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 25, 2002

[0] Division One
Treorchy 3 Tondu 6 TONDU gained a narrow victory in a match in appalling conditions at the Oval on Saturday. Driving rain, strong winds and even the occasional snow flurry all combined to make it a difficult afternoon for both sets of players...
[0] Soccer Wales
Cymru Alliance THE storms which produced flooding and gale force winds decimated the Cymru Alliance League programme on Saturday and only three games went ahead. Lex have gone downhill after flooring Porthmadog a fortnight ago, instead of bouncing...
Another Man Dies at Quarry but People Still Dive; NANTLLE VALLEY: Dorothea Must Be Closed, Says Local Councillor
Byline: DARREN DEVINE CALLS were made yesterday for divers to be banned from a quarry pool which has claimed almost 20 lives in the past 10 years. Paul Amison, 32, from Staffordshire, became the fourth person to lose his life at Dorothea Quarry,...
Another Victory Beckons for Lad
Byline: ALAN KEYTE Scotmail Lad looks poised to record his second win on the bounce in the Newcastle Novices' Chas this afternoon. This eight-year-old scored his first win since March 1999 when he took a similar event at Leicester last time out....
Assembly Move to Open More Regional Offices; DEVOLUTION: Attempt to Reverse the Cardiff Magnet
MANY organisations that hold the purse strings and make the decisions in Wales are still to take a leaf out of the devolution book. Most government and non-government bodies representing the needs of Welsh people - 227 out of 487 - are based in...
A Stadium for All Seasons and Reasons; WORTHINGTON CUP: Latest Success Means Cardiff Is Now Looking to Host a Major European Final
Byline: RHODRI EVANS WITH every match that is played the Millennium Stadium is creeping closer to its goal of becoming the home of British football. The possibility of hosting major events such as the European Champions League Final is now a...
Baggies Look to Scottish Veteran Hendry to Boost Promotion Bid; NATIONWIDE LEAGUE: West Brom Manager Megson Hoping to Strengthen His Squad
FORMER Scotland captain Colin Hendry has been targeted by West Brom manager Gary Megson. The 36-year-old central defender is on the mend after knee and ankle injuries. But he was not included in Bolton's squad against Southampton and Megson is...
Baxter Takes Ski Bronze to Give Stars the Blues; WINTER GAMES: Scot Wins GB's First Ski Medal
Byline: MARK STANIFORTH ALAIN BAXTER said he thought he had blown it when he placed eighth after the first run of the men's Olympic slalom. But the blue-haired Aviemore 28-year-old improved five places on his second run at Deer Valley to become...
Brinkworth Brace Sees off Spirited Italy; Wales Under-16s 27 Italy Under-16s 17
Byline: HUW STHOMAS THE Wales Under-16s group completed the double over doughty Italian opponents with this hard fought win at sunny Calvisano on Saturday. The A XV had struggled to beat Italy A 16-13 on Thursday and the first team had to play...
British Kidnap Suspect Could Face Military Tribunal in the US; WAR ON TERRORISM: Rumsfeld Says Londoner Meets All the Criteria for Trial
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY THE British-born chief suspect in the kidnap and murder of reporter Daniel Pearl could go on trial in front of an American military tribunal, US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday. Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh...
Brooker's Art Makes Light Work; PAINTING: Embracing Surfaces
Byline: HANNAH JONES FOR her paint is sumptuous, soft and subtle with a bloom when opaque, becoming translucent when drawn across a surface. Julia Brooker's surfaces of choice are large aluminium sheets, a material which illuminates her work...
Budgett Cuts Wales Losses by Making Himself Available; SIX NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP: Flanker Says He's Fit to Face Italy, but Coach Hansen Faces Second-Row Crisis
Byline: ANDY HOWELL NATHAN BUDGETT will be fit for Wales's Six Nations championship clash with Italy next Saturday. The blindside flanker had been due to act as a replacement for Bridgend at Carmarthen Quins in the Principality Cup on Saturday...
