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 March 8, 2002

An Opportunity to Move from Practitioner to Professional; OPINION: What Is Needed Is a Strategy for Continuing Development
Byline: KEN JONES Head of the School of Education at Swansea Institute of Higher Education IN 1972 the James Report set out plans for reforming the professional development of teachers. Thirty years later we are closer than we have ever been...
Armed Raid Feels Full Force of the Welsh Gunners; SHOOTING: Soldier Injured
Byline: EMMA JAMES Crime Reporter TWO armed robbers got more than they bargained for yesterday when they targeted a motorway service station and came face to face with a group of Welsh Gunners. Members of the 22nd Regiment Royal Artillery, which...
Baby-Car of Character Scores Geneva Debut; DESIGNS ON THE FUTURE: BMW's Concept CS1 Breathes Creative Flair into the Smallest Spaces
Byline: ROBIN ROBERTS BMW pulled the wraps off a new concept baby-car at the Geneva Motorshow. Dubbed the CS1, it offers the first glimpse of BMW's design philosophy when applied to a small car, indicating possible future exterior styling themes...
Bank Keeps Interest Rates on Hold
THE Bank of England yesterday kept interest rates on hold at 4pc for the fourth month in a row. The widely-expected decision came despite a call by the TUC for a cut of 0.25pc. But although business leaders see scope for another cut in the near...
Bending the Gender in a Job Market of Stereotypes; the Idea of Associating Certain Careers with Males or Females Is Fast Passing into History
THE struggle to remove the concept that there are men's professions and women's jobs may have started, but as Catrin Williams finds out there are still some areas where men as well as women are seen as pioneers in their field. Case study: Marc JonWilliams/Dylan...
Bonymaen Player at Centre of Racist Abuse Row Could Face Ban; PRINCIPALITY CUP: WRU Opens Inquiry into Alleged Incident
Byline: ANDY HOWELL THE Bonymaen player accused of making racist comments to Newport star Ofisa Tonu'u during a Principality Cup match last month could be banned indefinitely by the Welsh Rugby Union. The WRU has opened an inquiry into the affair...
Brightest Pupils Facing Disaster
SIR - Estelle Morris, the Education and Skills Secretary, is issuing a Green Paper, like her predecessors, with yet another set of proposals to change schoolchildren's route to success in examinations. Schools long for stability and politicians simply...
Caddick Bears Brunt as England Look for Premier Wicket-Taker; CRICKET: It's Five Wickets for Impressive Paceman
Byline: MYLES HODGSON ANDREW CADDICK continued his impressive build-up to the Test series yesterday and emphasised England's growing reliance on his wicket-taking ability in New Zealand. While Darren Gough is undergoing surgery on his knee, England...
Chauvinists Deter Women Politicians; SURVEY: Equal Opportunities Commission Finds Handicaps and Bias to Female Candidates
Byline: CATRIN WILLIAMS RESEARCH has found new evidence that women are actively discriminated against in UK politics. More than 80 years after Nancy Astor became the first female MP, a Labour select committee remarked, "You're an excellent candidate,...
Compact Mazda Such a Perfect Fit
MAZDA has unveiled its brand DNA and a design philosophy in small car concept form at the Geneva Motor Show. The world premiere of the Mazda MX Sport Runabout demonstrates the standards Mazda aims to achieve in small car lifestyle packaging and...
Day to Remember How Unfortunate Other Women Are; What We Take for Granted
Byline: FELICITY WATERS INTERNATIONAL Women's Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women who have fought to gain recognition in a male-dominated world. It is a day when women are applauded and given credit for their developments...
Disunity Will Be Kept Hidden
Byline: Clive Betts JUST as Ieuan Wyn Jones settles in at last as leader of Plaid Cymru, a political problem is appearing on the horizon sufficient to unsettle the party's advance. The issue is whether Plaid is preaching the same message throughout...
