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 25, 2008

2 DAY IN 2 MINUTES: Home and Abroad
Rich getting richer THERE may be an international economic crisis, but no one seems to have told the world's wealthiest people. The numbers around the globe with at least one million dollars in assets swelled by 6% last year to 10.1 million, according...
Ageing Golf Stars Shine on Region; in Association with RBS
Byline: JAMES RAMSBOTHAM WHERE were you in 1985 when Sam Torrance rolled in the winning putt to clinch the Ryder Cup for Europe. For that matter, how about 1991 when Ian Woosnam took the Masters title in Augusta. Or Sandy Lyle's dramatic win at...
Analysis: Words That Proved Prophetic
Byline: William Green GORDON Brown has proved two of the greatest political realities set out by his predecessors as Prime Minister. Mr Brown will certainly be able to relate to Harold Wilson's comment that a "week is a long time in politics"...
Angling: Anglers Battle the Winds at Kielder; GAME
Byline: GEORGE MACINTYRE HIGH winds and heavy rain greeted the 14 pairs taking part in the second heat of the WaterAid Boat Pairs Fly Competition at Kielder Water on Sunday, with those anglers opting for sheltered areas such as the Belling and Tower...
Are Housebuilders on Firm Foundations? in Association with RBS
Byline: ANDREW MILLER SHARES in UK housebuilders continued to tumble yet further last week, as ongoing negative news flow emerged with respect to the domestic housing market. Equity valuations in the housebuilding sector are now at distressed...
Big Hitters Help to Increase Activity; in Association with Deloitte
Byline: Peter McCusker ADRIVE to improve its profile and increase its level of business activity in the region's corporate finance markets has been hailed a success by one of the big four banks. Two years ago Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets employed...
Brown in Deal to Save Planning Bill; TYNE GORGE INQUIRY VERDICT
GORDON Brown has struck a deal to avoid an embarrassing Commons defeat over Government planning reforms, it was revealed yesterday. Under the controversial changes, an independent quango rather than ministers would give the go-ahead to major projects...
Buoyant City Is Shooting Up the 'Tall Crane' Index League; Commercial Property Quarterly Review How Much More Development Is Yet to Come in the Newcastle Gateshead Hotel Market? Bruce Williamson Surveys the Landscape
Byline: Bruce Williamson NEWCASTLE and Gateshead over the last few years have become a magnet for local, national and international hotel operators competing to position their brands in this popular business and leisure destination. In the past...
Car Snatch Man Drunk; Court Warns Thief He Faces Jail Sentence
Byline: Dave Black A MAN who stole and crashed a family's car with a baby boy still strapped in the back seat was three-and-a-half times over the legal drink-driving limit at the time of the incident, a court heard yesterday. Drunken John Henry...
Cathedral Open to Business; Entertainment Package Offer
Byline: Neil McKay DURHAM Cathedral yesterday announced plans to follow the example of venues such as St James's Park, Durham's Riverside Cricket Ground and Gateshead's Baltic Arts Centre by attracting corporate hospita lity. And its Dean urged...
Cats Pondering Beattie Contingency
Byline: STUART RAYNER JAMES Beattie has emerged as one of Sunderland's top targets as they look for a short-term replacement for striker Kenwyne Jones, writes STUART RAYNER. The Wearsiders have made enquiries about Sheffield United's 30-year-old...
Copycat Binge Drinking Habits Put Lives at Risk
YOUNG women are risking their lives to follow the binge drinking "fashion phenomenon", say North East academics. Researchers from Durham University blamed the "disturbing" rise in drunken anti-social behaviour on bingeing no longer being seen as...
Cricket: Classy Show Gives Hope of Success
Byline: Mark Douglas THE clouds that encroached on Durham's Twenty20 campaign last night will come with the ultimate silver lining if the Dynamos accomplish the simple task of avoiding defeat against Derbyshire tonight. Thanks to Leicestershire's...
Cricket: Young Side Are Learning to Win, Says Collingwood; England Skipper Has Faith in His Team
CAPTAIN Paul Collingwood believes England have made great strides in oneday cricket despite their regular stumbling. Durham all-rounder Collingwood's team are undoubtedly an improvement on the shambolic displays which littered last year's World...
