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 16, 2011

Access to Finance Is Made Simple by Business Link; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
ACCESSING funding is top of the agenda for most North East firms seeking growth and sustainability. However, it can be frustrating knowing where to start. Business Link offers a broad range of advice and is the main route to the North East England...
Attention to Retail Draws Crowds to Market Town; THE Opening of the Sanderson Arcade Has Helped Attract Shoppers from Far and Wide into Morpeth, Says MIKE BIRKETT
Byline: MIKE BIRKETT INSPIRED by the Burlington Arcade, London, Morpeth's Sanderson Arcade continues to impress with a shopping environment that has attracted an impressive range of tenants. Officially opened in November 2009, the millionth customer...
Awards Give Chance for Tributes to Apprentices; Now in Their Eighth Year, the National Apprenticeship Awards Recognise the Achievements of Individuals Engaged in Training and the Organisations That Invest in Them. as Part of the Journal's 500 in 100 Campaign, CHRISTOPHER KNOX Takes a Look at This Year's Awards and Catches Up with Some of Last Year's North East Winners
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX THE closing date for applications for this year's National Apprenticeship Awards is fast approaching and organisers are urging employers who have supported the apprenticeship programme to nominate themselves or one of their...
Axing Bus Will Save a 'Piffling' Amount; Locals' Anger at Losing Their 'Lifeline' Route
Byline: Neil McKay ACOUNCIL transport boss has admitted that axing a rural bus service will only save around pounds 10,000. Nevertheless, Durham County Council intends to press ahead with plans to drastically reduce the 773 Weardale bus, which...
Bright Red Cyclists in Tough Challenge
MEMBERS of the North East arm of insolvency trade body R3 are set to swap pin-stripes and papers for pedals and panniers as part of an ongoing charity fundraising drive. After raising more than pounds 2,800 for regional cancer charity Bright Red...
Bruce Had a Chance to Sign Carroll
Byline: Stuart Rayner STEVE Bruce once turned down the chance to sign Andy Carroll for pounds 4.5m, but that does not mean he does not think the pounds 35m striker has a bright future. Gateshead-born Carroll could make his full Liverpool debut...
Business Can Lead Drive for Tourism
Byline: JON AITCHISON THE North East has enjoyed success in recent years in attracting visitors to the region and increasing the spend of those visitors. While there is no doubting the fabulous assets the region has to offer, it takes a concerted...
Business Diary
This is a free business events diary service. nebusiness cannot be held responsible if events are cancelled, postponed or changed without prior warrning. Email brief details of your event to Iain Laing at iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk or phone 0191 201...
Butcher's Plan Gets the Chop from Council; Second Application Is Withdrawn over Funding
Byline: Dave Black AVILLAGE butcher has claimed that a council planning wrangle forced him to abandon a proposed expansion of his rural business. Frustrated Chris Green claims one department of Northumberland County Council helped him to secure...
Cameron Forms New Alliance against Gaddafi
BRITAIN sought to keep up the pressure for a no-fly zone over Libya last night by tabling a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council. David Cameron authorised formal proposal of the text, which contains a menu of options for restraining...
Captain Is a Marvel in Trophy
CAPTAIN Chris justified trainer Philip Hobbs' last-minute decision to run in the Irish Independent Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham by seeing off the free-going Finian's Rainbow after the final fence. Hobbs had pinned his colours to the Jewson Novices'...
Care Home Plans for Hall
A LISTED building in a Northern beauty spot will be turned into a care home after being bought for more than pounds 1m. Wellburn Care Homes has purchased the Grade II listed Scalesceugh Hall in Carleton, near Carlisle, with commercial property specialists...
Carlisle Green with Envy at Argyle Equaliser
CARLISLE United let victory slip through their fingers at Brunton Park last night. The Cumbrians were leading 1-0 thanks to a James Berrett after 34 minutes of their League One clash with visitors Plymouth Argyle. But Yannick Bolasie's late equaliser...
