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 August 24, 2011

A Good Idea to Assess All Your Options
Byline: CARL SWANSBURY RECENTLY I was asked to advise a business owner on the sale of his company. It was a complicated transaction, but 24 hours before the deal was due to complete the buyer's funder suddenly pulled out because the bank would not...
Alan Already Hailing a Cab; French Signing Is Impressing United Boss Pardew
Byline: Mark Douglas ALAN Pardew believes Yohan Cabaye has passed his first English test. The France schemer has made a bright start to life in the Premier League, coping admirably with two typically high tempo Premier League fixtures with Arsenal...
Amazingly, Nation of Grumblers Didn't Go on about Easy Exams; Columnist
Byline: Bernard Trafford THERE'S a particular type of grumpy man or woman who, when asked how they are, growl: "Can't complain." That clichd response is not entirely honest because the tone in which they utter it is entirely negative. They...
A More Positive Way of Planning; WHO'S PLANNING WHAT?
Byline: ANDREW MOSS THE Government has published the draft National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), a key part of its reforms to the planning system in England. The NPPF will provide a single policy framework consolidating and replacing the...
Angler Plucked to Safety in Sea Rescue; Fisherman Was Clinging to End of Pier
Byline: Dave Black AN angler was saved from drowning yesterday when he was plucked from the sea by a lifeboat crew in a dramatic rescue operation on the Northumberland coast. The injured fisherman was left clinging to the bottom of the North...
A Oui Problem; as an Organisation Promoting the Speaking of Foreign Languages Holds Its Annual Members' Day in the North East, NEIL McKAY Asks Why the British Are So Poor at Learning Different Languages
Byline: NEIL McKAY RUUD Gullit may have been a disaster during his time as manager of Newcastle United, but the Dutchman's command of languages is impressive by any standards. Apart from his native Dutch, he is fluent in English, Italian and...
Apprentice Recruitment Is Essential to Future Prosperity; A Recruitment Crisis Could Damage the Region's Recovery but Here ROB MOORE, JTL's North East Regional Manager, Looks at How Some Employers Are Training for the Future
Byline: ROB MOORE THE construction industry as a whole lost many young people during the last recession and while numbers started to recover in the past decade, the present downturn could have a disastrous future impact on the industry if this pattern...
Battling Berwick Have No Answers for Hibs
Hibernian............................................... 5 Berwick Rangers .................................. 0 COLIN Calderwood's Hibernian found respite in the Scottish Communities League Cup with a comprehensive second-round win over Berwick. ...
Bikers' Pounds 18,000 Road Trip; Money Raised to Buy RVI a Vital Scanner
Byline: Katie Davies PATIENTS at a Tyneside hospital will benefit from the work of hairy bikers who raised more than pounds 18,000 to buy new equipment. A cavalcade of motorcyclists from the Geordie Chapter travelled the length of the country...
Brighton Breezy in Seeing off Cats
Byline: Matt Leslie Brighton 1 Sunderland 0 (After extra-time) SUNDERLAND'S trip to the seaside left those who travelled down from Wearside wishing they could bury their heads in the sand as Brighton sent them crashing out of the Carling Cup. ...
Britannia Fails to Rule the Waves as Top Wind Project Mothballed; Market Plunge among Factors in Decision
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE firm which kickstarted hopes of a wind turbine revolution in Tyneside has halted its offshore work. Clipper Windpower hoped to create around 1,000 North East jobs by designing and building giant offshore wind turbines...
... but Some Are Declared Extinct
AERODROME and charabanc are among the words presumed to have become extinct in the past year, according to new research. Collins Dictionary experts have compiled a list of words which have fallen out of use by tracking how often they appear. Other...
Celebrating Our Star Businesses
Byline: Iain Laing THE achievements of the North East's pace-setting companies will take centre stage this autumn when the definitive list of the region's fastest growing businesses is revealed. North law firm Ward Hadaway's Fastest 50, which...
Clegg Rallies Troops as He Heads North; Lib Dems Can Bounce Back, Says Leader
Byline: William Green NICK Clegg has declared the Liberal Democrats can bounce back in the North East after what he called a "rollercoaster" year. In an exclusive interview with The Journal, the Deputy Prime Minister said his party could win...
College Wins National Accolades
WITH many local youngsters eagerly awaiting their GCSE results, Tyne Metropolitan College is offering a fantastic opportunity for students to become part of their learning community and benefit from award-winning teaching and excellent facilities as...
