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 October 10, 2008

28% Profits Fall Leads to Builder Issuing Warning
Byline: Karen Dent BUILDER Tolent has issued a profits warning, less than two months after its interim results revealed a 28% fall in its first-half profits. The Gateshead business said there had been further delays in start dates for new contracts...
2 DAY IN 2 MINUTES: Home and Abroad
Police warning A POLICE chief warned yesterday against handing control of forces to local mayors. Julie Spence, Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire, said police had to be free to investigate without fear of political interference: "The police service...
Angling: Maw Leads Raid on the Estuaries; SEA
Byline: ALAN CHARLTON THE estuaries have been giving anglers a lot of sport with good catches of codling and flounders, with the Wear giving the best catches. Steve Maw, fishing the Rat House Corner, took a nice cod of 8lb 3oz. Roker pier...
Angling: Quality Fish Can Be Caught in Tees; COARSE
Byline: DAVID HALL SOME great weights in important matches on both the Tees and Wear prove the quality of fishing available to the region's coarse anglers at present - while stillwaters such as Whittle Dene and the Big Waters at Seaton Burn have...
Ashley May Have to Stay with United; Sale of Club Far from a Certainty
Byline: Luke Edwards NEWCASTLE United fans have been warned it is far from certain Mike Ashley will be able to find a buyer for the club in the current economic climate, despite initial interest from several overseas consortia. While the news...
A Taste of Success; Northumberland Is at Last Emerging from the Culinary Shadows with the Good Food Guide for the First Time Putting the County - and Especially the Tyne Valley - on Their Gastronomic Map. FOOD MATTERS THE GOOD FOOD GUIDE
Byline: Jane Hall reports. REMEMBER the good, bad old days when steak houses were at the forefront of British food? The wine may have been rank, the meat bad and the vegetables vile, but for a generation of restaurant-goers such places with their...
Back Astarador to Hit New Heights; in Association with Pagebet
Byline: Saraband A STARADOR can serve notice of his potential over fences in the CBS Outdoor Novices' Chase at Carlisle today. Having won his first two starts over hurdles in 2006, County Durham trainer Howard Johnson then let him take his chance...
Baker Greggs Warns over Profits
Byline: Christopher Knox BAKER Greggs has issued a profit warning and delayed its growth plans after sales were hit by the summer washout and increased ingredients prices. The Newcastle company, with 1,399 shops nationwide, had been due to report...
Basketball: 'Quadruple Is Possibility for Eagles Again' Legend Walker Hails New Squad as Strongest Yet
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS NEWCASTLE Eagles have an excellent chance to match their sensational quadruple success this season according to the man who helped guide them to that remarkable achievement two years ago, T J Walker, writes LUKE EDWARDS. ...
Being Different Has Paid off for Restaurateur; in Association with AIB
WHEN he arrived in England from his native Bangladesh, Daraz Aziz could not put together a sentence in English. Now he speaks with unfaltering confidence, and that confidence is a quality that has helped him become the successful restaurateur he is...
Big Bonuses Era Is Now Finished; ECONOMIC CRISIS Brown Calls for Risk Takers to Be Punished
Byline: Gavin Cordon GORDON Brown declared yesterday that the era of big City bonuses was over as he called for bankers who took irresponsible risks to be "punished". Following Wednesday's historic pounds 500bn bail-out plan, the Prime Minister...
Blaydon Boss Gets Ruthless; 'Some of Our Players Haven't Stepped Up Yet' - Gandy
Byline: Mark Douglas BLAYDON chairman of rugby Nick Gandy has promised to ring the changes for his side's meeting with struggling Mount's Bay after running out of patience with some of his under-performing players. Gandy's side were careless...
Building for a Healthier Future; in Association with DOVE Construction
A BUILDING firm is laying the foundations for a healthier workforce after bringing in experts to promote fitness issues among its male workers. Newcastle firm Rok has enlisted the help of experts at Bannatyne's Health Club in Chester-le-Street to...
