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 August 22, 2012

Academy's Class Results
Byline: Lisa Hutchinson STUDENTS and teachers at a Tyneside academy were delighted with this year's A-level results. For one Kenton School sixth former, his top grades will see him joining the elite at one of the country's most prestigious universities...
Adebayor Return to Spurs Is Confirmed
TOTTENHAM have finally completed the permanent signing of Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City. Spurs had been trying to tie up a deal for Adebayor all summer, with the striker enjoying a successful loan spell at White Hart Lane last season. ...
A Friendly Village That Caters for All Walks of Life; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
MARTIN RANKIN FUNERAL DIRECTORS This independent funeral director serves the residents of Whickham, Swalwell, Dunston, Sunniside, Blaydon Winlaton and other surrounding areas. Based in The Square, Whickham, Martin provides bereaved families with...
Among Country's Highest Achievers
TEENAGERS from The King's School were again among the country's high achievers at A-level. The school, based in Tynemouth, recorded an impressive 99% pass rate overall with the number of candidates achieving the top grades, A* to B, rising from 62%...
An Eye for Action; Critical Success Eluded the Box Office Big-Hitter Tony Scott While Praise Was Heaped on His Older Brother Ridley. RACHEL WEARMOUTH Examines the Career of One of North Shields' Most Famous Sons in the Wake of His Apparent Suicide
Byline: RACHEL WEARMOUTH TONY Scott chose a dramatic, if tragic, end to a life spent bringing drama to the big screen. Mystery surrounds the 68-year-old director's motivation for leaping to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles...
Ashington March on with Win at Whitley; NON-LEAGUE
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT ASHINGTON maintained their promising start to the season when they came from behind to defeat Whitley Bay 3-1 in the Ebac Northern League First Division last night. Lee Kerr scored a spectacular opening goal on 34 minutes...
Black Cats Prepare Double Swoop; Sunderland Preparing Double Transfer Swoop
SUNDERLAND have made an approach to sign Manchester City striker John Guidetti on a season-long loan - and they plan to pair him with Steven Fletcher in a new-look Black Cats forward line, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Although frustration has been the theme...
'Booze Cruise' Plans for Scots Slammed; Critics Round on Labour for Cashing in on Price Laws
Byline: Dave Black ACALL for towns in Northumberland to seek a trade boost by targeting cross-border "booze cruisers" from Scotland has been condemned as irresponsible. The Scottish Government's decision to introduce a minimum price of 50p per...
Bright Day for Alan Thanks to His Cash Boost; GEORGE MACINTYRE (0792) 3366565 Hookedfish@rocketmail.Com
ALAN Bright won the cash competition at Scaling Dam, lifting the pounds 250 first prize with five for 9lb 1oz, with Mitchell Wedgewood taking top place and a pounds 50 tackle voucher in the junior section with two for 2lb 10oz. Peter Crowe was second...
Burglars, Thieves and All-Round Bad Characters. Meet Tyneside's Bad Boys
Byline: Tony Henderson ACOLLECTION of "mug shot" police records found in a junk shop have been presented to Tyneside archivists. Now Tyne & Wear Archives, which believes the mug shots date from the 1930s, has placed them on social networking...
Burrow Will Play, but Don't Ask Where; RUGBY LEAGUE
LEEDS coach Brian McDermott says Rob Burrow will start Saturday's Carnegie Challenge Cup final - but has yet to decide in which position. Burrow, who has made the move from scrum-half to hooker over the last 12 months, missed the Rhinos' last two...
Car Attacks Vigilante Escapes Jail; He's a Mindless Thug, Says One Victim
Byline: Sophie Doughty AVIGILANTE who was suspected of torching Newcastle footballer Andy Carroll's car has admitted attacking two other motors in a vigilante revenge spree. When Carroll's luxury Range Rover was torched in 2010, love rival Rob...
