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 11, 2006

12-Year-Old Girl Given Pill
Byline: By Guy Basnett Hundreds of girls in the North-East ( some as young as 12 ( have been given the morning-after-pill at schools, a Journal investigation reveals. Sexual health bosses admit parents may not know that 20 secondary schools in...
`Alcolocks' Urged for Drink Drivers
Byline: By David Whinyates A major insurance company is calling for tougher action against convicted drink drivers to make sure they are unable to re-offend. With 20% of convicted drink drivers re-offending every year, Privilege Insurance wants...
Anniversary Revival for Landmark Play
A play which changed the face of British theatre gets a 50th anniversary revival in the North-East next week. It will be a timely look back at Look Back In Anger. John Osborne's play opened at the Royal Court Theatre in London on May 8, 1956, to...
A Politician with a Glittering Career Who Made a Serious Mistake, but Then Underwent a Journey of Redemption
Byline: By Andrew Woodcock Politicians are today mourning the death of John Profumo, the former Cabinet minister whose notorious affair with a call-girl hastened the collapse of Harold Macmillan's Tory government. Mr Profumo, who lied to the...
Arngrove Northern League
Dunston Federation will not retain the championship but they are in a good position to finish runners-up and are also well advanced in the League Cup. "We have experienced a very difficult season with injuries but we are now back to near full strength,...
Athletics
The Norwich Union Great Britain team struggled ( but was not disgraced ( on the opening day of the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Moscow yesterday. (correct) Of the eight athletes competing none has yet reached a final. However, Jimmy Watkins...
Bag Alert Man Bailed
A 21-year-old man has been released on police bail following the discovery of two suspicious bags which caused the evacuation of a city centre police station. Bomb disposal experts from Catterick Garrison were called to Gillbridge Police Station,...
Ball Looks Suited to His Hard Task
Byline: By Paul Gilder Of the countless questions which have swirled around Kevin Ball's mind this week, the subject of sartorial selection has not been at the forefront. Sunderland's caretaker-boss has still got no idea how he will be dressed...
Big Budget Brings You the Cream of the Crop
Several luxurious properties are currently available across the region for those with a super-sized budget of over pounds 400,000. Take a look at these amazing executive homes in Shotley Bridge, Medburn Village, West Boldon, Stanhope, Durham City,...
Big Fish Wilson Singing Return to Sender
Byline: ByAlan Charlton Hartlepool's John Wilson is no stranger to big fish and as soon as he hooked into one, casting from a local pier, he knew it was a decent size. After ten tentative minutes he eventually played, straining his 15lb line...
Black Cats Could Be Lucky for Punters
After an exciting midweek programme of European action, all eyes turn back to the domestic action this weekend and there are some interesting punting propositions to be considered. Sunderland finally dispensed of Mick McCarthy's services this week...
BMW Roll out the M for Those in Search of Pace and Quality
Byline: By Robin Roberts From its launch in 2004, the baby Beemer quickly set the pace in quality compact cars for those seeking to move up the social gear change or downsize to a desirable, sophisticated, small executive model. Maintaining the...
Chelsea Have Lost Their Aura ( Queiroz
Carlos Queiroz believes Manchester United's Premiership rivals are finally starting to recognise Chelsea are not invincible after all. Jose Mourinho's men barely dropped a point during the first half of the campaign, being held to just a single...
Climate Marks a Change in Arts
Byline: By Tony Henderson Artists in the North-East are to help raise the climate change issue. Helix Arts of Newcastle is involved in a project with CarbonNeutral Newcastle and Culture10 which aims to increase awareness about global warming...
Collingwood's in a Waiting Game
Patience has been Paul Collingwood's worthiest virtue in the Test series against India to date and he believes more of the same will be the key to England success. Durham all-rounder Collingwood batted brilliantly in Nagpur last week when he struck...
Community Climbing Up in New Homes Stakes
Through investment, the creation of new homes, and community facilities, North Tyneside has become a popular place in which to live and invest. Homemaker looks at some new properties. HASLAM Homes' latest development, Henley Grange in Wallsend,...
Conquer Your Fears
Visitors are invited to confront their fears at a live snake and spider show at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle today. The event is part of Newcastle's Science Festival and will be held by live animal expert Nicola McNicholas [corr] from 10.30am...
