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 April 28, 2011

200 Jobs Are Lost as Amdega Closes
Byline: Peter McCusker CONSERVATORY and greenhouse company Amdega is being closed down with the loss of almost 200 jobs. The administration of the Darlington company, which has been in business for over 130 years, was announced by its owner, the...
A Play on Words of a Former Minister; Critically-Acclaimed Diaries Brought to the Stage for New Audience
Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent ? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk THE critically-acclaimed diaries of a former North East MP are to be brought to the stage for a Tyneside audience. Chris Mullin's diaries of his time as a...
Askar Sets Himself Up for the Gold Cup
ASKAR Tau delivered a welcome reminder of his staying power in the totepool Sagaro Stakes as he set himself up for a first shot at the Ascot Gold Cup. The Group Three two-miler has been used as a trial for the Royal meeting, over another four furlongs...
Attack on Police Paperwork 'Did Not Have Facts' Minister Said Firms 'Lost Will to Live'
Byline: Adrian Pearson DURHAM Police has been criticised by a senior Government minister over the paperwork burden it has placed on firms trying to win contracts. Cabinet Minister Francis Maude said the amount of forms needed to be filled in...
Award Is a Milestone on Firm''s Journey to Be a Global Player
INVESTING heavily in R&D to develop technically advanced products that meet stringent regulatory standards and customer needs around the world has paid off for Cramlington firm Advanced Electronics. The specialist fire detection and life safety...
Big Support Comes in a Small Distance; Scaled-Down Version of Run Is Planned
Byline: Alastair Craig IT may be just a fraction of the distance, but fundraisers are certainly embracing the spirt of the North East's ultra runner. Members of the Rotary Club of Tynemouth will stage a sponsored walk in honour of the task facing...
Blue and Yellow, but Not So Green
Byline: DAVE ANDERSON JUST because an issue falls off the front pages doesn't mean that it has gone away. Subjects wax and wane in the headlines but remain vital in the long-term public interest. Take the environment, for example, where there...
Boro 'Disaster' but Hope for Gibson
Byline: Mark Douglas OWNER Steve Gibson admits Middlesbrough's season has been a "disaster" - but feels under inspirational new boss Tony Mowbray his club is finally coming out of a four-year "dip". Despite heavy investment over the summer, Boro's...
Bringing Background to the Royal Big Day
Byline: John Hill ALOW-COST mp3 player distributed in the North East will be helping bus tour firms provide a bit of background to the royal wedding tomorrow. The iKnow player has already been seen at attractions including the London Eye and in...
Businesses Got Competitive to Clinch a Prestigious Award
Byline: Joanna Hill ON April 21 it was announced that seven companies from the North East had won a Queen's Award for Enterprise. The 2011 awards were the most competitive ever and all the winning firms should be very proud of their success. ...
Conman Canoeist Darwin Complains to Police of Harassment
BACK-FROM-THE-DEAD canoeist John Darwin has complained to police that the family of a dead baby whose identity he stole as part of his fraud have been harassing him. Durham Police said it did not believe any crime had been committed by the Jones...
Cousin Pete Cooks Up a Royal Special; Durham Town Getting in the Party Mood
Byline: Kerry Wood ARELATIVE of royal bride-to-be Kate Middleton will be wishing her all the best on her wedding day tomorrow - from behind his chip shop counter in County Durham. Fish and chip shop owner Pete Beedle, was amazed to learn he is...
Crowds Grow as Couple Rehearse Wedding; Kate's Family Moved into London Hotel
Byline: Tony Jones ; Jenny Purt PRINCE William and Kate Middleton made a rare pre-wedding appearance last night as they attended a rehearsal for their nuptials at Westminster Abbey. With less than two days to go to their marriage ceremony, the...
Dairy Trade Hears How to Improve Prospects
Byline: Karen Dent DAIRY farmers aiming for a better deal were joined by farmers and growers from other agricultural sectors to pick up tips on how to improve their negotiating power at a National Farmers' Union event. The summit heard from speakers...
David Wells
If you can't be in two places at once decide where you would be better appreciated and go there. There are demands on your time Aries, more than one interested party is vying for your attention, today you must choose. Secrets aren't secret anymore...
Day to Remember Innocent Victims; Industrial Disease Is Highlighted
Byline: Emma King ELLEN Anderson was diagnosed with mesothelioma in December 2007 aged 66; just 12 months later her family were planning her funeral. Unlike most other victims of industrial disease, the mother-of-three from Millfield, Sunderland...
