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 12, 2006

Addicks in a Twilight Goal Zone
Byline: By Duncan Bech Alan Curbishley makes no apologies for the bore draws which have been sending Charlton fans to sleep ( but admits it is time to rediscover the scoring touch. The Addicks head to the Riverside on the back of six 0-0 draws...
A Dream Date for Cats Star Lawrence
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Liam Lawrence will fulfil a lifelong ambition when he runs out at Old Trafford on Friday. And the boyhood Manchester United fan is hoping to make it an even more memorable experience with another star showing in front...
Advertising Your Intentions
Byline: By David Brocklehurst Recent enquiries from those with property near a planned development has highlighted the uncertainty surrounding who should be notified when a planning application is submitted. Article six of The Town and Country...
Angler's Ashes Scattered at Scene of Glory
Byline: By Dave Black A devoted angler has had his ashes scattered on the stretch of river where he enjoyed his proudest moment with a fishing rod almost half a century ago. Miner Bill Dodd won the inaugural River Coquet Trophy when he landed...
Arca on Hold to Be Fit to Face United
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Gabriel Heinze could make his return from cruciate ligament damage against Sunderland on Good Friday, but Sunderland's own left-sided Argentinian looks set to sit it out to make sure he plays in Monday's Tyne-Wear derby....
Assembly Has a Chance Now to Truly Show What It Is Made Of
It was perhaps an accident of fate that on the same day The Journal reported a Northumbria University study showing decision-makers in the North-East believed the region was still run by the "usual suspects" and had little enthusiasm for the Government's...
Aunty's Plum Part in PoWs' Great Escapes
Byline: By Neil Mckay In a scene which could have come from a Second World War espionage novel, two young women sat over a bath filled with dried prunes. As the prunes swelled, they carefully picked out the stones and filled the cavity with carefully...
Back to Basics, and the Better for That
Byline: By Tamsin Lewis Threeovereden's The Birds at the Lit & Phil, Newcastle. With writer Sean O'Brien in the audience for this show, the pressure was on. But Threeovereden's five actors and one musician were more than capable of coming...
Ballot Call over Town Council Bid
Byline: By Neil Mckay A Council boss is on a collision course with backers of a new town council in County Durham. Alex Watson, leader of Labour- controlled Derwentside District Council, and the authority's chief executive, Mike Clark, have asked...
B&Q Tyneside Warehouse on Market
A Tyneside warehouse is one of seven being readied to be brought to the market as part of a pounds 200m property sale by B&Q. The DIY chain hopes to sell the 110,000 sq ft warehouse at Middle Engine Lane, Wallsend, and lease the property back...
BT Faces Internet Access Price War
Byline: By Howard Walker Carphone Warehouse has thrown down the gauntlet to BT and other telecoms firms by offering its customers "free" broadband internet access. Carphone said around 70% of the population would be able to take advantage of...
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 by the Friday before publication. APRIL 12 ( Bacon...
Centrica Turns to Europe for Power Needs
British Gas owner Centrica has signed a deal with the owners of Europe's largest coal-fired power station as it looks to reduce its reliance on overpriced power supply from the Continent. Centrica secured a major five-year deal with Drax, which...
Company Looks to Region for Portfolio
A property company is targeting the North-East as it looks to build its development portfolio across the region. Skipton-based Amerdale, founded in 2003 by Mark Hancock, a former director of AIM-listed property company Teesland, has built up a pounds...
Danns Double Leaves Pool Reeling
Colchester midfielder Neil Danns scored both goals to leave his former club Hartlepool deep in relegation trouble. Pools had hit the crossbar before Darren Williams was sent off for two bookable offences, but after that it was all Colchester, with...
Datawright Heads for Worldwide Expansion
Byline: By Iain Laing Managers at software developer Datawright are looking towards worldwide expansion in the UK, US and Middle East after a management buyout of the Washington business. Led by managing director Jim Symonds, the four-man management...
D-Day for Sage on Pounds 334m Takeover
Byline: By Howard Walker Software giant Sage will find out today whether the largest acquisition in its history has been given the go-ahead. The Newcastle company, which yesterday said first-half trading was in line with expectations, agreed...
DSC Plans to Raise Pounds 2m from Investors
Byline: By NigelStirling Fledging hi-tech company Durham Scientific Crystals has revealed plans to raise pounds 2m for expansion after winning its biggest contract. The company, which was spun out of Durham University in 2003 to make semiconductor...
Eagles Struggle to Cope with Big Carlton
Byline: JEFF KING The word coming out of the Eagles' camp after successive defeats over last weekend was that it was a blip that would be righted last night to ensure the Springfield Honda backed side went in to the play-off game against Brighton...
