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 September 12, 2012

39 Dead in Two Pakistan Factory Blazes
FACTORY blazes in two of Pakistan's major cities have killed 39 people and injured dozens more, including some who leapt from the burning buildings to escape the flames. First a fire swept through a shoe factory in the eastern city of Lahore, killing...
A Century of Speeches and Speech Makers; Robert Llewellyn Jones Reviews a New Book Charting the History of Cardiff Business Club
WITH meticulous attention to detail and illustrated with press cuttings and pictures drawn from the Western Mail archive, Cardiff Business Club - The First 100 Years 1912-2012 traces the club's history. The inter-war years are dealt with in detail...
Allenby Stars for Dragons
KENT'S bid for promotion was held up by a Jim Allenby century on the first day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash against Glamorgan at Cardiff. Glamorgan ended the day on 334 for eight with Allenby unbeaten on 100 from 132 balls,...
Alps Hiker's Horror at Finding Murder Scene
Byline: KATIE HODGE A WALKER who came upon the aftermath of the French Alps massacre has likened it to a horrific film scene. The man, named only as Philippe D, aged 41, is the first witness to speak publicly about the murders of British engineer...
Andy Deserved It for His Great Dedication
ANDY MURRAY'S former coach Leon Smith believes the 25-year-old's victory in the US Open final is the reward for years of dedication. Smith, Britain's Davis Cup captain and head of men's tennis at the Lawn Tennis Association, knew from an early age...
Athletics Shake-Up as Top Man Quits
UK ATHLETICS will announce a new coaching team tomorrow after tough-talking Dutchman Charles van Commenee confirmed he will step down as head coach. The 54-year-old has stuck to his promise to move on if the British track and field team failed to...
Attack on Squatting Is a Vindictive Law; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
* SIR - A new criminal offence of "squatting in a residential building" came into force on September 1 by way of section 144 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012. This vindictive piece of legislation will raise concern...
Automatic Enrolment Is Being Introduced by the Government to Tackle the Uk's Looming Old Age Poverty Crisis
WHY IS THERE A PROBLEM? People are simply living for longer. Fears are growing that Britons, many of whom will spend at least 20 years in retirement, are not putting away enough money for their old age. Fifty years ago only one in 10 children could...
Birth of Business Bank Some Way off, Admits Cable; BUSINESS SECRETARY'S VISION LOOKS TO THE VERY LONG TERM
Byline: RHODRI EVANS PLANS for a Governmentbacked bank to increase lending to small businesses are still in their "gestation", Vince Cable has acknowledged. The Business Secretary yesterday insisted that the business bank would go ahead, but...
Building Societies' Time to Shine Has Arrived
BUILDING societies are entering a renewed period of potential growth and success which could lead to them fulfilling a new regional banking role by the end of the decade. According to KPMG's 22nd annual building societies database, which analyses...
Business Club Begins a Year of Celebrations; CHAIRMAN PAYS TRIBUTE TO VISIONARY FOUNDERS
Byline: ROBERT LLEWELLYN JONES LEADING figures from industry, the arts and politics will help Cardiff Business Club mark its centenary. An impressive line-up of speakers unveiled as the club marks its 100th year includes broadcaster Lord (Melvyn)...
Can Murray's Triumph Help to Give Tennis an Advantage in Wales?
* T'S a triumph that's had the cream of British sport taking to Twitter to congratulate the latest superstar to join the nation's ever growing ranks of greats. After his US Open victory, Andy Murray now takes his place alongside the likes of Jessica...
Capital to Be One of First Cities to Get Superfast 4G Mobile Phone Network; UNINTERRUPTED ON-THE-GO ACCESS TO THE WEB PROMISED
Byline: JAMIE GRIERSON CARDIFF has been selected as one of four cities to launch superfast 4G mobile phone technology in time for Christmas as a new era for mobile phone use begins. Orange and T-Mobile owner Everything Everywhere, which was renamed...
Cavendish Tribute to Welsh Ace Rowe
MARK CAVENDISH hailed his Welsh team-mate Luke Rowe after sprinting to victory during the third stage of cycling's Tour of Britain. Rowe set the Manx Missile up for glory with a textbook lead-out a the end of a tricky152.6km leg from Jedburgh to...
Coleman Left in Shock as Sorry Wales Are Hit for Six
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN SERBIA......................6 WALES.......................1 WALES crashed to one of the heaviest defeats in their history in Novi Sad last night as Serbia mocked hopes of mounting a World Cup qualification challenge in a six-goal...
