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 September 10, 2005

Airport Managers Vow to Resist Fuel Tax Rise
Airport managers in the North have told environmental campaigners they will resist any attempt to put higher tax on fuel. Members of the Friends of the Earth lobby group met Newcastle International Airport managers to discuss the environmental implications...
An Arresting Series of Successes to Celebrate
Byline: By David Whetstone Sudden success can change people for better or worse. Ask the friends of lottery winners and you'll find unexpected riches can drive people to generosity or meanness, popularity or paranoia. In Sheila Quigley's case,...
Are Two Mothers One Too Many?
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield As if cloning the first embryo in Europe was not enough, scientists at Newcastle's Centre for Life have this week found fresh ways of creating headlines around the world. Thursday night saw the world's media focus...
Arngrove Northern League
Newcastle Blue Star aim to make it eight wins on the bounce when they visit UniBond League Premier Division side Whitby Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup this afternoon. Blue Star have won all five League fixtures and two Cup ties,...
A Shot in the Dark by Australia
Byline: By Myles Hodgson Australia's gamble with the London weather provided England with encouragement they could still complete an historic Ashes success despite struggling to remain competitive in the deciding Test at the Oval. Having dismissed...
Average Ram Price Drops
Byline: By Anna Lognonne The top price was up but the average price was down at this year's Kelso Ram Sales as farmers reported a day of mixed fortunes. Yesterday a Texel ram sold for pounds 11,000, twice last year's top price of pounds 5,500...
Bags of Big Boys' Bling
Byline: By David Whinyates It's a red-hot property on the other side of the Atlantic but the new Chrysler 300C is going to be the ultimate in cool when it arrives here next month. Already, 150 people have formed a queue to be amongst the first...
Bates Wants That Game ( with a Winning Scoreline
Borders coach Steve Bates is calling for a repeat performance from his side tomorrow, but with a different result. Bates saw much to please him on the opening weekend of the new season but knows his side needs to end a depressing run of defeats...
Beat the Bookie
A selective look at the sports bets on offer this weekend: In the history of the Premiership, no team has ever gone through their first five matches without scoring. Under pressure Newcastle boss Graeme Souness will be hoping that his side don't...
Boro Injuries Hurt McClaren
Byline: By Jack Pickering Steve McClaren has admitted injuries could severely hamper Middlesbrough's chances of breaking into the Premiership's top six this season. Boro head into today's clash against Arsenal at the Riverside Stadium struggling...
Bottoms Up as Women Put Spotlight on Laughter
Byline: By Sam Wonfor Arabella Weir has one of the UK's most famous bottoms. Immortalised in her insecure woman creation for the Fast Show and furthering its reach (in a metaphorical sense, you understand) via her semi-autobiographical novel,...
British Gas Raises Charges by 14.2%
Byline: By David Winning British Gas is braced for another customer backlash after hiking household energy bills by 14.2%. Soaring oil prices and dwindling North Sea gas reserves were blamed by parent firm Centrica for the third increase in bills...
Bus Group Considers Ticket Price Increase
Byline: By Iain Laing Transport group Go-Ahead may hike bus ticket prices in its fight to offset a drop in profits at the division as fuel prices rise and passenger numbers fall. The Newcastle-based firm, which runs operations around the UK,...
Calzaghe on the Brink
Boxing: Joe Calzaghe is one fight away from finally earning the acclaim he feels is long overdue after eight years reigning as WBO super-middleweight champion. Calzaghe goes into his 17th title defence against Kenyan Evans Ashira in Cardiff tonight...
Chilly Reception to Turbines Plan
Byline: By Robert Brooks A protest group will face windfarm developers at a public exhibition next week, when plans for 10 turbines will displayed for the first time. RidgeWind's proposal for the site at Wandylaw Moor, near the A1 on the boundary...
Chrysler to Challenge Family Favourite
A new challenge is on the way to the market-leading supremacy of the Ford Focus and it comes from an unlikely source. European challengers like the Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf may have failed to knock the all-conquering Focus off its perch...
