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 August 25, 2005

Alistair Arkley Column
Byline: By Alistair Arkley I know the golden rule that, I think as Harold Wilson first put it, a week is a long time in politics. But I'd like to believe that there are occasions when our national leaders really do mean what they say ( and stick...
Art of Crime-Fighting
Byline: By David Whetstone Artists have been donating paintings in a bid to combat crime, as David Whetstone explains. The chance arises early next month to acquire a new painting for the home and to make a small but significant contribution...
Asda in Second
Supermarket chain Asda received further evidence yesterday that it is holding off rival Sainsbury's in the battle for second spot in the grocery market. Research from market research group TNS Superpanel put Asda's share at 16.7% in the 12 weeks...
Bassila Ready for Cats Debut
Byline: By Paul Gilder Christian Bassila is poised to make his Sunderland debut at Wigan this weekend after Auxerre failed to hijack the midfielder's move to the Stadium of Light. The Frenchman last night became Mick McCarthy's 11th acquisition...
Bridging the Skills Gap in IT
The Computer Networking Academy at the City of Sunderland College has established a suite of programmes to help the community and region realise the potential of ICT networking qualifications. It also highlights the necessity for these skills within...
Chelsea Destroy WBA to Go Top
Chelsea went to the top of the Barclays Premiership for the first time this season but coach Jose Mourinho insists it counts for nothing. When Chelsea hit the summit of the Premiership last season it was after they had beaten West Brom ( and they...
Chip Shots
Byline: By Alan Hedley A group of golfers from Burgham Park have raised more than pounds 1,300 for Macmillan Cancer Relief's Northumberland Appeal thanks to a golfing marathon over seven courses. Lady captain Margaret Lloyd, her vice captain Viv...
Clarke Angered by Warning on Rights
Byline: By Gavin Cordon Home Secretary Charles Clarke reacted with anger yesterday as a United Nations official warned that Britain's plans to deport foreign Islamic extremists breached its international human rights obligations. The clash came...
Companions on Learning Curve
Family businesses often have unique service needs, which is something few organisations understand better than Deloitte. That is why the Newcastle office of the professional-services firm has an increasing number of family-based and owner-managed...
Costa Aiming to Curry Favour across India
Byline: By Iain Laing Costa Coffee has set its sights on winning over a nation of tea drinkers with plans for a chain of outlets in India. The business, which is owned by leisure group Whitbread, has struck a franchise agreement with a local...
Couple Add Voices to Ambulance Fight
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths A couple watched their friend die as they waited for an ambulance to come 15 miles ( when there was a crew two miles away. Angela Hoare, 70, and husband Alan, 78, of Townfoot, Haltwhistle, Northumberland, have now added...
Double Death Case
A teenager accused of causing the deaths of two musician friends in a hit-and-run crash appeared at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday. The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was further remanded on conditional bail until September...
Duck Target of Cruelty
A duck was found mutilated in Whitley Bay yesterday in a bizarre attack, which has shocked RSPCA inspectors. The bird, an adult female, was discovered in Marden Quarry, with severe injuries apparently caused by somebody sewing stitches through the...
Duke Makes a Visit to Silicon Tees Valley
The Duke of York recently met graduate entrepreneurs who have set up their businesses on the University of Teesside campus. Among those meeting Prince Andrew were Doug Wolff and Paul Dolhai, who came to Middlesbrough from Canada to study computer...
Ensure North Voice Is Heard
No matter how many times we try to "talk up the North-East" and be positive, there is always a new study that comes along and does its best to knock us back down. This time it is the predictions of economic researchers Experian Business Strategies...
EU Bid to Free Up China Imports
European Union negotiators went to China yesterday to try to resolve a trade row which has left Chinese textiles piling up at ports across Europe. Shiploads of Chinese clothes have been stopped by EU Customs because they exceed limits recently imposed...
Everton's Sharp Exit
Everton's association with the Champions League was a brief one ( but they came close to taking this tie into extra-time. With the scores level at 1-1 in last night's game, Newcastle old boy Duncan Ferguson headed in an 81st-minute effort which...
