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 September 30, 2010

A Games Full of Regional Potential
Byline: PAUL WILLIAMSON THE striking thing about major events is the way they can bring people together around a common purpose with a sense of belonging, in a way that is often hard to replicate. This is particularly true of sporting events,...
A Grand a Day for the Skills of a Man; Council Faced with Axing Workers Pays Consultant Big Money
Byline: Brian Daniel A CASH strapped council has been shelling out more than pounds 1,110 a day for the work of one man, The Journal can reveal. Northumberland County Council has been paying pounds 1,175 for every day that consultant Keith Ireland...
All Creatures Great and Small on Stage; A WORLD Premiere Is Taking Place in Durham Tonight. BARBARA HODGSON Talks to the Actor Who's Bringing the Nation's Favourite Vet to Life on Stage
Byline: BARBARA HODGSON WHILE finishing touches - and they involve plenty of hay apparently - are being made to the stage at Gala Theatre, actor Ben Ingles has time from a brief break. It's his first time working in the region and he's looking...
Another Night of Living on the Edge; Spurs Go through the Emotions
Tottenham Hotspur 4 FC Twente 1 TOTTENHAM'S Champions League rollercoaster rattled on last night as Jekyll-and-Hyde performances from Rafael van der Vaart and the match officials saw them beat FC Twente. On a night of torrential rain and high drama...
Appeal Is Made on Wind Farm Plans; Developer Says Lack of Decision Forced Its Hand
Byline: Brian Daniel DEVELOPERS hoping to build a controversial wind farm are taking their plans out of local control after a council failed to decide on it. RWE npower renewables has appealed over Northumberland County Council's failure to decide...
Art Fair Highlights
A RECORD number of national galleries are taking space, showing an extensive range of unique art works - paintings, sculpture, ceramics, photographs and glass - with price tags ranging from under pounds 100 to several thousands. Around 10,000 visitors...
Attend Meetings without Travelling; WOULD You Turn Down an Offer of Free Office and Display Space? JOHN HILL Talks to the Teesside Team Who Are Offering Small Businesses a Chance to Set Up Home in a Virtual World
HAVE you seen how expensive it is to get a train down the spine of the country these days? It hardly seems worth it if you're skulking down to a meeting with clients or other folks in your company, only to say about five or six words and slither back...
A Very Public Speaker; John Bercow Reaches out to North Students
Byline: Amy Hunt COMMONS Speaker John Bercow paid a visit to the North East yesterday as part of a drive to get more people interested in politics. Mr Bercow met young people at an event at St James' Park to find out what they think of what goes...
A Very Warm Welcome
WE are delighted to welcome you to the fourth NewcastleGateshead Art Fair at The Sage Gateshead. The Art Fair's profile has attracted a record number of national galleries exhibiting this year. Individual artists and galleries will be gathering...
Beef Exports on the Rise as Production Increases
Byline: Karen Dent BEEF farmers are being buoyed by news that British exports increased by almost a third during July and figures for the year to date are well above last year's levels. The statistics, published in the English Beef and Lamb Executive's...
Big Guns Missing - but Still Tough
WELSH sprinter Christian Malcolm has predicted that the race for Commonwealth Games gold will still be intense without the big guns. A procession of big names, led by Jamaican superstars Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, will not be in Delhi when the games...
BP's New Boss Tries to Restore Confidence
Byline: Iain Laing OIL giant BP's incoming chief executive took the first steps in rebuilding shattered confidence in the group yesterday when he announced plans for a new safety division with sweeping powers. Bob Dudley, who takes over from embattled...
Brotherly Miliband Bows out for Now; MP Stresses Commitment to Shields Job
Byline: William Green DAVID Miliband last night confirmed he was quitting frontline politics to give his brother Ed a "free hand" as Labour leader. The South Shields MP said he feared "destructive" attempts to find division between him and his...
Change Is Inevitable - and Can Often Be Good
Byline: GAVIN BLACK IN the current economic climate, only one thing is certain - things have got to change. Since the election, the media has been obsessed with the imminent changes, portraying them as largely negative and highlighting the uncertainty...
Charity Venture Not as Daft as Its Name
Byline: Brian Daniel AMILLIONAIRE businessman has visited a Northumberland school as part of his new charity venture. Brian Burnie, 66, was at Haydon Bridge's Shaftoe Trust First School through his Daft as a Brush cancer initiative. Earlier this...