Civic Makes Clever Choice for Families
Many families need look no further than the Honda Civic. The latest model, which will be replaced early next year, is a very clever design that fits in passengers and luggage very well, often with room to spare. There is a good standard level of...
Dream Pairing Raring to Go
Byline: By Paul Gilder Graeme Souness is expecting to be the envy of his Premiership peers this afternoon as he prepares to unveil a strike force he believes can go down as one of the finest in English football folklore. But the Newcastle boss...
Durham Leagues Round-Up
Hetton Lyons need a maximum seven points to clinch the Foster's Durham Senior League championship and possible promotion to the Foster's ECB North East Regional Premier League. They go into their final game of the season at Horden 14 points in front...
Durham Target the Big Prize
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Matches against their local rivals have always had an extra edge for Durham. But tomorrow's fixture against Yorkshire will carry even more significance than usual because the Riversiders can effectively clinch promotion...
England to Come Good ( Wenger
Byline: By Paul Gilder Arsene Wenger backed Sven-GUran Eriksson as he revealed his pick-me-up advice to Ashley Cole ( but insisted the search for the Swede's eventual successor should not be restricted to English coaches. Wenger is aware of the...
Euro View
Byline: By Hume Hargreave The fallow month of August provides a chance to reflect as there is nothing topical to report, unlike last year when the newly appointed president of the Commission, Sr Barroso, called an August meeting of his team to discuss...
Extending Hands of Friendship
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Kazemba village, in Zambia, is typical of settlements across the poverty stricken central African state; disparate locals, unhealthy lifestyles and HIV/Aids dominate the landscape of a nation famed for the natural beauty...
Family's New Life Is a World Away
The Williamson family are selling their spacious dormer bungalow and heading across the globe to start a new life in New Zealand. In just two weeks' time, Alan, Sarah, and their children Nicholas, 12, and Harriet, nine, are swapping Northumberland...
First-Time Lucky for Wendy
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths Grandmother Wendy Shaw never normally enters competitions. So she was bowled over yesterday when she heard she was the fifth person to scoop pounds 500 of Marks & Spencer vouchers with The Journal. It is the...
Flintoff Factor Forced Us off ( Langer
Byline: By Richard Gibson Justin Langer defended Australia's decision to come off for bad light in the fifth Ashes Test they must win at The Oval. With Australia 2-1 down and under threat of handing over the urn after eight series and 16 years...
From Town or Country ( the Choice Is Yours
With around pounds 350,000 to spend, homebuyers can invest in a wide range of new homes from luxurious rural apartments to spacious family homes. Converted from a former Victorian country house, Dere Street has a luxurious three-bedroom apartment for...
Fury as Hospital Sells Homes Site
Byline: By Hayley Beattie A North hospital was condemned last night for selling off land earmarked for desperately-needed cheap housing to a company wanting to build a private nursery. Land on the southern edge of the Hexham General Hospital...
Go-Ahead Dip in Bus Profits
Transport group Go-Ahead has unveiled a dip in profits at its bus division following a hike in fuel costs and a surprise cooling in passenger demand. The Newcastle-based company, which runs operations around the UK, said margins weakened over the...
Growth Spurt for Off-Roader
Byline: David Whinyates It started with Vitara back in 1988 and then Suzuki's mainstream 4X4 grew up to become the Grand Vitara in 1997. Now, eight years down the line, the Japanese company's off-roader has put on another growth spurt. The all-new...
Hard Top Could Be Stoute's Salvation
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Seven times champion trainer, yet one significant achievement is still missing from Sir Michael Stoute's CV. He hasn't saddled a St Leger winner. He has won every classic in Britain and Ireland, some more than once, but...
Hope for Mother's Recovery
Byline: By Liz Hands The family of a woman who fell into a coma after a car accident eight months ago said yesterday they were still clinging on to hope that she would recover. Mother-of-three Muriel Donnelly, 44, was involved in the accident...