Enjoy a Day out at the Yards
Byline: By Doug Moscrop The annual open day of Middleham stables will be staged as usual on Good Friday when the yards will be made available to the public from 9.30am to 1pm, with the exception of Anne and George Duffield at nearby Constable Burton...
Eriksson Hits Back
Sven-Goran Eriksson has defended himself against criticism of his visit to Shanghai at the weekend and insisted he went to China with the full approval of the Football Association. The England head coach has been criticised for making the private visit...
Ethical Windows Firm Is Growing
A double glazing company is on track to increase turnover by 50% and staff numbers by a third this year as customers flock to its ethical products. Elders Windows Limited (EWL), established in 1847 and owned by Pilkington Glass until 1996, has moved...
Experts Who Look to the Future Use a Broadband Connection
Listen to analysts talk about the full potential of broadband internet access and it is easy to see why Carphone Warehouse is plotting an assault on the market. Experts believe television will in future be sent to homes via a broadband connection...
Fair Play Demand over Road Spending
Byline: By Ross Smith The North last night demanded equal treatment from the Government after Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman announced a multi-million pound investment in roads in the South. The Government is spending pounds 200m on infrastructure...
Faltering Font
Printing group St Ives yesterday blamed fierce price competition and over-capacity in the market for a fall in first-half profits. St Ives, one of the UK's largest printing firms, said pre-tax profits fell to pounds 15.6m during the 26 weeks to...
Family Tree: Pattinson
In our regular look at the structure of North-East companies, we feature the Pattinson estate agency. Keith founded Keith Pattinson Estate Agents in 1977. For the past 29 years, Keith has worked hard to expand the business. With 29 offices across...
Farmers Granted Extra Entitlement Transfer Weeks
Farmers now have an extra three weeks to transfer entitlements, but the concession may still have come too late to be useful, according to farm business consultant Robert Sullivan, from Strutt and Parker. Originally farmers had to have their transfer...
Fluid Proves It's the Best Bar None
A visit from the police is not something which most bars look forward to. But on this occasion, the trip to Fluid by PC Dave Woodward, of Northumbria Police, ended up with the Newcastle bar receiving a top award. Fluid has been named the best and...
Good Advice Will Pay Dividends
Byline: By Brian Tora Mid-april is a funny time of year in the investment world. After the rush to ensure that the Capital Gains Tax books have been balanced and the ISA and pensions allowances fully utilised, there doesn't seem a great deal of...
Home Truths
Byline: By Abbie Wightwick Just how hard can it be to buy a goldfish? The children, having been told they must wait until May to get a kitten, decided a goldfish might just fill the gap. Off we go to the out-of-town pet emporium which looks so...
`I Haven't Encountered Any Problems Because I'm a Woman'
Madonna's doing it, Sarah Jessica Parker's doing it and one of the North-East's youngest businesswomen Carly Heddon is keen to help the region get back into the newly trendy world of knitting. But the 17-year-old has found starting up her own business...
I Must Raise My Game ( Pietersen
Byline: By Richard Gibson Kevin Pietersen has reacted to becoming one of Wisden's five cricketers of the year by challenging himself to raise the standard of his performances, writes Richard Gibson. Pietersen, 25, was lauded for an outstanding...
`I Saw My Friend Swept to His Death'
Byline: By Guy Basnett A schoolboy told last night of seeing his friend swept out to sea ( as rescuers desperately searched in vain for life buoys. Mark Langton, 13, was playing on the slipway at Hendon Beach, Sunderland, when a large wave swept...
Keep on the Right Path ( the Boss
Steve McClaren insists "everybody plays cards" ( and has no qualms over the lifestyle of his players. The topic of gambling has suddenly become a hot potato following the weekend revelations surrounding Wayne Rooney's alleged debts of pounds 700,000....
Live and Let Live ( the Travellers Work Hard
I read your recent article regarding the travellers (The Journal, April 10) and, as a taxpayer, I am outraged by the attitude and behaviour of South Tyneside Council. Everybody makes a mess, but we in our residential dwellings are lucky enough to...
Lomu Sets Sights on World Cup Return
Jonah Lomu hopes his training sessions with sprint legend Linford Christie have increased his chances of landing a Super 14 contract ( with an astonishing All Black comeback the ultimate prize. Lomu has been working alongside Olympic 100 metre gold...
Long Arm of the Law Rescues Girls
Two teenage girls from Germany, left stranded in Newcastle when a leading hotel refused to let them stay the night, were rescued by a friendly police officer. Sarah Engler, 15, travelling with her friend Laura Flynn, 16, was planning to fly into...
Maggie Pavlou Column
Byline: By Maggie Pavlou When was the last time you sat bumper to bumper in a snake of traffic on the A1 Western bypass or at the Tyne Tunnel or the A19 Tees flyover, and cursed the region's roads? It is a frustrating experience, particularly...
