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 8, 2011

As the Moon in Your [...]
Byline: David Wells As the Moon in your sign face up to Saturn you're in the mood to get confrontational with someone who frankly needs a dose of Aries reality. By all means say your piece, but remember to play by the rules of engagement. Just...
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Back on the Beat in Show of Force; Chief Patrols Trouble-Hit Village
Byline: Neil McKay A POLICE chief took time off from probing the News of the World phone hacking scandal to patrol the streets of a trouble-torn village estate yesterday. Jon Stoddart, chief constable of Durham, joined beat officers on the streets...
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Be Mindful of Your Own Business
Byline: ANDREW PLAYLE OWNERS of businesses tend to lead busy lives, and thinking about legal and financial protection for the future is often sidelined - not just for the business but also for personal affairs. It is commonplace to consider personal...
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Bosses Ask for One Blast; Families Claim Work Could Shake Homes
Byline: Joanne Butcher BLASTING work which Wearside families fear could damage their homes is to be considered by planners. Bosses at Houghton Quarry, in Houghton-le-Spring, want to blow up some of the rockface at the landfill site as they say it...
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Call for Action as the Funding Gap Widens
Byline: William Green THE regional economy will have "one hand tied behind its back" unless ministers provide a fair deal over transport funding, a business group has warned. The North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) spoke out after new figures...
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Deaths
BUCKLE (Netherton Park). Peacefully at home on 2nd November 2011, aged 64 years, Jim. Please meet for Funeral Service and cremation at Whitley Bay Crematorium on Thursday 10th November at 2.15pm. GRAY (Blyth). Peacefully in hospital on 5th November...
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Doctor Surfed Porn Sites in His Surgery; Career Lies in Tatters after Images Found
Byline: Dan Warburton ADOCTOR surfed the web to access graphic images of pornography, mutilation and beheadings between treating patients, a panel has found. Dr Michael Reynolds Foden, a practitioner in respiratory medicine at Wansbeck General...
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Eagles' Gause Is out with Calf Tear; Point Guard Faces Fortnight on Sidelines
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS NEWCASTLE Eagles have suffered an injury blow as point guard Paul Gause faces a fortnight on the sidelines. Gause suffered a grade one tear in his calf during practice last week and while the Eagles managed to prevail over...
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Eagles Insists Bolton Had No Doubt They Would Find Touch
BOLTON midfielder Chris Eagles claims his team-mates never doubted they would eventually rediscover their touch. Owen Coyle's struggling side made a dramatic return to form on Sunday as they thrashed Stoke 5-0 at the Reebok Stadium. It was only...
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Elderkin Tells His Cats to Aim for Play-Offs
DAVE Elderkin has told his Durham Wildcats to tilt for the play-offs after they notched their first ever BBL win over the weekend, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The Wildcats have been competitive in the opening weeks of the season without actually putting...
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Everton's Poor Run Crushes the Spirit
EVERTON defender Phil Jagielka admits the club's current run of poor results has crushed confidence within the squad. Saturday's defeat at Newcastle was their fifth in six Premier League matches while they have also exited the Carling Cup to Chelsea...
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Exploring Creative Connections
The clocks have changed, the nights have closed in and darkness (see our review at the foot of this page) is all the rage. Seeing in the Dark is a group exhibition organised by Circa, the innovative visual arts organisation set up by Adam Phillips...
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Falcons Aim to Fly against French
NEWCASTLE Falcons will aim to continue their strong home form against French opposition this Saturday when Lyon are the Amlin Challenge Cup visitors to Kingston Park. The Falcons have lost just twice on home soil to French teams in their 12 seasons...
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Family of Killed Cyclist 'Gutted' by Judge Ruling; High Court Refuses Second Inquest into Death
Byline: Brian Daniel THE family of a Northumberland woman killed after being knocked off her bike have lost their bid for a new inquest. Family of Eilidh Cairns, from the Alnwick area, were yesterday told by a high court judge that their judicial...
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Farming Is UK's Most Dangerous Profession
Byline: Karen Dent FARMING remains the most dangerous occupation in the UK, with 34 deaths as a result of accidents at work, the latest annual Heath & Safety Executive (HSE) figures show. The statistics, for April 2010 to March 2011, are...
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Firms Plan to See Fall in Production
Byline: SARAH GREEN AS discussions of the Eurozone crisis dominate economic discussions, it is clear that closer to home the economic uncertainty is impacting manufacturers. Firms believe demand will remain flat in the coming quarter and they...
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Flinty Bay Can Land Sedgefield Win; Saraband
AMID the blaze of controversy about the whip that followed Edgardo Sol's win at Aintree, the promising effort in third of Flinty Bay slipped under the radar a bit and he should be followed at Sedgefield. Nicky Richards' six-year-old progressed with...
