South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)

Published by Media Wales Ltd., the South Wales Echo is a newspaper that features news and events. The editor of this periodical is Mike Hill.

Articles from January 18, 2012

'Addicts Killed Dealer after Buying Stuffing'
Byline: Liz Keen A YOUNG dad was murdered after a drug deal went wrong, with Paxo stuffing passed off as heroin, a jury was told. Saghir Singh, known as Tony, was found dead four days after being hit over the head with a heavy metal pole, Cardiff...
Addict Who Betrayed His Wife Is Jailed
Byline: Suzanne Evans A MAN court-martialed out of the army after taking pounds 61,000 worth of charity cash aimed at funding prosthetic limbs for injured soldiers, has been jailed for stealing from his wife and stepdaughter. Colin Morris, 48,...
AMs Want to Lift Bus Lane Ban for All Taxis
Byline: Simon Gaskell PRIVATE hire taxis could soon have equal access to bus lanes in Cardiff after the council made a commitment to remove the current ban. Taxis from private hire firms are currently banned from using the bus lanes despite their...
'Be More Savvy to Make Savings' Energy Consumers Are Urged to Shop Around
Byline: Matt Withers ENERGY consumers in South Wales are missing out on potentially huge savings by not switching providers, a new report says today. The research, by Consumer Focus Wales, shows Wales has some of the lowest levels of energy supplier...
Big Names Making Headlines at Blues
Gav facing axe for Euro tie GAVIN HENSON is set to be axed when Cardiff Blues bosses name their team to face Racing Metro in this weekend's make-or-break Heineken Cup showdown, writes Andy Howell. Sources have revealed to the Echo the double Grand...
Binmen 'Leave Rubbish Strewn across Street'
Byline: Helen Turner THESE damning pictures show the moment binmen refused to pick up a black bag which split during collection - and carelessly drove off instead. The heap of rubbish, which included dirty nappies and broken glass, was then picked...
Businessmen Dalman Is on Board with the Bluebirds
TURKISH Cypriot businessman Mehmet Dalman, 53, has joined Cardiff City's board. Dalman was once a young footballer with Crystal Palace, but chose education and finance ahead of football. He took a Bachelor of Arts at the University of London...
Cardiff MCCU Bowled over by Visit from Russell; CRICKET Always Make
FORMER England wicket-keeper Jack Russell has been passing on his wealth of knowledge to the next generation of Cardiff students. Russell travelled to the Swalec Stadium last week to work with the next crop of the Cardiff MCCU squad. This is...
CELTS Successfully Keep Cobras at Bay; WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL
The CELTS Wheelchair Basketball Club's first-team opened 2012 with a narrow 59-56 win over the Leicester Cobras. The CELTS were first to put points on the board with a quick basket from Wandersen Martinez. The Cobras responded quickly and the...
City Are Hit by Late Goal for Another Heartache
Barnet Ladies ...............1 Cardiff City Ladies ........0 FOR the second time in only a few weeks Cardiff City Ladies were beaten by a late winner by Barnet in a FA Women's National Premier League match. In a very entertaining, but hard-fought...
Coronation Are Beaten Again to Throw Title Race Wide Open; SW Senior League Sport@walesonline.Co.UK
THE top of division one is becoming quite congested after leaders Cogan Coronation suffered their third defeat of the season. They went down 3-2 at Pentwyn Dynamos despite leading at the break with two goals by Grant Beedle. Second and third...
COUNCIL HOUSING GIVEN A FACELIFT; Homes Fitted with New Kitchens and Bathrooms in Redevelopment Scheme
Byline: Brendan Hughes DREARY council homes across the capital have been given a new lease of life as part of a major makeover scheme. As our before and after pictures show, crumbling council properties have been revived with new cladding and...
Dazzling Display Has the Devils on the Up; ICE HOCKEY
JAMIE Hayes (2) and Ricky Deacon scored for Cardiff Devils during their outstanding 3-0 win against former English National League champions Invicta Dynamos at the Big Blue Tent. That win became even more valuable when rivals Isle of Wight Raiders,...