Career Spanning 40 Years Earns Respect of Peers
Byline: Iain Laing GEOFF Ford has made a big impact on the North East which goes way beyond the successful group of firms he has run for the best part of 40 years. His impact on the business community in the North East has earned him respect...
Cause of Death for Seals Investigated; Public's Help Needed for New Project
Byline: Tony Henderson WILDLIFE workers in the North East have joined with academics to investigate seal deaths off the region's coast. The Farne Islands off Northumberland is a major grey seal colony. The Atlantic grey seal is a feature of...
Caution on US Stimulus Mutes Index
Byline: Brewin Dolphin THE FTSE 100 Index bounced back from Monday's downbeat performance - ending the day 33 points higher at 5,857. Investors adopted a cautiously optimistic outlook towards further stimulus which could be announced by the US...
County Championship
FOR the second time this month Neil Dexter placed an obstacle in the way of title-chasing Warwickshire as Middlesex made 287 on the opening day of the LV= County Championship clash at Edgbaston. The Division One leaders had time to make 21 without...
Deaths
BERESFORD (Alnwick). Castle View. Late of Callaly. Peacefully on Monday 20th August, aged 89 years, Etta, beloved wife of the late Andrew, much loved mother of Neville and Scott, motherinlaw of Gillian and Sue, dear grandmother of Toff, Emma, Karen...
Desire for Trophies Burns Strong
DEAN Richards insists his three years in the rugby wilderness have not diminished his appetite for trophies, writes MARK SMITH. Newcastle Falcons' new director of rugby this week began his tenure at Kingston Park after being banned for his part...
Eateries Miss out on Place in Guide; North East's Restaurants Fail to Make Country's Top 50
Byline: Richard Welch NORTH East restaurants have failed to secure any of the places in The Good Food Guide 2013's top 50 best restaurants in the UK. The guide is set for release on September 3, but The Journal has been given an early taster...
England Door Still Open for Pietersen Return
KEVIN Pietersen holds the key to whether he ever plays for England again, coach Andy Flower said yesterday. The South Africa-born batsman's omission from England's defence of their ICC World Twenty20 crown, and the squad to face his native country...
Falcons to Go Whole Hogg; Scots Ace Is Urged to Attack All the Way in Friendly
ALLY Hogg and his Newcastle Falcons team-mates have been given a licence to thrill as they prepare to mount their Championship challenge, writes MARK SMITH. The 48-times-capped Scotland international has revealed the shackles are off following Gary...
Farmer John Finds New Life in Old Parts; Combines Are Family's Main Business Now
Byline: Angela Wormald MEET the farmer who has more combine harvesters than anyone in the country, but not one of them is brand new. John Manners has 350 of the machines this harvest season, and rather than lovingly collecting them, they are...
Festival Set to Showcase Rich Archaeology of Cheviot Hills
Byline: TONY HENDERSON IT'S a village which sits amid thousands of years of history, and the echoes of the centuries are to be found in the hills which are the backdrop to Kirknewton, near Wooler in Northumberland. Their message has been picked...
Firm Plans to Build on Success by Expanding Its Operation; CONSTRUCTION Iain Laing ? 0191 201 6429 ? Iain.Laing@ncjmedia.Co.UK
THE region's biggest builders merchant chain plans to defy the industry's woes and open more branches after seeing sales rise last year. Sunderland-based A Thompson pushed its revenues up to pounds 16.6m last year from pounds 13.8m a year earlier...
Free Advice on Business Growth
FIRMS from across the North East will be seeking advice on how to develop and drive business growth at two business support events to be held in Newcastle and Teesside. The free events, organised by Business and Enterprise Group, will take place on...
Fridge No Burden to Running Tony; Sights Set on 30 Half Marathons over 30 Days
Byline: Michael Brown MOST runners are probably just happy to make it round the Great North Run's 13.1 mile course once every year. But fundraising grandfather Tony "The Fridge" Phoenix-Morrison never set out to do things the easy way. Having...
