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 November 9, 2010

150 Workers Fearful after Building Firm Hits Roks
Byline: Christopher Knox MORE than 150 construction workers in the North East are worried for their jobs after one of the industry's biggest companies went into administration. Rok, which employs around 3,800 nationwide, called in PwC after recently...
Academy Must Get the Go-Ahead - MP; Pledge to Fight Tooth and Nail for New School
Byline: Neil McKay ARECENTLY elected MP and former education adviser has stepped into the row over funding for a pounds 26m academy. North West Durham MP Pat Glass, a former Government education adviser and assistant director of education in Sunderland,...
A Packed Programme before Theatre Joins the Dark Side
TICKETS go on sale at Theatre Royal in Newcastle this week for its new season of shows - from political drama to a West End musical - in a programme running up to, and after, its final stage of restoration. The theatre will go dark for six months...
Barren Life without Downton Abbey
Byline: KEITH HANN IWRITE this in the complete despair of one whose life became a meaningless wasteland when Downton Abbey ended on Sunday night. By the time you read this they will also have killed off Jack Duckworth on Coronation Street. Cue...
Bates Return Eases Mick Injury Blow; Matt Display Delights Boro Boss Tony
Byline: LUKE EDWARDS THE frustration at losing Middlesbrough skipper Stephen McManus has been eased by the return of Matthew Bates to the centre of a newlook back line, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Scans have revealed that McManus has suffered ankle ligament...
Blast Victim Relives Moment of Terror; Wounded Man Tells of 'Big White Flash'
Byline: Chris Greenwood ; Katie Hodge THE most seriously injured survivor of the July 7 bombings relived yesterday how he watched the terror plot's ringleader detonate his suicide bomb. Daniel Biddle, 31, lost both legs, his left eye, his spleen...
Blaydon's Riddell Heads Back to Scotland
BLAYDON flanker Scott Riddell is to leave the club to take up a post with the Scottish Rugby Union. The Scotland Sevens international will be working within the SRU's community programme and, while he will be continuing as a player, Riddell has...
Blyth Boss Does Not Envy Rich Pressures
Byline: Steve Brown TALK about chalk and cheese. Budgetslashing Blyth Spartans go to handsomely-funded Harrogate Town tonight, but Mick Tait is far from envious of the "different type of pressure" his Blue Square Bet North opponents are under. ...
Boss Bogie Convinced of Top-Ten Destiny; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Byline: STEVE BROWN AS he prepares to face a side he is certain will finish the Blue Square Bet Premier season in the top six, Ian Bogie remains equally convinced his own Gateshead team are destined to end their campaign in the top 10. After...
Business Start-Up Centres Set to Launch
Byline: Karen Dent TWO start-up centres to encourage more people to set up in business are opening in County Durham. Be Enterprising, the county's local enterprise growth initiative (LEGI), is behind the new centres in Spennymoor and Newton Aycliffe,...
Cameron Points North East Business to China
Byline: Peter McCusker THE Prime Minister's arrival in China today is designed to boost trade prospects for scores of regional companies, as well as encourage more Chinese companies to join the 30 already based in the North East. David Cameron...
Carlisle Boss Greg Wary of Backlash; Crewe Have a Point to Prove
Byline: Stuart Rayner IF Friday night's results made Carlisle United's job easier at the weekend, manager Greg Abbott believes Saturday's may make life tougher for them tonight. The Cumbrians entertain Crewe Alexandra in the quarter-finals of...
China Offers Huge Chance for Business
Byline: SARAH GREEN AT the weekend, CBI director-general Richard Lambert flew out to China with Chancellor George Osborne, in advance of David Cameron's trade mission. The mission, the largest Government delegation to visit China, will include...
Church Sale Would Be like 'Vandalism'
AN ancient village church is being offered for sale as a council presses ahead with a programme to dispose of some of its prime historic assets. The decision to put the 11th-Century Woodhorn Church near Ashington on the market via a firm of estate...
Church Sale Would Be like 'Vandalism' Residents Are Dismayed at Council's Plan
Byline: Dave Black AN ancient village church is being offered for sale as a council presses ahead with a programme to dispose of some of its prime historic assets. The decision to put the 11th-Century Woodhorn Church near Ashington on the market...
