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 April 15, 2008

999 Hero Saves Pal after Heart Attack
Byline: Greg Tindle APARAMEDIC has spoken of the moment he was faced with having to save the life of a family friend when he responded to a 999 call. Dylan Parry, 45, said he was "shocked" when he arrived at the scene of a road crash to find...
All about Beauty; Beauty Trends and Advice from Alan Pan, International Makeup Artist and Estee Lauder Beauty Adviser
Byline: Alan Pan WITH the change of season it always gives me a boost to organise my life. Like most of us I love to clean my house from top to bottom, revamp my wardrobe with the new season's must-have items, clean out old drawers and dust off...
Beauty: It's Time for Changes; as Swishy Skirts Replace Chunky Knits and Stews Give Way to Salads, So the Warm Weather Should Signal Key Updates in Your Beauty Regime
SUPPLEMENT YOUR SKIN, HAIR AND NAILS... All winter you've been gulping down a cocktail of multivitamins hoping that somehow you'll miraculously avoid the dreaded annual cold. But now the warmer weather's on its way, swap your Vitamin C and Echinacea...
Boris Is a Male Chauvinist Pig - and a Real Hit with the Ladies; Down to Earth Lambs Are Being Born, Birds Are Nesting.And There's Quite a Bit of Activity Down in the Pig Field, Too
Byline: LIZ SHANKLAND BORIS has wasted little time in making his presence known. He's been with us for just over a week and already he's shown what he's made of. Our Boris, I should explain, is a Tamworth boar, brought in to service my two lovely...
British Teachers Murdered in Somalia
TWO British teachers have been murdered by Islamic militants in an attack at a school in Somalia, it was reported yesterday. The 70-year-old man and 32-year-old woman were killed alongside two Kenyan teachers in the town of Belet Weyne, near the...
Cancer Death of Murderer Who Battered His Partner to Death and Left Her to Rot
Byline: Rhiannon Beacham A MURDERER who was jailed for life after battering his partner to death and leaving her corpse to rot in their homehas died after serving less than a year of his sentence. Gary Kirkham, 51, was convicted of murdering...
Cast Your Net Wider to Pursue Angling Dreams; Angling
Byline: MOC MORGAN DESPITE the problems associated with foreign travel these days, it is surprising how many Welsh anglers opt to go abroad for their fishing holidays. In past years I too have enjoyed fishing in different countries and seeing...
Chancellor's Tax Increases on Alcohol and Tobacco Add to Fears over Inflation
BUDGET tax hikes for alcohol and tobacco as well as soaring petrol prices kept factory gate prices at 17-year highs in March, official figures showed yesterday. Moves by Chancellor Alistair Darling, right, helped trigger a 0.9% leap in output prices...
City News Bulletin
THE FTSE 100 Index slipped more than 1% yesterday in a fifth straight session of losses for London's leading shares. Weaker commodity prices and US economic concerns led to caution as the Footsie closed 63.9 points down at 5831.6 - a week after...
Communities Try out Responses to Climate Change; COUNTRY & FARMING Environment Matters
Byline: JANE DAVIDSON CLIMATE change is one of the greatest challenges we face today. I'm sure you are aware of the steps we can all take as individuals to play our part in reducing our carbon footprint, such as using energy more efficiently and...
Confidence Tumbles as Brown Faces Financial Hell
Byline: Daniel Bentley GORDON BROWN insisted yesterday he was listening to people's concerns about the economy amid signs of declining confidence in his leadership. As a poll showed most people have no faith in the Government's ability to cope...
Cricket: Powell and Harrison's Return Gives Glamorgan a Boost
Byline: Phil Blanche Sports Editor GLAMORGAN head for Oxford University tomorrow boosted by the return of long-term absentees Mike Powell and David Harrison. While most of the winter headlines have focused on the Jason Gillespie will-he-or-won't-he...
Decision Leaves Food for Thought about Devolution; COMMENT
THE unilateral decision by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn to close down the successful promotional organisation Food From Britain is a blow both to Welsh food producers and to devolution. Food production is important to the Welsh economy, and...
Diary of a Diet; Shopping Trips Are Not the Best Way to Make Hannah Smile - but Friendly Insults Seem to Work like a Charm Lifestyle
Byline: hannah jones PICTURE it now, my little face lighting up with excitement. I woke up on Saturday morning feeling refreshed and invigorated, happy in the way only those slim line KitKats seem to make me these days. Significant (thin)...
