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 3, 2011

190 New Jobs Follow Pounds 1.8m Funding Boost
Byline: Iain Laing GAMES developer Eutechnyx is to start recruiting 190 staff as it steps up its expansion into the free-to-play market after landing pounds 1.8m from the Regional Growth Fund. The Gateshead company is using the cash to bolster...
All There in Black and White; with Newcastle United on a Roll, There Could Be No Better Time for TONY HENDERSON to Look Back over 130 Years of the Club's History, the Anniversary of Which Falls This Month
Byline: TONY HENDERSON ON several approaches to the city of Newcastle, St James's Park dominates the skyline from its position on rising ground near the Town Moor. Its visual impact has been likened to that achieved by medieval cathedrals. Given...
A Nice Earner for Westwood
LEE Westwood has the chance to achieve another milestone in his career this weekend - the biggest earner in European Tour history. In a clear sign of the times the opportunity comes not in Europe, but in China at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament...
Another Top Club Official Is Suspended; Move Relates to Use of Credit Card
Byline: Neil McKay ASECOND high-ranking clubland official has been suspended as part of a probe centring on a North East boss. Maxine Murphy, assistant general secretary at the Club and Institute Union (CIU) headquarters in London, has been suspended...
Armed Man Shot Dead by Police Wasn't Killed Unlawfully
A DEPRESSED County Durham man shot dead by a police marksman after firing crossbow bolts was not unlawfully killed, a coroner has ruled. A firearms officer hit Keith Richards, 47, with a single round fired from a sniper rifle after he had brandished...
A Truly Worthwhile Exercise; the Earlier Children Exercise, the More Likely They Are to Stay Fit for the Rest of Their Lives. HANNAH DAVIES Finds out How One School Is Putting This into Practice
Byline: HANNAH DAVIES WITH childhood obesity on the rise and the North East being one of the worst offenders, schools are looking at increasingly innovative ways of making helping children to get, and stay, fit. Research shows an early interest...
Blues Still Remain Europa Underdogs
CHRIS Hughton insists Birmingham remain outside favourites to qualify from Europa League Group H - but admits victory over Club Brugge tonight would put them in a great position to progress into the knockout stages. Blues head into the showdown...
Campaign Launched to Help Small Business
SMALL businesses with the drive to grow can get help to realise their ambitions in a campaign championed by The Journal. Promising young firms can win the chance to get mentoring from some of the region's most respected businessmen and free advertising...
Centre for Life Picks Up Award
STAFF at the International Centre for Life are celebrating after collecting a top industry award. The Newcastle centre has landed the Leading Edge Award for Business Practice from the Association of Science and Technology Centres, (ASTC), the global...
Chatton Is Fishing Well
CHATTON Trout Fishery is fishing well where Alisdair Simpson from Kilmarnock landed an 11lb 8oz rainbow from Ross Lake and Andy Richmond, from Irvine, caught 14. Other anglers among the fish included Gordon Swain from Dipton who kept five and returned...
City Give Spanish Lesson in Scoring; Toure Double Helps Give Blues Convincing Away Win
Villarreal 0 Manchester City 3 YAYA Toure struck twice as Manchester City enhanced their hopes of Champions League progress with a convincing win at Villarreal last night. Mario Balotelli, making his first appearance in the competition this season,...
Company to Drive Green Growth
A CLEAN technology company has been accepted on to the elite Carbon Trust Entrepreneurs' Fast Track programme, a move set to propel its growth further and deliver a firm endorsement to its future potential. C-Capture - which is opening its engineering...
Court Threat Raises Stakes in Port Row; Tyneside Jobs at Risk from Mersey Move
Byline: Adrian Pearson LIVERPOOL city leaders accused of trying to take jobs away from Tyneside say they are prepared to take the Government to court to get their own way. Merseyside and Tyneside are locked in a bitter dispute over how many more...
David Wells
Byline: David Wells Talk yourself up, let people know what you can do and let them know when you can do it by and then figure out how you can deliver. Someone is planning to outshine you, to grab the spotlight, but you can go one better. Strong...
