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Gareth Owen and Tom Williams extend contracts with Scarlets

Backline duo Gareth Owen and Tom Williams have signed contract extensions keeping them at the Scarlets.

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Gareth Owen, 27, joined the Scarlets for the 2012-13 season from the Ospreys. Tom Williams, 25, joined the Scarlets ahead of the current season on loan from Cardiff Blues.

We’re pleased to announce that we have retained both Gareth and Tom for the next few seasons. Gareth has had an opportunity to stake a claim for a place in the starting line-up this season and has grasped the opportunity with both hands. Tom has been unlucky of late to miss out on game time through injury but he’s an exciting talent and we look forward to seeing him back in action soon.

– Jon Daniels, Scarlets General Manager of Rugby


Protesters gather in attempt to close down opencast mine

Hundreds of people have gathered at Ffos-y-fran near Merthyr Tydfil to try and shut down the UK's largest opencast coal mine.

Protesters say Wales needs to move away from polluting energy.

The 'End Coal Now' camp is being organised by climate activist network Reclaim the Power, just days before Wales goes to the polls to vote in the Assembly election.

Participants are calling for a ban on opencast coal mining across Wales and the UK and the creation of thousands of green jobs.

"The local community have battled the giant Ffos-y-fran mine polluting their homes and our planet for nearly a decade. Now we are joining them to resist coal company Miller Argent's attempts to override local democracy and force through a new mine next door. Last April, the Welsh Assembly voted for a moratorium on opencast coal mining but the government ignored them. Wales deserves a transition away from polluting energy, towards clean energy and thousands of jobs. Our camp will show the candidates running for election that the public demands a ban on opencast coal mining across Wales, and the rest of the UK."

– Ellen Gibson, Reclaim the Power
Protesters have also called for investment in thousands of green jobs.

Coal company Miller Argent though say they employ more than two hundred local people and support affordable electricity generation.

Nicola Hendy reports:

Blaze at Cwmbran school 'started deliberately'

Officers from South Wales Fire and Rescue say a fire at a school in Cwmbran was started deliberately.

Emergency crews were called to the blaze at St David's Juniors and Infants School on Saturday around 8pm.

Large amounts of smoke could be seen on the approach to the scene.

Firefighters managed to contain the blaze to one classroom.

Extra security has been put in place until Tuesday when the school will reopen.

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