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 April 27, 2005

1,300 Years of Teaching Are Lost
Byline: By Zoe Hughes More than 1,300 years of teaching were lost through truancy in the North-East, the Conservatives claimed yesterday as the party focused attention on school discipline. According to figures published by Tories, unauthorised...
A Class Act for Former Minister
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Former Education Secretary Estelle Morris has taken up a job at a North university with the aim of increasing the region's participation in higher education. Ms Morris, who is stepping down from Parliament at next...
Auctions Popular ( but Be Cautious
Byline: By Richard Freeman Wallace Auctions account for five per cent of all property transactions in the UK and they are becoming more popular with both buyers and sellers. The process is often quicker, cheaper and more open than other ways...
Bershka Set to Do Well at Red Mall
Byline: By Mike Birkett Bershka's arrival at the new Red Mall at Capital Shopping Centres' MetroCentre is another advance by Spanish retailers into the high streets of England. As a sister company to the already successful Zara brand, Bershka...
Big Thinking on Megastore
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby A food megastore is rapidly changing the skyline of Coulby Newham on Teesside as the pounds 5m project moves towards completion. By the end of this month, the building shell will have been completed, which will then trigger...
Bill Midgley Column
Byline: By Bill Midgley Seated in the depths of the headquarters of one of our Government agencies recently, and as ever with my mind wandering from the rather turgid debate around the table, I was impressed with the high quality of staff employed...
Blue Beacon of Courage
Byline: By Daniel Thomson The country's first national memorial dedicated to the "courage and personal sacrifice" of police officers killed in the line of duty ( including many from the North ( was unveiled by the Queen yesterday. The pounds...
Boost for Tyneside's Heritage Reputation
Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor There was a double boost yesterday for Tyneside's growing international reputation for reviving heritage as part of the drive to regenerate the region. Last year Newcastle won the major Europa Nostra...
Boss Looks to Dyer to Inspire
Byline: By Paul Gilder Graeme Souness has identified the imminent return of Kieron Dyer as evidence that brighter times lie ahead for Newcastle after insisting that the talented midfielder is the player most likely to capture the imagination of...
BP Makes Pounds 1.3m an Hour Profit
Byline: By Iain Laing Motorists reeling from sky-high petrol prices and businesses hit by record oil prices were digesting another record profits haul from BP yesterday ( equivalent to pounds 1.3m an hour. The contrast in the impact of soaring...
Brave Mum Battles to Describe Attack
Byline: By Katherine Haddon Police were last night hoping that Abigail Witchalls' detailed description of the man who left her partially disabled and held a knife to her son's throat will lead to the swift arrest of an "extremely dangerous offender"....
Brian Tora Column
Byline: By Brian Tora As we enter the final straight in the General Election stakes, it is all too easy to focus solely on what is happening at home and the likely stock market consequences. The reality is that, short of an upset of considerable...
`Bumper Crop' of English Lambs
Excellent spring lambing conditions on top of high lambing rates from a good breeding season last autumn means a bumper lamb crop is on the cards for English producers this year, according to the latest English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) forecast....
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 e-mail howard.walker@ncjmedia.co.uk. Entries by the Friday before publication. 28 ( Talk by...
Camra Unhappy at Wolves Move
Byline: By Howard Walker Real ale campaigners are trying to block the takeover of Cumbrian brewer Jennings Brothers by Midlands group Wolverhampton & Dudley Breweries. Camra, the campaign for real ale, fears Wolves will eventually shut down...
Cheers as Brewery and Cricket Team Up
As if tanning our hides when it comes to Test matches isn't enough, the Australians are now taking over cricket in the North-East. Aussie lager Foster's is sponsoring the Durham Senior League via the Newcastle Federation Brewery, which brews the...
Claims of Drugs `Had No Basis'
Byline: By Charlie Hamilton A leading child abuse expert admitted in a report on one of the North's biggest sex abuse cases that there was no basis for claims that children had been drugged, a medical tribunal heard yesterday. Dr Camille De San...
