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 March 28, 2012

Active Risk Slumps While Helius Surges
Byline: Max Ormiston Brewin Dolphin THE FTSE 100 Index closed 33 points lower at 5869 yesterday, with the recent rally in the stock market petering out by Tuesday afternoon. The top performing stock was Royal Bank of Scotland, its shares gaining...
A Pasty AND a Few Stamps? You Might Need a Trip to the Cashpoint; Hot Food Row at Boiling Point
Byline: Adrian Pearson ;William Green THE Chancellor has admitted he has no idea when he last bought a Greggs pasty as the firm's chief executive pleads with Treasury ministers for a VAT rethink. On the day the pasty war got personal Ken McMeikan...
ASDA Closes the Gap on Struggling Rival Tesco
Byline: Iain Laing ASDA has closed the gap on struggling giant Tesco after a report has revealed that its share of the grocery market has grown to record levels. Asda's market share rose to 17.9% in the 12 weeks to March 18 from 17.3% a year ago,...
Ban for Biting Shortens Hartley's Season
ENGLAND hooker Dylan Hartley last night voiced his disappointment at his eight-week suspension for biting. Hartley (pictured right) will be available for the summer tour to South Africa but will only play for Northampton again this season if they...
Bank Sees Rise in Loans and Corporate Dealings
Byline: Iain Laing LLOYDS Bank wholesale banking and markets team in Newcastle said it has seen an 18% rise in lending over the last 12 months. The bank says the rise may well be followed by increased merger and acquisition deal activity or investment...
Black Cats Cannot Keep Dream Alive Wembley Eludes the Wearsiders
Byline: Mark Douglas THERE are some things that are beyond even the managerial alchemist Martin O'Neill. The red and white juggernaut that he has piloted since December has seemed capable of running over all of Sunderland's bogey sides, but even...
Black Cats Moving in Right Direction
Byline: Mark Douglas SUNDERLAND have pledged to slash their wage bill and usher in a new era of "realistic" salaries at the Stadium of Light after posting a loss of pounds 7.8million last year. Despite that headline figure the accounts are largely...
Boro Stay in Play-Off Hunt - but Count Cost after Making Point
Ipswich Town........................................ 1 Middlesbrough ..................................... 1 MIDDLESBROUGH remain firmly on course for a top-six Championship finish, but last night's battling 1-1 draw at Ipswich came at a cost. Centre-backs...
Boss Leaves His Museums Looking at a Bright Future
Byline: TONY HENDERSON DEALING with dinosaurs in Newcastle city centre was part and parcel of Steve McLean's North East career. It began in 1989 when, as a young Scots geologist, he landed a two-month student placement at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle,...
'Bounce' Returns to Help Push House Sales
Byline: Karen Dent THE traditional 'spring bounce' in the housing market has returned for a second year and is helping to push sales volumes, according to housebuilder Bellway. The Newcastle-based business is waiting to see whether the Government's...
Business Parks Challenge
GVA, the UK's largest independent commercial property adviser, has just released its spring 2012 Business Parks Review, which indicates a challenging period for business parks. Take-up in business parks across the UK reached 2.27m sqft in the second...
Carroll's Nervous about His Return; Carroll's Feeling Nervous about His Return
FOR one of the few times in his football career, Andy Carroll expects to be nervous at St James' Park on Sunday, writes STUART RAYNER. The Gateshead-born striker (pictured left) has not played there since his pounds 35m move to Liverpool. He is desperate...
Child Abuser Jailed at Last; Paedophile Left His Young Victims' Lives in Ruins and Escaped Justice for 30 Years - but the Only Person He Truly Felt Sorry for Was Himself
Byline: Rob Kennedy ; Sophie Doughty APAEDOPHILE who believed he had got away with terrifying attacks on four young girls is today starting a 16-year prison sentence. David Bryant lured away four youngsters, two of them from the North East, and...
Ciss Proves a Wise Purchase; January Acquisition Has Helped Us, Says Gutirrez
JONAS Gutirrez believes Papiss Ciss has given Newcastle United an edge in the last weeks of the season, writes STUART RAYNER. The pounds 7.5m Senegal striker was January's most expensive Premier League signing, and one of the few significant additions...
City Firm Advises on Capital Project
ONE of the UK's largest housebuilders has been advised by North East law firm Watson Burton in relation to the design and construction of innovative residential units in London. Bellway Homes Limited has completed the purchase of a site in Southbury...