Chief Whip Is Ditched as Ed Gets 'Ruthless' Newcastle MP Forced out of Frontline Job
Byline: William Green LABOUR leader Ed Miliband yesterday risked splits in his own ranks after ruthlessly forcing Newcastle MP Nick Brown out of frontline politics. The Newcastle East MP had expressed confidence that he would win the contest...
Clumber Is a Filly for the New Season
Byline: ASHLEY IVESON CLUMBER Place continued her excellent run of form by recording her third successive win in the Freebetting With freebetting.co.uk Fillies' Handicap at soggy Newcastle, writes ASHLEY IVESON. Richard Guest's filly was largely...
Commuters Stalled by Leak from Bus; Driver Praised for Safe End to Road Threat
Byline: Joanne Butcher ASLICK of diesel caused problems for commuters in the North East yesterday when roads were closed for more than two hours. After a bus fuel tank ruptured, leaving a trail of fuel on the road from Gateshead's bus Interchange...
Contemporary Art Is Centre Stage at Fair
THE NewcastleGateshead Art Fair is the launch pad for the new North East branch of the national Contemporary Art Society. The Contemporary Art Society is a national membership organisation, bringing together individuals, institutions and organisations,...
Cumbria Is Fertile for Tait
Byline: Matt Leslie FALCONS boss Alan Tait is going back to his roots in his bid to unearth new talent for the club. Tait has his sights targeted in a westerly direction with Cumbria targeted as an area ripe for picking. The area has produced...
Cuts Could Put New Pressure on Bus Services
Byline: Dave Black DWINDLING local bus services in Northumberland towns and villages could be put under further pressure by the coalition Government's squeeze on public spending, it was claimed yesterday. Concerns have been voiced recently about...
Deaths
BROWN (Longhoughton). Suddenly on 24th September 2010, aged 52 years young, Alan Stewart (Azzy, retired R.A.F. Technician), adored husband of Sherri, precious and much loved dad of Sasha, JaimieeLynne and Cecilia, dear son of Freda and brother of Aileen....
Demand for Tickets Is Back on Track at FirstGroup
DEMAND for first-class train travel at transport giant FirstGroup is recovering to levels not seen since the recession struck. The Aberdeen-based firm reported "encouraging signs" for all its more expensive rail fares - helping train passenger revenues...
Dicksons Win Asda Contract
BUTCHERS shop chain Dicksons has won a major listing with supermarket giants Asda to sell its new range of pies, pastries and sausages. The 57-year-old firm, which has around 220 staff at its 20 shops and headquarters in South Shields, South Tyneside,...
Discovering Your Baby Will Be a Down's Child Can Be a Positive Life Development; HOW Would You React If You Were Told Your Unborn Baby Had Down's Syndrome? MIEKA SMILES Talks to One Mum about the Shock Diagnosis and the Centre That Helped Her Make a Life-Changing Decision
IHAD the test with a view to terminate," says Mandy Peart. Mandy and her husband Stephen, 52, discovered their unborn baby had Down's syndrome after a routine test at 13 weeks. After an initial assessment, which looked at risk factors such as maternal...
Doctor Is Struck off for 'Exploiting' MS Sufferers
A DOCTOR struck off by the General Medical Council for exploiting vulnerable multiple sclerosis sufferers could face legal action by hundreds of patients throughout the UK. Solicitors Leigh Day & Co said it was looking into the possibility of...
Doug Builds Up to Medal Glory; Doug Clark Has Been a Bricklayer, an International Footballer and Badminton Player, and Is Studying to Be a Chartered Surveyor. but the Northumbria University Student Tells Stuart Rayner What He Really Wants to Be: A Commonwealth Games Winner
THIS week was supposed to mark the first chapter in the next phase of a life which has already taken in international football and working as a bricklayer. But before Doug Clark studies to be a chartered surveyor, the 33-year-old has his third Commonwealth...
Energy Experts Expect New Surge in Fortunes
Byline: Christopher Knox ENVIRONMENTAL and engineering consultancy Entec UK has blamed the recession for an pounds 8m fall in revenues as well as its decision to axe 74 staff across the country. The Newcastle firm has highlighted a difficult...
