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 July 29, 2009

ADZs Must Reinforce Fabric of Community
Byline: K E VA N CA R R I C K IN last Wednesday's Journal (July 22) I was delighted to learn of the reported meeting of the Core Cities Group which comprises economic experts from the eight most important cities outside London. They said that...
Alnwick No Longer Held Back by Retail Curbs; Out-of-Town Shopping Has Turned the Historic Town of Alnwick into a Stronger Retail Destination, Says Mike Birkett of BNP Paribas
OF all the market towns in Northumberland - I include Berwick, Morpeth and Hexham in this category - Alnwick always seemed to be the one town under- achieving. The arguments for this are wide ranging, but the excuse that closeness to Newcastle was...
Bohemian Vibe Grips City Centre on the Arts Front; Art and Underground Music Fans Should Head for Baltic This Weekend for an Infusion of Cool, as David Whetstone Reports
Byline: David Whetstone AS time passes, it seems clear that The Sage Gateshead and Baltic are starting to cosy up to each other. It's not that surprising really, given their proximity on Gateshead Quays. But as American sound sculptor Bill Fontana...
Boss in Line for Award
THE man behind a mechanical and electrical contractor based in South Tyneside is in the running for a prestigious national award after landing a host of NHS contracts and growing his turnover from pounds 2.5m to around pounds 4m. Gavin Richardson,...
BP Remains Optimistic as Profits Slump 53%
Byline: Iain Laing OIL giant BP has announced a 53% slump in profits but insisted that it continues to steer "a steady course through choppy waters". The haul of pounds 1.9bn between April and June was well down on the pounds 4.1bn seen a year...
Businesses Must Get Every Help
Byline: ROSS SMITH THE economic landscape in the North East is likely to experience phenomenal change over coming decades as there are a sizeable number of exciting developments planned. I say likely because while there is a will on the part...
Care Must Be Taken to Give Yourself a Break
Byline: RICHARD FREEMAN- WL L AC E ABREAK notice in a lease has to be clearly worded or it will not stand. A recent High Court case, Prudential Assurance Co Ltd v Exel UK Ltd (June 2009), highlights the necessity of lucid writing to create unambiguous...
Chambers Decision 'Easy' Insists Athletics Head Coach
UK ATHLETICS head coach Charles van Commenee claims the decision to pick controversial sprinter Dwain Chambers to run the sprint double at next month's World Championships in Berlin was "easy". The 31-year-old, who served a two-year ban from athletics...
Chances Not Seen for Many Years; James Jackson of the Northumberland Estates and Simon Hill of King Sturge
DEMAND for out-of-town space in Alnwick for office and light industrial uses may not be what it was 18 months ago, but recent lettings suggest that businesses of all sizes are taking advantage of the current favourable rental opportunities. In Alnwick...
Civic Party Watches Raid by Drug Police; Force Pledges to Act against Suspects
Byline: Neil McKay DURHAM Mayor Denis Southwell and police authority chairman Peter Thompson were among civic dignitaries given a grandstand view of a raid on a suspected drugs dealer yesterday. They were taken by minibus to watch the raid at...
Coroner's Warning after Coast Tragedy; 17-Year-Old Died 'Tombstoning' in the North Sea
Byline: Sonia Sharma ACORONER urged youngsters not to put their lives at risk leaping into the sea following the death of a teenager. Jamie Sutton was killed after he jumped from 30ft cliffs near Souter Point Lighthouse, in South Tyneside, in May....
Council Chief Recruited by Shake-Up Law Firm
Byline: Peter McCusker NORTH East law firm Dickinson Dees has appointed former Durham County Council head of legal services Linda Walker as its new head of public law and corporate governance Ms Walker had held the post at the county council for...
David Wells
Aries (21 Mar to 20 Apr) Call 0905 817 0751 We can all look back with rose tinted spectacles but can you do it and then walk straight ahead without tripping over the would, should and could? You have to live in the now Aries, going back is lovely...
