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 5, 2010

Agency Axe Raises Wind Jobs Doubts; Government 'Must Decide What It Will Do'
Byline: Adrian Pearson WIND energy jobs could be lost to Japan unless the Government offers support for the region's flagship testing facility. The National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth is underpinning hopes of creating thousands of turbine...
A Great Round for Lee
LEE Westwood was delighted to show exactly why he is the new world number one after the 37-year-old carded an excellent opening round of 66 at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai to trail leader Francesco Molinari by a shot. Westwood, who on Monday ended...
All Blacks Will Be Stunned; Captain Moody Backs England Young Guns to Shine
LEWIS Moody has backed England's young guns to conquer the Everest of world rugby and beat New Zealand at Twickenham tomorrow to lift the Hillary Shield. The All Blacks are top of the International Rugby Board's world rankings, having won the 2010...
A More Efficient Future Is Taking Form; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE CATRIONA LINGWOOD
Byline: CATRIONA LINGWOOD AREGULAR topic - you could call it a bug-bear - of this column in recent years has been the amount of time that people within the industry spend on filling in pre-qualification questionnaires, or PQQs. People whose time...
A New Moon Is Bringing [...]
A new Moon is bringing you some information, information that will light the corners of those shady deals and if's and maybe that have haunted you for weeks. Take what it shows you as the truth and nothing but. So there. All week you have been building...
A Rural Role for Planning Officer
RURAL specialist George F. White has appointed Jo Wright as planning consultant. Jo will join the company's rapidly expanding planning team and brings an extensive knowledge of planning issues, gained from more than 20 years' experience in both...
Billy, Ben and the Tinpot Connection
Byline: HELEN SAVAGE IWAS driving around the Billy Mill roundabout at the end of the Coast Road a few weeks ago and spotted a board advertising a new specialist wine merchant in Tynemouth. I wasn't expecting to find anything special, but thought...
Bosses at Sex Abuse Nursery Criticised; It Was 'Ideal Environment' for Crimes
Byline: Rod Minchin MANAGEMENT of the nursery where paedophile Vanessa George sexually abused youngsters was severely criticised in an official report. The review of the scandal at Little Ted's in Plymouth concluded there was no indication "any...
Cash Release Means Playtime Isn't over; Pounds 1.4m Funding Package Is Approved
Byline: Dave Black THOUSANDS of youngsters across the North East can look forward to improved play facilities after a vital pounds 1.4m funding package was finally approved by the Government. Children and their parents in communities all over...
Christmas Comes Early at Brocksbushes; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
BROCKSBUSHES Farm Shop and Tea Room is holding its famous Christmas Fayre from Thursday, November 11 to Sunday, November 14. It was one of the first Christmas Fayres to be held and has grown to be one of the most popular in the region. Hundreds...
College to Go Green with New Workshop
Byline: Christopher Knox INVESTMENT in new facilities are under way at the Hylton Skills Campus in Sunderland, which will help to create the next generation of North East builders. Part of City of Sunderland College, the campus specialises in...
Collingwood Is Focusing on England; All-Rounder Is Not Bothered by Aussies' Problems
ENGLAND are refusing to gloat about the ongoing struggles which have beset Australia as the Ashes loom ever closer, writes DAVID CLOUGH. Paul Collingwood yesterday insisted the tourists are concentrating only on their own preparations to face Western...
Community Rallies Round to Help Church
HELPERS are coming to the aid of a 133-year-old church closed by the partial collapse of its ceiling. While services at Heddon-on-the-Wall Methodist Church are rehoused in a schoolroom, volunteers are rallying round after the insurers said they...
Council Could Now Face Cuts of Up to Pounds 50m; Extent of Government's Funding Axe Gets Clearer
Byline: Dave Black AWARNING has been sounded over "horrendous" budget cuts in Northumberland next year as the full extent of the potential savings required by the Government becomes clearer. County council bosses have been working on the assumption...
County Becomes Rustling Hotspot; Health Worry as 400 Sheep Are Stolen
Byline: Paul Tully R URAL Northumberland has emerged as one of the country's blackspots for sheep rustling. More than 400 sheep have been stolen from farms since April in areas stretching from the south-west to the north of the county. Rustlers...
Database Was Used by PCSO to Check out Possible Dates; One Man's File Accessed 151 Times in a Month
Byline: Kim Carmichael APOLICE community support officer used her force's computer to check out prospective partners, a court has heard. Lucy Bevan, 25, used the Police National Computer to check on men she met while working on Tyneside. One...
