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 14, 2011

A Crash Course in Parenting in More Ways Than One; Columnist
Byline: Helen Dalby WHEN you have a baby, those in the know tell you it gets easier after six weeks. I remember sitting in the home of one of the girls from my antenatal group with our five-week-old infants, most of us wrecked from 24-hour breastfeeding...
A Great Dynamic between Mars [...]
Byline: David Wells A great dynamic between Mars and Saturn is helping you have your say and the controls that Saturn is putting in place can now temper the steel that Mars delivers. In short you can win that discussion, notice I didn't say argument....
A New Way to Boost Growth in the Region; Opinion Zachary Wilcox
Byline: Zachary Wilcox THE Government will propose a new system of local government finance this summer in the Local Government Resource Review (LGRR). Readers shouldn't be fooled by the uninspiring name of this review - it is an important piece...
Architects Joining Forces with China
Byline: Peter McCusker ANEWCASTLE firm of architects has formed a joint venture with a leading London practice to secure work in the emerging Chinese healthcare market. Ryder Architecture, which employs 80 staff after cutting 60 posts since the...
At the Sharp End of Cuts
Byline: NEIL WARWICK LAST month saw two visits from members of Parliament which highlight a slightly different attitude from the Government in terms of accessibility. The North East Economic Forum hosted a dinner at the Centre for Life for the...
Autumn May See Prisons Privatised; Two Institutions Are Selected
Byline: William Green TWO Northumberland prisons could be privatised as probation services are further opened up to competition, the Government announced yesterday. Acklington and Castington prisons will join Durham prison in the selection for...
Awards for Excellence in Healthcare
LIFE sciences companies will get a chance to holler about their successes as the Cels Business for Life awards return for a fifth year. The North East's life science and healthcare industry contributes over pounds 8bn to the regional economy, and...
Banding Together for Special Event
The Unthanks with Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, Durham Cathedral THERE was a strong sense that something special was happening when The Unthanks took their places beneath the cathedral's great tower. When Becky Unthank's unaffected voice began...
Ben Arfa's Looking Good, Says Pardew
Byline: Mark Douglas HATEM Ben Arfa has returned to Tyneside in "thrilling" shape, according to Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew. And his delighted manager revealed that the French playmaker looks back to his best after his extended summer rehabilitation...
BP Invests Pounds 3bn in Shetland Oil Fields
OIL giant BP and partners are to invest pounds 3bn in redeveloping two oil fields off the Shetland Islands. The company believes 450 million barrels of oil could be extracted from the Schiehallion and Loyal oil fields which lie to the west of Shetland...
Britain Is 'On Brink of Bankruptcy'
Byline: Jamie Grierson ; James Tapsfield BRITAIN will effectively go bust by 2060 unless the government offsets the cost of the ageing population with extra tax hikes or spending cuts, an independent watchdog warned yesterday. The Office for...
Bruce Happy with Win - but Delighted to See Players Returning to Fitness
York City ................................................ 1 Sunderland............................................ 2 STEVE Bruce insists Sunderland''s preseason win at York City last night pales into insignificance alongside the return to action of...
Calls for Equality on on Parking Charges; Campaigners Demand Level Playing Field
Byline: Brian Daniel ACONTROVERSIAL overhaul of parking in Northumberland is to be discussed by a full council amid continued anger over how it is being managed. A scrutiny committee of Northumberland County Council yesterday agreed that its parking...
Carroll on Target as Liverpool Narrowly Edge Guangdong Friendly
Guangdong ............................................ 3 Liverpool ............................................... 4 CHARLIE Adam made his debut off the bench and Andy Carroll was on the scoresheet as Liverpool opened their pre-season campaign with...
Cats Ease into the Warm-Up Matches
Byline: James Hunter YorkCity 1 Sunderland 2 FIRST-HALF strikes from Phil Bardsley and Oumare Tounkara ensured Sunderland got their pre-season programme off to a winning start at York City. Defender Bardsley and the young French striker put the...
