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 13, 2009

2018 Bid Given an Extensive Overhaul
ENGLAND 2018 bid leaders have announced a re-structuring of their board to try to end the recent turmoil that has blighted the campaign, writes MARTYN ZIEGLER. A new streamlined executive board has been appointed following an emergency meeting that...
Anti-Terror Unit in City; Sniffer Dogs Used to Sweep Station Platforms and Check Travellers
Byline: Lisa Hutchinson THOUSANDS of travellers were faced with a counter terrorism squad as they arrived at Newcastle Central Station yesterday afternoon. Officers and their with sniffer dogs flooded the platforms in an exercise that was designed...
Art in the Public Eye; Public Artworks, It Seems, Are Everywhere . Environment Editor Tony Henderson Reports on a Passion for Our Times
FOR prehistoric man, it was rock art, with more than 1,000 examples in Northumberland, while cathedrals were a must medieval monument and the Victorians loved their lifelike statues. Every age leaves it mark on the landscape and for the last 35...
Bakery Is at Centre of E.coli Outbreak; Shop Closes Voluntarily in Investigation
Byline: Sam Wood ABAKERY in Gateshead is at the centre of a food scare after being linked to an outbreak of poisoning. Myers bakery in Felling has been closed voluntarily by its owner, while investigations into a number of cases of E.coli are...
Barton Cleared of Ignoring Letters
FOOTBALL star Joey Barton was yesterday cleared of deliberately ignoring legal letters from Northumbria Police following an incident in which his car was caught exceeding the 30mph speed limit in a Northumberland village. The Newcastle United midfielder...
Behrami Thinking of Hammers
(pictured), VALON Behrami admits West Ham's battle to climb the Barclays Premier League table will be on his mind while the midfielder is away on international duty with Switzerland. The Irons slipped back into the bottom three of the Premier League...
Blake Still Draws on Fear Factor
Byline: Mark Douglas PAUL Blake believes that teams still fear Newcastle Eagles - despite their worrying slide in form. Third bottom Worcester Wolves visit the Arena tonight looking to hammer another dent in the title ambitions of Fab Flournoy's...
Boy, 11, Was Free to Rape; Pleas to Take Him into Care Ignored
Byline: Sam Wood AJUDGE damned a North East social services department yesterday for ignoring pleas from a child psychiatrist to take an 11-year-old rapist into care. Just weeks after Dr StS ephen Westgarth wrote two letters to Sunderland City...
Brewing Up Idea for Festivals
Byline: BEER ALASTAIR TWO years ago Hawkshead Brewery owner Alex Brodie conducted a little experiment. At his first-ever beer festival he counted heads. Then he counted ladies' heads. He was so excited he got someone else to count, too. Both...
British Boxing Booming Again; Mitchell Is Predicting Golden Era
Byline: Mark Douglas BRITISH boxing is ready to rule the world again according to Kevin Mitchell, the heavily-touted lightweight prospect who is looking to move his career to "the next level" in Newcastle next month. Mitchell tops an exciting...
Butchers Renowned for Good, Local Produce; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
WITH Christmas just around the corner and thoughts turning to the preparation of your festive feast, where better to get started than at your local independent Q Guild butcher? You will be sure to receive a warm welcome, expert help and advice, cooking...
Cardiff Is the Ideal Setting for Midfielder
JOE Ledley can not wait to play for Wales on his new home ground - and hopes he will soon be playing Premier League football there too. The 22-year-old midfielder will line up for Wales in the first international at the impressive new Cardiff City...
Centrica on Target for 43% Boom in Profits
Byline: Peter McCusker BRITISH Gas parent Centrica said its residential utility arm was on track to see profits soar by an expected 43% this year, despite a 7% fall in energy consumption. The group confirmed it was performing in line with market...
Changing Lives and the North East Landscape; the University of Sunderland Is Viewed by Business, Industry and Key Stakeholders, Such as Sunderland City Council and One NorthEast, as a Key Organisation in the Drive to Not Only Revitalise Sunderland and Its Economy but the Whole of the North East
OVER the past 15 years the university has dramatically changed the face of the city, as well as played a central role in the economic redevelopment of Sunderland and the wider region. By 2011 it is estimated that around pounds 130m will have been...
Changing the Face of Hendon
WORK continues to progress on a multi-million pound regeneration project that is changing the face of Hendon and the East End of Sunderland. Back on the Map, the New Deal for Communities regeneration programme for the Hendon and East End areas of...
