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 November 20, 2008

2 DAY IN 2 MINUTES: Home and Abroad
Monk rape claim probe REPORTS that a British tourist was allegedly raped by a teenage monk in Cambodia were being investigated by the Foreign Office last night. Police in the south-east Asian country arrested the Buddhist monk after the 39-year-old...
All Are Truly Outstanding
DURHAM: Aclet Close Nursery School, Bishop Auckland; Barnardo's Disability Service North East, Chester-le-Street; Chester-le-Street C of E Junior School; Crook Nursery School; DFW Adoption, Durham; Durham Local Authority Fostering Service, Newton Aycliffe;...
Angling: A Rod and Reel Fit for a King; GAME Angling
Byline: GEORGE MACINTYRE AFTER receiving the Honorary Freedom of the City last week to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of Newcastle Civic Centre on November 14, 1968 - by his father, King Olav V - Norway's King Harald V was then presented...
Banking Software Firm Cashing in on Downturn
Byline: Christopher Knox A BANKING technology firm believes it can benefit from the global downturn and boost its revenues by a quarter with the help of its new rapid fire payment checking systems. Unified Software, based in Rainton Bridge South...
Bardsley Won't Give Up His Spot Easily
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS PASCAL Chimbonda made his first step towards redemption at Sunderland last night with a run out for the reserves, but Phil Bardsley is not about to let him back into the first team without a fight, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Whether...
Blockbuster Session Was Gloomiest
Byline: HERB KIM CAMDEN, Maine, is four hours north of Boston and is a pretty long way from anything. And yet, it remains the annual home of the Pop!Tech Conference which attracts 600 of some of the best and brightest technologists, intellectuals...
BNP Members Are Exposed; Names Listed in Online Leak
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent DOZENS of North BNP supporters have had their private details revealed online after the party's membership list was leaked. Leader of the British National Party Nick Griffin last night said...
Boxing: Hatton Driven by a Thirst for Glory
Byline: Phil Barnett RICKY Hatton insists recognition is more important than alphabet titles after shrugging off the fact Saturday's showdown with Paulie Malignaggi will not be for the IBF light-welterweight belt. The 30-year-old Mancunian has...
Children's Club Saved by Grant; Saturday Activities Are Secured by Pounds 12,000 Funding
Byline: Sam Wood A VITAL service for families with autistic and disabled children has been secured thanks to a North East charity foundation. The 'Saturday Activity Club' run by the Newcastle Toy & Leisure Library twice a month at Hadrian...
Companies Accused of Dragging out Wind Farm Inquiry
COMPANIES seeking to build three wind farms came under fire yesterday for prolonging a public inquiry. Developers AMEC, Steadings Wind Farm Ltd and Wind Prospect were accused of "unacceptable conduct" for their role in dragging an inquiry out to...
Cricket: Unlucky Sidebottom Injured Again
RYAN Sidebottom has suffered another setback in his battle against injury problems to force his way back into England's one-day and Test side. The Nottinghamshire left-arm seamer was on the verge of a recall to the one-day line-up for the third...
Culture: Exhibition Tracks Life and Times of Artist; You Might Not Think You Know John Coatsworth, but If You've Been out and about on Tyneside It's Likely You'll Have Seen His Work. Anna Richardson Talks to the Artist Currently Exhibiting at Woodhorn
Byline: Anna Richardson JOHN Coatsworth's distinctively bold and vivid painting style has led him to produce some of the most easily recognisable images of Tyneside in recent years. They've appeared on everything from souvenir mugs and T-shirts...
Culture: It's the Final Countdown; Four Aspiring Film-Makers Are to Make a Potentially Career-Changing Big Pitch on Tyneside, as David Whetstone Explains
Byline: David Whetstone THE sixth Northern Lights Film Festival could be a cinematic launchpad for the dreams of an aspiring feature film maker. One of the most notable features of last year's festival was the announcement of The Big Pitch, a...