Culture: Dancing Is Fantastic but the Plot's Bewildering; Magic of the Dance at Newcastle Theatre Royal until Saturday
Byline: Natasha Wynarczyk THIS is a fast and exhilarating fusion of traditional Irish dancing with American tap. Packed full of explosive, fiery special effects, it has been dazzling audiences around the globe for 10 years and has returned here...
Culture: Faith Moves Artist Alan to Church Display
ONE of Newcastle's most stunning buildings is the location for a charity art exhibition featuring work by the widely-travelled Alan Reed. If you attend the regular Sunday services of the City Church, or if you used to work for Busways, you are probably...
Debenhams Shrugs off Concern; in Association with RBS
Byline: Iain Laing DEBENHAMS dismissed fears over its financial health yesterday as the firm posted its first like-for-like sales rise since Christmas. The group rushed out a trading statement more than a week ahead of schedule to combat "inaccurate...
Develo Pment Bucks Trend for Doom and Gloom; Commercial Property Quarterly Review
Byline: Graeme King THE Quay West office development in Sunderland is already 80% pre-sold with over pounds 11m worth of sales booked by developer Adderstone Group. The impressive number of sales, nearly a year ahead of completion, appears to...
Digital Printer in Ambitious Move; in Association with RBS
A PRINTING company which handles 3,000 orders a day and gains 50 customers a month has increased its factory space by 60% as it aims to increase annual turnover by 33% to pounds 12m The purchase of Cramlington's Ravensworth Digital last year for pounds...
Driver Bailed over Death of Veteran Cyclist
AN elderly woman motorist has been arrested on suspicion of causing the death of a veteran cyclist by dangerous driving following a crash which also badly injured his friend. The incident, on Croft Road between Blackwell Grange roundabout and Hurworth...
Drumming Up Interest in Site; Commercial Property Quarterly Review
THE largest speculative industrial building in the Tyne and Wear area has been completed and put on the market. The Drum 1 building is so large at 263,885sqft that the agents for the site recently hosted an event to tour the warehouse facility in a...
Easterby's Charge Can Be a True Star; Racing in Association with Pagebet
Byline: By Saraband OBSERVATORY Star has recently become a victim of his own consistency as he has crept up the handicap without winning. But at least he arrives at Carlisle for the historic Lloyd BMW Carlisle Bell in tip-top shape. Tim Easterby's...
FAMILY TREE; in Association with RBS View from the Bridges
IN the latest in our series looking at the management of North East companies and organisations, we focus on TBI Solicitors, which has offices in Wynyard Park, Hartlepool, Stockton and Barnard Castle. John Hall - managing partner John Hall is...
Flotation Hopes Sunk for Many as Crunch Bites; Problems in the Credit Markets and Dramatic Share Price Falls Have Forced Some of the Region's Up-and-Coming Companies to Rethink Flotation Plans
Byline: Peter McCusker reports THIS time last year, with shares soaring to new highs, many senior company executives were eagerly consulting advisers about taking their companies public. Royal Bank of Scotland was bedding in its takeover of Dutch...
Football: Ballack Insists Germans Learned Lessons from Loss
CAPTAIN Michael Ballack is reporting an air of quiet confidence and calm in the Germany camp ahead of their Euro 2008 semi-final against Turkey, with lessons learnt from earlier in the tournament. Germany came into the competition as one of the...
Football: Dutch Role 'Is an Education' McClaren Delighted to Take on FC Twente Challenge
STEVE McClaren admitted the "time was right" to leave England and explore pastures new after completing a deal to take charge of Dutch outfit FC Twente. Seven months after he was sacked as England manager following a failed Euro 2008 qualifying...
Girl Crash Victim Still Ill in Hospital; Dead Woman Not Yet Named
Byline: Paul Loraine A YOUNG girl seriously injured in a car crash which killed her child minder was said to be in a serious but not life threatening condition last night. The head-on smash between a car and a wagon happened on the A696 near...
