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 January 22, 2011

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A Beautiful Beast of a Car from AMG
Byline: Chris Russon ENTER the beauty and the beast - some 16 feet of sensuous coupe packing a monster twin turbo V under the bonnet. With two months still to go before the new Mercedes CLS goes on sale, the master mechanics at AMG have released...
A Case for Defence Is Made by Anton; He Has Been the One Constant at the Heart of a Defence Which Has Been the Rock on Which Sunderland's Season Is Built, but Still Anton Ferdinand Knows His Place at the Stadium of Light, Writes Stuart Rayner
Byline: Stuart Rayner SAFE AS HOUSES signing for Sunderland IT is neither glamorous nor sexy and has largely gone unnoticed, but Sunderland's success this season has been built from the back. Not since the mid-November win at Chelsea have the...
An Easier Way to Get on to the Property Ladder
BUYING your first home can be difficult in these days of large deposits and limited mortgage availability. But getting on to the property ladder turned out to be almost child's play for teacher Nicola Galbraith - thanks to a deal from developers Taylor...
Anger at Uncertain Future of Flood Plan; Fear Current Scheme May Never Happen
Byline: Dave Black MAJOR doubts have been raised over whether a pounds 17m scheme to protect a Northumberland town from another flooding catastrophe will ever go ahead as currently planned. Environment Agency officials confirmed yesterday that...
Are You Nurturing Your Nest Egg as Well as You Should?
Byline: Alok Dhanda WORKERS could lose up to half their pension income when they retire because they do not understand the importance of some of the decisions they have to make, warns a specialist advice group. Growing numbers of people are having...
'Armstrong Would Not Have Been Seen Running to the RDA' Business Boss Has Hopes for Growth Fund
Byline: Peter McCusker ALEADING North East businessman says the region must lose a "dependency culture" that goes back generations. Sir Ian Wrigglesworth drew a parallel between the region today and the time of Lord Armstrong, the Tyneside-born...
Art from the Heart; INTERNATIONAL Artist Prue Bishop Was the First Woman to Graduate from Newcastle College of Art and Industrial Design. She Reveals Her Fascinating North East Heritage to KAREN WILSON.: A Life-Long Passion for Prue
Byline: KAREN WILSON SHE'S exhibited around the world, curated for the United Nations, been hailed as "a painter of considerable international repute" in France and has even devised her own genre of art called 3D sculptural watercolour. But artist...
A Trio to Be Feared by All in the BBL; MK Lions 91 Newcastle Eagles 100
NEWCASTLE Eagles started their double-away trip south with a win in the new Milton Keynes Basketball Arena, but it was not as comfortable as expected or what the league table had seem to indicate, writes JEFF KING. Once again it was the now affectionately-named...
A Trip to the Dark Side; Experts Look into Threat of Games Crime
Byline: Neil McKay TWO North East academics are part of a team which will study the seamy side of the 2012 Olympics. While the London Olympics promises to bring millions of pounds into the economy and attract worldwide visitors, the Games will...
Big Entry for First Meeting of Season; POINT TO POINT
ALL roads lead to the Ratcheugh Farm course near Alnwick tomorrow for the West Percy fixture, which launches the 2011 Northern Area season. It has attracted a healthy total of 120 entries on a seven-race card starting at noon, and the going is expected...
Big Kick-Off's Here at Last Season Finally Gets under Way after Bad Weather
THE North East point-topoint season kicks off tomorrow after its first meeting was cancelled because of the snow - but there are concerns the bad weather before Christmas has also hit training schedules and may result in fewer entries. What was...
Blackpool Can Add to Black Cats' Woes
Byline: NEIL HARNETT BLACKPOOL continue to be under-rated by the bookies and can beat Sunderland at a very attractive 8-5 this afternoon. Despite recent improvements in the Black Cats' away performances, they still have only won twice away from...
Blaze Heroes Saved Lives of Residents; Investigation Has Been Launched into Hostel Fire
Byline: Lisa Hutchinson MORE than 30 people escaped from a blazing building as flames ripped through a hostel for the homeless. An investigation has now been launched into how the fire started yesterday on the second floor of the 64-roomed Tyneside...
