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 February 7, 2013

All We Want Is a Change in the Gun Law. If That Saves One Life We've Succeeded; Petition to Tighten Controls Gets High-Level Support
Byline: Katie Davies? 0191 201 6346 ? katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk SHADOW home secretary Yvette Cooper has vowed to support Bobby Turnbull's fight against the country's flawed gun licensing laws. Bobby, who lost his mum, Alison, 44, sister Tanya,...
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Answers Are Wanted on Raid at Museum; Judge Rejects Duo's Plea on Role Played
Byline: Rob Phillips? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk TWO criminals who admitted plotting to break in and steal Chinese artefacts worth PS1.8m from a museum have denied smashing a wall in the premises and grabbing the items from cabinets....
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Bale Runs Riot as Wales Claim Win
Wales................................................. 2 Austria............................................... 1 GARETH Bale continued his sensational recent form with a goal and an assist as Wales claimed victory over Austria last night at the Liberty...
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Berlusconi's Mario Jibe Reveals Italy's 'Disease'
A PROMINENT European anti-racism campaigner believes alleged remarks made by AC Milan vice-president Paolo Berlusconi about striker Mario Balotelli shows the hypocrisy at the club and that racism is a "disease" in Italian society. Berlusconi - the...
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Cash Can Buy You a Piece by Rising Star
AT a time of rock bottom interest rates, art is supposed to be an investment category worthy of consideration. And the trick with any form of investment is to buy at the bottom of the market. That is one reason why student exhibitions are popular....
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Challenging Regime Keeps Tutor James Fit for His Life; Health MOT
JAMES Mather is a Foundation Learning tutor for Fit Training in Gateshead. The 27-year-old sports and exercise graduate from Spennymoor trains young people for careers in the fitness industry. Were you ill much as a child? I had excellent attendance...
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Chelsea Happy to Play Fair over Deal; Blues Agree to Back Financial Compromise
CHELSEA are set to back both a wage increase cap and a compromise financial fair play deal at today's showdown meeting of all 20 Premier League chairmen. The Roman Abramovich-owned club had been viewed as being opposed to financial fair play (FFP)...
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City Council Should Help the Majority; Views of the North
ONLY recently have I become aware of how the Newcastle Council cuts will affect me and my family. A member of staff in the Civic Centre patiently talked me through some of the proposals. They include moving the Shields Road customer service centre...
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Concern for Mum and Her Daughters; Police Still Looking for Danielle
Byline: Ruth Lawson? 0191 201 6344 ? ruth.lawson@ncjmedia.co.uk POLICE are believed to have made contact with missing mother Danielle Wright who disappeared a week ago. It is understood that officers from the force have managed to speak to the...
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Deaths
BOOTS (Ashington). Formerly of Wallsend. Suddenly on 2nd February, aged 31 years, Graeme, beloved son of Geoff and Margaret and adored brother of Raelene. Friends please meet for Funeral Service and cremation at Cowpen Crematorium, Blyth on Monday...
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Defeated Duo Have Awful Lot to Prove
WALES have to go to Paris on Saturday with both themselves and the French looking to bounce back from losing starts. They have not won in eight internationals despite being Grand Slam champions, but at some point they are going to bounce back. ...
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Do You Know Man Who Raided Store?
POLICE have released this CCTV image of a man they need to trace after a shop robbery in Sunderland. the incident happened at 7.30pm on Wednesday, 9, at VG Foodstore at Durham Road in East Rainton, when a man went into the store and sprayed the...
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Dr Herbert Loebl; Obituary
DR Herbert Loebl, one of the North East's most influential business figures has passed away. The 89-year-old was surrounded by his family in Newcastle's RVI when he died on Monday, January 28, having suffered a short illness, but family, friends...
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Drugs Giant Says Savings Won't Affect Investment
Byline: PHARMACEUTICAL Iain Laing? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk GLAXOSMITHKLINE has put iconic drinks Lucozade and Ribena under review and announced plans to save PS1bn a year. The UK's largest drugs giant, which employs more than...