Deaths
BEATON (Morpeth). Suddenly in hospital on Saturday 16th April, aged 84 years, Frank, loving brother of Belle and a dearly loved uncle of Janet, Lindsey and Chris, Simon and Alistair, Ben and family and a very special uncle of Megan. Funeral Service...
Dempsey Notches a Fulham Record
Fulham ...........................................3 Bolton Wanderers ...........................0 CLINT Dempsey's majestic performance gave Fulham a 3-0 victory against Bolton and helped the midfielder into the club's record books. The America international...
Developing Firm Celebrates a Year of Fantastic Achievements
ASPECTACULAR year of growth for Tyneside manufacturer SMD has been capped by it winning a prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise. The Wallsend firm's success in creating new types of work class remotely operated vehicles for use in hazardous environments...
Draw on the Cards after Di Venuto's Ton
Byline: Stuart Rayner WHEN the sun is shining from a cloudless blue sky cricket really can be a batsman's game - even at Chester-le-Street. The key is making the most of it, something very few players in this game have done. Once the mere mention...
DuPont Has Innovation Award for Third Time
DUPONT Teijin Films UK Ltd, leading global supplier of polyester films, has been honoured by the grant of a prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise: Innovation 2011. The company, which has a major Global Technology Centre at Wilton, Middlesbrough,...
Equities Can Be the Best Investment; ANDREW MILLER
INCREASING commodity prices are not helping to tame inflation, an important concern for both consumers and investors. And despite the latest UK inflation data point coming in slightly below expectations, rising oil and food prices are likely to...
Factory Has Room to Expand after Move
THESE are busy times for the team at Tiger Filtration, a company that since its establishment in relatively recent times has never looked back. A growing band of satisfied customers, a solid, proven portfolio of products and - most recently - a...
Factory Staff Gain Award Recognition
ENTEK International Ltd has won its third Queen's Award for International trade with sales surging 51% in 2010. The firm, based in Killingworth, manufactures a polyethylene-based separator used for enveloping the plates in lead-acid car and truck batteries....
Fascinating Tale of One Man's Travels across USA of Old; When Reporter JAMES BROADHURST Discovered His Great-Great-Grandfather's Diary Hidden in a Hamper, He Was Enthralled by His Ancestor's Colourful Descriptions of His Travels across America. He Tells Us about the Discovery
ABOUT a month ago I was rummaging around in an old wicker hamper that my great-aunt passed down to my mother some years ago. The hamper was full of birth, death and marriage certificates, as well as family trees. My mother's side of the family...
Fashion Boost for Online Marketeers
ONLINE marketing support firm Fifteen Digital is seeing particular interest from clothing companies as it builds its client base in the region. The Stoke-on-Trent company brought Middlesbrough-bred director John Borthwick back to the North East...
Help Us Spark the Next Stage of Our Region's Growth; New Campaign Is Aimed at Small and Medium-Sized Companies
Byline: Andrew Hebden THE Journal is today launching a major new campaign to help ambitious small and medium-sized companies in the North East to expand and create jobs. We are planning to spearhead a bid to the second round of the Government's...
He's Still the One Man Who Is Capable of Uniting Us All; the First Annual Sir Bobby Robson Foundation Charity Golf Day Illustrated the Great Man's Unique Capacity to Bring a Fractured Sporting Region Together. Mark Douglas Reports
WHEN John Carver reported for his first day as assistant manager of Newcastle United, something remarkable happened. Deep in conversation with the rest of the coaching staff in Alan Pardew's office after helping to oversee his first training session,...
Horizon First to Confirm Elite Date
Byline: Stuart Rayner WOMEN'S cycling team Horizon Fitness has become the first to confirm its full side for this summer's National Elite Road Racing Championships in Newcastle. The Sunday June 26 race is part of the Northern Rock Cyclone event...
Independent Councillors Plan to Join Tory Ranks
TWO independent county councillors have been urged to resign and seek re-election after revealing they plan to join the Conservatives. Gordon Castle and Jeff Watson stand accused by political rivals of misleading the people who voted for them after...
Ireland Returns to Villa after Injury
Byline: Mark Douglas STEPHEN Ireland is heading back to Aston Villa after suffering a season-ending ankle injury - but with the Villans prepared to do a knock-down deal in the summer he may yet return to Tyneside. A devastated Ireland will return...
