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 April 3, 2002

Acorn Collects Top Industry Award; RECRUITMENT: Agency Beats off UK Competition with 'The Most Outstanding Contribution'
Byline: WILL SMALE ACORN Recruitment has been named the most outstanding recruitment company in Britain. The firm, the largest independent recruitment and training business in Wales, scooped the top award at the recent UK industry's annual "Oscars"....
A Dark Day Burned into the Memory of Wales; LEADER: The Falklands Part Three: Sir Galahad
Byline: PHIL DAVIES It was May 31, 1982. Hostilities over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands have been under way for about a month. The British Task Force has taken something of a pounding and ships have been sunk. The compensating factor...
Alas, Poor Torrik Is Still under Threat; OFFERS: Execution Feared
Byline: STEVE DUBE TORRIK the tiger could find a new home in time to avoid being destroyed. Former zookeeper Liz Hamer has received offers from North Wales, America and Germany since Carmarthenshire councillors last week turned down her request...
Analysts Bet on Anything but Huge Profits Now; PERFORMANCE: Airport Caterer, TV Production Company and Garment Manufacturer Show Dip on Last Year
Byline: Harry Lewis IN the City they will bet on anything - even the number of Cadbury's cream eggs sold over Easter. And, with the long Bank Holiday weekend and another short week ahead there seems little else to do. On the corporate results...
Arts Centre Emerges Victorious in Day of Physical and Mental Tests; BUILTH WELLS: Contest Highlights Importance of High-Quality Leadership
Byline: SION BARRY IF THE quality of the managers competing in the inaugural Wales Management Challenge could be replicated across the whole of the country then the economy would be in far more robust health. Launched by the Wales Management...
Awards Are a Testament to Creativity; ANDREW LEWIS: Craftsmanship Abounds in Wales
THE awards presented to the regional and overall winners of this year's Wales Management Challenge were a testament to the creativity and craftsmanship that abounds in Wales. The solid glass trophies with coloured sponsors logos and an inscription...
Awards Recognise Excellence across the Spectrum; RECOGNITION: Individual and Collective Talent Is the Benchmark for Success and Deserving of Honour
THE Western Mail Business Awards for Wales, in association with the WDA and Elwa, now enter their fifth year. The awards honour and acknowledge the very best in Welsh business. BBC newsreader Huw Edwards will host the awards dinner, to be held at...
'Back Botham's Noah's Ark Walk' FUND-RAISING: Join the Sportsman and the Lord Mayor in a Fun Day for Cardiff Charity
Byline: CATRIN WILLIAMS THIS month you have a chance to help the Children's Hospital for Wales become a reality. The Lord Mayor's Walk will be the final stage of Ian Botham's trek across Wales to raise money for the Noah's Ark Appeal. The...
Banking on a Winning Ryder; RYDER CUP: Golf Showcase Set to Put Wales in the World's Shop Window
Byline: GRAHAM MOORE THE success of the Ryder Cup bid in 2001 was a major coup for Wales, delivered against stiff competition. But just what does the fantastic achievement of hosting this global event really mean, and how can we make it work for...
BBC and S4C Defend Coverage; MEDIA WALES - QUEEN MOTHER: Critics Lambast Corporation's Handling of Royal Death
Byline: KAREN PRICE THE broadcasters' coverage of the Queen Mother's death has created almost as many headlines as the event itself. For years broadcasters and newspaper journalists have had contingency plans for covering the eventuality of the...
Brilliant McCoy Gallops into the Record Books; HISTORY MAN: Champion Jockey Beats Richards's Mark with Valfonic in Warwick Treble
Byline: ANITA CHAMBERS TONY McCOY broke Sir Gordon Richards's long-standing record for winners in a season when notching his 270th win of the campaign at Warwick yesterday. After equalling the record of 269 winners on Shepherds Rest earlier in...
Building an Integrated Service
Byline: CATRIN WILLIAMS CAXTON Facilities Management Limited, based at St Mellons Business Park, Cardiff, was awarded the title of South-East regional winners in the All Wales Management Team Challenge 2002. CFM was formed in 1986 and in 1994...
