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 9, 2011

140 Jobs on Way after Bid Success; Consortium Wins Grant from Fund
Byline: Dave Black MORE than 140 jobs are set to be created in Northumberland as a result of the county's only successful bid to the Government's Regional Growth Fund. Five companies based in Blyth, Ashington and Hexham were part of a North East...
80s Rockers' Show Was Hotter by the Minute
Byline: Simon Rushworth Journey, Foreigner and Styx at Metro Radio Arena A deep recession and nothing in the charts that boasts the merest whiff of a guitar riff. Who do you call? The AOR Team (AOR standing for album-orientated rock). Battling...
Acknowledgements
GIBBINSON (Gosforth). Alice, wife of the late Don would like to express her sincere thanks to all family members, relatives and friends for their support during Don's recent illness and for the numerous sympathy cards, messages of condolences and beautiful...
Ageing Society Reveals Class Inequalities
Byline: DAVE ANDERSON THE Upstairs-Downstairs society is not a relic of the past or an historical drama. A person's place of birth and their position in our class system still affects most people throughout their lives. This has been brought...
All-Rounder's Recovery Hits Fast Track
Byline: Matt Leslie PAUL Collingwood's recovery from injury has hit the fast track with the all-rounder ready to re-establish himself back in the Durham side. Collingwood recently had keyhole surgery on his left knee after cartilage problems...
A New Frontier Opens Up for Wall's Experts; Germans Given Sound Advice
Byline: Tony Henderson HADRIAN'S Wall is lending a helping hand to fellow Roman frontier experts in Germany. Hexham-based Hadrian's Wall Heritage, the body which coordinates the management and development of the world heritage site, is providing...
Anger at Loophole That Helps Attacker; 'Danger to the Public' out in Three Years
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth THE mother of a schoolgirl subjected to a vicious sex attack has called for changes to the law after the man responsible was jailed for less than three years. Robert Fairley, who police brand a "severe danger to the public",...
Archaeologists Hope to Shed Light on a Roman Mystery
ARCHAEOLOGISTS from Newcastle University have started a major dig at an internationally important Roman site in Cumbria. Led by Professor Ian Haynes, the excavation team will work through to July 20, directed on the Maryport site by archaeologist...
Banks Face Tax Hike If They Fail to Increase Lending
BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has told MPs the Government is prepared to increase taxation on UK banks if they fail to back small businesses. Cable was asked to address fears that the top five banks are failing to do enough to meet lending targets...
Barber's Shop Gets Ahead with Cuts for Businessmen
Byline: Karen Dent ABARBER shop, which opened a year ago to fill a niche in the market, is aiming to open a second branch and may eventually grow into a chain after a strong reception from North East businessmen. The Barber Shop, tucked into...
Bold Bid for Trio as Midfielder Leaves Cats; Bold Bid for Devils Trio as Henderson Leaves
SUNDERLAND have launched a pounds 12million triple swoop on Manchester United after agreeing to a pounds 16million deal that will see England midfielder Jordan Henderson leave for Liverpool, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The Black Cats want pounds 5million-rated...
Buddies for Bookworms; New Scheme Helps the Blind Use Library
Byline: Nicola Weatherall BEING blind or visually impaired needn't stop a love of books, thanks to a new scheme in the North East. The Reading Buddies project has been designed in partnership with NEALIS - North East Accessible Library - and Information...
Cameron Criticised for Second 'U-Turn' Miliband Says Policy Is in a 'Total Mess'
Byline: James Tapsfield DAVID Cameron has been lambasted for overseeing a "total mess" on sentencing and the NHS after another apparent climbdown on a key policy. Labour leader Ed Miliband said the Prime Minister seemed to have "torn up" controversial...
Care Firm Aims to Slash Its Workforce; JOBS: THE UPS AND DOWNS Government Must Step in Insists Union
Byline: Stephen Cape TROUBLED North East care business Southern Cross has revealed plans to axe 3,000 jobs as it battles to stave off financial ruin. The company, which is responsible for looking after 31,000 residents across the UK, has 52 of...
