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 7, 2008

'A Devastating Blow to the Kidney Cancer Community' Plans Would Deny Patients 'Costly' Drugs
Byline: Greg Tindle A WELSH cancer expert has described as "an outrage" plans to deny patients with advanced kidney cancer four types of drug treatment on the NHS. Under new guidelines the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence...
'Benefits of Stem Cell Research Outweigh the Ethical Concerns' Scientist Looks to a Future in Which We Can Cure Diseases like Cancer and Parkinson's
Byline: Steffan Rhys CONTROVERSIAL stem cell research is crucial to the potential discovery of cures for some of the country's most devastating illnesses, a Welsh scientist will argue today. Dr Arwyn Jones, of Cardiff University, will tell an...
Cafe War Breaks out over Market Hall; Claims of Unfair Subsidies Denied
Byline: Martin Shipton Chief Reporter ANHISTORIC market hall is at the centre of a cafe war, involving allegations that unfair subsidies have been paid. Crickhowell market hall was built by the Duke of Beaufort in 1833-34, originally serving...
Call for a Cut in Limit after 60% of Men and 40% of Women Admit Drink-Driving; Charity Wants a Figure of 20mg
Byline: Andrew Dagnell SIXTY per cent of men and more than 40%of women admit to driving after drinking alcohol, according to shocking new research by a road safety charity. The charity Brake is today calling on the Government to drastically cut...
Call for a Cut in Limit after 60%of Men and 40%of Women Admit Drink-Driving; Charity Wants a Figure of 20mg
Byline: Andrew Dagnell SIXTY per cent of men and more than 40%of women admit to driving after drinking alcohol, according to shocking new research by a road safety charity. The charity Brake is today calling on the Government to drastically cut...
Career Opportunities for All at Local Councils; WLGA CLILC
ARE you feeling the pressure mount as you wait for your exam results this month? This time of life is a major crossroad for many young people (and some not so young), and the decisions you make now can determine the whole course of your future career....
Chinese Students on Course to Brush Up on Language Skills; EDUCATION WALES
Byline: Moira Sharkey ALMOST 80 Chinese students have passed up on the opportunity to enjoy the Olympic Games in their own country and instead opted to learn in Wales. As the world's attention focuses on the 29 Olympiad in Beijing, which start...
City Market Report
THE FTSE 100 Index enjoyed its second winning session in a row yesterday as news of a pounds 5bn takeover move in the mining sector helped boost blue chips. Platinum firm Lonmin soared 48% higher after an unsolicited takeover approach fromXstrata,whichaddedto...
Clubs Call Was Too Much to Resist, Says Lewis on Return Bid
Byline: Simon Thomas FORMER WRU chief executive Steve Lewis has revealed why he has launched a bid to return to Welsh rugby's corridors of power. Lewis says he has been inundated by calls from clubs to stand for election as Gwent's representative...
Coals to Newcastle? Now It's Pasties to Cornwall; Welsh Firm's Product a Hit in the West Country
Byline: Chris Kelsey IN what seems like a classic case of taking coals to Newcastle a Bridgend company is breaking the mould by selling pasties to Cornwall. Jones Organic has been selling its traditional handmade products in the home of the pasty...
Could You Be Our Welsh Woman of the Year? the Western Mail Welsh Woman of the Year Award Is an Annual Celebration of Wales' Women of Achievement. This Year's Final Takes Place on November 23. Today We Profile the Management Achievement and Most Effective Returner to the Workplace Categories. Western Mail WELSH WOMAN OF THE YEAR 2008
Management Achievement Sponsored by Wales Management Council What the award is about: This category celebrates successful women who perform a managerial role within the private or public sector and who have shown strong leadership and initiative in...
Cracknell Backing James for Gold
DOUBLE Olympic champion James Cracknell is in no doubt Britain's coxless four - including Wales' Tom James - can write their own legacy at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Cracknell, now 36, struck gold in Sydney and Athens to continue the traditions...
