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 June 8, 2006

A Bold Victory-Cathryn Scott:
Byline: By CATHRYN SCOTT AND DUNCAN HIGGITT Western Mail If only all men were as concerned about fashion as Gavin Henson. Sure, he divided opinion with his latest choice of shoes which he wore to the Glamour Women of the Year awards. But just walking...
After Burton and Hopkins, Martin Sheen Is Tipped as Wales' New Acting Giant
Byline: By ROBIN TURNER AND PAUL CAREY Western Mail Welsh actor Michael Sheen has been tipped by one of the world's top directors to become as big a star as Richard Burton and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Oscar winner Sam Mendes described Port Talbot-born...
As Teaching Methods Change, So Must Our School Buildings
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail With school governors now responsible for the upkeep of schools and with council building departments being replaced by private companies, Alan Davies, director of Barry-based office solutions company COS, ponders...
'Be Sure You Have a Licence' Warning to Bosses over World Cup TV
Byline: By DAVID WILLIAMSON Western Mail Well-intentioned managers across Wales have been warned by TV Licensing that they face prosecution if they bring televisions into the workplace during the World Cup. If businesses do not have a licence they...
Big Brother 7
Byline: By ROBIN TURNER Western Mail The latest Big Brother series has produced some of the most explosive, must-watch, cringe-inducing television for decades. It is car-crash TV but with people - not vehicles - having the break-downs and pile-ups....
Blues Move Can Give My Wales Hopes a Real Lift
Byline: By SIMON THOMAS Western Mail Wales hopeful Scott Morgan last night revealed why he has chosen to join the Blues ahead of the Scarlets and the Ospreys. All three regions were chasing the 6ft 7in flanker in the wake of Leeds' relegation from...
Brown's Tuition Fee Reforms 'Threaten Wales'
Students in Wales have been warned that plans to increase tuition fees from 2009 could unravel the Assembly Government's settlement. Peter Black, Welsh Liberal Democrat spokesman on education, says proposals by Gordon Brown to increase college tuition...
Can the Capital's 'Purgatory' Be Turned into Its Creative Heaven?
Byline: By MARTIN SHIPTON Western Mail Cardiff needs a 'creative quarter' to help bridge the gap between city centre and Bay, according to the top architect who designed the Wales Millennium Centre. Jonathan Adams, whose two-year-old iconic building...
Capital's Wi-Fi Coverage to Be Extended
Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail Cardiff is set to reinforce its position as an internet wireless hotbed with a new deal. Two years ago the city centre became the first in the UK to offer extensive wi-fi coverage. Now, as part of BT's wire- less...
'Crowd Power' Is Just One Reason Why Millennium Stadium Sets Design Trend
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail The stadiums of the future will be modelled on the Millennium Stadium because the atmosphere there is so powerful it can actually influence referees, experts predict. The experience of watching games in the Cardiff...
Death in Stone Age Wales
Byline: By KAREN PRICE Western Mail The title may sound a little bit gruesome but a new exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff is expected to be a success with visitors. Death In Wales: 4000-3000 BC presents a revolution witnessed by Wales more...
Donnie Steps in for Bok Opener
Scotland head coach Frank Hadden has backed Donnie Macfadyen to prove he is 'the man for the occasion' in the first Test against South Africa on Saturday. The 26-year-old will resume his international career at the ABSA Stadium in Durban this weekend...
Don't Make the Agony of Cancer Even Worse
Byline: -COMMENT magine the agony of being diagnosed with cancer - and then having to wait more than eight weeks until the treatment which could kill the tumour begins. Yet this is exactly what is happening to almost 300 people, who have been identified...
Every Ray of Sunshine Has a Dark Shadow
Byline: By PAUL ROWLAND Western Mail Yesterday Catherine Jones told us we should all be celebrating the sun's belated arrival. But with sunburn, hay fever and barbecue burns, there is a dark side. Paul Rowland explains the cloud in this silver lining...
Family Blame Internet Suicide Sites for Brother's Death
Byline: By PAUL CAREY Western Mail An internet fan killed himself using helium gas for party balloons, in a bizarre suicide found on a website. Glen Hughes, 40, made the suicide kit of a plastic bag, elastic bands and a pounds 20 cannister of helium...
