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 July 31, 2008

1,300 Rock Jobs to Go over Three Year; 800 Redundancies Forced, but Special Aid to Find Work
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent THE first round of compulsory redundancies has been announced at Northern Rock. The bank is to make about 800 job cuts as part of efforts to shrink the business. After talks with unions, it...
2 DAYS IN 2 MINUTES: Home and Abroad
Top cop's politics fear BRITAIN'S top policeman voiced concerns that his job is becoming "a matter for high politics" after it emerged that a senior aide to London Mayor Boris Johnson looked into suspending him. Metropolitan Police Commissioner...
Adam Had a Laugh at Delaval Banquets; Court Jester Relives Hall's Medieval Days
Byline: Dan Warburton A FORMER court jester last night relived the decade he spent performing inside one of Northumberland's most iconic stately homes. Adam Burns, 62, from Black Callerton, Newcastle, spent 10 years entertaining people who gathered...
African Demand Keeps Recycling Company Booming; in Association with RBS
Byline: Karen Dent A philosophy of 'reuse, recycle and return' is helping a North East company keep schools and hospitals cool in West Africa, as Karen Dent discovers THE "insatiable" demand for fridge components in Ghana is driving a Northumberland...
Aidan's Winning Sequence Extended; GLORIOUS GOODWOOD
Byline: TOM PEACOCK HENRYTHENAVIGATOR and the Coolmore team continued on their seemingly unstoppable run at Goodwood as they claimed the BGC Sussex Stakes, despite difficult circumstances, writes TOM PEACOCK. Trainer Aidan O'Brien has now reached...
Air Guitarists Tune in by Million; in Association with Perfect Image
Byline: HERB KIM PICTURE a typical videogamer, and what's the image that comes to mind? An acne-ridden, teenage boy twiddling with a joystick in his bedroom, right? Think again. I spent last week at Fortune Magazine's Brainstorm conference,...
Auctioneers Make Monster of a Discovery at Bridal Wear Store
IT was a case of alien versus creditor when a bridal wear shop went bust. When James Sutherland & Co Auctioneers emptied the contents of the store, they expected rails of tuxedos and veils. So when they discovered a 9ft alien lurking in the...
Beatles, Stones and Dylan All Walked These Planks; Curtain Down on a Stage Fit for Legends
Byline: Sam Wonfor THERE aren't many pieces of wood which could provoke a unanimous wave of nostalgia and anecdotes aplenty. But the planks we are talking about are not just any old tat. For the past 81 years they've been trodden on by the world's...
Beat the Slowdown by Getting Your Firm Online; in Association with Perfect Image
Byline: Christopher Knox FIRMS in the North East's tourism industry are missing out on hundreds of pounds of business by failing to take online bookings. Regional development agency One NorthEast has warned that those businesses that rely on...
Councillor Quits Lib Dems in Row; Car Park Sell-Off Sparks Shock
Byline: Brian Daniel ACOUNCILLOR in Northumberland has resigned from his party amid claims it put money before the interests of his town. Coun John Robertson has opted to leave the Liberal Democrat group on Berwick Borough Council, to which he...
Cricket: English Inclusion Still to Be Discussed; CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
Byline: MYLES HODGSON THE participation of English sides in this winter's lucrative Champions League tournament will be determined by discussions within the England and Wales Cricket Board over the next few days, writes MYLES HODGSON. Officials...
Cricket: More Misery on a Day of Errors; Collingwood Is under Fire Again
Byline: Richard Gibson COACH Peter Moores avoided an inquisition into England's latest batting calamity and insisted they could scrap their way back into the third npower Test at Edgbaston. The hosts, who trail 1-0 in the npower series, were...
Cricket: Smith Punishes His Former Side
Byline: David Clough WILL Smith returned to haunt Nottinghamshire and keep Durham competitive on day one against the LV County Championship Division One leaders. Any one of several higher-profile players might have been nominated as a likely...
Culture: Home Movies to Make Their Debut on the Big Screen
THOSE old home movies gathering dust at the back of a cupboard can be brought back to cinematic life tonight with a little help from the Star and Shadow Cinema in Newcastle. For the first time, the Ouseburn venue is inviting people to bring along...
