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 September 2, 2009

A Brown Label Ticket to Safety; Evacuees Meet Up for 70th Anniversary: Thousands Gathered Yesterday at St Paul's in London to Mark the 70th Anniversary of the Evacuation of Three Million Children Ahead of World War Two. Darren Devine Reports on How Children Were Given Their Rations and Sent off to a Totally Different Life - Some Happily, Others Less So - Well out of Harm's Way
Byline: Darren Devine ALAN ROACH was one of the lucky ones. His is not one of the evacuation horror stories of young children being wrenched from families and taken to the middle of nowhere to be treated at best with indifference and at worst as...
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A Night of Delightful Nonsense
NICHOLAS PARSONS visits Wales this month to present a portrait of the nonsensical genius, Edward Lear. He illustrates Lear's remarkably eccentric life through an enchanting delivery of his delightful nonsense verse. The production, at Clwyd Theatr...
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A Pole-Dancer's Miniskirt Is Not the Right Attire for the First Day of School; OPINION: Mumsays
Byline: Abbie Wightwick TODAY'S the big day. It's the first day at high school for my eldest. We've coughed up a small fortune for uniforms, rediscovered the joys of geometry kits and fretted about forms and year groups together. It feels like...
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CEOs Less Trusted Than Line Managers, but Time Helps; Ability 'Not Enough' as Shorter Terms Erode Staff Confidence
Byline: Si'n Barry NEARLY a third of employees in the UK have low or no trust in their management teams, according to research from the Institute of Leadership &Management and Management Today. More than 5,600 employees were surveyed for...
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Councils Meet Targets for Biodegradable Waste
EVERY council in Wales has met its waste target for 2008-09 for the amount of biodegradable waste it sends to landfill. Figures published by Landfill Allowances Scheme (LAS) show that local authorities are continuing to reduce the amount of waste...
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Couples Cut Spending on Their Wedding as Recession Bites into Plans for the Big Day
NEARLY half of engaged couples are planning to cut down on the cost of their wedding because of the economic downturn. Around 48% of people said they would spend less on their big day than they would like to, according to AA Savings. Despite...
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Demand 'Remains High' at Property Auctions
DEMAND for property at auctions remains high - with nearly three-quarters of homes selling when they go under the hammer, new research reveals. Countrywide Property Auctions said it had sold 72% of the 179 lots it had offered at six auctions across...
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Devolution Shines in the Global Media Glare; as Letters Released Yesterday Shed Further Light on Dealings between Westminster and Scotland over the Release of the Lockerbie Bomber, Senedd Correspondent David Williamson Considers What Impact the Affair May Have on the Devolution Process Here in Wales: The Wednesday Essay
Byline: David Williamson THE furore surrounding the release of the Lockerbie bomber has ensured the realities of devolution are now understood on the world stage. Just as a blast of controversy can secure a windfall of publicity for a book or...
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Diwedd Haf O Fath Arall Wrth Gofio Dic
Byline: Menna Elfyn DYNA haf arall ar ben. I rai, diwedd yr haf yw dechrau'r flwyddyn newydd. A dyna haf oer oedd hi hefyd er i ddeallusion y tywydd fynnu y bu'n gynhesach na'r llynedd. A gawn ni haf bach mihangel tybed? Rwy wastad yn meddwl am...
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Economic Wobble Pushes Footsie Back into the Red; Citybulletin
Tim Jenkins is away THE FTSE 100 Index plummeted 1.8% into the red yesterday as investors returning from their summer holidays sought to seal in recent profits amid mixed global economic signs. Stocks that have risen sharply in the July and August...
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Experts Monitor Carcass of Large Whale Washed Up on Barry Seashore
Byline: Peter Collins EXPERTS were last night monitoring the 30ft carcass of a whale washed up on the Welsh coast. Believed to be a minke whale, it was spotted by a walker on headland rocks at The Knap, Barry, yesterday. The favoured option...
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Facebook Rows Ended in Mum Strangled, Jury Told; Children Came Downstairs to Find Mother's Body on Sofa
Byline: Gareth Llewellyn A MAN strangled his girlfriend to death just over a week after she changed her Facebook status to "single", a court heard yesterday. Brian Lewis killed Hayley Jones after becoming resentful of the time she was spending...
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Family Touched by Outpouring of Love for Soldier Son Richard
THE family of the 200th British troop to die in Afghanistan yesterday described tributes and messages of support as "immensely touching". In a fax sent to the Western Mail, Private Richard Hunt's parents Hazel and Phillip said he would "be the most...
