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 May 29, 2008

2 DAY IN 2 MINUTES: Home and Abroad
Suicide clinic toll THE number of Britons to have committed assisted suicide at a controversial Swiss suicide clinic has risen to 92. Dignitas, based in Zurich, helped 17 Britons die last year and there have been eight so far this year. Details...
Academics to Make Science Fiction Fact; Aim to Solve Identity Fraud and Store Data
Byline: Sam Wood ELECTRONIC "pets", inspired by a science fiction book, which could solve privacy and security problems are being developed by North researchers. The devices could be used as an alternative to passwords, Pin numbers and ID cards...
Anderson Hopes to Survive Keane Cull
Byline: Stuart Rayner IN a summer of uncertainty for Sunderland's players, Russell Anderson is hoping to get the chance to kick-start his Stadium of Light career. Manager Roy Keane has promised a summer clear-out and ominously for the likes of...
Andy Hits Back at His Clay Critics; Scot's Best Display on Surface
Byline: FRANK MALLEY ON a day when the wind played tricks on some of the world's finest tennis players Andy Murray rustled up something of a whirlwind of his own, writes FRANK MALLEY. Murray fairly motored into the third round of the French Open...
ANGLERS BEAT THE WEATHER AT WITTON CASTLE; GAME Angling
Byline: GEORGE MACINTYRE DESPITE the easterly winds there have been heavy bags recorded at Witton Castle Lakes with sporting ticket holders enjoying great sport for their pounds 14. John Bean had the fish of the week with a magnificent 15lb blue...
Big Rise in Demand for Social Care Help; Costs Are Not Keeping Pace with Funding
Byline: William Green Political Editor NORTH East councils are facing tough decisions over spending as new figures reveal the spiraling demand for social services. The number of working-age people - between 18 and 64 - receiving state funded...
Big Spender Still Stays in the Black; Newcastle One of Eight Clubs to Make Profit
Byline: Graeme King & Paul Loraine NEWCASTLE United is still near the top of the money league in English football despite failing to deliver success on the field. Research by top football finance analysts Deloitte has revealed the club was...
Boldon's Dave, Aka Fabio, Does a Very English Thing
WHEN England failed to reach Euro 2008, it hit Geordie fan Dave Little harder than most. So profound was his disappointment that remarks from two German friends about his country's ineptitude sparked a determination in him to ensure Rooney, Terry...
Burberry's Move East Dresses Up Its Figures; in Association withRBS
FASHION group Burberry is to make a further push into emerging markets and cash-rich regions after strong demand for luxury goods from countries such as China and Russia helped annual profits rise by a quarter. The firm posted pre-tax profits of...
Business Champion Is to Lead New Skills Council
Byline: Karen Dent ONE of the champions of North East business has been named chairman of the region's new-style Learning and Skills Council. North East Chamber of Commerce chief executive James Ramsbotham will take the reins in September when...
Bus Will Take Ringtons to Nation of Tea Drinkers; in Association with CODE WORKS CONNECT Supporting Digital Industry
Byline: Andrew Mernin AFLEDGLING digital agency has landed a lucrative deal to strengthen one of the region's oldest brands. Newcastle's Orange Bus IT has won a contract to develop the web presence of century-old Ringtons Tea. The deal comes...
Charity Fete in Tribute to Healthcare Home Nurse
A POPULAR nurse who died from leukaemia is being remembered by a group of the people he cared for through a charity fete. Don Moffat was a senior staff nurse at the Chesterholme specialist healthcare home in Hexham until he passed away aged 62 last...
Cheating Husband Faces Life for Plot; Policewoman Was Killed for Insurance
Byline: John-Paul Ford Rojas THE cheating husband of special constable Nisha Patel-Nasri is facing a life sentence after being convicted of organising her murder. Fadi Nasri, 34, had his wife stabbed to pay for a luxury lifestyle with his mistress...
Costly Fight against the Invaders; Battle to Control Non-Native Plants and Animals
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor BATTLING against invasive foreigners is costing conservation bodies in the North East tens of thousands of pounds. The fight to control non-native invading species of animals and plants is also taking...
culture:AV Festival Director Honor to Stand Down
THE director of the hugely popular AV Festival has decided to stand down. Honor Harger, director of the biennial festival and of Audio Visual Arts North East, is moving on after four successful years. She established AV as one of the leading...
Culture: Connect Four; Four New Artworks Have Been Commissioned to Mark Gateshead College's Opening. Barbara Hodgson Is at Their Unveiling
HARD-WORKING students are no doubt always in search of inspiration and now art reflecting past, present and future is helping to capture their imagination at a new learning centre. Gateshead College has commissioned one-off pieces of work from four...
