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 July 13, 2011

Agonising Wait for Family of Deceased; Death of Couple Is Unexplained
Byline: Neil McKay P OST-MORTEM examinations were taking place yesterday on the bodies of a man and a woman who were found dead in the living room of a house in County Durham. James McAndrew, 51, and Helen Swan, 36, were discovered in the living...
Alan Targeting a Team Medal
NORTH East archer Alan Wills believes three could be the magic number in his hunt for London 2012 glory - he believes the team event is his best chance of climbing the podium, writes JON IRELAND. The 29-year-old is no stranger to standing alone...
All Eyes Are on US Open Champion - but No One's Expectations Can Be Higher Than McIlroy's
RORY McIlroy took it all in his young stride yesterday as he flew in for The Open - even the fact that there was no car to pick him up. A mix-up over the time the 22-year-old was landing in Kent with his parents meant a call to his manager and a...
A Real Test of Your [...]
Byline: David Wells A real test of your patience comes your way today so do you break out the fire and brimstone or do you go for cold, calm facts and figures? Now which one do you reckon is recommended? Deep breath, serve it cold Aries. When...
Award-Winning Poets Putting the Region in the Spotlight; Writers of Promise Gathered Last Night for an Influential Awards Ceremony, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports
THE region's reputation as a hotbed of literary talent was highlighted last night when 16 writers received Northern Writers' Awards worth a total of pounds 28,000. There was a particular focus on poetry with nine of the awards going to poets - a...
Boats and Fish Safeguarded in Hydro Plan
Byline: Paul Tully ASCHEME is being devised for the Hexham Hydro project which will safeguard both fish passage and boats on the River Tyne. The scheme to draw water power from the fast-flowing Tyne at Hexham has taken its first early steps,...
Brazilian Side Have Tevez Bid Rejected
MANCHESTER City have rejected Corinthians' pounds 40million bid for striker Carlos Tevez. High-level discussions took place at City yesterday and The Journal under-stands it was decided to turn down the offer, submitted late on Monday. It maintains...
Business Diary
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Call for Murdoch to Drop His Bid for BSkyB; and Police Are Accused of Incompetence
Byline: Daniel Bentley PHONE HACKING SCANDAL THE Government last night backed calls for Rupert Murdoch to drop his BSkyB takeover bid as police came under fire for botching their original phone hacking investigation. Prime Minister David Cameron's...
Call for Murdoch to Drop His Bid for BSkyB; PHONE HACKING SCANDAL and Police Are Accused of Incompetence
Byline: James Tapsfield THE Government last night backed calls for Rupert Murdoch to drop his BSkyB takeover bid as police came under fire for botching their original phone hacking investigation. Prime Minister David Cameron's spokesman said...
Car Seat Makers Recover
Byline: Peter McCusker THE Wearside company which makes seats for Nissan's North East plant saw its revenues jump by more than a quarter to pounds 141m after the car factory had a record year's production. But while Tacle, whose majority shareholder...
Celebrating the Best in Exporting
Byline: DAVID LAWS THIS week brings a great opportunity to celebrate some of our region's best success stories at the North East Exporter's Awards. There is no doubt international trade is critical to economic growth in this region. NECC's North...
Celebration Is Tainted by Plcs Demise
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN THERE is irony in the fact that, as we celebrate the achievements of the North East's largest businesses at the Top 200 today, we are on the brink of seeing the disappearance of another two plcs from the region. Monday brought...
CO2 the Death of Industry.? THERE Are Genuine Fears That Government Measures to Reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions Will Lead to the Loss of Thousands of Skilled North East Jobs. PETER McCUSKER Investigates
Byline: PETER McCUSKER PIERCING the Northumbrian sky for more than 35 years, the Alcan chimneys are a clear indicator of the region's long-standing reliance on heavy industry. The Lynemouth aluminium plant is the largest private employer in Northumberland...
