Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)

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Articles from November 15, 2010

Adams to Quit Belfast for Seat in Dublin
SINN FEIN president Gerry Adams yesterday confirmed that he will risk his political future and fight for election in the Republic of Ireland to help tackle its economic crisis. The shock move will see him resign his West Belfast seats in the Northern...
AM Calls for Probe into Rising Use of Diazepam
A POLITICIAN has called on the Assembly Government to investigate a rise in the cost of prescribing benzodiazepines. Jonathan Morgan, Conservative AM for Cardiff North, has raised concerns that more people are being prescribed the drugs, which include...
A New Star Is Born as North Takes His Big Chance in Style; FROM SCHOOL BOY RUGBY TO TWO TRIES AT MILLENNIUM IN SIX MONTHS
Byline: SIMON THOMAS AT the end of last season, George North was playing for his school side and dreaming of turning out for the Scarlets. Fast forward six months and he is a new star of Welsh rugby, having scored two tries on his Test debut...
An 'Unacceptable' Number of Welsh Children Still Bullied; SOME THINK OF CARRYING WEAPONS FOR PROTECTION
Byline: CIARAN JONES ALMOST a third of schoolchildren aged between 10 and 12 in Wales were bullied in a two-month period, according to a student survey. But the latest statistics - which coincide with the launch of Anti-Bullying Week today -...
A Postcard from Wales
TODAY Penbryn Sands, Ceredigion Picture sent in by Geraint Owain Price of Yr Hendy CONTACT US Write Media Wales Ltd, Six Park Street, Park Street, Cardiff CF10 1XR e-mail readers@walesonline.co.uk Fax 029 2024 3640 Text 07781 482 332 - Please start...
Beaches Earning Top Marks for Water Hit Record
Byline: EMILY BEAMENT A RECORD number of beaches and bathing spots in Wales and England reached the highest European standards for water quality this year, monitoring by the Environment Agency out today show. Figures showed 86.2% of bathing waters...
Boss Is Delighted as His Young Pair Flourish and His Liberty Side Keep Up the Pressure at the Table Top
BRENDAN RODGERS praised his side for keeping the faith to break down Middlesbrough and keep the pressure on the Championship's top two. Swans supporters at the Liberty Stadium had to wait until the 84th minute before Scott Sinclair delivered the...
Both Delivers Knockout Blow to Send Jones' Men Storming to Top of Table
Byline: TERRY PHILLIPS JAY BOTHROYD landed a knockout blow on Scunthorpe - and then the Cardiff City squad dashed off to see David Haye do the same to Audley Harrison in their world heavyweight showdown. While Haye's fists did the damage in Manchester,...
Brilliant George Is Set to Enjoy Long Career in Big Time - Byrne; WALES NO 15 LEADS PRAISE FOR NEW KID ON THE BLOCK
Byline: SIMON THOMAS LEE BYRNE believes new Wales star George North will take his dream debut in his stride and go on to have a long international career. Teenage sensation North marked his first cap for his country with two tries during Saturday's...
Bruce Revels in Black Cats' Chelsea Response
TEAM CHELSEA SUNDERLAND 0 3 SUNDERLAND boss Steve Bruce praised his side for the way they bounced back from their derby-day debacle with a stunning 3-0 win at Chelsea yesterday. The Wearsiders tore the defending champions apart at Stamford Bridge...
Celebrities Who Shed Their Pregnancy Pounds Immediately Put Pressure on Ordinary Mums; MEDIA IMAGES MAKE MUMS CONSCIOUS OF THEIR WEIGHT
Byline: MADELEINE BRINDLEY PREGNANT women say images of celebrity mothers who appear to "snap" back into shape after birth are putting increasing pressure on ordinary mothers to follow suit. A survey today reveals six out of 10 mothers feel pressurised...
Crucible Brings out Relative V Values for Everyman Family - Man and Daughter a Act While Wife Directs; A New Production of the Crucible Features Three Family Members Bringing to Life Arthur Miller's Classic Tale. Dave Owens Met the Trio for Whom Theatre Is What They Live For
Byline: Dave Owens WHEN Arthur Miller's classic tale The Crucible opens at Chapter Arts Centre this week, it will most definitely be a case of keeping it in the family for the Watson clan of Cardiff. The production features mum Geraldine Watson...
