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 January 10, 2013

As a Boxer, You Constantly Have to Watch Your Weight
WELTERWEIGHT GLENN FOOT is unbeaten as a professional boxer. The 25-year-old from Sunderland is fighting in TV boxing tournament, Prizefighter - Welterweights III, live on Sky Sports next Saturday. Were you ill much as a child? Not really. I was...
A Thumbs Down for Heart Street Art; Designer Says He Is 'Devastated' by Demolition Plans
Byline: Kate Proctor ? 0191 201 6106 ? kate.proctor@ncjmedia.co.uk AN internationally renowned piece of street art designed to bring pride to a market town is to be demolished just six years after it was built. The 6m (20ft) high Chester-le-Street...
Auction Staff Help Snare Phone Bid Fraudsters
SUSPICIOUS staff at a Northumberland auction house helped snare a gang of alleged fraudsters, a court heard. Auctioneers across the country were targeted by fraudsters who used false identities to register as telephone bidders and stolen credit...
Back Pain - What You Should Do
Byline: MARTIN KAY YOU may have packed away the decorations, but a reminder of the festive period could still be lingering. Changes in normal routine over the holidays often have a detrimental effect on our bodies. Patients developing back and...
Bellew Targets World Title Fight; BOXING
TONY Bellew is within "touching distance" of a WBC light-heavyweight title shot after it was confirmed he will fight in a final eliminator against Isaac Chilemba. The 30-year-old Liverpudlian (pictured left) will face the Malawian on March 30 at...
Business Angels to Help Firms in the City
THE most powerful business angels in the North of England are flying into Tyneside to help the region's small businesses. The angels, who manage some of the wealthiest funds in the country, will be guests at a series of workshops being held to help...
Chatton Catchers Enjoy a Happy New Year
THE New Year got off to a great start at Chatton where James Brown from Etal landed a 14lb rainbow from Chatton Lake and Andrew Campbell from Backworth landed eight, including one of 5lb 10oz. Other anglers who recorded good catches included Matty...
Clark Is Given a Second Chance with England
ENGLAND coach Stuart Lancaster has put his trust in Calum Clark after giving the controversial Northampton forward a second chance to build his international career. Clark was on the fringes of the England team this time last year when he was hit...
Coalition Blows Its Own Trumpet; but Audit Is Dismissed as a Cover-Up
Byline: Andrew Woodcock ? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk THE Government has published an audit of its own record in power, which Downing Street claimed showed the Coalition had achieved or made progress towards the "vast majority" of...
Connacht Relishing Cup Test
Byline: Mark Smith CONNACHT Eagles coach Jimmy Duffy insists his side is not just coming to make up the numbers when the Irish province take on Newcastle Falcons. Saturday's Kingston Park clash is expected to see the home side secure themselves...
Crew's Drink Levels Alarmed Officers; Inquest into Sub Shooting Told of Concern
Byline: Rob Phillips ? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk POLICE probing a fatal shooting on a submarine were so alarmed by binge-drinking among members of the crew that the Chief Constable and the naval authorities were informed, an inquest...
Curtain Up on New Spring Season for City's Live Theatre; Arts Budgets May Be under Attack but Live Theatre Is Well Prepared to Weather the Storm, as DAVID WHETSTONE Discovered at Its New Season Launch Yesterday
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE ONE of the key players in the cultural life of the region enters its 40th year determined to remain true to its principles in uncertain times. These were firmly laid out at yesterday's Live Theatre spring season launch...
Deaths
CHARLTON (NewbigginbytheSea). DeBaliol Nursing Home. Passed away on 30th December, aged 75 years, William (Willy), a devoted dad of Billy, Stephen, Susan, Tony and Darren, a beloved granda and great granda, a much loved brother of all his brothers...
Designer Brand Reveals Christmas Sales Surge
CHRISTMAS sales have surged by a fifth at designer fashion brand Ted Baker, despite the gloomy economic climate and a reluctance to use promotions and price reductions to lure in bargain-hunting customers. Smaller gift items, such as purses and...
Direct Action Call to Save City's Libraries; Pensioners 'Should Stage a Sleep-In'
Byline: Ruth Lawson ? 0191 201 6344 ? ruth.lawson@ncjmedia.co.uk PLAYWRIGHT Lee Hall called for "direct action" against the proposed closure of 10 Newcastle libraries by suggesting campaigners stage a sleep-in. Speaking at a public meeting last...
Dr Alan Reece 1927-2012; Obituary
DR Alan Richard Reece, one of the most successful engineering entrepreneurs of his generation, has died on Tyneside at the age of 85. Recognised as an inspired mechanical designer and philanthropist, he was responsible for creating a number of engineering...
