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 December 7, 2007

2 DAY IN 2 MINUTES: Home and Abroad
More power for Ofsted OFSTED should have more power to inspect the Government's education policies and assess whether taxpayers' money is being well spent, a report from headteachers has said. Ofsted should no longer visit the best schools and the...
An Early Start to Festive Season; Food
Byline: BILL OLDFIELD HAVE you been to Durham City recently? Despite it being THAT time of year again, a draft economic strategy document for County Durham published this week paints a rather bleak picture of economic activity in the county. ...
Angling: Rainbow Pond to Be New Outlet for Coarse Anglers; COARSE ANGLING
Byline: DAVID HALL SOME great news for coarse fishermen has been confirmed this week as, following negotiations with the Tyne Anglers Alliance, Northumbrian Water's fisheries manager, Don Coe has announced a new day ticket outlet for coarse anglers...
A Taste of the North-East
A TASTE of the North-East volume 3 is a flavour of the region through menus provided by 42 chefs from the best pubs, hotels and restaurants from Whitby to Alnwick. Published by North-East Exclusive magazine, the region's key lifestyle publication,...
Attacked Terrorist Fails in Attempt to Move Jails
A CONVICTED British al-Qaeda activist has been told he must remain in a Durham prison, despite being attacked with boiling water and then hot oil. Eesa Barot, who was jailed for life for plotting atrocities on both sides of the Atlantic, claimed...
Bank Acts to Boost Spending; First Rate Cut for Two Years as Turmoil Threatens Growth
Byline: By Paul James Chief Reporter THE Bank of England yesterday gave homeowners an early Christmas present by cutting interest rates for the first time since August 2005. Announcing the 0.25% reduction to 5.5%, the Bank said it was concerned...
Basketball: Fab Blasts Back at Coach's Jibes
Byline: By Dan Warburton EAGLES' play-caller Fab Flournoy has quashed accusations of a crisis in the Tyneside team ahead of this evening's encounter with the Leicester Riders. Sterling Davis' Scottish Rocks roster put an end to the New Yorker's...
Books That Quench a Thirst for Knowledge; Beer
Byline: ALASTAIR GILMOUR GLENFIDDICH FOOD & DRINK AWARDS 2007: REGIONAL WRITER WHAT'S the difference between a Hutt and a Brockhouse? Do you know your Aass from your Elgood's? Is Gulpen good for the digestion? The answers lurk in the range...
Canoeist Sons Tell of Anger and Hurt; We Want No Contact with Our Parents, They Say
Byline: By Paul Watson THE sons of back-from-thedead canoeist John Darwin have spoken of their "anger and confusion". In a statement released through Cleveland Police, Anthony and Mark Darwin said they feared they were the victims of a large...
Carer Jailed for Stealing from Patient; Vulnerable Pensioner Fleeced of Pounds 3,650
Byline: By Chris Robinson A NORTH carer has been jailed for "fleecing" her elderly patient out of thousands of pounds. Caroline Irvine stole pounds 3,650 from 83-year-old Thelma Hall over a nine month period while supposedly caring for the pensioner....
College Buys Training Skills Provider TWL
Byline: By Christopher Knox NEWCASTLE College has become a national brand after buying an employment skills training provider. The purchase of Training West Lancashire Ltd (TWL) will see Newcastle College provide the Skelmersdale-based company...
Concern over Changes to the Stewardship Schemes; Farming
Byline: By Sam Wood FARMING leaders last night reacted with anger over changes to environmental stewardship schemes - leaving many farmers unable to meet the requirements. Natural England has been forced by the EU to make a major change to the...
Cricket: England Work on Murali Tactics
MATT Prior admits England's narrow failure to stave off defeat against Sri Lanka in Kandy was heart-breaking. Wicket-keeper Prior and Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell spent two-and-a-half hours of defiance together at Asgiriya to keep up hopes of returning...