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Full Speed Ahead - or Maybe Not; the Commons Transport Committee Yesterday Published Its Report into Government Plans for a New High-Speed Rail Link. Political Editor WILLIAM GREEN Reports
THERE is a good case for a high-speed rail network, linking London and the major cities of the Midlands, the North and Scotland: so says the report into the UK's planned second high-speed rail route. The London-Birmingham section of the pounds 34bn...
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Give Me a Game Stuart - Gosling; Gosling to Stick It Out
Byline: Stuart Rayner DAN Gosling is hoping for a call from Stuart Pearce this week - not so much for the chance to wear the Three Lions, but just to get a game. The midfielder is on standby for Pearce's England Under-21s, who entertain Iceland...
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Government Fund Could Help to Ease 'Pinch Points'
Byline: John Hill ; William Green A SMALL number of infrastructure projects in the region could receive a boost from a fund which could put pounds 20m in the pockets of North East Local Enterprise Partnerships. While the LEPs still need to submit...
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Groups Lobby to Drive Ailing Economy Ahead
Byline: Karen Dent GROUPS representing small businesses have joined forces to lobby for a day to recognise the importance of the smallest firms in driving the UK economic recovery. The Forum of Private Business (FPB), Wanobe.com and The Business...
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Guilty: Doctor Who Saw a Superstar Die; Murray Could Face Jail after Jury's Verdict
Byline: Ella Pickover MICHAEL Jackson's doctor was last night convicted of involuntary manslaughter over the singer's tragic early death. The jury reached its verdict after deliberating for less than nine hours. He was remanded in custody and...
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Guthrie's Basking in the Limelight of This High-Flying United Campaign; Danny Guthrie Is Just One of Newcastle United's Traditional Understudies Reveling on the Big Stage. Mark Douglas Reports
ONCE upon a time, when he was still a Liverpool player hoping to unseat Steven Gerrard in the Anfield engine room, Danny Guthrie was asked by a football magazine what superpower he would most like to have. "Invisibility," he replied - an answer...
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Indians in Control in Delhi Test
INDIA ended the second day of the first Test against the West Indies on a high after reducing the tourists to 15 for two at the start of their second innings in Delhi. The hosts looked rattled after suffering a swift conclusion to their first innings,...
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Investment Supports Growth Plan for Region's Businesses
Byline: James Marley MORE than 130 North East jobs will be created by an investment package worth more than pounds 17m. Businesses in Northumberland, North Tyneside and Gateshead will benefit from the money, which includes nearly pounds 2m of Government...
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Italy Worries See the FTSE Close Down
Byline: Brewin Dolphin THE FTSE 100 Index closed down 16.3 points at 5510.8. Investors remained focused on the European crisis with concerns over Italy temporarily pushing Greece out of the spotlight. Italy's cost of borrowing rose to Eurozone...
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It's Brazil or Bust for Boro Boy Barry
BARRY Robson admits the World Cup finals in 2014 are likely to be his last chance to appear on the big stage for Scotland - and he is determined to keep his younger team-mates at bay to get there. The oldest member of Craig Levein's squad celebrated...
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It's Time to Get Guys Talking; Talking about Intimate Health Matters Has Never Been Taboo in Alexander Edwards' Home -and That's Because His Dad Had Testicular Cancer at Just 23. KAREN WILSON Discusses Why Fathers and Sons Should Get over Their Embarrassment and Talk More Openly about Their Health
Byline: KAREN WILSON WHILE mums will talk to their teenage daughters about periods, the importance of having a smear test and checking their breasts for lumps, it seems many dads are lagging behind in educating their sons on intimate health matters....
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Jams Are Costing Us Jobs, Homes and Cash; Warning over the Congested A1
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE full cost of failing to invest in the A1 Western bypass is revealed today as ministers are told of 3,000 homes and 4,000 new jobs blocked as a result of the gridlocked road. Transport ministers have been sent evidence...
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Jobless Youth Tally Rises by 20% in Last Year; Figures Show Region in Crisis
Byline: Adrian Pearson AYOUTH employment crisis is gripping the North East as the region struggles to find work for young adults, new figures show. Across the North East, most councils have seen a 20% increase in youth unemployment in their patch...
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Joint Venture Flop Leaves 1,000 Staff Vulnerable
Byline: James Marley MORE than 1,000 jobs are in jeopardy after a push by Carphone Warehouse and America's Best Buy to crack the UK electronics market ended in failure. Best Buy's 11 big-box stores will close by the end of 2011 after it made...
