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 31, 2004

After the Feast ( the Famine for Punters
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Thank goodness the silly season is over for another year and we have a more realistic number of meetings. But we have a ridiculous situation today with only two meetings, both in the North, one on the Flat at Ripon the other,...
A-Levels Change Accepted by Clarke
The A-level system will have to be reformed to allow universities to spot the brightest pupils, the Government has accepted. Record pass rates two weeks ago ( with more than 20pc of students getting A grades ( led to calls for changes to the system....
An Icy Blast through St James's
Byline: By Paul Gilder From the sale of Solano to his disagreement with Dyer, Sir Bobby Robson has had a year to forget at St James's Park. The Newcastle manager's departure was the culmination of eight months of arguments, as Paul Gilder reports....
A Personal Touch Is Key to Success
Byline: By Guy Anderson A corporate lettings agency has ambitious plans to double sales to more than pounds 3m this year on the back of strong demand for apartments in Newcastle. And Property Circle ( which provides short and longer-term accommodation...
A Proud Manager Who Had Deserved Better
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Sir Bobby Robson was the antithesis of the manager he replaced as Newcastle United boss. Chief Sports Writer Simon Rushworth fears an equally proud and passionate successor will prove elusive. Five years ago Sir Bobby...
Battered Diamonds Secure Vital Win
Byline: By Andrew Dalby Jesper Olsen was a race winner for the first time in his Newcastle comeback but then became one of the two riders taken to hospital during last night's dramatic Premier League match at Brough Park. Diamonds' victory could...
BBC Man from North in Thick of Iraq Siege
Byline: By Rhodri Phillips Uk Student Journalist Of The Year Wearing a flak jacket and his trademark panama hat he makes a dash for the sacred shrine hidden among narrow alleyways in the war-torn Iraqi city of Najaf. He dodges the sniper fire...
Bloodied Woman Sparks Huge Alert
Byline: By Neil McKay A blood-stained woman triggered a huge police operation yesterday after she dramatically flagged down a late-night motorist and claimed to have carried out a serious assault. The dishevelled, wild-looking woman terrified...
Britons `Still Need to Save More for Their Retirement'
Britons are gradually increasing the amount they save but more needs to be done to encourage people to put money away for their retirement, an insurance trade body says. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) says people saved a total of pounds...
Budget Airline Cuts Copenhagen Flight
Byline: By Liz Hands Budget airline easyJet yesterday confirmed it was withdrawing one of its European routes from Newcastle, blaming high airport charges. The company said it was confirming the removal of its Copenhagen service from Newcastle...
Business Link
Byline: By Nicki Clark Personal-development plans provide a flexible way to link employees' professional and personal development with the development of your business. Business Link Tyne & Wear manager Nicki Clark outlines what a personal-development...
Cameras in Focus
Byline: By Neil Gibson When The Journal's Safety First series was launched three weeks ago, its intention was to put the controversial issue of speed cameras under the microscope. We gave camera bosses, police, motoring organisations and members...
Clamping Down on Yobs
Troublemakers in the North-East could soon be targeted by anti-social behaviour experts, called in by local authorities to make life tougher for the yobs. The so-called Asbo Ambassadors will encourage councils and police forces to drive up the number...
Contenders for the Hot Seat
Alan shearer robson suggested three years ago that club captain and star striker Shearer should be his eventual successor at Newcastle. He has the respect of the club hierarchy and the adoration of the fans but lacks managerial experience. A preferred...
Counties Stuck at Foot of the Table
The season ended in disappointment for both Northumberland and Durham as they ended firmly entrenched at the bottom end of the Northern Counties League. Durham at least had the joy of winning the Northern Counties team strokeplay championship and...
Digging out the Best in Student Deals
Byline: By Jane Hall Jane Hall asked Beth Timney, who is starting a three- year archaeological degree in September, to cast her eyes over the latest student accounts on offer from the high street banks. The A-level results are in and the latest...
Drivers Can Solve Problem by Keeping to Speed Limits
Ray King, Northumbria Safety Camera Partnership project manager The Journal's Safety First campaign has succeeded in bringing an often emotive issue under the spotlight and we have welcomed this opportunity to put the facts across. We will be...
