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 August 18, 2004

Agency Seeks New Test-Drive Facility
Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail The Driving Standards Agency is looking for a new test-drive facility in Cardiff as part of a United Kingdom-wide requirement being overseen by Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH). The agency has instructed LSH to acquire...
A-Levels Slur Insults Welsh Children, Insist Teachers
Byline: By JENNY REES Western Mail Teachers' leaders in Wales last night backed school standards minister David Miliband's attack on critics of A-levels, saying they were insulting Welsh children. The minister condemned those who said rising...
'A Miracle' No One Died in Cornwall Flooding
Police last night said it was a miracle that no one appears to have been killed in flood-hit Boscastle when a wall of water tore through the streets of the pretty Cornish town. Chief Superintendent Dave Hill, the incident commander, said they thought...
An Upbeat Start in New York Encourages London to a Modest Rise on a Quiet Day
Byline: By LOUISA NESBITT AND DAVID WINNING Western Mail An upbeat start to trading in New York helped the London market score a second consecutive session of gains yesterday on a quiet day for corporate news. The FTSE 100 Index moved a modest...
Aquarius (Jan 20
An old flame makes it clear they want to try again but you aren't as keen. Especially if you're in a new relationship, you would prefer to hold on to what you've got, rather than gamble with something that has already failed. Some good news speaks...
BA Offers Pounds 1,000 to Cure Toll of 'Sickies' and Avert Holiday Strike
Byline: By ALAN JONES Western Mail British Airways yesterday tabled an improved pay offer worth pounds 1,000 for its staff in a bid to head off a strike over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Union leaders were last night considering the proposed...
Best New Buildings Compete for City's 20th Anniversary Design Awards
The search is under way to find some of the best new buildings in the Lord Mayor of Swansea's Design Awards competition. Last year, the multi-award winning iconic sail bridge won top prize in the event that aims to recognise all that is best about...
Britain Count Cost of Misses
Great britICH hed an unexpected draw against Sydney Olympic silver medallists South Korea. GB were less than three minutes from what would have been an important point against the world's fourth-ranked side when Jung Seo Lee's drag flick from a...
British Soldier Killed in Basra Clashes with Al-Sadr Militants
Byline: By JAMES LYONS AND LOUISE BARNETT Western Mail A british soldier was killed and another injured when Iraqi militants launched a series of attacks in the southern city of Basra last night. Major Ian Clooney said the Iraqi militia had waited...
Buildings Now Shaped for the Needs of Shoppers, Not Workers
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail It was one of the most architecturally significant buildings ever in Wales. Now the site of the demolished Dunlop Semtex building in Brynmawr is to be turned into an Asda supermarket. The historic domed factory,...
Buy-to-Let Lending Growth Slows as Landlords Respond to Rates Increase
Growth in the buy-to-let property market slowed dramatically during the first half of 2004 as investment landlords responded to higher interest rates, figures showed yesterday. During the first six months of the year, landlords took out 119,800...
Coma Man Gets in Touch
A young man who had been 'locked' in a coma since he was attacked 2' years ago looks to have found a way to communicate with the outside world. The mother of former Cardiff bartender Leon Adams, 27, was astounded when he began raising his eyebrows,...
Cooke Can Find the Time to Roar Back
Byline: By ANDY HOWELL Western Mail Nicole cooke has been urged to think back to the 2002 Commonwealth Games when she competes in the women's time trial at the Athens Olympics today. Wales' world cycling star finished a disappointing 10th in...
Cosmetic Surgery TV Show Criticised
The decision to make a British version of an American TV show which gives patients cosmetic surgery as part of an extreme makeover was criticised yesterday. Cable and satellite channel Living TV is searching for a cast of British participants who...
Cracking the Coda for Welsh Business Wins
Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail Newport-based management consultancy CODA is helping the growth ambitions of two young female entrepreneurs. Designer Sami Blackford of Felicity Pink, based in Wrexham, is impressing fashion marketing experts...
Dale Calls It a Day after 20 Summers
Byline: By RICHARD THOMAS Western Mail Adrian dale has announced his retirement from first-class cricket at the end of the season after 20 summers on Glamorgan's books. His decision came after a contracts meeting at Sophia Gardens last night....
Diagnosing Future Disillusionment among Doctors
Byline: By LYNDSAY MOSS Western Mail Future dissatisfaction and disillusionment among doctors could be predicted before they even enter medical school, research suggested today. A study found that medics' perceptions of their work environment...