Culture Films: Code Name: The Cleaner PG; (1 Hr 31 Mins), Starring: Cedric the Entertainer, Lucy Liu, Nicollette Sheridan. Director: Les Mayfield. **
LES Mayfield's misfiring and misconceived comedy, about an amnesiac who suspects he may be a CIA operative, is about as much fun as a pile of ironing. Sadly, there is no sense of satisfaction or achievement once you wade through Code Name: The Cleaner....
Culture Films: The Golden Compass PG; (1 Hr 53 Mins), Starring: Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman, Sam Elliott, Daniel Craig. Director: Chris Weitz. ****
AFTER months of rumour and counter-rumour about a spiralling budget (EUR150m-EUR200m) and drastic changes to the screenplay, not to mention calls for a boycott of the film by the Catholic League, The Golden Compass is finally here. With little competition...
Dismay on Seaside Homes; Concern Project Could Become Holiday Flats
Byline: By Brian Daniel HOMES are to be allowed on a prime seafront site by a government planning inspector, but the decision may draw a complaint from planners. Grainger Homes has won permission to build 127 flats and a marina walkway at a disused...
Early Christmas Present for Homeowners; in Association with RBS
FOR homeowners battling with higher food, fuel and energy bills, yesterday's interest rate reduction was widely received as a much needed early Christmas present. But how will it affect the financial climate for companies in the North-East and the...
Fine Selection of Ice Creams
THE North-East is full of culinary gems offering something that little bit different for Christmas. If you thought ice cream was a summer treat, then you might want to think again. In the run-up to Christmas Morwick Dairy Ice Cream Parlour will...
Football: Display Earns Mort's Acclaim
Byline: STUART RAYNER NEWCASTLE United chairman Chris Mort hailed Wednesday's 1-1 draw against Arsenal as exactly what was needed from the players, but it merely reinforced his view Sam Allardyce will make a success of managing the club if he is...
Football: Drogba's Set to Battle on Though Injury
CHELSEA will continue to monitor Didier Drogba's knee problem amid speculation he is soon to undergo surgery - although he is expected to play against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. Drogba has been struggling with the injury since he returned...
Football: Fulop Is Eager to Cut Ties with Cats
Byline: By Stuart Rayner MARTON Fulop has told Sunderland he wants to cut his ties with the club in the January transfer window but Black Cats target Matthew Taylor may be interested in a move to Wearside if there is no improvement in his situation...
Football: Gallas Is the Perfect Leader, Insists Toure
KOLO Toure believes the feeling of togetherness within the squad under "maestro" captain William Gallas can make a crucial difference in Arsenal's title challenge this season. The Gunners opened up a four-point advantage at the top of the Barclays...
Football: Gung-Ho Has to Go, Says Keane
Byline: Stuart Rayner ROY Keane has admitted he may have to rein in his natural instincts at Stamford Bridge tomorrow. As a disciple of Brian Clough and Sir Alex Ferguson, the Irishman had the need to play positive football drummed into him throughout...
Football: Harry's Too 'Scarred' for Media Date; Boss Is Not at Briefing
Byline: By Bill Pierce PORTSMOUTH manager Harry Redknapp missed his usual pre-match media briefing ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Aston Villa, suggesting the emotional scars are still not healed following his arrest last week on suspicion...
Football: Hatton Is Such a True Blue
I'LL be without my usual sidekick when I go around the lounges following Saturday's Premier League game at St James's Park because John Beresford is going to Las Vegas. Bez has got a ticket to see Ricky Hatton (pictured below) in his WBC title fight...
Football: I'm Flattered to Be Linked with Ireland
I RECEIVED a phone call on Tuesday morning from someone asking whether I had been appointed as the assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland. I haven't. I must admit, I didn't have a clue what the person was talking about. But, as he told...
Football: McCann's Strike Gives Hope to Bolton
Red Star Belgrade 0 Bolton 1 BOLTON manager Gary Megson saw his side go top of their Uefa cup group last night but although qualification now looks likely, their hopes of progressing could still be dashed. Former Sunderland midfielder Gavin...
