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 February 14, 2006

Aberthaw 'Earmarked as Nuclear Station Site'
Byline: By MARTIN SHIPTON Western Mail Consultants working for the UK Government have earmarked Aberthaw in the Vale of Glamorgan as a potential site for a new nuclear power station, according to an industry source. Last night the Department of...
Affordability Ratio Shows Mortgage Burden Is Rising
Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail The cost of mortgages as a percentage of take-home pay in Wales has reached its highest level for four years, according to latest figures from Woolwich. Its mortgage affordability research shows that the cost...
Challenge to Cob Society Inquiry
The governing body of the Welsh Pony and Cob Society is once again being challenged by its members. One third of the society's 33-strong council is up for election at the society's annual meeting in Cardiff on March 4, and the contenders include Dania...
Cheese Plant Closure 'A Betrayal'
Byline: By SALLY WILLIAMS Farmers' unions warned yesterday that the loss of 115 jobs at a cheese-packing plant in West Wales would leave a black hole in the Welsh dairy sector. Donal McCarthy, managing director of Dairygold, flew in from Ireland...
Concern at New Elliott Injury
Byline: By RICHARD THOMAS Glamorgan admit they are concerned about the fitness of Matthew Elliott after it emerged he is to undergo surgery on his troublesome knee today. The keyhole procedure is likely to sideline the left-hander for the rest...
Cousins Make a Point
Cousins Rhys Flint, 15, and Connor Flint, 10, both from the Bridgend area, landed the two pony races staged at the Mid Devon Point-To-Point at Black Forest Lodge on Saturday. Rhys, son of Kenfig Hill permit holder John Flint, kept his unbeaten record...
Cynnydd Aruthrol Yn Nifer Y Llygod Ffyrnig
Tybed a oes yna anifail mwy annymunol na'r llygoden ffyrnig. Fe'u gwelir ym mhob rhan o'r byd. Yn Ol ffigurau diweddaraf mae yna gynnydd aruthrol, maent wedi dyblu yn yr ugain mlynedd ddiwethaf gyda 60 miliwn ohonynt. Mae hyn yn gymhareb o un i...
Danny Looking the Part in Role-Playing Game
Byline: By DARREN DEVINE Western Mail Wrexham boss Denis Smith believes Danny Williams has emerged as one of the club's best defenders after being converted from midfield. Smith says Williams' impressive displays in an unfamiliar centre-back role...
Dark Days-We Thought of Bombing the Empress
Byline: By SAM BURSON Western Mail The Sea Empress ran aground 10 years ago tomorrow spilling thousands of tonnes of oil into the sea off Pembrokeshire. In the second of three features to mark the anniversary, Sam Burson reports on the events of...
Disregard for Tenants
SIR - I refer to the letter (February 7) which appeared in last week's Rhondda Leader, Pontypridd Observer and Western Mail from the Plaid Cymru trio of Jill Evans, Pauline Jarman and Leanne Wood. First of all, I would like to point out that during...
Factories Lead Robust Growth of Welsh Economy
Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail The Welsh economy expanded at a healthy pace in January, with the manufacturing sector leading the way, according to the latest Purchasing Manager' Index from the Royal Bank of Scotland. Senior economist Robert...
Fears That Farmers Will Have No Market
Farmers in northern Monmouthshire could find themselves without a livestock market later this year. The mart in Abergavenny is due to close in September to enable a major redevelopment that will include a supermarket, library, cinema and new homes....
Footballer Found Guilty of Assaulting Policeman
A footballer was given an 18-month conditional discharge yesterday after being found guilty of assaulting a police officer. Wayne Thomas, who now plays for Burnley, pushed Sergeant John D'Arcy as the officer ushered him into the tunnel at the end of...
Forget about the Preening Metrosexual
Byline: By PAUL CAREY Western Mail If white is the new black this season, as all fashionistas know, are men the new women? Where once London Fashion Week was all about what women should be wearing, February 2006 is much more about men. One of the...