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England Looking on Bright Side; CRICKET
ENGLAND headed south for Auckland disappointed to have lost their final warm-up match but encouraged by a clutch of impressive individual performances at the Cobham Oval, writes DAVID CLOUGH. Stuart Broad's second three-wicket return in as many...
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England Team Has Lots of Six Appeal; Journallive.Co.UK Rugby Union Thursday, February 56 UTTLEY ON RUGBY with ROGER UTTLEY
Byline: ROGER UTTLEY THE Six Nations kicked off in style last weekend, all three games showcasing the best qualities of the tournament and setting it up nicely for this weekend's second helping. Big crowds in Cardiff, London and Rome were rewarded...
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Extra Spaces Help Trade in Seaside Town; Parking Restrictions Eased after Petition
Byline: Brian Daniel? 07733 002 822 ? brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk LIFTING of parking restrictions in a Northumberland seaside town has been hailed a success. Businesses at Amble and Northumberland County Council say the creation of extra parking...
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Farmers Facing Ruin as Incomes Fall Sharply; INCOME Ruth Lognonne? 0191 201 6139 ? Ruth.Lognonne@ncjmedia.Co.UK
Byline: Ruth Lognonne LARGE numbers of farmers could be facing financial ruin as they pay the price of rising costs, disease and persistent poor weather, experts have warned. The average upland grazing farm earned only PS14,000 in the past year,...
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Firm Sets Example in UK Tax System
HARGREAVES Lansdown hailed its record results as evidence that reputable firms can pay their taxes in full and add "genuine benefit" to the UK economy. The Bristol-based company, which serves retail investors through its Vantage fund supermarket,...
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First Chance to See Pitman Painter's Work; Charming Ice Skating Scene Goes on Show
Byline: Dave Black? 07884 117069 ? dave.black@ncjmedia.co.uk THIS striking oil painting by one of Ashington's famed Pitmen Painters is going on show to the public for the first time as part of a nationwide celebration of art. Frozen Pit Pond,...
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Flybe Agrees to Ryanair's Plan for Aer Lingus
AIRLINE Flybe boosted Ryanair's hopes of a takeover of Aer Lingus by agreeing a plan to fly 43 of the Irish carrier's short-haul routes. The proposal is part of Ryanair's attempt to persuade the European Commission that its planned PS596.7m takeover...
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Gray: O'Neill Back to His Bubbly Best; Gray: O'Neill Is Back to His Best
Byline: Neil Cameron MARTIN O'Neill will stay at Sunderland beyond his present contract and lead the team into Europe according to one of the club's favourite sons, Michael Gray. The former left-back (pictured left), who made over 400 appearances...
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Greyhounds
SUNDERLAND (BAGS) - 2.1.03 (450m): Etherley Missy, Sunoak Lark, Woe There (M), Icanucant (M), Autumn Iceland (M), Druid's Mollyann (M). 11.19 (450m): Captain Sparrow, Touch and Go, Fairholme Anne, Market Mover (M), Granny Kate (M), Wynyard Hope...
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'Heroic' Soldier Admits Beating His Wife; Royal Marine Scarred by Shrapnel While on Duty in Afghanistan
Byline: Rob Phillips? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk HE was hailed a hero after discovering a Taliban weapons cache, but now a North East soldier's career is in tatters after he admitted viciously attacking his wife. Sergeant Wayne...
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Honour Caps Great Day for Italian Ace
Byline: Mark Smith ? (0191) 201-6432 ? mark.smith@ncjmedia.co.uk NINE years on from the first of his 54 test appearances, Newcastle Falcons lock Carlo del Fava has finally been presented with his Italian international cap. The 31-year-old was...
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'I Have 83 Officers 'I Have 83 Officers Leaving. I Plan to Recruit 50recruit 50 Toto Maintain Your Visible Policing. This Money Pays for That' Chief Constable's Plea Helps Secure Commissioner's Tax Rise
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk NORTHUMBRIA's police commissioner will push through an above-inflation tax rise after her chief constable said she could not hire 50 new constables...
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I'm Not Die-Hard Fan, but Richard III Got a Very Bad Write-Up; Columnist
Byline: Bernard Trafford I THOUGHT interest in religious relics had gone out of fashion. The monks of Lindisfarne, exiled from their great monastery on Holy Island, famously carried the remains of St Cuthbert around the North East for a couple of...