Emotional Vetch Farewell for Axed Addison and Nicholas; SOCCER: Another Day of High Drama at Troubled Swans
Byline: IAN HUNT COLIN ADDISON and Peter Nicholas will say an emotional farewell to their Swansea City players today less than six months after taking charge at the crisis-torn Third Division club. In yet another day of high drama at the Vetch,...
Evo Pedigree Has It All - but for a Short Hard Ride; MITSUBISHI: The Lancer Evo VII Is a Mighty Fine Car but It Will Be Challenged by the Impreza
Byline: ROBIN ROBERTS FEW cars have a purer DNA than the Mitsubishi Evo 7. Latest in a line of high-performance sports saloons dating from 1992, the newest is also the most significant. Its larger, faster, better handling and even more forgiving...
Fifty Unite in Multi-Million Pound Compensation Fight; POISON GAS TRAGEDY: County Court Will Consider Claims
Byline: TOM BEDFORD FIREMEN, police and ambulancemen have started a multi-million pound compensation battle over a poison gas tragedy that killed two men. Workmen Ryan Preece, 27, and Robert Simpson, 33, died when deadly fumes leaked into drains...
Film Reviews; THE SHIPPING NEWS (15)
Byline: Brinley Hamer Jones THE prologue of an uncaring, brutal father pitching a terrified child into a lake to encourage him to swim, acts as a brief prelude to that child's adult life, with its series of dead-end jobs. Kevin Spacey is easy...
Flying the Female Flag in the Financial World; PLANNING AND INVESTMENT: 'When I Started Men Thought That I Couldn't Possibly Understand the Industry'
Byline: SION BARRY IN the male-dominated world of independent financial advisers Marlene Shalton is flying the flag proudly for women. Ms Shalton, who established her independent financial planning and investment advice firm Chambers Morgan James...
Gibson Goes to War Again - and Finds It Hurts; CINEMA: Vietnam Comes Back to Haunt the United States
Byline: ROB DRISCOLL MEL GIBSON and his fellow actors may have been pushed through the rigours of army boot camp so that they would appear convincing in the Vietnam war epic We Were Soldiers, but the Australian superstar reckons they had it easy...
Giggs Wants That Title Record; FAPREMIERSHIP: Welsh Ace Believes Current United Side Can Be as Good as the 1999 Treble Winners
Byline: DAVID ANDERSON RYAN GIGGS claims Manchester United want to win a record-breaking fourth successive Premier League title so that they will go down in history as one of the greatest sides ever. No team, not even any of the great Liverpool...
Globe Gets to Grips with Books; LITERACY: Schools Set to Take Part in Largest Ever Celebration of Written Word
Byline: RHODRI EVANS YOUNGSTERS at Blaenporth Primary School, Ceredigion, are proving reading in a foreign language can be fun. School activities will be take on a distinctly French flavour next week when the students celebrate World Book Day...
Great Dane Is Bjorn Again in Desert Delight; GOLF: Dubai Desert Classic
Byline: MARK GARROD THOMAS BJORN made a great start to the defence of his Dubai Desert Classic title, but confessed he was amazed to be on the leaderboard. Bjorn carded a 67, five-under-par, to share the first-round lead at Emirates Golf Club...
Health Fears as Women Smoke and Drink More; SOCIETY: The Culture of Working Hard and Playing Hard Begins to Take Its Toll
Byline: FELICITY WATERS Health Reporter AT THE beginning of the last century the sight of a woman with a pint in one hand and a cigarette in the other would have been enough to ostracise her from society. But a hundred years on it is often for...
Henry Starts Ban Immediately after Arsenal Decide Not to Appeal; FAPEREMIERSHIP Striker Will Miss Cup Trip to Newcastle
Byline: MARK BRADLEY THIERRY HENRY'S three-match ban will begin with immediate effect after Arsenal decided not to lodge an appeal with the Football Association. The 24-year-old striker was handed the ban for improper conduct on Wednesday following...
