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 May 28, 2003

Accounts for Chain Reaction
There's a chain reaction among the accountants as marks of office change hands around the professional bodies. Cumbria business adviser Stephen Hollins-Gibson is now president of the Northern Society of Chartered Accountants (NSCA). Mr Hollins-Gibson,...
Alvis Vickers Lead Bid
Byline: By Graeme King Defence contractor Alvis Vickers in Newcastle is understood to be front-runner to win the main contract for the Army's pounds 1.5bn `Fres' programme. The Future Rapid Effects System is currently the Army's biggest single...
Alvis Vickers Leads in Armoured Vehicles Bid
Byline: By Graeme King Defence contractor Alvis Vickers in Newcastle is understood to be front-runner to win the main contract for the Army's pounds 1.5bn `Fres' programme. The Future Rapid Effects System is currently the Army's biggest single...
Architecture Firm Keeps Moving with Big Revamp
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby A well-known name in North-East architecture has restructured its business as it continues to develop at home and abroad. Mackellar Schwerdt Partnership and Mackellar Transport have merged to form Mackellar Architecture...
A Successful Phenomenon Which Is Still Succeeding
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby The MetroCentre created an international image from day one as something quite different and certainly never seen before on such a scale in Britain. It was huge, could park cars by the thousand, combined leisure with...
A Touch of History on the Menu Is Fair Exchange
A new restaurant has started the next chapter in the history of a North-East landmark and created 12 jobs. Exchange 1856 is the latest inhabitant of the Saville Exchange in North Shields, a building steeped in local history. The 150-year-old,...
Betting on the Gambler
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Whenever there is a claiming race in the North, Paul Johnson is regularly seen in the thick of the action. It's not a case of having a runner in the race, he may have his eye on another horse he thinks could fit the bill...
Brian Tora Column
Byline: By Brian Tora The fat cat furore is too good to miss this week. The facts that we know are that shareholders in GlaxoSmithKline have voted against the compensation package that would have been paid to JP Garnier, the chief executive, in...
Business Won't Forgive E Stall
British business would be unforgiving if Prime Minister Tony Blair failed to push for early membership of the euro, a leading industrialist warned yesterday. Niall FitzGerald, chairman of Unilever and a board member of the pro-single currency Britain...
Cancer Pill on NHS
Byline: By John Von Radowitz A "smart" pill for advanced breast and bowel cancer, which has fewer side-effects than conventional chemotherapy, will soon be made available to NHS patients, it was revealed today. The National Institute for Clinical...
Cash Fails to Keep Pupils in Schools
Byline: By Neal Smith Education Correspondent Truancy has been cut by only a 10th of a per cent in the North, despite the Government having spent millions fighting it. Nationally, pounds 670m has been spent since 1997 on initiatives to cut truancy,...
Cheltenham & Gloucester Trophy Fourth Round Preview
Worcestershire v yorkshire worcestershire are waiting on the fitness of South Africa pace bowler Nantie Hayward for the clash against holders Yorkshire at New Road. Hayward missed the National League win against Kent on Sunday due to ankle inflammation....
Close Call, but Texel Ewe Is Declared the Champion
Byline: By Anna Lognonne The overall championship at the Northumberland County Show could not have been closer in the sheep section, which was making a welcome return after foot-and-mouth. It was a tie-break between Ronnie and Malcolm Sym's Texel...
Code to Plug Abuses
Energy suppliers have launched a new code of practice after claims that the industry is failing to punish door-to-door salesmen who con customers and forge signatures to secure contracts. The regulations, designed to tackle energy mis-selling, were...
Cox Buys Llewellyn Less Than a Year after MBO
Byline: By Guy Anderson Cox Plant - the tool hire company with a presence in Newcastle - has announced a major acquisition less than 12 months after a management buyout. The Wolverhampton-based group bought rival Llewellyn Plant from ROK Property...
Discover Dick's Divine Art Deco
Byline: By Hilary Clixby It's one of Tyneside's hidden architectural treasures - yet many don't even know it's there. But moves are underway to raise the profile of a Newcastle church whose national architectural importance was underlined a few...
Doing Their Bit for Environment
Byline: By Ben Bowley Terms like sustainability, energy-efficiency and recycling are all the rage and therefore devalued by their use as bolt-on descriptions to many modern architectural developments. Buildings are responsible for a lot of the...
Emperor Ross Is Back at the Top
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Greystoke trainer Nicky Richards is plotting a recovery mission for Emperor Ross after he won his first race over smaller obstacles in the Junior Great North Run Novices' Handicap Hurdle at Hexham last night. Richards'...
Eriksson Sweating It out over Ferdinand
Byline: By Mark Bradley Rio Ferdinand will return to Old Trafford for treatment on his knee injury later this week before a decision is taken on whether he will miss England's Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia. The Football Association are...