'City of Light' All Set for a Bright Future
LOCAL developers Glenrose Developments has long extolled the virtues of the City of Sunderland as a place to 'live', 'work' and 'play'. With several successful and award-winning developments of residential housing already in areas of Roker, Tunstall,...
Clampdown Call in BBC Expenses Fury; Spokesman Defends North Boss's Taxi Bill
Byline: Sam Wood TOP BBC managers claimed nearly pounds 175,000 in expenses in three months, it was revealed last night. The claims ranged from 70p for a parking meter by the corporation's director general, Mark Thompson, to pounds 3,211.70 for...
Confidence Is Key at Riverside Park
WHEN Adderstone Group decided to tackle the regeneration of one of Sunderland's most famous ship building yards, Austin and Pickersgill, the world was a very different place. Businesses with good trading records could obtain 100% funding to acquire...
Culture City Lit Up; Light Festival Can Only Boost Durham's Dream
Byline: David Whetstone IF representatives of rival contenders for the title UK City of Culture 2013 had been in Durham last night, their hearts might have sunk. On the other hand, standing in front of a stunning light show projected onto the...
David Wells
Aries (21 Mar to 20 Apr) Call 0905 817 0751 Even though you're not in the mood to make any adjustments you know that if you don't give way you're likely to end up with a head to head you don't really feel like facing. Bend just a little, you can do...
Defoe to Blame for Injury - Gordon; Defoe to Blame - Gordon
CRAIG Gordon has blasted Spurs striker Jermain Defoe for the "poor challenge" that broke his arm and left him on the sidelines until the New Year, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Defoe collided with Gordon (pictured left) during Sunderland's defeat at White Hart...
Double Target for Celtic Winger McGinn
NIALL McGinn is beginning to find his feet for Northern Ireland and Celtic. Now the pacy winger wants to keep his good form going and put World Cup finalists Serbia to the sword tomorrow in a friendly at Windsor Park. McGinn, 22, followed an...
Drugs Are Used 'Too Easily' in Homes; 'Chemical Cosh' Is Given Unnecessarily
Byline: Sara Nichol RESEARCH partly conducted in care homes on Tyneside has revealed that up to 150,000 people treated with anti-psychotic drugs don't need them. The new Government-commissioned independent review found that just one in five patients...
Dunne Wants to Cause Upset; France Are Warned Not to Underestimate the Irish
RICHARD Dunne has warned France not to underestimate the Republic of Ireland as they attempt to reach the World Cup finals. Raymond Domenech's side head for Dublin today for tomorrow's play-off first leg at Croke Park ahead of the return leg in...
ECB Will Oppose Broadcast Review
Byline: Adrian Curtis CRICKET'S governing body is set to condemn recommendations England's home Ashes Tests should be screened on free-to-air television. The England and Wales Cricket Board have yet to see the independent review of sport's 'listed...
Eco Village Plans Get the OK; Hundreds of New Jobs on the Cards
Byline: Amy Hunt HUNDREDS of jobs will be created in the construction of one of the greenest villages in England. Planners paved the way for the Eastgate Renewable Energy Village in Weardale, County Durham, in September and now the Government...
Essien: Blues Will Cope with Exodus; Squad Is Big Enough, Says Midfielder
CHELSEA midfielder Michael Essien insists the club can cope without its African contingent in January. The Blues will lose Essien, strikers Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou as well as Nigerian John Mikel Obi to the African Nations Cup in Angola during...
'Fairytale' Proposals for Future of the Uplands
Byline: Karen Dent AWIDE-ranging plan for the future of the uplands has been published, but Natural England's Vision document is already attracting criticism from farming groups. The Vital Uplands - a 2060 Vision for England's Uplands document...
Frozen Treats on Menu at Tea Rooms; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Vallum Farm Tea Room & Ice Cream Parlour near Corbridge/Matfen has taken gluttony to the next level. They have combined their award-winning cakes with their dairy ice cream, to produce ice cream cakes. Baker Gill's light as a feather sponges...
Full-Back Forced to Put Foot on Pedal; Amesbury Will Await Chance
Byline: Nick Purewal CHARLIE Amesbury wants to play full-back at Newcastle Falcons - but the pacy former Harlequin understands and respects the reasons he may well have to keep waiting. After slotting comfortably into Alex Tait's No 15 role when...
