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 1, 2012

Bale at the Double as Tottenham March On
Tottenham Hotspur .........................3 Chelsea............................................1 GARETH Bale scored twice as Tottenham returned to winning ways in the Premier League with a stylish triumph over a hapless Wigan side at White Hart Lane....
Bitter Pit Strike Recalled; Lessons for Young of Old Mining Village
Byline: Neil McKay ABITTER industrial dispute when hundreds of miners and their families were forcibly evicted from their homes is to be brought back to life. On Saturday visitors to Silksworth, Sunderland, will be given a tour by locals and...
'Blot on Landscape' Set for Demolition; Town Centre Regeneration Linked to Removal of Sixties
Byline: Tony Henderson PLANS have been tabled to demolish a Sixties building dubbed a "blot on the landscape" of a town's historic market square. Wouldhave House is a three-storey concrete office and shops block in the centre of South Shields....
Cameron on Back Foot over EU Veto; Labour Leader Mocks Prime Minister
Byline: Rob Phillips DAVID Cameron last night denied that he had been forced to back down over his high-profile European treaty veto. The Prime Minister was derided by Labour after it emerged that key EU institutions could be used to enforce...
Cameron Reveals His True Colours; Views of the North
ONE thing I admire - the only thing I admire - about David Cameron is that he is not afraid to show his party colours - he always wears a blue tie! He is certainly showing his party colours in a recent article to the London Evening Standard where...
Canadian Giant in Pounds 150m Deal for Healthcare Firm
Byline: Iain Laing LAW firm Dickinson Dees has helped the Newcastle managers of the UK's biggest incontinence pads maker which has been sold in a pounds 150m deal. Attends Healthcare last week signed a deal with Canadian paper industry giant...
Canary Chief Is Hoping to Boss Match against a Man He Very Much Regards as the Gaffer; Paul Lambert Might Be Looking Down the Premier League Table at Martin O'Neill This Morning, but the Scotsman Is in No Doubt as to Who the Gaffer Is, Writes Stuart Rayner
Byline: Martin O'Neill SEVEN years after they stopped working together, Paul Lambert still cannot bring himself to call Sunderland's manager "Martin." It is a sign of respect the Glaswegian jokes is rooted in fear. For Lambert, Martin O'Neill...
Carroll Makes Anniversary with Goal
Wolverhampton .................................... 0 Liverpool ............................................... 3 ANDY Carroll marked his first anniversary as a Liverpool player by netting the opening goal as Kenny Dalglish's side cruised to victory...
Cats Boss O'neill Makes Case for Defence with Two Loan Deals; Black Cats Snap Up Bridge and Kyrgiakos in Deadline-Day Loan Deals
Byline: Stuart Rayner SUNDERLAND signed two defenders before yesterday's transfer deadline, but only Wayne Bridge joined in time to make his debut tonight. The left-back will go into the squad for tonight's Premier League visit of Norwich City....
City Jewel Still Shines Brightly; It's a Landmark Birthday That Many May Have Doubted the Tyneside Cinema Would Ever Reach. but as the Independent Cinema Celebrates Its 75th Anniversary, Chief Executive Mark Dobson Speaks to RUTH LAWSON about the Challenges He and Those before Him Had to Battle to Overcome
Byline: RUTH LAWSON WHAT began as a theatre screening cutting-edge newsreel films has evolved into a cultural hub that is held dear within the hearts of the North East public. The Tyneside Cinema has a past filled with highs and lows that has...
City Looks to the Future with Renewed Confidence; Great Shopping and Leisure Sunderland Has Come through the Economic Challenges of Recent Years with Hopes Intact for a Series of Major Regeneration Schemes. Three North East Property Specialists Take a Look at Its Potential
THOUGH clearly without a city centre the scale of Newcastle, Sunderland, the largest city in the region, nevertheless features a very successful shopping development and one of the region's largest leisure developments at its heart. The Bridges...
Comedy Duo Pen New Radio Sitcom
TWO Tyneside writers have taken a humorous look at the lives of the Roman soldiers who built Hadrian's Wall and created a new radio sitcom. Called It's Grim Up North, the show follows the exploits of a set of comical centurions building the famous...
Conference Centre Bid for Funding; Council Tries to Get Backing for Pounds 80m Site
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE Arts Council has become the latest organisation asked to fund a conference centre in Gateshead. Council bosses in Gateshead have asked the quango to put money towards the cost, anywhere up to pounds 80m, with further...
