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 5, 2012

A Chance to Share in Success of Phil
CITY of Newcastle Golf Club are setting up a company to support Phil Ridden, who is turning professional after winning The Journal Champion of Champions for the second time in three years last season. Club chairman and noted golf philanthropist...
Achieving Hero Status Is a Walk in the Park after Dog Takes a Dip; Columnist
Byline: Bernard Trafford BECAME a hero last weekend. IJust for a day. Well, for about 10 minutes, in truth. I rescued a drowning dog. I'm not a dog lover, and I'm certainly not a man of action. But I did save a pooch from a watery death. I...
A Fascinating, If Floundering, Tale of the Early Film-Makers; Travelling Light at Newcastle Theatre Royal until Saturday
THINK of Hollywood and images of movie star opulence will no doubt spring to mind ... pools, limos and pampered people radiating beauty. But as we are reminded by Nicholas Wright's new play for the National Theatre, directed by the company's artistic...
Apprentice Campaign Gets off to Flying Start
Byline: Iain Laing ACAMPAIGN to encourage more companies to take on apprentices has got off to a flying start. The Journal has linked up with the National Apprenticeship Service to help firms find the staff they need to grow and help those without...
Bendtner Suffering a Culture Shock
IN-FORM Nicklas Bendtner says he will leave a decision on his future until after the European Championships - as he hinted that life in the North East has been a "culture shock", writes MARK DOUGLAS. The on-loan forward has hit a rich vein of form...
Bluesmen Play Their Way onto a Festival Stage in New Brunswick; Experience Has Paid off for a Triumphant Blues Band from the North East as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE AGROUP of seasoned bluesmen from Gateshead are off to Canada after winning a hotly contested battle of the bands showdown. The Groove-A-Matics emerged victorious in the annual New Brunswick Battle of the Blues at The Garage...
Bold Project Aims to Put 15 Turbines at Sea; Prototypes to Be Tested in Pounds 300m Plan
Byline: Dave Black WORK could start next year on a pioneering pounds 300m research and development project for the offshore wind industry, which would see 15 giant turbines built in the sea off Northumberland. The super-powerful machines - each...
Caulker Could Be Back at Swansea
SWANSEA manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken with Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp over potentially bringing on-loan centre-half Steven Caulker back to the Liberty Stadium next season. Caulker, 20, has made a big impression in south Wales, and has fitted...
Cech on Hand to Save Blues; Chelsea Survive Late Scare Thanks to Meireles Winner
Chelsea 2 Benfica 1 (Chelsea win 3-1 on aggregate) CHELSEA had controversial referee Damir Skomina and keeper Petr Cech to thank as they clung on against 10-man Benfica to set up a Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. Card-crazy Skomina,...
Children Trapped Inside Stolen Car; Most-Wanted Criminal Is Tracked Down
Byline: Danielle Dwyer AMAN described by police as "one of the country's most wanted" has been arrested after a young mum's car was stolen with two toddlers in the back. Cedric Brown - who had been on the run since a brutal knife attack in 2010...
Chilling Storm Cuts off Homes; Thousands Left without Electricity
Byline: Paul Tully TENS of thousands of householders spent up to 24 hours without power after gales and snow brought the region's early summer to an abrupt and freezing end. North west Durham was worst hit, with thousands of homes in the Consett,...
Court Hearings to Take Place in Secret; Cameron Says Move Needed for Security
Byline: Wesley Johnson SECRET court hearings and increased monitoring of emails and internet use are needed to help plug "significant gaps" in the UK's national security, David Cameron insisted yesterday. The Prime Minister defended a series...
Deaths
ANDERSON (Blyth). Peacefully at home on 1st April, aged 82 years, Eleanor (Joy, nee Lamb), beloved wife of the late Gordon, much loved mam and loving nana of all the grandchildren. Cortege leaving from son's residence on Wednesday 11th April for service...
Dickens' Villains Are Brought to Life; Exhibition to Mark 200th Anniversary
Byline: Tony Henderson CHARACTERS from the novels of Charles Dickens have been matched with their North East real-life equivalents in a new exhibition which opens next week. The display at Newcastle City Library celebrates the 200th anniversary...
Digital Art Project to Mark Titanic Anniversary
Byline: John Hill THERE are some pretty big expectations for technology these days, but it's not often a company is asked to make a building dance. The pounds 97m Titanic Belfast building will be launched this weekend, almost one hundred years...
Dreams Turn into Reality; Opinion
Byline: Stephen Larkin "WHEN you understand civil engineering, you see the world differently." This simple quote sums up the true nature of civil engineering, a profession often overlooked by those who fail to understand what it really means...
