Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)

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Articles from December 21, 2012

2012, the Year of Jubilympics, Eurogeddon and Mummy Porn; from Broga to Eurogeddon They Are the Emerging Words and Phrases That Helped Define the Year - Darren Devine Looks at 12 New Words from 2012, Some of Which Could Find Their Way into the Printed Collins Dictionary
WORRIED you might be facing a "fiscal cliff" once the festivities subside and January's bills start dropping through the letter box? Maybe you need to relax with some "broga" or "mummy porn". Confused? Don't be. Because terms like "fiscal cliff",...
Action on Failing Children's Services to Stay after Damning Report
SUPPORT for Pembrokeshire's failing children's services is to stay in place, ministers announced yesterday. Education Minister Leighton Andrews and Minister for Local Government and Communities Carl Sargeant said the ministerial board set up to...
Actress Makes Tearful Apology for Gun Picture
AN EMOTIONAL Helen Flanagan wiped away tears on ITV's Daybreak yesterday as she apologised for posting a picture online of herself holding a gun against her head just days after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The actress and I'm A Celebrity......
Andrews Defends Banding System as 'A Great Success That Is Here to Stay' SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT DRIVE 'IS BEGINNING TO BEAR FRUIT'
Byline: GARETH EVANSGARETH EVANS Education Correspondent gareth.evans@walesonline.co.uk THE Welsh Government's school banding system is a "great success" and is here to stay, Education Minister Leighton Andrews said yesterday. Mr Andrews said...
AVB Delighted to Have Bale Back for Spurs' Top-Four Mission
TOTTENHAM manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes Gareth Bale's return will help his side cement their position in the top four over the festive period. Bale is fit to face Stoke in the Barclays Premier League tomorrow after overcoming the hamstring injury...
BBC Takes Legal Advice on Whether It Can Recoup Pay-Off Given to Entwistle
THE BBC has taken legal advice on whether it can recoup some of the PS450,000 pay-off given to director-general George Entwistle, Lord Patten said yesterday. But the chairman of the BBC Trust said he doubted a bid to get some of the money back would...
Capital May Be Falling Behind, but It Doesn't Mean We Have to Accept It; Western Mail
WE are used to reading depressing statistics about the state of the Welsh economy, but news that Cardiff's GVA per head is respectively more than PS12,000 and more than PS11,000 lower than the equivalent figures for Edinburgh and Belfast is pretty...
Cardiff 'Lags Behind Other Capitals' CALL FOR BORROWING POWERS TO AID GROWTH
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON Chief Reporter martin.shipton@walesonline.co.uk CARDIFF is lagging considerably behind the UK's two other devolved capitals in terms of economic performance, new figures suggest. Local Gross Value Added (GVA) per head figures...
Chevy Has Plenty of Comfort and Joy
Byline: LEE GIBSON newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk A HOUSEHOLD name in the United States for the best part of a century, Chevrolet now has its sights set on becoming a major player in Europe. The full force of General Motors' marketing machine has...
City Market Report
REPORTS of an impasse between US politicians over how to tackle the fiscal cliff, saw a stand-off by traders on world markets yesterday. The FTSE-100 Index eased back from the 6000 barrier, with progress on hold as comments from President Barack...
Clough Coy about Derby's Championship Play-Off Chances
NIGEL CLOUGH is adamant his side are "very dark horses" for a top-six finish in this season's Championship. Although Derby are only four points adrift of the play-off places as the campaign approaches its halfway point, Clough is being realistic...
Communities Enjoy PS620,000 Windfall Due to Wind Farms; STUDENTS AND LOCAL CLUBS AMONG THOSE TO BENEFIT
Byline: CHRIS KELSEY chris.kelsey@walesonline.co.uk ONSHORE wind farm operators paid more than PS620,000 to Welsh communities last year, according to a report into the wind industry's community benefit funds. The report was commissioned by RenewableUK...
Council Begins Talks with Union over Secret Pay Rises; INDEPENDENT ARGUES HIKES 'NOT IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW'
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON Chief Reporter martin.shipton@walesonline.co.uk UNION and management began talks yesterday about huge pay rises awarded to top council managers as a councillor said she was convinced they had been put through unlawfully. ...
