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 April 10, 2014

A Big Year for Me and I Can't Wait for It to Start; FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH with CHRIS RUSHWORTH CRICKET
SUNDAY sees the start of Durham's season at Northampton. The lads can't wait, especially those like me who have been at home all winter. Spending most of the winter in the indoor school gets a bit repetitive, so it's been nice to get into the swing...
A Top-Notch Line-Up as Festival Returns in Style
Byline: Sam Wonfor Arts Reporter sam.wonfor@trinitymirror.com DIZZEE Rascal, Maximo Park and The Cribs will headline what has all the marks of a triumphant return for Sunderland's Split Festival this summer. After a regrouping year off, the event's...
Bank Expected to Keep Interest Rates on Hold; ECONOMY
Byline: jo blakemore jo.blakemore@ncjmedia.co.uk INTEREST rates will be kept on hold today as Bank of England policymakers continue to believe that it is too early to scale back stimulus efforts. Most economists expect the Bank's Monetary Policy...
Bright Ideas for Business to Make Most of the Dark
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk BUSINESSES in some of the North East's most unspoilt locations are being urged to reach for the skies to make the most of growing stargazing tourism. Northumberland National...
Cameron Says Miller Controversy Taught Him a Big Lesson
Byline: Gavin Cordon and Joe Churcher DAVID Cameron has admitted that he under-estimated the depth of the "raw" public anger over MPs' expenses as he finally conceded defeat in his battle to save his beleaguered Culture Secretary Maria Miller. ...
Chirton Build on Growth after PS2.75m Acquisition; ENGINEERING
Byline: coreena ford coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk AN ENGINEERING firm which aims to double turnover within three years and explore international opportunities said it can now execute its ambitious plans after being acquired in a deal worth PS2.75m....
CIPD Talent Searchers; AWARDS
Byline: coreena ford coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk THE countdown is on for the search for the region's best places to work and this is the last chance for firms to get in their entries. The Journal has teamed up once again with the Chartered Institute...
Columnist Bernard Trafford
WHEN I was a boy, I used to enjoy reading Billy Bunter stories. The so-called Fat Owl of the Remove (how politically incorrect that is now, making fun of a fat boy!) was a schoolboy character created by Frank Richards (real name Charles Hamilton),...
Confessions of a Cameraman Show Celebrities' Human Sides; for Every Story a News Reporter or Photographer Covers, There's Half a Dozen More They Can Tell Themselves -and Some Are Even Printable. MIKE KELLY Spoke to Cameraman Karl Coates about His 25 Years of Life Behind a Lens in the North East
Byline: MIKE KELLY EVERY journalist has a book in them, so the saying goes, and Karl Coates is one who has taken it to its natural conclusion. And his offering, A Cameraman's Tale, very much does what it says on the tin. Karl, 47, has spent...
Dr John
Byline: Jonathan Lupton MOST majors in recent years have seen monumental pressure heaped on Lee Westwood. Will he win one for the first time? No matter how often he has gone on record as saying how sick he is of being continually asked the same...
Farah Has Taken on the Toughest of Challenges Trying to Win in London
Byline: Mark Douglas Chief Sports Writer mark.douglas@trinitymirror.com STEVE Cram believes that Mo Farah has taken on a huge challenge by attempting to win this weekend's London Marathon. Farah takes on a high-quality field in the shape of Wilson...
Five Portions of Fruit and Veg Fails to Whet Appetites; IT Seems Most of Us Are Failing to Eat the Recommended Amount of Fruit and Vegetables. ADRIAN PEARSON Examines North East Attitudes to Healthy Eating
FIVE may not seem a big number, but it is certainly not the easiest target to reach. Across the UK, the Government advises people to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day. That seemingly simple advice is proving to be a little difficult,...
Gateshead Boss Loving His Big Test on THETYNE; Gateshead Are Closing in on a Guaranteed Place in the Conference Play-Offs. Gary Mills Tells Steve Brown How
UNNY, how football works. FGateshead's next two games are against Hereford United and Braintree Town. This season's transformation began, in Gary Mills' first game in charge, with a 2-1 win over Hereford. Fourth bottom then, they are fourth...
Historic Street Won't Get Late-Night Venue
Byline: Michael Brown Reporter m.brown@ncjmedia.co.uk LEISURE bosses have been rebuked in their attempts to gain a 4am licence for a new bar opposite Newcastle's Theatre Royal. Last week we revealed how the playhouse feared that, if the 1,045...
Hope Rises That Missing Jet Will Be Found at Last
THE frustrating month-long search for the missing Malaysian jetliner received a tremendous boost when a navy ship detected two more signals that most probably emanated from the aircraft's black boxes. The Australian official co-ordinating the search...
Index Up as Investor Interest in Equities Grows; FTSE 100
Byline: gary welford Brewin Dolphin UK equities were back in demand yesterday with investors perhaps viewing the recent sell off as an overreaction. The FTSE 100 Index closed up 44.9 points to finish the day at 6635.6. Putting the ever present...