Colleagues Go That Extra Mile to Help Road Victim
STAFF at a North East engineering firm are cycling more than 200 miles to raise money for a colleague left paralysed after a road accident. Around 20 workers at the Newcastle office of Royal Haskoning are putting their weight behind a group-wide...
Columnist
Byline: ALLISON CURBISHLEY A REGULAR response when I tell people how difficult I find it to fit exercise into my everyday hectic life is 'surely not, you of all people must be disciplined as an ex-athlete?' Sadly not as much as I'd like. I'm what...
Countryside Cycle Guides Take Off
A SPORTSWEAR retailer who turned to cycling after injury ended his hill walking days has launched an online business which will promote his favourite countryside as well as sell to the nation's mountain biking enthusiasts. Tony Harker, from Billingham,...
David Wells
As Venus moves into your vocal sky you can get as chatty as you like with someone who thinks you're all right, but they would like to see a little more effort. It may not all be about romance, get persuasive no matter what. Money gets even more...
Deaths
BELL (Felling). Late of. Sheila (nee McGoldrick, 30 years Nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead), aged 68 years, on 5th June 2011, after an illness borne with courage and dignity, dearly beloved wife of Ronnie and a beloved mother of Kevin,...
Defender Pulls out of Squad for Euros; Pearce's Dream of Strongest Team Faltering
STUART Pearce's dream of fielding the strongest possible England side at the European Under-21 Championships suffered yet another blow yesterday when Kieran Gibbs pulled out of the squad. Arsenal full-back Gibbs became the fourth of six senior internationals...
Digital Design Forum a Real Hit
THE changing world of the web was laid bare for visitors to the Sage in Gateshead this week at the 2011 Design It Build It Conference for web developers and designers. The busy month for intriguing conferences on the banks of the Tyne continued...
Discovery of Home May Halt Turbines; Plans Put in Jeopardy by One Resident
Byline: Paul Tully THE FUTURE of a major north wind farm development could depend on this modest property in the middle of nowhere. Grey Mare Hill Fields stands at the heart of a site where permission has already been granted for a six-turbine...
Doing Business in Dubai Could See You Reap Massive Rewards; the Journal Has Teamed Up with the Government of Dubai's Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing to Offer Three North East Firms a Place on a Trade Visit to Dubai. ANDREW HEBDEN Reports on One Local Business Already Reaping the Rewards of Deals in the Emirate
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN INTERNATIONAL trade deals are not for the impatient; sometimes an initial conversation with a potential customer can take months to come to fruition. But, as Tyneside engineering firm Hart Door Systems will testify, the ultimate...
Drain of Talent Is an Old Problem; Jordan Henderson's Name Has Been Added to the List of North East Stars Who Have Moved at the Peak of Their Powers. Mark Douglas Reports on the Return of a Worrying Trend
Byline: Mark Douglas ONCE again, you can construct a formidable argument that it makes business sense. Around pounds 16million for a player who was barely worth his place in the Sunderland team during their spring collapse, who has less than...
Encryption Firm Hopes to Reap Benefit of New Laws
Byline: John Hill WE'RE living in a world where sharing is fun, but that isn't necessarily the case if you're a business. So for times when hurling your data into everyone's bedroom isn't going to please the boss, there's always the option of encryption....
EU Aid to Offset E.coli Losses
FARMERS hit by the E.coli outbreak will share in a pounds 135m aid package agreed by EU governments. The money is being found from the existing Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) budget, so national governments will not be forced to find extra cash....
Family-Size Fitness; Families Who Lose Weight and Change Their Lifestyle Are Often More Successful When They Stick Together. DEBRA FOX Meets a Mum and Daughter Who've Done Just That
Byline: DEBRA FOX IN a day and age that is obsessed with diets, new food fads, and the hottest new celebrity fitness regimes, finding a diet that works for you is difficult. But mum and daughter Jaki Inglis and Laura Graham from Chester-le-Street...
Fashion Chain's Pounds 2.4m Boost for Its Creditors
Byline: Peter McCusker NORTH East fashion chain The Officers Club had a cash pile of pounds 2.4m when it went bust earlier this year, leaving its administrators confident all creditors will receive a dividend. The Cramlington-based retailer was...