Contract Talks on Hold until Summer
Byline: Mark Douglas NEWCASTLE United are ready to wait until the end of the season before opening formal negotiations with Demba Ba about a new contract. Weekend claims that the club had tabled an offer of pounds 50,000 a week to United's top...
Cook Is Hot Stuff Late on for Blues
MK Dons ........................................ 1 Carlisle United............................... 2 CARLISLE extended their unbeaten run to six games unbeaten with their first away win since December on a night of high drama. Jordan Cook scored...
Deaths
AYNSLEY (Blyth). Suddenly in hospital on March 21st, aged 71 years, Bill, dearly loved husband of Pauline, much loved dad of Wendy and Mark, fatherinlaw of Paul and Becky and a devoted granda of Adam, Aden, Maia and Josie. Friends please meet for service...
Don't Be an April Fool; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
When you hear the name Chris Huhne, what's the first thing that comes to mind? A politician who resigned his ministerial position over a speeding offence? Or the fact that he is the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and has introduced...
Duchess Pays Visit to School's Garden; Pupils Thrilled as VIP Opens Outdoor Space
Byline: Dave Black WHEN it comes to creating impressive gardens, the Duchess of Northumberland has expertise and experience in spades. So when pupils at a Northumberland school wanted someone to officially launch their own special garden and...
'Ensuring We Are Open for Business' in a Recession, Be It Just in the United Kingdom or Spread across Europe, It Would Be Reasonable to Expect the Impact on the Commercial Property Development Pipeline to Be Broadly Similar When Comparing the Northern Cities of Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool Says TONY HORDON, Senior Director, DTZ
Byline: TONY HORDON AFTER all, the recession has seen many schemes planned for Newcastle put on hold as financially they are no longer viable. Surely the same applies to our rival cities? Pre-recession the North East successfully moved away from...
Expensive Bonds Offer Lower Return
Byline: ANDREW MILLER THE 30-year bull market in bonds has outlived so many of its obituarists that investors should think carefully before buying into the latest round of pronouncements proclaiming its demise. In the UK, where there was most...
Exporters Are Key to Economic Growth; the North East Is a 'Poster Child' for Export and More Regions Should Be Following Our Lead, According to Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green. He Was in Gateshead Yesterday as Part of the Government's Campaign to Persuade More SMEs to Sell Their Goods and Services Abroad. KAREN DENT Reports
EXPORTERS - and specifically smaller companies sending their products and expertise overseas - are at the heart of the Government's plans for economic growth. Chancellor George Osborne set a target of boosting British exports to pounds 1 trillion...
Fine Schools for Illiteracy, Panel Urges; Free Parenting Classes Set to Be Put on Trial
Byline: Wesley Johnson SCHOOLS that fail to teach pupils to read and write should be fined, an independent panel investigating the causes of last year's riots says. About a fifth of school leavers have the literacy skills of an 11-year-old or...
French Supplier in Jobs Boost for Region
Byline: Iain Laing AROUND 130 jobs will be created on Wearside after a French car part maker decided to open a factory to supply the Nissan motor plant. Financire SNOP Dunois (FSD) Group plans to invest pounds 5m in refitting the Washington factory...
Good News but Still Missed Opportunities
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK THERE was not a lot in the Budget that affected land, property, construction and the environment on which I can write. Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), summed up very...
Growing Chamber; North East Chamber of Commerce Finance Director ISOBEL ROBERTSON Retires at the End of March. in This Column She Reflects on 23 Years with the Chamber
Byline: ISOBEL ROBERTSON IT is hard to believe that 23 years have gone by so quickly. In that time I am immensely proud to have played a role in creating the largest chamber of commerce in the country, quadruple chamber membership and seen the organisation...
Haamaat's Ready to Impress Again
Byline: Saraband HAAMAAT made a highly satisfactory return to action earlier in the month and she can go in again in the Goffs Ready-To-Run Sale April 3rd Handicap at Kempton. Winner of one of her two juvenile starts, she was all the rage for a...
How Do We Save the High Street in Struggling Times? THE Situation Is Pretty Grim on Britain's High Streets and Retail Experts Fear Things May Well Worsen before They Improve. KAREN DENT Looks at Some of the Initiatives Taking Place in the North East in an Effort to Sustain and Breathe New Life into Our Shopping Streets and Centres
ALMOST one in seven shops across the UK has closed, leaving the number of empty stores on the high street at an all-time high. Latest figures on town centre vacancy rates, which are produced on a monthly basis by the Local Data Company (LDC), show...