Four Birthdays in Two Months and, of Course, the Car Blows Up
Byline: By DUNCAN HIGGITT Western Mail It's birthday season in Castle Higgitt. With the kind of forward planning typical of a Government department, we have four children who were all born within the same two months. We kicked off last weekend with...
Geldof to Headline Business Festival in Stadium
The Millennium Stadium will be transformed into a networking arena next week as it hosts one of Britain's biggest business-to-business events. B2B Wales - admission free - features a salvo of high profile speakers - including Bob Geldof and YO! Sushi...
Help Available When Teachers Become the Victims of Bullying
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail Bullying in schools is not confined to the playground. Headteachers and governors must by law have a policy to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils. However research by the charity Teacher Support Cymru shows...
Houses Surging Ahead of Forecast 2% Price Rise
Byline: By NICKY BURRIDGE House prices look set to increase at more than three times the rate previously predicted this year, an industry body said yesterday. The Council of Mortgage Lenders said it expected the value of the average property in...
How Bud the Collie-Cross Emulated His Hero Lassie in a Daring Rescue of His Master
Byline: By ROBIN TURNER Western Mail First there was Lassie the Hollywood film star collie. And now there is Bud, a real life canine hero from Swansea. When Bud's owner, eight-year-old Nye Thomas, broke both arms in a 30ft fall from a tree swing...
How Cardiff University Is Tackling Climate Change
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail Roads in Alaska buckle and twist as the permafrost disappears. Alpine villages live in fear, as the centuries-old glaciers above them start to melt. Another severe hurricane season is forecast for the Gulf of...
How to Enjoy the Football If England Win or Lose
Byline: By SIMON NEWSAM Western Mail World cup fever got to you yet? The answer's almost certainly yes; you'll either be sick of the whole Engurlund/Rooneymetatarsal nonsense or suffering a degree of PMT (pre-match tension). There's no escape....
How You Pronounce the Word Helicopter Determines Your Welshness
Byline: By MOLLY WATSON Western Mail The secret ingredients that go into making up the Welsh accent have been revealed by a language expert. Dr Rod Walters, an expert in linguistics at the University of Glamorgan, uncovered what creates the melodic...
Hundreds of Urgent Welsh Cancer Cases Awaiting Treatment
Byline: By MADELEINE BRINDLEY Western Mail Almost 300 cancer patients in Wales are still waiting for their treatment to start despite being diagnosed as urgent cases. The latest cancer waiting times figures reveal that people with urological cancer...
It's Often Simply Whatever Gets You through the Night
Having warts charmed off is not the stuff of glamour. It doesn't have the cachet of a breast enhancement or hair extensions. Never mind that the effects are dramatic. It's just not something you really want to discuss at parties. 'Hey, look at my...
'It's Too Far Down the Line to Argue about Names'
Byline: By SIMON THOMAS Western Mail Dragons chief Martyn Hazell last night revealed, 'If we changed our name to Newport, the WRU would stop our money overnight.' Hazell was responding to calls from fuming fans for the team to be rebranded as the...
James Couceiro
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail The exam period has begun. This week I, like Angharad, have a Spanish AS retake, as well as a religious studies retake. I feel confident with these two papers, knowing that I have a firm grasp of the RS ethics,...
Jenkins Rejects Claims Out-of-Contract Pair Were Treated Shoddily
Byline: By IAN HUNT Western Mail Swansea city chairman Huw Jenkins has defended the club's treatment of its out-of-contract players in the wake of criticism from two men shown the exit door. Both midfielder Roberto Martinez and winger Adrian Forbes...
Jobs Set to Be Created in Wales after Danes Snap Up Book Manufacturer CPD
Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail One of Europe's leading book manufacturers yesterday announced its first acquisition in Wales in a move which promises to create 70 jobs in Ebbw Vale. Danish-owned Norhaven Group, has acquired Creative Print &...
Key Figures Who Ensure the Exams Run Smoothly
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail Summer is upon us and it is exam time - when students and teachers are feeling the most pressure. But if there is one group of unsung heroes at this time of year, it is examination officers. Over the coming weeks,...