Fun for All Family as Devils Pay Visit; SPEEDWAY
Byline: Lawrence Heppell TONIGHT at Shielfield Park (7.30pm) Berwick Bandits play host to a club boasting two of the best riders in the Premier League in Ben Barker and Ryan Fisher. And the visit of Plymouth Devils will be another one of the...
Gem Flowers from Rubbish Relationship; A Debut Album from Gem Andrews Proves That Diving into a Pool of Sadness Can Offer a Melting Pot of Ear-Pleasing Results. SAM WONFOR Reports
DECIDING on a career direction could be considered a pretty big moment for anyone. But it has to be said that Gem Andrews' own path-defining moment is rather impressive. And a little bit surreal. Let me paint you a picture. It's 2003. Gem is approaching...
Girls Prove Hard Work Pays off on Results Day
THE anxious wait is over and there were celebrations all round at Newcastle Church High following the release of this year's highly anticipated A-level results. With almost three quarters of all results, 74%, at A* to B grades, 2012 marks another...
Harper's All Set to Start for Magpies; Harper Set to Return for Euro Tie
Byline: Mark Douglas STEVE Harper is set to make his first competitive start for Newcastle United for over a year as the Magpies begin their European adventure in Greece tomorrow. Alan Pardew will make a raft of changes from Saturday's victory...
Home Care Service
A CARER who says she struggled to find adequate support for her mother-in-law has set up a service to provide at-home care for elderly people. Diane Chandler aims to create 50 jobs after taking on the franchise for Home Instead Senior Care, covering...
If You're after Value, Go for Thomas; Saraband
FRANKEL may be the star of the show at York, but stablemate Thomas Chippendale offers much better value earlier on the card. The unbeaten Frankel steps up to 10 furlongs for the first time in the Juddmonte International Stakes and, while he is hardly...
Imogen Heads to Oxford to Carry on Family Tradition
EXAM results proved to be a test of faith as well as academic prowess for a student and her cleric father who was sworn to secrecy about her A-levels. Barnard Castle School chaplain Stephen Ridley is also the deputy head and analysed all students'...
It's a Record 99.5% Pass Rate
Byline: Paul Tully QUEEN Elizabeth High School in Hexham is celebrating a record 99.5% pass rate, with marks rising a whopping 10% on last year. For Elliott Smith of Riding Mill, his four A* grades have opened the way for a place at Manchester...
It's Back to Reality as the Olympic Shine Starts to Wear off; Columnist
Byline: Paul Benneworth SO now the Olympic caravan has packed up for Brazil in four years, Britain gets back to normal. All the stories that we missed in the wall-to-wall sports coverage are now popping back up. And my delight in the tolerant...
It's Good to Work with Chris Again; Bassong: Hughton a Key Factor in Move
SEBASTIEN Bassong revealed the opportunity of working with Chris Hughton again "made a big difference" in his decision to join Norwich. The Cameroon defender, 26, has signed a three-year deal with the Canaries for an undisclosed fee from Tottenham....
Looking to Maintain Standards While Not Wasting Court's Time
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK I WAS intrigued last week when three matters crossed my desk in quick succession that had an impact on the standards expected of a chartered surveyor and the Government's drive to reduce court time. The first was a case...
Lottery Chips in to Help Communities; Wide Variety of Projects Given Funding
Byline: Rob Phillips ASUPPORT group for isolated men and a community Olympics are among the projects set to benefit from a lottery cash injection. The Big Lottery Fund has handed out a total of 44 grants of pounds 10,000 or less to community...
Making Sure Role of Pit Is Not Forgotten; Volunteers Work to Create Lasting Legacy
Byline: Dave Black HERITAGE volunteers are working to create a lasting legacy for a former pit which spawned one of the region's most famous mining towns. In its heyday, Ashington Colliery employed thousands of men and boys, and resulted in the...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4202 ...........dollars Canada .............1.4789 ...........dollars Egypt ..................8.465 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.2136 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.58 ...........dollars...
