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 November 19, 2010

A19 Jams May Force Minister into a Rethink; Fears Growing of Gridlock on Key Route
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE Transport Secretary has admitted the A19 deserves a second chance for vital upgrade cash after regional leaders confronted him over spending cuts. Philip Hammond told an audience of North East business and council leaders...
A Holy Transformation; Former Shelter Is Restored to Former Glory
Byline: Kim Carmichael AFORMER wartime shelter has been transformed into a sacred place of worship. The ancient undercroft of Durham Cathedral's Deanery was restored to its original glory after a secret benefactor came forward. The chapel, once...
Air Bosses Confident of Further Expansion
BUDGET airline Jet2 says its plans to create nearly 120 jobs at Newcastle International Airport next year may be just the start of its expansion in the region. The carrier is set to offer more flights than any other company from Newcastle after...
All You Need to Start Up and Expand a Business
DURHAM County Council aims to support the continuous improvement of the county's infrastructure and environment. The Regeneration and Economic Development team, can provide a range of support services to companies and individuals looking to start up,...
Anglers Being Made to Work Hard
THE shorter days and cooler temperatures mean coarse anglers are working hard for their fish but some productive days on the Wear, Tees and Tyne are still being recorded with dace providing the bulk of the action. Stillwater commercial waters such...
Architects Rebrand to Reflect Changing Times
Byline: Christopher Knox ANORTH EAST architect has relocated to Newcastle Quayside and re-branded itself as it looks to grow its share of the market. Purves Ash has moved from just outside the centre of Newcastle to new offices on the Quayside...
Asia: A World of Opportunities
THE business opportunities in Asia are wide-ranging, very large and fast-growing. Earlier this year, the International Monetary Fund produced a report which highlighted that Asia's economy will grow by 50% over the next five years. British firms...
Atta Boy as Jefferson Takes a Win
ATTAGLANCE banished uncomfortable memories of a recent foray to Haydock with success at Market Rasen. Malcolm Jefferson's four-year-old was thrust into the spotlight on Merseyside after jockey James Halliday was suspended 10 days for failing to take...
Bell Rings out a Ton as Faith Is Repaid; CRICKET
IAN Bell once again repaid the faith of England's selectors with a deeply impressive hundred against Australia A at the Bellerive Oval yesterday. Bell (121 not out) and Durham's Paul Collingwood (pictured above), 74no, reprised their rescue act...
Big Family Steak out Although the Menus Are Well Laid; KAREN WILSON Golden Gate Spur Steak and Grill, Metrocentre, Gateshead
LARGE chains don't always fare so well against independent restaurants, as trying to appeal to a broad market with a paint-by-numbers approach can sometimes make for a bland experience. So when I invited two friends and their two children along...
Big Fish Still Had Surprise in Store
THERE were still some good bags of cod taken during the latter half of last week as the seas died away and better fish, including double-figure specimens, are now being reported, writes STEVE WALKER. Steve "Gus" Booth had cod of 11lb 12oz and 8lb...
Birds of Prey Face Extinction in North; Hen Harrier Is 'Persecuted'
Byline: Tony Henderson ABIRD of prey is in danger of extinction in the uplands of the North East, experts warned last night. For the second year running there were no nesting attempts by hen harriers in the region, despite an abundance of suitable...
Cable Pledges to Work with Nissan after Criticism over Jobs Policies
Byline: WILLIAM GREEN BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has promised to work closely with Nissan after the car maker urged ministers to show they were serious about boosting the region's economy. A meeting has also been arranged with Nissan after...
Cameron Criticises MoD 'Leak Problem' PM in Dig at Fox over Cuts Warning Letter
Byline: Andrew Woodcock PRIME Minister David Cameron aimed an apparent dig at his Defence Secretary Liam Fox yesterday, by telling senior MPs that his department had "a problem with leaks". Mr Cameron said it was "worrying" that confidential...
Cats Boss Protects England Debutant; Cats Boss Quick to Place Protective Arm around Midfielder
STEVE Bruce has come out fighting in defence of Jordan Henderson after the Sunderland midfielder was criticised for his performance on his England debut against France. A combative Black Cats boss has also vowed to fight off interest in his young...
Clean-Up Launched on Filthy Shoreline; Beach Hit by Sewage after Bad Weather
Byline: Joanne Butcher ACLEAN-UP operation has been mounted after sewage and waste littered a scenic Northumberland beach yesterday morning. Residents were sickened to see toilet paper and used sanitary towels scattered along the shoreline of...
