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 May 17, 2011

Acquisitive Photonstar Snaps Up Specialist Camtronics Vale; DEAL EXPANDS TECHNICAL AND MANUFACTURING BASE
Byline: RHODRI EVANS HI-TECH lighting company PhotonStar has hit the acquisition trail with the purchase of Tredegar-based Camtronics Vale. PhotonStar, which was formed last December with the reverse takeover of Swansea-based Enfis, will pay...
Agent Dismissing Suspicions Wanjiru Committed Suicide
THE agent of Sammy Wanjiru is "100 per cent certain" the Olympic marathon champion did not commit suicide. The 24-year-old Kenyan died in the early hours of Monday morning after falling from a balcony at his home in the Rift Valley town of Nyahururu....
A Helping Hand Just When It's Needed for Families in Despair; Families Who Depend on Support at Ty Hafan, a Children's Hospice in South Wales, Told Julia McWatt How the Centre Helped Them Cope
Byline: Julia McWatt THE majority of children who use Ty Hafan's services require round-the-clock care, meaning families can be stretched by the demands and challenges of looking after a child with a short life expectancy This often leaves parents...
All White on the Night as Swansea Cut Down Forest in Play-Off Thriller
CHRIS WATHAN at the Liberty Stadium SWANSEA CITY FOREST 3BRITTON 28 DOBBIE 33 PRATLEY 90 1 EARNSHAW 80 Attendance: 19,816 Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands) WEMBLEY - the white half of Wales is coming. And, going on this breathless display...
AM Wants Answers over Dust Connection to Cancer
A SERIES of questions about whether dust from a cement works can cause cancer remain unanswered, an AM has said. Mark Isherwood, Conservative AM for North Wales, whose daughter Charlotte was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at 19, spoke out as an investigation...
A Pioneer - and Not Just as a Feminist Ahead of Her Time; HISTORIAN CAME ACROSS HER DIARY BY CHANCE
Byline: DARREN DEVINE SHE was Britain's first woman delegate to the League of Nations, enjoyed salacious trysts with her Cabinet minister lover and communicated with the dead as the age's leading spiritualist. Liberal politician Winifred Coombe...
Appeal for an End to 'Brutal Austerity'
EU FINANCE ministers were warned last night to abandon "brutal austerity" as the answer to the sovereign debt crisis and instead give struggling countries a chance to restore collapsing economies. An emergency resolution agreed at the start of a...
Assembly Has Taken the Lead, Now It Has to Address Wider Issues Affecting Women; as the New Labour Assembly Government Settles Down to Business, Chwarae Teg Chief Executive Katy Chamberlain Argues It Needs to Address the Challenges Facing Women in Wales
Byline: Katy Chamberlain [bar] HE appointment of Labour's Rosemary Butler as the Assembly's first female Presiding Officer is significant as it places a woman in one of the most high profile positions in the country at a time when post-election...
A Sublime Mix of Comedy and Tragedy; PREVIEW: Oh! What A Lovely War, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
[bar] OAN LITTLEWOOD'S poignant wartime musical entertainment Oh! What A Lovely War is being staged in Wales this week. Aberystwyth Arts Centre Youth and Community Theatre are behind the production. More than 40 local people are involved in bringing...
Belief Is What Counts; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
[bar] SIR - I have followed with interest the letters on the true divinity of Jesus or if he's just a myth from history (April 25, 27, 28, 30, May 4, 7, 9, 12). To me it's irrelevant on the arguments of Jesus' short life on earth. If one can't believe...
Big Is Beautiful
Byline: CLAIRE REES WHEN Sarah Jessica Parker approves a look there's a fair chance it's going to catch on. So expect Cheryl Cole's new humungous hair to become, well huge, especially now style icon SJP has given the look the nod. Cheryl turned...
Bluebirds Handed a Bellamy Booster
Byline: STEVE TUCKER CARDIFF CITY have received a huge boost ahead of their play-off clash with Reading tonight with the news skipper Craig Bellamy should be fit enough to start on the bench. The Wales international limped off in the Bluebirds'...
