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 February 17, 2012

111 Number Being Rushed in, Say GPs; Doctors Want More Time to Sort Problems
Byline: Helen Rae LEADING doctors have written to the Government over concerns about the roll-out of a new number for non-emergency health services that has been piloted in the North East. Since August 2010, people in County Durham and Darlington...
50-Year Vision Close; Building Plans for Town Are to Be Examined
Byline: Dave Black MAJOR house building plans which would go a significant way towards completing the 50-year development of a Northumberland town are about to be examined by county councillors. Two separate schemes - which between them would...
Agent Puts Region on Alert Ahead of 4G Push
Byline: Iain Laing THE long-awaited roll-out of the fourth generation telecoms network may offer lucrative opportunities to landowners and rural businesses, and bring hope to rural areas with limited or no broadband service. Land agency Strutt...
An Arena for Doing Business
THINK of the Stadium of Light and you're likely to picture Barclays Premier League football; the world's best players, end-to-end action and passionate fans swathed in red and white. Like its contemporaries in English football, it is an arena which...
Anglers Optimistic about Form Improving
ANGLERS are optimistic about this weekend's sport as the finer weather is sure to see increased amounts of activity following the ice taking its grip on the region's fisheries. Tees has already regained form with one experienced angler reporting...
Angry Gran Wants Ambulance Wages; Tribunal Will Hear Claims against Firm
Byline: Alastair Craig GRANDMOTHER Diane Bennett has joined a legal battle launched by North East ambulance drivers against a firm which owes her thousands in unpaid wages. Mrs Bennett claims she is due more than pounds 6,000 from private Norfolk-based...
Architects Build a Team for the Future
ONE of the region's best known firms of architects has promoted four of its best to become new associates. Newcastle-based Jane Darbyshire & David Kendall (JDDK) says the moves reflect the increasing contributions by staff to the 25-year-old...
Armies' Top Brass Meet on Ranges; British and French Troops on Exercises
Byline: Dan Warburton LIVE fire exercises were staged in Northumberland as the commander of the Army's land forces met British and French soldiers. General Nick Parker and his French counterpart, Lieutenant General Herve Charpentier, Commander...
A Shortfall in Basic Skills; Schools Must Do More, Says Nissan Boss
Byline: Tom Rowley N ISSAN'S manufacturing chief has said some of his recruits struggled with basic maths and engineering skills. Trevor Mann, Nissan's vice president for manufacturing in Europe, claimed the company had to "redefine" its apprenticeship...
A Town Remembers Pit Tragedy Victims
Byline: Neil McKay ACOMMUNITY came together yesterday to remember the victims of the West Stanley mining disaster. A special service, on the 103rd anniversary of the West Stanley mining disaster when 168 men and boys lost their lives in a massive...
A Young Life Lost at Sea on a Ship That Should Never Have Set Sail
MONDAY will be the 100th anniversary of the disappearance in the Atlantic of the cargo ship Mount Oswald. Among the crew of 24, all of whom were lost, was Ellie McFadyen's uncle, George McFadyen. He was only 20 and would have turned 21 on April...
Bid to Secure Airport's Future
ATTEMPTS to secure the future of Durham Tees Valley Airport are under way to stem losses of pounds 10,000 a day. The new majority shareholder Peel Investments has had detailed discussions with senior MPs to press the case for the airport to have...
Birthday Begins in a Blaze of Colour; Duke and Princess Give Royal Approval to Theatre's Celebrations
Byline: Sara Nichol ABUSTLING city centre street ground to halt to watch a Royal double act kick-start the Theatre Royal's birthday celebrations. Fireworks, lights and music lit up the evening sky yesterday as the historic building underwent...
Blackened Souls Exposed to Camera
DRAMA A DANGEROUS METHOD (1hr 39 mins) Certificate: 15 Starring: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel, Sarah Gadon. Director: David Cronenberg. Star rating: ????S talk about sex. Screenwriter Christopher Hampton does...
