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 May 22, 2008

2b or Not 2b Tht Is the Q: Whether Tis Nobla the Mnd 2 Sffa the Slngs Rrows of Outrgous 4tune
Byline: Darren Devine FEARS that the craze of sending mobile phone text messages can damage a child's ability to spell and punctuate were dismissed today. In fact, one Welsh linguistics expert claimed regularly using text speak is actually good...
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Abolishing National Testing in Wales Is a Bold Move but Can the System Cope? Professor David Hopkins, Former Whitehall Chief Adviser on Raising School Standards, Who Is Currently an Educationalist at the London Institute of Education, Explains in Answer to Questions, How He Believes Wales Can Raise Attainment in Its Schools
Byline: Professor David Hopkins Q. What do the education systems and reforms in England and Wales have to learn from one another? A. The education systems of England and Wales have developed in parallel for a long time, although throughout the...
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Assault Case Officer out of Control, Says His Colleague
THE colleague of a traffic officer accused of assaulting a man stopped on suspicion of drink-driving told a court the policeman had been "completely out of control". PC Stephen Dance, 44, is accused of repeatedly punching Robert Davies in the back...
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Assembly Is Urged to Tackle Real Problem of Binge Drinking; Price Fiddling Has No Effect, Say Brewers
Byline: David Williamson Senedd Correspondent A GROUP representing Britain's largest drinks companies has urged the Assembly Government not to lobby for a higher tax on alcohol. The Portman Group - whose members include the makers of Carlsberg...
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Bangor: A Great Place to Study, Live and Have Fun!
Bangor University offers the chance to be part of a vibrant student community at a well-established university with an excellent reputation for teaching and research. Bangor University has a long tradition of academic excellence and exceeds expectations,...
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Boks Hit the Jackpot with Four Euros
WALES will have to face all of South Africa's European-based World Cup winners in next month's Test series. Skipper John Smit, former Dragons star Percy Montgomery, Victor Matfield and Butch James will be free to face Warren Gatland's Grand Slamheroes...
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Building Projects Mothballed as Flats Prices Start to Tumble; Pounds 50,000 Drop in Property Price at Flagship Site
Byline: David James THE price of individual luxury flats has tumbled by as much as 25%in parts of Walesover the past five years, according to Land Registry statistics. Figures showing prices have dropped by up to pounds 50,000 at Cardiff's flagship...
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Burning Mystery of Bush Flickers a Final Time before Going out for Good; Secondglance
Byline: David Williamson PRESIDENTBush's visit to theUKnextmonth is intended to mark the 60th anniversary of the Marshall Plan which fuelledthe economic transformationof awar-torncontinent - but it is also a goodbye tour. Like an actor stepping...
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Chamber of Commerce Wants You
Byline: Aled Blake Business Correspondent BUSINESSES have been urged to help shape the chamber of commerce being established in the wake of the demise of the organisation in Cardiff. The British Chambers of Commerce has begun a marketing campaign...
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City Bulletin
LONDON'S blue chips gave back early gains yesterday as soaring oil prices and a blow to interest rate cut hopes rattled investor nerves. The FTSE 100 Index began the day making good headway after Tuesday's 3% slide, with mining stocks and oil firms...
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Coffee Break: A Physical Performance with Scope; Preview Scope, Rui Horta Stageworks Diversions Dance House, Cardiff
THIS is relationships stripped bare - literally. From celebrated Portuguese choreographer Rui Horta comes a new dance that combines sounds, light and technology to trace a very physical encounter. It was staged at Aberystwyth Arts Centre last...
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Debt Rule Smashed on the Rock
THE nationalisation of Northern Rock has added more than pounds 92bn to public debt and breached the Treasury's sustainable investment rule, according to official estimates. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) needs more time to assess the...
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Despite Lying in the Shadow of Heavy Industry This Beach Has Won an International Symbol of Purity; Aberavon Joins Exotic Hot Spots as a Winner of Coveted Blue Flag Award
Byline: Robin Turner IT WAS once the place where steelworkers and miners flocked annually in their thousands to forget the rolling mill heat and the darkness of the pits. For a fortnight they dozed next to their families on towels or rested in...
