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 4, 2006

Accommodation Firm Needs Room
2004 Internet and ICT Award: Bedsearcher A Tees Valley technology company is gearing up for growth after moving to a new home. Accommodation booking firm www.bedsearcher.co.uk is now located in bigger premises in Darlington on the town's Nestfield...
A Happy Return for Theatre's New Chief
Byline: By David Whetstone Philip Bernays, new chief executive of the Theatre Royal, talks to David Whetstone about the job which has brought him back to Newcastle. Newcastle's Theatre Royal has seen a lot of beards since its mid-1980s refurbishment....
A Minute to Reject Officers' HQ Plan
Byline: By Dave Black Development plans which will help decide the future of a high street fashion chain's 250-job North-East headquarters were rejected in less than a minute by councillors last night. Bosses at The Officers Club are seeking...
Ammunition Raid Charges
A man is to appear in court charged with possessing ammunition following a raid on a house in County Durham. The 48-year-old man, who is from the Chester-le-Street area, will appear before magistrates in Consett on January 12 charged with four counts...
Australia Struggle to Stop Springbok Attack
Australia made a shaky start to their first innings as South Africa took a firm grip on the third and final Test in Sydney. At close of play on day two, Australia trailed by 397 runs after stumbling to 54 for three in response to the tourists' 451...
Ban Appeal for Henson
Rugby union: The Ospreys have appealed against the ban handed to Wales centre Gavin Henson for his use of an elbow against Leicester prop Alex Moreno last month. Henson struck Moreno in the 17-15 Heineken Cup defeat at Liberty Stadium, leaving the...
Barrie Hensby Colum
Byline: By Barrie Hensby 2005 was something of a challenging year for the North-East business investment community, but as 2006 begins, it is pleasing to be able to report that optimism has become our sector's overriding characteristic and that...
Be Prepared to Adapt Investment at Short Notice
Byline: By Richard Freeman-Wallace Stamp duty changes, the end of Enterprise Zones and SIPPS no longer being proposed as a vehicle through which people could directly hold residential property in a self-invested personal pension have all affected...
Big Hassle ( but Single Payment Is on Course
Byline: By Louis Fell of George F White Last year was a busy one for most rural farming businesses in the North-East. It was a year of change and resulted in many farmers taking a much tighter control of their finances because of the change in the...
Big Question of Who Stays United
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Graeme Souness is in desperate need of players at both ends of the field, but with Freddie Shepherd keeping a tight grip on the purse strings, it is a case of deciding who to sell, writes Stuart Rayner When Michael Owen's...
Boro Task Is to Beat Drop ( Southgate
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Despite his manager's claims to the contrary, Gareth Southgate says Middlesbrough are in a relegation fight. And, while the club captain admitted new signings would be welcome, he accepts the club cannot throw caution...
Brian Tora Column
Byline: By Brian Tora A new year ( new opportunities. 2006 will have a great deal to live up to. The year just ended treated investors kindly. Add in the dividends paid out during the year and the FT Actuaries All-Share Index would have returned...
Building Sold for More Than Pounds 1.9m
Rokeby has sold an office building at Gosforth Business Park in excess of its pounds 1.9m asking price to a local investor. The developer received nine bids for the 10,000 sq ft building ( No 1 Gosforth Park Avenue ( and completed the deal just...
Business Diary
This is a free service. Send brief details to Howard Walker, The Journal, Groat Market, Newcastle NE1 1ED. Telephone (0191) 201-6258; fax (0191) 201-6044, or email howard.walker@ncjmedia. co.uk Entries by the Friday before publication. 5 ( North-East...
Cats Are So Wary of Cup Shock
Byline: By Luke Edwards Liam Lawrence has warned Sunderland they are ripe for an FA Cup upset as they prepare to take on non-league Northwich Victoria with their Premiership status slipping rapidly through their fingers. The Black Cats' 2-1 defeat...
Clash Proves Blues Are Best
After a decade of ill-tempered scrapping at the top of the Premiership, Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson are finally agreed on something ( Chelsea are too good for both Arsenal and Manchester United. Both sides could claim chances to grab victory...
Colour Put Back into Comeleon by $500,000 Deal
Byline: By Howard Walker Comeleon, the digital imaging division of County Durham engineering company Tanfield Group, has shown renewed signs of life by winning a pounds 287,000 ( $500,000 ( contract. Comeleon had been Tanfield chairman and chief...