'Celebration' Tainted as Centres Are Axed; Reprieve for Some Is Not a Cause for Others to Be Happy
Byline: Neil McKay THE North's largest local authority yesterday agreed to close three sports centres in just over two months and reduce the hours of a fourth. The decision by Durham County Council's Cabinet yesterday almost certainly spells...
Children Have a Right to Stay Alive; Views of the North
THE most poor and vulnerable children of East Africa are facing a triple threat: conflict, soaring food prices and failing harvests due to drought, which have left more than two million children fearing for their lives. Two emergencies are unfolding...
Chudley Beds in at Falcons
Byline: Mark Smith WILL Chudley has become the latest Aviva Premiership prospect to roll off the Bedford production line, with the scrum-half getting stuck into life at Newcastle Falcons. Excelling with the Championship semi-finalists, the 23-year-old...
Coach Cook's Rallying Call; Durham Want a Big Display from Hit and Miss Team
THE hour, and 40 overs, of reckoning are upon Durham, and Geoff Cook has told his "hit-and-miss" players it is time for a "big" performance, writes STEVE BROWN. Turn up in tune, he says, and his side can progress to the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals....
Company Hoping to Capitalise on IT Rental
ONYX is hoping to transfer the trend of renting products and services rather than buying them into the software industry by linking up with German software giant SAP. The Teesside-based IT solutions firm has been looking at the potential of making...
Crash Driver May Have Fallen Asleep at Wheel
A FORMER teacher may have fallen asleep at the wheel as his car drifted into the path of a school bus and killed two pupils, an inquest has heard. The senior crash investigator into the head-on collision near Keswick, Cumbria, said it was a "serious...
Crime Drama Is Filmed in City; with Filming under Way in Newcastle on a New Crime Film, BARBARA HODGSON Goes on Set to Meet Actor David Harewood
Byline: BARBARA HODGSON TAKING time out from his role in a US TV drama, actor David Harewood flew in from Carolina for two days of filming in Newcastle this week on new film The Man Inside. The Birmingham-born TV regular broke off from series...
Deaths
ANGELAKIS (Pegswood). Suddenly at home on 12th July, aged 67 years, Maureen Anne (nee Jackson), beloved wife of the late Pantelis (Peter), dearly loved mum of Clinton and Ruth, Scula and Rhys, a devoted grandma of Rosemarie, Bethany, Rhyan and Leah,...
Dramatic End Sees Cavendish Claim Green Jersey; Tour De France
AN incredible 18th Tour de France stage win in four years saw Great Britain's Mark Cavendish claim the points classification leader's green jersey in Lavaur yesterday. Winning in cycling's biggest race has become routine for the 26-yearold from...
Family Must Wait on Trial Decision Family Must Wait on Trial Decision
Byline: Garry Willey GRIEVING family and friends of a road crash mum must wait to learn if the man accused of causing her death will stand trial. Tragic passenger Claire Dickman, pictured, lost her life when the silver Vauxhall Vectra left the...
Farmers Hit out at Milk Price 'Scandal'
Byline: Karen Dent UK DAIRY farmers are paid 4p less per litre than the European average and are now the lowest in the European Union. Farmers on the Continent received an average of 30.02p per litre (ppl) in April, a rise of 0.1% on the month...
Fiddes Comes Up Trumps for Vegas
PAUL Fiddes, one of John Harrison's team of professionals at Matfen Hall, seems to be the right person to ask about Open Championship betting now he has won through to a final in Las Vegas. Fiddes and his amateur partner, Blaydon doctor Richard...
'Firestorm' of Anger Sees Bid Plan Scrapped; Miliband Hails Murdoch Move as 'Victory'
Byline: Andrew Woodcock MEDIA tycoon Rupert Murdoch dramatically withdrew News Corporation's pounds 8bn bid to take over satellite broadcaster BSkyB yesterday in response to the "firestorm" of public and political anger over phone hacking at the...