Gavin Won't Get My Shirt without a Fight, Warns Watkins
Byline: By PHIL BLANCHE Western Mail Scarlets star Matthew Watkins has warned Gavin Henson that he won't give up the Wales No 12 jersey lightly. Watkins impressed during the 28-18 victory over Scotland and his abundant energy was only slowed by...
Gazza? That's Putting the Mirth in Merthyr
Byline: By STEVE TUCKER Western Mail As far as comedy double acts go, it's got to be right up there with the greatest. Well, perhaps not the greatest, but right up there with those hilarious duos Little and Large or even Hale and Pace at least....
Government Wins Vote for ID Cards ... but It's Not Compulsory
Byline: By TOMOS LIVINGSTONE Western Mail Plans for ID cards for every citizen in Britain were approved by MPs last night as the Government avoided a potentially damaging backbench rebellion. Despite opposition from civil liberties groups, opposition...
Gueret's Goal Is to Shut Up Shop against Old Pal
Byline: By IAN HUNT Western Mail Goalkeeper Willy Gueret is not surprised his old mate Steve Claridge is 'doing a Teddy Sheringham' - but he plans to shut him out tonight just like he did last month. Veteran striker Claridge is League One's version...
Hard Choices Looming over Taking Older Beef to Market
Beef producers have faced many challenges over the years. More recently, some of the issues associated with BSE and the measures of traceability of animals have resulted in producers having to spend much more time in the office. It would be wrong...
Henson in from the Cold? Don't Bet against It!
Byline: By ANDY HOWELL Western Mail Andy Howell wonders whether the prodigal son will be welcomed back to the Wales fold when his suspension ends this week MIKE RUDDOCK faces the biggest decision of his reign as Wales coach in the next week - what...
Hunting Down the Politics of Prejudice
Emotion, ignorance and bigotry informed the legislation that banned hunting with hounds in Wales and England, according to a new book, published on the first anniversary of the ban. Rural Rites: The Politics of Prejudice, written by environmental...
'If God Has Created a Better Hobby He's Kept It for Himself'
The countdown has started - and in my case it is down to 21 days until I can go and fish my beloved Teifi once again. On the upper Teifi the fishing season kicks off on the third day of March. The winter months have been ones of reminiscing and...
I'm Hungry for More Goals to Fire City Play-Off Challenge
Byline: By STEVE TUCKER Western Mail He may have scored a contender for goal of the season against Stoke, but Cardiff City midfielder Kevin Cooper reckons he should be getting on the scoresheet more often. Cooper's 25-yard beauty on Saturday set...
I'm Ready to Be the Centre of Attention in Irish Battle
Byline: By ANDY HOWELL Western Mail Wales centre Hal Luscombe believes facing 'world stars' Brian O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy would give him a perfect opportunity to end the on-going debate over Gavin Henson. South Africa-born Luscombe and midfield...
It Is Muslims Who Have Been Most Let Down Here
Byline: By DENISE ROBERTSON Western Mail There is only one phrase which fits the Abu Hamza story: you couldn't make it up. For seven years he has preached hate and incited savagery, all the while running rings round the rest of us, costing us in...
'It Is Only through Intensifying Public Pressure That We Will Be Able to Keep Wales GM Free'
A few weeks ago I was delighted to take part in the excellent Welsh breakfast event in Brussels organised by the Farmers Union of Wales. The Welsh breakfast has become something of an annual tradition and an opportunity to show off the best of Welsh...
Jackett Juggles Resources as Injuries Pile Up
Byline: By IAN HUNT Western Mail Kenny jackett admits Swansea are 'sailing close to the wind' as he grapples with an injury crisis that has decimated his first-team squad. But the Swans boss is hopeful the problem will be eased considerably within...
Key Man O'Connell Looks a Doubt for Dublin Showdown
Byline: By ANDY HOWELL Western Mail Ireland could be without forward colossus Paul O'Connell when they face champions Wales at Lansdowne Road in 12 days' time, writes Andy Howell. A scan has revealed the extent of the damage to the left shoulder...