Business Creation Failure Criticised; ENTERPRISE: Academic Will Condemn Lack of Global Perspective
Byline: JAMES PRITCHARD A LEADING academic will today launch a broadside against the continuing failure of the Welsh economy to create businesses. Professor Michael Qualye is to use his speech at a national competitiveness conference being held...
Call for New Legislation over Assaults
Byline: DAVE HIGGENS ASSAULTING a public servant should be made a new offence the leader of Britain's second largest teaching union said yesterday. Nigel de Gruchy, the outgoing National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers general...
Call to License Landlords to Curb Disruptive Tenants; SOCIETY: Campaigner Says Anti Social Behaviour Orders Are Flawed Because of Reliance on Neighbour Testimony
Byline: MIKE JONES CALLS by the Government to encourage social landlords to make greater use of Anti Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) have been dismissed by the leader of a national campaign to license all private landlords. Anti Social Behaviour...
Centre Is Just Simply Fun to Run; NORTH WALES
THE Fun Centre/Yr Hwylfan in Caernarfon won the Small Business Award in 2001. Based in a restored Grade II listed church, it is North Wales's biggest indoor adventure play centre, and was created in July 2000, with a grant from the Welsh European...
Changing World Demands New Managment Skills; IMPACT: Business Should Drive the Technology
TECHNOLOGY is likely to make radical changes in the business world, and major opportunities will open up for those who develop the right management skills to thrive in this new environment. This was one of the main predictions of a special Wales...
Come in No 8 - That's Call to Charvis; RUGBY UNION: Swansea Ace Poised to Fill the Void Left by Stricken Quinnell
Byline: ANDY HOWELL COLIN CHARVIS is expected to be asked to fill Scott Quinnell's boots when Wales attempt to wrap up a dismal Six Nations championship campaign on a winning note against Scotland at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. It would...
Crouch's Goal Makes Him a Big Favourite with Villa Fans; FAPREMIERSHIP: Aston Villa 1
PETER CROUCH became an instant hero with the Holte End as he scored a stunning goal to earn Aston Villa a deserved share of the spoils in a pulsating Premiership encounter with Newcastle. The 6ft 7in tall striker has had to put up with comparisons...
Deceased Parrot Was Sold When It Was Ill, Poorly, Not at Its Best
Byline: STEVE DUBE A BIRD-DEALER has been ordered to compensate a pensioner for selling him a diseased parrot, which died within weeks. But Sharon Hand is to appeal to Carmarthen County Court to allow her to pay the pounds 806 compensation, vets'...
EU Spreads Multi-Media Skills; ONLINE WALES - TRAINING: Objective One Cash Helps Young People Break in to Online Jobs
Byline: TOMOS LIVINGSTONE YOUNGSTERS from Objective One areas are learning multimedia skills to equip them to break in to well-paid jobs in the online sector. They are on a scheme that is hoping to address one of the main problems faced by the...
Everything to Look Forward to; STATEMENT: 'The Welsh Economy Is in Good Shape to Weather Any Uncertainties'
Byline: Message from the First Minister of Wales Rhodri Morgan THE annual round of events to mark Business Week in Wales has become a welcome fixture in the Welsh business calendar. It is a celebration of Wales's most successful companies by...
Families Devastated by Air Crash Deaths; CWMBRAN: Two Men Killed in Plane Accident Had More Than 1,000 Flying Hours between Them
Byline: RICHARD EVANS THE two men killed on Monday when the light aircraft they were flying crashed into an electricity pylon were named last night. The plane carrying Kevin Mansbridge, 50, of Barry, and Gerald Prangley, 52, of Laleston, near...
Fatties Lose the Lard and Win Respect . . . Including Their Own; OBESITY: Weighty Problem Increases but Some Find They Can Become More Healthy and Presentable
Byline: CATHERINE JONES ELTON JOHN is trying to lose it, Nigella Lawson seems unconcerned whether she gains it and fans of the television series Fat Club are wondering which way the scales have swung for its members. Despite the success of Cardiff's...
