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 December 31, 2011

100 Years Old and He's Still All Fired Up; Allen Ready for Another Tar Bar'l Ceremony
Byline: Paul Tully AS A child of five in 1916, Allen Smith watched in awe as his father James carried a blazing barrel above his head in the traditional Allendale New Year Tar Bar'l ceremony. As a boy of 15 in 1926, he proudly bore his first...
2011 - the Year of Lean Machines and Techo Treats
Byline: Mike Torpey THE electric revolution may still be in its infancy but that hasn't stopped one of its prime movers, the Nissan Leaf, being named World Car of the Year. That's in addition to a host of European awards which have made the Japanese...
3d Lasers Cut Crash Cleaning Up Time; Funds for Forces' Scanners
Byline: Neil McKay DRIVERS in the North should benefit from shorter motorway closures after crashes thanks to new 3D laser scanning technology funded by the Government and police. The Department for Transport has awarded 27 police forces across...
Accident Puts Road Safety in Spotlight; Talks after Schoolgirl, 10, Is Hit by Car
Byline: Paul Tully SCHOOL road safety measures are to be thrashed out in January in the aftermath of a near-tragedy. Ten-year-old Abby Proud escaped with her life when she was hit by a car while walking to Corbridge Middle School in November. Although...
A Memento of Memories
ALL that's left of the turkey is bones (with even the cat turning up its nose at scraps). Christmas wrappings have all been torn off and are in the bin, and the excitement of the festivities is just a warm memory. As the New Year dawns, we are left...
Baseball Bat Raiders Steal Garage Takings; Manager Threatened by Armed Men
Byline: Rob Phillips AGARAGE manager was forced to hand over hundreds of pounds in cash after being threatened by a robber brandishing a baseball bat. Father-of-two David Evans had the bat thrust towards his face and was ordered to hand over...
Big Night out Gives Director a Headache; Court Imposes Fine for Defacing Sculpture
Byline: Dan Warburton ACLUB director has been fined after he plastered advertising for a nightclub on a piece of public artwork and caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage. Brian Elgey used the Ellipsis Eclipsis sculpture in Newcastle - created...
Bogie Is Looking to Freshen Up His Squad
Byline: STEVE BROWN DEPRIVED of home comforts, Ian Bogie has challenged Gateshead to make amends at Darlington tomorrow, writes STEVE BROWN. However, the Tynesiders boss has warned his players they cannot rely on away form alone to sustain their...
Buoyant Year Is Looming on Prices
Byline: Claire Whitfield PRICES for premium farms and estates in the north of England will remain strong next year with continued demand from abroad. Investment interests in farms and estates have sustained a very buoyant market in 2011 and early...
Capello's Criticism Angers Germans
THE German Football Association has been left seething at Fabio Capello's criticism over their recruitment policy. Speaking in Dubai on Thursday, Capello said rules should be brought to prevent clubs "stealing" youngsters from another country, which...
CLS Is a Star Performer
Byline: Maxine Ashford WHEN it comes to producing stylish luxurious vehicles, few manufacturers can live up to the standards set by Mercedes-Benz and the stunning CLS is another prime example of that expertise. With beautifully sculpted lines...
Councils' Rainy Day Funds Dwindling; Reserves Fall as Budget Cuts Bite Harder
Byline: Stephen Cape DWINDLING council reserves are being put aside for emergencies as local authorities in the region brace themselves for another tough year. Deep cuts to budgets have meant councils have had to dip into reserves to cover unexpected...
Cumbrians Prove Their Point Again
Huddersfield Town 1 Carlisle United 1 CARLISLE United made it three draws out of three as they rounded off 2011 with another determined performance against a Huddersfield side who have more than one eye lodged on automatic promotion. Manager Greg...
Deaths
ASHTON (Kenton). Formerly of Gosforth. Peacefully at home with his family and friends by his side on December 27th, aged 62 years, Colin, a beloved husband of Freda, brother of Christopher, Maureen and Paddy and a great friend of Trevor and Shirley....
Every One of Them a Hero in Their Field; Unsung Stars Are Honoured
Byline: Rob Phillips UNSUNG heroes will today join some of the region's bestknown names in the New Year's Honours' List. Former Northern Sinfonia trumpeter Clarence Adoo, who has carried on making music despite being paralysed in a car crash...
