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 November 17, 2007

Amanda Finds Fame for the Second Time; from Newcastle's First Female Black Councillor to Lawyer to Novelist. Hannah Davies Discovers the Many Faces of Amanda Baker and How She Is Dealing with Partial Blindness
Byline: Hannah Davies THE one thing that's always been consistent has been the writing, says Amanda Baker when asked about the many strings to her bow. "That's why it's so wonderful to be finally concentrating on it." Amanda, 43, first found...
Angling: Big Catch for Little at Open; SEA Angling
Byline: ALAN CHARLTON THERE were no huge bags but some nice fish in last weekend's opens. Andy Little won the South Shields Open with a cod of 9lb 9oz taking the heaviest fish first prize. His bag of two cod and a coalfish came to 11-15-10, at...
Asian Gathering Beats All Records; in Association with RBS
THE Asian Business Forum North-East (ABF) in association with Allied Irish Bank (GB) is to hold its largest ever event after most of the 500 tickets for its annual dinner were snapped up in less than two weeks. This year's event, at the end of November,...
A Sports Car, Limousine-Style
Byline: By Edward Stephens FROM a town where cars are built with passion and pride comes an Italian classic designed to appeal to the enthusiast who wants a limousine-sized sports car which oozes charisma and soul. Modena is Maserati town - and...
Back on the Open Road; Blocks on Development Have All Been Lifted
Byline: By Adrian Pearson THE Journal's Go for Jobs campaign today celebrates its second anniversary after a year in which almost all of its aims were met. The Journal and the North-East Chamber of Commerce launched the campaign in November 2005,...
Basketball: Win Gives Fab the Last Laugh; Eagles Continue Winning Run at Expense of Old Foe
Byline: DAN WARBU RTON Newcastle Eagles 92 Worcester Wolves 73 FABULOUS Flournoy turned over old enemy Skouson Harker last night as the Eagles extended their lead at the top of the BBL, writes DAN WARBU RTON. The Tynesiders have not lost...
Benefit Cheat's Life in the Sun; Mother Claimed Cash While Working in Cyprus
Byline: By Paul James A MOTHER from the North yesterday admitted claiming more than pounds 31,000 in benefits over five years while living a sunshine lifestyle in Cyprus. Judith Ann Soteriou took the cash under the guise of an out-of-work single...
Brewer Toasts His Neighbour; Environment Today
AWARD-WINNING microbrewer Simon Gillespie has launched a special ale to show his backing for a proposed renewable energy village. The village scheme is a regeneration project for the former Lafarge Blue Circle cement works site at Eastgate in Weardale....
Call for Rail Revival to Boost City Links; New Line Would Bring 'Economic Clout'
Byline: By Adrian Pearson TRANSPORT chiefs are calling for a neglected railway line to be revived as the basis of a new Tyne-Tees rail link. In a column for The Journal today, Passenger Transport Authority (PTA) boss David Wood calls for a new...
Coastal Gem Has Brush with the Last Old Master; Watercolour of Landmark Castle on Public View
Byline: By Tony Henderson A PAINTING of one of the North- East's great landmarks went on public show yesterday for the first time in 118 years. The previously lost painting of Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland by Britain's greatest watercolourist...
Comedians Win Channel 4 Talent Contest
Byline: Jule Wilson A NORTH-EAST comedy outfit has scooped a national award. Straitjacket, who hail from South Tyneside and Wearside, have been named among the nation's most exciting young creative artists in a competition run by Channel 4's...
Council Leader Told to Find Pounds 6m Grants; Sum Is Shortfall on Planned Sports Complex
Byline: By Neil McKay A COUNCIL boss has two months to find pounds 6m to meet a shortfall on a proposed pounds 16m sports complex. Derwentside District Council has earmarked pounds 10m towards the cost of a 700-acre complex on the site of Consett's...
Cricket: Moores 'Ups the Ante' in Battle of Bowler S
Byline: By Richard Gibson ENGLAND coach Peter Moores declared open season as the Test tourists arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday - with none of the pace bowlers seemingly guaranteed a spot in the series opener. With only two practice matches against...
Culture: Bite-Size Taboo Goes to Royal Court
A PLAY which premiered in a Newcastle city centre bar has earned a run in one of London's most famous theatres. Fiona Evans' Scarborough was one of the plays in the inaugural Bite Size season which took place at lunchtime last summer in The Apartment....
Culture: Bragg Puts Geography in Music Melting Pot; Billy Bragg Tells David Whetstone about the Imagined Village, a Very Real Gig Coming Our Way
Byline: David Whetstone BEAUTIFUL gig, beautiful gig," says Billy Bragg before his appearance at The Sage Gateshead on Monday. Thus, in typical fashion, the Essex-born musician describes the region's world-renowned concert hall. He could be...
