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 September 25, 2009

American Dreams of NBA Chance
NEWCASTLE Eagles newest American import Joe Chapman has a dream and he is not ready to give up on it as he looks to make a big impression on British basketball, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Chapman was in the successful Marquette University team alongside...
Asbestos Uncovered after Swoop on 'Illegal' Tippers; Eight Arrests after Dawn Raids on Gang
Byline: Neil McKay POLICE who raided an organised gang suspected of illegally dumping waste have discovered asbestos after diggers moved onto the sites. Teams of officers, working with officials from the Environment Agency, swooped on homes and...
Bandits Fail to Raid Bears in Trophy; SPEEDWAY
Redcar Bears ............................. 48 Berwick Bandits......................... 42 THE inaugural Tweed-Tees Trophy produced a closely-fought contest in the first leg at the Redcar Bears last night with the Bandits taking an early lead from the...
Batesy Says Relax - Williams Scores
Byline: Nick Purewal WHEN Batesy said relax, Danny Williams started scoring. Two tryless games into his Rugby Union adventure, the ex-Leeds Rhino was fretting on finding his finishing feet. Nine tries in his next 15 starts, the cross-code novice...
Bright Future after Facing Challenges Head-On
WITH professional services to support the property market, finance and the corporate sector, it is little wonder that law firms have been unable to protect themselves completely from the worst effects of the recession. But for one North East firm,...
Bruce to Scour the Planet for Signings
STEVE Bruce has revealed his vision for a revamped global scouting network that will enable Sunderland to cherry pick the best emerging talent from the North East to South America. With the blessing of Black Cats chairman Niall Quinn, Bruce has...
Building Gets Pounds 1m Revamp; Doors Reopen after Decades of Neglect
Byline: Dave Black ALANDMARK historic building at the heart of a Northumberland town is about to re-open to the public following a pounds 1.1m revamp aimed at restoring it to its former glory. Morpeth Town Hall - which is almost 300 years old...
Calculating Cost of New Higher Tax Rate; BUSINESS INSIGHTS
Byline: CAROL CHLEBOUN BUDGET 2009 saw the introduction of a 50% income tax rate for those earning more than pounds 150,000 per annum, effective from 6 April 2010. While not a complete surprise, many will argue that simply raising the top-rate of...
Cheers to Wine-Tasting Fair; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
WINE lovers are in for a treat next month as a specialist autumn wine fair and tasting event comes to Newcastle. The event is being held at St James's Park on Saturday, October 10, with an afternoon session from 1pm to 4pm and an evening session...
City Art Gallery Closes Down; End of the Road for a Flagship Idea
Byline: Barbara Hodgson AFLAGSHIP art gallery which became the largest in Newcastle when it opened three years ago has announced its closure. The Art Works Galleries in Stepney Bank, Ouseburn, has already shut up shop while a brief announcement...
COARSE Angling
THE Tyne was at normal summer levels and clear for the 86 contestants fishing the sell-out Annual Gurkha Match on Sunday, but the river still continued its terrific run of form for coarse fishing, with 18 double-figure catches topped by a new event...
David Wells
Aries (21 Mar to 20 Apr) Call 0905 817 0751 Although a working matter looks as if it's been sealed tighter than a drum you can change things when you let everyone know you're prepared to move to a different rhythm; time to loosen what appears stitched...
Deaths
ASPINALL (Stocksfield). Peacefully in Hexham General Hospital, on 21st September 2009, aged 81 years, Frank, dearly loved husband of Doreen, much loved dad of Paul and daughter in law Gillian and devoted grandad of Stacey and Claire. He will be sadly...
Dickinson Dees Still Dominates Regional Law Scene
Byline: Jonathan Blair THE publication of this year's Legal 500 sees Dickinson Dees once again dominating the legal scene in the North, reinforcing our reputation for quality and service excellence. The UK economy has had a difficult couple of...