Dance Act Leaves Dr Who in Another Dimension
DOCTOR Who star Matt Smith last night lost out to dance act Diversity in the battle to be crowned the UK's most inspirational young talent. The troupe, who shot to fame by winning Britain's Got Talent, claimed the prize at last night's Co-operative...
Deadly Shingler Sparks a Big Upset Win for the Scarlets
TEAM LONDON IRISH SCARLETS 16 25 A BRILLIANT kicking display from 19-year-old fly-half Steve Shingler guided the Scarlets to a shock Anglo-Welsh LV=Cup victory over Aviva Premiership leaders London Irish at the Madejski Stadium yesterday. The Wales...
EasyJet Set to Fly in with Tripled Profits
INVESTORS will get another insight into the mood of British consumers this week with figures from easyJet and retailers Halfords and Mothercare. Babycare retailer Mothercare is set to show the benefits of international expansion when it reports...
Education and Support Is Good for Expectant Mums - and Their Babies; Western Mail
IT WOULD seem somewhat ironic that obesity in pregnancy is increasing at a time when women are reporting increased pressure to lose their baby weight within weeks of giving birth. And yet this is indicative of the conflicting messages about pregnancy...
'Education Has an Important Part to Play in Public Health Issues' Andrew RT Davies, Conservative Shadow Health Minister, Explains Why Wales Must Tackle Costly Public Health Problems
AS the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure. Yet too often the need to prevent people falling ill or developing medical conditions comes second to the acute needs of those already suffering. As health budgets have been placed under enormous...
Experts Say Probiotics Can Be a Boost for Your Health; STUDIES SHOW USE CAN BE OF BENEFIT TO PREMATURE BABIES
Byline: MADELEINE BRINDLEY PROBIOTICS have been dubbed "wonder drugs" as research has found the friendly bacteria are effective against a range of health problems. A review by experts at Swansea University has concluded probiotics can be used...
Fabregas Reflects on His Perfect Timing at Everton
TEAM EVERTON ARSENAL 1 2 CESC FABREGAS believes his goal came at a vital time for Arsenal as they claimed a 2-1 victory over Everton at Goodison Park to stay in touch at the top of the Premier League. The Spain international fired home early in...
Fears That Reform of Welfare Will Make It Harder to House Homeless; COUNCILS WORRY THAT BILLS FOR PROVIDING B&B WILL SOAR
Byline: SION MORGAN COUNCILS in Wales could be hit with bills of hundreds of thousands of pounds because of cutbacks in the welfare system, local authority officials have warned. The amount spent on placing homeless families in bed and breakfast...
Former Auditor General Routinely Went First-When Guidelines Said That Class Should Be the Exception; HIS ROLE WAS TO MONITOR PUBLIC VALUE FOR MONEY
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON FORMER Auditor General for Wales Jeremy Colman routinely ignored his own organisation's expectation that he should save public money by using standard class seats when travelling by rail, we can reveal. Details of expense...
Give Me a Break, Pleads Hartson as the Wales Manager Search Hots Up
Byline: PAUL ABBANDONATO JOHN HARTSON has issued a passionate new plea to be given his chance as Wales manager, insisting: "The only thing I need is a break." The Welsh centre-forward legend has been placed on an initial FAW short-list of candidates...
Habana Tips 'Gem George' to Be a Welsh Rugby Great
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS BRYAN HABANA is tipping teen wonder George North to become one of the "greats" of Welsh rugby. The former world player of the year admits he was bowled over by the 18-year-old Scarlets flier's two-try debut during Wales'...
Harry Gets His Own Beer - at the Age of Just Four Months; ALE NAMED AFTER LATEST MEMBER OF THE FAMILY
Byline: RACHAEL MISSTEAR THE birth of a child is traditionally followed by the practice of wetting the baby's head. But a Welsh brewing dynasty has gone a step further - launching a new beer to celebrate its latest arrival. The birth of Harry...
Helping to Improve Health of Zanzibar's Children
PUBLIC health experts in Wales are helping to improve the health of children living on the spice island of Zanzibar. Lynne Perry, the principal public health officer with Pembrokeshire Public Health Team, recently travelled to the African island...
Hero of 1,000 Lives Campaign off to Work His Magic in NZ; One of Wales' Leading Healthcare Improvement Champions Is Moving to New Zealand to Become Director of the National Institute for Innovation and Improvement. Dr Jonathon Gray Spoke to Health Editor Madeleine Brindley about Why Patient Safety Stays at the Top of the Agenda in NHS Wales
Byline: Madeleine Brindley WHEN Dr Jonathon Gray starts his new job in Auckland this month he will do so in the knowledge that the NHS is providing safer and better quality care for patients in Wales. As the former director of healthcare improvement...