Credit Munch - Families Force a Run on Big Macs; Burger Chain Needs More Staff to Cope
Byline: David James CONSUMERS caught in the jaws of the credit crunch have been sinking their teeth into McDonalds' burgers. So many more have been munching on Big Macs that the fast food giant yesterday announced plans for a four-month recruitment...
Cricket: Dalrymple Roars to Rescue with Century against Former County
Byline: gareth griffiths JAMIE DALRYMPLE proved a point against his former county and showed his credentials as a future Glamorgan captain with a brilliant hundred at Colwyn Bay yesterday. Dalrymple, pictured, who moved from Lord's to Wales in...
Dancing Diamond Jubilee Celebration; Preview Serenade St David's Hall, Cardiff Coffee Break
FORTY young dancers take to the stage on Saturday to present the new show, Serenade. The performance will be a silver anniversary celebration for both St David's Hall and Diversions, the Dance Company of Wales. The show has been created during...
Davies Ready for Big Beijing Battle
DAVID Davies is expecting an even tougher challenge in the 1500 metres freestyle at the Beijing Olympics than when he claimed bronze in Athens four years ago. Davies, who will also swim in the 10km open water event at this Games, finished third...
Drama Village Could Be Ideal Catalyst for Artistic Success; Second Glance
SPECULATION that the Welsh capital will soon be home to a BBC "drama village" should set the pulse racing of anyone who longs to see the cultural identity of the nation flourish. Einstein's quip that genius is "99%perspiration" is as true in art...
Evans and Jones Combine for Welsh Success; SPORT WALES
WELSH owner Mark "Rambo" Jones and Abergavenny trainer David Evans extended their bid to 8,000 guineas to buy back Bundle Upafter her victory in the Drink In Brighton Selling Handicap at the West Susex track yesterday. Evans only bought the mare...
Five Members of Infamous Criminal Family Behind Bars
Byline: Western Mail reporter FIVE members of an infamous criminal family have been given jail terms of up to 11 years each for a string of raids on stately homes - including Britain's biggest-ever burglary. The men, all part of the notorious...
Football: That's the End of Silly Season for City, Now Let's Focus on the Matter of Football
Byline: steve tucker SUMMER of discontent or promising pre-season? As usual when it comes to Cardiff City a case can be made for both conclusions. One thing is for sure - since the Bluebirds' historic FA Cup final appearance back in May it has...
Foundations Have Been Laid for a Workforce That Can Take on the World; SKILLSWALES
Byline: John Griffiths In these difficult economic times, among the many uncertainties there is one very obvious certainty. The more we do to up skill our people the better our collective and individual futures. Promisingly, over the last year...
Fresh Food Inflation Hits Double Figures as Oil Price Increases Affect Costs
Byline: Matt Dickinson FRESH food inflation soared into double figures last month as sky-high oil and commodity costs filtered down to producers, a survey showed yesterday. The British Retail Consortium- Nielsen Shop Prices Index (SPI) revealed...
From Russia to Beijing for Big Wales Hope Elena; Welsh-Based Star Is Shooting for Gold to Prove a Big Hit Countdown to Beijing 1 Day to Go
Byline: Nick Hartland in Beijing A LITTLE talent goes a long way - from Moscow to Beijing, via Wales, in fact! Russian-born Elena Little, from Abercarn near Newbridge, will be shooting for the stars for GB in China, in the Olympic Skeet competition,...
Garcia Is Looking for Ryder Boost
SERGIO Garcia returns to the Oakland Hills course he excelled on for Europe four years ago looking to keep his Ryder Cup dreamalive for 2008. In 2004 the Spaniard won 4.5 points out of a possible five for Bernhard Langer's team as the Europeans...
Gas Pipeline for Power Station Gets Go-Ahead
CONSENT has been given to build a gas pipeline to serve a power station being built on the outskirts of Newport. Severn Power, which is building the 850MWgas turbine power station, will start work on the pipeline immediately and the company says...
