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 September 2, 2011

100,000 Reasons to Help Appeal; Runner Aims to Smash Funds Milestone
Byline: Paul Tully RUN Geordie Run hero Mark Allison is aiming to blast through the pounds 100,000 fundraising barrier with a major charity ball in Newcastle followed by a marathon in Northumberland. The 40-year-old from Shotley Bridge, who ran...
Actor's Artistic Side; Painting Will Be Sold to Aid Two Charities
Byline: Paul Tully HE is one of the North East's best loved actors, but an earlier part of his artistic life is to provide a surprise charity boost. Kevin Whately was amazed to be told that a painting he did at the age of 18 in 1969 had been...
Ambition Brings Bendtner to Cats
Byline: Mark Douglas SUNDERLAND new boy Nicklas Bendtner hailed the Black Cats' burning ambition as the key to persuading him that a Wearside switch was the right move to relaunch his stuttering career. Bendtner penned a one-year loan deal with...
Anger over Badger Cull Comments
Byline: Karen Dent COMMENTS from one of Natural England's top men about control of badgers have caused widespread anger in the farming community. NFU president Peter Kendall has written a formal letter of complaint to the Defra secretary Caroline...
Architects Help Shape Town's Creative Quarter
Byline: Christopher Knox NEWCASTLE-BASED Intersect Architects Ltd has completed a pounds 850,000 mixed retail and residential project in Gateshead as part of the council's Bridges Creative Quarter. The Half Moon was granted planning permission in...
Are You Happy with That Mike? A VIEW FROM THE GALLOWGATE PAUL DIXON
Paul Dixon has been following Newcastle United for more than 35 years, 16 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 - from a black-and-white...
Attack Widow's Death Was 'Natural Causes'
POLICE investigating a violent attack on an 89-year-old widow in her home say her death 11 weeks later was not a result of her injuries. Lucy Charlton was found seriously injured at her home in Stamfordham, Northumberland, several hours after being...
Brewed out of a Love for Real Ale
Byline: RICHARD FLETCHER THE mission statement on Tyne Bank Brewery's pump clips is 'Born out of love for real ale and a passion to create', and their beginnings certainly hold true to that belief. I've heard it's true (well, I state it as fact...
Brewer's Plea for Help with Tracing These Mystery Men
Byline: Sarah Scott THE owners of a popular lemonade brewed in the North East are hoping to uncover the founder's family tree through these pictures. Fentimans, the Hexham-based botanical brewers, has been putting bottles of old-fashioned pop...
By George, MP Wades into Flag Upset
AN MP has insisted fans of a Northumberland football club which plays in Scotland should be allowed to take English flags to away games. This week it emerged that fans of Berwick Rangers, who play in the Scottish Third Division despite the town...
Catches Aplenty in Spite of Climate
THERE have been some impressive catches during one of the coolest August weeks on record. In The Angel complex, Bowes Lake has been fantastic during dusk and dawn for carp. Ian Dixon caught both a large mirror and a large common on the same evening,...
Charities at Risk of Closure in Funding Crisis; Survey Reveals Sector Is Struggling to Cope
Byline: Adrian Pearson CHARITIES in the North East facing huge cuts in funding have warned they are at risk of closure. The Prime Minister has been told his Big Society will not be able to solve the problems left in the North East after hundreds...
Cheating Your Way to Health; the Road to Happy Holidays Is Often Lined with Empty Crisp Packets and Promises of Chips for Tea. SARAH O''MEARA Asks Anna Jones, Author of Hungry, How to Cheat Your Family Back to Health
ICE creams, salty snacks and fizzy drinks can start to dominate a family''s diet come summertime. But with autumn peeping over the horizon, it''s time to make a few swift substitutions and get everyone eating their five-a-day once more. The team...
Compelling Coming-of-Age Tale
HAPPINESS is something you have to look after, be vigilant about," tenderly advises a mother in Gavin Wiesen's impressive debut feature. The writer-director has certainly been vigilant about ensuring our happiness with this touching coming-of-age...
COMPETITION: WIN a Pair of Tickets to See A Night of Musicals
CULTURE CLUB members have the chance to win a pair of tickets to see A Night of Musicals at the Empire Theatre, Consett, on Thursday, September 29, at 7.30pm. This electric production from Musical Showstoppers transports you on a whistle-stop tour...
