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 June 7, 2007

A Contemporary Twist
Byline: By Mieka Schmidt Art lovers no longer have to limit their passion to the walls. A new concept hopes to revolutionise the furniture we choose for our homes. Mieka Schmidt reports. So you have the basics: the towels, bedding and cutlery...
A Drug Addict Did This for Pounds 30 - Today He's Doing Nine Years
Byline: By Paul James Chief Reporter A heroin addict who left a frail great-grandmother battered and bruised after snatching her handbag was jailed for nine years yesterday. Newcastle Crown Court heard how Stephen Slater not only stole pounds...
A Fresh Lease of Life for the Burned-Out
Most smokers are only too aware of the negative aspects of smoking. And if they manage to kick the habit, they can see advantages almost immediately. They can enjoy improved health, including a better sense of taste and smell, save money and find...
Allardyce Eyes Israeli Stopper
Byline: By Luke Edwards Newcastle boss confirms interest in Trotters star SAM Allardyce has confirmed he is keen to sign centre-back Tal Ben Haim as Newcastle United's manager reflected on a successful flurry of transfer activity at St James's...
All Eyes Will Be on Miss China at the Garden
Three billion eyes will be focused on a Northumberland tourist spot next month, when it plays host to a key stage of the Miss China competition. The Alnwick Garden will be welcoming entrants for the UK stage of the contest, which is watched by millions...
Bank Raiders Wage War on Fly-Tippers
Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor Fly tippers are targeting the River Tyne and its banks as a way of illegally dumping waste. In the last two years around 20 tonnes of rubbish has been cleared from the banks of the river from its mouth...
Be a Quitter, with NHS Help
In A matter of weeks we will be able to enter any workplace, pub or bar, restaurant, bingo hall or hairdressers without having to worry about breathing in someone else's tobacco smoke. That's great news for everybody, whether a smoker or non-smoker....
Beckham Settles England Nerves
Byline: By Martyn Ziegler David Beckham walked tall in Tallinn to set up England for a comprehensive victory over Estonia and ease the pressure on manager Steve McClaren, writes Martyn Ziegler. Beckham provided two devastating crosses for Peter...
Blair Prepares for Hectic G8 Summit
Byline: By Jon Smith Prime Minister Tony Blair flew into his last G8 summit last night braced for a clash with Russia, farewell talks with President George Bush and a final push to secure a climate change deal. Mr Blair warned Russian President...
Blame Me Not Flintoff ( Vaughan
Byline: By Myles Hodgson Michael Vaughan has accepted the blame for England's dismal World Cup campaign as he attempts to end the furore surrounding his criticism of Andrew Flintoff's late-night Caribbean antics. The England captain has come...
'Build on Good Rail Link for Prosperity'
Byline: William Green Political Editor Business and political leaders have challenged ministers to maintain high-quality East Coast rail services as a Government competition to find a new operator enters its final phase. The Department for Transport...
'Buy into My Vision', Boss Urges Star Pair
Byline: By Luke Edwards Kieron Dyer and Michael Owen has been asked to buy into Sam Allardyce's vision for the future as Newcastle United's manager underlined his determination to keep both players at the club next season. Both Owen and Dyer...
Calling Time on Smoking in Pubs
Byline: By Richard Arnot Richard Arnot reflects on the up-coming smoking ban from a legal viewpoint. From 6am on July 1, 2007, smoking will be banned in certain public premises, places and vehicles in England. Smoking is already prohibited in...
Cashing in, Thanks to Our Exhibition!
A day out with The Journal homemaker will save one reader more than pounds 1,000 a year. Carl Bevan is thrilled that he attended the first homemaker exhibition in April. Thanks to a consultation with The Mortgage Advisor, which had a stand at the...
Comedy about Mrs T Is beyond a Joke
I read with interest the story about the new play by Tyneside writers Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood, who are using the fictional death of Margaret Thatcher as the basis for it ("Satirical end for Mrs T", The Journal, May 29). I'm sure many people, like...
Cool Weather Aids Double-Figure Hopes
The cool gentle breeze blowing across Sharpley Springs/Waters has been welcomed by anglers stalking the double-figure trout that are showing in numbers. Fishing instructor Terry Woods from South Shields had the biggest fish of the week ( a 17lb...
C&W Controversy over Multi-Million Pound Incentives
Cable & Wireless courted further controversy over executive pay yesterday as it proposed scrapping the pounds 20m cap on individual bonus payouts. The telecommunications company wants to axe the multi-million windfall maximum, effectively offering...
