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 October 19, 2011

Accountancy Firm's Specialists
ACCOUNTANCY Ryecroft Glenton has appointed five directors to provide new client-facing roles for each of its key accountancy and business advisory practice areas. The directors are all experienced specialists who have worked with the North East...
Aguero Steals Win with Last-Gasp Goal
Manchester City 2 Villarreal 1 SERGIO Aguero finally ignited Manchester City's stuttering Champions League campaign with a dramatic late winner against Villarreal. The Argentinian playmaker tapped home in the third minute of injury time just as...
Alan Builds Swagger on a Solid Base
AT pretty much every Press conference Alan Pardew gives, he will mention it, writes MARK DOUGLAS. It rarely makes the final cut but the fact that Newcastle's reserve and youth teams are performing just as creditably as the first team clearly brings...
All Things Bright and Beautiful ... Light Festival Returns to City
Byline: Neil McKay BIGGER, bolder, and brighter than ever: that was the pledge from organisers of Lumiere, Durham's light festival, which returns for another breathtaking nocturnal landscape over four days next month. Producers Artichoke, has...
Artistic Director Leaves Bard Job after a Decade
MICHAEL Boyd is to step down next year after a decade as artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Before he took over the reins from Adrian Noble, one of his duties at the company was to look after the RSC's annual season in Newcastle....
Barca Cannot Reign Forever; Chelsea Boss Eyeing the End of Catalan Dominance
ANDRE Villas-Boas last night predicted the end of Barcelona's dominance of European football. The Chelsea boss admitted Barca had set the "benchmark" for how the game should be played in the past five years, which have seen them win the Champions...
Beds and Caffeine Are Driving Profits
Byline: Iain Laing LEISURE giant Whitbread has said its coffee business Costa continues to thrive after a 42% jump in the division's half-year profits. As well as the opening of new stores, the chain has benefited from the success of new drinks...
Bendtner Can Fire Cats out of Trouble
"BRILLIANT" Nicklas Bendtner has been backed to fire Sunderland and Steve Bruce out of trouble this weekend - by former team-mate Seb Larsson, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The Black Cats loan hitman (pictured left) was ineligible to face parent club Arsenal...
Blair Goes Back to School; Former PM on Visit to Spread Joy of Sport
Byline: Brian Daniel FORMER Prime Minister Tony Blair showed off his football skills on a visit to a Northumberland school yesterday. Mr Blair, ex-Labour MP for Sedgefield, joined in a coaching session with pupils of Burnside Primary School at Cramlington,...
Boro Chopped Down with Ease by Forest; Unbeaten Run Is at an End after Lack-Lustre Display
Nottingham Forest 2 Middlesbrough 0 BORO'S record-breaking start to the season came to a juddering halt with a tired defeat at the City Ground. After a 11 games unbeaten the Teessiders were second best all over the pitch. Boro had only won once at...
Bull Equals Irish Price Record
Byline: Karen Dent AJOINT Northern Ireland record was set at Carlisle at the weekend when the top-priced Limousin bull went under the hammer for 32,000gns. The British Limousin Cattle Society''s (BLCS ) autumn show and sale of bulls at Carlisle...
Celebrating North East Business Champions
THE NE Business Awards are now in their 12th year and at their heart are the aims of recognising achievement, encouraging excellence and celebrating success. The North East Chamber of Commerce is proud to be working with The Journal and Evening...
Child Injured in Hit-and-Run; Paramedics Battle to Save 11-Year-Old after She Is Hit by Car
Byline: Andy Hughes AIR ambulance paramedics have told how they battled ferocious winds to save the life of an 11-year-old girl who was mown down by a hit-and-run driver. Lauren Pollin was recovering in hospital last night after she suffered serious...
Clear the Names of the 96 Say Families
HILLSBOROUGH campaigners are calling for individuals and organisations to be made accountable for their actions in relation to the 1989 disaster in which 96 people died. Home Secretary Theresa May's pledge in a House of Commons debate on Monday...