Black Is the New Pale When It Comes to Ale; BEER RICHARD FLETCHER
Byline: RICHARD FLETCHER WHEN a beer is both a lovely drink and also challenges preconceptions about its style, it's got to be worth a try; and if you haven't grabbed a pint of Piccolo Black, I'd recommend you do before this probable one-off disappears....
Bopara Tips Cook to Take on Twenty20
RAVI BOPARA sees it as near inevitable that England's oneday international captain Alastair Cook will soon be adding to the four Twenty20 caps he has to his name to date. Cook is already omitted from the Twenty20 squad to play Pakistan after the...
Break-Up Threat for Banking Sector
Byline: Iain Laing THE banking sector faces being broken up unless it shows a "step change" in competition, the head of the Office of Fair Trading has warned. In a speech to bankers, John Fingleton said banks must provide the "right prompts"...
Cameron Promise Widens the Debate; Scotland Given Pledge of Most Powers
Byline: Rob Phillips DAVID Cameron defended the political union between Scotland and England yesterday, urging voters north of the border to reject independence in exchange for more powers. The Prime Minister did not explain what the powers could...
Cats Hero Tips Club for Cup Success; Byrne: Trophy Is within Reach
Byline: Chris Glancey SUNDERLAND'S cup hero of 20 years ago believes if Martin O'Neill's men can overcome Arsenal in Saturday's FA Cup fifthround clash they have every chance of going all the way in the competition. John Byrne, who scored in...
Clues Are There That Sire Will Shine
Byline: Saraband GARY Moore has been targeting the Betfair Hurdle with Sire De Grugy for some time now and the hint should be taken in the rescheduled Newbury feature. Moore landed the honours in 2007 and 2008 with Heathcote and Wingman, when...
Deaths
CARTLEDGE (Bedlington Station). Peacefully in hospital on February 13th, aged 72 years, Sammy, a dearly loved brother, uncle and great uncle of all the family. Friends please meet for service and cremation at Cowpen Crematorium on Tuesday February...
Defence Giant Warns of Tough Year Ahead
Byline: Iain Laing DEFENCE giant BAE Systems is forecasting another tough year after seeing sales drop by 14% fall as military spending in the US and UK is cut. The group, which employs more than 700 people in the North East, said sales fell...
Downgrade of Diploma Bad for UK Recovery; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE
Byline: DOUGLAS KELL RECENT news that the engineering diploma will be downgraded in value from five GCSEs to one could augur badly for this country's recovery, without some parallel adjustment. Education Secretary Michael Gove confirmed the step...
Driving Business Success; for the First Time, the Government Has a Policy and Minister Dedicated to UK Tourism. with the Promise of Increased Profile for the Nation during the Olympic Games, ADRIAN EVANS, Senior Business Tourism Manager at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, Examines the Impact Events Locally and Looks to the Year Ahead
IT'S been just two months since I took the post of senior business tourism manager at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, filling the shoes of Jessica Roberts who had been with the Bureau for ten years. What attracted me to the job was the vibrancy...
Education Must Be a Priority; Views of the North
RE Neil McKay's latest ariticle about the proposed academy at Consett (The Journal, February 14). Consett needs a new school and new investment, there is no argument about this. A decision has been made to put the school on the site of the sports...
Energy Firm's Plan to Double Its Workforce
Byline: Stephen Cape ANORTH East energy and utilities consultancy is planning to double its 200-strong workforce this year as part of ambitious growth plans. Utilitywise moved its 190 staff from its Jarrow offices into the former office of failed...
Epic Run Talk Will Prove Hard to Lick; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
RUN Geordie Run charity fundraiser Mark Allison will be visiting Vallum Farm tomorrow to talk about his 100-day epic run across the United States last summer. Vallum customers supported Mark through eating the Northumberland farm's mint choc chip...
EXCLUSIVE Offer for la Traviata and Madama Butterfly
BACK by public demand, awardwinning opera and ballet producer Ellen Kent has re-launched her quest to bring opera to the people with two stunning new productions. The internationally acclaimed Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv brings La Traviata...
