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 20, 2006

Agency Chief `a Scapegoat'
Byline: By Anna Lognonne The head of the Rural Payments Agency, which last week admitted it would not be able to give farmers their subsidies this month, has been replaced. Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett has replaced RPA chief executive...
Anniversary Bloodshed
On the eve of the third anniversary of the US-led invasion, American troops clashed with gunmen north and west of Baghdad yesterday and insurgents lobbed a mortar round into Karbala, the holy city south of Baghdad where a million Shiite pilgrims assembled...
Arngrove Northern League
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Although Newcastle Blue Star stay favourites, Bedlington Terriers have not given up hope and after Saturday's win at Sunderland Nissan they are 11 points adrift with a game in hand. James Laing and Gareth McAlindon score...
Attack on Teenager
A teenager suffered serious injuries after an assault in Newcastle outside the Co-op store on Newburn Road, Throckley, at about 1am on Saturday. The 17-year-old was taken to Newcastle General Hospital. Anyone with information should ring Northumbria...
Big Match Is a Draw
Boxing: The eagerly-awaited heavyweight world title match between Americans Hasim Rahman and James Toney ended in a draw. The Atlantic City judges returned scores of 114-114 twice and 117-111 in favour of Rahman, who retained his WBC title and took...
Blair on Ropes as Honours Row Rages
Byline: By Jamie Lyons Labour was last night battling to persuade voters it had not "sold" peerages. Commons leader Geoff Hoon conceded people thought the party had handed out peerages for cash. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott insisted...
Boro Looking All Too Vulnerable
Byline: By Jack Pickering Middlesbrough's lack of consistency could yet see a season which offers so much end in tears, writes Jack Pickering. The hopes on Teesside that Boro might bring home a major cup ( and possibly two ( will founder if the...
Boumsong Is Put in the Dock
Byline: By Luke Edwards Glenn Roeder will be Jean-Alain Boumsong's judge and jury this morning when he scrutinises the evidence from another criminal defensive display from the hapless centre-half. Roeder has refused to publicly condemn the French...
Branching out for a Fashion Shoot
Byline: By Vicky Pepys Vicky Pepys finds a fair trade-wind blowing in Brancepeth. Brancepeth Castle is a perfect photographic backdrop for a thoroughly British fashion brand. Labels like Hackett, Burberry or Crombie would give their eye-teeth...
Carlisle Success Attracts Big Fish
Carlisle manager Paul Simpson has been linked with the Sunderland manager's post, but in a game where money talks he might be better off staying put. For Simpson has a budget way above many of his lower League contemporaries, and while he has used...
Cats Can Learn a Lot from Sam ( Davis
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Kelvin Davis has urged his team-mates to help Sunderland's struggling strikers by taking a leaf out of the much-maligned Bolton handbook. Sam Allardyce's side have few friends among the football purists because of a style...
Celebrating a Year of Class Entertainment
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield The Journal's Culture Club tomorrow celebrates a successful first year ( with the promise of more offers and exclusive events for the year ahead. The Club was launched last year to coincide with the publication of...
Council Accused of `Catastrophic Breach of Privacy'
Homeowners in Newcastle claim they are being put at risk from identity thieves after the city council put their details and their signatures on a website. Online databases publish the address, telephone number and signature of people submitting...
Cull of Top Jobs after Buy-Out at Teesport
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Investiment fund Babcock & Brown Infrastructure has culled the top level of management at PD Ports following its pounds 337m buy-out of the operator of the biggest port in the North-East. The Australian-based investor...
Does This Look like Fairness, Mr Blair?
Byline: By Ross Smith Sweeping changes are being urged to end a system where Tony Blair will pay less council tax on his luxury London retirement home than thousands of residents in his Sedgefield constituency. A home in Band H, the highest council...
Double Earns a Vipers Victory
Byline: By Peter Adams A two-goal blast early in the final period powered the Vipers to an encouraging three points play-off weekend, writes Peter Adams. After Saturday's 3-3 draw in Nottingham, the Vipers took control when firstly Cory Morgan...
Elderly Care and the Need to Sell a Home
I refer to your front page story of March 18. It appears that Mrs Stubbs is being funded by a deferred loan arrangement from the local authority; I would like to clarify a few points from this article. Firstly, the local authority has no power to...
Errors Prove So Dear for United
Byline: By Paul Gilder For those who expect this week to mark the end of Newcastle's season, there was one major positive to take from a demoralising defeat at St James's Park. When United travel to Stamford Bridge for Wednesday's FA Cup quarter-final...
European Round-Up
Real Madrid appeared so say goodbye to any lingering hopes of winning the Spanish League title with a 0-0 draw at home to struggling Betis last night. Real's 100% home record in the league since Christmas had seen them maintain their title challenge,...
