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 October 14, 2010

Andre Adjusts to Intensity of Life at Eagles; Point Guard Realising He's in Pressurised Situation
NEWCASTLE Eagles rookie Andre Lockhart reckons the BBL champions have as much pressure on their shoulders as the LA Lakers, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Lockhart is in his first season in the North East after a short spell in the parttime Barbados league...
Another Star in the Making for Johnson; THREE DUCKS COMES THROUGH TO WIN
HOWARD Johnson's Drever Route has always had a lot to live up to, but could now be ready to repay the faith judging by his victory in the Bobby Renton Handicap Chase at Wetherby, writes ASHLEY IVESON. The seven-year-old gelding was named after County...
A Powerful New Role for North Sewage Plant
THE go-ahead has been given for a pounds 40m green scheme which will convert Tyneside's sewage into electricity. Work will start early next year on the five-acre advanced anaerobic digestion plant at Northumbrian Water's Howdon sewage treatment works...
Be Quick in Vote for Superfast Broadband
TELECOMS giant BT plans to map demand for broadband across the nation with its Race to Infinity competition. The company has called on households and businesses to take part in a nationwide survey which will record the highest areas of demand for...
Bid to Put the Block on New Flats Scheme; Residents' Anger after Apartments Plan Is Given the Green Light
Byline: Paul Tully ANEW apartment block planned for a historic market town has brought major protests from people living next to the site. Twenty-six written objections and a 91-name petition have been lodged in opposition to an 11-apartment...
Blatter Impressed by World Cup Bid
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has praised England for eradicating hooliganism saying similar measures would have prevented trouble at the Italy v Serbia match. Blatter was speaking after meeting Prime Minister David Cameron in Downing Street yesterday,...
Brain Drain Must Be Reversed
Byline: STEWART WATKINS NOTHING sparks a more depressing image for me than the words 'brain drain'. I have this awful vision of talent flying across the pond to America. The reality is no less palatable. The North East, like many geographically...
Burberry Profits Rise on Back of Strong Exports
FASHION house Burberry lifted profit hopes after it revealed a 21% rise in half-year revenues as customers snapped up coats and leather goods. The company, which took centre stage at the recent London Fashion Week, said it continued to build momentum...
Capello Insists That Warm-Up Game Wouldn't Have Helped; Fab Sticks by Decision to Rest Stars
FABIO Capello insists England's dismal performance against Montenegro at Wembley had nothing to do with the lack of a warm-up game. Although England did not have a competitive match last Friday, it would have been possible for Capello to arrange...
Care That Makes a Difference
AN ICE cold sea, swallowing foam and, of course, falling off in front of your mates. Surfing's not for everyone. But Mel Thomas takes it all in her stride. Mel, who works as a specialist teacher with SWIIS Foster Care, also happens to be an experienced...
Cats Star Spends Time in Court Cell; Ferdinand Hands Himself In
Byline: Adam Jupp AS a millionaire footballer, he is used to living a life of luxury many can only dream of. But flash cars and designer clothes couldn't have been further from the reality for Anton Ferdinand yesterday as he spent two hours inside...
Celebrating Foster Carers
THE work of Northumberland foster carers was honoured recently by the Duchess of Northumberland at a special awards ceremony held at Woodhorn Colliery Museum. During a special reception held last month, 43 foster carers were presented with their...
Clegg's Making Up Policy by Himself; VOICE OF THE NORTH
IN 1996, the Liberal Democrats federal party conference decided university tuition fees were a bad idea and students should not have to pay them. Paddy Ashdown was their leader. He had wanted to impose university tuition fees on students and the...
Clegg Urges MPs to Tear Up Fees Pledge; Leader Says Decision Is His Toughest Call
Byline: Daniel Bentley NICK Clegg last night appealed to Liberal Democrat MPs to tear up pre-election pledges to oppose any increase in university tuition fees. In a letter to his increasingly restive parliamentary party, the Deputy Prime Minister...
Colleague Tells of Flood Death PC's Final Words
THE policeman killed during last year's floods in Cumbria said 'Let's get out of here' to a colleague moments before part of a bridge fell into a river and swept him to his death, an inquest jury heard yesterday. PC Bill Barker, 44, was nearing...