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Index's Early Gains Slip Away Later
Byline: FTSE 100 Anna Matthews Brewin Dolphin STRONG corporate earnings helped drive the FTSE 100 Index through the 6,300 mark in early trading yesterday but it was short lived, as world equity markets pared back gains ahead of the European Central...
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Les Bleus Lose out to Germans
NEWCASTLE United's Moussa Sissoko set up the opening goal for France as they lost 2-1 to Germany last night. With Yohan Cabaye also in the starting line-up, the French took the lead through Mathieu Valbuena, assisted by Magpies midfielder Sissoko,...
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Let's Grow the Region's Businesses; Opinion
Byline: Nigel Mills A RECENT poll asked the question: if you lost your job tomorrow, would you consider setting up in business? In the North East, only 21% answered yes, compared to 44% in the West Midlands. However, faced with the reality of...
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Lindisfarne's Ray Heads to City Hall; Legendary Singer in Christmas Show to Save Venue
Byline: Rob Phillips? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk LINDISFARNE singer Ray Jackson is to play Newcastle's City Hall in a bid to save the under-threat venue. The charismatic Wallsend-born frontman will entertain crowds at a Christmas...
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Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4338 ...........dollars Canada .............1.4841 ...........dollars Egypt ................9.2897 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.1026 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.51 ...........dollars...
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Marts
DARLINGTON FEBRUARY 4 115 cast cattle sold to 200ppk or PS1356 per head. 66 young bulls sold to PS1240 per head. 71 store steers sold to PS1190 per head. 77 store heifers sold to PS1080 per head. 1352 store hoggs sold to PS65. Store Sheep: A tremendous...
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MP Says Town Neglected by Council Chiefs; Angry Response at Call for Disbanded District Authority to Be Re-Established
Byline: Paul Tully? 07554 437755 ? paul.tully@ncjmedia.co.uk ANORTH MP's call for the re-establishment of an abolished district council has met with an angry response. Hexham Conservative MP Guy Opperman urged in the House of Commons that Northumberland...
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Murdered Woman 'Stabbed to Death' Tributes Are Paid to Victim Found in House
Byline: Sarah Scott? 0191 201 6273 ? sarah.scott@ncjmedia.co.uk TRAGIC Drive in AWOMAN who was found dead at her home sparking a murder inquiry had been stabbed, police said. The body of Tina Casey, 42, of Wallridge Drive in Holywell, was found...
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'My Mother's Dignity Flew out of the Window the Moment That She Went on to That Ward'
THE daughter of a women who died at Stafford Hospital said that her mother's dignity "flew out of the window" when she was admitted. Denise Harrison's mother died after a combination of illness, a botched operation and contracting a bug at the hospital....
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No More Excuses. If We Change Our Mindset Then We Can Change Our Bodies - So Says Psychotherapist Karen Davies-Hough, Who Will Be Helping This Year's Fit Factor Contestants to Change Their Lives for the Better. KAREN WILSON Finds out More
Byline: KAREN WILSON FINDING the motivation to start a healthy new lifestyle is never easy, but when you're severely overweight, the idea of being successful can seem like an impossible dream. It's that instinct to self-sabotage that psychotherapist...
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Non-League Round-Up
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT HEBBURN Town took leaders Darlington 1883 to the wire in last night's Ebac Northern League First Division game at Heritage Park. The only goal came after five minutes when David Dowson fired over goalkeeper Dan Regan. Hebburn's...
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Petition Dismissed as Cuts Are Agreed; 5,000 Signed Up to Save City Libraries
Byline: Kate Proctor? 0191 201 6106 ? kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk APETITION signed by 5,000 people to keep every library open across the city was dismissed by Newcastle city councillors last night. The appeal presented by award-winning playwright...
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PS4.5m Marine School Set to Open Its Doors
Byline: LINDSEY WHITEROD TOMORROW, we open our vastly modernised marine school, a PS4.5m investment that is bringing more than 150 years of world-famous seafaring teaching into the 21st Century. This ambitious development is a clear sign of the...
