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 March 31, 2010

After 'A Very Tough Time for the Welsh Economy' - Some Signs of Recovery; Latest Official Data Shows the UK Economy Grew at a Faster Rate Than First Thought at the End of 2009 and Former First Minister Rhodri Morgan Claims the Recovery Is Well and Truly under Way in Wales. but, Asks Aled Blake, How Is Welsh Business Really Faring at the End of 2010's First Quarter?
Byline: Aled Blake STATISTICS may show the economy is growing but businesses remain worried that there is a risk of falling back into a downturn - especially with looming cuts in public spending. And the concerns that were there 18 months ago...
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After Promises to Consign Unhealthy Food to the Dustbin, Why Are Welsh School Meals Still Not Up to Scratch? Pupils Should Get the Best Possible Food Available, Teaching Union Says
Byline: Aled Blake TEACHING groups have called for an acceleration in the improvement of school meals, amid concerns little progress has been made since a landmark policy was launched in 2006. They want Wales to follow the lead taken in Scotland...
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A Gateway to Success Thanks to Pounds 750k Investment
A FORMER farmer turned holiday park entrepreneur has made further investment into his Llanelli business. Ken Strelley, 37, has just unveiled the latest development at his Gateway Holiday Park. The pounds 750,000 investment has created a new dining...
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Alfie Returning South for Crusaders Battle with Quins
HEAD coach Brian Noble has named an unchanged 19-man squad for Crusaders clash against Harlequins at the Gnoll tomorrow night (7.30pm) which means a first appearance in South Wales since his switch of codes for Gareth Thomas. Crusaders head to Neath...
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'Apprenticeship' in Management Key to Pharmacist's Success as an Entrepreneur; Robert Llewellyn Jones Talks to One of Wales' Most Successful Asian Businessmen, Raj Aggarwal
Byline: Robert Llewellyn Jones THE longest journey, we are told, starts with a single step. That single step was to carry Raj Aggarwal from Kenya in East Africa to the Georgian splendour of Bath and lead him eventually to commercial success beyond...
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Blair Praises Brown's Leadership and Attacks Tories' 'Time for Change' Slogan
TONY BLAIR returned to the domestic political stage yesterday with an attack on "vacuous" Tory promises of change. In his first entry into the pre-election fray, the former prime minister hailed Gordon Brown's leadership, praising his successor...
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Bluebirds on the Money in Hunting Down Foxes
Byline: Blair Wood Blair Wood at Cardiff City Stadium 2 1 Cardiff City Leicester City Howard 52 McCormack 10 Whittingham 45 Marshall, Quinn, Gyepes, Blake (Matthews 32), Kennedy (Capaldi 60); Burke, Rae, McPhail (Cpt), Whittingham; McCormack, Etuhu...
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Bluebirds Take a Giant Stride for Their Derby Day Showdown
CARDIFF CITY............................2 LEICESTER CITY.........................1 CARDIFF CITY will head into the big South Wales derby clash with Swansea on Saturday having taken a giant stride towards securing a play-off place with a tense 2-1 victory...
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Bodde Could Be Back by End of 2010 after Fearing It Was All Over
Byline: blair wood FERRIE BODDE is vowing to play again before the end of 2010 after revealing he initially feared his career could be over. Bodde highlighted his private concerns after rupturing his cruciate ligament for the second time in two...
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Brilliant Conservationist, 31, Was Shot Dead in 'Motiveless' Attack; Welsh Inquest Told of Ecuador Investigation
Byline: Ben Glaze A "BRILLIANT" young conservationist was shot dead in a motiveless attack while studying monkeys in a remote part of Ecuador. Benjamin Samphire had arrived in the South American country to work on a research project around a...
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Cern's Atom Smasher Reaches Milestone
THE world's largest atom smasher yesterday conducted its first experiments at conditions nearing those immediately after the creation of the universe. In a milestone for the $10bn Large Hadron Collider's ambitious bid to reveal details about theoretical...
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Chain Gang Set to Get Down and Dirty; Preview Dirty Sanchez and Goldie Lookin' Chain Play, Swansea
THE boys from Dirty Sanchez will team up with members of Goldie Lookin' Chain for a special event in Wales this Easter. Famous for their insane antics on MTV, TMF, and Balls of Steel, Matthew Pritchard and Lee Dainton from Dirty Sanchez will be...