Carlo Defends Captain Terry; Skipper's Club Form Is All That Matters to Ancelotti
CARLO Ancelotti last night in -sisted he was "not interested" in whether John Terry had changed his ways since being stripped of the England captaincy following Fabio Capello's controversial decision to reinstate the Chelsea skipper, writes BEN RUMSBY....
Castle to Be Fit for a Princess; Historic Home Will Become a Bridal Venue
Byline: Liz Lamb AN aristocrat has announced plans to transform part of his North East estate into a wedding and entertainment venue. Renovation work is being carried out by Lord Durham on the grade II-listed Lambton Castle, near Bournmoor, County...
Children Living in Poverty
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE challenge facing child poverty campaigners has been set out for city leaders. Almost a third of children in Newcastle are born into poverty, while Northumberland has the region's lowest figure at 17%. Charity bosses...
Coalition's Robbing Our Pupils of a Future
SCHOOL is an incredibly important time in anybody's life. Education gives a person the ability to succeed. To be equipped with the skills for everyday life. Qualifications are the bits of paper which equip you with the proof you have a level of...
College Developers Named
NORTH East developer UK Land Estates has been appointed as developer for the second phase of Gateshead College Construction Centre on the Team Valley. The new development, which will complete the college's Team Valley Campus, consists of a 50,000sq...
Complaints about Estate Agents Rise; Ombudsman Says Level Is Unacceptable
Byline: Nicky Burridge THE Property Ombudsman says complaints about estate agents were "unacceptably" high after he handled a record level of disputes during 2010. The Ombudsman, Christopher Hamer, received 1,338 new referrals against property professionals...
Cup Isn't All about Falcons' Earnings
Byline: Mark Smith FALCONS chairman Dave Thompson insists pounds and pence are not in his thoughts as his Newcastle side prepares for this weekend's LV= Cup final against Gloucester. Heineken Cup rugby awaits the victor of Sunday's Anglo-Welsh showpiece...
David Wells
Byline: David Wells A great day to meet up with mates, a day to get together and remind yourself what it's like to be you, that wonderful feeling when you can let go and be with folks who know you and inspire you. Get your mojo back Aries. Haven't...
Dazzling Rainbow Proves a Big Catch for Fred
FRED Thompson got the season at Derwent Reservoir off to a cracking start with a 14lb 12oz rainbow - one of the biggest fish for several seasons - while Ray Whaley had an eight-fish limit, including a six-pounder, for 32lbs. Early-season anglers...
Deadline Looms for Spanish City Choice; Public 'Will Be Involved at Every Stage'
Byline: Tony Henderson THE long-awaited decision on who will be the developer for a prime seafront site is set to be made next month. It is hoped that the development of Whitley Bay's Spanish City site, including its listed Dome, will kick start...
Deaths
CARR (West Sleekburn). Suddenly at home on 12th March, aged 77 years, Betty (nee English), beloved wife of Laurence (Lol), much loved mother of Jacquelyn, Stephen and David, dear motherinlaw of Michael, Karen and Jan and a loving grandma of Rachael,...
Derby Day Thugs in the Dock; Violence Broke out at End of Wear-Tyne Match
Byline: Dan Warburton ADERBY day thug who waded into a crowd of rival fans after he was pelted with bottles has been told he faces being banned from watching football anywhere in the country. Aaron Sproat launched the attack just moments after...
Design Team Moves in on Science Site
Byline: Peter McCusker ADESIGN team has been appointed to take forward the next stage of Newcastle's 24-acre Science Central project. This follows the submission of an outline planning application for the scheme, on the site of the former Scottish...
Double from Hernandez Puts Devils on Safe Path
Manchester United 2 Marseille 1 (Manchester United win 2-1 on aggregate) JAVIER Hernandez is already a Manchester United cult hero but last night two goals from the Mexican striker opened the door to European success in his debut season at Old Trafford....