Come on, Come on. Paxman Is Waiting for You; University Wants Team to Star in Famous TV Quiz: THINKING Jamie O''Sullivan Auditions Newcastle University Students Wendy Carr, Hedd Thomas and Chris Edis
Byline: Nicola Juncar ARE you tough enough to be grilled by Jeremy Paxman? Newcastle University is hoping to find four brave - as well as extremely bright - students to form a new team for next year's series of University Challenge. The Student...
Comesys Targets Further Business with China
COMESYS Europe Ltd is a North East firm specialising in 'drive by wire' controls and advanced electronic cooling systems which are typically used in electric and hybrid vehicles, primarily city buses. Comesys's sales director, Jon Aitchison, who...
Deaths
ACKROYD (Whitehaven). Elsie (nee Corbett), died 15th November 2010. Will always be remembered by sister Hilda and family. BATTERS (Norham). On 16th November in Hillside Lodge, Margaret, aged 98 years. Funeral Service in Norham Parish Church on Tuesday...
Decision Day Soon on Vital Train Contract
DECISION day for thousands of potential train jobs will come "within weeks not months" the region has been told. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has said he is close to picking which firm will win a multi-million pound contract to build the new...
Dentist Confesses to Double Killing
A DENTIST has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murders of his wife and his ex-lover's husband who were poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes. Dr Colin Howell, 51, changed his plea at Belfast Crown Court and admitted the 1991 killings which...
Donation to Put Thieves to Shame; Anger at Poppy Day Shop Raids
ABUSINESSMAN from Northumberland has offered to undo the damage done by heartless thieves who stole charity tins. Brian Burnie, former owner of Doxford Hall hotel and the creator of the Daft As A Brush charity, has pledged to donate pounds 500 to...
Employee's MBA Hits the Right Chord
Byline: Andrew Hebdens MARK McKenzie is only a matter of weeks into his two-year MBA, but he reckons it has already paid for itself 10 times over in terms of the benefits it has brought to his employer. The head of e-business at Newcastle-based...
Event Durham and Durham University: An Award-Winning Team
PROVIDING a bespoke service and a specialist sales and customer focused team, Event Durham offers a one-stop-shop, venue finding and event management service. The complete end-to-end solution offers customers the opportunity to have their events...
Experts to Encourage Exporting
TRADING experts are set to visit Newcastle to offer advice and encourage exporting to Asia. Analysis of UK Trade and Investment data by NatWest and RBS reveals around 1,260 businesses in the North East are currently exporting. During the first half...
Ferdinand Is Searching for Right Blend; England Can Still Be a World Force, Claims Skipper
Byline: Simon Stone RIO Ferdinand has warned England need to find the right balance of youth and experience if they are to be a future force in world football. Ferdinand was impressed with the contribution of newcomers Andy Carroll and Jordan...
Flournoy Cool on Return of Sullivan; Eagles Coach Plays Down Reunion
Byline: Matt Leslie IT IS not much of a big thing, states Newcastle Eagles boss Fab Flournoy as his troops get ready to lock horns with old pal Andrew Sullivan. The Eagles face Mersey Tigers in the first leg of the BBL Cup semi-final at the Sport...
Gifts in Print to Satisfy a Thirst for Knowledge; BEER ALASTAIR GILMOUR
BEST CELLARS WINTER drawers on, as the Carry On team would have it. Now is the time to search out books for the deserving beer lover - the discerning beer lover, meanwhile, will brave the icy blasts and find contentment in the pub. There's a widely...
Greggs and Amec Shine in North Index
Byline: Max Ormiston THE FTSE 100 Index opened higher following a strong overnight performance from the Asian markets. Investors also gained in confidence following positive developments in Ireland's bailout talks and better than expected UK...
Happiness Has Been a Long Time Coming; Newcastle United's Longest-Serving Player, Steve Harper, Explained to Chief Sports Writer Luke Edwards That It Has Taken Him a Long Time to Be Happy at St James'
Byline: LUKE READING STEVE Harper has been there, done that and worn the T-Shirt. He has seen it all, felt it, been through it and come out the other side. For 17 years Harper has played for the club he loves, yet he has not always been happy...
Harper and Alan Could Yet Team Up?
