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 February 14, 2013

Academy Plan in Full Swing; New Percy Wood Pro O'Brien Has Coaching off to a Tee
Byline: Tim Taylor ? (0191) 389 3120 ? timtaylor@the-write-stuff.org A MAN on a mission at Percy Wood Golf and Country Retreat, new club pro David O'Brien has developed a passion for coaching ... and an action plan. Wannabe players will often...
Affluent Families Turn to Loan Sharks; More Homeowners Sucked into Illegal Debt Racket
Byline: Dan Warburton Chief Reporter? 0191 201 6276 ? dan.warburton@ncjmedia.co.uk AFFLUENT families are increasingly turning to illegal money lenders as their debts spiral out of control, experts have warned. Investigators have identified a...
Angling Club's Facilities Set to Benefit from Firm's Funds Boost
MEMBERS of a popular angling club are enjoying improved facilities at their fishing lake after reeling in a major funding boost from a North East development company. The 470-member Wansbeck and Cramlington Angling Club is one of the most successful...
A Thin Line between Success and Failure
FOR the second week in succession the RBS 6 Nations Championship served up a heady mix of contrasting fortunes and types of matches. Italy's justifiable expectations of going to Murrayfield for a win were obliterated by a Scottish try-fest which...
Benitez Sounding a Euro Rallycry
CHELSEA interim boss Rafael Benitez is determined last season's Champions League winners take the Europa League seriously, beginning with the last-32 first-leg tie at Sparta Prague tonight. The match at the Generali Arena is Chelsea's first away...
Buttler Serves Up Real Treat for England
JOS Buttler's emergence as a rising star of international Twenty20 is rewarding the faith England have placed in him as a wicketkeeper-batsman. Buttler's maiden half-century at full international level could not keep England competitive as New Zealand...
City Hall Is Saved; Theatre Royal Set to Manage Popular Venue
Byline: Katie Davies? 0191 201 6346 ? katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk N EWCASTLE'S under-threat City Hall has been saved from closure after the city council announced it would not axe 100% of its arts budget. Uncertainty hung over the 75-year-old...
Coe Tribute as BOA Chief Hunt Quits His Post; OLYMPICS
THE chief executive of the British Olympic Association has resigned. Andy Hunt, chef de mission for Team GB at the London 2012 Games, leaves after four years. The BOA is under financial pressure and yet to agree any deals with sponsors since...
David Fairlamb
THE huge number of applicants for the Fit Factor proves there are many people in the North East desperate to lose weight and turn their lives around. I would love to help everyone. However, only six candidates can be chosen. For the majority that...
Deaths
BELL (Ashington). Lesbury Avenue. Passed away peacefully in hospital, on 9th February, aged 82 years, Doreen, a devoted wife of John, a much loved mam of Raymond and Angela and son-i-law Jim and daughter-i-law Brenda, a much adored grandma of Sarah,...
Devils Cannot Stop Ronaldo; Ex-Manchester United Winger Scores in Thriller
Real Madrid 1 Manchester United 1 DANNY Welbeck's first-half header ensured Manchester United left the Bernabeu with a precious away goal from a thrilling Champions League encounter with Real Madrid. But Red Devils old boy Cristiano Ronaldo also...
Director Hails New Role as Endorsement of Top North Venue
ANTHONY Sargent, general director of The Sage Gateshead, has taken on a prestigious new role which he describes as a ringing endorsement of the North East institution. He has become chairman of the International Society of the Performing Arts (ISPA)...
Disappointment at GCSE Exams Ruling; Grade Change Unfair but Not Illegal - Judge
Byline: Nicola Weatherall? 0191 204 3308 ? nicola.weatherall@ncjmedia.co.uk LEADING figures in education have spoken of their disappointment at losing a High Court challenge over the exam fiasco which affected hundreds of North East students. ...
