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 March 25, 2006

American Invitation
Business leaders across the North-East are being invited to join a delegation to America to learn more about customer service. Companies across the region will be visiting some of the top names in America including Budweiser, the Ritz and Carlton Hotel....
And Yah Boo to You
Byline: By Ross Smith Politicians on all sides claim to have reached the conclusion that the public is sick of "Punch and Judy politics". But one suspects that even the biggest-nosed seaside puppets would be slightly embarrassed at the way Newcastle...
Apartments for Modern Living
Home buyers are seeking very different properties compared to even a few years ago. The convenience and ease of maintenance of apartments has led demand to soar. Dunelm Castle Homes' latest show apartment at Mill Vale in Newburn, just west of Newcastle...
Arngrove Northern League
Newcastle Blue Star face an important three days ( after today's fixture with Billingham Synthonia they are again at the Wheatsheaf Ground on Monday when Shildon provide the opposition. Director of football Bob Morton said: "Six points would put...
A Running Story for a Brave Mum
Byline: By Liz Hands Elaine Curran has been so inspired by her mum's fight against cancer, she is taking part in her 11th charity race in her name. The 43-year-old has signed up for Cancer Research UK's Race for Life in Gateshead in celebration...
Ashes Test Is a Goal for Bobby
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin And Luke Edwards He is one of the North-East's most famous faces ( a figure steeped in the history of Newcastle United. But Sir Bobby Robson is also a huge cricket fan, frequently spotted at England matches all over...
Aviva Abandons Pru Takeover Bid
Norwich Union owner Aviva has abandoned plans to take over rival Prudential following the rejection of a pounds 17bn bid. Aviva said its proposal to create the world's fifth largest insurer with a market value of pounds 36bn "would have created...
Beat the Bookie
Byline: By Neil Harnett A selective look at the sports bets on offer this weekend: The Merseyside derby kicks off this weekend's top-flight football action, with Everton making the short trip to Anfield. Both sides have run into form lately so...
Bison Stand in the Vipers' Way
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Newcastle Vipers could be the first team to qualify for the Elite League's play-off finals weekend tomorrow evening, but captain Jonathan Weaver is warning his team-mates they first face two difficult games against Basingstoke...
Boro Quick on the Draw with Warning
Byline: By Damian Spellman Steve McClaren refused to look too far ahead after seeing his Middlesbrough side avoid big guns Chelsea and Liverpool in the draw for the FA Cup semi-finals. The Yorkshireman was understandably delighted when either...
Bringing Neglected Areas Back to Life
Regeneration is vitally important if neglected areas are to enjoy new life. Building companies, local councils, housing agencies, environmental teams and others working together can attract funding and jobs and create a better living environment....
Brown Facing Health Worry
Byline: By Paul Linford During the course of his long and distinguished career as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown has produced many Budget Day triumphs and, very occasionally, the odd disaster. Among the triumphs were his "cradle to...
BSJA Launch a Major Drive
The British Show Jumping Association has introduced a new set of classes specifically aimed at the intro category, writes NEIL B JONES. Available for all age groups and any grade of horse or pony, students can start jumping at a height they feel...
Budget Brings a Detached Air of Luxury
Homebuyers with a budget of pounds 225,000 can opt for a range of properties from detached family homes to luxurious apartments. Consett AT Barratt's Berry Edge development in Consett, the four bedroom, three-storey Bedale is available at pounds...
Builders Lend a Hand with House Sales
Avariety of incentives is available to homebuyers in the North-East. We take a look at two schemes currently on offer. Bett Homes is offering assistance at its Meadow Dale development in Ponteland, Northumberland, to homebuyers who are eager to...
Business Scheme Row
Byline: By Hayley Beattie A council-run scheme which encourages its workers to take time off to develop their own businesses was criticised as simply being a way of getting rid of staff. Employees at Northumberland County Council are being offered...