Earthquake Leaves Frank All Shook Up; Today's TV
The award-winning Shameless certainly returned to the screen with a bang -followed by a well-deserved whimper. In the first episode, hapless Frank urinated on a generator and ended up with an injury that made viewers' eyes water. That's certainly...
Eurocrats Need to Grasp GM Realities; CLA View
Byline: PADDY ROONEY LAST year the area used for GM crops worldwide was about 114 million hectares. This was an increase of 12% on the previous year, marking the 11th consecutive year of growth. Growth initially was mainly in the USA and relatively...
Faint o'r Cwynwyr Sy'n Barod I Sefyll Etholiad? Welsh Column
RHYW dair wythnos yn ol yr oedd pob copa walltog yn mynnu son am y Pasg cynnar fel pe tae o'n rhyw ffenomen ryfedd ac anesboniadwy. Caed galwadau am wneud y Groglith yn wwyl sefydlog yr un fath a'r Nadolig. Am ryw reswm y mae'r eglwysi'n gwrthwynebu....
Families and Friends Grieve for Ecuador Crash Victims
FRIENDS and families of five young British women killed in a coach crash in Ecuador spoke yesterday of their loss. Four teenagers and a 26-year-old trip leader died when the bus they were travelling in was hit by a lorry in the South American republic...
Faster, Fitter, Stronger Says Barry Mcguigan
Byline: barry mcguigan JOE CALZAGHE will be too fast for Bernard Hopkins on Saturday night-and his move up a weight to light-heavy won't be an issue. That's the verdict of former featherweight king Barry McGuigan, who believes the Welshman's...
Football: Bluebirds Need a Helping Hand in Order to Fulfil Play-Off Dream
Byline: steve tucker with the Bluebirds news IT is that time of year when quizzical Cardiff City supporters ask me:"Steve, with your experience and modesty, please tell me, will the Bluebirds make the play-offs?" And as always the reply is the...
Football: Happy Heskey Believes Latics Earned a Draw; Chelsea 1 1 Wigan
CHELSEA party-pooper Emile Heskey felt Wigan thoroughly deserved their draw at Stamford Bridge last night. Heskey snatched a last-minute equaliser to deny the Blues two vital points in their pursuit of Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester...
Football: Heskey's Late, Late Show Is a Blow for Blues; Chelsea 1 1 Wigan
AN injury-time goal by Wigan striker Emile Heskey put a massive dent in Chelsea's hopes of winning the Barclays Premier title. Michael Essien had given the Blues the lead in the 55th minute but Heskey's shock equaliser left their title hopes in...
Football: Martinez's Boys Have Made It to the Promised Land - but Will They Be Good Enough to Stay Up? Blair Wood
SANSEA CITY will make their long-awaited debut in the Championship next season, but just how ready are they for the big step up? Such is the nature of the man, Roberto Martinez's planning for next season probably started a long time ago. Promotion...
Football: Milan Tipped to Pip Inter in Race for Ronaldinho
ACMILAN"have anadvantage" over their city rivals Inter in the negotiations to sign Barcelona star Ronaldinho, according to the player's agent and brother, Roberto de Assis. AC Milan made their interest in the Brazilian known at the beginning of...
Football: Rafa Targets European Glory before Deciding on His Liverpool Future
Byline: Paul Walker RAFAEL Benitez will decide on his Liverpool future once the Champions League campaign is over as club chief executive Rick Parry signalled he wants to clear the air with the Reds manager. Benitez has expressed his shock after...
Football: Tommy Spurr's Owls in Survival Bid
Plymouth 1 Sheff Wed 1 A SPECTACULAR long-range strike from Tommy Spurr lifted Sheffield Wednesday out of the Coca-Cola Championship relegation zone but the Owls remain deepin the mire after being held to a seventh consecutive draw by Plymouth...
Golf: Immelman Happy to Have Made Major Mark - and Tamed Tiger
Byline: Mark Garrod TREVOR Immelman is not sure he will ever win another major - but he knows the one he has is very, very special. The 28-year-old South African's thrill at becoming Masters champion was all the greater because of who was in...
Grand Slam Star Byrne Is Spared a Lengthy Driving Ban; He Was Shown Leniency Due to His Charity Work
Byline: Gavin O'Connor WALES' Grand Slam hero Lee Byrne has been banned from driving for two months for failing to stop at a red traffic light. The 27-year-old Ospreys player was caught at the Coryton interchange in Cardiff in his Kia C'eed on...
