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 December 14, 2012

Alcan Helps Young Prepare for Future; Classroom Is Converted into Unique Lab
Byline: Dave Black ? 07884 117069 ? dave.black@ncjmedia.co.uk AN EDUCATION project which aims to help thousands of young learners develop vital work-related skills has been officially launched with financial support from a major local employer....
'All of Us Are Hurting. We Want Wins and We Are Working Hard' Security Lies in League Wins, Not in a Lengthy Contract. Alan Pardew Answers Criticism of His Eight-Year Newcastle Deal in an Interview with NEIL CAMERON
FOOTBALL is filled with strange and unexplained quirks. One example of these idiosyncrasies is that all too often whenever someone, be it a player or manager, signs a new contract then things immediately start to go really wrong for him. The...
Animation
TINKER BELL AND THE SECRET OF THE WINGS 3D (1hr 15mins) Certificate: U Featuring the voices of: Mae Whitman, Anjelica Huston, Timothy Dalton, Lucy Hale, Megan Hilty, Matt Lanter, Jesse McCartney. Director: Peggy Holmes, Bobs Gannaway. Star rating:...
A Precious Tale Returns to Screen
ACTION THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (2hr 46mins) Certificate: 12A Starring: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, William Kircher, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving, Barry Humphries, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood. Director: Peter Jackson...
A Simple Yet Sophisticated, Easy and Quick-to-Cook Festive Dinner
Byline: FOOD David Kennedy IDON'T know about you, but the last thing I want to be doing on Christmas Day is to be stuck in the kitchen cooking a blow-out dinner. I spend too many hours in the kitchen here at Food Social to want to go through...
Changing Times Has Quality to Impress
JUMPING was the name of the game as Changing Times followed up a Market Rasen success in the Remembering Victor Thorne Novices' Limited Handicap Chase at Taunton. Sam Twiston-Davies made plenty of use of the Irish import, trained by his father Nigel,...
Children Arriving Hungry at School; Teachers Say Many Pupils Missing Lunch
Byline: Katie Davies ? 0191 201 6346 ? katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk CHILDREN are turning up to school hungry and skipping lunchtime meals as they cannot afford to eat, according to the latest research. Some youngsters have been spotted stealing...
Christmas in Jail for Conning PS75,000; Grandmother Claimed Benefits
Byline: Garry Willey ? 0191 201 6446 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk A GRANDMOTHER who swindled almost PS75,000 during a marathon benefits fraud will spend Christmas in prison. Pensioner Jean Colledge had launched a legitimate claim for incapacity...
Cod Came as a Huge Surprise
WHEN 14-year-old Callum Gooch's father Norman returned to pick him up from Cambois Sea Wall, where he had dropped him off for an afternoon's fishing, he got a big surprise. There stood Callum, with a great big smile, cradling a monster cod, which,...
COMPETITION: WIN a Festive Day out with Metro
LET the Christmas countdown begin! The Journal Culture Club has teamed up with Tyne & Wear Metro to offer one family the chance to win a festive day out at the Life Science Centre, plus travel there by Metro. Just a short stroll away from Central...
Construction Industry Celebrates Best of the Best; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
THE best in the construction industry were recognised at the sixth Constructing Excellence National Awards in London, on November 30. The ceremony was set against the backdrop of London's Tower Bridge at the impressive Guoman Tower hotel. Winners...
Credit Unions Get a Boost from Bishop; Call for More Support for Vital Lenders
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent ? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk THE Bishop of Durham has spoken of the "huge potential" of credit unions and called for Government support to help them provide finance for the...
Criticism as Trusts' PS2,377,797 Advice Bill Revealed
Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter ? 0191 201 6269 ? helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk HEALTH trusts in the North East have spent millions of pounds on private consultancy firms, it has been revealed. In the last couple of years, managers have forked out...
Deaths
BEAVERS (Hexham). Peacefully in Freeman Hospital, Newcastle on 8th December 2012, aged 73 years, Lenny, dear brother of Ann, Terry and Alan, brotherinlaw of Matt, Marjorie and Freda. Lenny will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Would friends...
Design for Facility to Offer Independence; ECONOMY
Byline: Iain Laing ? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk ARCHITECT Jane Darbyshire & David Kendall (JDDK) has designed a new PS1.3m facility for people with mental health issues, which is now awaiting approval from planners. The Newcastle-based...
Doughnut Firm Expects Healthy Sales in Region; RETAIL
Byline: Ruth Lognonne ? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk PREMIUM doughnut retailer Krispy Kreme is targeting PS3.5m sales from the North East after the launch of its fourth regional outlet. This week, the American company opened its...
