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 22, 2005

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80 Jobs Lost at Anti-Fraud Firm
Byline: By Howard Walker Anti-forgery company Applied Optical Technologies has sacked almost half its North workforce in a radical restructuring. By the end of this month, the company will have reduced staff numbers in the UK from 164 to 83 as...
ADVANSA Are Really Living Up to Their Name in Every Way
With a new name, new record-breaking performance levels and possible new major investment on the horizon ( things are looking good for a Teesside chemical company. ADVANSA is the new name for DuPontSA (an 850 million Euro turnover company, producing...
Aker Kvaerner Assists Firms with Environmental Regulation
The 1990s picked up the pace of change in environmental legislation that continues to impact industry today and for the foreseeable future. The UK has adopted many new European Directives aimed at reducing pollution, improving the quality of water...
A Land Where Clean Water Is Never Taken for Granted
Clean, fresh water is something we all take for granted. When you turn on a tap you know it will be there. But in other parts of the world people aren't so lucky. Imagine walking hours in the baking heat to fill a small bucket. You need it to cook...
Apple a Day Fails to Keep Crisps Away
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Efforts to get North children to eat more fruit and vegetables in schools have not stopped them eating junk food, new research shows. A report by the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER) praised the National...
Army Training a Shambles ( Father
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin The father of the young North soldier who died at the notorious Deepcut barracks described Army training methods as "a shambles" last night after a new report condemned its care of recruits. Geoff Gray, whose son, also...
Around the Clubs
Byline: By Alan Hedley Blyth are seeking a new coach after Jan Nicholson's decision to step down at the end of the season. The Plessey Road club, who have installed new training floodlights and who will be touring Spain in May, would like to...
Arson Theory
A fire at an Indian takeaway in Durham could have been started deliberately. The blaze at the Taj Mahal Tandoori [correct], High Street South, Langley Moor, broke out at about 1.15am yesterday and severely damaged the ground floor. No-one was...
Ashington's Up There with Oxbridge Now
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield When it comes to teacher training, courses provided by schools in the North have been judged better than those at almost every university in the country. Graeme Whitfield reports. A teacher training course at a North...
Awards Night Demonstrates How Excellence Is Constructed
Constructing Excellence in the North East launched their new and exciting awards in May 2004 to help celebrate and recognise the best of the construction industry here in our region. The awards ceremony, sponsored by leading lawyers Watson Burton LLP,...
BASF Has Established a Great Inter-Reaction
Basf has been committed to the North-East for nearly 20 years. BASF plc at Seal Sands recognise the importance of the infrastructure that exists here for the chemical, pharmaceutical and bio-technology industries. The BASF site operates a world...
BBC Cited by Group
The BBC is being taken to judicial review by a North Christian group over its decision to broadcast Jerry Springer, the Opera. The action is being brought by the Newcastle-based Christian Institute, which claims that the programme breached the BBC's...
BBC Cuts Hit North
Byline: By Daniel Thomson The North suffered the worst job losses of any region last night as the BBC axed 2,050 posts across the UK. The 31 jobs represent more than 11pc of the North's 270 BBC staff and were last night described as a "disaster"...
Better Diagnostic Test for Prostate Disease Likel
Following successful initial clinical studies, a joint venture between University of Sunderland Pharmacy School and Sunderland City Hospitals NHS Trust is hopeful of developing a faster and more accurate diagnostic test for prostate cancer. In the...
Big Brother Is There to Help You
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby There are many stories about the relationship of small local producers linking up with larger businesses. Rebekah Ashby hears about one rural enterprise punching above its weight. Doddington Dairy Ice Cream, produced...
Big Names Follow in the Footsteps of Traidcraft
Byline: By Graeme King The work of Traidcraft has never been more important. With the ravages of famine, civil wars and the Indian Ocean tsunami all devastating developing countries, Graeme King finds out the company's plans for 2005 and beyond....
Bike Ban Set to Stay on Metros
Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor Metro operator Nexus is pushing to keep the ban on bicycles on the system ( despite pressure from cycling bodies. The regulations allow only fold-away models on trains and a meeting this week looks...