Croatian Couple Set out on Their Own
Adopted Geordies Zlatko and Vesna Miskovic left their Croatian homeland six years ago and moved to Newcastle to start a new life. From the island of Dugi Otok, the Miskovic family arrived in the North-East in 1999 and settled into the way of life....
Crutes Law Firm
Crutes Law Firm is delighted to be sponsoring the North-East Business Awards 2005 for Internet and ICT in the Tees Valley. Crutes itself is committed to investment in IT. It has embraced emerging technology and uses it to enhance the services and...
Debut on AIM for New North Public Company
Byline: By Howard Walker The North-East's first new public company of 2006 makes its debut today when skincare products maker Dermasalve Sciences floats on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM). The Northumberland-based business aims to raise...
Departures More Likely Than Arrivals
Byline: By Luke Edwards It is probably the only way they will avoid relegation, but Sunderland will not attempt to buy their Premiership future, according to Luke Edwards In an ideal world, Sunderland's money men would have returned to work after...
Double Puts Nicky on Course for His Best Yet
Byline: By Robert Pratt Nicky Richards is well on course to beat his best seasonal total of 51 after a double at Ayr with Harmony Brig and Camden Bella put him on 36 winners for the campaign. The former proved far too good for his rivals when...
Drever out for Rest of Season
Byline: By Martin Kelly Inglis Drever became the latest high-profile casualty of the New Year when he was ruled out for the rest of the season with a tendon injury. Three leading Cheltenham Festival candidates have now been sidelined in as many...
Duchess, Cook, Piper, Athlete
Byline: By Dave Black A tandoori restaurant boss will share pride of place with England Test hero Steve Harmison in a new visitor attraction showcasing the diversity of life and work in Northumberland. Fifty people ranging from household name...
Extra Staff Called in for Elaine's Special Delivery
Byline: By Julia Kennard Staff at a North-East hospital had to pull out all the stops when expectant mother Elaine Bird give birth to triplets. Elaine, of East Pastures, Ashington, Northumberland, was expecting her babies ( Alice, Molly and Jed...
Families Facing Pounds 20,000 Tyres Bill
Byline: By Daniel Thomson The final cost of a night of vandalism in a quiet North-East community was last night revealed to be more than pounds 20,000. Dozens of families woke to find their Bank Holiday plans in ruins after more than 200 tyres...
Floats Getting More and More Buoyant
Byline: By Iain Laing The number of companies floating on the stock market shot up last year and 2006 is expected to see further strong growth. Research by KPMG's Corporate Finance practice, shows the UK's Initial Public Offering (IPO) market...
Gerrard to Escape Action over `Stamp'
Byline: By Mark Brdley Anfield pair in the clear LIVERPOOL duo Steven Gerrard and Mohamed Sissoko and West Ham's Nigel Reo-Coker have all escaped trial by television after controversial incidents in their respective matches on Monday. The...
Hobbs Hill Fancied to Make Winning Return
Byline: By Chris Wilson Step up will be formality HOBBS Hill is fancied to run a big race on his belated reappearance in the Morris Furniture Group Maiden Hurdle at Wincanton today. Charlie Egerton has maintained an impressive strike-rate...
Home Truths
Byline: By Abbie Wightwick Money takes on many forms throughout the year. January isn't a great time for money. Suddenly 50p becomes too much to pay for a bar of chocolate whereas only a month before it seemed quite reasonable to spend forty...
Honours Mark Lifetimes of Service
A roman Catholic nun who was born in the North-East has been honoured for her inspiring work with disadvantaged children in Zambia. Sister Elizabeth Dawson, 60, from Newbiggin-by-the-Sea in Northumberland, was awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours....
Horses Die on Road
Byline: By Dave Black Thieves have been blamed for an accident in which two horses were killed when they were hit by a van after getting loose on a busy road in Northumberland. A mare was killed instantly and her foal had to be destroyed at the...
In My View
Byline: By Joyce Quinn Last week I wrote about the North's transport priorities and raised the question as to how these can best be heard ( and heeded ( at national level. How can the region's views on this and other issues be best put forward...
Jaguar Overturns
A woman was seriously injured when she crashed her car through a wall yesterday. It happened at about 10.30am on Pemberton Road, Blackhill, Consett, County Durham, when her Jaguar hit a wall and overturned, trapping her. Fire crews cut her free...
Keith Hann Column
Byline: By Keith Hann I finally reached my tipping point just before Christmas. One of those MPs with a thick "och aye the noo" accent was banging on about the urgency of merging the English and Welsh police forces into EU-approved regions, and...