Bloodgate Physio Overturns Decision
Byline: John Aston EX-HARLEQUINS physiotherapist Steph Brennan won a High Court battle yesterday over the decision to strike him off for his part in the "Bloodgate" rugby controversy. Lawyers for the top physio accused the Health Professions...
Bogie Is Happy to Take on Hatters; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
IAN Bogie insists Gateshead are not going to Luton Town today merely to make up the numbers, writes STEVE BROWN. The Hatters are third in Blue Square Bet Premier, and backed by the biggest support base in the division. But the Tynesiders are...
Bravery Wins Battle on a Thrilling Day
Byline: JAMES ARMSTRONG GUTS proved to be as important a factor as skill at Newcastle on Wednesday. With heavy ground in places and some competitive fields, the meeting was always going to be a hardfought battle. A tight finish saw Martin Todhunter's...
Car Boss Becomes Charity's Chairman
MOTOR industry leader Ashley Winter OBE has become chair of the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. He takes over from Muckle LLP senior partner Hugh Welch, who chaired the charity organisation for six years. Corbridge-based...
Carlisle's Bid to Go Up Back on Track; Promotion Still Abbott's Aim
Byline: Mark Douglas GREG Abbott believes Carlisle United's promotion charge is hotting up again - after admitting the big freeze left their Championship dream on ice. Two 4-0 wins in three days have boosted the mood at Brunton Park but the Cumbrians...
Cash Award after River Was Polluted
Byline: Tony Henderson AN angling club will receive almost pounds 20,000 in compensation for a pollution incident which is thought to have killed thousands of fish in a North East river. The Angling Trust's legal arm Fish Legal has negotiated...
Cats Can Cope without Bent
Byline: STUART RAYNER LOSING Darren Bent could make Sunderland a better team at Blackpool this afternoon, according to boss Steve Bruce, writes STUART RAYNER. The Black Cats' squad will be poorer for the loss of pounds 24m England striker Bent...
Cats Still Aiming for Jay; Bothroyd Deal Is Still Alive
Byline: STUART RAYNER SUNDERLAND will try to push through a deal for Cardiff City's Jay Bothroyd next week after failing to sign the striker in time for today's trip to Bloomfield Road, writes STUART RAYNER. Darren Bent's departure for Aston...
Chaos Hits A1 after Accident; Coach Trip to Scotland Ends in Disaster
Byline: Kim Carmichael ACOACHLOAD of holidaymakers and their driver were taken to hospital last night following a smash on the A1. The crash happened on the southbound carriageway of the Western Bypass in the Denton Burn area of Newcastle, close...
Contemporary; Yet So Cosy
Byline: Laura Mowat TWENTY years ago, Ken and Florence Adamson built the house of their dreams on an elevated site with impressive views over the nearby County Durham village and to Durham Cathedral in the distance. Ken, 58, has always lived...
Coulson Departure Was 'Long Overdue' Spin Doctor: My Job Was Impossible
Byline: James Tapsfield DOWNING Street communications chief Andy Coulson has quit after admitting the News of the World phone-hacking row was making his job impossible. In a personal statement issued by Number 10, Mr Coulson said the drip-drip...
Councils 'Can't Afford' to Repair Potholes
COUNCILS in England will struggle to repair potholes caused by extreme winter weather because of a pounds 165m shortfall in funding, it was warned today. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 350 councils, said highways...
CPS Chief Defends Koran Case Move; No Charges to Be Brought over Incident
Byline: Amy Hunt NO ONE is to be prosecuted after a copy of the Koran was burnt on the anniversary of 9/11. A video of the Muslim holy book being doused in lighter fuel and set on fire was posted on internet site YouTube. Seven men were arrested...
Deaths
ANGUS (Craster). Bravely in hospital on Wednesday 19th January 2011, Peter Mattison, aged 80 years, dear husband of Joan, proud father of Gerald, Gordon, Paul, Trisha, Peter and Helen, also grandfather and great grandfather to all the family. Funeral...
Fa Carlsberg Vase / Stl Northern League
FOR the first time since its inception in 1974, six STL Northern League sides will today compete in the fourth round of the FA Carlsberg Vase. There is no all-Northern League tie which raises the hope of two sides competing in the final at Wembley...
Factory Takeover Deal in Tatters; Lack of Funds Leads to End of Contract
Byline: Brian Daniel ADEAL to see a North East company take over a troubled food factory lay in tatters last night, leaving the site's future in doubt. Administrator Begbies Traynor revealed it has rescinded a contract with Longbenton Foods to buy...
