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 January 5, 2005

150 Jobs in Lifestore Newest Incarnation
Byline: By Graeme King About 150 jobs will be created at the new Ilva furniture store set for the M&S Lifestore site in Gateshead, the company's chief executive said yesterday. With the Lifestore set to close this Friday, Ilva's Martin Toogood...
Alan Hall Column
Byline: By Alan Hall We are all prone to take life for granted. We do this with our own health and we do it every day as drivers on busy roads. We rely on everyday things in our households such as the timer of our central heating system to fire...
Anger as Plane Makes a Detour
Byline: By Eleanor Gregson Angry plane passengers were forced to land hundreds of miles from their original destination due to foggy weather. The easyJet flight to Budapest from Newcastle Airport was diverted 350 miles to Prague at the last minute...
Beattie's Up for Cup in FA Switch
Everton have completed the signing of James Beattie and will play their pounds 6m record buy in the FA Cup on Saturday. The Merseysiders will be one of the first major benefactors of a new FA rule brought in for this transfer window ( abolishing...
Boost for City with More Quality Office Space on Way
Byline: By Jonathan Sykes Currently suffering from a lack of available new Grade A office space, Newcastle city centre will be given a boost in 2005 when work is completed on a number of speculative developments. St James' Gate, Trinity Gardens...
Brian Tora Column
Byline: By Brian Tora Having reflected upon the year just ended, now is surely the time to look forward. Certainly, the Sunday papers were full of predictions for what might arise in the months ahead. Overall the tone appeared fairly muted. While...
Business Diary
This is a free service. Send brief details to Guy Anderson, The Journal, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED. Tel: (0191) 201-6004; Fax: (0191) 201-6044, or email: guy.anderson@ncjmedia.co.uk. Entries by the Friday before publication. 19 ( Real Estate...
Business Forum Makes a Mark on Germany
A networking forum aimed at forging links between North-East companies and counterparts overseas is moving to Germany. InterTech's move into Europe is part of a wider link-up between the North-East and regions of Germany, Spain and Holland, to develop...
Caldwell: Fans Can Be Boost to Cats
Byline: By Luke Edwards Steve Caldwell has urged Sunderland's supporters to forget their frustration and help lift the team out of their worrying depression. Caldwell insisted he understood and respected the reaction to the 1-1 home draw with...
Car Makers Steeled against Rise in Costs
Byline: By Iain Laing Prices of new cars could rise due to increasing raw material costs, manufacturers warned yesterday. Leading car makers say they may be forced to increase prices in response to a 20pc hike in the contract cost of steel imposed...
Christmas Sales Fail to Sparkle for Woolworths
Woolworths became the first retailer to report a tough Christmas season yesterday after sales of toys and blockbuster DVDs failed to meet expectations. The high street giant described its performance as "disappointing" with like-for-like sales at...
Confidence Key to New Life for Katy
Byline: By Iain Laing January has traditionally been a time of reflection and a time to look forward to new opportunities in the year ahead. As the latest Durham Business School scholarship winner prepares for her first day in the classroom,...
Count Finds a Touch of Magic
Byline: By Luke Edwards Ted Hankey pulled off an epic comeback victory over Norwegian Robert Wagner to advance to the quarter-finals of the Lakeside World Championship last night. Former champion Hankey could not bear to watch as he went down...
Danger as Fireball Cars Career into Gardens
Teenage yobs are using stolen and dumped cars as rolling "firebombs" ( despite efforts to protect allotments in Newcastle. Arsonists are setting fire to cars and launching them down a hill into the Schoolhouse allotments in Jesmond Vale, Newcastle....
Deaths of 4 Patients Probed by Police
Byline: By Paul James Police were last night preparing to exhume the bodies of three former patients of a North-East doctor who is charged with murder. Former County Durham GP Howard Martin, 70, is facing crown court trial for the alleged murder...
Dewhirst Frayed Still Further by Pounds 22m Deal
Byline: By Greme King One of the last surviving pieces of the Dewhirst clothing empire in the North-East was sold yesterday in a pounds 22.5m deal. Dewhirst Corporate Clothing, which employs 180 staff in Peterlee, has been sold to Merseyside-based...
