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 April 3, 2009

Bates Has Plan to Swat Wasps
Byline: Nick Purewal STEVE Bates has told Newcastle Falcons to beware the Wasps' sting - but not to shy away from confronting it. Wasps slumped to a second defeat in four days at Bath on Wednesday night, and now will be more desperate than ever...
Buck's Cashes in at Aintree; Mighty Man Denied Third Win in John Smith's Hurdle
BIG Buck's was confirmed as the new staying king as he denied Mighty Man a third victory in the John Smith's Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree. Paul Nicholls' quirky six-year-old picked up the baton from the now-retired Inglis Drever when landing the...
Building Services Firm Faces Future with Confidence
Christopher Knox .. (0191) 201-6258 .. chris.knox@ncjmedia.co.uk ABUILDING services firm is positioning itself to take advantage of any improvement in the market after a difficult period which saw 50 staff made redundant and annual turnover fall....
Carlisle Rocked by Harte Injury Blow
IAN Harte has been ruled out of at least half of Carlisle United's relegation runin, writes STUART RAYNER. The 31-year-old former Leeds United, Sunderland and Republic of Ireland defender broke two metacarpals in his hand while making his debut...
Cast Your Eyes to the East
Byline: HELEN SAVAGE ONCE upon a time, Claret and Burgundy became too expensive and canny wine drinkers discovered Bulgarian Cabernet Sauvignon and Romanian Pinot Noir, which were made with the same grape varieties, but cost next to nothing. ...
Catholic Priest Admits Abusing Boys; Judge Warns Defendant He Could Face Jail
Byline: Neil McKay ACATHOLIC priest who admitted five counts of indecently assaulting young boys was warned yesterday he could face jail. Fr David Taylor, 59, of Northumberland Avenue, Bedlington, Northumberland, was the youth co-ordinator for...
Ciss Not Punished until Boss Gets Facts
DJIBRIL Ciss will not be punished for his late-night antics when Ricky Sbragia names his team for tomorrow, because the Sunderland manager is waiting to discover the full facts, writes STUART RAYNER. Sbragia has spoken to the Frenchman about the...
Codling Return to Our Shores
WHEN the sea came away last weekend, a few codling returned to our shores. Jimmy Atkinson, fishing from the first gate on South Shields pier, took the biggest recorded by a long way with a cod of 10lb. There was a reasonable showing of codling on...
College Strengthens Its Management Line-Up
GATESHEAD College has strengthened its management team with two key appointments. Tim Poolan has taken over as head of creative industries while Kevin Mott has been appointed to the newly-created post of head of national curriculum and business...
Creative Ways to Tackle Recession
COMPANIES can learn to think creatively to overcome the worst effects of the recession at a North event. Leading executives, business advisers, lawyers and economists will give companies help to adapt and even grow in the economic downturn at the...
Deaths
ANGUS (Amble). Suddenly in hospital, on Wednesday April 1st 2009, aged 47 years, Alyson, loving wife to John, much loved mam of Ian, Collette and Andrew, adored grandma to Callum, Dean, Callum, Chelsea and Corey. Alyson will be sadly missed by all...
DJs That Rocked the Boat; the Boat That Rocked Has Set Sail for Cinemas to a Rip-Roaring Soundtrack. Sam Wonfor Finds out More with the Help of the Film's Captain Richard Curtis and His Motley Crew
BACK in the Sixties around 25 million people used to rely on a posse of offshore pirate DJs for their daily fix of rock and pop music. While the BBC limited the genre's time on the airwaves to just two hours a week, pirate stations like Radio Caroline...
Dowie Always Knew Saints Team-Mate Was Destined for Manager's Hotseat
Byline: Steve Brown ALAN SHEARER showed 'big balls' to take the Newcastle United job, Iain Dowie says. But the latest addition to the Magpies' coaching staff always knew his former Southampton team-mate was destined for management, and believes...
Durham Pay the Price for Missed Chances as Curzon Hit Only Goal
Curzon Ashton ...................................... Durham City ........................................... 0 A goal by Michael Norton early in the second half proved to be the match winner as Curzon Ashton toppled Durham City last night. Norton...
England on Brink of Making History; Series Win Would Be a First in the Caribbean
ENGLAND enter the final match of their troubled Caribbean tour hoping their hard work off the field will reap rewards with their first one-day series victory on West Indies soil, writes MYLES HODGSON. Nearly 11 weeks since their departure with the...
Experiment with Us, Giants Are Told; New Bid to Boost Science City Plan
Byline: Adrian Pearson SCIENCE City bosses are to send 300 of the world's top businesses a brochure setting out the case for multi-million pound investments in Newcastle. Some of the world's most influential energy and medical companies will...