Kansas City Kid Drives into Town
WILL Robson, nicknamed the Kansas City Kid now he has had success in America, has long been flagged up as one to watch around this neck of the woods. As a 17-year-old he brought honour to the Bellingham club by taking veteran serial winner Sandy...
Mac and Gary Hit the Aces; Holes in One for Tyneside Duo
MAC Gunn and Gary Vickers, club professionals past and present at Tyneside, have landed holes-inone at the 16th within 11 days of each other - and both strikes of the ball were accompanied by unusual circumstances. The first ace was dealt by the...
Make Your Teacher an Award-Winner; Nominations Open for the Inspirations
Byline: Nicola Weatherall EVERYONE remembers their favourite teacher, which is why The Journal is searching for the unsung heroes in our region's classrooms as part of our annual campaign. For the fifth year running, The Journal has teamed up...
Mentally Tough Players Needed
NIALL Quinn believes Sunderland's spring crisis has reinforced the need to add players capable of coping with the increased expectations at the Stadium of Light, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The Sunderland chairman admits he has been sleeping more easily...
Messi the Star Turn as Barcelona Take One Step towards the Final
Real Madrid........................................... 0 Barcelona .............................................. 2 LIONEL Messi struck twice late on as Barcelona took a huge step towards the Champions League final with a 2-0 semi-final, first leg...
North East Unites to Support Foundation; Event in Sir Bobby's Name Is a Success
Byline: Neil McKay NORTH East football rivalries were put to one side to support the first ever golf day in aid of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation yesterday. Middlesbrough chairman Steve Gibson hosted the tournament at Rockliffe Hall, his stunning...
Only One Star Can Sing about the Stars; Astronomy Legend Sir Patrick Moore Features on Record
Byline: Neil McKay WHEN musician Carl Cape wrote a song inspired by the heavens above Northumberland, he knew there was only one man who could perform its starry voiceover. Carl, 26, from Hadston, near Morpeth, wrote the song Glittering Sky after...
Opera Hopes to Be Dancing at Bath
Byline: Saraband OPERA Dancer can pick up where she left off in the Granville Classified Stakes at Bath. The three-year-old has Grey Shot and Opera Cape amongst her half-siblings, and shares the same gutsy traits. A drop in company at Wolverhampton...
OpSec Agrees Takeover
Byline: Iain Laing WEARSIDE anti-counterfeiting technology specialist OpSec Security Group has agreed a pounds 28m takeover offer from investment company Orca Holdings. Management of the Washington company, which has 85 staff in its headquarters...
Paintings Come Alive; Famous Scenes Brought to Life for Anniversary
Byline: Tony Henderson PAINTINGS showing episodes in North East history will be brought to life to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of their creator. From 1857 to 1861, Newcastle artist William Bell Scott crafted the history scenes for...
Pair Hope to Repeat Success at New Pub; Village Inn Gets a New Lease of Life
Byline: Sara Nichol ACOUPLE who turned one country pub into a culinary gem have now set their sights on another. Phil Mason and Karen Errington took over the reins at The Rat Inn, in Anick, near Hexham, three years ago. Within a year, the...
Percy Park End Cup Heartache in Style
Percy Park.................................... 31 Tynedale Raiders .........................25 PERCY Park lifted the Northumberland Senior Cup for the first time in more than half a century, after a thrilling final at Northern FC, writes MARK SMITH....
Plans for Dome Are Ready to Go Ahead; Developer for Regeneration Is Announced
Byline: Tony Henderson THE developer for a long-awaited multi-million pound seafront regeneration scheme was revealed yesterday. North Tyneside Council confirmed that its preferred bidder for the redevelopment of Whitley Bay's Spanish City site...
Politicians at Odds over Tepid Growth; Slight Rise in Output Fails to Ease Concerns
Byline: Jamie Grierson and Gavin Cordon FEARS over the strength of Britain's economic recovery were fuelled yesterday when new figures showed only a tepid turnaround from the snow-bound end to 2010. Gross domestic product (GDP) - a broad measure...
Pounds 10m Shortfall Will Leave Residents Sunk; Cash Crisis Threatens Town's Flood Protection Plans
Byline: Dave Black AVITAL scheme to protect Morpeth against another flooding disaster is facing a pounds 10m funding shortfall, it was revealed yesterday. The Environment Agency has told campaigners, residents and local councillors that the latest...
Powering Up Hearing Aids across the World
WHEN it comes to helping the world to hear, the North East is leading the way in the development of new technology thanks to the efforts of Rayovac. The Wearside manufacturer produces hundreds of millions of hearing aid batteries each year - more...
