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 25, 2005

Akinfenwa Vows to Protect Pal Lee
Byline: By PAUL ABBANDONATO Western Mail Bayo Akinfenwa last night spoke of his intention to smash through a physical pain barrier in an attempt to see Swansea hot shot Lee Trundle break more scoring records at the New Stadium. The powerfully-built...
Alfie Sure He'll Get Club Go-Ahead to Face All Blacks
Skipper Gareth Thomas is confident of being free to lead Wales out against New Zealand at the Millennium Stadium, writes Simon Thomas. The November 5 match is outside the agreed international window meaning problems could arise over the release of...
Baulch Backing Benjamin for Top
Retiring 400m star Jamie Baulch says British athletics desperately needs new heroes - and he's tipping fellow Welshman Tim Benjamin as a contender. Baulch is retiring from the sport after nearly 15 years as a world-class competitor, and admits he wasn't...
Book Your Place for a Good Read
Byline: By KAREN PRICE Western Mail ALITERARY festival featuring a host of best-selling writers will be held for the first time at Rhosygilwen Mansion, near Cilgerran. Richard Gwyn, Liz Whittaker and Julia Gregson will be among those appearing at...
Break-Up of the United Kingdom Is Worrying Me, Admits Kinnock
Byline: By KIRSTY BUCHANAN Western Mail Tensions between nations are being fostered by fears of a break-up of the United Kingdom, Neil Kinnock warned yesterday. The former Labour leader said the devolution of powers at different paces across Britain...
City Fans Would Enjoy a Drop of Scotch, Says Butcher
Byline: By MARIO RISOLI Western Mail Terry butcher is convinced Scottish strikers Kris Boyd and Derek Riordan are the men to end Cardiff City's league goalscoring crisis. The former England stalwart, now manager of Scottish Premier League outfit...
City Hit Cruise Control in Cheering Cup Success
Byline: By PHIL BLANCHE Western Mail There was good cause for apprehension in City ranks as cup upsets in Colchester form as much a fabric of local history as the town's Roman ruins. Don Revie's Leeds famously came a Layer Road cropper in 1971 as...
Costa Coffee Hopes to Win over Nation of Tea Drinkers
Byline: By GRAEME EVANS Western Mail Costa coffee set its sights on winning over a nation of tea drinkers yesterday after it revealed plans for a chain of outlets in India. The business, which is owned by leisure group Whitbread, has struck a franchise...
Cricket Fever Sweeps Wales as Ashes Series Reaches Boiling Point
Byline: By SAM BURSON AND CATRIN PASCOE Western Mail The team may be called England, but that has done little to stop a surge of cricket fever in Wales. Welsh fans have been bowled over by the exploits of Michael Vaughan and Co this summer. They...
Diver Missing after Shark Attack
Saddam hussein has fired his legal defence team except for an Iraqi lawyer who is the only person authorised to represent him. A statement by the Iraqi Special Tribunal yesterday said Saddam was questioned on Monday about news reports he had fired...
Diver Missing after Shark Attack
Twenty-one Iraqi MPs and one Cabinet Minister allied with cleric Muqtada al-Sadr will refuse to carry out duties indefinitely in protest at an attack on their leader's office in Najaf, al-Sadr ally Fattah al-Sheik said last night. Transport Minister...
Doctor Claims Hospital Acted in Racist Way
Byline: By ALED BLAKE Western Mail A gynaecologist claims he was unfairly suspended from his job with a Welsh hospital trust because of racial discrimination. Dr Ihab Korashi says Swansea NHS Trust deliberately treated him harshly on the grounds...
Doomed Drive to Eject the Preachers of Hate
Byline: -COMMENT Awyers must be rubbing their hands with glee at the prospect of the Government's belated bid to kick the hate peddlers out of Britain. Home Secretary Charles Clarke yesterday detailed the grounds on which foreign nationals would...
Expensive Rounds of Golf for Benefit Cheat
The discovery of ashes from 11 bodies in the back of a cemetery worker's car has prompted a council investigation. Basildon District Council in Essex apologised to the families involved and yesterday vowed to tighten up procedures after nine urns and...