Fear May Be Preventing Companies from Taking Plunge into eCommerce; ADVERTISING FEATURE - THE INTERNET: Even the Smallest of Firms Can Get Help to Use Low-Cost eBusiness Techniques
THE internet is all around us these days, with over 10 million UK households now online and 48pc of British firms reported to have their own websites. Businesses the length and breadth of Wales have already taken the plunge by beginning to trade...
Football League Will Be 'Remorseless' in Seeking Pounds 500m for Digital Debacle; LEGAL ACTION: Carlton and Granada Warned
THE Football League will press ahead with legal action against Carlton Communications and Granada if there is no settlement in the crisis over ITV Digital, the League said yesterday. The hardline statement followed talks between League chiefs and...
From Pop Stardom to Arrest for Theft; LEADER: Since Defeating Heroin, the Welsh Frontman of '80S Band Visage Has Written His Autobiography
Byline: KAREN PRICE MADONNA may not have turned up for his book launch party, but Steve Strange is not too disappointed. After sinking to the depths of despair through heroin addiction, a nervous breakdown and a shoplifting conviction, Strange...
Fury of Underpaid Teachers and Nurses; WAGES: 'Seismic Shift' in Caring Profession's Attitude to Strike Action
Byline: CATRIN WILLIAMS TEACHERS are threatening to strike or work-to-rule over pay and work conditions. Many nurses are also ready to take industrial action on the same issues. The National Union of Teachers voted yesterday in favour of an immediate...
Gang of Six Plan Would Be Big Mistake, Says Thomas as He Urges Regional Rugby; TOP-FLIGHT REDUCTION: Cobner and WRU Must Take Part of Blame
Byline: ANDY HOWELL FORMER Neath director of rugby Brian Thomas last night called for regional teams to be set-up in Wales, claiming the Gang of Six's plan to reduce the number of top-flight clubs by a third would be a grave mistake. But the...
Gould Throws His Hat into Swansea City Management Ring; DESIRE: The Desire to Manage a Football Club, Says the Former Wales Supremo Now Working in the Media
Byline: MARIO RISOLI FORMER Wales manager Bobby Gould last night became the latest figure to publicly voice his interest in the Swansea City manager's job. The Western Mail understands that Gould, currently working in the media as a football...
Greenslade and Price Hot Favourites to Win Title Together; BOWLS: They Have Been Crowned Pairs Champions before, but with Different Partners
Byline: DAVID RHYS JONES TOP TV bowlers Jason Greenslade and John Price, who have previously won the Welsh indoor pairs title with different partners, are hot favourites to repeat the achievement together for Port Talbot this winter. Greenslade...
High-Flier Taking over the Air Waves; REAL TIME FLYERS: Hi-Tech Marketing Business Exploits Mobile Phone Boom
Byline: WILL SMALE A HI-TECH Aberystwyth entrepreneur is seeing his company take over the airwaves thanks to the mobile phone boom and a scholarship from the Knowledge Exploitation Fund. Daniel Alcock, 24, is the brains behind Real Time Flyers,...
High Performers Show How They Get It Right; ROLE MODELS: Good Practice Learnt by Observation
SHARING the secrets of success between businesses from different sectors will prove vital to the task of raising management standards, says Wales Management Council. WMC along with its partner the Wales Quality Centre recently completed the latest...
Hot Spot for Drug Taking Deprived of Workers; AMMAN VALLEY: Support Crisis
Byline: COLIN HUGHES A MINING valley which has become a hot spot for drugs has no full-time drug workers. This in turn leads to the "isolation, helplessness and frustration" of users - all factors that contribute to keeping their habits going,...
House Inflation Fastest for Years; PRICES: Shortage of Properties for Sale Drives 13.6pc Rise in Cardiff
Byline: SION BARRY HOUSE prices in Wales are rising at their fastest rate for a decade, according to the latest figures from Principality Building Society. The Cardiff-based company's latest Welsh house price survey shows that in the first quarter...