Council Accused of Christmas Con Trick; Unions Claim Council Is Preying on Vulnerable Low-Paid Women
Byline: Joanne Butcher; Adrian Pearson WOMEN battling Northumberland County Council for equal pay will be made deliberately low offers in the run sup to Christmas in the hope they will be too desperate to refuse them, it has been claimed. More...
Cudmore Faces Stamping Ban
CUDMORE FACES STAMPING BAN CLERMONT lock Jamie Cudmore has been banned for 10 weeks for stamping during last weekend's Heineken Cup victory over Saracens. The fiery Canadian international faced an independent disciplinary hearing in Dublin yesterday...
David Wells
A golden nugget of a day in a dull week, a day when you can use good old fashioned luck and hard work to make sure you shine way above the competition. Be you dancing, singing or whatever show you're the one to watch. Marvelous. When you get one...
Dedication to the North Rewarded; Arts Leader Put Our Region on the Cultural Map
Byline: Andy Hughes ABUSINESSMAN who has dedicated a major part of his professional life to putting the North East on the cultural map was honoured last night. Andrew Dixon was given The Hotspur Award for years of dedicated service to the region...
Diamonds Are Shining Again
Birmingham Brummies 50 Newcastle Diamonds 40 (Newcastle win 96-83 on aggregate) NEWCASTLE Diamonds triumphed yet again over the Birmingham Brummies last night as the two sides finally completed their amazing run of eight meetings in one season with...
Eventful Week for Kings of the Castle
GOOD numbers of big fish have been brought to the net at Witton Castle Lakes with W B Bradley safely returning one of 16lb while Lee Wilkinson recorded the best of the bag limits with three fish of 14lb 8oz, 5lb and 3lb. C Young and A Stewart were...
Fancy an Evening of Smugness with Lee? HE Was One Half of 90s Comedy Duo Lee & Herring, Has Collaborated with Everyone from the Mighty Boosh to Johnny Vegas. and Tomorrow Stewart Lee Will Be Gracing Newcastle's Journal Tyne Theatre with His Presence. KAREN WILSON Speaks to the 42-Year-Old Comedian
Byline: KAREN WILSON PEOPLE of Newcastle, you've been specially hand-picked by Stewart Lee for one of just 18 dates on his new Vegetable Stew tour. He usually does 120-odd dates you see, but with a new TV series being filmed in January he wants...
Financial Distress Levels Fall Ahead of Expected Cuts
Byline: Karen Dent THE number of North East businesses showing early warning signs of distress is falling but there are concerns that forthcoming Government cuts will have a disproportionate effect on the region. Figures from the latest Red Flag...
Firm Is Angling for New Opportunities; Rod Maker's Technological Breakthrough
Byline: Adam Luke ENGINEERS from a Northumberland-based angling company have discovered a wonder material set to revolutionise fishing - with the potential for multi-million pound spin-offs. Workers at Hardy and Greys, based in Alnwick, have...
Former Big Issue Seller Books His Place in Business Awards
Byline: Karen Dent RICHARD Cartwright used to collect books with money he made selling the Big Issue, but now runs his own online bookstore with more than 140,000 titles. John Hill meets the founder of Byker firm Newcastle Books. WHEN Richard...
From a Prison to Glory in Delhi; Teessider Completes Redemption
SIMON Vallily yesterday took less than two minutes to complete his journey from a cell in a young offenders' institution to the top of a Commonwealth Games podium, and said he hoped his triumph would inspire similar feats of sporting redemption. ...
Funding Project Finds Itself Knee Deep in Ideas
Byline: John Hill DIGITAL acceleration programme The Difference Engine will start up again in the New Year after a number of changes in the last few months. The project was set up by former investment manager Jon Bradford last year to allow entrepreneurs...
Gaming Firm Knows All the Right Moves
NORTH EAST firm Innocore Gaming has made it in at number 38 in a national chart of fast-growing private British tech companies. The North Shields-based company was the only one from the region to make the Sunday Times Tech Track 100 list, after...
