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 March 12, 2013

Abbott Aims for More against League Leaders
GREG Abbott labelled the weekend win over Brentford the best of his time in charge at Carlisle - and he is determined to keep the positive vibe going as the Cumbrians prepare to face promotion favourites Doncaster Rovers tonight, writes JAMES HUNTER....
Andy Hopes Golfers Will Go for His Green Gorilla
Byline: RETAIL Iain Laing? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk AYOUNG entrepreneur has taken on the challenging world of retail by launching his online e-commerce golf shop, just a year after opening a store in Royal Quays. Andy Dawson,...
Anger at Refusal to Reinstate Bus Route; Change Saves Three Minutes, Says Operator
Byline: Sonia Sharma? 0776 807 0489 ? sonia.sharma@ncjmedia.co.uk RESIDENTS have reacted with anger after a bus firm rejected calls to divert a service through their village - because it would add three minutes to the route. In September last...
Apprentices' Stories Told; MPs Told How Lives Are Being Transformed
Byline: Nicola Weatherall? 0191 204 3308 ? nicola.weatherall@ncjmedia.co.uk APPRENTICES from the North East have travelled to Westminster to tell MPs how work-based training is transforming their lives. The apprentices from Home Group, a North...
Art Lovers Vote to Bring Big Name to Discovery
VOTERS in the region have beaten off competition from around the country to bring an international artist to one of Newcastle's top museums. Discovery Museum has won the chance to host a visit in May by British-American artist Julia Vogl who'll...
Ball Boys' Search for a Victory Continues
Sunderland U21 ..............................1 Middlesbrough U21 .........................1 SUNDERLAND U21's winless streak stretched to a seventh game as they were held to a draw by Middlesbrough on Wearside, writes JAMES HUNTER. The Black Cats...
Battle Will Go on against Blast Plans; Opinion
Byline: Derrick Smith NOT content with turning Houghton-le-Spring into a dirty smelly town and poisoning our water, Biffa now wants to blow up part of it and shake our houses to bits so it can carry on with its landfill operation. The company...
Bruce's Boys Go Second in Table
Burnley 0 Hull 1 STEPHEN Quinn ended Hull's Burnley hoodoo and closed Steve Bruce's men to within three points of Cardiff at the npower Championship summit. The one-time runaway leaders have two games in hand and can double their advantage with...
BT and Barclays in Recruitment Promise
Byline: ECONOMY Ruth Lognonne? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk TWO major UK blue-chip companies are investing in the region's future by committing to take on more than 2,000 apprentices over the next two years. Barclays is looking...
Capturing Majesty of the Kite in Flight; Photographer Creates Mosaic of a Giant Bird
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor? 0191 201 6224 ? tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk A RECORD of the flight of a giant red kite around top landscape locations in the North East was unveiled yesterday. Newcastle wildlife photographer Kaleel...
Carrick Just Wants a Nice, Simple Win
MICHAEL Carrick would be happy to sacrifice the regular thrills and spills of Manchester United's meetings with Chelsea for a simple 1-0 win when they eventually play their FA Cup quarter-final replay. For the second time this season, Chelsea fought...
Councillor Urged to Quit over Help for Developers Lib Dem Backed by Leader
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk CALLS have been made for the resignation of a leading councillor who offered "tricks of the trade" for companies wanting planning permission. Labour...
County a Business Hotspot
COUNTY Durham has been listed as one of the top ten hotspots for businesses in the UK looking to expand. The figures are compiled by advice service GrowthAccelerator from the first 3,000 companies it has helped to grow. There was a decidedly...
Deaths
BROWN (Berwick-upo-Tweed). On 8th March in Berwick Infirmary, Eunice (nee White), aged 83 years, dearly loved wife of the late James, much loved mother and grandmother. Funeral Service in Berwick Methodist Church on Thursday 14th March at 10.30am followed...
Delight for Lee as Nolan Scales the Heights
TRAINER Richard Lee praised jockey Michael Nolan's forward thinking after he guided top-weight Scales to victory in the Higos Insurance Services Bridgwater Handicap Hurdle at Taunton. An 11-4 favourite, despite having failed to win in 12 previous...