Fans Cast Breen as the Big Villain
Byline: By Stuart Rayner If someone were foolish enough to write a book about Sunderland's disastrous season, I doubt it would trouble any bestseller list. The plot has been as predictable as it has been depressing, with the outcome a certainty...
Favourite Stories
Seven Stories, the Centre for Children's Books in Ouseburn, Newcastle, has been championed as one of the 30 best heritage-led regeneration schemes in the country in a new English Heritage book, Shared Interest. The centre is in a Grade II listed...
Festival Has Hundreds Hitting Right Chord
Young and adult performers impressed judges on the opening day of the Tynedale Music Festival at the weekend. Singers and piano players took part in the first two sessions of the event at Hexham's Queen Elizabeth High School on Saturday. Adjudicator...
Forgotten Abbey in a Shroud of Ivy
The historic religious houses of the North-East, such as the abbeys of Hexham and Finchale, and the priories of Tynemouth, Brinkburn, Lindisfarne and Lanercost, continue to exercise their power as part of the region's past and present. But one abbey...
`Give Us a Chance to Plan and Train' Plea
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby This week's Budget should concentrate on driving economic growth, particularly for small businesses, says an industry body. In its submission to the Chancellor, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales...
Good Advice
Do you know how your business is performing compared with other businesses? Wouldn't it be useful to be able to plan the development of your enterprise and identify some priorities based on this kind of information? Carol Groombridge, of Business Link,...
Grandfather Dies of Burns after Pan Fire
Byline: By Daniel Thomson A grandfather has died after suffering severe burns in a chip pan blaze at his home. John Frisken, 65, was attempting to put out the fire in his kitchen. It is believed he tried throwing water over the pan, but this...
Hall Illustrates Dobson at His Best
A short distance from Bothal Castle is another grand residence. Longhirst Hall was designed by the eminent Newcastle architect John Dobson in 1824. It has been described as an especially fine villa from Dobson's best period. The hall was built...
Hobbs Could Show He Has More Stars
Byline: By Keith Hamer Bureaucrat can prove Philip Hobbs has strength in depth in the juvenile hurdle department by continuing the Minehead trainer's form at Hereford today. Hobbs landed a one-two with Detroit City and Fair Along in the JCB Triumph...
Home Truths
Byline: By Simon Rushworth I am trying to get to the bottom of nappies. Katie is no different to any other 11-month-old when it comes to filling more packs of Pampers than seems humanly possible. As fast as she's wiped, dried and wrapped up again...
Howell's Blow-Up Lets in Edfors
Tcl Classic winner Johan Edfors is expecting a major career change after the 30-year-old Swede claimed his first tournament success on the European Tour on the Chinese island of Hainan. Edfors finished one shot ahead of Australia's Andrew Buckle...
I'll Take England Forward ( Robinson
Byline: By Andrew Baldock Andy Robinson is braced for the painful fall-out from another failed Six Nations campaign ( but he still wants to mastermind England's 2007 World Cup defence, writes Andrew Baldock. Head coach Robinson intends being...
Is There an England?
Byline: By Ross Smith It may mean a new set of maps, a bank with an identity crisis and thousands of confused supporters at the World Cup. But the leader of Newcastle Council has declared that there is no such thing as England. The somewhat...
`I Thought I Could Do a Better Job Myself'
Name of business: A1 IT Services. Location: Holystone, Tyne and Wear. Line of business: Computer services. Director: Terry Hugill. How long have you been established? Since July 2005. Where did you go for business advice? Entrust, Business...
Jazz Spectacular for Fans of All Ages
Hundreds of jazz fans turned out last night sun for the finale of a three-day blast of jamming sessions and musical legends in Gateshead's second International Jazz Festival. Highlights at The Sage Gateshead included a rare UK performance by American...
Johnson Prepares to Throw in Hand
Scott Johnson has issued a warning that whoever fills the vacant position of Wales head coach will need to be tougher than Braveheart. The Welsh Rugby Union have launched a worldwide search for Mike Ruddock's replacement and Johnson's comments are...
Kevin Rowan Column
Byline: By Kevin Rowan When Gordon Brown delivers the Budget this week, he'll follow the usual Labour Government methods to balance competing views of interest groups in his personal, and Government's collective, ambition to continue to grow the...
Last Post for Great Survivor
Byline: By Guy Basnett A war hero, whose life was celebrated with a memorial service when it was mistakenly thought he had been killed in action, has died aged 82. Major Michael Newcombe, known to friends as "Recce", was mistakenly honoured half...