Knitters Pick Up Stitches as They Eye Olympic Glory
Byline: By SAM BURSON Western Mail Sixteen days, thousands of knitters, one dream: to knit like the wind, to knit for glory, and knit for the gold, in the first ever Knitting Olympics. It may sound hard to believe, but this is the call to arms that...
Koumas Return Gives Jones a Nice Problem
Byline: By STEVE TUCKER Western Mail They say in football you should never change a winning side, but try telling that to Cardiff City boss Dave Jones. Having seen his team comfortably see off Stoke, Jones now has to decide whether to tinker with...
Laughter Is the Biggest Turn-On for Women
A good sense of humour - or GSOH in the vernacular of lonely hearts adverts - really does make a man sexy, scientists reveal today. Researchers carried out tests which appear to prove that for women laughter is the best aphrodisiac. But the same was...
League Side 'No Threat' to Union
Byline: By GARY BAKER Wales' first semi-professional rugby league side in 10 years have quashed fears they will strip union clubs of their best players. But Celtic Crusaders chief executive Chris O'Callaghan is convinced they can succeed where other...
Less Confidence in Farming about the Future
Fascinating insight into the prospects for the agricultural industry is in store next week when the FUW's Glamorgan County Branch holds a very timely discussion forum on the subject Farming in the Future. The branch has assembled a really interesting...
Marriage Vows Help Couple to Cope
Byline: By GARETH MORGAN Western Mail The strains that love and commitment bring when one partner falls seriously ill are revealed in an emotional documentary to be broadcast today. Wedding vows are difficult enough to keep at the best of times...
Maximo Steal the Monkeys' Thunder
Byline: By CLAIRE HILL Western Mail Let's get this one out of the way in the first sentence: Arctic Monkeys, they're ok. Not gods, not the saviours of new music, not to be name-checked by people who know very little about music just to look cool...
Morning Serial
Byline: By JO MAZELIS She stopped by the counter to order another coffee and let the staff know she had changed tables. The waiter gave her that dull open-mouthed look that told her she was an old insignificant pain in the ass sort of customer who...
Nature Needs No Valentine's Day
Love is in the air and smallholders everywhere are thinking about procreation SO, how many cards did you get this morning? Sore point? One thing worse than missing out on St Valentine's Day is seeing Cupid at work everywhere else. The birds have...
Our Pupils Can't Even Use a Knife and Fork, Teachers Complain
Byline: By MOLLY WATSON Western Mail Teachers across Wales are spending lunch breaks helping children cut up their food, because pupils haven't learnt how to use basic cutlery, it was revealed last night. According to teaching professionals the...
Patients Queue for New NHS Dentists
Byline: By TOMOS LIVINGSTONE Western Mail Dozens of patients queued round the block yesterday to register with an NHS dentist, prompting the local MP to compare the scenes to the Soviet Union. The Denticare firm is offering 3,000 NHS places in Port...
Please Madonna, Your Thighs Are Great but It's Time to Put Them Away
Byline: By CLAIRE HILL Western Mail I've spent the weekend examining Madonna's thighs. Well, not just her thighs but her lycra-clad body, exercised to within an inch of its life, with sinewy arms that would look best on the cover of Men's Health....
Police to Film Aftermath of Domestic Violence
Byline: By TOMOS LIVINGSTONE Western Mail Police are to carry video cameras to film the aftermath of domestic violence in a bid to counter the jump in incidents on Valentine's Day and on international rugby days. South Wales Police are running a...
Pounds 110m Plan to Transform Wales' Largest FE College
Byline: By TRYST WILLIAMS Western Mail Wales' largest further education college last night announced an ambitious pounds 110m scheme to revamp its six campuses. Coleg Gwent, which has campuses dotted throughout the old Gwent county area and Monmouthshire,...
