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 November 22, 2010

Alexander's Visit Could Herald a New Era of Co-Operation; Western Mail
THE last time Danny Alexander dipped his toe into Welsh politics, the water wasn't to his liking at all. His post-Budget performance at the Welsh Grand Committee was not particularly convincing, and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury will be hoping...
An Imaginatively Updated Production; REVIEW: Don Giovanni, English National Opera, the Coliseum, London
REBECCA EVANS is sure to go on to sing Donna Elvira in Mozart's Don Giovanni at other opera houses but she is certain to always remember this debut in the role. This is an imaginative production that is extremely free with the original libretto...
Archbishop of Canterbury Tells of Concern at Priests Defecting to Rome
Byline: ROBIN TURNER THE Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed churches could be left without vicars as disaffected clerics resign to join a new section of the Roman Catholic church. Swansea-born Rowan Williams, speaking in the Vatican, said the...
Ask the Experts
EARLIER this month Health Minister Edwina Hart announced all pharmacies across Wales will be able to offer emergency hormonal contraception free of charge from April. This is a welcome development. The Assembly Government's recently-published...
Bale Goal Inspired Us to Push on for Win - Defoe
TEAM ARSENAL TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 2 3 JERMAIN DEFOE claims he knew Tottenham would complete one of the most amazing comebacks in north London derby history the moment Gareth Bale pulled a goal back against Arsenal. Saturday saw Spurs end their 17-year...
Blues Collapse to Make It a Miserable Sporting Weekend for Fans in Cardiff
GARETH GRIFFITHS at Cardiff City Stadium BLUES ULSTER 15 TRIES: C Laulala, T James CON: C Sweeney PEN: C Sweeney 37 TRIES: C Gilroy (2), A D''Arcy, W Faloon, P Wallace CONS: I Humphreys (3) PENS: I Humphreys (2) C Czekaj; R Mustoe, C Laulala, D Hewitt,...
Burden of Dealing with the Taxman Is Still Too High, Claims IoD Survey; NATIONAL INSURANCE AND PAYE TOP LIST OF CONCERNS
Byline: RHODRI EVANS THE taxman's burden on business remains too high, a report by the Institute of Directors (IoD) claims today. A survey of IoD members found that while the administrative burden on firms had reduced in recent years, and was...
Call to Freeze Salaries of High-Earning College Chiefs
Byline: GARETH EVANS COLLEGES in Wales are today urged to freeze the pay of their highest earners in the face of swingeing public spending cuts. Principals in some colleges are being paid up to pounds 152,000 a year, and AMs have questioned whether...
Carter Has Big Cardiff Target in His Sights
Byline: DUNCAN BECH DAN CARTER appreciates the symmetry of becoming Test rugby's highest scorer against Wales - the team he faced on his international debut seven years ago. New Zealand's outstanding fly-half kicked 18 points to help secure a...
Catering Sector Eyes Mitchells & Butlers
CURRYS parent Dixons Retail reports back on half-year trading this week, while full-year results are due from the likes of Harvester and All Bar One owner Mitchells & Butlers. The world's biggest catering company, Compass, recently raised expectations...
Children as Young as 12 Arrested for Drugs; AT LEAST 181 TEENAGERS CHARGED WITH OFFENCES
Byline: CLAIRE MILLER CHILDREN as young as 12 are among nearly 700 children arrested for drug offences by Welsh police forces in the past year. A total of 699 children were arrested on suspicion of crimes in the year to October 2010, resulting...
Demand for Backdated Taxes Triggers Dock Pullout Threat; WALES URGED TO FOLLOW ENGLAND ON DEBT PAYMENT
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON PORT companies could be driven out of Wales because of an "anti-competitive" decision to charge them thousands of pounds in backdated taxes. Until now business rates have been imposed on ports as a single charge, but it...
England Ready to Sprinkle Stardust
CHRISTMAS will be coming a month early - but barely soon enough - for Graeme Swann when England finally begin their Ashes campaign at the Gabba. The world's number one spin bowler has been ticking off the days until this Thursday, ever since he...
Fear Factor Can Spur Wales to Big Display with NZ - James
PAUL JAMES says the fear of a mauling against New Zealand can act as a catalyst for under-fire Wales on Saturday. James, who won his 16th cap in Friday's 16-16 debacle against the Fijians, was the first to admit Wales' next opponents will have seen...
First Tickets Are Now Available for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011
THE first tickets have now been released for BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2011. Postal application forms are available so that music fans from across the globe can secure season tickets for the biennial event which is regarded as one of the most...
