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 16, 2009

A Royal Shoulder to Lean on; This Weekend the Duke of Edinburgh Becomes the Longest-Serving Royal Consort Lisa Jones Looks at How He Has Carved out a Role for Himself
Byline: Lisa Jones HIS pithy comments on cultural differences may have caused near international incidents across the globe, but the Duke of Edinburgh has remained steadfastly at his wife's side as consort for more than half a century. And on...
Ashley Has a Long-Shot Goal in His Winning Aim
Byline: Simon Kendal- Williams ASHLEY WILLIAMS was delighted to double his season's goal tally against Barnsley - not least because his ears may get a rest. The Wales centre-half slid home the Swans' opening goal just two minutes into the 3-1...
Auditors Won't Sign off Tiscali Accounts
INTERNET provider Tiscali was dealt a fresh blow yesterday after it revealed its auditors had refused to sign off its accounts. Ernst & Young warned of "fundamental uncertainties" on business continuity and said it was not able to give an opinion...
Blues Must Cash in on Success to Build for Future
Byline: delme parfitt IT wasn't so long ago that the Blues struggled to attract more than a handful of rather bored journalists to their weekly press conferences on a Wednesday lunchtime. The usual routine would be to turn up 10 minutes or so...
Bowen Censured for Breaking BBC Guidelines on Impartiality; Trust Says Middle East Editor Had Breached Rules in Pieces on Israel
Byline: Damon Wake ONE of Wales' most prominent journalists was censured over breaches of the BBC's guidelines on accuracy and impartiality, in an official report published yesterday. Jeremy Bowen, the corporation's Middle East editor, was found...
Businessman Jailed for 10 Years after Raping Teens at Party; Girls Were Attacked as They Slept
Byline: WesternMail A SUCCESSFUL businessman raped two teenage girls as they slept at a house party. Robert Bates, 47, was jailed for 10 years yesterday after being found guilty on two counts of rape. He had denied both charges. Cardiff...
Button Looks to Make the Most of His Advantage
Byline: Ian Parkes JENSON BUTTON has two races to make the most of his clear advantage in his pursuit of this year's Formula One world title. Button and Brawn GP were yesterday unsurprisingly given the green light to maintain their championship...
Celebrities Beware: It's Talent, Not Looks, That Count; Britain's Got Talent Contestant Susan Boyle Has Won the Hearts of the Nation after Her Amazing and Unexpected Performance on the Search-for-a-Star Show. Rachel Mainwaring Tells Why This Reality TV Show Is the Perfect Antidote to the Celebrity-Obsessed Pampered World of Showbiz
Byline: Rachel Mainwaring W a l e s Online.co.uk /forum WHEN Susan Boyle walked onto the stage at the Britain's Got Talent auditions, she was the complete antithesis of our imageobsessed world. Dressed in a dodgy gold dress, with bushy eyebrows...
Chelsea's Cech Refuses to Let the Slip-Ups Get to Him
PETR CECH insists his confidence will remain undamaged by Chelsea's recent defensive calamities. The Blues have conceded seven times in two matches with Cech looking uncomfortable throughout Tuesday night's 4-4 Champions League draw with Liverpool....
City Marketreport
FURTHER gloomy economic news from the US sent the FTSE 100 Index into negative territory yesterday amid signs the word's biggest economy is far from recovery. Figures revealed US consumer inflation dropped into negative territory for the first time...
Close Encounter with Ego-Mania; Review Russell Brand Cardiff International Arena
Byline: Gavin Allen WHEN a nation compounds a man's mania by making him headline news, he can hardly be blamed for indulging himself. Russell Brand's Scandalous deals mostly with the fallout from the "Sachsgate" affair, in which he and Jonathan...
Cooper's Pledge to Go for the Blues
BLUES coach Dai Young will be keeping a eagle eye on one particular Gloucester player during Saturday's EDF Energy Cup final, writes Gary Baker. And Wales scrum-half Gareth Cooper insists there will be "no holding back" at Twickenham, even though...