Bringing People Back into Work the Northern Way
A far-reaching strategy to massively boost the North of England's economic worth to the rest of the UK has unveiled plans to help thousands of long-term unemployed people back into work. The Northern Way will invest up to pounds 10m into existing pilot...
Brown Peps Up ISA Interest
Byline: By Jane Hall With Britons now wallowing in pounds 1trillion of unsecured debt, Gordon Brown's decision to extend ISA limits until 2010 is good news, as Jane Hall reports. If there is one thing the British have always been good at it's...
Buzzing Town Centre Is More Than Just Shops
Middlesbrough is a town with great ambition. And one where things are changing ( for the better. Since starting out four years ago Middlesbrough Town Centre Company has helped breathe new vitality into the town and make it a prime location for retail,...
Canon Committed to North-East
World leader in digital imaging technology, Canon is embarking on a strategy to roll out 14 business centres across the UK and Ireland, starting with a state-of-the-art facility on the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead. The business centre will...
Care Home Nurse Failed to Disclose His Convictions
A nurse who failed to disclose his convictions to get a job at a care home, left patients lying in filth and swore at elderly residents, was struck off yesterday. Psychiatric nurse David Robson, 58, also turned up to work so drunk he could hardly...
Cats Tough Enough for Title
Byline: By Simon Rushworth and Paul Gilder Sunderland will spend the next fortnight looking down on their Championship rivals but Mick McCarthy's men are no April fools. Simon Rushworth and Paul Gilder report on a team tough enough for the top....
Celebrating the Idyllic World of Beatrix Potter
As the Lake District welcomes the first visitors for Easter, the National Trust is gearing up to celebrate a very special birthday. This year marks 100 years of Beatrix Potter at Hill Top Farm at Near Sawrey. And the anniversary is being celebrated...
China Is a Whole New World
Byline: By Ian McNeal As China enjoys a remarkable economic transformation, North-East companies are among those looking to break into booming Far East markets. Ian McNeal looks at how a Teesside chemical firm is leading the invasion. The economic...
Chocolate's Not All Bad!
A visit from the Easter Bunny might have the kids hopping with excitement ( but unfortunately for parents, that excitement doesn't last the whole school holidays. And often, the eggs the Bunny delivers don't last either. But there are things...
Church with Colourful Past Has a Bright Future
Byline: By Guy Anderson A thousand years of history has been preserved thanks to National Lottery funding, writes Guy Anderson. St Mary's Church has had an eventful thousand years. Gates-head's oldest building saw the murder of the Bishop of...
City's MP Hits out at Bus Operators
Byline: By Neil McKay An MP yesterday hit out at transport operators for "putting profits before people" and failing to maintain a run-down bus station. Durham City MP Gerry Steinberg was speaking as work began on a pounds 250,000 facelift for...
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County's Anger at Yet More Awaydays
Byline: By Alan Hedley The county championship will have another new format this season but Northumberland are not happy after a last-minute seeding change sees them having to play two games out of three away from home. County officials have...
Creating a Magnet for Millions
Ambitious plans to attract millions more tourists to the region every year were launched last month. The comprehensive North-East England Tourism Strategy, devised by regional development agency One NorthEast, aims to make this region a sought-after...
Cusiter Learning Well from a Past Master
Byline: By Alan Hedley Chris Cusiter is just the latest in a long line of Borders scrum-halves who have gone on to make a significant mark for Scotland. Cusiter may be an Aberdonian but he's now in his second season at Netherdale and has just...
Determined to Help Youngsters Fulfil Potential
Byline: By Alan Plews and Helen Logan A former chef, policeman and academic who has taken on a new role to help the region's young people fulfil their potential is among those who have moved in to new posts in the region. Alan Plews and Helen Logan...
Developer Hits High Watermark
Over the past few decades the substantial redevelopment opportunities along the banks of the Tyne, the Wear and the Tees have created clear opportunities for entrepreneurial developers to dramatically transform our urban landscape. One such opportunity...
