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 October 28, 2010

A Balanced Approach to Our Future Energy Strategy
Byline: George Rafferty It is no secret that the wind industry is the fastest growing renewable energy source. According to the British Wind Energy Association, the UK has more projects installed, in planning or under construction than any other...
A Lasting Legacy for African Pupils; Volunteers Help Rebuild Local School
Byline: Kerry Wood THE GENEROSITY of a band of Tyneside volunteers has given hope to generations of African schoolchildren. In 2008, long before singing sensations Cheryl Cole embarked on her mountain trek, the teams from the North East started...
All Council Staff Warned Their Jobs Are at Risk
HAVE YOUR SAY DURHAM County Council has told its entire 22,000-strong workforce none of their jobs are safe. The council has said it will have to make redundancies as it faces up to a budget shortfall worth more than pounds 95m. Letters warning...
Altar Boy's Life Destroyed after 'Sexual Assault'
A TEENAGE altar boy's life was destroyed when he was sexually assaulted by a leading church official, it was claimed in court. The alleged victim, now in his 30s, said Colin James Adams, head verger at Newcastle's St Nicholas' Cathedral, sexually...
Angie Is Eyeing Up Return to the Stage; ANGIE Lonsdale Is Back on Her Old Stomping Ground to Take a Starring Role in a New Theatre Thriller. SAM WONFOR Talks to the Excited Geordie Actress Ahead of Curtain Up
IT'S a good job Angie Lonsdale embraces the reality of nervous energy, because it sounds like she's going to be running on it for the next few days. Tomorrow morning she'll be on the first train to London, bound for a nameless office, for a meeting...
A Sustainable Advantage; AS OPPORTUNITIES Beckon for the North East to Take the Lead in Sustainable Technologies and Sustainable Business Strategies, Lloyds TSB Corporate Markets Is Taking Steps to Ensure Companies Emerge Vigorously from the Region''s Economic Recovery
IHAVE to say, I find it virtually impossible to identify a single sector or, for that matter, a single customer that won't feel the impact of the changes to our economy and our society that will come from addressing climate change and other environmental...
Australia Bank's UK Arm Sees Profit and Loans Rise
THE owner of the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks has seen its UK profits grow by 53% after it advanced pounds 4.7bn of new loans and saw fewer bad debts. National Australia Bank (NAB) reported subdued demand for credit but said it was on track to...
A Welcome Lifeline for Our Young Carers; THERE Are More Young Carers Than Ever Looking after Parents with Mental Illness or Drug and Alcohol Addictions. HANNAH DAVIES Finds out More
PEOPLE don't understand what our family goes through. I've been bullied and we've had bricks through our window." Jamie Seed, 16, of Peterlee, County Durham, has been caring for his dad Kevin, 46, and brother Luke, 13, who has learning difficulties,...
Bargain to Be Had at Seahouses; Winter Deal at Pounds 100
PLAYERS who enjoy allyear-round golf keep an eye on the weather at this time of year, as well as "winter warmer" deals for green fees, writes TIM TAYLOR. Seahouses, where they have a clifftop hole which, in terms of visual appeal, has been compared...
Black Cats Star Given Roads Ban; Ferdinand Drove While on His Mobile
Byline: Adam Jupp SUNDERLAND defender Anton Ferdinand was banned from driving for six months after he was caught talking to his mother on the phone whilst behind the wheel of his car. The 25-year-old brother of England captain Rio was convicted...
Body Was Missing Mother
Byline: Brian Daniel ABODY discovered in a Northumberland river was last night confirmed as that of missing Shirley Ferguson. Northumbria Police confirmed that the body found at Morpeth on Monday was that of the 56-year-old, from Berwick. ...
Bookmakers Boss Back in Business
Byline: Christopher Knox THE entrepreneur who built up the North East's biggest betting shop chain before its collapse five months ago is about to return to business with the launch of his own consultancy. Austin Carney, the co-founder and former...
Brit Rider Hunt Signs with Team Sky; CYCLING
TEAM Sky have announced the signing of Jeremy Hunt, taking the number of British riders in the squad for the 2011 season to 10. Hunt, who this year took part in his first Tour de France in his 15th season as a professional, and Italian Davide Appollonio...
Bruce Is Praising Newcastle Manager; Bruce Is Praising Magpies Manager
STEVE Bruce has used the build-up to this weekend's Tyne-Wear derby to offer a glittering appraisal of the job Chris Hughton has done as Newcastle United manager, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Bruce cannot believe Hughton's position has been called into...