Building Work Starts at Last on a Shining 'Stage for a Nation' WALES MILLENNIUM CENTRE: First Construction Workers Enter the Site Today
Byline: HANNAH JONES FIRST there was a grand idea, then a plan, then long-running heated debates over the cost. And even when they seemed to have been resolved, there was yet more wrangling over money and fears that the whole project would spiral...
Byers Hints at Pounds 30m Loan to Bail out Air Traffic Controller
Byline: JANE MERRICK THE Government has agreed to an emergency loan - thought to be pounds 30m - to bail out the cash-strapped newlyprivatised air traffic control service, Transport Secretary Stephen Byers confirmed yesterday. A decline in air...
Campaigners Waiting to Hear If They Belong to Organisation; ENVIRONMENT: FoE Asks Groups for Link Surrender
ENVIRONMENTAL campaigners in Wales will have to wait until next month to find out whether they are still part of their own organisation. The 14 groups that are part of the Friends of the Earth Cymru local network are likely to be banned from using...
Captain Kavanagh Will Be Missed by the Bluebirds; Cardiff City 2 Cambridge United 0
Byline: MARIO RISOLI at Ninian Park CARDIFF CITY manager Lennie Lawrence need only watch a video of this match to realise how much he is going to miss skipper Graham Kavanagh this week. Because of suspension, the Republic of Ireland midfielder...
Child Abuse 'Happens Most Often in Violent Families' CHILDREN: NSPCC Survey Identifies Warning Signals That Can Help Professionals Prevent Cruelty
Byline: TOBY MASON CHILDREN who suffer sexual or physical abuse come mainly from families where there is domestic violence, an NSPCC report claims today. Nearly 3,000 young people aged 18 to 24 were asked about their childhood experiences for...
Choice Words Halt Blackwood Defiance as Ponty Go through; Blackwood 8 Pontypridd 24
Byline: DAVID ROBERTS LYNN HOWELLS finally got what he wanted on two fronts on Saturday - but only after the Pontypridd coach had blistered the paint on the Glan-yr-Afan visitors dressing room walls. Part one was a Principality Cup seventh round...
Church Case Shows That Harassment Is Still a Real Issue at Work for Women, Says AM
Byline: RHODRI CLARK THE public could be forgiven for thinking that harassment in the workplace is a thing of the past. But harassment still comprises a large proportion of complaints to the Equal Opportunities Commission's helpline. More...
Consumer Debt about to Soar, Study Finds; FINANCE: 'People Intend to Borrow an Average of Pounds 74 Each This Month'
CONSUMER debt for February is expected to soar with Britons planning to borrow more than two-and-a-half times as much as they did three months ago, a bank survey predicts. Research by Alliance & Leicester found people were intending to borrow...
Dabizas the Derby Hero as Robson's Men Go Second; Sunderland 0 Newcastle United 1
Byline: DAMIAN SPELLMAN GREEK defender Nikos Dabizas was the toast of the Toon after snatching a first-ever victory at the Stadium of Light for high-flying Newcastle. The former Olympiakos player struck 64 minutes into a pulsating encounter on...
Disagreement over Policy on Language
Byline: CLIVE BETTS Assembly Editor TWO of the most important Welshspeakers in Wales have clashed over how to save the language. The clash has occurred as the National Assembly select committee inquiry into how policies on language need to be...
Division One
Bedwas 42 Dunvant 8 BEDWAS only showed their teeth during the closing stages, but it was good enough to account for relegation-threatened Dunvant, writes Tony Poole. There were murmurings among the home faithful that the best use had not been made...
Dragone Maintains Cup Clashes Show No Real Gulf; RUGBY: First Division Sides Can Hold Their Own, Says Quins Coach
Byline: ANDY HOWELL CARMARTHEN QUINS coach Anthony Dragone believes weekend scorelines in the Principality Cup prove there is not as much of a gulf between Wales's top clubs and some of the First Division rest as many people think. He made the...
Forecast
BANKS, telecoms and leisure firms are among the companies updating the market this week - set to be a bumper reporting week in the City. EGG, the internet bank majorityowned by Prudential, made it into profit at the end of last year, meeting its...