Experts Start Tragedy Probe; 16 Killed When Helicopter Crashed in Sea
Byline: Writer Name INVESTIGATIONS into a North Sea helicopter crash which killed 16 people began yesterday as the names of those who died were released by police. Inspectors from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) are trying to establish...
Fan's Dream to Champion North East Music Talent
Byline: Christopher Knox AFACTORY worker with 18 years in the motor trade has decided to follow his passion for music and set up his own record label. Andy Bloomfield, who lives in Dunston near Gateshead, has set up label Break Free. He has already...
Farmers Will Foot Bill to Keep Country Disease-Free; Defra's Proposal Causes Anger
Byline: Adrian Pearson FARMERS who nearly lost their livelihood in the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak reacted angrily last night after being told they could be handed a Government bill for the cost of keeping the country disease free. Outraged...
Festival Season for Food Fanatics; Rev Up Your Appetite and Get Set for Some Great Eating as the Journal Brings Its Hugely Successful Taste Food and Drink Festival to This Year's Northumberland County Show. Jane Hall Reports
Byline: Jane Hall SPRING has officially sprung - even if winter is refusing to finally release its grip on us. But look on the bright side; it is a great time for food lovers. After the winter lull the region is once again garnishing itself for...
From Lavish Lifestyle to Lowly Prison Cell; Five Years for Flamboyant Property Boss
Byline: Hilary Clixby ADISGRACED property tycoon at the centre of a fraud which duped innocent investors out of millions was jailed for five years yesterday. High-living John Potts was at the helm of Tyneside-based Practical Property Portfolios...
Game for a Low-Fat Meal? IN SEASON WITH SADIE PARKER OF THE NATIONAL TRUST
UNTIL I started working for the National Trust, I didn't really think about where my food came from. I just knew that I loved eating good food. Over the past three years, I've learned a lot about the Trust's food sourcing values, and through my...
George's Hand Made Hall; Surprise Party for Craftsman's 80th Birthday
Byline: Tony Henderson SURPRISE party guests came out of the woodwork yesterday when joiner George Runciman arrived for what he thought was a work meeting. Millionaire businessman and philanthropist Brian Burnie decided to go for quality over...
Have a Happy Easter at the Country Barn; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
EASTER provides the perfect opportunity to get together with family and friends. So what better time to enjoy some quality local food? By using North East suppliers, you'll not only cut your festive food miles, but also support local businesses The...
Hayley Stepped into Car's Path; Victim Flung 50 Metres Down Road
Byline: Rob Kennedy ASPEEDING policeman hit a teenager so hard she was flung more than 50 metres down a road, a court heard. Hayley Adamson, 16, died after stepping out into the path of PC John Dougal's traffic patrol car in the West End of Newcastle....
Hundreds Lose Jobs as Turmoil Continues
Byline: David Old NEARLY 400 job losses were announced yesterday by companies in the North as the recession brought thousands more UK redundancies. The biggest loss in the region was at cigarette filter maker Filtrona Filters in Jarrow, which...
I'll Know Champion Instantly, Says Kay
Byline: Karen Dent ARENOWNED stockwoman has been named as the champion of champions judge for this year's Northumberland County Show. Kay Thompson has been involved with the event for many years as an exhibitor and a volunteer on show day. ...
Inquest Told of Millionaire's Last Desperate Weeks
RUINED businessman Christopher Foster told friends he would rather kill himself than lose his family's millionaire lifestyle, an inquest heard yesterday. The 50-year-old told former business associate Mark Bassett that one option out of his financial...
Isaacs Reveals His Many Facets
Now the fuss about his return has died down, we can get back to watching Friday Night with Jonathan Ross for the jokes, guests and music - so this week's show should be a real treat. The presenter is joined by actor Jason Isaacs, and while the name...
It's a Monumental Decision to Make; Councillors to Decide on Pounds 500,000 Art
Byline: Amy Hunt SOME think it would be a monumental success. Other a monumental waste of cash. But it is councillors who will have the final decision on Hotel Monument. Tourism chiefs are hoping it will be second time lucky for the pounds 500,000...
'It Would Hurt Me If This Club Was in Championship'
Byline: Luke Edwards ALAN Shearer admits he was as surprised as anyone when Newcastle United's managing director Derek Llambias contacted him last week to ask whether he would be willing to takeover as manager until the end of the season. It...
Kids after a Fashion; Little Lambs and Cheery Daffs Mean Spring Is Sprung, as We Head to Belsay Hall in Northumberland with Kids Kitted out in the Latest Designer Gear. Katharine Capocci Caught Up with Them
LONGER days and warmer weather have put a spring in the step of our young models. And our model kids had an absolute ball at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, the English Heritage site in Northumberland. With a medieval castle, a Greek Revival...
