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 January 6, 2012

Aiken Sets a Blistering Early Pace in Open; GOLF
SOUTH African Thomas Aiken set a clubhouse target which proved impossible to match on the opening day of the Africa Open in East London. Aiken was in the first group out from the ninth tee at 6.30am local time and carded a superb first round of...
Bailey Blow Gives Thomson a Chance
Byline: Matt Leslie KEVIN Thomson looks set to be handed a recall to the Middlesbrough first-team following the news Nicky Bailey could be sidelined for two months. Bailey has been ruled out for between four and eight weeks after being diagnosed...
Bounce in Services Lifts Gloom
THE unexpected bounce in the services sector late last year could stave off the threat of UK recession for a little while longer at least. Economists had predicted the widely-read Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers' Index survey would see a slide from...
Branching out after Light Bulb Moment; Inside Lead Subhead Hey Ehady Ehy
Byline: Richard Fletcher AN art student has rung the changes at a Newcastle company by creating a sculpture that's full of energy. Former Northumbria University Fine Art student Kimberley Gaiger won a brief to find an artistic way of representing...
Bursting at the Seams with Beers; BEER
Byline: RICHARD FLETCHER W HEN CAMRA launched their 2012 Good Beer Guide, they grabbed a few facts to amaze and enthrall their enthusiastic followers. One of their surveys claimed there are now almost 5,500 beers in regular production. Someone...
Cameron Vows to End 'Safety Culture' PM in Pledge to Business Leaders
Byline: Andrew Woodcock; Dan Bentley 'PRIME Minister David Cameron yesterday said that his new year's resolution was to "kill off the health and safety culture for good". Health and safety legislation has become an "albatross around the neck...
Care Gets Chance to Kickstart His Career
DANNY Care's bid to "come back stronger" from his England ban will begin tonight when he starts for Harlequins against Northampton. The England scrum-half has been excluded from the Six Nations following his arrest for drink driving in the early...
Catches Are the Talk of the Tyne
THE middle reaches of the Tyne are still producing nice fish. Bob Patterson took one of 6.42lb, Les Fenwick one of 6lb 2oz, Gary Appleton took three - the best weighing in at 6lb 4oz - Keith Johnson took one of 6lb 5oz and Tony Burridge landed a personal...
Cats Young Gun Set for Cup Run-Out
Byline: Mark Douglas SUNDERLAND striker Ryan Noble is set to get the nod for this weekend's FA Cup trip to Peterborough - as Martin O'Neill ponders a loan move for the Black Cats' young gun. Noble scored his 13th goal for the reserves in Wednesday's...
Charles Phillips & Sons - It Is the End of an Era; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE One Man's Vision and Appreciation for the Finer Things in Life
PIONEERING Scot Charles Williams, originator and founder of Charles Phillips & Sons, is retiring after over 30 years travelling and trading in all corners of the globe including all of Europe, the Middle East, Far East and the Americas. He has...
Countryside Now 'Ghetto for Rich' Rural Areas Are Becoming Socially Exclusive and Action Needed, Says Report
Byline: Nicola Weatherall EFFORTS to keep a picture-postcard image of the countryside are turning villages into rich people's ghettos, according to a North East expert on rural housing. Newcastle University's Professor Mark Shucksmith, who has...
Dalglish Keen to Focus Only on Football
LIVERPOOL manager Kenny Dalglish hopes his team's football will do the talking against Oldham in the FA Cup tonight after a week in which the club's off-field actions have made the headlines. The decision on Tuesday not to appeal Luis Suarez's eight-match...
David Wells
At last, the end of the week, been a tough three or four days? Ease yourself into it gently Aries but don't relax too much as next Monday you're getting some extra lift from Mercury who wants to see some advancement. Does the 'everything is possible'...
Deaths
ALLAN (Blyth). On 28th December 2011, aged 76 years, Eleanor (nee Allon), beloved wife of Les, a much loved mam of Steven, Derek and partner June and the late Raymond. Loved and sadly missed by all her family and friends. Funeral Service to be held...
Demolition Firm's Profits Knocked Down over the Year
DEMOLITION firm Thompsons of Prudhoe has said it is "satisfied" with its results despite a widening pre-tax loss over the year. The company pointed to "challenging trading conditions" as a key reason for its pounds 234,000 pre-tax loss in the year...
