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 October 15, 2008

24-Hour Carers Failed to Notice Resident Had Died
Byline: Gareth Llewellyn A CARE home resident supposedly receiving one-to-one care around the clock showed signs of rigor mortis by the time emergency services were called to his death, a court heard yesterday. Paramedics found the limbs of Alan...
Abducted Student Desperately Rang 999 but Was Cut off, Murder Jury Told
Byline: Martin Halfpenny A TEENAGER called 999 before she was murdered in a desperate attempt to get help after she was abducted by her alleged killer, a court heard yesterday. A-level student Hannah Foster, 17, dialled the emergency services,...
Action against Lender's Former Bosses Ruled Out
Byline: Sion Barry Business Editor NATIONALISED lender Northern Rock said yesterday that no legal action would be taken against former directors at the centre of the group's collapse last year. Management said a review by lawyers and accountants...
Another Leading Labour Politician to Stand Down at Next Election
Byline: Martin Shipton WELSH politics yesterday suffered its second casualty in four days, with news that Labour Euro-MP Eluned Morgan is to stand down next year. Her announcement comes after Environment Minister Jane Davidson said she would...
Anthony Hopkins Leaves the Silence of the Lambs Behind with Orchestral Evening of His Own Symphony Music; Star 'Doodled for Decades'
Byline: Robin Turner HE HAS been an actor, director, painter and pianist, and now Sir Anthony Hopkins is to reveal his symphonies to the world. The veteran Welsh star will premiere his new music - which includes a three-movement concert piece,...
A Rate-Beater Mortgage Deal for Borrowers
Byline: Aled Blake Business Correspondent THE Principality Building Society is giving borrowers coming to the end of their current mortgage deal the chance to beat their old rate. An estimated 18,000 borrowers in Wales face potentially higher...
Assembly Would Benefit from Eluned's Talents; Western Mail COMMENT
ELUNED Morgan's decision to stand down from the European Parliament is a shock for several reasons. It comes hard on the heels of the announcement by Environment Minister Jane Davidson that she will be leaving the National Assembly in 2011. She...
Atraverda Makes Appointment to Lead Revolutionary Battery Charge
Byline: Aled Blake Business Correspondent ADVANCED materials company Atraverda has made a key appointment as its ambitious expansion plans move forward. Dr George Brilmyer has joined the company as vice president, North American business development....
Bellamy Armed for the Battle
Byline: Chris Wathan CRAIG BELLAMY has revealed how the spirit of Owain Glyndwr is spurring him on as he seeks to lead Wales to World Cup history. The Welsh skipper has disclosed how he wears his heart not so much on his sleeve, but under it...
Bioenergy: Sorting the Chaff from the Wheat; despite Controversy, Dr Robert Trezona, Head of Research and Development at the Carbon Trust, Says Bioenergy Has a Vital Role to Play
Bioenergy refers to energy that comes from biomass. Biomass is a renewable energy source from biologically derived sources such as wood, plant material, straw, sewage sludge or even algae. It offers a sustainable source of energy with significantly...
Brown's Role in Financial Rescue Plan Praised by EC President
THE President of the European Commission yesterday praised Gordon Brown's leadership role in Europe's response to the financial crisis - and urged the UK to maintain high levels of EU cooperation when the dust settles. President Jose Manuel Barroso...
Brown Steps Up Calls for Global Financial Reform
PRIME Minister Gordon Brown yesterday stepped up his calls for an overhaul of the international financial system. Buoyed by the positive worldwide reaction to his pounds 37bn partnationalisation of three UK high street banks, Mr Brown insisted it...
Bush unveilsaEUR250bn Plan to Buy US Bank Shares as an 'Essential Short-Termmeasure' ECONOMY
Byline: Wesley Johnson THE US will buy stocks in banks in an attempt to return the nation's economy to the "path of growth and prosperity", President George Bush said yesterday. Mr Bush announced the EUR250bn (pounds 142bn) plan for the US government...
Catholic Adoption Society to Split from Dioceses
AN ADOPTION agency said last night it is to separate from its three Catholic dioceses in Wales after changes in the law meant it would have to place children with homosexual couples. St David's Children Society is the longest-serving agency in the...
City Silent on Corporate Seat Sales
THE company selling corporate seats at Cardiff City's new stadium was tight-lipped last night on the number of packages it has sold. The 27,000-seater ground, being built opposite the club's Ninian Park home, is due for completion next May. The...
