Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)

Media Wales Ltd. publishes Western Mail, a community newspaper that focuses on news and events. The editor of this publication is Alan Edmunds.

Articles from March 8, 2010

Arteta at the Double as Everton Simply Run Riot
Everton Hull City 5 1 Cairney 32 Arteta 17 39 Garcia 51 og Donovan 82 Rodwell 86 MIKEL ARTETA struck twice as Everton kept their European push alive with a crushing win over Barclays Premier League strugglers Hull. The Spaniard found the net either...
Ask the Experts
Q I've just been told I may have endometriosis but I don't know anything about it. A Endometriosis is a common condition in which cells from the womb lining are found outside the womb in the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, bowel, vagina or rectum....
Big Payday Consolation as Rhys Misses Great Chance
RISING Welsh star Rhys Davies was last night consoling himself with a pounds 68,660 cheque after blowing a golden chance for a first win in his rookie season on the European Tour. The 24-year-old (left), from Bridgend, led for the opening three...
Blues Facing Real Battle to Claim Heineken Spot after Poor Show
Byline: Simon Thomas THE Blues find themselves in a real dogfight for Heineken Cup qualification following an error-strewn defeat to the reigning European champions. Victories over the weekend for both the Scarlets and the Dragons had piled the...
Boss O'Neill Wants More from Villa's Hat-Trick Hero
Reading Aston Villa 2 4 Young 47 Carew 51, 57, 90 pen Long 27, 42 ASTON VILLA manager Martin O'Neill challenged John Carew to build on his match-winning hat-trick as Villa came from 2-0 down to dump Reading out of the FA Cup in a thrilling 4-2 quarter-final...
Brace Is Delighted as Town Do Double
Port Talbot Carmarthen 0 1 CARMARTHEN TOWN completed the double over local rivals Port Talbot to restore belief they can still qualify for the super league. A dismal home record is in stark contrast to the Old Gold's away form as this was their...
Brilliant Brew Is on the Boil to Stake Wales Bid
Simon Thomas at Rodney Parade 31 22 Dragons Munster Tries: Penalty try, T O'Donnell, T Buckley Cons: R O'Gara (2) Pen: R O'Gara Tries: A Brew, W Harries, M Thomas Cons: J Tovey (2) Pens: J Tovey (4) M Thomas; W Harries, M Watkins, A Smith, A Brew;...
Building Society in Merger Talks to Create Pounds 20bn Giant; Third-Ranked Coventry Looks at Joining Stroud and Swindon
Byline: Kelly Macnamara THE UK's third biggest building society is in talks to merge with a smaller rival in the latest of a series of tie-ups in the struggling sector. Coventry Building Society is discussing the possibility of joining forces...
Business Leaders Call for 'Credible' Economic Revival Plan
Byline: Alan Jones BUSINESS leaders today urged the Government to deliver a "credible" economic plan for balancing the books by 2016, including lower spending and reform of public services. The CBI said the Chancellor should use his last Budget...
BYRNE OUT TO SPOIL THE FUN; Wales Can Give Centurion O'Driscoll a Whole Ton of Trouble in Big Croke Clash
Byline: andy howell LEE BYRNE insists Wales can be party-poopers and wreck Brian O'Driscoll's 100th cap celebrations by triumphing at Croke Park next Saturday. The full-back is adamant Warren Gatland's men possess the strike weapons to gatecrash...
Cheer This Move to Build a Busy Church; LETTERS
SIR - No doubt Hope Chapel and its ministers, Tony Graham and Gareth Lloyd, will receive endless criticism for the "alcohol fuelled" worship that they plan to hold by having men-only nights ("Bowing their heads over the gospel and the glass", February...
City Earning Their Wings in the Fight for Promotion; Battling Qualities against Boro Breathes Life into Play-Off Push
Byline: steve tucker IT seems reports of the death of Cardiff City's Premiership aspirations may have been greatly exaggerated. What - after debacles against Barnsley and Preston - had seemed like a slowly dying promotion-chasing side, jolted...
Civil Servants to Strike over Redundancy Pay
UP to 270,000 civil servants will launch a 48-hour strike today in a row over redundancy pay - hitting courts, ports, job centres, benefit offices, tax centres and emergency police call centres. The walkout by members of the Public and Commercial...