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Long-Awaited Family Review Has Poured Petrol on Flames of Emotional Relationships
Byline: DENISE ROBERTSON ISPENT long hours preparing written evidence for the Family Justice Review, based on tens of thousands of letters and emails I've received from men, women and children torn apart by family break-up. I thought the review,...
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Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4684 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5515 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.4602 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.1124 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.79 ...........dollars...
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Match Hit by Race Row; Player Calls in the FA after Abuse Claims
Byline: Lucy Roue AFOOTBALLER has made an official complaint to the FA after a racist remark was allegedly made against him during a match at the weekend. Blyth Spartans striker Richard Offiong claims he was racially abused by a Colwyn Bay player...
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Mayhew Keen to Stay with Falcons; Friday Hero Michael Wants to Extend Deal
Byline: Mark Smith FRESH from scoring the try which kept them alive in the Aviva Premiership survival race, hooker Michael Mayhew insists he is keen to stay on at Newcastle Falcons. The 24-year-old Kiwi was brought to the club on a short-term...
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McCOY'S 'FLICK' LANDS HIM RIDING BAN
CHAMPION jump jockey Tony McCoy fell foul of the new whip rules for the first time at Ffos Las on Sunday. McCoy was deemed to have used his whip once more than the allotted eight times on Jonjo O'Neill's Caddie Master, runner-up in the three-mile...
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Memories of Player Who Cost a Fortune; Alf Common's Transfers Set Records over 100 Years Ago
Byline: Tony Henderson KEEPSAKES from the collection of a North East footballer who became the first pounds 500 and then pounds 1,000 player will be sold at auction today. Centre forward Alf Common, was born in Millfield, Sunderland, and played...
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Minister Defends Ticket Allocation
OLYMPICS minister Hugh Robertson last night defended the Government's decision to reserve around 3,000 tickets for civil servants who have been involved in the Games to buy. A total of 8,815 tickets have been allocated to the Government at a cost...
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Needy Star Killed in His Bed by the Drug That He Called 'Milk'
MICHAEL Jackson lived in a "pharmacological Never Never Land" in which he had easy access to an array of prescription drugs, it emerged during the trial of Dr Conrad Murray. The court in Los Angeles heard the so-called King of Pop used the nickname...
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New Staff Bolster 3D Design Company
BOHO One visualisation company Animmersion has added to its workforce as it continues to attract interest with its graphics and virtual reality skills. The Middlesbrough firm designs 3D models of buildings and projects, but has also turned its hand...
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New Star's Global Ambition; from Harlem to Opera's Glittering Stages ... That's the Journey Travelled by Noah Stewart. DAVID WHETSTONE Spoke to Opera North's Rising Star
Tagged on to the list of stars, and in diplomatically smaller print, film posters often announce the new talent under the line: "And introducing ...". Opera North do not do films, but the same might apply to their production of Madama Butterfly,...
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No Complacency in London's Track Bid
SPORTS and Olympics minister Hugh Robertson admits he knows from bitter experience to take nothing for granted ahead of the vote for London's bid for the 2017 World Athletics Championships. Robertson will travel to Monaco later this week to support...
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Optimism Is Widespread, Says Report
Byline: Graham Robb A REMARKABLE new report has been published which shows that despite, or maybe even because of, public spending cuts the North East's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are more optimistic and energetic. The Barclays Business...
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Poppy Ban Must Be Lifted, Insists FA
THE Football Association have again written to Fifa asking them to change their minds about letting England wear poppies on the shirts when they take on Spain on Saturday. Fifa have allowed a minute's silence to be held before the sell-out game....
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Redknapp Hopeful of a Quick Recovery
RECOVERING Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp remains hopeful of making a return to the touchline for Spurs' next match, according to assistant manager Kevin Bond. Redknapp has missed the north London club's past two games after he underwent minor heart...
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Reforms Are Necessary but It'll Be a Rough Ride
Byline: John Hill BUSINESS advisory firm Deloitte is warning that financial services firms are likely to be less able to plan for the long term due to changes in regulations. The firm has conceded reform of the sector is necessary following the...
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Remember, It Is Far Better to Arrive Late Than Not at All; Columnist
Byline: Keith Hann OF all the many causes of delays on our overburdened motorway system, surely none is more maddening than the long, stop-start crawl that turns out to be due to drivers slowing down to have a good gawp at some mishap in the opposite...
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Retail Parade Plans Will Be Hub of Business Park
Byline: Stephen Cape ANORTH East business park has unveiled plans for a new 10,000 sq ft retail scheme, to be built and opened next year. Tesco Express has pre-let a medium-sized unit, and Greggs the high street bakers and local coffee deli sandwich...