Deaths
CHIRNSIDE (Bedlington). Peacefully on 1st November, aged 81 years, Isabella Younger (nee Hindhaugh), beloved wife of the late Jack, also a devoted sister and aunt of all the family. Service to be held at Cowpen Crematorium on Tuesday 8th November at...
Earle's Evocative Tales of Americana Stir Emotions
Byline: Guy Kiddey Steve Earle and the Dukes and Duchesses, and The Unusual Suspects at The Sage Gateshead SCHOPENHAUER said music was the quintessence of life and that it evoked all emotions without any experience of reality. In the lives that...
Economy Means a Bigger Challenge
THE construction sector enjoyed a surprise expansion in October, but economists have warned of more challenges ahead as confidence hit a three-year low. A closely watched Markit/CIPS survey, in which a reading above 50 represents expansion, hit...
Embrace the Challenges to Help Your Business Succeed
Byline: JOHN MARRIN YOU, like many business leaders, are probably finding your job is getting harder - leading your firm is increasingly challenging, demanding and complex. In my experience, the following are becoming more common challenges that...
Enterprise Firm Lands Manufacturing Conference
BUSINESS & Enterprise Group has won a contract to run a big manufacturing conference in Scotland which it says will help to spread its reputation further across the UK. The Seaham-based company, formerly Business and Enterprise North East, has...
Euan's Return Suits Wells; Falcons Prop Ashley Delighted despite Losing Place
Byline: Mark Smith ASHLEY Wells insists he is benefiting from Euan Murray's World Cup return, despite the Scot's presence hampering his chances of first-team selection. Wells started the season as the Falcons' primary tight-head with Murray away...
Fab Wants Repeat of Sharks Success
Byline: Matt Leslie NEWCASTLE Eagles boss Fab Flournoy has called upon his players to bring their Shark-fighting toughness to the court when they face the Lions at Sport Central tomorrow night. Milton Keynes Lions will roll into town with the...
Fatigue Forces Lloyds Boss to Take Extended Break
Byline: Iain Laing TAXPAYER-backed Lloyds Banking Group has been thrown into chaos as its boss took an unexpected leave of absence due to illness. Antonio Horta-Osorio, who became Lloyds chief executive in March, is understood to be suffering...
Fears for Future of Lib Dems Outlined; Group Wants Distance from Tories before Next Election
Byline: Stephen Cape ATYNESIDE councillor is spearheading a group within the Liberal Democrats aiming to distance the party from its Conservative coalition partners. Gateshead councillor Ron Beadle said that "political naivety and fear" resulted...
Going Miles for a Nice Cup of Coffee; Students Will Step Up as Station's Kiosk Relaunched
Byline: Stephen Cape AREFRESHMENTS stall in a Northumberland train station will re-open to provide training for students with learning disabilities. The run-down kiosk on Platform 2 at Hexham Station has been renovated and will open next Monday...
Head Coach Edwards Departs Wasps
WASPS yesterday confirmed that longserving head coach Shaun Edwards has left the club paving the way for a potential role with England. Edwards, 45, had been part of the coaching set-up at Wasps for a decade but departs after discussions with the...
Here's to Sweet Dreams These Results; Cherry Juice Gives a Good Night's Sleep
Byline: Tony Henderson CHOOSE cherries for a good night's sleep is the advice from a North East university expert. Drinking cherry juice significantly improves both the quality and duration of sleep, according to the findings from Northumbria...
History's on Newcastle's Side; History Would Suggest That Newcastle United's Soaring Start to the Season Has Given Them a Real Chance to Qualify for Europe This Season. Mark Douglas Reports
Byline: Mark Douglas WHISPER it quietly but Newcastle United - backed to go down by one of their own players during a catastrophic close season - are on track to make the Champions League. Incredible though that might sound, it is backed up by...
Jol - No Dembele Repeat for Krakow
MARTIN Jol insists no Fulham player would play act in the same way that saw Moussa Dembele sent off against Wisla Krakow last month. The incident occurred when an innocuous passage of play flared up in Poland, with Dembele pushing over Wisla's Gervasio...