First Steps to Going Solo
Byline: TECH NOTES HERB KIM THE LAST couple of months have been a whirlwind of activity and curated chaos at Codeworks. This summer, we've worked with the Hub Gateshead to produce the 2011 edition of the Gateshead Digital Summer, which included...
Further Success Is on the Horizon for Tyne Firm
Byline: John Hill ATECHNOLOGY firm from South Tyneside has signed a major deal to help one of the world's top magazine publishers take advantage of developments in digital performance marketing. Performance Horizon Group (PHG) has won the contract...
Going Extra Mile to Get Fitter Workers; THE GREAT NORTH FITNESS REVOLUTION Grants Are Given to Firms in Health Quest
Byline: Karen Wilson EIGHT North East businesses have been given grants of between pounds 500 and pounds 5,000 to help their staff get fitter and healthier. More than 40 businesses from across the North East were vying for a share of pounds 30,000...
Going It Alone Pays off for Duo
TWO building consultants have set up their own business and hope to create around 20 jobs after landing a number of high-profile contracts, including work on the first phase of the Stephenson Quarter in Newcastle. Martin Round and Sean McKeon have...
Health MOT
STUART Wright is a sports injury therapist who offers a mobile service to homes and businesses across the North East. The 24-year-old from Newcastle studied physiotherapy in South Carolina, America, and has a Masters from Teesside University. He is...
'I Can Help Wolves Be a Premier Force'
ROGER Johnson wants to put the heartbreak of being relegated with Birmingham behind him - by helping neighbours Wolves become an established force in the Premier League. The central defender ended his two year spell at St Andrew's by moving to Wolves...
In Memory of Grandad; Each Year, Thousands of Fundraisers Take Part in the Great North Run for Causes Close to Their Hearts. VICKY ROBSON Speaks to One Woman Hoping to Make a Double Impact for One Charity Which Has Helped Her Family
WITH devastating consequences, diabetes has struck Debbie Brien's family in shockingly similar circumstances - twice. The 31-year-old believes years of working long and often anti-social hours have been largely to blame for first her grandfather...
IPCC to Investigate after Death of Mum; Officers Had Contact with Deceased
Byline: Tom Mullen POLICE officers are facing an investigation into the contact they had with a mother-of-four who was later found dead in her North East home. Susan Ann Forster was found unconscious with serious injuries at her home in Gurlish...
Is Privacy a Dirty Word in Social Networks? Every Day, We Share Information and Communicate with Others through Social Media. but How Many of Us Have Sat Down and Considered How Far That Information Goes, and How Much We Want to Share? JOHN HILL Reports
Byline: JOHN HILL THIS morning, a friend of mine finally booked his holiday to Europe, while another wrestled with programming code. Across the country, someone was thwacked by the after-effects of a heavy Indian meal, while several were glued to...
It's Much Harder to Achieve a Certain Weight, Rather Than Starting Early and Maintaining What You Have
Byline: Pete r Kelly AS this is my first column for The Journal, perhaps I should start at the beginning. Many people are unsure exactly what public health means. Put simply, it is the approach to health that is concerned with communities as...
Joe Keeps Promise to Cancer Patients; Reality TV Star Keeps Date to Sing for Trust
Byline: Dan Warburton KING of TV talent shows Joe McElderry performed an intimate home-coming gig on Tyneside for teenage cancer patients. South Shields-born Joe visited Newcastle's innovative Teenage Cancer Trust just days after winning the...
Judas Priest Return to Their Metal Home from Home; Judas Priest Might Hail from the Birthplace of Metal but for Guitarist Glenn Tipton Newcastle Is a Home from Home. SIMON RUSHWORTH Reports
Byline: SIMON RUSHWORTH LONG before MTV, YouTube and social networking the only chance fans had to catch their favourite band was live. Similarly, acts that wanted to take their music to the people had to hit the road whatever the weather or transport...
Larsson Eyes Up Top Nine for Cats
SEBASTIAN Larsson has set his sights on a top-nine finish, with the Swedish international settling into his new Sunderland surroundings, writes MARK SMITH. The 26-year-old (pictured left) has been reunited with manager Steve Bruce after joining...