Discover the Caveman Craze; A Big Fan of the Paleo or "Caveman" Diet, Chef Sean Lawson Is on a Mission to Convert the People of Newcastle from Pies and Pasties to Fresh and Healthy Street Food. KAREN WILSON Finds out More
FOR many, street food is often thought of as a treat ... that delicious splurge on a burger, kebab or hot dog that throws you off your daily calorific intake, leaving you feeling guilty. But now adopted Geordie chef Sean Lawson, 34, is fighting...
Do You Want to Be a Big Loser?
Byline: Karen Wilson TOMORROW is your last chance to enter Fit Factor 2013 - and change your life for the better. The Journal and Real Radio's exciting annual competition aims to transform the lives of six out of shape people in just 12 weeks...
Ex-Forces Personnel to Fill Energy Skills Gap
WITH military numbers being slashed in the UK, a technical training provider is re-engineering ex-armed forces personnel for roles in the buoyant oil and gas industry. Middlesbrough-based TTE Technical Training Group is helping oil and gas service...
Farmers to Meet and Talk about Challenges
THIS year's first Northumberland Monitor Farm meeting will focus on how farmers can benefit from working together to increase productivity. The meeting, which takes place next Monday at Morpeth Rugby Club, will also consider the widely-discussed CAP...
Feed Your Enthusiasm with a Full Lunch Break Every Day
A NORTH East business has launched a "love your lunch" initiative, timed to coincide with Valentine's Day, after a BBC survey showed more than half of office workers regularly work through their lunch hour. Toby Bridges, managing director at NBT...
Former Factory Is Being Flattened
Byline: Brian Daniel? 07733 002 822 ? brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk BULLDOZERS have moved in at what was once a Northumberland seaside town's biggest employer. A closed factory at Amble which was operated under a string of names, once housing 250...
Has Your Dinner Gone Everywhere? HORSEMEAT CRISIS A MEAL FROM TESCO, ALDI OR FINDUS A MEAL FROM GREENBRAE Local Is Best If You Want to Know for Sure
Byline: Kim Swan? 0191 201 6290 ? kim.swan@ncjmedia.co.uk LOCAL businesses are urging customers to buy fully traceable food following the horsemeat contamination scandal. Revelations about the mislabelling of meat products have highlighted the lengthy...
Homegrown Stars a Rarity as Metalist's Foreign Legion Arrive
Byline: Stuart Rayner? (0191) 201-6283 ? stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk TECHNICALLY it is England v Ukraine at St James' Park tonight, but it will more like France v South America, old v new. Much has been made of the Magpies' transformation into...
Hummels' Finish May Be Crucial
Shakhtar Donetsk .......................... 2 Borussia Dortmund ........................2 MATS Hummels grabbed a crucial late equaliser as Borussia Dortmund claimed a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash at Shakhtar Donetsk....
I Keep Motivated by Exercising - It Gives Me a Sunnier Outlook on Life; Health MOT
Aldo De Giorgi, 43, is a co-owner of Pasqualinos Bar Pizzeria on Market Street in Newcastle. He runs the restaurant and bar with his siblings Joseph and Cristina who are well-known in the Newcastle dining scene after creating some of the city's most...
Inconsistency the Key as Cup Defence Ends in Tears
ENGLAND women's captain Charlotte Edwards blamed inconsistency for her side's downfall as they saw their World Cup defence come to a disappointing end - despite a 15-run win over New Zealand in Mumbai. Half-centuries from Edwards and Sarah Taylor...
It's All in the Lead-Up to the Punch Line
Byline: RAY LOWRY PEOPLE often ask me where I get my funny stories from. I get them from all sorts of places. Some are re-workings of actual events, a few are other people's stories retold by me and others are a mixture of fact and fiction (often...
It's That Time of Year Again When We All Turn Pink and Fluffy; Columnist
Byline: Bernard Trafford HAPPY Valentine's Day! A day of overpriced flowers and chocolate, as well as repulsive quantities of pink decoration in shops and eating places. And if you go out for a bite or a drink, couples holding each other's hands...
