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 2, 2006

`Absurd Police State' Rap over Bins Fines
People in Gateshead who leave their wheelie bins out for more than two days could face fines of pounds 50. Gateshead Council have introduced the fines after a spate of incidents where the bins have been vandalised or set alight. But yesterday...
A City Expert Won over by a Rural Life Wins Reuters Deal
A growing software design company, staffed by top IT experts who fled the City for the Yorkshire Dales, has won a major contract with Reuters ( the largest financial information provider in the world. Software design firm thecitysecret, based in...
Advice from the Experts
Know the law Check with your local authority to see if you need planning permission. The key to deciding whether your loft can be converted is its height, which should be at least 2.4m or 8ft. "In many houses there is scope to create a good...
Age No Barrier as Wales Hold Paraguay to Draw
Wales boss John Toshack praised 17-year-old debutant Lewin Nyatanga after he became his country's youngest full international in the 0-0 draw with Paraguay in Cardiff. The Derby youngster, at 17 years and 195 days, broke the record of Ryan Green,...
Bank Invests in New Branches
Byline: By Iain Laing Halifax Bank of Scotland has moved to stem the tide of bank branch closures by pledging to open 100 in the next five years. The plans, which will represent the biggest network expansion by the Halifax since the 1970s, were...
Cash Aid Is the Business
Almost pounds 2.8m has been awarded to Newcastle University for projects that turn academic knowledge into lucrative businesses. The Higher Education Innovation Fund grant is pounds 800,000 more than the university received last year. Job fair...
Chairs Sit in Middle of Art and Design
Byline: By David Whetstone An exhibition which gets bigger as the month progresses is one of the main attractions at a city art gallery, as David Whetstone explains. On a long dais in the middle of the Globe City art gallery in Newcastle is a...
Children `Still at Risk from Predators'
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield New measures to stop paedophiles working in schools will not close the loophole that allowed a convicted sex offender to work in classrooms in the North, it was said last night. The Journal revealed last January how...
Cities Message for New Lib Dem Leader
Byline: By Zoe Hughes The new Liberal Democrat leader will be announced today ( and immediately told by activists in the North to start winning back ground in the towns and cities. Despite success in Newcastle and Gateshead, the new leader of...
Cole Comfort
Byline: By Frank Malley England coach Sven-GUran Eriksson saluted the new-found maturity of Joe Cole after the Chelsea star spared England's blushes in their friendly with Uruguay. Cole scored a last-minute winner and also provided the cross...
College `Could End Up a Sink School'
Byline: By Graeme Whitfield A pounds 15m college opened less than four years ago could be turned into a "sink school" if a controversial city academy is opened nearby, it was claimed last night. Governors at Blyth Community College, which opened...
Collingwood Stands Firm as England Lose Way
Durham's Paul Collingwood displayed a patience too many of his England team-mates lacked as the tourists struggled on the opening day of the First Test yesterday. Collingwood scored his third half-century in his last three Test innings ( and took...
Community Buses Firm Hit by Vandals
Byline: By Daniel Thomson A bus company which runs trips for disadvantaged community groups has been left crippled by vandals. Three vehicles run by Transport Unlimited, based at St Mark's Church, Shipcote Terrace, Gateshead, have been broken...
Couple Beat off 31 Bidders for Tea with Duchess
Byline: CHLOE GRIFFITHS Lucky bidders Bernadette and Stephen Roach were celebrating yesterday after scooping tea with the Duchess of Northumberland alongside a marquee with "a bit of history". The couple from Bishop's Stortford in East Hertfordshire...
Deciding the Future
Ambitious plans for the future of Blyth Valley will be discussed today when a delegation from the borough council meets Local Government Minister Phil Woolas in London. Issues up for discussion include housing-led regeneration in Blyth and the possibility...
Dream Start to Steve's Irish Reign
Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton hailed the dream start to his rein as "a bit of a fairytale". The Staunton era began in emphatic and exciting fashion with a 3-0 victory over World Cup hopefuls Sweden in front of a sold-out Lansdowne Road....
England Fight to the Bitter End
Byline: By Matt Barlow World Cup year started badly for Sven-GUran Eriksson and looked set to get worse until Joe Cole supplied the pain relief, writes Matt Barlow. Eriksson, exposed by a fake sheikh in the Middle East, watched as the frailties...
