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 9, 2006

Anger as Unpaid Fines Are Scrubbed
Byline: By Ross Smith More than 12,000 flawed parking tickets were issued by a North council after it was told they must include the date of issue, The Journal can reveal today. Sunderland Council on Tuesday said it was writing off fines for...
Anglers Save Pounds 6 but the Car Is Swamped
Byline: By Guy Basnett Hapless anglers who sneaked on to a beach were branded "idiots" last night after sparking a pounds 1,000 rescue bid when the tide pulled their car into the waves. A witness saw the men squeeze their car and trailer between...
A Swell Work of Art
Byline: By Tamzin Lewis "It's like being in heaven," says a silhouetted woman standing inside a solid light three-dimensional projection. The experience is near impossible to describe, but this is a fantastically emotive response to how it feels....
Bean Can Run Away with It
Byline: By Anita Chambers Veteran performer Runner Bean can complete a double over fences by capturing the Wincanton Golf Course Handicap Chase at the West Country track today. Trained by Richard Lee, the 12-year-old has been a most consistent...
Benfica Bring End to Liverpool's Dream of Staying Champions
Byline: By Paul Walker Ten months of fantasy were left in ruins at Anfield as Liverpool had their fifth European Cup wrenched from their grasp. Back in May last year the miracle of Istanbul sent Liverpool and their fans soaring into dream land....
Big Alternative as D1 Fast-Tracks to China
Byline: By Howard Walker Bio-fuels company D1 Oils is expanding its global operation into China after clinching a "very significant" deal with the Chinese government. D1, of Stockton, says the memorandum of understanding it has signed with the...
Bigger Programme on Way to Promote Beef Exports in Europe
Byline: By Steve Powdrill A truly European programme of exhibitions and events to promote home produced beef is ready to swing into action following a vital vote in Europe paving the way towards the lifting the 10-year-old restrictions on British...
Blaydon MP Warns Straw after Hamas Meeting
A North mp has met the Islamic militant group Hamas ( and warned Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to keep his "cool" over the situation. Blaydon's Dave Anderson is one of the first British MPs to meet leaders of the organisation following their surprise...
Braving the Big Freeze to Enjoy Great Sport
Those anglers who braved this week's wintry conditions were well rewarded with excellent sport ( and some good-sized fish. Sharpley regular Richard Landsbury from South Shields, fishing buzzers, safely returned 18 trout ( the largest tipping the...
Champions League Round-Up
Lyon gained revenge for their elimination at the hands of PSV Eindhoven last year by dumping the Dutch side out of this season's Champions League with plenty to spare at the Stade Gerland. A 1-0 victory in the first leg in Eindhoven, courtesy of...
Changes in Law over Sexual Harassment
Simon Loy ( HR partner at Eversheds' Newcastle office ( reports on changes in laws governing sexual harassment. The European Amended Equal Treatment Directive (2002/03) has required some changes to the UK's discrimination legislation. In many...
Chelsea Players Charged
Byline: By Matt Barlow Chelsea were yesterday charged by the FA for the behaviour of their players during Saturday's win at West Brom. The FA charge relates to an incident which saw Chelsea players surround referee Mark Halsey after a foul by...
Chip Shots
Byline: By Tim Taylor By tim taylor Journal User Tough job for Ferrie coach SEE The Journal on Saturday when Kenneth Ferrie's coach, John Harrison, starts the toughest job in sport ( turning our golf correspondent Tim Taylor into a decent...
Corry: We Have to Be More Ruthless
Martin Corry has urged England to sharpen their clinical edge as they prepare for a make-or-break RBS 6 Nations Championship clash against France in Paris. England will travel to the French capital for Sunday's encounter well aware that they have...
Count on Goals
Newcastle United is helping adults improve literacy and numeracy. It is one of 10 Premiership and Football League clubs to sign up to the Government's Heading for Success scheme. Newcastle United's main stand learning centre will host literacy...
Cut Adrift by Cable & Wireless
Thousands of businesses are engaged in a hunt for a new telecoms supplier after Cable & Wireless ditched them with 90 days notice. Around 27,000 firms were left in the lurch when C&W revealed recently that it wanted to concentrate its operations...
Drop Dogma, Blair Tells Rebels
Tony Blair has urged Labour rebels in the North to look at the substance of his controversial education policies instead of allowing "dogma" to get in the way of improving standards. Speaking before next week's crucial vote on the Education Bill,...
