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 November 24, 2010

Advice Workers See Big Surge in Queries; Employment Worries Are Taking Toll
Byline: Dave Black ADVICE workers are having to deal with a major increase in queries about employment problems as the economic recession continues to take its toll on families across the North East. Advisers at the six Citizens Advice Bureau...
Ageing Aussies Scared of England - Claydon
Byline: Luke Edwards AS an Australian who accepted a British passport, Mitchell Claydon is well placed to discuss the Ashes - and he has no hesitation in picking a winner. For the first time in a generation, Australia go into an Ashes series...
A Grand Finale to Season at Derwent
AS the end of season approaches, anglers are still catching quality fish at Derwent Reservoir. North Shields rod Mr Kenny, fishing fly, spinners and bait, brought a 3lb 8oz blue and two 3lb rainbows to the net. Joe Carr, fishing Powerbait at...
Andy Suffers a Bad Day at the Office as Roger Gets Revenge
ANDY Murray blamed a bad day at the office as his winning run against Roger Federer came to a shuddering halt at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London yesterday. Hopes were high the Scot could make it three wins in a row against the world...
Belting out Brass with the Very Best
SOMEONE once told me that playing a musical instrument is like riding a bike, an instinctive skill that will just come back no matter how many years you go without practice. Walking on to the stage of Hall One at The Sage Gateshead to perform in...
Business Leaders Back Extra Public Holiday Plans
BUSINESS leaders have given a warm welcome to the extra public holiday next year to mark the Royal wedding. Prime Minister David Cameron has confirmed that April 29, the date that Prince William and Kate Middleton tie the knot, will be a public...
Carroll's Carrying Too Big a Burden; Unfair Pressure on Andy - Butt
Byline: Simon Marshall NICKY Butt has branded the pressure being piled upon Andy Carroll as "unfair" and is afraid the Newcastle striker could end up being damaged by all the expectation. Butt shared the St James' Park dressing room with Carroll...
Cash Problem to the Tune of Pounds 35m
Byline: Karen Dent SHARES in the world's biggest banknote printer have plummeted after it revealed this summer's production crisis cost it pounds 35m. De La Rue, which prints money for the Bank of England plus around 150 other currencies and...
Celebrating Business Success in North East England
The Journal, Evening Gazette and Business & Enterprise North East are passionate about business in our region and we want you to be too. The North East Business Awards are now in their 11th year of the regional format and at their heart are the...
Compromise of Captaincy Announced; Dale Benkenstein and Phil Mustard Will Share the Durham Captaincy Next Season. Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards Applauds a Victory for Common Sense
THEY are chalk and cheese, ying to the others yang, yet Dale Benkenstein and Phil Mustard will combine next summer in a bid to lead Durham County Cricket Club out of a slump. As characters, Benkenstein and Mustard are at opposite ends of the spectrum,...
Council Scheme to Encourage Small Businesses to Town
STOCKTON Council has launched a scheme to increase the number of commercial properties it can offer to small businesses it says is looking to move into the town. One new business development about to take shape is the restoration of Thornaby Town...
Countdown T to Top Begun Awards Has B
THERE is less than a month to go to ensure your company is in the running to be named the best in the business. Entries have been pouring in for the region's biggest and most prestigious business competition which highlights and rewards the success...
David Wells
A correlation between a confusing union from Jupiter and Mars suggests you may not be confident enough to make this leap of faith that's been shoved under your nose Aries. Surely some mistake, lack of confidence? You? Never. You don't have to join...
Deaths
HARDY (Corbridge). Peacefully at Charlotte Straker on 18th November 2010, aged 82 years, Rene, loving aunt to Elizabeth, Jean, Russell, Stephen, Ian, Gillian, Frazer and the late Raymond, much loved sister to the late Bob and Tom. Rene will be sadly...
Double Trouble in Classic Comedy
TELEVISION sitcoms are always popular with viewers. A 2004 BBC poll revealed Only Fools and Horses to be Britain's favourite sitcom while Last of the Summer Wine, with its universal themes of foolishness and community, became the longest-running sitcom...
Drug Checks in Place, Insists England Coach
MARTIN Johnson is confident England will avoid the kind of drugs scandal which has hit South Africa because of the Rugby Football Union's diligent anti-doping programme. Springboks Bjorn Basson and Chiliboy Ralepelle were sent home from the tour after...
Eagles Can Tame the Tigers - Blake; Chief Confident of Success in Mersey Mission
PAUL Blake reckons the Newcastle Eagles have proved they have the bottle to enter the Mersey Tigers' lair and emerge with their BBL Cup dreams intact. The in-form Eagles travel to the Echo Arena tonight looking to preserve a seven-point advantage...