Have Tools, Will Tinker; He May Not Be Very Good at DIY, but That Hasn't Stopped Matt Thomas Yet
Byline: Matt Thomas If I say the word acetone and you recognise it, it's most likely for one of two reasons. One of these is that you're a woman, in which case you'll know it as nail polish remover. The other is that you're a man and have used it...
Holl Fwrlwm Y Sioe Feirch; Ffermio
Byline: TERWYN DAVIES Y PENWYTHNOS hwn fe fydd tipyn o fwrlwmyn digwydd yng Ngheredigion wrth i Sioe Feirch Llambed gael ei chynnal - gyda 800 o geffylau'n cystadlu i gyd. Cynhaliwyd y sioe am y tro cyntaf yn 1956, ac mae wedi datblygu llawer...
How Goats Bring Hope for People in a Rural Corner of Uganda; COUNTRY & FARMING
Byline: Frances Green WE ARE standing in the middle of a blisteringly hot, Ugandan enclosure waiting for the goats to appear. It's midday - not the best time to be out of the shade, but Africa Time has caused us to be late for our appointment. ...
I Am a Romantic Person; Elizabeth Emanuel Talks to Rin Simpson about Fashion, Motherhood and What It's like to Dress a Princess Life
Byline: Rin Simpson YOU'D think Elizabeth Emanuel would be sick of hearing about Diana by now. It's been almost three decades since she and her husband, Bridgend-born designer David, created the princess' wedding gown in 1981, and the label still...
I Can't Live without. THIS WEEK: Adele Willis, 30, from Abercynon, Director of Adelic Lifestyle Solutions Ltd Life
I adore my two cats, Rosie and Lola, who I adopted from Cats Protection last year. They replaced my much loved and missed rescue dogs Wiggy and Rowley. The cats give me free therapy after a stressful working day and make me laugh with their frequent...
Illegal Immigrant 'Was Tortured' and Died after Row over Cannabis Factory; Six Deny Killing Man Accused of Drug Crop Theft
Byline: Lauren Turner AN ILLEGAL immigrant was tortured then dumped - fatally injured-at a hospital in a row over the cannabis factory he tended, a court heard yesterday. Tran Nguyen, 44, was repeatedly beaten by a hired" heavy" after being accused...
Iraqi Soldiers Free Kidnapped UK Journalist
Byline: John Bingham A BRITISH photojournalist held in captivity in Basra for more than two months was celebrating last night after a dramatic rescue by Iraqi forces. Richard Butler was taken hostage by militia outside the city's Qsar al Sultan...
I've Lost 20 of My Friends to Heroin, Reveals Mother; Overdose Also Killed Husband and Daughter
Byline: Robin Turner A MOTHER accused of manslaughter after her teenage daughter died from a heroin overdose admitted yesterday that 20 of her own friends had died in the same way. Andrea Townsend, 46, whose 16-year-old daughter Carly died at...
JK Rowling Stops Writing as She Sues Fan's Publisher
Byline: Mike Jones THE battle over the publication of a Harry Potter encyclopaedia "decimated" JK Rowling's creativity and halted all work on a new novel, the author said yesterday. Rowling said the Harry Potter Lexicon, based on the internet...
Keep an Eye out during Blue Tits' Key First Weeks; COUNTRY & FARMING Nature Watch
Byline: WENDY JOHNSON IT'S always difficult to pinpoint the moment spring begins. Is it when the first daffodils open? Or, when the clocks go forward? Perhaps it starts with the call of the first cuckoo. We are not the only ones to struggle with...
Letter: Coraclemen Are the Endangered Species
Byline: P W JONES SIR - The traditional coraclemen of West Wales are living national treasures, as much a part of our Welsh cultural identity as our rugby heroes. I read with disquiet, the news that on the recommendation of the Environment Agency,...
Locally-Grown Produce Set to Grow; Huge Increase in Demand for Organic Food in Future Predicted Farm Forum
Byline: JILL EVANS THIS is an important time in the Welsh fruit and vegetable industry. After a period of decline, all the indicators now point to the potential for growth. This is very welcome news given the many benefits of locally grown produce,...
Major Stores 'Are Killing Pig Industry'
SUPERMARKETS have been attacked by UK Food and Farming Minister Lord Rooker as the British pig farming industry heads into meltdown. "If super markets want to see the end of English pork production, they are going exactly the right way about it,"...
Ministers in a Food Frenzy at the Loss of Expert Aid; Top Consultancy Closure Could Hit Welsh Exporters
Byline: Martin Shipton Chief Reporter RURAL Affairs Minister Elin Jones has protested to the UK Government about the decision to end funding for an organisation that has helped Welsh food exporters gain a foothold in overseas markets. Environment...