Concern over Exams Plan
Many parents will echo the views of teaching union representatives over plans to send GCSE exam papers abroad to be marked. Examination board AQA is planning the move with 360,000 papers being digitally scanned, emailed 5,000 miles and then marked....
Davis Wilting as Murphy Turns Up the Heat
A break of 47 in last night's final frame spared Steve Davis the humiliation of losing his Embassy World Championship quarter-final against Shaun Murphy inside two sessions. But it still looks like the six-time winner of the title in the 1980s will...
Derwentside Has Professional Team to Help Business
Derwentside is a location to inspire any business looking to move premises or even those who are searching for the ideal place to start up a new venture. Derwentside District Council has recently been awarded Beacon status for supporting new businesses...
Dog Owners Warned over Increase in Canine Thefts
Dog owners in the North-East have been warned to keep a close eye on their pets amid growing evidence that the region is feeling the impact of a big rise in canine thefts across the UK. The website DogLost UK ( which seeks to reunite owners with...
Election Lines
Byline: By Zoe Hughes "Vote Labour ( vote Brown" screamed the slogan on the latest election leaflet in the Newcastle East and Wallsend constituency. When Labour candidate Nick Brown sent out his latest campaign material, he was intent on catching...
Entrepreneur Ready for the Premiership
Byline: By Howard Walker Young entrepreneur Chris Imrie is hoping to score a big success by linking up with Newcastle United as his company eyes up a major expansion which will see staff numbers double. The 24-year-old, from Gateshead, runs Newcastle-based...
Estate Ideal for Aquatran
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Logistics company Aquatran has moved into UK Land Estates' recently refurbished, 11,000 sq ft unit at Tyne Tunnel Estate. Aquatran, which originates from Norway, supplies third party logistics services and focuses on...
Explore Every Avenue in Conservation Area Scheme
Byline: By Andrew Moss Conurbations are becoming the main focus for those searching for development opportunities. Planning Policy Guidance Note 3 is one of the main pieces of guidance influencing this shift in focus as it seeks to limit the...
Fight of the Bluebird
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin A diver last night vowed to keep fighting to restore Donald Campbell's Bluebird despite being turned down for Lottery funding a second time. Bill Smith, of Tynemouth, plans to launch an official appeal against a decision...
Firms Enjoy Award Glory
Last Thursday saw the latest winners in the North-East Business Awards revealed as the Tyneside & Northumberland Business Awards were handed out at the Marriott Gosforth Park Hotel. Here we take a closer look at the winners. COMPANY OF THE YEAR...
Full Employment Pledge
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Children in the North-East should be in education for at least 15 years, as Labour insisted improving skills was the key to achieving full employment in the region. Chancellor Gordon Brown yesterday said every child should...
High Demand Makes Hot Property
Byline: By James Metcalf Despite threats of weakening consumer spending, Newcastle's city-centre retail property market is continuing to grow in strength and stature. Demand for prime space in the city's core is far outstripping supply, which...
Home Truths
Byline: By Abbie Wightwick News that marriage stops you going out has spurred me on to a vicious round of socialising. There's nothing like fearing you are boring to make you hit the town. A few days ago I was asked to write about whether being...
Labour `Losing Votes on War'
Byline: By Ross Smith Charles Kennedy last night boldly predicted his party would increase its number of North-East MPs at next week's polls as he turned the heat up on Labour in the region. He made the claim while visiting Durham City, one of...
Low Prices `Are Killing off Holstein Bull Beef'
Byline: By Anna Lognonne Unrealistically low wholesale and retail mince values are killing off Holstein bull beef supplies, warns the National Beef Association. And the organisation says this should be seen as a warning of what will happen to...
Making Healthy Progress
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby The first phase of a pounds 12.2m project to improve community health and social care facilities across Tyneside is well under way. The Newcastle office of White Young Green (WYG), consultant to the built, natural and...
Making Savings on Retailers' Rates Bills
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Having appealed thousands of retail rates bills since the last revaluation, the Newcastle office of chartered surveyor and property consultant Gerald Eve is urging retailers to challenge their new bills. With rents in...
