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 20, 2012

Baby Slater Killed in a 'Momentary Loss of Control by a Stressed Carer' Death Was 'Final Incident in Period of Episodes of Abuse in 24 Hours'
Byline: Kerry Wood ? 0191 201 6040 ? kerry.wood@ncjmedia.co.uk AFACTORY worker from County Durham who shook his girlfriend's poorly baby son to death while she went shopping has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years. Described as a man of former...
Balance Is the Name of the Game
Byline: Dr GEORGE RAE WE are into the festive season, and to me that has connotations with almost the most magical word in the English language - balance. In no way do I want to be a killjoy, but eating and drinking excessively can lead you to...
BBC Was Chaotic as Well as Confused; Changes Follow Report's Release
Byline: Rob Phillips THE decision to drop a Newsnight report into Jimmy Savile's decades-long campaign of sexual abuse plunged the BBC into chaos and confusion, a report said yesterday. Leadership and organisation seemed to be in short supply at...
Bishop's Christmas Date with Inmates; Churchman to Visit Jail before City Service
Byline: Neil McKay ? 0191 201 6007 ? neil.mckay@ncjmedia.co.uk THE new Archbishop of Canterbury is planning to spend Christmas morning in jail - and he will have a police chief for company. Bishop Justin Welby, currently Bishop of Durham, is...
Captain Alan Tate 1925-2012; Obituary
CAPTAIN Alan Tate was a war hero who played a key role in the development of the County Durham new towns Newton Aycliffe and Peterlee. Mr Tate was born on February 25, 1925, in Sunderland, the only son of a shipyard worker, Samuel Tate, and an under-housemaid,...
Chelsea Shake off the Japan Hangover; Blues Ease Past Their Old Rivals
Leeds United 1 Chelsea 5 CHELSEA defied jet lag and a Championship side with a point to prove as they overturned a one-goal deficit with a five-goal second-half show to beat Leeds and make the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup. Three days after...
Chemist Joining Hands with Sports Health Firm
Byline: HEALTH Iain Laing ? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk A FAMILY-owned pharmacy chain has handed a local sports recovery business the opportunity to trial its ethical products in its stores across the region. Newcastle-based Natural...
Co-Op Plan to Help Carer Employees
THE Co-operative has announced that it will provide additional support for employees who have caring responsibilities for family or friends. The company's new carers policy will allow employees who are caring for an elderly person or someone with...
Councillors Really Do Work Hard; Views of the North
IT is a shame that Alan Carter (Views of the North, December 12) wishes to tarnish all councillors with the same brush. I would like to stand up for my very hard-working colleagues, of all parties. Like most I work full time. I am married and we...
Deaths
ALLISON (Darras Hall). On 18th December, aged 82 years, James, devoted husband of Mildred, loving father of Louise and adoring grandfather of Jamie. Would family and friends please meet for service at St. Mary's Church, Ponteland on Thursday 27th December...
Definition of Success Now So Relative, Says Dalglish; Scot Admits That Priorities Are Different
Byline: Carl Markham FORMER Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish believes the definition of success has changed in the Premier League era. The Scot, who remains the last Liverpool boss to have won the league title, in 1990, was sacked in the summer...
Dong-Won Could Be Gone Soon; Dong-Won Could Be Gone from Cats Soon
SUNDERLAND are hoping interest from his former club allows them to cut their losses on striker Ji Dong-Won, writes STUART RAYNER. The South Korean (pictured left) is one of a host of players Martin O'Neill would like to move on in January - but only...
Emirates Quintet Sign New Contracts
ENGLAND midfielder Jack Wilshere is one of five Arsenal players to have agreed new long-term contracts with the club. Wilshere has committed his future to the Emirates Stadium alongside fellow internationals Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Kieran Gibbs,...
EOIN Morgan Will Relish [...]
EOIN Morgan will relish the chance to extend England's feelgood factor after their historic Test series victory in India when he leads an inexperienced Twenty20 team against the hosts this afternoon. The Irishman, who has just once before led his...
Ex-Chief Constable to Lead Inquiry; Hillsborough Investigated
Byline: Neil McKay ? 0191 201 6007 ? neil.mckay@ncjmedia.co.uk R ECENTLY-RETIRED Durham chief constable Jon Stoddart is to lead a new inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster. Mr Stoddart formally retired as boss of the Durham force in October, but...
