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 March 27, 2008

2 DAY IN 2 MINUTES: Home and Abroad
Census goes online HOUSEHOLDERS will be able to complete the next Census online. The Office for National Statistics said the once-a-decade exercise would next be held in 2011 with internet completion offered for the first time. There will be a rehearsal...
'Alarming Fall' in Breeding Cows; Farming in Association with RBS
Byline: Sam Wood ACROSS-UK average of 250p deadweight for R3-R4L steers has already pushed retailers, processors and farmers into uncharted territory, says the National Beef Association. And the near certainty of even higher prices for slaughter...
AndersElite 'S Double Boost
ANDERSELITE, the construction recruitment specialist has started 2008 with a double celebration, due to its record-breaking success and the achievement of an industry-standard award Working in partnership with many of the region's consultancies, contractors...
Angling: Anglers in a Hurry at Hury; GAME Angling:
Byline: GEORGE MACINTYRE IT has been a great start to the season at Hury with 41 limit catches and a rod average of 6.3. E Parker, D Carr and P Garland had five-pounders while G Thorn and RR Hill had eight-fish limits, going on to release a further...
Asylum System, Marred by Inhumanity, Is Still Unfit
The asylum system is still not "fit for purpose", an independent inquiry has found. It also said the system for deporting failed asylum seekers was undermining credibility and sapping public confidence. The Independent Asylum Commission - a group...
Barker & Stonehouse Opening in Midlands; in Association with RBS
BARKER & Stonehouse is expanding into the Midlands, bringing the number of outlets owned by the Middlesbrough-based furniture company to eight. The new Nottingham store is due to open in the autumn and will site alongside existing stores in...
Bitter Clashes as Cameron Puts Blame on Brown
Byline: By William Green Political editor TORY leader David Cameron yesterday attacked Gordon Brown over regulatory failings on Northern Rock as the pair clashed over the Government's response to economic turbulence. Mr Cameron said it was now...
Boxing: Joe: I Can Win over the Fans
Byline: Mark Staniforth Joe Calzaghe is convinced he can count on the support of fight fans across the globe in his light heavyweight showdown against Bernard Hopkins in Las Vegas next month. Calzaghe insists his opponent's cagey style makes...
Bravest of the Brave; Honour for Three More VC Heroes
Byline: By Tony Henderson THREE more VC winners from South Tyneside are to be honoured. Already bronze statues commemorating the bravery of two South Tyneside VC soldiers have been set into the staircase of South Shields Town Hall. Now a plaque...
British Soldier Killed in Firefight
A BRITISH soldier was shot and killed in Iraq yesterday, the Ministry of Defence said last night. The soldier died in a firefight early yesterday, bringing the total number of British military casualties in Iraq since hostilities began in March...
Call for Probe into Charity; No Accounts Submitted for Three Years
Byline: By Neil McKay FINANCIAL watchdogs have been urged to investigate a registered charity tasked with providing facilities for a former steel town after it failed to submit accounts for the past three years. Project Genesis Trust, of which...
Cameron, Goldie and Meg Are Everyday Folks; in Association with RBS TECH NOTES
Byline: VIKKI CARR AT THE beginning of most conferences, you go through the cheesy exercise of introducing yourself to the strangers around you, so I turned around to say hello to the folks behind me when I realised I was staring at Cameron Diaz,...
Capello 'Happy with Progress' despite Defeat
FABIO Capello watched his England team slump to a dismal 1-0 defeat against France in the Stade de France and then announced he was "happy" with the performance. He also praised David Beckham, who won his 100th cap and insisted the performance was...
Champions of Local Food Are Abandoned; Producers Have to Pay for Ministry's Bungles the Journal Taste North East England
Byline: By Adrian Pearson A FOOD agency set up to promote the best in regional produce has been scrapped by Government cuts. The Food From Britain (FFB) marketing group was tasked by the Government with finding the best food from regions such...
Confidence Low but the Future Is Still Looking Bright; RICS
LIQUIDITY, sustainability and the skills shortage will undoubtedly be three of the main issues for the construction industry throughout 2008 and beyond. The most recent sector survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) reported...
