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 June 24, 2003

Air Wales MD Suspended as Women Claim Harassment
THE managing director of Wales's only airline has been suspended amid allegations of harassment of female workers. Air Wales, based at Swansea Airport, yesterday confirmed the suspension of 48yearold Adrian Thompson. The company is facing a series...
ANGLING: COUNTRY PURSUITS - Mountain Fisheries Offer a Greater Challenge
Byline: MOC MORGAN WELSH trout like the Welsh Cob and Welsh Black Cattle are something very special to Wales and the Welsh. They are creatures that in many instances have evolved, developed and adapted to live and thrive in Wales and they have...
Antiterror Chiefs on Trial over Royal Gatecrasher; Comedian Dressed as Bin Laden Won't Face Charges
HOME SECRETARY David Blunkett warned antiterror chiefs last night that their ``heads are on the block'' after the security fiasco which allowed a gatecrasher dressed as Osama bin Laden to get within striking distance of the Royal Fam i y. Mr...
Apocalypse NOW?; from Global Warming to Asteroid Strikes, the Possibilities Are Limitless. Rhodri Evans Asks, `How Will the World End?' Our Species Must Quickly Harness the World's Plentiful and Safe Renewable Energy Resources before We and Most Other Species Are All Trapped by an Extinction Event beyond Our Control
Byline: Rhodri Evans ARMAGEDDON is not the sort of thing most of us worry about as we go about our daily lives. We tend to have more important things on our minds, such as ``What's for tea?'', ``Is my hair OK?'' and ``Why can't Wales win at rugby?''...
Archbishop Seeks to Calm Gay Row
Byline: Pat Hurst THE Archbishop of Canterbury spoke publicly for the first time last night about the ``controversial and challenging'' appointment of a gay bishop. Dr Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Wales, read out the text of a letter...
Armed Mob Goes on Rampage in Race Riot
MORE trouble broke out in Wrexham last night after a crowd of 200 gathered in the Queensway area and pelted the police with missiles. North Wales Police had called in reinforcements following disturbances on Sunday night when 20 Iraqis armed with...
Beauty: How to Achieve a Flat Stomach in Three Days; Heading for the Beach This Summer? If Your Stomach's Not Quite Pancakeflat Here's How to Get Bikiniready in a Few Easy Steps
THE last thing you need when you want to look fab is a pot belly. Here's how to make sure your stomach is as flat as a pancake in three days. Basically you need to include certain foods and exclude others - pretty simple, really - making sure...
Beauty: Q &A DearKarra; Your Exclusive Beauty and Grooming Tips from Stila's Head of Makeup Karra Beck Willmann
Byline: Karra Beck Willmann Q. I've been very stringent with my skin recently - exfoliation, face packs etc. But instead of looking good, I seem to look worse. What's gone wrong? A. Incorporating a good exfoliator, RetinA treatment, alpha hydroxy...
Bitesize: In the Dads' Race I Pulled Up Short like a Dog Shot in the Leg
Byline: Rhodri Owen # IT was the moment I have come to dread. A good hour into my sons' sports day and the headmaster picked up his microphone to make his customary appeal for the fathers in the crowd to present themselves at the starting line for...
Call to Siphon Pounds 7bn Wales Tax Cash Back to London; Businessman Wants Chancellor to Overhaul Barnett Formula
Byline: Kirsty Buchanan # Political Editor A MILLIONAIRE businessman launched a campaign to suck billions of pounds worth of public money away from Wales and back to London. Ivan Massow said pounds 20bn worth of tax revenue was ``exported'' from...
Cockles Are Heading East
THE Japanese are to sample the Burry Inlet's ``meaty and flavoursome'' cockles - but the last thing they will do is get their teeth into them. Instead, a world expert in marine toxicology has been called in to test the worldfamous shellfish. Public...