THEY have been good friends for more than a decade and have worked closely together in the past, so would Steve Harper consider forming a management team with Alan Shearer when he retires? Harper has hinted he may stop playing when his current Newcastle...
Help Over-50s Spend Us out of Crisis
Byline: DAVID BANKS BEHOLD! I bring good tidings of great joy. Wor Kid says he's got a better idea than Cameron for curing Britain's crippled economy. Mind you, the lad did fail his maths O-Level. And he did get this idea from a man in a pub....
Home Repeat Will Do Nicely; Kiwi Star to Dish out a History Lesson
Byline: Mark Smith FLY-HALF Jimmy Gopperth will be hoping history repeats itself on Sunday, as his Newcastle Falcons side play host to Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership. The last five league encounters between the two have been won by the home...
Hostage Free after Nine-Day Ordeal; Relief of Family as North Oil Rig Worker Prepares to Come Home
Byline: James Moore ANORTH East oil rig worker is today free after spending nine days as a hostage in the hands of Nigerian militants. Patrick Weber and six others were taken at gunpoint from the rig he was working on off the Nigerian coast. ...
In Memoriam
ADAMSON (Northumberland). We have lost our beloved sister Margaret. You were a much loved sister and auntie and we will miss you so much. You are an inspiration to us all. Fly away Marg and God Bless. Love you always, Anne. xxx BIRCHALL (Newbiggin...
'Jury Was Nobbled to Cause Trouble' Court Told Gangland Rival of Sayers Wanted to Put Him Behind Bars
Byline: Dan Warburton AJURY-NOBBLING plot was concocted by a gangland rival of John Henry Sayers in a bid to make sure he ended up behind bars, a court in London was told yesterday. The jury heard claims that Sayers' arch rival Paddy Conroy was...
Landmark Figure Shows Be Enterprising Works
IT'S 3,500 and counting for Be Enterprising - that's the milestone figure recently passed by the innovative programme which has helped more than 3,500 people to create their own jobs since its launch in 2007. Pioneering a fresh approach to enterprise...
Learn a Lesson from Past Tactical Voting; VOICE OF THE NORTH
of casting a strategic vote for Alan Beith in the Berwick by-election to help in my small way the ousting of the Tories in the wake of the Lambton Scandal in the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency. It was a 57-vote majority, as I recall. I wasn't too...
Levi Prepared for a Tough Examination; Falcons Lock Forward Plotting to Frighten England
Byline: Mark Smith NEWCASTLE Falcons will provide a dash of Pacific flair at Twickenham tomorrow, as lock forward Filipo Levi plots England's downfall. Known as 'The Chief' at Kingston Park in recognition of his imposing six foot six frame, the...
Mapping the World''s Trading; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
TRADING with businesses and consumers from across the world has always been an important part of UK business. Our new report, Mapping the World's Trade Connections, is the first report that compiles how the world is trading today to help businesses...
Megastar Can Prove to Be an Ascot Hit
GARY Moore has every right to be excited as Megastar makes his debut over timber in the Robert Giles Agencies Introductory Hurdle at Ascot. Having beaten the Wayward Prince on his racecourse bow a year ago, he was then turned over by a 33-1 shot...
Minister in Pledge to Make the Cap Greener and More Efficient
Byline: Iain Laing THE Government is committed to "ambitious reform" of the Common Agricultural Policy (Cap), insisted farming minister Lord Henley insisted as the European Commission published its future plans for the scheme. The Commission...
New Butcher Is Appointed at Farm Shop
MALTBY Grange Farm Shop in Maltby near Middlesbrough has appointed Stuart Lillie as its in-house master butcher. Stuart is in charge of managing the butchery from cutting and jointing every animal to passing on fantastic cooking tips at both the farm...
New Recruit for Rural Land Agent
DESPITE stories that graduates are finding it tough to find employment, rural specialist George F. White is continuing to employ young people with specialist qualifications. The latest appointment is Alex Jackson who joins the Wolsingham office...
New Signs of Hope for Jobs as Firm Looks East for Orders; A North East Firm Specialising in Safety and Instructional Signs and Decals for Construction Equipment Manufacturers Is Building New Relationships with India in a Bid to Safeguard Jobs and Increase Turnover
GATE 7 Ltd, of Team Valley, Gateshead, was established in 2000 by Keith Wickham who remains Managing Director. The company has worked hard to secure ongoing growth over the last decade and now exports more than 75% of its products across Europe and...