Faltering England Throw It All Away; Strauss Bemoans Latest Defeat
Byline: Matt Somerford ENGLAND captain Andrew Strauss lamented a "very poor day" after his side relinquished a strong position for the second successive game against Australia to lose the second one-day international in Hobart by 46 runs. England...
Family Affair as Couple Link Up with Orchestra
Byline: David Whetstone THE very loud cry of a baby greeted me as I finally managed to get through to Alexander Somov, the brilliant cellist, yesterday. Travelling with small children can be a trial, but it's a necessary part of life as a dad...
Fiery Flair; Fired Earth Owner Harinder Singh Has Spent a Small Fortune Renovating His Three-Storey Darlington Home. KAREN WILSON Gets the Tour
WALKING into Harinder Singh's spacious Edwardian home, it's clear he's taken open-plan living to a whole new level. The 51-year-old owner of Fired Earth in Newcastle was not content with knocking just two rooms through like most of us. He's gone...
Films Fire a Passion for Service's History; Discovery at Headquarters a Reel Find
Byline: Tony Henderson FIREMEN have made a reel heritage discovery at their headquarters. Films dating back to 1940 have been saved following their discovery by Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service. The footage, found as the service prepared...
First Step to a Modern Family Home
ONLY seven homes remain for sale at a new development which has transformed a corner of the North East. Keepmoat Homes' Mandale Park in Thornaby is reaching the end of its second phase. The remaining plots are four Oakhursts, two Normanbys and...
Flexibility of Three-Bedroom Homes
HOMES with three bedrooms are popular with many types of buyers. There are three-bedroom starter homes, large family homes and very spacious properties. As the saying goes - you pays your money and you takes your choice. Here homemaker takes...
Flexi Car with Hefty Price Tag
Byline: Patrick James VAUXHALL'S new Meriva is a real box of tricks. Subtle secret compartments abound throughout the vehicle while the rear seating arrangement, reverse-hinged rear doors and split-level boot make it one of the most practical cars...
Focus on Fitness Goals; FITNESS Expert DAVID FAIRLAMB Has More Tips on Keeping Trim and Fit in 2011
Byline: DAVID FAIRLAMB NOW we are three weeks in to 2011 I hope you are still focussed and clinging on to your New Year weight loss and fitness resolutions. Your day-to-day eating and weekly shopping lists should be much healthier. Take pride...
Get Fixed Up with Your Dream Home
ANORTH East builder has made a pledge to help make the dreams of would-be home buyers come true. Miller Homes says it wants to try to "fix it" for buyers struggling to move as it embarks on a nationwide initiative to bring buyers and homes together...
Get Yourself Comfortable for Gallery's Exhibition; SIT Back and Enjoy DAVID WHETSTONE's Story about an Endearing Design Display
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE WHEN that sneaky little intruder Goldilocks broke into the bears' house, she had trouble finding a chair on which to plant her bottom while pilfering the porridge. Even outside a fairytale it can be a bit of a problem...
Glorious Glass
Byline: Claire Hornby WHEN it comes to choosing furniture we often consider wood to be our only option. After all, it's versatile and comes in a range of shades, so who can blame us? However, the style gurus are telling us it's time to change our...
Good News for RBS Sees It Lead the FTSE
Byline: Jeffrey Ball THE FTSE 100 Index reclaimed some of the ground lost in previous days to close up 28 points at 5,896 in the final session of the week. The climb came in the face of news that UK mortgage lending had reached its lowest level...
Harry Seeing Red over Blues
Byline: PAUL HIRST TOTTENHAM manager Harry Redknapp has slammed Birmingham over their conduct during Robbie Keane's failed transfer to St Andrews, writes PAUL HIRST. Spurs accepted the Blues' pounds 6million bid for Keane (pictured left) last...
Hatch Stands out from Crowd
Byline: Bill Caven IN hindsight, I possibly shouldn't have been too surprised by recent events. The Volkswagen Scirocco could never be classed as a 'shrinking violet'. This German hot hatch stands out from the crowd with its eye-catching sporty...