Danny Can Hold His Head High
Byline: By Tim Taylor Former European Tour caddie Jimmy Latta has been a factor in the success story of Danny Shevill, the new Northumberland Under-18s champion. The 18-year-old Shevill, who crossed the border to capture the Scottish Under-14s...
Diana Help Is Called In
A solicitor and a secretary have been appointed to help run the inquest of Diana, Princess of Wales, it was announced yesterday. Martin Smith and Lee Hughes both worked previously on the Hutton inquiry. A spokesman for the Judicial Communications...
Double Tags on Horizon
Byline: By Anna Lognonne The likely scenario of double tagging was top of the agenda as sheep industry officials addressed hundreds of farmers at North Sheep 2007 at Eastgate in Weardale yesterday. National Sheep Association chief executive Peter...
Dream Match Is Exciting Prospect
Byline: By Tim Taylor The latest in a series of Journal initiatives was unveiled yesterday with the news that the Newcastle and District League will play The Journal Dream Team in an inaugural challenge match at the Prudhoe club on Tuesday July...
Durham Let Lancashire Wriggle out of Trouble
Byline: By Luke Edwards As it so often does when his name is scribbled on a team sheet, the spectre of Muttiah Muralitharan hung ominously over Chester-le-Street last night after the first day of this Liverpool Victoria County Championship encounter....
Expansion Needs Put ZebraHosts in Demand
Byline: By Iain Laing A data centre has seen its sales grow by around a fifth as the demand for fast efficient technology increases among North-East companies. ZebraHosts, which is on Westgate Road, Newcastle, in the centre of what has been dubbed...
Festival of Football
Two hundred girls from across Northumberland and Tyneside will take part in a football festival on Saturday at Ashington's Hirst Welfare Centre. The event, organised by the Northumberland FA and fast food chain McDonald's, is part of the McDonald's...
Fiery Croats Can't Find the Winning Goal
Russia weathered sustained Croatia pressure to escape the Maksimir Stadium in Zagreb with a vital point in Euro 2008 Qualifying Group E. A fiery performance from the Croats did more than unnerve their Russian counterparts in the early stages, with...
Figo Rules out Spurs
Inter Milan winger Luis Figo has ruled out the possibility of a move to Tottenham. The 34-year-old admits his future at the San Siro is uncertain but has dismissed talk of a move to England or his native Portugal. He has previously been linked with...
Fire Rescue Sparks Cookers Warning
Byline: By Dave Black Firefighters who forced their way into a blazing flat in Northumberland had to wake up the sleeping occupant, who was unaware that he could have been just minutes from death. Two fire crews were sent to the upstairs flat...
Freddie Future Is Still Unclear
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby The future of Newcastle United chairman Freddie Shepherd was still unclear last night after it was reported he is on the brink of selling his stake in the club. Sources close to the deal last night said they "hadn't had...
Gardener Brian's in Clover, Thanks to 9p
Byline: By Murray Kelso A hard-working gardener is rolling in money rather than mud after netting a pounds 551,000 win from a 9p online casino bet. Self-employed Brian Somers, who earns just pounds 200 a week as a landscape gardener in Sunderland,...
Hick Still Waiting to Reach Landmark
Byline: By Andy Hampson Graeme Hick was kept waiting for his 40,000th first-class run as his team-mates piled on the runs at New Road yesterday, writes Andy Hampson. The prolific former England batsman, 41, needs just 64 to reach the latest milestone...
I Can Control Bad Boy, Insists Sam
Byline: By Luke Edwards The signing of Joey Barton might seem like a risk, but Newcastle United's new manager Sam Allardyce is convinced he has not taken a gamble on one of the Premiership's most controversial figures. Luke Edwards reports As...
Illuminate to Light Up University's Big Night
Byline: By Sam Wonfor Durham University is set for one heck of a birthday party on Saturday, as Sam Wonfor finds out. Durham University's 175th anniversary celebrations will continue in spectacular fashion on Saturday. It's the latest in a...
Ladhar Doubles Size of Homes Operation
Byline: By James Barton Care home and leisure business the Ladhar Group is spending pounds 24m on seven purpose-built nursing homes and so more than doubling the size of that part of its operation. The expansion sees the North Tyneside company...
'List of Shame' Branded Gimmick
Proposals to name and shame "deadbeat dads" were yesterday branded a gimmick, as the Government unveiled plans for a tough new enforcement body to replace the crisis-prone Child Support Agency (CSA). And opposition parties accused ministers of dragging...