Cayman Best Value Porsche
Byline: By Mike Torpey Less conspicuous than a crocodile, much smaller than an alligator ( the Cayman is a reptile with a lethal bite. And while most of us will associate it with a group of Caribbean islands, the name has also been adopted by Porsche...
Celebrate the Bentley Boys
Byline: By Stewart Smith The Bentley Boys are back in town and with plenty of reasons to celebrate. Not only is the legendary British luxury car-maker putting out the bunting to mark 60 years of production at its historic Crewe factory, but it is...
Clubs Keep Countryside Alive, Says Mark
Young Farmers' clubs are what keep the countryside alive, according to the treasurer of Alnwick, Mark Mather. Although only a member for three years the 21-year-old is passionate about young farmers and believes without them rural living would be...
Coming Up
Tonight A Nightingale Sang, Live Theatre, Newcastle (until April 29), (0191) 232-1232 Shri Live Project plus DJ, Asian underground, The Sage Gateshead, (0191) 443-4661 Concert Band, Alnwick Playhouse, (01665) 510785 Guys & Dolls, Berwick...
Company Backs Revised Plans for Opencast Mine
Revised plans for a controversial opencast mine in Northumberland have been given the backing of a 650-job company, which would buy most of the coal from the site. The Banks Group has scaled down and amended its proposals to work the 750-acre site...
Country Folk Putting on a Grand Show
This year's Northumberland County Show celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Tynedale Agricultural Society which developed the show, from modest beginnings, to become the region's single most successful annual agricultural event attracting crowds...
Demand for Road Row Talks
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Transport Secretary Alistair Darling is being called to book over attempts by road chiefs to halt vital developments in the North. Gateshead MP Sharon Hodgson is hoping to secure a meeting with the Cabinet minister to discuss...
Drivers Are Too Fast ( and Council Is Too Slow
Dozens of banner-waving protesters braved torrential rain yesterday over highway bosses' failure to impose a 50mph speed limit near their homes. Villagers in Chester Moor, Plawsworth and Kimblesworth, just off the A167 dual carriageway between Chester-le-Street...
Farm Split by a Busy Road Wins Top Award
Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie Spittals Farm, near Temple Sowerby is carved in two by the busy A66 road from Penrith to Scotch Corner ( but farming couple Andrew and Janet Addison have capitalised on that situation. Management of the land and...
Fighter Owen Back in the Mix
Byline: By Mark Garrod Greg Owen came off Sawgrass proud of himself after showing the golfing world he is a real fighter as well as a quality player. Five days on from throwing away the Bay Hill Invitational in nightmare fashion the 34-year-old...
Finding Forester in a Class of Its Own
Byline: By Robin Roberts While some manufacturers are scrambling to launch their modern cross-over models, the Subaru Forester 2.5 XT is well ahead of the game. Launched in the mid-90s, the Forester seemed at odds with others, but today it is...
Fisherman's Friend Gives Billy Helping Hand
Byline: By Alan Charlton Billy Jacobs of Blyth never envisaged the night that was to unfold when he went to Newbiggin Cliffs with his good friend Pete. Expecting little, on only his second cast Billy's pennell rig, baited with a yellowtails and...
Fitting End for Little Treasures
Byline: By Hannah Collier Second-hand shops are filled with once-loved objects, detached from their owners and their history and transformed into bric-a-brac. It was this process that artist Jeanie Finlay wanted to capture as she dismantled her...
For Some of the Best Quality Detached Homes in North-East
Most of us would choose the privacy and space of a detached home over any other property type and despite the increasing Government push towards more high density housing, the demand for quality detached homes hasn't abated. Most new developments...
Friendly Fields of Battle
Byline: By Hayley Beattie Planning for this year's county rally began as soon as the gates closed on last's event on the moors above Haltwhistle. Whitley Chapel will be host to the 10 other clubs from across the county at the June 10 event, with...
Full of Beans in the Coffee Shop
Byline: By Stuart Rayner The success of Liverpool in the 1970s and 1980s was built around the legendary Boot Room, a tiny Anfield cubby-hole which achieved near-mythical status as the meeting place where the club's coaching staff hatched their tactical...
