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 June 13, 2012

Anniversaries Looming Large for Our Graeme
GRAEME Danby, proud possessor of some of the most powerful and cultured lungs in the North East, is to be the star of his own show at the weekend. With such a wealth of material to choose from, An Evening with Graeme Danby & Friends promises...
Another Top Law Firm Reveals Strong Growth
Byline: Iain Laing LAW firm Ward Hadaway has seen its annual turnover top pounds 30m for the first time as it enjoyed a fourth consecutive year of growth. Figures from the UK Top 100 law firm show that turnover in the year to the end of April...
Awards to Celebrate Export Success Stories
THE search is on for the region's top exporters to enter a nationwide competition. Manufacturing sector group EEF has launched the EEF/DHL Outstanding Export Award to give companies the chance to show off their success selling overseas in one of...
Bakery Chain Collapse; 400 Jobs at Risk as North Firm Fails
Byline: Ruth Lognonne MORE than 400 jobs are at risk after a struggling North East bakery went into administration yesterday. Durham-based family business Peters Cathedral Bakers has a turnover of more than pounds 12m on the back of a network of...
Band's Rough Treatment Strikes the Wrong Note
ENGLAND'S travelling band have admitted there may be little that can be done to avoid having their gear confiscated again during Euro 2012. The band have been a feature of England matches since 1996 and, having secured assurances from both the Football...
Beacon of Hope for North East Businesses; NEWCASTLE BUSINESS SCHOOL
RENOWN Engineering has seen its profits soar through its links to Newcastle Business School. North East business, Renown Engineering, has benefited from real profitable success and growth, thanks to a partnership with Newcastle Business School at Northumbria...
Blue-Chip Bosses See Their Pay Jump 12%
Byline: Iain Laing THE row over executive pay has been reignited after it emerged that rewards for blue-chip bosses rose 12% to an average of pounds 4.8m last year. The remuneration for chief executives in 2011 far outweighed the 1% average rise...
Breathing New Life in to Historic City Sites; Fresh Funding Is Likely to Bring New Life to the Discovery and Stephenson Quarters. Two Tyneside Property Experts Discuss Its Prospects for the Future. ECONOMY
Byline: Iain Laing THERE may be signs of new development momentum within key urban core regeneration areas in the near future, which were previously thwarted by the economic recession and public sector spending cutbacks. This has recently progressed...
Building for Business; BUSINESS DURHAM
BUSINESS Durham has been formed with the support of Durham County Council in response to the current, challenging economic environment. Its responsibility is to play a leading role in the delivery of business support in the county. It will also take...
Business Community Joining Hands to Stimulate Growth
Byline: Ruth Lognonne MEMBERS of the North East's regeneration community will discuss, challenge and evolve economic growth in Newcastle and the wider region at a new event later this month. Developing Consensus, which takes place on June 22...
Call for Joined Up Thinking over 999; MP Wants to See Emergency Services Linked Up
Byline: Paul Tully ANORTH EAST MP is calling for joint bases to improve the effectiveness of emergency services. Hexham MP Guy Opperman says police, ambulance and fire services could work side-by-side from a single base. Mr Opperman told a...
Changing Age for Business at Newcastle University
CHANGING Age for Business at Newcastle University can provide businesses with access to the knowledge and skills to make this opportunity happen. Some examples of how Changing Age for Business can help businesses: ? Provide business space for companies...
Chatton Bringing Fish in Numbers
ALL three lakes at Chatton have been fishing extremely well with fish showing - and being taken - on the surface of Dunnydeer Lake. Michael Walton, 14, from Roseden, Wooler, landed his first-ever rainbow from Chatton Lake and Peter Brack from Ashington...
Classic Tale of Gangsters Is Retweeted for New Era; Can a Story by Multiple Authors Be Anything but a Dog's Dinner? DAVID WHETSTONE Reports on the Tyneside Novel Experiment
WE all know what a novel is. Following a tradition dating back to Dickens, Austen, the Brontes and beyond, the novel is a good long read with an author's name on the cover. Most of us hope for a page-turning narrative with a beginning, a middle and...
