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 April 19, 2006

Andrew Sugden
Byline: By Andrew Sugden Those who follow the headlines would this week have witnessed the demise of an icon of our manufacturing past. Peugeot's decision to end UK production next year will close the chapter of motor manufacturing at its Coventry...
A&P Clinch Deal to Convert Cable Ship
Ship repair yard A&P Tyne has won a substantial contract to convert a cable laying vessel to lay offshore pipes. But the Hebburn yard is so busy with another contract for the diamond mining company De Beers, that the work is set to be carried...
Batsman Muchall Faces a Make-or-Break Season
Byline: By Luke Edwards Gordon Muchall has seen the rewards on offer at Durham and the pitfalls which can come with complacency, writes Luke Edwards. Durham have had plenty of success in producing top class bowlers, but they have had rather more...
Bellion to Join Nice
Manchester United have confirmed David Bellion will transfer to Nice this summer for an undisclosed fee. The 23-year-old striker has been on loan at the French club since the beginning of January and will join them on July 1. Bellion joined United...
Bill Midgley Column
Byline: By Bill Midgley One of the criticisms many junior managers make is that they are subject to "micro- management"; an increasing level of control over minor issues where managers should really be empowered to make their own decisions, and...
Boro Can Rewrite Club's History
Byline: By Ian Parkes Steve McClaren insists his Middlesbrough players "are ready to rise to the challenge" and make history at the club, writes Ian Parkes. Boro are preparing for three semi-final matches in the space of eight days, with an FA...
Bowburn Banner for Gala
Byline: By Neil McKay A former pit village which was without a miners' banner for years now has three ( almost 40 years after the last seam of coal was dug up. And on July 8 the people of Bowburn, near Durham City, will march proudly behind one...
Bowler Davies Is Given a Leg-Up
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Taking wickets has been the easy part. The challenge for Mark Davies this season is just to last the course, writes Stuart Rayner. Since making his Durham debut four years ago, seam bowler Mark Davies has found beating...
`Bring in Sin Bins' Call from League
Byline: By Tom Collomosse Football League chairman Brian Mawhinney wants to introduce rugby-style "sin bins" into English football ( and believes he would have the backing of the clubs. The Football League yesterday revealed the results of a...
Bruce Insists He'll Stay with City
Byline: By john Curtis Steve Bruce has insisted he will not quit Birmingham, even if they are relegated from the Premiership, as he prepares for the return of Robbie Savage in tonight's (correct) crucial match with Blackburn. The Blues were given...
Burn-Out Is a Hot Topic for Marcus
Marcus Trescothick intends to be central to England's plans for their huge year of cricket ahead but still fears the threat of `burn-out' hanging over international players. Tiredness, a virus and initially personal problems have all been variously...
Cats in Double Keeper Disaster
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Sunderland face the possibility of losing two promising young goalkeepers this summer. While chairman Bob Murray stated this week he does not anticipate "wholesale changes", Premiership clubs are taking an interest in...
Change of Mood Sees Scissorhands as a Comic
Byline: By Tamzin Lewis Edward Scissorhands, Theatre Royal, Newcastle, until Saturday He's done Play Without Words, and in a sense, Edward Scissorhands is a musical without words. The music is Danny Elfman's score for Tim Burton's 1990 film...
City Centre Chaplain Finds Flock Amidst Workforce
Byline: By Graeme King Easter may remind even the most cynical executive of the spiritual side of life. As we return to work Graeme King talks business with Newcastle's freelance city centre chaplain Glyn Evans. In amongst the department stores,...
Closing the Gap on the Game's Top-Flight
Byline: By Stuart Rayner If Durham were a football team, facing their first season in the English top-flight for seven years, the doom-mongers would already be preparing their obituary. The gap between divisions in cricket, however, is nothing...
Diesel Likely to Pass Pounds 1 a Litre as Oil Price Spirals
Businesses and motorists have been warned of rising costs as the price of oil spiralled to new highs amid growing international tensions. Experts said that the average cost of a litre of diesel could break the pounds 1 barrier this summer, while...