Funding Crisis Could Close Chinese Centre
Byline: By Chris Williams A vital language centre that helps disadvantaged and illiterate people in Newcastle could close unless it resolves a funding crisis. Staff at the Chinese ICT centre, which teaches English and technology skills, have...
Good News for Barratt and Bellway
The Government announced that the region's housebuilders, Bellway and Barratt Developments, have been successful in their bids to participate in its affordable housing initiative. Other successful candidates include Taylor Woodrow, George Wimpey and...
Good Pupil Who's a Threat to Teacher
Byline: By Doug Moscrop It has happened before when the pupil, with the knowledge he gained from his teacher, puts it to good use when they find themselves in opposition and we could find that scenario today in the William Hill Lincoln at Redcar....
Grant's a Big Talant for Cats ( Delap
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Rory Delap has hailed Sunderland's Grant Leadbitter as a complete midfielder who could save the heavily-indebted club millions of pounds. Leadbitter made his first league start for the Wearsiders in the reverse fixture...
Greed of One Man Caused 21 to Drown
Byline: By Jack Doyle And Joanne Clements A despicable" gangmaster who left 21 Chinese cockle pickers to drown in the rising tides of Morecambe Bay was facing a jail sentence last night. Driven by greed, Lin Liang Ren, 29, sent his workers to...
Grindal Set for Big Duel
Byline: By Luke Edwards James Grindal is preparing himself for one of his toughest personal duels of the season when he comes up against Northampton Saints' Mark Robinson tomorrow. The Falcons romped to a 16-9 win at Franklin Gardens earlier...
Hit the Road to Denver for a Luxury Rodeo Ride
Isuzu has launched a new, ultimate-luxury Rodeo five-seat, four-door double-cab pickup called the Denver Max LE with almost pounds 6,000 worth of accessories for just over pounds 2,000 extra. Priced at pounds 19,990 excluding VAT, the Denver Max...
Hospital Call to Rent Residents' Driveways
Byline: By Liz Hands People living near a major North-East hospital are being asked to rent their driveways to nurses, doctors and other healthcare staff. Bosses at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital have leafleted hundreds of homes in the High Heaton...
How the Eyes of the Community Will Help Record Its History
People will be able to contribute wildlife sightings in the North-East to a new knowledge bank which was backed yesterday by lottery cash. It is intended that the Great North Museum, which will be created from the Hancock Museum in Newcastle, will...
In My View
Byline: By Ed Robinson As a child I lived in a bungalow surrounded by fields and woodland. The outdoors was my playground and it provided me with a sound education that included some basic facts of life denied to my urban schoolmates. I remember...
It's a Wolf ( with a Touch of the Ballerina
Byline: By Bill Mccarthy "Not the Impreza," said a pal when I said I'd be driving a four-wheel drive Subaru with blistering acceleration. Er, no. While the rally-winning WRX is in that category, my mode of transport was the altogether more sedate...
It's Business as Usual Insists Tyne Shipyard
Byline: By Howard Walker North shipyard Swan Hunter has insisted it will be business as usual for its operations, despite news of a move which could reshape the UK's shipbuilding industry. Defence firms BAE Systems and VT Group announced yesterday...
Johnson Joins Up with the Aussies
Byline: By Duncan Bech Scott Johnson has ended speculation over his future by confirming he is to join Australia's coaching team ( ending the Welsh Rugby Union's hopes of retaining his services. As expected, Johnson will return Down Under in...
Let's Get This out in the Open ( Our Beef Is Best
Byline: By Cheryl Lawson-Croome At last a Government minister stands up on TV in front of the cameras and the world and backs our farmers! Following the news that the export ban on British beef is finally to be lifted, Margaret Beckett (no less!)...
Lift-Off Time for Redcar
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Spring has officially arrived, yet you wouldn't have guessed looking around the racecourse at Redcar this week. Bulbs and plants designed to add some colour to the place have been struggling in the coldest March for 20...
