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 July 20, 2011

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4% of Workers Get 40% of Bonuses; FINANCIAL SECTOR CONTINUES WITH OWN LEVEL OF BENEFITS
Byline: RHODRI EVANS WORKERS in the financial sector enjoyed average bonuses of pounds 12,500 last year as pay-outs showed little sign of falling despite efforts to curb City excesses, according to official figures yesterday. The financial and...
Achieving What Is Best for the Region and the Nation; Cardiff Council's Deputy Leader Neil McEvoy Argues That Projects like the City's Proposed Central Business District and a City-Region Approach Are Needed to Boost the Economy of South-East Wales
SOUTH-EAST WALES is a vital part of the Welsh economy. Latest figures show that the region contributes pounds 24bn to the Welsh economy in terms of GVA - over half the Welsh total. Of the more than 600,000 jobs in South-East Wales, around 100,000...
Another Victim at the 'Hospital Crime Scene'?
Byline: MIKE JONES A MAN was fighting for his life last night at a hospital where police are already investigating the suspicious deaths of three patients. Police fear the suspect who sabotaged saline containers with insulin may still be stalking...
Are You Ready for the Carrier Bag Charge?
The Welsh Government wants to drastically reduce the number of bags given away in Wales. So from October 1 you will pay at least 5p for all single use carrier bags. The charge The carrier bag charge will apply in all shops including clothes stores,...
Banks Hit by Euro Worries; David Myrddin-Evans Is Head of Brewin Dolphin Cardiff
FOLLOWING the weekend's activities in Europe, the FTSE 100 stumbled into another week, thrown off balance by the continued weakness in the banking sector. The results of the European stress test did little to lift confidence after revealing that...
Building a Green Jerusalem from the Bottom Up; Wales' New Environment Minister John Griffiths Is Keen to Address the Little Local Issues to Get People Interested in the Bigger Global Ones, Chris Kelsey Writes
Byline: Chris Kelsey John Griffiths looks like being a very different environment minister to his predecessor. Where Jane Davidson was keen for Wales to make its mark in tackling the big, global issues such as climate change, Griffiths is starting...
Businesses Recycle More Confidential Documents
BUSINESSES in the UK and Ireland are recycling more securely shredded documentation than ever before, according to figures released by secure document destruction company, Shred-it, to mark World Environment Day 2011. Customers of the UK and Ireland's...
Buskers Bring Climate Change Message to Commuters
CLIMATE change campaigners took the message of cutting carbon emissions onto the trains recently with a concert for commuters. Local jazz musicians performed between Swansea and Cardiff in what is thought to be Wales' first onboard gig to help explain...
Capital Housing Land Shortage 'Could Derail Region's Recovery' CARDIFF HAS JUST 2.2 YEARS OF BUILDING SITES REMAINING
Byline: RHODRI EVANS A SHORTAGE of land for residential development in the Welsh capital threatens the economic recovery across South-East Wales, housebuilders have warned. All Welsh authorities are supposed to have five years' worth of land...
Capital Law Has Big Plans for the Future with Move to New Offices; FIRM IS AIMING TO TRIPLE ITS SIZE WITHIN FIVE-YEAR PERIOD
Byline: RHODRI EVANS LEGAL firm, Capital Law, is investing in a major expansion designed to bolster its position as a leading UK provider of legal and other professional business services. The firm, which also has offices in London, has just...
Carbon Management Can Save a Business 20% a Year; Carbon Saving Carbon Trust Wales Has Been Working with Businesses across the Country to Help Them Cut Down Their Energy Use and Achieve Carbon Reduction Targets
On-site carbon surveys are guaranteed to identify quick and effective ways to reduce energy typically yielding a 20% cut in a business's energy costs. Each Carbon Trust survey is conducted by an independently accredited consultant to produce a practical...
Championship Is Better Than Scottish Football, Insists City's Conway
Byline: STEVE TUCKER CARDIFF CITY'S Craig Conway has added some spice to tonight's friendly with Celtic at Cardiff City Stadium (7.45) by insisting the Championship is superior to the Scottish Premier League (SPL). The 26-year-old made the move...