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Double Blow as Welsh Firms Announce Job Cuts in the Face of Foreign Competition
THERE was more trouble for the Welsh economy last night with two major employers announcing job losses - both blaming competition from abroad. Paper maker Georgia-Pacific confirmed that around 46 positions would go at its plant in Bridgend. The...
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End an Interview with 'You're Hired!' with Millions Watching a Group of Ambitious Young People Facing the Wrath of Alan Sugar Each Week, Naeem Amir Assesses What Is Needed in a Job Interview
Byline: Naeem Amir ARE you (like me) addicted to the reality television show The Apprentice? The show stars 16 businessmen and businesswomen competing in an elimination-style competition forapounds 100,000 job, working with Sir Alan Sugar. ...
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Father Guilty of Murdering Son, 29, in Drunken Row about Chips; Dad, 51, 'Didn't Realise He Had a Knife in His Hand'
Byline: Lauren Turner A FATHER has been found guilty of murdering his son in a drunken row over chips. Martin Thomson, 51, returned to his home in the early hours after drinking all day, Cardiff Crown Court heard. His 29-year-old son Craig...
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Ferguson Loan Plan for City Star Ramsey; WALES
Byline: Paul Abbandonato Head of Sport MANCHESTER UNITED will return from Moscow today to begin negotiations in earnest for Welsh teenage sensation Aaron Ramsey. Sir Alex Ferguson has made winning the race for the 17-year-old Cardiff City starlet's...
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Five-Figure Payout after Baby Dies of Misdiagnosed Meningitis
THE parents of a baby who died after medics failed to recognise he was suffering from meningitis were awarded compensation yesterday. Nine-month-old Liam Eaves died in hospital in August 2004 after his symptoms weremistaken for a viral infection...
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Football: Fergie Salutes His Men as United Are European Champs Again on Dramatic Night in Moscow
MANCHESTER UNITED manager Sir Alex Ferguson hailed his side's "fantastic achievement" after they defeated Chelsea 6-5 on penalties to win the Champions League in Moscow. Cristiano Ronaldo and Frank Lampard exchanged first-half goals, but that was...
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Football: Giggs Beats Sir Bobby's Record and Vows to Play On
MANCHESTER UNITED winger Ryan Giggs last night beat Sir Bobby Charlton's appearance record for the club when he played his 759th game, coming on as a substitute in the thrilling Champions League final victory against Chelsea. Giggs scored from the...
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Football: If Bale Is Worth Pounds 10m, Then What Price the Finest Young Talent to Come out of Wales since a Teenage Ryan Giggs?
Byline: paul abbandonato THE moment Manchester United land back in Britain this morning, expect Sir Alex Ferguson to be on the telephone to Cardiff City boss Dave Jones. The subject of the conversation... new Welsh teen starlet Aaron Ramsey....
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Football: Only Time Will Tell If I've Made the Right Decision - Robinson
Byline: blair wood ANDY ROBINSON doesn't know if he has done the right thing in leaving Swansea City, admitting, 'only time will tell.' Fans favourite Robinson shocked fans yesterday when it was announced he would be joining Leeds United after turning...
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Forgotten Gardener Joins Dictionary of Brits Who Made Their Mark - Thanks to His Creations in the Sky; Latest Luminary Joins the Likes of Glyndwr and Harry Secombe
Byline: Steffan Rhys ITS list of luminaries contains some of Britain's greatest sportsmen, itsmost notable philanthropists and some of its best writers. But today, a "forgotten" Welsh rooftop gardener has been added to the distinguished line-up...
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Forgotten Gardener Joins Dictionary of Brits Who Made Their Mark - Thanks to His Sky-High Creations; Latest Luminary Joins the Likes of Glyndwr and Harry Secombe
Byline: Steffan Rhys ITS list of luminaries contains some of Britain's greatest sportsmen, its most notable philanthropists and some of its best writers. But today, a "forgotten" Welsh rooftop gardener has been added to the distinguished line-up...
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Glamorgan Suffer as Quickfire Sales Leads the Charge
Byline: Gareth Griffiths WHAT a difference a year makes. Almost exactly 12 months ago a Swansea batting strip was responsible for 21 wickets falling on the opening day of a championship game against Middlesex. On that occasion, Glamorgan were...