Deaths
BARRETT (Hexham). After a short illness passed peacefully at the Freeman Hospital on 2nd November 2010, aged 83 years, Les, beloved husband of Pat, loving dad of Stephen, Paul, Matthew and fatherinlaw of Kath, also loving grandad of Jake and Tom. Funeral...
Don't Put Your Gear Away Yet
FOR those boat anglers who have already packed their gear away until next spring, I suggest that you get it back out as there are still good catches being taken. Even Alan Skinner thought the season would be over by now and had booked a holiday...
DRAMA ANOTHER YEAR (2Hr 09 [...]
DRAMA ANOTHER YEAR (2hr 09 mins) Certificate: 12A Starring: Ruth Sheen, Jim Broadbent, Lesley Manville. Director: Mike Leigh Star rating: BOOKMARKED into four chapters that represent the passing seasons, Another Year is a beautifully observed portrait...
Driver Who Killed Mum and Girl Has Died; 61-Year-Old Drove Wrong Way Up A1
Byline: Katie Davies ADRIVER arrested on suspicion of killing a mother and her six-year-old daughter when he drove up the wrong side of a busy motorway has died. Larry Sheldon, 61, who was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving,...
Eco-Homes Fuel Cut in Family Bills; Local Firm Teams Up with Swedes
Byline: Amy Hunt GROUNDBREAKING green homes are part of an affordable development who doors have been opened to potential buyers in the North East. The Swedish-inspired Climat-Hus houses, which claim to combine eco-friendly design and new technologies...
Falcons 'A Huge Part of My Life'
ROB Andrew did not just put 11 years of his life into Newcastle Falcons, he put his "heart and soul" into the club as he reflected on the happiest days of a long and distinguished rugby career. Under Andrew's guidance, the Falcons won the Premiership...
Feel Virtuous about Indulgence; A CHARITY Appeal That's Good for the Heart - and Aids Digestion - Is Once Again Set to Ease the Plight of the Homeless . KATHARINE CAPOCCI Has the Details on the Annual StreetSmart Scheme.: Charity Appeal That's Good for the Heart
Byline: KATHARINE CAPOCCI DINERS across the North East are being asked to add pounds 1 to their restaurant bills to help the homeless this winter. Two dozen restaurants from around the region are again taking part in the annual StreetSmart charity...
Festival Is a Welcome Return of the Winter Warmers
Byline: BEER ALASTAIR HE glass is half full. TOptimism prevails in Beer Festival Land. Despite ale celebrations seeming to appear every weekend in the calendar, they are not only an extremely popular method of introducing new styles, flavours...
Former Joiner's Prestige Award
A PROJECT manager for contractor Shepherd Construction in the North East has won one of the industry's most prestigious national awards. Neil Matthias, from Hurworth, who is based at the company's Darlington office, has won the Chartered Institute...
FTSE Two-Year High as US Continues Easing
Byline: Steven Keppie MARKETS steamed ahead on Thursday, buoyed by the news of another round of quantitative easing in the US. The FTSE 100 Index had its highest close in over two years, as it finished up 113.8 points at 5862.8. The main economic...
Fund Has Pumped Pounds 20m into North Businesses
Byline: Peter McCusker MORE than pounds 20m has been invested in over 50 North East businesses with the potential of creating in excess of 400 jobs following the launch earlier this year of the venture capital fund to support high-growth regional...
Graduates Building on Design Skills at Firm
DESIGN build and operate firm _space group has doubled its graduate recruitment intake this year as it looks to supply the country with the next generation of architects. The budding architects, who fought off stiff national competition for their...
Great Sporting Occasions See Nova's Turnover Rise
GREAT North Run organiser Nova International is preparing for the launch of walking, cycling and dance mass participation events after the introduction of its swimming initiative helped boost overall annual revenues to pounds 13.6m. The last 12...
Hall's Confident Boast Ahead of Clash; REGIONAL RUGBY
BLAYDON skipper Matt Hall has backed his team-mates to come good with a victory ahead of their home clash against Wharfedale tomorrow, writes MATT LESLIE. The hooker's confident boast comes after the Crow Trees side came within a kick of causing...
Hanagan Ahead as Title Fight Set to Go to Last Day
PAUL Hanagan will go into the penultimate day of the jockeys' championship battle that has lit up the end of the the Flat season still with a lead of two over Richard Hughes. Yesterday's afternoon fare saw Hanagan add to his overnight lead of the...
Hat-Trick Hero Gerrard Comes to the Rescue; Liverpool Captain Grabs Three to Save Red Blushes
Liverpool 3 Napoli 1 LIVERPOOL captain Steven Gerrard came to his side's aid once again as his late hat-trick inspired the side to a Europa League victory against Napoli which highlighted the gulf in class within the squad. The Reds were deservedly...