Chelsea to See off Big-Spending Rivals - Lampard
FRANK LAMPARD maintains no matter how much their Barclays Premier League title rivals spend, Chelsea still believe they will be the team to beat next season. The Blues, who are close to completing the signing of young Genk goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois,...
Commission to Examine Welsh Funding Finally Given Go-Ahead; BODY EXPECTED TO CONCENTRATE ON ISSUES OF DEVOLVED TAXATION
Byline: MATT WITHERS A NEW commission to examine how Wales is funded will be established in the autumn, Welsh Secretary Cheryl Gillan finally announced yesterday. Taking into account the work of the Holtham Commission - the last major body to...
Companies Sign Sole Distribution Deal to Supply 11,000 GPs' Surgeries
TWO companies have signed an exclusive partnership deal to distribute medical supplies to doctors' surgeries. Williams Medical Supplies, based in Rhymney, will be the sole distributor to up to 11,000 GP surgeries, for Cardiff-based global diagnostics...
Croft Omission Is the Right Call for Glamorgan in This CB40 Clash, Says Coach Mott; GLAMORGAN CRICKET THE NO 1 NEWS FROM YOUR COUNTY
MATTHEW MOTT has defended the decision to leave veteran spinner Robert Croft out of Glamorgan's CB40 clash with Essex today. The 41-year-old will travel to Chelmsford but will not feature for the second 40-over match in succession. Michael O'Shea...
Dravid Aiming to Add to His Special Lord's Memories
INDIA batsman Rahul Dravid spoke of the "special memories" he has of Lord's as he returned to the ground 15 years after his eye-catching debut at the home of cricket. Dravid, 38, is on his final tour of England and is glad to have a fourth and final...
Duke 'Devastated' at Death of Grandmother in Clifftop Fall Drama; ROYAL PILOT INVOLVED IN BID TO SAVE SICK WOMAN
Byline: MIKE HORNBY A GRANDMOTHER who died after being winched to safety by Prince William's RAF search and rescue team may not have seen the 150ft cliff she fell from, an inquest heard yesterday. Barbara Mageean, 73, suffered multiple injuries...
Economic Outlook
TENSION is rising. Germany's Chancellor has served an ultimatum on her EU colleagues that she expects something definitive to emerge at tomorrow's emergency summit meeting in Brussels, including an arrangement for substantial private sector involvement...
Election Officials 'Forced to Ignore' Instructions
OFFICIALS who ran the National Assembly election and AV referendum in May claim they were forced to ignore official instructions about the design of polling cards because they would not have fitted into window envelopes. A report produced by the...
Energy Policy Blowing in the Wind? Recent Welsh Government Statements on Wind Farm Development Created Uncertainty, but There's No Alternative to More Wind Power, Chris Kelsey Writes
Byline: Chris Kelsey Wales' renewable energy policy has taken a battering in recent weeks with politicians appearing to stagger under the pressure of anti-wind farm protestors, but there are encouraging signs that it is back on track. The Welsh...
Excessive Green Taxes; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
* SIR - Back in the 1970s the "experts" were warning us of another ice age, brrr! Then Al Gore came along and started preaching about the horrors of global warming, frightening both infants and adults alike, not forgetting the melting of the ice...
Factory Makes Green Energy - Using Green Energy
THE OPENING of a wind turbine at a Cardiff renewables factory has been hailed as the realisation of a "green from green dream". Robert Hertzberg, founder of G24 Innovations (G24i) in Cardiff, said: "Our vision was to create a truly green company...
Fall in Serious Injuries and Dangerous Offshore Oil and Gas Leaks Last Year
FEWER major offshore oil and gas leaks have been reported in the past year. Health and Safety Executive data shows 73 "hydrocarbon releases" deemed either major or significant were recorded in 2010-11, compared with 85 the previous year and 61 in...
Family of Girl Injured during Birth Paid Pounds 5m Damages; CASH WILL BE USED TO PAY FOR CARE FOR REST OF HER LIFE
Byline: CARYS HEPWORTH THE family of a girl who suffered serious injuries during birth has been paid almost pounds 5m in damages after an 11-year legal battle. Sophie Clarke, now 12, was left with severe brain damage after a "catalogue" of medical...
