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 11, 2011

All Eyes at Leicester Are on Zoowraa
Byline: Saraband ZOOWRAA is by far the highest-rated horse on show at Leicester and it will be fascinating to see how this one-time Classic hope fares after a break. Trained by the late Michael Jarvis last season, Zoowraa won a Redcar maiden...
A Night for Fans of Sensational SuBo to Dream of; Star Will Appear to Sing at End of Her Life Story
Byline: Gordon Barr GLOBAL singing sensation Susan Boyle is to join the cast of I Dreamed A Dream, the musical based on her life, which gets its world premiere in Newcastle. The chart-topping talent show star will appear on stage at the Theatre...
Armenia Is a Test of Irish Maturity
GIOVANNI Trapattoni will use tonight's crucial Euro 2012 showdown against Armenia as a test of how his Republic of Ireland team have matured. The Italian will send his troops, minus injured skipper Robbie Keane, into battle at the Aviva Stadium...
A Safe Pair of Hands for Our 1,000 Days of Crisis; Four Years after the Run on Northern Rock, Former Chancellor Alistair Darling Has Published His Account of the Banking Crisis. DAVID WHETSTONE Spoke to Him
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE FROM a public perspective, the most interesting thing about Alistair Darling used to be his mismatched hair and eyebrows. He made a mild joke about it once in the House of Commons and everyone sat up. Alistair Darling...
Auction Group Looks for Opportunity to Expand
Byline: Karen Dent THE H&H Group, which runs eight divisions ranging from livestock marts to finance and insurance brokers, is looking for potential acquisitions as the business continues to grow. The Carlisle-based group, perhaps best known...
Banks Unlikely to Leave UK as Result of Reforms
Byline: Iain Laing THERE is a "low probability" banks will flee from the UK after a proposed overhaul of the industry is implemented, according to the head of the Government-appointed commission behind the reforms. Sir John Vickers, chairman...
Berwick's Final Flourishes Proving an Artistic Draw
BIG worlds in tiny pictures was very much a Thomas Bewick speciality. The North East-born engraver had an incredible eye for detail which is no better exemplified than by his tailpieces. These were the little vignettes of everyday rural life...
Best Tourism Experience
National Glass Centre at the University of Sunderland THE National Glass Centre is dedicated to exploring ideas through glass and providing opportunities for people to be creative, enjoy themselves and feel inspired. Based in a unique, contemporary...
Better Sales Mix Boosts Earnings for Nobia Holdings
THE company which owns kitchen manufacturer Magnet has seen its bottom line earnings triple despite a dip in sales. Darlington-based Nobia Holdings UK said pre-tax profits had been boosted after it cut sales costs by pounds 18.6m to pounds 300m in...
Book Festival Theme Takes a Trip Back in Time with Its Authors of History
HISTORY is one of the themes running through this year's book festival, which seems highly appropriate. Durham is a city whose walls and streets tell of many hundreds of years of human occupation. ?Two authors - one specialising in fiction and one...
Bookmaker Abandons Rival Takeover Talks
BETTING giant Ladbrokes has spurned a second major takeover opportunity after walking away from a bid for rival Sportingbet. Ladbrokes chief executive Richard Glynn said the abandoned approach was not a "failure" and saved the company from entering...
Business Tourism Award
Sodexo Prestige at Newcastle United THE relationship between NUFC and Sodexo Prestige is a very happy match with both organisations sharing a great many common goals. Along with being the home of top level football, the conferencing and events operation...
Call to Give Tax Breaks to Help Private Investors
Byline: Karen Dent ALTERNATIVE lenders should receive tax breaks to help them compete with high street banks and boost credit conditions for small businesses, according to a lobby group. The Forum of Private Business (FPB) said that tax cuts...
Congratulations to the Best in the Business
As chairman of the North East Tourism Advisory Board, I'd like to congratulate all the winners and finalists of the 2011 North East England Tourism Awards. It has been a turbulent year for the region's tourism industry due to both the economic situation...
Crane Firm's Pounds 750k Investment
A CRANE hire business has invested pounds 750,000 in two new cranes as it tries to grow revenues. Middlesbrough-based J Hewitt Crane Hire Ltd raised the money for the investment from Yorkshire Bank's Tees Valley Financial Solutions Centre (FSC) in...
Creating Region's New Professionals; Government Gives Pounds 100m for Colleges
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth MILLIONS of pounds will be injected into training young people in the region as the Government gave the go-ahead for a new college. Newcastle Discovery University Technical College (UTC) will hone the skills of the next...
