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Trains between Barry and Bridgend have been halted after builders found what appears to be an unexploded bomb at Rhoose Point.

Emergency services are on the scene, with bomb disposal units on the scene.

One local resident told Bro Radio "Around 10 houses have been evacuated, with local people taken to the nearby community centre car park and a heavy police presence in the Village. I'm two streets away and we haven't been evacuated or had any communication."

"I've heard that a workman on a house on the street came across something in the ground and didn't know what it was so called the police for them to attend."

South Wales Police said that they were contacted after 11am, when contractors working at the property at Rhoose Point "uncovered what appears to be an unexploded ordnance" and the area has since been cordoned off.

A spokesperson said "Local diversions are in place and the nearby railway line is closed to traffic."

National Rail said trains had been stopped to "allow emergency services to do their work safely."

Disruption is expected on services until at least 3pm.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Community Investment and Neighbourhood Services teams will work in partnership with the Vale Local Nature Partnership to deliver the project.

This is after the Vale Local Nature Partnership (LNP) successfully secured grant funding for 2021/2022 from the Welsh Government’s Local Places for Nature Capital Fund.  

The project aims to offer the local community invaluable opportunities to access and engage with nature in an urban setting, as well as supporting social, physical and mental wellbeing.

A biodiversity project will be set up in the grounds of Gwenog court, a sheltered housing complex in Barry that supports 87 residents.

Currently, the grounds have little to offer to residents, pupils or the local community. However, by working through a grass roots up design process, there are hopes the area will become a flagship of what could be achieved for biodiversity and residents living in the Vale.

Alongside the council, All Saints Primary School will also be involved in the project, providing opportunities for inter-generational work. Residents and pupils will work closely with landscape architects, Soltys Brewster, to achieve a vision that caters for both people and nature.

Margaret Wilkinson, Cabinet Member for Housing and Building Services said, “The Council, alongside residents at Gwenog Court, are really looking forward to seeing how this project develops.  

“After spending a large proportion of the last year indoors, this will be an opportunity to get outdoors again, as well as help reduce social isolation and loneliness. Residents will have a new and welcoming space to meet and enjoy nature within their community.”

https://www.biodiversitywales.org.uk/Vale-of-Glamorgan

Health Minister Eluned Morgan has agreed a 3% pay rise for all NHS staff, as she today accepted the recommendations of the pay review bodies in full.

The recommendations from the NHS Pay Review Body and the Doctors and Dentist Review Body apply to staff on Agenda for Change terms and conditions, which includes employed nurses, cleaners, porters and health support workers. It also applies to consultants, doctors in training, pre-2021 speciality and associate specialist (SAS) doctor contracts, salaried GPs and dentists.

The pay rise will apply retrospectively from April 2021.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said:

“Once again, I want to thank our Welsh NHS staff for their extraordinary efforts over the course of this pandemic. Many staff have worked extremely long hours under enormous pressure.

“This pay rise recognises the dedication and commitment of hardworking NHS staff and the enormous contribution they have made. It is also a recognition of how valued they are by Welsh communities.

“For our lowest paid staff, this means we have gone above the Living Wage recommendation of £9.50 an hour, demonstrating our commitment to NHS Wales being a Living Wage employer.”

The UK Treasury has not yet provided any information about whether any additional funding will be provided to cover the cost of the recommended uplift above the 1% cap previously announced but the Health Minister said current budgets will be prioritised to enable this the deal to be implemented.

The pay increase will be made in addition to the NHS and social care bonus payment which was announced by the previous Minister for Health and Social Services in March 2021. The one off payment of £735 acknowledged the compassionate care provided by our NHS workforce to the people of Wales when we have been at our most vulnerable.

Olympic Champion Hannah Mills from Dinas Powys says being named as flagbearer for Team GB at Friday's opening ceremony of Tokyo 2020 is the greatest honour of her career.