Higher Toll Buys a Belly-Dancer's Hip Scarf or So Much More. If the Bridges of the Severn Crossing Are the Gateways to Wales, Then the Toll Is Effectively the Entrance Fee to Our Nation. with the Charge about to Rise to Pounds 5.70, David Williamson Asks How Else This Princely Sum Could Be Spent by the Cash-Strapped Commuter
Byline: David Williamson LIKE a quaking hobbit approaching the gate of Mordor, many of us have driven up to the Severn crossing tolls with our hearts pounding as we prepare to scour the glove compartment in search of cash. But no longer will boatmen...
Homes in Rural Wales Rise 122% in a Decade; Pounds 165-A-WEEK JUMP IN VALUE BEATEN ONLY BY YORKSHIRE
Byline: RACHAEL MISSTEAR THE average house in rural Wales has increased in value by more than pounds 85,000 over the past decade, according to report out today. But the news comes on the same day that figures reveal an early slowdown in the market...
Indian Millionaire Set to Buy Pontin's; 'BUSINESS IS STRONG' BUT BANK WON'T GIVE CREDIT
Byline: PETER CRIPPS AN Indian millionaire will meet with Pontin's administrators today, ahead of a possible rescue of the troubled holiday park chain. Bhanu Choudhrie, executive director of his family's venture capital firm C&C Alpha Group,...
'I Still Want to Do an Opera. but When I Do I Know I'll Get Slated' STAR UNVEILS HER SINGING AND ACTING AMBITIONS
Byline: MIKE JONES HAVING sold more than four million records and amassed earnings of an estimated pounds 11m, Katherine Jenkins would be entitled to rest on her laurels. But instead, the singer has set herself an exhausting schedule of targets...
It's Just the Same Old Story as Those Calls Go against Us, Insists Martyn after Millennium Thriller; WALES ACE BEMOANS THEIR LUCK AGAINST BIG THREE
Byline: SIMON THOMAS MARTYN WILLIAMS has claimed Wales never get the 50-50 calls when they take on the southern hemisphere giants. Williams and Co were left to curse two key decisions by Kiwi referee Steve Walsh during Saturday's agonising 29-25...
Jay Has Earned His Big Call-Up - Jones
DAVE JONES paid tribute to 15-goal striker Jay Bothroyd, saying: "He has earned his England call." Bothroyd netted twice in Cardiff's 4-2 win at Scunthorpe - and a few hours later was named by England manager Fabio Capello for the Wembley friendly...
Johnson Keeps His Feet on Ground after England Win
TEAM ENGLAND AUSTRALIA 35 18 IF ever Martin Johnson was going to dash down the touchline, punching the air in celebration like Jose Mourinho it was at Twickenham on Saturday. England had completed their first home victory over a Tri-Nations superpower...
Keeping the Elderly on Their Feet Is Good for Them - and the Budget; A Major Programme of Work Is Being Introduced in Wales to Reduce the Number of Elderly People Who Fall and Injure Themselves, as Jan Davies Explains: THEPROFESSIONALS
Byline: Jan Davies WHEN an elderly person falls it can have a devastating impact on their life. Falls are recognised as a major cause of disability and the leading cause of mortality from injury in people over 75 in the UK. Falls can also...
Lighter Later Group Today Urges PMto Move to Continental Time
ROAD safety organisations joined motoring groups today to urge Prime Minister David Cameron to back a move to keep UK clocks on continental time. A Private Member's Bill, tabled by Conservative MP Rebecca Harris and calling for a review of evidence...
Morningserial
Byline: Alun Trevor She placed it on the candle holder. 'The draughty stairs might blow it out. It's a cold, windy night.' True enough: as I approached the new door at the bottom of the stairs (it was open wide, as usual; we never quite got the...
Oh Brother after Haye's Easy Night
DAVID Haye has promised the boxing public he will fight the Klitschko brothers in unification blockbusters before retiring next year following last night's farcical blow-out of Audley Harrison. The WBA heavyweight champion had a bittersweet evening...