How Do We Save the High Street in Struggling Times? THE Situation Is Pretty Grim on Britain's High Streets and Retail Experts Fear Things May Well Worsen before They Improve. KAREN DENT Looks at Some of the Initiatives Taking Place in the North East in an Effort to Sustain and Breathe New Life into Our Shopping Streets and Centres
Byline: KAREN DENT ALMOST one in seven shops across the UK has closed, leaving the number of empty stores on the high street at an all-time high. Latest figures on town centre vacancy rates, which are produced on a monthly basis by the Local...
Increase May Deliver Companies to Rivals
Byline: Tom Rowley FIRMS will be left thousands of pounds out of pocket when the Royal Mail raises stamp prices by up to 39%, regional business leaders warned. First class stamps will rise by more than a quarter to 60p from next month while second...
'I Should Be Dead, without a Doubt' Father Tells of Emergency on the Beach
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth AFATHER buried alive by sand at a North East beauty spot has told how he feared for his life as frantic efforts were made to rescue him. Ronnie Martin could see only darkness and hear the muffled screams of his friends...
Is the Portas Plan the Right Way to Revive the High Street? WHO'S PLANNING WHAT? DAVID BROCKLEHURST
IS THE high street dying? There has been a great deal of concern in recent years that the traditional British high street is in decline - perhaps terminally so unless something is done. The concern led to the commissioning of a report late last...
It's Hair Care Right at the Cutting Edge; Hairdressers Mingle with Reality TV Idol
Byline: Coreena Ford AS hair stylist to the stars, Lee Stafford is used to dealing with the very cream of the crops. But the celebrity scissorhands was blown away by the weird and wonderful styles on display at the BL Hair Show. The event...
Josie Still Making a Difference; Five Years after Her Early Death, the Legacy of Josie Grove Is Still Being Felt - Now on the Other Side of the World. PAUL TULLY Reports
Byline: PAUL TULLY AS she spent a large part of her childhood there, it is fitting that Josie Grove's legacy of helping terminally-ill children is now being stretched to Thailand. Josie, of Corbridge, died aged 16 in 2007 after turning down leukaemia...
Lawyers Welcomes Partner to Team
LAW firm Dickinson Dees has strengthened its litigation team with the appointment of Nick Mason as a partner in the commercial disputes group. He joins the Newcastle-based firm's Yorkshire operations from the National Trust, where he was a disputes...
Lee Sticking to Flat Races; National Winner Swapping Codes
G RAND National-winning rider Graham Lee is looking forward to a new career on the Flat after the shock announcement he is to switch codes. Lee (pictured below) landed the world's most famous steeplechase in 2004 on Ginger McCain-trained Amberleigh...
Legal Eagles Eager to Help Sir Bobby Fund
LADY Elsie Robson, widow of footballing legend Sir Bobby, visited the offices of Newcastle law firm Sintons to thank staff for raising pounds 5,000. Staff at the solicitors were delighted to welcome Lady Elsie to its offices near St James' Park where...
Making His Mark at Bike Event; Cycle Regime Has Paid Dividends
Byline: Joanne Butcher SPINNING fan Mark Wilson is pedaling his way from fat to fit with the help of his trusty bike. Mark, 34, has lost a massive six stone since taking up life on two wheels. Now, he has signed up to take on a new challenge...
Manager Martin Sees Golden Touch Desert Him
Byline: Stuart Rayner MARTIN O'Neill picked a bad time for his golden touch to desert him. With Wembley beckoning, the luck of the Northern Irishman spectacularly ran out. With the rusty centre-back he signed on loan in January badly exposed,...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4368 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5048 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.5304 .......... pounds Euro ....................1.141 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.75 ...........dollars...
More Ups and Downs as the Quakers Crash; Darlington Fight Back, but Can't Hold on for a Point
Byline: Steve Brown Darlington 2 Wrexham 4 THERE is currently a fairground occupying much of Neasham Road's car park. Even it cannot compare with Darlington Football Club for thrills, costly spills and, ultimately, an ache in the belly. For while...
Musical's Energetic Ensemble Heading towards Perfection
Chicago at Sunderland Empire until Saturday SET in the jazz era of 1920s America, the plot of this sassy, sexy musical focuses on foxy Roxie Hart and her fight for acquittal and bid for stardom. After shooting dead her lover and failing to blame...
New Planning Rules Help to Allay Concerns; Green Havens Safeguarded, Says Minister
Byline: Adrian Pearson SCENIC Northumberland and other UK countryside favourites have been guaranteed planning protection under the Government's new rules for development, it was claimed last night. Planning minister Greg Clark set out the new...