Couple Agree Deal after Their Holiday from Hell
A COUPLE fighting for compensation following a holiday from hell have finally agreed a payment. Norman and Connie Craggs, of Blyth, Northumberland, were looking forward to a lavish holiday at Colossus Apartments, in Gumbet, Turkey, in May last year....
Daredevil's Stunt Proves 'Uplifting' Experience Bridges Gap for Bike Rider
Byline: James Moore DAREDEVIL freestyle motorbike rider Julien Dupont took on one of the North's most iconic structures when he drove across the elevated Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Onlookers watched in amazement as the world-renowned freestyle...
Deaths
AISTON (Blaydon). Peacefully in hospital on 20th August 2011, Lillian (nee Hands), much loved wife of the late Ronald, dearly loved mam of Andrea, Steven and the late Tony, dear motherinlaw of Paul and loving nana of Paul Vincent and Harvey. Funeral...
Empower Our Young People to Reach Goals
NEWCASTLE UXL is dedicated to helping all young people maximise their true potential and raise their aspirations by supporting a wide and flexible range of training and engagement opportunities. UXL was set up to create one voice for work-based...
Ensure Landlord's Consent Is Obtained
Byline: RICHARD FREEMAN-WALLACE LEASES of commercial property usually require the consent of the landlord for certain dealings with the property, such as an assignment of the lease or an underletting or the carrying out of certain alterations to...
Enterprise Zone Can Inject Fresh Energy into Industrial Plans
ADVOCATES of the North East wind energy sector have played down the threat to jobs prompted by Clippers' decision. Research centres and MPs have said the region still has a lot to offer, not least its enterprise zone status offering tax incentives...
Eve's Charge to Take Some Catching; Saraband
CATCHANOVA can defy a 6lb penalty to claim the Lay Back And Win At betdaq.com Handicap at Kempton. Eve Johnson-Houghton's fouryear-old might only have won by half a length here last week, but there was lots to like about it. Held up in rear by...
Explorer Who Shot Killer Bear Is Home; Former City Student Leaves Hospital Bed
Byline: Dan Warburton AHERO explorer who shot a polar bear as it mauled a public schoolboy to death during an Arctic expedition has been discharged from hospital after undergoing three operations, his family have revealed. Michael "Spike" Reid,...
Ex-Wool Mill Site for Smaller Outfits
Byline: Iain Laing LINGFIELD Point business park has invested pounds 200,000 in creating a centre designed to appeal to smaller businesses. The business park, which is being built in Darlington's former wool mills, has opened Yarn in the first...
Falcons' Latest Signing a Boost for Team Growth
Byline: Iain Laing ACCOUNTANCY and business advisory group RMT has scored a contract win with the Newcastle Falcons as the rugby club looks to step up its corporate hospitality activity. The Newcastle-based company has added the Aviva Premiership...
Falcons Look to Be on Up Once More; Newcastle Falcons Will Need to Summon Their Famed Fighting Spirit in the Months Ahead, Says Mark Smith on the Eve of the New Season
NEWCASTLE Falcons kick off the new Aviva Premiership season next weekend determined to break their pattern of struggle. The perennial survivors have made an admirable fist of keeping top-flight rugby in the North East for 14 seasons, but their resolve...
Family's Bid to Find out How Son Died; Mother Pleads for Witnesses to Speak Out
Byline: Kim Carmichael AGRIEVING family has appealed for help in piecing together their loved one's final moments. Julian Tinker was killed when his van was involved in a crash with a lorry on what is considered one of the region's most dangerous...
Finding the Cause of Causeway 'Idiots' Islanders Set to Meet Officials to Stop Strandings
Byline: Brian Daniel ISLANDERS whose lives are disrupted by tourists getting stuck on the causeway have told council bosses they will not accept solutions that will inconvenience them. People living on Holy Island addressed a packed public meeting...
Foundations for a Brighter Future Laid by Tait
ANOTHER busy summer for Newcastle Falcons in the transfer market has seen the annual turnover of players again well into double figures, writes MARK SMITH. Fourteen new faces have arrived to replace the 15 who left at the end of last season - but...
G4S Organic Growth Leads Share Price Jump
Byline: Fergus Westwood THE UK stock market rose yesterday as the FTSE 100 Index ended the session 34.1 points higher at 5129.4. The strongest performer was G4S, which released results for the first half of the year. Revenues were in line with...
GAME Angling
MOST of the fish brought to the net at Hury this week were taken on surface tactics with the trout remaining in the upper layers feeding on terrestrials. John Spence took a fine limit catch, including several fish around the 3lb mark, on a combination...