Culture: Winner Who Made Patience a Fine Art; Perseverance Paid off for the People Show Winner This Year. Artist Peter McGlynn Tells Tamzin Lewis about the 'People's Prize'
IT is rare for an artist or writer never to face rejection and it seems that triumph often comes with dusting off and bouncing back. As F Scott Fitzgerald noted, 'Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over'....
Expanding STR Buys Wallsend Golf Club; in Association with RBS
Byline: Christopher Knox AFAST growing leisure business has expanded into the golfing market by buying an 18-hole course as it looks to double in size. Newcastle's STR Enterprises, which is also planning a large hotel in Sunderland, hopes that...
Farming: Concerns on Coast Access Plan Backed
Byline: Sam Wood MUCH of the concern in the farming industry over the creation of a coastal corridor in Britain has been dealt with in a report out yesterday. The Government's Joint Committee report has picked up many of the issues raised by...
Football: Fitness Worry for Strike Duo; Viduka and Owen Miss Pre-Season Trip to Majorca
Byline: Stuart Rayner NEWCASTLE United face going into the new season with their main strikers undercooked after two of them - Michael Owen and Mark Viduka - missed the trip to Mallorca yesterday. The Australian's absence was entirely expected...
Football: Keane Returns to Past with Future in Mind
Byline: Mark Douglas Nottingham Forest 0 Sunderland 1 ROY Keane last night completed the second part of his two-date homecoming tour with eyes firmly trained on the future. For the second time in three days Keane returned to a venue that...
Football: Magpies Told to Forget Fabricio; You Can't Afford Him - Agent
Byline: Stuart Rayner NEWCASTLE United arrived in Spain yesterday afternoon to newspaper headlines advising them to abandon their interest in Deportivo La Coruna defender Fabricio Coloccini. The player's agent has upped the ante as he tries to...
Football: MALBRANQUE MAY NOT BE LAST SIGNING
Byline: Mark Douglas Nottingham Forest 0 Sunderland 1 AFTER clinching his most high-profile deal of the summer so far by signing Tottenham winger Steed Malbranque, Sunderland manager Roy Keane has hinted he may be active in the transfer market...
Fraudsters Flourish in Hard Times; in Association with Perfect Image
Byline: MAITLAND HYSLOP TIMES are hard in this economic climate, with all of us feeling the pinch as the cost of living rises. But there is a more sinister force at work as consumers search for ways to make money. The number of online scams has...
GAMES REVIEWS; in Association with Perfect Image
Byline: ROSS WILKINSON AS Batman bags cinemagoers' attention this week, City of Heroes Issue 12: Midnight Hour gives you the chance to live out your superhero fantasies on PC. The Incredible Hulk is a below-par PS2 smash 'em up, while Pimp My...
Gas Prices Rise by Record 35%; Hike Pushes Thousands into Fuel Poverty
Byline: Russell Lynch THE UK's biggest domestic energy firm last night hit millions of households with its biggest-ever hike in gas bills. British Gas, which has 15.9 million customers, is raising gas prices by a record 35%, with electricity prices...
Going Back to Balance Sheet Lending
Byline: ANDREW LAPPING THE banking world seems to be in a state of turmoil, if you read the press. This is the market simply correcting itself after a decade of over indulgence and excess liquidity or, as George Bush put it, getting drunk and now...
Golf: Bell Shares Lead as He Chases PGA Crown
GRAEME Bell, already the 2008 Northumberland and Durham Open champion, is the joint halfway leader in the Glenmuir PGA Professional Championship at Moortown, Leeds. Chasing the biggest win of his career, the 45-year-old Eaglescliffe pro yesterday...
Golf: Seniors Can Showcase Slaley at Its Best; TEEING OFF
Byline: TIM TAYLOR WHEN the new face of golf at De Vere Slaley Hall, Keith Pickard, agreed to be pictured on the signature hole of The Hunting Course, he took the opportunity to lay down his marker. Slaley Hall, he said, is a "sleeping giant". ...
Hadrian Fishes Well despite Heat; GAME Angling
Byline: GEORGE MACINTYRE DESPITE the warm and bright weather, the fishing at Hadrian Fisheries has been of an exceptionally high standard with Riding Mill angler Neil Smith taking 40 minutes to bring a well-conditioned, hard-fighting brown of 4lb...