Culture: Multi-Talented Amateur Actor to Star in Play He Wrote and Directed
STOCKSFIELD Player Alex Swan is a man of many talents. A teacher by day, he has not only written the Players' latest offering but is also directing the production. And, as if that weren't enough, he is playing the lead role too. Multi-tasking Alex,...
Culture - Our New Global Ambassador
Byline: ANDREW DIXON THE story of Newcastle Gateshead's cultural regeneration is being read, seen and studied across the world. The physical transformation has probably delivered the best cultural infrastructure of any city of its size in Europe....
Decision on Owen Is Tough for Boss
Byline: Luke Edwards JOE Kinnear admits he will have to make his toughest decision since he became Newcastle United manager as he struggles to decide whether to start with Michael Owen at Chelsea on Saturday. Owen (pictured below) came off the...
Education Must Be Better - Inspectors; Unfair Deal for Children from Poorer Areas
Byline: Alison Kershaw STATE education must improve if England is to compare favourably with the best in the world, inspectors warned yesterday. More than half of the country's teenagers are still leaving school without five good GCSEs, including...
Enterprising Duo Sell Firm in Pounds 20m Deal
Byline: Peter McCusker TWO North East entrepreneurs have pocketed pounds 20m after selling their business and plan to try to repeat their success with a new company. Business partners Fiona Cruickshank and Brian Dougherty set up the Prudhoe-based...
Entertainment at Home; Christmas Gift Guide Gordon Barr Suggests a Few DVDs for Stocking Fillers
Byline: Gordon Barr MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE MAMMA Mia, here we go again !!! If you are in need of a dose of ABBA then hold on to your dungarees...the wait is finally over as Mamma Mia! The Movie comes singing and dancing onto DVD and Blu-ray DVD...
Falcons Have It All to Prove; Dowson Insists Side Will Make Up for Poor Showing
Byline: Alan Hedley NEWCASTLE Falcons skipper Phil Dowson reckons his side has plenty prove in tomorrow night's Guinness Premiership clash at Worcester, writes ALAN HEDLEY. After Sunday's horror show against London Irish - which saw the side...
Family Saved by Smoke Alarms; No One Hurt but Everything Is Destroyed
Byline: Sam Wood A FAMILY of six, including a baby, were saved from a house fire yesterday after they were alerted to the blaze by smoke alarms which had been fitted just a week earlier. Sharon Waite, who lives in the house with her five children,...
Focusing on Rapid Growth of Technology
Byline: Andrew Mernin and Iain Laing IN response to the rapid growth of the region's science and technology industries, The Journal is launching a new weekly supplement focused on the burgeoning sectors. The four-page supplement will incorporate...
Football: Assured Stearman on Upward Curve
COACH Stuart Pearce admitted Richard Stearman might have pushed himself into the reckoning for a place in England's squad for the Uefa European Under-21 Championships next summer. The Wolves defender produced an assured performance at centre-back...
Football: Megastars Are Not Much Missed
Germany 1 England 2 AS a moment of history it might not rival Paul Gascoigne's tears in Italy or Michael Owen's hat-trick in Munich. Yet, make no mistake, England's 2-1 victory against Germany in Berlin was up there with the great footballing...
Football: Relief as Star Gets All-Clear; Fears Allayed as Hatch Well Enough to Travel Back
Byline: Luke Edwards DARLINGTON staff and supporters breathed a sigh of relief yesterday following the news striker Liam Hatch had not broken his neck in the FA Cup defeat to Droylsden. Hatch was taken to hospital for an X-ray because of fears...
Football: Scotland Are Seen off Easily; Classy Argentina Give Maradona His First Victory
Scotland 0 Argentina 1 A MAXI Rodriguez goal after eight minutes against Scotland at Hampden gave Diego Maradona victory in his first game in charge of Argentina. Allan McGregor made a great save from Argentina skipper Javier Mascherano before...
For the Best Choice
METROCENTRE offers the largest choice of Christmas gift shopping in the region. There's something for everyone, from great fashion for him, her and the children, to every item you could wish for to make your home festive this Christmas season. There...