Football: Sam's Open Door Benefits United
Byline: PETER BEARDSLEY I WAS interested to read about the supposed player revolt at St James's Park this week, although like most people, I didn't give it much credence. Sam Allardyce's office has an open door. Sam thinks it's good to talk,...
Football: We're United Behind Sam; Support for Manager Is Rock Solid, Insists Goalkeeper
Byline: Paul Gilder SHAY Given is confident Newcastle's players have proved there is no unrest at St James's Park after insisting a performance that rattled Arsenal has shown once and for all that dressing room support for Sam Allardyce remains...
Football: Zokora Floored by Fan's Missile; Spurs Go through on a Night of Shame for Belgium
Anderlecht 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 TOTTENHAM'S delight at reaching the Uefa Cup knock-out stages last night was marred by an incident when Didier Zokora was struck by an object thrown from the crowd. Zokora needed treatment towards the end of...
Fresh Warnings on Metal Thefts
Byline: By Dave Black METAL thieves who cause road safety hazards by stealing drain covers have extended their activities to a second area of Northumberland. Three months ago warnings were issued to bikers, cyclists and pedestrians after 27 cast-iron...
Hard Decisions for Councils as Grants Fail to Match Needs
CITY leaders are warning of harsh decisions to come after the Government announced council grants for the next three years. "No surprise, just bad news" was the reaction last night to the drastic cuts in council spending. Once inflation is taken...
Hopkins Votes for the 'Hit Man'
THE seemingly-irresistible momentum behind Ricky Hatton as he approaches the biggest fight of his career received another big push last night when former pound-for-pound king Bernard Hopkins backed the 'Hit Man' to reign supreme. Floyd Mayweather...
Horse Racing: Nakai's Good Enough to Join the Elite; in Association with Pagebet
Byline: By Saraband NAKAI can build on a promising reappearance with victory in a strong renewal of the Ballymore Properties Novices' Hurdle at Sandown today. Registered as the Winter Novices' Hurdle, this Grade Two event has been won by some...
Horse Racing: Newcomer Impresses with a Win; Ashkazar One to Watch
ASHKAZAR was introduced as the 10-1 second-favourite for the JCB Triumph Hurdle with Cashmans after making a striking debut over timber in the South West Racing Club Juvenile Novices' Hurdle at Wincanton. The David Pipe newcomer was smart on the...
Ice Hockey: Wilson's Giving the Youngsters a Chance
Byline: STUART RAYNER VIPERS coach Rob Wilson will not be rushed into replacing defence man Petr Kratky because of the quality of players coming through the club's academy, writes STUART RAYNER . As revealed in yesterday's Journal, the Newcastle-based...
Individual Beef Wellingtons; Recipe OF THE WEEK
(Serves two) This week's recipe is, if there's only a couple of you, a fabulous alternative to turkey on Christmas Day. The original dish, named after the Duke of Wellington, was a fillet of beef with mushrooms, truffles, Madeira wine and pate,...
It's a Start, Says Bellway Director; in Association with RBS
Byline: By Andrew Mernin HOUSEBUILDER Bellway has welcomed the 0.25% interest rate cut - after earlier saying reservations were down by 7% on this time last year. The Bank of England's interest rate reduction will knock about pounds 16 a month...
Jobs at Risk as Advice Service Loses Tender; Council Awards Contract to Leeds Company
Byline: By Dave Black FEARS have been voiced over potential job losses after a Northumberland company which employs 105 staff lost its pounds 3m-a-year contract to deliver key advice and counselling services to the county's young people. The...
Let's Tap into Our Roots; Taste OF THE NORTH EAST Give the Region's Rural Economy a Christmas Boost by Buying Your Festive Feast from Local Farmers and Producers. as Jane Hall Reveals, There's Plenty of Choice
Byline: Jane Hall FOOD is at the heart of the festive celebrations. We go to great lengths to ensure we not only have the finest, but that it is cooked properly, is indulgently rich and tastes wonderful. But as you sit down to your festive...