Deepcut Probe Pressure Grows
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Pressure is growing for a public inquest into the death of a North-East soldier at the Deepcut Army barracks after a coroner last night warned ministers they had to restore public confidence in the Armed Forces. Surrey coroner...
Director Doused Love Rival in Bleach
Byline: By Hilary Clixby A respected businessman left his estranged wife's new partner in agony after dousing him with liquid bleach in a fit of rage. Director Gary Stearman had reacted badly to the breakdown of his 19-year marriage to Beverley,...
Drivers Fume over Cab Ban
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin North-East lorry drivers have been left fuming by new laws banning them from smoking in their cabs when they cross the border into Scotland. A total ban on smoking in public places comes into force in Scotland later...
Eagles Soar despite Gaps
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Many more results like this and Fabulous Flournoy will be a forgotten man, Andrew Sullivan a distant memory and Andrew Bridge a figure consigned to Newcastle's past. This was supposed to be the beginning of the end...
Energy Costs Hit Baker's Profits
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Greggs' share price sunk to a 13-month low yesterday after the bakery group warned higher energy prices and flat sales had eaten into profits in the first nine weeks of the year. Announcing record pre-tax profits of...
Evans in Limbo as Richardson Role Grows
Byline: By Paul Gilder Kevin Ball will have to wait until the uncertain future of Ian Evans has been determined before he is given permission to add to his coaching staff at the Stadium of Light. Sunderland's caretaker boss will take charge of...
Falconer Rules out English Parliament
Byline: By Jamie Lyons England will never be given its own parliament under Labour, the Lord Chancellor vowed yesterday. Lord Falconer said such a move would break up the United Kingdom. And he said the Government's position was "not today,...
Family Feel to Story Telling
An Audience with John Sergeant, Whitley Bay Playhouse John Sergeant last visited Whitley Bay Playhouse with his one- man show three years ago. Then, the Americans were invading Iraq, and "God knows what they'll get up to tonight", he quipped. ...
Ferry Hits Dockside
A car ferry hit a dockside ramp in Southampton yesterday, injuring a number of passengers in what coastguards called a major incident. The Red Funnel ferry, between Cowes on the Isle of Wight and Southampton on the mainland, hit the Link Span ramp...
Gunman Protected by Legal Loopholes
Byline: By Rhodri Phillips A teenage boy shot in the face was devastated to learn none of the three men involved will be prosecuted because of legal loopholes. Andrew Ross, 18, needed six stitches after a plastic pellet tore through his cheek...
Happy Ending for Reading Initiative
Byline: By Dave Black A project which has encouraged growing numbers of children to continue reading during the school summer holidays has won the top prize in an awards scheme honouring innovative work by staff at a North-East council. The Summer...
Hodgson's Ready for Showdown
Byline: By Andrew Baldock Charlie Hodgson is braced for a tale of the unexpected when he plays at the Stade de France tomorrow. Jonny Wilkinson's successor as England fly-half has yet to encounter the French in their own back yard, although whatever...
Homes Plan Is Rejected
An application to build 150 houses on the outskirts of Hetton-le-Hole, Sunderland, has been rejected after appeal. Barrett Homes wanted to build the houses on the five hectare site at Coal Bank Farm on Weardale Street. The initial application...
How Jowell Can Survive
Byline: By Paul Linford Throughout the lifetime of this column, it is fair to say that it has never exactly been renowned for a tendency to go leaping to the defence of beleaguered New Labour ministers. In truth, it's probably an unfair caricature....
Hundreds of Jobs Lost as Stag Fails to Attract Buyer
Almost 400 workers on Wearside have been left devastated after one of the area's biggest employers announced it was closing. Administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers said yesterday that the Stag Furniture factory in Sunderland would close within weeks...
Italian Job Now Jimmy's Target
Byline: By Damian Spellman Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is targeting Uefa Cup glory with Middlesbrough after helping his club enhance their European credentials. The 33-year-old Dutch striker turned in an excellent individual display as the Teessiders...
It Started on a Market Stall
Byline: By Bill Weeks During the last month the contentious issue of the apparently unstoppable economic march of the supermarket has received unprecedented political, economic and emotional publicity. The shattering revelation that one mammoth...
Jonjo Support Act Can Do Job
Byline: By Doug Moscrop While the betting suggests that Jonjo O'Neill's Ursis is fancied to complete his hat-trick, it might pay to take a chance with stable companion Fier Normand in the Sunderlands Imperial Cup at Sandown today. With Tony McCoy,...
