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 14, 2012

15% of Top Company Boards Now Have Women Directors; AN INCREASE... BUT STILL DOWN ON 25% TARGET
Byline: RHODRI EVANS THE number of women directors on top company boards has increased to a record 15% but is still well down on a target of 25% set by a government-commissioned review. An annual study of boardroom gender by the Cranfield School...
20 Years on Equality for Women at Work Still Has to Be Fought for; BUT CHWARAE TEG HAS MADE HUGE GAINS SINCE ITBEGAN
Byline: SION BARRY AN organisation set up to maximise the potential of women in the Welsh economy says that work is still needed to ensure workplace gender parity. However, Chwarae Teg, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, said...
Ace Feet in Motion Invests Pounds 100,000 in Technology; TURNOVER FORECAST TO RISE TO Pounds 4M IN TWO YEARS
Byline: SION BARRY CARDIFF-based Ace Feet in Motion, which looks after the the podiatric bio-mechanical needs of leading sporting figures, is investing pounds 100,000 in new technology as it looks to grow market share in England. Ace Feet in...
Aclass Performance from Classic FM; REVIEW: Classic FM Live, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
T HERE couldn't have been a better line-up for Classic FM Live's first foray into Wales. And choosing Classic FM's weekday morning show presenter as co-host was a classic smooth, you might say. He was the ideal choice to host the first concert Classic...
A&E Ambulance Delays Cost Another Two Years in Patients' Treatment; BUT IT'S A 76% IMPROVEMENT
Byline: MADELEINE BRINDLEY THE three biggest A&E bottlenecks for ambulances can be revealed today, as it emerged a further two years has been lost to delays at hospitals. Ambulance crews suffered almost 3,000 hours in delays at the Royal...
Anton Takes Helm at Logistics Firm Heading on Right Track; FREIGHT COMPANY PUTS EMPHASIS ON USE OF RAIL
Byline: SION BARRY LOGISTICS company Freight Systems Express Wales (FSEW) has appointed a new chairman to help drive further growth. Anton Woodhouse joins the company with over 40 years of business expertise which he will use to build on FSEW's...
As Ieuan Wyn Jones Steps Down as Plaid Leader, Martin Shipton Analyses His Record Leading the Party. THE BRIEFING
WHEN a party leader steps down, the fulsome tributes paid by colleagues often disguise the true picture. Anyone reading the on-the-record comments made by Tory MPs when Margaret Thatcher was forced to resign in 1990 would have found it difficult...
'Being on Top of Work Means Having Time Left for Life Afterwards'
Byline: BETHAN DARWIN I'M giving a talk today at an event organised by the Supplier Development Service of the Welsh Government. The topic is "Achieving an effective work/life balance". Advances in technology enables us to access e-mails at...
Bopara Is Ready to Prove a Point in England Test Series
Byline: RORY DOLLAND RAVI Bopara believes he can "do something special" for England if he gets the nod to face Sri Lanka. Bopara is favourite to inherit the place vacated by the dropped Eoin Morgan in England's middle order, but faces competition...
Brooks, Her Husband and Five Others Held over 'Cover-Ups'
Byline: TOM MORGAN FIVE suspects arrS ested over allegations of cover-ups in the phone-hacking inquiry - understood to include Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband - were released on bail last night, Scotland Yard said. A sixth was detained....
By 2025 More Than a Third of the UKwill Be over 65-Are You Ready? Employment Lawyer and Workplace Mediation Expert Alison Love Explores the Implications of an Increasingly Older Workforce for Employers
MPLOYERS beware! EAre you prepared for what is required without a set retirement age and with retirement ages increasing? The removal of any compulsory retirement age and the changing demographics will increase the need to consider performance and...
Cameron and Obama to Hold Talks on Leaving Afghanistan; BASKETBALL ALSO ON THE AGENDA OF PM'S US VISIT
Byline: ANDREW WOODCOCK DAVID CAMERON was given a red-carpet welcome as he arrived in the US yesterday for talks with President Barack Obama which are expected to focus on the timetable for withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan. ...
Cerys and Carolyn to Judge Young Writers
WELSH singer-songwriter Cerys Matthews has been announced as one of three new additions to the judging panel of the 2012 University of Wales Dylan Thomas Prize. The ex-Catatonia singer is joined by Guardian literary journalist Nicholas Wroe and...
