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 February 8, 2007

A Chance to Raise Cost-Share Concerns
The thorny issue of cost sharing for animal health and welfare issues will be the subject of two meetings being organised by the North East NFU. The livestock industry is currently developing its response to a Government consultation paper published...
Action Needed ( a March or Convoy
I applaud your Go For Jobs campaign which brings to the public's notice the deplorable policies of the Highways Agency, which seeks to block development in the North-East if it would increase traffic on the A1 or A19. You report on Tuesday, February...
A Fishy Way to Conduct a Study?
Byline: By Neil McKay Education bosses were accused yesterday of wasting a "perfect opportunity" to discover whether or not fish oil supplements actually help children's academic performance. Retired headteacher Paul Thompson accused councillors...
Aldred off to Flier at Sharpley
Despite a sudden drop in temperatures Sharpley Springs/Water remained ice free with anglers enjoying good sport in crisp, sunny conditions. Steve Aldred from Newton Aycliffe, fishing a brown goldhead nymph, had a great start to his season when,...
A Legend Doing His Stuff on Tyneside
Byline: By Paul Gilder Sugar Ray Leonard is hoping to breathe fresh life into boxing when he returns to the North-East next month, as Chief Sports Writer Paul Gilder reports He is more at home at Shildon Leisure Centre than Caeser's Palace and,...
Alert over the Big Chill
Byline: By Robert Brooks Icy blasts from the North continued to sweep across the region last night, leaving rural roads laden with snow and some schools facing further closure today. As temperatures dipped to four below freezing yesterday, at...
Are You an Export Expert?
The search is on for the cream of the region's exporters as the North-East Exporters Awards 2007 are launched. The awards aim to recognise the efforts of individuals who have helped their companies succeed overseas. Sponsored by UK Trade &...
A Step in the Right Direction for David
Byline: By Paul James Super-size slimmer David Banks yesterday put his best foot forward for the latest fundraising effort for The Journal's Josie Grove appeal. Twenty-three stone David joined ramblers in Northumberland for a healthy walk around...
Back-Up Bowler Broad Set for Call-Up
Byline: By Richard Gibson Stuart Broad will bolster England's depleted fast-bowling ranks for the remainder of the Commonwealth Bank Series ( and enhance his bid for a World Cup place. Leicestershire paceman Broad, 20, will join up with the squad...
Benefits of Fostering
A fostering information session takes place at Colby Court Fire Station, Elswick Road, Newcastle on February 16 from 10.30am to 2.30pm. Newcastle City Council's foster team will be at the session to explain the facts, benefits and rewards of being...
Blair Pledges to Help Keep Metro on Track
Byline: By William Green Political Editor Tony Blair promised to look "very closely" at a pounds 600m blueprint to modernise the Metro system ( saying yesterday he recognised its importance to the region. The Prime Minister made the pledge in...
BT Hit Cash Customers
Bt is pushing up charges by pounds 4.50 per quarter for customers who pay by cash or cheque. The increase covers the extra cost of processing payments from people who do not pay by direct debit, the telecoms giant said. It will offset the rise by...
Cardiff Can't Find Whitley
Cardiff city officials admit they cannot locate former Sunderland midfielder Jeff Whitley. The Northern Ireland international recently ended an unsuccessful loan spell with Coca-Cola Championship rivals Stoke and was told he did not need to train with...
Cardiff City 2 Sunderland 0
Sunderland's dream of a quarter-final tie at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium were shattered last night when they crashed out of the FA Youth Cup. The Black Cats, playing in front of a 593-strong crowd, were undone by a Welsh side that included two first...
Car Killed Athlete as She Ran
Byline: By Tony Francis The partner of a top Tyneside athlete came across the accident in which she had been killed while out on a training run, an inquest heard yesterday. Accountant and mum-of-two Anita Nott, 45, of Beach Road, Tynemouth, North...
Cautious Market Ahead of Rate Decision
Following a strong rise in equity markets over the past week investors decided to exercise some caution yesterday ahead of today's (thurs) Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee interest rate decision. A study by the Recruitment and Employment...
Clampdown on Car Emissions
Byline: By Geoff Meade The European Commission yesterday dismissed carmakers' protests and proposed legally-binding limits on polluting exhaust emissions. The Commission said voluntary deals with manufacturers had failed to deliver the necessary...
Clarke Wants to Go Up in the World
Darren Clarke is determined to fight his way back up the world rankings after falling out of the world's top 50 for the first time in more than a dozen years. Clarke dropped to 51st after finishing in a tie for 20th place at last week's Dubai Desert...
