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 December 5, 2006

Amazing Grace Feted; New Pounds 1.4m Museum to Honour the Heroine Who Rescued Sailors
Byline: By Robert Brooks WORK has finally started on a new museum dedicated to the memory of North heroine Grace Darling. The story of the girl who famously rowed out in a storm to rescue sailors from a stricken steamer in 1838, will be told...
A Premiership Offer in BT Pack
BT has struck a deal to show live Premiership football matches on its next generation TV service, which was launched yesterday. The telecoms giant will from next summer include the Setanta channel as part of its BT Vision package featuring a host...
Battling John Back in British Judo Team; Injury and Cancer Overcome
Byline: By Robert Brooks JOHN Curry is a fighter - not only has he beaten cancer and become a dad for the second time against all odds, but he's also just battled his way back on to the British judo team. The modest 30-year-old finance manager...
Big Rush to Keep Fit and Help the Bubble Babies; Living Lifestyle
THE North-East is set to go Qigong crazy with thousands of pounds pledged for the recently produced DVD - The Road to Health and Vitality. Proceeds from the sale of the DVD will go to the Bubble Foundation to support the unit based at Newcastle...
Brainpower Venture Outgrows Home
FAST-GROWING e-learning business Creating Careers is moving to larger premises as it looks to continue its expansion. The Northumberland company is moving from Telford Court Business Park in Morpeth to an open-plan site at Seaton Burn. At 3,724sqft,...
Cricket: Red Alert over Flintoff Fitness; England Skipper's Dodgy Ankle Won't Take the Strain
ANDREW Flintoff has left England with an Ashes dilemma - just as their strategy for frustrating Australia appeared to be reaping rewards in the second Ashes Test. England were hoping to exploit Australia's ageing four-man attack by keeping them...
Culture: A Generous Sprinkling of Fairy Dust; the Nudity May Be under Wraps but the Fantasy Isn't. Tamzin Lewis Talks to Liv Lorent about Her Christmas Show Angelmoth
Byline: Tamzin Lewis I RECENTLY learnt that the original meaning of glamour was fairy dust, a definition which has pretty much been lost with the glossy nature of glamour now. But meeting Liv Lorent made me realise that one person can encapsulate...
DAY IN 2 MINUTES: Home and Abroad
Cell death probed AN investigation has been launched after a man, aged 43, was found dead in a cell at Norwich Combined Court yesterday. Police say no one else was being sought in connection with the incident. Norfolk Police said the man, who was...
'Doing Nothing Is Not Really an Option as You May Be Missing an Opportunity or May Not Have Facilities in Place Come the Ban' the Licensing & Leisure Industry in Association With: Sanderson Weatherall
Byline: By Harry Douglass WHETHER we like it or not, the Government ban on smoking is due to come in at the beginning of July 2007. The effect of the ban will vary as pubs and clubs have differing customer bases and, moreover, different target markets....
Dragon Ladies Go for the Burn; Julia Kennard Speaks to Three North-East Women about What Drives Them to Become Champions Livinglifestyle
Byline: Julia Kennard WAITING desperately for officials to OK their boat so they could compete in the 500m European Championships Dragon Boat race, the GB women's team were hit with pangs of nerves. If they didn't make it to the start line in...
Eaga Steps into Social Homes
Byline: By Iain Laing FAST growing energy-efficiency specialist Eaga Group has bought a pounds 30m turnover heating company as it continues to expand. The Newcastle company, which already has sales of pounds 500m globally, has taken on Heat (Heat,...
Exceedingly Good Deal
Byline: By Iain Laing BRANSTON Pickle owner Premier Foods said it had agreed a deal to buy Mr Kipling firm RHM for pounds 1.23bn. Premier, which focuses on the grocery and food product segments, said the deal strengthened its relationship with...
Extended Drinking Hours Prove Critics Wrong; the Licensing & Leisure Industry in Association With: Sanderson Weatherall
Byline: By Richard Arnot THE new Licensing Act became effective on November 24 last year, and despite the predictions of many, most notably The Daily Mail, the sky didn't fall in. It was anticipated that the nation would be awash with 24-hour...
