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 June 14, 2004

Another Black Day at Polls for Blair
Byline: By Ross Smith Tony Blair suffered yet another black night in his North-East heartland yesterday as Labour was left with just one Euro-MP in the region. The party won three out of four seats in the region at the last election in 1999 with...
A Warning to the Big Guns
The crop of polls that ended with the European election results last night have given parties of every persuasion much food for thought. And for both Labour and Tories alike some of that food will not be to their taste. The Liberal Democrats...
Bicken Making Way for New Boy
Lee Bicken is being dropped from Newcastle's team for the debut of Czech 18-year-old Lubos Tomicek in tonight's Premier League match against Newport Wasps at Brough Park (7.30pm). The Diamonds co-promoter and team manager George English told Bicken...
Big Businesses under Fire over Late, Late Payments
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Large companies have been branded the worst culprits when it comes to keeping small businesses waiting for bills to be paid. Smaller businesses are having to wait about 16 days longer than the average 24-day payment term....
Big Two Are Cut Down to Size
Byline: By Paul Linford British voters delivered a "plague on both your houses" verdict to Labour and the Tories last night as the European elections saw a big shift towards the smaller parties. Labour support was well down, not just in the region...
Biofuels Announces Plan to Float Shares on AIM
Byline: By Howard Walker Green fuel producer Biofuels Corporation has unveiled its plans to float on the junior stock market. The Australian-owned company aims to create 75 jobs on Teesside by setting up a pounds 21m factory at Seal Sands which...
Blaydon Racers Mourn Creator
Byline: By Luke Edwards Road race organiser dies days after event North-East Athletics was last night mourning the loss of Dr Jim Dewar, the man responsible for creating and organising the Blaydon Race. The 69-year-old was found dead in an...
Boys Who Volunteered for Hell in the Trenches
Byline: By George Macintyre One of the most enduring injustices of the First World War ( the recruitment of underage soldiers, some as young as 14, to fill the gaps in the ranks left by mounting casualties ( is featured in a documentary to be screened...
Caustic Wit Looks the Sharpest of Bad Bunch
Byline: By Peter Hilton Fourth victory in a row on the cards It will come as no surprise that today's eve-of-Royal Ascot fare is nothing short of uninspiring. But for punters looking to keep things ticking over before the real action begins,...
Changes on Way as Champions Taken Apart
Sir Clive Woodward last night vowed not to over-react as he began planning an England recovery for the second Test against New Zealand in Auckland. But changes seem certain after the faltering world champions suffered their heaviest defeat since...
Cleaning Up Litter
Youngsters in Blyth have joined forces with McDonald's restaurants and the council to keep the streets clean of litter. Council staff will show a group of 26 children from Kramel First School in Cramlington how to use graspers to clean up an area...
Close the Gap, Brown Urged
Byline: By Ross Smith Research group to set out blueprint The Government will be challenged today [mon jun 17] by a leading think-tank to spend more money on key policy areas in the North to bridge the divide with the South. Research body...
Clubs in Chase for Arca
Byline: By Luke Edwards Sunderland are bracing themselves for more unwanted interest in Julio Arca after it emerged West Bromwich Albion are considering making a pounds 3m offer for the Black Cats star, writes Luke Edwards. Having had to rebuff...
Collingwood Aims for One-Day Part
Paul Collingwood aims to put six months of frustration behind him and play a starring role in England's one-day summer. The Durham all-rounder has had to sit and watch most of England's resurgence over the first half of 2004 from the dressing room...
Concern Grows at Sheep Resistance to Worming
Byline: By Jennifer Mackenzie Resistance to worming treatment is growing in British sheep, according to a survey from the Moredun Research Institute that warns there will be major problems unless sheep producers adopt specific plans. More than...
Croatia Made to Labour the Point
Switzerland coach Jakob Kuhn hailed his battling troops after they pulled off a great escape to hold off Croatia with only 10 men. The Swiss were left to play the final 40 minutes of their opening Euro 2004 game a man down after PSV Eindhoven midfielder...