Buy-Out Hopes Rise at Frozen Food Firm; Announcement Due Today on Site's Future
Byline: Brian Daniel HOPES of saving jobs at a Northumberland food factory were raised last night after it emerged potential buy-out talks were ongoing. It is believed a deal has been reached for the sale of frozen food producer Northumberland...
Campaign to Bring History Back to Life; Project Launches with Call to Have Battle Marked
Byline: Tony Henderson ARURAL community will be urged tonight to help put a major Northumbrian battle back on the historical map. On September 14 in 1402, Wooler and its surroundings saw events that helped shape the future of English and Scottish...
Charity in Limbo as Sale Halted; Trustees Look for More Time
Byline: Dave Black TRUSTEES of a children's charity are seeking more time to secure the multi-million pound redevelopment of a former Northumberland home for troubled youngsters. The Wellesley Trust's aim of helping vulnerable and needy children...
Children as Young as Five Care for Parents; Problem on Rise across Region
Byline: Hannah Davies CHILDREN as young as five are caring for parents with mental health and substance abuse issues in an escalating problem in the region. Rocketing numbers of youngsters are charged with caring for parents who have alcohol...
Committee Ready to Review Ref Affair
THE investigation into the Celtic penalty U-turn that led assistant referee Steven Craven to quit has been passed to the Scottish Football Association's referee committee. Craven resigned from the professional game amid a backlash over his part in...
Council Will Fund a Four-Star Hotel; Pounds 30m Loan Pays for Development
Byline: Adrian Pearson CITY leaders are to borrow pounds 30m to build a four-star hotel in the centre of Newcastle, it emerged last night. Newcastle Council says it has no choice but to borrow the cash if it wants to see the Stephenson Quarter...
David Wellls
Grab your whip, not the walnut one, get your bush-jacket dry cleaned as adventure beckons, Mars insists on it. He is jetting into the part of your chart that has no boundaries and suggests you find a way to embrace that ethos. If your day started...
Deaths
BARNES (Blyth). Suddenly on 25th October 2010, aged 41 years, Tony, much loved son of Patricia and Michael, loving brother of Paul, dear brother-in-law of Wendy, dear uncle of Daniel and Emma. Tony will be greatly missed by all family and friends....
Design Challenge
THE increasing use of low and zero carbon technologies is nowhere more apparent than in the construction industry. New legislation means building design and construction professionals are continually presented with fresh challenges to provide buildings...
Dig Deep to Follow Example of Miners' Boss
THE image that organisations present of themselves counts for nothing if they can't back it up with the actions they take. Many invest heavily in brand and image, but this is all undone when they refuse to apologise or admit error for decisions...
Don't Rest on Your Laurels
MICHAEL Owen has warned Manchester United's latest fans' hero Javier Hernandez that he cant afford to rest on his laurels. The 22-year-old Mexican has shouldered the goalscoring responsibility in the last two games to give United supporters something...
Downing Ends Clarets' Dream; CARLING CUP ROUND-UP
SUBSTITUTE Stewart Downing's extratime goal sealed a Carling Cup quarterfinal spot for 10-man Aston Villa and ended the challenge of brave Burnley at Villa Park. The England winger settled the fourth-round tie with his powerful shot after 96 minutes....
England Can Cope with the Pressure; RUGBY LEAGUE
LOOSE forward Sean O'Loughlin is banking on England thriving on the pressure of Sunday's do-or-die clash with Australia to keep their Four Nations dream alive. Last Saturday's 24-10 loss to New Zealand in Wellington has raised the stakes for England's...
England Skipper Eyes Up Bath Return
LEWIS Moody is ready for a return to action with Bath and then England - despite being told by doctors he may never be able to see perfectly again. The England captain has been sidelined since October 1 after damaging the retina in his left eye...
Enjoy a Trip to the Past; Tyne Cruise Set to Bring History Alive
Byline: Tony Henderson AFREE cruise along the Tyne this weekend will bring the North East's history alive by showing archive film footage and short films made by people from across the region. During the three-hour Tyne over Time cruise from...
F1 Future Is Strong Says FIA Chief Todt
FIA president Jean Todt has no doubts Formula One has a "very strong future" now it has started to emerge from the financial crisis that placed it under threat, writes IAN PARKES. In the space of a year the global economic meltdown forced three...
Firemen 'Refused' to Enter Bombed Train; 'Do You Want to Join Us?' Asked Officer
Byline: Sam Marsden ASENIOR policeman has spoken of his frustration at firefighters who refused to enter a Tube tunnel to rescue survivors of the July 7 bombings despite being shown it was safe. Inspector Robert Munn stood on the power rail to...