IBBD Get IT Message across to Business
IN a world of rapid technological advancement, Cardiff-based IBBD has built its business on providing SMEs with advice and practical solutions for all their IT needs. Visitors to Business Exhibition Wales will have the opportunity to sample the...
Israeli Troops Shoot Peace Campaigners
COMEDIAN and writer Jeremy Hardy has described how four Britons marching with a group of multi-national peace campaigners were wounded after Israeli soldiers opened fire on them in the West Bank town of Beit Jala. Around 200 protesters had set off...
Keeping the Best Managers Is Key to Economy's Success; LEARNING STRATEGY: Ambitious Targets Set
Byline: NATHAN FIELD WALES needs to hold on to its best managers to secure the future of the economy - business and educational organisations across the country are combining their efforts to make sure high-level skills stay. Management development...
Lack of Sleep Leaving the Modern Mother Wrecked; SURVEY: Partner, Extended Family and Employer Suffer
Byline: SARAH WESTCOTT MODERN mothers are suffering from a profound lack of sleep which is wrecking their relationships and wreaking havoc with their working lives, a survey found yesterday. Most mothers, getting by on five hours of sleep a night,...
Lost Scrolls Shed New Light on Plant; LEGEND
Byline: STEVE DUBE HORTICULTURISTS at the National Botanic Garden of Wales have discovered that there is more than meets the eye concerning one of the less attractive plants in its collection. They knew that the emosdnahnot was rare and colourful,...
Management Council Wants to Make Managers Better - and Their Results; TRAINING: Wales Must Develop First-Class Managers to Rank among the Major Economies
Byline: CHRIS JONES THERE is growing recognition of Wales's need to develop firstclass management in order to join the ranks of the world's winning economies over the next decade. To close the wealth gap with other parts of the UK and Europe,...
McCartney Plays Moving Tribute to Harrison; POP MUSIC: Ex-Beatle Kicks off United States Tour in San Francisco
Byline: HANNAH JONES SIR Paul McCartney fought back tears as he played tributes to George Harrison, John Lennon and late wife Linda to kick off his US tour. And for his farewell to Harrison, who died in November, he played Something - the enduring...
MSDA Panel Case Study
THE symmetry between training and managerial skills is central to Matt Pontin's work. The Cardiff-based recruitment company director looks to create a balance between vacancies and skilled people at the cutting edge world of IT. Matt, 28, is...
New Chief Executive Takes Up Challenge; APPOINTMENT: Christopher Ward Has 30 Years' Experience of Senior Management
Byline: EOGHAN MORTELL A TOP executive whose career has covered international book publishing, advising smaller companies in London, running a national charity and administering multimillion pound European funds, has been appointed chief executive...
New Drug Is Helping to Stop Cocaine Users Getting High; TRIALS: Addiction Battles May Ease If US Vaccine Approved
TRIALS of the first vaccine designed to combat cocaine addiction are making encouraging progress, it was disclosed yesterday. Biotech company Xenova, based in Slough, Berkshire, is conducting early phase studies of the drug in the United States....
NUT Seeks Screening of Unruly Pupils
Byline: DOMINIC HAYES HEAD teachers should have the power to have unruly children as young as four screened before accepting them into their schools, said the National Union of Teachers. The NUT yesterday sought a change in law to give heads...
Police 'Ruined Lives' in Inquiry; NORTH EAST
POLICE closing a major investigation into sexual and physical abuse at care homes in the north-east of England yesterday were accused of ruining the lives of staff by making false accusations and wasting millions of pounds of taxpayers' money. Codenamed...
Prince's People Have a Head Start
Byline: STEVE DUBE THE Prince's Trust Centre at Pembrokeshire might have had a head start in the competitions that made up the All Wales Challenge. The team of Cathy Hayward, Lesley Jones, Ross Collins and Tom Moses is used to working closely...
Quarantine Laws Could Be Waived for American Pets; RABIES: Extending Passport Scheme Thought Feasible
MINISTERS are considering proposals to allow dogs and cats from North America to enter Britain without having to undergo the customary sixmonth period in quarantine, it was reported yesterday. They believe that from next year it may be possible...