Darlo Boss' Promotion Challenge; BLUE SQUARE BET PREMIER
Byline: Steve Brown MARK Cooper has challenged his Darlington players to put themselves back into contention for promotion by revisiting the standards that took them to fourth in the table at the start of the season. The Quakers are bristling...
David Wells
Byline: David Wells There are some planets that are very generous and some that are mean, what happens when they combine forces? For you it's a professional challenge that won't pay as much as you like, but is that what you're doing it for? Some...
Delegation Is Sent to Appeal
Byline: MARK SMITH NEWCASTLE Falcons will send a delegation to Leeds this evening as they appeal against the length of captain James Hudson's four-week ban, writes MARK SMITH. The lock-forward was suspended by the Rugby Football Union after being...
Delving into Our Dirty Past; TV Historian Lucy Worsley Comes Clean to BARBARA HODGSON about Her New Book Which Reveals the Dirty Bits of History We Really Want to Know
Byline: BARBARA HODGSON EVER wondered what giving birth was like in Tudor England? Or how people managed before toilet paper or the toothbrush? Well your eyes will be opened - and your toes curling - when you pick up Lucy Worsley's latest book which...
Don't Be Put off the Idea of Renewable Energy
Byline: Karen Dent FARMERS considering renewable energy should not be put off by the "bamboozling" amount of information available, according to sector expert Simon Beeby. Mr Beeby, a partner in Strutt & Parker's Morpeth office, spoke out...
Durham Book Festival 2011 Diary
Monday , October 17 Sir Rodric Braithwaite 6pm DLI Tickets: pounds 8/pounds 6 Don Paterson reading 6.15pm-7pm Monk's Dormitory, Durham Cathedral Tickets: pounds 6/pounds 4 Hilary Spurling 7.30pm Prior's Hall, Durham Cathedral Tickets: pounds 6/pounds...
Euro Dreams Could Soon Become a Real Nightmare at Clubs
Byline: Stuart Rayner TODAY is decision day across Europe. More teams will have their names crossed off the Euro 2012 guest list than inked in, but by this time tomorrow, the picture will be an awful lot clearer. Plenty of Newcastle United and...
Event Opens New Chapters for Us All
ABOOK festival, perhaps more than any other type of festival, brings together people from wildly different walks of life. Jon Ronson, a journalist with a gift for seeing things others miss, has been looking into what he calls "the madness industry";...
Festival Laureate Don Praises Great Writers; Festival Laureate Don Paterson Tells DAVID WHETSTONE of the Debt He Owes to One of the North East's Most Brilliant Writers
MORE than just a literary figure passing through, the poet Don Paterson will be lingering in Durham as this year's Festival Laureate. The Laureateship is bestowed each year on a writer deemed to be a bit special. It also supports the commissioning...
Fox Made Serious Mistakes, PM Says; Defence Chief Apologises for 'Blurring Lines'
Byline: Andrew Woodcock DEFENCE Secretary Liam Fox yesterday apologised to the House of Commons for "blurring" the lines between ministerial work and his personal life after a report found he met a close friend a total of 40 times at the Ministry...
Gethin: This Is the Best Team I Have Played In
GETHIN Jenkins has hailed Wales' World Cup marvels as the best team he has played in during his 80-cap Test career. The Cardiff Blues prop has performed a pivotal role in driving Wales towards a World Cup semi-final appointment with France at Eden...
Grainger Launches Fund to Finance 1,000 Homes
Byline: Karen Dent THE UK's biggest residential landlord Grainger is preparing to launch a fund for investors to finance the building of more than 1,000 homes for rent. The Newcastle-based company is teaming up with French construction giant...
Hatch Hat-Trick for Super Gowla
Byline: ZOE BURN GRAEME 'Gowla' Gowland ended the season in style with a hat trick of victories at Brands Hatch at the weekend. The result means the Allendale rider has finished second in the Mirror.co.uk BSB-Evo Championship and just 27 points...
Homage to Lorca Is Played for Laughs
Byline: Tamzin Lewis Amor en el Jardin: Lorca by Thtre Sans Frontires & Northern Stage THIS homage to Frederico Garcia Lorca is a theatrical curiosity by Hexham-based Thtre Sans Frontires. The lively prologue of the company's devising is...
Household Spend on High in Region; Cities Named as Having Top Income Rises
Byline: Kim Carmichael NORTH East cities have topped a UK spending power league. Sunderland and Newcastle have been named in the top 50 UK towns and cities with the highest increase in gross disposable household income. After they've covered...