Deloitte Appoints New Director at Welsh Office
BUSINESS advisory firm Deloitte in Wales has expanded its team by appointing a new director to its tax service line. Rhianne Cox joins the Welsh office of the global firm with 10 years' experience. After growing up in Abertillery, Ms Cox left...
'Don't Read Too Much into It' as UK Trade Deficit Falls from Record High
THE UK's trade deficit narrowed to pounds 1.5bn in July after jumping to a record level in the previous month. Exports of goods surged 9.3% to pounds 25.8bn in July, while imports were down by pounds 700m or 2.1%, according to the Office for National...
Economic Outlook
LAST week saw a positive upturn for the markets with both Wall Street and the FTSE 250 hitting respective long-term highs. A key driver for the rally was the outcome of the ECB meeting, held last Thursday that saw Mr Draghi outline plans for a bond...
Entries Open for Awards That Will Celebrate Best in Welsh Business; IWA HONOURS TO RECOGNISE SUCCESS IN THE WORKPLACE
Byline: SION BARRY THERE is still time to enter the awards showcasing the very best in Welsh business and entrepreneurial success. Now in their second year, the IWA and Western Mail Business Awards will be staged at Cardiff City Hall on November...
'Extremist Told Wife She Would Drown in Fire'
A MUSLIM "extremist" accused of repeatedly raping his newly-wed wife told her she would "drown in fire" for being the "worst wife in Cardiff", a court was told. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is alleged to have sexually and physically...
Farmland Prices Double in Six Years as Demand Rises; AND EXPERTS PREDICT LAND COSTS WILL KEEP GOING UP
Byline: SION BARRY PRICES for commercial farm land in Wales remains high as demand continues to outstrip supply, according to the latest figures from the RICS. Its rural land market survey for the first half of this year showed the average price...
Fast Growth 50 Firms Help to Drive Recovery in Wales; HOTTEST PERFORMERS IN THE NATION TO BE REVEALED SOON
Byline: SION BARRY THE fastest-growing indigenous businesses in Wales will be revealed in a special publication next week. Following a gala dinner, hosted by BBC newsreader Sin Lloyd, in Cardiff this Friday, the Wales Fast Growth 50, 2012, magazine...
From Russia with a Love for Rugby to Chief of a Top Club
BEFORE leaving Moscow earlier this year Bleddyn Phillips played host to a St David''s Day reception held in the Ambassador''s residence. While he ran the Clifford Chance office, his wife Dame Anne Pringle ran the Embassy as HM Ambassador to the...
Gillan Scored Well 'Off the Radar'
Byline: ROBERT JOHN I WRITE this from a friend's house in the middle of France - countryside reminiscent of parts of Mid Wales. Discussion over dinner last night started with local governance, the power of the local mayor and his ability to drive/...
Hart Holds Back from Foreign Trade Missions; MINISTER MAY LEAD TRIPS PLANNED FOR NEXT YEAR
Byline: SION BARRY BUSINESS Minister Edwina Hart is urging businesses to drive exports by taking part in a new programme of Welsh Government trade missions starting this month - although she had yet to attend any herself. Mrs Hart, whose responsibilities...
Has There Ever Been a Better Sporting Year Than the One We're Witnessing?
* N case you forget, Warren Gatland's Wales won the Grand Slam in March. Our third clean sweep in eight years which ranks some of the current Welsh rugby class right up there with the idols of the 1970s. Small fry in the grand scheme of things in...
Horror Show by Wales and It Looks like the End of the Road to Rio; WORLD CUP 2014
Byline: CHRIS WATHAN SERBIA WALES 6KOLAROV 15 TOSIC 24 DURICIC 39 TADIC 55 IVANOVIC 80 SULEJMANI 90 1BALE 31 Attendance: 11,300 Referee: Duarte Gomes (Portugal) T'S always the hope that kills you. And after Isuffering their worst defeat in 16 years,...
Housing Business Holds Up in Spite of Games
THE Olympics had little impact on the housing market in Wales with activity remaining steady but at historically low levels, according to the latest Rics UK housing market survey. In the three months to August, chartered surveyors sold on average...
'I Just Wanted to Try a New Way of Presenting History and What Better Way Than YouTube?' SIR'S ACTING EXPLOITS KEEP PUPILS INTERESTED
Byline: CERI WILLIAMS WILLIAM the Conqueror, King Harold and Martin Luther could be roles from the CV of a great Hollywood actor. But while these historical giants have never been portrayed on-screen by the likes of Sir Anthony Hopkins and Michael...
