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 January 25, 2012

A Bouncing Baby Races to Victory
BABY Shine is to be aimed at the EBF Ultima Mares' Only Novices' Hurdle Final at Newbury on March 24 after a winning debut over Leicester's jumps. The 9-4 shot overcame an absence of 291 days in the EBF Mares 'National Hunt' Novices' Hurdle. ...
Administration Puts North Jobs at Risk
Byline: Karen Dent SIXTY jobs are at risk at the Petroplus oil storage business on Teesside which has gone into administration, along with other UK sites owned by the Swiss company. Petroplus Refining Teesside, which runs the storage site at...
Bringing Office Space to Life
Byline: Iain Laing LANDLORDS of office space are being offered help to bring empty buildings back from the brink. Buildings across the region are standing redundant as the economic climate has forced many businesses to close or to move out in...
City Are Confident despite Absentees
CHARGED missing for DAVID Platt is convinced Manchester City have the firepower to reach the Carling Cup final despite the potential loss of another key player, writes ANDY HAMPSON. City will be without striker Mario Balotelli for the second leg...
City Centre Building Let to Training Group
A NEWCASTLE city centre building has been let to a national training company for pounds 16 per sq ft. No 1 Queens Lane, pictured, the 504 sq m (5,425 sq ft) Newcastle property acquired by The Kane Property Group for refurbishment, has been let in...
Compulsion Leads Andy to Scoop Festival Award; the Oscar Shortlists Are out but One Film Prize Has Already Come Back to the North East, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE AN important film award has whisked its way from London to a studio hidden within the Byker Wall in Newcastle. Andy McVicar scooped the coveted best new short film prize at the London Short Film Festival for his film Compulsion,...
Construction Sector to See 2,500 Jobs Go
Byline: Iain Laing AROUND 2,500 jobs will be lost in the North East's construction industry this year. The region will be one of the worst hit regions in the UK, according to a new report from the CITB-ConstructionSkills industry body which forecasts...
Cowboy Will Writers Give E Profession a Bad Name; as Legal and Finance Firms Step Up Their Search for New Revenue Streams, Will Writing Has Emerged as a Lucrative Market for Many of the Region's Businesses in Recent Years. However, as ANDREW MERNIN Discovers, a Lack of Regulation and Transparency Has Left the Industry Suffering from a Flood of Under-Qualified Practitioners Who Are Causing Major Damage to the Sector
Byline: ANDREW MERNIN DESPITE the clamour among legal players large and small to get their share of the vast will writing market, the practice remains hugely under-regulated compared to other parts of the financial world. While there are marks...
Criticism of Goodwin Was Removed from FSA Report
Byline: Iain Laing ADIRECT criticism of Sir Fred Goodwin in the Financial Services Authority's report on the near-collapse of RBS was removed after a final draft was shown to the former banking boss's lawyers. One of the two independent experts...
Cuts Cause 'Return of Soup Kitchens' MPs Warn of Attack on Public Health
Byline: William Green THERE is a "clear and present danger" that the health of the North East will suffer because of Government cuts, Parliament heard yesterday. Labour MPs from across the region warned existing health inequalities - linked to...
Danger Areas of Last Year Are Still an Issue
Byline: ANDREW MILLER NO one would be surprised if the global stock market, having made a strong start to 2012, were to re-encounter its deepest fears at some stage. The three broad danger areas facing investment markets in late 2011 are all...
Database Can Help Firms Find the Right Premises
TYNE and Wear Development Company provides a bespoke service for businesses looking to invest in commercial property. The business development agency manages one of the largest databases of commercial property in the region and works closely with...
David Wells
Byline: David wells Already? When did this happen? Here we are and it's all over and for some it's getting ready to go back to work day but what awaits? Same old same old, unless you invoke Uranus and Pluto's veto and move to change it all. The...
Deaths
BAIRD (Craster). Peacefully at Hillcrest Care Home on Sunday 22nd January 2012, aged 88 years, Ella (nee Lawson), dearly loved wife of the late John, much loved mam of Hugh, Ian and the late Avril, John and Margaret, very special motherinlaw, nana,...
