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 March 10, 2006

1,000 BA Staff in North Facing Cuts
Byline: By Howard Walker Around 1,000 British Airways staff in Newcastle are awaiting further details of a job-cutting programme after the airline announced plans to reduce costs by pounds 450m over two years. BA made 5,800 staff redundant in...
Aid Teams Move in as 320 Food Jobs Are Axed
Byline: By Graeme King Staff at a North factory have been devastated by plans for 320 job losses ( just two years after the plant was bought out of administration. Irish company Kerry Foods bought the former Hibernia Foods site in Hartlepool...
Anger Rises at Plans to Close Library
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Students are planning a protest after their university announced plans to close a specialist library to make way for media courses. The fine art library attached to the Hatton Gallery at Newcastle University will close...
Battle for Our Airwaves
Byline: By Stephen Rouse The stakes are high, the competition is heavyweight. Ofcom's invitation to tender for a new commercial radio station for the North-East has attracted 13 bids. The tender is vaguely worded ( the new station has to offer...
`Big Brother' Proves to Be True Winner
The North-East's oldest brown ale not only continues to sell well, but its "big brother" has also muscled its way into the take-home trade. For almost a century, Vaux Double Maxim was one of the region's best-loved beers. The brand had such a following...
Boro Carry Fight to Roma in Style
Byline: By Paul Gilder Mauro Bapttista, a hairdresser based on Middlesbrough's Princes Street, acted as AS Roma's official guide and interpreter during the Serie A side's brief stay on Teesside. The Italians had travelled to the North-East confident...
By-Election in Alnwick
An election to fill a vacancy on Alnwick District Council created by the resignation of Coun John Orde has been scheduled for next month. Nomination papers for anyone wanting to stand in the Lesbury ward are due in at the council offices on Denwick...
Can You Be This Cool for Cats?
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths Daredevils are being urged to volunteer to take the plunge to help animals in the North-East. The RSPCA is appealing for adrenaline junkies to try a new experience while helping raise sponsorship for the charity. ...
Competition to Find Best Farmer Friends of the Lapwing across UK
A bird charity is calling on environmentally aware farmers who are doing their bit for the lapwing to enter a competition to gain recognition for their work. The RSPB has launched its 2006 flagship Lapwing Champion Competition and, in recognition...
Constructing Excellence in the North East
Byline: By Jon Watson Here's a scary thought ( the average age of workers in the construction industry is over 50. Now, before anybody accuses me of ageism ( I am over 50 myself ( I believe that the mature element of the workforce has much to...
Crab Tart with Tomato and Spinach Salad
This week's recipe is incredibly tasty, because anything based on crab tends to be. If you really have a fear of making pastry or just can't be bothered, there's perfectly good frozen pastry available that'll do the job. However, there is something...
Debut Music Studio Shows It Already Has the X Factor
A new recording studio in the heart of Newcastle's up-and-coming Ouseburn district has already proved a hit, even attracting one of the finalists from ITV's X Factor. The Blast Recording Studio is the fruit of three years' work by owner Steve Nelson....
Dinwiddie Flies the Flag for England Alone
Robert Dinwiddie battled back to reach the last eight of the Sanlam South African Amateur yesterday ( after going a hole down in each of his matches. Essex teenager Oliver Fisher and veteran Gary Wolstenholme were eliminated, leaving County Durham's...
Dr Bunhead's Adult Show or the Science of Cocktails?
Byline: By Nicholas Craig Brought up to equate science with spluttering Bunsen burners, sulphur and petri dishes, I am amazed at the cornucopia of delights on offer at Newcastle's Centre for Life for the Science Festival next week. I'll be there...
Drinkers Tackle Gunman in Shooting at Pub
A man shot himself in the hand with a pistol at a pub in Northumberland yesterday. Witnesses said he was sitting at a table in Wetherspoon's in Hexham Market Place when he suddenly announced that he was going to shoot himself ( and pulled out the...