Prescription Barcodes Aim to Improve Safety
A SMALL black and white box has been printed at the bottom of Welsh prescription forms for the last 15 months. Now technology is being introduced to allow pharmacies to read the data contained in these two-dimensional barcodes. The barcodes,...
Ref Got Those Key Decisions Wrong
Byline: Warren Gatland WARRENGATLANDmounted a stinging blast at referee Steve Walsh, claiming two contentious decisions cost Wales a famous victory over South Africa. The Wales coach was furious the New Zealander, who officiates under the Australian...
Robinson Left to Count Cost after His Scots Handed All Blacks Mauling
TEAM SCOTLAND NEW ZEALAND 49 3 HEAD coach Andy Robinson is assessing the damage following Scotland's 49-3 defeat to New Zealand and looking ahead to world champions South Africa visiting Murrayfield. New Zealand ran in seven unanswered tries in...
Routine Tests Could Catch the Millions Short of Breath
Byline: MADELEINE BRINDLEY MANY UNAWARE THEIR GP CAN CHECK THEIR LUNG CAPACITY ALMOST a third of people offered lung tests by a charity in parts of Wales were found to have a lower lung-function reading than normal. And a quarter of men tested...
Royalty, the Armed Forces and Crowds Unite to Pay Their Respects to All Those Who Made the Ultimate Sacrifice; PRINCE JOINED WITH TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN FOR SERVICE
Byline: CERI WILLIAMS BRITAIN'S Armed Forces fighting in Afghanistan were joined by Prince William yesterday for a Remembrance Sunday service as the Queen led the nation in honouring the fallen. In Wales, the focus of events to commemorate military...
Runs Are Back on the Menu for Cook Ahead of Ashes
ENGLAND opener Alastair Cook can push on to Hobart and, most importantly, Brisbane after rediscovering what batting is all about in Adelaide. The 25-year-old was becoming worryingly short of runs after two failures in Perth last week. But he...
Schools in the Private Sector Are Learning a Lesson from Downturn; WEAKER ESTABLISHMENTS LOOK ABROAD FOR PUPILS
Byline: CIARAN JONES WEAKER independent schools are having to hold down fees and target foreign students as the recession bites, a survey of teaching staff has found. And some Welsh fee-paying schools are finding it "incredibly difficult" to...
Sheer Agony for Wales as Boks Show Ruthless Side to Snatch It
ANDY HOWELL at the Millennium Stadium WALES SOUTH AFRICA 25 TRIES: North (2), Hook CONS: S Jones (2) PENS: S Jones (2) 29 TRIES: Alberts, Matfield CONS: M Steyn (2) PENS: M Steyn (5) Byrne, North, Shanklin, Hook, S Williams, S Jones, Phillips, James,...
Short Stories Cleverly Reveal the Writer; REVIEW: The Dark Philosophers, the Riverfront, Newport ****
HE MAY not be as famous as his namesake Dylan, but Gwyn Thomas was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. And now those not familiar with his work can get an insight of the man as well as his writing thanks to a new drama from National...
Sinclair's 'Ugly' Goal Proves Real Beauty for Rodgers' Men
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN SCOTT SINCLAIR will have scored plenty of prettier goals than his 12th of the season. But, for Swansea City, beauty is in the eye of the beholder after his suspect strike sealed a win that wouldn't have come their way in...
Suu Kyi in Call for Talks with Burma's Generals
Byline: CERI WILLIAMS PRO-DEMOCRACY leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday thanked her supporters across the world and called for peaceful dialogue with Burma's military junta. Ms Suu Kyi said she wanted to "remove the sources of disagreement" with...
Team Spirit 'Better Than Ever' as County Make Their Point
TEAM EASTBOURNE NEWPORT COUNTY 0 0 NEWPORT defender Chris Todd revealed they had felt invincible during their 11-match undefeated streak but now County have finally ended their run of three straight losses, team spirit is better than ever. The Exiles...
That'stypical
Byline: Steve Groves Sorry. I was miles away. Be with you in a minute. But then, it's just about even money that you're not concentrating while you're reading this anyway, so why should either of us bother about it? Steve Dub in Carmarthen Just...
The Top Contenders for the Post
IAN RUSH WHO IS HE? Welsh legend who is his country's leading goal scorer and works in an ambassadorial role with the FAWTrust, who deal with grassroots football inWales. MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE: Very limited. Brief spell in charge of Chester, where...