For Better or for Worse She Is the PM We Can't Forget; Twenty Years Ago Today, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Announced She Would Not Fight to Remain Leader of the Conservative Party and a Nation Gasped as the Curtain Fell on One of the Most Turbulent Eras in Modern British Politics. David Williamson Asked Leading Figures in Welsh Politics to Describe Their Memories of That Day and the Legacy She Left Behind
Byline: David Williamson THE toppling of Margaret Thatcher was an act of political assassination. A leader who had taken her party to three election victories and had a resounding majority in the Commons discovered she was not in control of her...
Forest Add to November Woe as Jones' Men Are Struggling
Byline: STEVE TUCKER IN his enigmatic poem 'The Waste Land,' TS Eliot calculated April was the cruellest month, well, for Dave Jones and Cardiff City November ain't that great either. These dark weeks when winter bites and squirrels rejoice for...
Forget Fiji, Says Canny Henry, Wales Will Have All Guns Blazing against My All Blacks; BUT TOURISTS HAVE THE PRIZE OF TOUR GRAND SLAM IN MIND
Byline: DELME PARFITT GRAHAM Henry was typically guarded about the latest mini-crisis to grip Welsh rugby as he arrived in Cardiff last night, dismissing Friday's 16-16 debacle against Fiji as irrelevant to the All Blacks game. Henry, as media-savvy...
Future of Ieuanair Flights to Cardiff Still Up in the Air; AS CONTRACT RUNS OUT NO NEW DEAL YET ANNOUNCED
Byline: RHODRI CLARK THE future of the intra-Wales air service has still not been secured, with less than three weeks remaining before the current contract expires. Manx2, which took over the service under a temporary contract in May, is not...
Green Wales Set to Hit Assembly Government Targets for Recycling; BUT FIGURES VARY WILDLY ACROSS LOCAL AUTHORITIES
Byline: CLAIRE MILLER RECYCLING rates in Wales are starting to reach the Assembly Government's targets - but a huge gulf still exists between the amount of waste recycled by local authorities across the country. New figures show that more than...
Hague's Comments over Euro 'Strange' Says MP
COMMENTS by Foreign Secretary William Hague casting doubt over the future of the Euro were "strange", a senior Conservative MP said yesterday. Mr Hague replied "who knows?" to a question this weekend over whether the single European currency could...
Half Measures Not Good Enough, Warns McIntosh
TEAM PONTYPRIDD NEWPORT 28 15 LEADERS Ponty kept up their title bid thanks to a 20-point surge in the first 17 minutes of the second half after early shocks saw them held 8-8 at the break, writes George Williams. Unbeaten at home this season, they...
Hero Dan Thrilled at Scots Response
TEAM SCOTLAND SOUTH AFRICA 21 17 MATCH-WINNER Dan Parks was thrilled with Scotland's response to their humbling by New Zealand as Andy Robinson's team defeated South Africa. The Blues ace kicked six penalties and a drop-goal as Scotland recovered...
Households in Rural Areas Could Be Facing 30-Year Wait for Broadband; FLAGSHIP SCHEME TO TACKLE SHORTAGE HAS NOT CAUGHT ON
Byline: DARREN DEVINE RURAL Wales will have to wait almost 30 years before every home is connected to broadband because a flagship Assembly Government scheme to tackle blackspots has flopped, it has been claimed. Andrew Smith, a business development...
I Felt She Was Sitting in Limbo. There Was No Tender Loving Care in the Care She Received from Staff; Monica Dennis and Judith Allen Formed the Pressure Group A Dignified Revolution to Improve the Care of Older People in Hospitals Following the Deaths of Their Mothers. the Former Nurses Spoke to Health Editor Madeleine Brindley
Byline: Madeleine Brindley MONICA'S STORY MONICA DENNIS, 56, lives in St Hilary in the Vale of Glamorgan and is a former registered child and general nurse who also worked in health promotion. Her mother Catherine Monica Goldthorpe - who was...
Ireland to Ask for a [ETH]70bn Bailout from Europe and the IMF; MINISTERSAYSTHEY'LL STILL HOLD THE LEVERS OF POWER
Byline: RHODRI EVANS IRELAND was last night on the verge of an unprecedented bailout worth up to [ETH]70bn. The war-chest will come from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Europe as the Government conceded the banking crisis is too big...
I See What You Mean Dean, Says Wide-Boy Andy
TEAM WREXHAM DARLINGTON 2 1 TWO-GOAL match-winner Andy Mangan delivered a ringing endorsement of Wrexham's 4-3-3 system he believes is improving him as a player. "I'm just getting more and more used to the position I've been asked to play in," he...
