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 October 10, 2001

Accessibility Often the Key to Success; Commercial Property COMMENT: Apartment Market Bolstered but How about Consumer Demand?
Byline: Richard Murphy AS a young property professional you are trained that the most important three things affecting property value are location, location, location. Clearly, this is not always the case. However, accessibility is often the...
Aer Lingus Cuts a Third of Its Staff
THE Irish Republic's Aer Lingus national airline was last night set to shed more than a third of its 7,000-strong workforce. As many as 2,500 jobs were set to go following a crisis meeting of the state-backed company's board in Dublin. Directors...
Allcock Enjoying New Status; BOWLS: But Englishman and Partner Beaten in Pairs
Byline: DAVID RHYS JONES THE acrimonious events of the weekend threatened to spill over into the Bryant Cup at Potters Leisure Resort where the United Kingdom are defending their title against a star-studded Rest of the World side. But rumours...
Al Qaida Threatens New Attacks; CHILLING WARNING: 'There Are Thousands of Young People Who Look Forward to Death' Says Bin Laden Organisation
Byline: CHRIS JONES MUSLIMS across the world were last night urged to wage holy war as suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden's al Qaida organisation threatened a new wave of suicide attacks on the US. As Afghanistan was bombarded during...
An Artist to Her Fingertips; Sally Spedding Uses Her Feeling for Place and Local Lore in Her First Novel
Byline: CATHERINE JONES SALLY Spedding is a font of creepy stories, the kind of tales which wheedle their way back into your mind, hours, maybe days and weeks later. There was the time she was sitting in her creative writing group and an elderly...
BBC Wales Drops Its Only Televised Arts Programme; TELEVISION: Series Fails to Prove 'Sufficiently Accessible or Popular'
WHEN the arts programme Double Yellow was launched earlier this year, it seemed to have all the ingredients to be a success. BBC Wales promised viewers that the three young, vibrant presenters - an actress (Rakie Ayola), a poet (Owen Sheers) and...
Big Firms Pay More Slowly as SMEs Fear Losing Clients; SURVEY: New Law Is No Remedy
Byline: SION BARRY LATE payment legislation is having little effect as large companies are taking longer to pay bills, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses in Wales. FSB said its research had found that the average...
Big Rise in Numbers of Missing Persons; WARNING: Charity Reports 15pc Increase in Notifications
THOUSANDS of people are reported missing from their homes every week with an estimated 250,000 people going missing in Britain every year. And the number is growing, according to the National Missing Persons Helpline (NMPH) charity. Sophie Woodford,...
Bluebirds Prove Themselves Equal to High-Flying Robins; Bristol City 1 Cardiff City 1
Byline: MARIO RISOLI at Ashton Gate CARDIFF CITY re-asserted themselves as promotion contenders last night by taking a point off highflying Bristol City at Ashton Gate. The big-spending Bluebirds have had their critics in the last few weeks following...
BT Calls Halt to Plans to Break Up Remainder of Its Business; TELECOMS
COMMUNICATIONS giant British Telecom revealed yesterday it had shelved plans to break up the remainder of its business. BT said while it would still spin off its mobile phone arm, mmO2, a proposal to demerge its retail and wholesale divisions had...
Business Leaders Arrive for Cardiff Conference; CITY HALL: Two-Day Event Attracts 400 Delegates from 41 Countries
Byline: WILL SMALE Assistant Business Editor GOVERNMENT and business leaders from across Europe are arriving in Cardiff for the start of a major two-day conference. Being attended by 400 delegates from 41 countries, the giant event at City Hall...
Calls to Sack Government Spin Doctor
TONY BLAIR was under mounting pressure last night to sack an adviser who urged colleagues to rush out bad news under cover of the US terror strikes. Jo Moore, special adviser to Stephen Byers at the Department of Transport, Local Government and...
Chairman Snubs Job Offer; RAILTRACK: Robinson Says His First Loyalty Is to Shareholders
Byline: ALAN JONES THE chairman of Railtrack last night turned down a Government offer to head the new not-forprofit organisation due to take over from the rail infrastructure firm, throwing the industry into further turmoil. John Robinson said...
Chemical Giant Cleans Up; WASTE MANAGEMENT: Arena Network Environmental Awards
Byline: SION BARRY CHEMICAL giant Dow Corning was last night named Wales's most environmentally-friendly business. The American-owned company's plant at Barry was named the overall winner of the prestigious Arena Network Environmental Awards...
City Market Report
Byline: Megan Davies and Steve Hawkes LONDON shares finished an undecided session in subdued mood yesterday, as the FTSE 100 Index continued to weather the fall-out from the military attacks on Afghanistan. By the close of trading, the Footsie...