Eaga Workers Succeed in Cash Payout Demands
Byline: John Hill THOUSANDS of staff at environmental services company Eaga will receive a windfall from the company's sale to support services giant Carillion, just weeks after being told they would not receive payouts. Employees at Newcastle-based...
Farmers to Reap Green Rewards
Byline: Karen Dent FARMERS and growers are set to benefit from the introduction of the pounds 860m Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which is finally going live after a number of delays. The project will pay incentives to those providing heat from...
Former Fed Brewery Is Put on the Market with Pounds 2m Price Tag
Byline: Peter McCusker THE former home of Newcastle Breweries has been put up for sale with a pounds 2m asking price and developers are looking at a number of the possibilities for its future use. In May last year the former Federation Brewery,...
Frozen Food Firm Jobs Axed; Administrators in U-Turn on Work Promise
Byline: James Moore WORKERS at a frozen food factory have been made redundant after the company went into administration. Last month staff at troubled Longbenton Foods, which makes Findus crispy pancakes, were told not to return to work while...
Gibson Tells Jury That Agent Was 'Obstructive'
MIDDLESBROUGH Football Club chairman Steve Gibson yesterday described to a jury his deteriorating relationship with an agent representing a star player. Gibson told a jury how he was "uncomfortable" working with Ian Elliott as negotiations over a new...
Help Is at Hand for Struggling Buyers; Councils Will Give Security on Home Value
Byline: Nell Stone PEOPLE struggling to get on the property ladder in Northumberland will be able to get help under a new scheme launched yesterday. The initiative is aimed at people who could afford monthly repayments on a 95% mortgage but do...
Hurricane Blows Away All His Rivals
HURRICANE Fly wiped away Ruby Walsh's pain at missing the majority of the season by providing him with a first Stan James Champion Hurdle. This was the only major prize to have escaped the grasp of the astonishingly popular 31-year-old, in whom...
Inter's Comeback Stuns Bayern
Bayern Munich ....................................... 2 Inter Milan.............................................. 3 (3-3 on aggregate, Inter win on away goals) HOLDERS Inter Milan staged a remarkable second-half fightback to knock Bayern Munich out...
Killer Moat's Helpers Are Jailed for Life; Judge Says Duo Are Danger to the Public
Byline: Rob Kennedy TWO men who helped crazed gunman Raoul Moat during his shotgun rampage have been jailed for life. Karl Ness will serve at least 40 years before he can apply for parole, while Qhuram Awan must stay behind bars for a minimum...
Landfill Lake Development Plans Sunk by a Leak
VILLAGERS could face years of landfill tipping operations after ambitious plans to restore an opencast coal mine were sunk by a leaking lake. Local people were promised a showpiece community park - including a 12-acre lake suitable for sailing,...
Landfill Lake Plans Are Sunk by a Leak; Water Will Not Fill Up to the Required Level
Byline: Dave Black VILLAGERS could face years of landfill tipping operations after ambitious plans to restore an opencast coal mine were sunk by a leaking lake. Local people were promised a showpiece community park - including a 12-acre lake...
Leaks in Japan Are 'Not like Ukraine Disaster' Thousands Are Ordered to Stay Indoors
Byline: Michael Black EXPERTS have moved to allay fears of a Chernobyl-style disaster after Japan ordered 140,000 people to stay indoors because of leaking radiation from a stricken nuclear power station. A third explosion and a fire at the Fukushima...
Man Injured in Gas Explosion at House; Force of Blast Leaves Window Shattered
Byline: Brian Daniel A MAN required treatment for leg injuries after a gas blast at a Northumberland house. The man suffered the minor injuries after the explosion at the house in St Lawrence Avenue in Amble, Northumberland, at just before 10am...
Medics Call for a Halt; Unions Back GPs in NHS Bill Protest
Byline: Helen Rae HEALTH union leaders in the North East have backed a call for ministers to halt the major overhaul of the NHS in England. Delegates at an emergency meeting of the British Medical Association (BMA) yesterday voted in favour of...
