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, 2010

140 Jobs Secured in Firm Takeover; US Deal Ends a Year of Doubt
Byline: Brian Daniel THE future of 140 jobs in a Northumberland market town has been secured following the sale of a pharmaceutical company. The Sanofi-Aventis site at Alnwick has been bought by American firm Covance Inc, with the majority of...
26 People Affected by Closures
A TOTAL of 26 elderly people face having to be re-housed after council bosses agreed to close two sheltered housing complexes. Durham County Council's cabinet was told that to upgrade Oversteads House in Ushaw Moor and Brandon House, Brandon - both...
A Balanced Economy Is Key to Growth
Byline: HUGH MORGAN WHAT are we to make of the quarterly growth statistics recently released by the Office of National Statistics? There are those who claim that the growth, at 0.8% and strongest third-quarter figure in a decade, shows that fears...
Adam Not Wanting a Move - Holloway
BLACKPOOL manager Ian Holloway is sure Charlie Adam is committed to the club after revealing that the influential midfielder confronted his phobia of needles to play in their 2-1 win over West Brom. Adam's future at Bloomfield Road is uncertain...
Adebayor Laughs off Disunity Rumours
Byline: Simon Stone EMMANUEL Adebayor has laughed off any suggestion of disunity in the Manchester City camp. Twenty-four hours after Gareth Barry's apology for his behaviour on an ill-fated trip to St Andrews, Adebayor offered an explanation...
A Great Start for UK Teams; Medal Haul on the Horizon for Britain's Boat Crews
BRITAIN'S good start to the World Rowing Championships in New Zealand continued yesterday as both eights progressed to Sunday's finals - taking Greg Searle one step closer to a remarkable second world title. The 38-year-old, who won the Olympic...
A Lesson to Be Learned by Landlords
Byline: RICHARD FREEMAN WALLACE WE ALL think we know what "vacant possession" is. Most property transactions will be bought and sold with vacant possession, unless the property is being bought as a ready investment. Vacant possession means providing...
All Power to Firm as Fuel Cell Tests Break New Ground
Byline: Peter McCusker AFTER raising pounds 20m to fund research and development, Newcastle-based plc Proton is set to commercialise its ground-breaking hydrogen fuel cell systems following successful trials with North East electric vehicle company...
Answers Sought over Son's Death
THE grieving parents of County Durham man are demanding answers from hospital bosses after their "healthy, strapping son" died following an operation. Martin Blacklock, 32, of Parkhouse Gardens, Sherburn, Durham, was admitted to hospital feeling...
Bad Boys Are Given the Warhol Treatment
FROM Al Capone to Al Pacino, famous faces who have fallen foul of the law feature in an exhibition of mug shots opening in Newcastle this weekend. Also included in the line-up at Castle Galleries are late greats such as Frank Sinatra and Steve McQueen,...
Bale Shines Again as Spurs Beat Inter
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Inter Milan 1 TOTTENHAM Tonight completed their remarkable renaissance as a European force by producing a stunning display of attacking football to beat Champions League holders Inter Milan. On a glory, glory night arguably not...
Business Diary
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Carlisle Are the Top Dogs as Rovers Beat
Carlisle United 2 Tranmere Rovers 0 CARLISLE United ended their run of three games without a win with a solid display against a Tranmere Rovers side who never really got out of the blocks. Goals either side of the break made things very comfortable...
Caught after Assault; Court Told of PC''s Station Sex Attack
Byline: Hugh Macknight APOLICE officer accused of raping vulnerable women was caught after subjecting a shoplifter to a horrifying sexual assault, a court heard. PC Stephen Mitchell assaulted the mother-of-four, who was in remission from cancer...
Celebrating Business Success
THE Journal and Evening Gazette are passionate about business in our region and we want you to be too. The North East Business Awards are now in their 11th year of the regional format and at their heart are the aims of recognising achievement, encouraging...
Churches' Systems of Sound Improve
NORTH East audio-visual specialist Blaydon Communications has been helping churches in the region to spread the word with more clarity and less complexity. The company recently installed a system at Gosforth's St Charles RC church in Newcastle that...
Coalition Policy May Set Region Way Back; Minister Admits Possible Failure of Partnerships
Byline: William Green FEARS are growing that the region could be put back a generation after a minister admitted a key economic policy of the coalition Government could fail. Some MPs in the North East have accused the coalition of "playing fast...
Cole Could Return to Face Former Side
LIVERPOOL manager Roy Hodgson believes Joe Cole still has an outside chance of facing his former club Chelsea this weekend. Cole appeared to have been ruled out for a fortnight following scans on the hamstring injury that forced him off during the...