Letter: Council Decisions on Opencasting Ignored; Voice of the North
Byline: C MILLER WHAT is the point of having a county council, unitary or whatever, if the decisions they take after hours of deliberation are to be ignored by central government? Northumberland County Council formulated an official policy regarding...
Little Joey Just Can't Stand You
Byline: Bob Cuffe WE'VE been looking at horrible jobs. Jobs you wouldn't wish on Joey Barton. You've upset him, by the way. I've always suspected he's a frail misunderstood flower. You're vicious. With your booing and shouting and jeering. You're...
Maths Progress at Zero for Years; Pupils Aged 11 to 14 Don't Improve, Says Study
Byline: By Tim Ross SCHOOLS are having virtually no impact on the progress of 11 to 14-year-olds in maths, according to a major study released today. There were short term increases in pupils' maths skills as they took national tests, but their...
Meldrum Beats the Shop Refit Deadline; in Association with DOVE BUILDING MATERIALS
Byline: By Christopher Knox MELDRUM Construction Services celebrated this week, when a much anticipated shop the team had pulled out the stops on opened ahead of schedule. The owners of Gaf were keen to open as quickly as possible in response...
MP Protests against Club; 80 in Vigil against Lap Dance Venue Licence
Byline: By Neil McKay AN MP is due to speak in court today against a bid to open a lap-dancing club in her constituency. Durham MP Roberta Blackman-Woods will give evidence at the city's magistrates court during an appeal by residents and church...
New Concept for Bars and Hotels; in Association with RBS
Byline: By Andrew Mernin A NEW leisure company has made its first foray into the region's bar scene by spending pounds 2m to completely transform a Newcastle night-spot into a 'restobar' which comes complete with a one-bedroomed 'hotel'. Pathfinder...
Nicholas Craig; in Association with RBS
Byline: Nicholas Craig "I KNEW just how Paul Collingwood felt, bowled out by the extraordinary Muttiah Muralitharan in a deceptive delivery of a lethal ball. It led to Muttiah's official title as the most successful Test bowler of all time, and...
No-One Knows How Long the Problems Will Last. in Association with RBS
Byline: Ian Shepherdson THE Bank of England surrendered to the markets yesterday by cutting base rates a quarter point. But this does not necessarily mean they will now be easing policy every month. The Bank is still worried about inflation...
Offering Services beyond Ships to Customer
WHAT, or where, is a port? Easy answer, you might think - it's a place where ships come in to be loaded or unloaded and it is normally on a river close to the sea! But that's only part of the story. To put a port truly into context, it is a critical...
Online Marketing Agency Doubles Its Staff; in Association with RBS
AN online marketing agency has moved to larger premises and increased its workforce - with the help of a graduate recruitment programme. Newcastle-based Oxygen Online Marketing provides internet marketing solutions to the online gambling industry...
Owner Clings on to Stolen Car
A CAR owner hung on to the bonnet as a thief drove it for nearly a mile through the streets of Tyneside early yesterday. The man woke at about 2am and realised his home had been burgled, then heard the engine of his Vauxhall Corsa running and saw...
Port of Tyne Buoyant with Busy Trade; River Tyne Renaissance
THIS year has been a tremendous and busy one for the Port of Tyne. Business is buoyant and every opportunity is taken to increase and strengthen the scope of services the port offers its customers. Next year is set to be even busier. Early in the...
Prefabrication Helps Labour Shortage and Environment; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE IN THE NORTH EAST in Association with DOVE BUILDING MATERIALS
Byline: By Steve Joyce ONE way to ease the skilled labour shortage and the industry's impact on the environment is to prefabricate the installation of mechanical and electrical (M&E) services. Other benefits to using prefabricated methods...
Pricing Puts Workers on Road to Ruin
Byline: By Adrian Pearson TRANSPORT chiefs have warned that road pricing would force low-income families to look elsewhere for jobs. Officers at Newcastle Council, currently researching various congestion-busting schemes, have been told road...