Family Business
Name: Sue Dodds-Crouth Name of business:Roloca 's Realm Describe your business: Roloca''s Realm is... a kingdom for kids party bags! We sell complete party bags for babies, children and teenagers for all different occasions. Whether it''s a birthday...
Family Deportation Threat Lifted
A FAMILY are looking forward to a happy New Year on Tyneside following the end of their lengthy deportation battle. Kamo and Nonna Manukyan have lived in Wallsend, North Tyneside, for more than four years with their children Lusi, 20, and Arsen,...
Farmers Can Build on Achievements
Byline: PETER KENDALL AS I look forward to 2012, of all the statistics I have seen on the performance of British farming in this past year, none has impressed me more than the figure for the exports of food and drink: a staggering pounds 5.85bn...
Father or Son, Mowbray Not Losing Sleep
TONY Mowbray says he will not be using the father of the man in the opposition dugout to motivate his players for the big promotion push, writes MATT LESLIE. Peterborough are the visitors to the Riverside today with Middlesbrough eager to keep up...
Fears Grow That Countryside Guardians May Be Axed; ENVIRONMENT
Byline: Tony Henderson APETITION has been launched by nature volunteers over fears that a council may axe staff who manage its countryside sites. The volunteers have voiced "concern and alarm" at proposals in a budget measures report which will...
Former Prisoner Is Back at the Top
IT is rare to see a former prisoner bestowed with a New Year Honour - but property tycoon Gerald Ronson has bucked the trend. The 72-year-old, who is awarded a CBE, was convicted in 1990 for his involvement in the Guinness share-trading scandal and...
From Rags to Riches; A Book Recording Memories of Mat Making in the North East Also Proves Its Worth as a Fascinating Social History, as TAMZIN LEWIS Discovers
Byline: TAMZIN LEWIS THE completion of a hooky or proggy mat must have been such a magical moment that children would shout: "I'm firsty on the mat!" And in that moment of glee, they would take turns to roll on the finished mat in a ritual called...
From the Man Who Brought You Big Brother to the Woman Who Helped Jamie See off the Turkey Twizzlers; Honours Cover Wide Spectrum
Byline: Rob Phillips TODAY'S New Year honours features a string of TV and showbusiness stars, top names in business - and those whose names may be unfamiliar but who have all made their mark. Veteran funnyman Ronnie Corbett receives a CBE, topping...
Ghost of Bellamy Gives United the Creeps at Anfield
Byline: Mark Douglas THE law of the ex consigned Newcastle to more Mersey misery - but rather than a Christmas Carroll it was their former flier Craig Bellamy who left United singing the festive blues. Andy Carroll might have rattled the bar...
Give Away Your Unwanted Items; Views of the North
WHILE I''m pleased to learn Gateshead Council are introducing new recycling banks, I hope nobody will be tempted to condemn perfectly good, working items to a 'skip'' just because they have received a more up to date version for Christmas. Internet...
Golfing Winners among Those to Receive Honours; Clarke and McIlroy Rewarded after They Struck Major Success
MAJOR winners Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy are both recognised in the New Year Honours List today. Clarke, 43, receives an OBE five months after he won the Open Championship at Sandwich, while fellow Northern Irishman McIlroy is awarded an MBE....
Hands on Approach a Success for Matt
COLD hands while cycling in the winter inspired Matt Garnett to invent a product which would make his daily pedal to work a more pleasant experience. BreezeBlockers, which now form the basis of a fully-fledged business, act as windbreaks for cyclists...
Harris Hoping to Get a Quick Aussies Recall
RECALLED paceman Ryan Harris has expressed his relief at still being in contention for Australia as his comeback from injury gathers pace. Harris was named in Australia's 12-man squad for the second Test starting in Sydney on January 3 after not...
Henry Not the Player of Old - Wenger
ARSENE Wenger has warned Arsenal fans not to expect the Thierry Henry of ten years ago if the legendary striker rejoins the club, as expected, in a two-month loan deal. The Arsenal manager confirmed Henry will sign for the Gunners, dependent on...
How the North Helped Create Our World
DESPITE worrying figures when it comes to European patent applications, the North East remains a region which is famed for its rich seam of inventors. Here we look at some of the most successful results of North East innovation from recent, and...