Coffee Break: Town Can Be So Proud of This Choir; Review Bridgend Male Choir St Mary's Catholic Church, Bridgend ****
Byline: Liz James CONDUCTOR John Jenkins is the perfect man to front Bridgend Male Choir. His expansive career with youth orchestras, choirs and bands has led to prestigious awards and he has conducted many famous names, including Sir Geraint...
Cost Puts Pounds 85m Art Gallery Plans on Hold
Byline: Mike Jones PLANS for a Welsh national gallery have been delayed for at least four years, it was revealed last night, after a study concluded it would cost more than pounds 85m. Labour and Plaid Cymru vowed to look into the creation of...
Council Chairman Fined for Selling Lambs with Foot Rot
Byline: Steve Dube Farming Editor A LEADING farmer and county council chairman sent out a warning to other livestock keepers yesterday after pleading guilty to 24 animal welfare charges. Hugh Richards, 66, a former president of NFU Cymru, said...
Council Chairman Fined for Selling Lambs with Foot Rot
Byline: Steve Dube Farming Editor A LEADING farmer and council chairman sent out a warning to other livestock keepers yesterday after pleading guilty to 24 animal welfare charges. Hugh Richards, 66, of Hengoed Fawr, Felinfoel, Llanelli, said...
Davies Calls on Scarlets to Shine in Paris
Byline: simon roberts NIGEL DAVIES has demanded that the Scarlets produce a backs to the wall performance against European giants Stade Francais. The Scarlets supremo and former Wales coach has called for his players to recapture the fighting...
Driven, Motivated, Selfless Self-Starter Goes above and beyond to Be Top PA
Byline: Aled Blake Business Correspondent THE unsung heroes of the business world have been recognised at an award ceremony at Park Plaza Hotel in Cardiff with personal assistant Tracey Morgans winning the title of Wales' top PA. The award, run...
Ferdinand Full of Praise for Boss Capello
STAND-IN skipper Rio Ferdinand has described Fabio Capello's England as a "business-like" regime comparable to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. Ferdinand, who takes the armband instead of John Terry for the World Cup qualifier in Belarus,...
First-Time-Buyer Market Crashes as Young Opt to Rent Instead; ECONOMY Economist Says House Prices Will Fall a Further 10% before Stabilising
Byline: Sarah Miloudi THE number of first-time buyers getting on to the property ladder in Wales has fallen to an all-time low, new figures show. Data released yesterday by the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) revealed just 600 loans were granted...
Footsie Moves Forward Again, but Market Is Still 'Twitchy' ECONOMY
Byline: Holly Williams ANOTHER pounds 33bn was added to the value of UK blue chips yesterday as London's leading share index extended Monday's relief rally. But investor profit-taking saw early session gains pared back, to leave the FTSE 100...
Foreword
Byline: Jane Davidson Achieving a sustainable Wales means moving to a low carbon energy economy. The Stern report was clear about the economic costs of delaying action; it also highlighted the potential rewards for those countries that take a lead...
Fourth Deal to Sponsor the Scarlets
RUGBY region the Llanelli Scarlets have announced the fourth and final stand sponsor deal at Parc y Scarlets. The region has entered in agreement with Kidwelly-based construction plant hire business, KL Plant.KL Plant will be the sponsor of the...
Germans Are Ready to Book Place in Finals - at Least off the Pitch
Byline: chris wathan FORGET towels and sunloungers, the Germans are taking things to new levels ready for summer 2010 - they're already booking their World Cup hotels. It might sound like a cliched joke, but in just a few weeks' time Germany's...
Hamilton on the Defensive as Title Pressure Grows
LEWIS HAMILTON has been forced on to the defensive by the barrage of criticism levelled at the Briton in the wake of his performance in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. Hamilton had the opportunity at Fuji to strengthen his lead at the top of the drivers'...
Hart Allocating Pounds 117m to Ensure No Patient Waits for More Than Half a Year
Byline: Madeleine Brindley Health Editor THE NHS is to receive an extra pounds 117m to help bring waiting times down to 26 weeks, Health Minister Edwina Hart will reveal today. Outlining the spending priorities for the next two years, Mrs Hart...
Housekeepers Quizzed over Beckhams' Goods on eBay; Former Spice Girl's Parents Spot Dresses on Internet Site
Byline: Matt Williams, Sam Marsden and Damon Wake DAVID and Victoria Beckham's housekeepers were under police investigation last night after being accused of stealing property from the couple and trying to sell it on eBay. Eric and June Emmett,...
