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 29, 2006

Alan Hall Column
Byline: By Alan Hall With 168 million working days lost to sickness in 2004 at a cost of pounds 12.2bn, absence continues to seriously affect the profitability of UK businesses. This is a particularly big issue for the region, far greater than...
A New Blow for Webster
Adrian Webster's season is over after an old injury resurfaced at the weekend. The 25-year-old pulled out of Darlington's game at Barnet last week after aggravating his ankle in the warm-up ( the second game running this had happened to him. The problem...
Art in the Garden
Sculptures by seven fine-art students at Newcastle College are to feature at Alnwick Garden's woodland walk in Northumberland. The work ranges from a life-size stag recalling the legend of St Aidan to organic shapes which will be wall mounted and...
Bank Building More Than Doubles Guide
A barclays bank in Northumberland has sold for a record low rental yield at a London auction. The 3,500sq ft building on Ponteland's Main Street sold at Allsop's auction for pounds 1.01m ( more than twice its pounds 475,000 guide price ( to a North-East...
Bankers Back Keen Eye of Home Buyer
Byline: By Iain Laing Entreperneur David Weston came to the Teesside branch of an Irish bank when he wanted advice for the expansion of his business into North Yorkshire. The financial services executive from Teesside had wanted to expand his...
Bikers on Track for Trouble
Byline: By Frances Clark It is often difficult to establish which roads, routes, paths and tracks are available for public use. Just because there is a route on the ground does not mean the public have rights to use it. Councils keep a record...
Boss Mans the Phones
What's this? A shock demotion at regional development agency One NorthEast? Has chairman Margaret Fay given up the rigours of the top job to become a receptionist or is this a spot of moonlighting? While Ms Fay has been doing her bit manning the...
Budget Reaction
Property analysts predicted the quoted property sector could double within 10 years as the industry continued to digest last week's Budget. They believe most of the pounds 43bn quoted property sector will convert to tax-exempt real estate investment...
Business Diary
This is a free service. Send brief details to Howard Walker, The Journal, Groat Market, Newcastle NE1 1ED. Telephone (0191) 201-6258; fax (0191) 201-6044, or email howard.walker@ncjmedia.co.uk Entries by the Friday before publication. MARCH 29...
Car Parks Earn Hospitals Pounds 3m
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Political Editor Hospitals across the North are charging patients and visitors more than pounds 3m a year to park in their car parks ( almost a third of it at one NHS trust, it has been revealed. Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospitals...
CASE STUDY 1: Amanda Baker Soft Furnishings
Amanda Baker started her own business almost three years ago with help from enterprise agency Project North-East that was part-funded by the Newcastle Employment Bond. The 31-year-old was trained in manufacturing but ended up working in retail and...
Cashing in with Top of the Shops
Byline: By Alan Plews Middlesbrough is the top town for a shopping experience in the Tees Valley ( and third in the North-East, writes Alan Plews Middlesbrough is the region's third biggest shopping draw after MetroCentre and Newcastle, according...
Cats Reach Agreement with Mick
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Sunderland have reached a settlement with Mick McCarthy, leaving the Yorkshireman free to return to management. The former Republic of Ireland and Millwall manager had a rolling contract at the Stadium of Light which...
City Teens Staying On
The number of teenagers in Newcastle claiming educational grants has seen a big increase, according to figures released this week. Almost 2,000 city teenagers are claiming the Government's Education Maintenance Grant for staying on at a school or...
Clamour for Offices Will Raise Rents
Byline: By Tim Evans These are exciting times for the buoyant office market in the North-East, according to Knight Frank's Tim Evans It is very encouraging to report that 2006 is off to a flying start with a high level of inquiries and demand...
Culture of Excellence
Byline: By Sam Wonfor Celebrations are again in order for The Journal's Culture Club. The past 10 days has seen the club celebrate its first birthday, and welcome on board development agency One North-East as an official sponsor. And yesterday...
Cut - but Pinewood Gets Set for Action
Film studio owner Pinewood Shepperton unveiled a sharp fall in profits yesterday but said the outcome of the Chancellor's Budget looked set to put it on the recovery trail as major film producers come back to the UK. Pinewood, whose studios were...
D1 Oils `on Target' to Get Past Sticky Patch
Byline: By Howard Walker Alternative fuel producer D1 Oils says it is on target to be in the black by next year, despite seeing losses more than double. The Middlesbrough-based company racked up pounds 7.5m in pre-tax losses last year, up from...