Mills won gold at Rio 2016 and silver at London 2012 in the 470 class alongside Saskia Clark, and will now go for gold with teammate Eilidh McIntyre.

She was named alongside rower Moe Sbihi, who won gold in the coxless four in Rio and bronze in the men’s eight in London.

It’s the first time that nations have been allowed to nominate one female and one male athlete as flagbearers. Mills will be the first female British sailor to carry the Union flag at an Olympics opening ceremony.

McInytre, with whom Mills won the 2019 470 World Championship, will share the moment with her teammate as one of just a handful of British athletes who will march behind the flagbearers tomorrow evening.

The announcement by Team GB Chef de Mission Mark England was met by rapturous applause from Mills’ fellow athletes.

Hannah Mills, Women's 470 class Sailing (with team mate Eilidh McIntyre ) announced as Team GB's female flagbearer ahead of the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony overlooking Enoshima Harbour in Japan. Photo by Sam Mellish / Team GB.

“Carrying the flag for Team GB at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games is not a sentence I ever thought I’d say,” said Mills, from Dinas Powys.

“When Mark told me I had been chosen, it was completely overwhelming and when I had a moment to think about what it meant I got pretty emotional.

“It is the greatest honour in my career and I hope more than ever before, this Games can lift our country and deliver some incredible sporting moments to inspire the nation.”

Mills and Sbihi were selected from a group of athletes nominated to Team GB by sports. The nominees were chosen by their respective sports as athletes that exemplify the Olympic Values and uphold the Team GB values of pride, responsibility, respect and unity.

The news comes as a timely boost to the sailors of Team GB as they prepare to take on the world’s best on the waters of Enoshima, the same venue as the sailing competition at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, across the ten Olympic classes.

Racing starts on Sunday July 25 with men’s and women’s RS:X windsurfing plus the Laser and Laser Radial singlehanders, and concludes on August 4 with the medal races for the men’s and women’s 470.

For a full guide on how to follow the sailing action at Tokyo check out the British Sailing Team’s dedicated Olympics page here.

A group of cross-party Senedd Members and Vale of Glamorgan Councillors have backed a campaign against excessive speeding in East Aberthaw.

On Wednesday 7th July, politicians met with more than 30 local residents, who said that speeding and dangerous driving have reached unbearable levels in the village, warning that it was only a matter of time before somebody was killed or seriously injured.

The meeting followed the Welsh Government revealing details of it plans to reduce the national speed limit on residential roads from 30mph to 20, with near-by St Brides Major being selected as one of eight trial locations.

The Vale of Glamorgan MS, Jane Hutt (Labour), acknowledged the specific problems in the village and pledged to work with the residents to alleviate them.

Heledd Fychan MS for South Wales Central (Plaid Cymru) echoed Jane Hutt’s sentiments and vowed to also support the villagers of East Aberthaw in their campaign.

Fellow South Wales Central MS, Andrew RT Davies (Conservative), who is also the Councillor for Rhoose ward, said that the village needed a 20 mile per hour speed limit sooner rather than later, alongside proper speed enforcement. While Councillor Gordon Kemp (Conservative), also of Rhoose ward, referenced previous speeding campaigns in the village and the need for action to be taken this time.

Amongst the solutions were traffic calming measures, a road crossing for the middle of the village and a pavement for Station Terrace, which currently doesn’t have one and means that residents must walk on the road alongside traffic.

East Aberthaw resident, Bob Dickens, said: “Speeding and traffic through this village have increased exponentially over the past decade. The former big village of Rhoose is now a small town due to the expansion of Rhoose Point. More houses mean more people. And more people mean more traffic. That has led to this village being nothing more than a rat run between Rhoose and the B4265.”

Representatives from South Wales Police attended the meeting and promised to gather data from speed monitoring exercises.

When Wales played Canada on Saturday at Principality Stadium, questions came in on social media about what the trophy was being hoisted by captain Jonathan Davies.