Di Venuto in the Durham Record Books with Century; Opener Helps County Get off to a Flyer
Byline: Stuart Rayner IF on the first day of this County Championship match the gulf in class between two teams at opposite extremes of the table was not always glaringly obvious, yesterday it was laid bare. Worcestershire are low on confidence,...
Drama
THE SOLOIST (1hr 57mins) Certificate: 12A Starring: Robert Downey Jr, Jamie Foxx, Catherine Keener, Nelsan Ellis Director: Joe Wright Star rating: RAW talent will only get you so far. More often than not, it's the people you know and being in the right...
Durham Star Not Ready to Call It a Day
PAUL Collingwood provided the inspiration the last time England were so comprehensively written off for a one-day tournament - and hopes a repeat can fulfil one of his remaining career ambitions, writes RICHARD GIBSON. A poor personal end to this summer's...
England Season to Start Early Next Year
ENGLAND'S international season will begin three weeks later in 2010 following the unpopular early start to this summer. The first npower Test against Bangladesh at Lord's will start on May 27, exactly 21 days later than this year's opener, the Wisden...
Eriksson Feels Sol Has Let Him Down
SVEN-Goran Eriksson has revealed his personal frustration at Sol Campbell's departure from Notts County and questioned the former England defender's motives. Campbell quit the ambitious Coca-Cola League Two club on Wednesday just five weeks after...
Evolution Festival Gets Nomination for Award
THE North East's biggest music festival, Evolution, has been nominated in this year's prestigious UK Festival Awards in three categories. The event, which takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday on Newcastle Gateshead quaysides, is in the running...
Family Hit by Fresh Blow as Body Exhumed; Fresh Anger at Greeks over Balcony Case
Byline: Sam Wood THE family of a man who died in Greece nearly 10 years ago have said they are "devastated" after learning his body is to be exhumed by the authorities. A letter from the Greeks saying the exhumation will occur 'shortly' is the...
Famous Artist Full of Hot, Smoky Air; TOON AND COUNTRY
Byline: DAVID BANKS IF I had my way I'd recruit the heaviest smokers in Britain to judge the Turner Prize. They would come from all walks of life and from every corner of the United Kingdom, puffing their 80-a-day way to the grave with a brief respite...
Farmers Urged to Take Care after Potato Harvest Accidents
Byline: Karen Dent NORTH East farmers and contractors are being urged to take extra care with this year's potato harvest after one man was killed and two others were seriously injured in three separate incidents. The Health and Safety Executive...
Glowing Report for Experts in Injury Claims
LEADING North East law firm Irwin Mitchell has once again received glowing reviews from annual industry review, the Legal 500. The Legal 500 gave the North East office of national law firm Irwin Mitchell top rankings in all of its specialist areas...
GNER May Run Again but Not to North East
Byline: Adrian Pearson TRAINS could once again be running up part of the East coast under the GNER name - but not as far as the North East. Ian Yeowart, a former business development director at Grand Central, has submitted plans to run GNER...
Gopperth to Find Rhythm against Quins
STEVE Bates has backed fit-again Jimmy Gopperth to get the better of compatriot Nick Evans tonight. Back to full fitness after ankle trouble, Junior All Black Gopperth will go head-tohead with All Black out-half Evans when Harlequins come calling...
Haggas' Filly Ready for Ascot Battle
Byline: Saraband W ILLIAM Haggas can get his weekend off to the perfect start as Shamandar looks set for victory in the valuable Watership Down Stud Sales Race at Ascot today. Haggas takes on both Rip Van Winkle and Delegator with Aqlaam in the...
Happy Ending for Books as Pubs Spread the Word; BEER
Byline: ALASTAIR GILMOUR LAST week we enjoyed a lunchtime pint with Edna O'Brien. The week before it was Alan Sillitoe; this weekend it could be Alexander McCall Smith, Roddy Doyle or Ian Rankin. It depends on who's been left on the shelf. Reflective...