Girl Geeks Are Helping Pull People Together
Byline: John Hill GIRL Geeks founder Mia Chapman has launched a charitable foundation to help women in financial hardship break into technologyrelated industries. Girl Geeks was set up to give women in the North East a chance to network and collaborate,...
Glasgow Performance Is the One to Emulate, Says Speer; Ice Hockey
Byline: MATT LESLIE VIPERS forward Dan Speer is urging team-mates to fall back on the Braehead spirit ahead of this weekend's double-header against Hull and Edinburgh, writes MATT LESLIE. The Hillheads side host the Stingrays on Saturday before...
Green Light for Taking to the Road across Europe; John Hill 0191 201 6374 John.Hill@ncjmedia.Co.UK
ELECTRIC vehicle producer Elecscoot is closing in on an agreement with a dealer in Germany to sell its range further across Europe. The County Durham firm already sells its battery-assisted vehicles in the Netherlands and is due to start distributing...
Halifax Investors Left with Pounds 38
Byline: Holly Williams MILLIONS of Halifax investors who received nearly pounds 1,500 in free shares when the group demutualised have seen their windfall plummet to pounds 38. The figures, released yesterday on the second anniversary of the bank...
Henry's Liverpool Deal Nears Closure
AMERICAN businessman John Henry moved one step closer to completing his takeover of Liverpool last night, joining the club's board for a meeting about the sale at a law firm's London offices. Henry travelled to the offices of Slaughter and May and,...
Her Fighting Spirit Still Shone through; Tribute to Smash Victim Who Battled for Eight Years
Byline: Sarah Scott PARENTS of a girl who has died eight years after a horrific road accident have paid tribute to her. Ashleigh Cowen, 20, suffered brain damage when she was hit by a BT van on her way home from school in May 2002. The accident...
He Told Me That I Owed Him 'Favours' Ex-Addict Says PC Abused Her
Byline: Rob Kennedy AFORMER heroin addict has claimed a PC sexually abused her in a police station interview room then turned up at her house for sex. Policeman Stephen Mitchell is on trial accused of raping and indecently assaulting a series...
Hodgson Given a Platform at Fly-Half
Byline: Matt Leslie NEWCASTLE Falcons supporters will get to see more of the latest line from the fly-half conveyor belt when teenager Joel Hodgson makes his first start tonight. Newcastle are in France to face Montpellier in the second round...
How to Break Down Your Sales
Byline: RICHARD LANE WHEN selling software, it is easy to think that all you need is a well-thought through demo to secure the deal - 9.5 times out of 10 there is far more to it than that. One of the dangers when selling software is that it is...
Hughton Insists Andy Not Ready for England; Hughton: Andy Not Ready for England
Byline: Matt Leslie ANDY Carroll still has a mountain to climb to make the England squad - despite the Three Lions' dire display against Montenegro. That is the verdict of Newcastle United boss Chris Hughton, who reckons that Carroll's form will...
'I Had Extraordinary Luck. I Was with God and with the Devil. and I Reached for God.' as the Eyes of a Captivated World Looked on, One of the Greatest Rescue Missions in History Was Continuing in Northern Chile Last Night. MICHAEL BLACK Reports
Byline: MICHAEL BLACK ONE by one, the miners trapped for 69 days in a dungeon that could have been their tomb far beneath the Chilean desert climbed into a rescue capsule and made a smooth ascent to the surface. Thirteen hours after the first...
Imperious Millar Overjoyed to Clinch Road Gold for Scotland
DAVID Millar was overjoyed after winning Commonwealth Games gold for Scotland - the nation which has supported him through thick and thin. The 33-year-old cyclist was imperious in taking victory on the 40-kilometre Noida Expressway course in Delhi...
It's a Concert from the Heart; THE 21st North East Last Night of the Proms Is Coming Up. DAVID WHETSTONE Talks to One of the New Singing Stars in the Line-Up
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE A North East red letter event which has raised over pounds 1.3m for charity comes of age this weekend at Newcastle City Hall. Yes, it's the 21st North East Last Night of the Proms. Held annually in aid of cancer-related...
Jobless Down but It May Be the Calm before Storm
UNEMPLOYMENT in the North East was down 5,000, as the claimant counts reduce nationwide. In the North East there are still 116,000 unemployed, some 9% of the region. But the number of people out of work nationally for longer than a year has risen...