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Children's Nut Allergy Helps Father Identify Gap in Bakery Market; Former Memory Lane MD Launches Niche Business
Byline: Sin Barry A FORMER managing director of Memory Lane Cakes has launched a nut-free bakery business. MikeWoods has set up The Just Love Food Company, after identifying a gap in the market for the supply of nut-free bakery products. The...
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Cooper Hails 'Magic' Draw in Semi-Finals
CARDIFF team manager Gafyn Cooper has hailed the "magic" of the cup after the Blue and Blacks were drawn against Llanelli in the semi-finals of the Swalec competition. The capital city side have been rewarded with a clash against the traditional...
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Crystal Me 3D Aims to Sparkle in Tourist Industry
Byline: Peter Hardie A CAERPHILLY company that manufactures 3-D photo images inside blocks of crystal is looking to exploit the lucrative British tourism industry. Crystal Me 3D, an innovative firm located on Caerphilly's Western Industrial Estate,...
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Dectag on Track to Make a Major Impact in Many Global Industries; Pontypridd Venture Develops Product Tracking System Using Radio Frequencies
Byline: Sin Barry A PONTYPRIDD company which has developed a system of product tagging using radio frequency technology is on track to make a global impact in a wide range of industries. Dectag Tracking Solutions, which is being supported by...
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Devolution Discussions to Stay Secret for Another Seven Years, Insists Straw; Minister Explains Reasons for Veto
Byline: Tomos Livingstone NEW Labour's early Cabinet discussions on devolution will stay secret for at least another seven years "in the public interest", Justice Secretary Jack Straw said last night. Mr Straw has attracted anger by wielding...
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Domino's Delivers Strong Pizza Sales Rise
PIZZA firm Domino's yesterday said it had battled through the snow to deliver another strong sales performance in the first quarter of the year. The company posted like-for-like sales growth of 10.5% in the 13 weeks to March 28 despite many stores...
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Drugs Firm Adds Pounds 650,000 Facility to Welsh Site
DRUG manufacturing-to-distribution company Bilcare Global Clinical Supplies has opened a new facility in Powys. The company, a division of Bilcare Research, has invested pounds 650,000 in its new facility in Crickhowell. The new unit will add...
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Economy Expanded out of Recession in Late 2009 by More Than First Calculated
THE UK moved faster out of recession than was first thought in the final three months of 2009, official figures showed yesterday. The economy grew by 0.4% between October and December - stronger than the 0.3% advance previously estimated by the...
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'Encouraging Signs' for Mutuals after amid Financial Turmoil Run of Mergers; Building Societies Have Been Hit by Low Interest Rates
Byline: Nicky Burridge THE UK'S building societies saw their ninth merger since the credit crunch began last week as many smaller mutuals seek shelter from the financial storm. The Coventry's plans to merge with its smaller rival Stroud &...
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Fairtrade Farming Proves Its Worth; LETTERS
SIR - BBC's Panorama programme Chocolate - The Bitter Truth, aired on Wednesday, March 24, highlighted some key issues within the chocolate industry that were both alarming and reassuring. It is saddening to know that there are still families in...
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Fast-Growth Manufacturing Company Benefits fromSingle Investment Fund
Bridgend-based electronic manufacturer and sales company Newlec Assemblies has successfully accessed theWelsh Assembly Government Single Investment Fund (SIF) to support its ambitious growth plans. The SIF support includes funding to create an e-commercewebsite,...
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Glamorgan Attempt to Continue Warm-Ups
Byline: Gareth Griffiths GLAMORGAN will attempt to play their first cricket in Wales this season over the next two days when they entertain Gloucestershire in a pre-season contest at the at the Swalec Stadium. The Welsh county continue their...
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Go beyond the Recession with the Open University
The recession may 'officially' be over, but the need to brush up your CV or learn some new skills has never been more important. Thanks to the Open University, a new all-Wales 'Beyond Recession' website brings together recession-busting tips and hints...