'It Appears That the Number of Cots in Wales Is Less of an Issue Than the Appropriate Distribution of Them'
EACH year in Wales approximately one in every nine babies are born prematurely, have low birth weight or an illness or condition which requires them to receive specialist neonatal care. This figure equates to around 4,000 babies each year. Advances...
I Told Myself: 'It's Just One More Set. Give Everything. You Don't Want to Come off This Court with Any Regrets'
Byline: ELEANOR CROOKS * HERE was one word that summed up for Andy Murray the realisation of a dream that he feared may never come - relief. The Scot defeated defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-6 (12/10) 7-5 2-6 3-6 6-2 in the US Open final...
Jonathan's Beach Food Wins Gold from Olympic Athletes; Fresh, Quick and Cheap - Some of Britain's Most Interesting and Innovative Food Is Being Cooked Up in Stalls, Shacks and Trailers in the Country's Burgeoning Street-Food Sector. Aled Blake Spoke to One Welsh Street Food Trailblazer Whose Young Business Has Already Been Recognised by His Peers - with More on the Cards
SERVING fresh, locally, sea food, Cafe Mr has gathered fans from around the country in the 18 months it has been going. The Pembrokeshire company, set up by owner Jonathan Williams, has already won an award for serving the best street-food in Britain....
Just Marvel at Such Wild Imagination; REVIEW: The Lion King, Bristol Hippodrome
* AVE you ever known that sense of wonder and awe that comes as you gaze upon a spectacular sunset or the delicate beauty of a newly-opened flower? That's as close as one can get to explaining what it feels like to experience Disney's The Lion King...
Leading Economist Tells MPs We Should Leave the EU
THE crisis in the eurozone could continue for another 10 years and Britain should quit the EU, Cardiff University economist Patrick Minford told MPs yesterday. The leading eurosceptic poured cold water on suggestions the UK could renegotiate the...
Leighton's under Fire over Results Regrading; CALL FOR AN INDEPENDENT EXAMINATION REGULATOR
Byline: GARETH EVANS EDUCATION Minister Leighton Andrews came under attack last night as the Welsh Government's role in the furore around GCSE English results was called into question. Shadow Education Minister Angela Burns claimed that, as the...
Mae'n Braf Cael Newid Fy Meddwl; WELSHCOLUMN
Byline: Menna Elfyn mewn O''r gorau. Dyna ddibendod ar y Gemau Olympaidd yn awr.A do, llwyddodd yn rhyfeddol o ran trefniadau gan roi elfen o ollyngdod i bawb, mae''n siwr. Rhaid cydnabod mai rhyw amheuwr oeddwn i o''r holl sbloet, yn enwedig...
Managers Must Work as Though They Are Part of a Profession; KEEP UP WITH KNOWLEDGE, PFEFFER TELLS CONFERENCE
Byline: SION BARRY MANAGEMENT should been see as a profession and, like doctors, managers should adhere to evidence-based decision-making, one of the world's leading management theorists believes. Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer was in Wales yesterday...
Markets in 'Wait and See' Mode Ahead of a Busy Week
Byline: David Myrddin THE markets started the week cautiously on Monday with the FTSE 100 down 0.03% after spending most of the day trading in a tight range around the psychologically important 5,800 level. Last Friday, the index hit a 13-month...
Meat Trader Used Pants as Cleaning Rags at Filthy Unregistered Butchers; TONNES OF FOOD PROCESSED FOR SOUTH WALES TAKEAWAY MARKET
Byline: PETER LAW A MEAT distributor supplied chicken and beef to takeaways across South Wales from a filthy unregistered processing plant in which he used Y-front underpants as cleaning rags. Kamran Ajaib ran his business, Hamza Poultry Ltd,...
Misfiring Rhys Calls Up Jenkins
Byline: ANDY HOWELL * HYS PRIESTLAND has sent a SOS to Wales goal-kicking guru Neil Jenkins after struggling in Glasgow last weekend. The Wales playmaker missed three attempts at goal during Scarlets' 18-13 RaboDirect Pro12 victory in Glasgow. ...
More Growth Is Needed outside London and Banks Are Too Centralised, Says New Minister
NEW UK Government business minister Matthew Hancock yesterday insisted the coalition was committed to encouraging economic growth beyond London. He said Wales should have further infrastructure investment projects similar to the electrification of...
Morningserial
NICK'S presence gave credence to Gerard, who of course was an English national. Away from the harbour, Nick confronted him. 'This is where we go our separate ways. If you have friends here, find them. God save you, Father Gerard. Be vigilant,...
