Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

A daily newspaper and online news service serving the Teesside, Middlesborough, and North East England areas. Provides up-to-the-minute news of politics, sports, crime, business, and entertainment. Sports stories focus in particular on the Middlesborough Football Club.

Articles from July 22, 2008

Act Set to Boost Firms on Teesside; the Issue
A RADICAL European shake-up of the financial and regulatory landscape in which small businesses on Teesside operate is on the cards. Chief among the proposals is an option for the UK Government to slash the VAT charged by local companies for locally...
APPEALING FINES; Teesside Urged to Challenge Charges
ALMOST half the motorists who challenged their parking tickets on Teesside in the last year won their appeals. Reporter SAM BEATTIE takes a look at the facts behind the figures. DRIVERS on Teesside saved at least pounds 190,000 in would-be fines...
Battle Goes on for Deadly Dust Claims; Business & Finance Advice It's More Than 30 Years since the Killer Asbestos Was Banned, but Its Deadly Legacy Still Haunts Teesside, as the Death of Former British Titanium Worker Peter Allen Reveals
Byline: Sue Scott reports THE commentary on the car radio was deadly serious, but Peter Allen took its warning about asbestos poisoning lightly. He even quipped to his wife: "That'll be me one day." And it was. The former research chemist with...
BATTLE HOTS UP; Lee Squeezes Clear of the Field in Title Race
THE BATTLE for honours in the Northern Saloon and Sports Car Championship remains as ferocious as ever after round seven at Croft. Hartlepool's Gavin Lee (Fiesta XR2) now leads the title chase by three points fromDarlington's David Cox (Peugeot...
Berco Expansion Plan Will Double Turnover
Byline: By JEZ DAVISON AN INTERNATIONAL manufacturer has revealed plans to build two new assembly lines which it hopes will double turnover to pounds 100m within three to five years. Formerly based in Middlebrough, Berco (UK) recently relocated...
Boxing: Eyes on Prize; Back to Basics for Title-Chasing Heavyweight PROFESSIONAL BOXING
Byline: By ADAM STEEL CHRIS Burton believes postponing his honeymoon in favour of a month living alone in a caravan will help lead him to victory in the second Prizefighter heavyweight tournament. Darlington giant Burton gets married to girlfriend...
BRIGHT SPARKS MAKE MARK; the Power of Young Inventors!
Byline: By JOANNA DESIRA A TEAM of bright young entrepreneurs are attracting business for their invention which one day may help save the planet. The group of 14-year-olds from Stokesley School were runners-up in a competition to inspire youngsters...
Celtic? He's a Boro Boy Now; THE BIG PICTURE
Byline: ANTHONY VICKERS WHEN Boro face Celtic tonight there will be no divided loyalties for Bernie Slaven. The Ayresome Park goal machine has made no secret over the years that he grew up firmly on the green and white half of the Glasgow divide....
Charity Bikers Wanted for Ride
BIKERS are wanted to take part in a ride in memory of John Toner who was killed by a drink driver while he was raising cash for charity. John, 39, from Marton, Middlesbrough, was taking part in an event organised by The Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group...
Chemical Reaction Returns for Second Year
A SUCCESSFUL scheme to provide secondary school students with an insight into careers in the chemical and process industry is ready to go for a second year. Thanks to funding from Redcar's Local Enterprise Growth Initiative (LEGI), A4e will invite...
Chocolate Cake Is Too Delicious to Resist!' Family Life Health and Fitness
Byline: Compiled by MARIE TURBILL and JOANNE WELFORD LEANNE McGREEVY, from Normanby, is set to have a busy summer. The 23-year-old masters history graduate works at two of Middlesbrough's popular attractions - she is assistant education officer...
Comment Should We Penalise Firms That Price-Fix? IN TODAY'S So-Called Free Trade Market, JEZ DAVISON Questions the Wisdom of Punishing Firms for Price-Fixing. Interview of the Week
Byline: JEZ DAVISON ANOTHER week, another blow for business. A tobacco manufacturer and five retailers have been stung for the biggest collective penalty handed down by the UK's competition watchdog for price-rigging. The Office of Fair Trading...
Cricket: England Woe; TEST CRICKET but Vaughan Won't Blame New Boy
"CONFUSED" selection and controversy over disallowed catches unsettled England at Headingley - but Michael Vaughan insists neither factor could be blamed for defeat against South Africa. England's 10-wicket humbling followed untypical last-minute...
Dave's Victory Marks Return
HIS rivals must have groaned when they saw his name on the entry list - and course specialist Dave Craven of Redcar stormed to his fourth Opposite Lock Rally win at Manby Airfield near Louth. With Derrick Fawcett navigating, the pair led a capacity...
Debt of Gratitude to the Chemical Industry
TEESSIDE would be a very different place indeed if it wasn't for the chemical industry. It is fair to say that the economic landscape has been shaped by the changes in heavy industry in the 20th century. In the past, if you asked somebody their...
Digital City Wants World-Class Creatives on Teesside. the Big Challenge Is to Keep Them Here; Industry Focus: Digital & Creative Industries TEESSIDE'S Digital Project Has Demonstrated an Aptitude for Developing Creative Start-Up Businesses, but How Will the New Super-Cluster Keep Them Here?
