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 October 22, 2012

A Cause in Need; Sponsors Sought So North East Proms Can Carry on Its Good Works
Byline: David Whetstone Arts & Entertainment Editor ? 0191 201 6366 ? david.whetstone@ncjmedia.co.uk ADIAMOND Jubilee theme permeated the 23rd North East Last Night of the Proms which came with many tried-and-tested features and an appeal for...
A Dominant Performance from United's Leading Man; United Needed Heroes in the Derby Cauldron and, as NEIL CAMERON Reports, They Found One in Their Captain Marvel
THE talk among Sunderland supporters after yesterday's match would have focused on how their team failed to beat ten men. However, the true story of this latest instalment of our beloved derby is that, in fact, they couldn't beat just one man. ...
Astra's New Boss in the Spotlight with First Post; FORECAST
Byline: Iain Laing ? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk CONSUMER-FACING stocks will dominate the corporate agenda this week with Whitbread, Premier Foods and Debenhams due to post updates. AstraZeneca's new chief executive Pascal Soriot...
A Tonga Full House Would Be Fantastic
Byline: Mark Smith ? (0191) 201-6432 ? mark.smith@ncjmedia.co.uk NEWCASTLE Falcons' executive director Paul Varley has urged the region's rugby fans to come out in force for next month's visit of Tonga. The Pacific island's national side will...
Becky's Epic Swim as Thanks for Help; Mum Notches Up 22-Miler for Charity
Byline: Paul Tully ? 07554 437755 ? paul.tully@ncjmedia.co.uk BEREAVED mum Becky Frankel has completed her 22-mile charity swim for the road safety group Brake. Becky, 38, of Wylam, Northumberland, expects to raise close on PS4,000 to say a heartfelt...
Beef Farming Outlook Is Best for Two Decades
BEEF Karen Dent ? 0191 201 6243 ? karen.dent@ncjmedia.co.uk THE outlook for beef farming is the brightest it has been for two decades, according to one of the speakers at this year's Northern Farming Conference. Farmer Mike Powley will address the...
Bogie's Cup of Woe as Tynesiders Lose Meekly; FA CUP
Alfreton Town....................................... 2 Gateshead ............................................ 0 GATESHEAD bowed out of the FA Cup in tame fashion as two second-half goals inside ten minutes sealed their feat in Derbyshire, writes JEFF...
Boss Wants More Creative Thinking; Creative Thinking Needed, Says Boss
MARTIN O'Neill says he has faith in his forward players to find the creativity so badly lacking in yesterday's Wear-Tyne derby, writes STUART RAYNER. The Black Cats had to rely on a Demba Ba own goal to take anything from Newcastle United's latest...
Brook Has Fighting Chance of Facing Khan; BOXING
KELL Brook will head off on holiday tonight, safe in the knowledge when he gets back his team will have started work on his challenge for the world title or laid the foundations for an all-British showdown with Amir Khan. Brook extended his perfect...
Business Support Group Is Making a Name for Itself
TWO years after its launch, a business support group says 99% of its members have made new contacts as a result of joining. The North Tyneside Business Forum was set up by the local authority to increase business to business relations and support...
Cafe Gets Go-Ahead despite Traffic Fears; Former Chapel Is to Undergo Conversion
Byline: Paul Tully ? 07554 437755 ? paul.tully@ncjmedia.co.uk ACAFE conversion has been approved at a new Northumberland holiday complex - despite warnings of traffic danger. A former chapel at Harlow Hill on the Military Road in Tynedale is...
CHILD OF THE 80s
IN the very first episode of Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Oz returns from a night in Dusseldorf's red light district and says: "Sex is in its infancy in Gateshead." I would give pretty much anything to have written that line. It is perfect in every way...
Countdown to Christmas. for Further Information on Participating Shops and Car Parks Visit: Getintonewcastle.Co.Uk; Christmas& Continental Markets
One fast emerging Christmas tradition in Newcastle is the appearance of the Christmas and Continental markets around Grey's Monument. Come the 19th November, the marques will again take up their seasonal position around Grey's Monument and the air...
Dettori Ends His 18-Year Link-Up with Godolphin
FRANKIE Dettori is to leave Godolphin after being retained rider to Sheikh Mohammed's operation for 18 years. The Italian jockey rode nine English Classic winners for Godolphin and partnered the great Dubai Millennium to glory in the Dubai World...
