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 January 24, 2002

Ailing Swans in Call to Nurse for Kiss of Life; VETCH IN CRISIS: Petty Looks at Last Option for Club
Byline: IAN HUNT TONY PETTY was last night hopeful of completing a deal to sell Swansea City to Mel Nurse's consortium - admitting it is now the only option to stop the ailing Third Division club going out of business. Speculation at the Vetch...
'Assembly Should Pay for Tip Closure' RHONDDA: Cost of Shutting Down Controversial Waste Site Could Be Pounds 6m
Byline: CLIVE BETTS THE owner of a controversial waste tip wants the National Assembly to pay for its closure. To close Nantygwyddon tip, above the village of Gelli, Rhondda, could cost pounds 6m. Pauline Jarman, leader of the Plaid Cymru-run...
Aussies Warn That the Brits Are Coming; SPORT: Investment in Scientific Academies Will Pay off within 10 Years
BRITAIN could be matching Australia's phenomenal sporting success in less than 10 years, a leading Australian expert who helps mould his nation's athletes predicted yesterday. The UK is now spending three times more than Australia on sports science...
Capriati Powers through to Set Up Semi-Final Clash with Clijsters; TENNIS: Defending Champion Looks to Consolidate Her World No 1 Rating
Byline: JOHN SKILBECK JENNIFER CAPRIATI moved into top gear at the Australian Open yesterday to set up an appealing semifinal against Kim Clijsters. The defending champion shot out Amelie Mauresmo in straight sets - 62 6-2 - and will face in-form...
City Market Report
Byline: Abigail Townsend and Megan Davies, City Staff A CAUTIOUSLY optimistic start in the US and a strong showing from UK defensive stocks helped the London market close on an upbeat note yesterday. The FTSE 100 Index ended the session up 31.4...
Compensation Wait 'A Disgrace' EX-MINERS: Lawyer Warns That Hundreds Will Die before They Receive Payouts
Byline: TONY TRAINOR LAWYERS have warned that hundreds of miners will die before they see a penny of compensation promised to them four years ago. Thousands of sick miners and their families are still waiting for compensation for chest diseases...
Court Made Less Majestic for Damilola Defendants; MURDER TRIAL: Teenagers Appear in an Old Bailey Stripped of Many of Its Judicial Trappings
Byline: NICK ALLEN FOUR teenage boys yesterday pleaded not guilty at the Old Bailey to the murder of 10-year-old Damilola Taylor. The boys - one aged 14 and the others aged 16 - also denied charges of assault with intent to rob and manslaughter....
Davis Shows He's Light of Former Days as He Goes out in First Round
Byline: PAUL WILLIAMS "WE'VE had so many great battles in semi-finals and finals over the years, it took us a few frames to get used to the fact we were playing in the first round, " said Stephen Hendry after his 5-1 victory over Steve Davis in...
Deadism Rules against Greatest Sportsman; ALL-TIME HERO: Olympian Overlooked Because He Was Deceased
Byline: Alun Rees UNFAIR to dead chaps, I say; dead unfair, if you like, even in times stuffed full of -isms reflecting undue prejudice: racism, sexism, ageism, cataclism (discrimination against our feline friends), paroxism (a tough one to avoid,...
Dramatic Victory for Champion; RACING NEWS
IN ONE of the most dramatic races of the jumps season, all seven starters in the 1.40 at Southwell yesterday fell at least once, before one solitary runner, which happened to be Family Business, ridden by champion jockey Tony McCoy, was remounted....
Earnshaw Faces Race against Time for Big FA Cup Clash
Byline: PHIL BLANCHE ROBERT EARNSHAW remains an FA Cup doubt for Cardiff City with the same injury that has troubled Wales winger Ryan Giggs down the years. Earnshaw limped out of Cardiff's 2-0 league victory over Stoke City at Ninian Park on...
