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Sigurdsson becomes latest Swansea signing

Gylfi Sigurdsson
Gylfi Sigurdsson has signed with the Swans on a four year deal Credit: PA

Gylfi Sigurdsson has become the latest signing for Swansea City.

The Icelandic international will join Garry Monk's squad on a four-year deal, following his switch from Tottenham Hotspur.

He joins Bafetimbi Gomis, Marvin Emnes, Lukasz Fabianksi and Stephen Kingsley as new signings for the club.

Meanwhile goalkeeper Michel Vorm and left-back Ben Davies will leave the Swans to join the squad at White Hart Lane.

Davies earned a professional contract with Swansea in 2011, and has impressed in the first team, winning the club's Young Player of the Year award for the past two seasons.

Tottenham had to fight off competition from Liverpool to land the young full-back, who has also earned 10 caps for Wales.

Davies' arrival brings into question the future of Danny Rose, who said at the start of last season he would not be happy sitting on the bench at White Hart Lane.

Gareth Bale: 'Spanish League is most exciting'

Gareth Bale at press conference
The 25-year-old from Cardiff is the world's most expensive player Credit: PA

Welsh footballer Gareth Bale says the Premier League has lost its tag as the 'best in the world.'

The Premier League has always prided itself on supposedly being the most exciting championship in world football, but for Bale the Primera Division is the best around.

"The Spanish League is the most exciting. The world's top players play there. Barcelona or Real Madrid are always there near the Champions League final or winning it."

"The Premier League is a great league, but we are attracting the best players to La Liga. It is great to be involved in it."

– Gareth Bale

The 25-year-old spent six years at Tottenham, before moving to Real Madrid last summer for a world-record fee of £85.3 million.

The European champions wasted little time signing James Rodriguez for £63 million this summer, following his stunning performances at the World Cup.

But, his signing means Bale now has to work even harder to retain his first-team place, despite being the most expensive player of all time.

"James is a great signing, he has shown what quality he has in the World Cup and hopefully he can produce for Real Madrid what he did for Colombia."

"It's for the manager to decide what system we play and who plays. You need to perform well to keep your place. Everyone knows that."

– Gareth Bale

Almost a year has passed since Bale signed a six-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu.

After a summer of rest, he's been working hard this week in LA, where Real are basing themselves for the International Champions Cup - a pre-season tournament which includes some of the best teams in Europe.


People urged to check on elderly during hot weather

As the hot weather continues across the UK, one elderly care service is urging residents to check on neighbours who may need help during the heatwave.

Temperatures have reached 27C in some parts of Wales in the last few weeks Credit: PA Images

Elderly care specialist, Home Instead in Wales says the hot weather can pose serious health risks for the elderly as they are less able to regulate their body temperature. It says medication can have an impact too.

It says it's particularly important that they should keep their body temperature down during the day - especially if the night is going to be hot.

The Welsh Ambulance Service has also published advice on how to take care in the heat after experiencing an increase of calls across the country.

Public Health Wales advises that elderly or sick neighbours should be checked on every day if possible during hot weather.

Tips to stay keep yourself and others cool:

· Keep indoor plants and bowls of water in the house - evaporation helps cool the air

· If possible, move into a cooler room, especially for sleeping

· Electric fans may provide some relief, but only use if necessary

· Remain in the coolest parts of the building as much as possible

· Keep rooms shaded and cool by closing blinds and curtains and opening windows

'I could've been one of the drowning statistics'

Today sees the launch of the RNLI's Respect The Water campaign which is highlighting the risk of drowning around the coast of Wales and the rest of the UK.

It's being backed by 21-year-old Thomas Redmond, from Briton Ferry, who was saved by Port Talbot RNLI crew last month when his kayak overturned at Aberavon beach.

RNLI Port Talbot
Thomas returned to Port Talbot station to thank the crew for helping him Credit: RNLI

He was tipped into the sea when his kayak began filling up with water.

As he clung to the kayak’s side, five men saw he was in trouble and attempted to swim to his aid.

"I consider myself to be quite strong but I was completely overcome by the water. I can swim but there is no way I would have been able to make it to the shore by myself.

"I never quite realised how a relaxing day at the seaside could go so wrong.

"I could have well been one of the drowning statistics; things could have been a lot worse. I would urge people to take heed of the RNLI’s safety advice and take extra care on the coast."

– Thomas Redmon

More deaths on Welsh coast than cycling accidents

The RNLI says more people lost their lives on the Welsh coast than in cycling accidents.

In total, 17 people died last year, and 65 were rescued by lifeboats and lifeguards.

Hereford lifeboat
The RNLI says slips and falls are a common issue Credit: Nicholas Leach

Since 2010, a total of 70 people have died around Wales' coast.

Adult men accounted for 73% of them.

Today the RNLI launches its Respect the Water campaign, aimed especially at men, to try and bring these figures down.

Nationally, an average of 160 people die at the coast each year. The RNLI is aiming to halve accidental coastal deaths by 2024.

Largely dry with plenty of warm sunny spells

by Kate Lewis

Another largely dry and very warm, or even hot day throughout the country.

There is expected to be variable amounts of fair weather cloud but plenty of sunny spells too.

There is a small risk of showers across Pembrokeshire during the afternoon but they are expected to be light and well scattered.

Maximum temperature 27 °C.


Largely dry but a humid night once again

by Kate Lewis

Showers spreading westwards during this evening will eventually die out to leave a largely dry night with clear skies in many places.

It will feel quite muggy and humid once again, with minimum temperatures between 15 and 18 degrees Celsius.

Tomorrow is expected to be a largely dry, fine and bright day with variable amounts of fair weather cloud but also plenty of sunshine.

There is a small risk of light, scattered showers through Pembrokeshire during the afternoon.

Tomorrow's temperatures are likely to be similar to today, reaching a maximum of 27 degrees Celsius.


Royals meet Commonwealth Games athletes

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have been meeting and greeting athletes ahead of tonight's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, due to start at 8pm.

Prince Charles greets members meets members of the Wales badminton team during the build-up to Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.
Prince Charles greets members of the Wales badminton team during the build-up to Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Credit: Reuters
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with members of the England badminton team during a visit to the Commonwealth Arena and Velodrome in Glasgow.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with members of the England badminton team during a visit to the Commonwealth Arena and Velodrome in Glasgow. Credit: Reuters
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watches members of India's boxing team during a training session.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watches members of India's boxing team during a training session. Credit: Reuters

The Queen, as head of the Commonwealth, is to formally open the Games in Glasgow. Organisers have said the spectacle is to be the most prestigious live event in Scotland.

Read: Glasgow promises 'spectacular' Commonwealth Games

Stay safe in the sun - UV levels are high to very high

by Kate Lewis
UV levels
The solar index does not exceed 8 in the UK (8 is rare; 7 may occur on exceptional days) Credit: Met Office

UV levels are HIGH and VERY HIGH today and tomorrow.

Advice on how to stay safe in the sun:

The solar index does not exceed 8 in the UK (8 is rare; 7 may occur on exceptional days, mostly in the two weeks around the summer solstice). Indices of 9 and 10 are common in the Mediterranean area.

Hefty fine 'would have caused Caersws FC to fold'

Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said under normal circumstances Caersws Football Club could have expected a fine of £65,000 with an order of costs.

But he instead handed down a 12-month conditional discharge after being told that any significant fine would put the historic club, which made an annual loss, out of business.

A nominal fine would not serve any purpose and there was a danger of it being misinterpreted as an insulting figure, he added.

Read: Caersws FC admits safety breach after boy's death

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