Durham Stick by Tested Formula
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Having enjoyed so much success through the power of positive thinking, Durham have no plans to change their approach now, Martyn Moxon tells Stuart Rayner Whereas cricket's County Championship Second Division is about...
Family Firm Ropes in the World's Best
Byline: By Brian Nicholls A father and son team confound the manufacturing doom merchants and show that perseverance can be a passport to export success. Brian Nicholls reports Cassandras who continually put down manufacturing should visit the...
Family Tree: The Henson Motor Group
In our regular look at the structure of North-East companies, we feature The Henson Motor Group, part of the Newcastle-based Henson Group, which claims to be the largest independently-owned new and used car supermarket in the region, with a turnover...
Fan Club Throng Winner's Enclosure for Their Local Heroine
Chris wall found himself surrounded in the winner's circle by a small army of happy owners after Paradise Isle made all to score in the Blandford Bloodstock Abernant Stakes at Newmarket. The local trainer joked that most of East Anglia was involved...
Favoured Spot for Firms
Byline: By Paul Nicholson North Tyneside's comparatively abundant supply of office space relative to Newcastle city centre is making it an area of interest for future development. Atisreal's Paul Nicholson explains. Over the last year North Tyneside...
Fergie Wishes Forlan the Best of Luck
Byline: By Jim van Wijk Diego Forlan revealed Sir Alex Ferguson gave him a personal good luck message as the former Manchester United striker looks to shatter Arsenal's Champions League dreams when Villarreal head to Highbury tonight, writes Jim...
Foster's Durham Senior League
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt After four seasons in the Northern Rock ECB North East Regional Premier League, Philadelphia will play their 100th season in the Foster's Durham Senior League. They have completely remodelled their side in recent months,...
F-Word? It Means Frankness
Is swearing in the workplace better than talking bull? According to a new survey, it is. Research found while 66% of British company managers found lying, boasting and covering up very annoying, only 37% objected to colleagues swearing. In fact,...
Generosity Needed towards Tenant
I am sure we all appreciate that the Duke of Northumberland looks after the land he has inherited by good means and bad, and that he creates employment on his estates. How sad that he, with the backing of the law, is about to evict a tenant, Pauline...
Gibson's Starlets Arriving at Pace
Byline: By Stuart Rayner He learned his trade alongside some of the most feared names in West Indies cricket, but Durham new-boy Ottis Gibson is playing a key part in England's resurgence, as Stuart Rayner discovers The success English cricket...
Godolphin Purchases Show Their Class on Gallops
Silca's Sister, Opera Cape and Palace Episode, three of Godolphin's acquisitions last autumn, all came out on top in their respective racecourse gallops on the Nad Al Sheba grass yesterday. With Sheikh Mohammed's operation keen to emphasise they...
Gordon Tipped to Be Test Choice
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Dale Benkenstein has backed Durham's youngsters to again make an impact on the County Championship and tipped Gordon Muchall to be the next to step up to Test level, writes Stuart Rayner. Although veteran bowler Ottis...
Graham Tackling His Minor Concerns
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Northumberland kick off their Minor Counties season a week on Sunday and as ever manager Bill Graham's main concern will just be getting 11 players out. Stuart Rayner reports. While Martyn Moxon has spent the winter identifying...
Green Approach Earns Firm Pounds 1m
Byline: By Howard Walker Aspecialist waste management company has won a three-year contract worth almost pounds 1m from North biodiesel producer the Biofuels Corporation. It is the sixth waste management deal which Stockton-based Acumen has racked...
Green Fuel Goes on Sale at More North Garages
The network of biodiesel dispensing fuel stations across the North-East has been expanded. Farmer-controlled business Farmway Limited has begun selling a brand of biodiesel called `eco-Diesel' from forecourts at Morpeth in Northumberland and Bowburn...
