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 February 18, 2011

Accused of Terror
AN alleged terrorist from Tyneside has told a court it would be "wrong" to put a bomb on a plane. Software engineer Rajib Karim, 31, said he never intended to be part of an attack on western civilians on the orders of radical preacher Anwar al-Awlaki....
A Mate Could Have [...]
Byline: David Wells A mate could have crossed a line or perhaps it's a family member but you're not letting them get away with it. Big surprise! Your usual style is fine for you Aries but remember he or she may not so quick to move on. Bothered?...
Apprentice Scheme Gains Speed; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE CATRIONA LINGWOOD
Byline: CATRIONA LINGWOOD NEWCASTLE North MP Catherine McKinnell is gaining support for her Apprenticeships and Skills (Public Procurement Contracts) Bill, which recently had its second reading. The Bill could force big firms to take on more...
Architect Firm Hoping to Spread Its Empire South
Byline: Christopher Knox ASMALL North East architect firm is hoping to increase its sales this year and expand into Yorkshire after picking up a number of apartment contracts. Newcastle-based CSM+ said it was benefiting from a steady flow of...
Ashley Set for Pounds 205m Profit Goal
THE sports clothing retailer run by Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has said it is on track to hit its profits target, triggering an estimated pounds 10.8m pay-out for staff through its bonus scheme, after sales growth accelerated. The shop chain,...
BAE Hit by Cuts in Defence Spending
Byline: Iain Laing DEFENCE and security giant BAE Systems has warned sales were likely to fall this year as it bears the brunt of spending cuts in the UK and United States. The group, which has around 650 staff in Newcastle and more than 200...
Big Night for Reds Is One to Forget; Match Fails to Live Up to Fuss
Sparta Prague 0 Liverpool 0 KENNY Dalglish waited 9,394 days to get the chance to manage Liverpool in Europe but after a turgid Europa League goalless draw against Sparta Prague he must have wondered why he looked forward to it so much. The 59-year-old...
Black Cats Mid-Table in League of Prices; Black Cats Mid-Table in Pricing League
Byline: STUART RAYNER A WEEK after waging war on Sunderland's stay-away fans, chairman Niall Quinn has changed tack to try to charm them back to the Stadium of Light, writes STUART RAYNER. The former striker claimed national attention by branding...
Broad Ready for Pakistan Reunion; Cricket
ENGLAND will today come up against Pakistan for the first time since the acrimonious culmination of last summer's spot-fixing crisis. But Stuart Broad, an ever-present in the 3-2 one-day international series victory last September and whose career-best...
Business Leaders Celebrate Excellence
THE boss of a growing pharmaceutical company has been named as the North East's leading investor director. Andrew Scaife, who runs Quantum Pharmaceutical at Burnopfield, County Durham, was honoured by the Institute of Directors at the IoD North...
Cameron to Tackle 'Benefit Culture' Premier Says System Itself Is to Blame
Byline: James Tapsfield DAVID Cameron pledged to do away with Britain's "insidious" benefit culture yesterday as he unveiled the most radical shake-up of welfare for a generation. The Prime Minister said coalition reforms would simplify the system,...
Captain's Thanks to His 'Perfect Parents'
HE acts like a shop steward as Newcastle's club captain and seems to share many socialist principles, but Kevin Nolan says it's his family rather than politics that makes him the man he is. Nolan was born in Toxteth, the tough inner city area of...
Catches Starting to Swell Up
Byline: DAVID HALL SLOWLY but surely coarse fishing in the region is beginning to improve, with reports of recent 6lb and 5lb nets of small dace and roach from the TAA''s stretch of the tidal Tyne at Newburn giving rise to guarded optimism. The...
Clubs Get Together to Benefit Members; GOLF
AS the economic gloom deepens over North East golf, with Roseberry Grange in Chester-le-Street on the brink of going under, eight Northumberland clubs yesterday announced the formal launch of the Newcastle and District Partnership. Roseberry Grange,...
Controversial Plans for UK's Biggest Dairy Farm Withdrawn
Byline: Karen Dent CONTROVERSIAL plans to build the UK's largest dairy farm have been withdrawn. The proposals for a 3,700 cow dairy at Nocton Heath in Lincolnshire had already been roundly attacked by animal welfare groups, but the farmers behind...
County's Special Flavour; A TASTY National Campaign Is Aiming to Raise the Profile of Food and Drink in County Durham. KATHARINE CAPOCCI Finds Appetites Are Whetted
IT may not have any Michelinstarred restaurants to its name but County Durham still has its fair share of starry food and drink establishments worth shouting about. With that in mind the county's tourism chiefs have launched a national promotional...
