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 September 17, 2014

A Blooming Good 50th Anniversary Celebrated
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk COMMUNITIES came together for a golden gathering to mark the 50th anniversary of a competition which encourages people across the North East to help their villages, towns and...
All Eyes Are Turned to Scotland
Byline: JOHN ANDERSON CBE ANTICIPATION is in the air and it has been gaining momentum all summer. Tomorrow the Scottish people will be faced with one single question; should Scotland be an independent country? Yes or no? We have been keeping up...
Andrew Miller
THE US dollar is once again gaining favour among investors. Since the end of June, the trade weighted dollar index has moved steadily higher, with several catalysts responsible for its dramatic move. The usual geopolitical suspects include renewed...
Arsenal Get off to a Nightmare Start
Borussia Dortmund ... 2 Arsenal .............................0 ARSENAL endured a chastening start to their Champions League group campaign after being overwhelmed by Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park. Ciro Immobile and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang...
Artistic Evolution at Cinema; the Ever-Evolving Tyneside Cinema Has Something New and Exciting to Show Us This Friday, as DAVID WHETSTONE Has Been Finding Out
Byline: DAVID WHETSTONE Upstairs at the tyneside Cinema used to be a bar which wasn't everyone's cup of tea. Many people remember it for its bright green paintwork. "someone described it as being like a sauna on one side and a tupperware box on...
Artist Wins PS20,000 Prize for Work Combining Concrete and Plantlife
THIS year's Woon Foundation Painting and Sculpture Art Prize has been won by Polishborn graduate artist Ramona Zoladek. The 27-year-old, who graduated in July from Anglia Ruskin University in East Anglia, received her prize in a ceremony at Northumbria...
Awards Are Launched to Find Talent in Classical Music from North East
Byline: David Whetstone david.whetstone@ncjmedia.co.uk THE Northumberland Music Festival is launching an new series of awards, aimed at discovering and promoting the classical - and otherwise - musical talents of the North East. Timed to coincide...
A Wright Respectable Result for the Heed; VANARAMA CONFERENCE
MACCLEFIELD 1 GATESHEAD 1 GATESHEAD'S top-six Vanarama Conference clash at Macclesfield ended all square, Danny Wright's second-half strike cancelling out Arthur Ghanaou's opener. It was battling point in Cheshire by the Heed against a Macclesfield...
Blues Are Extremely Keen on the Signing of Halfpenny
Byline: Andrew Baldock CARDIFF Blues say they would be "extremely keen" on Wales star Leigh Halfpenny possibly rejoining them after a cloud was cast over his future at European champions Toulon by the French club's controversial president. Mourad...
'Callous' Networks Are Blamed for Collapse
Byline: RETAIL GRAEME EVANS business@ncjmedia.co.uk THE founder of Phones 4u has blamed "extremely callous" mobile networks for the collapse of the company, which has put 5,600 jobs at risk. John Caudwell said the decision of O2, Vodafone and...
Campbell Tells of Racism in Hexham
Byline: Michael Marsh Reporter michael.marsh@trinitymirror.com FORMER footballer Sol Campbell has told how he snapped when he was the victim of a hate-filled racist jibe while out with his family in Northumberland. The ex-Newcastle United defender...
Celebrating a Decade of Success; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
GROUND-BREAKING North East education specialist Learning Curve Group is celebrating a textbook 10 years of success during which its innovative teaching and training has made it England's market leader. And bosses, buoyed by a recent glowing Ofsted...
Challenge of Rebuilding Public Trust in Business
Byline: Dianne Sharp THE UK's recovery is on solid ground. But even with the economy fizzing with vitality, businesses have a big hurdle to clear. YouGov research for the CBI shows that around half of people do not think that business is a force...
Columnist
Byline: DAVE ANDERSON IRECENTLY attended a memorial service in Auchengeigh, north of Glasgow, to mark mine disasters in 1931 and 1959. I was invited by the Midlothian MP Davy Hamilton, also a former miner. He was locked up during the miners' strike...