Magpies Still Have Creative Players
Byline: Mark Douglas CHRIS Hughton reckons his Newcastle United side still has enough creative spark to unlock Premier League defences - despite Hatem Ben Arfa's devastating double leg break. Ben Arfa was imported to provide Gallic wit and invention...
Manufacturer Revelling in New Pounds 1.8m Premises
Byline: John Hill CRAMLINGTON manufacturing company Osborne Engineering Ltd (OEL) is showing off its expanded factory and training facility to funders and customers today. The company invested pounds 1.8m in boosting the size of its building...
Memorial Plaque That's Fit for a King; County's Turbulent History Remembered at Historic Pub
Byline: Joanne Butcher NORTHUMBERLAND'S turbulent history is being remembered at a historic pub. The 18th-Century Mason's Arms, in Warkworth, was one of the key sites of the 1715 Jacobite rising - being the place where rebels dined before proclaiming...
Misscomplacent Knows What to Do; Saraband
MISSCOMPLACENT should know exactly what is expected of her in the Try Betdaq For An Exchange Nursery at Kempton. Although winless from eight, Ann Duffield's juvenile was backed as though that unwanted statistic was to be stricken from the record...
Mobile Mast Fears at School Site Allayed; Council Acts to Remove Threat in Residential Area
Byline: Dave Black ABID to give increased protection to a Northumberland school and nearby homes which were threatened with a controversial mobile phone mast has been given top-level approval. Anger erupted last year over two separate attempts...
MP Believes North East Is a Special Case; FORMER Regional Minister and Newcastle East MP NICK BROWN Knows More Than Many the Strengths That Lie in the North East. Here He Sets out Why the Region Must Avoid the Dangers of Fragmentation
NO debate is of more immediate importance to the North East than the controversy around new economic development structures for the English regions. I was the Regional Minister from 2007 to the General Election. I saw at firsthand what worked and...
My Life Was Saved by Childhood Fall; PC Shot by Killer Reveals Lucky Escape
Byline: Rob Pattinson THE police officer blinded by Raoul Moat has told how a childhood fall left his skull strong enough to withstand the shooting. Medics have told PC David Rathband, 42, he would have died if the bone at the front of his head...
No Question on Victory; New Leader Shines at PMQs
Byline: William Green LABOUR MPs yesterday declared their new leader Ed Miliband won "hands-down" after taking on David Cameron at his first Prime Minister's Questions. Mr Miliband attacked the Government's planned child benefit cuts as a "shambles",...
North East Counts on Great Heritage; Report Shows the Value to Our Economy
Byline: Tony Henderson THE value of the North East's rich heritage to the region's economy is revealed today. The Heritage Counts report, prepared by English Heritage on behalf of the North East Historic Environment Forum, shows that investing in...
Paint Firm's Profits Up after Costs Are Slashed
Byline: Peter McCusker GATESHEAD company International Paints has seen profits soar after a cost-cutting drive by its new owners. The Felling-based company, which employs 814 people, posted revenues of pounds 193m last year - down by 12% on its...
Parliament Backing for Screening Battle; 'You Can't Put a Price on People's Lives'
Byline: Neil McKay ACLUBLAND singer's campaign to lower the age of eligibility for regular breast screening from 50 to 30 has been boosted in Parliament. In 2007, Trish Greensmith detected a lump on her left breast that turned out to be an aggressive...
Perfect Solution for Mum-of-Two
AGGIE Maxwell, 34, is mum to Seth, four, and Kezia, 19 months. She lives with her husband, Alan, 35, a curate, in Gosforth, Newcastle, and began running Grow Up Green, a cloth nappy business offering sales, advice and demo kits, in July. I have...
Pounds 280m Axe Is Ready to Fall. but Where? Just Weeks Left to Plead for Clemency
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE North East will have just weeks to plead with ministers for clemency before cuts totalling hundreds of millions of pounds are forced on to council leaders. Next week's comprehensive spending review is expected to see...