Communication Is the Key
Byline: By Simon Loy Some employers are still discriminating against employees with cancer Simon Loy spotlights the problem Despite changes in the law last year aimed at protecting workers with cancer from unfair treatment, a survey by the Disability...
Consett Hotshot Signs for Hartlepool
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Highly-rates Consett Town striker Michael Mackay has joined League Two side Hartlepool United. The 24-year-old had attracted the attention of a number of Football League clubs after a prolific season with the Northern...
Decision on Wind Farm Is Delayed
Byline: By Robert Brooks Planning chiefs are now seeking more information on 10 turbines proposed in Northumberland ( just weeks after the authority said it had all it needed to make a final decision. Last month, members of Moorsyde Action Group...
Don't Miss the Biz Bash at the Baltic
Companies from across the region have been invited to a special reception at the Baltic, Gateshead Quayside, to celebrate International Business Month in March. Once a warehouse from which flour and grain was exported around the world, the Baltic...
Engineering
The North-East has a long and impressive history in the engineering sector and boasts a wealth of expertise in this field. However, it is important that the region's companies do not stand still.They must look overseas to make the most of the opportunities...
Falcons' Burke a British Resident
Byline: By Alan Hedley It's official, Matt Burke is now a Brit. Australian World Cup winner Burke will be playing down the fact but he learned yesterday his British residency has been approved. It means he no longer counts as an "overseas player"...
Fans Right to Boo Us
Byline: By Frank Malley England boss Steve McClaren criticised his side's lack of quality after they were booed off Old Trafford after slumping to the first home loss of his reign, writes Frank Malley. A second-half goal from Barcelona's Andres...
Fastest Growing Economy in World
China is the fastest growing economy in the world and there are many opportunities in this vast market that are not yet being exploited by North-East businesses. During International Business Month (March) there will be a packed programme of events...
Fire Crews against '999 Partnerships'
Byline: By Dave Black A pioneering bid to improve 999 services for people in rural Northumberland was under threat last night after fire- fighters' leaders voiced their opposition. Bosses at the Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and the...
Flotation Opens a New Era for Eaga
Byline: By Graeme King Energy efficiency specialist Eaga Group is to float on the stock exchange, valued at pounds 400m as one of the region's biggest plcs. The move is a big change for the Newcastle company which has always been owned by its...
Fresh Apartments Bid Wins Backing
Byline: By Dave Black A fresh bid to build scores of apartments on a prominent, riverside site in Morpeth is being recommended for approval ( amid claims that major objections to the scheme have now largely been overcome. An application for a...
Funeral of Crash Mum
The funeral of a woman killed in a car crash in front of her three young children will be held next week. Zoe Lawrence, 25, of Red House Farm, Bedlington, was the front seat passenger in her family car, a silver Vauxhall Corsa, when it crashed with...
Future of Theatre in the Balance
The future of a historic seaside theatre has been thrown into doubt because of a row over Whitley Bay's regeneration plans. North Tyneside Council's planning committee will this month meet to decide whether to approve the pounds 60m regeneration...
Government in the Dock on Pensions
Byline: By John Aston The full scale of the anger at the Government over the collapse of final salary pension schemes was revealed at the Royal Courts of Justice yesterday ( by four pensioners, including a retired engineer from the North-East. ...
Hadden Going through the Permutations
Scotland coach Frank Hadden insists he will explore every reasonable option at stand-off after Dan Parks lost his place to Phil Godman for Saturday's Murrayfield clash against Wales. Godman lines up in the Six Nations Championship clash, despite...
Hair Sues ICC for Racial Discrimination
Byline: By Laura Stevenson Darrell Hair's solicitors are citing "unacceptable and appalling" treatment, as they prepare their racial discrimination case against the International Cricket Council. Umpire Hair yesterday confirmed he is to begin...
Heineken Peace Hope
Rugby union: Heineken Cup chiefs remain hopeful a "positive solution" can be found, after the decision by French clubs to boycott next season's tournament. But a meeting of participating unions and club representatives in Dublin yesterday (correct)...
Help and Support Every Step of the Way
Byline: By David Coppock The North-East has an impressive record when it comes to international trade, with more than pounds 10 billion of goods and services exported from the region each year. But only just over 5% of the region's companies...
How We Can Benefit from Looking East
china is one the world's fastest growing economies and gives North-East business numerous options for exports. A total of pounds 10bn of goods and services are exported from the region every year and China represents the last, large market in the...