Ken Smith 1934-2013; Obituary
VETERAN Journal reporter Ken Smith has died after a long illness. He was 78 and leaves a widow, Joan. For many years Ken was widely known as the newspaper's man in Northumberland, working from a base in Alnwick before moving to run the editorial...
Ken Stephinson 1933-2013; Obituary
NORTH East producer Ken Stephinson, who gave actor Rowan Atkinson his TV break, has passed away. The 79-year-old was the creative genius behind many of BBC North's network television shows in the 1980s, including Hinge and Bracket, Halls of Fame, the...
Let's Do It for Ourselves; Fund's Boss Says We Don't Need to Beg
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional Affairs Correspondent? 0191 201 6286 ? adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk LORD Adonis must tell the North East its "begging bowl" days are over when he unveils his economic review, a senior Conservative businessman has...
Market Update
Tourist rates Australia ...........1.4334 ...........dollars Canada .............1.4938 ...........dollars Egypt ................9.3241 .......... pounds Euro......................1.11 .............. euro Hong Kong ..........11.52 ...........dollars...
McCain Keeping Faith as Peddlers Cross Just Wins
BOOKMAKERS may not have been impressed by the long odds-on victory of Peddlers Cross at Musselburgh - but Donald McCain has lost none of his faith in the 2011 Champion Hurdle runner-up. Sent off at 1-5 in a four-runner Howies Restaurants Edinburgh...
More Patients Have to Wait Four Hours; Report Reveals the Pressures on A&E Units
Byline: Ella Pickover? 0191 201 6262 ? jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk THE number of patients who are forced to wait for more than four hours in accident and emergency departments before being treated has reached its highest level in a decade, a new...
More to Come from Duke of Navan
Byline: Saraband T HE highly-regarded Duke Of Navan has done very little wrong over obstacles this season and can continue his progress in the BetVictor Morebattle Hurdle at Kelso. While the two-and-a-quartermile test has failed to attract a...
National Identities Won't Be an Issue
Byline: Neil Cameron ? (0191) 201-6113 ? neil.cameron@ncjmedia.co.uk METALIST Kharkiv coach Myron Markevich knows he is in England to play a Premier League team - even if his own media believe his side face French opposition tonight. Newcastle...
NHS Pays Price for No-Shows; Staggering Financial Cost of Missing Appointments
Byline: Helen Rae Health Reporter? 0191 201 6269 ? helen.rae@ncjmedia.co.uk MISSED medical appointments in the North East has cost the NHS millions of pounds in the last year, according to new research. A staggering 234,484 outpatient appointments...
Northern Chords Alive and Kicking; Some of the Country's Best Young Musicians Will Be Paying Homage to Composers Both Living and Dead in the Fifth Northern Chords Festival. DAVID WHETSTONE Talked to Festival Artistic Director Jonathan Bloxham
IF Benjamin Britten were still alive, he would be getting a telegram from The Queen in November. Wagner and Verdi, meanwhile, would have turned 100 in the year he was born, 1913. Anniversaries, anniversaries... and here's another. The Northern Chords...
Oaks to Take Root Somewhere Else; Flood Defences Work Means Trees Have to Relocate
Byline: Dave Black? 07884 117069 ? dave.black@ncjmedia.co.uk OAK trees planted in memory of a North East naval hero are being given new homes as part of a project to protect a market town against another flooding catastrophe. The 11 oaks took...
Oil and Gas Recruiter's Record Year
Byline: RECRUITMENT Iain Laing? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk AN offshore recruitment specialist is gearing up for its busiest year as the oil and gas industry continues to grow. Hartlepool-based Seatechs posted a record turnover...
Pint-Sized Footballer Has World at His Feet; Four-Year-Old Player's Potential Spotted by Top Training Academy
Byline: Neil McKay? 0191 201 6007 ? neil.mckay@ncjmedia.co.uk JAY Brown can bend it like Beckham and curl it like Cabaye - yet he is still too young to attend school. The precocious four-year-old from South Shields impressed his coaches so much...