Duke Not out to Lord It Yet; Keeper's Feet on Ground despite Bradford Cup Win
BRADFORD goalkeeper Matt Duke could have been forgiven had he been swept away on the wave of euphoria that engulfed Valley Parade, after Phil Parkinson's side had humbled another Barclays Premier League big gun in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night....
Durham's Colourful Buddhist Partners in Focus
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor ? 0191 201 6224 ? tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk ATEAM from the North East is driving forward an international project to investigate and safeguard the birthplace of Buddha. The archaeologists from Durham...
Edwardian Traditions Come to Life
Byline: Tim Taylor ? (0191) 389 3120 ? timtaylor@the-write-stuff.org S IF YOU did not know there was any such organisation as the British Golfers Collectors Society then join me on the naughty step. The society is an organisation which, among...
England Getting Balance Just Right; Range of Styles Benefits Squad
THERE were no great surprises in the England Elite Player Squad announcement and it was pleasing to see the balance and depth of players Stuart Lancaster now has at his disposal. The one selection which particularly caught my eye was the addition...
Everton on a Euro Mission - Jagielka
EVERTON defender Phil Jagielka admits the lure of European football is driving the players on. More often than not the Toffees have headed into January looking to make up lost ground. However, a strong start to the campaign means they are fifth,...
Ewe Scanning - It's All in the Timing Say Experts
Byline: HEALTH Karen Dent ? 0191 201 6243 ? karen.dent@ncjmedia.co.uk SHEEP producers should scan ewes around the middle of their pregnancies to avoid problems and cut their overall feed bills, according to Eblex. Scanned ewes can be separated...
Farewell as DFDS Boss Sails off to New Future; ECONOMY Ruth Lognonne
Byline: Ruth Lognonne ? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk AFTER more than 24 years onboard one of Europe's largest ferry companies, John Crummie is stepping down as managing director of DFDS Seaways. Crummie, who has been at the helm...
Ferguson: Ronaldo Now Complete
SIR Alex Ferguson believes Cristiano Ronaldo has turned into "the complete player" since his departure from Manchester United in 2009. Ronaldo has once again been overlooked for the Ballon D'Or in favour of Lionel Messi, who has now collected the...
Gardener's Court Hell after Drug Error over; Speed Mistaken for Plant Food
Byline: Garry Willey ? 0191 201 6446 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk s AN elderly gardener arrested for dealing when he mistook a drugs haul as plant food finally saw the nightmare end - on his 75th birthday. Allotment veteran Bryan Routledge's...
Greggs Puts Focus for Year Ahead on Refits; RETAIL
Byline: Karen Dent ? 0191 201 6243 ? karen.dent@ncjmedia.co.uk GREGGS is to invest more heavily in store refits rather that opening new ones at the speed it did last year. The Newcastle-based baker said it was "rebalancing" its investment as...
Grocer Shatters Trading Record Economic Backdrop
Byline: RETAIL Iain Laing ? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk SUPERMARKET giant Sainsbury's says it rang up more than PS100m in sales on Christmas Eve as part of a record-breaking festive trading week. The chain reported like-for-like...
Gunners to Push Boat out for Theo
Byline: Jim van Wijk ARSENAL are ready to stretch their rigid pay structure to push through a new deal for Theo Walcott, which could be signed ahead of this weekend's Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City. It is understood the Gunners...
He Hopes to Break the Eagles' Hearts
Byline: Mark Douglas Chief sports writer ? (0191) 201-6281 ? mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk IF YOU haven't managed to catch ESPN's 30 for 30 series of superior sporting documentaries, the place to start is with the excellent Winning Time - the story...
If There Is a Digital Revolution No One's Told This County; Minister Urged to Extend Broadband Connections
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent ? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk THE Chief Secretary to the Treasury will today be told a Government broadband snub could leave almost a quarter of Northumberland households "left...
In a Stew over Slip of the Tongue
Byline: RAY LOWRY WE presenters and public speakers have a number of dreads: a dry mouth and a wet patch on the trousers (where you just spilt your last-minute drink); giving the wrong speech in the wrong venue (and no-one noticing); dreaming you're...
In-Form Pentiffic Looking Just Grand
Byline: Saraband PENTIFFIC roared back to form with a 14-length verdict at Musselburgh last weekend and can make a swift return to action pay at Catterick today. Venetia Williams is keen to get another run-in before the 10-yearold is reassessed...