Designers Press Full Steam Ahead on Greener Trains; in Association with RBS
BIDDERS have been asked to start designing a fleet of new inter-city trains which will be lighter, greener and carry up to 70% more passengers. The Department for Transport has issued its Invitation to Tender for the Inter-city Express programme...
Diamond Pair Will Share Queen's Day
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield A COUPLE who married on the same day as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will be guests of honour at their diamond wedding anniversary celebration. Both brides looked stunning in their flowing gowns, and the grooms...
Festive Sales Start Slow at John Lewis; in Association with RBS
Byline: By Peter McCusker DEPARTMENT store chain John Lewis added to concerns over the high street spending crunch yesterday after slowing sales last week. The retailer saw sales move ahead just 1.8% in the seven days to November 10 - lower than...
Football: Arngrove Northern League
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT WITH several sides competing in the second round of the FA Vase, only five matches remain in the Arngrove Northern League's first division. Managerless Bedlington Terriers - boosted by a 1-0 victory over Dunston Federation...
Football: Imports Will Not Stop Our Stars Rising' with England on the Verge of Failing to Qualify for a Major Tournament for the First Time in 13 Years, Luke Edwards Asks Roy Keane If Foreign Players Are Really to Blame
Byline: Luke Edwards WHEN Roy Keane was a 16-year-old taking his first tentative steps towards the first team at Irish League club Cobh Ramblers, there was little to suggest he would eventually become one of the most dynamic, influential and successful...
Football: Miller: I Will Take My Big Chance
Byline: By Stuart Rayner SUNDERLAND midfielder Liam Miller admits he was glad to see the back of Steve Staunton as Republic of Ireland manager - and now the 26-year-old hopes he can finally carve out an international career. Miller played once...
Football: Pawel: Pressure Is Good for Me; after a Month Trying to Fight His Way Back to Full Fitness, Now Pawel Abbott Must Force His Way Back into the Darlington Line-Up
Byline: Stuart Rayner reports IT says much for the strength of Darlington's squad that the side which faces Brentford at Griffin Park in League Two today will feature four forwards, but none will be the club's joint record signing Pawel Abbott....
Football: UniBond League Preview
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT GATESHEAD manager Ian Bogie is hoping the surprise defeat at the hands of Worksop will be a minor blip as his side aim to resume normal service when they travel to Ikeston Town who are in the lower half of the Unibond Premier...
Football: Wilson's Got His Targets Identified
Byline: STUART RAYNER A RIGHT-BACK and a striker will top Danny Wilson's shopping list as the Hartlepool United manager looks to dip into the transfer market this week. Injuries are starting to mount at Victoria Park with Gary Liddle, Matty Robson,...
Genesis Will Bring a New Dawn
Byline: By Steve Hughes HYUNDAI has unveiled a stylish new coupe model based on the Genesis saloon that is scheduled to arrive here next year. The Genesis saloon will be a rival for upmarket models such as the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes C-Class...
Green Engines Get Trial Run in Region; in Association with RBS
Byline: By Peter McCusker BIODIESEL engines which could slash business heating and power costs and reduce UK carbon emissions are being piloted in the North-East. Minister for North-East England Nick Brown marked the official UK launch of state...
'Here's Pounds 100 - Buy Yourself a Drink' Woodgate Tells of Money Given to Drugs Charge Player
Byline: By Tom Wilkinson ENGLAND defender Jonathan Woodgate yesterday told a jury he gave a young footballer accused of drug dealing pounds 100 in a nightclub to buy himself a drink. The pounds 7m Middlesbrough man said he often handed out cash...
Horse Racing: Cycle Stars Help Charity Funding; Horsebox
MORE than 200 cyclists took part in a 30-mile sponsored bike ride starting and finishing at Stokesley Co-op and have raised a whopping pounds 7,267 for the Riding for the Disabled Association's Unicorn Centre based at Hemlington, Middlesbrough. ...
Horse Racing: Hales Has a Real Catch in Granit Jack
Byline: Moscrop OWNER John Hales, whose colours are best remembered for the racecourse exploits of the ill-fated One Man, reckons he has had the biggest bet of his life on Granit Jack for the 2008 Champion Chase. That's a few months off yet,...
Horse Racing: Rosie Comes Up with the Ribbon
Byline: NEIL B JONES WELSH filly Foals and youngstock dominated the North Eastern Counties Welsh Pony & Cob Association Foal & Youngstock Medal Show at Richmond, with all major honours going to leading studs in the region. The Supreme...