Generation Game as Son Takes over Top Job
Byline: Christopher Knox BUILDING firm Surgo Construction is keeping it in the family after appointing James Walker - the son of its previous boss - as its new managing director. James Walker has already been handed the reins at the Newcastle firm...
Gladiator Amazon Back to the Day Job; Star Returns to Medicine as Show Cancelled
Byline: Rob Pattinson ANORTH East doctor turned gladiator... has turned doctor again. Dr Zoe Williams - or Amazon, as she was known to fans of the Sky One show - has returned to supply shifts with the Newcastle Hospitals Foundation Trust. ...
Growing Excitement for 2009; WINE
Byline: HELEN SAVAGE THIS year looks as if it may justify much of the pre-harvest excitement; but it is not a total success in France. Few vintages ever are. Most wines have finished fermenting and although the finest red wines, including top...
Hard Feelings Played Down; Collingwood Unaware of Any Lingering Backlash
P AUL Collingwood doesn't expect any hard feelings between England and South Africa when they resume battle at the Wanderers today. Graeme Smith and Andrew Strauss, who does not play in the shortest form of the game and is therefore not involved...
Heridian''s Global Venture Strengthens
BURGEONING North East firm Heridian Limited are taking giant strides into the global market, following a successful launch via Sunderland Software City''s Software Ventures programme, at the North East Business and Innovation Centre. Offering revolutionary...
In Defence of Electric Cars; Leaders Hit Back at Carbon Report
Byline: Amy Hunt NORTH East leaders have hit back at claims electric cars may not help the environment. A report by the Environmental Transport Association (ETA) concluded using vehicles powered by electricity rather than oil may increase rather...
Internship Is Good Value for All Concerned
GUROO Ltd, a small, innovative company based in Houghton-le-Spring that produces online learning resources for students aged 14-19, is now reaping the benefits of involvement in the University of Sunderland''s Internship Scheme. The company approached...
James Takes over as MD at Surgo
SURGO Construction has announced that James Walker will become the new managing director. James has taken over the role from his father, Ian Walker, a well-known and much respected figure within the regional construction sector, who will continue...
Keeping the Folks Next Door at Bay
Byline: BOB CUFFE AS we go through life we assemble a variety of relationships. Firstly, and most importantly, there's friendships. Friendship for me is defined by trust. These are people who, without question, would lie on your behalf. Real friends...
Land Initiative Will Provide Real Boost; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE CATRIONA LINGWOOD
Byline: CATRIONA LINGWOOD IWROTE last week about the effect of the recession upon our industry and how important it was that something was done to give it a boost. And while there is still a long way to go, and a lot more that we hope will be...
Law Firm Bosses Pour in Pounds 1m to Aid Expansion
Byline: Christopher Knox SENIOR executives at one of the region's biggest law firms have injected an extra pounds 1m into the business saying it will help it prepare for increased competition resulting from a shake up in the legal sector. The...
Leave Compassion to Her Majesty
Byline: DAVID BANKS IBLAME the Queen. Who do you blame? Gordon and his scrappy handwriting? The grieving mum and her mud-chucking chums at The Sun? Or did the most embarrassing political storm of recent months pass you by? Did you simply not notice...
Longstaff Postpones Retirement; ICE HOCKEY
NEWCASTLE Vipers' storming start to the Elite League season is keeping David Longstaff young, according to the evergreen skipper. Young enough, indeed, for the 35-year-old local hero to put all thoughts of quitting the ice for a coaching career...
Making Contact with the Cream of the Industry
THE winners of the North East Contact Centre Awards 2009 have been crowned at a night of celebration for the industry. The annual awards bash, which took place at Rainton Meadows Arena in Sunderland, saw guests from many of the region's 145 contact...
'Man United Have Level for So Long - We Need the Same Been at the Elite like Us - and Now Mental Toughness' Newcastle Eagles Are Going through Their Worst Run for Six Years, but Lynard Stewart Takes Comfort from the Struggles of Champions in Another Sport. Mark Douglas Reports
Byline: Mark Douglas NEWCASTLE Eagles have long aspired to be the Manchester United of British basketball, but lately that analogy cuts a little too close to the bone for a club that has made winning a thing of routine. They may not enjoy the...
