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 2, 2009

228 Feared Dead as Plane Goes Missing; Mystery over the Fate of Air France Jet
Byline: Gavin Cordon ALL 228 people on board a passenger plane were feared dead last night after it went missing over the Atlantic. Air France said its Airbus A330 aircraft flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris had run into storm weather with strong...
Awards Will Recognise Top Women in Business
Byline: Iain Laing THE region's biggest business awards to be aimed exclusively at women will be even bigger this year. There will be two extra prizes up for grabs at the 2009 North East Women Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, which launches this...
Burglar Walks Free despite 103 Convictions
Byline: Garry Willey ABURGLAR with more than 100 convictions has kept his freedom after snatching a car full of Christmas gifts. David Ramsey broke into a house in Warkworth, Northumberland, in the early hours, stole the keys to a Toyota Rav...
Carlo Gunning for Champions League
CARLO Ancelotti is determined to end Chelsea's wait for Champions League glory after signing a three-year deal to become the new manager at Stamford Bridge. Ancelotti, 49, officially takes charge on July 1 as Chelsea's fifth manager in less than...
Cats to Offer a Kitty to Bruce; Black Cats to Offer Bruce Transfer Kitty
Byline: Mark Douglas SUNDERLAND will confirm Steve Bruce as their new manager within the next 48 hours - and promised him a transfer war chest to rebuild the club's struggling squad. Bruce cut short his holiday in Portugal to join Niall Quinn...
City Bids to Attract World's Top Scientists; Newcastle Is Showcased across World
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE world's top scientists are being tempted to bring groundbreaking research to Newcastle as part of a pounds 700m project. Science City bosses have sent out copies of their Scientia book to hundreds of companies across...
Club Too Much of a Drain on Ashley's Resources; the Expensive Business of Running a Football Club May Be Just Too Much for Mike Ashley after Seeing His Pounds 2.2bn Fortune Shrink by Two-Thirds in the Last Two Years. Peter McCusker Reports
Byline: Peter McCusker WHEN Mike Ashley floated his Sports Direct company on the stock market in February 2007 he was worth over pounds 2bn. He had pounds 929m in cash he pocketed selling 40% of his stake in the company and pounds 1.3bn in his...
Corporate Blow Threatens Newcastle; Relegation Signals Start of Cutbacks
Byline: Dan Warburton THE region's top companies will pull the plug on their corporate hospitality at St James's Park in the wake of the club's devastating relegation, it was claimed last night. However, experts made mixed forecasts following...
Crouch Wants Re-Established; Striker Hopes to Be Capello's First Choice Up Front
PETER Crouch insists he is ready to claim his place back as England's first-choice striker and fire the country towards the World Cup next year, writes MIKE MCGRATH. Crouch's statistics are impressive - 13 goals from 15 starts and another two strikes...
Cutting Edge of Fashion; Final-Year Students on the Fashion Design Course at Northumbria University Will Be Displaying Their Talents at Graduate Fashion Week This Weekend. LIZ LAMB Speaks to Some of the Rising Stars of Tomorrow
Byline: LIZ LAMB SYLVIE HALL FOR her final collection Sylvie, from Benton, North Tyneside, was influenced by tribal dance and body movement. The 23-year-old also looked at body art used by tribes and translated it into her knitwear. The designer...
Deaths
ALLSOP (Ponteland). Peacefully at home on Thursday May 28th 2009, Brian, beloved husband of Connie, adored father, father .. in .. law and grandpa. Would family and friends please meet for Funeral Service and cremation at The West Road Crematorium,...
Durham in Dark as Warner Is Delayed
Byline: STUART RAYNER CONFUSION reigns over the availability of Durham's star signing for the Twenty20 Cup but the county are hopeful Australian David Warner will play some part in the competition's group stage, writes STUART RAYNER. The latest...
Fan Uses Sir Bobby for His Inspiration; Cancer Patient Raises Cash for Hero's Charity
Byline: Paul Loraine ANEWCASTLE United fanatic who was diagnosed with a brain tumour on his birthday has been instrumental in raising thousands of pounds for Sir Bobby Robson's cancer charity. Dennis Ward, from Prudhoe, in Northumberland, used...
For Better, for Worse
Byline: MIEKA SMILES ONLY children are funny beasts aren't they? Being married to one, I know their quirks all too well. As a little girl I was forced to share my toys with my younger sister, who often didn't show them the respect they deserved....
GM Biggest Industrial Bankrupt in US History
Byline: Iain Laing US car group General Motors has filed for bankruptcy and paved the way for a "new GM" to be formed under majority government control. In the largest such move in US industrial history, the firm entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy,...
Haggas' Hopes Are Burning Bright; Saraband
W ILLIAM Haggas' yard are in fine form and he will hope Monaadema can keep up the run at Folkestone ahead of an important weekend of action. Haggas is due to field South Easter in Saturday's Investec Derby at Epsom and his horses have been doing...