Horse Racing: Slaley Help Hexham Break Prize Record
Byline: Moscrop OFTEN criticised for its low level of prize-money, Hexham brings early festive cheer once again to owners and trainers on Wednesday with their richest-ever card, which boasts a total prize fund of pounds 92,000. Featuring the...
Horse Racing: Surprise Winner for Delighted Trio
Byline: By Martin Kelly CHAMPION trainer Paul Nicholls combined with jockey Ruby Walsh and owner John Hales to spring a 14-1 shock yesterday with I'm singing the blues in the Anglo Irish Bank Private Banking Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham. The...
How Advice to Region Was Ignored; Suggestions for Change Were Not Followed Through
Byline: By Adrian Pearson THE North-East has failed to carry out a series of economic and political improvements a year after being advised by the world's leading economist group. When the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development...
Ice Hockey: Clash of Cultures Is Proving Fruitful; Derek Campbell Came to Newcastle to Further His Education, and in Coach Rob Wilson the Canadian Has Found the Perfect Man to Teach Him, He Tells Stuart Rayner
Byline: Stuart Rayner SPEAK to Rob Wilson about Derek Campbell and he will tell you the laid-back left-winger is ageing him prematurely. But the clash of cultures between the Vipers coach and his top scorer is proving an explosive mix which has...
Interview: Retail Therapy
METROCENTRE Debenhams' personal shopper Dawn Monkhouse holds their Employee of the Year title. Bosses noticed the amount of thank-you letters she receives is comparable to fan mail. "I believe everyone is special, whatever age or size," she explains....
'I Saw Maddie Being Taken'
Byline: By Chris Greenwood ONE of the McCann family's closest friends broke her silence last night - insisting she saw Madeleine being carried away by her abductor. Jane Tanner spoke in public for the first time about what she believes is the...
It's a Home Win for Us; Family Get Fresh Horizons
Byline: By Sam Wood A LUCKY family of four from Northumberland have won their own holiday home in the Lake District in a Journal competition. Alison Hedley, of Ellington, had her name pulled out of the hat to win the competition, run in association...
Lawn Tennis: Federer Is Still Andy's Nemesis
ROGER Federer continued his domination of Andy Roddick with another crushing win over the American at the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai. The world number one has responded well to his defeat to Fernando Gonzalez on Monday in his Red Group opener....
Legal View; Farming
Byline: Janet Steele IT seems that fashions come and go in land transactions just as much as in other areas of life. Hardly a week goes by at the moment without a client calling to say that he or she is thinking of selling land and has heard...
Metro Bosses Plan to Raise Fares in New Year
PLANS that will see Metro fares go up by 4% in the new year were revealed yesterday. Standard single and return journeys through more than one zone will go up by 10p, although child and student fares will be frozen, if the measures are agreed by...
Motorsport: Hamilton Focused on Future Success
LEWIS Hamilton is determined "to go one better" next season after seeing his last remaining hope of winning this year's Formula One world title crushed by the Court of Appeal yesterday. Hamilton has reiterated McLaren's stance that the team had...
My Own Father's Twin
Byline: Judith Holder I'M getting a bit fed up with being told about surveys or reports that someone has spent a lot of (probably public) money on, that are frankly so obvious someone in infant school could produce them. This week there is a...
My Place; Music Promoter Jim Mawdsley Speaks on His My Place
Byline: Jim Mawdsley IM, 41, moved to Newcastle from Liverpool under the guise of studying Politics at Newcastle Poly (now Northumbria University) in 1984. His real reason for relocation was to become a Music Promoter, believing that Newcastle...
My Place: My Life
Byline: Whitfield Graeme THE great debate over which political party was first to think of cuttinginher itance tax seems to ignore one important point: namely that it's a completely idiotic idea. As Gordon Brown and David Cameron battle it out...
Nancy Is Moving on to Fresh Fields; Farming
Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie NANCY Tweddell has moved on from her role as Cumbria Farm Link manager. Her departure marks 11 years of work with Cumbria's farming and rural communities on funding initiatives run under the umbrella of Cumbria Rural...
Nobody Is Solving Our No 1 Problem
Byline: Paul Linford THIS week, as David Miliband set out a bold vision for a "Europe" stretching from North Africa to mid-Asia, the South of England finally fulfilled its European destiny by joining the continental high-speed network. Thanks...
Police Smashed Drugs Factories; Woman Jailed for Running Cannabis Farms
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths A WELL-ORGANISED drugs gang rented isolated farmhouses in rural Northumberland to set up a series of sophisticated cannabis farms. The group chose remote cottages and farm buildings where they could set up a commercial...