Interior Design Firm Looks to Hotel Sector; SERVICES
Byline: Ruth Lognonne ? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk AN interior design consultancy is looking to up its yearly fees by 50% after securing a wealth of new work in the hotel sector on major schemes in Newcastle and Manchester city...
Jailed Dealer's Wife Wants Law Change; Extradition to US 'Was Not Necessary'
Byline: Jamie Grierson ? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk THE wife of retired British businessman Christopher Tappin vowed to campaign for a change in extradition laws after he was jailed in the US for arms dealing. Speaking after...
Lotto Winners Want Others to Share Their Joy; New Millionaires: 'We Are Not Packing in Work. We Love Our Jobs'
Byline: Kim Swan ? 0191 201 6290 ? kim.swan@ncjmedia.co.uk BIG WINNERS McCarthy, THEY may be the region's newest millionaires but this lucky couple are not going to give up their day jobs. Ian and Kim McCarthy are celebrating after hitting the jackpot...
Luck Plays Very Big Part in Team Selection
THE announcement of England's Elite Player Squad has put the importance of selection back into focus and as a selector I have always found it is more of an art than a science - coupled with a large dollop of good fortune. Having the right players...
Market Update
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Millar Hits out over Armstrong Interview
CYCLING BRITISH cyclist David Millar fears Lance Armstrong's appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show next week will be "stage-managed." Armstrong will break his silence over damning accusations of his drug doping on the Oprah show next Thursday. However,...
Non-League Round-Up
Byline: MALCOLM PRATT GATESHEAD proved too strong for Dunston UTS in last night's Durham Challenge Cup Second Round tie at the UTS Stadium. The hosts were unlucky to go in behind but Gateshead enjoyed a lot of possession in the second half to...
Pension Plans Lead to More Confrontation; Rows over Academies Will Not Go Away
Byline: Paul Tully ? 07554 437755 ? paul.tully@ncjmedia.co.uk ANEW war of words erupted yesterday after a North East MP accused a council's ruling group of being "out of touch" with the concerns of local schools. Hexham Tory MP Guy Opperman warned...
Pietersen Agrees a New England Deal
Byline: Rory Dollard KEVIN Pietersen's reconciliation with the England and Wales Cricket Board has been finalised, with new limited-overs coach Ashley Giles confirming the star batsman has signed a full central contract. The sight of Giles holding...
Pioneering Learning from the Archives
Byline: Nicola Weatherall THE basement of Newcastle University's Robinson Library is home to a collection of precious archives charting the spread of a deadly disease across the North East more than 180 years ago. Listing the names of poor souls...
PS3m N'Diaye Hopes to Face Hammers; N'Diaye's Hopeful of Facing West Ham
Byline: NEIL CAMERON ALFRED N'Diaye has declared himself fit and ready to face West Ham United on Saturday after securing his three-and-a-half year deal with Sunderland yesterday, writes NEIL CAMERON. The French defensive midfielder revealed...
PS650,000 Facelift in Plan to Revitalise; Latest Phase in Big Picture
Byline: Dave Black ? 07884 117069 ? dave.black@ncjmedia.co.uk WORK starts this month on the latest phase of a multimillion pound investment programme aimed at revitalising the heart of Northumberland's biggest town. The area around Blyth's bus...
Reds Teenager Wisdom Agrees Deal
LIVERPOOL have continued their investment in the future by securing teenager Andre Wisdom on a long-term contract. The 19-year-old has been rewarded for his progress in the first team, having made 14 appearances after making his debut in September,...
Sculptures Are Full of Hot Air; in the 1960s of Edwin Li's Imagination Things Are Not All They Seem, as TAMZIN LEWIS Discovers
Byline: TAMZIN LEWIS IT was the summer of love on America's west coast but here in the North East it was the summer of the balloon. In 1967, a group of festival organisers apparently came up with the incredible idea of making huge floating balloon...
Search to Find the Best Firms and Employees in North East
THE search is on to find the best companies to work for in the North East and highlight those employees that have gone the extra mile for their bosses. The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development have teamed up with The Journal to recognise...
Share Index at Best Level since 2008
Byline: FTSE 100 Tom Solly Brewin Dolphin LONDON'S blue-chip share index powered to its highest level for more than four years today as America's earnings season got off to an upbeat start. The FTSE 100 Index closed up 45 points to 6098.7, after...
Sloppy Chelsea Are Taken Advantage Of
Chelsea 0 Swansea 2 RAFAEL Benitez endured a torrent of abuse from Chelsea's supporters as the Blues slumped to an embarrassing defeat to Swansea in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge. Michu scored his 16th goal...