Don't Make a Mess, Make a Will
Byline: By TAMARA RICHARDSON Western Mail The sad truth is that people think they don't need to make a will as everything will automatically go to their spouse, but this isn't always the case. Assets including savings and property may be shared...
Eight on Terror Charges
Byline: By NICK ALLEN Western Mail Eight men will appear in court today accused of plotting terrorist outrages in Britain and the United States. After being quizzed for two weeks at high security Paddington Green police station in London the...
Execs Expect to Their Delay Retirement
More than half of executives in middle market companies believe they will have to delay their retirements, according to new research from KPMG. Nearly 60% of bosses surveyed do not believe they will be able to retire as early as they had envisaged...
Experts Warn of Summer Storms
Byline: By GARETH MORGAN Western Mail Sunny spells and warm temperatures are not a guarantee that the danger of storms and flooding is over, weather forecasters warned last night. Met Office forecaster Wayne Elliott said 'ex-hurricane air' from...
Families Hit by Cost of Diet to Help Treat Autism
Byline: By DARREN DEVINE Western Mail Calls have been made for specialised dietary foods used as a treatment for autism to be made available on the NHS as parents struggle to cope with the costs. The wheat and dairy-free diet, which is increasingly...
Flintoff Dilemma on Vaughan's Mind
Byline: By MYLES HODGSON Western Mail England will attempt to balance the effects of back-to-back Tests with their desire to exploit Andrew Flintoff's influence on their fortunes when they chase a clean sweep of victories against the West Indies...
Future's Bright as BTS Seal NZ Deal
Byline: By RHODRI EVANS Western Mail A company specialising in software for the television industry has signed a deal with a New Zealand firm to sell its products down under. Bridgend-based Broadcast Traffic Systems, which supplies software tools...
Golfing's Holiday Heaven
Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail Wales' fastest-growing home-based golfing holiday organiser is on course to almost triple its turnover for the second year running following a surge in bookings. Welsh Golfing Holidays is run by Ian Richardson,...
Google Asks Regulators to Rubber-Stamp Registration
Trading in shares of Google could begin today after the firm asked US regulators to rubber-stamp its registration. Approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) would enable Google to close the auction that is determining its share...
Group out to Help Battered Men
A welsh group fighting domestic violence is attempting to revolutionise the way the problem is dealt with by offering advice for male victims. The Carmarthenshire Domestic Abuse Forum has printed leaflets to offer help to male victims - the first...
Infrastructure Vital to Rural Economy
Byline: By RUSELL LLAWSON Western Mail Operating a small business in a rural environment has always been perceived as a struggle. Yet, the latest State of the Countryside report suggests that businesses in the countryside are dynamic and growing...
In Patients' Minds Matron Never Left
Byline: By SALLY WILLIAMS Matron is back, about 30 years after being abolished. For many of us, she still conjures up images of the dragon of the wards. But what do those who once bore the title of 'matron' think now that the title is returning...
Intruder Makes Olympic Splash
Greek police were last night investigating after a man wearing a tutu gatecrashed the Olympic diving finals to impress his wife. Wearing a ballerina's dress, he plunged from the diving board in 'top bombing' style, screaming, 'I love you,' as bemused...
Iraq 'Vietnam' Cheers MP
Firebrand left-winger George Galloway claimed yesterday he would be happy to see America remain in Iraq as it would get a 'bloody good hiding' just as it did inVietnam. The Glasgow Kelvin MP, who was expelled from the Labour Party last October,...
Jenkins Happy with Players Getting Rest
Scarlets coach Gareth Jenkins has given his blessing to proposals from the Welsh management which will mean some of his stars sitting out the start of the season. However, he stresses it's a different plan to the one being implemented in Ireland...
Jenkins Vows to Give Scarlets Lions' Share of His Attention
Byline: By SIMOM THOMAS Western Mail Gareth jenkins insists he won't be distracted from his job with the Scarlets if he's appointed to the British Lions coaching team. Jenkins is widely expected to be named next month as one of Sir Clive Woodward's...
Jones Looks for That First-Choice Boost
Veteran Paul Jones reckons he possesses a crucial weapon in the battle to hold onto the Wales No 1 jersey - he's earning his living outside the Premiership! The 37-year-old Jones has played only 45 minutes of international football in the past eight...