Cup Clash Survives Terrible Weather; NON-LEAGUE ROUND-UP
Byline: Malcolm Pratt DURHAM City's all-weather pitch meant that last night's Durham Challenge Cup Second Round tie with Newton Aycliffe went ahead, despite the torrential rain at the Esh Group Stadium. Lee Collings' side made a dream start on...
David Wells
Buckle up Aries it's time for some movement on the work front and some of it could take all your energy, but let's face it you have enough to go round and are likely to make the most of Pluto and his friendlier mood. Sitting still is easy, especially...
Deaths
BEWICK (Ellington). Suddenly on 29th October, aged 94 years, Irene Mary (nee Robson), beloved wife of the late Stan, a much loved mother of Alan and Michael, also a devoted grandma and great grandma of all the family. Service to be held at Cowpen Crematorium...
Double Whammy Warning as Planners Meet
THE North East could suffer as development schemes are hit by a double whammy, according to a top planner. The warning from Richard Arkell came before his fellow professionals met today to discuss their fears over changes by the coalition Government....
Dowdy in the Workplace but Needed in the Home
WORKING mums feel dowdy - that's the latest shocker from a new poll designed to cash in on the parent pound. Detergent maker Persil says women returning to work after having a year off to have children often feel dowdy compared to their single female...
Event Provides a Window on New Markets
Byline: Karen Dent ASPECIALIST glass maker has returned from a health sector exhibition confident of securing orders worth "several million pounds" as it continues to expand after refocusing the business. Fendor, which already has contracts to...
Family's Fury at Claims Marksman Used Song Lyrics during Evidence
THE family of a barrister shot dead by police called for a "rigorous inquiry" last night into claims one of the marksmen inserted song titles into his inquest evidence. A member of the Metropolitan Police's CO19 firearms unit has been removed from...
Films, Fun and Learning
THE focus is firmly on young people as Durham plays host this weekend to films and filmmakers from around the world in Kids for Kids UK. The film festival - now in its second year - celebrates and showcases young talent and there's plenty of opportunity...
Finalists Who Are Doing the North East Proud
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN WITH the search for our North East company of the year for 2010 well under way, it was good this week to catch up with some of the firms who took the honours in the 2009 awards. One of the benefits of winning an award category...
Firms See Impact of Regional Fund
Byline: CRAIG SWINHOE BUSINESSES in the North East have enjoyed venture capital support for a number of years. Whilst liquidity has been scarce of late, the new Finance for Business North East Fund (FBNEF), a "superfund" of pounds 125m in total,...
Fletcher Kicks off Red Rally in Bursa
Bursaspor 0 Manchester United 3 M ANCHESTER United shrugged off the loss of star man Nani to claim a very impressive Champions League win over Bursaspor. Second-half goals from Darren Fletcher, Gabriel Obertan and Bebe extended United's unbeaten record...
Forget Vampires - Werewolves Are Leading the Pack; VAMPIRES Have Been Done to Death, Says Writer Steve Feasey. Werewolves Are His Thing, as DAVID WHETSTONE Finds Out
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE HALLOWEEN may have been last weekend's craze but they are having a horror hangover at Seven Stories this weekend when werewolf author Steve Feasey takes up residence. That's not to say Steve is a werewolf - although obviously...
Frustrating Night for Rangers in Valencia
VALENCIA .......................................3 RANGERS ...................................... 0 RANGERS suffered their first defeat in the Champions League this season as Roberto Soldado grabbed a double to hand Valencia victory at the Mestalla....
Furniture Retailer Gets a 'Business MOT'
A 160-year-old furniture retailer is facing the future with renewed optimism after a "business MOT" from Newcastle-based accountants unw. Chapmans Furniture is developing 150ft of additional window space next door to its Newcastle store after managing...
Gatland: We Need to Get Physical
WARREN Gatland has admitted Wales need to get physical with Wallabies back-row destroyer David Pocock in Saturday's autumn Test series opener at the Millennium Stadium. Pocock (pictured below) might be less than 20 caps into his international career,...
Growth Is Preserve of Fresh Food Firm
Byline: Christopher Knox ACOMPANY which launched a revolutionary system for keeping fruit and vegetables fresh in transit is currently wrapping up a number of deals with distributors in the US and is now aiming for a pounds 2m turnover. Newcastle...