Marketing Is Key to Lasting Success
Byline: By Iain Laing Sage tycoon turned leisure entrepreneur Tom Maxfield will deliver a rallying call for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) at a high profile conference tomorrow. The successful businessman, who owns exclusive hotels...
Markets Set Their Aim on the North
Byline: By Iain Laing London's junior stock markets are looking forward to another year of growing membership and are setting their sights on the North-East. At last week's special regional seminar on the Aim and Ofex markets, organised by Newcastle-based...
Michelle Eyes Place in Open
Byline: By Alan Hedley Move over Tiger Woods ( Michelle mania could be hitting the Open Championship at St Andrews in July. The Royal and Ancient Club, who run the tournament, opened the door to the 15-year-old golfing sensation Michelle Wie...
Moscow Flyer Shot Down at Punchestown
Byline: By Martin Kelly Moscow Flyer lost his amazing record over fences in the most dramatic fashion at the Punchestown Festival yesterday. Sent off the 1-4 favourite for the Kerrygold Champion Chase, Barry Geraghty's mount made a real mess...
Murder Accused Denies Revenge
A man accused of murder yesterday denied he was acting in revenge when he stabbed a former friend to death in a city street packed with revellers. Peter Stevens accepted his relationship with Gary Cornish had become hostile after he gave evidence...
Newcastle United U-18s 2 Leeds United U-18s 1
Newcastle's table-topping Academy youngsters ended the league season on a winning note before going into the national play-off semi-final away to Coventry next week. Schoolboy Mark Doninger hit both Newcastle goals to extend the already-crowned...
No Panic Chaps, Insists Mourinho
Byline: By Adrian Curtis Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists his side must not panic if they are to overcome Liverpool and reach the Champions League final. Mourinho jokingly admits his ego is "higher than ever" after a glorious first season...
N'Zogbia's Chance to Hog the Spotlight
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Stuart Rayner spoke to a player who has had to grow up fast since moving to St James's Park Charles N'Zogbia's footballing education has been fast-tracked this season but, if his English is anything to go by, he is a...
Orange Calls for 450 New North-East Staff
Byline: By Graeme King Mobile phone company Orange is recruiting more staff in the North-East ( just three months after saying it was trying out moving work to India. The French company employs 5,500 staff at three enormous call centres in the...
Put Government Back in Hands of People We Can Directly Elect
It is hard to get excited about a general election in which the issues which most affect the lives of ordinary people are so scrupulously avoided by all the main parties. What are these issues? Firstly, our membership of the European Union. ...
Putting a Seal on the Leaky Bucket
Byline: By Graeme King A revolutionary scheme aimed at injecting an extra pounds 34m into the Northumberland economy could act as a beacon for the whole of the UK. Graeme King looks at the implications. Many companies and organisations try to...
Quay Has the Key to City's Heyday
Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor A picture is emerging of centuries of bustling life on a Quayside site at Newcastle. A four-month dig has ended at the Tuthill Stairs site next to the medieval Cooperage pub, where the City Lofts apartments...
Revamps Could Hold Key to Letting Business Flourish
Byline: By Simon Hawkins Newcastle's retail star is rising says Simon Hawkins of Knight Frank, but there is still a lack of good-quality space. Newcastle continues to prosper as a high-quality retail centre. In a recent Knight Frank global survey,...
RNJ Wins Pounds 6.65m Student Flats Deal
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Quantity surveyor RNJ Partnership has won a pounds 6 - 65m project to provide student accommodation in Durham. The client, Kepier Homes LLP ( that is a joint venture between Three Rivers Housing and Laing O'Rourke Portfolio...
Robson Furious after `Penalty Errors'
West Brom manager Bryan Robson believes his side were denied two clear-cut penalties by referee Steve Bennett as Blackburn dented their survival hopes. Brett Emerton's second-half strike cancelled out a spectacular free-kick from Baggies midfielder...
Saunders Loves His Indian Maiden
Indian Maiden gave local trainer Malcolm Saunders a red-letter triumph when landing an on-course gamble in the Listed EBF Lansdown Fillies' Stakes at Bath yesterday. Saunders has built his reputation on his handling of sprinters, including the lightning-fast...
