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2008-09-19 21:00:33

A CARE trust's decision to not open a health centre on a housing estate has been hailed a "victory for common sense". Following a public consultation process, South Tyneside's Primary Care Trust has decided to abandon plans to locate a GP-led health centre at Cleadon Park, South Shields. The decision to look elsewhere came after the PCT came up against opposition to the plan. Among the opponents was Coun Eileen Leask, Labour representative for Horsley Hill, who believed the site was...

2008-09-18 18:00:37

METRO services to Newcastle Airport were due to get back to normal today. The Airport Metro station had been closed since it was flooded on September 6. A shuttle service operated between Callerton Parkway and Kingston Park while repair work was carried out. A normal timetable has now resumed, and passengers will no longer have to change from the train to a bus at Kingston Park. A Nexus spokesman said: "We have been working round the clock to repair our damaged track and signaling...

2008-09-18 18:00:20

A SOFTWARE firm has agreed an emergency plan to ensure its business will not be disrupted by a flood or fire. Imass is paying ZebraHosts to maintain 26 fully-operational IT and internet-equipped work stations that would become immediately available in the event of their Gosforth offices succumbing to unforeseen problems. It means the company's key personnel would be able to work from an office in the same building as ZebraHosts, in Westgate Road, Newcastle. Imass, a company that now...

2008-09-11 18:00:36

NORTH Tyneside Primary Care Trust has appointed a new non- executive director. Carolyn McKelvie joins the board of directors and will play a key role in overseeing the PCT and ensuring it meets statutory duties to deliver healthcare services and improve the health of the local population. Carolyn, who has been a director and chief executive officer of Outcomes UK, a children's services organisation working across social care, health and education sectors, since 2004, qualified as a...

2008-09-01 18:00:16

MAKING the most of their last weekend, thousands of families ended the summer holidays at events across the North East. Visitors experienced all the fun of the first ever eco-friendly Green Gathering in Newcastle, which took place at Exhibition Park. Aimed at families, the new event included four stages of musical and artistic talent as well as stalls promoting ethical fashion and food, recycling and more. The two-day festival was held to promote small-scale practical environmental...

2008-09-01 18:00:16

THE birds and the bees may help launch two student movie makers' careers. Ross Phillips, from Gateshead, and David Hutchinson, from Fulwell, Sunderland, have been chosen to take part in one of the most prestigious student film festivals in the UK. The Sunderland University students will have their films 'The Birdwatcher' and 'The Old Man and the Bee' shown at the Manchester Exposures Film Festival later this year. Films created by the students will be shown November 23-27. To see the...

2008-08-30 18:00:26

Stars on Sunday - pounds 10 ticket offer Culture Club members can get tickets for Stars on Sunday for only pounds 10. North East comedians and entrepreneurs, Bobby Pattinson (pictured) and Leah Bell, have gathered together their show business pals to present a night of comedy and music at The Journal Tyne Theatre on Sunday, September 21, 2008 in aid of the Evening Chronicle Sunshine Fund. Among guests who have confirmed their availability are entertainers Johnny De Little, Peter...

2008-08-30 18:00:26

TWO green festivals take place in the North East this weekend. The Newcastle Green Gathering expects between 15,000 and 20,000 people at its event in Exhibition Park today between noon and 6pm and tomorrow noon-10pm. And North Tyneside stages its first festival - the Big Green Seaside Day - at Whitley Bay Metro Station today between 10am and 4pm. The Green Gathering will feature four stages of music, comedy, cabaret and interactive art installations. Its green world stage today...

2008-08-29 18:00:23

FIRE crews spent a night battling a blaze at a farm. Two large piles of straw and manure caught fire at Church Farm, on Earsdon Road, near Earsdon, North Tyneside, at around 7.35pm yesterday. All together, around 80 tonnes of hay went up in flames and resulted in a large plume of smoke which was visible for miles. Firefighters from Tynemouth, Wallsend and Hebburn were called to help. The cause of the fire is unknown at this stage. Crew manager Peter Hamil, of Tynemouth station,...

2008-08-20 18:00:51

TWO teenage schoolmates who both suffered from a disfiguring disorder have helped to raise more than pounds 2,000 for other youngsters with the same condition. Charlotte Cooper and Jennifer Wilkins, who are 17 and are in the same class at Central Newcastle High School in Jesmond, had Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis - a curving and twisting of the spine. They both received surgery within 12 months of one another and will live the rest of their lives with titanium rods in their spines....


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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