Law Firms Vie for Awards
Byline: By RHODRI EVANS Western Mail The cream of the legal profession in Wales will be honoured at an awards ceremony in Cardiff later this year. The Western Mail Law Awards 2004 will be held at City Hall in Cardiff, honouring the best of the...
Lawyer Bound for Oz
Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail A welsh barrister will be heading down under next month after to take up a prestigious Pegasus scholarship. Matthew Lewis, of Cardiff chambers 30 Park Place, is one of only a handful of young barristers throughout...
Lucky-Rescue Surfer Fights for Life
A 17-year-old surf- boarder was fighting for his life yesterday after being plucked from the sea-bed where it is believed he had been lying for 15 minutes. He was saved because of two pieces of luck - an RAF helicopter was only minutes away, and...
More Broadband Coming
Byline: By SIMON NEWSAM Western Mail There's good news on the spread of broadband and its impact on our lives. Figures just released show that at the end of May there were 15.1 million internet subscribers in the UK of which 4.4 million (29%)...
Morgan's Option for Assembly Could Be Ditched, Says Hain
Byline: By MARTIN SHIPTON Western Mail The confusion over Labour's stance on extra powers for the National Assembly took a strange new twist last night as Welsh Secretary Peter Hain said Rhodri Morgan's proposed option could be ditched after the...
Nicole Beats Schu in the Viewing War
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail Nicole cooke may not have won her road race on Sunday, but she did manage to beat Michael Schumacher in the viewing wars. The Welsh cyclist's unsuccessful challenge to win Olympic gold on Sunday was the most...
Nursery and Pub Join Village Development
Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail Developers behind the 250- acre Broadlands commercial village development in Bridgend have signed up a nursery and pub to the scheme. Pathfinder Pubs and Just Learning have both invested in 6,400 sq ft units...
Older
Byline: By CLAIRE HILL First we had the ordinary women advertising soap, and now we have an older actress advertising make-up. Is this the backlash against the boy's club of advertising and cultural images that we've all been waiting for? Or, Claire...
Parry Ends Eight-Year Medal Drought
Byline: By PHIL CASEY Western Mail Stephen parry last night dedicated his Olympic medal to his father after ending Britain's eight-year drought in the men's 200m butterfly in Athens. Parry produced a brilliant swim to record a new British record...
Plant to Power Up Again
A south Wales power station in is to be fired up again later this month after being bought from the receivers. The Uskmouth Power Station had been mothballed after AES Fifoots went in to receivership. But the plant has now been bought from the...
Playing an International Tune in Wales
Music-making from all over the world will be celebrated during the UK's only all-women music festival. It has been organised by the charity Women in Tune, winners of the prestigious Welsh Woman of the Year Val Feld Award, in memory of the late Swansea...
Pupils Not Driven to Obesity
The 'school run' has been wrongly blamed for falling levels of exercise and rising obesity in young children, new research suggested today. A study of primary school children found no difference in weekly activity levels between those who were driven...
Rain Is a Friend to County's Big Show
Holidaymakers left the beaches of West Wales yesterday to head inland for the first day of the three-day Pembrokeshire County Show. Families swapped their buckets and spades for their wellingtons as showers took hold around some of the beaches of...
Red Dawn a Chance for Powell to Rebuild
Byline: By SIMON THOMAS Western Mail Andy powell believes he has returned to Wales a better player and a stronger person after his Anglo-French adventures. The 23-year-old Wales A No 8 was yesterday unveiled as a new signing by the Scarlets,...
Regulators Delay Approval of Paperwork for Google Launch
Google's long-awaited initial stock sale, which appeared imminent last night, has been delayed while the company awaits final approval of its paperwork by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Regulators said they would make no decision yesterday...
Remember the Car, Gym
Byline: By CHRIS SUTTON August is generally a quieter period in the occupational markets as landlords, occupiers and agents disappear on holiday, but my agency colleagues still continue to be busy. There are a number of significant office inquiries...
Rock-Solid Background of Lafarge Boss
Byline: By RHODRI CLARK Western Mail Forty years ago Dyfrig James was a schoolboy who loved to scramble around quarries collecting fossils. Now he still loves to visit quarries - but as managing director of Lafarge Aggregates, one of Britain's...