Danger Warning: Eclipse Can Damage Eyes
People risk going blind if they look directly at the sun during today's partial solar eclipse, Britain's chief medical officer warned yesterday. The moon will pass across the sun from around 10.45am to 12.25pm. Chief medical officer Sir Liam...
Dickinson Dees Sets the Standard
Dickinson Dees, the North-East's leading law firm, has scored a series of major commercial property contracts across the UK. The firm's expanding property team has enjoyed a successful start to 2006, particularly in the education sector, where it...
Digital Switch-Over Could Leave TV Viewers in the Dark
Television viewers could be forced to pay up to pounds 570 if they want to continue watching TV from 2008, it was revealed last night. Under the Government's plans to switch off the analogue signal in favour of digital, many households face the...
`Diving Is Down to Death of Tackling'
Byline: By Matt Barlow Diving and cheating is rife in modern football because the art of tackling is vanishing, says Chelsea number two Steve Clarke. The champions have been accused of being the Premiership's worst offenders, with Didier Drogba...
Dynamic Attitude Attracts Director
Commercial law firm Robert Muckle LLP has recruited Liz Muir as director of business development, as current director Gill Gilthorpe is promoted to director of communications. Liz previously worked for the Alchemists, an organisation set up by One...
Ecstasy Death of Teenager
The NEW Monkey nightclub was ordered to close down yesterday just 24 hours after an inquest into the death of a teenager who collapsed on the dance floor after taking Ecstasy. Garry Henderson, 18, of Cambridge Street, Cruddas Park, Newcastle, was...
Employers Talk of Rift as Strike Bites
Byline: By Guy Basnett A rift began to open last night between public and private-sector workers as a strike by council staff brought chaos to much of the North-East. Commuters suffered lengthy tailbacks, schools were closed and businesses saw...
Energy Crops Now a Growing Opportunity
Byline: By Anna Lognonne Farmers are being asked to take a second look at the cash opportunities that can be generated by growing energy crops. Many farmers have been put off growing energy crops because they believed there was no end market,...
Fabregas Wins Crucial Midfield Battle
Thierry Henry and Cesc Fabregas insisted Arsenal would not be taking anything for granted despite the impressive nature of their first-leg victory over Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals. Arsenal were not flattered by their 2-0 victory...
Falcon Noon's Raring to Go
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Jamie Noon has provided a massive boost to Newcastle Falcons ahead of Friday's European Cup quarter-final against Connacht after returning to full training. The centre missed the defeat to Northampton Saints on Sunday...
Fatal Crash in Car Park
A pensioner died in hospital yesterday after he was struck by a van in a Northumberland town centre. The man, named last night as James Wilson, 88, of Oldgate Court, Morpeth, was walking in the Back Riggs car park to the rear of Morpeth Comrades...
Fone Logistics Plans Float on Stock Market
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Fast expanding mobile phone company Fone Logistics aims to float on the Stock Exchange within two years after linking up with a Yorkshire telecoms provider. The Northumberland-based mobile phone distributor and retailer,...
Forward Force Cuts It for Boro
Byline: By Jack Pickering George Boateng has put Middlesbrough's success in two cup competitions this season down to the club's strikers, writes Jack Pickering. The Dutch midfielder believes the strike-power manager Steve McClaren has at his...
`Freedom' Is Key to the Success of Retail Parks
Byline: By Mike Birkett For such a large centre of population, the Teesside conurbation remains numerically under-supplied with retail parks. This makes those available with planning consents all the more valuable, says Atisreal's Mike Birkett....
FTSE 100 Still Not Up to the 1999 Level
Byline: By Brian Tora So, the 6,000 level on the FTSE 100 proved to be less of a barrier than feared. Not that one should read too much into last week's surge in the UK's headline benchmark. The FTSE 250 ( home to those companies not quite big...
Gas Prices Will Stay Volatile, King Warns
Byline: By Iain Laing The Governor of the Bank of England has joined the criticism of European energy markets and warned that gas prices would stay volatile for at least 12 more months. Appearing before the Treasury Committee, Mervyn King said...
GMB Boss `Bullied Woman from Job'
Byline: By Julia Kennard A woman trade union worker who claims her boss forced her from her job yesterday told a tribunal her relationship with him deteriorated once she raised concerns about his behaviour. Jane Brown, 41, of Stuart Court, Consett,...
Home Truths
Byline: By Abbie Wightwick Time is a haphazard idea in my house. "I'll just be five minutes," can mean anything from "I'll be with you in half an hour" to "I'll never be with you." If we get somewhere on time, it's a miracle. We arrive early...