Colin Still Believes Victories Will Come
SCOTLAND'S Colin Montgomerie insists his days of winning tournaments are not over - and he is kicking himself for missing out on the Open for the first time in over two decades. The 48-year-old (pictured below), without a top-five finish in three...
Confusion over Meeting Trio; Session with Media Mogul Is 'In Limbo'
Byline: Daniel Bentley THE head of a Commons committee admitted last night he was still unsure whether Rupert Murdoch would accept a request to appear before MPs for questioning over the phone hacking scandal. Despite claiming minutes earlier...
Continued Speculation over New Akzo Manufacturin- Site
Byline: Peter McCusker SPECULATION has begun as to the location of the new pounds 100m manufacturing plant which international paint giant AkzoNobel says it is going to build in the North East. Four sites have been named as possible candidates...
Cracking Pairs Final Expected at Kielder
Byline: GEORGE MACINTYRE THE final of the Kielder WaterAid Boats Pairs will be fished on Sunday and good results are anticipated, as the fishery has been in fine form with boat anglers enjoying good sport from around the Whickhope area towards Stocky...
Deaths
COULSON (Bedlington). Windsor House. Peacefully with dignity on July 6th, aged 93 years, Ann Hume (nee Hunter), dearly loved wife of the late Robert (Bob), much loved mam of Robert, Dorothy, Margaret and Michael, a loving grandma of Rob, Michelle and...
Difficult First Impressions; Kiwi Arrives at Falcons as Geordie Shore Goes Global
Byline: MARK SMITH YOU have just moved 11,000 miles away from home, and your friends and family are wondering what life is like in your new surroundings. Not a problem, thought Newcastle Falcons' Kiwi flanker Richard Mayhew. Luckily for him,...
Emerald Returns from Wilderness
Byline: Saraband T HE much-travelled Emerald Wilderness can return to winning ways in this afternoon's Paul Kelleway Memorial/British Stallion Studs EBF Classified Stakes at Lingfield. Campaigned on the Flat and over jumps when with Alan King,...
Exhibition Has New Kind of Water Bed; 19th-Century Artist Proves an Inspiration
Byline: Tony Henderson FLOATING off to sleep would be the name of the game when it comes to one of an array of new artworks at a Northumberland mansion. Artist Carl von Weiler's garden pond bed is at the National Trust's Wallington property in...
Export Champs to Receive Awards for Effort
THE achievements of the region's export champions will be recognised this week at the North East Exporters' Awards. The finalists of the awards, now in their 16th year, have been named and the winners will be announced at a dinner on Thursday at the...
Falconry Experience Days Have Landed at Hall Hotel
Byline: Karen Dent ACOUPLE is bringing the ancient art of falconry to guests of one the North East's most upmarket hotels as the popularity of the sport grows. Husband and wife team Mark and Mandy French, plus head falconer Derek Clark, will...
Fifteen Ways to Help Those with Diabetes; Opinion
Byline: Joan Carney IHAVE campaigned for many years on behalf of people who, like me, have diabetes and have had problems while suffering low blood sugar (LBS) attacks. Many are the times that I have been disheartened by the supposedly expert...
Firms Go Head to Head in Challenge
BUSINESSES across the North East are vying to prove they're the region's best entrepreneurs as part of an innovative scheme to raise funds for St Oswald's Hospice. The Raise Your Game challenge will see 25 companies from across the North East going...
Former Team-Mate Steals Cavendish's Thunder; Tour De France
MARK Cavendish was magnanimous in defeat as the Briton's arch-rival Andre Greipel secured his first Tour de France stage win yesterday. Cavendish, who won stages five and seven last week to take his career tally to 17, was in a strong position in...
FTSE Plunges Again on Eurozone Fears
Byline: Ken Oiwa The FTSE 100 Index had a heavy fall yesterday 60 points lower to 5869. There were concerns Italy and Spain may need bail-outs from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Yields on Italian and Spanish sovereign...