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Helping Students to Finance Their Way through University; Uwic Bursary Scheme 2007/8
Still thinking of applying to university for September 2008? Now is the best time to explore UWIC's new bursary and scholarship schemes. Here at UWIC we understand that student study costs are a concern, which is why we have improved our traditional...
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Hopes for Rate Cuts Recede as Inflation Worries Grow
Byline: Aled Blake FEARS of rising inflation outweighed those of slowing economic growth as the Bank of England made a near unanimous decision to keep interest rates steady this month, it was revealed yesterday. Minutes from the Bank of England's...
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Hopkins and Knightley Join Forces to Tackle King Lear
Byline: Robin Turner WELSH actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is to play King Lear opposite the leading lady of the moment, Keira Knightley. Knightley, who will be seen in cinemas next month in the Dylan Thomas biopic The Edge of Love, will play Cordelia,...
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Horse Racing: Michita Stakes Oaks Claim
SEVEN days on from his Juddmonte Oaks candidate DarRe Mi tasting defeat at York, John Gosden unearthed another possible contender as Michita strode away with the Height of Fashion Stakes at Goodwood. The Ribblesdale at Royal Ascot is now the preferred...
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If the Reality Is Illegal, It Should Be So Online, Too; COMMENT
ITH technology allowing people to access and create content on the internet developing at a sometimes bewildering pace, it's perhaps unsurprising that parents, teachers andpoliticians find themselves struggling to keep up. In many areas, the technology...
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It Could Be the Exit Door for Robbie and JFH
Byline: Mark Bloom ROBBIE FOWLER and FA Cup final flop Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink could follow Trevor Sinclair out of the Ninian Park exit door as Dave Jones shakes up his squad for next season. Sinclair, who joined Cardiff City from Manchester...
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It's in Everyone's Interest to Get Youngsters into Learning; WALES by Jane Hutt, Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills
Byline: By Jane Hutt DELIVERING first-class and flexible learning to the many is what our education policies are all about, but resolving the behavioural problems of the few is critical to achieving this aim. While only a small minority of children...
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It's Never Been a Better Time to Stay in Wales to Study
In coming to final decisions on where and what to study, students who live in Wales and their parents need to understand the funding arrangements for the forthcoming academic year, as well as what support is available from universities and the Welsh...
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Jobs Gloom as Firms Cut Spending in Credit Crunch
EMPLOYMENT intentions among UK businesses hit their lowest level in at least 11 years last month, according to a Bank of England report published yesterday. The Bank found that firms are reducing their workforces, cutting down on employee work hours...
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Letter: Jab Is a Bold Step
Byline: DAVID GWYNFOR SAMUEL SIR - I welcome the move by the Welsh Assembly Government to support a national vaccination programme targeting the HPV virus, the cause of around 70% of cervical cancer cases. I hope parents do not fear this vaccine...
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'Liability' Brown Is 'Hiding in Bunker'
GORDONBROWNwas accused of "hiding in his bunker" as the Crewe & Nantwich by-election neared its climax yesterday. With Labour bracing itself for another ballot-box hammering, David Cameron taunted the Prime Minister for lacking the "courage"...
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Money Lenders Forecast Fewer Transactions and Property Price Fall in 2008
The Council of Mortgage Lenders forecast a 35% fall in the number of property transactions in England and Wales this year. The organisation, which represents banks and building societies, is also braced for house prices to fall by around 7% in 2008....
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More Reasons to Choose Lampeter
Money does not grow on trees! However the University of Wales Lampeter is able to offer students some additional financial support through a package of scholarships and bursaries for study at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. For undergraduate...
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Morning Serial; Hole: Kidnapped in Georgia
Byline: by Peter Shaw I don't know why I did what I did next. Some weird idea came into my head that I didn't want to wear anything military. So, having staggered along for a couple of hundred metres, I sat down and began to remove the over-trousers....
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Now's the Time to Strengthen the Legal Status of Welsh; the Thursday Essay Welsh Language Provision in the Private Sector Is Patchy and Unreliable and Needs New Legislation, Argues Cymdeithas Yr Iaith. Here Hywel Griffiths, Chairman of the Pressure Group, Says Laws Should Promote Welsh in the Same Way as They Promote Workers' Rights and the Environment
Byline: Hywel Griffiths LANGUAGE legislation in Wales is standing at a crossroads. While some would no doubt feel that the status quo is good enough, others see that at last our own Government has a unique opportunity to make a significant and...