Gun Law Proposal Follows Bird's 12 Murders; Report Reveals New Details
Byline: Nell Stone ACHANGE in the law to prevent criminals who receive suspended jail terms from holding a gun licence for five years should be introduced, a report into the killings of Derrick Bird has recommended. The taxi driver, who shot...
Hall Plan Hit by Objections; Owners Want to Build 60 Houses to Fund Restoration Project
Byline: Kerry Wood AROW has erupted after plans for a upmarket housing complex were put forward as a way of saving a dilapidated historic building. The grade II-star Hamsterley Hall, in County Durham's Derwent Valley, is deemed at risk by English...
Have I Got Some Good News for You!
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK LAST week had a collection of good news hidden behind the bad news. We've trailed the bad news enough, so the good news is... Tees Valley have achieved their Local Enterprise Partnership. The North East Economic Partnership...
Heritage Is Put to One Side by Hape; Auckland-Born Star Will Start
ENGLAND'S resident Maori Shontayne Hape performed the haka before each of his 14 Test appearances for New Zealand's rugby league team - but now he is ready to stare down the famous war dance. Hape was confirmed yesterday as England's starting inside...
Historic Herd Owners Bid to Boost Visitors
Byline: Brian Daniel PLANS described as being key to the future of a unique Northumberland visitor attraction have been met by a series of objections. The Chillingham Wild Cattle Association submitted an application to address a fall in visitor...
Home Advantage Can't Save Lopez as Murray Marches on; Tennis
ANDY Murray recorded an impressive straight-sets win over Feliciano Lopez in the first round of the Valencia Open 500. The world number 31, playing on home territory, represented a tough first-round draw for the British number one and defending...
Home Sweet Home for Brave Youngster; after Months in Hospital Tiny Heart Transplant Patient Lydia Gets the All-Cle a R
Byline: Helen Rae BRAVE toddler Lydia Rose Sayle has been given the all-clear and spent her first night at home since her last-gasp heart transplant. In July this year, the 14-month-old received a new heart from Croatia after a desperate global...
Insurers Announce a Further Pounds 400m in Cost Savings
INSURANCE giant Aviva has outlined plans for a further pounds 400m in cost savings and efficiencies over the next two years. The group's previously announced decision to axe its 7,600-member final salary scheme in the UK next April will help deliver...
Is the US Ready to Turn on QE Tap?
Byline: ANDREW MILLER LATER today, the US Federal Reserve will decide whether or not to extend its Quantitative Easing (QE) programme. Under QE - an increasingly familiar abbreviation -- the Fed in effect prints money to allow it to buy up treasuries...
'It's Time for Action to Find Madeleine' Parents Hit out at Lack of Progress
Byline: Ellen Branagh KATE and Gerry McCann today said they have had enough of "fluffy worthless words", calling again for a full case review over their daughter Madeleine's disappearance. Exactly three-and-a-half years since Madeleine went missing,...
Keeping A-Head of Offenders at Club; Cameras Used as Deterrent by Door Staff
Byline: Adam Jupp HEADCAMS worn by door staff have helped a North East bar reopen its doors. Passion @ Pzazz, in Holmeside, Sunderland, was temporarily closed earlier this year following police concerns over violence and drug use at the venue....
Lloyds Set for Its First Profits since Crunch
Byline: Iain Laing PART-NATIONALISED Lloyds Banking Group has said it remains on track to report its first annual profit since the banking crisis thanks to falling bad debts and rising mortgage margins. The group, which is 41% owned by the Government,...
Logan Positive Ahead of All Blacks Clash
FORMER Scotland winger Kenny Logan believes the historic series win over Argentina offers hope that his country can break another duck against New Zealand. Scotland will make their 28th attempt to overcome the All Blacks when the teams meet at Murrayfield...
Man's Death Caused by Fall; Murder-Style Inquiry Led to Traffic Chaos
Byline: Sophie Doughty AMAJOR investigation into the death of a man found seriously injured on Tyneside has been called off. The 20-year-old passed away in hospital yesterday morning after he was found near the entrance to the High Level Bridge...
Marking Achievement Is Even More Important Now
DURHAM Business School is delighted to be a sponsor of the Journal's nebusiness awards 2010. We feel that, as challenging economic conditions continue, it is especially important to mark the achievements of regional companies that are succeeding. ...
Mastery Can Command the Field
Byline: Saraband MASTERY has every chance of playing a leading role in the Listed digibet Floodlit Stakes at Kempton. Last year's St Leger hero made a perfectly satisfactory return to action in a decent nine-furlong Group Three event at Newmarket...