Morning Serial; Hole: Kidnapped in Georgia by Peter Shaw
Byline: by Peter Shaw At somewhere around mid-afternoon, the faintest glimmer of light angled itself into the cell from a chink in the trap-door above. For a few moments, I was able to see the parameters of the cell without the need for the candle....
Moves to Revive Government Rows Committee
PLANS to revive the body that settles disputes between Westminster and the devolved administrations are being finalised by Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy in a round of shuttle diplomacy this week. Mr Murphy, pictured, has been asked by PM Gordon Brown...
Mum Who Lost Gap-Year Daughter Offers to Talk to Stricken Families Who Face Similar Heartache; 'The Families Will Be like Zombies and Face a Long Journey to Bring Loved Ones Back'
Byline: Sally Williams THE Ecuador crash in which five young British girls died has brought back horrific memories for the mother of a Welsh student killed on her gap year. Becca Owen, 22, from Llanfechain, near Welshpool, Powys, was on a round-the-world...
Nazi Salute Man Guilty in Racism Case
A MAN convicted of making a Nazi salute towards a black man" was not a racist", it was claimed yesterday. Defendant Lee Pope - who carried a photograph in his wallet of a man dressed like a member of the Ku Klux Klan-did not have any racist views,...
'New Vision' for Risca with Pounds 60m Regeneration Scheme; Retail, Residential and Commercial Project Tipped to Create at Least 500 Jobs
Byline: Aled Blake Business Correspondent PLANS for an urban regeneration scheme in Risca have been unveiled by South Wales developers the Bird Group. The pounds 60m project will include a major retail, residential and commercial development...
No Easter Spring in Retail Sales
THE earliest Easter for almost a century failed to help the high street inMarch, as sales fell for the first time in nearly two years, retail figures showed yesterday. Wintry weather and consumer caution hit home last month as like-for-like sales...
No Word Yet on Location of Wales' First Badger Cull
Byline: Steve Dube Farming Editor THE site of the first ever cull of badgers in Wales will probably not be known until the autumn. A Welsh Assembly Government spokeswoman said the announcement last week by Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones of...
Oh, What's Occurring? Well, Gavin and Stacey Has Become a Runaway Hit; but Creator Ruth Is Unsure about a Third Series
Byline: Laura Wright SLOWLY, but very surely, something is occurring - sitcom Gavin and Stacey is becoming a nationwide obsession. Not only are fans tuning in to the show in their millions, but it is eating into the fabric of their everyday lives....
"Oh Yes, Forget the Advert, It's Time That We Gave a Nod to Churchill; OPINION Way out West
Byline: Steve Dube in Carmarthen OH yes - or rather, oh no. The name Churchill is no longer associated by most people with the independently-minded loose cannon of a politician and historian who led Britain through World War II. Instead the name...
Opposition Calls for Strike over Zimbabwe Result Delay
ZIMBABWE'S opposition has called for a general strike today in protest at the continuing chaos over the country's delayed presidential election results. The Movement for Democratic Change failed yesterday in a legal attempt to force RobertMugabe...
Over-the-Limit Pundit to Keep His TV Football Role; Former Wales Star Drove after Drinking 10 Pints
Byline: Darren Devine AN EX-WALES footballer, who received a suspended sentence for driving with up to 10 pints of alcohol in his system, is to keep his job as a TV football pundit. Malcolm Allen, 41, who played for Wales and Newcastle in his...
People Don't Realise - Lose Bees and We're on Burgers and Rice; Urgent Plea as Experts Highlight the Danger to Agriculture in Wales
Byline: Steve Dube Farming Editor BEEKEEPERS have described government proposals for a rescue plan for the honey bee as falling short of requirements. With apiaries across Britain besieged by a variety of pests and disease, the British Beekeepers'...
Play Fair with Our Health; Straight-Talking Sense from the Nation's Favourite Agony Aunt
Byline: Denise robertson NHS hospitals are to be allowed to advertise their services and even seek sponsorship deals under a code designed to improve care by increasing competition. They'll be able to promote success - such as a low MRSA rate...
Ramsey Lambs Play Crucial Role in Island's Conservation
THE first lamb to be born on the Pembrokeshire island of Ramsey for more than eight years arrived last Thursday. The woolly youngster is the first, but hopefully not the last, to be born from the RSPB flock on the nature reserve. Around 200 ewes...