Byline: JEZ DAVISON reports A STRIKING skull and cross bones logo, glowing violent orange against a jet black background, dominates the website home page of Digital City Business. Director Mark Elliott admits it's an unusual way to get people...
Environment: Be Our Green Hero, Not a Wimp
Byline: By SUE SCOTT WASTEFUL workers on Teesside helped lose pounds 500m for North-east businesses and created a 275,000 tonne carbon footprint, research from one of the UK's leading power and gas companies revealed. Working with Dr Peter Clough,...
Fashion Show Puts Pupils in the Money
A FASHION show with a twist allowed enterprising young people to make their mark with recycled clothes. Students at Bydales Technology College, Marske, combed charity shops for clothes to recycle, as well as buying and selling fair-trade T-shirts...
Gibson Extends Lead with Croft Win; Neal's on Wheels
Byline: Martin Neal TEES driver Daniel Gibson re-established his grip on the BARC Dunlop Clubmans Cup with a win and a second place in front of his home crowd at Croft. But the Maltby driver admitted seeing his dad, Paul, win the second of those...
GOING FOR GOLD; Mark Aims for the Top at Games
Byline: By MIKE MORGAN A TEENAGER who was given the gift of life twice is going for gold at the transplant games. Mark Bailey, 17, of Rosedale Close, Skelton, was just three years old when he was donated a kidney from his Nana Kath Bailey, of...
HERE TO STAY; in Association With: MSV SPORT TEAMWEAR Boro Is Not Just a Stepping Stone - Gareth Boro in Portugal
GARETH SOUTHGATE insists he's not using Boro as a stepping stone to a top managerial job. As he prepares his squad for what could be a pivotal campaign for both himself and the club, Southgate is putting into place policies he expects to pay dividends...
HOME BREW; Woman Denies Selling Booze in Garage
Byline: By MIKE MORGAN A TEESSIDE woman whose garage has been converted into a bar insists she just wants to keep local youngsters off the streets. Mum-of-two June Barugh today denied selling alcoholic drinks after police raided the house over...
HOOPS ON HIGH; Boro Face Tough Test against Triple Champs
Byline: By CHRIS HOLE BORO tonight face a Celtic side still on a high after claiming their third Scottish Premier League title on the bounce. Gordon Strachan's side pipped Rangers to the title on the final day of the season, with a 1-0 win over...
Horse Racing: Aim All Set to Hit the Target Again; RACING PREVIEW
Byline: By NAOMI MATTHEW MAIN AIM may not have been hugely impressive when scoring on his first two career starts, but he has given every indication that there is further improvement to come and can bring up the hat-trick in the Thames Handicap...
How Trees Row Resident Hazel Was Told There Is No Intrinsic Right to Light
Byline: By JOHN SUTTON A DISABLED grandmother is being kept in the dark and is calling for help to brighten things up. Hazel Ashton, 66, insists her life is a misery because she gets no natural light into the living room of her home at Crossfields,...
It's Haul Gone! Booze Flushed Down the Drain in Crackdown
Byline: By SARAH JUDD A CRACKDOWN on anti-social behaviour has begun as police vow to do everything in their power to keep the peace during the school holidays. Officers seized 47 cans and bottles of alcohol from youths in the Nunthorpe, Marton...
Know Your Law; in Association with Bhp Law Business & Finance Advice
Byline: ZOE RAYMENT Q: I AND two friends currently work for different companies but are considering launching a business together. We've heard there are internet sites to help people set up a company. Is this a good idea? A: EVERY business is...
Learning to Fight Fraud; Uni Leads the Way in Crime Prevention
Byline: By SIMON WALTON A TOP economic crime detective was among the high-profile speakers at the launch of a new University of Teesside centre. The Teesside Business School Centre for Fraud and Financial Crime will educate police officers, specialists...
LET'S LIVE LIFE TO THE FULL; Summit Aims to Make Us a Healthy Town
Byline: By ANGELA RAINEY WAYS to transform Middlesbrough into a healthy town by increasing life expectancy have been discussed at a Health Summit. Delegates discussed sustainable ways of increasing the levels of exercise and reducing smoking...
LIES IN CANOE SCAM; Prosecution Claims Wife Was Part of Plot
Byline: By NAOMI CORRIGAN THE jury in the trial of canoe scam wife Anne Darwin was expected to begin considering a verdict today. High Court judge, Mr Justice Wilkie will sum up the evidence in the pounds 250,000 fraud case which began when Anne's...
Neil's Challenge Raises Pounds 10k for Cancer Charity; Tees Pride
NEIL Braithwaite has marked the end of his time as managing partner of North-east law firm Dickinson Dees - which has a base at Teesdale, Thornaby, by raising pounds 10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Accompanied by BOB, the firm's Corporate Social...
New Website Launched for Tees Chemical Industry
A NETWORKING site exclusively for employers, jobseekers and those already working in Teesside's booming process sector launches today. The first in a planned portfolio of dedicated sites developed by the Evening Gazette for key industries in the...