Home Is Where the Heart Is and Afghanistan Is Where It Lies; When Charity Worker Linda Bell First Visited Kabul Her Life Was Changed Forever
Byline: CATRIN WILLIAMS TOmany viewers the harrowing television scenes of the war in Afghanistan seem a world away. But to Cardiff-born Linda Bell, having called the country home for two years, it was all very real. When she returned to the UK...
'If I Had Money I'd Still Want to Die' HIGH COURT: Paralysed Woman Asked to Compare Her Plight with That of Famous Actor
Byline: STEPHEN HOWARD IN A stark and lucid appraisal of her plight, the paralysed woman who wants to be allowed to die said she had looked at her future on a ventilator and had rejected it. She told a court convened at her bedside on Wednesday...
Israel Defies US Criticism as It Raids Refugee Camps; MIDDLE EAST: Death Toll Mounts as Retaliatory Attacks Continue
Byline: CHRIS JONES PALESTINIAN suicide bombers were ordered yesterday to sacrifice themselves as Ariel Sharon ignored US criticism and stepped up attacks on the West Bank and Gaza. One bomber blew himself up in a supermarket at the entrance...
It's Double Blow as Morgan and Vaughan Go out; BADMINTON: Welsh Stars Are in Action - but Their Interest in the Championship Comes to an End
Byline: ANDREA MORGAN THERE was double disappointment for Wales in the Yonex All England championships at Birmingham's National Indoor Arena last night. Kelly Morgan lost 7-1, 7-3, 7-3 to Dai Yun in the women's singles, while Richard Vaughan...
Jarvis Looking to Enjoy a Happy League Return to Sardis Road
Byline: GARETH ROBERTS Rugby Reporter FORMER Pontypridd fly-half Lee Jarvis tonight returns to Sardis Road for his first encounter against his old club since leaving for Neath last summer determined to silence the home crowd. It will not be Jarvis's...
John Lewis Cuts Staff Bonuses as Profits Fall
JOHN LEWIS pegged back bonuses for its 57,000 staff yesterday after seeing bottom-line annual profits fall for the fourth year in a row. The department store group will offer "partners" 9pc of their annual salary - down from 10pc last year and sharply...
Killer Fire Started in 'At Least Two' Places; BACKPACKERS: Hotel's Burned-Out TV Room Showed Evidence of Flashover, Murder Trial Told
THE hostel blaze that killed 15 backpackers including seven Britons, two of them from Wales, probably started in several locations, an expert said yesterday. Dr John DeHaan, a leading US forensic scientist, is one of the final prosecution witnesses...
'Klan Man' Jailed for Race Taunts; COURT: Shopkeeper Harassed
Byline: EMMA PEARSON AFORMER leader of the Ku Klux Klan in Britain who racially harassed a shopkeeper after the September 11 terrorist attacks has been jailed for three months. Allan Beshella, 52, of Tonna Road, Maesteg, was found guilty of racially...
Lawrence Wants an Answer from Bluebirds' Duo; NATIONWIDE LEAGUE: Bowen and Boland Stalling on Signing New Contracts
Byline: IAN HUNT CARDIFF CITY midfielders Jason Bowen and Willie Boland have been told to make a quick decision on their futures - or risk having the offer of new contracts withdrawn. Manager Lennie Lawrence admitted he is losing patience with...
Lawyers to Turn Teachers; CONFERENCE: NUT and Law Society Join Forces to Figure out Way Forward
Byline: RHODRI EVANS RECENT high profile cases involving headteacher Marjorie Evans and two teachers at Caerphilly's Hendre Infants School have shown the increasing influence law is having on the world of Welsh education. Now the two professions...
Little Evidence of Slump as Spending Goes on; SURVEY: Boost for Service Sector with Industry Recession Seemingly Disproved
Byline: TOMOS LIVINGSTONE SHOPPERS in Wales are spending as much as ever before, according to a new survey commissioned by The Western Mail. The findings will provide a boost to the service sector in Wales and seems to disprove any notion of...