Design Centre a Boost for Regional Companies
Byline: Karen Dent THE soon-to-be completed Northern Design Centre has provided a pounds 5.75m boost to the region's construction industry before it even opens for business. The centre, based at the Baltic Business Quarter on Gateshead Quays,...
Developing a Culture of Innovation; Opinion
Byline: James Hayton WHEN we think of an entrepreneur we often envision a lone hero (or even a dynamic duo) struggling against the odds. It was therefore especially welcome news when, in October 2011, the Barclays Business Regional Impact Index...
Falcons Debut Is Awaiting Bedford; New Signing Set for First Start in Crunch Exeter Clash
Byline: Mark Smith NEWCASTLE Falcons could throw new signing Tom Bedford straight in for a shock Aviva Premiership debut against Exeter Chiefs tomorrow. The 21-year-old centre has completed a whirlwind move from Championship side Bedford in time...
Finn Feels Ready to Press Test Claims
Byline: David Clough STEVEN Finn's patience may be about to pay off as he waits for his return to Test cricket. Finn is determined to channel his frustrations into self-improvement to make sure he is ready when an opening arises for him to add to...
Forget Tweeting Banalities and Let's Take the Opportunity to Big Up the North and Its Joys
Byline: KATE FOX LOVE Twitter, but Twitter is weird. IThere are many truths on Twitter and some lies. I have to say that, unlike the Guardian newspaper, I recognised the tweets last week coming from the alleged account of Rupert Murdoch's wife...
Funerals for Gun-Victim Family Can Take Place; Inquests Open into Fatal Shootings
Byline: Neil McKay THE funerals of killer Michael Atherton and his three victims can now take place after a coroner gave the go-ahead. During a brief hearing at Chester-le-Street magistrates court yesterday Durham coroner Andrew Tweddle opened...
Furniture Giant Rolls out Carpet Sales Nationwide
Byline: Karen Dent FURNITURE giant ScS has rolled out its carpet sales to Scotland and the North West after a successful pilot project in its native North East. The Sunderland group started selling carpets in 23 additional shops on Boxing Day...
Gales Put the Wind Up River Anglers
WHILE the outrageous gales from midweek onwards cancelled sport all over the region, just before the storms angling had been encouraging. Roach have been providing sport in numbers at Whittle Dene, where Paul Hoults had 162 fish for 9lb 8oz and...
Games Academy Is to Be Launched; Expert Set to Teach Tricks of the Trade
Byline: Andrew Glover ADESIGN academy opening next week is looking for North East youngsters with the imagination to develop the world's next blockbuster computer games. Students will learn a variety of skills including script writing, animation...
Girl's Years of Fear from Neighbour; Man Menaced His Neighbour with Threatening Texts
Byline: Garry Willey AMAN who sent threatening phone texts to his neighbours' teenage daughter has been jailed for four years. Gary Wilson sent thousands of violent messages to Holly Townley during a campaign which devastated both her and her...
Gymnast Is on a Roll Landing Dream Chance; Olympics Are Step Closer for Youngster, 11
Byline: Nicola Weatherall ATALENTED gymnast is spring-boarding her way towards her Olympic dream after being guaranteed a place in the Great Britain start squad for 2012. Claudia Barkes, a pupil at Barnard Castle School, County Durham, is currently...
Heavenly, Hearty Fare with Flair; FAMILY DINING
Byline: KATHARINE CAPOCCI THE Christmas holidays are the laziest hols of the year in our house with the kids often not surfacing until late morning. So sometimes it's good to blow away the cobwebs after the Christmas excess and have a run out....
How Food Helps Care for Land
Byline: SADIE PARKER IT MAY come as a surprise to learn that the National Trust is one of the UK's largest landowners. It owns nearly 250,000 hectares ... 23,656 of which are in the North East and Yorkshire. And it's not all made up of historic...
How Your Leftovers Could Save You Pounds 50 a Month
Byline: JANE LOVETT SO THE party's over, the decorations are stowed away for another year and we are all getting back to normal again after Christmas, the warmest for 14 years. Now it's all about New Year's resolutions, diets, hitting the sales...
It's Time to Celebrate the Best; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE
Byline: CATRIONA LINGWOOD THE search is on for companies and organisations making their mark in the North East's Built Environment. Constructing Excellence, in the North East's eighth annual awards, will celebrate what is being achieved in the sector...