Deaths
ARTHUR (Wooler). Formerly of. Elsie Winifred Arthur (retired Primary School Teacher), passed away peacefully at The Grove Nursing Home, Kemnay, Aberdeenshire, aged 86 years, on Monday 27th July 2009, beloved wife of the late George Robert Arthur, loving...
England Will Host Rugby World Cup
ENGLAND will host the 2015 Rugby World Cup, the International Rugby Board have announced. The 26-man IRB council, meeting in Dublin yesterday, voted to ratify a recommendation from the World Cup board that confirmed England as 2015 hosts with Japan...
Excellence Award for Boho One
Byline: Iain Laing THE new pounds 10m Boho building which is at the centre of a Teesside enterprise scheme has won a top prize - only a fortnight after opening. The Middlesbrough building designed by Newcastle architect Xsite has won a Local...
Excellent Surface Sport at Jubilee Lakes
THE trout at Jubilee Lakes have mainly been taking flies off the top and Daddies, especially, have done really well. Michael Roddy, who probably did best this week, caught all of his trout on the Wicked White. It was quite breezy but he fished this...
Ex-Leader Slates Site of Town Academy; Public Meeting Backs His Call over Location
Byline: Neil McKay AFORMER council boss last night urged education leaders to withdraw a report recommending the siting of a pounds 60m academy before a Cabinet meeting on Friday. Members of Durham County Council's Cabinet will be asked on Friday...
Family Firms Have Failed; Companies Are in Administration after Shooting
Byline: Dave Black ALL of Ho Sanderson's companies have been placed in administration by the businessman following the shooting riddle which left him horrifically injured. Landowner, farmer and property developer Mr Sanderson, 59, suffered serious...
Figures All Add Up for Northumberlandia; the Plan to Create the World's Largest Human Form Sculpted into a Landscape near Cramlington in Northumberland Is Not Only Remarkable for Its Artistic Merits. as Andrew Hebden Discovers, the Pounds 2.5m Scheme Will Not Be Taking a Penny from the Public Purse Either
Byline: Andrew Hebden THE North East public's appreciation of public art has come a long way since a certain Antony Gormley unveiled his plan for a giant angel to tower over Gateshead. The ultimate unqualified success of that project probably...
Flagship Urban Renewal Project Set for Approval
ONE of the UK's flagship urban renewal projects, based in the North East, is expected to be approved by planners today. The pounds 100m mixed-use scheme at Lingfield Point, Darlington, includes 1,200 new ecohomes, public sports facilities, local...
Follow in Port Chief's Wake
THE search continues for the shining lights of the region's business community in our prestigious North East Business Executive of the Year Awards 2009. The winner of the Tees Valley award last year was David Robinson, group CEO of PD Ports, which...
For Pete's Sake, He's Well over 2,000 Years Old; Great North Museum Hosts Lindow Man
Byline: Tony Henderson AFAMOUS face from ancient history took up residence in Newcastle yesterday. The body of Lindow Man, remarkably preserved after 2,000 years in a Cheshire peat bog, will be the focus of the Great North Museum's first major exhibition,...
Ghanaati Can Slay Goodwood Colts
Byline: Saraband GHANAATI can slay the colts in a mouthwatering renewal of the BGC Sussex Stakes on day two of Glorious Goodwood. The presence of talking horse Rip Van Winkle adds spice, but he has cost his followers enough already to go steaming...
Good Start for New Niche Property Firm
Byline: Peter McCusker TW0 well-known North East property agents have launched their own niche commercial property investment company and despite the recession they insist it has got off to a flying start. David Griffiths and Simon Harland are...
Goodwood Triumph for Finjaan; Tregoning Yard Back on Map
MARCUS Tregoning put his resurgent Lambourn yard firmly back on the map as Finjaan collected in the highlight on day one of Glorious Goodwood - the Betfair Cup. A low-grade infection has laid Tregoning's yard low for the majority of the season,...