Games Reviews
Byline: ROSS WILKINSON MIRROR'S Edge on PS3 adds yet more spark to a gaming season already brimming with top titles, in the run-up to Christmas. It's a corking first person action adventure, with a twist that has to be seen to be believed. Meanwhile,...
Gifts for Her; SHE'S Written Her Wish List and Has Been Good All Year, So Why Not Spoil Her with Something She'll Really Want to Find in Her Christmas Stocking? Here's a Selection of Gift Ideas to Steer You in the Right Direction. Christmas Gift Guide
BRIEF ENCOUNTER Let her imagination run wild with these sexy satin knickers. Sista Shei days of the week pants are pounds 70 from Figleaves (www.figleaves.com). JUST CHARMING Sneak this bracelet and charms under the Christmas tree and she'll love...
Gifts for Him; Christmas Gift Guide
Whether you're choosing for the man in your life or your father or brother, make sure he finds something worth unwrapping under the tree. Here's a selection of inspiring gift ideas to bring a smile to his face and add a little comfort and joy. ...
Gifts for Kids
SANTA Claus is coming to town - here's a selection of the latest "must-have" toys to keep little darlings happy on Christmas Day. BOYS Bakugan (age 5+): As featured on Cartoon Network, this is tipped to be one of this year's must-have games for...
Given Laments Disappointing Goals
Republic of Ireland 2 Poland 3 NEWCASTLE keeper Shay Given admitted the Republic of Ireland were their own worst enemies after conceding goals at the start of each half. Mariusz Lewandowski put the visitors ahead in the third minute and Roger...
Golf: Faldo Happy to Be Back on Course
NICK Faldo dusts off his golf clubs this week as he prepares for his first European Tour event in over a year at the UBS Hong Kong Open today. Faldo has endured an eventful year off the course during which he suffered the disappointment of leading...
Goodwill Gesture 'Insult' Closure POs Sent Card and 50 Stamps
Byline: Dan Warburton ASUB-POSTMISTRESS received a Christmas card and 50 first class stamps from Royal Mail a week before the organisation closed her post office - a gesture she described as "an insult". Stephanie Jarron's Belsay branch, in Northumberland,...
Have Your Say on Name; Public to Be Asked Views on Title of New Authority
Byline: Dave Black PEOPLE across Northumberland are being urged to have their say on the vexed question of what their new super council should be called - as public consultation starts this morning. Yesterday Conservative councillors urged residents...
Horse Racing: Murphy's Charge Has Shown Ability; in Association with Pagebet
Byline: Saraband FERDY Murphy's horses are now improving markedly for a run this season so Nine De Sivola should go very close in the Batemans Good Honest Ales Beginners' Chase at Market Rasen. A marvellous servant to the Middleham yard, the...
I Just Want to Give Hannah a Big Hug; Josie's Mum to Meet Brave Teenager
Byline: Chris Robinson THEIR lives share a similar heart breaking trait. And last night the mum of brave Josie Grove said she couldn't wait to give schoolgirl Hannah Jones a "big hug" when the pair come face to face. Jacqui Grove, who is on a...
Killer's 'Mental Decline' Jury Hears of Man's Torment over Break-Up
Byline: Hilary Clixby THE mother of a former taxi driver who stabbed four members of his family to death has told a court of her son's mental decline in the months leading up to the tragedy. Ann Crampton said her son Neil had wanted to resume...
Lap Dancing Campaigner Challenged to Visit Club
A NORTH MP who is campaigning for lap dancing clubs to be re-classified as sex establishments is unlikely to accept an offer to visit one in the interests of research. Following pressure from Durham's Labour MP Roberta Blackman-Woods, the Government...
Letter: VOICE OF THE NORTH - Celebrate Progress of Region's Schools
Byline: BECCY EARNSHAW YOUR article on November 15 - "Region's pupils fail to shine in national guide" - stated that the North East has the "fewest top-performing secondary schools in England, according to The Sunday Times Parent Power guide". ...
