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 June 2, 2011

A Force for Fitness; Fitness Gurus Peter Jordan and Rob Waterhouse Have Become Poster Boys for a Multi-Million-Pound Government Scheme Aiming to Tackle a Shocking Rise in Obesity. VICKY ROBSON Finds out More about Their Mission to Make the Country Sweat
Byline: VICKY ROBSON THE look of fitness duo Peter Jordan and Rob Waterhouse alone should be enough to inspire anyone to don that Lycra and hit the gym. But their role in promoting the Government's pounds 75m Change4Life initiative - which aims...
Asylum 'Amnesty' Cleared the Backlog; Policy Change Exposed by MPs' Report
Byline: Wesley Johnson ACHANGE in guidance for border officials created an "amnesty" for asylum seekers, MPs say in a report published today. The UK Border Agency's target of clearing the historic backlog of 450,000 cases by this summer "seems to...
Benefits of Breakfast Researched
Byline: Nicola Weatherall BREAKFAST is known as the most important meal of the day, and now a North East academic has researched exactly why. Dr Greta Deyfeter from Northumbria University believes her work shows the meal is particularly important...
Blatter Re-Elected, but FA Stand out from Crowd; English Attempt to Block Vote a Failure
SEPP Blatter has been re-elected president of Fifa after the Football Association's attempt to block the vote ended in heavy defeat and vengeful recriminations. Blatter, 75, will serve for another four years until 2015 when he has previously promised...
Boy, Six, Plunges to Death from Flats; Four Quizzed over Tragedy at Tower Block
Byline: Michael Black POLICE were questioning four people last night after a six-year-old boy died when he plunged from the eighth floor of a tower block. A woman, two men and a teenage girl were arrested on suspicion of neglecting Liam Shackleton,...
Bruce Planning Another Overhaul; Bruce Planning Another Summer Overhaul
STEVE Bruce has promised a summer overhaul to rival the one he carried out two years ago, writes STUART RAYNER. When Bruce moved to the Stadium of Light in 2009 it was to inherit a side yet to establish itself in the Premier League. With Ricky...
Case of Dj[euro] Vu as Sam Unveiled by Hammers
NEW West Ham manager Sam Allardyce may have walked straight back into another boardroom takeover battle after Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes claimed he had made an offer to buy the club. Just hours after Allardyce was confirmed as the new...
Clement in His Element as Rainbow Is Landed
CHATTON Lakes are fishing well with eight-year-old Clement Elsworth, visiting from Bury St Edmunds, taking advantage of the mid-term break to land a quality two-pound rainbow. Louis Baker of Ashington brought six to the net, including the best fish...
Clubs Are Celebrating Striking Additions
Byline: Steve Brown DELIGHTED by his "fantastic" first signing of the summer, Mark Cooper has revealed Darlington beat off competition from League Two clubs to land James Walshaw. And the Quakers boss insists the "ambitious, hungry" striker is...
Columnist
Byline: Amy Thompson HEART disease blights every corner of the UK but those living in the North East face a bigger problem than most. That's because, apart from the North West and Scotland, heart disease death rates are worse in the North East than...
Cyclone Will Be a Winner for Us All; Businesses and Charities Benefit
Byline: Joanne Butcher THIS year's Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge is set to benefit both local businesses and charities by hundreds of thousands of pounds, the event's organisers have revealed. The cycling fundraiser is the North East's biggest...
David Wells
It's a busy week for personality stuff, not the great big mind blowing career moves and passionate love wrangles but the nitty-gritty what do you want can you make a decision and let's get moving stuff. Mind made up? Bob on. So now you've had at...
Deaths
COSTELLO (Brampton). Formerly Morpeth. Peacefully at Green Lane House, Brampton on 28th May, aged 84 years, Esther (Ettie), dearly loved wife of the late Eddie, much loved mother of Derek and the late Pauline, stepmother to Derek and motherinlaw to...
Defence Spending Must Rise Again, Warns General
DEFENCE spending will need to rise so Britain can maintain its war fighting capability, the head of the Army says. Chief of the General Staff General Sir Peter Wall said Government cuts would need to be reversed if ministers wanted to send UK troops...
Divers Search River in the Search for Missing Pensioner
CONCERNS are growing for missing pensioner Alexander Miller who is at the centre of a massive search operation. The 76-year-old has not been seen since leaving the Bridle Path pub in Whickham, Gateshead, last Tuesday afternoon. Mr Miller, who...
Duke-Led Group Loses Battle against Wind Farm
A GROUP of aristocrats led by the Duke of Northumberland have lost their legal battle to stop a controversial wind farm development. The alliance of absentee landlords and countryside groups, objected to the 48-turbine development Fallago Rig, in...
