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Union 'encouraged' after Business Secretary visit to Port Talbot

The new Business Secretary has met workers at Port Talbot steel plant which still has doubts over its long-term future.

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Steel giant Tata has halted plans to sell the huge site and is working on keeping its UK business as part of a joint venture with German conglomerate Thyssen Krupp.

Greg Clark, the new Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, visited the Port Talbot works yesterday and met workers and union officials.

I am encouraged that Greg Clark has met with steelworkers in his first week on the job. He will have left today in no doubt that Community will keep the pressure on this Government to keep their promises to protect the steel industry.The new Secretary of State clearly understands the scale of the challenge still facing the industry, but his words to steelworkers today must be followed by firm actions to help save their jobs. By visiting Port Talbot, he will have seen first-hand that the highly skilled workforce is the foundation on which any success for this industry will be built.

– Roy Rickhuss, Community union

Swansea expected to formally announce majority buy-out

Swansea City are expected to formally announce the majority buy-out of the club later.

The majority buy-out is expected to be completed later today. Credit: PA

The takeover, led by Americans Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan, had a deal ratified by the Premier League earlier this month to buy a 60% controlling stake in the Premier League side.

In a joint statement on the club's official website, the two men said they were "extremely excited" to be part of a "new era" for Swansea City, with chairman Huw Jenkins adding he was "looking forward" to working with both Levein and Kaplan.

Elsewhere new signing Mark Birighitti could make his debut for the Swans in Saturday's away pre-season friendly with Bristol Rovers.

The 25-year-old, who has one international cap for Australia, joined on a free transfer from A-League Newcastle Jets on Monday.

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Birighitti will provide competition for Lukasz Fabianski, Kristoffer Nordfeldt and Gerhard Tremmel in the race to be Francesco Guidolin's number one.


Cook serves up haul of hospital history

Credit: ABMU Health Board

A hospital cook's passion for porcelain has helped preserve a slice of Cefn Coed’s history.

Tina Maddrell couldn’t bring herself to throw away a collection of china crockery bearing the hospital’s name so she kept it safely in a locker.

Now Tina has handed it over to delighted members of ABMU’s Heritage Group who want to collect artefacts, pictures and anecdotes to celebrate Cefn Coed Hospital’s history.

I love old china and this is special because it’s stamped with Cefn Coed Hospital.

There was a lot of china stored in a cupboard under the stairs – the remains of different sets from different periods. About eight years ago we had big clear outs of lots of old stuff but I decided to put it all away in our locker.

– Tina Maddrell, hospital cook

The china is said to be a reminder of how the hospital used to be run when formal dining was regular occurrence.

Liverpool accept £13 million Stoke bid for Joe Allen

Liverpool have accepted a £13 million bid for Wales midfielder Joe Allen from Stoke, Press Association Sport understands.

Joe Allen in action against Belgium. Credit: VI Images/Belga/PA Images

The Wales star is currently on leave after his exploits in getting them to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, is in the final year of his contract.

Allen is looking for more playing time, having been restricted to mainly Europa League appearances last season.

Stoke's bid is roughly in line with Liverpool's valuation of a player with less than 12 months remaining on his contract - and would recoup most of the £15 million they paid Swansea four years ago - so the decision is now likely to rest with the player himself, who is not due back to pre-season training until July 26.


Watch: Dramatic video captures Anglesey lightning strike

Temperatures in Wales reached as high as 32 degrees earlier this week, but as is often the case, they were followed in places by thunderstorms.

Liz Dixon managed to capture this dramatic video of lightning in Anglesey.

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