Farming: Urgency over Beef Survival Challenge
Byline: By Anna LognonnA UK beef production can only be maintained in anything approaching its current volume if producer incomes increase by 20 to 25% at the same time as production efficiency is lifted by around 30%. This is the spot analysis...
Football: Beware of the Angry Spurs; Downing Issues Warning to His Boro Team-Mates
Byline: By Jack Pickering WINGER Stewart Downing has warned his Middlesbrough team-mates to expect a Tottenham backlash after the Londoners' controversial weekend derby defeat. The Teessiders head for White Hart Lane tonight with their own sense...
Football: Cap That! Keeper Lee Too Hot to Let the Blues into This Dragon's Den
Byline: SIMON STONE Manchester City 0 Watford 0 GOALKEEPER Richard Lee has been the butt of a few jokes in the Watford dressing room lately, but no one at Manchester City was laughing as he kept the Blues out at Eastlands last night, writes...
Football: CHARLTON Manager Les Reed
CHARLTON manager Les Reed is seeking home comfort this month as he anxiously counts down the days to the transfer window. Reed is desperate to strengthen a squad currently propping up the Premiership and suffering a crisis of confidence. That...
Football: Chelsea Want the Top Spot Security
CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho will resist the temptation to send out a weakened side against Levski Sofia at Stamford Bridge tonight for fear of finishing second in their Champions League group. Chelsea still need a win to ensure they top Group A and...
Football: FA Should Use Videos to Dock Points from Cheats; TUESDAY Commentary
Byline: Luke Edwards IT left a bitter taste in the mouth at the World Cup and it is sadly starting to sour the Premiership, but still the divers and cheats profit as their crimes go unpunished. This is not a new trend, a fashion or a fad, it...
Football: Henry Denies a Rift with Wenger
THIERRY Henry and Arsene Wenger insist their relationship at Arsenal remains strong - with the Gunners' skipper confirming he wants to remain at the club for the rest of his career. Henry faces up to six weeks on the sidelines with a sciatic nerve...
Football: Midfield Is Key to Play-Off Ambition
Byline: By Luke Edwards STEVE CALDWELL believes Sunderland's midfield gives them the edge over their Championship rivals as the Black Cats continue their push for a play-off place. Sunderland's 1-0 win over Norwich City was their third in four...
Football: Parkinson Departure Paves Way for Brown
Byline: By Ross Heppenstall PHIL Parkinson's departure from Hull has presented Phil Brown with an opportunity to rebuild his management career at the KC Stadium. Middlesbrough's FA Cup opponents parted company with Parkinson yesterday, little...
Football: Penney Targets a Play-Off Place
Byline: By Richard Neale DAVE Penney's hectic start to management continues apace tonight as the new boss takes his Darlington side to high-flying Wycombe. Boosted by a good FA Cup performance against League One Swansea which saw the Quakers...
Football: Pompey Target United Stopper; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: Luke Edwards PORTSMOUTH want Newcastle United centre-back Titus Bramble and will attempt to sign him in a cut-price deal when the transfer window re-opens in January. Bramble, who will miss tomorrow night's clash with Reading after he...
Football: Proud United Record Ended
Byline: JACK PICKERING Newcastle Utd Reserves 1 Middlesbrough Reserves 3 UNITED'S second string saw their impressive unbeaten record at Kingston Park come to an end last night when they were beaten by North-East rivals Middlesbrough. Lee...
Football: Rafa Looks at Future of Possibilities
Byline: By Paul Walker RAFAEL Benitez spoke last night of his anticipation of an exciting future for Liverpool on the day it was confirmed they are in talks over a possible pounds 450m takeover. The Liverpool boss was talking ahead of tonight's...
Football: Rossi Set for Recall by Reds' Boss; Ferguson Loses His Patience
Byline: Luke Edwards SIR Alex Ferguson appears to have lost patience with Glenn Roeder over his treatment of striker Giuseppe Rossi, as he suggested the youngster would have been better off staying at Old Trafford. Roeder managed to persuade...
Football: Wilson Aims to Banish the Blues
DANNY Wilson has urged his Hartlepool side to take out their FA Cup frustrations out on Notts County tonight. The Pool boss is still furious at the decision which saw Antony Sweeney sent off in the 2-1 defeat at Macclesfield on Saturday. Also,...