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Hidden Behind a High-Street Bank - Lord Nelson's Secret Garden; Work Starts to Restore Historic Summer House
Byline: Darren Devine TUCKED away behind a Georgian town house that now functions as a branch of Lloyds TSB, its once carefully manicured lawns and rustic summer house provided a brief backdrop to a romance that scandalised Victorian Britain. ...
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I'm Still in the Dark over My Future with the Ospreys, Admits Hook
Byline: garethgriffiths WALES and Lions star James Hook has admitted he is still in the dark about his long-term future with the Ospreys. Hook has more than a year left on his contract with the Liberty Stadium outfit and has made it clear he...
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It Must Be a Landscape Where the Beauty of the Starlit Sky Can Still Be Enjoyed and Appreciated; an Initiative to Minimise Light Pollution at Night
Byline: Robin Turner WITH its dramatic coastline and idyllic villages, the Gower peninsula possesses some of Wales' most scenic countryside. Now moves are in place to make the area as spectacular at night as it is during the day. A new "dark...
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Keeping the Wheels Turning at Car Giant
RESOLVEN-BASED JTEKT Automotive UK Ltd is an integral part of the Japanese automotive giant JTEKT Corporation. At its Resolven site the company specialises in supplying steering components to the automotive industry and a customer base that includes...
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Krispy Kreme Plans Five-Year Roll-Out of Its Stores across UK
Byline: Sin Barry THE Krispy Kreme doughnut chain yesterday unveiled plans to double its number of stores across theUKand Ireland within five years. The group said it had secured pounds 12m in finance from Abbey owner Santander to fund an expansion...
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Lisandro's a First Leg Lyon King
Lyon Bordeaux 3 1 LYON will take a handy advantage into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final with Bordeaux after they came out on top in a thoroughly entertaining clash at Stade Gerland. Lisandro Lopez had given the home side an...
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London Falters on Bad News from the Banks; Citybulletin
LONDON'S leading share index fell into the red yesterday despite figures confirming a stronger-than-expected economic recovery in the final quarter of 2009. Positive economic news in America also failed to lift shares, with bank stocks acting as...
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Mefin Relishing Return to the Liberty
FORMER Wales hooker Mefin Davies has set his sights on a Grand Slam reunion with coaches Scott Johnson and Andrew Hore after signing a new two-year deal with the Ospreys. The 37-year-old Leicester hooker will rejoin the Ospreys , for whom he played...
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Milly's Parents Hoping for Justice after Murder Charge; Former Doorman Also Accused of Another Girl's Attempted Kidnap
Byline: Western Mail reporter THE parents of Milly Dowler were last night hoping their long wait for justice could soon be over after prosecutors said a former nightclub doorman will go on trial accused of murdering her. Levi Bellfield, 41, will...
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Mixed Day at Fontwell for Coleman
AIDAN Coleman endured an eventful afternoon at Fontwell yesterday as the biggest day of his career looms large on the horizon. The young jockey is one of the rising stars of the weighing room and on Saturday week is due to get the leg-up on last...
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More Questions over Free-Medicines Policy as Prescription Numbers Soar; Toothpaste and Vaseline Prescribed
Byline: Madeleine Brindley THE future of the Assembly Government's flagship free prescriptions policy was once more called into question last night after figures showed the number of items handed out to patients had reached an all-time high. ...
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Morning Serial
Byline: Alun, Richards Dai Country by Alun Richards As her mother'd advised, there was such a thing as frostbite after closing. But like her mother, she didn't want to be thought a bad old sort. So she merely grunted; 'Get on with you. And come...
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Most People Failing to Use Isas
MORE than half of Britons will not make use of their tax-free savings allowance this year despite having thousands of pounds sitting in instant access accounts. Around 56% of people said they did not plan to open an Isa during the current tax year,...
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Newport Ideally Placed to Attract Public Jobs Moving out of London; Following Alistair Darling's Announcement in Last Week's Budget of Proposals to Move 15,000 Civil Service Jobs out of London, Robert Carew-Chaston of Chartered Surveyors Hutchings & Thomas Puts the Case for Newport
OVER the past few years the city of Newport has become a natural new home for civil servants relocating from London. The Patent Office, the Office for National Statistics and the Prison Service have had highly successful relocations to Newport creating...