'I Came Back and She Was Ripping His Shirt Open' Accused Marine's Girlfriend Tells Jury What She Saw at Bank's Masked Ball
Byline: Liz Keen THE girlfriend of a marine returned from the toilet at a company ball to find a female bank manager ripping his shirt open, a court has heard. Lloyds TSB employee Rebecca Jones took boyfriend Gareth Jones as her guest to the...
I'm Not Ready to Start at Valley, Insists Ace Scotland; WALES
Byline: Blair Wood STAR striker Jason Scotland has revealed he isn't ready for Swansea City's big Championship opener at Charlton on Saturday, insisting he must be 100 per cent fit if he is to make an impact at Championship level. The Swans'...
It's Time for Wales to Stand Alone at Olympics; in Light of the Ban on the Welsh Flag in the Olympics, Dr Geraint Tudur, General Secretary of the Union of Welsh Independents, Argues It Is Time Wales Was Given a Separate Team the Thursday Essay
Byline: Dr Geraint Tudur BANNING Welsh medal-winners from draping themselves in the Red Dragon flag during victory celebrations at Beijing is an absolute disgrace. It undermines our nationhood and is an insult to the Welsh people. Indeed, we...
Jones Will Give Oruma Time to Show His Worth
NIGERIAN international Wilson Oruma impressed Cardiff City manager Dave Jones in Staffordshire this week. The former Olympique Marseille player struggled fitness- wise, but Jones said: "The kid can play. He has a silky touch on the ball - and just...
Kiwi Nutbrown Lined Up to Replace Ace Marshall
Byline: Simon Roberts THE Ospreys are in negotiations to sign Kiwi scrum-half JamieNutbrown, the Western Mail can reveal. The Waikato Chiefs half-back has been lined-up as a replacement for Justin Marshall and cover for Wales star Mike Phillips...
KP Takes the Risk with Harmison
KEVIN Pietersen's first big decision as England's new captain has been to entrust the responsibility of the new ball to fast bowler Steve Harmison in today's final npower Test at the Oval. The Hampshire batsman started a new era under his captaincy...
Letter: Eisteddfod Is There for All of Us to Enjoy
Byline: DAVID GWYNFOR SAMUEL SIR - As a young first language Welsh-speaker, I always enjoy visiting the Eisteddfod, walking the "maes" and using my mother tongue with friends, as well as listening to and watching performers. This year's festival...
Make the Young Say Sorry for Crimes - Lib Dems
YOUNGSTERS who commit minor criminal offences or get involved in anti-social behaviour should not face prosecution in the courts, the Liberal Democrats said today. Under the party's newyouth crime strategy, children who admit their guilt would be...
Martinez Showing Success Really Is in the Blood
Byline: Chris Wathan ROBERTOMARTINEZ has always been determined to stand and fall by his footballing philosophies. Now the man who helped shape them has spoken of his pride at the natural-born winner developing in the dug-out at the Liberty Stadium....
Medal Winner Mererid Makes Festival History
HISTORY was made at the Eisteddfod last night when Mererid Hopwood became the first woman to achieve an Eisteddfod "Grand Slam". Mrs Hopwood, from Carmarthen, is the only woman to have won the Chair, the Crown and the Prose Medal, which she won...
Military Jury Convicts Bin Laden's Driver of Terrorism; Salim Hamdan Convicted by Jury of American Officers
Byline: Wesley Johnson OSAMA BIN LADEN'S former driver has been found guilty of terrorism at the first US war crimes trial since World War II. Salim Hamdan was convicted by a jury of American military officers following a two-week trial at the...
More Options for Welsh Identity on the Net; Western Mail COMMENT
THE campaign to allow Welsh companies to use the .cymsuffix in their web addresses is almost as old as the internet itself, so it's pleasing to see this decent idea finally take its first steps off the drawing board. The plan is simple enough; anyone...
Morning Serial; Marilyn and Me
Byline: by Shanta Everington 'Don't know when she came. No! No, no.Boxes everywhere. Everywhere!! I said it's Marilyn's. Didn't she?' 'Oh.' Gillian looks at the key then at me. It is the spare key to my flat. I forgot they had that key.When...