Coroner's Concerns after Gas Tragedy; Plea for Fresh Examination after Man Dies
Byline: Neil McKay ACORONER urged council watchdogs to examine very closely indeed circumstances which led to a man dying of carbon monoxide poisoning in a County Durham boarding house. Andrew Tweddle spoke out as he recorded a narrative verdict...
Deaths
DAVISON (Bedlington). Suddenly on 7th June, aged 56 years, Sandra Teresa, a much loved daughter of David and Christine Ayre, a dear wife of Michael, devoted sister of John and Wendy, loving aunt of John and dearest stepmother of Craig. Service to be...
Debuchy Keen on a Move to United
Byline: Mark Douglas IN-DEMAND defender Mathieu Debuchy wants to snub Continental interest and move to Newcastle United this summer, The Journal can reveal. Having already opened negotiations with Lille, United want to double Debuchy's Ligue...
'Double Tragedy' of the Region's Skills Shortage
Byline: Andrew Hebden THE skills shortage facing sectors of North East industry is a double tragedy and the most serious threat to the region's economic recovery, it was claimed yesterday. James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East Chamber...
Driving Growth to Sunderland; SUNDERLAND CITY COUNCIL
AUTOMOTIVE manufacturing in Sunderland is thriving. Since Nissan chose the city for its European base over 25 years ago, Sunderland has developed world-class facilities, broken production records and attracted a strong and growing supply chain of component...
Driving Innovation in the North East; NORTH EAST BUSINESS AND INNOVATION CENTRE
INNOVATION can mean different things to different businesses, but most will agree that the ability to innovate is vital for the life-cycle of a business to ensure sustainable growth. Unfortunately a lack of time, funds, skill or confidence can mean...
Ebac's Five-Year Northern Football League Sponsorship Deal
THE Northern Football League, the world's second oldest, is to be sponsored by County Durham manufacturer Ebac for the next five years in a pounds 200,000 deal. Newton Aycliffe dehumidifier maker Ebac's chairman John Elliott said he was proud to...
Electric Car Sales Could Fizzle out; Motor Industry Is Calling for a Budget U-Turn
Byline: William Green BRITAIN'S electric car industry could stall unless George Osborne performs another Budget U-turn, say automotive bosses. Car makers Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall owner General Motors fear sales of electric vehicles could suffer...
Emergency Evacuation as Flood Hits; Major Clear-Up Could Take Weeks
Byline: Liz Walker FLOOD-HIT residents have been told it could be several weeks before they can return to their homes. A major operation is under way to drain a half-mile stretch of contaminated water that turned a tiny stream into a dangerous...
Employees Are Key to Ending Waste
Byline: LAURA MIDDLEMASS NOBODY likes to waste money and businesses are certainly no different - it is estimated that those companies investing in energy efficiency measures can save 65% on their bills. This isn't surprising, as 70% of the energy...
Envelope Firm Seals Its Annual Sales
A MANUFACTURER which produces around 80 million envelopes a week in its round-the-clock operation has maintained its annual sales despite increasing competition. Encore Envelopes, which has a factory at its Washington base and also has an office...
Falcons Show They Do Mean Business
UNCERTAINTY over what league they will be playing in was not affecting Newcastle Falcons' players yesterday as they returned to pre-season training in upbeat mood, writes MARK SMITH. Kingston Park was the setting for their first rugby session of...
Farm Brothers Fined for Dead Sheep on Land; Pounds 2,300 Costs for Carcasses Lying in Field
Byline: Dave Black TWO farming brothers were ordered to pay almost pounds 2,300 in fines and costs after decomposing sheep carcasses were found littering their land. Animal health inspectors went to Rayheugh Farm near Chathill, Northumberland,...
Fury at U-Turn over Building of Homes; Residents Set to Fight Their Corner Alone
Byline: Dave Black ANGER has erupted after council planners left local residents to go it alone in a battle against major housing development on the outskirts of a Northumberland market town. Campaigners and one local councillor said yesterday...