'Fairness' Question over Energy Profits
ONE of the "big six" energy suppliers fuelled questions over the fairness of its prices after it revealed a jump in profits despite a drop in sales. French utility giant EDF, which supplies electricity and gas to around 5.5 million residential and...
Families Flock to Get a Place in Free School; Response Encouraging for Church Bid
Byline: Nicola Weatherall JUST weeks after a North East church set out its intention to open a free school in the region, organisers say they have been overwhelmed by demand for places. Jesmond Parish Church in Newcastle announced in December...
Families Touched by War; IN the Final Part of Our Family History Series, TONY HENDERSON Discovers the Impact of War on One Tyneside Household
Byline: TONY HENDERSON FOR Jef Robinson, two family history trails of twists, turns and coincidences would both lead to Canada. Jef, who lives in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, uncovered the way war shaped and shattered the lives of one family,...
Firm Helps to Keep Low-Carbon Vehicles Ticking Over
MOTOR equipment supplier Gott Technical Services has completed the installation of cutting-edge green vehicle maintenance equipment at the new Nissan-based vehicle research and development workshop in a contract worth almost pounds 50,000. The performance...
Fresh Ideas Are Brought to Market; IN SEASON WITH SADIE PARKER OF THE NATIONAL TRUST
NO ONE ever has enough money. Since the idea of 'paying' for goods rather than bartering became the norm, cash - or rather the lack of it - has been top of people's list of daily complaints, along with the weather, the poor state of the roads, rude...
FTSE Dips Again despite Greek Cuts Pledge
Byline: Fergus Westwood Brewin THE UK stock market ended the week's penultimate session down for a second day as the FTSE 100 Index closed 6.8 points down at 5885.4, despite a historic vote in Greece easing fears in the eurozone. The implied...
Gentoo Commits to Affordable Solar PV despite Feed-In Tariff Reductions; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
AT THE same time the Government announced a cut in subsidies for solar PV installations North East-based people, property and planet business Gentoo has committed to providing affordable PV to homes in the region. After months of uncertainty surrounding...
Gold Medal for a Host of Events
WHEN the BBC was looking for a venue to host its North East Sports Personality of the Year for 2011 awards it turned to the region's top sports college. One of the region's top training providers, Gateshead College, is also proving a popular choice...
Hefty Rewards for Pool Pirates
WHILE whiting catches have dropped from most marks, anglers fishing down at Hartlepool are still enjoying something of a bonanza with good fish being taken. Bill Bradley took the biggest bag of 52 for 41lb 13oz in Hartlepool Pirates' match, Steve...
Innovation Is Central for Our Success
Byline: BERNIE CALLAGHAN FOR the first time, the region is taking part in Microsoft's Imagine Cup - an international competition in which students try to solve some of the world's toughest problems through technology. I was involved in helping...
Landmark Project Will Transform Gateshead
Byline: Iain Laing THE North East office of North construction contractor Shepherd Engineering Services, has won a large contract on the Spenhill redevelopment in Gateshead. The North Shields division, which has around 100 staff, will work for contractor...
Late Goal Gives City the Vital Advantage
FC Porto ..........................................1 Manchester City ..............................2 SERGIO Aguero came off the bench to hand Manchester City the advantage in their Europa League tie against Porto last night. The Argentinian struck...
Mallinder: England Job Is Not for Me - Right Now
Byline: Alex Lowe NORTHAMPTON director of rugby Jim Mallinder has joined former New Zealand assistant Wayne Smith in ruling himself out of contention to be the next permanent England head coach. Mallinder, touted as one of the leading candidates...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.3902 ...........dollars Canada .............1.4959 ...........dollars Egypt ..................8.385 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.1496 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.54 ...........dollars...
Memorable Settings for Your Event
BEAMISH Museum, the world-famous open-air museum telling the story of life in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times, is well known as one of the top attractions in the region, but it also has much to offer North East businesses....