Defeats Put Germans in the Role of Underdogs
Germany are the underdogs when they take on fierce rivals Holland in their Euro 2004 opener in Oporto today. Despite winning their European Championship qualification section, Rudi VUller's men are 5-2 chances to begin their campaign with a victory....
Durham Leagues Review
Seaham Harbour will subscribe to the view that a week is a long time. In their previous game, they were 29 all out when 10 players failed to score and they must have gone to Horden with a some trepidation. The Colliers have won the championship...
England Looking at a Return Trip to Hell
Byline: By Andrew Baldock Matt Dawson emerged from another tortuous experience at the House of Pain to declare that England can recover from their calamity in Carisbrook . The wheels came off England's World Cup chariot on Saturday, derailed...
England Pay Stiff Penalty
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Last-gasp spot-kick dashes hopes `Allez les Bleus' screamed the delirious French fans who, for all but three minutes of an engrossing second half, had been taunted by their euphoric, now crestfallen, rivals. `Va Monsieur...
Euro 2004 in Brief
Holland: Patrick Kluivert is hoping to emulate Dutch legend Marco van Basten by setting the European championships alight. The 28-year-old is likely to start on the bench when Holland take on Germany in their Group D opener tomorrow with Ruud van Nistelrooy...
Experience Helped Bill Win Fight against Cancer
He had gone head-to-head with many different enemies, but the one which faced Bill Parris three-and-a-half years ago proved to be his toughest opponent of all. Bill and his wife Julie were looking forward to a family Christmas with their two young...
Father's 24-Hour Bid to Help Sam
A teacher is to stage a 24-hour lesson in a bid to find a cure for his son's life-threatening condition. Danny Smith's four-year-old son Sam suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a genetic disorder which causes severe wasting of the muscles....
Get Set for the Off
Byline: By Shereen Low Shereen Low talks to the professionals about the pre-holiday beauty musts. Your holiday's booked ( and your list of things to do before you go just keeps on growing. Colouring and cutting your hair, exfoliating and hair...
Goal Saviour Valeron Is Happy to Play His Part as Long as Team Wins
Spain goal hero Juan Carlos Valeron had the perfect response to suggestions he may well be a little upset he is not in his country's starting line-up. The Deportivo La Coruna link man dug Spain out of a hole with the winning goal just 36 seconds...
Greeks Forget to Bring Party Gifts
Portugal's footballers were last night struggling to come to terms with the defeat by Greece which has left the host nation struggling to reach the knockout phase of Euro 2004. Some ( notably Cristiano Ronaldo ( were in no mood to talk to the press...
Grounds Where You Can Lose Yourself
Grand though the mansion at Cragside is, it was not Lord Armstrong's only preoccupation. On a bare, rocky hillside he and his wife Margaret masterminded the planting of seven million trees and shrubs. Forty miles of paths and steps and a six-mile...
Home Truths
Byline: By David Whetstone It has been exam time in Campus Jesmond and the students have been burning more than the midnight oil. This I know because I was dragged out of a dead slumber at 4am by the sound of gentle singing to the accompaniment...
Huw Lewis
Byline: By Huw Lewis The Labour councillors dumped from office in Newcastle on Friday blamed `national politics' for their demise. It was a lacklustre excuse from a lacklustre administration, for there were good local reasons why the Liberal...
Institute for Research a Meeting of Minds
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Biologists, mathematicians and business experts will unite under multi-million pound plans for the UK's first Institute for Bioinformatics (IfB). A pounds 3.8m funding package, which will be unveiled later today will...
Iraq Suicide Car Bomber Kills 12
Byline: By David Lucas A suicide car-bomber killed a dozen people yesterday near a US garrison in Baghdad and in another terror attack gunmen assassinated a senior Education Ministry official. The day also saw a rocket attack on the Green Zone...
It's Ecstasy ( Then Agony for England Fans
Hundreds of England fans gathered in Newcastle to watch last night's agonising 2-1 defeat to France on a large screen in the open air. The huge screen went up in Times Square at the Centre for Life in Newcastle at the weekend ( allowing football...