Growing Law Firm Set to Employ 85 New Staff
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby A Newcastle law firm is poised to create more than 80 jobs as it trebles the size of its new Leeds office. Watson Burton, which has already grown its total workforce from 200 to 300 in just two years, has broken fresh...
Gun Police Close Road
Byline: By Neil McKay Armed police sealed off a town centre street yesterday after a suspected shoplifter threatened security staff with a meat cleaver. The man is believed to have run into a house in Tuart Street, (TUART) Chester-le-Street,...
Harmison Will Never Forget His Roots
Byline: By Luke Edwards Durham will not see much of Steve Harmison this season, but the England fast bowler will be keeping a close eye on them, as he told Luke Edwards. First came the stomach-tickling anticipation, then the thrill of competition,...
Harmison Won't Rush Recovery
Byline: By Luke Edwards Steve Harmison has pledged not to rush his recovery from a shin injury as he believes his body needs plenty of time to recover after a gruelling international programme. Harmison's withdrawal from the third and final Test...
Hoaxers Putting Lives in Danger
Byline: By Rhodri Phillips Hoax callers and faulty alarms are putting lives at risk, fire chiefs in the North-East said last night. The warning came after a Journal investigation revealed that more than one in four 999 calls to the region's services...
Home Truths
Byline: By Abbie Wightwick "May I see your hands?" The man seized my wrists without waiting for a reply and examined my fingers before flipping them over and looking at my palms. "I think we can help you," he purred in one of those soft American...
Hussey in for Thunder
Rugby league: Resurgent Gateshead Thunder have added another Antipodean to their multinational squad. Prop Josh Hussey, an Australian Under-21 rugby union international, flew into Tyneside last night to boost Gateshead's National League Two campaign....
Injury's Cramped My Style ( Andy
Andy Murray blamed a lack of match practice for his first-round exit at the Monte Carlo Masters Series. The British No 1 was beaten 4-6 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 by wild card Jean-Rene Lisnard, who is ranked over 100 places below him. The 18-year-old was...
Inside a Classroom, but outside the Box
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Classes of 80 could be common in schools if a group reviewing Britain's education system gets its way. Graeme Whitfield talks to the North headteacher invited to take part. As fans of the much-missed BBC TV programme...
Invitation to Visit Problem Roads Repeated
Byline: By Ross Smith Transport Minister Stephen Ladyman was last night urged to take up an invitation to visit the North after his department's deadline for replying to the letter passed without response. Mr Ladyman was invited on March 16 by...
It's All Lashings of Fun
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Stuart Rayner speaks to a former West Indies captain looking forward to a mild afternoon facing club cricketers in Newcastle. Richie Richardson was famous for his trademark maroon hat but if the West Indies legend is...
Killeen Enjoys Benefits of Success
Byline: By Luke Edwards There have not been many more dramatic metamorphoses in sport then the one experienced by Durham County Cricket club in the last 10 years and there are few people who have felt the changes more acutely than Neil Killeen....
Law Firm Makes the Right Move for Nexus
Byline: By Iain Laing Newcastle law firm Dickinson Dees is on track with its latest business win, after beating off bidders from across the UK to advise Tyne and Wear Metro operator Nexus. The North-East's biggest law firm, which employs more...
Left-Leaning Filly Lets Owners Live a Dream
Byline: By William Hayler Racing's latest rags-to-riches story unfolded on the Rowley Mile as Pam Sly sent out Speciosa to take the Shadwell Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket. Having turned down some "obscene offers" from predictable would-be buyers...
Life Windfall
More than one million Standard Life members are in line for windfalls of more than pounds 1,000 as part of flotation plans revealed by the insurer. Around 2.4 million policyholders are eligible for shares from the demutualisation, which will earn...
Limousins Lead the Way as Beef Sires
Byline: By Anna Lognonne For the tenth consecutive year, BCMS figures have confirmed British Limousin as the leading beef breed sire in Britain. The recently released figures show that 709,122 Limousin sired cattle were issued with passports...
