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Wales Coast App launched for Welsh walkers

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Giant footprints appeared over beaches in Pembrokeshire to promote the new app. Credit: Keep Wales Tidy

A new app has been launched to encourage people to explore and enjoy the Welsh coast this summer.

The 'Wales Coast App', contains detailed information on 153 beaches across Wales.

It provides information on how to get there, which public facilities are available, such as toilets and car parks, and nearby wildlife and historical attractions.

The app also allows walkers to map their progress and access live weather links and tide timetables.

We have witnessed an array of awards for our beautiful beaches here in Wales.

People want to know where to find Blue Flag, Green Coast and Seaside Awarded beaches this summer, as well as finding out about the local area, facilities and amenities.

The Wales Coast App is the perfect tool for walkers, families and individuals looking to explore the Welsh coast.

– Lesley Jones, Chief Executive, Keep Wales Tidy

The app has been developed on behalf of Keep Wales Tidy, with funding from both Visit Wales and Natural Resources Wales.

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A little less chilly tonight with clear spells

by Carl Edwards

This Evening and Tonight:Cloud and outbreaks of showery rain, possibly heavy at times, will gradually clear southwards through the night. Clearer and cooler conditions will spread from the north with some showers later, though likely to be less chilly than recent nights. Minimum temperature 6 °C.

Friday will be dry for most with sunny spells, but isolated showers are likely. Rather cool again in a northwesterly breeze. Maximum temperature 18 °C.

Malky: 'Shocked and stunned' by message allegations

Former Bluebirds boss Malky Mackay has vowed to clear his name following allegations that he and former recruitment chief Iain Moody sent 'racist and homophobic' text messages to each other during their time at Cardiff City.

Malky Mackay
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This evening, the League Managers Association released a statement apologising on Mackay's behalf saying he 'sent a couple of one line texts that were...very regrettable and disrespectful of other cultures.'

It went on to say that those messages were sent in private during a time when Malky felt 'under great pressure' and was 'letting of steam to a friend during some friendly text message banter.'

Mackay also hit out at the timing of the release of the dossier as it was widely reported he was due to be offered the role of Crystal Palace manager.

Furthermore, the 42-year-old insists he is not responsible for sending any racist or homophobic messages:

It has never been alleged that he wrote any homophobic or sexist messages and he has confirmed that he did not do so. Further, there are incorrect and damaging suggestions that he sent a whole host of offensive and unpleasant messages that are simply not true and which give a grossly distorted and unfair view of Malky's involvement in this matter. Malky looks forward to matters being put straight in due course, following any investigation of this matter."

– League Managers Association

Read the full statement here.

Read more: Mackay and Moody centre of text message storm

Pupils celebrate rise in A* to C grades at GCSE

Thousands of students across Wales got their GCSE results today, with some interesting results.

The number of pupils achieving the top grades of A*-C has risen by nearly one per cent from last year. The overall pass rate of A*-E fell in the same period.

One of the results being scrutinised was the new English Language qualification, which caused much controversy when the January exam gave unexpectedly low results.

Nicola Hendy reports.

Man wants dignified death after father died from cancer

A decade ago, Simon Birch from Abergele watched his father slowly die from cancer. Two years ago, Simon himself was diagnosed with a cancer that's spread.

He's determined that - when the time comes - he'll choose to end his life at the Dignitas clinic with an assisted death.

A survey for The Journal of Medical Ethics shows that the numbers of people choosing an assisted death in Switzerland has doubled within the last four years.

Rob Shelley has been to hear how Simon came to make his decision.

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Mackay and Moody at centre of text message storm

Former Cardiff City Manager Malky Mackay and his recruitment chief Iain Moody are at the centre of a storm over allegations in a national newspaper of racist, sexist and homophobic text messages during their time at the club.

Today, Moody resigned from his current job as sporting director of Crystal Palace. Malky Mackay was a front runner to become manager there. But that's now been ruled out.

Meanwhile, the Football Association has confirmed it has received a detailed dossier of information from Cardiff City. Nick Hartley reports.

Celebrity chef Stephen Terry will cook for world leaders at NATO summit

TV chef Stephen Terry has been chosen to oversee a meal for world leaders at the NATO summit in a fortnight's time.

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Stephen Terry says the menu will include the best Welsh produce

Terry, who owns the Hardwick restaurant near Abergavenny, told ITV News that being selected is "a huge honour".

The bigger the pressure, the better I work.

I work well under pressure, so I'm very much looking forward to it.

We're really up for the task!

– Stephen Terry

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He will be joined in the kitchen by hospitality students from Cardiff Metropolitan University.

The meal and location remain secret, but Terry says the menu will showcase local Welsh produce.

Aled Sion Davies wins gold at IPC champs in Swansea

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Aled Sion Davies has won gold in Swansea Credit: Disability Sport Wales/Twitter

Aled Sion Davies has won gold in the shot put at the IPC Athletics Championships in Swansea. The 23 year old threw 13.66metres to win his class.

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