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Girls' education in East Africa is 'another world' says Newcastle headteacher

Hilary French, head teacher at Newcastle High School for Girls, in a school at one of the most deprived parts of Uganda
Hilary French travelled to Uganda where she taught in one of the most deprived areas of the country

Virgin Money full year results reveal record performance, with 127% increase in profits

Richard Branson visits the Virgin Money Branch in Gosforth, pictured with Jayne-Anne Gadhia
The Newcastle business is also set to reward eligible employees following a landmark year, in which mortgage and credit card balances soared

Gap in European funding could be 'body blow' for North East, says Labour

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North
Catherine McKinnell says 'chaotic and total mismanagement' of move from RDAs to LEPs to blame for delay to £724m European Commission cash

CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards: Spotlight on this year's Change Management Project of the Year Award

Carsten Staehr, CEO of Cintra HR & Payroll Services
We take a look at this year's Change Management Project of the Year Award sponsored by Cintra HR & Payroll Services

North East needs a Transport Commissioner and power over £15bn for roads and rail

ED Cox of IPPR
IPPR North calls for Chancellor George Osborne to devolve transport spending to the North in his final Budget on March 18

North East has five times the national average for addicts-per-bed

Kevan Jones MP
Kevan Jones MP said the problem facing heroin and crack addicts has been exacerbated by cuts to funding for the North East

Gateshead-based motor retailers Vertu anticipate record full-year revenues and profits

Robert Forrester, CEO of Vertu Motors
The board expects trading performance to be in line with current market expectations, anticipating record sales and profits in the period.

Missing Newsham and New Delaval war memorial rediscovered in Northumberland archives

Dora Warwick, Annie Hutchinson and Jack Jackson who all have relatives marked on the newly discovered war memorial at Woodhorn Colliery museum
Families of the deceased appealed for help in solving the 'mystery' of the lost tribute and it was uncovered in Woodhorn Museum

Newcastle firms join forces to launch the Your Money personal advice service - sponsored feature

Journal Money experts, from left, Francesca Angelucci of Square One Law, Stephen Hall of Deloitte and Jo Jackson of Brewin Dolphin
Brewin Dolphin, Square One Law and Deloitte join forces to launch the Your Money advice service - sponsored feature

ITV's 'mega-huge' Beowulf adaptation takes shape in County Durham

The old cement works which used to provide employment in the Eastgate area
What is ITV’s answer to Game of Thrones? Rumour has it, writes David Whetstone, that it is starting to take shape in a chilly old quarry in County Durham

More must cycle in the in the North East to combat 'inactivity epidemic' in children

The Big Pedal aims to get children on their bikes during the school-run
Sustrans says almost half of children are not getting the recommended daily amount of exercise and more needs to be done

Cutting smoking in North East could save regional economy £100m

Cigarettes
Calls to slash smoking rates to 5% by 2025 and help save the region millions of pounds and thousands of lives

Carillion hold revenues steady at £4.1bn and build pre-tax profits to £142.6m

Carillion
Construction services firm cultivated a high quality order book and also revealed a £1.5bn contract to provide Scape Group with facilities management

Ceremony marks centenary of raising of Wearside artillery brigade

A gun crew from the 160th Wearside artillery brigade
Author spends 13 years tracking down history of North East's First World War gunners 'the idle and the dissolute'

Sir Richard Branson says Virgin Money could expand into business finance

Sir Richard Branson
Sir Richard was in Newcastle to promote Virgin StartUp and said the UK's business funding gap is an opportunity for his bank
ED Cox of IPPR

North East needs a Transport Commissioner and power over £15bn for roads and rail

IPPR North calls for Chancellor George Osborne to devolve transport spending to the North in his final Budget on March 18

Gap in European funding could be 'body blow' for North East, says Labour

Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle North
Catherine McKinnell says 'chaotic and total mismanagement' of move from RDAs to LEPs to blame for delay to £724m European Commission cash

General Election 2015 survey: Help us create the first ever Manifesto for the North East

How do you want life in this country to change? What do you want from your politicians? We want to know what issues affect you so share your views by filling out our survey         

Bernard Trafford: Maybe there's a reason for Alan Bennett being so sour

Alan Bennett
Journal columnist Bernard Trafford on the cycnicism and misery those pre-election promises can inspire
Robert Forrester, CEO of Vertu Motors

Gateshead-based motor retailers Vertu anticipate record full-year revenues and profits

The board expects trading performance to be in line with current market expectations, anticipating record sales and profits in the period.

CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards: Spotlight on this year's Change Management Project of the Year Award

Carsten Staehr, CEO of Cintra HR & Payroll Services
We take a look at this year's Change Management Project of the Year Award sponsored by Cintra HR & Payroll Services

Virgin Money full year results reveal record performance, with 127% increase in profits

Richard Branson visits the Virgin Money Branch in Gosforth, pictured with Jayne-Anne Gadhia
The Newcastle business is also set to reward eligible employees following a landmark year, in which mortgage and credit card balances soared

PR agency The Tonic Communications gets behind Journal's campaign for prompt payment

Kelly Hill, left, and Georgina Dunkley of The Tonic Communications
Business with offices in North Tyneside and the Midlands says respect and trust are crucial to commercial relationships
Newcastle talent Nick Celino to perform in his first local gig since Britain's Got Talent

Newcastle talent Nick Celino to perform in his first local gig since Britain's Got Talent

Nick Celino will be taking to the stage at Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre to help raise funds for Gosforth-based children’s charity Smile For Life

Your World Book Day photos: See our fabulous gallery of little ones all dressed up and send a pic!

Your World Book Day photos: See our fabulous gallery of little ones all dressed up and send a pic!
Just look at this amazing range of costumes as North East parents pull out the stops to celebrate World Book Day. Send us photographs of your youngsters all dressed up for our gallery

Sunderland stabbing: Arrest made and victim in critical condition at Newcastle hospital

Sunderland stabbing: Arrest made and victim in critical condition at Newcastle hospital
The incident happened in the early hours of Thursday morning and the victim, a 29-year-old man, is in a critical but stable condition
Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet charged with improper conduct by FA

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet charged with improper conduct by FA

Gus Poyet has been charged with improper conduct by the FA after a touchline incident during Sunderland's 1-1 draw with Hull City

Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans spitting incident: What the pundits have said

Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans spitting incident: What the pundits have said
Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans could face retrospective action following the alleged incident

Sunderland draw at Hull City could prove vital, insists boss Gus Poyet

Sunderland draw at Hull City could prove vital, insists boss Gus Poyet
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet reckons the point gained at the KC Stadium could be crucial come the end of the season
Rachel Gay and Jeremy Bradfield as the Princess and the Prince

Newcastle organisations win money to spread a love of books and reading

New Writing North and Seven Stories have been awarded about £500,000 to take their work around the country

Paintings by top artist Frank Auerbach acquired by The Laing and Hatton

Mornington Place by Frank Auerbach (1994)
The Laing and Hatton are among North East galleries to benefit from a painting collection received in lieu of tax

Sunderland actress Melanie Hill prepares to make Coronation Street debut

Melanie Hill has joined the cast of Coronation Street, playing Cathy Matthews who will befriend Roy Cropper, played by David Neilson
From April, Melanie will play Cathy Matthews, who will befriend one of Corrie's best-loved characters, Roy Cropper
The interior of Six at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art

Review: Six at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead

Reviewing Six at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead is a labour of love for Robert Gibson

Secret Diner Review: Newcastle's historic Grainger Market food stalls

The Grainger Market in Newcastle
Amid the greengrocers, butchers and purveyors of a wide range of goods, Secret Diner finds the Grainger Market caters for a refined palate

Northumbrian Smokehouse is smoking out fantastic flavours beside the Tyne

Steve Peart from Wallsend who runs Northumberland smoke house from his garage
Former social worker Steve Peart has made a successful business out of smoking and Price Charles would probably approve
Becky Watts

Morning news headlines: Becky stepbrother to face court; bomb plotter, bank fraud probe

The latest news from around the world

Stepbrother charged with murder of 16-year-old Becky Watts

Becky Watts
Nathan Matthews, 28, in police custody while girlfriend Shauna Hoare has been charged with intending to pervert the course of justice

Videos & Photos

Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson says Virgin Money could expand into business finance

Amanda Vigar, of V&A Vigar & Co (Darlington) LLP and Mohammed Bashir and Christine Bell, of Boro Taxis. Picture: Keith Taylor

Stewart McNicholl is named as North East young director of the year

Durham Cathedral gives up its secrets as Open Treasures attraction takes shape

 
 

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