Consumer Appetite for Borrowing Stays Low
Byline: Iain Laing CONSUMERS cut their debts at the fastest rate in two decades during December amid signs they dipped into savings to pay for Christmas. Bank of England figures showed a net repayment of pounds 377m in unsecured loans, the largest...
Courses Braced for a Big Freeze
RACECOURSES are bracing themselves for a freezing few days as February threatens to come in with a bite. Although racing has largely escaped the clutches of winter so far, some tracks are taking no chances ahead of their weekend action. Venues...
Criticism on Plans to Scrap Courses; Vocational Subjects to Be Cut
Byline: Nicola Weatherall EDUCATION chiefs from the North East have criticised the Government's plans to change school league tables so they include fewer vocational courses. Just 70 vocational qualifications will count towards a school's GCSE...
Dad's Horseback Heroics; Gran Tells of Father's WW1 Adventure
Byline: Brian Daniel MEMORIES award for bravery. ATALE of a war spent on horse-back has brought back memories of a Tyneside man's heroics on a French battlefield. The Journal recently reported the Second World War story of 91-year-old Joseph...
Deaths
BLACK (Morpeth). Formerly of Ponteland. Peacefully in the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh on 25th January, Mercia, beloved wife of the late Ken and a dearly loved and cherished mum, nan, nanny and aunt to all the family. Friends please meet for service...
Economic Policy Must Be Reversed
Byline: Gill Hale AS WE begin the second month of 2012, my thoughts are on the year ahead and what trying times the region will face this year, especially in relation to the economy. The North East economy was growing at the same rate as London...
Fairytales from North of the Border Prove to Be a Hit
FAIRYTALES from north of the border have proved a hit in the North East and the visit of Scottish Ballet this week will underline the point. The Glasgow-based company returns to the Theatre Royal tonight with The Sleeping Beauty, the third ballet...
Fall Recorded in Commercial Investments
Byline: Iain Laing THE total value of commercial property investment transactions across the North East decreased dramatically in the last three months of 2011. The deal value fell to pounds 28m from pounds 109.7m in the previous quarter, according...
Farmers Urged to Enter Wildlife-Friendly Contest
Byline: Karen Dent ORGANISERS of the annual competition to find Britain's most wildlifefriendly farmer are urging North East farmers to submit their entries. The Nature of Farming Award recognises those who have put in the most work to improve...
Ferry Route Hits Record High Third Year in a Row
Byline: Karen Dent THE North East's growing popularity as a tourist attraction has seen the number of passengers using DFDS Seaways' Newcastle to Amsterdam ferry route hit a record high for the third year running. The Danish-owned shipping giant,...
Festive Season Spending Was Nothing to Celebrate; as Consumer Confidence Dips and the Economy Staggers It Is Hardly a Surprise That a Chill Descended over Christmas and New Year Trading. IAIN LAING Surveys the Highs and Lows of Retail over the Last Two Months
IT WAS never going to be the merriest of Christmases for retailers. Britons had seen their disposable income fall for the last two years and even the most festive shoppers have learned to keep their high spirits on a tight leash when it comes to...
Filtronic Establishes Stronger Foothold in American Market
Byline: Karen Dent ELECTRONICS company Filtronic has launched new products and secured more customers as it establishes a stronger foothold in the lucrative US market. The business, which is run from Newton Aycliffe, has reported sales of pounds...
Focusing on Positives of Living in North East
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK LAST week I dealt with the first part of the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) North East Summit, held to debate those factors that are affecting the property and construction sectors and also acting to hold back...
From Near-Death to Showjumping; Ex-Soldier Injured in Iraq Turns Her Life around to Become Trainer
Byline: Brian Daniel ANORTHUMBERLAND woman who was nearly killed while serving in Iraq has completed a remarkable turnaround by training to become a showjumping coach. Jennifer Day, 29, of Cramlington, was close to a roadside bomb which exploded...
Furious Pardew Calls Stubbs
FURIOUS Alan Pardew has taken a swipe at the Football Association and ESPN presenter Ray Stubbs after Yohan Cabaye was hit with a violent conduct charge, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Cabaye will hear this morning whether he faces a three match ban and Pardew...
History Is Brought to Life for Project; Pounds 24,400 Grant for Period Research at Stately Hall
Byline: Tony Henderson THE colourful characters who made history at a Northumberland stately home are to be brought back to life in a new research project. The National Trust has been awarded a grant of pounds 24,400 from the Heritage Lottery...
Hit and Miss for Magpies; Newcastle United Ended the January Transfer Window in Low-Key Fashion, but Alan Pardew Believes the Month Has Been a "Success". Mark Douglas Reports
Byline: Mark Douglas SO once again Newcastle United failed to land their stated target despite a month of haggling. For August 31, 2011 read January 31, 2012. This time it was a centre-back, then it was a centre-forward - on both occasions Newcastle...
