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 30, 2010

A Lifetime of True Inspiration; LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Sponsored By
WINNER Dr Herbert Loebl ACADEMIC, engineer, entrepreneur and an inspiration for hundreds of business men and women - Dr Herbert Loebl has had an extraordinary influence over the business community in the North East. There has been research which...
A New Twist on Dylan; VETERAN Rocker Steve Gibbons Will Be Honouring Bob Dylan at the Sage Gateshead This Week. RON CLARKE Finds out More
Byline: RON CLARKE FIRST things first. The Dylan Project is a labour of love and not a tribute band. "No, we don't try on Dylan masks or anything like that. It is just our interpretation of his songs," explains Steve Gibbons. "It is no exaggeration...
Automotive Oscar for Car of the Future; Battery Car Charging on to New Success
ACAR which will be built in the North East and could revolutionise motoring has won an automotive Oscar. The 100% battery powered Nissan Leaf has beaten off competition from a range of top manufacturers to be named European Car of the Year. It...
Award Worth Its Weight in Gold; NORTH EAST BUSINESS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR Sponsored By
WINNER Stewart Smith, executive chairman and owner, Ramsdens Financial, Middlesbrough STEWART Smith has transformed Ramsdens Financial since taking over the 60-year-old business in 1994. The firm was opened by his father in 1950 as a cheque-trading...
Berghaus Expects a Big Rise in Worldwide Sales
OUTDOOR clothing company Berghaus expects to achieve a 17% jump in worldwide sales after setting up businesses in Norway and Germany, as well as benefiting from wintry weather in the North East. The Sunderland-based firm has set up Berghaus Nordic...
Big Cheers for Wine Bottler; DURHAM AND WEARSIDE BUSINESS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR Sponsored By
WINNER Tony Cleary, managing director, Lanchester Wine Cellars Ltd, Stanley IN its 30th anniversary year, the company Tony founded with his wife Veronica is now the UK's fourth biggest wine bottler. Its environmental green footprint betters those of...
Boldness Abounds as Test Is Rescued; Skipper Upbeat about Chances
Byline: David Clough ENGLAND will head for Adelaide today still convinced they can win the Ashes after Alastair Cook led their second-innings escape from the Gabba. Cook was the cornerstone in record stands of 188 with his captain and fellow...
BP Raises Pounds 4.5bn with Asset Sale
Byline: Iain Laing OIL giant BP said it has now sold a total of pounds 12.8bn worth of assets to help pay for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster after offloading its majority stake in an Argentina-based company. The group announced it had sold its...
CCTV to Help Keep Paramedics Safe; Extra Security to Prevent Attacks
Byline: Katie Davies APARAMEDIC who was violently attacked while on duty has welcomed the North East Ambulance Service's decision to install security cameras in vehicles. Speaking on the eve of publication of annual figures on attacks on paramedics,...
Changes Likely with Bowlers Looking Vulnerable
AUSTRALIA look likely to make changes to their bowling attack for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide with captain Ricky Ponting admitting no-one is certain of their place. Australia's bowlers toiled in the first Test in Brisbane which finished yesteray...
David Wells
A fresh breath of air is being huffed and puffed into your career skies and with it comes a message, a message asking you to get on with sending out your CV, e-mail, coffee invite: whatever! Don't slow down, speed up. Planning a trip away or maybe...
Death 'Could Have Been Prevented' 17-Year-Old Was Killed on Level Crossing
Byline: Brian Daniel RAIL bosses have been fined pounds 75,000 for health and safety breaches which led to the death of a Northumberland teenager on a level crossing. Network Rail received the fine, plus an order to pay pounds 36,791.99 in costs,...
Death 'Could Have Been Prevented' 17-Year-Old Was Killed on Level Cross Ing
RAIL bosses have been fined pounds 75,000 for health and safety breaches which led to the death of a Northumberland teenager on a level crossing. Network Rail received the fine, plus an order to pay pounds 36,791.99 in costs, after the incident...