Council Closes Door on Park Row
Byline: By Paul James A PARISH council accused of trying to cover up a blunder that saw a new skateboard park built in the wrong place last night turned residents away while members discussed the matter in private. Corbridge Parish Council in...
Cricket: Ashes Inspire England Win; Vaughan Uses Memories of Comeback after Defeat
Byline: Myles Hodgson MICHAEL Vaughan drew on his experience of winning the Ashes to help England complete an impressive fightback against New Zealand and claim their first overseas series victory in three years. Facing a humiliating series defeat...
Culture: Energy and Something Just a Little Different ... Paul Loraine Talks to Neil Cowley, One of the Stars of This Weekend's Gateshead International Jazz Festival
Byline: Paul Loraine ORIGINALITY in music is in shorter supply than many would have us believe. It seems almost every artist promises something new with each album release - this one's got something we've never heard before. Truth be told, such...
Desire to Dope 'Will Be Ended' Olympics New Initiative to Beat Drugs
UK Sport are confident their new pounds 1m testing initiative can help ensure the British team will have a "true performance" at the Beijing Olympics. As part of the largest programme in the organisation's history, more than 1,500 tests - on both...
Dispute Review Boards - the Future of Dispute Resolution?
Byline: Rachel Garnon DISPUTE Review Boards ("DRBs") have been used as a method of dispute resolution in the construction industry in the USA since the 1970s. Over the decades that followed, large international organisations such as the World...
Dog-Free Beach Success; Owners Get Pat on the Head from Council
Byline: By Dave Black OBEDIANT dog owners have been given a pat on the head for not flouting a controversial ban on taking their pets onto a Northumberland beach. No fixed penalty fines have been issued since the ban on dogs using the new stretch...
Don't Let Our Far Horizons Be Spoilt; Wind Farm Protesters in Passionate Appeal to Council
Byline: By Brian Daniel COUNCILLORS who will today vote on three wind farm applications in Northumberland are being begged not to allow the Secret Kingdom to become a turbine landscape. Berwick Borough Council's planning committee is sitting...
Festival Fun Will Put a Community Together
Byline: David Whetstone THE third Jesmond Community Festival was launched yesterday with music, theatre, a stilt walker and even a red carpet leading to the entrance of the sponsoring New Northumbria Hotel. The 101st Lord Mayor of Newcastle,...
Football: Burley off to a Steady Start; Patched-Up Scotland Battle to Draw with Croatia
Scotland 1 Croatia 1 SCOTLAND boss George Burley was encouraged by the performance in his first match in charge of the national side as Croatia were held to a draw at Hampden. Burley's side was depleted by injury withdrawals but they fought...
Football: Magpies Look for Rozehnal Interest; Centre-Back Is Likely to Be Sold
Byline: Luke Edwards NEWCASTLE United will have to find a buyer for centreback David Rozehnal in the summer as Lazio are unlikely to take up an option to sign the Czech Republic international at the end of the season. Rozehnal moved on loan to...
Football: Teenager Steps in to Win It for Brazil
Brazil 1 Sweden 0 ALEXANDRE Pato stole the show on his international debut, scoring the only goal of the game as Brazil saw off Sweden in a friendly at the Emirates Stadium last night. The 18-year-old had been on the pitch barely 10 minutes...
Football: Vogel Gets Clearance to Make His Debut
Byline: Ian Parkes JOHANN Vogel is poised to make his Blackburn debut on Saturday after finally receiving international clearance. Following a two-week trial at Ewood Park, the former Switzerland captain signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with...
Fresh Thinking Will Cut Carbon
Byline: David Wright WE have had two years' experience of designing and constructing to the 2006 Part L building regulations, the intent of which is to reduce the carbon dioxide emission of naturally ventilated buildings by 23% and air conditioned...
Gallic Charmer in Call for Unity; Sarkozy Praises UK but All Eyes on Wife
Byline: By Tony Jones and Laura May PRESIDENT Nicolas Sarkozy launched a cross-channel charm offensive yesterday amid the pomp and politics of a full state visit. In an impassioned address to both houses of Parliament he heaped praise on Britain...