If We Really Want Change, We Should Allow Ourselves More Freedom at the Ballot Box
Byline: DENISE ROBERTSON WHEN someone criticises me in a polite and constructive way I take notice. Last week a reader accused me of going on about how bad things are without offering a solution. I've decided he's right but the reason I don't...
I'll Shut Doubters Up, States DeGale; BOXING
JAMES DeGale has vowed to "shut the doubters up" by winning the European super-middleweight title in style this weekend. Saturday heralds DeGale's return to the ring after his Commonwealth and British title defeat to bitter rival George Groves....
Jack Ends the Year in Style; Hermeston on Form to Help England to Irish Victory
JACK Hermeston, the England Under-16 champion from the City of Newcastle club, has signed off his season emphatically by beating Irish title holder Jordan Hood 5&4, writes TIM TAYLOR. Contributing to a team effort which earned praise from Open...
Kieswetter Is Fighting Fit after Friendly Fire of Champions League; Cricket
CRAIG Kieswetter is fighting fit for England after the "friendly-fire" blow he suffered in Somerset's Champions League semi-final defeat. Kieswetter's left forearm is badly bruised, but nothing more, after being hit by a powerful straight-drive...
Large Hotel of the Year
Rockliffe Hall Hotel Golf Spa Resort ROCKLIFFE Hall in Darlington is a five-star, 61-bedroom hotel within a magnificently restored 18th Century estate, skillfully converted to offer 21st Century luxury without losing the grandeur of its heritage. ...
Learner Simon Confident of Start; Keeper Battle Is Good for Mignolet
Byline: STUART RAYNER IN his second season as a Sunderland player, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet still considers himself a "learner", but the Belgian was always confident he would start the campaign as the Black Cats' No.1, writes STUART RAYNER. ...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.5033 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5337 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.2423 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.1058 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.52 ...........dollars...
Michael Page Hit by Hiring Slowdown
RECRUITMENT firm Michael Page International saw UK profit growth nearly grind to a halt as public and banking sector work dried up. Michael Page, which employs more than 1,400 people in the UK, said gross profits in the UK rose 0.3% to pounds 33.1m...
Nigel to Quit as Manager
NIGEL Worthington will step down as Northern Ireland manager after tonight's match against Italy after admitting recent results had left him no option. Worthington, who has been in charge since Lawrie Sanchez walked away in 2007 to take over Fulham,...
Now Showing
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (12A) Hollywood screenwriter Gil (Owen Wilson) is contemplating giving up his life behind the film cameras to pen his first novel, after jetting out to Paris on holiday with fiancee Inez (Rachel McAdams). The couple have a random...
Old Duo Still Rocking after All These Years
Byline: Matt McKenzie Crosby and Nash at The Sage Gateshead NOT long into the 2008 film CSNY/Deja vu - a furious anti-war polemic - the barbs of US newspaper critics are flashed on the screen. They focus on the advancing years of the assembled...
Outstanding Customer Service Award
William Salve WILLIAM Salve worked his way up from a waiter on a work placement to assistant restaurant manager at Linden Hall Golf and Country Club''s luxurious Marine and Spa Hotel, in North Northumberland, in 2005. In 2010, he became restaurant...
Pair Failed to Check the Small Print; Opinion
Byline: Jeremy Beecham HOW many of us, confronted by the box on an order form which asks us to confirm we've read and agreed the conditions of our purchase, simply tick the box without doing so? That's exactly what David Cameron and Nick Clegg did...
Pardew's African Headache
Byline: Stuart Rayner THE line-up for the 2012 African Cup of Nations has been confirmed and it makes pleasant reading for Steve Bruce, if not Alan Pardew. Having messed up their qualification campaign in a manner reminiscent of the 2003 Cricket...
Politicians in Public Eye Again
THE party conference season may be over but political debates rumble on - and will provide a mentally rigorous backdrop to this year's Durham Book Festival. ? David Miliband, MP for South Shields, was one of the most prominent figures in the last...
Pounds 10m Cost of Super Strong Ambulances; Replacement Vehicles Capable of Carrying Obese Hospital Patients
Byline: Tom Mullen MORE than pounds 10m has been spent on ambulances equipped to carry obese patients in the North East, the Journal can reveal. Ninety eight ambulances - which now have the capability to carry oversized patients - have been brought...