Housing/construction Red Tape Bonfire
Byline: GEORGE PARKER- FULLER IN April 2011, the Government launched its Red Tape Challenge website, inviting members of the public to suggest regulations that should be scrapped, merged with other regulations, simplified or improved. The website...
Investors Take Heart as EU Works on Pact
Byline: Carmen Baylis AS EU leaders worked on the details of a fiscal pact to be signed in March and agreed to a new permanent bail out deal for July, UK investors pushed the FTSE 100 up in early trading. Results of a poll showed UK consumer...
'I Plan My Travels around Gastropubs' Smarting over His Marriage Breakdown, Curtis Stigers Tells DAVID WHETSTONE about the Solace to Be Found in a UK Tour Bringing Him to the North East in March
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE IT'S the oldest gaffe in the book, the bellowed "Hello, Manchester" (or Birmingham or Liverpool) to a massed concert audience in Newcastle - or, indeed, anywhere miles away from the place plucked from the ether by the jet-lagged...
Jailed Brothel Boss Told to Pay Proceeds; Madame Made to Return Pounds 42,000 to Authorities
Byline: Rob Kennedy AMADAME who is estimated to have made pounds 500,000 running a seedy brothel empire has been told to pay back just pounds 42,000. Hai Hong Liu was jailed for nine months two years ago for her sordid work in sex dens across...
January Transfer Window Round-Up
QPR moved to bolster their forward line in the final few hours of the transfer window after signing former Sunderland striker Djibril Cisse. With only Premier League bottom side Wigan having scored fewer (19) in the first 22 matches, manager Mark...
Joe Is Youngest Chairman for Regional Planners' Body
PLANNING consultant Joe Ridgeon has become the youngest chairman of the Royal Town Planning Institute in the North East. The 26-year-old, who works at Alnwick-based property agency George F White, celebrated his new role at a reception at the Biscuit...
John Lewis and Greggs the Stars; Northumberland Street
D Sports JD Sports, the sports and fashion tailer, released what it described as credible trading statement for the hristmas period. The company ported an increase of 1.6% in gross ke-for-like sales in the core UK and eland businesses for the five...
Jump on to the Funding Escalator
Byline: BARRIE HENSBY COMPANIES go through a range of developmental stages as they grow from a simple start-up to an expanding SME to, hopefully, the well-established and successful operation that its founders always hoped it would become. Often...
Kean Has Faith in Restless Samba
BLACKBURN manager Steve Kean believes Chris Samba can regain his focus and reproduce his best once the transfer window closes, starting with tonight's Barclays Premier League clash at home to Newcastle United. The Rovers captain handed in a transfer...
Knee Op Rap for Doctor; Patient Didn't Need Surgery, Says Watchdog
Byline: Dan Warburton ACATALOGUE of errors led a doctor to carry out a knee replacement on a patient who never needed surgery, a watchdog has ruled. Dr John Fraser was criticised by a General Medical Council panel after it found two patients...
Late Own Goal Saves Villas-Boas' Blues
Swansea City ......................................... 1 Chelsea.................................................. 1 AN OWN goal from Neil Taylor deep into injury-time saw Chelsea deny Swansea another famous win at the Liberty Stadium. Former Chelsea...
Laying Foundations of Regenera Ation
IN the face of wider economic struggles, Sunderland is continuing with its regeneration plans despite finding itself in one of the most fragile development markets seen in recent years. The lack of available finance and a non-existent pre-let market...
Magpies Still Plan to Make Major Signing; EXCLUSIVE UNITED HOPING FOR A SIGNING
Byline: Mark Douglas THE transfer deadline passed without Newcastle United recruiting a new centre-back - but they intend to make an even more important signing by the end of the week. United ended the month with Leon Best locked in negotiations...
McClean Is Fast Making an Impression
JAMES McClean's emergence has given Sunderland the hurry-up under Martin O'Neill - and the Northern Irishman will be in the market for more pace in the summer, writes STUART RAYNER. The Black Cats paid Derry City pounds 350,000 for the left-winger...
Mongoose Looks a Good Bet to Win
Byline: Saraband THE Mongoose can finally end a frustrating run of results by emerging victorious in the Betdaq Multiples Handicap at Kempton today. Montjeu has, of course, sired far sharper arrows than this one, but connections must still be...