Protection for Beef Producers on Way
Byline: Karen Dent ALONG-TERM strategy is being developed to protect beef producers from market volatility and to ensure the sector's sustainability. Action is being taken because of the fall in the price paid to producers, which has dropped...
Reid May Have to Look Elsewhere; Reid May Have to Move on from Cats
FRUSTRATED Andy Reid has warned he could quit Sunderland if he doesn't get more firstteam football - as he ponders a loan move to boost his match fitness, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Reid (left) is finally free of injury after a torrid nine months suffering...
Research Role Is Made Permanent after Deal
Byline: John Hill NEWCASTLE University and the AXA Research Fund have agreed a deal to set up a permanent research role in the region to look into health and ageing issues. Prof Carol Jagger will be the first incumbent of the chair on Longevity...
Review Will Usher in Age of Austerity
Byline: DAVE ANDERSON WE are now moving from a phony war into a major political battle for Britain's future. The Coalition's cuts so far are puny compared to what may be revealed when the Chancellor delivers the Spending Review next week. Aggressive...
Seahorses Leave Victory Late; NON-LEAGUE ROUND-UP
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT WHITLEY Bay remain in the top six of the STL Northern League First Division following a nail-biting finish with Bishop Auckland at Hillheads last night. The Seahorses appeared to be heading for their second defeat of the...
Serbians Apologise to Italians over Hooligans
ITALY received a formal apology from the Serbian ambassador yesterday after ugly scenes in Genoa caused the Euro 2012 qualifying match between the two countries to be abandoned. The Serbian acknowledgement came as Uefa launched an investigation...
She Peeped Her Little Eye Open at the Last Minute, as If to Say 'Don't Worry' EMILY Ingham Only Lived for Eight Precious Hours, but Her Mum Sarah Will Never Forget Her. KAREN WILSON Hears Her Story Ahead of Tomorrow's National Baby Loss Awareness Day
Byline: KAREN WILSON MOST new mums would be envious of Sarah Hunt. Her five-month-old daughter Grace lies smiling and gurgling in her bouncer. A placid baby, she sleeps through the night and often breaks out into a broad grin. But the seemingly...
Star Names Will Attract Attention; TECH NOTES HERB KIM
THE Thinking Digital Conference returns to the Sage Gateshead in May 2011 for its fourth edition. While the conference becomes increasingly international every year (in 2010 we entertained guests from 17 countries), it''s the early and enthusiastic...
Switch from Rain to Sun Suits Ryder Cup Hero; GOLF
ROSS Fisher is aiming to take advantage of the absence of defending champion Lee Westwood from this week's Portugal Masters. Westwood won last year's event in Vilamoura by two shots from Ryder Cup team-mates Francesco Molinari and Padraig Harrington,...
Teenager Able to Handle Pressure
TOM Daley produced a perfect dive and then looked on as Olympic champion Matthew Mitcham failed to hold his nerve allowing the 16-year-old to add the Commonwealth 10metre platform title to his world crown in the final event at the Dr SP Mukherjee Aquatics...
Teenager Walks Right into a Sticky Situation
A TEENAGER had a lucky escape when he plunged into an algae-covered lake he thought was a lawn. Lee Dickinson had joined his girlfriend's family on a short holiday at Haggerston Castle in Northumberland when the drama unfolded. Failing to spot warning...
Trailer Maker Laments Results
THE UK division of manufacturer Schmitz Cargobull has described its performance for the year up to March as "disappointing". The German firm announced in June that it was mothballing its truck trailer factory in Harelaw, County Durham, with the...
Unconventional Set, but a Tale Brilliantly Told
Antony and Cleopatra, RSC, Theatre Royal until Saturday Set against a swirling backdrop of battles and political posturing, and with its protagonists on different continents, this is not an easy love story to tell. Potentially, as the action swings...
Vision Remains Intact despite Cuts, Says Chief; NEWCASTLE City Council Chief Executive BARRY ROWLAND Sets out How He Believes the Council Can Continue to Play a Strong Role in the Region
Byline: BARRY ROWLAND WITH the Comprehensive Spending Review just around the corner it would be easy for councils to shrink into their shells - battening down the hatches in the face of public spending cuts. Newcastle City Council will not do...
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