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 2, 2009

Brinkburn Priory Previews the Proms
FIRST stop Brinkburn, next stop The Proms. Beautiful and beautifully appointed Brinkburn Priory in Northumberland will form the backdrop for a special preview performance as part of the annual classical music festival which starts tomorrow. The...
Carlisle Boss Has Sights on Vernon
Byline: Stuart Rayner SCOTT Vernon has emerged as a target for Carlisle United as the Cumbrians look to take the striker in part-exchange for goalkeeper Ben Williams. Having admitted defeat in their bid to re-sign Michael Bridges, Carlisle have...
Chief Sought to Champion Castle's Global Ambition
Byline: Karen Dent ALNWICK Castle and Garden is to appoint its first joint chief executive to run the two organisations and put them on the global tourist map. The post, expected to be filled by mid-September, carries a "six-figure package" for...
David Wells [...]
You can't be certain of what's going to happen but should that prevent you from doing anything at all? Of course not but it may encourage you to slow down a bit? Rushing is what you do but right now you may want to think first. It may seem really...
Dealers Get Jail Terms Reduced
Byline: Ben Guy THREE Berwick heroin street dealers - jailed after an undercover police swoop in the town - all won cuts in their jail terms yesterday after a top judge ruled they should have been given more credit for owning up. James William...
Deaths
APPLEBY (Alnwick). Peacefully i n Hillcrest Nursing Home on 30th June, aged 89 years, Patricia (Pat, nee Larvin), wife of the late Verdun, mother of Angela and Michael and mother-in-law of George, a loving grandma to Sarah, Emily, Laura and Jamie and...
Drinks Giant Axes 900 Jobs in Closure; Whisky Plant to Shut after 200 Years
Byline: Holly Williams AROUND 900 jobs are being axed by drinks group Diageo in Scotland as part of an overhaul which will see the closure of its historic distillery at Port Dundas, it was announced yesterday. Diageo is shutting the distillery,...
Earth Sculpture Will Wow Tourists; Design for Spectacular Work Revealed
Byline: Dave Black WORK will start next year on a spectacular pounds 2.5m earth sculpture in Northumberland which aims to create a major new tourist attraction and an icon celebrating the county's coal mining heritage. Bulldozers and excavators...
Edna's Not All at Sea Raising Vital Funds; 40 Years of Work for RNLI Is Rewarded
Byline: Sonia Sharma FOR more than 40 years, she has tirelessly helped to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds to help save lives at sea. But even at the age of 88, Edna Shawcross's dedication towards the Royal National Lifeboat Institution...
Experts Trade in a World of Good Ideas; Executives and Economists from 37 Countries Are about to Arrive in Middlesbrough for an Event Aiming to Help the North East's Heavy Industries through the Recession. Christopher Knox Spoke to the Organisers
ACADEMICS and industrialists from around the world will trade thoughts on the economic crisis and how businesses can weather the storm at 19th annual Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing (FAIM) conference, The event, at Teesside University...
Flash Floods on a Sunny Day
Byline: Neil McKay, Sara Nichol ; Dan Warburton FLASH flooding caused chaos over parts of the region yesterday, as bolts of lightning struck trains and caused a bridge to crumble. Torrential rain swept part of a bridge away and trapped a workman...
Fontburn Produces the Goods for Case
IT was another good week's fishing at Fontburn with Patrick Case landing eight rainbows - including three of more than 3lb 8oz - for 22lb 8oz. Fontburn regulars John Tulip and Sid Barnes were among the fish, Tulip taking a mix of blues and rainbows...
For Beaten Karlovic It's Roger and Out
ROGER Federer stayed on course for a Wimbledon final clash with Andy Murray with a straight-sets victory over Ivo Karlovic yesterday. Title favourite Federer defeated bigserving Karlovic 6-3 7-5 7-6 (7/3) to reach his 21st consecutive grand slam...