Former Senior Civil Servant Adds to Government Pressure over 'Steelgate' Affair
Byline: TOBY MASON THERE is renewed pressure on the Government over "Steelgate" with a former senior civil servant stepping into the row. Sir Richard Packer claimed the true failure of the system in the Mittal affair is the use of the word "friend"...
German Special Forces Join in Hunt for Al-Qaeda
GERMAN special forces are helping United States troops hunt down members of Osama bin Laden's Al-Qaeda organisation in Afghanistan, Defence Minister Rudolf Scharping said in a newspaper interview. The German troops "are being put into action together...
Groundhog Day, Again, for the Ailing NHS; HEALTH: History Repeats Itself
Byline: PATRICKFLETCHER THE NHS in Wales is mired in a Groundhog Day, where history repeats itself over and over again. Since 1997 millions of pounds extra has been spent on the NHS in Wales, devolution has come and Labour claims to have fulfilled...
Harries So Pleased as Ravens Fly High in Cup Win; Carmarthen Quins 3 Bridgend 19
Byline: ANDY HOWELL "YOU can tear up the obituary of Bridgend RFC!" That was the succinct comment of Ravens scrum-half Huw Harries after an Aisea Havili-inspired Principality Cup seventh-round triumph at Carmarthen Quins. Harries, who quit the...
Holmes So Generous in Victory as His Side Escape with a Cup Success; Narberth 15 Caerphilly 19
Byline: HUW STHOMAS CAERPHILLY coach Terry Holmes was refreshingly generous in victory, admitting that his Premier League side had escaped from the Lewis Lloyd ground by the skin of their teeth. "If that is Division Two rugby then the Welsh game...
House Values Predicted to Rise by 8pc This Year; PROPERTY: 'Prices to Fall in Second Half of 2002'
HOUSE prices are likely to fall by about 2pc during the second half of 2002 as surges in property values and expected interest rate rises make homes less affordable, economic analysts predict. But the Centre for Economic and Business Research (CEBR)...
Joubert Pinpoints Cup Win as Turning Point for Cardiff; Aberavon 16 Cardiff 24
Byline: GARETH ROBERTS CARDIFF coach Rudy Joubert believes his side's Principality Cup win at Aberavon on Saturday has set the Blue and Blacks up for the rest of the season. Joubert even went as far as describing victory over a gutsy Wizards...
Lawrence Puts His Faith in Cork Factor; SOCCER: City Boost
Byline: MARIO RISOLI LENNIE LAWRENCE believes Cardiff City's chase for promotion could be inspired by the Alan Cork factor. Lawrence, director of football at Ninian Park, has breathed new life into City's play-off ambitions by masterminding two...
Leeds' Flickering Hopes of a Champions League Place Take Another Blow; Leeds United 0 Charlton Athletic 0
LEEDS UNITED'S hopes that they had turned the corner after their midweek Uefa Cup exploits proved unfounded as David O'Leary's side walked straight down a blind alley at Elland Road. The creditable performance in holding reigning Dutch champions...
Lib-Dems Keep Pressure on Morgan over Reshuffle
Byline: TOBY MASON Political Correspondent THE long-awaited Cabinet reshuffle in the National Assembly was still in the balance last night, amid warnings of a breakdown in trust in the Lib-Lab coalition. First Minister Rhodri Morgan promised...
Loads of Help Where It's Needed; SUPPORT CENTRES: Staff Are Rushed off Their Feet Handling Inquiries
Byline: WILL SMALE THE number of inquiries to Business Connect is hitting all-time high levels across South Wales in the wake of a new publicity drive and the opening of its Gateway drop-in centres. Staff at the business support organisation...
Lord of the Rings Takes 'Best Film' from Harry Potter; BAFTA AWARDS
Byline: MARK WILKINSON AND ANTHONY BARNES FANTASY epic Lord of the Rings swept the board at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards - landing five Baftas, including best film. British-made Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone...