Concerned Magistrates Are to Raise Issue of Presentence Reports Not Prepared in Time
MAGISTRATES have complained of huge delays after a staffing crisis has hit the National Probation Service in North Wa es . A number of cases which were due to be sentenced yesterday had to be adjourned - some for the second time - because presentence...
Cricket: Win Comes Too Late for Dragons
Byline: Andrea Morgan GLAMORGAN recorded a meaningless Twenty20 Cup victory against Worcestershire at Sophia Gardens last night. In their penultimate game of the new competition, Matthew Maynard was the star of the show with his innings of 72...
Cuts Threat to Finance Centre; AMP Closes NPI Insurance Arm to New Business
THE future of a Cardiff financial services centre has been put in doubt, by the decision of parent company AMP to cut 900 jobs across the UK. Australianowned AMP confirmed yesterday that it would close its life insurance arm NPI to new business....
Disappointment for Welsh Soprano
A WELSH diva destined for the heights of operatic stardom must surely be afforded to Elizabeth Donovan, the youngest competitor in this year's contest, who belied her years with a truly splendid, mature performance. But it was an audience surprised...
Disease Stunted by an Brain
Byline: JuLin Tan THE effects of Alzheimer's disease (AD) on people's memory and learning ability may depend on how well educated they are, according to research. Scientists found that people with the same level of brain abnormalities associated...
Education Decline Warning; 3
THE standard of education in Welsh schools could go into serious decline over the next few years according to some of the country's leading academics in the field. Controversial plans by the University of Wales, Swansea to abandon teacher training...
Fashion: DAVID EMANUEL Style
Byline: DAVID EMANUEL F LICKING through my fashion style bibles and Hollywood look books, it occurred to me that no one does stylish hair quite like the women of Hollywood. I am talking about the classic movies stars who preened themselves in an...
Fashion: Stylish Hair
LYNNE as Audrey Hepburn Look created by Andrew at Pello, 2 Clive Road, Canton, Cardiff (029 2066 7500) Techn i que: This is essentially a basic crop layered haircut, the hair is taken very close to the head but the texture created by the products prevents...
Fashion: Trumph on the; We're Well into Summer Now, and with Thoughts Turning to Holidays and Faraway Beaches It's Time to Invest in a New Itsybitsy Bikini
BIKINI shopping can be about as much fun as the waxing treatment that inevitably follows it, so make it easy on yourself by sticking to a reliable brand. Triumph the underwear expert has a fabulous range of beachwear this year, with everything from...
Father Died in Vain Rescue Bid
Byline: Colin Hughes A FATHER died when he reentered his blazing house to try in vain to save the life of his stepdaughter. It was revealed yesterday that Glanville Philip Nolan dashed back into the inferno of his semidetached property when his...
Football: Bluebirds Agree Deal for Crewe Hotshot Hulse
ROB HULSE is on the verge of joining Cardiff City after the Bluebirds yesterday agreed a fee with Crewe Alexandra reputed to be around the pounds 700,000 mark. The 23yearold striker is currently on holiday in France and the deal is subject to the...
FOOTBALL: Gradi Ready to Cash in on Hotshot Hulse; Crewe Striker Who Tipped Oldham to Win Playoff Battle for Promotion Lined Up to Partner Earnie for Bluebirds' Push for Premiership Status
ROB HULSE might have some explaining to do inside the Ninian Park dressing room if he agrees to join Cardiff City next week. The Crewe Alexandra striker tipped Oldham - and not the Bluebirds - to emerge victorious from last season's Division Two...
FOOTBALL: Hiatt Mare Can Squeeze Home
TIGHT SQUEEZE can take the Brantingham Stakes (Showcase Handicap) for trainer Peter Hiatt at Beverley today. The sixyearold mare has been showing fair form on the allweather this season but she has yet to really hit top gear on turf. After average...