Family Fury as Death Driver Freed
Byline: By Dave Black The family of a father-of-three said there was no justice yesterday ( after the drunken hit-and-run driver jailed for seven years for killing him was freed after serving just three years. Thomas Armstrong drove a 17-tonne...
Fantastic Sport at Witton Opening Weekend
It was a tremendous start to the new season at Witton Castle Lakes with 70 anglers taking their three-fish limit of superb quality, hard-fighting overwintered fish in peak condition. Roger Barron of Coxhoe narrowly failed to beat the fishery's record...
Flower Power
Byline: By Clare Jobson Clare Jobson wants you to bring nature indoors to brighten up your home. We are not out of the snowy woods of winter, yet we are beginning to see the first tentative steps of spring, with some morning sunlight finally...
FMD Cull Losses `Could Have Been Lessened'
Byline: By Anna Lognonne The number of farms that lost their animals during the 2001 foot-and-mouth outbreak could have been reduced from over 10,000 to about 1,000 if the Government had adopted a vaccination and prompt culling programme, research...
Gardeners' Diary
Keep in touch with North-East gardening and floral events through this column every Thursday. Thursday, March 2. Stocksfield South of Tyne Flower Club, demonstration, Just a Few Flowers, by Pamella (CORRECT) Alexander of Ponteland, Community...
Going for the Bet on a Special
Byline: By Doug Moscrop Given his preferred quicker ground, You're Special can bounce back from a disappointing run last time by defying top weight in the Forbra Gold Challenge Cup at Ludlow today. Ferdy Murphy's nine-year-old was never travelling...
GPs `Forced' to Prescribe Drugs
Byline: By Lyndsay Moss Concerns about the inappropriate use of antidepressants to treat patients are highlighted in a survey of doctors today. An investigation by doctors' magazine Pulse found that depressed patients were being prescribed the...
Grant's Derby Dream
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Grant Leadbitter has set himself the target of staying in Sunderland's first team for the rest of the season ( and has his sights are set on his first Tyne-Wear derby. Newcastle United visit the Stadium of Light on Easter...
HBoS to Open More Branches
Halifax Bank of Scotland moved to stem the tide of banking industry branch closures yesterday by pledging to open 100 new sites over the next five years. The plans, which will represent the biggest network expansion by the Halifax since the 1970s,...
Hopes of Swan's Workers Destroyed
On behalf of the Swan Hunter workforce, I feel I must relay our fears about the current situation we find ourselves in. The continuous round of redundancies have now led to despair as our hopes have been systematically destroyed. We have been under...
Hop on ( for a Trip Back to the Future
When the Rookhope bus pulled up Ruby Dixon and Jean Roddam knew it was time to Come Dancing. They would dress up in their finest for the Saturday night hop ( one week Frosterley, another Blanchland, or perhaps Stanhope. But, wherever the dance,...
International Friendlies Round-Up
The World Cup hopes of Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann and Chelsea's Robert Huth were dealt a blow as hosts Germany suffered a 4-1 defeat by Italy. Both Premiership-based players are fringe contenders for a starting berth at this summer's tournament...
It's No Wind-Up as Sedgefield Cash In
An unorthodox television appeal on one of the dedicated racing channels has resulted in a new sponsorship for Sedgefield's next meeting on Tuesday, March 14. Irish bookmakers Paddy Power has answered the call of track manager Jim Allen and agreed...
Keeping Up with Millennium Babies
Byline: By Liz Hands Health Correspondent A thousand North-East Millennium babies who took part in a child development study at the turn of the century are being sought for a follow-up project. Researchers at Newcastle University met the youngsters...
Klassic Kart Racing
Byline: By Hannah Davies Karting celebrates it's 50th anniversary this year. To find out more about the sport which dominated in the 60s and 70s, Hannah Davies speaks to a North enthusiast. As a young man, Jack Angus loved motor racing. Like...
Krul Heroics Save United
Newcastle earned an FA Youth Cup semi-final place after coming back from the dead in a dramatic penalty shoot-out against Brighton at St James's Park last night. And it was Dutch Youth international goalkeeper Tim Krul who again emerged as the hero...
Lampard in Fitness Fight
Chelsea star Frank Lampard is facing a major battle to be fit for Chelsea's European showdown in Barcelona. Lampard had a scan yesterday on the injured hamstring which forced him to withdraw from the England squad ahead of the friendly against Uruguay....