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NHS 'Not Protecting Vulnerable Adults'
THE NHS is "lagging behind" social services in safeguarding vulnerable adults, inspectors have claimed. The service has been urged to put dignity and respect at the heart of everything it does after a series of reviews concluded Wales must do more...
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Ni Allaf Ragweld Y Bydd Neb Yn Torri Record Bobi Am Amser Maith
Byline: Menna Elfyn WYTHNOSneu ddwy yn l fe gollais ddigwyddiad pwysig dros ben. Dathliad yr Academi yn Aberystwyth oedd e ac achlysur dathlu cyfrol newydd gan Bobi Jones sef Yr Amhortreadwy a Phortreadau Eraill, o Wasg Barddas. Nodir yn rhywle...
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Nigel Playing Down Fly-Half Showdown in Liberty Clash
Byline: gareth griffiths SCARLETS supremo Nigel Davies has insisted the personal battle between Wales' top two outside-halves will not affect his quest for Heineken Cup qualification. The Scarlets grand master Stephen Jones and Ospreys young...
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Phillips Warned after Altercation
THE Ospreys have warned Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips about his future conduct following his altercation with the Rodney Parade crowd last Saturday. Phillips was alleged to have sworn and made an offensive gesture towards the Newport faithful during...
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PM Accused over Care Reforms as Funding Decision Delayed; 'Death Tax' Not Ruled out, Says Burnham
Byline: Western Mail reporter GORDON BROWN was accused last night of kicking radical social care reforms "into the long grass" as the general election looms. Campaigners and political opponents hit out after the Government admitted it was putting...
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ProAct Drives Sales and Creates New Jobs
AUTOMATION Control Solutions is a leading specialist in the design, manufacture, installation and commissioning of industrial automation. At its 4,500sqftmanufacturingbase inNeath Abbey, SouthWales, the company offers a broad range of special-purpose...
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Rowlands Joins the Finance Wales' Board
THE chairman of the Government-commissioned Rowlands Review into growth finance for SMEs in the UK, Chris Rowlands, has been appointed to the board of Finance Wales. In last week's Budget Alistair Darling said his Government had already secured...
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'S4C Holds a Special Position in the TV Advertising Market' Michael Lench of Optimal Media Sales, Which Sells Advertising Airtime for S4C, Looks at Its Revenue Potential in the Digital World as an All-Welsh-Language Channel
Byline: Michael Lench THE last English programme to be shown on S4C, in comedy Shameless, was broadcast last night. As the digital switchover process reaches its completion in Wales, S4C becomes a totally Welsh-language channel carrying none...
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Screening for Breast Cancer Vindicated by Study; the Benefits Outweigh Harm, Say Researchers
Byline: Madeleine Brindley BREAST cancer screening saves the lives of two women for every one who receives potentially unnecessary treatment, new research suggests today. The new findings come amid a debate about the benefits of the cancer screening...
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Secrecy over 1940 Murder as DNA Offers New Leads; Access to Files on Girl's Killing Restricted
Byline: Robin Turner A VEIL of secrecy has been thrown over one of Wales' oldest and most brutal unsolved murders, police confirmed last night. South Wales Police insist that closing public access to files on the death of schoolgirl Muriel Drinkwater...
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Show Your AM Just How Your Business Makes a Difference
Byline: david rosser MAYBE it is the long-awaited arrival of British summer time, but despite the promise of one last spell of wintry weather it does feel as if we have entered a new period. And it felt like that on Monday evening when our new...
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Sinclair Sees Red in Frenetic Finish at Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon Wrexham 2 2 A LAST-GASP penalty and a red card for defender Frank Sinclair caused controversy at Kingsmeadow last night after the Dragons were denied a rare away win in an incident-packed five minutes of injury time. Substitute Glenn...
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Stamp Duty Help for First-Timers 'Is Unfair and Difficult to Police' Following Alistair Darling's Announcement to Double the Threshold for Stamp Duty Exemptions in the Budget, Graham Henry Looks at the Effect of the Measures for First-Time Buyers in Wales
Byline: Graham Henry STAMP duty thresholds introduced in the Budget to help first-time buyers are too restrictive and may be "impossible to police", Welsh property experts have warned. In the Budget last week, Alistair Darling announced that...
