Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

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Articles from March 4, 2008

A Healthy Exchange of Ideas; CHILDREN'S AFRICAN LINK-UP
FROM jungle medicine to home grown potatoes schoolchildren in Northumberland are swapping health tips with African youngsters. The link-up is part of a year old project at Wark Church of England First School in Northumberland as they learn more...
Angling Club Aims to Hook in Females; Sponsored by Environment Agency GO GREEN Group to Give Women a Taste of Fly-Fishing
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter A FISHING club for females only has set a date for its first meeting. The club, set up by young angler Lucy Bowden, was founded with the aim of encouraging more women to take up the sport. The only...
A Step in the Right Direction; Walk-In Health Centre Opened
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter PEOPLE with minor injuries will now be able to get instant treatment at a new walk-in centre. The clinic, at the pounds 8m Molineux Street NHS Centre, Byker, Newcastle, has opened its doors to patients with...
A Tragic Waste of Two Lives
Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter KILLER schoolgirl Jordan Jobson never showed remorse for the murder. The 15-year-old had downed three pints of vodka and coke and snorted lines of cocaine on the night she knifed Samantha Madgin. After...
Basketball: Award Is a Fab One for Flournoy
Byline: By PAULNILSEN EAGLES play-caller Fab Flournoy was named BBL Coach of the Month award last night - just 24 hours after losing the BBL Trophy final. While such awards should always be seen as an honour, the timing of the announcement is...
Boxing: Bradley's Living the Olympic Dream; North East Boxing Champion Targeting Glory in Beijing before Turning Away from the Amateur Game to Chase Riches FACE TO FACE
Byline: JOHN GIBSON THE North East may have a proud history of producing fighting men big of heart and punching power, but only once have we ever boasted an Olympian. Until now, that is. Like buses, you wait ages for one and then two come along...
Boxing: No Khan Do on Re-Match with Amir
AMIR KHAN is the golden boy of British boxing - destined, all would say, to become a world champion. However, Bradley Saunders is convinced that Khan's guiding figure Frank Warren wouldn't allow the two to meet in the pro ranks after their amateur...
Boxing: Sights Are Set on Pro Ranks
EVEN though age is on his side at 22, Bradley Saunders won't hang round for the 2012 Olympics in London but instead will become a professional later this year. The big promoters are already eyeing the North East's finest, with Frank Maloney, the...
Care Worker's Claim Dismissed; Woman Terrified Patients in Home
Byline: By SARA NICHOL A CARE home worker who terrified mentally ill patients with a campaign of malicious practical jokes has lost her unfair dismissal claim. Maureen Malone, 65, brought St Mary's Nursing Home, Chesterle-Street, before a Newcastle...
CLASS ACTION; It's a Nail-Biting Time for Many Parents, and Their Children, as They Anxiously Wait to Hear If They've Got a Place in the Primary or Secondary School They Wanted. Here Education Reporter NICOLA JUNCAR Reports on What Families Can Do If They Miss Out
Byline: NICOLA JUNCAR LETTERS are landing on doormats determining the lives of our children. Parents across the North East are finding out if they have secured a place for their child at their preferred school. But what happens to those who...
Cricket: Vaughan's Runs Order; Skipper Wants Best Batsmen to Get Scores
Byline: BIG TOTALS: Batsmen such as Ian Bell need to contribute for England MICHAEL VAUGHAN has called on England's top order to start contributing major centuries if they are to improve on recent results and claim a series victory in New Zealand....
Disney Sure to Delight Fans; A Host of Disney Characters Are Heading for Newcastle. Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR Has the Details
Byline: Entertainment Editor GORDON BARR CHARACTERS from four popular Playhouse Disney TV shows are to appear together for the first time live on stage in Newcastle this May. Playhouse Disney Live!, at the Metro Radio Arena from May 9 to 11,...
Football: Andy's Double Nudge for KK
Byline: By LEE RYDER GEORDIE young gun Andy Carroll today revealed he's ready for action if Kevin Keegan gives the green light to take on Champions League chasing Liverpool at Anfield. The level-headed striker banged in two goals against Everton...
Football: Carroll Is Singing a Right Toon
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE United second-string coach Adam Sadler was a happy man today after two of his young guns did their first-team chances no harm whatsoever in the 3-0 reserve-team romp over Everton. The performances of Kazenga LuaLua...
Football: Carver Tracking Winger Wallace; MLS Side Toronto Show Interest in Ross
Byline: By JAMES HUNTER CANADIAN side Toronto FC are interested in taking transfer-listed Sunderland winger Ross Wallace to Major League Soccer. Despite playing the majority of Sunderland's games up to Christmas, Wallace was surprisingly told...