Market Consolidates as BA Rise Headlines
Byline: Brewin Dolphin THE UK stock market consolidated Wednesday's gain yesterday as the FTSE 100 Index rose by 10 points to end the session at 5277. British Airways was the S headline index's biggest riser after the company's proposed merger...
Marlon Vows to Prove His Worth to Magpies; Marlon Vows to Show His Worth
Byline: Luke Edwards MARLON Harewood may have been given a torrid time on Tyneside but he would still love to extend his stay at Newcastle United as he vowed not to let his critics drive him out of the club. Harewood was jeered off the pitch against...
Marshall Fears He Is Second Choice
Byline: Drew Williams GOALKEEPER David Marshall last night admitted he expects only to make the bench for Scotland when Sunderland's Craig Gordon is fit and available. The Cardiff stopper, who is likely to line up against Wales tomorrow due to...
Marts
LONGTOWN NOVEMBER 3 STORE & BREEDING SHEEP There were 6,012 store lambs, 1,256 breeding sheep and 24 rams forward. Store lambs still getting dearer with more distant buyers present. Top of pounds 67 for Texels from Rinnion Hills, pounds 66 Solway...
McMenamin Lands Bumper Boulmer Haul
MICHAEL McMenamin this week took a personal best cod of 12lb 6oz from Boulmer, the best of a five-fish 20lb bag. Paul Gallon took a personal best cod of 11lb 8oz on his second cast from the Craster area, the best of a three-fish bag. Mal McIntyre,...
Medics Aid Policeman; Officer Suffers Head Injuries in Late Night Crash
Byline: Joanne Butcher APOLICE officer who crashed his car while responding to an emergency call was still being treated in hospital yesterday. The 41-year-old officer, from Durham Constabulary, was on his way to an incident when he hit two parked...
MPs Join Call for New Rock; Motion Urges Bank Becomes Society Again
Byline: William Green NEARLY 100 MPs are calling for Northern Rock to be allowed to become a building society once again. Gordon Brown is under pressure to make the move from a dozen former Labour ministers, chairmen of influential select committees,...
Murray Succumbs to Czech; TENNIS
ANDY Murray showed the after-effects of a late night as he was dumped out of the Paris Masters following a 1-6 6-3 6-4 thirdround defeat by Radek Stepanek. After finishing off his second-round match with James Blake shortly before 2am yesterday morning,...
Mystery Is Unearthed; Ceremonial Spade Is Found in Loft
Byline: Neil McKay ATHIRTEEN-YEAR mystery has been solved by police when they discovered an ornamental spade and ceremonial casket hidden in the loft of the home of a former town clerk, magistrate and police authority member. In the casket are...
New Kid on Block Brings a Taste of Little Italy; FAMILY DINING
Byline: KATHARINE CAPOCCI Firenze, Jesmond, NewcastleOUR sporty kids are always ravenous by Sunday lunchtime after racking up several hours at swim club over the weekend. Being poolside at 7am on a Sunday is never easy, believe you me, especially...
North Chefs Come under the Spotlight; Bistro Team Go Head to Head Withrivals from the South
Byline: Tom Mullen ATEAM of North cooks is all set to put on a TV culinary masterclass before celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey. Gourmet chefs from the Bouchon Bistro in Hexham, Northumberland, will go head to head with cooks from another French-themed...
Oh Sweetie, the New Arcade Is Ab Fab! Joanna Lumley Cuts the Ribbon to Open Centre
Byline: Brian Daniel IT was an Absolutely Fabulous day for shoppers yesterday as actress Joanna Lumley opened a new flagship development. Joanna, who plays shopaholic Patsy in the hit BBC series and also starred in The New Avengers, cut the ribbon...
Old Firm Told No Means No as Bolton Chief's Plan Is Rejected; Premier League Don't Want Glasgow Giants
PREMIER League chief ex-ecutive Richard Scudamore yesterday insisted the campaign for Celtic and Rangers to be allowed to join the English top flight is over for good, saying: "No means no." The 20 club chairmen overwhelmingly rejected a bid to...
Opening Up Our Magnificent Coast; Wildlife Trusts Welcome Marine Bill
Byline: Tony Henderson ABILL due to be given Royal assent last night will open up access to the whole of one of the North East's greatest natural assets - its coast. The Marine and Coastal Access Bill will also see offshore protection areas set...
