All stories for 09 Sep 2013

The day's news in pictures: September 09, 2013

The day’s biggest stories from the UK and around the world in pictures

BBC not 'lost the plot' over pay-offs

Former director-general Mark Thompson refutes the claim as he faces MP's questions over size of severance deals

As it happened: Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell trial - day six

Read the updates from Manchester Crown Court during day six of the trial - where closing speeches were heard and the jury sent out to consider - as Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell faces a series of child sex offence accusations

George Osborne: UK economy is "turning a corner"

Chancellor George Osborne makes the declaration amid latest figures and warns switching economic policies would be "disastrous"

Paradise beaches, palm trees, pool bars, blue seas and azure skies in the Dominican Republic

There's no wonder Helen Harper went to the Dominican Republic with a boyfriend but returned home with a fiancé...

Britain and US special relationship not damaged over Syria

US Secretary of State John Kerry admits relationship is bigger than one vote after talks with Foreign Secretary William Hague over the issue of Syria

World in Pictures, September 09, 2013: Miss World Protests, Giraffes and the Big Brother House

Eye catching pictures from events at home and around the world

George Hepburn gives his view on President Obama's reaction to the Syria crisis

Dear President Obama, I am one of your greatest fans. I still the remember the day of your first inauguration

Girls with harps descend on Hexham

A novelty of this year's Hexham Abbey Festival is a harp quartet.  David Whetstone talks to founder member Harriet Adie

Newcastle fan accused of punching horse denies violent disorder

A Newcastle United football fan from Northumberland who is accused of punching a police horse has denied violent disorder

More to come, says Newcastle Falcons boss Dean Richards

Dean Richards insists Newcastle Falcons' spirits have not been dealt a fatal blow despite drawing a blank in their first game back in the Aviva Premiership

Richard Aisbitt recalls 'sicknote' jibes after Champions victory

Richard Aisbitt knows all about the powers of recovery, having spent three years taking painkillers every time he played golf until finding his miracle healer six weeks ago

Ofsted: Schools system making 'genuine and radical' advances

The announcement from Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw comes as Ofsted publishes new figures revealing the state of England's school system

Apprentices 'vital' says British Engines boss

The Journal has united with leading firms across the region to encourage others to follow their example and invest in training

Tyneside businessmen strip for charity calendar

These Tyneside businessmen are prepared to go the Full Monty to raise cash for charity – are you up for it too?

How the Battle of Flodden changed British history

Five hundred years ago a Northumberland field was the stage for one of the country’s bloodiest ever battles which changed the course of history

Semta helped Ford make the most of top talent

When family-run Tyneside business Ford Component Manufacturing was looking to employ someone with higher level skills, the management decided taking on a graduate was the only way to go

Newcastle fan accused of punching horse denies violent disorder

A football fan from Northumberland who is accused of punching a police horse has denied violent disorder

Inspirational teen Josie Grove remembered at annual Dragonfly Ball

The annual Dragonfly Ball is one of the biggest events in the charity's calendar and this year's was bigger and better than ever before with around 270 people attending

Unions told to back Ed Miliband's plans for reform

Deputy leader Harriet Harman to issue the plea at the annual TUC gathering as hostility continues over proposed union shake-up and selection-rigging controversy

Expert warns of plastic getting into the food chain on visit to the North East

One of the world's leading divers and conservation experts has visited the North East to warn about discarded plastic getting into the human food chain

Triathlon stretching the length of the country to end with Great North Run

A total of eighteen men will be tackling the "Toontotown" challenge which began yesterday with them swimming a mile in a hotel in London

Keiren Westwood leaps to Paolo Di Canio defence

Keiren Westwood has leapt to the defence of Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio, insisting the Black Cats players have no problem with the demands of their fiery boss

Alan Pardew set to sanction temporary moves for Newcastle United players

Alan Pardew will allow a clutch of his first-team players to go out in the autumn to tune up their fitness, with Gabriel Obertan and Haris Vuckic among the senior men available

RNLI honours Grace Darling on 175th anniversary of North Sea rescue

Lifeboat volunteers marked the 175th anniversary of Grace Darling’s North Sea rescue with a re-enactment and a family fun day

