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 22, 2006

Arca out for Three Weeks as Boro Run into Crisis
Byline: By Jack Pickering Gareth Southgate's hunt for reinforcements intensified yesterday as his major problems with Middlesbrough's defensive line started to mount, writes Jack Pickering. Saturday's 3-2 defeat at newly-promoted Reading saw...
A Treasure Trove for Shoppers
County Durham's many towns and villages boast a wide variety of shops from high-street names to small specialist shops run by local traders whose families have served their local communities for generations. In some of the older towns, historic...
Benkenstein Opens Up about Durham's Problems
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Dale Benkenstein has admitted Durham may have to look elsewhere for batting talent this winter if this season's Championship struggles are not to be repeated. Durham will try another new opening partnership in the Division...
Bounty Pays off for Police
Byline: By Neil Mckay A pioneering scheme offering an annual pounds 1,500 "bounty" to Durham's special constables has dramatically boosted recruitment, Chief Constable Jon Stoddart announced yesterday. The groundbreaking scheme, the only one...
Burger Bar Jab Trust Is a Beacon for NHS
Byline: By Liz Hands Health Correspondent Nurse Angela Star caused outrage last year when she revealed that she had given a schoolgirl a contraceptive jab in a McDonald's restaurant toilet. But yesterday it was revealed that her health authority...
China Helps to Boost North Plastics Firm
Byline: By Nigel Stirling The emerging Chinese economic miracle is helping a businessman to expand his plastics business on Tyneside as well as in the Far East. Gordon Styles bought Gateshead-based Omega Plastics out of administration with partners...
Comeback for George
Impressive 2000 Guineas winner George Washington heads 11 confirmations for Sunday's totesport Celebration Mile at Goodwood. The Danehill colt has been off the track since injuring his hip when finishing second to Araafa in the Irish Guineas in May....
Council Member Quits in Code Row
A northumberland councillor dramatically resigned yesterday after being found guilty of breaching the code of conduct. Kirkwhelpington parish councillor John Anderson, who owns the Little Harle estate, failed to leave the room during a discussion...
County's Students Surpass Themselves
Byline: By Hayley Beattie and Robert Brooks Headteachers in Northumberland are celebrating after some of the best A-level results the county has ever seen. Final pass rates are still being calculated in the county, but schools in both the rural...
Crowds Flock to Falstone for Border Shepherds Show
More than 1,000 people descended on the tiny village of Falstone on Saturday for one of Tynedale's most popular rural shows. Now in its 121st year, the Falstone Border Shepherds Show remains a firm fixture on the farming calendar, and attracted...
Dream Move for Martins
Byline: By Paul Gilder A thrilled Obafemi Martins admitted last night he will realise a boyhood dream when he finally completes a pounds 10m move to St James's Park. The Inter Milan striker is set to become Glenn Roeder's second summer signing...
Dylan Is the Main Danger
Byline: By Thomas Deane Aidan O'Brien hopes Dylan Thomas can follow in the footsteps of 2000 victor Giant's Causeway by lifting today's Juddmonte International Stakes at York, writes Thomas Deane. The Danehill colt finished third in the Derby...
Dylan Thomas the One to Beat at York
Ballydoyle may be sending over a lighter raiding party than normal for York's Ebor meeting but they can still land the feature race on the first day with Dylan Thomas. The Group One Juddmonte International Stakes statistically proves to be one of...
Evidence That Diet Can Make a Difference
Thousands of contradictory words have been written on the effects of certain types of diet on arthritis, so it's hard for people with the condition to know what to believe is true or false. Although it remains a controversial area, there is an increasing...
Failure Can Still End in Success
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield As hundreds of thousands of A-level students are taking stock of their grades this week, there have been renewed calls to phase out the examinations in a bid to tackle the UK's high dropout rate among 16 and 17-year-olds....
Feeling Good with Flirty Friday
Byline: By Jane Hall Weekends are all about relaxing and having a good time ( and now they can start with a new Flirty Friday pampering session at Newcastle's City Retreat Salon and Spa. Jane Hall and friends were persuaded to find out what it's...
Final Chapter for Libraries ( or a Happy Ending?