Jolly Boating Weather for Thousands
Byline: By Megan Bolam More than 5,000 people lined the banks of the River Wear yesterday for the finals of the 170th Durham Regatta. About 250 entries took part in the racing this year with the warm weather attracting thousands of spectators...
Kid Steps Up to Give Noseda a Win at Last
Byline: By Doug Moscrop With conditions in his favour, Two Step Kid make it third time lucky for Jeremy Noseda in the William Hill Trophy at York on Saturday. The Newmarket trainer had twice been responsible for beaten favourites in Europe's...
Last Wicket Victory Puts Blaydon Top of the League
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Blaydon are top of the table for the first time after beating reigning champions South Northumberland but it was a close call. Despite facing a target of only 131, Blaydon looked a beaten side when Gary Stewart joined...
Lifestore Facing Closure as Sales Targets Missed
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby The new chief executive of Marks & Spencer is about to pull the plug on the Lifestore concept in Gateshead after unpublished figures show it is missing sales targets, it was reported yesterday. Stuart Rose, who recently...
Luke Edwards with This Week's Album Reviews
Byline: By Luke Edwards Album of the week Felix Da Housecat/Devin Dazzle and the Neon Fever You will not find a better dance album all year. Having launched electro-clash in 2001 with Kittenz and the Glitz, Felix Stalling's fascination with...
Lyn Exploited Her Window of Opportunity
Byline: By Howard Walker Lyn Miles worked her way up from personal assistant to chief executive at County Durham glassmaker Romag. Howard Walker finds out how she helped to make the AIM-listed Consett company a world leader. Picture the scene....
Maestro Can't Explain Montreal Magic
Byline: By Ian Parkes Michael Schumacher again proved the master of Montreal as he broke yet another record with victory in the Canadian Grand Prix. The seemingly unstoppable Ferrari star became the first driver to win a race seven times ( he...
Males Just Don't Listen
A study of seabirds has confirmed what women have always known: men do not listen. Scientists found that female shearwaters judge how much food to bring their chicks from their begging cries. Dr Keith Hamer, from Leeds University's School of...
Market Town Crack Down on Binge Drinkers
A crack down on binge drinkers is being launched today to cut alcohol-fuelled crime in the market town of Alnwick. While landlords in the Northumberland beautyspot have welcomed the scheme, billed as a ``hard-hitting campaign", they have also questioned...
Men Are Cottoning on to Linen
Byline: By Vicky Pepys Vicky Pepys sees fashion evolution in natural selection. Finally, men are realising what women have known for a number of seasons ( linen is the answer to summer fashion survival. But linen in itself is just one factor...
Nesta Knows the Tough Task Ahead
Defender warns of Danish skills Italy defender Alessandro Nesta is a great admirer of Danish football and is under no illusions about the task facing the Azzurri in their Euro 2004 Group C opener today. Nesta and company are again among the favourites...
Northumberland Leagues Review
There is no change at the top of the Foster's Northumberland Tyneside Senior League after the three leading sides won. Table-topping Tynedale had more than 100 runs to spare over Annfield Plain and Scott Kay hit 120 and Richard Darling 78 not out...
Notes of Nostalgia as Quireboys Return
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Former Mayfair favourites The Quireboys take their Newcastle City Hall bow on Friday. Simon Rushworth speaks to Geordie frontman Spike. St James's Park, the Metro Radio Arena, the sorely missed Riverside and the Mayfair...
No Training Bust-Up Repeat for Ljungberg
Olof Mellberg has been holding back when tackling team-mate Freddie Ljungberg to avoid a repeat of the training-ground brawl which marred Sweden's 2002 World Cup preparations. The Aston Villa defender revealed last night, ahead of Sweden's Euro...
Not So Popular Poplars Found in City Centre
Byline: By Paul James Trio of rare trees found in middle of city Three of the rarest trees in the country have been discovered ( in the middle of Newcastle city centre. The black poplars were set to be ripped down at St Willibrord and All...