High Street Hammered by Weather and Price Rises
Byline: Iain Laing THE high street suffered its worst December on record last month as retailers battled with Arctic weather conditions and shoppers shunned higher prices. Retail sales volumes declined 0.8% month-on-month - the lowest reading...
Home Is a Big Plus for Saints Boss Mallinder
Byline: Andrew Baldock NORTHAMPTON Saints boss Jim Mallinder admits the prospect of a home Heineken Cup quarter-final provides "massive motivation" for today's clash against Castres. Victory in France would secure a prized home tie and make Northampton...
Homemaker
Byline: Karen Overbury JANUARY has brought a wealth of press releases, surveys and statistics about the property market and housing matters. I've read seemingly endless comparisons and reports. Some are upbeat, some are gloomy and many simply...
How to Protect Your Home against the Weather
THE sun has been shining but spring is still a long way off. So it's time to look at our homes and think about improvements or repairs in case the weather worsens, says the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Chartered surveyor Richard Sayer,...
I Gave My All, Says Injured Williams
VENUS Williams bowed out of the Australian Open yesterday - but insisted she had "peace of mind" after giving her all against Andrea Petkovic. Williams lasted just a game and two points before defaulting due to the leg injury she suffered in the...
'I Have Some Film Footage of [.]Me Kicking a Ball Relentlessly against the Neighbours' Front Wall ... We Played Many Other Games but Football Was Almost a Way of Life.'
'I have some film footage of me kicking a ball relentlessly against the neighbours' front wall ... We played many other games but football was almost a way of life.' VIZ co-founder Simon Donald now lives in London but spent the first 45 years of...
In Memoriam
ARMSTRONG (Ashington). In loving memory of Tommy, died January 22nd 1984. A dear husband of Ida and father of Lawrence. Remembered always with affection. BARTCH (Kenton). In loving memory of Dad Jimmy, our hearts broke when we lost you 1 year ago,...
I Will Fight to Keep Taylor Here - Boss
TONY Mowbray has responded to the loss of David Wheater by hinting he will fight to keep Andrew Taylor rather than sell him to Watford, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Taylor has spent several months on loan at Watford and had been expected to complete a permanent...
Kaymer Leads as Padraig Makes Error
Byline: Mark Garrod MARTIN Kaymer is on course to retain the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and take the world number two spot off Tiger Woods after a second-round 65 yesterday. But that was not the story of the day in the desert. Padraig Harrington's...
Kittiwakes at Home Are a Winner for Ian
Byline: TONY HENDERSON IT was no run of the mill picture of the Tyneside kittiwake colony which made Ian Cook a winner. Ian, whose hobby is wildlife photography, believes the birds who nest on the Tyne Bridge, the former Baltic Flour Mill and nearby...
Lake Plan Has Huge Support; Planners Unanimously in Favour of Proposal
Byline: Paul Tully AFISHING lake-and-lodge complex near a Northumberland village has won the backing of council planners. Hill farmer Billy Findler's proposal for the site at West Woodburn earned a unanimous seal of approval from the County Council's...
Law Firm Helps Set Up New Academy
LAW firm Watson Burton's education practice has advised Gosforth High School and Gosforth Junior High School on their successful joint conversion to academy status. Despite this being one of the most complex conversions of any of the UK's new academies,...
Let's See You Graft First, Says Boss Tait; BLUE SQUARE BET NORTH
MICK TAIT has warned his Blyth Spartans stars to graft before they can demonstrate their guile. The Croft Park club have shown ample talent in back-to-back wins over Blue Square Bet Premier side Altrincham - in the FA Trophy - and league rivals...
Lexus Comes out Fighting
Byline: Steve Hughes JAPANESE luxury car maker Lexus has declared war on its German rivals Audi and BMW. This is because the latest Lexus IS 200 and IS 250 Advance models are crammed to the rafters with high-tech kit although the company is charging...
Link to Brown's Regime Is a Weakness
Byline: PAUL LINFORD AS Sir John Chilcott's Inquiry into the war in Iraq continued to chip away at Tony Blair's historical reputation this week, another of the former Prime Minister's closest allies took his leave of frontline politics. Amid...
Maktu Chases Haydock Glory; National Exertions Should Not Hindercolt's Chances
IF you are prepared to take a chance that a fortnight is long enough to shake off the exertions of the Coral Welsh National, Maktu will surely be prominent in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock today. Pat Murphy had laid him out for the Chepstow marathon...