`Ecstatic' Ross Sails into Record Books
Byline: By Megan Bolam A sailor from the North-East made history last night when he slashed the world record for a transatlantic crossing by a massive 14 hours. Dentist Ross Hobson, 45, who lives in Kirkley, near Ponteland, Northumberland, broke...
Elliott Tells of Shock at the Training Ground
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Chief Sports Writer Robbie Elliott last night spoke of the shock which followed news of Sir Bobby Robson's sudden sacking and paid tribute to a manager who spectacularly revived the fortunes of his boyhood favourites before...
Families Join Rally against Dump Plan
Byline: By Daniel Thomson Banner-waving families filled Gateshead's Baltic Square in protest at a landfill rubbish dump which they claim is creating a health hazard on their doorsteps. The demonstration was organised by Residents Against Rubbish,...
Fans' Sadness Rapidly Gives Way to Realism
Byline: By Rhodri Phillips The sacking of Sir Bobby Robson as manager of Newcastle United prompted sympathy across the region yesterday ( but also a grim acknowledgement that some bloodletting at St James's had become necessary. Outside Newcastle's...
Farewell, Sir Bobby
Freddie Shepherd once described Sir Bobby Robson as the greatest manager his club has ever had. Even today, after the grand old knight was "relieved of his duties" he would probably, broadly, stand by his assessment. Sir Bobby inherited a club at...
Fifty-Storey Building Bid
Plans have been outlined for a pounds 200m hotel, housing and office complex that would transform the Tyneside skyline. The 50-storey building planned for the site currently occupied by the Scottish and Newcastle Breweries bottling plant at Gallowgate...
Flawed Voting System Makes a Mockery of Our Democracy
So now we know! The Electoral Commission has concluded that the "all postal" voting system has serious faults and should not be used. However, despite this, the Government is still insisting that the North-East referendum should continue on November...
Fourth Sevens Trophy in a Row for Falcons
Byline: By Alan Hedley Newcastle Falcons picked up their fourth sevens trophy in succession when they won the Selkirk tournament. The Newcastle squad was made up of senior and junior academy players and clinched the title by beating the Royal...
Free Flights for BA `Pressure' Workers
Byline: By Tom Whitehead British Airways staff are to get free air tickets for enduring the stress of this month's travel chaos ( but thousands of passengers must fight for compensation. The company has offered almost all of its 17,500 operational...
Fulham Boss Raps Circus Act Defence
Angry Chris Coleman slated his Fulham side for dismal defending in their defeat at Portsmouth and warned they must tighten up to avoid a disaster against Arsenal in their next match. Coleman said: "We have simply got to stop giving silly goals away....
Gordon in with United Shout
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Newcastle chairman Freddie Shepherd will today step up his search for Sir Bobby Robson's replacement after controversially dismissing the manager who spectacularly revived the club's fortunes following the disastrous reigns...
Growing Sympathy for Farmers' Struggle
Byline: By Denise Robertson You have never heard me rail against the British weather. I love our rain, winds, mists and that faint grey-blue veil that sometimes covers our landscape. Our winters are never too bad, our summers rarely roasting...
Here's Looking at You Madonna
Byline: By Nick Woods The ever-changing face of Madonna has been the subject of many portraits. Nick Woods reports on a book containing some of the best of them. If Madonna launched her own makeover television show it could be called Reinvention,...
Higher Orbit for Space Shuttle
Byline: By Robert Pratt Space Shuttle made a successful step up in class in rocketing to a surprise victory in the Ripon Champion Two Years Old Trophy yesterday. The colt's place in the line-up for the Listed contest had been determined by the...
Home Truths
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield There came a point last week when I had to take a good hard look at myself and say: "Come on, little ginger fella, this is dressage." I love the Olympics, not so much because it is a festival of sporting brilliance,...
I'll Be with You Forever
Byline: By Simon Rushworth An emotional Sir Bobby Robson reflected on his colourful five-year career as Newcastle United manager last night and insisted his devotion to the Magpies' cause remained undiminished. The former England manager, under...