Jack's the Lad for O'Neill as Star Agrees New Deal
Byline: Mark Douglas MARTIN O'Neill has made his first signing as Sunderland manager - tying Jack Colback down to an extended contract. Colback's steep development at the Stadium of Light has earned him a new two-year-deal. The flame-haired...
Labour Leader for Police Post?
GATESHEAD Council leader Mick Henry has sparked renewed speculation that he could run for the post of Northumbria Police commissioner. The Labour politician has refused to rule himself of standing for election to the new job later this year. ...
Law on Scrap Deals Is 'Past Sell-By Date' Minister Says Regulation Changes Likely
Byline: Rob Phillips MINISTERS have warned they are prepared to act to stop scrap metal dealers helping thieves make easy money. Rising metal thefts have seen the North East declared the crime's UK epicentre by senior police officers as transport...
Magpies Boss All for Free Speech; Ben Arfa Quotes Aren't an Issue
Byline: Stuart Rayner ALAN Pardew insists he has no problem with Hatem Ben Arfa venting his frustration to the media. The mercurial playmaker this week complained about his lack of first-team action this season, and Newcastle United's "direct" style...
Male Nurse Quizzed on Hospital Deaths; New Year's Eve Case Now Investigated
Byline: Pat Hurst A46-YEAR-OLD male nurse has been arrested by police investigating the poisoning of patients at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport. The arrest came as it emerged that the death of an 82-year-old man on New Year's Eve is also...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4305 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5038 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.3373 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.1518 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.50 ...........dollars...
Meeting Set to Go Down a Storm
Byline: JAMES ARMSTRONG WE ARE looking forward to a bumper eight-race card at Gosforth Park tomorrow with the going soft and no problems to report - despite the stormy weather which has battered the region. The first, the S V Rutters Mares' Novices'...
MP's Concerns on Green Belt Homes Plans; Nature Reserve Highlighted
Byline: Tony Henderson AN MP has told council chiefs of the concerns of more than 100 groups and protesters over plans for thousands of new homes. Newcastle North MP Catherine McKinnell has written to city council chief executive Barry Rowland...
Murray Finalises Pre-Open Schedule
ANDY Murray will complete his Australian Open preparations with an exhibition match against Argentinian David Nalbandian at Kooyong next Friday. Murray, who is competing at the Brisbane International this week - he was due to play Marcos Baghdatis...
New Academy Has Opened Its Doors; but Controversy Remains over Building Plans
Byline: Neil McKay ANEW academy that sparked battles in its community officially opened yesterday after the merger of two existing schools. Consett Academy opened on split sites at Moorside and Blackfyne after the merger of two of the town's...
New Eagle Will Soon Fly High, Insists Flournoy; Summer Signing Gause Backed to Beat Injury Woe
Byline: Mark Douglas FAB Flournoy has backed Paul Gause to put a stuttering start to his Newcastle career behind him and soar for the Eagles in 2012. Gause has missed eight weeks of action since the season started in September and there were...
New Year Kicks off with a Top League Clash; REGIONAL PREVIEW
NATIONAL Three North sees a top-of-thetable clash to start the new year as leaders Darlington Mowden Park play host to second-placed Rossendale, writes MARK SMITH. Mowden will be without prop Ralph Appleby (shoulder) and wing Chris McTurk (hamstring),...
New Year Optimism Fails amid Euro Fears
Byline: Max Ormiston THE optimism with which investors appeared to start the New Year faded on Thursday, with the sense that so many of the Eurozone's sovereign debt problems remain unresolved. The FTSE 100 Index ended 44 points lower at 5624...
Perfect Wines from Portugal
Byline: HELEN SAVAGE IMET Tiago Alves de Sousa a couple of years ago when he came to present his extraordinary wines over a dinner at Jesmond Dene House. I was so impressed that I determined to visit his family's estate in northern Portugal....
Ponds Set to Be Restored in Pounds 120,000 Operation
SCORES of ponds are to be restored and many created in a pounds 120,000 operation. Durham Biodiversity Partnership has received the funding from the SITA Trust to carry out a two-year project across Gateshead, Durham, South Tyneside and Sunderland....
Pounds 4m Site Plans for Travellers; Government Funds for Pitches
Byline: Nell Stone NEW accommodation for travellers is to be created in parts of the region through more than pounds 4m in Government funding. Facilities are set to be provided in Durham and Northumberland after the Homes and Communities Agency...