Minister Defends Air Duty Increase
Byline: William Green ARISE in Air Passenger Duty was unavoidable, a Treasury minister has insisted. Justine Greening claimed the rise in APD last November "simply could not be avoided" because of the record budget deficit inherited from Labour....
Mondeo Grows in Stature
Byline: Bill Caven THERE is a lot to be said about going along with the flow. Perhaps it is a sign of growing old, I suppose, although in my case I'm right up there with Cliff Richard and Peter Pan. Another possible theory is that it has got something...
More Needs to Be Done to Keep Our Children Safe; CHILD Sexual Exploitation Is One of the Most Sickening Crimes of Our Age, Yet the Scale of It Is Unknown. Reporter KATIE DAVIES Speaks to a Victim
Byline: KATIE DAVIES FROM internet grooming to the targeting of vulnerable teenagers by gangs, child sexual exploitation is a growing problem. Last year 145 children in the region were helped by children's charity Barnardo's, but this is only...
MPs Demand Help for Tourist Industry; Campaign Fell Victim to Cuts
Byline: William Green MORE must be done to help tourism in the region, according to MPs. Tourism Minister John Penrose came under pressure in the Commons over the coalition's decision to axe the award-winning Passionate People, Passionate Places...
MPs Join in Bid to Beat the Bookies; Tax Loophole Hits Racecourses Hard
Byline: Adrian Pearson RACE fans have urged the Government to crack down on tax-dodging bookmakers depriving North racetracks of vital prize money. Newcastle Racecourse and other sites across the UK have called on ministers to do more to secure...
New NHS Contracts Slammed by Union
Byline: Helen Rae ANURSING union says privatisation of the NHS in the North East has begun as new health contracts have been awarded to the private sector. The Royal College of Nursing Northern Region (RCN) has launched a stinging attack of the...
Nicholls Has Henderson in Hot Pursuit
EVERYTHING points to Nicky Henderson giving champion trainer Paul Nicholls a run for his money in this season's title race. The strength of his Upper Lambourn yard was again illustrated at Kempton last weekend when Henderson (pictured right) dominated...
Nissan Big on Small Cars
Byline: Robin Roberts BONUSES are currently hot topics in and out of boardrooms but you don't usually find it a discussion point in car showrooms, unless in Nissan dealerships. One of the incentives launched with the latest Nissan Micra city...
No Hiding Place after Causing Panic in Store
IF THERE'S such a thing as a sense of humour spectrum, then I've always thought I would reside heavily towards the upper end. Probably somewhere between Morph and pulling Gramps' finger. Ever since I can remember, I've had the ability to make...
Nolan Can Play for England; Pardew Backing His Skipper: Pardew Backs Nolan's England Claims
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS ALAN Pardew believes Kevin Nolan has been unfairly ignored by England manager Fabio Capello and argues the midfielder is a far better player than he has been given credit for, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Nolan has scored ten goals...
Northern Alliance
FINALS are for players, but semi-finals are for managers - as Albert Straughan, Michael Connor, Nick Gray and Jason Ritchie will testify. They have been scheming all week but nerves will still be frayed on the respective benches as the semi-finals...
On the Path from Fantasy to Fulfilment; Danny Simpson Is Now Arguably Newcastle United's Most Improved Player after Doubting Whether He Was Good Enough to Play in the Premier League. He Told Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Why
Byline: Luke Edwards IT was a shattered dream which led Danny Simpson to make the toughest decision of his life, but it was the end of a fantasy which has brought out the best in him. Born and raised a Manchester United fan, Simpson thought he...
Open Champion Federer Marches On
ROGER Federer was pleased with his progress - and his fitness - after cruising into the fourth round of the Australian Open. The Swiss had to endure a tough fivesetter against Gilles Simon on Wednesday night, but showed no ill-effects as he crushed...
Pensioner Recalls Days When a Rap at the Door Could Lead to Disaster
Byline: Sonia Sharma ASECOND World War survivor has recounted how her family struggled to stay safe during the German occupation. Liesbeth Langford, of Humshaugh, near Hexham, Northumberland, was a young girl when war broke out. She lived...