Prove You're Good Enough, Gav
Byline: By ANDY HOWELL Western Mail Scott johnson has challenged Gavin Henson to show he's good enough to join Wales' bid for back-to-back Six Nations Championship titles. And the skills guru defended the decision to exclude the Ospreys star...
Questions Unanswered about Issue of ID Cards
Byline: -COMMENT N a political climate where tackling terrorism is at the top of the agenda, the introduction of some sort of an ident-ity document has had an air of inevitability about it. The issues have been discussed and debated at length...
Rare Breed off to US
A rare breed of horse - a grey colt, called Old House Silver Moon bred by Ann Addams Williams from West Wales will be exported to his new owners in Chicago this week. The colt, better known as Jasper (by the now deceased 16.1hh dapple grey stallion...
Reality Check Sees Iwan Back on Track for Glory
Byline: By PHIL BLANCHE Western Mail Name a television programme with 'Celebrity' in the title and there's a fair chance Iwan Thomas has been on it during the last year. Celebrity Wrestling, Celebrity Weakest Link and Celebrity Stars in the Their...
RETRO REPORT-FEBRUARY, 1996:long-Suffering Fans Identify with Failure
Byline: By TONY WOOLWAY Western Mail FANS of losing teams suffer blows to their confidence which can lead to depression and leave them believing they will not succeed at their personal ambitions, research reveals. Feelings of self-worth diminish...
Start of End for Wylfa N-Plant
Byline: By RHODRI CLARK Western Mail The long process of winding down and decommissioning Wales' only operational nuclear power station - a process that will last more than a century - has effectively just begun. The Welsh Assembly Government and...
Stay Away from Cattle or Your Life's at Risk, Dogwalkers Told
Dog owners are being warned not to walk their pets on land where cattle are grazing. The warnings follow an inquest last month into the death of a Pembrokeshire woman. Wendy Tustin, 55, from St Florence, near Tenby, was found dead in a field of around...
Switch to Organic Serves Up Success for Farming Family
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Success tastes sweet for a young farming couple from Montgomeryshire. Jonathan and Sally Rees's organic mail order company, Welsh Farm Organics, has been named overall winner in the Green Directory Taste Test, taking five of...
Teachers' Preparation Time Means Detention for Heads
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail Nine out 10 head teachers in Wales say an agreement which is supposed to free up their time has actually increased their workload. The head teachers' union NAHT Cymru yesterday called for talks with Education...
Trust Aims to Get Youngsters Involved in Food and Farming
Good ideas for food and farming, and people who are able to follow them through, are alive and well in many parts of Wales. The Mid-Wales Food and Land Trust Limited - set up in August 2004 - aims to reconnect people, especially children, to farming...
Wales Presents Food to the World
Producers will be out in force next week flying the flag for Wales at trade events across the globe. Sunday sees the start of two important exhibitions in the hospitality sector's calendar - Hotelympia in London, and Gulfood in Dubai. At both events...
Welsh Nursery Songs
Byline: By RHODRI CLARK Western Mail One of the great advantages of a bilingual upbringing is that it puts your feet in two cultural camps. The benefits start early. Parents who speak Welsh and English can pick the best from two treasure troves...
Welsh Schools Not Doingenough to Stop Bullying, Expert Says
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail A bullying expert has warned Welsh schools they are not tackling the problem at its root. Former deputy headteacher Eric Jones, who gives lectures and guidance for schools to deal with the issue, says helplines...
'We Weren't Fox Hunting. We Were out Rabbiting and Exercising the Dogs. It's Legal to Do That.'
Byline: By MARTIN SHIPTON Western Mail A television programme being screened tonight suggests one of Wales' oldest and best-known hunts could be breaking the law by continuing to pursue foxes with a pack of hounds. An investigation by S4C current...
Working Hard to Keep the Customer Satisfied
It may be a new year, but there is nothing new about the challenges facing agriculture. It has been a year since the introduction of the single farm payment. We are seeing a transition from a subsidy-dependent industry to one that is driven by the...