Group Plans Year of a Million Thanks
THIS year marks a very special occasion for construction group Mansell, as it celebrates the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the company. Mansell Construction Services Ltd has grown from its early beginnings in two semi-detached houses in...
Guides Spark Noise and Disorder Fears; Hamlet Opposed to 'Youth Groups' on Site
Byline: By Brian Daniel GIRL Guides may be best known for building campfires, working towards merit badges and promising to do their best. But in one Northumberland hamlet they are embroiled in a planning row with residents who fear they may...
Horse Racing: Newcomer Celebrates Bonnie Win; Tyne Treat for Czech Star
Byline: Ray Gilpin CZECH-BORN Jakub Kocman punched the air in delight as Bonnie Rock gave him the first success of his career on only his second ride in Britain in the Saltwell Signs Conditional Jockeys' Mares Only Handicap Hurdle at Newcastle....
Horse Racing: Spin Again Should Do a Good Turn; in Association with Pagebet
Byline: By Saraband RALPH Beckett's Spin Again can consolidate upon a solid debut at Goodwood and should take some beating in the Captain Croc Says It's Pontin's Time Maiden Stakes at Lingfield. He was up against horses from the top stables in...
Ice Hockey: Wilson's Happy to Keep on Improving
AFTER a regular season which started with huge potential but ended unfulfilled, Rob Wilson has declared himself happy that the Vipers punched way above their weight in the 2007-08 Elite League, writes STUART RAYNER. The Canadian player-coach feels...
I'll Be Your Guinea Pig; Parkinson's Victim Slates Embryo Bid
Byline: By Chris Robinson A NORTH businessman who suffers from Parkinson's disease has condemned the use of hybrid embryos for medical research, even though scientists claim the technique could eventually lead to a cure for the condition. Scientists...
Imports Will Sweep 800 Jobs to Tees; in Association with RBS
Byline: Iain Laing MORE than 800 jobs will be created at an import centre to be built at the North East's biggest port. The 1.2 million sq ft centre at Teesport in Middlesbrough has been given planning permission by Redcar and Cleveland Council....
It Bodes Well for Journey of Discovery
Byline: Barbara Hodgson WHEN Bode Lawal performs at the Gala Theatre in Durham tomorrow, he'll be showcasing a new technique set to become his creative signature. Joined by six other dancers and three musicians, the award-winning artistic director...
Joey Will Win over the Fans, Says Butt; Nicky Knows How It Feels
Byline: Luke Edwards NICKY Butt has backed Joey Barton to finally show the sort of form which made him an England international after sympathising with the midfielder's problems since he moved to Newcastle United. Like Barton, Butt (pictured...
Lafferty Steps into Spotlight
Northern Ireland 4 Georgia 1 DAVID Healy scored for both sides as Northern Ireland's first-half blitz proved enough to see off Georgia. Healy was given a special award by Uefa president Michel Platini before the match in honour of his scoring...
Lessons to Be Learned, Guardian Promises; Rock Report Regulator Contrite, but Says Action Might Have Made No Difference
THE Financial Services Authority yesterday promised to "learn lessons" from failings over Northern Rock. Chief executive Hector Sants said: "It is clear from the thorough review carried out by the internal audit team that our supervision of Northern...
'Lift Cash Yoke from Students' Teenagers Urge Reform of University Fees
Byline: By Jonathan Hyde and Keiran Cudlip BEING the opinionated politics enthusiasts that we are, last month we decided to take up an offer from the Institute for Public Policy Research North to attend a Youth Cafe Politique event. Throughout...
Markets Still Turning Away from Reality; in Association with RBS
Byline: PETER JACKSON PEOPLE are warning that we must be careful not to talk ourselves into a recession. I don't think there's ever been a recession that has been talked into existence and I think such warnings make about as much sense as saying...
MARTS; CARLISLE March 21 & 22 Farming in Association with RBS
At Carlisle last Friday and Saturday, Harrison & Hetherington Limited held their annual spring two-day show and sale of continental cross store cattle . A tremendous entry of 2,731 cattle were forward for sale. Over the two days an outstanding...