Harriers' Plans for a Track in Doubt; Funding Poses Threat to Bid for Town Site
Byline: Dave Black CONCERNS were voiced yesterday over the likely collapse of plans to finally provide a proud North East athletics club with its own running track as part of a pounds 1m, dual-sports complex. Morpeth Harriers was formed in 1947...
Heroes Dive in to Save Woman; Two Pals and Retired Bobby in River Rescue
Byline: Neil McKay ARETIRED police officer and two students recounted yesterday how they plunged into a cold, debris-strewn river to try to save a drowning woman. Pals Michael Perkins and Peter Lawley were enjoying a picnic with Peter's girlfriend,...
Historian to Walk 300 Miles in Bede's Spiritual Footsteps
LOCAL historian Ged Lynn is embarking on a 300-mile walk to gather support for what would be the North East's third world heritage site. On August 9 Ged, 37, of St John's Terrace, Jarrow, will set off from St Peter's Church, Monkwearmouth, on the 25-day...
Important to Abide by Rules in Dispute
Byline: M E S WILDERS MOST disputes between employees and their employer are decided by an Employment Tribunal. When they were first established, it was intended that ETs would be an informal and cheap forum in which to resolve disputes. However...
In Brief
AWARD-WINNING cellist, Jonathan Bloxham will be giving a free concert next Friday at St Mary's Church in Whickham. Jonathan, who is just 21, has already enjoyed an impressive rise to success, taking him from his native Gateshead to the Yehudi Menuhin...
Is John the Oldest Club Champion?
THE Wynyard's John Elwood reckons he's the oldest club champion in history at the age of 53 and, should you want to argue with him, it is advisable to prepare a pretty strong case. A Crown Court advocate well known in the North East, he once defended...
Jackson's Medals Hopes Still Alive
OLYMPIC medal hero Jo Jackson's hopes of winning four medals at the world championships are still in tact after she smashed her Commonwealth record for the 200m freestyle in Rome last night. The 22-year-old from Richmond qualified third fastest...
Just Blowin' in the Wind; Firm Rapped over Misleading Wind Farm Adverts
Byline: Brian Daniel ENERGY giant E.ON was rapped by watchdogs over misleading adverts for a windfarm planned for the region. The Advertising Standards Authority upheld two complaints against E.ON Climate and Renewables UK relating to promotional...
Killer Wants Cosmetic Care; Victims and Prison Officers Outraged
Byline: Tom Mullen VICTIMS' groups reacted with fury last night after a double murderer launched a High Court claim for the right to have cosmetic surgery. Bosses at high-security Frankland Prison in County Durham have denied Dennis Harland Roberts...
Lee Will Not Be Fit in Time for Third Test at Edgbaston
AUSTRALIA bowler Brett Lee has lost his battle to be fit for the third Ashes Test against England at Edgbaston. Lee was already regarded as doubtful with the side strain that had kept him out of the opening two games at Cardiff and Lord's. Vice-captain...
Life Term for Killer of Model Girlfriend
Byline: Pat Hurst RICARDO Morrison was branded an "evil bully" yesterday as he was jailed for life for the murder of the girlfriend he had abused for months. Cheers of "Yes" rang out in the courtroom from the family of Amy Leigh Barnes, 19, as...
Local Heroes Face the Perils of War; Memories of Home Keep Men Going
Byline: John Fahey AFGHANISTAN has been an eye opening experience for two lance corporals from the North East, Jonathan Hume and Kevin Turner. L Cpl Hume is an advanced gunner and signaller with the Light Dragoons reconnaissance regiment who...
Marts
HEXHAM July 24 Store cattle: There was an entry of 165 store cattle and suckled calves at the weekly sale. A very useful selection of both young and forward cattle met an exceptionally sharp trade, with forward steers selling to pounds 965 from Lim...
