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 September 1, 2004

Answers to Mysteries of the Deep Found in 10-Year-Olds
Byline: By ANNA MORRELL The flatfish which flopped into the castellated red bucket was certainly impressive. About the size of my foot, it was the sort of thing you could easily imagine staring up at you from a fishmonger's wet slab, a cut above...
Aquarius Jan 20
It might not be too obvious at the moment but there's a lot going on in the invisible side of your life. A newcomer to your world will bring fresh ideas and interests and this could put you in the spotlight over the weeks ahead. Someone is acting...
Atkins Diet Slims Bunzl's US Business
Food packaging supplier Bunzl said trendy new diets such as Atkins had hit its North American business. The London group said many of its customers, which include supermarkets and catering companies, had suffered from a shift in eating habits due...
Bellamy Revels in Front-Running Role
Byline: By PHIL BLANCHE Western Mail Craig bellamy plans to launch the second phase of his Wales career by revelling in his natural habitat. Bellamy scored his seventh goal in 26 international appearances in Latvia two weeks ago but reckons he's...
Brambles Shake-Up Spurs an Upswing
Byline: By DAVID WINNING Western Mail Logistics group Brambles yesterday said a shake-up of its European pallets arm had spurred a sharp upswing in second-half profits. The former FTSE 100 firm also reported 6% higher sales at its Cleanaway waste...
Car Costs Overtake Mortgage
Byline: By DARREN DEVINE Western Mail The cost of buying and running a car has overtaken paying the mortgage as the single biggest draw on household incomes. Over the lifetime of a UK driving licence, motorists spend more running their cars than...
Cardiff Bus Takes to the Fast Lane
A south wales bus operator is continuing to drive impressive revenue growth on the back of accelerating passenger numbers. Cardiff Bus Transport Services (better known as Cardiff Bus), is expected to post a pounds 1m increase in revenues when it...
Cars Are the New Comfort Blanket for Insecure Adults
The Welsh are spending more and more of their lives behind the wheel, but a new study shows that this may be out of choice rather than necessity. According to the research, the family car is no longer used simply for getting from A to B but, in...
Caxton Adding Value to Service Provision
Caxton Facilities Management, Wales' largest facilities management organisation, is continually looking to add value to the services we are able to provide to our clients, and accordingly we have established three business streams that will enhance...
Civil Engineer Sees Benefitsof Reshaping Its Business
Byline: ByDAVID WINNING Western Mail Civil engineering company John Laing yesterday showed the benefits of its focus on road, rail and public service accommodation projects after half-year profits more than doubled. Laing reported a 'growing...
Council Calls for Talks to End Strike
Swansea Council has invited the local government union Unison for talks over a damaging strike by its computer staff. The strike, now in its third week, follows concerns by IT staff over the way the council is bringing in a hi-tech multi-million-pound...
Dallaglio Turns to Rob before His Big Decision
Byline: By GRAHAM CLUTTON Western Mail Lawrence dallaglio turned to an old enemy and a current friend before making his decision to retire from international rugby. Dallaglio and Rob Howley have spent the last two seasons forging a wonderful...
Delaney: City Had to Let Earnie Go
Byline: By PHIL BLANCHE Western Mail Former Cardiff City hero Mark Delaney last night admitted the Bluebirds were destined to lose their battle to hold on to Robert Earnshaw. Wales defender Delaney was the last big name to leave Ninian Park before...
Designs on Future Growth
Byline: By RHODRI EVANS Western Mail Less than a year after he set up his graphic design company Daly Design, Paul Daly has found his business at a crossroads. Mr Daly, who started the business in September last year, is on course to meet his...
Doctors to Face Charges over Shipman Deaths
Six GPs and a pathologist criticised by the inquiry into serial killer doctor Harold Shipman will face Professional Conduct Committees, the General Medical Council confirmed yesterday. Dr Peter Bennett, Dr Susan Booth, Dr Jeremy Dirckze, Dr Stephen...