Chef Dion Stands the Heat and Conquers the Kitchen to Leave Him on Top of the World; FIRST WELSH FINALIST COMES HOME WITH ESCOFFIER CROWN
Byline: CIARAN JONES HE has been cooking for less than a decade after making his first forays into the kitchen at his mother's North Wales cafe. Now chef Dion Jones has become Wales' latest world champion after cooking up glory at the world's...
Dragons Roar to Best Win of the Season to Turn Up the Title Heat
TEAM EBBSFLEET WREXHAM 0 5 WREXHAM racked up their biggest win of the season last night, putting Ebbsfleet United to the sword in a clinical display of finishing that brought two goals for player-manager Andy Morell, a first for midfielder Steven Leslie...
Economic Outlook
EUROZONE finance ministers met on Monday to approve the second bailout for Greece and to discuss how the European Stability Mechanism might be strengthened. Next Monday the auction of "Hellenic" bonds will determine the payout on credit default...
Economist Casts Doubt on the UK's Fiscal Deficit Strategy as Growth Lags; BUT DOUBLE DIP RECESSION IS SEEN AS HIGHLY UNLIKELY
Byline: SION BARRY FINANCIER and economist Gerry Holtham said that the UK Government's fiscal deficit strategy could prove difficult to pull off, although he believes it's unlikely that the economy will suffer a double-dip recession. Mr Holtham,...
England Are 'Bad Losers' - Irish Star
IRELAND hardman Stephen Ferris yesterday opened hostilities ahead of Saturday's RBS Six Nations clash at Twickenham by branding England "bad losers." The rivals collide in the climax to the championship that will determine who finishes runner-up...
Fee Income Rises 7.2% for Law Firms - but Figure Hides a Wide Disparity
FEE income at the UK's top 100 law firms increased by 7.2% in Q3 compared with the same period last year, according to the latest survey from business advisory firm Deloitte. The increase in the quarter, which ended January 31, 2012, is less than...
From Leader to Laggard, House in Order to Keep; Abolishing the WDA Was a Mistake, but Wales Now Needs to Embrace Innovation Devoid of Any Narrow Agendas, Says Professor Kevin Morgan
E got it wrong." " These are the most difficult words for any politician to utter. The sad irony here is that politicians earn more respect from the public when they have the honesty to admit that, in retrospect, they made a mistake. In the...
From the Toddler in a Dragon Babygro to the Blazerati - the 16th Man Can Inspire Success
CAULDRON of noise and atmosphere. A field of dreams. A sea of yellow, red and pepperings of Parisian blue - and about 80,000 people in full, noisy voice. That's the scene that's likely to greet Wales' rugby side as they run onto the already-hallowed...
G4S Took Pounds 55m Hit with Bid to Become World's Second Biggest Employer; FIRM ABANDONED Pounds 5.2BN SWOOP FOR DANISH BUSINESS
Byline: RHODRI EVANS THE failed bid by prisons-to-security firm G4S to create the world's second biggest employer has left it nursing a pounds 55m hit to profits. The group, which abandoned the pounds 5.2bn swoop for Denmark's ISS in November...
Gethin out to Savour Every Minute of His Third Grand Slam Mission; 'TWICE I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED, THE WEEK HAS JUST FLOWN BY'
Byline: SIMON THOMAS GETHIN Jenkins is determined to savour every minute of Grand Slam week this time around. By his own admission, the final legs of the 2005 and 2008 Six Nations clean-sweeps went by in a flash. So, as he looks to complete...
'Given Its Condition, I Would Not Want to Bring People in I through Cardiff Airport Because of the Impression of Wales It Would Give. the Owners Must Run It Properly or Sell It' CARWYN ACCUSED OF 'TALKING AIRPORT DOWN' AFTER ATTACK
Byline: MATT WITHERS FIRST MINISTER Carwyn Jones was last night accused of "talking our capital city's airport down" after he said he would not want to bring people through it into Wales. Mr Jones told the National Assembly the condition of Cardiff...
Greek Gift Kept on Giving into the New Week; David Myrddin-Evans Is Head of Brewin Dolphin Cardiff
Byline: David Myrddin THE rapid U-turn in sentiment towards the end of last week that followed encouraging news from Greece picked up where it left off on Friday with markets starting the week on a strong foot due to developments in the eurozone...
Halfpenny Vowing to Pass Retake of His French Exam
Byline: ANDY HOWELL LEIGH HALFPENNY is hoping his career turns full circle in the space of five short months as he looks to fire Wales to Grand Slam success this weekend. The Wales star admits the lowest point of his career was missing a last-gasp...