Manufacturing Hit by Fuel Bills
Byline: By Iain Laing The impact of soaring energy bills on UK manufacturers has been laid bare in a survey showing another month of job losses and heavy cost cutting. Operating margins were squeezed as the rate of input price inflation picked...
Market Day Down at the Pub
Byline: By Hannah Davies Two young women have set up an alternative to Newcastle's Sunday Quayside market. Hannah Davies speaks to them about realising their dream of bringing affordable design to the region. Sitting alongside handcrafted jewellery,...
Marts
St Boswells February 27 Primestock Sale JOHN Swan Limited sold 318 clean cattle, 20 cows, 2,157 hoggs and 403 ewes. The 125 bullocks averaged 116.4p per kg, -1.3p on the week, and sold to 139p. The 168 heifers averaged 115.7p per kg, +0.3p...
Me and My Wardrobe
Chris Jackson, 44, is a well-known face. He's the presenter of BBC1's Inside Out and, although he's originally from Newcastle, he and his parents moved to Germany when he was five, "hence no Geordie accent", he says. Chris had early aspirations...
`Model' Employee Wins Fight over Sack
Byline: By Kevin Donald A saleswoman taken on for her "model looks" was sacked a month after revealing she was pregnant with twins. Former Miss Great Britain finalist Emma Nicholson, 24, from Stanley, County Durham, was told her "blonde hair...
Muchall Fields a Few Bouncers and Barbs
Byline: By Luke Edwards If there is one thing Australians like more than winning it is an Englishman losing. Luke Edwards talks to Durham star Gordon Muchall about antagonising Antipodeans. With thousands of backpackers heading to Australia every...
New Deal Will Keep Flood at Falcons
Byline: By Luke Edwards Newcastle Falcons have moved to ensure they keep hold of England Under-21 prospect Toby Flood by handing him a new two-year contract. Flood is viewed as an important piece in coach Rob Andrew's long term jigsaw as the...
New NFU Vice-President Has Added Incentive
With two teenage children keen to go into agriculture, the NFU's new vice-president Paul Temple has an added incentive to ensure that the future of UK agriculture is a prosperous one. The former North-East combinable crops chairman is the first...
No Worries in the Pipeline for North
Byline: By Stephen Rouse As water dries up in Folkestone, will the North have to bail out the South? Stephen Rouse reports. This century could see wars fought over water supply. Syria and Iraq are angry about Turkey's exploitation of the Euphrates....
Ossie Was a True Great
Byline: By Frank Malley Chelsea footballing legend Peter Osgood ( nicknamed The King of Stamford Bridge ( died yesterday, aged 59, while at a family funeral. He scored 150 goals in 380 appearances for the London club and helped them win the FA Cup...
Peter Jackson Column
No sooner does one conflict get fudged in the EU than another one comes along. Last Saturday, it was announced that Gaz de France and Suez would merge, creating Europe's second-largest utility. This came less than two weeks after an inquiry by...
Play Slaley Hall for Free
Byline: By Tim Taylor The world's richest club golf competition, the Slaley Hall Challenge, starts next month and this week invitations to participate have been posted to every golf club captain and lady captain in The Journal's circulation area....
Robber Stabs Man in Neck
A man walking his dog was stabbed in the neck by an attacker who tried to snatch his mobile phone. The victim, 23, was walking in Station Road, West Cornforth, County Durham, at 10pm on Monday when the attacker struck, narrowly missing an artery....
Shipping Firm to Drop Anchor at Newcastle
Shipping group Maersk promises to bring 140 jobs to the North-East with the move of part of its operation from London. The company, which runs its UK operations from Canary Wharf, is transferring its ship-management division to Newcastle Quayside....
Strangeworld
This is one deep sea sucker you wouldn't want to shake hands with. The 30ft-long giant squid, caught off the Falkland Islands last April, is one of the largest ever found. Thankfully it is quite harmless ( if not armless ( preserved in a glass tank...
Success for Arkitec of Their Own Fortune
Byline: By Iain Laing A software expert with an international reputation has launched a consultancy in North Shields which is attracting clients from across Europe. Keith Organ, 30, gained a name for himself working with Microsoft in Seattle...
Taylor Up for FA Cup
Byline: By Stuart Rayner Despite having less than 50 senior games under his belt, Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor cannot be accused of lacking confidence or ambition. Two weeks into his rehabilitation from a dislocated shoulder, the centre-back...
Tech Notes
Byline: By Herb Kim I'd been warned that attending the Technology Entertainment Design (TED) Conference in the US would be unlike going to any other event ( and last week's show proved the point. Within three hours of the start, I met Matt Groening...
