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 January 24, 2013

1,200 Jobs on Way for the Port of Tyne; Bosses Hoping for Deals with Energy Firms
Byline: Iain Laing ? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk MORE than 1,200 jobs could be created by a port's plans to expand its facilities. The Port of Tyne is confident of striking deals with energy firms which could lead to a PS180m investment...
200 Years after My Great, Great, Great, Great Grandad Set Up History Society, I Will Follow in His Footsteps
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor ? 0191 201 6224 ? tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk A FAMILY tradition came full circle yesterday as a society celebrated its 200th birthday. It was 200 years to the day yesterday when bookseller John Bell...
Alex Smiles; Obituaries
ALEX Smiles was a businessman whose firm contributed to the greening of Sunderland. Born in 1942, he passed exams at Sunderland's Junior Technical School, and then went to London to attend John Cass College where he studied chemistry. He trained...
Appetite for New Locations
FOR many people, going out with friends for a drink or a meal is still a relatively affordable treat. Indeed, recent research by chartered accountants Deloitte in its regular Taste Of The Nation report, suggests that outside of London, the north still...
A Shot in the Arm for North Tourism; UK-Wide Advert Campaign Should Bring in PS4m
Byline: Brian Daniel ? 07733 002 822 ? brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk TOURISM bosses in Northumberland have lined up a campaign which it is hoped could pump more than PS4m into the county's economy. Northumberland Tourism is planning a national...
Bask in the Colours of South Africa at Exhibition
SPRING is on its way and if you're not convinced then it might help to bask in the warmth of a new season exhibition featuring work by such artists as South Africa's Heike Allerton-Davies and bringing a welcome blast of colour to Corbridge in Northumberland...
Be the Best You Can Be Is My Motto for Living; Health MOT
SARAH Penny plays Goal Defence for top-flight netball club Team Northumbria in the elite Netball Superleague. Sarah was first introduced to netball as a child at primary school and has held a passion for the sport ever since. She is currently preparing...
Birthday Girl Is Back with Her Old Friends
MANY are the musical prodigies who have had to leave the North East to find fame and fortune. It's heartening to know that there is now a route to the top for those who wish to stick around. Fran Smith, who is to perform in the region tonight,...
Black Cats Lining Up Peru Full-Back; O'NEILL'S SIGHTS ON PERUVIAN STAR
SUNDERLAND are hunting for left-back cover in South America - as Martin O'Neill admits Phil Bardsley (pictured left) is finding life "tough" this season, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The Journal understands the Black Cats are close to striking a deal for...
Builders to Create 600 New Homes
THE developers of Wynyard Park in Stockton are planning to create a new housing estate on the 700 acre site. The company, which announced plans last year for 168 new homes, has submitted an application to Hartlepool Borough Council this week to...
Building Blacklists 'Destroying Lives' MPs Condemn 'Scandal' in Construction
Byline: Dan Warburton Chief Reporter ? 0191 201 6276 ? dan.warburton@ncjmedia.co.uk THE blacklisting of North East construction workers was today branded a scandal as MPs called for an independent investigation. A string of workers have launched...
Cameron in Vote Pledge to British People; 'Huge Gamble' Feared by Labour Rival
Byline: Andrew Woodcock ? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk DAVID Cameron vowed yesterday to campaign "with all my heart and soul" for continued British membership of a reformed European Union in an in/out referendum which will be staged...
Cats Signings Add Ability and Some Muscle
IF there is one thing that frustrates Martin O'Neill, it is people presuming to know his transfer blueprint. Buy British, spend a lot and invest in players to suit the rigid 4-4-2 system that he prefers - those are the three tenets of transfers...
Changing Face of Local Leisure
WELCOME to the 2013 Leisure Supplement. 2012 was another challenging year in the sector and 2013 looks to bring further challenges just over the horizon. Last year, despite much debate, there was no change on the Beer Duty Escalator. Discussions opened...