Columnist [.]
Byline: KEITH HANN TOMORROW our nearest neighbours may decide to press the non-nuclear button and vote to become an independent country. In which event, I suppose it behoves me to find a polite way of saying "good riddance". But sadly I can't....
Comic Is Serious Examining Life
Byline: Hannah Flint Reporter hannah.flint@trinitymirror.com TV funnyman Jon Richardson is deadly serious when he describes North East philanthropist Brian Burnie as the most impressive man he's met. The 8 out of 10 Cats star interviewed the...
Confidence Ensured Winning Was a Habit for Class of 2007; Kyle Coetzer Knows All about Playing for Durham in a Lord's Final. He Tells STUART RAYNER the Secrets of His Success
WHEN it comes to playing a Lord's cup final as an untested youngster, Kyle Coetzer has been there, and got the Tshirt hanging in his room. So his advice to Durham captain Mark Stoneman is probably worth listening to. When Coetzer played for Durham...
County Hall Move - War of Words Breaks Out
Byline: Brian Daniel Northumberland reporter brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk MOVING County Hal from Morpeth to another Northumberland town would be "a multi-million pound joke at the taxpayer's expense," according to an MP. Plans to move the base...
Deaths
BLAIR ISHBEL (Ponteland). Peacefully on 15th September 2014, beloved loving wife of Stewart, devoted caring mother of Alistair and Andrew and much loved grandmother to David, Sophia, Lucy and Charlie. PRIVATE cremation. A celebration of Ishbel''s life...
Defiant Ashley Is Not for Turning; Fans Plan a Pardew Protest at Hull Clash
Byline: Mark Douglas Newcastle United Editor twitter: @msidouglas NEWCASTLE United owner Mike Ashley has no plans to change direction despite his embattled manager facing trial by home crowd at St James' Park on Saturday. A group of United supporters...
DOES YOUR HOME NEED A FACELIFT? WE CAN HELP; Reader Offers
MILLIONS of people have dreams of moving when they retire - to the country, to the seaside or even abroad. Yet when they actually reach retirement age, many decide they'd much rather remain in their local community close to family and friends. ...
Donor's Mum on the Rail Trip of a Lifetime
Byline: Hannah Flint Reporter hannah.flint@trinitymirror.com THE mother of an organ donor will make the journey of a lifetime to meet the teenager in whose chest her son's heart beats. A Freda Carter, 66, of Sunderland, will join other donor...
Electric Start but Hartlepool Fall Apart
northampton 5 hartlepool 1 HARTLEPOOL UNITED'S last win at Northampton was way back in 1969. For a short while last night, it looked like they had a chance of ending the run, before a defensive capitulation of epic proportions soon put paid to that....
Energy Should Be a Top Priority at Party Conference Time
Byline: IAN FELLS IT is conference time and the various parties are putting together their manifestos, all aimed at attracting voters. The question of energy costs should loom large in their thinking; the "big six" electricity generators are...
Family Firms Fly Their Flag; TOP 200
Byline: BRIAN NICHOLLS DESPITE much talk of globalisation, family businesses right across the world remain a powerful force, comprising 70-95% of the companies in many nations. In Britain they make up 66% of all small and medium enterprises and...
Fears Grow as Man Dies after Attack
Byline: Will Metcalfe and Michael Marsh Reporters jnl.newsdesk@ncjmedia.co.uk RESIDENTS are demadning action after a man died following a suspected street attack. Lee Devlin, 40, was found with head injuries at around 11pm on Friday in Waterford...
Film-Maker Callum in Line for a Top Award
Byline: Adam Luke Reporter adam.luke@trinitymirror.com AN up-and-coming North East film-maker is in the running for a top award after receiving the backing of Dame Helen Mirren. Callum Costello, of Heaton, Newcastle, has made it to the final...
Fortune Looks to Favour Producer in Sandown Race
Byline: Saraband PRODUCER can make the most of a drop back to Listed level in the Fortune Stakes at Sandown. He has been running well enough in Pattern company this term but has struggled to make his mark with his best effort coming when second...