F1 Moving toward Deal
Motor racing: Formula One will move a step closer to securing its long-term future later this month when the sport's key parties meet for what McLaren boss Ron Dennis hopes will be another round of "constructive dialogue". McLaren are allied to the...
First Winner Is Back for GNR
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Mike McLeod will realise a lifelong dream and start the 2005 Great North Run ( a quarter of a century after he won the inaugural event. The former Elswick Harrier yesterday accepted a personal invitation from fellow...
Foiling the Tuber Blight Risk
Byline: By Michael Woods Desiccating potatoes whilst maintaining tuber blight protection right to the end of harvest has become more complicated with the trend to split dose desiccation treatments and the need for adding organosilicone adjuvants...
Gardeners' Diary
Keep in touch with North-East gardening and floral events through this column: Friday, August 26. Gardeners' question session in aid of North Northumberland Hospice, with Tom Pattinson and friends, Cricket Pavilion, Bamburgh, 7.30pm (book on...
GNR to Celebrate in Style
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin A spectacular festival of music, film, art and sport will usher in the 25th Great North Run next month. Organisers are keen to celebrate the anniversary of the event, first set up in 1981 as a fun run by North-East athletics...
Growth Forecast Is Scaled Back
Factory order books have shrunk to their weakest level since October 2003, according to a study of the troubled manufacturing sector. The CBI said the domestic market remained weak, as it also scaled back its UK growth forecast for 2005 to 1.9%,...
Have You Seen David?
Concern is growing for a boy missing from home for five days. David Donnelly, 14, of Simonside, South Shields, was last seen at 6pm on Saturday in West Denton, Newcastle. He is 5ft 2ins, pale, with dark eyes and dark brown hair. He was wearing...
How to Prevent the Tensions from Erupting
Byline: By Damien Charlton Damien Charlton, Partner in the Business Services team at Ward Hadaway, examines some of the problems that may arise in running a family business and suggests some possible solutions. Running a small business can be...
It's the Place to Be
North-East England has changed ( no longer is it reliant on the heavy industries of the 20th Century. The region is evolving into a thriving, knowledge-based economy. In line with the growth of this modern economy, the number of graduates entering...
Janet's Diary
Each week, The Journal is following the progress of the Children's Foundation chief executive Barbara Gubbins, 53, and professor of paediatric neurosciences at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, Janet Eyre, 50, as they get in shape for the Great...
John's Run of Form
Byline: By Alan Hedley John Harrison has been enjoying something of a playing renaissance. The Matfen Hall director of golf is better known as Kenneth Ferrie's coach, but he's much more than that. Harrison (pictured) may have a string of top...
Keeper Issues Strikers Warning
Byline: By Paul Gilder Kelvin Davis, fast becoming an expert on Premiership marksmen, has told Sunderland's strikers they must show some considerable improvements if the Black Cats are to make a success of their return to the top flight. The...
Leading the Field in Health Research
A major centre dedicated to finding new treatments for patients with conditions such as diabetes and arthritis opened recently. Clinical research focused on a variety of healthcare problems will be conducted under one roof in the new pounds 4.5m...
Let's All Stub It Out
Byline: By Liz Hands It's a traditional, almost iconic image of North-East club life ( the men huddled around the bar, tab in hand discussing everything from football to the missus. But one club is looking to consign that image to history and...
Magic of the Med
Byline: By Hannah Stephenson Hannah Stephenson reports on how to create the Mediterranean look in your garden Just back from holiday and want to recreate that Mediterranean atmosphere? Foreign holidays inspire many people to change their gardens...
Make the Most of Your Spare Room
Hat is it with spare rooms? Surely your home ( and the space therein ( is way too precious to ever be considered `spare`? The problem with this room in the picture (top left) is that, like so many other spare rooms, it's been cobbled together with...
Marts
Wigton August 18 Hopes Auction Co Ltd, Wigton, held their Special August Prize Show and Sale of Continental Cross Store Cattle with a catalogued entry of 1,021. An excellent quality show of store cattle were presented to buyers from all areas...
Me and My Wardrobe
Kate Walton, 24, from Gosforth, Newcastle, is owner/designer for have tohold unique leather handbags and accessories which sell locally at The House in Yarm, Joseph M in Darlington, The Art CafA in Corbridge and nationally at Casino 66 in Manchester....
