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Council tax rebate for thousands of Swansea pensioners

Deadline extended for Admiral Swansea Bay 10k

SWANSEA Council has extended the deadline for people to enter the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k.

AM joins opposition to Llangyfelach methane test drilling site


STREET FOOTBALL WALES..... took on the challenge of running up Constitution Hill in Swansea on Saturday morning. Constitution Hills incline is of 1 in 5. and the total elevation is 185 ft. Over 20 footballers took part who run one quarter of the hill and back to the beginning. They carry on and run half way and back to the beginning, and then three quarters and back to the beginning then to the top to the finish. 'You have to be extremely fit for this challenge' said keen footballer Jon Penhale. The race started at 9.30am in sunny and warm conditions. All the footballers - known as Dragons (girls) and Warriors (boys) completed the 185ft incline of the hill. After the race, Keri Harris the organiser congratulated all footballers for their outstanding performances. The whole team are off to Amsterdam for the Homeless  World cup in September.

THOUSANDS of Swansea pensioners are set for a share of almost £300,000 allocated to the city as part of a national council tax rebate scheme.

An estimated 2,940 households will have approximately £113 deducted from their council tax bill after the Help For Pensioners report was approved by Swansea Council's Cabinet.


The extra financial support will go to pensioners who currently qualify for partial council tax reduction.


Council Leader Rob Stewart, Cabinet Member for Finance and Strategy, said: "In these difficult economic times it is good news that the Council will be able to utilise this funding to help thousands of pensioners pay their council tax.


"Eligible pensioners need do nothing because we will identify them from our records and send out letters to let them know what the grant means for them."


Those who are benefitting do not need to make an application for payment as cases will be identified from council tax records. Pensioners in the city who already qualify for full council tax reduction are not affected.


Cllr Stewart added that local families should not forget that Swansea's benefits advice team is on hand to help anyone who may be eligible to claim other forms of help with paying council tax.


He added: "There are many different family situations and taking account of age and income means that customers should not rule themselves out.


"We urge everyone to contact the benefits advice team to have a calculation for their particular circumstances. Even a little money off the bill can help and we may even identify other ways where people could save money."


Beverley Sisters Joy has died aged 91


The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black has added his voice to protestors objecting to an application for planning permission to test drill for coal bed methane in Llangyfelach.

The application, from Pyle-based company UK Methane, is for an exploratory 1000m test borehole on a site adjacent to Bryntywod, Llangyfelach using two drilling rigs. In a letter to the Council, Mr. Black has formally objected to the planning application.


Mr Black said:- “I am opposed to the extraction of coal bed methane as it causes similar environmental problems as the extraction of shale gas, including disposal of waste water, and potential pollution of groundwater sources.


“Indeed, as coal bed methane extraction takes place at a much shallower depth than shale gas extraction, the risk is greater.


“Communities living near coal bed methane extraction sites in Australia have complained of respiratory rashes and irritated eyes.


“The long-term health impacts could be more severe; research from the USA has found that people living less than half a mile from unconventional gas wells have a higher excess lifetime risk for cancer, based on their exposure to air pollutants.


“That is why, in addition to objecting to this application, I have also written to the Minister for Natural Resources asking him to treat all applications for coal bed methane extraction in Wales in the same way as applications to extract shale gas are treated, by calling them in and deciding on them at Welsh Government level.”

The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly

Member for South Wales West,

Peter Black

The Beverley Sisters were a British female vocal trio, most popular during the 1950s and 1960s.

The trio comprised eldest sister Joy (born Joycelyn V. Chinery, 5 May 1924 – 31 August 2015), and the twins, Teddie (born Hazel P. Chinery, 5 May 1927) and Babs (born Babette P. Chinery, 5 May 1927). Their style was loosely modelled on that of their American counterpart The Andrews Sisters. Their notable successes have included "Sisters", "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and "Little Drummer Boy".


Joy married the Wolverhampton Wanderers and England football captain Billy Wright on 28 July 1958 at Poole Register Office, a year before he retired as a player. They were married for 36 years until Billy died of cancer in September 1994. Joy herself died in August 2015 at the age of 91.


In the 2006 New Year Honours list they were each awarded an MBE.


The deadline has now been moved back to Monday September 7 to give anyone who hasn't yet entered more time to do so. The race, which is being sponsored by Admiral for the ninth consecutive year, is taking place along Swansea Bay on Sunday September 20. About 4,500 people are expected to take part this year.


Luke Zasikowski, a seasoned runner who works for Admiral as an insurance consultant, is among those tackling the event for the first time. He said: "Lots of people have told me that it's a fantastic event, and having already run in the Admiral sponsored Newport half marathon, I wanted to sample the atmosphere in Swansea.


"Running has definitely made me a lot stronger - I sleep better and catch fewer seasonal illnesses. I also suffer from anxiety and depression, but since I started training and improving my health and fitness, it has become a lot more level, which has been brilliant."

10k Admiral Mascot fun run 2014

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The Beverley Sisters - Joy in the middle.

Six construction workers were injured in Smithfield, Rhode Island Tuesday when the steel frame of an athletic building being construted collapsed. (Sept. 1)

Hundreds of migrants and refugees were camping out in front of Budapest's main rail station on Tuesday after Hungarian authorities suspended all rail traffic from the terminal. (Sept. 1)