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Put Sir on YouTube and You're out; Teacher Facing Heart Op after YouTube Scene
Byline: Gavin O'Connor PUPILS are being warned they face being excluded from school if they use mobile phones to humiliate fellow students or staff on the internet. The stark warning comes from the head teacher of a Valleys school in a letter...
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Restrictions on Obesity Surgery 'May Put Lives at Risk' in Wales
Byline: Madeleine Brindley OBESE patients are being forced to paythousands of pounds to have private weight-loss surgery because the NHS will only fund a handful of operations in Wales. Leading surgeon Professor John Baxter said Health Commission...
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Save Thousands by Studying at Glamorgan
At the University of Glamorgan we understand that studying at university can be an expensive time and as a student you will have lots of important things to concentrate on without worrying about your finances. To help our students meet the day-today...
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Scholarships Give Sporty Students a Head Start
Scholarships at the University of Wales, Newport are giving students who excel at sport a game plan for successfully juggling tough training schedules with their studies. The students, all members of the University's Elite Sports Squad, lead the...
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'Smiler' Is a Happy Hooker
Byline: simon thomas ONE man's misfortune is often another man's gain and that's certainly the case with the Wales hooking berth. The injury to Grand Slam star Huw Bennett during last Saturday's Shane Williams testimonial match at the Millennium...
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Teaching Welsh to the World; A UNIVERSITY VIEW
Byline: Dr Christine Jones AS part of Adult Learners' Week, the University of Wales, Lampeter, last week held a series of workshops and study sessions for prospective mature students. In the Welsh department we ran Welsh taster sessions and held...
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The Hero and the Villain Take Centre Stage Again; the Portraits of Margaret Thatcher and Aneurin Bevan Unveiled in the Senedd Last Night Are Dividing Opinion. and It's Small Wonder, Says Political Editor Tomos Livingstone, When You Consider Their Respective Legacies in Wales
Byline: Tomos Livingstone ANYONE who doubts that Margaret Thatcher continues to cast a shadow over Welsh politics should have popped into the House of Commons at around 11.30am yesterday. MPs discussing Welsh affairs were unable, even now, to...
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There's Still Time to Plan to Pass Those Exams; in the Last of a Series of Reports, Felicity Kilpatrick, Head of Learning Support at Christ College in Brecon, Discusses How Students Can Make the Most of Their Final Days of Revision
Byline: Felicity Kilpatrick IF you are sitting examinations this summer, you are probably counting the days, wondering whether you simply want the testing period to be over, or wishing the exams would go away until you feel more prepared. For...
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The Ruddock Revolution Takes Root at Worcester
Byline: Andrew Baldock WORCESTER boss Mike Ruddock has revealed the resurgent Warriors are turning away players anxious to be part of a Sixways revolution. Ruddock expects to complete his recruitment for next season in the days following Worcester's...
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The Trainees Taking the Launch Pad towards a Brighter Future
MANY people are looking to step onto the launch pad for their future career. Ambitious men and women have enthuse eiasm and commitment inside them. But they are looking to make the best start - or make a new start - with a locally-based organisation...
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Two Face Neglect Charges after Girl 'Starves to Death' Five Other 'Emaciated' Children Being Treated in Hospital
Byline: Mike Jones A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl allegedly neglected by her parents died of starvation, it was revealed last night. Khyra Ishaq, from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, was taken to the city's Children's Hospital on Saturday, where she...
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WRU Search Is on Toreplace Scarlets' Nigel
Byline: Andy Howell THE Welsh Rugby Union last night began its search for a new head of rugby development to replace Scarlets-bound Nigel Davies. The former Wales assistant boss has been appointed head coach at the Scarlets in place of the sacked...
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'Your Recent Crimes Have Been More for Serious Fraud Office Than Drug Squad' Angry Police Hit Home Secretary over Staged Pay
Byline: David Barrett and Chris Greenwood HOME Secretary Jacqui Smith was yesterday accused of "betraying" the police over pay and publicly mocked for her drug-taking past. The politician - appearing at a police conference in front of 1,000 delegates...
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