No Culture Clash for England's Afrikaner Import
HENDRE Fourie insists there is no conflict between his Afrikaner heritage and his new future as an England rugby international. Fourie hails from the sheep-farming town of Burgersdorp, the oldest in South Africa's eastern cape, and a battleground...
Painting Makes History; Artist's Joy as Democracy Leader Is Freed
Byline: David Whetstone WHEN Burmese democracy campaigner Aung San Suu Kyi was dramatically released from house arrest last weekend, nobody in the North East was happier than Chris Robinson. "It was just fantastic. I nearly cried," said the artist...
Potter Saga Enters Its Final Chapter
AND so it begins - the final chapter of JK Rowling's best-selling fantasy saga, which holds the honour of the highest grossing film franchise of all time. Cleaved in two for creative and commercial reasons, the film follows on from the shocking...
Quality Entries Are All in with a Fighting Chance; INSIDE TRACK JAMES ARMSTRONG
EXCITEMENT is building ahead of the highlight of Newcastle's jumps season, the StanJames.com Fighting Fifth Hurdle, next weekend. The emphasis will be on quality hurdlers rather than quantity this year. Binocular, the reigning champion hurdler,...
Quality Means Workwear Can Buck the Trend; MOVING FORWARD Andrew Ward Has Doubled His Staff despite the Economic Situation
WORKWEAR Express, the leading supplier of workwear and corporate clothing solutions, has enjoyed a successful year despite the current economic climate. The independently owned business has doubled its staff in the last 12 months and although he...
Region Ready to Do Its Best for Pudsey's Great Day; Fundraisers Doing Their Bit for Charity
THE region is set for a fundraising extravaganza today as the latest Children in Need appeal kicks off. From singing chaplains and sponsored silences to back-waxings and bake-a-thons, hundreds of people will be doing all they can to beat last year's...
RORY McILROY LAUNCHES HONG KONG CHALLENGE WITH A ROUND OF 63; GOLF
RORY McIlroy's pursuit of a first UBS Hong Kong Open title at the third attempt got off to a strong start as the Ulsterman shot a seven-under 63 in yesterday's opening round to finish one stroke behind leader Mark Brown. Ashington's Kenneth Ferrie...
Sales Rise and Loan Gives Turbo a Boost
Byline: John Hill INNOVATIVE electronics company Turbo Power Systems is set to grow after winning a pounds 6.5m investment from Brazil and seeing its sales soar by more than half this year. The Gateshead company, which designs and makes motors,...
Savour the Taste of Spain
Byline: HELEN SAVAGE RIOJA rules in the Spanish section of most supermarkets and wine shops. Majestic, for example, list 55 still table wines from Spain; more than half are from Rioja. Rioja's continuing popularity is founded on its reliability...
Scots Look to Class of 2002 for Victory
THREE of the present Scotland squad have tasted victory over South Africa, providing a dose of confidence after last week's morale-battering loss to New Zealand. Last week Scotland suffered a 49-3 hiding at the hands of the All-Blacks to prolong...
Sector in Limbo over Spending Cuts
Byline: Andrew Wright TYPICALLY the autumn is an active period in the commercial property sector but it has been in limbo to some degree pending the announcement of the Government spending cuts. With this date passed, the market is now looking...
Shieldsmen Look to Stay Unbeaten; REGIONAL PREVIEW
NORTH Shields will be aiming to continue their unbeaten start to the season tomorrow, as they travel to Seghill, writes MARK SMITH. The Shieldsmen have averaged a magnificent 51 points per game in racing to the top of Durham and Northumberland Three...
Solar Scheme Given the Chance to Shine; Planners Will Visit Site of Energy Project
PLANNERS have agreed to visit the proposed site for a huge solar energy development after being told that it has the potential to map the country's low-carbon future. Farm owner Christopher Porter wants to install 18 solar panels in a field adjacent...
Spectrum Welcomes New Client
ONE of the most cost-effective commercial developments in the UK is set to welcome a major new client, following a significant property deal for 2010. Combining high-quality facilities with an unbeatable number of competitive incentives, Spectrum...
Starting with Nothing
Byline: Iain Laing FOR many thinking of starting out in business, finance can be either the first or the final stumbling block. Today's entrepreneurs prove that it doesn't need to be. Admittedly, some businesses wouldn't get off the ground without...