Course Is Showing a Few Signs of Wear
Byline: JAMES ARMSTRONG IT has been a turbulent week for racing with the tragic events which unfolded at Newbury last weekend and our thoughts have been with those connected to Fenix Two and Marching Song, who sadly lost their lives in the incident....
Deaths
BERTRAM (Morpeth). Formerly of Fenham. Peacefully in Foxton Court Care Home, on 15th February 2011, aged 85 years, Jim. Much loved and sadly missed. Funeral Service at Morpeth Methodist Church on Wednesday 23rd February at 12.30pm, followed by interment...
Documentary
JUSTIN BIEBER: NEVER SAY NEVER 3D (1hr 45 mins) Certificate: U Starring: Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun, Boyz II Men, Miley Cyrus, Usher. Director: Jon Chu Star rating: DREAMS can come true - no really, they can. In the space of two years, 16-year-old...
Eco-Friendly Future for Former Colliery; Village's New Community Hall Gets Go-Ahead
Byline: Paul Tully VILLAGERS in Northumberland were celebrating yesterday after getting the go-ahead for a new carbon-friendly community hall. The pounds 400,000 hall at Bardon Mill was given a unanimous seal of approval by planners on Wednesday...
Engineers with Design on Talent of the Young; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
CONTRACT Design, a multi-discipline engineering design house and part of the CD Group of companies, has just completed the recruitment of its thirtieth engineering design trainee over the last six years. The company, which works across the subsea,...
Entrepreneurs of the Future Have Their Say
UP-and-coming entrepreneurs are being given the chance to present their proposals to business experts. Investor Forum provides a showcase for high-growth and knowledge-based companies to present their investment proposals to an audience of local...
Fans' Favourite Jackson's Back in Eagles Shirt; Shock Comeback for Former Newcastle Star Reggie
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS REGGIE Jackson will make a shock comeback for the Newcastle Eagles tonight after a U-turn over his wage demands, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The Eagles had written off their chances of landing former star Jackson (pictured below)...
Firefighting Jobs Axed; Emergency Bosses Insist Cuts Will Not Compromise Safety
Byline: Neil McKay FORTY firefighting jobs will be lost over the next four years due to cuts of pounds 1.5m imposed by the Government. But County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service insist that public safety will not be compromised....
Flowers, Dinner Plates and 140 Beer Glasses
Byline: ALASTAIR GILMOUR ELBOW meets vintage beer bottle, vintage beer bottle meets concrete floor, vintage beer bottle demonstrates how many pieces of glass went into its composition. The bottle, emblazoned with the name Starkey, Knight &...
Food Hall at Garden Centre
ANEW Food Hall has recently opened within the Poplar Tree Garden Centre, just one mile from Durham City Centre but with the added benefit of free parking. Brambles Food Hall lies upon the banks of the beautiful river Wear and through the picturesque...
Former Sage Boss Is to Become University Guru
Byline: Iain Laing ONE of the region's most successful entrepreneurs hopes to inspire others to follow in his footsteps as the 10th David Goldman visiting professor of innovation and enterprise. Tom Maxfield, who made his fortune as a director of...
Gattu So Given High Backing; Milan Boss Thinks Incident Blown out of Proportion
AC Milan managing director Adriano Galliani claims the headbutting incident which yesterday saw AC Milan vicecaptain Gennaro Gattuso charged with gross unsporting misconduct has been blown out of proportion. Gattuso headbutted Tottenham coach Joe...
Get Me out of Here Eyes Up Trophy
Byline: Saraband GET Me Out Of Here can create a little bit of history by winning back-toback renewals of the totesport Trophy at Newbury. It is fair to say this season has not gone to plan for the Jonjo O'Neill-trained seven-year-old since his...
Good News for Rare Cancer Sufferers; Drug to Be Available Nationwide
Byline: Graeme Whitfield AMAN who suffers from a rare form of cancer described as "very good news" a U-turn by a Government agency on a drug to alleviate his condition. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has now...
Horrific 80s Memories
Byline: BOB CUFFE THERE'S no denying we're going to have a difficult time this year. Can't help wishing we'd all voted Labour and that way there wouldn't have been any cuts. We'd have had that Gordon Balls chap and his investments. But there...
How Key Sites Could Be Disposed Of
THE Journal has seen a list of options presented to ministers for disposal of an asset empire built up by One North East to make the region economically stronger, along with options for their disposal. The list includes: A property rental empire...