Little Amy Tries out Her New Pounds 1,850 Headgear
Byline: By Liz Hands Little Amy Watson has been fitted with a special helmet to correct a rare condition known as flat head syndrome. Eight-month-old Amy suffers from plagiocephaly, which means her skull is not growing properly. Yesterday...
Luxury Flats Plan Is Left in Ashes
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths A pounds 30m housing development project was in ashes last night after a third fire in six years ripped through the historic building on Newcastle Quayside. Thick smoke and 60ft flames ripped through the former bonded...
Luxury of Home with Own Pool
After moving to the North-East three years ago, Denise and Laurence Lewis found the home of their dreams ( complete with swimming pool and sauna. The couple and their daughters, Carly, now 11, and Laura-Jayne, 15, fell in love with Fidra, a five-bedroomed...
Marts
WIGTON March 16 Hopes Auction Co Ltd, Wigton, held a Sale of Feeding/Cast Over Thirty Months Cattle when there was an entry of 38. A good entry met a flying trade taking quality into account. The top price per kg was 91.5p paid for a Limousin...
Mother So Grateful for Help She Needs
Byline: By Dave Black A mother whose son suffers from a rare genetic disorder yesterday praised the vital help and support they have been given by medical staff at a pioneering North-East care centre for children. Lee Clark, 12, was diagnosed...
MPs `Can Be Watchdogs'
Byline: By Zoe Hughes MPs should become the watchdogs of policies such as the Northern Way in a bid to ensure it delivers on the ground, academics have suggested. As MPs investigate the future of regional government, leading academics at Newcastle...
Next Boss Is Watching Warns Roeder
Byline: By Luke Edwards Glenn Roeder has warned Newcastle United's players that their new manager will already be watching them closely as he starts to formulate his plans for the future of the club. While Martin O'Neill is the preferred choice...
Passport
For the million-plus British campers and mobile home fans who enjoy summer holidays in the sunnier parts of Europe, life may be about to get a little basic. Holidaybreak ( which owns many of the top camping brands including Eurocamp, Keycamp, Eurocamp...
Point to Point
Byline: By Peter Burgon The popular Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Eglington fixture holds centre stage today at the Overton Farm course near Carluke with 117 entries on a seven-race card starting at 1.00pm. After booting home three winners between...
Ponting Dons the Record
Cricket: Australia captain Ricky Ponting equalled Sir Donald Bradman's record of 29 Test centuries before South Africa hit back on the first day of the second Test at Durban. Ponting cracked his sixth century against the Proteas and fifth in the last...
Racecourse's Owners Make Light of TV Hurdle
Byline: By Howard Walker Newcastle Racecourse owner Northern Racing has shrugged off the loss of a lucrative TV rights contract to chalk up a 30% rise in annual profits. The company, which also owns Sedgefield Racecourse and seven other tracks...
Really Is Time for Tony to Deliver
It is difficult to predict with any great certainty what will happen on Tuesday when 150,000 public sector workers in the North-East stage a one day strike. There will, quite obviously, be some serious disruption but the degree of it will depend...
Reivers Hopes Given a Knock
Crafty Connacht dented Borders Reivers' quest for a top-five Celtic League finish as they snatched their second triumph on the trot at Netherdale. Neither side could settle into a rhythm in the inhospitable conditions which made fast-flowing rugby...
Sajid Ready to Knock Them Over
Byline: By Richard Gibson Sajid Mahmood hopes to extend his family's ability to make international opponents bob and weave by starring for England in the one-day series in India. Fast bowler Mahmood, 24, is the elder cousin of teenage boxing...
Season Starts Now for Carlisle
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Paul Simpson has told his Carlisle United squad "the hard work starts now". The League Two leaders are at home to Boston United today, looking to maintain their slim advantage in the tightest promotion battle in the professional...