Busy BAM Beat Crunch with Boom in Business; in Association with DOVE Construction
Byline: Christopher Knox AEUROPEAN construction company is planning to build up its reputation in the North East's education sector. HBG Construction, which is part of Dutch construction and engineering giant Royal BAM group, has also changed...
Celebrating Success; ASIAN BUSINESS FORUM in Association with AIB
ALLIED Irish Bank (GB) will once again be the headline sponsor of the Asian Business Forum's annual dinner this year, the premier event of one of the region's most active business communities. Taking place on Friday, October 24, at the Hilton Newcastle...
Cider Boss Quits Last Chance Saloon
THE boss of Magners cider maker C&C has said he was to stand down after failing to turn the business around. Maurice Pratt, chief executive for seven years, said his revival plans "had not met the expectations he had set for the business" in...
Colleague May Have Activated Fatal Belt
AN ENGINEER was crushed to death by machinery at a Gateshead factory after it started up unexpectedly and he fell into its path, an inquest heard. Jens Hinrichs, 36, of Ridsdale, near Hexham, suffered multiple injuries including a fractured skull...
Cricket: Paul Hits Back at Warne's Boasting
PAUL Collingwood has shrugged off Shane Warne's prediction of an Australia whitewash in next summer's Ashes and insists the tourists could be in for a shock. The Durham all-rounder briefly helped England win back the Ashes in 2005, coming into the...
Culture: Approaching Storm Is Metaphor for Turmoil
ROMANCE NIGHTS IN RODANTHE (1hr 37mins) Certificate: PG Starring: Diane Lane, Richard Gere Director: George C Wolfe Star rating: *** TWO lost souls are gifted a second chance at love in this slushy romance adapted from Nicholas Sparks's...
Culture: From Nashville for Film Job; A Big Name on the American Film Festival Circuit Aims to Take Tyneside's Festival to the Next Level, as David Whetstone Reports
Byline: David Whetstone THE route to top jobs in the film industry has traditionally taken people from the North East to the United States - but American Brian Gordon is excited to be travelling the other way. The former artistic director of...
Detective Enjoyed a Weekend of Luxury; Court Told of Escort Girls
Byline: Chris Robinson A DRUG dealer spent a lavish weekend drinking in exclusive bars in London's West End with a police detective before hiring escorts, a court heard. Chauffeur Niyazi Hassan told a jury that he had picked up two men from an...
Dining: Fish Dish from a Historic Hostelry
CONTINUING our series of weekly recipes taken from the newly-published A Taste of Cumbria cookbook, the fourth volume of the 'Taste of' series from The Journal's sister publication, Exclusive magazine, we head to The Pheasant at Bassenthwaite. Game...
Dining: Whatever Your Mood This Is the Right Place; FAMILY MEAL
Byline: KATHARINE CAPOCCI Table Table, The Stonebrook, Whitley Road, Holystone, Tyne and Wear, NE27 0DA. AN invitation to try out a family meal at the new Table Table chain of restaurants/pubs, part of the Whitbread group, and I must confess...
Diverse Law Firm Held in High Esteem by Clients; in Association with AIB
SINTONS has always had a reputation for the highest quality legal work, with a clear focus on value for money and a very personal touch - an enviable combination. At its modern offices - The Cube in Barrack Road, Newcastle - where the firm has been...
Doctors 'Tried Mass Murder' Pair 'Wanted to Bomb Country into Fear'
Byline: Chris Greenwood TWO doctors plotted "indiscriminate and wholesale" murder in a wave of car bomb attacks across Britain, a court heard. Iraqi Bilal Abdulla, 28, and Jordanian Mohammed Asha, 29, travelled to Britain to further their careers...
Experts in Talks to Create Pounds 125m Fund; ECONOMIC CRISIS
THE region's top financial experts are in talks to create a pounds 125m European investment fund which would see cash made available to small North East businesses struggling to find bank support. The European Investment Bank has been asked by regeneration...
Eye Specialist Joins Veterinary Group; in Association with Sector1.net and Fish4
OWNERS of a North East vets group have taken on their old boss to help them focus on the future. Croft Vets based in Blyth, Ashington, Gosforth in Newcastle, Monkseaton, Walkerville in Newcastle, Cramlington and North Shields is continuing to expand....