Mild Winter Brings Rape Issues
A GROWTH spurt in large oilseed rape crops over the mild winter has prompted calls for farmers to check how densely populated their fields have become. Growers should match their spring management to accurate assessments of plant population as well...
Mystery of Dogs 'Poisoned' on Beach
MYSTERY surrounds the cause of illness which struck two dogs on a Northumberland beach. The animals walked by two people at Warkworth took ill after both swallowed unknown objects. The first dog to fall ill was 18-week-old female Lurcher Whispa,...
Nameplate at St James' Is Removed; Signs on Side of Stadium Proclaim Its New Name
Byline: Dan Warburton NEWCASTLE United owner Mike Ashley signaled the end of an era yesterday as workmen prised the historic St James' Park name off the club ground. Plans to re-brand the stadium were unveiled in November last year and sparked fierce...
Newcomer Horn Gives Mesmerising Performance
DRAMA EXTREMELY LOUD & INCREDIBLY CLOSE (2hrs 9 mins) Certificate: 12A Starring: Thomas Horn, Max von Sydow, Sandra Bullock, Tom Hanks, Viola Davis, John Goodman. Director: Stephen Daldry Star rating: ????ISHED in 2005, Jonathan Safran Foer's second...
North Needs a Regional Government; Opinion
Byline: Paul Salve son THE political shape of the United Kingdom is changing rapidly. The debate over Scottish independence is only the most obvious sign of a major shift, together with last year's overwhelming vote for more powers to be given to...
North-South Divide May Widen, Says New Report
Byline: Stephen Cape CONCERNS over falling house prices and high unemployment could create a bigger North-South divide, according an influential new report. Capital Economics has warned in its latest report that, although most of the UK shared...
Nothing but the Best for Guests
OPULENT function rooms, a stunning spa and acres of grounds for team-building activities - just three of the reasons Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel is top of the agenda for corporate guests. With fully equipped function rooms accommodating between...
Not Yet Bang to Rights in the Great Expenses Clean-Up; Columnist
Byline: David Banks DISEMBARKING the airliner at Newcastle, I picked up a Journal to discover that during my 24-hour flight from Sydney, half the ex-colleagues in my contacts book had been arrested. "We're wondering when you're going to get your...
One-Stop Shop for Your Event
NEED a one-stop shop for your conference or event in the North East? Tired of paying over the odds for a poor venue, poor food and poor service? Before you organise your conference or event, contact Event Durham and they guarantee to give you a better...
Pardew's the Sole Voice of Authority at United; Taylor: Our Club Has Moved On
Byline: Matt Leslie NEWCASTLE full-back Ryan Taylor insists the United squad now know and appreciate exactly what wearing the famous black-and-white shirt means because there are no doubts as to who's in charge of the team. Despite last weekend's...
Potters Have Huge Hurdle to Climb to Progress
Stoke City .............................................. 0 Valencia ................................................. 1 STOKE will have to win in the Mestalla next week if their European adventure is to continue after Valencia shaded the first leg...
Quickbites
Email your food and drink news to Katharine.capocci@ncjmedia.co.uk Follow Taste on twitter.com/@tastejournal CONTINENTAL TWIST: Warburtons has launched a new continental range of brioche products - which includes chocolate chip rolls, raisin swirls,...
Regulations on Adverts Is Junk; Youngsters Seeing More Unhealthy Food Promotions
Byline: Nicola Weatherall ANORTH East parenting charity has voiced its concerns after research from academics in our region revealed children are still being exposed to adverts promoting junk food. A study by Newcastle University has found there...
Revenge in Mind for Rhino Players; RUGBY LEAGUE
LEEDS coach Brian McDermott admits his players will be driven by the prospect of revenge when they take on Manly Sea Eagles in tonight's Heinz Big Soup World Club Challenge at Headingley. The Rhinos are aiming to equal the record of Wigan and Bradford...