Company Leaves the Incubator for the Web; Online Wales PURPLE SUN SYSTEMS: Providing Management Services
Byline: MANJIRI KULKARNI STEPPING out into the big wide world also means stepping on to the world wide web for Purple Sun Business Systems. The product of the @Wales incubator has taken its first step on the road to business success by leaving...
Complaints to Ombudsman Rise by 11pc; HEALTH REPORT
Byline: FELICITY MORGAN POOR communication within the NHS lies at the heart of many complaints made to the Health Service Ombudsman for Wales. Michael Buckley, who published his second annual report yesterday, recorded an 11pc increase in complaints...
Cruel Sheep Killer Will Go Unpunished; MONMOUTHSHIRE
A SLAUGHTERMAN who was caught on film allegedly taking random shots at sheep in a open field will not be prosecuted. The gunman, who was ordered to cull the animals in Monmouthshire following fears they had contracted foot-and-mouth disease, was...
Culture Change Called for; PLANNING: Safer Detailing, Safer Procurement, Safer Management
Byline: STELLA SAUNDERS Association of Planning Supervisors BY now you are no doubt aware that health and safety is high on the agenda in all boardrooms as a constituent part of the process of delivery of service. In the construction industry...
Dal I Ddisgwyl Y Barbariaid
Byline: Dylan Iorwerth Mae wythnos yn amser hir mewn gwleidyddiaeth ond dydi 800 o flynyddoedd ddim. I raddau, mae'n dibynnu trwy ba ben i'r telisgop yr ydech chi'n dewis edrych ar bethau. Y funud yma, mae'n anodd credu efallai mai rhyw droednodyn...
Diesel Continues to Develop; ENGINES
SALES of diesels may be booming, but it is certainly no passing fad. Bosch is behind two new developments that will ensure diesel continues to be a popular choice for years to come. First, Bosch has made the second generation of common-rail, high-pressure,...
Drop in HTV Output Feared; Media Wales TELEVISION: Internal ITV Document Raises Speculation of Regional Cuts
Byline: KAREN PRICE Arts and Media Correspondent SPECULATION has been mounting that HTV Wales's local output could be reduced as the ITV network prepares itself for the implementation of the Communications White Paper. An article has appeared...
England Expect Stormy Reception for Fourth One-Day International; UPSET: Campbell Not Jaundiced towards England Completely after 'Unsporting' Behaviour
Byline: MYLES HODGSON in Bulawayo ENGLAND face a stormy reunion with Zimbabwe in today's fourth one-day international after criticism of captain Nasser Hussain's celebrations during Sunday's bad-tempered victory in Harare. Hussain clinched the...
Facts Support Claim That Women Are Better Drivers; INSURANCE: Advertising Standards Agency Gives Go-Ahead for Insurer's Campaign
WOMEN are officially better drivers than men and are safer bets for insurance companies. The Advertising Standards Agency ruled this week that a poster claiming that women are better drivers would be allowed to go ahead, after the company handed...
Fears of Recession despite Strong Business; CAR TRADE: Gloomy Predictions Making Traders Nervous despite Healthy Economy, Say CAP Experts
FEARS of recession in the automotive market are at odds with the fundamental health of the economy. But the trade appears fearful for the future even when business is set to remain strong. That's the view of CAP economics experts who project and...
Few Improvements Made to Wales's Flood Defences in the Year since Disastrous Deluge; ENVIRONMENT: Many Properties and Businesses May Become Uninsurable If They Are Not Protected from Flooding by the End of Next Year
Byline: SUE GODDARD ALMOST 12 months after hundreds of homes and businesses were evacuated as a result of major flooding, few improvements have been made to Wales's flood defences. And many properties and businesses may become uninsurable if...
Foul Play Suspected in Anthrax Cases
Byline: HUGH DOUGHERTY FEARS of a terrorist anthrax attack in America grew last night as investigators said they believed two cases of the disease, one of them fatal, were caused by foul play. British-born journalist Bob Stevens died in Florida...
Global Manifesto's Prosperity Plan; Commercial Property GROUNDBREAKING: First Study of Its Kind of World's Assets
Byline: SION BARRY LAND and property must be allowed to fulfil their potential to create and spread wealth across the world, claims the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. In its new global manifesto, the RICS examines the management the...
Golden World Treble for Brilliant Cooke; CYCLING: Title Hat-Trick for Welsh Ace
Byline: JOHN SNOOK NICOLE COOKE became a triple world champion in Lisbon yesterday, adding the junior women's world time trial championship to the junior world road racing title she won last year in Britanny and the junior world mountain bike crown...