North East Has Been Ignored Once More; George Osborne's Budget Failed to Inspire Many in the Business Community. IAN PARKER, Partner at Commercial Property Consultant GVA in Newcastle, Has His Own Criticisms
Byline: IAN PARKER IHAVE looked at all aspects of the budget and it has confirmed my concerns that the North East is being short-changed by the coalition Government relative to other regions, Scotland, Wales and London. Key points include: ?...
Oil Giant BP Sells Assets to Cover Spill
Byline: Iain Laing OIL giant BP has sold assets in the North Sea in a pounds 251.7m deal but insisted it is still committed to developing around the UK. The British supermajor has agreed to sell a number of manned and unmanned platforms off the...
Old Low Light May Soon Be a Highlight; New Ambition for Historic Site at Quay
Byline: Tony Henderson HOPES of turning an 18th Century riverside building into a heritage and visitor centre took a step forward yesterday. The NET group, set up to drive forward the revival of North Shields Fish Quay, wants to use the Old Low...
Pod Squad Taking over Where God Squad Left off; Some Old Churches Suffer a Sorry Fate, but One in Gateshead Has a New Lease of Life, as DAVID WHETSTONE Reports
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE LOW in a wall of the old church on Brighton Road, Bensham, is a stone "laid by Ald. William Sutton JP, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1 March, 1902". It was the new church then, of course, and the Tyneside worthy can't have had any...
Pounds 6m Redevelopment for Prime Site in City Centre
Byline: Iain Laing APRIME site to the east of Newcastle city centre is being redeveloped as part of a pounds 6m investment project. The Danieli Group is transforming the 2000sqm site in Shieldfield - formerly a social club - into a mixed development...
Powering Up for an Electric Car Revolution; Conference to Give Drivers Assurance
Byline: Tony Henderson AN international conference will open on Tyneside tomorrow to help smooth the way for travelling by electric vehicles. Northumbria University will be hosting the North Sea Electric Mobility Network event, an EU-funded project...
Promising Beginnings at Derwent
THE hot start to the angling season at Derwent Reservoir shows no sign of cooling with anglers continuing to record high rod averages and large numbers of eight-fish limit catches. Gordon Swain and Chris Williams, fishing with fly, enjoyed terrific...
Putting a Stop to the Parking Scams That Leave Us out of Pocket; Columnist
Byline: Peter Troy WITH fuel prices fast approaching pounds 1.50 per litre and the threat of shortages of supplies at petrol forecourts I cannot be alone as a high mileage motorist in being more than a tad annoyed at being irritated. Being a motorist...
Quicker Internet for Rural Areas Bid; Government Gives Pounds 500,000 Grant to Areas
Byline: Brian Daniel ABID to bring quicker internet to a rural part of Northumberland has been backed by the Government with a pounds 500,000 grant. The application to bring superfast broadband to Rothbury and surrounding communities has been...
Raise Glass to Better Economy; the Food and Drink Sector Looks Set to Provide a Significant Boost to the North East Economy, Says ANTHONY GREALLY of Planning Consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners
Byline: ANTHONREALLY SOME of the UK's major pub and restaurant operators surprisingly reported a fall in the number of people eating and drinking out last month. The 3.7% fall in February footfall may have been caused by a number of factors,...
Revamped Chelsea Grab a Vital Victory; Kalou Winner Gives Blues a Great Chance of Reaching Last Four
Benfica 0 Chelsea 1 MAKESHIFT Chelsea put one foot in the Champions League semi-finals last night thanks to Salomon Kalou's late winner at Benfica. Kalou slid home Fernando Torres' low cross 15 minutes from time after the Blues completely snuffed out...
Richards Deal Was No Surprise - Gold; Interim Falcons Coach Has Got Future Options
Byline: Mark Smith GARY Gold insists he is not put out by Dean Richards' appointment as Newcastle Falcons' director of rugby next season, and that there are "irons in the fire" when his contract expires in June. The South African has proved a...
Rural Insurer to Share out Pounds 106m Bonus Pot
Byline: Karen Dent COUNTRYSIDE insurer NFU Mutual is to share a pounds 106m bonus pot with members after seeing a big jump in profit in its financial results for 2011. The group's gross written premium income (GWPI) increased by 6% to pounds...
Save Up and Save Lives; Bank Launches ISA in Football Legend's Name
Byline: Alastair Craig ANEW financial link-up with a Tyneside building society could raise thousands of pounds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Newcastle Building Society has launched a special ISA in conjunction with the charity, which will...