Juliet Oakley; Obituary
TRIBUTES have been paid to a respected local councillor in Northumberland who was part of a parents' protest campaign against controversial reforms to the county's education system. Mother-of-two Juliet Oakley passed away peacefully in her sleep...
Lantern's Magical Music Takes You Drifting with the Tide
Byline: Matt McKenzie Lanterns on the Lake at The Sage Gateshead ALLOW me to introduce you to Lanterns on the Lake, of this parish and, soon, of the world. Make no mistake, this very special concert wasn't a mere parochial victory, no triumphant...
Marathon Has Helped Me to Make Big Changes
AZEEM Arshad manages the North East franchises of chain Baguette Express, with outlets at St Mary's Place and Shields Road in Newcastle, and one in Sunderland. Azeem recently opened the UK Flagship Baguette Express in the Eldon Square Shopping Centre...
Marketing Experts Share Secrets of Their Success
Byline: Iain Laing INTERNATIONALLY-renowned marketing experts are to come to Tyneside to share their expertise with North East businesses. This year's "Marketing: the art of" conference at The Sage Gateshead next week, focuses on the rise of...
Markets Move Back into Positive Territory
Byline: Brewin Dolphin FOLLOWING two volatile trading sessions owing to concerns surrounding Europe and the events unfolding in Greece, the FTSE 100 Index moved back into positive territory, moving higher by 62.5 points to close at 5484.1. In...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4569 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5468 ...........dollars Egypt ..................8.456 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.1092 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.79 ...........dollars...
Merger on Hold as Tensions Rise; Serious Concerns over College Move
Byline: Nicola Weatherall ACOLLEGE merger in the North East has been put on hold after tensions between the two institutions were revealed. NCG, the parent group of Newcastle College, had hoped to merge with Northumberland College in 2012, but...
Mobile Deal's Smart Move from Nokia
Byline: MARK LAVENDER LAST week, I was lucky enough to be invited, along with the world's media and around 5,000 other guests, to the official launch of Nokia's new range of Windows 7 mobile phones. It's a move which sees the company turning...
Name of the Game Is Good Health
Byline: David Kennedy ALOT of people are very sniffy about their game ... and I don't mean whether they are into football or rugby. I'm talking about the pros and cons of whether pheasant is more palatable than grouse or the merits of rabbit over...
New Scientific Breakthrough to Kill Cancers; TWO of the Country's Top Universities Have Come Together to Take Significant New Scientific Breakthroughs into the Marketplace. JAMES MARLEY Finds out More about the Work of the Angel Alliance in Turning the Research into Commercial Reality
Byline: JAMES MARLEY WE ALL know someone who has undergone a bout of chemotherapy. Around a third of those undergoing treatment will have been given platinum-containing drugs. They destroy cancerous cells but platinum is toxic, and in large enough...
NFU Wants Cover Put in Place for Growers
Byline: Karen Dent ACAMPAIGN has started to ensure UK farms have enough labour to run their businesses after the current agreement covering casual labour comes to an end. The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) arrangement is due to finish...
Nissan Delivers Strong First-Half Earnings
Byline: Karen Dent NISSAN has reported betterthan-expected interim profits and said it is looking forward to a "significantly profitable full-year performance". The Japanese car giant's net profit for the six months to September was down by 12%,...
Non-League Round-Up
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT FORMER player Elliott Gardner haunted Chester-le-Street in last night's Durham Challenge Cup First Round Tie at Newton Aycliffe. The striker converted a ninth minute penalty when he sent Cestrian goalkeeper Hayden Scott the...
North East Firms Meeting Sell to the World Challenge; EXPORTS DAVID COPPOCK
Byline: DAVID COPPOCK DOZENS of firms across the North East have risen to the Sell to the World challenge by signing up for a series of special events to help them boost their export skills. Organised by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the...
Orientexpress
Northern Belle from the North East Orient-Express Trains are bringing their latest train, the Northern Belle to Newcastle, Darlington and Durham during 2012. Throughout the history of luxury rail travel one name has stood proudly above all others,...