Litter Lout Drivers Face Hi-Tech Crackdown
Byline: By Dave Black Drivers who throw rubbish out of their car windows are the latest targets of a North council's hi-tech crackdown on litter louts, vandals and illegal dumpers. Castle Morpeth Council in Northumberland already deploys an array...
Man Hurt in Attack
A man has been left with a head injury after a fight outside a bank in Morpeth. The 26-year-old was assaulted by another man after it is believed he had an argument with his girlfriend. The attacker was six feet tall, in his mid-30s, with bleached...
Medical Council Extends GP Curbs
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Medical chiefs have extended restrictions on a GP suspended from practising. The General Medical Council (GMC) has told Northumberland GP Dr Jayanti Ghosh he needs more training if he returns to work. Dr Ghosh,...
Micky in Right Place to Reap the Rewards
Only Seaham North pier has produced any fish of note and that was on a single tide at the beginning of last week and only Micky Davison was there at the right time to reap the rewards taking fish of 9lb, 6lb, 4lb and 3lb, all the fish falling to fresh...
Miller: We Must Score Points
Byline: By Stuart Rayner With relegation confirmed and the chance of a face-saving derby victory gone, Tommy Miller says improving on a disappointing points total must now be Sunderland's priority after their Easter Monday "collapse". The Black...
Multiplex in Deal for Fire Station
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Multiplex, the troubled Australian developer building Wembley Stadium, has secured another crucial piece of a huge redevelopment site in Newcastle city centre. The fire station in Pilgrim Street had been under offer...
Mustard Relishing Durham's Big Task
Byline: By Luke Edwards It should have been ideal for him, but Phil Mustard blames Twenty20 cricket for wrecking his form with the bat. Luke Edwards reports. If there is a single match that sticks out more than most from last season's double...
New Hope Raised for Treatment of Cancer
Byline: By Jane Kirby A drug used to treat osteoporosis is as effective as tamoxifen in reducing the risk of developing breast cancer, but with fewer side effects, researchers said yesterday. American scientists studied the effects of raloxifene...
Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Tynedale aim for a hat-trick of championships in the Foster's Northumberland and Tyneside Senior League when they open the season with a visit to Ponteland on Saturday and a massive boost is the news that all-rounder Stuart...
Orion Tipped as Rising Star
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Developer Gladman has sold the first offices at its 63,000sq ft scheme at Orion Business Park in North Tyneside and has more sales in the pipeline. The Cheshire company acquired the site from Bett Properties a year ago...
Our Life after Mike
Byline: By Luke Edwards Mike Hussey will be sorely missed by everyone at Durham this season ( none more so than Callum Thorp, as he told Luke Edwards. Considering the fact he probably owes his Durham career to him, it is understandable why Callum...
Party Lines
Byline: By Zoe Hughes Tony Blair may want to centre his legacy on education and health reforms. However, the recent crisis over loans-for-lordships may overtake matters slightly. Police investigations, arrests and constant newspaper allegations...
Perfect Waters for Fly Anglers
After the flurry of first recorded salmon from the Rivers Wear and Coquet and sea trout from the River Till sport in those areas appears to have settled down with anglers waiting for the right conditions to produce good runs of early migratory fish....
Porperty Briefing
Byline: By Richard Freeman-Wallace Buying property overseas is still high on the wish list of almost one third of people in the UK. New research from the Spanish arm of Halifax Bank found America and Australia were the most popular destinations...
Pratt Ready to Rise from the Ashes
Byline: By Luke Edwards Gary Pratt made headlines with England last season ( but it has only highlighted his Durham disappointments. Luke Edwards reports. If Ricky Ponting had played county cricket recently, Australia's captain would never had...
Record Oil Prices Bite
The effects of record oil prices were felt around the UK yesterday as the cost of filling petrol tanks rose and British Airways upped its fuel surcharge on long-haul routes. Motorists were warned that pounds 1 per litre of diesel could become the...
Red Devils Determined to Deprive Chelsea of Celebrations
When Manchester United arrive at Stamford Bridge a week on Saturday, with Chelsea needing just a point to retain the Premiership title, Sir Alex Ferguson's men will need no prompting to give every last drop of sweat. United's players are driven...