How a Spiked Drink Led to Victim's Business Idea; 6,000 Holders a Week Made for Beverages
Byline: Aled Blake Business Correspondent A SPIKED drink at a birthday celebration followed by three days of sickness was the foundation for a new business venture for cousins Dean and Luke Andrews. Luke's drink was spiked at a Cardiff club when...
Icelandic Retailer Denies Going into Administration
THE Icelandic investment group that owns a host of retailers, including Hamleys, yesterday denied it was looking at placing its UK business into administration. Baugur, which also owns high street retailers such as Karen Millen and Oasis as well...
I'd Do Anything's Gwion about to Take Up West End Role
TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Gwion Jones will begin the most exciting journey of his life on Monday, after landing the dream role of Oliver in a new musical. It has already been quite a year for Gwion, from Llandybie, near Ammanford, who last month started comprehensive...
I'm a Neath Girl through and through. the Five Letters Are There, Forever Stamped in My Veins
Byline: Sian Lloyd When weather presenter Sian Lloyd said on television that she was a 'Cardiff girl' she came under fire from some in her home town of Neath who accused her of forgetting her roots. But Sian has come out fighting to defend her Neath...
It's a Rivalry of Note; There Was Once One in Every Mining Community in Wales - like Chapels and the Hillsides They Represented Almost the Very Definition of Welshness. and Now Darren Devine Hears How the Once Flagging Tradition of Welsh Male Voice Choirs Is on the Cusp of a Revival
Byline: Darren Devine SO you thought the dust had settled on the battle of the Welsh choirs with Only Men Aloud! leaving the field victorious and revelling in the spoils of a new multi-millionpound recording deal. But though the Cardiff choristers...
Labour's Drink Laws 'Create WildWest'
CHANGES to licensing laws aimed at creating a "cafe culture" have turned some of Britain's market towns into the "wild west", police said yesterday. The 24-hour drinking laws have pushed booze-fuelled violence later into the early hours of the morning...
Last Month's 5.2% Inflation Is Reckoned Close to Its Peak; ECONOMY
Byline: Russell Lynch INFLATION soared to a new record last month after energy price hikes, official figures showed yesterday. But despite the 16-year inflation high, the year-long spiral in the cost of living could soon be over, experts said...
Letter: 'Myth' Alive and Well
Byline: SUZY DAVIES SIR - I don't think I can let the comments of Huw Irranca-Davies (October 8) pass without both comment and a gasp of astonishment. If Labour's image as an urban party, with little interest in country areas, is a "myth", why...
Letter: Rehab Centre Fears Are Not Based on Fact
Byline: COUN JANET FINCH SAUNDERS AND COUN FELICITY ELPHICK SIR - I was saddened to read the article by Owen Hughes "This will ruin 5-Star Dream" regarding a campaign on Anglesey opposing Cais opening a 16-room rehab centre at Capel Coch, Llangefni...
Life on the Bench Left Tom with a Touch of the Blues
Byline: Simon Thomas TOM SHANKLIN has opened up on his huge frustration at his extended spell on the bench for the Blues this season. The double Grand Slam star was left out of the starting line-up for five consecutive matches, with Jamie Robinson...
Many Would-Be Governors 'Put Off'
Schools are struggling to recruit governors because the job is "overloaded, overcomplicated and overlooked", according to a new report. More than a tenth of vacancies for school governors in Wales and England - 40,000 out of a total of 350,000 -...
Mergers Fly into Stormy Weather; Wales in Motion
Byline: Professor Stuart Cole ONE result of high oil prices and imminent recession has been a stampede among the European airlines to merge and consolidate. In challenging market conditions, big is best as far as airlines are concerned. Size...
Morning Serial; the Death of Justice
Byline: by Michael O'Brien ANOTHER officer would use a different approach: "If I was you I'd tell us what happened. Do you want Mr Bad Guy back?" And I couldn't sleep properly. They were banging on the doors, making a noise and laughing and...
MP Condemns ITV for Cutting Political Coverage
ITV Wales is slashing its political coverage in what has been described as a "profound backward step". It is understood the political unit at the TV network will be disbanded in a controversial move which will see coverage absorbed into the main...
Murray Delight as He Comes Back in Style
ANDY MURRAY showed no signs of rustiness following his recent break from the game after making an impressive start to his Madrid Masters campaign. Playing in his first competitive singles match since last month's Davis Cup, Murray was in scintillating...
My Focus Is on Germany, Not Savage, Says Toshack
Byline: Paul Abbandonato WALES boss John Toshack last night brushed aside Robbie Savage's stunning apology and told his team to focus purely on a World Cup result in Germany tonight that would "set the cat amongst the pigeons". Savage's decision...