Monty and Olly on Ryder Route
Byline: By Alan Hedley Next month's Seve Trophy at Wynyard will mirror the Ryder Cup after discussions between Colin Montgomerie and Jose Maria Olazabal. Both have agreed to change the format for naming the players competing in the final day...
Mud, Glorious Dead Sea Muda
Byline: By Hannah Davies Hannah Davies tries out the latest beauty treatment to hit the region ( a mud wrap which it is claimed can take up to five inches off your body. The last time I was covered in as much mud was when I was five-years-old...
No-One in Their Right Mind Would Dump Surplus Birds
My fingers are sore with all this letter writing! In response to Ross Damo, who seems to know about statistics and perhaps biology, but he doesn't need to bother to try to educate me. I don't have a degree in anything ( nor even an A-level, but...
No Owen Loan
Byline: By Paul Gilder Graeme Souness last night insisted that there is no chance of Michael Owen completing a loan move from Real Madrid to Newcastle. But the United manager remains confident that he can persuade the England striker to sign...
Northern Regions Have Greater Share of Poor
Children who grow up in households with persistently low incomes are becoming increasingly concentrated in the North, Government figures showed yesterday. New statistics show that between 1991 and 94, 33% of children who were in the bottom 20% for...
North `Faces a Slow Decline'
Byline: By Ross Smith A bleak forecast last night warned that job numbers in the North would fall over the next decade, despite Labour's pledge of full employment for the region by 2010. The prediction says Northumberland, Tyneside and Wearside...
No Wonder Owen Is Thinking Twice
Byline: By Paul Gilder Having suffered his first defeat as manager of Newcastle at the Reebok Stadium last season, Graeme Souness must have thought that was the end of the beginning. Having lost again at Bolton last night, the beleaguered United...
Parents Polled on School Shake-Up
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Parents in Sunderland are being given the opportunity to state their views on the future of education in the city as part of a big shake-up. Details of the plans will be sent to 28,000 parents by Sunderland City Council...
Passport to Entertainment
Byline: By Rhodri Phillips A lecturer and part-time actor has become the 1,000th member of The Journal's culture club. Dr Daniel Nettle, 34, discovered the benefits of joining when acting last month in a play which was free to culture club members....
Peter Jackson Column
Byline: By Peter Jackson Over the last 10 years the decline of the UK's manufacturing sector has been a constant refrain. This has been particularly the case, for obvious reasons, here in the North-East. The full extent of that decline was...
Pounds 100,000 for a Toilet
A former toilet block is being put up for sale by a council with a price tag of pounds 100,000, it emerged yesterday. The 425 sq ft red brick building in the picturesque market town of Petersfield, Hampshire, could be restored and converted into...
Pupils Blazing a Trail in the Spirit of Enterprise
Youngsters at Mortimer Comprehensive School are shaping up to be the business leaders of tomorrow thanks to a new scheme. Students at the South Shields secondary school have formed an enterprise group, which is making souvenirs for sale at Bede's...
Road Works `Cost Hotel Two Summers'
A seaside hotelier says business in has all but washed away after a water company dug up a central street for the second summer in a row. Trevor Leadbitter, who has the Longstone House Hotel on Main Street in North Sunderland, Seahouses, hit out...
Science City Is the Way Ahead
Ambitious plans have been unveiled to make Newcastle a world-beating Science City that could create up to 5,000 new jobs in five years. Newcastle University, Newcastle City Council and the regional development agency One NorthEast have pledged to...
Seaside Style
Byline: By Andrew Durham Andrew Durham finds inspiration in the circulation of current fashions. A teacher friend of mine has set herself a challenge this summer. She has hired a camper van, packed clothes suitable for a myriad of weather conditions...
Sir John's Dream of Biggest Park Is Over
Byline: By Howard Walker Sir John Hall's dream of creating 20,000 jobs with Britain's biggest business park on Teesside has been dashed after the tycoon sold the giant 500-acre site to a rival developer. The MetroCentre creator had planned to...
Sit Back from Time to Time and Think Strategically
Byline: By Alan Suggett Alan Suggett, strategic planning specialist for Baker Tilly in Newcastle, gives an overview of how a strategic plan can bring your business back into focus. Increasing pressure on business owners means that strategic planning...