Gateshead Fight Back to Stay Top of the Pile; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Southport ...................................... 1 Gateshead ..................................... 3 GATESHEAD made it three wins and a draw from their opening four games after they came from behind to win at Southport to stay top of the Blue square...
Getting the Balance Right for Businesses
THE region's out of town retail parks continue to appeal to occupiers as well as consumers. The North East's out of town retail parks have evolved a long way from the original units originally occupied by mostly bulky goods operators, such as Comet...
Global Market Is Franz's Aim
Byline: Christopher Knox ADOMESTIC green energy company expects sales of its new insulation panels to top pounds 2m by next year and is planning to establish a distributor in the Far East over the coming weeks. Gateshead-based In'Flector UK Ltd...
Government Got It Wrong - Heseltine; Top Tory Says Jobs Agencies Were Valuable
Byline: Adrian Pearson ASENIOR Conservative has criticised the Government's decision to scrap the regional development agency One North East. Former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine has spoken out against the coalition's decision last...
Healthy Earnings Growth Is Likely to Lead to a Higher Valuation for World Equity Markets
Byline: ANDREW MILLER EQUITY markets remained volatile last week as mixed economic data, funding concerns in the eurozone, M&A activity and corporate results left plenty of unanswered questions. One of our key reasons for being tactically...
Heritage Funds for 'Hidden Jewel' in Tyneside's History
Byline: TONY HENDERSON IF walls could talk, then those of a Tyneside villa would deliver a stream of stories. As it is, the six volumes of visitor books for Bensham Grove in Gateshead show how a stream of illustrious figures beat a path to its door....
History Detectives Bring Past to Life; Fascinating Research Project to Be Showcased in Online Exhibition
Byline: Dave Black AMATEUR history sleuths who are delving into hundreds of years of the region's industrial, commercial and rural past have reached a significant milestone. A team of 30 dedicated volunteer researchers have now spent a full year...
How an NECC Apprenticeship Can Help Firms
The North East Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest training providers in the North East with training centres across the region and 2,000 learners participating in the courses. As a membership organisation NECC understands the needs of business...
Humanity at Its Brightest; from a Close Friendship with Novelist Iris Murdoch to a Public Spat with Richard Dawkins, Mary Midgley Is One of the World's Most Famous Philosophers. HANNAH DAVIES Spoke to Her
Byline: HANNAH DAVIES MARY Midgley at 91, is a controversial woman. She has, she'll happily state, never been fashionable and yet, at the moment her views are appearing increasingly so. Next month she is taking part in the Festival of Humanity,...
Incentive Schemes Help Lift Builder Persimmon
Byline: Karen Dent HOUSEBUILDER Persimmon's sales have bounced back in the second half of the year and are now up on last year driven by incentive schemes for firsttime buyers. Britain's second-biggest housebuilder, which is based in York but...
It's Judgement Day for Cook's Durham; Race for the Title in the Balance
Byline: Stuart Rayner BY this evening Durham will either by top of the County Championship or more or less out of the title race after a day that was played in fast forward. The indecent haste with which this match has speeded along has suited...
'It's Too Late for My Ian but Others Can Survive' Beware of Signs of Cancer, Urges Grieving Widow
Byline: Andy Hughes AGRIEVING widow has told of her heartache after her husband died because he failed to spot the early signs of skin cancer. Amateur cricketer Ian Bellerby discovered a mole on his left calf at the end of last summer but believed...
I Want the Greggs Stottie to Go Global; Boss Hopes to Make Brand as Big as Starbucks
Byline: Adrian Pearson EXPANSION plans could see a Tyneside bakery one day be recognised the world over, its boss says. Greggs' chief executive Ken McMeikan has revealed he wants to take the stottie to new markets and says there is no reason...
I Wasn't a Big Fan - I Was Only There Because My Brother Was into the Beatles; 1963 Fab Four Photos Up for Auction after Almost Half a Century in a Drawer
Byline: Dan Warburton FORGOTTEN images of The Beatles' 1963 North East tour have resurfaced after spending more than 47 years gathering dust in a grandfather's Tyneside home. Freelance photographer Keith Perry snapped the Fab Four as they toured...
Jobless Criminals Forced to Work a Five-Day Week
JOBLESS criminals will have to do a five-day week of hard work, including one day's job hunting, under new proposals for community sentences. According to the announcement, made by Prisons and Probation Minister Crispin Blunt, unemployed offenders...