Maude's Quango Boasts Criticised
Byline: William Green CABINET Office Minister Francis Maude has been accused of boasting about the axing of the region's development agency. His Whitehall department said the Government was now more than halfway through the first wave of its quango...
Mirallas Turned Down Gunners to Join Toffees
NEW Everton signing Kevin Mirallas snubbed a move to Arsenal as he was concerned about how much playing time he would get under Arsene Wenger. The pounds 6million signing from Olympiakos was, however, impressed by Toffees boss David Moyes and what...
Mum Tells of Frantic Fight to Save Dylan; ' I Knew as Soon as I Jumped in I Was Not Getting Him Back'
Byline: Emma Hallett THE mother of a four-year-old boy lost at sea after falling from a jetty has spoken of the moment he disappeared under the water, saying she knew immediately that she would not see him again. Rachel McCollum told how Dylan...
Mum Wins Cash to Take Her Kare Cot to Market
AFORMER management consultant who developed what she says is a safer type of children's cot has won funding to take the product to market. Katharine Paterson came up with the idea three years ago after worrying that her baby daughter Evie could be...
New Role for Former Agency HQ
Byline: Karen Dent THE former headquarters of what was once the North East's biggest advertising firm is being converted into a centre for new businesses. Stuart Robson and Alan Brown launched their ad firm in Clavering House near Central Station...
No Need for Eden Warning; Royals Boss Saw Hazard
EDEN Hazard will look to tear Reading apart tonight - but had Brian McDermott had his way, the Chelsea star would have been lining up for the Royals. Hazard may have only played one Premier League match, but expectations of the 21-year-old are already...
Olympic Legacy Alive in Theatre
ALTHOUGH we all saw the Olympic flame go out, its legacy lives on through a number of offshoots - the London Festival being a case in point. And, on Friday, the Sunderland Empire Theatre will be at the forefront of proceedings as it plays host to...
Our Hard-Working Sixth Formers Get What They Deserve
NEWCASTLE Sixth Form College students are celebrating after achieving impressive A-level results. A record number of 80 students are now heading to some of the country's top universities, including Cambridge, Oxford and Durham. Steve Gibson,...
Past Pays for Beamish as It Plans Expansion
Byline: Ruth Lognonne THE region's biggest tourist attraction is looking to the past for dramatic future growth after upping its visitor numbers by 200,000 in three years and investing pounds 4m in new attractions. Beamish Museum expects to invest...
Persimmon Profits Up on City's Expectations
Byline: Iain Laing PERSIMMON has hailed an "excellent" 65% hike in profits as it overcame a sluggish market by focusing on building family homes in affluent areas. The York-based builder, whose brands include Charles Church and Westbury, saw...
Plans for Hospital Site Lifted
Byline: Iain Laing PLANS to flatten Redcar's former hospital and replace it with a luxury 70-bed care home have been revealed. The mainly three-storey home is proposed for the site of the old Stead Hospital on Kirkleatham Street, which closed two...
Play-Offs Are Still Our Main Aim - Phil; BLUE SQ PREMIER
GATESHEAD'S solid start to the season has not altered Phil Turnbull's assessment, writes STEVE BROWN. The Blue Square Bet Premier playoffs remain the target, at least, and midfielder Turnbull says every one of the Tynesiders' squad must buy into...
Pool Feeling Flat after County Take the Spoils
Notts County.......................................... 2 Hartlepool United.................................. 0 IT was nine games last season before Hartlepool lost a Football League game. This campaign, they suffered a secondgame defeat, losing at...
Pounds 3.2m Investment for Our Rural Future; New Jobs Are to Be Created by Scheme
Byline: William Green UP to 300 new jobs are expected to be created through a pounds 3.2m scheme to help rural businesses in the North East Farming minister Jim Paice has unveiled details of plans to create more than 60 new workspaces for companies...