Deaths
FERRY (Bedlington). Suddenly on 28th November, aged 58 years, John Hugh, beloved husband of Ellen (nee Luke), also a devoted uncle of all the family. Service to be held at Cowpen Crematorium on Friday 3rd December at 3.00pm. Friends please meet at...
Deficit Plan Is 'On Track' Says Osborne; Watc Hdog Says Growth Will Continue
OFFICIAL forecasts for the UK economy show the Government deficit-reduction plan "is working", Chancellor George Osborne said yesterday - despite City fears that the figures were over-optimistic. The latest analysis by the Office for Budget Responsibility...
Doctors Did Not Spot My Cancer's Return, Yet I Won't Get a Penny; No Compensation after Long Fight
Byline: Jonathan Whiley GRADUATE Becky Hall last night told how cancer had returned to haunt her - even though doctors had assured her she was clear of the condition. But after four years of legal battles, she has been told she's not entitled...
Doctors Did Not Spot My Cancer's Return, Yet I Won't Get a Penny; No Compensation after Long Fight
GRADUATE Becky Hall last night told how cancer had returned to haunt her - even though doctors had assured her she was clear of the condition. But after four years of legal battles, she has been told she's not entitled to a penny in compensation....
Elspeth's Boy Looks Hot to Trot Today
Byline: Saraband ELSPETH'S Boy can raise the temperature for punters with victory in the Betdaq The Betting Exchange Handicap at Lingfield today. Trainer John Best saddles three in the race, but this son of Tiznow looks to have the most exciting...
Falcons Forced Indoors Ahead of Bath's Visit; Head Coach Confident Match Will Survive the Snow
NEWCASTLE Falcons hope to beat the big freeze this week, as they prepare for the visit of Bath, writes MARK SMITH. Kingston Park plays host to the Aviva Premiership clash on Friday night, and despite being forced to train at alternative venues this...
Farmers Are Living below Poverty Line; Government Is Urged to Help Strugglers
HUNDREDS of farmers in Northumberland are living below the poverty line, the Government's rural watchdog has warned. The Commission for Rural Communities has claimed that around 25% of farming households across Britain have an income of less than...
Fight for Votes Continues in Switzerland
ENGLAND'S 2018 World Cup bid chief Andy Anson promised yesterday to "fight like crazy" to secure the required number of votes to get England over the line in Thursday's ballot. Speaking at a news conference at the England bid team's hotel on the...
Four Years in Jail for Killer Driver
Byline: Jack McKay AN HGV driver who killed a 16-year-old from Tyneside after ignoring signs to go slow has been jailed for four years. Gary Cartmell, 43, was driving as fast as his lorry would go along an ice-bound section of the A1 motorway...
Hair Extension Firm''s Hat-Trick; YOUNG BUSINESS PERSON OF THE YEAR Sponsored By
WINNER Darren Williams, company director, Hair X-Tensions Ltd, Seaham DARREN always had extraordinary ambitions in business and despite a hearing difficulty decided to make his first successful enterprise a music-based website. Then with his partner...
Half Our Female Workers Waiting for the Axe to Fall; NORTH EAST Women Are Set to Be Hardest Hit by the Government's Public Spending Cuts. MIEKA SMILES Speaks to Two Women Who Feel That Their Careers Are under Threat
WITH almost half a million public sector jobs set to be slashed across the UK, there are fears that thousands of households will be plunged into poverty. And with almost half of the North East's female workforce employed within the sector, it's...
Hard Work Needed to Realise Big Ambitions
GATESHEAD'S much-hoped for conference centre will form a key part of the region's multi-million pound bid for Government cash. When ministers decided to scrap the development agency One North East they put their hopes of creating new companies in...
Help Is Needed to Protect an Endangered Species
RESIDENTS of a North East village are being urged to help protect an endangered species. People living in Shadforth, near Durham are being encouraged to get involved to help local wildlife and reduce the risk of flooding. Work on the Shadforth...
