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 March 18, 2008

11% Rise in North Business Start-Ups; in Association with RBS
Byline: Peter McCusker FURTHER evidence of the rise of the North East economy emerged yesterday with figures showing 15,600 new businesses were launched in 2007 - the fastest rate of growth in the UK. The region saw an 11% rise in business start-ups,...
2,000 Jobs Face Axe; Rock to Shed One-Third of Workforce
Byline: By Adrian Pearson Regional affairs correspondent NORTHERN Rock will today announce plans to make a third of its workforce redundant. At least 2,000 staff will be axed over the next three years as the bank changes to conform with European...
2 DAY IN 2 MINUTES: Home and Abroad
Hope for Ireland THE IRA could disband its Army Council as part of a deal to secure the devolution of policing and justice to the Northern Ireland Executive, a senior member of Sinn Fein has suggested. Pat Doherty, the vice-president of Sinn Fein...
60th Metro Station Opens with Safety as Key
THE latest station added to the Metro network has opened. Simonside, on Wenlock Road, South Shields, is the 60th station and will offer passengers five trains an hour in the direction of South Shields town centre, Gateshead and the centre of Newcastle....
Bank of England Pumps Pounds 5bn into Frozen Money Markets
Byline: Iain Laing THE Bank of England moved to pump pounds 5bn into frozen money markets yesterday as London's leading shares tumbled on the latest impact of the credit crunch. Policymakers made the move to ease overnight lending rates between...
BEAUTY THERAPY; Health
BOURJOIS have come up with a pretty irresistible palette of bright and luminous shades for spring, aptly named Delice Couture, which will be available any day now on Bourjois counters at Boots, Superdrug and Lloydspharmacy. The most striking eye colours...
Borodins Produce Chamber Music Performance of Year
Byline: Thomas Hall Borodin Quartet, Hall One, The Sage Gateshead OF The Sage Gateshead's two main halls, the second is by far the best suited to a string quartet. But it was the ill-fortune of the Borodins that got us there as, poorly served...
Centre Safe from Threat; Axe Is Lifted from Advice Point
Byline: By Dave Black THE future of a cherished counselling and advice centre for young people in Northumberland looks to have been secured - four months after it faced closure because of financial and management problems. Users of The Point...
City Centre Ban on Yobs; Group Terrorised Area for Years
Byline: By Paul James FOUR troublemakers who police said had terrorised Newcastle city centre for years could be jailed if they are found hanging round together. The four, three men and a woman, all in their 20s, have also been banned from entering...
Clean-Break Maintenance Means That She Can't Go Back for More; the McCartney Divorce Judgment - Comment by Barrister Ian Kennerley, Head of Family Law at Dickinson Dees LLP Newcastle
Byline: Ian Kennerley THE total award of pounds 24.3m may come as a disappointment to Miss Mills who, after sacking her London lawyers Mischon de Reya, represented herself at the final hearing, where she was seeking a lump sum of pounds 125m. ...
Couple Lay Foundations for First Animal Hospital; in Association with RBS
Byline: Christopher Knox A HUSBAND and wife team are to expand their vet business by setting up Northumberland's first animal hospital. Malcolm Ness and Judith Joyce opened their first vets in Blyth in 1987 and have since built up a chain of...
Cricket: County Game Is Secret to Success; Work Pays off for Sidebottom
Byline: Myles Hodgson RYAN Sidebottom continued his role as standard-bearer for the benefits of county cricket with another five-wicket haul to seal England's comfortable 126-run second Test triumph over New Zealand. The 30-year-old Nottinghamshire...
Cricket: Patel to Oversee 'Exciting Time for Game'
SOUTH African Imtiaz Patel is set to be appointed new chief executive of the International Cricket Council. The 43-year-old was yesterday named as the ICC's preferred choice to take over from Australian Malcolm Speed, who is due to step down in...
Drunken Teen Bit Pigeon's Head off; Grisly Incident Shot on Mobile Phone
Byline: By Dave Black A DRUNKEN teenager who killed a wild pigeon by biting its head off felt ashamed and was physically sick after he sobered up and realised what he had done, a court heard yesterday. Gruesome footage shot on the mobile phone...
Fantasy Bet to Be a Real-Life Winner; Racing in Association with Pagebet
Byline: By Saraband PUNTERS able to keep their powder dry until the lucky last at Kempton can reap the reward. Having shown up well in a better race last time, the James Fanshawe-trained Royal Fantasy looks a cracking proposition in the Free...
Farmers Take to Streets to Fight for Their Future; Farming
Byline: Sam Wood BEEF AND sheep farmers from across the North East are taking to the streets of the region this week to fight for the future of the industry. Farmers will hit the streets of Newcastle on Thursday to urge shoppers to support locally...