Dubai Link-Up Opens New Market to Teesside Outfit
Byline: John Hill TECHNOLOGY solutions firm Thap has announced it has forged a link-up with a company in Dubai. The Middlesbrough company handles a range of technological roles, developing mobile apps and creating bespoke ways to improve how...
Elliott Urges Investment in Factories
BUSINESS executive John Elliott has launched his latest campaign to convince political leaders to put greater emphasis on the manufacturing sector. The chairman of Newton Aycliffe-based dehumidifier and water cooler firm Ebac has said that politicians...
Embrace Social Media ... but Don't Try to Control It
AS the popularity of social media spreads, companies are coming to the realisation that they can't fully control what people say about them. However, that doesn't mean they shouldn't be a big part of the conversation. According to Northumberlandbased...
Exclusive Offers to Help Our Entrants Kick-Start New Regime
WE'VE had a great response to our Fit Factor competition with almost 300 entries from people across the North East wanting to get in shape. Unfortunately, only eight could be chosen. But we don't want everyone else to lose out, which is why we've...
Farmers' Pounds 8k Bill as Sheep Rustled
Byline: Paul Tully SHEEP rustlers have stolen 41 pregnant ewes due to give birth within the next 10 days. The raiders struck at isolated fields in Belsay, near Ponteland, causing losses of around pounds 8,000 for farmers Mark and Gaynor Bell....
Four Bids Made for Stricken Rangers
RANGERS' administrators have received four bids for the club after setting a deadline of 5pm yesterday for best and final offers. Duff and Phelps described the bids as "positive and constructive" and hope to accept an offer next week before a period...
Further Success Is on the Horizon for Web Firm
FROM an office in Boldon, experts at Performance Horizon are creating what's been called "the next generation of performance marketing technology". With products such as ExactView, clients are able to look in real-time at information showing how...
Future of 3D Printing under the Spotlight
Byline: John Hill THERE'S a lot of talk about how 3D printing could change the world. That's why Teesside and Newcastle universities are hunkering down to study exactly how the world might make it all happen. The university is part of a major...
Get the Right Kit and Do the Job Well
Byline: TECH NOTES OLI WOOD OVER the last six months I've spent more time organising Design It Build It 2012 than I'd like to think about. However, along the way a bunch of tools have proven invaluable. Most are not specific tools for conferences,...
Gunners Can Shoot Down City's Title Dream
THEO Walcott maintains Arsenal have it within themselves to raise their game again when title-chasing Manchester City come to Emirates Stadium on Sunday. The Gunners' seven-match winning run in the Premier League was brought to an unceremonious...
Hanagan Shows Life after Hills
Byline: Tom Peacock RICHARD Hills remains a crucial part of Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum's racing operation and the newly-retired jockey was at Lingfield to see his successor Paul Hanagan win on promising colt Muarrab. Hills called time on a 33-year...
Health
Byline: GEORGE RAE EXERCISE and heart disease have been in the news over the last few weeks with the tragic event on the professional football pitch when Fabrice Muamba, pictured below, suffered a cardiac arrest. We are all absolutely delighted...
Healthcare Fairness Probe Is Called For
THE pounds 5bn private healthcare sector is set for a full competition inquiry amid fears new companies are struggling to enter the market. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) referred the industry for an "in-depth investigation" by the Competition...
Huge Catches Claimed at Witton
ANGLERS have enjoyed excellent sport at Witton Castle Lakes where 158 rods averaged 3.2 fish per customer. The West Lake and Big Lake have fished well with P Bilbrough and A Scott landing rainbows up to 8lb on Black Buzzer and Hare''s Ear respectively....
Insinuations of Simulation Are Just Water off a 'Perchinio' Back; James Perch Can't Believe Anyone Can Accuse Him of Diving, as He Tells Chief Sports Writer Mark Douglas in an Exclusive Interview
Byline: Mark Douglas OF all the players in the Premier League to be accused of diving, James Perch seems like the most unlikely of targets. Perch stood accused of making the most of a clash with Pepe Reina at the weekend but the Mansfield-born...
Is Incentive Really More of a Threat? Views of the North
GREG Clark's statement that the city deal for Newcastle is being held back until after the mayoral referendum is extraordinary (The Journal, April 3). The implication is clear - vote for a mayor or it might put your city deal at risk. This is pretty...
Keep Tenant Farmers in Mind over Policy, Urges Association
Byline: Karen Dent EUROPEAN officials have been urged not to overlook the needs of the tenanted sector as they finalise proposals for reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) is calling for this section...
Knife Support Could Be Significant; Saraband
MARKET support for Subtle Knife in the Hyder-Collins Easter Chicks Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Folkestone is likely to be significant. The Giles Bravery-trained filly was really well backed on her debut at Southwell in October, suggesting she...