Karen Bartlett Column
Byline: By Karen Bartlett Some things are sacred. No matter how many more people have died in wars and famines since September 11th there was something about that day, and the people on those planes, that has entered into our collective memory,...
Keep Your Children Free of Stress
Byline: By Emma Pomfret As a new school year starts, Emma Pomfret looks at the signs of stress every parent should be watching out for in their children. With GCSE results now out and the new school year looming, British kids are understandably...
Last Chance to Get Things Right until January Sales
Byline: By Mark Stainforth Premiership bosses are under more pressure than ever to get things right ahead of today's transfer deadline. With two top-flight managers already having been relieved of their duties this season, nobody is safe if they...
Lorry Trips Rise in North
Lorry journeys on Britain's roads have risen steadily this year despite congestion and climbing fuel prices. The most prosperous sectors in the industry are construction and retail/wholesale and growth is most widespread in the North-East and Scotland,...
Lunch Box Lessons on Pupils' Health
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Children in the North-East taking packed lunches to school are eating too much fat, salt and sugar, a new survey has revealed. The survey by the Food Standards Agency looked at packed lunches eaten by children in Bishop...
Massimo Hoping for Return to Italy
Byline: By Jack Pickering Striker Massimo Maccarone was last night hoping for a return to Italy ahead of today's transfer deadline. The 24-year-old has been linked with a loan move home for much of the summer, with former club Empoli, Fiorentina...
McCarthy Banking on His Star Turn
Byline: By Paul Gilder Sunderland will head to Reading this evening with Mick McCarthy confident he will be able to rely on Julio Arca to help him get the club's stuttering promotion push back on track. The Black Cats have made an indifferent...
Minister Faces Grilling on Home Rule
Regions minister Nick Raynsford will come under renewed pressure from business leaders today to answer their challenges on a North-East assembly. CBI North director Steve Rankin claims his organisation cannot support the proposals as they stand,...
`My Choice Proved Easy'
It was almost inevitable that Hannah Kenny would study medicine at university, as both her parents are doctors. The 18-year-old from Brunton Park, Gosforth, starts her five-year course at Newcastle University on September 13, and she already has...
No Boss Is Safe Now ( Clark
Byline: By Mark Stainforth Former Newcastle defender Frank Clark blasted the "ridiculous scenario" which led to the Magpies' dismissal of boss Sir Bobby Robson yesterday. And Clark, now vice-chairman of the League Managers' Association, warned...
Number of SMEs Reaches Highest Total for 10 Years
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby The number of small businesses in the UK rocketed by 200,000 last year and topped the four million mark for the first time in a decade, according to new figures. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) accounted for...
Nurses Morale Hit by GP Cover Move
Byline: By Robert Brooks Nurses are raising serious concerns over the number of doctors who will cover out-of-hours calls across rural Northumberland from tomorrow, following the shake-up of doctors' working hours. Around 20 sisters from community...
Owners Must Be Alert to the Dangers of Fraud
Byline: By Guy Anderson More than one-third of owners of small businesses see fraud as the single biggest threat to their company, research has claimed. Around 38pc of owner-managers said fraud was the biggest security issue they faced, compared...
Paddy's Unconventional Route to the Boardroom
Byline: By Guy Anderson Few stockbrokers have as varied a CV as Laing and Cruickshank investment director, Paddy Lewis. The former gardener to the rich and famous tells Guy Anderson the story of his path to success. Paddy Lewis's rise to the...
Play Me Where You like ( Elliott
Byline: By Paul Gilder Sunderland striker Stephen Elliott has told Mick McCarthy that he is willing to sacrifice his forward dream in order to win a regular place in the Black Cats' starting line-up. The Irishman came off the bench to fire a...
`Portugal Would Welcome Him Back'
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Hugo Viana last night admitted Sir Bobby Robson would be welcomed back with open arms should he opt to return to coaching in Portugal. The pounds 8.5m midfielder, who publicly criticised his ex-boss earlier this year,...
Poser on Pensions
People who are saving the least towards their retirement are most opposed to pensions being made compulsory, research showed yesterday. The Association of British Insurers said opinion polls consistently suggested that 70pc of the public would support...