People Power on Show against Plans; Three Months Is Added to Period of Consultation
Byline: Stephen Cape HUNDREDS of angry and concerned residents across Newcastle packed a council meeting last night to protest at proposals to build more than 20,000 new homes across the city. People carrying banners lobbied councillors as they...
Pienaar's Injury Hell Is at an End
STEVEN Pienaar is determined to win back a place in the Tottenham first team after declaring that his injury "nightmare" is finally over. Tottenham beat competition from Chelsea to sign Pienaar from Everton in January, but he has only been able...
PM Calls for G20 Eurozone Urgency; Greek Chaos to Dominate Key Summit
Byline: Andrew Woodcock PRIME Minister David Cameron has called for today's G20 summit to show a sense of urgency over the implementation of measures to resolve instability in the eurozone. The gathering in the French Riviera resort of Cannes...
Poison Is Still a Big Problem in Region; Birds of Prey Killed Illegally
Byline: Tony Henderson FOUR red kites found dead in the North East last year show that illegal poisoning is still a major problem, according to a new report. Exactly a century ago, putting baits laced with poisons out into the countryside to...
Progress Is on the Agenda
PROGRESS, not panic, remains top of the red-and-white agenda after a mixed start to the season, writes MARK DOUGLAS. With the stage set for Sunderland to blow away Darren Bent's Aston Villa last weekend, the Black Cats slipped slightly. A draw against...
Protest Is in Itself Meaningless Unless It Gives Rise to Dialogue; Columnist
Byline: Bernard Trafford READERS of this column will have realised that I am, at heart, a wishy-washy liberal (emphatically with a small "l") and applaud people who have the courage to stand up and protest when they feel strongly. But there are...
Puzzled Ridden to Turn Pro as English Snub Him
PHIL Ridden, puzzled by a snub from England, is "99 per cent" certain to follow four other members of Northumberland's Northern Counties League team in turning professional, writes TIM TAYLOR. You would imagine the 26-year-old civil servant would...
Reds Have to Work Hard for Their Win
Manchester United 2 Otelul Galati 0 M ANCHESTER United made hard work of defeating Champions League minnows Otelul Galati but victory at Old Trafford put them top of Group C with two matches remaining. Antonio Valencia's eighth-minute tapin should...
Regeneration Failures Hit Us Hard, Say MPs; Ministers Are Warned in New Report
Byline: William Green MINISTERS will store up serious social and economic problems unless they re-write their inadequate regeneration strategy, it will be claimed today. The warning from the chairman of the Commons communities and local government...
Report on Skills Reform
Byline: James Marley AFEW simple skills reforms would give an economic boost to the region. That is the message from the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) which today launches its skills policy report, Bridging the Gap. The report urges unity...
Ruling on Pay-Out Is Welcomed; Disabled Child Is Set to Get Millions
Byline: Dan Warburton AMOTHER whose daughter was born severely disabled because of a delay in delivery last night welcomed a High Court ruling entitling her family to a multi-million pound pay-out. Megan Ridley, a pupil at Abbeyfields First School...
Safety Schemes' Success; Youngsters Are Protected by New Initiatives
Byline: Dave Black TWO separate schemes aimed at cutting alcohol-fuelled trouble and protecting vulnerable youngsters in Northumberland's biggest towns have been hailed as major successes by police chiefs. Scores of young people have been taken...
Secret Deal to Carve Up Our Bus Routes; Passengers 'Failed' by Companies in Four-Year War
Byline: Adrian Pearson ASECRET deal to carve up bus routes in Northumberland and Tyneside has been exposed by competition authorities. The agreement between Arriva and Go North East prevented passengers getting more frequent services and lower...
Set-Pieces Can Send Cats Up the Table
DEAD-BALL king Sebastian Larsson believes set-pieces are the key to sending Sunderland soaring in the Premier League again, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The addition of the Sweden winger (pictured left) over the summer has given Steve Bruce's side an extra...