Claims of Financial Abuse Hit Flagship WAG Fund; 'Beginning of the End for Communities First'
Byline: Martin Shipton THE Assembly Government's flagship anti-poverty programme is at risk because of allegations of financial abuse at a publicly-funded community project, we can reveal. Well-placed sources have told the Western Mail that Social...
Company Goes Back to Its Roots with Tour of Smaller Dance Venues; Diversions Changed Its Name to National Dance Company Wales in an Attempt to Show Its Support for the Whole Nation. Now, as Emily Lambert Discovers, It's Living Up to That Name Change by Taking Its Work Back to Smaller Venues
YOUNG dancers from National Dance Company Wales are literally taking the Plunge with their latest venture. For the aptly titled show - Plunge - marks a new project for the Cardiff-based company. Roy Campbell-Moore, artistic associate of National...
Cooper Keeps It Positive after the Cup Exit
Cardiff Ayr 30 27 TEAM manager Gafyn Cooper looked on the bright side as the Blue and Blacks bowed out of this seasons's British and Irish Cup, writes George Williams. "We have enjoyed the cup, facing clubs we had never played before or had met...
Dai Country
Byline: Alun Richards "SEE you around then," Benja said when the time came for them to separate. The two coal-cutters were just in earshot to catch Ivor Jones' muttered observation to Jecko as they made their way to a section of terraced houses...
Development Firm Behind Major City Hotel Collapses
Byline: Abby Alford THE company behind one of Wales' tallest hotels has collapsed owing millions to contractors and leaving the project unfinished. Some firms are facing financial ruin after Imperial Property Company, which developed and owned...
Discovering the Write Side of Our Political Leaders
ANALYSIS of the handwriting of the leaders of the UK's three main political parties today found that Gordon Brown "won't be told what to do", David Cameron is "skilled at talking his way in and out of things" and Nick Clegg can "get what he wants without...
Firms Must Build Brands Where Customers Now Spend Their Time
Byline: Richard Houdmont ADVERTISING is in trouble: return on investment from advertising across all traditional channels (print, TV, radio) is declining sharply. ITV's much-publicised advertising woes have been extensively reported, and have...
Flood Will Be Fine for Murrayfield, Insists Cockerill
LEICESTER head coach Richard Cockerill has insisted Toby Flood will be fit for England's Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland this weekend. Fly-half Flood left the field just after half-time in the Tigers' 35-19 Guinness Premiership victory over London...
France Call Up Yachvili after Michalak Injury
FRANCE have called Dimitri Yachvili into their squad for the Six Nations clash with Italy after Frederic Michalak was forced out by a knee injury. Fly-half Michalak was forced off after injuring himself tackling Hugo Southwell in the second minute...
Glaucoma Clinics Aim to Speed Up Access
PATIENTS with glaucoma will receive treatment from non-medical healthcare professionals as part of a unique pilot project. The scheme will run in Barry and Llandeilo where sufferers will be treated by trained optometrists and nurses. The aim is...
Help Is Just a Call Away If You Want to Break Free; as No Smoking Day Approaches, Wales' Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Jewell Is Encouraging Smokers to Give Up and Break Free
Byline: Dr Tony Jewell WHILE one in four adults in Wales smokes, we know the majority of smokers want to give up. This is an encouraging sign and it's where No Smoking Day can lend a helping hand. For more than a quarter of a century, No Smoking...
Icelanders Reject Scheme to Repay Lost UK Savings; Overwhelming Opposition to Reimbursement Terms for Losses
Byline: Matt Williams ICELANDERS have resoundingly rejected a plan to repay pounds 2.3bn in savings to the UK, prompting Chancellor Alistair Darling to state yesterday that the British Government could be "flexible" over repayment terms. With...
If Needs Are to Be Properly Met Decision-Makers Must Learn to Listen and Then Act; A New Campaign Will Be Launched on Wednesday to Give the 10,000 Kidney Patients in Wales a Louder Voice, as Kidney Wales Foundation Chairman Raj Aggarwal Explains
Byline: Raj Aggarwal KIDNEY Wales Foundation will announce new plans on World Kidney Day to push patients' voices to the forefront. There are thousands of patients in Wales who need to make sure their voice is heard - 10,000 people in Wales have...