Classic Ghost Tale Given an Operatic Twist; AN Operatic Ghost Story Has People Jumping out of Their Seats. DAVID WHETSTONE Talks to Director Alessandro Talevi
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE OPERA can stir all sorts of emotions - but can it really induce the kind of fear that makes the blood run cold and goosebumps rise on exposed flesh? We will find out this week when Opera North's hugely praised new production...
Couple Turn a Tough Year into a Whole New Adventure with Shop
AN entrepreneurial couple have opened a third shop to add to their growing small business empire after overcoming a string of setbacks. Amanda and Kevin Lee already had two card and gift shops called Wot Nots and took a chance on starting up a fashion...
Doctor Who Fiddled Timesheets Is Jailed; Locum Was Paid Twice for the Same Work
Byline: Helen Rae ADISGRACED doctor is behind bars for dishonestly receiving more than pounds 23,000 in false payments from his health bosses. Locum practitioner John Robert Cross was convicted of defrauding Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation...
Evo-Stik League First Division North
Byline: STEVE BROWN TWO or three years ago, when Durham City were flying, they were brought down to earth by an inability to overcome Skelmersdale United. They still have not beaten the Evo-Stik North title challengers, having drawn 3-3 on Saturday....
Fight for Jobs - or See Them Go Abroad; Nissan Issues Stark Warning to the Government as Key Grant Is Axed
Byline: William Green CAR giant Nissan has challenged coalition ministers to show they are serious about the North East's economy after they axed a key fund that has brought thousands of jobs to the region. The message from the car manufacturer...
Fluke Takes Huge Financial Toll
Byline: Karen Dent THE beef industry is suffering estimated annual losses of pounds 8m-pounds 9.5m because of liver fluke. More than 280,000 cattle livers were excluded from the human food chain in the 12 months to September because of fluke...
Gordon Is Again the No 1 for Black Cats; Gordon Back in Goal for Tottenham Trip
Byline: Name Here CRAIG Gordon will play his first game for six months at the ground where his injury problems began tonight. The Scotland goalkeeper returns to the Sunderland side at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League. Britain's most...
Growth Push after Strong Showing in Year's Profit
Byline: Karen Dent CARR'S Milling says it is aiming to continue growing its business after reporting a strong rise in annual profits over the last year. The Carlisle-based company, which operates across the food, agriculture trading and feed...
Hey, It's Real Big Win for Spender
Byline: ASHLEY IVESON HEY Big Spender and Big Fella Thanks could both be Hennessy Gold Cup-bound after fighting out a thrilling finish to the Weatherbys Bank Graduation Chase at Carlisle, writes ASHLEY IVESON. The latter, fourth in last season's...
Hughton: Carroll's Ready for England; Boss Backs In-Form Andy
Byline: Luke Edwards ANDY Carroll is set for his first England call up as Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton insisted his young striker could not have done any more to catch the eye of Fabio Capello. Capello was at the Emirates Stadium on...
I Can't Help Looking Down for Banana Skins
Byline: PAUL DIXON Paul Dixon has been following Newcastle United for more than 40 years, 17 of which have been as a season ticket holder in the Gallowgate End at St James' Park. Each week in his column, he takes a wry look at all things football...
Inmarsat's Revenue Rise Bucks the Trend
Byline: Fiona Newborough THE FTSE 100 index traded lower on Monday as investors consolidated recent gains; the top flight index closed down 25 points at 5850. Leading the fallers was Royal Bank of Scotland; the bank''s shares fell by 3% to end...
It Might Have Been a Busy Highway in 1771 - but It's off the Beaten Track Now; Row Breaks out over Fate of Old Route
Byline: Paul Tully AN 18th-Century pony track in rural Northumberland is at the centre of a dispute over whether it can legally be used by motor vehicles. The old stone route at Steel, in Hexhamshire, was used by pack ponies long before cars...
It's Never Too Late to Be Healthy; New Scheme Will Target People of Retirement Age
Byline: Helen Rae PENSIONERS in the North East are set to benefit from a pioneering new scheme aimed at helping transform their health and wellbeing. The Livewell Programme is run by experts at Newcastle University, who will work with volunteers...