It's Time to Party; See in the New Year Surrounded by Your Friends at a Party to Remember. Claire Hornby Offers Some Last-Minute Ideas
Byline: Claire Hornby THE old year is rapidly drawing to a close and practically as soon as the last scraps of turkey have been eaten, it''s time to welcome in the New Year. New Year''s Eve is notoriously expensive, taxis are on double time and...
Kilgallon Set to Come in from Cold; Injury Crisis Gives Kilgallon a Chance to Shine
MATT Kilgallon (pictured left) could make his first Sunderland appearance since May 2010 with Martin O'Neill potentially missing four defenders for tomorrow's visit of the Premier League's most potent attack, writes STUART RAYNER. The Black Cats...
King Can Crown a Majestic Month; Trainer Chases Newbury Win Hat-Trick
SATURDAY winners are all-important to trainers. It shows the stable has horses good enough to compete for the bigger prizes as well as the less talented ones who provide the bread-and-butter offerings from Monday to Friday. Winning a major prize...
King Has a Golden Chance at Games; EQUESTRIAN
MARY King has competed in five Olympics and won a dozen major championship medals - but the crowning glory of her equestrian career might still lie ahead. Six months after turning 50, three-day eventer King is at the peak of her powers and will...
Let's End the Year in Style, Urges Ord; EVO-STIK FIRST DIVISION NORTH
DICKIE ORD wants Durham City to round off 2011 with back-to-back wins after finally putting an end to their five-game losing streak over Christmas, writes JAMES HUNTER. City's Boxing Day win at Harrogate Railway was their first success for more...
Log out, Turn off - Time to Detox Your Digital Life; as the Detox Season Begins, Writer Daniel Sieberg Tells HANNAH STEPHENSON Why It''s Time to Go on a Different Kind of Diet
Byline: HANNAH STEPHENSON ANYONE who bought their loved one a laptop, smartphone, games console or other high-tech gizmo for Christmas may soon be wishing they hadn't. Conversation may dwindle as they retreat to the virtual world, whether playing...
Manning the Right Choice for Falcons
Byline: MARK SMITH JEREMY Manning comes on to the right wing in one of three changes for Newcastle Falcons as they play host to Northampton Saints this afternoon, writes MARK SMITH. The Kiwi was a fourth-minute replacement for South African centre...
Markets Up on the Day, Down on the Year
Byline: Fergus Westwood The UK stock market ended its final session of 2011 up 5.5 points at 5572.3 when trading closed at lunchtime and the FTSE-100 down nearly 6% over the year. But it could have been worse. During a panic sell-off in August,...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4395 ...........dollars Canada .............1.4991 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.2474 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.1384 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.38 ...........dollars...
McCarthy: Challenges Issue Needs Tackling
WOLVES manager Mick McCarthy believes it will be to the detriment of the game if the tackle which resulted in midfielder Nenad Milijas sending off at Arsenal in midweek is outlawed. Milijas lost his appeal to the Football Association against the...
McCoy Is Sidelined by Injury; Jockey Cracks Ribs in Fall
TONY McCoy faces a spell on the sidelines after sustaining cracked ribs at Taunton yesterday . McCoy suffered a final-fence fall aboard Laudatory in the Steve Logan Memorial County Contractors Handicap Hurdle. The 16-times champion jockey gave up...
Most People Don't Know How Safe Their Cash Is
ONLY one in five people knows how much of their cash would be protected if their bank or building society went under, the savings safety net said on the anniversary the new limit was put in place. A year after new rules increased compensation limits...
Moving My Cafe Won't Stop Me; Fundraiser Vows to Continue
Byline: Dave Black AVETERAN charity volunteer has pledged to continue his vital fundraising work in 2012 ... despite problems caused by moving his makeshift cafe to a new location. Dedicated Derek Hepple, 70, says takings have dipped and he is...
New Pool Boss Happy to Stay on Sidelines
NEALE Cooper has revealed he will not select the side or dictate the tactics at Bramall Lane this afternoon despite being confirmed as Hartlepool United's new manager, writes MARK SMITH. The Scot will instead defer to his coaching team of Micky...
No Point in Setting a Target - Mancini
MANCHESTER City manager Roberto Mancini claims he does not have a points target in mind to win the Barclays Premier League. Mancini suggested before Christmas he felt a team would need 90 points to secure the title, since when City have been held...