Man Fights for Life after Bid to Foil Engineering Firm Raid
A father was left fighting for life on Teesside after thieves twice rammed him in a car while fleeing a botched raid on his business. Married father-of-one Chris Hield, 53, hurled a metal frame in front of the J-reg Vauxhall Astra to stop the gang...
Mourinho Fuming as Goal Ruled Out
Byline: By Matt Barlow Jose Mourinho claimed there is one rule for Chelsea and one for the rest of football after his team slumped to a rare Premiership defeat, writes Matt Barlow. Fulham beat the Blues 1-0 but Mourinho was fuming because referee...
New Battle for the Gospels
Byline: By Daniel Thomson Campaigners fighting to bring the Lindisfarne Gospels back home to the North-East will unveil a new petition today [Monday]at a march to celebrate the region's patron saint. The Northumbrian Association will be holding...
New Boy Shah Is the Latest to Hit a Big Score
Byline: By Richard Gibson Owais Shah became the latest academy player to graduate with honours to help England gain control of the must-win final Test, writes Richard Gibson. Shah took 88 off the India attack at the Wankhede Stadium with an innings...
Noon: We've No Time for Feeling Hurt
Byline: By Andrew Baldock Jamie Noon has issued a defiant reply after England's latest miserable Six Nations flop by insisting: "We haven't got time to sit around licking our wounds," writes Andrew Baldock. While their Twickenham conquerors Ireland...
Northern Biscuits for the Taking?
Byline: By Nigel Stirling Northern Foods' struggling biscuit division is being prepared for sale as the company's chief executive fights to retain her job. According to a Sunday newspaper report, chief executive Pat O'Driscoll has instigated...
North's Matrons Ahead of Hewitt
Byline: By Liz Hands Health chiefs in the North-East last night claimed to be ahead of the game in implementing plans due to be announced by the Government today to ease the cash crisis in the NHS. The Department of Health will say today that...
Organic Meals of Your Dreams without Drudgery
Organis farmer Steve Ramshaw has expanded his business to provide organic ready-made meals using home-produced meat. A regular at farmers' markets, Mr Ramshaw has already built up a loyal customer base for his meat, which comes from the Aberdeen...
Politics Is a Turn-Off
Almost one in five people do not want a say in how the country is run, according to a new report. The study found 17% of the UK population did not want a say. Some 12% said they would not be willing to do anything to influence a decision by local...
Pool's Battle Helps Stand-In
Hartlepool caretaker manager Paul Stephenson is determined to accentuate the positive as his players continue their battle for League One survival. A home point would normally be regarded as two points dropped, even against a strong Barnsley side...
Proud to Be Whoever It Is We Are
North-Easterners yesterday seemed unsure whether an English identity actually exists. Although most people said they still considered themselves to be English, they found it difficult to describe what exactly they associated with their national...
Regional Rugby Round-Up
Byline: By Stuart Rayner An injury-time try for Will Hughes saw Preston Grasshoppers leapfrog Tynedale into fourth position in National Three North with a 27-24 win. Tynedale were made to pay for sloppy handling errors with the wind behind them...
Reid Denies Iraq Falling into Civil War
Defence Secretary John Reid has rejected the assessment of Iraq's former prime minister that the country has descended into civil war. Dr Reid, who spent the day visiting British forces in the south of the country on the eve of the third anniversary...
Renault Hit Top Target
Byline: By Neale Graham After leading team-mate Fernando Alonso home at the Malaysian Grand Prix, Giancarlo Fisichella said a one-two finish had been Renault's goal all weekend, writes Neale Graham. A similar result had not happened in 24 years...
Retail Therapy
This Elizabeth Arden completely wrinkle free `face,' Catherine Zeta Jones, shows how picture perfect we could all be by using their Ceramide Plump Perfect Makeup SPF15 product (10 shades, pounds 25 for 30ml). It contains calibrated microspheres...
Rising Franc Rescues Diamonds
Byline: By Andrew Dalby Newcastle began their home fixtures with a great escape last night, recovering from 12 points down to grab an unlikely victory in the Premier Trophy, despite Workington teenager James Wright winning the final heat. Diamonds...
Sales Are This Big for Fishing Tackle Firm
Byline: By Graeme King Fishing tackle manufacturer Hardy & Greys has posted 30% sales growth in the first two months of this year and is predicting double digit growth for the whole year. Two months ago, the Alnwick company, founded in 1879,...
School May Close in Pounds 89m Re-Think
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield A secandary school could be closed as part of an pounds 89m blueprint for improving schools in part of County Durham. Dene Community School of Technology in Peterlee is expected to be shut and its pupils sent to a...