Figures Reveal Life Expectancy Is Grim Up North
PEOPLE in the North East are much less likely to live to old age than southerners, new figures showed yesterday. Many areas across the region are revealed to have some of the lowest life expectancy rates in the country between 2007 and 2009 according...
Garden Trail Is Still Popular after Break; People Open Up Doors for Community
Byline: Paul Tully SOME of Tynedale's most picturesque private gardens will be on show to the public this weekend. The revival of the Hexhamshire Garden Trail after a four-year hiatus is proving a major attraction. Nineteen private gardens...
Glimpse of a Secret World Behind the Magic
IN any theatre, art gallery or museum, there are bits you see and bits you don't see. As a visitor or audience member, you are treated to the polished finished article - the play, the exhibition or the display - but not exposed to the messy bits...
Grady Aims to Make an Impression
THE dulcet tones of Wayne Grady will be heard at Slaley Hall this week, but there won't be a microphone in sight for the popular BBC commentator. The Aussie ace will be attempting to win the De Vere Club PGA Seniors Championship and confirm a rich...
Green Fuel Vehicle Firm on the Road to Market
Byline: Peter McCusker GREEN energy vehicle company Proton is on track to begin commercialisation of its hydrogen fuel cell systems after receiving a further pounds 1.45m cash boost. Newcastle-based Proton Power Systems announced yesterday that...
Health Mot
WHAYNE Allen is a DJ who presents the Wake Up With Wayne show for TFM after many years at Metro Radio. The 36-year-old dad-of-two from Prudhoe is a qualified karate instructor and a regular at Prudhoe's Sei Kenryu karate club (www.seikenryu.com) as...
Help Our Stars Take Award Honours; MBNA NORTHERN SPORTS AWARDS
NEWCASTLE captain Kevin Nolan and Whitley Bay's Wembley heroes are among a number of North East sports stars in the running to land prestigious awards. And Journal readers can help them gain the recognition they deserve with the top prizes open...
Heslop's Aiming for Three Blaydon Titles; Geordie Looking to See off Africans
Byline: Mark Douglas N EWCASTLE-BORN Justina Heslop will hope to see off a strong African challenge as she bids for a hat-trick of Blaydon Race victories. Two-times winner Heslop leads the local field in tonight's 5.9 mile race along the traditional...
Hooliganism Will Be Stamped out, Insists Polish President
Byline: Mark Bryans POLISH Football Association president Grzegorz Lato has apologised for the recent behaviour of Polish football fans, but insists the hooliganism problem will be eradicated before the country's co-hosting of the European Championships...
Hot Spell Shines on Sales at Taverns
THE owner of Chef & Brewer and Fayre & Square pubs has said the recent hot weather and its refurbishment programme had helped boost sales. Punch Taverns, which operates more than 6,000 pubs in the UK, reported that like-for-like sales at...
Index Falls amid Doubts over Global Growth
Byline: Max Ormiston THE FTSE 100 Index fell by 55.8 points to close at 5808.9, with downbeat economic data leading to concerns over the strength of global growth. Germany''s National Statistics Office reported a 5.5% decline in exports in April...
Investigators Await Answers on School Fire; Cause of Blaze Expected to Be Revealed Today
Byline: Sara Nichol THE cause of a huge blaze that ripped through a former Northumberland school is expected to be revealed today. An investigation was launched after flames engulfed a large part of the abandoned St John's RC First School, in Alnwick,...
Jol Is Right Choice for Fulham - Schwarzer
VETERAN Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer believes it was quite a coup to secure Martin Jol as the west London club's new manager, writes JIM VAN WIJK. The 55-year-old former Tottenham boss finally moved into the Craven Cottage hotseat when he replaced...
Judging Begins in Search for Stars; Inspirational Staff and Best Pupil Projects Rewarded
Byline: Nicola Weatherall THE nominations are in and now the judging can begin as we search to find the best pupil projects and the most inspirational school staff in the North East. For the fifth year running, the Journal has teamed up with...
Last Chance to Enter Export Awards
NORTH East companies have just a few days left to stake their claim to be one of the region's exporting champions. Nominations close next week for the North East Exporters' Awards 2011 which will recognise the efforts of individuals and teams that...