Latest Finance Giant to Shed Thousands
SWISS bank UBS has become the latest financial giant to announce more job cuts as it struggles with a sluggish global economy and increased regulatory pressures. The Swiss firm, which employs around 6,000 staff in the UK and 65,000 worldwide, said...
Lots of Buyers - and Even Some Sellers - at Auction
HUNDREDS of Beatles-related items will go under the hammer this week at the annual auction. Among them is a copy of the band's hit single Please Please Me, signed on both sides by the Fab Four, which is expected to fetch thousands of pounds. ...
Mowbray Up for the Cup as His Boro Battle Posh; but Teessiders without McDonald at Peterborough
Byline: Mark Douglas MAINTAINING a Championship promotion push may be Middlesbrough's priority this season, but Tony Mowbray is in no mood to cast aside the Carling Cup carelessly. Boro travel to Peterborough on the back of a fine start in the...
New Trial to Cut Methane from Cattle
Byline: Karen Dent ONE hundred UK dairy farmers are testing a scheme that has reduced methane from cows in the US by an average of 12%. If the same results are repeated here, a 12% methane reduction from dairy cows would be equivalent to 660,000...
Northern Design Centre Set to Meet Creative Demand
CONSTRUCTION of the landmark pounds 9.9m Northern Design Centre in Gateshead has reached an important milestone with the topping out of the structure. Leader of Gateshead Council, Mick Henry, and architect Alan J Smith from redboxdesign group climbed...
Oscar-Winning Tan Will Tell Audience of His Influences
Byline: Barbara Hodgson YOUNG readers are in for a touch of Oscar magic today as award-winning author and illustrator Shaun Tan comes to Seven Stories in Newcastle to talk about his award-winning work. In an event expected to appeal just as much...
Out-of-Town Retail Market Flourishing; While Town Centres Are Struggling as Retail Centres as Consumers Tighten Their Purse-Strings, the Out-of-Town Retail Market Seems Have Continued to Flourish. Two North East Property Industry Experts Take a Look
OVER the last two decades, central government has aimed to promote town centres as the preferred location for new retail development through planning guidance and policy statements. PPS4 - entitled "Planning for Sustainable Economic Growth" reinforces...
Overseas Demand Helps Boost Orders
THE manufacturing recovery has received a surprise boost after a survey showed that demand from overseas helped lift orders this month. Economists described the latest findings from the CBI as reassuring after the business group reported that a...
Pardew Confident of Getting His Men; Manager Confident of Getting Signings
ALAN Pardew admits that Newcastle United are playing a game of "brinkmanship" in their bid to land left-back and striker targets - but remains confident that selling clubs will crumble before deadline day, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The United boss (pictured...
Pensioners Questioned over Killing; Detectives in Plea for Help from Public
Byline: Paul Tully TWO suspects in the Judith Richardson murder case are pensioners, it has been revealed. The Journal understands a man and a woman who were questioned after the 77-year-old was found dead in her Hexham home are aged in their...
Positive News at Last for Wenger; Arsenal Boss Allowed in the Dugout for Key Clash
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger will be allowed to be at pitch-side for tonight's Champions League play-off second leg against Udinese after UEFA agreed to defer his two-match ban. The London club and European football's governing body confirmed the...
Pub's Music Fest to Pull in Crowds; from Break-Dancing Cubans to a Magician Planning a Perfect Escape, an Action-Packed Weekend Festival Is Being Planned in Beadnell, as CLAIRE-LOUISE HAZEL Reports
Byline: CLAIRE-LOUISE HAZEL AFESTIVAL of live music and street entertainment is set to rock a Northumberland coastal village. Beadnell will play host to Crastonbury, a free two-day event at the Craster Arms Hotel this Saturday and Sunday. Promising...
Quakers Left Furious at Late Penalty Decision; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Darlington ............................................. 1 Alfreton Town........................................ 1 MORPETH referee Richard Clark had Darlington fuming by handing Alfreton a late penalty from which they salvaged a point at The Arena...
Rail Strike Threatens Travel Chaos; Unions Split over Improved Pay Offer
Byline: Stephen Cape TRAIN drivers will today go on a 24-hour strike in a row over pay, bringing travel chaos to the North East. But station staff suspended their industrial action while they considered the offer on the table. For the last...
Rebels Take Battle to Heart of Regime; Fight for Libya 'Not over Yet' Warns Hague
Byline: Jon Smith REBELS fought their way into Muammar Gaddafi's heavily fortified compound yesterday evening. Foreign Secretary William Hague later said the Libyan dictator's regime was in its "death throes". There were scenes of jubilation...