Firm Faces Pounds 1/2 M Arson Attack Bill; Coaches Are Destroyed in Blaze
Byline: By Neil McKay THE boss of a family coach firm spoke of her "utter devastation" last night after arsonists caused more than half a million pounds damage to her vehicles. A fire completely burned out two Roberts Travel coaches at the firm's...
FMD - Defra 'Not to Blame'
DEFRA was not responsible for the release of foot-and-mouth disease from an animal health laboratory which led to last year's outbreak of the disease, officials said yesterday. While the department was the regulator of the site at Pirbright - the...
Football: Cats Target Fancies a Return to England
Byline: Stuart Rayner DIEGO Forlan has dropped a massive hint to his former Manchester United team-mate Roy Keane by admitting he would love a return to the Premier League. Sunderland were strongly linked with a summer move for the Uruguayan...
Football: Gretna Find a New Landlord; Next Two Home Matches Switched to Livingston
GRETNA will play their next two scheduled home games at Livingston's Almondvale Stadium. The administration-hit club face Celtic on Sunday before taking on Inverness on April 5 at the West Lothian ground. The Scottish Premier League announced the...
Football: Keegan Heartened by Battling Point
Byline: Luke Edwards Birmingham City 1 Newcastle United 1 KEVIN Keegan is confident Newcastle United have finally found a platform to launch their survival push after Michael Owen's equaliser secured a battling point against Birmingham City...
Football: Owen Shows Capello What He's Missing; Michael Gives United's Survival Bid the Kiss of Life
Byline: Luke Edwards Birmingham City 1 Newcastle United 1 IT was a goal which rubbished the notion he does not care about his club, but it was also one which will have given a timely reminder of what he can offer for his country. There...
Football: We Must Toughen Up, Laursen Warns; Villa Aiming to Bounce Back
Byline: John Curtis DEFENDER Martin Laursen has urged his Aston Villa team-mates to "prove we are men and not boys" as they seek to ensure their season does not fizzle out, starting with Saturday's home game against Sunderland. Villa's chances...
Gloria Takes Nothing for Granted and Lives for the Day; Health Kate Whiting Speaks to Gloria Hunniford on Good Health and Coping with Family Tragedy
GLORIA Hunniford is only too aware of the importance of keeping a healthy heart. The 67-year-old TV presenter lost her first husband to an undetected heart condition and only a year after her wedding to Stephen Way in 1998, he suffered a small heart...
Golf: Sandy's in for Ryder Captain; Lyle's on the List to Lead 2010 Team
TWO-TIME Major winner Sandy Lyle has expressed his desire to captain the European Ryder Cup team in 2010. The Scot is hoping to succeed Nick Faldo as continental captain when the contest comes to Celtic Manor in Wales in two years' time. The 50-year-old,...
Good Idea to Build for the Future; A VIEW FROM THE GALLOWGATE
Byline: PAUL DIXON I WONDER how I'm feeling this morning? Due to deadlines, I've had to submit this column before the Brum game. During Keegan's first tenure as manager, this wouldn't have presented a problem, all I wouldn't have known was the...
Guillemots Ring the Chan; They Took Flight with Their Debut Album. Now the Guillemots Talk to Andy Welch about Their Second
WITH a name as outlandish as his, Guillemots frontman Fyfe Antony Dangerfield Hutchins was always likely to be conspicuous. The fact that he's blessed with perfect pitch and the knack of writing delicious pop songs could even make him famous. Sitting...
Health Worries May Ruin Beijing Event; Events Could Be Postponed
THE International Olympic Committee have revealed they will be forced to postpone high profile events such as the marathon, road cycling and the triathlon at this year's Games if pollution in Beijing does not improve. The admission that the IOC...
Hockey: Seven-Up Durham Roar to the Title
Byline: STUART RAYNER ON a day of contrasting emotions at Maiden Castle, Durham University seconds wrapped up the Men's Northern League Division One title, while neighbours Whitley Bay and Tynemouth were left to face up to relegation, writes STUART...
Home's Better for Neighbour; Star Thrilled to Be Back after Spell in Australia SCRUM DOWN
Byline: RICHARD NEALE IT takes a lot to persuade someone to swap the warm climes of Australia for the cold winds of the North East, but the vision of Gateshead Thunder duo Dave Woods and Chris Hood managed to do just that with Kevin Neighbour. ...
Horse Racing: Moore Snapped Up for Tilt at Lincoln; Lyons Enlist Ex-Champion
Byline: Nick Robson GER Lyons has been quick to snap up the services of Ryan Moore for Little White Lie in Saturday's William Hill Lincoln at Doncaster. The former champion jockey will be going all-out to reclaim his crown from joint incumbents...
Innovation Strategy Is a Step Forward; in Association with RBS
Byline: LIZ SMITH CBI has been working closely with the Government on this to ensure it meets the needs of business in the 21st Century and allows for exploitation of opportunities to enhance the UK's competitive position. The aim of the strategy...