Crash Driver Who Left Four Members of Family Dead Has Jail Appeal Rejected; JUDGES RULE FOUR-YEAR SENTENCE APPROPRIATE
Byline: MIKE JONES newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk A YOUNG father who caused a crash in which four members of a family drowned in a reservoir has been told by top judges his four-year sentence was fair. Emyr Griffith, 66, Phyllis Hooper, 84, and foster...
Cuthbert Cites Wales Aims as Critical in His Decision to Commit Future to the Blues
Byline: SIMON THOMAS simon.thomas@walesonline.co.uk ALEX CUTHBERT has revealed how his Wales ambitions played a big part in his decision to stay with the Cardiff Blues. The Grand Slam winger has bucked the trend of Welsh stars heading for France...
Davies Still Has Confidence in Blues Ability to Beat Scarlets, despite Recent Poor Displays
Byline: ANDY HOWELL andy.howell@walesonline.co.uk UNDER-PRESSURE Phil Davies is adamant his Blues side is improving despite losing 10 of their last 12 matches, and that theory will be tested to the full when the Scarlets pitch up at the Arms Park...
Dearden Finds There's No Turkish Delight in Missing Ticket to PGA
HE gave up a family holiday in Fuerteventura to chase his dream of a place alongside Rory McIlroy, Luke Donald and Ian Poulter at next summer's cash-laden PGA Championship at Wentworth. But any hopes of finding some Turkish delight at last week's...
Easterby Fired Up by the Fervour of Derby Clashes
Byline: GARETH GRIFFITHS gareth.griffiths@walesonline.co.uk SIMON EASTERBY insists the passion created by Welsh derby matches European competition for ferocity. "They have the same intensity as any Heineken Cup matches," claimed the Scarlets...
Europe Has Grounds for Missing King George
HENRY DE BROMHEAD has confirmed Sizing Europe will not run in the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day. The 10-year-old has looked as good as ever in winning his two starts this season and connections remain keen to test the multiple Grade...
Fiat's Little Gem Is Still Shining
Byline: MALCOLM ROBERTSHAW newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk THE thoroughly modern Fiat 500 continues to go from strength to strength but it was back in 1957 that the Turin car giant first introduced its little baby. Those were the days when the original...
Filmreviewsextra
Jack Reacher 12A, 130 mins He wrote The Usual Suspects (1995) and directed The Way of the Gun (2000). But, in the first film he has directed since, Christopher McQuarrie makes use of his own adaptation of One Shot, a Jack Reacher novel by best-selling...
Golden Wonders; in the Olympic Year, London Wasn't the Only Centre of Cultural Excellence. Arts Council of Wales Chief Executive, Nick Capaldi, Offers a Personal Look Back over a Year of Imagination and Achievement in the Arts in Wales
WE know, because we keep being told, that times are grim. Yet in spite of the gloom and despondency, the arts have been putting on their Sunday best and fighting back. During 2012, the arts in Wales proved that imagination and ambition don't have...
Graham Targets Fergie's Men to Complete Set of Swans Successes; STRIKER FULL OF CONFIDENCE FOR THE LATEST TEST AT THE LIBERTY
Byline: TIM LEWIS tim.lewis@walesonline.co.uk THEY'VE taken points off most the Premier League big boys since reaching the top flight 18 months ago - now Danny Graham wants a positive outcome against Manchester United on Sunday to complete the set....
Greenhoff Faith in Mourinho for United
MANCHESTER UNITED will be welcoming the man Brian Greenhoff believes should succeed Sir Alex Ferguson when Real Madrid head to Old Trafford on March 5. United's meeting with the Spanish giants is undoubtedly the stand-out tie of the Champions League...
Hill Wants Top-Notch Show to Beat Welsh
8pm SIXWAYS WORCESTER v L WELSH WORCESTER boss Richard Hill believes it will take a "top-notch" effort from his players to keep Aviva Premiership newcomers London Welsh at bay tonight. The clubs are separated by one point and one place in the table,...
Hitman Graham Rules out Bluebirds Move
Byline: TIM LEWIS tim.lewis@walesonline.co.uk SWANSEA CITY striker Danny Graham has ruled out the prospect of joining arch-rivals Cardiff City in the January transfer window. Graham has been heavily touted for a switch to the promotion-chasing...