Lively Seaside Town an Ideal Place to Study for a PGCE; TEACHING: Study at the Old College in the Shadow of T E Ellis
"Those who can teach; those with ambition do it at Aberystwyth" The PGCE - History PGCE students 2002. "Aber, because of its location alone, must be a top choice." - Virgin Guide 2001. TEACHERS awarded a 3.5pc salary increase as from April...
Lowest-Paid Borough's Citizens on Brink of Despair; BLAENAU GWENT: Residents Feel Deserted
THE people of Blaenau Gwent are unlikely to be celebrating their latest claim to fame - a much-publicised survey says the county borough's citizens are the UK's lowest paid. According to Barclays Bank, the average income for men and women in the...
Major Shake-Up for Colleges and Universities Announced; HIGHER EDUCATION: Strategy Seeks Far Closer Collaboration between Institutions
Byline: TOBY MASON Political Correspondent UNIVERSITIES and colleges in Wales face their biggest shake-up for decades under ambitious new plans unveiled yesterday. Education minister Jane Davidson unveiled the Assembly Government's long-awaited...
Mighty Maybach Revealed - Just; GENEVA MOTOR SHOW: Mercedes Benz Challenge to BMW's Rolls-Royce
Byline: ROBIN ROBERTS Motoring Editor GERMANY'S most luxurious car for 60 years entered the world at Geneva this week, but you were lucky to see it. The mighty Maybach has been created by Mercedes-Benz to fight rival BMW's new generation Rolls-Royce...
Mitsubishi Pajero Furthers Quest for Ultimate SUV
THE Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution 2+2 - in design and performance - furthers the promise shown by last year's Pajero Evolution Concept show car. While last year's model was a sheer expression of passion and enthusiasm, this year's model adds the right...
Mother Wins Damages after Baby's Death; HIGH COURT: Trust Must Pay Award for Shock over Events on Last Days of Boy's Life after Misdiagnosis
Byline: CATHY GORDON A MOTHER who suffered "pathological grief reaction" after the death of her baby son as a result of negligent medical treatment was yesterday awarded pounds 21,216 damages by a High Court judge. Mr Justice Thomas ruled that...
Murphy's Law-Making Idea Splits His Party
Byline: NICK SPEED Political Editor WELSH Secretary Paul Murphy is poised to make the biggest change to law-making for Wales since the arrival of devolution when a draft Bill to reform the NHS is published in the next few weeks. But even before...
Newport Coach McIntosh Likely to Leave Rodney Parade; WELSH-SCOTTISH LEAGUE: Club Owner's Attempts to Persuade South African to Stay Are Set to Fail
Byline: ANDY HOWELL NEWPORT'S inspirational coach Ian McIntosh yesterday admitted he is unlikely to prolong his stay at Rodney Parade beyond the end of the season. "It looks like I am going to be heading home. I don't think there is anything...
One Woman's Role Model Is Another's Villainess; HEROINES: Perceptions Change as We Grow Older
Byline: CATHERINE JONES THERE are many women to give thanks for, those who have inspired others after modestly achieving staggering accomplishments themselves - and there are those considered to have let the side down. The first are easy to admire....
Permanent Waves Helps Women Artists to Network; THE ARTS: Organisation Provides Support System for Female Artists and Exhibits Their Work
Byline: KAREN PRICE Arts and Media Correspondent SIXTEEN years ago a group of women in Wales with an interest in the arts decided to stage an exhibition to celebrate the inaugural International Women's Day. At the time around 30 women exhibited...
Post Not Quite First Class for Junior Minister; WALES OFFICE: Less-Than-Overflowing In-Tray Prompts Call for Review
Byline: NICK SPEED Political Editor APLAID CYMRU MP last night urged a review of the role of the Wales Office after it emerged that the junior minister has received fewer than a letter a week over the past year. The Under-Secretary of State for...