Martyn Maddened as Scarlets Fail to Make Him an Offer
Byline: By SIMON THOMAS Western Mail Martyn madden has his sights set on a move to France after parting company with the Scarlets in acrimonious fashion for the second time in his career. The charismatic former Wales prop claims he was ready to...
More NHS Jobs Will Be Lost, Says Hewitt
The nhs deficit has more than doubled in the last year to pounds 512m, Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced yesterday. The latest figure is more than double the pounds 221m for 2004/05 but down on the original Government estimate of around pounds...
Morning Serial
Byline: By CYNAN JONES He stops for a while to rest his ankle, using it to loosely kick some old bones that lie like a cage, half buried in the firm mud. He desperately wants a coffee, now. 'Damn this cow,' he thinks to himself. He reaches down...
Nadal on Target for Showdown with Federer
Byline: By ISABELLE RONDEAU Defending champion Rafael Nadal confirmed there was still room for improvement after securing a place in the semi-finals of the French Open yesterday. The Spaniard was the beneficiary of an injury to rising star Novak...
New Direction for Rookie Jones as Coach Jenkins Pulls a Flanker
Byline: By ANDY HOWELL Western Mail New Wales boss Gareth Jenkins has stunned rugby fans by selecting young gun Alun Wyn Jones out of position for Sunday's clash with Argentina. The former Scarlets coach has laid his cards firmly on the table by...
Oh, We Don't like the Pong beside the Seaside
Byline: By SAM BURSON Western Mail It has been described as having the perfect beach in the perfect weather, but a Welsh resort's reputation is being harmed by an appalling stench each summer. Locals fear the smell at picturesque Dolau beach in...
Opponents Round on Smith over Iraq Claims
Byline: By MARTIN SHIPTON Western Mail Blaenau Gwent's would-be Labour MP yesterday denied he had misled TV viewers about his position on the Iraq war after he was confronted by a record of his Western Mail interview.Owen Smith said during a special...
Osprey Fledglings in on Merit
Byline: By SIMON THOMAS Western Mail Wales coach Gareth Jenkins last night revealed why he has thrown debutants Ian Evans and Alun Wyn Jones in at the deep end to face the Pumas. The young Ospreys will both win their first caps in Sunday's opening...
Pumas Called Boycott off out of Respect for Wales, Says Pichot
Byline: By SIMON THOMAS Western Mail Argentinian star Agustin Pichot last night revealed the Pumas had called off their strike action out of respect for Wales. About 60 leading players had threatened to boycott the two-Test series against Gareth...
Put Your Face in the Frame on Your Home Computer
Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail A South Wales company has developed software which enables customers to virtually try on spectacle frames. FocusFix has led the way in online sales of prescription lenses in designer and budget frames since it...
RETRO REPORT-JUNE, 1978:queen of the Waves
Byline: By TONY WOOLWAY Western Mail The slip of a girl who sailed around the world in record time stepped on dry land for the first time in nine months for a tumultuous welcome and champagne reception. Spick and span in a white trouser suit,...
Rise in American Student Numbers
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail Universities in Wales aim to increase their recruitment of students from the North America. In the past year, university institutions in Wales have been sharing resources in recruitment initiatives coordinated...
Rooney's Return to Training Camp a Boost for England
Wayne rooney will be fit to help England battle for World Cup glory, according to reports on the Fifa website last night. The claim came as the 20-year-old landed in Germany amid fevered speculation he had been cleared to play after a crucial scan...
Sidelined Again for the Main Event
Byline: By PAUL ABBANDONATO Western Mail And so the greatest sporting show on earth - yes, better than the Olympics in my eyes - kicks off in Munich tomorrow with Wales and their magnificent army of fans mere spectators from afar yet again. What...
Smashing Cosgrove Takes Spotlight Away from Croft
Byline: By RICHARD THOMAS Western Mail Robert croft's feat of reaching 900 first-class wickets was under threat of being overshadowed by a record-breaking Mark Cosgrove double century as Glamorgan took control in the searing heat at Derby. The Australian...
Special Week for Wales' 'Invisible' Workforce of 70,000 Temps
More than 70,000 temporary staff go out to work each day across Wales. And according to Acorn, the recruitment and training specialist which has its headquarters at Tredegar Park, Newport, this 'invisible workforce' helps to form the backbone of the...