Second Major Contract Is Great News for BEG
Byline: Christopher Knox ANORTH East business support group has won its second major Government contract in as many months, which it expects to safeguard a host of jobs as it prepares for the loss of a large contract. The Seaham-based Business...
Signing of Gause Is Exciting the Eagles; BASKETBALL
NEWCASTLE Eagles have signed a true "renaissance man" in exciting new point guard Paul Gause, according to managing- director Paul Blake, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Gause has penned a one-year deal to fill the Eagles' PG vacancy, joining after a spell...
Stadium Makes Perfect Backdrop; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
ONE of the region's best-loved sports stadiums - Durham County Cricket Club's Emirates Durham ICG - is also a major North East asset as a conference, banqueting and hospitality venue. Nestling in beautiful surroundings close to the river Wear and...
Support to Keep Children's Heart Ops in Region; Report Reveals Importance of Freeman Unit
Byline: Helen Rae THE North East Children's Heart Unit has received strong support in a nationwide public consultation, an independent report has found. Operations at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital's unit could potentially face the axe after plans...
The Fight to Woo People Back to the High Street; as Inflation Rises and the Economic Crisis Drags on, the UK's High Streets Are Scarred with Boarded-Up Shop Fronts. CHRISTOPHER KNOX Sees How the North East Reflects the Decline in Retail
Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX CLOSING-DOWN sales are an increasingly frequent sight on our high streets. And when the sales finish, boarded-up store windows are a common mark of the decline of our town centre retail business. Figures from the British...
The Journal North Index
VARIATION HIGH DATE LOW DATE STOCK ............................... SECTOR PRICE DAY 5 Dy P/E Y''LD 1251 0102 834 0808 Amec ....................Oil Equipment & Services 92012 -612 -43 13.01 2.90 119 1205 6712 1908 Barratt ................................
The Punch That Left Me a Broken Man; Builder's Career Could Be over Due to Attack Injuries
Byline: Katie Davies ONE-PUNCH attack victim Richard Elgie has told of the terrifying moment his jaw shattered and left his dream of taking over the family business in tatters. The 23-year-old's face had to be reconstructed after he was the victim...
Things Are Warming upon [...]
Byline: David Wells Things are warming up on the home front and those you live with could be getting ready to let you know what's on their mind, not such a bad thing? It certainly isn't Aries, just remember to return the favour kindly today. ...
Tomorrow's GCSE Pupils Apprentices of the Future?
Byline: PATRICIA WILKINSON TOMORROW marks an important day for thousands of youngsters in the region as GCSE results are announced. It will mark a seminal point in their lives when some important decisions lie ahead of them as they begin to map...
Trust Stands Firm in Planning Furore; Main Concern Is 'Places That People Value'
Byline: Emily Beament THE National Trust yesterday hit back at Government claims it was misrepresenting changes to planning laws. And it warned that it was concerned about the threat to "everyday places" that communities loved. Communities Minister...
UK Coal Announces Profit Rise
Byline: Iain Laing UK Coal has posted its first profit in four years after higher production and coal prices sparked a turnaround at its collieries. The group, which is a major supplier to Britain's coal-fired power stations from three deep mines...
Usual Cliche from the Anti-Religious; Views of the North
THE recent letter, denouncing religion, by regular correspondent John W Gray is his most preposterous to date (Views of the North, August 18). He fervently states that religion has brought about more wars and destruction to society than any other...
Visiting Spartans Taught a Footballing Lesson; BLUE SQUARE BET CONFERENCE NORTH
Guiseley................................................. 5 Blyth Spartans ...................................... 0 BLYTH Spartans were given a football lesson in last night's Blue Square Bet North game at Guiseley where they never recovered after...
We Look for Leaders with Vision and Ambition
Byline: Iain Laing STEWART Smith's transformation of his family business Ramsdens Financial won him the title of North East Business Executive of the Year 2010. The vision and ambition he showed since taking control of the 60-year-old Middlesbrough...
When It Comes to English, We're 'Tweet' on New Words
TECHNOPHOBES and fashion victims beware - the new Concise Oxford English Dictionary has hit the shelves, offering a snapshot of how the day-to-day language we use is changing. New additions to the dictionary include modern words created thanks to...
Whickham Youngsters' Sensational Win
WHICKHAM'S youngsters have produced a sensational second round of scoring to become record-breaking national champions in winning the Junior Champion Club Tournament in their club's centenary season, writes TIM TAYLOR. They triumphed by 12 stableford...
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