Media Firm Benefits from Free Legal Advice
LEGAL eagles at the largest business organisation in the North East have helped a regional company cut through red tape to solve a debt recovery case. Outdoor media contractor Gorilla Media Ltd, based in Newcastle, took advantage of the free legal...
Mock Tribunal's Close to Reality
THE organiser of this year's Mock Employment Tribunal says the event is as "close to the real thing as it gets". The Journal and Evening Gazette have teamed up with Newcastle-based consultancy Weightman Associates to organise the event which will...
My Squad's Strong, Insists Ancelotti
CHELSEA boss Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out buying any new players in the January transfer window unless injuries force him to ask owner Roman Abramovich to open his cheque book. The Italian coach, preparing his side for their Champions League, Group...
New Entente over Forces of Defence; Britain and France Sign 'Radical' Deal
Byline: Andrew Woodcock DAVID Cameron yesterday hailed a "new chapter" in Anglo-French relations after signing ground-breaking treaties which will see the two countries pool troops, aircraft carriers and nuclear testing facilities. -from pounds...
New Man to Take on Practice's Leading Role
Byline: Peter McCusker FAST-GROWING accountants and business advisors RMT have appointed a new managing partner after John Richards opted to stand down after six-years. Richards had performed the senior duties for three years longer than is standard...
Now Showing
BURKE & HARE (15) William Burke (Simon Pegg) and William Hare (Andy Serkis) learn that one of their elderly lodgers has passed away. Dr Knox (Tom Wilkinson) will pay pounds 3 for a fresh cadaver to use in his anatomical demonstrations. Soon Burke...
Oil and Gas Firms Dominate Leaderboard
Byline: Steven Keppie THE FTSE 100 Index continued its positive start to the week yesterday, following the release of a raft of strong company earnings. The Index finished the day 62.8 points higher at 5,757.4. Companies within the mining sector...
'Parking Injustice Must Not Happen' Traders and Residents Send a Message to the Council
Byline: Dave Black TRADERS and residents in a Northumberland market town have sent a clear message to council chiefs they want action taken over the "injustice" of the county's two-tier system of parking charges. Campaigners in Morpeth voiced...
People on the Move
This is a free service. Send goodquality colour photographs and particulars to Business Desk, The Journal, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED or iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk NORTHUMBERLAND drug manufacturer the Specials Laboratory has appointed LOUISE VICKERS...
Planning Ahead Is Vital for Tank Track Manufacturer; AS the Key Decisions of the UK's Strategic Defence Review Become Known, Experts Are Speculating on Its Impact for the Country's Defence Industry. However, JOHN HILL Finds the Process of Planning for the Future Began Far Earlier Than October for Some North East Companies
Byline: JOHN HILL HEAD west down the A689 in County Durham and you'll come to Stanhope, a small market village with under 2,000 residents. In one of the business sites down a side road is a quiet-looking bench on a neat lawn, perfect for a spot...
Potts - A New Chapter in Print
ONE of the region''s most dynamic printing, packaging and direct mail companies was re-launched this week with a new trading name, a refreshed corporate identity and website. On November 1, 2010, Potts Printers Ltd became Potts Print (UK) Ltd. ...
Pounds 200,000 Cash Boost for Regional Slaughterhouse
Byline: Karen Dent Apounds 200,000 cash injection is being used to boost standards at a North East abattoir and turn it into the only one in the region with full EU accreditation. The improvements at Linden Foods' Burradon abattoir are designed...
Pounds 3.3m Deal for North East's Fastest-Growing Gaming Firm
Byline: Peter McCusker THREE years after being bought by its management, fast-growing electronics gaming company Innocore has been targeted by a Taiwanese outfit in a pounds 3.3m deal. Managing director Edward Price has taken the business on...
Prior: We'll Steer Clear of Sledging
ENGLAND intend to avoid sledging tactics and let their cricketing ability do the talking for them in the Ashes this winter. Wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior insists that if sledging is to have any prevalence between them and Australia over the next...
Recruitment Firm Secures Millions in US Investment; Glass Firm''s Future Looks Secure: Page 35
Byline: Iain Laing AUS private equity group has invested millions of pounds to fuel the international growth of one of the North East's biggest recruitment companies. Newcastle-based Nigel Wright Recruitment plans to open three European offices...
Short-Break Investment Will Create 90 New Jobs
Byline: Christopher Knox ANEW carehome business is set to roll out a string of short-break holiday developments for people with disabilities and plans to create around 90 jobs at developments in Whitley Bay, Gateshead and Northumberland. Northridge...