Don't Waste Your SFP ( Warning
Byline: By Anna Lognonne The National Beef Association has kicked off the New Year by listing 10 reasons why farmers should not waste their new Single Farm Payment. In doing so, it has rekindled debate with slaughterers and other downstream interests...
Downturn in Building of New Homes Is a Millstone around the Region's Neck
Byline: By Brian Ham Brian Ham, director, Metnor Property Group, has worked across the public and private sectors ( with director-level roles at One NorthEast and Newcastle City Council ( in planning and strategic development. Here he challenges...
Drogba Wraps It Up Early as Boro Crumble
Byline: By Jack Pickering Two goals in three minutes from Didier Drogba extended Middlesbrough's festive depression at Stamford Bridge. The Ivory Coast striker condemned Boro to their third defeat in four games, with the game virtually over before...
Educational Case for Major Change Has Not Been Made
Having sat through various council meetings associated with the Putting the Learner First (PLF) and ploughed my way through the various versions and annexes associated with the County Plan, I am dismayed at what now appears to be unfolding. Northumberland...
Effie in the Sea before Disaster
A North-East pensioner told yesterday how she escaped the South East Asian earthquake disaster by leaving the coast just minutes before the tsunami struck. Globetrotting Effie Silburn, 75, was on a two-week tour of Thailand when the devastating...
Expansion All the Fashion for New Look
Fashion retailer New Look yesterday unveiled plans to expand its MetroCentre store as it highlighted "strong progress" in its transformation ( eight months after a pounds 700m takeover. New Look, which was taken private in a deal involving founder...
Extra Day off but You Just Can't Find the Staff!
The decorations are down, the turkey is almost finished and we're down to the last few mince pies. The festive season is over for another year, yet it would appear that many in the business world want it to go on longer. A new survey from business...
Family's Role in Relief Efforts
Byline: By Liz Hands When the Clark family moved from Newcastle to Thailand a year ago, they launched an aerial photography business, taking pictures of luxury hotels for holiday brochures. Little did they know then that their firm would be sucked...
Family Tree: Ward Hadaway
In our regular look at the senior structure of North-East companies, we feature law firm Ward Hadaway. Founded in 1988, the full service commercial law firm employs 320 people and is on target for a turnover of pounds 20m. Based on the Quayside in...
Father and Son Team Is Reunited at Saints
Byline: By Simon Stone Jamie Redknapp has turned down the chance of winning a coaching job at Tottenham to be reunited with dad Harry at Southampton. Redknapp junior completed a short-term move yesterday, signing a six-month deal with the Barclays...
Fulham Boss Hunts for Men to Plug the Gaps
Byline: By Duncan Bech An experienced defender is the focus of Chris Coleman's January recruitment drive as the Fulham boss bids to steer his side away from the Barclays Premiership relegation zone. Last season the Cottagers shot into European...
Fury after Late Goal Sinks Pompey
Pompey angrily queried the amount of added time which allowed Leon Osman's late winner to get Everton back on track for a Champions League berth. Osman spun in the box and hooked the winner high into the net, ending Portsmouth's unbeaten away record...
Ghost of Hereford Haunts Malcolm
Byline: By Paul Gilder The third round of the FA Cup will pit Newcastle against non-league opposition once again. In the build up to United's trip to meet little-known Yeading, Paul Gilder met a St James's Park legend who no longer relishes this...
Goal-Line Fiasco Sparks Plea for `TV Referee'
Incredulous Tottenham boss Martin Jol felt `robbed' last night by the decision which cost his side their first Old Trafford win for 16 years. Assistant referee Rob Lewis inexplicably ruled that Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll had not dropped...
Groom Almost Blinded at His Wedding
Byline: By Rhodri Phillips It should have been the happiest day of his life as he watched his beautiful bride walk down the aisle. But Trevor McDonald's big day turned into a nightmare when he was attacked by a guest at his own wedding reception....
Gunners Won't Give Up the Hunt for Title
Byline: By Mark Bradley Arsene Wenger insisted it would be "criminal" for Arsenal to give up on their title bid ( even after falling seven points behind runaway leaders Chelsea. Wenger admitted the Gunners' task is now more difficult than ever...
