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 March 13, 2012

AN EN-SUITE ROOM FOR EVERYONE AT NEW Pounds 172M HOSPITAL; Health Minister Officially Opens State-of-The Art Modern Building That Brings NHS Services Together under One Roof
Byline: Madeleine Brindley THE largest of South Wales' new generation of hospitals opened yesterday - boasting 269 en-suite rooms. Health minister Lesley Griffiths officially opened state-of-the-art pounds 172m Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr, which replaces...
A Single Parent Family for Two Days - I Love It; Paternity TEST by Dave Owens the Trials and Tribulations of an Exhausted Father
Byline: Dave Owens AS I write this, I'm sat at my desk contemplating the weekend ahead - one that will be out of the norm for me. For two days, I will essentially become a single parent family, as my wife flees the house for a well-earned break...
Brought to Justice
The following cases were heard at Pontypridd and Cardiff Magistrates' Courts: * Christopher David Llewellyn, 24, of Dol y Coed in Llwydcoe, Aberdare, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention. He was fined pounds 60, ordered to pay pounds...
Charlotte Stars as Alroyal Wears the Crown at Tivyside; POINT-TO-POINT REVIEW
CHARLOTTE Prichard, 16, from Pontypridd, proved that her recent win on her father Ian's Alroyal at Howick was no fluke when landing the ladies' open race at the Tivyside Hunt Point-To-Point Steeplechases in astounding style on Sunday. Tailed off...
Could Grand Slam Lead Us towards Independence? PeterCollins OUR MAN ON THE STREET Peter.Collins@walesonline.Co.UK
Does it really matter if Wales win the Grand Slam next Saturday? To be honest - and you know my middle name is "honest" - until yesterday I would have said: "Of course not. It's only a game." Now I realise that it matters enormously. I hope Wales...
Court Will Rule on 'Locked-In' Man's Case
Byline: Cathy Gordon; John Aston A LOCKED-IN syndrome sufferer who wants a doctor to be able to lawfully end his life has won the right to have his case decided by the High Court. Tony Nicklinson and his family, who live in Melksham, Wiltshire,...
DON'T KNOCK KING KENNY; Miller Will Rediscover His Goal Touch - Gunnarsson
Byline: Terry Phillips ARON Gunnarsson is backing team-mate Kenny Miller to end the season with a bang and play a major part in firing Cardiff City towards their promotion dream. Scottish international Miller hasn't scored in his last 10 matches,...
Entertainment Guide
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Eventsdiary WHAT'S ON IN YOUR COMMUNITY
* MEMBERS of the Cardiff Royal Naval Association will be meeting at the City Arms tomorrow at about 12.30pm for a social get-together. All former and serving members of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines are welcome. Call 07926 030327 or e-mail...
Exams in Wales 'May Be Hit by Gove Plan'
EDUCATION Secretary Michael Gove's decision to change GCSEs in England could signal the end of modular exams in Wales, a union leader has warned. Dr Philip Dixon believes the Welsh Government could lose control of its entire qualifications regime...
Exercise in Disguise; Samar Wafa Loved Her Zumba Class So Much That She Set Up Her Own Business Teaching the Latin-Inspired Dance Fitness Programme
Byline: Samar Wafa AS someone who has always loved to dance and keep fit then Zumba was always going to hit the spot for Samar Wafa. And now she is spreading her infectious enthusiasm for Zumba at her 17 classes throughout Cardiff. It was...
Fans Can Fire Push to the Premier - Gunnarsson
Byline: Terry Phillips ARON Gunnarsson insists fan power can lift Cardiff City towards their Premier League dream. The Bluebirds go into tonight's Championship clash with Hull at Cardiff City Stadium on the back of Saturday's crucial Severnside...
Fireman Jack Tackled War's Biggest Blaze; Former Deputy Chief Was Last Serving Officer with Cardiff City Police Fire Brigade
JOHN George Walsh, who has died aged 97, was once one of the most senior fire officers in South Wales. He was the last serving fire officer with the Cardiff City Police Fire Brigade before it became South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and was one...