'Give Business Role in Power' Commercial Property Quarterly Review
Byline: Paul Tognarelli TALK to anyone about the state of Newcastle's city centre in 1980 and the picture they'll paint won't be pretty. The image will be solid, workmanlike and industrial, and certainly not one of the IT-fuelled global service-based...
Give Us a Say on How We Spend Pounds 12bn for Region; Quango Call to Ministers
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent GOVERNMENT ministers could be forced to give the region's leaders a say over pounds 12bn of Government spending if proposals by a North super-quango are accepted. As civil servants consider...
GM Crops 'Aren't a Solution to Rising Worldwide Food Prices' Farming
Byline: Sam Wood PRIME MINISTER Gordon Brown has been warned against embracing genetically modified crops as the solution to the global food crisis by the head of the Government's countryside and wildlife agency. Sir Martin Doughty, chairman...
Hearts Sink Faster Than Pints at Pub; TYNE GORGE INQUIRY VERDICT
Byline: Sam Wood MANAGEMENT and customers at the Free Trade Inn, on St Lawrence Road, Newcastle, which overlooks the development area, last night reacted with anger to news of the appeal victor y. Pub regulars had joined with the local community...
Horse Racing: Mudawin Magic on the Cards for Plate
Byline: KEITH HAMER JIM Goldie is looking to John Egan to work his magic on Mudawin in Saturday's John Smith's Northumberland Plate at Newcastle, writes KEITH HAMER. The Glasgow trainer believes in sticking with a winning combination and that...
Households Braced for Higher Fuel Bills; Energy Firms Warn of Rises
Byline: Russell Lynch THE bosses of the UK's biggest energy firms warned householders yesterday to brace themselves for higher bills. Prices are likely to rise due to soaring wholesale gas costs, directors said in evidence to the Commons Business...
How to Save Clients from Themselves; in Association with RBS
Byline: KEITH HANN ONE of the saddest things about PR is the fact that clients hardly ever read newspapers. They just look at the headlines and pictures. And, unfortunately, neither of those is contributed by the journalists we keep cultivating...
Ian's Aim Is to Help Eversheds Expand; in Association with RBS
Byline: Iain Laing LAW firm Eversheds has recruited one of Tyneside's best known lawyers to build its North East business. Ian Gilthorpe, 55, former managing partner of Newcastle law firm Muckle, is now a business development partner at Eversheds'...
Ice Hockey: Henderson Promises Best Is Yet to Come; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Stuart Rayner VIPERS fans have been promised they will finally see the best of Burt Henderson after the 32-year-old defenceman agreed to extend his love affair with Newcastle into a second season. Although Henderson told The Journal late...
Juventus Threat to United's Arda Bid; Italians Want Turkish Star
Byline: Stuart Rayner NEWCASTLE United may miss out on Arda after Italian giants Juventus entered the race for the emerging Turkey midfielder. The Magpies had hoped to tie up a pounds 9m deal for the Galatasaray winger (pictured below) before...
Keeping Dramas to a Minimum; Focus on Project Management the Construction Process Is a Labyrinth of Often Conflicting Issues, Which the Experienced Project Manager Needs to Untangle and Steer Clients through to Achieve Project Deliverability, Says Kevin Peel
Byline: Kevin Peel THE role of the project manager is to ensure that all parties deliver, to the best of their ability, what they undertook at the outset. He/she also needs to be aware of, and understand, the various obstacles that arise in the...
Land-Banking Comes into the Spotlight; Commercial Property Quarterly Review PROPERTY BRIEFING
Byline: RICHARD FREEMAN-WALLAC E LAND banking has been in the news this week. The Financial Services Authority is closing down an illegal land-banking scheme that managed to take pounds 69m from 4,500 people. Separately, a Liberal Democrat MP,...
Lawn Tennis: Murray Too Tricky for 'The Magician' Wimbledon 2008
ANDY Murray was forced to find a trick or two of his own as he began his Wimbledon challenge with a straight sets victory against the man known in tennis as 'The Magician'. Murray traded drop shots, lobs and spectacular smashes with Frenchman Fabrice...