Connections' Faith about to Pay off; Saraband
CONNECTIONS of Free For All have had to exercise some patience but their faith can be rewarded at Haydock today. Trainer Sylvester Kirk has been in no rush with this talented fouryear-old, biding his time since a solid third at Epsom in July. But...
David Wells
Dealing with knocking down walls and housemates who don't know what the hoover looks like is coming to an end and you will have more time to follow your passions. Can you remember what they are? Get some new ones. By keeping those you love in the...
Dealership Set to Break Pounds 1bn Sales
CAR dealership Vertu Motors has snapped up another UK site as it continues its expansion drive. The Gateshead company released a trading update to announce it had picked up its fourth Nissan dealership, bringing its roster of outlets up to 83. ...
Deaths
BRADLEY (Cyprus). Formerly of Cullercoats and Escombe. Valerie (nee Gay), passed away peacefully in Cyprus on August 23rd 2011, aged 68 years, loving wife, mam and nana. Family and friends please meet for service at St. Andrew's Church, South Church...
Derby Hero Swinburn's Set to Quit as a Trainer
WALTER Swinburn is to quit the training ranks on October 31. The former jockey, who will forever be remembered for his association with Derby winner Shergar, won the blue riband Classic as a rider on two other occasions. Swinburn took over the...
Doctor in Mercy Mission to Libya; Paediatrician Offers Help to His Homeland
Byline: Helen Rae ANORTH East consultant paediatrician is heading to the emergency department of a hospital in war-torn Libya to help treat the injured. Dr Abdubaker Akak, who works at the children's ward in North Tyneside General Hospital, will...
Downturn in Manufacturing Sparks Fears of a Double-Dip
Byline: Peter McCusker MANUFACTURING activity sank to a 26-month low in August, a key survey reveals today, fuelling fears of a double-dip recession in the UK. The Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) recorded a level of 49 for August - a...
Ex Army Chief Says Cuts Are Risk to UK; Anger at Plans for Gurkha Redundancies
Byline: Tom Smith SACKING hundreds of Army and RAF personnel will have "long-term consequences" for the UK, Labour has warned. And a former Army Chief warned the whole cost reducation exercise was "risky". About 920 soldiers and 930 RAF personnel...
Falcons Coach Tait Reels in Outside-Centre
NEWCASTLE Falcons have finally hooked a big fish to fill their outside-centre berth, with the news that Corne Uys has put pen to paper, writes MARK SMITH. The 29-year-old has been granted an early release from South African province Free State Cheetahs,...
Fixture Clash Threat to Great North Run; Chaos Predicted as Match Kicks off on Run Day
Byline: Sara Nichol THOUSANDS of passengers could face chaos on the region's transport systems after it emerged a Premier League football match will clash with the Great North Run. Less than three weeks before 90,000 people descend on the region...
Forwards Battle for Fitness
NORTHERN Ireland manager Nigel Worthington will give Paddy McCourt and Kyle Lafferty every chance of proving their fitness ahead of tonight's Euro 2012 qualifier against Serbia but is bracing himself for bad news. The visit of Serbia to Windsor...
Franks Has Four More in Store
FRANKS the Flooring Store has rolled out four new stores on Tyneside, Teesside and Northumberland as part of the family-owned business's continued expansion in the North East. The new stores located in Newcastle, Hartlepool, Blackhall and Hexham are...
Go Ahead Profits Up as Bus Travel Booms
Byline: John Hill PUBLIC transport firm Go Ahead Group said profits rose 14% in its last financial year, adding that its performance was "in line with expectation". The Newcastle business said a profit rise to pounds 115.1m and a 6% jump in revenue...
Hat-Trick Is Crucial to Rooney Revival
Byline: Simon Stone FABIO Capello is convinced Wayne Rooney's hat-trick against Arsenal last week can help bring an end to his international goal drought. England's number one striker heads into tonight's Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria...
Job Was Lost after an 'Honest Mistake; Man Says He Was Treated 'Disgracefully'
Byline: Brian Daniel ALEADING figure on a Northumberland fisheries body who was sacked for breaking its rules says he has been "assassinated by correctness". John Thomson, vice chairman of the Northumberland Inshore Fisheries Conservation Authority...
Joy as Greene Turns to Gold; Welsh Ace Dai Flies the Flag as England Gets Silver
DAI Greene ended Britain's wait for a World Championship gold medal with a stylish victory in the 400 metres hurdles in Daegu yesterday. The 25-year-old ran a superbly-paced race to overhaul Javier Culson in the final few strides and add the world...