Ellis Sounds Paul Warning for the Fired-Up Steelmen
Byline: ANDY HOWELL EBBW VALE'S Kevin Ellis has used his intimate knowledge of rugby league to warn team-mates of the danger posed by Henry Paul when they take on Gloucester in the quarter-finals of the Parker Pen Shield tomorrow. The 33-year-old...
English Teacher of '60S Sees Pupil Win Again
Byline: DARREN DEVINE THE teacher who 40 years ago helped to set a young writer on the road to one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world yesterday called him "her brightest protege". Author Philip Pullman has become the first children's...
Examiners' Mistake Gave Pupil an E Instead of an A; AS-LEVELS: 22 Classmates Had Grades Altered on Appeal
Byline: RHODRI EVANS AN EXAM bungle meant a sixthformer was awarded an E in an AS level history exam when she should have been awarded an A. Before the mistake had been realised the youngster had opted to drop the subject, despite her earlier...
Fairy-Tale Wedding for Bride Scarred by Drunken Attacker; MARRIAGE: Postponed Ceremony Goes Ahead
A BRIDE-TO-BE scarred for life after being attacked in a bar has lived out her dream of a fairy-tale wedding. Louise Roberts, 27, went on with her wedding - mirroring the storyline in TV's Footballer's Wives. Miss Roberts needed 30 stitches and...
Family of Missing Woman Calls for International Review of Police Policy; INVESTIGATION: Parents of Louise Kerton Angry at German Officers' Lack of Progress
Byline: EMMA JAMES THE family of a student nurse missing in Germany for five months is calling for an international review of police policy. Phil Kerton, father of 27-year-old Louise, who vanished while visiting her fiance Peter Simon's family...
Ferreira Injury Eases Safin's Passage into the Last Four
MARAT SAFIN'S reward for beating Pete Sampras was the easiest of paths into the semi-finals of the Australian Open yesterday. Russian Safin sped into the last four at the expense of injured opponent Wayne Ferreira, who withdrew when trailing 5-2...
F&M-Free UK Gets Official Recognition; ANIMAL HEALTH
Byline: SHEILA COLEMAN BRITISH meat is to return to nonEuropean Union countries after Britain was declared free of foot-andmouth disease by the World Organisation for Animal Health. Although the EU has still to lift its own restrictions on British...
Full Inquiry Demanded on Veterans' Lost Benefits; PENSIONS
Byline: PHIL DAVIES A WAR hero has called for a full inquiry into allegations that disabled veterans are being deliberately deprived of pension money. Denzil Connick said serious questions remained about revelations yesterday of a blunder involving...
Great Reformer Just Did What He Had to Do; Neil Kinnock Drives Another Nail into the Coffin of European Cronyism
Byline: NICK SPEED IT MAY have taken three decades - almost to the day - since the UK entered the Common Market, but yesterday Neil Kinnock strengthened his claims on the title of being the man who stopped Europe's gravy train. The European Commission...
Gunman Wounds 20 Israelis; JERUSALEM
WITHIN hours of a militant group abandoning its truce, a Palestinian gunman opened fire with an assault rifle on an Jerusalem bus queue, wounding at least 20 people before he was shot dead by police. Saeed Ramadan of the Al Aqsa Brigades, linked...
Hard-Working Liverpool Should Ignore 'Boring' Jibes, Says Ex-Anfield Star Kennedy
Byline: PAUL WALKER FORMER Anfield favourite Alan Kennedy yesterday claimed Liverpool should ignore the "boring" jibes emanating from down the East Lancs road and stick to what they do best. Three months after caretakermanager Phil Thompson took...
Hussain Aims to Enjoy His Homecoming; CRICKET: But England Skipper Is out to Secure an Away Victory in Chennai
Byline: MYLES HODGSON in Chennai NASSER HUSSAIN goes back to his roots today anticipating one of the highlights of his career when he leads out England in tomorrow's day-night international against India. The England captain was born and spent...