Falcons All Set for a Happy New Year; Future Is Looking Bright at Kingston Park after a Year of Turmoil
AS we approach Christmas and the halfway point of the season it is great to see Newcastle Falcons remaining unbeaten. They have 52 league points in the bag to sit 12 clear of Bedford and they are already through to the quarter-finals of the British...
Fears for Future of Hard-Hit Councils; GOVERNMENT CUTS Coffee Shops Might Help, Says Minister
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent ? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk WARNINGS have been sounded that some councils may end up going to the wall after the Communities Secretary announced millions of pounds more in...
Festive Sales in Dip Say Retailers
SALES for the Christmas season have been "below par" as families try to make their budgets stretch as far as possible, the CBI said yesterday. Its distributive trades survey revealed the balance of retailers reporting that sales were up year-on-year...
Fletcher Delighted by Spirit of Devils
MANCHESTER United will be aiming to set a rather odd seasonal landmark over the festive period - but Darren Fletcher does not feel anyone should be surprised if they produce one of those famed comebacks as well. In a season littered with defiant...
Get Ready for the End of the World Tomorrow
NOBODY'S got it right yet, but that hasn't stopped some devotees of doom predicting that the world is due to end tomorrow. Commendably - they could have just gone to the pub or hidden under their desks with bags over their heads - the folk at Baltic...
Grammy Hope for Sinfonia Is a Massive Honour; Music Is Recognised on International Stage
Byline: Michael Brown ? 0191 201 6342 ? m.brown@ncjmedia.co.uk STING has won 11 of them, Dire Straits four and even Brian Ferry was in the running in 1999. But now Northern Sinfonia could also see their music recognised on the international stage...
Guest to Gatecrash Kempton Party
Byline: Saraband GUEST Of Honour is the best bet at Kempton's twilight meeting as he starts off life in handicap company for Marco Botti. The three-year-old ran two promising races at Kempton and Pontefract before justifying favouritism with...
Half-Baked Idea Is Bound to Fall Flat Once out of the Oven; Columnist
Byline: Barnard Trafford IN Norton Juster's charming children's novel, The Phantom Tollbooth, there's a place called the Half-Bakery. It's where all the half-baked ideas come from. Our Government's own Half-Bakery is working overtime at present....
Heads in Meeting with MPs over Rules; Academy Pension Surcharge
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent ? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk HEADTEACHERS and MPs have met with ministers to discuss "punitive" pension rules preventing schools converting to academies. School governors...
Health MOT
FORMER English teacher Louise Collyer recently launched her very own classic acupuncture clinic. The 31-year-old from Fenham was inspired following an extensive period of travelling throughout south east Asia. Were you ill much as a child? Only...
Improved Weather Warms the Heart
Byline: GEORGE MACINTYRE WELCOME relief from the recent cold arrived at the end of the week at Sharpley when midge could again be seen dancing in still, warm spots. Pupal patterns did their stuff - provided they were black. Otherwise, the bloodworm...
Investment Boost for Data Firm
A NEW data monitoring company has received its second investment from angel investors to underpin its expansion. SocialRel8 was set up to provide customer service consultancy and software to help big call centre operators keep abreast of both staff...
Is Wind Opposition Just a Lot of Hot Air? Questions as Politician Has Engine on Land
Byline: Brian Daniel ? 07733 002 822 ? brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk ACONSERVATIVE politician in Northumberland has been accused of hypocrisy after campaigning against wind turbines despite one being in place on her farm. Margaret Murray, a parish...
It's Such a Shame Our Clubs Are Not Boxing Clever Any More
BOXING Day fixtures spoilt many a Christmas for players of my generation, but it is with a tinge of sadness I note the absence of many first-team games between the local clubs this coming Wednesday. As a Gosforth man it was always Northern we were...
Katy's Cooking Up a Treat in Panto; She Has Raised the Temperature on a Kids' Cookery Programme and Now Katy Ashworth Is Flying High in Panto, as TAMZIN LEWIS Discovers
YOU may not be familiar with Mr Spoon, Pinchy Parrot, Horace the Van or indeed Katy Ashworth, so by way of introduction, she is a CBEEBIES presenter who has made her name with the show I Can Cook. In the programme, Katy and a group of kids make...
Khan Planning a Spring Return to the Ring; BOXING
AMIR Khan is targeting April for his return to the ring and hopes a rematch with Danny Garcia can be made for later in 2013. After back-to-back losses against Lamont Peterson in December 2011 and then Garcia in July, Khan concluded 2012 on a more...