Kinnear Expected to Return as Boss in Summer
DEREK Llambias has repeated his belief that Joe Kinnear will return as Newcastle manager in the summer despite suggestions Alan Shearer will remain in the job beyond the end of this season, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Shearer has repeatedly stressed he...
Lambs May Chop Tynedale Squad; REGIONAL ROUND-UP
THE joys of spring might upset Tynedale's National Two plans this weekend, but not if enough of the wider squad are fit to take the strain provided by lambing, writes NICK PUREWAL. Farmers Andrew and Jamie Murray and Peter Southern may well find...
Lewis Faces Further Rap
LEWIS Hamilton faces the threat of suspension or disqualification from the Formula One world championship after being caught lying to FIA race stewards. Just four days after one of the drives of his career to finish third in Sunday's Australian...
Low Mark in Career as McGowan Takes Lead; GOLF
ENGLAND'S Ross McGowan equalled the lowest score of his European Tour career yesterday to lead the Estoril Portuguese Open after the opening round, writes MARK GARROD. Back at the Oitavos Dunes course where he was the half-way pacesetter in only...
Make a World of Difference; Chance for Schools to Win Pounds 1,000 Prize
Byline: Graeme Whitfield SCHOOLS in the North East could be in line for a pounds 1,000 prize to boost projects that improve the world around them as well as help children learn. The North East School Awards - which are run by The Journal, our...
Making the Best of Food in Season; National Trust Puts Support into Journal Campaign
Byline: Jane Hall CRAGSIDE will be serving up a local treat to visitors from today as the National Trust gets behind The Journal's Taste campaign. Today sees the launch of a new fortnightly National Trust food column in The Journal's Taste supplement....
Marts
HEXHAM MARCH 31 Hexham & Northern Marts had forward 62 cattle including two young bulls and 33 Over 30 Month animals. Shortage of all classes of stock resulted in a sharp trade throughout. PRIME CATTLE Prime cattle averaging 166.1p, pounds...
New Monster Classic Is Out-of-This-World; ANIMATION
MONSTERS VS ALIENS (1hr 34mins) Certificate: PG Featuring the voices of: Reese Witherspoon, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett Director: Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon Star rating: JUST when it seemed that no one could challenge the computer animated might...
North Finds the Playing Field Is No Longer Level
Byline: William Green AGOVERNMENT minister has intervened over an at-risk North East sports centre set up to help future Olympic stars following pressure from an MP. Tyne Bridge MP David Clelland has secured a promise from Sports Minister Gerry...
Not the Message the Fans Wanted to Hear; Alan Shearer Is Adamant He Will Only Be Newcastle United's Manager for the Next Eight Games but, According to Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards, It Is Difficult to See How That Can Be Allowed to Happen
Byline: Luke Edwards NO matter how many times he was asked the same question and no matter how many times he smiled and gave the same stubborn response, nobody truly believes Alan Shearer's reign as Newcastle United manager will end after just eight...
Obsessed with Celebrity
Byline: BOB CUFFE SUMMER time, and the living is dreadful. So, we're now all summered up, and it's an appropriate time to look forward. Or backwards if you prefer. Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. I'm going to look sideways. Join me, if...
Officer Quizzed over Guns; Constable Alleged to Have Sold More Than 100 Firearms
Byline: Neil McKay APOLICE officer was being quizzed yesterday on suspicion of selling guns. The probe centres on allegations that the officer with Durham Police sold more than one hundred guns which had been handed into the force to be destroyed....
PC Admits Working as a Prostitute
A POLICE officer who worked as a pounds 100-an-hour escort is behind bars after admitting misconduct in public office. PC Victoria Thorne entertained up to 20 clients a week after signing up to an agency called Notorious Girls. The former constable...
Perfect Conditions Can Give Our Flat Season Flying Start
Byline: JAMES ARMSTRONG WHEN the tapes go up for this year's John Smith's Grand National tomorrow, Newcastle Racecourse's first flat meeting of the season will be well under way. There should be plenty of runners for our meeting as the ground...
Petec Secures Additional Pounds 2m Funding from EU
Byline: Peter McCusker AFURTHER pounds 2m investment in a hi-tech electronics facility will help the region lead the way in new technological developments potentially creating hundreds of jobs. The Printable Electronic Technology Centre (Petec)...
Petit Robin Can Leave Rivals Behind
Byline: Saraband VOY Por Ustedes bids for back-to-back wins in the John Smith's Melling Chase, but it is Petit Robin who can put a spanner in the works at Aintree. Nicky Henderson's charge takes a step into the unknown as he moves up in trip...