Pothas Keeps Hampshire Up
Wicketkeeper Nic Pothas hit a career-best 83 in the totesport League to earn Hampshire a five-wicket win, securing their spot in the first division for next season. Chasing 231, Gloucestershire Gladiators looked set to follow up their C&G Trophy...
Public Must Be Persuaded
Denise Raven Yorkshire and North-East AA representative: There is still widespread public support for speed cameras ( AA research suggests up to 75pc support ( but there are a growing number of drivers who believe the expansion of speed cameras...
Rebel Leader Calls for End to Fighting
Rebel Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr called on his followers across Iraq to end fighting against coalition and Iraqi forces, and is planning to join the political process in the coming days, one of his top aides said yesterday. The cleric also called...
Respected Wherever He Has Kicked a Ball
Byline: By Rhodri Phillips Sir Bobby Robson's career has brought him respect throughout English, European and world football for his coaching ability and winner's mentality as well as the joy with which he still approaches the game he loves. ...
Retail Therapy
According to recent Mintel research, our region has a higher percentage of people using and buying from wedding lists than any other part of the country. The people at Next thought this was interesting, and so they decided to trial their new wedding-list...
Rethink on Cards at the Blaydon Races
Byline: By Doug Moscrop The Newcastle racecourse executive are to have a major rethink about the Blaydon Races Day after six races yesterday attracted a disappointing 45 runners. When the featured Blaydon Race Nursery was first run eight years...
Safety Probe into Rockslide at Mine
Byline: By Paul James Health and Safety bosses are set to launch an investigation after a man mining for valuable minerals was trapped under a rockslide in a disused North pit. It emerged last night that American jeweller Byron Weege suffered...
Sandwich Firm Filling a New Purpose Up North
Byline: By Iain Laing A sandwich-making firm has moved into retail with deals to open a chain of shops in Tyneside and Hexham. Newcastle-based Dundees' biggest ever expansion will see it take over 13 shops in a move hoped to double its turnover...
Sea Couple Rescued
A couple were rescued after getting into difficulties on a kayak off the North Northumberland coast. A 32-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman used a mobile phone to alert coastguards when they were caught in high winds as they paddled between Bamburgh...
Second Warning of Hike in Council Tax
Byline: By Neil McKay The row over the cost of local government under a regional assembly spread from Northumberland to County Durham yesterday, with householders warned they face council tax hikes if they vote to create three local authorities...
Since You Ask
Byline: By Peter Rutherford Mr B K from Birtley writes: I hope you can help me with a question I'm asking on behalf of my father. In 1996 he took out a home income plan to help supplement his income. Since he took out the plan he has received...
Sirius Pushes for Further Expansion
Byline: By Guy Anderson An engineering group which has built up sales of pounds 7m in just a year of trading is continuing a push for further growth. Durham-based Sirius Group ( a brownfield site investigation and treatment specialist ( has ambitions...
Sport Shorts
Rugby union: England captain Lawrence Dallaglio looks set to announce his retirement from international rugby today. The Wasps star has called a mid-morning press conference at Twickenham, when he will make what has been described as "an important...
Stars Saddened by `Enforced Retirement'
Soldier Soldier star Robson Green said yesterday he was appalled at the way Bobby Robson's departure had been handled. Speaking just before kick-off at a charity football match for St Oswald's Hospice, the 40-year-old, who grew up in Killingworth,...
Stephen Rankin Column
Byline: By Stephen Rankin North-east business is in uncharted waters. We are looking at conditions that haven't been seen for a hundred years ( economic stability, low inflation, low interest rates, and sustainable growth. In the UK, the North-East...
Stunned Silence as News Hits the City
Byline: By Daniel Thomson Families out for a quiet bank holiday morning walk were shocked yesterday as news of Sir Bobby Robson's exit from Newcastle United filtered onto the city streets. A normally hectic city centre had a strangely subdued...
Sue Wilson Column
"Where did you get that shirt?" I asked my summer visitor who was sporting a fancy new XXL version of the sort of thing the Asturian princes posing for El Prado portraits would have been pleased to wear. But I already knew the answer. There is...