Culture: Review Dad's Army at Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until Saturday
Byline: Barbara Hodgson IT looks like Dad's Army, it sounds like Dad's Army and to last night's audience, to all intents and purposes, it was Dad's Army. This stage adaptation of the TV series - which starred Arthur Lowe as Captain Mainwaring,...
Dinwiddie Boosted by Wentworth Showing
IF the magic touch can be passed on by even a flimsy association with Sir Alex Ferguson, then Robert Dinwiddie is also about to conquer Europe. The 25-year-old from Barnard Castle goes into the Wales Open at Celtic Manor today as the holder of the...
Don't Take Too Long to Play; Dr John's Golf Clinic
Byline: Dr John's THE R&A view of the length of time you should take for practice shots and your pre-shot routine is covered in the rules by no more than saying you should always play golf "without undue delay". As the R&A concede that,...
Durham Top Group as Tykes Are Halted; Rain Scuppers Yorkshire Hope
Byline: Stuart Rayner DURHAM will be aiming to extend their unbeaten Friends Provident Trophy run at Chester-le-Street into double figures after being drawn at home to Nottinghamshire in the quarter-finals. Durham have won their last nine 50-over...
Fabre's Charge on Revenge Mission
Byline: Saraband ROYAL And Regal was a victim of Geordieland's first success in this country in the Yorkshire Cup but compensation awaits at Sandown. Trained by Andre Fabre in his formative years, he is now in the care of Michael Jarvis and has...
Five Hostages Spend a Year in Captivity; Families to Mark Kidnap Anniversary
Byline: Sam Marsden THE families of five Britons being held hostage in Iraq mark the first anniversary of their kidnapping today. The men, who were working as civilian contractors, were seized by armed militants at the Iraqi Ministry of Finance...
Football: Beckham Shows He's Still the Man; Capello Given Big Reminder
England 2 USA 0 THREE free-kicks in his 45- minute appearance at Wembley last night gave Fabio Capello another reminder of what David Beckham can offer England in their bid to reach the World Cup in two years' time. With chances against the...
Football: Capello Wants a Happy Terry
FABIO Capello wished John Terry a happy holiday after the troubled defender banished the misery of Moscow by heading England towards victory over the USA at Wembley last night. Terry's goal just before half-time may not quite make up for missing...
Football: Inter Stay Silent on Future of Mancini; but Mourinho Is in the Wings
THE future of Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini remains unclear with the Italian champions still to comment on his rumoured departure from the San Siro. Mancini met with Inter president Massimo Moratti for a 25-minute discussion on Tuesday after...
Football: Irish Warning for McShane and Dunne
Byline: Stuart Rayner GIOVANNI Trapattoni has told Paul McShane and Richard Dunne they will have to up their concentration levels to retain their places in his Republic of Ireland team beyond tonight. The pair will be reunited in the centre of...
Football: 'Natural' Evans Is Hero for Toshack
Iceland 0 Wales 1 WALES boss John Toshack hailed teenager Ched Evans' match-winning debut in Iceland last night. The Manchester City youngster came off the bench just before the break to score the winner with virtually his first touch, the...
Football: Tait Is the First New Face at Falcons; RUGBY UNION
NEWCASTLE Falcons are set to make the first addition to their squad as Steve Bates continues to reshape his new-look set-up following the appointment of Alan Tait to the coaching staff, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The Falcons are poised to unveil their...
Fresh Demands on Fuel; Talk of U-Turn by Government Is Played Down
Byline: William Green Political Editor BUSINESS leaders and campaigners yesterday renewed calls for fuel and car tax rises to be axed amid confusion about the Government's response to the row. The demands came as Downing Street tried to play...
GAMES REVIEW; in Association with CODE WORKS CONNECT CODE WORKS CONNECT Supporting Digital Industry
Byline: Ross Wilkinson THIS week you can take your musical talent from the garage to the front room. Rock Band lets you live out your alternative life on Xbox 360, but Battle Of The Bands doesn't do such a good job on Wii. Elsewhere, Haze is...
Geeks from Far and Wide Leave Screens to Meet Each Other; Armed with a Laptop and an Open Mind, Andrew Mernin Takes Part in the Latest Internet Phenomenon to Hit the Region
IT'S a sunny Saturday evening in Newcastle and most young revellers are out on the town, making the most of the bank holiday weekend. But in a quiet corner of the Ouseburn Valley, a largely young crowd has gathered to while away the hours in a different...