Help Urged for Smaller Firms on Apprenticeships; in Association with RBS
Byline: Iain Laing CALLS have been made to help small businesses meet Government plans in five years' time to offer every school leaver who wants one an apprenticeship. The North East Chamber of Commerce has backed the Government's push to improve...
Horse Racing: O'Brien Has Monopoly at Goodwood; in Association with Pagebet
Byline: Saraband THE peerless Yeats can keep the relentless Ballydoyle bandwagon rolling on to more greatness by winning the Royal Bank of Scotland Goodwood Cup today. The three-time Gold Cup winner won this contest with a minimum of fuss in...
Hunt Is on for Young Women Entrepreneurs; North - East Woman Enterpreneur of the Year Awards 2008 in Association with RBS
Byline: Graeme King YOUNG businesswomen are the focus this week in our continuing coverage of the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year awards. With many small businesses folding within a short period of forming, it is vital that young people in business...
'I'm Campaigning for a Successful Government'
Byline: Andrew Woodcock and James Tapsfield DAVID Miliband yesterday denied campaigning for the Labour Party leadership, insisting Gordon Brown "will lead us forward to address the big issues". But the Foreign Secretary ducked the question of...
Intuitive Phones Make Happy Merger; in Association with Perfect Image
IT specialist Croft Technology has completed a telecommunications contract to support the merger of two of the region's housing associations. Newcastle company Croft worked closely with Bernicia, formerly Cheviot housing, and Wansbeck Housing Assotion...
Memorial Horse Show Boost for Charity
THE family of a keen horsewoman who lost her battle with cancer raised more than pounds 10,000 for charity. Wendy Blacklock, 37, died four years ago following a seven-year battle with breast cancer. In memory of the well-known rider, her family...
Military 'Ufo' Hacker Facing 70 Years in Us Jail
A UFO enthusiast accused of the "biggest military hack of all time" lost his appeal to the Law Lords against extradition to the United States yesterday. Gary McKinnon, an unemployed 42-year-old, faces up to 70 years in prison if convicted in the...
MP Calls for Public Inquiry into Landfill; Locals Oppose Plans to Extend Tip's Lifespan
Byline: Dave Black PRESSURE is growing on the Government to order a public inquiry into plans to extend the working life of a Northumberland tip. Yesterday, Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell wrote to Communities and Local Government Secretary Hazel...
Murray's Power Is Too Much for American
ANDY Murray continued his good form in America by beating Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 to reach the third round of the Cincinnati Masters, writes ELEANOR CROOKS. The British number one (pictured right) will have high hopes for the tournament after...
North East's Golden Taste; Top Awards for Regional Producers
Byline: Jane Hall JUDGES have shown a taste for the North East in the Oscars of the world of fine food and drink. Fourteen regional producers have walked away with prestigious gold Great Taste Awards presented by the Guild of Fine Food. Notable...
Passion for Virtual Tale Gets Team Noticed; in Association with Perfect Image Computer Gaming Is Taking a Leap into Literature by Inviting Players into the Virtual World of 19th Century Adulterous Heroine Madame Bovary. but the New Development Is More Than a Diversion, It Has Applications for Business, as Karen Dent
Byline: Karen Dent Reports MID-19th Century literature may not be the subject matter that immediately springs to mind as a theme for a new computer game. But a team from the University of Teesside has plunged into the world of Emma Bovary, her...
Patients Struggling to See Their Doctor; Survey Reveals GP Variations across the UK
Byline: Jane Kirby SOME patients are still struggling to get access to their GP although figures are improving, a large-scale survey revealed yesterday. A study of 69,000 people in England found that 55% had difficulties some or all of the time...
Physiotherapy Business Aims for a Healthy Rise in Turnover; in Association with RBS
Byline: Karen Dent ABUSINESS devoted to soothing aches and pains is on course to boost its turnover by a healthy pounds 1m this year after winning a contract to provide its physiotherapy services in Yorkshire. Connect Physical Health Centres...
Postman Sold Stolen Mail Bag Packages on Internet; Three Months Jail on Theft Charges
Byline: Brian Daniel A POSTMAN in Northumberland who stole CDs, DVDs and games from his mail bag and sold them on the internet has been jailed for three months. David Nicholson, 33, of Grange Road, Shilbottle, was sentenced by Alnwick magistrates...