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Sterilin to Double in Size Following Facilities Relocation
IN ONE of the first big lettings in South Wales this year 140,000sq ft has been leased at Parkway Buildings, Penyfan Industrial Estate, near Newport to Sterilin. The company is moving its manufacturing facilities and doubling in size from its present...
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Super Furry Singer Hooks Up with a Brazilian TV Repairman
POP music has seen some odd pairings over the years, from Bing Crosby and David Bowie's Christmas duet on Little Drummer Boy to Mark Bolan's team-up with Cilla Black on T-Rex's 1971 Electric Warrior LP. But psychedelic eccentric Gruff Rhys' latest...
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Sure, It's Very Good to Talk but Let's Try Not Get Suicidal about It; OPINION
Byline: Abbie Wightwick "YOU never talk to me," the 12-year-old moans as she taps away on her iPod Touch. I think I do, but most conversations are carried out on the hoof as we race hither and thither from school to work activity to shop and...
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Swans Set to Make History with a Welsh Derby Double, Says Hartson
Byline: tim lewis WEST TIP: Swansea will JOHN HARTSON is backing Swansea City to re-write the history books on Saturday ... and become the first side to do a Welsh derby double. In the decades of history between the arch-rivals, neither Cardiff...
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Take a Step Up the Management Ladder with a Professional Qualification
For managers, or those aspiring to become a manager or consultant, there has neverbeenabetter time togaina professional qualification. Cardiff-based specialist training company BHBi Consultancy Ltd, offers a variety of management and consultancy...
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There's No Such Thing as a Natural Talent in Investing; How Much Do Emotions and Gut Reactions Affect Market Decisions? and Should You Pay Attention to What the Experts Advise?
Byline: andrewfarr AS AN INVESTOR, it's often easy to get caught up in tips, balance sheets, graphs, checks, diligence and the rest of the day-to-day tasks that need to happen in order to make your money work. But sometimes it's worth remembering...
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The Three Tenners All Sing the Same Song
Byline: Tim Jenkins IF YOU saw Ask the Chancellors on Monday night you may wish like me that you had not bothered with the digital TV switchover, so you could be saved the pain of viewing a controlled exchange of statistics. As it was, I felt...
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Top Civil Servants Enjoyed Average Bonuses of Nearly Pounds 7,500 Last Year; 26 Received Payments on Top of Their Annual Salaries: Western Mail Business Comment
Byline: Sin Barry SENIOR civil servants at the Welsh Assembly Government received on average bonuses of pounds 7,491 for their performances in the last financial year. In all some 30 senior civil servants were eligible for variable payments for...
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Tories 'Using' Wales as Training Ground for English Councillors; Seven General Election Candidates Serve on Local Authorities in England
Byline: Martin Shipton WELSH Labour has launched an attack on the Conservatives after it emerged that seven of the general election candidates it will be fielding in Wales are councillors in England. Labour produced a dossier showing there were...
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Toxic Waste Plant Shut after Fears of Pollution; Whistleblower's Claims Set off Investigation
Byline: Abby Alford POLLUTION fears have led to the shutdown of a toxic waste treatment facility, Environment Agency officials confirmed last night. They revealed an investigation sparked by a whistleblower uncovered evidence that a company called...
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TSW Training Limited Puts ProAct Funding into Practice in Businesses throughout Wales
Since ProAct was introduced, TSW Training Limited has helped numerous companies throughout Wales upskill their workforce in readiness for an economic upturn. The ProAct initiative has seen TSW provide a broad range of accredited qualifications including...
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TV Channels May Be Allowed to Limit Ads as Regulator Launches Consultation
ITV, Channel 4 and Five could be allowed to limit the number of adverts they show under Ofcom proposals - a move which could boost their advertising prices. The UK's commercial television channels, which have been hit by slumping ad revenues during...
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University Chiefs' Pay Shoots Up in Tight Times; Vice-Chancellors' Salaries Rise Well above Inflation
Byline: Martin Shipton VICE-CHANCELLORS at Welsh universities have been taking huge pay rises while complaining about funding shortages at their institutions, we can reveal. Figures published by the universities themselves show salaries for most...