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Estyn 'Good at Judging the Best Schools'
Byline: Claire Miller A SCHOOL'S Estyn report is a good way of gauging a school's achievements, with the link particularly strong in South Wales, new figures suggest. Analysis of data used to put together the Welsh Government's secondary school...
Eventsdiary WHAT'S ON IN YOUR COMMUNITY
* CARDIFF North AM Julie Morgan holds her regular advice surgery on Friday at the constituency office, 17 Plasnewydd, Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 1NR, from 4pm to 5pm. No appointment is necessary but the surgeries will operate on a first come, first...
"Floating Palace Is a Bit Late in the Day for the Royals
Byline: Dan O'Neill So how do I know what went on over the breakfast boiled eggs at Buck House yesterday? Let me just say, I have my methods. And anyway, you can always bung a footman a fiver or two if you want the inside stuff - the bloke who irons...
Former Soldier Cleared of Rapes
A FORMER soldier accused of carrying out a campaign of sex assaults on two girls has been cleared. Michael John Hunt, 42, of Fardre Crescent, Church Village, pleaded not guilty to a nine-count indictment in which he faced three counts each of indecency...
Giggs and Beckham Get Team GB Calls
Byline: Paul Abbandonato RYAN Giggs and David Beckham have been given one last shot at the international big time after it was confirmed they are wanted by Team GB for the London Olympics. The former Manchester United team-mates are set to be...
Gunnarsson Indebted to Coleman for Big Break in English Game
Byline: Terry Phillips CARDIFF City midfield ace Aron Gunnarsson admits he owes his presence with the Carling Cup-promotion-chasing Bluebirds to Wales manager in waiting Chris Coleman. The FA of Wales are set to unveil Coleman as Gary Speed's successor...
HEALTH OUR Expert Dr JOANNA LONGSTAFFE
Clinical director of the Independent General Practice answers your medical queries Q I have worn contact lenses without any problems for the past seven years. But recently I have been experiencing redness in my left eye as well as pain, soreness and...
Henson Is All Set for Axe in Big Heineken Decider
Byline: Andy Howell GAVIN Henson is set for the axe as Cardiff Blues bosses go with Gavin Evans in the No.12 jersey instead as they seek to nail down a place in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup. Evans, capped once by Wales as a substitute...
'If I Cannot Do Something Today, I Will Do It Tomorrow' Evan Wilson's Life Was Turned Upside Down When He Had a Major Stroke While Driving Home in July Last Year. He Spoke to Julia McWatt about the Impact It Had on Him and How, through Sheer Determination, He Managed to Surpass His Doctor's Predictions for Recovery
* HEN Evan Wilson felt his limbs stiffen suddenly while driving late at night on the M4, he knew straight away that something was seriously wrong with his body. It started to dawn on the 64-year-old, who had already overcome a minor stroke in 2002,...
Karate Club Get Their Kicks with Cash Grant; KARATE
KARATE kids of all ages in the rural Vale of Glamorgan have struck it lucky after a local club was awarded a pounds 1,500 Community Chest grant. The St Brides Major Karate Jutsu Kai Club's efforts to attract new members have been boosted by the...
Maccarinelli on the Trail of a British Title Bid
FORMER world champion Enzo Maccarinelli has been lined up for a British title eliminator later in 2012. The Swansea fighter will take on Bob Ajisafe with the winner of the light-heavyweight bout set to take on British champion Tony Bellew, the Liverpudlian...
MACKIE SWOOP; Scottish Striker Could Be Frozen out as Hughes Starts QPR Reign
Byline: Terry Phillips CARDIFF CITY boss Malky Mackay could be ready to make a swoop for Queens Park Rangers front man Jamie Mackie, the Echo can reveal. Mackie is one of several QPR players who may be on their way out of Loftus Road after Mark...
