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 April 6, 2007

50p Salary for Google Chiefs
Search engine giant Google only paid its top three executives salaries of 50p in 2006, accounts show. But chief executive Eric Schmidt and co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin saw their combined Google shares worth $31.5bn by the end of the year....
Accused of Bomb Plot
Three men were charged yesterday with conspiring with the July 7 suicide bombers to target London's tourist attractions and its transport network. The three are the first people to be charged over the 7/7 terror attacks ( 21 months after the four...
A Clean Sweep for Brush Makers
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby A family-owned brush manufacturer ( which is run by the sixth generation of its founding family ( is moving out of Wearside for the first time in 150 years. Cottam Bros, which has been making brushes in Sunderland since...
Action Urged over Football Violence
Byline: By Ross Smith The leader of a North-East police authority last night urged the Government to step in over Italian football violence before an English supporter is killed. Cleveland Police Authority chairman Dave McLuckie spoke out after...
Anger at New Tyre Slashing Outbreak
Byline: By Dave Black Furious families were left counting the cost yesterday after vandals caused thousands of pounds worth of damage in the latest North-East tyre-slashing orgy. More than 50 cars had their tyres punctured as wreckers left a...
Bellway to Play Key Role in Pounds 1.2bn Scheme
Byline: By Graeme King Housebuilder Bellway Homes has signed up to deliver a huge pounds 1.2bn regeneration scheme for a vast swathe of Leeds. The 20-year programme is expected to see Newcastle-based Bellway build a total of 5,000 homes ( with...
Bioethanol Plant Set to Boost Arable Farmers
Byline: By Anna Lognonne Confirmation that building work on the world's first large-scale wheat bioethanol plant will start within weeks on Teesside will be good news for the region's arable farmers. According to Glencore Grain ( which will be...
Cats Look to Build on Solid Duo
Byline: By Paul Gilder Sunderland boss Roy Keane is planning to build the club's Premiership assault around Nyron Nosworthy and Jonny Evans after moving to keep his first-choice defensive partnership intact for the foreseeable future. The Black...
Cattle Farmers Warned Not to Ignore the 27-Day Rule for Birth Registrations
The NFU has welcomed the introduction of changes in the cattle ID regulations which come into force today, but it is warning farmers not to ignore the 27-day rule for birth registrations. The removal of the temporary calf passport will mean cattle...
Dangers of False Vodka
Police in Spennymoor have discovered teenagers drinking from a bottle of fake vodka which could cause blindness. Officers came across a group of youths drinking from a bottle of counterfeit vodka linked to an illegal bottling plant uncovered near...
Durham Can Fire Up Steve
Byline: By Luke Edwards Durham captain Dale Benkenstein believes the county can help re-establish Steve Harmison as one of the world best's bowlers as the England paceman looks to rebuild his battered reputation. Harmison will spend the first...
Durham's No Challenge to Smith after Aussie Jibes
Byline: By Luke Edwards It is never the easiest challenge for an Englishman to play cricket in Australia, but it is almost unbearable when the Australians have just humiliated England with an Ashes whitewash. After a winter playing club cricket...
Eagles Can Foil Sharks' Charge
They can no longer retain their championship crown, but Newcastle will be determined to have a major bearing on the BBL title race when they play their final homecourt fixture of the regulation season tonight. Fabulous Flournoy's team will take...
Easter Eggs Worth Poaching
Eggs aren't just for Easter. For Christine Jackson and her sister Catherine, they're on the menu 365 days a year, as Jane Hall reveals. Young, free and single, hopping from party to bed via the boardroom of some City conglomerate. This is how...
Europe Row Rocks Rugby
Byline: ANDREW BALDOCK English clubs' chief Mark McCafferty has questioned the need for any Rugby Football Union involvement in future top-flight European competitions, writes ANDREW BALDOCK. England's Guinness Premiership teams and the top 14...
Fhm Beats off Strong Competition to Lift Title
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Frank Haslam Milan was last night crowned the top company in Durham and Wearside at the region's biggest and best business awards. The Sunderland community regeneration company was named Company of the Year at the sub-regional...
Fishing Boat's Special Delivery for Chefs
It appeared on the Tyne like a vision from a bygone era harking back to the days when fishing boats regularly trawled the depths of the river. But Kevin Henderson's fishing vessel did not make the fantastic voyage beneath the Gateshead Millennium...