Equity Firm Lands Stake in Specialist Recruitment
Byline: Iain Laing UNW dealmaker Paul Kaiser has completed his first major transaction since returning to the North East having advised recruitment consultant Nigel Wright Group on a substantial multi-million pound investment by a US private equity...
Evans to Face His Toughest Test Yet
JONNY Evans has admitted he is facing the biggest challenge of his Manchester United career. The 22-year-old former Sunderland loan star is expecting a recall for tonight's Champions League clash with Rangers at Ibrox after Sir Alex Ferguson opted...
Fear Pounds 17m River Plan May Not Hold Water; MP's Concerns over Future of Flood Scheme
Byline: William Green THE future of a pounds 17m scheme to defend Morpeth from flooding is highly uncertain, an MP has warned. Wansbeck's Ian Lavery has sounded the alarm after writing to Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman several weeks ago,...
Fightback Spares Blues' Euro Blushes; Chelsea. 2 MSK Zilina ............................................. 1
CHELSEA fought back against MSK Zilina to preserve their 100% record in the Champions League and ease the pressure on under-fire boss Carlo Ancelotti thanks to second-half goals from Daniel Sturridge and Florent Malouda. Ancelotti's side had trailed...
Filled with Horror by Website Vote Abortion Couple
I'M a pro-choice advocate. It's been my stance since I was young. Too many young girls and women find themselves in situations which would be terrible for them and future babies if they continued with a pregnancy. Having said that, I have a huge respect...
Fury over Huge Rail Fare Hikes
TRAIN companies were condemned last night after announcing that rail fares would rise by an inflation-busting 6.2% in the new year, with some travellers facing rises of nearly 13%. Commuters in Kent and Sussex bore the brunt of the sharp increases...
Game Cleans Up Its Image
JOHN Higgins feels snooker is in safe hands now there is no longer any room in the sport for "grey areas" in terms of discipline. Three-time world champion Higgins made his comeback to professional competition earlier this month after serving a...
Gateshead in No Rush to Replace Kay
Byline: Stuart Rayner IAN Bogie will not be pushed into a panic signing by Michael Kay's decision to return to Sunderland. With positive news on the fitness of key Gateshead defenders James Curtis and Paul Heckingbottom, manager Bogie may not...
Good Planning Is in Your Interest; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Byline: Martyn Kendrick CURRENT economic conditions mean that business owners in the North East need to be more aware than ever of the impact that market movements could have on their business. A key area of consideration for businesses when...
Great Feat on Road to OZ; Tycoon Helps Pair Raise Cash for Paralysed Pal
ARRIVING in Australia without spending a penny on transport, these two students broke a charity record - thanks to Sir Richard Branson. Durham University's Tom Cox and Dave Binns hitchhiked all the way to Sydney after the billionaire tycoon stepped...
Gunners Misfire in Shock Loss to Braga; Braga 2 Arsenal 0
ARSENAL suffered a shock 2-0 Champions League defeat to Braga at the Estadio Municipal last night. The Gunners, beaten by rivals Tottenham on Saturday, had been top of Group H and thrashed the Portuguese side 6-0 in their opening fixture. However,...
Home Care Firm Ready for the Cold Snap
Byline: Iain Laing HOMESERVE has reported another half-year of strong growth and expects to benefit from the cold snap, as it receives more calls to repair broken boilers and burst pipes. The home maintenance and insurance firm is bracing itself...
House Prices to Avoid Big Falls - Nationwide
Byline: Iain Laing NATIONWIDE Building Society has predicted UK house prices would avoid the hefty falls seen in 2008 despite buyer confidence being hit by government spending cuts. The mortgage giant said the likelihood of low interest rates...
Jones Tipped to Erase Fiji Nightmare
FORMER Wales captain Ryan Jones has been backed to make a full recovery from what he described as "the worst 20 minutes" of his rugby career. Jones is battling to make Wales' matchday 22 for their Millennium Stadium appointment with New Zealand...
Kaymer Rejects Us Tour Chance to Stay Much Closer to Home; Golf
A momentous time for European golf just got even better - Martin Kaymer has followed Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy in turning down membership of the American PGA Tour next season. The sport's newest major champion made his decision known yesterday...
Kitchen Firm Is Rocking out with Unique Piano
Byline: Christopher Knox AKITCHEN manufacturer is looking to get back on track after an unusual collaboration with the designer of a piano which rocks and which has already received interest from some of the country's biggest musicians. North...
Langer Is Batting for the Aussies
AUSTRALIA batting coach Justin Langer has dismissed suggestions England have the stronger top order heading into the Ashes. Langer, who was appointed to the role in November last year, has not had it easy through the first 12 months of his tenure,...