Now Children Can Get Up Close to Island's Wildlife Whatever the Weather
PUPILS can get up close to wildlife on a Welsh island without leaving their school thanks to remote-controlled cameras and computer technology. Skomer Island, off Pembrokeshire, is a sanctuary for wildlife and birds and now it can be accessed all...
Palace Denies Prince Philip Cancer Claim and Threatens PCC Complaint
Byline: Paula Fentiman BUCKINGHAM PALACE has denied a report that the Duke of Edinburgh has received a diagnosis of prostate cancer. In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: "The Duke of Edinburgh has authorised us to confirm that the claim made...
Parents Forced to Spy on 'Net Risk-Takers
Byline: Gerry Holt WELSH children as young as eight are logging on to social network sites such as Facebook, forcing concerned parents to go online to spy on them. Thousands of youngsters claim to be using the popular sites, despite the minimum...
Phillips Relishes Sarries Challenge
NEATH director of rugby Rowland Phillips says the Welsh All Blacks are relishing the prospect of renewing rivalries with English big guns Saracens. The four-times Premiership champions welcome the star-studded Guinness Premiership outfit to the...
Plaid President Urges Limit on Number of Second Homes to Allow the Language and Communities to Flourish Fully
THE number of second "holiday" homes in Wales must be limited in order to avoid pricing Welsh people out of the housing market, it was claimed yesterday. In a debate on the Eisteddfod Maes, Plaid Cymru president Dafydd Iwan claimed soaring levels...
Plenty of Coverage to Keep the Couch Potatoes Happy; TV Channels Bank on Us Embracing the Olympic Spirit
Byline: Sarah Miloudi THE Olympic games have provided us with some of the most memorable sporting moments in history. Whether it is Lynn Davies taking the long-jump gold in the 1964 Tokyo games or Jamie Baulch and I wan Thomas running Great Britain...
Pressure Will Be in Future for Pietersen
GRAEME Smith does not believe his new captaincy rival Kevin Pietersen will feel the pressures of the job until the winter. Pietersen leads England in a Test match for the first time today, against the country of his birth, and in doing so adds spice...
Pure Wafer Faces Call for New Chairman and a Fresh Board; 'Disillusioned' Shareholder Seeks Extraordinary Meeting
Byline: Sion Barry Business Editor A PRIVATE shareholder in Swansea-based hi-tech venture Pure Wafer is calling for an overhaul of its board, including the appointment of a new chairman. Nigel Payne, who says he also represents a number of other...
Regenerated. the Beanie Hat's Back in Fashion Thanks to Dr Who Star David; Trend Anyone Can Wear' Set for a Revival after His Hamlet Debut
Byline: Sarah Miloudi THEY were once the trademark of superstars such as David Beckham and Keira Knightley and now, thanks to Doctor Who star David Tennant, the beanie hat is back in fashion. The 37-year-oldScottish lead in the BBC Wales sci-fi...
Research Points the Way to Giving Teachers Tools to Be More Effective; EDUCATION WALES to Encourage Teachers to Adopt "Inclusive Teaching", the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Funded an Action Research-Based Project. Co-Authors Susan Davies from Trinity College Carmarthen and Andy Howes from the University of Manchester Set out Their Findings
Byline: Susan Davies SCHOOLS that support teachers to work collaboratively to think about, implement and evaluate changes in how they teach are using an effective method to develop inclusion. This is one of the findings of a two-year study carried...
Rugby Union: Jenks Gets Appetite for Rugby Back in His New Regional Role with Scarlets
Byline: simon thomas GARETH JENKINS says he's got his appetite for the game back and has been energised by his new role with his beloved Scarlets. The former Wales coach insists he has put the disappointments of his time with the national team...
Seen One of These Lately? Hunt Is on for a Kieft Car; Racing Vehicle Symbolises Wales' Key Role in the British Motoring History
Byline: Robin Turner A EUROPE-WIDE search is under way for an "antique" racing car which symbolises Wales' place in Britain's motor industry. Charles Rolls, who formed the famous Rolls Royce Company, is buriedin Wales, Swansea's DVLA keeps Britain's...