Mumsays
Byline: Abbie Wightwick The kids are back at school, parents back at work, so here's my alphabet for the new term. A is for apple. Vital item in the son's lunch box. Hope there's one in the fruit bowl. Steve Dub in Carmarthen B is for breakfast....
Need for Live Testing; & COMMENT DEBATE YOUR LETTERS TO THE NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF WALES
* SIR - I was interested to read Nigel George's letter regarding thalidomide (Sep 8), which repeated some oft-quoted myths and misconceptions. Thalidomide was not discovered to be dangerous during animal testing trials because it was not tested...
New Automatic Work Pensions Scheme Begins; PLAN ADDRESSES 'GROWING OLD-AGE POVERTY CRISIS'
Byline: RHODRI EVANS A LANDMARK scheme to automatically enrol up to 10 million people into workplace pensions begins next month to tackle the "growing old-age poverty crisis". From October 1, the largest employers, with 120,000 or more workers,...
Newsreader Edwards to Anchor BBC Wales Political Programme; SUNDAY NIGHT REPLACEMENT SHOW FOR DRAGON'S EYE
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON HUW EDWARDS is to anchor a new weekly BBC Wales political programme to be launched next month, we can reveal. Edwards, who will continue presenting the BBC TV network news at 10pm, will introduce the show and interview...
No Pay for Security Firm G4S since Olympic Games Fiasco; COMPANY PAID Pounds 90M TO DATE, REST 'IS UP FOR NEGOTIATION'
Byline: MARGARET DAVIS SECURITY firm G4S has not been paid since July 13, Locog chief executive Paul Deighton told MPs yesterday. The firm has so far been paid pounds 89-90m by organisers, but the rest is "up for negotiation", he told the Commons...
Online Clinical Training Firm Takes New Lease
A CARDIFF-BASED incubator for biotech and medical technology businesses has struck a new letting with a company founded and run by entrepreneur Dr Steve Davies. Dr Davies, whose previous ventures have also been based at Cardiff Medicentre, has taken...
Penalty Ace Lampard Saves England
ENGLAND 1 UKRAINE 1 SKIPPER Steven Gerrard was sent off as Frank Lampard's 86th-minute penalty spared England's blushes at Wembley. Gerrard was red-carded two minutes from the end of a poor display from Roy Hodgson's men in their World Cup qualifier...
Politics of Identity Demands a New Reaction from Labour; Veteran MP Wayne David Calls for Labour to Put Forward a Radical Programme of Constitutional Reform at a Time of Growing Patriotism in England and Wales
UNTIL quite recently, the United Kingdom was one of the most centralised states in the western world. The administration of the country was focused on London and the political life of all parts of the United Kingdom was orientated, to a greater...
Pounds 10m Turnover and Further Expansion Is New Chief's Aim; PAUL BROWN SET OUT HIS AMBITIOUS GROWTH PLAN
Byline: SION BARRY A SOUTH WALES IT solutions business is focused on further expansion and a pounds 10m turnover after appointing a new chief executive. Paul Brown, formerly business development director at Certus IT, takes over following the...
'Pressure on Neo-Natal Units Putting Babies' Lives at Risk' ABOUT 1 IN 9 BABIES (4,000) A YEAR NEED SPECIALIST CARE
Byline: CLAIRE MILLER THE lives of babies are put at risk by a severe lack of staff and resources in Wales' neo-natal units, a committee of the National Assembly has been told. Evidence compiled by the Assembly's Children and Young People Committee...
Rugby Boss Plays a Shrewd Game in the High-Powered World of Giving Legal Advice to the Oil and Gas Industry; Robert Llewellyn Jones Talks to the One of World's Leading Lawyers in the Oil and Gas Industries Welshman Bleddyn Phillips on the Future for the Sectors, Renewable Energy and His Chairmanship of London Welsh RFC
Byline: ROBERT LLEWELLYN BLEDDYN PHILLIPS, head of the oil and gas practice at global law firm Clifford Chance works out of an office at London's Canary Wharf a world away from those regions of the world where his interests lie. He joined Clifford...
Sainsbury's and Asda Both Gain Ground on Morrisons
SUPERMARKET Morrisons has lost ground to bigger rivals Asda and Sainsbury's according to new industry figures. Britain's fourth biggest grocer's market share dropped to 11.5% in the 12 weeks to September 2, from 11.7% a year earlier following the...
Scarlets Axing Made Me Better Coach - Davies
BLUES boss Phil Davies says his sacking by the Scarlets has turned out to be arguably the best thing that could have happened to him. Davies admits his axing by the Llanelli-based outfit in April 2008 was hard to take at the time and that he went...