Laughs by the Boatload with Canadian Comic
Stewart Francis at The Journal Tyne Theatre AS one-liner comedians go, Canadian Stewart Francis is up there in the top one. More family-friendly than Jimmy Carr (although a gag involving his parents' wedding photo could rival him for sickness),...
Law Firm Helps Sculpture Artists
LAW firm Ward Hadaway is helping award-winning artists on an Unusual sculpture project in the North West. The Newcastle firm's creative industries team has advised arts practice Unusual on its latest public art commission in Salford Quays in Manchester...
Left-Armer Won't Worry Kevin
STUART Broad does not expect Kevin Pietersen to be flustered by Australia's decision to include a left-arm spinner in their Ashes line-up. Pietersen has endured a rocky time for England over the last year and a half, conspicuously failing to live...
Leighton's Trip Fits the Bill; Police Station Visit Treat for Cancer Sufferer
Byline: Kerry Wood YOUNG cancer sufferer Leighton Cook got to play real life cops and robbers during a memorable brush with the law. From police radios and flashing lights to mugshot photos and cells, nothing was out-of-bounds for the courageous...
Magpies Roll the Disciplinary Dice; Williamson to Appeal FA Ban: Magpies to Roll the Disciplinary Dice
Byline: stuart.rayner NEWCASTLE United will today take their chances with the Football Association's disciplinary system. Win, and Mike Williamson will be available to face Chelsea on Sunday. Lose, and the unsung hero of the Magpies' season might...
Manning: We Can Match Champions; Falcons Ace Up for Tigers Test
NEWCASTLE full-back Jeremy Manning insists his team fear nobody as they prepare to visit Aviva Premiership champions Leicester on Saturday. The Kiwi was at the heart of the Falcons' 12-6 triumph over form side Gloucester on Sunday, and sees no reason...
May Relaxes New Immigration Rules; Business Wins Argument over Transfers
Byline: Wesley Johnson HOME Secretary Theresa May last night denied businesses would seek to exploit a loophole in the Government's new immigration rules that will allow firms to bring an unlimited number of employees to the United Kingdom for less...
Means-Tested Day Care for the Elderly; Hundreds Face Being Charged for Service
Byline: Neil McKay HUNDREDS of elderly, disabled and disadvantaged people across Durham face being charged for using day care centres. Day units are attached to residential homes for older people. Day services are provided to offer support to...
Mike Brushes Up with a Spurt of Royalist Fervour; DAVID WHETSTONE Talks to Mike Clay Whose Paintings Tell of Fun and Games
The Queen, Prince Charles and the late Queen Mother feature in Sunderland artist Mike Clay's latest body of work, which seems timely given the current royal wedding hoo-ha. But it wasn't William and Kate's forthcoming nuptials that were the spur...
My Hit and Run Horror; Injured Boy Attacked by Car Passenger
Byline: Liz Lamb ATEENAGER was left traumatised after he was struck by a car in a hit-and-run incident - then attacked by an angry passenger in the vehicle. Jamie Chapman was hit by the BMW as he crossed the road to his grandparents' home on...
NBSL - Supporting the Region; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
IN UNCERTAIN economic times it is more critical than ever to ensure that business owners and their strategic managers are trained to the highest standards. Let's face it; you've worked hard to get to where you are, you recognise the value of training...
New Base to Be Firm's Ideal HQ
Byline: Iain Laing TRAINING company Harper Co has signed up to 4,420sqft of highspecification office space at Merchant Court in Monkton Business Park, South Tyneside, for its new headquarters. King Sturge's agency department let the offices on...
New-Look Venues to Host 50th RSC Season
THE Royal Shakespeare Company has unveiled its new-look theatres in Stratford-upon-Avon. Its flagship Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the adjoining Swan Theatre have been transformed over three-and-a-half years at a cost of pounds 112.8m. A preview...
North Euro MP Leads Party; Callanan Says Irish Bail out Causes Concern
Byline: William Green ANORTH East Euro-MP has been elected his party's leader on the continent - and launched a withering attack on the European project. Martin Callanan yesterday became one of the most influential British Tories after being...
North Korea Shell Attacks Condemned; Soldiers Killed amid Threats of ''Merciless'' Strikes
Byline: Andrew Woodcock BRITAIN last night strongly condemned North Korea's shelling of an island in South Korea. Foreign Secretary William Hague urged Pyongyang to refrain from further "unprovoked" attacks. At least one South Korean marine was...