Eutechnyx Win Race to Design NASCAR Game
Byline: Iain Laing THE frighteningly fast stock car races run by multibillion dollar US firm Nascar is a quintessentially American phenomenon fuelled by the ardent support of 75 million fans. And the passionate excitement generated by this big,...
Fear Son's Killers Won't Face Justice; Adjournment to Trial Leads to New Worry
Byline: Robert Weatherall THE FATHER of a soldier killed in Iraq has said he fears his son's killers may never face justice. The trial of two of the men accused of killing servicemen Simon Miller and Paul Long was due to start in Baghdad yesterday....
Fox Furious at Leak of Warning Letter; Minister Set out Fears over Impact of Cuts
Byline: Ben Padley DEFENCE Secretary Liam Fox said yesterday he was "appalled" that his private warnings to the Prime Minister over the "grave consequences" of impending savage spending cuts were leaked to the media. He expressed his anger as...
Free to Be Flexible; IN These Challenging Times, Entrepreneurship Is More Important Than Ever. Each Week We're Asking a "Parentpreneur" - Someone Who Started Their Own Business after Having Children - to Tell Us How They Got Where They Are and Where They Hope to Be
Frances Chalmers, 39, is the founder of Exclusive Footwear, an online and shop-based shoe business for men, women and children. She is mum to Alexander, five, and Christopher, three, and is married to Raymond, her business partner. Frances divides...
Furniture Company Branches out into the Virtual World
IF companies around the North East are going to be setting up offices in the virtual world, it follows that they'll be wanting to virtually furnish them as well. That sounds like a job for Newcastle design company Deadgood, who are hoping to provide...
Gangs Will Not Become Part of the City; Judge Tells 'NE2 Crew' Stiff Sentences Will Be a Deterrent
Byline: Sophie Doughty AGANG of robbers who terrorised victims with a fake gun have been jailed for a total of 22 years. The Tyneside teenagers who called themselves the NE2 Crew were behind two armed attacks and boasted online about their activities....
Garden Cuts Staff and Opening Hours; Forty Posts Go in Three-Day Week Scheme
Byline: Karen Dent AROUND 40 jobs are likely to be lost as a result of a partial closure of the landmark Alnwick Garden visitor attraction over the winter. Consultation started yesterday with the Garden's 144 staff following the announcement...
Getting Too Involved in Things [.]
Byline: DAVID WELLS Getting too involved in things that aren't your business isn't a problem, you know when to walk away but what happens when someone gets a little beaky about what's going on in your nest, your love nest in particular? Beak off....
...He Completed the Job; Hero PC David Rathband Was There to Break Bad News to a Family and Was There to Support Them at an Inquest Yesterday. He Has Been Blinded, But
Byline: Paul Tully AGRIEVING father who received comforted from the policeman shot by Raoul Moat has joined the officer's charity campaign in recognition of the kindness he showed after a double-death tragedy. PC David Rathband was the family...
Homer but Not Dry; Rain Fails to Dampen Tribute to Famed Artist
Byline: Tony Henderson GREY was the colour of the day yesterday as Tyneside artist Linda Marriott followed in the footsteps of famous American painter Winslow Homer. Linda's role in a day of events at Cullercoats in North Tyneside was to paint views...
If You Have a Heart Attack, Have It Here; Patients in North East Have Best Chance of Survival
Byline: Robert Weatherall HEART attack patients in the North East have a better chance of surviving than anywhere else in the country, figures reveal today. Cardiac experts at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital have been highlighted for leading the...
Insiders' Insight; BUYING or Viewing Art Can Seem like a Daunting Prospect If It's All New to You. Art Fair Directors ANDY BALMAN and VINCENT WOODS Provide a Guide to Prospective Buyers
Contrary to the economic downturn, the art market is strong Buy art because you really like it - not because you think it will make you lots of money, as there is no such thing as a guaranteed investment Don't worry about making a mistake the first...
Jordan Is Handed a Big Clubs Warning; JORDAN HANDED A BIG CLUBS WARNING
Byline: Stuart Rayner JORDAN Henderson has been warned to resist the lure of the big clubs and continue learning his trade at Sunderland. The 20-year-old midfielder has made an impressive start to the Premier League season, catching the attention...