Hospice Needs Your Help
Byline: By Julia Kennard Volunteer workers Charlie Hewison and Marie McKenna know all about job satisfaction. The pair are two of 600 volunteers which St Oswald's Hospice, Gosforth, Newcastle, depends on to stay in business ( and the charity...
Hoyte Burns to Beat the Blues
Byline: By Paul Gilder Having made his solitary first-team appearance of this season in the Community Shield at the Millennium Stadium, Justin Hoyte knows how it feels to suffer defeat at the hands of Chelsea. But, as he prepares to pull on a...
Individuals Denied Choice by Current Funding Policy Focus
While I agree that the North-East needs to improve the level of skills of its population, I was disappointed that your Comment column ("Close this skills gap", September 9) only focused on the "needs" of employers. The skills minister was right...
In My View
Byline: By Graeme King Thousands of words have been devoted to analysing GCSE results over the last couple of weeks. Are the exams getting easier? Are syllabuses getting less demanding? Or is each successive generation of 16-year-olds really...
It's Too Wet to Race ( Grand Prix Stars
Formula One's top drivers will not race in the Belgian Grand Prix if Spa-Francorchamps suffers any more torrential rain, they claimed amid fears over their safety on a wet track. The race's second practice session was washed out yesterday due to...
Job Harks Back to Those Holidays
As a boy, Mike Pratt grew to love the Northumbrian countryside during family caravan holidays. Now, at the age of 44, Mike is back in the North-East in a job which will see him caring for that same countryside. Mike is the new chief executive...
Justice Done in the Wet at Lynn
Newcastle collected a priceless Premier League bonus point towards their play-off ambitions last night at the Norfolk Arena. Yet their co-promoter and team manager George English felt "a little bit cheated" after referee Nick Bates agreed to a 25-minute...
Land Wrangle Surprises All
We clearly have not heard the last of the land wrangle which has blown up at Hexham General Hospital. Northumbria NHS Trust was under fire last night for selling off the land ( earmarked for desperately-needed affordable housing in Tynedale ( to...
Locked Up Rambler Reckons It's a Bum Rap
Naked rambler Stephen Gough was yesterday jailed for two weeks after being found guilty of a breach of the peace while walking the length of Britain. Sheriff Kenneth MacIver found Gough had conducted himself in a disorderly manner, exposed himself...
London Visitors Up
The number of overseas visitors to the UK rose by three per cent in the three months to the end of July, despite the terrorist attacks in London, new figures revealed yesterday. But the statistics showed a further decline in the number of passengers...
Low-Maintenance Apartments with Appeal of Flexible Living
Apartments are no longer the preserve of the young. First-time buyers, empty nesters, couples sharing and friends looking for flexible accommodation are among the many buyers of apartments. As our lives become more hectic, we're looking to do everything...
Luxury of Space Spread over Three Floors
Modern home buyers are realising that there is more to 21st Century homes than meets the eye. Past perceptions of new-build houses as unimaginative are being challenged with house builders designing properties in all shapes and sizes to meet every...
Man Jailed for Dealing in Drugs
Byline: By Hilary Clixby A failed businessman turned drug pusher to fund his own long-standing habit, a court heard yesterday. Miles Baker was arrested when police raided his South Tyneside home on January 7 this year, when drugs with a street...
Marts
WIGTON September 1 Hope's Auction Co. Ltd., Wigton, held their fortnightly Sale of Beef Breeding and Store Cattle and Calves when there was an entry of 243 cattle. A nice show of store cattle were presented and these sold at prices in advance....
McCarthy Tells Cats: Forget the Cash, Win the Match
Byline: By Paul Gilder Mick McCarthy has told his players to disregard the disparities between the respective spending powers of Sunderland and Chelsea after insisting the Wearsiders can achieve a famous victory at Stamford Bridge today. And...
Mercedes Steals the Show
Byline: David Whinyates Cash-strapped Mercedes' madcap quest to have more niche models than any other car maker on the planet will continue at next week's Frankfurt motor show. As well as unveiling the new S-Class limo, the German maker will...