Joy as Bus Link Restored
Byline: By Hayley Beattie Villagers in a remote community were last night celebrating the news that a vital bus service had been reinstated. Northumberland County Council and Cumbria County Council have jointly funded the service between Alston...
Just Incomparable
Byline: By Nick Robson For many people involved in horse racing, the Cheltenham Festival will either see their long-held dreams realised or crushed. Some may believe too much emphasis is placed on the National Hunt jamboree and with last year's...
Kit Boost for School
Newcastle United star Shay Given has donated pounds 1,000 worth of kit to Dinnington First School's football team. After being voted Player of the Round in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup last year following his double save against Tottenham Hotspur,...
Legacy Proves a Pleasure to Drive
Subaru is probably best known in the UK for its ultra-sporty Impreza WRX saloon which, with its mind-blowing performance and mean looks, is a boy racer's dream car. The Japanese company's other saloon, the roomy Legacy, may not have the same street...
Let Us All Pull Together on Issue of Animal TB
With regard to the comments of Mr A Carter about the proposed control of tuberculosis in wildlife (Voice of the North, March 8), does he not realise that by doing nothing, we are increasing the likelihood of TB infecting wildlife in our county, which...
Life for Mallet Killing of Wife
Byline: By Chris Webber A father who battered his cheating wife to death with a 4lb paving mallet while his young son cowered upstairs was jailed for life yesterday. Kieron, 10, heard Michael Luke rain four blows on mother Johanna, 37, soon after...
Listed Home That Is Steeped in History
After moving to the North-East from Cumbria, Alan and Judith Atkinson not only found their dream home but also bought their own slice of history. The couple bought their Georgian home on Church Road, Low Fell, six years ago when they relocated for...
Long out to Keep Up the Pressure
Byline: By Luke Edwards Newcastle Falcons hooker Andy Long returns to Bath today determined to build on the pummeling his pack dished out to the Leicester Tigers. The improved performance of the Falcons pack, who helped Newcastle to a 24-16 victory...
Lucky Accident Gave Art New Life
Byline: By David Whetstone The window cleaner who became an artist used to be a good story, but now it has become a sensational story. Alex `Sandy' Millar came from Kilmarnock to the North-East in about 1980, fell in love with the region and...
Man Arrested after Shooting
Byline: By Hayley Beattie A man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of attempted murder after a shooting in a Northumberland pub. Regulars in Wetherspoon's in the Market Place in Hexham wrestled a man to the ground after he produced a pistol....
March Incentives from Volvo
Volvo has announced a raft of revisions and incentives to coincide with the March registration change that generates the year's greatest sales surge. They include Ocean Race Editions of the XC90, V70 and XC70 plus a new 185bhp D5 Euro IV turbodiesel...
Marts
WIGTON March 2 Hopes Auction Co Ltd, Wigton, held their fortnightly sale of store cattle with a catalogued entry of 295. The top price was pounds 660 for Charolais cross, Limousin cross and Simmental Bullocks shown by WR Pigg & Son, Reathwaite...
McCarthy Mourning Is over ( Caldwell
Byline: By Paul Gilder The mourning period for the passing of Mick McCarthy's reign on Wearside has ended within the Stadium of Light dressing room after Steve Caldwell revealed that Sunderland's players have already forgotten about their hapless...
Mightily Impressive M-Class
It says something about how fast technology has advanced when I got inside the Mercedes M-Class and thought someone had stolen the gear stick and handbrake. But panic over and after a brief search there was the automatic gearshift on a paddle off...
Moaning Mates Cheer Murray
Scott Murray has revealed hearing his team-mates moan about their individual displays against England cheered him after being forced to watch the Calcutta Cup win from the stands. The Edinburgh lock returns to the Scotland starting 15 against Ireland...
More to Jaguar Limos Than First Meets the Eye
Byline: By Chris Russon Living life to the max is a common standard for Jaguar owners. After all, these are cars with maximum levels of comfort and performance, not to mention prestige. But there is one group of customers for whom another max...
Nick Putt out as He Goes off Greens
Nick Dougherty is hoping he can handle being the hunter as the defence of his OSIM Singapore Masters was thrown into doubt after round two. A double bogey on the par three 17th left the Liverpudlian seething with himself after seemingly playing...