Roeder Is Forced out by Red Tape
Byline: By Luke Edwards Newcastle United lost their captain Alan Shearer to injury over Easter and they will lose their manager Glenn Roeder to bureaucracy next weekend. Roeder will be forced to step down as United's caretaker manager after Saturday's...
Ryan Happy to See Wolf in Fine Form
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Kevin ryan was pleased with his 2,000 Guineas hope Amadeus Wolf after he had worked over seven furlongs before racing at Newmarket yesterday. "He's done a nice piece of work with a very good horse," said the Hambleton...
Sage Gazumped in Norwegian U-Turn
Byline: By Howard Walker Software firm Sage looks to have been gazumped by a private equity firm on the biggest acquisition in its history. The Newcastle-based group agreed an initial pounds 334m offer to buy Norwegian business management software...
Sell-Off `Would Risk RAF Rescue Skills'
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield A North MP last night condemned predicted Government plans to privatise search and rescue teams as deplorable. The service at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland ( home to Sea King helicopters which rescue hundreds of people...
Sensations on Show
Byline: By Hannah Collier For 122 years, Newcastle's Hancock Museum has entertained, enthralled and excited the people of the North-East. But after April 23 the museum will never be the same again. For one thing it will change its name. Plans to...
Serious Threat to the Gunners
Byline: By Martyn Ziegler In seasons gone by, Arsenal against Villarreal would have been very much the artists versus the pragmatists. The Spanish side's Chilean coach Manuel Pellegrini has made Villarreal into a force to be reckoned with by...
Shopkeeper Stole with Scam at Till
Byline: By Hayley Beattie A shopkeeper stole pounds 1,350 from her employer to help pay household bills, a court heard yesterday. Kay Murray, 47, of The Mayfield, Barrasford, Northumberland, pleaded guilty to stealing the money from Cookes newsagents,...
Single Payment Farm Walks
Farmers are being asked whether they know their SMRs from their SPRs at the latest series of free Defra-funded farm events across the North-East to help land managers and advisers clarify their obligations under cross compliance. The two-hour walks,...
Skills Factor So Important for the Industry
Byline: By Catriona Lingwood Nowhere is the fast pace of change in business more perfectly illustrated than in the region's construction industry. Over the last few years, companies have had to deal with a constantly evolving raft of legislation,...
Slim Pickings Deter Buyers
A Newcastle property agent has begun to cast around the UK for deals for clients because it believes the North-East market has become over-heated. Gavin Black & Partners has recently completed deals for UK Land Estates and London property company...
Son in Leading Role
Haani Ul Hasnain has been in daily charge of the business for nearly four years. And while he now has the freedom to call his chairman `Dad' in the boardroom ( and is content to walk in his shadow ( he is also, at 27, serving North-East business in...
Surridge Sport Durham Coast League
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Castle Eden ended a 55-year wait when they won The Surridge Sport Durham Coast League Championship last season but it was a desperately close call for the East Durham club. Seaham Park, who had not tasted success since...
Swail Gives Table a Kicking
Byline: By Jon Wilde Snooker's authorities came under fire again yesterday (correct) when Joe Swail described the table as an "absolute joke" after losing to Matthew Stevens in the first round of the 888.com World Championship. Swail was beaten...
Take Stock of Spring Fever
Byline: By Brian Tora With warmer weather and the schools on holiday, the city seems quiet at present, certainly when you stroll around its streets. However, as far as the markets are concerned, the place is as manic as ever. Bid fever continues...
The England Stars Who Have Lost Their Sheen
Byline: By Stuart Rayner English reputations will be on the line over the next 12 months. With a minimum of 19 one-day internationals plus three Twenty20 games between now and the 2007 World Cup (not bad for a country Rahul Dravid says does not...
The Readers Durham County League
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Esh Winning, who won The Readers Durham County League championship for the first time in 16 years, are confident their young side will continue to improve and again be in contention. "The team is young but gaining experience...