FOOTBALL: Martinez: I Want to Be Successful; It Was a Case of Choosing the Right Project and the Swans Share My Desire to Win Things
SWANSEA CITY capture Roberto Martinez last night revealed how close he came to quitting Britain and continuing his career back home in Spain. The former Real Zaragoza star explained the tough decisions he had to make about his future after finally...
Hamas Close to Calling Ceasefire
TERRORIST group Hamas is on the verge of calling a ceasefire in its bloody campaign against Israel, Palestinian officials said yesterday. But Israeli officials said a truce agreement might not necessarily be acceptable to them, arguing that Hamas...
HARNESS RACING: COUNTRY PURSUITS - Price Is Right with a Treble in Front of Big Crowd at Leominster
Byline: STELLA HAVARD THE crowds flocked to the Broadheath meeting under BHRC rules at Leominster, resulting in the biggest gate of the season so far. With 13 races on the card, there was certainly no shortage of action or drama as entertainment....
Health: Getting Jiggy with Keanu; Bored of Aerobics? Try the Matrix Reloaded Workout - It's the Hottest New Gym Trend ... and You Don't Even Need a Black Mac
THE Matrix Reloaded is a smash at the Box Office but it's also becoming a bit of a fad at the gym. Fitness chiefs reckon that Keanu's gravitydefying moves can be tweaked to give you the perfect allover workout. We asked Fitness First experts to...
Internet Hoax Offering Free Air Travel Exploits the Sars Virus and War in Iraq
Byline: David Williamson AN internet hoax which exploits the Sars virus and the war in Iraq is deluding people into thinking they can claim free flights from British Airways. Email users are receiving a message telling them that anyone who forwards...
It's Business as Usual and Wales Still Has a Voice; after All the Controversy over the Reshuffle, Peter Hain, Welsh Secretary and Newlyappointed Leader of the Commons, Here Insists Wales Will Not Lose Out
Byline: Peter Hain THE way that the Cabinet changes announced by the Prime Minister first came out gave an impression to many of a dilution of Welsh influence at Westminster. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. Neither the position of...
Jobs at Diskmanufacturing Plant Saved in Deal with French
THE future of a DVD and CD manufacturing plant in Merthyr has been secured after it was bought by a French multinational. Some 90 jobs have now been safeguarded at the former TIB facility in Pentrebach after KDG purchased the fiveyearold business...
Ladettes Warned on Life Choices; Men Develop Healthier Lifestyles, as Women Rebel
Byline: Madeleine Brindley and Catrin Pascoe MEN could win the battle of the sexes and outlive women who are increasingly adopting damaging ``ladette'' lifestyles. Heavy drinking, cigarette smoking, bulging waistlines and a coach potato lifestyle...
Life: A Little Less Conversation; ... a Little Gossip Please. Get Up to Speed with What's Happening to Whom This Week
HATCHING? Rumours were everywhere that 35yearold pop pixie Kylie Minogue and hunky new squeeze Olivier Martinez may soon be expecting their first child. Olivier apparently sparked the rumours at a recent dinner party he hosted at Chateau Marmont...
Life: Big Boys'toys; Women Are Said to Live Waiting for Their Knight in Shining Armour to Arrive, Writes David Williamson. Make Their Day by Buying the Necessary Heavy Metal Gear on the Internet!
Byline: David Williamson 1Bronze Roman Army Sword When philistines mock the House of Commons as an institution irrelevant to the 21st Century they frequently mumble an anecdote about MPs still being provided with a cord on which to hang their...
Life: Hard Cash; Briton Ferry Born Artist Hugh James Specialises in Painting Industrial Scenes and Railways - His First Love. in His Sketches and Paintings, He Always Makes Sure to Include His Trademark Black Cat
Name: Hugh James. Age: 59. Occupation: Freelance artist. Income: None, after being made redundant by Elwa. Biggest extravagance: Good food and wine. What do you do? Now setting up as a freelance artist. How much do you earn? When...