Judge City in Six Months, Says Mancini; Italian Hopes for Signs of Progress against Juve
ROBERTO Mancini faces a club close to his heart admitting it will take another six months to shape Manchester City in his own image. The Italian manager is aiming to get the better of Juventus tonight in the glamour Europa League group match at...
Leader Ed Hails 'Gracious and Thoughtful Decision'
ED Miliband last night hailed his brother David's decision to quit the shadow cabinet as a "thoughtful and gracious" decision, adding that the door was open for him to return to Labour's frontline. Speaking on the steps of the Midland Hotel at the...
Lots to Love about an Empty Nest; THOUSANDS of Parents Have Been Holding Back the Tears as They Drop off Their Youngest at University and Return to an Empty Nest. but Having a Broodless Abode Can Have Its Advantages. SAM WONFOR Offers Five
Feel free to book weekend breaks and enjoy the romance of Paris, the bustle of London, the tranquillity of the Lake District or the historic wonder of Rome without worrying about returning home to find your armchair in the pond, a moustache on your...
Madine Aiming to Be a Better Listener Stuart Rayner; Hat-Trick Hints at Striker's Potential If He Learns from Mistakes
Byline: Stuart Rayner GARY Madine says he is finally starting to listen to manager Greg Abbott as the troubled Carlisle United striker tries to become "a better person". The Birtley-born forward scored his first senior hat-trick in Tuesday's...
Mother Drove Drunk at 2.15 in the Afternoon
A DRUNK mother, who was more than four times over the drink-drive limit, crashed her car with three children in the back - in the middle of the afternoon. Debra Allan had downed a huge amount of alcohol when she packed her Ford Fiesta with youngsters...
'Museum in Limbo' Needs Long-Term Plan
Byline: Dave Black AWORKING group is being set up to help plan the long-term future of a unique treasure trove which charts centuries of social history in a Northumberland town. The 1,000-strong collection of artefacts and archives held by the...
North Village Gets a Taste of Hollywood; Adaptation of Book Filmed in the Region
Byline: Lucy Roue HOLLYWOOD stardust has been sprinkled over a Northumberland village during filming of a new ITV drama. Award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn - who has won a Bafta and twice been nominated for an Oscar during a long film career...
Now Showing
EAT PRAY LOVE (PG) Liz's marriage to Stephen (Billy Crudup) ends in acrimony and she seeks temporary refuge with best friend Delia (Viola Davis) before pursuing a divorce. A brief dalliance with an actor called David (James Franco) convinces her to...
One out, One in as Vipers Are Reshaped; ICE HOCKEY
THE revolving door at Newcastle Vipers has been in full swing with one going out and another coming in ahead of tomorrow's clash at Elite League new-boys Braehead Clan. Out has gone defenceman Rob Wilson with Dean Holland making his way back to...
Onuoha's Just Enjoying Playing Again
Byline: STUART RAYNER NEDUM Onuoha has thanked Sunderland for reminding him what it is like to be a footballer, writes STUART RAYNER. If as expected the 23-year-old keeps his place at home to Manchester United on Saturday he will already have...
Painting a Picture of North in the USA; Actors Ready for the Bright Lights of Broadway
Byline: Tony Henderson THE bright lights of Broadway will be shining down on the Pitmen Painters tonight at the gala opening of the North East play in New York. After weeks of Press preview shows in the Big Apple, the production that tells the...
Plans for 400 New Jobs at Former Retail Store
Byline: Peter McCusker AROUND 400 new jobs could be created with a London-based investor's purchase of the former ILVA furniture warehouse in Gateshead and unveiling of plans to turn into a supermarket and destination retail outlet. Trilogy Developments,...
Plan Will Introduce Unique Transport Services
A TEESSIDE transport group has announced a five-year plan to build up its base in Doncaster, which will include acquiring new premises and could lead to the creation of jobs. Billingham-based Nicholson Group will also introduce a number of new services...
Reap the Rewards of International Trading
Byline: DAVID COPPOCK THE UK has a long and proud history as a trading nation and is a world leader in many sectors, exporting its expertise globally in the creative industries, business and professional services, aerospace and pharmaceuticals in...
Record Number of National
THIS year the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair has a record number of national galleries representing UK and international artists exhibiting at the Fair. Now in its fourth year, the NewcastleGateshead Art Fair has cemented its position as the largest...