DNA Found on Latex Glove after Pounds 54,000 Ninian Park Break-In
THIEVES who broke into Cardiff City Football Club left behind 24 black bags stuffed with goods they were unable to carry away. Police investigating the pounds 54,000 raid at Ninian Park last year sent the bags along with cardboard boxes which had...
Fans and Players Gather to Mark Britain's Deadliest Sporting Disaster
Byline: Western Mail THOUSANDS of people paid tribute yesterday to the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy. Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and his players were among a crowd of around 30,000 who attended a memorial service at Anfield to...
Fantasia Aim Hinges on Frankie
FRANKIE DETTORI looks set to play a major part in whether Fantasia runs in the stanjames. com 1000 Guineas after her electric display in the Leslie Harrison Memorial Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket. American owner George Strawbridge is keen for...
French Forces Capture 11 Pirates in Raid
FRENCH forces captured 11 pirates in a raid on a supply ship off the coast of Kenya yesterday, as attacks and counterattacks raised tensions in one of the world's most important shipping lanes. The raid, 550 miles east of Mombasa, thwarted a planned...
Gethin Could Cash in with Move to France
Byline: Delme Parfitt LIONS Test banker Gethin Jenkins has admitted he could be tempted by a megabucks move to French rugby. The Blues prop's stock has risen dramatically over the last few months as he was the stand-out player of Wales' Six Nations...
Glamorgan Punish Students' Decision
Byline: Gareth Griffiths GLAMORGAN put themselves in a commanding position against Oxford UCCE on the opening day of their first-class season at the Parks. The Welsh county finished the opening day of the three-day match on 74 for two, 134 runs...
Google Translates into Welsh as 'No' Language Group Brands Decision 'Disgraceful'
Byline: Sally Williams IT'S just the latest in a long line of tools designed by one of the world's best-known internet companies to make our lives that little bit easier. But users of Google Translate - which has followed in the footsteps of...
Hands-On Experience in Land-Based Science Course; Education Newsbulletin
MONMOUTH Comprehensive School has become the first in Wales to deliver the OCR environmental and land-based science GCSE. Working with Coleg Gwent in Usk, the school has gained a 100% pass rate. This innovative new qualification began in 2006 and...
Head of Teacher Counselling Charity to Leave after 11 Years
THE head of a charity, which offers counselling and advice to teachers, is to step down after 11 years. Patrick Nash, chief executive of the Teacher Support Network, will be replaced at the end of this month. During his leadership he helped set...
How to Ensure You Stimulate Enough Interest to Get That Vital Job Interview; Tony Charles Examines What Makes a Good CV
Byline: Tony Charles EMPLOYERS need to recruit the best staff and CVs are a crucial part of the selection process. A good CV gets you to interview. Submit a poor CV to an employer and the chances are that it will end up in the rejects file....
Hundreds of College Jobs Are Saved as Welsh Assembly Invests Extra Pounds 9m
COLLEGE bosses and union leaders have welcomed a decision to allocate an extra pounds 9m in funding for colleges and sixth-forms in Wales and protect hundreds of jobs which were facing the axe. The Welsh Assembly Government agreed to allocate an...
Injury-Hit Gunners Sweep into Semi
3 0 Arsenal Villareal Arsenal win 4-1 on aggregate ARSENAL have been portrayed as a club in crisis this season, but they are now in the Champions League semi-final after sweeping past Villarreal at the Emirates Stadium. Theo Walcott, Emmanuel...
I Screamed at the Driver When the Bus Got Back to Liverpool 'Where's My Son?'
Byline: John Fahey TWO decades on, relatives of the Hillsborough dead can still recall in crystal detail the horrific day. Margaret Aspinall, 62, lost her son James, 18, at the game. He travelled to Sheffield with a friend and separately from...
Jellyfish Find in the Irish Sea Could Be Good for Business; Scientists Think Giant Blooms Could Be Used for Food Export
Byline: Robin Turner SCIENTISTS who have found gigantic "blooms" of jellyfish off the Welsh coast believe the spiralling numbers of the animals could lead to a new food exporting industry. The finds appear to confirm suggestions that over-fishing...