Pounds 5m Bill Predicted for Farms' Storm Damage
Byline: Karen Dent DAMAGE TO farm buildings, homes and vehicles caused by this week's storms is likely to cost at least pounds 5m. The estimate comes from insurer NFU Mutual, which is expecting to deal with more than 600 claims by the time the high...
Principles a Priority as Fair Trade Orders See Festive High
Byline: Karen Dent FAIRTRADE giant Traidcraft has reported a mixed Christmas picture, recording its highest number of festive orders, although it said customers are spending less. The Gateshead-based organisation said the volume of mail order...
Proteas Close to Victory as Sri Lanka Crash
SOUTH Africa closed in on a series-clinching win over Sri Lanka after taking 12 wickets on a one-sided third day of the decisive third Test in Cape Town. Sri Lanka collapsed from 149 for two overnight to 239 all out and, following on, were 138 for...
Racism Chief Wants Liverpool Charged
THE head of European football's antiracism group has urged the Football Association to charge Liverpool with bringing the game into disrepute over their response to Luis Suarez's eight-match ban. Piara Powar, executive director of European football's...
Replacement Parts Firm Engineers Future Success
Byline: John Hill THE worldwide demand for a Derwentside firm's re-engineering services has encouraged it to boost its workshop space. Pinnacle Re-Tec has developed a highly-accurate service for companies looking for replacement parts for equipment...
Sexual Assault Charge No. 3; Ex-United Ace Bramble Faces Further Claim
Byline: Rob Phillips PREMIER league footballer Titus Bramble has appeared in court facing a third charge of sexual assault. The 30-year-old Sunderland defender appeared in court in November when he was accused of indecently touching two women...
Simpson Plays Devils' Advocate in Chase for Title
Byline: Stuart Rayner AFTER showing just how to beat Manchester United, Danny Simpson warned against writing off the champions successfully defending their Premier League title. Newcastle United condemned the Red Devils to back-to-back defeats...
Smart Food Choices Can Make the Difference
Byline: Lisa Watson IT'S amazing to me the amount of people who try really hard to lose weight but never end with the figure they are happy with. Let this be the year you change that through simple life changes. This is something that is very...
Teacher Training Has Region Hooked; Data Reveals Rise in Interest for Profession
Byline: Nicola Weatherall MORE people in the North East are training to become primary school teachers, new data shows. Statistics published by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) yesterday reveals there was an 11% rise in 2011...
The Pen Wielded as a Sword of Justice Is a Strong Force for Good; Columnist
Byline: David Banks THE power of the Press, currently despised by the public and resented by the powerful, is a fearful weapon when wrongfully wielded; Lord Leveson's hacking inquiry has shown that. But fashioned by the right hands into a sword...
Tweets ... from 1939; THE Wartime Diaries of a Tyneside Soldier Are Being Released through the Social Networking Site Twitter. ANDREW GLOVER Reports on How His Grandson Has Brought His Story to Life after His Death
Byline: ANDREW GLOVER JANUARY 1's diary entry was gloomy. "New Year's Day and no Flo," it read. Beginning full of innocence and tinged with routine, the pages that followed would go on to detail months of despair. It belonged to Private Ross...
Virgin Money Announces Bid to Shake-Up Marketplace
Byline: Adam Batey THE first new savings accounts to be made available in Northern Rock branches since Virgin Money acquired the business have been unveiled. In a bid to shake up the market by offering the same rates for customers in branches...
WIN the Entire Costa Book Awards Shortlist
THERE'S nothing quite like putting your feet up with a great book and a delicious cup of coffee. That's why we've teamed up with Costa to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a the 20 books shortlisted for the 2011 Costa Book Awards, plus Costa...
WIN Tickets to See Gavin Webster
CULTURE Club members have the chance to win a pair of tickets to see cult Geordie comic Gavin Webster at the Tyne Theatre on Friday, March 2. Enjoy hard-edged observations and Tyneside tales with a native audience. Following a successful run in...
Win Would Be Real Tonic for Medic; Saraband
EARLSMEDIC was always fighting a losing battle after making a slow start at Kempton, but can make amends with victory at Wolverhampton. The seven-year-old tackles five furlongs again in the Follow Us On Twitter @bluesq Handicap after going down...
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