Need a Frontline Entrepreneur? Try an Ex-Bank Manager; the Severity of the Banking Crisis Will Convince Many Senior Staff in the Sector That It Is No Longer a Job for Life. but Bank Managers Switching Careers to Other Industries Could Be Good for the Welsh Economy, Says Former Banker and Current Chairman of Wales Management Council, Andrew Wilkinson
Byline: Andrew Wilkinson IN the quest to make Wales a more competitive economy, most parties involved agree that we need to raise the performance of management across all sectors of industry. That was true before the credit crunch and it's even...
Needed: A New One-Planet Economy
Morgan Parry, right, head of WWF Cymru The crisis in the world of finance has dominated the front pages ever since investment banks in the United States started collapsing in early September. Banks and financial institutions around the world have realised...
Never a Borrower nor a Lender Be with Kids, Because They Outbank You; Mumsays
Byline: Abbie Wightwick RAISING children in the credit crunch is all about credibility. After years telling them to put money in the bank where it'll be safe and gain interest I'm now eating my words. They might not read The Wall Street Journal...
New Jobs as N-Ergy Group's Fast-Growing Expansion Gathers Pace
A FAST-GROWING South Wales training and human resources firm has announced plans for new jobs at its main office and expansion in the south of England. Llantrisant-based n-ergy group is doubling its head office capacity by moving into new premises,...
No Bail-Out for Iceland Victims as Welsh Toll Tops Pounds 78m; Assembly's Cold Comfort for Public Bodies
Byline: David Williamson Senedd Correspondent FINANCE Minister Andrew Davies yesterday ruled out a bail-out for the Welsh public bodies which invested in failed Icelandic banks. The amount of Welsh public sector money caught up in the crisis...
Number Needing Advice on Arrears Up by a Half
Byline: Nicky Burridge THE number of people seeking help after falling behind with their mortgage has soared by more than 50% during the past year, statistics have revealed Charity Citizens Advice said it had seena51%surge in people contacting...
Number of Empty Units Increasing; COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
Byline: Sion Barry Business Editor THE amount of available industrial floor space in Wales is on the rise, according to research from King Sturge. The property advisers latest industrial floor-space survey shows it has risen by 3.9%, over a period...
Ospreys Looking to Repeat the Tigers Roar for Must-Win Cup Clash against Perpignan
Byline: Simon Thomas THE Ospreys will be backed by their biggest crowd of the season when they take on Perpignan in Saturday's must-win Heineken Cup clash at the Liberty Stadium. There has been concern at board level in recent weeks over attendance...
Prejudice Is Alive and Well in Wales despite the Law
Byline: David Williamson Senedd Correspondent PREJUDICE against people with mental illness or of certain backgrounds continues apparently unabated in Wales, a new report has revealed. An in-depth survey found 38% of people in Wales would be unhappy...
Property Matters; GVA Grimley
Byline: John Jones Associate, Industrial Agency WHAT a difference a year makes. Last year few people had heardof the credit crunch or sub prime mortgages, and the industrial property market was buoyant, especially for freehold accommodation. ...
Read Up on Wales' Top 300 Companies - and the Future; Magazine to Include League Table, Key Data and Analysis
Byline: Sion Barry Business Editor WHO are the biggest companies in Wales? The answer will be found in this year's Wales Top 300 publication which will be published in December by the Western Mail. This year the influential magazine is sponsored...
'Rebalanced' Economy at Heart of Revival Proposals; Call to Drop Reliance on Public Sector
Byline: David Williamson THE West Wales Business Initiative yesterday unveiled an economic plan it believes will ensure the nation successfully weathers global financial turbulence. The group argues the Welsh economy needs to be "rebalanced",...
Reds Suffer after Switch
UEFA have admitted Liverpool fans face major disruption next week after their Champions League match against Atletico Madrid was switched to a neutral venue. Atletico have been fined 150,000 euros (pounds 120,000) for racist abuse of Marseille players...
Rescue Plans Deliver Another Positive Day; City Bulletin
Byline: Sion Barry LONDON'S FTSE 100 Index enjoyed another positive session yesterday as investors took heart from bank rescue plans. The Footsie followed its soaraway8%rise on Monday with a solid 3% advance, underpinned by gains for commodities...
Sir Chris Unveiled as Key Speaker for Showcase Bioscience Event
Byline: Sion Barry Business Editor BIOTECHNOLOGY serial entrepreneur Sir Chris Evans has been unveiled as a key speaker at BioWales 2009. The event, the largest bioscience event outside of Wales, will be staged at the Vale Hotel and Resort next...