Diary
March 23: lNorth East Chamber of Commerce employment law seminar, Durham County Cricket Club, Chester-le-Street, 4pm. * Bridge Club North In conversation event with Andrew Robson, of Perfect Image, Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle, 6pm. March 24: lNorth...
Digging Deep to Boost Economy on Teesside
Byline: By Ian McNeal Ports have played a vital role in the North-East economy for hundreds of years. Ian McNeal looks at how three of them are building on their heritage for the future. Teesport has seen several dramatic changes in recent years...
Eagles Ready to Bounce Back at Brighton
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Newcastle revisit the scene of the greatest victory in franchise history tonight prepared for a BBL Trophy backlash against old foes Brighton. Nick Nurse's struggling Bears are desperate to atone for a disjointed performance...
Easy Victory for Sporting
Newcastle's Uefa Cup quarter-final opponents Sporting Lisbon could only manage a 2-0 victory last night against FC Porto ( despite playing the last 29 minutes against nine men. Sporting always had the upper hand in the match following Benni McCarthy's...
Education Provides the Key to a Competitive Future for Region
A critical part of the North East Process Industry Cluster's strategy involves support for science education in the North-East and to improve the skills base in the industrial sector. The hundreds of science-based companies across the region that NEPIC...
Elementis Chromium Shines Out
Outstanding performance in everything from equality to environmental initiatives has made Elementis Chromium an award winner. Hard work by the Eaglescliffe team was honoured with the Chemical Industries Association's prestigious Sustainable Development...
Exceptional Talent on Offer for Managing Complex Projects
Day & Zimmermann is a family-owned business, established in the USA since 1901. They employ over 22,000 people worldwide with a total revenue in excess of $1.4bn. Within the UK, they have offices in Manchester, Gloucester and West Cumbria and their...
Families to Have a Say on Turbines
Byline: By Dave Black Families in three rural communities are being offered the chance to have their say on controversial plans to develop wind farms near their homes. Electricity giant npower renewables has launched formal consultations on its...
Farm Welcomes New Arrivals
Staff at a thriving Northumberland visitor centre, which puts the fun into farming, are gearing up for their busiest period of the year as the Easter holidays approach. Parents with bored youngsters who enjoy the great outdoors and love animals...
FA Set to Slap Ban on Atouba
Byline: By Adrain Curtis Tottenham midfielder Thimothee Atouba faces the prospect of a three-match ban after being charged with violent conduct by the Football Association. The 23-year-old is alleged to have swung an elbow at Manchester City...
Fashionable Florals
Byline: By Vicky Pepys Vicky Pepys finds florals are flourishing. Now that we have vintage firmly in our wardrobes it seems hard to move on but move on we must if the fashion world is to continue its ever-turning cycles. Rather than authenticate...
Faster Development of Anti-Cancer Drugs on the Horizon
New North-East company is set to create 20 jobs within the next few years An internationally renowned academic based at Newcastle University is setting up a company, with the help of the Centre of Excellence for Life Sciences (CELS), which will...
Fencing Successes
Two students from Durham University have been chosen to represent Northern Ireland in the Five Nations Fencing Championships. Engineering student Naomi Lee, and classics student Philippa Stewart, will represent Northern Ireland in the contest on...
Festival Takes on a Naval Theme
Hangings and floggings, slave auctions and a full-scale Napoleonic skirmish will be on the agenda as an annual celebration of Northumbrian culture takes on a naval theme this year. The 38th Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering ( which will be held in...
Forster Edges Reading Back into Contention
Out-of-favour front-man Nicky Forster earned the gratitude of manager Steve Coppell by firing promotion-chasing Reading back into the top six. There might have been nothing too convincing about Forster's close-range finish, but it proved enough...
Full Steam Ahead for Engineers
A Teesside team is fast becoming a leader when it comes to the field of marine engineering. Billingham-based Imtech recently secured the first two contracts for the pounds 2.9bn Ministry of Defence aircraft carrier project ( which is set to bring thousands...
Furry Friends Are in Mood for Fun
Family fun will be in abundance this Easter as MetroCentre's popular cuddly characters, the MetroGnomes, return with April Fool's Fun and lots of special furry friends from Whitehouse Farm in Morpeth. From Good Friday to April 10 Herbert, Sherbet,...