Early Goal the Key to Arsenal's Hopes of Progression
OLIVIER Giroud hopes Arsenal can breach Bayern Munich's defence early on and be mistake-free in tomorrow's Champions League clash to overcome the odds and advance to the quarter-finals. The Gunners face a daunting task at the Allianz Arena after...
East Boys Taking on Welsh in Sport Cup
Byline: MARK SMITH EAST Durham College are sailing in uncharted waters, having reached the quarter-finals of the British Colleges Sport Cup for the first time in their history. Tomorrow they take on Welsh outfit Coleg Menai, from Bangor, for...
Engineering Boss Offers Help on Space
Byline: ENGINEERING Ruth Lognonne? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk BUSINESS people who find themselves working in crowded coffee shops or struggling for wi-fi at train stations have been thrown a lifeline by the boss of a Durham engineering...
Film Fame for Kenyan SAFC; Namesakes Star in Movie by Students
Byline: Neil McKay? 0191 201 6007 ? neil.mckay@ncjmedia.co.uk THREE film students from the region have returned home after filming the "other" Sunderland AFC - 4,500 miles away from the Stadium of Light. David Kenny, Matt Ward and Kevin Clift...
Five in Court after an Alleged Plot to Rob Businessman
FIVE men appeared in court yesterday after police officers foiled an alleged plot to rob a businessman at his Northumberland home. The men were arrested after Northumbria Police carried out an operation and stopped a car in Morpeth last Friday....
Former Poster Boy Dan Reed's Journey through Rock World
FROM Portland to Prague and every major city in between, Dan Reed's journey has been a remarkable one. Once feted as the poster boy of late 80s soft metal, the singer-songwriter rubbed shoulders with rock 'n' roll royalty and scored a slew of minor...
Get Set for -10C and More Snow on Way; Hypothermia Cases Prompt Police Warning
Byline: Liz Walker? 0191 201 6499 ? liz.walker@ncjmedia.co.uk WEATHER warnings for snow have been extended until Thursday as the region wraps up for the latest wintry blast. Snow is expected to continue to fall for the next few days, with temperatures...
Goddess Wins by a Red Nose Northumberlandia's Nose Is Wider Than the Statue of Liberty's Whole Head; Sculpture Drafted in by Students for Comic Relief Record
Byline: Michael Brown? 0191 201 6342 ? m.brown@ncjmedia.co.uk THE North East's largest lady joined in with efforts to do something funny for money, donning a gigantic red nose for Comic Relief. As visitors to the region's biggest sculpture looked...
Helping Businesses in Newcastle Apply for Funding; ADVERTISING FEATURE COMMERCIAL BANKING
Byline: CRAIG McNAUGHTON Director, Commercial Banking North East & Cumbria CALL US NOW ON 0191 3952 964 Why apply to Lloyds TSB Commercial Banking for business funding? ? We are committed to deliver positive net lending in 2013, ahead of the...
Honesty Is the Best Policy for England
ANDY Flower insists England must be honest with themselves if they are to work out once and for all why they keep starting Test tours so poorly. Flower concedes four successive sub-200 totals at the start of away series, completed by England's 167...
Hughes Urges His Side to Go Again; Pool Looking to Close the Gap
Byline: James Hunter ? (0191) 201 6035 ? james.hunterr@ncjmedia.co.uk HARTLEPOOL United are hoping their crunch clash with fellow relegation battlers Oldham Athletic beats the weather as they look to continue their survival bid. Despite the surface...
I'm Skint, but I've Bought My Place in Economic Hall of Fame; Columnist
Byline: Keith Hann IT amuses me to reflect that neighbours and casual acquaintances once used to sidle up to me and shyly request my financial advice. I was always swift to put them right. "You need a financial adviser," I'd say. "I thought that's...
It's a Parallel Universe; Wind Farm Battle Travels across the Pond
Byline: Brian Daniel? 07733 002 822 ? brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk ANORTHUMBERLAND community is fighting plans for massive wind turbines. People at Alnwick are gearing up to take on a green energy company seeking to put massive engines in their...