May Vows to Fight on to Deport Abu Qatada
Byline: Wesley Johnson A TERRORIST accused of posing a grave threat to Britain's national security cannot be sent back home because it would be a "flagrant denial of justice", human rights judges have ruled. Radical cleric Abu Qatada, pictured,...
No Doubting Thomas as Whitchurch Win; Cardiff & District Juniors Sport@walesonline.Co.UK
IN the Under-13A Division, Ben Thomas, Dan Manley, Callum Nippers and Sam Wall secured the points for Whitchurch in their 4-0 win over Rumney. Pentwyn Dynamo recorded their second win of the season with a 3-2 win against Urdd and Heath Park Rangers...
Our Super SLIMMER; Losing Weight Always Seemed Just beyond Barbara Randell's Reach. She Tells Kirstie McCrum How She Finally Managed to Shed More Than 5st - and Still Enjoy Chocolate Every Night
Byline: BARBARA RANDELL LIKE many women, Barbara Randell is always busy, working as a teaching assistant during the day and in crowd management at evening events. She shares her home in Roath, Cardiff with her husband, two daughters and a grandson,...
Patience Is Name of Game for Ace Gethin - Thomas
Byline: Simon Thomas BLUES boss Peter Thomas has called on Gethin Jenkins to show patience over deciding his playing future. Wales and Lions prop Jenkins is out of contract at the end of this season and is being targeted by a number of big-spending...
Plaid Cymru Considering a New Name
Byline: Matt Withers PLAID Cymru yesterday published a review into its entire workings - and suggested changing its English name to the Welsh National Party. The review, commissioned following Plaid's poor performance in last year's Assembly...
Practical Advice to Help You Adjust to Life on Your Own; Ask DEBS ADVICE FOR THE OVER 50s
Financial and personal advice for the over 50s with Deborah Smith, engagement manager for the older people's charity Age Cymru Q I'm 62 and I split up with my partner of 27 years at Christmas. I would like some advice on the day-to-day practicalities...
PREVIEW; Maverick Sabre - Solus, Cardiff University
THE man with one of the most unique voices in modern pop music is heading to South Wales. Set to release his debut album, Lonely Are The Brave, on February 6, rising star Maverick Sabre embarks on a UK tour which calls in at Cardiff University in...
RHYS NOT RATTLED BY SNAKES; Now TV Man Wants to Solve Mystery of Big Cats
Byline: Graham Henry HE HAS spent the last year getting snakes out of bathrooms, tracking cobras in Bridgend and seeking out the big cats that - apparently - call South Wales forests home. Now Rhys "Snake Man" Jones' efforts to unravel the mysteries...
Rockers Riding the Snake; Welsh Rock Doppelgangers Quitesnake Are Making a Name for Themselves by Paying Homage to '80S Rock Giants Whitesnake, and, as KATHRYN WILLIAMS Discovered, They Even Come with the Ringing Endorsement of Their Heroes
TO borrow from Whitesnakes' biggest hit, Here they go again, and they are definitely on their own. Passionate Rhondda rockers Quitesnake are the only official Whitesnake tribute act in the UK and have been endorsed by the '80s rockers themselves....
Sam Pursuing a GB Spot with Geraint
Byline: Gareth Griffiths WELSH teenage sensation Sam Harrison has set his eyes on joining Olympic champion Geraint Thomas at London 2012. Harrison and Thomas are part of the seven-strong camp training for five places in the GB team pursuit squad...
School Open Day Was Ideal Setting for Pair to Meet
The couple: Pam Barnes, 38, a Keep Wales Tidy project manager, and Phil Bacon, 44, an aviation manager, both of Rhoose. The venue: The couple married on December 28 last year in a ceremony at Castell Coch, Cardiff, followed by a reception at Fonmon...
Scorpions Get Their Kicks at a Boot Camp; RUGBY LEAGUE
SOUTH Wales Scorpions have declared last weekend's "boot camp" a rousing success as they prepare for their third season as the area's only professional Rugby League club. The first-team squad players were put through the wringer at RAF St Athan...