Green Deal Needs Fast Work
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK AS last week's column indicated, the Government's Green Deal will have a fundamental impact on the property market. Indeed, the importance of the aim, to reduce the amount of energy used by occupiers of property, has been...
Half-Price Deal for Co-Op after Property Market Fall
Byline: Peter McCusker THE prospective buyers of the former Co-op department store in Newcastle city centre have sealed the deal for less than half its original price. It emerged yesterday that the landmark Newgate Street building had been conditionally...
Hall's Historic Fight; Listed Building Owners Appeal Council Ruling
Byline: Kerry Wood AN appeal has been lodged by owners of a historic house after councillors blocked a development needed to help fund a pounds 5.3m restoration project. Durham County Council's planning committee has been told that the owners...
Handling of Dog Incident Examined; Police Report Will Look into Force Response
Byline: Dave Black APLEA for Northumbria Police to examine its handling of recent events involving a top North East judge and her pet dogs has been accepted by the force's most senior officer. Chief Constable Sue Sim has asked for a report into...
Head to Stables to See a Real Gift Horse
Byline: Tony Henderson A HORSE once again occupies the splendid 18th Century stables of a Northumberland stately home. And the horse now in residence at the National Trust's Seaton Delaval Hall has a history. The rocking horse was carved earlier...
Hoping to Improve on Last Year
Byline: Christopher Knox ENVIRONMENTAL and engineering consultancy Entec UK is confident it can begin to grow its sales following another tough year which saw it axe another 22 staff. The Newcastle firm saw its turnover drop from pounds 55.7m...
How the UK Beef Herd Is Benefiting Everybody
Byline: Karen Dent INCREASING the UK's national beef herd would help with a number of pressing problems, according to the National Beef Association (NBA). It said it was "disappointed" by the lack of appreciation by the public of the benefits...
Huge Rise in Numbers of Workers Past Retirement Age
THE number of over-50s and those past retirement age who are in employment has increased significantly in the past 20 years, a new study has shown. An analysis by the TUC found that 64.9% of people aged between 50 and 64 were in work last December,...
Illegal Workers Arrested in Raid; Three Men Face Deportation
Byline: Kerry Wood IMMIGRATION officers have arrested takeaway staff in their latest crackdown on illegal workers. And bosses at the food outlets face hefty fines of up to pounds 10,000 following the raids. Having received intelligence about...
Inspiration Is Given University Honour; Former Rival Gives Doctorate at Ceremony
Byline: Nicola Weatherall THE Olympic champion behind the country's successful 2012 Games bid has been honoured by a North East university - and one of his former rivals. The 12-time world record holder Sebastian Coe was presented with an honorary...
Interest in 'One of Our Own' Surprise Move for Collingwood
Byline: Mark Douglas PAUL Collingwood will hold talks with Derbyshire about joining them next season - but Durham remain "hopeful" the former England international will stay with his home county. Derbyshire are struggling in Championship Division...
Jack Is the Lad after Fantastic First Day; McGREGOR TROPHY
Byline: Tim Taylor JACK Hermeston lived up to his billing as the leading North East contender for the McGregor Trophy at South Moor yesterday, when he tucked in nicely behind the leaders. Out in front in the battle for the England Under-16 Boys...
Jobs Secured amid Plans for Expansion
Byline: Karen Dent THE future of bathroom pod manufacturer Badekabiner and its 90 staff has been secured by its new owners, who have big plans to expand production and employment at the Cramlington site. York entrepreneurs Andrew Forshaw and...
Keeper Keiren Was Almost Policeman
KEIREN Westwood has arrived in the Premier League by the road less travelled, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Not for the bubbly 26-year-old the gilded life of the pampered Academy graduate destined for stardom. Instead, Sunderland's new international goalkeeper...