Diamonds Are Real Knockout; English's Squad See off Comets to Reach Cup Final
BANDITS STEAL WIN OVER TIGERS Glasgow Tigers .................................... 42 Berwick Bandits .................................. 48 BERWICK Bandits' six-point victory in Glasgow took them into the Premier Challenge Trophy final - and gives them...
Disabled Crew Begin World Voyage
CROWDS gathered to wave off a tall ship as it set sail to become the first vessel of its kind to voyage around the world with a crew of disabled sailors. The Jubilee Sailing Trust's (JST) ship Lord Nelson left from Southampton, Hampshire, for its...
Expansion and Creation of Jobs at Car Parts Firm; MANUFACTURING
Byline: Iain Laing ? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk ACAR parts factory in County Durham is to benefit from a PS27m expansion which would see it increase production by around a third. NSK Bearings Europe is stepping up the output of...
Families Will Struggle to Pay the Bills; Rents to Rise Faster Than House Prices
Byline: Kerry Wood ? 0191 201 6040 ? kerry.wood@ncjmedia.co.uk FAMILIES renting privately-owned homes in the North East could see their bills hiked up to unmanageable prices. The report by the National Housing Federation (NHF) also claims 10,000...
First Banal Then Sinister; Sometimes Ordinary Events Can Take a Sinister Turn. Margaret Wilkinson Tells DAVID WHETSTONE about New Play Blue Boy
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE MARGARET Wilkinson, whose new play opens in Newcastle this week, may well have invented a new theatrical genre. "We've been calling it 'office gothic' or 'office noir'," says the playwright of Blue Boy, which was commissioned...
Greggs' Pasties, Hollywood Stars and the Future of TV; Columnist
Byline: Tom Gutteridge AT the precise moment the voice on the documentary said the word "Greggs", scores of phones and iPads in the cinema started to vibrate and ping. As if by magic, every one received a graphic offering "Interesting Facts About...
Huge Majority of SMEs Are Worried; ECONOMY Karen Dent ? 0191 201 6243 ? Karen.Dent@ncjmedia.Co.UK
MORE than eight in 10 small firms are worried about the economic climate and a high proportion is also concerned that there will be no improvement next year. The latest quarterly SME Risk Index put together for insurer Zurich found that 84% of UK...
Improvement Plan May Have Arrived Too Late
A CLOSURE-THREATENED school has drawn up its own improvement plan - but may run out of time to implement it. Allendale Middle School in south Northumberland could be shut down by September 2013 following a critical Ofsted report, with its 137 pupils...
Magpies Manager Remains Positive; Pardew Eyes Derby Boost Magpies Boss Remaining Positive
Byline: Mark Douglas at the Stadium of Light Sunderland 1 Newcastle United 1 NEWCASTLE United boss Alan Pardew urged his players to use their derby-day performance as a platform for another tilt at the top four this season. Pardew admitted he...
Miliband Criticised over Voting Record; MP Insists His Constituency Comes First
Byline: Kerry Wood ? 0191 201 6040 ? kerry.wood@ncjmedia.co.uk DAVID Miliband is among Labour MPs coming under fire after a weekend of expenses and voting revelations. The South Shields MP has earned nearly PS500,000 while having a poor record for...
Mowbray Has a Ton to Cheer
Brighton and Hove Albion 0 Middlesbrough 1 TONY Mowbray clocked up a century of Middlesbrough games with a gritty defensive display in a 1-0 win at Brighton which was far from his football ideal, writes JACK PICKERING. The Teessiders had to dig...
MP Tells How Pit Horrors Led Dad to Suicide Bids; Family Trauma Revealed in Health and Safety Talk
Byline: William Green Political Editor ? 0207 219 4389 ? william.green@ncjmedia.co.uk ANORTH MP has revealed how his father became suicidal after a lifetime working down a pit. Dave Anderson's dad Sid was twice buried alive while working at a...
Nationwide May Bid for RBS Sites; BANKING
Byline: Holly Williams ? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk NATIONWIDE Building Society is considering making a bid for the 316 branches that Royal Bank of Scotland was due to sell to Santander, it was reported yesterday. The mutual joins...
No Case for the Defence in Defeat; LEAGUE ONE
Colchester United............................2 Carlisle United.................................0 A MAD 15 minutes of first-half defending and a worrying shyness in front of goal combined to send Carlisle United plummeting down the League One table...