Hollywood Meets Bollywood; Director Ang Lee's Latest Offering Is a Beautiful Big Screen Interpretation of Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-Winning Novel Life of Pi. Graham Young Reveals Why It's a Must-See This Christmas
Life Of Pi PG, 127 mins THE enduring beauty of cinema is its limitless potential to bring good stories to life in ways that we haven't seen before. Life Of Pi certainly does that. Brilliantly. With a family-friendly PG certificate to boot, it's...
'I'm a Free Man Again,' Says Merthyr's Reddy; RETRO REPORT
DECEMBER 21, 1995 - How we covered... JOHN REDDY last night talked about his great escape from nine years in control of Merthyr Tydfil Football Club which he sold yesterday. "I'm a free man again. I've just got out under the fence. This is the first...
Innovative and Exciting Performances
Box office editor Karen Price looks back at her personal highlights of the year Inside a disused aircraft hangar in the village of St Athan, two menacing figures clutching batons were squaring up to each other. Burnt out vehicles were abandoned...
Job Hunters to Only Apply Once for Records Check
MILLIONS of employees and volunteers will no longer have to apply for a new criminal records check each time they apply for a job, the Home Office announced yesterday. Individuals will only have to apply once to the Disclosure and Barring Service...
Joyous Airport News; & COMMENT DEBATE
SIR - I can't believe it. Santa has brought me the best Christmas news of all. The Welsh Government has plans to buy Cardiff Airport. Yes I know the siren voices are gathering momentum and I can understand the sceptics raising legitimate questions...
Karenprice Inside Track
IT doesn't seem like five minutes since I was compiling my end of year culture quiz for 2011. But a whole 12 months have passed since then - and what a year it's been. With Olympics and Jubilee fever sweeping the nation, 2012 has been a memorable year....
Kempton Sure of Beating Weather
KEMPTON clerk of the course Barney Clifford is confident next week's William King George meeting will beat the elements and go ahead as scheduled. With rain sweeping the country on the run-up to the festive period, racecourses across the land are...
Lennon Relishing Champions League Return to Juventus
Byline: MARK BURTON sport@walesonline.co.uk CELTIC manager Neil Lennon savoured the prospect of another two classic encounters against Juventus after being paired with the Italian champions and Serie A leaders in the last 16 of the Champions League....
Let Wales Head Up Rail Renewal Plan, Says Plaid; UK GOVERNMENT URGED TO TAKE 'HANDS OFF' APPROACH
Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON Chief Reporter martin.shipton@walesonline.co.uk PLAID CYMRU has called for the UK Government to take a "hands-off" approach to the renewal of the Wales and Border rail franchise, by allowing the decision to be made primarily...
Lloyds Suspends Sale of Paid-For Accounts
LLOYDS TSB has announced that it is to suspend over-the-counter sales of its paid-for current accounts - as the City regulator clamps down on the industry. The banking giant charges up to PS300 a year for the accounts, which include add-ons such...
Mackay Has Full-Back and a Striker Top of Shopping List
Byline: TERRY PHILLIPS terry.phillips@walesonline.co.uk CARDIFF CITY manager Malky Mackay has put a left-back and a striker at the top of his wish-list for the January transfer window as the Bluebirds look to cement their position as Championship...
Man Spared Prison over Cash Machines Scam
A MAN involved in a bank card fraud thought to be worth in excess of PS3m and with 9,000 potential victims has walked free from court. Leonid Rotaru was given an 18-month jail term, suspended for two years, for his part in the scam. Taunton Crown...
McIlroy Is Gunning for Donaldson's Irish Open Crown in 2013
GOLF'S man of the moment Rory McIlroy has warned Welshman Jamie Donaldson he intends relieving him of his Irish Open crown when the European Tour event returns to Carton House next summer. Pontypridd-born Donaldson scattered a stellar field at Royal...
Michu Is Fit and Ready for United Mission
SWANSEA CITY goalscoring ace Michu has declared himself fit and ready to face Manchester United head-on just seven days after his sickening blow to the temple. And he claimed he will have no hesitation in putting his body on the line once more as...
Miller's Denial of Claims over Press Regulation
CULTURE Secretary Maria Miller yesterday poured cold water on claims she is preparing to legislate for tighter regulation of the press. Following a meeting with the Culture Secretary and Cabinet Office minister Oliver Letwin yesterday morning, campaign...