Golf: Els and Garcia Are Let off Lightly
Byline: TIM TAYLOR ERNIE Els and Sergio Garcia have been let off with token fines for throwing their clubs in anger during the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa, won by American Jim Furyk on Sunday, writes TIM TAYLOR. Spaniard Garcia hurled his...
Growing Success Earns Vicky Top Awards; Small Business Extra
HAIR extension entrepreneur Vicky Lynch is reaching new lengths after scooping two top awards in as many weeks. Vicky, who launched Stockton-based hair extension import-export and training business in 2003, won a prestigious national enterprise...
Highest Returns Come from Smaller Projects
Byline: Sarah Green "ON Friday, Sir Rod Eddington issued his transport study, "The Case for Action - Sir Rod Eddington's Advice to Government", and Sir Rod entertained an audience of key regional stakeholders, including the CBI, by videolink from...
Horse Racing: Bonus for Punters at Fakenham
HERECOMESTANLEY coped with Fakenham's tight turns brilliantly to land the feature East Anglia Handicap Chase yesterday. Punters latched onto the gelding's featherweight and made him the 11-4 favourite in the extended two mile and five furlong contest....
Horse Racing: Reasons to Be Cheerful about Isam Top; RACING in Association with Pagebet
Byline: By Saraband ISAM Top should appreciate the testing conditions at Fontwell as he lines up in the Weatherbys Bank Hurdle. Martin Hogan's charge relishes any cut in the ground these days and has recorded both his victories this year on a...
Icons of Identity Are Also Key to Tourism; to Lose the Cranes 'Is a Double Blow'
Byline: By Tony Henderson THE loss of the Swan Hunter shipyard cranes would be a double blow to the Tyne's heritage, a former planning chief said yesterday. Yard owner Jaap Kroese has struck a deal to sell the red, yellow and blue cranes which...
I Made an Excuse and Left at the Speed of a Rocket Exiting from a Milk Bottle or, Indeed, a Backside
Byline: keith hann DANGEROUS things, fireworks, as the residents of Lewes have just been reminded in a tragic and spectacular fashion. The reports reminded me of this paper's tally of North-East casualties from Guy Fawkes Night, which included a...
Is Crash-Pad Chic the Next Big Thing? the Licensing & Leisure Industry in Association With: Sanderson Weatherall "Stylish, Capsule Hotel Rooms at Budget Prices" Could Japanese-Inspired Capsule Hotels with Pod Rooms Be Coming to Newcastle? Simon Heather Discusses the Future of the Regional Hotel Market
Byline: Simon Heather THE hotel sector has seen rapid growth over the last couple of years and forecasts remain bright. Whilst London remains the prime hub of the industry, the quality of hotel supply in regional centres - and therefore their importance...
It's Your Space, and Every Little Bit of It Is an Asset
Byline: By Lee Sanderson AS the leisure market continues to flourish, never has it been more important to stay one step ahead of the competition with imaginative and attractive design concepts to pull in the punters. For a bar or restaurant to...
Judge Jails Thug for Mugging a Boy, 15; Phone Robber Told Youngster He Would Stab Him with a Flick Knife
Byline: By Hilary Clixby A MUGGER who made off with a schoolboy's mobile phone after threatening to stab him with a flick knife was jailed for three years yesterday. Anthony Lewis attacked as the 15-year-old and two friends were about to leave...
'Let's Take Lead on New Working Ways' Flexibility 'Can Help Employees as Well as Firms and Environment'
Byline: By Ross Smith BOSSES were yesterday urged to sign up to scrapping the nine-to-five culture at a conference to highlight flexible working. The event at Newcastle University Business School came on the day a campaign was launched to make...
Letter: Our Roads Really Aren't Doing That Badly; Voice of the North
Byline: A WRIGHT IT is difficult to know where to begin in commenting on the article in The Journal on Saturday that dealt with the Eddington Report. First, some observations on those MPs and others whose opinions were solicited for the article....