Private Tutors Given a Last Chance by the Taxman
PRIVATE tutors and part-time sports coaches who have not declared tax are being investigated by HM Revenue & Customs. But those who are yet to submit their extra earnings are being given one more chance to come forward and tell HMRC about their...
Progress for Mowden Park Is Looking Good
Byline: SCRUM DOWN; MARK SMITH DARLINGTON Mowden Park are making progress on and off the field, with a storming start to the season and ambitious plans for a new home ground. Saturday's 34-16 triumph at Burnage leaves them placed second in National...
Public Sector Pension Plan Could Collapse; Workers May Be Priced out of Contributing
Byline: Andrew Glover PENSION schemes could collapse if public sector workers are priced out of paying into them, union members warned last night. More than 75,000 local authority and health staff in the North East are being balloted on strike...
Pupils Escape Unhurt after Bus Accident; Vehicle Left the Road as Driver Avoided Car
Byline: Paul Tully ELEVEN children escaped unhurt when their school bus swerved off a narrow road after avoiding an oncoming car on a tight bend. The bus was taking the pupils aged between nine and 13 home from Haltwhistle Community Middle School...
Put Drivers' Safety First on Killer A1; Latest Fatal Crash Leads Campaigner to Call for Dualling of Road
Byline: Dave Black A SAFETY campaigner has called for a Government minister to visit the killer stretch of the A1 through Northumberland following the latest fatal accident on a single-carriageway section of the road. Conservative county councillor...
Qualification Is in the Mind - Levein; Scots Boss Urges Positive Thinking Ahead of Spain Tie
SCOTLAND manager Craig Levein believes the key to success in tonight's crunch Euro 2012 qualifier against Spain in Alicante could be in his players' heads. The Scots are one point ahead of the Czech Republic going into their final Group I fixture and...
Sacked Cancer Sufferer Wins His Tribunal; Firm Told to Pay Compensation to Former Apprentice
Byline: Kim Carmichael ATEENAGE cancer sufferer who was sacked from his apprenticeship has won his case for unfair dismissal. Michael Ready was awarded pounds 7,295 compensation from Angel Air North East Limited following an employment tribunal....
Sales and Profits Up for Family Store
FENWICK has shrugged off the economic gloom on the high street to increase sales and profits by 5%. The Newcastle-based department store group recorded a turnover of pounds 433.5m up from pounds 413.5m, while its pre-tax profits rose to pounds 36.7m...
Self-Catering or Serviced Apartments Award
Cheviot Holiday Cottages TRYSHA and Graham of Cheviot Holiday Cottages have provided luxury self-catering holiday cottages in Northumberland since 1996. They have eight cottages at Ingram, near Alnwick, on the edge of Northumberland National Park,...
Sewer Plans May Stifle Development
Byline: TOM WILLOWS YOU won't have felt a thing but at the start of this month, a change took place right under your feet. If you are a landowner and you own a property which includes a private sewer and lateral drains, ownership of them automatically...
Shopping Trip 'With Jo's Body in Boot' Killer Pretended He Was Concerned Neighbour, Jury Told
Byline: Tom Morgan ;Rod Minchin AKILLER neighbour strangled Joanna Yeates then went shopping in Asda with her body in the boot, a court heard. Vincent Tabak texted his girlfriend to say he was bored just minutes after murdering the 25-year-old...
SIGNS OF THE TIMES; from Wall Street to Westminster, Protests Have Erupted. Are Those Taking Part Just the Latest in a Long Line of Whiners or Are They the Visible Vanguard of a General Demand for Change? Political Editor WILLIAM GREEN Investigates
Byline: WILLIAM GREEN "THERE is a strong desire amongst all of us to deny that anything is happening. We are in denial about that and most of us would like to return to business as usual, but have a definite sense of foreboding that business as...
Small Hotel of the Year
Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa SET within its own private estate between Alnwick and Bamburgh in North Northumberland, Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa combines Georgian grandeur with 21st-Century comfort. With architecture dating back to 1818, the hall has...
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
WWT Washington Wetland Centre A CONSERVATION site with 45 hectares of wetland, woodland and wildlife reserve, Washington Wetland Centre is home to a variety of wildfowl, insects and flora. The experience at Washington Wetland Centre is ever changing...
Sport Today
FOOTBALL (1945 unless stated) FIFA WORLD CUP SOUTH AMERICAN QUALIFYING TOURNAMENT Bolivia v Colombia ................................ 2100 Chile v Peru ......................................... 2345 EURO 2012 QUALIFYING GROUP A Germany v Belgium 1800.................................
