Keep the Six Nations on free TV

The Chief Executive of the Six Nations has said he is considering moving the tournament to a pay-to-view TV channel.

The Welsh Liberal Democrats are campaigning to keep the Six Nations on free-to-air television. Welsh Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams is writing to John Feehan, the Six Nations Chief Executive, urging him to keep the tournament on free TV.

Kirsty said: “Pride in our national rugby team extends far wider than die-hard rugby fans; people across Wales join in at Six Nations time and dream of another Grand Slam. If the tournament moves to pay-only TV, that magic could well be lost.”

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I call on John Feehan, Chief Executive of the Six Nations, to choose a fully free-to-air rights deal for the Six Nations tournament and keep our rugby on free TV.

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Motorway closed in horror smash – 29 taken to hospital

Twenty-nine people have been taken to hospital following two crashes involving a minibus and four cars which has closed a section of the M4 near Cardiff.

The road is shut between junction 33 Capel Llanilltern and junction 34 Miskin following two separate accidents on either side of the carriageway.

One woman has been airlifted to hospital and another 28 people taken to three hospitals by ambulance.

crash on M4
crash on M4

Traffic is queuing for miles and a South Wales Police officer said he believed there would be disruption for a few hours.

Fireman Lee Morley from Swansea was one of the first on the scene; the 27 year-old was driving westbound when he saw the crash happen.

“All of a sudden I saw on the other side [of the road] a lot of queuing stationary traffic to go up to the sliproad,” he said.  “Then the minibus went into the back of a car, the car then went into the back of a Range Rover and that then went into another car, which spun out and scrunched.”

Mr Morley immediately pulled into the hard shoulder.  “I jumped over the barrier and a woman in the car which spun out was breathing but unconscious. But I got her to come round by talking to her and doing what I’m trained to do,” he said.  “An off-duty nurse then took over from me while I then helped other walking wounded.  It was crazy and surreal.”

Mr Morley said two air ambulances attended and one took the injured woman to UHW.  “There were children standing on the side of the road, they had been in the cars caught up in it,” he said.  “The minibus was full of pensioners and I think they were on their way to see the musical Top Hat in Cardiff. They were mainly walking wounded with some significant cuts and bruises.”

The University Hospital of Wales said it is treating people injured in the crash and, as a result, other non-urgent patients may experience long waits.

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the injured were being taken to three hospitals in the area – UHW, the Princess of Wales in Bridgend and the Royal Glamorgan in Llantrisant.  Eyewitnesses caught up in the disruption said traffic was gridlocked.

Snow is heading to Swansea Bay! Met Office predicts chilly weather!

As of this morning, the Met Office is forecasting that snow is heading to Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthen this week, amongst a mixed bag of poor weather.

On Tuesday, from 7pm in Carmarthen, and 10pm in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot, snow has been predicted across the hills, away from the coastline. The latter will continue to experience heavy rain and temperatures as low as four degrees Celsius.

Yellow warnings of wind and rain are currently in force from midday on Wednesday until 9am on Thursday, as low pressure hits Wales. Chief forecasters have warned that there could be some localised transport disruption, as well was water on the roads and some flooding.

Strong winds will prevail the whole week, with gusts reaching a peak of 66mph on Thursday morning.

See what Swansea stars have to offer, Roy! Evening Post invites England manager Hodgson to city

TODAY the Evening Post is sending an invitation to England manager Roy Hodgson offering him an all-expenses paid luxury trip to Swansea.

We have joined together with some of our leading businesses to make sure his first visit to the city and the Liberty Stadium is one to remember.

Mr Hodgson has come under fire for overlooking the Swans’ English contingent —  despite Wales’s only Premier League club’s unbeaten start to the season. He has never crossed the Severn Bridge as England boss despite being in post for more than two years.