Mindmatters
Byline: Aled Blake IF YOU'RE reading this, it means the end of the world hasn't happened. Or at least, it hasn't happened before you managed to get to the shop to buy your beloved Western Mail, leafing through each and every wonderful page of beautifully...
Mining Museum Makes Move to Solar Power
THE country's national coal mining museum is marking the transformation to different energy sources with the installation of PV panels. Big Pit, one of Wales' most popular tourist attractions and part of Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales,...
More Rain Will Pour Misery on Christmas Travellers; WARNING AS WET FORECAST SPARKS TRAFFIC CHAOS FEAR
Byline: SIMON GASKELL simon.gaskell@walesonline.co.uk WALES' big getaway may be hit by up to 30mm of rainfall before Christmas Day - as more people get set to hit the road, railway or runway today than at any other time over the festive season....
Morgan's Woe at Poor Show
ENGLAND captain Eoin Morgan lamented his side's failure to capitalise on an excellent start following their five-wicket defeat to India in the first Twenty20 international. The tourists seemed on course for a formidable total when Alex Hales (56)...
Morningserial
MAR asked, 'Why are you here?' 'To bring a letter from my queen, my lord, and bear back a reply.' 'Is that all?' 'My lord?' 'Very well, young man. The King favours you. Remember where your duty lies and you will come to no harm.' He cantered off with...
New Online Service Aims to Highlight Bad Payment Habits; MOVE COULD HELP SMALL FIRMS SECURE CREDIT DEALS
Byline: CHRIS KELSEY chris.kelsey@walesonline.co.uk BETTER information on companies' payment habits could be available online helping small businesses secure credit, a South Wales company claims. Creditsafe, based in Caerphilly, is offering subscribers...
Oxfam Warns Benefits Cuts 'Could Devastate'
GEORGE OSBORNE'S plan for a real-terms cut in working-age benefits could increase poverty and have a "devastating" effect, Oxfam has warned. The Welfare Benefits Up-Rating Bill, which has just been published, will face its first test on January...
Pilgrim's Progress in European Tour School Completes a Fairytale Return to Professional Game
Byline: ANTHONY WOOLFORD anthony.woolford@walesonline.co.uk WELSH golfers cracking European Tour final qualifying school in 2012 are something of a rare breed - just ask Rhys Davies, Stephen Dodd, Bradley Dredge and Liam Bond! And the school...
'Plebgate' Plot Thickens Following Second Arrest
Byline: ELLEN BRANAGH newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk THE Andrew Mitchell "plebgate" affair deepened yesterday after it emerged police have arrested and questioned a second man. The 23-year-old, who is not a police officer or member of police staff,...
Prediction That First-Time Buyers Will Help Housing Market Pick Up
HOUSE sales will pick up next year amid the surprising resilience of the market, lenders have predicted. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) issued its market forecast as it reported that gross mortgage lending rose to its highest level in a year...
Renewable Electricity Generation Up Quarter as Gas-Fired Power Dips; EXTRA WIND FARM CAPACITY BOOSTING ENERGY FIGURES
Byline: CHRIS KELSEY chris.kelsey@walesonline.co.uk THE amount of electricity generated by renewables in Wales increased by a quarter between 2010 and 2011, newly released figures show. Within this the largest single increase came in the wind,...
Ruling Due on Bid to Stop Tumour Treatment
Byline: BRIAN FARMER newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk A WOMAN who does not want her seven-year-old son to have radiotherapy treatment following surgery on a brain tumour should discover today whether she has won a High Court fight. Sally Roberts, 37,...
Scrap BBC Trust Now, Says Former Governor Sir Roger after Report; EX-DG'S PS450,OOO PAY-OFF WAS 'ABSOLUTELY WRONG'
Byline: ROBIN TURNER robin.turner@walesonline.co.uk A FORMER BBC governor for Wales says the BBC Trust should be scrapped after a scathing report found the corporation "completely incapable" of handling the Jimmy Savile affair. And ex-WDA chairman...
Something Quite Special That's Worth Every Penny
Byline: MAXINE ASHFORD newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk WHEN a car rumbles in with a price-tag topping the PS61,000 mark it has to be pretty special - the Mercedes ML 250 is just that. For this latest generation M-Class model is sportier, more refined...