Society Are on Song at Sage; Photographs Showcase Region's Music Scene
Byline: Vicky Robson IMAGES capturing the heart and soul of the region's music scene have gone on display in a unique exhibition. From rock band Arctic Monkeys in concert in Newcastle to bell ringers in a church hall and violin makers, various...
'Somebody Looked at My Father and Then Shot Him Dead'
THE daughter of a cyclist killed by Derrick Bird said it was still difficult to understand that "somebody looked at my father and then shot him dead". Jude Talbot, the daughter of Michael Pike, who was shot dead just a few hundred yards from his...
Spring Start for Pounds 50m Plan
Byline: Peter McCusker AUNIQUE deal for the North East property market will kickstart work on Newcastle's Stephenson Quarter development with construction of a hotel, car park and 40,000sq ft of office space set to begin early next year. Newcastle...
Staff's Wig Gig to Raise Funds
STAFF from design, build and operate firm _space group have taken part in a hair-raising event to boost awareness and raise funds to tackle breast cancer. It is the third year in a row that the South Gosforth-based business has taken part in the Breast...
Starters Restaurant Ends Serving Up a Winner
A CITY centre restaurant has become the latest victim of the recession. Starters & Puds on Newcastle's Shakespeare Street has closed after demand for its bite-size food dwindled. Owner David Burrow announced he was closing the eatery via its...
The Business of Finding Success, However Small
Byline: Iain Laing SMALL companies are key to the growth of the North East economy and contribute billions of pounds to the UK's wealth every year. In this region, smaller businesses are highly valued by the business community, which knows that...
Thefts from Churches Highlight Rural Risks; Rural Campaigners Warn of Increased Crime on Winter Nights - Police Alert
Byline: Paul Tully CHURCHES in rural areas risk being turned into fortresses after a spate of thefts, it has been warned. New security measures costing pounds 20,000 are being installed at a church in Berwick after valuable antique pipes were...
The Key to Success at Kielder Is Mobility
KIELDER Water has produced great sport this week particularly for those anglers prepared to move in search of the fish. Boat anglers D Watson and P Hopper mastered gusty conditions to take an impressive seven fish each using Pink PowerBait. The...
Time Region Shouted Louder
Byline: MARTYN PELLEW EARLIER this year, the British Chambers of Commerce published its Infrastructure Survey which revealed that four in every five businesses polled were adversely affected by the UK's aged transport network. The report highlighted...
Transport Chiefs Say Boris Has Been Given an Easy Ride
REGIONAL transport chiefs say the Government has helped Tory London mayor Boris Johnson by slashing their budgets while minimising cuts to his. The Passenger Transport Executive Group - PTEG, whose members include Tyne and Wear Metro operators Nexus...
Visit to Site Tests out Buffer Zone; Controversy at Fact-Finding Mission
Byline: Dave Black TWO opencast coal mines in Northumberland are to be visited by a Government minister as a battle rages over plans to impose tough new restrictions on the industry. UK Coal's Potland Burn site near Ashington and the Banks Group's...
Watson Burton Successfully Resolving Disputes
WATSON Burton's 'focused and tenacious' dispute resolution group provides clients with 'cost-effective, practical solutions' and results which are 'nothing short of spectacular' according to Legal 500. The dispute resolution group includes specialists...
Wilshere's Star in Ascendancy
ARSENE Wenger admits even he has been taken aback by Jack Wilshere's development, with the England star set to return to the Arsenal side for tonight's Champions League Group H clash at Shakhtar Donetsk. Wenger has brought through many talented...
Winger Hints at Magpies Interest; Legear Draws List of Admirers
Byline: Mark Douglas H IGHLY-RATED Anderlecht winger Jonathan Legear has claimed Newcastle United are interested in signing him. The 23-year-old is one of several players being monitored by United, who have expanded their scouting network to...
Wise Women in Disguise; OUR Expert CHRISTINE CHAPMAN Looks at Resourceful Women in the Plays of Shakespeare, with Particular Reference to as You like It and the Merchant of Venice
Byline: CHRISTINE CHAPMAN FANS of Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin know that Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves these days but resourceful women are hardly a modern phenomenon. Although women were not allowed to act on stage in Shakespeare's...
Your Cannot Print Letters You Don't Get; VOICE OF THE NORTH
I READ Sebastian McGill's comments with delight (Voice of the North, October 30). The words he used were finely chosen, but his aim was wide of the mark. He claims The Journal's coverage is biased and the opinions expressed were supportive of the...
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