Support Isn't There for 'Hidden' Carers; Thousands of Youngsters Are Looking after Family Members
AROUND 8,000 young people in Northumberland could be giving care without the necessary support, a county body has claimed. Carers Northumberland has based the figure in response to research carried out by the BBC on numbers of young carers. The...
Taste of Christmas Past; ADVENTUROUS Diners Are Invited to Feast on the Past This Yuletide as One of the Region''s Top Chefs Brings to Life a 238-Year-Old Festive Recipe. JESSICA TRAVERS Finds out More.: A Taste of Christmas Pies Past
Byline: JESSICA TRAVERS JOSIE Green's face registers mild surprise. She has just taken a bite out of a small pie, crumbs from the pastry case dropping finely on to the hand she is using as a makeshift plate. She has been waylaid by chef David...
The Day the Rains Kept Coming; CUMBRIA FLOODS ANNIVERSARY: One Year on from Pounds 276m Cumbria Flood
Byline: Coreena Ford THE community spirit of Cumbria has been hailed, one year on from the "biblical" floods which cut a devastating swathe through the lives of thousands in the county. Unstoppable rising waters claimed one life and flooded 2,200...
The Journal North Index
1154 1811 73312 2501 Amec......................Oil Equipment & Services 1154 +28 +54 6.46 1.70 14178 0801 7312 1611 Barratt ...............................Household Goods 7558 +78 -558 5.26 0.00 826 0801 513 2508 Bellway ..............................Household...
Tips on How You Can Survive an Office Bash
SOME people just don't know how to enjoy themselves. And that's a problem with the party season fast approaching because to us, in the restaurant industry, it's important that everybody who comes to our restaurant leaves wishing to come back again....
Trade China Trip Paves the Way for New Deals for Tyneside Chemical Firm
A TRIP to China has paved the way for a string of new deals for a Tyneside firm. Mineral & Chemical Services (www.minchemical.co.uk), signed up to take part in the latest Market Visit to China, organised by UK Trade & Investment, in a bid...
Trio Prove They Are Best in the Business
HOUSEBUILDER Miller Homes is building on its success as three of its North East site managers have been awarded a national Pride in the Job Quality Award, ranking among the top in the country. Simon Robson, 45, from Billingham, Barrie Dobson, 36,...
United Have No Quarrel with FA; Carroll Is Fine to Face Bolton: UNITED HAVE NO: QUARREL WITH FA
Byline: Luke Edwards CHRIS Hughton has denied Newcastle ever intended to withdraw Andy Carroll from the England squad to face France as United's manager looks to stop any talk of a row between the club and the FA. Although there have been reports...
'We Can Make the Play-Offs' How You Finish Is All-Important, Stresses Carroll
NEWCASTLE Vipers wing king Jamie Carroll insists that the Tynesiders have what it takes to spring a surprise and make the Elite League play-offs this season, writes JAK PENNY. The American is adamant that the Vipers possess the quality to achieve...
What Matters Most When Times Are Hard; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE CATRIONA LINGWOOD
WE have now had some time to settle down and consider what the Comprehensive Spending Review means. In a past column, I highlighted some of the issues which will have an impact on the construction sector and related industries, both positive and...
WIN a Voucher to Spend at Baltic's Christmas Shop
CULTURE Club members could be in with a chance of winning a pounds 10 voucher to spend at Baltic's Christmas shopping event on Saturday, November 27 and Sunday, November 28. Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art houses one of the best shops in the...
WIN Tickets to Bede's World Carol Concert
TO celebrate the launch of Bede's World's Christmas gift fair on Saturday, November 20, Bede's World are giving Culture Club members the chance to win a pair of tickets to its Christmas carol concert on Saturday, December 4, with complimentary admission...
With Friends like These, What Chance Did I Have?
Byline: BOB CUFFE ACOUPLE of weeks ago I highlighted my university chums, who were and are buffoons. Their thirst was more for alcohol than knowledge. Graham - King Buffoon - aged 50, remains proud to this day of the time when he went to the...
Youngsters Need a Boatload of Help; Businesses Urged to Boost Mission
Byline: Coreena Ford AYOUTH football leader is urging North East businesses to help fund a mercy mission to take sports equipment to youngsters in South Africa. John Brunton - one of four trustees at North Shields Juniors' AFC - made an emotional...