some internet bullying. Someone bitter on Twitter had been saying nasty things, casting aspersions...
Do Stars' Private Lives Really Sell Newspapers or Do Editors Misjudge Their Readers? DENISE ROBERTSON
Byline: James Haskell GRAHAM Foulkes, father of a man killed in the July 7 London terror attacks, whose phone was targeted by the News of the World, has refused to take part in the phone-hacking inquiry because it has been 'hijacked' by celebrities....
Durham Have to Do without Colly
Byline: Stuart Rayner DURHAM will have to negotiate a tough start to the 2012 season without Paul Collingwood after the county cricket fixtures were released today. The Riversiders open their County Championship campaign at home to Nottinghamshire...
England Return for Mike after His Appeal
MIKE Tindall has been reinstated in England's elite player squad and had a pounds 25,000 fine reduced to pounds 15,000 after an appeal against the punishment meted out for his offfield World Cup behaviour. The England and Gloucester centre appealed...
Festive Cheer in Short Supply for Retailers
Byline: Iain Laing THE outlook for retailers in the run-up to Christmas is looking increasingly gloomy as a key survey revealed the sector cut jobs at the fastest rate in two years amid falling sales. Employment in the retail sector, which makes...
Firm Going for Growth after Boost
Byline: IAIN LAING ASUCCESSFUL asbestos management firm is eyeing bigger and better contracts right across the UK after investing in new equipment and expanding the range of services it provides. Hebburn-based Nichol Associates has won a pounds...
Fraudster Ordered to Repay Pounds 986,000; Firm Claimed to Advise on Investments
Byline: Katie Davies AFRAUDSTER who attracted investors and companies using a "robot-powered" investment website has been ordered to pay back nearly pounds 1m. Alexander John Hunter has to pay back pounds 986,508.54 after he admitted setting...
Gardening Venture Going for Franchise-Led Growth
Byline: Karen Dent AGARDENING business set up by a former finance director after he was made redundant five years ago has expanded with its first franchise. Peter Brewis started Briary Garden Services in Consett, County Durham, when his 25-year...
Giving Red Squirrel a Chance to Survive; Greys Will Be Controlled by Special Team
Byline: Tony Henderson ATWIN bid will be launched to bolster the chances of red squirrel survival in the North East. The Heritage Lottery Fund will today award pounds 247,700 to the to the Red Squirrels Northern England project (RSNE). The RSNE...
Government Tries to Pump Life into Economy
Byline: William Green CHANCELLOR George Osborne will today set out plans for an ambitious pounds 30bn investment programme in Britain's infrastructure as he tries to breathe new life into the stalled economy. TransPennine Express train services...
Grounds for Us to Move - QPR Chief
QPR owner Tony Fernandes has revealed he is now actively searching for a venue in west London to replace Loftus Road. Fernandes, in charge of the club for just over three months, is determined to relocate given the hemmed-in nature of their current...
Hamilton Set for New Deal
LEWIS Hamilton has indicated he will almost certainly sign a new deal with McLaren next year to continue what Martin Whitmarsh has described as his "love affair" with the team. A troubled 2011 finally came to an end for Hamilton in the kind of circumstances...
Heritage Becomes an Easy Weapon; It Doesn't Help Steve Bruce That North East Rivalries Are Far More Tribal in Nature Than When Mickley-Born Bob Stokoe Lifted the FA Cup with Sunderland, Argues James Hunter
OUTSIDE the Stadium of Light stands a statue of Sunderland's revered FA Cup-winning manager Bob Stokoe. Wearing tracksuit, trenchcoat and trilby, arms aloft in triumph, Stokoe is forever freeze-framed in his famous full-time dash across the Wembley...
History Comes Alive Thanks to Old-Time Hacks; TONY HENDERSON Dips into Pages from the Past as a Major Heritage Venture Is Launched Online
IT has been said that newspapers are the first draft of history - and today up to four million pages go online as part of a massive heritage project. The British Newspaper Archive website includes pages from more than 200 different papers from across...
Invasion from Faroe Islands; Christmas Shopping Trip Is a Tradition
Byline: Neil McKay YNESIDE will welcome another "friendly invasion" from the Faroe Islands today. The ferry NorrUna was due in the Port of Tyne at 8am today, bringing around 1,400 of the islands' 50,000 residents with their sights set on Christmas...