Gentoo Get Streetwise When It Comes to Making Our Communities Safer; GENTOO GROUP
PEOPLE, property and planet business Gentoo has developed its very own web-based application to help those working in their neighbourhoods to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) head on. As a registered provider, tackling ASB and supporting victims...
Gerrard Eyes a Kiev Victory; Skipper Confident England Can See off the Swedes
CAPTAIN Steven Gerrard believes England should take advantage of their draw against France in their opening Euro 2012 clash by beating Sweden in Kiev on Friday evening, writes JOHN CURTIS. Gerrard is confident in England's ability to topple the...
Gibbs Hopes He Can Be the Man to Revive Ailing Dynamos; Durham Are in Desperate Need of Some Impetus to Change the Complexion of a Poor Season. Herschelle Gibbs Tells Chief Sports Writer Mark Douglas Why He Might Be Able to Provide It
A CHILL wind hung in the early-summer air as Herschelle Gibbs was finally introduced as a Durham player. By the end of an entertaining half hour in the company of the charismatic South African, it felt more like a breath of fresh air ready to reinvigorate...
Government Must Commit to Dualling A1
Byline: KEVAN CARRICK AS A region the North East has the highest unemployment and with the economic recession is forecast to be the worst hit by the reduction in public sector employment. We must as a result find ways of achieving economic growth...
Hats off to Milliner Loved by the Stars; Everyone Who Is Anyone Has Worn One of Stephen Jones's Fabulous Creations - from Rihanna to Princess Diana. MIEKA SMILES Chatted to the Famous Milliner about How He Fell into the Career That Has Seen Him Rub Shoulders with Rock Stars and Royalty
WITH a client list that reads like a who's who of the last 35 years, I was a bit nervous about interviewing a possible diva. Thankfully I couldn't have been more wrong. Kind, loyal, down to earth; it's easy to see why the lovely Stephen Jones...
Hezmah Chasing a Seaside Victory
Byline: Saraband HEZMAH would appear sharp enough to win the BetVictor For Euro 2012 Handicap at Yarmouth. The four-year-old Oasis Dream filly was narrowly denied by Close To The Edge on firm ground at Newcastle on May 31 - her first start since...
If in Doubt about Lease, Pay the Full Quarter
Byline: GAVIN WINTER IN an article last month I highlighted that break clauses in commercial leases are currently the subject of much hard-fought litigation. This trend is showing no signs of slowing down, and a recent High Court case illustrates...
Inspiring Confidence in Region
Byline: JAMES RAMSBOTHAM DOES anyone remember "we're all in this together"? As inspirational slogans go it was never really up there with "Your Country Needs You" or "Keep Calm and Carry On" or even "It's Finger Lickin' Good!". However, say what...
Inviting, Beautiful and So Intriguing; GREAT GOLF HOLES OF THE NORTH the 18th at Hexham NORMAN HARRIS
Byline: NORMAN HARRIS WAS ever an out-of-bounds line more clearly marked or more important? It's not your typical imaginary line between marker posts, or even a line of thin whitewash. It's a line of bricks laid end-to-end, which starts at the...
Islanders Get Vote on Fate of Falklands; Referendum 30 Years after British Victory
Byline: Emma Hallettin FALKLAND Islanders are to vote in a referendum on the future sovereignty of their South Atlantic homeland. The Falkland Islands Government said it hopes the vote - to be held early next year - will send a firm message to...
It's Another Year of Living Dangerously
Byline: ANDREW MILLER WITH stock markets facing more volatility, private investors should either trim their holdings in the short term or strap in for the long haul And so amidst the noise and confusion of the euro crisis, French economic policymakers...
It's One of the Biggest Things I Will Ever Do; Tycoon Reveals Ambitious Plans to Help Thousands of Deprived Families
Byline: Adrian Pearson AN army of volunteers will be created as a North East millionaire announces plans to intervene in the lives of thousands of deprived families. Car firm millionaire Sir Peter Vardy is to put his money into The Jigsaw Foundation,...