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Roberts: Racism's Not Beaten
BLACKBURN striker Jason Roberts believes football has made great strides in tackling racism over the last 20 years - but accepts there is work still to do. The Rovers forward has insisted there is no defence for making a racist remark, irrespective...
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Ryanair Profits Take off but Numbers to Fall
LOW-COST airline Ryanair announced a jump in profits but said passenger numbers will fall 10% this month as it grounds more planes this winter. The Dublin-based operator posted profits of pounds 467.5m in the six months to September 30, an increase...
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Sammy Eyes Up a Senior England Cap
Byline: Mark Douglas SAMMY Ameobi wants to go one step further than brother Shola and win an England senior cap after receiving a shock call for the under-21s. After a raft of injuries hit Stuart Pearce's plans the Newcastle United forward received...
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Sell-Out Play Is a Shot in the Dark, but All Becomes Clear
Going Dark at Northern Stage WE'RE going to be in complete darkness - so bags, coats and anything else people could trip over must be left at the door. This is the "warning" as we take our seats, or rather stools arranged around a small central...
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Series Win for Pakistan
PAKISTAN claimed a moraleboosting Test series win over Sri Lanka after the third and final match between the sides in Sharjah ended in a draw. The Pakistani game has been rocked by the sentences handed to former captain Salman Butt and bowlers Mohammad...
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Solar Power Cut to Cost Economy Dear; Projects Likely to Be Halted after Changes
Byline: Michael Brown GOVERNMENT plans to slash subsidies for solar power have already cost the North East economy more than pounds 6m in jobs and investment, it has been claimed. Last week ministers announced that feed-in tariffs - the amount...
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Tributes Paid to M5 Crash Victims; Accident Is 'One of the Worst Ever'
Byline: Rod Minchin TRIBUTES have been paid to the seven people who were killed in the horrific M5 crash. Lorry drivers Terry Brice and Kye Thomas died alongside father and daughter Michael and Maggie Barton, grandparents Anthony and Pamela Adams...
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Victim Was Lawfully Killed by the Police; Inquest Jury's Verdict in Crossbow Case
Byline: Tom Wilkinson AMAN who fired crossbow bolts at police was lawfully killed by a firearms officer who shot him, an inquest jury has found. Depressed Keith Richards, 47, was hit by a round from a sniper rifle after he angrily remonstrated...
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Villagers Bare All in New Calendar Stunt; Blushing Belford Folk Strip to Raise Money for Doctors' Surgery Equipment
Byline: Brian Daniel CHEEKY villagers in Northumberland have bared all for a fundraising calendar. People from a range of community bodies and businesses at Belford have stripped off in a nude calendar for 2012, to raise money for the village's...
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Webber Eyes Up Gold Cup; Sarando to Go for the Big One
PAUL Webber is eyeing a crack at the Hennessy Gold Cup for Sarando after he turned in a fine round of jumping to land the Betfair Graduation Chase at Carlisle. The six-year-old had shown some high-class form during his novice campaign, most notably...
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We'll Be First to Hear the King's Speech; Stage Play of Oscar-Winning Film on Its Way to North East
Byline: David Whetstone HIT film The King's Speech won four Oscars and seven Baftas - and now the play that inspired it is to be staged in Newcastle ahead of a run in London's West End. The real-life story of the stammering George VI and rough...
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Wickham Injury Booster for Bruce; Wickham Injury Boost for Black Cats
CONNOR Wickham's knee is not as badly injured as first thought, scans have revealed, writes STUART RAYNER. Sunderland were expected to announce the diagnosis on the 18-year-old, stretchered off at Old Trafford on Saturday amid fears he might not...
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Wind Farm Plan on MP's Land Rejected; Inspector Says No to Four Turbines
Byline: Paul Tully CONTROVERSIAL plans for a wind farm on land in Northumberland owned by a southern-based Tory MP have been thrown out. Four 125-metre turbines proposed for Kirkharle in mid-Northumberland raised a storm of protest - and accusations...
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You Must Know Who Unbeaten United Are; A VIEW FROM THE GALLOWGATE PAUL DIXON
THE invisible team marches on! You know who we are don't you? We are the brickie, who surprisingly wins a competition to mix with the glitterati at a Polo club. Standing there in our smaller brother's wedding suit, half-pint of Verve Cliquot in...
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Youthful Consett Shed Stereotypes
CONSETT RFC are shedding the stereotypes as their youthful outlook and ambitious brand of rugby sees them as the proud holders of the only unbeaten record in North East league rugby. Winning all 10 of their matches in Durham & Northumberland Two,...
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