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Lyn Jones agrees two-year deal with Dragons

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Newport Gwent Dragons Director of Rugby, Lyn Jones, has signed a new two-year deal, keeping him at the club until June 2017.

The former Wales flanker was appointed in June 2013 after his time as head coach at London Welsh.

I’m delighted to extend my stay at the Dragons.

The first two years have been about change, but the next two will be about re-gaining respect in the world of rugby through consistent performances and results. We have all witnessed the potential here with so many ‘firsts’ this season.

The Dragons squad, Board and management team are good people and I look forward to September with much excitement in helping them achieve their goals.

– Lyn Jones, Director of Rugby

Further appeal after Welsh holidaymaker vanishes

Mr Davies went missing around midnight on Tuesday, May 26th.

Police say they are growing increasingly concerned for missing 71 year old Michael Davies from Blaina.

Mr Davies was on holiday with his wife, visiting the island as part of a coach trip, but went missing from his Sandown hotel shorty before midnight on Tuesday, May 26th. CCTV captured Michael walking along Avenue Road in Sandown at about 1.00am in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Officers are following up a number of enquiries, both on the island and in Mr Davies' home town. WightSAR volunteers, Marine Unit officers and the NPAS have been assisting police with the search in and around the Sandown area.

Hampshire Police are asking members of the public on the island to check gardens, sheds and outbuildings in case Mr Davies has taken refuge in there and fallen asleep, or may even have become unwell or unable to call out for help.

Officers are sharing their appeal with mainland ports, ferry and transport terminals, particularly in the Lymington, Portsmouth and Southampton area, in case Michael has got confused and tried to make his way home.

He was last seen wearing jeans, a blue T-shirt, a blue 'Reebok' jumper and a baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Isle of Wight Investigation team on 101, in an emergency call 999.

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Tata awaits result of strike ballot

The Port Talbot plant employs almost 4,000. Credit: Anthony Devlin / PA

Steel giant Tata which employs thousands in Wales will hear today if it faces the threat of strikes by workers in a dispute over pensions.

Members of the Community, Ucatt and GMB unions have been voting on whether to launch a campaign of action in protest at plans to close the British Steel Pension Scheme to future accrual.

The proposed changes to the scheme could see workers retiring at 65 instead of 60.

The unions urged their members to vote in favour of strike action and for other forms of industrial action.

Ballot results are due today, while Unite members are still voting until next week.

Talks were held last week but failed to break the deadlocked row, with unions describing consultations as a "sham".

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Officials accused Tata of a "flagrant disregard" for the views of employees.

The company said almost 5,000 workers had attended more than 100 pension roadshows in 20 locations across the UK in recent weeks, while 2,000 letters and emails had been sent.

Employees had expressed a "clear understanding" of the challenges facing the pension scheme.

Tata said it would consider the feedback, but continued to believe that any pension options must address the scheme's deficit

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Average weekly pocket money in Wales is £6.17

1200 children took part in the survey. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The average weekly pocket money that 8 to 15 year-olds get in Wales has risen by 11 percent since last year to £6.17.

That's according to a survey by the Halifax.

It means they get the third best payout in the UK after London and Scotland. They are also bucking the average which has seen UK pocket money falling since last year.

  • London, £7.65, minus 7.5%
  • Scotland, £7.27, 7.5%
  • Wales, £6.17, 11%
  • South East, £6.16, minus 4.5%
  • North West, £6.01, minus 6.5%
  • North East, £6.00, minus 3.5%
  • Yorkshire and Humberside, £5.84, minus 10%
  • East Midlands, £5.64, 2.5%
  • East Anglia, £5.63, 9%
  • South West, £5.60, 4.8%
  • West Midlands, £5.45, minus 9%
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