Man-of-the-Match Freestone Revels in Skipper's Role; NATIONWIDE LEAGUE: Swansea Goalkeeper Plays through the Pain Barrier to Produce First Clean Sheet for Nine Matches
Byline: GRAHAME LLOYD ROGER FREESTONE responded to being made captain for the day by producing a series of matchwinning saves at the Shay Stadium. The 33-year-old Welsh international 'keeper took over the skipper's armband from Nick Cusack and...
Millennium Magician Hughes Lays the Curse with Cup Glory; WORTHINGTON CUP FINAL: Blackburn Rovers 2 Tottenham Hotspur 1
Byline: PHIL BLANCHE Sports Editor at the Millennium Stadium THE Millennium Stadium hoodoo is well and truly buried as far as Mark Hughes is concerned. After failing to win the first six games he was involved in at what is fast becoming one of...
Mittal Affair Has 'Damaged Trust in Politics' STEEL: 'I Believe That on Balance, Blair Was Wrong to Send the Letter, but We Don't Know the Whole Story'
Byline: TOBY MASON A FORMER Cabinet special adviser claims Prime Minister Tony Blair was wrong to send a letter to his Romanian counterpart in support of a Labour donor. Huw Roberts, who was Ron Davies' special adviser during his period as Welsh...
MMR Vaccine Is the Safest Way to Protect Children; LEADER: Parents' Fears over Links with Autism Are Unfounded, Says the Chief Medical Officer
Byline: DRRUTH HALL THERE has been a great deal of coverage and debate in the press about the MMR vaccine in recent weeks. It is understandable for parents to feel anxious when conflicting views and opinions are voiced in the media. My priority,...
Mobile-Phone Identity Pact Will Foil Thieves; COMMUNICATIONS: Five Big Networks Will Be Able to Render Stolen Handsets Unusable
STOLEN mobile phones will be rendered virtually unusable after the five British network operators bowed to pressure from the police and Home Office and agreed to exchange lists of handset identity numbers. Orange, Virgin Mobile, One-toOne, BT Cellnet...
Museum of Wool Sets Pounds 1.8m Refit Spinning; HERITAGE: Industry Hub
Byline: STEVE DUBE NEW life is being invested in a forgotten corner of the industrial heritage of Wales. The Museum of the Welsh Woollen Industry in Drefach Felindre is to undergo a pounds 1.8m redevelopment next month. The changes will turn...
Nerves of Steel in My Kitchen
Byline: Carolyn Hitt I HAVE become a fitness freak. Actually, that's half true. One aerobics class and a new sports bra may not equal fitness but it's certainly freakish behaviour for me. "You'll need to take water with you, " said Jenny, the...
New Chapter for Action Woman; LEADER: Adventurer Rosie Swale Pope Still Running at 55
AN action woman has turned her attention from running marathons to writing about them. Tenby writer Rosie Swale Pope ran four marathons in a row last year and then took off on a 1,200-mile run across Cuba in aid of Age Concern. Now she is writing...
New Laboratory Helps Build a Reputation for Research; UNIVERSITY: Morgan Praises Hi-Tech Development
OPENING a new physics laboratory at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, First Minister Rhodri Morgan said Wales is fast building a reputation as a centre of excellence for technology research. Visiting the new centre last Friday, Mr Morgan said...
Nursing Homes Push for Higher Fees; HEALTH: Insufficient Funding to Provide Quality Care for Patients, Association Argues
NURSING homes in Wales are under threat because running costs outstrip the amount they receive to care for the most vulnerable people in society. The warning was handed out by the Registered Nursing Home Association after two councils were issued...
Plans Ready for Giant Fish Farm; ANGLESEY
FOR centuries children have been taught that fish come from the sea, but soon they may have to be told fish also come from big metal sheds. As the cost of many of our favourite species rises because of over-fishing and conservation measures, one...
Politicians Should Walk the Ground; LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
SIR - I believe that we all view politicians as fair game, and see all political language as designed to make lies sound truthful, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. Unfortunately that wry humour often tends to obscure unpalatable...