Now It Is Good to Walk for BT Station
Byline: By Tony Henderson A building once used to boost telephone signals is to come on line next month as a hostel for walkers and cyclists on a major North tourism draw. The former BT Repeater Station, just 300 yards from Hadrian's Wall at...
Off-Form Hatton Looks to Improve
Byline: By Mark Staniforth Champion struggles to points win Ricky Hatton promised to learn the lessons of his 13th and arguably worst WBU light-welterweight title defence. With bigger fights around the corner Hatton knows he can ill afford...
Parents Say It's Time to Unite
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Battle lines drawn over schools Parents across North-umberland have joined forces for the first time to fight plans to close 45 middle schools. Representatives from each school were at a weekend meeting in Morpeth...
Pet Parrot Attacked
A man who attacked his pet macaw, breaking its beak and leg, must complete 120 days of community service and take anger management classes, a judge ruled. Anthony James Ellis, 53, had been sentenced to 120 days in jail but Orange County Superior...
Plenty of Fizz to Report at Wine Warehouse Majestic
Byline: By Louisa Nesbitt Lower-level stocks including wine seller Majestic will take the spotlight next week as results from FTSE 100 companies are expected to be thin on the ground. Wine warehouse chain Majestic is expected to continue its...
Powerful Over-50s Coming of Age
Byline: By Graham Hiscott Older consumers won't be taken for granted Over 50-year-olds have become a powerful consumer group which advertisers ignore at their peril, according to a report published today. Many companies have traditionally...
Press Cuttings from Portugal
Byline: By Simon Rushworth France may well be regarded as the best side in world football but the team responsible for yesterday's pre-match preparations must fear the axe ahead of World Cup 2006 following a potentially disastrous administrative...
Retail Therapy
Givenchy Pour Homme Blue Label is a new, fresh and vibrant scent, which is apparently "ideal for the active man who likes to unwind in a T-shirt and denim." There are fresh citrus fruit top notes like grapefruit and mandarin orange, middle notes...
Rock Solid
Byline: By Simon Rushworth At Lisbon's Super Bock Super Rock festival Portugal may be going football crazy this month, but a nation of party animals are equally passionate about their music and a summer of outstanding rock has kicked off in style....
Roddick Puts on a Stella Display
Andy Roddick blasted a warning to his Wimbledon rivals after retaining the Stella Artois Championship title. In a repeat of last year's final Roddick defeated France's Sebastien Grosjean in straight sets at Queen's Club, winning 7-6 6-4 in 83 minutes....
Scare Stories Designed to Deter Assembly Supporters
Archie Turnbull writes (June 11) to say that he believes the NE assembly will be dominated by Newcastle/Gateshead (he seems to use John Hall's recent ramblings of a "Tyneside City" as something to justify his claim). This is patently nonsense as...
Scientists Await Cell-Clone Ruling
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Scientists in the North-East could get the go-ahead this week to spearhead a genetic revolution by cloning human cells for medical research. Researchers at Newcastle's Centre for Life are expected to receive permission...
Share Watch
Bp: Final results in February did not present any major surprises, but rather gave us confidence that it will continue to improve relative returns. While return on average capital employed (ROACE) should come under pressure in the short term, long-term...
Simple Process to Solve Problems
Byline: By Kevin Rowan From the Floor (with logo) It's not often I receive requests regarding the content of this article. In fact, this is the first time that it's happened. As part of the ongoing awareness raising activities of the DTI and...
Sisters Are Spying
Big Brother's Michelle and Emma have been glued to the TV screen in their secret bedsit since they were "evicted". Wannabe glamour girl Michelle Bass, of Dinnington, Newcastle, and Emma moved out after they received the most public votes in Friday's...
Slap in Face Reminded Bill of His Legion Duty
Byline: By Andy Fletcher He has emerged from war zones and battled against a life-threatening disease to pursue a promising new career. Andy Fletcher meets former Foreign Legion recruit Bill Parris. The pitiful sight of the two Rwandan orphans...