GP Speaks out for Dying Patient; NHS: Patient in Agony after 16-Month Wait for Surgery, Says Doctor
Byline: FELICITY MORGAN Health Reporter A DISTRESSED doctor has taken the unusual step of speaking out about a dying patient because he is so outraged at his wait for cancer surgery. Powell Jones, a farmer from Hayon-Wye, was first diagnosed...
Half of the World's Web Servers Are Now Using Linux
THE Linux Operating System is more reliable than expensive licensed software. Half of the world's web servers are now running Linux. When you connect to the web, chances are that the server will be Linux-driven. Not only is it used on the web, but...
Hear'Say Go into Print with Stories of Heartache and Fears for the Future; BOOKS: Band Member Noel Sullivan Recounts His Sad Family Background
THE Welsh member of the band Hear'Say has spoken out for the first time over his heartache at the split of his mother's marriage to his stepfather. Singer Noel Sullivan, who hails from Cardiff, tells his own personal tale about the highs and lows...
Henry Guilty of Ill-Timed Claims; on Rugby CONTROVERSY: WRU Reviews Policy on Management and Players Writing Columns
Byline: ANDY HOWELL TRUST Graham Henry. He accuses Matt Dawson and Austin Healey of "betraying their mates for 30 pieces of silver" during the British Lions tour of Australia and goes and does the very same himself. Quite extra-ordinarily he...
Home Win Eludes Addison; NATIONWIDE LEAGUE: Swansea City 0 Rochdale 1
Byline: IAN HUNT at The Vetch NEW Swansea manager Colin Addison is still looking for his first home win after a frustrating defeat by promotion-chasing Rochdale last night. Buoyed by the 2-0 win at Kidderminster, Swansea could have jumped eight...
Housing Associations to Be Given Right to Impose Anti-Social Orders; YOUTH CRIME: Minister Tells Conference That He Wants to Give New Powers to Magistrates
HOME Office Minister John Denham has announced that housing associations will have the power to impose anti-social behaviour orders on unruly youths. Speaking at a conference called Tackling Anti Social Behaviour, being held by the National Assembly...
Is This the News They Tried to Bury?; LABOUR: E-Mail Encouraged Colleagues to Release Sensitive News While Public's Attention Was Focused on New York Atrocities
Byline: RHODRI EVANS ON ANOTHER day they would have made front page headlines and caused huge embarrassment for Tony Blair. But a cynical Government ploy used the terror attacks on America to "bury" a number of controversial stories. Transport...
Keane Hat-Trick Stuns Foxes and Begs Houdini-Act from Harry; Leicester City 0 Leeds United 6
ROBBIE KEANE scored a stunning hat-trick as Leeds United handed out full revenge for previous Worthington Cup heartbreak at the hands of managerless Leicester City with a six-goal romp at Filbert Street. Dave Bassett is expected to be confirmed...
Late Sub Torrance Relishes the Challenge; GOLF: Scot and Ballesteros Make the Line-Up
Byline: MARK GARROD EUROPE'S Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance was yesterday called into the Cisco World Matchplay championship at Wentworth after Canadian Mike Weir told organisers he would not be making the trip. Torrance will now be playing Seve...
Mariners Send Holders Liverpool Crashing; WORTHINGTON CUP: Round-Up of Last Night's Third-Round Ties
GRIMSBY pulled off the shock of the round with a 2-1 extra-time win at Anfield to dump holders Liverpool out of the Worthington Cup. A brilliant backs-to-the-wall effort seemed to come unstuck when referee Eddie Wolstenholme awarded the six-times...
Model Maker on Fast Track to Fame; MADE IN WALES: Branson Has Confidence in Llangollen-Based Business
Byline: DARREN DEVINE MODEL railway and Dr Who figurine maker Dapol was set up in the mid-1980s as a result of one woman's passion for steam trains and science fiction. Now Pauline Boyle's hobby has helped her build a business that is one of...
M&S Winning Back Customers; RETAILING: Chain Reports Its First Increase in Quarterly Sales for Three Years
Byline: JAMES PRITCHARD London Reporter HIGH-STREET giant Marks & Spencer yesterday said it was winning back customers as it reported its first increase in quarterly sales for three years. Improved sales in its vital womenswear ranges helped...
Mussel Boom Expected; NORTH WALES: Fishermen Anticipate Trebling Their Harvest
Byline: RHODRI CLARK THE mussel industry in North Wales has embarked on what promises to be a bumper season. Last year about 3,000 tonnes of mussels were landed at Bangor - but this year fishermen are expecting to treble that amount. One reason...
