Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)

Media Wales Ltd. publishes Western Mail, a community newspaper that focuses on news and events. The editor of this publication is Alan Edmunds.

Articles from February 4, 2010

Apprenticeship Week Highlights the Benefits for Companies and Trainees
Byline: Gareth Evans DEPUTY Skills Minister Lesley Griffiths swapped politics for plumbing to mark Apprenticeship Week Wales. Ms Griffiths visited Barry College yesterday to engage with trainee plumbers and promote the Welsh Assembly Government's...
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Army Chefs Offering Any Dish You like. as Long as It's Spam
Byline: James Woodward AN ARMY chef attached to a Welsh unit said yesterday that he fed troops in Afghanistan on Spam-based recipes for six weeks after the Taliban shot down their food supplies. While most chefs have the luxury of variety, Corporal...
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Auditor General Resigns as Porn Found on Laptop; Top Civil Servant Quits after Computer Seized Colman Resignation 'A Complete Shock'
Byline: Martin Shipton THE Auditor General for Wales has resigned after pornography was found on his office laptop, the Western Mail can reveal. Jeremy Colman, 61, who headed the Wales Audit Office which checks the accounts of public sector bodies...
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Beware of Internal Enemy Who May Let in E-Criminals; Businesses and Organisations across the UK Are Leaving Themselves Vulnerable to E-Criminals Because of an Overlooked Security Risk - the Enemy within. Andrea Barnard of North Wales Police Looks at How Workers Can Commit E-Crime, or Open the Door to It, If Acceptable User Policies Aren't in Place
Byline: Andrea Barnard FOLLOWING a number of embarrassing incidents of disgruntled Premiership footballers posting comments about their clubs on Facebook and Twitter, Manchester United have now banned all of their players - as their employees -...
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Bleak Midwinter? It's a Good Time to Revel in the Best of Dark and Bright; OPINION
Byline: David Williamson FEBRUARY is the month in which we are supposed to collectively grit our teeth, hunker down beneath the wet, grey skies, and will the arrival of spring. But is midwinter a time of year which exists only to be wished away?...
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Bowcom Hopes to Make Its Mark on South Africa's World Cup
Byline: Aled Blake WORLD CUP games this summer will be played on pitches using marking technology developed by a company in South Wales. Bowcom, part of the Fiddes Group, specialises in pitch marking products for sports fields. It has just gained...
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Brown's Welsh Ally Steps Down as MP in Mayor Bid
Byline: James Tapsfield CULTURE minister Sion Simon is quitting Parliament in a bid to become Birmingham's first mayor, it was revealed yesterday. The Labour MP, whose Welsh-speaking family come from the Caernarfon area, will leave government...
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Chelsea Working on Their Defence
CARLO ANCELOTTI has conceded his title-chasing side need to improve their defending from set-pieces after Hull counterpart Phil Brown identified the issue as Chelsea's "achilles heel". The Blues extended their lead at the Premier League summit to...
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Chops Aims to Cut Down His Friends in the North
Byline: steve tucker CARDIFF CITY striker Michael Chopra has vowed there will be no room for sentiment as he looks to shoot down his hometown club tomorrow night. The 26-year-old marksman began his career at Newcastle and is still a fan, regularly...
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City Market Report
STANDARD LIFE bucked a slide for the FTSE 100 Index yesterday after cheering investors with its latest sales figures. The Edinburgh-based firm was up more than 3% or 6.9p to 204.6p after posting a smaller-than-expected 7% decline in sales for 2009,...
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Clwyd Tells Inquiry Why She Backed Iraq Invasion; MP Feared New Chemical Attack by Saddam
Byline: Tomos Livingstone THE Prime Minister's special envoy to Iraq said last night she had backed the 2003 invasion after becoming convinced Saddam Hussein was again planning to use chemical weapons against his own people. Ann Clwyd, the MP...
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Customers Left 'Isolated' by Post Office Closures; Research Shows 'Real Detriment' People Suffer
Byline: Darren Devine THE wave of Post Office closures in Wales that saw 216 shut down in just two years has left communities broken and hit the elderly and disabled hardest, according to a damning new report. Consumer Focus Wales (CFW) says...