Kibirige Happy to Stay with Falcons
Byline: Mark Smith ? (0191) 201-6432 ? mark.smith@ncjmedia.co.uk NEWCASTLE Falcons' recruitment and retention drive has made a flying start with the news burgeoning wing prospect Zach Kibirige has committed his future to the club. The England...
Legal to Wed MP but Not to Vote; Sixteen Is a Major Milestone in Life; You Can Leave School, Play the Lottery and Even Start a Family. but You Can't Vote. NICOLA WEATHERALL Asks North East Teenagers If It's about Time the Voting Age Was Reduced from 18
Byline: NICOLA WEATHERALL W HETHER 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote has been one of the many controversial issues sparked by the Scottish referendum planned for 2014. Alex Salmond, Scottish National Party leader, wants 16 and 17 year-olds...
Making Life Changes; Staying Fit and Healthy Is More Important Than Ever While Pregnant. KAREN WILSON Meets a Newcastle Mum Who Put on a Whopping Seven Stones during Her First Pregnancy but Is Determined Her Third Will Be Completely Different
Byline: KAREN WILSON AT 5ft 2ins and weighing just 8st 6lbs, Sarah Haviland-Moir had always been petite ... but almost doubled in size during her first pregnancy. The 36-year-old mum of two from Throckley, Newcastle, had been trying for a baby for...
Mullin Steps Forward in Defence of Mitchell
FORMER North East MP Chris Mullin last night said it had been "obvious from the start" that there was more to the "plebgate" incident at the gates of Downing Street than met the eye. Its central character, Andrew Mitchell, was forced to resign from...
New Infiniti Model Is Welcomed
NISSAN'S latest multi-million-pound investment in Wearside was welcomed yesterday. On a visit to the factory, Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "Congratulations should go to the workforce as it's a great vote of confidence in them. I think this...
Next Stage of Afghanistan Withdrawal Revealed
AROUND 3,800 British troops will be withdrawn from Afghanistan during 2013, David Cameron announced yesterday. The Prime Minister told the House of Commons that the strength of the UK force will be reduced from 9,000 to 5,200 by the end of next year....
Nissan's Christmas Present for Region
Byline: ECONOMY Iain Laing ? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk NISSAN's latest multi-millionpound investment in its Wearside plant is a vote of confidence in the North East, the CBI's regional head said yesterday. The company is to build...
Nissan's Vote of Ncqo Confidence in Quality and Skill of North Workers; as Nissan Invests a Further PS250m in Its Wearside Plant, DAN WARBURTON Talks to a Man Who Was at the Factory When It Opened and Is Now One of the Company's Most Senior Global Figures
NEW investment of more than PS250m in Nissan's North East plant reaffirms the Japanese car giant's decision to bring its operation to e nearly 30 years ago, the company's ice-president has claimed. n yesterday revealed it would create 280 the region...
Non-League Round-Up
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT SPENNMOOR Town were the happier side at the end of last night's crucial Ebac Northern League First Division clash with leaders Darlington 1883. The nearest to a goal came when Moor's Gavin Cogden had a shot blocked and although...
Only Cure for Perch's Pain Is Beating QPR; Only One Cure for the Pain of Defeat
Byline: Stuart Rayner ? (0191) 201-6283 ? stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk JAMES Perch admits it is "hurting" Newcastle United to have so little to show from so much effort recently, but the utility man insists it will not stop them going into Saturday's...
Poet-Ry in Motion for Jumps Debutant
A FAILED plan to send Poet to stud could have welcome consequences for National Hunt racing as Clive Cox's Group Three-winning Flat runner made the ideal start to his hurdling career at Newbury. While Cox is now an established Flat trainer, he used...
Power Station Deal Secures 120 Employees' Jobs
A LONG-AWAITED deal aimed at securing the future of the 120-job Rio Tinto Alcan power station in Northumberland was concluded yesterday. Power giant RWE confirmed that it has acquired the 420-megawatt coal-fired station, which has been supplying electricity...
Prince of Wales Donates PS150,000 Lifeline to Farmers
Byline: WEATHER Tony Jones FARMERS struggling to cope with the effects of this year's extreme weather are to benefit from a PS150,000 lifeline donated by the Prince of Wales's countryside body. The organisation will distribute the cash between...