Sevcon Teams Up in Automotive Market
Byline: John Hill ELECTRIC and hybrid vehicle specialist Sevcon has revealed it played a crucial role in the development of Renault's new electric city car. Renault chose the Gateshead manufacturer to provide microprocessor-based controllers...
Sewing the Seeds of Success; Northumbria University Has One of the Best Fashion Courses in the Country with Graduates Landing Jobs with the Likes of Louis Vuitton, Chloe and Ralph Lauren. LIZ LAMB Speaks to Principal Lecturer Douglas MacLennan about Flying the Flag for the North East throughout the World
Byline: LIZ LAMB FOR the past 40 years, Douglas MacLennan has witnessed some of his students take jobs with the world's most famous fashion houses. From household names such as Louis Vuitton and Ralph Lauren to highly-acclaimed labels like Chloe...
Signs of Improved Funding Opportunities for Businesses
LEADING North East commercial law firm Muckle LLP is seeing signs of increased lending to regional businesses according to the head of its banking team, partner Louise Duffy, although there is still a long way to go. Unprecedented changes have been...
Sobbing Student Jailed for Muamba Tweets; Comments Vile, Says Judge
Byline: Antony Stone A HANDCUFFED student sobbed yesterday as he was jailed for mocking footballer Fabrice Muamba on Twitter after he collapsed during a match. Liam Stacey, of Pontypridd in South Wales, broke down as he was given a 56-day custodial...
Sport Today
FOOTBALL (1945 unless stated) UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL FIRST LEG AC Milan v Barcelona ...................................... Marseille v Bayern Munich............................... NPOWER LEAGUE 1 Sheffield United v Chesterfield ............................
Street Life Has Lost Its Lustre for Dealer; Antiques Shop to Shut and Go Online Instead
Byline: Toby Chiang AN antiques shop owner on Tyneside has closed down his store to take his business into cyberspace. Ian Sharp, who has runs Ian Sharp Antiques shop on Tynemouth's Front Street for 25 years, is closing the store to instead sell...
Team Back on Court after Bus Trauma; Netball Coach Proud of Girls
Byline: Sarah Scott HERO coach Lisa Stanley was back on fighting form at her first netball match after saving the lives of her team when their bus driver slumped unconscious at the wheel. The mother-of-one jumped into action, grabbing the wheel...
Terrible Days That Shaped MP's Opinions; 'Death Must Be Left Up to the Individual'
Byline: William Green ANORTHUMBERLAND MP has relived his "frightening" brush with death while calling for revised guidelines on assisted suicide. Hexham's Guy Opperman said his collapse in the House of Commons last year and subsequent surgery...
Tesco Express Plan for Grainger Street
Byline: Iain Laing SUPERMARKET giant Tesco has announced plans to open another store in Newcastle city centre. Newcastle-based Lugano Property Group has negotiated with the chain to bring a Tesco Express to the ground floor of a carefully converted...
Top Team Promoting Centre
LONG-ESTABLISHED local commercial property agency Dodds Brown has been appointed to help promote The Wilton Centre as a unique location for office-based businesses. The Middlesbrough-based firm is teaming up with the world's leading independent...
Wearside Hopes of a Trophy Are Gone; Toffees Heading Through
Byline: Stuart Rayner Sunderland 0 Everton 2 EVERTON continued their stranglehold over Sunderland last night to knock the Wearsiders out of the FA Cup one game from Wembley. The Toffees won last night's quarterfinal replay 2-0 at the Stadium...
Wembley Will Host London Derby after Spurs Edge Past Bolton
Tottenham Hotspur ............................... 3 Bolton Wanderers ................................. 1 TOTTENHAM are on their way to Wembley, where they will play Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, after battling past Bolton on an emotional night...
We've Let the Side Down, Admits Bell; Bowlers Have Done All the Hard Work
Byline: Rory Dollard IAN Bell admits England's batsmen have let the bowling attack down too often this year. After being dismissed for 193 on day two of the first Test in Sri Lanka, England have now been bowled out for less than 200 five times in...
'When I Hear an Ice Cream Van Playing Its Music, I Am Left with Chills All over My Body'
POSING as a "doctor" and with promises of sweets, puppies and horses, David Bryant lured his young victims away from their friends to carry out his sex attacks. Chilling details of how he preyed on little girls as they played out with their friends...
Wilkinson Agrees FA Must Get Technical
THE Football Association's announcement that they are to appoint a technical director after a gap of ten years has been welcomed by the only man to have previously held the job. Howard Wilkinson, who left the post to take over as Sunderland manager...
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