School Exams to Be Marked in India
Byline: By Guy Basnett Teachers last night reacted angrily to plans to use a processing centre in India to mark the GSCE exam papers of North-East schoolchildren. Examination board AQA is planning to have 360,000 GCSE papers digitally scanned...
Sharon's Quirky Date Is a Surprise
Byline: By David Whetstone A new comedy about the dating game marks the next step up the ladder for writer Sharon Race, who told David Whetstone about her ambitions. Sharon Race doesn't have to think too hard before coming up with some heroes,...
Shopping Core Is Prisoner of History
Byline: By Darron Barker Lambert Smith Hampton has just published its retail cities research document for the forthcoming year and LSH Newcastle's retail agent Darron Barker assesses the future for the city. Historical considerations are holding...
Smile, You've Been Conned
Byline: By Dave Black Consumer watchdogs in Northumberland issued a warning yesterday after bargain hunters were conned at a "mock auction". About 150 people attended the sale at Bedlington Community Centre after flyers promised huge savings...
Stars Doing Their Bit
Cricket: Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara will captain the teams in the Tsunami appeal match at Lord's on June 14. Indian ace Tendulkar will captain the MCC side, with West Indies batsman Lara taking charge of the International XI team. Other players...
Still Paying a High Price for Reid Folly
Byline: By Stuart Rayner If Mick McCarthy is to have money to spend this summer, Sunderland's fans will be expected to contribute, as Stuart Rayner discovers Only a few mornings after the day before, the financial reality of Sunderland's achievement...
Taylor's Hit Gets Leicester off Hook
Leicester put their relegation fears to bed with a well-earned win thanks to a goal from David Connolly. Connolly's goal minutes after half-time was all they had to show for a dominant performance, but it was all they needed to collect three vital...
There's Another Bell on Way Up
Byline: By Paul Gilder Robert Bell, one of North-East motorsport's best-travelled drivers of recent years, is in danger of being upstaged by his teenage brother this summer after his dreams of making a breakthrough on the Formula One circuit were...
Two Held over Drugs
Two Middlesbrough men have been arrested after Class A drugs were seized by police. The men, aged 26 and 40, have been charged with possession with intent to supply after pounds 200 of crack cocaine and heroin was seized during their arrest on Wilton...
United Banking on New Faces
Byline: By Paul Gilder Graeme Souness has played down the threat of a fans' rebellion this summer after saying that ( if he was a Newcastle supporter ( he would rush out to buy his season ticket as quickly as possible. Attendances are expected...
Vauxhall's in the Van on Prices
Vauxhall is making 2005 its "year of the conversion" and the firm's recent display at the NEC Commercial Vehicle Show earlier this month emphasised the company's commitment to provide a wide choice of specialist vehicles alongside its regular light,...
Waddle Arrested after Pub Incident
Byline: By Rhodri Phillips North-East football legend Chris Waddle has been arrested on suspicion of assault, police said yesterday. The star's arrest followed an incident at a public house in Dore, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, last Thursday in...
Weigh in with Bet on Jordan's Ridge
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Although he has failed to impress with his attitude in the past, Jordan's Ridge seems to have turned a new leaf and was in blinding form during the 2003-2004 campaign when collecting five chasing prizes. However, during...
We Must Be Top Dogs, Warns Queudrue
Byline: By Paul Gilder Franck Queudrue last night underlined the importance of ensuring Middlesbrough end the season as the top dogs of North-East football as he set his sights on bringing European football to the Riverside Stadium for a second...
We Want More Cash, Say Tennis Girls
The Women's Tennis Association last night welcomed the increased share of prize money for Wimbledon this year, but maintained the fight for equality will go on. The total cash on offer from the Championships will surpass the pounds 10m mark for...
Wide World of Learning
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Bom dia, jambo, nameste ... just saying hello to a class at Moorside Primary School can take some time. While many schools study other cultures from around the world, the children at Moorside are so multi-cultural...
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