Man Denies Murders
A british man accused of killing his wife and nine-month-old daughter pleaded not guilty to murder charges in Cambridge, Massachusetts yesterday. Neil Entwistle, 27, is charged with two counts of murder and firearms charges over the January 20 killings...
Micky's Mare Is the Tip
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Apart from having not proved conclusively that she stays a mile and six furlongs on the Flat, Charlotte Vale has a lot of other things going for her at Catterick today. A consistent mare, she has gone well fresh in the...
Mine Owner `Failed to Ask for Cash Aid'
Byline: By Julia Kennard A mining firm failed to ask the Government for aid money available to it before it made the decision to close the North's last deep pit, a tribunal heard yesterday. UK Coal claims it closed Ellington Colliery after severe...
More Firms in Square
Byline: By Nigel Stirling A prominent Newcastle city centre office building is expected to be fully let before the end of the year. Insurance broker Towergate Partnership and lending society Shared Interest have each taken 4,000 sq ft on 10-year...
Mother Recalls Horror of Son's Death
A mother of another young boy who drowned at the same spot off Hendon beach a decade ago said last night it was "unbelievable" there were no life belts at the site. Sue Bernardi, 50, was left devastated when 13-year-old Jonathon, of nearby Tweed...
Newcastle Named as Worst Business City
Byline: By Ross Smith Newcastle was named yesterday as Britain's worst major city in which to do business, due to poor skill levels and transport links. The city was placed bottom in a table produced by research company OMIS, based on senior...
Nick Has Hopes of Winning Carr Mile
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Justin Gatlin and Nick McCormick will both be aiming to make history in their first senior races at Gateshead this summer. Both will take part in the Norwich Union British Grand Prix at the International Stadium on June...
Objectors Must Think of Impact
Byline: By Duncan Young Most of Newcastle's regeneration schemes started life shrouded in controversy and objections ( yet they are now hailed as pivotal in the city's revival. Sanderson Young's Duncan Young says those opposed to such developments...
Olympic Carrot and Stick Targets
Byline: By Martyn Ziegler Britain's Olympic sports will be faced with the carrot of increased funding in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics ( and the stick of having their cash cut if they fail to reach performance targets, writes Martyn Ziegler. ...
Outlook Is Bright for Investment Property
Byline: By Nigel Stirling A shortage of property to sell rather than a lack of demand has been blamed for the slight dip in the level of commercial property transactions in the North-East in 2005. According to a report from property agent Lambert...
Parnaby Family All in the Swing
Byline: By Tim Taylor Ian Parnaby might be in the thick of Middlesbrough's assault on a cup double ( but that didn't stop him and dad David taking time out yesterday to help the golf pro member of a remarkable sporting family celebrate a major sponsorship...
Party Lines
Byline: By Jonathan Fry The Chancellor of the Exchequer used to take every opportunity to espouse his belief in the need for financial prudence in his management of the nation's purse strings. His Budget speeches were studied fastidiously, not...
Party Time for the Fans
Ice hockey: Newcastle Vipers are inviting fans to a free celebration evening tonight to mark their success in the Elite League play-offs. All available players and management will be at the main foyer of The Gate from 6pm, along with the club's mascot,...
Passengers Avoided Heathrow
Airports operator BAA yesterday blamed the London bombings and a wildcat strike by catering staff for fewer passengers passing through Heathrow airport last year. BAA, which owns seven UK airports including Gatwick, also pointed the finger at a...
Phillips ( Aston Villa Fans Deserve More from Me
Byline: By John Curtis Striker Kevin Phillips has pulled no punches about his contribution to his first season with Aston Villa and admitted: "I haven't done enough so far," writes John Curtis. Phillips was signed from Southampton last summer...
Play It Again Says McClaren
Byline: By Iain Parkes Steve McClaren is demanding his Middlesbrough players grasp the opportunity to cover themselves in more cup glory. After their historic comeback against Basle last Thursday to reach the semi-finals of the Uefa Cup, Boro...
Property Briefing
Byline: By Richard Freeman-Wallace Commercial landlords can swiftly end a tenant's lease if the rent is late simply by re-entering the premises and changing the locks. The process is known as "forfeiture for tenant default" and the Law Commission...
Quay's Future Turns on Secret Shortlist
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths A secret shortlist has been drawn up to complete the transformation of Gateshead Quayside. Nine national and international development consortia want to regenerate the five-and-a-half acre plot between The Sage Gateshead...
Rose Helps M&S to Blossom Again
Byline: By Iain Laing Marks & Spencer has astounded the City by reporting its best sales figures in three years, suggesting a revival led by chief executive Stuart Rose is gaining momentum. The UK's largest retailer said sales at stores open...