Three Contend to Save Planet
Three teenagers are in the running for the role of climate-change champion for the North-East. They are among 38 semi-finalists from 600 entries announced by the Government yesterday who will be narrowed down to nine winners ( one for each English...
Three Counties Northumberland League
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Outgoing captain Mutahir Ali is confident his successor Khalid Azam will retain the Three Counties Northumberland League Premier Division championship for Cowgate. "I've relinquished the role because of other commitments...
Time Limit Not Set in Stone
Byline: By Helen Wilson and Andrew Moss Temporary planning permissions are given when a development may not be approved for a permanent one at the time of the original application. Circular 11/95 explains that temporary permissions will normally...
Titus Sold on Roeder
Byline: By Luke Edwards Titus Bramble had never worked with a manager like Glenn Roeder ( but it seems the Newcastle defender has become a convert to his calm approach to dealing with United's defensive problems. Bramble has produced three impressive...
Toffs Wins Three-Year Deal for Chelsea Tops
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Replica football shirt company Toffs has reported a record start to its financial year after clinching exciting new contracts and preparing for World Cup fever to strike. The Gateshead company, run by husband-and-wife...
Tough at the Top for Champions
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt South Northumberland captain John Graham believes the Northern Rock ECB North East Regional Premier League is similar to the FA Premiership. "We've completed six seasons and it does appear that the competition is divided...
Turn Your Wheezes into Real Winners
Byline: By Iain Laing A pounds 50,000 contest, which turns paper ideas into real-life businesses, has launched for the third year and is on the look-out for budding entrepreneurs in the region's universities. And the would-be entrepreneurs with...
Two Bosses Become Labourers for Charity
Two bosses at a North housebuilder went back to basics and came out of the boardroom and on to the shop floor for charity. Two senior figures from Persimmon Homes North East took part in a national fundraising initiative in aid of Marie Curie Cancer...
Wenger Wants to Play Soul Music
Byline: By Jim van Wijk Arsene Wenger is ready to ensure the Highbury faithful witness a fitting send off to the last European tie at the "special" old stadium in north London tonight. With the Gunners preparing for life at their new, 60,000-seater...
What's in a Name? Race Organisers Ask
Byline: By Liz Hands Racecourse officials in Hexham are calling for help charting part of the history of the most important meeting of the year. The Heart of All England Maiden Hunters' Steeplechase is due to be run at an evening meeting at Hexham...
Why Dale Feels He's Up for the Top Job at Last
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Since leaving Durham at the end of last summer, Dale Benkenstein has gone from reluctant captain to enthusiastic leader, writes Stuart Rayner. Last season Dale Benkenstein was Durham's reluctant captain. With skipper...
Wigan Are the Eighth Wonder
Byline: By Ian Parkes Wigan manager Paul Jewell last night hailed his side's achievement in hitting a points tally he never believed possible back in August, writes Ian Parkes. The Latics won a Barclays Premiership match at the JJB Stadium for...
Windfall for Members as Standard Life Bids to Go Public
Windfalls averaging pounds 1,700 have been dangled in front of members of Standard Life after the life insurer rejected several approaches from rivals. The Edinburgh firm said 2.4 million policyholders would share in the pounds 4.1bn bonanza if...
Workloads Grow at Faster Rate
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Construction workloads appear to be rising at their fastest rate for more than a year. In the first three months of 2006 workloads in the region grew at their fastest pace for more than 12 months and well above their...
Work to Hit Trains
Engineering work will affect some Virgin Trains running from the North-East during the May Day bank holiday. On April 29, some Virgin Cross Country services will be subject to alteration and coach replacement. While on April 30 and May 1, services...
Younger Brother Hungry for Place
Byline: By Stuart Rayner For his famous brother, Stephen, the coming months are littered with high-profile challenges with England. But 20-year-old Ben Harmison has a less glamorous goal. "I just want to break into any team I can ( one-day,...