It's the Appliance of Science; NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY
NEWCASTLE University is leading the way in making its research translate into real-life solutions. Strong research links with industrial partners are bringing new technologies and developments directly to the market place, with businesses across the...
It's Time for Our Close-Up; OLYMPIC TORCH Events Lined Up to Welcome the Torch
Byline: Brian Daniel ASELECT group of people from across the North East are just hours away from a once in a lifetime opportunity of carrying the Olympic Torch. The torch finally arrives in the region on tomorrow afternoon and will spend four...
It Would Be Foolhardy to Write Us off, Says Larsson; Seb Larsson Is Full of Respect for England and Roy Hodgson. but That Won't Stop the Sunderland Man from Trying to Knock Them out of Euro 2012, as Mark Douglas Reports
HUMILITY has been the hallmark of England's Euro 2012 campaign so far but just for a second, expectation seemed to run ahead of achievement on Monday evening. Skipper Steven Gerrard had made all the right noises about an above-average performance...
Judge Jails 'Predatory' Pervert Who Struck Again
A PREDATORY paedophile has struck again, breaching his sexual offences prevention order. Paul Connelly, 51, has been sexually assaulting youngsters for more than 15 years, but, despite a series of prison sentences and restrictions, he continues...
Lancaster Sees the Pros of Midweek; RUGBY UNION
ENGLAND head coach Stuart Lancaster believes his side's midweek outing against an unknown South African Southern Barbarians side provides the perfect opportunity to ignite their summer tour, writes ANDY HAMPSON. England are in need of a spark after...
Law Firm Service Takes on Two New Solicitors; EMPLOYMENT
Byline: Iain Laing COMMERCIAL law firm Muckle LLP is expanding its employment services group by recruiting two new solicitors. Cambridge University law graduate Frances Barker joins the Newcastle-based firm from Eversheds LLP, Newcastle. Prior...
Loyal Member of the Team Wins Promotion to Tax Director
DAVID Hicks has been given a new job as tax director at business advisory firm Deloitte's Newcastle office. Hicks, who has been with the firm for over 20 years, takes up his new role after a promotion in the private client services tax team, working...
Mahut Set to 'Fight' Murray at Queens; TENNIS
FRANCE'S Nicolas Mahut is confident that he can give Andy Murray a nightmare start to his grass court season at the AEGON Championships today. Mahut set up a second-round clash with the defending champion at Queen's by beating Guillermo Garcia-Lopez...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia .............1.481 ...........dollars Canada .............1.5182 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.2776 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.1828 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.39 ...........dollars...
Mercedes Driver Isn't Culpable - Brawn; MOTOR SPORT
MERCEDES team boss Ross Brawn has exonerated Michael Schumacher of any blame for the spate of retirements which have wrecked his season. For the fifth time in seven races on Sunday, Schumacher failed to see the chequered flag, raising further questions...
Mobile Phone Ban for Pupils at Academy; School Wants to Eliminate Cyber Bullying
Byline: Neil McKay ; Nicola Weatherall ANEW school has banned students from taking mobile phones into the premises amid fears of cyber bullying. Consett Academy is believed to be the first in the region to ban pupils from taking mobile phones into...
Musicians Are Doing It for Themselves, but Do We Still Need Labels?
For years now, talented musicians have plugged away in the hope they'll eventually be signed. But are record labels still as relevant as they were? Ahead of this week's debate at Newcastle University, JOHN HILL gets the views of some people in the...
NELEP Building a Vibrant Economy in the North East; NORTH EAST LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP
THE economic downturn has created many challenges for the North East. The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) was formed to turn such challenges into opportunities, and create economic growth across Northumberland, Tyneside, Wearside and...
New Approach to Signalling That We're Open for Business; Columnist
Byline: SARA H STEWART FOR more than a decade, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, with its diverse range of private and public-sector partners, has successfully marketed the destination, raising its profile on an international stage, changing outdated...
Newcastle College Unveils Dedicated Energy Sector Skills and Training Centre
NEWCASTLE College recently unveiled a unique centre dedicated to developing higher level skills training for the energy sector. The Energy Academy is a multi-partner, cross collaboration between Newcastle College, local authorities, Sector Skills...
