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 29, 2011

A Double Bogey Has Lee Six Down
LEE Westwood double-bogeyed the final hole of his first round at the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea to end day one six shots behind leader Damien McGrane. Westwood, who returned to the top of the world rankings following his victory at...
Anger as Plan for Extension Blocked; ...but Planners Allow Nearby Wind Turbines
Byline: Brian Daniel AFAMILY living in the Northumberland countryside have spoken of their anger at seeing a bid to extend their home blocked by the same council that has approved massive wind turbines close by. The Phillips family, who live...
A Packed Card for Glorious Weather; INSIDE TRACK JAMES ARMSTRONG
Byline: JAMES ARMSTRONG GLORIOUS spring weather persists and though cooler than of late we're set fair again for our next race day here at Newcastle Racecourse on Tuesday, May 3. With over 160 entries on the slate we're looking forward to another...
Auction House Secures a Sales Manager
H&H Motor Auctions, Cumbria's only independent motor auction house, has appointed Ronnie Pygall as sales manager. Ronnie, who has more than 20 years of experience in the car auction sector across the North East, will be responsible for increasing...
A Very Happy Couple; Dream Wedding Is Back on Thanks to Our Competition
Byline: Alastair Craig THE dream wedding they feared they'd lost is back on for this happy couple. Lucky Gemma Nicholson and Tony Lennox can today be revealed as winners of The Journal's win-a-wedding competition. The couple, from Thornley, County...
Award Recognises Values at Heart of Housing Group
A NORTH East community housing group has been recognised for its efforts to promote equality and diversity in the workplace. Social landlord Cestria Community Housing, based in Chester-le-Street, has successfully achieved Equality North East's Equality...
Blaydon Hope to Beat Drop before Derby; REGIONAL PREVIEW
BLAYDON face the daunting prospect of two games in three days, as they bid to haul themselves out of relegation trouble, writes MARK SMITH. A win in tomorrow's home clash with Otley would be enough to secure their National One status but, with Monday's...
Borthwick's Burst Sets Up Victory Bid; Bowler Adds Weight to Blackwell Ton
Byline: Stuart Rayner WHEN Ian Blackwell is in full flow he can make batting look easy, so his end product is pretty disappointing. Surprisingly, yesterday's was only the all-rounder's second County Championship century in his third season at...
Brenda's 'Bag Lady' Hits the Big Screen; Vera Premiere Attracts Stars to Tyneside
Byline: Tamsin Lewis ACTRESS Brenda Blethyn attended the Tyneside Cinema last night for the glittering preview of major new TV murder mystery Vera. The film and TV star, who appeared in Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and Little Voice, plays...
Cameron Not Sorry for His Winner Jibe; He Just Lost His Rag, Says Victim Eagle
Byline: Tom Morgan PRIME Minister David Cameron made light of the "calm down, dear" row yesterday and accused the Labour Party of having no sense of humour. Mr Cameron told an audience of Conservative activists in North Wales: "Don't worry, I'm...
Cats Boss Backs His 'Precious' Talent
Byline: Matt Leslie DESCRIBING Stphane Sessgnon as an out-and-out striker might be stretching the point, says Sunderland boss Steve Bruce, but his ability up front will come in handy for the remainder of the season. The Benin midfielder arrived...
Celebrate Royally with a Fabulous English Fizz; WINE HELEN SAVAGE
Byline: HELEN SAVAGE BRUNO, the Matre D at the Royal Hotel in the lovely old town of Troyes, knows his champagne as well as anyone. Just before leaving, I interrupted his conversation with his wine merchant and promised to bring him a bottle of...
Chance to Discover Local Heritage
PEOPLE on Wearside are being encouraged to find out more about their local heritage as Local History Month kicks off next week. Sunderland City Council has teamed up with the Sunderland Heritage Forum to offer a number of events - including talks,...