Just a Matter of Time, Andy; Barton Forecasts Carroll England Call
Byline: Luke Edwards JOEY Barton is convinced it is only a matter of time before Andy Carroll forces his way into Fabio Capello's England squad after describing Newcastle's win at Arsenal as the perfect team performance. Although Carroll's impending...
Making Some Sense of Acronyms
Byline: NEIL WARWICK WITH all the recent talk of LEPs and the NEEP (North East Economic Partnership), I thought it worthwhile briefly explaining what they are and secondly, why are they important for the North East. The development of LEPs and...
Missing Pakistan Wicket-Keeper in the UK
MISSING wicket-keeper Zulqarnain Haider arrived in London last night after disappearing before yesterday's decisive fifth one-day international against South Africa. Pakistan levelled their home series in Dubai by winning the fourth ODI by one wicket...
Money Runs out for Vital Tourism Drive; Boss Trying to Secure Funds from Ministers
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE man tasked with promoting the North East's tourism industry has admitted there is no cash for the job. James Berresford, head of Visit England, has had to enter into talks with the Government to try to secure extra...
New Lock Andrew Set for Festive Start; Injury Means a Delayed Debut
Byline: Mark Smith NEWCASTLE Falcons boss Alan Tait has moved to bolster his pack with the signing of giant Auckland lock Andrew Van der Heijden. The 6 foot 7 forward adds renowned line out ability and work rate to a Newcastle side desperate...
Nolan's Time Has Come - Fannan; BOXING
HE has had to wait long enough for it, but trainer Neil Fannan believes David Dolan's time has come. Dolan fights Terry Dunstan at Houghton-le-Spring's Rainton Meadows Arena on December 12 as he bids for another shot at the British title he felt...
North's Guitarist to Elvis Presley; ... and a Host of Other Legends
Byline: Kerry Wood HE has played to millions around the world as bass player for Elvis Presley and a host of other legends. But now Jerry Scheff has put the rock'n'roll lifestyle to one side to set up home in a small village near Berwick in Northumberland....
Official Line Is Taken by Pulis
TONY Pulis has called for the system under which referees are currently assessed to be overhauled in the wake of Saturday's defeat at Sunderland. Even with tonight's match against Birmingham looming, Pulis' mind was still on events at the Stadium...
On Trend for Growth
Byline: Iain Laing THE owner of fashion chains, including Oasis, Coast and Warehouse, has said it is accelerating its growth plans after a successful half-year performance. Aurora Fashions was formed in March last year to buy the chains after...
Our Agony at Losing Beautiful Daughter; Woman Died Seconds after Baby Was Born
Byline: Dave Black ACOUPLE whose beloved daughter died just moments after giving birth to her first child have told of their continuing heartache over her loss. Bubbly and popular Julie Welsh, 28, passed away in a hospital delivery room within...
PC Denies Raping Vulnerable Women; Officer Says He Was Mourning Father's Death
Byline: Ruth Lawson ANORTHUMBRIA Police officer has strenuously denied claims of raping vulnerable women, a court heard yesterday. PC Stephen Mitchell was said to have offered favours to women in police custody in return for sexual favours, but...
Raids on Bookmakers May Be Linked - Police
A HOODED raider targeted a Tyneside bookmakers and threatened staff with a pool cue for cash. Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after two businesses were targeted in Gateshead. At 2pm on Sunday a man struck at the Ladbrokes Bookmakers...
Rail Overcrowding 'Is Set to Get Worse' MPs Warn of Looming Crisis on Railways
Byline: Peter Woodman RAIL passengers face "substantial increases in already unacceptable overcrowding levels by 2014 and beyond", a report by MPs said today. The Department for Transport's (DfT) latest plans showed that all the relevant targets...
Sensible to Look beyond Housing Benefit Hysteria; DENISE ROBERTSON
NEXT April we're told our roads will be choked with evicted families. Pundits brandish phrases such as social cleansing and final solution. Boris Johnson has likened it to Kosovo. Looking beyond the hysteria, how did we get into this mess? In 1980...
Sex Attacker Loses Sentence Appeal
Byline: Kerry Wood APREDATORY sex attacker who preyed on vulnerable women and children has lost an appeal against his sentence. Mr Justice King branded perverted piano teacher Michael Khannan a real danger to the public because of a string of sexual...