Firms Ready to Shoulder Burden
Byline: JAMES RAMSBOTHAM BBC Radio 4's Evan Davis opened his interrogation of George Osborne on the morning after the Spending Review by demanding to know what was the Chancellor's 'Plan B'. The Today programme presenter was vociferous in pursuing...
From Drawing Board to Global Market
Byline: BERNIE CALLAGHAN PRIME Minister David Cameron certainly talked the talk on the importance to the economic recovery of an "entrepreneurial and dynamic" private sector during his speech to the CBI this week. After all the non-stop talk...
Getting to the Heart of a Murder's Story
ACTRESS turned playwright Tracy Whitwell has been clocking up the miles of late preparing for her latest offering at Newcastle's Live Theatre. Originally from Low Fell, Gateshead, she now lives in London with actor Don Gilet (who recently played...
Green Light for Energy Changes
NORTH East England - a thriving location for biofuels and bioresources. Finite natural resources, carbon emissions, renewable energy, resource efficiency - all now commonly recognised subjects. There is no doubt in the fact that a global transition...
Harvest Boost for Charity Cycle Ride; Villagers Give Mick a Hand after Supper
Byline: Paul Tully SUPER cyclist Mick Dowling was handed a new boost to his cancer charity fund, thanks to fellow villagers. Organisers of the annual Harvest Supper in the neighbouring Tyne Valley communities of Fourstones and Newbrough selected...
Hughton Hoping Speculation Over
Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 4 CHRIS Hughton hopes a line has been drawn under speculation over his future - as he insists his focus is fully trained on Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby. The board last night released a statement confirming...
Hundreds Turn out to Pay Tribute to Manchester City Legend Mal
HUNDREDS of Manchester City fans paid their respects to Malcolm Allison yesterday when the former manager's funeral cortege passed by the club's home stadium. Flamboyant Allison, known as "Big Mal" and remembered off the pitch for his trademark...
Incentive Will Boost Confidence
THE Government's decision last week to progress with a Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), has been welcomed by the renewables industry. The RHI will transform the way we approach energy supply and make these technologies financially attractive for...
IT Consultancy Waterstons Hits Gold Standard
WATERSTONS has become the first IT consultancy in the North East to achieve the highest achievable accolade from Investors in People. The Durham-based firm has achieved Gold on its first attempt and is now one of only 35 companies in the North East...
IT Projects Often End in Failure; TECH NOTES
Byline: IAN MITCHELL ACCORDING to a report by the Standish Group, only 32% of software projects succeed. The report found 44% of projects were either late, over budget, did not meet the system requirements, or a combination of all three. The...
Krul Luck Begins Arsenal Avalanche
Byline: Luke Edwards NEWCASTLE United's unlikely Carling Cup dream ended in a nightmare for Tim Krul last night as the young goalkeeper's unfortunate own goal set Arsenal on their way towards the quarter-finals. In a breathtaking first half,...
Leading Renewable Consultancy Expands in the North
ATMOS Consulting Ltd's continued expansion into the North East has led to the opening of anoffice in Stanhope in the Durham Dales. Atmos is a well established consultancy firm, specialising in renewable energy, town planning and environmental matters....
Magpies Wanting Chris to Stay Boss
Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United 0 Arsenal 4 NEWCASTLE United last night moved to end speculation surrounding Chris Hughton's future by insisting they remain fully behind him. The United board acted after a second string Newcastle tumbled out...
Matching Your Work to Your Life
SHARON Kell, 45, lives in North Walbottle, Newcastle, with her 10-year-old daughter Victoria and her partner, Stephen. Sharon launched Coco Moon, an online match-making and life-coaching agency for professionals, in 2008. WE started trading from...
Miliband: Benefits Policy Is 'Shambles' PM Is Defiant as Criticism of Plans Grows
Byline: James Tapsfield DAVID Cameron dismissed talk of a climbdown over cuts to housing benefit yestrday, despite warnings they will "dehumanise" hundreds of thousands of poor people by forcing them out of big cities. The Prime Minister said...
Monitoring the Effect of Planning Ahead on Farms
Byline: Iain Laing FARMERS have taken a closer look at how winter feed planning and electronic identification (EID) can improve profitability at one of the North East's monitor farms. More than 30 people attended a meeting at Thistley Haugh Farm,...
New Awards Celebrate Creative Digital Work
THE best creative and digital work in North East England will be celebrated at the first annual SMACS awards. The awards aim to highlight the region's superb creative output in digital and print media, with awards for best website in the business,...