Merger Proves Healthy for Region's Mutual
INCREASED investment, more services and a steady number of jobs have put paid to fears the merger of the former Mercantile building society with the larger Leeds would leave the mutual's North East branches out on a limb. Three years after the Yorkshire...
NASA Technology Helps Freddie Get Ready for Ashes
ENGLAND all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has been sleeping with a machine to keep alive his Ashes dream. Flintoff, 31, has been wearing a Game Ready wrap around his injured right knee in a bid to ease the discomfort he experienced before, during and...
New Boy Charlie Impresses Coaches
Byline: Nick Purew NOW he has his bearings, new Falcons signing Charlie Amesbury has his sights set on a starting back-three berth at Kingston Park. The 23-year-old former Harlequin made the switch north from The Stoop over the summer and was...
New Life for Letters of Credit
Byline: SIMON DUNN IN recent years, with the world becoming smaller, the use of traditional "vanilla" trade banking products such as letters of credit (LC) has declined. But we are starting to see a reversal of this trend with the worsening of...
New World Opens Up for Inspired Drinks Company
Byline: Andrew Mernin CHANGES to European legislation could help a North East drinks firm expand its empire Down Under and increase its turnover by pounds 6m to pounds 24m within a year. Somewhere in the "approved" pile of paperwork in the Brussels...
North Hub of Electronics Revolution Gets Pounds 20m
Byline: Andrew Mernin PLANS to create thousands of jobs in the region by placing it at the forefront of technology which will transform the electronics world have received a huge funding boost. The Government has put pounds 20m behind the North...
North Leading the Way on Healthy Eating; Diet Good for Consumers and Shops
Byline: Sara Nichol AHEALTHY eating programme trialled in the North East is to go nationwide, a Cabinet minister announced in the region yesterday. Last November, the Department of Health ploughed pounds 200,000 into corner shops to stock fresh...
Planners Aim to Improve Region's Public Transport
MORE plans to boost bus travel around the region have been announced. And they include the creation of still more bus-only lanes. Public transport operator Nexus is working on the second phase of a scheme to make bus travel better. Transport...
Poignant Tribute to Former President
A POIGNANT tribute has been paid to John Henderson, the Northumberland county treasurer and former president, who died from a heart attack at the age of 77 while playing golf with friends at Whitley Bay, writes TIM TAYLOR. Henderson (pictured) was...
Poor Defending Costs Cumbrians
Carlisle United...................................... 1 Blackpool ............................................. 3 CARLISLE United manager Greg Abbott wanted a positive response to the disappointment of the below par performance against Middlesbrough...
Rapid Action of Building Society Staff Saves Lives
THOUSANDS have been raised for an air ambulance rescue service through a fundraising ball. Newcastle Building Society adopted the Great North Air Ambulance as its charity of the year and held its first major event to raise cash for the group at...
Rock Investors Will Take Fight to Europe; Bank Would Have Gone Bust - Court
Byline: Adrian Pearson ROCK shareholders are warning that they are prepared to take their compensation fight to the highest European court. The former shareholders' vow was made after the Court of Appeal dismissed their latest attempt to overturn...
Schu May Stand in for Hurt Massa; FORMULA ONE
SEVEN-TIME world champion Michael Schumacher could be set to make a shock return to Formula One as Ferrari look for a short-term replacement for the injured Felipe Massa. The 28-year-old Brazilian is in intensive care at the AEK military hospital...
Sport Today
FO OT B A L L (1945 unless stated) UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND FIRST LEG Celtic v Dinamo Moscow ....................................... FC Sheriff v Slavia Prague ............................. 1800 FC Copenhagen v Stabaek................................
Staggering Pounds 5,449 Cost for Each Metre of a City Bus Lane; ACCOUNTING FOR TAXPAYERS' MONEY: But Planners Insist That Is Good Value
Byline: Dan Warburton THE staggering cost of bus lanes in the region was met with outrage last night after new figures were revealed by The Journal. Town hall chiefs were accused of wasting taxpayers' money after it emerged they splashed out...
