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The Met Office has issued severe yellow weather warnings for snow and ice in parts of Scotland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands. Gale force winds, which reached up nearly 70mph on Tuesday night, also show little sign of relenting in northern areas of England and Wales, according to forecasters.
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AROUND BRITAIN CHALLENGE
CLUB HONOUR AS FLOTILLA TAKES TO WATER
THE KILVEY HILL CEMENT RUN 2014
SAILORS from across Europe flocked to mumbles this weekend to take part in the Dart18 European and National championships. With up to 100 boats expected it will be one of the biggest events Swansea Bay has seen for many years. The Dart18 is a two-man catamaran that regularly reaches speeds of around 20mph. The championships will run from Sunday with racing over five days until Friday. Be aware that car parks in the Mumbles area are extremely busy.
PROTEST STOPS UNI BUILD
About 1,000 people gathered to see the unveiling of a lasting monument to Welsh soldiers who died in World War One in Flanders.
The cromlech built in Langemark, Belgium, has marked the 100th anniversary of the war's outbreak.
It followed years of campaigning by those who wanted a permanent dedication to the fallen.
It is estimated 40,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen from Wales died during the 1914 to 1918 war.
MARK NEWTON who is going around Britain on a mobility scooter and with his two cats to raise money for the 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards (QDG), Help for Heroes (H4H), Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), The Royal British Legion (RBL) and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces. He stopped off in Mumbles to watch the raft race. I asked Mark why he was doing this and this is what he had to say, " The QDG and the RBL got the scooter for me in December 2009 to help me get out and about and to be able to go to place that I hadn't been able to for years. H4H was added to the list because of the conflict in Afghanistan and do a cracking job helping the wounded service personnel. The RNLI was added as I class them as unsung heroes of the British Isles, After the trip around Wales I decided to add targets other than my nightly stop so i intend to visit each RNLI station in Britain (excluding Northern Ireland and Eire)." On his way into Swansea Mark was stopped by the police on Fabian Way after reports that he had stolen the mobilty Scooter!
Protest against the continuing siege of Gaza.
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50 people gathered in Castle Square in Swansea on Saturday to protest against the continuing siege of Gaza.
The protest was called by Swansea Coalition Against War and Swansea Palestine Community Link to draw attention to the continuing crisis in Gaza. 'We welcome the ceasefire but until the borders are opened and Israel stops preventing the import of building materials, how can Palestinians start to rebuild their homes, their schools and their lives?' said a spokesperson for the two groups.
WORLD WAR ONE: WALES' FALLEN HONOURED IN FLANDERS.
First Minister Carwyn Jones unveiled the monument in the fields of
Video by courtesy BBC News Wales
Protest rally against the continuing siege of Gaza in Castle Square, Swansea.
Dart18 Catamarans in Mumbles, Swansea.
A GROUP of protesters staged a sit-in protest on the Swansea Bay Campus build on Fabian Way early this morning. The protesters practically stopped the traffic on the A483 heading into Swansea, with tailbacks reaching the M4.
Two protesters entered the construction site and occupied one of the Innovation building with their 20ft long banner which read ‘NO FRACKING’ work on that building came to a standstill.
The other protesters blocked the main entrance into the site with scaffolding poles in the shape of a triangle with a protester on the top.
Other protesters sat against the gates, some chained themselves to an oil drum. The protest started early at 6am before the contractors arrived for work, they had to dismantle another area of fencing to get into the site.
There was a large police presents in the whole area of Crymlyn Burrows while this peaceful protest continued. A police liaison officer from Cardiff talked to the protesters with the protest ending around 12pm.
Protesters at the Swansea Bay Campus build on Fabian Way.
Video coming soon.
Swansea's annual Kilvey Hill cement run began 25 years ago as a fundraiser for Singleton Hospital's babycare unit. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Kilvey Hill cement run, the event which tests the mental and physical strength of the competitors to the limit as they scale one of Swansea’s highest hills carrying bags of cement — all in the name of charity. One of the new features the organisers are hoping to add to the annual event in 2014 is a race for super scaffolders, who will have to complete the almost mile-long uphill course carrying 21ft long scaffolding poles.
ARE you up for it? Then have a go, meet at the Bonymaen Inn at 12pm. The video shows last years run but this year there will a few more celebrities and they are introducing the scaffolding poles chellenge! Men, women and youngsters will all be taking part, we will be there with our cameras to capture the event.