Grandad in Bid to Put a Smile on Milly's Face; Runner Wants to Make It Three of a Kind for Little Girl Bupa Great North Run 2008
Byline: Jule Wilson ADOTING grandfather whose family has grown up since he last attempted the Bupa Great North Run has challenged himself once again, all to put a smile on the face of a three-year-old girl. Stanley Jackson, 65, has run the half-marathon...
Hadrian's Wall to Be Guarded Again; New Move to Tighten Up Planning Rules
Byline: Ben Guy THE Roman Wall is to be given stronger protection against planning developments under new Government rules. Hadrian's Wall is one of 17 national World Heritage Sites that is to be placed on the same footing as conservation areas,...
Hedley Fights to Save His Soul; Today's TV
ADRAMA series about legendary safecrackers seeing out their retirement in a sleepy Devon fishing village may sound cosy, but don't let that fool you. Working on The Invisibles can be dangerous - just ask Dean Lennox Kelly. The actor plays Hedley,...
Helping Firms to Understand the Value of Artwork; Discovering She Was Adept at Providing a Bridge between the Art and Corporate Worlds Opened Up a Host of Business Opportunities for Carol Metcalfe, as She Tells Karen Dent
COMMUNICATING the tangible benefits that art can have on a business's bottom line might seem a difficult concept to grasp but it's all in a day's work for Carol Metcalfe. A fine art graduate with a head for business - and the ability to juggle a...
Internet Betting 'Set to Take Lion's Share'
Byline: Karen Dent THE new online head of the region's biggest independent bookies has confidently predicted the internet will take the lion's share of its business within seven years. Durham-based Pagebet has taken on Mark Irvine as director...
Invest in the Grass Roots, Says Sport Chief
A REGIONAL sports chief last night said a greater share of Premier League clubs' money should be channelled into grass roots football. Malcolm Dix, who is both secretary of Sport Newcastle and Newcastle United honorary vice-president, said sport...
Kinder Relishes Madine's Potential
Byline: STUART RAYNER CARLISLE United youth coach Eric Kinder has warned it will be another two or three years before anyone knows how good his most prized product can be, writes STUART RAYNER . Kinder has signed a new three-year contract at...
Knit and Natter Group Capture City before It All Unravelled
A GROUP of grannies are recreating their neighbourhood - by knitting a giant model of it. The knitters are pulling together three-dimensional models of homes, community buildings and parks which make the West End of Newcastle special to them. ...
Lenders Increase Cost of Borrowing
TWO lenders have lifted borrowing costs as the credit crunch tightens on the financial sector. The Abbey reversed cuts it made to mortgage rates two weeks ago. It is raising rates on new fixed-rate deals by between 0.15% and 0.56% from May 29. ...
Letter: Higher Prices Plus an Overcrowded Train on the East Coast Main Line; VOICE OF THE NORTH
Byline: DANIEL AITKENHEAD AS a frequent weekend commuter between Edinburgh and London, I am quickly learning about the "new and improved service" provided by National Express on the East Coast Main Line. Prices have risen, making most weekend...
Mum's Arson Claim as Family Flee Blaze; 'We Have Lost Everything in Vandal Attack'
Byline: Dan Warburton THE mother of a family who smashed windows to escape a blaze which engulfed their home last night said she had been targeted by an arson attack. Carole Griffiths, 36, was trapped in her house on Bede Terrace in Bowburn,...
Mystery Document May Clear Bomber; Former Libya Intelligence Man's Appeal
Byline: Michael Wood PROSECUTORS would be prepared to accept the partial disclosure of a secret document to the Lockerbie bomber's lawyers provided national security is not put at risk, an appeal court heard yesterday. Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al...
North 'Well-Placed' to Survive Slump; No Panic, Says Top Economist
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE North East's top economist has dismissed fears of a recession crippling the region - but warned that the days of uninterrupted economic stability are over. Paul Mooney, chief economist at development agency One NorthEast,...
NSA Backs Report Opposing Compulsory Identity Scheme
Byline: Sam Wood THE National Sheep Association (NSA) is urging MEPs to support recommendations made on the introduction of Electronic Identification (EID) in a report on The Future of the Sheep and Goat Industry in the EU. The report is currently...
Oh, for the Smell of Steam and Metal
Byline: WILLY POOLE SORRY to have missed you all last week, but I was under a three-line whip to attend upon the new grandson. Not that I saw much of him; mostly a huge nappied bottom whilst he was being "burped" over a shoulder. Not mine, I...