Lawn Tennis: Venus Next for British No 1
BRITISH number one Anne Keothavong is relishing the chance to meet defending champion Venus Williams on Wimbledon's Centre Court after securing her place in the second round with an epic two-hour victory over Vania King. The 24-year-old, ranked...
Let's Hold Our Nerve in the Market; Commercial Property Quarterly Deals Survey
Byline: Jonathan Combe IN this our second quarterly deals report for 2008 it is pleasing to report that despite the best efforts of our media to portray the most gloomy of economic outlooks, development activity in the North East appears to remain...
Man, 21, Arrested over Fatal Raid on Farm Diesel; Pick-Up Truck Found Burnt out in Woods
Byline: Neil McKay A 21-YEAR-OLD man was arrested yesterday afternoon in connection with a diesel raid which led to the death of farmer's wife Rosemary Dove. Durham Police said the man, from Coundon, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham, was a...
Meter Readers Turn Debt Collectors to Protect Jobs; in Association with RBS
Byline: Peter McCusker ALEGISLATIVE threat to a North East meter-reading company's market has seen it launch a new venture which it says will help raise turnover to pounds 90m and create over 100 additional jobs. AccuRead, which turned over pounds...
New Landmarks Take Their Place; Commercial Property Quarterly Review
THE developers of the North East's top office buildings are being sought to enter The Journal's prestigious Landmark Awards. Our judging panel always has a tough task to choose the winner of this category with so many high-profile buildings springing...
New-Look Planning 'Needs to Be Flexible' Commercial Property Quarterly Review
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK AT the end of March, the Government said it would be reviewing ways to streamline the planning applications process. But how will this affect us at a regional level? Under scrutiny will be issues such as unnecessary duplication...
No Call to Complain Too Much; Commercial Property Quarterly Review the Property Industry in the North East Needs to Stay Positive and Keep Doing Deals, in the Face of the Negative Attitude Coming from the South East, Says Ian Baggett
Byline: Ian Baggett WITH all the talk of credit crunch, energy crisis and inflation, it is important that we don't talk ourselves into recession. It may be harder for businesses and customers to borrow money but that does not mean it's time to...
Not Everything Is Gordon's Fault; in Association with RBS
Byline: IAN SHEPHERDSON INEVER thought I'd say this, but I almost feel sorry for Gordon Brown. Almost. And my sympathy extends only as far as acknowledging that the surge in food and energy prices, which is contributing mightily to the gloomy...
Outrage as Massive Block Gets Go-Ahead; TYNE GORGE INQUIRY VERDICT
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent ONE of the most popular views of the Tyne is to be lost after a planning inspector ruled a 13-storey tower block can go ahead. Developers Taylor Wimpey have been given permission to build...
Peacock: We Need to Shine in France
ENGLAND captain Jamie Peacock will urge his team to pick up from where they left off as Great Britain when they take on France in Toulouse on Friday night. Coach Tony Smith has largely kept faith with the players who helped achieve a 3-0 Test series...
Planning Guidance Update Continues; Commercial Property Quarterly Review WHO'S PLANNING WHAT?
Byline: PETER McEVOY THE Government's updating of planning guidance continues with the introduction of a revised planning policy statement. Until recently, Local and Structure Plans set out the land use policies and strategies for local planning...
Project Managers Prove They Have a Lot of Bottle; Focus on Project Management Project Management in the North East Does Not Come Much Bigger Than the Massive Demolition Project to Clear the Former Scottish and Newcastle Brewery and Create Newcastle's Largest Development Site. Gordon Hewling Explains the Skills Required
Byline: Gordon Hewling THE phased demolition of the huge brewery site across 19 acres of city centre land included landmark buildings, a bridge, roads and infrastructure, which all needed to be cleared to make way for the construction of the hub...
Quantum Leap Needed for City; Commercial Property Quarterly Review Though Sunderland Is Well Placed on the Regional Map of Office Locations, It Still Requires a Quantum Leap to Pioneer Grade A City-Centre Office Development
WITHOUT doubt Sunderland's Doxford International Business Park heralded the arrival of a genuine business park in the region capable of attracting footloose inquiries. It has been a considerable success. But it is a significant distance away from...
