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 2, 2009

Airport Rolls out a Brand New Runway; Painstaking Work Had to Be Done at Night
Byline: Adam Jupp INCH by inch, the runway at the region's biggest airport has been resurfaced. The pounds 6m project to help secure the future of the airport was today set to finish after around two months of work, all carried out in the middle...
Angry Mob Prove They're Just out for a Good Time
Byline: Chris Knox Kaiser Chiefs Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle. HAVING just put rumours of a split behind them, it was clear that the Kaiser Chiefs had something to prove on Saturday night. A rip-roaring performance by indie-dance troupe...
Belief Back at the Riverside
Byline: Mark Douglas at the Riverside Middlesbrough 2 Liverpool 0 AS one dream dies, another is reborn. Liverpool's title challenge may have breathed its last after Gareth Southgate's re-invigorated Middlesbrough put them to the sword, but...
Boxing: Cubans off to Winning Start; McCrory's Men Begin Their Pursuit of World Titles
Byline: STUART RAYNER. IT was never as spectacular as some fans might have hoped, but Newcastle's adopted Cubans took a huge step towards world championship glory at the weekend, writes STUART RAYNER. With British boxers seemingly scared of going...
Boxing: JEFFRIES PLEASED AS PUNCH WITH DEBUT VICTORY
Byline: STUART RAYNER TONY Jeffries barely had to break sweat on his professional debut, but the soreness of his hands the morning after the fight before gave an indication of the big difference, now he is fighting for money. Sunderland's Olympic...
Bus Passengers Will See Their Routes Change
BUS users are being advised of changes to their normal services due to roadworks on the outskirts of Durham City. The resurfacing work, which started on Saturday, will affect the area around the A167 roundabout at Pity Me over the next three weekends....
Campaigners' Anger as Landfill Extended; Planners Support Bid for Extra Time
Byline: Dave Black FRESH anger has erupted after council planning officials gave their support to a controversial bid to continuing tipping operations at a Northumberland landfill site for a further two and a half years. Waste management company...
Carlisle Count Cost of Misses
Carlisle United 1 Bristol Rovers 1 CARLISLE United were left with that all too familiar feeling of frustration after their draw with Bristol Rovers on Saturday as they looked back on yet more long spells of possession, and a string of missed...
Chancellor Warned He Must Act Now; Action Plan to Boost Economy
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent THE Chancellor will today be presented with an action plan designed to boost the region's economy amid warnings Alistair Darling is not doing enough to help struggling firms avoid further redundancies....
COLIN GRIMSTON; Plugging Skills Gap Will Pay Dividends
HAVING a team of committed and motivated staff is vitally important to any business, particularly in these tough economic times, when resource efficiency is key to survival. Working with staff to improve their performance can be a real benefit to...
Could There Be Light at the End of the Tunnel for the Coal Industry? Unions Claim Mines Can Yet Be Reopened
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent UNIONS are demanding the return of Old King Coal to the region with the opening of two new drift mines under the North Sea. The National Union of Mineworkers has called on the Government to...
Creditors Claim Pounds 14m Debt from Officers Club
Byline: Peter McCusker THE companies which previously owned menswear retail chain The Officers Club collapsed with debts of over pounds 10m and its creditors will today hear how much they are set to receive from its administrators. PricewaterhouseCoopers...
Cricket: Sarwan Leaves England with Fight for Draw; Windies Ram Home Advantage with Huge 749-9
Byline: Richard Gibson RAMNARESH Sarwan struck a superb 291 to end England's hopes of completing a comeback Test series victory in the Caribbean - and open up the chance of them losing it today. Sarwan's vigil at Kensington Oval, which lasted...
Culture: Premier Poet Heralds Library; as He Prepares to Mark the Completion of Newcastle City Library, Poet Laureate Andrew Motion Talks to David Whetstone
Byline: David Whetstone Anew chapter in North East life begins this week as Newcastle City Council takes possession of the pounds 40.2m new City Library Construction partners Kajima, Tolent and Ryder will officially hand the keys of the imposing...
Employers and Staff Can Be Winners
Byline: KEVIN ROWAN IWAS lucky enough last week to be invited by JobCentre Plus to present one of the awards celebrating the achievements in the region of Local Employment Partnerships (LEPs). LEPs are essentially agreements between business...
