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Are we changing our relationship with cancer?

Every week here in Wales 50 people are diagnosed with breast cancer alone, making it the most common type of cancer for women. The so-called celeb effect has made us more aware than ever before.

So, with a society calling for earlier diagnosis and PREVENTATIVE treatment - is our relationship with cancer in the midst of change?

Wales This Week follows 34 year-old Leanne Hugglestone as she undergoes a double mastectomy to prevent a recurrence of cancer.

Wales This Week: Mastectomy and Me - Monday 8pm ITV Cymru Wales

Improving Wales' transport network 'critical' for future

A section of the A477 between St Clears and Red Roses will be officially opened later after £68m of improvements, which the Transport Minister Edwina Hart has described as a "vital" part of the trans-European road network.

Mrs Hart said the road is "another example" of the Welsh Government's commitment to improving Wales' transport infrastructure, which is "critical" to improving the country's economic competitiveness.

I am very pleased to be able to open this important new road. As well as being part of a vital trans-European road network, this improved section of the A477 will provide more efficient road connections to the important tourism and energy enterprises in Pembrokeshire, and enable more effective connections with Ireland via Pembroke Dock.

This project also brings many other benefits to road users and local people by improving road safety, creating bypasses for Llanddowror and Red Roses and providing new walking and cycling routes..

Improving our transport infrastructure is critical to improving Wales' economic competitiveness and this new road is another example of the Welsh Government's commitment to that aim. I congratulate everyone involved on the delivery of this improvement project, which I am sure will be appreciated by many in years to come.

– Edwina Hart AM, Transport Minister


Section of A477 to officially open after £68m upgrade

The A477 between and St Clears and Red Roses will officially open Credit: Welsh Government

The A477 between St Clears and Red Roses will be officially opened by the Transport Minister Edwina Hart today, after a £68 million scheme to improve the road.

The new road will improve safety and journey times along the busy route which, together with the A40, forms part of the Trans European Road Network linking West Wales with the rest of Europe.

The route is also the main access to the tourist destinations of south Pembrokeshire, including Tenby and Saundersfoot, as well as ferry traffic to and from the Republic of Ireland using the port at Pembroke Dock.

A £68m scheme has improved the A477 for commuters in West Wales Credit: Welsh Government

Painting found in mid Wales expected to fetch £100K

The important painting, entitled 'Dives and Lazarus', will go for auction later Credit: Duncan Foulkes

An old master oil painting by Dutch artist Dirck van Delen discovered in a mid Wales country cottage is expected to fetch more than £100,000 when it's sold at an auction in Shropshire later.

The important painting, entitled 'Dives and Lazarus', has been consigned to Halls' fine paintings, silver and jewellery auction in Shrewsbury today by a prominent mid Wales family.

The 61.5cm by 73cm oil on panel was discovered in a cottage in the Welshpool area by the head of Halls' art department, Allan Darwell.

"From the moment I saw it I knew it was 17th century and special," he said.

"Because it was so dark in the house, I couldn't see a set of initials on it. It was only when it was delivered to our saleroom and I examined it closely under lights that I identified the initials of Dirck van Delen."

The painting has been identified by art historian Bernard Vermet, from the Foundation for Cultural Inventory in Amsterdam, as one of van Delen's earliest works.

DWP: Reforms will 'improve lives' of poorest families

The Department for Work and Pensions has responded to claims from the Trussel Trust - which runs the largest number of foodbanks - that the rapid increase in the number of people using foodbanks across Wales is partly attributable to benefit delays or changes.

The Trussel Trust says the number of people using foodbanks across Wales has more than doubled over the last year and over 50 per cent of referrals to foodbanks in 2013-14 were a result of benefit delays or changes.

We're spending £94bn a year on working age benefits so that the welfare system provides a safety net to millions of people who are on low incomes or unemployed so they can meet their basic needs.

Even the OECD say there are fewer people struggling with their food bills compared with a few years ago, benefit processing times are improving and even the Trussell Trust's own research recognises the effect their marketing activity has on the growth of their business.

The truth is that the employment rate is the highest it's been for five years and our reforms will improve the lives of some of the poorest families in our communities by promoting work and helping people to lift themselves out of poverty.

– Spokesperson, Department for Work and Pensions

People using foodbanks in Wales doubles over last year

More and more people are turning to foodbanks across Wales Credit: ITV News

The number of people using foodbanks in Wales has more than doubled in the last year.

Between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2014, 913,138 people in crisis across the UK were provided with three days' emergency food, 79,049 of whom were in Wales. In 2012-13, the figure for Wales was 35,919.

The charity which runs the largest number, the Trussel Trust, also says over half of referrals are because of benefit changes or delays.

A total of 35 Trussel Trust foodbanks opened in Wales in 2013-14. That compares to just one in 2008-09.


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