Hospital Employee Causes Measles Alert
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Hundreds of patients and visitors at one of the region's largest hospitals are being told that a male health worker has been diagnosed with measles. The University Hospital of North Durham employee was working there...
India Let off the Hook by English Folly
Byline: By Richard Gibson A horrific batting collapse cost England the first one-day international against India just as they appeared certain victors at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, writes Richard Gibson. Andrew Flintoff's men were cruising...
Investment with Human Interest
Byline: By Howard Walker An innovative five-year scheme designed to boost employment and entrepreneurship ends later this year. Howard Walker looks at the success of Newcastle Employment Bond and hears of plans for a second scheme. Anyone in...
It's the Buzz OK, but There Can Be a Sting
Byline: By Philip Neaves The successes of urban regeneration are self-evident on both Teesside and Tyneside, but behind the glitz of development is the complex world of planning and the differences between the expectations of what development can...
Jonny Drops in at School
Rugby star Jonny Wilkinson has lent his support to an NSPCC initiative in a middle school in Northumberland in which pupils offer a helping hand to their peers. The Newcastle Falcons, England and British Lions player presented certificates to 34...
Latest Deal Helps Developer Build Business Springboard
Parian Developments has signed a deal to build pounds 10m of luxury properties in Darlington. The Cockerton deal, with Darlington Council, puts the Newcastle company on course to double annual turnover to pounds 20m over three years and expand into...
Less Room at Inn for Zealous Investors
Byline: By Simon Heather The hotel sector has seen rapid growth in the past couple of years and forecasts remain bright for 2006. While London remains the prime hub of the industry, the quality of hotels in regional centres ( and therefore their...
Let Refs Drive out Divers ( Fergie
Byline: By Simon Stone Sir Alex Ferguson has called for referees to be given greater powers to drive the diving cheats out of the game, writes Simon Stone. Manchester United are not immune from the diving culture which has seeped into the Premiership...
Livestock Farm Incomes Fall Survey Confirms
Livestock farmers' annual incomes fell last year, with most farmers working for below the minimum wage, according to a survey carried out by a North-West accounting firm. Dodd & Co Chartered Accountants, of Carlisle, Penrith and Lancaster, have...
Luckless Luque Limps out of Contention
Albert Luque's hopes of kick-starting his Magpies career in the second string lasted just 13 minutes last night as he limped out of the reserves' 3-0 defeat against Aston Villa with an ankle injury. The Spaniard, who cost United pounds 9.5m in a...
Medic Anna Wants You to Go to the Ball
Byline: By Liz Hands A trainee doctor is swapping her white coat for a cocktail dress in tribute to her best friend, whose life was cut tragically short by cancer. Anna Logan, 26, of Simonside Terrace, Heaton, Newcastle, is juggling her studies...
Monty Pulls out of Event
Golf: Colin Montgomerie has pulled out of this week's US PGA Tour event in an effort to bring his game back together in time for the Masters. The eight-time European number one last week slumped to the worst run of his long career, missing a fourth...
NBA Warning on Future Strike Effect
Yesterday's strike by abattoir inspectors may boost cattle prices in the short term, the National Beef Association has forecast. The NBA says beef farmers may see a short term price benefit from the one-day strike by Unison, which forced the closure...
New Opencast Bid Fails to Allay Fears
Byline: By Dave Black SCALED-down plans for a massive new opencast coal mine in Northumberland have been given a resounding thumbs down by families living nearby. Campaigners fighting the 750-acre site at Shotton, near Cramlington, say the revised...
New Trusts May Boost Property
Byline: By Richard Freeman-Wallace Chancellor Gordon Brown confirmed last week that REITs ( Real Estate Investment Trusts ( will be available from January 2007. As the tax-exempt investment vehicle reduces the cost of capital for property, it...
North Mirrors 2% Rise in Value
Byline: By Greg Davison The demand from investors for commercial property hit unprecedented levels in 2005. DTZ's Greg Davison predicts the headlong rush into property showed no signs of abating in the first three months of 2006. The value of...
Ofcom `Soft on Child Junk Food Adverts'
Byline: By Louise Barnett The communications regulator was last night under fire from consumer and health groups who said its proposals for reducing the impact of junk food ads on children did not go far enough. Ofcom rejected a blanket ban on...
Offers of over Pounds 56m Could Secure Peterlee Shopping Complex
The owners of a County Durham shopping centre are considering placing it on the market for offers in excess of pounds 56m after receiving unsolicited approaches. Castle Dene Shopping Centre, which encompasses a large chunk of Peterlee town centre,...
