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"Kidney infection" mum gives birth at GP surgery

A woman went to her GP with a kidney infection and came out with a baby!

Clare Evans of Newport had no idea she was pregnant. Credit: Wales News Service

Clare Evans, 24, had no idea she was pregnant when complained of tummy ache. The NHS helpline diagnosed a suspected kidney infection - and Clare went to her local doctors's surgery in Newport for a check-up. But her waters broke and she went into labour in the surgery in front of the surprised GP.

I was examined by a doctor and told they could see the baby's head and I was nine centimetres dilated. I was so shocked; I told them that I didn't know I was pregnant. My life changed then and there in a matter of seconds.

– Clare Evans

Little Erin Louise Roberts was delivered by a surprised doctor at the surgery and tipped the scales at 6lbs 12oz, and is doing well. First-time mum Clare said she had no signs of pregnancy and had no bump, "It was a surprise but I can't find words to say just how thrilled I am."


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Victim of mobile phone theft faces £15,000 bill

A teacher who had his mobile stolen while on holiday in Barcelona faces a £15,000 bill despite telling the phone company that the calls were not made by him.

Osian Edwards from north west Wales says he is facing financial ruin after Vodafone insisted he pay for £15,000 made after thieves stole his phone.

He spoke to Good Morning Britain about how his life was "completely on hold" and how he feared his future would be ruined by huge bill.

I thought this must be a mistake, something has got to be sorted out here so I contacted Vodafone.

I've been in contact with Vodafone, going nowhere, since mid-August.

– Osian Edwards

The 29-year-old was adamant he had called Vodafone to notify them of the missing phone as soon as he realised his mobile had been stolen.

Knowing pick pockets are a huge problem in Barcelona, Osian says he took his bank card and Vodafones phone emergency numbers with him, and used a local pay phone to report the theft.

He handed over his account details to the Vodafone call handler. But when he returned to the UK, and rang back with his handset (IMEI) number as requested, he was told that Vodafone had no record of him cancelling.

His itemised bill, totalling £15,031.08, (now deducted to just over £10,500) shows his sim card was used to make calls to just two Spanish numbers - thought to be charged at premium-rate tariffs - throughout the night. Calls were made at a rate of more than one a minute at a cost of up to £20 a call.

Welsh glaciologists to study huge Antarctic lakes

Scientists will drill deep into the ice shelf. Credit: Prifysgol Aberystwyth University

Glaciologists from Aberystwyth University will fly to Antarctica at the beginning of November to study large lakes forming on the surface of ice shelves.

Professor Bryn Hubbard and Dr David Ashmore from the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences’ Centre for Glaciology will be working with collaborators from Swansea University on the Larsen C ice shelf.

Larsen C covers an area two and a half times the size of Wales

It's a long, fringing ice shelf in the northwest part of the Weddell Sea, extending along the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Professor Hubbard and Dr Ashmore will be using hot water to drill up to 150m down into the 200m deep ice shelf to study the many layers of ice that make up Larsen C.

The ice shelf is significant for scientists trying to understand the effects of climate change on Antarctica.

Two other ice shelves in the area, Larsen A and B, have broken up and disappeared since 1995 and scientists have been trying to understand why.

“Despite its accessibility, this region of Antarctica is surprisingly poorly known on the ground. Dark patches on satellite images appear each summer and these are interpreted as large surface melt ponds, but no one has actually studied them on the ground; to date we don’t even have a photograph of the lakes we believe we will see on Larsen C.

– Professor Bryn Hubbard Aberystwyth University

Steam trains arrive in Corwen for first time in 50 years

The Corwen Special Headboard, which will be used on the trains Credit: Llangollen Railway Trust

Steam-hauled trains will arrive at a temporary platform at Dwyrain Corwen East today, for the first time in almost fifty years.

The special trains are part of celebratory events to mark completion of the first phase of an extension project on the Llangollen Railway.

Passenger trains have not arrived at Corwen since December 1964, just before the line was formally closed by British Railways in January 1965.

The arrival of the first Special trains to Corwen celebrates the achievement of the rebuilding of the line west from Carrog.

The project has been a considerable challenge in terms of applying the available limited resources and the problems which have been encountered.