I Had No Idea the Photograph Had Been Taken. It's Always Nice to See It in Magazines and Newspapers and I Feel Privileged That It Was Us; Famous Picture Is Recreated
Byline: Helen Turner IT had seemed so insignificant at the time they soon forgot it had ever been taken. But a brother and sister who featured in a famous picture by one of the world's leading photographers have recreated the scene more than...
Improved Heathrow Rail Link Must Stay on Track; COMMENT
HE London-centric nature of transport links in Britain is no better illustrated than by the fact that rail access to Heathrow Airport from the west involves a trip via central London. In a state where the interests of all residents were taken into...
Iraqis Defy Bombs and Grenades to Vote in Election; at Least 36 Killed on Polling Day as Insurgents Disrupt Democracy
Byline: Mike Jones INSURGENTS bombed a polling station and lobbed grenades at voters in Iraq yesterday, killing 36 people. The attacks were aimed at intimidating those taking part in an election that will determine whether the country can overcome...
Kingsley Sure His Sharks Can Bite Back This Term
SALE director of rugby Kingsley Jones believes his side have what it takes to beat the drop. The Sharks suffered a 15-7 defeat - their eighth in a row in all competitions - at the hands of high-flying Northampton which, coupled with Leeds' victory...
Lampard and Terry Book Semi-Final Ticket
Chelsea Stoke 2 0 Lampard 35 Terry 67 GOALS from Frank Lampard and controversial captain John Terry crushed stubborn Stoke and sent Chelsea into an FA Cup semi-final with Premiership rivals Aston Villa who beat Reading 4-2 yesterday. Lampard had...
Language Taxes; LETTERS
* SIR - The letter by G Whittington about the cost of having two languages in Wales (Letters, February 25) was an excellent idea but was ethically flawed. Any morally-sound person should know that the Welsh language and its culture is inalienable...
Making the Move Away from Hospital Smoother Is Vital in Bid to Empty Beds; THE PROFESSIONALS
Byline: Tina Donnelly SAFE, appropriate, timely and effective discharge from hospital is an essential quality marker for patients and their families. It is also a key aspect of the smooth running of the NHS. Media attention in recent years has...
Ministers 'Must Push for Station Hub to Improve Rail Links to Heathrow' Network Rail Fails to Look at Best Option
Byline: Rhodri Clark RAIL access from South Wales to Heathrow Airport could be inadequate for many years to come without further lobbying for improvements, transport experts have claimed. In January last year, Rhodri Morgan, then First Minister,...
New Album Ends Final Chapter for the Storys
ONE of Wales' most admired rock bands will release a new album before they split up this summer, they revealed yesterday. The Storys have toured with Sir Elton John and Celine Dion and supported the likes of Tom Jones, Van Morrison, Santana and...
Newborn Baby Found on Steps of Mosque
A NEWBORN baby who died after being abandoned near a mosque, was found with a note asking for help to bury him, police confirmed yesterday. Staffordshire Police, whose handling of the incident is being investigated by the Independent Police Complaints...
No Raunch Please, We're 21st-Century Feminists
Byline: carolyn hitt IT'S International Women's Day - a day when I like to use the F-word. No, not Gordon Ramsay's expletive of choice but the real F-word: Feminism. Was that a sigh of ennui I just heard? A little eye-roll perchance? Or even...
Now We're Ready for That Plague of Locusts - Thanks to Council Advice; OPINION
Byline: Steve Groves THE current Mrs Groves has taken to wearing a wet suit and aqualung at all times. It slows down all sorts of activities but, as she says, you never know when we're going to be flooded. A stickler for regulation and "doing...
Officials Say Poor State of Hospitals Affects Safety of Patients; Under-Investment Blamed for Condition of Ageing Buildings
Byline: Madeleine Brindley FEARS have been raised about the state of Wales' network of ageing district general hospitals. They come as senior NHS officials reported a number of "significant infrastructure failures" - including the loss of power...