Simpson Heralds Master Planner
Byline: Mark Douglas DANNY Simpson believes new-look Newcastle United have taken a "massive" leap forward this week - as he paid tribute to manager Alan Pardew for hatching another "masterplan" on Monday. United approach Saturday's high noon showdown...
Soothed by Intriguing Artist's Work; Leaves and a Waste Bin Feature in the Exhibition of Martin Boyce, Who Talked to DAVID WHETSTONE to Conclude Our Look at the Four Turner Prize Contenders
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE IN ADVANCE of seeing their work at the Baltic, or of meeting any of the artists shortlisted for the Turner Prize, it was Martin Boyce who intrigued me the most. I had found it difficult to get a handle on his aims and...
Sounding Board
ALBUMS Annie Mac Presents 2011 (compilation) DID you hear about this social experiment? One of Radio 1's leading DJs gave a 15-year-old girl unconditional access to the BBC music archives for 2011 and told her to put together an iTunes playlist. ...
Stoke Ready for Tough Test
STOKE boss Tony Pulis is expecting a much sterner challenge from Maccabi Tel Aviv when the teams square off for the second time in a fortnight in Israel tonight. In their home tie in Europa League Group E at the Britannia Stadium, Maccabi simply...
Success of Airport Plane for All to See; Bosses Tell of Their Delight as Awards Fly In
Byline: Michael Brown AIRPORT bosses in the North East are flying high after being crowned Britain's best for the third year in a row. Newcastle International made it a hat-trick of victories in the 'under six million passengers' category of the...
Technology Consultancy Scoops Gold Award
TECHNOLOGY consultancy Aegis IT has been awarded the highly-regarded Gold Partner Status by international vendor Veeam Software. Aegis, which has been a partner of Veeam since 2009, has been awarded the accolade in recognition of its specialist...
Tech Notes Declan Metcalfe
Byline: DECLAN METCALFE HAT is co-creation? WCo-creation isn't as hard as you may think and doesn't necessarily require a large investment in resource. It's as simple as seeing. But sometimes (and we're all guilty of this) we don't see what's...
They Did Not Panic; Diary Reveals the Real-Life Dad's Army
Byline: Dave Black ASECRET diary kept by a senior Home Guard officer has revealed the true and unvarnished story of what life was like as part of Britain's real Dad's Army during the Second World War. The daily entries made by Colonel Rodney...
Thomas to Leave RFU in December
THE Rugby Football Union's acting chief executive Martyn Thomas is to leave his post on December 16, the governing body last night confirmed following a board meeting at Twickenham. The 67-year-old's position has come under increasing scrutiny in...
Training Provider's First Buy
Byline: James Marley PROFOUND Services has gone from a part-time business in a back bedroom to a training and recruitment provider employing 45 people in just five years. But for managing director Steven Ward, that is just the start. The Peterlee-based...
Unions Snub Offer and Vow to Strike; Pension Plan Not Enough to Stop Action
Byline: Alan Jones UNIONS are pressing ahead with plans for the biggest strike in a generation despite a new Government offer on public sector pensions described as the "chance of a lifetime". Unison will announce the result of its ballot of...
Warner: London 2017 Bid Boosted; OLYMPICS
THE head of UK Athletics claims the removal of uncertainty over the future of the Olympic Stadium has put London in with a real chance of winning next week's vote for the 2017 world championships. Ed Warner has been in touch with many of the 27...
Weekly Challenges Will Stretch and Inspire You
IT'S cold outside, there are less hours of daylight and comfort food is more desirable - the list of reasons or excuses to put off your exercise session goes on. I know exactly how hard it is to keep motivated at this time of year. One way I...
We Need to Build More Homes Now; Views of the North
ISN'T it about time the Government sorted out our broken housing market in the North East? As your piece on Tuesday clearly showed (76,950 waiting for social housing - Journal, November 1), there are thousands of families being forced to wait years...
Western Can Break Her Victory Duck
Byline: Saraband WESTERN Approaches ran a highly promising race on her recent hurdling debut at Cheltenham and has been found an ideal opportunity to get off the mark at Towcester this afternoon. Nicky Henderson's four-yearold was victorious...
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