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 12, 2009

200 Homes Planned, but Just 32 Delivered; Council Effort Criticised by Commission
Byline: Amy Hunt FIGURES today reveal the extent of the house-build slowdown. Only 32 additional homes were finished in Newcastle in the last year, against a target of 200. And that target had already been slashed from 600 due to the recession....
Acknowledgements
CAMPBELL (Morpeth). Thelma, John and Norah would like to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for their kindness and sympathy, shown during their recent loss of Raymond, also for floral tributes and donations to the R.A.F.A. and to all who...
A Fond Farewell to Jock the Cock
Byline: DAVID BANKS DISTRESSING news reaches me as I wearily evade the motorised rickshaws hunting victims on downtown Bangkok's crowded streets. What I am seeking is a plateful of local cuisine during my brief stopover en route to Australia....
Amec Acquisition Talks Boost Shares Price
Byline: Ken Oiwa Brewin Dolphin THE market shrugged off the news that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the first pandemic since 1968. The WHO elevated the H1N1 virus alert level to six, effectively declaring it as a pandemic....
Anger Erupts as Nursery Woman Faces Court
A FEMALE nursery worker was jeered and spat at when she appeared in court yesterday charged with sexual assault and making and distributing child abuse images. Vanessa George, 39, who worked at the Little Ted's nursery in Plymouth, was remanded...
Anticipation Building for Plate Weekend; INSIDE TRACK
Byline: JAMES ARMSTRONG IT is now less than two weeks until our biggest racing event of the year at Newcastle Racecourse, the John Smith's Northumberland Plate Festival, and the 'buzz' is really starting to pick up around the course. Planning...
A Tasty Treat Springs to Mind
IN SEASON WITH SADIE PARKER OF THE NATIONAL TRUST LAMB is a really delicious, tasty meat that's full of flavour, especially at this time of the year with spring lamb just about to come into season. There's no better time to dig out your lamb...
Be Modern Buys Eco Friendly Heating Firm
Byline: Karen Dent AFIREPLACE maker has signed a hot deal to take over a Midlands stove specialist and create a company with turnover of more than pounds 30m. South Shields company Be Modern paid an undisclosed seven-figure sum for Shrewbury's...
'Ben Ran into Three Cowards. They Were Older Than Him, Bigger Than Him and Armed with Knives. He Had No Chance at All' Murderers of Ben Face Life Behind Bars
Byline: Shenai Raif THREE youths today face life sentences after being found guilty of the brutal killing of Ben Kinsella, the 16-year-old brother of actress Brooke Kinsella. Juress Kika, 19, Jade Braithwaite, 18, and Michael Alleyne, 20, were...
Big Nets Garnered at Aldin Grange
GOOD nets are coming from Aldin Grange where silver fish are feeding well. Dave Barret took a 50lb-plus net using pellet and maggot. Anglers on Whittle Dene have been working harder for their catches this week. David McIver had 65 gudgeon and 12...
Calls to Government for Huge Increase in Crop Research Cash
Byline: Karen Dent BRITISH crop research needs at least pounds 20m of Government funding annually to bring it up to speed to cope with the demands of food security and climate change. That's the demand from the British Society of Plant Breeders...
Chapple Puts the Pinch on Durham
Byline: Luke Edwards YOU need many different qualities to be a successful county captain, conviction in your decisions, confidence in your own ability and inspiration in your words. A decent understanding of the day's weather forecast can also come...
Cheers to That; Promoting Beer and Pubs Sounds like Fun. Alastair Gilmour Finds One Celebrity Who Takes It Seriously - Most of the Time
Byline: Alastair Gilmour Continued FOR a man who makes a living out of learning scripts, Neil Morrissey isn't particularly good with names. The Men Behaving Badly and Waterloo Road star - and the voice of Bob The Builder - may not remember what...
Chris Has Sights Set on 2012 Olympics; after the Low of 2008, an Older and Wiser Chris Tomlinson Is Determined to Bounce Back in 2009. Stuart Rayner Speaks to the Long Jumper
Byline: Stuart Rayner SOME people believe sporting life ends at 30. It is the time when the graph of a sporting career is supposed to take a downward path. The reality is rather different, but hit 30 and suddenly you are competing as much against...
Classy Cleaver Stands out at York; Saraband
CLEAVER was unlucky to bump into an onsong rival last time out and is the pick in the Blue Square Stakes at York. Beaten just over a length by Sweetheart at Goodwood, the winner gave the form a further boost when winning earlier in the week, and...