Launch of North East's Top 200
Byline: Iain Laing THE success of the biggest companies in the region was toasted at the launch of the North East Top 200 by the region's business community. Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) took the award for being top of the Journal's league...
Longer Helicopter Deal Points to Bright Future
Byline: Christopher Knox ANORTH East aerospace manufacturer has secured a pounds 4m extension to a helicopter parts contract which it expects to create at least 20 jobs and help it attract more work from overseas. Ford Aerospace Limited has secured...
Male Nurse Denies Groping Patients
Byline: Rob Kennedy A NURSE at a private North East hospital has told a court he is not guilty of groping women patients as they came round from anaesthetic. Gavin Nicholson is accused of sexually assaulting five women who had been to the Spire...
Malthouse Can Take Glasgow Stakes
Byline: Saraband M ARK Johnston can claim a fifth renewal of the totepool Glasgow Stakes at Hamilton courtesy of Malthouse. The race used to be run in May and before its switch north of the border from York it was used as a Derby trial, with...
Mighty Joe to Stay at Eagles
NEWCASTLE Eagles last night delighted fans with the announcement that shooting guard Joe Chapman has signed on for the new BBL season, writes MATT LESLIE. The Chicago-born ace - who was rumoured to be considering an offer from Japan before choosing...
Model Ambition Abroad; One of the North East's Biggest Modeling Agencies Is about to Start Exporting Its Expertise to China. JOHN HILL Finds out More
Byline: JOHN HILL IT was a question that came to Lesley Middlemiss Lister while she was signed up for evening classes a few years back. As the director of an established modelling agency, she could turn up for classes in how to learn skills and...
More Mystery as Post-Mortem Is Inconclusive; Police Look at Drink and Drugs in Death Riddle
Byline: Neil McKay POLICE are no nearer to discovering the cause of the death of a man and a woman in a terraced house in County Durham following inconclusive post-mortem examinations. They continue to treat the deaths of James McAndrew, 51,...
Murdoch's Deeds Rank with Worst; the Corruption Exposed in the Phone Hacking Scandal Has Parallels with the Activities of the FBI under J Edgar Hoover, Writes ROBIN TUDGE
Byline: ROBIN TUDGE HOW could a national newspaper not only hire private detectives to hack the voice mails of grieving parents of murdered children or fallen soldiers, but also bribe police officers? How could such elements of the Press, there...
North East MP Claims Phone Was Hacked; Politicians Tell of Delight as Bid Is Pulled
Byline: William Green ANORTH East MP last night said he believed his phones may have been hacked as he welcomed news that the BSkyB had been scrapped. Speaking to The Journal, Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery said he suspected that both his mobile and...
Number of Jobless Down but Women Pay the Price
NEW figures reveal a drop in unemployment in the region, though the level of jobless women rose. The number of people looking for work decreased by 7,000 in the three months to May, according to official figures. The Office for National Statistics...
Plans Give Hope to Fishing Industry; EU Looks Set to End Practise of Discarding Fish
Byline: Stephen Cape NORTH East fishing leaders have given a cautious welcome to radical new plans to restore hope to beleaguered trawler fleets. After decades of dwindling white fish stocks and declining fishing communities, the European Commission...
Postman 'Amazed' as Case Is Dropped; Bitten by a Senior Judge's Dog, but CPS Take No Action
Byline: Dave Black APOSTMAN who says he was attacked and bitten by a dog owned by a leading North East judge has spoken of his anger and disbelief after learning she will not be prosecuted over the incident. Kenneth Auld, 54, says he is 'amazed...
Pupils Are Learning Lessons in Angling; GAME ANGLING
WANSBECK Angling Association kicked off National Fishing Month in the North East with an introduction to fishing day in Morpeth for pupils from Cleaswell Hill School, Guide Post, Northumberland. Split over morning and afternoon sessions some pupils...