Defence Cuts Are 'Grotesque' Say MPs; MoD Criticised over Job-Loss Programme
Byline: Joe Churcher M Ps have attacked a "grotesque" defence cuts process that means no civilian has been forced out of a job while 40% of redundancies among armed forces personnel have been compulsory. In a scathing report, the Commons defence...
Exam Success Adds Up for New Accountants
TWO employees at a firm of chartered accountants and business advisers are celebrating passing their professional exams. Abu Ali and James Cleave, of Clive Owen & Co LLP, have both passed their final exams with the Institute of Chartered Accountants...
Fading Hopes for Greek Debt Deal Hit Markets
Byline: Beth Pearson THE FTSE 100 Index failed to add to Monday's gains yesterday and fell 30.7 points to close at 5752. Hopes that Greece will reach an agreement with lenders to avoid a default faded, causing London's leading shares index to...
Fail to Plan and You Plan to. Well You Know the Rest
Byline: ROBERT GIBSON DON'T you just love those trite little management-speak phrases that make you think of Swindon's very own David Brent. "There's no I in team", "to assume makes an ass of u and me", "the bigger picture" and of course the one...
Faith Is Placed in Second-Choice Ford
SCOTLAND coach Andy Robinson confirmed Ross Ford as his captain for the RBS Six Nations and then declared: "It's time for us to deliver". Robinson turned to Ford (pictured right) after it was confirmed his firstchoice skipper, Saracens flanker Kelly...
Federer Relishes Nadal Meeting; Pre-Open Spat Is in the Past, Insists Roger
Byline: Jon Fisher ROGER Federer has dismissed suggestions his pre-tournament disagreement with Rafael Nadal will add spice to their Australian Open semi-final. Federer and Nadal lined up a mouthwatering last-four clash in Melbourne with wins...
Ferdinand Chants to Go Unpunished; Fans May Escape Action
SPECTATORS may avoid arrest or ejection if they sing "Anton Ferdinand you know what you are" during QPR's FA Cup clash with Chelsea, it emerged yesterday. Although extra officers have been laid on for the potentially explosive west London derby,...
Forget the A1 - Go to Edinburgh Via Carlisle; Tory Transport Spokesman's Solution to Calls to Dual Key Route
Byline: William Green A GOVERNMENT transport spokesman in the Lords has defended the failure to fully dual the A1 - declaring motorists are better off using a different road. Tory Whip Earl Attlee, who speaks on transport for the coalition, said...
Former Cat Wright Released by Hartlepool
FORMER Sunderland defender Stephen Wright has been released by Hartlepool United, writes STUART RAYNER. The League One club have chosen not to renew the short-term deal Wright signed in September. The 31-year-old made 11 appearances at full-back...
Fruitful Draw Helps Sir Bobby's Charity; Italian Bakers Created Huge Prize for Raffle
Byline: Brian Daniel FOOTBALLING legend Alan Shearer has tackled a new challenge in aid of the charity founded by another Newcastle United hero. The Magpies' all-time leading goalscorer helped raffle a monster cake, to raise funds for the Sir...
Gateshead Are Rocked by Shock Defeat; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Kettering Town...................................... Gateshead ............................................. GATESHEAD crashed to a shock defeat in Northamptonshire as crisis club Kettering Town won their first Conference game since October, writes...
Getting the Right Premises
ACQUIRING business premises is one of the most important decisions new and established companies are likely to make. The decision process will usually involve consideration of issues such as location, accessibility, property specification, parking...
'It's Time to Be Realistic on Offers for Jewels' Call to Sell Buildings after Raid
Byline: Paul Tully ALEADING Tynedale councillor has renewed calls for Hexham's four "crown jewel" buildings to be sold after a roof lead raid. The call from former Hexham Town Mayor Terry Robson follows the second theft of roof lead in three...
Law Firm Plays Key Role in Business Investments
Byline: Iain Laing LAW firm Ward Hadaway has advised on more than 60 investments from the Finance for Business North East Fund, helping inject significant capital into innovative companies across the region. The group has played a key role in...
Leaders Join Forces to Tackle Skills Shortages
THE worlds of business and academia are being brought together at a conference aimed at addressing regional skills shortages. The North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) is organising the "Bridging the Gap" conference to officially launch its 2012...