How to Grow and Not Lose the Plot; IN SEASON WITH SADIE PARKER OF NATIONAL TRUST: ALLOTMENT GARDENING
IN a new column for the In Season platform I will be reporting once a month on The Journal's shiny new allotment plot at Gibside. The plot will be cultivated by Sue Adamson, the kitchen gardener at Gibside, and her gardening buddy Judy Summerson, who...
I Was Hostage Claims Man Accused of Helping Killer
GUNMAN Raoul Moat's alleged accomplice told police he was being held hostage by the killer and only helped him in fear for himself and his family. Karl Ness said Moat had threatened him with a shotgun and ordered him to help during his shooting...
Keeping Options Open in a Crisis
DESPITE latest figures from the Office for National Statistics showing that UK GDP declined by 0.5% in the final quarter of 2010, our latest Business Factors Index reveals some very promising signs regarding the outlook of small and medium-sized businesses...
Lighting Giants Aim to Double Revenue
Byline: Peter McCusker ASPECIALIST lighting firm which opened five years ago in Northumberland believes it can double its annual revenues to around pounds 20m over the next five years. Started by three lighting experts with over 30 years' experience,...
National Park Members Threaten Action on Cuts; Treatment Is' Unfair and Irrational'
Byline: Tony Henderson N ORTHUMBERLAND National Park is to take legal action against the Government over what is says are "unprecedented" cuts to its budget. Amid the Government's forestry backdown yesterday, board members of the Northumberland...
Newcastle Fend off Swinson's Suitors; Forward Signs Falcons Deal
Byline: Mark Smith NEWCASTLE Falcons forward Tim Swinson celebrated his 24th birthday by signing a new deal to stay with the Kingston Park club. Retaining the services of the hardhitting flanker had been a top priority of club bosses and, after...
New Heritage Centre on Track to Open as Iconic Building in Coastal Village
THE arrival of a new landmark - representing the heritage as well as the future of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea - takes a major step forward this month. Despite the worst winter in decades the pounds 3m Newbiggin Maritime Centre is still on course to open...
Nolan: I Love Everything about This Club and City; Kevin Nolan Helped Forge a New Newcastle United in the Fires of Relegation. in an Exclusive Interview He Told Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Why
Byline: Luke Edwards AT a time when Newcastle United are worrying about holding on to their best players, the last thing you want to hear is Kevin Nolan openly talking about leaving. Only Nolan is different. He does not want to leave to further...
North Book Fans Make Dark Tales Their Top 10; Author James Patterson Heads List
Byline: Katie Davies A BOOK by thriller writer James Patterson was the most borrowed publication from libraries in the North East last year, according to new statistics released today. Patterson's latest novel Swimsuit, proved most popular with...
North East Train Jobs Sent to India; Government Company Does 'Export' Deal
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth ALMOST 200 jobs are set to leave the North East after a Government-supported train operator announced it is sending some work to India. The customer service staff will be made redundant in July, after East Coast agreed...
Pair Forced Animals to Fight to the Death; Two Men Jailed after Posting Videos on Web
Byline: Brian Daniel; Dave Black TWO men from Northumberland have been jailed after forcing animals to fight to the death and posting footage on the internet. Wayne Lumsden and Connor Patterson, both 23, were sent to prison for 26 and 20 weeks...
Pardew Absorbed in the Finer Details
Byline: Stuart Rayner HE is barely two months into life as Newcastle United manager, but already Alan Pardew is working to ensure his successor inherits a better legacy than he did. The Magpies are hopeful of agreeing a new contract with Joey...
Pardew Realises Size of Toon Job
Byline: Stuart Rayner ALAN Pardew spent three seasons at one of the most high-profile football clubs in England, but even that did not prepare him for the scale of the job facing him at Newcastle United. The disproportionately high number of...
Physical Battle Awaits Blaydon in Coventry; REGIONAL ROUND-UP
Byline: MARK SMITH BLAYDON travel to Coventry tomorrow in National One, determined to turn their fortunes round after five league defeats on the bounce. Director of rugby Tom Rock expects to be without Jason Smithson for the West Midlands clash,...
Prince Charles Launches Network to Save Our Red Squirrels
A NETWORK which will co-ordinate the fight to save red squirrels across the North of England was launched by Prince Charles yesterday. The five-year project, called Red Squirrels Northern England (RSNE), is aiming to pool more than pounds 3m to...
Protesters Killed in Attacks by Soldiers; Democracy Marches in Four Countries
Byline: Jon Smith SOLDIERS and tanks were patrolling the streets of Bahrain's capital last night after at least four people died when police dispersed a protest camp. Officers swinging clubs and firing tear gas smashed into anti-government demonstrators,...