The Glyn Berry Memorial Trophy was first contested between the two nations in November 2006. The man for whom the trophy was named was a Canadian Foreign Service Officer of the highest calibre, dedicated to his work, to his professions and his family. Born on June 14, 1946, he grew up in Barry, South Wales. He studied at the University of Wales in Swansea before moving to Canada in his 20s to further his academic studies. He chose to remain and became a Canadian citizen while never losing his connection to Wales and his love for rugby.

He joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1977 and served in Oslo, Washington, Havana, London, Islamabad and New York.

Glyn Berry. Credit: WRU

In 1993 he was appointed to the Canadian High Commission in London and represented the Canadian government at the Wales – Canada rugby match at Cardiff Arms Park in November 1993 where he celebrated his adopted country’s first victory over the hosts.

In 1999, he was assigned to Pakistan as the Senior Political counsellor and was acting High Commissioner when the attacks on Sept 11, 2001, plunged the region into war.

Mr Berry was appointed as the Chief Political Officer at the Canadian Mission to the United Nations where he chaired the General Assembly’s committee on peacekeeping operations.

In 2005, he was named Political Director of the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan, overseeing post-war reconstruction. He was fulfilling a desire to go back to a country that he has previously visited numerous times during the Taliban regime, to help bring peace and stability to a society he was deeply fond of.

Glyn Berry was killed on January 15, 2006 in an attack on a convoy in which he was travelling on his way back from one of his frequent meetings with local tribal leaders.

His remarkable contribution and sacrifice to the cause of peace and the reconstruction of shattered societies is honoured by friends, colleagues and family across Canada and from the international community.

A lifesaving programme to help improve survival rates after a cardiac arrest is being supported with almost £2.5m over the next three years by the Welsh Government.

The funding will enable Save a Life Cymru to raise awareness about the cardiac arrest chain of survival and fund new educational and training resources, including improving public access to defibrillators.

The programme aims to educate people in Wales about the need to help anyone suffering an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and help develop their skills and confidence to provide CPR and defibrillation.

It comes as figures show Wales has one of the lowest survival rates in Europe and the lowest in the UK if someone suffers an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest – a survival rate of just 4.6% in Wales, this is less than half that of England (9.4%); lower than Scotland (10.2%); Norway (25%) and the Netherlands (21%).

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “It is vital we educate people about what to do when someone suffers a cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting. By raising awareness of the basic skills needed to carry out CPR and use a defibrillator, we can make a significant difference to survival rates.

“This funding will help communities to work with Save a Life Cymru and the Welsh Ambulance Service to improve the provision and maintenance of defibrillators and to improve the skills to help save lives.

 “We are proud to be funding this programme, which will link with schools, local businesses, community and town councils, sports clubs and academies across Wales, and hope it will benefit future generations to come.”

Sudden cardiac arrest is a public health challenge that needs resources to educate and inform people about how they can help someone in need. It is estimated 6,000 people have an out-of-hospital cardia arrest in Wales each year

It is hoped that education about the dangers of cardiac arrest and providing people with CPR and defibrillation training will lead to better health outcomes and survival rates.

The funding will enable Save a Life Cymru to carry out the Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Plan. It will also feature partnership initiatives with Cardiff University, Home Builder’s Federation and the Football Association of Wales.

Prof Len Nokes, who is Chair of the SALC Partnership, club doctor for Cardiff City F.C and pitch doctor for the Football Association of Wales, said:

“I am delighted that Welsh Government are supporting Save a Life Cymru to continue to deliver on the Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Plan.

“As we have recently seen at Euro 2020, anyone can have a cardiac arrest. Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch and he owes his life to his team mates and the medical team who performed CPR and used a defibrillator to save his life.

“Not everyone will have a medical team close at hand when they have a cardiac arrest and therefore our aim at Save a Life Cymru is to inspire everyone in Wales to learn CPR and defibrillation skills to help save more lives.”