North 10,000 Join Protest; Workers from Region in Capital to Demonstrate over Cuts
MORE than 10,000 workers from the North East marched through the heart of London in protest at Government austerity measures. Nurses, firefighters and teachers joined forces with campaigners in the capital to have their say on the coalition's programme...
Outwitting the Desert Fox; the Second Battle of El Alamein Was a Pivotal Moment in the Second World War. as the 70th Anniversary of the Event Approaches, MIKE KELLY Looks Back at How North East Regiments Played a Vital Role in the Famous Allied Victory
Byline: MIKE KELLY IN its way it was like one of the legendary heavyweight boxing clashes in the 1970s usually fought by Muhammad Ali. While Ali fought the 'Thrilla in Manila' against Joe Frazier and the 'Rumble in the Jungle' with George Foreman,...
Paralysis Won't Stop Mel from Reaching His Goal
A FORMER rugby player was left paralysed after he fell on to his spine from just three feet in the air. The last time Mel Nuru moved his body, he was hanging upside down from a metal bar rigged up to a door frame at his Gateshead home. He was...
PFA Chief Getting Shirty in Race Campaign Row
PFA chairman and Kick It Out ambassador Clarke Carlisle has defended the rights of players who chose not to wear a t-shirt in support of the anti-racism campaign this weekend and said punishing them would be contrary to the organisation's goals. ...
Police Keep Lid on Derby Day Violence; Racism Claims after 1-1 Draw at Sunderland
Byline: Sara Nichol ? 0191 201 6027 ? sara.nichol@ncjmedia.co.uk DERBY day was tainted with violence and allegations of racism yesterday as thousands of fans watched Sunderland and Newcastle United draw 1-1 at the Stadium of Light. Although the...
Pool Now Stuck in a Horrid Malaise; Defeat Brings More Pressure
Hartlepool United 0 Crawley Town 1 TOMORROW night, Hartlepool United go to Bury. Not quite win or bust, but a case of lose and bust for Pool. Manager Neale Cooper is coming under pressure after a run of one win from 11 games and in most of them...
Pressure on Benefit Claimants Growing; Rules Extend Cut-Off Period to Three Years
Byline: Alan Jones ? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk JOBSEEKERS face losing benefits for three years under tough new rules introduced by the Government today. People who refuse to accept jobs, or voluntarily leave a job without good...
Redpath Pleased despite Sale's Loss; HEINEKEN CUP
SALE head coach Bryan Redpath admitted his team lacked the firepower to compete with the top clubs in Europe after Montpellier's Francois Trinh Duc dismantled his side in a stunning second-half burst. The France international scored his side's opener...
Schools Watchdog in Wages Warning; Coasting Won't Be Tolerated Any Longer
Byline: Nicola Weatherall ? 0191 204 3308 ? nicola.weatherall@ncjmedia.co.uk THE North East's most senior schools inspector has said her staff will be assessing teachers' pay levels at failing schools. Susan Brown has set out how Ofsted is changing...
Scottish League Third Division
Berwick Rangers ............................. Clyde .............................................. BERWICK maintained their unbeaten home league record but manager Ian Little accepted they should have had more goals against Clyde at Shielfield Park....
Share Tips
MAIL ON SUNDAY RETINAL imaging company Optos last week bucked the economic gloom, saying that profits for the year to September 30 would be higher than expected. The Dunfermline-based company, which makes devices that show up certain forms of eye...
Sky's the Limit for High Flier Connor; Youngest Ever Solo Flight at 14
Byline: Dave Black ? 07884 117069 ? dave.black@ncjmedia.co.uk APIECE of aviation history has been made at a North East airfield - after a 14-year-old schoolboy displayed his precocious flying skills on a solo flight. Connor McIver's 12-minute flight...
Smokey Was Born with a Sneer and a Bad Attitude; NOW AND THEN
RICHARD Taylor is manager of The Stand Comedy Club in Newcastle, which is celebrating its first anniversary on Saturday. The 42-year-old previously managed The Jarrow Brewery, The Free Trade Inn and The Tyne Bar before joining The Stand when it...
Still Much Thinking to Be Done over Energy
Byline: KEVIN ROWAN THE much-anticipated Energy Bill is a critical opportunity to solve a number of problems at once. Despite a few selective, vested views, there is general agreement that action is needed on climate change, principally by reducing...