Talented Adam the Apple of Boss's Eye
Hartlepool gave manager Neale Cooper the recovery he wanted after their 3-0 hammering at Swindon on Saturday as Adam Boyd added a few more scouts to his list of admirers. Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy made a personal check on the 22-year-old, who...
Tales Try to Help Fathom the Past
The Coma by Alex Garland (Faber & Faber, pounds 9.99) On his way home on the Tube, Carl sees a young woman being hassled by a group of young men. Cautiously intervening, he finds himself the focus of the gang's aggression and is brutally assaulted....
The Legacy: A Squad Filled with Potential
Byline: By Paul Gilder News of Sir Bobby Robson's sacking came almost five years to the day since Ruud Gullit departed St James's Park. Paul Gilder examines the legacy the former Newcastle boss has left behind. Highlighting the shambolic state...
The Ups and Downs of the Robson Years
"It's a lovely sunny day ( a great day to be manager of Newcastle United." Bobby Robson arrives at St James's Park, September 3, 1999. "I HAVE to develop a good relationship with Alan Shearer. I need to get the best out of him ( I need to get...
Tim Stays Calm as He Faces Tall Order
Byline: By Mark Stainforth Tim Henman is unfazed by the mountainous task ahead of him when he begins his US Open campaign at Flushing Meadows today. The British number one must overcome 6ft 10in Croatian Ivo Karlovic if he is to make any impression...
Tories Are Hoping to Scale a Mountain
Byline: By Ross Smith Last week the Tories chose their least fertile ground ( the North-East ( to launch a new drive to win the hearts and minds of urban dwellers. Ross Smith asks if it can revive their fortunes in the region. Theresa May has...
Transfers in and Out
Season 1999-00 Players In Kevin Gallacher Blackburn Roverspounds 500,000 Philippe Albert FulhamLoan Return Tommy Wright Manchester CityLoan Des Hamilton Huddersfield TownLoan Return Des Hamilton Grimsby TownLoan Return...
Under Fire but No Idea Bullet Was Coming to `the Man You Do Not Sack'
Byline: By Luke Edwards As Newcastle's players packed up their kit and said their farewells following the final game of last season at Anfield, Freddie Shepherd was quizzed by journalists over Sir Bobby Robson's future. The Newcastle United chairman...
United Still Hoping to Lure Centre-Half
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Newcastle are confident the dismissal of Sir Bobby Robson will not hamper the club's bid to sign a senior centre-half, after admitting defeat in the race to sign Manchester United-bound Wayne Rooney. United chairman...
Victim Rescued
A woman was critically ill yesterday after being rescued from a house fire by a neighbour. The woman, in her 50s, was alone in the detached house on Western Way, Darras Hall, Ponteland, when the fire broke out. Police are investigating the cause...
Weather Can't Give Camels the Hump
A caravan of camels brought a touch of Middle Eastern magic to a Northumberland showground yesterday, as they swapped Saharan skies for looming rain clouds. The hump-backed beasts were part of Joseph's Amazing Camels, which made up just part of...
Wettest Summer for Almost 50 Years ( It's Official
Rainfall figures released by the Met Office yesterday confirmed what many in the North had suspected ( we have just endured the wettest summer for nearly half a century. More than double the normal amount of rain fell in England and Wales ( an average...
Who Said What
"We have always backed the manager, we have been big spenders. But now we have got to make sure we get value for money ( that's a nice way of putting it. "Cort didn't make it, Viana didn't make it, Bassedas didn't make it. There comes a point where...
Wildlife-Friendly Training for Farmers from RSPB
Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie North farmers can discover a new set of skills by taking part in a pioneering training programme from next month. The RSPB has linked up with Defra's Vocational Training Scheme (part of the England Rural Development...
Wonderful Women Who Will Always Be with Us
Byline: By David Emanuel What is an icon? Have you ever dreamt of being one? Or indeed meeting one? In fact, what makes an icon? Fashion designer David Emanuel thinks he has the answer. The dictionary definition is: A figure, image, a portrait,...
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