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 April 11, 2007

Accident Warning
Legal disputes and slow growth have pushed car rental firm Accident Exchange to post its second profit warning this year. The West Midlands firm said pre-tax profits would be around pounds 18m ( pounds 5m lower than the pounds 23m expected for the...
All Hope Dies in Fight for a Child
Byline: By Jane Kirby Natallie Evans was distraught yesterday after she lost a five-year legal battle to try to become a mother using her own embryos. Ms Evans, who was left infertile after cancer therapy, had mounted a last chance appeal to...
Andrew Miller Column
Byline: By Andrew Miller Commodities created quite a stir in financial markets in the first half of last year when, after rising steadily for a period, many commodity prices and related stocks underwent a sharp correction beginning in May. Despite...
Anti-Social Crime Hit
A new campaign asking the public to help tackle criminal damage was launched yesterday by Northumbria Police. The drive is targeting anything from smashing a window to scratching a car and setting a wheelie bin on fire. Chief Constable Mike Craik...
Ascot Date Is Webber Dream
Byline: By Keith Hamer Royal Ascot's big staying handicap, the Ascot Stakes, is the "dream" for Tribe after the five-year-old won on his first run for Paul Webber at Pontefract. Formerly owned by the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing XXII and trained...
Award Idea Scrapped
A suggestion that a Berwickshire Citizen of the Year Award should be launched has been scrapped. The idea was put forward by the Berwickshire Area Committee of Scottish Borders Council in view of other successful competitions operated throughout...
Back on Board with a Wealth of Experience
Byline: By James Barton The former chief executive of stock market listed X-ray technology business Bede has returned to the boards of three new businesses. Dr Neil Loxley spent 18 years at Durham-based Bede, a company spun out of Durham University,...
'Benefits' of Airport Disputed
We have recently learned that Newcastle International Airport's passenger numbers for 2006 were its highest ever, a staggering 5.4m people. This was presented in the media as being unequivocally good news for the region. In fact, it is not good...
Bid Offer Rises
The private equity consortium circling Sainsbury's is understood to have upped its offer for the group to more than pounds 10bn, in a move which could spark tensions between shareholders of the supermarket chain. The consortium, consisting of CVC,...
Bid to Rescue Tyne Valley Bus Routes
Byline: By Dave Black Public transport officials in Northumberland are working hard to plug potential gaps in vital rural bus services following the shock collapse of a coach firm. Officers at County Hall are involved in detailed talks with around...
Black Buzzers Bringing Anglers Success
Kevin Burch had an Easter Special at Sharpley Springs/Water over the weekend, using a floating line and slow retrieve to bring a magnificent rainbow of 18lb 8oz to the net. Black Buzzers have come into their own this week with many anglers enjoying...
Blyth Take New Trophy
Rugby union: Blyth are the first club to have their names inscribed on the Northumberland Over-35s competition trophy after their win in the inaugural tournament at Ashington. Blyth beat Novos 15-12, Novos were 43-12 winners against Northern/Ashington...
Cale Cross Rises to Demand
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Tyneside's tallest commercial building has been sold for pounds 21.9m to a City fund manager in an off-market transaction. The 18-storey Cale Cross House next to the Tyne Bridge and an adjoining five-storey office on...
Cantabilly Has the Spark to Succeed
Cantabilly is tipped to make his race fitness tell in the redcircleracing.co.uk Syndicate Handicap at Bath. Ron Hodges' charge enjoyed a fruitful campaign last year, winning three times in all, and proved he retains plenty of spark when scoring...
Caravan Boss Has Plan to Be Elected
Byline: By Dave Black A businessman at the centre of a long-running controversy over a holiday park expansion in a tiny seaside village is bidding to be elected on to the council which refused him planning permission. Nigel Thompson ( director...
Car Lover Is Well Trained
Local property big cheese Tim Evans could barely conceal his delight last year to anyone who happened to ask about his purchase of a brand-spanking new Jaguar. The upmarket new set of wheels was the pride and joy of the head of property agent Knight...