Royal Staff Join Crowds to Honour Solemn Convoy; CORTEGE: Queen Mother's Coffin Passes through Streets of London
Byline: PETER ARCHER BUCKINGHAM Palace staff joined Londoners and mourners yesterday to mark the passing of the coffin of the Queen Mother on its way to the Queen's Chapel at St James's Palace in the centre of the city. The cortege drove past...
Sea Salts Sing for Their Supper; NORTH WALES: Half of Workforce Takes Part in Competition
Byline: CARL YAPP NORTH Wales winners of the All Wales Management Council award, Anglesey Sea Salt, has spoken of its delight of scooping the major regional prize. Co-founder David Lea-Wilson said the company's management team, half of the entire...
Shell Buys Enterprise Oil for Pounds 4.3bn; PETROLEUM: Takeover of Exploration Firm Will Boost Anglo-Dutch Giant's Production by 6pc
Byline: STEVE HAWKES OIL giant Shell yesterday struck a deal to buy the UK independent exploration group Enterprise Oil for a total of pounds 4.3bn. Shell has agreed a 725p per share offer for the London-based business, valuing it at pounds 3.5bn....
Showbiz Past Catches Up with Councillor at Her Charity Ball; FUNDRAISER: Rhondda Cynon Taff Chairman Picks 007 Theme for Glittering Event to Raise Money for Asthmatic Children
Byline: TONY TRAINOR A PLAID Cymru councillor will be calling on all her showbusiness experience to bring some glamour to her charity ball. Larraine Jones, who is chairman of Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council, has chosen the theme of...
'Soft Touch' Programme for Young Offenders Attacked; CRIME: Study Reveals Failings as Scheme Is Launched
YOUTH courts across England and Wales are now compelled to send first time offenders on a "soft touch" community programme, even though a review of extensive pilot schemes has revealed major failings. Youngsters aged 10 to 17 who plead guilty to...
Spain Still Holiday No 1; TRAVEL: Majorca Is the Favourite Destination - but Greece Puts Up a Strong Challenge
Byline: RICHARD EVANS THE love affair between Welsh tourists and Spain shows no sign of cooling, with Majorca yet again the number one foreign holiday destination. Of all the trips abroad taken last year by the Welsh, 16pc were spent on the Balearic...
Tailor-Made Crime Orders Hit by Delays; LAW: Measure Being Implemented 'Haphazardly'
Byline: DAVID BARRETT ONE OF the Government's flagship measures to combat low level crime and disorder is being implemented haphazardly across England and Wales, a report said yesterday. Just 466 Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (Asbos) have been...
Teachers' Strikes Could Cause Schools Chaos in the Autumn; EDUCATION: Unions Warn That Patience Is Running Out
Byline: CATRIN WILLIAMS SCHOOLS in Wales could be affected by strikes as early as September as teacher unions' patience with the Government runs out. Teachers are threatening to strike or work to rule over spiralling hours and workloads. Union...
The 'Water of Life' Starts to Stir at the Top of the Valleys; DISTILLING: First Welsh Single Malt Whisky Will Go on Sale Next Year
Byline: ROBERT JONES THE name means the "water of life". The Irish, Americans and Canadians spell it with an "e" and it was last produced in Wales in 1906. The elixir referred to is, of course, whisky without the "e" and, in its Welsh form, wisgi,...
Time for a New Approach on Drugs; LEADER COLUMN
NEW evidence that hard drugs like heroin and cocaine are freely available in Wales will come as no surprise to many professionals working to combat the menace of addiction. It has been evident for some years now that existing policies have failed...
Tonnau Geirwon Bywyd
Byline: WESTGATEMenna Elfyn Dros y Sul a ninnau'n dathlu'r Pasg daeth y newyddion am farwolaeth y Fam Frenhines. A chafwyd teyrngedau lu. Rhyfeddais felly, wrth ddarllen y papurau bore ddoe, am anfodlonrwydd y Palas am nad oedd un o ddynion y newyddion...