Only the Best for Region's Youngsters; More Expertise for Children in Hospital
Byline: Helen Rae CHILDREN and young adults in need of specialist medical care are set to benefit from a pioneering partnership between hospital trusts in the region. Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and County Durham and Darlington NHS...
People on the Move
This is a free service. Send good- quality colour photographs and particulars to Business Desk, The Journal, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED or iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk WEALTH management group Barclays Wealth has appointed JACKIE RAILSTON as a private...
Pledges on Keeping Tabs on Every Sheep and Goat in EU
Byline: Karen Dent FARMING Minister Jim Paice says he is encouraged that the European Commission will be pragmatic over implementing the rules on the compulsory Electronic Identification of Sheep (EID), after meeting Europe's health and consumer...
Pool on the Road to Third Away Win
Tranmere ........................................0 Hartlepool .......................................1 HARTLEPOOL United enjoyed their third away win of the season - and a fifth clean sheet on the road of the campaign - as they won at Tranmere Rovers...
Proof Costello's in Fine Form; LINGFIELD
DOUGIE Costello has been a far more frequent sighting on the southern circuit this year, and he maintained his buoyant form with a successful visit to Lingfield. A link-up with Devon trainer Neil Mulholland has become increasingly useful for the...
Providing Expertise to Ideas-Rich Companies
Byline: John Hill AFTER 18 years at Durham University technology spin-out Bede, Dr Neil Loxley resigned from his role as chief executive in January 2006. Rather than settle into another role with a single company, Dr Loxley decided to spread...
Ramp Firm Takes Its Business Southwards
Byline: John Hill DISABILITY ramp manufacturer Easiaccess has opened a new warehouse in Doncaster to allow it to increase its market share across the UK. The company has its main office and warehouse in Dunston, and has seen turnover increase...
Rangers Boss Wary of Rooney's Threat
WALTER Smith is praying for a rusty Wayne Rooney when the Manchester United striker is unleashed on Rangers in their Champions League Group C clash tonight. However, the Ibrox boss (pictured right) knows his side could find themselves up against...
Rehman Keeping Pakistan in Hunt
ABDUR Rehman grabbed two wickets after tea to cap a fine individual effort with bat and ball on day four of the second Test - and ensure South Africa did not get too far ahead of Pakistan by the close. The slow left-armer ended with three for 73...
Renewed Optimism for Property Market Recovery
Byline: Iain Laing HOPES of recovery in the region's commercial property market have been boosted by a new report showing the second consecutive sector of growth. Investment activity across the North East and Cumbria rose again in the third quarter...
Repeated Growth for North H East's Hotel Industry
WHILE many businesses related to the leisure industry are still struggling to drag themselves free of the downturn, hoteliers in the region are enjoying a boom in trade. Figures from marketing agency NewcastleGateshead Initiative show that hotel...
Rowing Club Mines Rich Seam of Funds
ATHRIVING Northumberland rowing club is looking forward to a good start to its next century afloat after winning a grant from a North East firm to pay for two new racing boats. Members of Cambois Rowing Club, which celebrates its centenary next...
Rural Office Market Feels the Effects of Slowdown in Economy; WHILE the Urban Office Market Is Still Struggling to Recover in the North East the Picture in the Countryside May Be Even Less Encouraging. IAN PARKER, Consultant in National Markets-Offices for GVA Grimley in Newcastle, Finds out Why
Byline: IAN PARKER NORTHUMBERLAND is a typical rural county with large areas of moorland, hills, valleys and forests, whereas the urban South East comprises 5% of the land area but accommodates in excess of 50% of the county population. The extensive...
Schoolchildren to Join Rally over Cuts; Tuition Fees Protest Sparks Safety Fears
Byline: Andrew Glover HUNDREDS of schoolchildren from across the North East are expected to walk out of lessons today to protest against education cuts. A rally will be held by students at Old Eldon Square in Newcastle at lunchtime to protest...
Schools at Top of Their Class; Ofsted Names Region's Best Schools and Childcare Providers
Byline: Nicola Juncar DOZENS of schools around the North East have been named among the best in the country. The 24 schools are joined by more than 50 childcare providers around the region named in the annual report by education watchdog Ofsted....
Sergeant Cleared of Assaulting Teenager; Accused of Hitting Girl, 13, with Leash
ALONG serving Northumberland police sergeant was last night cleared of assaulting and threatening a 13-year-old girl. Neil Mutch, a custody suite and patrol sergeant with Northumbria Police, faced charges of common assault and using threatening...
Sponsoring Worthy Awards Scheme
ALASTAIR MacColl is the Chief Executive of Business & Enterprise North East: "This is the fourth year that we have supported these prestigious awards. They have become such an integral part of the North East business calendar, highlighting the...