Life: Just Add Chianti; Italian Food Is Much More Than Your Mum's Sad Version of Spag Bol. an Italian Family Cookbook by Flamboyant Chef Tony Casillo Will Show You How to Eat the Genuine Mediterranean Way. Impress Your Friends, Your Family, or Just Your Tastebuds with These Amazing Casillo Specials
Byline: Tony Casillo RICE BALLS In Naples they have cook shops called friggitorie, frying places. They will fry anything doesn't move. One of my favourites is rice balls. 250g cooked, drained and cooled arborio rice 1 large egg, beaten 3 tablespoons...
Life: Men's Stuff
Byline: Jamie Baulch When I was growing up I remember looking at my dad and thinking, ``Wow, what a star!'' My dad was the supportive male figure in my life. The man who was always there for me at all times. Every question answered and anything...
Life: Swapping Swansea for Sydney; Ever Wanted to Change Your Life? Up Sticks and Move Abroad in Search of a Better Life? That's Exactly What 27yearold Jane Philpin Did, Decamping across the World from Wales to Australia. Here, She Tells WM Why Manly Beats the Mumbles Any Day
Byline: Jane Philpin Jane Philpin wakes up every morning thanking her lucky stars she lives in sunny, stunning Sydney. But after four years there, she still misses the Wales she calls ``home''. Jane grew up on the Gower Peninsula with her parents,...
Life: The AZ of Vitamins
Vitamin and mineral supplements are big business, but most of us can get all the nutrients we need from eating a varied and balanced diet. But if you do choose to take supplements, make sure you're informed. Taking too much or taking them for too...
Life: What a Difference a Week Can Make
CATHERINE Zeta Jones was not looking so radiant at the Versace Spring Summer 2004 collection last weekend. Dressed head to toe in canary yellow the sight was less than flattering for the new mum. Compared to her outfit a week ago, sleek, black...
Lloyds Lifted by Strong Figures
Byline: John Bingham GROWTH in mortgage and credit card lending has put high street bank Lloyds TSB on course for a ``satisfactory'' first half, the group said yest erday. Lloyds TSB, one of the UK's ``Big Four'' banks, said lending rates remained...
Love Fifteen; Ladies, Let Us Present to You the Highlight of the Sporting Calendar, the Ultimate Tennis Experience, the Very, Tippytop Best in All That the All England Lawn Tennis Club Has to Offer.THE MEN'S TOP TOTTY AT WIMBLEDON! Sarah Drew Jones Packs Her Smelling Salts and Binoculars and Heads for Centre Court
Byline: Sarah Drew Jones H OORAH! Wimbledon's here at last! And that means only one thing for WM readers: oodles of hunky, chunky, sexy male tennis players. And yes, OF COURSE we care about their game, and marvel at their agility and sportsmanship,...
Minister Moves to Simplify Running of Objective One Funding
MINISTER for Economic Development Andrew Davies is moving ahead with his plans to simplify the administration of Objective One funding. Proposals to offer a more streamlined way forward for the second half of the pounds 1.2bn European funding scheme...
Moffett Vows to Revive Our Battered and Bruised Game; # Help Me Make a Success of Regional Rugby or Get out of the Way - WRU Boss # I'll Only Go If I'm Pushed, Says Hansen as Players Back Beleaguered Wales Coach
WALES returned home from their torturous tour Down Under last night to hear WRU chief executive David Moffett issue a fighting and passionate pledge to depressed fans. ``We within the union will do whatever it takes to restore Wales to the forefront...
Mystery of Missing Potter Pages Grows
THE case of Harry Potter and the Vanishing Pages has continued to grow. Yesterday The Western Mail reported that 23yearold psychology graduate Ruth Slater, from Cardiff, had found that almost 100 pages were missing from her edition of Harry Potter...
New Kids on Tots' TV Block
MEET Tizzy, Tog and Toot - the latest characters aiming to woo the fiercelycompetitive world of tots' TV. The new kids on the block are three mice who live in a clock and live by knowing when it is time for a story, time for singing a song or time...