Bluebirds Handed Bellamy Booster for Reading Clash
Byline: STEVE TUCKER CARDIFF CITY have received a huge boost ahead of their play-off clash with Reading tonight with the news skipper Craig Bellamy should be fit enough to start on the bench. The Wales international limped off in the Bluebirds'...
City Market Report
The FTSE-100 Index failed to make headway yesterday after fears over the eurozone debt crisis offset gains from resurgent miners. The market slumped 1% in early trading after being dogged by concerns that the arrest of IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn...
Codi Llysiau a Ffrwythau Yn Lles I'r Boced; Cefn Gwlad
Byline: LLOYD JONES DIDDOROL oedd canlyniadau'r arolwg a wnaed gan Undeb Genedlaethol y Ffermwyr yn nodi faint o bobl yng nghefn gwlad sy'n codi eu llysiau a'u ffrwythau eu hunain. Allan o'r 4,000 o bobl a holwyd roedd un o bob tri yn codi digon...
Driest April on Record Leaves Rivers Low and Birds Homeless; FEARS THAT WILDLIFE WILL SUFFER AFTER DRY SPRING
Byline: SALLY WILLIAMS AN EXCEPTIONALLY hot and dry spring has left Wales so parched that the public are today being urged to provide bin lids full of wet mud in their gardens to help birds struggling to build nests. The Environment Agency also...
Earning Income from Green Energy; What Opportunities Are There for Businesses to Make Money from Renewable Energy? Colber Adamian-Thomas of Property Consultants Adamian Davis Meade Offers a Market Update
Byline: Colber Adamian-Thomas THE UK Government recently announced a reduction to the subsidy available for large ground based solar photovoltaic energy farms. The severity of the reduction and the speed in which it was evoked came as a surprise...
Emergency Communications Deals See Excelerate Go Faster; GROWTH AND SHERPA MAKE IT UK MARKET LEADER
Byline: RHODRI EVANS A COMPANY which is a market leader in satellite communications for the emergency services has seen its turnover grow by 28% despite government spending cuts. Cardiff-based Excelerate Technology posted turnover for 2010 of...
Expert Casts Doubt over Sale of Murder Victim's Ring
A JEWELLERY expert has expressed doubts over prosecution claims alleged murderer John Cooper sold the gold wedding ring of one of his victims at a shop in Pembrokeshire. At Swansea Crown Court, ex-farm labourer Cooper, 66, denies the 1985 murders...
Finer Points of Liturgy; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
[bar] SIR - I find Dr Vivian Jones' letter (May 14) very interesting. The form of service used for the recent royal wedding appears to have been Alternative Services, First Series (authorised for use in the CofE in 1966) or else something very similar...
Fully Escorted Eurostar Tours
Paris Four days from only pounds 249pp Departures March to November 2011 Paris was, is and always will be somewhere rather special. Why not try it with this superb four-day holiday. This inexhaustible city has something for everyone - whatever your...
Gerry Declares War on All Egg-Stealing Foxes and Birds; Our Columnist Has Been on an Enjoyable Road Trip, Leaving Gerry Behind to Guard the Livestock from Predators
Byline: LIZ SHANKLAND WE ALL have different ways of relaxing and clearing the mind. Perhaps unusually, mine is driving alone for a couple of hours. Other people might get stressed out when covering long distances but I make the most of the peace...
Gibbs Bags Sixth Win of the Season as Williams Lands a Double at Farmers' Hunt Steeplechases; Turf Talk
Byline: BRIAN LEE ONE young rider who has made a name for himself this season is Bradley Gibbs who celebrated his 17th birthday four days before winning the confined race in good style on his father David's Cinaman at the Tredegar Farmers' Hunt...
Grant in Hacking Probe Claims
ACTOR Hugh Grant has revealed he has been visited by police investigating newspaper phone hacking allegations. The star said he had been shown documentation with his personal details - and those of people close to him - which had been gleaned by...
Henson Could Be as Good for Me on Centre Stage as My Pal 'Reggie' - Wales Star
Byline: ANDY HOWELL JONATHAN DAVIES hopes Gavin Henson will have the same impact on his Wales career as Regan King did for it at the Scarlets. Silky former All Black King has now joined French champions Clermont Auvergne but he was a master of...