FTSE Down Ahead of Scottish Referendum Result; FTSE 100
Byline: MATTHEW WORTON Brewin Dolphin TOIL and trouble for the FTSE 100 again yesterday, down 0.18% at 6792.2, with markets remaining sheepish ahead of Thursday's Referendum result. Amongst the worst performers in the index were International...
Gemma Putting PAs in Touch; NETWORKING
Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk THE PA to the chief executive of one of the region's best known firms has established a new organisation for personal assistants across the region. Gemma Nicholls, who has held number of high...
Getting Back to Business Crucial after Referendum
Byline: JAMES RAMSBOTHAM IF there are any questions I haven't been asked about Scottish independence, I can't imagine what they are. Can Alex Salmond deliver on these promises? Who came out on top in the TV debates? Will a "No" mean our region...
Girl Raped in City Centre Nightclub
Byline: Sophie Doughty Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk AN investigation is under way after a teenage girl was raped inside a city centre nightclub. The 18-year-old was attacked at Ohso on Newcastle's Groat Market during the early hours of...
Golden Career of Ramius Is Ended
CAPTAIN Ramius, winner of the 2012 William Hill Ayr Gold Cup, will be retired regardless of whether he runs in this year's renewal on Saturday. Kevin Ryan's classy eight-yearold needs rain in order to turn up this weekend, but with none forecast...
Hove Defeat Proved to Be Turning Point for Durham; Final Seemed like a Distant Target after Group Stage Setbacks
Byline: Stuart Rayner Sports Writer stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk AS Durham once more snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, it looked like another season of under-achievement was looming in the inaugural Royal London Cup. Sussex's first win...
How Much Control Do You Need for Business Success? BARRIE HENSBY
WITH the ups and downs of the Scottish referendum campaign taking over from the Ice Bucket Challenge at the top of the list of topics you can't avoid even if you want to, the word independence has been on pretty much everyone's lips. The idea of...
Investment Is Bearing Fruit for Drug Company; PHARMACEUTICAL
Byline: TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk DRUG discovery firm e-Therapeutics plc has widened operating losses as it drives research and development activity, but says two years of investment is bearing fruit. The AIM-listed firm, which...
It's a Debate Which Has Split Scotland - and on the Streets of the North It Has Divided Opinion
Byline: Hannah Flint Reporter hannah.flint@trinitymirror.com SCOTLAND stands a nation divided - the independence vote having sparked fierce debate across the country on whether they should go it alone or stay in the Union. On the eve of the historic...
Joy and Laughter Part of 40 Fabulous Years
FROM an unexpected office visit from The Krankies, to shipping one of the world's most expensive cars for the Sultan of Brunei, Joy Sullivan has seen it all during her 40 years at the North East Chamber of Commerce. The backbone of the International...
Karanka's Men Make It Three in Row on the Road
cardiff city 0 middlesbrough 1 mIDDLESBROUGH dug deep to pull off a text-book away win at Championship big spenders Cardiff. Kike stabbed the Teessiders into the lead after just 88 seconds and for long spells they were the better team. But it...
Lack of Development Could Hit Growth for North East SMEs; CHRIS DONABIE, Head of DTZ's Industrial Agency Team in Newcastle, Warns That a Distinct Lack of Development in the Region Could Stall Productivity
IN a recent interview Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England stated that Britain is "more than halfway" along the road to recovery. According to his comments, the "easy bit" of the recovery has taken place and we are now coming to the tougher...
Law Firm Is Confident Its Growth Can Be Sustained; PROFIT
Byline: TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk AINCREASE in operating profit at law firm Watson Burton LLP stands the firm in good stead for five years of growth, its chief executive has said. The 113-strong firm, which operates Newcastle,...