HORROR LET ME IN (1Hr [...]
HORROR LET ME IN (1hr 56 mins) Certificate: 15 Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloe Moretz, Richard Jenkins Director: Matt Reeves Star rating: HOLLYWOOD has an uncanny knack of turning the silk purses of world cinema into the tatty sows' ears of English...
How Graham and Stephen Led Me Astray
Byline: BOB CUFFE I'M reading Tony Blair's autobiography. In it he salutes the friends he met at university. Gifted individuals such as Peter Thomson who became an Anglican priest and Geoff Gallop who was to become premier of Western Australia....
Impressive Fare at the Newest Best Pub in Britain; KATHARINE CAPOCCI Battlesteads, Wark, Northumberland
OUR journey to Battlesteads in Wark in Northumberland was largely what us townies call "out in the wilds of wanny". It took us about 45 minutes to reach the pretty, out-of-the-way village from home in Newcastle. And by the end of our twisty,...
Johnson Is Right Man for Job - Andrew
WINNERS 2003 World MARTIN Johnson is not the sort of man who needs someone to fight his battles, which is precisely why Rob Andrew fought so hard to get him appointed as England coach. A formidable player and a frightening opponent, Johnson has...
Kingston Lessons Leading Rob in Job
IT is the lessons Rob Andrew learned at Kingston Park which have formed the blueprint for the job he is trying to do as the Rugby Football Union's director of elite rugby. Andrew's four years with the RFU have not brought the desired success in...
Mad at a Land of Wasted Opportunity
THEY'RE having a laugh, those Americans. The two-faced, gas-guzzling, holier-than-thou Yanks are laughing all the way to their banks. Mad? You bet I'm mad. I've spent more than two weeks driving 2,000 miles through Washington State, Oregon and deep...
Magpies' Front Two 'Are Ready to Roll' United Front Pair Are on a Roll, Says Shola
Byline: Mark Douglas SHOLA Ameobi is convinced his 'large and large' partnership with Andy Carroll can continue to steamroller Premier League defences. The towering homegrown duo have shared three goals in two games since being paired together...
Mancini: We Did Not Deserve to Lose
Lech Poznan ......................................... 3 Manchester City ................................... 1 EMBATTLED Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini does not believe his side deserved to be on the end of a third successive defeat against...
Newcastle Gunning for North's Hanagan
Byline: JAMES ARMSTRONG WITH only two days left of the flat season it''s nail-biting stuff as Paul Hanagan and Richard Hughes slog it out in the battle for the Champion Flat Jockey title for 2010. Hanagan''s lead has gradually been worn down...
New Challenge for Man Who Turned Rock around; Chief Executive Quits Northern Rock to Lead New High Street Banking Venture
Byline: Iain Laing THE man credited with turning around Northern Rock has quit to join a new banking venture looking to quickly become a big name on UK high streets. Gary Hoffman yesterday left the Newcastle-based bank after two years in one...
NFU 'Won't Back Bill on Livestock'
Byline: Karen Dent THE NFU has said that it will not back the controversial Sustainable Livestock Bill in its present form. Stoke-on-Trent Labour MP Robert Flello's Private Members' Bill came under fire from the organisation for failing to take...
North East Promotions to Sell for Thousands in the Capital
TRAVEL posters promoting the North East are set to sell for thousands of pounds in London today. The top-price poster from the region dates from 1930s by artist Tom Purvis, and shows the Coronation train crossing the Royal Border Bridge at Berwick....
North Expert Helps in Sludge Clean-Up; University Boss Heads to Hungary
Byline: Tony Henderson POLLUTION expert Prof Paul Younger flew out from the North East yesterday to help with the clean-up in the aftermath of the Hungarian red toxic sludge disaster. Prof Younger, who is director of Newcastle University Institute...
North Lib Dems Lead the Rebellion on Fees; Coalition Urged to Think Again
Byline: Adrian Pearson LIBERAL Democrats in Newcastle have become the first to openly rebel against their party's tuition fees U-turn. The city's ruling Lib Dem councillors have passed a motion calling on the coalition Government to think again...
Now Showing
NOW SHOWING SAW 3D (18) The legacy of devious serial killer Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) lives on and many of the survivors of his diabolical traps continue to be haunted by their ordeals. One survivor, Bobby Dagen (Sean Patrick Flanery), has turned potential...
Offering to House Drugs Could Have Led to Prison Time
Byline: Garry Willey AFORMER public schoolboy expelled for sharing dope with classmates has risked jail by warehousing cannabis for cash. Mark Satterley was only a teenager when he and a group of pals clubbed together to buy some of the drug....