Here's a Toast to Trailer Rage and Muddy Pigs. Champion Pig Breeder Liz Shankland Is off to the Royal Welsh Spring Fair This Weekend, but She Has a Lot to Face before She Takes Her Animals into the Ring
Byline: Liz Shankland IF YOU'RE heading for Llanelwedd this weekend for a nice day out at the show, spare a thought for us poor exhibitors - and for the organisers, too. By the time the first of you turn up on Saturday morning, the whole, glossy...
Holiday Complex Planned for Island Promises Up to 600 Jobs; FIRM UNVEILS RESORT SCHEME TO DEVELOP ALUMINIUM SITE
Byline: DARREN DEVINE UP to 600 new jobs could be created in one of the most deprived parts of Wales after plans for a "world class holiday" resort were unveiled. The tourism development arm of Land & Lakes Ltd unveiled the plans for a site...
How to. ...Make Better Sandwiches; It's British Sandwich Week, So Whether You're Packing a Picnic for the Park or Tempting a Fussy Young Eater, Emma Morgan at Crumlin-Based Brace's Bakery Explains How to Brighten Up Lunch and Give Your Sarnies Some Wow Factor
Be adventurous with fillings Try interesting combinations like Welsh goats' cheese with beetroot and watercress. Sweet pepper and ham is delicious when you use green pesto instead of butter or spread and top with drained mild peppadew peppers, honey...
Hurt of Wembley Final a Play-Off Spur for Bluebirds - Burke
Byline: STEVE TUCKER CARDIFF CITY wide man Chris Burke has revealed the hurt which will drive him and his team-mates on in tonight's crunch clash with Reading. The Bluebirds' suffered heartbreak in the play-off final at the hands of Blackpool...
I Have Got More Passion Than Most but It's Just That I Don't Show It Outwardly - Boss Jones; CITY BOSS AIMS TO SHOW CALM EXTERIOR IN PLAY-OFF BATTLE
Byline: STEVE TUCKER CARDIFF CITY boss Dave Jones admits he might look calm during his side's massive clash with Reading tonight, but inside the passion and emotions will be burning. The Bluebirds' manager is famous for his laid-back demeanour...
I'm Being Trashed, Says Angry Imogen as Judge Now Talks of Blackmail
Byline: BRIAN FARMER WELSH model Imogen Thomas spoke out yesterday after a High Court judge said a Premier League footballer may have been "blackmailed" over their alleged affair. Mr Justice Eady yesterday revealed that evidence suggesting the...
IMF Chief Held after Sex Assault Allegations
Byline: MIKE JONES THE head of the International Monetary Fund must remain jailed at least until Friday - the day of his next court hearing for attempted rape and other charges - a judge ruled last night. A haggard, unshaven and grim-looking...
It's All about Happy Cow Ws on the Only 'Mega-Farm' in the Country
Byline: STEVE DUBe THE cows on the Carmarthenshire farm of Howell and Susan Richards look lively. Many of them skip down the yard from the rotary milking parlour and bury their noses in the feed troughs. You can always get an idea of the overall...
Killer Mum Left 'Suicide Note' Saying She Was Being Punished by God
A MOTHER who killed her 11-year-old son before trying to commit suicide wrote a letter to her family saying she was being made to suffer by God. Yvonne Freaney, 49, left a several-page letter addressed to "my family" stating she had strangled her...
Leading Industry Figure Sir Meuric Will Launch NSA Welsh Sheep 2011 Event Tomorrow
ONE of the elder statesmen of the Welsh sheep industry will open NSA Welsh Sheep 2011 at Penegoes, Machynlleth, tomorrow. Sir Meuric Rees has lived a full and busy public life - including serving as Lord Lieutenant of Gwynedd and chairman of the...
London on High Alert Following Bomb Threat
Byline: MIKE JONES A CODED bomb threat from Irish terrorists sparked major security scares near Buckingham Palace on the eve of the Queen's historic visit to the republic. A controlled explosion was carried out on a suitcase abandoned outside...