Not Playing Down Facing Black Cats
home record and only nine points dropped away, Manchester City are rewriting the Premier League record books as they head into the turn in this season's title race. On their own, Sergio Agero and Edin Dzeko (pictured inset left) have outscored Sunderland...
Now Showing
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (12A) Impossible Missions Force operative Ethan Hunt (Cruise) is sprung from a Russian jail by fellow agents Jane Carter (Paula Patton) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg). They are ordered to break into the Kremlin...
No Yuletide Cheer, but Tait Hoping for Happier New Year; Newcastle Falcons Head Coach Alan Tait Tells Mark Smith Why There Is Still Light at the End of the Tunnel Next Year despite a Troublesome 2011
Byline: Mark Smith REGARDLESS of this afternoon's result against Northampton at Kingston Park, Newcastle Falcons will begin 2012 on the bottom of the Aviva Premiership table. Only four league wins in 24 from the calendar year is a brutal statistic...
NSPCC Thanks for Your Support; Views of the North
I WOULD like to say a personal thank you to all of your readers who have helped support the NSPCC throughout 2011. Thanks to the public giving generously, we have made significant strides for children this year. At the start of the year we began to...
O'Neill's the Task; Talk to Martin O'Neill about Sunderland and Relegation Is Never Far from His Mind. No Bad Thing, Writes Stuart Rayner
Byline: Stuart Rayner IN a Premier League where only eight teams (level-par Sunderland being one) do not have a negative goal difference , relegation is a spectre hanging over plenty of nervous managers. With the Big Six in an altogether different...
Phidippides Can Start the New Year in Style
WHILE the Scots will be celebrating the arrival of another year at Musselburgh tomorrow in their usual boisterous way, they may also have to drown their sorrows at the prospect of one of their big prizes ending up in Wales. Phidippides makes the...
Planning for Your Finances in 2012; Is There Hidden Treasure You Can Find to Help You Have a Happy 2012? ALOK DHANDA Gives Some Tips on Where You Should Start Looking
Byline: ALOK DHANDA TONIGHT, we'll be saying farewell to what was, for many, a rather gloomy 2011 and welcoming in a bright and hopeful 2012. With the arrival of each new year, we vow to start afresh and achieve something new in the 12 months...
Quins Bid to Bounce Back with a Victory; AVIVA PREMIERSHIP
LEADERS Harlequins will target a response from their first Premiership defeat of the season against Saracens three days ago when they visit Exeter this afternoon. Despite Quins' unbeaten league record ending, Exeter head coach Rob Baxter knows his...
Rallying Call for Africa; Charity Helps Farmers Tackle Climate Change
Byline: Tony Henderson ATYNESIDE charity is rallying round to help small-scale African farmers cope with the devastating effects of changing climate. Without urgent action, the situation will worsen leading to starvation and destitution, warns...
Region Lagging Behind in Invention Patents
Byline: Brian Nicholls THE North East's prowess as a region of inventors looks to be fading, with figures showing that it now performs well below the national average in terms of developing new products with international appeal. New figures...
Roman Remains; SATURDAY SHORT STORY
Byline: Carol Cooke T ombstone of Regina found 1878. The text reads: "To the spirits of the departed (and to) Regina, his freedwoman and wife, a Catuvellaunian by tribe, aged 30, Barates of Palmyra (set this up) Regina, freedwoman of Barates, alas."...
Row over Land Puts Lives at Risk at Sea; Coastguard Station Plans under Threat
Byline: Brian Daniel LIVES could be lost after a dispute between a power company and a farmer apparently ruined plans for a new coastguard station in Northumberland, it has been warned. That was the claim of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency...
School Leaders Are Recognised; Rich Harvest of Awards in Education
Byline: Michael Wood LEADING figures from North East schools and universities have been recognised for their outstanding service to education in the Queen's New Year Honours list. Gustav MacLeod, former headteacher and current chair of governors...
Security for North Jobs after Boost for Factory; Production Switch Welcomed
Byline: Paul Tully THE future of one of Northumberland's major employers has been secured with a production switch from Europe. SCA Hygiene Products of Prudhoe, which employs 440 people, has created a dozen new jobs and developed its apprentice...