SME Owners Looking to Expand in New Year
SME owners based in the North East are confident about trading conditions as they look to scale up in 2013. Nearly 40% of business owners in the area are looking to expand their business operations this year, according to Aviva's bi-annual SME Pulse....
Struggling in Retirement; People Planning to Retire This Year Expect to Be Living off the Lowest Average Incomes Recorded in Six Years, an Insurer Has Warned. VICKY SHAW Examines the Drop in Income for Older People
RETIREES in the North East this year will have an average income of PS15,100, making them around PS3,500 a year worse off than workers who retired in 2008, Prudential said. The gap becomes much worse when taking into account the effects of inflation...
Tangled Maze of Interests in Every Signing; THE AGENDA: The Anatomy of a Transfer January Transfers Can Be a Tortuous Business - as Long-Suffering Newcastle Fans Have Discovered. Chief Sports Writer Mark Douglas Presents a Beginner's Guide to January Transfers, How They Come about and Why They Can Take So Long
THESE days, North East sports journalists don't seem to write transfer stories. Instead we chronicle transfer sagas - like the ones that unfurled around Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Fletcher, Demba Ba and, lately, Loic Remy. Quick business is possible...
Top Entrepreneur Declared Bankrupt; Bank Pursues Businessman over PS3m Debt
Byline: Joanne Butcher ? 0191 201 6455 ? joanne.butcher@ncjmedia.co.uk ONE of the region's most prominent businessmen has been declared bankrupt over a PS3.3m debt. Karl Watkin, a former North East Business Executive of the Year, has had a portfolio...
TV Choice
SILENT WITNESS BBC1, 9pm Another year, another series of Silent Witness. Stepping into Tom Ward's shoes is David Caves as Jack Hodgson, one of the youngest people in the UK in his field. He faces a baptism of fire in his first case alongside Nikki...
Uni Lecturer's First Film Up for a Bafta; Coming-of-Age Story Makes the Shortlist
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth ? 0191 201-6477 ? rachel.wearmouth@ncjmedia.co.uk AN independent film made "on a shoestring" by a Tyneside university lecturer has been nominated for a Bafta. I Am Nasrine - which is written, directed and produced by...
Victorious Villagers Are Celebrating Plan Refusal; Wind Farm Proposal Gets the Brush-Off
Byline: Dave Black ? 07884 117069 ? dave.black@ncjmedia.co.uk FAMILIES in a rural hamlet were celebrating a job well done yesterday after securing an overwhelming victory in their fight against plans to build a wind farm near their homes. Campaigners...
Villages Suffer as Postal Van Breaks Down; 17 Days and Counting for Loss of Service
Byline: Paul Tully ? 07554 437755 ? paul.tully@ncjmedia.co.uk VILLAGERS in 10 rural North East communities have been left high and dry by the breakdown of a vital Post Office mobile van. The west Northumberland villages, which lost their post...
Visitors Stayed Away from National Park as Rain Poured Down
NORTHUMBERLAND's tourism industry lost nearly one third of its visitors last year as the continued downpour kept families away. National Park chief executive Tony Gates revealed the figures when putting the case for rural communities to the House...
We Want United's Skipper, Says Pizzi; Coloccini Is Coveted Back Home SAN LORENZO PONDER 'DREAM' MOVE FOR United's Skipper
Byline: Mark Douglas Chief sports writer FABRICIO Coloccini will return to Newcastle United's firstteam this weekend amid claims from Argentinian side San Lorenzo that they want to push through a deal for the Magpies skipper sooner rather than later....
Who Is Our Salmond? This Week the January Manifesto Was Launched, Looking at How to Improve the North East. ADRIAN PEARSON Looks at the Leadership Failings Said to Be Increasingly Holding the Region Back
Byline: ADRIAN PEARSON IT IS a sad sign of the times, but the answer to the question "Who do you call when you want to speak to the North East?" must surely now be "London". Whereas previously the region had entire institutions dedicated to making...
Why There Has to Be an Alternative to Taking Away the Arts; Columnist
Byline: Bernard Trafford IAM as fanatical a Geordie as the next incomer with no right to the title, so I was saddened to discover that the expression "to do a Newcastle" is now a media shorthand for slashing Arts funding. Plenty of other people...
Woman Brushes Up on Her Creativity with Family-Friendly Career
A NORTHUMBERLAND woman has swapped the corporate world of Procter & Gamble for a more creative career after almost two decades with the multi-national company. Lorna Watkinson worked in P&G's advertising department in Newcastle for 17 years...
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