Huntingdon Frozen Off
The recent cold snap has caused further disruption to National Hunt racing ( with today's Huntingdon card the latest casualty. Officials staged a 3pm inspection yesterday but the track was still frozen. Bangor's Friday card is in jeopardy and a precautionary...
I Know That Face, but --
Byline: By David Whetstone The engaging Vik Muniz tells David Whetstone about his portraits of the famous and the day he nearly died. Many visitors to Baltic will be comforted by the familiarity of Vik Muniz's photographic portraits. On the...
Jonny's Fit for a Fresh Challenge
Byline: By Andrew Baldock A fully-fit Jonny Wilkinson will move into unfamiliar territory for England on Saturday ( playing back-to-back Test matches. Wilkinson, injury-free and in blistering form judging by his record-breaking Calcutta Cup performance...
Marts
Longtown mart February 6 STORE & BREEDING CATTLE The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers' Mart plc had forward 161 store & beef breeding cattle at their fortnightly sale on Tuesday, February 6. Store cattle sold at recent high rates,...
Mastership Gives Them All a Lesson
Byline: By Tom Peacock Eddie Ahern is rarely short of confidence but even he seemed surprised at the ease with which Clive Brittain's Mastership (100-30) blitzed his rivals at Lingfield yesterday. Pre-race talk in the Pontin's Family Holidays...
Middle East
The launch of a new seven-hour non-stop flight direct from Newcastle to Dubai later this year means there's never been a better time for North-East companies to look to the Middle East to do business. Dubai is already the UK's 10th largest export...
Nicola Finds Room for a New Career
Byline: By Iain Laing A former police support worker has launched a business which provides an online booking and availability system which aims to take the strain out of selecting and paying for self-catering accommodation. Nicola Tait, who...
Nobody Tells Me Looks a Useful Beginner
Useful hurdler Nobody Tells Me can make a successful start over fences in the Joe Dinham Memorial Beginners' Chase at Taunton today. One of David Pipe's strong novice team, Nobody Tells Me already boasts a fine record over smaller obstacles having...
North Proves Irresistible to Investors
The North-East is the third most successful region in the UK in enticing investors to set up home with all the economic benefits they bring. The latest Government statistics show that 63 firms moved to the North-East or re-invested in existing businesses...
Not Quite Rocking the Boat Yet
Byline: By David Whetstone Guys and Dolls at Sunderland Empire until February 17 Another big musical ( another big night for Sunderland. But my guess is that there might be bigger nights for this show once it has bedded down during its fortnight's...
Onus on Sheep Farmers to Avoid Double Tagging
Byline: By Anna Lognonne Sheep farmers in the North-East will be at the centre of efforts to ensure that commonsense prevails when European Commission inspectors visit the UK later this month to carry out spot checks on the sheep tagging system....
Peter Jackson Column
Byline: By Peter Jackson Tony Blair is said to be much concerned about his legacy as Prime Minster, about what he will leave behind him and how he will be remembered. It becomes clearer by the day how history will view him, at least in the short...
Police Face Probe as Woman's Body Found
Byline: By Rhodri Phillips Police handling of a missing persons inquiry was under investigation last night after the body of a pensioner missing for nine days was found ( just yards away from her home. The body of Beatrice Johnson, 83 ( known...
Pupils Will Fill Malls with Song
The malls are alive with the sound of music! Or they will be when The Big Sing gets underway. Capital Shopping Centres, owner of the MetroCentre and Eldon Square malls, has sponsored the region-wide singing campaign to the tune of pounds 50,000...
Putting Astons into Overdrive
Byline: By Graeme King Arenowned dealer of some of the world's most desirable cars is expanding his business. Bob Fountain's specialist Aston Martin sales and service centre, which nestles in the unlikely setting of Beamish in County Durham,...
Restaurant Plan Row
Byline: By Dave Black Plans to open a restaurant in an upmarket Northumberland village would harm the character of the surrounding conservation area and the setting of an ancient monument, it is claimed. The proposed development in Main Street,...
Roeder Looking for Final Flourish
Byline: By Paul Gilder Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has told his players he will not allow standards to slip at St James's Park after insisting he has great expectations for the remaining months of the season. The 51-year-old was less than impressed...
Romania Warm to the Task
Romania warmed up for their vital Euro 2008 qualifier in Holland next month with a 2-0 win over Moldova in Bucharest. Ionut Mazilu scored the opener after 76 minutes, Adrian Mutu sealing it two minutes from time. Group G leaders Holland are just...
Scare Hits Travellers
Rail passengers experienced major delays yesterday after a bomb scare in Newcastle city centre. Police were forced to close the Central Station from 7am after a man, believed to be Polish, told staff he was armed. A 21-year-old was arrested and...