Gearing Up for a New Youth Culture
Enterprising youngsters are being encouraged to get their creative cogs in motion at a series of events at the North-East Business and Innovation Centre's Big Ideas facility. The Post 16 Gear Up Initiative is organised by Tyne and Wear Education...
George Shows He Can Still Be a Naughty Boy
Byline: By Hannah Stephenson Radio 1 may not play his records but Boy George can still shift books. Hannah Stephenson met the colourful celeb. Controversyseems to dog Boy George's footsteps like an unwelcome stage door stalker. The former lead...
Great Family Firm Is on a Roll
Byline: By Guy Anderson With a chain of 39 stores and sales of pounds 31m, family-owned Storey Carpets has come along way from its humble beginnings in 1921, writes Guy Anderson. Storey Carpets is a familiar name in the North-East; but it could...
Green Team Booked to Clean Up Island after H-Bomb Tests
Byline: By Iain Laing Scientists from the North-East are helping clear up an isolated island on the other side of the world after it was used to test the H-bomb, Iain Laing reports. A us firm, which has set up its international headquarters in...
Growth Is Child's Play for Dolls House Firm
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby A dolls house company set up by a former electrician is poised to double its turnover as its products prove a hit with collectors around the world. Sedgefield-based Pepperpots Dolls Houses, which was launched by Peter...
Gypsy Neighbours Ultimatum to Blair
Byline: By Ross Smith A property tycoon last night gave Tony Blair a 10-week deadline to deal with illegal travellers' sites before he sells a piece of land in the Premier's North-East constituency to gypsies. Essex-based multi-millionaire Len...
Healthcare Industry Regains World Status for North-East
With the announcement that the region's last coal mine is to close, it is clear that the industries that once dominated the lives and economy of our region have passed into history. However, like the phoenix, the North-East of England is rising from...
Heinze: You've Seen Nothing Yet
Byline: By Simon Stone No-nonsense defender Gabriel Heinze says Manchester United's supporters have not yet seen the best of him. The Argentinian defender, who has jetted home for a World Cup double-header with Bolivia and Colombia, insists his...
Here's Jonny!
Jonny Wilkinson is to star in his own TV show teaching rugby to children and helping them improve their fitness. The Newcastle and England World Cup winner follows in the footsteps of David Beckham, who taught youngsters how to play football in...
Home Grown Firms Make Mark
The North-East has a tradition of heavy industry ( in the shipyards, steelworks or coalmines. In recent years, as the region's economy has grown, businesses have ventured into more diverse areas, but the hard work ethic survives and is put to good...
Home Truths
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield If there is a point where you go beyond being quirky and turn into a freak, I think I am teetering on the cusp. Regular readers of this column will know that I am something of a loon. I have an irrational hatred of...
ID Cards Will Cost Us Dearly in Changes to British Way of Life
As the House of Lords debates the issue, it is clear that the Government's plans for "identity cards" and systematic tracking of everyone are still very much a threat. The Home Office admits that ID cards are not the solution to fraud, illegal immigration...
I'll Be Fighting Fit for Final Push, Insists Arca
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Julio Arca has reassured Sunderland fans he will be fit to play his part in the Championship run-in. The Argentinian midfielder has completed just one of Sunderland's last six games due to a recurring hip problem. The...
Innovation Accelerates at Big Ideas
Creative inspiration is free wheeling at the North-East Business Innovation Centre's Big Ideas facility with the first Segway Human Transporter (HT) to drive by the region. Big Ideas offers support to entrepreneurs and innovators by encouraging...
Interviewing Is the Most Important Skill for a Journalist
Byline: By Jane Hall In the second of our series of guides accompanying The Journal and Northern Electric School Newspaper Awards 2005, features editor Jane Hall offers tips on how to carry out the perfect interview. There is a story that king...
Investing in the Future Helped Port to Survive
The River Tyne has been the focus for much of the regeneration of Tyneside in recent years, with the Millennium Bridge and Gateshead Quays development attracting international praise. But the river is about much more than simply tourism and culture...