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Danny's the Main Man in England's Care-Free Policy
Byline: Gareth Griffiths NEW England scrum-half Danny Care has warned Wales he will be the instigator of the new attacking approach of Martin Johnson's side. With Lions Test stars Mike Phillips and Dwayne Peel missing through injury, Warren Gatland...
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Defoe's Hat-Trick Spurs Tottenham to Fifth Round
Leeds United Tottenham 1 3 Defoe 37 73 90 Becchio 45 JERMAIN DEFOE kept Tottenham on course for Wembley and brought the curtains down on the Leeds fairytale with a hat-trick in a high-octane fourth-round FA Cup replay at Elland Road. Defoe's mishit...
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'Disturbing' Rise in Exam Cheating Blamed on Mobile Technology; Percentage Rise in Wales Double That of Rest of UK during 2009 Compared to 2008
Byline: Graham Henry CHEATING in GCSE and A-level exams in Wales was double the rate in the rest of the UK last year - with mobile phones suspected to be behind it. Figures released by education and examination regulator OFQUAL yesterday showed...
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Emergency Ambulances Struggled in the Snow
THE number of ambulances reaching the most serious 999 calls in time across Wales has fallen. The latest performance figures for December show that response times slumped to just 59.4%. In Ceredigion, just 46% of ambulances responded to life-or-death...
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'Films Have Educated Me as Much as School Has' Actor Sheen Sends Message to Young Movie Fans on Visit to the Senedd
Byline: Gareth Evans JUNIOR film fans visited the Senedd to promote education through the big screen. Children from Treorchy Comprehensive School in Rhonddawere among the first in Wales to benefit from Filmclub. The scheme is funded by the Film...
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French Coach Gives Mathieu a Reprieve
CONTROVERSIAL centre Mathieu Bastareaud has been given his chance in the starting line-up for France's Six Nations opener against Scotland on Sunday. The Stade Francais player caused a diplomatic stir when claimed he had been attacked following...
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GATLAND; Shows His Hand
Byline: Simon Thomas AFTER a week spent focusing on just one player, the attention now suddenly switches to the rest of the Welsh team to take on England at Twickenham. With Lee Byrne free to wear the No 15 jersey following his successful "16th...
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Heaslip Wary of Backlash
JAMIE HEASLIP fears embittered Italy will be galvanised by their failure to join the Magners League when they face Ireland on Saturday. The Italian Rugby Federation are furious after talks over their clubs' admission into the competition broke down...
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Heavy Snowfalls Blocked Road to Recovery for Services Sector
Byline: Sin Barry GROWTH in the UK services sector slowed sharply last month after snow-related disruption hit levels of activity and new business. The latest reading from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) - where a score...
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Henson Tackle Not One for Tait Gallery
Byline: Andy Howell IT remains an enduring image, encapsulating the moment when Wales finally regained their rightful position as a major rugby power. We are talking about the 2005 Six Nations opener against England, who had so often bullied...
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Hook Magic in Centre Is Key to Wales Glory
Byline: gwyn jones THE momentum for the big Twickenham showdown swung in Wales' direction deep into Tuesday evening when Lee Byrne's unjust ban was overturned. Commonsense finally prevailed after a plea from the entire nation to free the Osprey...
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How Will the Post Office Work in an Online Age? COMMENT
IT WAS always clear that Wales would be badly hit by the programme of Post Office closures, and today we report on the impact that policy has hand on some of our communities. It was always obvious that the least advantaged would suffer the most...
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I'm Confident England Can Deal with Jamie without Me; Joe Worsley Was a Real Thorn in Wales' Side 12 Months Ago and Gareth Griffiths Talks to the Man Who Stopped Jamie Roberts in His Tracks
Byline: Gareth Griffiths IT was the greatest man marking job since Berti Vogts on Dutch legend Johann Cruyff in the 1974 football World Cup final. The last time Wales met England, Jamie Roberts was tracked everywhere he went by his own personal...
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It's Time for Tiger to Show Humility - Watson
Byline: anthony woolford EIGHT-TIME Major winner Tom Watson has called on world No 1 Tiger Woods to "show some humility" and apologise for his behaviour before returning to golf. Woods has taken an indefinite break from golf after speculation...