Metro Station Plan Given Green Light; Developers Win Appeal on Listed Site
Byline: Stephen Cape AMULTI-MILLION pound development at a historic Metro station is to go ahead, despite a major public campaign against the scheme. The plan for Tynemouth Metro Station, which was originally rejected by North Tyneside Council,...
Millennium Dome Saviour Is Awards Guest Speaker
Byline: Iain Laing SERIAL entrepreneur Pierre-Yves Gerbeau may well be the best-known French businessman this side of the Channel. And tomorrow the former ice hockey pro who turned around Euro Disney and ran the Millennium Dome will give the benefit...
Minded Can Be the Master in Festival Chase
Byline: Saraband MASTER Minded can avenge his 2010 Cheltenham Festival defeat and reclaim his sportingbet.com Queen Mother Champion Chase crown. A rib injury curtailed the eightyear-old's campaign last term and, while he recovered sufficiently...
Mourinho in the Dark over Ronaldo Injury
JOSE Mourinho was last night unable to shed any light on whether Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo would be fit for Real Madrid's vital Champions League last 16 second-leg clash against Lyon. The pounds 80million striker, 26, damaged his hamstring...
North East Firms' Index Is Shrinking
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN THE index of North East-based listed companies has been shrinking at an ever-faster rate over the past 12 months or so, with Arriva, Eaga and Wellstream bought out. As we often say, it is sad to lose these corporations from...
Oil Price Rises Putting US Dollar under Pressure in Short Term
Byline: ANDREW MILLER THERE are a number of reasons why higher oil prices are putting the US dollar under pressure, and why they will continue to do so. We are unlikely to reach a point where the US dollar's "safe haven" status can offset them....
Pardew's Warning for United Players; Stars Have to Prove They Should Stay
Byline: Luke Edwards ALAN Pardew has warned his Newcastle United players they still have plenty to prove between now and the end of the season, as he has not made any firm decisions on their futures. Although Pardew will retain the core of this...
Partners Hear about the Importance of Chemicals
THE latest event for the leading members of the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) was held at one of the region's most prestigious sporting venues recently. NECC welcomed its partner members to the February partner lunch, held at Sunderland...
Pension Changes Mean We Must All Consider Options; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
WITH a wealth of changes to pension provisions on the horizon, Michael Smith from Brewin Dolphin looks at key issues for employers and employees. Among these are new government changes to pension legislation and contribution levels, scrapping the...
People on the Move
ACCOUNTANCY firm PwC has appointed RICH HALL to lead the development of the ever-growing sustainability and climate change practice across the North. Building on PwC''s compliance, tax, reporting and assurance practices, his role centres on strengthening...
Pool Pay the Price for Taking Gamble
Byline: Stuart Rayner Hartlepool United 0 Leyton Orient 1 MAYBE it was the thrill of a weekend win which he said "felt like winning the lottery", but Mick Wadsworth was in the mood for a Gamble last night. In the end it proved too little, too...
Pounds 6m Scheme to Give Residents Better View
SHELTERED housing residents will soon have a heavenly view. For when Gateshead Council's pounds 6m extra-care housing scheme opens in Harlow Green, its residents will have stunning views of The Angel of the North. Angel Court, which is nearing...
Renault Boss Apologises over Manager Sackings
Byline: Iain Laing RENAULT chief executive Carlos Ghosn has made a public apology and offered to give back his performance bonus after the car maker sacked three managers it wrongly accused of selling electric car secrets to China. Ghosn, who...
Specialist Glass Maker Bucks Trend with 18% Turnover Surge
Byline: Peter McCusker ASPECIALIST glass door and window maker has marked the busiest period in its 29-year history with an 18% surge in annual turnover to pounds 6.3m. Tyneside-based Fendor says it refocused its business due to the slump in...
Super Furry Animals Are the Way Forward for Firm
Byline: Iain Laing ASPIRING entrepreneurs can get specialised help to grow their business through a campaign launched this week to spur the growth of new companies in the North East. The Entrepreneurs' Forum has launched an online networking...
