Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)

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Articles from June 30, 2008

A View of the 'Hidden Pearl of Wales' Could Fetch Pounds 20,000; John Nash's Painting of Pistyll Rhayader Comes Up for Auction in London This Week
Byline: Darren Devine A TRANQUIL landscape by a "forgotten" Welsh artist best known for his scenes of World War I carnage is expected to fetch up to pounds 20,000 at auction this week. John Nash' s, View at Pistyll Rhayader, is the artist's rendering...
Ban Has Key Role to Play in Cutting Illness
SMOKING bans are helping to reduce levels of heart disease caused by exposure to tobacco smoke, international medical research today reveals. And a new study by experts in California and France has said that restrictions on smoking do not affect...
Batman Owes So Much to 'Nomadic' Dad - and to Wales; It's Haverfordwest to Hollywood, but Bale Doesn't Forget His Roots
Byline: Robin Turner WELSH-BORN actor Christian Bale, who is about to star as Batman for the second time, has thanked his "nomadic and roguish" former RAF pilot father for inspiring his meteoric film career. Influential US movie magazine Entertainment...
Bid to Slash Waiting Lists 'Unlikely to Be Accepted' New Clinic Offers Cancer Check within 24 Hours
Byline: Greg Tindle A NEW pounds 10m private health centre's offer to trim up to five months off NHS cancer screening looks set to be rejected by the Assembly Government, according to the doctor behind the scheme. The centre at Celtic Springs...
Brother of Soap Star Stabbed to Death in Row Betwen Youths; 'Boy That Was a Role Model for Everyone Else'
Byline: Robert Dex & Beverley Rouse A TEENAGER died after he was stabbed following a row with a group of youths yesterday. Scotland Yard named him as 16-year-old Ben Kinsella. Friends who visited the murder scene in Islington, north London,...
Brown Looks to Africa to Oust Re-Elected Mugabe; Substantial Help to Rebuild Country If Democracy Is Restored, Says Brown
Byline: Joe Churcher & Ben Padley ROBERTMUGABE was sworn in as Zimbabwe's president last night as the UK called on his African neighbours to do "whatever it takes" to remove him. The 84-year-old was earlier declared the landslide winner of...
Clientele Are More Costa del Sol Than Corporate
Byline: carolyn hitt CARDIFF International Airport is one of my favourite places. It is a big thread in the nostalgic fabric of family memories. I can still remember the excitement of encountering it for the first time in 1977 en route to a week...
Clinic Preserves the Chance to Create Life; HEALTH WALES
Byline: Madeleine Brindley Health Editor CANCER patients will be able to protect their fertility before undergoing life-saving treatment as the first egg vitrification service in Wales is set up. IVF Wales, the University Hospital of Wales-based...
Coffeebreak: Vaudeville Songs Perk Up a Bard Play; Review Comedy of Errors Midsummer Festival, Dyffryn Gardens
Byline: Peter Collins SITTING in the splendid, if rather damp, surroundings of Dyffryn Gardens watching this production of Comedy of Errors, it suddenly dawned on me: this is not a very good play. Don't get me wrong. This was a lively, entertaining...
Cooke Edges Closer to Burton's Record
Byline: Andy Howell NICOLE COOKE is now just four short of equalling cycling great Beryl Burton's astonishing record of 13 British road race titles. But the Welsh wonder claimed, after out speeding big rival Emma Pooley in a two-up sprint at...
Crisis? What Crisis? Asks Glamorgan Cricket Manager Matthew Maynard
Byline: Gareth Griffiths GLAMORGAN cricket manager Matthew Maynard insists his team are on the right track despite criticism of their performances. The Welsh county's hopes of Twenty20 glory ended last week and Glamorgan have slipped to eighth...
Crump Roars 'Home' to Lift the Millennium Honours
Byline: Andy Howell at the Millennium Stadium JASON CRUMP'S father Phil achieved legendary status when Newport Wasps were one of speedway's top clubs. Crump senior finished third at the 1976 world championships at Wembley behind Peter Collins...