Farmers Hit out at 'Dithering' over Cull; WESTMINSTER TO GO AHEAD WITH SLAUGHTER OF BADGERS
Byline: STEVE DUB[ETH] FARMERS accused Welsh politicians of dithering yesterday as the Westminster Government approved a pilot cull of badgers in England as part of the drive to combat bovine TB. UK Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman acknowledged...
Financial Watchdog Rebuffs Treasury Select Committee; MPS HAD CALLED FOR YEAR'S DELAY IN ADVICE REFORM
Byline: RHODRI EVANS A COMMITTEE of MPs is at loggerheads with the City regulator after a request to delay the implementation of new financial advice rules was denied. The Treasury Select Committee has asked the Financial Services Authority (FSA)...
First Year of Recycling Doesn't Go to Waste; Recycling
First anniversaries are always a significant milestone and that's certainly true for Bridgend County Borough Council's new weekly recycling collection scheme. Introduced in June 2010 at a time when the authority was languishing near the bottom of...
Flexibility Key to Driving Logistics Success Forward; from the South of England to Aberdeen, South Wales Logistics Firm Rhys Davies Delivers, as Robert Llewellyn-Jones Found out When He Spoke to Managing Director Mark Richmond
THE Moy Road Industrial Estate at Taffs Well, on the outskirts of Cardiff, straddles the A470 as it sweeps along the spine of Wales to journey's end in Llandudno. Here, in the shadow of Castell Coch, the mock medieval castle built for the Marquis...
Forgotten Man Harley Is Aiming to Make an Impact at the Liberty
Byline: TIM LEWIS SWANSEA CITY'S forgotten man Ryan Harley says he is determined to make a name for himself in the Premier League this season. Harley was signed eight months ago from Exeter, but spent the remainder of the season on loan at the...
Giteau Snub Casts Doubt on Chances
MATT GITEAU'S chances of playing in a third Rugby World Cup have suffered a major blow after the veteran playmaker was left out of Australia's squad for Saturday's Tri-Nations opener against South Africa. The 92-Test veteran is the major casualty...
Government Pledges More Money to Get Us out of Cars
The Welsh Government has announced that an extra pounds 6m will be allocated to developing sustainable transport across the country over the coming year. The funding will go towards creating "sustainable travel centres" in Mon a Menai, Aberystwyth,...
Greene King Wins the Charge for Capital Pubs; THIRD LARGE ACQUISITION FOR BREWERY AHEAD OF OLYMPICS
Byline: RHODRI EVANS GREENE KING won backing for a pounds 70m acquisition, as its scramble to buy pubs in London ahead of the Olympics gathers pace. Bid target Capital Pubs rejected two approaches from London-based Fuller, Smith & Turner...
Gunners Facing Big Battle to Hang on to Fabregas
ARSENAL continue to face a battle to hold onto captain Cesc Fabregas - with Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola vowing the Champions League holders will fight to the end to bring their former trainee back to the Nou Camp. While there has been no formal...
Gwilym Hoping for Good Days Ahead as He Gets Mercury Nod; CLASSICAL JAZZ MUSICIAN IS NOMINATED FOR TOP AWARD
Byline: SIMON GASKELL A CLASSICAL jazz musician has been nominated alongside the likes of Adele, Elbow and James Blake for this year's pounds 20,000 Mercury Prize. Composer Gwilym Simcock, 30, from Bangor, is on the shortlist of 12 artists, chosen...
Hannon's Concern on Cliffs
CHAMPION trainer Richard Hannon unveiled his Goodwood team to the media yesterday morning - together with a veiled concern over Canford Cliffs' liking for an undulating course. Just over a week ahead of the 'Duel On The Downs' in which Canford Cliffs...
Hart's 'Lack of Action' Attacked by New Shadow Business Minister; CALL FOR MEASURES TO EASE FIRMS' PROBLEMS
Byline: RHODRI EVANS THE new Shadow Minister for Business, Enterprise and Technology yesterday kicked off his tenure hitting out at the lack of action from his ministerial counterpart. Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay took on the new role as recently-elected...