Householders Don't Trust Tradesmen's Advice
MISTRUST of tradesmen's advice could be costly for householders and the environment. Research from the Energy Saving Trust found only one in six people would trust a workman's green advice. But 84% of tradespeople want to give energy saving tips...
Howard Wins It Again
LIGHTNING struck for the second year in succession at Carlisle as Howard Johnson landed the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Median Auction Maiden Stakes with another Royal Ascot type, this time in the shape of Bow Beaver. The opening five-furlong sprint...
Ill Wind Blows Good Business to Zytronic
Byline: Christopher Knox TOUCHSCREEN maker Zytronic plans to expand its headquarters and recruit 50 staff as it continues to beat the slump and roll out sales worldwide. The firm is splashing out pounds 3.2m to buy its 60,000sq ft space at Blaydon,...
Inquest Demand for Deepcut Death; Grieving Father Wants Previous Verdict Set Aside
Byline: Robert Weatherall AFRESH inquest could be opened into the death of a teenage soldier shot in mysterious circumstances. Geoff Gray died from two gunshot wounds to the head at the controversial Deepcut Barracks in Surrey in 2001. His father...
Investment Firm's Profit Dives
INVESTMENT manager Brewin Dolphin is upbeat despite seeing first-half profits sink by more than a third. The firm, with more than 300 staff in Newcastle, earned pounds 104.7m, up 1% in a year. It says it is confident of recovery after pre-tax profits...
Investors Almost Gave Up on Rescue
Byline: James Hunter DRUMAVILLE consortium member Louis Fitzgerald has revealed the Irish investors almost abandoned plans to take over at Sunderland after missing out on their top two managerial targets. The eight-strong group rescued the club...
James Can Be Line-Out King
Byline: Nick Purewal STEVE Bates expects James Hudson to boss Newcastle Falcons' line-out next season. Falcons rugby director Bates has brought in exciting London Irish lock Hudson in the wake of Geoff Parling's Leicester departure and Andy Buist's...
Joint Forces Might Help Local Funding
Byline: NEIL WARWICK NICK Parsons, head of market strategy at National Australia Bank addressed an audience in Thornaby recently. He stated: "The SME sector is the backbone, not just of the North East, but of the whole UK economy. It is massively...
Lords Condemn FSA
THE supervisory system for managing bank crises needs to be overhauled and more responsibility given to the Bank of England, the House of Lords has said. The Tripartite Authority - made up of the Bank, the Treasury and the Financial Services Authority...
Magpies Fans' Turn to Be the Statue; A VIEW FROM THE GALLOWGATE
Byline: PAUL DIXON Paul Dixon has been following Newcastle United for more than 35 years, 16 of which have been as a season ticket holder in the Gallowgate End at St James's Park. Each week in his column, he takes a wry look at all things football...
Marsh Underlines the Strength of Slaley Field; GOLF
GRAHAM Marsh, who confirmed his entry for this month's big event at Slaley Hall yesterday, has more to offer the tournament than the novelty value of being the brother of the former Australian wicket-keeper, Rodney Marsh. Nicknamed Swampy by his...
MPs Must Choose Money or Power; as Britain Is Battered by the Most Severe Political Upheaval in Decades, Prof David Byrne, Head of the School of Applied Social Sciences at Durham University, Looks at What Went Wrong While Explaining How the System Can Be Fixed
THE recent farrago of stupidity and greed in relation to MPs' claims for allowances is the straw that breaks the camel's back. The camel being a political system that came into existence in the United Kingdom just about 100 years ago and a straw...
Murray's Hoping to Avoid Knockout; Federer Almost Follows Nadal
Byline: Steve Douglas A forehand considered arguably the biggest in tennis stands between Andy Murray and an unexpected place in the French Open semi-finals. Fernando Gonzalez, Murray's opponent today in the last eight, has this tournament shrugged...
Omani Buy-Out 'Good for United'
Byline: Paul Loraine NEWCASTLE fans should be excited at the prospect of a potential Middle East buy-out of their club, a North East academic said last night. Owner Mike Ashley revealed his plans to sell the club at the weekend and is prepared...
Opencast Campaigners Get Ready for Fight
CAMPAIGNERS are bracing themselves to fight renewed attempts to mine more than half a million tonnes of coal in their midst. A group, the No to Opencast Today or Tomorrow (NOTT) was formed after UK Coal announced they wanted to extract 556,000 tonnes...
Our Triple Plea to Ministers
Byline: LIZ MAYES THIS week we launched the results of our latest monthly Access to Finance survey. While the column inches devoted to the credit crunch may have fallen slightly in the wake of other high-profile stories, access to finance is...
Pietersen Identifies Depth of Squad as Key Factor
Byline: MYLES HODGSON KEVIN Pietersen believes England's performance in his absence this summer has shown they are now a side capable of performing even without their leading players, writes MYLES HODGSON. Former England captain Pietersen will...