Newcastle Beaten by Devils in Overtime; ICE HOCKEY
Cardiff Devils................................. Newcastle Vipers .......................... (After overtime) NEWCASTLE Vipers were just 58 seconds away from securing a point when Jon Pelle scored the powerplay goal that meant they travelled the long...
New Software Will Offer Low Cost Secure Banking
Byline: Christopher Knox FINANCIAL web services firm Unified Software is set to launch new secure payment technology aimed at small businesses and hopes to grow its sales beyond pounds 1m as a result. The Sunderland-based company is working on...
No End to Rotation, Says Boss Martinez
WIGAN boss Roberto Martinez has no plans to stop rotating his squad for Carling Cup games, even though Wembley is almost in view. The Latics secured a place in this weekend's quarter-final draw with a hard-fought 2-0 home victory over Championship...
No Need to Shop Anywhere but Local
LOCAL shops are the lifeblood of any community and those in Ponteland have particular support from local people. On the fourth Friday of each month visitors to Ponteland can enjoy a relaunched street market in the Merton Way Shopping Centre. Running...
Non-League Round-Up
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT CONSETT missed the chance to go top of the STL Northern League First Division when they were held to a draw by lowly Billingham Synthonia at Belle Vue Park. Synners enjoyed the incentive of a second-minute goal when Nathan...
North East Firms Are Going for Olympic Glory
Byline: John Hill AN ONLINE service which allows businesses to apply for contracts on major projects such as the 2012 Olympics has attracted 3,000 North East companies. CompeteFor was set up in 2008 to help ensure firms were able to easily identify...
Nursery Is Facing Closure; Plea for Help as Landlord Doubles Rent
Byline: Paul Tully ANURSERY is facing possible closure after its landlords almost doubled their fees. Prudhoe East Nursery on the town's Front Street is pleading for help after session fees charged by their High School landlords soared from pounds...
On a Mission to Save Energy
NEWFORM Energy is a provider of affordable renewable energy products across a broad customer base, from public sector bodies to self-builders and business owners. Newform offers the opportunity to generate income, as well as electricity, while at...
Ospreys Give Gavin Saracens Go-Ahead
WALES star Gavin Henson was last night given the green light to relaunch his rugby union career with Aviva Premiership club Saracens. The Ospreys have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Saracens regarding his release from the Swansea-based...
Pietersen Hits out at Aussie
KEVIN Pietersen last night laughed off criticism aimed at him by John Buchanan, describing the former Australia coach as "a nobody". Buchanan, who won three out of four Ashes series during his six-year stint with Australia, described Pietersen as...
Pilot Lucky to Escape Crash; Nose-Diving Plane Stalled over Busy A1
Byline: Sara Nichol APILOT had a lucky escape after his aircraft's engine cut-out 250ft in the air and nose-dived to the ground. Wilfrid Doyle had taken-off in his Rans S6-ESD Coyote II at Bockenfield airfield, in Eshott, Northumberland, when the...
Political Leaders Issue Fresh Plea about Junctions; A19 Drivers Face More Congestion
Byline: Adrian Pearson MINISTERS are being urged to reconsider a multi-million pound transport blow set to cripple a key North East route. Businesses, council leaders and MPs are uniting to pressure Transport Secretary Philip Hammond into allowing...
Pounds 200,000 Damages Sought in Race Case; PhD Student Tells of Slurs and Bullying
Byline: Adam Jupp ALEADING North East university is at the centre of a pounds 200,000 race row involving a former PhD student. Dr Hadil Bakir claims she suffered abuse at the hands of her supervisor while studying at Durham University's world-leading...
Public Should Not Be Fooled by Harrison's Boasts of Upset - Haye; Boxing
DAVID Haye has urged the boxing public not to be fooled by Audley Harrison's conviction that he can cause a stunning upset on November 13. The British rivals meet at the MEN Arena with Harrison adamant he can claim Haye's WBA heavyweight title,...
Reaping the Rewards of Global Trade
Byline: DAVID COPPOCK THE UK has a long and proud history as a trading nation and is a world leader in many sectors, exporting its expertise globally in the creative industries, business and professional services, aerospace and pharmaceuticals in...
Researcher Hailed for Her Work; Pharmacist Given Bursary for Bid to Fight Illnesses
Byline: Nicola Juncar AYOUNG pharmacist has been recognised for her pioneering research in battling genetic diseases. Sunderland University graduate Hannah Beba is part of team of scientists working to combat illnesses including cancer and Parkinson's...
Robinson's the Top Rod as England Cruise to Victory
THE six-man England team - made up of anglers from the North East - won last week's inaugural International bank competition against Scotland, Wales and Ireland by seven clear place points with Whickham angler Simon Robinson the top individual rod....