From Best Friend to Inspiration
AS I tentatively opened my Mother's Day card, what lovely sentiment had my three-year-old expressed? "I love my mum because... she takes me to McDonalds." Not quite what I was expecting, but luckily h* Cathy with son Frazer makes up for it with...
Great News about Kauto - but We Fear the Hurricane
Byline: FRED DONE WE all got the good news we had been hoping for yesterday when Kauto Star was confirmed as a runner for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday. Paul Nicholls' 12-year-old has put the nasty fall he had when schooling at home...
Lookingback WHAT WAS IN THE NEWS
1941 TUESDAY, MARCH 13 The Queen pays a South Wales visit, Rhondda youth's daring, and much more make the news 71 years ago this week Rhondda youth's daring in the Middle East Official news has been received by Mr and Mrs Edwin Bowen, of Court Street,...
McBryde Upbeat over Skipper Sam Winning Welsh Fitness Battle
ROBIN McBryde has claimed it is "looking favourable" that Wales captain Sam Warburton will be fit to lead his country in the Six Nations title and Grand Slam showdown against France. Warburton was due to undergo what Wales forwards coach McBryde...
Nice Try, Cessie. Hope Our Grand Slam Boys Are Just as on the Ball; Thousands Will Watch Match on Big Screen
Byline: Clare Hutchinson UP TO 10,000 fans who missed out on tickets to this weekend's Grand Slam showdown will be able to watch it on a big screen set up especially for the match. Cardiff council announced plans for the screen at a special "supporters'...
Pitmen Dig Deep to Reach Last Eight of Swalec Plate; Local Rugby
Byline: HOWARD EVANS THE Pitmen of Penallta have not reached a semi-final in the three seasons of the Swalec Plate and Bowl, but their superb 22-3 win at Senghenydd has put them into this season's Plate quarter-finals. Penallta's 21-year-old...
Pounds 19m Claim in Battle of the Bus Companies
Byline: Julia McWatt A RIVAL bus company was forced into liquidation after Cardiff Bus launched a "programme of abuse" to push it out of the market, a tribunal heard yesterday. Council-owned Cardiff Bus is facing a multi-million-pound compensation...
POVERTY FEARS OVER BENEFIT CHANGE; Charity Warns That Universal Credit Proposals Could Push Nearly 54,000 Single Mums in Wales 'Below the Breadline'
Byline: Graham Henry A GENERATION of Welsh children could be condemned to a life of poverty because of Westminster welfare changes, a children's charity has warned. In research published today, Save the Children claimed that nearly 54,000 single...
Ramon Tackles a King-Sized Role; He Shot to Fame as Leather-Clad Gay Biker Ferdy in Cult '90S TV Drama This Life but These Days Ramon Tikaram Can Be Found Waltzing around the Stage in the King and I. He Spoke to Karen Price
RAMON Tikaram is becoming increasingly used to appearing in court. However, he's not committed any misdemeanours, it's just that the actor is playing the title role in a new touring production of the award-winning musical The King And I. It is quite...
Ryan Ready to Join Exclusive Band of Welsh Hat-Trick Heroes
Byline: Gareth Griffiths RYAN Jones is hoping he can celebrate his birthday by joining a small exclusive club of Welsh rugby legends by celebrating a hat-trick of Grand Slams this Saturday. JPR Williams, Gerald Davies and Gareth Edwards were...
Saint-Andre Rings Changes for Wales Trip
FRANCE coach Philippe Saint-Andre has reshuffled his squad ahead of their final Six Nations clash against Wales this weekend. Les Bleus head to Cardiff looking to derail Welsh hopes of landing the Grand Slam and Saint-Andre has made six changes,...
