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THE GREAT WAR
VARSITY 2016 IS COMING TO SWANSEA
Swansea University and the Liberty Stadium will play host to the tournament which runs from Saturday the 16th to Wednesday, 20th April.
Fixtures kickoff at 10am on the 20th with more than 30 competitions taking place throughout the day, or under and around the Swansea University campus.
The celebrations will culminate that evening with the showcase men's rugby clash at the Liberty Stadium home of Swansea City FC and the Ospreys RC.
Catch every Six Nations game live on the Big Screen
All this year's Six Nations Championship games are being shown live on Castle Square's Big Screen.
STORMS raging in from the Atlantic have caused destruction along the coast of South Wales.
The good news is that those gales have died down for Tuesday and Wednesday. There should be lots of sun poking through a cloudy sky for both days. Wind speed has dropped to 10/20mph Westerly and the temperature remains the smae at 6ºC.
An evening of Saints, Songs and Celebrations will help mark the build-up to St David's Day in Swansea.
Celebrate St David's Day build-up at Brangwyn concert
Welsh Lib Dems unveil Judith Woodman as South Wales Police Commissioner Candidate
Welsh Liberal Democrats have announced former Cardiff Council Deputy Leader Judith Woodman as their South Wales candidate for the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
The event, taking place at the Brangwyn Hall on Wednesday February 24, will include lots of music and entertainment.
More than 300 children from local schools will be taking part in the celebrations, which start at 7pm.
Some of the schools participating include Blaenymaes, Bishopston, Burlais, Ysgol Gyfun Gwyr, Gwyrosydd, Llwynderw, Penclawdd, Ysgol Gymraeg Pontybrenin, St Joseph's and Talycopa.
Cllr Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Regeneration, said: "This concert has always been a terrific success at our wonderful Brangwyn Hall. It really is a fantastic venue for performances of this kind.
"This event won't just be a great honour for the children taking part. It will also be hugely entertaining for parents and people of all ages who want to go along and celebrate how proud we all are to be Welsh.
"The event also takes place in the middle of the Six Nations Championship, so it will further boost the terrific sense of patriotism we'll all no doubt be feeling by that point. St David's Day is a special day on the annual calendar, so this concert is a perfect way to get in the spirit of the occasion as we edge ever closer to celebrating the life of our Patron Saint."
Tickets are available online at www.enjoyswanseabay.com or by calling 01792 637300. They can also be purchased on the night.
The latest storm - Imogen - did its bit and destroyed Swansea's West Pier! Massive damage has been caused to the 100 year old structure ripping its foundations apart.
Reinforced concrete was little defence against Imogens 120mph winds, they just ripped it apart along with making rail-way sleepers look like match sticks.
The force of the tide was on each side of the pier, forcing the sand dunes under the structure and into the Tawe River.
Huge sink holes appeared some measuring 8 feet deep, if a dog or a child fell into one of these holes, they would end up in the river, and that's goodbye.
The advise is too keep away from the area until those who are responsible for the Pier cordon it off.
Welsh Lib Dems deliver for Swansea, Neath, Port Talbot and Bridgend
The Welsh Liberal Democrats have today secured, amongst other things, £14,783,250 extra investment in schools in the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend areas.
New dog microchipping laws coming in April 2016
Dog owners in Swansea are being urged to get their pets microchipped ahead of new legislation being introduced in Wales in April.
The Microchipping of Dogs (Wales) Regulations 2015 come into force on April 6 and follows a consultation by the Welsh Government which took place in April 2015. The new regulations require all dog-owners to get their dog microchipped so that specific information about the dog and owner can be stored on a database. It means that stray dogs which are picked up are more likely to be reunited with their owners quickly.
In 2015, Swansea Council's Animal Welfare Team collected 487 stray dogs and 217 of those were returned to their owner. Of those returned - 107 were microchipped. The regulations also prevent a dog from being transferred to a new keeper until it has been microchipped and any new owner of a dog is required to update the information on the database on the transfer of keeper/ownership. Once the regulations are in place, council animal welfare officers will have the powers to issue legal notices to pet owners whose dog is not microchipped.
leopard attack on Indian school injures five
THE Welsh Varsity is a fesitval of sport, with over 35 competitions taking place across 23 sports.
Fifteen games make up the annual tournament, which kicks-off on Saturday February 6. France host Italy in the championship's curtain raiser at 2.25pm before England play Scotland at Murrayfield at 4.50pm. Wales open their account against defending champions Ireland in Dublin on Sunday February 7 at 3pm.
Warren Gatland's men will then play Scotland on Saturday February 13, France on Friday February 26, England on Saturday March 12 and Italy on Saturday March 19.
Wales were pipped to the post on the last day of the Six Nations last year, with both England and Ireland gunning for the title too. The Irish eventually won the tournament, despite an heroic Welsh second half display in Rome.
Flanker Sam Warburton will again captain the Welsh team this year. Ospreys stars Alun-Wyn Jones, Dan Biggar and Dan Lydiate are among those who will also feature.
A leopard entered a private school near Varthur and attacked people, injuring three forest department personnel, including a veterinarian the feline has been tranquilised after a daylong operation, and the three injured persons, including a veterinarian, have been shifted to a nearby hospital.
"Celebrate St David's Day build-up at Brangwyn concert Swansea City."
Last year the Welsh Liberal Democrats agreed to a two year deal, worth £223m, to allow the Welsh Government’s budget to pass in exchange for the implementation of Welsh Liberal Democrat policies. Assembly Members today voted on that budget.
Amongst other achievements, the Welsh Liberal Democrats secured an increase in the Pupil Premium (also known as ‘Pupil Deprivation Grant’) so every school receives £1,150 per pupil on free school meals, a Young Persons’ Bus Pass so young people can travel for free to work and training, and 5,000 new apprenticeships.
That means that next year Swansea schools will receive £6,287,050, Neath Port Talbot School £4,532,150 and Bridgend schools £3,964,050 targeted at the most deprived pupils.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black said: “I’m delighted we have secured this extra investment for our area. Let’s be clear: the positives in this budget are because of Welsh Liberal Democrat influence.
“Whether it is securing over £200m investment for education, delivering funding for thousands of new apprenticeships, or supporting young people getting to work and training, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have a record of delivery for our communities.
“The Welsh Liberal Democrats continue to punch above our weight and today’s budget, which delivers on a number of priorities which have a positive impact on people’s lives, is evidence of that.”