Harry Defies Slump with Bars Expansion
Byline: Peter McCusker AFORMER director of one of the region's biggest pub companies is defying the gloom in the on-licenced trade by unveiling plans to treble his bars portfolio as other operators look to make further closures. Harry Costigan,...
Hatton: Matthew Can Make World Bid; BOXING
ROOKIE promoter Ricky Hatton believes he can guide close friend Matthew Macklin to a world title - providing he wins the vacant European middleweight crown. Birmingham fighter Macklin tonight looks to make up for lost time after years of frustration...
Haul 'As Significant as Lindisfarne Gospels' Treasures Are Worth at Least Pounds 1m - Experts
Byline: Danielle Dwyer AMETAL detector enthusiast discovered the biggest haul of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found. Terry Herbert, 55, found a vast hoard of gold and silver - officially declared treasure yesterday - just below the surface of a ploughed...
Help Is Needed to Rival Euro Giants; Andrew Bridge Captains the Most Successful Basketball Team in the Country but It Is the Future of the Sport Which Bothers Him as Newcastle Eagles Prepare for a Challenge to Their Supremacy. Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Reports
Byline: Luke Edwards THE winds of change are blowing through British basketball, but if there is a revolution going on nobody has bothered to tell Andrew Bridge. As the skipper of a formidable Eagles franchise which has loomed large over domestic...
Hiking Duty Fees Will See Key Routes Pulled; Region's Tourist Industry Threat:
Byline: Adam Jupp Hcould deliver a devastating blow to the region's booming tourist industry. The Journal launched its 'A Tax Too Far campaign' this week to urge the Government to stop its plans to increase aviation tax later this year. APD will...
Historic Church Targeted; Car Thieves Cause Damage to Building
Byline: Vicky Robson SUSPECTED car thieves have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to a historic church building. A vehicle was set on fire at the rear of the Grade I-listed Woodhorn Church, between Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and Ashington,...
Hughton: We Will Not Get Distracted
Byline: Mark Douglas CHRIS Hughton says that a fresh round of speculation about the future of Newcastle United will not distract his players from their promotion goal. United's success on the field has only partially obscured the continued uncertainty...
'It's a Great City' Says the Student Princess; Eugenie Joins Her University Course Mates
Byline: Tom Mullen PRINCESS Eugenie joined thousands of first year students yesterday to begin her studies at Newcastle University. The Queen's 19-year-old granddaughter arrived for an induction meeting at the university's Armstrong Building, where...
Jaguar Will Decide Next Year on Plant Closure
Byline: Iain Laing CAR giant Jaguar Land Rover is to close one of its Midlands plants but plans to create 800 jobs on Merseyside to make the new Range Rover. The firm said it will decide next year whether to close its factory at Castle Bromwich...
Lady Elsie Vows to Continue Legacy; Sir Bobby's Widow Meets Fundraisers
Byline: Kim Carmichael THE widow and son of Sir Bobby Robson have vowed to carry on his legacy, just days after his magnificent memorial service. Lady Elsie and eldest son Paul Robson were keen to get on with the day-to-day activity of his charitable...
Markets Manager from Grassroots
KATHRYN Potts has been appointed manager for the newly-formed North East of England's Farmers Markets (NEEFM). Having been both a market trader selling her own organic bread, and a market manager, Kathryn is well placed to represent all the stakeholders...
Marlon Will Be Big Hit - Hughton; HAREWOOD WILL BE HIT
Byline: Mark Douglas CHRIS Hughton has dismissed worries about Marlon Harewood's fitness and frame of mind as he backed the big striker to be an instant hit at St James's Park. Once a highly-rated target man, Harewood's career has stalled in...
Minister Tells FA to Improve; Sports Minister Asks for Some Stronger Leadership
SPORTS minister Gerry Sutcliffe has demanded the Football Association fulfil its obligations by showing stronger leadership in its governance of the sport. Sutcliffe wrote to the FA, Premier League and Football League after they replied individually...