Halfpenny Vowing to Pass Retake of His French Exam; Halfpenny Will Be Ready to Exact Revenge
Byline: ANDY HOWELL LEIGH HALFPENNY is hoping his career turns full circle in the space of five short months as he looks to fire Wales to Grand Slam success this weekend. The Wales star admits the lowest point of his career was missing a last-gasp...
Honours Even as We Get Ready for Champion
Byline: FRED DONE IT'S Day 2 of the annual battle between bookie and punter at the Cheltenham Festival and I would say Day 1 finished all square. Sprinter Sacre was a shocking result for the wallet after his impressive win in the Arkle, and he's...
Hook Urges Welsh Team-Mates to Embrace Grand Slam Occasion
Byline: SIMON THOMAS JAMES HOOK has urged his Wales team-mates to enjoy the occasion at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday because games like this don't come around too often. Hook is fortunate enough to have already experienced just such a match,...
How on Earth Have We Fallen below a Part of Romania in the Prosperity Table? Western Mail
IN recent years we have become inured to negative statistics about the Welsh economy, but we must guard against becoming blase. The news that two-thirds of our geographic nation is now poorer than a region of Romania indicates the severity of the...
It's Bluebirds Misery as Luck Runs out to Go with a Totally Dismal Display; THE CHAMPIONSHI IP
Byline: STEVE TUCKER CARDIFF CITY HULL CITY 0 3 MCNAUGHTON 6 (og) CHESTER 47 MCLEAN 55 Marshall, McNaughton, Hudson, Turner, Taylor, Whittingham, Cowie (Conway 66), Lawrence, Gunnarsson, Mason, Miller (Earnshaw 73). Not used: Heaton, Kiss, Blake....
Jenkins Throws Down the Big Challenge to Priestland
Byline: GARETH ROGERS RHYS PRIESTLAND has been challenged by Wales skills coach Neil Jenkins to up his game by "two gears" in order to regain frontline kicking duties from Leigh Halfpenny. The Scarlets fly-half, who recovered from a huge off...
Landlords Called to Be More Flexible or See Companies Die; GOVERNMENT CALLED TO LOOK AT REFORM TO EASE PROBLEM
Byline: SION BARRY HARD-PRESSED companies, stuck in office deals they can't get out of, are going to the wall unnecessarily, a corporate recovery expert has warned. David Hill, partner at the Cardiff office of Begbies Traynor, said landlords needed...
Large Parts of Wales Could Become Commercially Unviable for New Homes
Byline: EMMA WATKINS D URING my first three months as CBI Wales director one sector continues to express concern about the economy stagnating, about the barriers they are facing and how here in Wales we are already falling way behind the rest of...
Matchmaker Service Will Help SMEs Find Their Perfect Partner for Contract Bids; COLLABORATIVE WALES TO POOL SKILLS OF SMALL FIRMS
Byline: SION BARRY SMALL and medium-sized businesses are being helped to link up and pool skills to win a greater share of the pounds 4bn of contracts awarded every year by the public sector in Wales. CBSA, the Welsh business representation organisation,...
Morningserial
I must have my audience, make them laugh and cry, or I am dead, Nick, truly really dead.' 'I have letters from home. Responsibilities.' And my woman, he thought. 'It's time I went back.' 'And do what? Dwindle into a landowner, a bucolic farmer tending...
Mortgage Customers to Ride Wave of Rate Rises
CLYDESDALE and Yorkshire Banks have become the latest lenders to announce mortgage rate rises, affecting 30,000 customers. The banks' standard variable rates (SVRs) will rise from 4.59% to 4.95% from May 1, meaning repayments will typically go up...
Mumsays
Byline: Abbie Wightwick THERE'S blood on the stairs when I return from an hour out with a friend. An ominous silence prevails and the cat runs out when I open the door. "Helloooo?" I call. Steve Dube The oldest emerges followed by my husband...
New Funding Boost for Welsh Business; ADVERTISING FEATURE
WELSH businesses working in recycling and reprocessing have another opportunity to bid for up funding as part of WRAP Cymru's ARID (Accelerating Reprocessing Infrastructure Development) programme. The second round of applications is now open; the...
Nicholls Praises Fry for Ruby's Big Success
PAUL Nicholls' name is now S in the records for the Stan James Champion Hurdle, but the trainer deflecS ted all the credit for the preparation of Rock On Ruby as he completed his full set of major Cheltenham Festival titles. Rather than at the main...