Lloyds Shareholders Back HBOS Takeover
Byline: Iain Laing LLOYDS TSB shareholders have backed the proposed takeover of ailing rival HBOS. The shareholders voted 95.98% in favour of the controversial deal at the Lloyds TSB Group general meeting in Glasgow. They also backed plans to...
Local Man Is Held by Somalian Pirates; Families in Call for Crew's Safe Return
Byline: Paul James Chief Reporter ACOUNTY Durham man is being held hostage by Somalian pirates on an oil tanker. Family of Peter French last night pleaded for his safe return and thanked the people of Britain for their support. Mr French and...
Minister Calls for Return of Rate Relief; Firms at Risk from Crippling Tax Demands
Byline: William Green Political Editor NORTH East Minister Nick Brown has joined growing calls for a Government rethink on a crippling tax on the region's recession-hit companies. The Treasury should re-examine the levy on empty commercial properties...
Mother 'Admitted Inventing Kidnap' Friends Tell of Confession in a Police Car
Byline: Amy Murphy SHANNON Matthews' mother said she arranged for her co-accused to take her daughter as part of a plan to leave her partner, witnesses told a court yesterday. Friends Natalie Brown and Julie Bushby and Detective Constable Christine...
New Stalls 'Not Fit for Job' Wind Damage Hits Market after Revamp
Byline: Dave Black MARKET traders paying increased rates after a pounds 3m revamp say the new stalls are not fit for the job. Stallholders at Blyth Market said they warned council chiefs the new stalls would not be robust enough, would fail to...
North 'Well-Placed to Ride out Worst Effects of the Downturn'
THE strength of North East manufacturers could save the region from the worst of the economic downturn next year, according to the Bank of England's chief economist. The Bank's Spencer Dale made a visit to the region yesterday to gauge the impact...
Oh Yes, It Is That Time of Year Once Again; Gordon Barr Picks out a Selection of Christmas Shows Heading Your Way
THIS year's pantomine at the Journal Tyne Theatre will be pulling out all the stops, as the much loved team return in their own inimitable style to present Cinderella - but with a big difference. The award winning comedians Brendan Healy and Maxie...
One in Two Entrepreneurs Fear Going Bust
A NEW report has found over 50% of North East entrepreneurs fear the recession could put them out of business. The survey by the Entrepreneurs' Forum also shows that 90% of those struggling North East businesses said they were experiencing cash-flow...
Operators Urged to Comply with UE Code
DATA centre operators in the region have been urged by the Government to comply to new European legislation to help in the fight against climate change. Yesterday, Lord Hunt, Minister for Sustainable Development and Energy, welcomed the launch of...
Overhaul of Site Leads to More Players
ONLINE gaming firm PartyGaming yesterday said the relaunch of its PartyPoker site was stemming a decline in its poker customers. The September overhaul of the world's fourth biggest poker site had resulted in a "material uplift" in player numbers,...
Owner Heartbroken over Stolen Pigeons; Fifth Raid on Loft in Last Seven Years
Byline: Paul James Chief Reporter AYOUNG woman last night spoke of her heartache after 13 of her prized pigeons were stolen - the fifth time her loft has been targeted. Helen Conley has had some of the birds for 12 years, since taking up her...
Owner Is Terrorised in Raid on His Home
ARMED raiders burst into an isolated house, tied up the owner, and then ransacked it, it emerged last night. The terrifying raid happened at Willow Tree Grange, Haswell Moor, County Durham, as the owner relaxed on Tuesday evening. The two masked...
Phelan Is Helping Wishli.st Come True
Byline: Andrew Mernin ONE of the world's most successful dotcom entrepreneurs is backing a fledgling North East firm which aims to help punters beat the credit crunch this Christmas. Sean Phelan, whose online mapping tool Multimap.com was sold...