Home Truths
Byline: By Abbie Wightwick "If you'll take my advice you won't cook Christmas lunch again next year," a well-meaning friend implored me. She wasn't actually at my house for the meal so it wasn't that I'd poisoned her. And as far as I know...
HSE Regulations Are a Help to Architects
Byline: By Kevin Turnbull A common misconception within the property industry is that health and safety legislation can restrict design. However, Kevin Turnbull, director of Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall (JDDK), argues this doesn't have to be...
Huge Savings in Store's Final Week
Byline: By Amy Hunt When it opened last February, it was hailed as an innovation in furniture retail, but less than a year later, Marks & Spencer's flagship Lifestore is a nearly empty shell. In fact, so sparse were the shelves and so low...
In My View
Byline: By Lord Falconer New year is traditionally a day for fresh starts and promises of changes in behaviour. No matter how well-intentioned we are, we all know many of them won't last beyond the end of January. But this New Year's Day did...
Insurance Row Hits the Vipers
Byline: By Daniel Pimlott A players' union has questioned the insurance arrangements of a leading ice hockey team. The director of the Ice Hockey Players' Association, Jo Collins, claimed that Newcastle Vipers had been conducting business "by...
Investors' Appetite for Flotations Raises Pounds 2bn
Byline: By Iain Laing Stock market flotations staged a solid recovery last year, raising more than pounds 2bn as investor appetite for initial public offerings (IPOs) returned. Research from KPMG's Corporate Finance practice, shows the UK's main...
Magpies Need a Late Run ( Jenas
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Jermaine Jenas last night accepted Newcastle cannot afford anything less than a stirring finish to a hitherto lacklustre campaign after admitting previous standards have slipped. United's England international is still...
Major Changes in Laws Brought New Rules on Property Matters
Byline: By Richard Freeman-Wallace We were all getting in on the Acts last year. Major changes in property laws came into force such as the Disability Discrimination Act Part III, Landlord and Tenant Act 1954 Reforms, Control of Asbestos and...
Marching to Beat of the Same Drummer
Byline: By Tom Parnell In the last of The Journal's feature series finding the modern day equivalents of the symbols sung about in the Twelve Days of Christmas, Tom Parnell meets a drum group with a difference. For those fed up with Christmas...
Marts
Wigton December 28 HopesAuction Co. Ltd., Wigton, held their weekly sale of primestock on Tuesday when there was an entry of 150 prime cattle with 36 prime bulls and a small entry of prime lambs. Prime cattle The top price was a Limousin heifer...
Mentally Ill Man Admits Killing Two
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin A paranoid schizophrenic yesterday admitted killing two young men he grew up with within hours of each other. Sean Crone, 26, was warned he faced "custody for many years to come" for the killings of Ian Lawson and Simon...
Merger Vote in Historic Year
Byline: By Anthony Josephs As we look ahead to the coming year, one thing is clear: 2005 promises to be a very significant one for the accountancy profession. The year represents an important milestone, marking as it does the 125th anniversary...
Murray Increases His Stake in Club
Byline: By Guy Basnett Sunderland supporters last night backed a drive by millionaire chairman Bob Murray to further strengthen his grip on the club. The kitchen firm magnate yesterday bought a further 407,500 shares in the football club, increasing...
Murray Reaches for Sky in Takeover Bid
Byline: By Howard Walker Sunderland chairman Bob Murray has launched a takeover bid for the club after snapping up a stake owned by satellite broadcaster BSkyB. The 58-year-old is preparing to spend up to pounds 1.52m to acquire the remaining...
Murray's Festive Season Misery
Byline: By Luke Edwards Sunderland are looking more secure than at any time in their recent history off the pitch, but are looking far less certain on it. Luke Edwards reports. It is not so long ago some fans began to question Bob Murray's dedication...
North Closes the Gulf with London
Byline: By Ross Smith Business leaders expressed hope for the future last night after new figures showed the North-South wealth gap has closed for the first time in 13 years. But the North-East remains bottom of England's wealth league, according...
O'Leary Set to Sign O'Brien and Faye
Byline: By Ian Parkes Aston Villa manager David O'Leary is optimistic Newcastle defender Andy O'Brien and Portsmouth midfielder Amdy Faye will soon arrive in a pounds 5m double swoop. O'Leary was dealt a setback when Southampton striker James...