New Health and Safety Centre; UNIVERSITY OF WALES INSTITUTE, CARDIFF
UWIC has recently created a new Centre for Health, Safety and Environment within the School of Applied Sciences, to provide research, consultancy and training services to organisations in the public and private sectors. This centre provides an effective...
NHS Wants More from Wales; SUPPLY CHAIN: Regional Conferences to Act as Showcases
Byline: SION BARRY Business Editor AN INITIATIVE to encourage more indigenous businesses to supply goods and services to the National Health Service has been launched. The venture, between the WDA and the NHS, aims to increase the number of Welsh...
North-South Divide Widening; PROPERTY: 'Differing Fortunes' of Regional Economies Highlighted
Byline: JOANNE ATKINSON THE north-south property divide is continuing to widen as the recession in manufacturing hits house price growth, Britain's biggest mortgage lender said yesterday. Figures from Halifax show that while property prices surged...
Paedophile Article Flawed
SIR - The article on page two of your newspaper on Wednesday, October 3, headed "Paedophile Checks Warning" was misleading. It implied that voluntary organisations working with children or vulnerable adults who have not registered with the Criminal...
PEOPLE in Business
New faces at Stradform CHARTERED building company Stradform has made two appointments at its Swansea office. Chris Morgan, an associate of the Chartered Institute of Buildings, joins the firm as contracts manager, having previously worked in a senior...
Pharmaceutical Firm Starts to Expand; MEDICINES: After Difficult Year Wrexham Company Is Growing Again Thanks to New Contracts
Byline: WILL SMALE Assistant Business Editor AFTER a difficult 12 months of reduced profits and redundancies, CP Pharmaceuticals is now taking on extra staff to meet a big upturn in sales. The Wrexham-based company, like everyone else in the...
Police and Public More Vigilant
METROPOLITAN Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens yesterday played down fears that London could be the target for retaliatory attacks over the Afghanistan strikes. Sir John said, "It is a general threat. London is a capital city and all capital...
POP MUSIC: Bracketed with U2 on Several US Gigs Could Help Group Make Major Breakthrough
Byline: MANJIRI KULKARNI STEREOPHONICS are aiming succeed where no other Welsh band has before - the United States. The band is preparing to unleash a full offensive on the American music market, which works in a different way to that in Britain...
Pryce and Rees Make It Newbridge Title Double; BOXING
Byline: GARETH JONES BRADLEY PRYCE, the 20-year-old they called "Sugar Sweet", completed a Newbridge double at the National Ice Rink last night, retaining his WBO Inter-Continental lightweight title by comprehensively outpointing South African Lucky...
Raids Continue Night and Day as US Jets Blast Taliban; CAMPAIGN: Attacks So Successful Warplanes 'Can Now Fly with Minimal Concern' and Navy Pilots Return to Carriers with Bombs Saying They Are Running out of Targets
Byline: AMIR SHAH AND KATHY GANNON STRIKING the Taliban on home ground, US warplanes pounded the area around the southern Afghan city of Kandahar last night for the second time in 12 hours. The remote northwestern city of Herat was also hard...
Released Journalist Taunted Her Guards
BRITISH journalist Yvonne Ridley was today expected to fly back to the UK for a reunion with her family. It would bring her nightmare, which included going on hunger strike while being held captive by the Taliban, to an end. In an article in...
Rival Parties Pour Scorn on Wigley's Return
Byline: PHIL DAVIES POLITICAL opponents of Plaid Cymru last night criticised the party's decision to bring back on board its former president. Dafydd Wigley, the former leader of the party, who resigned the position following ill health yesterday...
Robinson a Wales Worry; SIX NATIONS: Cardiff Centre Suffers Hamstring Problem in Training
Byline: ANDY HOWELL Rugby Correspondent JAMIE ROBINSON has given Wales a fresh injury worry ahead of Saturday's Six Nations championship battle with new-look Ireland at the Millennium Stadium. The Cardiff centre suffered a hamstring problem in...
Sailing Sea of Opportunity
BY NEIL Chapman's own admission, Milford Haven is a long way from most places in the UK. So without a large local customer base, how has a small yacht brokerage based on the South West tip of Wales managed to increase its sales 10-fold in a little...
Sending Signal to Terrorists' Leader
Byline: GAVIN CORDON COALITION air strikes against Afghanistan are intended to send a clear signal to Osama bin Laden that there is no safe haven for him anywhere in the world, British defence sources said. The current phase of operations was...