Library Protesters Angry at 'Betrayal' Council Says Changes Will Improve Service
Byline: By Hayley Beattie LEADERS in rural communities said last night they were disgusted by a decision to close a number of libraries across Northumberland. The county council's executive yesterday sealed the fate of 12 libraries, following...
Meningitis Kills Teenager in Hours
THE parents of a teenager killed by meningitis eight hours after wishing them good night spoke yesterday of their devastation. Charmaine Duxfield, 16, seemed in her normal good health as she went to her room at 11.30pm after watching TV with her...
New Arrival Was around at Time of the Dinosaurs
WHAT'S black and white and has been around since the time of the dinosaurs? It's the magpie goose - and six of the ancient birds are among a batch of new arrivals at Washington Wildfowl and Wetland Centre. Originally from the wet grasslands of...
New Easy Rider Plans; City Council Has the Funding for More Park and Ride Car Parks
Byline: By Neil McKay A PARK and ride scheme which has been credited with slashing city centre congestion as well as attracting more shoppers could now be extended. Durham County Council is expected to apply for government funding to build one...
No Need to Raise Council Tax - MP
Byline: By Ross Smith TOWN hall leaders in the North who claim Gordon Brown is sitting on pounds 1bn of local government money have no excuse for putting up council tax this year, a Labour MP claimed yesterday. Local authority chiefs are complaining...
One for Road Is Free at 26 Pubs; Chain Serves Drivers Free Soft Drinks until New Year's Eve
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths DRIVERS will be offered free soft drinks over Christmas in an effort to make the region's roads safer this festive season. Whitley Bay company Definnitive Leisure says it will give away non-alcoholic drinks in all its...
Permira Set for EMI Bid?
PRIVATE equity company Permira is rumoured to be preparing a pounds 2.5bn bid for music company EMI, which has acts such as Coldplay and the Rolling Stones on its books. Last week EMI admitted it had received "a preliminary approach" which "may...
Questions Raised by Little Prince; the Little Prince at Northern Stage until January 13
Byline: David Whetstone WITHOUT a shadow of a doubt, this is one of the most beautiful shows ever staged at this theatre Newcastle Playhouse as was). I had hoped this would be the case. Anyone who has seen director Neil Murray's work will know...
Rugby League: New Thunder Coach Predicts Exciting Times
Byline: By Jeff Bowron GATESHEAD Thunder, whose prospective new coach Dave Woods flies into England tomorrow, will face York City Knights in both their Northern Rail Cup and National League Two opening fixtures in 2007. York, the Tynesiders'...
Search of River for Missing Librarian; Daniel, 21, Last Seen at College Dinner
Byline: By Robert Brooks POLICE searching for a missing librarian from Tyneside were last night dredging a river in Cambridge. Daniel Bolger, 21, from Billy Mill, North Shields, was last seen at a dinner being held at Magdalene College on Sunday,...
Shearer Sports His New Colours; Stars of Screen and Pitch Honoured by University
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths NEWCASTLE United legend Alan Shearer yesterday joked about how surprised his careers teacher would be to see him pick up a doctorate. The ex-Magpies striker was among a hat-trick of North-East celebrities receiving...
Showpiece 'Is Used as Toilet'
Byline: By Neil McKay REVELLERS are using a pounds 25m flagship project as a toilet, says a shocked MP who accompanied police on the beat. Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods spent Friday night and early Saturday on patrol in the city centre...
Spelling out the Meaning of Life
Byline: Denise Robertson AFTER 1945, the rate of teenage suicide around the world rose significantly. That was hardly surprising in a world ravaged by war. In more recent years, the rate for young women has levelled out. The rate for men has not....
Stars
Byline: Lara Wells ARIES: As tensions ease, you feel much better than you have done. Don't take this for granted. Use your renewed enthusiasm to negotiate a fresh start in life and love. Call me to hear why. Call 0901 609 4651 TAURUS: To justify...
STARTING OUT; Small Business Extra
Name of business: angelfysh marketing. Location: Hoults Estate, Newcastle. Line of business: search engine optimisation. Director: Lisa Forster. How long have you been established? Since September 2006. Where did you go for business advice?...