Chapman Calls on Eagles to Improve
Byline: Mark Douglas ? (0191) 201-6281 ? mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk SKIPPER Joe Chapman says Newcastle Eagles' "bigs" have been cut down to size by a confidence crisis this season. Combined that with Chapman's own shooting problems - which he is...
Chopper Pilot Flew despite Warning; Poor Visibility Was Issue before Crash
Byline: Neil Lancefield ? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk AN investigation has revealed pilot Pete Barnes was warned about poor visibility on the morning he was killed in a helicopter crash. The 50-year-old, who previously helped...
City Break or Weekend in the Country
HOTELS, hotels everywhere and not a room to stay in ... At least that's the commercial view amongst industry experts who continue to report that the North East is significantly "under-bedded". It would seem that they are right. The hotel market...
Deaths
ARCHER (Catton). Suddenly but peacefully on Monday 21st January 2013, aged 73 years, Margaret 'Doreen', beloved wife of Robbie, dearly loved mam of Malcolm, Derek, Linda and Caroline, motherinlaw of Helen, Elizabeth and Neville, much adored nan of...
Digital Marketing Is All about Good Content
AS little as 10 years ago, many a marketing manager focused their communications plan around a static website, brochure, magazine adverts and editorial coverage. It was all very straightforward and uncomplicated. It was one-way communication. The...
Do Superfoods Pack a Punch? They Claim to Boost Our Health, but Are 'Superfoods' Really So Great and Exactly What Should We Be Putting in Our Shopping Baskets? KIM SWAN Finds out More
Byline: KIM SWAN AFTER an overload of festive treats, January often sees people vowing to take greater care of themselves. It is well known that a good diet is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, so it's not surprising that consumers are always...
England's Finest Can Keep Flying the Flag
THE quarter-final line-up for the Heineken Cup has thrown up mouthwatering fixtures and a decent chance for some of the English clubs to continue their progression. Harlequins have a home tie against Munster as a reward for what must be the performance...
Expanding Hydraulics Firm Eyes PS4m Target; SERVICES
Byline: Ruth Lognonne ? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk FAST-GROWING Quick Hydraulics has set itself a turnover target in advance of PS4m after expanding its premises and winning a prestigious UK-wide contract. The aptly named North...
Fast Food Chain Is Set to Create 100 Jobs in North; FOOD
Byline: Ruth Lognonne ? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk FAST food giants McDonald's will create up to 100 jobs in the North East as part of a nationwide push to secure 2,500 new positions across the UK by the end of the year. New...
Finn's Bowling Action Leaves England Stumped; CRICKET
ALASTAIR Cook admits confusion reigns over Steven Finn's costly habit of breaking the stumps in his delivery stride. Finn's tendency to clatter the timbers at the non-striker's end became an issue last year as South Africa captain Graeme Smith claimed...
First Impressions Really Do Count
IN this era of such diverse culinary offerings and a plethora of public houses to purchase a pint, having the right environment which the public can connect with and spend that ever evaporating amount of disposable cash, has never been more important....
Five Ways to Ensure Your Heart Is in Good Health
THERE is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to keeping your heart healthy but we can all do a little something to help make sure our ticker remains in top condition. And there is no time like the present ... especially as February is National...
Funny Side of Leisure
IT is often said that comedy is the new rock 'n roll. This certainly seems to be the case with comedians such as John Bishop, Michael McIntyre and Eddie Izzard undertaking tours in venues like the Metro Radio Arena, more normally associated with acts...
Government Parameters Guide Atos; Opinion
Byline: John Mackintosh THE Parliamentary debate on the work capability assessments (WCA) and Dave Anderson's column yesterday offer further evidence of how important this issue has become for Newcastle and the North East as a whole. While my...
Gunners Fire on All Cylinders
Arsenal.................................................. 5 West Ham United .................................. 1 ARSENAL kickstarted their Barclays Premier League campaign as they blew West Ham away with four goals in the space of ten minutes at the...