Make Social Networking Work for You
Byline: DAVID COXON THE line between the real world and the virtual world is becoming ever fainter. Whether we''re tweeting, updating our status, sharing images, watching each other''s videos or chatting, for many of us social networking is just...
Manassero Can't Believe His Good Luck
TEENAGER Matteo Manassero returns this week to the course where he struck his first shot as a professional, still pinching himself about how much he has achieved in the 13 months since. The BMW Italian Open at Royal Park near Turin sees Manassero...
Manning Is Back on Track after 'Gruesome' Procedure
Byline: Matt Leslie DRILLING one of your bones in order to remedy an injury might not sound an appealing prospect, but it's worked wonders for Newcastle Falcons full-back Jeremy Manning. Even though the Falcons didn't have the best of seasons,...
McClaren 'Wasting His Time'
STEVE McClaren's hopes of becoming Aston Villa manager appear to have been dashed - with Rafael Benitez now the bookmakers' favourite to succeed Gerard Houllier. Former England head coach McClaren was due to be interviewed today by Villa owner Randy...
Memorable Week at Witton as Record Falls
IT has been a memorable week at Witton Castle Lakes, with the fishery's record for most fish caught in a day broken twice within three days. John Walker of Bishop Auckland landed 64 fish to set the record, only to see this achievement broken three...
Messaging Platform with Global Ambitions
Byline: John Hill CREATING a new way of allowing people to communicate is all well and good. But even then you don't get to control how people end up using it. Even established modern phenomena such as Twitter and Facebook had moments when their...
MPs and Peers Attack Plans to Localise Power; Former City Leaders Hit out at Proposals
Byline: William Green THE coalition's flagship "localism" plans have come under fire from senior MPs and peers. In a new report, the Commons communities and local government committee said the proposals were neither supported consistently nor...
Murray Is Far from Relaxed after Win; TENNIS
ANDY Murray admitted to being stressed out after the ankle injury he suffered at the French Open left him in a Catch-22 situation about whether to play at the AEGON Championships. The British number one kicked off his Wimbledon preparations with...
NASCAR Speeds Up Stateside Games Charts
WHILE the sport itself couldn't be more American, fans of Nascar haven't exactly been disappointed with what a game developer from North East England has done with one of their national favourites. It may have surprised the industry when Gateshead...
North Investment Will Safeguard Jobs; Boost for Region's Workforce as Nissan Vows to Build New Model on Wearside
Byline: Iain Laing JAPANESE car giant Nissan has said it will build its next model at its Wearside plant in a move which will safeguard thousands of North East jobs. The company will invest millions upgrading its hugely successful Washington...
Oil Price Rises after OPEC Economy Boost Talks Fail
Byline: Iain Laing OIL prices have surged after cartel Opec failed to back an increase in supplies which could have given some respite to businesses and motorists hit by high forecourt costs. The 12-member group, which accounts for the production...
Politics Kept out of Heart Unit Decision; Minister in Pledge over Key Review of Children's Services
Byline: William Green THE Government will not bow to "political pressure" when deciding the future of the regional children's heart centre, a minister has promised. The unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital is under threat as part of the Government's...
Pros of Cloud Computing Still Outweigh the Cons
Byline: John Hill VIRTUALISATION specialist SITS Group believes Amazon's recent cloud outage is a good example of why businesses should not put all their eggs in one basket. The Newcastle-based technology company offers firms the chance to cut...
Questioning the Role of Social Media
Byline: PASCAL FINTONI We all know that social media is the next big thing, but as with all internet-related phenomena, it''s not quite as big as we were told it was going to be. It''s therefore interesting to note the results of a new survey,...
Ranking the Contenders; Harrison Assesses the Slaley Stars Hitting Form
AS Europe's finest senior golfers begin their quest today to land the prestigious De Vere Club PGA Seniors Championship at Slaley Hall, few are better placed to judge their prospects than John Harrison. The Matfen Hall PGA professional and European...
Rumh Could Be Lord's Lady at Newbury
Byline: Saraband RUMH has the form credentials to turn the Lord Weinstock Memorial Stakes at Newbury into a procession. After two inauspicious runs at Newmarket last season she broke her maiden in no uncertain terms when a six-length winner at...