How They Productively Used Their Contacts
SMALL businesses and sole traders find networking a useful and productive way to gain advice and help from contacts within the wider business community to manage and grow their business. We asked two successful small business owners from the Entrepreneurs'...
'I Don't Doubt These Players' Wenger Tells Fans to Stick by His Team
ARSENE Wenger has called on Arsenal fans to "keep faith" in his vision as he looks to guide the young Gunners into the semi-finals of the Carling Cup, writes JIM VAN WIJK. The 4-2 victory at Aston Villa on Saturday avoided a third straight defeat,...
It's Snow Bother to Test for Heat Loss; Bad Weather Can Be Used to Find Problems
Byline: Amy Hunt ASIMPLE test which could help householders find out if they could be missing a chance to be greener and save money is being promoted by an organisation. Warm Zone is a not for profit organisation working in partnership with local...
Keep Our Wembley Bid Alive - Abbott; Carlisle Boss Issues Plea
Byline: Mark Douglas AFTER skating on thin ice at the weekend, Greg Abbott has called on his Carlisle United side to show their true colours and take a significant step towards Wembley. Carlisle were minutes from a disastrous FA Cup exit at the...
Killer Driver Given Four-Year Sentence; HGV Going Too Fast for the Icy Conditions
Byline: Jack McKay AN HGV driver who killed a 16-year-old from Tyneside after ignoring signs to go slow has been jailed for four years. Gary Cartmell, 43, was driving as fast as his lorry would go along an ice-bound section of the A1 motorway...
North Easterners to Dig Deep for Christmas
A SURVEY conducted by Deloitte has revealed over three quarters of surveyed North Easterners are planning on matching or beating last year's Christmas shopping spend in 2010. The professional services firm predicts that total retail sales growth...
North in a Battle to Keep Going in Blizzards; Almost 450 Schools Are Closed
Byline: Sarah Scott BLIZZARDS took their toll on businesses yesterday as councils and emergency services continued their battle to keep the region moving. Heavy snowfalls across the North East continued to cause major disruption to motorists,...
Now the North Can Raise Its Voice Again; Vital Economic Partnership Gets Go-Ahead
ANORTH EAST voice has been secured with the creation of a vital economic partnership which will pull together multi-million pound bids for jobs cash for the region. Business and council leaders have met a senior official from Department for Business...
Our Long-Term Future Is Shaky
SHIRLEY Ford, 46, is an attendance officer at Marine Park Primary School in South Shields. She lives near the sea front in South Shields with her husband Terry, 54, a manager in adult education for South Tyneside Council and their son Jack, 11. ...
Patchy Eagles Struggling for Consistency, Admits Flournoy; Basketball
FAB Flournoy admits it feels as if his up-and-down Newcastle Eagles are still in the starting blocks - some three months after they began their BBL title defence, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The Eagles have a two-week breather after enduring another inconsistent...
Pearson's Digital Arm Set to Prosper
Byline: Karen Dent TWO directors of collapsed recruitment business Pearson Advertising & Marketing have bought the digital arm of the company to start a new Tyneside business. Lillian Hughes, the Stockton-based firm's former managing director,...
Pressure on Senior Lib Dem MP in Fees Debate
PRESSURE is mounting on Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith to oppose rises in university tuition fees. The senior Liberal Democrat is yet to decide whether to back the coalition's proposals to allow universities to raise fees by up to pounds 9,000 a year....
Pupils Hit out over Cuts to School Sport; Youngsters Are Alarmed at Proposals
Byline: William Green NORTH East schoolchildren have attacked the Government's plans to slash funding for school sports, it emerged yesterday. Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson has revealed that he has been inundated with dozens of letter from pupils...
Ramsey Is Back but King Goal Is Decisive
Leicester City................................. 1 Nottingham Forest ........................ 0 AARON Ramsey made his longawaited return from injury, but another Wales international midfielder stole the headlines as Leicester deservedly defeated Nottingham...