Lions Eager to Bounce Back
SENEGAL coach Amara Traore insists his side's opening African Nations Cup defeat will act as a wake-up call as they aim to bounce back against Equatorial Guinea today. The Lions - who boast Newcastle strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Ciss in their squad...
Long-Ago Men of Steel Who Helped to Shape a Landscape; in the Second Part of Our Series on the Vanished Industrial Landscapes of the North East, We Look at How, under the Watch of the Iron Lady, a Massive Steel Works Was Lost
Byline: TONY HENDERSON AFTER decades working in countries across the world, Garry O'Hagan returned to his native north west Durham. From his base in Annfield Plain, he set off to visit Tow Law. "I had not been there for years, but I got lost...
Loss Gives Quakers a Few More Problems; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Hayes and Yeading United ............ Darlington ..................................... A MISERABLE defeat at struggling Hayes and Yeading dispelled any doubts Darlington face a fight on and off the pitch to preserve their Blue Square Premier status...
Make Use of Generous Tax Breaks
Byline: TIM MALLON LAST year's Autumn Statement painted a pretty bleak picture of the UK economy. The Government has built its plans for recovery on the private sector, but some commentators have questioned whether the environment for establishing...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4021 ...........dollars Canada .............1.4924 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.3191 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.1386 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.45 ...........dollars...
Money Talks as Woods Goes East; GOLF
TIGER Woods does not deny that appearance money is one of the factors in determining where he plays. Woods could have been at Torrey Pines this week on a course where he has won six times, including his last major title. Instead he is in Abu...
New Research in the Battle against Autism; Study Reveals Early Communication Skills Gap
Byline: Helen Rae RESEARCH in the North East has identified a way that could help people with autism improve their condition. A study led by Durham University found that if children with the condition were encouraged to "talk things through in...
New Skills Centre for Oil and Gas Sector Plan
Byline: Iain Laing ADVANCED Industrial Solutions has taken 14,000sqft of industrial space at Gladedale Capital's Saturn Court in North Tyneside, leaving only one unit remaining at the site. Jones Lang LaSalle, which along with GVA is acting as...
New Website Is Just for Region's Mums; Support and Advice Will Have Local Bent
Byline: Richard Fletcher MUMS in the North East are set to build their own local community online with the launch of a new website offering friendship and support. North East Mums will aim to give everyone from new mums up to parents of 17-year-olds...
No Evidence Man Intended to Take His Life; Pensioner Was Hit as He Sat on Railway Line
Byline: Sara Nichol APENSIONER died after he sat down on a main rail line and was struck by a train, an inquest heard. William Hollywood, known as Billy, was killed when he was hit by the 6.16pm Aberdeen to Leeds train in September last year....
Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards
BEST PICTURE The Artist; The Descendants; Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; The Help; Hugo; Midnight in Paris; Moneyball; The Tree of Life; War Horse BEST ACTOR Demian Bichir - A Better Life; George Clooney - The Descendants; Jean Dujardin - The...
Now We Are Pounds 1 Trillion in Debt - That's Pounds 16k Each
THE UK's debt mountain yesterday smashed through the pounds 1 trillion barrier for the first time in history. The grim milestone, equivalent to some pounds 16,400 per person in the UK, was reached despite a bigger-than-expected fall in borrowing in...
Nurse Is Struck off over Drug Errors; Man's Actions Could Have Put Patients at Risk
Byline: Helen Rae ANURSE has been struck off for misconduct following errors he made when giving patients their medication. Isagani De Leon failed to follow correct procedures for administering controlled drugs while working on Ward B21 at Sunderland...
Pardew's Targeting Return to Europe
Byline: Mark Douglas ALAN Pardew has urged his high-flying Newcastle United side to grasp the "fantastic opportunity" their form has afforded them - and clinch a triumphant return to Europe. United missed a chance to close the gap on fourth-placed...
Past Masters Have a Bright Future after Funding Boost; the Vital Role of Museums in the North East in Entertainment, Education and Celebrating the Region's Past Has Been Backed by a New Funding Award. TONY HENDERSON Reports
Byline: TONY HENDERSON MAJOR museums across the North East last night welcomed the news that they will share in a shell-out of around pounds 20m a year. In what is a new funding regime for museums, Arts Council England announced the 16 major...