Leading the Riot Act; Former Supermarket "Trolley Boy" Sam Claflin Couldn't Be More Different from His Angry, Posh Kid Character in the Riot Club, and It Seems His Modest Start Has Made the Taste of Success Even Sweeter. Keeley Bolger Finds out How He Juggles Ambition with Married Life BIG SCREEN
Byline: Keeley Bolger Sam Claflin, plays the rich and privileged Alistair Ryle in new movie The Riot Club, based on the hit play Posh Sam Claflin, plays the rich and privileged Alistair Ryle in new movie The Riot Club, based on the hit play Posh...
Liverpool Leave It Ever So Late to Clinch First Success
LIVERPOOL 2 LUDOGORETS 1 IT was almost just like the old days as Steven Gerrard scored an added-time winner to get Liverpool's Champions League return off to a winning start. The Reds captain, so influential on European nights of the past, stroked...
Look at That Leek!
Byline: Hannah Flint Reporter hannah.flint@trinitymirror.com A GARDENING enthusiast had a giant victory when he broke a record for the world's biggest leeks. North Broomhill pensioner Geoff Moscrop produced a record-breaking three pot leek measuring...
Love Token Written on Poppy That Survived for a Century
Byline: TONY HENDERSON Heritage AMID the moonscape devastation of the First World War trenches in France, North East soldier John Harkess fashioned something of fragile beauty. He pressed two poppies and on the petals wrote his initials and where...
Medical Staff Turning to Tablets
MEDICAL staff are set to turn to tablets to help lighten their workloads. Doctors and nurses at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Gateshead, are set to replace traditional paper observation charts with iPads and iPods as part of a new scheme which...
Meet the Players Holding Durham's Hopes in Their Hands at Lord's; Durham's Progress to Saturday's Final Has Been a Real Team Effort. STUART RAYNER Introduces the Players the Riversiders'hopes Will Rest on at the Weekend
MARK STONEMAN LHB RLC average: 42.56 Highlight of campaign: Match-winning century at Headingley THE captain led from the front with a decisive 112 in the quarter-final at Yorkshire, and along with his regular opening partner Phil Mustard will be charged...
Middlesex in Deep Trouble at Taunton; LV COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP
THIS year's LV= County Championship ups and downs may be finalised only in the last week of the season thanks to Middlesex and Hampshire's travails in their respective divisions. The Londoners began their penultimate match against Somerset at Taunton...
Miliband - This Is the Ugly Side
ED Miliband claimed the campaign for independence has an "ugly side" during chaotic scenes as he was mobbed during a visit to Edinburgh. The Labour leader took his fight to save the union to the St James Shopping Centre in the city but struggled...
Morrissey Puts Crime Drama into High Gear; SMALL SCREEN
DD AVID Morrissey. wouldn't wouldn't call himself controlling, but he does enjoy a certain amount of influence when signing up to a show. It's why a couple of years back, he co-founded a production company with his friend, producer Jolyon Symonds....
Mourinho: Hazard Can Become the Best of His Generation
Byline: Matt McGeehan CHELSEA manager Jose Mourinho has called on Eden Hazard to prove his talent as one of the greatest players of his generation. The Blues boss expects the Belgian playmaker, signed for a reported PS32million from Lille in...
New Centre for Guides
Byline: Brian Daniel Northumberland reporter brian.daniel@ncjmedia.co.uk ANEW facility for Girl Guides is set to open in a Northumberland hamlet where they were once shunned for being too noisy. Girlguiding North Tyneside is opening its new residential...
New Head Hopes to Give Rural Prep School New Lease of Life
Byline: Ruth Lognonne Reporter ruth.lognonne@trinitymirror.com THE new head teacher at a North boarding school is aiming to buck the national trend of falling demand for private education. Neal Bailey comes to Mowden Hall in Northumberland from...
New Man to Head Up the Expansion of Tech Firm
NEWCASTLE-BASED Activ Technology has recruited a former TSG sales director as part of a move to build the firm into a full service technology provider. Activ Technology has traditionally provided mobile telecoms to SMEs but is repositioning itself...
Non-League Round-Up
DUNSTON UTS had an early let off, but then eased past Ebac Northern League First Division rivals Marske United 2-0 in the First Qualifying Round Replay of the FA Cup. Craig Gott rattled the UTS post on 20 minutes and just before the interval the...