Manning Injured on Army Duty
Byline: MARK SMITH Newcastle Falcons 31 British Army 31 JEREMY Manning could be left counting the cost of Newcastle Falcons' friendly match against the British Army, with the Kiwi back dislocating his thumb in an entertaining draw, writes MARK SMITH....
Mark Aldridge; Obituaries
AFORMER headmaster who dedicated his life to educating Newcastle boys has died at the age of 89. Mark Aldridge was a popular and respected school leader who was at the helm of Ascham House School in Gosforth for 26 years. He had lived in Wylam,...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4634 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5001 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.4956 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.1484 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.70 ...........dollars...
Medical Firm G-MED Launches Arterial Fixation Device
THE arterial catheter is a common sight in intensive therapy, high dependency and coronary care units around the country. It's an immensely useful tool for attaching a cannula to an artery, but because it's an invasive device, it carries the risk...
Morpeth Refreshes the London Games; Abbey Well Wins Contract for Olympics
Byline: Philippa Goymer THOUSANDS of Olympic athletes will be revived and refreshed by water from the North East throughout the London Games. International stars such as Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis and Tom Daley will be hydrating themselves with...
Non-League
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT WEST Auckland Town enhanced their prospects of clinching the STL Northern League championship and just about ended the hopes of Sunderland RCA when they won this crucial game between them last night. The Wearsiders, who...
Now It's Your Turn to Choose Most Promising Entrepreneur
Byline: Iain Laing TWO people behind innovative businesses are vying to be named the North East's most promising new entrepreneur after winning the first stage of the If We Can You Can Challenge 2012. Matthew Lawn, whose Football Squirts company...
Orchestra's Visit Hailed as Inspiring
Byline: Nicola Weatherall TALENTED musicians from a North East school have been inspired by performing alongside one of the country's most renowned orchestras. Northern Sinfonia visited Emmanuel College in Gateshead where it held workshops before...
Panel Maker Invests Pounds 20m in Production
Byline: Iain Laing WOOD panel maker Egger UK is making a pounds 20m investment to improve production in the Hexham factory it says is now the most advanced chipboard plant in Europe. The Norwegian company says there will be no new jobs at the...
Peter Nelson Warcup; Obituaries
THE death of Peter Nelson Warcup has deprived the Eastern Borders of one of its most notable agriculturists and sportsmen. Peter, who was born in Tynemouth, was schooled in Berwick at the Grammar School. He did his National Service in the Royal...
Political Cross-Currents Making the Journey Far More Treacherous
FOR the parishioners at Holy Cross Church in Ryton, the VAT bill could not have come at a worse time. After four years of fundraising the Gateshead church is set to embark on a much-needed series of improvements this October - just as the Treasury...
Prowess Up Front Makes It Easier to Pardon Little Foibles of Eccentric Nick; He Is Famously Self-Confident but Sunderland''s Star Striker Wants to Set the Record Straight. Mark Douglas Goes Inside the Mind of Nicklas Bendtner and Gets a Frank Response
IT is a cold day at the Academy of Light. The sort of morning where the Cleadon wind whips the feeling off your face and the Sunderland flag near reception flutters into a frenzy. Yet with the mercury stalled close to zero Nicklas Bendtner is walking...
Rail Bosses Fined Pounds 4m for Fatal Crash; Safety Failures Caused Train's Derailment
Byline: Kim Pilling; Pat Hurst NETWORK Rail has been fined pounds 4m over safety failures in the lead-up to the fatal Grayrigg train crash. The firm, responsible for the upkeep of the railways, accepted it was at fault for the derailment which...
Rising Star Jack Is on a Wave of Optimism
JACK Hermeston has good reason to be starting the 2012 season on a surging wave of optimism. A pupil at St Cuthbert's School in Newcastle, he was one of only two England Under-16 players to be invited to a six-day Under-18 warm weather training...
Roman Conquers Markets Abroad
Byline: John Hill SHOWER designer and manufacturer Roman is benefiting from interest in the Middle East as it tries to build its business through exports. While the County Durham company believes the UK's construction sector is improving, it...
Rory out to Banish Augusta Demons
THERE has never been a buildup to a Masters like this one. Northern Ireland boy wonder Rory McIlroy beats Tiger Woods to become world number one. Luke Donald then wins to go back to the top of the rankings - and does it in a play-off just like he...
Seize the Moment Urges United Boss
Byline: Mark Douglas ALAN Pardew has urged his Newcastle United players to "seize" a unique opportunity to return to Europe - as he prepares to welcome skipper Fabricio Coloccini back into contention for Bolton. Newcastle will move into fifth...