Playing Would Be a Big Risk - Flournoy; Eagles Coach Hopes He Won't Be Needed for Vital Double-Header
FIT-AGAIN Fab Flournoy hopes he does not have to risk himself in Newcastle Eagles' crucial double-header this weekend, writes MARK DOUGLAS. Title-chasing Eagles are looking to bounce back from their BBL Trophy disappointment by beating Cheshire...
Policy of Youth Is Right for England; It's Refreshing to See Younger Players Shine
DESPITE the rain and the cold, Dublin was the place to be on Sunday if you were a rugby fan. I can always remember as a player, the first thing I would do on match-day was to check the weather. I have to admit my heart sank a little on Sunday...
Professor's Aim Is to Inspire in New Uni Role
Byline: ACADEMIC Iain Laing? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk ONE of the most innovative thinkers in Britain has been picked to inspire fresh ideas among the region's companies as the 10th Goldman Visiting Professor of Enterprise and Innovation....
Push the Boat out as Costs Are Cut
PERMIT prices and boat hire charges will be cut by Northumbrian Water for the new season, although as many trout as last year - at least 135,000 - are to be introduced, so 20,000 will be waiting for anglers on the opening day of Saturday, March 16....
Random Tests on Meat Agreed by Summit
Byline: Andrew Woodcock AN emergency EU summit last night agreed a three-month, EU-wide DNAtesting regime followint the horsemeat scandal. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said the tests, would trace horsemeat and check processed meat on sale...
Rewarding the Workers
Byline: AWARDS Iain Laing? 0191 201 6429 ? iain.laing@ncjmedia.co.uk WORKERS have to be engaged to work to their full potential and it is the company's responsibility to ensure that they do all they can to enthuse them. Companies which really...
Rich Sponsor but Terriers in Trouble; Club Owes Thousands in Unpaid Debts
Byline: Theo Merz? 0191 201 6446 ? theo.merz@ncjmedia.co.uk FOOTBALL club Bedlington Terriers are being taken to court over thousands of pounds of unpaid debts, despite having a billionaire sponsor. A winding-up order, the most serious action...
Rodgers Worried over Zenit Abuse; Boss to Warn Players over Racial Taunts
LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers will specifically advise his players on handling racist abuse in the Petrovsky Stadium tonight against Zenit St Petersburg, but he expects the authorities to deal with any problems. In December a group of the Russian...
Rush-Hour Traffic Trials Get Go-Ahead; Project to Help Cut Congestion and Pollution
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor? 0191 201 6224 ? tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk THE green light has been given for traffic trials in the North East which are aimed at streamlining the rush-hour commute. The Newcastle project involves...
Sad Chiodos Let the Side Down on a Loud Night; Kerrang! Tour 2013, Newcastle O2 Academy
WRITING music beyond their years and acutely aware of what it means to entertain, Fearless Vampire Killers have got it cracked. Of all four bands on an eclectic bill, FVK surely have the brightest future. With their Victorian clobber and boyband...
Scandal-Hit Care Manager Wins Her Claim; Boss Deprived of Fair Hearing, but 50% Responsible for Dismissal
Byline: Paul Tully? 07554 437755 ? paul.tully@ncjmedia.co.uk THE former manager of a scandal-hit care home exposed on national TV has won an unfair dismissal claim in Newcastle. Liz White, acting manager of Chesterholme care home in Hexham, Northumberland...
Shanghai Success for Lifestyle Company
A GATESHEAD firm specialising in home and lifestyle adaptations for people with disabilities is building success overseas after launching an office in Shanghai. Launched in 1993, by Martin and Denise Cook, Easibathe and Easiaccess Ltd provides bespoke...
Snapshots of a Time Gone by, Thanks to Vicar; Victorian Images Go Public on the Internet
Byline: Dave Black? 07884 117069 ? dave.black@ncjmedia.co.uk WHEN Victorian vicar Roderick MacLeod was not working hard to save his parishioners' souls, he was enthusiastically capturing their lives on camera. As rural dean of Morpeth - while...