Chamber Warning on Interest Rates
Byline: By Nigel Stirling The North-East Chamber of Commerce has warned of a "catastrophic" impact on local business should the Bank of England hike borrowing costs twice more this year. The chamber's quarterly survey of members released yesterday...
China: Understand the New World
Byline: By Mike Parker A delegation from the North- East Chamber of Commerce has just returned from a trade mission to China to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Shanghai Federation of Industry and Commerce. Mike Parker explores the purpose...
Counting the Cost of Blaze
Byline: By Daniel Thomson University bosses were last night [Tues] counting the cost of a devastating fire near their new pounds 100m campus after it caused hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of damage. The blaze, described by witnesses as...
David Will Turn His Wheels for Hospice
Byline: By Daniel Thomson Keen cyclist David Tindle [correct] is just one of hundreds who will be getting on their bike for St Oswald's Hospice this summer. The 56-year-old has signed up for the Northern Rock Cyclone, a three-day cycling festival...
De Villiers Powers South Africa to an Easy Win
Ab de Villiers powered South Africa to a crucial Super Eight win over West Indies which leaves the hosts with almost no chance of reaching the semi-finals of the Caribbean's first World Cup. De Villiers' maiden one-day international hundred led...
Diamonds Really Are a Firm's Best Friend
Byline: By Graeme King A Tyneside company hopes to lead the world developing microchips made with diamonds instead of silicon for commercial use. Newcastle University-owned Inex is making the new chips, which are expected to be able to operate...
Dickinson Dees Sees Its Volume Increase
Byline: By Iain Laing Major growth is taking place at the volume business department of Newcastle law firm Dickinson Dees, which is now recruiting individuals at all levels to increase the 220-strong team. The current recruitment drive is part...
Drug Dealer's Tablets Killed Teenage Boy
A drug dealer who supplied lethal tablets which killed a Northumberland teenage boy faces jail after he admitted his guilt yesterday. Adam Hall was 16 when he snorted a deadly cocktail of cocaine and two crushed up Subutex tablets ( a heroin withdrawal...
Entrepreneur Buys North City Buildings
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Tyneside developer and entrepreneur Deevinder "Bunty" Malhotra has gone on a multi-million pound spending spree on buildings in Newcastle city centre in the past fortnight. Mr Malhotra's DAV Developments paid pounds...
Goal Star Grant out to Repay the Faith
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Grant Leadbitter has thanked Roy Keane for turning him into a goalscoring midfielder ( and promised the Irishman there is plenty more to come from him. Leadbitter's 87th-minute winner against Southampton on Easter Monday...
How Niall Got His Man and Last Laugh
Byline: By Paul Gilder It was fast approaching midnight on August 22, 2006, and a long way from Wearside. Roy Keane's mobile phone was ringing. Resisting the temptation to divert the incoming call, the unemployed Irishman answered. On the other...
Impressive Ian Ready to Be Match-Winner
Byline: By Myles Hodgson Ian Bell fears he has to begin converting impressive performances into major hundreds if he is remain as a regular in England's top order in all formats of the game. The Warwickshire batsman has been the only ever-present...
Improving Milner Is Looking for Call-Up
Byline: By Paul Gilder Newcastle winger James Milner last night outlined his determination to win a place in Steve McClaren's senior England squad as he admitted his footballing ambitions lie far beyond St James's Park. But the Yorkshireman's...
I'm Too Blessed to Be Stressed
Byline: By Robin Walker It wasn't a problem for John Travolta to master the controls of a Harley Davidson for his latest movie ... the man pilots a Boeing 707 for crying out loud! Robin Walker spoke to him. Call it a midlife crisis or just another...
In My View
Byline: By Armen Vartanian April 24, 2007, marks the 92nd Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Armenians worldwide will be commemorating the first genocide of the 20th Century with solemn religious and civil ceremonies. Along with the Armenian...
It Is the Place for an Ideal Home
Byline: By Audrey Forbes The clock is ticking on our inaugural Homemaker exhibition and excitement is mounting. The event, organised by The Journal Homemaker team and sponsored by IKEA, promises to showcase the latest looks and ideas for every...