He Talked Himself into Killing Becca, Says Prosecution; COURT HEARS TESTIMONIALS ON BEHALF OF DEFENDANT
Byline: ROBIN TURNER THE 16-YEAR-OLD boy accused of murdering 15-year-old Rebecca Aylward "talked himself into doing it", a jury heard yesterday. At Swansea Crown Court, prosecutor Greg Taylor QC gave his closing speech to the jury in which he...
High Recycling Will Sit Alongside Tried and Tested Energy from Waste Technology; as Recycling and Composting Rates Continue to Rise, Stu Hodges of Waste Awareness Wales Explains the Urgent Need to Develop Green Technologies That Will Complement Wales' Increasingly Green Behaviour
Byline: Stu Hodges With Wales recycling 44% of its municipal waste, the nation is firmly on track to achieve its target of 52% recycling by 2012-13. Not only has Wales seen an increase in its recycling rate, but also an increase in how quickly that...
How to Be a Wildlife Warrior; Want to Help Support and Protect Wildlife in Wales and beyond? Not Sure How to Do It? Rin Simpson Has a Few Ideas to Get You Started
Byline: Rin Simpson Put your money where your mouth is Like anything, wildlife conservation costs money; even just a few pounds a month could sustain the work of a campaign group or an animal rescue organisation. Regular monthly donations are...
'If You Can't Give Him an Honour ... Then Who Can You Give One to? RICHARD PARKS WELCOMED HOME AT THE SENEDD
Byline: SAM MALONE WORLD record-setting adventurer Richard Parks was welcomed home to Wales last night by more than 200 dedicated fans - as calls were made for him to be honoured by the Queen. The intrepid explorer returned to rapturous applause...
Is Space Travel Shuttling off into Deep, Dark History? Fuelled by Cold War Rivalries the Americans Eagerly Experimented with Manned Space Travel, Landing a Man on the Moon in 1969. but after the Shuttle Atlantis Undocked from the International Space Station for the Last Time Yesterday, Darren Devine Asks What the Future Holds for Manned Space Travel amid an Economic Slowdown Focusing Minds on Issues Closer to Home
BETWEEN Columbia's first mission on April 12, 1981, to the return of Atlantis to Florida's Kennedy Space Centre tomorrow, there have been 133 space shuttle flights costing $196bn and 14 lives. The missions have helped service and build the International...
'It's Been a Roller-Coaster Ride of Emotions since Jamie Was Killed' SOLDIER'S NAME ADDED TO ROLL OF HONOUR
Byline: RACHAEL MISSTEAR HE was the devoted young father who read bedtime stories to his baby daughter while thousands of miles away in a war zone. And 12 months after his death, the heartbroken family of Corporal Jamie Kirkpatrick will see his...
I Would Dearly Love to Be at the World Cup. It's One of the Boxes That I've Yet to Tick and I'm Going to Do Everything in My Power to Try to Make Sure I'm There
Byline: ANDY HOWELL RYAN JONES is desperate to fulfil his World Cup dream after injury ruled him out of the 2007 tournament in France. He has won two Six Nations Grand Slams, in 2005 and leading Wales to the honour three years ago, and shone...
Jobs for All in New Tory Leader's Shadow Cabinet
WELSH Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies unveiled his shadow cabinet yesterday, giving every one of his AMs a job. It came as it emerged his assistant - suspended during the campaign for lurid web postings - had been cleared of wrongdoing by the...
Law Firm's New Headquarters 'An Investment in Our Clients' Commercial Property in Association With
SPECIALIST personal injury and clinical negligence law firm Mooneerams Solicitors has responded to continued growth in its client base by opening two new offices. The firm has moved to a new, larger headquarters at Greenmeadow Springs Business Park,...
LCRI Projects Enabling the Low Carbon Economy
TWO projects in recent weeks have been out and about in Wales. LCRI's marine project, led by Swansea university, had a Celtic Odyssey from May 6-13, where two university vessels - Cardiff's Guiding Light, and Swansea's Noctiluca - took to sea with...
Lease Renewal Follows 'Considerable Success'
COMMERCIAL law firm Clarkslegal LLP has committed its future to Cardiff Waterside with a five-year lease renewal at Two Caspian Point, part of Aviva Investor's property portfolio. The firm's 100-plus employees, in addition to a network of consultants,...