British Science Festival creating a little piece of magic in the North East

The hugely popular British Science Festival has this year made Newcastle its host, bringing with it a wealth of unusual experiments, talks and guest speakers

Carlisle United 0 Port Vale 1

Carlisle manager Greg Abbott cut his post-match press conference short on Saturday with the defiant assertion that his team would play worse and win games following Port Vale’s dramatic and devastating point-stealing injury time strike

Hundreds of women take part in North East Pretty Muddy challenge

Caked in mud and not caring, hundreds of women conquered the first ever North East Pretty Muddy challenge to fight cancer

Northern TUC prepares for Ed Miliband speech

Labour leader Ed Miliband is set to speak on Tuesday

Controversial home plans for North Tyneside given the go ahead

Hundreds of executive homes can be built on previously 'safeguarded' land after a lapse in council planning

Newcastle Diamonds 62 Leicester Lions 30

Newcastle Diamonds welcomed Leicester Lions to Brough Park last night in a crunch Premier League match – the Lions' last of 2013

Gateshead Harriers hold off Durham's relay bid

Gateshead Harriers were runaway winners of the senior men’s relay at Saturday's 30th Sunderland Harriers Open Cross Country Meeting, supported by Start Fitness

Hartlepool United FC 1 Wycombe Wanderers 2

Goal - or no goal? While technology has been introduced to the Premier League to stop controversy when it comes to the ball crossing the line, it’s not there in the Football League

Gateshead FC 2 Hereford United 1

It can take time to settle into new surroundings, to familiarise oneself with a new environment

Plans agreed for 6,000 homes in Newcastle's green belt

Newcastle's expansion into the green belt comes a step closer this week as the final consultation starts on house building plans

UK employees shy away from pension spending

Millions of employees due to be enrolled in workplace pension schemes for the first time are becoming less willing to put money into them despite concerns about a shortfall in contributions, figures show

Morning news headlines for September 9, 2013

The UK economy is "turning a corner", Union leaders urged to back Ed Miliband and the US continues its quest for Syria support

Bank of England director dismisses fears of housing bubble

Fears of a housing bubble have been dismissed as "hype" by a key Bank of England policymaker, just days after governor Mark Carney said the Bank was prepared to intervene to cool an overheated property market

What's on TV tonight: Blackout, Jamie’s Money Saving Meals and Doc martin

Our pick of the best shows on the box for Monday, September 9 - plus our at a glance soaps round-up

Andrew Miller: Navigating the new emerging market landscape

From the beginning of 2009 to mid-2011, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index returned approximately 116%, outperforming the S&P 500 by more than 60%

Applications open for DigitalCity Fellowships

The next generation of North East digital entrepreneurs are being invited to take part in a unique Fellowship to help make their businesses a success

Ashington firm The All-in-One Company hunts for more machinists

A group of women who thought their skills were no longer in demand have found a new lease of life at a onesie manufacturer

Scotshield's North expansion delivers £2m in contracts

Fire and security system firm Scotshield has secured £2m of new contracts and created 10 jobs following the opening of a new office for the North East

Shaw and Co Solicitors buck trend to take on new staff

Shaw and Co Solicitors have engaged two new legal assistants to help its stable of solicitors and legal executives handle the workload from its offices in Newcastle and Doncaster

_space architecture award win for school project

_space architecture has achieved national recognition for its innovative approach to building and design at a primary school in Leeds

Late UK harvest generates concerns over pest control

The 2013 oilseed rape (OSR) harvest is expected to be one of the smallest on record and is continuing to generate concerns over quality and yield

Entrepreneurs Forum awards recognise stars of business

The region's entrepreneurs who have made a lasting contribution to business and those with the most promise for future success are to be recognised at an awards ceremony

Solarglide set to double workforce after weathering turbulent year

Solarglide Limited is preparing to double its workforce after weathering a turbulent time to forecast a 30% increase in turnover

Wool board calls for regional reps

The British Wool Marketing Board is calling on North East farmers to consider joining the organisation as regional representatives

Richard Tulip, Sales and Marketing Director, Lintz Hall Farm

Lintz Hall Farm is the region's biggest and longest established egg producer. As the business celebrates its 60th anniversary, Jane Hall talks to sales and marketing director Richard Tulip - the fourth generation of the family to be involved in poultry farming - about a venture that really has taken wings