Robson's Set to Quit Boro; Midfielder to Move to Vancouver This Summer
Byline: Matt Leslie MIDDLESBROUGH midfielder Barry Robson will quit the club at the end of the season to sign for Canadian side Vancouver Whitecaps. The 33-year-old's current contract expires in the summer and it appears the Scotland international...
Shrove Tuesday Offerings
Byline: JANE LOVETT IF there are any faithful readers out there, you might remember my writing two weeks ago about Candlemas Day. Well, to follow on from that, just for the record the day dawned 'fair and bright' which unfortunately means that...
'Social Networking Might Not Be Making Us Cleverer, but It Is Making Us Braver'
Byline: KATE FOX IT'S good to have world records and country-wide bests in the region isn't it? Maybe not all of them are brilliant advertisements though. Gateshead apparently plays host to Britain's fattest woman - Brenda Flanagan Davis who...
TABLE FOR 4; COLIN GEORGE Chadwicks Inn, Maltby, Middlesbrough
SUNDAY lunch is always something of a dilemma in our household. There's the temptation to do it yourself and avoid the families with children that descend on most pubs and restaurants. But then you miss out on the experience and, of course, there's...
The Key to Australia's Success Is Its Winemakers
Byline: HELEN SAVAGE OUR love affair with Australian wine continues. We drink lots of it. The bare facts are that although Australia makes less than 4% of the world's wine, it has held pole position in the UK for ten years, with over 20% of sales...
Underdogs Respected by Eagles; Flournoy Won't Take the Points for Granted
Byline: Stuart Rayner TOP meets bottom in the British Basketball League tonight, but despite their first-season struggles Durham Wildcats have already earned the respect of table-topping player-coach Fabulous Flournoy. Newcastle Eagles have only...
Upmarket Fare Is So Beautifully Presented
miniature glass of Guinness shandy (really) and a coddled hen's egg. Served on a board, it was an enjoyable interpretation of classic pub grub and went down a storm. On to the main course and my partner asked if there was anything else the chef...
Venue for All Occasions
WHETHER it's staging a folk festival, organising a sports awards evening, showcasing the latest Dr Who series or simply arranging an intimate networking event, the University of Sunderland has been steadily building an impressive portfolio of high-profile...
Venue Signs Up Hotel Partnership
NEWCASTLE'S Assembly Rooms has solidified its position as the perfect city centre conferencing venue by entering into partnership with its new neighbour, Hotel Indigo. The new 148-bedroom hotel, which will also feature a Marco Pierre White Steakhouse...
We're Not Scared - O'Shea; We're Not Scared of Gunners, Says O'Shea
JOHN O'Shea insists Sunderland have nothing to be scared of ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Arsenal, writes MATT LESLIE. The two sides meet up for the second time on Wearside in the space of a week with the Gunners having won the...
Whiteford Shares Lead at Masters; GOLF
SCOTLAND'S Peter Whiteford shot a six-under-par 66 to share the firstround lead with Spaniard Alejandro Canizares at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi. The 31-year-old from Kirkcaldy was only one under at the turn but started the back nine with four...
Wildcats Hoping That They Can Thrive
DURHAM Wildcats chief Dave Elderkin believes his side can draw positives from the last time they faced Newcastle Eagles when they make the short trip to Tyneside tonight, writes CHRIS GLANCEY. The Wildcats almost pulled off a major upset when they...
Young Is Hero in Devils Win; Ferguson Claims Victory but Valencia Faces Lay-Off
Ajax 0 Manchester United 2 SIR Alex Ferguson confirmed that Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia is facing four weeks out of action after injuring his hamstring in last night's 2-0 win over Ajax in Amsterdam. Valencia had only been introduced...
Youngsters Given Golden Inspiration
Byline: Brian Daniel AGOLD medal-winning Paralympian was in the region last night to celebrate the achievements of young people in Northumberland. Chris Holmes MBE, who won 15 medals for swimming and is involved in the London 2012 Games, was...
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