Later Opening Times Are Key to Retailers' Success
Byline: Christopher Knox WHILE the UK's retail sector continues to suffer, North East shoppers are proving more resilient, with the region's shopping centres reporting higher than average footfall during the first half of the year. Recent weeks...
Law Firm Making Most of IT System
LAW firm Watson Burton aims to boost productivity and speed up communications with its new IT system. The Newcastle firm has switched to a virtualised IT environment, reducing physical server numbers from 45 to eight which it hopes will save it...
Law Firm Plays Big Role in Engineers' Acquisition
Byline: Iain Laing LAW firm Watson Burton recently advised WS Atkins plc on the acquisition of global consulting and engineering company, P|yry PLC. The Newcastle firm, which has offices in Leeds and London, worked with Atkins, one of the world's...
Liverpool Exploring Stadium Solutions
A SOLUTION to Liverpool's stadium options appears to be some way off after managing director Ian Ayre admitted a new ground would produce "very little financial gain". However, with City Council leader Joe Anderson pointing out planning regulations...
'Low-Carbon Plans to Help Consumers' but Minister Says Energy Bills Will Rise
Byline: Emily Beament ENERGY Secretary Chris Huhne yesterday insisted proposed reforms of the electricity market provided the "best possible solution" to protect consumers against the kind of price hikes seen in recent days. Mr Huhne said reforms...
Manufacturing on the Up
Byline: SIMON HILL THE economic landscape across the country would still seem to indicate that there has been limited improvement in confidence as there is little sign of a general economic upturn. However, going against this trend would appear...
More QE Possible as Deficit Grows
Byline: Iain Laing BRITAIN'S trade deficit unexpectedly grew in May, raising the prospect of the Bank of England pumping more cash into the economy to jump-start the lagging recovery. The goods trade deficit - the gap between goods exported and...
Newcastle 'Treated like a Dirty Word' College Defends Rebranding Move
Byline: Nicola Weatherall ATEACHING union has accused the management of a North East college of wiping out all traces of its Geordie roots in a rebranding of its umbrella company. The University and College Union (UCU) say staff were told that...
No Resident Will Be Left without Care; Government Pledge over Southern Cross
Byline: Emily Ashton ; Theo Usherwood NO resident at a Southern Cross care home will find themselves homeless or without care following the cash-strapped operator's decision to shut down, the Government insisted last night. Care Services minister...
Northumberland Get off the Mark
Byline: JEFF BOWRON A FINE performance from all-rounder Richard Waite and impressive displays from Durham Academy trio Paul Coughlin, Usman Arshad and Callum Harding helped Northumberland record their first win of the summer, writes JEFF BOWRON....
Now Is a Good Time to Be at Sunderland, Says Westwood
Byline: Mark Douglas KEIREN Westwood believes Sunderland are on the brink of a golden new era - as he prepares to knuckle down for the fight of his life to secure number one status. The Republic of Ireland goalkeeper was unveiled as a Black Cat...
Pardew Insists United Still Want Star Striker; Mevl't Issued an Ultimatum
Byline: Mark Douglas ALAN Pardew has issued an unflinching ultimatum to Newcastle United's top striker target Mevlt Erdin - as he reassures supporters a second striker will be recruited this summer. United's long-standing interest in Erdin has...
Planning's Next Big Battleground; WHO'S PLANNING WHAT? MICHELLE SPARK
USTAINABLE development. STwo words which, on the face of it, seem fairly straightforward. However, that two-word expression is at the centre of the next big battleground in planning which could have wide-ranging implications for all kinds of developers....
Pounds 1,000 Raised in Memory of Thomas
FAMILY and friends of a young man killed after crashing his car on Boxing Day raised more than pounds 1,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance. Thomas McCrone's father Ian told how the community of Spennymoor, County Durham, had rallied round following...
Quarry Trail Recounts Tales of Those Who Worked There
Byline: TONY HENDERSON THE men who worked in Weardale's many quarries were as hard as the stone they extracted. A century ago, in the three miles or so between Frosterley and Stanhope in Weardale in County Durham, 1,200 quarrymen were producing...