Scrutiny Call on Valuations
Byline: By Nigel Stirling A prominent valuer has called for more independent scrutiny of valuations of commercial buildings in the wake of investigations into false valuations rocking the industry. The Financial Services Authority and Serious...
Slice of High Street History Sells for Pounds 3m
Banking giant Barclays' branch in Durham has sold for pounds 2.95m at the most recent London auction as investors continued to bid aggressively for the companies. The 7,900 sq ft Grade II-listed building at 6 Market Place is part of 22m sq ft of...
S&N Deal Comes in at Pounds 309m
Byline: By Howard Walker Regional brewer Scottish & Newcastle is toasting a pounds 309m deal which has given it full ownership of the Foster's lager brand in Europe. Newcastle Brown Ale producer S&N has held a licence to brew and sell...
Spotlight on Importance of Centres for Transport
Byline: By Paul Nicholson The pressure is on vehicular transport and the creation of transport nodes is bound to be a feature of the North-East's infrastructure planning in the future, according to Atisreal's Paul Nicholson Across the country,...
Stained Glass Bikes Doing a Roaring Trade
Byline: By Ifan Jones Stained glass windows usually depict saints, popes and other revered spiritual figures. But a Newcastle-born glazier has created a range of stained glass windows more likely to please the Hell's Angels motorcycle club than...
Stuttering Start to the Year for Buyouts
The UK management buyout market recorded its lowest quarter for two and a half years in the first quarter of 2006. According to figures (tracking UK buyouts with value over pounds 10m) released by KPMG's corporate finance practice, 31 transactions...
Taylor Can't Wait for His Comeback
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Steven Taylor is closing in on his long-awaited return to the Newcastle United first-team as manager Glenn Roeder admitted his biggest problem was holding the youngster back. The England Under-21 international dislocated...
Thanks for Your Support, Angel Tells Fund Managers
Expanding biotechnology firm Angel Biotechnology has paid tribute to the role played in its success by fund management firm NEL. The Cramlington business successfully went public on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in November last year,...
The True Spirit of Enterprise
Byline: By Howard Walker Plans to boost the region's enterprise culture have got off to a flying start following the launch of the North East Enterprise Bond last week. Companies and organisations have been putting their names forward to become...
`Too Much Power' for Supermarkets
Byline: By Anna Lognonne Farming representatives fear that the growing strength of the supermarkets is damaging the British food supply chain and creating a climate of fear among many suppliers. They say that the ferocious competition between...
Tourism Broadens Horizons
Youngsters from Wear- side and across the region were honoured last week for their promotion of North-East tourist attractions. More than 40 students from three Tyne and Wear schools received awards at a `Golden Globes' ceremony at the Cineworld...
Transport a Key Factor in Development
Byline: By Ian Parker Property trends in the North-East have been perhaps no more strongly influenced than by the development of new transport links over the last 30 years. GVA Lamb & Edge's Ian Parker assesses the impact. There is no doubt...
United Target Seeks Heavenly Guidance
Byline: By Stuart Rayner One of Africa's most highly-rated young talents claims he has been offered the chance to join Newcastle United. Nigerian Isaac Promise, an 18-year-old attacking midfielder or striker, says he has been approached by agents...
Wedding Cake That's Just a Little Too Rich
Byline: By David Whetstone Simon Callow is at the Theatre Royal this week and there are protesters at the door, as David Whetstone reports. People in yellow armbands were mounting a polite picket outside the Theatre Royal on the opening night...
What Businesswomen Really Want
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Is there enough support for female entrepreneurs in the North-East? Rebekah Ashby investigates. The Journal reported last week that Chancellor Gordon Brown has awarded the North-East just pounds 80,000 to pilot a new...
What Footballers Can Buy
A survey reveals the average player in the Barclays Premiership to earn pounds 676,000 a year. Here's what they could do with the money: Cars The Bugatti Veyron is considered the best car around and would set a player back around pounds 850,000,...
Wildlife Centres in `Don't Avoid Us' Call
Byline: By Guy Basnett Wildlife and bird centres across the North-East called on families not to desert them over the Easter holidays amid a scare over an outbreak of avian flu. The region is home to a number of significant sites including wildfowl...
Worry over New Kielder Water Runs
Byline: By Tony Henderson Anglers yesterday voiced concern over plans to change the pattern of water releases from Kielder reservoir into the Tyne. RWEnpower took on the power generating licence at Kielder from Northumbrian Water in November...
Zara's Stylish Revolution
Byline: By Mike Birkett A revolution is under way. Fashion retailer Zara is just one of a number of high street names looking to expand its presence with a home furnishing business. While out-of-town DIY retailers are having lean time, hardly...
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