Lenders Likely to 'Ration Funds Cautiously' as Fewer First-Timers Climb on Property Ladder
MORTGAGES are more likely to be approved on properties worth more than pounds 125,000 as those on higher incomes find it easier to secure lending, according to a report. Purchase approvals rose 6.7% in June, according to the latest Mortgage Monitor...
Mayday Summit Unites Businesses on Climate
THIS spring saw the fifth annual Prince's Mayday Summit and a renewed focus on the business response to climate change. The series of three events attracted more than 200 business leaders to events in Cardiff, UPM Shotton on Deeside and Tata Steel...
Milner Is Thankful after City Troubles on Pitch
JAMES MILNER believes Manchester City will have reason to be thankful if a minor injury for Yaya Toure is the only price to be paid for being forced to play on a pudding of a pitch in Vancouver on Monday. Although the surface at the DC Stadium passed...
Model Jailed for Illegally Claiming Benefits
A GLAMOUR model who was caught illegally claiming benefits for a second time, was jailed yesterday. Pregnant Clare Louise Evans, 32, wept as she was told her case was so serious that she must be jailed. The mother of two, who is four-months pregnant,...
Morningserial
Iasked Beynon did he think the bird was a metaphor of some kind. Metaphor, he said. Don't ask me about metaphors. I'm just a scientist. It's deliberate, this, of course. He can understand all about metaphors if he wants to. He's trying to take...
Mortgage Constraints Fuel Rental Market
AVERAGE monthly rents in England and Wales surged through the pounds 700 barrier last month as a shortage of new homes and mortgage constraints fuelled demand, according to new research. Data for June from letting agent LSL Property Services showed...
Mumsays
Byline: Abbie Wightwick My middle child is leaving primary school tomorrow. So I'm packing cameras and tissues to record and cry my way through her leavers' assembly. Steve Dub I don't generally cry in public but get me in a room full of children...
New Jobs to Be Created as ITEC Plans Expansion; Pounds 10.7M CONTRACT WON FROM THE WELSH GOVERNMENT
Byline: RHODRI EVANS A SOUTH Wales training provider has announced details of a major expansion programme following its biggest-ever contract win from the Welsh Government. ITEC Training is creating more than 30 new jobs, opening centres in three...
New Remedy Outlined for Rural Health Service; WELSH NHS CLAIMS REFORMS 'NECESSARY AND UNAVOIDABLE'
Byline: ALED BLAKE REFORMS to rural health services are "necessary and unavoidable", Welsh health professionals said today as they urged politicians to support proposed changes. Welsh NHS Confederation director Helen Birtwhistle said political...
Options to Consider If Your Plans Include an Exit in the near Future; in Our Latest Business Advice Series We Ask Experts from Barclays and Broomfield & Alexander What Advice They Would Give to the Owner Manager of a Pounds 10m Engineering Firm Who Doesn't Have an Exit Strategy in Place, but Would Want to Sell Up Sometime over the Next Five to 10 Years
* SIMON VITTLE, BARCLAYS, RELATIONSHIP DIRECTOR, LARGE CORPORATE THE most common exit option is selling your business - either to another business, a private investor or your employees or management. Trade sales A trade sale occurs when you sell...
Our Best Minds Must Get Busy to Find Solutions for Challenges the Nation Faces; Western Mail
* HE call to reform rural health services cannot be ignored and the Welsh Government must be prepared to take unpopular decisions if this is what is needed to secure life-saving services in an era of painful austerity. The Welsh NHS Confederation...
Pam Y Dylai Rhywun Sbwylio Stori Dda Drwy Lynu at Y Gwir? WELSHCOLUMN
Byline: MENNA ELFYN HANES * U'N amhosib osgoi'r newyddion yr wythnos hon. Tra 'mod i'n ysgrifennu'r golofn hon, mae'n siwr gen i mai wrthi'n sgrifennu sgript ar gyfer ffilm ar gyfer y sgrn fawr y mae sgriptwyr eraill. Fel mae'n digwydd bm yn...