Read more: http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Swansea-stars-offer-Roy-Evening-Post-invites/story-22909552-detail/story.html#ixzz3D0fRaboW
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iPhone 6 Plus and its 5.5-inch, 1080p Retina Display HD

iphone 6 plus

Well folks, the time for wild-eyed rumors and clandestine reports is finally over – Apple CEO Tim Cook just officially revealed the hefty new iPhone 6 Plus and its 5.5-inch screen in Cupertino alongside a long-rumored (and handier) 4.7-inch model. This thing won’t seem all that foreign if you frequent the geekier corners of the web, but it’s a sure sign that Apple wants to give all those other pocket-stretching phablets out there a run for their metaphorical money. The company’s live press event still chugging along (with a sketchy stream, no less), but here’s what we know so far.

There’s no two ways about it: the star of the show here is the spacious 5.5-inch 1080p Retina Display HD riding up front – to hear Apple’s Phil Schiller tell it, it’s SRGB-accurate, has an ultrathin backlight, photo-aligned IPS liquid crystals, an improved polarizer, and ion-strengthened glass. More importantly (and at long last!), the screen runs at 1080p.

You won’t notice any dramatic design differences between this model and its little brother – it’s still dramatically thinner than the iPhones that came before it (the Plus comes in at 7.1mm thick, and the angular edges of the 5s have given way to a smoother, rounder look in line with the company’s most recent batch of iPads. Remember all those leaks? They absolutely nailed it, and the end result looks, well, really comfortable to latch onto.

More Info: here

Swansea gets its very own Milky Way as Wales’ first starpath is laid

A glow-in-the-dark pathway known as a “Starpath” has been introduced in a Welsh park for the first time.

Groundbreaking technology means the path that runs through Bryn-y-Don Park in Swansea’s North Hill district now lights up at night.

Swansea Council is behind the UV-powered project with funding from the Welsh Government’s Tidy Towns initiative.

The spray-on technology generates its own energy during the day and then the special chemicals in the path interact to produce a glow at night.

Sybil Crouch, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability said of the project: “This is the latest in a number of schemes to significantly improve Bryn-y-Don Park in North Hill for nearby residents and people who pass through the area every day.

“Not only does the Starpath look lovely at night, but it’s also sustainable and energy-efficient, capturing sunlight to enhance safety in unlit areas.

“It’s our goal to work with local residents to transform Bryn-y-Don Park from a neglected patch of land into a valued asset for the many communities it serves. This project shows how serious we are about realising our objective.”

Cloe Gerrard, who chairs the Friends of Bryn-y-Don Park group, said: “We’re thrilled with the new path and so happy that Swansea Council has been able to provide this for our community. It gives the Friends of Bryn-y- Don Park a fantastic point to progress from and you’ll hopefully be able to see many more positive changes soon.”

Hamish Scott, Owner of Pro-Teq Surfacing (UK) Ltd who invented the Starpath, said: “We’re delighted that Swansea Council recognise the benefits of Starpath, and our innovative re-surfacing methodology is now on the pathway that runs through Bryn-y-Don Park in North Hill.

“We’re overwhelmed by the public and media response for this product globally, and now Swansea has the first Starpath in Wales.”

Other recent improvements to Bryn-y-Don Park include a new play area for children. Swansea Council’s parks and highways departments have also cut back overgrown vegetation, cleared rubbish, made entrances more accessible and planted wildflowers.

New shrubs will also soon be planted.

Shark spotted off the coast of Britain could be heading to Swansea Bay…oh, and she could be pregnant

A 2,000lb shark may be making its way to Swansea Bay and experts believe she is pregnant.

The hulking great white shark which has been sighted 800 miles away from Britain could be pregnant – meaning a whole school of potentially killer fish.

The shark, which has been named Lydia, has become the first of its species, which are endangered, to be recorded crossing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and she may be heading for our coastline with the intention of giving birth here.


Read more at http://www.southwales-eveningpost.co.uk/Shark-spotted-coast-Britain-heading-Swansea-Bay/story-20804826-detail/story.html#EyzjOE8mkPc4Pe7H.99

[NEWS] Taxi drivers in credit fraud

TORONTO – Limo drivers and cabbies operating out of Pearson International Airport have allegedly been ripping off visitors to the GTA with a credit card fraud scheme.