Football Shorts
Us tycoon is a Gunner ARSENAL'S link to America has been strengthened by US billionaire Stan Kroenke acquiring a 9.9% stake in the club. His company, Kroenke Sports Enterprise (KSE), have bought the shareholding interest from ITV and could also...
Friday Forum
Byline: By Dave Banks Great news! Neil and I have sealed our civil partnership with a birth. Joy unconfined greeted news of our first arrival and the denizens of the Blue Bell are toasting our good fortune with the promise of full English breakfasts...
From Lambs to Scary Monsters
Byline: By Daniel Thomson Families will be spoilt for choice this Easter with hundreds of activities for children and adults taking place throughout the North-East. The weekend promises to have something for everyone, from traditional events...
Frustrated Boss Jol Hits out at 'Disappointing' Decision
Tottenhamcoach Martin Jol admitted he was bitterly disappointed by the penalty decision that helped give Sevilla the upper hand in last night's Uefa Cup quarter-final tie against the Spanish side. Robbie Keane had given Spurs a flying start with...
Garden Plants and Produce Show at the Bowes Museum
Building on the increasing popularity of its annual Victorian Christmas Market, The Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle is to pilot its first Garden Plants and Produce Show this spring. The free outdoor event, taking place from 10am-5pm on Sunday, April...
Gary and Ben Up for a Scrap
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Gary Scott and Ben Harmison are hoping their versatility will prove decisive in this season's battle for places. The youngsters played important roles at the end of last season but with a host of recruits joining Durham...
Get Your Act Together, Highways Agency
Iwas amazed to read your article of March 30 headlined "Hitch over bridge". As a regular user of the A1 past Seaton Burn, I was aware that work had stopped a few weeks ago on the new Seven Mile Bridge and wondered why; when this work started, we were...
Highways Chief Goes into Neutral on A1
Byline: By Ross Smith The Government's top roads boss took the plaudits yesterday for a long-awaited bypass ( but admitted he could not predict when the North-East's worst transport bottleneck will be fixed. Highways Agency chief executive Archie...
Hugs and Kisses as Captives Come Home
Byline: By Caroline Gammell Hugs, kisses and tears marked the emotional moment yesterday when 15 British sailors and marines held captive in Iran were reunited with their families. Just under 24 hours after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad...
Italy ( Passion Grows
Byline: By Helen Savage "i never realised what an incredible number of Italian wines there are!" Stuart Colmer is learning fast. Since he decided to import fine wine from Massimo de Nardo, a long-time friend and business colleague now turned...
Leaders' Relief at Interest Decision
Byline: By James Barton Business leaders breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after the Bank of England decided to leave interest rates on hold for the second consecutive month. Although there is brief respite for borrowers, the move to freeze...
Lindoe Wants Cup Win at Third Attempt
Manager Kenny Lindoe is hoping it will be third time lucky when he leads Consett out this morning against Chester-le-Street in the final of the Newton Moor Durham Challenge Cup at the Nissan Sports Complex (10.45am). Lindoe was in charge of Brandon...
Loanee Collins Finally Gets His Big Chance
Byline: By Luke Edwards Patrick Collins will get a belated chance to establish himself at Darlington with a recall for the trip to Chester City. Collins, a summer signing from Sheffield Wednesday by former manager Dave Hodgson, has found first...
Mansell to Upgrade Hostel for Homeless
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Construction firm Mansell has clinched a deal to upgrade a vital hostel for the homeless on Tyneside. The Gateshead-based contractor has been appointed to undertake the pounds 1.8m redevelopment of Byker Bridge House...
Marts
Carlisle Easter show & sale of spring LAMBS April 2 At Borderway Mart, Carlisle, Harrison & Hetherington held their Annual Easter Show and Sale of Spring Lambs. Twenty seven spring lambs were forward. The judging was kindly carried...
Murray's Fit for Davis Cup Tie
Andy Murray has declared himself fit for Britain's Davis Cup clash with Holland after being assured he will not "do himself more damage". Murray suffered groin and hip injuries during his quarter-final victory over Tommy Haas in Indian Wells last...
Nixon's Praise for 'Talented' Bopara
Byline: By Myles Hodgson Paul Nixon may have hit the shot of the World Cup so far but he believes England's real cause for celebration should be the discovery of Ravi Bopara as a star of the future. The 36-year-old Leicestershire wicket-keeper...
