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 December 12, 2002

Barrymore Talks about Possible Return To
DISGRACED entertainer Michael Barrymore has been in talks about a possible TV comeback. He recently met an executive at leading production company Talkback, which makes Never Mind The Buzzcocks and They Think It's All Over. Barrymore's career...
Britain's Bravest Youngsters Awarded
BRITAIN'S bravest youngsters were yesterday honoured for their courage by the Prince of Wales at a celebrity-packed ceremony. Ten children singled out for their remarkable actions and courageous stance on life received their awards at the 29th...
Cardiff Boasts Four of the Best
THEY are the five best-designed houses in Wales - and four of them can be found within five miles of the capital. Announcing the winners in the first-ever Welsh Housing Design Awards, the Royal Society of Architects explained the judging criteria...
Christmas Fire Strike Called off as TV Talks Go On
A PLANNED eight-day strike by firefighters was called off last night so that talks aimed at resolving their deadlocked pay dispute can con-tinue. Members of the Fire Brigades Union were due to walk out next Monday until Christmas Eve as part of...
Final-Salary Pensions Closures Hits Record
A RECORD number of companies closed their final salary pension schemes to new members in the past 12 months, new research has revealed. The number of firms closing their final salary schemes nearly doubled to 84 in 2002 from 46 the previous year,...
First Choice Reports Profits Slip
HOLIDAY firm First Choice yesterday reported a slip in profits after what it described as one of the ``toughest'' years for the travel indus t ry. The group said pre-tax profits, stripping out one-off costs, for the year to October 31 fell to...
First Whiffs of War, as Campaigns Start to Light Up
PROPOSALS for a blanket ban on smoking in restaurants and cafes met with mixed reactions from campaign groups and businesses yeserday. Pro-smoking group Forest said the Assembly and UK Government should ``butt out'' and stop interfering in private...
Football: Houllier Has Faith in His Anfield Way
LIVERPOOL boss Gerard Houllier insists his side will emerge from their current slump by continuing to play his way. The Frenchman has ruled out the possibility of any tactical changes as he bids to haul the club out of a dreadful run of form....
Home Improvements Keep Kingfisher Sales Figures Up
B&Q-to-Comet group Kingfisher painted a contrasting picture yesterday after strong sales in its homeimprovement business helped to offset weaker demand for electrical goods. Kingfisher, which is planning to spin off the electricals business...
House Price Fears Lead to Banking Blacklisting
FEARS over a possible fall in property prices has seen a leading credit rating agency put the UK's banking systems on a risk list for the first time. Standard & Poor's said it had examined the problems facing banking systems in Europe, the...
MI5 `Failed to Heed' Bali Bomb Attack Warnings
THE Security Service, MI5, was last night severely rebuked by MPs for a ``serious misjudgement'' of the terrorist threat to British nationals in the run up to the Bali bomb blast. The Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee said MI5...
Missiles Head for Yemen after US Debacle
PRESIDENT Bush's administration was left with egg on its face last night after a debacle on the high seas when a cargo of North Korean missiles was seized at gun-point then allowed to sail to its original destination. Spy satellites had tracked...
Mother Released Early
TOP judges yesterday showed mercy to a young mother-of-four and released her from jail in time to spend Christmas with her family. They cut the original two-and-a-half-year sentence imposed on Geraldine Langley for injuring two people in a pub...
Pupils Roar off to London after Victory in Formula 1 Schools' Challenge
REVVED-UP students are ready to motor down to London to represent Wales at the finals of a prestigious Jaguar-backed car design compet-ition. The year-two design and technology students from 900-pupil Denbigh High School triumphed in the recent...
Pupils Row with MPs on Language
EURO-MPs Glenys Kinnock and Eluned Morgan got involved in a heated row with sixth-formers when they refused to debate with the pupils in Welsh. A group of students from Ysgol Glantaf Welsh-medium comprehensive in Cardiff were visiting the two...
Rugby Union: Clubs in Moffett Meeting
WALES'S premier clubs last night agreed to bring forward a meeting with David Moffett as moves to change the face of Welsh rugby gathered pace. They will outline their reasons for rejecting the Welsh Rugby Union's plan to form four professional,...
`Stay Away' Order to Thugs
POLICE have warned Bristol City hooligans not to travel to Saturday's Division Two crunch match with Cardiff. The corresponding fixture last year was marred by violence and police are keen to ensure there is no repeat this weekend. Because...
Stuart `Sat on Top Deck in Fatal Crash'
SCHOOLBOY Stuart Rhys Cunningham-Jones was sitting on the front seat of the top deck at the time of the bus crash in which he died, it was revealed yesterday. An inquest was told that Stuart, 12, was killed when the bus carrying 75 people, most...
The Western Mail Comment: Bonfire That Was Never Really Lit
WHEN is a quango not a quango? That's the question raised by our story today about the apparently steep rise in the total number of employees in organisations that have in the past been categorised as quangos. The bonfire to which we were promised...
Tourists Not Put off by Windfarms
PLANS for a controversial windfarm off the South Wales coast have had their sails filled with a thumbs-up from tourists in Scot-land. Nine out of 10 tourists visiting tourist traps in Argyll said the presence of windfarms had made no difference...
UN Teams Increase Inspections
REINFORCED UN weapons monitors sent teams out across Iraq again yesterday, rapidly expanding their schedule of surprise inspections. The visits included a return to the large complex where Iraq once tried to develop a nuclear bomb. Deep in the...