Jobs to Go as Pounds 70m Axed from Budget; Hundreds of Posts with Council Are Cut
Byline: Katie Davies HUNDREDS of council jobs will be slashed as town hall leaders on Tyneside cope with a fresh round of Government cuts. Gateshead Council has anticipated that 450 jobs will be axed as the council is forced to find pounds 70m...
Keeping an Eye on Patients' Nutrition; Uni Researchers Create Screening
Byline: Kim Carmichael ACADEMICS in the North East have created a hi-tech system to tackle malnutrition in elderly hospital patients. Newcastle University researchers are designing and building a touch screen system aimed at combating the problem...
Lions Are Keeping Open Mind over Coach Role
ANDY Irvine claims British and Irish Lions bosses have "a completely open mind" on who should be head coach for the 2013 tour to Australia. Former Scotland and Lions full-back Irvine will manage the ten-game trip, which begins with a fixture against...
'Look What You've Done to Me. You Have Ruined My Life, You Have' Paralysed Woman's Fury as Her Assailant Is Let out on Bail over Christmas
Byline: Rob Kennedy AWOMAN who was left paralysed after a row over a spilt drink in South Tyneside has faced her attackers in court and told them: "Look what you've done to me, you have ruined my life." Claire Hilton, 28, suffered a broken neck...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4879 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5312 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.2221 .......... pounds Euro......................1.11 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.44 ...........dollars...
McLean's Relishing Second Kiwi Clash
KATY McLean has had little time to celebrate Saturday's victory over New Zealand as England's women's captain lines up against the world champions tonight for the second time in just four days. The South Shields-born fly-half skippered her country...
NEWCASTLE United Outcast Nile [...]; CLARK'S TERRIERS CAN'T KEEP PACE WITH ATHLETIC
Byline: Stuart Rayner NEWCASTLE United outcast Nile Ranger says he is "starving" for the chance to prove his worth. The talented but troubled striker has been loaned to Championship side Barnsley until the New Year after being totally frozen...
North-Based Club Aims to Sell Sports Kit to Russia
Byline: John Hill SPORTING equipment offered by Newcastle's F.I.T Club could soon be on offer in the boxing hotbed of Russia. The High Bridge Street club was keen to boost its profile in foreign markets, and contacted international export match-maker...
No Time to Rest as Jose Focuses on Next Test at Blues
L IVERPOOL defender Jose Enrique insists there will be no excuses from the players as they prepare for a quick turnaround for a Carling Cup quarter-final at Chelsea. Less than 50 hours after the final whistle of an exhilarating but energysapping...
Number of HIV Patients in North East on the Rise
THE number of people diagnosed with HIV in the North East has hit its highest level in five years. New statistics show the number of those diagnosed with the infection in the region in 2010 was the highest since 2005, according to Health Protection...
Packed Programme for Arts Tour
THE Duchess of Northumberland will meet a group of European arts workers as part of their tour of the North East. The 30-strong group are being hosted by award-winning local arts charity Headway Arts as they visit the region as part of the European...
Pressure Mounts on Murdoch to Step Down
JAMES Murdoch will face calls to resign as chairman of BSkyB at the satellite broadcaster's annual meeting today amid fears his links to the phone hacking inquiry at News Corporation will damage the company's reputation. Top investors such as Kames...
Producers Must Count the Cost
Byline: Karen Dent MANY beef producers are making a loss because they are not managing their costs efficiently. Analysis of the cost of production carried out by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (Eblex) shows a pounds 250 per head difference...
Publicity Drive to Reassure Tourists
AILING Thomas Cook will this week launch a publicity drive in a bid to reassure customers that their holidays are in safe hands. The holidays firm, which saw its share price slump by 75% in one day last week amid fears of an imminent collapse, will...
Public Sector Strike 'Risk of Recession' War of Words between Union and Minister
Byline: William Green AROW broke out last night after a senior minister said striking public sector workers risked plunging the North East back into recession. Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude claimed there was a danger of the economy sliding...
Rangers Beware - the Bhoys Are Back
CELTIC striker Anthony Stokes has warned Rangers the Bhoys are determined to extend their winning run. Neil Lennon's side are four points behind Rangers at the Clydesdale Bank Premier League summit after last Saturday's win over St Mirren, coupled...