Rapper and Rocker to Lead Evolution
RAPPER Plan B and US rocker Iggy Pop are to headline at next year's Evolution Festival it was announced today - and tickets go on sale immediately. The crowd-pullers - set to rock the quayside, with Iggy promising to "rave like a Geordie" - are expected...
Reality TV Shows Spark G*Mania; in Brief
Newcastle singer-songwriter Aaron Bayley will line up with 10 other talent show performers in a band they're calling "reality TV's ultimate pop group". G*Mania will perform twice at the Theatre Royal on January 30, singing songs from hit TV show...
Region in the Running for Another 1,000 Glaxo Jobs
PHARMACEUTICAL giant GlaxoSmithKline is considering building a new North East plant as part of plans to invest pounds 500m in manufacturing which could create around 1,000 jobs. Glaxo said the Government's plans for a 10% cut in corporation tax...
Region's Tourism Industry Gets Benefit of Disney Magic
EXPERTS from entertainment giant Disney have been drafted in to help boost the business of North East tourism firms. A team of 'secret shoppers' from the Florida-based Disney Institute, the professional development and consulting arm of the Walt...
Retail Could Do with a Boost
Byline: SARAH GREEN AS THE snow falls and Christmas nears, all eyes now look to the retail sector to see how it is performing. As shoppers gear up for Christmas and with 'Mega Monday' yesterday, which was predicted to be the busiest online shopping...
Rising Wool Prices Cheer UK Producers
THE rising price of wool has given a big boost to the industry this year, the regional committees of the British Wool Marketing Board (Wool Board) were told as they began their annual conference in Bradford. The positive message on price was well...
Saturday Night in the City
ANDY Warhol reckoned that everyone in the future will have their 15 minutes of fame but, thanks to a new art project, some local people need wait no longer. A film being screened at Side Cinema in Newcastle this Thursday will star passers-by quite...
Shadow Cast over 2018 Bid; Fifa Committee Members Accused of Taking Bribes
BBC Panorama have accused three Fifa executive committee members of taking bribes in a programme which England's 2018 World Cup bid leaders fear could further harm their chances of winning the tournament later this week, writes MARTYN ZIEGLER. The...
Signings Needed to Make Next Step
THE festive lights are up, a thick layer of snow coats the region and the shops are already blaring out Christmas anthems in a bid to entice early bargain-hunters. Yuletide has started early this year, and we can but hope Mike Ashley and Ellis Short...
Some Are Happy to See the Snow Fall; Cover Proves Project's Success
AWHITE blanket is covering what was previously a no-snow area for the first time in more than 40 years. The snow is proving to be cold comfort for experts behind a complex pounds 7m land reclamation scheme, who faced the task of excavating and extinguishing...
So Worried about Falling into the Vicious Circle
NATASHA Nicholson, 26, is an information and outreach worker for Sure Start in the West End of Newcastle. She lives in the Denton Burn area with her husband Paul, 29, a print finisher and their four-year-old daughter April. "My job in particular...
Staying Unbeaten All Season a Step Too Far
AVRAM Grant (pictured right) does not believe Manchester United can make it all the way through the season without defeat - but warned Sir Alex Ferguson's men have a habit of coming good in the end, writes JIM VAN WIJK. By his own admission, Ferguson...
Steel Firm Maintains Strength; TYNESIDE AND NORTHUMBERLAND BUSINESS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
WINNER Andrew Esson, managing director, ContiTech Beattie Ltd, Ashington UNDER new ownership and Andrew's leadership, a business once endangered is now instead a marketleading provider to the oil and gas sector, specialising in hoses and hose assemblies,...
Support to Retain Paintings Growing; Zurburans to Be Subject of Public Lecture
Byline: Neil McKay ACAMPAIGNER spearheading a fight to keep valuable paintings in the region will be giving a public lecture about them at the weekend. Bishop Auckland Civic Society chairman Dr Bob McManners has helped to establish an action...