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Jenkins Blasts Rangel on His Claims over Fulham Bid
Byline: blair wood SWANSEA CITY supremo HuwJenkins has hit back at Spanish star Angel Rangel for claiming he stopped him furthering his career by blocking a deadline-day move to Fulham. Jenkins, who reiterated that players would only leave the...
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Licence to Practise Key to Strengthening Skills; Some Occupations Are Clearly Established Professions, with Compulsory Qualifications and Continuous Learning. Many Livelihoods, However, Lack Structure and Prestige. Here, Mandy James of the UK's Premier Vocational Awards Provider City & Guilds, Argues That Wales Would Benefit If More Occupations Adopted the Professional Approach
Byline: Mandy James DISCUSSIONS often arise about what actually distinguishes a professional person from the rest of the workforce. In many occupations the distinction is clear. Doctors, lawyers, teachers or social workers, for example, are fully...
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LPG-Burn Pensioner Can Keep Pounds 17,000 Damages
A PENSIONER who suffered frostbite-like injuries when liquid petroleum gas spilled onto his hand was yesterday given permission to keep a pounds 17,000 damages payout. Carl Kerr, 68, sustained the "cold burn" injuries when the LPG squirted over...
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Make a Difference to People in Need
THE impact of the recession in driving up levels of child poverty in Wales has been highlighted by recent media reports. Where parents with little in the way of savings have lost their jobs, families can end up in hopeless situations, taking on...
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Make This Year Count - Boost Your Skills and Reach Your Potential! ADVERTISING FEATURE
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Martinez Looks to Learn the Lessons
ROBERTO MARTINEZ warned Wigan they must learn the lessons from their profligacy in front of goal after falling victim to an FA Cup giantkilling at the hands of Notts County. A combination of poor finishing and excellent saves from County goalkeeper...
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Mick Is Stunned by FA Cup Flop
WOLVES' FA Cup flops will not be allowed to forget their dismal display at Crystal Palace in a hurry. Boss Mick McCarthy is set to conduct a lengthy post-mortem after his side, on the back of encouraging Premier League draws against Liverpool and...
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Morning Serial
Byline: Alun Richards Then there was his insolent reply which Elgar could only term "naturalistic". "I can't help it, Mr Davies, faggots it is. The old girl keeps a stall on the market." There had been a general titter since Bashie was the maker...
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Partnership with University 'A Major Success' for Laing O'Rourke
CONSTRUCTION firm Laing O' Rourke has improved its internal operations as part of an innovative partnership with Swansea University. The UK-wide company which has offices in Cardiff, has been able to reduce staff expenditure, improve logistics and...
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Patient with Brain Damage Communicates Via Thought; Man Believed in Vegetative State Answers Questions through Scan
Byline: John von Radowitz SCIENTISTS have reached into the shuttered world of a "lost" brain-damaged patient and communicated with him via his thoughts. The 29-year-old Belgian was able to answer "yes" and "no" to questions by conjuring up imaginary...
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Peacocks Turns to Image Consultant to Show Staff How to Offer 'The Perfect Package' Workshops Deliver Styling Tips That Can Used to Help Shoppers
Byline: Emily Woodrow IMAGE consultant Wenda James-Rowe is more used to working one to one with clients, offering them top tips on clothes and fashion. But the stylist has now been called in to impart her knowledge to thousands of people nationwide....
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Plaid Backed Labour Coalition as Ieuan Seen as 'Too Weak'
Byline: Martin Shipton SENIOR figures in Plaid Cymru decided to opt for a coalition deal with Labour because they thought Ieuan Wyn Jones was not up to being First Minister, according to a former Plaid candidate who is quitting the party. Sin Caiach...
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Prefabs Are Ready to Homes That Could Be Rise Again - as Eco-Friendly the Next Big Property Trend; ' Pods' Made in Wales Can Be Put Together in Days for Pounds 20,000
Byline: Sally Williams THEY were once viewed as undesirable short-term accommodation fit only to fill the void caused by the destruction of vast swathes of housing stock during the Second World War. But thanks to a Welsh housing firm, the prefab...
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Providers Jostle for Mortgage Business
MORTGAGE rates are continuing to fall as banks and building societies loosen their lending criteria and compete for business, research showed yesterday. The average cost of fixed-rate and tracker deals has fallen steadily since the beginning of...