Pay in Wales Is the Worst in the UK; RETRO REPORT MARCH 1997 - How We Covered
Byline: Tony Woolway AVERAGE pay in Wales remained the worst in the UK last year with some workers on as little as pounds 1.61 an hour. The weekly wage figure was pounds 313 this side of the border compared to pounds 351 for Greater London, according...
Pensioner Killed to Pay for Wedding, Court Told; 'KILLER STOLE Pounds 1,000 FROM VICTIM'S BANK ACCOUNT'
Byline: ROBIN TURNER A MOTHER of three was tortured for her cash machine PIN number then battered to death by a neighbour's son who needed money to pay for a wedding, Swansea Crown Court heard yesterday. Angelika Dries-Jenkins, 66, was found...
Perfect Student's Smile 'Could Light Up a Room'
GRIEVING relatives of a "perfect" student who was killed less than two years after her father died, yesterday said they'll "always remember her smile that could light up the room". Kayleigh Sugar died after she was hit by a car in Surrey on Friday,...
Plaid Colleagues Pay Tribute as Ieuan Wyn Jones Steps Down; LEADER LEAVES TOMORROW AFTER 12 YEARS IN CHARGE
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON PLAID Cymru politicians have queued up to praise their outgoing leader Ieuan Wyn Jones, who steps down tomorrow after 12 years in charge of the party. The winner of the three-way contest to succeed him between Lord Elis-Thomas,...
Players Not to Blame, Insists Mata
JUAN Mata has claimed Andre Villas-Boas may have paid the price for trying to change the way Chelsea played too quickly - but denied the players forced him out of the club. Villas-Boas' sacking as manager followed widespread reports of dressing...
Police 'Fail to Act' against Websites Inciting Suicide; BRIDGEND MP SAYS CORONERS NOT GETTING ALL THE FACTS
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMSON POLICE are failing to investigate the problem of people being encouraged online to commit suicide, Bridgend MP Madeleine Moon warned yesterday. The Labour MP said that on several occasions she had been contacted by families...
'Pounds 100m Fund Is a Watershed for Welsh History'-Bio-Tech Guru; PROJECT WILL CREATE Pounds 1BN OF VALUE IN LIFE SCIENCE SECTOR
Byline: SION BARRY BIOTECH entrepreneur Sir Chris Evans yesterday hailed the creation of a pounds 100m new fund as a "watershed in Welsh history". His comments came after Business Minister Edwina Hart said the Welsh Government was to commit pounds...
Prudential Makes More in Asia Than UK for First Time
PRUDENTIAL'S fast-growing Asian business generated more profits than its UK arm for the first time during 2011, its results revealed yesterday. The group, which was founded in London in 1848, said Asian profits rose 32% to pounds 709m and have now...
Scots Desperate to Avoid Wooden Spoon
ROSS Ford has described how his Scotland team are desperate to make amends for their lacklustrS e showing in Ireland with a victory in Italy on Saturday to avoid the Six Nations wooden spoon. After promising showings, albeit in defeat, against England,...
Sketch
GIVEN that they served in government together, for 18 months as First Minister and Deputy First Minister respectively, there has always been a level of respect between Carwyn Jones and Ieuan Wyn Jones. True, there have been some ill-tempered exchanges...
Solid Dividend Growth in Investment Company Sector as Shareholders Look for 'Reliability in Unreliable Times'
LATEST research from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC) among member companies suggests that the investment company sector continues to build on its unrivalled dividend track record. Impressively, three investment companies have raised...
Steffan Has the Midas Touch at Training Firm
MIDAS People Management, the training and HR outsourcing division of Smart Solutions, has recruited an experienced business development manager in a newly created role to boost the company's expansion plans. Steffan Edwards joins Midas having previously...
Stubbing It out for Little Nancy
AGED just one, Nancy Thomas is at the forefront of the battle to make our hospital grounds smoke-free. Nancy, who has cystic fibrosis, and her mother Lucy have to walk through clouds of smoke at the entrance to Wales' largest hospital to get to...
Taliban Fire on Karzai Party Mourning Victims
Byline: MIKE JONES TALIBAN militants opened fire yesterday on an Afghan government delegation visiting one of the two villages in southern Afghanistan where a US soldier is suspected of killing 16 civilians. The gun attack killed an Afghan soldier...
Tender Notices
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The Appliance of Science Is 'Winning' GM Crops Debate; Once, Even the Mention of Genetically Modified Foods Could Be Guaranteed to Terrify the Public, Yet Fears Scientists Could Breed a Monster Are Fading, Reports Madeleine Brindley
Byline: Madeleine Brindley P UBLIC attitudes towards GM foods are changing as the controversial technology could provide a sustainable source of health-giving nutrients, experts have claimed. Genetically-modified grains are being developed which...