Ministers Told to Back Metro System Revamp
Byline: By Adrian Pearson BUSINESS leaders will urge the Government to put plans for an improved Metro system in the region's economic masterplan. As the Government debates a Bill which would pave the way for local road pricing, businesses in...
MP Hits at Export Body Axe; Farming in Association with RBS
LIBERAL Democrat MP and chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hill Farming Tim Farron is angry at the closure of Food from Britain. The decision to wind up the body - responsible for promoting British food abroad - came after Defra announced...
Mum Says 'Nutters' Jibe Forced Her out; Chief Executive Verbally Attacked Manager's Partner, Tribunal Told
Byline: By Paul Loraine A MOTHER claims she was forced out of her job at a housing association after bosses verbally attacked her partner in front of hundreds of fellow employees. Susan Parry's partner Michael Tansey had been heavily critical...
Night to Forget for All but Century Man; No Dream Goal for Beckham
DAVID Beckham made history on a night David James was haunted by it. Beckham received the biggest cheer of the night when he was substituted after 63 minutes, the crowd giving the world's most famous footballer a standing ovation to mark his 100th...
Payout to Allow Rural Housing to Be Built
A COUNCIL will have to fork out more than pounds 45,000 for play facilities that are needed to allow a controversial affordable housing scheme to go ahead. Earlier this month The Journal reported how the 14-home scheme at Bardon Mill, Northumberland,...
Proud to Have Sir Bobby on Her Team; Sir Bobby Robson Has Launched a Pounds 500,000 Cancer Fundraising Mission in Thanks to Newcastle Doctor Ruth Plummer for Saving His Life. Chief Reporter Paul James Meets the Future Director of the Football Legend's Cancer Research Centre
Byline: Paul James EIGHTEEN years ago, a unit was created at Newcastle General Hospital where doctors began testing new cancer treatments on patients for whom standard chemotherapy was having no effect. These days those medics are at the forefront...
Revived Sainsbury Announces Profits Ahead of Forecast; in Association with RBS
Byline: Iain Laing SUPERMARKET chain Sainsbury's has rounded off a three-year improvement plan by announcing sales figures at the top end of expectations. The group's like-for-like sales in the 12 weeks to March 22 were up 4.1% on a year earlier...
Rugby League: End of the Road for Thackray at Rhinos
Byline: Ian Laybourn SUPER League champions Leeds Rhinos have agreed a parting of the ways with former Great Britain prop Jamie Thackray. Twenty-eight-year-old Thackray joined the Rhinos in 2006 from Hull on a three-and-half-year contract but...
Rugby Union: Hero Remains Threat to Boss; Martin Johnson Favourite to Take on England Role
Byline: Andrew Baldock VICTORIOUS World Cup captain Martin Johnson remains a firm favourite to fill the role of England team manager following a Rugby Football Union meeting yesterday. Head coach Brian Ashton still faces an uncertain future,...
ScS Sales Update Gloomy - but Profit Hopes Stay; in Association with RBS
Byline: Andrew Mernin SOFA retailer ScS Upholstery delivered another gloomy sales update, but said it was still hopeful of returning to profit later this year. The Sunderland-based retailer said like-for-like sales orders between the end of January...
Shake-Ups and Lack of Expertise Blamed
ERRORS going back several years were acknowledged by the Financial Services Authority in yesterday's report examining how it had supervised Northern Rock. The internal review said oversight had fallen below the expected standard and compounded Northern...
Shilly-Chaleting about; Mix-Up over Beach Cottage's Future
Byline: By Dan Warburton A CHALET that teeters on the edge of an eroded cliff has been pulled out of an auction amid a planning wrangle. The two-bedroom building in Low Hauxley, near Amble, Northumberland, has a starting price tag of pounds 100,000...
Sometimes It's a Relief to Stop Being Busy
Byline: WILLY POOLE YOU must, they said, keep yourselves busy when you retire, otherwise bits will keep dropping off you. They certainly feel as though they are. In fact, we are, both of us feeling cream crackered. The English trip for Mother's...
