How Wales is enjoying the summer sun

Roads, railways and airports are facing one of their biggest days of the year with the traditional start of the summer holiday season.

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Union backs Swansea lagoon proposals

One of the largest unions in Wales, Unite, has thrown its weight behind proposals to bring a tidal lagoon to Swansea Bay.

Swansea bay artist impression
Credit: Artist Impression

The £800m project could provide electricity for thousands of homes in Wales.

It's expected to be completed by 2018.

The union understands the project will create over 1900 full time jobs during the construction phase, with further jobs becoming available post construction.

“The lagoon is both superb and significant in terms of the vision, energy and employment potential it could bring to Wales. It represents the beginning of a whole new industry in South West Wales and opens the door of opportunity to sustainable skills and jobs that will not only be good for Welsh workers but for the wider Welsh economy."

– Andy Richards, Unite Wales

You can see more on this story on Coast and Country tonight on ITV Cymru Wales at 8pm.

Read more: Plans to generate electricity from Swansea bay

Royal Mint strikes WW1 centenary coin

In tribute to the bravery of the troops who signed up in their thousands during the First World War, the Royal Mint has produced a coin to commemorate the war's centenary.

WW1 coin
Credit: Royal Mint

Only the second British £20 coin ever to be struck, the coin will be limited to 250,000 and will be available for collectors to purchase at face value.

Created by renowned scuptor John Bergdahl, the coin's design depicts the figure of Britannia watching over the first troops leaving for France at the start of the war in 1914.

WW1 centenary coin
Credit: The Royal Mint

“The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War is an occasion of such significance, it was important to us that this coin should takes its place in The Royal Mint’s programme of commemoration, remembering the bravery and sacrifice of those who answered the call to fight for King and country.”

– Shane Bissett, The Royal Mint

The outbreak of World War One will be commemorated on 4 August.

The Royal Mint announced in April it is to open its doors to the public for the first time in its 1,000 year history.

Read more: Royal Mint visitor centre: What to expect

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Concert to kick of this year's National Eisteddfod

Over 350 young people from across Wales will help kick off the 2014 National Eisteddfod in Llanelli this evening at an opening gala.

The National Eisteddfod is one of the world's greatest cultural festivals.

It brings together people from all ages and backgrounds to enjoy an eclectic mix of the arts, music, literature, dance, theatre and more.

National Eisteddfod 2013
Last year's festival was held in Denbighshire

This year's event takes place along the Wales Coast Path, at the Millennium Coastal Park in Llanelli.

See the 2014 full schedule of events here.

Scientists solve sudden cardiac death mystery

Heart specialists at Cardiff University have, for the first time, discovered the cause of sudden cardiac death in young children.

Heart scan
Credit: PA Images

Scientists have found that incoherent communication between two proteins in heart cells was to blame for the previously unexplained cause of death.

"A healthy and regular heartbeat is maintained by precise control of the calcium level in heart muscle cells, but our experiments have identified a genetic flaw that invites chaos to this process."

– Professor Tony Lai, Cardiff University

In the future, Professor Lai anticipates that the finding will give doctors a new weapon in the fight against sudden cardiac death.

"Uncovering genetic links like this is vital to help combat the devastating effects of inherited heart conditions. The British Heart Foundation is urgently campaigning for more research to help find the undiscovered faulty genes putting people at greater risk of heart disease."

– Professor Jeremy Pearson, British Heart Foundation

This may put a dampener on your day!

by Ruth Wignall

Friday: Mainly dry to start, but increasingly cloudy with showers developing through the day. Showers will merge to give longer spells of rain later, perhaps turning heavy at times. Maximum Temperature 20C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday: Remaining unsettled with showers or rain, occasionally heavy, but also some sunny intervals. Becoming drier and brighter on Sunday and Monday with just isolated showers. Breezy at times.

Improving overnight, but not for long!

by Ruth Wignall

Tonight: Most places will become dry this evening with clear spells developing. Just a few light showers are possible, with a little hill fog overnight. Light winds. Minimum Temperature 14C.

Friday: Mainly dry to start, but increasingly cloudy with showers developing through the day. Showers will merge to give longer spells of rain later, perhaps turning heavy at times. Maximum Temperature 20C.

Outlook for Saturday to Monday: Remaining unsettled with showers or rain, occasionally heavy, but also some sunny intervals. Becoming drier and brighter on Sunday and Monday with just isolated showers. Breezy at times.

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1 in 3 people in Wales with asthma not getting checks

A third of people with asthma in Wales are missing out on essential annual reviews to check if they're on the right medication. Charity Asthma UK have looked at government figures and found many people in Wales are missing out on essential annual reviews. Megan Boot reports:

Asthma UK have provided a survey to help people understand the care they are entitled to - http://www.asthma.org.uk/compareyourcare

Six teenagers rescued by lifeboat off Anglesey coast

Six teenagers were saved by a lifeboat this afternoon after they drifted out to sea off Anglesey in an offshore wind.

The boys, all aged between 14 and 15 years old, were in a rubber dinghy and a kayak. They were picked up in Red Wharf Bay by Moelfre inshore lifeboat.

Red Wharf Bay
Red Wharf Bay, on Anglesey Credit: ITV News Wales

Coastguards gave the youngsters, who weren’t in lifejackets, “suitable advice.”

Welsh company exports water-purification technology

A company from Carmarthenshire is exporting its pioneering water-purification technology around the world.

Hydro Industries, based in Llangennech, uses electrodes, to separate contaminants, ranging from mud to radioactive material, from safe water.

Our reporter Tom Sheldrick went along to see the process in action:

Ensuring people have access to safe water remains a major challenge for global leaders in the 21st century.

The charity WaterAid estimates:

  • 748m people in the world don't have access to safe water
  • That's around 1 in 10 of the global population
  • Every 21 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness
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