Is It Money or the Chance of Glory That Will Finally Lure Star James? We Know He's Going, but Where Will James Hook End Up and What Will It Do for His Career? ANDY HOWELL Examines the Options
Byline: ANDY HOWELL SO just where will James Hook end up playing next season? While Perpignan has been mooted as his likeliest destination, it may not be that cut and dried now. And that is because the whole affair has been turned on its head...
It's Bright Start to Rovers' New Era
TEAM BLACKBURN ROVERS ASTON VILLA 2 0 BLACKBURN'S new owners had plenty to cheer as a brace from Morten Gamst Pedersen ensured they made a winning start against Aston Villa. Rovers, playing for the first time since being taken over by Indian company...
It's Lucky 13 as Bangor Keep Impressive Record Going
TEAM BANGOR CARMARTHEN 5 0 BANGOR CITY manager Neville Powell believes his players have the hunger and desire to continue their remarkable winning sequence which has now stretched to 13 matches. Another stunning display by his players brought more...
It's Time for Home Truths as Gatland's Wales Must Face Up to Their Frailties; SPORTS COMMENT
ALMOST 72 hours on and the gloom sitting over Welsh rugby following Friday's Fijian farce shows no sign of lifting. If anything, it is worse after a weekend when Scotland's dogged victory against South Africa at Murrayfield brought the autumn failures...
Johnson Realises It Will Be Tough
TEAM ENGLAND SAMOA 26 13 MARTIN JOHNSON tackled the reality of top-flight rugby after his England side had made hard work of defeating Samoa at Twickenham. After the brilliance against Australia the week before England had to come back from 8-6...
Kidney Is Not Happy despite Fine Show
TEAM IRELAND NEW ZEALAND 18 38 DECLAN KIDNEY refused take solace in an encouraging performance after Ireland were defeated 38-18 by New Zealand. A passionate display full of endeavour subjected the All Blacks to a difficult evening at Aviva Stadium...
Labour to Support 14-Day Pre-Charge Detention
SHADOW Home Secretary Ed Balls has indicated that Labour was ready to support moves to cut the pre-charge detention period for terror suspects to 14 days. Paving the way for a cross-party agreement on reducing the current 28-day limit, he said he...
Legal Fees Shoot Up for Councils as More Children Are Taken into Care; COMPENSATION CULTURE ALSO CAUSE OF RISING COST
Byline: PETER LAW COMPENSATION culture and the fallout from the Baby P scandal have led to a rise of millions of pounds in the amount councils in Wales pay legal firms, figures seen by the Western Mail reveal. A boom in the number of children...
Liberty Men Discover Spirit to Propel Them on Journey to Promised Land
Byline: TIM LEWIS THERE is a sign as you drive into Doncaster urging visitor's to "discover the spirit" - and Swansea City boss Brendan Rodgers certainly did. Rodgers discovered not the essence of Doncaster, but that his Swansea side have the...
Ministers Want to Take the Colour out of Smoking
TOBACCO companies could be forced to sell cigarettes in grey or brown plain packaging in an attempt to deter youngsters from taking up smoking. Ministers are considering switching all brand packs to a standard colour so brightly coloured packages...
MORNINGSERIAL; the Songbird Is Singing
Byline: Alun Trevo sat in the rocking chair. IThis revealed my knees, prominently, for the chair faced the light from the window: 'Why, your legs are scratched. Where have you...' she was trying not to be cross, 'where have you been?' 'It's nothing.'...
Munster End the Scarlets' Big Charge
TEAM MUNSTER SCARLETS 27 26 THE Scarlets' drive towards the top of the Magners League came to an abrupt halt in Cork yesterday where they were beaten by high-flying Munster. Rhys Priestland kicked 16 points for Nigel Davies' men, while captain Jonathan...
Newport Firm 'Baffled' after Losing out to Austrians onWelsh Contract; MDAPPALLED ATDECISION WHICHBRINGS JOBLAY-OFFS
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON AN AUSTRIAN company with a depot in Yorkshire is providing safety barriers during M4 maintenance works - even though a market-leading Welsh firm is on the doorstep. Peter Wilkinson, the managing director of Newport-based...
No New Recruits for Police Forces ALMOST Every Police Force
ALMOST every police force in Wales and England has stopped recruiting officers in the wake of the Government's Spending Review, according to research by Labour. Shadow Home Secretary Ed Balls said a survey of police recruitment websites and hotlines...