Pensioner Dies 11 Days after Accident; 78-Year-Old Was Treated at Two Hospitals
Byline: Paul Tully APENSIONER who was knocked down by a car as she crossed the road has died in hospital almost two weeks later. Joyce Mellstrom, was struck by a silver hatchback car as she crossed Loosing Hill near Abbey Court in Hexham. The...
Plea to Mps over Dementia
A STUDENT from Newcastle University is heading to Westminster to ask MPs to commit to a dementia research strategy. Matthew Burke, a dementia researcher, is headed to the House of Commons today for the launch of the Alzheimer's Research UK report....
Podgies Can Be a Real Boy Wonder; Saraband
PODGIES Boy took time to find his feet after returning from a lengthy spell off the track but should be respected at Lingfield now he has regained winning form. A three-time scorer as a juvenile, Podgies Boy did not run for all but a year before...
Pounds 25k Writing Contest Now Open for Entries
THE annual Northern Writers' Awards are now open for entry, giving rising talents a chance to share in a prize of pounds 25,000. The awards, run by New Writing North, are a way of shining a spotlight on authors from across the region and this year's...
Pounds 5.5m Boost for Scientists; Leading Academics and Researchers Headed for Our Universities
Byline: Helen Rae TWO of the North East's leading universities have been given pounds 5'm to invest in bioscience postgraduate training to help bring top-class scientists to the region. Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has announced...
Property Agency Sees New Growth
BRADLEY Hall's success in the small business premises sector saw continued growth in the fourth quarter of 2011 as the firm completed deals in retail, office and industrial sectors. Tim Aisbitt, commercial surveyor based in Bradley Hall's Gosforth...
Property Support for Expanding Businesses
GROWING businesses have access to one central source of support for all their needs when it comes to finding the right business space in Tyne and Wear. The area boasts a wide selection of commercial properties from city centre office space to internationally...
Report Outlines Changes to Policy to Give Developers More Clarity; WHO'S PLANNING WHAT?
Byline: KEVIN SANDERSON THE Government's proposed blueprint for the future of planning guidance across the country is nearing completion, with some important consequences for developers and occupiers alike. However, this National Planning Policy...
Rising Figures Testament to Constant Development at BIC
TENANCY levels at the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) rose by 7% in the last half of 2011 to 89%, highlighting the popularity of the enterprising business complex. David Howell, director of operations at the North East BIC, said:...
Sage Satisfied with Start but It's Watching Europe
Byline: Karen Dent SAGE says it is trading as expected but is keeping a close eye on the rocky financial situation in Europe. The Newcastle-based software giant, which trades in more than 20 countries worldwide, said it had made a satisfactory...
Squad's Adjusting to Gold's Methods; Training's Been Intense - Wilson
Byline: Mark Smith MARK Wilson has revealed how the wind of change has already started to blow through Kingston Park as new boss Gary Gold takes the helm for his first game. The South African director of rugby was largely a spectator for the...
Strauss Keen to Find Form; Captain Knows a Test Century Is Long Overdue
ANDREW Strauss knows the best captains lead from the front and it is time he did so again for England, writes DAVID CLOUGH. Strauss, set to face Pakistan today without Chris Tremlett in his armoury because of the fast bowler's sore back, ought not...
Supporting Innovative Businesses
THE Wilton Centre, located between Middlesbrough and Redcar, offers high quality office accommodation, fully furnished and serviced laboratory space and excellent technical facilities. Set in a 75-acre landscaped park, it is home to over 60 companies....
Support on Hand for County's Businesses Looking to Expand
DURHAM County Council aims to support the continuous improvement of the county's infrastructure and economy. The Regeneration and Economic Development team can provide a range of support services to companies and individuals looking to start up,...
Tax Expert's Pounds 25,000 Fraud Earns Her Prison; Revenue Woman Admits Her Shame
Byline: Garry Willey AGOVERNMENT tax credits adviser was sent to prison yesterday after being found guilty of running a pounds 25,000 benefit fraud. Michelle Patten was employed by HM Revenue and Customs to give expert guidance to claimants....
Teaching a Spirit of Enterprise
Byline: JONATHAN WALKER OUR schools are the laboratories where our future captains of industry are created and grown. Until we develop the scientific technique for capturing the entrepreneurial spirit of Richard Branson, investment acumen of...