Jenkins Urges Blues to Kick on and Earn a Place among the European Aristocrats
Byline: delme parfitt WALES prop Gethin Jenkins last night stressed the Blues' current resurgence will count for little if they don't build on their success next season. Jenkins, the stand-out player of the Welsh Six Nations campaign and a colossus...
Lineker Fears Heat in TV Chef's Kitchen May Be Directed toward His Fiancee
FOOTBALL pundit Gary Lineker fears chef Marco Pierre White may have taken a shine to his fiancee while she competes in Hell's Kitchen. Lineker tried to offer Cardiff-born model Danielle Bux some moral support by popping up to the kitchen pass when...
Man Gets 11 Years in Jail for Slitting Girlfriend's Throat
A MAN who inflicted a horrific injury on his pregnant girlfriend by slitting her throat with a knife was jailed for 11 years yesterday. Joe Cready, 26, told terrified Rachel Shaw: "I can't live without you so I am going to kill you." He then plunged...
Man's Best Friend Could Be Just the Rescue Package Brown Needs; OPINION
Byline: David Williamson IF YOU visit a pet shop within walking distance of Westminster, do not be surprised if a hefty man with a deep Scottish brogue is examining the merits of a selection of puppies. A politician's career would be fried if...
'Merge Teaching Governing Body with England's' Union Says It Makes No Economic Sense to Have Separate Councils
Byline: Katie Norman THE governing body that oversees teachers in Wales should be scrapped immediately and merged with its English counterparts, a union demanded last night. Few members of the teaching profession would even notice if the General...
Morning Serial
Byline: Geraint Talfan Davies He became quiet after a while and then we saw him act. It was better than the pictures: he was showing how Samuel was climbing the steps of the temple - a small boy lifting his knees high and slowly mounting the huge...
Nuclear Plan Good News for Economy or Deadly Legacy? War of Words Gets under Way as Welsh Site Nominated for Possible Power Station
Byline: Steffan Rhys THE nomination of Wylfa Peninsula on Anglesey as one of 11 potential sites for a new UK nuclear power station was hailed yesterday as "very good news" for the island's economy. But environmental groups criticised the plans...
Old News Gets New Life as Journals Go Digital; New Archive Set to Put Reports from History Just a Click Away
Byline: Robin Turner FIRSTHAND accounts of some of Wales' most dramatic moments will be available at the click of a button as part of a pounds 2m project to digitise more than 300 historic magazines and newspapers. The National Library of Wales...
Overseas Work a Relief for Atkins
DESIGN and engineering giant WS Atkins yesterday warned it had seen "no signs of a recovery" in the UK building market. The Epsom-based group, which has shed around 1,200 staff since Christmas, flagged up problems with the domestic market two months...
Planners Let Glass Mansion Stand
A MAN who built a modern steel and glass mansion on the site of a traditional wooden shack in a beauty spot was told yesterday that the property can stay. Bettws Newydd, which attracted a barrage of complaints from neighbours, was built over a wooden...
Policeman Recalls the Horrors of Hillsborough
DETECTIVE Inspector Tom Whiteley has seen some terrible sights in his 22 years with South Yorkshire Police, but says none came close to the horrors he witnessed at Hillsborough. Mr Whiteley was a 28-year-old uniformed constable on April 15, 1989....
Police Watchdog to Probe G20 Assault on Protester
Byline: Chris Greenwood ; Tom Pugh AN INCIDENT in which a woman was struck in the face by a police officer during G20 protest clashes will be independently investigated, it was confirmed last night. The actions of the territorial support group...
Pound's Fall and 'Gravy-Train' Jibe New Rules Give MEPs 20% Rise
Byline: Matt Withers WELSH MEPs sent to Brussels following June's election will pocket an inflation-busting 20% pay rise as new rules come into force. Under a lucrative new pay deal agreed by all member states, all MEPs from the UK elected this...
Ramblers Have Right to Roam So Why Not Give Canoeists the Right to Paddle?