Farmer Was Faking Passports for Bulls
Byline: By Hayley Beattie A Northumberland farmer was fined pounds 4,000 yesterday for falsifying cattle passport details. Steven Urwin, 32, of High House Farm, Matfen, admitted 16 charges including applying false trade descriptions to livestock,...
Fashion Is Now Spelt with Capital E
Byline: By Jane Hall It's not that long ago that image-conscious women would rather choke than let the words "ethical fashion" pass their Botox-enhanced lips. And who could blame them? Kaftans, tie-dye T-shirts, baggy drawstring hemp trousers,...
Football Shorts
Morrisons check out Supermarket chain Morrisons insist their decision to end their sponsorship deal with the Scottish Football Association had nothing to do with the recent record of the national side. Morrisons have confirmed they will not be extending...
Gardeners' Diary
Keep in touch with North-East gardening and floral events through this column every Thursday. Today British Cactus and Succulent Society ( Northumbria branch, talk, Succulents for the Cactophile(CORRECT), by Ian Robinson, St Aidan's Community...
Gray May Now Get Chance to Shine
Byline: By Luke Edwards While most of Sunderland's players openly mourned the sacking of Mick McCarthy this week, Andy Gray is likely have been a rare exception. Having been signed by McCarthy for pounds 1.1m from Sheffield United last August,...
Hello, Is That 101? I Want to Report A
Byline: By Zoe Hughes People in the Northumbria police force area could soon "text" pictures of crimes under plans for a new non-emergency number. Home Office Minister Hazel Blears yesterday confirmed those living in Northumberland and Tyne and...
Hogg's Ready to Join the Big League
Matthew Hoggard will get the opportunity to join England's elite list of bowlers this week ( but he will not be counting. Yorkshire swing bowler Hoggard earns his 50th cap in the second Test against India at Mohali, needing just three wickets to...
Hot Chocolates
Still feeling cold? Well, wrap yourself up in a myriad of colours that will warm up even the coldest of homes. Brown always hits the hotspot as we relate most tones in this spectrum to a certain warmth. To get an idea, think of the froth on a perfectly-prepared...
How I Saved a Plane with My 4X4
Byline: By Dave Black A flying instructor told yesterday how he used his car headlights to guide a stricken aircraft to safety at a North-East airfield. The Cessna 182 suffered engine failure at 5,500ft and Eshott Airfield in Northumberland (...
How the EGU Can Help a Club Grow
Byline: By Tim Taylor We've encountered a lot of interest in our "Time to shake a money tree" story a fortnight ago. Teeing off revealed that only a minority of golf clubs in the region have so far taken advantage of the grants for junior coaching...
Hunt for New Chamber Chief
Byline: By Howard Walker The region's biggest business organisation is stepping up its search to find a new chief executive. The North-East Chamber of Commerce has appointed headhunters from Newcastle-based recruitment company NRG to search for...
Iran Warning Raises Fears of Oil Weapon
Byline: By Geoff Johnson Iran threatened the United States with "harm and pain" yesterday for its part in possibly hauling Tehran before the UN Security Council over its nuclear programme. America said Tehran had enough material to make up to...
Jens Was Our Star ( Wenger
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hailed goalkeeper Jens Lehmann as the Gunners' hero as they sneaked through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League at the expense of Real Madrid. Lehmann crucially kept out a shot from Raul on the hour mark ( producing...
Lifting of Beef Ban Offers Big Chance
Byline: By Anna Lognonne The lifting of the British beef ban yesterday will give farmers the chance to recapture the pounds 675m market, which was lost when the embargo was imposed in 1996. Europe's veterinary experts yesterday unanimously approved...
Mapping Alternative Fuels
Energy is proving a bit of a problem for the UK at the moment ( but at the Centre for Process Innovation, they're only interested in solutions. CPI is one of the "Centres of Excellence" set up by One NorthEast, and its aim is to drive innovation...
Marts
St BOSWELLS March 6 JOHN Swan Limited sold 281 clean cattle, 24 cows, 3,195 hoggs and 868 ewes. The 128 bullocks averaged 115.4p per kg, -1.0p on the week, and sold to 135p. The 146 heifers averaged 114.8p per kg, -0.9p on the week, and sold...
Medals Reveal Poet's Link with the Magpies
Byline: By Tony Henderson Two rare medals up for auction reveal a poet's link with Newcastle United. The gold medals bear the image of poet Robert Burns and an inscription referring to a Robert Burns Statue and two Scots v Anglo-Scots matches...
Midgley: We Have to Start Winning
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Gateshead Thunder coach Dean Thomas is under pressure to end the club's winless start to the 2006 Rugby League campaign. Thunder have lost their opening four Northern Rail Cup group games and chairman Bill Midgley has insisted...