Tapping into Knowledge; the Licensing & Leisure Industry in Association With: Sanderson Weatherall A Valuation Surveyor Can Advise Pub and Hotel Owners on Maximising the Value of Their Premises, Says James Laidler
Byline: James Laidler NOT so long ago, a valuer did just that - value things. He used his experience and his judgment of the market, telling clients such as banks what the assets they were thinking of lending against were worth, owners what they...
Teamwork Based on Animal Instincts; Small Business Extra
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby A FORMER headteacher and a master baker have joined forces to bring a taste of the exotic to the North. But, rather than foreign food, the two friends have fulfilled a personal ambition and opened an exotic pet shop in...
The Death Of: Len Edmondson; Len Edmondson 1912-2007
Byline: John Charlton THE funeral gathering of Len Edmondson last week was a roll call of workers in the now-lost Tyneside shipbuilding and engineering industries. Former shop stewards and trade unionists from Parsons, Vickers, Reyrolles, Smith...
The Journal: It Really Is Time to End the Silence; Voice of the North
NORTHUMBRIA Chief Constable Mike Craik has today turned his attention to one of the most difficult, insidious and socially damaging crimes there is - domestic violence. By its very nature, crimes of violence within the family home have, for decades,...
There's No Need to Apologise
Byline: Denise Robertson I CAN'T raise much enthusiasm for apologising for sins committed long ago. There are so many present sins, I'd rather save my energy for abolishing some of them. That's why I think Tony Blair saying sorry for Britain's...
The UK's Top Lookers Are from North
AS well as living in some of the most spectacular countryside in the UK, it seems the North's men and women are among the best-looking in the country. Despite the best efforts of late-night weekend revellers in the Bigg Mart, Newcastle's men and...
This Vile Crime Is out of the Shadows
Byline: By Chloe Griffiths NORTHUMBRIA Police chief Mike Craik will today declare war on wife-beaters. Pledging to break a cycle of violence which often sees children who witness domestic abuse go on to be abusers themselves, he spoke of the...
Thompson Builds for Future with Pounds 4m Deal; EXCLUSIVE
Byline: By Rebecca Ashby BUILDERS' merchants Thompson made the first acquisition of its 50-year history last night and snapped up a North-East rival in a pounds 4m deal. Sunderland-based Thompson Building Centres has acquired Newcastle-based...
Times Have Changed, and So Have Key Strategies; the Licensing & Leisure Industry in Association With: Sanderson Weatherall Nigel Westwood Gives His Overview of the Licensed and Leisure Sector in 2006 and Makes His Predictions for the Coming Year
Byline: Nigel Westwood THE new Licensing Act came into force on November 24, 2005, and there has been the predictable impact in that many well-located public houses in town and city centres now have extended hours and, in some cases, extended premises...
Time to End the Silence; Police Have Loud, Clear, Message on Domestic Violence Northumbria Police Today Target Domestic Abuse. Chloe Griffiths Looks at the Implications for Victims and Perpetrators
Byline: Chloe Griffiths SHOCKING statistics show that most victims of domestic abuse will suffer an average of 35 assaults before they call the police - if they ever do. Victims groups, and victims themselves, insist this is because there is...
Today's: High Price to Pay for Make-Over
Making yourself look as gorgeous as possible can be a painstaking process for some of us. That's where the professionals come in. A quick dab with a make-up brush, or a simple haircut can do wonders, but not everybody who's ever wielded scissors and...
'Unwise' to Give Up Trident, Insists Blair; Cabinet Agrees to Renew Submarine Fleet
Byline: By Gavin Cordon TONY Blair yesterday gave the green light for a new generation of nuclear missile submarines, warning that it would be "unwise and dangerous" for Britain to give up its nuclear arsenal. He said the new submarine fleet...
Vardy Veterans on New Journey
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby FOUR former senior figures at Reg Vardy yesterday announced their intention to float their new motor company on the Stock Market by Christmas. The quartet - which includes Sunderland company Vardy's former managing director...
We Are Called to the Bar; the Licensing & Leisure Industry in Association With: Sanderson Weatherall
DON'T be surprised if you see lawyers from Sintons LLP at any of the region's numerous bars, clubs or other leisure venues when you would have thought they should be working. They are. The Newcastle firm's Leisure Services Group has had a busy 12...
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