Getting Mean to Keep Our Streets Clean; Dirt-Busters on Prowl
Byline: Neil McKay ASQUAD of dirt-busters have been drafted into two towns where litter louts have been getting away scot-free for years. In Consett and Stanley, County Durham, council bosses had no success in attempts to recruit litter enforcement...
Government Postpones Royal Mail Sell-Off Plan
PART-PRIVATISATION of the Royal Mail will not go ahead as planned because of the depressed state of the economy, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson announced yesterday. Lord Mandelson told the Lords that there was "no prospect" of the sale occuring...
Guide to Computer Mysteries
IT provider Perfect Image has launched a website to help businesses in the region get the most out of their IT applications, potentially saving staff hours every day. The Newcastle firm has developed the site - www.makethemostof.com - to save professionals...
Healthy Food Set for the Council Menu; Review Leads to a Change in Ingredients
Byline: Amy Hunt FREE-RANGE eggs, local veg and ethically-sourced meat will soon be on the menu in schools and care homes. Newcastle City Council will bring in its Animal Cruelty Free Food Policy following a meeting of the council tomorrow. This...
Heavyweight Pack Beefs Up Bates' Squad; Falcons Engine Room Will Be Bulkier Next Season
Byline: Nick Purewa (0191) 201-6432 nick.purewal@ncjmedia.co.uk SIZE has never been everything in rugby, but Steve Bates admits extra Newcastle Falcons beef will be a big help this term. The Kingston Park starting pack ought to have a meatier...
Hell on the Rails
LIGHTNING and flash flooding caused chaos for both the Metro and regional rail services yesterday. Commuters were faced with lengthy delays after torrential rain caused Metro services between Tynemouth and North Shields to be cancelled for nearly three...
Hibs Pull the Plug on a Deal for Stokes; Hibs Pull the Plug on a Deal for Cats Striker
SUNDERLAND have been served warning that disposing of unwanted squad members could prove difficult after pricing Anthony Stokes out of joining Hibernian, writes STUART RAYNER. Phase two of the Black Cats' clear-out got under way yesterday with official...
Hot Mustard Serves Up a Batting Treat
Byline: Luke Edwards PHIL Mustard is often credited with being the joker in the Durham pack for his dressing-room antics - and he is also starting to show he can be a reliable trump card with the bat. A splendidly-constructed and unbeaten 63...
Hunt Begins for a New Chief at Baltic; Chair Stands Down after Four Years
Byline: David Whetstone THE search for a new chairman of Baltic has begun after Sir Ian Wrigglesworth stood down at yesterday's board meeting. Sir Ian, a businessman and former MP, took the chair of the Gateshead Centre for Contemporary Art in...
I'm Pleading with Him to Tell Me Where Keith Is. It's the Last Time It Will Be Done; Brady Will Not Be Allowed to Return to Moors
Byline: Pat Hurst ; Kim Pelling MOORS murderer Ian Brady is the last hope in finding the grave of his victim Keith Bennett after police admitted defeat in the hunt for the body. As previously unseen photos taken by Brady of Myra Hindley close...
Independence Is a Must
Byline: BILL MIDGLEY GOVERNORS of the Bank of England and the North East have a somewhat estranged relationship, particularly given the comments made a decade or so ago when it was claimed that loss of jobs in this region were 'a price worth paying'...
IT Specialist Will Keep Metro Group in Touch
Byline: Iain Laing THE wheels are in motion for a technology specialist which has secured a contract to support one of the region's main public transport providers. Croft Technology, of Newcastle, won a competitive tender to provide network support...
I Want out, Admits Unhappy Winger; Gutirrez First to Ask to Leave: I Want out, Admits Unhappy United Star
Byline: Stuart Rayner JONAS Gutirrez has become the first senior Newcastle United player to announce he wants to leave the club. The Argentinian winger was not one of those who returned to Darsley Park yesterday for pre-season training, having...
Juniors Get Chance to Learn
IF you know a youngster who has never played golf, point his or her parents in the direction of the free Rock Junior Golf Festival at Matfen Hall during the school summer holidays. Spaces are limited for the festival, so parents are urged to sign...