Pounds 40m to Kick-Start Tourism; PROMOTION: Package to Repair Double Blow of Damage
MINISTERS are expected to unveil a pounds 40m package to kick-start Britain's tourism industry following the double blow of foot-and-mouth disease and September 11. Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell is expected to announce the cash today in a bid to...
Premiership
DENIS LAW unveiled a statue of himself at Old Trafford before kick-off and then predicted Manchester United could well be erecting one of Ruud van Nistelrooy in years to come. Law, the first king of the Stretford End, was honoured by the club for...
Primary School Pupils Taking Cannabis; DRUGS: Agencies Concerned at Growing Number of Young People Using Banned Substances
Byline: EMMA JAMES THE scale of the drug problem in Wales is so great that even primary school children are using cannabis. Drugs agencies have reported youngsters under 10 years old smoking cannabis and experimenting with alcohol and solvents....
Pupils Suffer as Industry Lures Quality ICT Teachers; EDUCATION: Damning Report
Byline: RHODRI EVANS POOR computing lessons in schools could point to an underlying problem of recruiting high calibre graduates trained to become IT teachers. The annual report of Wales's chief inspector of Susan Lewis revealed that in secondary...
Racial Abuse Claim Overshadows Newport's Progress in the Cup; Bonymaen 3 Newport 41
Byline: HOWARD EVANS AN INCIDENT during the first half of this match overshadowed the fact that Newport made hard work at times in winning the first rugby union match played at the Morfa Athletics Stadium. In the opening 20 minutes of either...
Reid Warns Conference of 'Denigration with Purpose'
NORTHERN Ireland Secretary John Reid warned the Labour Party to prepare for a battle within its own ranks over its plans for public service reform. Dr Reid said Labour had overcome many challenges to earn the trust of the public and form a government...
Rhyl in Second Place; Rhyl 2 Llanelli 0
Byline: JOHN EDWARDS THE off-the-field talk of possible League of Wales desertion for the apparently more attractive pastures of the English pyramid system was temporarily put to one side as Rhyl moved back into second spot. But they made heavy...
Road Tax Plan Is 'Years Away'
Byline: TIM MOYNIHAN & JANE MERRICK A PLAN to make motorists pay monthly bills by satellite tracking is years away from reality. The Government played down whether the congestion-cutting proposal could ever be introduced, and motoring organisations...
Scarlets Stay on Course for the Triple; Newbridge 5 Llanelli 24
Byline: GEORGE WILLIAMS AS the Scarlets stayed on course for a trophy treble, Wayne Proctor spoke of the opponent they are sworn to beat - complacency. Pontypool's win over Swansea the previous night wiped out any such thoughts, said Llanelli's...
Share Tips
THE SUNDAY TIMES SHARES in Logica fell more than 20pc last week following its profits warning. But it has a very strong long-term record, and Martin Read is a reassuring presence as chief executive. It will take time to rebuild investors confidence...
Soccer Wales
Chelmsford 2 Merthyr 1 MERTHYR TYDFIL somehow managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory and so take a blow that could prove to be decisive in their battle against relegation from the Dr Martens League Premier Division. The Martyrs made...
Sparky Feels like Playing Forever; WORTHINGTON CUP: Wales Manager Hughes Helps Rovers Rock Spurs
Byline: PHIL BLANCHE MARK HUGHES was in seventh heaven last night - and quipped he could carry on playing for another four years. The Wales manager - 38 in November - claimed his seventh domestic cup winners' medal as Blackburn Rovers shocked...
Stunning Gowns Stopped the Show but the Rings Took Top Honours; BAFTA AWARDS: 'Shaky' Dench and Unkempt Crowe Shocked by Their Successes
FILM stars Jennifer Connelly and Nicole Kidman took centre-stage as they arrived at last night's British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards in show-stopping gowns. Russell Crowe combined a dinner jacket with unkempt long hair and days of...