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park: Special for Everyone, Forever; Countryside
A STAYCATION in Wales this summer could mean a trip to the second best coastal destination in the world, as voted by National Geographic Traveller magazine. It could mean exhilarating wildlife-watching boat trips, the chance to try out unique water...
Pounds 200m Plan for a New Town Centre Brings with It the Hope of 1,900 Jobs
AMBITIOUS plans for the proposed Talbot Green town-centre development have gone on display at Leekes' Llantrisant store. The pounds 200m investment project which is being proposed and funded by Valad Developments Llantrisant Ltd, aims to create...
Pounds 5m Solar Park Connected to Grid
THE largest solar park in Wales has been connected to the grid just seven months after receiving planning permission. The pounds 5m project at Cilgerran in North Pembrokeshire is the first in the UK to use a new solar panel manufactured in California,...
Powell Is Staying Positive after This Euro Rout
BANGOR CITY manager Neville Powell insisted his players should feel no disgrace despite the club suffering its biggest loss in European competition last night. City were hammered 10-0 at the Sonera Stadium by HJK Helsinki and lost 13-0 on aggregate...
Prisoners Need Help to Get Their Lives on Track; WEDNESDAY ESSAY Protests against a Proposed Project in West Wales to Temporarily House People with a History of Offending Have Hit the Headlines, but Those Leaving Prison Need Help and Support to Rebuild Their Lives, Says Andrew Templeton
Byline: Andrew Templeton THE successful rehabilitation of ex-offenders demands a partnership approach in which we all have a role to play. The best way of helping people who have been through the criminal justice system to integrate back into...
Red Tape 'Is Thwarting Renewable Energy Moves by Farmers' 'APPLICATION PROCEDURES CAN TAKE TWO YEARS'
Byline: SALLY WILLIAMS FARMERS say trying to embrace renewable energy on their farms is like "wading through syrup" because of red tape. The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) Wales said many of its members are keen to introduce energy...
Residents Who Love Where They Live
There was a beacon of green light shining over Pontypridd this summer as the third annual Love Where You Live Awards took place. For the third consecutive year Rhondda Cynon Taf Council showcased and rewarded the inspiring green-themed work being...
Review System Is Definitely Here to Stay, Says Spinner as He Gets Ready to Shoot Down Indians
ENGLAND spinner Graeme Swann hopes the confusion over the use of the Decision Review System in Test cricket will be short-lived. No technological assistance will be available to umpires Billy Bowden and Asad Rauf on leg before wicket decisions for...
Rising Supermarket Prices Add to Pressure on Household Spending
PRICES at UK supermarkets are rising faster than expected and will continue to put pressure on households in the coming months, industry figures have revealed. Kantar Worldpanel said grocery prices rose by 4.8% in the 12 weeks to July 11 compared...
Royals Wax Lyrical for Car Wash Boss
A CARWASH boss who wrote to Prince William to complain that the Royal Wedding damaged his business has been rewarded with a letter - but no apology. Kelly Reardon wrote to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to ask for them to contribute to the pounds...
Rush Warns Gatland over Huge World Cup Dilemma
Byline: SIMON THOMAS ARREN GATLAND Wfaces a big World Cup selection dilemma according to his countryman Xavier Rush. Former All Black Rush says Wales coach Gatland has to decide how to approach the crucial opening two pool fixtures against South...
Seven Steps to Help Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease; AMERICAN STUDY HIGHLIGHTS WAYS TO AVOID DEMENTIA
Byline: ALED BLAKE THESE seven steps could help you avoid Alzheimer's disease, according to scientists. A new study shows seven preventable risk factors which can be attributed to the disease. And millions of people could be helped if they...
Shopping Mall Feels Benefit of Football Factor; QUADRANT CENTRE 'BUCKING RETAIL TREND'
Byline: RHODRI EVANS SWANSEA'S biggest shopping mall appears to be cashing in on the feel-good factor in the city as footfall in the past year increased by 6.7%. The Quadrant shopping centre, which contains 370,000 sq ft of retail space, last...
Sky's Just Great for Geraint as He Signs New Three-Year Deal
GERAINT THOMAS has agreed a new three-year contract with Team Sky, the British team have announced. The 25-year-old from Cardiff, riding in his third Tour, has been among the race's main protagonists, attracting admiring glances from other teams....