Football: MY ONE BIG REGRET: KEV; Toon Kids Show How It's Done as They Hit Goal Trail
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer KEVIN KEEGAN has revealed his biggest regret since returning to St James's Park - not being able to bring in his own signings. The Newcastle United boss is having do with the squad he inherited from...
Football: Nearly Ready to Make a Fist of It
BRADLEY SAUNDERS is sitting with his mighty left hand heavily strapped as we look at his scrapbooks and talk of even greater moments to come. Each time I glance at it worry raises its ugly head - but the South Durham Destroyer is blissfully untroubled....
Football: We Can Fight to Beat Drop Warns Smith
Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer ALAN SMITH has warned Newcastle United that they are in a relegation battle - and just how difficult it is to escape the dreaded drop. But Smith believes that United showed enough against Blackburn Rovers...
Horse Racing: Moore for Punters
GARY MOORE can reaffirm his outstanding run of form by landing the opener at Lingfield tomorrow. East Sussex trainer Moore (pictured) has enjoyed great success under both codes this term and looks to have another winner-elect in Lorikeet, who lines...
How New Council Tax Will Affect Your Bills; INCREASES IN PAYMENTS - BUT THEY ARE BELOW INFLATION LEVELS
Byline: By SONIA SHARMA FAMILIES across the North East are facing higher council tax bills this year. People in Newcastle and Gateshead are set to have the biggest increase at 3.9%, although the figure is below inflation. Some district councils...
Ice Hockey: Vipers Road Trip Nott the Easiest; We Must Beware of Backlash - Wilson
Byline: By LEE RYDER NEWCASTLE VIPERS' head coach Rob Wilson feels his side must be wary of a backlash from Nottingham Panthers tonight. The National Ice Centre outfit has missed out on the Elite League title this year. Wilson feels Newcastle's...
I'm Hanging Up My Boots; Pounds 1m Fund Walker Is Honoured
Byline: By KERRY WOOD FANATICAL walker John Cunningham is celebrating after becoming a community's millionpound man. The 65-year-old was honoured today for his outstanding efforts, clocking up more than pounds 1m for charity. For more than...
It's a Macabre Must-Have for Ghoulish Girls; DOLL'S HOUSE COMES COMPLETE WITH COFFIN AND MOURNERS
Byline: By WENDY MULLINEUX DEATH has come to Toytown with this macabre doll's house, complete with coffin and mourners. More ghoulish than girlish, it features a wooden casket lined in emerald green, grief-stricken loved ones dressed in Victorian...
Judge Blames Drug for Hammer Attack; Man Evades Prison over Vicious Assault
Byline: By ROB KENNEDY A HAMMER attacker who left his victim with a fractured skull evaded custody because he had a drug-induced psychosis Sean Patterson hit a man on the back of the head with the hammer after they fell out during a takeaway squabble....
Knifeman Locked Up Indefinitely; 30-Year-Old Stabbed Love Rival in Heart
Byline: By GARRY WILLEY A KNIFEMAN whose frenzied attack left a love rival close to death was jailed indefinitely today for public protection. Craig Reiling had borne a grudge against victim Darren Rowe ever since learning he had once been close...
Mel Hollyer
Byline: YASMIN ROSS WHEN Mel Hollyer decided to create a cleaning company in Newcastle, she never realised just how well Polish workers scrub up. Now involving advertising exclusively aimed at Polish migrants, YASMIN ROSS asks, what makes them...
Miners' Payouts Scheme Slammed; Sufferers Waited Too Long and Solicitors Overpaid
Byline: By BILL JACOBS Parliamentary Reporter A GOVERNMENT compensation scheme for former miners was mismanaged with some excolliers dying before they got their cash, MPs said today. The all-party Commons Public Accounts Committee - Westminster's...
My Death Was Exaggerated; Phone Company Has Killed Me Off
Byline: By LIZ WALKER IT WAS novelist Mark Twain who famously said "reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated". But dad John Trotter knows what he meant after a letter from BT mistakenly put him six foot under. Sitting down to open...
My Dreams of Being a Model Have Been Shattered; 200 STITCHES FOR CRASH GIRL
Byline: By HELEN RAE SCARS criss-cross her scalp shattering her dreams of catwalk fame, a permanent reminder of motoring madness. More than 200 stitches hold Danielle Reay's head together after she was catapulted through the window of a car in...
Officer Sniffs out Pot Factory; Pounds 500,000 Drugs Haul
Byline: By KERRY WOOD A KEEN-NOSED bobby has sniffed out a major pounds 500,000 drugs farm in a former chapel. PCSO Simon Walters was patrolling his beat in Blackhill, Consett, when he noticed a strong smell of cannabis. His discovery led...
Playtime Becomes Funtime for Poet; Children's Author Joins Pupils for Rhymes and Reasons
Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR LITTLE poets so impressed an award-winning author he joined them in the playground. Children's Laureate, poet and broadcaster Michael Rosen popped into a Tyneside primary school yesterday after hearing about the pupil's...