One North East Chief under Fire for Bonus
ONE North East chief executive Alan Clarke has come under fire after taking a pounds 25,000 bonus at time when the future of the agency was in doubt. Mr Clarke was paid pounds 140,772 in the last financial year and this remuneration was boosted...
Pounds 3m Visitor Centre Taking Shape
A VISITOR centre which will celebrate a village's proud seafaring past has begun to take shape. The pounds 3m flagship maritime heritage centre - on the promenade overlooking Newbiggin-by-the-Sea - is aimed at attracting more tourists and their...
Pulis Calm over Form; Stoke Boss Not Too Worried Yet
STOKE City manager Tony Pulis admits confidence has taken a hit after four successive defeats but he is remaining calm about the situation, writes CARL MARKHAM. The Potters, who visit Sunderland tomorrow, have not won for over a month after three...
Some Words of Inspiration for Entrepreneurs
Byline: Christopher Knox ENTREPRENEURS were inspired to not take "no" for an answer, to innovate constantly - and even be greedy - at a conference aimed at helping them strive for growth in their North East businesses. Ex-fireman and former Entrepreneur...
Success Story of Museum Is Highlighted; Target of 200,000 Visitors a Year Set for Attraction
Byline: Neil McKay APOPULAR museum brings pounds 3m a year into the region and has paved the way for new housing developments, a new report has shown. Now a target of 200,000 visitors per year has been set for the Locomotion Railway Museum at Shildon,...
Superjumbo Fleet Grounded after Fire; Passengers Tell of Horror on Flight
Byline: Ian Shutt AN investigation was under way last night after a London to Sydney superjumbo with 433 passengers on board made an emergency landing after flames were seen pouring from one of its engines. Frightened passengers spoke of debris...
Support for 'Fair' Funding; More Than 100 Organisations Could Lose Cash
Byline: David Whetstone MORE than 100 arts organisations could lose regular support from Arts Council England under a new funding system which was launched yesterday. But the funding body, whose budget for the next four years has been cut by...
Suspects' Homes Raided; Seven Arrests after Operation in Community
Byline: Neil McKay DAWN raids in a number of County Durham villages yesterday resulted in seven people being arrested for drugs and other offences. Around 60 police officers, some wearing protective body armour, made the arrests after swooping...
Theo's in Form and Gunning for Goals
THEO Walcott is determined to make up for lost time as he aims to stay on the goal trail and help make sure Arsenal's promising season continues to go in the right direction. The England forward netted a fine individual breakaway effort in last...
There Are No Issues in Camp - Hussey
EXPERIENCED batsman Mike Hussey has dismissed suggestions of a rift in the Australia camp after claims several players were unhappy with captain-in-waiting Michael Clarke. A report in a Sydney newspaper yesterday implied former Durham star Hussey...
There's a Storm Warning at Southwell
Byline: Saraband NOBLE STORM has been found a golden opportunity to regain the winning thread when he goes for gold in the attheraces.com/breederscup Conditions Stakes at Southwell. The four-year-old has not hit the target since winning at York...
The Way Forward Is to Learn from the Past; FOOD BILL OLDFIELD
Byline: BILL OLDFIELD DON'T you just love the French? I've lost count of the number of times I've used that phrase in my lifetime. I know I've started four food-related articles with it in the last six and a half years. So today makes it a fifth...
Tourist Attraction a Danger to Motorists; 23 Rescues at Stanhope Ford since 2001
Byline: Neil McKay HAPLESS motorists are likely to have caused the permanent closure of a popular County Durham tourist attraction. Council and emergency services officers say the re-opening to traffic of Stanhope Ford in Weardale would put lives...
Volunteer Repays His Debt at the Age of 91; Second World War Veteran Joins Charity
Byline: Vicky Robson ASECOND world war veteran has volunteered to work for a new cancer charity at the age of 91. Former glider pilot Stan Hann, who took part in and survived two of the most notorious military operations during the 1939-45 conflict,...
Warmer Weather Sees Catches Rise
WEATHER warmed water temperatures this week and this increase has made a big difference to catch rates, especially on The Angel complex, where Lookout Lake has yielded lots of crucians over 1lb 8oz and one superb fish of 2lb 6oz. Bowes has yielded...
You Are All English Now, Says Tait to His Falcons
Byline: Matt Leslie YOU'RE all English now is Falcons boss Alan Tait's message to his foreign legion ahead of Saturday's clash against Ospreys. Newcastle entertain the Welsh side in the first round of LV Cup fixtures at Kingston Park and while...