Communities fighting library closures in Northumberland will now have to wait until November for the county council's decision. Branches in Corbridge, Ellington, Kielder, Haydon Bridge, Lynemouth, Seaton Sluice, Hadston, Heddon, Wylam and at Cowpen,...
Four Baby Deaths in Four Years
Byline: By Guy Basnett Chief Reporter Four babies have died under the watch of social workers in Newcastle, sparking a string of major inquiries. The tally of infant deaths was revealed yesterday at a tribunal following the torture and murder...
Fourth Price Hike for Corus Structural Steel Customers
Byline: By Iain Laing Steelmaker Corus is to hike the price of structural steel in the UK due to high demand as the construction industry recovers. The Anglo-Dutch firm, which employs about 2,900 people on Teesside, said basic prices on all its...
Gatlin Could Be Stripped of World Record
Justin Gatlin will be stripped of his share of the 100m world record if he is found guilty of a doping offence, the International Amateur Athletics Federation have confirmed. Gatlin is already facing the prospect of a life ban after testing positive...
Haifa Take Early Kicks at Benitez
Byline: By Paul Walker Rafael Benitez had to withstand a tortuous trip to the Ukraine yesterday before walking straight into an astonishing assault on Liverpool's motives and character ahead of tonight's Champions League showdown against Maccabi...
Holding Back of Cattle Praised
Feeders have been praised by the National Beef Association for holding back finished cattle so the supply blockage that built up during the recent heatwave could clear. As a result of their action the NBA says slaughter cattle prices across the...
Home Truths
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield As you can probably tell from this charming picture, I am not a man to be trifled with. This snap was taken at Atkinson Road Nursery School in Benwell around 1975 where I was, by all accounts, "a handful". Nursery...
It's Just Reward for All the Hard Work Put In
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Schools in County Durham have continued their high performances at A-level. Though final calculations are still being made, the county's pass rate is believed to be around 97.5%, putting it above the national average...
Judge Spares School Mum a Prison Term
Byline: By Neil McKay A mother was spared jail yesterday despite an "appalling" record for failing to send her teenage children to school. District Judge David Woods told Christine Davison she was very close to being jailed for allowing her son...
Kans & Kandy Makes Room for Expansion
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Wholesaler Kans & Kandy has doubled the size of its premises to grow its fast-expanding, six-year-old business. The company, which buys and sells surplus household and beauty products, has just moved into 45,000sqft...
Keeping It Legal
Recent Government initiatives have demonstrated the important role that innovation and science is playing in developing the UK's long term prosperity. They have found a strong correlation between increased investment in these areas and an increase...
Keith Hann Column
Byline: By Keith Hann I owe my reader(s) an apology. Yes, I know that's true every week, but this time there is a specific reason. Last month I suggested that the chronic unreliability of the East Coast Main Line train service meant that flying...
Lehman Hits out at Tiger's Ryder Critics
Byline: By Mark Garrod Tom Lehman yesterday handed Ryder Cup wild cards to Scott Verplank and Stewart Cink ( and then added that he will "go crazy" if anybody questions how much Tiger Woods wants to be part of his team next month, writes Mark Garrod....
Le Tallec's Masterplan
Liverpool's Anthony Le Tallec, a former loan signing for Sunderland, is hoping his move to Sochaux will allow him to catch the eye of France coach Raymond Domenech. The 21-year-old forward has signed a one-year loan deal with the Ligue 1 club. "Sochaux...
'Let's Just Celebrate'
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Teachers and education chiefs in the region have defended young people's achievements after this year's A-level results were accompanied by the traditional debate over standards. With the pass rate rising towards 100%...
Livery More Than Window Dressing
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby A former Harrods window dresser and a horse dentist have joined forces to open a new luxury livery yard in the North. Farmer's wife Abi Wilson, who was a window dresser at Harvey Nichols and Harrods, and Nicole Wilson...
Low Risk of Bluetongue Spreading to Britain
Byline: By Anna Lognonne A deadly sheep disease which has spread to northern Europe is unlikely to reach Britain, chief veterinary officer Debbie Reynolds said. She acknowledged there was an "increased likelihood" of bluetongue disease ( which...