`Dual School' Is First in UK
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Architect Waring & Netts is celebrating after its client, Pinnacle Schools (Gateshead), agreed terms on Gateshead Council's pounds 55m schools PFI ( which includes the UK's first `dual school'. The project, which...
England Coach Gets a Blast from Andrew
Byline: ByLuke Edwards Rob Andrew has criticised England coach Andy Robinson for failing to get the best out of Newcastle centre Jamie Noon. Andrew is a massive supporter of Noon's international career, but the Falcons Director of Rugby is concerned...
Falcons Boss Takes Lead from Moxon
Byline: By Luke Edwards Rob Andrew is no scientist, but he believes Newcastle Falcons may finally have found the elusive blend needed to create a magic formula for success. The in-form Falcons travel to Bath tomorrow on the back of a run which...
Friday Forum
Earlier this week, the Government published the State of the English Cities report. At 450 pages only the most dedicated policy wonk will have been able to digest its findings but it's a serious piece of work which raises some interesting questions...
Governors Protest as Building Delayed
Byline: By Hayley Beattie Teachers and governors at a Northumberland school have condemned plans to teach new pupils in temporary classrooms. Highfield Middle School in Prudhoe, Northumberland, is expecting an influx of pupils in September with...
Great Wines, Swish Cuisine
Byline: By Helen Savage Patrick Leflaive has the audience on his side in seconds. "If you don't like my wine, just spit it on the floor. It's okay, it's not my house!" A passionate advocate for his fabulous family domain (which bears his brother,...
Head to Head
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Glenn Roeder faces a fight with the man who replaced him in his previous job if he is to be named Manager of the Month for only the second time in his career today. February's winner is announced this morning and the...
Hole-in-Wall Gang Escape with Safe
Byline: By Neil McKay Detectives are hunting a gang who smashed a hole in the wall of a village post office before lifting out the safe containing thousands of pounds. The raiders struck early yesterday at the post office in Woods Terrace, Murton,...
Horror in the Hills
French filmmaker Alexandre Aja, writer-director of the gut-wrenching Haute Tension (Switchblade Romance), is an inspired choice to helm this remake of Wes Craven's 1977 cult classic. Abiding by the spirit of the low budget original, Aja and co-writer...
I Owe My Life to a Mugger
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths and Hilary Clixby A 97-year-old woman who was mugged by a teenager said last night her attacker had probably saved her life. Eva Huddart was waiting at a bus stop in Walkerville, Newcastle, when 17-year-old Steven Lindsay...
Karen Goes for Glory
Athletics: Former policewoman Karen Harewood carries Great Britain's medal hopes into the IAAF World Indoor Championships which begin in Moscow today. The Norwich Union GB team face a tall order as a clash with the Commonwealth Games means the Home...
Kevin's So near to Big Innings
Byline: By Richard Gibson Kevin Pietersen missed out once again as England struggled to exert their authority on a stop-start opening day of the second Test. Pietersen hit 64 between the interruptions ( two for bad light and one for a personal...
Lisa Finds It's Animal Magic
Achange of direction was just what hairdresser Lisa Hill needed when she took up her post as receptionist at Blythman & Partners' Gosforth HQ a year ago. She is responsible for organising veterinary appointments, overseeing in-coming supplies,...
McClaren Has No Fear Now
Byline: By Paul Gilder Steve McClaren last night insisted that Middlesbrough will travel to Italy confident of becoming Uefa Cup quarter-finalists for the first time having engineered a famous result which has established the club on the European...
Mental Health Always the Poor Relation
Iheartily agree with Carol Millar that there is discrimination against Alzheimer's patients (Voice of the North, March 8). This Government boasts that the NHS is "free at the point of use". This certainly does not apply to Alzheimer's or dementia...
More Buyers Know How to Be Fair
Fairtrade Fortnight runs until March 19. Jane Hall looks at why Fairtrade is becoming a lifestyle choice for thousands of consumers. It's ethically sound and good for the environment, but you don't have to be a holier-than-thou type or a modern...