'Keep Helping Police Find My Aunt's Killer' Family's Emotional Plea for Public Help
Byline: Sophie Doughty SMILING and dancing in front of a camera, this is pensioner Judith Richardson, who was last month murdered in her home. New pictures of the 77-year-old, who was battered to death with a hammer, have been released by her family....
Knee Worries Plague Tomlinson Ahead of World Long Jump Final
Byline: Tom Reynolds CHRIS Tomlinson insisted he was not bothered by the manner with which he scraped into the World Athletics Championships final - but admitted a troublesome knee injury was a concern. Tomlinson was the 12th and final qualifier...
Lunchboxes: Must Do Better
AS PUPILS in the North East prepare to return to school next week, a consumer watchdog has called for children's pre-packed lunchbox favourites to have clearer nutritional labelling to show parents the levels of salt and sugar in them. Which? assessed...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4357 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5095 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.5651 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.0792 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........12.00 ...........dollars...
Nearly a Quarter of Families Not in Work; Government Told to Act on Unemployment
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE Government has been told to act after it emerged that nearly a quarter of North East households are out of work. Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions show the region has the highest percentage of...
New Boss for Next Phase at Stadium
Byline: Karen Dent STADIUM Group has made what it calls a strong appointment to lead the electronics company's next phase of growth. The Hartlepool firm, which employs around 1,200 people, the majority in China, unveiled Stephen Phipson as its new...
New Government Plans to Relocate Terror Suspects
THE Government is planning emergency powers to forcibly relocate terror suspects, months after pledging to scrap the existing measure. The emergency legislation would enable the Home Secretary to specify more stringent restrictions on suspected...
No Comfort Zone for the Top Players; Warning Made by Minnikin
EVEN the best players among the field in The Journal Champion of Champions should be ready to "get knocked out of their comfort zone", writes TIM TAYLOR. That was yesterday's warning from Andrew Minnikin, who ranks among the best himself - he's...
Nominations Opened for Awards in Energy Sector
BUSINESS support organisation for oil, gas, nuclear and offshore renewables NOF Energy has opened the nominations process for its prestigious annual awards. Nominations are now being welcomed for the awards' four categories to recognise the achievements...
Petition Calling for Cruise Bid Refusal
THOUSANDS of people have backed a petition calling on the Government to ban Merseyside port bosses from expansion plans which would threaten North East jobs. Liverpool Council has forced through a Government consultation on allowing it to repay...
Pressure Turning the Lights Back on; Traffic Measures Re-Introduced
Byline: Neil McKay HIGHWAY bosses have bowed to pressure from traders and an MP by re-introducing traffic lights at the entrances to a 1,000-year-old street from Monday. The announcement by Durham County Council that it was to restore the lights...
Quality, Freshness and a Great Day out; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
LOCAL farm shops offer value and quality with beautiful surroundings that make a nice change from the usual supermarket aisles. Brocksbushes Farm, near Corbridge, is an award-winning farm shop and tearoom which draws customers from the whole of...
Regional Round-Up
TYNEDALE will be boosted by the return of Richard Boyle to their side for tomorrow''s SSE National One trip to Sedgeley Park. A star performer for the Corbridge-based club last season, Boyle''s form earned had him a professional deal with Newcastle...
Rogers' Grand Day Out
WHAT a day it turned out to be for Dave Rogers, who had set out to do a bit of light spinning at St Abbs for pollock, coalfish and mackerel. After being snapped off twice by a big fish, Rogers upped his reel mainline, casting out into the same spot....
September Is a New Dawn for Durham
Byline: Stuart Rayner WHEN Durham's players opened their curtains yesterday morning they were confronted by a very unusual sight above the Channel - cloudless blue sky. Their awful August was over. With league leaders Lancashire hammered and...
Six of the Best for Hapless Azerbaijan
England Under-21s............................... Azerbaijan Under-21s ........................... STUART Pearce's latest batch of England Under-21 hopefuls took their first step towards the next European Championship with a predictable thrashing...
Supporting Those Left after Redundancies; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE
Byline: CATRIONA LINGWOOD IN the current financial climate, some companies in the construction sector are having to reduce overheads and lay off staff to survive until the economic upturn emerges. The natural reaction for many employers is to...