Project Will Make Future a Real Breeze; One of Oldest Wind Farms Is Modernised
Byline: Dave Black WORK has started on a multi-million pound project in a North East port to modernise and re-power one of the country's oldest wind farms. The nine turbines at Blyth Harbour have been producing renewable energy since 1992 - and...
Putting the Heart Back into Our Shopping Centres; RETAIL Shops Are Finding It Increasingly Tough to Keep Their Tills Ringing and the Region's Shopping Centres and High Streets Are Trying New Ways of Attracting Customers. KAREN DENT Reports
IN A summer dominated by the Jubilee and latterly the Olympics - two national events that retailers hoped would have a positive effect on sales - the latest official figures make grim reading. Office for National Statistics (ONS) data released last...
Queally Is in Form at Right Time
JOCKEY Tom Queally set himself up for one of the biggest races of his career as Mafeteng won at Yarmouth for veteran trainer John Dunlop. The Injured Jockeys Fund Maiden Handicap could hardly have been at a much lower level compared to Queally's...
Recession - Five Years On
Byline: JOHN ANDERSON WHEN I heard the news last week that it was five years ago that the recession began I really couldn't believe it had been that long. The economy shrank at its fastest pace for nearly 30 years and the slump pierced the country...
Record Fan Puts Listeners in a Spin
TILLY Shaw has turned her love of listening to 78rpm gramophone records at gatherings of friends and family into a business playing at parties and events. The ceramics maker from Darlington, who also runs Fired Up Designs, initially started playing...
Retail Park Positives despite Conditions
THE out of town retail market has experienced as hard a time as any over recent years, although, despite the difficult trading conditions for many tenants and the continued cautious market sentiment, there are some positives. Void and retailer failure...
Retail Parks Are Still Attracting Investment
MANY of the original investor attractions of the out-of-town retail market still exist. They offer long lease lengths, strong covenants and a restricted supply side due to planning policy. A prime rack rent Open A1 non-food retail park with 10 years-plus...
Robinson Adds to Abbott's Gloom
Byline: Mark Douglas Carlisle United 0 Tranmere Rovers 3 THE embryonic Football League season is just four days old but already Andy Robinson has set down the Brunton Park benchmark. Whatever passes in the next nine months, the Cumbrian support...
Saha: I Can Win Things Wth Cats; Striker Sets Sights High
LOUIS Saha insists he has joined Sunderland to win trophies rather than enjoy a North East swansong to his impressive career, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The 34-year-old penned a one-year deal with the Black Cats last week and made a smart cameo at the...
Search for Family of War Casualty; Hope Plaque Can Be Given to Relatives of Brave WW1 Soldier
Byline: Tony Henderson IN the opening months of the First World War, businesses on Tyneside raised a total of 5,500 men to fight in the conflict. The Tyneside Commercials or "Quaysiders" were recruited in a drive by the Newcastle and Gateshead...
Sensitive Farming Has Its Rewards in Grant; ENVIRONMENT
Byline: Karen Dent MORE than 3,000 applications have been made for funding from the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) grants scheme. The Natural England-run initiative, which operates in 75 priority catchment areas in England, has a pounds 21.5m...
Shock Tax Blow Increases Pressure on Osborne
FRESH fears over Government finances were raised last night after it failed to boost its coffers in a normally bumper month for tax receipts. Shock figures showed public sector net borrowing, excluding financial interventions such as bank bailouts,...
Skype Gives Students a Chance to Share Success
STUDENTS at Sunderland College got to see the look on the faces of far-away family and friends as they shared their A-level results. The college installed a Skype booth at its St Peter's campus and happy students were able to video call family to...
Smiles All around for Dentistry Ambitions
IT was smiles all around for two Central Newcastle High students when they learned that they had both won places to study dentistry. Ailsa McGregor form Ashington and Iman Salah from South Gosforth were both ecstatic about their results. Ailsa...