Man Hurt in Attack
A man was taken to hospital after a late-night attack in Alnwick, Northumberland. The 20-year-old suffered head injuries and was taken to Wansbeck General Hospital after he was assaulted at 2am on Saturday just outside Collectables on Bondgate Within,...
Marts
Hexham August 18 Hexham and Northern Marts had forward an entry of 265 store cattle and suckled calves at their weekly sale With the harvest at a halt a large contingent of buyers were forward and quality sorts sold exceptionally well. ...
More Bidders for United Forecast
More bidders for Newcastle United are set to emerge if Jersey-based investment firm Belgravia Group puts in a formal offer for the club, financial experts claimed last night. Up to three other parties could enter the fray for one of Europe's best...
No Easing Up, Warns Carlisle Boss
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Carlisle United will tonight change their team for the first time this season ( but manager Neil McDonald has warned there can be no let-up against Bradford City. McDonald will give some of his fringe players an opportunity...
No Sign of Folding
Byline: By David Whetstone Country music legend Kenny Rogers has his hands full at present. As he tells David Whetstone, that's the way he likes it. It's 2.30pm in Newcastle, 9.20am in South Carolina and Kenny Rogers is greeting the day with...
Nursery Plans to Grow into Centre
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby A nursery is sowing the seeds of expansion and creating up to 20 new jobs with an ambitious plan to turn it into a major garden centre. Ross Weightman, who runs Plants R Ross in Peterlee, is being supported by Business...
Pakistan Stoke Up the Heat on ICC Decision
Byline: By Myles Hodgson Pakistan will continue with their tour of England despite the ball-tampering row but may review that decision following captain Inzamam-ul-Haq's disciplinary hearing with the International Cricket Council, writes Myles Hodgson....
Phillips to Start Talks with the Cats
Byline: By Paul Gilder Niall Quinn's fortunes finally changed for the better last night as the beleaguered Sunderland boss was granted permission to open contract talks with Kevin Phillips. But with West Brom having also agreed a fee with Aston...
Plastic Surgery for Crash Victim, 5
A five-year-old girl needed plastic surgery after a three-car pile-up. Shannon Weatherston was in the back seat of a blue Ford Fiesta being driven by pregnant Natalie Spempniak, 24, when the car in front lost control. Ms Spempniak was forced...
Players Are Not Ones in Charge
Byline: By Stuart Rayner For the second year running the start of the Premiership football season has been overshadowed by Test cricket. But whereas last August cricket fans were delighted to see the Ashes knock the national game off the back pages,...
Pool Boss Sets Sights on a Win
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Hartlepool United will field their strongest possible side in tonight's League Cup game at Burnley's Turf Moor as Danny Wilson looks to overcome the latest psychological hurdle facing his team. Pool scored their first...
Rail Union Calls for Action over GNER
Byline: By Zoe Hughes There were demands yesterday for GNER to be removed as the flagship operator on the East Coast Main Line. The call came amid mounting fears they were set to increase prices and cut jobs. Just a few days ago bosses at...
Recalling Harvesting of the Grouse
May i congratulate Jane Hall on her compendium of the August 12 grouse shooting ritual (The Journal, August 11)? At the teenage period of my life near Alston in Cumbria, I took an active part in grouse harvesting, as a farm lad who loaded guns for...
Record Results Bring Smiles to Their Faces
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths and Julia Kennard Children on Tyneside helped the area to some of the country's most impressive improvements in A-level results. Newcastle schools saw their pass rate rise 2.3% to 96.3%, with Walbottle Campus, Kenton...
Referees in the Dark
Rugby union: England's referees have urged the International Rugby Board to confirm whether they can implement proposed new rules designed to discourage teams from deliberately forcing uncontested scrums. Premier Rugby want to adopt the approach whereby...
Results
Northumberland COQUET HIGH SCHOOL, AMBLE Lydia Armit 3; Lee Bell 2; John Blacklock 2; Laura Bloom 2; James Boyd 3; Katie Braithwaite 3; Gordon Brindle 3; Emma Budge 3.5; Danielle Crawford 1; Rachel Creen 2; Philippa Crockett 3.5; Neil Davison...