Lessons from Game Reser Rve and Agitated Habitat
He has spent two decades leading social media projects and was BBC head of blogging. Robin Hamman talks to us about social media sites changing the business world S through social websites? One way is to harness the power of social media tools and...
McLean Joins Weir Insurance Brokers; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
LEADING Blyth-based insurance broker, Weir Insurance Brokers Ltd has appointed Iain McLean as associate director. The Northumberland family business was established in 1972 and is now run by the original owner's son Duncan Weir and his wife Karen...
Morrisons Launches Research Project to Boost Farm Efficiency
Byline: Karen Dent SUPERMARKET Morrisons is launching a research-focused farming programme in a bid to boost the efficiency and sustainability of British agriculture. The grocer has teamed up with the NFU and a number of agricultural colleges...
M& S Sales Figures Ease Pressure
Byline: Iain Laing MARKS & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose eased pressure on the high street retailer by announcing a smaller than expected fall in sales. Sir Stuart, who has faced flak due to recent trading and corporate governance issues,...
Murray Admits He Loves the Roof; Ruthless Scot Reaches Semis
Byline: Phil Casey ANDY Murray insisted he would have no problem with playing under the Centre Court roof again after storming into the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time in his career. Murray served 18 aces as he raced to a 75 6-3 6-2...
Northern Rock Staff Stricken with Swine Flu; Number of Cases Rising
Byline: Amy Hunt TWO workers from Northern Rock have caught swine flu. The two staff members are off work but are said to be recovering well. This week the total number of people in the North East who are have the illness rose to 45. Jaqualyn...
Now We're a Nation of Tweeters
Byline: DAVID HAYWOOD SMITH SELLING online has never been easier. Free software and simple payment systems mean you can set up a transactional website in no time. Inevitably, the low barrier to entry results in thousands of e-commerce websites...
Phones, the Web and Teamwork
Byline: ADAM MAXWELL IT HAS recently come to my attention that the size of mobile phones is directly proportional to the proliferation of 'The A Team' in popular culture. At the height of their fame they weren't too effective at getting on the...
Pigeon Fanciers under Suspicion after a Spate of Attacks on Peregrines
THE deaths last week of a female peregrine and two chicks in the North East is the latest loss in a year which is set to be one of the worst on record for crimes against the birds. The RSPB has been flooded with reports of birds being poisoned,...
Pounds 1.4bn Cash Crisis after Franchise Hits Buffers; EAST COAST MAIN LINE: Collapse Is 'Disaster for Taxpayers'
Byline: William Green BRITAIN faces a transport cash crisis after the pounds 1.4bn East Coast rail franchise collapsed. The Government's transport budget could suffer a pounds 700m hit following the failure of the franchise run by National Express...
Pride Is the Main Motivator in Derby; SPEEDWAY
NEWCASTLE Diamonds finally complete their 2009 Premier Trophy fixtures tonight at 7.30pm at the Redcar Bears in another important derby, writes LAWRENCE HEPPELL. The match has little meaning for the Diamonds in terms of their final position in the...
Region Gets in Gear to Go Electric
Byline: STEWART WATKINS AN electric car revolution is on the way - and the North East is perfectly positioned to provide the world-class infrastructure and skills needed to support this exciting industry. Thanks to the support of companies such...
Science City Sets Up Crack Team to Source Innovators
A CRACK team of innovation specialists will be employed to source new science-driven businesses in the region. Newcastle Science City - the initiative set up to transform the city into an epicentre for science and technology enterprise - is to recruit...
Shake-Up at Firm Puts 170 Jobs at Risk; Sale of North Site Leaves Workers in Limbo over Future
Byline: Brian Daniel ONE of a Northumberland market town's biggest employers has been put up for sale, sparking fears over the future of more than 150 jobs. International pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis has announced that it is seeking a buyer...
'Small Victory' on Academy Proposals; Consultation Is Extended after Opposition
Byline: Neil McKay UNDER-fire education bosses have agreed to extend consultation on the site of two proposed academies for a further two weeks. Durham County Council's education authority was criticised by parents, locals and politicians over...