Saga Looking Premier Class at Ayr
PREMIER Sagas can give weight all round in the Bet Mobile At victorchandler. com Handicap Chase at Ayr. Nicky Richards had two in this and-a-half-mile event, including the smart Skippers Brig, but relies on the David Wesley Yatesowned seven-year-old....
Since 2008 There Have Been 618 Call-Outs of Boulmer's Rescue Helicopter. after 2015 There Won't Be Any; Dismay after Government Axes Service
Byline: Stephen Cape LIFESAVERS and politicians have combined to condemn plans that will see search and rescue operations close at a Northumberland air base. The Government announced yesterday that Sea King helicopter operations at RAF Boulmer...
Song That Hits Spot - Devils' Whine
Byline: PAUL DIXON PAUL DIXON has been following Newcastle United for more than 40 years, 17 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...
Strike a Sensitive Balance
Byline: ANNA HART ANYBODY who has experienced a serious health and safety incident knows the emotional impact can be immense, but how can employers respond to the more personal challenges raised in the aftermath of an incident? Aside from regulatory...
Systems Set for Overhaul after Fiasco over Gritters; Machines Put on Standby for Winter
Byline: Paul Tully COUNCIL bosses are to overhaul their ordering processes following the embarrassing delay in ordering new winter gritters. Northumberland County Council has admitted it was at fault over the time it took to order five new gritters...
Tait Refusing to Panic after Latest Loss; Coach Cool despite His Falcons Being Rock-Bottom
Byline: Mark Smith ALAN Tait insists now is not the time to press the panic button, despite his Newcastle Falcons side being nine points adrift at the bottom of the Aviva Premiership. A 39-8 defeat at league leaders Harlequins on Sunday means the...
Threat to IDS Sales as Rivals Muscle In
Byline: Karen Dent SALES at one of the North East's fastest-growing listed companies are under pressure as more rivals muscle into the niche life sciences market which had made it one of the region's biggest success stories. Brokers yesterday...
Town Are Looking to Exact Revenge; Gateshead Boss Fires Warning Ahead of Rematch
Byline: Steve Brown IAN Bogie has warned his Gateshead side to beware a Mansfield Town outfit seeking revenge tonight. Buoyed by Saturday's home draw with big-spending Fleetwood Town, the Tynesiders travel to Field Mill this evening seventh in...
Tributes Flood in after Russell Dies; Film Director Was Always a Maverick
Byline: DAVID LUCAS TRIBUTES have been paid to the 'unique' talent of British film director Ken Russell, following his sudden death at the age of 84. The director of Women In Love and The Devils "passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday...
Village Puts Names to Faces of Soldiers; War Memorial Set to Feature Photos of All 30 of Its Heroes
Byline: Paul Tully WAR memorials are all about columns bearing the names of soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. But in the Tyne Valley village of Bardon Mill, one couple is aiming to add another aspect to their memorial....
Wadsworth: I Feel Fans' Frustration
Byline: Mark Smith MANAGER Mick Wadsworth insists he can understand the growing anxiety on the terraces as Hartlepool United strive to end their miserable home run this evening. Preston North End are the visitors to Victoria Park, with Wadsworth's...
Waiting for Good News from Chancellor
Byline: LIZ MAYES LAST week a delegation of North East business people attended the CBI's Annual Conference in London to ensure the North East's businesses were part of the national debate. David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague and president...
Wenger Seeks Fringe Benefits in City Clash
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger has challenged his fringe players to show they have the strength of character to come through tonight's Carling Cup quarter-final against Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners boss admits he will have...
What's on Their Santa List? Christmas Time Approaches, as Does the Scramble to Buy Gifts for Your Little Darlings, Nieces, Nephews and Other Children. but What's Good for Different Ages? HANNAH DAVIES Takes a Look PRE-SCHOOLERS
Byline: HANNAH DAVIES SMOKEY the Fire Truck is a super-size, freew heeling truck. He works on different levels. Younger children will appreciate a talking truck. Older children can get to grips with his interactive sensors. These include a huge...
Working till We Drop Is the Only Way to Avoid a Penniless End; Columnist
Byline: Keith Hann AS Europe teeters on the brink of an almost unimaginable economic catastrophe, one that may make the events of the 1930s seem like a perfect summer of cream teas and croquet on the vicarage lawn, my thoughts keep returning to...