Peel Regional Police say their investigators — in partnership with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority — recently discovered the scam, which targets travellers who use limousine and taxi services after landing at the airport.

“The credit card fraud occurs when the traveller pays for a limousine or taxi service with a credit card and the driver processes the payment with a manual swipe machine on a carbon copy receipt,” police explained. “This process records the victim’s full credit card number and personal details, which exposes the card owner to multiple fraudulent billings.”

The airport division criminal investigation bureau is actively investigating the fraud scheme, police said.

“When an electronic payment option is not available, travellers are encouraged to pay in cash when possible,” police advised. “Make sure to obtain the limousine or taxi license number if you have any concerns.”

Police suggest travellers check their credit card statements for any unauthorized transactions.

And they urge anyone who has experienced “fraudulent billing” or “suspicious transactions” after using limo or taxi services at Pearson to “notify their credit card provider immediately.”

Anyone with information regarding this credit card fraud scheme should call investigators at 905-453-2121, ext 3133, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Comedian Tracy Morgan discharged from hospital

Former 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan has been discharged from hospital, five weeks after being badly hurt in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead.

The comedian will continue his recovery at home with an “aggressive outpatient program,” said spokesman Lewis Kay.

“He asked me to pass along his sincerest gratitude to everyone who has helped him get to this point.”

Morgan’s legs, nose and ribs were broken on 7 June when a Walmart truck crashed into his vehicle in New York.

The wreck killed comedian James McNair, who went by the stage name Jimmy Mack.

Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea and comedian Ardie Fuqua Jr were also injured in the crash.

Driver ‘was speeding’

On Thursday, Morgan’s lawyers sued Walmart for negligence, claiming the retailer should have known that its driver had been awake for more than 24 hours, and that a 700-mile commute from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was “unreasonable”.

“As a result of Wal-Mart’s gross, reckless, wilful, wanton, and intentional conduct, it should be appropriately punished with the imposition of punitive damages,” court papers said.

The truck driver has separately pleaded not guilty to charges of death by auto and assault by auto charges.

Prosecutors said Kevin Roper had not slept for more than 24 hours before the crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, when he swerved to avoid traffic that had slowed down, ploughing into Morgan’s limo bus.

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board, said Mr Roper had been driving at 65mph in a 45mph construction zone shortly before the crash.

He had been on the clock for 13-and-a-half hours at the time of the crash, the report concluded. Federal rules permit truck drivers to work up to 14 hours a day, with a maximum of 11 hours behind the wheel.

In a statement issued Saturday, Wal-Mart said it was “cooperating fully” in the ongoing investigation.

“We know it will take some time to resolve all of the remaining issues as a result of the accident, but we’re committed to doing the right thing for all involved,” the retailer said.

Morgan was a series regular on Saturday Night Live for seven years and earned an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor for his role in the sitcom 30 Rock, in which he starred alongside Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

He was returning from a stand-up performance in Delaware when the crash occurred last month.

Exciting new dance music festival coming to Carmarthen

AN exciting new dance music festival is set to come to Carmarthen next year.

The Together Festival will take place on the May 31, 2014, at the Carmarthen Showground site and will be the only dance music festival in Wales.

The event aims to give a new generation of Welsh clubbers the opportunity to be part of something new, as well as bringing all of Wales`s major clubbing brands together

Promotions director of the festival Jason Thomas said:

“The Together Festival will bring like minded people together for one special thing… music. We have a lot of musical talent in Wales and it’s about time we shared it with the World.”

Managing director of LMG (Live Management Group), organisers of the festival Nash Gooderham said: “We are really excited to have this opportunity to produce a new festival for Wales, working with Welsh clubbing brands and Welsh promoters. We’re hoping that the event will be a huge success and that we can develop the Festival into a larger two day event, in the future.”

The festival organisers are hoping to attract people from all over Wales and a limited number of camping pitches will be available to accommodate people who want to stay on site, on both the Friday and Saturday nights.