It's Time to Kick-Start Economy by Releasing Pent-Up Demand
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN CHANCELLOR George Osborne will deliver his Budget next week against a backdrop of stalling growth, a ratings agency downgrade of the UK economy and reports of discontent on the Conservative backbenches. The pressure is well...
Lies Bring Down a High-Flying Couple; Huhne and His Former Wife Are Sent to Jail
Byline: Ellen Branagh DISGRACED MP Chris Huhne and his former wife Vicky Pryce were yesterday jailed for eight months - a decade to the day since the speeding offence that led to their downfall. The former Cabinet minister was told he had fallen...
Man Raped Girl, 15, at Knifepoint
Byline: Tom Wilkinson ATEENAGER has admitted raping a 15-year-old girl at knifepoint in a terrifying 90-minute ordeal. Abdul Miah, 19, from Hull Street, Elswick, Newcastle, appeared at the city's Crown Court via video-link and pleaded guilty...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.3828 ...........dollars Canada .............1.4605 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.9397 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.0958 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........10.99 ...........dollars...
Morgan Is a Major Loss for Lancaster
ENGLAND will travel to Cardiff for the final assignment of their Grand Slam quest without Ben Morgan after the Gloucester number eight succumbed once again to his ankle injury. Morgan has been absent since the opening match of the RBS 6 Nations...
Nicholls Is Primed for Festival Double; Zarkandar's Time May Have Come as Trainer Targets Repeat Win
ZARKANDAR can make it backto-back Stan James Champion Hurdle victories for trainer Paul Nicholls by landing the feature event on day one of the Cheltenham Festival. The six-year-old claimed the Triumph Hurdle here two years ago but had to settle...
North Sea Platform Produces Gas Again
Byline: ENERGY Iain Laing? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk PRODUCTION has resumed on a North Sea platform almost a year after it was evacuated due to a major gas leak. All 238 workers were flown off the Elgin platform, about 150 miles...
Now Arriving at Central Station. Rail Bosses' Plans for Landmark Modernisation
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk VISITORS to Newcastle will be greeted with a new look Central Station. More than PS8m will be spent changing the face of the station as East Coast...
Nurses Forced to Ask Union for Handouts; Pay Freezes Put Hundreds on Breadline
Byline: Kate Proctor? 0191 201 6106 ? kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk HUNDREDS of nurses, carers and school cleaners in the North East are demanding emergency aid to pay for food and heating, union officials have revealed. Figures released by Unison...
OAP Is Named after Bus Crash Tragedy
A PENSIONER died after becoming trapped under the wheels of a bus yesterday. The pensioner, named locally as Lilian Wilson, was killed after being hit by a single-decker bus in Gateshead. Emergency services were called to the accident on Split...
Overseas Aid Helps UK Too; as Football's Premier League and Top British Firms Call on David Cameron to Keep His Commitment to the International Aid Budget, ANDREW WOODCOCK and SAM LISTER Find How Aid Abroad Can Make Sense at Home Too
Byline: ANDREW WOODCOCK and SAM LISTER WHEN would-be prime minister David Cameron promised before the last election to protect the budgets of just two government departments, many were surprised when one was international development. The Government...
Pilgrim's Progress Helped by Visit to the States
CHRIS Pilgrim has revealed how a fortnight in America with Jonny Wilkinson's knee specialist has formed part of his route back to full fitness. The Newcastle Falcons scrum-half was last month at the home of Bill Knowles, the famed knee specialist,...
Positive EU Data but FTSE Stays Flat
Byline: FTSE 100 Carmen Gabriel Brewin Dolphin THE FTSE 100 Index largely traded flat, keeping within a tight range for most of yesterday. The OECD's most recent composite leading indicator for Europe which was released on Monday showed an improvement...
Pub Chain Plans Six New Bars
Byline: LEISURE Coreena Ford? 0191 201 6331 ? coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk POPULAR pub chain J D Wetherspoon is spending PS7.8m on creating six new bars in the North East as part of expansion plans to create 1,200 jobs across the UK this year. ...