Shape Up Your Family
IF you worry that your family are not as fit and healthy as they could be there is chance to sign up for a free 10 week course to put them on the right track. The Mind, Exercise, Nutrition... Do it! (MEND) programme is now recruiting children...
Snubbed Star Gavin Hands Gatland a Big Wales Poser; COMMENT
Byline: Delme Parfitt SO, if Gavin Henson can't get into the Blues squad for their most important game of the season this coming weekend, where does that leave him with Wales? Warren Gatland was due to name a 30-odd strong squad for the Six Nations...
STAFF'S DRIVE TO SAVE STORES; Save Peacocks Campaign Launched on Facebook and Twitter as Pressure Mounts on RBS Bank to Do More to Save Firm
Byline: Aled Blake PEACOCKS staff have come out fighting in an effort to save the company. Save Peacocks campaigns were launched on social networking websites Facebook and Twitter - with more than 2,000 people already signed up. It comes as...
Stars Put Up in Hotels Paid for by Taxpayers
Byline: Claire Miller CARDIFF council has spent nearly pounds 20,000 putting up stars and sponsors of events in the city. Figures from the council's budget show it paid pounds 19,450.27 for hotel accommodation in 2009/10. The council used...
Storming Show by Leaders as They Storm to Success to Beat the Champions Bluebird; Merthyr League Sport@walesonline.Co.UK
LEADERS Aberfan SDC produced a storming performance to defeat champions Bluebird 6-3 in front of a big Premier Division crowd The Social took the lead after 15 minutes through Ben Madgewick.Within a minute the Blues were on terms through Kerry Jones...
Super Darko in Hat-Trick Show for the Bluebirds
Byline: Terry Phillips Llanelli .............................. 1 Cardiff City ....................... 4 TEENAGE centre-forward Jesse Darko fired a first-half hat-trick for Cardiff City during an emphatic victory against Welsh Premier League Llanelli...
The Royal Welsh Way Tourist Trail; Call to Rename A470 in Honour of Armed Forces
Byline: David Williamson IT'S the road to the Valleys and beyond - known for its rush-hour traffic jams and the many journeys spent stuck behind a Mid Wales tractor. But support is growing to rename the A470 from Cardiff to Llandudno the Royal...
Title E Contenders Zenith Hit the Goal Trail to Hit Struggling Birchgrove for Six; Cardiff Combination Sport@walesonline.Co.UK
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Two-Goal Nurse Provides Perfect Tonic for Sparta against the Police; Lazarou League Sport@walesonline.Co.UK
SPARTA Cathays took the honours in the top of the table clash in the Everson First Division as they swept o a 4-0 win over leaders Cardiff Police to close the gap to two points. Jake Nurse netted a brace, which was added to by Ben Starkey and Dave...
We Must Try to Combat Big Threat of Ajmal - Prior
MATT Prior admitted England will have to find a way to combat Saeed Ajmal if they are to get anything out of their Test series with Pakistan. The spinner took a career-best seven for 55 as England were dismissed for 192 on the first day of the first...
We Need Your Help to Make the Final Push and Eradicate Polio from the World; Yousay IN YOUR OPINION
Iread with interest Dan O'Neill's article ("City terrified by smallpox deaths", January 10). I was in my teens but remember it well. I lived in Llanrumney at the time, but unfortunately I don't recognise anyone in the picture. However, Dan mentioned...
Who Could Do This to Buddy? Border Collie Pup Shot in Face and Left to Die
Byline: Echo Reporter THIS was the horrific sight that greeted a Christmas Day walker when he found a dying dog shot in the face at point-blank range. The one year old pup - called Buddy - was left with "half his face hanging off" by the vicious...
Your Stars
Byline: claire petulengro Some reorganisation is needed if you want things to run smoothly and efficiently this month. You appear to be adjusting to new and strained circumstances and may be finding it difficult. Today's confrontations rectify this....