Northern Spirit Inspired Trekkers
Byline: By Ben Guy The North-East is not renowned for its soaring temperatures, but to Conrad Dickinson and his team of adventurers returning from Siberia it felt positively tropical. The team arrived back in Newcastle yesterday (THURS) having...
Osasuna Heading into the Last Four
Osasuna put one foot into the Uefa Cup semi-finals last night with an impressive 3-0 win over German side Bayer Leverkusen. Jose Angel Ziganda's side, who have never previously reached this stage of the competition, enjoyed the perfect start when...
Parents Take the Rap for Truants
Byline: By William Green Truanting children have landed hundreds of North-East parents with fines or facing prosecution, official figures have revealed. Department for Education statistics show more than 800 penalty notices ( costing up to pounds...
Police Free Youth in Blaze Murder Probe
Byline: By Paul James Police investigating a fire which killed two sisters last night released a teenage suspect. The 17-year-old, who has not been named, was being held in connection with the murders of Tatum Spence, 14 and Demi Spence, 12,...
Police Seize Fake Goods
By Graeme Whitfield Journal User POLICE and trading standards officers in Northumberland have recovered a large haul of fake designer goods. They raided a house in Ashington and seized hundreds of pairs of trainers, T-shirts and sunglasses...
Profiles
Name: Catherine Armstrong. Age: 32. Family: Married to Neil, 37, a farmer. Mother of Charlotte, two, and Fraser, six months. Lives: On a farm near Berwick, Northumberland. Career CV: Originally dreamed of becoming a lawyer. "But instead...
Queen Observes Centuries-Old Maundy Ceremony
The Queen yesterday observed centuries-old Maundy Thursday customs in a ceremony watched by some 1,000 guests. She distributed silver Maundy coins to 81 men and 81 women ( to signify her age at her birthday on April 21 ( at the Easter Week service...
Real Ales on Offer in the Courtyard Bar
Washington Arts Centre Beer Festival Courtyard Bar licensee Martin Thompson promises up to 45 ales this weekend from micro-breweries operating in the nation's nooks and crannies, including some making their first appearance outside a conditioning...
Recipe of the Week
Pan fried cod on celeriac puree with white wine cream and baby beetroot (Serves two) WELL what else would you expect on Good Friday but fish? Cod's the king of fish, but any meaty white fish fillets would work with this. And celeriac's a little...
Reds Condemn Fan 'Beatings'
Byline: By Simon Stone Manchester United have attacked Italian police for their handling of the violent scenes in Rome which took football back to the 'dark ages' of the 1980s. TV images reminiscent of the hooligan-dominated era of two decades...
Revealing the Tyne's Great 'Fleet' of Liners
Byline: By Tony Henderson The increase in cruise liners using the Tyne has been welcomed as a novelty economic boost. Yet once the river was awash with liners. A new book by Journal sub-editor Ken Smith looks at 30 ( by no means the total...
RICS Makes Call for 'Greener' Incentives
Byline: By Simon Murray Despite the Budget there is still a lack of incentives and guidance to help the construction industry take on the challenges set for an environmentally-friendly built environment. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors...
Rolling out the Barrel
Byline: By Alastair Gilmour Some villages are named appropriately. Tynemouth, for example, could exist nowhere else; Wideopen was not so long ago surrounded by fields and No Place would be unfairly overlooked were it not for the fabled Beamish Mary...
Rose Blooms with a Masters Charge
Byline: By Mark Garrod Justin Rose, a one-time favourite of the North-East fans during the European Tour days at De Vere Slaley Hall, made a dream return to the Masters yesterday and David Howell, after a miserable start to the year, was only one...
Roy Has Eyes on Another 'Treble'
Byline: By Paul Gilder A magnanimous Roy Keane last night collected his second successive Manager of the Month Award and admitted he is determined to preface promotion to the Premiership with a hat-trick of personal prizes. The Sunderland boss...
Sci-Fi Thriller Turns Up Heat
Plot: Three years after his unexpected foray into family films with the festive fable Millions, director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, The Beach) blazes a trail back to brooding, adult fare with this suspenseful, science fiction adventure. Without...
Sean's Chance to Make a Point
Byline: ANDREW DALBY Newcastle reserve Sean Stoddart has the perfect chance tonight to show how much he's improved in the past year when the Newcastle Diamonds visit his parent club Edinburgh in their opening Premier Trophy match, writes ANDREW...