Plan to Fell North Forest; around One Million Trees 'For the Chop'
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor PLANS have been drawn up to fell an entire conifer forest of around a million trees in Northumberland. If the clearance of Threestoneburn Forest goes ahead, it would be one of the biggest landscape changes...
Police in Email Blunder; Names of Suspect Criminals Sent to 150 Farmers
Byline: Sam Wood BUNGLING police emailed the personal details of suspected criminals to 150 farmers. Members of the Northumberland Farm Watch scheme were stunned when they opened the message to discover the names, dates of birth and addresses of...
Romag Becomes Leading Light in Fight against Global Warming; Extra Payment for People Feeding Renewable Energy into the National Grid Is Now on the Horizon. Karen Dent Talks to a Solar Glass Manufacturer That Is Poised to Take Advantage of the Expected Changes
Byline: Karen Dent ORIGINALLY founded to provide bulletproof glass to protect Government, military and financial buildings from attack, a County Durham manufacturer is now a leading light in the battle against climate change. Alternative Investment...
Security Firm Moves Jobs to Its North East Base
Byline: Karen Dent ANTI-COUNTERFEITING company OpSec Security's North East base is set to benefit from a cost cutting programme put in place across the group. The Washington AIM-listed business, which yesterday revealed a 16% jump in interim...
Sex Offenders Say Indefinite Registration Breaches Their Rights
LEGAL challenges have been launched on behalf of two people over their "indefinite" signing on the sex offenders' register. In a case with important general implications, their lawyers argued yesterday that the law breached their human rights because...
Shoppers Warned to Be on Guard; Don't Let Thieves Bring Unhappiness to Festive Period
Byline: Paul James Chief Reporter CHRISTMAS shoppers are being warned to be on their guard against opportunist thieves. Northumbria Police yesterday launched a crime prevention campaign urging families not to forget the simple safety steps they...
Simpson after New Crack at Appleby
FORMER British featherweight champion John Simpson aims to bring the Commonwealth belt to the table as he seeks a re-match with fellow Scot Paul Appleby. Simpson returns to the ring on November 28 on the under-card of Appleby's first defence since...
Sparkling Four-Timer for Howard
HOWARD Johnson was in sparkling form at Hexham, landing a 1,079-1 four-timer with Pemberton, Letterpress, Companero and Calin Royal. The County Durham trainer, who preferred to stay at home, had the winner of all four races he had runners in with...
Steward Schemes 'Bringing Benefits' Farming
Byline: Anna Lognonne AGRICULTURAL environmental schemes have brought real benefits to the countryside, a new survey has revealed. The Countryside Survey, which was published yesterday, said efforts by farmers to boost biodiversity on their farms...
Summons for Charity Bicycle Ride Collision Police Officer
A POLICE officer has been summonsed to court six months after his van was involved in a crash with another vehicle at a charity bike ride. Fundraiser Graham Chappell was cut free from his van after the collision with the police vehicle on the A696...
Win a Ford Fiesta with Search2drive.Com
The Journal has teamed up with Search2Drive.com to give you the chance to win a brand new Ford Fiesta Style. This 1.25 litre, three door car in a stunning metallic purple includes a perimeter alarm system, a radio/CD player, 12 months road tax and...
WIN Pounds 100 to Spend at Waitrose
The Journal has teamed up with Waitrose Eldon Square to give away pounds 100 worth of Waitrose vouchers to spend on your festive feast this Christmas every day (Monday to Friday) until Friday, November 21, 2008. Hand pick all your favourite foods...
Wylie Is 'Happy' to Fund TSG Purchases
THE business founded by Sage co-founder Graham Wylie, which has bought 21 companies in five years, is poised to make further acquisitions. Newcastle-based Technology Services Group Ltd (TSG), which provides IT support to SMEs through a UK-wide network...
Youthful Welsh Led to Victory by Craig
Denmark 0 Wales 1 CRAIG Bellamy returned to the Danish capital to secure another victory 10 years after his first goal for his country also produced a famous win in Copenhagen. This time the former Newcastle star netted his 16th for his country...
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