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Refuse to Budge on Tories and Lib Dems Referendum Vote Threat to Abstain from; Labour Insists It Won't Be Drawn into a Bargaining Exercise
Byline: David Williamson PARTY leaders have yet to strike a deal which will give the Assembly Government the majority it needs to request a referendum on bringing new powers to the Assembly. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are refusing to...
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Right-to-Buy Power May Not Be Passed
Byline: Tomos Livingstone CONTROVERSIAL plans to give the Assembly Government power to suspend the right-to-buy council housing may not be passed before the general election, it emerged last night. The much-revised scheme was approved yesterday...
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Rooney Close to the Top - Giggs
RYAN GIGGS believes Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney is edging closer to the select group of players currently regarded the best in the world. The 24-year-old has just completed a memorable week, which began with his first four-goal haul...
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Severn Barrage Would Prevent Climate-Change Floods, Says AM; 'Pounds 15bn Cost Would Be Much Less Than Harm from Rising Sea Levels'
Byline: David Williamson A BARRAGE across the Severn could prevent devastating floods in South Wales as sea levels rise as a result of climate change, it has been claimed. The claims came yesterday as pounds 6.1m of European funding was unveiled...
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Shackles off as England Given Freedom to Play
DELON ARMITAGE revealed England's players are thrilled by their new licence to attack and ready to take out months of frustration on Wales in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash. England manager Martin Johnson has named the boldest attacking team of...
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Skills Wales
Byline: Lesley Griffiths I HAVE to admit that when it comes to matters like plumbing I'm not the most practical of people, but I did manage to pick up a few useful tips this week, courtesy of Barry College. As part of Apprenticeship Week Wales,...
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Smith Ready for Toon Battle with That Return to the Premiership Up for Grabs
Byline: Steve Tucker NEWCASTLE midfielder Alan Smith believes the Magpies have 19 cup finals left until the end of the season - starting with the visit of Cardiff City to St James' Park tomorrow evening. The Magpies might well have topped the...
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'So These Are Going to Be Difficult Times. but Compared with Many Other Parts of the World Wales Is Still a Wealthy Country' Many Businesses through the Worst, Says Upbeat Hain
Byline: Tomos Livingstone WALES is still a wealthy country despite the deep recession and the "doom and gloom" suggested by the Conservatives, Welsh Secretary Peter Hain said last night. In an upbeat assessment of the country's position, he said...
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Student Was 'Hysterical' as Boyfriend Lay Bleeding to Death in Her Kitchen; She Screamed: 'Help Him, Please Help Him.'
Byline: Liz Keen POLICE officers found A-level student Katherine McGrath crying hysterically as her boyfriend lay bleeding to death in her kitchen, a jury heard yesterday. McGrath, 19, is on trial at Cardiff Crown Court accused of stabbing her...
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The Open University Adds Up to a Life-Changing Experience; ADVERTISING FEATURE
FORTY years of inspiring learning, top for student satisfaction in Wales five years running, more than 7,000 students across Wales (more than 200,000 in total), and 10 million downloads from iTunes. You don't need a maths degree (but 27,000 students...
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This Is Not a Court of Morals, Warns Judge; Jurors Continue Deliberations
Byline: Robin Turner THE jury in the trial of a man accused of killing his model wife and disposing of her body in a suitcase will continue trying to reach a verdict today - after a judge instructed them to set their morals to one side. Paul...
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Tiger Musicians Look to Earn Stripes; Preview Chinese New Year Concert Aberystwyth Arts Centre
THE Chinese New Year will be celebrated at a performance in Wales. A group of Chinese virtuosos are set to entertain audiences at Aberystwyth Arts Centre this month as part of a tour that also includes Birmingham and London dates. Chinese New...
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Top Four Finish Would Give Collins a Euro 2012 Lift
Byline: Mark Burton JAMES COLLINS reckons he will be going into Wales' Euro 2012 qualifying campaign as a Champions League player. Collins, who may get the nod as John Toshack's captain for the looming matches, reckons the next two matches for...