“This Welsh Government funding will help us to work with communities across Wales. Lives can be saved, but we need people that are willing and able to help.”

The funding will also expand the provision of officers trained to work with communities to boost the provision and maintenance of defibrillators across Wales, similar to the charity funded defibrillator support officer for North Wales who is based within the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he will open his theatres on 21 June, and is prepared to be arrested if authorities try to intervene.

The composer has also warned he may have to sell his six West End venues if the government does not relax its restrictions as set out in its roadmap for England.

The pandemic has had a catastrophic financial impact on the theatre industry and many have remained closed despite the ease in COVID-19 restrictions as it is not financially viable for them to open with reduced capacities.

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Lord Lloyd Webber is preparing for a production of Cinderella, which is scheduled to open for previews on 25 June ahead of its world premiere in July.

"We are going to open, come hell or high water," Lord Lloyd Webber told the Daily Telegraph.

Asked what he would do if the government postponed lifting lockdown, he said: "We will say, 'come to the theatre and arrest us'."

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The 21 June "freedom day" is in doubt due to concerns over the impact of coronavirus variants.

Lord Lloyd Webber said scientific evidence showed theatres were "completely safe" and do not cause outbreaks.

He added: "If the government ignore their own science, we have the mother of all legal cases against them. If Cinderella couldn't open, we'd go, 'look, either we go to law about it or you'll have to compensate us'."

This is not the first time Lord Lloyd-Webber, 73, has criticised those calling for a delay in reopening.

Last week, he told the Daily Mail he may take legal action if his theatres are not allowed to welcome back crowds at full capacity.

Asked about Lord Webber's comments by Sky News, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said he "completely sympathised" with those in the theatre sector.

"We want to get them open, we are doing pilots, we want to get those theatres open so great new productions like Cinderella can open," Mr Jenrick said.

"I know that people are desperate to go to them, tickets are selling fast for all those productions because people have been away too long.

"But you have just got a few more days to wait until the judgment that the prime minister is going to make on the basis of the data."

When asked if Lord Lloyd-Webber should be arrested if he does open theatres without restrictions relaxing, Mr Jenrick said: "We all have to abide by the rules.

"I'm not going to get into speculation about that but we want to get those theatres back open, obviously as quickly as we can, and to support people like Andrew Lloyd Webber so that we can all enjoy brilliant productions in the West End once again."

Cornwall will welcome some of the most powerful world leaders from tonight - with thousands of delegates, journalists and police in the county ahead of the G7 Summit.

After months of preparation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will play host to the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and the US at Carbis Bay in St Ives.

"This is the biggest security and policing event in England this year," Superintendent Joanne Hall, from Devon and Cornwall Police, told Sky News.

"You can imagine the complexities that come with it, the logistical challenges - but we've been planning for months now and we're ready and prepared for this event."

Police officers in front of the Carbis Bay Hotel ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall
Image: Police officers in front of the Carbis Bay Hotel ahead of the G7 summit in Cornwall

Around 6,500 police officers from every force in the country are in Cornwall to protect the summit.

As well as 4,000 rooms booked, around 1,000 officers will be accommodated on an Estonian cruise ship docked in Falmouth, with more than 16,000 meals prepared each day.

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In recent days, the event has seen sleepy parts of Cornwall transformed into locked-down secure zones - with military radar equipment on beaches, police on jet-skis and British naval warships patrolling an exclusion zone around the beach-front venue.

The summit officially begins on Friday and ends on Sunday - but preparations for the event have already had an impact on the lives of those living in Cornwall.

A Mobile radar station set up at the National Trust car park in Godrevy, near St Ives, Cornwall, ahead of the G7 summit
Image: A Mobile radar station set up at the National Trust car park in Godrevy, near St Ives, Cornwall, ahead of the G7 summit

"My business is shutting down Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday," says Roger, who runs fishing trips in St Ives.