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RBS Rigged Rates Following Bail-Out; Troubled Bank Fined PS391m over Scandal
Byline: Holly Williams BRIBERY and rate-rigging took place at Royal Bank of Scotland even after it was bailed out by the taxpayer, regulators revealed yesterday, as they fined the banking giant PS391m. Stephen Hester, chief executive of RBS,...
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Ridley Clinches a Seat in the Lords; Beaten Rival Was Ex-MP in Moat Row
Byline: Kate Proctor? 0191 201 6106 ? kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk FORMER Northern Rock chairman Lord Ridley has won a seat in the House of Lords and thwarted an attempt by a Tory MP disgraced in the expenses scandal to re-enter Parliament. The...
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Rubbish Internet a Thing of the Past Thanks to New Partnership
AN IT services provider has secured a PS500,000 contract as it looks to grow its PS4.2m turnover and 36-strong workforce in the next 12 months. Gateshead-based Aspire will work with the O'Brien Group to deliver better internet connectivity across...
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Simple Tale Thrilled All Ages and the Dog Was Fab
Goodnight Mister Tom, Sunderland Empire until Saturday EVEN if I hadn't been introduced to the art of puppetry by this show's puppet director, Toby Olie, I would have been fascinated by Sammy, Tom Oakley's Border collie. Almost from the instant...
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Sport and Education Is a Top Combination
Byline: PARTNERSHIPS Iain Laing? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk AN organisation that aims to build on the success of the Olympic Games has managed to double its surplus thanks to expertise from Northumbria University. TASS - a government-funded...
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Staff Boxing Clever to Shape Up
OVER 11,000 staff at the UK's largest office park in North Tyneside have been invited to shed pounds to raise pounds for charity by taking part in Cobalt's North East Bootcamp six-week shape-up challenge. On Tuesday, more than 30 staff at Cobalt...
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Stand Tall with Help from Pilates; HAZEL HODGKISS
AS a teenager I was always told by my mother to keep my shoulders back as I had a tendency to be roundshouldered. I wouldn't be surprised if lots of you were told the same. It used to drive me mad! (sorry Mum) She was both right and wrong ; right...
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Strachan off to Winning Start
Scotland.............................................. 1 Estonia............................................... 0 CHARLIE Mulgrew's first goal for Scotland got new boss Gordon Strachan's tenure off to a winning start against Estonia at Pittodrie. ...
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Successful Management of Change Put under Microscope
Byline: AWARDS Iain Laing? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk MANAGING change properly is one of the most important tasks a human resources team can achieve. And the search is on to find the best companies to work for in the North East...
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Successful Schools Are Recognised by Minister
Byline: Nicola Weatherall? 0191 204 3308 ? nicola.weatherall@ncjmedia.co.uk THEY'RE the best-performing schools in the region ... and now they've been recognised by the Government. The top North East establishments for GCSE success were congratulated...
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The School Where Class Jokers Are Encouraged; SAM WONFOR Reports on a Stand-Up Comedy Course Offering a Stepping Stone to the Single-Mic Stage
Byline: SAM WONFOR COMIC John Scott doesn't profess to be able to turn anyone into a comedian. However, the veteran stand-up and sketch performer can promise students on his comedy workshops that: "I can facilitate guidelines for not having an absolute...
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Tortured Gazza in Need of Genuine Support; Compassion Is Key to Helping Fallen Genius
PAUL Gascoigne has always been extraordinary. Whether for England, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur or Glasgow Rangers, he was the once-in-a-generation talent who bewitched a generation of football fans. Off-the-cuff awareness was matched by...
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TV Choice
THE GENIUS OF INVENTION BBC2, 9pm We take a lot for granted in these techsavvy days of mobile phones, the internet and digital TV and radio, but how did we get here? In the latest edition of this fascinating series, Michael Mosley, Mark Miodownik and...
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United's Scouts Turn to Holland; Dutch Recruitment Drive Ongoing; MAGPIES' SCOUTS LOOK TO DUTCH MARKET FOR NEXT BIG THING
Byline: Mark Douglas . (0191) 201-6281. mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk NEWCASTLE United are ready to step up their efforts in Holland to recruit the next Moussa Sissoko. Having successfully raided the French market to bring in five new stars in...