Rescue Plan for Jobs at Rock; Staff Services May Be Offered to Rivals
Byline: By GARETH DEIGHAN Industrial Reporter BOSSES at Northern Rock are working on plans to save jobs by offering some of the nationalised bank's administrative services to other lenders. It is understood executive chairman Ron Sandler and...
Residents' Restaurant Wrangle; Move to Block Licence Bid
Byline: By PETER YOUNG Political Editor A LONG-running battle over the future of a Newcastle hotel continues as residents worried about drunken disorder are objecting to a licence application for a pizza restaurant. The row is over plans by the...
Rugby Union: Champions Won't Be Taking It Easy Now
JOHN SHOTTON wants a North East trio in National League Two next year - and after winning National Three North he warned Tynedale's five final opponents there will be no let-up. The Tynedale chairman of rugby will cheer Darlington Mowden Park all...
Rugby Union: Flood's Alert for News of Falcons
Byline: By NICK PUREWAL TOBY FLOOD will be gutted not to chart Newcastle Falcons' progress against Bath on Saturday - but insists his mind will be solely on England. England take on Scotland at Murrayfield (3.15pm) keen to build on their hard-fought...
Sam Never Had a Chance; Knife Murder: Mum's Anger after Girl, 15, Is Convicted of Killing Teen
Byline: By SOPHIE DOUGHTY MURDERED teenager Samantha Madgin's mother believes no sentence will ever be long enough for the 15-year-old girl who killed her daughter. In an exclusive interview with the Chronicle, Alison Madgin today spoke of her...
Schoolgirl Earns Blue Peter Badge; FUNDRAISING EFFORTS EARN CAITLIN HONOUR
Byline: By SARA NICHOL SURPRISES like this do not come hand-in-hand with your average maths lesson. But times tables were the last thing on the mind of one young fundraiser. Nine-year-old Caitlin Henderson received an unexpected visit from...
Service Honours Heroic Act
SHE has symbolised female heroism for generations and today, 170 years after Grace Darling's act of selfless courage, she was honoured once again. A church service in memory of Grace was held in her home village of Bamburgh before the tiny RNLI...
Sharp-Eyed PET Will Help to Save Lives; Pounds 5m Scanner Can Detect Early Stages of Cancer
Byline: By JANE PICKEN Health Reporter A POWERFUL pounds 5m scanner used to detect cancer in its early stages will finally arrive on Tyneside in the next few months. The 44-tonne mobile machine, known as a PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scanner,...
Spartans Want Revenge and a Place in the Final
Byline: By JEFFBOWRON BLYTH Spartans will attempt to avenge last year's Northumberland Senior Cup final defeat against Morpeth Town tonight. Arngrove Northern League underdogs Morpeth claimed a shock 3-2 victory against the higher ranked Spartans...
Standing on His Owen Two Feet! Frame Helps Little Boy
Byline: By SARA NICHOL LITTLE Owen Taylor is standing tall thanks to a special new frame. Now the one-year-old, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is able to take to his feet and support himself standing up. Until now Owen, who lives with his...
Teens Are Well on the Way to Work
Byline: By SARA NICHOL WISHING wells are answering the training needs of a group of troubled teens. Youths at charity organisation Rathbone are building the ornamental wells from scratch as part of a qualification in joinery. The finished...
THE North Tyneside NHS Retirement
THE North Tyneside NHS Retirement Fellowship meets on the second Monday of every month at 2pm in the dining hall of North Tyneside District Hospital, Rake Lane, North Shields. The next meeting is on Monday March 10 when there will be a talk called...
The Women We Can All Learn Something from; as Woman All over the World Come Together to Celebrate International Woman's Day This Saturday, EMMA ANDREWS Speaks to Three of the Region's Most Inspirational Role Modals
Byline: EMMA ANDREWS THE CHRONICLE'S YOUNG ARTS ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR1 CARLA DAVISON MEETING Carla Davison feels rather like being caught up in a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm. The 21-year-old exudes vitality and confidence as she talks...
Toon Texts
MORE of your texts from United's agonising defeat to Blackburn on Saturday WE are nothing with Smith, Barton and Taylor in the side. Championship here we come. KEV, Low Fell. UNITED didn't deserve to lose, but our wasted chances eventually...
Vent Your Spleen
CAN someone please tell me who thought that the idea of Dancing on Ice would make prime time Sunday night viewing? I would say that 99.9% of the nation are not remotely interested in ice skating which is for wimps. Unfortunately, my wife is one of...
Wildlife in Our Water; Sponsored by Environment Agency
Byline: By AMY HUNT Environment Reporter WATER wildlife lovers are being asked to help protect local rivers and streams from pollution. The Tyne Rivers Trust and the Environment Agency are looking for volunteers to collect information about small...

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