North Hang on for Draw
NORTHUMBERLAND managed to hold on for a draw in their opening game of the season at Lincolnshire. Set 351 to win from 70 overs, they finished on 268-8. Opening batsman Dan Shurben led the charge with an excellent 104 having just missed a half-century...
Olympic Artist Is Back for Final Run; Games Man to Create One-Off 2012 Painting
Byline: Sara Nichol AN artist will be returning to his creative sporting roots after more than 20 years to make a piece of North East Olympic history. Dave Barden was in the thick of the action when he was chosen as an artist-in-residence for...
Olympic Fighter Jets on Standby; Eurofighter Typhoons Set to Protect City from Attacks
Byline: Michael Brown FIGHTER jets could be scrambled to protect the skies above Newcastle should terrorists attack the Olympic football matches at St James' Park. The Ministry of Defence has admitted Eurofighter Typhoons will be on standby to...
One Trinity Green - a Prestige Address for Growing Businesses; SOUTH TYNESIDE COUNCIL
YOUR business only gets one chance to make a first impression - and a state-of-theart development in South Tyneside now offers a prestigious base for new and growing companies to make their mark. One Trinity Green, which recently scooped a top international...
Peer into the Future of Region; as the North East Economy Emerges from the Challenges of the Current Recession, Focus Is Increasingly Turning to What the Future Holds. ANDREW HEBDEN Hears from Some of Our 2020 Vision Partners about What Our Region Has to Look Forward to over the Rest of the Decade
WHAT should the North East economy look like come 2020? What can we hope to achieve in the next eight years? What should be our region's priorities and aspirations during this time? In truth, the date is a somewhat arbitrary one but, just like the...
Perfect Spot for New Shop
ONE of Tynemouth's oldest and best-known shops has been given a new lease of life, as Front Street clothing store The Lady at the Village Gate makes way for new gift shop Three Wishes. After more than 30 years in business, the owners of The Lady...
Pledging Pounds 75,000 Charity Cash to Mark Milestone; CHARITY
Byline: Iain Laing IN just one day Tait Walker took to the streets of the North East to team up with St Oswald's Hospice for a fun team challenge, raising pounds 36,000. Celebrating its 75th year in business, chartered accountancy firm Tait Walker...
Pounds 250k Investment for Digital Show Window
Byline: Ruth Lognonne DIGITAL signage company Beyond Digital Solutions has received a pounds 250,000 shot in the arm to build a new hi-tech demonstration centre and bring on new staff to meet demand. The Boldon firm said it had added six new...
Pressure Grows on Gay Marriage Plans; Churches Condemn Tory Proposals
Byline: Martha Linden ; Laura Connor DAVID Cameron is under renewed pressure over Government plans to introduce same-sex marriage as the Church of England and the Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales condemned the proposals. The Church...
Promising Take-Up in Q1; OFFICE SPACE
Byline: Iain Laing THE annual take-up in the Newcastle office market is expected to match 2011, with promising take-up and encouraging levels of demand during the first quarter of 2012, says a new report from property adviser BNP Paribas Real Estate....
Property Developer Working on Stores
PROPERTY developer Terrace Hill has plunged into the red in the first half of its financial year. The company, which has a major presence in Stockton and is working on a number of supermarket developments around the region, made a pre-tax loss of...
Pub Chain Toasts Jubilee Boost in Soggy Start
THE owner of Chef & Brewer and Fayre & Square pubs has vowed to maximise sales this summer after seeing trading slow amid this spring's wash-out weather. Spirit Pub Company, which has 1,300 pubs following its demerger from Punch Taverns last...
Rallying the Troops at AGM
Byline: ANDREW HEBDEN SOME observers might have expected it to be a rather depressing affair. Annual general meetings aren't a barrel of laughs at the best of times and, with the economy in the doldrums, business leaders in the region - which...
Rangers Buyer in Attack on HMRC
CHARLES Green has accused Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs of "misleading" Rangers and giving fans false hope after it was revealed they plan to reject a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) proposal. Creditors were set to vote on the CVA tomorrow...