Services Sector Powers Growth of UK Economy
Byline: Iain Laing THE UK appears to have dodged another recession after stronger than expected growth in the services sector in March, says a new survey. In the closely watched Markit/CIPS survey, a reading of above 50 represents growth. ...
Strauss Still a Cool Captain
GRAEME Swann has praised Andrew Strauss for his measured response to what he sees as a "witch hunt" against the England captain. Since England lost their fourth Test in a row in Galle last week, the opener's lengthy run without a century and the...
Teenager's Bizarre World When Fantasy and Reality Clash; the Heights, Live Theatre, until Tonight
"I MAKE up stories, that's what I do," says Lily Lee (Michaela Forbes), an isolated 17-year-old who is bound to her bedroom in a sixth-floor flat on The Heights estate as a result of an allergy to the sun. She watches the youths on the grim urban...
They're off - and They're Running; First Steps to Fitness for Our Fit Factor Team
Byline: Karen Wilson OUR Fit Factor competition kicked off this Monday as eight overweight readers started their intensive 12-week fitness training programme. As part of our Great North Fitness Revolution campaign, The Journal and Real Radio...
Touching off a New Era for Tourism; New Network Launched to Help Visitors Get the Best out of a Wonderful County
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth AN information network to connect tourists with all County Durham has to offer was launched yesterday. A host of new interactive guides and a co-ordinated approach to giving face-to-face help will see Durham County Council...
Treasurer Arrested over Missing Cash; Ex-Chairman of Chamber Freed on Bail
Byline: Dave Black ASENIOR official of a Northumberland business organisation has been arrested and questioned by police in connection with alleged theft from its funds. Mark Trill, 60, the treasurer of Morpeth and District chamber of trade,...
Triple Sense of Achievement; Currently Preparing for the European Triathlon Championships, MICHAEL HINDMARCH Is Apprentice Co-Ordinator for Gateshead-Based Fit Training Ltd. He Shares His Tips for Triathlon Training
Byline: MICHAEL HINDMARCH MOST people who decide to participate in a triathlon have a background in swimming, biking or running. When I first started to train, I was a casual runner but not involved in any running club. When I first started to...
Turkey or Bust for New Game Designed in North
Byline: John Hill ADOLMUS may not be a common sight on the streets of Middlesbrough. However, a game dedicated to the distinctive bus, common in Mediterranean countries, is being created on Teesside by a Turkish company. Turkish firm Mil Yazilim...
University Is All about Privilege; Views of the North
DURHAM University vice-chancellor Christopher Higgins gave us a wonderful insight into "edubusiness" in his interview in the nebusiness section of The Journal on Monday. Durham is a global university, it's a successful business which brings money...
VAT Set to Hit Plans for Church Repairs; 20% Added to the Bills after Budget Move
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE full extent of the Chancellor's VAT grab is revealed today after churches and listed buildings in the North East were hit with huge charges on top of repair bills. Some of the North East's most famous buildings and...
Walking with Neville; Lynn Takes Ashes on Charity Trek
Byline: Helen Rae AWIDOW will be keeping her husband's memory alive when she takes his ashes on a walk to raise money for the charity that supported him throughout his illness. Lynn Anderson, 56, was devastated when her husband Neville died of...
Watching Lee with Interest
WE have increased interest in the Masters at Close House this year because our Attached Touring Professional, Lee Westwood (pictuerd left), is aiming to win his first major championship. This could be the first time the North East has a representative...
Wes Still Harbours Hope for Euro 2012
NORWICH midfielder Wes Hoolahan refuses to give up on his dream of making the Republic of Ireland Euro 2012 squad. The 29-year-old has impressed for the Canaries in the Barclays Premier League, but as yet has not been included in Giovanni Trapattoni's...
Westwood Tries to Shrug off Major Jinx
CAN Lee Westwood shrug off the one question still dogging him? Will he part company with the likes of Colin Montgomerie, Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia as a contender for the best player never to win a major? Westwood, 39 later this month, has had two...
Who Pays for Parties? It Is an Issue That Has Politicians Breaking out in Cold Sweats. but What Is the Answer to Funding of Political Parties? Political Editor WILLIAM GREEN Investigates
Byline: WILLIAM GREEN ASK people if they want to fund political parties through their taxes and it's a fair bet most will say "no". But ask them if they want political parties to be funded by wealthy people who expect something in return for their...
Wind Farm Emergency Action Call Rebuffed
A CALL for emergency action aimed at slowing down the rate of wind farm approvals in Northumberland was rejected by county councillors last night. A formal motion by Conservative councillor Glen Sanderson called on the county council to launch "urgent"...
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