College Thief to Pay Back Stolen Money; Bursar Spent Cash on Home Improvements
Byline: Neil McKay ATHIEVING bursar will pay back almost pounds 180,000 of money she stole from one of England's oldest colleges. Christine Starkey was the trusted bursar - or financial administrator - for the prestigious St Chad's College in...
Davenport Keen on Cats Return; Davenport Keen on Black Cats Return
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS CALUM Davenport is still hoping to secure a permanent move to Sunderland - despite the Black Cats making Manchester City skipper Richard Dunne their main defensive target, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Davenport was signed by previous...
Deaths
BURFIELD (Ashington). The Brethren of Wansbeck Lodge No. 5171 are requested to attend the funeral of Bro. William Thomas Burfield, Prov. G. Stwd. on Tuesday 16th June at Ashington Parish Church of The Holy Sepulcre at 1.45pm to be followed by...
Deborah Appointed Centre Manager at Sanderson Arcade
DEBORAH Anderson has been appointed as the new centre manager at the Sanderson Arcade development in Morpeth. The 39-year-old comes with a wealth of retail experience having headed up her own teams at the Keel Row Centre in Blyth as well as Monument...
Dismay at Closure of Centre for Elderly; VOICE OF THE NORTH
I WRITE with dismay at the proposed closure the Northumberland day care centres ( The Journal, June 9). My 85- year- old mother the centre in Hexham and it remains the only mental stimulation she gets during the week. The rest of the week she spends...
'Do Not Leave Us Prisoners in Our Homes' Terry Neale Waited Eight Months to Get into Lyndon House Day Centre, Five Weeks on It May Be Closed Down in a Controversial Shake-Up. Today He Pleads on Behalf of All Those Affected
Byline: Dave Black APARAPLEGIC whose previous day care centre was shut down three years ago has made a heartfelt plea to council bosses not to leave him in despair again by closing his new centre. Terry Neale, 65 - who has been confined to a...
Don't Keep Telling Us What to Do
Byline: BILL MIDGLEY Bill Midgley is a North East business executive and former chairman of the British Chambers of Commerce ARECENT addition to the many signs that seem to adorn public offices or in those organisations that are no more than privatised...
Drunk's Wrong Turn 'Put Lives in Danger' Train Stopped as Car Turned on to Track
Byline: Karon Kelly ADRUNK driver took a wrong turn down a railway track and broke down as a train approached. Karen Angus's car came to a halt 700 metres along the busy track, between Wansbeck and Fawdon Metro stations in Newcastle, Newcastle...
Dyson Is Confident Gayle Will Be Ready
WEST Indies coach John Dyson is confident captain Chris Gayle will be fit for today's World Twenty20 showdown with one of the tournaments favourites, India. Gayle was rested for Wednesday's 15-run defeat to Sri Lanka after being struck on the right...
England Outclassed by Favourites
ENGLAND captain Paul Collingwood admitted the ICC World Twenty20 hosts were simply "outclassed" by favourites South Africa in their seven-wicket Super Eights defeat at Trent Bridge. After watching his team muster the lowest Twenty20 total in their...
Fine Weather Brings Good Results for Firms
FINE weather and price cutting have helped struggling DIY chain Homebase to like-for-like sales growth for the first time in two years. Its owner Home Retail Group said a sunnier March and April - compared with last year's rain - helped demand for...
Flounder Milestone for Dave
ONLY a couple of weeks ago I was writing about Dave Rogers' quest for one of the rare thornback rays caught locally which he accomplished with a fine thornback of 8lb 4oz. Dave's latest quest has taken him a little longer. Although our rivers produce...
Gold Cyclists Back Cyclone; Sport's Big Names Head North
SOME of the biggest names in British cycling descend on Newcastle tonight for the first of a three major road races in the city. The Northern Rock Cyclone gets underway with the fast-paced Leazes Criterium tonight ahead of a mass participation race...
Government Denies It Tricked Investors; Shareholders Lost out When Rock Rescued
Byline: Mike Taylor THE Government denied in court yesterday that it deliberately set out to make a profit from its nationalisation of Northern Rock at the expense of the bank's shareholders. There was "no evidence whatsoever" that the statutory...