Support Vital for Difficult Task
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK CONGRATULATIONS to Paul Walker on his appointment as the new head of the North East's latest local enterprise partnership. It''s an enormous task that he''s taken on, to pull together the body that will be responsible for taking...
Supreme Delight as Cue Card Is Beaten
WELL the festival got off to a cracking start for me with Cue Card getting turned over in the Supreme Novices. After promising to return all losing bets if the hot favourite did the business, it saved me refunding more than half a million pound...
Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Kings; as the Contest to Find the North East's Favourite Shakespeare Character Enters the Last Lap, CHRISTINE CHAPMAN Ponders the Lot of Kings in Richard II and Henry VI, Part 3
Byline: CHRISTINE CHAPMAN THE words of John of Gaunt in Richard II - "This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle/ This earth of majesty" - evoke romantic visions of a lost England, a demi-paradise surrounded by silver sea, ruled by mighty monarchs....
The Journal North Index
THE JOURNAL NORTH INDEX VARIATION HIGH DATE LOW DATE STOCK ............................... SECTOR PRICE DAY 5 Dy P/E Y''LD 1251 0102 76012 2203 Amec .................... Oil Equipment & Services 1114 -1 -69 15.69 2.40 13734 2604 70 3011 Barratt...
The Survival of the Funniest in Solo Show; Charles Darwin Sings Ditties and Cracks Gags in John Hinton's Take on the Famous Naturalist, as He Tells TAMZIN LEWIS
Byline: TAMZIN LEWIS JOHN Hinton is keen for previews to include its proper title, and as I am a pushover, here you go... The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or...The Survival of (R)evolutionary Theories in the Face of Scientific...
Town Up to Second after Easy Victory; NON-LEAGUE ROUND-UP
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT SPENNYMOOR Town moved into second position in the STL Northern League First Division with an emphatic 4-0 victory over South Shields at the Brewery Field last night. The reigning champions just about sealed all three points...
Trend Continues as Engineers Bought by Overseas Company
Byline: Peter McCusker ANEWCASTLE engineering business has become the latest regional company to attract the interest of an overseas buyer - and the region's deal makers say they expect the trend to continue. The relative weakness of sterling...
Trott Will Not Let Critics Upset Him
IN an uncertain World Cup campaign, England have two more reasons to worry after Andrew Strauss and Graeme Swann both went down with stomach upsets before the must-win match against West Indies. However, it is comforting to know they can rely on...
Trust Invite to Dig Deep for Planting Campaign
THE WOODLAND Trust is hosting a tree planting day on Saturday as it continues the development of a 168-acre woodland on the outskirts of Durham. The planting is taking place between 10am and 1pm at Low Burnhall as the Trust looks to plant another...
Turning Pounds 50 into Pounds 50,000 to Help Local Charities
COMPANIES, schools and organisations on Teesside have been challenged to put their business and fundraising skills to the test by helping to turn pounds 50 into pounds 50,000 in the name of charity. The Evolution Corporate Challenge 2011 will see...
Two Deaths 'Could Have Been Avoided' Mother and Daughter Were Killed in Crash
Byline: Katie Davies THE deaths of a mother and daughter after a head-on collision could have been avoided if the driver of the car that hit theirs had taken medical advice, an inquest heard yesterday. Mya Richardson, six, and her mother Joanne,...
Vipers' Coach Has No Regrets
Byline: Stuart Rayner DANNY Stewart's first taste of coaching has been a story of broken promises - but one he is pleased to have taken on. Stewart's time as player-coach of the Newcastle Vipers is coming to an end. The Elite League season...
Women Are Bearing the Brunt of Cuts
Byline: GILL HALE AS spring approaches, it would be nice to think that there is the rebirth of hope for the region, but sadly it seems to be very bleak for the public sector. I have been at a series of lobbies of local authorities in the past...

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