Railway History Held Up Pub Fence
THE owners of a pub beside a railway line in Northumberland have unearthed part of a rare engine while working on a fence. Kirsty and Chris Stevens, who own The Swan Inn at Choppington, near Bedlington, found part of a locomotive of which only two...
Sessegnon Is Crucial to Beating the Drop; Sessegnon's Crucial to Cats
Byline: Neil Cameron STEPHANE Sessegnon will be the key to Sunderland playing their way clear of the relegation zone, according to Seb Larsson. The Swede believes that if his side are to secure Premier League status for next season, something...
Silver Gilly's Second Brush with Queen; Gilly Love Has a Date at the Palace Today. DAVID WHETSTONE Speaks to a Woman Who Has Already Entertained the Queen
THE first time I saw Gilly Love in action was about three years ago when I was documenting a day in the life of The Sage Gateshead. At some point in the afternoon I was led downstairs to a place that was both heaving and throbbing. Imagine a...
They're Just a Cut above; Working with Your Mum, Daughter or Sister Could Sound like a Nightmare to Some, but for Margaret Emmonds and Her Daughters Claire and Joanne, It's Just Business as Usual - and They Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way. SAM WONFOR Spent Mothers' Day Morning with Them
Byline: SAM WONFOR IT'S unlikely Alex Polizzi will have any reason to visit the At Sisters salon in Newcastle any time soon. Unless of course she fancies a bit of a 'do and a facial. As viewers of BBC2's The Fixer will know, the successful...
This Week at a Glance
March Today: Barcelona are, for the first time in five years, underdogs. They trail AC Milan 2-0 going into tonight's second leg tie in the last 16 of the Champions League. It would seem faintly ridiculous if the "world's best team" were to go out...
Thousands See Best of British Cattle on Show at Dairy Expo
Byline: SHOW Ruth Lognonne? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk VISITORS from as far afield as Ireland, Canada and Vietnam were treated to a showcase of some of the dairy industry's finest genetics at Carlisle over the weekend. The second...
TV Choice
WHALE ADVENTURE WITH NIGEL MARVEN Channel 5, 8pm As the song says, some guys have all the luck. Take Nigel Marven, for instance. He has none of the drudgery of a nine-to-five office job. Instead, he's out and about, taking trips to far-flung places...
United Stoked Up for Europa League; Magpies Stoked Up for Visit of Anzhi
Byline: Neil Cameron ? (0191) 201-6113 ? neil.cameron@ncjmedia.co.uk STEVEN Taylor believes Newcastle United's dramatic win over Stoke City has set his side up perfectly for Thursday's European tie with Anzhi Makachkala. The in-form defender,...
War Veteran Dies after Medal News; Family Apply for Award on Arctic Convoy Man's Behalf
Byline: Paul Tully? 07554 437755 ? paul.tully@ncjmedia.co.uk AWAR veteran who endured the horrors of the wartime Arctic convoys has died just days after learning he would be entitled to a campaign medal. Merchant seaman Barney Mitchell, 86, of...
When Age Discrimination Can Be Justified
Byline: JAMES WILDERS FOLLOWING two recent employment cases, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed that in the case of direct age discrimination, an enhanced redundancy payment for workers over the age of 35 was objectively justified...
Who's Watching Who? A North East Internet Security Expert Is Warning That the Newest Telly Technology Means Our TVs Could Actually Start Monitoring Our Every Move. MICHAEL BROWN Reports
Byline: MICHAEL BROWN TELEVISION," a wise man once remarked. "Teacher, mother, secret lover." Not all of us have such a close relationship with the goggle box as that Homer Simpson ("The answer to life's problems aren't at the bottom of a bottle,"...
Why Does Society Tolerate the Kind of Error That Wrongly Removed Baby from Its Mum?
Byline: DENISE ROBERTSON IMAGINE losing a child in tragic circumstances. You grieve and then, several years later, you find you are pregnant. You take great care to stay healthy and then the great day comes. In a few hours you will hold your child...
Women Are Giving Rugby Union a Try
Byline: MARK SMITH THE North East already has a well-deserved reputation as a hot-bed of elite women's rugby, but the grassroots end of the game is slowly starting to catch up. Houghton Hornets hosted Bishop Auckland last week as both clubs played...