Provalis Takes Pounds 10m Diabetes Gamble; HEALTHCARE: Multi-Million-Pound Share Offer to Finance Development of Over-the-Counter Test for Symptoms
Byline: JAMES PRITCHARD London Reporter HEALTHCARE group Provalis is to take a pounds 10m gamble on the way diabetes will be diagnosed and monitored in the future. The Deeside-based-company announced yesterday that it is to raise a multi-million-pound...
Public Service Workers Demand Assurances over Their Rights; POLITICS: Guarantees from Ministers Are Worthless, Says Union
Byline: JOHN DEANE & ALAN JONES TONY Blair's latest effort to persuade public sector staff to embrace his reform agenda was overshadowed yesterday by mounting union concern over the Government's stance on workers' rights. The Prime Minister...
Riding the Wave to Surfing Supremacy; TOURISM: Swansea Hopes to Become the New Surf City to Rival Newquay
Byline: ROBIN TURNER THE home of surfing is moving to Wales. Swansea is challenging Cornwall for the title of Britain's premier surfing centre. The area is already popular with people in Wales, but now tourist officials hope that fans from around...
Rolls-Royce Restores Its Stability
Byline: GRAEME EVANS AERO-ENGINES group Rolls-Royce delivered a 9pc rise in annual underlying profits yesterday, after taking "prompt action" in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11. Rolls-Royce cut about 5,000 jobs - including 3,800...
Scandal of Women Paid 36pc Less Than the Men; INEQUALITY: Wages-Gap Poverty
Byline: PATRICK FLETCHER LOW PAY is keeping women in Wales in poverty, it was revealed last night. An investigation into the pay gap between men and women in Wales has uncovered a national scandal in which some women are paid 36pc less than their...
Shot Schoolboy Has Head Surgery to Remove Pellet; WOUNDING: Police Question Companion to Establish Facts
Byline: CATHY COLEMAN POLICE were yesterday hunting for a gunman who shot a teenage boy in the head as he walked home from school. Daniel George, 15, is critically ill in hospital after being struck on the forehead by a pellet fired from an air...
Survey Shows Science Is Career Nono; SCIENCE: Pupils Find School Fun but Not Something They Wish to Pursue
Byline: RHODRI EVANS A SURVEY conducted as part of National Science Week has shown many children have no desire to become scientists. A survey of almost 400 12 to 13-year-olds in Cardiff has revealed that although science is perceived as interesting...
Update
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Vetch Favourite Curtis Has Sound Advice for New Pair
Byline: PHIL BLANCHE SWANSEA CITY'S caretaker-management team of Nick Cusack and Roger Freestone should consider staying on the sidelines at Carlisle tomorrow. That was the verdict of former Swans assistant manager Alan Curtis last night after...
Welsh Are Poised to Rescue Tournament with NZ Berth; WORLD CUP: Kiwis Desperate to Generate Revenue
Byline: ANDY HOWELL WALES will play their pool matches at next year's World Cup in New Zealand as organisers attempt to solve the row that was threatening to destabilise the tournament. The draw has been put back to next Tuesday following protests...
Welsh Duo Gain Revenge Wins to Reach the Quarter-Finals; SNOOKER: Thailand Open, Bangkok
FIRED-UP Mark Williams was in ruthless mood in Bangkok yesterday as he exacted revenge for his 10-9 defeat by Paul Hunter in the final of the recent Benson & Hedges Masters. Williams took only 64 minutes to storm into the quarter-finals of the...
Woodward Questions Ambitions in Wales; RUGBY UNION: England Coach Turns Up Heat
Byline: ANDY HOWELL Rugby Correspondent ENGLAND coach Clive Woodward has turned up the heat on Wales little more than two weeks ahead of their Twickenham meeting by questioning Welsh objectives. He claimed Wales were more interested in beating...