Moving Story of the Man Who Put Giants on the Roads; in the Third Part of Our Series on the Vanishing Industrial Face of the North East We Talk to a Man Who Always Had a Load on His Mind
Byline: TONY HENDERSON VISITING the major manufacturing works spread across the North East was always a moving experience for George Nairn. For more than 30 years George worked for Pickfords Heavy Haulage, which specialised in transporting abnormal...
Moving with the Times for 250 Years; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
AT Brewin Dolphin, we have an extra reason to be excited about 2012. Not only is it the year of the London Olympics, which will see international football games being played in Newcastle, it is also the 250th anniversary of the company's founding in...
MP Cautions over Election of City Mayor; Remember T Dan Smith, Former Labour Minister Tells Committee
Byline: William Green NEWCASTLE MP Nick Brown yesterday cautioned those who would like to see a powerful elected mayor running Newcastle by raising the spectre of T Dan Smith. The Government and supporters of directly elected mayors in England's...
Now It's No Longer Sir Fred the Shred; Ex-RBS Boss Forfeits His Knighthood
Byline: James Tapsfield DAVID Cameron last night hailed the decision to complete Fred Goodwin's disgrace by removing his knighthood. The Prime Minister said a key report into the failure of Royal Bank of Scotland had made clear "where the failures...
Oil Workers Wait for News
Byline: Karen Dent WORKERS at the Petroplus oil storage site on Teesside, which went into administration last week, are hoping finance can be secured so it can continue operating. The storage facility at Seal Sands and Petroplus marketing office...
Old Boy Gibson's Boost for Devils
Everton 1 Manchester City 0 FORMER Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson boosted his old club's title chances by firing Everton to a stunning win over Manchester City last night. Gibson lashed home his first goal since quitting Old Trafford...
Onus on Batsmen to Save England; Tourists Aim to Put Pakistan in a Spin in Finale
ENGLAND'S batsmen have obvious questions to answer as the tourists try to escape Dubai by avoiding a 3-0 Test series whitewash against Pakistan. Four of the first six in the order have mustered a combined 162 runs from 16 attempts on the fast route...
Orchestral World First for Chamber Musicians
THE world premiere of a work by one of Britain's most treasured composers will be heard in the North East. The Durham University Orchestral Society will perform Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford in Durham Cathedral...
Our Olympic Legacy May Not Be What Was First Imagined; Columnist
Byline: Peter Troy WHEN I was an activist in the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), I argued strongly and frequently that firms should convince our political rulers that their working practices and needs were very different from those of the...
People on the Move
NATIONAL qualifications provider NCFE, based in Newcastle, has welcomed three new directors to its board including chairman TERRY HODGKINSON, who will take up this position formally this month after succeeding Chris Hughes. He is joined by DAVID...
Perspective Can Make All the Difference
Byline: ANDREW MILLER DEATH by PowerPoint is an ever-present danger at strategy roadshows. Audience participation helps keep it at bay. The first question that can be asked is who thinks the global economy is in great shape? The rolling 12-month...
Pounds 12m Bill for Council Staff on the Sick; Some Workers Take Three Weeks a Year off for Ill Health
Byline: Tom Rowley NORTH East councils spent more than pounds 12m on sick pay for staff who took nearly 600,000 days off last year. Four councils spent pounds 12,017,698 on sick pay and paying agency staff to cover absences last year. But the...
Pounds 500 New Year Boost for Learning Disabled
Byline: Iain Laing ANORTHUMBERLAND charity that supports people with learning disabilities has received a cash boost from the Newcastle Building Society Community Fund at the Community Foundation. Gateway into the Community was nominated to receive...
Quakers' Future Is Back in Balance
THE future of Darlington Football Club again hung in the balance last night - despite talks aimed at sparing it from liquidation being at an "advanced stage." For negotiations between former chairman Raj Singh and potential investor Paul Wildes...
Rail Victim Died on Way to Help Others; Better Safety Measures Demanded
Byline: Sara Nichol and Katie Davies THE family of a teenager killed crossing a railway have paid tribute to the "beautiful and talented" girl. Katie Littlewood, 15, was killed as she crossed a rail line. Her death is the third to occur on...
Rare Slime Mould Is Found at Nature Site
ONE of Britain's rarest slippery customers has been identified at a North East nature site. The slime mould is a resident of Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve at Peterlee in County Durham and the discovery is thought to be a first in the...
Region Celebrates Apprentice Success; 'Outstanding' Two-Year Rise in Numbers
Byline: Stephen Cape APPRENTICESHIPS in the North East have nearly doubled in the last two years, according to new research. In a report published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, it is revealed that the numbers of people...