Smitten Kitten's Worth a Flutter
Byline: By Tom peacock Smitten Kitten can give Lingfield punters something to smile about by lifting the Vodafone Race Track Novice Stakes today. Although the Green Desert filly is still a maiden in two outings, she showed in her latest effort...
Sport's Future Is in Good Young Hands
Byline: By George Macintyre Young anglers excelled this week at Sharpley Complex with the biggest fish of the week ( a 14lb 5oz rainbow ( being brought to the net by 14-year-old Martyn Harris of Stockton. Nine-year-old Connor Easy had one of...
Strangeworld
Visitors from space had their eye on the west coast of Wales in 1977, judging by the reports of mysterious lights, spaceships taking off and the bizarre events that took place at Ripperston farm. After settling down for the night to watch TV, dairyman...
Tait the Man for Aussies' Ashes Quest
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Durham supporters might recognise the new face in Australia's side at Trent Bridge today. But once he starts bowling, they could be forgiven for rubbing their eyes and wondering if it really is the same person. Australia's...
The Bad News You Could Do Without
Byline: By Stephen Rouse. The Journal Doctors are backing moves to test embryos for the risk of serious disease ( but worry that genetic screening could become big business. Stephen Rouse reports. In the current movie release The Island, Ewan...
The Best Is Now within Reach for Family Concerns
The North East's largest law firm, Dickinson Dees, has developed an innovative legal support service for family businesses in the region. Running a family business is a demanding job, which is why Dickinson Dees has developed Kuddos ( a service...
The Day the Music Died ( and So Did Bull Frog
Byline: By Hannah Davies Hannah Davies finds out about Bull Frog, the Geordie band which nearly hit the big time. The music scene in the early 70s was still new and enthusiastic. The North-East was vibrant and it was a time when you could...
Time We Put a Stop to the Fixture Clashes
Byline: By Alan Hedley It's about time something was done about the clash of dates at national, club and county level which arrives on the North-East's own doorstep this weekend. Brancepeth are hosting the English Champion Club tournament on...
Trackers Home in on Shipping
A company whose tracking technology has already helped to trace everything from fishing boats to people is now turning its attention to the multi-million pound container shipping market. Globalpoint Technologies, which is based in North Shields,...
Ultimate Presses on with Revolution
Byline: By Howard Walker Bar and nightclub operator Ultimate Leisure has been linked with a move for Revolution Vodka bar chain Inventive Leisure as it pursues its new expansionist policy. Newcastle-based Ultimate has vowed to embark on a major...
US Giant Steps Up Bid for Domnick Hunter
Byline: By Iain Laing Us industrial giant Parker Hannifin raised its offer for North-East engineering group domnick hunter to pounds 232m yesterday. But the Gateshead firm, which employs 800 of its 1,800 staff in the North-East, said it was still...
Villagers Petition for Own GP
Byline: By Liz Hands Health Correspondent Families campaigning for their own village doctor last night handed in a petition to health bosses. Villagers at Catchgate, near Stanley in County Durham, have collected a 160-name petition. The community...
Wayne's World
Byline: By Francesca Craggs Francesca Craggs visits the home of Metro Radio DJ Wayne Tunnicliffe. Jayne Tunnicliffe's home isn't a swanky penthouse apartment and there isn't a plasma TV in sight. Contrary to the stereotypical perceptions of...
Wenger Says Hooray for Henry
Arsene Wenger hailed Thierry Henry as the "dream" striker after the Arsenal captain came to terms with his new role by leading his side to victory against Fulham ( and moved closer to a place in the record books. Wenger had been worried Henry was...
Willy Poole Column
Byline: By Willy Poole Everybody, at least everybody to whom I talk, is agreed that poor sad old England is rotten with corruption. The question is why? And how has it happened so quickly? It seems to me (and you may say that "it would wouldn't...
Youngsters' Aspirations Aid Business
A new business providing a one-stop-shop for customers' design, building and decorating needs is the latest to demonstrate its practical support for the Aspire campaign. Paul Vince, owner-manager of Newcastle-based A1 Stop Shop, has recently taken...
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