Storming Paisley in Knockout Stage; Misses Ace by a Whisker
Byline: Tim Taylor CHRIS Paisley stormed into the matchplay stages of the English Amateur yesterday with another sub-70 round, coming within a fraction of an inch of a hole-in-one. He signed for a three-under 68 in his second and last round of...
Supplier Is on Lookout for More Local Food
Byline: Karen Dent A MAJOR food supplier to schools, councils and businesses is searching for more North East farmers and growers as part of its efforts to source local produce for its clients. JR Holland Food Services is aiming to bring more...
Take Northern Rock Back to Its Roots
Byline: FAY TINNION NORTHERN Rock was where I had my first account and it is still open. When my parents set it up the Rock was a building society. I used my shares from demutualisation to buy a classic MGB GT in 2005 and do it up. Given what...
Takeover Talks Still Going on; United Administration Rumours Strenuously Denied
Byline: Luke Edwards MIKE Ashley has no intention of putting Newcastle United into administration even though it is feared the unpopular owner will fail to sell the club for his pounds 100m asking price. Given the size of the club's debt - and...
Think Carefully before Plunging into Defensives
Byline: ANDREW MILLER FOLLOWING stellar performance from equities since early March's lows, investors might be tempted to park some of their money in the lower risk "defensive" sectors which have lagged the rally. However, some defensives look set...
Time for Johnson to Shine; Southgate Hopeful of Deal
GARETH Southgate is confident that regular first-team football will help persuade "special talent" Adam Johnson to sign a new contract before the turn of the year, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Going into the final year of his current deal, highly-rated...
Transformed Town on Brink of Greater Times; the Range of Opportunities Available in Alnwick Has Markedly Improved in Recent Years. Some of the Region's Property Experts Look at Its Prospects
ALNWICK'S commercial property market has made great strides. In 2008 the market town developed in a similar vein to its neighbours in Berwick, Morpeth and Hexham with the completion of the Sainsbury''s supermarket, Homebase and Argos on the outskirts...
Villa and Hull Bid to Steal Cats Target; Rivals Bid to Steal Cats Target Bent
DARREN Bent's proposed clubrecord move to Sunderland could be in jeopardy after Aston Villa and Hull City made an attempt to hijack the deal last night,writes LUKE EDWARDS. Bent was expected to seal a pounds 12m switch to the Stadium of Light once...
Visionary Became 'Father of Kielder' Wrangham's Faith Made Lake Reality
Byline: Joanne Butcher HE was a visionary who is widely accepted as the genius behind the stunning success of Kielder Water, and yesterday tributes were paid to Edward Wrangham who has died aged 81. The Northumberland landowner, environmentalist...
'We Could Lead The
Byline: Andrew Mernin IT HAS been billed as a milestone in the advancement of electronics technology but it could also prove a major turning point for the region's economic fortunes. As the North East's burgeoning printable electronics sector...
'We Could Lead the World Once Again'
Byline: Christopher Knox Apounds 150m package of Government support for high-tech manufacturing could see the creation of hundreds of jobs in the North East as part of RollsRoyce's plans to build three new factories. Up to 2,400 UK jobs are hoped...
We Have to Make Amends - Hughton; Orient Humiliation Lingers: We Have to Make Amends - Hughton
Byline: Luke Edwards CHRIS Hughton has denied Newcastle United's players are disillusioned by the turmoil surrounding the club - even though he has no idea whether they will still be at St James's Park when the Coca-Cola Championship season begins....
World Once Again'
Byline: Christopher Knox Apounds 150m package of Government support for high-tech manufacturing could see the creation of hundreds of jobs in the North East as part of RollsRoyce's plans to build three new factories. Up to 2,400 UK jobs are hoped...
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