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Police appeal for information on missing Conwy man

David Alan Yorke, 50, is missing from Rhos-on-Sea in Conwy. Credit: North Wales Police

North Wales Police are asking for any information from the public which may help to locate David Alan Yorke.

Mr Yorke is 50-years-old and has been reported missing from Rhos-on-Sea in Conwy.

He is described as 5ft 10' tall, of slim build and wears has glasses.

Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them on 101 quoting the reference number I14145.


Eli Walker replaces injured Liam Williams

Eli Walker has replaced injured Liam Williams Credit: PA

Ospreys wing Eli Walker has been called into Wales Rugby World Cup squad and will link up with the squad immediately.

The 23-year-old was originally named in the 31-man RWC Squad but was released due to injury ahead of the tournament.

Walker replaces Liam Williams who was released on Sunday after foot injury.

Wales will face South Africa in the quarter-finals on Saturday.

Fire crews continue to deal with 'deliberate' fire in Newport

Firefighters from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are continuing to deal with a fire that ripped through a property in Newport.

Officers say the believe the blaze was deliberately started at a victorian house in the city centre.

Crews were called to the building in Commercial street around 9:13pm yesterday.

Over 60 firefighters and 13 appliances were drafted in to deal with the fire.

Browns 'top big butterfly hunt'

Gatekeeper butterfly Credit: Butterfly Conservation

The charity Butterfly Conservation says this year's Big Butterfly Count has seen an increase in brown coloured species.

The Meadow Brown was the most commonly seen species and the butterfly saw a 51% surge in numbers compared to last year’s Count.

The Gatekeeper remained stable in numbers and although the butterfly topped the 2014 Count, this time it was pushed into second place by the Meadow Brown. The Ringlet saw a 100% increase to secure third place.

Meadow Brown. Credit: Butterfly Conservation

The average number of individual butterflies seen per Count was 12, down 18% compared to last year.

The white butterflies all suffered big decreases, as did the Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock, both of which were only half as abundant in Wales this summer as in the previous one.

Top ten species ranking in Wales:

  • Meadow Brown 4,808 seen
  • Gatekeeper 3,777
  • Ringlet 1,755
  • Large White 1,646
  • Small White 1,310
  • Small Tortoiseshell 1,296
  • Peacock 1,044
  • Red Admiral 974
  • Six-spot Burnet 965
  • Speckled Wood 731


Hallucinations: how they emerge

Credit: Cardiff University

Take a look at the image above. It probably looks like a meaningless pattern of black and white blotches.

But now take a look at the image below and then return to the picture: it’s likely that you can now make sense of the black and white image.

It is this ability that scientists at Cardiff University and the University of Cambridge believe could help explain why some people are prone to hallucinations.

Credit: Cardiff University

Researchers are exploring the idea that hallucinations come from our normal tendency to interpret the world around us by making use of predictions.

Our brains fill in any missing information by using past experiences.

A bewildering and often very frightening experience in some mental illnesses is psychosis – a loss of contact with external reality. Hallucinations can accompany psychosis.

Researchers showed black and white images to individuals showing the very early signs of psychosis along with healthy volunteers.

They were asked whether or not the image contained a person.

They were then shown a series of full colour original images, including those from which the black and white images had been derived.

The researchers reasoned that, since hallucinations may come from a greater tendency to superimpose one’s predictions on the world, people who were prone to hallucinations would be better at using this information.

They found a larger performance improvement in people with very early signs of psychosis in comparison to the healthy control group.

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