Issue That's Worth Keeping an Eye on; We Rely So Heavily on Sight, Yet Our Eyes Are Often Overlooked in Health Regimes. Abi Jackson Reports on a Worrying Trend
Byline: Abi Jackson EYE TESTS aren't just about assessing whether we need glasses, they can also help detect a range of health problems, like tumours and diabetes, and prevent long-term sight loss. However, many of us are failing to take our...
It's a Steam Blast from the Past for Rail Veteran
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk RETIRED railwayman Peter Townend travelled the length of England after tracking down two old friends. Peter, 89, who was shedmaster at London King's Cross from 1956 to 1961,...
Jobs Boost Promised with PS10m Retail Hub; RETAIL
Byline: robert gibson robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk AROUND 300 jobs could be created through plans for a PS10m trade and retail hub near Durham. Andrew Ward, managing director of Durham-based corporate clothing maker Workwear Express, has bought...
Kebede: I Will Win Again in London
DEFENDING champion Tsegaye Kebede has warned debutant Mo Farah he is in no mood to relinquish his Virgin Money London Marathon title. Great Britain's double Olympic champion will face the toughest test of his career on Sunday as he steps up to the...
Lib Dems 'Will Claim Back Region's Votes'
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional affairs correspondent Adrian.Pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk THE Liberal Democrats will eventually be rewarded for rescuing the country, party president Tim Farron has told the North East. Speaking at the launch of the...
Marts
ST BOSWELLS April 7 John Swan Ltd sold 66 clean cattle, 26 OTM cattle, 2584 old season hoggs and 242 ewes. Bullocks (21) averaged 216.8p per kg and sold to 249p (+8.3p on week). Heifers (45) averaged 216.8p per kg and sold to 256p (+3.8p on week)....
Neighbours Help out in the Search for Grandfather
Byline: Katie Davies Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk NEIGHBOURS of missing grandfather Thomas Diggle have come together in the search to find him, two weeks after he went missing. The 92-year-old was last seen on March 27 at Abbeyfield House...
New Council Will Not Help; Views of the North
WRITING in the Journal, Lord Beecham exalts the approval to create a new regional super-council. (Journal, April 8) This will see the region's seven local authorities merging to create a single mega-council or, in other words, a sort of regional assembly....
Our Job Is Not Finished Yet, Warns Flournoy; Title-Chasers Remain Professional
Byline: Mark Douglas Chief Sports Writer mark.douglas@trinitymirror.com NEWCASTLE Eagles may be champions-elect after their weekend heroics against Sheffield Sharks, but Fab Flournoy insists they are taking nothing for granted ahead of a potentially...
PC's Family's Pain Goes on as Man Is Cleared of Murder
Byline: Dan Warburton Chief Reporter dan.warburton@ncjmedia.co.uk LOVED ones of PC Keith Blakelock last night spoke of their heartache as their hopes of justice were dashed. The Wearside-born officer was attacked by an armed mob after he was...
People Hit out at Council at Care Homes Move
RESIDENTS have hit out after it was announced the last council-run care homes in County Durham are recommended for closure. Durham County Council says its five remaining homes - Newtown House, Stanhope; Mendip House, Chester-le-Street; Grampian House,...
Pioneering Digital Bank Atom to Create 300 Jobs; BANKING
Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk AROUND 300 jobs could be created as the UK's first truly digital bank is established in the North East. Founder of Metro Bank Anthony Thomson and chief executive of First Direct Mark Mullen have...
Poyet Wants a Reunion with Buckley; Brighton Winger Is on Poyet's Hitlist
Byline: Mark Douglas GUS Poyet is eyeing a reunion with Brighton winger Will Buckley next season - whatever division Sunderland are in. The Black Cats' disastrous run since the Capital One Cup final has left them teetering on the brink of the...
Pupils Asked to Dream Up Scarecrow Designs; CONTEST
Byline: JO BLAKEMORE joblakemore@ncjmedia.co.uk WITH this year marking the 10th anniversary of the award-winning Children's Countryside Day (CCD), the annual competition for the schools is set to be a big one. Forty different schools are coming...
Quality of Field Hints at Unpredictable Masters
Byline: Phil Casey RORY McIlroy believes almost three-quarters of the 97-strong field can win the US Masters, while Justin Rose neatly summed up an unpredictable season so far. "I think if you're outside the top 50 in the world this week, you've...
Red Devils' Hopes Sink under Waves of Bayern Attacks
BAYERN MUNICH ............. 3 MANCHESTER UNITED ..1 Bayern win 4-2 on aggregate MANCHESTER United failed to reproduce their comeback heroics of 1999 as they crashed out of the Champions League despite a spirited effort at the Allianz Arena. United...
Region's Businesses Are Handed a PS57m Boost
Byline: Adrian Pearson Regional affairs correspondent adrian.pearson@ncjmedia.co.uk THE North East is today handed PS57m of Regional Growth Fund cash as the Deputy Prime Minister backs bids to create hundreds of jobs. Thousands more jobs are...