Euro-Vision: Long Contest
Byline: By Paul Linford Political Editor The row over the new European "constitution" hotted up last night after a senior minister claimed that next year's Euro-elections could become a referendum on the issue. Britain last night vowed to oppose...
Euro-Vision: Long Contest
The row over the new European "constitution" hotted up last night after a senior minister claimed that next year's Euro-elections could become a referendum on the issue. Britain last night vowed to oppose new plans for EU-wide employment rights...
Family Tale with Injection of Black Humour
Byline: By Sam Wonfor Smack Family Robinson at Live Theatre, Newcastle, until June 14 The dark interior of Live Theatre is well matched by the mood of this new "family" comedy from Richard Bean - strictly inappropriate for those under 16. ...
Firm Keeps Moving with Revamp
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby A well-known name in North-East architecture has restructured its business as it continues to develop at home and abroad. Mackellar Schwerdt Partnership and Mackellar Transport have merged to form Mackellar Architecture...
Flexible Hours `a Cure for Sickies'
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield We've all done it, haven't we? Felt rough after a heavy night out, or simply needed to get something else done and known your boss wouldn't let you out of work. But according to a new survey, employers could avoid...
Flexible Hours 'A Cure for Sickies'
We've all done it, haven't we? Felt rough after a heavy night out, or simply needed to get something else done and known your boss wouldn't let you out of work. But according to a new survey, employers could avoid many "sickies" just by being a...
Friendly Ferguson in Gesture to Juve
Byline: By Luke Edwards Sir Alex Ferguson extended the hand of friendship to old friend Marcello Lippi ahead of tonight's Old Trafford Champions League showdown with AC Milan. Ferguson allowed Lippi's Juventus side to train at Manchester United's...
Geldof's Plea for Ethiopia
Byline: By Anita Jeffrey Bob Geldof, who spearheaded the Live Aid concert 18 years ago to raise funds to combat a famine in Ethiopia, blasted the EU yesterday for failing to act to prevent another one in the impoverished nation. On his first...
Gent Rings off on a High for Vodafone
Retiring Vodafone boss Sir Christopher Gent yesterday looked set to leave the group on a high note, after strong growth in his final year in charge. Underlying profits, which strip out accounting charges, rose 36pc to pounds 8.43bn, while turnover...
Grow-Fast Chickens Back in the Shops
One in five poultry producers who abandoned the use of antibiotic growth promoters to make chickens grow faster are using them again, it was revealed yesterday. Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett has asked officials to examine the legality of...
Heralds Trumpet the New Elizabethans
Byline: By Will Mapplebeck Charles Wilson was just a teenager when he was given the biggest assignment of his life. Charles, from Blyth, Northumberland, was a craftsman in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and had been given the job...
High Noon's Joy at England Tour Call
Byline: By Luke Edwards Newcastle Falcons centre Jamie Noon was last night preparing for the toughest test of his career after being named in the senior England squad to tour Australia and New Zealand. The 24-year-old was selected by England...
Important Issue of Responsibility
Byline: By Brian Nicholls It isn't just disasters like the Zeebrugge ferry or King's Cross Underground that could figure in future in cases alleging corporate manslaughter. Globally, 34pc of cancer deaths, 25pc of accidental deaths, 21pc of respiratory...
It's Important to Keep a Level Heads of Terms
Byline: By Richard Freeman "I'm only leasing it - not buying it" wail many prospective tenants, faced with lengthy negotiations of a weighty lease. Heads of terms are key to the deal. They do not form legally binding contracts, but set out the...
Let's Thank Thin Felines Who Handle the World Economy
Byline: By Brian Tora The fat cat furore is too good to miss this week. The facts that we know are that shareholders in GlaxoSmithKline have voted against the compensation package that would have been paid to JP Garnier, the chief executive, in...
Lifeline Hope for Rural Post Offices
Byline: By Robert Brooks A pounds 16m package to protect threatened rural post offices in the North has been given the go-ahead. The cash, part of a pounds 450m nationwide investment, will be spent over the next three years to maintain subpostmasters'...
Linden Hall New Boys Get off to Sound Start
Byline: By Howard Walker The owner of Linden Hall Hotel near Morpeth has bucked the trend in the sector by unveiling an underlying 1pc growth in sales. Macdonald Hotels, which bought Linden Hall for pounds 5.25m last December, said its strong...
Love-Tug `Esti' Left in Blissful Ignorance
Byline: By Rachel Williams The four-year-old girl who was missing for six weeks after she was taken abroad by her father is oblivious to the hunt her disappearance sparked, a neighbour said yesterday. Estelle Clayton, known as "Esti", went missing...
Love-Tug 'Esti' Left in Blissful Ignorance
Byline: By Rachel Williams The four-year-old girl who was missing for six weeks after she was taken abroad by her father is oblivious to the hunt her disappearance sparked, a neighbour said yesterday. Estelle Clayton, known as "Esti", went missing...