'Responsible' Man Would Be 'Horrified' at Deaths
A FORMER teacher who dedicated his working life to children would have been "totally devastated" at being involved in a crash which killed two pupils, his widow told an inquest. Patrick Short, 68, a children's services manager at Barnardo's, was...
Selling off Parts of a Business Is One Way to Benefit Shareholders
Byline: ANDREW MILLER READERS may know about the potential benefits to shareholder value in terms of the pending revival in M&A that is currently under way. One of the themes related to the M&A increase and longer-term global recovery...
Staff at Law Firm Dig in to Improve the Environment
EMPLOYEES from law firm Ward Hadaway swapped legislation for cultivation when they took part in a charity event on Tyneside. A ten-strong team from the UK Top 100 firm took up gardening tools to help repair and clear pathways around a new environmental...
The Concrete Wonders; What Makes a Man Travel More Than 300 Miles to Take Photographs of Old Concrete Buildings? ZOY BURN Speaks to a Man Who Is on His Way to Tyneside to Do Just That and, He Hopes, Meet the People Who Remember Them in Their Heyday
Byline: ZOY BURN ACCORDING to John Grindrod, half of the population love them while the other half loathe them. He's talking about concrete buildings, the kind we see dotted around the skylines of Newcastle, Gateshead, Washington, Peterlee and...
The Judges
PROFESSOR GRAHAM HENDERSON Professor Graham Henderson became vice chancellor of Teesside University in 2003 after four years as deputy vice-chancellor at the university. He was awarded the CBE in the 2010 New Year Honours list for his outstanding...
'There's Better Ways to Get Rid of Pounds 30bn' Academic Questions Rail Plans - but Councils Back Them
Byline: William Green MPS have been told that claims a new high-speed rail line will transform the British economy are "weak" by a leading North expert on regional development. Professor John Tomaney, who is based at Newcastle University, also...
The Serious Business of Picking Our Leading Exec
THE judging of the North East Business Executive of the Year Awards is a serious business and a panel of business heavyweights has been assembled to take on the challenge. Now in their 28th year, these prestigious and closely-watched awards - which...
The Sun Denies Brown Allegations
THE Sun last night denied accessing the medical records of Gordon Brown's son Fraser, insisting it learnt he had cystic fibrosis from a member of the public. The newspaper issued a statement after the former Prime Minister told how he was left "in...
Thug Jailed after Assault Rampage
Byline: Rob Kennedy A THUG has been jailed after he assaulted four revellers in one night at a nightclub in a Northumberland town. Sean Hanning launched unprovoked attacks on three people outside Club Havana, in Hexham, and one inside. Hanning,...
Tour Firm's Shares Slump and Profits Hit
Byline: Iain Laing TOUR operator Thomas Cook has warned on profits for the third time in a year after it was hit by the squeeze in consumer spending and turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa. Shares in Europe's second biggest travel firm...
We're the Top Trainers; City Sets Standard at Awards for Supporting Apprentices
Byline: Stephen Cape NEWCASTLE City Council has become the first local authority in the UK to win a top award for supporting apprentices. The unionlearn quality prize will be given to council officials later today in recognition of their efforts...
Why It Is Time to Drop the Gossip and Make a Return to Real News; Columnist
Byline: Peter Troy FOR many years, I have been a keen supporter of the Campaign for Real Ale. It's a wonderful organisation formed when most beer served in pubs was corporately factory produced and of dubious quality. Now, 30 years later, real...
Will Elderly Lose out in Funding Changes? Region Will Be Hit Hard Says Council Leader
Byline: Adrian Pearson ELDERLY people in the North East will get "second class care" if the Government changes the way it funds councils, city leaders have warned. Ministers have been told they risk creating a North-South divide in standards...

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