Factory Order Books Slump amid Warnings over Cost Pressures
Factory order books have shrunk to their weakest level since October 2003, a study of the troubled manufacturing sector revealed yesterday. The CBI said the domestic market remained weak, as it also scaled back its UK growth forecast for 2005 to 1.9%...
French Revolutionary Spirit
Byline: By DUNCAN HIGGITT Western Mail It used to be said that you only had to share a glass of wine with a Frenchman and he'll begin plotting a revo-lution. One thing is certain - the French get pushed around a lot less by their Government and...
Glamorgan Plea over Academy Hopefuls
Byline: By RICHARD THOMAS Western Mail Glamorgan have pleaded with England Academy chiefs not to discard David Harrison and Michael Powell this winter just because they have had below-par seasons. The pair went up to the Academy in Loughborough...
Google Launches Free Online Phonecall Service
Byline: By LOUISE BARNETT Google yesterday launched a new service called Google Talk which allows users to make free calls over the internet. The company, which is best known for its search engine, also unveiled its new instant messaging service....
Ground-Breaking Welsh Bac Is off to a Great Start
Byline: By DANIEL DAVIES Western Mail I must begin by saying how proud I am of all the students in Wales who have achieved so much this year. Not only have Welsh students outperformed the rest of the UK in their A-levels, but we have seen the first...
Hitches Hit in City's Bid to Bring in Strikers
Byline: By MARIO RISOLI AND PHIL BLANCHE Western Mail Cardiff city's bid to sign Scottish hot-shots Kris Boyd and Derek Riordan was hanging in the balance last night. Kilmarnock striker Boyd looked set to complete his pounds 300,000 switch to Ninian...
Hodgson Not Distracted, Says Pal Lennie
Former cardiff City manager Lennie Lawrence has dispelled the thought that FK Viking boss Roy Hodgson would have his attention diverted during his team's Uefa Cup second round qualification clash against Rhyl at the Stavanger Stadium this evening [6pm),...
Horsman Snubs Robinson to Repay Loyalty of Wales Team
Byline: By SIMON THOMAS Western Mail Chris Horsman has revealed how he turned down England coach Andy Robinson in order to stay loyal to Wales. The Bath-born prop will become eligible for Wales on residency grounds next month and there's every chance...
Inheritance Tax
In 2003-04 the Inland Revenue pocketed pounds 2.5bn of Inheritance Tax and look set to have raised pounds 2.9bn in 2004-05, an increase of 16%. Undoubtedly the 'Tax Take', will rise more rapidly in future years as more and more estates are caught in...
Lifelong Learning
What picture does the word 'student' conjure up for you? Almost certainly you think of a young person, studying full-time (at least in theory), largely unencumbered by responsibilities and commitments. And 'postgraduate student' probably means much...
Look on the Web and Learn More about Animals
Byline: By SIMON NEWSAM Western Mail Last summer (three days ago) I was basking in my sunny garden, teaching my daughter to crawl. It's quite a challenge. Apart from getting down on all fours, it involves brushing ants off her clothes, removing...
Making the Most of Your GCSE
Whatever your GCSE results this week the message from Careers Wales Cardiff and Vale is DON'T PANIC! If you're not sure what to do next there are a range of options open to you and plenty of help from Careers Wales staff to help you choose what's right...
Mormon Jailed after Abusing Girls
Byline: By KIRSTY BUCHANAN AND CATRIN PASCOE Western Mail A little girl confessed she was a sex abuse victim to her mother - because Jesus was watching over her. The girl asked her mother, 'Does Jesus see everything we do?' A court yesterday heard...
Morning Serial
Byline: By EMYR HUMPHREYS And when he learned that the pageant would involve a sequence of the knights and ladies of King Arthur's Round Table he poured scorn on the anachronism and the unholy mixture of history, legend and myth. It was at this...
Needs of Teenage Cancer Patients 'Not Being Met'
Byline: By MADELEINE BRINDLEY Western Mail Teenage cancer patients should not be dumped in hospital wards with toddlers and the elderly, a government watchdog has said. Issuing new guidance on how young cancer patients should be treated, the National...