Does Dim Byd Yn Fwy Atyniadol Na Bod Ar Dir ein Gwlad
Mae'n ddiwedd haf unwaith eto a chyn bo hir fe fydd pawb yn ymaflyd unwaith eto yn y beunyddiol bethau. A chri gwyliau'r haf ymhen o'r swyddfa neu'r ddesg. Yn ystod yr wythnosau diwethaf b[currency]m ar fy ngwyliau yn y man agosaf posib i gartre'...
Drinks Giant May Stir Sluggish Stock Trade
With St Leger's Day fast approaching, the stock market is hoping that all those investors who disappeared in May will soon be coming back in their droves. The last few weeks have been particularly quiet with volumes low and little in terms of major...
Father Charged 39p a Minute on Patientline
Byline: By SALLY WILLIAMS Western Mail A premium rate phone line which puts relatives in touch with patients in hospitals across Wales has come under fire. Keith Miles, 54, from Raglan in Monmouthshire, South Wales, was upset when he received...
Finance Wales' Equity Deals Have Made Things Happen
Byline: By ADRIAN GODFREY Last week 'The Western Mail' highlighted the high level of liquidated companies in Finance Wales' investment portfolio. However, leading South Wales corporate finance adviser Adrian Godfrey argues that the business support...
Financial Servicers Firms Banned
Nineteen financial services firms were banned from carrying out business during the past year, the City watchdog said yesterday. The Financial Services Authority said it withdrew permission to carry out investment business from the firms during...
Fines to Put Drunks and Vandalson the Spot
Byline: By COLIN HUGHES Western Mail Police are to dish out on-the- spot fines if they catch people throwing stones, or behaving drunkenly in public. Low-level anti-social and nuisance offenders will get fixed penalty fines throughout Wales from...
'Forget the Stereotypes'
Byline: By RHODRI EVANS Western Mail English companies need to follow the more imaginative approach of foreign competitors by investing in Wales, First Minister Rhodri Morgan has claimed. In an interview with the influential Management Today...
Furries' Concert Was Simply the Best
Byline: By CLAIRE HILL Western Mail The tent was packed, it was really hot and there was that horrible smell of sweaty bodies who hadn't washed for three days attacking my senses. I was jammed between some Japanese fanatics and I could just about...
Future Rosier for Crozier before Yesterday
Byline: By MIKE JONES Western Mail The Royal Mail boss who has taken personal responsibility for its failing letters business was seen as a breath of fresh air when he first joined. Adam Crozier has already agreed not to collect lucrative bonus...
Great Rivals United in Desire to See Dragons Breathe Fire
Byline: By GARY BAKER November 19, 2000: one of the most remarkable matches in Welsh rugby history. Clive Griffiths' Wales rugby league team almost shocked the all-conquering Australia side in the World Cup semi-finals, before gallantly going down....
Grow Your Own Company the Equity Finance Way
Byline: By RHODRI EVANS Western Mail Raising equity finance for SMEs will come under the spotlight at a major business finance conference in Newport next month. Financing Growth '04, which will be held at the Celtic Manor on October 27, aims...
Has Rowan Let Us Down?
Dr Rowan Williams this week confessed he has not lived up to expectations in his role as Archbishop of Canterbury. The former Archbishop of Wales has courted controversy in the two years he has headed the Church of England. Here, two supporters with...
Hoteliers' Stars in Their Eyes
Byline: By CERI JONES Western Mail A hotel which has been at the heart of its community for 200 years is to have a new lease of life. The Cawdor Arms Hotel in Llandeilo is to be upgraded to a high-quality, boutique-style hotel to meet the demands...
I'll Reallymiss the Smiles of City Fans When I Score
Byline: By PAUL ABBANDONATO Western Mail Paul Abbandonato hears Welsh football's pounds 3m man Rob Earnshaw open up on the emotion of his move away from Ninian Park ROBERT EARNSHAW last night spoke in depth on the emotion of leaving Cardiff City,...
Inside Advice on Prevention of Crime
Byline: By COLIN HUGHES Western Mail Tips on keeping criminals at bay have been passed on from the best possible source - inside. The old, and new, inmates serving porridge at Swansea have lent some expert guidance to a new crime prevention publication....
Investors Could Be Closer to Home
While Wales has been successful in attracting overseas investment, it may have had lesser success in attracting investment from closer to home. Rhodri Morgan certainly thinks so - believing that where US investors see Welsh mountains like the Rockies,...