Spurs Duo Doubtful for Euro Cruncher
TOTTENHAM'S hopes of sealing qualification for the Champions League knockout phase with a game to spare suffered a blow last night when star men Rafael van der Vaart and Gareth Bale emerged as injury doubts for tonight's clash with Werder Bremen. ...
Strauss Is Up for the Fight, Insists Cook
ANDREW Strauss will relish the prospect of being Australia's number one Ashes target this winter. One by one, each member of Ricky Ponting's team has queued up over the past week to nominate the England captain as the man they are out to undermine....
Taking the Praise from All Quarters
Byline: JAMES RAMSBOTHAM IT has to be one of the better dilemmas. Do you go to London in the hope of collecting a national accolade for your company or do you stay in the North East to see if you are heralded by your peers? Darren Williams, who...
The North East Hotels Association
AS well as managing the Thistle Middlesbrough Hotel, Damon Roberts acts as chairman of the re-launched North East Hotels Association (NEHA), which helps hoteliers in the region share information, as well as holding a number of networking events. ...
Trains on Track to Be Built in Region
BUSINESS and political leaders are hoping Ministers could this week approve plans for a fleet of new trains to be built in the North East. A Parliamentary reception showcasing County Durham's business credentials was yesterday told that an announcement...
TT2 Celebrates Success of Its First Female Apprentice; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
TYNE Tunnel operator TT2 is celebrating the success of its first female apprentice. Claire Graham, 25, from South Shields is on course to complete her Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrotechnical Services at Newcastle College this month. She is one...
Two New Recruits Swell the Ranks at Accountancy Firm
PWC has appointed Melanie Malsbury as tax partner after a career which has taken her to the accountancy firm's offices across the country. She worked at the Inland Revenue as a tax inspector before joining Price Waterhouse in 1990. She has worked...
Under Pressure Leader Denies Clining to Power
IRELAND'S Taoiseach Brian Cowen was last night accused of clinging to power after he refused to bring forward next month's Budget and the new year general election. Under enormous pressure within the Dail (parliament) and his own party to resign,...
United Boss in Red Card Fury; Abbott's Blast as 10-Man Cumbrians Can Only Draw
Carlisle 1 Rochdale 1 C ONTENTIOUS decisions dogged Carlisle United for the second game in a row as they were reduced to ten men with half an hour still to play, but they dug deep to earn a hard-earned point against Rochdale. Manager Greg Abbott...
Vhujon Looks a Good Bet in Digibet
Byline: Saraband VHUJON has been knocking on the door on the all-weather this autumn, and his time can finally come in the Digibet Handicap at Kempton. The David Evans-trained fiveyear-old was part of the Paul Hanagan-Richard Hughes title battle...
Wagging Tails All Round over Ruling; Dog Walkers Delighted over Beach Ban 'No'
Byline: Dave Black BEACHES along Northumberland's stunning coastline look certain to remain open to dog lovers amid fears that a ban would hit the tourism industry. Hundreds of people signed protest petitions after a major review of dog control...
Welbeck Refuses to Commit to Cats; Welbeck Won't Yet Commit to Black Cats
DANNY Welbeck has admitted four months at the Stadium of Light have done more for his career than staying at Manchester United could - but has stopped short of saying he would like to grant Steve Bruce's wish and make the move permanent, writes STUART...
We'll Need People after the Recession
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK IHAVE spent the last few weeks looking at the impact of the coalition government policies on the land property and construction sectors, giving a macro view. The outlook is tough and I was therefore delighted to learn of a...
We Mustn't Let Irish Crisis Bring Down Firms
Byline: ANDREW MILLER IRELAND'S decision to accept external financial assistance has dominated the headlines this week. This is the second time this year that euro-area sovereign debt concerns have erupted, hitting not only fixed income but also...
Why Demise of the Pub Is a Calamity
Byline: BOB SENIOR AS we approach Christmas, the money that will ring through supermarket tills will rack up yet more profits for the big four supermarket chains. Even in the throes of the worst global recession in decades, all the major players...
William and Kate's Spring Wedding Date; an Extra Public Holiday as Couple Tie the Knot
Byline: Nell Stone PRINCE William and Kate Middleton will marry in Westminster Abbey on Friday, April 29 next year - and millions of workers and schoolchildren will get the day off to celebrate. The couple were said to be "completely over the...
Workforce Axed as Firm Fails to Recover
Byline: Karen Dent PUBLIC spending cuts have helped push a North East recruitment and marketing business into administration with the loss of almost all staff. Stockton-based Pearson Advertising & Marketing Ltd, which also has an office in Seaton...
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