Experts Fear Price of a Pint Could Rise to Pounds 4
SOARING costs of raw ingredients are piling pressure on the region's brewers as they seek to survive in the struggling market. One regional brewer, who did not want to be named, claimed the price of hops had more than trebled in the last two years....
Football: Geovanni Not Bigger Than Club - Brown
Byline: ANDY HAMPSON Hull City 1 Blackburn Rovers 2 HULL boss Phil Brown was in defiant mood after watching his side slip to a damaging defeat at home to Blackburn yesterday, writes ANDY HAMPSON. Hull are now right in the thick of a relegation...
Football: SCOTTISH LEAGUE
Forfar Athletic 5 Berwick Rangers 4 BERWICK Rangers hit the four-goal mark for the first time in the league this season - but came away empty-handed. "To score four away from home and not to get anything is a real sickener," said manager Jimmy...
From Action Man to History Man; from the Jungles of South America to the Grandeur of Gibside, Karen Dent Meets Action Man Turned Heritage Consultant Tony Walton
GIVE them as near as lifethreatening experience as you possibly can' was Tony Walton's brief before he headed to Chile for the first of the 26 expeditions he would lead for Operation Raleigh. But he didn't realise he would have to organise a full-scale...
Geordie Builder to Wealthy Landowner; Actor Digs Deep to Discover a Privileged Past
Byline: Tom Mullen HIS character in comedy Auf Wiedersehen, Pet made actor Kevin Whately famous for playing working class roles. But, as it turns out, the man who played gritty Geordie construction worker Neville Hope has a surprisingly well-to-do...
Gloomy Outlook as Recession Bites Hard
Byline: Peter McCusker HUNDREDS of North East manufacturers have recorded their gloomiest ever predictions as many revert to short-time working and staff redundancies in the wake of the deepest recession for years. The quarterly survey from the...
GOLF: Ogilvy Sees off Casey to Win
GEOFF Ogilvy won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship for the second time in four years with a 4&3 victory over England's Paul Casey. The 2006 champion and 2007 runner-up displayed his matchplay prowess yet again in the 36-hole final to...
Horse Racing: Johnson Notches a Treble
HOWARD Johnson has yet to finalise his Cheltenham Festival team but he demonstrated the current wellbeing of his runners with three winners at Musselburgh yesterday. The County Durham handler has a string of leading hopes in the Festival frame again...
Horse Racing: POINT TO POINT
Byline: PETER BURGON ANDREW Richardson and Tom Greenall shared the riding honours with doubles in yesterday's Tynedale fixture at Corbridge. Coastley set the ball rolling for Richardson when following up last week's Crossford Maiden win on his...
Hughton Defends Martins Decision
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS Bolton Wanderers 1 Newcastle United 0 CHRIS Hughton has shrugged off the abuse he received from Newcastle's fans after his decision to substitute Obafemi Martins as United crashed 1-0 at Bolton yesterday, writes LUKE EDWARDS....
Ice Hockey: Courtenay's Penalty Sees Justice Done
Byline: PETER ADAMS. Newcastle Vipers 2 Cardiff Devils 1 (after penalty shots) ED Courtenay's penalty shot success finally clinched both points for the Vipers last night after a Jeff Hutchins penalty shot had been disallowed in regulation...
It's Last Orders Every Week as Pubs Struggle to Stay Afloat; Owners Plead for Help from Government
Byline: Dan Warburton STRUGGLING pub owners are demanding a Government rescue package as the number of North East bar closures rockets to one every week. In January, The Journal revealed one pub in the region was closing every 10 days - with...
ITV to Reveal Crunch Toll on Advertising Revenue; Taking Stock
Byline: Iain Laing ITV's plans for tackling the sharpest advertising slowdown in recent memory will be in the spotlight when it reports annual results next week. Banking giant HSBC will be the last of the UK's major players to post full-year...
Jade Is Back in Hospital; Publicist Says Big Brother Star in Pain
Byline: Mark Bulstrode CANCER-STRICKEN Jade Goody was last night facing the prospect of an operation to relieve her "awful pain", her publicist Max Clifford said. The 27-year-old Big Brother star was set to be admitted to the Royal Marsden Hospital,...