Shortlist of Four for New Prison to Ease Overcrowding Crisis; Plans Go out for Consultation
Byline: Tomos Livingstone Political Editor A FORMER police training college and the scene of Britain's longest-ever industrial dispute are among the sites being considered for a new Welsh prison. The Ministry of Justice yesterday said it was...
Skipper Contepomi to Start for Pumas against 'Boks
ARGENTINA coach Santiago Phelan has confirmed captain Felipe Contepomi will start against South Africa on Saturday. Phelan had been a slight doubt after suffering a knock in training, but has been named in the starting XV alongside the Ledesma brothers,...
Some of Our Poorest Families Punished for Paying in Cash; Goods and Services Cost over the Odds
Byline: Tim Lewis SOME of Wales' poorest people are paying over the odds for goods and services - because they do not have bank accounts. A report from the Welsh Consumer Council found that more than 190,000 people, about 8% of the population,...
Student Dies in Cake-Eating Competition; Friends Tell Coroner How He Choked to Death after Joining in Their Game
Byline: Robin Turner A MATURE student choked to death in a challenge to see who could eat the most fairy cakes, an inquest has heard. Adam Deeley, 34, and his friends had been at the opening night of a photography exhibition at a cafe bar in...
Summer in the City
May 23: Goalkeeper Tom Heaton moves to Cardiff on season-long loan from Manchester United. June 1: Miguel Comminges signs for the Bluebirds from Swindon. June 13: Aaron Ramsey completes what ends up a pounds 4.8m move from the Bluebirds to Arsenal....
Thai Feast Could Be off Menu for Mark; Doubts on City's Future May Hit His Big Plans
Byline: Blair Wood FINANCIAL constraints, staggered payments and being forced to sell before he can buy; is Manchester City turning into the land of false promises for Mark Hughes? The former Wales supremo left Blackburn Rovers this summer with...
Threat to Grade's Plans after ITV Profits Slump; Five-Year Turnaround Strategy 'Dependent on the Market'
Byline: Matt Dickinson MICHAEL GRADE'S turnaround plan for ITV was under fresh pressure yesterday after the broadcaster reported a 28%drop in half-year profits and warned of a sharp deterioration in the television advertising market. The company's...
Time to Elect National Park Members, Says AM
LIBERAL DEMOCRAT AM Kirsty Williams has called for members of Wales' three national park authorities to be directly elected. Ms Williams, whose Brecon and Radnor constituency contains most of the area covered by the Brecon Beacons National Park...
Wales.cym Could Be the Way Ahead for Welsh Firms on Web; WAG Backing Bid for Name
Byline: Tomos Livingstone Political Editor WELSH companies should have the right to use .cym as well as .com on their websites, Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones said yesterday. Mr Jones said pounds 20,000 of WAG funding would go towards...
'We Have Seen Children Come Here Not Even on the Reading Age Scale but Going Up Three Years on the Scale. That Is Very Rewarding' in One Year Welsh Early-Years Tuition Company Keystart Has Increased Staff to Cope with Demand and Is in Talks about a Franchise Deal. Education Correspondent Moira Sharkey Talks to Founder Emma Williams about Her Bespoke Literacy Lessons
Byline: Moira Sharkey MUM-OF-THREE Emma Williams believes she has the most fantastic job in the world. Having created an educational programme to teach children aged between three and seven literacy through active play she is now seeing it change...
We'll Be Pass Masters in Search of Our Premier Aim
Byline: Terry Phillips DAVE Jones last night vowed that his Cardiff City team will chase their Premiership dream by ditching the long ball and embracing a patient passing game. The Bluebirds manager enters his fourth season in charge at Ninian...
Welsh Clubs Can All Have Great Season - Ward
WREXHAM goalkeeper Gavin Ward is predicting a successful season for the top three Welsh football clubs - and he has an interest in the fortunes of them all.While Ward is now at the Racecourse club who are preparing for life in the Conference, he is...