Changes on Back of Act; the Equality Act Has Had a Huge Impact on How Companies and Now Public-Sector Organisations Offer Their Goods and Services. CHRISTOPHER KNOX Went along to a Conference in the Region to See How It Is Being Received in the North East
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX THERE was much speculation that the Equality Act was to be scrapped by the Coalition Government last year when its timetable for introduction disappeared from websites. However, advocates of the Act were relieved when...
Coalfish Respond to Park's Bait
FANCYING a few hours' fishing Stephen Park popped down to the Haven where coalfish to 2lb, and decent flounder eagerly took his rag worm and mackerel cocktail. However, Michael was unable to identify one of the fish he had caught, the fish if verified...
Crisis in Emergency Care Is Almost over; A&E Cover Will Be Put in Place at Hexham
Byline: Paul Tully THE emergency care crisis which left a top Northumberland hospital without night cover 14 times in four months will be at an end by June. The recruitment of trained doctors will mean full emergency night staffing for Hexham...
Crisis in Emergency Care Is Almost over; Be Put in Place at Hexham
Byline: paul.tully Twhich left a top Northumberland hospital without night cover 14 times in four months will be at an end by June. The recruitment of trained doctors mean full emergency night staffing Hexham General Hospital from June Northumbria...
David Wells
Byline: David Wells That Friday feeling holds a little more excitement than usual for you Aries as you embark upon a couple of days that could bring some major shifts in your world, I did say shift. You're having a clear out, be fair but firm. ...
Deaths
BAIRD (Pegswood). Suddenly at home on 20th April, aged 63 years, John, beloved husband of Margaret, much loved dad of Anthony, Sharon, John, Michelle, Shane, Darron and Christopher, also dear fatherinlaw and devoted grandad. Will friends please meet...
Each Week Is a Cup Final for Hartley; HEINEKEN CUP
NORTHAMPTON captain Dylan Hartley admits every week feels like a cup final as the Saints prepare for Sunday's Heineken Cup semi-final against Perpignan. The Saints have all-but secured their place in the Premiership playoffs after beating London...
Eat It, Drink It and Blog It; Designer and Keen Cook Anna Hedworth Has Set Up Her Own Foodie Blog, the Grazer, Dedicated to All Things Food and Drink. Taste Finds out More
EVERYONE has a passion in life, something they are slightly obsessed with, and for Anna Hedworth it is cooking. But not content with just cooking and inventing new recipes she has set up an online food blog to document her life in food and drink,...
Emergency LGBT Teams Meet
THE first ever gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender conference involving the North East's three main emergency services has taken place. Around 120 people attended the event at the headquarters of Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service which featured...
Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds
IT MAY be the world's favourite sports car but it is far from being a supercar in terms of price. Billed as the most affordable cabriolet, the Mazda MX-5 is a coupe as well these days, giving its owners the best of both worlds. It comes with...
Equality Awards
EQUALITY North East has announced the launch of the 2011 North East Equality Awards. The awards, now in their eighth year, have become a prestigious event in the North East business calendar. They recognise and celebrate the good equality practice...
Falcons Put Their Vision to the Fans
Byline: Mark Smith NEWCASTLE Falcons' ownership duo met the fans this week, outlining their vision for the future for the club. Dave Thompson and Semore Kurdi were joined by captain James Hudson for an evening of questioning, and were given a fairly...
Feenan Approval Delights Collings; EVO-STIK LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION
LEE Collings is sick of telling people how good his Durham City side are, and could yet be. So he was delighted last week, when Peter Feenan was on hand to add his seal of approval. The former Blyth Spartans and Newcastle Blue Star boss used...
Find a Flavour for Foraging
Byline: SADIE PARKER IT'S a gorgeous sunny day when wild food expert Rob Caton and I head to Low Newton by the Sea in Northumberland for our next foraging trip. The beach is deserted apart from one or two dog walkers, and the view down the coast...
Grieving Mum on March for Her Son; Anger at Cuts in Number of Site Inspections
Byline: Stephen Cape THE mother of a North East man killed in an accident at work has attacked Government plans that will lead to cuts in the number of building sites inspections. Linda Whelan, whose son Craig, 23, was killed alongside another...