Driver Dies after Collision with Wall; Tragedy Strikes Region's Roads
Byline: Sarah Scott ? 0191 201-6273 ? sarah.scott@ncjmedia.co.uk THIS is the tragic aftermath of a fatal crash which claimed the life of a woman in Northumberland. Carol Dunn, who was driving the car along Horton Road, Bebside near Blyth in Northumberland,...
Falcons' Pair near to Return
NEWCASTLE Falcons hope to have locks James Hudson and Carlo del Fava back in full swing "before Christmas" - with Micky Ward keen to see their return tidy up what has recently been a "messy" scrum, writes STEVE BROWN. Though former captain Hudson had...
Falls after Poor Run-Up to Christmas
Byline: FTSE 100 Jeffrey Ball Brewin Dolphin THERE was little movement within the FTSE 100 Index on Thursday as investors failed to muster the festive cheer to push the index higher. Instead, the index slipped slightly by 16 points to 5930 but...
First Christmas at Home for Baby Who Went under Surgeon's Knife Just 30 Minutes after Being Born
Byline: Kim Swan ? 0191 201 6290 ? kim.swan@ncjmedia.co.uk ABABY girl from Tyneside who underwent open-heart surgery at just 30 minutes old has been allowed home for the first time to celebrate Christmas. Five-month-old Jessica Muse is believed...
Food News; Email Your Food and Drink News to Katharine.Capocci@ncjmedia.Co.UK
TREE-TOPPER: Waitrose Richly Fruited Christmas Tree Cake, PS15.99, 1.5kg, makes a fantastic showpiece cake for the table with its stand-out edible tree decoration. A rich fruit cake, it is baked with sultanas, glace cherries, raisins, citrus peel and...
'Fracking' to Resume under New Controls; Shale Gas Bid Could Cut Bills - Government
Byline: Emily Beament ? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk THE Government yesterday paved the way for shale gas exploration in the UK by allowing controversial "fracking" to resume after a hiatus of more than a year. Moves by gas company...
Green Light Given for Town's Flood Defence Plans
PLANNING approval has been given for the first phase of a PS21m project to upgrade Morpeth's flood defences. The long-awaited scheme will reduce the risk of flooding for more than 1,000 homes and businesses in the town, which was devastated in September...
He'd like Everyone to Marry, Even the Totally Unsuited
Byline: KATE FOX IT must be hard being a Christian who takes the Bible literally. No idea what to do with Twitter or stock cubes or Dale Winton, since it doesn't even mention them. But lots and lots to say about what is "Normal" and "Natural"....
Hop Bitterness Really Takes a While to Master
Byline: BEER RICHARD FLETCHER IT'S amazing how much, and how quickly, tastes can evolve. From food to fashion, to literature, to music - what was disregarded might be loved and vice versa. Just ask architect Owen Luder. His Brutalist architectural...
Housing Crisis Solution Is Simple - Build; Opinion
Byline: David Taylor-Gooby WANT to hand this Government a compliment. IWhatever else they are not good at, they are very clever at shifting the blame from themselves. At the beginning it was the previous government, then it was Europe and now...
It's Time for Compulsory DEC Grading; CONSTRUCTING EXCELLENCE
DO YOU know how much energy your building uses and whether this is good, bad or average? If you have a landlord, do they provide this information? Making energy use visible to occupants and owners is the first step to saving energy and reducing energy...
Kompany Shrugs off His Derby Anguish
MANCHESTER City captain Vincent Kompany has rejected suggestions the team suffered a psychological blow in their derby defeat and insists the players' outlook has not altered. Manchester United defender Patrice Evra claimed they now had the mental...
Make Sure We're in the Mood to Party; REGIONAL PREVIEW
Byline: STEVE BROWN THE drinks are on ice, the disco on hold. Micky Ward has told his in-form Blaydon players to enjoy the club's Christmas party tomorrow night, but only after their focus is spent on seeing off Rosslyn Park. With the two sides...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4488 ...........dollars Canada ...............1.511 ...........dollars Egypt ................8.8087 .......... pounds Euro ..................1.1769 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.87 ...........dollars...
New Gents' Gets Political; Cost of Loos' Refurbishment Is 'Too High'
Byline: Neil McKay ? 0191 201 6007 ? neil.mckay@ncjmedia.co.uk USERS of a century-old village hall can now spend a penny in comfort ... but critics say the cost may be too high. The gentlemen's toilets at the Village Hall in Woodland, near Barnard...
No Bus on Saturdays - You'll Only Use It to Go Shopping; Columnist
Byline: David Banks IT'S only a bus, you might say; it's not the end of the world. But it is if you live in Godzone. Un-signalled and without any consultation, Northumberland County Council has announced its intention to "withdraw the subsidy...