New On-the-Spot Fines for Drunk Teens Celebrating GCSE Results
Byline: By DANIEL DAVIES Western Mail Teenagers could be hit by on-the-spot fines if they get drunk to celebrate their GCSE results tonight. Police have warned they have powers to fine 15 and 16-year-olds who are expected to hit the town to celebrate...
Our Last Three Seasons Have Been Appalling-It's Time for the Blues to Deliver
Byline: By SIMON THOMAS Western Mail Blues chairman Peter Thomas has sent out a blunt message to Dai Young and his team, declaring, 'It's time to deliver.' In a brutally honest assessment, Thomas admitted the last three campaigns had been 'appalling'...
Peacock Receives Fresh Takeover Approach
Byline: By SION BARRY Western Mail Shares in Cardiff-based retail group Peacock soared yesterday as it confirmed it was in takeover talks for the second time in six months. The owner of the Peacocks, Bonmarche and Fragrance retail chains said it...
Please Sir, Will You Lend Us Some Money to Buy an Old Chapel?
Byline: By DANIEL DAVIES Western Mail These savvy children want to buy a disused chapel so it can be converted into a permanent home for their youth theatre. Kidz 'R' Us is an out-of-school dance and drama group for children and teenagers. Run by...
Popham Vows to Follow in Hero Quinnell's Footsteps for Scarlets
Byline: By MATT LLOYD Alix popham must fill the biggest pair of boots in Welsh rugby when he succeeds Scott Quinnell at the Scarlets this season. But Stradey's new No 8 insists he cannot wait to impress Mike Ruddock by getting stuck into his rivals...
Probe over Murdered Rory's Missing Hours
An inquiry is being launched into pupil attendance policies at the school of murdered 11-year-old Rory Blackhall after his disappearance did not become apparent for seven hours. Rory was dropped off by his mother last Thursday at 8.30am for his second...
Riordan May Reject City Offer and Stay at Easter Road
Hibernian marksman Derek Riordan may snub Cardiff City and stay at Easter Road, it emerged yesterday. The Scottish Premier League club have given the Championship outfit permission to speak to the 22-year-old after agreeing to their pounds 1m offer,...
Rise in Prices Brings Prospect of Mining Revival
Byline: By DAVID WILLIAMSON Western Mail The prospect of steel giant Corus beginning coal mining in Port Talbot has been welcomed by the local authority. Corus has applied to the Coal Authority for a licence to mine the Margam coalfield. Geoff...
Row Erupts over Plans to Deport Aepreachers of hateAE
Government targets foreign Islamic extremists HOME Secretary Charles Clarke angrily hit out at the United Nations yesterday after a senior official warned that BritainAEs plans to deport foreign Islamic extremists breached its international human rights...
Row over Council's School Plan
Byline: By DANIEL DAVIES Western Mail Swansea council has been criticised for a three-fold leap in the cost of a school reorganisation plan that will close a school which opened in 2001. The city is proposing to build a pounds 20m super school on...
Scarlets in Showdown Talks over Gareth Row
Byline: By SIMON THOMAS Western Mail The wru and the Scarlets will today hold showdown talks over the foreign policy dispute that has rocked Welsh rugby. Stradey Park chief executive Stuart Gallacher, pictured, is set to meet up with WRU bigwig...
Second Homes in UK Set to Boom in Next Decade
Byline: By TRYST WILLIAMS Western Mail The second homes market is set to boom as people snap up extra properties in hotspots across Wales and the UK rather than abroad, a report predicts today. Climate change, new tax breaks and fear of international...
Six Ways to Get Wales-Eye View of Birds
Byline: By STEVE DUBE Western Mail People across Wales are being offered the chance to embark on 'self-guided safaris' with the launch of a new guide. Featuring six new trails through the Welsh countryside, the glossy brochure aims to encourage...
Still Time for a Rethink
Shadow Home Secretary David Davis hits out at the Government's plans for 24-hour opening and argues that the Bill can still be put on hold DOCTORS and religious leaders have spoken out against them, a group of leading lawyers says they are 'close to...
Swansea University Set to Become Centre of Excellence in Welsh-Language Learning
Byline: By DANIEL DAVIES Western Mail Students can now study French, German and Spanish through the medium of Welsh in a move by Swansea University to leap ahead as a centre of excellence in Welsh-language learning. Lecturers will assist students...