Councillor Too Big for His Boots? Views of the North
COUNCILLOR Mick Henry, leader of Gateshead Council, is reported to have launched a "stinging attack" on Communities Secretary Eric Pickles while rejecting an offer of cash to maintain weekly waste collections. His actions have resulted in yet another...
Country Fare That Fails to Sparkle
Byline: Oliver Moody Rhinestone Mondays at Newcastle Theatre Royal until Saturday MERCY sakes alive good brother, looks like we got us a cornball. Rhinestone Mondays is a foot-stomping, barn-storming, dancealong country musical. It tells the...
County Is a Place to Do Business in; County Durham Can Often Be Overlooked in Favour of Its Industrial Neighbours Tyneside and Teesside. but with New Developments and Natural Attributes, There Is Much to Recommend It, According to North East Property Experts
STEPPING off the train at Durham and walking through the city it is not difficult to see why the county is so attractive to employers, employees and students alike. A world-class university, quality hotels, good access to two airports and excellent...
Cutting Flight Taxes Would Work for Us; Move Could Be What North Airport Needs
Byline: William Green MINISTERS are being urged to match a cut on flight taxes from Northern Ireland airports with a similar reduction on services from the North East. The Treasury yesterday confirmed that the rate of air passenger duty (APD)...
Deaths
BENNETT (Ashington). Suddenly but peacefully in hospital on 14th October, aged 89 years, Vera (nee Johnston), beloved wife of the late Cecil, much loved mam of Sandra and Brian and motherinlaw of Ian and Janet, a devoted grandma of Andrew, Stuart and...
Derwent Produces More Big Catches; DERWENT Reservoir Continues To
DERWENT Reservoir continues to provide fantastic sport for both fly and bait anglers with a rod average of more than three throughout the week. On Saturday, Michael Findlay from Haltwhistle caught a fine tiger on a Goldhead Daddy from the Meadow...
Difficult to Read Signs of Recovery
Byline: JAMES RAMSBOTHAM AROLLERCOASTER week is one that starts with news that entrepreneurialism is a major driver of the regional economy, followed 24 hours later by reports that unemployment has reached a 17-year high and ends with the announcement...
Escort Can Be Victorious at Fontwell
Byline: Saraband ESCORT'MEN is a fascinating prospect as he has his first start over fences in Fontwell's Louis Latour Beginners' Chase. The five-year-old has had just five runs since joining Paul Nicholls from France last year and have bagged...
Fears for 120 Jobs at Historic Bakery; Politicians Are Dismayed by Threat Closure
Byline: Michael Brown MORE than 100 jobs could be lost after bakery bosses announced plans to shut down production at their North East factory. Almost 120 staff at the Allied Bakeries plant in Team Valley, have been given 90 days notice that...
From the Pits to the Heights; from Pit Village Lad to International Opera Star HANNAH DAVIES Speaks to Durham University's Chancellor-in-Waiting Sir Thomas Allen
Byline: HANNAH DAVIES HE'S the man who inspired Billy Elliot, but singer Sir Thomas Allen says the truth behind his international success is hard work and supportive parents. From performances for the Queen's Jubilee in front of 12,000 people...
Gateshead Blow Two-Goal Lead to Slip Down the Table
Byline: JEFF BOWRON Gateshead ............................................ 2 Southport ............................................. 3 GATESHEAD surrendered a two-goal lead in the final 25 minutes to drop out of the play-off positions for the first...
Gatland Admits to Cheating Thought
WALES coach Warren Gatland considered asking a front-row forward to feign injury and force uncontested scrums during the controversial World Cup semi-final defeat against France. Gatland had already seen prop Adam Jones depart with a calf muscle...
'I Didn't Think a Man Was Going to Get Killed. Teenage Girl Tells Jury She Was Not Responsible for Death
Byline: Rob Kennedy ATEENAGE girl told a court she was not responsible for killing a man allegedly stabbed to death outside his home. Megan Hope is said to have been with a 16-year-old girl when she is alleged to have knifed Christopher Chapman...