Plate Set for Royal Touch
THE North East's showpiece horse race - the John Smith's Northumberland Plate - may be something of a royal occasion this year. The Queen is represented in the entries for the pounds 180,000 race by her horse Free Agent. Until recently, the three-year-old...
Quakers Boss Has Players in Sights
Byline: Mark Douglas COLIN Todd has lined up two players who have agreed to join Darlington when the cash-strapped Quakers exit administration. The Journal also understands that Dean Windass has agreed to become Todd's number two in a player/coach...
Redundancy Push That Let Dream Take Off
Byline: Christopher Knox AN IT expert is taking to the skies to fulfil his dreams after being made redundant from a Newcastle law firm and believes he can now create a successful flying school. When Watson Burton announced earlier this year that...
Revolution for Diabetics; North Sufferers Help Develop New Treatment
Byline: Helen Rae THOUSANDS of diabetic patients could benefit from revolutionary treatment developed by a North East doctor. Dr James Shaw, senior lecturer and diabetes consultant at Newcastle University, took part in a clinical study for a...
Shearer Fears Time Is Fast Running out; Magpies May Miss Targets: Shearer Fears Time Is Fast Running Out
Byline: Luke Edwards LAN Shearer is worried the delay in finalising a deal to confirm his appointment as permanent manager will Newcastle United badly in the market. The Journal understands that Shearer - released a statement last night confirming...
Small Businesses Are Getting Smaller; Survey Says Quarter Forced to Lay off Staff
Byline: David Old AQUARTER of small firms in the region fear they will be forced to lay off workers, a survey has found. The poll by Clifton Asset Management found 28% of small businesses were facing making more redundancies - the highest in...
Speaking Up for My Son and Heir
Byline: KEITH HANN ON my birthday tomorrow I shall be just five years short of receiving a bus pass and only 30 days away from the scheduled birth of my first child. His inheritance is therefore much on my mind. To say that I never expected to...
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The Best of Both Worlds; Just Back from South Africa, David Whetstone Reports on Cultural Links with the North East. Pictures by Jenny Dewar
Byline: Jenny Dewar BACK from South Africa and what do I find? That the North East has been basking in a mini summer heatwave and smug people are observing: "You're not very tanned." In South Africa, where I have been with the Swallows Partnership,...
The Cartoon Networ; Comic Strips to Brighten Up City Streets
Byline: Laura Caroe CARTOONS are being used to bring shop windows to life in a bid to brighten up the credit-crunch-hit high street. Viz magazine co-creator Simon Donald and writer Lee Mattinson, a Journal Culture award finalist, will be helping...
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Thunder Missing Two Key Players
Byline: Nick Purewal GATESHEAD Thunder will be without Andrew Henderson again this weekend - and will be missing Nick Youngquest too. While hooker Henderson awaits his father's funeral in Australia, full-back Youngquest will be getting married....
To Be a Success in Have to Innovate, Twenty20 We Says Skipper; to Succeed in Cricket's Most Money-Spinning Format, What You Need More Than Anything Is Flexible Friends. Will Smith Tells Stuart Rayner about His Durham Blueprint
Byline: Will Smith FOR some Twenty20 is the future of cricket, others believe it will be the death of it. But like it or loathe it, the shortest form of the game has taught players useful new skills and reinforced existing disciplines. The more...
Trail Shows How Important Science Is to Agriculture
Byline: Karen Dent SCIENTIFIC and research work carried out in agriculture will be highlighted to MPs at this year's Cereals 2009 event. The NFU has teamed up with event organisers Haymarket to stage a Why Science Matters Trail, linking seven...
Victim's Sister Tells of Her 'Heartbreak' Care Nurse Seriously Hurt in Attack
Byline: Neil McKay THE sister of a nurse brutally attacked in her own home spoke last night of the "heartbreak" of daily visits to hospital. Audrey Turnbull, a care nurse and a St John Ambulance Brigade volunteer who is also devoted to her severely...
Ward Closure like a Stab in the Back; Parents Face Long Trek to Visit Children
Byline: Neil McKay THE closure of a hospital children's ward was described as "like a knife in the back" by angry protesters yesterday. Just seven years after the opening of the pounds 67m Bishop Auckland General Hospital in County Durham, health...
WEALTH WARNING - PERSONAL LOAN SCANDAL; Payment Protection Insurance - Is This the Biggest "Bank Robbery" in History?
Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) policies are designed to cover the cost of loan or credit card repayments in the event that the customer is off sick from work or has become unemployed. However, Renaissance Easy Claim, a leading financial complaints...
Young Start-Ups Ready to Ride out Recession
Byline: Karen Dent YOUNG entrepreneurs are refusing to allow the recession to destroy their plans to start their own business. Those already in business remain confident that they can ride out the economic downturn and are looking for new opportunities,...