Speedy Recovery in Housing Ruled out; in Association with RBS
Byline: Andrew Mernin HOUSEBUILDER Bellway yesterday said a recovery in the housing market could take as long as late next year to kick in. The warning came as the Newcastle firm unveiled a 3.9% drop in interim pre-tax profits and predicted "difficult...
SURGO Win Fourth Academy Scheme
WITH a long held reputation for providing a high standard of workmanship and delivering challenging projects in the education sector, SURGO Construction is about to embark on its fourth multi-million pound, academy project. Against competition from...
The Journal: Shocking List of Errors from City Watchdog
The catalogue of errors confessed to by the Financial Services Authority in its dealings with Northern Rock did not bring about the bank's near-collapse. Decisions taken by the Rock's senior management team adequately prepared the ground for that,...
Timeline: Northern Rock's Journey to Disaster
The search for a solution to Northern Rock's woes began after a run on the bank last September. But the genesis of the crisis can be traced back to the beginning of the sub-prime fiasco in the US some five years before. Between 2002 and 2004 Billions...
Top Private School Forced to Shut Down; Heartbreak Decision Taken after Nuns Triple Rents at la Sagesse EXCLUSIVE
Byline: By Paul James Chief Reporter ONE of the North East's leading private schools will close this summer after the group of nuns who founded it tripled the rent, The Journal can reveal. The decision to shut the La Sagesse school in Jesmond,...
Topps Tiles Reports Dip in Sales; in Association with RBS
THE UK's biggest tile and wood floor retailer Topps Tiles has reported a dip in underlying sales and profits for the past six months. The group, which has 309 stores in the UK, said conditions were increasingly challenging and that it did not expect...
Toshack Salute to Eastwood
Luxembourg 0 Wales 2 WALES boss John Toshack hailed the scoring contribution of Freddy Eastwood in his team's 2-0 victory over Luxembourg last night. Eastwood has not started a game for Wolves since Christmas, and recently intimated that he...
Tots Sitting Comfortably and Tuning into Invention; in Association with RBS
Byline: Andrew Mernin CHILDREN across the world could soon be listening to stories on a North East invention after its founders secured the funding to embark on an ambitious expansion plan. County Durham-based Ameeca, which has designed MP3 headsets...
Tourists' Horror at Family's Death Fall; Inquest Told How Boy Reached for His Sister
Byline: By Tom Morgan and Jamie Grierson NEW witnesses to the death of six-year-old Liam Hogan came forward for the first time yesterday to describe seeing him pushed from a hotel balcony in Crete. The tourists, who did not give evidence at the...
Training Will Make Building Sites Safer
THE Major Contractors Group (MCG) has announced that all supervisors on its sites must attend a Construction Skills supervisors safety training scheme as part of a commitment to health and safety training. The MCG said the decision demonstrated...
Trinidad Officials Drop Threat to Ban Cats Stars
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS SUNDERLAND appeared to bring their increasingly acrimonious argument with Trinidad and Tobago to an amicable conclusion yesterday when the country's Football Association withdrew its threat to ban Carlos Edwards and Kenwyne...
Watchdog's Failings Let Bank Slide into Crisis; Rock Report Finance Regulators Admit Supervision Was at Fault as Catastrophe Overtook Newcastle-Based Bank
Byline: By William Green Political editor THE crisis that engulfed Northern Rock was compounded by unacceptable failings by the country's financial industry regulator, it yesterday admitted. Hector Sants, chief executive of the Financial Services...
We Have Been Left in Lurch - Innes; Gretna Forced to Release Staff
Byline: Lisa Gray NINE former Gretna players face a race against time to find new clubs after the Scottish Premier League club's administrators axed them all on a devastating day for the side. Gretna have been left with a shell of a squad after...
We've Been Let Down, Say Shareholders
A SHAREHOLDER group yesterday claimed Northern Rock suffered because of "contributory negligence" by regulators amid calls for an inquiry into the bank's former bosses. Robin Ashby, from the Northern Rock small shareholders group, said the Financial...
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