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Vital EU Funds; LETTERS
SIR - Between 2000-2007, Wales received pounds 1.5bn of Objective One and Two cash and, under convergence, communities will be benefiting from an estimated pounds 2bn in the six years until 2013. East Wales also qualifies for substantial sums under...
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WAG to Press for a Public Inquiry into N-Plant Proposal; Energy Firm Announces Wylfa Scheme
Byline: Darren Devine THE Assembly Government will push for a public inquiry into the selection of a site in Wales as the UK's next nuclear power station. Energy firm Horizon hopes to build a 3,000 megawatt station on Anglesey by 2020, creating...
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Warning on Use of Internet Information
More than a third of teachers are concerned that personal information displayed on social networking sites may be used in disciplinary action, new research has shown. And a survey by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) reveals that 24%...
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Wayne's World Turned Upside Down in Munich
Bayern Munich Manchester Utd 2 1 Rooney 2 Ribery 76 Olic 90 WAYNE Rooney limped off with what looked like an ankle injury as Manchester United suffered an agonising injury-time Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich. Rooney was lying injured in...
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Wednesday the Wednesday Essay Pensions Battle Workers in Wales Can't Afford to Lose; Visteon Workers from Swansea March in London Today to Mark the Anniversary of the Company's Bankruptcy and the Collapse of Their Pension Fund. but, Asks Bethan Jenkins Are There Wider Issues at Stake for Those with Pensions - and for the Taxpayer?
Byline: Bethan Jenkins WHETHER you have heard of the Visteon pensioners or not, their story is beginning to become a depressingly familiar one in Wales. It goes a little like this: a group of workers give up to and over 40 diligent years of their...
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We'll Be Lean, Mean and Keen: Carwyn's Pledge to Businesses; First Minister Vows to Keep Costs Low and Aid Growth
Byline: Robert Llewellyn INVESTMENT in key infrastructure such as broadband is vital for the success of the Welsh economy despite the extremely changing outlook on budgetary settlements, insists Carwyn Jones. The First Minster told a Cardiff...
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Welsh Assembly Government's ProAct-Ive Approach Is Helping Businesses and Saving Jobs; Businesses Are Reapingthe Benefits of the ProAct Scheme, Which Provides Funding for Employers Who Are Facing Difficulties during the Recession
TheWelsh Assembly Government's highly successful ProAct programme is playing a key role supporting businesses during the economic downturn, helping to prevent redundancies and preparing them for the future. To date, more than 200 companies have...
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Welshmen Who Worked with Father of the British Bomb; Nuclear Weapons Pose Very Difficult Ethical, Scientific, Engineering and Industrial Problems. at a Time of Renewed Interest in Nuclear Arms Control and a New Drive, Supported by President Obama, to Try to Move towards a Nuclear Free World, Professor John Baylis Looks Back at the Early Years of the Nuclear Age, in Which Wales, and Some of Its Leading Scientists, Played a Significant Role
Byline: John Baylis BRITAIN was the first state to undertake urgent research into the development of atomic weapons. Seventy years ago it would be possible to develop weapons of immense power. In those dark days of the second world war when Britain's...
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Welsh School Meals Are Still Failing Our Children
Byline: Aled Blake JUNK food is still on the menu in Welsh schools - four years after ministers promised to consign it to the dustbin. Teaching unions spoke out about the negative impact of poor quality meals - with chips still featuring heavily...
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We Must Do Better on Healthy School Meals; COMMENT
P OLITICAL rhetoric often runs well ahead of what can be achieved in practice and most politicians know that today's over-the-top phrase will be forgotten by tomorrow, let alone by the following year when the policy in question is quietly dropped....
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Wenger Not about to Gamble on the Fitness of Fabregas
Arsenal Barcelona V Emirates Stadium, 7.45pm ARSENE Wenger will not gamble on the fitness of influential captain Cesc Fabregas for tonight's Champions League quarter-final first leg against Barcelona at Emirates Stadium. The Spain midfielder, who started...
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Your Stars
Byline: Patrick Arundell This is a day of change. Not only will the year's third month come to a close, both the Moon and Venus are on the move. However, the after effects of yesterday's Full Moon are still strong which urge you to stand mindful...
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