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New CBI director calls on schools and businesses to work together for success

Dianne Sharp, the new leader of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

The new regional leader of employers' body, the CBI, has given her support to The Journal's Proud to Back Apprenticeships campaign

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith to meet prison bosses after disturbance by inmates

HMP Northumberland
An MP is to meet bosses of HMP Northumberland to discuss concerns following trouble by inmates last month

Food bank referrals in the North East rise 463% in one year

One of the Trussell Trust's foodbanks
The scale of food poverty in the North East was laid bare today by figures which show food bank referrals have almost quintupled in a single year

Gus Poyet insists he will not quit as Sunderland manager

Gus Poyet, head coach of Sunderland AFC
Gus Poyet is determined to stay at Sunderland and change the club for the better insisting he will not resign

Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy back for Newcastle United

Newcastle United's Loic Remy
French pair Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy hand Alan Pardew a welcome boost ahead of visit of Swansea

Northamptonshire CCC v Durham CCC LIVE: Day Four wickets, action and analysis from Wantage Road

Matthew Spriegel of Northamptonshire scores four runs during the third day of the LV County Championship Division One match between Northamptonshire and Durham at the County Ground live
Keep up to date with all the build-up, action and reaction to Durham's LV County Championship clash with Northants at Wantage Road
PHD students at Durham University will benefit from the £1.2m Government funding

Government cash boost for Durham University students

Durham University has received £1.2 million in Government funding to support PhD students in science and engineering

Durham County Council votes unanimously to close five care homes

County Hall, Durham
A cabinet meeting at Durham County Council has voted unanimously to care homes are at Stanhope, Belmont, Ferryhill, Peterlee and Chester-le-Street

French film maker explores North hill farming life with Addicted to Sheep film

Film-maker Magali Pettier
A North East sheep farming family star in a new film by French director Magali Pettier, which is hoped will be shown at the Amsterdam Film Festival

North Tyneside council chief executive warns of another £20m in cuts

North Tyneside Council chief executive Patrick Melia
North Tyneside Council leader Patrick Melia says councils will move away from being paternal providers
From left, Carl Swansbury and Abu Ali of Ryecroft Glenton C >> orporate Finance with Chris Robson, Ryecroft Glenton managing partner

NE firm advises on strategic partnership

Ryecroft Glenton Corporate Finance helps Experis and Integral Search join forces

2020 Vision - April 2014: The North East economy, future, tech clusters and more

2020 Vision
Welcome to the second edition of our 2020 Vision supplement for 2014 bringing you news on the North East economy, the digital revolution, and more

Andrew Miller: Emerging markets: Slower but are they surer?

Andrew Miller
Most people live in emerging markets, so in an increasingly integrated world, it makes sense to think that most market capitalisation eventually will too

John Anderson: Take advantage of exporting advice

John Anderson
The bi-annual Export Week  marked the return of a welcome addition to the events calendar
Newcastle United's Loic Remy

Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy back for Newcastle United

French pair Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy hand Alan Pardew a welcome boost ahead of visit of Swansea

Gus Poyet insists he will not quit as Sunderland manager

Gus Poyet, head coach of Sunderland AFC
Gus Poyet is determined to stay at Sunderland and change the club for the better insisting he will not resign

Don Hutchison: No point rushing a decision on Alan Pardew now

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
I can't see Alan Pardew being manager of Newcastle United next season, but they would be well advised not to sack him yet
Matthew Spriegel of Northamptonshire scores four runs during the third day of the LV County Championship Division One match between Northamptonshire and Durham at the County Ground live

Northamptonshire CCC v Durham CCC LIVE: Day Four wickets, action and analysis from Wantage Road

Keep up to date with all the build-up, action and reaction to Durham's LV County Championship clash with Northants at Wantage Road

Kumar Sangakkara announces he will play for Durham CCC

Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka
Kumar Sangakkara has announced he will play "two or three" County Championship games for Durham CCC

Dean Richards: Newcastle Falcons relegation fight could go to wire

Dom Barrow of Newcastle Falcons secures a lineout ball against London Irish
Newcastle Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards believes his side are not yet safe from relegation
Russian artist Maria Rud

Art and music to animate Durham Cathedral cloister on Easter Monday

Russian artist Maria Rud and percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie are to premiere AniMotion at Durham Catherdral on Easter Monday

Happy Days musical comes to Sunderland Empire

Ben Freeman (left) as The Fonz and Heidi Range as Pinky in Happy Days
The musical based on the iconic TV series Happy Days is getting everyone in a fifties spin at the Sunderland Empire this week

Comedian Frank Skinner coming to Newcastle on Man In A Suit tour

Stand-up comedian Frank Skinner on his Man In A Suit tour
Frank Skinner is back on the stand up stage for the first time in seven years. Sam Wonfor hears how the comedian is enjoying it
Raspberry Creme Brulee from Purnell's Bistro, Birmingham

Learn how to make a classic creme brule

Special recipe from Michelin-starred chef Glyn Purnell

Former NHS chief becomes gin maker at Durham Distillery

John Chadwick, left, and David Wilkinson, at Durham Gin, in Langley Park
Jon Chadwick has gone from spreading the NHS's alcohol awereness message to launching his own gin distillery

Secret Diner Review: The Herb Garden, Westgate Road, Newcastle

The herb garden on Westgate Road in Newcastle
The Secret Diner found style over substance at The Herb Garden, a place with dramatic decor, but underwhelming pizzas

Videos & Photos

The scene outside a bungalow on Biddick Villas, Washington after a reported incident

'No threat to community' in mysterious Washington deaths

The scene of the accident on the A194 Leam Lane in Jarrow

Woman injured after diggers fall off lorry on A194 in Jarrow

Police forensic officers outside a bungalow on Biddick Villas, Washington after a reported incident

Carer finds bodies of elderly couple in their Washington home

 
 
Oscar Pistorius arrives at the high court in Pretoria

Pistorius trial to take a further break until early May

Judge Thokozile Masipa approves request from chief prosecutor, which was supported by the defence

Oscar Pistorius takes stand to give evidence in murder trial

Oscar Pistorius weeps as he listens to evidence by a pathologist in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Olympic athlete apologises to family of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Web tv: Book break 3 - three new debut talented authors share their experiences

Clare Donoghue, Liz de Jager and Matt Cain
Log on during your lunch hour for the third of ten monthly shows where author Alexandra Heminsley is joined by Clare Donoghue, Liz de Jager and Matt Cain who will be sharing their debut novel experiences

Morning news headlines for April 2, 2014

National news
Everything you need to stay up to date around the globe

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Dan Warburton
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Culture Editor
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Sports Writer