Guilty Verger 'Facing Very Bleak Future' No Jail Sentence for Indecent Assault
Byline: Dan Warburton ACATHEDRAL verger convicted of indecently assaulting a choirboy walked free from court yesterday. Colin James Adams, who currently works at St Nicholas' Cathedral in Newcastle, was found guilty of three counts of indecently...
Harper Happy to Take a Back Seat
Byline: Mark Douglas FIT-AGAIN Steve Harper is happy to take a back seat between now and the end of the season as Alan Pardew bids to solve his Newcastle goalkeeping dilemma. Harper returned to training on Tuesday and is fit to play at Anfield...
Harrison Lands a Massive Aldin Haul
COARSE angling continues its rich vein of form locally as best illustrated by a fantastic event which occurred on Aldin Grange, where Wayne Harrison, fishing caster and maggot, took fish after fish to fill three keep-nets with silver fish. The total...
Honed to Classy Perfection
VOLVO's stylish C70 has been around long enough to be honed almost to perfection by now, being one of the classiest and most refined models of its type on the market. The elegant shape looks right when the roof is up or down, which is a task performed...
Index Boost for Fire Service
TYNE and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has been recognised as one of the top employers in the UK, according to the latest results published by Stonewall - the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity. The service is ranked 60th in the Stonewall Workplace...
In Memoriam
IRVIN (Craghead). Treasured memories of a loving husband, dad and grandad, Dennis, died 29th April 2010, aged 72. A year has passed, remembering you is easy we do it every day, it's the heartache of losing you that never goes away. You gave us many...
Insurer Feels Draught as Profits Are Hit by Weather
Byline: Karen Dent THE cold snaps at the start and end of last year helped to push down NFU Mutual's annual profits and resulted in an underwriting loss. But the rural insurer, which last year marked its centenary, said it was confident of returning...
Kate's Farewell to Life as a Commoner
KATE Middleton waved to the crowds outside The Goring hotel last night as she made what was expected to be her final appearance before the wedding. She was greeted by hotel owner Jeremy Goring as she stepped from a black Jaguar outside the entrance...
Keeping Up with Joneses Won't Be Easy; Youngster's Battle to Walk Inspires His Family
Byline: Sarah Scott A BOY from the North East is set to take part in the Great North Run weekend despite only recently learning how to walk. Oliver Jones, of Stanhope in County Durham, has cerebral palsy after contracting meningitis when he was...
Late Father Provides Inspiration for Higgins as Epic Semi Begins; Snooker
JOHN Higgins is feeling his father's arm around him as he steps up his challenge for a fourth Betfred.com World Championship title. The Scot lost dad John snr in February after a cancer battle, and paid an emotional tribute to him after winning...
Learning Never Stops in Drive for Innovation; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE ALISON MEE
Byline: ALISON MEE IN order for our industry to stabilise and progress, despite the ongoing economic difficulties, an innovative approach is required, and innovation is to be encouraged. As professional problem solvers, when presented with a...
Legendary Keeper Wilson Is All Smiles as Charity Cycle Completed
BOB Wilson endured some tough nights at St James' Park during his decorated playing career but he was all smiles as he ended a mammoth 560-mile charity cycle in the North East yesterday. Crisscrossing the Premier League's 20 football grounds in...
Lexus IS 250C Is a Cracker of a Cabriolet
IF YOU'VE got a spare pounds 40,000 lying around doing very little, then I could just have the perfect way to spend it For the Lexus IS 250 Convertible just tops the pounds 44,000 price mark, but you get very good value for every single penny. Admittedly,...
Log on to Win a Ford KA; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
TO CELEBRATE its relaunch, Tyneside Autoparc is giving a Ford KA cabriolet away to one lucky visitor to its website. Register your details at http://www.tynesideautoparc.co.uk to be in with a chance to win. If you want to search for your ideal...
Lost Pictures Go the Long Way Home; Daughter Thrilled to Hear of Family Photos
Byline: Paul Tully JUNE Newton couldn't believe her ears when she picked up the phone and found herself speaking to a relative she hadn't heard from for 30 years. And she couldn't believe her eyes when she picked up The Journal - and found herself...