It Will Be Safety First
Byline: By Ross Smith and Will Green Election time is about to hit the North-East once more. Ross Smith and Will Green look at the issues at stake The leaflets have been printed, the rosettes dusted down and the shoes freshly re-soled in readiness...
Jobless Teens Cost Millions
A jobless generation of young people is costing the North-East millions in lost productivity and crime according to a joint report published yesterday. Youth unemployment is costing the North-East's economy almost pounds 4m a week in lost productivity...
Killer Left Man Dying in the Cold
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin A murderer who left a father dying in freezing conditions with severe head injuries will be jailed for life after he admitted the killing yesterday. Brian Mohammed Sultan was found unconscious and suffering from hypothermia...
Laurel and Hardy Act of Labour Politics
It was hilarious to read in The Journal of April 10 the marvellous letter written by Paul Dixon of Stakeford regarding the amusing account of his Army life. I laughed out loud at the ferry trip home. Is, however, anyone really surprised at the Government's...
Lease-Backs on Increase
Byline: By Mike Birkett The sale and lease-backs by professional and financial services firms of their high street properties is sending a signal about uncertainty facing retailers, says Atisreal's Mike Birkett. Having the A2 group, as the professional...
'Majority' in Nimby Camp
Byline: By Helen Wilson Latest research suggests that eight out of 10 people are against further development in their area. A survey of 1,000 people across the UK provided the first detailed insight into "nimbyism" (not in my backyard). It...
Marts
Hexham March 31 Hexham & Northern Marts held their annual spring collective auction sale, the most successful and well attended sale held by the company to date. A total of 2,081 lots went under the hammer during a combined selling time of...
'Mature' Barton Draws Plaudits from Pearce
Stuart Pearce predicts his controversial Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton will soon be knocking on the England door again. City boss Pearce is convinced Barton has "grown up and matured as a man" in recent months and that it will help his...
Mourinho's Pride in His 'Amazing' Side
Jose Mourinho hailed his Chelsea side's amazing team spirit after they fought back to earn a place in the semi-finals of the Champions League thanks to a sensational last-gasp winner from Michael Essien. The Blues' dreams of reaching the last four...
Murray May Be Finished
Paul Murray may have played his last game for Carlisle United after keyhole surgery on his injured hamstring. The Cumbrian-born 30-year-old will not be fit enough to feature in the League One play-offs even if his side can bridge the four-point gap...
National Policy Rules on Housing Are Now in Force
Byline: By Richard Freeman-Wallace Developers will undoubtedly be aware of the latest planning legislation, Planning Policy Statement Three (PPS3), which came into force this month. It puts in place a new national policy framework for housing...
North Park Put on Market
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Evans Property Group has put Follingsby Park in Gateshead on the market as part of a pounds 400m portfolio sale. The Leeds-based company is selling the portfolio ( including its 300-acre Fradley Park industrial estate...
Now for the City Challenge
Byline: By Mike Birkett Now the planet is apparently being saved by increasing the cost of running certain vehicles, the property sector can concentrate on the real task at hand ( how to cut carbon emissions created by our cities. The Royal Institution...
Owen's Back in Secret Friendly
Byline: By Paul Gilder Michael Owen's eagerly-awaited Newcastle comeback has moved a significant step closer after the pounds 17m striker tasted his first action since last summer's World Cup finals during a top secret practice match. Although...
People on the Move
Barclays has appointed Tony Walsh as its regional corporate director for the bank's business banking division across the North. Mr Walsh, 40, has more than 24 years' experience with Barclays in risk management, portfolio planning, operations management,...
Play Stock Market ( for Charity
You can experience the thrills and spills of the stock market while raising money for a children's charity at a special night out backed by The Journal. The Stock Market Challenge, which was last held in 2003, is back by popular demand and this...
Prisoners' New Start
A scheme to get former prisoners back into work is being piloted in Derwentside. Consett YMCA is carrying out the Dark Horse Employment Project, with the help of a pounds 60,000 grant from the Lloyds TSB Foundation. The YMCA will take people on...
Quest for Perfection Will Not End
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Roy Keane has taken to management with astonishing speed but, says Stuart Rayner , after seeing his side go top of the table for the first time there is little chance of him slowing up The fact Roy Keane is already driving...