Deans Happy with His Battlers
Australia 13 France 13 AUSTRALIA coach Robbie Deans praised his side's spirited defence after the record 34-13 victory over France in Sydney on Saturday night. The Wallabies had the game well in hand early in the second half after quick fire...
Delays in Screening 50-to-74s for Bowel Cancer Are Disgraceful; Shadow Health Minister Jonathan Morgan Calls More Lateral Thinking in the Approach to Screening for Bowel Cancer
Byline: Jonathan Morgan THE Health Minister recently committed the Welsh Assembly Government to a planned extension of the bowel cancer screening programme. The Assembly Government plans to ensure that by 2015 the programme will extend to people...
England Ponder Test Return for Fit-Again Flintoff
Byline: Richard Gibson ENGLAND concluded their underwhelming one-day series with a feeble defeat to New Zealand yesterday and now must weigh up whether to recall Andrew Flintoff for the next assignment. Hours after Kevin Pietersen experienced...
Entrepreneurship Professor Warns Big-Stadium Planners to Move Forward with Caution
Byline: Robin Turner WHILE officials at Swansea's Liberty Stadium rightly glowed with pride last night as Elton John performed in front of a record crowd, a Welsh economics expert sounded a note of caution for Wales' new stadium builders. Over...
Exploits of Potato Jones and Other Cape Horners Recalled; Death-Defying Exploits of Sea Captains Come Back to Life
Byline: Robin Turner Death-defying exploits of sea captains come back to life THE chilling exploits of two of the nation's unsung sea captains, famed for their voyages through one of the world's deadliest seas, have been remembered for a new...
Face Up to Growing a Beard and You'll Gain a Few Extra Days Each Year; That's Typical
THE headmaster came around the corner, almost knocked me over with his flowing gown but paused just long enough to growl: "Groves, shave your top lip." I felt two feet taller that day as I walked among my contemporaries, the news of the growler's...
Financial Services Industry Facing 'Difficult' Conditions in Wake of Credit Crunch
Byline: Alan Jones THE impact of the credit crunch on financial services firms has worsened over the past few months and conditions are not expected to ease until the end of the year, according to a report yesterday. A survey by the CBI and PricewaterhouseCoopers...
First Day in a New Job for the Ex-Bishop Who's Now Mr Cooper; Brief Is to Act as Champion for Voluntary Sector
Byline: David Williamson THE former bishop of St Davids starts a new life today as a champion of some of Wales' most isolated communities. Carl Cooper resigned as a bishop in April after separating from his wife of 25 years. But while his...
First Face Transplant Surgeon to Lecture in Cardiff
THE leader of the team which carried out the world's first face transplant will lecture at a major international medical conference to be held in Cardiff. Professor Bernard Devauchelle, from Amiens, France, made international headlines in 2005 when...
Gatland Applauds James Outburst
Byline: Simon Roberts WARREN GATLAND believes Tom James' extraordinary outburst shows how much he wants to play for Wales. The Blues rookie had slated his treatment on the tour of South Africa, slamming his Wales cap in the second Test against...
Gilbert Is Sure That Murray Can Go All the Way This Time; Wimbledon 2008
Byline: Phil Case BRAD GILBERT remains convinced Andy Murray has what it takes to win a grand slam title as the British No 1 prepares for a Wimbledon showdown with Richard Gasquet. In a lucrative deal funded by the Lawn Tennis Association, Gilbert...
Golf: Larrazabal Claims French Open Title; Paris
Byline: Mark Garrod EUROPEAN golf has a brand new star - smiling Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal, who completed a dream victory at the French Open in Paris yesterday. Even with former number ones Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood chasing him, the...
Health: Heart Attacks Down in Wake of Smoking Ban
Byline: Madeleine Brindley Health Editor THE number of patients suffering a heart attack in Wales has fallen dramatically following the ban on smoking. New figures unveiled today appear to support claims that the smoking ban would improve the...