Plumber Kevin's Job Is No Roman Holiday; Reality Show Puts Geordie in Spotlight
Byline: Andrew Glover THE star of a new Channel 4 show says the banter on set made it just like a "Roman Auf Wiedersehen Pet". Plumber Kevin Fail, originally from South Shields, landed a role on prime-time reality show Rome Wasn't Built In A...
Problems Arise from the Past; Some Property Problems Do Not Have a Solution, Says Peter Fall
Byline: Peter Fall BEING asked by trusting clients to enter their homes and work out the cause of the problems to their building is a privilege and brings great satisfaction when you get to the cause and, therefore, the remedy. Sometimes however,...
Putting Right Problems from the Past; What Do You Do If Changes to Your Home Have Been Carried out without the Necessary Building Regulations Permission? Paul Cellini Explains How to Get Permission for Unauthorised Building Work
PEOPLE do all sorts of things to their homes and it is not until they come to try to sell them that the problem comes to light. Sometimes people carry out changes without realising they need planning or Building Regulations permission. Others forge...
Q & A; Your Money Queries Are Answered by Peter Rutherford, Senior Director of Rutherford Wilkinson Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners
Q My husband and I have rented the house that we have lived in but at the beginning of the Millennium we purchased an investment property so that we always had an interest in the property market. The house we bought was always let until late last...
Reasons to Look for the British Lion; KEEPING Hens in Battery-Style Cages Will Be Banned in Just under 12 Months' Time. but There Are Concerns That While British Egg Producers Are Pulling out All the Stops to Meet the Regulations, Some Other European Countries Are Not. KAREN DENT Reports on Why North East Consumers Are Being Urged to 'Look for the Lion'
BRITISH poultry farmers are under severe pressure on a number of fronts as they face a radical overhaul of the industry, according to North East egg producer George Tulip. Mr Tulip runs family business Lintz Hall Farm, based at Burnopfield, which...
Reds Still on Road to Ruin - Dalglish
KENNY Dalglish is still searching for his first victory after returning as Liverpool manager and heads to Wolves today admitting he has no explanation for the club's woeful away record. The Reds have, under three different managers, registered just...
'Regretful' Blair Is Heckled and Jeered; Angry Families Say Apology Is 'Too Late'
Byline: Gavin Cordon; Sam Marsden TONY Blair was jeered and heckled yesterday as he said he "deeply and profoundly" regretted the loss of life in the Iraq War. Making his second appearance before the Iraq Inquiry, the former prime minister struck...
Rent-to-Buy Package Helps Young
ANEW deal aimed at first-time buyers or young families has been launched at a new development near Rowlands Gill, Gateshead. The scheme, on the Jasmine house type at Victoria Gardens in High Spen, allows buyers to rent a new dream property from...
Restored Streets to Feel at Home In
ASERIES of brochures is being launched to promote great places to live in Gateshead. Gateshead Council has produced informative guides to three neighbourhoods - Bensham and Saltwell, Dunston and Teams, and Felling - to attract new homeowners and investors...
Revolutionary House Finally Gets Go-Ahead; Saga over as Planners Give Unanimous Support
Byline: Paul Tully NOVELIST Mark Burnell is set to write a new chapter on green technology after winning his long fight to build a revolutionary carbon-free country house in rural Northumberland. After a long saga to rival his series of thriller...
Shape Up; BUYING Lingerie for a Loved One Can Be Tricky. with Valentine's Day Fast Approaching LIZ LAMB Asks an Underwear Expert for Advice on How to Choose the Best Pieces
Byline: LIZ LAMB ALL SHAPES Triumph Retro body shaper pounds 40 APPLE Amourette from Triumph, bra pounds 26, briefs pounds 16, UNDERWEAR shop owner Louise Lewis calls herself the Gok Wan of the lingerie world and believes the right bra can knock...
Share Price Rise as RBS Looks to Shed Toxic Bank Tag
ROYAL Bank of Scotland shares surged yesterday amid reports it is holding talks to secure an early exit from the Government's toxic asset insurance scheme. Part-nationalised RBS, which is 83% owned by the taxpayer, saw shares leap 6% as speculation...
Showbiznews
VINCE VAUGHN revealed Cupid got a good shot with his arrow on the set of The Dilemma. There was a baby boom after filming on the comedy wrapped. Vince became a first-time dad last December, while KEVIN JAMES and JENNIFER CONNELLY are expecting children...