PS11.8m of Funding for Roads Granted
Byline: Paul Tully ? 07554 437755 ? paul.tully@ncjmedia.co.uk THE North East has been handed an PS11.8m road budget boost by the Government. Twelve regional councils from Northumberland to Teesside will share the pot announced by Transport Secretary...
Salmon Ruling Meeting Sought
Byline: Dave Black THE GOVERNMENT is being urged to justify an "irrational" decision to end the region's traditional salmon drift net fishery by 2022. Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith is seeking an urgent meeting with Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon,...
Song Gunning for Clash with Arsenal
Byline: Duncan Bech BARCELONA midfielder Alex Song would welcome a return to Arsenal when the Champions League round of 16 draw is made in Nyon this morning. The Spanish giants are one of six teams Arsene Wenger's group runners-up could face...
Strauss Set to Take Up New England Role
EOIN Morgan gave his unqualified support to the prospect of former England captain Andrew Strauss taking up a mentoring role with the national team. Morgan, who will lead England himself in today's International Twenty20 against India in Pune, knows...
Students Do Great Job in Hot Seat; Pilot Quiz Episode Produced with the Help of University
Byline: Nicola Weatherall ? 0191 204 3308 ? nicola.weatherall@ncjmedia.co.uk STUDENTS from the North East have helped to film and produce a pilot for a quiz show being developed for TV. The 45-minute pilot episode of Hot Seat, which is in development...
Tale of Lands beyond the Arctic Circle
Winter Tales at St Mary's Heritage Centre, Gateshead, until Christmas Eve BEHIND dark curtains in the former church, where floor space is lined with seats and scattered cushions, we watch as a moon starts to rise to a starry sky and, to the toe-tapping...
The Man Who Killed Himself Because His Benefits Were Stopped. the Seriously-Ill Woman Who Was Told to Get a Job to Get Her Cash
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent ? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk DAVID Cameron has been urged to look again at disability benefit changes after a Northumberland man committed suicide when told he would lose all...
The Night United Started to Believe; THE MOMENTS WHICH SHAPED 2012: January 4 - Newcastle Shock the Champions at St James' Newcastle United Rang in the New Year Uncertain of What 2012 Held for Them but, Writes Stuart Rayner, an Unforgettable Win over the Reigning Champions Reinvigorated Their Push for Europe
NEWCASTLE United began 2012 with high hopes, but perhaps not high expectations. Alan Pardew's first full season as manager started brilliantly, a super-settled side establishing itself in the early-season top four. By the turn of the year, though,...
Top Businessman Sir Lawrie Dies Aged 85; SIR LAWRIE BARRATT 1927-2012 Many Were Helped to Buy Homes
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth ? 0191 201 6477 ? rachel.wearmouth@ncjmedia.co.uk TRIBUTES have been paid to prominent North East businessman Sir Lawrie Barratt after his death, aged 85. He died at home after a long illness. Sir Lawrie, who founded...
TV Choice
WORLD'S STRONGEST MAN 2012: QUALIFIERS Channel 5, 8pm Once upon a time, Britain's main contestant in the tournament was the mighty, household name Geoff Capes. These days, it's rather different, and chances are the Brits involved are unknown to all...
UBS Deal to Pay PS940m for Fraud and Bribery
Byline: BANKING Holly Williams FRAUD, bribery and rate-rigging in the banking industry were laid bare yesterday as Swiss bank UBS agreed a PS940m settlement with regulators in another damning day for the sector. Britain's financial regulator...
Uni Receives PS1m towards Age Research; Foundation's PS1m Funding
Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter ? 0191 201 6269 ? helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk ANORTH East university has been given a PS1m donation for medical research into ageing, human genetics and neurodegenerative disease. The Barbour Foundation has awarded...
United Ensuring It Always Pays to Play
Byline: Tim Taylor ? (0191) 389 3120 ? timtaylor@the-write-stuff.org NEWCASTLE United has become the first traditional golf club in the city to announce a pay-as-you-play membership scheme following a 10% loss in members over the past 12 months....
Villagers' Joy at Rejection of Tesco; Supermarket Bid to Change Pub Is Thrown out Again
Byline: Michael Brown ? 0191 201 6342 ? m.brown@ncjmedia.co.uk VILLAGERS cheered as councillors again rejected Tesco plans that would see their community pub turned into a supermarket. For almost a year the grocery giant has been trying to get...
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