The Hidden Benefits of Screaming Children
Byline: By DANIEL DAVIES Western Mail As the summer holidays take their toll on parents, it's hard not to cast an envious glance at childless adults. These are the people with wash-board stomachs who enjoy weekend lie-ins and get to go to the beach...
The Hidden Pension Cost of D.I.V.O.R.C.E
Byline: By TRYST WILLIAMS Western Mail Welsh women are risking retirement poverty by putting too much trust on their partner's pension, research warned today. Nearly two-thirds of women over 50 say their main retirement income will be their spouse's...
The Ups and Downs of Being a Roller Coaster Addict
Byline: By SALLY WILLIAMS Western Mail They spend all their spare time being thrown around time and again on theme park rides that many of us would never think of getting on. So what's the attraction of being a roller coaster fan, and why do they...
This Way Her Weight Loss Is under Control and I Can Keep an Eye on It
Byline: By MADELEINE BRINDLEY Western Mail Cruel taunts about being chubby at school prompted another 14-year-old, Robyn Cooke, and her mother Fiona to join their local Slimming World class. The pair have been on the programme in Tenby for the last...
Traffic Issues Remain
SIR - Life on Anglesey during the National Eisteddfod was predicted to have been hell with the traffic, but during that week the police kept it moving - residents and visitors to Anglesey have much to thank them for. But did the police and the authorities...
TRW Automotive Confirms 156 Workers Will Lose Their Jobs
Byline: By DAVID WILLIAMSON Western Mail Trw Automotive has confirmed that it plans to cut 156 jobs from its Pontypool factory. The majority of the job reductions will go at the end of this year with the remainder shed during 2006. Plant manager...
Wake Up and Smell Coffee's Dangers/benefits
Byline: By SAM BURSON Western Mail Although many people in Wales are confirmed tea drinkers, when we seek to make a good impression, we are more likely to offer our guests a Continental-style frothy cappuccino than to pop a teabag into the teapot....
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee-Your Morning Mug Is Healthier Than You Think
Byline: By MADELEINE BRINDLEY Western Mail Energy drinks containing high levels of caffeine could be contributing to the obesity epidemic. New research suggests that our love of caffeinated soft drinks is a factor in expanding waistlines despite...
We All Recall Big A-Day through a Hangover
Byline: By TRYST WILLIAMS Western Mail Slap bang in the middle of exam results season - and all thoughts invariably return to our own big results days. All the hysteria and weeping that will be captured so cloyingly on regional TV today bring to...
Welsh Man to Be Arrested for Hoax Call to Dunblane School
Police were ordered yesterday to arrest a Welsh man who phoned Dunblane Primary School pretending to be crazed gunman Thomas Hamilton. Robert Pritchard, 37, made the claim in a phone call to the school's headmistress Joy McFarlane in March last year,...
We Need More Role Models to Champion Apprenticeships
This year's A/AS-level and GCSE results have brought with them two hardy annual stories that simply won't go away. One is little more than an irritation for thousands of hard- working students whose grades outstripped those of their predecessors. ...
Will You Be in Wellies or Sandals This Weekend?
Byline: By SALLY WILLIAMS Western Mail Doing anything nice this bank holiday weekend? According to new statistics, three-quarters of Welsh families have fun plans and will be using the extra day's holiday for a short break. And the question that...
Workers Shouldn't Stand for Suffering Feet, Says the TUC
Byline: By ALAN JONES Millions of people face serious health problems because they have to stand at work and are offered less protection than employees in the Victorian era, a report warns. The TUC said simple adjustments to working practices or...
X Factor? It's about Working out Which Song from the Karaoke Book Wannabes Should Sing
Byline: By PAUL ROWLAND Western Mail Reality tv veteran Noel Sullivan has branded talent shows like The X Factor 'car-crash television', which value 'karaoke' singers above genuinely talented musicians. The ITV reality show has held auditions in...
Young Gun Tait Gets the Call-Up but Aussies Wait on McGrath
Byline: By RICHARD GIBSON Australia are hoping their bowling attack is not a case of out with the old and in with the new when the fourth npower Ashes Test begins at Trent Bridge today. Veteran Glenn McGrath faces the prospect of missing his second...