Olympics Help to Boost Sales for Sports Retailer
Byline: SPORT Karen Dent ? 0191 201 6243 ? karen.dent@ncjmedia.co.uk THE London 2012 Olympics played a major role in helping half-yearly sales jump to a record PS1bn-plus at Mike Ashley's Sports Direct shops. The 398-strong chain, where the Newcastle...
Pietersen Admits It Was Tough to Adapt; CRICKET
KEVIN Pietersen rates his 73 hardearned runs at Nagpur as some of the most difficult he has ever made for England. The superstar batsman had more than 7,000 Test runs to his name coming into this match. Rarely, though, has he had to battle so...
PM's Backing for Expenses Row Minister; Probe Also Sparks Leveson Complaint
Byline: Andrew Woodcock PRIME Minister David Cameron yesterday declared his "full support" for Culture Secretary Maria Miller after the parliamentary sleaze watchdog opened an inquiry into her expenses. The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards'...
Pressure to Get A1 Dualling Plan Done; Department for Transport 'Will Look at It'
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent ? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk PRESSURE is mounting on civil servants to begin putting together the business case for dualling the A1. Treasury minister Danny Alexander has...
Progress of Reds Pleases Rodgers
LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers has taken great encouragement from the way the team have recovered from their "disastrous start" to the season. Early fixtures against Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United contributed to the Reds' worst...
Promises to Children Must Be Kept; Views of the North
THIS Christmas, Barnardo's wants to highlight the issue of young people in care having to go it alone when they turn 18. At Christmas time, the impact of this is particularly poignant as these vulnerable teenagers, many of whom have been neglected...
PS245,000 to Change Attitudes; Arts Charity Can Extend Its Work in the Community
Byline: Dave Black ? 07884 117069 ? dave.black@ncjmedia.co.uk AN award-winning arts charity has been given PS245,000 in lottery funding to extend its creative work with people with learning disabilities. Blyth-based Headway Arts has secured the...
Pupil's Walk Raises Cash for Marine Lifesavers
A PUPIL has staged a charity walk to raise cash for lifesavers on Wearside. Jamie Young pulled on his boots to pledge his support for his local RNLI lifeboat station. The 12-year old, who is a year eight pupil at Sunderland's St Aidan's Comprehensive...
Push to Build Medicine Testing Centre in Region; INNOVATION
Byline: Ruth Lognonne ? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk APS38m testing centre for medicines will be created by a North East company to encourage breakthroughs in the UK healthcare market. The Redcar-based Centre for Process Innovation...
Putting Tables to the Test; League Tables Show Our Children Making Progress in Literacy and Numeracy. but NICOLA WEATHERALL Asks, Is It Right for Government Targets to Force Schools to "Teach to the Test"?
SCHOOL league tables have divided opinion between the Government, the teaching profession and the public since their inception 20 years ago. Created in they needed to choose the right school for their child. However, since then they have increasingly...
Quickbites
Email your food and drink news to Katharine.capocci@ncjmedia.co.uk If you haven't had time to make your own Christmas pud, then these fruity beauties are sure to offer inspiration. ZESTY & FESTIVE: Groundbreaking chef Heston Blumenthal's Hidden...
Raise a Glass to Some Top Champagne This Season
HAMPAGNE is special. CThere are other fine sparkling wines, not least some delicious English fizz; but nothing quite equals the best Champagne in terms of subtlety, complexity and sheer class. It is the essential celebratory drink, not just because...
Rangers Ponder a Switch to a New Stadium
Byline: STEVE BROWN BERWICK Rangers are considering quitting Shielfield and moving to a new, PS4m stadium with an artificial, allweather pitch. The Scottish Third Division club have been based at Shielfield Park since 1954, when they moved from...
Renewable Energy Firm Secures Ps250,000 Funding Deal
A RENEWABLE energy firm is planning to work with local authorities the length and breadth of the UK after securing a PS250,000 funding deal. Prudhoe-based Engenera Power has received the capital boost from regional fund management firm NEL Fund...
Request for Fringe Help Has Fallen on Deaf Ears; with the January Transfer Window Fast Approaching, NEIL CAMERON Examines Why Sunderland Boss Martin O'Neill Needs to Raise the Quality of the Black Cats Squad
BACK in September, when things were going well for Sunderland and Martin O'Neill, the manager made the following plea to his fringe players. He said: "We need people stepping up to the mark and coming in. Some players might feel they should be in...
Restaurant That Has Heart ... and Seoul; TABLE FOR 2 ARANDA RAHBARKOUHI Mannaza Korean Grill House, Newcastle
IF you're fed up of turkey and the trimmings and want to give your tastebuds a workout, this health-conscious Korean restaurant could be right up your street. Tucked off the beaten track in Taylors and Tanners Court, Newcastle, the Mannaza Grill...