Keith's Happy Ending - and Beginning
Byline: TOM GUTTERIDGE THERE'S nothing more satisfying than watching an old dog performing a new trick. As the cheers rang out with the bells of St Boniface's Church on Saturday afternoon, Craster the border terrier, proudly sporting a new purple...
'Loophole Is an Insult'
Last week a couple accused of inflicting appalling injuries on twin babies escaped jail after neither would admit responsibility. Zoe Taylor, 19, and partner Daryl Gray, 22, blamed each other for injuries suffered by her four-month-old twins Imogen...
Miners' Strike 25 Years on; despite Passage of Time a Town's Bitterness Lingers
Byline: Neil McKay TWENTY five years ago, miners in the North East joined a national strike over pit closures in what became one of the bitterest industrial disputes of recent times. Supporting the strike plunged many mining families into poverty...
MPs Join Campaign to Ease Strain on Beer-Lovers
A LARGE majority of people (70%) oppose an above-inflation increase in beer tax in the next Budget, according to a survey published last night. More than eight out of 10 people (83%) believe community spirit and values are under threat in Britain...
Northern Alliance
Byline: BILL GARDNER IN their Bosch Power Tools Challenge Cup semi-final away to Gillford Park, Blyth Town were beaten 4-2. Steve Skinner bagged a first-half brace for the Park but replies from Blyth's Aaron Hicken and Mark Waugh took the game...
On the Front Line in Fight for Survival
PAM Blanchard remembers all too well the food parcels she prepared during the year-long miners strike. "There were about 30, all single lads, and they were entitled to no money. "The married miners were entitled to some money for their families,...
Plea to Vaccinate Cattle against Terrible Disease
A DUTCH farmer is coming to Hexham later this month to talk about the devastating effects of bluetongue in his country. The meeting, at the town's mart on March 13, will give livestock producers the opportunity to hear about the problems caused...
Pool Look Forward to Home Comforts
Byline: ARTHUR PICKERING Colchester United 1 Hartlepool United 1 PATCHED-UP Hartlepool have responded in brilliant fashion to caretaker boss Chris Turner's blast after their home flop against Leyton Orient - now they have to show Victoria...
Potters Grab a Point with Late Show to Leave Villa Shell-Shocked
Aston Villa 2 Stoke City 2 STOKE struck twice in the final three minutes to snatch a dramatic draw and put a dent in Aston Villa's Champions League hopes. Stiliyan Petrov's first Premier League goal for 11 months had put the home side on their...
Quakers Angry at Refereeing Decisions
Byline: RAY SIMPSON Exeter City 2 Darlington 0 IT might not be their current administration plight that puts paid to Quakers' play-off hopes, but suspensions and controversial refereeing decisions, writes RAY SIMPSON. A composed and disciplined...
Red Devils Stay on Quintuple Course; Manchester United Win 4-1 on Pens
Manchester United 0 Tottenham Hotspur 0 SIR Alex Ferguson admitted the Premier League was his priority after Manchester United beat Tottenham on penalties to lift the Carling Cup at Wembley. Ben Foster saved Jamie O'Hara's spotkick, Spurs'...
Rugby Union: Falcons Ace Proved Right by Great Win
Byline: Nick Purewal Northampton 13 Newcastle Falcons 19 PERHAPS these are the only criteria in which Jon Golding's comments do not serve as something of an 'I told you so'. Never one to bask in the glory of a neat bout of vindication,...
Rugby Union: REGIONAL REVIEW
Byline: NICK PUREWAL EVEN before Percy Park booked their Senior Vase semi-final, Brett Sylph started some rebooking of his own, writes NICK PUREWAL. When the Park captain organised his wedding 18 months ago, he thought choosing the second weekend...
Sage Advice for Young Business
Byline: Andrew Mernin IN A small office on a Washington trading estate last week, the man who created a North East behemoth may well have helped spawn another baby giant set to take over the world. Graham Wylie, one of the founders FTSE 100 global...
Sara's Crafty Companion Wins Hearts in the States
Byline: Karen Dent THE talents of a young County Durham entrepreneur have been recognised across the Atlantic after she scooped a major prize for innovation. Sara Davis, who runs Crafters Companion, has taken advantage of America's renewed interest...