Michael Owen's Transfer Has His Mates in Hoots
Byline: By Julia Kennard Ever since a certain young striker burst on to the international football scene in 1998, Tyneside businessman Michael Owen's name has been a constant source of amusement to the friends. Now, with former Liverpool and...
Minds on the Job for the Falcons
Byline: By Alan Hedley Falcons boss Rob Andrew and his Wallaby duo Matt Burke and Owen Finegan won't be letting Ashes fever divert them from their target of picking up valuable Guinness Premiership points tomorrow. But while taking four ( possibly...
More Burdens from Brussels on Food Trade
Byline: By Bill Weeks Anew set of European rules that will add still further burdens to our food and farming industries quietly became enforceable on January 1 2005. I was reminded upon its existence when I was giving a talk to the new, young...
New Faces Time for Pool Babes
Byline: By Stuart Rayner The Journal Martin Scott has challenged his young players to make the most of the club's growing injury problems. Adam Boyd and Matty Robson were added to the list of walking wounded in the lead-up to today's League One...
New Punto Proves a Winning Formula
Perhaps the reason Michael Schumacher has not been winning on the Grand Prix circuit this year is because of the Fiat Punto. Not the Fiat Punto that is already one of the best loved small hatchbacks on our roads, but the all-new Grande Punto that...
North East Premier League
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt South Northumberland could create two new records today. They need a maximum 15 points from their final game of the season against Stockton at Gosforth to win the championship for a third consecutive year and if they do...
Northumberland Leagues Preview
With two games to play, four sides are still in contention for the Foster's Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League championship. Ashington are in the driving seat, but they are just five points in front of Tynedale, ahead of a potentially difficult...
Now Angie's a Model Mum
Byline: By Liz Hands A mother-of-two who has dropped five dress sizes to "become a good role model" for her young girls, is now setting up her own slimming club. Angie Robson, 39, decided to lose some weight before her 40th birthday and has shed...
Pippa and Yasmin Steal the Honours
Byline: By Neil B Jones North-East junior showjumpers outshone their senior counterparts to win two coveted titles during the six-day Easibed BSJA/Scope Festival of Show Jumping Championships at Staffordshire County Showground. Over 2,000 horse...
Police Prise out Dogged Survivors
Byline: By Victoria Ward New Orleans police were yesterday reduced to using force with the last stragglers who refuse to leave. Up to 10,000 people have resisted orders to evacuate, despite warnings that staying in the toxic cesspool was "tantamount...
Pollution, Poverty and Promises
Byline: By Tony Henderson The extent to which deprived communities in the North are also saddled with an unfair share of pollution and a poor environment was examined at a regional conference. The Sunderland event explored environmental injustice...
Results
Top lamb prices (Top price, ring, consignee, breed). pounds 8,000.00, 10, J G Douglas Woodhead of Cairness, Registered Suffolk. pounds 7,000.00, 12, S & G Buckley Sittinglow Sitlow, Registered Suffolk. pounds 5,600.00, 6, A O Wilson...
Sail Away
Byline: By Barbara Hodgson It's another balmy evening and we're sipping cocktails at the Sailaway Bar on the ship's upper deck, watching the port of Cadiz slowly fade into the deep Mediterranean blue. This is the life. A few days on board the...
Sculpture Goes Public
An MP is today canvassing her constituents for their views on a controversial sculpture. Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Wood is launching her own consultation on the proposed Durham Sky Bowl. People in Durham will have a chance to have their...
Solano Has His Ban Cut by FA
Byline: By Paul Gilder Nolberto Solano has been cleared to make his Premiership return for Newcastle at Blackburn next weekend following an FA ruling shaved six days off the Peruvian's suspension. And that is a major boost to United boss Graeme...
Souness Has to Cope with Glut of Injuries
Byline: By Paul Gilder He has been set a top-six target by his big-spending chairman but, as Graeme Souness attempts to repay Freddie Shepherd's faith in his managerial talents this afternoon, he continues to be beset by misfortune. The Newcastle...