Partying to Destruction
CANCEL the London Summer Olympic Games! Our time on the third rock from the sun will come to a dramatic end on December 21, 2012, when planets align as decreed by the Mayan calendar. Thus no one is going to care a jot about whether our stadia are finished...
Peacock Desperate to Avoid Repeat; RUGBY LEAGUE
ENGLAND captain Jamie Peacock has vowed there will be no repeat of his side's humiliating 2004 Tri-Nations final defeat by Australia when the sides meet in the Gillette Four Nations decider tomorrow. Great Britain were confident of turning over the...
Penny Brings Energy to Her Role with CES
AN organisation responsible for promoting micro renewable energy options across the North of England has expanded its team as part of a commitment to bring mass market renewable technology to the region. Community Energy Solutions (CES) has appointed...
P&G Base Green Research in North
PROCTER & Gamble (P&G) will develop the next generation of more environmentally-friendly detergents at its Tyneside base in a multi-million pound investment programme. The company is carrying out a research project into pioneering low-energy...
Pledge to Turn Rail Link into UK's Best; Controversial Seat Charges Scrapped
Byline: William Green TRANSPORT Secretary Lord Adonis today declared that the East Coast rail franchise will become the "pride" of Britain under nationalisation. A transformation of Newcastle station, the scrapping of a charge for reserving seats,...
Polarising Effect of the Humble Sprout; IN SEASON WITH SADIE PARKER OF THE NATIONAL TRUST
Byline: SADIE PARKER THEY are like Marmite - you either love them or you hate them. For many, they are to be avoided at all costs, but I love them (as well as Marmite). In fact, when my mum suggested we didn't have them with our Christmas dinner...
Putting the Customer First
Alex Smiles Ltd is a company dedicated to working closely with its customers to drive unnecessary cost out of their waste management requirements. Established more than 30 years ago, it is a family-run business that is passionate about the regeneration...
Relaunched Phone Firm''s Bid for Profit
Byline: Andrew Mernin THE region's biggest mobile phone firm has been reformed as a new entity with founder Ian Gillespie back at the helm, in a move which it says will increase profits, despite leading to a plunge in turnover. Cramlington-based...
Shearer to Present Award
Byline: Luke Edwards FORMER Newcastle United skipper Alan Shearer is to present a prestigious award in memory of Sir Bobby Robson, the man he credits with "saving my career." Shearer, who played under Robson for five years at St James' Park,...
Some Present Looks Correct Choice
Byline: Saraband MOSCROP'S TREBLE Starbougg (nap) 1.25, Newcastle Knockara Beau 4.05, Cheltenham Premier Sagas 12.25, Newcastle CHELTENHAM'S threeday Open meeting is second only to the Festival itself at Prestbury Park and Some Present can lay down...
Stunning 62 Puts Udorn in Spotlight; GOLF
THE battle for European supremacy remained all square after the first day of the UBS Hong Kong Open as unheralded Thai Udorn Duangdecha stole the show. As Race to Dubai leader Lee Westwood and nearest challenger Rory McIlroy opened with four-under-par...
Take a Fresh Look at Sunderland
SUNDERLAND arc, the area regeneration company, is working hard with its partners to strengthen the city's economy further and make it a truly 21st Century place to live, work and play. Despite the economic downturn there has been a great deal of...
Tees a Fine Source for Some Bream
IT has been a much better week on the Tees for bream with catches of over 25lb from areas around Stockton and Yarm. On the Tyne, sport has been encouraging with David Hall of Matfen taking his best ever haul of chub from the river, five fish to...
Terrific Terrific Terry Terry Comes Comes of Age of Age; Restaurateur Terry Laybourne Is Celebrating 21 Years in Business. Katharine Capocci Chats to Him about Life in the Kitchen, His Local Food Heroes and a New City Pub Venture
IT'S no exaggeration to say restaurateur Terry Laybourne has transformed the culinary landscape of the North East over the last couple of decades. With his string of smart, but nicely unstuffy restaurants he has added a liberal sprinkling of fairy...
Weighty Matters for Multi-Talented Damon; Shereen Low Chats to Hollywood Star Matt Damon about His Latest Role
THE last time Matt Damon had to change the way he looked for a movie role, he lost 40 pounds in 100 days and ended up on medication. This time the star of the Bourne trilogy says that gaining around 30 pounds to play whistle-blower Mark Whitacre...
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