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Ffion a Picture of Health after Years of Years of Illness
THIS beautiful blue-eyed girl is a picture of health. But four-year-old Ffion Moseley's smile belies an infancy haunted by a rare illness that could kill. She was just three weeks old when she developed skin problems that were so serious she...
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Five to Watch for 2010... What the Pros Think
CHRIS WOOD Virtually unknown when he finished fifth in last year's Open as an amateur but at Turnberry in July the 6ft 5in Englishman, still only 21, went even better. A closing par would have put him in the play-off with Tom Watson and Stewart Cink,...
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Forum Warning to Firms Who Delay Payments
THE Forum of Private Business is requesting details from every council and health trust in the UK on how long they take to pay suppliers. The small business support body is submitting freedom of inquest requests with more than 200 organisations....
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Four Years on a Bike Will Help in the Four Months to the South Pole
Byline: Alastair Humphreys From mountaineers who have conquered Everest to axe-makers, 20 inspirational figures will this week gather in the Ceredigion countryside for a cycle of talks called the Do Lectures. In the fourth of a series of related...
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Funding Alone Can't Lift Blight on Children's Lives; COMMENT
T HE exhaustive survey carried out by the OECD into the experience of childhood in the developed world highlights a paradox here in the UK. Why do we get so little in return for the sums we spend? British spending on "childhood", including benefits,...
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Funding Deal for Dairy Co-Op
THE UK's largest dairy farming co-operative has arranged a new pounds 130m funding package. First Milk said the finance from banks Lloyds TSB and Barclays would allow it to further develop the business. Headquartered in Glasgow, First Milk also...
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Glamorgan Looking to Cosgrove for Big Finale
Byline: garethgriffiths GLAMORGAN are hoping returning Australian batsman Mark Cosgrove can help deliver championship promotion. The 24-year-old left-hander has arrived back to replace South African star Herschelle Gibbs as the overseas player...
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Helping to Meet the Welsh Public Service Agenda; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE
ARE you currently working as a middle or senior manager? Keen to expand your academic profile and become an aspiring leader? Commencing in September 2009, the Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership for Collaboration accredited by Bangor University...
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Holiday Firm's Shares Suspended after Pounds 2m Funding Gap Opens Up
SPECIALIST holiday firm Travelzest was last night trying to fill a pounds 2m funding gap after its shares were suspended. The company, which owns the UK's biggest naturist tour operator, wanted to raise pounds 5.7m through a share placing to meet...
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Hopefully My Move to Villa Can Help Me Become Wales Skipper One Day, Says Upbeat Collins
Byline: chris wathan JAMES COLLINS has set his sights on Craig Bellamy's Wales armband after admitting he has stepped up to a new level with his big-money move to Aston Villa. The pounds 5m centre-half completed one of the biggest deals on transfer...
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How Rail Bosses Plan to Cut Journey Times and Cope with a Travel Boom; Passengers Urged to Make Their Views Known on 10-Year Plan
Byline: Tomos Livingstone PLANS to cut journey times plus new commuter trains to cope with a boom in passenger numbers, were announced yesterday by Network Rail. A 10-year strategy for the Great Western route identifies services between Cardiff...
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'Inspirational' Trio of Start-Ups to Battle It out for Chamber Award
THREE start-up businesses focused on driving impressive revenue growth over the next three years have made it as finalists in the Chambers of Commerce Business Awards 2009. They are Cardiff-based advertising agency Zeffa, Portskewett-based retail...
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Jock Interviewed on TV in Panther's Claw Is Killed; Sergeant Had Been Caught on Camera by News Crew
Byline: Mike Evans TRIBUTES were paid last night to two soldiers killed while on foot patrol in Afghanistan. Sergeant Stuart Millar, 40, from Inverness and Private Kevin Elliott, 24, from Dundee, died in a blast in Lashkar Gah District, southern...
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Jones Tells Scarlets It Is Time to Stand and Deliver
Byline: simonroberts NOBODY could accuse Mark Jones of not putting his body on the line for the Scarlets cause. So, when the new Scarletss skipper delivers a typically blunt and honest assessment of the plight of Welsh rugby's traditional flag...
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Ledley, Bodde Stay Put, but Collins Is on Move
Byline: Chris Wathan WALES was at the centre of deadline day's biggest deals yesterday - but no moves was good news for Welsh clubs as Joe Ledley and Ferrie Bodde stayed put. James Collins' pounds 5m switch from West Ham to Aston Villa proved...