Jail for Kidnap Trio after Retrial
Byline: By Hilary Clixby THREE members of a kidnap gang which held a building contractor to ransom at gunpoint were jailed yesterday for a total of over 25 years. Peter Morrison, Michael Collins and Colin Threadgill were each convicted after...
Jobcentres Are Shut by Walkout; 80,000 Civil Servants Launch 48-Hour Strike
Byline: By Alan Jones THE Government's biggest department was accused yesterday of "squandering" millions of pounds on a divisive bonus system as up to 80,000 workers launched a 48-hour strike in a bitter row over pay. Union leaders said the...
Journal Jury
Byline: RAY SHERRINGTON for STEVE SHERRINGTON Laura Blyth THIS was a huge game for us and I'm grateful we didn't lose. Before the match I could have bet my house we would be beaten, but after going a goal down we fought back and Owen pounced...
Laughter May Be the Only Answer
Byline: KEITH HANN WHENEVER news of a gruesome tragedy breaks, I check my watch and make a modest bet on how long it will take someone in the City of London to email me a tasteless joke on the subject. I'm eagerly awaiting the first on Bear Stearns,...
Let's Look to the Present - before the Future
Byline: Denise Robertson PROMISES are easy. Fulfilling them is not. David Cameron wants fathers and mothers to be allowed to take more than six months paid maternity leave, together if they choose. The proposals would introduce "flexible parental...
Life: BEAUTY THERAPY; Health
BOURJOIS have come up with a pretty irresistible palette of bright and luminous shades for spring, aptly named Delice Couture, which will be available any day now on Bourjois counters at Boots, Superdrug and Lloydspharmacy. The most striking eye colours...
Magnifico Finally Lives Up to Name
Byline: Martin Kelly MAGNIFICO had failed to complete on his previous three outings but Karen Waldron's seven-year-old came good in The Farmers Inn At Higher West Hatch Handicap Hurdle at Taunton. Owner Nick Shutts had fancied the mount of James...
Managing Conflicts of Interest; GOOD ADVICE
Byline: Asmah Baig ARE you a senior employee and a trustee of your company pension scheme? Are you a member nominated trustee? There is heightened awareness of conflicts of interest in relation to pension schemes through draft guidance issued...
Measly Awards Add Insult to Injury
Byline: Denise Robertson LAST week a Radio 4 documentary told how new ways of deciding compensation for men and women wounded in action are causing disquiet in the armed services. Once upon a time the level of disability was decided by doctors....
Mechanic Who Had Sex with Girl, 13, Spared Jail
A MECHANIC who had sex with a 13-year-old girl after taking her for a McDonald's meal has escaped a jail sentence because of what a judge described yesterday as "exceptional circumstances". James William Glendinning, 22, from Priestlands Avenue,...
Mills and Boom; Pounds 24.3m Deal with Paul Will See Heather Set Up for Life
Byline: By Stephen Howard HEATHER Mills will walk away from her four-year marriage to Sir Paul McCartney with pounds 24.3m. The former Beatle has been asked by the Royal Courts of Justice to pay just a fraction of the settlement claimed by his...
Mum Raps Military Inquest Gag Bid
A MOTHER who lost her son in Iraq reacted angrily yesterday to the Defence Secretary's request to outlaw strong criticism of the Ministry of Defence in inquest verdicts on soldiers who have died in active service. Des Browne asked the High Court...
No Faults Are Spied Here
Byline: Wendy Mullineux Single Spies at Newcastle Theatre Royal until Saturday SINGLE Spies is presented as two plays by playwright and wit-smith Alan Bennett. Both plays have as their central character one of the spies from the infamous 'Cambridge...
North 'Loses' Pounds 102m; Lib Dems Reveal Biggest Olympics Losers
Byline: By William Green and Adrian Pearson THE North East faces losing pounds 102m in Lottery funding because the London 2012 Olympics budget has run "scandalously out of control", it was yesterday claimed. Research by the Liberal Democrats...
North Man Held in Pounds 21.5m Drugs Bust; Spanish Police in Cocaine Probe
Byline: By Paul James Chief Reporter A NORTH man was being held in a Spanish police cell last night, accused of trying to smuggle more than half a tonne of cocaine through the Mediterranean. The 50-year-old South Shields man, named only by his...
North Today: Historic Name for New Woods
PLANTERS of a major new woodland have dipped into the history books to find a name for the feature. The 203 acre extension to Elemore Woods between Durham and Hetton-le-Hole was bought by the Woodland Trust in January after a campaign to raise pounds...