Iris's Prince Can Exploit the Improved Ground
Byline: By Doug Mocrop Leyburn trainer Andy Crook hasn't had a lot to shout about this winter but the lean spell can end at Wetherby today courtesy of Iris's Prince in the LHF Healthplan Rugby League Novices' Hurdle. The six-year-old, formerly...
It'll Drive You Up the Wall!
Hadrian's Wall Country will be the ideal destination this Easter break. Events have been organised from the east coast to the west, with plenty of activities, attractions and games to keep children and adults alike entertained. With the course...
It's Great Up North
Byline: By Howard Walker Howard Walker finds why the North-East is the only place to be for a London-born PR entrepreneur. Public relations is supposed by many to be the art of `spin' but Georgie Cameron, managing director at Newcastle-based...
It's Not Independents' Day
Byline: By Guy Anderson Jenners, the world's oldest department store group, has been bought by House of Fraser after 167 years working under its own management. It marks another step forward in the march of the giant retailers, writes Guy Anderson....
It's Queen Camilla without Law Change
Byline: By Jon Brown Camilla Parker Bowles will automatically become Queen when the Prince of Wales succeeds to the throne unless there is a change in the law, the Government confirmed last night. The Department for Constitutional Affairs admitted...
Jeff Builds a New Career, a New World
Byline: By Ian McNeal Career changes can be a risky business. Ian McNeal talks to a former banker who left the secure world of finance to take charge of a construction company. After a lifetime looking after other people's money, Jeff Fryer now...
Jeweller's Killer `Must Be Found'
Byline: By Jacqui Wells The husband of jeweller Marian Bates, shot dead during a robbery at her shop, last night urged police to find the man who pulled the trigger, as the killer's accomplice was found guilty of murder. Peter Williams, 19, faces...
Karen Bartlett Column
Byline: By Karen Bartlett It was Thomas Jefferson who defined the "godless" nature of American political life when he said that a "Wall of separation" should exist between church and state. Jefferson, like most other leaders of the time, considered...
Keeping It Legal
Byline: By Suzanne Kemp The new Pensions Act 2004 comes into effect next month and changes abound as it attempts to achieve two heroic goals, namely the simplification of the current pensions' regime and the better protection of member rights. ...
Kindelan Rematch on Cards for Khan
Byline: By Mark Stainforth Amir Khan's hopes of a rematch against Mario Kindelan came a step closer when the Olympic gold medallist was confirmed in the Cuban team to visit Britain for the first time next month. Kindelan was on the list of names...
Knowledge Is the Fuel for Economic Regeneration
Byline: By Professor Phil Jones Among the changes in the physical and economic landscape of the North-East in recent years is the growth of new business activities that can trace their development to a link with the work of universities. One of...
Language Skills Can Be Key to Export Success
Effective communication makes the world of international trade go round, says the Regional Language Network North-East. Our region depends hugely on success in export markets to drive growth in the economy. But to be successful in business abroad...
Launch of a New North-East Cluster
The North-East is home to some of the world's leading Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies. This industrial sector is also the largest in the North-East contributing pounds 8.5bn to the UK GDP, employing 34000 people directly and supporting...
Lenny's Still Racing the Greats
Byline: By Alan Plews From March to October the partner in a decorating business removes the dust sheets from his beloved "toy" and takes to the track, as Alan Plews discovered. Lenny Pallister has a vision for 2005 ( to be crowned UK champion...
Link-Up to Europe Call over Milk Price
Byline: By Anna Lognonne If dairy farmers want to see an increase in the price per litre they get for their milk, they will have to look for help from Europe, according to NFU North-West Dairy Board chairman Ray Brown. Mr Brown has told NFU members...
Loads of Potty Fun for Family
There will be pots of fun in store for families on a North Northumberland farm this Easter, when an award-winning attraction offers some cracking activities during the half-term holidays. The unique Pot-A-Doodle Do interactive arts centre at Scremerston,...
Logging on to Power the Future
One of the UK's largest renewable energy projects has been given the green light on Teesside. Utilities and services company SembCorp Utilities UK is to invest pounds 60m in the new wood-burning power station at Wilton. The new facility should be operational...