Rogue Employers Face Tough Action; in Association with RBS
Byline: By Peter McCusker ROGUE employers who refuse to pay their workers the national minimum wage face unlimited fines under a new crackdown announced by the Government today. The maximum penalty will increase from the current pounds 5,000,...
Rugby Union: Hall Is Rewarded for His Patience; Charlton's Loyalty Pays off as He Makes a Rare Start
HALL Charlton is ready to grab his chance in the Newcastle Falcons first team after being named for a rare start in tonight's European Challenge Cup-tie against Connacht in Galway. The 28-year-old Geordie makes his 152nd appearance for the Falcons...
Stock Watch; Stocks and Shares
Byline: Ian McElroy A VOLATILE FTSE 100 Index endured a bumpy ride yesterday as the market uncertainty continued. After a yo-yo day, which saw strong growth in the morning, a depressed afternoon eroded gains to see it close at 6485.6 - 8.2 points...
Store Vow to Employ Those on Benefits
Byline: By Dave Black PEOPLE on state benefits are to be given priority when jobs are handed out at a new superstore which will open in a Northumberland town early next year. About 15 posts at the new Sainsbury's store being built in Alnwick...
The Journal: Charging Won't Work on Its Own; North-East Newspaper of the Year
IT is not the most exciting sounding document in the world, but Newcastle City Council's Local Development Framework makes clear what the future holds. Planners are hoping to remove all "nonessential" traffic from Newcastle city centre. That...
The Railway Enthusiast
AT a time when the media regularly reports that UK ports are struggling with rail and infrastructure capacity, the Port of Tyne presents a model of best practice on how to get things done by working together, according to Matthew Hunt, commercial manager...
This Is a Town Where the Planning Committee and Its Bureaucrats Have Gone Barmy; Toon and Country
Byline: David Banks I WOULD do anything to avoid offending the silly-billy burghers of Berwick. After all, some of my best friends have council connections in the "canny toon". Local farmer David Lockie from Ford is a former mayor. Councillor...
Toddles Bring in Oodles for Josie; Mini-Walks Boost Charity
Byline: By Chris Robinson A CHARITY fund set up in memory of a North-East teenager who lost her battle with leukaemia has received another cash boost. Hexham Community Centre Parent and Toddler Group has raised pounds 1,600 in aid of the Josie...
Victim of RAF Sex Film Says: I Felt Sick; 'Ex-Boyfriend Should Have Been in Dock'
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield A WOMAN who was unknowingly filmed having sex at a North air base has spoken of her horror at finding out footage had been distributed to her then-partner's friends. The 26-year-old law student, who does not wish to...
We're Getting Ready to Make Merry; Wine
Byline: HELEN SAVAGE SOME people make plans for Christmas with almost military precision. Little is left to chance. The Savage household is not like this. I have remembered to order a turkey, but it took a tetchy email from our younger son,...
What's NEW?
HEXHAM Farmers' Market has won an award for being the best in the North of England and Scotland. The accolade from the National Farmers and Retail Markets Association (FARMA) is for having a good selection of quality produce and friendly and informative...
WIN A SHARE OF Pounds 1,000 TO PAY FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS FEAST; the Journal: Competition LAST CHANCE TO WIN
The Journal is giving you the chance to win pounds 500 to pay for your Christmas feast. Christmas is getting closer and closer, and it is nearly time to stock up your food shelves, fridge and freezer in order to prepare for the fun and festivities...
WIN Christmas Books
Children's Books AT Waterstone's this Christmas, you'll find a fabulous selection of children's books to choose from - gifts to inspire, enthral and entertain kids of all ages. Pop into your local branch and you'll find magical picture books, thrilling...
Woman Dies as Car Falls in River
Byline: By Paul Loraine AN elderly woman was killed yesterday when her car plunged into the River Wear. Police said the 80-year-old was carrying out a manoeuvre when her Toyota Yaris entered the cold water near the Golden Lion Pub in Lion Square,...
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