Not Pretty, but County Will Take Vital Points
Byline: MARK BLOOM TEAM NEWPORT COUNTY SOUTHPORT 2 0 COUNTY boss Dean Holdsworth described this match as "not the best, it wasn't pretty". That was putting it kindly. The first 53 minutes of this encounter could have served as a cure for insomnia...
Parkinson's Discovery 'Set to Make a Big Difference'
WELSH scientists have moved a step closer to stopping the distressing side-effect of Parkinson's drugs. A major lead for potential new treatment for people with Parkinson's disease has been discovered by the Cardiff University researchers in a study...
Pope Says Condom Use Is Sometimes Justified
Byline: RAF SANCHEZ AIDS campaigners yesterday said the Pope's shift on the use of condoms could "save lives" in African countries ravaged by the epidemic. In an interview Pope Benedict XVI said using condoms may sometimes be justified to stop...
Prince's Former Nanny Tiggy Speaks of Joy for the Royal 'Soulmates' ...AS WILLIAM FLIES IN TO RESCUE MAN ON SNOWDON
Byline: MIKE JONES PRINCEWilliam's former nanny has spoken of her joy at the heir to the throne's engagement to his girlfriend Kate Middleton. Tiggy Pettifer, who was formerly known as Tiggy Legge-Bourke, said she was convinced the new royal...
Relatives' Anguish for Missing British Miners
Byline: CERI WILLIAMS THE family and friends of two Scottish miners missing in a New Zealand coal pit explosion have spoken of their anguish as they desperately wait for news of their loved ones. Pete Rodger, 40, from Perthshire, and Malcolm...
Retro Report
Byline: Tony Woolway NOVEMBER 1986 - How we covered... Tyson topples champion in two rounds AMERICAN Mike Tyson knocked out Trevor Berbick with a smashing left hook in the second round of their heavyweight title fight to become the youngest man...
Rivals See Red to Spark Game
IN One East, a drab encounter between Bargoed and Treorchy exploded into life when four players were sent from the field before half time. Fly-half Jamie Howells landed three penalties before a ferocious brawl saw Bargoed's Lee Williams and Adam...
Royal Distraction? YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
SIR - Hooray, a Royal wedding. It's like 1981 all over again, but do they think this will distract people from the reality of life in Wales? While the media discuss Kate's dress, and their new house in North Wales, a quarter of Wales buys its clothes...
Spending-Cuts Supremo Alexander to Get a Grilling from AMs in Historic Meeting; CARWYN CALLS FOR YES VOTE TO CURB CON-DEM EXCESSES
Byline: TOMOS LIVINGSTONE DANNY ALEXANDER faces a grilling from AMs today amid increasing calls for Cardiff Bay to gain greater powers as a shield against cuts to public spending. As Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Mr Alexander is responsible...
Spending More Isn't What We Need, It's Spending What We Have Wisely; after Last Week's Draft Budget, Liberal Democrat Health Spokeswoman Veronica German Suggests Alternative Sources of Savings in the Health Budget
Byline: Veronica German LAST week's draft budget was one of the most widely discussed and debated to date. After much speculation it appears the Labour-Plaid Assembly Government has protected funding on frontline health services. But I think...
Spice Up Your Diet with a Good Curry; HEART HEALTH
THE last week of November is national curry week and your tummy may be rumbling in anticipation. Spare a thought, however, for the nutritional implications of indulging in this popular dish. Curries can be high in saturated fat and salt, which...
'Staff Save Lives Every Day. the 1,000 Lives Campaign Has Helped Save More' SAFETY MEASURES HAVE ALSO SEEN PATIENT HARM DECREASE
Byline: MADELEINE BRINDLEY ALMOST 1,200 lives have been saved over the past two years in Wales as a result of a major patient safety campaign. New figures today reveal that the 1,000 Lives campaign, which involved all NHS organisations in Wales,...
Swans Are Top-Quality Outfit, Says Wales Ace
WALES midfielder Brian Stock says Swansea City are the best Championship side he has faced this season and has backed them for a promotion challenge. The Doncaster captain was excellent at the Keepmoat as Rovers had looked to have done enough to...
Tevez at the Double to Put City Bang in Title Hunt
TEAM FULHAM MANCHESTER CITY 1 4 CARLOS TEVEZ showed old boss Mark Hughes no mercy at Craven Cottage as Manchester City romped to a victory that saw them close to within three points of the Premier League summit. Twelve months ago Hughes was the...
That'stypical
Byline: Steve Groves I'D BEEN looking for it for ages, that symbol of the '70s that I knew would push me to the forefront of modern thinking in these odd times. Steve Dub For I'd read that the '70s were coming back and I needed to be ready. ...