Harry Home from Tour of Afghanistan
PRINCE Harry flew back to Britain last night after a 20-week tour of Afghanistan in which he revealed he killed Taliban fighters, and declared: "You get asked to do things that you would expect to do wearing this uniform, and it's as simple as that...
Hooper Is Premier Class, Says Caldwell
FORMER Celtic defender Gary Caldwell has backed Gary Hooper to be a big hit in the Barclays Premier League - if the Scottish champions sanction a move south of the border for the striker. Hoops boss Neil Lennon revealed the club had rejected a second...
Is This Speech 'A 'Defining Moment' for the Country on Europe. ... or 'Playing Hard and Fast with People's Livelihoods in Our Region'? Praise and Criticism in Ample Supply as Politicians Divide on Party Lines
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent ? 0191 201 6286 THE North East has drawn its dividing lines on Europe as the referendum debate begins. Hexham MP Guy Opperman led regional backing for the Prime Minister's promise yesterday...
Kingston Park's Army of Volunteers Defeated by the Snow
Byline: Mark Smith EVEN the best efforts of Newcastle Falcons' supporters, players and staff members were not enough to avoid tomorrow's home game with Cornish Pirates falling victim to the weather. After two days of snow-shovelling and a remarkable...
Lambert's Position at Villa Is Still Safe
PAUL Lambert will attempt to pick up the pieces of Aston Villa's shock Capital One Cup exit against Bradford City safe in the knowledge that his job is not under threat. Villa owner Randy Lerner's faith in his manager is not believed to have wavered,...
Licensing Policy Review and the City's Night-Time Economy
THE city council must review its Licensing Policy every five years after recent legislative changes, concerns from residents and the police combined with the desire to maintain a vibrant city centre and decent neighbourhoods, the review has commenced....
Like Football the First Time, We May Need Introduction to Arts; Columnist
Byline: Bernard Trafford FINALLY, my last word on the arts. Honest! I'm accused of pontificating, of getting on my high horse. I've annoyed several people who have written in The Journal's letters page. That's fine: it's their right to reply....
Magpies' History Not All Foreign to United's Frenchman Who Lives for Football
Byline: Neil Cameron ? (0191) 201-6113 ? neil.cameron@ncjmedia.co.uk NEWCASTLE KEEN TO TIE UP SISSOKO DEAL NEWCASTLE United believe they have secured the signing of Moussa Sissoko on a pre-contract agreement - but still want to broker a deal for...
Mapou's Ultimate Goal Is Trophies; Yanga-Mbiwa's United Dream SIGNING'S ULTIMATE AIM Is Trophies
MAPOU Yanga-Mbiwa last night stated his intention to win trophies with Newcastle United - and refused to even contemplate being involved in a relegation fight this season, writes NEIL CAMERON. This firm and positive message is what supporters wanted...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4203 ...........dollars Canada .............1.4936 ...........dollars Egypt ................9.2993 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.1344 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.63 ...........dollars...
MPs Try to Find Way to Mitigate Art Cuts; Damage to Reputation of City Is Feared
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent ? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk CITY MPs have stepped in to help find "a way through for arts venues and libraries" after warning of lasting damage to Newcastle's cultural reputation....
Mum So Relieved Stolen Photos Are Back
Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter ? 0191 201 6138 ? sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk ASTOLEN laptop containing precious photos of young cancer sufferer Finley Brians has been found by police. Natalie Frame was devastated when she discovered...
Murray Looks to Take It to Another Level
ANDY Murray is confident he will have little problem in stepping up his performance level for tomorrow's Australian Open semi-final against Roger Federer, despite his low-key passage to the last four, writes JON FISHER. Murray has barely broken...
Newcastle City Council's Licensing Policy 2013-2018
What do the proposed changes mean for the licensed trade? THE Licensing Authority must have regard to its licensing policy when making decisions, so the proposed changes will impact on how premises can develop. Operators of licensed venues should...