Terror Killing `a Bungled Hit'
Byline: By Hilary Clixby A pensioner was shot dead and a young labourer critically injured when gunmen opened fire in a city pub during a bungled hit, a murder trial jury was told yesterday. Fred Fowler and Michael Nixon were chatting at the...
Tourist Eco-Village Wins Green for Go
Byline: By Neil Mckay An ambitious plan to create an "eco-village" was given a cautious welcome yesterday. About 200 people from the area had their say on proposals for a renewable energy village on the old cement works site at Eastgate, near...
Union Official Lambasts MP over Swan's Criticism
Byline: By Graeme King A top union official at Swan Hunter shipyard has launched a blistering attack on North Durham MP Kevan Jones and the Government over their handling of the yard. With Swan's close to completing its current contract and the...
Up in the Roof
Byline: By Karen Wilson Sometimes the only way is up. Karen Wilson has some advice for those considering a loft conversion. With an enormous loft space in their 1980s split-level home, Henry and Anne-Marie Ford knew it made sense to convert it....
Vipers Leave It Late to End Devils' Jinx
Byline: By Peter Adams Without every playing to their full potential the Vipers made it an unhappy St David's Day for their Welsh visitors and friends, writes Peter Adams. After allowing the Devils to remain within touching distance for two periods...
Vulnerable Targeted as Budget Is Slashed
Byline: By Guy Basnett Council leaders were branded a "disgrace" last night for cutting frontline children's care by pounds 600,000 days after being criticised for failing to protect murdered baby Aaron O'Neil. Newcastle City Council's Liberal...
Watch out for Thieves
Homeowners are being warned to secure garden furniture after a spate of thefts Whitley Bay area. Over the past few weeks thieves have targeted gardens in the Whitley Bay and West Monkseaton area, taking furniture, gates, plants ( even a guinea pig...
Welsh off to Foxes
Byline: By Luke Edwards Sunderland's forgotten man Andy Welsh has agreed to join Leicester City on loan until the end of the season, writes Luke Edwards. Having been ignored by manager Mick McCarthy for much of the season, Welsh is hoping to...
Why This Mr Cool Is Simply the Best
Byline: By Tim Taylor Robert Dinwiddie starts his challenge for the South African Amateur Championship on Sunday as one of the hottest properties in British amateur golf. Rub your eyes when you read this, but the unassuming 23-year-old from Barnard...
Wife's Body Kept Inside Freezer
Byline: By Dave Black A devoted husband who could not bear to be parted from his wife, kept her body in a freezer for more than a week after she died on Valentine's Day. Veronica Irvine's body was discovered in the deep freeze at a house in Berwick...
Willy Poole Column
Byline: By Willy Poole Well, here I am. A long way from Northumberland and a gey hard lead it was. We set out from the Percy Arms and, bless them, the whole staff turned out to wave us goodbye. Glad to see the back of us? You wouldn't hardly...
Wilson Bowden Looks North to Rebuild Its Fortunes
Housebuilder Wilson Bowden has identified the northern house market as the key to its success in 2006. The Leicester firm saw profits fall 14.2% in 2005, which it described as "the most challenging housing market for many years". However, fewer...
Winning Designs
Byline: By Hannah Stephenson Hannah Stephenson digs up the dirt on one gardener with the desire to give our gardens a spring makeover. Andrew McIndoe knows a thing or two about design. He has designed the Hillier Chelsea Flower Show garden since...
Women Stick to Their Piers ( It's a Fun Run
Byline: By Guy Woodward The North-East will see its first women-only road race this summer ( the Great Women's Run. It is open to women aged 15 and over and will include an elite athletes competition as well as a fundraising fun run. And it...
Young Mother Says Sex Attacker Must Be Caught
A young mother subjected to a prolonged sex attack in daylight warned last night: "This man must be caught before he strikes again." The 21-year-old slightly built victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, was pushing her two babies, aged...
You Pay for Our Mess
Byline: By Zoe Hughes People in the North-East have been told to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for free bus travel for pensioners, by a Government which has left the region facing a pounds 5.4m black hole. Local Government Minister Phil...
Zelie Guerin Column
Byline: By Zelie Guerin The annual dinner of the Consular Corps of Newcastle always provides a great opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues. The speakers at this year's event included Iceland's Ambassador to the UK, Sverrir Haukur...
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