PM Talks of Nuclear Capacity Expansion; Comments Spark Green Group Fears
Byline: Andrew Woodcock BRITAIN will have to expand its nuclear power capacity, rather than simply replace ageing reactors, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said yesterday. There was no immediate indication whether the Prime Minister envisaged building...
Practice Regime Has Star on Song; TEEING OFF Maddison Has a Big Future
Byline: TIM TAYLOR IT is possible things simply can't get any better for Nicky Maddison. The 17-year-old from the City of Newcastle club has won the Northumberland Under-21s matchplay championship this season, he's off to college in America on...
Profits Lose Power at British Energy; in Association withRBS
Byline: Iain Laing NUCLEAR power firm British Energy has seen its profits hit by a shutdown at Hartlepool power station. The operator of the UK's eight power stations saw a sharp fall in earnings after technical issues meant that both Hartlepool...
Pundits Say Some Clubs in Lower Leagues Will Go Bust
ENGLAND can continue to support 92 professional clubs, but only if they remain realistic about their ambition. While cash in the TV-dominated Premier League continues to grow, those outside the top flight must adopt a rather more prudent stance....
Ray's Avatar Predicts End of the End; TECH NOTES
Byline: HERB KIM THE tech world's movers and shakers generally don't travel well but one of them trekked thousands of miles to Gateshead last week without budging an inch. Frequently in past Tech Notes columns we've told you they "spoke in San...
Rugby Player Sets Wheels in Motion on Charity Bike Ride
NEWCASTLE Falcons rugby player Tom May yesterday set off on a gruelling 540-mile cycle challenge in the hope of raising pounds 40,000 for charity. Cycling with Guy Hilton, the general manager of the Hilton Hotel Newcastle Gateshead, Tom aims to...
Sir Alex Escapes Referee Row Ban; Devils Duo Are in the Clear
MANCHESTER United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and his assistant Carlos Queiroz have been cleared of a charge of improper conduct by the Football Association. The charge related to comments made following United's FA Cup defeat to Portsmouth on March...
Smash at Accident Blackspot Kills Two; Inquest Told of Stag Night Hit by Tragedy
Byline: Ben Guy ATALENTED rugby player and a taxi driver were killed after the car they were travelling in crashed into a tree at a Northumberland accident blackspot. Front-seat passenger Andrew Robson, 29, and driver 47-year-old Jasir Uddin Ahmed...
Street Names Come in, despite Protests; Backing for Controversial Signs Move
Byline: Brian Daniel COUNCILLORS have backed plans to introduce bird-themed street names at a Northumberland industrial estate which have businesses there in a flap. Amble Town Council came up with the idea of introducing street names at Coquet...
Three Years' Jail for Club Raider; Steward Feared for His Life in Attack
Byline: Hilary Clixby AMAN feared for his life when he was attacked in his own home by a raider armed with a crowbar, a court heard yesterday. Ian Smith was watching television in the living room of his flat above Wearside Golf Club in Cox Green,...
Timing Is Everything - So It Seems
Byline: PETER JACKSON I HAVE a knack of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.We once went on a family trip to New York, to find we had booked the St Patrick's Day weekend. It was entertaining to see so many Americans dressed up as Scotsmen...
Touchscreen Computers by Early 2010, Says Gates
BY 2010, personal computer users will be able to control objects on the screen by touching the surface with their fingers, says Microsoft. In a demonstration of the next version of its Windows operating system, the software corporation said PC owners...
Treat for Birthday Cooked Up in Kitchen; Whole Day Working with a Top Chef the Journal Taste North East England
Byline: Tom Gutteridge ICONFESS that for the last 10 years I've been a cooking bore. Just because you've taken a course with Raymond Blanc, you think you're an expert. So my girlfriend organised the perfect birthday present for me - a whole day...
Wages Poser for Ambitious Keegan
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS THE full scale of the task facing Kevin Keegan this summer has been laid bare after it was revealed Newcastle United's wage bill rose by pounds 10m in the 2006-07 season, writes MARK DOUGLAS. While plotting a close season...
Why We Really Are a Bit Sick of Work; Region Worst for Job-Related Health Worries
Byline: Chris Robinson PEOPLE in the North East have more cases of work-related illnesses than anywhere else in the country, a study has shown. For the second year running the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the region had the highest...
Worldwide Interest Shown in North Neuro Rehab Expertise
Byline: Graeme King EXPERTISE in helping rehabilitate people with brain injuries could soon be exported from the North East to as far away as the Philippines. Newly established Gateshead's Hunters Moor Neuro Rehab has made such an impact with...
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