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Upstream Count Lower Than the Average
THE Environment Agency has announced the River Tyne upstream count for January was four - sharing the ninth highest first month of the year spot on record with 2000, 2007 and 2009. The count is lower than both the five-year (eight) and long-term...
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Veteran Smith Scores a Big Hit with Coach
Byline: Mark Douglas FAB Flournoy has warned the British Basketball League that Charles Smith could remain at the top for years if he wants to. Smith (pictured right) broke Newcastle Eagles' all-time scoring record with his 49 point haul against...
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Victory Improves Irish Morale
Republic of Ireland............................... 2 Poland .................................................. 0 CIARAN Clark and Wes Hoolahan scored their first senior international goals to hand the Republic of Ireland a moraleboosting victory over...
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Virgin Media Deal to Take on Pay-TV Market
Byline: TECHNOLOGY Iain Laing? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk VIRGIN Media vowed to become a "disruptive challenger" in the pay-TV market after agreeing a PS10bn takeover by US cable giant Liberty Global. The deal marks a breakthrough...
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Wartime Complex Helping Homeless; Charity's Buildings Get PS1.8m Update
Byline: Kerry Wood? 0191 201 6040 ? kerry.wood@ncjmedia.co.uk IT was built for Bevin Boys, but now a housing complex dating back to the 1940s is to be demolished in a PS1.8m hostel project for the homeless. Despite opposition from residents living...
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What Your Ringtone Has to Say
Byline: RAY LOWRY THERE was a time when presentations just involved a speaker, a platform and an audience. Those days are long gone. Now there are many refinements, aids and "improvements" that can make you look a complete banana even more effortlessly...
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Whickham Swing against the Trend
THREE years ago Whickham Golf Club had lost 99 of the 686 members they had two years previously and were about to shed another 78 in the following 12 months. They had driven a bus so far through their PS70,000 overdraft limit it had careered into...
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Wilshere the Star as England Beat Boys from Brazil
England 2 Brazil 1 ENGLAND began a year they hope will end with a place booked for Brazil by beating the Samba stars for only the fourth time in their history. Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard were England's scorers, either side of a fine equaliser...
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Winner Shuts the Door on His Rivals
claim to be in owner JP McManus' Cheltenham Festival team with gutsy victory in the Pertemps Hurdle at Carlisle. The six-year-old, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, gave Tony McCoy his winner when back in the McManus colours after riding the ill-fated at...
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Work Comes North as Plant Axed, but No Jobs
Byline: ELECTRONICS Iain Laing? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk ELECTRONICS company Stadium Group has shut its Rugby operations and intends to move the work to the North East and China. The company is in consultations to axe all 60...
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Worth Taking a Risk on Quinn Colt
Cholds a Triumph Hurdle entry should be winning HUNTINGDON today if he is justify that kind of engagement. He looked an exciting prospect when winning on his debut Doncaster, with several nice types well beaten in behind. The 32Red Juvenile Hurdle...
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Writing a New Chapter; in the Approach to National Libraries Day, One Library Stands as a Symbol of the Enduring Appeal of Books. DAVID WHETSTONE Explores the Lit & Phil
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE THEY are throwing a party tonight at the Lit &Phil, and if the ghosts are twitchy it isn't without good reason. The auspicious occasion is the 220th anniversary of the independent library where, in 1879, Joseph Swan...
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YOUR STARS WITH Yasmin Boland [...]
Yasmin Boland YOUR STARS WITH FOR WEEKLY AND MONTHLY READINGS CALL 0911 853 1889 ARIES Mar 21 - April 20 Did you know that your Archangel is the Archangel Ariel? The sprightly nymph who is all about treading lightly upon the earth and nature and outdoors?...
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Zero Tolerance of Poor Care Pledged after the Deadly Stafford Scandal; HOSPITAL TRUST SCANDAL North East MP in Call for a New Register
Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter? 0191 201 6269 ? helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk ALEADING North East MP has urged that the inquiry into the serious failings at an NHS hospital trust should not become a political tool as the principal focus must remain...
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