Firms Fined Pounds 1.2m over Worker's Death; North Man Killed on Oil Support Vessel
Byline: Paul James Chief Reporter FINES of pounds 1.2m were handed out yesterday to two companies over an accident on board a North Sea support vessel which killed one oil worker and injured another. Matthew Grey, a pipefitter from Darlington,...
Football: Criticism Triggered Rooney's Best Form; Flak Was Fair, Admits Revitalised Star
WAYNE Rooney has admitted some of the criticism of his early-season performances has been fair. The England striker is in fine form ahead of tomorrow's World Cup clash with Kazakhstan. Rooney has scored in his last three games for Manchester...
Football: Don't Let Dream Die, Says Pearce
Byline: MIKE McGRATH STUART Pearce hopes his England Under-21 dream does not end against Wales this week - but he expects his job to be reviewed if his youngsters fail to make it through their European Championship qualifying play-off, writes MIKE...
Football: HULL'S AMAZING START IS GOOD FOR GAME, INSISTS KEANE
Byline: STUART RAYNER ROY Keane believes Hull City's unexpected start to the new Premier League season is "good for football", writes STUART RAYNER. Sunderland's manager has told the Tigers there is no reason why they should not be aiming to...
Golf: OLAZABAL'S COMEBACK IS ON TRACK
Byline: SARAH GWYNN IT may have been three months since Jose Maria Olazabal played a competitive round of golf, but he showed no signs of losing his touch as an opening-round one-under-par 70 at the Madrid Masters left him three shots off the lead,...
Groups Share Pounds 2m in Grants; Culture Is Big Winner of Rock Charity Cash
Byline: Paul James Chief Reporter MORE than pounds 2m in grants was announced yesterday by the Northern Rock Foundation, including a major boost to North East culture. Arts organisations across the region were among the major beneficiaries of...
Icelandic Collapse May Hit Services; ECONOMIC CRISIS North Councils' Investments Are at Risk
Byline: William Green Political Editor THE North East faces cuts in public services or higher taxes after councils and Northumbria Police invested more than pounds 43m in crumbling Icelandic banks. And councils may have to sell assets to pay...
Images That Spotlight the Birth of a Legend on Tyne; Tony Henderson Marks the 80th Anniversary of Tyneside's Most Potent Landmark
Byline: Tony Henderson EXACTLY 80 years ago today the Ascot landau carriage of King George V and Queen Mary was the first vehicle to cross the Tyne Bridge. The royal couple had just opened a bridge which would become a worldwide symbol of Newcastle...
I Need Time to Decide, Says Francis
Byline: Mark Douglas GERRY Francis is keen to take on a part-time coaching role at Newcastle United, but he wants to meet Joe Kinnear before making a firm decision on whether to join the club's backroom staff. The pair will talk over Kinnear's...
Insurer Wins by Insuring Itself
INSURANCE group Aviva led a rally in the sector yesterday after it gave assurances over its capital strength amid the stock market turmoil. The Norwich Union owner said it had protected itself against recent share price declines, which have the...
Letter: VOICE OF THE NORTH - There Are Lessons for Democracy in This Decision on Opencast Mining
Byline: JACK THOMPSON THE treatment of communities in the North East of England, and Ashington in particular, demonstrates the decline of local democracy. The announcement of the acceptance of the opencast coal mining application at Potland Burn,...
Look at the Ugly Duckling Now; WINE
Byline: HELEN SAVAGE ARGENTINA'S wine industry is old and enjoys a richer inheritance of grape varieties than any of its non-European competitors. The first European settlers found no native South American vines species suitable for wine grapes...
MAKING A MEAL OF SUCCESS; the Journal Taste North East England
TWO North East restaurants have been voted among the top 100 places to eat in Britain. Seaham Hall's Michelin-starred White Room in County Durham and Terry Laybourne's Cafe 21 in Newcastle have come in at number 27 and 60 respectively in the influential...