Increase Due in Private Investment, Says Survey
Byline: Iain Laing PRIVATE equity firms expect to see an increase in their investment activity in the region, according to a new survey. The research by BTG Corporate Finance questioned key investment executives about their views on market conditions...
India Can Be Beaten, Insists England Ace Patel; Samir Backing Batsmen to Come Good in Series
ENGLAND remain confident they can battle their way back into the one-day international series against India, even after their ill-tempered hammering at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Monday. Time is short for Alastair Cook's team to respond from 2-0 down...
Jokers and All the Fun of the Unfair
Byline: ROBERT GIBSON If you're as old as me you'll remember the classic 1972 Stealers Wheel song which may just sum up the country's political position with regard to helping business in this double chocolate whip recession. Apologies to those...
Leaders Must Spend to Re-Start Economy; Regeneration Cash Could Be Reclaimed
Byline: Adrian Pearson NEARLY pounds 100m in European regeneration cash could go unspent as council leaders refuse to free up millions of pounds in cash needed to kickstart jobs projects. City leaders across the North East have been warned they...
Let Us Hope This Tory 'Rabbit' Can Run
Byline: BARRIE HENSBY EXPERIENCE suggests that, during every autumn party conference season, the Government likes to pull a few policy rabbits out of hats to make the faithful feel especially good about themselves, and the Conservatives have stayed...
Listless Darlo Are Buried by Barrow
Darlington ..................................... 0 Barrow .......................................... 1 DARLINGTON'S mini-revival ended with a whimper as they slipped to defeat after two successive wins. Manager Mark Cooper named an unchanged side...
Little Change since 2008
Byline: Jackie Harvey; Richard Slack Cooper Sunderland SINCE our last report in March 2011, media coverage of global economic turmoil has continued to dominate the front pages and national news. This has ranged from corporate and sovereign debt...
Low Growth Forecast
UNCERTAINTY about the economy is continuing to affect confidence levels among the North East's biggest businesses. The latest Journal Business Barometer, carried out on our behalf by Newcastle Business School at Northumbria University, found almost...
Magpies Hoping to Seal the Deal; Pardew's Back for Maiga
Byline: Mark Douglas NEWCASTLE United are in negotiations to sign Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga - with the club hoping to tempt him with the offer of a four-and-a-half year contract in January. Eager to repeat the success of previous foreign imports...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4711 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5364 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.3509 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.0961 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.65 ...........dollars...
Matalan's Pain Is Starting to Ease
Byline: Iain Laing FASHION and homewares retailer Matalan yesterday signalled that the cost pressures which have hurt its margins in recent months were starting to ease. The update offered more reassurance to shoppers after Next recently said...
MENTORS ALAN HOLMES after Building [...]
MENTORS ALAN HOLMES After building up his strategic consultancy WoodHolmes Group from 1989 until he sold it two years ago, Alan Holmes has a wealth of experience in guiding and growing businesses. He has a strong background in sales, marketing, business...
Mining Firms Lead a Slide in the FTSE-100
Byline: Fergus Westwood THE UK stock market fell for the second successive day as the FTSE 100 Index ended the trading session 26.4 points down at 5410.4. Companies in the mining sector were among the weaker performers, with Rio Tinto the headline...
Minister Accused of 'Clear Breach' of Code; Report Claims That Security Was at Risk
Byline: Andrew Woodcock FORMER defence secretary Liam Fox committed a 'clear breach' of the ministerial code of conduct in his relationship with close friend and self-styled adviser Adam Werritty, an official report into the affair concluded. ...
NBSL Funding Helps Harlands Accountants LLP Growth Ambitions; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
HARLANDS Accountants was established in the early 1980s and have been offering quality accountancy, tax planning, business growth and financial planning services and advice to North East clients for more than 30 years. Harlands aim to go beyond...
New Award to Single out Low Carbon Leader
THE North East may once have been synonymous with coalmining but now it is central to the development of new technology which focuses on renewable energy. From the manufacture of battery powered vehicles to research into wind turbines to building homes...