Showhome Gives a Warm Welcome; Several New Showhomes Are Being Opened as the New Year Brings a New Property Season. Karen Overbury Visits Morpeth to Preview a Development That Is Already Reporting Good Sales
HAVING edited The Journal homemaker for some years now, I have seen good and bad years in the property market. I recall months when so many new homes developments were launched and showhomes opened it was hard to keep track. Such times have long...
Signs of Optimism; THE Economy Is Going to Get Stronger This Year and This Offers Some Good Opportunities for Investors, Says IAN LOWES
Byline: IAN LOWES IT HAS often struck me that economists called upon to predict a country's economic prospects for the coming year are in a win-win situation. There are so many variables that can affect an economy over the course of 12 months...
Sir Alex's Twin Master Plan; Brother Fabio May Solve Rafael Ban Problem - or Not
MANCHESTER United boss Sir Alex Ferguson jokingly suggested he could get round Rafael's absence against Birmingham this afternoon by pretending the 20-year-old was twin brother Fabio instead. The lookalike pair create regular confusion at Old Trafford,...
Six-Star Recruits Impress Bosses; Restaurant Owners Are Supporters of the Journal's Apprenticeships Campaign
Byline: Christopher Knox THE up-market restaurant towering over a Tyneside art gallery wants to take on more apprentices to learn their trade in its kitchen after being impressed by its first two recruits. SIX, which is perched at the top of the...
So Decadent for Race Fans
EXCLUSIVE new syndicate Decadent Racing made a perfect start as their first runner Morermaloke won in style at Lingfield yesterday, writes TOM PEACOCK. The ownership venture is headed by Sam Sangster, a son of the late racing tycoon Robert, and...
Sophie's Story
"I MET him at a family party, he said he was 18. I later found he was 34 with a criminal record", says Sophie. Sophie is 16. She's bright, pretty and studying at college. One day she wants to be a child psychologist. But this girl's life could have...
Sport on TV
A SELECTIVE guide to the weekend: TODAY FOOTBALL: Barclays Premier League, Wolves v Liverpool - Sky Sports 2, 1230 and Aston Villa v Manchester City - ESPN, 1645; Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League, Hearts v Rangers - Sky Sports 4, 1230; npower...
Steel Plant Buyers Hope to Reopen by September
Byline: Iain Laing THAI firm Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI) has said it wants to get a mothballed Teesside steel-making plant up and running again by September. The massive company is getting ready to buy the Teesside Cast Product (TCP) plant,...
Take a Closer Look at Park Properties
PEOPLE who have watched two spacious family homes slowly taking shape can visit them on an open-day next weekend. The houses, overlooking impressive parkland, appear to be modest semis that fit in with the surrounding properties . But a look inside...
Tax Just Flies in the Face of Good Business; Airline in Warning over Rises: A TAX TOO FAR
Byline: Rob Pattinson WHITEHALL chiefs have received their sternest warning yet that hikes in flight levies could impact on major airlines operating in the North East. Emirates' UK boss has said if increases in Air Passenger Duty (APD) became...
Taylor's Hoping to Be Wide Boy for United Boss
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS RYAN Taylor hopes to have a chance to prove he is good enough to play in the Premier League under new manager Alan Pardew - but not as a right-back, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Ta y lo r (pictured below) was eased out of the first-team...
Time for a Wee Dram; HELEN SAVAGE Travels to the Highlands to Discover a Whisky Worth Raising in Memory of Rabbie Burns
THE gods of weather and whisky smiled on me on a rare day last month when the snow and ice retreated enough to make travel to the Highlands possible. My destination was Kennethmont, not far from Huntly, the highest point on the Aberdeen to Inverness...
Top Marks from Judges for Car That's Simply A1
Byline: Steve Hughes CONSUMER motoring magazine What Car? has named the Audi A1 as its Car of the Year for 2011. The judges were full of admiration for the premium subcompact hatchback, which "comes across as every inch a bespoke premium product"...
Tout Drive Runs out of Time
A WEARSIDE MP yesterday took her campaign to stop ticket touts profiteering from music fans to Parliament. Labour's Sharon Hodgson claimed touts were making huge sums of money by buying up tickets only to mark them up substantially for resale. ...
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