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£3million cash injection set for Welsh steel industry

Red hot metal being moved across a heavy forge Credit: PA

The Welsh Government is investing almost £3 million to help secure hundreds of jobs in the steel industry.

Economy Secretary Ken Skates said £2.8 million would be spent, creating 90 new jobs and safeguarding a further 477.

The investment at Code Serve in Brynmawr, Dyfed Steels in Llanelli, Express Reinforcements in Neath and Celsa Steel in Cardiff would help to secure a sustainable future for the Welsh steel industry, he said.

He added: "The future of the steel industry and steel related businesses are hugely important to manufacturing in Wales.

"At a time when the sector faces extremely difficult trading conditions and stiff global competition, the safeguarding of existing jobs is more important than ever to the sustainability."

Wales beat Italy 33-7 in RBS 6 Nations

Wales wing Liam Williams touches down for a try. Credit: PA

Wales staged a strong second-half recovery to begin their RBS 6 Nations campaign in winning fashion against Italy at Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

After a slow start, the Welsh triumphed 33-7 thanks to the boot of Leigh Halfpenny and tries in the final quarter from centre Jonathan Davies, plus wings Liam Williams and George North.

Visit ITV's RBS 6 Nations website to watch highlights of the match

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Hitachi agrees deal to help fund UK nuclear plant

An artist's impression of the planned new nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Hitachi Ltd and the Japanese government have reached a deal worth around 1 trillion yen ($8.5 billion) to fund a UK nuclear power plant project, according to a government official.

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the Development Bank of Japan will provide financing for the project, the official told Reuters.

The funding plans are a boost for the project, one of several new nuclear plants planned in the UK, which wants to replacing its ageing fleet of atomic reactors.

Hitachi's Horizon unit plans to construct at least 5.4 gigawatts of new nuclear capacity across two sites in Britain.

The funds will be provided for the first plant planned at Wylfa Newydd in Wales.

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Welsh environment secretary warns of more flooding

Lesley Griffiths, cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs in Welsh government. Credit: PA

The cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs in the Welsh government has warned that rain will continue to affect Wales with "widespread disruption" and flooding.

Lesley Griffiths said: "We have received reports confirming internal flooding to properties in Maesteg, Boverton, Penarth, Barry, Llanmaes and Pontllanfraith.

"There has been widespread disruption across southern Wales with the fire and rescue services having to deal with over 50 flooding incidents over the last two days."

She added that overnight there may be more flooding incidents, but that by Tuesday night the worst of the bad weather should be over, "allowing much improved conditions across Wales during the remainder of the week and weekend".

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