No-Nonsense Specialist Service
DESPITE challenging economic times, Sintons has continued to grow and recruit senior lawyers in key strategic areas to further strengthen and develop the services it offers to its clients. Now with 22 partners and over 85 lawyers, Sintons has always...
North Is 'Worst to Be Hit by Slump' but Cash Will Boost Region - Mandelson
Byline: William Green BUSINESS Secretary Lord Mandelson has admitted the North has been worst hit by the recession but insisted the Government was spending "hard cash" to boost the region. The former Hartlepool MP also hit back at new research...
No Way - Jose Wins Trophy
Byline: Tim Taylor TRISH Jose, a retired chemist from Lanchester, embraced the fun nature of The Journal Ladies Trophy at Garesfield yesterday, when she found the winning formula for the final and then cheerfully admitted she had not the faintest...
Our Friendship Is Still Special - Brown; PM Denies He Was 'Shunned' by Obama
Byline: Gavin Cordon GORDON Brown insisted yesterday he enjoyed the "strongest friendship" with Barack Obama as he was forced to fend off reports of a rift with the US president. The Prime Minister was heading for the G20 summit in Pittsburgh...
Positive Steps to Improve Efficiency; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE
Byline: DOUGLAS KELL IAM sure many like me in business will be overjoyed to learn that, after years of complaining about bureaucratic red tape strangling our efficiency, we are starting to see a positive response. In the North East, we must commend...
Pounds 2m Funds Factory Back into Action on Tyneside; 200 Jobs Will Return to Site after Blaze
Byline: Adrian Pearson MORE than 200 jobs will return to Tyneside as ministers hand over pounds 2m to rebuild a fire-damaged Newcastle factory famous for producing crispy pancakes for Findus. Longbenton Foods, which took over the factory after...
Putting the Pride Back into Great British Food; FOOD BILL OLDFIELD
things as chunky carrots rather than "julienned". And not that long ago, I even employed a head chef who, once he got his feet under the table, threatened to walk out if he ever heard the words "gravy" or "custard" used in "his" kitchen. Unsurprisingly,...
Quickbites
Email your food and drink news to katharine.capocci@ncjmedia.co.uk BLAZING SADDLES: The Hairy Bikers' Food Tour of Britain is the new TV tie-in book for the dynamic duo's current BBC2 series. The hardback cookbook contains over 90 recipes inspired...
Relaxation Last on List; TABLE FOR 2 GEOFF LAWS the Dyke Neuk, Meldon, Morpeth, Northumberland
Byline: GEOFF LAWS I'd had a busy day, rushing around fitting my 'to do' list into one short span. There were a surprising number of items in a different handwriting suspiciously like someone else's I know. When questioned, she denied all knowledge,...
Results in Uncertain Times
TWENTY-THREE partner, Newcastle-based, Hay & Kilner has improved its impressive ratings in the Legal 500 guide this year with recommendations in 23 different work areas. The firm attributes much of its success to its personal approach and expertise...
Ricky Revealed; He Describes Himself as a Cottage Industry. Ricky Gervais Tells Kate Whiting about Lying, Laughing and His Approach to Work
In new film The Invention Of Lying, which he wrote, directed and stars in, Ricky Gervais plays loser Mark Bellison who, though unlucky in love and work, is also the only person who can lie in an alternate reality where everyone tells the whole truth....
Rock Has Battle on Hands for Centre; REGIONAL RUGBY UNION PREVIEW
TOM Rock reckons he will have a fight on his hands to play his favourite position in his own team. Blaydon rugby director Rock will continue at scrum-half tomorrow in the injury absence of James Kyle and Gavin Charlton, but the ex-Leeds man considers...
SEA Angling
ONLY minutes into the Northumberland Sea League match, Paul Westmorland - fishing as a substitute in Seaton Sluice's A team - landed the heaviest fish. It also gave him second place in zone 2 behind Bob Ferguson with three cod for 7-4-8 and a cracking...