Sibling Rivalry Adds Spice to Triathlon; TRIATHLON
TRIATHLON may not be one of the blue riband events of the Olympics but it would be a major surprise if it was not making headlines on August 7 next year. The growth of interest in the sport in Great Britain since the last Games in Beijing has been...
Sky the Limit as Wearsiders Face Glut of Games
MARTIN O'Neill has criticised the Premier League for making his team play twice in three days, but refuses to use it as an excuse if they fail to perform against Manchester City or Wigan Athletic. Sunderland entertain the league leaders in tomorrow's...
Social Care System 'Not Fit for Purpose' Elderly Can Pay Up to Pounds 7,000 a Year
Byline: Rob Phillips THE social care system has been branded "not fit for purpose" after figures revealed elderly people are paying up to pounds 7,000 a year for home care services. Coun David Rogers, chairman of the Local Government Association's...
Spreading the Legacy of Old Troupers; the Demise of One Amateur Drama Company Has Benefited Many Others, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE IT IS said every cloud has a silver lining and that has certainly proved to be the case following the closure of a North East amateur drama company. In 2007 the remaining members of Gosforth Theatre Company decided, after...
Spurs Are on Fire at Moment; Fergie's Tottenham Tribute
SIR Alex Ferguson believes Tottenham are playing the best football in the top flight. Heading into the New Year programme, Spurs are seven points adrift of pacesetters Manchester City and Manchester United. Harry Redknapp's men do have a game...
The Centuries Do Not Lessen Pit Tragedy; JANUARY Will See the 150th Anniversary of One of the Region's Worst Pit Disasters. SONIA SHARMA Talks to People in a Community Determined to Make Sure the Tragedy Is Never Forgotten
Byline: SONIA SHARMA IT was one of the worst pit disasters in the history of the country. Boys as young as 10 were among the 204 people who died at Hester Pit, in New Hartley, Northumberland, 150 years ago. The accident happened on January 16,...
The Full List of the North East's New Year Honours
NORTHUMBERLAND OBE Arthur John Row. Deputy pension centre manager, International Pension Centre, Pension, Disability and Carers Service, Department for Work and Pensions (Blyth). MBE Dr William Francis Cunningham. General Practitioner, Corbridge...
The Gift That Inspired a Chart Hit
A JEWELLER from Gateshead inspired the chart-topping single by the Military Wives Choir. The group, made up of wives and girlfriends of soldiers serving in the armed forces, celebrated a Christmas number one with their song Wherever You Are. ...
Thief Set His Clothes on Fire during Metal Theft; Raider Cut Cable and Was Knocked Out
Byline: Joanne Butcher AMAN who was badly burned in an explosion as he attempted to steal scrap metal has been fined. David Watson, 35, admitted theft from a disused garage when he appeared at Newcastle Magistrates' Court this week. The court...
Top Doc Calls It a Day after 26 Years Service; Doctor Had Major Role in North
Byline: Paul Tully ONE of Northumberland's leading physicians is hanging up his stethoscope and retiring after nearly 26 years in Tynedale. Dr Alan Wright, 59, who was based in Hexham, played a major role in setting up one of the region's first...
Travellers Asked to Move on by March; Caravan Park Won't Be Used as Transit Site
Byline: Rob Phillips TRAVELLERS who sparked controversy after being given a temporary home at a holiday park in Northumberland will be gone within three months, it has been revealed. The Journal revealed six weeks ago how an extended travelling...
Troubled Quakers Vow to Fight On
Byline: Steve Brown THEY face the threat of administration for a third time in nine years, but Craig Liddle has outlined the inner determination driving him and his players on. The Quakers' caretaker boss insists such adversity has pulled his...
Turning Lives around; North-Born Heather Munro Is One of the Most Senior People in the Probation Service. ANDREW GLOVER Hears Her Hopes for Its Future
Byline: ANDREW GLOVER WHEN teenagers are asked what they want to be when they grow up, very few say that they want to be a probation officer. But that is exactly what Northumberland-born Heather Munro wanted to be from the age of 13. More...
Will Followers of God Be First to See the Political Light? Columnist
Byline: Paul Linford PREDICTING the future is always a risky business, but anyone looking for some pointers as to the direction which British politics might take over the next few years could do worse than listen to God. Of course, I don't mean...