Robbo's Battlecry Ahead of England Clash
ANDY Robinson has told his Scotland players to do their talking on the pitch in Saturday's RBS Six Nations opener with defending champions England at Murrayfield. Robinson stoked the fires ahead of the annual Calcutta Cup showdown by labelling some...
Santander's Profits Plunge
Byline: Iain Laing BANKING group Santander has revealed a 40% drop in UK profits, but hailed its success in increasing support to small and medium-sized firms. The group's UK arm loaned pounds 4.3bn to SMEs in the year to December 31, which was...
Santon Sets Sights on Euro Campaign
DAVIDE Santon is targeting fifth place and European qualification in his debut season in England. The buccaneering full-back has cemented his place in the Newcastle line-up and impressed in his first weeks in the team with his attacking instincts...
Shake-Up to Avert Signs Fiasco Repeat; Council Looks at Changes for Roadside Ads
Byline: Paul Tully MORE than 200 unauthorised roadside adverts were investigated by Northumberland County Council in 2010-11. Of the 202 recorded cases, 65% involved adverts for local businesses, while 25% related to estate agents and only 4%...
Significant Steps Have Been Taken to Progress
WHILE Sunderland has suffered from the effects of the economic downturn along with the rest of the UK, the city has continued to pursue its aims to improve the environment, bring about regeneration of key areas and secure new development across all...
Solar Power Helping to Slash Bills; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
EVER heard of solar-powered central heating that halves your central heating costs? Ask anyone what a solar thermal panel does, most will say "generates hot water"... but what most people don't realise is the very latest solar thermal technology can...
Spot-On Reds See off Stoke; Penalties in Each Half Secure Victory for Red Devils
Manchester United 2 Stoke City 0 M ANCHESTER United made light of their chronic injury list to turn up the heat in the Premier League title race by overcoming a subdued Stoke at Old Trafford. A penalty in each half, from Javier Hernandez and Dimitar...
Steele Is Set for an Early Boro Return
Byline: Stuart Rayner GOALKEEPER Jason Steele could be rushed back ahead of schedule tonight to protect teenager Connor Ripley. The Middlesbrough stopper (right) has missed the last three games with a thigh injury and while still not 100%, he could...
Students Learn Skills of Renewables
A PIONEERING academy is set to boost jobs in Tyneside by equipping youngsters with skills to work in the renewable energy sector. The new Energy Academy, in Wallsend, North Tyneside, is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. Based...
The Schoolchildren Who Mean Business; Go Green Pupils Scoop First Prize in National Event
Byline: Michael Brown ECO-FRIENDLY pupils are celebrating after "going for gold" and being crowned national champions in a prestigious schools business competition. Students from Cramlington Learning Village in Northumberland came out top in the...
Thousands Sign Up to Save Station; Council to Debate Facility's Future
Byline: Paul Tully ALMOST 2,000 people have signed a petition to keep a town's bus station where it is ahead of a county council debate this afternoon. Now the proposals to move Hexham bus station to an edge-of-town site could be dropped by the...
Tie-Up Makes Films Available
MOVIES including Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction will be made available for BT Vision after a tie-up with film studio Miramax. The licensing agreement will open up a library of films to BT Vision Unlimited customers, who pay a monthly subscription of...
Wearside's Rocking as We Go into 2012
Byline: GARY HUTCHINSON THE headlines haven't made particularly pleasant reading over the past fortnight. Unemployment rising, youth unemployment also increasing, the eurozone in crisis (again) and to top it all we may be on the brink of a double-dip...
Wells Joins as Falcons Attempt to Stay Instay in Totop Flight
Byline: Mark Smith NEWCASTLE Falcons have delivered another bold statement of their intent to remain a Premiership side with the addition of John Wells to the coaching team. The 48-year-old has been forwards coach for the England national team...
Why Inflict This Pain on the North? Council Chief Warns of More Brutal Cuts
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE full extent of George Osborne's additional two years of cuts is spelled out today as a council boss warns the North will find itself unable to provide the same standard of services as the South. Durham County Council...
Wind Turbines Are Likely to Go Ahead; Councillors Recommended to Approve Bid
Byline: Dave Black PLANS to build four giant wind turbines in an area which has endured opencast coal mining and the mass disposal of animal carcasses in the past look set to get the green light next week. Energy company Infinis wants to erect...
Work to Restart Production at Plant Nears Completion
MOST of the work needed to restart production at a giant Teesside steel plant has been completed and the finishing line is now "within sight". Thailand's Sahaviriya Steel Industries (SSI) had hoped to restart production at the mothballed Redcar...
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