Kenmore Offices Are Sold off in Pounds 16.5m Deal
Byline: By Nigel Stirling A Newcastle city centre office building has been sold for pounds 8.9m as part of a nationwide office building sell-off by property company Kenmore. Market Street's Broadacre House was one of four buildings in the North-East...
Little Impact by Turbines on Landscape? I Don't Think So
I like the way NPower seem to present themselves as altruists coming to build wind farms to save us all from global warming (The Journal, December 28). There is only one reason they are here, money, which will be provided by us, either through taxation...
Make Your Office Work for You Too
Byline: By Howard Walker So then, the New Year begins and the region's workplaces are filled with revitalised go-getters determined to make their mark on 2006. And in the real world, perhaps not. Latest news from survey-world is that far from...
Marts
Wooler December 28 At their weekly Primestock Sale John Swan Limited sold 798 lambs and 372 ewes. Lambs: A mixed show of lambs were dearer on the week with standard lambs again being much sought after. Leading prices per head: Belt.x pounds...
MoD Stalls as Swans Jobs Hang in Balance
Byline: By Graeme King The team behind the Ministry of Defence's pounds 4bn aircraft carrier project refused yesterday to commit to any kind of timetable for the vessels ( as the jobs of North-East workers hoping to work on the project hung in the...
Mum Heard Scream of Tragic Katherine
Byline: By David Lucas A student found dead on a Thai island with head injuries was heard screaming by her mother during a telephone call before she disappeared, it emerged last night. It is understood 21-year-old Katherine Horton's mother, Elizabeth,...
Murray Is Made to Fight for First Win
Byline: By Liz Byrnes Andrew Murray insists he was not concerned despite being given an early scare before booking his place in the second round of the Adelaide International. The 18-year-old had to fight back from a set down before overcoming...
Nathan Hits Form to Fire Caps to Victory
Nathan Astle fired New Zealand to an impressive five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the National Bank Series in Christchurch. Former Durham star Astle scored an unbeaten 90 as the hosts took an unassailable 3-0 lead to begin 2006 in fine fashion....
New Chief Executive Named
The National Sheep Association has appointed Peter Morris as the new chief executive of the organisation. The change follows John Thorley's decision to stand down as chief executive but to continue working for the organisation as a policy adviser...
New Closing Date
Spanish telecoms firm Telefonica says a majority of shareholders in UK mobile phone firm O2 had accepted its pounds 17.7bn takeover offer. Telefonica said yesterday that O2 investors owning 62.72% of shares had indicated support for its bid by midday...
No Fear for Mourinho after Toothless Draw
Byline: By Mark Bradley No wonder the title race is effectively over. If Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho bothered to tune in to this clash of two former superpowers, he will have seen little to unsettle his champions elect from their lofty perch. ...
No Reason Why `Land Tax' Should Stifle Development
Byline: By David Johnson The Chancellor's Pre-budget Report last month was a mixed bag for the property industry. David Johnson ( partner at Gerald Eve in Newcastle ( examines the Government's announcement it will push ahead with Real Estate Investment...
North Children `Last for Education Cash'
Byline: By Dave Black Schools in Northumberland continue to get a raw deal on funding from the Government, says an MP. Berwick Liberal Democrat Alan Beith called on Ministers to end the "financial squeeze" on education in the county and justify...
Not Always the Expected Response
Byline: By Howard Walker Small but perfectly formed, the questionnaire in northern business daily's Monday Interview slot is always a popular feature. Howard Walker looks back on a year of unusual, surprising and occasionally perplexing answers....
One in Five Call off but Dip Is Set to Raise Record Amount
One in five fundraisers who volunteered for a Boxing Day plunge in the North Sea chickened out, it was revealed yesterday. The "chicken dippers" had promised to brave the icy waters at Seaburn Beach, Sunderland, to raise money for charity. But...
On Three Fronts, We Need Clarity
Byline: By Sarah Green As we enter 2006, it is clear that the next few months will be critical to both the Government and to the modernising Conservative Party. Both must indicate their true credentials ( it is important that we understand their...
Onus Is on Us, Says N'Zogbia
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Charles N'Zogbia has told his fellow Newcastle United fringe players they must step up to the plate in the absence of Michael Owen and make sure there is plenty to play for when he returns. The 19-year-old Frenchman established...