Thomas in Frame for Italian Job; Ebbw Vale 20 Neath 10
EBBW Vale prop Iestyn Thomas gave the Welsh management a timely nudge for inclusion next Saturday in the Six Nations Championship clash with Italy at the Millennium Stadium with a commanding display in the Steelmen's defeat of Neath. Thomas, out...
Top European Is Certainly Not Enough for Olazabal; GOLF: Spanish Ace Is a Real Perfectionist
Byline: MARK GARROD JOSE MARIA OLAZABAl is back at the top of the European Order of Merit. But the fact that he is not at the head of the United States money list as well is what Olazabal, perfectionist that he is, will take out of his performance...
Unions Oppose Labour's Post Privatisation Plans
LABOUR'S tensions with unions continued yesterday when the party's annual Scottish conference called for postal service Consignia not to be privatised. Activists backed an emergency resolution from the Communication Workers Union (CWU) which called...
University Develops Drainage System Which May Be Answer to Waterlogged Playing Fields; NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE: Technology Could Be Applied to Railway and Sewage Problems as Well as Tennis Courts and Golf Courses
A NEW technological device could one day mean an end to waterlogged cricket pitches, tennis courts and golf courses. Researchers at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne are developing a system called EKG that uses electricity to draw water out...
Update
TODAY SWANSEA: Grand Theatre (01792 475715), At The Hop, 7.30pm. TOMORROW ABERYSTWYTH: Arts Centre (0190 623232), Great Hall: Cerddorfeydd Ysgolion Ceredigion - schools orchestras, 2pm & 7.30pm. CARDIFF: St David's Hall (02920 878444), lunchtime...
Vaughan Has Big Ambition; CRICKET: Injured England Ace Aims to Be Fit for Series Decider
Byline: MYLES HODGSON MICHAEL VAUGHAN remains confident of being in contention for tomorrow's series decider against New Zealand and is eager to build on his most impressive display yet in England's one-day colours. The Yorkshire batsman emerged...
Vital Point in Dragons' Fight for Survival; Brighton and Hove Albion 0 Wrexham 0
Byline: DAVE NORTH WREXHAM left a windswept Withdean Stadium with a fully deserved point and a tinge of disappointment. Manager Denis Smith and his players felt with any luck they could have trebled their haul against the high-flying Seagulls....
Vital Technology Education Is Unsatisfactory; LEADER: IT Teaching Not Well Provided
Byline: RHODRI EVANS SOMETHING is very wrong in the way computers are being used in Welsh schools. Estyn's annual report identified that a lamentable 38pc of information technology lessons in secondary schools in Wales last year were unsatisfactory....
Volunteers Wanted - to Accompany Botham on Charity Walk; NOAH'S ARK APPEAL: Hopes High That 'Cross-Country' Expedition Can Raise Pounds 500,000 for Children's Hospital
Byline: FELICITY WATERS Health Reporter THE countdown has begun for Ian Botham's Capital Walk for the Noah's Ark Appeal. Wales is the only country in Europe not to have its own children's hospital, something which the appeal hopes to put right....
Watkin Pushes Swans to Safety and Shaymen Closer to the Brink; Halifax Town 0 Swansea City 1
Byline: GRAHAME LLOYD at the New Shay SWANSEA CITY are safe. Barring a mathematical miracle, they surely cannot be caught by any of the half dozen clubs scrapping it out in the Third Division's basement. A third successive win all but condemned...
Women Still Struggling to Be Included; INEQUALITY: Male-Dominated Society Alive and Kicking in Industrial Wales
Byline: COLIN HUGHES WOMEN are lacking self-confidence and excluded from everyday activities in our increasingly macho-dominated society. There may be female high flyers in the boardroom and the office hierarchy but when the talk gets round to...
Youth Wrap Up Tournament in Real Style; Wales Youth 47 Portugal Under-19s 12
Byline: HUW STHOMAS THE YOUTH won their last match of the quadrangular international tournament in Coimbra, Portugal by convincingly beating the hosts and finishing top of the table. Wales had to beat Portugal by over six points and needed Spain...