Serving the Community with Teams of Experts
BROWELL Smith & Co is a leading law firm that acts for clients both locally and nationally. Senior partner Philip Browell recently explained: "The firm was established with the intention of serving the trade unions, their members and local communities....
SES Forges Ahead with New Contracts
Byline: Iain Laing BUILDING services group SES has continued its growth with a series of multi-million pound contracts on public sector projects. The North Shields company, formerly known as Shepherd Offshore Services, has landed a pounds 2.1m...
Silence of the Empty Nest
Byline: BOB CUFFE PICKING up on last week's thread, our eldest - Car Crashing Road Sign Smashing Chris - has started at Northumbria University. In his first few days up there Newcastle lost to Blackpool. Good work, Agent Cuffe. If Joe Kinnear is...
Sport on TV
FOOTBALL (1945 unless stated) FIFA WORLD YOUTH (UNDER-20) CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP A Paraguay v Italy ................................. 1500 GROUP B Nigeria v Venezuela............................ 1745 Spain v Tahiti ........................................
Star of Reality TV Show Denies Fraud; Art Collector Accused of Cash Scam
Byline: Garry Willey A HIGH-profile businessman and art collector who quit the North East to run a South African vineyard has denied masterminding a pounds 500,000 fraud. Former pub boss Anthony Hindhaugh - who was once the star of his own reality...
Support for Black Cats' World Cup Bid; Campaign Gets Boost from Town's Backing
Byline: Adam Jupp MOVES to bring World Cup football to Wearside have won the backing of one of the region's other clubs. Hartlepool United has thrown its weight behind Sunderland's campaign to be a host location in 2018. The city wants to...
The LEGAL 500
Agriculture and estates DICKINSON DEES LLP Newcastle Cartmell Shepherd Carlisle Ward Hadaway Newcastle BHP Law Darlington Burnetts Carlisle Latimer Hinks Darlington Mincoff Jacksons LLP Stockton-on-Tees Hayton Winkley Kendal Smith & Graham Hartlepool...
The Passion of Argentina
Byline: HELEN SAVAGE ARGENTINA is on a roll. Even in these straitened times, sales of Argentine wines continue to grow in the UK. Argentina offers excellent value and tastes that are distinct, especially from its dominant red wine grape Malbec and...
This Is No Time to Invest in History
Byline: BILL MIDGLEY AS a holder of a Master of the Arts degree in British history I suppose that I should be delighted that Seaton Delaval Hall has been 'saved for the nation'' and that we will all be able to enjoy and admire what is undoubtedly...
Tributes Paid to MP Hit by Sex Scandal; Tory Was a 'Larger Than Life' Character
Byline: Adrian Pearson TRIBUTES have been paid to Piers Merchant, the former Tyneside MP who shot to fame after an affair with a 17-year-old girl. The Conservative MP, who held the Newcastle central seat from 1983-87, died this week from cancer...
Volunteers' Grave Find; Tomb of Glass Tycoon Discovered
Byline: Katy Simpson THE forgotten gravestone of glassworks tycoon John Sowerby has been unearthed by a group of history enthusiasts. In a unlikely twist of fate, his final resting place was discovered just as his granddaughter's play, based...
Water Firm Is Top at Pleasing Its Customers
ARECENT independent study* of 1,000 conveyancing solicitors nationwide has thrown up some startling results about the acceptance and importance of the CON29DW - drainage and water - search and, on a regional basis, has shown that Northumbrian Water...
Watson Burton Wins Praise for Client Service
WATSON Burton once again tops the leagues across highly competitive disciplines in the newly published Legal 500. The publication highlights Watson Burton's commitment to superb client service and dedication to delivering real results. The firm's...
What Is the Legal 500? David Kelly, Editor of the Legal 500, Introduces the 2009 Edition
WELCOME to the 22nd edition of The Legal 500. First published in 1988, The Legal 500 has developed into the largest and most in-depth survey of the UK legal market; we analyse the practices of more than 1,000 law firms, and more than 220 sets of barristers'...
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