Health Secretary Defends PM's Leadership as Labour Woes Mount
GORDON BROWN has had "a good year" as Prime Minister and will win over voters, Health Secretary Alan Johnson insisted yesterday despite mounting woes for Labour. As recriminations continued over the resignation of Scottish Labour leader Wendy Alexander,...
Health Service Reforms Must Include Axing Trusts and Boards, Say NHS Managers Calling for More Changes
SENIOR NHS managers have called for NHS trusts and local health boards to be scrapped in a radical overhaul of the health service in Wales. Both the Welsh NHS Confederation and the NHS Trusts in Wales have said Assembly Health Minister Edwina Hart...
Henry Goes for Experience of Masoe to Take on Springboks
NEW ZEALAND coach Graham Henry has opted for experience and recalled Chris Masoe to the All Blacks squad for the upcoming Tri-Nations doubleheader against world champions South Africa. The Hurricanes loose forward, who has played 20 Tests for New...
'Highlight the Positive,' Says Crisis-Hit University
Byline: Moira Sharkey AN HISTORIC university under investigation for its apparent management failings has hit back at its detractors by highlighting its contribution to the West Wales economy. On Thursday, it emerged that the University of Wales,...
HMV Comeback on Track as Sales Continue to Recover; Games, Music and Online Push Pay Off
Byline: Sion Barry Business Editor RETAILER HMV will be in the spotlight this week when it reports latest results, while Taylor Wimpey is set to give the latest gloomy snapshot of the housing market. HMV is set to unveil the fruits of a recent...
Homes Hit by Ninth Month of Price Falls
HOUSE prices fell for the ninth month in a row during June and cost 3.2% less than they did a year earlier, figures showed today. The number of homes changing hands is now expected to slump to levels last seen in the 1970s as the credit crunch continues...
Horse Racing: Frozen Stays Cool for O'Brien Record
AIDAN O'BRIEN now ranks alongside the legendary Vincent O'Brien after securing a record-equalling sixth Dubai Duty Free-sponsored Irish Derby at the Curragh yesterday courtesy of Frozen Fire. Last year's winning jockey and Ballydoyle No 2 Seamus...
How Benson Changed Course and Did the Same for Jazz; Arts & Entertainment Grammy Award-Winner George Benson Upset the Jazz World When He Adopted a Different Style. but, as He Prepares for a Gig in Wales, He Tells Gavin Allen Why He's Never Been Afraid to Compromise
Byline: Gavin Allen "NO ONE ever does anything different without being criticised for it," says jazz and R'n'B luminary George Benson "Even Einstein was called a fool in his lifetime because he was thinking outside of the box." In moments...
How to Avoid Holidays Spent in the Hospital
Byline: Health Editor Madeleine Brindley Thousands of people are jetting off for their two weeks in the sun as the annual holiday exodus begins in earnest. But for many, their holiday will be tainted by ill health often brought on by nothing more...
Human Calculator Weighs Up What It Takes to Be No 1; World Cup Rival Faces Strength in Numbers
Byline: Steffan Rhys HE CAN work out a sum with a nine-digit answer in his head in just 30 seconds and tell you on which day of the week any random date in the past 400 years fell. And tomorrow, Andy Robertshaw will take on some of the world's best...
'Identity Crisis' Faces Mental Health Services, Say Experts; Psychiatrists Claim That in Treatment of Common Cases the Medical Element Has Been Downgraded
Byline: Madeleine Brindley Health Editor LEADING experts have suggested that mental health services for patients could be compromised because psychiatric input has been "downgraded". More than 30 eminent psychiatrists from across the UK have...
If Welsh Coaches Are Good Enough, Give Them the Jobs; Wales Great Jones Condemns the Number of Foreign Appointments
Byline: Andy Howell ROBERT JONES has questioned Welsh rugby's dash to appoint foreign coaches - insisting quality and not accent should be the key criteria. The former Wales captain made his feelings known as John Muggleton and Brad Harrington...
Late Show Seals Win for Fardre; South Wales Conference
LLANTWIT FARDRE beat Whitchurch Heath in a thrilling Division One game in the Thomas, Carroll Welsh Club Cricket Conference to close the gap on the top four in the table. Heath had first crack and scored 141-7 with Huw Jenkins making 35 and Alan...