Byline: David Williamson WELSH canoeists and other water users should have their very own right to roam, a cross-party group of AMs have declared. Canoeing enthusiasts have called on the Assembly to give them the same right to explore waterways...
Recession Sends Young Men Back Home to Parents; More Women Having Babies Than Weddings
Byline: Sarah Miloudi; Jessica Best ; Rachel Quigley THE recession has seen the number of young men living at home with their parents spiralling to nearly two million, official statistics have shown. The figures provide a fascinating insight...
Relative Smallness of Wales' Financial Sector Is 'A Bonus' Swansea-Born Economist Joining MPC
Byline: Robert Llewellyn Jones A WELSH economist appointed to the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee believes there are guarded signs for optimism in the economy. Swansea-born David Miles, chief UK economist and managing director at...
Ronaldo Magic Enough for Great United Victory
0 1 Porto ManUtd Man Utd win 3-2 on aggregate CRISTIANO RONALDO'S astounding early goal left Sir Alex Ferguson to go head-to-head with old rival Arsene Wenger for a place in the Champions League final. The emergence of Chelsea and Liverpool may...
Ryan Could Still Be of Lions, Insists Holley
Byline: blair wood OSPREYS coach Sean Holley has urged Ian McGeechan not to give up on Ryan Jones. Having initially been hailed as one of the main contenders to lead the Lions in South Africa this summer, some have suggested Jones could be one...
Ryan Could Still Be Pride of Lions, Insists Holley
Byline: blair wood OSPREYS coach Sean Holley has urged Ian McGeechan not to give up on Ryan Jones. Having initially been hailed as one of the main contenders to lead the Lions in South Africa this summer, some have suggested Jones could be one...
Scarlets Star T the Hunt for New Man
Byline: Andy Howell CRISIS region Scarlets have brought in a London firm of head-hunters to recruit a high-quality chief executive earning up to pounds 150,000 a year. Odgers Berndtson have been given a brief to find a successor to the departing...
Secondary Schools Sign Up to Sixth-Form University Scheme
Byline: Moira Sharkey MORE than 30 secondary schools have signed up to a scheme which offers pupils the chance to study at university while in the sixth-form. Trinity University College in Carmarthen is offering courses to 16 to 18-year-old pupils...
Service Aims to Get Welsh Companies a Slice of Pounds 6bn; Source42 Offers Advice on Contracts
Byline: Aled Blake PROCUREMENT consultancy Source42 is launching a service to help businesses in Wales tap into the pounds 6bn spent by the public sector on business services annually. Cwmbran-based Source42 - which specialises in spend reduction,...
She Gave Him a Job, Then They Plundered Bureau, Court Told; Prosecution Claim Couple Stole Pounds 650k to Fund Lifestyle
Byline: Antony Stone A COUPLE funded a luxury lifestyle of champagne and top-class hotels by siphoning off up to pounds 650,000 from a Citizens Advice Bureau office, a jury has heard. Dale Foster, 64, and his wife Sally, 49, of Trawler Road,...
Shock and Anger as WAGaxes Support for the Wales Rally GB
Byline: Jessica Best THE Assembly Government last night confirmed it would withdraw all support from the Wales Rally GB from next year, amid fears about this year's event. The Assembly Government refused to confirm whether the 2009 event would...
Short-Time Work Could Save Jobs, Chancellor Advised; Trade Bodies in Joint Call to See Scheme in the Budget
Byline: Sin Barry SOME of the biggest businesses bodies in the UK and the trade union movement are calling on the Government to introduce a temporary short-time working scheme across the UK in next week's Budget. The TUC, the British Chambers...
Smith in Call to Arms for Dragons
Byline: Andy Howell ASHLEY SMITH has urged the Dragons to draw a line under their Magners League drubbing in Connacht by bouncing back against Mike Ruddock's Worcester Warriors tonight. The former Wales U21 captain leads the Gwent region for...