North East Sees a Fall in Jobseekers; Businesses Performed Well over Last Three Months
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent ? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk UNEMPLOYMENT in the North East fell by 10,000 as the region's businesses welcomed one of the UK's best performances. Over the last three months...
Paying the Price - the Late Night Levy in a Nutshell
AS Newcastle City Council go out to consultation on the introduction of a late night levy throughout their authority area it is important for operators of licensed premises to understand what is proposed and how to get involved in the process. Why...
Pearce Is Still Keen to Call on Butland
ENGLAND under-21 coach Stuart Pearce is keen to take Jack Butland to the European Championship finals this summer - but admits he is mindful of the balancing act which goes with the goalkeeper's progress at senior level. Birmingham goalkeeper Butland...
Pilgrim Street Update Needed; Views of the North
WITH the retail sector in such a perilous position (The Journal, January 23), we wonder what is to become of Newcastle City Council's plans of a few years ago to extend the shopping experience of Northumberland Street by supporting a retail-led development...
Pitching into the Synthetic Debate; Thursday, January Journallive.Co.UK Rugby Union UTTLEY ON RUGBY with ROGER UTTLEY
Byline: ROGER UTTLEY IT is the time of year when the weather comes to the fore and again the onset of snow and sub-zero temperatures has raised the level of unpredictability in the outcome of matches. Last weekend's final round of Heineken Cup...
Protests at Plan to Build Homes
Byline: Sonia Sharma ? 0776 807 0489 ? sonia.sharma@ncjmedia.co.uk ASCHEME to build 650 new homes near a country park has sparked opposition from green campaigners. Persimmon Homes submitted the proposals for a parcel of land north of Sunholme Drive,...
Protests over a 'Tax' Too Far; Northumberland Club Appealing for Some Leniency
ALLENDALE have no pretensions about cutting any ice - if you will excuse the seasonal reference - at the high end of their sport, writes TIM TAYLOR. No expense is spared in the world of luxury resort golf, where annual running costs hit seven figures....
Purple Is in with a Gold-En Chance
Byline: Saraband PURPLE 'N Gold has been in excellent heart on the allweather and is expected to go well again in the BetVictor Non Runner Free Bet At Cheltenham Handicap at Kempton this afternoon. David Pipe claimed the fouryear-old after he...
Rating Delay to Impact Hard on Firms in North
IN October last year, the Government announced a proposal to delay the forthcoming 2015 business rate revaluation by two years. To the layman, this may have sounded like just the kind of helping hand that struggling businesses needed. However, as...
Rural Schools in Fight over Closure Threat; Head Launches Campaign in Community
Byline: Paul Tully ? 07554 437755 ? paul.tully@ncjmedia.co.uk ARURAL school head is calling on the community to back its battle for survival ... all the way to Westminster. Ruth Bull, headteacher of Glendale Middle School in Wooler, Northumberland,...
School Bosses Spell out Their Dig Objections; Governors Object to Opencast Mining
Byline: Paul Tully ? 07554 437755 ? paul.tully@ncjmedia.co.uk THE governors of a village school have reaffirmed their objection to a planned opencast coal dig on its doorstep - even though it could cost them hundreds of thousands of pounds. Whittonstall...
Sir Humphrey Potts; Obituaries
SIR Humphrey Potts was a farmer's son from the North East who went on to become one of the country's best-known judges, presiding at a number of notable trials in the 1980s and 90s. Born in Penshaw, near Sunderland, in 1931, Francis Humphrey Potts...
Snow Puts Farmers in Demand, as MP Found
Byline: WEATHER Ruth Lognonne ? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk HEXHAM MP Guy Opperman is calling on the Government to abolish rules preventing farmers from helping their local communities after his car had to be pulled from a snow...