Morgan Up to Challenge
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Having run with plenty of credit behind some useful sorts this season, Morgan Be had little to beat when he finally got off the mark at Ayr in January. He was at cramped odds and never looked in danger. Seen as a chaser...
My Agony with a Chain Saw
Byline: By Julia Kennard Tree surgeon Darren Robertson told last night of the moment a chain saw sliced into his arm and left him hanging in agony 20ft above the ground. Doctors fought to save his left arm after the accident on February 14 when...
Mystery Man Claims Record with 50lb Pike
Byline: By David Hall One of the greatest angling mysteries was sustained during this week's meeting of the British Record Rod Caught Committee. For weeks stories have been circulating in the local angling world that one of the most eagerly-contested...
Mystery of Baby Boy Left in Car Park
Byline: By Dave Black The mysterious discovery of a grainy, black and white photograph of a baby boy has baffled staff at a Northumberland country park. The faded picture, which it is believed could date back to the 1930s or 40s, is the only...
NBA Calls for Changes to `Over-Strict' Regulations on Farms in TB Hotspots
Farms operating in TB hotspots are having difficulty selling their store cattle because of over-strict regulations, according to the National Beef Association. The organisation has asked the Government to reconsider two of the restrictions imposed...
One in Three Children Still Live in Poverty
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Political Editor One in three children in the North-East is still living in poverty after the Government failed to meet a key target, it was revealed yesterday. Official figures show 160,000 children were classed as living...
Opencast `Wish List' for County
Byline: By Dave Black Britain's biggest mining company has targeted five potential new opencast sites in Northumberland, which would yield more than 11 million tonnes of coal and extend the industry well into the future. The sites ( earmarked...
People on the Move
Learning and Skills Council (LSC) Tyne & Wear has appointed senior lecturer Dr MOHAMMAD FARSI to its board. Dr Farsi, 65, has lectured to degree, masters and PhD level in automation and control engineering at the University of Newcastle since...
Pool's Reserve Fund of Goals
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Paul Stephenson is hoping Hartlepool United can transfer their recent goal-scoring form from reserve to first-team level. Although the caretaker manager admits his side could have done without the enforced break which...
Poor Case for Defence ( Charlton
Byline: By Jon West World Cup winner sees big flaws in Ferdinand and Campbell WORLD Cup winner Jack Charlton fears Rio Ferdinand will be targeted as England's weakest link in Germany ( and would not even book "past-it" Sol Campbell a seat on...
Post Office Will Move
A post Office is being moved this summer ( but not very far. The post office in Forest Hall, North Tyneside, is moving from one shop on Station Road to the nearby Mills newsagents on the same street. Anyone wishing to comment on the proposal should...
Punished for Trying to Save Care Homes
Byline: By Dave Black A veteran councillor has been suspended from the ruling Labour group on Northumberland County Council for giving information to families fighting to save care homes from closure. Jeff Gobin, who represents the Wansbeck Sleekburn...
Pyres Can Be Used ( Law Expert
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths A legal loophole which may allow open-air funeral pyres is being investigated after a race relations charity insisted they were entitled to hold the traditional service. Members of the Anglo Asian Friendship Society...
Rent
The Constant Gardener (15) Rating: ***** WHEN his activist wife Tessa (Rachel Weisz) dies in suspicious circumstances in a remote area of Northern Kenya, English diplomat Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) takes it upon himself to investigate the crime,...
Rugby Field Phone Mast Gets Red Card
Byline: By Neil McKay People were jubilant last night after planners rejected a bid to put up a 60ft mobile phone mast on a County Durham rugby field. Councillors over-ruled the recommendation by their planning officers to allow the mast to be...
Shock Festival Chance
Byline: By William Hayler One of the more unusual candidates for major honours at next week's Cheltenham Festival emerged at Wincanton when Kawagino booked his place in the Smurfit Kappa Champion Hurdle. Seamus Mullins' team may have started...