Hutt 'Rewards Poor Health Management' HEALTH: Overspending Debts of Pounds 41m Written Off
Byline: TOBY MASON Political Correspondent HOSPITALS and health authorities which have failed to balance their books have been given millions in extra cash, leaving those which kept within their budgets with nothing. The National Assembly was...
'Impossible to Avoid Abuse' of Adult Education Scheme; INVESTIGATION: Initiative Stopped Because of Fraud Threat
A SCHEME to help adults take up education courses was found to be vulnerable to fraudsters abusing the system, officials said yesterday. The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) was forced to shut down the Individual Learning Accounts system...
It's Our Money, So Spend It Wisely
THERE must be some health service managers today who are thanking their lucky stars. Yesterday they had debt. Today they have no debt. It is a very neat trick to which thousands of people with crippling credit card bills must be wishing they had...
It's the Right Day for Jour J; RACING: Runners and Riders at Today's Three Meetings; Top Tipping Prospects; Yesterday's Results Guide
Byline: ALAN KEYTE FRENCH import Jour J can strike for champion trainer Martin Pipe in the NetBetSports. com Novices' Chase at Warwick this afternoon. This five-year-old joined the master of Nicholshayne last autumn after plying his trade around...
Llanelli Keep Faith with Team That Tamed Tigers; RUGBY UNION: Heineken Cup Quarter-Finals
Byline: ANDY HOWELL Rugby Correspondent LLANELLI have stuck with the team that conquered European champions Leicester for their Heineken Cup quarter-final at Bath. Back-row workhorse and former United States of America captain David Hodges has...
Llewellyn Gets a Surprise Wales A Call
Byline: GARETH ROBERTS WALES'S most-capped forward is poised for a Wales A return against Ireland at Musgrave Park, Cork on February 2. Neath skipper Gareth Llewellyn finds himself included in the nation's trimmed second-string squad a week after...
Love-Spoons Part of Export Drive; GIFTS: Milford Collection Hopes to Build on Success with a Line of Welsh Crafts
Byline: JAMES PRITCHARD London Reporter A GIFT business is hoping to persuade the rest of Europe that Wales really is the true home of romance. The Milford Collection, based on Newtown's Vastre Enterprise Park, has enjoyed a successful Christmas...
Maloney Urges Lewis to Walk Away; BOXING: Fight Should Be Scrapped for Good of Sport, Says Champion's Ex-Manager
Byline: MARK STANIFORTH LENNOX LEWIS'S former manager Frank Maloney has urged the world heavyweight champion to walk away from his proposed superfight with Mike Tyson. After Tuesday's press conference brawl in New York, Lewis has insisted he...
McIntosh on Bench for Ponty at Vicarage Road; PARKER PEN SHIELD: Concern for Skipper on Pacey Pitch
Byline: GARETH ROBERTS Rugby Reporter PONTYPRIDD skipper Dale McIntosh will not start against Saracens in the Parker Pen Shield at Vicarage Road on Sunday. Coach Lynn Howells says there is concern over a hamstring problem McIntosh is struggling...
MMR Levels Threaten Measles Epidemic; VACCINATION: Fall in Uptake of Controversial Three-Way Jab Worries Health Professionals
Byline: PATRICK FLETCHER FEARS of a measles epidemic in Wales are growing after health officials reported a dramatic collapse in vaccination levels. Only 78pc of young children in Carmarthenshire have been vaccinated with the controversial MMR...
Mobile Phone Market Shows Signs of Levelling; TELECOMS: Carphone Warehouse Issues Warning on Earnings after a Year of Fewer Connections
Byline: WILL SMALE AS MOBILE phone retailer Carphone Warehouse warns its full-year earnings could fall 10pc below its target, sales of new connections could be reaching their plateau. After more than three years of evermushrooming mobile phone...