Tax Havens Push the Poorest Countries into Further Poverty
Byline: GEORGE HEPBURN SYDNEY and I enjoyed an Italian meal so much that we almost missed the bus. This particular bus was the Tax Justice bus, parked in Hexham a couple of weeks ago, on a seven-week nationwide tour sponsored by Christian Aid...
Technical Difficulties for Grizzly
Byline: Matt McKenzie Grizzly Bear, with support from Villagers, The Sage Gateshead I'M getting on and so don't normally do support bands. But this would be stubbornness to the point of silliness if that band is Villagers, as accomplished a warm-up...
The Questionnaire
What car do you drive? I drive a Porsche Panamera (but it's a diesel so I still get 40 miles to the gallon!) What's your favourite restaurant? This is a difficult one ... I enjoy food at my local Italian at Gabrielles in Seaburn but also Cafe 21 in...
THOMPSON on the Way Too Creating a Powerhouse; THE MONDAY INTERVIEW: GEOFF THOMPSON Geoff Thompson, Chief Executive of Utilitywise, Has Built One of the Region's Fastest-Growing Companies. He Talks to PETER JACKSON
Byline: PETER JACKSON IMEET Geoff Thompson in his South Shields office. He stands framed before a huge window, beyond which is a grey, windswept view of the Tyne and North Shields. The first thing that strikes me with a jolt is his physical resemblance...
Tuning in to Music Inspiration
A SELF-CONFESSED under-achiever at school, 20-year-old Michael Hughes has tuned in to the business world instead by setting up his own music tuition company. Music Tutor Direct provides guitar, bass guitar, piano and percussion lessons to aspiring...
TV Choice
JAMIE'S 15 MINUTE MEALS Channel 4, 5pm Throughout this - fast-paced - new series (of which he's written a book in the same vein), Jamie has improved on his 30-minute-meals series a couple of years back, appealing to all the microwaveloving haphazard...
United So Cool but Cats in a Real Flap; THE WEAR-TYNE DERBY: More Positives for Magpies as Lucky Escape Only Papers over Sunderland's Failings the Spoils May Have Been Shared, but Sunderland Have Far More Questions to Answer Than Newcastle United after Their 146th Meeting, Writes STUART RAYNER
AS the final whistle approached on another tempestuous Wear-Tyne derby, it was Alan Pardew doing his best Sir Alex Ferguson impression, pointing frantically at his watch as Sunderland's supporters urged their team on to victory. However, the moral...
United Taylor Made to Succeed
Byline: Mark Douglas at the Stadium of Light FOR the second season running, the result of this modern-day tale of two cities was Taylor-made. Last August it was Ryan's swirling freekick which re-asserted Newcastle's dominance of this historic fixture....
Victoire Seeks Season's Grand Finale; Saraband
VICTOIRE De Lyphar can end the season on a high at Pontefract by claiming his first victory since June 2010. Now in the care of Ruth Carr, this son of Bertolini seems to have been around for an eternity yet is still only a five-year-old. He is...
Wait for a Win Goes on for QPR Boss
Queens Park Rangers.....................1 Everton ............................................1 QPR manager Mark Hughes admitted frustration as his side remain without a win in the Barclays Premier League this season after they were held to a 1-1 draw...
Weighty Issue of Fat Loss Ops; A New Report Says Weight Loss Surgery Is All Too Often Hailed as a Quick Fix with Not Enough Psychological Counselling Beforehand. KAREN WILSON Speaks to the Experts and Those Who Have Undergone Surgery to Uncover the Reality Behind the Success Stories
Byline: KAREN WILSON AS hospital admissions relating to obesity have increased tenfold in the last decade, it's no wonder that more and more health professionals are recommending weight loss surgery as a cost-effective solution. However, a new...
We're Dying for Change; North-South Health Divide Grows Wider
Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter ? 0191 201 6269 ? helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk AN urgent call for NHS investment has gone out as figures reveal death rates in the North East are higher than anywhere else in the country. Ministers have been warned...
Wet Weather Sees Steep Rise in Profit Warnings
Byline: PROFIT WARNINGS Iain Laing ? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk ONE of the wettest summers on record contributed to the highest number of profit warnings in the UK for four years, except in the North East. UK quoted companies issued...