Secco's Meal Deeply Satisfies
Secco Caff Bar, Pilgrim Street, Newcastle. For me the attraction of Newcastle's Northumberland Street on Saturdays is the buskers. The quality of the music is on the rise and some even have an element of performance. Last weekend outside Marks...
Selecting the Correct Comb 'Makes Sheep Shearing a Lot Easier'
Sheep producers could make shearing a lot easier for themselves this season by ensuring they are using the correct comb for their particular breed of sheep, according to the British Wool Marketing Board. BWMB's shearing manager Colin MacGregor said...
Sport Shorts
Moody talks put on hold SRI LANKA coach Tom Moody is not prepared to discuss his future until after the World Cup. Former Hetton Lyons player Moody, 41, has earned a fine reputation for moulding Sri Lanka into a team capable of challenging for the...
Strada Meal Plus Tickets to See Charley's Aunt at Theatre Royal
We are delighted to offer five Culture Club members and their guests the chance to enjoy a pre-theatre supper (up to the value of pounds 50) at Italian restaurant Strada before an evening's entertainment at the Theatre Royal. Each winner will receive...
Tactics Pay off as Bandit Wins
Byline: By Martin Kelly Barry Fenton's aggressive front-running tactics mirrored that of The Bandit's determination in the closing stages of the pounds 20,000 Axminster Carpets Somerset National Handicap Chase at Wincanton yesterday. Emma Lavelle's...
Tee-Off Times
Today's second round of the Masters, Augusta, Georgia. (USA unless stated; all times British Summer Time; (x) denotes amateurs 1300 Stewart Cink, Todd Hamilton 1311 Seve Ballesteros (Spa), Carl Pettersson (Swe), Paul Goydos 1322 Ian Woosnam...
Thunder Look to Defence for Glory
Byline: RICHARD NEALE Gateshead Thunder begin their National League Two season at Kingston Park this afternoon when they face York City Knights with coach Dave Woods hoping to kick on from a strong defensive display in the Challenge Cup last weekend,...
Triple Mission Spurs on Wilkinson
Byline: By Alan Hedley Jonny Wilkinson has set himself a triple target ahead of Newcastle's relegation showdown against Northampton at Kingston Park on Sunday. The first goal is make sure the Falcons beat the Saints to banish fears of the Premiership...
United Can Raise Game and Voices
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Glenn Roeder has had heart-to-heart talks with his Newcastle United squad ahead of tomorrow's visit to Sheffield United ( but wishes they were not so one-sided. The Londoner has been encouraging his players to talk their...
University at Centre of Meningitis Alert
Byline: By Audrey Forbes Health Correspondent A North-East university is at the centre of a meningitis alert after the death of one of its students. Rebecca Louise Baker, a 20-year-old student at Newcastle University died of bacterial meningitis...
Waterford Revival
The revival of crystal and china maker Waterford Wedgwood looks set to continue as the company announced plans to raise pounds 67.7m to finance a second restructuring program. The Irish company, which owns Royal Doulton, said it would raise the...
We Fight to the End, Say Reivers
Byline: By Richard Neale With off-the-field matters looking to have left Border Reivers without a future at the end of the season, coach Steve Bates and his side have decided they will not go down without a fight on the field. Bottom of the league...
We Have the Friendliest Neighbours in the Country
The infamous North-South divide, truth or myth, regularly returns to the headlines. The current thinking is that the divide is narrowing, not because of an influx of investors or jobs to the region but because of property prices. The North-East...
When It Was Fine to Mine for Fish
If I wasn't allowed to eat anything else I could easily live on just fish. I've always considered it the original and definitive fast food because it's so quick to cook. But, it's also good for you, versatile, really tasty and, if you catch your...
Where Do You Draw the Line?
Byline: By Bob Cuffe It's April and I'm still steadfastly refusing to mow the lawn. I am surrounded by North Yorkshire wimps now on their second cut. Some are considering their third. I laugh at them. I have found my mid-life rebellion. I'm not...
Wyevale Turns Up the Heat on Global Warming with New Green Agenda
Garden centre chain Wyevale is to stop selling a raft of environmentally unfriendly but lucrative products, including gas-powered outdoor patio heaters. The group said it would not stock "eco-unfriendly" heaters and would phase out at least 90%...
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