Making Father's Day
From DIY to unofficial taxi driver, dads provide us with a long list of thankless tasks at the drop of a hat. Father's Day on June 17 is the day to really show ( with a thoughtful gift ( that you care. Just add endless supplies of tea and unlimited...
Mark Joynson Column
Byline: By Mark Joynson They're described as a business's greatest asset, but sometimes people are overlooked when it comes to buying office technology. We've all heard the horror stories where software and hardware are imposed on staff without...
Marts
Border June 1 Border Livestock Exchange Ltd to the week ending June 1 marketed 150 prime cattle and 811 prime sheep, including 418 new season lambs. The cattle trade has stopped falling. It has to be hoped that the dispiriting trend of the...
Matfen's Monster
Byline: By Tim Taylor Can anybody beat this? When Matfen Hall's new nine holes are opened tomorrow, the fifth will be unveiled as a 578-yard monster. If any club in our circulation area has a longer hole than that, please let us know. The new holes...
McCanns Forced to Deny Any Role
Byline: By Caroline Gammell The parents of missing youngster Madeleine McCann were last night forced to deny any involvement in her abduction. Kate and Gerry McCann looked appalled when they were asked by a German journalist if they had anything...
McDonald Delighted with New Signing
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Neil McDonald ended his long search for a goalscorer yesterday, but the Carlisle United manager is as pleased with new signing Danny Graham's character as his goalscoring record. The 21-year-old has joined on a free transfer...
Minister Backs Our Marvellous Museums
Byline: By William Green Political Editor The North-East's cultural renaissance was yesterday recognised in Parliament as a top minister expressed hope that Gordon Brown will provide funding to underpin its future. Richard Caborn, a Minister...
Monty Says He's Geared Up for Change of Fortune
Byline: By Tim Taylor Colin Montgomerie insists the "dark, dark days" are over as he bids to end his longest barren streak for 16 years in the Austrian Open this week. Montgomerie's victory drought stretches back to December 2005 in Hong Kong...
MP to Quiz Health Chiefs over Deficit
Byline: By William Green Political Editor Health chiefs in Northumberland were last night under fire for building up a deficit of nearly pounds 5m. Wansbeck MP Denis Murphy is demanding answers from the Government and Northumberland Care Trust....
My Side Can Be Great ( McLeish
Byline: LISA GRAY Alex McLeish refused to tempt fate by suggesting Scotland will qualify for Euro 2008 after steering their campaign back on track with a win in the Faroe Islands last night, writes LISA GRAY. But the national team boss insists...
Nadal Closes in on Dream Federer Final
Byline: By Steve Douglas Reigning champion Rafael Nadal moved a step closer to a dream French Open final against Roger Federer after demolishing close friend and fellow Mallorcan Carlos Moya in the last eight yesterday. There was no room for...
New House Site on Fire
Firefighters were called to a fire in Firthmoor, Darlington, County Durham at around 5.40pm yesterday. Fire crews attended the blaze in a detached house under construction. Energy advice SOUTH Tyneside Council has launched its Renewable Energy...
NHS 'Left Patient on the Brink of Suicide'
Byline: By Dave Black A psychiatric patient says he was badly let down by the NHS support system after leaving hospital and becoming increasingly desperate at his inability to cope with life back in the community. John Murray, 28, who has a long...
Nine Years Seems Enough ( Victim
Frail Rachel Hoggarth yesterday said she was "satisfied" at the length of Steven Slater's nine-year jail term. But the great-grandmother, from Bensham in Gateshead, also announced that she would never forgive the 35-year-old who changed the rest...
Noseda's Soldier Can March to Victory
All eyes will be on Soldier's Tale at Haydock and he should take the beating in the Listed Bank Of Scotland Corporate Stakes. Jeremy Noseda's inmate looked a very useful sort in 2005, completing a double when landing a Group Three event before finishing...
Owen Nets a Record
Steve McClaren hailed David Beckham as "immense" after the Real Madrid midfielder provided the ammunition for England to notch an easy victory over Estonia on a night when Newcastle striker Michael Owen became his country's record goalscorer in competitive...
Peter Jackson Column
Byline: By Peter Jackson Some Italian lawmakers want almost to double the number of national holidays. Italians already get 12 days ( more than most other EU countries ( but, to increase religious observance in an increasingly secular country...
Piggott 'On the Mend'
Horse racing: Racing legend Lester Piggott continues to improve following his recent health scare and is now back at his home in Newmarket. Piggott was in Switzerland when he suffered a recurrence of a heart problem after originally falling ill over...