Durham Overcome Title Rivals Lancashire - but at a Price
DURHAM went into county cricket's Twenty20 holiday top of the table yesterday after three consecutive maximum points victories. But their joy was tempered by news of an injury to Ben Stokes, writes STUART RAYNER. When the 19-year-old rising star...
Durham Win Will Concern Rivals
Byline: Stuart Rayner IT was like 2009 all over again at what was then the Riverside. Durham have the hunger, determination and ruthlessness back that made them near-untouchable for two seasons of County Championship cricket. This time there...
Dynamos Duo Are Motivated
WHILE Paul Collingwood looks to use this season's Twenty20 Cup to eke a little more from a brilliant international career, David Miller will be aiming to start his in earnest, writes STUART RAYNER. The 21-year-old has played 13 one-dayers and six...
Emma's Fund to Provide a Lasting Legacy; Parents' Tribute to Talented Teenager
Byline: Paul Tully DANCE queen Emma Newton will leave a lasting legacy to youngsters aiming to follow the stage career denied to her by tragedy. The 18-year-old student, killed when high winds brought a tree crashing down on her car 10 days ago,...
Free Summer Concerts Kick off Tonight
MUSIC fans will be entertained for free tonight at the first in a series of concerts showcasing local talent throughout the summer. To whet the appetite for the upcoming South Tyneside Summer Festival, 14 North East bands and solo artists will be...
Gateway to Service and Support for Businesses
Byline: John Hill ATRIO of major players in the region's science and technology scene have combined to create a new support system for both fledgling and established businesses. While they have been informally referring businesses to each other...
Get Ahead of the Game Using Social Networks Online; Social Media May Still Be Treated with Suspicion by Some Company Managers, but It Could Unlock a Wealth of New Ways to Grow Your Business. Expert TRACY PLAYLE Will Explain All to the Durham Convention This Week
ACCORDING to a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit, organisations that are able to grasp social media's potential to transform the way they function will secure a significant competitive advantage over their rivals. Why? Because the dynamic,...
Get the Real Facts about Student Fees; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
Thinking about university but worried about how much it costs? Here are the facts. Changes to student finance are generating plenty of headlines, but many young people and their families are unsure what it actually means for them. Here are key things...
Great Acclaim to Live Up to Promise
Byline: Saraband GREAT Acclaim can continue on the upward curve as he lines up in the Kathe Kaye Memorial Handicap at Sandown tonight. James Fanshawe's charge lost his maiden tag when making a triumphant seasonal bow at Leicester in April, notching...
Gunman's Victims Remembered in Low-Key Ceremony; CUMBRIAN MASSACRE - ONE YEAR ON Flags to Fly at Half-Mast as Families Mourn
Byline: Sara Nichol FAMILIES will today mark a year since gunman Derrick Bird opened fire on victims before turning the gun on himself in Cumbria. A two-minute silence will be among events held in memory of those who lost their lives on June...
Homes Investigated
Byline: Andy Hughes TWO North East care homes which look after vulnerable adults will be investigated after their parent company was targeted in an undercover sting. A BBC Panorama programme revealed shocking levels of abuse by staff at Winterbourne...
How Do We Take Gaming That One Step Further?
Byline: John Hill THE distribution of games could well be a key topic of conversation at this month's GameHorizon conference in the North East. Gateshead's major international games conference on June 28 and 29 will feature talks from figures...
Joe out to Show off His Classical Talent; Joe McElderry Is Having Another Crack at Becoming a Prime-Time Talent Show Champion ... and He Reckons He's Already Got One Up on His Fellow Contestants. GRACE SCOTT Explains
IN RECENT weeks, the tabloid papers and associated celebrity magazines have been full of tales of woe which have apparently been whirling around South Shields X Factor champion, Joe McElderry. But we think you'll agree that the 19-year-old winner...
Kiosk Dream Comes True for Villagers; Public Urged to Share Ideas for Telephone Box
Byline: Brian Daniel VILLAGERS in Northumberland have saved a cherished red phone box after lobbying for a council U-turn. Families in Glanton, near Alnwick, banded together to secure the future of the old-fashioned kiosk, by appealing to village...
Last 1,750 Metres to Go in Search for New Energy
A GIANT rig is about to complete the final stage in a deep-drilling project which aims to tap the geothermal energy 2,000 metres below Newcastle. The Big Rig is being assembled at Science Central - the site of the former Scottish and Newcastle Brewery....
Legal Aid Cuts to Hit North East Hard
Byline: JEREMY BEECHAM NEWCASTLE-born Lord Woolf, the former Lord Chief Justice, published a book two years ago entitled The Pursuit of Justice. For 62 years, the Legal Aid and Advice Act has enabled people of modest means to obtain help with...