Saint Are Hopes to Make the Grade
Byline: Saraband SAINT Are can star on the opening day of Cheltenham's International meeting by lifting the Grade Three Majordomo Hospitality Handicap Chase. Tim Vaughan's charge is on something of a retrieval mission after getting only as far...
Simply Picture Perfect; Record Entry for Awards
Byline: David Whetstone Arts & Entertainment Editor ? 0191 201 6366 ? david.whetstone@ncjmedia.co.uk AWARDS reflecting the beauty of the North East and the creativity of its people were presented in a ceremony at Baltic Centre for Contemporary...
Smith Is Appointed the New Heed Man; Ex-Sunderland Star Relishing First Managerial Role
Byline: Steve Brown ? (0191) 201-6386 ? steve.sports-brown@ncjmedia.co.uk FORMERLY reserve-team coach and fleetingly caretaker boss, Anth Smith has been appointed Gateshead's new manager until the end of the season. An assistant is to follow...
Space Law Hits the Headlines
Byline: BERNIE CALLAGHAN SPACE law has been hitting the headlines in the past week. Sunderland tackled the final frontier when my faculty first offered it as a module of the LLB degree two years ago. Boldly going where no other UK university...
Stinging Comment from Pickles to Go with Stinging Cuts
Byline: Adrian Pearson THE Communities Secretary has waded into Newcastle's arts cuts row with a stinging attack on the city's decision to axe cash for flagship cultural venues. Conservative minister Eric Pickles has called on Newcastle Council...
Students against Scanner Scheme
Byline: Joanne Butcher ? 0191 201 6455 ? joanne.butcher@ncjmedia.co.uk STUDENTS at a North East university could be asked to scan their fingerprints to prove they are attending classes. Newcastle University says biometric scanners would bring...
Study to Take Look at State of Sheep Industry
Byline: SURVEY Karen Dent ? 0191 201 6243 ? karen.dent@ncjmedia.co.uk THE BIGGEST sheep survey in a decade has started, with the aim of finding out how the sector is evolving in the UK. Eblex, which is funding the Signet-organised survey along...
Sweet Festive Treats; Greggs'' Super-Duper Bakery in Newcastle Goes into Sweet Mince Pies Overdrive at This Time of Year, as KATHARINE CAPOCCI Discovers When She Dons a Hair Net and Shoe Covers for a Visit to the Factory Floor
Byline: KATHARINE CAPOCCI IT'S a staggeringly sweet statistic for the fruity festive favourite. An incredible nine million sweet mince pies are being made at Greggs' swish new Gosforth Park Bakery in Longbenton, Newcastle, this year. It's testament...
The Heat Is on the Eagles, Warns Fab; Coach Knows His Side Face Dangerous Opponents
Byline: James Hunter ? (0191) 201 6035 ? james.hunterr@ncjmedia.co.uk FAB Flournoy is determined to ensure Newcastle Eagles are not caught out by surprise packages Surrey Heat tonight. Heat have exceeded all expectations this season and arrive...
Top Names Join Campaign for Homeless
STREETSMART'S highly successful fundraising campaign for the homeless has been given an extra boost ... every PS1 donated during December will be matched by the Cabinet Office. Foodies who dine out at participating StreetSmart restaurants will be...
To Protect the Needy Council Juggles Funds
Byline: Neil McKay ? 0191 201 6007 ? neil.mckay@ncjmedia.co.uk THE North East's largest council will use its own money to protect people affected by benefits changes - but only for a year. Councils across the North are set to get the power to hand...
Tourism Plans for Axed Park Centre; Talks on How Park Could Save Visitor Service under Way
Byline: Brian Daniel ? 07733 002 822 ? brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk ANORTHUMBERLAND national park visitor centre which has closed could be replaced by a new tourist service, it has emerged. Northumberland National Park Authority has revealed its...
TV Choice
A NIGHT OF HEROES - THE MILITARY AWARDS ITV1, 9pm London's Imperial War Museum hosts one of the most special awards nights on the calendar. Nicknamed the Millies, it recognises the sacrifices made by those serving in the British Armed Forces. Phillip...
Watson Finally Receives the Captain's Call He Craved
TOM Watson's amazing return as American Ryder Cup captain - he will be 65 at Gleneagles in 2014 and the oldest skipper in history - was not a knee-jerk reaction to their latest defeat. Watson was contacted more than a year ago and asked if he was interested...
Weekend Sport Is Forecast to Pick Up
THE extremely cold weather has meant reduced activity lately, but with prospects a little better for this coming weekend, the TAA's stretch of the Tyne at Newburn, the Swale at Northallerton, and the Tees at Hurworth are bound to attract anglers looking...
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