Seasiders on a Cruise into FA Vase Semis
Byline: STEVE BROWN THEY go into the draw for the FA Vase semi-final all-too aware of the elephant in the room - yet Whitley Bay fear no one, writes STEVE BROWN. The Seahorses made such light work of Biggleswade, winning 5-2 at Hillheads on Saturday,...
Serco Upbeat in Light of Organic Growth; SHARE WATCH Taking Stock
Byline: ANDREW J MILLER SERCO - There were no surprises in Serco's recent full-year results, with the group reporting organic growth of 10.3% and an increase in margins of 0.3%, as guided by management. The group's order book increased further...
SHARE TIPS; Taking Stock
Sunday Telegraph DISTRIBUTION group Bunzl (581p), which generates half of its revenue from the US and a fifth from Continental Europe, has benefited from the weak pound. The group, which reported an 8% rise in pre-tax profits to pounds 206.9m last...
Skilltrainingltd Northern League
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT IT'S still nip and tuck at the top of the table with at least seven sides in contention for the championship. Consett lead the field and victory over third-placed Spennymoor Town was crucial. The Steelmen romped into a three-goal...
Spartans' Survival Hopes Are Raised; BLUE SQUARE NORTH
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT Alfreton Town 1 Blyth Spartans 1 BLYTH Spartans arrested an alarming slump with a greatly improved performance at high-flying Alfreton Town to raise hopes that they can escape relegation from Blue Square North, writes...
Stokes Is Fired Up to Be Hit with Cats
Byline: Mark Douglas SUNDERLAND'S forgotten man Anthony Stokes insists he remains determined to break out of his career rut and prove himself capable of a place in Ricky Sbragia's Black Cats revolution. The Irish striker has slipped off the radar...
The Questionnaire
What car do you drive? Volvo estate V70 What's your favourite restaurant? Basilica's on Gosforth High Street. Who or what makes you laugh? The grandchildren make me laugh and As Time Goes By with Judi Dench creases me up What's your favourite...
Think North East First by Numbers; One Month in and Our Campaign for Journal Readers to Think North East First Is Still Going Strong. with Tourism Enjoying a Boom over Half-Term, the Benefits of Our Bid Have Started to Take Hold. Today We Give You the Numbers That Reinforce the Issues at Stake
25 Issues of the Journal printed since we decided to help the region find its way out of the rece ss ion 25 Exclusive offers we have printed to help encourage families to reinvest their cash in the North East 63,000 Visitors have passed...
Trade Centre Should Break His Duck
Byline: Saraband TRADE Centre showed more than enough on his Wolverhampton debut to suggest he is capable of getting off the mark in the Sparrow Hawk Maiden Stakes at Lingfield. The son of Dubai Destination was bought for 375,000 guineas as a...
Trees Remain on Campus; University Fails to Overturn TPO
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor UNIVERSITY bosses have failed in their bid to overturn a protection order to save 300 trees. Last October Northumbria University applied for outline planning permission for up to 200 homes on its Heaton...
Two-Year Wait on Grants to Make Renewable Heat
Byline: Karen Dent INCENTIVES to encourage more landowners to use waste and renewable products to produce heat have been delayed. Financial support under the Renewable Heat Incentive is now unlikely to filter through until April 2011. Unlike...
Unibond League Division One North
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT Newcastle Blue Star 2 Salford City 0 THE only disappointing aspect of Blue Star's victory over Salford was that they managed just a couple of first-half goals, but few at Kingston Park were complaining, writes MALCOLM...
Wearside League
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT ASHBROOKE Belford House enjoyed the biggest win of the day when they went nap at East Durham United to move into the top half of the table. Paul Robinson fired the Wearsiders in front on 26 minutes. Peter Benson also struck...
Yacht Couple Back on Dry Land; Pair Rescued after Drifting for 40 Days
Byline: Phil Doherty ANORTH EAST woman who was adrift for 40 days and nights in a yacht on the edge of the infamous Bermuda Triangle is now back on dry land. Andrea Davison, 48, from Wallsend, Newcastle, and her partner Stuart Armstrong, 51,...
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