No Let Up Now, Insists Ferone
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Newcastle Vipers will finish second in the Elite League irrespective of the result of this weekend's games, but Paul Ferone insists there will be no let up. The Vipers take on Coventry Blaze at 6.30pm tonight and Nottingham...
North Hospitals to Lose Pounds 17m of Funds
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Political Editor Health bosses across the North will be forced to cut pounds 17m from their budgets next year under Government plans to reward trusts directly for every job they do, it has been revealed. As the Department...
Outdoor Milk Tank Cream of the Crop
Byline: By Jennifer MacKenzie Milk producer Brian Harrison has been able to make large savings in investments on his tenanted farm in Cumbria simply by installing the new bulk milk tank outside. While milk silos and outdoor tanks are commonplace...
Parc Yourself in Comfort
Byline: By Jane Hall John David savagely applied his bike's brakes, sending pebbles flying as he skidded to a halt. Only a few pedal turns behind and paying more attention to a rabbit as it hopped off into the pine trees, I only narrowly avoided...
Pay Up or Go to Jail, Post Office Thief Told
Byline: By Hilary Clixby A Northumberland sub postmaster who systematically swindled his employers out of pounds 13,000 to shore up his pub business has been given a chance to keep his freedom. Robert Graham ran the tiny post office from the...
Plea on Stamp Duty Threshold
Byline: By Karen Wilson North-east property experts are calling on Chancellor Gordon Brown to raise the stamp duty threshold in this month's budget to help frustrated first-time buyers get a foot on the property ladder. Stamp duty is now charged...
Pod Puts Buyers in Picture
Anew development in the heart of Darlington has taken the concept of the showhome a step further with the launch of an unusual showpod. At George Wimpey North-East's Renaissance development, interested buyers no longer have to try to visualise their...
Point to Point Preview
Byline: By Peter Burgon The Northern Area season resumes tomorrow (12.30pm), after a two-week break with the rearranged Tyneside Hunt fixture at the Downhills course near Corbridge which has 140 entries on an eight-race card. James Muir's 13-year-old...
Police Quiz Man after Blast Kills Four
A community was last night mourning a man and three children after an explosion turned their home into a fireball. Neighbours said Roderick Hine, and his partner's children, aged between seven and 16, died in the blaze at the house in Cheddleton,...
Policy Failing to Bite
Byline: By Guy Basnett The Government's North-East Teenage Pregnancy Unit co-ordinator Anne Graney last night admitted the evidence so far showed the morning after pill policy had had a `minimal' effect on under-age pregnancies. But she denied...
Pool Produce Their Best of the Season
Hartlepool produced their best performance of the season in a wonderful advert for League One football. With both teams intent on attacking, there were chances galore, and some spectacular goals as Pool caretaker manager Paul Stephenson stretched...
Prices of Used SUVs Falling
Second-hand values of used prestige four-wheel drives are plummeting thanks to the explosion in the SUV market with as much as pounds 3,500 slashed off prices in the last year. According to EurotaxGlass's the price of the average one-year-old prestige...
Quest for a Higher Degree of Identity
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Newcastle University is to be re-named in a major re-branding exercise ( as Newcastle University. The project to give the university a new identity will also see the current logo of a shield bearing a heraldic lion...
Results
C1 ( open youngstock: 1 Towerco's Trulli Talented, J Cameron; 2 Luther, I Johnson; 3 Expense Eve, J Cameron. C2 ( NON-NATIVE IN-HAND OPEN: 1 Towerco's Trulli Talented, J Cameron; 2 Holmside Keepsake, J Swinburn; 3 Ballygars Angel, J Garnett. ...
Roeder Scoffs at the Fear Factor
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Old Trafford's marketing men call Manchester United's home "The Theatre of Dreams" and it will live up to its billing tomorrow when another of Glenn Roeder's comes true there. By leading a Newcastle United team onto the...
Shackleton's Book Found in a Stable
Byline: By Tony Henderson A book printed in the depths of the Antarctic winter at explorer Ernest Shackleton's base has been discovered in stables in Northumberland. The covers are made from the thin wooden packing of a crate which contained...
Small Is Beautiful at Apartment Contenders
The results of The Journal/Evening Gazette 21st Century Living Awards will be announced at the end of next month. Homemaker looks at a selection of entries in the Best Small Apartment category of the awards, sponsored by Grange Interiors. Lime Square,...