Noon's Joy at England Call
Byline: By Luke Edwards Newcastle Falcons centre Jamie Noon was last night preparing for the toughest test of his career after being named in the senior England squad to tour Australia and New Zealand. The 24-year-old was selected by England...
Officially, It's the Town Centre
Byline: By Bill Lynn Of Storey, Sons And Parker One of the greatest anomalies surrounding the MetroCentre is that despite its size as one of Europe's largest covered shopping centres, it is classed as part of Gateshead and relates to Gateshead town...
On-Song Henman Back Up to Speed
Byline: By Frank Malley The service gun caused something of a stir at Roland Garros yesterday when it recorded the speed of one of Tim Henman's serves at 583mph. It was, of course, faulty, but Henman still came back with of a bang from his nine-month...
Putting the Bite on Nasty Wee Beasties
The reign of the midge over summer visitors to Scotland may be drawing to an end, it was claimed yesterday. The Midgeater, a device designed to combat the biting summer pest, was given a launch on the banks of Loch Lomond, an area popular with tourists...
Questions and Answers on the State of Europe - a Very British Controversy
Byline: By Paul Linford Why have plans for a new European Constitution proved so bitterly controversial? Political Editor Paul Linford explains the background. Why is the European Union planning to adopt a new constitution in the first place?...
Road Closure Is Breaking the Law
Byline: By Alison Laggan Residents have been left fuming after highway chiefs closed a slip-way to the North's busiest road without warning - and without legal authority. The Highways Agency has admitted it did not get the proper permission to...
Scarlet Woman Is All Mumsy
Byline: By Jane Hall After a two-year break from acting, Samantha Janus is finding being back in the spotlight a little tricky. Outwardly, she is totally unchanged and just as glamorous as ever. But Samantha, who won cult "babe" status in the...
Scotland 1, New Zealand 1
Scotland manager Berti Vogts has insisted his adopted nation can still beat Germany next month - despite being held to a draw by a side that had not played for eight months. The 1-1 draw with New Zealand at Tynecastle last night represented the...
Section 106 and Its Requirements
Byline: By Robin Atkin Section 106 agreements are frequently required by councils before they are willing to grant consent for a development. There has been a proliferation of these in recent years and their implications can be severe. Planning...
Spotting Local Talent
Byline: By David Whetstone Full houses and great reviews are indications of a burgeoning theatre scene in the North-East - but embarking on a theatrical career here is not as easy as it should be. That's the view of Gillian Hambleton, artistic...
Spotting Local Talent - and Acting on It
Byline: By David Whetstone Full houses and great reviews are indications of a burgeoning theatre scene in the North-East - but embarking on a theatrical career here is not as easy as it should be. That's the view of Gillian Hambleton, artistic...
Still a Growing Attraction after All These Years
Byline: By David Furness Anchored by Debenhams, the CSC extension, which also boasts a new multi-storey car park, is attracting interest from the fashion sector, including retailers such as H&M, fcuk, Morgan and Zara (which will be opening its...
Still a Growing Attraction after All These Years
Byline: By Bill Lynn Of Storey, Sons And Parker Anchored by Debenhams, the CSC extension, which also boasts a new multi-storey car park, is attracting interest from the fashion sector, including retailers such as H&M, fcuk, Morgan and Zara (which...
Sven Sweating over Rio
Byline: By Mark Bradley Rio Ferdinand will return to Old Trafford for treatment on his knee injury later this week before a decision is taken on whether he will miss England's Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia. The Football Association are...
Talal's Regret at McCarthy Rejection
Byline: By Luke Edwards Sunderland reject Talal El Karkouri has voiced his regret after failing to win a permanent move to the Stadium of Light. The 26-year-old Moroccan international, who played nine games for the Black Cats on loan from Paris-Saint...
Talal's Regret at Rejection
Byline: By Luke Edwards Sunderland reject Talal El Karkouri has voiced his regret after failing to win a permanent move to the Stadium of Light. The 26-year-old Moroccan international, who played nine games for the Black Cats on loan from Paris-Saint...
Tennis: On-Song Henman Back Up to Speed
Byline: By Frank Malley The service gun caused something of a stir at Roland Garros yesterday when it recorded the speed of one of Tim Henman's serves at 583mph. It was, of course, faulty, but Henman still came back with of a bang from his nine-month...
Texel Ewe Declared Champion
Byline: By Anna Lognonne The overall championship at the Northumberland County Show could not have been closer in the sheep section, which was making a welcome return after foot-and-mouth. It was a tie-break between Ronnie and Malcolm Sym's Texel...