Offshore Sector's Jitters over Scots Referendum
UNCERTAINTY over the Scottish independence vote has hampered investment in the region's offshore sector, a leading business figure says. Dennis Clark, chairman of Newcastle-based fabricators OGN Group, says oil companies have been reluctant to invest...
Paying Tribute to the Region's Rising Stars
THE Newcomer of the Year accolade recognises the rising stars among the North East's youngest companies that have made the most impact. Teesside firm PJA Distribution Ltd scooped the big prize last year, presented at the North East Business Awards....
PCC Resigns in Wake of Child Sex Abuse Scandal
Byline: Jamie Grierson SOUTH Yorkshire's police and crime commissioner has quit his post following weeks of pressure over the Rotherham sexual abuse scandal. Shaun Wright has until now resisted mounting calls to resign from the likes of the Prime...
People on the Move
This is a free service. Send good-quality colour photographs and particulars to Business Desk, The Journal, Groat Market, Newcastle, NE1 1ED or contact jo.blakemore@ncjmedia.co.uk THE North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC) has appointed LAUREN...
Philanthropist Leaves a PS2.5m Legacy of Hope
Byline: Katie Davies Chief Reporter katie.davies@ncjmedia.co.uk ATERMINALLY ill businessman and philanthropist has ended his life in an assisted suicide clinic. Former North East businessman of the year Guy Readman OBE died in Switzerland last...
Poyet Saved My Career - Cattermole; Catt's Act Has Been Cleaned Up at Last
LEE CATTERMOLE has paid a glowing tribute to Sunderland manager Gus Poyet for saving his career. A year ago, with Paolo Di Canio's ill-fated time in charge about to come to an end, the former club captain was surplus to requirements. However, following...
Presenter to Be Guest Speaker; AWARDS
Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk BBC Breakfast's face of business Steph McGovern will be the guest speaker at the Ward Hadaway Fastest 50 Awards next month. Middlesbrough-born McGovern is an award-winning presenter who has been...
Proof Is in the Pudding for Success of Business
Byline: RETAIL ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk ABROTHER-AND-SISTER business which produces a range of American-inspired desserts is looking to expand further after securing a concession counter within the Fenwick Food Hall in Newcastle....
Pub Groups Celebrates Growth in Turnover
Byline: HOSPITALITY TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk PUB GROUP Wear Inns has grown turnover by more than 14% thanks to like-forlike sales growth. The County Durham firm, which operates 17 pubs across the North East and nine in Yorkshire,...
QPR Stadium Bid Stalls amid Cargiant Opposition
QPR face growing opposition to their new stadium bid with landowner Cargiant claiming they "will not enter into any future talks with the club". The former QPR sponsors hold a 30-acre plot on the Old Oak site where the west London club hope to build...
Quorn Firm Is Still a Global Player; RESULTS
Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk THE Stokesley-based Quorn Foods Ltd says it is well-placed to thrive in a challenging global market, despite reporting widening pre-tax losses. Financial statements for the year ended December...
Revenues Increase at PWC after Strong Year; FINANCIAL
Byline: TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk ACCOUNTANCY giant PwC reported revenues of PS2.8bn in the year to the end of June 2014 - a 5% increase on last year's performance. Revenues were up from PS2.6bn in 2013, and profit for its 2014...
Sowing the Seeds of Success; FARMING
Byline: ROBERT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk ANORTH East farmer has offered advice on gaining maximum yields through a quality seed wheat growing recipe, fine tuned over the past five years. Rod Smith farms with a skilled team at Beal Farm...
This Is Our Time to Deliver - Kompany
MANCHESTER City captain Vincent Kompany feels the time has come to deliver in the Champions League. After three campaigns spent acquiring experience in the competition - last season reaching the last 16 for the first time - Kompany believes it is...