Marcus Shines for Rampant Somerset; CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND-UP
FORMER England batsman Marcus Trescothick ended the second day of Somerset's LV County Championship Division One match against Hampshire on 193 not out as they built up a 120-run lead at The Rose Bowl. Trescothick hit 28 fours and two sixes as his...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4494 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5084 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.7995 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.0744 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........12.31 ...........dollars...
Mixed News from the USA Occupies FTSE
Byline: Carmen Baylis THE UK stock market responded to mixed US economic news yesterday. The US Labour Department announced jobless claims rose by 25,000 to 429,000 over the week ended April 23. Consensus estimates were for a moderate decrease....
New Law Affects All Be Aware of Risks; the Case of a Gay Couple Who Were Told They Could Not Share a Double Bedroom at a Hotel Could Be the First of Many Brought under the Equality Act 2010, Says PAUL JOHNSTONE
Byline: PAUL JOHNSTONE THE implementation of the new general Public Sector Equality Duty, which came into force on April 5, is not only a very important development for those who work in public sector organisations. As well as those running the...
No Guarantee of Boro's Promotion
Byline: Mark Douglas Mflourish may have raised expectations of a future Riverside promotion push but Tony Mowbray has warned there are "no guarantees" they will tilting for the title next term. With just one defeat in their last games Boro are...
Open Top Motoring Is Available at Lower Cost
Byline: Chris Russon THE price of big 4x4s is continuing to rise but open-top motoring is becoming cheaper, according to motor market analysts. A survey by experts at CAP has revealed the cost of a new coupe cabriolet fell by an average of almost...
Our Campaign Wins Backing in Parliament
Byline: Andrew Hebden NORTH East MPs have backed The Journal job creation campaign in a parliamentary motion. The Journal has this week urged local firms to come together to bid to the Government's regional growth fund in our Let's Grow campaign....
Planning for Retirement; the Abolition of the Default Retirement Age Raises Major Issues for Businesses in How They Deal with Their Older Workers, Says KATHRYN ROWE
Byline: KATHRYN ROWE ACCORDING to the latest figures published by the Department of Work and Pensions, one in four people aged under 16 will live until at least the age of 100. Longevity is accelerating so rapidly that there is a clear need to...
Race Is on to Win Horse in Amazing Charity Auction; Tycoon Puts Up Prize to Help Freeman Hospital
Byline: Coreena Ford THE chance to own a Grand National racehorse for the day is up for grabs in a spectacular auction set to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for a North hospital unit. Tyneside tycoon Graham Wylie is offering people the...
Reveley's Change of Heart Reaps the Rewards as Columbus Triumphs; Racing
A LATE change of heart from Keith Reveley reaped handsome dividends at Perth yesterday as Columbus Secret signed off for the summer in style. The Saltburn handler was set to preserve the giant gelding for an autumn campaign following his authoritative...
Rum King Set for a Leicester Crown? Saraband
R ICHARD Hannon's Rum King hit the bar at Folkestone last time but can go one place better in the ladbrokescasino. com Handicap at Leicester today. The four-year-old was twice a winner as a juvenile but he paid for those successes with an unworkable...
Seaside Bistro Served Up Quality Pub Grub; TABLE FOR 3 KATHARINE CAPOCCI Brown's Salt House, Cullercoats
AFORECAST for warm, sunny weather saw us heading for the coast - along with about 10,000 other people who'd seemingly made a beeline for the same stretch of coastline. Our destination was Brown's Salt House, a laid-back bar and eaterie located within...
Signs Looking Good for Digital Systems Company
Byline: Iain Laing THE entrepreneurs behind a digital sign firm have seen it triple sales this year and are hoping next year will see even stronger growth on the back of a global deal with car giant Volvo. Louise Richley has led Jarrow-based...
Spanish Giants to Face Uefa Hearing; Mourinho Blast Lands Him in Hot Water
REAL Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is facing possible disciplinary action for his controversial comments after Wednesday's ill-tempered Champions League clash against Barcelona after Uefa yesterday announced various charges against both Spanish clubs....