Ranger Is Refused Entry to the USA
Byline: Matt Leslie NEWCASTLE United's pre-season preparations were dealt a blow last night as Nile Ranger became the second player to be denied a visa to the USA due to a criminal record. The club had already been informed that midfielder Joey...
Retailer Bucks Trend with Increase in Sales Growth
Byline: Iain Laing MARKS & Spencer has reported an increase in sales growth after it received a boost from bank holidays due to the royal wedding and Easter. The retail bellwether said like-for-like sales grew by 1.7% in the 13 weeks to July...
'She Was Dancing like Michael Flatley' Birthday Girl's Victory Jig after Lottery Scoop
Byline: Robert Weatherall PENSIONER Doreen Smith found 2.4 million reasons to celebrate her birthday. The great-grandmother of five and her husband Fred discovered they had won a share of the National Lottery jackpot in the early hours of Sunday...
Sounds Worthy of Cathedral's Spendour
Byline: Jan Garbarek FOR many musicians, creating a sound worthy of Durham's magnificent cathedral would be an intimidating task. But seasoned Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek's collaboration with vocal chamber group The Hilliard Ensemble not...
Sporting Break Has Refreshed Poulter
Byline: Mark Garrod ENGLAND'S Ian Poulter is feeling refreshed and ready for another Open challenge having spent the last couple of weeks enjoying any other sport apart from golf. While fellow professionals were knocking it around Le Golf National...
Staff Take Their Pay Protest to Store Agm
WORKERS from Sainsbury's stores across the UK staged a protest outside the firm's annual general meeting yesterday in a row over pay. Unite said thousands of its members at the supermarket giant were being offered a below-inflation rise this year...
Starting the Day off the Right Way
Byline: David Kennedy WHAT is it about breakfast that's such a turn-off? Having had your recommended eight hours sleep (currently a luxury in our household with baby twins to look after), you'd think you'd be raring to start the day on a foodie...
Telecoms Boss Mike Has Bullish Outlook at Work
Byline: John Hill TELECOMS boss Mike Odysseas had been dodging bulls for a few days in Spain when he picked up the phone to me in Newcastle. But after a few hours of fleeing pain in the Pamplona bull run, the Teesside entrepreneur was used to firing...
The Thinner Blue Line; the Conservative Party Has Traditionally Had a Reputation as a Party of Law and Order. but after Thousands of Police Officers Publicly Demonstrated Their Anger Yesterday WILL GREEN Asks Has the Prime Minister Got a Problem?
Byline: WILL GREEN WHEN the police get angry about cuts, has the Prime Minister got a major problem on his hands? After all, the Conservative party has traditionally had a reputation as a party of law and order. It''s a question that David Cameron...
Tiger Lesson in Store for Rory
AS Rory McIlroy prepares to launch his bid for the Open at Sandwich, remember what happened to Tiger Woods after he won his first major by 12 shots and with a record score. The best Woods could do in the other three majors of 1997 was 19th and he...
Time to Get Behind Jack
THE North East will be united behind Jack Hermeston at South Moor today as he chases his first national title. The City of Newcastle junior club champion goes into the last day of the England Boys Under-16 Open two shots clear of the field on a...
Tony Sandford; Obituary
AFORMER district and parish councillor at Rothbury, Northumberland, Tony Sandford, was founder of the village's music festival and youth project. Mr Sandford was born and brought up at Harrow in Middlesex and left school at 14. He did National Service...
UK Market Bounces Back from Heavy Fall
Byline: Brewin Dolphin THE UK stock market bounced back from Tuesday's heavy falls yesterday as the FTSE 100 Index ended the midweek session 37.5 points up at 5906.4. Burberry Group, the luxury clothing company, topped the headline index's leader...
United Stars Aren't Allowed into USA; Barton and Ranger Are Denied Visas
Byline: Rob Pattinson NEWCASTLE United have confirmed they will be without two star players on their US tour after immigration officials banned them from entering the country. The club yesterday said Nile Ranger's application for a visa had been...
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