'Reds Was the Right Move for My Friend'
KEVIN Nolan is confident the sale of Andy Carroll will prove to be a successful transfer for both Newcastle United and their former number nine. Nolan admits he found the departure of his friend difficult to deal with, but he can see why the decision...
Region Puts Bids in to the Massively Oversubscribed Jobs Fund
A TOTAL of 69 bids from the North East have being handed over to the Government's new jobs fund. Already massively oversubscribed, the Regional Growth Fund has pounds 1.4bn to hand out in three installments. Some 464 bids have gone in nationally,...
Residents' Fury as Gospel Hall Gets Go-Ahead; Christian Evangelists Win Planning Row
Byline: Katie Davies ACHRISTIAN evangelical congregation face a frosty welcome from their neighbours after winning planning permission to convert an old stables and workshop into a gospel hall. Durham County Council planning committee yesterday...
Rough Seas Bringing Fish
Byline: ALAN CHARLTON THE rough weather has certainly started bringing some decent fish ashore, none better than Tom Bazley's fish taken on his very first cast. Fishing at Horden, a slight bite registering on Bazley's rod had him thinking it...
Sci-Fi
ACCORDING to The X-Files, the truth is out there ... but you won't find it in Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's fantastical road movie. In the same way that Shaun of the Dead gleefully gnawed the funny bone of the zombie horror genre, and Hot Fuzz took...
Sky's the Limit for Companies
Byline: Jonathan Gold HELPING companies fly is what we do at Rivers Capital Partners. We have just celebrated our first year, having invested over pounds 800,000 from the North East Angel Fund into seven fantastic companies. These businesses...
Stamp Duty Battle over Region's Assets; Councils Work to Prevent Massive Bill
Byline: Adrian Pearson ABATTLE is on to prevent a multi-million pound tax bill being passed to taxpayers as the region tries to save assets key to the region's economic future. The Government's decision to scrap development agency One North East...
Support Is the Key to Success
GROWTH and sustainability are top of the agenda for businesses here in the North East - and taking advantage of the opportunities on offer is often the key to success. But finding the right opportunities is sometimes challenging. Sourcing and accessing...
Thomas Leaves a Successful Legacy; SPEEDWAY
Byline: LAWRENCE HEPPELL MANAGEMENT, staff and supporters of Newcastle Diamonds were saddened to learn of the death of former promoter Ian Thomas, writes LAWRENCE HEPPELL. A gritty Yorkshireman, Thomas, 69, had been fighting illness but lost...
Town's Farewell to Brave War Heroes; Crowds Pay Respects to Five Soldiers
Byline: Katie Davies FALLEN heroes killed in Afghanistan touched on British soil for the first time yesterday as their bodies were repatriated to the UK. The bodies of two North East soldiers killed on St Valentine's Day were among the procession,...
Train Driver Gives Evidence at Inquest; Businessman 'Lay Down on the Tracks'
Byline: Dave Black APROMINENT North East businessman was killed after walking onto a railway line and lying down in the path of a high-speed inter-city train, an inquest heard yesterday. Farmer and property developer Ho Sanderson, 60, pushed...
UK's Problem Is Ours in Microcosm; TOON AND COUNTRY
Byline: DAVID BANKS IF YOU really wanted to know what David Cameron's Big Society was all about - and there seems no point in asking them as you should know - you ought to have been at the local branch meeting in our village hall last week. Unlike...
Utilising the Power of the Online Crowd
Byline: VIV KINNAIRD CROWDSOURCING has already become the norm for many businesses working online. The ability to source talent, work virtually and share expertise through the web has created new definitions of work and different approaches to problem...
Victory for the People; Protesters React to News with Relief
NORTH East opponents of forestry sell-off plans reacted with relief yesterday as the Government abandoned its controversial bid to privatise England's public woodlands. Protesters in the region hailed the U-turn as a triumph for people power and...
Vipers' Stars 'In Demand'
Byline: Stuart Rayner JAIMIE Longmuir believes his Newcastle Vipers players have a rosy future - even if their club might not. The general manager says watching the Vipers is like seeing Newcastle United play with nine men every week. But he...
WIN Tickets for Gavin Webster
CULTURE Club members could be in with a chance of winning one of two pairs of tickets to see Gavin Webster at The Journal Tyne Theatre on Friday, March 4, at 8pm. Following a successful 12 months touring the country and working on primetime TV,...
Women Seek Equality in Macho World of Wine
Byline: HELEN SAVAGE ANNE Parent says that wine runs in her veins. Ever since she was a little girl she wanted to be a winemaker, though before she inherited the family estate with her sister, she studied law. The estate, one of the best in Burgundy,...
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