"One of the skippers can't get here, and we've just decided it's not worth going late and having bad reviews. It's exciting times as to what they [G7 leaders] may do but at this moment in time it's a hassle."

Susan Mountain sells wetsuits at a shop on the beach front.

"It shouldn't have been done now because of COVID and they should have just held it on Zoom and done it that way. It would have saved a lot of money.

"At this time of year it's going to be a great disruption to locals and holidaymakers," she added.

But for many companies, the G7 Summit is a welcome financial boost, after hospitality was so badly hit by COVID-19.

Mount Recyclemore: The E7, which has been created out of e-waste, in the likeness of the G7 leaders and in the style of Mount Rushmore by British artist Joe Rush
Image: Mount Recyclemore: The E7, which has been created out of e-waste, in the likeness of the G7 leaders and in the style of Mount Rushmore by British artist Joe Rush

There is - perhaps unsurprisingly - an official G7 Summit chocolate bar, made by Wadebridge-based Kernow Chocolate.

Alex Shapland, who runs the company, said: "We got an email out of the blue from one of the offices in Whitehall and they approached us to make them a bar of chocolate!" he told Sky News.

Alex says there were strict specifications from the UK government.

"They wanted milk chocolate flavoured with sea salt - and we used Cornish sea salt. It's all come together and it's a privilege and an honour to be one of the suppliers."

Tourism and council officials estimate the summit will bring £50m into Cornwall - with the hope of long-term investments.

And while the county is at the cutting edge of several sunrise industries (lithium mining, satellite launches from Newquay Airport and space communications at Goonhilly to name but a few), some of the poorest parts of the UK are in Cornwall.

Sandra spoke to us in the town of Camborne.

"I can't see why they think it'll bring in so much money. St Ives is already a very rich place to live.

"I think it's just a quick flash in the pan of money. We won't get nothing out of it, no," she added.

Throughout the summit, protests are planned - with groups such as Extinction Rebellion, Kill The Bill and ResistG7 all arranging events.

Overlooking Carbis Bay, a huge alternative version of Mount Rushmore, depicting the G7 Leaders built out of electronic waste, has been constructed by artist Joe Rush.

From Friday - all eyes will be on Cornwall - with no shortage of problems for the leaders to sort out.

An Oxford University students' group has voted to take down a portrait of the Queen from its common room.

It reportedly made the decision because some students believe she represents "recent colonial history".

Magdalen College's president said the group did not represent the university, but the decision has already been criticised by the likes of TV host Piers Morgan and Education Secretary Gavin Williamson - who called it "absurd".

Magdalen is one of Oxford University's most prestigious colleges
Image: Magdalen is one of Oxford University's most prestigious colleges

"The Middle Common Room is an organisation of graduate students. They don't represent the College," tweeted its president, Dinah Rose QC.

"A few years ago, in about 2013, they bought a print of a photo of the Queen to decorate their common room.

"They recently voted to take it down. Both of these decisions are their own to take, not the College's."

She said the college "strongly supports free speech and political debate, and the MCR'S right to autonomy".

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"Maybe they'll vote to put it up again, maybe they won't. Meanwhile, the photo will be safely stored," added Ms Rose.

Political site Guido Fawkes reported that the decision to take down the portrait had passed by a "substantial majority".

It said it had been given minutes of the committee meeting, and that the group had concluded "for some students depictions of the monarch and the British monarchy represent recent colonial history".

Students are reportedly looking at replacing the picture with "art by or of other influential and inspirational people".

Mr Williamson said the decision to remove the picture was "simply absurd".

He tweeted: "She is the Head of State and a symbol of what is best about the UK. During her long reign she has worked tirelessly to promote British values of tolerance, inclusivity & respect around the world."

Piers Morgan also hit out at the move, tweeting: "FFS. These woke lunatics are beyond parody. Can we vote to have Monarch-ordered Tower of London imprisonment powers restored for these insolent wastrels?"

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