Russian Riddle That Is Putin; Views of the North
THE recent moves by the Kremlin herald a re-awakening of Russian confidence. The Russian actions in the Ukraine are but a symptom. President Putin is said to be worried about his legacy. He yearns for the days of yesteryear when the Soviet Union was...
SNAPSHOT OF THEIR WEEK; Each Week, DAVID FAIRLAMB Is Writing His Own Fit Factor Diary on How the Contestants Are Progressing
Byline: DAVID FAIRLAMB Tuesday, April 1 - visit to the Bubble Foundation at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary LAST year, I was asked to help the Bubble Foundation by running a midnight beach bootcamp. I have to be honest and say I didn't really...
Stepping Up Their Game; It Was a Blast from the Past for Our Fit Factor Team as They Enjoyed a Retro Training Session This Week. Health Reporter HELEN RAE Catches Up with the Group to See How They Are Getting on with Their Weight Loss Journey
Byline: HELEN RAE OUR Fit Factor team proved they were top of the class this week as they enjoyed a training session similar to those of their school years. The team ran, bench-pressed, had crash-mat races and used a basketball to burn the calories...
Stoute's Theatre Ready to Make Dreams a Reality; Saraband
FESTIVAL Theatre can show exactly why he holds a clutch of lofty summer entries by winning the Follow BetVictorRacing On Twitter Handicap on his seasonal bow at Kempton. Sir Michael Stoute's impeccably bred colt was seen just twice last year, finishing...
Striking and Simple This Ticks All the Boxes; as Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake Nestles in for a Two-Week Run at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle, LESLEY OLDFIELD Was in the First-Night Audience Welcoming Back an Old Favourite
CHOREOGRAPHER Matthew Bourne imbues his productions with wit, style and sex appeal and Swan Lake - which made his name - certainly ticks those boxes. I have been lucky enough to see many of Bourne's works and had I been asked to choose just one...
Student Died in Tragic Accident, Inquest Hears
Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Reporter rachel.wearmouth@trinitymirror.com THE death of a promising student who drowned in a river after a night out with friends was a tragic accident, an inquest heard yesterday. Sope Peters, who was studying economics...
Top Tips for Perky Peepers
Screen savers WE'RE spending more and more time staring at screens, which can lead to sore, strained eyes and headaches. If you work in front of a computer, it can also be a factor in dry eye syndrome. "There are five times as many nerve endings...
United Targeting Strike Duo as Part of Overhaul; Striker Remy Back for Stoke Game
Byline: Mark Douglas Chief Sports Writer mark.douglas@trinitymirror.com NEWCASTLE United want Tenerife forward Ayoze Perez and Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette as part of a new-look strikeforce next season. The early appointment of managing director...
Upstream Counts Revealed for Tyne; GAME ANGLING
OPMPATHE Environment Agency (EA) has announced that the River Tyne upstream count for March was 30. The highest count recorded during March was 144 in 2012. The total for the first three months of the year was 33. The highest count for this period...
Where Does US Draw the Line on Stars' Cocaine Use? STATESIDE with US Editor Christopher Bucktin Follow Him on Twitter @Chrisbucktin
AMERICA barring celebrities like Nigella Lawson for having tried drugs is a little like Weight Watchers banning dieters for trying cake - there are too many to mention. The Domestic Goddess was prevented from boarding her Los Angeles-bound flight...
'Worst Fears' over Graves Not Realised
Byline: Brian Daniel North Northumberland reporter Brian.daniel@trinitymirror.com FAMILES' fears that their loved ones were buried in the wrong graves are unfounded, a report says. Northumberland County Council had feared there could be around...
'You Are Fighting a Perception ... This City Needs to Host Major Events and Develop Its Profile' THE INTERVIEW: Steve Cram Steve Cram Wants Sunderland to Put Itself on the Athletics Map. Chief Sports Writer Mark Douglas Reports
STEVE Cram inhales deeply Over coffee on a cool Wednesday afternoon, we've just spent nearly half-an-hour discussing the sometimes tortuous logistics of trying to organise a running weekend in Sunderland which will see 4,000 pounding the streets of...
Young Rugby Fans Get Their Hands on the Cup
Byline: Laurence Dodds Reporter laurence.dodds@trinitymirror.com YOUNG players got to pose beside rugby's greatest prize as the region prepares for the World Cup next year. The world-famous Webb Ellis Cup was on display at Kingston Park, home...
YOUR MONEY Your Money Queries Are Answered by Trevor Clark, Director of Rutherford Wilkinson Ltd, Chartered Financial Planners
Q. I am retired and in receipt of an occupational pension as well as my state pension. Recently I received my tax code notification from HMRC for the 2014/15 tax year. My personal allowance of PS10,500 had been reduced to PS10,000, because HMRC anticipated...
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