New Rule Bites on Child Play; Leader with 20 Years' Service Resigns Rather Than Retrain
Byline: Jenny Rees CHANGES in child care regulations could force some playgroups to shut up shop, with rural Welshspeaking areas among the hardest hit. Guidelines brought in by the Care Standards Inspectorate aim to improve the provision for...
Paintings May Be Gone Forever
Byline: Ceri Jones A COLLECTION of paintings by one of Wales's most prominent artists may never be returned to the county where they belong, and are unlikely to go on show at all. Almost 25 years ago, Graham Sutherland, one of the 20th Century's...
Parents See School Run as More Than Just a Daily Trip; Late, in Pyjamas, No Breakfast - and That's the Adults
FORGET the playground, office or the pub, the schoolgates are the most intense social arena for both children and their parents in modern Wales, a survey reveals. The schoolyard is of key importance in the lives of contemporary parents. It is a...
Plea to Get Esti's Dad out of Jail Abroad
Byline: Catrin Pascoe A FATHER who fled abroad with his fouryearold daughter prompting a Europewide manhunt has yet to return to the UK. Simon Clayton, who disappeared with Esti on April 9, is still languishing in a Portuguese prison after his arrest...
POINT TO POINT: COUNTRY PURSUITS - Emily's Success with Battling Hee's A Dancer
Byline: BRIAN LEE A FEATURE of the 2003 Welsh pointtopoint season was the partnership struck up between Cardiffborn Emily Jones and Roger Willcox's Hee's A Dancer. The combination passed the winning post in first place no fewer than five times....
Pupil Saw `Bubbly, Funny' Jenna Look `Rough and Tired'
A TEENAGER allegedly murdered by her stepfather was bubbly and funny, a court heard yesterday. But Jenna Baldwin's behaviour had started to deteriorate, Cardiff Crown Court was told. A statement read to the jury from one of Jenna's fellow pupils...
Pupils Launch Legal Challenge to Halt Village School Closure Plan
PUPILS in a West Wales village are taking legal action to stop their primary school from being closed. All 53 pupils at Hermon School in Pembrokeshire are to apply for legal aid in a bid to halt the local authority's plans. Pembrokeshire County...
Racism Blocks Doctors from Top Jobs
Byline: Madeleine Brindley RACISM is rife in medicine as it blocks the career paths of doctors from ethnic minorities and overseas, a shock report reveals today. The British Medical Association study has found that racism is evident in access to...
Robbing Dai to Pay Tarquin Isn't the Solution
IT seems as if Ivan Massow is prepared to sacrifice Wales to win the hearts, minds and votes of Londoners. In what looks like a fledgling election campaign for the London mayoral election next year, Mr Massow argues that Londoners give Wales too...
Rugby Union: `Anyone Not Behind Us Can B***** Off' `I Haven't Got Time for People Standing in the Way of the New Regions,' Says Moffett
DAVID MOFFETT has returned from holiday pledging to sort out the problems within Welsh rugby's new regional structure. And he has told anyone opposed to the changes to ``b***** off''. Moffett has arrived back from his twoweek break in France...
RUGBY UNION: Clay Pigeons? Fans Take Name Aim
Byline: Tomos Livingstone THE new rugby regional sides need to be extremely sensitive in choosing new names or risk alienating fans, a leading cultural historian warned last night. Professor Chris Williams was speaking after the launch of the...
Rugby Union: Players Backing Hansen - Skipper
WALES skipper Martyn Williams says it would be ``ridiculous'' to sack national coach Steve Hansen. There has been a growing debate over Hansen's future in the wake of Saturday's record 553 drubbing at the hands of New Zealand in Hamilton. Former...
RUGBY UNION: Samuel: We'll Build Brand New Stadium
PLANS are underway to build a new stadium for the BridgendPontypridd regional side. The proposals were revealed to The Western Mail by chairman Leighton Samuel following yesterday's official launch of the region. Samuel has also set his sights...