North Today: Laws Needed to Protect Seabirds; North Maritime Sites Listed as 'Important'
Byline: By Tony Henderson MORE needs to be done to safeguard the North's marine environment, it was claimed today. A report calls on the Government to address the issue urgently and highlights more than 70 sites around the UK coastline that are...
North Today: Pounds 240,000 Facelift to Restore Theatre to Its Former Glory
A THEATRE is to be restored against the backdrop of a new community garden. The project, by Spennymoor Settlement Community Association, will see the Everyman theatre in the County Durham town returned to its former glory with a pounds 240,000 facelift....
Park Row Councillor Resigns; Protest at Way 'Blunder' Was Handled
A COUNCILLOR has resigned from a "self serving" Northumberland council in protest at a blunder that saw a skateboard park built in the wrong place. Lawrence Best claimed that Corbridge Parish Council's handling of the error, which he believes they...
Plot-Watch in Doubt; Move to Build House to Watch Allotments
Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor GARDENER Jimmy Naylor turned a derelict area of land into an award-winning community allotment site. The site at Murton in County Durham also includes a classroom for visiting schools and a "petting"...
Rick's Gags See Him Crowned as Britain's Funniest Student
Byline: John Sutton A FLEDGLING North East comedian's career has been given a boost after he was crowned the UK's funniest student. Ric Wharton, of Chester-le-Street, County Durham, scooped the title at the legendary Comedy Store in London. ...
Sex Bias Tribunal Retires
A FIRM of solicitors specialising in employment law is this morning beginning an anxious wait to discover whether an employment tribunal has judged that it discriminated against a pregnant employee. Short Richardson and Forth LLP, based on Mosley...
Shannon: Police Chief on Attack; People Claiming Tip-Offs Are Fantasists, He Says
Byline: By Dave Higgens A POLICE chief yesterday dismissed criticism of his force's efforts to find nine-year-old Shannon Matthews. As his detectives continued to piece together what happened to the youngster, West Yorkshire chief constable Sir...
Splashing Way to Try out Pool
A GROUP of schoolchildren were given the chance to try out the North's newest and biggest swimming pool yesterday, a month before it opens. The nine and 10-year-olds, from Redby Primary School in Fulwell, Sunderland, were the first swimmers to enjoy...
Study Backs Home Work; Less Stress and Burnout for Staff
Byline: By Neil McKay WORKING from home reduces stress in employees but leads to them worrying about career progression, according to research by a North East think tank. The study by the Durham University Business School showed that home workers...
Teenager Punched to Death in Controversy Club
A TEENAGER has been arrested after the victim of a nightclub dance floor attack died of his injuries yesterday afternoon. The 21-year-old man from Stanley, County Durham, who has not been named by police, fell to the floor after being punched in...
There Must Be No Human Price for Pits Rebirth
Byline: Denise Robertson THE first recruitment drive for experienced coal miners in almost a quarter of a century is being launched. The UK's largest colliery, Daw Mill, already employs 600 staff and needs skilled workers to expand production....
Thunder Deserve More Fans, Says Paul; SCRUM DOWN
Byline: RICHARD NEALE SUPPORTING sports teams in the North East never seems to be a simple matter these days, but for one set of fans, upheaval and uncertainty are par for the course. Gateshead Thunder supporter Paul Clayton watched his team...
Tony Has the Whole County Covered
Byline: Karen Dent A NORTHUMBERLAND man has the county covered with an online business directory which puts clients in touch with local companies. Tony McAndrew is the first person in England to be granted the rights to an entire county by thebestof,...
TV Colleagues Say Sad Farewell to Carol
FIGURES from the world of television news bade a final farewell to former ITN newscaster Carol Barnes at her funeral service yesterday. The journalist was praised for having had "one of the best lives" of her generation as tributes flowed at the...
We're Shown Smart Way to Save Pounds 50m; New Meters Will Let Households Find out about Energy Use by Tony Henderson Environment Editor
Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor HOUSEHOLDS in the North East could save nearly pounds 50m a year and cut carbon emissions by 300,000 tonnes by switching to smart meters, says new research. It reveals that eight out of 10 people don't...
'We Would Be Surrounded, It Would Be Intolerable. We Would Be Living in the Middle of a Power Station.' Couple in Fear of Turbines
Byline: By Brian Daniel A COUPLE who live half a mile from the site of a proposed wind farm fear they could be surrounded by turbines after learning of another possible development near their home. Reg and Tamsin Watson, of Ancroft Southmoor...
Why Magpies Need Viduka; Mark Viduka's Fitness Problems Have Meant He Has Been Unable to Justify His Lucrative Contract at Newcastle United This Season. but, as Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Argues, He Could Still Be the Difference between Safety and Relegation
Byline: Luke Edwards FOR those who have followed the career of Mark Viduka, it will perhaps not come as much of a surprise to have seen the Australian spend the majority of his time at Newcastle either carrying or recovering from an injury. Blessed...
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