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Swansea could take action after director reportedly calls Man Utd manager 'arrogant b******'

Club director John van Zweden. Credit: PA

Swansea could take internal action against club director John van Zweden over remarks he reportedly made against Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

Van Zweden is alleged to have insulted Van Gaal following Swansea's 2-1 victory over United at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, calling his fellow Dutchman an "arrogant b******".

The remark was reportedly said to a Dutch TV crew that followed wealthy businessman Van Zweden to south Wales for Swansea's famous win ahead of a documentary which is due to be screened in Holland this week.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has now responded to the reports, describing Van Zweden's supposed remarks as "disappointing" given the good working relationship the club has built up with Barclays Premier League rivals since winning promotion from the Championship in 2011.

"It is disappointing that one of our directors has apparently made a statement in the media in relation to a manager of another football club," Jenkins said.

"Our football club prides itself on having a good working relationship with all Premier League clubs, managers and staff.

"We feel we have built up that good relationship over a number of years and will continue to work hard to preserve our image within the Premier League and the game in general at all costs.

"If any of our directors behave in an inappropriate and unprofessional manner not befitting this football club then they will be dealt with internally and appropriately.''

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Swansea close to US investment

Swansea could receive American investment as early as next month, club director Huw Cooze has revealed.

The Barclays Premier League club have been in talks with American businessmen John Jay Moores and Charles Noell since last autumn with the former owners of Major League baseball team the San Diego Padres set to make a significant cash injection in return for a 30 per cent stake in Swansea.

Both Swansea and the Supporters' Trust - who own 21 per cent of the club - have done due diligence on the American pair and negotiations have now entered a critical period.

"Talks are on-going and there's nothing on the table yet, no offer," said Cooze, the Supporters' Trust representative on the Swansea board. "But I would imagine they would make that offer and be coming in here in the next month or so.

"If they do we'll have to cross that bridge then, but the Americans and our own shareholders know the Supporters' Trust shares are not for sale.

"They never will be and they appreciate that, and we will work with them if it (the deal) happens."

Swansea 1-1 Sunderland

Ki rescued a point for Swansea. Credit: PA

Ki Sung-yueng marked his return from the Asian Cup in Australia by salvaging Swansea a point in a 1-1 draw against his old club Sunderland.

The South Korean had been away for five weeks and he struck with a diving header halfway through the second period after having an earlier effort disallowed.

Jermain Defoe's regal finish before the watching Prince Albert of Monaco had threatened to give Sunderland all three Barclays Premier League points.

Tidal lagoon power project would create 1,850 jobs

If it gets the go-ahead, the tidal lagoon energy project in Swansea Bay could be the first of a series of five developments around the UK coast which could generate as much as 10% of the UK's electricity by 2023.

Tidal Lagoon Power, the company behind the project, said it was hoping that 65% of expenditure would be in the UK, boosting a homegrown supply chain and a possible future export market. The company has produced a video to explain the scheme:

The project includes creating a 10km sea reef, the reintroduction of the native oyster to Swansea Bay, an offshore visitor centre and national triathlon and water sports facilities.

According to the developers, research as part of the project's initial stages found that 86% of local residents were in favour of the scheme. The Swansea Bay project would save 236,000 tonnes of carbon a year and create 1,850 construction jobs.

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Tidal lagoon energy project to power 120,000 homes

Plans have been submitted to develop the world's first tidal lagoon energy project in the UK, which would provide renewable power for 120,000 homes for 120 years.

An aerial of the proposed site. Credit: Tidal Lagoon Power.

The developers of the £750-850 million project in Swansea Bay say their application is the first step to developing lagoon technology that could meet 10% of the UK's electricity needs from the tides.

The scheme would involve a six-mile (9.5km) wall built around Swansea Bay, creating a lagoon in the Severn Estuary with turbines that can harness the incoming and outgoing tides to generate power 14 hours a day.

Woman bitten by python after night out in Swansea

A woman had to be taken to hospital after being bitten by a 10-foot python as she took a short-cut home from a night out at a pub in Swansea, south Wales.

Sue Cull, 47, said she felt her legs sting as she cut across grass near her home but believed she had been stung by nettles.

However within minutes of arriving home, Ms Cull's partner called for an ambulance after failing to stem the blood streaming from both legs.

Paramedics confirmed she had been bitten by a snake en route to Morriston hospital, and that police had a report of a python on the loose at the time of the incident.

Despite suffering a three-inch puncture wound in one leg and having to spend a night in hospital on an antibiotic drip, Ms Cull saw the lighter side, saying: "I posted on my Facebook page 'I'm off to the pub for a shot of snakebite' this morning and everyone who goes by bibs and waves."

Hull among four cities on 2017 UK City of Culture shortlist

Dundee, Hull, Leicester and Swansea Bay have made it through to the shortlist for the UK's next City Of Culture.

The locations were announced by Culture Minister Ed Vaizey after the independent advisory panel looked at 11 bids for the four-yearly accolade.

Hull is in the shortlist for the 2017 City of Culture. Credit: Dave Higgens/PA Wire

Locations which failed to make today's 2017 shortlist list were Aberdeen, Chester, East Kent, Hastings and Bexhill-on-Sea, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Southampton, and Southend-on-Sea.

The winning City Of Culture will be announced in November with the victor expecting a major boost in tourism and investment.

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Cameron attacks 'Muppet Show' Welsh Government

David Cameron on stage on Saturday morning Credit: Adrian Masters/ITV News

In his speech to the Welsh Conservative conference David Cameron attacks the Welsh Government, saying "Wales needed the A-team but got the Muppet Show"

He tells Welsh Conservatives the UK is in "a global race against time" against competitor countries with extreme drive.

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