RUGBY UNION: The Great Debate: Should Hansen Stay or Go?
Byline: Andy Howell I won't leave unless you boot me out, says Steve TEAM manager Alan Phillips last night relayed a defiant message from underpressure coach Steve Hansen to Welsh rugby chiefs. It said, ``If you still want me I will see my...
Sacrificing Freedom for Security - a Cruel Irony; 11
Byline: Mario Basini THE furore that broke over the latest caper of selfstyled ``comedy terrorist'' Aaron Barschak was, it seems to me, a graphic example of just how skewed our values have become in the post9/11 world. The aging enfant terrible...
Scientists Claim Direct Link between MMR and Autism
THE row over the safety of the controversial MMR vaccine intensified last night as new scientific evidence emerged of a direct link between the jab and autism. US researchers say they can prove that a significant number of children suffered an abnormal...
Smacking Law Challenged
PARENTS should be stripped of the legal defence which allows them to physically chastise their children, two influential parliamentary committees said yesterday. The Government should consider banning parents from smacking children so that it could...
Tennis: Wimbledon 2003 - Giantkiller Karlo Grows in Confidence
Byline: Frank Malley Wimbledon LLEYTON HEWITT, the defending champion and No 1 seed, succumbed to one of the biggest shocks in Wimbledon history on the opening day. The Australian yesterday became only the second defending champion to be knocked...
Tennis: Wimbledon 2003 - Greg on Course for Roddick Clash
Byline: Phil Casey Wimbledon GREG RUSEDSKI set up a mouthwatering clash with Andy Roddick with a comfortable firstround victory over Alexander Waske at Wimbledon. Rusedski defeated Waske 76 75 76 on Court One to make it six wins in a row after...
Tennis: Wimbledon 2003 - No 2 Seed Clijsters Sends Paraguayan Packing
KIM CLIJSTERS showed her shellshocked boyfriend the way it is done with a 33minute demolition job to get her Wimbledon campaign up and running yes t erday. The women's No 2 seed insisted she had not been affected after following her partner Lleyton...
Timberfake Dominic Enjoys the Perks of a Lookalike
Byline: Claire Hill DOMINIC CURTIN has already worked alongside Pierce Brosnan, Halle Berry and Kylie Minogue, even though he is still a teenager. The 17yearold has had girls throwing themselves at him and been treated to a VIP lifestyle. ...
Tolerant Parents Blamed for Children Dropping Litter
Byline: Claire Hill PARENTS who think children cause litter problems may be causing the problem themselves, new research has found. A survey found that while nine out 10 parents tell their children not to litter, more than half disregard their...
Travellers Refused Camp Site
THE Gypsy Council has accused councillors of prejudice and discrimination after they turned down an application for a temporary camp site for travellers attending the Royal Welsh Show next month. Again this year, hundreds of gipsies travelling to...
Two Companies Recognised for Community Work
Byline: Will Smale TWO South Wales companies have been recognised and rewarded for their commitment to their local communities. Llantrisantbased Buy As You View and Cardiff Bus/Restart have both won the title regional examples of excellence in...
Welsh Column: Hafinaclwyd - Y Mae Ffawd a Damweiniau Hanesyddol Yn Llawn PE Tai a Phe Tase
YR oeddwn mewn priodas ddydd Sadwrn ac yr oedd yn braf gweld dau yn penderfynu priodi yn hytrach na byw tali. Mae cymaint o hynny'n mynd ymlaen ar hyn o bryd - gan gynnwys nifer o'm perthnasau ifanc i fy hun. Yr wyf yn cael trafferth i ddygymod 'r...
`Woman Hatemailed Herself'
AN ABERYSTWYTH woman who complained of harassment appeared in court yesterday accused of sending hate mail to herself. Sarah Davies allegedly sent herself a series of threatening letters between November 20, 2001 and November 29, 2002, before complaining...