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Plaque to be unveiled at birthplace of explorer Edgar Evans

A blue plaque will be unveiled today at Middleton Hall Cottage near Rhossili to mark the birthplace of Welsh polar explorer Edgar Evans.

Evans died at the foot of the Beardmore Glacier exactly a month after he'd reached the Pole Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Edgar Evans was born in 1876 and was one of just five in Captain Scott's expedition party to reach the South Pole in 1912.

Upon arrival they found they had been beaten by Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's group by 33 days.

All five later died from a combination of starvation, exhaustion and extreme cold on their return from the Pole. Gower-born Evans died at the foot of the Beardmore glacier exactly a month after reaching the Pole.

Now a century after the explorer left for the pole, a blue plaque will be unveiled to celebrate his life and achievements.

Edgar Evans, Henry Bowers, Dr Edward Wilson and Captain Scott enjoying a hot meal in their tent, Credit: PA
Captain Scott's expedition party to the South Pole Credit: Cambridge University, PA

Wales team to face South Africa to be announced

The Wales team which will play South Africa in their final Autumn International is due to be announced later.

Warren Gatland's side will be looking to end their long losing streak against the southern hemisphere's top side.

Winger George North is likely to be ruled out of the match having been analysed for concussion after last weekend's defeat to New Zealand.

Wales will be looking to end on a high after defeats to Australia and New Zealand Credit: PA


Report on sport warns 'take action now or end up with a nation on the sofa'

'We must take action now or we'll have a nation sat on the sofa' - That's the warning from a report launched today by the Sport Wales Advisory Group.

It claims an increasingly ageless society, digital technology and an 'on demand' culture will have serious implications on the future of Welsh sport unless action is taken now.

"Sporting authorities in Wales are understandably focusing short-term attention on funding cycles while nearly 10 per cent of four and five year olds in Wales are classed as obese. The world around us is certain to undergo transformations in the way we live, work and play over the next 12 years, we must take action now to make sure sport is still relevant to people's lives in the near future."

– Helen Humphrey, Sport Wales Advisory Group Chair

Working with trend forecasters the board found that in order to improve the health of the nation, sport and physical activity need to be relevant and accessible to everyone.

The report stresses the importance of using social media to package and promote sport and providing activities for an ageing demographic who are continuing to take part in sport well in to their 60s and 70s.

It also highlights that team sports - with their regular training sessions and scheduled games - face a huge battle. Competing against other pressures such as family, work and leisure activities the report says team sports will need to be innovative and flexible in order to survive.

The report found team sports must become more flexible Credit: PA

Powys town 'worst for drink-driving'

Credit: John Giles/PA

A Powys town's been named as having the highest rate of drink and drug driving convictions.

According to a price comparison site, MoneySuperMarket, Llandrindod Wells has almost 2 offences for every thousand drivers. Swansea and Cardiff also feature in the top six of Britain's worst areas.

The data compiled from 11 million insurance quotations in the past year shows that almost one in 20 driving offences recorded in car insurance quotes in the UK are drink and drug related.

The research found that male motorists are more than twice as likely as women to offend while drivers in their twenties have the highest rate of drink drive convictions in the last five years, with 4.8 convictions per 1000 quotes, more so than any other age group.

Link Wales to Northern powerhouse says Crabb

The Welsh Secretary is making a series of visits across the north

The Welsh Secretary is expected to say he wants the North of Wales to build links to the UK Government's planned Northern English powerhouse.

He's starting a two day tour of the region during which he'll visit a range of key sites, meet businesses and other organisations.

And in a speech at the annual Daily Post business awards, he's expected to say:

North Wales is a beacon for investment and jobs - a Northern Powerhouse for the Welsh economy. This government has a long-term economic plan that creates the right conditions for growth in North Wales - a recovery that is broad based and balanced; that reaches into every region of the UK, so that London and the South-east don’t suck in the best at the expense of the rest.

North Wales is not just an economic region in itself, it is part of a wider community – not just South to Swansea and Cardiff, but North and East to Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield and Humberside.

The Northern Powerhouse the Chancellor has spoken about is not exclusive - not restricted to England. It’s about linking the northern regions, including North Wales, to trade, grow, attract private investment, and attract the best people. Business leaders in North Wales are the driving force behind the economic recovery in Wales and the people that are making North Wales our own Northern Powerhouse.

– Stephen Crabb MP, Secretary of State for Wales


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