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Ledley Closer to a Deal after Transfer Window Shuts
Byline: Chris Wathan JOE LEDLEY is closer to signing a new deal at Cardiff City after the transfer window closed without offers for the Wales ace. Ledley, the subject of a deadline-day bid from Stoke last season, had expected to draw interest...
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Leinster Have to Fire Again with Big Guns Missing; the Irish Threat
LEINSTER have a tough act to follow after last season's Heineken Cup triumph and they will have to make do without a trio of influential overseas stars. Wallaby back-rower Rocky Elsom, who played such a big part in the Euro success, has returned...
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Lenders Face Mortgage Fraud Crisis; Industry Counting Cost of High Risk Lending
Byline: Si'n Barry NO sooner has the lending sector begun to dust itself down after the credit market meltdown than it seems another crisis is waiting in the wings. Recent discoveries of mammoth mortgage fraud at Chelsea Building Society and...
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Les Croupiers Spins into Capital Shopping Park; Casino Moves from City Centre to Gain Space for Expansion
Byline: Si'n Barry CARDIFF'S Capital Shopping Park has moved closer to being fully let following a new tenant deal with one of Wales' bestknown casinos. PMG, the owner of the retail park next to Cardiff City Football Club's new stadium, has announced...
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Life-Saving Childbirth Drugs 'Could Reduce Ability to Breastfeed' Study of 48,000 New Mothers Leads to Call for Midwife Support
Byline: Greg Tindle DRUGS routinely given to women immediately after the birth of their child could reduce their chances of breastfeeding, according to the findings of a major research project. A study of 48,000 new Welsh mothers has suggested...
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Making Your Own Energy Made Easier with New Rules; Relaxation in Planning Laws for Residents
Byline: David Williamson MANY households throughout Wales no longer have to seek planning permission if they want to install solar panels to generate their own electricity. The Assembly Government hopes that by cutting red tape, more people will...
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Minister Claims PM Backed Lockerbie Bomber's Release; New Pressure on Brown as Papers Reveal Straw U-Turn over Libya Deal
Byline: Andrew Woodcock;Jon Smith ;Emily Ashton PRIME Minister Gordon Brown was facing fresh pressure over the Lockerbie row last night amid claims he backed releasing the bomber. A Libyan minister insisted he had been told Mr Brown and Foreign...
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Morning Serial; Dai Country
Byline: Alun Richards Dai Country by Alun Richards When the bolts were withdrawn and the door opened, a sight so horrible greeted her that she moved to one side so as to obstruct the children's view from the trap. Around his mouth, her uncle held...
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Most Parents Don't Add to Child's Trust Fund
THREE QUARTERS of parents are failing to contribute any money to their offspring's child trust fund. Nationwide Building Society said only one in four parents who held a cash child trust fund with the group was making additional contributions. ...
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M&S Has Designs on Thirtysomethings with Little Time to Spare for Shopping; High Street Giant Launches Latest Range Full of Style and Statement
Byline: Catherine Evans THEY already cater for the older woman and the fashion-conscious twentysomething, from Twiggy to Myleene Klass. And now high street favourite Marks & Spencer has launched a new clothing range for busy women in their...
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Muhammad Ali Mobbed at His Ancestral Irish Home
ALL the talk was of Muhammad Ali's comeback yesterday in the west of Ireland, after The Greatest clinched his latest title. On an emotional visit to see his little-known Irish roots, the three-time World Heavyweight Champion was made the first Honorary...
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Onwards and Upwards for Climbing Centre; Boulders Set to Hit Pounds 1m Turnover as Success Grows
Byline: Si'n Barry AN indoor climbing venture is driving impressive revenue growth. Boulders indoor climbing centre, based in Cardiff, is expected to reach the pounds 1m turnover mark by the end of the year having opened last August. The brainchild...
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Ospreys Ready to Fly High, Says Upbeat Skipper Ryan
Byline: simonroberts RYAN JONES believes the Ospreys are ready to deliver and have finally come to terms with being the side everybody else wants to beat. Jones, who is being retained as Ospreys captain for the 2009-10 campaign, endured a roller-coaster...
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Owner Fined Pounds 1,200 for Keeping 'Grossly Overweight' Dog
A DOG owner was yesterday fined more than pounds 1,200 because his 10-year-old golden labrador was "grossly overweight". Ben tipped the scales at 70kg - about 11st - and had a large untreated neck wound when RSPCA officers seized the dog. At...
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Pension Divide Will Put Burden on Taxpayers
THE pension divide between public and private sector workers has been exposed with evidence showing pay packages for government employees are being topped up with benefits worth a third of their salaries. Employers would have to contribute up to...