The Challenge of a Lifetime; Most Mates Go for a Relaxing Spa Weekend or a Lively City Break for Their Annual Girls' Trip -but Not This Lot. KAREN WILSON Speaks to Eight Friends Who've Vowed to Scale Africa's Highest Peak Next Week and Raise Thousands for Their Chosen Charities
Byline: KAREN WILSON LAST year it was a relaxing cruise around the Med, but the annual girls' trip has moved up a gear for eight North East friends who are climbing Kilimanjaro next week. Scaling Africa's highest mountain will be the challenge...
The Death of Rock and Roll? Guitar Albums Are at Their Lowest in Seven Years - but Are People No Longer Listening to Rock Music? HANNAH DAVIES Reports
Byline: HANNAH DAVIES IS guitar music dead? That was the proclamation last week as it was revealed sales of pop albums overtook guitar albums for the first time in seven years. Albums such as Adele's 21, Jessie J and Lady Gaga helped push pop's...
There Ain't Nothing Crooked in It ... Redknapp Denies Cash Was a "Bung"
Byline: Rob Phillips HARRY Redknapp and his former employer gave conflicting excuses for an alleged offshore tax fiddle, a court heard. The Tottenham Hotspur boss was "feigning ignorance" about his illegal dealings for six years before his arrest,...
UK Growth Forecast Slashed by IMF
THE UK saw its economic growth forecasts slashed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday - but the country will still outperform its struggling neighbours in the eurozone. Britain will grow at just 0.6% this year, down from previous forecasts...
Utterson's Lapse Is Costly for Spartans; Blyth Spartans 1 Altrincham 1
Byline: Steve Brown LAUGHTERED, in some sense. SThat is not to say that Blyth were by any stretch, well, stretched. An even first half gave way to a second in which the Spartans bettered Altrincham. They ought also to have put victory to...
Vanessa's World of Enchantment; Her Energetic, Humorous and Heart-Warming Watercolours Have Charmed Children around the World. Vanessa Cabban Talks to TAMZIN LEWIS about Painting, Knitting and Knickers
Byline: TAMZIN LEWIS VANESSA Cabban likens working as a children's illustrator to being the front man in a band - implying that it's not possible to be a star performer without lots of people slaving away quietly in the background. Unlike a lead...
Virus Found in Livestock
Byline: Karen Dent ADISEASE that causes birth defects and miscarriages in livestock has been confirmed in the UK for the first time. The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) said tests on animals on four sheep farms in Norfolk,...
We Can Use This as an Opportunity
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN ALEX Salmond would be proud. Tonight I shall be preparing a Burns Supper for the first time and I'm even planning to wash it down with a fine single malt. Burns Night might seem an odd thing for a Yorkshireman to be celebrating....
We Must Start Working Collaboratively
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK IHAD the privilege of chairing the Rics (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) North East Summit last Friday. The speakers were leaders in their field from central and local government and the business world and it provided...
What's On
JANUARY 20-26 CINEWORLD, BOLDON COLLIERY Boldon Leisure Park, Abingdon Way (0871 200 2000) A Turtle''s Tale: Sammy''s Adventures (U): Sat 10am Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (U): Fri-Thu noon, 2pm, 4pm Happy Feet Two (U): Sat/Sun 10am (Sat),...
Wildlife Land Bought for Pounds 1; Nominal Sum for 18 Acres Next to Nature Reserve
Byline: Tony Henderson ARARE wildlife habitat is set to be restored after 18 acres of key land was sold for just pounds 1. Durham Wildlife Trust has acquired the land adjacent to its Stanley Moss nature reserve, near Sunniside, for a nominal pounds...
Will 2012 Be the Year of the Referendum for the UK and Scotland? Columnist
Byline: Paul Benneworth THE Coalition Government is struggling. Unemployment and the deficit are simultaneously rising, breaking political promises at the last election to give an 'expansionary fiscal contraction'. This will be the year that the...
WIN a Makeover for You and a Friend
The Journal have teamed up with Boilerhouse to give one lucky reader and a friend the chance to win a makeover! To celebrate Bolierhouse's very own make over and relocation. Your day of pampering will include a full cut and colour in the salon along...