Only Vintage Looks Best of a Poor Crop
Byline: ByTom Peacock There is rarely much quality on show at Hereford and the majority of the meeting there today is not much different. However, there is a promising youngster to keep an eye on in the shape of the Henrietta Knight-trained Only...
Pictures of Courage
Byline: By Liz Hands Twelve brave breast cancer patients are following in the footsteps of the Women's Institute calendar girls to raise money for fellow sufferers of the disease. The Positively Pink breast cancer support group has already raised...
Positive Start on Narrowing the Divide
One swallow, as they say, does not make a summer but it is encouraging that ( for the first time in 13 years ( one element of the North-South divide has narrowed. The fact that the region remains bottom of England's wealth league ( according to...
Ready for Challenges Ahead in 2005
At this time of year every aspect of the economy is under scrutiny to try and identify trends. Commercial property is no exception, says Chesterton's Agency team as a new year begins and a General Election beckons. On the back of a successful 2004,...
Red Meat Event
A major red meat supply chain event will be held on November 2, 2005, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London. Following the hugely successful conference in 2003 when more than 500 representatives of the red meat supply chain attended,...
Relocation Is Ideal Solution for TSF
Byline: By Howard Walker Around 100 jobs are set to be created after one of the UK's leading shopfitters chose to set up its new head office in Washington. TSF Retail Solutions, which supplies major retailers including Asda, Iceland, Co-op and...
Souness Salutes Braveheart Dyer
Byline: By Luke Edwards Graeme Souness last night thanked Kieron Dyer for refusing to limp out of Newcastle's Festive programme. Dyer has been troubled by a cyst behind his knee for almost three weeks and Souness has admitted he would have rested...
Sport Shorts
Rugby union: England prop Phil Vickery has agreed a one-year contract extension with Gloucester which will keep him at Kingsholm until 2007. Vickery has endured a wretched year with a lengthy lay-off after back surgery ( and a blow-out fracture around...
Spotlight on Right to Roam Legislation
Byline: By Robin Atkin It's the time of year when many of us take time to stretch our legs and get some fresh air to work off some of the excesses of the festive season. But where do we stand with regard to the right to roam? New rights of access...
`The Most Stunning Hall I've Ever Sung In'
Byline: By David Whetstone Singing star Lesley Garrett tells David Whetstone why she fell for the North-East's "sexy" new concert hall. Few people do enthusiasm quite like Lesley Garrett, Britain's multi-talented, have-a-go diva, but in her praise...
Tories Turn Up Pressure over MP's Baby
The Tories have made a formal request for documents to be released which would show whether or not South Shields MP David Miliband's own civil servants speeded up his adoption of an American baby. Conservative front bench spokeswoman Theresa May...
Victim Named
A man killed in a New Year's Day crash was yesterday named as 31-year-old Lee Miller. Mr Miller, from Cheshire Close, Ashington, died when his red Peugeot 206 hit a fence in the town at 1.10am on Saturday at the junction of Green Lane and Chillingham...
We Can Still Survive, Says Defiant Giles
Byline: By Myles Hodgson AshleyGiles insists England must believe they can still manage "something special" in the third Test at Newlands, where they let themselves down yesterday with another first innings collapse. The tourists will begin the...
We'll Be Back, Pledges McClaren
Byline: By Jack Pickering Steve McClaren last night insisted that a fully-fit Boro squad would shake off the cobwebs and bounce back from their Christmas blues. Boro took just three points out of 12 over the festive period, following the 2-0...
We're Back on Track Now, Says Wigan Boss
Wigan manager Paul Jewell felt this comprehensive victory over Glenn Hoddle's Wolves ( as well as the win at Sheffield United ( had "answered questions" asked of his side after three defeats. The Latics' promotion push was in danger of being derailed...
Wilkinson Will Sign Soon for Another Two Years
Byline: By Alan Hedley Jonny Wilkinson is close to agreeing a new two-year deal with Newcastle Falcons. England's World Cup hero has not yet signed the deal, despite reports that he has, but Falcons boss Rob Andrew, who also has Wallaby lock...

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