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Tories Are Caught 'Issuing Dodgy Crime Figures' Claims Labour; Conservatives Ignore Warning Statistics Are Not Comparable
Byline: Andrew Woodcock THE Conservative Party was accused yesterday of fiddling statistics after sending out figures suggesting that violent crime had soared under Labour. The figures were sent to activists in constituencies throughout England...
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Tosh Hopes to Win Big in. Euro Lottery
Byline: paulabbandonato AMIDST the news of Lee Byrne, the Six Nations, Peter Ridsdale and Swansea City's march towards the top of the Championship, it has almost slipped through unnoticed that this weekend is a pivotal one for John Toshack's Wales...
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Twickers: The Class Stadium We Always Love to Hate; Every Wales Six Nations Trip to Twickenham Is a Memorable Occasion - but This Saturday's Match Can Already Claim to Be Historic before It Even Kicks off. as English Rugby Prepares to Celebrate a Century of Twickenham Internationals, Jonathan Evans Looks Back at 100 Years of Clashes at "HQ"
Byline: Jonathan Evans IF YOU ask a Welsh rugby supporter to name a memorable day in his nation's sporting history then January 15, 1910, probably wouldn't be the first one to spring to mind. They may relive the Triple Crown-winning dancing feet...
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Twickers Win Can Set Us Up for Slam, Says Byrne
Byline: Delme Parfitt LEE BYRNE last night spoke for the first time about being cleared to face England, saying victory can propel them towards a repeat of the 2008 Grand Slam. The Ospreys full-back was yesterday able to take his place at full-back...
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University View
Byline: Professor Marc Clement THE University of Wales has always been in the business of development. In its original, federal guise, it grew from the original grouping of three small colleges to a large umbrella organisation with 11 members. ...
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WAG 'Slow to Spend' on Business Support
Byline: Sin Barry WELSH Conservatives yesterday claimed the Welsh Assembly Government has significantly under-spent on business support. The party said that information it has obtained reveals that less than a quarter of funding from the Labour-Plaid...
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Wales Failing to Support Alzheimer's Research; Disease Costs More Than Heart Problems and Cancer Together
Byline: Madeleine Brindley SCIENTISTS in Wales researching the causes of dementia are at a "major disadvan- tage" because the nation does not fund such projects, says a leading researcher into the disease. Professor Julie Williams' comments come...
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Weale Takes on 'Devon Destroyer' for Semi-Final Spot
Byline: David Rhys Jones ROBERT WEALE - the last Welshman standing - takes on the "Devon Destroyer" Ian Bond in Swansea today for a place in the semi-finals of the Welsh International Open - the last World Bowls Tour ranking event of the winter...
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We Had Some Great Times in Years We Were Together
THE wife of rugby star Gareth Thomas yesterday said she has no regrets about marrying the former Wales international who recently announced he was gay. Jemma Thomas, who is still married to the Cardiff Blues winger and former Wales captain, has...
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Welsh Asylum Centre Racism Claims 'Must Be Investigated' MP Willott Puts Series of Questions about the Unit before Parliament
Byline: Sarah Miloudi ALLEGATIONS of institutional racism at Wales' main asylum application processing centre must be investigated by Parliament, politicians urged last night. The calls came after a former UK Border Agency employee claimed bigotry...
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Why the Pitted Road outside Your Home May Not Be Resurfaced for 100 Years; Safety Warning asWAG Slashes Budget for Councils' Resurfacing
Byline: Rhodri Clark MOST homeowners inWales will die of old age before the road outside their front door is resurfaced, engineering experts have warned. Worn and cracked surfaces make accidents and potholes more likely, but so little is now...
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Williams Plans Quiet Time for Aintree Star
WELSH trainer Evan Williams has high hopes of his State of Play for this year's Grand National on April 10. Williams is keeping State Of Play's powder dry ahead of the National. His only run since last April saw him pulled up in the Hennessy Cognac...
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Yoir Stars
Byline: Patrick Arundell There can be someone you see in your daily routine who seems to exude an extremely charismatic but authoritative vibe. You can find yourself being quietly impressed by them. This may be someone completely new or a person...
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Youngsters Get a New Line in Confidence and Success
TEENAGERS are hooked on learning after picking up a unique angling qualification. Ten youngsters from Caerphilly County Borough have completed a course in angling and the environment. The National Open College Network (NOCN) qualification gives...
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