Training Body Wins a Variety of Contracts; TRAC: Supporting the Economic Regeneration of West Wales
TRAC is the training and employment services arm of Antur Teifi, the Enterprise Agency established 21 years ago in Newcastle Emlyn to support the economic regeneration of West Wales. It currently has an extensive and varied portfolio of contracts...
Union Is Wary of Increased Role of Classroom Assistants; CONFERENCE: Debate Follows Commitment by Education Minister to Recruit 20,000 Support Staff
CLASSROOM assistants must not be allowed to become "junior teachers", members of Britain's second largest teaching union have warned the Government. Speaking at the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers annual conference...
United Reign in Spain with a Win Marred by Keane Injury; CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Deportivo la Coruna 0 Manchester United 2
Byline: DAVID ANDERSON WHAT a night and what a way for Manchester United to finally end their pain in Spain. Before last night United had never beaten a Spanish side in Spain in 12 attempts during their illustrious 46year European history. ...
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TODAY BRECON: Theatr Brycheiniog (01874 611622), Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry, 7.30pm. CARDIFF: New Theatre (029 20878889), Olivier-winning musical Five Guys Named Moe, 7.30pm. CARDIFF: St David's Hall (029 20878444), Roll Out The Barrell...
'Wake Up before the Drugs Gangs Destroy Our Life' CRACKDOWN: Chief Constable's 'New Ball-Game'
Byline: COLIN HUGHES A CRACKDOWN on organised drugs gangs threatening to d sestroy our communities will be launched today. Chief Constable Sir Anthony Burden says South Wales is in danger of becoming like the New York of old because of the amount...
Wales Facing England with Good Chance of Winning Both Games
Byline: HUW STHOMAS TODAY Wales take on England at both Senior Group and Intermediate Group levels, with a more than fair chance of winning both games. The U-18s, buoyant after their 16-0 victory over France at Bangor last month, play the English...
Wales Happy to Settle for a Draw after Leading; RUGBY UNION: Scotland Youth 16 Wales Youth 16
Byline: HUW STHOMAS WALES looked well set to win their second game at the Four Home Nations tournament at Morley last night when they led 16-8 at half-time but in the end were happy to get away with a draw. After the 20-5 win over Ireland last...
Wales Likely to Acquire Control over Wind Farms; ENERGY: First Minister Is Seeking to Persuade DTI to Transfer More Planning Powers to the National Assembly
Byline: CLIVE BETTS TALKS are being held to try to transfer control over wind farms in Wales from Westminster to Cardiff Bay. First Minister Rhodri Morgan has met Energy Minister Brian Wilson at least twice to discuss what many see as the next...
Wales Must Back Hansen with Pitch Action by Beating Scotland; TALKIN' RUGBY - OPPORTUNITY: Up to Welsh Team to Show the WRU It Should Make Caretaker Coach's Job a Permanency
Byline: Andy Howell WALES'S players claim Steve Hansen is the man they want to lead them into next year's World Cup in Australia. So it is up to them to show the Welsh Rugby Union it should make the New Zealander Graham Henry's permanent successor...
Welsh Diaspora in Happy Return; EXHIBITION: Ten Designers Chosen for Their Influence in the UK and Abroad
Byline: PHILIP HUGHES THERE are highly developed Celtic show business and media networks for performing artists and actors such as Sws (Social, Welsh and Sexy) in London, which includes such members as Ioan Gruffudd and Rhys Ifans. These artists...
Weston Leads Falklands Return; LIVING MEMORIAL: Man with Battle 'Indelibly Stamped' on Skin Reveals Compassion
Byline: PHIL HAZLEWOOD HIS scarred face is synonymous with the horrors of the Falklands conflict. And 20 years on from the battles of the remote South Atlantic islands, Simon Weston revealed how the trauma of being on the Sir Galahad when it...
Woman Attacked Publican after Drinking Spree; ASSAULT: Woman Bailed for Pre-Sentence Report as Magistrates Say They Contemplate a Custodial Sentence
Byline: MIKE JONES A WOMAN who launched what was described as a sustained attack on a pub landlady has been warned that she could go to jail. Defendant Christina Elizabeth Williams, a care assistant, was said to have drunk an enormous amount...