One Year on and Partnership Bears Fruit
Byline: By Alan Plews A partnership between developer UK Land Estates and One NorthEast is celebrating its first anniversary with better-than-expected lettings and inquiry figures, writes Alan Plews. Since the public private partnership Buildings...
Opera Stays True to Its Roots with Soul Music
Byline: By Tamsin Lewis Northern Opera is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a tale of murder and morality, as chairman Roy Beasley explains to Tamzin Lewis. In its 50th year, Northern Opera is reviving an old favourite, Charles Gounod's operatic...
Our Action Will Cost Us Time and Money Too
Whilst reading your report on Saturday, March 25 about the strike of public sector workers, I couldn't help but feel quite annoyed. I read the article headlined "Action will cost time and money" that quoted Rachel Loughlin. No doubt she will be...
Pace of Play Keeps the Kiddies Healthy
Byline: By Graeme King A new pounds 1m children's play area in Newcastle has been set up with investment from a husband and wife who used to be a bookmaker and a health visitor. John and Nicki Trewhitt launch their Adventurelands Family Entertainment...
Party Lines
Byline: By ZoeHughes North-east voters may have rejected the idea almost two years ago, but it hasn't stopped politicians from considering where they should take the regional agenda next ( and the future of regional government. MPs on the committee...
Paul Chapman Column
Byline: By Paul Chapman A number of North-East firms are regular users of sub-contractors and will be aware of the liabilities that fall on their shoulders when it comes to employment law. A recent breakfast briefing by Crutes law firm, Teesside...
Police Deny Train Attack
A woman said yesterday she saw a group of off-duty policemen torment and insult a woman on a train. Cheryl Woodcock said she heard the officers refer to the lone woman, an alleged drug addict, as "scum of the earth" when they shared a compartment...
Pounds 19m Cost of Fire
Carnival said that a fire which raged through 100 cabins on its Star Princess cruise liner last week would cost it more than pounds 19m in cancellations and repairs. More than 60 British holidaymakers had to fly home from Jamaica following the blaze...
Pounds 25m Office Plan for City Centre Is Revived
Byline: By Nigel Stirling A Scottish property company has revived plans for a pounds 25m office development behind Newcastle Central Station. Buccleuch Property, the commercial property arm of the Duke of Buccleuch's estate, has bought a half...
Quick Return Could Pay Off
Byline: By Doug Moscrop While his horses usually take a few runs before hitting form and he is not renowned for early season winners, Dandy Nicholls could be on the mark at Yarmouth today. He is doubly represented in the Peggy Fairley Memorial...
Ravers out in Cold as Club Closes ( for Now
Byline: By Daniel Thomson A notrious nightclub where a teenager died was forced to close down yesterday ( but could reopen in three months because it is not covered by the Licensing Act. All-night rave club the New Monkey on Pallion Street, Millfield,...
RFU Deny Tapping Up Woodward
Byline: By Mike Sinclair The Rugby Football Union insisted there have been no moves to bring World Cup-winning head coach Sir Clive Woodward back into the England set-up. The RFU, who acknowledged that failure in this year's Six Nations Championship...
Sale Hopes Hang on Change
Byline: By Nigel Stirling The owner of a Wearside factory, put up for sale less than a month before its tenant went into administration, is attempting to salvage the sale by seeking a change of use for the property. The 305,000 sq ft Stag Furniture...
Scarcity Keeps Market Active
Byline: By Jonathan Combe In this, our first quarterly review of 2006, it is especially pleasing to note that activity in the property market is continuing from where it left off in 2005. Property investment activity remains high with a shortage...
Shrek Is Big, Green and a Real Turn-On
Byline: By Mhaira MacFarlane Gas prices have quadrupled ( but one environmentally friendly family has found it the perfect time to explore alternative sources of energy to heat their home. The Clear-Hill family of Elsdon, Northumberland, are...
Six Years on Teddy Shocks Sir Alex
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted he can scarcely believe Teddy Sheringham will return to Old Trafford as a Premiership player tomorrow ( six years after his departure from Manchester United. The veteran striker will celebrate his 40th birthday on...
Sleeping Nightshift Nurse Gets a Rude Awakening
A sleepy nurse who curled up for a nap while looking after vulnerable patients on Tyneside was kicked out of the profession yesterday. Muyiwa Adeosun, 44, known as Adi, was the only nurse on duty and was supposed to check on the elderly dementia...