Oil Plant Scheme Is on Track
PLANS are on track to build a pounds 2bn heavy oil processing plant on Teesside. The specialist refinery, to be built on the Wilton site, could process its first oil in 2014. The ambitious project, announced last October, is being undertaken by...
People
MIDDLESBROUGH chartered surveyor and property consultant Dodds Brown has appointed Richard Wilson as senior associate. Richard previously worked for storeys: ssp in Newcastle and Teesside and has 18 years' experience of the North-east commercial...
Pounds 5bn Investment Heading for the Tees Valley
THE process industry is the beating heart of Tees Valley's business community. It makes up a quarter of the region's economy, employs tens of thousands of staff and has secured more than pounds 1.5bn of investment in the past few years. It is...
Robson's Timely Reminder to Pools Boss; HARTELPOOL UNITED F.C
Byline: By ADAM STEEL MATTY Robson is hoping his pre-season goal against Newcastle can be the spark for more regular first team football with Hartlepool this season. Robson squeezed home the opening goal in Pools' 4-1 friendly defeat to the Magpies...
SABIC's Plans to Streamline and Invest in Tees Operations
SABIC Europe recently announced plans to re-structure its aromatics operations based on Teesside following a wide-ranging review of the long-term viability of the business. The plans involve closure of the Aromatics 2 unit at SABIC's North Tees...
Sending Right Signals; Portrack Proves So Popular Commercial Property
DEVELOPER Mandale Group has signed up three new tenants with a fourth on the way at its Portrack Trade Park in Stockton. Screwfix, the UK's largest direct and online supplier of trade tools and hardware products, has signed a 15-year lease for a...
Shining the Spotlight on the Process Sector
THE process sector is the beating heart of the Teesside economy. The Gazette's Pride In Our Process Industry campaign aims to shine the spotlight on the great work, training opportunities and employment potential of the sector. Part of the Tees...
SHOCKING! Lunchtime Onlookers Watch in Horror at Cruel, Bloody Dogfight in Centre Square
Byline: By RON LIVINGSTONE A SAVAGE dogfight in Middlesbrough town centre shattered a peaceful lunchtime in the sun. Onlookers, including children, were left in shock yesterday when the two dogs attacked each other as their owners tried desperately...
Southgate to Hand Everyone a Run-Out; Boro in Portugal
Byline: Philip Tallentir GARETH Southgate will once again play two separate Boro teams in tonight's high-profile Algarve Challenge Cup tie against Celtic. The game will be shown live in the UK on Setanta TV but the knowledge that the club's supporters...
Specialists in Supplying the Petrochemical Industry
DAVY Process Technology, with a history extending to over 100 years, is a process development and licensing business supplying the oil, gas and biomass-based chemicals and petrochemicals industries. From its two locations, the Technology Centre...
Stephen's Gone from 'My Way' to Mellow; Now I'm More Tolerant, He Says Interview of the Week
Byline: JEZ DAVISON A pounds 4,000 Business Link grant in 2001 has seen Stephen Gibbens' financial services firm grow to handle well over pounds 45m of investments.He welcomes tighter regulation of an industry that's been pilloried for its handling...
Stockport Trio All Set to Shine - Penney; in Association with DARLINGTON
Byline: By ANDREW WILKINSON DARLINGTON manager Dave Penney reckons that his three new signings from Stockport will get a better chance to shine this season than last time around. All three had limited opportunities at promoted Stockport because...
Stories to Stir the Heart; TS Gazette Communities in Association with Coras
Byline: By LINDSAY BRUCE A CHILDREN'S choir from Romania have been delighting audiences all over Teesside. Thanks to the help and support offered by Teesside International City Church. The TS20 bloggers from the Church promoted the choir's...
Sustaining the Future
JOHNSON Matthey is a successful FTSE 100 business employing around 8,000 people globally. It is a speciality chemicals company focused on its core skills in catalysts, precious metals, fine chemicals and process technology. Johnson Matthey has...
Teamwork Delivers Pounds 26m Project on Time
THE ability of engineers from two of the Tees Valley's leading companies, K Home International Limited (KHI) and Huntsman Pigments, to work in close and effective collaboration has helped to ensure that a key part of a major expansion project at Huntsman's...
The House That Comes with Two Sets of Wheels!
Byline: By NAOMI CORRIGAN BUY our house - get TWO cars free! That's the last-ditch offer a family from Norton have put forward for a quick sale of their home. In 24 days, Geoff and Joyce Frost and two of their sons are jetting off to the Canadian...
Young Apprentices Quiz Minister over Careers
YOUNG apprentices from Teesside's process industries had the chance to question the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, John Denham, on the Government's plans to improve skills levels and career prospects as he launched the...
Your Stars
Byline: Claire Petulengro CANCER (June 22/July 23): Don't be too hard on yourself, give yourself a break. Events on Wednesday will prove you are in the driving seat. You thought you knew what you wanted, but then you changed your mind and now...
You Should Always Fight, Advises John
DAD-of-three John York successfully fought his parking ticket. "I think if people have a valid reason, they should always appeal." said John, 52, who got his pounds 25 fine overturned for the price of a postage stamp. He was slapped with the...