Reality of Recession Is Hitting Firms Hard
Byline: Iain Laing HOPES of an quick end to the recession have again been dashed by official figures showed that the manufacturing sector suffered a shock fall in output during April. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed a 0.7% drop...
Regional Pay Would See North Punished; Lib Dems Hit out at Tory Proposals
Byline: Adrian Pearson LIBERAL Democrats have warned regional pay plans will see the North punished "for the problems of the overheated South East economy". Chancellor George Osborne will soon receive reports setting out how to introduce a lower...
Residential Investment Firm Opens New Base
Byline: John Hill HOUSING investment firm Carlton and Co has set up an office in London as the County Durham firm bids to strengthen links with advisers and fund managers. The Newton Aycliffe business specialises in building relationships with...
Rollercoaster Ride for Bands Set to Play at This Year's Annual Fun Fair
LIVE music is to be a feature of The Hoppings this month as the popular fun fair on Newcastle's Town Moor marks its 130th anniversary. Vying with the thunderous fairground soundtracks will be bands from across the region, aiming to bring a music...
Russians Foiled by Polished Hosts; Poland ................................................... 1 Russia. 1
JAKUB Blaszczykowski's 58th-minute equaliser salvaged a crucial point for Poland and scuppered Russia's hopes of becoming the first team to book their place in the Euro 2012 knockout stages. Alan Dzagoev had fired the Russians in front in the 38th...
Settled Vianet Is Now Ready for Growth Push
Byline: Karen Dent DATA monitoring company Vianet says it now has all the building blocks in place for major growth in the year ahead. The Stockton company, which changed its name from Brulines in April to reflect its growth from a beer sales...
Share in Our 2020 Vision; WELCOME
Byline: Andrew Hebden WELCOME to our new 2020 Vision supplement - a major new initiative from The Journal focused on the North East economy and, more specifically, its future. Over recent years, The Journal has earned a reputation for campaigning...
Sir Peter: This Is My Biggest Challenge Yet; SQUARE ONE LAW Sir Peter Vardy Has Embarked on a Mission to Help Mend Britain's Broken Communities, and Is Being Supported by Square One Law. He Explains What He's Hoping to Achieve
NORTH East law firm Square One Law is delighted to be working with one of the region's leading businessmen, Sir Peter Vardy, as he launches one of his most ambitious projects to date - a drive to help rebuild Britain's broken communities. Sir Peter...
Sport Today Football European Championships [.]
SPORT TODAY FOOTBALL EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS GROUP B: Denmark v Portugal 1700 .................... Holland v Germany 1945...................... European Under-21 Championship qualifying Group Two Sweden v Finland 1700 ....................... Shotley...
Team on Space Mission; University Experts Help NASA Launch X-Ray Satellite
Byline: Nicola Weatherall EXPERTS from the North East have played a major part in a ground-breaking NASA-led space mission which launches today. The revolutionary mission to determine the source of X-rays radiating from the cosmos and improve...
The Czechs Bounce Back to Greek Cost; EURO 2012 GROUP A Greece 1 Czech Republic 2
CZECH Republic coach Michal Bilek hopes that captain Tomas Rosicky will be available for the conclusion of their Group A campaign after limping off during the 2-1 win over Greece in Wroclaw last night. The Czechs lost their opening game 4-1 to Russia...
The Great North Revolution - Where Are We Now?
DICKINSON DEES SINCE the launch of the Great North Revolution campaign in 2009 the UK economy has been, at best, flat. Some sectors have performed better than others, though. Now seems an appropriate time to look at how some of the sectors on which...
The Region That Makes Things the World Wants
Byline: Ross Smith THE North East makes things that people want. Paint, packing foam, cars, polymers, cables, chemicals, valves or pasties - we make it and we sell it... usually overseas. Go Global continues to do an excellent job of highlighting...