Secrets of a Castle Well Hidden Away
Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor Tony Henderson goes downhill to a castle which has kept itself to itself. Think Northumbrian castles and it conjures up images of highly visible, massively imposing fortresses dominating striking landscapes....
Share Watch
Byline: By James Kyle One of the main features of the FTSE 100 almost breaching the 6,000 barrier on Friday has been the continued strength of mining companies' shares. This sector has grown in significance over the years, reflected in the fact...
Shop Window with Designs on Sale
Byline: By Rebekah Ashby Simpson Group has ambitious growth plans to become the leading point-of-purchase print company in the UK. Rebekah Ashby met managing director Mark Simpson to find out how. As you walk into Simpson Group's new pounds 4m...
So Different This Time as Brothers Hit Trail
Byline: By Will Roberts X Factor finalists Andy and Carl Pemberton are making a whistle-stop Journey South today to launch themselves on the pop-loving public. It's a far cry from their first quest for stardom, as Will Roberts finds out. The...
Stars Lift Region's Gold Tally to Five
North-east athletes pulled off a gold medal treble over the weekend in Melbourne to swell the region's tally to five. South Shields swimmer Chris Cook and cyclists Chris Newton and Victoria Pendleton all claimed the top prize in their events ( Pendleton...
Still-Failing Academy Clouds Blair Project
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield Fresh doubt has been cast on the Government's multi-million-pound city academies project after damning criticism of one in the North. Inspectors have highlighted truancy, poor teaching and inadequately designed buildings...
Survey Is a Winging Endorsement for Us
Byline: By Tony Henderson Environment Editor Life is better for birds in the North-East than in the rest of the country. That's the finding of figures from Defra which show that between 1994 and 2004, native wild-bird populations in the region...
The Monday Question: Do You Support the Bid to Bring a Game in the Ashes Series of 2009 to Durham County Cricket Club's Riverside Stadium
We would love to see it happen. This was the resounding answer from people throughout the North-East yesterday [Sunday] who told us why they were passionate about backing the bid. Father-of-three Geoff Palmer, 54, of Crawcrook, Gateshead, said he...
There's Gold at the End ( for a Rainbow
Byline: By Liz Hands Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Tweedy was back on home turf at the weekend performing in front of hundreds of guests at a charity ball. The glittering event at Gateshead's Hilton Hotel was held to mark the Rainbow Trust's 20th...
This Is the Day to Return the Gospels
There is an arrogance about the British Library when it comes to the Lindisfarne Gospels that is as insulting as it is embarrassing. Dedicated to St Cuthbert, the gospels were created on Holy Island between 698 and 721AD by Eadfrith who, like the...
Thunder Power to Their First Victory
Byline: By Jeff Bowron Gateshead Thunder recorded their first win of the season at the sixth attempt when a powerful second-half display brought a Northern Rail Cup win at Barrow Raiders. Thunder had to dig deep to go in at half time level at...
Time to Check out the High Street's Health
Byline: By Graeme Evans One of the toughest years on record for the retail sector will be highlighted next week as a clutch of famous high street names come to the market with figures for 2005. While most of the results are likely to be disappointing,...
Top to Toe Tips to Looking Your Best
Byline: By Shereen Low You'll never have another beauty emergency again, especially if Esme Floyd, author of 1001 Little Beauty Miracles, has her way. Shereen Low reports. Looking good is one of our favourite pastimes. We devote time and money...
Valley on Red Alert
Byline: By Dave Black A rual protest group has been re-activated amid new fears that one of the region's most stunning landscapes could be scarred by quarrying operations. Strive was set up by local campaigners 10 years ago to fight controversial...
Wade Associates Northern Alliance
Byline: By Bill Gardner Team Northumbria and Carlisle City both cleared their quarter-final hurdles in the Longhorn Hardware League Cup. Carlisle needed two late goals to beat Second Division visitors Westerhope. City's goals in a 3-0 victory...
Wearside League
Byline: By Malcolm Pratt Birtley Town enhanced their championship prospects when they beat New Marske and leaders Cleadon SC went down to Annfield Plain. After taking a 43rd-minute lead with a penalty by Paul Bryson, Birtley quickly conceded...
Where Have Our Policemen Gone?
Byline: By Ross Smith North-East police chiefs have been told by a Home Office Minister to meet worried pensioners and find ways to sharpen up their approach to tackling anti-social behaviour. Junior Minister Fiona Mactaggart made the call after...
Winning Pair Will Face Tough Task
Byline: By Doug Moscrop The handicapper shows no mercy these days, so if trainers Jedd O'Keeffe and Ann Hamilton are expecting any leniency from him after runaway wins for Habitual Dancer and Silver Sedge respectively at Newcastle on Saturday, they...
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