Pounds 3,000 CASH TO SPEND THIS CHRISTMAS MUST BE WON; the Journal: Competition
Can you believe that Christmas time is here again already? The shops are busier, and there is a festive feel around with Christmas decorations and lights everywhere. Many of you may have started your Christmas shopping, but there are probably still...
Rugby Union: Holders Expect Intense Contest; Every Game Feels like a Cup Final, Says McGeechan
Byline: By Andrew Baldock HOLDERS Wasps are braced for another ferocious European test today, with rugby director Ian McGeechan admitting: "Every game feels like a cup final." A week after edging out Munster in a pulsating Heineken Cup Pool Five...
Rural Homes 'Must Be Built for Locals' Councils Have to Accept This - Minister
Byline: By William Green Political Editor MORE affordable homes to stop rural areas becoming "museum pieces" and funding for transport links to support new housing were yesterday promised by the Government. Housing Minister Iain Wright said councils...
Smallest of Breeds Brings Big Rewards; Farming
Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie A PASSION for naturally-reared, quality food and the desire to share that with others has led Jo Kemp to produce her own traditional beef and lamb. Jo and her husband Nick began breeding Shetland sheep eight years...
Smooth Radio Opens Door on Lucrative Advertising Opportunities; in Association with RBS
A NEW radio station is set to provide North-East businesses with a way of reaching out to a more profitable target market. Smooth Radio will be aimed at listeners over the age of 40 and is to be launched in the North-East in January next year by...
Stock Watch; Stocks and Shares
Byline: Ian McElroy Investment Manager Barclays Wealth. THE FTSE 100 ended the week in disappointing fashion on Friday as the UK's leading blue chip share index dropped to an intraday low of 6283.9 before closing 68.4 points down at 6291.2. The...
Thumbs Down for Car Share Lanes
Byline: By David Whinyates NEW schemes being trialled by the Government in an attempt to cut congestion have been greeted with contrasting enthusiasm by motorists, according to recent surveys undertaken by car supermarket Motorpoint. A majority...
Time Out
Name the Year FOR our picture puzzle, we'll be taking a picture each day from The Journal archives, giving you a bit of a clue and asking you to name the year the picture was taken. Today's picture, above, shows the aftermath of the tidal wave at...
Toshack Builds for Future Glory
Byline: By Paul Walker JOHN Toshack insists he still believes in his vision of Wales' footballing future as he prepares to lead his country into their final two Euro 2008 qualifiers. The Wales manager knows it has been a roller-coaster ride through...
Travel: Aphrodite's Island Is Easy to Love; Katharine Capocci Soaks Up the Sunshine and a Few Spa Treatments on a Trip to the Island of Cyprus
Byline: Katharine Capocci MY masseur tells me I'm very tense around my shoulders. Adonis, as he shall be known, is currently working on my back, neck and shoulders - and my derriere has just taken something of a pummeling. About 90 per cent of...
Tribeca Heralds a Dimensional Shift
Byline: By Maxine Ashford I HEAR the name Subaru and immediately my thoughts are steered towards fast cars, big spoilers and shiny alloys. However, with the Tribeca, Subaru has truly branched into a whole new dimension. For the Tribeca is a no-nonsense,...
UK Coal Not Likely to Fight Claims Ruling; Court Orders Millions in Pay-Outs
Byline: By William Green Political Editor THE country's biggest coal company is unlikely to appeal against a High Court judgment ordering it to pay out millions of pounds in compensation to North-East miners. The Journal understands that UK Coal...
Vauxhall's Very Own Soft-Roader
Byline: By Peter Keenan LET'S face it, these days you might as well turn up outside the school gates with bubonic plague as a big, environmentally unsound 4x4. As a result, motor manufacturers have rushed to meet the demand for better fuel efficiency...
Wedding Column
READERS and photographers wanting to appear in this column should send their wedding pictures to: Weddings, The Journal, Groat Market, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1ED. Or email jnl.letter s@ncjemedia.co.uk Please tell us the maiden name of the bride...
What's Your Greatest Sporting Moment? Times of Triumph That Lifted Region's Spirits
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield WHAT are the North-East's great sporting moments? The Journal has launched a survey to find the region's favourite sporting moments, either from the region or further afield. But to jog your memory, this week's...
Wheels in Motion to Help WaterAid
WATER worker Dave Whiteley will wheel out a bog standard bike on Monday to mark World Toilet Day. Dave, 55, who lives in Tynemouth and is Northumbrian Water's facility manager, is to cycle five miles on a bicycle with a real toilet and cistern attached...
Women Keep Weather Eye Open
WOMEN drivers are less likely than men to get caught out by the weather - and more likely to heed bad weather warnings, according to newly-published research. A survey of nearly 1,300 road users by the Highways Agency showed that women were less...
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