Grand Designs; Students Show off Some Bright Ideas
Byline: Tony Henderson TYNESIDE student Will Toogood was intent on making camping easier after living under canvas at a rock festival. Will, 23, studying product design technology at Northumbria University, was taken aback at the number of tents...
Henley of the North Will Be Big Draw; Thousands Expected at Prestige Event
Byline: Neil McKay THOUSANDS of spectators and rowers are expected at an event dubbed The Henley of the North this weekend. More than 1,000 rowers will compete in the Durham Regatta on the River Wear. Tomorrow and Sunday there will be races...
Home Cooking - with Jam on; FOOD MATTERS: Jam Making Isn't Just the Preserve of the Women's Institute. with Seasonal Summer Berries Coming into Their Own, Rediscover the Traditional Culinary Art. Jane Hall Reports
IT was in 1957 that Conservative Prime Minister Harold Macmillan famously declared Britain had never had it so good. It heralded the start of the throwaway society: bargain clothes, affordable package holidays, competitively priced white goods and...
Home Sales Plunge but Agency Still 'Well Placed'
Byline: Peter McCusker NEWCASTLE estate agency your-move.co.uk has seen sales plummet by more than a third to pounds 47m - as well as posting a loss of pounds 5.7m - as the housing market slowed last year. But with a well-capitalised parent company,...
It Will Be Money Well Spent in the Long Run; THE Pounds 80m Offer from Real Madrid for Ronaldo May End Up Being Enough to Buy Newcastle United, Lock Stock and Barrel. Is It Financial Madness or Just Good Business by the Spanish Football Giants? Mike Kelly Reports
Byline: Mike Kelly THE financial figures involved in the Ronaldo deal are mind boggling. First there's the pounds 80m transfer fee. Then there is the reported annual salary of pounds 10m over a six-year period with a guaranteed 25% rise every...
Julia Shows She's the Big Cheese at Top Awards
JULIA Cammiss's latest accolade is not be sniffed at. For the 48-year-old fledgling businesswoman has taken top honours in a competition to find the UK's top blue cheese. Julia's home-made Durham Cow brand wowed the judges in this year's Tesco...
Keep Creative People for Sake of All
Byline: NICHOLAS CRAIG THE region's student graduate shows fizz with originality, skill and ideas. The National Glass Centre at Sunderland was the venue this week for a stunning collection of exciting, unique works from Sunderland University's...
Learning Curve for Boss at Coalface
THE chief executive of one of the country's biggest builders got a fresh view of his company when he went undercover as a labourer for a new television series. Stephen Martin normally spends more time in boardrooms than building sites in his job...
Liam and Co Serve Up a Fantastic Night to Remember
Byline: Michael Telfer at the Stadium of Light been fortunate to see Oasis but Wednesday night the first time I'd seen them in open- air and it was an evening will live long in the memory. From the second Liam swaggered the stage, tambourine...
Local Meat Helps Firm to Award
A BUTCHER has scored a first for the North East by winning a top industry award after moving to larger premises and specialising in local produce. Family business Freeman Catering Butchers, which left South Shields for Team Valley at the end of...
Make It a Pint or Two. or Three
Neil and Richard Fox operate Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn at Marton cum Grafton in North Yorkshire where a micro-brewery is geared for experimentation. Volumes, however, are produced from Cropton Brewery, not far away near the North Yorkshire coast. ...
Market's Ten Years of Growth; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
ALNWICK Farmers' Markets is celebrating its 10th birthday on Friday, June 26. Ten years ago, the first farmers' market established in Northumberland had only a handful of traders. Over the years, this has now grown to a regular monthly market...
Marts
BORDER Week ending June 5 Border Livestock Exchange sold 226 store, prime and breeding cattle. 872 sheep including 649 lambs and 223 ewes. Cattle trade has finally started to improve as supplies of inside fed cattle run out long before grass fed...
Minnows Travel the Long Way to Juve; West Auckland Go Extra Mile to Play Giants
Byline: Neil McKay NON-LEAGUE West Auckland FC are following in the footsteps of their forefathers to play Italian giants Juventus. The club can't afford the airfare to the game in Turin, so are facing a long journey over land and sea. The...
MP Joins Drive for a New Revolution; Parliamentary Motion Table about Initiative
Byline: William Green THE Journal's campaign to spearhead a new industrial revolution in the North East has won backing from MPs calling on the Government to back the initiative. Blaydon MP Dave Anderson has tabled a Parliamentary motion praising...