Squads Reshaped and Remodelled; THE AGENDA: How Has the Major Business Completed by Our Two Premier League Clubs Changed Their Identity? French Influx Should Bring Fluent Football
Byline: Mark Douglas Chief sports writer ? (0191) 201-6281 ? mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk NEWCASTLE United's January spending spree is proof of two things. First up, by signing - or attempting to sign - four players better noted for their technique...
Swansea Celebrate Reaching First Final
Swansea City 0 Chelsea 0 (Swansea win 2-0 on aggregate) SWANSEA reached the first major cup final in their 100-year history as a goalless draw saw them beat Chelsea 2-0 on aggregate last night. But the achievement was overshadowed by a moment of...
The Bridges Builds on Record Numbers; RETAIL
Byline: Ruth Lognonne ? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk ARECORD-BREAKING number of shoppers made a trip to Sunderland over Christmas as the town's shopping centre remains well placed in the current retail environment. December was...
The Price of a Pint
THERE has been much debate over the last 12 months about minimum pricing, Beer Duty and the effect that these government policies would have on the licensed trade. While it must be acknowledged that the impact of excessive alcohol consumption are...
The Search Is on for the Best Employees in the North East
Byline: AWARDS Iain Laing ? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk AGOOD human resources team can have a massive impact on the firm which employs them and we are on the lookout for the best. The search has begun to find the best companies to...
The Year in Review - Sintons
REMEMBER the good old days when bar and club operators made their fortune over the festive period and spent the quiet weeks of the New Year on sun-kissed beaches or snowcovered ski slopes? With today's pressures, those days seem long ago. But in...
Trophy Fished in Honour of Hardy
MEMBERS of Northumberland Anglers' Federation will have the chance to fish for a new trophy during the new season, which starts on February 1. In addition to the Coquet Trophy for the first salmon landed on the River Coquet and the Centenary Cup for...
TV Chef Heading to City; Italian Cook in Bid to Open a New Restaurant
Byline: Joanne Butcher ? 0191 201 6455 ? joanne.butcher@ncjmedia.co.uk CELEBRITY chef Antonio Carluccio is to become the latest in a series of top food industry names to open a restaurant in the North East. The Italian cook is looking to bring...
TV Choice
THE GENIUS OF INVENTION BBC2, 9pm As the old saying goes, nobody likes change - we are sticklers for a routine, after all. However, there's an exception of course - when it's a change that will make our lives easier. This new four-part series highlights...
Unilever Tops Index with Results
Byline: FTSE 100 Steven Keppie Brewin Dolphin THE directionless beginning to the week continued on Wednesday with investors in a cautious mood. The FTSE 100 Index rose 18.5 points to finish the day at 6197.6. The UK Prime Minster's speech on...
United Back in Top 20
NEWCASTLE United has been named the world's 20th highest-earning football club, writes NEIL CAMERON. Deloitte, the business advisory firm, last night revealed Newcastle's revenue turnover for the 2011-12 season, when they finished fifth in the Premier...
Watchdog Concerned at Hospital Standards
Byline: Dave Black ? 07884 117069 ? dave.black@ncjmedia.co.uk HEALTH service watchdogs have raised a number of concerns over the standards of care provided at a specialist North East hospital for people with mental health problems. Inspectors...
Williams Relieved Her Agony Is Ended
SERENA Williams claimed she was "almost relieved it was over" after an injury-plagued Australian Open campaign ended at the hands of teenage prodigy Sloane Stephens. Williams suffered a twisted ankle in her opening-round whitewash of Edina Gallovits-Hall....
Yvette Is Dancing to Health and Happiness; for Yvette Cowles, Belly Dancing Has Boosted Her Self-Image, Given Her a New Career and Even Seen Her through Three Bouts of Cancer. with a One-Woman Show about Her Experiences Coming to Newcastle Next Month, KAREN WILSON Speaks to the 48-Year-Old about Her Extraordinary Life
Byline: KAREN WILSON WHEN Yvette Cowles was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996, it was belly dancing that helped her through. She was 32, single and working in a high-pressure job as non-fiction marketing director for Harper Collins in...