The Challenge Is to Find Better Ways of Treating Long-Term Conditions; Jonathan Davies Explains Why Chronic Conditions Must Be a Priority for the NHS in Wales: Monday, 22 November 2010 THEPROFESSIONALS
Byline: Jonathan Davies THE Welsh NHS Confederation, in conjunction with the Assembly Government recently held an international conference in Cardiff to look at how to best manage chronic health conditions. Chronic conditions place considerable...
The Sad Truth Behind Novel's Fictional Violence; WORK WITH DOMESTIC ABUSE VICTIMS ACTS AS INSPIRATION
Byline: RACHAEL MISSTEAR A WELSH social worker has used her traumatic experiences of dealing with victims of domestic abuse as the inspiration for her first novel. Sam Jones, a domestic abuse co-ordinator in Carmarthenshire, spent two years writing...
Turner Water Colour of Welsh Castle Expected to Sell for Pounds 500,000 in Christie's Auction; PAINTING TO GOUNDER THE HAMMER NEXT MONTH
Byline: DARREN DEVINE MORE than 150 years after his death, he remains one of the giants of English painting. But it was on a journey around Wales that William Turner learnt the craft that would lead him to be described as the finest landscape...
Wales Must Find the Tough Mental Streak for Glory, Insists Ace Shanklin
Byline: DELME PARFITT TOM SHANKLIN has blamed Wales' lack of mental toughness during games for their winless autumn series so far. The Blues centre believes that if Warren Gatland's men could eradicate "a few silly errors" then potentially they...
Warning for S4C; YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
SIR - It is disappointing to read the negative attitudes of language campaigners towards the suggestion that S4C should carry some English-language programming (Letters, Nov 8). If S4C is to survive in anything like its present form it needs to...
We Have to Tighten at Back - Kevin
CARDIFF CITY'S Kevin McNaughton has called into question his own side's defensive capabilities insisting the Bluebirds are having to score too many goals to win games. Dave Jones' side were beaten 2-0 at home by Nottingham Forest and slipped from...
We'll Be Top of Pile Again - Evra
TEAM MANCHESTER UNITED WIGAN 2 0 PATRICE EVRA claims Manchester United can make their rivals pay for their slip-ups and take over as the Premier League's outright leaders. Evra scored his first goal since April 2007 as United saw off nine-man Wigan...
Welsh Sinfonia to Take Handel's Messiah Back to Basics for Cathedral Show; Welsh Sinfonia Will Pay Homage to the First Performance of Handel's Messiah during a Fundraising Concert at Llandaff Cathedral. Conductor Mark Eager Tells Karen Price about the Reasons Behind It
Byline: Karen Price FOR centuries, musicians have been performing variations of Handel's well-loved Messiah at concert halls across the globe. And now Welsh Sinfonia are paying homage to the composer's legendary work by recreating the first ever...
We Must Get It Right against the All Blacks, Says Bradley
Byline: DELME PARFITT SECOND-ROW Bradley Davies has claimed Wales's inept display against Fiji on Friday night could actually work in their favour for the visit of New Zealand on Saturday. Davies insists Wales did not underestimate Fiji in the...
We Must Provide More Care in the Community Rather Than in Hospitals as Numbers of Patients Increase; Health Boards Are Beginning to Consult on Radical Changes to the Way NHS Services Have Traditionally Been Provided. Kate Watkins, Acting Director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, Explains Why the Health Service Must Change
Byline: Kate Watkins WE ARE at a defining moment for the NHS in Wales. The Assembly Government's draft Budget has shown us that finances are going to be tight for the foreseeable future. If the NHS is to respond to these budgetary constraints...
Whites Control It to Put Them in a Strong Position
TEAM PONTYPOOL SWANSEA 15 38 SWANSEA ended the first half of their season with third place in the table and with 13, they are the only club to have gained 10 or more bonus points, writes Howard Evans. There was no discredit to a game Pooler side,...
Young Blasts Second-Half Capitulation by Team
BLUES boss Dai Young blasted his side following their second-half capitulation against Ulster at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Welsh region disintegrated as they let a 15-8 lead slip by leaking 29 unanswered points in 24 minutes to collapse to a...
You've Got to Love a Royal Wedding - Think of It as X Factor with Tiaras; Enjoy William and Kate's Nuptials Says Carolyn Hitt. Just Look upon It as Entertainment
Byline: CAROLYN HITT GREAT timing William and Kate. You've filled the void nicely. Just when Downton Abbey fans were contemplating a winter watching Lembit Opik chew on a kangaroo's genitals, along comes a royal wedding to restore the fun of...