Soaking Up the Sun
Byline: By Hannah Stephenson If the words "Costa Brava" fill you with dreaded images of lager louts, English pubs and high-rise hotels, you've obviously never been there. Well, not to the part that we visited, anyway, where holidaymakers are...
Spacious Homes with Fine Coastal Views
Anew show house has opened at Old Hartley, with views of the Northumbrian coastline, St Mary's lighthouse and the wide, golden sands and dunes of Seaton Sluice beach. The Eastcroft development, by Cussins Ltd, features four- and five-bedroom detached...
Sprinters Get It All Wrong Again
Byline: PHIL CASEY England embarrassingly crashed out of the 4x100 metres relay in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, writes PHIL CASEY. Marlon Devonish and Mark Lewis-Francis failed to exchange the baton on the final takeover after Lewis-Francis...
Stamp Duty Change Is `Not Enough'
Byline: By Karen Wilson More than a third of North-East homebuyers are now exempt from stamp duty as the Government raised the threshold from pounds 120,000 to pounds 125,000 in this week's Budget. But the change did not go far enough, say property...
Strike Chaos Likely in Pension Dispute
Byline: By Ross Smith Parents and commuters were warned last night to brace themselves for major disruption when 150,000 North workers strike over pensions on Tuesday. Schools across the region will shut down, Metro services will be suspended...
Sullivan Facing Fitness Fight
Byline: By Simon Rushworth The Newcastle juggernaut rolls on. As the Eagles' England contingent celebrated bronze medal success in the Commonwealth Games, their colleagues back home chalked up a 17th successive domestic win. But if Fabulous Flournoy...
The Captain Who Can't Get a Game
Despite his apparent fall from grace since Mick McCarthy's sacking, Gary Breen remains Sunderland's club captain. Steve Caldwell skippered the Black Cats in the two games since Kevin Ball was appointed caretaker manager. Breen was suspended for...
Thunder Face a Daunting Task
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Gateshead Thunder complete their six-game Northern Rail group campaign at home to first division champions and northern group winners Whitehaven tomorrow. Thunder are looking to build on last week's first win of the year...
Transvestite Rapist Given Life Sentence
Byline: By Hilary Clixby The victim of a knifepoint rape saw her transvestite attacker jailed for life yesterday more than 16 years after her horrific ordeal. The traumatised woman was just 15 in July 1989 when she was targeted by Alan Blackwell...
Two Killed in House
Detectives were yesterday investigating the deaths of two men whose bodies were found at a house. Police said the bodies of a man in his sixties and a man in his twenties were discovered at a house in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, early on Wednesday....
United Weigh Up Hard Road Back
Byline: By Luke Edwards Graeme Souness was not always at loggerheads with Newcastle United chairman Freddie Shepherd. In fact, back in pre-season, United's former manager enjoyed a rather cosy relationship with the club's board. Yet while the...
`Vote Early' Scheme for Council Election
Byline: By Ross Smith People in the North-East will able to cast their vote up to 10 days early in this year's local elections. The pilot scheme allowing early voting will take place in Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland. ...
We'd All Love O'Neill Here
Byline: By Luke Edwards As concern continues to fester regarding his long-term future at Newcastle United, Shay Given has given his backing to the club's quest to persuade Martin O'Neill to become its next boss. Given will have just one year...
Wenger Wants Divers Banned
Byline: By Adrian Curtis Arsene Wenger has told football's bosses the only way to eradicate diving in football is to ban the players who do it. The controversial issue of players diving emerged once again this week during Chelsea's 1-0 win over...
Why Is New Group to Be Based near City?
It was with interest that I read of the appointment of Dr Helen Philips as chief executive of Natural England (The Journal, March 23), the new environmental body that brings together the Rural Development Service, English Nature and the Landscape together...
Woman Mugged
A woman, 29 was mugged on Tankerville Terrace in Jesmond, Newcastle, as she made her way home last Saturday at around 10.45pm. Two men attacked and robbed her then made off towards West Jesmond Primary School when disturbed by a passer-by. Call...
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