Seniors 'Knew Scout Leader Not Qualified for Trip' CROWN COURT: Mountaineering Certificate Lapsed in 1997 and Was Not Renewed
Byline: DARREN DEVINE SENIOR figures in the Scout Association knew the scout leader who left a young boy to find his way down a "difficult and dangerous" mountain side was not qualified to lead the trip. Caernarfon Crown Court heard yesterday...
Shaken by Mercedes; DEALERS: Conflict with German Giant Upsets Trade
Byline: ROBIN ROBERTS Motoring Editor MERCEDES-BENZ'S poor handling of its dealers last year sent shock waves through the industry, according to a new survey of the retail motor industry. The German giant's attempts to steamroller a change through...
Shop Window That Reaches out across the Globe; BT: Innovation Centre Finds New Ways to Help Welsh Companies Capitalise on Opportunities
NO MATTER what the hype, the internet and eCommerce solutions are big news for Welsh business, changing the marketplace forever and giving companies access to a global communications at the touch of a button. Professor Tony Davies, Director of the...
Sinkinson's Return Could Be a Good Omen for Wales; SIX NATIONS: Henry's Men Look to Put an End to That Irish Hoodoo
Byline: GARETH ROBERTS AND IAN HUNT THERE may be a good omen for Wales in Brett Sinkinson's return to the national team's starting line-up for their clash against Ireland at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. The Neath flanker says it will be...
Strategists Plan for the End of the War; Speculation about the Success of the Campaign Shows Four Possible Outcomes
Byline: RHODRI EVANS THE FIGHTBACK against terrorism has begun with a series of bombing raids targeting air fields and military installations. US and British officials have promised that the war will be a long and unconventional one. It is...
Teleworking Gets Cheaper as New Band Comes In
SMALL and medium sized businesses looking to link remote workers to the company's IT network can now use a new highspeed broadband-enabled service from BTopenworld. Working with Avaya, a global leader in corporate communications networking solutions,...
Terrible Timing Betrays Lack of Judgment
POLITICIANS have a reputation for seizing the moment, but few have ventured so far into the realms of bad taste as Jo Moore. Ms Moore, a special adviser to the Transport and Local Government Secretary Stephen Byers, sent an e-mail to senior colleagues...
The Nation Must Hold Its Nerve; WORLD CRISIS: Business and Industry Must Not Panic during This Time of Economic Uncertainties, Says AEEU Leader
Byline: SIR KEN JACKSON THEWORLD is still reeling from the terrible events in America of 11 September. The repercussions will be felt across the globe for many years to come. There are thousands whose families and friends are scarred directly...
United Front Would Give Bourne a Clear Run; POLITICS: Conservatives Face Nomination Dilemma over Brecon and Radnorshire
Byline: NICK SPEED In Blackpool THE need for a united Tory front in the run-up to the next Assembly elections is being used to try to avoid a messy re-selection battle for group leader Nick Bourne. Senior Welsh Tories are pinning their hopes...
US Spy Planes May Only Be of Limited Use
SOPHISTICATED spy planes and satellites offer US forces vivid images of their targets in Afghanistan and the resistance they may face, intelligence analysts say. Advances in broadband communications and computer technology mean that soldiers in...
Veteran Newsman's Lucky Escape; NEW YORK: Richard Baker Was on His Way to World Trade Centre on Fateful Day
Byline: HANNAH JONES Arts and Media Editor IT'S not often that two worlds collide. But for veteran broadcaster Richard Baker, his former life as a newsman came tumbling into view from a tragic vantage point while he was taking a short sight-seeing...
Veteran Newsman's Lucky Escape UPDATE
TODAY ABERDARE: Coliseum (01685 881188), Guys and Dolls. CARDIFF: Norwegian Church Arts Centre, Harbour Drive, Cardiff Bay (Radio 2 Information Line 08700 100 200). BBC Radio 2 in Cardiff presents Barbara Dennerlein (Hammond B-3) & Trio, 8pm....
Website Takes Third of Organics' Orders
SPOTTING the winds of change early in the farming fortunes of Wales, Graig Farm Organics has ploughed its own business furrow for 13 years to build up the thriving company and brand we know today. Under the attentive guidance of owner Bob Kennard,...
Winning the Hi-Tech Game with Surge in Players; ENTERPRISE CULTURE: Flexible Companies Seize Advantages of Communications Technology to Win in the Modern World
Network manager of the Fast Growth 50 initiative Mandi Lea Abrahams explores the successes behind IT, hi-tech manufacturing and public relations companies in this year's league table of fasting growing SMEs THIS year's Fast Growth 50 list saw a rise...