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Plug in to the Severn Now to Avert Power Cuts, Says Lib Dem
THE power of the Severn estuary must be harnessed to prevent millions of families being plunged into darkness through a lack of electricity, it was claimed yesterday. The UK Government's own figures predict energy demand will exceed supply from...
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Pub Companies' High Beer Prices 'Crippling Many of Their Tenants' Federation of Small Businesses Calls for the Abolition of the Tie to Save Community Pubs
Byline: Si'n Barry MANY tied pubs are struggling to survive because of inflated prices for beer imposed on them by their owners, the Federation of Small Businesses has claimed. In a survey of the FSB's publican members, one in eight said they...
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Relief for Previous Garrido Kidnap Victim
A PREVIOUS victim of the man accused of kidnapping Jaycee Lee Dugard has spoken of her ordeal at the hands of the rapist and her relief at his latest arrest. Katie Callaway Hall said the capture of Phillip Garrido - who subjected her to an eight-hour-long...
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Ryan Is Ospreys Captain; Stalwart Ryan Is Ospreys Captain
THE Ospreys last night ploughed ahead with retaining Ryan Jones as captain after being unable to gain any information from Warren Gatland about who will skipper Wales in the new season. Head coach Sean Holley confirmed there had been concerns at...
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Sex Assault Suspected on Girl, Nine, Strangled in Lorry
Byline: Ceri Williams A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl found strangled in her mother's boyfriend's lorry may have been sexually assaulted, police said yesterday. Detectives also revealed they are to investigate claims that prime suspect Darren Walker had...
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Sherlock Producers Set Up in Wales
A FILM company that produces television programmes for BBC network is setting up an office in Cardiff, it has confirmed. Hartswood Films will base its Hartswood Films West in the capital, headed by film and television executive Philippa Collie Cousins....
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Social Enterprises Contributing Pounds 2.1bn a Year to Welsh Economy; Challenges for Sector Highlighted
Byline: Si'n Barry THE social enterprises sector in Wales is generating revenues of more than pounds 2bn a year, research commissioned by the Wales Co-operative Centre reveals. The extensive mapping exercise provides a greater understanding of...
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Spend More on Younger Disadvantaged Children and Target Teens' Money Better, Ministers Urged; Improved Balance of Funding Needed, Says Report
Byline: Tomos Livingstone YOUNG teenagers in Britain are more likely to get drunk than anywhere else in the industrialised world, suggesting high levels of government spending are failing to produce results, a new report said last night. The...
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Stuttering Safina Digs Deep to Battle Through
DINARA SAFINA survived a major scare in the opening round of the US Open as she battled past unheralded Olivia Rogowska. The world No 1 was forced to come from a set down in Arthur Ashe Stadium to take a 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 6-4 victory against the Australian...
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Survival Strategies for Retailers as VAT Rises; Andrew Rowlands of Barclays Says Retailers Should Act Now to Mitigate the Impact of VAT Returning to 17.5% at the End of the Year
Byline: Andrew Rowlands LAST year Alistair Darling announced that VAT would be cut from 17.5% to 15% in a bid to boost consumer spending and confidence. According to the Impact Assessment of the changes to the standard rate of VAT by HM Treasury,...
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The Man Who Helped Turn around the Royals' Image Now Has His Work Cut out with the PM
Byline: Tomos Livingstone GORDON BROWN was back at work in Downing Street yesterday, with a new official spokesman at his side and a familiar pile of problems in his in-tray. While Simon Lewis, a former Buckingham Palace spin doctor and a brother...
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The Rally in Leading Shares Takes Some Shine off Gold; for Every Silver Lining, There Is Still the Black Cloud Behind
Byline: andrew farr WHO'D be a shorter? Not six months ago, they were the markets' bogeymen, with governments on both sides of the Atlantic taking the drastic step of banning short selling amid plunging bank share prices and claims of whispering...
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There Are Challenges to Be Tackled but the Future's Bright for WRU; Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union Group Roger Lewis Reflects on Its Last Trading Year and the Outlook for the Current Year
Byline: Roger Lewis THE future promises to be very positive for the Welsh Ruby Union. However, the year ahead [current financial] will once more be challenging. Our rolling five-year financial plan has identified the issues surrounding the cyclical...
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Toddler Drowned in Bath as Mother Slept on Sofa; Open Safety Gate Let One-Year-Old Girl Climb to Death, Inquest Is Told Toddler Drowned in Bath as Mother Slept Downstairs
Byline: Mike Evans A 12-MONTH-OLD baby girl drowned in her parents' bath tub in an "appalling tragedy", an inquest heard yesterday. A baby safety gate had been left open and Millie Louise Jones climbed the stairs and somehow toppled into a full...