Sporty Number's No Z-Lister
AUDI has one of the widest ranges of any car company, so it comes as no surprise that this includes an array of coupes and cabriolets. This includes the A3 Cabriolet, A5 Coupe, A5 Cabriolet, A7 Sportback, TT and R8. Thanks to the Audi A3 hood's...
Supper and Sing-Song on the Big Day
Byline: TOON ; COUNTRY DAVID BANKS IWRITE this column in a kitchen rank with the smell of several pounds of freshly sliced leeks and wreathed in the steam of slow-cooked chickens simmering in industrial-sized cauldrons. Bent over the sink, carefully...
Surveyors Celebrate after Gaining Top Qualifications
TWO Northumberland surveyors have achieved top professional and academic qualifications within days of each other. Andrew Jamieson and Robert Moore, who both work at George F White's Alnwick office, have moved another rung up the career ladder. ...
Syrian Ambassador Struck off Invite List; Protests See Government Change Mind
Byline: Daniel Bentley THE Syrian ambassador's invitation to the royal wedding was withdrawn yesterday as the row over his planned attendance threatened to overshadow the big day. Amid mounting criticism of the decision to include Sami Khiyami...
The Sky's the Limit When It Comes to Love
Byline: BOB CUFFE Tare on relationships. And how some work out, whilst others don't. Teesside is certainly pleased that Ant or Dec and Georgie Thompson didn't work out. Teesside likes Georgie. Very, very much. And Teesside also likes Kate. In...
Top Sellers Takes Role in Management
BENFIELD Motor Group is celebrating the promotion of one of its all-time top selling sales executives Rikki Ledger. Rikki has been promoted to the general manager's role at Benfield's flagship Renault dealership on Benfield Road, Newcastle, and...
Tory MP Battling Brain Tumour; Messages of Support for Guy Opperman
Byline: Adrian Pearson HEXHAM MP Guy Opperman is to undergo medical treatment for a brain tumour. The Conservative MP went into Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, in London, last Tuesday after feeling unwell in the House of Commons. Mr...
United 'Are Close to an Exciting Era' Taylor Feels Newcastle Can Push Ahead
STEVEN Taylor believes Newcastle United are on the verge of an exciting new era now they have completed their Premier League survival mission, writes MARK DOUGLAS. With safety all but assured, the issue of summer recruitment has suddenly shot to...
Unpopular Clegg Has Election Hope; Deputy PM Points to the Local Record
Byline: Adrian Pearson DEPUTY Prime Minister Nick Clegg is hopeful of keeping Newcastle under Lib Dem control - but admits he is making life harder for local councillors. The party leader did not visit Newcastle 1 yesterday, despite it being...
Vandal Attacks Put Museum 'On Brink' Still on despite Wrecking Spree
Vspree and caused damage totalling more than pounds 4,000 at a historic railway museum. Bowes Railway Museum, already facing difficulties after a car hit a level crossing and damaged a historic wall at the start of this month, targeted by thugs...
Walkers Set to Be at Home on the Range; near Former Rocket Base
Alift-off tomorrow with outing which skirts a former rocket base. The Blue Streak Walk to what is now RAF Spadeadam is one of 27 walks in Haltwhistle Walking Festival in Northumberland. The festival runs until May 8 and taken 500 bookings so...
We're So Incredibly Moved by Affection; Couple Say Thanks to Their Well-Wishers
Byline: Laura Elston ;Tony Jones TODAY she will become a princess, her every move watched by two billion people. But on her last day as a commoner, Kate Middleton showed no sign of nerves, smiling broadly as she ran through the meticulously-planned...
WIN Tickets to See Dylan Moran at the Journal Tyne Theatre
CULTURE Club members have the chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to see Dylan Moran at The Journal Tyne Theatre on Sunday, May 15, at 8pm. The comedian and star of TV's Black Books and film Shaun of the Dead is spreading a little happiness...

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