Shocker in Big Apple for Mara
GREAT Britain's Mara Yamauchi is confident she will be able to bounce back from her "shocker" of a performance in yesterday's ING New York Marathon. Yamauchi's hopes of winning her first marathon in the Big Apple were dashed as she drifted after...
Standards Can Be Kept Up, Says Mark; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Byline: STEVE BROWN AFTER the "euphoria," back to basics and having set new standards over their last four games, Mark Cooper is confident Darlington can maintain them, writes STEVE BROWN. The Quakers are unbeaten in those four outings, the last...
Support on Hand; AHEAD of Remembrance Sunday, HANNAH DAVIES Reports on the Work the Royal British Legion Does Helping the Region's Ex-Servicemen and Women
Byline: HANNAH DAVIES SADIE Steward, 66, still refers to her husband Dick, 73, as "her trooper". The couple have been together since Sadie, who lives in Rowlands Gill, Gateshead, was 17 and accompanied her friend on a double date. Their romance...
Swann's Wish for Spin Ace; Flattered Spinner Wants Legend Warne to Face Him
GRAEME Swann is flattered Shane Warne rates him so highly - but just wishes the great leg-spinner could face him again now to see how much he has improved, writes DAVID CLOUGH. Thirty-one-year-old Swann has been a late-blossoming talent in international...
Take It as Red, Harry Can Be England Boss
STEVE Bruce believes Harry Redknapp has what it takes to manage England - but first he must learn to juggle the twin demands of European and domestic competition, writes STUART RAYNER. With the Football Association hoping to eventually replace Fabio...
That Was Special - Ameobi; Shola's Arsenal Delight
SHOLA Ameobi has admitted the shock victory over Arsenal was extra special as he has been on the receiving end of so many Gunners humiliations in the past, writes LUKE EDWARDS. Ameobi was the only surviving member of the United squad which last...
The US Political System Is Flawed; VOICE OF THE NORTH
WHILE I suspect that your correspondent Ken Wilson and I would find much that we would agree about on the subject of both British and American politics, I find myself puzzled in the extreme by his praise for the US political system and what he purports...
Tributes Pour in for Stabbed Father; County in Shock over the Death of Two Men within Hours of Each Other
Byline: Dan Warburton Fot breaking news stories and updates log on to www.journallive.co.uk TRIBUTES have been paid to a young father stabbed to death in a Northumberland street attack. A murder investigation was launched immediately after the...
Turner's Spur-Red on to Succeed; as a Fan and a Player, White Hart Lane Holds Special Memories for Michael Turner. Tonight, Though, He Will Only Be Interested in the Present, He Tells Stuart Rayner
BOYHOOD Tottenham Hotspur fan Michael Turner has fond memories of the first time he swapped the White Hart Lane terraces for its pitch, but having already had one harsh lesson recently there is no danger of the Sunderland's centre-back wallowing in...
Walsh Injury Gives Noel His Chance; Saraband
IN the wake of Ruby Walsh's injury, a number of jockeys are set to step up to the saddle - including Noel Fehily on Royal Charm at Exeter. The added good news for Fehily is that Paul Nicholls' Ditcheat team have progressed of late, which gives plenty...
Warm Feeling from Helping Relatives; Timely Lifeline Is Thrown out to Pensioners
Byline: Amy Hunt AGREEN organisation, operating across the North East, is urging relatives to help older people save money, help the environment and stay healthy this winter. With thousands of the North East's pensioners struggling to cope with...
Warner Boost for UK Studios
THE British film industry has received a boost as Hollywood giant Warner Bros announced it has bought Leavesden Studios, home to the Harry Potter series. The US firm said it was planning a pounds 100m expansion of the studio, which was used for...
Winter Drives in; Weather Warnings Are Issued across the North East
Byline: Sarah Scott WEATHER warnings were issued across the North East as winter hit the UK. Wintry weather hit the region yesterday, with snow hitting some areas of the North Pennines and bad weather causing delays on rail services in the region....
Zehetmair Signs a New Sage Contract
THOMAS Zehetmair, the highly regarded music director of Northern Sinfonia, has signed a new deal which will keep him in the North East until August 2014. Management at The Sage Gateshead, where the orchestra is resident, acted decisively to retain...

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