Murray Eases to Semi-Final
T OURNAMENT favourite Andy Murray admits he will need to raise his game to beat Mardy Fish and reach the semi-finals of the AEGON Championships at the Queen's Club, writes ADRIAN CURTIS. Murray eased into the last eight of the competition with a...
Natural Flu Killers Will Add Zest to Turnover
Byline: Christopher Knox ABIOTECHNOLOGY company working to help stop the spread of swine flu expects to increase its turnover from pounds 2m to pounds 3m as it looks to launch its first range of high street products. Middlesbrough firm Phytologica...
New Tunnel Provokes Dredging Fears
PROPOSED changes to dredging plans as part of the building of the new Tyne Tunnel have sparked fears among river guardians. The Tyne Rivers Trust claims that under the new plans, dredging would take place at the peak run of salmon and sea trout...
New Zealand Show Their Class to Prevent Another Giant-Killing
IRELAND missed the opportunity to register another giant-killing by slipping to an emphatic 83-run defeat against injury-hit New Zealand in the second stage of the World Twenty20 tournament. Having already progressed beyond expectations into the...
Noise Guidelines Could Stop Wind Farm Approval; Permission May Now Be Hard to Get
Byline: Ben Guy NEW noise guidelines for wind farm developers could make getting approval for sites more difficult. Independent consultants who sat on the Government Noise Working Group recommend more stringent tests that should be carried out,...
Nurse's African Mercy Mission in Memory of Late Husband
NURSE Janet Clarke is heading to Africa to help the needy in memory of her husband and brother. Janet, 49, vowed to join the Mercy Ship after her brother David, 56, had visited the vessel when it docked in Blyth, Northumberland, two years ago. ...
Offer Fergie Couldn't Refuse
Byline: Simon Stone AFTER a summer of haggling, followed by 12 months of rumour and speculation, Real Madrid finally dropped a mega-bid on the Old Trafford mat late on Wednesday that was enough to end Ronaldo's six years at Manchester United. ...
Our Money Heads South - Just When We Need It Most; Regeneration Funds Suffer Savage Cuts
Byline: Adrian Pearson Comment SPENDING bosses have been forced to put together a list of regeneration cuts after the Government ordered North East cash be diverted to help southern housing. Alan Clarke, head of development agency One North...
Parents' Fury after Failure to Charge Suspects
THE parents of a teenager who was tortured in a pub attack have hit out at a decision not to prosecute those arrested. Unemployed Nicholas Mckie, 18, of Alnwick, Northumberland, was set on fire and had jump leads attached to him in the incident...
Pounds 4.5m Initiative to Create New Business Incubator
Byline: Iain Laing Apounds 4.5m initiative to create a tailor-made incubator for new business opportunities in the process industries sector has been launched on Teesside. The Process Industries New Business Opportunity Hub at Wilton in Redcar...
Practical Lesson on Site for Students
HUNDREDS of North-East students have been given the chance to sharpen their skills by looking around England's biggest office development to see first-hand how it is being built. Almost 400 construction technology students from Northumbria University's...
Progress on Hospital Bugs 'Lamentable' MRSA Still on Rise at One in Ten Trusts
Byline: Tom Morgan THE Government was accused of "neglecting" deadly hospital bugs as figures published today showed some infections may be soaring. Cases of MRSA have increased in more than one in 10 NHS trusts while Clostridium difficile has...
Rescue Launched to Save Stricken Dairy; Parties Are United to Keep Jobs
Byline: William Green ARESCUE mission to save a North East dairy is underway amid fears it could close with hundreds of workers losing their jobs. The workforce at the Blaydon dairy and development agency One North East are understood to be working...
Restoration Firm's Order Book Defying Recession
Byline: Christopher Knox ABUILDING and restoration company has exceeded its turnover targets by pounds 1m and is now looking to enter the lucrative market of council framework agreements. County Durham firm St Astier has defied the recession...
Ronaldo Transfer Shows How Far United Has Fallen; Newcastle Are Left Behind on - and off - the Field: If Newcastle Fans Needed Another Reminder of How Far They Have Fallen, It Arrived with News of Cristiano Ronaldo's Impending Record-Breaking Transfer to Real Madrid. Mark Douglas Reports
Byline: Mark Douglas AN early-morning exchange on Sky Sports News probably summed it up best. Midway through an update about the on-going takeover saga at St James's Park and in full flow, North East reporter David Craig was unceremoniously cut...