MPs Call for Captives to Be Given Rights of PoWs; CAMP X-RAY: US Embassy Officials in London Agree to Pass on British Concerns
Byline: JANE MERRICK US officials in London yesterday promised to pass on the concerns of a group of MPs about the treatment of suspected Al-Qaeda and Taleban prisoners at Camp X-Ray in Cuba. The delegation, led by Labour MP Ann Clwyd, told Glyn...
M&S to Hand Pounds 2bn Back to Private Shareholders; CASH HANDOUT: Chain Store's Investors Can Benefit from Complex Scheme Which Can Minimise Tax Liabilities
Byline: STEVE HAWKES MARKS & SPENCER'S legion of private shareholders are to share in a pounds 2bn cash bonanza under plans that will allow each one to decide when they want to take their money. The high street retailer announced yesterday...
Plaid Boasts about Its Westminster Talk Show; POLITICS: Nationalists Try to Turn the Tables on Labour
Byline: NICK SPEED Political Editor PLAID Cymru today attempts to enliven the campaign for next month's Ogmore by-election, by claiming its MPs are the hardest working from Wales at Westminster. Figures released by the party show all four of...
Pressure Grows on Fraud Squads; POLICE: Investigators Need More Resources
Byline: EMMA JAMES Crime Reporter POLICE forces are putting greater emphasis on investigating fraud and money laundering following the terrorist attacks of September 11. The four Welsh forces are investigating fraud worth millions of pounds....
Rethink Urged on Keeping Trained Nurses; HEALTH: Assembly Audit Committee Criticises Excessive Use of Overseas Staff
Byline: TOMOS LIVINGSTONE URGENT changes need to be made to the way nurses are trained in Wales, according to a report being published today by the audit committee of the National Assembly, The report criticises the excessive use of nurses from...
Seat-of-His-Pants Victory for White; SNOOKER: London Showman Steals the Thunder of Three Home Players with Win over Drago
Byline: PAUL WILLIAMS at Cardiff International Arena EVER the showman, Jimmy White stole the thunder of the three home players in action at the Regal Welsh last night by beating another explosive potter Tony Drago - but only by the seat of his pants....
Sinclair Secures Mercedes-Benz Deal; DEALERSHIP: Garage Seals Exclusive Multi-Million-Pound Contract for Prestige Cars
Byline: WILL SMALE Assistant Business Editor SINCLAIR Garages has secured a multi-million-pound contract to become the sole franchisee for Mercedes-Benz cars in South Wales. The deal sees the Port Talbot-based company add the Continental Cars...
Six Nations Call for Hall as South African Joins French Squad
Byline: MARK BURTON SOUTH AFRICA-BORN forward Steven Hall will need a crash course in "La Marseillais" after a shock call-up to the France squad for the Six Nations opener against Italy next week. The Beziers star is the third foreignborn player...
Spurs Power through to the Final in Stunning Fashion; WORTHINGTON CUP: Tottenham Hotspur 5 Chelsea 1 (Spurs Win 6-3 on Agg)
Byline: MARK BRADLEY TOTTENHAM threw off the shackles of history as they unleashed 12 years of pent-up frustration on Chelsea in a storming White Hart Lane display to reach the Worthington Cup final. It was February 1990 that Spurs last beat...
Storyteller with an Instinct to Explore; Vicar in a Biker's Jacket Has a Thirst to Explain the Inexplicable
Byline: CATRIN WILLIAMS THE vicar in a biker's jacket takes centre stage in the living room in the comfort of his favourite armchair. The leather fronds lining his arms fly as he indulges in his talent to perform and breaks into spontaneous song....
Study On-Line for Innovative BA Degree; LIFELONG LEARNING: New Technology Makes It Easier to Study Part-Time or from Afar
WHAT does distance learning mean to you? Does it conjure up pictures of students following a correspondence course through the post, or lonely students watching educational television programmes or listening to the radio at strange times of day? ...