Ospreys Left to Rue Seven Minutes of Defensive Hell at Murrayfield
Alan Lorimar at Murrayfield 33 17 Edinburgh Ospreys Tries: N Walker, S Parker, J Collins Con: D Biggar Tries: T Visser (3), M Robertson, B Cairns Cons: D Blair, P Godman (3) B Cairns; M Robertson, N De Luca, J Houston, S Webster (T Visser 14); D Blair...
Our Passion for Innovative and High Calibre Research Has Brought Us Local, National and International Successes; ADVERTISING FEATURE
Health Science Research at the School of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University: Swansea University has a commitment to becoming a world-class research institution. The Institute for Health Research was established to ensure we met this commitment....
Pageant for Tots Causes Concern
CONCERNS were raised last night after an Americanstyle child beauty pageant announced plans to come to Wales. The UK Cinderella pageant, due to take place in Cardiff next month, will judge girls as young as three on categories including "beauty",...
Phillips Scare for Gatland; Ospreys Scrum-Half Faces Race to Be Fit for Dublin after Dead-Leg Setback
MIKE PHILLIPS could face a race against time to be fit for Wales' Six Nations clash with Ireland in Dublin on Saturday after suffering a dead leg in action for the Ospreys yesterday. The Lions scrum-half left the Murrayfield pitch after 50 minutes...
Pietersen Will Soon Hit It off with the Bat - Tredwell
AFTER three tours of duty with England, James Tredwell finally got the chance to take centre-stage yesterday - but he predicted the out-of-form Kevin Pietersen would soon be regaining the spotlight. Tredwell travelled to New Zealand with the one-day...
Pounds 400m Losses at Northern Rock but Gloom Is Lifting
NATIONALISED Northern Rock is set to report another year of pre-tax losses tomorrow at around pounds 400m, but there have been encouraging signs of recovery at the north-east lender. The Rock, which completed its restructuring into "good" and "bad"...
Premiership Statistics
how they stand P WD L F ABP Pts Swansea.... 20 14 1 5 626 431 14 72 Neath ........ 18 14 0 4 561 366 12 68 Newport. .... 18 13 0 5 476 306 8 60 Pontypridd . 17 12 0 5 414 235 10 58 Llanelli....... 19 10 2 7 483 370 12 56 Cardiff........ 17 11 1 5 427...
Robot Bred in Wales to Seek Life on Red Planet
Byline: Sally Williams A WELSH academic will today showcase "world-leading space research" on a camera-snapping robot designed to look for signs of life on Mars. Stephen Pugh, from Aberystwyth University's computer science department, is focusing...
Sam No Worry for Wales, Says Dai
BLUES boss Dai Young insists Wales back-row contender Sam Warburton will be available to face Ireland next Saturday despite coming off with a calf problem during yesterday's defeat to Leinster, writes Simon Thomas. Openside flanker Warburton left the...
Science Pupils in Wales Lead the World in Time Spent in Lessons; but the Extra Hours in Class Fail to Reap Dividends for Youngsters
STUDENTS in Wales approaching the sixth form spend more time learning science than anywhere else in the world, new figures have shown. Wales has the highest proportion of 15-year-olds studying four hours of science per week than any of the 33 countries...
Scientists Bank on Volunteers in Battle to Prevent Diseases; Biobank Looks for Impact of Lifestyle, Environment and Genes on Health
Byline: Madeleine Brindley ONE of the most ambitious research projects in the UK to find the cause of common diseases will be extended in Wales. Some 18,000 people from Cardiff have already donated samples to the Biobank project. But the Welsh...
Scout Movement's Founder Talked of Closer Ties with Hitler Youth; Grave Fears of Security Service
Byline: Sam Marsden THE founder of the Scout movement was invited to meet Adolf Hitler after holding friendly talks about forming closer ties with the Hitler Youth, newly declassified MI5 files reveal. Lord Baden-Powell's cordial meeting with...
Seaweed - Green Fuel of the Future to Power Our Cars; Scientists Aim to Extract Oil from Micro-Algae
Byline: Robin Turner IT is usually thought of as little more than the unsightly green scum that floats on ponds and lakes. But Welsh scientists are to start a project which uses algae to create oil from seaweed. It is hoped the pounds 383,000...