Two Week before Vote, 'Language Measure Does Not Go Far Enough' DEMAND FOR STATEMENT THAT WELSH HAS OFFICIAL STATUS
Byline: RACHAEL MISSTEAR MOVES by the Assembly Government to clarify the legal status of the Welsh language do not go far enough, campaigners have said. The proposed Welsh Language Measure has been drawn up to modernise the existing legal framework...
United Stage Big Comeback to Save Point
MANCHESTER UNITED launched a stunning comeback to rescue a point through Federico Macheda and Nemanja Vidic after Aston Villa looked set for their first home win over the Red Devils in 15 years. Villa, lacking nine players through injury or illness,...
Vettel Becomes the Youngest World Champion amid Drama in Abu Dhabi
SEBASTIAN VETTEL took over the mantle of the youngest world champion in Formula One history following an astonishing end to one of the most dramatic seasons in the sport's 60 years. Vettel took the chequered flag in Abu Dhabi for his fifth victory...
WAG Launches Its Big Ideas Wales Initiative; NEW SCHEME TO ENCOURAGE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Byline: RHODRI EVANS A CAMPAIGN to encourage more young people to become entrepreneurs is being launched today. The Welsh Assembly Government initiative, under the name Big Ideas Wales, will work to promote entrepreneurship in schools, colleges...
Wales Clash Was One of the Toughest Tests I've Played in - Lock Bakkies; BOTHA HAILS CHARACTER OF THE SPRING BOKS IN CARDIFF
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS BAKKIES BOTHA has hailed the character his side showed to edge past a spirited Wales team and admitted it was one of the toughest Test matches he has played in. The Springboks trailed 17-6 and then 20-9 before tries from...
We Are Putting Up with Poor Customer Service from Health Providers; THE UNIVERSITY COLUMN Professor Marcus Longley Is Director of the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care
QUESTION - how do these sectors compare in terms of their levels of customer satisfaction? Food retail, non-food retail, local public services, national public services, the utilities (water, gas)? Answer - the best are the two retail sectors, and...
We'll Stay Hot on Tri-Nations Heels - Jones
STEPHEN JONES has pledged that Wales will keep knocking at the door until they finally claim that elusive Tri-Nations scalp. Warren Gatland's team have lost their last seven games against the southern hemisphere big three, with their latest reverse...
Welsh Are Going to Be World Cup Force, Claims Bok Ace Spies
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS WALES are going to be a force at next year'sWorld Cup, according to Pierre Spies, South Africa's star man on Saturday. The No 8 was instrumental in his side's second-half fightback as well as their backs-to-the-wall defensive...
'We're Skinny and Boney but We're Fine,' Say Freed Couple
Byline: CERI WILLIAMS A BRITISH couple yesterday spoke of their relief at being freed after Somali pirates held them for over a year. Paul and Rachel Chandler were reportedly handed over to local officials in Adado after a ransom was paid. ...
What to Say to Team Who Gave So Much but Left with Nothing
Byline: CAROLYN HITT IN THE first half we had George and they played like Mildred. A South African team led by 103-cap warrior Victor Matfield was made to look deliciously ordinary by an 18-year-old debutant with just seven games of senior rugby...
'When Hannah Was a Child We Knew Her Doctors, and Even Their Mobile Numbers. Now We Know Nothing' Seriously-Ill Teenager Talks to MPs in the Commons about Transition Care Issues
Byline: CLARE HUTCHINSON A TEENAGER with half a functioning heart has spoken about her experience in the House of Commons. Hannah Palmer, 16, of St Julians in Newport, helped launch the all-parliamentary group on heart disease and the cardio...
World Champ Loeb Storms to His Third Win in a Row
WORLD champion Sebastien Loeb capped another dominant World Rally Championship campaign with a third straight Wales Rally GB victory yesterday. The Frenchman had always looked in control of the event after regaining the lead from Petter Solberg...
Wrexham Derailed at York in Their Drive for Play-Off Places
HEADLY HEADLY Headly Headly YORK 1 RANKINE 79 pen WREXHAM 1TOLLEY 13 Attendance: 2,601 Referee: Richard Wigglesworth WREXHAM'S bid to move into the slipstream of the play-off contenders was dented in controversial circumstances at Bootham Crescent....
Your Stars
Byline: Patrick Arundell Feeling penned in can leave you tense, and yes potentially, with that nervous headache. Although you can be very active this week and keen to kick over the traces, if this is not possible today, play some really relaxing...