Leaders Maintain Advantage as Closest Rivals Lose; Pembroke League
HAVERFORDWEST remain on top of Division One after getting the better of a drawn game at Carew. Batting first, Haverford west scored 212 for five with Danny Potter getting 59 and Richard James 46 as Rhys Davies took three for 20 for the home side....
Letter: Kick in Teeth for EU
Byline: R SMITH SIR - I was surprised Ireland voted "No" to the Lisbon Treaty, a nation which to a large extent owes its prosperity to the handouts received through its membership of the European Community, a Union born from the ashes of Hitler's...
Letter: RSPB against Barrage
Byline: PETER K JONES SIR - The RSPB fully shares with Chris Lewis (Letters, June 23) the overwhelming climate science consensus that "the planet is heating up at a dangerous rate and all life on Earth faces devastating consequences". We also...
Liberty Rocks to the Rocket Man for Latest Big-Name Show
Byline: Blair Wood CARDIFF may have hosted Bruce Springsteen and Neil Diamond in recent weeks, but Swansea got the best of British when Sir Elton John strutted out at the Liberty Stadium last night. The Rocket Man was making his first appearance...
Lilywhites Target Wales Striker Llewellyn after Euro Drubbing
Byline: Mark Bloom at Belle Vue Rhyl 2Bohemian 4 Connolly 37, 41 O'Donnell 29 Byrne 30 pen McGuinness 34 Singh 45 Team Gann, O'Neil, Brewerton, Ruffer, Horan, Jones, Wilson, Connolly (Garside 79), C Roberts (Kelly 62), Lloyd Williams, Powell. Subs...
Mammoth Task Begins as Art Starts to Oust Dinosaur Displays; National Museum Launches New Galleries to Replace Exhibits
Byline: Katie Norman CONTROVERSIAL changes to one of the nation's flagship museums will begin this week, with the opening of four new art galleries. The National Museum Cardiff today revealed it will launch the new galleries on Thursday as part...
Matfield Still Fears NZ Challenge despite Ace McCaw's Absence
SOUTH AFRICA lock Victor Matfield is disappointed he will not be locking horns with New Zealand captain Richie McCaw, but does not expect the challenge of beating the All Blacks to be any less because of his absence. McCaw is out of action for at...
Morning Serial; Marilyn and Me
Byline: by Shanta Everington When I was at school, I was picked for the choir because the teacher said that I opened my mouth nice and wide like an 'O'. Sometimes, I used to open my mouth very wide like an 'O' but not let any noise out. I just...
New York Rap Star Triumphs at Glasto
GLASTONBURY Festival drew to a close last night, and will be remembered for founder Michael Eavis' controversial decision to give the premier Saturday night headline slot to New York rapper Jay-Z. Many, including Oasis' Noel Gallagher, believed...
Penallta Rise Up Ranks Is Facing Big Test; THE Countdown Is under Way to the 2008-09 Rugby Season and as We Unveil the Fixtures, ROB COLE Looks at the Changes around the Leagues
Byline: ROB COLE PENALLTA'S remarkable march up the WRU National League system is about to receive its most severe test after their fourth successive promotion has taken them into the new Swalec League Division One next season. The Pitmen failed...
Pounds 19m Euro-Grants to Businesses Is Expected to Create 1,000 Jobs; New and Existing Companies Will Be Able to Benefit
Byline: Sion Barry Business Editor A NEW pounds 19m business support programme, which the Welsh Assembly Government claims could help 1,000 new jobs, will be confirmed today. The South West Wales Flexible Business Finance Scheme is the first...
Rugby Union: Watching People's Reaction to the First Test in South Africa Upset Me. It Was as If the Grand Slam Had Been Forgotten; Says Gareth Thomas
Byline: Simon Thomas FORMER Wales skipper Gareth Thomas has revealed how upset he was to see people turning on Warren Gatland's Grand Slamheroes over their first Test thumping by South Africa. And he says he was "so chuffed" by the way the Welsh...