Randstad Motoring Ahead with Fuel Efficiency Device; in Association with RBS
Byline: Peter McCusker AFAMILY business which is the sole UK distributor of a fuel efficiency product which is claimed to cut hundreds of pounds off annual motoring bills is preparing to expand as fuel prices soar. Cramlington-based Randstad,...
Restored to Victorian Splendour; Commercial Property
Byline: Graeme King AMAJOR refurbishment project costing pounds 2.5m will restore the impressive offices in Collingwood Buildings back to their original Victorian splendour. The top three floors of the pounds 7m structure are getting the investment...
Return of the War Girls; Wallington Plays Host Once Again
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor EVACUEES rolled back the years yesterday when they gathered for an emotional reunion at a Northumberland mansion. Wallington, now run by the National Trust, was home to around 150 young girls who were...
Rewarding Boardroom Bravery; This Year the Journal Is Celebrating the Role of Non-Executive Directors as Part of Its North East Business Executive of the Year Awards. but What Will the Judges Be Looking for? Andrew Hebden Seeks out the Qualities of a Good Non-Exec in Association with RBS
Byline: Andrew Hebden BOARDROOMS can be intimidating places, so it can take a character of some stature to take up a seat around the table in the role of non-executive director. But what kind of character really thrives in the role? Andrew...
Rocketing Gas Bill Hits Paper Maker's Profits
Byline: Graeme King PROFITS at Cumbrian paper maker James Cropper have dropped 25% as it struggles to digest high energy and pulp prices. The 158-year-old company said yesterday it expected tough trading conditions to continue this year - and is...
School Report Would Say 'Must Do Better' Analysis GORDON BROWN: ONE YEAR ON on Friday, It Will Be Exactly One Year since Gordon Brown Took over from Tony Blair as Prime Minister. Today Journal Political Editor William Green Looks at the Impact He Has Made in Day One of Our Four-Day In-Depth Anniversary Analysis
GORDON Brown was today accused of failing the North East as he reaches his first year as Prime Minist er. Business chiefs and MPs criticised the failure to upgrade regional transport links, such as the A1, while billions of pounds are spent in London...
Stock Watch; Stocks and Shares
Byline: Michelle Stansby AFTER a volatile day of trading the FTSE 100 closed down 32.5 points at 5,634.7. The market recovered from an intraday low of 5581.6 after rumours of an attack on Iranian nuclear facilities proved to be unfounded. On...
Thanks to Irish for Democracy Chance
Byline: DAVID BYRNE THE rejection of the Lisbon Treaty by the Irish electorate represents much more than just an awkward and ungrateful act on the part of the citizenry of a country which has moved from one of Western Europe's poorest to most prosperous...
Times Will Be Harder for Some Than for Others; THE VOICE OF NORTH EAST BUSINESS in Association with RBS
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN IF anyone needed proof of just how seriously the Bank of England is taking the prospect of spiralling inflation just now, they should have been at the North East Chamber of Commerce Durham and Tees Valley dinner last week....
We'll Work to Keep Stars at Blackburn, Ince Is Promised
BLACKBURN chairman John Williams has promised to back new manager Paul Ince in his fight to keep David Bentley at Ewood Park. Ince used his first media conference as manager as a platform to state he wanted the promising England winger to stay on...
Wind Farms 'Are Not the Answer'
THE massive increase in wind power planned by the Government is not the answer to meeting a looming energy gap or renewable power targets set for the UK, a report claimed yesterday. A study published by the Centre for Policy Studies said wind was...
WIN ONE OF 200 FOOTBALLS; the Journal: Competition
The Journal has teamed up with The Big Kick to give you the chance to win one of 200 footballs. Dads and their kids all over the country will be grabbing a ball and kicking it around for a nationwide Big Kick on Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 11am. The...
Zimbabwe's Cricket Team 'Unwelcome' Pressure Mounts on Mugabe
Byline: James Tapsfield GORDON Brown has insisted Zimbabwe's cricket team will be "unwelcome" in the UK as pressure increased on Robert Mugabe's regime. Downing Street signalled strong opposition to a mooted visit by the side next summer and...
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