The Journal: Today's Voice of the North
We demand straight talk - We are used to this Government's attempts to distract and baffle us with spin, but over an issue of such overwhelming importance as Europe we deserve straight talking. There is no bigger political issue facing this country....
The Scarlet Woman Is All Mumsy Now
Byline: By Jane Hall After a two-year break from acting, Samantha Janus is finding being back in the spotlight a little tricky. Outwardly, she is totally unchanged and just as glamorous as ever. But Samantha, who won cult "babe" status in the TV...
Too Little - and Late
Byline: By Louella Houldcroft Investigative Reporter A public register of men who abuse their partners could have been set up 10 years ago - if the Government had listened to North-East experts on domestic violence. Home Office ministers are...
Too Little - and Late
A public register of men who abuse their partners could have been set up 10 years ago - if the Government had listened to North-East experts on domestic violence. Home Office ministers are considering setting up a national list - based on the Sex...
USA 2, Wales 0
Defiant Wales insist they are still on course for Euro 2004 qualification despite losing their record-breaking unbeaten run to the United States in a friendly. Boss Mark Hughes turned his attentions to next month's crucial Euro 2004 group nine qualifiers...
Vogts Positive despite Scots' Lacklustre Draw
Scotland manager Berti Vogts has insisted his adopted nation can still beat Germany next month - despite being held to a draw by a side that had not played for eight months. The 1-1 draw with New Zealand at Tynecastle last night represented the...
Wales Shrug off Defeat by the US
Defiant Wales insist they are still on course for Euro 2004 qualification despite losing their record-breaking unbeaten run to the United States in a friendly. Boss Mark Hughes turned his attentions to next month's crucial Euro 2004 group nine qualifiers...
Walk in the Park for Milan Coach
Ac Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti believes tonight's Champions League Final against Juventus will be like "a walk in the park" compared to the club's semi-final win over city rivals Inter. Ancelotti, while making it clear he expects a titanic tussle...
Wall Puts Region on Right Track for Tourism
Byline: By Howard Walker When Emperor Hadrian directed the building of a wall across the country, tourist-led economic regeneration was unlikely to have been high on his list of priorities. Keeping the fearsome Celts from marauding the northerly...
Warning Signs in Newcastle Homes Market
Byline: By Andrew Tucker With the lack of performance in the stock market and low interest rate levels, many have been ploughing their cash into property, and view the residential sector as the simplest way of making money. The latest Journal...
`We're Destitute - Neighbours Are Feeding Us'
Since we first highlighted the child tax credit fiasco last March, calls have been flooding into the office from readers struggling to get their allowances. Despite promises the problem would be resolved and people would have their money by the...
'We're Destitute - Neighbours Are Feeding Us'
Since we first highlighted the child tax credit fiasco last March, calls have been flooding into the office from readers struggling to get their allowances. Despite promises the problem would be resolved and people would have their money by the...
What Is the Safest Way Now?
Byline: By Eric Morgan The Journal reported last week that The Deputy Prime Minister, in his role as the ultimate decision maker on planning applications, had asked for more information before making a judgement on the Tesco application to build...
Wolves Circling Striker
Byline: By Luke Edwards Carl Cort's move from Newcastle United to Wolves is back on the cards after the Molineux club's promotion to the Premiership. But Wayne Quinn's hopes of a move back to his former club Sheffield United have been plunged...
Wolves Circling United Striker
Byline: By Luke Edwards Carl Cort's move from Newcastle United to Wolves is back on the cards after the Molineux club's promotion to the Premiership. But Wayne Quinn's hopes of a move back to his former club Sheffield United have been plunged...
You Can Fool Some of the People
It would seem that "crap" is a favourite word in the vocabulary of BBC Director General Greg Dyke (Journal Monday). I must confess "crap" was the word that came to mind as I read his patronising, cliched nonsense about his hopes of getting the BBC...
`You Can't Ban Our Cars from Towns'
Byline: By Liz Hands Rural families in the North have reacted angrily to an MP's demand that four-wheel drive vehicles should be banned from the school run and trips to the supermarket. Liberal Democrat environment spokesman Norman Baker said...
'You Can't Ban Our Cars from Towns'
Byline: By Liz Hands Rural families in the North have reacted angrily to an MP's demand that four-wheel drive vehicles should be banned from the school run and trips to the supermarket. Liberal Democrat environment spokesman Norman Baker said...
Young Guns Get Shot
Byline: By Luke Edwards Durham have handed first call-ups of the season to youngsters Phillip Mustard and Ian Pattison for today's Cheltenham and Gloucester Cup-tie against Lancashire at the Riverside. There is also a return from England duty...
Young Guns Get Shot in Cup-Tie
Byline: By Luke Edwards Durham have handed first call-ups of the season to youngsters Phillip Mustard and Ian Pattison for today's Cheltenham and Gloucester Cup-tie against Lancashire at the Riverside. There is also a return from England duty...
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