Lives Brought to an Untimely End by Bird's Rampage
? David Bird, 52 - Bird's twin brother and father to three adult daughters, was shot while still lying in bed at his home, High Trees, Lamplugh. Kevin Commons, 60 - The Bird family's solicitor was found dead in the driveway of his house in the village...
Marathon Trek Has Its Rewards
YOU would have thought Tom Rowland would have been looking for the nearest oxygen tent after he successfully defended the Northumberland Under-18 Championship. It was a happy ending to a total of 14 rounds in nine days played up and down the country....
Market Sees Tuesday's Gains Slip Away
Byline: Fergus Westwood THE UK stock market gave up Tuesday's gains yesterday as the FTSE lost 61.4 points and ended the session at 5928.6. The headline index's leader board was topped by G4S, whose shares rose by 1.8%, after a positive broker...
Metal Thieves Take Statues from Castle; Owner Says Crane May Have Been Used
Byline: Brian Daniel THIEVES have stolen iron bull statues from a 12th-Century Northumberland castle. The large bronze and cast iron busts were taken from Chillingham Castle, near Wooler, some time between last Monday and Friday, police said yesterday....
Murray Turns His Thoughts to Nadal; Scot Feels That Win Is Possible
ANDY Murray scrapped his way through to the French Open semi-finals for the first time yesterday and then declared: "I can beat Rafael Nadal". The world number four will take on the five-time Roland Garros champion tomorrow after coming through...
Newcastle Identified as Supercity for Business
Byline: Christopher Knox SCIENCE and low-carbon businesses in the North East will help shape a new business landscape in the UK according to a new report which highlights Newcastle as a "supercity" for business. The report also predicts that...
New-Style Tremlett Plays the Aggressor
THE "real Chris Tremlett" has come of age as the natural aggressor England need to continue their intimidation of Sri Lanka. Tremlett admits he would once have shied away from a verbal confrontation with opposing batsmen, or worse still managed...
No Dram as Magpies Hope to Keep Enrique; No Dram Deal with United in Jos Hope
Byline: Mark Douglas NEWCASTLE United have knocked back the chance to sign Senegal international left-back Boukary Dram as they stage a last-ditch bid to keep hold of star defender Jos Enrque. Lyon became the latest club to register an interest...
Nominate the Unsung Heroes of Your School; Award Will Honour Vital Support Staff
Byline: Nicola Weatherall THEY are the unsung heroes of education. If your school has a top caretaker, classroom assistant or dinner lady, why not nominate them for a regional award? They are the personnel who cook the dinners, help children with...
North Companies Get Heads Up on Ageing and Innovation
WORLD experts in the technology being used to support the world's ageing population will come to Newcastle next week for a major event. As governments grapple with the complex challenges of an ageing population, the summit will seek to demonstrate...
Now Showing
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID 2: RODRICK RULES (U) Based on Jeff Kinney's best-selling book, David Bowers's sequel continues the trials of wise-cracking tyke Greg Heffley. Seventh grader Greg (Zachary Gordon) thinks all of his problems are solved now he has...
Olympic (Not So) Ideal; ...BUT NORTH EAST FIRMS ARE CELEBRATING CONTRACTS Thousands Are Disappointed at Ticket Failure
Byline: Kim Carmichael THOUSANDS of North East sports fans were left disappointed yesterday after discovering their bids for Olympic tickets had failed. Organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games said the vast majority of those who secured tickets...
Pounds 216m Bill for Five Empty Buildings; Taxpayers Left to Fork out for Axed Project
Byline: Stephen Cape OFFSHORE investors are set to earn more than pounds 200m of taxpayers' money from empty fire control buildings, The Journal has learned. The same company that is earning pounds 150,000 a month in rent from the unused North...
Prove You Deserve Share of Cash, Says Lord Heseltine
LORD Heseltine last night warned organisations not to ask for Government cash unless they can prove private sector support. The former Conservative minister was in Tyneside yesterday to see how money from the first round of the Regional Growth Fund...
Pub Firm Buys into New Toilet Cleaning Technology
A BACTERIA-BASED solution to smelly toilets will be found in bars across the UK, thanks to a Teesside biotechnology company. CBio's Clearinate product is to be used in many of the pubs and bars operated by the Barracuda Group, which boasts a roster...
Queen Will Recognise Volunteers; Royal Visit to Mark Special Party
Byline: Brian Daniel THE Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will visit Northumberland for an event recognising the work of county carers and volunteers. The Royal couple are to attend the special party at the Alnwick Castle and Garden on June 22,...
Recreation Gives a Glimpse of History; Furniture Is Crafted in Style of 17th Century
Byline: Tony Henderson HOW fashionable North East families lived some 400 years ago has been recreated within a historic city landmark. History buffs visiting the 17th-Century Bessie Surtees House at Sandhill on Newcastle's Quayside can experience...