Success Stories from around the World Will Tell How the Sea Can Bring Riches; International Speakers Emphasise Maritime Heritage as a Catalyst for Future Economic Development - a Unique Opportunity to Learn More from International Best Practice, at City Hall, Cardiff, on October 19, 2012. Brought to You by Maritime Heritage Wales Ltd and the Centre for Regeneration Excellence Wales
Byline: RICHARD JAMES A WORLD-CLASS line-up of speakers from 12 countries will present their success stories about how they have harnessed their maritime heritage, traditions and culture to stimulate economic regeneration and development. Maritime...
Sun Is Rising on Solar Power as Two Energy Farms Win Go Ahead; WEST WALES PROJECTS SET TO PRODUCE 12.46 MEGAWATTS
Byline: RACHAEL MISSTEAR TWO major solar farm developments have been approved which continue to pave the way for West Wales to become an important centre for renewable energy. The projects - at opposite ends of Pembrokeshire - were given the...
Tax Varying Powers Could See Flight of Money across English Border, Says AM; HEDGES HIGHLIGHTS RISK OF CHANGEABLE INCOME LEVELS
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMSON THE Welsh Government could be forced to make swingeing public spending cuts significantly worse than those being imposed at present if it is granted the power to vary income and corporation taxes, a backbench Labour AM has...
Tender Notices
SERVICES 203543 Queen's University Belfast: mechanical & electrical engineering design consultant 203391 Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust: hard & soft FM services 201955 MOD: calibration and maintenance of exhaust emissions analysers...
Three Die and 50 Hurt in Festival Coach Crash; DRIVER AMONG DEAD AFTER VEHICLE CAREERS OFF ROAD
Byline: MIKE JONES THREE people have been killed and 50 injured, some of them seriously, after a coach returning from a music festival careered off a road and hit a tree. The coach, from Merseyside, was returning on Monday night in the direction...
'Time Running Out' to Have Bilingual Papers for Police Chief Vote; ELECTION WATCHDOG SAYS LEGISLATION MUST BE PASSED
Byline: DAVID WILLIAMSON BALLOT papers for the upcoming police and crime commissioner elections will not be in Welsh unless legislation is passed in the coming days, the Electoral Commission has warned. The election watchdog warns that action...
TV Choice
GRAND DESIGNS Channel 4, 9pm Kevin McCloud returns for a new run of the acclaimed series in which he follows the structural, financial and emotional journeys of ambitious couples as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime - building their own homes....
Unions in Call for General Strike at Conference
UNION anger over the Government's austerity drive was dramatically stepped up yesterday with calls for a general strike to show that workers were fighting back like "roaring lions". The TUC conference supported a move to consider the practicalities...
Wales Concern as Injured Adam Faces Return Delay
Byline: SIMON THOMAS ADAM JONES has handed Wales an injury worry by picking up a knee problem that will delay the start of his season. The triple Grand Slam winner was due to make his first appearance of the campaign for the Ospreys against Glasgow...
Wales' Young People Tops at Coming Up with Ideas for Business; INCREASE MAY BE LINKED TO RISE IN ENTERPRISE TRAINING
Byline: RHODRI EVANS YOUNG people in Wales are the most entrepreneurial in the UK, with a "striking" level of early-stage activity, according to a new report. The Closing the Generational Start-Up Gap study commissioned by RBS Group examined...
Western Mail; Questions about the Integrity of Wales' Exams System Will Surely Rise Again
* HE confusion over this summer's GCSE English results is fast becoming a shambles. The changing of grade boundaries mid-way through the school year is reverberating around classrooms across the UK. The implications are stark and while pupils in...
Working Together Is Key to Deliver Real Economic Gains
Byline: IESTYN DAVIES LAST week we welcomed David Jones MP as the new Secretary of State for Wales. We were also keen to acknowledge Cheryl Gillan's contribution to the role over the past two years. When the ink sets on the latest account of...
Wright T20 Aim
LUKE WRIGHT will hope to secure a place in the England side as the World Twenty20 champions play their final home match before beginning their title defence. The Sussex all-rounder was recalled in place of the out-of-form Ravi Bopara for the abandoned...
X-Factor Tipuric Would Be Major Lions Asset, Says Tandy
JUSTIN TIPURIC has the X-Factor to be a major asset for the British and Irish Lions. That's the verdict of his Ospreys coach Steve Tandy, who believes the flanker is a definite contender for next year's Lions tour of Australia. Tandy acknowledges...