Man Cleared of Bank Robbery May Appeal; Central Pillar of Charge Was Chance: Judge
Byline: Michael McHugh THE man cleared yesterday of one of Britain's largest bank robberies may launch legal action after branding his failed prosecution a farce. Police and prosecutors were accused of overseeing a fiasco after Chris Ward, 26,...
Mincoffs Supports Growing Businesses; in Association with AIB
WHILE many of the region's business leaders struggle to come to terms with the gloomy landscape after the credit crunch, it appears many in the Asian community are ignoring harbingers of doom as Asian business continues to expand in the North East....
Much-Needed City Gains Are Wiped out by Fresh Fears
FRESH fears for the global economy and more banking uncertainty wiped out some much-needed gains for the London market yesterday. Under-pressure banks HBOS and Royal Bank of Scotland closed 31% and 5% higher in the wake of the Government bail-out...
New Season Is Chance for Switch in Emphasis
Byline: NICHOLAS CRAIG IN two weeks' time the clocks go back, presaging winter, dark days and a whirl of seasonal celebrations. This year, however, in keeping with the 'tighten our belts' mentality it could be that Hallowe'en, Bonfire Night,...
Olympic Medallist Throws His Weight Behind London Games
PARALYMPIAN Stephen Miller yesterday went back to school to welcome one of the London 2012 board members to the North East. The gold medallist, who went to the Percy Hedley School until the age of nine, was at its Academy for Disability Sports to...
Pet Dog Died after Swallowing Drugs; Fatal Dose Found near Playground
Byline: Dave Black A FAMILY'S pet dog died from a drugs overdose after ingesting a quantity of amphetamine while out for a walk with her owner in a Northumberland village. Mitzi - a 20-month-old Staffordshire bull terrier - was killed by a massive...
Platini Given Backing
Byline: JIM VAN WIJK ASIAN Football Confederation president Mohamed bin Hammam feels Uefa chief Michel Platini has "some ground" for concern over the influx of foreign owners into the Premier League, writes JIM VAN WIJK. The Abu Dhabi United...
Potential New Way to Help Foil Crop Pests; Farming
Byline: Sam Wood SCIENTISTS at Lancaster University claim to have discovered a potential new way of protecting crops from pests without spraying. Their research shows that dipping seeds in Jasmonic acid makes plants more resilient to pests without...
Pounds 3m Proposal for Music and Dance Centre; Building to Realise Youth Potential
Byline: Dave Black A FLAGSHIP pounds 3m youth centre could be built in Northumberland to help hundreds of young people make the most of their potential through the mediums of music and performing art. A bid is being prepared for around pounds...
Prosecution Refused to Act on Argument Death
NO action will be taken against a neighbour alleged to have pushed a woman to her death in a parking row. An inquest on Wendy Doyle, 61, who died after an argument outside her home on July 7 last year, heard Durham Police wanted to charge neighbour...
Pubs Boss Steps Down in Wake of Huge Losses
Byline: Graeme King THE boss of leisure group Premium Bars and Restaurants (PBR) has resigned, saying the industry is experiencing the worst market conditions seen in 50 years. Mark Jones, chairman of PBR - formerly Ultimate Leisure - revealed...
Quinn's Pledge on Black Cats Future
Byline: Stuart Rayner NIALL Quinn has told Sunderland fans he wants to get out of the club before they and the media turn on him, but the Irishman is hoping that day is still years away. The Black Cats chairman is negotiating with manager Roy...
Rapist Sent to Jail after 18 Years; Conviction Follows DNA Advances
Byline: Chris Robinson A RAPIST has been convicted after almost two decades on the loose. William Bates must serve nine and half years for the "horrendous" attack on the woman in Sunderland 18 years ago. Last night, police re-investigating the...
Real Food, Real Value
AT A time when it seems prices are rising at an almost daily rate, it is refreshing to find at least one local retailer is doing all it can to help its customers soften the blow of their weekly shop. The Blagdon Farm Shop, six miles north of Newcastle...
