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There are concerns mounting over a type of plant known as Japanese Knotweed which growing out of hand across Wales. The plant can damage the foundations of houses causing them to lose some value.

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The weed can easily spread and is becoming a problem across Wales. Credit: PA

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Police appeal after Carmarthen man is reported missing

Dyfed Powys Police says it is growing 'increasingly concerned' for the welfare of a man who has been reported missing in Carmarthen.

The man was last seen leaving Glangwili Hospital in the area at around 7:45pm last night. He is described as a white male, in his seventies, with a goatee and tattoos on his arms.

He was last seen wearing a white short sleeved shirt and dark trousers and had a white dressing on his head.

Anyone who has seen the gentleman is asked to contact the police immediately.

Swansea scientists develop new sensor

Graphene sensors are 'five times more sensitive'. Credit: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press/PA Images

A team of researchers from Swansea University, using the University’s Centre for NanoHealth, say they have developed a highly sensitive graphene biosensor with the capability to detect molecules which show signs of increased cancer risk.

They say the newly developed graphene biosensor could ultimately help to provide a rapid diagnosis at the point of care.

In comparison with other bioassay tests, the sensor was over five times more sensitive.

Conventionally, graphene is produced by stripping layers from graphite.

However for a biosensor, a large substrate area is required in order to produce patterned graphene devices.

The researchers used conditions of low pressure and very high temperatures in order to grow graphene on a substrate of silicon carbide.

The graphene devices were then patterned by using methods similar to those used when processing semiconductors.

The team then attached antibody bioreceptor molecules that could bind to specific target molecules in urine, saliva or blood.

'Highest honour' to be given to Nos Galan race founder

Bernard Baldwin MBE introduced the Nos Galan road race in 1958. Credit: Rhondda Cynon Taf Council

The founder of the Nos Galan Road Race is to be given the Freedom of County Borough award.

Bernard Baldwin MBE, 88, is being recognised for his contribution to the world of athletics and for creating the Nos Galan road race in 1958.

The event continues to attract tourism to the County Borough every year.

It was Bernard Baldwin MBE who had the incredible foresight to dream up such an iconic event as the Nos Galan Road Races and to link it to the legend of a man reputed to have been the ‘Fastest Man on Earth’.

That amazing concept has stood the test of time, with the Nos Galan Road Races, now organised by the Council and the Nos Galan Committee, as popular today as they have ever been.

– Cllr John Watts, Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor


Smokers urged to quit with Stoptober campaign

Stoptober is one of the largest campaigns encouraging smokers to quit Credit: PA

Smokers in Wales are being urged to quit smoking with the start of the annual Stoptober campaign.

The campaign aims to help smokers understand the reasons why they smoke and encourage them to kick the habit.

Research has shown that people who stop smoking for 28 days are five times more likely to give up full time.

WRU: 'Record re-investment into the game'

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The WRU says re-investment into the game by the governing body is at record levels.

During the last financial year the WRU allocated £22.5 million into rugby an increase on the previous period at £22.1 million.

In this year's annual report the WRU also posted a profit before tax of £2.4 million on a turnover of £58.5 million for the period.

The total rugby allocations stand at just over £4.3 million for the community game, £1.1 million for the Principality Premiership and £17.1 million for the Regions in Wales.

It also says during the year the repayable bank debt was reduced to £15.0 million.

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