Taking Fear out of Food; Professional Cook Jane Lovett May Be Cordon Bleu Trained but She Is a Firm Believer in Taking the Fear out of Cooking and Instilling Confidence in the Kitchen. KATHARINE CAPOCCI Chats to the Lady Who Is Starting a New Regular Food Column for Taste Readers
Byline: KATHARINE CAPOCCI PROFESSIONAL cook Jane Lovett holds the view that cooking should be fun, and need not be frightening or a chore. "It's a good philosophy," she says, "when you consider we all need to eat three times a day!" The home economist...
Team Discovers the Fruits of Their Labour
Byline: HELEN SAVAGE FRANCE was not spared the cool wet weather that made much of July such a misery here, but it hasn't prevented the earliest grape harvest in living memory. It began officially in Champagne on August 20, only equalled in 1822....
The Fight against Blight
Byline: SADIE PARKER ALLOTMENT GARDENING THE British love talking about the weather. It''s a national obsession. But our interest in the sky - and more importantly what it periodically drops on us - has reached new heights these past few months....
There Is More to Come, Says Murray; TENNIS
ANDY Murray vowed there is plenty more to come after surviving a few sticky moments in his first-round win over Somdev Devvarman at the US Open. The fourth seed could easily have lost the first set after dropping his serve in the opening game but...
The Shocking Truth about Cancer in the North East; Report Reveals North-South Divide
Byline: Helen Rae ASHOCK report has revealed a marked North-South divide in the number of people developing lung cancer, with our region having one of the worst rates of the illness. Findings released by leading health charity the British Lung...
The Slices of Bread with More Salt Than a Packet of Crisps
ONE in four loaves of bread contain as much salt per slice as a packet of crisps, new research has concluded. Consensus Action on Salt & Health (CASH), a campaign group of medics, surveyed the salt content of 294 fresh and packaged loaves from...
Tragic Mum Thought She'd Beaten Cancer; Unselfish Danielle's Death Is a Huge Shock
Byline: Sarah Scott AYOUNG mother died just 24 hours after finding out the cancer she thought she had beaten had returned. Danielle Wales, of Chester-le-Street, County Durham, was told she was clear of the breast cancer which had initially been...
Two Die in Ambulance Collision; A66 Is Closed after Fatal Incident
Byline: Rob Pattinson TWO men travelling in a military ambulance have been killed in a crash in the North East. The crash victims were both travelling in a military Land Rover when it collided with two lorries on the A66 near Stainmore, in Cumbria,...
United Silent after Bids End in Failure; Magpies Are Yet to Answer Criticism
Byline: Mark Douglas NEWCASTLE United battened down the hatches yesterday in the wake of criticism over their inability to land a striker to replace Andy Carroll. The mood on Tyneside was one of resignation and anger after the club failed in...
Weather Plays Havoc with Retirement Plans; Columnist
Byline: David B anks WHEN Norman the Turkey King retired, he looked around for something part-time to occupy the unwanted leisure time. After all, his dominoes-playing pals at the pub pointed out, man cannot live by grog and golf alone (unless...
We Need Meaner Dragons - Speed; Wales Side Has to Toughen Up
Byline: Andrew Gwilym WALES manager Gary Speed believes his side need to develop a mean streak instead of behaving like "perfect son-in-laws" as they prepare to face Montenegro in Cardiff tonight. The Dragons sit bottom of Group G in Euro 2012...
Where Are Newcastle Heading with Their Policy on Transfers? Questions Surround Club's Direction Newcastle United's Inability to Land a Striker Has Prompted a Fresh Wave of Soul Searching among the Club's Support. Mark Douglas Reports
IN the end, it all comes down to the question of direction. Are Newcastle United simply happy to tread water in the Premier League, to bob along in the top flight and stay out of the relegation zone? Or is the five-year plan to "challenge for everything"...
Why We're a Science Magnet; Last Month the Government Announced a Multi-Million Pound Funding Boost for Medical Research in the North East. Here Health Reporter HELEN RAE Takes a Look at How the North East Is Excelling in Its Scientific Studies
Byline: HELEN RAE THE North East has a reputation for leading the way in medical research, attracting scientists from all over the country to undertake pioneering studies here. Newcastle University's Faculty of Medical Sciences, in particular,...
You Should Be Able to Just Forget That the Actor Has a Different Voice in Real Life
Byline: KATE FOX IWEPT at the book but nearly didn't go to see the film because I knew Anne Hathaway's alleged bad Yorkshire accent in the film One Day would make me want to throw popcorn at the screen. However, I did go, and was pleasantly surprised....