Rugby Union: Johnson Backs New Selection System
MARTIN Johnson has thrown his weight behind England's autumn Test selection system, declaring: "We are backing the guys we've picked". With the current exception of injured World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson, Johnson's team to face the Pacific Islands...
Search That Missed Body 'Lacked Sense' Family Glad Police Method Now Changed
Byline: Dan Warburton A CORONER yesterday said a police operation "lacked common sense" after a nine-day search failed to find a pensioner who died yards from home. Beatrice Johnson, 82, of St Clement's Court near Kingston Park Road, Fawdon,...
The Statistic That Will Never Go Away; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE in Association with DOVE Construction
Byline: ALISON THAIN WITH more than 20,000 people on housing waiting lists in the Tees Valley alone, we know one thing for sure about the current market: It must rectify itself. We have found ourselves in an unusual situation where demand is...
The Suckers Are in Need of Help Too; TOON AND COUNTRY
Byline: DAVID BANKS THE darker, more doomladen the horizon becomes, the broader the grin that spreads across the face of our Master and Commander. Like Lear, misunderstood and maddened by misfortune, King Gordon might well implore: "Blow, winds,...
The Truth about Lager; BEER
Byline: ALASTAIR GILMOUR COLD and tasteless with the fizz and glare of Lucozade? An aroma-packed joy with hundreds of variations in flavour and appearance? Lager will divide beer drinkers forever and further cement the wedge between people who are...
Train Worker Is on the Fast Track to Television Stardom
STAFF at a North East train station last night urged X-Factor fans to back a North East girlband's bid for stardom. Sam Bennett, 21, forms one quarter of girl group Bad Lashes who made it through to the live final of ITV's The X Factor on Saturday....
Traveller Impulse Buys Lift WH Smith
Byline: Iain Laing ASTRONG performance at its motorway, airport and station stores has helped WH Smith to a 15% rise in underlying full-year profits. The group posted a surplus of pounds 76m for the year to August 31, marginally better than expected...
Truant's Mum Fails to Attend Court Case
A MOTHER who could face jail for allowing her son to stay off school failed to attend court for the ninth time yesterday. Education officials from Durham County Council applied for a warrant for the arrest of Linda Davison, 41, of Congburn View,...
Union Will Decide If Leader Is to Stay
THE joint leader of the country's biggest trade union is to face an election to keep his job after a legal challenge from one of his own members. The Unite executive decided to call an election in its Amicus section and postponed full integration...
United Exit for Jimenez, Never Really the Mr Fix-It; Confused Role Was Not Clearly Defined Tony Jimenez Was One of the Most Important Men at Mike Ashley's Newcastle United but He Leaves Behind a Controversial Legacy
Byline: Mark Douglas reports FROM middle man to yesterday's man. The departure of Tony Jimenez, the so-called footballing 'Mr Fix-It' handed control of Newcastle United's player recruitment, is unlikely to be deeply lamented by supporters who viewed...
Voice of the Asian Business Community; in Association with AIB Chairman Sunil Khanna Explains Exactly What the Asian Business Forum Is All About
Byline: Sunil Khanna THE Asian Business Forum North East (ABF) aims to be the voice for the Asian business community. We encourage networking within the region to identify business opportunities and to facilitate their implementation. Now in...
When One Man Goes to Mow, He Never Stops
Byline: BOB CUFFE SO, that was summer then. Is it any wonder we're miserable? A wet, miserable summer ending at the same time as the football season. We've just got to see out the remaining 30 odd games. Summer used to be a time of summer. Not...
Wilson Spells It out to Kyle; You've Got to Make Me Keep You, Warns Pool Boss
Byline: STUART RAYNER KEVIN Kyle says he wants Danny Wilson to keep him at Hartlepool United until 2009 but the League One club's manager has a simple message for him - 'Make me', writes STUART RAYNER. The former Sunderland striker is set for...
With Parents like This, Who Can Blame Kids? FOOD
Byline: BILL OLDFIELD IWAS in a restaurant the other day with some colleagues, far away in a foreign land, where, at the next table, two young children were kicking up a fuss, making a noise and generally ruining things for the rest of us. Who...
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