The Briefing
Byline: Sion Barry THE Welsh Government's life sciences strategy, which was unveiled yesterday, can only be applauded. At its heart is a pounds 100m investment fund, which is being supported from the departmental budget of Business Minister Edwina...
Two Thirds of Wales Poorer Than Romania, Reveal New GDP Figures
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON DISTURBINS G new GDP figures show that most of Wales is now poorer than a region in Romania. Despite billions of pounds poured into the economy of West Wales and the Valleys since 2000, official statistics released yesterday...
UK Minister Rejects Welsh Request for Remploy Budget
THE UK Government yesterday rejected Education Minister Leighton Andrews' request for the budget for Remploy to be devolved. Mr Andrews yesterday met with UK Disabilities Minister Maria Miller, and asked for the budget for the next three years to...
Un Yn Troi'r Gair Yn Gnawd A'r Llall Yn Rhoi Gair Ar Gnawd; WELSHCOLUMN
Byline: Menna Elfyn ER I mi deithio yn 'l o'r gogledd nos Lun a chyrraedd adre yn oriau m--n y bore trwy niwl trwchus, yr oedd y daith yn un felys. A hynny am y b--m yn dathlu oriau ynghynt mewn digwyddiad arbennig iawn yn Galeri, Caernarfon. Nos...
Vorm Targeting a Top-10 Hit for the Flying Swans after Grounding Manchester City; SWANS IN THE PREM
SWANS' FINAL FIVE Swansea's Liberty run-in... MARCH 24 v Everton APRIL 6 v Newcastle APRIL 14 v Blackburn APRIL 28 v Wolves MAY 13 v Liverpool MICHEL VORM has told Swansea City to forget about survival - and aim to be a top 10 smash instead. ...
Wales Must Put Its Pace with Innovation
and innovative institutional response from the Welsh Government and some form of arm's length body will be required to spearhead it. If we're considering new institutional arrangements, let's never forget that the WDA was much more than a mere inward...
Waste Mountain of Pounds 88bn Gifted to the Taxman
Byline: CERI WILLIAMS DESPITE the ongoing strain on consumer finances, figures released by unbiased.co.uk reveal that as a nation, we are set to gift a whopping pounds 12.6bn in unnecessary tax to the taxman this year. The professional advice...
Watch Wales V France at the Millennium Stadium With
SWALEC, national community to partner to the Welsh Rugby Union, has joined forces with the Western Mail to give our readers the chance to watch Wales take on France in their final and decisive 2012 RBS 6 Nations clash at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday,...
We Need More Social Housing in the Valleys; COMMENT & DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
[bar] SIR - Rhodri Morgan stated in his column ("Kid gloves and a long spoon are only ways to tackle property tax...", March 10) that there are only a handful of properties worth over pounds 2m in Wales. A quick look at the property pages shows...
Why Investing in Your Staff Pays Dividends; Businesses That Want to Drive Forward the Economic Recovery Must Invest in Their Most Important Resource - Their People, Writes Leadership & Management Wales Director Barrie Kennard WEDNESDAY ESSAY
SMALL businesses have always had to weigh up their expenditure on "need to have" and "nice to have" outlays. Need to haves such as rent, staffing and operational costs will always take priority over less "core" expenses, such as marketing, advertising...
Woman's 'Rape' Conviction Stands; EVIDENCE HER RETRACTION WAS FALSE FAILS TO SWAY JUDGES
Byline: CATHY GORDON A WOMAN who was jailed after retracting a rape allegation against her husband yesterday lost her bid to overturn her conviction for perverting the course of justice. The woman, a 29-year-old mother, had told the Court of...
Woods Hoping for a Quick Comeback
TIGER WOODS hopes to return to action next week after being told he has only a mild strain of his Achilles tendon. The former world number one pulled out of the Cadillac Championship in mid-round on Sunday, raising fears that he might miss next...
'Young Men, Foreign Bases and Cheap Alcohol - It's Difficult to Crack' WELSH MPS TOLD OF DRINKING PROBLEMS AMONG VETERANS
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMSON THE drinking culture in the armed forces is leaving veterans with alcohol problems, Welsh MPs were warned yesterday. Nursing leaders told a Welsh Affairs committee inquiry that heavy drinking was "a particular issue for...