The work undertaken by the volunteer work force, aided by our full time staff and contractors, demonstrates that determination and enthusiasm overcame all the obstacles.

– George Jones, Llangollen Railway Trust

The trains are due to arrive at Corwen at 11:35, 13:45 and 15:54.

Tickets will be available to the public after 13:30 at Llangollen Station, for the final departure.

Read more: The North Wales town where the age of steam is making a comeback.

US technology firm opens European HQ in Cardiff

Alert Logic has already launched its data centre in Newport Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

American technology company Alert Logic will officially open its new European headquarters in Cardiff later.

The state of the art Security Operations Centre will create around 130 highly skilled jobs, replicating the company's current security operation centre in Texas.

Part of Alert Logic's services include defending against complex global IT security threats.

The investment has been backed by £1.15million of business finance from the Welsh Government, and will enable the company to expand into the European, Middle East and African markets.

Read more: US firm to create 130 jobs in Cardiff and Newport


Cardiff boss Slade "not surprised" by early success

New Cardiff boss Russell Slade says he's not surpassing any of his own expectations following his 100% start to life in the Welsh capital.

Slade remains unbeaten as Cardiff manager. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

The Bluebirds made it two wins from two under the guidance of the former Leyton Orient manager last night - their 3-1 win coming on the back of victory over Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

And Slade says he's not been surprised by the ease with which he's adjusted to life in the Championship.

"I never expect to lose a game, but that's just my mentality. I never go out to try and nick a result. I am going out there to win. I am a football man, I've done 650 games or more as a manager and I know what it's all about. It is just two games but it gives us a bit of momentum and the belief in the players is growing."

– Russell Slade, Cardiff Manager

Following the win Cardiff moved up to 10th in the table and are within three points of the play-off places.

New e-safety resources launched for Welsh schools

The resources hope to improve the safety of students on the internet Credit: PA / Arne Dedert

Schools in Wales are to receive two new resources aimed at encouraging safe and responsible internet use for pupils.

The resources, which have been created based on others in use across the UK and globally, will be formally launched later by the Minister for Education and Skills, Huw Lewis AM.

One is a self-assessment tool that allows schools to judge and improve their online safety, while the other is a resource pack for teachers, which aims to help them in teaching their pupils about the importance of responsible online use.

A screenshot of one of the resources - the 360 degree safe tool Credit: UK Safer Internet Centre

These two resources, uniquely produced for Wales, will be available to all schools across Wales to use and hope to help schools improve their e-safety, as well as developing digital literacy skills in their pupils.

There’s no doubt the internet and social technologies offer huge possibilities for learning and research, for communication and collaboration and for limitless creativity. That’s why we recently made a big investment in upgrading the broadband infrastructure for schools in every part of Wales.

Indeed, 86 per cent of schools are now receiving the desired connectivity at the agreed level or better.

However, we must also recognise that there are darker corners of the web which children and young people will encounter from time to time. _ _We’re committed to safeguarding all children and young people across Wales, and this is equally true in the online space.

– Huw Lewis AM, Education Minister

Welsh Government: Vistor figures 'speak for themselves'

The Commons Welsh Affairs Committee has today called for more to be done to encourage international tourists to visit Wales.

In a report the committee claims Wales lacks a 'coherent brand' for the overseas market, and must be marketed more vigorously.

A spokesperson for the Welsh Government however said current strategies were delivering strong results for Wales.

Most recent international visitor and inward investment figures for Wales speak for themselves and demonstrate that our current strategies are delivering strong results for Wales.Figures released today reveal a very significant increase of 21% in the number of international visitors to Wales in the first six months of this year.

Our approach to marketing Wales overseas has been refocused and now concentrates on the three key markets identified as having the highest potential for growth - Germany, USA and Ireland.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

Northern Irish leaders meet First Minister for talks

Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness are both due to meet Carwyn Jones Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA

The First Minister and deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland are due to hold talks with the Welsh First Minister later today. Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness will discuss co-operating with Carwyn Jones to seek more devolution following the promises that have been made to Scotland.

The Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, is not expected to be present as he is preparing to hand over to his successor, Nicola Sturgeon. Once Sturgeon is in post, Welsh and Northern Irish leaders will look to discuss devolutions matters with her.

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