Stay Away from GP If Vomiting Bug Hits, Patients Are Urged; SELF-MEDICATE IF YOU SUFFER FROM NOROVIRUS, SAY MEDICS
Byline: JULIA MCWATT Health Correspondent julia.mcwatt@walesonline.co.uk DOCTORS are urging people not to visit GP surgeries seeking medication for the winter vomiting bug as the virus continues to cause havoc across NHS services. GPs say they...
Stores Hope for Late Rush as Festive Spending Stalls; SHOPPERS EXPECTED TO SPLASH OUT AFTER SLUGGISH NOVEMBER
Byline: ROBIN TURNER robin.turner@walesonline.co.uk FURTHER evidence of the strain on households emerged yesterday, after retail figures for November highlighted a sluggish start to Christmas spending. But shopping centres across Wales reported...
Supergrass Star's Moving to New Sound; PREVIEW: Gaz Coombes, the Gate Arts & Community Centre, Cardiff
IT WAS seen as a clarion call to arms by the hormonal masses looking for their generation's own teenage rock 'n' roll anthem. Failing that, it worked just as well as a call to everyone to refill their pint glasses and forget the fact they all had...
Tandy Wants His Ospreys to Carry on Playing 'Catch-Up'
Byline: MATTHEW SOUTHCOMBE sport@walesonline.co.uk OSPREYS head coach Steve Tandy has admitted his side's poor start to their RaboDirect Pro12 campaign is still hanging over them, and insisted there can be no let up in their 'catch-up' quest in...
Tchaikovsky's Christmas Treats; for the Fourth Consecutive Year, the Russian State Ballet and Orchestra of Siberia Return to Cardiff with Three Productions. We Review the Opener, Coppelia, and Profile the Two Remaining Shows - Perennial Favourites the Nutcracker and Swan Lake
The Nutcracker Composed by: Tchaikovsky Premiere: The Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg on December 18, 1892, on a double-bill with Tchaikovsky's opera, Iolanta. Background: Although the original production was not a success, the 20-minute suite...
That Was. the Arts Year That Was. So You Think You Know Your Culture? Test Your Memory of the Major Happenings in the Arts World during the Last 12 Months with Our Big End of Year Quiz
Stage 1 Cardiff's Sherman Cymru reopened in February after a PS6.5m facelift. Which production launched the new-look venue? A) Clytemnestra B) Sgint C) A Provincial Life 2 And which company was behind it? A) National Theatre Wales B) Sherman Cymru...
To Infiniti and Beyond
Byline: ROBIN ROBERTS newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk VERY high performance sports utility vehicles are really few and far between, so an even more exclusive entrant is bound to turn heads when the Infiniti FX Vettel Edition hits the road in the UK early...
TV Choice
TEXT SANTA ITV1, 8pm The BBC is proud of Children in Need, but ITV isn't shoddy in the telethon stakes either, especially with Text Santa. Last year it made its debut, raising more than PS4million for six charities. This year, it's hoped that total...
Wales Can 'Sneak' a Slam Title - Quinnell
Byline: ANDY HOWELL andy.howell@walesonline.co.uk SCOTT QUINNELL has insisted Wales can retain their Grand Slam crown and claim a long awaited win against one of the southern hemisphere big three in 2013. Wales, who will be led by caretaker head...
Why Apprenticeships Are the Way to a Brighter Future; with New Welsh Government Investment in Vocational Training, Andrew Cooksley, Managing Director of Training Provider, ACT, Says Investing in Apprenticeships Could Be the Key to Wales' Future Economic Success
IN WALES we have a stubbornly high youth unemployment rate. With thousands of school leavers out of work and lacking the necessary skills for employment, we are facing the very real prospect of a huge skills gap in the very near future. The Welsh...
Why Christmas Day's Fun but No Holiday for Jo and Her Team at Cardiff's Angel Hotel
WHEN Jo McElveen applied to work as a breakfast waitress at Cardiff's Angel Hotel at the age of 16, little did she know she would still be there 14 years later. But she has more than fry-ups to worry about these days. As general manager, she's...
Zeta-Jones' Stepson Faces an Anxious Wait over Jail Term; DOUGLAS JR MAY FACE UP TO A DECADE IN PRISON
Byline: ROBIN TURNER robin.turner@walesonline.co.uk THE troubled stepson of Welsh actress Catherine Zeta-Jones faces an anxious Christmas as New York appeal court judges decide whether he should have to spend almost a decade in prison for drug crimes....