Sanchez Sees the England Weak Link
Byline: By PHIL BLANCHE Western Mail Northern Ireland boss Lawrie Sanchez has dismissed England's hopes of World Cup glory in 2006, but is hoping they cruise through the qualifying campaign to further his own cause. Sanchez feels England's age-old...
Scullers Make Late Bid for Glory
Byline: By NICK HARTLAND Western Mail Welsh rowers Pete Gardner and Simon Cottle stormed into tomorrow's Olympic quad sculls semi-finals with a superb grandstand surge after their chances seemed sunk without trace. 'We knew we had it in us,'...
Silly Season with a Dose of Negative Sentiment
Byline: By CLAIRE TIDY Western Mail It's August and the stock market (and the weather) are pretty dull and boring. The markets have acquired a similar feel to the ones they had in 2001 and 2002. Today there are no Enrons or Worldcoms to upset markets,...
Small Shop Chains Call for Action
Byline: By DVID WINNING Western Mail Neighbourhood retailers have called for action from competition chiefs amid fears they could be forced out of business by big supermarket chains. The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) is seeking talks...
Sparky: We Can Take on World
Byline: By IAN HUNT Western Mail Mark hughes insists Wales will head into their World Cup campaign armed with potentially one of the best attacking units in the world. The Wales boss made the bold statement last night as he prepared his team...
Speed: I'll Carry on and Play It Again for Sam
Byline: By MARIO RISOLI Western Mail Many footballers have enjoyed a new lease of life under Sam Allardyce's tutorship at Bolton. French World Cup winner Youri Djorkaeff, Nigeria star Jay-Jay Okocha, Spaniard Ivan Campo and former Southampton...
Sven Has Faith in Reformed Smith
Byline: By MARK BRANDLEY Western Mail Sven-goran Eriksson handed Alan Smith the chance to revive his England career against Ukraine as he revealed how the striker had transformed his game with a summer move to Manchester United. Eriksson believes...
Therapy for Horses Brings Back Their Joie De Vivre
Byline: By DAVID WILLIAMSON Western Mail A horse would have a hard time fitting onto a therapist's couch, which is perhaps why equine behaviour specialist Jenni Nellist works outdoors. Ms Nellist is an expert on the inhibitions, anxieties and...
Time to Nurture Entrepreneurs
Byline: By DYLAN JONES EVANS Last week, the latest monthly employment statistics for Wales came out and, as expected, nothing much had changed in the past year, with a slight decline in the number of people employed in Wales as compared to the same...
Tourist Saw Partner Drown
A businessman told yesterday how he watched his partner drown after trying to rescue their daughter from the sea while on holiday in Australia. Kevin Lewis and his partner Jacqueline Robinson rushed to help their 12-year-old daughter Stephanie when...
Tystion I'r Ffaith Fod Y Ffin Rhwng Ennill Neu Golli Yn Un Denau
Tra bydd y rhan fwyaf ohonom yn gwylio'r GEmau Olympaidd yn eistedd mewn seddau moethus fe fydd criw bychan wrthi'n chwysu o'n blaenau wrth wneud campau. Fe wyliais ras nofio bnawn Llun - ras yr heipiwyd fel ras fwya'r ganrif. Ond wedi'r cyfan i'r...
Value for Money Role
Office design and furniture company Office Visions has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Garry Carew as operations director. His appointment marks his return to the business, which was originally known as Abacus Office...
Volunteers Claim Lido Being Neglected
Byline: By GARETH MORGAN Western Mail Volunteers helping to run one of the nation's last lidos say not enough is being done to promote the facility. The outdoor pool in Brynamman was built through miners donating a penny a week from their wages...
Walk-Ins to Ease the A&Es
Byline: By MADELEINE BRINDLEY Western Mail It has been 20 years since Richard Jones last worked a shift in one of the busiest Accident and Emergency units in Wales. The interim director of the Royal College of Nursing in Wales spent a large part...
Wall-to-Wall Games TV Could Kick Couch Potatoes into Life
Byline: By ANNA MORRELL Western Mail We were sitting on the beach throwing wood on a small bonfire while the rest of the world was watching the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens. The children, excited at the novelty of being allowed...
Why Worldwide Shortage of Sheep Is Good News for Wales
Byline: By SALY WILLIAMS Western Mail Welsh farmers look set to benefit from a worldwide shortage of sheep. The number of breeding ewes has dropped by almost half in New Zealand where farmers on desperately low sheep incomes have turned to dairy...