Report Backs Plan for Huge Wind Farm
Byline: By Robert Brooks Protesters fighting plans for the region's biggest wind farm have been dealt a major blow, after a long-awaited independent study backed a 28-turbine development on moors in Northumberland. The study, by award-winning...
Season Not over for Vaughan after Horror Injury
Byline: By Paul Walker Everton believe injured striker James Vaughan will play again this season. The 18-year-old forward was taken to hospital on Monday after suffering a severed artery in his ankle after being caught by the studs of Abdoulaye...
Seventh Heaven as Reds Run Riot
Byline: By Ken Gaunt Sir Alex Ferguson savoured the moment as his remarkable Manchester United side claimed a place in the Champions League semi-finals, writes Ken Gaunt. United romped home 7-1 against Roma in front of a disbelieving Old Trafford...
Simon Briton Column
Byline: By Simon Briton Tax breaks aimed at supporting enterprise are particularly relevant to businesses in the North-East, but are often overlooked. So how can you access these incentives? Planning in advance, rather than looking at what has...
Sparklingly Original with a Sense of Fun
Byline: By Karen Overbury Expect the unexpected is the theme of EAT! NewcastleGateshead, a food festival with a difference. And that is certainly the case with the Guerrilla Restaurant set up at a venue somewhere in the North-East this week....
Spotlight on Climate Change Implications
Byline: By Anna Lognonne Climate change will be one of the topics up for discussion at this year's North Sheep at Bishop Auckland. A seminar organised by event sponsors George F White will look at the likely effects of climatic change on agricultural...
Strength in Depth Is Key to Revival for Boro
Byline: By Jack Pickering Gareth Southgate knew he had strength in depth when he was able to replace his first-choice central defenders with his former sidekick and a pounds 6m man, writes Jack Pickering. Missing England international Jonathan...
Strobilurin Fungicide 'May Reap Extra Gains'
Cereal farmers who protect crops against diseases using a strobilurin fungicide could be reaping extra gains by helping them fend off damaging stress effects and improving crop greening, according to a programme of over five years of research. Conducted...
Surgery Call Firm Takes Plus Points
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Anorthumberland company which has developed software to help doctors combat the problem of missed appointments floats on one of the Stock Exchange's junior markets today. Data SMS of Blyth listed its shares on the Plus...
Tender Loving Care Set for River Banks
Byline: By Tony Henderson Traditional grocer Martin Ponton is to serve his beloved Fish Quay in North Shields as head of the first of a series of volunteer groups to be set up along the River Tyne. The Tyne Rivers Trust will launch the first...
'Time to Talk in Cup Stand-Off'
Byline: By Alex Lowe Premier Rugby have written to International Rugby Board chairman Dr Syd Millar requesting a round-table meeting with all parties involved in the Heineken Cup stand-off. On Monday, Dr Millar lambasted the English and French...
Top Piper Kathryn Returning to Roots
Byline: By Dave Black Acclaimed Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell is preparing for a belated return visit to a popular cultural festival where she first displayed her precocious musical talents. As a young girl, Kathryn's quick-blossoming musical...
Travelling Football Fans under Attack
Coaches ferrying celebrating Sunderland football fans came under attack from a hail of bricks after Monday's game at Southampton. While nobody was injured in the attack which caused pounds 1,000 worth of damage to one coach, more than 30 passengers...
Vital Lifeline to Help Save Limbs in China
The North-East is playing a key role in helping medical specialists save people's limbs in China. Newcastle University and Newcastle-based Peacocks Medical Group are working with Shanghai company Teresa Healthcare on a number of exciting projects...
We're Not through Yet Warns Benitez
Byline: By Paul Walker Rafael Benitez is doing everything in his power to make sure Liverpool do not become Champions League chumps as they stand on the brink of the semi-finals. Liverpool could be forgiven for being complacent following the...
Woman, 91, Conned
A confidence trickster who stole pounds 31,000 life savings from a 91-year-old woman was jailed for five years yesterday. Anna Vare, 50, had only been out of prison for a short time after serving three years for conning a 76-year-old blind woman...
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