Pilots Set to Train Nurses
American fighter pilots could soon be training NHS nurses to deal with stressful situations and reduce mistakes. The pilots have already trained US medical staff on how to deal with stress and improve teamwork. Nursing Standard magazine says the...
Raid on the Reds
Thieves have stolen the contents of a display cabinet from Liverpool Football Club's museum. Eight pennants presented to Reds' captain Steven Gerrard by opposing teams before each round of the 2004-2005 Champions League competition were taken, including...
Rivals for Main Line See Plans Derailed
Byline: By Ross Smith and Guy Basnett Two firms fighting to run extra train services on the East Coast Main Line have been told they could both miss out because the network is already full. The claim, in a report by infrastructure managers Network...
Road Blocks Quiz in Attacker Hunt
Byline: By Guy Basnett Detectives hunting a man who abducted a six-year-old girl last night set up a series of road blocks to question motorists passing through the area one week after the attack. The move came as police revealed they have widened...
Robert Muckle Changes Tack to Become an LLP
Specialist commercial law firm Robert Muckle has just converted to a limited liability partnership following its expansion. The Newcastle firm made the move following a two-year period which has seen it take on another 15,000 sq ft of office space...
Rowan Duggan Column
Byline: By Rowan Duggan The next time you're waiting for a flight, count the business management books in the airport bookshop. The sheer numbers will tell you how important the analysis and practice of leadership is. I probably can't compete...
Rural Artists Find Their Place in the Big Picture
Byline: By Tamzin Lewis Northumberland's artists are questioning their place in the contemporary scene, as Cathy Duncan explains to Tamzin Lewis. Cathy Duncan's paintings are bright, cheery and musical. A bit like Cathy herself. Cathy came...
Russia Gas Dispute Puts Jobs in Danger
Byline: By Guy Basnett Companies in the North are warning they may be forced to lay off staff, or even close, as an international dispute over gas supplies threatens energy price rises. Some firms in the region have already seen power bills soar...
Service Is across the Board
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby A pair of surf fanatics are making waves with their new surf- boarding, snowboarding and skateboarding business. Chad Hooper and Nathan Bulch, who have surfed together for 15 years, have set up Rubber Soul Boardriders...
Sew Full of Hopes
Byline: By Hannah Davies A patchwork quilt has been created by carers and patients in a North cancer treatment centre. Hannah Davies un-picks the story behind it. "Each patch is a patch of hope. There are so many stories in this quilt and it...
Slowdown in Retail Spend Will Continue
Byline: By David Furniss The third-quarter economic and property investment review for 2005 from property agent Atisreal shows the slowdown in retail spend is not just a temporary blip but a complete sea change in consumer sentiment. Out of the...
Slump Follows Dash to Sales
Byline: By Iain Laing The dash to the Boxing Day sales has been followed by a slow week for retailers as shoppers deserted the high street, according to new figures. Research group SPSL said the number of people going shopping between Christmas...
Software Pioneers Win Global Sales Push
Byline: By Howard Walker Software made in Northumberland and used by the likes of British Gas, Shell and Rolls-Royce will benefit from a major sales push following a pounds 100,000 investment. North-East fund management firm NEL is putting the...
Taxi Driver Is Robbed
A taxi driver was robbed at knife-point by two men on New Year's Eve. The cab was called to Manor Grove, Newburn, Newcastle, at about 10pm on Saturday to pick up two men. When they got into the car, they produced a knife and demanded cash. There...
Vagrant Found Dying `Repeatedly Kicked in Head'
A vagrant found dying near a city library had been repeatedly kicked in the head after refusing to hand over money, a murder trial jury heard yesterday. Trevor Yallop was sleeping rough in Lisle Street in Newcastle city centre when he was confronted...
Waste Plastic Scheme Trials
The steering group for the Cumbria Farm Plastic Recycling Scheme (CFPRS) is joining forces with Rural Futures to set up two trial waste plastic collections in the county this month. The introduction of Cross Compliance regulations has focused farmers'...
We're Going Nowhere Fast
There is little doubting the importance of the East Coast Main Line to the North-East. It is ( at its best ( a relatively quick, efficient link between the heart of Newcastle and the heart of London. It also stands as a reminder of how little the...
We Want to Be like Chelsea, Says Dejan
Byline: By Ian Parkes Portsmouth captain Dejan Stefanovic is hoping Alexandre Gaydamak can do for Pompey what Roman Abramovich has done for Chelsea. Gaydamak, the son of a Russian billionaire, is poised to become joint owner of the south-coast...
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