Prison Threat for Rage Mum Who Sank Fiance's Work Van
A woman who dumped her fiance's work van into a harbour in a fit of rage was told yesterday there was a "serious possibility" she would be jailed. Emma Thomason, 24, from Whitehaven, Cumbria, admitted taking Jason Wilson's van, filling it with his...
Romanians Find Much in Common
A delegation of Romanian farmers and agricultural experts have been in the North-East to look at the possibility of imitating the UK's stratified sheep system. The group visited hill farms in Blanchland, Northumberland, and near Shotley Bridge in...
Search for Lifesavers in Josie's Home Town
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths Charity bosses are urging friends and neighbours inspired by the courage of Josie Grove to become lifesavers in her honour. The 16-year-old, of Princes Street, Corbridge, Northumberland, touched the nation after taking...
Tech Notes
Byline: By Herb Kim The first on-stage meeting of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs in 20 years might've been top billing at last week's D: All Things Digital (D5) conference, but it was a catfight between media giants that provided the real entertainment....
'This Mum Needs Parenting Lessons'
Byline: By Rod Minchin A children's charity yesterday condemned a mother who abandoned her two young children on a busy dual carriageway on a winter afternoon. The 44-year-old woman left her daughters, aged six and nine, on the A69 in Northumberland...
Timetables Revealed for New Service
Byline: Paul James Train timetables for the new direct services from Sunderland to London were revealed for the first time yesterday. New rail firm Grand Central has unveiled details of its thrice-daily route which will run from Wearside to King's...
Time to Put Our Heads in the Clouds
For years we have been urged to study the ground at Housesteads, the better to appreciate the remains of the Roman fort beside Hadrian's Wall. Now English Heritage are taking a different tack. In a series of special Cloud Watching Weeks, visitors...
Two Held at Station
British Transport Police arrested two men at Newcastle Central Station last night ( one for a public order offence and the second for indecent exposure. Police believe the men were part of a group of up to 12 males in fancy dress who boarded the...
Victim's Mum Dies
The mother of gangland murder victim David 'Noddy' Rice has died without seeing the arrest of the prime suspect in the case. Lydia Rice, 74, had suffered heart trouble for many months after her son was shot dead in a seafront car park at Marsden,...
Village Plan Is 'Dead in Water'
Byline: By Dave Black A masterplan aimed at regenerating the heart of a Northumberland village at a cost of pounds 17m has been strongly criticised by an international planning expert. The ambitious blueprint for Ponteland involves demolishing...
Vistech Looks into Impressive Future
Byline: By Nigel Stirling A maker of hi-tech equipment for the life sciences and pharmaceutical industries has won six-figure backing from a regional fund manager it hopes will catapult it into new markets and double turnover to pounds 5m in two...
Vital Issues for Rail Line Franchise Bidders
An open letter to the Intercity East Coast Rail Franchise Consultation Manager c/o the Department for Transport Rail Group: Following submission of the regional response to the Franchise Specification consultation exercise in February this year,...
Water Bosses to Hold Back on Price Rises
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Northumbrian Water has given its customers an unexpected boost by saying it would not pass on price hikes previously allowed by regulator Ofwat. The move ( which equates to pounds 22m, or an average of pounds 10 a year...
We Just Didn't Want Our Staff to Be Killed by Breathing It All In
Byline: By Andy Hoook Don't you just hate those do-gooders! You can't do this; you can't do that; you can't do anything you enjoy anymore! Take alcohol for example. According to the published definitions, I, along with many of my friends, am...
Why It's Always Springtime for the Producers
Byline: By David Whetstone The Producers at Sunderland Empire until June 23 A show about a show that is designed to fail has its own in-built excuses, an enmeshed insurance against a mauling from the public and the critics. "That show was...
Willy Poole Column
Byline: By Willy Poole There are two questions that inevitably confront you at this time of year: had your holiday yet and where are you going for your holiday, then? In my case the answer to the first is No and the answer to the second is I'm...
Woolies Hopes for High Street Revival
Byline: By Iain Laing Woolworths has boosted hopes of a long-awaited revival in its retail business after it said it had made a "solid start" to the year. The chain said profit margins on the high street were "substantially ahead" of the previous...
Woolworths Sees Better Margins
Woolworths yesterday boosted hopes of a long-awaited revival in its retail business when it said it had made a solid start to the year. The chain said high street profit margins were substantially ahead of the previous year, thanks to better products....
Would-Be Cats Are Forming a Queue
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Jonny Evans might not be returning to Sunderland next season but there are plenty of others trying to engineer a move to the Stadium of Light. Manchester United defender Evans is not expecting to play for the Black Cats...
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