Sousa Left Fuming at Cost of the Big Decisions; Liberty Men Fear Conspiracy and Point the Finger at the Referees
Byline: phil blanche CONSPIRACY theories are growing at such an alarming rate at Swansea City that you half-expect to see Paulo Sousa's men encounter a lone gunman on a grassy knoll somewhere. Far-fetched maybe. But there is no disputing the...
Students Launch the Hunt for a Killer
WHEN a vicious murderer strikes several times in Tiger Bay in 1910, the local community is up in arms. As the frantic hunt for the murderer intensifies, so does the pressure on the authorities to find the culprit at once - whatever the cost. This...
Swansea Stopper Reflects on Sucker Punch
SWANSEA CITY goalkeeper Dorus de Vries felt Nottingham Forest's late sucker punch summed up a controversial City Ground affair. De Vries made a rare mistake when he was at fault for Luke Chambers' stoppage-time winner, the big Dutchman denied a...
The Same Old Story for Saunders' Men; Thereddragons Blue Square Premier
Wrexham Ebbsfleet 1 1 Ashikodi 69 Mangan 15 WREXHAM manager Dean Saunders and his players appear to be trapped in a Groundhog Day nightmare from which they have neither the wit nor the know-how to escape. For the second successive match they contrived...
Three in Flats Death-Plunge 'Were Facing Deportation to Kosovo'
Byline: Lucy Collins THE deaths of three people who plunged to their deaths from a high-rise block of flats are not being treated as suspicious, police said last night. The bodies of two men and a woman were found at the bottom of a 30-storey...
Tonmawr Are on Course for That Crown
TONMAWR continued their march towards the Division One West title with a second-half demolition of Cwmllynfell at Bryn Park. A try by in-form wing Elliot Frewen gave Tonmawr an early lead, but four Peter Thomas penalties kept the hosts in it at...
Tories Insist Cuts Will Be Needed in Assembly's New Budget; Independent Review Needed to Examine All Aspects of Spending across Departments
Byline: Tomos Livingstone AN independent review should look at all aspects of Assembly Government spending in anticipation of tougher future settlements from the Treasury, Nick Bourne suggested last night. S The Conservatives' Assembly leader...
Tovey's Delight in Eclipsing O'Gara
DRAGONS fly-half Jason Tovey admitted to taking great delight at getting the better of his illustrious opposite number Ronan O'Gara in the defeat of Munster. The 20-year-old kicked 16 points and provided the scoring passes for two of his sides three...
Under Pressure? Health Editor Madeleine Brindley Asks Whether Society and the Media Are Putting Too Much Pressure on Pregnant Women to Become Perfect Mothers
Byline: Madeleine Brindley CHILDBIRTH may be the most natural event in the world but that doesn't mean being a mother - or indeed a father - comes naturally. Pregnancy is no longer a private event; over the past 20 years it has increasingly become...
Walcott Shows Tough Side - Wenger
Arsenal Burnley 3 1 ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger believes Theo Walcott has shown he is far from a soft touch. The Gunners forward produced the perfect response to his critics after a subdued display in the midweek international friendly against Egypt...
Watch out Wales Bowe Is Right on Top of His Game, Warns Habana
Byline: delme parfitt SPRINGBOK flier Bryan Habana has warned Wales he sees Tommy Bowe as the prime wing threat of northern hemisphere rugby. The South African try machine, who is also a big admirer of Shane Williams, says he has been impressed...
Whites Feel Gwent Jinx as Pooler Take Spoils
Pontypool Swansea 27 24 SWANSEA'S 'Gwentphobia' continued as their Premiership title aspirations took a major blow at the hands of basement boys Pontypool, writes Mark Wallace. The All Whites, who were hammered at Rodney Parade in midweek, have...
'Women Struggle Because They Put Obstacles in Their Way, but You Can Choose to Go over Them and Succeed' Businesswomen Urge Others to See They Can Jump the Hurdles
Byline: Helen Turner WOMEN are yet to achieve equality with men because they often place obstacles in their own way, prominent Welsh businesswomen claim today. As the 100th International Women's Day is celebrated worldwide, one managing director...