Is This Cool Cymru II?
Byline: ByCLAIRE HILL Western Mail Two Welsh bands are riding high in the charts this week - but there's not a Phonic or Manic in sight. Rap group Goldie Lookin' Chain and rockers Lostprophets are at number five and 13, respectively, in the national...
It's a Good Life for Wales' French Foreign Legion
Byline: By ANDY HOWELL Western Mail Andy Howell spoke to Gareth Thomas, Stephen Jones and Gareth Llewellyn before the Welsh triumvirate headed back to their new clubs in France for the exciting challenge ahead WESTERN MAIL: What's it like living...
Kelly Who? Bring on the REAL Games
Byline: By SIMON NEWSAM Western Mail What a great summer of sport we've just had. Although I must confess I can hardly remember the Welsh rugby internationals that started it all off. And Euro 2004 seems at least a year ago. Now the Olympics...
Last of the Big Spend, Spend, Spenders
A policeman hailed his pounds 2.2m lottery win as 'a miracle' yesterday and said, 'I'm going to buy a new Skoda.' Tony Stubley, 39, was handed the cheque by members of his favourite band, The Stranglers, at a ceremony in London. The Metropolitan...
Magnetic Pole Is a Powerful Pull to the PoleCats
Byline: By CERI JONES Western Mail It's billed as the toughest race in the world, and no wonder. The battle to the magnetic North Pole involves pulling a sledge across 320-miles of ice in temperatures that hover around minus 30C. And if the...
Middle Class Face 30% Increase in Council Tax
Byline: By MARTIN SHIPTON Western Mail Homeowners in Welsh property hotspots will face council tax rises of up to 30%, it was predicted last night. Families in prosperous areas of Wales who have seen the value of their properties rise dramatically...
Mountain Biking Specialists Convert Lodge for Enthusiasts
A company specialising in mountain biking breaks in Mid Wales is expanding its offering with a lodge to accommodate tourists. Reditreks, a company set up in 2003 to offer customised weekend breaks with itineraries for mountain bikers, is investing...
News Chain to Expand Its Range
Byline: By EMILY BEAMENT Western Mail Wh Smith is to add coffee shops to its Cardiff and Swansea stores and mobile phone outlets to other stores as part of a drive to revive its fortunes. The company has given the go-ahead for Virgin Mobile to...
NFU Tells Farmers to Stop Whingeing and Win Support
Byline: By COLIN HUGHES Western Mail The Welsh president of the National Farmers Union told farmers yesterday they need to stop whingeing. But Tim Bennett, a beef farmer with 200 acres near Llandeilo, said there were lots of reasons why they...
One Million Children 'Acting as Carers'
Byline: By DAVE HIGGENS Western Mail More than a million children in Britain are looking after someone with an illness, disability or health problem who could not manage alone, according to figures released today. A survey commissioned by the...
Packed Lunches 'Loaded with Fat and Sugar'
Byline: By GRAHAM HISCOTT Western Mail School packed lunches are getting less healthy, with three out of four failing to meet basic nutritional standards, according to a survey published today. Research on behalf of the Food Standards Agency...
Poor Postal Service Proving Costly for Businesses
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail Business leaders say a poor postal service is crippling some companies. Russell Lawson, of the Federation of Small Businesses in Wales, said, 'The post is a particularly important tool for small businesses....
Pounds 2bn Windfall in Pipeline Sell-Off
Byline: By GRAEME EVANS Western Mail National Grid Transco is to give shareholders a pounds 2bn windfall after announcing the sale of four of its gas distribution networks. The London-based group said it was delighted with the outcome of an auction...
Premiership to Profit from Regional Shake-Up
Byline: By ANDY HOWELL Western Mail Welsh Premiership kings Newport launch the defence of their title on home soil when they host Pontypool in a mouth-watering Gwent battle at Rodney Parade on Saturday. It is one of a number of long-standing...
Principality Shrugs off Profit Dip with Eye on Acquisition and Growth
Principality Building Society yesterday posted a slight dip in pre-tax profits, but said it is well positioned for future growth. The mutual status financial services group, which earlier this year raised pounds 60m for expansion from a highly successful...