Speedway
Newcastle's first Austrian rider Manu Hauzinger hopes this weekend's forecast for soggy weather will not delay his second chance to prove himself within British speedway, especially as he needn't worry any more about having a broken back. The 23-year-old...
Sport Shorts
Australians snatch win CRICKET: Australia snatched victory with five balls to spare in a thrilling conclusion to the fourth one-day international against South Africa in Durban. After Nathan Bracken was clean bowled by Andrew Hall with two overs...
Storm over Shower
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield A review has been launched by North education bosses after a disabled teenage boy was stripped naked and showered by teachers because he smelled of urine. The 14-year-old, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was showered...
Strangely, If Highly Valued Players Fail to Perform Well, It's the Manager Who Gets the Sack
Byline: By Ed Robinson As a country lad I didn't play much football, but some of my school friends did and they seemed to enjoy it. Although I had little interest in the game, I liked to see the local clubs do well, but now I despair at what...
The Caring Side of Alex Ferguson
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Glenn Roeder has shattered the public image of Sir Alex Ferguson by revealing the long-serving Scot is a caring rival ( and a good loser. Roeder (pictured left) was manager of a West Ham United team fighting relegation...
The Mercury's Rising, and That's Bad News
Byline: By Tony Henderson Last year contributed to the last decade being the warmest on record in the region. According to Durham University's weather observatory, it was the first decade since local records began in 1850 to average 9.5C. ...
The Newcastle Rings Changes
Byline: By Howard Walker Newcastle Building Society has seen annual profits fall by more than 40% after a radical shake-up in which it closed 19 branches outside the North-East. The society made profits of pounds 7m in 2005 against a pounds 12.1m...
The Ultimate Freebie
Byline: By Hugo Daniel A pair of intrepid students given 36 hours to get as far from a North city as possible for charity were eating noodles in South Korea just 19 hours later. Tom Hand and Matt Atkinson, both 19, of Collingwood College, South...
Thunder Unleash Aussies on Skolars
Gateshead Thunder will have six Australians in their starting line-up for their important Powergen Challenge Cup third round tie at London Skolars today. A seventh, hooker Nathan Black, is on the bench alongside fit-again prop Alex Rowe, after recovering...
Traditional, but Right Up to Date
The Fontburn is a home with real family appeal. The substantial double-fronted home demands attention, with design echoes of the past and all the modern convenience of the present. The property, built by Anvil Homes at its Hillgarth development...
Tradition Embraces a Modern Way to Live
Conversions are particularly popular with homebuyers as they offer the chance to buy a property with history and character, but with the advantages of a modern home ( upgraded electrics, double glazing and contemporary fittings. Cragside Mews, in...
Trio Fire Carlisle to the Top Spot
What a week for Carlisle United. An LDV Vans Trophy win over Macclesfield taking them to Cardiff's Millennium Stadium and a crucial win in a real six-pointer against one of their closest promotion rivals. Had Northampton won they would have leapfrogged...
Villagers against Turbines Proposals
Byline: By Dave Black Families in a conservation village have come out fighting against plans which could pave the way for a nine-turbine wind farm on their doorstep. Residents and parish councillors in Longhirst near Morpeth have signalled strong...
Webber Doubts on New System
Formula One embarks on its sixth different qualifying format in five years today, with Williams driver Mark Webber predicting a "wild goose chase". The sport has chased its holy grail of an unpredictable and exciting qualifying hour since 2003,...
We'll Reach for the Stars
Byline: By Will Roberts Newcastle United stars Titus Bramble and Steven Taylor have welcomed a pounds 600,000 grant to provide a sports facility at Blakelaw Park, Newcastle. The cash from the Barclays Spaces for Sports scheme, will go towards...
Wenger Rejects `Racist' Criticism
Byline: By Jim van Wijk Arsene Wenger feels that criticism of Arsenal reaching the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a squad against Real Madrid which contained only one English player borders on racism. Teenage sub Theo Walcott was...
We're Smiles Better Now
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Emre says Glenn Roeder has won him over by putting a smile back on the faces of Newcastle United's squad. The Magpies take on Manchester United at Old Trafford with a genuine chance of upsetting the form ( and history...
You Can't Get Cosy ( Jewell
Paul Jewell insists he will never feel cosy at Wigan even though they continue to punch above their weight. He said the sacking of Mick McCarthy only goes to emphasise the fragile nature of football management. Jewell (pictured left) will now...
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