The Region That's Achieving Its Global Goals; GO GLOBAL Back in September 2009, the Journal Teamed Up with the North East Chamber of Commerce to Launch a Major Campaign Aimed at Encouraging North East Businesses to Use Export Markets as a Route out of Recession. Three Years on, ANDREW HEBDEN Reckons There's Evidence That the Message Is Getting Through
IT would be easy to see the recent news that the UK economy is back in recession as confirmation that the past three years have been an unambiguously bleak period. Throw in discouraging unemployment statistics which suggest the number of people...
Top Author in 113-Mile Relay Race; Horrible Histories' Terry to Raise Cash
Byline: Coreena Ford CHILDREN'S author Terry Deary is lacing up his trainers for a new sporting challenge to raise money for charity. Keen runner Terry, 65, is among a group of 16 athletes with Derwentside Athletic Club taking part in a relay with...
Tough New Targets for Single Farm Payments
Byline: Karen Dent THE Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has set itself tough new targets for issuing Single Farm Payment (SPS) monies this year. The agency is aiming to pay 91% of claimants and 84% of value by the end of December this year, building...
TV Choice
THE SECRET HISTORY OF OUR STREETS BBC2, 9pm With the aid of pioneering maps charting the social classes of London's streets, this week the show focuses on Camberwell Grove, a street of beautiful Georgian houses in south east London. They were built...
Tyres, Landfill and Even Coal: Are These to Be Ingredients for Our Green Future? THE GREAT NORTH REVOLUTION the Great North Revolution Continues to Make Progress - and If You Need Proof of That Then a Conference in the Region Is the Place to Be Later This Month. and as RUTH LOGNONNE Discovers, It Might Just Make You Reassess What We Mean by 'Green Energy'
Byline: RUTH LOGNONNE TYRES, landfill and coal might seem a rather unlikely combination when it comes to the key ingredients of a green industrial future. But those attending Energy and Environment North East 2012 - a major event bringing together...
'Use Cash to Build New Homes' Ministers Expected to Approve City Deal
Byline: Adrian Pearson PRESSURE is mounting on Tyneside council chiefs to use new funds to solve the blight of semi-derelict estates. Housing groups are calling on Newcastle and Gateshead to use their expected city deal Government cash to revive...
Veteran's New Role at Pharma
PHARMACEUTICALS veteran Paul Thomas has been appointed as a non-executive director at Northumberland drug maker SCM Pharma. Thomas has over 25 years of experience in the global pharmaceutical sector, and the trained chemist has worked in a range of...
Virtual Assistant Wins Global Clients
AFTER being made redundant and approaching the end of a temporary position with a large law firm in Newcastle, Carol Charlton looked into becoming a virtual assistant. Now she has launched her virtual business, Executype PA, from her Cramlington...
Warming to Improvements; SOUTH TYNESIDE HOMES
SOUTH Tyneside Homes continues to be a leading player in the regeneration of the borough of South Tyneside, with a combination of extensive Decent Homes modernisation schemes and works designed with an eye on promoting a low carbon economy and reducing...
We Can Beat the Holders - O'Shea
JOHN O'Shea will only start enjoying Euro 2012 if the Republic of Ireland upset the odds and deny Spain victory. The 31-year-old Sunderland defender has waited a long time to go to the finals of a major tournament, and Sunday night's 3-1 defeat...
We've Got the Basics All Wrong - Waddle
CHRIS Waddle does not believe England's weakness at retaining possession will ever be resolved until attitudes towards children's football changes radically. Although Roy Hodgson declared himself satisfied with a 1-1 draw against France that was...
Working-Class Story Behind the Famous Geordie Anthem
Byline: TONY HENDERSON IN the last week there has been much ado about a certain song. The 150th anniversary of Blaydon Races - the song, not the actual races - has been satisfactorily celebrated. Enough singing of the song, perhaps, for another...
Working on Fitness for Formula 1 Racing; 13-Year-Old Go-Karter Is a Real Go-Getter
Byline: Nicola Weatherall AYOUNG go-karting star from County Durham is driving forward his ambition to be the next Lewis Hamilton. Teenager Connor Toghill, who is a pupil at Durham Johnston School, has teamed up with the experts in applied sciences...
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