Rosika Is Set for Lingfield Triumph
Saraband EBOR runner-up Rosika has enough about her to deliver the goods in the EBF Cockney Rebel First Crop Success River Eden Fillies' Stakes at Lingfield today. Sir Michael Stoute's filly has bags of stamina and has shown this summer that Listed...
Russia and England Turn Up the Heat
THE war of words between England and Russia's 2018 World Cup bids has intensified with England being called "absolutely primitive" by the honorary president of the Russian Football Union for their decision to make a formal complaint to FIFA about their...
Saints a Hard Nut to Crack Still: Rob
Byline: Matt Leslie NORTHAMPTON Saints have still got enough quality despite their England callups, says Newcastle Falcons skipper Rob Vickers ahead of Saturday's Premiership clash. Falcons travel to Franklin Gardens hoping to get their flagging...
Science Has Reached a Critical Point
Byline: STEWART WATKINS IN the aftermath of the deepest public spending cuts since the 1940s, 'cautious relief' was the media's description of the mood in laboratories, research facilities and science parks across the country last week. The science...
Shining a Spotlight on the Tees Valley
MIDDLESBROUGH'S Calm Digital hopes to become the top creative agency in the region within five years by offering a range of services including digital marketing, web optimisation, branding and viral campaigns. The business was established in 2009...
Solomon Levels the Playing Field
Byline: Iain Laing ANEWCASTLE software developer is set to put small businesses all over the world on a level playing field with their big rivals, as it launches an innovative software tool to help them manage customer relationships. Experts...
Stirrup Warns over Troop Withdrawal
BRITISH troops must not be withdrawn from Afghanistan too quickly, the outgoing head of the armed forces said yesterday as it was announced he was to join the House of Lords. Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup said he expected a "rapid and steep"...
StormMQ Cloud Technology a Boon for Many Smaller Firms
Byline: John Hill TECHNOLOGY firm StormMQ is offering small businesses the chance to get their hands on a data transfer system that would normally set them back a cool million. The Gateshead company has been developing its technology for the...
TAG Aiming to Lead Way
TAG Energy Solutions has embarked on the creation of the UK's first offshore windmill tubular foundation production plant on the banks of the River Tees. Construction of the pounds 20m facility has started following the necessary funding being secured...
Teenage Motorist Held over Car Death; 19-Year-Old Is Killed in Tragedy
Byline: Ruth Lawson POLICE were last night trying to piece together how a teenager crashed his car in North Tyneside, leaving one friend dead and another seriously injured. The 19-year-old was still being quizzed by officers last night after...
Then There Were Two: North Wins Power Struggle
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE North East will today be told it has secured victories in its battle for a strong economic voice. Ministers are expected to give the green light to new regeneration groups for the region following fears the North East...
Top Female Entrepreneurs Announced
THE shortlist for awards which recognise the region's top female entrepreneurial talent and brightest businesses with women at the helm has been revealed. The 11th Annual Women into the Network (WIN) Awards next month will bring together successful...
Trey Ready to Lead Eagles Youngsters
Byline: Mark Douglas PLAYMAKER Trey Moore is relishing his emergence as a locker-room leader for the new crop of Newcastle Eagles. In an occasionally up-and-down start to the season, the Georgia-born point guard has been the one consistent -...
Trophy Glory Is Phillips' Ambition; Silverware Would Be the Ideal End to Kev's Career
VETERAN striker Kevin Phillips wants to end his goal-laden career by finally winning some major silverware, writes JOHN CURTIS. The 37-year-old helped Birmingham reach the quarter-finals of the Carling Cup with his last-gasp equaliser against Brentford...
TV Kit Investment Pays off for Advertising Firm
Byline: Christopher Knox ADVERTISING agency Robson Brown has managed to recoup its investment in new TV production equipment after only six months, and is now looking to add to its list of high-profile clients in the run-up to Christmas. A five-figure...
Uphill Battle for Diamonds; Injuries Hit Newcastle Squad Ahead of Ipswich Tie
NEWCASTLE Diamonds face an uphill struggle on two fronts as they attempt to pull off victory over Elite League side Ipswich Witches in tonight's promotion/relegation race-off return leg, writes LAWRENCE HEPPELL. Not only do they go to Suffolk two...
Wind of Change Helps Port Develo P
THERE'S been a lot of happening in the UK renewable energy markets in the last year and the Port of Blyth has been highly proactive in attracting some of those developments to the North East. Home to the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec)...
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