Search for Missing Walker Is Expanded
THE search for missing Durham walker Michael Egglestone has been widened by Spanish authorities. Valleys surrounding the village of Benichembla, near Alicante, on the Costa Blanca, are now being explored in a bid to find the 52-year-old, who has...
Six Becomes Nine - and It All Adds Up Perfectly
GEOFF LAWS TABLE FOR 2 GEOFF LAWS Six Restaurant, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Quays PAUL Simon wrote a song about numbers that, in times of trouble, crowded his head adding to his woes. Some of his muddle lay in his calculations....
Stars with Debbie Frank
Byline: Debbie Frank Calls are charged at 75p per minute BT landline. Other networks and mobiles may vary. Call 09058 171 440 Call 09058 171 441 Call 09058 171 442 Call 09058 171 443 Call 09058 171 444 Call 09058 171 445 Call 09058 171 446 Call...
Striker Attracts Toffees' Interest; SMITH ATTRACTS TOFFEES' ATTENTION
Byline: Mark Douglas EVERTON have expressed an interest in signing Alan Smith - but the Newcastle United utility man wants to stay at St James's Park and help the club out of the Championship. Virtually the entire United squad is up for sale...
Talks on Debt Deal to Rescue Lender
Byline: Iain Laing WEST Bromwich Building Society has confirmed it is in talks over a debt deal that would boost its capital strength. The mutual said the discussions, being held with groups holding some pounds 182.5m of debt, were at an advanced...
The Gallic Philospher Does Irony after All; Alastair Gilmour Reviews Looking for Eric and Finds out If Its Footballer Star Scores with Film Fans
Byline: Alastair Gilmour DRAMA LOOKING FOR ERIC (1hr 57 mins) Certificate: 15 Starring: Steve Evets, Eric Cantona, Stephanie Bishop Director: Ken Loach Star rating: .. .. .. .. ... IT didn't win any prizes but the much-admired Looking For Eric...
The Police Station Where the Heat Is on; New Project Will Save Cash and Slash CO[TM]
Byline: Neil McKay WORK is to start this summer on a pioneering project to provide a police station with "free" central heating. Refurbishment work at the section office in South Moor, Stanley, County Durham, will see engineers scrap the traditional...
The Secret Is in the Seal
Byline: HELEN S AVAGE AFEW weeks ago I was sent three samples of the same wine from northern Italy: Monteforte 'Passo Avanti', Soave 2006. One had a Stelvin screw cap, one was sealed with a natural cork and one had a plastic cork. They were bottled...
Time for a Rare Pat on the Back; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE
Byline: CATRIONA LINGWOOD GORDON Brown and his Government - whoever's still part of it by the time this goes to press - have found themselves on the receiving end of very little in the way of praise of late. Specifically, our industry has had...
Video Nasties Saved England; Skipper Terry Reveals Why Side Is Now Performing
Captain John Terry admits the England squad needed a "kick up the backside" after failing to qualify for Euro 2008 - and revealed how a session of video nasties from Fabio Capello helped guide them back towards next summer's World Cup finals. England...
Visit Considered a Success; the Countess of Wessex Delights Pupils
Byline: Neil McKay THE Countess of Wessex was invited to 'Consider Yourself One of Us' when she visited a County Durham primary school yesterday. A beaming Sophie Countess of Wessex listened to children from Bishop Ian Ramsey C of E Primary School...
Warner Hopes to Ease Early Exit Pain
Byline: Luke Edwards DAVID Warner is hoping a short but successful spell with Durham will help ease the pain of Australia's embarrassingly early exit from the Twenty20 World Cup. Warner finally arrived at the Riverside yesterday after a series...
Why Ambition for a Top Job Can Be a No-Brainer
Byline: BOB CUFFE IT'S good to have ambition. Take the Pope for instance. When he was a young man, full of dreams and hopes in the Hitler Youth, I wonder if he ever imagined he'd finish up as The Big Religious Cheese? This must encourage so many...
Wright Is Ready to Take on Olusegun; BOXING
WHEN Gus Robinson arranged for Nigel Benn to fight Sugar Boy Malinga at the then Telewest Arena in March 1996, it was the first occasion in the modern era that the North East had played host to big-time boxing, writes STEVE BROWN. After Bishop Auckland-born...
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