More Jobs to Fill as QRS Hits Another Peak
Byline: By Howard Walker Growing North-East manufacturer QRS is expanding its workforce a year after a pounds 900,000 move to a new HQ. QRS, or Quality Roofing Systems, makes bespoke roofing for conservatories. It has already increased its workforce...
MP's `Gay Wedding'
Environment Minister Ben Bradshaw is to become the first MP to have a gay "wedding", it was disclosed yesterday. A spokesman for the Exeter MP said Mr Bradshaw and his long-term partner, Neal Dalgleish, planned to register their civil partnership...
MPs Should Oppose Bill before It's Too Late
Mark Wallace was right to highlight the dangers of the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill (Voice of the North, March 4). As a businessman, I naturally welcome any measure that will reduce the burden of complicated regulations, but the more I...
Murder Charge
Police hunting the killer of a mother-of-five whose body was found at her Teesside home have charged a man with her murder. The body of Audrey Badger, 42, was discovered in her house in Stirling Way, Thornaby, on February 11. Police said she had...
My Students Are Teaching Me as We Go Along
Seven weeks into her time as a volunteer in Sri Lanka, Joanne McGee, 23, from Wallsend, North Tyneside, finds time to explore her newly `adopted' home. Now in my seventh week as an English teacher, I am noticing huge improvements among my students....
New Rules Seek to Simplify Matters of Staff Transfers
Byline: By Sally Lomas Fletcher The Government has published the new Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations. These amendments seek to simplify this notoriously complex aspect of employment legislation which aims to protect...
No Going Back after Gas Blast Nightmare
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin A couple whose house was ripped apart by a gas blast said last night they could never return to live there ( even if they win compensation to rebuild the pounds 200,000 home. Retired policeman John Walker and his wife...
Nurses' Win Top Awards
Byline: By Liz Hands Three North-East nurses won accolades last night at the Nurse of the Year awards. Carolyn Davison, Gillian Reay and Patricia Hodgson were all honoured for their dedication to the NHS at the Nursing Standard awards, presented...
Perfect Choice to Chair Digital Team
Byline: By Howard Walker The trade association for the region's digital technology companies has a new man at the helm. Andrew Robson, managing director and founder of Newcastle technology company Perfect Image, has been appointed as chairman...
Porsche Taken by Drug Addict
Byline: By Hilary Clixby A businesswoman last night spoke of her anguish after a drug addict wrote off her beloved Porsche after stealing the keys from her home. Jacqui Spence was asleep when Michael Curran broke into her home in Wallsend, North...
Price Rises Cause Hardship
Further fuel price increases of at least 25% are expected this year, which will force even more people to struggle to pay their gas and electricity bills. National Energy Action (NEA), the leading fuel poverty charity, estimates that these price...
Rent Man Robbed
A rent collector has been robbed while calling on houses in South Tyneside. The council employee was in Moffat Villas, South Shields, at around 10.30am on Tuesday, when he was attacked. The robber made off with cash. His assailant is described...
Schumacher Relishes Scrap for the Title
Byline: By Alastair Moffitt Michael Schumacher has warned Formula One's next generation to prepare for a backlash from the oldest ( and most successful ( driver on the grid. Schumacher (pictured left) is an old stager in Formula One terms at...
Shades of the Past
Byline: By Francesca Craggs Since opting out of the rat race and fulfilling her ambition to start her own home accessory business, life has been hunkydory for Alison Ellerbrook. With support from The Prince's Trust and Arts Council North East,...
Smaller Bills in the Frame
With the conservation of energy a top priority for local and national government Haslam Homes is making sure it keeps energy efficiency in the frame, building timber-frame homes at a number of its sites. A company in the Keepmoat Group, the builder...
Some Issues of Wind and Power
Aluminium manufacturer Alcan and Scottish Power have combined forces to develop a windfarm near Ashington. In February, ScottishPower Renewables submitted applications with Wansbeck District Council and Castle Morpeth Borough Council to develop...
Sport Shorts
Eagles pair start well basketball: Andrew Sullivan and Andrew Bridge made promising starts to their Commonwealth Games campaigns as the Newcastle pair shone for England's basketball team in Australia. Peter Scantlebury's side beat Frankston Blues...
Spring into Action
For me, the appearance of brilliant yellow daffodils heralds the arrival of spring, whether they are in fantastic drifts or just dotted in borders and rockeries to brighten the scene. But some gardeners anticipating a riot of spring colour can be...