Punished for His Mistakes; Higgins Takes Advantage of Errors against O'Sullivan
JOHN Higgins punished an unforgivable series of mistakes by Ronnie O'Sullivan last night as he came out on top in their Betfred.com World Championship quarterfinal. The Scot had trailed 8-5 during the afternoon session but won eight of the next...
Second Place Is in the Hands of Consett; NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL
WITH Spennymoor Town established as champions, the race is on for the runners-up position in the STL Northern League and following last night's games, Consett are now second. The Steelmen hit Newcastle Benfield, who are now down to fourth, with a 4-0...
Shareholders Hit out at 'Obscene' Barclays Pay
Byline: Iain Lai BARCLAYS' top bosses faced anger from shareholders over "obscene" pay packages at the banking giant which has revealed a fall in profits so far this year. A series of private investors used the bank's annual meeting yesterday...
Skilful Play Can Match Power
FOR the past few years there has been a debate over whether the current equipment is spoiling golf, as many courses are apparently overpowered by the world's leading players. During the past decade there has also been a noticeable improvement in...
Somerset in Control Following Collapse; LV= COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP
A middle-order collapse from Hampshire, brought about by a fine spell of bowling from Charl Willoughby, put Somerset in charge in their LV= County Championship match at the Rose Bowl. Hampshire crashed to 285 all out after they had reached lunch...
Standout Trio Awarded Top Apprentice Titles
YOUNG Daniel Mooney was determined to let nothing come between him and a career in civil engineering and now his determination has been recognised. For two years he regularly made an 80-mile return journey by train and taxi to attend college, sometimes...
Stolen Bus Leaves a Trail of Destruction; Residents Tell of 'Sound like an Explosion'
Byline: Neil McKay TEENAGERS who stole a bus wreaked havoc in a normally quiet street, leaving a trail of damage to homes, cars, gardens and telegraph poles. Elderly residents in Marcia Avenue, Shotton Colliery, County Durham, described how they...
Tait Hopes to Have Skipper Back for Bath
Byline: Mark Smith NEWCASTLE Falcons hope to welcome back captain James Hudson for Saturday's penultimate game of the Premiership season, when Bath are the visitors to Kingston Park. The lock-forward has missed the last three matches with a knee...
Tea Party Kicks off a World of Theatre
PROMISING to give the Royal wedding a run for its money, a new theatre festival launches tomorrow with a variety of entertainment laid on by performers from around the world. GIFT: Gateshead International Festival of Theatre is the first regional...
The Journal North Index
VARIATION HIGH DATE LOW DATE STOCK ............................... SECTOR PRICE DAY 5 Dy P/E Y''LD 1251 0102 764 2505 Amec .................... Oil Equipment & Services 1184 +11 +28 16.65 2.30 12718 2904 70 3011 Barratt ................................
UK GDP Figures Draw Attention of Investors
Byline: Carmen Baylis IT was a relatively busy day for corporate news but investor focus was on the UK Gross Domestic Product figures. GDP was reported to have grown 0.5% in the first quarter following a 0.5% contraction in the last quarter of 2010....
Villagers Called on to Plan Controversial Mine
VILLAGERS are being invited to help design a major new opencast mine in Northumberland - despite claims that most local people are strongly opposed to it going ahead. Banks Mining wants to dig 750,000 tonnes of coal over four years from the Ferneybeds...
Violins, a Band, an Album and All That Jazz; You've Heard of Northern Soul, but What about Northern Jazz? Musician Elaine Binney Talks to TAMZIN LEWIS about Her New Genre-Busting Band the Rascals
ELAINE Binney lives life in the fast lane - musically speaking. Despite her talents as a classical violinist she wasn't really suited to the constraints of an orchestra. So discovering free jazz was a "revelation" from which she hasn't looked back....
Youngster Comes Up Trumps at Caistron
SIX-YEAR-OLD Finlay Boless had a good day at Caistron Lake's Beginners' and Children's Day, landing three fish with the best at 3lb 8oz. Mark Bowen led the way with 17 including a 3lb wild brown trout while Mick Harrison had 14 to 8lb and Dave Allen...
You're Spoilt for Choice on Phones
Byline: MARK SKELDON WHETHER you are choosing a new phone for yourself or looking at the options for your business mobiles there are a lot of factors to consider; email integration, user interface and security to name a few. The smartphone market...
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