Results
A-level results ( Bede Sixth Form Academy Jane Gordon 5; Michael James Hamm 5; Graham Smith 5; Daniel Alderson 4; Sarah Jane Atkinson 4; Daniel Attrill 4; Grace Louise Banks 4; Douglas Beavers 4; James Graham Bell 4; James Berry 4; Helen Louise...
Results
A-level results ( Usworth sixth form college: Charlotte Grace Adams 4; Sarah Anderson 4; Dean Michael Andrews 4; Anne-marie Bailey 4; Laura Bainbridge 4; Sarah Louise Boulter 4; Amy Bowey 4; Andrew Brady 4; Louise Briggs 4; Sarah Brough 4; Stuart Busby...
Riera Could Light Us Up, Says Saxton
Byline: By Paul Gilder sunderland assistant manager Bobby Saxton has backed Arnau Riera to help cure the club's malaise as the Spaniard prepares to make his full debut in a red-and-white shirt this evening. The 24-year-old midfielder made a promising...
Rowson Set for Quakers Debut
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Darlington new-boy Dave Rowson could make his Quakers debut against one of his former clubs tonight. The Scottish midfielder has gone straight into the squad to face Stoke City in the League Cup first round tie at the...
Sarah Green Column
Byline: By Sarah Green Last year barely half of GCSE students achieved a Grade C or above in maths (54%) and just six out of 10 (60%) in English. Only 45% achieved both ( the benchmark for competence in the three Rs. Delivering these skills must...
Sir Bobby Wanted to Defy Doctors
Byline: By Ian Parkes Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton has revealed Sir Bobby Robson was ready to defy doctors and report for duty for the Euro 2008 qualifier against Germany in 12 days' time. Ex-Newcastle boss Robson is to undergo...
Suffering of the Parents
Byline: By Denise Robertson If the 41-year-old American teacher, John Mark Karr, arrested in Thailand, is found guilty, as alleged, of killing child beauty queen, JonBenet Ramsey, 10 years ago it will bring to an end an unprecedented campaign against...
Swan's Probed over RFA Contract Costs
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Political Editor Shipbuilder Swan Hunter is being investigated over the massive cost overruns of its final Ministry of Defence contract ( which has left taxpayers with a pounds 600m bill. Government spending watchdog the...
Top 10 Worst Excuses for Not Paying Minimum Wage
Branding an employee a "total waste of space" has been named the number one worst excuse for not paying the minimum wage by Customs officials. The list also includes claiming an employee only wanted pounds 3 an hour and only offering a job as "a...
Typical Day ( PO
Yesterday was a just a "typical day" for Post Office customers despite predictions the new pricing system would cause "chaos", Royal Mail said last night. New rules which came into force yesterday mean postage costs are determined by the size and...
United Suitor Is Set to Encourage Others
Byline: By Howard Walker More bidders for Newcastle United are set to emerge if Jersey-based investment firm Belgravia Group puts in a formal offer, financial experts said last night. Up to three other parties could enter the fray for one of...
Wartime Past Intrudes
Byline: By Denise Robertson The past has intruded into the present this week with news that First World War soldiers shot as deserters are to be pardoned and that Nobel prizewinner Gnther Grass, revered for his criticism of Nazism, was actually...
We're Tumbling to the Point, but Gently
The crowning sculpture to Northern Stage's new theatre has been attracting more than its fair share of interest (and concern) from passers by. Escapology, is an explosion of timber planks designed to look like the fence is escaping from the roof...
We've Let Everyone Down, Says Black Cats Captain
Byline: By Paul Gilder Dean Whitehead last night revealed Sunderland's players have accepted Niall Quinn's criticisms and admitted the outspoken Irishman was right to be so forthright in his appraisal of his side's latest pathetic performance. ...
Whay They Said
Geoff boycott, former England captain: "The ICC must be blind or stupid not to have realised there is history between Darrell Hair, the umpire who accused them of changing the nature of the ball, and Pakistan. There were mutterings after the Headingley...
Young Mother among 11 Charged
Byline: By Neville Dean A young mother of an eight-month-old baby and a 17-year-old youth were among 11 people charged last night over the alleged airliner bomb plot. Scotland Yard's terror chief also revealed dramatic details of the massive...
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