Stars Return to `Danger' Ground
Byline: By Paul Gilder The excuses Graeme Souness offered as the underlying cause of his troubles on Tyneside looked increasingly flimsy last night as it emerged Newcastle's first-team squad have returned to the club's multi-million-pound training...
Steam Power to Change Face of Recycling in North
A groundbreaking project which could change the face of the recycling industry in the North-East is to become a reality. Environmental management company Graphite Resources Ltd has secured backing from Allied Irish Bank for the next phase of a steam...
Steering Group Bid to Boost Farming
Work has started on the creation of a successful and sustainable farming and food industry for the North-East. Delegates at an event hosted by the Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy (SFFS) Steering Group for the North-East at Newcastle Falcons...
The Banks, Sensitive to Their Bad Press, Are Taking Steps to Restore Popularity
Byline: By Peter Jackson A new hassle in a world full of hassles is a trip to the bank. What was once a matter of popping quickly in and out, now involves finding a big window in the diary and taking a packed lunch and something to read while whiling...
The Final Frontier
Byline: By Hannah Davies Star Trek first came to our screens 40 years ago this year, bringing bizarre aliens, moral struggles and Captain James T Kirk's tight trousers to millions. Hannah Davies boldly goes back ... "Space: the final frontier....
The North-East Is Ahead of the Game
Byline: By Herb Kim Many, if not all of you, are probably daily users of the internet. We now get much of our international, national and local news from the web ( via sites such as The Journal's website, icNewcastle.co.uk and bbc.co.uk The web...
The Problems Are Clear, Now We Need Solutions
Byline: By Malcolm Wicks Do you know that homes in the North-East on average burn more gas (but use less electricity) than in other regions in the UK? And that, as a result of this energy use, 2.8 tonnes of damaging carbon dioxide is released into...
They All Move over for King Richard
Byline: RAY GILPIN Richard Guest reached a half-century for the season when Move Over landed the Alan Thompson 75th Birthday Novices' Handicap Chase at Catterick, writes RAY GILPIN. The 11-year-old, formerly trained in Ireland and having his...
Three Are Arrested over Lee's Stabbing
Byline: By Guy Basnett Three men were arrested last night by police hunting the killer of Lee Phipps in a suspected race-hate attack. Lee, 31, was stabbed to death in Cleadon Hills Road, South Shields, after he had stepped from his home to take...
USS Enterprise: Personnel Data
Captain KIRK Name: James Tiberius Kirk Actor: William Shatner Age: 74 What he did next: After the original series ended in 1969, Shatner went on to star in the first seven Star Trek feature films. Other films include Sole Survivor and The...
We Can Do It ( McClaren
Byline: By Damian Spellman Middlesbrough boss Steve McClaren has urged his players to send shockwaves across Europe by dumping Italian giants Roma out of the Uefa Cup. The Serie A aristocrats arrive on Teesside for tonight's first leg defending...
We Can't Cope with 100% Gas Price Rises
Byline: By Alan Hall The issue of energy hardly seems to be out of the headlines these days. It vies with weather, Iran and politics for space in the newspaper columns. From a manufacturing standpoint, developments on energy, energy supply and...
We're a Leading Light for UK
The Government's review of national energy policy offers the North-East an excellent opportunity to reflect on our outstanding achievements and consider our opportunities to improve how we are delivering national and regional energy goals and challenges....
When an Employer Will Be Held Liable
Christopher Welch, partner in the employment law unit at Newcastle law firm Sintons, looks at employer liability. THE news recently of an employee who, through a practical "joke" at work, unknowingly drank anti-freeze which resulted in him becoming...
Why Tiger Is the Real Special One
Byline: By Tim Taylor It's four weeks to the day until the start of the Masters. That's around the same time golf clubs stage their season's first comps. Whether you're a county star playing off scratch or a long-handicap hacker feeding off unfulfilled...
Willy Poole
Well, we're in and it's warm and dry and welcoming. A cosy little house. People keep asking for pics, but it is a very difficult house to photograph as it is so long and low, being single storey throughout. The "old house" was built in about 1850...
Wrangle Resolved to Provide Free Travel
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths More than pounds 7m is to be spent providing pensioners with free bus travel across County Durham. The county's seven district councils yesterday bowed to pressure to extend free travel passes from each individual district...
Young Gunners in a Real Thrill Ride
Byline: By Matt Barlow Arsene Wenger's young team brought Real Madrid's Galacticos crashing down to earth and booked their place in the Champions League quarter final. It was goalless but thrilling entertainment at Highbury last night as the...
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