Solar Firms Partnership Has Bright Future Ahead
SOUTH WALES solar systems specialist Ikaros Solar UK has taken on the UK distributorship of photovoltaic modules for German manufacturer Solon SE. Ikaros Solar UK, which is based at Technium Springboard in Cwmbran, provides consultancy and design...
Sprint Star 'Hit a Taxi in Head-On Collision', Jury Hears
Byline: KATIE HODGE FORMER Olympic sprint champion Linford Christie crashed head-on into a taxi carrying a pair of newlyweds while driving the wrong way down a major road, a court heard yesterday. The former 100m champion allegedly clambered...
Summer Lagging Can Happen So Fast; Take Advantage of the Season to Insulate Your Home in Order to Start Saving Money Straight Away Energy Saving
With people across Wales crossing their fingers for sunshine, homeowners are being urged to be smart this summer and lag their lofts ahead of the cold snap to start saving immediately. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the summer months are...
Sustainable Energy Sources Will Define Future of Welsh Steel Making; Jon Ferriman, Director of the Tata Steelworks at Port Talbot and Llanwern, Explains the Importance of Energy in Steel Making
Energy is critical to us. Safe and sustainable sources of it at a consistent and competitive price will define the future of Wales' steel industry. We live, drink, eat and sleep energy. We need about 175 megawatts (MW) of energy to power the works....
Swann Ready for Business Now 'Phoney War' Is over; INDIA ARE THE MAIN EVENT OF SUMMER, SAYS ENGLAND ACE
ENGLAND spinner Graeme Swann is looking forward to the main event of the summer, declaring "the phoney war is over" after a low-key start to the domestic season. The Test series against Sri Lanka was undermined by frequent rain delays and disappointing...
Swansea Rivals out to Hijack Routledge Move, despite Toon Green Light on Deal
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN SWANSEA CITY are in danger of missing out on Wayne Routledge - despite having a bid accepted for the Newcastle star. The Swans have been given the green light to open talks with the 26-year-old winger after lodging a pounds...
Swings of a Different Kind as Ryder Cup Venue Adds Family Attractions
MORE than pounds 500,000 has been invested in building two adventure activities at The Celtic Manor Resort. A Forest Jump treetop high ropes course and an Adventure Golf putting challenge have opened this summer to further enhance the leisure facilities...
Tender Notices
SERVICES 220106 NHS Blood & Transplant: organisation and co-ordination of the movement of NHSBT staff (regional lots) 219970 Bridgend CBC: taxi services (school transport) 218053 Dwe r Cymru Welsh Water: water and wastewater infrastructure and...
The Focus Is on Collaboration as Universities Get EU Cash for R&D; Welsh Universities Are Collaborating to Take Advantage of New European Money for R&D and Help Boost Wales' Knowledge Economy, Writes Prof Richard Davies
Byline: Richard Davies UNIVERSITIES and businesses will be working together to take up the huge opportunity of a new tranche of European research funding announced yesterday. The European Commission's [ETH]7bn "call" for innovation and research...
The Mercury Prize Shortlist and Odds
METRONOMY - THE ENGLISH RIVIERA (8-1) The judges said: "A beautifully realised electro-pop dream about growing up on an imagined English Riviera - sparkling, sophisticated and full of intrigue." ADELE - 21 (4-1) The judges said: "An extraordinary...
The Most Humble Day of My Life - Murdoch
Byline: CERI WILLIAMS RUPERT MURDOCH described his grilling by MPs over the phone-hacking scandal as "the most humble day" of his life - before he was pelted with a custard pie. The 80-year-old media mogul was forced to admit yesterday that he...
The Threats to Her Life Are So Serious That She Should Leave at Once; JOURNALIST WARNED TO GET OUT OF COLOMBIA - OR DIE
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON A COLOMBIAN journalist who visited Wales two years ago to talk about the threats facing reporters in the Latin American country has been advised to leave her homeland after receiving credible death threats. In 2009 Maryluz...