Smith Won't Leave against His Wishes; Smith Reluctant to Go
Byline: Mark Douglas ALAN Smith remains reluctant to leave Newcastle United despite the club making him available for transfer days after the season ended. After being told his name would be circulated to rival clubs, Smith (pictured right) has...
'Spend Only If You Can Earn' League Clubs Now Want to Adopt Fair Play Measures
CHAMPIONSHIP clubs are set to introduce their own financial fair play system meaning teams could only spend what they earn. Football League chairman Greg Clarke has revealed that the Championship clubs have voted in principle to mirror the Uefa...
Spreading the Word on Popular Friday Forums
Byline: John Hill NEWCASTLE'S popular First Friday gathering is set to pop up in a couple of other locations in the North East after a successful trial. Science and technology entrepreneurs have become used to meeting up bright and early at 8am...
Suspected Brothels Targeted in Raids; Arrests after Crackdown on Sex Trade
Byline: Andy Hughes TWO suspected brothels have been targeted in a regionwide crackdown on the North East's illegal sex trade. Officers from the UK Border Agency raided two Chinese massage shops in Newcastle and Sunderland. Seven people have...
Take on Board the Right Fuel to Stand the Pace
Byline: David Kennedy UMMER is a tiring time. SYou've just got to look at the TV schedules. There are two Test matches and Twenty20 cricket, Wimbledon, grand prix motor racing, golf and Royal Ascot all to look forward to this month alone. ...
Taxi Drivers Can Now Get into the Zone; Operators Given More Freedom in County
Byline: Dave Black TAXI operators in Northumberland are set to be given more freedom in how they can ply for trade after county councillors agreed to ease tough operating restrictions. Six separate licensing zones for hackney cabs are set to...
Tours for the Adventurous; Culture Bosses Are Keen to Lure Us out of Our Comfort Zone. DAVID WHETSTONE Finds out What It's All About
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE BOSSES of some of the main cultural venues on Tyneside have embarked on a joint mission - to make us all a little more adventurous. The latest inducement is a series of free, behind-the-scenes tours of galleries, theatres...
Transforming Our Region Is Recognised; Companies Rewarded for Their Work with a Prestigious Award
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth COMPANIES transforming the fortunes of the North East were recognised with a prestigious award last night. Sunderland's Nissan plant and Newcastle's Live Theatre were the recipients of The Hotspur Award. Handed out each...
United's Return Is Good for Top Flight; Team Boost Crowds, Whether in Championship or Premier League
THE impact of Newcastle United's 2009 relegation was revealed last night as the club's financial contribution to top-flight football was laid bare. When the Tyneside outfit dropped from the Premier League, the Championship experienced a boost in...
Warning for Exam Boards after Errors; Impossible Questions Set for Thousands
Byline: Alison Kershaw THE head of England's exam regulator today condemned blunders in this year's A-levels and GCSEs as "disappointing and unacceptable" as she warned awarding bodies there must be no more errors. Ofqual chief executive Glenys...
We Must Nurture Our Farm Uplands
Byline: Karen Dent WORRIES about the marginalisation of farming in upland areas and the effects on the landscape and biodiversity were under the spotlight at yesterday's North Sheep in Northumberland. The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) spoke...
We Must Sort Our Twenty20 Problems; Collingwood Wants Durham to Be Great in All Formats
Byline: Matt Leslie WHILE Durham are flying high in the County Championship right now, their standing in the Twenty20 format of the game is at something of a low, but as Paul Collingwood states, they're determined to put things right. Durham...
Wenger Snaps Up Charlton Youngster
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger kicked off his summer transfer spending yesterday with the pounds 1million capture of promising young defender Carl Jenkinson from Charlton, but was left disappointed as England Under-21 international Phil Jones headed...
Why Making a Meal of Breakfast Is Powering Our Children through the School Day; Success on a Plate for Greggs' Popular Clubs
Byline: Nicola Weatherall IT began as a simple project to help children from poorer families from the North East get a good start to their school day. Now, it has grown to involve almost 170 primary schools in the country, benefiting more than 7,000...
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