Thank Heavens for Global Warming
Byline: KEITH HANN ARE you wondering just how bad the weather must have been in the olden days, before the onset of global warming? Then wonder no more. Because I sat next to my aunt at her 86th birthday lunch in Morpeth on Sunday, and was able...
The Golden Age of Ramsdens; TEESSIDE BUSINESS EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR Sponsored By
WINNER Stewart Smith, executive chairman and owner, Ramsdens Financial Ltd, Middlesbrough STEWART has had full charge since 1994 of the firm his father set up in 1950, and for 20 years before ran it in partnership with his brother. The company's roots...
The Task of Choosing the Winners
HERE, chairman of the judging panel John Cuthbert gives his take on the 2010 North East Business Executive of the Year Awards: "If anyone doubted the strength of business leadership in the region they should have been at the final of the North East...
This Was Definitely a Point Gained; A VIEW FROM THE GALLOWGATE
Byline: 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...
Three Decades of Experience; THE NON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Sponsored By
WINNER Stewart Vaughan STEWART Vaughan's three decades of experience in the engineering sector and pragmatic approach to improving business made him a very worthy winner. He is honoured for his contribution to engineering company Astrum, which manufactures...
Treating Everyone like Fraudsters Is a Mistake
Byline: DENISE ROBERTSON THE woman on Radio Four was a retired midwife with multiple sclerosis. She had managed to keep on working for 20 years after diagnosis and was proud of that. Now, very disabled, she was almost weeping at the indignity...
Trial to Help Problem of Getting to Sports Venue
A NEW bus service launches today to help people in Northumberland get to their local sports venue. Seaton Valley Community Forum has joined forces with Adapt North East and Blyth Valley Arts and Leisure to provide a free bus service for people aged...
United Still Searching for Right Balance
SHOLA Ameobi feels Newcastle United's only crime this season has been their naivety as he praised the way they continue to respond to setbacks. United recovered from a dreadful 5-1 defeat at Bolton Wanderers to secure a valiant point against reigning...
Urgent Talks Needed in Battle for Fair Milk Price
Byline: Karen Dent FARMING Minister Jim Paice has agreed to look at the issues in the dairy industry which are preventing producers from being paid a fair price for their milk. Paice said he would "bang heads together" at the next dairy supply...
US Seeks to Repair Global Relations; WikiLeaks Revelations Spark Fury
Byline: Paul Sampson THE US has ordered a sweeping review of access to sensitive government information in the wake of the WikiLeaks release of over 250,000 classified documents. The State Department memos, reflecting in some cases unflattering...
Wailers Capable of a Strong Challenge; Dubai the Destination as Short Format Continues to Win New Fans: With MARK SMITH
AARON Myers and Hamish Smales are swapping the North East snow for the Middle East sun this week, as they fly out to take part in the Dubai Sevens. Westoe flanker Myers and Tynedale winger Smales both line up for the HFW Wailers in the prestigious...
Walker Greenbank Makes Most of Changing Trends
THE owner of wallpaper brands Sanderson and Harlequin yesterday reported record autumn sales and profits as more households look to improve their homes. Walker Greenbank, which also owns fabric and wallpaper brands Morris & Co and Zoffany, said...
Weather Threatens Jumps Programme
PROSPECTS of jumps racing in Britain this week look bleak as the Arctic conditions continue to bite. National Hunt fixtures have already been wiped out on Monday and today and, with no end in sight to the cold spell, more blank days are likely....
We Need Something to Smile About
Byline: NEIL WARWICK TRUDGING into work through blizzard conditions in November can bring an onset of early seasonal adjustment disorder (SAD), a form of depression that descends during the cold winter months. Usually it is January before people...
Zenden: Black Cats Need Resolve
BOLO Zenden is impressed with the way Sunderland have recovered from setbacks this season but he has warned the defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers will be just as difficult to recover from, writes LUKE EDWARDS. The Black Cats slipped to their third...