RIN Talking WM Sense; Life
Byline: Rin Simpson If there's one thing I hate more than anything it's a gossip and I've been plagued with them my whole life, from the girl at school who told the whole class I fancied Andrew with the freckles (I was six and I was mortified) to...
Row over Learning Revolution Funding Gathers Pace as More Teachers Vote to Join Boycott
Byline: Moira Sharkey and Nia Williams ONE in 10schools in Wales is now threatening to boycott the roll-out of a learning revolution for Wales' youngest pupils because of a funding crisis. Head teachers in the Vale of Glamorgan have made a stand...
Rugby Union: Edwards: Don't Rush Ryan into Lions' Captaincy
GARETH EDWARDS believes it is too early for calls to be made for Ryan Jones to captain the 2009 Lions. The Wales and Lions legend claims too much can happen between now and next summer for anybody to be seen as a firm candidate for the most prestigious...
Rugby Union: Gatland Has Sights Set on High-Level Challenges with 'Boks
Byline: simon roberts WARREN GATLAND is putting together a dossier to cope with Wales' two Tests at altitude in South Africa. Wales' Grand Slam winning coach is leaving no stone unturned in his bid to make sure his Six Nations Championship winners...
Sams Lad Delivers the Perfect Tribute as Racing Mourns Bookmaker's Death; Minute's Silence for Point-to-Point Stalwart Lovell Turf Talk
MEMBERS of the late John Lovell's family made the long journey from Cardiff to Cilwendig on Sunday to see his horse, Sams Lad, land the restricted race. Sams Lad, who is trained by Abbi Vaughan at Aberthin, near Cow bridge, was the first leg of...
Scramble for Land Reaches a New High
AUCTIONEERS Halls is reporting unprecedented demand for farms and land in the Welsh Marches and Shropshire after achieving record sales of more than pounds 10mduring March. The company, which has a network of offices across Shropshire, Mid Wales...
Shepherd Wins Bid to Ward off Walkers from Ewes' Lambing Site; Farmer Wins First Access Battle
Byline: Steve Dube Farming Editor A FARMER has won the right to stop anyone else using an area of common land while his ewes are lambing. Huw Jones of Pantycraf, Tregaron, is the first to challenge the Countryside Council for Wales' interpretation...
So Close to a Major Triumph; Review
Byline: Elliot Minor Cardiff University WHILE we were all at Cardiff University to see Elliot Minor, the crowd were in fine spirits well before they took to the stage. The two support groups, Further Drive Home and The Higher, both whipped the...
There Must Be a Real Wow Factor to Tempt Customers; Organic Pioneers Notch Up a 15-Year-Run of Collecting Awards
Byline: Steve Dube Farming Editor IT MIGHT seem a long distance, in more ways than one, from sugar cane and cashew nuts in Africa to table birds in Wales. Former agricultural consultant turned food entrepreneur Bob Kennard and his wife Carolyn...
They Were the Heartbeat of Our Community - but the Clubs Are Dying Due to Falling Trade and Rising Costs; Now Super Venues Could Be the Only Way Forward to Stop the Rot
Byline: Rhodri Clark COMMUNITY life is taking a battering in towns and villages across Wales because so many clubs and halls are closing or being replaced by housing. Many of the vanishing buildings have hosted local entertainment and provided...
Wales' Wallaby Test in Doubt
Byline: Simon Roberts WALES' Autumn Test series clash with the Wallabies is still in doubt. The Welsh Rugby Union are still locked in talks with the four regions - the Scarlets, the Ospreys, the Blues and the Dragons - over the release of players...
'We Are All Suffering in This Global Economic Slowdown' Japan's Ambassador Warns of Major Challenges Ahead
Byline: Aled Blake Business Correspondent JAPAN'S ambassador to the UK yesterday called for continued co-operation between his country and Wales amid global economic uncertainty. Speaking to a business audience in Cardiff, Yoshiji Nogami spoke...
'We Are on the Way Back' - Communist Councillor Is First in Wales since 1970s; Former Labour Man Left over Iraq War
Byline: Martin Shipton Chief Reporter THE Soviet Union may have collapsed 17 years ago, but Wales has just elected its first Communist councillor for decades. It may not rank alongside storming the Winter Palace in St Petersburg but gaining a...
We've Got It in Spades, It's Sustainable, We Don't Eat It - So Will We Drive on Grass?
Byline: Sally Williams WELSH scientists yesterday revealed that the "green, green grass" of Wales could help wean us off our dependence on petrochemical fuels in the next 10 years. The Government's Renewable Transport Fuels Obligation (RTFO)...