McDermott Admits He's Put Royals on the Spot
READING boss Brian McDermott admits his side have been practising penalties ahead of their play-off visit to Cardiff City. Last season's semi-final between Cardiff and Leicester was decided by spot-kicks - Cardiff eventually booking a final date...
Michael's Charity Challenge: 200miles in 24hrs
THE uncle of a Welsh newlywed killed on his honeymoon is to cycle across Wales to raise money in his nephew's memory. Heart attack survivor Michael Meredith is planning to cycle almost 200 miles in less than 24 hours in tribute to murdered newlywed...
Morningserial
Or rather the two positions are fused. Multiple viewpoints. Fascinating. And then I cut my chin on the tag of the zip, I say, trying to bring her down to earth. I'm going to go up there, she says, pointing to the old farm buildings on the right....
New Farming Minister Gets a Mixed Reaction; NON-CABINET APPOINTEE WANTS A YEAR TO PROVE HIS WORTH
Byline: STEVE DUBe "JUDGE me after a year," says Welsh farming's new minister, Blaenau Gwent MP Alun Davies. The appointment of Mr Davies to the non-Cabinet post of deputy minister for agriculture, food, fisheries and European programmes has...
Plaid Must Decide What It Stands for; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
[bar] SIR - I have read with interest some of the breast-beating and soul-searching regarding Plaid Cymru's relatively poor performance in the elections. I can well understand the frustrations and disappointment of those who thought that the coalition...
Quiz of the Day
QUIZ OF THE DAY 1. Which BBC sports commentator was the 'voice' of rugby union until his retirement in 2002? 6. Politician Boris Johnson's sister Rachel was appointed editor of which women's publication in 2009? 2. What were the two Shadows hits with...
'Rarest of the Rare' Cattle Are off to the Festival
THE oldest breed of cattle will be among the attractions at the Royal Welsh Smallholders and Garden Festival next weekend. Rare White Park cattle from the National Trust's Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, an emblem of the power of Welsh princes for centuries,...
Rare Twin Foals Born to Champion
Byline: ANWEN FRANCIS A SHIRE horse breeder thought he was seeing double when he checked on his heavily pregnant brood mare at 3am in the morning and found two identical and very healthy filly foals. The rare black filly twins are out of supreme...
Residents Threaten Action in Farm Row
PEOPLE living near the largest dairy farm in Wales are threatening a class action against Carmarthenshire County Council for a reduction in their community charge if the council grants retrospective planning consent for two large sheds at the holding....
Row Erupts as Former Exam Chief Dismisses Welsh Bac as 'Nonsense' 'IT'S REALLY AN A-LEVEL WITH A LOAD OF NONSENSE ADDED 'ON
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON A FORMER council leader involved in setting up the Welsh Baccalaureate has created a storm by describing the qualification as "nonsense". Jeff Jones led Bridgend Council until 2004 and chaired the Welsh Joint Education Committee...
Rugby Star Gets Ready to Tackle Mount Everest
FORMER Wales international rugby star Richard Parks sets out to tackle the world's highest peak on Thursday. The 33-year-old admitted the ascent was "ambitious", coming after a series of deaths on Mount Everest. The former Pontypridd RFC and...
Still More Financial Crises on the Way, Warns Brown; LEADERS URGED TO AGREE ON BINDING PACTS ON REGULATION
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS THE global financial collapse of 2008 may just be the "trailer" to a series of devastating international crises, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has warned. Writing in the American Newsweek magazine, he said that three...
Super Swans Are on Their Way to Wembley
Byline: PHIL BLANCHE SWANSEA CITY are on the way to Wembley - and now it's over to Cardiff City to seal an all-Welsh final for a place in the Premier League. On a right of raw emotion and thrilling football - one that boss Brendan Rodgers called...
Supporters Bitter after Losing Bid for Wrexham Club; WINNING BIDDER IS BACKED BY CONTROVERSIAL BUSINESSMAN
Byline: DARREN DEVINE THE Wrexham Supporters' Trust expressed "bitter disappointment" yesterday after rival bidder Jon Harris was named new owner of the football club. Former owners Geoff Moss and Ian Roberts said they had sold to Wrexham's commercial...