Steel Firm's Pounds 2m Bid to Kick-Start UK Renewables
STEEL giant Tata is to invest pounds 2m at its Hartlepool plant in the hope that demand will grow for its products from renewable energy firms. The Indian company, which employs more than 1,000 staff on Teesside, said the investment in the pipe plant...
Sustainable Tourism Award
St Cuthbert's House SET on a popular stretch of Northumberland's picturesque coastline, St Cuthbert's is a beautifully unique B&B innovation offering the perfect getaway. Accommodation is in a 200-year-old converted chapel situated on the outskirts...
Taste of North East England
Knitsley Farm Shop KNITSLEY Farm Shop, in Consett, offers a mouth-watering range of locally produced meats, drinks and desserts. Owned by husband and wife team, Rachael and Edward Jewson, the shop was voted the Best Farm Retail Newcomer in the UK by...
Theatre Is a Big Family; HANNAH DAVIES Meets the Lawnmowers, Theatre Group, Celebrating Their 25th Anniversary This Year, and Discovers a Different Kind of Family Group
Byline: HANNAH DAVIES WHAT makes a good family? Love and support for each other are high on the list. As are encouraging the best from one another. Those qualities are exactly what I find inside a Victorian building, bursting with life, in the centre...
The Best in North East Tourism
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art BALTIC is a major international centre for contemporary art situated on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead. Tel: 0191 478 1810 www.balticmill.com Blackthorn Gate Four-star lodges with private saunas,...
The Best in North East Tourism
Knitsley Farm Shop On farm butchery and cafe supplying fantastic farm-reared and locally sourced meats along with other products and home cooked food. Contact: Edward or Rachael Jewson Tel: 01207 592059 www.knitsleyfarmshop.co.uk Outchester Ducket...
Thompson Returns for City; EVO-STIK NORTH
Byline: James Hunter STEVE THOMPSON will return for Durham City tonight as they head to Lancashire to take on Lancaster City. Thompson missed Saturday's FA Carlsberg Trophy win at Prescot Cables due to work commitments, but Citizens boss Dickie...
Tourism Event of the Year
Tall Ships Races - Hartelpool 2010 AN ESTIMATED half a million people enjoyed the spectacular sights of Hartelpool''s Tall Ships Race 2010. The port had a carnival atmosphere across the entire weekend after 59 tall ships sailed into the region from...
Town Pays Its Respects; Service Held for Murdered Pensioner
Byline: Paul Tully TRIBUTES were yesterday paid at a thanksgiving service held for murdered pensioner Judith Richardson. The 77-year-old beaten to death in her Hexham home in August was "a great mentor and careful confidante," the Rector of Hexham,...
UK Is out on a Limb over Green Agenda
Byline: SARAH GREEN BRITISH businesses are committed to tackling climate change, but their ambition is being thwarted by the failure of politicians at home and abroad to provide certainty for investors. In the UK, we acted early and boldly. The...
United Are in the Top Three - Honest
Byline: PAUL DIXON Paul Dixon has been following Newcastle United for more than 35 years, 18 of which have been as a season ticket holder in the Gallowgate End at St James' Park. Each week in his column, he takes a wry look at all things football...
United's Anxious Wait on Demba; Fears for Striker's Fitness FRANCE CAGEY OVER MIDFIELDER CABAYE'S INJURY
Byline: Stuart Rayner NEWCASTLE United were last night anxiously awaiting reports on the fitness of their in-form striker Demba Ba. With a second round of matches due to be played tonight, it has not been a great international break for the Magpies....
Why Getting a Dog Is Not a Route to Finding the Love of Your Life; Columnist
PERHAPS the strangest advice I have read in the last week was the recommendation that lonely single people should acquire a dog to attract the opposite sex. I can tell you from bitter experience that this does not work, partly because dogs really do...
Win What''in the Bag
WIN WHAT''S WIN WHAT''S IN THE BAG IN THE BAG Metrocentre and House of Fraser are celebrating the centre''s 25th birthday by giving you the chance to win some fantastic prizes. Everyday this week, we will be giving you the chance to win what''s...
Young Lions in a Vital Win over Norway; Pearce's Youngsters Edging Closer to Qualification
Norway U21s 1 England U21s 2 ENGLAND took a stranglehold on European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group Eight last night after holding on to beat Norway in Drammen. Stuart Pearce's Young Lions maintained their 100% start to the new campaign...
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