Playing around with New Brews
Byline: ALASTAIR GILMOUR THERE'S a phrase that describes the phenomenon of three buses coming along at once. Apparently, it's positive feedback. It can also be applied to the partnership of beer and the theatre. You wait from Shakespearean...
Prices Edge Up after Months of Decline
HOUSE prices rose slightly in March, according to new figures. But the figures from building society Nationwide showed that the small rise came against a trend of longer-term falls. The society said across the country house prices had risen by...
Sbragia Fears Impact of Shearer Lift
Byline: Stuart Rayner A LAN Shearer's appointment as Newcastle manager is bad news for Sunderland. And Middlesbrough. And Stoke City, Manchester City, Spurs, Bolton, Hull City, Portsmouth, West Bromwich Albion and Blackburn. That is the view...
Script Is So Thin That Cracks Soon Appear
COMEDY THE BOAT THAT ROCKED (2hrs 15mins) Certificate: 15 Starring: Starring: Bill Nighy, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost Director: Richard Curtis Star rating: .. .. ... EVER since Hugh Grant and his floppy fringe bumbled through...
Seahorses out to Turn Tide in the FA Vase
Byline: Steve Brown AN ice cream van passed Hillheads on Tuesday night playing the Match Of The Day theme. Inside the ground, tucked behind Whitley Bay ice rink, a group of footballers were training in the fading light, preparing to reach the...
Shearer: Now It's All about Survival; Focus on Club, Says Local Hero: SHEARER: IT'S ALL ABOUT SURVIVAL
Byline: Luke Edwards ALAN Shearer knows he has put his reputation as a Newcastle United legend on the line by becoming the club's but he is adamant he could sit and do nothing as the Magpies towards the Championship. Shearer has already sparked...
Shearer Provides Hope for Future
AT 3.21pm yesterday, a couple of hundred Newcastle United fans got what they came for. Proof, and with it, hope, writes STEVE BROWN. Appearing at the top of the stairs in front of Main Reception in the bowels of the Milburn Stand, Alan Shearer took...
Slump Bottoming out, Says Co-Op
Byline: Iain Laing THE Co-operative's banking arm has hailed its "cautious and responsible" approach as it shrugged off the financial crisis to post a 70% rise in underlying profits. The surplus at the banking operation of Co-operative Financial...
Special Time of Year in Country; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
MANY farm shops across the North East have been picking up awards - and customers are invited to visit this spring to find out why. The internationally acclaimed Blagdon Farm Shop is inviting customers new and old to visit over the Easter period...
Stars
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'There'll Be a Few Pulling Their Fingers out Now'
NEWS this good just needs to be shared, and Journal readers have been doing it on-line. The return of Alan Shearer to St James's Park has seen a surge on Journallive over the last three days, as Newcastle United fans tried to keep pace with developments....
They Did Their Best - Is It Enough? Leaders Hail Agreement at G20 Summit
Byline: Andrew Woodcock GORDON Brown last night hailed a comprehensive one trillion-dollar support package for the world economy which will see leading nations come together to "clean up" the banks and bolster the system of global regulation. ...
Vipers Are Excluded from Elite Discussion; HOCKEY
Byline: Stuart Rayner THE Vipers are keeping their counsel after being excluded from talks about the future of ice hockey's Elite League. Britain's top-flight has confirmed discussions about next season's league took place on Monday without the...
Washing Up Has Never Been So Worthwhile
Byline: DAVID BANKS GOVERNMENT leaks are much in the news at the moment and today, dear reader, I have a humdinger of a leak for you! EXCLUSIVE: THERE WILL BE NO GENERAL ELECTION ON MAY 7, 2009. It's true. You can bet the house on it. And my...
Weather Stirs Up Stillwater Action; ANGLING
STILLWATERS have been in great early form thanks to the good weather, with the Angel, Eden Meadows and Aldin Grange yielding some terrific mixed bags with most methods scoring well. On Whittle Dene, the northern reservoir has again proved the best,...
What a Difference a Day Makes; Our Online Poll Quick to Show Shearer Effect
Byline: Chris Robinson ; Sam Wood ; Rob Pattinson THREE days ago it was a vision of their dreams, but yesterday hundreds of impassioned United fans lined the streets to witness the return of a legend. And the Alan Shearer effect is official....
Wind Farms Have Their Place: At Sea
Byline: NICHOLAS CRAIG WIND farms are blowing up yet another storm of protest in Northumberland. The latest is in Netherwitton, near Morpeth, where nine turbines are proposed. Another, for Hebron, stirred local people to pack a meeting in Morpeth...
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