Spartans Put on a Superb Five-Star Show; Dale Bags a Hat-Trick as Cassidy's Men Romp Home
Byline: Steve Brown Blyth Spartans 5 Stocksbridge PS 0 EASY, this Evo-Stik business. It is not that, nor were Blyth claiming it so last night. A tough season is most likely still in store. Post-relegation from Blue Square Bet North, a host of...
Stark Choice Facing Councils; Retail Parks Have Thrived at the Expense of Town Centres in Recent Years. Property Experts from the North East Take a Look at Whether This Trend Will Continue
OVER the last two decades central government has aimed to promote town centres as the preferred location for new retail development through planning guidance and policy statements. The release of the National Planning Policy Framework in March 2012...
Success as Students See Stars
Byline: Neil McKay STUDENTS at Durham Johnston School were seeing stars as they celebrated another successful year for A-level results. Whilst many of the talented sixth formers are now planning what to pack to take to university, others are...
Super Strikes Give Boro Three Points
Byline: Neil Cameron Middlesbrough 3 Burnley 2 MIDDLESBROUGH supporters left the Riverside last night wondering if, after all the heartache of recent years, they could allow themselves a bit of that dangerous thing called hope. Three brilliant...
Surveyor Pick Is a Top Spot for Dealer
CHARTERED surveyor Bradley Hall has attracted an expanding Tyneside car dealership to a new site in Newcastle. David James Ltd, formerly located at Vroom car retail park, has relocated to Bapty House, Whitley Road in Benton, North Tyneside, after...
Team to Champion the Idea of Overseas Trade
Byline: Iain Laing ATEAM of Global Champions has been assembled by the North East Chamber of Commerce to inspire a new generation of firms to trade overseas. Tomorrow, NECC hosts Global Champions at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at Newcastle...
Teenage Boys Spark Emergency Search; Pair in Raft Fail to Arrive at Meeting Place
Byline: Sarah Scott TWO teenage boys who tried to navigate the River North Tyne in a homemade raft caused a full-scale emergency search operation when they failed to arrive at their destination. The coastguard, police, ambulance service and RAF...
Thousands Sign Up to Tax Campaign; Air Passenger Duty Protests Sent to MPs
Byline: Michael Brown ANGRY passengers have sent more than 100,000 letters urging MPs to force the Government to reduce air taxes. Air Passenger Duty has rocketed in recent years, with its four levels rising by up to 600% since 2007. But efforts...
TV Choice
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? BBC1, 9pm Gregg Wallace is the latest celebrity to have his ancestry scrutinised by this series. Among the highlights to look out for is Wallace's attempts to solve a longstanding family mystery, although the truth about what...
Vocational Training So Important
Byline: JAMES RAMSBOTHAM IT has been a big week for youngsters across the region - one that could play a significant role in shaping their futures. Hopefully it will have been a time of joy in most households, although inevitably a few tears...
Ward Title Bid Just Got That Bit Harder
Byline: Stuart Rayner THE obstacle between Martin Ward and a first major title has got bigger after veteran Jason Booth was drafted in for next month's English bantamweight title fight. For months Ward has been trying to fix up a fight with Mike...
Women in the Driving Seat; A Powerful New All-Female Network Has Been Forged in Durham in a Bid to Empower Younger Women in the Workplace and Tackle Rising Rates of Unemployment. VICKY ROBSON and DEBRA FOX Speak to the Movers and Shakers Who Are Steering the Ship
Byline: VICKY ROBSON ; DEBRA FOX WITH rising rates of unemployment - especially among women - a new network of natural born leaders are hoping to put a dent in the shocking statistics. The women, who all hold senior roles in organisations throughout...
Young Guns Fire Again to Keep Durham Ticking
Byline: Stuart Rayner GRAHAM Onions apart, it has been a disappointing 2012 from the old guard Durham relied so heavily on even in their title-winning seasons. The cloud, though, has a silver lining. New match-winners are emerging from an...