Quality the Keynote to Success
Byline: By DYLAN JONES EVANS Last month, Cambridge Econometrics published a detailed report on regional economic prospects which predicted that the Welsh economy, especially the manufacturing sector, is to perform strongly during 2004. Given...
Rooney Completes Pounds 27m Move to Old Trafford
Manchester united have completed the signing of England striker Wayne Rooney from Everton. The 18-year-old is now registered as a United player after he passed a medical with the club yesterday and all the details were finally agreed. The deal...
Royal Mail Delivers Apology
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail The Royal Mail yesterday issued an apology to customers in Wales for poor quality service after missing all its delivery targets. Small businesses say they are suffering because of the poor service, with many...
Ruddock's Plea Falls on Deaf Ears
Byline: By ANDY HOWELL Western Mail Four of the players Wales wanted to sit out the start of the season have been named by Welsh regions for Friday night's kick-off of the Celtic League. Back-rower Dafydd Jones and scrum-half Dwayne Peel are...
Sam Sets Record Straight with Fans
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail Sam hammam last night met with dispirited Cardiff City fans following the sale of Robert Earnshaw. An open meeting at Ninian Park was called via the internet where Hammam outlined his reasons for selling Earnshaw...
Sir Clive to Discuss His Future with RFU
Byline: By ANDREW BALDOCK Western Mail England coach Sir Clive Woodward will meet the Rugby Football Union's top official today amid increased speculation about his future in the sport. And following discussions between Woodward and RFU chief...
Soldier's Mother Launches Campaign
The mother of a British soldier killed in Basra claimed troops were being sent to their deaths yesterday and called for a face-to-face meeting with the Prime Minister. Rose Gentle, 40, was launching a campaign to bring service personnel home from...
Swindlers Switch Locations and Methods
Byline: By RUSSELL LAWSON Western Mail Recently i received an email from a nice-sounding chap called Omar Kita, whose father owned a limited liability cocoa and gold business in Johannesburg. Unfortunately, his father was killed by unknown assassins....
Teacher Training 'Wasted Due to Lack of Jobs'
Byline: By JENNY REES Western Mail Money is being wasted on training teachers who cannot find jobs in Wales, according to a teaching union. The National Union of Teachers Cymru claims that a large number of demoralised young professionals could...
The Benefits of Technology
Dear Agon-e Aunt, My problem is that the managing director at the construction company I work for doesn't believe in IT and refuses to invest in equipment because 'it's a waste of money'. We do not have an e-mail system or a company website, although...
Top Tory Boris Is Phantom Beat Star
Byline: By CLAIRE HILL Western Mail Raconteur, presenter, editor and Tory politician are all the things you would think of when asked to describe Boris Johnson. But what about appearing on a dance record created by world famous Welsh break-beat...
TV 'Helps Viewers to Talk'
Byline: By COLIN HUGHES Western Mail Interactive tv is helping to break the sound of silence by encouraging viewers to talk more. Research shows that 12 million people - or 23% of British adults - used interactive services in the past three months....
Video Shows Gruesome Execution of 12 Hostages
A video of the purported execution of 12 Nepalese workers by Iraqi kidnappers appeared on an Islamic website yesterday. The Nepalese Foreign Ministry said it could not confirm the report of the hostages' deaths. The 12 had been reported kidnapped...
Warning on Food and Drink Rules Change
Byline: By CHRIS SUTTON l The drive-thru restaurant market in South Wales has seen a significant change over the past 18 months. McDonald's, the market leaders in the 1990s, have now undergone a period of consolidation acquiring only six new...
Winning Streak Runs out of Puff as City Morale Takes a Battering
Byline: By PHIL WALKER AND DAVID WINNING Western Mail The London market's seven- day winning streak came to an end yesterday following a poor start to the session on Wall Street. The FTSE 100 Index closed just shy of its intra-day low, down 30.8...
Workmates in Shock at Deaths of Three on Way to Grand Prix
Byline: By VICKY SHAW Western Mail Tributes were paid yesterday to three friends and work colleagues who died in a car crash while travelling to the Belgian Grand Prix. The men, all from Newtown, Powys, were killed in a crash in the early hours...