Thomson's Homecoming Strengthens Champions
Byline: Andrew Fowler @FowlerAndy AFTER two years in France, Andy Thomson has returned home to Newcastle Eagles as he prepares for the new BBL season. Thomson, who said farewell to the Eagles in 2012 after picking up a clean sweep of trophies...
Three Digital Firms Arise from University Scheme
Byline: START-UPS ROBRT GIBSON robert.gibson@ncjmedia.co.uk THREE new start-ups have been launched by North East students after Teesside University teamed up with a multinational technology firm for a 12-week internship scheme. The university...
Tons to Celebrate for Borthwick and Colly; THE MATCH: Durham V Northamptonshire, at the; Emirates Durham ICG, Day Two
Byline: Stuart Rayner at Emirates Durham ICG stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk SCOtt borthwick and Paul Collingwood taught Michael richardson an important lesson yesterday: when your form is good, make the most of it. borthwick made his second consecutive...
Tributes Are Paid as Hunt for Their Killers Goes On
Byline: Dominic Harris THE families of two young Britons found murdered on a Thai island have paid tribute to them as police continue the search for their killer. The bodies of David Miller, 24, from Jersey, and Hannah Witheridge, 23, from Great...
Two Are Killed in Sea [...]
Byline: Will Metcalfe Reporter will.metcalfe@ncjmedia.co.uk Two are killed in sea crash AN investigation is under way after a helicopter crash killed two people. Their bodies were recovered from the aircraft shortly after 5pm, a Humberside Police...
Uncertainty over Vote Plagues Energy Sector; What Will a Yes Vote in Tomorrow's Scottish Independence Referendum Mean for the North East Energy Economy? PETER McCUSKER Reports
THE Scottish Independence ballot has been impacting North Sea investment for over a year, according one of the region's most senior oil and gas figures. Dennis Clark, chairman of Newcastle-based fabricators OGN Group, believes it has led to delays...
United Pulled from Pillar to Post by a Owner Ashley; THE AGENDA: Pardew Has Created His Own Problems but Ashley's Leadership Remains Flawed Alan Pardew Is Finished but It Is Mike Ashley Who Has Set Newcastle United on the Wrong Course, Writes MARK DOUGLAS
Byline: MARK DOUGLAS THE way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle United means the threat of conflict, frustration and opprobrium hangs over the club like a slate-grey cloud. That triple threat has replaced hope, optimism and enjoyment in the lexicon of...
Venture Properties Expand with PS80,000 Durham Branch; PROPERTY
Byline: TOM KEIGHLEY tom.keighley@ncjmedia.co.uk INDEPENDENT estate agency Venture Properties has expanded into a new Durham City branch. The firm spent PS60,000 acquiring the lease for the city centre premises, and a further PS20,000 refurbishing...
Villa U-Turn as Hutton Signs New Three-Year Deal
ALAN Hutton has signed a new three-year deal with Aston Villa, completing an amazing U-turn by the club. The right-back had previously been frozen out for two years and had not played under boss Paul Lambert until this season. He was loaned out...
Visitor Centre for Wall Controversy
Byline: Tony Henderson Environment Editor tony.henderson@ncjmedia.co.uk BATTLE lines have been drawn up over a proposed major development in what has been described as one of the most sensitive landscape sites in England. Northumberland National...
Warnings of a Housing Crisis as the North East Sees 9.5% Rise in Prices
Byline: Hannah Flint Reporter hannah.flint@trinitymirror.com THOSE hoping to get on to the property ladder face more obstacles as North East house prices witness the biggest leap since 2005. House prices in the region have jumped by almost 10%...
Women on a Mission of Care; as Homelessness Continues to Top the Agenda in Newcastle, MICHAEL MARSH Meets the Woman on a Mission to Care for Some of the Most Deprived People in Our Community, Using Nothing More Than a Rucksack and a Sprinkling of Love
Byline: MICHAEL MARSH LOVES, hat, scarf, toothbrush, sleeping bag. Repeat. GWelcome to the world of the volunteers at Making Winter Warmer, an organisation on a mission to look after the North East's homeless community. Packing endless amounts...
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