Stick Your Village, Says Its `Queen'
Byline: By Neil Mckay When a self-styled "Queen of Bohemia" moved into a former County Durham pit village, her arrival was bound to cause a few ripples. Few, however, could have predicted the tidal wave of animosity which today sees Mercedes...
Store Chain Tries to Stay Upbeat as Sales Figures Flag
Byline: By Iain Laing Somerfield appears to be losing patience with a takeover saga that has overshadowed its performance for the past eight months. The supermarket chain said it was seeking to bring the bid process "to a prompt conclusion" because...
Stuart out for Repeat
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Newmarket trainer Stuart Williams is hoping yesterday's Doncaster win for Sendintank will be the start of a roll like the one he enjoyed last autumn. The five-year-old, who never stopped improving last year, when he chalked...
Sunday Spirit Lives on for Winger
Byline: By Simon Rushworth In the Roman Abramovich-inspired era of over-inflated transfer fees it is increasingly difficult to identify a bona fide example of undeniable value for money. Michael Essien is one of Europe's most highly-rated midfielders...
The King of Ling Nets Big Double
Byline: By Alan Charlton It looks as if Jimmy Cassidy is trying to catch all the big ling himself. Just days after landing a cracker of 27lb aboard Alan Skinner's boat JFK, he has taken one of the biggest ling so far this season with a highly chunky...
This Is My Boys Owen Scenario
Byline: By Simon Rushworth It was the season after the summer before and a young man named Michael Owen had returned to the Premiership stage, his burgeoning reputation boosted by an outstanding World Cup. Few England fans will ever forget the...
Thunder Make the Most of Debut
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Gateshead Thunder are in the LHF Heathplan National League Two play-offs for the first time following rivals Sheffield Eagles' defeat against champions York last night. The Eagles went down 36-10 at the Don Valley Stadium...
Tsunami Heroine, 11
A girl who saved dozens of people from the Boxing Day tsunami ( thanks to a school geography lesson ( yesterday received a special award for her efforts. Tilly Smith, 11, from Oxshott, Surrey, was on holiday with parents Colin and Penny and sister...
Vipers Caught like England
Byline: By Peter Adams The Vipers became the second English sporting team to travel to Northern Ireland this week and lose by a single goal. Like the England football team they couldn't respond after going a goal behind, Curtis Huppe striking...
Wall in Running with 10 Birdies
England's Anthony Wall fired 62 to claim a share of the halfway lead with Jose Maria Olazabal at the Linde German Masters in Cologne. Wall carded 10 birdies in a flawless second round at Gut Larchenhof and even had a first ever sub-60 score on the...
Week Ends on Positive Note
London shares ended the week in positive territory, buoyed by heavyweight oil and gas stocks. Centrica was again at the heart of takeover speculation as the FTSE 100 Index closed 18.5 points higher at 5,359.3. Bus and rail stocks were also in the...
We'll Lift England Men ( Ferguson
Byline: By Simon Stone Sir Alex Ferguson is convinced the intensity of today's high-octane Manchester derby will be enough to rescue Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand from their England agony. The pair returned to United's Carrington training headquarters...
Why It's Always Good to Hear All the News
Byline: By Hannah Davies Most of us take our morning newspaper for granted, but for some reading it is a luxury they will never have. There are two million people with sight problems in the UK ( the circulation of a national tabloid ( and while...
Why the Ship Has Sailed for Ken Clarke
Byline: By Paul Linford With the general public becoming steadily more and more disillusioned with politicians over recent years, there are few who can genuinely claim to have secured a place in the voters' affections. Mo Mowlam was undoubtedly...
Winning Trio Shop for Sheep
Byline: By Anna LognonnA Farmer's daughter Philippa Snaith wants to work on the family farm when she finishes studying. But she's already at home in the sales ring. Yesterday, at Kelso Ram Sales, she bought two rams using her pounds 1,000...
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