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'Tomorrow's Innovators' in the Running for Entrepreneur Title
FOUNDERS of an accountancy firm and the owner of a gastro pub are bidding to take the title of Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. David Pell is owner of the White Hart Village Inn - an award-winning gastro pub in Llangybi, Monmouthshire. He...
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Trustee for Community Foundation
THE Community Foundation in Wales, a philanthropy advice and grant-making charity, has appointed a new trustee to their board The managing director of freshbaked PR, Jonathan Hollins, 40, joins the board with over 20 years experience in the Welsh business...
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Twenty20 Blow as Old Trafford Clash Is Washed Out
FANS at Old Trafford were again left disappointed as the second of England's Twenty20 internationals against Australia was washed out without a ball being bowled. After Sunday's match was abandoned seven balls into the England reply, yesterday's...
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Tyler's Total Eclipse out to Storm the Charts Again
Byline: Robin Turner BONNIE TYLER is planning a chart comeback with a new version of her power ballad Total Eclipse Of The Heart, featuring Last Choir Standing winners Only Men Aloud! The song stormed the charts when it was first released in...
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Wales Must Not Let the Swelling Cruise Market Sail Past Our Coast; Walesinmotion Professor Stuart Cole
Byline: Stuart Cole THE world's cruise market is one of the few retail sectors which is still (excuse the pun) buoyant. The number of UK cruise passengers has doubled since 2000 and is predicted to rise over this year by 15% to 1.55 million....
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We Are in the Hunt for Promotion after a Fine Summer of Quiet Achievement; Mark Wallace BEHIND THE STUMPS
Byline: mark wallace WHAT'S going on? Football season is in full swing, the Magners League is about to kick off again and we are into September. Yet I'm still here giving you my views from the Glamorgan camp. I'm pretty sure it's got nothing...
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Welshmen Start Their Big Climb to Reach Heights at the Manor; Rydercup2010
Byline: nthonywoolford THE ALPINE peaks of Crans Montana act as the visually spectacular starting point tomorrow for a year-long marathon that leads ultimately to the lush Usk Valley in South Wales. The contest to qualify for the 2010 Ryder Cup...
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Why a Rise of the Rush Remake Could Deprive Ioan of His Super Status; Disney Deal May Lead to a 'Reboot' and Recast of Fantastic Four
Byline: Nathan Bevan NEWS that Walt Disney is to spend a massive $4bn buying up the rights to Marvel's super heroes may not be so Fantastic Four one Welsh actor. For Ioan Gruffudd the huge Hollywood shake-up may mean not getting invited back...
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Why Our Healthcare System Needs a Proper Examination; NHS Reform Means Debate, Not More Political Football
Byline: davidrosser HEALTHCARE has hit the headlines in a few ways over the past month. First there was the silly season, politically-motivated story on whose healthcare system is the best - the US or Britain. Images of the stricken being left...
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Wigan Bid Is Rejected, So Bodde Staying at the Liberty
Byline: Blair Wood SWANSEA CITY rejected a second Wigan bid for Dutch maestro Ferrie Bodde to ensure there was no deadline-day drama at the Liberty Stadium. On a day many expected new faces to arrive at the Liberty, the Latics' improved bid for...
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Women 'Let Down' over Equal Pay; Legal Firm Claims Welsh Councils Lag Behind England in Closing Gap
Byline: Steffan Rhys S WELSH councils are lagging well behind those in the rest of the UK in achieving equal pay between men and women, it was claimed yesterday. The charge came as it emerged that one cash-strapped Welsh council could face a...
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Work Begins on NSPCC Wales' New Services Centre
WORK has started on a new centre for the NSPCC in Wales. The 15,000 sq ft purpose-built centre at Ocean Park in Cardiff will house direct services for children and young people. It is scheduled for completion in November. Greta Thomas, director...
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WRU Group Reinvests Record Pounds 17m in the Game at All Levels; Turnover for Year Second Highest Ever
Byline: Si'n Barry THE Welsh Rugby Union group redistributed record funds into the game at all levels last year, its latest audited accounts reveal. For the financial year to the end of May, the group, which is made up of the WRU and Millennium...
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Your Stars [...]
Byline: Patrick Arundell Who is the person who provides the greatest cheer in your world? It may be a friend, a work mate or it may be a favourite writer. Whichever, make a connection with them or this today, for this can help revive low spirits...
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