Springbank Can Fulfil Expectations
Byline: Saraband Lady Springbank created a favourable impression when bolting up at Doncaster last month - and looks the one to side with in Haydock's EBF Gretsch-Unitas Novice Fillies' Stakes. Hailing from the in-form yard of Karl Burke, the...
Tesco Linked to Possible Northern Rock Takeover
Byline: Peter McCusker SPECULATION that Northern Rock will prove attractive to potential purchasers has been further fuelled after Tesco became the latest name to be linked with a bid for its "good" assets. Financial experts expect the part of...
That's Some Beer Garden; Axed Vaux Remembered in 'Shrine'
Byline: Alastair Gilmour VERY picture tells a story. ESo does every clock, each ashtray and all 100 beer mats. It is 10 years today since Vaux Breweries closed its doors in Sunderland, but for one man it was only the start. Brewery enthusiast...
Thrilling Footage of Michael Jackson; Memories of Michael Jackson Are Stirred by Two Films - Never Publicly Released - of the Performer in Concert. Gavin Taylor Gives David Whetstone a Private Viewing
Byline: David Whetstone MICHAEL Jackson is gone - but in one corner of Northumberland he is not likely to be forgotten in a hurry. Indeed, yesterday he came explosively to life - only on screen, sadly, but sparking vivid memories for Gavin Taylor...
Unfit Teachers to Be Expelled from Schools; the Government Announced This Week It Is to Introduce a Licence to Teach to Weed out Poor Teachers from the Profession. A Former North East Headteacher Backs the Plan, but Teaching Unions Have Mixed Views. Reports
Byline: Nicola Juncar TEACHERS are to face five-year check-ups to ensure they are fit to teach and could be banned from the classroom if they are not up to scratch. Children's secretary Ed Balls this week announced he is introducing a "licence...
Virgin Boss Branson Waits to See How Situation Develops [...]
Virgin boss Branson waits to see how situation develops SIR Richard Branson is on standby to run trains on the prestigious East Coast Main Line. The entrepreneur's Virgin Trains is ready to bid for the East Coast rail franchise after the current...
Washington Celebrates America's Big Day
AMERICAN Independence Day is being celebrated at Washington Old Hall this Saturday. Just over three years since Sunderland signed a friendship agreement with Washington DC, Washington Old Hall is hosting its annual event to celebrate the city's...
Wasting Lives in a War We Can't Win
Byline: DAVID HALFORD SHORTLY before I sat down to write this, another griefstricken family had been notified of the death of their son in Afghanistan. It should not have happened. We have had troops in Afghanistan, principally in its capital...
Welcome Runs on Cook's Menu
ALASTAIR Cook seized the opportunity for useful match practice by hitting a century on a disappointing day for England in their warm-up match against Warwickshire, writes MYLES HODGSON. Essex left-hander Cook hit a determined 124 in nearly four...
Widening Web Video Access
Byline: Andrew Mernin THE man who wrote subtitles for James Bond, Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer has launched the first company in the world to specialise in subtitles and captions for web video. Gateshead entrepreneur Rob Colling has spent a decade...
Wi-Fi Offers Brown a City Connection; Laptop Vital for Club Secretary
GIVEN the complexities of running the modern golf club, should there any longer be such a thing as an honorary secretary? Is a salaried, full-time manager essential? An interesting word there is modern. If I had pounds 100 for every time I have...
Win Annual Bede's World Family Pass
TO celebrate the launch of a fantastic summer programme, Culture Club members have the opportunity to win an annual family pass for Bede's World. This summer, visitors to the Jarrow attraction can uncover the secrets of the skeleton, perfect the...
Wizards of Oz Are No Longer Magical, Insists Harmison
STEVE Harmison believes Australia are suffering from a crisis of confidence with the first Ashes Test in Cardiff only a week away. The Durham and England paceman bowled with much of his old fire in returning 3-67 from 22 overs for England Lions...
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