Six Proposals for Wales' Financial Crisis Summit; the Long View
Byline: davidrosser WHAT a week! It's as if Life on Mars has done an episode on the economy - half the population has a National Savings accounts now and we're at war with Iceland again - the 1970s revisited. Against this background the Welsh...
Steelmaker's Vision Is to Set the Worldwide Industry Benchmark for Sustainability; Corus
"We have to balance the needs of tomorrow with the demands of today..." These words about sustainability could be fresh on the lips of industry leaders. But in fact they were uttered nearly 10 years ago, by the then chairman and chief executive of...
Step Forward and Make a Difference to Young People and Their Futures; There Are 40,000 Vacancies for Governors across England and Wales. Simon Farrington, Deputy Chair of Governors at Ysgol Maes Dyfan Special School in Barry and a Governor for the Past Decade, Highlights the Challenges Facing Schools and Their Governing Bodies and Issues a Plea for More People to Step Forward
Byline: Simon Farrington Dropping through the letterbox at my Vale of Glamorgan home a letter arrives from the local comprehensive school. In it is a slip of paper with a list of eminent doctors, accountants, lawyers, consultants, business owners,...
'The Government Should Take Stakes in Small Businesses' Banks Will Be Cautious, Says Admiral Chief
Byline: Aled Blake Business Correspondent GOVERNMENT should extend its investment into the private sector beyond banks and into start-ups and small businesses, Admiral boss Henry Engelhardt said yesterday. And he called on reform of financial...
Tindall and Co Target Blues
MIKE TINDALL has revealed that Gloucester have targeted their trip to face the Blues for a vital away win. The Gloucester captain, who guided his side to a 22-10 victory over Biarritz Olympique on the weekend, believes the Anglo-Welsh clash at the...
TV Today's: Terror Case Leaves Nikki 'Out-Foxed'
Amanda Burton might be long gone, but Silent Witness still keeps viewers on the edge of their seats and, with a seemingly endless supply of dark and chilling storylines, it shows no sign of running out of steam just yet. The forensic crime drama...
Wales Have History on Their Side in Bid to Upset the Germans
Byline: Paul abbandonato in Moenchengladbach THEY say football is a funny old game and nothing underlines that more than Robbie Savage's apology to John Toshack in yesterday's Western Mail. That one came right out of the blue, but good on Sav....
Welsh Private Sector Output Suffers at the Hands of World Crisis; 'Orders and Employment Down'
Byline: Aled Blake Business Correspondent THE global economic crisis is hitting Wales' private sector output, a new study has revealed. The Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) Wales report, produced for the Royal Bank of Scotland by Markit Economics,...
We're Still Up a Creek but Good Sense Is Back; Analysis
Byline: Tim Jenkins WELL we had it all last week. More sell-offs, arguably the "mother of the mother" of all crashes and the "father" of all bounces. Yep, the US rallied up stronger than any time in the past seven decades and everyone followed...
Willis Warns Bath Not to Take Dragons for Granted
Byline: Gareth Griffiths DRAGONS captain Tom Willis has fired out a warning to European rivals Bath not to be presumptuous and just assume they will triumph in Sunday's Heineken Cup showdown at the Rec next. The Guinness Premiership leaders returned...
Wythnos O Golledion Yn Y Byd Ariannol Ond Colled O Fath Arall I Mi; Welsh Column
Byline: Menna Elfyn BU'N wythnos o golledion yn y byd ariannol. A fi yw'r person olaf i ddeall pam er fy mod wedi treio fy ngorau i wrando ar ambell adroddiad. Yn ofer. Rwy'n deall digon i wybod fel pob un ohonoch mai rhywbeth reit ansad yw'r...
Youngsters Can Walk Tall after Coming So Close
Byline: Simon Kendal-Williams at Villa Park DIFFERENT era, same old story. There is a long history of Welsh near misses when it comes to reaching major finals. And, despite a courageous effort at Villa Park, Wales U21s narrowly failed to break...
Youngsters Will Benefit by Learning the Fun Way; the Wednesday Essay Education Minister Jane Hutt Announced Extra Cash to Safeguard the Future of the New Foundation Phase Curriculum after Much Debate about a Funding Shortfall. Today She Writes about Her Vision for Building Strong Foundations for Early Years Education in Wales
Byline: Jane Hutt LAST week we had the pleasure of announcing additional funding of pounds 62m for the full roll-out of our groundbreaking Foundation Phase. This funding will ensure the successful roll-out of the programme across Wales. I was...