Tidal Energy Device Wins Go Ahead after EU Cash Boost
First Minister Carwyn Jones has announced that Wales' first full scale tidal stream energy generator has been given the go-ahead following the injection of pounds 6.4m of EU funding. The money will enable the pounds 11m DeltaStream device, which...
Trade Union Calls for Retention of Jobcentre Sites
PROPOSALS to close Cardiff's Caradog House Jobcentre Plus offices in St Andrews Place have come under fire from a trade union. The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) said it was shocked to hear that Jobcentre Plus management want to shut...
Trip to the Country Is Good for the Soul - and for One's Perspective
Byline: DAVID ROSSER THIS is the week that civic society in Wales dons its tweeds and - given our current weather - its wellies, and heads to Llanelwedd for the Royal Welsh. Monday is always a good day to go as it is the President's lunch, which...
Unfair Terms Still Being Used by Letting Agents against Landlords, OFT Warns
LETTING agents are still using unfair terms and conditions for landlords despite a landmark ruling which prompted Foxtons to change its contracts, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) warned yesterday. It urged operators to check that their terms and...
Useless Turbines; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
* SIR - I completely agree with Alan Speake about monstrous wind turbines covering the Welsh hills (Letters, July 18). Unfortunately I can only add to his concerns. Our recent trip to North Wales confirmed the writer's worst fears that these...
Wake Up to an Opera Full of Young Talent; PREVIEW: The Sleeper, the Coal Exchange, Cardiff
* HAT shone through in this Welsh National Youth Opera promenade performance was the energy and dedication of the cast and musicians and the resources devoted to the production. Sadly, a lot of Michael Symmons Roberts' libretto was lost, particularly...
Wales Food and Drink Sector Set to Drive Down Waste
HUGH Jones from WRAP Cymru will be leading a new programme that is set to help food and drink businesses cut down on their waste and benefit from cost savings. "If Wales is to meet its ambitious targets of becoming a zero waste nation by 2050, everyone...
Walkers 'Worth Pounds 600m' to Wales
Walking in the countryside is worth hundreds of millions of pounds to the Welsh economy and supports almost 12,000 jobs, according to new research released by Ramblers Cymru. The study, carried out at Cardiff University, found that in 2009 an estimated...
Warning of Lowsodium Salt 'Risk to Health'
LOW-SODIUM salt could pose a health risk to vulnerable patients, doctors warned yesterday. Consuming the salt may lead to high potassium levels, known as hyperkalemia, in people with reduced kidney function or those taking certain drugs, medics...
'Waste Not, Want Not' Policy Helps Build Future; A Zero Tolerance Policy to Waste Makes a Sustainable Business Writes Tracy Rees, Head of Policy at Business in the Community
THE current climate means that now, more than ever, cost saving and efficiency is high on the business agenda. Efficiency has always been a driver for business performance, so it's no surprise that we are seeing some impressive efforts by businesses...
Waugh Calls for Lie Detector Tests to Combat Fixing
FORMER Australia captain Steve Waugh has called for lie detector tests to be introduced in a bid to combat the problem of match-fixing in cricket. Waugh, speaking at Lord's in his capacity as a member of the MCC's World Cricket Committee, revealed...
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Recent weeks have seen huge disturbances in Wales' renewable energy sector. The rising tide of protest, against the plans to build a network of pylons in Mid Wales to connect new wind farms to the grid, precipitated a statement from the First Minister...
We Must Build on Our Twenty20 Displays for Good Future; MARK WALLACE BEHIND THE STUMPS Your New Weekly Column from the Glamorgan Wicketkeeper
Byline: MARK WALLACE WELL, our Twenty20 season is over for another year and it's fair to say we've had a disappointing campaign. The five wins we mustered were three short of a qualification spot and we've been left kicking ourselves over a few...
Why There's More to Keeping Chickens Than Getting Fresh-Laid Eggs; Chicken Keeping Chickens Are Not Only a Great Source of Backyard Food, They Can Also Become Well-Loved Pets, Rin Simpson Finds Out
First we wanted our eggs free range, so as not to support battery farming. Then we wanted them organic, without any of those nasty chemicals involved. Now we want our eggs one stage more wholesome - fresh from the garden and our very own brood of...