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Caerphilly pub left devastated days before major festival

The Big Cheese festival in Caerphilly takes place this weekend and sees thousands descend on the town, but for the owners of the Irish Tymes, it'll be spent cleaning up the wreckage left by the flames.

James Crichton-Smith reports.

Fire crews and investigators spent the morning at the building, which suffered significant damage during the night time blaze.

Admiral announces 130 new jobs in Newport

Insurance business Admiral says it will recruit for 136 new jobs at its office in Newport.

A further 100 will be created at its Swansea office and another 50 jobs in Cardiff.

Admiral opened its Newport office in 2008

Admiral, the only Welsh-based company listed in the FTSE 100, employs more than 5,550 people in the UK.

A spokesperson for the company said the roles would be based in its Sales, Claims, Renewals and Law businesses.


Electronics 'centre of excellence' for Cardiff

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A 'global hub' for research into semiconductors and their materials is to be set up in the capital.

Cardiff University has signed a deal with semiconductor wafer company IQE.

It says it will drive the testing and development of technology that lies behind global ‘megatrends’ including smart phones and tablets.

It says sectors including healthcare, biotechnology and mass communications could benefit.

Coupling IQE’s infrastructure with Cardiff’s existing strengths in expanding areas of semiconductor devices and materials will create cutting-edge opportunities that will put us ahead of our competitors.

– Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-Chancellor


Norwich flights from Cardiff suspended

Flights between Cardiff and Norwich have been suspended two months after being launched.

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Operator Linksair, says the move is regrettable but adds the service was unlikely to be profitable in the very short term.

It says passengers who have booked flights will be refunded in full over the coming weeks as all bookings are processed.

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