Stranded Welsh Family Fears for Diabetic Girl, 8; Thousands Trapped by French Fishermen's Blockade of Ports
Byline: Peter Woodman ; Elizabeth Barrett AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD diabetic who is rapidly running out of vital insulin was last night among thousands of UK passengers stranded in Calais by striking French fishermen. Gerald Sims, of Cwmbran, spoke of...
Teachers at the Heart of Equipping Young People with Skills for the Future; MINISTER'S VIEW
Byline: Jane Hutt CARDIFF has been the focus of national headlines over the past week as thousands of National Union of Teachers members from across Britain gathered to deliberate the big issues facing their profession. The media attention paid...
Today's TV
Starfile Claire Goose Image: Bubbly blonde actress. Best Known For: Playing nurse Tina Seabrook in Casualty. Early Life: Born February 10, 1975, in Edinburgh. When she was two the family moved to Norfolk, where she grew up with her older...
Tory MP Learns Today If He Will Be Prosecuted in Leaks Inquiry
Byline: Mike Jones TORY immigration spokesman Damian Green, pictured, will learn today if he will be prosecuted as a result of the Home Office leaks inquiry, it was confirmed last night. The Crown Prosecution Service will announce whether or...
Vital to Maintain Confidence in the Teaching Profession
Byline: Mal Davies Head teacher and chair of the General Teaching Council for Wales, Mal Davies, looks at why teachers must set an example in and out of the classroom and hits back at claims that the GTCW's disciplinary hearings are bringing the...
Wales Leads the Way Again in Vital Medical Research; COMMENT
HE announcement that a Welsh scientist and his team can forge ahead with their ground-breaking plans to create synthetic blood is yet another example of the country's talents in the field. Wales can lay claim to many discoveries and creations, and...
Welsh Language Needs English TV Too; in the Second of Three Pieces Drawn from the Institute of Welsh Affairs Publication, English Is a Welsh Language: Television's Crisis in Wales, Geraint Talfan Davies Looks at the Need for a Fuller English Language Service
Byline: Geraint Talfan Davies As the Government reviews the future of public service broadcasting, and as the argument for a fuller service in the English language for Wales is made in the corridors of power, time and again you will come up against...
Welsh Scientist Lifesaving Synthetic Blood; Welsh Scientist Pioneers Lifesaving Synthetic Blood S
Byline: Sarah Miloudi A REVOLUTIONARY scientific breakthrough, which would create an unlimited supply of synthetic human blood, moved a step closer last night. A group of researchers, led by Welsh scientist Professor Marc Turner, plan to use...
We Must Keep on Fighting, Says Rae
Byline: Steve Tucker CARDIFF CITY midfielder Gavin Rae insists nothing can be taken for granted as the Bluebirds embark on their final push for promotion to the Premiership. Manager Dave Jones and his side head to Preston on Saturday knowing...
Williams Set to Answer Call of Wales, despite the Aussie Lure
Byline: Phil Blanche YOUNG Middlesbrough talent Rhys Williams has insisted he wants to stay part of the Wales setup. The 20-year-old defender - currently on loan at Burnley - has emerged from Brian Flynn's successful U21 setup to knock on the...
'Yes, It Can Be Tough. but Job Satisfaction Outweighs All That' with This Year's Teaching Union Easter Conferences Fuelling Negative Headlines about the State of the Profession, Education Correspondent Moira Sharkey Discovers What Teaching Is Really like Today from Those on the Frontline
Violent attacks from pupils and work-related stress leading to mental health issues are just some of the horror stories coming out of the teaching union conferences this year. The NASUWT conference heard that the "fun and enjoyment" of teaching...
Young Academics from Tsunami-Hit University Develop Studies in Wales
Byline: Moira Sharkey YOUNG academics from a university devastated in the Asian tsunami have been offered the chance to complete their research projects at a Welsh university. The four Indonesian academics have signed up to a scholarship scheme...
Yourstars with Patrick Arundell
Byline: Patrick Arundell For a more in-depth insight to your daily stars, call your starline number below. Calls cost 60p per minute at all times ARIES Mar 21st - Apr 20th Mercury and Saturn can help to slow you down and concentrate your thoughts,...