Speed Humps to Stay despite Protest from Drivers
Traffic calming measures which have improved safety for youngsters crossing an accident blackspot road are to stay, despite protests from drivers. A series of speed humps were installed near three schools in Tynedale Drive, Blyth, in response to...
Staff Pocket Benefit of Their Big Success
Byline: By Howard Walker Staff at John Lewis have been handed a bonus equivalent to almost eight weeks' pay after it banked annual profits of pounds 252m. The 10% hike in pre-tax profits came as sales at its 27 department stores, which include...
Steve Is Born to Lead ( Ball
Byline: ByPaul Gilder Kevin Ball, one of Sunderland's finest captains of recent years, is confident Steve Caldwell possesses the leadership qualities to become a successful skipper at the Stadium of Light. And, having confirmed that the Scottish...
Strength in Numbers, Says Carlisle Boss
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Carlisle United will have to make full use of their squad for tonight's League Two trip to third-placed Northampton Town. Paul Simpson has accumulated an impressive group of players at Brunton Park and it will be needed...
Stricken Aircraft Saved by RAF
Hero helicopter pilots last night guided a stricken light aircraft to safety ( and a crash landing on a Northumberland beach. The Cessna 150 was on its way to Carlisle from Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, when it got lost in fog and had to be intercepted...
Sweet and Sour Pork with Noodles and Sesame Seeds
(Serves 2) 1 bunch salad onions, washed and trimmed 3 tsp oil 300g pack pork, sliced into strips 2.5cm piece fresh root ginger, peeled and cut into thin strips (optional) 150g pack trimmed mangetout peas, halved lengthways 350g jar...
Ten of the Best Fairtrade Foods
The range of products with the Fairtrade mark has grown from three in 1994, when the Fairtrade Mark was launched, to over 1,300 certified items in the UK in 2006. TRAIDCRAFT FAIR BREAK A light, crispy chocolate biscuit made with chocolate from...
Texel Ram Joe Makes His Owners Pounds 500,000
Byline: By Louise Hosie A record-breaking sheep has netted his owners pounds 500,000 by producing more than 1,000 lambs. Tophill Joe became Britain's most expensive sheep when he sold at auction for pounds 128,100. Now, nearly three years later,...
The World's Fastest Indian
Almost 40 years after making his film debut in a Lindsay Anderson short, Anthony Hopkins shows no signs of slowing down. Hot on the heels of Proof, a slow-burning character study based on David Auburn's award-winning stage play, comes The World's...
This Is the Way to Get an Asbo
Byline: By Liam Creedon A woman has been given an anti-social behaviour order for repeatedly blasting out the hit single (Is This The Way to) Amarillo. The Asbo was imposed on mother-of-three Teressa Webb by magistrates, after she repeatedly...
This Was a Chef-to-Be Who Knew His Onions
Segedunum Restaurant at Tyne Metropolitan College, North Tyneside. After this evening's meal, I am confident the future is in safe hands because Lynn Mitchinson's student chefs designed and delivered an ambitious menu. My starter of toasted muffin...
Vardy Buyer Still Pursues Lookers
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby The car dealer that snapped up Sunderland's Reg Vardy in a corporate car chase tabled a hostile takeover offer worth pounds 258.8m for rival Lookers yesterday. The bid from Nottingham group Pendragon comes days after...
Warrant out for Funerals Crook
Byline: By Neil McKay A judge yesterday issued a warrant for the arrest of funeral director Christopher Westcott, who stole money relatives had paid to bury loved ones. Westcott was due to be sentenced yesterday, but failed to turn up at Durham...
We Can Cope Say the Eagles
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Jeremy Hyatt is looking forward to the extra responsibility which will be heaped on his shoulders this month, starting with tonight's British Basketball League game against Birmingham Bullets at Newcastle Arena. Newcastle...
Wylie Gets a Touch
Lee home at double WITHOUT a winner for almost five weeks, owner Graham Wylie's luck finally changed when Some Touch made all the running to land the Betfredpoker Novices' Hurdle at Carlisle yesterday. And it couldn't have come at a better time...
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