Scots on Rocks as Obuya Hits Out
Byline: By Laura Stevenson Scotland suffered an eight-wicket defeat to Kenya as the hosts clinched victory in the inaugural ICC World Cricket League Division One final. David Obuya hit a decisive 93 as victory in the 50-overs-a-side match was...
Staff Warned after Letter Bomb Spree
Byline: By Neville Dean The full extent of the letter bombing campaign became clear last night as police revealed details of seven linked attacks in the last three weeks. Homemade pyrotechnic-style bombs in A5 jiffy bags have been posted to seven...
Staunton Runs Fans' Gauntlet
Byline: By Ian Parkes Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton expressed his relief and anger following the latest sorry showing from his misfiring side, writes Ian Parkes. A goal eight seconds from the end of injury time spared Staunton's...
Steve Didn't Do Spanish Homework
Byline: By Luke Edwards Whether this was a meeting between two giants of European football or its two giant under-achievers is a matter for debate ( but Spain were the clear winners on another difficult night for England's lumbering side. A wonderful...
Take Your Partners
Byline: By Ross Smith The trend of councils hiving off services to the private sector could be reversed under radical proposals being considered by North-East chief executives. Council bosses have begun talks on the possibility of sharing back-office...
Tax Payers Face Bill
House owners in Berwick, Tweedmouth and Spittal can expect a substantial increase in the precept they pay on their council tax when a new town council is elected. Members of the borough council have agreed the sum for the average Band E property...
Tech Notes
Byline: By Kevin Bell Whether it's a gigabyte, terabyte, petabyte or even an exabyte in size, the exponential growth in the amount of data saved on computers is posing significant risk and major management issues for businesses. Fact: data storage...
Teenage Netminder Making a Flying Start
Byline: By Peter Adams Teenage netminder Mark Lee achieved his first senior shut-out in only his second game as a starter, writes Peter Adams. Replacing the injured Peter Aubry in goal, 19-year-old Lee for the second successive game was also...
The Art of the Home
Byline: By Karen Wilson More and more people are choosing to make a statement in their home by ditching the ubiquitous chain store prints and opting for original artworks. Karen Wilson meets a Northumberland woman who has done just that and shows...
The Driving Force at Your Finger Tips to Sell Overseas
Uk Trade & Investment is the government organisation that provides integrated support services for UK companies engaged in overseas trade and foreign enterprises seeking to locate in the UK. It brings together the work of teams in more than...
The Labs That Can Lead the World
Byline: By Paul James Scientists in the North-East yesterday unveiled a pounds 4m suite of laboratories that will turn their groundbreaking stem cell research into reality. The new facilities, at Newcastle's Centre for Life, will become the focal...
Truly Scientific Trial of Fish Oil Is Needed
The verbal broadside Paul Thompson launched at Durham County Council yesterday ought to make it pause for serious thought. And when that process has finished, serious answers ought to be forthcoming. At issue is a matter of great concern to every...
Uefa Try to Solve Milan's Problem
Uefa last night said AC Milan could stage the home leg of their Champions League clash with Celtic in France or Switzerland. Last week's violent scenes at the Serie A Sicilian derby, where a policeman died, could have the short-term effect of closing...
United Hold Place in the Big League
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Newcastle United has only dropped one place in the big league of football finance despite its failure to qualify for Champions League football, a new survey shows today[thurs]. United was the 13th richest football club...
Wales Rift Ended by Call-Up for Cats Star
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Danny Collins has revealed how he made peace with John Toshack days after accusing the Wales manager of holding a "grudge" against him. In mid-November, the Sunderland centre-back told The Journal he was resigned to not...
Where to Buy Art for the Home
* Northern Print has a huge selection of unframed original prints for sale in its new gallery space at the 3,000 sq ft renovated Steenberg's building in the Ouseburn Valley. E-mail: enquiries@northernprint.org.uk or visit: www.northernprint.org.uk....
Why Export?
The benefits of international trade should not be ignored and International Business Month (March) offers the ideal opportunity for North-East companies to find out how they can successfully trade overseas. Surveys have shown that firms involved...
Why Keane Insists on a Real Deal
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Sunderland's players have been warned not to let up in training despite a recent spate of injuries on the Academy of Light pitches, writes Stuart Rayner. For the last two days the Black Cats have been training in the...
Willy Poole Column
Byline: By Willy Poole We had driven through a maze of tracks in the forest, but had for the moment lost the hounds; it is a very big forest. On a crossroads, we came upon a woman putting a basket into the back of her car: "I wonder if she has...
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