Non-League Round-Up
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT DUNSTON UTS, who are currently lying third-top of the STL Northern League First Division, comfortably saw off second-bottom Tow Law Town in the First Round of the Brooks Mileson Memorial Cup. Michael Dixon broke the deadlock,...
Not Making the Grade; the Newly-Appointed Chief Inspector of Schools Has Attacked Ineffective Standards. ALISTAIR CRAIG Looks at Where Teachers Are Going Wrong
Byline: ALISTAIR CRAIG AS FIRST days in class go, the Government's newly-appointed chief inspector of schools has certainly made himself known. Ahead of his official January start date in the top post at Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw has delivered...
Our Industrial Past Lies in Peril of Today; At-Risk Probe Shows Decline of North Sites
Byline: Tony Henderson MORE than 30 historic sites which helped make the North East an industrial powerhouse are now at risk, it is revealed today. English Heritage released the findings of the largest research project into the condition of England's...
PCSO on Child Porn Charges; Defendant Was Arrested by His Colleagues
Byline: Andy Hughes AFORMER police community support officer has appeared in court on child pornography charges. Lee Wilson was working for Northumbria Police when he was arrested by colleagues from his own force in June. And following a probe...
Pounds 2m Support Scheme Aiming to Build Better Business Skills
Byline: Stephen Cape AMULTI-million-pound support programme has been unveiled in the North East aimed at giving 1,700 people better business skills and helping to create more than 400 new companies. The pounds 2m project will start immediately...
Ranger's Double Sinks Reds
Newcastle Reserves.............................. 3 Liverpool Reserves ............................... 2 NILE RANGER bagged a brace for Newcastle United reserves against Liverpool last night, writes LEE RYDER. United fielded a team sprinkled with...
Rate Appeal Delay Costs Pounds 8m a Year
Byline: Stephen Cape LONG delays in processing business rate appeals are costing North East companies more than pounds 8m a year, according to new research. There are understood to be nearly 4,000 outstanding appeals in the region from ratepayers...
Redcar a Beacon of Hope
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN consumer of power) and new EU and UK emissions regulations which threaten to add an extra pounds 40m to its annual costs in 2013, have undermined the financial viability of the plant. Planning permission has been granted to...
Redford Is There to Be a Nuisance
Byline: Mark Smith LOOK at any top rugby team and you will find that the open-side flanker is the glue that binds the whole ship together. With seven on their back - or six if you are from South Africa - these foraging forwards can both strangle...
Remembering the Heroics of Our First World War Soldiers
Byline: TONY HENDERSON THE cataclysmic loss of life suffered during the First World War by communities in every village, town and city is almost beyond comprehension. The message came home to Alan Fidler as he walked through the cemetery near...
Rooney's Johnny on Spot for Reds
Otelul Galati 0 Manchester United 2 WAYNE Rooney became the highest English scorer in the Champions League as ten-man Manchester United scraped home against Romanian Group C stragglers Otelul Galati. Rooney slotted home a pair of secondhalf penalties...
Second-Timers Mini Boom for Home Builders
Byline: Karen Dent HOUSEBUILDER Bellway has reported a 50% rise in profits as sales and prices recover in a market led by secondtime buyers. The Newcastle-based business - Britain's fourth biggest housebuilder - said its annual turnover increased...
Sharks Are Circling on the Edges of Stardom; Much More Than a Small Fish in the Music World, Beccy Owen of Sharks Took the Rest Tells SAM WONFOR about Their Keenly Awaited First Album
Byline: SAM WONFOR WHEN Sharks Took the Rest made their live debut at The Journal Culture Awards 2008, everyone in the room quickly realised we'd all witnessed the start of something rather special. A seven-piece ensemble, which embodied the...
Social Clubs' Chief under Investigation; Suspended CIU Boss Vows to Clear Name
Byline: Neil McKay THE BOSS of a clubland body with six million members and more than 300 social clubs in the North East has been suspended, The Journal can reveal. The Club and Institute Union (CIU), has suspended natioS nal general secretary...