Smokers Pay for Littering Durham
Byline: By Neil Mckay An historic city's pioneering Stub It Out policy has seen 40 people fined for throwing away their cigarette ends in the streets. Six weeks ago, Durham City Council launched a "carrot and stick" policy to dissuade smokers...
So Sorry Mr President ( but You Are Cancelled
Byline: By Graeme King The cancellation of a high profile North-East business conference featuring a former US president has been called `a tad embarrassing' by a leading business body. NEIBIC, the North-East International Business Convention,...
Spurs Close in on Euro Dream
Byline: By Adrian Curtis Jermain Defoe insists Spurs are determined not to squander the chance to seize a place in next season's Champions League. Defoe expects to play under the pressure of a cup final atmosphere every week until the end of...
Taking the High Road with Gretna
Byline: By Paul Gilder Rowan Alexander wants to manage in the Scottish Premier League. But that doesn't mean he is planning to quit Raydale Park, as Chief Sports Writer Paul Gilder reports. He is best known for building successful football teams...
Taylor out for Season
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Newcastle United's defensive problems show little sign of abating after it emerged that centre-back Steven Taylor is unlikely to play again this season. The England Under-21 international dislocated his shoulder for the...
Teesside Experiences Some Exciting Times
Byline: By David Jackson Commercial property on Teesside is booming with a number of new developments. But Sanderson Weatherall's Teesside director David Jackson says changes to pension rules in April and rising construction costs could make life...
There's Grade A Space Here, but Supply Remains an Issue
Byline: By Paul Nicholson At the beginning of 2005, only 23,000sq ft of new office accommodation was available in Newcastle City Centre. With lettings so far this year to the Big Lottery Fund and UBS at the St James' Gate development on Newcastle's...
To Strike or Not to Strike ( the Reasons
Yesterday's public sector strike has sharply divided opinion. Here two Newcastle City Council workers, one striking the other not, explain their reasons. Ed Whitby, 35, of Byker, Newcastle, is a Newcastle City Council childcare worker. Yesterday...
Two New York Industrial Units Change Hands
A brace of North Tyneside industrial properties totalling 80,000 sq ft have sold to a property company client of Knight Frank for around pounds 5.3m. The long leaseholds for the two units on New York Industrial Estate, were put on the market on...
Uneven Beat's Best
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Clive Storey will never win any prizes for riding style or be a drummer in a band as he never seems to be in rhythm in the saddle. But this vastly experienced amateur gets top marks for perseverance after driving Uneven...
Vieira Shot Down by Young Guns
Byline: By Matt Barlow Patrick Vieira's return to Highbury was ruined by Arsene Wenger's new generation of Arsenal stars, writes Matt Barlow. Wenger insisted on the eve of the Champions League quarter-final first leg that he had sold Vieira to...
War Brings Evelyn a Family of 800 Boys
Evelyn Macro was celebrating her first wedding anniversary when the Second World War broke out in September 1939. Through this tumultuous time she kept a diary of her wartime experiences, from evacuation to the birth of her twins. As the wife of...
Ward Hadaway Team Hot Property
With one of the largest teams of property lawyers in the North-East, when you instruct Ward Hadaway to act on your property matter you are tapping into the combined expertise of over 60 highly skilled lawyers. The development team has its finger...
Warne Spins out Proteas
Australia yesterday sealed the three-match series with South Africa after bowling out the hosts for 297 on the final day of the second Test in Durban. Shane Warne was the tourists' hero, taking six for 86 in the second innings to help his side to...
We Need a Clear Direction
Byline: By Bill Naylor Interventions by the Highways Agency using its Article 14 powers have sent shock waves through the development industry in the North-East in the last 12 months ( as highlighted by the Go For Jobs campaign headed by The Journal,...
We Need Winning Formula ( Dean
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Dean Whitehead thinks Kevin Ball needs to hit on a settled side if Sunderland are to salvage anything from the remainder of the season. The Black Cats have not fielded an unchanged side since January 21 and it may not...
WI Hinny, Join In
Women in a Northumberland hamlet are being urged to join their local Women's Institute. Ladies from Hartford Bridge and the Hartford Hall estate near Bedlington voted unanimously to establish a new WI group and the inaugural meeting will be on April...
Wilcomm Builds Turnover to Pounds 10m
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Housebuilder Wilcomm Homes ( which has grown turnover to pounds 10m after just three years in business ( now has ambitious plans to double turnover and create 30 jobs in the next three years. The Sunderland-based company,...
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