Talking WM Sense
Byline: claire PICTURE a picnic in the park. A lithe, bronzed ankle then a pedicured toenail in postbox red, on a silky, smooth foot, peeping out under layers of folded chiffon. That's how I want to spend my summer - flouncing around in fabulous,...
The Great Catches of Salmon Anglers of Old; TALES OF PLENTIFUL TIMES AS STOCKS FIGHT FOR SURVIVAL
Byline: MOC MORGAN BECAUSE of the long stretch of dry weather and rivers running low, the 2011 sewin season will not start in earnest until late May or early June, but no doubt some anglers fishing for trout will hook the occasional sewin before...
Threatened Butterflies Show Signs of Recovery; CONSERVATION EFFORT HELPED BY IMPROVEMENTS IN WEATHER
Byline: STEVE DUBe SOME of Britain's most threatened butterflies are showing signs of recovery after decades of decline. A monitoring programme run by Butterfly Conservation and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology showed large increases in rare...
'Til Death Us Do Part? Film Star Arnold Schwarzenegger Has Announced His Separation from Wife of 25 Years, and the So-Called Silver Divorce, Break-Ups Later in Life, Is on the Rise. Divorce Specialist Katie McColgan of Law Firm Berry Smith Explores Why Marriages of 30, 40 and 50 Years Are Breaking Down after Years of Seeming Happiness
THE ruby wedding anniversary is cherished as a hopeful celebration, with friends and family marvelling and admiring the happy couple's long-term commitment. But, unfortunately, it's becoming more and more common for marriages to never make 40 years,...
Too Much Information; Dan Tyte's Done with Injunctions and Oversharing
Recent events have reminded me of a really annoying friend I had as a kid. You know the type: a snotty nose, bit of a know-it-all, the kind who won't tell you a secret until you give them a really nasty Chinese burn. Then, when the little weasel...
Two AMs in Race to Be New Leader for Tories in Wales; CONFLICT IN STYLES OFFERS A STARK CHOICE TO THE PARTY
Byline: MATT WITHERS THERE will be a two-horse race to lead the Conservatives in the National Assembly after two AMs last night put their names forward for the contest to succeed Nick Bourne. With nominations for the leadership closing at 5pm,...
Warning as Work Starts to Build City Boulevard
SWANSEA Council says it plans to do all it can to minimise disruption when work begins on transforming one of the major routes into and out of the city today. The authority aims to change the way Swansea's River Tawe bridges operate for traffic...
Wayoutwest
Byline: Robin Turner THE screeching of swifts as they dart like mini spitfires through the blue skies of summer is an increasingly rare sound. Steve Dube in Carmarthen It reminds me of long, hot days spent on Aberavon Beach then coming back for...
Welcome for Milford Haven People to 'Have Say in Future of Their Port' MINISTER'S PROPOSALS WIN SUPPORT
Byline: RACHAEL MISSTEAR PORTS like Milford Haven should only be sold if their new owners bring "a significant level of community participation", the government has said. The announcement by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond yesterday opened...
Welshman Dies at 19 in Bomb Blast in Helmand; 'OUR HERO ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A ROYAL MARINE'
Byline: WAYNE NOWACZYK A ROYAL Marine who was killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan was last night named as Welsh teenager Nigel Dean Mead. Known to his mates as "Deano", the 19-year-old from Lima Company of 42 Commando Royal Marines, was killed...
Welsh Utility Is Worst Polluter among UK's Water Companies; 'DISAPPOINTED' DWR CYMRU PLEDGES TO DO BETTER
Byline: SAM MALONE WELSH WATER has topped a list of the most polluting water companies in the UK. The league table, compiled by the Environment agency, named Welsh Water as the worst overall performer of 10 major water companies in the UK. ...
We Must Not Be Left All at Sea about the Future of Milford Haven; Western Mail
[bar] HE port of Milford Haven is highly significant to the Welsh economy and the implications of any sell-off could be serious. The announcement by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond yesterday that he wants any new arrangement to include "a significant...
Your Stars
Byline: Patrick Arundell You can enjoy an upturn in your financial situation, but there can be costs to deal with too. Some juggling seems inevitable, and the need to retain a sense of self-discipline. This can be also a time when your desire for...