Reinnervate Deal to Increase Availability of Products
CELL culture company Reinnervate is to partner with another leading life science product provider, which will increase the availability of its products around the globe. The NETPark-based firm is linking up with AMS Biotechnology (Europe) so that...
Scheme Withdrawn before Inquiry Date; Campaigners' Joy as Turbine Plan in Tatters
Byline: Brian Daniel PLANS for a wind farm in the Northumberland countryside lay in tatters last night after the developer withdrew the scheme. Renewable energy giant RES has withdrawn its scheme for nine turbines at Park Head, near Netherwitton,...
Security Systems Deal for Agency
HIGH-PROFILE figures including celebrities, business people and politicians could soon be protected by a state-of-the-art system developed on Teesside. Digital agency Calm Digital has won a deal to develop a piece of software for Los Angeles-based...
Seize Your Chance to Become World Class; Every Company Should Want to Be the Best but How Many Know How to Become Truly World Class? Today Nebusiness Is Launching a Major New Event Which Gives Firms in the North East the Opportunity to Be Inspired by a Line-Up of Speakers Who Are Truly World Class in Their Chosen Fields
BUSINESSES will get the chance to find out how they can rank with the best in the world at a North East conference. They will get the chance to learn from some of the best professionals in the UK who are world class in their field, whether it be sport...
Seniors Help Fill a Gap in the Market; England Short of Top Events
BLINK and you missed it. Putting aside the Open Championship, which is run by the R&A, the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last weekend was the only European Tour event in England this season. Sponsors are thin on the ground in this country....
Sheep's the Winner in This Year's County Show
Byline: Karen Dent THE sheep section provided the winner of the Champion of Champions contest at Northumberland County Show for a third consecutive year. Gordon Gray's Texel gimmer, Ettrick Lady Kate, beat the beef champion into second place...
'Step in to Help Rescue Care Home' Message to Government
Byline: Alastair Craig UNIONS leaders in the North East yesterday demanded a Government rescue package to secure staff at troubled Southern Cross care homes. The Darlington-based firm has already called on politicians to step in to end "uncertainty"...
Sting Backs Call for New Drugs Policy; Decriminalise Possession Says Musician
Byline: Joanne Butcher ROCK superstar Sting has called on the Government to decriminalise possession of all drugs. The Wallsend-born singer has signed an open letter to David Cameron calling for "a swift and transparent review of the effectiveness...
Strong Mentality Is the Key for Donald
THE final round of the BMW PGA championship served up an amazing climax worthy of such a great tournament. Luke Donald's win illustrated that a strong mental game and perseverance is more important than brute force. Despite the criticism of the...
Taking Lead on Service
Byline: John Hill NO ONE creates a business to annoy and alienate its customers. However, the art of mastering good customer service can be tricky, for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes customers are put off by the surveys designed to get their...
Tech to Bring the People Together
CAN you pick out an overarching theme from a conference that featured brain-sensor headsets, dancing robots and hurdy gurdy music? The fourth Thinking Digital conference may have featured technology and innovation, but the key message for conference...
Villan Bent Reveals His Wingers Prayer
DARREN Bent has pleaded with his England and Aston Villa team-mates Ashley Young and Stewart Downing to remain at their club - and continue to help him deliver goals. Bent has benefited from the service provided by Manchester United target Young...
Water Giant Seeks Payment Watchdog
Byline: Karen Dent NORTHUMBRIAN Water's turnover and profits are both up, but the company is calling for a watchdog to settle disputes with non-payers. The 5.3% rise in water and waste charges helped the Durham-based plc to increase revenues...
Website Aims to Cut through Online Book Information Mass
Byline: John Hill CURLING up alone with a book in your house is just the beginning. But once you've devoured the content and want to pour out your impressions, where do you go? In the social media age, a service like Twitter can be your own global...
'We Have to Stand Up for Our City and Its Finances. If We Believe FIFA Is Discredited Then the World Cup Selection Process Was and We Are Owed Money'
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE man who led Newcastle's effort to host the World Cup has urged the FA to help recover council costs from the bid. Former City Council leader David Faulkner has written to his successor Nick Forbes asking him to express...
World Cup Cash Return Is Sought
THIS is an open letter to the leader of Newcastle City Council Nick Forbes from his predecessor David Faulkner : YOU will know that here is an increasing level of concern about the running of the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA),...
Worst-Case Scenario for Cable Boss; 126 Redundancies Were Only Option
Byline: Michael Brown ACABLE company boss has apologised for sacking 126 North East workers, claiming a dire economic cocktail left him no choice. AEI Cables chief Jim Duffy said he felt for his former colleagues who were made redundant without...