Sport Today
FOOTBALL (2005 kick-off unless stated) UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE ROUND OF 32 FIRST LEG Ajax v Steaua Bucuresti .................. 1800 Anzhi Makhachkala v Hannover 96.. 1700 Atletico Madrid v Rubin Kazan................. BATE Borisov v Fenerbahce 1800 ...............
Spurs Must Be Ready to Enter Lyon' S Den, Insists Boss Avb
ANDRE Villas-Boas has challenged Tottenham to show they are capable of cutting it in the Champions League by beating Lyon today. Villas-Boas will take one more step towards securing his second Europa League trophy tonight if Spurs overcome Lyon...
Tait's Falcons Recall Fully Deserved One
Byline: Mark Smith ? (0191) 201-6432 ? mark.smith@ncjmedia.co.uk MICHAEL Tait will make his first start since October when Newcastle Falcons host Moseley tomorrow night. The 22-year-old starts on the right wing for the Championship leaders, making...
Teen Angel; Tomorrow Is the 15th Anniversary of the Angel of the North. JOANNE BUTCHER Spends a Day in the Life of One of the North East's Most Famous Landmarks
BLASTED by snow on a cold February morning, the Angel stands bleak against a grey sky. But despite the chill, the towering 20m (65ft) high sculpture is far from alone. Since it was built in 1998, the 200-tonne steel figure has become one of the...
The Journal North Index
REPORTED YESTERDAY REPORTING TODAY Finals: AMEC, Morgan Crucible Co, Rio Tinto, Rolls-Royce, Shire, SVG Capital. Interims: EOG Resources, Manchester United. AGMs: None scheduled. EGMs: None scheduled. Name period Pre-Tax Figures (profit +,...
Thousands Expected to Flock to Annual Show
Byline: COUNTY SHOW Ruth Lognonne? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk WITH more than 25,000 visitors expected to make the trip to Bywell for this year's Northumberland County Show, traders have been queuing up to secure their place at...
Three More Blockbuster Shops Closing
THREE more Blockbuster stores are to shut in the North East as the video rental firm announced its latest round of closures. Administrators Deloitte announced a further 164 branches will close nationwide over the coming weeks as part of a "phased...
Three Youths Arrested over Organised Pre-Match Brawl
THREE more Sunderland fans have been arrested by police probing an organised brawl ahead of their team's clash with West Ham last month. Officers had publicly released images of the suspected soccer yobs they need to trace in connection with a pre-arranged...
Tim's Not the Type to Fall out of Love with Europe; THE PREVIEW: Newcastle United V Metalist Kharkiv Tonight, 8.05pm. TV: Live on ESPN Newcastle United's Goalkeeper Explains to Neil Cameron Why He Savours Every Minute of European Competition
THE nerves have long been banished since a teenage Tim Krul made his Newcastle United debut in an away Uefa Cup tie in Palermo. But the excitement and importance of European football, or more accurately being successful as this level, has never...
Tragic Death May Have Been Caused by Cattle
A FARM worker may have been killed by hungry cattle he was attempting to feed, an inquest was told yesterday. Jefferey Lee Jameson's body was found partially underneath his quad bike in the middle of a field on Westgate Fell, Weardale, County Durham,...
Tullow Oil Helps Index to Recover
Byline: FTSE 100 Thomas Smith Brewin Dolphin AFTER opening in the red, the FTSE 100 Index showed strength to finish up 20.7 points at 6359, capping the fourth consecutive day of gains. Throughout the session, investors shrugged off the Bank of...
TV Choice
HUGH'S FISH FIGHT: SAVE OUR SEAS Channel 4, 9pm Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is back for a new series, but what's that got to do with the price of fish? Well, funnily enough, quite a bit actually, and a lot more besides. With two thirds of the planet's...
Young Entrepreneurs Given Help to Start Up
Byline: CAMPAIGN Ruth Lognonne? 0191 201 6139 ? ruth.lognonne@ncjmedia.co.uk AJOURNAL-BACKED campaign to provide cash to help young entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground has so far gifted more than PS200,000 to budding Bransons across...
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