Region's Anglers Can Meet Jardine
LEADING angler Charles Jardine will hold two events in Northumberland to raise funds for his Fishing for Schools Project. On October 16, Charles will give a fly tying demonstration and talk at the Castle House Hotel, Rothbury, from 7pm. Contact...
Ryan's Hoping for Premier Chances; Taylor Wants League Action: Ryan Has Premier Hopes at Magpies
Byline: STUART RAYNER RYAN Taylor has been banging on Chris Hughton's door this week because he does not want to be stereotyped as a cup specialist, writes STUART RAYNER. The right-back (pictured right) started both Newcastle United's League...
Selfless Millionaire's Charity Isn't Such a Daft Idea
A MILLIONAIRE businessman has visited a Northumberland school as part of his new charity venture. Brian Burnie, 66, was at Haydon Bridge's Shaftoe Trust First School through his Daft as a Brush cancer initiative. Earlier this year, selfless Mr...
Seve Inspires Europe as USA Milk Military
YOU can tell the Ryder Cup is getting close - Europe have been spoken to by two sporting legends and the Americans by a decorated fighter pilot back from Iraq. But Corey Pavin, criticised for wearing a Desert Storm cap during the 1991 match at Kiawah...
Ship's Biscuit Can Handle Long Trip
Byline: Saraband SHIP'S Biscuit holds the key to the Noel Murless Stakes as the three-day Cambridgeshire meeting gets under way at Newmarket today. Sir Michael Stoute's unexposed three-year-old has been up against it since breaking her maiden at...
Show That You Reel-Y Care about It
Byline: SARAH KADHIM IF YOU'VE just graduated from university with a degree in animation then we've got some tough news for you - it's an extremely competitive industry to break into. We are still amazed by the amount of CVs that we get from...
Social Networking Helps Business Go Worldwide
Byline: Karen Dent AN innovative Tyneside entrepreneur has taken her online business diagnostics enterprise worldwide after tapping into the power of social networking. Benton-based Taylored Assessments is now working with a distributor in Australia...
Sun Set to Shine on Conference
Byline: STEWART WATKINS LAST Thursday marked the turning point of the year, the September equinox. It marks one of the two points in the year when night and day are the same length, and from now on our days will be getting shorter. But while...
Supersub Javier Comes to Rescue of the Red Devils
Valencia ............................................. 0 Manchester United ............................ 1 MANCHESTER United's Javier Hernandez chose the perfect time to net his first competitive goal for the Red Devils as his 85th-minute winner proved...
Teachers Deny Sports Dip; Data Shows Pupils Failing to Exercise
Byline: Alastair Craig PE teachers in the North East last night insisted school sports provision is improving, despite figures showing thousands of children not getting the required exercise. Data released by the Department for Education showed...
The Birth of a New Ballet Tour
Byline: David Whetstone THE exploration of birth and parenthood by Newcastle-based dance company balletLORENT has spawned a national tour which begins today. Blood, Sweat & Tears, devised by choreographer and balletLORENT founder Liv Lorent,...
Timeless Treatment for Shakespeare's Tragic Tale of Love
Byline: David Whetstone Romeo and Juliet, RSC, Newcastle Theatre Royal until Saturday A YOUNG sightseer is taking photos of an example of Verona's architecture when figures of an earlier age emerge from the shadows and engulf him. The young man...
To Join a Club - or Pay and Play; TERRY MINETT, the North Representative on the National Committee of the Golf Club Managers Association and General Manager of the Morpeth Club, Answers the Question "Why Join a Golf Club?"
Byline: TERRY MINETT;EDDIE MITCHELL TV coverage of the Ryder Cup is watched by many viewers who have never set foot on a golf course in their life. People of all ages are motivated into having a go at the sport for the first time, motivated by...
Turner Has a Taste for Championship Success
ANDY Turner admits his victory in the 110 metres hurdles at the European Championships has heightened his desire for further success. The 30-year-old won his first major international title in Barcelona in August and he is now looking to add to...
We Need to Tighten Up at the Back, Admits Pool Star Behan
Byline: Stuart Rayner HARTLEPOOL United striker Denis Behan is hoping his side respond to Tuesday night's drubbing by Carlisle United with a string of bore draws. The Teessiders have the equal best away defensive record in the Football League,...
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