Scotland Lure for City Newboy Ross
Byline: Terry Phillips NEW Cardiff City signing Ross McCormack last night revealed why he had turned down the Premier League to join the Bluebirds. Both Middlesbrough and Wigan - where boss Steve Bruce was linkedwitha pounds 2mraid-were courting...
Smith Urged to Step into 'Racism' Row
THE Home Secretary was asked to intervene in a fresh police race row yesterday as it was claimed at least 20 forces blocked an inquiry into discrimination against Muslim officers. Barely half the 43 forces in Wales and England co-operated in an...
Soothe Away the Pain of Sunburn and Heatstroke
Sunburn is characterised by redness, heat and pain of varying degrees. In more severe cases swelling, blistering and weeping of the skin can occur. Most UV radiation will penetrate the skin, passing into tissues and can be absorbed by certain molecules...
Structures as Essential to Patient as the Nurse; THE PROFESSIONALS
Byline: Richard Jones AT THE heart of the empowering process is a belief that nursing staff are the healthcare workers closest to the patient. The ward sister, or charge nurse is the individual with the onerous responsibility of directing those...
Torres Rises to the Occasion as Spain Reign in Vienna; Euro 2008 Germany 01 Spain
FERNANDO TORRES was the hero for Spain by firing them to Euro 2008 glory against Germany in Vienna - and ending 44 years of underachievement. Torres struck in the 33rd minute at Ernst Happel Stadiim and despite the efforts ofGermany skipper Michael...
Venus Confident of Fulfilling Final Prediction by Facing Sister Serena; Wimbledon 2008
Byline: Mark Staniforth VENUS WILLIAMS continues her quest for a fifth Wimbledon title against Alisa Kleybanova today insisting she always believed in the possibility of setting up a third All England Club final against sister Serena. Shock defeats...
Wales Captures the Moment as Bloggers Find Fresh Focus; Parties of All Persuasions See New Angles on Political Debate
Byline: David Williamson Senedd Correspondent WALES boasts some of the most fascinating politics in the United Kingdom, according to a man who has transformed the art of blogging in Britain. Iain Dale, who runs one of the country's most influential...
Wales Joy at Expansion of the Euros; an Extra Eight Nations Set to Take Part in Finals from 2016
Byline: Mark Bloom WELSH football chiefs last night welcomed the decision to expand the European Championship finals to 24 teams. The move to add an extra eight nations in time for the 2016 tournament will benefit the smaller countries who feel...
Wallace Stars to Sink Pontarddulais; South Wales Association
PONTARDDULAIS surrendered their unbeaten record and their position at the top of the Antur Insurance South Wales Cricket Association Division One table when they went down by five wickets at Port Talbot. Sound batting from Gary Arrow smith (48 not...
Weaver's Impressive Spell Helps Sink Sully; South Wales League
ON a day of surprises in the Premier Division of the Thomas, Carroll South Wales Cricket League, none came bigger than Bridgend Town's victory at Sully. There was no hint of a shock as the visitors were bowled out for only 121. St John To well carried...
Western Mail COMMENT: NHS Needs Real Reform Not Stop-Gap Solutions
HE spectre of yet another reform of the way the NHS is run in Wales can only raise an understandable response from the public - and that is: "How many more times?" Yet there is plenty to recommend the latest call for the NHS to be run on similar...
We Won't Respond to Any Calls Involving Violence or Fights in Progress or to Someone Who Is Known to Be Drunk or Aggressive. We Also Don't Get Sent to Any Calls Involving Domestic Violence or to Pubs
Byline: Health Editor Madeleine Brindley The introduction of rapid response vehicles in Wales has not been without controversy. While they have helped to improve ambulance response times, some paramedics in South and West Wales have refused to man...
What's the Alternative?
Byline: Vicky Perks PROSTATE disorders are much more common than most people think, affecting more than 50% of men over the age of 50 and almost all men over the age of 80. A walnut-sized gland located below the bladder, the prostate surrounds...