Sport Shorts
Ice Hockey: a fit-again Rob Trumbley is the latest player to join the Newcastle Vipers for the 2004-2005 season. The Canadian is raring to go for his third campaign with the Vipers, and his fifth on Tyneside. Trumbley played for the Newcastle Cobras...
Sue Wilson
Byline: By Sue Wilson The young, blonde, black-suited banqueting manager nervously took the microphone and told us she had been working at Kensington Palace for three years but was leaving to return to her native Australia. Her colleagues had...
Sunny Annual Fair a Roaring Success
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin Bathed in sunshine, 35,000 people descended on Morpeth for the town's annual fair yesterday. From hundreds of Harley-Davidson riders roaring down the high street to Captain Hook and his pirates dancing, entertainment...
Sven Plotting Final Revenge
Byline: By Simon Rushworth Sven GUran Eriksson last night set his sights on a mouthwatering revenge match against France in next month's Euro 2004 final after the reigning champions clinched an incredible Group B victory at the death. An injury-time...
The Dream Gone in 60 Seconds
Byline: By Frank Malley It was Elm Street all over again. A late, devastating, truly shocking nightmare for English football eyes which saw Zinedine Zidane score two goals in injury time to deny England what had appeared the most glorious of starts...
Thorpe Lifts England to Series Whitewash
Surrey batsman hits match-winning ton Graham Thorpe renewed his special relationship with Trent Bridge to guide England to a thrilling final npower Test victory over New Zealand last night and complete their first major series whitewash in 26 years....
Three Rescued a Mile out to Sea
Byline: By Daniel Cochlin Two men and a youth in an inflatable dinghy were rescued after they drifted a mile out to sea in heavy winds yesterday, seemingly unaware of the danger they were in. The three, aged 15, 20 and 34, all from the Blyth...
To the Palace of the Modern Magician
Byline: By Tony Henderson June at Cragside and many of the annual 160,000 visitors roll up to enjoy the mass flowering of the estate's forest of rhododendrons. This is where the inventor Lord Armstrong, who ran a industrial empire on Tyneside...
Trekker Goes to the Wall for Fundraiser
Byline: By Daniel Thomson An airport security officer is to trek across one of the great sights of the world to raise money for charity. Newcastle Airport security training officer Craig Hurst, 27, of Oak Street, Throckley, Newcastle, is flying...
Wall Does It Again at Newton Aycliffe
Byline: By Les Venmore Terry Wall of Morpeth repeated his 2003 victory in yesterday's seventh Newton Aycliffe 10km Road Race. Wall stayed with the leading group of 10 in the early stages before breaking clear on the second circuit of the 2.5...
We Have to Buy ( Shearer
Byline: By Luke Edwards Alan Shearer has urged Newcastle United to ensure his final season as a player is a successful one by investing heavily to finally win a trophy, writes Luke Edwards. The United skipper has already announced he will retire...
Windows of Opportunity Are Very Limited for Suffolk
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Career best figures of six for 57 from all-rounder John Windows limited Suffolk to a total of 325 for eight from 88.1 overs on the opening day of Northumberland's Minor Counties Championship match at Bury St Edmunds. Durham...
Winning It by Miles
Byline: By Mark Garrod Tunnicliff secures title by five shots England's Miles Tunnicliff, the leader since an opening 67, cruised to victory in the Diageo Championship by five strokes at windy Gleneagles yesterday. The 35-year-old ranked 261st...
Win Puts Moss Vale with Best
Crack at leading sprinters is next Moss Vale staked his claim for a tilt at the top sprinters when he completed a hat-trick at Salisbury yesterday. The Barry Hills trained 4-9 favourite was backed to the exclusion of anything else in the Axminster...
Would-Be Joyriders Get Shock Warning
Byline: By Geoff Johnson Parents allow release of death smash video Parents of a teenage boy who died in a car crash have taken the decision to allow the release of shocking footage of the smash to warn other youngsters of the dangers of joyriding....
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