Start Early
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail It was the Jesuits who coined the maxim 'Give me a child at seven and I will give you the man.' It is extraordinary how right they were and how little we still do for our early-years children, by comparison with...
Swansea Star Locks Up Premiership Newcomer Award as He's Named for His Wales Debut
It was a double celebration for Wales rookie Alun Wyn Jones as he was also named the Principality Premiership's Best Newcomer at the annual awards presentation at the Millennium Stadium last night. The 20-year-old wasn't able to pick up his award in...
Teenage Terror Suspect Arrested in Yorkshire
Byline: By DAVE HIGGENS AND ALISTAIR KEELY Police yesterday arrested a teenager under anti-terror laws, as they continued questioning a 21-year-old man detained earlier at Manchester Airport. West Yorkshire Police said the 16-year-old male was...
Tesco and Food Firms Criticisedover Labels
Byline: By GARETH MORGAN Western Mail The head of the Government's food watchdog has criticised Tesco and a group of major food manufacturers over their new nutrition labels. Dame Deirdre Hutton accused the companies of 'choosing to ignore the weight...
The Dream Team Giggs Can Play His Way out Of
Byline: By PAUL ABBANDONATO Western Mail Ryan giggs is being tipped to erase his name from an unwanted list of legends ... the greatest footballers never to appear in the finals of the World Cup. Giggs, despite his record-breaking trophy-winning...
'They'll Be Doing Well to Still Be Hanging on to Their Horses'
Byline: By PAUL ROWLAND Western Mail Novice celebrity showjumpers taking part in TV's latest reality show will be 'doing well to still be hanging on' to their horses on the programme because of a lack of training, a former Olympic rider warned last...
TV Facts & Figures:
A global audience of well over a billion people is set to follow the 2006 World Cup final on TV. World Cup organisers FIFA banked a whopping pounds 826m from the sale of TV rights for the World Cup. That is almost double the pounds 482m sponsorship...
Valleys Welsh Accent 'Invincible'
Byline: By TOMOS LIVINGSTONE AND MOLLY WATSON Western Mail The distinct Welsh Valleys accent is standing firm in the face of the rise of standard English, a language expert claimed last night. Dr Rod Walters of the University of Glamorgan has examined...
Volunteering Could Change Many Lives for the Better
It's National Volunteers' Week and here Karen Robson, the Western Mail's Welsh Woman of the Year and a former Queen's Guide, looks at the huge difference volunteering makes to our communities ARE you one of the one-million-plus people who volunteer...
Welsh Schools Told Best Way to Tackle Bullying
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail The best way to tackle bullying was spelled out to schools yesterday, amid concerns that too many head teachers are not on top of the problem. Estyn, the schools inspectorate for Wales, has published a study into...
What's That Coming over the Hill? It's a Monster Hit
Byline: By CLAIRE HILL Western Mail A new Welsh band has burst onto the music scene and is heading for Top Five chart success this weekend. Official midweek charts have The Automatic's second single Monster at number four, just behind Embrace, Sandi...
Whoever Planted This Bomb Will Probably Never Be Prosecuted
These are the stunning video images of a massive IRA bomb devastating city streets, which were released by police yesterday. The previously unseen pictures show a huge blast as a white lorry, packed with 3,500kg of explosives, detonates in Manchester...
Who Will Rule the World?
Pele is the greatest footballer in the history of the game. He won three World Cups with Brazil in 1958, 1962 and 1970. His views are the most respected in world football Who's going to win the World Cup? Brazil are justifiable favourites because when...
Why You Trust a Checkout 'Chick' Far More Than Your Estate Agent
Byline: By MOLLY WATSON Western Mail Checkout 'chicks' are the surprise entry in the list of 'most trustworthy' occupations, placed only just behind police officers, research published today claims. According to a report from retail analysts Mintel,...
Woman Stole Child Appeal Funds
Byline: By ROBIN TURNER Western Mail A woman who raised thousands of pounds, telling people it would help send a seriously ill boy to swim with dolphins in America, has admitted stealing the cash. Mother-of-two Kathryn James, 39, admitted failing...
Your Budgets Are Frozen
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail Colleges in Wales will today be given a stark warning over budgets for the next four years. At the annual conference of Fforwm in Llandudno, the umbrella organisation of Welsh further education institutions, chief...