Making Big Waves in the Global Market
Byline: By Iain Laing A round-up of key regional events from the world of business come under the North East Vision spotlight. Helen Logan and Iain Laing report. The steel industry on Teesside has been secured for at least 10 years. A consortium...
Making the Difference
More than 15 years' experience has made Fabricom Contracting a real expert when it comes to serving industry across Tees Valley. Based at Wilton, the multi-discipline construction and maintenance contractor specialises in supporting the area's petrochemical,...
Marts
Carlisle March 18 and 19 SPECIAL SALES - CONTINENTAL STORE CATTLE SHOW AND SALE The UK's leading two-day show and sale of continental cross suckled heifer and bullock calves presented an entry of 2,144 head. There was a double win for local...
McClaren Hoping a Rest Cure Can Perk Up Boro
Byline: By Jack Pickering Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren has ordered his weary players to spend the next week with their feet up before launching a late charge for Europe. Boro slumped to a 3-1 Barclays Premiership defeat at home to struggling...
Mowlem Guarantee Expertise
With almost 200 years of expertise at its fingertips, Mowlem plc is an industry leader in construction, engineering and support services. It has an annual turnover of pounds 2bn and more than 25,000 employees worldwide. The group has a number of...
Need for a Cool Debate
Byline: By Denise Robertson Ihope abortion won't become an election issue. What's needed here is cool debate so that we may arrive at the best possible conclusion. That won't be easy when opinions seem to be polarised. The pro-lifers want no...
NetPark Is Backed by Regional Centres of Excellence
Two of the region's Centres of Excellence are setting up new offices at NetPark, the North-East's fast-growing science park near Durham. NetPark will provide facilities to two dynamic areas of research activity ( the Centre of Excellence for Nanotechnology,...
New Centre of Excellence Will Benefit Students and Industry
The University of Durham hopes to create a new regional centre of excellence for science with the opening of a unique, integrated centre for Bioactive Chemistry next month. The new pounds 4.4m project will open on Wednesday April 20. It has been set...
New Life for Heart of Industrial Empire
Byline: ByRebekah Ashby New homes are an important piece of the regeneration jigsaw. Rebekah Ashby looks at how the development of apartments in Seaham is breathing new life into the third Marquess of Londonderry's former offices and how partnering...
Nick Refuses to Rest on Laurels
Byline: By Guy Anderson Directorships of two multi-million pound companies, a major industry award and a background as a dotcom millionaire are notable achievements for any executive. For one who has only recently celebrated his 21st birthday they...
North-East Top of Clean Beach Table
Byline: By Tony Henderson The North-East has the cleanest shores in Britain ( even after inspectors found more than 1,000 items of litter on every kilometre of beach. A report out today from the Marine Conservation Society's annual Beachwatch...
`No-Win, No-Fee' Firms under Fire
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Political Editor Claim-handling firms will come under fire today as a North MP launches a campaign to regulate the industry. Durham North MP Kevan Jones will use a parliamentary debate to demand action over the growing legal...
Now We Have to Ask Diller
The internet investment firm headed by US media mogul Barry Diller is to buy web search engine Ask Jeeves for $1.85bn (pounds 970m). Ask Jeeves is the fifth most-queried search engine in the US and has a market value of $1.43bn, one tenth the size...
N-Plant Clean-Up Deal Safeguards 450 Jobs
Byline: By Guy Anderson Ak Engineering Services has secured a pounds 3.5m contract to modify a nuclear power plant, helping to underpin 450 jobs in the North-East. The deal to update waste retrieval equipment at Dungeness A Power Station in Kent...
O'Brien Focused on Ireland Duty
Byline: By Luke Edwards Andy O'Brien last night declared he would much rather be straining himself on international duty than relaxing in Dubai with Newcastle United. The Magpies have made the decision to return to the Middle East having won...
Old Age Needn't Bring Your Working Life to a Standstill
Byline: By Alan Plews A declining population and increasing lifespan means the number of people aged 65 and over is projected to increase at 10 times the overall rate of population growth in the next 40 years. Alan Plews looks into the work implications...
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