Stabbed in the Head by Prisoner; Guard Was Trying to Protect Colleague
Byline: Richard Gribbin APRISON guard placed himself in front of a female officer as an inmate chased and tried to stab her, a court heard yesterday. Neil Walker, a landing officer at Frankland prison, in Durham, where he has served for 15 years,...
Start to the Season Is Not Big Indicator as to How Cats Will Do; While Fans Worry about Hovering above the Bottom Three Steve Bruce Argues That Too Much Has Been Made of Sunderland's Start to the Season. Mark Douglas Investigates
Byline: Mark Douglas FIRST, the good news for Steve Bruce. A Sunderland start painted as cause for serious concern is actually not too far removed from the much more encouraging effort that ushered in last year's ultimately impressive tenth-place...
There Are Enough Skills in Our Region to Turn the Economy around; Columnist
Byline: Hugh Morgan- Williams WITH economic forecasters becoming more pessimistic about the UK's growth prospects, consumer spending down, unemployment up, and with our export prospects dimming as a result of the problems within the eurozone, what...
Things Are Going from Good [...]
Byline: David Wells Things are going from good to great as far as your career is going Aries but it won't do much more if you don't keep moving it along, but here's the thing; moving it along is one thing, getting too pushy is quite another. Fine...
Too Early to Tell How Results from Both Sides of Atlantic Will Hit Investments
Byline: ANDREW MILLER IT'S unlikely anyone needs reminding about equity market volatility - many investors remain on edge due to ongoing macro-economic and political concerns on both sides of the Atlantic. However, corporate earnings strength...
Too Many Penalty Points, but Still Driving; Hundreds of Motorists Should Be Banned, but They Haven't Been
Byline: Rob Pattinson HUNDREDS of North East drivers have been allowed to stay on the roads despite totting up more than 12 points on their licence. Figures released yesterday show one Newcastle motorist is still behind the wheel even though...
Too Much Debt Can Outweigh Asset Value
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK UK commercial property is significantly 'over-geared''. That is, it has too much debt against the value of the asset. The main cause was the hunger for borrowing in the last 10 years and the bankers'' propensity to lend,...
Town Brings in New Rules; Villagers and Businesses in Parking Row
Byline: Francesca Infante PARKING rules are being changed in Tynemouth after residents and business owners clashed over the village's limited spaces. Business owners demanded help from the council to halt the collapse in their trade which they...
Uni Experts Dig in for Viking Treasure; Team Unearth Norse History
Byline: Dan Warburton ATREASURE trove aboard a Viking burial boat hidden for more than 1,000 years has been uncovered by archaeologists from the North East. An axe, sword with an ornately decorated hilt, spear, shield boss and bronze ring-pin...
Unusual Offers on Office Space
Byline: Iain Laing THE commercial property market is continuing to decline, according to a major survey, and leading agents are making some unusually generous offers in order to find tenants. The latest Rics UK Commercial Market Survey shows...
Use Our Power to Help You
Byline: Iain Laing THE Journal is today joining forces with newspapers across the UK to boost the economy by pledging pounds 15m of free advertising to dynamic young businesses. The Local Business Accelerators initiative, backed by Dragons' Den...
Weary Soldier in Historic Swap Deal; 1,000 Jailed Palestinians Are Released
Byline: Michael Black ONE thin and weary Israeli soldier went home after five years as a Hamas captive yesterday as hundreds of jailed Palestinians made the opposite journey, released as a swap for him. Gilad Shalit was handed over to Egyptian...
Wenger Relishes Break from Premier League
ARSENE Wenger is looking forward to another Champions League outing in Marseille after admitting his side play with more freedom in Europe. Wenger's side have endured a troubled start to their Premier League campaign, with four defeats already after...
When Will We Get Real Help from the PM? Opinion
Byline: Kevin Rowan WE are some years beyond the height of the recession now. Every day, though, for the majority of the general public, it's getting harder and harder just to get by. Yesterday, to no one's surprise, we saw a further increase...
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