Pounds 600m Spending Spree for Region; Experts Decide Where Cash Is Most Needed
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent GOVERNMENT spending chiefs are to open up their books and ask the North East to advise on the best way to spend pounds 600m a year in transport and housing cash. And after concerns among the...
POWER PLAY: Big Guns Praise Miliband but Don't Urge Coup; Shields MP Hailed as Future Leader
Byline: William Green Political Editor Senior Newcastle councillor Sir Jeremy Beecham, a member of Labour's national executive committee, said Mr Milband was a "future leader of the party" but insisted there was no "imminent" prospect of such a...
Salvaged Bluebird Brought Back to Life; Restoration of Doomed Boat in Final Stages
Byline: Sam Wood ATYNESIDE diver is nearing completion on his labour of love to rebuild Bluebird - the ill-fated high-speed boat that crashed more than 40 years ago, killing pilot Donald Campbell. Campbell died in 1967 on Coniston Water in Cumbria,...
SFO Decision 'Lawful' Campaigners Insist They Won Political Fight
THE Serious Fraud Office was yesterday cleared of unlawfully surrendering to pressure from Saudi Arabia when it dropped a corruption inquiry into a lucrative arms deal. The then SFO director Robert Wardle was praised by the Law Lords for taking...
Software Company Aims for US Boost; in Association with CODE WORKS CONNECT
Byline: Christopher Knox ASOFTWARE company that was inspired by the work of a 20-year-old Sunderland University student has launched in the United States as it looks to double in size. Washington-based OnePoint Systems is awaiting accreditation...
Speedway: We Want to Be the Top Dogs, Insists English; Diamonds Fired Up for a Hard-Fought Derby Clash
Byline: LAWRENCE HEPPELL ONE of the most keenly-contested of domestic speedway's derbies will be fought out twice in three days when Newcastle Diamonds do battle with Teesside rivals Redcar Bears, writes LAWRENCE HEPPELL. The Tynesiders visit...
Street Theatre Warns of the Danger of Sunbed Tans
TEENAGERS are being targeted in a hard-hitting campaign to highlight the dangers of sunbed use at a young age. Professional performers will be in Newcastle today to act out a street drama highlighting the dangers of sunbed use and challenge commonly...
Teen Got in Bogus Taxi, Court Told
Byline: Hilary Clixby ASENIOR police officer told jurors how he confronted a convicted rapist accused of posing as a taxi driver to kidnap a teenage student. Chief Supt Graham Smith had been on duty with a colleague in an unmarked police car...
Toddler Killed by a Falling Patio Door; Village Shocked by Freak Death of a Little Girl
Byline: Neil McKay ADISTRAUGHT family were last night coming to terms with the death of their 14-month toddler who was killed after a sliding patio door fell on top of her at her home. Durham Police have launched an investigation into the death...
Two Join Support Network; in Association with Perfect Image
THE trade association for the region's digital media and technology sector has strengthened its team with the appointment of two employees. Sunderland's Codeworks Connect, which supports the North East's thriving community of digital businesses,...
Tyne Heroes to Be Honoured at Last; Group Agrees to Have Plaque Put on New Hotel
Byline: Tony Henderson THE heroism of a Tyneside family who repeatedly saved people from drowning in the Tyne is to be marked when a new hotel opens. The Craig family lived in Ouse Street, above the Lower Ouseburn Valley in Newcastle, in the...
'Underlying Business Is Strong' Says Lloyds TSB; in Association with Perfect Image
Byline: Iain Laing LLOYDS TSB added to nerves at the start of the bank reporting season yesterday after it revealed more credit crunch losses but assured that its underlying business was strong. Britain's fifth largest bank posted a 70% slide...
We've Got to Get out of This Place, Police Plead; Force HQ Is 'Crumbling'
Byline: Neil McKay ANORTH East police force is set for a multi-million pound move to a new headquarters. Durham Police bosses are likely to apply for government cash to fund the change of base they say they need. Their current buildings at Aykley...
What Can He Do? Power Play
WE spoke to more than 60 people in the North East yesterday and the general reaction to David Miliband was positive - if they know who he is. "I have heard they were trying to rid of Gordon Brown, but I don't know who David Miliband is," said Kath...
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The Journal has a fantastic prize on offer to really make your living room stand out. We all have our favourite films that we love to watch, but how about watching them with a state-of-the-art home cinema system. Can you imagine watching your...

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