Sex Offender Failed to Notify Authorities before Trip Abroad
A SEX offender breached his notification for the fifth time after jetting off to the Dominican Republic on holiday. Stephen Chalkley, 37, of Brynderwen Court, Ferndale, admitted failing to comply with a sexual offences notification requirement before...
"Six Years on, the Same Mistakes Are Being Made at Hospital
Regarding the "open letter" from the chairman and chief executive of Cardiff and Vale UHB ("Learning from our mistakes", Echo, March 2), I felt I had to reply. I, too, have been reading the letters recently regarding the problems in University Hospital...
Smith Ready to Shoulder Action Again at Devils; RINK Side
Byline: TERRY PHILLIPS MARK Smith is ready for ice hockey action almost six months after suffering a shoulder injury. Canadian defenceman Smith will play for Cardiff Devils in Thursday's Elite League home clash with is former club, Edinburgh...
Sony Nurtures New Technology Companies
SONY has announced plans to create a business incubator for companies in four technology sectors at its site in Pencoed. The electronics giant wants to create a Technium-style incubator at the 30,000sq m site for start-up companies in the media,...
Steelworkers' Full Pensions Hope 'Dashed'
Byline: Martin Shipton UK PENSIONS Minister Steve Webb has been criticised for failing to consult with the Treasury over the possibility of compensating former ASW workers. Former employees of the Cardiff steel company, which crashed 10 years...
Telling It like It Is; Heather Noble from Cardiff Central Library Explains How Non-Fiction Books Can Inspire Reluctant Readers
Byline: Heather Noble AS an obsessive consumer of stories I find it hard to believe there are those who do not share my enthusiasm to escape into other lives. But they do say truth is stranger than s fiction and the truth is many people read non-fiction...
The Bloodiest of History Lessons
Byline: Dan O'Neill When six soldiers died in a single horrifying incident last week it took the death toll of British personnel killed in Afghanistan since 2001 to more than 400. During the first five years of combat only five died. An alarming...
THE HUGE COST OF 'CHEAP' HOLIDAYS; More Than 24,000 Days Lost since September, Says Council
Byline: Peter Law BARGAIN GETAWAY... OR NOT? The difference between taking a holiday in and out of term time, calculated for two adults and two children under 12 travelling for a week RESORT HOTEL WEEK OF JULY 9 DIFFERENCE WEEK OF JULY 23 Disneyland...
'To Let' Signs Slammed for Attracting Burglars
Byline: Peter Law ESTATE agents could be banned from putting up "to let" signs in parts of Cardiff without permission. The council claims the signs blight areas with large student populations and are used by letting agents as a form of "free...
Uwic Confrontation as England Win with Honours
* THERE was an interesting confrontation of Uwic players when England Students beat their Welsh counterparts by 43-15 at The Stoop Ground in London. Full-back Dan Bibby, along with Louis Messer and Jordan Saunders, were in the England squad while...
Walcott Sets His Sights on Spurs after Late Winner
Arsenal ......................... 2 Newcastle .................... 1 THEO Walcott warned that Arsenal had Tottenham firmly in their sights after he set up the Gunners' winning goal in last night's victory over Newcastle. S Thomas Vermaelen struck...
Welsh Prop Star Backing Warren to Be Lions King
Byline: Andrew Baldock GETHIN Jenkins has thrown his weight behind red-hot favourite Warren Gatland to take charge of the British and Irish Lions in Australia next year. Lions chiefs are set to reveal the head coach's identity next month after...
When You Play with a Tyrannical Pirate TV Is a Safe Haven
" Mummy, can we play Walk The Plank?" "What? That board game that's like Snakes and Ladders? A proper game that involves throwing a dice, moving your pirate up the jetty to claim a piece of treasure in the hope you don't land on a Walk The Plank square,...
WIN WALES V FRANCE TICKETS WITH NatWest
NatWest is proud to support rugby at every level, from the RBS 6 Nations through to programmes like NatWest RugbyForce. As rugby fans will know, almost every player on the international stage started at a local club. Championship sponsor NatWest...