The Land of Myth and Fable Open for Visitors; TOURISM: WTB to Woo Foreign Travellers in First Campaign of Its Kind
Byline: CERI JONES WALES is to be marketed as a land of myths and legends in an attempt to win back the lucrative overseas tourist trade. In its first ever campaign aimed specifically at the overseas market, the Wales Tourist Board (WTB) will...
The Level Plains of Literary Endeavour; WHITBREAD PRIZE: The Judges Have Done Literature a Great Service by Treating All Genres as Equals
Byline: HANNAH JONES Arts and Media Editor HERE'S a story. It's 3002 and the history of the 20th Century has finally been written. In the section marked 'Literature', there is a curious mix of authors, a smorgasbord of writers with, seemingly,...
Thomas Aims to Stop Star Quinnell and Boost International Claims
Byline: ANDY HOWELL NATHAN THOMAS plans to keep Scott Quinnell quiet during the Heineken Cup tie between Bath and Llanelli and boost his Wales hopes into the bargain. Thomas - who hopes to win a place in the Bath starting line-up against the...
Tickling Our Heavy Memories; WEARABLE ART: Anna Lewis Has a Fascination with Feathers
Byline: HANNAH JONES Arts and Media Editor FEATHERS: the measure of one's soul, hair-like material along a bird's body, or something more user friendly and utilitarian? For artist Anna Lewis the feather is a symbolic material which she uses in...
Union Protests as Train Guard's Attacker Goes Free; COURT: Teenager Given Conditional Discharge after Judge Hears of His Progress with Operation Raleigh in Ghana
Byline: ROBIN TURNER A RAIL-UNION leader has criticised the sentence handed out to a drunken teenager who attacked a train guard after being asked for his ticket. Jonathan Luke Massebo, 18, of Duffryn in Port Talbot's Afan Valley, who had had...
Update
TODAY ABERGAVENNY: Borough Theatre (01873 850805), Gwent Young People's Theatre presents The Silver Sword, 1.30pm and 7.00pm. CARDIFF: Llanover Hall Arts Centre, Romilly Road (029 20631144), Cardiff Musical Theatre presents A Little Night Music,...
Van Bronckhorst Fires Gunners on to United's Shoulders; FAPREMIERSHIP: Leicester City 1 Arsenal 3
Byline: KEN GAUNT DUTCH international Giovanni van Bronckhorst steered Arsenal on to the shoulders of Barclaycard Premiership leaders Manchester United last night. Van Bronckhorst made the breakthrough with his first goal for the club since his...
Wales Office Defends Spending; MILLENNIUM CENTRE: MP Claims 'Major Economic Impact'
Byline: NICK SPEED & TOBY MASON THE economic benefits of the Wales Millennium Centre will extend way beyond Cardiff, the government has claimed in a bid to silence criticism of the Assembly's decision to invest pounds 37m in the project. ...
Welsh Hospital Ward Closed by Gastric Flu Virus Which Is Sweeping Scotland; SWANSEA: Two Dozen People Affected by Bug
A GASTRIC flu virus which has been sweeping Scotland reached Wales yesterday. A ward at Swansea's Morriston Hospital was closed after staff and patients contracted the bug. Two dozen staff and elderly patients have been affected. Health chiefs...
Why We Need an 'Extremist' Agenda to Prosper; 'Intolerable Subjugation'
Byline: OWAIN WILLIAMS Chairman, Cymru Annibynnol/ Independent Wales Party IT HAS taken three-quarters of a century, but Plaid Cymru has finally agreed: independence is no longer an issue. Plaid has dumped nationalism and, fearful of severing...
Y Cwis Feistres; Hafina Clwyd
Galwch fi'n anorac, ond rydwi'n barod i gyfaddef fy mod wrth fy modd yn gwylio rhaglenni cwis ar y teledu. Nid son am raglenni gemau fel y Generation Game neu Catchphrase ydw i. Mae'r rheiny'n naff i'w ryfeddu. Ond soniwch chi am Fifteen to...